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05.28.2014

Grady College announces recipients of 2014 Alumni Awards

Four Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni were recognized for their distinguished and successful careers during the 2014 Grady College Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Dean Charles Davis described the recipients of the awards best, “From journalism and mass communication to the halls of academe, our alumni embody all that makes Grady a special place.”

Alan Griggs (ABJ ’72) received the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a senior manager of communications with experience ranging from television news reporting to corporate communications. Griggs is also the chair of the department of communications and journalism at Lipscomb University in Nashville, and produces the PBS program, “The Wildside.” During his career Griggs has received numerous awards, including three Peabody Awards and several Emmys.

Amy Glennon (ABJ ’90) was honored with the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award. Glennon is the publisher for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, serving as the first woman to hold the position in the newspaper’s history. Returning to her roots, she serves as an emeritus member of The Red and Black’s Board of Directors.

Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04, AB ’04), recipient of the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award, is a political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Currently, his beat involves covering Georgia state government. In this role, he has traveled to Panama with Governor Nathan Deal and Haiti with President Jimmy Carter. Bluestein has also covered the Gulf Oil Spill, a tragic mine explosion in West Virginia and numerous other breaking news stories.

Kathy Richardson (MA ’83, PHD ’92) was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award. After joining the faculty of Berry College in the late 1980s, Richardson was named provost in 2013. The author of several textbooks, Richardson has received several teaching awards and is the current co-editor of the National Forensic Journal.

Congratulations to these outstanding alumni! The UGA Alumni Association wishes you the best of luck in all your endeavors.

Click here to read more about the event and honorees.

Photo credit to Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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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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