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01.13.2014

UGA alumnus launches Dinner Lab

UGA alumnus Brian Bordainick (AB '07, BSED '07) was named a 2011 40 Under 40 honoree in great part because of his work raising $2 million to build the Ninth Ward Field of Dreams in post-Katrina New Orleans. A project that Bordainick led while teaching at G.W. Carver High School, the Field of Dreams football stadium and eight-lane running track have given hope to many impoverished families in the area. If you do a simple Internet search about the project, you'll find a slew of articles about both the stadium and this outstanding UGA graduate.

Today, Bordainick is once again capitalizing on his sense of community and entrepreneuralism with a new project: Dinner Lab. Founded in 2012, Dinner Lab is a "membership-based social dining experience that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners looking for something different from the traditional restaurant experience." Dinner guests are strangers who gather around a chef's table, thus creating a unique dining experience with each meal.

Dinner Lab has expanded into ten cities and the waiting lists for future dinners are extensive. The exclusive atmosphere that envelopes each meal leads attendees to happily spread the word about the experience to friends and family members. Bordainick says that he hopes Dinner Lab will foster a community that centers on human interaction, rather than expensive and time-consuming marketing. Sounds like his plan has worked out!

Congratulations, Brian, on another successful venture. Maybe I'll even be lucky enough to attend a Dinner Lab meal in the future!

For more information about Dinner Lab, 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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