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May 28 2020

ABAC Plans for Students to Return to Campus Fall Semester

TIFTON—When Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College opens classes for the fall semester on Aug. 12, ABAC President David Bridges is making plans for the students to return to the familiar campus setting. Those students should not expect business as usual. “Our institutional priority is to return to face-to-face instruction,” Bridges, the longest serving president among the 26 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia (USG), said.  “But it will be far from a return to normal. “We are taking extensive measures for the safety of our students and our employees in the classrooms, the offices, the residence halls, and the dining hall.  Right now, we are going through an extraordinary planning process.” ABAC and the other 25 USG institutions moved to online classes for the final weeks of the spring semester when the pandemic began.  All summer term classes are also online. “These are unprecedented times,” Bridges said.  “We are dealing with complex directions from many sources including the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the USG, and others.  When the fall semester begins, we want to be ready.” Bridges said changes will be quite evident ranging from the number of students in a class to the proximity of students to each other when they eat in the dining hall.  Social distancing will be the norm, not the exception. “Our primary mission is to teach students,” Bridges said.  “We are working daily on a plan to do that.” ###
May 20 2020

Adel Student Receives Award of Distinction in ABAC School of Arts and Sciences

TIFTON—Jaylee Bass from Adel has been selected as the top student in the School of Arts and Sciences at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Dr. Matthew Anderson, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, said Bass will receive the Award of Distinction. Bass has compiled a 3.97 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the bachelor’s degree in Writing and Communication. An ABAC Foundation Scholar, she received the AT&T Georgia Scholarship from the ABAC Foundation. “This scholarship has allowed me to get a well-rounded education while at ABAC," Bass said. "As a part of that education, I went to France for a month visiting World War II sites with my classmates on a study abroad trip. That experience is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life." Bass is a member of the prestigious ABAC Ambassadors’ leadership team and the ABAC Honors Program. She presented research at her first Honors Conference in February. “I was thoroughly impressed with her poise and presentation skills,” Dr. Cindy Hall, a Professor of English and Director of the ABAC Honors Program, said. “She has helped the Honors Program at many Stallion Days and recruited many students for us.” Anderson said Bass would have been honored at the annual ABAC Honors Day but the ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic. ###
May 14 2020

Willacoochee Student Receives Top Academic Award at ABAC

TIFTON— Abby Unger, a senior biology major from Willacoochee, has been selected as the top academic student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. As ABAC’s J.G. Woodroof Scholar, Unger represented the college in Atlanta in February when the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia hosted the Academic Recognition Day students from each of the 26 colleges and universities in the USG at its meeting.  Chancellor Steve Wrigley then honored the students at a luncheon, attended by ABAC President David Bridges and Unger’s family.  The Woodroof Scholar Award is named for Dr. J.G. Woodroof, the first president of ABAC in 1933.  The award is normally presented at the ABAC Honors ceremony but the ceremony was cancelled this year because of the pandemic. After compiling a 3.97 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during her four years at ABAC, Unger graduated this semester.  She has been accepted to the Mercer University School of Medicine this fall where she plans to attend classes on the Savannah campus. Unger believes her ABAC education established a strong foundation for the rigorous classes she will face in medical school. “I believe ABAC provided me with a quality education,” Unger said.  “It was hard.  I studied every day.  At ABAC, the professors really care about your grades.  They want you to do well.” At ABAC, Unger was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society.  She was also a member of the ABAC Honors Program and the Advancing Toward Occupations in Medicine club. The 2016 graduate of Coffee High School also involved herself in community service activities including Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Mile, and the Georgia Farm Workers Health Project. ###