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01.09.2014

Alumnus Patrick Millsaps (JD '00) rubbing elbows in Hollywood

During the holiday break, I was pleased to see that 2012 40 Under 40 honoree Patrick Millsaps (JD '00) was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the splash he is making in Hollywood - specifically his becoming the manager for actress Stacey Dash.

Millsaps, who has served as chairman of the Georgia State Ethics Commission and New Gingrich's chief of staff during the 2012 presidential race, first encountered the actress when she publicly endorsed Mitt Romney during the 2012 general election. Dash, who is best known for her role as Dionne in the hit movie "Clueless," has an interest in politics and is one of few outspoken Republicans in Hollywood. Millsaps noted that the actress had political potential and invited her to a Republican National Committee meeting while he was visiting Los Angeles. An ongoing friendship blossomed and eventually Dash asked Millsaps to serve as her new manager.

Millsaps says he treats his new responsibilities as an extension of the type of political "campaign" he is familiar with running. While he has no plans to leave Camilla, Ga., where he is a partner with Hall Booth Smith & Slover, he is interested in pursuing other business ventures in the entertainment industry. He has consulted with several other celebrities and his latest project includes seeking Georgia state tax incentives for film and TV producers who shoot in the state.

Congratulations, Patrick, on your success in Tinsel Town - and best of luck in the future!

To read the complete feature about Patrick Millsaps in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, please click here.

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

For the past three years, UGA Days has toured more than 26 cities, bringing administrators and coaches to cities across the southeast for evening gatherings with local alumni, friends and fans. This year's tour stops include Greenville, SC; Gainesville, GA; Dalton, GA; Orlando, FL; Savannah, GA; Albany, GA; Houston, TX; Tifton, GA; Augusta, GA; Columbus, GA; Macon, GA; and Gwinnett County, GA.

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's upcoming sports seasons, latest research initiatives and admissions information about the Class of 2018. 

In just two days, the 2014 tour will kick off in Greenville! Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark, 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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04.14.2014

Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week

Successful entrepreneurs, including UGA graduates, will share their success stories and lessons learned as part of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, now through April 17. The Thinc. initiative is designed to help students, faculty and staff see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.

In addition to the “Starting Points” entrepreneur panel, this year’s Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week will feature a “give back” hackathon; a talk on breakthrough innovation by David Butler, Coca-Cola vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship; a collaborative innovation competition; an extreme networking session, events related to social entrepreneurship, and a local arts and culture business summit.  

Please visit thinc.uga.edu for a full calendar of events, profiles of UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni entrepreneurs and all the information you need to get the most out of Thinc.

Terry Hastings
Director of Research Communications
Office of the Vice President for Research

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04.10.2014

2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon

It’s Honors Week at UGA, a time to celebrate outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni who have given so much to the university. Tomorrow, the UGA Alumni Association will host the 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon. The event will take place this Friday, April 11, at noon at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.

At the luncheon, the Alumni Merit Award, the UGA Alumni Association's oldest honor, will be presented to Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63), known for her award-winning journalism and work as a foreign correspondent and M. Douglas Ivester (BBA '69), who spent over 20 years working with Coca-Cola.

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Tom Landrum (AB '72, MA '87) and Anne Sweaney, professor emerita in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be honored with the Faculty Service Award. The Alumni Family of the Year award will go to Francis "Abit" Massey (BBA '49) and his family, known for their commitment to the community, poultry industry and UGA.

Click here for more information about the honorees and the event.

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