Early registration for the 2014 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk ends tomorrow
Young alumnus Kyle Green (BS ’12) launches Young Hearted Apparel clothing line
2014 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar: The Best of UGA
A Calling for this Bulldog
New Heights, New Horizons
UGA alumnae shed a light on “Atlanta’s Real Women”
UGA study abroad program inspires documentary
Creative jewelry designed by alumna Casey Melton (BBA '04, BFA '05)
Another successful UGA Alumni Leadership Assembly
Sonny Seiler (BBA ‘56, JD ‘57) receives Erk Russell Award
Georgia’s on my mind this weekend for Alumni Leadership Assembly!
Music of Steve Dancz (BMUS ’80) featured in Super Bowl XLVIII
Alumnus awarded President’s Fulfilling the Dreams Award
Alumna Elizabeth Sheain (MAED ‘11) opens horse rescue
David Ellis (AB ‘94) named vice president of marketing for O’Charley’s
UGA Alumnus appointed director of UGA Technology Commercialization Office
UGA graduate named to Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni list
UGA celebrates 229th anniversary as first state-chartered institution of higher education
Social Empowerment Center named top Bulldog 100 business
Diabetes advocate Phil Southerland (BSA ‘05) launches Team Type 1 Foundation
UGA alumnus Tom Okie (PHD ‘12) explains the history behind “The Peach State”
UGA alumnus launches Dinner Lab
Paul Byron Downs (AB '93) is a rising star in luxury furnishings market
Alumnus Patrick Millsaps (JD '00) rubbing elbows in Hollywood
Jamie Fine (ABJ '89) takes the cake!
Focus on Faculty: John Maltese
Richard Riley (BBA ‘84) serves as U.S. Consul General
Former UGA Alumni Association president passes away
Happy New Year!
Traveling to the Gator Bowl?
Happy Holidays from the UGA Alumni Association!
Alumni-owned companies collaborate to provide ultimate Southern experience
Alumna is force behind Amalia Designs
Anne Byrn (BSHE ‘78) lands her cake mixes in Publix Super Markets
UGA alumnus Daniel Streicker (PHD ‘11) named first winner of international science prize
UGA Alumni Association holiday parties are in full swing
Alumni open Athens’s only vegan restaurant
Alumna offers reusable wrapping
Mike Proctor (BBA ‘96) sells collegiate kettle corn
Warnell honors distinguished alumni
Focus on the Faculty: Kyle Johnsen
Dwayne Bass (AB '98) saves the planet one sculpture at a time
Need a special treat for the holidays? Amanda Wilbanks (AB ‘01) has you covered!
The Bitter Southerner provides insight into life as a Southerner
UGA alumna is first female dean of Morehouse Division of Business Administration and Economics
UGA alumna serves at America’s Cup
Alumna earns SPANX Leg Up Award
Atlanta alumna owns and operates Lacefield Designs
Investiture ceremony for UGA President Jere W. Morehead
Gus Arrendale (BSA ‘80) awarded National Humanitarian Medal
UGA Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge
Founding director of Right Steps Inc., speaks in Athens
Alumni launch Sugarboo Designs
Former UGA football player hosts golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation
Happy Veterans Day!
An exciting week at UGA!
The 2013 McGladrey Classic
Stephen Roy (BSA '86) becomes president of Mack North American Sales & Marketing
Alumnus Mike Mulligan (PHD '72) creates career seminar
UGA alumna is creator of Liddabits
An action-packed weekend
Alumna featured on “Untold Stories of the ER”
Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ‘92) named AP global sports editor
Alumna creates beautiful lamps for a good cause
Tom Pashley (BBA ‘91) named president and COO of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
Former 40 Under 40 honoree sees dream approach reality
UGA alumnae open Athens’s first blow dry bar
Alumna’s gift to Ellen DeGeneres featured on The Ellen Show
The Garden State. The Big Apple. The Magnolia State - there's no question as to which states these terms relate. And the Peach State? That should be an easy one!
In his award-winning dissertation and upcoming book, Everything is Peaches Down in Georgia: Culture and Agriculture in the American South, UGA graduate Tom Okie (PHD ’12) explains why "Peach State" became synonymous with our beloved Georgia. Okie’s interest in peaches is far from random; his father was a U.S. Department of Agriculture peach breeder based in Byron, Georgia.
In his book, Okie explains that the peach represented progress 100 years ago. At the dawn of the 20th century, cotton suddenly represented poverty and carried a negative connotation, relating to the “benighted vassalage” of the South’s cotton planters. The adoption of the peach as representation of change was carried out in order to give the the agricultural economy a face-lift. In his book, Okie says “the cultural footprint of the peach is much larger than its economic impact.” Despite the fact that blueberry sales significantly surpassed the annual value of peaches, the peach icon lives on because of its historical value to Georgia.
According to the alumnus, “Growing up [in Byron], I took for granted that middle Georgia was common, even ugly. But reading the glowing descriptions of these early horticulturists gave me a new appreciation of the nuanced beauty of my home. Wendell Berry has a line in his poem How to be a Poet that captures this feeling. He wrote, ‘there are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.'”
I encourage you to read more about Okie and his dissertation, which was described as “a beautifully written, elegantly rendered tale full of surprises and profound implications for understanding America’s past” by the Society of American Historians. He even received the 2013 Allan Nevins Prize for best-written history doctoral dissertation on an American topic. The UGA Office of the Vice President for Research covered Okie's work beginning on page 27 of the Fall 2013 issue of "UGA Research."
Great work, Tom! The meaning behind "Peach State" is something that most of us should probably learn - thank you!
Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of early registration prices for the 7th annual Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk on March 22.
Athens' largest 5K has become an annual tradition, providing an early-spring opportunity for UGA alumni and friends to gather together and enjoy UGA's beautiful campus. T-shirts will be given to participants who register by Thursday, March 13 and to walk-up registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided after the race. An official Run & See Georgia Grand Prix race, participants can use their Dawg Trot time as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race and other races across the country.
Dawg Trot is an official Dawgs on the Move event. Dawgs on the move is a UGA Alumni Association initiative to encourage UGA alumni and friends to get active. Dawgs on the Move supports the UGA Obesity Initiative, which addresses Georgia's obesity problem through treatment, prevention and research.
Start warming up for Dawg Trot and register today!
Kyle Green (BS ’12) is taking the “young” in “young alumni” to heart with his new American-made clothing line, Young Hearted Apparel.
Following graduation, Green didn't quite feel like a full-fledged adult. Young Hearted Apparel is inspired by this feeling, and appeal to “fledgling adults not quite ready to settle into life in solid stripes or basic patterns.” The line features clothing emblazoned with sea life, funky patterns, and pop art representing beloved characters of '90s television.
However, style is not Green’s only goal. He places great emphasis on the quality and origin of his products, too, using only high-grade materials and American production. The alumnus further emphasizes the point, “Producing it outside of America was one thing I wouldn’t bend on. The U.S. apparel manufacturing industry has seen such a loss, and with the economy and outsourcing being a major talking point in the last election, there was no way I was going to follow in the footsteps of other fashion companies with regard to this issue.”
Green cites UGA as having helped shape his clothing line. He credits his desire to have fun with his “young hearted mindset,” and acknowledges the important guidance he received from his professors as he built his business. “[My professors] are the ones who prepared me and gave me the tools and confidence to enter the professional world.”
Congratulations, Kyle, on all your success! Sounds like we might have a future Bulldog 100 business owner in our midst!