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April 3, 2020

Remote Instruction Will Continue for ABAC During the Summer Term

TIFTON—Instruction will continue to be delivered remotely at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the other 25 institutions in the University System of Georgia during the remainder of the spring semester and the summer term, with only limited exceptions. USG institutions, including ABAC, are tentatively planning to return to normal on-campus operations for the fall semester should guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health allow it.  At this time, fall semester classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 12 at ABAC. Meanwhile, all institutions have been asked to continue their current telework and flexible work strategies for faculty and staff.  USG institutions overall have remained open, with only minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services. ABAC and all USG institutions continue to prioritize the safety of students, faculty, and staff as each college and university does its part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia and fulfill the USG mission to graduate students in these challenging times. Additional information on spring semester instruction (which is ongoing) and options for students during the 2020 summer term is available at the ABAC website at www.abac.edu. ###
March 30, 2020

Prorated Refunds for Students

To: ABAC StudentsFrom: Paul Willis, Executive Vice President for Finance & AdministrationDate: March 30, 2020 Prorated refunds, prompted by a disruption in service as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, will begin to appear in individual student accounts on April 2, 2020 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. These prorated refunds will apply only to ABAC students who meet the criteria for refunds at ABAC instructional sites in Tifton, Moultrie, Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville. Prorated refunds for dining, student activities and the public safety fee will be included. Prorated refunds should be in all student accounts by the close of business on April 2, 2020. No refunds will be issued for class lab fees, tuition, or institutional fees in accordance with guidelines issued by the University System of Georgia. Prorated refunds will not include any refunds for housing at this time. The prorated housing refunds will be credited to ABAC student accounts within three weeks. Questions regarding the prorated refunds should be directed to studentaccounts@abac.edu.
March 26, 2020

ABAC Begins Four Day Work Week April 6

TIFTON—Because of the changes brought about by coronavirus, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will begin a four-day work week beginning April 6 and continuing through July 24. ABAC Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Paul Willis said ABAC will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The college will be completely closed on Friday. “With no students on campus during the remainder of the spring semester, this gives us a chance to be as energy efficient as possible,” Willis said. “Employees will be able to spend a three-day weekend with their families throughout this time frame.” Willis said ABAC will return to its regular hours on July 27. The fall semester begins on Aug. 12. Along with the other students in the 26 University System of Georgia institutions, ABAC students will begin taking all their classes online on March 30 to adhere to USG guidelines. All spring semester events have been cancelled including the spring commencement ceremony. ###
March 17, 2020

ABAC Students Will Take Online Classes, All Events Cancelled Through May 7

TIFTON—Students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will finish the remainder of the spring semester by receiving all of their instruction online beginning March 30. All scheduled ABAC events including intercollegiate athletics have been cancelled through the end of the spring term on May 7, 2020 due to the need for social distancing because of COVID-19. A University System of Georgia media release on Monday said, “The University System of Georgia has decided that all 26 institutions will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the semester with extremely limited exceptions.  Residence halls will be closed, with minimal exceptions for students unable to return home or who cannot find housing elsewhere.” Lindsey Roberts, Director of Marketing and Communication at ABAC, said students, faculty, and staff should be prepared for other changes in their spring term schedule. “Students, faculty, and staff should monitor the ABAC website, and students should check their Stallion e-mail accounts for detailed information about their online classes,” Roberts said.  “This is a situation that changes constantly, and everyone should be prepared to adjust to these changes.” Dr. Alan Kramer, ABAC Athletics Director, said on Monday the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) cancelled all intercollegiate sports seasons for the remainder of the spring semester.  He said ABAC athletes who participated in the spring sports of softball, baseball, golf, and tennis will have an additional year of eligibility. Cancelled activities for the spring semester range from the 2020 Homecoming Celebration to the Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo to the Folk Life Festival at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture.  No timetable has been set as to when any of the events may be rescheduled.  Roberts said the ABAC commencement ceremonies in Tifton and Bainbridge on May 7 have been cancelled.  All other information regarding the spring semester will be posted on the ABAC web site at www.abac.edu. ###
February 20, 2020

ABAC Alumnus Seeks Master’s Degree after Finishing Mentored Research

TIFTON—Miranda Wilkinson just loves being outdoors surrounded by the wildlife of Mother Nature. A native of Clearwater, Fla., Wilkinson found her niche at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she studied for her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management.  Like many other ABAC students, Wilkinson fell in love with her classmates, professors, and the curriculum. “At the beginning of my senior year, I began doing a mentored research project under Dr. William Moore and Dr. Vanessa Lane,” Wilkinson said. The research involved a countywide survey of Loggerhead Shrikes.  Shrikes are a bird species of concern for the state of Georgia due to decline in their population. Wilkinson found the locations at which the Shrikes occur within Tift County so that the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources or an ABAC student can continue to do research on the home range and habitat of the birds. Because of this research, Wilkinson was able to create a poster that she presented at the Georgia Chapter of the Wildlife Society meeting in 2018 and the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Boston in 2018.   “At one of the conferences, I ended up landing a job that I was able to start after I graduated from ABAC in December of 2018,” Wilkinson said. Right after graduation, she began to work for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as an assistant field technician under Todd Schneider.  In this role, she did research on Henslow’s sparrows for five months. Wilkinson was then afforded the opportunity to travel around the country for a summer to do research with the Smithsonian Institute. During this time, she did research on yellow-billed cuckoo birds. Due to a decline in population, Wilkinson’s job was to assist in catching and tagging the birds with a satellite transmitter. Shortly after that summer was over, Moore contacted Wilkinson about an opportunity at the Jones Center at Ichauway.  The Jones Center is a 30,000-acre pine preserve in southwest Georgia. This position was a two-year position working in the conservation and land management department as a technician. “While working there, the Foundation that runs the Jones Center was going to pay for the person to do a graduate degree at the University of Florida,” Wilkinson said.  “I immediately jumped on the opportunity and applied because I wanted to do my master’s degree and working at a place like Ichauway was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Wilkinson began working at the Jones Center and pursuing a master’s degree in Conservation and Ecological Restoration at the University of Florida in January.   “During my time here, I get real world, hands on experience with everything imaginable,” Wilkinson said.  “Prescribed burning, tractor work, working with endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers, mechanics, research, population surveys, trapping and more.” For more information on the Natural Resource Management degree at ABAC, interested persons can contact Dr. William Moore at wmoore@abac.edu  or call him at (229) 391-4805. ###
March 10, 2020

 ABAC Creates New Department of Education and Wellness

TIFTON—Students who want to become teachers now have a home in the newly created Department of Education and Wellness in the School of Arts and Sciences at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Dr. Jerry Baker, ABAC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the new department fits perfectly with the plan to have more students majoring in education at ABAC. “Our goal was to create a unit to give this group a home,” Baker said.  “We have moved them around a lot but now they have their own department and a lot more visibility.” Dr. Matthew Anderson, Dean of the ABAC School of Arts and Sciences, welcomes the new department which also includes the faculty members in the physical education area. “The dual focus of the Department of Education and Wellness on both the intellectual and physical growth of our students is a natural fit within the School of Arts and Sciences, as it is the School’s mission to provide a comprehensive education to all ABAC students," Anderson said.  “I very much look forward to working closely with the faculty of this new department to grow and strengthen these programs." Baker estimates that 130 to 150 students are enrolled at ABAC in the Early Childhood or Teacher Preparation programs.  These students complete their freshman and sophomore level courses on either the main campus in Tifton or the ABAC Bainbridge instructional site.  Junior and senior level classes in the major are offered at ABAC in Tifton from Georgia Southwestern State University.  Dr. Rachel Abbott, Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Southwestern, embraces the idea of the new department. “This new department at ABAC will create a better pathway for the education students to join the GSW at ABAC program and continue their studies there in Tifton,” Abbott said.  “The Georgia Southwestern College of Education is pleased to hear this news, and we look forward to working closely with the new Department of Education and Wellness at ABAC.” Students interested in further information about the program can contact ABAC Associate Professor Donna Campbell at dcampbell@abac.edu.                                                             ###

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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 Henderson Dean’s List Faith Farmer Damascus Distinguished List Alyssa Pearce Danielsville President’s List Hayden Bailey Dawson Distinguished List Brittnee Coxwell Anna Sudderth Dawsonville President’s List Robert Cox Dean’s List Tyler Margita De Soto Dean’s List Morgan Bridges Demorest Dean’s List William Barrett Doerun President’s List Ambria Poole Dean’s List Lane Goodroe Hunter Wood Distinguished List Brittany Hopkins Donalsonville President’s List Zibiah Arline Kathryn Mims Dean’s List Nathan Hodges Annakathleen Sherrer Distinguished List Darian Cross Jenna Dekle Abbie Earnest John Givens Wesley Harden Miracle Hopkins Cecilia Jones Elizabeth Moulton Jill Peterson Erika Roberts Douglas President’s List Youry Gonzalez Torres Hannah Roberts Dean’s List Reyna Delgado Monserrath Delgado Ovalle Tyler Lott Juan Martinez Douglasville President’s List Sharon Spiess Dean’s List Scout Hogan Dublin Dean’s List Michael Sasser Distinguished List Megan Shannon Eatonton President’s List Jason Gibson Kelsey Kohl Edison President’s List Emily Dismukes Kylee Hayes Distinguished List Avery Beckum Kevin Nelson Shrey Patel Dylan Sheppard Elko President’s List Ashlyn Reaves Distinguished List Alison Moore Ellijay Dean’s List Megan Bird Enigma Dean’s List Serbando Jaimes-Ascensio Guy McClung Distinguished List Dillon McMillan Greggory Donley Evans Dean’s List Noah Cunningham Mason Rodriguez Fayetteville Distinguished List Joshua Shirey Fitzgerald President’s List Donald Anderson Margaret Evans Luke Guy Daniel Hope Madelyn Massey Ashton McKinnon Jennifer Pardo Dean’s List Sara Anderson Haddar Cheema Shyann Dorough Katiesha Hall Kyle Hogan Blake Kunkler Accacia Lawson Danielle Long Juan Palma Catherine Pope Ashley Roberts Drew Tucker Aubree Willcox Jonathon Wilson Distinguished List Anna Cook Samuel Cook Christine Dollar Hannah Padgett Caleb Ray Michelle Roberts John Stokes Kiki Studstill Folkston President’s List James Renshaw Dean’s List Tessa Bennett Fort Gaines Dean’s List Marvin Smith Fort Valley President’s List Matthew Butzin Jasmine Durbin Abigail Turner Dean’s List Samuel Martinez Madelyn Wingo Gainesville Dean’s List Logan Clark Gray President’s List Racheal Suddeth Dean’s List Coleman Hice Grayson Dean’s List Luke Hesprich Griffin Distinguished List Shawna Henderson Guyton Dean’s List Sheridan Strickland Hahira President’s List Hannah Baker Nicholas Rosatti Dean’s List Casey Hendon Distinguished List Carmen Counts Hamilton President’s List Jacob Harris Distinguished List Sarah Prater Hampton Dean’s List Hannah Martin William Merritt Distinguished List Christopher Terrazas Harlem Dean’s List Davis Simons Hartsfield Dean’s List Ethan Coppock Hawkinsville Dean’s List Wellsley Martin Distinguished List Lauren Jackson Hazlehurst Dean’s List Guadalupe Overa Iron City President’s List Charles Lane Dean’s List Payson Trawick Distinguished List Cameron Durden Jackson Dean’s List Dalton Bowie Trisha Cawthon Wesley Mosteller Cassandra Powell Jakin President’s List 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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 www.campwiregrass.weebly.com/register 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 sfhand@abac.edu . 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 museum@abac.edu. ###
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 dmartin@abac.edu or 229-391- 4907. For more information about "Maggie Lee For Good Day," visit the website at www.maggieleeforgood.org. ###
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 http://abacsummermusicinstitute.com ###