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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Business students intern in London
Students at the Stafford School of Business have many amazing internship opportunities this summer. One of these opportunities include a 10 day study abroad internship in London.
Jenna Hagler and Justin Turner are Business & Economic Development students at the School of Business. The two are currently in London visiting such establishments as ignition London, Harvey Goldsmith, and Coke London.
Justin and Jenna at ignition. The two sat in on a conference call with a major banking company in London to discuss financial bids and proposals for their upcoming marketing activities.
To learn more about this internship and to keep up with Jenna and Justin’s experiences, check out Jenna’s blog here: Undeviating Destiny.
Welcome Adams to the Stafford School of Business
Bridgett Adams is the new Intern Job Center Coordinator for the Stafford School of Business.
She brings a wealth of experience with her from this area in her previous position at Moultrie Technical School as their Career Services Specialist. Adams is from Tifton. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication from Valdosta State University.
‘Carry The Load’ completes 2,000 mile journey honoring vets
Memorial day is bittersweet for some students from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College as a journey has ended. 20 students walked from New York to Dallas, honoring fallen heroes with each step.
20 ABAC students learned the true meaning of Memorial Day while walking or bicycling 2,000 miles.
“I thought I knew what Memorial Day was before this campaign, and then they told me about carry the load,” recalled Kristoff Cohran. “And I thought I knew what that was and what it would really mean but you can’t understand what those two things are until you experience this relay.”
The vision of Carry The Load National Relay is to raise money and honor our military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel.
“The most fun was when I crossed over the George Washington bridge in a rainstorm,” said Rodney Troup. “It was a bit of a challenge not knowing how to ride a mountain bike exactly [and] changing gears, but I learned coming through Texas.”
Students say they were touched by the stories they heard from people they met along the way.
“These people [that can] say they are really proud of their son or daughter that have been killed in Afghanistan and not be bitter is heartwarming,” said Cohran. “And it makes you not want to complain about anything you’re going through. It’s been a phenomenal life changing experience for me”.
Cohran says the best way to see America is on foot.
“You see every little detail in each state on foot and it’s just been an amazing experience that I probably wouldn’t have gotten if it wasn’t for Carry The Load.”
The national relay proceeds go to non-profit organizations helping our heroes and their families in need.
For more information, visit www.carrytheload.org.
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The Journey Continues…
The people of La Vergne, TN provided a warm welcome for the Carry The Load team. The hospitality and support shown by the town helped boost morale to keep everyone going strong. This is the last week of the Carry the Load National Relay before the team reaches the destination of Dallas, TX on Memorial Day.
You can watch the team’s month long journey here.
Learn more about our mission to restore the true meaning of memorial day at carrytheload.org. Download our app on any Apple and Google Play devices. Who Are You Carrying?
ABAC Carry the Load Team – NBC29 Interview
Business Students Compete in Business Plan Competition
Pictures (l-r): Lindsay Partridge, Elisabeth O’Quinn, JT Ramsey, and Gabby Hernandez. ABAC Stafford School of Business students participated in the final round of the TiE Atlanta Business Plan Competition for University Students Across Georgia on Saturday, April 26. Student representatives from eight Georgia institutions competed. Along with competing in the competition, Team Ignitors from ABAC were able to attend the TiECon Southeast 2014 Conference to learn more about entrepreneurship. Keynote speakers included Alan Dabbiere (Chairman, AirWatch), Jeffery C. Sprecher (Founder Chairman and CEO, IntercontinentalExchange), and Laurie Ann Goldman (Former CEO, Spanx). The team was also interviewed on Business RadioX®.
State Farm Agents & Stafford School of Business Host Soccer Tournament
by Jessica Gorseth, Stallion staff writer ABAC’s 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament began early in the morning on Sunday April 13th. Put on by Stafford Hall/Stafford School of Business and sponsored by State Farm agents, 28 teams from all over Georgia came to compete for the$2,000 first prize. The event took place on ABAC’s soccer greens, which were divided into 4 smaller fields. Smaller goals were also borrowed from Tift County’s Rec Department. Registration began at $50 per team, for a maximum of 8 players; five-a-side for play with a limit of 3 substitutes. Games consisted of two 15-minute halves with a 5-minute break between. Entrance was free to the public. Registration and coordination was managed by CiCi Arriaga, Luis Mendez, and Laura Agundis. There were three food and drink vendors present. John Driscoll, Devon Wilson, and Jessica Gorseth staffed Stafford Hall’s tent, which offered grilled hotdogs, water, and Powerade. Pizza Hut and another locally staffed table offered traditional Mexican snacks were present as well. Teams began appearing at 8 am; the first games began 30 minutes later. As the day progressed, tournament staff members filled out the bracket on display to all athletes. Between matches, players had the opportunity to compete in some contests, such as juggling and the longest kick. There was also local participation. Originally from Tift County High, ABAC freshman Gannon Underwood and his team “Barnaby Boys” won their two first games. Underwood had only kind words to say about the tournament. “It was extremely fun and well-staffed, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday,” he stated. Another ABAC team, “Stafford United” with students Elias Abrahao, Rodney Troupe, Kerry Newman, Katie Sills, Josh Page, and Jay Jones won half of their games. Dean of the School of Business Dill Driscoll and former student Matthew Angle were also two of the four referees. The final match began close to 6 p.m. between the “Omega FC” and “Don Jose’s” teams. After a suspenseful and exciting half-hour, Don Jose’s won out, capturing the prize of $2,000. Omega FC claimed the $500 second prize. Other prizes were awarded as well; there were $100 prizes for the winners of each contest, $100 to the most valuable player, and $200 to the best sportsman. In the first year, the tournament used a single elimination bracket: in this past event, double elimination was used to allow teams to have more chances to play. Be on the lookout for flyers next February announcing ABAC’s 3rd Annual Soccer Tournament. _______________________________________________________ 5/1/2014
ABAC Students Perform Community Assessment
On Wednesday, April 23, students from Earl Denham’s Rural Economic Development class performed a community assessment for Ashburn Downton Development Authority as an end of school project. The presentation was well received by city officials and the students learned more about community development. _________________________________________________________ 4/28/2014
Stafford School of Business – Carry the Load 2014
The Stafford School of Business hosted a Rally today for Carry the Load. Carry The Load’s vision to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue… personnel. The Carry The Load ABAC Stafford School of Business Rally provided an opportunity to walk and remember, honor, and celebrate our nation’s heroes.
Dr. Bridges, Earl Denham, and the ABAC Relay team This event is prior to the start of the National Relay which allows us to bring awareness of the National event and to provide an opportunity for the community to walk with those ABAC students that will travel with the National Relay. Thank you to all of those who have participated. For more information on Carry The Load at ABAC, visit www.carrytheload.org/abac _______________________________________________________ 4/21/2014
Sigma Chapter attends ABG National Leadership Conference
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. 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. National Executive Board The conference was an excellent experience for the students and provided an opportunity for networking and professional development. _______________________________________________________ 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. 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. _______________________________________________________ 3/26/2014
ABAC Introduces New Bachelor’s Degree in Business
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. 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. _______________________________________________________ 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… _______________________________________________________ 3/17/2014
Results of Biggest Winner Competition
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):
2nd-10th Place received certificates for their achievement. Great job to all who participated! _______________________________________________________ 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. 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. _______________________________________________________ 2/24/2014
Stafford School of Business participates in ABAC Take Over Day at Tift County High School
Link to the story here.
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.
Stafford School of Business hosts Guest Speaker Aaron Beam
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.
ABG hosts “Christmas Fever Bash” to support students and Toys for Tots
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.
Students making s’mores on the Lewis Hall patio
Grand Prize Winner of the Tacky Sweater Contest: CiCi Arriaga (Journalism & Mass Media Major)
ABG Helps With Habitat for Humanity Build A House Program
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.
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.
Stafford Hall Members Participate in Manna Drop
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.
IT Students Tour Future Farmstead Project
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.
Stafford Hall Manna Drop on Nov. 23
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 229.391.4832 if you would like to donate towards this cause. Or visit GoFundMe to donate online: http://www.gofundme.com/51160g
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.
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.
Career & Network Day
Nov. 19th 10 am – 2 pm
This event is free for all
Carr, Riggs & Ingram
Four Star Freightliner
Georgia Premier Services
Partners Financial Group
Rep. Austin Scott’s office
Society of St. Andrew
Sylvester Downtown Development
Stafford Development Company
Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center
Tift Regional Hospital
Tifton Chamber of Commerce
United Way of Tifton
Tips: Come dressed professionally and bring several resumes
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
Faculty and students “Celebrate Rural Georgia.”
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.
“Nothing is as common place as to wish to be remarkable.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Check out the full presentation here:
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.
Industry Expert Speaks to Students
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.
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.
Stafford Hall Update – Alcove Decoration Competition & Field Day
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).
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.
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.
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.
Stafford Hall Update
Stafford Hall has started a series of competitions between four groups of students there. Story by Alfredo Munoz.
Stafford Hall Update
Stafford Hall has their first meeting to discuss their future projects.
Stafford Hall Update
The Stafford School of Business stays active this summer helping out at ABAC and planning for future projects!
State Farm Intern Program at ABAC
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.
Rural Studies students intern at Congressman’s Office
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.
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!
1st Annual State Farm Soccer Tournament
When: May 5th, 1:00 p.m. – Dusk
5 vs. 5, 2-20 minute halfs and only half of field. No entry fee.
1st Place: $500
A total of 16 teams will compete!
Hope to see you all there!
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.
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks for watching.
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!
Indians choose to Ride with the Stallions!
Six Irwin County Students Sign with Stafford Hall and Stafford School of Business for Fall 2013.
Rural Studies’ Student & Faculty Attend Celebrating Rural, GA
October 10, 2012 at the UGA Tifton Conference Center