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June 18, 2020

ABAC Tops Southeast in Ag Ed Graduates for Second Straight Year

TIFTON—For the second year in a row, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College produced more graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education than any college in the southeastern portion of the United States. “To the best of my knowledge, ABAC had more Ag Ed graduates than any college or university east of the Mississippi River,” Dr. Andrew Thoron, Head of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at ABAC, said.  Dr. Mark Kistler, Dean of ABAC’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said ABAC had 33 Agricultural Education graduates at ABAC’s virtual commencement ceremony on May 7.  “There were 30 in the Education track and three in the Agricultural Studies track,” Kistler said. That number represents a 27 percent increase over the 26 Agricultural Education graduates at ABAC in the spring of 2019, the first time in its 112-year history that ABAC produced bachelor’s degree graduates in Agricultural Education. “No other college or university in Georgia had those kinds of numbers this year in Ag Ed,” Dr. Frank Flanders, ABAC’s Ag Ed Program Coordinator, said.  “Neither does anyone else in the South.”  Dr. Daniel Foster, Associate Professor of Agricultural Education at Pennsylvania State University, who conducts on-going research into the supply and demand of teachers each year, stated, “ABAC's 33 graduates this year represent the largest class east of the Mississippi and easily in the Top 5 in the United States." The ABAC Ag Ed graduates had an online pinning ceremony on June 14.  A person in each graduate’s “watch party” did the Ag Ed pinning honors. “ABAC is happy to try to end the 30-year drought of Ag Ed teachers in Georgia,” ABAC President David Bridges said in May 2018 when the Agricultural Education teacher preparation program at ABAC became fully approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.  “For 30 consecutive years, Georgia has produced fewer Ag Ed teachers than spots available.  We are going to do something about that.” ABAC has done just that. “The curriculum approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission was designed with careful attention to producing graduates who are prepared for the diverse middle and high school agriculture programs,” ABAC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jerry Baker said.  “We designed the curriculum to include sufficient technical content as well as the required pedagogy.”  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission also approved a certification-only option for ABAC that allows students who complete bachelor’s degrees in other areas to return to ABAC for two semesters to obtain certification in Ag Education.  “Returning students usually spend one semester on campus and then one semester student teaching,” Flanders said.  “They need to have a bachelor of science degree in agriculture but a lot of them out there have that.” The best recruits for the Ag Ed major at ABAC seem to be those students who excelled in their FFA chapters in high school, competing in leadership and career development events.  However, Flanders sees new faces in the program from all walks of life with a wide variety of experiences. “I tell them if they enjoyed Ag Ed and FFA in high school, they should come to ABAC, get their degree, get their teaching certificate, and then they can enjoy it for the next 30 years and get paid for it,” Flanders said. Ellen Thompson, Director of the National Teach Ag Campaign, believes opportunities in Agricultural Education will continue to multiply. “The demand for agriculture teachers nationwide is strong due to new and expanding programs, and current teachers leaving to explore other opportunities,” Thompson said in 2019.  “The opportunities for new graduates and those who want to make a difference by being an agriculture teacher are endless.” Agricultural Education is one of 12 bachelor’s degrees available at ABAC.  The others include Agribusiness, Biology, Agriculture, Business, Agricultural Communication, Environmental Horticulture, History and Government, Natural Resource Management, Nursing, Rural Community Development, and Writing and Communication. Fall semester classes begin at ABAC on Aug. 12 when the college plans to return to in-person instruction.  Due to the pandemic, all students at ABAC and at all other colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia took online classes during the final weeks of the spring semester and the entirety of the summer term. ###
June 18, 2020

Lagrange Student Selected as President of ABAC Ambassadors

TIFTON—Johnathon Strickland, a senior environmental horticulture major from Lagrange, has been selected as the president of the ABAC Ambassadors for the 2020-21 academic year at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. “Becoming an Ambassador has helped me tremendously as a student,” Strickland, who has been a member of the organization for three years, said.  “Being able to learn more about ABAC, being able to serve ABAC, and growing as a leader on campus are all things that have helped me develop as a student.” Director of Marketing and Communications Lindsey Roberts, one of the advisors to the organization, said the Ambassadors are a select group of students chosen for their enthusiasm, leadership ability, and communication skills who represent ABAC in Tifton and across the state of Georgia. “Becoming the president of the ABAC Ambassadors is a real honor for me,” Strickland said.  “Campus tours for prospective students are my favorite thing because I love being able to share my ABAC experiences with those students who I hope will attend ABAC.  “Being an ABAC ambassador has allowed me to grow my communication skills tremendously.  Having these skills will help me in my future career wherever the future leads me.” Strickland plans to graduate from ABAC in May 2021 with his bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture.  He hopes to be a greenhouse owner in the future. Ambassador applications are available on the ABAC web site at  Applications must be completed online by 3 p.m. on Aug. 21.  For more information, contact Roberts at Fall semester classes begin at ABAC on Aug. 12 when the college plans to return to in-person instruction after teaching classes online for the final weeks of the spring semester and the summer term. ###
June 11, 2020

ABAC’s Forest Lakes Golf Club Opens June 17

TIFTON—Golfers can return to the green fairways and blue skies of the Forest Lakes Golf Club at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on June 17. Superintendent Austin Lawton said Forest Lakes has been closed for 10 weeks because of the pandemic but the staff has used every day during that time to spruce up the course and get it ready for action. “The course looks excellent,” Lawton, a graduate of ABAC’s golf course management program, said.  “The greens have been aerified and verticut twice this year, and we have also verticut all the tees and fairways.” As for coping with coronavirus concerns, Lawton said many extra steps are being taken to make sure all golfers feel safe when they are in the clubhouse and on the course. “We have lots of hand sanitizer, and we’re disinfecting the carts after every player,” Lawton said.  “With very few exceptions, we’ll limit the carts to only one person.  Bunker rakes will be removed from all bunkers.” ABAC has operated Forest Lakes since 2002 when Dr. Larry Moorman and his wife, Debra, donated the course to the ABAC Foundation.  The college uses the course as a teaching laboratory for students in a variety of bachelor’s degrees including environmental horticulture, natural resource management, agriculture, and many more. Forest Lakes is also open to the public at a cost of $24 per person for 18 holes with a cart during the week and $26 per person with a cart on the weekends.  Forest Lakes regular memberships are available at a cost of $95 per month. For golfers 60 and over and ABAC students, the cost is $80 per month.  ABAC employees can join for $65 per month. Lawton said the course, located at 80 Moorman Drive in Tifton, plays 6,970 yards over 18 holes from the gold tees.  For more information on Forest Lakes, interested persons can contact Lawton at (229) 382-7626 or at ###
June 3, 2020

Changes Ahead for ABAC Fall Semester Calendar

TIFTON—With in-person instruction already planned for the fall semester, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will take another bold step when fall classes begin on Aug. 12 by compressing the semester calendar so that ABAC students will get a longer break than usual between the fall and spring terms. “This new compressed semester calendar allows ABAC to complete a full fall semester of face to face instruction so that students can finish all their classes and final exams prior to Thanksgiving,” ABAC President David Bridges said.  “When the students go home for the Thanksgiving break, they will not return to campus until the spring semester in January. “Students and their parents will save time and money, and since the students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving, the opportunity for a virus outbreak on campus in December will be eliminated.” Bridges said the extra days during December without students on campus will also give ABAC personnel more time to thoroughly clean residence halls, classrooms, laboratories, and the dining hall. “I think this compressed semester calendar will be well received by students and their parents,” Bridges said. ABAC fall semester classes will now end on Nov. 19 instead of Dec. 3.  Final exams will be held on Nov. 20-21 and Nov. 23-24.  After completing their finals, students will leave the campus until they return for the spring semester which begins on Jan. 11, 2021. As a part of the revised calendar, ABAC classes will be held on Labor Day on Sept. 7 and on the previously scheduled Fall Break on Oct. 19-20. Bridges said college personnel are still operating in phase one of the statewide plan to combat the virus, which includes a minimum number of personnel on campus, teleworking, and rotational schedules. “We’ll begin phase two on June 15 when we bring a limited number of people back to campus,” Bridges said.  “By August 3, we’ll have most everyone back on campus including the faculty.” All 26 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia taught classes online for the final weeks of the spring semester and the existing summer term because of the virus.  ###
May 28, 2020

ABAC Plans for Students to Return to Campus Fall Semester

TIFTON—When Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College opens classes for the fall semester on Aug. 12, ABAC President David Bridges is making plans for the students to return to the familiar campus setting. Those students should not expect business as usual. “Our institutional priority is to return to face-to-face instruction,” Bridges, the longest serving president among the 26 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia (USG), said.  “But it will be far from a return to normal. “We are taking extensive measures for the safety of our students and our employees in the classrooms, the offices, the residence halls, and the dining hall.  Right now, we are going through an extraordinary planning process.” ABAC and the other 25 USG institutions moved to online classes for the final weeks of the spring semester when the pandemic began.  All summer term classes are also online. “These are unprecedented times,” Bridges said.  “We are dealing with complex directions from many sources including the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the USG, and others.  When the fall semester begins, we want to be ready.” Bridges said changes will be quite evident ranging from the number of students in a class to the proximity of students to each other when they eat in the dining hall.  Social distancing will be the norm, not the exception. “Our primary mission is to teach students,” Bridges said.  “We are working daily on a plan to do that.” ###
June 22, 2020

Broadway Musical Comes to Tifton’s Fulwood Park June 26-27

TIFTON—The magic of a Broadway musical will light up Tifton’s Fulwood Park on June 26-27 when the Tift Community Players present “Pippin” on the Syd Blackmarr Stage.  Supported by the City of Tifton, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Arts Connection at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the event begins at 7 p.m. each night.  Guests can bring their own seating and participate in socially distanced viewing on the lawn.  There is no charge for admission. “We are excited to support local theatre and bring our city together in a special way,” Downtown Development Authority Director Abby McLaren said. Dr. Brian Ray, Director of the Baldwin Players at ABAC, directs the Tift Community Players, who often stage productions at the historic Tift Theatre in downtown Tifton.  Ray said the musical involves a performance troupe which tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who is searching for the meaning and significance of life.  Staged on Broadway in 1972, the play featured music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.  Roger O. Hirson wrote the book, and Bob Fosse directed the original production. “This will be a great way to keep our community engaged with the arts, even in a time of social distancing,” Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said. For more information, interested persons can visit or follow The Tift Theatre and The Tift Community Players on Facebook. ###

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April 22, 2019

ABAC Influence in Tift County Stronger Than Ever

When Tifton ophthalmologist Larry Moorman and his wife, Debra, donated the Forest Lakes Golf Course to the ABAC Foundation in 2002, they had no idea of the long-range implications of their $1,000,000 gift to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. "It's a perfect fit," Moorman said at the time. "A golf course used for educational purposes is great for the students. It will provide valuable hands-on experience, putting students in real life situations. Being on a golf course will give students a totally different perspective than what they learn from textbooks. I am a big supporter of ABAC, and for me, this donation is all about ABAC." Since that time three other Tift County landmarks are now owned or operated by ABAC. Georgia legislators decided in 2010 that ABAC should take over the operation of the Georgia Agrirama, and it became a part of the ABAC campus as the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village. In 2018, City of Tifton officials contracted with ABAC to take over the management of the historic Tift Theatre, a Tifton landmark since 1937.  In 2019, the Council of Garden Clubs of Tifton, Inc., donated the Fulwood Garden Center to the ABAC Foundation so that it could be operated by ABAC. When Tifton founder Henry Harding Tift made a quite generous donation which helped Tifton win the bidding from Pelham for the location of the Second District Agricultural and Mechanical School on Nov. 23, 1906, he planted a seed which continues to grow. The area high school became South Georgia A&M College which became the Georgia State College for Men which became ABAC in 1933. “Of all the investments I have ever made, this school has brought me the biggest dividends,” Tift said at a commencement ceremony years later. ABAC President David Bridges could add a hearty amen to that sentiment. “I’ve always said that businesses in a community come and go,” Bridges, a 1978 ABAC graduate, said.  “Colleges in a community come and grow. “Making the lives of young people better was the mission when the Second District A&M School opened in 1908, and we’re still doing that today,” Bridges said.  “We offer only one product, but it is a very valuable product.  We offer the opportunity for a life-changing educational experience to every student who walks on our campus.  The value of the ABAC experience is absolutely priceless.” “Priceless” is an impossible number to come up with but a recent study sanctioned by the University System of Georgia determined that the economic impact of ABAC on South Georgia skyrocketed to a record $529,838,507 in fiscal year 2017.  That’s a 31 percent increase over FY 2016. “ABAC needs South Georgia, and South Georgia needs ABAC,” Dr. Renata Elad, Dean of the Stafford School of Business at ABAC, said.   “With total employment of over 1,800 jobs directly from student spending activities and an overall labor impact of almost $66 million, ABAC is a strong partner in regional growth.” With a record enrollment of 4,291 students and instructional sites in Tifton, Moultrie, Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville, ABAC is growing.  But how about those four Tifton landmarks?  Has their association with ABAC made them better? “This past fiscal year we had a record year of revenue for the golf course,” Forest Lakes Superintendent Austin Lawton, an ABAC graduate, said.  “There is more public play, and we have doubled our membership.” As Moorman intended, the course is also a teaching tool, not just for golf course management majors but for the entire college. “We have natural resource classes come out here to look at different species of plants and trees,” Lawton said.   “We had some wildlife classes that trapped our beavers that were wreaking havoc on our ponds.  Some classes look at the different soil types. “That’s besides the golf classes, the turfgrass students, and the golf team which is now practicing out here on a regular basis.” Forest Lakes, constructed in 1987, still opens to the public every day of the year except for Christmas and “uncooperating weather days,” according to Lawton. Museum Director Garrett Boone projects 35,000 elementary school students will visit the Museum in 2021 through the Destination Ag program, which has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception almost three years ago. “It is vitally important to engage students with the importance of agriculture and natural resources at an early age,” Boone said. “We, along with our partners, are working hard to provide opportunities to increase the awareness on the critical role that agriculture and natural resources play in our everyday lives – from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the house we live in.” Those Destination Ag numbers are on top of the 12,000 or so visitors who attend historical workshops and tours.  Add the 34,070 people who attended the 377 events the Museum attracted to its conference facilities last year, and the number buzzes like a South Georgia beehive. Boone maintains that the original mission of the Museum from its opening on July 4, 1976 is still intact. “I don’t want the historic side to get lost here,” Boone, who assumed his duties in 2014, said.  “We are still focused on historic preservation of life in Wiregrass Georgia from the 1870s through 1910.  ABAC students have been a tremendous asset for that historic preservation mission. “All of our visitors have exposure to ABAC because they are on the ABAC campus.  The Museum is a perfect living laboratory for ABAC students for internships.  We are a voice for ABAC and for outreach into the community.” There’s that community angle again.  Forest Lakes, the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, the Tift Theatre, and the Fulwood Garden Center continue to be open to the public “Under ABAC’s management, the Tift Theatre has exploded with activity over the past seven months,” ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said.  “The increase in activity in the Tift has begun to create momentum among outside renters of the facility.  McAlpin Entertainment continues to bring high quality country music concerts as it has for the past several years.” Tifton residents who watched classic movies on the Tift Theatre big screen during its heyday may not agree but Jones believes the best days of the Tift may be ahead of it. “While only seven months into the management contract, both the City of Tifton and ABAC have seen tremendous growth in capacity for producing and presenting live arts events because of this agreement, both on campus and at the Tift,” Jones said.  “The future looks very bright and full of potential for even greater growth in the coming years.” The ABAC Concert Band presented its fall concert at the Tift in November and will do the same with its spring concert on April 11.  Dr. Susan Roe, head of the ABAC Department of Fine Arts, produced and directed “A Christmas to Treasure” at the Tift in December before a packed house. Dr. Brian Ray, who directs ABAC’s Baldwin Players, also serves as Artistic Director for the Tift.  In that role, he has revived the Tift Community Players who will present six or seven live performances at the Tift this year.  A summer drama camp for children is also in the works for the Tift stage. Museum Curator Polly Huff had the widest smile in the room when the Council of Garden Clubs of Tifton, Inc., presented the keys to the Fulwood Garden Center to the ABAC Foundation on Jan. 31. “I love the fact that ABAC students will be able to intern at the property in several different areas,” Huff said.  “Those internships will range from curatorial tasks to guided tours of the home and the gardens. “The second area of possible engagement for the students is in the area of event rentals and marketing.  We’re also hoping to work with the ABAC horticulture professors and the Horticulture Club to identify and label some of the unique trees and plants in the gardens and create a self-guided tour booklet for visitors.” Constructed in 1914 as a home for Paul D. and Ruth Vickers Fulwood, the interior of the structure became a part of history almost immediately.  The beautiful flooring installed at the Fulwood home was originally intended for the home of Henry and Bessie Tift.  The mill sent the flooring to the Fulwood home by mistake. “Mr. Fulwood always said that the floors were the finest element of the home,” Huff said of the original flooring which is still in place today. ABAC has already put the Fulwood Garden Center to work when it served as the site for a meal on Feb. 7 for the 30-person staff of Georgia Organics, who were in town for the Georgia Organics Conference. “The group toured the home, heard a little bit about its history, and enjoyed a cozy meal,” Huff said. Bridges called the ABAC experience “priceless.”  South Georgians who engage ABAC and its many components, which may include grinding cane at the Museum, laughing at a Tift Theatre comedy, launching a golf ball into a blue sky at Forest Lakes or enjoying a “high tea” at the Fulwood Garden Center, would probably agree.   ###
May 3, 2019

ABAC Scholarship Program Pays Huge Dividends for Students

In its 111th year of existence, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College awards more student scholarships than at any time in its history.  ABAC students are quick to tell you that these are life-changing dollars. “My scholarship allows me to focus on my success in college, rather than focus on the financial requirements,” Kaycee Aultman, a writing and communication major from Tifton, said.  “My scholarship also allows me to take part in extracurricular activities.  “I am president of the ABAC Ambassadors this year, serve as a student representative on multiple committees, and work as an orientation leader.  There’s no way I could be that involved without the scholarship.” A recipient of the Allstate Construction ABAC Foundation Scholarship, Aultman has a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  So not only does she put a lot of effort into extracurricular activities, she focuses on her main task of success in the classroom. ABAC Foundation Chief Operating Officer Jodie Snow, a 2000 ABAC alumnus, said the Foundation provided ABAC students with 515 scholarships worth $715,000 this year.  She said the Foundation utilizes An Evening for ABAC as an annual scholarship fundraising event, raising more than $100,000 for student scholarships each of the past three years. “Our goal is to raise enough funds for at least 40 scholarships,” Wayne Jones, the director of the ABAC Arts Connection who helps to coordinate An Evening for ABAC, said.  “That means we have to net $100,000.  We have been very fortunate that we have done that three years in a row.” “An Evening for ABAC is an awesome event,” Aultman said. “I get to help during the event, and I love meeting the donors and the visitors.  It’s just another way I am able to take full advantage of every opportunity I have been given at ABAC.” An Evening for ABAC is just one of the ways that the Foundation raises the funds to meet the scholarship needs of students who are anxious to take part in the ABAC experience.  Neel Patel, a biology major from Tifton, makes no bones about how important his scholarship is to him. “It is an honor for me to receive the Tift Regional Health System ABAC Foundation scholarship,” Patel said.  “It reminds me that hard work is always rewarded in one way or another.  It also reminds me to stay focused and work toward my goals. “As a college student, I know that I will struggle at times, however, receiving this scholarship will help me to keep pushing toward my goals.” Each year the ABAC Alumni Association holds a Milk and Cookies event in August where the scholarship recipients visit the Alumni House and pen a personal thank you note to their scholarship donors.  Alumni board members then serve fresh baked cookies and milk to the students.  Response has been phenomenal, both from the students and their donors. Raines Evans, a biology major from Fitzgerald, is thankful for the scholarship support. “It is an honor to be a part of the ABAC Family,” Evans said.  “When Sodexo offered me this scholarship through the ABAC Foundation, I was able to live at home and explore a little more of college with an easy mind because I didn’t have to worry about how I was going to pay for school. “This has been a great year for me at ABAC.  Because of the scholarship, I can study more and worry about work less.” ABAC Advancement Director Deidre Martin believes scholarships are a win-win situation, both for the donor and the individual or company which provides the financial support. “We have our solid base of supporters, largely from the business community, who see the value of ABAC and want to support it,” Martin said.  “Every year we have new donors join the effort once they have heard about the success we have had and decide they want to be a part of it.  “Everyone likes supporting student scholarships.  It’s a great way for them to give back and make an investment in the next generation.” Martin is all about connecting donors to the students who benefit from their generosity. “We make an effort throughout the year for donors to meet their scholarship recipient and take a photo with them,” Martin said.  “That’s just one of the ways that we try to put a face to the scholarship donation.”                                                              ###
May 21, 2019

ABAC Recognizes Students for Spring Term Academic Excellence

May 17, 2019 TIFTON—Students who achieved academic excellence in their course work during the spring semester were recently recognized at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. ABAC cites its top academic students each semester on the President’s Honor List, the Dean’s Honor List, and the Distinguished Achievement List. The President’s Honor List is the highest academic honor possible for ABAC students. ABAC President David Bridges said each student on the list attained an “A” in every subject, resulting in a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The students had to carry a minimum of 12 hours of academic work. Dr. Jerry Baker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the students who qualified for the Dean’s Honor List attained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and carried at least 12 hours of academic work. The Distinguished Achievement List is composed of students who complete between six and 11 hours of academic work with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The purpose of this list is to recognize excellence and scholastic achievement among part-time students. The list of the students by hometowns is as follows: Abbeville President’s List Meredith McGlamory Dean’s List Kylie Keene Carolyn Padgett Isai Vega Eliza Willingham Adel President’s List Jaylee Bass Sarah Bostic Zane Folsom Shelvia Holmes Elizabeth Mccumber Ansley Paulk Samantha Rodriguez Kimberly Thornton Dean’s List Justin Cook Lizbeth Espinoza Garrett Heard Hunter Martin Mohammad Rashid Distinguished List Christopher Gibbs Kayla Reis Luis Rodriguez Alexis Walker Adrian President’s List Mary Wheeler Dean’s List Braswell Walraven Alapaha President’s List Heyward Hancock Dean’s List Joseph Davis Patrick Tucker Albany President’s List Brandon Souter Dean’s List Kylie Appleton Garrett Bates Robert Bueschen Jireh Jones Cole Mitchell Evelyn White Felicity White Distinguished List Kari Brown William Buckner Logan Littleton Maggie Souter Alpharetta President’s List Matthew Liqua Ambrose President’s List Drew Roberson Dean’s List Emily Purvis Americus Distinguished List Pooja Patel Arlington President’s List Jamie Worsley Dean’s List Brian Cresswell Distinguished List Annabelle Gowan William Jester Ashburn President’s List Tyus Clark Deborah Graham Dakyrae Holmes Aubreauna Marshall Madison Pritchard Tameka Stafford Dean’s List Phillip Rowan Distinguished List Aarian McGee Katie Myers Nisha Patel Quenterion Tennille Athens Dean’s List Robert Seward Attapulgus Distinguished List Katie Grubbs Amanda Rodriguez Axon Dean’s List Adrienne Cofield Baconton Dean’s List Benjamin Hatcher Bainbridge President’s List Thomas Barber Lauren Braswell Grant Darley Chakil Murphy Jessica Rand Mitchell Smith Kyra Stacey Dean’s List Darley Brock Tamela Butler Kymesia Fleming Jacob Floyd Elena Garcia Ravelo Elias Guerrero Crystal Heard Kathryn Johnson Jesus Juarez Elizabeth Kirkland Hannah Klock Mark Loeffler Edward Moorhead Haleigh Poitevint Victoria Powell Stephen Sizemore Lindsey Smith Tamera Stubbs Jonah Taylor Distinguished List Desirae Beachem Sydnee Burke Lyric Butler Shelby Champion James Chaney Julianna Cofty Sarah Darley Gladys Dawson-Brown Chloe Enfinger Brianna Flanders Laodicea Ford Mckynleigh Harrell Arin Harrison Elizabeth Jeter Nittaya Johnson Erin Kirksey Hanna Lewis Mary Long Jessica Meredith Heath Parker Neel Patel Kathryn Patterson Daniel Poitevint Marianna Powell Joseph Presnal Austin Prouse Crystal Roberts Joshua Sarpong Mackenzie Sewell Joseph Sloan Amy Smart Stephanie Sorrelle Lindsey Stringer Emily Sullivan Mackenzie Thomas Haley Thompson Tereza Toole Katelyn Ward Allison Whitaker Barnesville President’s List Taylor Haddock Barney Dean’s List Kenzie Williams Baxley Dean’s List Keylee Johnson Blackshear Dean’s List Jhanavi Williams Blakely President’s List Ansley Smith Dean’s List Courtney Keith Taylor Kilgore Distinguished List Jackson Allred Ira Benton Janet Brewer Karlie Bridges Curtis Campbell Karsyn Carver Abby Chapman Annie Eaton Samuel Evans Emerson Fenn Kirstyn Green Gunner Griffin Ganton Harrell Loulie Hattaway Dalton Holley Joshua Jenkins William Justice Tyner Kilgore Edna Knight Collier McLendon Sahil Patel Ashlee Phillips Ry’Kelius Price Melissa Pyle Carter Rowland Avery Sealy Sharvil Shah Andrew Smith Hannah Temples Skyla Turner Robert Watson Alanna White Caleb Williams Timothy Willis Bruce Wilson Blairsville Dean’s List Emily Rittenhouse Bluffton Distinguished List Grady Miliner Bonaire President’s List Madison Johnson Teresa Lindstrom Dean’s List Zackery Bearden Jacob Davidson Brinson President’s List Grace Powell Jamie Wise Dean’s List Kaitlyn Bullock Distinguished List Terry Dean Lindsey Kennedy Jacob Mclaughlin Charmaine Rice Bristol Dean’s List David Dyal Brooklet Dean’s List William Rogers Broxton Dean’s List Sebresha Jones Distinguished List Jana Fussell Brunswick Dean’s List Deandre Alson Buena Vista Dean’s List Britney Tyler Buford Dean’s List Nicole Hennum Cairo President’s List Rogelio Baltazar Dean’s List Johnson Gainous Roselia Gomez Hannah Maxwell Noah Tobar Montana Trawich Jarrett Woods Distinguished List Michael Anderson Skylar Howthorne Dajion’e Jackson Madison Poitevint Joshua Radney Chance Scott Lindsey Winzell Camilla Dean’s List Jessie Adams Austin White Distinguished List Michael Dale Allie Davis Camilla Greene Ashley Maxwell Elizabeth McDaniel Carrissa Morgan Jacob Poitevint Devan Santos Ella Spence Jaila Tucker Kenaiya Young Canon President’s List Chelsea Beard Canton Dean’s List Elizabeth Haughwout Christopher Newman Giselle Rojo Sanjuan Carrollton Dean’s List Cassidy Herron Cartersville Dean’s List Emily McMillan Sara Stevenson Cataula Dean’s List Elizabeth Buttram Cedartown President’s List Brittney Fuller Chula President’s List Allison Brock Dean’s List Laura Brock Grant Hudson Bobby Hughes Johnna Kendrick Jared Roach Distinguished List Joshua Kimsey Heather Moody Clayton Dean’s List Brandon Kilby Climax President’s List Abigail McMillan Megan Phillips Dean’s List George Waddell Distinguished List Brenden Mitchell Savannah Padgett Christy Reynolds Faith Taunton Cochran President’s List Jacob Smith Colquitt President’s List Sophia Roland Dean’s List Jimia Cooper Taylor Mock Jennifer Swofford Sikaya Wolfe Distinguished List Tyler Amerson Jessica Andrews Allison Burke Madeline Cleveland Laney Hall Jacquelyn King Janiya Langs Joseph Lawhorn Jenna Phillips Kaylyn Rawlings Holden Sheffield Kathryn Vann Jasmine Watts Maggie Womble Commerce Dean’s List Courtney Daniel Concord Dean’s List Summer Steele Conyers Dean’s List Savannah Hayes Distinguished List Karly Koch Coolidge President’s List Colby Melton Distinguished List Jan Sloan Cordele Dean’s List Stephanie Fraser Alexis Meadows Hunter Slade Cornelia President’s List Isaac Nations Covington President’s List Sarah Hammond Dean’s List Elizabeth Buttram Emma Raines Cumming Distinguished List Naomi Chance Culloden Dean’s List Kayla Pierson Cuthbert Distinguished List Zachary Kennedy Haley Kintzinger Tirth Patel Brian Thornton Shelby Weiss Dahlonega Dean’s List Angel Cain Dallas President’s List Danielle 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May 21, 2019

Registration Open for Summer Camps at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture

May 3, 2019 TIFTON—Summertime is just over the warm sun horizon, and the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village offers fun and challenging opportunities for children during their vacations from their school classrooms. Trapping minnows, meeting farm animals up close and personal, and exploring a honeybee hive sound like terrific summertime adventures. Children from 4 to 12 years old can sample those activities and many more when they explore Georgia agriculture, history, and natural resources this summer through Camp Wiregrass. “Camp Wiregrass provides a fun, interactive environment for children to engage in hands-on activities, games, and crafts,” Museum Assistant Director Sara Hand said. “Each camp offers unique activities and themes tailored to each age group.” Registration for all sessions of Camp Wiregrass can be completed online at Discounts will be available for multiple siblings attending camps or for children attending more than one camp. For discount information, contact Hand at (229) 391-5208 or . Four and five-year old children will enjoy “Animal Antics” at the Munchkin camp May 28-31 from 1-5 p.m. each day. Campers will meet the local animal residents while studying the needs of both animals and humans. Camp activities will include hunting for animal habitats, caring for all Museum animals, fishing in the Gristmill pond, and creating animal puppets. The $60 cost for this camp includes snack, t-shirt, and all supplies. Camps are also available for Explorer campers for those children 6-8 years old and for Trekker campers for those who are 9-12 years old. Each of these camps runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with drop off from 7:30-8 a.m. and pick up from 3-3:30 p.m. “Time Travelers” and “Animal Adaptations” are the two sessions available for the 6-8 year-old Explorer campers. The cost of each camp is $110 and includes a snack, t-shirt, supplies, and afternoon water games. Campers must bring a sack lunch. “Time Travelers” for Explorer campers is set for June 3-7 and will focus on exploring life in the Wiregrass region during the 19th Century. Campers will dress in historic costumes (suspenders/ skirts and aprons), milk the fiberglass dairy cow Daisy, create old-fashioned toys and discover native plants and animals during a nature walk. “Animal Adaptations” for Explorers runs June 17-21. During this camp, campers will explore the many different habitats found in Georgia and the different animals that call these habitats home. Explorers will make bird puppets, visit the observation honeybee hive, and create stained glass bugs. For the 9-12 year-old Trekkers, two sessions are available, “Living off the Land” and “Time Travelers.” The cost of each camp is $110 and includes a snack, t-shirt, supplies, and afternoon water games. Campers must bring a sack lunch. “Living off the Land” is scheduled June 10-14. Trekkers will learn how natural resources are used today and compare with how they were used in the past. The youngsters will also learn a variety of hands-on skills such as creating a rain gauge, making minnow traps and growing a garden. “Time Travelers” for Trekkers will be held June 24-28. This camp will explore life in the Wiregrass region of South Georgia during the late 19th century. Campers will dress in historic costumes (suspenders/skirts and aprons), make their own short distance phone, meet the farm animals, and help cook traditional hoe cakes. For more information on Camp Wiregrass, interested persons can contact Hand in the Museum’s Education Department at (229) 391-5208 or at ###
May 21, 2019

Annie Belle Clark School Raises $4,844 for Sophia Fisher Scholarship at ABAC

May 9, 2019 TIFTON— The faculty, staff, and students at Annie Belle Clark Elementary School in Tifton recently raised $4,844 for the Sophia Ruth Fisher Endowed Scholarship at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College through their annual “Maggie Lee for Good Day.” Betsy Jones, a teacher at Annie Belle Clark and coordinator of the "Maggie Lee for Good Day," said that for nearly 10 years "Maggie Lee for Good Day" has impacted countless individuals through its motto of "One Day, One Deed, One Difference" as they honored the life of Maggie Lee Henson, a vibrant 12-year-old who died from an injury on her way to youth camp who inspired many through her generous life and tragic death. "Maggie Lee Henson and Sophia Fisher were precious young ladies who left legacies of caring for others,” Jones said. “Their lives will continue to touch the lives of people by inspiring each of us to serve others. “We hope that the scholarship at ABAC will lift the recipient to new heights of personal development which will enable them to return good deeds and acts of service to people in their path of life." In the fall of 2018, Annie Belle Clark sold "Be Happy" t-shirts which was Fisher's motto and approach to life. After her tragic death in June 2018, the ABAC Alumni Association created the Sophia Ruth Fisher Endowed Scholarship at ABAC in her memory. Fisher was the daughter of Lynda and Richard Fisher. Lynda serves as alumni director at ABAC and is an ABAC alumnae. Richard is the principal at Len Lastinger Elementary School and former assistant principal at Annie Belle Clark Elementary School. The efforts of "Maggie Lee for Good Day" for the Sophia Ruth Fisher Endowed Scholarship will benefit a student from Tift County High School who attends ABAC. "We are very grateful for the efforts of all involved in the 'Maggie Lee for Good Day,'” Dr. Deidre Martin, ABAC's Chief Development Officer, said. “ABAC and the Fisher Family were honored to have this contribution to the endowed scholarship in Sophia's name. Through their generosity and that of others who have given to this scholarship, Sophia will be remembered for years to come, and ABAC students will have the opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education. “The Fisher Family has had a tremendous impact on the Tift County School System and the entire region through the way they live their lives. The outpouring of love and generosity to create this new scholarship has been truly inspiring with more than $34,000 given to date." Born on May 11, 2000, Sophia Fisher was a senior at Tift County High School when she passed away in a tragic accident. Throughout her years in high school, she was involved in many activities and groups. She was a dance captain in the TCHS Ladies’ Choice Show Choir, and she worked for countless hours to inspire her fellow choir members to be the best they could be. Her smile lit up the stage during every show. She had been chosen to be a member of Eighth Street Singing Company in the fall of 2018. Fisher also competed with the TCHS swim team and the cross-country team and was a member of the drama club. She was an active member of the Northside Baptist Church youth group and traveled to Jamaica on a mission trip in 2017. The ABAC Foundation continues to accept contributions to the Sophia Ruth Fisher Endowed Scholarship. Interested persons can contact Martin at or 229-391- 4907. For more information about "Maggie Lee For Good Day," visit the website at ###
May 21, 2019

ABAC Summer Music Institute Open for Grades 8-12

May 16, 2019 TIFTON—A new Summer Music Institute at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will assist students in grades 8-12 in improving their musical skills. The Summer Music Institute offers instruction on July 8-12 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the campus of ABAC at a cost of $150 per student. Lunch will be provided each day, and all students in attendance will receive individual lessons. Dr. Susan Roe, Head of the ABAC Department of Fine Arts, said the instruction will focus on fundamentals, warm-ups, and preparation techniques for solo literature and Georgia Music Educators Association musical compositions. “It’s going to be an exciting week of comprehensive music learning,” Roe said. “We also invite any incoming ABAC freshmen who are majoring in music this fall semester to join us.” Dr. Jennifer Huang, Dr. Scott Phillips, Dr. Sara Eastwood, Sheri Wyles, and Marti Schert from the ABAC music faculty will provide the instruction for the students at the Institute. “The centerpiece of the Institute is the emphasis on chamber music,” Eastwood said. “Students will receive the opportunity to rehearse and perform in many small chamber ensembles pertaining to their individual skill level. Students can also participate in music elective courses in music theory and group piano courses.” “Every musician can benefit from learning piano,” Phillips said. “Learn the basics through interactive group class piano in our piano technology lab this summer.” In addition, the basics of music theory and ear training will be covered in General Musicianship classes to further facilitate understanding of music. Classes are designed for students of all experience levels. For more information and registration, interested persons can visit the Institute website at ###