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08.19.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Tosha Hays (BSFCS ’07)

Tosha Hays (BSFCS ’07) is enjoying an enviable career in the fashion industry. It could be said that her success began during her study abroad experience at UGA.

In 1996, Hays traveled abroad, for the first time, with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. While she was there, she was selected to intern with designer Bella Freud, great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud. The internship was such a success, says Hays’s former teacher, Patricia Hunt-Hurst, that she was invited to work London Fashion Week.

After leaving Athens, Hays moved to New York City, where she took a job as a merchandising assistant with Tommy Hilfiger, Inc. In 1997, her husband’s job took the couple to Seattle, where Hays became a sales coordinator for Unionbay Sportswear and Supplies Menswear.

After relocating to Charlotte, N.C., Hays decided took the plunge and started her own fashion line, Tosha Hays, Inc. The line saw tremendous success and led to business investors and buyers, including Saks Fifth Avenue. At just 24, Hays was awarded the Women’s Wear Daily Fresh Face Award for the clothing line.

In 2007, Hays joined SPANX, Inc., as a product designer and developer. Just two years later, she was named senior director of design. In this role, the alumna manages and directs the brand’s designers in addition to creating new business category designs for launch seasons including SPANX Active, ASSETS Swim, and Men’s.

This past February, Hays was invited to attend the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2013 Fashion Show in Paris by Chanel and SPANX CEO, Laurie Ann Goldman. To those outside the fashion world, this may seem like a trivial accomplishment, but the invitation is highly coveted among the fashion elite and allowed Hays to mix and mingle with top fashion leaders, and participate in a private event with Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld, and Vogue Fashion Editor Anna Wintour.

Hays hasn’t forgotten about her alma mater, though. According to Hunt-Hurst, Hays has returned to campus numerous times to guest lecture and offer learning opportunities to current students. In her free time, the mother of three is a board member for Fernbank Museum’s Artemis Foundation.

I’m so impressed by Tosha Hays’s success in such a highly competitive industry and congratulate her on being named to UGA’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2013!

To view the full list of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, please click here.

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04.18.2014

UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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