Former Bulldog’s Studio Shines in Storytelling
Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees from the School of Law and Grady
40 Under 40 Class of 2014: Advice to Students
Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees: Favorite UGA Memories
Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees
2014 40 Under 40 Keynote Speaker: Kim Bearden (BSED '87)
Sounds of the Classic City
Official 2014 Game Watching Parties
Five questions with wedding planner Maren Clarke White (AB ‘09)
Reflecting on Freshman Welcome 2014
Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome
2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd
UGA Class of 2014 Summer Commencement
Former Bulldog making “Chic Comfort Food” on MasterChef
Father and son share a bond like no other
UGA alumna is on fire
Make miracles happen with Gwinnett Braves
2014 is “Going to the Dawgs”
A Bulldog reunion 30 years in the making
UGA alumnus named chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association
Five Questions with Richmond Chapter Vice President Taylor Jacobson (BS '09)
Atlanta Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Bradley Franklin
We are our Sisters’ Keepers
40 Under 40 Class of 2014 Announced
Focus on Faculty: Elizabeth Andress
Spotlight on Young Alumni: Angelique Jackson (ABJ '12)
Cortona presented with key to the Classic City
UGA alumnus takes Nashville baseball fans back in time
Terry College presents alumni awards
Marshall Scholar meets Prince Charles
A whirlwind trip to the Peabody Awards in NYC
Former UGA Orientation Leader hopes to inspire others to serve their country
Alumnus and Bulldog 100 Honoree works to lead Georgians out of poverty
#CRAZYFORUGA (an insider’s guide to following UGA on Instagram)
Alumni Career Services: New Director and Alumni Career Fair
Grady College announces recipients of 2014 Alumni Awards
Young Alumni Profile - Mel Baxter (AB '12)
Richmond Chapter donates to Student Veterans Resource Center
40 Under 40 Spotlight - Catherine Trieschmann
Ertharin Cousin (JD '82) named to 2014 TIME 100 Most Influential People
UGA Alumni Association pays tribute to UGA’s founder and first president with statue on North Campus
Bulldog sisters make mark on wedding industry
Alumnus and Bulldog 100 honoree named Georgia Trend’s 2014 Most Respected Business Leader
President Obama honors Chemistry Professor Gary Douberly for energy research
Focus on Faculty: Tony Lowe
Catching up with Atlanta-based artist Britt Bass Turner
US Poet Laureate uses her past to speak to the unspeakable
Accomplished concert artist returns to Georgia
Caplan and Cobb: the new dynamic duo of Atlanta law
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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
The idea of eating bugs may seem a bit "out there" to most of us, but one daring Bulldog has made it his business. Harman Johar (BSES ’13, BSAB ’13) launched a company that sells insects as food while attending UGA. Today, that business is putting Johar on the map.
During his sophomore year, while on a date at a sushi restaurant, Johar realized that while the idea of eating raw fish was considered outrageous 20 years ago, raw fish is common these days. Johar, a marketing and entemology student at the time, was curious what Americans would be eating in the future. It was at that moment that he began to conceptualize his business.
Johar began by enlisting the help of college friends who were majoring in graphic design, finance, biology, new media and public relations. After formulating a general business structure with those friends, Johar officially launched World Entomophagy.
Within a week, Johar attracted his first customer: a bakery in Ohio looking for a product for the Halloween season. The result was a spiced pumpkin rum cake covered in chocolate and dipped in caramelized mealworms - perfect for a spooky holiday! Other clients quickly followed and before long, he was catching the business world's attention.
Johar was named runner-up in the 2013 Global Student Entrepreneurial Awards sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Organization. He was also selected as a "Startup to Watch" in the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2013 Business Person of the Year Awards. Johar attended the G20 Summit as a U.S. delegate and was a social entrepreneurship panelist at the summit this year.
Now that he has graduated, the alumnus plans to open a large production facility where he can begin full production in early 2014. Johar hopes to lead a sustainable, edible insect trend in America - especially in culinary forward-thinking cities like Austin, Texas.
So, how does it work? Johar grows mainly crickets and mealworms in oatmeal and other grains so the insects are constantly surrounded by food. He adds apples and carrots that serve as water sources. The end result is a protein-rich bug. When populations reach sufficient levels, he harvests enough to fill orders and kills them painlessly in a process he developed. Then, the insects are dry-roasted, sealed in an airtight bag and shipped around the country.
I must admit I've never had a "spiced pumpkin rum cake covered in chocolate and dipped in caramelized mealworms," but I'm impressed by the creativity shown by Harman. I wish him the very best in this business endeavor - and may just have to try a creation using his "ingredients" in the future!
Read more about Harman Johar online at Mother Nature Network.
Harold Hayes Jr. (ABJ ’01) specializes in a number of different fields, from editing, producing and directing to writing, graphic design and marketing. Each of these skills are used together for one true purpose: storytelling. Sunnyboy Entertainment, Hayes’ company, is a creative studio based in Pasadena, California. The studio uses its unique approach to production to capture some incredible moments and stories in the world of music, film and television.
Hayes has worked with movie studios on countless occasions to provide an interesting look into the production stages of incredibly popular films, including The Blind Side, P.S. I Love You, Book of Eli and countless others. This is nothing new for the studio, which has a history of making bonus feature pieces for DVD and Blu-Ray releases of motion pictures.
Additionally, Hayes’ studio has worked with films like Pirates of the Caribbean to create interactive games featuring the movie's characters. These original projects add to the experience in a way that movies cannot achieve on their own.
The journey for Hayes and Sunnyboy continues through projects with musicians like Glitch Mob and Deadmau5 to create visuals for their tours, movie studios to make more video games and featurettes and with corporations, such as Microsoft, to make advertisements that speak to the storyteller in all of us.
Check out Sunnyboy Entertainment's website for examples of Hayes' impressive work.
Tomorrow is the big day, the 2014 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon! The UGA Alumni Association team spend the week highlighting 30 of this year's honorees - and today, the final 10 are featured. These individuals all hail from the School of Law or the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Read on to learn more about these inspiring young graduates.
While at UGA, David Adams (JD ’02) was a Moot Court board member, a member of Honor Court and a member of the Business Law Association. Today, David is a partner at Stites & Harbison, PLLC, in Atlanta where he led the Georgia Financial institution practice for the firm and founded its Georgia State Public Policy practice. He also provides pro bono representation to terminally ill patients who need assistance with end-of-life planning.
With a focus on educational and disability law, Lisa Taylor (JD ’01) works in Washington, D.C. as a prominent civil rights attorney for the Department of Justice. In this role, she works throughout the country to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act. Recently, she also helped launch a diversity and inclusion office in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
After enjoying classes about Georgia law, the legislative process of the Georgia General Assembly and the Executive Branch, Ryan Teague (JD ’03) decided to enter Georgia politics. He currently serves as executive counsel for Governor Nathan Deal. In this role, he has led key criminal justice reform, saving the state millions and allowing for extended rehabilitation opportunities for non-violent offenders.
Double Dawg Shannon Wallace (JD ’12) was the first female elected District Attorney of the Blue Ridge Judicial District in Georgia. She is also one of the youngest of the state’s 49 district attorneys, and recently led the formation of Cherokee County’s first felony drug accountability court. Outside the office, Shannon is involved with the Junior Service League of Woodstock, and travels around her county as a motivational speaker.
As the director of communications for Disney Channel Worldwide, Rachel Harper Fox (ABJ ’06) oversees all communication and media relations for the Disney Channel and Radio Disney. She also is in charge of Disney Channel’s internal corporate communications and national press outreach. Recently, Rachel served as a board member of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, an organization that supports educational excellence in South Pasadena’s public schools.
A former Bulldog 100 honoree, Christy Hulsey (ABJ ’97) is the owner and creative director of the Colonial House of Flowers in Statesboro, Ga. Christy rebuilt and rebranded the 50-year-old shop, earning her the Chapel House Designer Designation. She was asked to decorate the White House for this past Fourth of July, and Pottery Barn has chosen the shop to help launch its summer brand. Outside her business, Christy is a member of the faculty at Ogeechee Technical Institute and the Distance Education Consortium.
A leader in his field, David Mowery (ABJ ’99) owns and operates his own lobbying and public relations firm, one of only two firms in the country that works with both Democrats and Republicans. David’s firm has helped to run successful congressional, senatorial and mayoral campaigns, including the first-ever election of an Independent to the Alabama Senate. Outside of the office, David serves as the president of the newly-formed Montgomery Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association.
Eric NeSmith (ABJ ’02) is the youngest publisher in the history of Community Newspapers, Inc. Currently, the alumnus is its vice president of business development and sits on the board of directors for the company. Most recently, Eric received the National Newspaper Association’s Daniel M. Phillips Award for outstanding leadership as a young professional in the journalism field. To give back to his alma mater, Eric serves as the chair of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni Board.
Elaine Reyes (ABJ ’97) works as an international news anchor for CCTV America, interviewing the likes of former presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. She also serves as the host for CCTV America’s flagship magazine program. Outside the office, Reyes is an active supporter of the March of Dimes, a passion that began when she was a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma at UGA, and continued when her daughter Mercer was born premature three years ago.
Emmy-winner Tracy Thomson (ABJ ’00) is the co-head writer of CBS’s The Young and the Restless, America’s top-rated daytime soap opera. In this role, she has been nominated for four Writers Guild Awards and six Daytime Emmy Awards. Tracy’s brother, Robert Thomson (BA ’02), is also a 40 Under 40 honoree this year, making them the award’s first sibling honorees.
Click here to see the rest of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Information about others in this year's class will be posted to the UGA Alumni Association's blog between 9/12/14 and 9/18/14.
Each 40 Under 40 honoree has an amazing success story that starts with their time at UGA.
With this year's 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon right around the corner, the UGA Alumni Association cannot think of a better group to give advice to current UGA students
Silvije (Sly) Barisic (MBA ’04), Founder & CEO, FotoIN Mobile Corporation
“Believe, for you and for those around you. Act on what you know and believe, for you and for those around you. Selflessly acting for others leases to the greatest personal gains. Faith, family, team – all successful when based on selfless action.”
Mark Butler (BBA ’02), Founder and President, CXO Staffing, Inc. and Pay It Forward Atlanta
“The world measures success often in numbers, whether it is people or dollars. Work hard with passion, drive and superior ethics for yourself, not others, because you are made of greatness. More importantly, try to be sensitive to, and available to meet the needs of, those around you.”
Toby Carr (BBA ’01), Director of Planning, Georgia Department of Transportation
“Be trustworthy. Live your passion. Seek mentors for guidance, and mentor those who need it. Do not be too proud to ask for help. Be curious, reading everything you can. Question every assumption. Balance life by keeping work in its place. Rest on Sundays, and practice humility.”
Ashley Diamond (BBA ’06), Global E-Commerce Leader, Procter & Gamble
“Take the opportunity to study abroad at least once during college. Immersing yourself in another culture and a foreign situation will challenge you from an emotional, mental and physical perspective, allowing you to grow and evolve in ways not possible in Athens, Georgia.”
Bynikini Frazier (BSED ’08), First Grade Teacher, Hodge Elementary School
“Always believe in your dreams and never give up on them. Develop a plan that aligns with your focal point and that allows you to discover your resources, make connections and get involved. Your actions determine your success and your experiences at UGA will guide you into your forever.”
Matthew Sawhill (BBA ‘01), Managing Director of External Affairs, AGL Resources
“Get out of your comfort zone and be involved with other students and organizations. The effort put into building relationships and understanding differing opinions will have an exponential return on your investment.”
Lindsey Harper (BSFCS ’99), Owner, Lindsey Coral Harper Interior Design
“Take advantage of all the opportunities around you. If you are able, study abroad. I participated in a work/study program in London. It definitely was a stepping stone in my career, and it gave me the confidence to move to New York City, the epicenter for interior design.”
Danielle Hosker (BS ’01), Founder and CEO, Dancefx, Inc., Antage Bleu and Baby Bleu
“College is about discovering your passions. Expose yourself, find out what you don’t like and uncover what you love. Read the UGA Bulletin and discover majors and minors you never knew existed. Get involved and pursue every interest: intern, volunteer, shadow, audit a class, join professional clubs, study abroad and have fun!”
Laura Jalbert (BSW ’99, MSW ’00), Owner & Clinical Director, Mindful Transitions, LLC
“Be mindful of the full experience of each moment you encounter. Experience every moment, now and forever, pleasant or unpleasant, with the curiosity and inquisitiveness of a child, but utilize the wisdom you are acquiring as an adult.”
Burt Jones (AB ’04), President, JP Capital & Insurance
“A lot of us have preconceived notions about whom and what we want to be. Knowledge is power! The more education and life experiences you have will create a better you. Make your own decisions, think for yourself and find your place in this world.”
Jody Young (AB ’99), Founding Principal Partner, Atlanta Capital Group
“Take risks, but don’t be a fool. Do your homework, learn as much as you can, so when you make that leap you have some idea of where you are going to land.”
Congratulations to all our 40 Under 40 honorees! The UGA Alumni Association supports you in all your current and future endeavors and can't wait to see you on Thursday, September 18, at the Georgia Aquarium!