September 2009

From the President
President Michael F. Adams on student life
Cover Story
Bridging a divide
Feature Stories
Hula Hoops, bubbles and plate tectonics
Leading by example
Clicking into UGA
The expanded Tate Center
Around the Arch
Best in show
Homicidal poisonings on the rise
Students spend a year on world’s longest book
Historic past unearthed
Med ed
Full bloom
No fish tales here
Autism education program expands
Putting the heat on high school sports
Kudos to Kupets
Nationwide Tour comes to UGA golf course
Arch news
UGA presence in the high court
Stimulus money funds curator
The day the music died
New Dawgs get taste of service learning
Former alumni relations director dies
Accreditation for Public Health
Fundraising record set
Researching PTSD and drug abuse
Lab rats and episodic memory
Can’t see the campus….for the trees
Going green with steam
Dormant fountains flow again
Picture this!
Stay connected with UGA
A decade old and going strong
Grass that thrives in sun and shade
Arch Partnership wins award
Tiny salamander makes a big splash
Alumni News & Events
Alumni Association Calendar
Alumni Profiles
Legal beagle?
All in the family
She rules the schools
Class Notes
Class Notes
Grad Notes
Class Notes Extras
In memory of Cayle Bywater
Ex-pat expert
Sweet Lantana
Arch trustee oversees public health interns in New York
Full of beans
Victor Profis
UGA law grad appointed to 11th Circuit Court
Atlanta alumni get new digs
Letter from Alumni Association President Vic Sullivan
Why I give
Back Page
Paige Carmichael

Sweet Lantana

Sweet Lantana

Photo by: Andrew Davis Tucker

It was an accident, really, the bittersweet discovery of a new breed of Lantana behind alumna Susy Dirr’s house in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she lived in 2004 after a second lung transplant.

Dirr’s father, retired-UGA horticulturist Mike Dirr, recognized the flowering yellow shrub as a different breed and named it after the town where Susy later died. Dirr now breeds the Chapel Hill Lantana at his Watkinsville company, Plant Introductions Inc., with proceeds going to the Sweet Melissa Fund, a non profit established by Mike and Bonné Dirr to raise money for lung transplant recipients and their families. The fund is named for Melissa Alexander, a friend of Susy, who died from cystic fibrosis in 2005.

Susy Dirr (ABJ ’99) died on Jan. 24, 2008, at age 31 after a lifetime battle with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition affecting the cells lining the lungs and digestive system.

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The Chapel Hill Lantana is sold commercially at Cofer’s Home & Garden Showplace in Athens and at Home Depot. For more information on the Sweet Melissa Fund, please visit