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Spring Semester Begins January 7 at ABAC

For IMMEDIATE Release                   DECEMBER 18, 2012

TIFTON—Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 7 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  The college is closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 but will open for business on Jan. 2.  Spring semester classes are listed on the ABAC web site at www.abac.edu.

The highlight of the semester will be the annual Celebrate ABAC alumni weekend on March 1-2 which will focus on the culmination of the Historic Front Campus Project.  A rededication ceremony featuring Tift Hall, Lewis Hall, and Herring Hall, three of the original buildings on the campus in 1908, will take place on March 1. Other planned events for the weekend include the “Evening for ABAC” event, a fireworks display, the 2013 ABAC Athletics Hall of Fame induction luncheon, the Alumni Awards Luncheon, the annual “Gee Haw Whoa Back” rodeo, and alumni reunions across campus.

Other campus events for the spring term include the regional science fair on Feb. 15, the Winter Stallion Day for prospective students on Feb. 16, the Science Olympiad on Feb. 23, the Ms. ABAC competition on Feb. 28, the Mr. ABAC contest on March 28, the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village’s Folklife Festival on April 6, Honors Day on April 17, and the Spring Stallion Day on April 6.

The “ABAC Presents!” performing arts series will feature a variety of events including the Peach State Opera Company’s “Madame Butterfly” on Jan. 31, the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve on Feb. 23, the Vega Quartet on March 21, and the United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors on April 18.  Both the Air Force and the Army concerts are free of charge but require a reserved ticket.  Tickets can be reserved by calling (229) 391-4895.

There will also be First Tuesday Concerts on Feb. 5, Feb. 12, March 5, and April 2.  The ABAC Music Program will present the Tifton Music Club Festival on Feb. 23.  The Baldwin Players’ production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” will run from March 7-9. The spring choral concert is April 4, the spring band concert is April 9, and the spring music student recitals are on April 24-25.  April 18 has been set aside for a celebration of the arts on George Scott Day.

Athletic events include softball and baseball games, tennis matches, and golf tournaments as five of the six intercollegiate sports teams at ABAC swing into action.

Classes will continue through April 26 with final exams set for April 29 – May 2.   The spring commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on May 3. The only time during the term when the entire campus will be closed is on Jan. 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.  Faculty and students will be away for spring break on March 11-15.

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village will be closed from Dec. 17 – Jan. 2, 2013, and the Country Store will be closed from Dec. 22 – Jan. 2, 2013 for the holidays. The Country Store will be open for holiday shoppers through Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Administrative offices will be closed from Dec. 24 – Jan. 1, 2013.