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September 1, 2020

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Opens to Public September 5

TIFTON—From old favorites such as a train ride featuring the 1917 Vulcan steam locomotive to new additions such as hand-scooped ice cream, visitors can take in all the sights and sounds of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture when it opens to the public on Sept. 5. Museum Director Garrett Boone said the Historic Village staff is glad to be back in operation after almost six months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are excited to be back and welcome all our visitors,” Boone said. “The Country Store and Museum Main Hall have been up and running for a few weeks but now we’re opening back up the Historic Village.” Boone said ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture is an immersive experience into the agrarian and cultural traditions of the 19th century American South. Visitors can take a glimpse into the innovative and storied history of the Wiregrass region of Southern Georgia through hands-on learning experiences and a sweeping landscape of historic sites and artifacts. The Museum and Historic Village will be open on a Tuesday through Saturday basis from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Country Store, located at 1392 Whiddon Mill Road in Tifton, will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sundays. “Our Country Store is going to be one of our most popular spots with everything we have added to it,” Boone said. “Besides the hand-scooped ice cream, we now have popcorn and cotton candy as well as all our toys and gift items. “We have also added some colorful picnic tables and umbrellas just outside the store where our guests can enjoy their treats. And perhaps most exciting to the little ones is the addition of three more large pieces of playground equipment.” Museum Curator Polly Huff said a unique multimedia event titled “Blood, Bone, & Stone” will be in the spotlight at the Museum’s Opry Shelter and the Museum Gallery on Sept. 19. “Presented in collaboration with ABAC’s School of Arts and Sciences, the event features Jack McKey, a master craftsman of Naturalistic and Native American Technology,” Huff said. “Guests of the day-long event will participate in the world premiere of McKey’s biographical film, which was created by Dr. Thomas Grant, an associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, and a team of ABAC journalism students.” The Gallery is located adjacent to the Museum’s Main Hall, which features dozens of exhibits describing the history of Georgia’s agricultural commodities, unique cultural pieces, and pays respect to the historic inventors and luminaries from eras past and present. The familiar whistle of the historic steam locomotive will once again sound throughout Tifton every Saturday this fall. Guests will purchase their train tickets inside the Country Store and then drive to the Museum Main Hall where they will be directed to where they can board the train in the Historic Village. “For the folks who have ridden the train in the past, this is a change,” Boone said. “Everybody loves the train ride, and they will still get the full experience.” In the Historic Village, guests can visit the Davis Grist Mill to see grits being made, the blacksmith shop, the print shop, the doctor’s office, the turpentine still, the Langdale Nature Center, the drugstore, the sawmill, the cotton gin, and the Tift House, formerly the home of Tifton founder Henry Harding Tift and his family. Younger visitors always love the animals at the Traditional and Progressive Farmsteads as well as the desks at the Sand Hill School House where interpreters relate stories of Georgia’s past and engage the youngsters in hands-on activities. Boone said school children will also return to the Museum for the Destination Ag program, which begins its fifth year this fall. “Destination Ag provides an interactive, educational experience for children and all guests focused on modern agriculture and natural resources,” Boone said. “Learning stations and exhibits connect guests to where their food, fiber, and shelter come from.” Destination Ag attracted a record 12,306 students to the Museum in 2019-20. Thanks to the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, the program is presented at no cost to the visiting students. Boone said conference and meeting facilities at the Museum will also be open at a reduced capacity to conform to federal and state guidelines. Masks are required for visitors at all indoor areas of the Museum. Admission to the Museum Tuesday through Friday is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens 55 and up, $4 for 5 to 16-year-olds, and free for all children under four years of age. On Saturdays, admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for 5 to 16-year-olds, and free for all children under four. For more information, interested persons can visit the Museum’s web site at https://gma.abac.edu/ . ###
August 20, 2020

SANR Classic Tournament at ABAC Golf Course September 21-24

TIFTON— The 20th Annual School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) Classic golf tournament at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will be held on Sept. 21-24 at ABAC’s Forest Lakes Golf Club. The event has been spread out over four days to allow for social distancing. There will be an 8 a.m. flight and a 1 p.m. flight each day. “The ABAC SANR Classic Golf Tournament brings the financial means to our Council to help the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources with extra funding for everything from scholarships to various projects for students and faculty alike that wouldn't take place without the tournament, so it's very important,” SANR Council Chair Cliff Bowden said. “This year is like none we've ever seen, and it has caused our golf tournament fundraiser to take a largely different structure.” Tournament Coordinator Vonda Fenn said there are seven sponsorship levels for businesses and individuals, ranging from $5,000 for a Stallion Level Sponsor to $100 for a Century Level Sponsor. Limited to three teams per flight per day, the tournament will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. There is an entry fee of $125 per person or a $500 entry fee for each four-person team that includes drinks, snacks, golf balls, cart, greens fees, a premium embroidered golf shirt with the tournament logo, and other products. Fenn said each member of the tournament’s winning team will receive a custom three-dimensional printed trophy designed by students in the SANR Agricultural Technology and Systems Management program. The SANR Classic’s ball drop event will be back for its seventh year. Individuals can purchase numbered golf balls for a chance to win. Participants can purchase one golf ball for $5, three for $13, six for $25, 12 for $45, 25 for $85, or 50 for $150. All the balls sold with unique individual numbers will be placed in the bucket of a front-end loader and dropped onto the putting green. The ball that rolls closest to/or drops into a pre-selected designated hole on the putting green will be declared the winner. The number on each ball will be associated with an individual that purchased chances to win. The grand prize winner will enjoy a seven-night vacation at Edgewater Beach Resort and Golf Course in Panama City Beach, Fla., courtesy of the Stitt Family. To participate in the tournament or the ball drop event, interested persons can contact Fenn at (229) 391-5067, email her at vfenn@abac.edu , or register online at https://www.abac.edu/academics/sanr-classic/ . ###
August 25, 2020

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Features ‘Blood, Bone, & Stone’ on September 19

TIFTON—A unique multimedia event titled “Blood, Bone, & Stone” will be in the spotlight at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA) beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 19. Presented in collaboration with ABAC’s School of Arts and Sciences, the event features Jack McKey, a master craftsman of Naturalistic and Native American Technology.  Guests of the day-long event will participate in the world premiere of McKey’s biographical film, which was created by Dr. Thomas Grant, an associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, and a team of ABAC journalism students. Grant said the documentary was filmed over a period of two years and features multiple interviews with McKey, his family, and his associates. The film also includes extensive footage of a trip to the American West when McKey and the ABAC crew visited states and places significant to McKey’s life story. “This is a story of Jack’s obsession with creating the most perfect natural tools and weapons possible,” Grant said.  Following the morning film premiere at the GMA’s Opry Shelter, guests will walk to the GMA Gallery for the opening of McKey’s exhibit, which features several hundred hand-crafted artifacts.  McKey and GMA Curator Polly Huff will then host a gallery “walk and talk” during which the artist will demonstrate some of his pieces, tell stories, and answer questions. As a part of the multimedia event, which has been three years in the making, a written piece will be gifted to each guest attending that day.  It was created by ABAC student Billy Ray Malone, who was also a part of Grant’s film crew. The piece dives further into the life and stories of McKey and his work. A $5 admission fee will be collected which will cover all the events of the day. Seating for the premiere will be socially distanced and limited to 50 persons. Face masks will be required.  Grant and members of the film crew will hold a brief question and answer session following the premiere. Attendance at the Gallery will be limited to 10 persons per group to maintain social distancing. Groups will be invited in throughout the afternoon on a rotating basis. McKey, 78, has spent a lifetime developing the natural skills needed to build tools and weapons in the styles of the original people of North America. Although his work is influenced by Native Americans, he says his creations are based primarily on human ingenuity and problem solving – with perhaps a little mystical intervention. “Native American cultures have always had many meanings to me; foremost of which is knowledge and understanding, the acceptance of the cultures that contributed this knowledge, and appreciation for the things I have experienced through association,” McKey said.  “The realization that no contribution from any culture, regardless of significance, should ever be discarded by another.”  Raised in nearby Valdosta, McKey built his first birch bark canoe when he was nine years old. As a child he had a vision of a spirit guide taking him to a sacred mountain in Montana. That vision led to years of living in remote areas of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest where he gathered stone, bone, sinew and other raw materials and resources provided by nature to create bows, arrows, lances, and clubs. “Jack is uniquely gifted with a profound knowledge of early native American techniques concerning proper tool and weapon construction, virtually lost to history today,” Huff said.  “He is a lifelong student and a teacher.  Working with Tom Grant to develop and present what ended up being a multi-faceted event has been a privilege. “ Huff said McKey is one of only a handful of people who can make the American Composite, a powerful bow from the horns of bighorn sheep. The horn bow is perhaps the most sought-after North American artifact in existence today.  McKey has used his horn bow to harvest a variety of big game animals, including bison and cougars. He calls the sheep horn bow the “atomic bomb” of Native American weapons and says the bow can shoot several hundred yards. McKey has given presentations about his handmade tools and weapons around the nation. A Canadian museum director called his works “exceptionally exquisite” replicas of historical objects. He noted that McKey discovered his techniques through intense research and unflagging trial-and-error, sometimes figuring out obscure techniques that had been completely lost.   Now living in Ocilla, McKey and his wife, Betty, raise purebred Black Mouth Cur dogs while he continues work on his collection. McKey’s work will remain on display inside the GMA Gallery until July 2021. The film will be projected in the Gallery daily, allowing those who missed the premiere a chance to view it. The written piece will be made available to Gallery guests following the opening while supplies last. GMA Curatorial Interns Tristin Clements of Tifton and Isai Vega of Fitzgerald worked alongside Huff for two semesters to assist with footage for interactive labeling and the selection and installation of artifacts. ABAC students who helped produce the film included Landon Rowe, Jamie Worsley, Jessie Shiflett, Randie Sumner, Ethan Reddish, Jack Jordan, Clare Jarboe, Walter Glenn, McKenzie Lewis, Leila Baxter, Courtney Daniel, Malone, and Vega. The film also features original music by ABAC’s Clint “Rvshvd” Johnson. Admission to the exhibit following the opening event will be included in daily GMA admission, and free with a current GMA Season Pass. For more information about the “Blood, Bone & Stone” event, interested persons can contact Huff at phuff@abac.edu or Grant at tgrant@abac.edu. A preview of the film can be seen at www.bloodboneandstone.com. ###
September 8, 2020

ABAC Nursing Classes Reach Highest Total Ever

 TIFTON­—With the 2020 fall semester just underway, more students are enrolled in nursing classes at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College that at any other time in the 54-year history of the program at ABAC. “The reputation of the ABAC nursing program has never been higher,” ABAC President David Bridges said.  “ABAC turns out quality graduates who are much sought after in an industry that looks for more nurses every day.” ABAC Registrar Amy Willis said 326 students are currently enrolled in associate degree nursing classes at ABAC Tifton and ABAC Bainbridge.  That figure tops the 304 students who were enrolled in classes at the two locations in 2019.  A total of 895 ABAC students are pursuing nursing degrees, many of those taking core curriculum classes to prepare them for the nursing program.  Fifty-nine students in that total are enrolled in ABAC’s bachelor’s degree program in nursing.  “This impressive increase in enrollment speaks volumes about the quality of our nursing program, our faculty, and our clinical partners,” Dr. Jeffrey Ross, Interim Dean for the ABAC School of Nursing and Heath Sciences, said. Ross said that employers throughout the state hire ABAC graduates, knowing they will provide incomparable patient care while being leaders within their institutions.  “I also attribute this increase to our various program options, the diversity of clinical experiences we provide due to our hospital and healthcare facility partnerships, our graduates’ performance on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, and the fact that all of this is achieved at an extremely reasonable cost for students,” Ross said. ABAC nursing major Reagan Clack from Leesburg believes the preparation she is receiving will pay dividends in her career. “I chose ABAC because it felt like home when I was on campus visiting, and everyone here wants to see you be successful,” Clack said. “The nursing program is a great example of that because it prepares you with all the skills and knowledge you will need by using all the incredible hands-on resources ABAC has to teach students.” Alejandro Torres from Ambrose completed his ABAC bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2019 through the RN to BSN program. “I love the nursing program at ABAC and the profession for helping me grow in ways I didn’t know possible,” Torres said.  “The nursing faculty motivated me to work my hardest academically and professionally.”  Ross said ABAC offers two widely sought-after associate degrees in healthcare for both beginning undergraduate students and current healthcare professionals.  “We offer both a traditional track to becoming an RN and an option for practical nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists to become registered in just one year through the Bridge track,” Ross said.  “We are proud to boast one of the highest NCLEX RN pass rates in the state and a 100 per cent employment rate for our graduates.” For more information about ABAC’s nursing program, interested persons can contact Ross at jeffrey.ross@abac.edu.                                                 ###
September 10, 2020

Accreditation Commission to Visit ABAC School of Nursing

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) will visit Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College October 12-15, 2020, as a part of the requirements for continuing accreditation of ABAC’s Associate of Science in Nursing-Registered Nurse (ASN) and Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) programs.  Members of the public are invited to meet with the site team and share their comments regarding the nursing programs.  The use of face masks and social distancing will be utilized at both face-to-face meetings. If you’re unable to attend in person, you may also attend the meeting virtually.  Contact Ashley.Robinson@abac.edu for the hyperlink for the virtual meeting. Interested individuals may attend the face-to-face meeting on the Tifton campus in Room 114 of the Health Sciences building from 12:20 – 12:50 p.m. on October 14. ABAC-Bainbridge will host a face-to-face meeting in Room 855 of the Hawthorn Health Sciences Building from 3:40 – 4:10 p.m. on October 14.  Written comments are also welcome and should be sent directly to:  Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326. Email comments may be sent to mstoll@acenursing.org.  All written comments should be received no later than October 12, 2020.  ###
September 9, 2020

ABAC Leads University System in Saving Money on Books

TIFTON—When it comes to saving money on the cost of textbooks, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College leads the way among the 26 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia (USG). According to information from GALILEO, Georgia’s virtual library, ABAC had 89 per cent of its course sections at no cost or low cost for books and materials.  That figure tops all USG institutions. “This is an initiative launched several years ago by the USG to help with the cost of textbooks for students,” Dr. Jerry Baker, ABAC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said.  “All the institutions were encouraged to identify in the course schedule if a course offered a low-cost or no-cost textbook option. “We have had several faculty members receive grants to help develop the no cost low cost ‘books.’ Our math faculty were some of the first to look at this issue, and they received a USG grant to develop the no cost option. We started slowly but I have continued to ask faculty to think of options that can save students money.”  The USG continues to expand access to course selections requiring little or no additional cost for materials, saving students enrolled more than $27 million in educational costs, according to data collected by GALILEO. “We now include a designation on the class schedule that students see when they register that will alert them to a section of a course that meets the low cost no cost criteria,” Baker said.  “For example, a student might be looking to take an English Literature course and one instructor may be using low cost no cost material while another has not selected that type of material. “This will allow the students to consider if they want the lower cost section.  I am pleased that our faculty consider cost when selecting textbooks. We still have courses where a textbook is required and that is acceptable but at least we consider the options.” The low cost no cost materials could include open educational resources, which are free and customizable digital resources; online textbooks; library materials; or other resources accessible for free or reduced cost. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, these resources have become increasingly more important for USG students. “In a time where effective and affordable online and hybrid instruction is particularly crucial, open and affordable materials are enabling equitable, day-one access of required materials for students while offering new ways to enhance and customize online pedagogy for instructional faculty,” said Jeff Gallant, Director of Affordable Learning Georgia, a GALILEO initiative. Almost 4,000 students are taking classes at ABAC this semester from 24 countries and 19 states.  ABAC attracts students from 155 of Georgia’s 159 counties and from 53 of Florida’s 67 counties.                                                                ###

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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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Tonya Bozeman Cameron Carr Casey Cochran Austin Counts Alec Crews Denise Crews Mikayla Crews Meg Croft Catherine Durrence Christian Edwards Lillian Fagan Kimberly Glover Alexis Grogan Guadalupe Gutierrez Bailey Howard Edward Howard IV Elizabeth Johnson Meg Ladson Julie Littleton Johanna Lowman Brandon Mcbride Ava Mercer Brannen Robinson Jose Santos Sanchez Alisha Sloan Celia Smith Kimberly Smith Marlie Wingate Kendale Zimmerman Mount Vernon Dean’s List Brittany Braddy Nashville President’s List Tyler Bailey Casey Chaney Presley James Diana Johnson Caroline Shaw Candler Swain Distinguished List Julie Dasher Jolaina Fogle Hannah Ritter Nahunta Dean’s List Dalton Thrams Newnan Dean’s List Courtney Moore George Sewall Nicholls Dean’s List Brooke Gilliard Norman Park President’s List Andrew Newton Dean’s List Darby Merritt John Mitchell Yesika Urbina Distinguished List Emily Dozier Martin Fernandez Presley Hamilton Courtney Hargraves Madison Montgomery Brandon Newton Ochlocknee President’s List Madelyn Murphy Morgan Warr Dean’s List Hunter Harness Ocilla President’s List Gregory Giddens John Lavender Payton Posey Landon Rowe Timothy Simmons Abigail Walker Dean’s List Misty Howard Oralia Olguin Hunter Paulk Jessica Paulk Nyteona Woodard Distinguished List Alexander Clady Dru Hudson Daisy Tucker Odum President’s List Jerry Milligan Robert Reddish Omega President’s List Hannah Jordan Kristen Thomas Dean’s List Kendra Collins Damian Damian Jesus Garcia Javonte Walker Patterson Dean’s List Emma Tyre Pavo Distinguished List Allison Vanlandingham Peachtree City President’s List Andrew Russell Dean’s List Sydney Nielsen Pearson President’s List Brittany Jordan Dean’s List Selena Andrade Itzel Chavez Sandra Mendoza Nyshanti Ross Yaqueline Torres Pelham President’s List Logan Humphries Matthew Willis Dean’s List Morgan Mcgalliard Jake Phillips Distinguished List Olivia Ayers Bailey Baker Madison Barrett Christina Brown Sydney Catrett Trinity Chastain Cameron Drinkwater Grace Drury 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Kasey Griffin John Hall Benjamin Hardy Denix Hernandez Taylor Horton Giovani Jimenez Kevin Joachin Noelle Konich Peyton McAlpin Emmalee Milner Logan Milner Benjamin Mulkey Raveena Patel Dana Payne Caitlin Pilcher Jordan Pittman Riley Roberts Nicholas Spader Nathan Stainback Jane Veazey John Vo Levie Walsh Raquel Webb Britney Welch Nicholas Wheeless Zachery Willis Elizabeth Yawn Dean’s List Justin Abercrombie Sandra Adcock Haley Alexander Miguel Alvarez Alexandria Branch Anthony Brey Sydney Conly Lacy Cox Austin Davis Kate-Ellen Dean Sydney Doss Benjamin Douglas Zachary Dunn Michael Goodnight Anna Griffin Kerstin Grace Hall Brianna Holliman Mckenna Jenkins Edwin Jimenez Chrys Kirby James Kunes Samantha LeBlanc Alejandra Lopez Bronson Lott Michael Martin Sara Massey Alyss Mazzuchelli Mariah Mcdowell Maggie Moore Emma Moroney Jesse Page Haley Pate Madeline Pate Jiten Patel Oscar Penafiel Leah Pool Marc Renner Andreu Kristen Rozier Floyd Sanders Hylan Schmidt Alexis Scott Sarah Skeen Don Smith Jacob Smith Sarai Tello Patricia Tyler Distinguished List Hannah Barry Sawyer Bass Reginae Batts Roger Booker Kaytlin Branch Claudia Brown Morgan Cato-Smith Casey Cheshire Cynthia Chester Maggie Clark William Cox Johnna Dales Shonda Dennard Andrew Dent Samantha Dorminey Cj Evers Cory Frazier Erin Gilleland Matthew Gillis Breanna Green Kitrina Harrell Anna Hilliard Alexis Hodnett Cassie Hogan Kyla Hughes George Hunt Emily Jackson Aaron Lever Donovan Lott Brannon Lynn Kyleigh Marchant Alivia Mathis Peyton Matt Joshua May Reed McPherson Jacqueline Mejia Reveca Medoza Caroline Miller Michael Miller Eason Parker Niyati Patel Joseph Pittman Kristia Powell Morgan Ramos Mary Reinhardt Hoke Rutherford Lauren Ryland Walker Sanders Jordan Sparks Cassidy Tawzer Lillie Turner Luis Viruegas Isabella Waddell Hannah Walker Samantha Walker Paige Walton Lakyn Webb Anna Weldon Callie West Tiger Dean’s List Tanner Allen Tignall Dean’s List John Holton Townsend Dean’s List Ginger Bailey Madelyn 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President’s List Jackson Tilton Stuart Dean’s List Mary Cotter Tallahassee Distinguished List Pashonna Proctor Winter Garden Dean’s List Mattie Crabtree Zolfo Springs Dean’s List Halley Addison Kansas Andover Dean’s List Traci Swaim North Carolina Mooresville Dean’s List Avery James Mississippi Purvis President’s List Hannah Robinson Sandy Hook Dean’s List Chloe Tomlinson Oregon Redmond Dean’s List Andrew Matlock Pennsylvania Mechanicsburg President’s List Shelby Mumma South Carolina Bamberg Dean’s List Henry Herndon Clinton President’s List Gary Smith Ehrhardt Dean’s List Hannah Rentz South Dakota Rapid City Dean’s List Sara Faulk Tennessee Sparta President’s List Anna Pinkston Dean’s List Hannah Wilkins Other Countries Canada Toronto Dean’s List Adam Park Costa Rica Cartago Dean’s List Irene Romero Redondo Denmark Kirke Hyllinge Dean’s List Alberte Jergensen ###
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 ###