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03.26.2014

An Interview with David Greene (BBA '04)

It has been 10 years since David Greene (BBA ’04) last played Between the Hedges, but he remains connected to his alma mater as a faithful UGA alumnus. I was excited to hear that David will be broadcasting every Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. next door to the UGA Atlanta Alumni Center at Shula’s Restaurant Bar & Grill in Buckhead. The David Greene College Show will discuss major topics in college football, but will focus on the SEC and UGA. I was lucky to catch up with David last week to ask him a couple of questions about UGA and of course, his new show:

What is your favorite UGA tradition?

"As a player it was the Dawg Walk ... getting to hug your family and see all the crazy fans was always a great feeling before kickoff. As a fan, I love hearing the Battle Hymn soloist and seeing the video of former and current Dawgs right before the teams come out. If that doesn't give you chills, I don't know what will."

Everyone knows you for your record-breaking career as a UGA quarterback. Who outside of the UGA athletic department had the greatest impact on you?

"Shannon Jarvis, known as Coach Jarvis to me. Coach Jarvis was the receivers coach at my high school. When I committed to UGA, he gave me tapes from decades back and told me how important it was to know the history of Georgia football. Looking back, I think that had a big impact on my love and respect for the university and the football program. We used to talk on the phone every Friday night before football games. I always looked forward to those conversations because it gave me an opportunity to zoom out, forget about the stress and grind that football brings and reflect on how blessed I was."

As a client executive for Seacrest Partners, what does it mean to you that your company has been honored on the Bulldog 100 list for the past few years as one of the fastest growing Bulldog-owned businesses?

"It means a great deal to me. As fortunate as I was to play on great football teams at UGA, I'm equally as fortunate to work on the Seacrest Partners team. Our company has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and it's a direct correlation of working alongside great people and true professionals."

What do you currently do to stay connected to the university and the Bulldog Nation?

"92.9 The Game has given me an excellent platform to host the David Greene College Show. Over the last few years, I've spoken to UGA Alumni Corporate Chapters and helped with the Tailgate with Terry event. From time to time, I also speak on behalf of the Georgia Bulldog Club around the state. Lastly, I keep in touch with the coaching staff, administrators and former players as much as possible.

Tell us about the David Greene College Show and what we can expect from it.

"When you tune into the show, you can expect to hear opinions on all the major topics surrounding college football. The show will be weighed heavily on the SEC, with a strong focus on UGA. Even though I'm clearly a Dawg for life, you can expect to hear my honest opinion on topics surrounding the UGA program, both good and bad. You will also hear from many former UGA football players. Football is the ultimate team game, and I wouldn't have the opportunity to do this show if it wasn't for these guys. I want to hear their opinions as well as give college football fans an opportunity to hear from some of the greats."

I hope you will take the time to stop by Shula's or tune into 92.9 The Game from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays to support this great Bulldog. And don't forget to follow the show on twitter at www.twitter.com/davidgreeneshow.

Frances Beusse (BS '06)
Director of Atlanta Programs

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02.09.2016

Building a welcoming and supportive campus community

Launched during the 2015 Homecoming Weekend in October, UGA Black Alumni is the official affinity group for black graduates of the University of Georgia. Similar to the Women of UGA program, UGA Black Alumni exists underneath the umbrella of the UGA Alumni Association and seeks to connect black alumni and students.

Each year, UGA enrolls an increasingly diverse student population and it is important to connect alumni and students with shared experiences to continue building a welcoming and supportive campus community. 

“As a student and an alumna, one thing I felt was missing from my UGA experience was the presence and mentorship of UGA alumni who looked like me. In 2008, I saw the first Black Alumni Homecoming Tailgate on Myers Quad and was full of emotion,” said Ambre Reed (BSFCS ’09), a member of the UGA Black Alumni Leadership Council. “The creation of UGA Black Alumni and its Black Alumni Leadership Council is so important to our community. Becoming involved was a no-brainer for me.” 

The mission of UGA Black Alumni is five-fold: recruit black students, faculty and staff; support black students to completion of a degree program; engage current students and alumni by mentoring and professional development; ‘friendraising’ and fundraising for UGA needs; and serve as UGA ambassadors in the community and to fellow Bulldogs 

Raymond Phillips (BS ’12), another member of the UGA Black Alumni Leadership Council says that groups like UGA Black Alumni and Women of UGA send an important message to the university community, as well as prospective students.

“The time and resources the university is investing into UGA Black Alumni demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion,” he said. “This investment shows there is a place for everyone at UGA, regardless of one’s race, gender or age.”

Reed echoed this message.

“The creation of UGA Black Alumni sends the message that the university not only sees diversity as an asset while on campus, but after graduation, too,” she said.

Serving as an ambassador for UGA, a key part of the group’s mission, involves activities like participating in Give That Dawg a Bone, a card-writing campaign in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, which invites alumni to write notes to accepted students, encouraging them to call UGA home for the next four years.

Members of UGA Black Alumni also are invited to attend information sessions and recruitment fairs throughout the year, where they can educate talented black high school students about UGA, its traditions and culture.

Reed admits that as a high school student, she never considered attending UGA. It was not until a black recruiter visited her high school in metro Atlanta and spoke about UGA with passion and pride that she realized it could be a place that she, a black student, could feel accepted and comfortable.

The services that are now a core part of UGA Black Alumni are what helped recruit Ambre and are what will help recruit more talented and diverse students in the future.

Another key component of UGA Black Alumni is raising funds for the Black Alumni Scholarship, which supports up to four students a year. Charles Orgbon III, a member of the Class of 2017 and recipient of the Black Alumni Scholarship, is CEO of Greening Forward, one of America’s largest youth-driven environmental organizations. It is talented students like Orgbon, who are supported by the important work of UGA Black Alumni, that are helping to further cement UGA’s reputation as a top-tier public institution.

The UGA Alumni Association is proud to support UGA Black Alumni as it continues to engage the university’s more than 288,000 alumni around the world.

To learn more about UGA Black Alumni, visit www.alumni.uga.edu/blackalumni.

Interested in joining Ambre and Raymond on the Black Alumni Leadership Council? Click here.

To support students like Charles Orgbon III and other recipients of the Black Alumni Scholarship, click here

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02.03.2016

Alumnus Spotlight: Peter Conlon (BBA '75)

One of the biggest attractions to the Atlanta music scene is its annual music festival, Music Midtown. From mainstream pop artists to rising rock bands, Music Midtown offers the crowds that gather performances from a wide variety of artists. For Peter Conlon (BBA '75), one of two founders of the festival and president of Peter Conlon Presents, this was the overall goal: to create an event fit for attendees of all music tastes and genres.

Conlon graduated from Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in international business in 1975. During his four years as an undergraduate student, he was a member of University Union where he first began booking rock concerts that featured artists such as Jethro Tull and the Allman Brothers. He attended law school for a short period of time after graduation, but then took a risk and dropped out to work as an intern for the Carter presidential campaign, a risk that ended up paying off through a victory.

Peter continued to work for Jimmy Carter throughout his presidential term. His position required that he help set up benefit concerts for the president. In 1982, Conlon partnered with Alex Cooley to begin his career in the music industry.

Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

After working many years booking concerts, the pair founded Music Midtown in 1994, inspired by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. After having to pull the plug on the event in 2005 due to low sales, the festival was reintroduced in 2011 and now takes up several stages across Piedmont Park, hosts more than 30 different artists, and attracts attendees from all over the nation. Moreover, since the festival’s relaunch, it has generated $50 million for the local economy each year.

Congratulations to Peter and best wishes for the continued success of Music Midtown! 

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02.01.2016

Alumna Spotlight: Devin Clower (BFA ’08)

Anyone family with downtown Athens and its eclectic variety of shops is surely familiar with Frontier. Since opening nearly 20 years ago, the store has connected local artists with community members by providing a venue for them to showcase and sell their work. 

UGA alumna Devin Clower (BFA '08) took ownership of the store three years ago. Her background in interior design helped her with the introduction of custom framing and redesigning the store layout.

The store’s motto, “All for the heart and home,” is reflected in the unique gifts that you can find at the store. Devin has worked hard to fulfill the motto, and through her leadership, the store has grown into a local favorite.

Congratulations on your hard work, Devin!

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