News & Events

September 16 2019

ABAC/PCOM Georgia Agreement Benefits Aspiring Pharmacy Students

TIFTON/SUWANEE -- An agreement was recently reached which will allow Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) students seeking careers as pharmacists to earn doctoral degrees a year early at PCOM Georgia. The Suwanee campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is the home of the College’s PCOM School of Pharmacy. Dr. Matthew Anderson, Dean of the ABAC School of Arts and Sciences, said, “We are very excited about this new venture with PCOM, which is sure to be of tremendous benefit to our students and the broader region. This agreement will allow students to complete their combined bachelor and doctoral level education in a shorter time frame, which will make this advanced training more accessible and prepare more pharmacists to enter the workforce." According to Shawn Spencer, PhD RPh, Dean of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, the agreement will allow eligible ABAC students to enter the pharmacy school after completing their junior year of college.  Students who meet the School of Pharmacy requirements may matriculate into professional school before graduating from ABAC and will have the opportunity to earn a combined BS-PharmD while at PCOM Georgia. Dr. Spencer explained that after completion of the second year of pharmacy school, these students will be eligible to receive their bachelor’s degree from ABAC having earned the required credits during their first two years at PCOM Georgia. Therefore, students can begin their careers early while saving tuition dollars.  Dr. Spencer said, “We continually strive to add value for our students. We’re very pleased about ABAC’s partnership with us and will continue to support Georgia residents entering the region’s healthcare workforce.” An articulation agreement similar to the agreement with ABAC is also in place at Middle Georgia State University in Macon and Valdosta State University in Valdosta. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at PCOM Georgia may enhance their credentials by pursuing concentrations in three pharmacy practice areas including acute, ambulatory and managed care. In addition, PharmD students may pursue one of three graduate business programs offered in partnership with Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa. PCOM President and CEO, Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, said, “Now with two campuses in Georgia, PCOM strives to impact all regions of the state. With this new partnership with ABAC, we will save our students from the South Georgia region both time and tuition dollars in hopes that they will return to South Georgia to practice pharmacy.”   About Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Since 1908, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton has provided unique, hands-on learning opportunities for students as the South’s premier destination for agriculture and natural resources.   The ABAC curriculum has grown tremendously, now including a wide range of more traditional four-year degrees and paths to success including a highly regarded nursing program, innovative arts and science tracks, and an ever-growing list of learning opportunities and majors for its students. A unit of the 26-member University System of Georgia, ABAC supports an enrollment of almost 4,000 students from 155 of Georgia’s 159 counties, 18 states, and 30 countries.  Over 1,300 of the students live on campus in modern, apartment-style residence halls in Tifton.  ABAC also features instructional sites in Moultrie, Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville. About PCOM Georgia Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, the doctor of pharmacy degree, the doctor of physical therapy degree, as well as graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing “a whole person approach to care,” PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit or call 678-225-7500.                                                                                ###
October 3 2019

Violet Bell Performs at ABAC Bainbridge on October 17

TIFTON—Violet Bell performing artists Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez will sing and play their original songs as a part of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Bainbridge Carter Arts and Lecture Series at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center at 6 p.m. on Oct 17. Violet Bell’s origins go back to 2016 when Ross enlisted Ruiz-Lopez as a multi-instrumentalist for a live album recording with only two weeks to prepare. The performance was outstanding, and their debut EP, “Dream the Wheel,” was released in 2017.  Violet Bell has been making music ever since. “We are beyond thrilled to have Violet Bell perform at the Kirbo Center,” Dr. Michael Kirkland, Executive Director of ABAC Bainbridge, said.  “I believe they will light up the stage with their music, and we are excited to invite the community out for this fun evening.” Violet Bell’s songs cover the waterfront from folk to soul.  Ross and Ruiz-Lopez draw inspiration from the natural world, ancient mythology, and the green hills of the Piedmont.  The duo from Chapel Hill, N.C., call their music “Americosmic.” Now in its seventh season, the Carter Arts and Lecture Series features compelling speakers, distinguished authors, and performing artists at ABAC Bainbridge.  Kirkland said the events are designed to bring ABAC students and the community together to educate, inspire, and spark imagination. Other presentations in the Carter Arts and Lecture Series include poet David Baker on Nov. 4, comedy vocalists Three Redneck Tenors on Jan. 16, Mike Wiley in “Breach of Peace” on Feb. 21, historian Michael Francis on March 12, and jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble on April 17.  The Series is sponsored by the Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Foundation. Tickets for the series are $40 for adults and $15 for students 18 and under.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (229) 243-6980.  Individual tickets for Violet Bell’s performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information on any of the performances, interested persons can call (229) 391-4895.                                                           ###
October 2 2019

ABAC Goes to Sunbelt Expo on October 15-17

TIFTON—From remote controlled miniature pulling trucks to a basket of prizes every day, visitors to the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition at Spence Field near Moultrie on Oct. 15-17 have plenty of reasons to make a stop at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College building. “We’re always looking for new and different ways to greet prospective students and alumni who visit our Expo building,” ABAC Director of Marketing and Communications Lindsey Roberts said.  “Everyone who comes into the building wearing something ABAC will get to pick a prize out of our ABAC box.” Roberts, a 2009 ABAC alumnus who coordinates the ABAC exhibit, said a giveaway basket will be presented at 2:30 p.m. each day to a visitor who has stopped by the exhibit at some point and either completed a recruitment card, updated information with the ABAC Alumni Association, or made at least a $25 purchase at the Stallion Shop. “Each of these baskets is going to be filled with ABAC gear as well as items from ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village,” Roberts said.  “This is going to be one of the highlights of the day.” Suzanne Bentley, Academic and Career Coordinator from the ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR), said remote controlled miniature pulling trucks from the Agricultural Engineering Technology Club will be involved in demonstrations throughout the day. “We are hoping to encourage FFA chapters to build their own remote controlled miniature pulling trucks and create a new event for Georgia FFA,” Bentley said.  “We will also have our SANR Student Leaders ready to answer any questions about all of our bachelor’s degree programs in the SANR.” Bentley said a Kubota utility vehicle will be parked just outside the ABAC building in between field demonstrations, showcasing the Ag Leader guidance system installed for use in ABAC Agricultural Technology and Systems Management classes. As always, Expo visitors can purchase ABAC souvenirs ranging from caps to t-shirts and more. Plenty of merchandise from the Country Store at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village will also be available for purchase. The Expo started as a series of small farm equipment shows on the ABAC campus in 1964. It moved to its present location at Spence Field in 1978. ###
September 30 2019

ABAC Transitions Honors Program to Four-Year Status

TIFTON--The Honors Program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is transitioning from a two-year to a four-year program.  Dr. Cynthia Hall, Director of the ABAC Honors Program, said the curriculum is designed for those students who excel academically and are ready to take more rigorous versions of their courses.  Hall said that in the past, these honors classes were only offered in lower level courses such as freshman and sophomore English, history and communication classes. During the 2019 fall semester, Kaycee Aultman, a senior writing and communication major from Tifton, is Beta testing an honors contract in her advanced composition course with Dr. Erin Campbell, a professor in the School of Arts and Sciences. An honors contract allows an honors student to elevate a regular section of a course to an honors section by working closely with the professor. “When asked to participate in the Beta version of the four-year Honors Program, I jumped at the chance,” Campbell said.  “I was a college Honors Program graduate, have served as an Honors Professor for ABAC for many years, and have had the profound pleasure of having taught Kaycee in pervious honors classes.” Aultman, the 2016 valedictorian at Tift County High School, has achieved quite a lot during her time at ABAC, including a year as the president of the ABAC Ambassadors.  She has also presented research and creative material at three Honors Conferences throughout the state and nation.  Aultman also received a second-place writing award at the Georgia Collegiate Honors Conference in March 2019. “ABAC has always allowed me the opportunity to do more: set higher goals, achieve bigger accomplishments, and become a more impressive student,” Aultman said.  “I am so excited to be the first graduate of our four-year Honors Program because I am continuing to develop all of the skills that I gained during my first two years at ABAC.” Hall has worked closely with both Aultman and Campbell in hopes that this program will continue to grow. “This is an exciting time for the ABAC Honors program,” Hall said.  “Our professors have a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer, and they enjoy working with students.  I hope that honors students take advantage of the opportunity our new four-year honors program will offer them.” ###
September 25 2019

ABAC Economic Impact Half a Billion Dollars on South Georgia

TIFTON—Always a major player when it comes to economic impact, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College hit a home run during the 2018 fiscal year when ABAC impacted South Georgia to the tune of a half billion dollars. “ABAC’s footprint in South Georgia makes quite a large impression,” Dr. Renata Elad, Dean of ABAC’s Stafford School of Business, said.  “As a result of the overall multiplier effect, ABAC’s economic impact was $499,403,672 in 2018.” Elad analyzed the overall University System of Georgia (USG) report which was conducted by Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys, Director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. “Out-of-state enrollment definitely played a part,” Elad said.  “Obviously, the word is getting around that ABAC offers a valuable education at an affordable cost.” The USG report covered the 2017 fall term and the spring and summer terms of 2018.  During the 2017 fall semester, ABAC enrolled 3,394 students from 24 countries, 18 states, and 155 of Georgia’s 159 counties. “With direct student spending of $44,729,654 impacting the region and an overall labor income impact of over $60 million regionally, ABAC is a strong partner in regional growth,” Elad said.  “ABAC has a significant footprint in Tift, Worth, Cook, Colquitt, Irwin, Turner, Decatur, Seminole, Miller, Grady, Early, Thomas, Mitchell, and Baker counties.” Elad said household spending increased in nine categories in 2018. “Nationally, nine of the 10 largest components of household spending increased,” Elad said.  “The 7.8 percent rise in personal insurance and pensions expenditures was the largest percentage increase among all major components followed by a 2.5 percent increase in food spending.” The 26 USG colleges and universities had a $17.7 billion impact on communities across Georgia in 2018, an increase of almost five percent over the previous fiscal year.  The USG also created 168,284 direct and indirect jobs, a nearly three percent increase over the previous fiscal year. “While we remain focused on graduating more students, keeping college affordable, and increasing our efficiency in delivering a quality education, we are proud our colleges and universities help power Georgia’s economy,” USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley said.  “USG and its 26 institutions play an important role in generating jobs and boosting businesses across the state, befitting the investment Georgia’s leaders have made in us.” The latest version of the annual study on the USG’s statewide economic impact concluded that, on average, every dollar of initial spending generates an additional 47 cents for the economy of the region that hosts the institution. Of the USG jobs number, the report found that 30 percent are on campus and 70 percent are off-campus in either the private or public sectors.  On average, for each job created on campus 2.3 off-campus jobs are created as a result.  The jobs generated by the USG account for 3.8 percent of all the nonfarm jobs in Georgia, or about 1 job in 26.                                                                   ###
October 7 2019

Allman Brothers Music Coming to ABAC at the Tift on November 7

TIFTON—The music from one of the most popular bands of all time will occupy the spotlight on Nov. 7 when Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band rocks the ABAC at the Tift series in historic, downtown Tifton. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Tift Theatre, which is now managed by ABAC personnel. “Rigged with all the vintage equipment, these guys interpret the Allman Brothers’ catalog in such a way that these classics from the 60s and 70s come alive again,” Jones said.  “This should be a whale of a concert.” Based in Atlanta, Tribute began playing the Allman Brothers’ music in 2013.  The musicians have earned a reputation for the authentic Allman Brothers’ sound around Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Tickets to all ABAC at the Tift concerts can be purchased online at or by calling (229) 391-4895.  Each event begins at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $35 per person. The ABAC at the Tift series features original artists and tribute bands performing music by some of the greatest rock, soul, and rhythm and blues singers.   “I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience” opened the series.  Other events include “Southern Accents: The Ultimate Tom Petty Experience” on Feb. 13, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters on April 30.                                                             ###