Warnell honors distinguished alumni
Focus on the Faculty: Kyle Johnson
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)
May is always a busy time in Athens. I am disappointed I am unable to attend all of the graduation festivities that take place, but I often receive updates about them from colleagues on campus.
For instance, Kate O’Reilly, the director of development for the College of Public Health, reached out last month to share an update about the College of Public Health Graduation Celebration. She praised student speaker Adam Bowling (BSEH ’13), who delivered a powerful speech to his fellow graduates.
Instead of attempting to summarize Bowling’s address, I will let you enjoy his words in their original form:
Good afternoon. I am extremely humbled and excited to speak on behalf of the 2013 graduates of the College of Public Health.
First, I would like to say thank you to the faculty and staff who have guided us through these past few years. I would also like to say a big thank you to my family, who has been a constant source of encouragement, especially during the trials of organic chemistry. I know I’m probably not the only one. To my fellow graduates: Graduation! We made it! Though it hasn’t been easy to get here.
They say that the average college student will change their major at least 3 times and I know that I and many others were certainly in that group, but I’m so glad that I found public health. As I look back on my four years, I now consider that choice one of the best decisions I made while at UGA.
One thing about public health that appealed to me was the opportunity to get out and see the world. Athens is a special place, but it wasn’t until I traveled away from here that I began to see the larger reach of this university and that no matter where I went, UGA went with me.
During the summer of 2010, I studied abroad in China to examine the use of traditional Chinese medicines and their health care system. One day, I set out to explore the tourist sites and went to climb the Great Wall of China. I was wearing a Georgia T-shirt and surprisingly ran into an alum from the class of ’97. She was working in Beijing and stopped me to wish me good luck and Go Dawgs!
That following winter, I participated in the study abroad program in Australia. While studying climate change and strategies for sustainable development, a friend and I decided to complete the climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The whole thing felt crazy and we were both nervously awaiting the safety briefing to begin when a family of four in our climbing group started to suddenly sing “Glory, Glory to Old Georgia.” It turns out the parents were both Georgia alumni and we all made the climb together. It seemed that wherever I went, there was a Georgia grad.
I’m sure that every graduate here has a story or two about their internship. It is the capstone experience of a Public Health degree and ties together academic and practical experience. From August to December of the past year, I worked in D.C. at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. My team focused on federal sustainability efforts within the government. This was an incredible learning experience with a steep learning curve and I was very thankful to meet a Georgia grad on another team who helped me to get settled. It seems UGA alumni truly are everywhere.
There is a Kurt Vonnegut quote that says “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” That may be so, but having spent the past four years among this group of incredible graduates, I am not afraid. I have seen the strength of my peers, their varied interests, and their passion, and I am confident and excited for our future.
In one of my favorite movies, Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams plays a new teacher at a stuffy private school. On the first day, instead of drilling all the students on Latin or history, he calls them all into the hall to gaze on the photos of past students, of alumni. He says to them, “Lean in real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you… Carpe Diem, seize the day… make your lives extraordinary.” Graduates, this is what I wish for all of us as we now become those alumni. That we will go on to do great things all around the world. Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary. Congratulations 2013 graduates! God Bless and Go Dawgs!
Bowling is a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the UGA Charter Scholarship and the Zell Miller Scholarship. He received the John J. Sheuring Award for academic excellence and campus involvement, and was recognized at UGA’s Honors Day for being in the top five percent of his class.
As Bowling mentioned during his address, there are UGA alumni living in all corners of the world. As Bowling heads to Stanford Law School this fall, he will become one of those alumni who ‘calls the Dawgs” or sings a UGA cheer when he sees a visitor on campus in a UGA T-shirt or takes a class with a fellow grad.
Thank you for all that you did on campus, Adam, and for sending your fellow College of Public Health graduates into the “real world” with these words. Best of luck as you head to California this fall!
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 Johnson, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering.
Despite Johnson 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 Johnson 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, Johnson has set up his research lab to be an interactive attraction for external groups, especially those that work with school-aged children. According to Johnson, "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.