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11.08.2013

An exciting week at UGA!

On campus, the leaves are changing to a beautiful display of reds, oranges and yellows. Each breathe is visible during walks across campus. Scarves, sweaters and hats are making their debut on students heading to class. This can only mean one thing: it's fall in the Classic City.

This time of year is especially exciting to be on campus. Not only is it beautiful, but there are a number of fun and engaging activities for UGA alumni, friends and students. I encourage you to return to campus in the coming weeks to take advantage of cooler temperatures and a few of the fun (and often free) events taking place at your alma mater.

Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 2013 Homecoming Week at UGA. Students, including our Student Alumni Council (SAC) members, have participated in a variety of spirit activities, including street painting outside of the Tate Student Center. Members of our board of directors are in town today for the Fall Board Meeting, and tomorrow we will host the second annual SAC Alumni Tailgate. If you are planning to attend tonight's Homecoming Parade in downtown Athens, keep your eyes peeled for UGA Alumni Association President Tim Keadle (BBA '78), who will ride in the parade, as well as former Alumni Association President Abit Massey (BBA '49) who will ride on the SAC float. And, of course, the Bulldogs will take on Appalachian State University tomorrow Between the Hedges. It will be a fun weekend with many alumni friends returning "home" - I hope to see you here! Click here for a complete listing of Homecoming activities this weekend.

As if that wasn't enough excitement, yesterday was the first day of the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts Festival. This weeklong series of events highlights the incredible array of artistic opportunities and offerings at UGA. A few of the events taking place between Thursday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 15 include:

For the complete 2013 Spotlight on the Arts Festival schedule, please click here.

As you can tell, it's going to be an exciting and busy week on campus. I hope to see some of you back in Athens enjoying the talents of UGA students, staff, alumni and faculty!

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12.19.2014

Brothers make business a family affair

How do two brothers from tiny Hopeful, Georgia, manage to take Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit to a new level? Well, ask the Shirah brothers, Benjie (BSFR ’07, MFR ’10) and Jamey (BBA ’10). Since leaving Athens, the business-savvy brothers have embarked on a number of successful endeavors, including The Ivy Buckhead and Atlanta-based companies Kill Cliff – The Recovery Drink™ and Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station. Now, the brothers are heading in a new direction - your feet. 

This fall, Benjie and Jamey launched their latest project, JL The Brand, a flair-filled sock company. Together with friends, the brothers are working to add a little jazz to the mundane black and blue men’s suit with top-notch socks. 

Designed with unique patterns and colors, JL The Brand offers affordable high quality socks that add a subtle yet sophisticated pop to any outfit. JL The Brand socks are the perfect gift for any guy this holiday season! 

With the Shirah brothers’ keen eye for business development, these young alumni are sure make a lasting mark on Atlanta's entrepreneurial scene. 

Keep up with the Shirah's businesses on social media: 

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12.18.2014

40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations

Tobin R. "Toby" Carr (BBA '01, BSAE '01) was named associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations at UGA. Vice President for Government Relations J. Griffin Doyle announced the appointment of Carr, who currently is planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Carr was appointed to his current DOT post in 2012, a position in which he has led a team of some 30 planning professionals in guiding strategic planning and project budget documents that direct state and federal resources to fund transportation projects. He graduated from the UGA Honors Program in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural engineering. Before assuming his DOT post, Carr served as Deal's transportation policy adviser and the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He previously was director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.

An active student leader while at UGA, Carr served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was named to Sphinx, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and the Arch Society. He currently serves on the UGA College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Board and was recognized in 2014 as a UGA 40 Under 40 and as the 2012 Blue Key Outstanding Young Alumnus Award winner.

"I'm humbled and thrilled to serve my alma mater in this role," Carr said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Deal for his support of this new endeavor and to President Morehead and Vice President Doyle for giving me the opportunity to advance the mission of UGA."

Carr will serve as primary liaison between the university and state government officials, representing the university in all matters involving legislators, agencies, departments, and the other higher education institutions of Georgia. The transition will occur in early January.

Click here to read more. 

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12.11.2014

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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