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01.27.2014

Social Empowerment Center named top Bulldog 100 business

This past Saturday, I had the honor of being a part of the fifth annual Bulldog 100 Celebration. During this special gathering, the UGA Alumni Association recognizes the fastest growing companies owned or operated by UGA alumni. The evening began with a reception, dinner and keynote address by SmallBizClub.com founder and hall of fame quarterback, Fran Tarkenton (BBA '61). The evening culminated in the unveiling of the 2014 Bulldog 100 - with Social Empowerment Center, of Lawrenceville, Ga., landing at No. 1.

Owned by husband and wife duo, Rachelle (MSW ’00) and Edward (MED ’09) Hutchinson, Social Empowerment Center offers support to families in crisis, including mental health and indigent services. This was the first year that the company appeared on the Bulldog 100 and Rachelle is the first female and the first minority business owner to secure the top spot since the recognition program began in 2010.

Other Southeastern companies rounded out the top ten:

2. Vert Mobile, LLC, Atlanta
3. The Ansley Group, Atlanta
4. Hitson Land and Timber Management, Inc., Port Orange, Fla.
5. Aycock Properties, Inc., Atlanta
6. EvoShield, Bogart, Ga.
7. Professional Technology Integration, Inc., Norcross, Ga.
8. Blake & Brady, Anderson, S.C.
9. Two Maids and A Mop, Mountain Brook, Ala.
10. Sovereign Systems, Norcross, Ga.

Between January and May last year, more than 800 nominations were received for Bulldog 100. The businesses recognized vary in size and provide services and products in a variety of industries, including advertising, mixed martial arts, pest control and timber management.

Nominations for the 2015 Bulldog 100 are now open; visit www.alumni.uga.edu/b100 to nominate a business today!

I am so proud of all 100 businesses and the alumni who lead them. Their success is staggering and I look forward to seeing who makes the list again next year. Go Dawgs!

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04.18.2014

UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, 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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