The legendary Jack Davis (1924 – 2016)

On July 27, news of comic artist and longtime Bulldog fan Jack Davis’ passing spread among the Bulldog Nation. Known for his distinctive style and love of celebrating the Georgia Bulldogs, Davis’ artwork graces the walls and offices of many Bulldogs. One of the founding editors of Mad Magazine, Davis’ influence extended far beyond Athens, Georgia.

When asked about Davis’ legacy and involvement with the UGA Alumni Association, former executive director Dave Muia (AB ’74, MED ’79) said, “Jack was a true gentleman and loyal alumnus. He was always pleased to serve the university and share his talent. While he is immortalized by his famous Bulldog caricatures that he did annually for the Georgia Bulldog Club, he also did a variety of special projects for the Georgia Fund and the UGA Alumni Association. Each and every time his illustrations were used, whether on the cover of the Georgia Magazine or given as a commemorative print, alumni and friends were filled with pride.”

A Jack Davis original from the Hargrett Library collection

Born Dec. 2, 1924, in Atlanta and raised in Georgia, Davis studied with artist Lamar Dodd at the University of Georgia, which he attended on the G.I. Bill. Davis honed his skills at UGA drawing for The Red & Black, the student newspaper, and Bullsheet, an Athens humor publication. He later moved to New York, where he attended the Art Students League before working with William Gaines’ EC Comics. He later supplied covers for Time and TV Guide, created album cover art and designed movie posters.

Jack Davis' self-portrait

Jack Davis’ self-portrait

He endeared himself to Georgia Bulldog fans over decades with his famous caricatures of a bulldog usually pummeling opposing team mascots and/or celebrating after UGA victories.

His long relationship with the UGA athletics program began in 1948 when he drew head football coach Wally Butts for the front and back of that year’s media guide.

UGA alumnus Ryan Scates (AB ’10, JD ’13) penned a heartfelt thank you note to Jack Davis in Bulldawg Illustrated.

“Aside from his kind and giving personality, how Jack Davis painted UGA came to be how we all saw the Red and Black. Colorful. Loud. Intense, but not without a healthy dose of self-awareness and fun. From the private chambers of the Georgia Supreme Court to South Georgia Barber shops, his work is displayed across the “Bulldog Nation” as a reminder of the best parts of what it means to be a part of the University of Georgia.

In my book, Jack Davis is UGA. What Munson did for our ears, Davis did for our eyes. As Jeff Dantzler said, we were so lucky to have him.

May we all aspire to live a life like Jack Davis – taking the time to use our talents and abilities to remind others about the best in themselves.”

In memory of Jack Davis’ life, please consider making a gift to the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Jack Davis Scholarship. This scholarship will provide support for an undergraduate student(s) majoring in art who has a passion for illustration, and the demonstrated talent and dedication to succeed as an illustrator.

Athens Named One of the Most Affordable Cities in America

When people hear Athens, Georgia, they think of a college town. But what many don’t know is that Athens is one of America’s most affordable towns in which to live.

Using data from Data USA and the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator, MintLife determined which cities in the United States would qualify for the title of most affordable. The list was narrowed down to 17 cities using average property value and cost of living.

With a housing cost 12 percent lower than the national average cost, Athens is the only city in Georgia to have made the cut. Athens reported an average property value of $156,700 and a $27,787 yearly budget for personal living. A few other cities from border states made the list too, including Huntsville, Alabama and Dunedin, Florida.

Along with having a low cost of living and average property value, Athens also offers a lot of free and low cost activities around the city. Days can be filled with trips to the State Botanical Garden, walks around the UGA campus, or a stroll down historic Milledge Avenue. The Georgia Theater has events throughout the year, including free movie screenings in the summer and inexpensive tickets to local band performances. Once a month, the University of Georgia’s Observatory, located in the Physics building on South Campus, is open for public star gazing, weather permitting. All of these activities reinforce Athens’s reputation as one of America’s most affordable cities.


University of Georgia Observatory

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Scholarship recipient visits Spain on study abroad

Charles Orgbon III, a repeat recipient of the Black Alumni Scholarship and member of the Class of 2017, took advantage of UGA’s incredible study abroad opportunities and traveled to Spain this summer. Charles wrote about his trip for Huffington Post in “3 Learned Lessons from Studying Abroad in Spain.”

By choosing to study abroad in Spain, I agreed to be open-minded about the people and the place where I would be living. Yet, when I landed in Spain this past May, I was mentally unprepared for the many differences between American and Spanish culture. Having grown up in the South, I am familiar with fried green tomatoes, wide open spaces, pick-up trucks, and a slow-talking drawl. Seemingly, everything I could have imagined was different in Spain.

Language was of course the most profound difference between America and Spain. One must understand that Spanish is not uniform from one Spanish-speaking country to another, and often times, Spanish, or language in general, can be spoken with multiple distinct accents within a country’s borders. At times, I would be corrected for using a word that was popular in South American Spanish, but not popular in European Spanish, and many times my American way of pronouncing words became a roadblock for comprehension.

In the city of Seville and the surrounding community of Andalucía, the culture were more noticeably influenced by Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula between 711 and 1492. This Muslim influence has also created a sweeping effect on the Spanish language around the world. Words such as tarea (task) come from the Arabic word ṭaríḥa, taza (cup) comes from Arabic’s tasa, and zumo (fruit juice) comes from Arabic’s zum.

Another fascination of mine was the similarities between European English and European Spanish for common phrases. For example, in Spain, the signs for the bathrooms would translate directly to toilets. Similarly, in England, the English signs for the bathrooms had also read toilets. Yet, in America, we label bathrooms as bathrooms, and use the Spanish translation for bathrooms (baños). Moreover, in America, if we must order food and we do not want to dine at the restaurant, we usually order to-go or take-out, but in England, they say to carry and in Spain, the English translation is the same: to carry (para llevar).

When it comes to cultural differences, you may be wondering: what are some tips for navigating a new world?

Embrace the difference. When I first arrived in Spain, I could not stop thinking about how everything was better in America, and by the time I had come back to America, I could not stop thinking about how everything was better in Spain. Better is not the best word to use when traveling abroad. Different is the more appropriate word. The sooner you can embrace this difference, the sooner you can begin the process of learning and feeling more like a global citizen.

People are different, but sometimes they really aren’t. While in Spain, you may wonder why people are dining so late in the evening, why fewer people own Apple products, why restaurants rarely provide indoor seating, why the men enjoy wearing jeans and closed-toed shoes in 100-degree summer heat, why WhatsApp is more popular than GroupMe, why the milk and eggs are left unrefrigerated, why they use two-pronged sockets instead of three-pronged sockets, and so much more. Instead of getting caught up in the human condition of always asking why, sometimes it can just be comforting to just recognize that we are all humans. We are motivated and influenced by very similar desires, ideas, and even fears.


Separate yourself from American culture. It was remarkable that I had traveled 4,000 miles away from home, and on a 2-hour bus ride from Seville to the beach, the Spanish motor coach played a 2003 DVD of “Destiny’s Child – World Tour.” If you’re looking to find Americans, you’ll find them in Spain, but why would you choose to study abroad and then not fully immerse yourself in the culture? Beware of when you are judging or even rejecting the culture, and understand when to remind yourself of the purpose for the trip.

Having lived with a family that does not English, taken classes with professors who do not know English, and made many friends with Spanish speakers and learners, my Spanish language proficiency greatly improved. I was changed insofar that now I feel more confident and resilient when placed in situations where nothing feels familiar. I have a greater respect for individuals who immigrate to America, and English language learners, because they have to also overcome the same potential barriers I had to overcome.

This experience would have been impossible for me without the support of my university, the University of Georgia, the Gilman International Scholarship, and my language program partners, Spanish Abroad, CLIC (el Centro for Lenguas and Intercambio Culturas), and Brookhaven Community College’s Multinational Academic Program (MAP).

Interested in learning more about how you can support students like Charles through the Black Alumni Scholarship? Email Realenn Watters (AB ’04).

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

Two Brothers, One Booming Pecan Business

Rob (BSA ’96) and Eric Cohen (BSA ’00), two University of Georgia graduates, have uncovered one of Georgia’s best kept secrets – the pecan. The roots of the pecan in Georgia originates from Savannah, Georgia. The tree nut has been a staple item for Georgia landowners since the late 1800’s, which has led to the state becoming one of the country’s top pecan producers.

The brothers developed farming skills at an early age while working on their family’s farm in Brinson, Georgia. They learned the tricks of the trade from their father, who farmed pecans part-time. Throughout college, both brothers used the knowledge that they gained from their agriculture courses to assist on their family’s pecan orchard. Ultimately, Rob received his degree in plant protection and pest management, while Eric pursued agriculture economics.

The Cohen brothers would have never imagined that they would be running a successful business when they purchased their first pecan orchid back in 2000. Their farm, Pecan Ridge Plantation, spans across five counties, encompassing land in Thomasville all the way to Lake Seminole. Along with selling to international markets, both brothers began to expand their pecan knowledge by working on their own projects within the industry. Rob offers pecan consulting services, while Eric runs Truffles by Tate, a pecan truffle business.

Photo: Garden and Gun

Photo: Garden and Gun

Eric’s business is unique, in that his trained dog, Tate, finds concealed pecan truffles. After Eric realized that pecan truffles were difficult to find, but were a hot commodity, he turned to Dr. Tim Brenneman for assistance. Dr. Brenneman, a University of Georgia plant pathology professor, served as a mentor, and helped Eric find markets for his product. Now, Eric sells his product to both local and non-local high end restaurants, as well as food enthusiasts, who are looking to experiment with the truffles.

The limits for their pecans are endless. In 2014 the Cohen brothers started their own pecan oil business, and in 2016 became the first business to sell pecan truffle oil on the market. Recently, Eric was named to the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.

Read more about these Bulldog brothers in Garden and Gun.

Dawg Camp Fusion

The transition from high school to college life can be daunting for incoming students. This is why the Dawg Camp program was created. Dawg Camp is an extended orientation program designed to assist students with their transition into the University of Georgia community. These programs allow participants to meet other incoming students and connect with current campus leaders in the spirit of UGA’s history and traditions over the course of multiple days. Dawg Camp provides a foundation for a successful college experience by exposing participants to student life, exploring common transition topics, and engaging in fun and dynamic activities. This is also an opportunity to develop close friendships and meaningful skills to thrive in the first year of college.

Dawg Camp Fusion, held in mid-June, is one of four Dawg Camps held throughout the 2016 summer. Fusion immersed incoming students into the diverse culture of UGA and Athens and taught them about the history of the Classic City. Life beyond the UGA campus influences a student’s time at the university, and thanks to Fusion, these students will enter freshman year with an extensive knowledge about the local community.

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Dawg Campers enjoying Your Pie

During Fusion, students toured some of the Classic City’s most historic locations, including the Morton Theater, the Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt Club and Nuci’s Space. They also enjoyed a visit to the State Botanical Gardens and had breakfast by Athens’ favorites Jittery Joes and Ike and Jane’s Donuts. On June 23, the students volunteered as ushers at the Morton Theater for the Flagpole Music Awards. Students concluded the week with AthFest, an Athens tradition that many alumni will fondly remember!

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Hearing from Athens Bagel Company owner David Asman

It wouldn’t be a trip to Athens without great local food! Stops included breakfast at Athens Bagel Company, owned by alumnus David Asman (BS ’08), lunches at Sauce House and Your Pie, and dinners from Tazikis, the Georgia Theatre rooftop, and Cali & Tito’s . Two of these restaurants, Athens Bagel Company and Your Pie, have been honored on the UGA Alumni Association’s Bulldog 100 list in previous years. During these meals, students met with local alumni to talk about their time in spent in Athens, their businesses, and other spots that are unique to Athens. While eating at Your Pie, met owner and alumnus Drew French (BBA ’05). In addition to owning a Bulldog 100 business, Drew was a member of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2015. After talking to the students about his experience Drew said, “I really enjoyed meeting with the Dawg Camp Fusion campers at Your Pie.  I’m glad to see that incoming freshmen have the ability to see a different side of Athens than what most experience in their time at UGA.  It is good to see that they are already focused on things that they are passionate about, and that UGA supports this passion by providing access to what makes Athens a great place.”

Want more information on Dawg Camp Fusion and the other Dawg Camps? Visit their website or Facebook page to learn more!


Gifts to UGA surge to historic heights

For a third consecutive year, the University of Georgia has set a record in fundraising, bringing in $183.8 million in new gifts and commitments during fiscal year 2016.

This year’s historic total represents a 28 percent increase over the previous year’s record of $144.2 million. Gifts were raised from a record number of 67,435 contributors.

Private funding supports the university at every level. During the 2015-16 academic year, private donations helped to fund more than 6,100 scholarships for UGA students. Donations to UGA also help the university recruit and retain outstanding faculty, enhance the student experience and expand the research enterprise.

“This major accomplishment speaks to the unyielding commitment of the UGA community to elevate our great university to new heights of excellence,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I am deeply appreciative of everyone who generously contributed their financial resources. I also am grateful to our development team; the UGA Foundation trustees; leaders of our schools, colleges, and other units; and to our outstanding faculty, staff and students. The hard work and dedication of all of these individuals-and many others-made this significant achievement possible.”


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University of Georgia among Forbes’ top public colleges

The University of Georgia moved up one spot to rank No. 17 on the Forbes “Top 25 Public Colleges 2016” list released this week.

Forbes ranked 660 public and private colleges and universities using factors that the publication says favor “output over input. Our sights are set directly on return on investment: What are students getting out of college.”

“As the University of Georgia continues to gain recognition as one of the nation’s top public universities, students and alumni can be more confident than ever in the value of a UGA education,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Significant investments to enhance the learning environment and provide students with the support they need to succeed are clearly paying dividends, and the future of this institution is very bright.”

The only other SEC school on the public school list was the University of Florida at No. 13. Georgia Tech also was ranked in the top 25 at No. 15, followed by the University of Texas at Austin at No. 16.

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UGA’s Must-See Campus Upgrades

The University of Georgia is rapidly changing and the results are coming sooner than most think. After cheering on the Dawgs in Sanford this fall, head on over to these spots to see what you’ve been missing.

1. Bolton’s (photo above) lightning strike gets a little something extra

Classic Bolton – you know the one that was adorned with neon signs and a bright lightning bolt – is no more. Don’t worry! There is still an abundance of staff waiting to greet every patron with a smile, and the endless options will soon make you forget about old Bolton. The new facility boasts an upgraded sandwich line, a milkshake bar, all-day breakfast options and a beloved pasta line. After a long day of cheering on the Dawgs in Sanford, patrons can cross the Tate Plaza and find a spread of classic game day foods in Bolton’s main line – hot dogs, hamburgers and more!

Rendering of the Science Learning Center

2. Being studious has never been so exciting

The Miller Learning Center (aka the SLC/Student Learning Center for some of you), which has become a popular late night study location for students, has a new rival. Science majors are getting a little love with a brand new Science Learning Center, which will be conveniently located near Snelling and the Stegeman Coliseum. Visitors and students alike will be amazed with the facility’s technological advances, as well as its much needed Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels combination store. As UGA Food Services put it, “you can never have too many coffee options.” The new coffee shop, along with the popular bagel chain will keep the students wide awake during those late study sessions.

Ramsey Lobby

3. Hit up the gym, take a few pics and then, maybe exercise

To commemorate 20 years, UGA’s Ramsey Student Center, has just undergone a reconstruction. The project dubbed, “Ramsey Renewal,” now features a new main lobby, an updated strength and conditioning area, and renovations to the spectator’s lobby and hallways. Crowd favorites, such as the “boys” gym and “girls” gym are still intact, but there has been an addition. Ramsey now features a brand-spanking new functional training room. For now, the only way anyone can get into one of those rooms is by getting a personal trainer or attending a group fitness class. We can’t have anyone getting hurt, now can we?

Bulldog Cafe

4. More Food Options = Happier Dawgs

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did! UGA Food Services has decided to add numerous food options around campus. Starting in Fall 2016, your game days will get a little more exciting. There will be everything from Asian cuisine to a moving Mexican-themed food truck. Take a look below to see where the new food options will be located.

  • Bulldog Café:
    • Panda Express, the popular American chain restaurant, will now be conveniently placed in the center of student life. Students and visiting patrons, will no doubt appreciate the familiar restaurant.
    • Chik-fil-A Express will be expanding to include more menu items. Who do we have to talk to, to make sure milkshakes will be added to the new menu!?
  • Tate Student Center:
    • Starbucks (located on the third floor) will now only be a bus ride away for students and visitors! Scrambling to find the nearest Starbucks to fulfill your vanilla latte cravings will no longer be a problem.
    • Bulldog Burgers (located in the Tate Café) is a new type of burger restaurant for students on campus. 100% grass fed beef burgers and veggie burgers will be served on locally produced buns!
  • Last, but certainly not least, there will be a Mexican-themed food truck that will move daily. Customers will be updated on the truck’s location via social media.

This post written by Deja White, communications intern, and member of the Class of 2017. 

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Meet the 40 Under 40 Class of 2016

Each year, the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 recognizes successful young graduates of the University of Georgia. These exceptional graduates are making a difference in their personal and professional lives and we are proud to call them Georgia graduates. Nearly 400 nominations from around the world were submitted for this distinction.

The Class of 2016 includes graduates from several schools and colleges, majors and backgrounds. While several hail from the state of Georgia, some live as far away as California or New York. The list includes current and former NFL players, a country music artist, entrepreneurs, lawyers and more.

Without further ado, meet this year’s honorees!


Please save the date and make plans to join the UGA Alumni Association at the 2016 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 8 at Flourish Atlanta. Registration will open in the coming weeks.