Warnell honors distinguished alumni
Focus on the Faculty: Kyle Johnsen
Dwayne Bass (AB '98) saves the planet one sculpture at a time
Need a special treat for the holidays? Amanda Wilbanks (AB ‘01) has you covered!
The Bitter Southerner provides insight into life as a Southerner
UGA alumna is first female dean of Morehouse Division of Business Administration and Economics
UGA alumna serves at America’s Cup
Alumna earns SPANX Leg Up Award
Atlanta alumna owns and operates Lacefield Designs
Investiture ceremony for UGA President Jere W. Morehead
Gus Arrendale (BSA ‘80) awarded National Humanitarian Medal
UGA Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge
Founding director of Right Steps Inc., speaks in Athens
Alumni launch Sugarboo Designs
Former UGA football player hosts golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation
Happy Veterans Day!
An exciting week at UGA!
The 2013 McGladrey Classic
Stephen Roy (BSA '86) becomes president of Mack North American Sales & Marketing
Alumnus Mike Mulligan (PHD '72) creates career seminar
UGA alumna is creator of Liddabits
An action-packed weekend
Alumna featured on “Untold Stories of the ER”
Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ‘92) named AP global sports editor
Alumna creates beautiful lamps for a good cause
Tom Pashley (BBA ‘91) named president and COO of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
Former 40 Under 40 honoree sees dream approach reality
UGA alumnae open Athens’s first blow dry bar
Alumna’s gift to Ellen DeGeneres featured on The Ellen Show
Stephen Walker (BBA ‘04) launches gourmet popcorn business
Eleven UGA alumni named to Georgia Trend 40 Under 40
Sixteen alumni honored by UGA Graduate School
Dewdrop Designs offers handmade paper and leather products
Robert Jones (MS ‘75) named president of University at Albany
Former UGA golfer Erik Compton earns PGA Tour Courage Award
Tom Shanahan (JD '98) named top lawyer for UNC system
UGA Alumni Night at the Bookstore
This UGA grad is betting you’ll eat bugs ...
Linnea West’s art blog endorsed by The Huffington Post
UGA grad and Southern Grace Farms earn 2013 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award
UGA alumnus receives highest honors for contribution to landscape architecture
UGA alumnus selected to serve as Colonial Williamsburg Foundation trustee
Three UGA grads return home to premiere film
Bradley Taylor (BS ‘95) featured in Garden & Gun
UGA grad partners with high school friend to offer athletic training services to young athletes
Four alumni honored with Blue Key Service Awards
Chad Eikhoff (BFA ‘97) is animating his way into the future
Comedy Central animated series co-creator is a UGA graduate
Seven alumni recognized by UGA College of Education
UGA graduate is voice of Boise State Broncos
UGA alumna breaks ground on new marketing firm
2013 40 Under 40 Awards Lunch a Success!
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Padgett “Pat” Wilson (AB ’96)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Albert Glover Way (PHD ’08)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Raegan Tuff (PHD ’09)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Mark Anthony Thomas (BA ’01)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Irving Steel (AB ’08)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Logan Smalley (BS ’06)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Richard Scott (BFA ’05)
UGA Opens Student Veterans Resource Center
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Kevin Scott (BA ’07)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Emily Hanson Scofield (MS ’92)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Robyn Painter (AB ’98)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Kim Nogi (ABJ ’09, BMUS ’09)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Timothy Murphy (BBA ’96)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Michael McConnell (BA ’07)
The excitement is palpable …
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Jessica McClellan (AB ’00, JD ’03)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Michael Mannina (BBA ’04, ABJ ’04)
I am saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dr. Joseph Lee Parker, Jr. He was a proud member of The University of Georgia family and the last surviving Navy doctor who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy during the D-Day invasion of World War II. His heroism continued after the War when he established his own practice in rural Greensboro, Georgia, serving patients 24 hours a day and later as the chief of staff of the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital. Dr. Parker will be dearly missed, but the legacy of his work serving others lives on. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Parker’s family during this time.
Below you will find Dr. Parker’s obituary as provided by the McCommons Funeral Home.
Dr. Parker of Greensboro, Georgia died on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the age of 95 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born November 20, 1916 in Waycross, Georgia, the son of the late Joseph Lee Parker, Sr. and Vera Estelle Sweat. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Waycross High School and The University of Georgia. While at The University of Georgia, he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and lettered in swimming. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and married the late Martha Fleming of Augusta.
Dr. Parker served as a physician during World War II with the Navy and Marines. He was stationed in England and was part of the first wave of the Normandy Invasion during the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. He was the last surviving Navy surgeon of that invasion. He attended the wounded—both Allied and German—for twenty-one days on the beach. He received numerous awards and decorations from both the United States government and the Republic of France. Later, he served with the Marines in China and Guam.
After his military service, he established a medical practice in Greensboro, Georgia where he provided professional health care to the people of Greene and surrounding counties. In a rural practice with no hospital, 24-hour, 7-day a week house calls were an everyday event for Dr. Parker. He knew every country dirt road like the back of his hand. He was one of the founding physicians of the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital in 1949. He served as chief of staff for the hospital for twenty-five years until his retirement. Beloved and esteemed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, he was a hero to his community.
Dr. Parker married Carolyn Baugh Reynolds in 1987, and after his retirement they traveled all over the world. He also enjoyed spending time at his house on the Georgia coast as he loved being near the water. He built his first sailboat in St. Simons at the age of 14. He spent the last twenty-five years of his life on Lake Oconee.
Lee was a member of the Greensboro First Baptist Church and attended the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. He was a 60-year member of the Masons, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion.
In addition to his wife, Carolyn Reynolds Parker, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Parker '43 and a son, Joseph Lee Parker III, grandchildren, Mandy Parker and Robert Snider; Rynee and Michael Strickland; Allison and Dusty Laux; and Joely and Matt Nicholson, Great-grandchildren Hayden and Conner Strickland; Jonah and Sam Laux; and Parker and Tessa Nicholson. He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Parker and Anna Parker, and his sister Vera Parker and Cleve Mincey and a grandson Lee Whichard.
Extended family members are Frances and Gentry Strickland, Jamie and Kathy Reynolds, Marguerite and the late Troy McInteer, Harold and Lesley Reynolds, Beth and Bobby Thomas, Jim and Ellen Strickland, Bill and Tabi Strickland, Jamie Reynolds IV, Chandler Reynolds, Jackson Reynolds, Will and Jack Thomas, Carolyn, Mary Cate, Davis and Amanda Strickland, and Ella and Hal Strickland.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the McCommons Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Key and The Reverend Joseph D. Greene III officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Hester, Mike Bradley, Billy Jarrard, Herbie Thurmond, Chris Houston, Dr. Dave Ringer, Carey Williams, Jr. and Richard Maddux.
The family requests that any memorials be made to the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit of Augusta VA, c/o Reynolds Veterans Association, Inc., 6350 Lake Oconee Parkway, Suite 102, PMB 163, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements.
A few weeks ago, UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources recognized two alumni, Tommy Sasser (BSFR '70) and Josh Harrell (MFR '03), for the significant contributions they have made to the forestry field while also supporting their alma mater.
Sasser, who has more than four decades of experience in residential and recreational development, received the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus award.
Warnell Dean Mike Clutter praised the alumnus, saying,"Tommy has been a strong supporter of Warnell and UGA for many years, having served on the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Warnell External Advisory Board. His support and sage advice has helped our school in many ways."
I know Tommy through his role on our board of directors between 2005 and 2010 and agree with everything Dean Clutter said. He currently works for Recreational Community Consultants and Global Golf Advisors. He has been instrumental in the planning, development and construction of more than 75 golf courses around the world, and has been the master planner for community development such as Amelia Island Plantation, Reynolds Plantation, Kiawah Island and Sea Pines Plantation.
Harrell, a regional investment forester and portfolio and research analyst with Forest Investment Associates in Atlanta, earned the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumnus award.
He manages more than 170,000 acres of timerland for clients across Virginia, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. He is the student chair of the Society of American Foresters at Virginia Tech, chairman of the Chattahoochee Chapter of the Society of American Foresters and the chairman of the Georgia Division of the Society of American Foresters. In addition, he has authored several articles for publications such as Biomass Magazine, The Southeastern Forester and Forest Landowner Magazine.
Congratulations to these very deserving graduates. Thank you for showing the world what it means to be successful UGA alumni!
Information for this blog entry was sourced from Golf Course Industry online.
Each month, I would like to feature a member of UGA's outstanding faculty. While I am proud to share the achievements of our alumni and students, those accomplishments would not be possible without the guidance and support of the faculty members they interacted with during their time on campus.
Today, I'd like to begin with Kyle Johnsen, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering.
Despite Johnsen being a Triple Gator from the University of Florida, Johnson elected to join the faculty here at the University of Georgia. He cites a few reasons for that decision:
"The boundary-less Faculty of Engineering (now the College of Engineering) fit perfectly with my cross-disciplinary research, which is a hybrid of computer engineering, computer science and education research. I also had the honor of being one of the first faculty members hired as part of the Faculty of Engineering, which began offering a computer systems engineering degree at the same time I was hired. Finally, the opportunity to be on the ground floor of a new college at a top-tier research institution does not come along very often. It was perfect, though I certainly have had to set aside the Florida versus Georgia rivalry!"
We'll let Johnson's allegiance to the orange and blue pass because of his great work here in Athens. The courses Johnsen teaches include “Virtual Reality,” “Intro to Computer Systems Engineering,” “Sensor Networks” and “Capstone Senior Design.” He notes that his senior-level virtual reality course is his favorite because students learn to design, build and demonstrate innovative simulators and virtual experiences. He's seen a variety of projects come through his classroom, including an underwater oil pipeline repair simulator to an augmented reality zombie fighting game. He enjoys helping students create products that they can talk about and even take with them on job interviews.
In his free time, Johnsen has set up his research lab to be an interactive attraction for external groups, especially those that work with school-aged children. According to Johnsen, "It's incredibly fulfilling to see the wonderment in the eyes of children experiencing virtual reality for the first time."
Thank you for your commitment to inspiring UGA students, Kyle, and thank you for being a part of the faculty that brought the College of Engineering to fruition. Keep up the great work!
To learn more about Kyle Johnson and his work at UGA, please click here.
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.