Friday, April 10, 2009

UGA honors classmate with Nuçi's Space partnership

In the fall of 2007 Cayle Bywater, UGA Gwinnett grad student, became a volunteer at Nuçi’s Space, a musicians’ resource & support center in Athens. Bywater began working on a large-scale database project for Nuçi’s Space. The system would significantly raise the efficiency and range of our rehearsal room reservation system – something we could not afford to do unless the system overhaul was approached as a volunteer project.

Tragically, on January 11, 2008 the body of Cayle Bywater was recovered from the pond at Memorial Park in Athens. Bywater had been missing for almost two weeks. Her disappearance and the ensuing hunt consumed the Athens community with search parties and missing posters.

After Cayle’s death, Nuçi’s Space was contacted by Beth Daniell, a friend and classmate of Bywater’s in the UGA Gwinnett Master's of Internet Technology program. Daniell wanted to continue the project as a dedication to Cayle, and her classmates and professors soon joined in to help. Over the past year, the system has become the group’s final class project. Starting in May, the database will become a central part of the day-to-day business at Nuçi’s Space.

The objective of the project was to increase the efficiency of the current rehearsal room rental database used by Nuçi’s Space. The new system, called The Cayle Project, is an internal web-application that will assist staff members with practice room and equipment reservations, as well as with vital customer reporting data.

Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians.

Launch Party for The Cayle Project
April 25, 2009 Nuçi’s Space
4-6 pm (presentation at 5 pm)

Will Kiser