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01.03.2014

Richard Riley (BBA ‘84) serves as U.S. Consul General

During his 21-year career as a foreign service officer, Richard Riley (BBA ’84) has traveled the world - from Afghanistan and Iraq to China and Russia. In 2012, the UGA graduate settled down along the beautiful coast of Halifax, Canada, to serve a 3-year term as consul general at the U.S. Consulate General in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In his role as consul general, Riley promotes economic and political cooperation between the United States and the Atlantic Canadian.

Riley graduated from UGA in 1984 with a business degree and then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard University. He then served at the National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, Md., before joining Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant in San Francisco for four years.

Early in his career as a diplomat, Riley spent time in London, China, Moscow, Iraq and Kingston, Jamaica. He helped established and lead two new U.S. embassies after the fall of the former Soviet Union in Estonia and Kazakhstan.

He then served as deputy director of the Office of Egypt & Levan Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2010. From 2011 to 2012, he was the leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, and led a team of 32 officers and staff members in the implementation of laws and economic development strategies for the Afghan government.

Riley has earned a number of U.S. Department awards, including multiple Superior Honor awards, Meritorious Honor awards and the Matilda Sinclair Award for Hard Language study (he has studied Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Pashto and French).

I was pleased to hear that 2014 40 Under 40 honoree Pat Wilson (AB '96) and UGA Alumni Association board member Brian Dill (AB '94) were lucky enough to meet the consul general and his wife (fellow Bulldog Cheryl Lynn Wong [BBA '83]) while attending a SEUS-Canada gathering last year. Isn't it a small world?

Congratulations, Richard, on an impressive career and best wishes as you continue your term as consul general in 2014.

To read more about Richard Riley, click here.

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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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12.10.2014

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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12.08.2014

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.

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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 jelewis@uga.edu.

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