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Class of 2012 40 Under 40

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013 40 Under 40 The UGA Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2013 40 Under 40, an initiative that celebrates leaders in business, research, artistic, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Nominations will be accepted from February 11- April 12 and must be submitted by someone other than the nominee. Please consider nominating a friend or colleague! Candidates must be: • A UGA graduate (undergraduate or graduate degree) • Under the age of 40 as of September 1, 2013 • Willing to submit a photo, if selected, and have it published by the University of Georgia Alumni Association, Office of Public Affairs and various schools and colleges as appropriate Nomination Form

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The Georgia Bulldog Club’s Young Alumni Program The UGA Athletic Board recently approved a plan to create a program which would assign approximately 2,000 football season tickets to young alumni for the 2013 season. Anyone who received a degree (Undergraduate, Masters, Doctoral, Professional Students) from UGA between May 1, 2008 and May 31, 2013 is eligible for the program. Currently, an extensive communications plan is being developed to outline the new program. But to express your interest in the program and learn more, check out The Georgia Bulldog Club’s Young Alumni Program website.

Georgia SBDC Feeling entrepreneurial? Ever thought of starting your own business but need a boost in getting started? The Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a thirty year old program of the University of Georgia. Its mission is “to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.” The SBDC provides services in consulting, continuing education, and research. Participants gain knowledge in areas such as industry-focused consulting, classroom and online training, and data resources for research. The SBDC also houses the Office of Minority Business Development, which supports female and minority entrepreneurs. Some SBDC numbers*: • In the last three years, the Georgia SBDC Network assisted entrepreneurs in starting 791 new Georgia businesses. • In 2010, clients of the Georgia SBDC Network grew their sales 7.5% and expanded their employment base 7.5% beyond the employment growth rate of the average Georgia business. • In the last three years the Georgia SBDC Network assisted clients with access to over $139 million through commercial loans and equity investments. • In 2010 impact clients of the Georgia SBDC Network added approximately 1,697 new jobs to the economy and enjoyed revenues of nearly $993 million. • 17 SBDC locations across the state. In a program run through the Small Business Development Center, University of Georgia pharmacy and veterinary medicine students spend 2 to 3 weeks working in at a veterinary office or pharmacy. At the end of the session, the participants write a report on how the business could improve its operations and increase efficiency. The businesses get the benefit of the recommendations and the students get a firsthand look at what it takes to run a business.

To read success stories from Robin Stanton and UGA alumna Ashley Hatcher, click here. § *Numbers from the SBDC website homepage.


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Jim Chasteen ’98 BBA Risk Management & Insurance Charlie Thompson ’99 AB Political Science, ’03 MBA/JD Founders, Licensed Bootleggers American Spirit Whiskey

thens is a special place for Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson. “Nothing can make me happier than walking across North campus,” says Charlie, who is a Triple Dawg and is married to an Athens native. Jim, who grew up in Athens, graduated from UGA, and married a fellow UGA alumna, shares that whenever he visits the city with his family, he comments “We are heading towards God’s country.” Chasteen and Thompson, former college roommates and fraternity brothers, have more connections than Athens and UGA. Today, they run a business on the side: American Spirit Whiskey. Launched in 2011 from a hobby and a love of whiskey, ASW is a mixable white whiskey designed to bring consumers into the whiskey market who might not be regulars. Charlie says “People hear ‘white whiskey’ and think moonshine—we work hard to share our story and our product; a true hand-to-hand, bottle-to-bottle approach.” After researching the whiskey-making process, Chasteen and Thompson began to develop their whiskey recipe. Both credit their wives as being their strongest supporters while starting this endeavor that can now be found in stores, restaurants and bars in Georgia and South Carolina. ASW launches in Tennessee this spring with other states soon to follow. They laugh that they went through forty or fifty iterations of the product before they reached the final version. ASW has gained a loyal following, mostly through word-of-mouth advertising and UGA alumni. Through the process, Chasteen and Thompson have been very grateful for the university community’s support. Jim says, “I met the best people in my life in those four years at UGA, and if you’re going to do business in Georgia and the South, I’d put the education at Georgia and the contacts you make at Georgia above everything.” Charlie agrees that “so many of the things we’ve been able to do is because of people we went to school with.” They also understand the importance of giving other Dawgs the same opportunities. “I give because UGA has given me so much. As an Athens native, the university gave my community a unique identity. It gave me an education, a foundation for a career, a network of relationships... and an opportunity to meet my wife. Actually, I should be giving more,” Chasteen quipped.

Photograph by James Camp © 2012

To find a location where ASW is sold, click here and to subscribe to the ASW mailing list, click here. §

Events 4/23 Baseball vs. Georgia Tech at Turner Field 4/24 Farewell to UGA President Michael F. Adams Tate Center Grand Hall 4/29-5/5 Stadion Classic Golf Tournament at UGA




3/7 Men’s Basketball vs. Kentucky

4/5 Willson Center Invited Lecturer Michael Friedman, Professor of Humanities at Stanford University. More information.

5/5 Softball vs. LSU Three game series at UGA. More information.

3/9 Gymnastics vs. Utah Bootcamp Saturday with the Metro Atlanta Chapter; cost $10 per person. 3/16 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk More information. 3/21-24 EcoFocus Film Festival at Ciné More Information. 3/22 TEDxUGA “Ideas worth spreading” with a unique focus on UGA. Invitation Only. More information. 3/22-24 Baseball vs. Alabama 3/23 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair View 700 exhibits from middle-school and high-school science and engineering students selected at the state level. More information.

4/5-7 Baseball vs. Missouri 4/9 Baseball vs. Georgia Tech in Athens 4/11 UGA Thank a Donor Day

5/8 Climate & Society Seminar: The Communications Barrier Between Scientists and Policy Makers More information. 5/10 Spring Semester Commencement

4/11-13, 17-21 University Theatre Presents Macbeth More information. 4/16 Baseball vs. Presbyterian 4/17 Honors Day 4/19 2013 UGA Alumni Association Awards Luncheon More information.

UGA Calendars § Check out the complete Alumni Association Calendar. § Events at the UGA Performing Arts Center. § Only select athletic events listed above. See the complete athletics schedule. § There are lectures, seminars, and guests presenters on a wide variety of topics nearly everyday. See the full listing of UGA events open to alumni.

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If you have been in the job market any time since 2003, chances are, you have a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn hails students and recent graduates as its “fastest-growing demographic.” One of the most classic and useful tools in the professional networking site is the Group feature. By joining a group on LinkedIn, you can connect with other professionals who have similar interests or shared connections. You may be surprised to find just how many University of Georgia alumni groups there are… § University of Georgia Alumni Association Group (UGA) § Women of UGA § UGA FOOTBALL FANS § University of Georgia Alumni (UGA) § UGA Grads Seeking Employment § University of Georgia § Black UGA Alumni Network § UGA Alumni Group. Besides these, there are also groups for many colleges and degree programs: UGA Grady Grads § Advertising and PR at UGA Grady College § University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni § New Media Alumni -- UGA § University of Georgia Department of Economics § University of Georgia Entrepreneurship Program § Terry College of Business Alumni § UGA Risk Management & Insurance Alumni § UGA MIS Alumni § UGA Music Business Program § UGA Society for MIS Alumni § UGA Finance Society § University of Georgia MBA Alumni and Students § UGA Developers § UGA Institute for Leadership Advancement § UGA College of Public Health § UGA CAES Alumni § UGA College of Pharmacy network § UGA Public Administration and Policy § University of Georgia School of Law Alumni § Franklin College of Arts and Sciences University of Georgia § The University of Georgia Career Center § University of Georgia School of Social Work. §

Cara Turano BSED '01 Sports Studies and her dad Tom Turano at the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.

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Profiles Deondra Rose Deondra Rose AB ’05 Political Science 2011 UGA 40 Under 40 Honoree University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN Currently reading…The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In 10 years...I hope that my work will promote a keen awareness of the ways in which U.S. lawmakers can use public policies to empower citizens and to promote a truly democratic political landscape. Currently…I completed my Ph.D. at Cornell University in the summer of 2012, and I now have the tremendous honor of working as a Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. My research focuses on the feedback effects that federal higher education policies have had on American citizens and U.S. politics, more broadly. I am also teaching courses on American public policy and the politics of inequality. Great UGA memory…I have so many fun memories from my year as Miss UGA 2005, but one that really sticks with me occurred during the homecoming parade that year. As we were waiting for the parade to begin, Swann Seiler asked me if I wanted to see Uga VI. Did I?! She led me over to Uga's crate and he trotted forward. Then, as if on cue, Uga turned toward me and very nonchalantly sniffed my arm and gave it--and my glamorous rhinestone bracelet--a big lick. That bracelet will be forever known as "the Uga bracelet," and my feelings for the mascot are best described as love with a capital L. Can you share any UGA traditions of your own? During my year as Miss UGA, red and black became my signature colors. Seven years after graduation, I continue to sport the color scheme as a tribute to my alma mater.

Mark Anthony Thomas BBA 01’ Marketing Director & Publisher, City Limits New York, NY Currently reading...The Economist’s World in 2013 In 10 years...I’ll be leading an economic think tank and a creative artist doing a number of projects. Favorite part of your job…It’s constantly changing. On a typical week it involves journalism, creative design, politics, finance, events, and digital trends. Today’s media industry requires you to pull from talents above and beyond reporting. Great UGA memory…As a young reporter at the Red & Black, learning and writing about the blueprints for future buildings, parks, and campus developments. Can you share any UGA traditions of your own? I’ve hosted a holiday charity event, the Red Tie Soiree, for 10 years in Atlanta and New York which has become mini-reunions for many UGA alumni. I also watch football games with local NYC alumni. Inspired by…Great lyrics, translated poetry (reflects universal emotions), and American historical books.

Paige Tidwell BSW ’07 Social Work MSW ’08 Social Work Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Coordinator at Athens Community Council on Aging Athens, GA In 10 years...I’m a big, BIG, planner. I like to know what’s going on and when it’s happening. Sometimes I have to remember to keep calm and go with the flow. In 10 years, I hope to be happy and healthy. I couldn’t ask for much more than that. Favorite part of your job…I work for an amazing agency full of wonderful people and clients!! Without a doubt, my favorite part is working with the grandparents in my program. They are the most optimistic, sweetest, and highly resourceful people you will ever meet. Their strength

shows me there’s nothing I can’t do.

Bill Gentry

Great UGA memory…It’s hard to pick just one! Saturdays tailgating on S. Finley Street, stopping by Tate between classes for a glass of sweet tea, picnics on North Campus, gymnastic meets, basketball games, and meeting some of the greatest people I have ever known.

’05 PhD & ’02 MS Psychology (Industrial-Organizational) 2011 UGA 40 Under 40 Honoree Senior Research Associate & Coordinator, Internships and Post-Docs Center for Creative Leadership

Inspired by…my Mom and Dad. They’re very supportive, generous, empowering, and encouraging. Their patience and guidance helped me become the social worker I am today.

Cara Turano BSED ’01 Sport Studies Atlanta Business Chronicle 2012 40 Under 40 Director, CTS, Inc. Atlanta, GA

Greensboro, NC Currently reading…Lots of books and journal articles for work. For fun, the next book on my list is In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me Favorite part of your job…I love coming to work every single day, knowing that my work, whether it is writing articles or books, or training leaders and executives in the classroom, is having a positive impact on the lives of people, and making a difference in the world.

Currently reading...World Without End by Ken Follett and The Smitten Kitchen cookbook.

Great UGA memory…Hugging my dad after graduating with my PhD. The 5 years of hard work in graduate school paid off to see him smile and share that moment.

In 10 years...I hope to be happy in my career, succeeding as a C-level executive, and traveling the world. It would be nice to have a family as well. :-)

Can you share any UGA traditions of your own? Wearing a UGA shirt at work on Friday before big games.

Favorite part of your job...I love my job so picking my favorite part is tough. It is my team...I work with amazing and brilliant people. You can look at the success we are having and realize that it's totally and completely a team effort. That's very cool to be a part of and help lead. Great UGA memory...As a senior, I presented a paper about the history of college football in the media at CURO (an undergraduate research forum). I spent hours in the rare book room and ended up winning the best humanities paper out of around 50 submissions. Can you share any UGA traditions of your own? My mom got me a UGA charm bracelet for graduation and I wear it every Friday during football season with a red and black outfit! Inspired by…My mom. She's been battling colon cancer for 7 years and yet continues to make quilts for her loved ones and maintain a very positive attitude. She's the strongest person I know.

Inspired by… My late father instilled in me a sense of work ethic and motivation and he’s the major reason I am where I am, and who I am, today. Also my major professor at UGA, Karl Kuhnert, was and still is a great mentor of mine, and he inspires me to help others and be a mentor to others every day.

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Clockwise from top middle: Kyle Collins Hitchcock ’01 photographing a home game; Phillip Ferris ’06 (left) and colleagues at a checkpoint in Shindand District, Afghanistan; Crystal Carey’s ’02 daughters celebrate at homecoming; Jim Hollandsworth ’02 and his wife Melinda ’99 stand with their two children after receiving the Team UGA award. Meyur Vashi ’03, who nominated Jim, joins them; Abhishek Achar ’10 and William Lancaster ’06 were selected to represent Georgia at the national congress for the American Osteopathic Association; Sarah Kline ’07 poses atop Mt. Fuji (elevation 12,388 ft) in Japan. On the cover: (Top right): Darrell Ray ’03, Jeffrey Hutchings ’99, Terry Burston ’99 and Joseph Tullos ’01 outside Faurot Field before the UGA v. Missouri football game; (Bottom row left to right): Jerrod Lukacs, Erin Tatum, Caroline Portwood ’11 and Drew Stelling ’10 participate in a whiskey pairing at the original Jameson Distillery in Cork, Ireland; Kyle Kobold ’03, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, driving a submarine in the Pacific Ocean out to sea from Hawaii; Matt Prince ’08 and Hairy Dawg celebrating a Georgia touchdown at the 2012 SEC Championship game.