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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’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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Former UGA football player gives back to the community

In recent years, the Lumpkin Street School in Hawkinsville, Georgia, one of 500 Georgia equalization schools built for African-American students during segregation, has fallen into disrepair. The town’s Deacons and Stewards Association wants to turn the space into a community center and museum, and a former Georgia football player is helping to make that happen.

Charles Johnson (M ’08), through the Charles Johnson Foundation (CJF), has issued a $25,000 challenge grant to renovate the school. The challenge, which states that CFJ will donate $25,000 to match the $25,000 that the Deacons and Stewards Association raises, has been instrumental in gaining donations for the project from other organizations.

Charles Johnson teaches a basketball clinic in his hometown of Hawkinsville, Georgia, during the Charles Johnson Foundation’s annual Community Weekend.

This isn’t the first time Charles Johnson has helped out his hometown. The captain for the Carolina Panthers has donated funds to support Parent Cafes for single mothers, sponsored women to attend the Pulaski Tomorrow program, donated to other middle Georgia foundations, and has provided scholarships to Pulaski County students during his organization’s annual Community Weekend in Hawkinsville.

For more information about the Lumpkin Street School project and how you can help, please email Greg Brown

Thank you for helping preserve the history of Georgia, Charles! The UGA Alumni Association is proud of your accomplishments on and off the field.

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Spotlight on a Bulldog Business: FotoIN

Class of 2014 40 Under 40 honoree Sly Barisic (MBA ’04) and his brother, James Gates (AB ’01, MPA ’04), founded FotoIN in 2012, an automated mobile and management solution for capturing, documenting and filing site photos to a customer's storage repositories. 

The startup is located in Atlanta and Zagreb, Croatia, Sly’s native country. It serves an array of industries, including construction, real estate and property management.

James Gates

Sly Barisic

The company has seen growth in the construction industry,  managing projects for Brasfield and Gorrie, the lead company in the development of the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium. Barisic was also invited to speak at tech conferences in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco last year.

The UGA Alumni Association is proud to showcase the success of hardworking alumni! For more information about startups founded by UGA alumni, click here. If you have an alumni-owned or -operated startup that you would like featured on this blog, please email Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Lewis (AB '12, AB '12) at

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