Alumna Spotlight: Ailsa Von Dobeneck (BS ’07)
UGA students row for hemophilia research
UGA Virtual Networking: Meet a Bulldog
Alumnus Spotlight: Brinkley Warren (ABJ ‘05, MA ‘12)
Welcome back, students!
UGA alumnus honors wife’s memory through lung cancer awareness efforts
UGA to reduce class sizes by hiring faculty, adding more than 300 course sections
UGA Majorette is No. 1 College Twirler
Alumna’s songs featured on HBO’s “True Detective”
UGA’s Scott Angle selected to lead international agricultural organization
Seeking photos of young alumni
Record-breaking year: UGA fundraising hits ‘unprecedented level’
Alumnus Spotlight: Matt Tommey (BSED '96)
Alumna Spotlight: Former Gymdog Marcia Newby-Goodman (BSA ’10)
“Big Man on Campus” turns 90
Alumnus named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2015 Atlanta Man of the Year
Alumna Spotlight: Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ '08)
2015 Young Alumni Night at SweetWater Brewing Company
UGA builds tomorrow’s leaders with new partnership
Grab your shades, UGA is heading to California!
UGA Career Center Services for Alumni
President Morehead, UGA Athletic Association to support experiential learning
UGA alumna wins second Peabody Award
Young alumnus publishes novel for young adults
Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg
UGA Executive MBA ranks in top 10 in the U.S., according to The Economist
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Spotlight on UGA’s recent award recipients
Meet the UGA alumna behind the Georgia Trail Summit: Tracie Sanchez (AB '88, MPA '11)
Alumni Spotlight: Josh Collins (BSEH '97, MS '99)
Alumnus Spotlight: Carlton Curtis (ABJ '72)
Shabbat 500 creates home for UGA students
Alumna Spotlight: Christina Sass (AB ’02)
UGA launches Women’s Leadership Initiative
Registration now open for 2015 UGA Day Tour
Alumnae Work to Save our Hearing
3rd Annual TEDxUGA is Friday, March 27
2015 Alumni Seminar: Food for Thought
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships
Alumnus Spotlight: William Shepard Rose III
UGA Grady College announces recipients of 2015 Alumni Awards
Alumnus Spotlight: Alex Crevar (AB '93)
Alumna Spotlight: Sara Alread (BFA ’09)
Sisters Rethink “Something Borrowed”
Amazing Student: Sarah Huber '15
Griffin-Spalding County is UGA’s 12th Archway Partnership community
Alumni Spotlight: Tituss Burgess (AB '01)
UGA unveils 2015 UGA Day Tour schedule
UGA names new DC facility in recognition of $5 million grant from Delta Air Lines Foundation
UGA unveils 2015 Bulldog 100 rankings; Kabbage Inc. tops list
2015 Bulldog 100 Celebration is tomorrow
UGA alumni named to Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2014
Alumna Spotlight: Keysha Lee (ABJ '97)
Happy New Year, Bulldogs!
Alumna Spotlight: Amy Robach (ABJ '95) receives Distinguished Achievement Award from UGA
Student Alumni Association celebrates UGA’s birthday
UGA to celebrate 230th anniversary on January 27
UGA alumnus participates in Alaska tradition
Flavor of Georgia celebrates tradition of artisan and craft foods
Alumna Spotlight: Brooke Anderson (ABJ '00)
UGA alumna explores success of minorities in media
UGA’s Amazing Students: Colby Ruiz
Alumna Spotlight: Antonina Lerch (MFA '06)
Brothers make business a family affair
40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations
UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program
Former UGA football player gives back to the community
Spotlight on a Bulldog Business: FotoIN
Introducing Executive Director Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)
Maren Clarke White (AB ’09) may be Athens-bred, but she is taking the Golden Isles by storm, one wedding at a time. After growing up in Athens and graduating from UGA with a degree in English, Maren packed her bags for St. Simons Island to work with the Sea Island Company’s esteemed wedding planning team.
Maren has been with the Sea Island Company for over four years and currently serves as the company’s wedding manager. As the wedding manager at this exclusive 5-Star Resort, Maren has the opportunity to plan high-end wedding events for an elite group of clients. Throughout her time at Sea Island, Maren has planned over 200 weddings and events and has worked with celebrity planners and couples. Maren will always hold Athens and her alma mater close to her heart as she is the daughter of Rebecca White, Dean of UGA’s School of Law, and Dan White, Director of Production at UGA’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and sister to Brendan White (JD ’11), a 2011 graduate of UGA’s School of Law.
Recently, Margaret Sullivan (BSFCS ’11, MA ’12) had the opportunity to catch up with this outstanding alumna. Read below to find out more about Maren’s amazing career.
How did you get into the wedding planning business?
My first job after college was at a boutique hotel, and my favorite part of the job was working on weddings and events. So when I saw the opening for a wedding coordinator at Sea Island, I knew that was the right move for me.
What advice do you have for others wanting to get into wedding planning?
Planning weddings, particularly at a resort like Sea Island, is in many ways a glamorous job. But what many people don’t realize about wedding planning is that you must be highly focused, able to pay close attention to detail, be very organized, able to adapt quickly to changes, as well as being able to think creatively and stylishly. And you need to be prepared for some blistered feet from long wedding days!
How did your time at UGA prepare you for your career?
As an English major at UGA, I learned the true strength of written and verbal communication. I have found this knowledge to be vital in communicating with my brides. Every bride has her own vision, and through words we find a way to translate her dreams into reality!
Have you planned many weddings for your friends or other fellow UGA alumni?
We do have a number of UGA alumni weddings, and that is always special to me! While I may not have known some of my UGA brides in college, they become fast friends during the planning process due to having UGA in common with one another! Sea Island’s wedding clientele comes from throughout the entire country, not just the southeast.
What’s your favorite wedding tradition?
When the groom first sees the bride. It brings tears to my eyes every time.
Alumna Ailsa Von Dobeneck (BS ’07) has built a career on communications and world travel. She’s travelled extensively to locations such as London, Singapore, and Washington, D.C. for her developing government and international relations career. Most recently, however, Ailsa travelled to Los Angeles to display her passion for cooking on the Fox's MasterChef.
University of Georgia Report Writer Erin Miller recently spoke with Ailsa regarding her experience on appearing on Masterchef’s rapidfire sixth season, her global travels and favorite memories of UGA.
What motivated you to pursue cooking as a passion? Have you always spent a lot of time in the kitchen?
You know how there are some people that live to eat and some that eat to live? I am the former, through and through. After I graduating, I took a semester off before I started my masters at King’s College in London and decided I to spend the time really learning to cook. After all, if you love to eat, it is great to know your way around a kitchen. I enrolled in the advanced beginner’s class at the Le Cordon Bleu in London and learned the basics. I have been experimenting on those I love and travelling in search of new and exciting flavors ever since. My professional career took me to Singapore, where I worked in shipping, and I was able to travel extensively throughout the region. I now work in government affairs in Washington, D.C. and am doing more foodie time travel then travel. I spend my free time looking through old White House cookbooks at the Library of Congress. It is amazing the kind of gems you find in there. Next month I will be starting a weekly column on presidential recipes in my blog The Curious Tastebud, which will run through to the election next year.
On your Master Chef contestant page, you described yourself as a “unicorn” because no other contestant possessed your unique set of skills. What are some of the unique skills that you acquired at UGA?
I think UGA was the place where I truly started to learn about myself; I discovered what I’m great at, good at, and need to work on. I think the skill that I focused on developing first was time-management. Like in the kitchen, you need to really be prepared to pace yourself and use your time wisely at UGA. As an out-of-state student, my experience at UGA encouraged me to put myself out there: to introduce myself to people and take risks.
What is a positive Master Chef experience that you’d like to share with fellow UGA alumni?
I had so many positive experiences on the show. One of the highlights was getting to prepare a filet for Gordon Ramsay in his own restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak, in Las Vegas. I had never been to Vegas and the razzle dazzle of the whole experience was really special. Though my filet didn’t get me to the next round, I was proud of my dish. I also really enjoyed meeting the other talented contestants. One of my favorite fellow contestants went to LSU, so we had some great football banter. Go Dawgs!
You’re an extensive world traveler. What countries have you visited and would recommend based on their cuisine?
I’ve been lucky with my travel options, as both of my parents are from Europe and I lived in Asia for a time. I am completely in love with Vietnamese cuisine and would recommend a trip to Ho Chi Minh City for anyone who enjoys street food and isn’t afraid to try bold flavors. Italy will always be close to my heart when it comes to edibles. My family spent a lot of time in Venice when I was a kid, where I learned the joy of a big bowl of pasta. For those who aren’t as adventurous, the Italian menu will give you familiar classics made with the best ingredients possible. Gelato anyone?
When you’re at home, what are some of the dishes you like to prepare?
My absolute favorite part of cooking is seeing people enjoy what I have made. I host dinner parties at my house and focus on making dishes you can prepare ahead of time so you have time with your guests. There is nothing worse than an absent hostess. Risotto is a favorite; it is refined and can come in a host of different varieties. I make a gorgeous manchego risotto with chorizo, red peppers, and arugula.
What is your favorite memory of UGA? Are there any specific places in Athens that you remember from days as a student?
With enough amazing memories to last a lifetime, I am struggling to pick a “favorite.” Watching the Dawgs win between the hedges was always amazing. We won the SEC championship my freshman year against LSU in Atlanta. I remember being so over the moon that I had chosen the “best university ever.”
Athens also has so many places that stick out in my mind. The Pi Beta Phi house on Milledge brings back a lot of fun memories, from getting ready for formals to decorating the front porch for every holiday imaginable. If we are talking foodie memories, I still dream about the grits from Last Resort. Hugh Acheson from Five and Ten is a real talent and always dished out the tastiest Southern dishes every season. I ran to the bookstore when Acheson's book, A New Turn in the South, was published.
Is there anything else regarding your career experience that you’d like to share?
In both my careers (government relations and cooking), my education at UGA has held in me in amazing stead. My time in Athens gave me access to some of the best and brightest professors and allowed me to really channel my energy in positive ways. It is amazing the amount of UGA alums I have met across the world. It seems Georgia alums are all connected by a life-long love of learning and I am really proud to forever be a Bulldog.
To learn more about Ailsa and to see examples of her culinary work, please visit her blog.
In June 2016, UGA students and avid rowers Jacob Pope '17 and Chris Lee '16 will be rowing 2,400 more, from California to Hawaii, in the Great Pacific Race. The campaign is called Row for Hemophilia and is designed to raise money and awareness for Hemophilia of Georgia (HoG). The UGA Alumni Association invited Jacob to guest blog about his upcoming adventure.
HoG, a local-non-profit pharmacy, exists so people affected by bleeding disorders may live as normally and productively as possible. The only agency of its kind in Georgia, HoG sponsors outreach programs for the bleeding disorder community, such as Camp Wannaklot, leadership opportunities for those interested in community advocacy and legislative issues, as well as social support and services.
Jacob and Chris didn't pick HoG simply because it was a good cause: they knew if they were going to take on a challenge as great as the Pacific Ocean, that they could also make lasting changes to a community that is close to their hearts. Jacob was born with hemophilia and has firsthand experience with the services HoG provides, like outreach nursing, attending Camp Wannaklot and participating in an exchange program to Germany to learn more about hemophilia across the globe.
L-R: Jacob Pope and Chris Lee
Row for Hemophilia hopes to raise $125,000 in total, which would be enough to gain access to the safest rowing boats and navigational equipment necessary to make the journey, as well as enough to fully sponsor Camp Wannaklot in 2016 - an impact that would provide more than 100 young children with hemophilia the opportunity to experience a great adventure.
As always, Row Dawgs!
The University of Georgia is proud to unveil a free series of virtual networking events for UGA alumni and students. Via desktop or mobile device, individuals will participate in up to one hour of 10-minute, one-on-one, text-based chats with fellow participants.
Depending on each event’s “theme,” participants will be randomly paired with other alumni or students. Some events will pair just graduates based on industry, location, educational background or other topics of interest. Other events will connect graduates with students to share advice, connections or other feedback.
Because each event can be accessed via mobile device (no app necessary!), you can join in from work, home, coffee shop or even in traffic (assuming you aren’t the driver, of course!). After each event, participants will be emailed a transcript of their conversations so they can follow up with the individuals they got to know during the event.
Why host virtual networking events?
The goal of these events is to provide networking and professional development opportunities with Bulldogs around the world. By participating, you will grow your own personal network, support Bulldog bonds around the globe and might even help a student navigate their career path.
Upcoming Virtual Networking Hours
Meet a Bulldog
Tuesday, August 25
5:00-6:00 p.m. EST | Register now
Advice from the Big Dawgs (Students + Alumni)
Wednesday, September 30
Noon-1:00 p.m. EST
Connecting Women of UGA Everywhere (Alumni Only)
Friday, October 23
12:30-1:30 p.m. EST
Top Bulldog Cities (Students + Alumni)
Tuesday, November 17
6:00-7:00 p.m. EST