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09.17.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Albert Glover Way (PHD ’08)

Albert Glover Way (PHD ’08) is an assistant professor of history at Kennesaw State University. He teaches classes in recent U.S. history, Georgia history and environmental history. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in 1995 and four years later, graduated from the University of Mississippi with a master’s degree in Southern studies. In 2008, Way earned his Ph.D. in history from UGA.

Between graduating from UGA and accepting a job at Kennesaw State University, he held two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships. He was a fellow in the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies from 2008 to 2010, and was awarded a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in 2011.

“Bert has evolved into one of our state’s preeminent scholars on cultural and environmental history,” said Dr. John W. Bembry, a friend of Way’s. “He has taken his academic training and applied it to benefit the environment and his fellow man through teaching, writing and advocating for sustainable land management.”

Way has published two books, Conserving Southern Longleaf: Herbert Stoddard and the Rise of Ecological Land Management and The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach. He is working on a book project tentatively titled Not Naturally a Grass Country: Environment, Plant Genetics, and the Quest for Agricultural Modernization in the Humid World, which examines the use of scientific expertise to transform agricultural landscapes in the American South and other humid regions.

In addition, the alumnus has penned numerous articles and publications. He has presented on his writings and research in Nacogdoches, Texas, at UGA’s Eugene Odum School of Ecology, as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History Colloquium Series, and a number of other venues and conferences.

Outside of the classroom and away from his desk, Way is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Agricultural History Society, American Society for Environmental History, American Historical Association, Forest History Society and the Southern Historical Association. He is an editorial board member for Agricultural History and serves on the board of directors of the Altamaha Riverkeeper, a nonprofit organization that monitors and advocates for Georgia’s largest river system.

Congratulations, Albert, on being recognized as a member of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. You are a true academic and we are proud to call you a member of the Bulldog family.

If you have yet to register for Thursday’s 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, it’s not too late to attend. On-site registration will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. See you there!

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04.24.2014

Caplan and Cobb: the new dynamic duo of Atlanta law

Mike Caplan (AB '02, MBA ’05, JD ’06) and James Cobb (BS ’00) recently launched Caplan Cobb LLP, a new law firm focusing on business litigation in the Atlanta area. Mike’s practice focuses on complex business litigation while James’s practice is focused on the resolution of complex business disputes.

Triple Dawg Caplan left quite a legacy graduating magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in addition to his membership in both the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. In 2012, he received the Southern Center for Human Rights' inaugural Gideon's Promise Award for his work in Flournoy v. State, which led to significant reforms to Georgia's indigent-defense system.

Cobb graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University Law School in 2005. While he was at GWU, he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Senior Projects Editor of the George Washington Law Review. Outside of his business practice, James represents individuals and entities in civil-rights, criminal, and education-related matters.

The duo originally met in college as competitors in a national moot court competition and became friends in the following years. SuperLawyers Magazine named both Caplan and Cobb rising stars in Georgia for Business Litigation. Good luck to both Mike and James as they take on the Atlanta business law world!

To learn more about Caplan Cobb LLP, visit their website here.

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04.23.2014

Alumna puts passion for historic preservation into action

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.

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04.22.2014

Longtime UGA supporter hangs his “Gone Fishing” sign

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.

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