June 2010

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President Michael F. Adams on UGA’s most prestigious scholarship programs
Cover Story
The essential Kim Bearden
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The gift
Teaching the teachers
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The real world
Lending a hand
Around the Arch
Tourney brings in the green
Men’s golf team wins SEC title
Study shows black athletes are neglected acadmically
Equestrian team wins fifth national championship
Happy Anniversary, Arch Foundation
Gift will support Civil War studies
Professorship named after African American
The end of an era
Pizza gardens
Odum School of Ecology teams with Rainforest Alliance
Earth Week celebrates 40
UGA makes list of green colleges and universities
UGA third in technology commercialization
A premium on hiring
Child care to benefit all
Turning lemons into lemonaid
Advise and ascend
Best in Show
On with the show
Welcome to the Bulldog Nation
Peace out
JUST THE FAC(T)S
The olive state?
Prestigious honors for Honors students
Going green…at home
Wet paint
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Letter from the UGA Alumni Assciation president
2010 Alumni Association Awards
Alumni Profiles
All the president’s kids
He’s number one
Preserving lives
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Ahead of the game
Making wishes come true
Against the odds
Class Notes
Class Notes
Grad Notes
Obituaries
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Regents’ Award for Morehead
Not since you
The Tumornator
UGA grad is first female Israeli Arab associate prof
Why I give
What money means
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Class Notes

Compiled by Jackie Reedy and Paige Varner

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1945–1949

Ross Gatlin (BSF ’49) and Isabelle Gatlin (BSHE ’48) of Albany celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 21. The Gatlins have three children, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

1950–1954

James “Jim” William Garrett (BBA ’57) of Carrollton is retiring from the Garrett Stephens Thomas & Fazio accounting firm after 50 years. William “Billy” Douglas Dilworth (M ’59) retired from WNEG-TV after more than 50 years in print, radio and television journalism, including nearly 20 years as host of “The Billy Dilworth Show.”

1960–1964

Edwin “Ed” Lane III (ABJ ’64) is the chief executive officer and publisher of Lane Communications Group, which publishes business and economic news magazines in Kentucky. Its flagship magazine, The Lane Report, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Lane is a three-term elected member of the Lexington, Ky., city council and serves as vice- chair of the city’s budget and finance committee.

1965–1969

Judith Jarman Morgan (BS ’65, MEd ’68) is an IRS-certified tax counselor for the elderly and a volunteer in AARP’s Tax-Aide program. Morgan is a retired Towers Perrin principal and member of the firm’s board of directors. Mary Laraine “Larry” Young Hines (AB ’68) of Raleigh, N.C., is the chair of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council.

1970–1974

John T. Baggett (BBA ’71) is clerk/treasurer for Woodruff, S.C. Baggett spent 30 years working in a variety of financial functions for Kemet Corporation, an electronic components manufacturer. Robert Joseph “Joe” Hamilton (BSFR ’71, MS ’78) of Walterboro, S.C., is South Carolina’s Wildlife Conservationist of the Year. In 1979, Hamilton joined the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a deer research biologist, then founded the Quality Deer Management Association. Robert A. “Andy” Stancil (AB ’71) received the Accredited Land Consultant designation of the Realtors Land Institute. Stancil is a broker with United Country-Johnson Realty in Wilkesboro, N.C. Bernadette “Berney” Bacon Kirkland (ABJ ’74), chief of staff of Gwinnett County public schools, received the Public Service Award for her work in the county and her commitment to the schools. Dr. Henry M. Patton Jr. (BS ’74) of Covington is chairman of the newly formed Advisory Council for Public Health in the Georgia Department of Community Health. Patton is an attending physician at Newton Medical Center, clinical associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia and president of Newton Medical Associates.

1975–1979

Walter W. Kelley (AB ’75), bankruptcy attorney for Kelley, Lovett & Blakey, P.C. in Albany, accepted the award for his law firm’s being named to the first class of the Bulldog 100, which honors the fastest-growing businesses in the state owned or operated by UGA alumni. Cynthia Allen Smith (AB ’75, JD ’78) is the chief development officer of Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a Clearwater, Fla.-based provider of service for at-risk and vulnerable youth. James “Jimmy” Lindsey (AB ’76) of Albany is the senior vice president of human resources and marketing at Community Capital Bancshares and its subsidiary AB&T National Bank. Rear Adm. David Anderson (AB ’77) of Virginia Beach, Va., retired from the Navy after 30 years. Bonnie Arnold (ABJ ’77) of Los Angeles was a producer of the 2010 animated film “How to Train Your Dragon,” based on the children’s book by Cressida Cowell. Vincent “Vince” Alan Taylor (BSFR ’77) retired last year as state park manager with 32 years with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Richard D. “Rick” Doherty (BBA ’78), president of Doherty, Duggan & Rouse Insurors in Albany, accepted the award for his agency’s being named to the first class of the Bulldog 100, which honors the fastest-growing businesses in the state owned or operated by UGA alumni. Philip M. Goldstein (BBA ’78) is serving his ninth term as Ward 7 Councilman of the Marietta City Council, a position he has held for 30 years. Goldstein is the longest serving municipal elected official in Marietta’s history. Kessel Stelling (BBA ’78) is the new president and CEO of Synovus Financial Corp. Stelling previously was president and CEO of Bank of North Georgia, a Synovus subsidiary. He was named to his first seven-year term on the Board of Regents in January 2008.David Gregg Jennings (BSFR ’79) was appointed to the Washington state Fish and Wildlife Commission and will establish policies and regulations to preserve and protect fish and wildlife in the natural habitat. Jennings currently works at the Washington State Department of Health in the Environmental Health Division.

1980–1984

Rep. Jan Jones (ABJ ’80) of Alpharetta is the first female speaker pro tempore of the Georgia House of Representatives. Robert M. Rohr (AB ’80) was admitted to practice law in Albuquerque, N.M. Rohr works in tribal administration for the Pueblo of Jemez in northern New Mexico. Warren Cole Smith (ABJ ’80, MA ’85) of Charlotte, N.C., is the associate publisher of WORLD Magazine, a Christian news magazine. He also contributed a chapter to Calvin and the Vocations, a book in the Calvin 500 series celebrating John Calvin’s 500th birthday. Catherine “Cathy” Duckworth Dial (BSEd ’81) of Gainesville, Ga., was named the Gifted Program Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association for Gifted Children. Herman Todd Holbrook (BSFR ’81) is the deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Holbrook oversees the DNR’s six divisions. Joseph “Joe” Dean Parsons (BSFR ’81, MBA ’82) is the procurement manager for Graphic Packaging in Macon. Douglas W. Brown (BS ’83) of Columbus is second vice president of Application Services for Aflac’s IT department. Shawn Ellen LaGrua (AB ’84) was appointed to the Superior Court for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit by Gov. Sonny Perdue. She previously served as the inspector-general for the Georgia secretary of state’s office. Eric Negley (BS ’84) of Suwanee won a bronze medal at Boston’s U.S. Masters Indoor Track and Field Championship in the pole vault in his age division, with a vault clearance of 3.6 meters, or 11 feet, 9.75 inches. Negley placed 10th in the championship rankings in the M45 pole vault for the 2010 indoor season. Negley also won a silver medal at the World Masters Championship in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, with a vault clearance of 3.66 meters, or 12 feet.

1985–1989

Michael Morgan Smith (AB ’86) and John Christopher Clark opened Clark & Smith Law Firm LLC in Macon. Brian Kemp (BSA ’87), an Athens native and former Georgia state senator, is Gov. Sonny Perdue’s appointee for secretary of state. Aprille Carol Williams (AB ’87), the media specialist at Russell Middle School in Winder, received a grant from Sonic for a project called “You Be a Film Maker – Digital Storytelling,” which she submitted to Sonic during its Limeades for Learning project. Sonic donated more than $500 in video editing software to be used in the school’s media center and new Windstream Computer Lab. William “Bill” Scott Goldberg (M ’89), the semi-retired professional wrestler, was a contestant on “The Celebrity Apprentice 3.”

1990–1994

Eric Baker (ABJ ’90) of Orlando, Fla., is the decorator and prop manager for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, which opens June 18. Jeanna Childers (BSFR ’90) is the state forester for the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service center in Temple, Texas. Freeman Elliott (AB ’90) of Newnan is the vice president of the Atlantic Division of Orkin Pest Control LLC. Mitchel “Mitch” Hires (AB ’90) was elected to the Artisan Group board of directors for a two-year term. Hires is also the co-owner of Decatur-based Construction Resources Inc. Laura Hancock (BBA ’91) is the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Community Capital Bancshares and its subsidiary AB&T National Bank. Edward Lamont Tarlton (BLA ’91) received the 2010 Buck Weirus Spirit Award, which recognizes exemplary students who create positive experiences throughout the Texas A&M University community and participate in student organizations. Lisa Jarrett Vogt (BSEd ’92) opened The Dawg House Grooming & Gifts on Milledge Avenue, offering professional dog grooming and styling with spa apparel, collars, bandanas, leashes and more. Tim Zech (BSA ’92) of Canton is the new president of United Turf Alliance LLC, a consortium of major turf distributors marketing the ArmorTech product line to golf course superintendents and other turf maintenance professionals. Tommy Byrnes (BBA ’93) is the president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association for 2010. Lorrie Ward Conglose (BBA ’94) founded the Vastu School of Yoga in Athens.

1995–1999

Ivy Hall (ABJ ’95) appeared on CBS Atlanta’s “Better Mornings Atlanta” on March 15 to publicize Initials Inc., the Clarkesville-based national home party planning company she co-founded. Lamar Perry (AB ’95), a former walk-on wide receiver for the Bulldogs, is the new Scout executive of the Northwest Georgia Council for the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Kristen Cone Feldman (BS ’96), her husband, Zach, and their son, Sam, welcomed Susanna Claire, who was born Nov. 21. Michael Kirkland (AB ’96), an assistant professor of history in the Bainbridge College Division of Arts and Sciences and Iron City resident, earned his Ph.D. with distinction from Florida State University. Jennifer “Jenny” Orr Spain (BSEd ’96), a fifth grade teacher at Sixes Elementary School in Canton, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Seminole High School in Seminole, Fla., for being a conference and district champion diver on the swim team all four years of high school and for earning All-America status for three years. Michael L. Benner (BBA ’97) of Atlanta is an account executive in the Employee Benefits Department of Pritchard & Jerden Inc. Benner has 11 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to Pritchard & Jerden, Benner was vice president for BB&T Insurance Services Inc. Dr. Jeffery R. Singleton (BS ’97) is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international dental honor organization promoting professionalism, integrity and ethics. Amy Tapley (ABJ ’97) of Duluth is an account executive at Fresh Air Business Promotions in Hilton Head, S.C. Robert Alexander Williams (ABJ ’97) received a 2010 Award of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education – District III for a virtual tour he designed with his communications staff at Asheville School in Asheville, N.C. In addition, Williams’ alternative country band, Peach League, released its debut CD, “Whatever I’m Chasin,’” which is available at cdbaby.com/peachleague. Nicole “Nicki” M. Hendrix (AB ’98) is a director of major gifts on Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts development staff. Hendrix previously was the assistant director of corporate and foundation relations at UGA. Dr. Alan Russell Redding (AB ’98) opened a medical practice in Atlanta after completing a fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical School. Redding is certified by the American Board of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. William Lee Rogers III (BBA ’98) is the Young Man of the Year, an annual award given by the Gainesville (Ga.) Jaycees. Rogers received the award for his many community involvements. Paul A. Faletti Jr. (BBA ’99) is the president and chief executive officer for NCM Associates Inc., a firm that offers training and consultation to auto dealers. He has held domestic and international executive management positions with Maserati North America, BMW of North America LLC and Jaguar Cars North America.

2000–2004

Michael Clifford Conley (ABJ ’00) of Sharpsburg is the senior manager of marketing communications and distributor relations with CeloNova BioSciences. Matt Pollard (BBA ’00) of Marietta is the director of advisory services for Forsythe Solutions Group and was highlighted in the March edition of Enterprise IT Planet. Leslie Grove (BS ’01), an application programmer at the School of Law and Summerville, S.C., native, is the 2009 Emma P. Terrell Employee of the Year. Cody Hale (BSFR ’02) won the $10,000 Horton Research Grant from the American Geophysical Union for the best proposal in hydrology. Hale is currently a Ph.D. student in water resources science at Oregon State University. Jon Stinchcomb (BS ’02), who is the New Orleans Saints offensive tackle, and Ali Stinchcomb (BSEd ’02, MEd ’04) welcomed their first child, Mason Andrew, on Jan. 19. Emily Anne Campbell (ABJ ’03) and Lewis Bryant Campbell III (BSA ’03) of Bluffton, S.C., welcomed their daughter Ella Hope on Dec. 10. Ella weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 18.5 inches. Lewis is a grain broker with Palmetto Grain Brokerage. Christopher E. George (AB ’03) was appointed commander of Charlie Company, Ninth Engineer Battalion (Combat). George has served as a platoon leader and operations officer in Iraq. He has won multiple awards and decorations for his service. Mary Elizabeth Hobby (ABJ ’03, AB ’03) of Albany is the vice president of HeritageBank of the South, a promotion from marketing director. Amy M. Taylor (BSFR ’03) was elected to the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Young Alumni Committee. William Roderick “Rick” Gammon III (BLA ’04) is owner and president of the Evergreen Outdoor Group, a turnkey landscape contractor in Bluffton, S.C. Christopher Konke (AB ’04) is an intelligence research specialist with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C., an agency in the Department of Homeland Security. Parvati Shallow (ABJ ’04), now a three-time “Survivor” series contestant, is a “villain” on “Survivor: Heroes and Villains.” Shallow won $1 million in “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites” in 2008 and placed sixth in “Survivor: Cook Islands” in 2006.

2005–2009

Michael Hall (ABJ ’05) of Lawrenceville and Anna Ferguson (ABJ ’05) of St. Simons Island will marry on June 17. The two met while Hall was a photographer and Ferguson was a reporter for the Brunswick News. Hall is the communications coordinator for Padgett Business Services in Athens, and Ferguson is a journalism graduate student at UGA and a freelance writer. Grant Harvey (BSFR ’05) married Rachel Louise McCarthy on May 2, 2009. Augusto Michael Trujillo (ABJ ’05, AB ’05) is the communications specialist for Parish & Social Justice Ministries for Catholic Charities Atlanta. Lauren Ashley Irving (AB ’06) is the broadcast traffic coordinator in the creative department of St. John & Partners, the largest independent general market advertising agency headquartered in Florida. Andrew Dortch Oldham (AB ’06, AB ’06) joined the law firm Miller & Martin PLLC in Nashville, Tenn., in the corporate department, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate law. Oldham graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville in 2009. Christopher Tapley (M ’06) of Lilburn was promoted to chief technology officer at Woodlands Bank in Beaufort, S.C., where he is the information technology director. Andrew “Andy” Bentley Baxter (BSFR ’07) of Crandall works for the U.S. Forest Service’s Conasauga district in Chatsworth. Bradford Perry Huffman (BSFR ’07) married Whitney Bryant. Huffman is attending the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Krista Johns Morris (BSA ’07), agricultural educator of Brantley County Middle School in Nahunta, is one of only 47 people nationwide to receive the Teachers Turn the Key Award. The scholarship award allows early career agricultural educators to attend the annual National Association of Agricultural Educators convention and participate in special programming. Ami Alese Flowers (BSFR ’08) is a seasonal resource management ranger at Cowpens National Battlefield in Gaffney, S.C., and is a biological science technician at Ninety Six National Historic Site in Ninety Six, S.C. Brian Jamaal Gates (BSFR ’08) is a program specialist with the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and the Natural Resources and Environment Unit within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lindsay Phillips Huff (BBA ’08) is the market leader for the Capital City Bank office in Macon. Andrew Michael McCarley (BSFR ’08) is a silviculturist trainee with the U.S. Forest Service. Kyle McLaughlin (AB ’08) and Graham Burkhalter (AB ’09), both from Macon, are teaching English in South Korea. 2nd Lt. Jodie K. Pix (BSEd ’08) of Duluth entered into the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in order to be a physician in the Army, Navy, Air Force or the Public Health Service. Veronica Ann Rohrmoser (AB ’08, ABJ ’08) is Miss Tidewater, Virginia, and she will compete in the Miss Virginia Pageant on June 26. Rohrmoser is seeking a master’s degree and doctorate at Syracuse University. Darwin Shelton (BSFR ’08) works with Foxwater Environmental Restoration in McDonough. Lauren Elyse Wilson (BSFR ’08) is an assistant educational coordinator with Reed Creek Wetland Park and Interpretive Center in Martinez. Patrick Work (BSFR ’08) and wife Avery welcomed their daughter Reagan Annabelle Work on Oct. 13. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches long. Leslie Marie Emanuele (ABJ ’09, AB ’09) of McDonough received the Public Relations Student Society of America’s National Gold Key Award. Emanuele works at Cookerly Public Relations. Ensign Kyle R. Stewart (BBA ’09) received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.