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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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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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