Alumni Profiles

A solid sound

A solid shell conga drum, or a drum made out of one piece of wood, is something extraordinary, explains Ryan “Manito” Wendel. Large sections of tree trunks—all harvested locally and sustainably—rest in piles outside of his Madison County wood shop, which …

The zombies are here

Those teenagers battling to the death in a post-apocalyptic outdoor arena, and that brilliant athlete smashing the baseball race barrier, and those sexy vampires falling in love, and all of those supposedly real housewives in Atlanta mean job security for Lee …

Accessible adventures

On a busy Saturday at the nation’s largest indoor climbing center, in Atlanta, hundreds of preschoolers, kids, teens and adults swing and pull themselves up walls reaching 25 to 60 feet high. When they hit the ground again, some cheer and …

A story for the scripts

IronE Singleton remembers a sweltering day in an abandoned Georgia prison, when a horde of gruesome zombies attacked his character T-Dog. He didn’t make it out alive. But zombies were just part of daily life on the hit series “The Walking …

The quilting life

Donna Leigh Jackins’ life hangs on a wall in her Birmingham, Ala., living room. There’s a press pass from a trip to the CNN Center in Atlanta; a little sock representing a Christmas stocking; a mermaid, like the one she painted …