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Alton Brown to headline UGA’s 2015 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar May 1-3

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Alton Brown

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia alumnus and Food Network star Alton Brown will deliver the keynote address at the second annual Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar, a three-day educational gathering for UGA alumni and friends.

The theme for the 2015 seminar, scheduled for May 1-3, is “Food for Thought,” and it will feature lectures, tours and other events that highlight the role that UGA plays in advancing the health, sustainability and economic impact of food production and distribution.

“We are excited to offer this seminar to alumni and friends of the university,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Participants will explore the many ways that the university’s research, instruction and outreach influence the food that we eat as well as the economy of Georgia, our nation and the world.”

In addition to the reception and dinner with Brown, highlights of the 2015 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar include:

• Presentations by UGA faculty on nutrition, food safety, the future of food production and other topics related to their research.
• Lunch with Morehead, a welcome from Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, and a breakfast with UGA deans.
• Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of campus facilities such as UGArden, UGA’s student-run farm, and the new Bolton Dining Commons.
• An address by UGA alumnus Peter Dale, owner and chef of The National in Athens and the 2012 recipient of Food and Wine magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef-Southeast” award.
• A Farm to Table Dinner under the stars on Herty Field and local lunch market.

Now in its second year, the Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar is open to anyone interested in lifelong learning. Registration for the three-day seminar is $290 per person, and space is limited. A special block of rooms at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center is being held until April 17. For more information or to register online, see

“I invite our alumni-and anyone who enjoys learning-to return to campus for this year’s Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “This event is one of the best ways to experience campus and the groundbreaking research and teaching that is taking place here. I guarantee that attendees will leave inspired by what the University of Georgia is doing.”

For additional information, contact Katie Fite at 706-542-0383 or