Alumna puts passion for historic preservation into action
Longtime UGA supporter hangs his “Gone Fishing” sign
McCall Wilder Designs offers timeless clothing options for children
UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery
Thank a Donor Day is today!
2014 UGA Day Tour
Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week
2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon
Alaina in Atlanta connects young professionals
Umano: where fashion and philanthropy meet
Julia Clark (MED '68) elected into prestigious Cosmos Club
The 2014 Ring Ceremony has arrived!
Focus on Faculty: Diane Marie Amann
The 73rd Peabody Awards are almost here!
FotoIN named to Technology Association of Georgia’s Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies List
40 Under 40 Spotlight - Brendan K. Hatcher (BBA '97)
Alumna Lisa Taylor (JD '01) serves those unable to serve themselves
An Interview with David Greene (BBA '04)
Josh Seehorn (BSFR '08, MNR '11) hikes cross country for North American Envirothon
Billy Payne (AB '69, JD '73) named Georgia Trustee by Georgia Historical Society
2014 Senior Signature Campaign
Wisdom from Athens
Dr. Michael Davis (PHD '05) awarded Don Brownlee Award
Alumni chosen as finalists for UGA’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest.
Alumnus recognized by President Obama
Support students - get your UGA specialty tag today!
Calling All Alumni: Southern Italy & Sicily Garden and Farm Tour
Alumna Amanda Anderson (BSFCS '97) named Wellhouse director at Blackberry Farm
College of Education accepting alumni award nominations
Focus on Faculty: Stephan Durham
Early registration for the 2014 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk ends tomorrow
Young alumnus Kyle Green (BS ’12) launches Young Hearted Apparel clothing line
2014 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar: The Best of UGA
A Calling for this Bulldog
New Heights, New Horizons
UGA alumnae shed a light on “Atlanta’s Real Women”
UGA study abroad program inspires documentary
Creative jewelry designed by alumna Casey Melton (BBA '04, BFA '05)
Another successful UGA Alumni Leadership Assembly
Sonny Seiler (BBA ‘56, JD ‘57) receives Erk Russell Award
Georgia’s on my mind this weekend for Alumni Leadership Assembly!
Music of Steve Dancz (BMUS ’80) featured in Super Bowl XLVIII
Alumnus awarded President’s Fulfilling the Dreams Award
Alumna Elizabeth Sheain (MAED ‘11) opens horse rescue
David Ellis (AB ‘94) named vice president of marketing for O’Charley’s
UGA Alumnus appointed director of UGA Technology Commercialization Office
UGA graduate named to Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni list
UGA celebrates 229th anniversary as first state-chartered institution of higher education
Social Empowerment Center named top Bulldog 100 business
Diabetes advocate Phil Southerland (BSA ‘05) launches Team Type 1 Foundation
UGA alumnus Tom Okie (PHD ‘12) explains the history behind “The Peach State”
UGA alumnus launches Dinner Lab
Paul Byron Downs (AB '93) is a rising star in luxury furnishings market
Alumnus Patrick Millsaps (JD '00) rubbing elbows in Hollywood
Jamie Fine (ABJ '89) takes the cake!
Focus on Faculty: John Maltese
Richard Riley (BBA ‘84) serves as U.S. Consul General
Former UGA Alumni Association president passes away
Happy New Year!
Traveling to the Gator Bowl?
Happy Holidays from the UGA Alumni Association!
Alumni-owned companies collaborate to provide ultimate Southern experience
Alumna is force behind Amalia Designs
Anne Byrn (BSHE ‘78) lands her cake mixes in Publix Super Markets
UGA alumnus Daniel Streicker (PHD ‘11) named first winner of international science prize
UGA Alumni Association holiday parties are in full swing
Alumni open Athens’s only vegan restaurant
Alumna offers reusable wrapping
Mike Proctor (BBA ‘96) sells collegiate kettle corn
When R. Patrick Lucas (BS ’98) was named a Truman Scholar in 1997, former UGA President Charles Knapp invited his family to a private dinner in the Presidential Dining Room. The accomplished student leader was amazed by the personal attention, but appreciated the invitation for another reason – it was the first time his parents would share a meal since they divorced when Lucas was six. Since that special dinner, his father has passed away, but the memory still warms his heart today.
Being named one of only 70 Truman Scholars that year was not Lucas’s only accomplishment or favorite memory while he was a UGA student. He was a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society, Blue Key Honor Society, Arch Society and Leadership UGA. He was a tour guide at the UGA Visitors Center, a 1998 UGA Outstanding Senior Leader, and was named to the 1996 USA Today All USA Academic First Team (one of 20 in the country).
Lucas’s campus leadership experience launched him into a successful medical career. After graduating from UGA in 1998, he attended Medical College of Georgia. He then began his residency at Wake Forest University’s North Carolina Baptist Hospital.
In 2005, Dr. Lucas joined Hawthorne Medical Associates here in Athens, and was made a full partner two years later. In addition to being the primary care physician for approximately 2,500 patients, Lucas also served as the Chief of Internal Medicine Division at Athens Regional Medical Center from 2009 to 2013. In 2012, he became the president of the Crawford W. Long Medical Society, the Athens-area medical professional society.
Louise Hill, who nominated Lucas for this honor, has watched the young leader grow through her involvement with the Georgia 4-H program. In 2011, though, her friendship with him evolved into a patient-physician relationship.
“I was the beneficiary of Dr. Lucas’s amazing care in 2011 when a rare spinal condition caused me to become paralyzed overnight. Not only did he treat me while I was at Athens Regional Medical Center, but he orchestrated my transfer to Atlanta’s Shepherd Center and continued to communicate with me regularly during my two months there,” says Hill. “He has been instrumental in my adapting to life in a wheelchair. My Shepherd Center physician and physical therapist often commented on how fortunate I was to be the patient of such an outstanding physician and compassionate individual.”
Lucas’s compassion extends beyond his professional duties, though. In 2010, the alumnus co-founded the Northeast Georgia branch of Compassionate Care Hospice (CCH). As its medical director, Lucas helps provide end of life care at a higher level of quality than what had been typically offered in the area. CCH has served more than 240 patients and their families since it began.
In his free time, Lucas volunteers as a physician at Mercy Health Center, a Sunday School teacher at Ashford Memorial Methodist Church, and youth basketball and baseball coach.
Dr. Patrick Lucas has left his mark on so many in Northeast Georgia through his professional and volunteer efforts. I am proud to call him a Georgia Bulldog and a member of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.
Catherine Garner (MHP ’13) has a passion for preserving the historic buildings of Salisbury, NC. After finishing her undergraduate degree in geography and urban planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Garner interned with preservation planners in Winston-Salem. Fulfilled by the work, she chose to pursue the path of historic preservation, eventually earning her master's degree from UGA in preservation planning.
Since then, Garner has landed her dream job as Salisbury’s newest city planner and liaison to the City’s Historic Preservation Commission. In this position, she help develop communities in which people want to live. She is involved in the city’s new "one-stop shop" for development services. The innovative program encourages local business owners to obtain city permits and a business license under the same roof. By streamlining the process, more local businesses will be involved in the city planning process.
Congratulations, Catherine! It’s great to see an alumna making a difference in her community. The work you do will impact Salisbury for generations to come.
William “Dink” H. NeSmith, Jr. (ABJ ’70) is one of the most passionate Bulldogs you will meet. A 1970 graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, NeSmith is co-owner and publisher of Athens-based Community Newspapers, Inc., which publishes dozens of newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. As if his professional responsibilities didn’t keep him busy enough, NeSmith, a self-admitted “joiner,” has dedicated as much (if not more) of his free time to higher education.The list of his past university volunteer roles is unparalleled:
- chairman of Grady's advisory board and president of its alumni board;
- chairman of the board of directors of the Fanning Leadership Institute;
- chairman of the Richard B. Russell Foundation;
- member of the Athletic Association Board of Directors; and
- trustee of the UGA Foundation
In addition, NeSmith is a past president of the UGA Alumni Association and served from 2003 to 2005. He could always be counted on to support his alma mater, and his leadership was surely a factor in UGA’s rise to a top 20 public institution of higher education.
In 2008, Gov. Sonny Perdue asked NeSmith to join the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. Five years later, he was serving as chairman of the 18-person governing board for USG. Only the third Athenian to fill this position, NeSmith recently concluded his term as chairman.
Reflecting on a lifetime of professional and philanthropic endeavors, NeSmith recently penned a short piece about his readiness to enjoy his greatest accomplishment: his family. The alumnus is surrounded by an ever-growing swath of Bulldog Faithful: his wife, Pam (BSHE ’71); three children, Alan (BSA ’04), Emily (AB ’99) and Eric (ABJ ’02); and seven grandsons. Upon the birth of each grandchild, NeSmith proudly gave them each a lifetime membership with the UGA Alumni Association. Although the Alumni Association is no longer dues-based, the NeSmith family boasts an impressive 15 lifetime members!
Read more about NeSmith’s transition to “grandpa time” here. This is one alumnus who has certainly earned the right to hang his “Gone Fishing” sign on the door. Thank you for your continued support, Dink, and your fine leadership in many areas across campus and the state.
Dink NeSmith is a regular contributor to the Athens Banner-Herald; read more of his pieces here.
McCall Wilder (ABJ '92) was having trouble locating the perfect outfit for her first baby's Christening. After an usuccessful search, the alumna decided to take matters into her own hands and create her own elegant and timeless clothing pieces for children. And so, in 2001, McCall Wilder Designs was established.
Wilder grew up in Athens with dreams of designing and pursuing journalism. She attended Hollins College in Virginia before transferring to UGA to study broadcast news in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After graduating, Wilder interned and worked for CNN in Atlanta, taking part in the launch of CNN.com, the Internet’s first news site. She remained at CNN as a writer and producer until 1999.
Wilder’s “Baby McCall line” of heirloom gowns and special occasion outfits was only available by appointment until May 2008, when the first McCall Wilder Couture for Children Boutique & Atelier opened in the heart of Atlanta. The Baby McCall and McCall Wilder Designs lines now include more than 50 different styles, from crib bedding to dresses for teens and women.
Congratulations on your successful business venture, McCall. Your clothes and other products are simply beautiful.
Stay up-to-date on news and design ideas through the McCall Wilder Designs Facebook page.