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Business Outreach

Stafford School of Business Outreach

The Stafford School of Business prides itself on its involvement in the improvement of the local community. With various service programs, Stafford School of Business gives back to small businesses by providing a variety of services.

Refer to this page for information about the Stafford School of Business’ outreach in the local community.

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4/21/2014

Sigma Chapter attends ABG National Leadership Conference

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Members of Sigma listening intently during presentations: Pictured from left to right – Lexi Spradley, Eliceo Soto, Lindsay Partridge, Melody Harper, and Colleen Leu.

Students from the Alpha Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter at ABAC attended the 2014 Alpha Beta Gamma National Leadership Conference from April 17-April 19 in San Antonio, Texas. Melody Harper, Lindsay Partridge, Lexi Spradley, Colleen Leu, and Eliceo Soto were the students who attended. Kathy Moreno (National Advisor for Student Officers) and Elisabeth O’Quinn (Advisor) accompanied the group.

Students from the Alpha Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter at ABAC attended the 2014 Alpha Beta Gamma National Leadership Conference from April 17-April 19 in San Antonio, Texas. Melody Harper, Lindsay Partridge, Lexi Spradley, Colleen Leu, and Eliceo Soto were the students who attended. Kathy Moreno (National Advisor for Student Officers) and Elisabeth O’Quinn (Advisor) accompanied the group.

Part of the conference agenda was a presentation competition against different chapter teams from across the United States. All of the students from ABAC presented “Golden,” discussing how to handle conflict that arises within the business environment. The presentation was very interactive and the audience enjoyed the team’s performance.

During the awards ceremony on Friday night, the ABAC team won the award for best presentation. Lindsay Partridge was voted as National President. Melody Harper was voted as National Secretary and Colleen Leu as National Marketing Executive on the five seat National Executive Board.

In addition, Lindsay Partridge and Lexi Spradley received two Essay awards with $300 book stipends. Best presentation for faculty went to Elisabeth O’Quinn and Kathy Moreno who jointly presented.

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National Executive Board

The conference was an excellent experience for the students and provided an opportunity for networking and professional development.

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4/14/2014

Stafford Hall hosts Easter Manna Drop

On Saturday, April 12, Stafford Hall hosted the Easter Manna Drop to give food to families in the Tift community. With  volunteers from ABAC, the community, and Road Less Traveled Ministries, the group was able to give away around 600 boxes of food.

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The event was held at Charles Spencer Elementary School and the two truckloads of food was provided by Second Harvest of South Georgia. Prior to the event, a team of Stafford Hall members planned fundraisers and different activities to sponsor and promote the event. In addition, the team received a $500 Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant as part of Global Youth Service Day. Volunteers worked at different stations handing out paperwork, filling boxes with canned goods, juice, bread, etc., and delivering the boxes to each vehicle.

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3/26/2014

ABAC Introduces New Bachelor’s Degree in Business

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3/25/2014

Spring 2014 ABG Induction Ceremony

On Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm, Alpha Beta Gamma (Sigma Chapter) hosted the ABG Induction Ceremony for Spring 2014. The ceremony was held in the ABAC Chapel, followed by a dinner catered by Nick’s Steak & Pastafor inductees and guests at the Lewis Hall Student Lounge. Dill Driscoll, Co-Dean of the Stafford School of Business, gave the introduction and welcomed everyone to the ceremony.

Ms. Kathy Moreno (co-advisor for the chapter), Lindsay Partridge (president), and Elisabeth O’Quinn (co-advisor) preceded with the formal induction. Lindsay gave an overview of the honor society’s activity over the past semester including the Christmas Party to raise toys for Toys for Tots, the ABG Burger Boost, and members volunteering at Habitat for Humanity.

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New inductees pictured left to right: Kelly Weaver, Mattison Touchstone, Blake Thompson, Matthew Pace, Sarah Smith, Marcus McDonald, Kristoff Cohran, Colleen Leu, Victoria Burnette, Travis Flowers, and Carlton Brooks.

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3/20/2014

School of Business Hosting Murder Mystery During Homecoming Week

Join the Stafford School of Business for a night of mystery, excitement, and intrigue on April 5 from 4:30-5:30pm. Tour Lewis Hall with both students and alumni and be taken back through ABAC’s most glorious, historic, and influential moments forgotten in time. Be the one to solve the mystery of the murder of ABAC’s most prestigious celebrity. It’s an exciting event you won’t want to miss…

ABG Murder Mystery

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3/17/2014

Results of Biggest Winner Competition

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Pictured: Lolita Munoz (Program Administrator) and Victor Gonzalez

On Thursday, March 13 in the ABAC Dining Hall, Victor Gonzalez took home the $500 Grand Prize for the Biggest Winner Competition hosted by Stafford Hall and the Howard Diet Center.

Over 100 participants competed in the event. Weekly weigh-ins were held every week in March at the ABAC Dining Hall. The purpose of the event was to promote healthy eating habits and body composition. Gonzalez had the biggest change in weight loss percentage at 7.76%.

Here are the rest of the winners (1st-10th):

  1. Victor Gonzalez
  2. Sebastian Bataille
  3. Houston May
  4. Matt Murdoch
  5. Carly Smith
  6. Marissa Horton
  7. Janet Haughton
  8. Kenyan Mahone
  9. Gabrielle McGill
  10. Laura Agundis

 

2nd-10th Place received certificates for their achievement. Great job to all who participated!

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3/7/2014

ABAC Team Qualifies for Business Plan Finals

      Stafford School of Business participated in the TiE-Atlanta Young Entrepreneurs University Business Plan Competition on Saturday, March 1. The ABAC team placed in the top eight while competing among schools such as Emory, UGA, Georgia Tech, and Kennesaw State. The ABAC team will compete in the finals in April.

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Pictured from left to right: JT Ramsey, Lindsay Partridge, Rick Sigma, Elisabeth O’Quinn and Gabby Hernandez. Sigma is a business consultant for the Small Business Development Center at the University of West Georgia and acted as a coach during the competion. Dill Driscoll, Dean of the Stafford School of Business and advisor, made the trip to Atlanta with the team.

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2/24/2014

Stafford School of Business participates in ABAC Take Over Day at Tift County High School

 

WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Link to the story here.

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2/24/2014

Life as a Felon: An Interview with Aaron Beam

On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Stafford School of Business hosted Ex-CFO of HealthSouth Corporations, Aaron Beam, at the Howard Auditorium. Mr. Beam sat down with Brooke Clark from Stallion TV to discuss what his life has been like since committing 2.8B worth of accounting fraud.

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2/5/2014

Stafford School of Business hosts Guest Speaker Aaron Beam

Aaron Beam

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1/13/2014

Stafford School of Business Sponsors Video Contest at Orientation

On Tuesday, Jan. 7 2014, the Stafford School of Business with The Stallion Newspaper hosted the “Why ABAC?” Video Contest at Orientation for incoming freshman. The winners received certificates in the amounts of $200, $75, and $25 to the ABAC Bookstore to help pay for books. Matthew Reid with The Stallion reports.
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12/5/2013

ABG hosts “Christmas Fever Bash” to support students and Toys for Tots

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On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Alpha Beta Gamma hosted a Christmas party in the Lewis Hall Student Lounge. The party was an opportunity for students to unwind before finals and also donate a toy to Toys for Tots. Students enjoyed live music, making s’mores over the fire pit, hot chocolate, and video games. There was also a Tacky Sweater Contest.

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Students making s’mores on the Lewis Hall patio

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Grand Prize Winner of the Tacky Sweater Contest: CiCi Arriaga (Journalism & Mass Media Major)

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11/26/2013

ABG Helps With Habitat for Humanity Build A House Program

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Pictured from left to right: Lindsay Partridge, Elisabeth O’Quinn, Seth Mann, Colleen Leu, & Melody Harper (not pictured: Leo Soto)

Members of Alpha Beta Gamma, the ABAC Business Honor Society, participated in building a house with Flint River Habitat for Humanity on Friday, Nov. 22. Located in Albany, GA, the ABG team worked with a group of volunteers on a house for a local veteran. From mixing paint to calking and cutting boards, volunteers enjoyed learning construction skills.

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Seth Mann on the construction site

Flint River Habitat depends on volunteer labor, and tax-deductible donations of money and materials. The organization builds quality, affordable houses with the help of homeowners. The houses are sold to families/individuals at no profit, and financed with affordable, no interest loans. The homeowner’s monthly mortgage payments are then recycled into a fund that is used to continue our building efforts. It is a continuous cycle of investment, labor, reward, and construction.

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11/26/2013

Stafford Hall Members Participate in Manna Drop

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On Saturday, Nov. 23, members of Stafford Hall participated in a Manna Drop (a type of food drive) to give food to families in the Tift community. With over 60 volunteers from ABAC and the community, the group was able to serve over 200 families. The event was held at Charles Spencer Elementary School and the truckload of food was provided by Second Harvest of South Georgia. Volunteers worked at different stations handing out paperwork, filling boxes with canned goods, juice, bread, etc., and delivering the boxes to each vehicle. Members of Stafford Hall are already looking forward to the next Manna Drop in the spring.

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11/18/2013

IT Students Tour Future Farmstead Project

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Information Technology students are WIRED!  IT students from JoAnn Brannen and Abul Sheikh’s classes toured the Future Farmstead Project on the UGA Tifton Campus on Friday, November 15th. Brad Buchanan, a member of the design and build team, gave the students a first-hand experience of how the Future Homestead will run all the latest technology. The project is focused on improving efficiencies – human, natural resource and energy.

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11/18/2013

Stafford Hall Manna Drop on Nov. 23

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This week, before Thanksgiving, Stafford Hall will be hosting a Manna Drop as a community service project. Members are working towards a goal of raising $1,100 to have a truckload of food delivered on Sat. to be distributed to families. Manna drops are designed to feed families who cannot always afford to feed themselves. These drops are done through a partnership with Second Harvest of South Georgia. The food will be delivered to Charles Spencer Elementary School at 12 p.m. and members of Stafford Hall will be helping pack food boxes and then distribute to families. Contact Elisabeth O’Quinn at eoquinn@abac.edu or 229.391.4832 if you would like to donate towards this cause. Or visit GoFundMe to donate online:  http://www.gofundme.com/51160g

Manna Drops

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11/18/2013

Business Students Visit Deer Run Plantation

On Thursday Nov. 14, Alpha Beta Gamma and the Stafford School of Business sponsored a day with the former Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, Doug Ivester, at his plantation, Deer Run outside of Albany, GA.  Mr. Ivester spent the day with 10 ABAC Business students sharing with them the business of running a Plantation, his experiences in the global soft drink business world, and his efforts to keep the natural habitat of his plantation.

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This was a great opportunity for ABAC students to have a personal, casual discussion with a global business leader of one of the most respected companies in the world and to be encouraged to dream big dreams as Mr. Ivester did at an early age.  He shared with the students that want to start their own businesses, that to help them be successful they needed to have their break even as low as possible so that they can focus on the business and invest those early funds in the business and not a big lifestyle.  He encouraged them all to special, different and better in whatever they do.

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Career & Network Day

Nov. 19th 10 am – 2 pm

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This event is free for all

Participants:

Ameris Bank

Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Chick-fil-a

Fastenal

Fitzgerald Ford

Four Star Freightliner

GBI

Georgia Premier Services

Mediacom

Partners Financial Group

Rep. Austin Scott’s office

Society of St. Andrew

State Farm

Sylvester Downtown Development

Stafford Development Company

Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center

Tift Regional Hospital

Tifton Chamber of Commerce

United Way of Tifton

UPS

US Army

Wild Adventures

Tips: Come dressed professionally and bring several resumes

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11/6/2013

Navy SEAL Team Member Speaks to ABAC Students

Former Navy SEAL Team member Coleman Ruiz spoke to students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Wednesday about his experiences with the unit and how those events shaped his life.  He gave the students timely tips on how the best leaders first begin their careers by learning to follow.  The seminar was sponsored by the Stafford School of Business.

Video courtesy of Stallion TV

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10/30/2013

Faculty and students “Celebrate Rural Georgia.”

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10/30/2013

VP of Marketing at Chick-fil-A visits School of Business

David Salyers, Vice-President for Marketing at Chick-fil-A, opened the minds of students at ABAC on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in a scintillating presentation about the steps to becoming “Remarkable!” The seminar was sponsored by the Stafford School of Business. His book “Remarkable! – Resolving your most important business issue” can be purchased at the ABAC Bookstore.

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“Nothing is as common place as to wish to be remarkable.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Check out the full presentation here:


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10/22/2013

Stafford Hall Update – Field Day Re-cap

Stafford Hall held a fierce competition to match the strength, wit and speed of the residence hall’s four teams. Stallion TV’s Alfredo Munoz was there.

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10/7/2013

Industry Expert Speaks to Students

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Lynn Ashcraft from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) spoke to Earl Denham’s Community Development Strategies class last week. Ashcroft discussed the partnership between DCA and communities throughout the state, and provided an overview of the programs, resources, and technical assistance they provided to these communities.

 

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9/26/2013

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Alpha Beta Gamma – Fall 2013 Inductees

Eight students were recently inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma, ), an international business honor society represented on the ABAC Campus. Requirements for membership include an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and at least 12 semester hours of completed course work. The induction ceremony honoring these new initiates was held September 23rd, at 7 p.m. at Nick’s Steak and Pasta in Ocilla, Georgia. The club has some great events/activities planned including attending and competing in the ABG National Conference and helping out with Habitat for Humanity.

 

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9/25/2013

Stafford Hall Update – Alcove Decoration Competition & Field Day

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Stafford Hall teams recently competed in the Alcove Decoration Competition on Stafford Hall. Themes included an Olympic theme, a collective theme, a sports theme, and a “Stafford Hall Gives Back” theme. The alcoves were judged by School of Business faculty. Congratulations to Team 2 for winning the competition (top left)! Team 3 placed 2nd (top right), Team 4 placed 3rd (bottom right), and Team 1 placed 4th (bottom left).

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The Stafford Hall Field Day Competition was held on Thursday, September 19, 2013. The teams competed in events such as Tug of War, Relay Races, and a Water Balloon Toss. Hot dogs and lemonade were also served. Members of Team 1 took home the title of the Stafford Hall Field Champions and won the honorary position on the Field Day plaque.

 

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9/23/2013

State Farm Agents’ Internship program grows from 2 agents to 7!

     TIFTON- The Stafford School of Business at ABAC is proud to announce the growth of its internship program and partnership with area State Farm agents.  During the internship, students will gain real-world business experience learning about the insurance industry and hopefully a number of them will decide to pursue a career at State Farm.  Seth Mann was an intern during the summer program and will be advancing to the next level in Chad Sumner’s State Farm Tifton office.

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Pictured  from left to right are Colleen Leu, a business administration major from Ocilla; Jodie Stringer, an agribusiness and agricultural economics major from Thomasville; Haley Dupree, a business and economic development major from Sylvester; Rachel Abell, a business administration major from Enigma; Cameron Harris, an economics major from Crawford, GA; Brittany Palmerton, an agribusiness and agricultural economics major from Sebring, Fla.; Megan Dodson, a business administration major from Omega; Kristoff Cohran, a business administration major from Thomasville;

Seth Mann, a business administration major from Tifton; Lyndsey Walters, internship coordinator, Sheena Brown, State Farm of Sylvester; Natalie Slimp, State Farm of Tifton;  Darby Veazey, State Farm of Tifton; Susan and Dill Driscoll, Deans of the Stafford School of Business; Molly Pitts, State Farm of Tifton; John Brooks, State Farm Sales Leader; Brent Dixon, State Farm of Adel ; Walt Gordon, State Farm of Fitzgerald; Beth Coleman, State Farm of Ocilla; Lee Stallings, State Farm of Nashville; Courtnie Parrish, State Farm of Ocilla; Amy Walden, State Farm of Adel; Daniel Block, State Farm of Nashville; Chad Sumner, State Farm of Tifton; and Stuart Pate, State Farm of Sylvester.

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8/28/2013

Stafford Hall Update

Stafford Hall has started a series of competitions between four groups of students there. Story by Alfredo Munoz.

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8/20/2013

Stafford Hall Update

Stafford Hall has their first meeting to discuss their future projects.

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7/10/2013

Stafford Hall Update

The Stafford School of Business stays active this summer helping out at ABAC and planning for future projects!

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State Farm Intern Program at ABAC

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The ABAC Stafford School of Business and State Farm have partnered together to create the State Farm Intern program in Tifton and Adel.  Each semester a group of ABAC students will be selected to intern with a local State Farm Agent.  During the internship these students will be exposed to the insurance industry with the hopes that a number of the students will decide to pursue a career with State Farm. The first intern group began work last week and will continue through July. The summer interns are pictured left to right, Last row: Chad Sumner, Dr. David Bridges, Brent Dixon; Second row: Clay Harris and Dr. Niles Reddick; Third row: Luis Mendez, Davontae Hunt, Kendall Hickox, and Seth Mann; Front row, CiCi Arriaga and Susan Driscoll.

 

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Rural Studies students intern at Congressman’s Office

From left: Kaitlyn Cawley, US Congressman Austin Scott, Katy Johnson, and Nadine Loitz

All three of the young ladies featured in the picture (above) had the opportunity to perform internships at US Congressman Austin Scott’s (center left) office. Kaitlyn Cawley (far left) is a Rural Studies major with a concentration in Business and Economic Development. Katy Johnson (center right) is an incoming freshman who will also be entering into the Rural Studies program in the same concentration. Nadine Loitz (far right) is a Rural Studies major as well with an emphasis in Writing and Communication.

 

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1st Annual State Farm Soccer Tournament

1st Annual State Farm Soccer Tournament

The 1st Annual State Farm Soccer Tournament was a success this past Sunday (May 5th) with 16 teams competing for 1st and 2nd place. The event had a great turn-out with a full afternoon of music, activities, and fun. The team Cosmos took home the 1st prize of $500. The Spurs finished 2nd, winning $250. A big thank-you to State Farm for sponsoring this event and for the hard work of all the team members!

 

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1st Annual State Farm Soccer Tournament

When: May 5th, 1:00 p.m. – Dusk
Where: E.B. Hamilton Fields

                      5 vs. 5, 2-20 minute halfs and only half of field. No entry fee.

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250

A total of 16 teams will compete!
Lots of prizes! Activities! Music! And fun!

Hope to see you all there!

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Orange Peeling Challenge. Who Won?

Stafford School of Business, Dean Dill Driscoll gave two special scholarships for the top “orange peelers” at ABAC. Students had to peel and orange and talk about their learning style. The top ABAC orange peeler won a $500 scholarship and an incoming freshman won $250.

http://youtu.be/V2lE5PyKmLQ 

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks for watching.

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Top Ten to Atlanta

During April, a group of Stafford School of Business students traveled to Atlanta to learn from some of the Best Companies in Georgia.  The visited ignition, a Global Marketing company, The Coca-Cola Company world headquarters, and the general manager spoke to the group at the World of Coke.  There will be more trips to companies next year.  Join us!

 

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Indians choose to Ride with the Stallions!

Six Irwin County Students Sign with Stafford Hall and Stafford School of Business for Fall 2013.

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Susan Driscoll, Dean, Alex Hunter, Shantal Robinson, Troy Richardson, Rodercka Johnson, Amber Cleveland, Jalen Williams & Dill Driscoll, Dean

 

 

Rural Studies’ Student & Faculty Attend Celebrating Rural, GA

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October 10, 2012 at the UGA Tifton Conference Center