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October 19, 2020

Pandemic Keeps ABAC from Sunbelt Expo for First Time Ever

TIFTON—Since an event called Dealer Days on the banks of Lake Baldwin in 1964, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has always been a part of the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition.  But not this year.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Expo will not be held.  Plans are for North America’s Premier Outdoor Farm Equipment Show to return to its Spence Field site near Moultrie in 2021. “ABAC and the Expo have certainly changed over the years but we both still have a commitment to agriculture, which continues to be Georgia’s largest industry,” ABAC President David Bridges said.  “The Expo has always represented a great opportunity for me to connect with our ABAC alumni, many of whom are on site as exhibitors.” ABAC faculty and staff members from the Division of Agriculture began the Dealer Days farm equipment show to connect students with possible future employers.   Dealer Days turned into the Sunbelt Expo when it moved to Spence Field in 1978.  ABAC personnel were front and center when the change was made, helping to lay out the exhibit areas and prepare the former air base for thousands of visitors and exhibitors.  Ironically, ABAC had students at Spence Field after World War II so it was a homecoming of sorts when college personnel returned to the site. Dr. Frank McCain, Jesse Chambliss, Wright Crosby, Jimmy Grubbs and many others helped to prepare the Expo site.  Grubbs, a former ABAC student who then became a longtime ABAC employee, is still an annual visitor to the Expo. “ABAC students did a lot of work down there to make the Expo what it is today,” Grubbs said.  “We have come a long way since Dealer Days.” The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition opened at its new Spence Field site near Moultrie on Oct. 10-12, 1978. ABAC had a stage featuring student entertainment in front of the air traffic control tower.  ABAC students distributed gold stickers with ABAC #1 on them, signifying the claim as “Georgia’s Number One Junior College.”  Helen Strickland designed the ABAC exhibit.  The ABAC AET Club helped exhibitors with set-up and take-down, and the Home Economics Club members assisted with the information booths. ABAC invested in a green-and-gold tent in later years and showcased its student performing groups on a stage inside the tent.  From the Travelin’ Stallion square dancers to the ABAC Cloggers to the Fabulous Golddusters dance team, the students attracted record crowds for every show during the three days of the Expo every year. Dr. Fred Reuter and Ed Hawkins performed the patter for the square dancers, and Betty Mealor led the ABAC Cloggers.  Andrea Willis choreographed the Golddusters’ performances.  Bookstore Manager Emory Johnson often took the stage with his guitar when he wasn’t selling ABAC hats and t-shirts in a specially designed store just outside the tent. Through the years, Don Coates, Wayne Jones, Woody Leonard, Dr. Susan Roe, and others brought their student performers to the Expo site with featured slots for the Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, and the Thundering Herd Pep Band.  Occasionally, the ABAC Bluegrass Band also made an appearance, much to the delight of Expo audiences. In 1999, Lanier Carson and Kelley Manufacturing donated the funds for ABAC to construct its own building at the Expo.  The building made for a much nicer performing area for the students and allowed for merchandise sales of ABAC gear inside the structure. “The building changed everything for the better,” ABAC Director of Public Relations Emeritus Mike Chason said.  “We were protected from the weather, we had dressing rooms for the performers, and we had a better way to display our ABAC apparel. We still thank Mr. Carson every year.” When ABAC took over the operation of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in 2010, a Museum exhibit was added to the ABAC building.  It proved to be a big hit with everything from tea cake sales to a blacksmith demonstrating his prowess. Under the direction of Director of Marketing and Communication Lindsey Roberts, the building underwent a total revamp in 2015.  Porches were added along with huge pictures and exhibits detailing success stories involving ABAC alumni and students. “We are really proud of our ABAC alumni, and Expo visitors get to find out more about them and their contributions to agriculture,” Roberts said.  “We also get to showcase our bachelor’s degrees.” Now a four-year college instead of a two-year college, ABAC offers 12 different bachelor’s degrees for its enrollment of nearly 4,000 students. Alumni Director Lynda Fisher sees more alumni at Expo than just about any other event during the year except for Homecoming. “We love to see our alumni at Expo every year and catch up with what’s happening in their lives,” Fisher said.  “It’s a great environment where alumni can re-connect with ABAC and with each other.” Prospective students also get a taste of ABAC from the ABAC Ambassadors who are key personnel when it comes to hosting all facets of activity at the building. “We’ll miss being at Expo this year, but we can’t wait until 2021,” Roberts said. ###
October 12, 2020

ABAC Welcomes Prospective Students for Stallion Day on Nov. 14

TIFTON—With COVID-19 guidelines in place, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is inviting prospective students to campus on Nov. 14 for Stallion Day. Check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the front of the campus at Tift Hall. The event will be limited to high school seniors and transfer students accompanied by two guests.  Face coverings will be required for all participants, faculty, staff, and current ABAC students. Brooke Jernigan, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, is excited to be hosting an in-person Stallion Day this year. “When families visit during Stallion Day, they comment on the beauty of the campus and the friendliness of faculty, staff, and students,” Jernigan said. “The experience they have while visiting is often the deciding factor when choosing a college.” Following check-in, campus tours guided by ABAC Ambassadors will be available every 15 minutes. Sessions on financial aid and scholarships are also on the agenda. Visitors will be able to stroll down the ABAC pedestrian mall in the heart of the campus to visit with current ABAC students and learn about ABAC’s 60 different clubs and organizations. From 1:30-3:30 p.m., attendees can visit the Stallion School Showcase.  ABAC’s four schools which include Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, Stafford School of Business, and Nursing and Health Sciences, will offer information sessions on the 12 different bachelor’s degrees and various associate degrees available inside the schools of study. ABAC bachelor’s degrees include Biology, Agribusiness, Environmental Horticulture, Agriculture, History and Government, Agricultural Education, Natural Resource Management, Business, Agricultural Communication, Rural Community Development, Nursing, and Writing and Communication. Prospective students are required to register ahead of time for Stallion Day at www.abac.edu/visit or by calling (229) 391-5000, option 1. There is no charge for the event.  If there are any questions regarding Stallion Day, prospective students can contact the admissions office via email at admissions@abac.edu. ###
October 22, 2020

ABAC’s Donna Kay Sledge Named NATA Head Athletic Trainer of the Year

TIFTON–Donna Kay Sledge, Head Athletic Trainer at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, has been named Junior College Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine. The qualifications for this award include having professional experience in a collegiate setting as well as being actively involved in the community on and off campus. “Donna is committed to helping her athletes be healthy and succeed both on and off the field,” the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association said. “This is a well-deserved honor for an incredible athletic trainer.” The Tifton native has been serving ABAC athletics for 15 years. She currently serves as the Southwest co-representative for the Georgia Athletic Training Association and is the Region 17 Athletic Trainer representative for the NJCAA Athletic Trainers. Sledge followed her love of athletic training to Valdosta State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Physical Education. She then attended Austin Peay State University to receive her master’s degree in secondary education with a minor in community health care administration. Before landing at ABAC, Sledge worked at Centennial Medical Center Office where she was the Clinical Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Outreach Program. She has also worked with many professional sports teams including the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Knights, Nashville Predators, Nashville Kats, Nashville Metros, and the Nashville Sounds. Sledge has even covered events such as Olympic water polo and National ice skating. Dr. Alan Kramer, ABAC’s Director of Athletics, is proud to have Sledge on his team. “Donna works tirelessly to treat and care for our Fillies and Stallion student athletes as well as guests on our campus,” said Kramer. “She likes to stay in the background but is always front and center as the need arises.” ###
October 14, 2020

ABAC Selects 12 Students for Ambassadors’ Program

TIFTON—Twelve students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have been selected to participate in one of the most prestigious organizations on campus, the ABAC Ambassadors. Students serving as Ambassadors include Ava Jane Teasley, a sophomore agricultural communication major from Covington; Cydney Slapa, a sophomore agriculture major from Deltona, Fla.; Charley Lollis, a sophomore agricultural communication major from Perry; Elijah Alford, a freshman fine arts major from Ashburn; Kira Buckner, a freshman agribusiness major from Conyers; and Gabi Ius, a senior agricultural communication and agribusiness major from Clermont, Fla. Other Ambassadors include Claire Ryland, a senior business major from Tifton; Raegan Clack, a junior nursing major from Leesburg; Kendall Prescott, a sophomore agricultural education major from Lake Placid, Fla.; Bryce Roland, a sophomore agricultural education major from Perry; Caroline Sullivan, a sophomore biology major from Tifton; and Johnathan Strickland, a junior environmental horticulture major from LaGrange. Strickland serves as president; Lollis is vice-president; Ius is secretary; and Teasley is the historian for the Ambassadors. Through a process involving application, letters of recommendation, and interviews, college administrators choose students whom they believe to be motivated and who show leadership potential to serve as Ambassadors. The Ambassadors assist the offices of the president, marketing and communications, and admissions by representing and promoting the college at a variety of community and college events. They work to maintain positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.                                  To continue in the organization, students must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale and commit at least 35 hours per semester to their service as Ambassadors. Ambassador advisors are Director of Marketing and Communications Lindsey Roberts and Director of Enrollment Management Donna Webb. # # #
October 15, 2020

Georgia Power Donates $5,000 to ABAC Foundation

TIFTON–The Georgia Power Foundation Inc. has provided a $5,000 donation to the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation to support student scholarships and the Destination Ag Program at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. ABAC Chief Development Officer Deidre Martin said the contribution will assist the ABAC student scholarship program and the Destination Ag program and playground at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA).  “Georgia Power has been a generous supporter of ABAC through the years, and we are very appreciative of this continued support,” Martin said. “Through their investment in student scholarships and our educational efforts at the GMA, they are providing opportunities for our students to receive a top-notch educational experience.” Destination Ag is an experiential learning program at the GMA that connects agriculture and natural resources to children’s daily lives and educates them on career opportunities within these industries.  “The generous support of community partners such as Georgia Power allows Destination Ag to continue to grow and offer hands-on agricultural experiences for thousands of elementary students,” said GMA Director Garrett Boone. “Thanks to Georgia Power’s contribution we have been able to expand our playground and provide an educational and safe environment for all the little ones visiting with us and enjoying the Museum” The playground piece added is called a spiderweb climber. The Country Store has also expanded its offerings inside the store. “Georgia Power is proud to support ABAC student scholarships and innovative programs such as Destination Ag,” Georgia Power Area Manager Lynn Lovett said. “Education at all levels is very important to the quality of life in all of the communities that our company serves and being actively involved in supporting these efforts is one way we can invest in the greater good.” Elijah Alford (right) accepts scholarship from Lynn Lovett (left) from Georgia Power. Tonia Carpenter, Lynn Lovett, and Garrett Boone stand at the GMA Playground. ###
October 21, 2020

Tidewater Loans CASE Tractor to J.G. Woodroof Farm at ABAC

TIFTON­–Students will have the opportunity to use the new top of the line CASE IH AFS Connect Magnum 200 CVT Tractor at the J.G. Woodroof Farm at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College this year thanks to Tidewater Agriculture and Construction. Dr. Mark Kistler, Dean of ABAC’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is thankful for the relationship ABAC has with Tidewater Agriculture and Construction. “The new Case IH Mag 200 CVT AFS will be a tremendous asset to not only our farm operation but, more importantly, to our students and their hands-on learning,” said Kistler. The newly designed tractor features a luxury cab with a 360-degree view. There is a lot of new technology and power sources integrated into the tractor’s system. Tidewater hopes that it can get feedback on the technology from the ABAC students.             “Tidewater Agriculture and Construction is once again proud to partner with ABAC on the yearly use of a tractor,” Robert McLeod, the Tidewater Agriculture and Construction Tifton Branch Manager, said.  “This year, the tractor is a new AFS Connect Magnum 200 CVT.  CASE IH recently launched the AFS Connect version of the Magnum earlier this summer, and we are excited to get some great feedback from the ABAC staff and students.   “This new tractor has a newly designed luxury cab and a lot more technology integrated into the tractor.  This generation of students are naturals with technology which makes them very qualified critics.  Along with keeping the college on the cutting edge, the ABAC staff is going to allow some of our Tidewater employees to come out to the farm and get some much needed ‘seat time’ so that we are educated for our customers.   “All in all, this partnership is beneficial for both sides, and we plan to continue the relationship in the future.  ABAC is a beacon in the agriculture community, and its education is needed more than ever.  We are glad to contribute in this small way.”   ###

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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 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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 ###