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09.16.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Raegan Tuff (PHD ’09)

When asked to define success, Raegan Tuff (PHD ’09) said, “Success means being significant-creating a legacy that changes lives, environments and cultures in ways that make positive and sustainable impacts that transcend my lifetime.”

Based on what I have learned about this outstanding alumna, she has built her career, community involvement, and literary contributions around this selfless definition of success.

Tuff graduated from Furman University with a bachelor’s degree in 2001 and a master’s degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2003. Three years later, she earned an interdisciplinary qualitative studies graduate certificate from UGA. In 2009, she proudly earned her Ph.D. in health promotions from UGA.

During her journey to earning her Ph.D., Tuff trained 150 undergraduate students in improved health and behavior practices at UGA; was as a research fellow at Westat; taught at Morehouse School of Medicine; and was an evaluation specialist with McKing Consulting Corporation in Atlanta.

In 2010, Tuff joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health analyst. In this role, the alumna manages agency-wide technology solutions that help track prevention and control activities in all 50 states and the Pacific Islands. One such project includes managing a 5-year, $2 million public health contract with a private sector organization. Tuff also develops and formulates public health programs for local and national public health programs.

Tuff’s manuscript was selected for inclusion in the African American Handbook of Health. She has been selected to serve on the Society for Public Health Education Board of Directors and is the youngest member and first student elected as a New Professional Trustee.

In her spare time, Tuff volunteers as the director of the Diadem Women’s Ministry and as a sponsor for Youth 4 Healthy Hearts, a foundation that provides heart screening and scholarships to young people in Georgia. She is the founder and CEO of the performing arts company, The Art of Living.

Thank you, Raegan, for setting a fine example of a UGA graduate by being a past, present and future model of success in every aspect of your life!

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12.19.2014

Brothers make business a family affair

How do two brothers from tiny Hopeful, Georgia, manage to take Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit to a new level? Well, ask the Shirah brothers, Benjie (BSFR ’07, MFR ’10) and Jamey (BBA ’10). Since leaving Athens, the business-savvy brothers have embarked on a number of successful endeavors, including The Ivy Buckhead and Atlanta-based companies Kill Cliff – The Recovery Drink™ and Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station. Now, the brothers are heading in a new direction - your feet. 

This fall, Benjie and Jamey launched their latest project, JL The Brand, a flair-filled sock company. Together with friends, the brothers are working to add a little jazz to the mundane black and blue men’s suit with top-notch socks. 

Designed with unique patterns and colors, JL The Brand offers affordable high quality socks that add a subtle yet sophisticated pop to any outfit. JL The Brand socks are the perfect gift for any guy this holiday season! 

With the Shirah brothers’ keen eye for business development, these young alumni are sure make a lasting mark on Atlanta's entrepreneurial scene. 

Keep up with the Shirah's businesses on social media: 

@theivybuckhead
@govidaflo
@jlthebrand

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12.18.2014

40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations

Tobin R. "Toby" Carr (BBA '01, BSAE '01) was named associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations at UGA. Vice President for Government Relations J. Griffin Doyle announced the appointment of Carr, who currently is planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Carr was appointed to his current DOT post in 2012, a position in which he has led a team of some 30 planning professionals in guiding strategic planning and project budget documents that direct state and federal resources to fund transportation projects. He graduated from the UGA Honors Program in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural engineering. Before assuming his DOT post, Carr served as Deal's transportation policy adviser and the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He previously was director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.

An active student leader while at UGA, Carr served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was named to Sphinx, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and the Arch Society. He currently serves on the UGA College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Board and was recognized in 2014 as a UGA 40 Under 40 and as the 2012 Blue Key Outstanding Young Alumnus Award winner.

"I'm humbled and thrilled to serve my alma mater in this role," Carr said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Deal for his support of this new endeavor and to President Morehead and Vice President Doyle for giving me the opportunity to advance the mission of UGA."

Carr will serve as primary liaison between the university and state government officials, representing the university in all matters involving legislators, agencies, departments, and the other higher education institutions of Georgia. The transition will occur in early January.

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12.11.2014

UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program

Did a teacher at UGA enrich your life or create a spark that inspired you to pursue your dreams? Was there a professor or teaching assistant that pushed you to do your best and helped you discover your passion for a certain subject? 

Now is the time to let that teacher - and the university community - know how grateful you are for their effect on your life. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites current UGA students and alumni to particpate in the Thank-a-Teacher program.

What is Thank-a-Teacher? It is a program that allows students and alumni to express gratitude for teachers who have impacted their lives in a profound and meaningful way. If a teacher (professor, instructor, teaching assistant) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to the note. 

You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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