Dwayne Bass (AB ’98) is saving the planet one sculpture at a time. Bass (AB ’98) founded TWOvital, a company that creates awareness of environmental issues and promotes sustainability through its art. The photographer and sculptor transforms trash from construction sites, such as scraps of wood and metal, into sustainable works of arts.
In 2008, Bass created the first-ever sculpture to receive credits under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program. Using one of TWOvital’s sculptures is worth a LEED credit for developers and builders seeking LEED certification in their projects.
For Bass, creating beautiful works of art from reclaimed materials was not a new endeavor. “I have been making things from leftover or broken items since I was a kid. I made a car out of a broken tape deck when I was about six. I was always fascinated with taking something that is broken and making it into something it was not intended to be,” he said.
From his interest with sustainable art, Bass also created RUBBLOX, a line of furniture crafted from recycled car tires. For information about Bass's work, visit twovital.com.
Thank you, Dwayne, for your commitment to improving the environment and representing UGA so well.
Thanksgiving may have passed, but the holidays aren't over yet. So, forget about stressing over baking that perfect dessert for the in-laws—Amanda Wilbanks (AB ’01) has you covered.
Wilbanks is the founder of Buttermilk Pie Co. in Gainesville, Ga. Wilbanks’s pies are baked from scratch, with real butter and rolled by hand. The alumna says she and her team work hard to preserve the quality and taste of each pie by using farm-fresh ingredients and produce from local growers.
Buttermilk Pie Co. started in October 2012, but Wilbanks says she unconsciously began preparing for the business long before. She even sports scars from her early days of cooking as a young child. But, her love for baking pies didn’t fully bloom until adulthood - after her mother-in-law taught her how to make French pastry dough. With that lesson, she could not keep away from the kitchen.
Today, Wilbanks and her team bake pies for gifts, weddings and other special events. Each pie is customized to fit each customer’s needs and shipping is available to the entire country.
I hear the pies live up to the hype, too. Buttermilk Pie Co. was a Garden and Gun “Made in the South” semi-finalist!
Congratulations, Amanda. I can't wait to try one of your creations - I know you'll have mouths watering all over the Bulldog Nation!
On behalf of the UGA Alumni Association, I want to wish all of our UGA alumni and friends an especially happy Thanksgiving. For those of you who have given back to the university with your time, talent or monetary gifts, please allow me to express my sincere gratitude. Your support truly makes a different in the lives of UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni each and every day.
If you haven't yet given back to your alma mater, I encourage you to do so during this season of giving - it won't go unnoticed! Simply click here.
Have a safe and happy holiday,
Having attended school in the Southeast, I know many of our alumni simply can't resist Southern traditions - from sipping sweet tea to tailgating before college football games. Those alumni will probably be interested in the fact that UGA alumnus Chuck Reece (ABJ '94) recently decided to give the world a lesson on what it means to be a Southerner.
Each Tuesday, Reece and his team at a new Atlanta-based website called The Bitter Southerner provide one well-written story about/from the "real" South in hopes of enlightening individuals who might be a bit misguided about what the South is really like. According to the website's home page, "We're here for a reason: to shed light on what it means to be a Southerner. Not what it meant to be a Southerner 20 years ago, and certainly not what it meant 120 years ago. Instead, let's talk about what it means to be a Southerner today. Because things are getting different."
After vacationing in New Orleans with his fiancee, Reece decided that there was a story to be told to "outsiders" who incorrectly characterized the region. Click here to read this week's story.
According to Reece, "The Bitter Southerner is here for Southern people who do cool things, smart things, things that change the whole world, or just a few minds at a time. The world knows too little about these people, which is, alas, another reason to be bitter. But it prompted us to create The Bitter Southerner.”
Thank you, Chuck, for the fresh perspective on life below the Mason-Dixon. I look forward to next Tuesday's story.
This blog was sourced from Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Cheryl Allen (PHD ’98) was recently named the first female dean of the Business Administration and Economics Division at Atlanta’s Morehouse College; however, she admits that education has not always been “on [her] radar.”
Allen says that she and her sisters were inspired by a female accountant’s visit to her high school bookkeeping class in Chattanooga - an experience that led the sisters to enter the field. After landing what many would consider a dream job with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), but finding herself dissatisfied about the possibility of becoming a partner, Allen elected to pursue other career options.
After discussing her future with a former professor at Morehouse, Allen was drawn to teaching. After some time, she realized that her CPA degree was not going to cut it, considering her new career aspirations. At the age of 32, Allen entered UGA to earn her Ph.D.
Allen’s passion for accounting and breaking boundaries has led to this important position at Morehouse. While the university just celebrated its 145th anniversary, she believes there is always room to grow. “You think you have the solutions to make it all work,” she says. “That’s not all there is to it. You can have all the credentials in the world, and not move one student.”
Congratulations, Cheryl, on being named dean at Morehouse. Your hard work has obviously paid off and and we are proud to call you a fellow Bulldog.
Information for this blog entry was sourced from http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/terryuga/terry_fall13/#/52