UGA celebrates a Peabody weekend in the City that Never Sleeps

This post was contributed by DAR communications intern Asia Casey

The University of Georgia hosted various events in New York City that led up to the 77th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony on May 19. The event was hosted by Hasan Minhaj, comedian, writer and senior correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

Minaj, award recipient for his comedy special “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” served up laughs as well as praise for the program’s mission. “When we talk about hearts and minds, we’re talking about the Peabodys. When we talk about accountability, we’re talking about the Peabodys,” he said in his opening monologue.

Since 1940, the University of Georgia has been home to the most prestigious honor in broadcast media, the Peabody Awards. Housed in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Peabody is a cultural institution with international reach that each year identifies the most compelling stories across media platforms and genres.

The award program is the oldest major electronic media award in the United States. Winners were selected from approximately 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web.

To kick off the weekend, Bonney Shuman, UGA Alumni Association board president, and her daughter visited Tibi, the successful fashion brand that was launched by Amy Smilovic (ABJ ’89).

New York City alumni and chapter leaders gathered at Mykonos Blue

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Public and International Affairs, and UGA Alumni Association hosted a reception and networking event for all New York City alumni on May 17. There are currently more than 6,100 alumni living in the New York area.

The day before the awards, President Morehead hosted a reception and dinner with alumni and donors to celebrate the award ceremony.

A couple of our alumni met “Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel!

By the end of the weekend, 30 award winners from seven media categories took home their well-deserved Peabody Awards.

Carol Burnett, a beloved TV icon who won her first Peabody in 1962, was honored with the first-ever Peabody Career Achievement Award presented by Mercedes-Benz. Visit peabodyawards.com for the full list of winners.

Young alumni tell us their #FirstFiveJobs

This post was contributed by the UGA Young Alumni Leadership Council

From waiting on tables to working for the White House – UGA alumni have distinct journeys that have made them powerful professionals. Where they started off isn’t where they are today. Luckily, broad work experience is beneficial as it fosters a valued employee.

We asked six of our alumni to share their first five jobs. Take a look, and then tag the UGA Alumni Association on Instagram or Twitter and tell us your #FirstFiveJobs.

Elizabeth Powell (ABJ ’06, BS ’06)
Sr. Associate Director of Alumni & Development Services, Emory University
• Babysitter
• Waitress, Dockside Grill at Lake Lanier
• Student worker, UGA Office of Vice President for Instruction
• PR freelancer & intern, Reaction Marketing Group
• Marketing assistant, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Yvette Dupree (BBA ’03, MAT ’07, PHD ’12)
Business and Computer Science Instructor/NTHS and FBLA Co-Advisor, Henry County Public Schools
• Sales associate, FootAction USA
• Customer relations specialist, JC Penney
• Resident assistant, Lipscomb Hall
• Marketing coordinator/DECA advisor
• Graduate assistant, University of Georgia

Sumita Dalmia Patel (BSFCS ’10)
Corporate Attorney & Painting with a Twist Studio Owner
• Student teacher, Sylvan Learning Center
• Front desk associate, Windward Lake Club
• Receptionist, Alpharetta Tax Office
• Paralegal assistant, Delta Air Lines
• Real estate attorney, Rubin Lublin Law Firm

Shayla Hill (BBA ’08)
Program Manager, Dagger
• Cashier, Wendy’s
• Child care assistant, Towne Square Academy
• Bookkeeper, Athens Public Library
• Intern, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
• Accounting coordinator, Nurun

Courtney McCants (BBA ’10) 
Senior Account Executive, Valassis Digital
• Sales manager, Macy’s
• Account coordinator, News America Marketing
• Sales planner, Turner Sports
• Account executive, ION Television

 

Joshua Jones (AB ’08, ABJ ’08, MBA ’16)
President/CEO, Red Clay Communications, Inc.
• Managing partner
• Senior advisor
• Lobbyist
• White House Advance
• Political director

UGA gardens recognized as some of Georgia’s most charming landscapes

One of the finest things about UGA is its breathtaking landscapes. The book “Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens” features three of UGA’s most recognized green spaces — the President’s House and Garden, the Founders Memorial Garden and North Campus.

Seeking Eden Authors

“Seeking Eden,” written by Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy, takes readers through the rich history and current appearance of 30 Georgia gardens in detail and alongside beautiful imagery, photographed by James R. Lockhart. The highlighted landscapes were first recognized in the early 20th century publication, “Historic Gardens of Georgia, 1733-1933,” published by Peachtree Garden Club.

Seeking Eden book cover

The publishing of “Seeking Eden” was supported by a $75,000 gift from the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation in Columbus, Georgia. All proceeds from the book sales will benefit the Garden Club of Georgia’s Historic Landscape Preservation grants and scholarship program.

Order your copy of “Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens” on UGA Press today.