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02.03.2014

UGA graduate named to Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni list

While I am unabashadly a proud Bulldog who bleeds red and black, you may know that I am also an Aggie. It never ceases to amaze me when my worlds collide and I run across other individuals who share the same love for both the Bulldogs and Aggies - and this is one of those instances.

Edward Tarlton (BLA '91), a 1991 graduate from UGA and a 2008 Texas A&M graduate, was named to Texas A&M's 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight list, an honor given to graduates within the past 12 years who exemplify excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. The 12 Under 12 program is similar to our 40 Under 40, so I can imagine the competition that Tarlton faced in earning this honor.

Tarlton is the founder of HELP Consulting (Higher Education and Learning Professional Consulting, Inc.). The idea for HELP was born during Tarlton's time as a recruiter for the Texas A&M Office of Graduate Studies. While traveling across the country to meet prospective students, he realized how many opportunities were being missed along the way. The HELP scholarship program now assists parents, students, administrators, faculty and academic organizations in navigating higher education concerns as they relate to undergraduate and graduate school. Since starting the organization, he has awarded more than 30 scholarships.

Tarlton’s passion for helping others started long before his role as a recruiter. Just a few years after graduating from UGA, Tarlton presented his first two scholarships to students from his hometown high school - with money he earned from his own landscape architecture business.

Tarlton is currently a doctoral student with an emphasis in housing and community development at Texas A&M, and a graduate assistant with The Association of Former Students. He has received the Buck Weirus Spirit, J. Malon Aggie Leader Scholarship and Distinguished Graduate Teacher awards.

I’m proud to see this young alumnus dedicating himself to the community in such a meaningful way. Keep up this important work, Edward - and best of luck! Go Dawgs (and Gig 'em Aggies)!

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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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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 business opportunities at both the local and global levels, and to start "something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a nonprofit 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 participating 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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