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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is a unique, intimate learning environment where students are given the tools to embrace their full potential and pursue their aspirations through a true hands-on education.

Through internships, I roamed the halls of America’s backbone as a Fellow in the United States Senate and immersed myself in the Mississippi Delta as a Sales Intern for Monsanto. I was able to represent ABAC in Minneapolis at the American Seed Trade Association and also in the big lights of Reno as the top collegiate discussion meet finalist for the National Young Farmers and Ranchers Convention for the state of Georgia. My most cherished memories came from ABAC, and I will forever bleed green and gold while yelling Gee Haw Whoa Back!

Madison Lynn

Agriculture (B.S.) Crop and Soil Science
Class of 2018

As a writing and communication major, I received a hands-on experience through lectures and projects from world class professors. ABAC is a welcoming environment where faculty and staff strive day after day to fulfill the needs of its students. Anyone and everyone will find a home at ABAC. I am glad I found a place where I truly felt like I belonged.

Drayton Holmes

Writing and Communications (B.S.)
Class of 2018

Being a member and an officer of the two business clubs, Stafford Business Club and Enactus, has not only helped me strengthen my leadership skills but has also helped me strengthen my professionalism. In Stafford Business Club, we were able to network with businesses from the area and learn about what employers look for in employees. With Enactus, we learned about entrepreneurship and all the skills it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. There are no words to describe how thankful I am for the impact Stafford School of Business has had on my life.

Accacia Lawson

Business (B.S.)
Class of 2019

I love the nursing program at ABAC and the profession itself for helping me grow in ways that I didn’t know possible. I will hold this dear in my heart as well. The nursing faculty motivated me to work my hardest academically and professionally. I strive to be the best at what I do. I strive to be the best nurse I can be. I walked on campus with so much in hand, and I’m leaving ABAC with a smile on my face knowing that I have grown so much. I hope you learn how to grow as well. I hope to leave an impact on others now and generations to come. I hope you choose to be happy!

Alejandro Torres

Nursing - R.N. to B.S.N. Completion (B.S.N)
Class of 2019

School of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources leads the South in advancing the agriculture field through hands-on experience and rigorous academic preparation. We offer six baccalaureate programs as well as small class sizes, high quality instructors, and many opportunities for hands-on learning. We pride ourselves on complimenting our...

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School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual core of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, providing all ABAC students the Core Curriculum and helping to develop their critical thinking, writing, and research skills. We offer three associate degrees, four bachelor’s degrees, and a number of different degree tracks...

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School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers two widely sought after degrees in healthcare for both beginning undergraduate students and current healthcare professionals. We are proud to boast one of the highest NCLEX RN pass rates in the state and a 100% employment rate for our graduates....

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Stafford School of Business

The Stafford School of Business offers students a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to the principals of the business world and provides a strong foundation for growth and success in a variety of fields. Our macro level approach to instruction exposes students to a holistic view of markets and...

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Our home is in Tifton, a thriving rural community in the heart of South Georgia. With four other instructional site locations in Bainbridge, Moultrie, Blakely, and Donalsonville, students have a range of options when building their educational path.

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August 13 2019

SANR Classic Tournament at ABAC Golf Course September 27

TIFTON— The 19th Annual School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) Classic golf tournament at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will be held on Sept. 27 at ABAC’s Forest Lakes Golf Club. There will be an 8 a.m. flight and a 1 p.m. flight. A complimentary lunch will be served between flights. The tournament is hosted by the ABAC Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Council and the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources to generate student scholarship funds. Tournament Coordinator Vonda Fenn said the student scholarship funds are raised by tournament sponsorships and player registration fees. Fenn said there are seven sponsorship levels from $100 for a Century Level Sponsor to $5,000 for a Stallion Level Sponsor.  For the first time this year, a new Diamond Scholarship Level is available for $2,500. Open to the first 100 golfers who register, the tournament will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. There is an entry fee of $125 per person or a $500 entry fee for each four-person team that includes lunch, cart, greens fees, and a premium embroidered golf shirt with the tournament logo. Prizes will be awarded for both morning and afternoon flights. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest drive and closest shot to the pin on designated holes. The Ag Classic’s ball drop event will be back for its sixth year. Individuals can purchase numbered golf balls for a small fee for a chance to win. Participants can purchase one golf ball for $5, three golf balls for $10, six golf balls for $20, twelve for $40, eighteen for $60, twenty-four for $80, or thirty for $100. All the balls sold with unique individual numbers will be placed in the bucket of a front-end loader and dropped onto the putting green. The ball that rolls closest to/or drops into a pre-selected designated hole on the putting green will be declared the winner. The number on each ball will be associated with an individual that purchased chances to win. The grand prize is a check with a designated value equal to 50 per cent (nearest $10) of the numbered golf balls sold. To participate in the tournament or the ball drop event, interested persons can contact Fenn at (229) 391-5067, email her at vfenn@abac.edu , or register online at https://www.abac.edu/academics/sanr-classic/ .                                                                        ###
August 30 2019

Michael Jackson Show Kicks off New ABAC at the Tift Series September 26

TIFTON—Michael Jackson’s magical music and daring dance moves will be on display at the historic Tift Theatre on Sept. 26 when Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College presents the first show in the new ABAC at the Tift entertainment series. Titled “I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience,” the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased at www.purplepass.com/ABAC  or by calling (229) 391-4895. Featuring Michael Jackson tribute artists singing and dancing live at the Tift, the show takes the audience on a musical and visual journey into the world of Jackson’s music. The creators of the show lined up talented musicians and dancers from Broadway and Las Vegas to bring the legendary entertainer’s countless hits to life. “Other historic theatres around the state are doing well with tribute and nostalgia shows, and that’s what the ABAC at the Tift series is all about,” ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said. “It’s just another way to engage people at the Tift and support live arts in the community.” In a joint agreement with the City of Tifton, ABAC began managing the Tift on July 1, 2018. The venue is still owned by the City and available for rent for a variety of events. “The partnership has gone really well,” Jones said. “ABAC has supplied a number of events, and rental events have gone up by 50 per cent. Thanks to Brian Ray, we have had seven performances of the new Tift Community Players. The activity at the theatre has picked up dramatically.” Other events in the ABAC at the Tift series include “Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band” on Nov. 7, “Southern Accents: The Ultimate Tom Petty Experience” on Feb. 13, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters on April 30. The Atlanta-based Allman Brothers tribute band faithfully recreates the sound of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Using vintage equipment, the band rips through the catalog of Allman classics and makes the sounds of the 60s and 70s come alive again. Southern Accents will bring the timeless melodies of Tom Petty to the Tift while capturing the sweet rhythms personified by the Gainesville, Fla., native who passed away in 2017. The band plays Petty’s music in a way that makes everyone fall in love with it all over again. From “Yakkety Yak” to “Charlie Brown” to “Poison Ivy,” Cornell Gunter’s Coasters will play all their hits at the Tift. The Coasters originated outside of mainstream doo-wop, but their records became an important part of the doo-wop legacy through the 60s. The Coasters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. For more information about any of the ABAC at the Tift concerts, interested persons can call (229) 391-4895. ###
August 28 2019

ABAC Arts Series Opens Season with Valdosta Symphony Orchestra September 29

TIFTON—Acclaimed pianist Rachel Cheung and the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra kick off the 2019-20 version of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College ABAC Presents!  Performing Arts Series on Sept. 29. ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said Cheung is sure to enthrall the audience with her expertise at the piano at the 3 p.m. concert at the Tift County High School (TCHS) Performing Arts Center. Rachel Cheung will perform with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 29 at the TCHS Performing Arts Center. “She will be featured at the concert on Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,’” Jones said.  “She won the 2017 Cliburn Competition Audience Award.  Just a phenomenal talent at the piano.” Jones said the seven events in the series run the entertainment gamut from the classic Broadway production of “The Pirates of Penzance” to the magnificent voice of jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton.  “This is the most ambitious season we have had in over a decade,” Jones said.   “I think the events reach a much-expanded audience.  This year we really fill a need for live entertainment in Tifton.” Chanticleer, “the world’s reigning male chorus,” performs on Oct. 24 at the TCHS Performing Arts Center followed by pianist Awadagin Pratt on Nov. 14 in ABAC’s Howard Auditorium, the National Players’ production of “As You Like It” on Jan. 28 in the TCHS Performing Arts Center, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in “The Pirates of Penzance” on Feb. 7 at the TCHS Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Brass on March 5 in the Tift Theatre, and jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble on April 16 in Howard Auditorium. “One of the biggest stars of the series this year is Chanticleer,” Jones said.  “It’s an internationally famous choral group.  We had them booked last year, and the hurricane knocked a hole in our schedule. “We’re so glad to be able to reschedule them.  They operate out of San Francisco, and they are the only professional choir in the United States with a 52-week contract.  They are fulltime singers.” Except for the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra’s matinee show, the events in the series all begin at 7 p.m.  The cost for the entire series is $80 for adults and $25 for students.  Purchase tickets at www.purplepass.com/abac .  Individual ticket prices vary for each performance. “Pirates of Penzance” debuted in New York City on Dec. 31, 1879.  Jones said the comic opera has a cast of 30 plus an 18-member live orchestra, who will combine to produce laughter aplenty. Pratt has carved a quite a niche at the piano, performing at the White House on two occasions.  He began studying piano at the age of six. A romantic comedy where city folks venture into the woods is the premise when Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” comes to Tifton via the 10-person National Players’ ensemble.  Traditional brass meets drums and percussion when the Dallas Brass play the Tift Theatre. Members of the ABAC Concert Band and the TCHS band will gather on stage for the finale. Whether it’s jazz, pop, blues, soul, or gospel, you can count on Clayton delivering a powerful message when she graces the Howard Auditorium stage.  Dancing in the aisles is sure to be a part of the evening. The ABAC performing arts series is supported, in part, by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  This project is supported in part by an award from the NEA.  The series sponsor is Wonders of Wood.  Southwell is the premium event sponsor.  Event sponsors include Dr. Joseph J. Day, Ponder’s, Hilton Garden Inn of Tifton, and Julie Hunt.  Preferred sponsors are McDonald’s/Tifton Housing Authority, Prince Automotive Group, Rotary Club of Tifton, and South Georgia Banking Company.   Community partners are Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals, Chicago Pizza and Pasta, and The Floor Shoppe at Glynn Hendricks Interiors. For more information, interested persons can call (229) 391-4895.                                                                  ###
September 16 2019

ABAC/PCOM Georgia Agreement Benefits Aspiring Pharmacy Students

TIFTON/SUWANEE -- An agreement was recently reached which will allow Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) students seeking careers as pharmacists to earn doctoral degrees a year early at PCOM Georgia. The Suwanee campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is the home of the College’s PCOM School of Pharmacy. Dr. Matthew Anderson, Dean of the ABAC School of Arts and Sciences, said, “We are very excited about this new venture with PCOM, which is sure to be of tremendous benefit to our students and the broader region. This agreement will allow students to complete their combined bachelor and doctoral level education in a shorter time frame, which will make this advanced training more accessible and prepare more pharmacists to enter the workforce." According to Shawn Spencer, PhD RPh, Dean of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, the agreement will allow eligible ABAC students to enter the pharmacy school after completing their junior year of college.  Students who meet the School of Pharmacy requirements may matriculate into professional school before graduating from ABAC and will have the opportunity to earn a combined BS-PharmD while at PCOM Georgia. Dr. Spencer explained that after completion of the second year of pharmacy school, these students will be eligible to receive their bachelor’s degree from ABAC having earned the required credits during their first two years at PCOM Georgia. Therefore, students can begin their careers early while saving tuition dollars.  Dr. Spencer said, “We continually strive to add value for our students. We’re very pleased about ABAC’s partnership with us and will continue to support Georgia residents entering the region’s healthcare workforce.” An articulation agreement similar to the agreement with ABAC is also in place at Middle Georgia State University in Macon and Valdosta State University in Valdosta. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at PCOM Georgia may enhance their credentials by pursuing concentrations in three pharmacy practice areas including acute, ambulatory and managed care. In addition, PharmD students may pursue one of three graduate business programs offered in partnership with Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa. PCOM President and CEO, Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, said, “Now with two campuses in Georgia, PCOM strives to impact all regions of the state. With this new partnership with ABAC, we will save our students from the South Georgia region both time and tuition dollars in hopes that they will return to South Georgia to practice pharmacy.”   About Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Since 1908, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton has provided unique, hands-on learning opportunities for students as the South’s premier destination for agriculture and natural resources.   The ABAC curriculum has grown tremendously, now including a wide range of more traditional four-year degrees and paths to success including a highly regarded nursing program, innovative arts and science tracks, and an ever-growing list of learning opportunities and majors for its students. A unit of the 26-member University System of Georgia, ABAC supports an enrollment of almost 4,000 students from 155 of Georgia’s 159 counties, 18 states, and 30 countries.  Over 1,300 of the students live on campus in modern, apartment-style residence halls in Tifton.  ABAC also features instructional sites in Moultrie, Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville. About PCOM Georgia Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, the doctor of pharmacy degree, the doctor of physical therapy degree, as well as graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing “a whole person approach to care,” PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit www.pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.                                                                                ###
September 17 2019

AET Truck and Tractor Pull October 3-5 at ABAC

TIFTON – Trucks and tractors of all shapes and sizes will rev their engines and roar down the track on Oct. 3-5 at the AET Truck and Tractor Pull sponsored by the Agricultural Engineering Technology Club at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  The event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.  During the event, trucks and tractors pull a weighted sled down a dirt track.  The weight moves toward the front of the sled as the vehicle pulls it down the track, making it more difficult to pull.  Trucks and tractors are divided into weight classes.  ABAC has had two pulling tractors, Altered Allis and Cracker Jack. On Oct. 3, ABAC students and the community can participate in the amateur night that begins at 7 p.m. The admission fee will be $5 per person.  Children five and under get in free. Participants can enter their vehicles in the event for a cost of $5 per pull.  Gates will open at 6 p.m. On Oct. 4-5, the Southern Pullers Association will provide the show featuring professional pullers.  Admission will be $15 for adults; $10 for children 6-10 years of age; $10 for students with an ABAC I.D.; and free for children five and under.  Trackside Parking will be $50 and includes one admission ticket. On Oct. 4, gates will open at 6 p.m., and pulling will start at 7 p.m.  On Oct. 5, the gates will open at 5 p.m., and pulling will start at 6 p.m. For more information on the AET Truck and Tractor Pull, interested persons can contact AET club advisors Ray Lundy at rlundy@abac.edu or Todd Hicks at thicks@abac.edu. ###
September 18 2019

ABAC Music Faculty Open First Tuesday Concert Series October 1

TIFTON—When Dr. Susan Roe put together her lineup for the 18th season of the First Tuesday Concert series at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, she decided to put her best foot forward.  That’s why she’s showcasing the very talented faculty and staff in the ABAC music program in the opening event of the beloved series at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the Chapel of All Faiths. “This is going to be an unbelievable concert for Tifton,” Roe, the Head of the Department of Fine Arts and the creator of the First Tuesday series, said.  “I am so proud of this faculty.   It has taken me years to see a program like this. All I can say is wow for these ABAC performers.” The First Tuesday Concert Series features regional and professional artists in five concerts on selected first Tuesdays in the Chapel of All Faiths on the ABAC campus. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission cost except for the special Christmas Concert. ABAC faculty scheduled to perform include Dr. Scott Phillips, Assistant Professor of Jazz; Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang, Assistant Professor of Music; Dr. Susan Kirby Roe, Professor of Voice; former music faculty member Gina Lawhon; Dr. Sara Eastwood, Director of the String Ensemble; Dr. Jordan Galvarino, instructor of applied strings; Dr. Jesse Garcia, instructor of guitar; Marti Braziel Schert, instructor of applied vocals; Dr. Sara Eastwood, Director of the String Ensemble, and Dr. Jonathan Lacey, instructor of applied low brass. Other performances in the First Tuesday Concert series include Back Again: Music Educators on Nov. 5, The Dave Potter Jazz Quartet on Feb. 4, Music for the Harpsichord and the Piano featuring Jennifer Huang on March 3, and Back to Broadway on April 7. A Celebration of Christmas Music will be a unique First Tuesday Concert on Dec. 3.  Tickets for this special event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. All proceeds will go toward ABAC music student scholarships. For more information on the First Tuesday series, interested persons can contact Roe at sroe@abac.edu .   ###