30 Under 30

30 Under 30 is an annual recognition program sponsored by the Young Alumni Council and the UWG Alumni Association.

The program recognizes 30 alumni that are under the age of 30 that have made a significant impact in their career industry while exhibiting dedication to UWG and representing the university well.

Nominations are now being taken for the 30 Under 30 Class of 2014!  The nomination period will close on April 18.

Below you will find the criteria and requirements that a nominee must meet for consideration.



  • Must have earned an undergraduate degree from the University of West Georgia.
  • Must be under the age of 30 as of August 31, 2014.
  • Must be willing to be included, with photograph, in various publications for the UWG Alumni Association and University Communications & Marketing.
  • Cannot be a member of the previous 30 Under 30 class.  Last year's honorees are listed below.

Criteria for Honorees:

  • Must have made a documentable impact in business, education, leadership, government, research, service, or other area.
  • Should demonstrate dedication to the University of West Georgia and its mission of teaching, research, and service.
  • Must represent the very best of UWG graduates.

Click here to nominate an alum for 30 Under 30!


2013 Honorees

Jose Avila-Kelly, 2005

Colleen Farley, 2006

Matias Marabotto, 2009

Lauren Daigle Camp, 2006

Christina Figueroa, 2005

Robert Robb Millican, 2006

Jenni Caruso, 2007

Toya Goulbourne, 2011

Kyle Newton, 2011

David Collings, 2009

Jacob Hawkins, 2006

Casey Nichols, 2006

Craig Coogler, 2007

Kyler Gamble Hembree, 2011

Amberly Coley Odom, 2009

Emma Dobbs, 2009

Melinda Bellemare Hofius, 2007

Chris Sink, 2008

Carla Maner Duncan, 2009

Matthew Holton, 2006

Josh Stewart, 2006

Rich Eells, II, 2010

Brittany Jorge, 2010

Beth Walsh, 2011

Blair Hooper Elrod, 2011

Wes Kirkbride, 2007

Jessica Reynolds Wiggins, 2007

Nichole Dyer Fannin, 2005

Chris LaMance, 2010

Lacey Smith Wilson, 2006