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10.25.2013

Former 40 Under 40 honoree sees dream approach reality

Despite having just graduated from UGA in 2007, Brian Bordainick's (AB ’07, BSED ’07) LinkedIn profile reads like a seasoned professional's.

Following graduation, Bordainick elected to join Teach for America and headed to George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans. By the time he was 23, he was named the school's athletic director and the youngest individual in Louisiana history to hold the position.

Although Bordainick concluded his time as athletic director in 2010, the press is still recognizing him for his efforts to bring a special dream to fruition for Carver High athletes - especially as that dream took one step closer to reality in September.

Carver High's original football field was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Over the course of the past five years, Bordainick has led a campaign to raise more than $1.4 million to build a new state-of-the-art football field at the Upper Ninth Ward school - The 9th Ward Field of Dreams. Donations poured in from across the country. Sean Payton donated $20,000. Former New Orleans city councilman Arnie Fielkow pledged $25,000. The Brees Dream Foundation donated $100,000. The NFL and Recovery School District each pitched in $200,000. Nike contributed $237,000.

Disbelief and doubt by many didn’t stop Bordainick, and because of his determination, officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the stadium project in late September. The New Orleans Times-Picayune featured the alumnus at the time of the groundbreaking.

Bordainick is now chief executive officer of Dinner Lab, a membership-based social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners who are looking for something different from the traditional restaurant experience. He was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and the UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Class of 2011, and I have no doubt he’ll keep doing amazing things.

Congratulations, Brian, on seeing your dream in New Orleans take one step closer to completion. Thank you for representing UGA so well.

To read more about Bordainick’s Field of Dreams, click here

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04.18.2014

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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04.17.2014

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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04.15.2014

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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