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Eleven UGA alumni named to Georgia Trend 40 Under 40

I am proud to share that eleven UGA alumni were named to Georgia Trend  magazine's 2013 40 Under 40 list. This prestigious list recognizes young Georgians leading in business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation and education. The honorees are chosen from nominations made by readers across the state. The UGA alumni honored this year are:

Matt Bishop (MPA ’99, PHD ’12)

J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 
University of Georgia

Otis Brumby III (BBA ’03, JD ’06)

Chairman and Publisher
The Marietta Daily Journal, Neighbor Newspapers, Cherokee Tribune

Angela Dotson (BBA ’98, MACC ’99)

Habif, Arogeti and Wynne

Dr. Adam Goldberg (BS ’04)

Goldberg Dental Group

Jay Markwalter III (BBA ’98)

Tourism Director
Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce

Eric NeSmith (ABJ ’02)

Vice President of Business Development
Community Newspapers, Inc.

Jocelyn Rogers (BS ’97)

Obstetrician/Gynecologist/Medical Director of Women’s Services
Phoebe Sumter Medical Center

Blake Tillery (AB ’06, JD ’10)

Toombs County Commission

Melissa Tymchuk (ABJ ’96)

Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Northeast Georgia Health System

Benjamin Vinson (JD ’02)

Attorney, Government Affairs Practice Group
McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP

Shannon Wallace (AB ’99, JD 02)

District Attorney
Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit

Of course, I would be remiss not to mention that Angela Dotson was also included in the UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.

Congratulations to all of these successful alumni. I encourage you to visit the complete list to learn more about these graduates and their careers.

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UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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