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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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07.28.2014

Father and son share a bond like no other

Craig Sager Jr. (ABJ '10), a member of UGA's 2008-2009 football team, and his father, legendary sartorialist and NBA and MLB sports announcer, Craig Sager Sr., have always shared a love of sports. They now share an even stronger connection - a connection that helped save Craig Sr.'s life.

On July 3, Craig Jr. donated bone marrow to his father who is battling acute myeloid leukemia.

“I was pretty confident I’d be the match,” Craig Jr. said. “But 10 out of 10? That’s pretty crazy.”

Craig Jr. was disappointed, though, to find out the surgery would take place on July 3. Like many Georgians, Craig Jr. looks forward to running the annual Peachtree Road Race each Fourth of July. The race has always served as a bonding experience for the entire Sager family. This would have been the first time in 32 years that Craig Sr. has missed the race and Craig Jr. was looking forward to running in his 10th consecutive Peachtree Road Race.

Despite warnings from his doctors that he forego the race this year, Craig Jr. opted to run the race alongside his mother and sisters - in honor of his father.

Less than 24 hours after donating 1.5 liters of bone marrow to his father, Craig Jr. lined up at the starting line with thousands of other runners.

“I wasn’t supposed to be doing this race,” Craig Jr. said. “I was supposed to stay overnight in the hospital but I left at 6:00 p.m. and then just went to bed.”

In the end, Craig Jr. completed the 2014 Peachtree Road Race in one hour and 17 minutes. He was realistic about his finishing time and did not expect to match his previous time of 42 minutes.

Congratulations to Craig Jr. for bravely helping his father's leukemia battle and for crossing the Peachtree Road Race finish line for the 10th year in a row. Best wishes to the entire Sager family for a future of good health!

Information for this blog was sourced from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and MLB.com

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07.25.2014

UGA alumna is on fire

In 2006, Disney produced a huge hit with Cars. It was a family-friendly, fun-filled animated adventure that led to a sequel and the successful spin-off Planes. This summer, a related film will grace the silver screen, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and in it, a successful UGA alumna.

Corri English (ABJ ’00) is well-known in her field as the star of numerous films, guest on iconic television shows, and lead singer for country band Brokedown Cadillac. Though her career began when she was quite young, hosting children’s shows on TBS in the 1980s, it really took off after graduating from UGA.

English has made a name for herself in horror films, winning Best Actress at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival for her role in Unrest. She also generated quite a following for her voice-over work in popular video games such as Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Origins and  Star Wars: The Old Republic. These character voicing skills were brought to life during Planes: Fire and Rescue

Her character, Pinecone, along with four other smokejumpers, bravely leaps from planes to put out fires. "Working alongside actors like Dane Cook, Ed Harris, and Regina King was a great experience," said English. 

The alumna is excited about the release of the film and hopes it leads to further voice acting opportunities in the future. 

Truly, for this star Bulldog, the sky is the limit.

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07.23.2014

Make miracles happen with Gwinnett Braves

As an Emmy-winning reporter for CBS, Adam Murphy (ABJ ’97) spends a large amount of time in the spotlight. He works as a consumer investigative reporter, cracking down on scam artists and tracking dollars involved in large projects. Recently, the alumnus has been focusing his off-screen efforts on helping people.

In 2013, Murphy decided to use his influence to launch the nonprofit ‘Miracle for Mom’. The organization is dedicated to his own mother, Janice Murphy, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). PSP is a progressive neurological disorder that causes complications with controlling balance, complex eye movements and upper-level thinking. Discovered in 1964, this relatively new disease has had little attention placed upon it by the scientific community due to its rarity. With no known cause, cure, or treatment procedure, the outlook for those suffering with PSP has looked bleak for the 1 in 100,000 Americans that will develop this neurological disorder. Miracle for Mom hopes to change that.

Miracle for Mom strives to find a cure for PSP and helps those living with the disease. In its four years, the charity has raised more than $10,000. This year alone, Miracle for Mom joined forces with the Atlanta Hawks to raise more than $4,000 in one night. Tonight (July 23), the charity is partnering with the Gwinnett Braves to hopefully raise even more to support the fight against PSP. 

Miracle for Mom Night with the Gwinnett Braves is being held tonight, July 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be given to the organization. Attendees who purchase a "First Pitch Ticket," will be given and especially good seat in the stadium. And for $15, attendees can enjoy a delicious pre-game tailgate catered by Williamson Bros. BBQ.

Tonight's event is sure to be fun, but also important in the fight against PSP. 

Learn more about Miracle for Mom and/or purchase tickets for tonight's game at www.miracleformom.org

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