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May 16 2022

Elijah Alford from Ashburn Receives Top Associate Degree Award at ABAC Spring Commencement Ceremony

TIFTON—Elijah Alford from Ashburn received the top associate degree award presented to a graduate at the recent spring commencement ceremony at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Alford,...
May 9 2022

ABAC Adds Cross-Country to Intercollegiate Sports Lineup

TIFTON—In a live television event from the ABAC TV Studio, ABAC Athletics Director Alan Kramer announced on Monday afternoon that men’s and women’s cross-country will be...
May 2 2022

‘Stone & Story’ Exhibit at ABAC’s Museum Gallery Opens May 11, Tracks Trail of Merlin the Magician and King Arthur

TIFTON—A multimedia event opening May 11 titled “Stone and Story” explores the literary trail of Merlin the Magician and King Arthur at the Gallery of the...
May 6 2022

ABAC Honors Top Academic Students

TIFTON—Students who qualified for academic honors during the 2021-22 academic year at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College were recognized during the recent Spring Fling on the ABAC...
May 3 2022

Dr. Tracy L. Brundage Named President of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 3, 2022CONTACT: Lance Wallace, lance.wallace@usg.edu The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) today named Dr. Tracy L. Brundage president...
April 29 2022

ABAC’s Horseman Press Launches ‘Homespun Heroines’ May 3 in Bowen Hall

TIFTON—Horseman Press, the only undergraduate student-staffed teaching press in the state of Georgia, will launch the new edition of Hallie Quinn Brown’s “Homespun Heroines and Other...
April 29 2022

Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang Named New Department Head for Fine Arts at ABAC

TIFTON—Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang has been selected as the new Department Head for Fine Arts at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Dr. Matthew Anderson, Dean of the...
April 27 2022

ABAC Dedicates John W. and Margaret Jones Langdale Forest at Willis Still

TIFTON—With a brilliant canopy of blue sky covering 944 acres of timberland, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College dedicated ABAC’s John W. and Margaret Jones Langdale Forest at...
April 26 2022

Finalist Named for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Presidency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 26, 2022CONTACT: Lance Wallace, lance.wallace@usg.edu Board of Regents Chairman Harold Reynolds and University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Sonny Perdue have announced Dr. Tracy...
May 26 2021

Spinks Selected for Roy R. Jackson Award at ABAC

TIFTON—Kim Spinks has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Roy R. Jackson Award for Staff Excellence, presented each year to the top staff member at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Presented in memory of Roy R. Jackson, Sr., award recipients must have completed at least 10 years of continuous full-time service to ABAC.  Award criteria states that the staff member must be dependable, loyal, reliable, and one who contributes to the growth and development of the college beyond the normal call of duty. Now serving as the Office Coordinator for the Office of Academic Support, Spinks has been an ABAC staff member for 22 years. A coworker states Spinks is always pleasant and professional, whether her focus is on a recruit, applicant, student, graduate, parent, alumnus, visitor or an ABAC employee.  She has proven to be flexible and adaptive at ABAC, serving in various positions and working well as a team member or alone, depending on the task, and is always ready and willing to assist any co-worker when needed in a pinch.  Another coworker writes that Spinks processes graduation applications promptly and adds a personal touch by sending a lovely congratulatory note to the soon-to-be ABAC alumnus as well as to their advisor.  In so doing, it keeps both the advisor and student up-to-date and informed.  One colleague says Spinks is service-oriented and “others-minded, always going above and beyond to assist ABAC students.  I believe our students, faculty, and staff would all agree that this year’s awardee has a genuine desire to make the ABAC experience positive.” ###
May 25 2021

ABAC Faculty Member Selected for Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame

TIFTON—Dr. Farish Mulkey, an assistant professor of agricultural education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, has been selected for the Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame.  Mulkey joins two current ABAC faculty members, Dr. Frank Flanders and Von Peavy, in the Hall of Fame. “We are extremely proud of Dr. Mulkey and the fact that ABAC now has three active faculty members in the Hall of Fame,” Dr. Andrew Thoron, Head of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at ABAC, said. “I think this proves without a doubt that ABAC is vested in agricultural education in Georgia.” Mulkey began his 32-year career in agricultural education as a classroom agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Macon County High School in 1988.  His career continues today at ABAC where he advises, teaches, and prepares the next crop of agricultural educators. In a career that saw him teach both middle and high school in Macon County, Worth County, Bainbridge, and Stephens County, Mulkey and his students have achieved a great deal of success. He served as advisor to 61 state degree recipients, 14 American Degree recipients, 18 state and four national Career Development Event winners, and nine state proficiency award winners. The role of an agricultural education teacher is very diverse. In addition to teaching and guiding students, agriculture teachers are expected to make an impact on their community and their profession. Just as he did as an FFA advisor, Mulkey excelled at those expectations. Mulkey served as a Young Farmer advisor, providing instruction for adults in his community, was named Teacher of the Year in his school system, participated on local Farm Bureau boards, and served on committees within the Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. A Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame spokesman said that Mulkey's very decorated and successful career was not highlighted by the many plaques, trophies, and ribbons that his students earned; rather his career is highlighted by the character that he exhibited and instilled in the young people he taught in class. ###
May 24 2021

Luke-Morgan Receives Teaching Excellence Award at ABAC

TIFTON—Dr. Audrey Luke-Morgan has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the W. Bruce and Rosalyn Ray Donaldson Award for Teaching Excellence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. First awarded in 1965, the purpose of the prestigious award is to publicly recognize superior instruction and exemplary service to the college by honoring one faculty member each year, as chosen by a special representative committee of faculty and students. The recipient is honored with a recognition plaque and a monetary award. To be eligible for consideration for the Donaldson Teaching Excellence Award, a faculty member must be a full-time instructor with five or more years of continuous service to the college. An Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Luke-Morgan has taught at ABAC since 2012. She received an associate degree from ABAC, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Georgia (UGA), a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from UGA, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. To best meet the needs of her students, Luke-Morgan has each student complete a biography and self-assessment so that she can tailor each course to target skills such as public speaking or use of spreadsheet software. “I believe that you must move out of your comfort zone to reach your full potential to learn and grow,” Luke-Morgan said. Several letters of support reference Luke-Morgan’s passion and fire for her subject matter. Dr. Mark Kistler, Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said, “she strives to kindle each student’s curiosity for lifelong learning.” A peer recommendation states that she peaks the students’ interest in introductory classes where they often struggle with terminology with “practical and everyday examples to demonstrate use and application. She then pushes her juniors and seniors to rise to a much higher bar of performance in her classes.” A former student writes, “It is very easy to lecture about all of the things you know, but to translate that knowledge into a conversation that everyone can understand is a special gift that makes the best professors.” Luke-Morgan was the 1992 valedictorian at Fitzgerald High School. In 1994, she was selected as the top academic student at ABAC, receiving the J.G. Woodroof Scholar award with a 4.0 grade point average. ###