Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees: Favorite UGA Memories
Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees
2014 40 Under 40 Keynote Speaker: Kim Bearden (BSED '87)
Sounds of the Classic City
Official 2014 Game Watching Parties
Five questions with wedding planner Maren Clarke White (AB ‘09)
Reflecting on Freshman Welcome 2014
Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome
2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd
UGA Class of 2014 Summer Commencement
Former Bulldog making “Chic Comfort Food” on MasterChef
Father and son share a bond like no other
UGA alumna is on fire
Make miracles happen with Gwinnett Braves
2014 is “Going to the Dawgs”
A Bulldog reunion 30 years in the making
UGA alumnus named chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association
Five Questions with Richmond Chapter Vice President Taylor Jacobson (BS '09)
Atlanta Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Bradley Franklin
We are our Sisters’ Keepers
40 Under 40 Class of 2014 Announced
Focus on Faculty: Elizabeth Andress
Spotlight on Young Alumni: Angelique Jackson (ABJ '12)
Cortona presented with key to the Classic City
UGA alumnus takes Nashville baseball fans back in time
Terry College presents alumni awards
Marshall Scholar meets Prince Charles
A whirlwind trip to the Peabody Awards in NYC
Former UGA Orientation Leader hopes to inspire others to serve their country
Alumnus and Bulldog 100 Honoree works to lead Georgians out of poverty
#CRAZYFORUGA (an insider’s guide to following UGA on Instagram)
Alumni Career Services: New Director and Alumni Career Fair
Grady College announces recipients of 2014 Alumni Awards
Young Alumni Profile - Mel Baxter (AB '12)
Richmond Chapter donates to Student Veterans Resource Center
40 Under 40 Spotlight - Catherine Trieschmann
Ertharin Cousin (JD '82) named to 2014 TIME 100 Most Influential People
UGA Alumni Association pays tribute to UGA’s founder and first president with statue on North Campus
Bulldog sisters make mark on wedding industry
Alumnus and Bulldog 100 honoree named Georgia Trend’s 2014 Most Respected Business Leader
President Obama honors Chemistry Professor Gary Douberly for energy research
Focus on Faculty: Tony Lowe
Catching up with Atlanta-based artist Britt Bass Turner
US Poet Laureate uses her past to speak to the unspeakable
Accomplished concert artist returns to Georgia
Caplan and Cobb: the new dynamic duo of Atlanta law
Alumna puts passion for historic preservation into action
Longtime UGA supporter hangs his “Gone Fishing” sign
McCall Wilder Designs offers timeless clothing options for children
UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery
Thank a Donor Day is today!
2014 UGA Day Tour
Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week
2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon
Alaina in Atlanta connects young professionals
Umano: where fashion and philanthropy meet
Julia Clark (MED '68) elected into prestigious Cosmos Club
The 2014 Ring Ceremony has arrived!
Focus on Faculty: Diane Marie Amann
The 73rd Peabody Awards are almost here!
FotoIN named to Technology Association of Georgia’s Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies List
40 Under 40 Spotlight - Brendan K. Hatcher (BBA '97)
Alumna Lisa Taylor (JD '01) serves those unable to serve themselves
An Interview with David Greene (BBA '04)
Josh Seehorn (BSFR '08, MNR '11) hikes cross country for North American Envirothon
Billy Payne (AB '69, JD '73) named Georgia Trustee by Georgia Historical Society
2014 Senior Signature Campaign
Wisdom from Athens
Dr. Michael Davis (PHD '05) awarded Don Brownlee Award
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.
Though the 40 Under 40 honorees represent many different colleges, work in various fields and live all over the world, each has fond memories of time spent at UGA and its impact on their life.
In celebration of the upcoming 40 Under 40 Awards, the UGA Alumni Association has asked the honorees to share some of their favorite memories of their time in Athens.
Turmel Kindred (BBA ’02), Inspector General, United States Army
“I happened to run into this pretty, young freshman in the elevator and exchanged numbers [with her]. We became friends, and we later matured that friendship into a healthy relationship that spanned two continents. My chance meeting with this young lady led to that woman becoming mother of my two children, protector of my household and my lovely bride.”
Jon Ostenson (BBA ’02, MBA ’06), Vice President of Sales, Carter’s/OshKosh B’Gosh
“The time I spent [as president] with the Banking and Finance Society […] We succeeded in nearly doubling the organizations 100-member base through bringing in top-notch Atlanta companies to present on a frequent basis and setting up networking nights in downtown Athens […] It was very rewarding to be a part of this turnaround.”
Jon Pannell (BBA ’00), Partner; Gray, Pannell & Woodward, LLP
“I was fortunate enough to be selected as a member of Arch Society as a student leader, and served during my junior and senior years as a member. Through the Arch Society, I was exposed to some incredible experiences as a student ambassador for UGA.”
Michael Patrick (BBA ’03), Vice President of Capital Markets, Carroll Organization
“Representing my fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, as a member of the winning team in the Greek step show that takes place annually at the Classic Center downtown. This memory […] touches one of the things I’m most passionate about: my fraternity brothers […] The night we won the competition, we all became that much closer.”
Godfrey Powell (BBA ’00), Team Lead, Business Development & Partnerships, Samsung Electronics
“I worked as a roadie for the UGA event technical crew. We set up the stage and sound technology equipment at events all over campus […] I worked with the Harlem Ballet, met Destiny’s Child, picked up Bobby McFerrin from the airport, set up a drag queen ball and assembled a Rolling Stone Magazine exhibit. Each event exposed me to the rich diversity of UGA’s student body.”
Bakari Brock (BBA ’01), Director of Business Development, Lyft, Inc.
“The Outkast concert at Soldier’s Field […] This was a time in their career before they were global megastars, and performing in a relatively small venue. Most importantly for me, however, it was the first time other than at a sporting event that I witnessed our multi-cultural student body truly interact with each other in a positive manner.”
Jared Schmidt (BBA ’04), Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
“My experience with Terry’s Leonard Leadership Scholars Program (LLSP), and the closing banquet that culminated our two years of development and growth […] I learned so much about philanthropy, and the giving of one’s time, through its founder Mr. Earl Leonard […During the closing banquet] I was honored to be sitting at a table with Mr. Leonard, his wife and my family. It was the culmination of pride, hard work, sacrifice and gratitude that I felt on that evening.”
Robert Thomson (BA ’02), Major, United States Army Special Forces (Green Beret)
“My older sister, Tracy (ABJ ’00 and fellow 40 Under 40 honoree), gave me a personal tour of the campus and mapped where all my classes were located before my first day of class […] During that campus tour, she not only gave me a UGA history lesson, but she shared all the great insights that a new student would surely need and put my nerves at ease as I embarked on my UGA journey.”
Eric Wearne (MA ’02), Assistant Professor, Gwinnett College School of Education
“My first child was born while I was a student at UGA. Living in Gwinnett and commuting to Athens, I remember being ‘on call’ [while in class], waiting for my huge, stone-aged cell phone to ring with my wife telling me to hurry back down 316 […] My professor, Sally Krisel, was very understanding, but that memory is a good one because it reminds me of the kindness of the faculty members who taught me during my time at UGA.”
Trey Wood (BBA ’08), Partner/Vice President, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Agency
“One of my favorite memories is the final RMI project I completed in Dr. Hoyt’s class […] Our team of three met every single Monday afternoon for several months […]At the time, I could not have had any idea that my teammates would soon thereafter transition from classmates to colleagues […] Both now serve as underwriters for companies I work with daily. We often meet for lunch and reminisce about […] that project.”
Evangeline George (BA ’08), Press Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
“The Washington Semester Program was an incredible experience. Differing political perspectives didn’t matter – we formed a bond over our love of UGA and excitement to be in the nation’s capital. The fall of 2008, lifelong friendship were formed through countless seminars, networking receptions, lunches on Capitol Hill, walks on the mall, football games, West Wing episodes, late-night talks about our futures, a near collapse of our financial system and a presidential election.”
Click here to see the rest of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Information about others in this year's class will be posted to the UGA Alumni Association's blog between 9/15/14 and 9/18/14.
In the days leading up the the 2014 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 18, we'll be highlighting this year's honorees. Today's group of alumni work in a science-related field. Read on to learn more about these outstanding individuals.
A triple Dawg from Omaha, Nebraska, Deann Akins Lewenthal (BSA '02, MS '05, PHD '08) works as a principal food safety specialist for ConAgra Foods. In addition, Deann serves as a founding, and the youngest, member of the company's Innovation Council. Deann has remained engaged with the university and helped organize the first UGA Alumni Association Chapter in Omaha.
Tiffany Parr Fowles (DRPH '13) is the senior maternal and child health epidemiologist at the Georgia Department of Health's Maternal and Child Office Epidemiology. Outside of the office, Tiffany serves as a supervisor for student interns in UGA's College of Public Health.
A leader in his field, pediatric ENT surgeon Brian Kulbersh (BS '01) works at the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.
While at UGA, Kameko Nichols (BS '02, AB '02) not only earned two degrees, but also served as a Foundation Fellow and an Arch Society member. After spending several years as an investment banker on Wall Street , Kameko left her job to help bring life-saving medical care to more than 14 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today, Kameko works for Riders for Health, which trains health care workers to ride and maintain motorcycles to deliver vital care to rural communities.
Darigg Brown (BSEH '00) is a research public health analyst with RTI International, where he provides scientific support to research studies involving disease prevention and health communication. Darigg has served in leadership positions with the Society of Public Health and has conducted HIV/AIDS research around the world.
A founding member and former chairwoman of the Terry College of Business Young Alumni Board, Mai-Lise Nguyen (BBA '05) earned a marketing degree and a cellular biology minor at UGA and now combines her love of the two subjects as international communications manager with F. Hoffman-La Roche, a leading biotechnology pharmaceutical corporation in Switzerland.
President of the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, Chad Schmiedt (DVM '00) is an associate professor at the college and a small animal surgeon with a focus on kidney disease. Chad founded and operates UGA's feline renal transplantation program, one of only four programs of its kind in the world.
Aleisha Gomes Swartz (DVM '02) lives in Honolulu, where she focuses on serving animals without an owner as chief veterinarian for the Hawaiian Humane Society. In this role, she oversees the medical and behavioral needs of nearly 30,000 animals that are brought to the shelter each year. As a delegate on the executive board of the Hawaii Veterinary Medicine Association, Aleisha played an important role in the design of the association's new $18 million facility.
Click here to see the rest of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Information about others in this year's class will be posted to the UGA Alumni Association's blog between 9/12/14 and 9/18/14.
Award-winning UGA graduate, Kim Bearden (BSED ’87), co-founder and executive director at the Ron Clark Academy, will take the stage as the keynote speaker at this year's 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on September 18. Over the years, Bearden has fine-tuned the skills necessary to be one of the most engaging and effective educators in the country.
Over the years, Bearden has been a teacher, director, school board member, trainer and middle school principal. Bearden has won countless awards ranging from Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, to being chosen from teachers across the nation as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. Bearden is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2008, and she received the Phoenix Award from former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin for her dedication to the education. Her commitment to her students and their success is just as outstanding as her dedication to the education field and her fellow educators.
After more two decades in education, she is now passing along her experiences in an eye-opening read. Bearden has collected many life lessons and grown as an individual by listening to every child’s life story. In July, Bearden published a new book, "Crash Course; The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me." You can learn more about it here.
If you are interested in hearing Bearden speak about her experiences, please consider registering for this year's 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon, which is being held on Thursday, September 18 at the Georgia Aquarium.