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
Warnell honors distinguished alumni
Focus on the Faculty: Kyle Johnsen
Dwayne Bass (AB '98) saves the planet one sculpture at a time
Need a special treat for the holidays? Amanda Wilbanks (AB ‘01) has you covered!
The Bitter Southerner provides insight into life as a Southerner
UGA alumna is first female dean of Morehouse Division of Business Administration and Economics
UGA alumna serves at America’s Cup
Alumna earns SPANX Leg Up Award
Atlanta alumna owns and operates Lacefield Designs
Investiture ceremony for UGA President Jere W. Morehead
Gus Arrendale (BSA ‘80) awarded National Humanitarian Medal
UGA Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge
Founding director of Right Steps Inc., speaks in Athens
Alumni launch Sugarboo Designs
Former UGA football player hosts golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation
Happy Veterans Day!
An exciting week at UGA!
The 2013 McGladrey Classic
Stephen Roy (BSA '86) becomes president of Mack North American Sales & Marketing
Alumnus Mike Mulligan (PHD '72) creates career seminar
UGA alumna is creator of Liddabits
An action-packed weekend
Alumna featured on “Untold Stories of the ER”
Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ‘92) named AP global sports editor
Alumna creates beautiful lamps for a good cause
Tom Pashley (BBA ‘91) named president and COO of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
Former 40 Under 40 honoree sees dream approach reality
UGA alumnae open Athens’s first blow dry bar
Irving Steel (AB ’08) has been described as one of the most “globally competent” UGA graduates. I would add that he is also one of the most committed alumni when it comes to giving back to the University of Georgia.
Steel graduated from UGA in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a certificate in global studies. Steel traveled to China in 2007 through the International Center for Democratic Governance and the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA, and credits that experience for opening career paths for him.
Steel’s experience abroad at UGA led him to move to Shanghai after graduation. From 2009 to 2011, he served as an environmental champion and corporate account coordinator for Tandus. The alumnus was responsible for leading the company’s sustainability efforts in China and managing more than 40 design, architecture, construction and project management company accounts.
While Steel was with Tandus, he also founded Green Drinks China, which aims to bridge the gap between organizations, students and communities in order to take action on environmental issues in China. What began as a monthly networking event has grown into an eight-city organization hosting more than 75 events and planting hundreds of trees across China.
At the same time Steel was working for Tandus and founding Green Drinks China, he also found time to establish and lead the UGA Alumni Association China Chapter. As the China Chapter president, Steel coordinates events and programs for alumni across China. In addition, he hosts events and functions for undergraduate and MBA students, professors and other campus departments.
In 2012, Steel, who is now fluent in Mandarin, founded and became CEO of Original Life, Ltd., which strives to create a deeper impact on the attitude toward food and life via aquaponics. He facilitates training sessions and partnerships with educational institutions, and trains undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the University of Virginia’s SEED program. Original Life’s mission is very simple – clean, affordable food for all.
Kavita Pandit, associate provost in UGA’s Office of International Affairs, nominated Steel for the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, saying, “What impresses me most about Irving is his truly international outlook and vision. He has identified a very promising business niche which is consistent with his personal commitment to environmental responsibility.”
Steel’s entrepreneurial spirit and international outlook is taking him great places. He was awarded the Rotary International Leadership Award for Community Development by Rotary Shanghai last year and has won a number of other awards, including Environmental Performer for Asia from Asia’s top real estate media.
Congratulations to Irving on being named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013 – he is truly deserving of this honor and we are glad to have the opportunity to recognize him for his commitment to UGA.
The UGA College of Engineering continues to flourish since it was established in 2012. Helping lead this dramatic growth is Stephan Durham, an associate professor in the college.
Professor Durham earned his bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees from the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He first arrived at UGA in January 2012 to assist with the development of the new undergraduate degree program in civil engineering.
Durham, whose teaching and research interests center on concrete materials, structural engineering and sustainability, enjoys engaging students with “hands-on” engineering through his Civil Engineering Materials class. He describes the course as one in which students “mix and test sustainable concrete mixtures and examine the behavior of steel and wood when subjected to loads.” He also notes that he enjoys the part of the semester during which students construct concrete Frisbees for a class competition.
In addition to teaching, Durham helped build the civil engineering program from the ground up, and now serves as its program coordinator. He has helped grow the program from 63 to 108 students in just two years. During its short existence, the college has already been awarded a 2012 Outstanding University Award by the American Concrete Award Institute, and has instituted a student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The UGA Alumni Association appreciates all that Durham has done for UGA’s engineering program!
To learn more about Stephan Durham and his work at UGA, please click here.
Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of early registration prices for the 7th annual Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk on March 22.
Athens' largest 5K has become an annual tradition, providing an early-spring opportunity for UGA alumni and friends to gather together and enjoy UGA's beautiful campus. T-shirts will be given to participants who register by Thursday, March 13 and to walk-up registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided after the race. An official Run & See Georgia Grand Prix race, participants can use their Dawg Trot time as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race and other races across the country.
Dawg Trot is an official Dawgs on the Move event. Dawgs on the move is a UGA Alumni Association initiative to encourage UGA alumni and friends to get active. Dawgs on the Move supports the UGA Obesity Initiative, which addresses Georgia's obesity problem through treatment, prevention and research.
Start warming up for Dawg Trot and register today!
Kyle Green (BS ’12) is taking the “young” in “young alumni” to heart with his new American-made clothing line, Young Hearted Apparel.
Following graduation, Green didn't quite feel like a full-fledged adult. Young Hearted Apparel is inspired by this feeling, and appeal to “fledgling adults not quite ready to settle into life in solid stripes or basic patterns.” The line features clothing emblazoned with sea life, funky patterns, and pop art representing beloved characters of '90s television.
However, style is not Green’s only goal. He places great emphasis on the quality and origin of his products, too, using only high-grade materials and American production. The alumnus further emphasizes the point, “Producing it outside of America was one thing I wouldn’t bend on. The U.S. apparel manufacturing industry has seen such a loss, and with the economy and outsourcing being a major talking point in the last election, there was no way I was going to follow in the footsteps of other fashion companies with regard to this issue.”
Green cites UGA as having helped shape his clothing line. He credits his desire to have fun with his “young hearted mindset,” and acknowledges the important guidance he received from his professors as he built his business. “[My professors] are the ones who prepared me and gave me the tools and confidence to enter the professional world.”
Congratulations, Kyle, on all your success! Sounds like we might have a future Bulldog 100 business owner in our midst!