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02.27.2014

UGA alumnae shed a light on “Atlanta’s Real Women”

Four of our graduates have been hard at work writing a book! Elisabeth Butler (‘14), LuAnn Cooley (PHD ‘07), Linda Hughes (EDD ‘07) and Kathryn Gray White (ABJ ’87, MA ’90, PHD ‘10) along with other women from the metro-Atlanta area have penned Atlanta’s Real Women which chronicles stories from these women’s lives. These stories serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration to women through all walks of life.

Butler’s section focuses on beauty and how women learn to value themselves and others based on appearance from childhood. She is currently the Regional Director of Development for Georgia Gwinnett College, which is the newest member of the University System of Georgia. Butler said her favorite memory from creating the book was, “[The] first get-together at Linda’s house; meeting these incredible women and learning their stories was amazing. It has changed my life.”

“Hopeful Habits” was penned by Cooley and focuses on hope and how necessary it is to choose to be helpful today. Cooley currently lives in rural Georgia with her husband and their three dogs. When she is not administering the Little Suzie Homesteader website and developing her skills as an Indie author Cooley enjoys tending to her organic garden and photographing nature.

Hughes’s chapter is called “Lessons from the Loony Bin” and is about her fond memories of visiting the psychiatric ward where her father was a patient after WWII; she uses things she observed there as a child as analogies for grown-ups today. She said that she wanted to be a part of this book because she “thought it would be fun and interesting, and it is!” Hughes spent 20 years as a public speaker and seminar leader all over the world, but ten years ago she began college teaching and now teaches at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Triple dawg, White, dedicated her chapter to tell the story of her Georgia childhood and how simple things and larger than life people who enter our world mold our disposition. She hopes that “[her] friends, old and new, and those [she has] yet to meet will gain some comfort from the stories of other women who faced the unknown with that old southern ‘gumption’ which [her] mom and other women talked about.” White is currently a professor at Georgia Gwinnett College where she specializes in early colonial history, Georgia history and educational history.

I encourage you to pick up Atlanta's Real Women the next time you're in need of a good story!

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12.19.2014

Brothers make business a family affair

How do two brothers from tiny Hopeful, Georgia, manage to take Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit to a new level? Well, ask the Shirah brothers, Benjie (BSFR ’07, MFR ’10) and Jamey (BBA ’10). Since leaving Athens, the business-savvy brothers have embarked on a number of successful endeavors, including The Ivy Buckhead and Atlanta-based companies Kill Cliff – The Recovery Drink™ and Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station. Now, the brothers are heading in a new direction - your feet. 

This fall, Benjie and Jamey launched their latest project, JL The Brand, a flair-filled sock company. Together with friends, the brothers are working to add a little jazz to the mundane black and blue men’s suit with top-notch socks. 

Designed with unique patterns and colors, JL The Brand offers affordable high quality socks that add a subtle yet sophisticated pop to any outfit. JL The Brand socks are the perfect gift for any guy this holiday season! 

With the Shirah brothers’ keen eye for business development, these young alumni are sure make a lasting mark on Atlanta's entrepreneurial scene. 

Keep up with the Shirah's businesses on social media: 

@theivybuckhead
@govidaflo
@jlthebrand

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12.18.2014

40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations

Tobin R. "Toby" Carr (BBA '01, BSAE '01) was named associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations at UGA. Vice President for Government Relations J. Griffin Doyle announced the appointment of Carr, who currently is planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Carr was appointed to his current DOT post in 2012, a position in which he has led a team of some 30 planning professionals in guiding strategic planning and project budget documents that direct state and federal resources to fund transportation projects. He graduated from the UGA Honors Program in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural engineering. Before assuming his DOT post, Carr served as Deal's transportation policy adviser and the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He previously was director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.

An active student leader while at UGA, Carr served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was named to Sphinx, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and the Arch Society. He currently serves on the UGA College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Board and was recognized in 2014 as a UGA 40 Under 40 and as the 2012 Blue Key Outstanding Young Alumnus Award winner.

"I'm humbled and thrilled to serve my alma mater in this role," Carr said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Deal for his support of this new endeavor and to President Morehead and Vice President Doyle for giving me the opportunity to advance the mission of UGA."

Carr will serve as primary liaison between the university and state government officials, representing the university in all matters involving legislators, agencies, departments, and the other higher education institutions of Georgia. The transition will occur in early January.

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12.11.2014

UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program

Did a teacher at UGA enrich your life or create a spark that inspired you to pursue your dreams? Was there a professor or teaching assistant that pushed you to do your best and helped you discover your passion for a certain subject? 

Now is the time to let that teacher - and the university community - know how grateful you are for their effect on your life. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites current UGA students and alumni to particpate in the Thank-a-Teacher program.

What is Thank-a-Teacher? It is a program that allows students and alumni to express gratitude for teachers who have impacted their lives in a profound and meaningful way. If a teacher (professor, instructor, teaching assistant) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to the note. 

You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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