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)
Irving Steel (AB ’08) has been described as one of the most “globally competent” UGA graduates. I would add that he is also one of the most committed alumni when it comes to giving back to the University of Georgia.
Steel graduated from UGA in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a certificate in global studies. Steel traveled to China in 2007 through the International Center for Democratic Governance and the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA, and credits that experience for opening career paths for him.
Steel’s experience abroad at UGA led him to move to Shanghai after graduation. From 2009 to 2011, he served as an environmental champion and corporate account coordinator for Tandus. The alumnus was responsible for leading the company’s sustainability efforts in China and managing more than 40 design, architecture, construction and project management company accounts.
While Steel was with Tandus, he also founded Green Drinks China, which aims to bridge the gap between organizations, students and communities in order to take action on environmental issues in China. What began as a monthly networking event has grown into an eight-city organization hosting more than 75 events and planting hundreds of trees across China.
At the same time Steel was working for Tandus and founding Green Drinks China, he also found time to establish and lead the UGA Alumni Association China Chapter. As the China Chapter president, Steel coordinates events and programs for alumni across China. In addition, he hosts events and functions for undergraduate and MBA students, professors and other campus departments.
In 2012, Steel, who is now fluent in Mandarin, founded and became CEO of Original Life, Ltd., which strives to create a deeper impact on the attitude toward food and life via aquaponics. He facilitates training sessions and partnerships with educational institutions, and trains undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the University of Virginia’s SEED program. Original Life’s mission is very simple – clean, affordable food for all.
Kavita Pandit, associate provost in UGA’s Office of International Affairs, nominated Steel for the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, saying, “What impresses me most about Irving is his truly international outlook and vision. He has identified a very promising business niche which is consistent with his personal commitment to environmental responsibility.”
Steel’s entrepreneurial spirit and international outlook is taking him great places. He was awarded the Rotary International Leadership Award for Community Development by Rotary Shanghai last year and has won a number of other awards, including Environmental Performer for Asia from Asia’s top real estate media.
Congratulations to Irving on being named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013 – he is truly deserving of this honor and we are glad to have the opportunity to recognize him for his commitment to UGA.
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.