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Stephen Walker (BBA ‘04) launches gourmet popcorn business

Stephen Walker (BBA '04) is looking forward to a busy holiday season. Since launching a gourmet popcorn retail store in September 2013, he has been pleasantly surprised by the interest shown by customers and food critics.

SweetnCheesy is a gourmet popcorn company based in Jacksonville, Fla., that produces and sells more than 100 gourmet flavors. After positive reviews in the local newspaper and an appearance on the Jacksonville NBC affiliate, the SweetnCheesy team is off to a great start. Walker joked that while the NBC producers were loyal Florida fans, he managed to convince them to let him display SweetnCheesy's officially licensed University of Georgia tin on the air.

After graduating from UGA in 2004, Walker began his career with CSX Corporation. In 2007, he left CSX and headed to business school at Columbia University.

Following his graduation from Columbia in 2009, Walker lived abroad in Chengdu, China, and Bangkok, Thailand. Before returning to Jacksonville to start SweetnCheesy, Walker was an equity analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein, the top sell-side research firm on Wall Street. 

To learn more about Walker's delicious endeavor, visit SweetnCheesy's website and "like" the company on Facebook.

Congratulations, Stephen. My mouth is watering after reading about your popcorn treats!

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd

Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’

Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.

During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.

WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”

Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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