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March 3, 2020

Vermeer Loans Dual Wheel Drive Hay Wrapper to ABAC Farm

TIFTON—Students using the forage equipment at the J.G. Woodroof Farm at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will be utilizing one of the top pieces of equipment on the market thanks to the loan of a BW 5500 13 HP dual wheel drive hay wrapper from Vermeer. The piece of equipment has a remote steering engine start and stop. “Vermeer has been a long-time corporate partner with the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) at ABAC,” Dr. Mark Kistler, SANR Dean, said. “We are very proud of this partnership for the forage equipment we are able to use on the farm and in our classes with our students.” ABAC students who participate in the Cattle Industry Tour during spring break have been able to visit the Vermeer headquarters in Pella, Iowa. "Vermeer is proud to partner with ABAC,” Bryan Setzer, regional manager of Vermeer, said. “Hosting ABAC students at our headquarters and having Vermeer equipment on the ABAC Farm is a great way for our corporation to invest in ABAC's efforts to educate the next generation of leaders in agriculture."             Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks, Professor of Animal Science, will take students on the Cattle Industry Tour this year on March 14-20 and a trip to Vermeer is on the schedule.             “During past visits, our students were able to talk with everyone from the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mark Core to workers on the lines involved with building the forage equipment as well as marketing specialists for specific pieces of forage equipment,” Hicks said.             Hicks said that visiting a company such as Vermeer gives ABAC students the opportunity to see all aspects of the forage equipment industry from development to marketing. ###
February 25, 2020

ABAC Bainbridge Professor Receives Award for New Book

BAINBRIDGE--A new book by Dr. David J. Nelson, a professor of history at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Bainbridge, has been selected by The Florida Historical Society to receive the Rembert Patrick Award. “How the New Deal Built Florida Tourism: The Civilian Conservation Corps and State Parks” is the first full book Nelson has written. He has written chapters for other books as well as several academic articles. “I am very humbled by this award,” Nelson said.  “For those of us in Florida history, it’s a big deal.” The Patrick Award is named in honor of Rembert W. Patrick, history professor and author of the book, “A History of Florida.”  The honor also includes a financial award.  The entries are judged by a panel based on factors such as quality of scholarship, factual accuracy, clarity of expression, and overall contribution to knowledge of Florida history. The book focuses on the development of Florida’s state parks by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was part of the New Deal that ultimately led to modern tourism.  But Nelson was also looking at the development of modern Florida and the greater South. “In many ways,” Nelson explained, “I was trying to understand the South today.” Nelson is currently working on his second book which focuses on moral panics and social anxieties in 1970s era Florida. ###
February 27, 2020

Twenty Coeds Compete for Ms. ABAC Title March 12

TIFTON— Twenty contestants will compete in the 51st annual Ms. ABAC contest on March 12 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Sponsored by the Ag Business Club, the theme of this year’s pageant is “Vision.”  The winner will receive a $500 academic scholarship.  The event begins at 7 p.m. in ABAC’s Howard Auditorium. Admission is $10. Because of limited seating, advance ticket purchase is advised. Tickets can be purchased from any Ag Business Club officer, in the Donaldson Dining Hall the week of the event, or by calling Dr. Audrey Luke-Morgan, the Agribusiness Club advisor, at (229) 391-4807. Contestants will compete in casual and evening wear. They will also be judged on a written essay and an interview with the judges. Students competing in this year's pageant include Bridget Dixon, an agricultural communication major from Kite, sponsored by Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Club; Katibeth Mims, an agricultural communication major from Donalsonville, sponsored by the ACT Club; Savannah Padgett, an agricultural education major from Climax, sponsored by friends and family; Abigail Zerwig, an agricultural education major from Metter, sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Sorority; and Lindsay Shurley, an agribusiness major from Groveland, Fla., sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Sorority. Other participants include Jordan Mathews, an education major from Pearson, sponsored by family and friends; Jaylee Bass, a writing and communication major from Adel, sponsored by the ABAC Ambassadors; Raegan Clack, a nursing major from Leesburg, sponsored by the Horticulture Club; Cheyenne Reese, a nursing major from Jesup, sponsored by friends and family; and Grace Hall, an agribusiness and communication major from Tifton, sponsored by the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.             Other contestants include Riley Hester, a turf and ornamental major from Watkinsville, sponsored by the Horticulture Club; MaryGrace McCoy, a history major from Moultrie, sponsored by the Law Club of ABAC; Kendal Prescott, an agricultural education major from Lake Placid, Fla., sponsored by Collegiate FFA; and Charley Lollis, an agricultural communication major from Perry, sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.             Other participants include Savannah Estall, an agriculture major from Lilburn, sponsored by the ABAC Beekeepers Association; Natalie Meeks, a rural community and development major from Mershon, sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority; Hannah Courson, a biology major from Baxley, sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries; Carly Horne, a biology major from Norman Park, sponsored by the Agronomy Club; Sara Faulk, a nursing major from Cochran, sponsored by the ABAC Young Farmer and Ranchers; and Emily Groat, an agricultural communication major from Ruskin, Fla., sponsored by the ABAC Republicans. Mike Chason, Director of Public Relations Emeritus, will serve as master of ceremonies. All proceeds from the Ms. ABAC pageant will benefit the Peanut Butter and Jesus ministry of Tifton and the Ag Business Club. ###
February 3, 2020

Tickets Available for ABAC Beast Feast on March 7

TIFTON—Load your plate with entrees ranging from bobcat to alligator on March 7 at the seventh annual Beast Feast sponsored by the Wildlife Society at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Scheduled for 6 p.m. in Gressette Gymnasium, the annual wild game supper allows patrons to get a taste of venison, wild hog, duck, geese, alligator, bobcat, fish, and more.  Tickets are $15 per person and are now available from Dr. William Moore at wmoore@rubnitz.com and Dr. Jason Scott at jscott@rubnitz.com. “This event sells out just about every year so I encourage everyone to go ahead and get their tickets,” Moore, Head of the ABAC Department of Forest Resources, said.  “We’re moving to Gressette Gym this year so the change in venue should make this event bigger and better than ever before.” Moore said that attendees at the supper can purchase tickets to be eligible for prizes ranging from a gun to framed prints, and more.   Everyone at the event will be in the drawing for free door prizes to be given away at various times during the evening. For more information, interested persons can contact Moore at (229) 391-4805 or Scott at (229) 391-4804. ###
February 11, 2020

ABAC Arts Series Launches Dallas Brass on March 5

TIFTON––A unique blend of traditional brass instruments and percussion will be on display at the historic Tift Theatre in downtown Tifton on March 5at 7 p.m. when the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series features the Dallas Brass. Since its founding in 1983, the Dallas Brass has performed an array of classical, Dixieland, and swing type music.   The group has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and across Europe. During this performance, members of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Concert Band and Tift County High School Band will be featured in the grand finale.  In almost all its public performances, the Dallas Brass includes students. Over the years the musicians have performed with over 250,000 students. Limited tickets for the performance will be available at a cost of $25 for adults and $10 for students.  Interested persons can purchase tickets at www.purplepass.com/abac  or call (229) 391-4895.  The performance is supported in part by Southwell. The final event in the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series features jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble on April 16 in Howard Auditorium on the ABAC campus. The ABAC performing arts series is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This project is supported in part by an award from the NEA. The ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series sponsor is Wonders of Wood.  Southwell is the premium event sponsor.  Event sponsors include Dr. Joseph J. Day, Ponder’s, Hilton Garden Inn of Tifton, and Julie Hunt.  Preferred sponsors are McDonald’s/Tifton Housing Authority, Prince Automotive Group, Rotary Club of Tifton, and South Georgia Banking Company. Community partners are Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals, Chicago Pizza and Pasta, and The Floor Shoppe at Glynn Hendricks Interiors. ###
March 4, 2020

ABAC Athletics Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees

TIFTON—Eight individuals and one team will be honored with their induction into the Class of 2020 of the Athletics Hall of Fame on April 3 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. ABAC Athletics Director Alan Kramer said the 2020 class includes the 2002 women’s state championship basketball team, tennis player German Dalmagro, three-sport letterman Clayt Hurst, softball player Lee Davis Watson, soccer standout Nikita Morris, tennis player, coach, and contributor Margaret Treadway, contributor and volunteer assistant softball coach James Winfred “Vic” Vickers, contributor and volunteer assistant softball coach Jimmy Spurlin, and Director of Public Relations Emeritus Michael D. Chason. “This is our largest group of inductees, and they cover a lot of ground,” Kramer said “From all the way back to the ABAC football team to the soccer field and even the broadcast booth, we’ve got it covered this year.  It’s going to be a fun night.” Tickets to the 6 p.m. dinner on April 3 in ABAC’s Gressette Gym are $40 per person.  Tickets can be purchased from the ABAC Athletics Office at (229) 391-4930. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 27.  There will be no tickets sold at the event. The Golden Fillies of Coach Julie Conner peaked at the right time when they won only the second women’s basketball state title in the history of ABAC on March 2, 2002.  In the state tournament, ABAC defeated Georgia Perimeter 61-59 and Middle Georgia 48-44 before knocking off host team Atlanta Metro 76-72 in overtime in the championship game.  Team members included Melissa Gail, Chelsie Miller, Amanda Marshall, Mary Lee Henderson Clark, Shanekia Felton, Bronwyn Smyre Glover, Jasmin Lee Felton, Nikki Inge Greenwood, Latoya Office, Jeanine Dorminey Webster, and Freda Cherry Long. Dalmagro was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America team in both singles and doubles when he played for Coach Alan Kramer’s Golden Stallions’ tennis team in 2002 and 2003.  He was the national champion in #2 singles in 2002 and national runner-up in #2 singles in 2003.  Dalmagro was also named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Player of the Year in 2003.  The Stallions won the state championship in both 2002 and 2003 and finished second in the NJCAA national tournament both years. Hurst was an Omega High School graduate who was a three-sport letterman at ABAC when he played basketball, football, and baseball for the Golden Stallions between 1934 and 1936.  He played center on the 1936 ABAC basketball team which was the runner-up in the first Georgia Junior College state tournament in Milledgeville.  Named ABAC’s Best Athlete in the 1936 yearbook, Hurst played on the ABAC football team in 1934 and 1935 and the ABAC baseball team in 1935.  He passed away in 1986. Watson was a two-time NJCAA All-America selection for the Golden Fillies’ softball team of Coach Ellen Vickers in 1993 and 1994.  The Tift County High School alumnus hit .535 in her leadoff spot and scored 78 runs for the 1993 team which finished 49-12.  The Golden Fillies wound up second in the state tournament despite a .448 state tournament batting average by Watson which earned her a spot on the 1993 All-Tournament Team.  In 1994, Watson batted a team high .519 in the regular season when the Fillies amassed an incredible 52-2 record including a 24-0 conference mark.   Morris gained NJCAA All-America honors during her freshman season with Coach Jimmy Ballenger’s ABAC soccer team in 2012 when she scored 34 goals, had seven assists, and racked up 75 points for a team which made it to the semifinals of the state tournament.  She scored all four goals in an ABAC win over Wesleyan and followed that up by scoring five of the seven ABAC goals against Oxford Emory.  Sidelined with an injury for most of her sophomore season in 2013, Morris still contributed four goals in nine starts Treadway was an NJCAA All-America selection when she played #5 singles and #3 doubles for Kramer’s Golden Fillies’ tennis team in 1995.  ABAC won the state championship and finished sixth in the 1995 national tournament.  Treadway generously volunteered her time as a volunteer assistant tennis coach from 1996-2000 and served as head coach of the Fillies in 2000-01.    ABAC won the state title under Treadway’s leadership, and the team finished fifth in the NJCAA national tournament.  She has assisted the ABAC tennis teams on a regular basis every year since that time. Vickers was the husband of ABAC Coach Ellen Vickers and gave freely of his time to assist the softball program as a volunteer assistant coach from 1988 through 1994.  The Golden Fillies won the state championship in six of those seven years and captured a national title in 1991.  In 1994, the team rolled to a school record 58-4 record.  Mr. Vickers was a longtime employee of the Department of Transportation.  He passed away in 2016. Spurlin was a Tifton High School graduate who played baseball for ABAC when he attended the college from 1952-54.  He gave freely of his time as a volunteer assistant coach for the ABAC women’s softball team from 1988-94.  Always involved with youth sports, Spurlin was named to the American Softball Association Hall of Fame in 1992.  He was a former chair of the Tift County Commission and served from 1976-92 as vice chair of the Tifton City Commission.  Spurlin passed away in 2006. Chason was named the Director of Public Relations at ABAC in 1979.  As a former sports editor of the Valdosta Daily Times, he loved sports and involved himself in the ABAC basketball program by broadcasting the Golden Stallions and Golden Fillies’ games on the radio from 1979 to 2008.  In 2008 as a part of ABAC’s 100th birthday celebration, Chason originated the idea for the ABAC Athletics Hall of Fame.  He retired in 2011 but returned to the college on a part time basis as a consultant in his role as Director of Public Relations Emeritus. The Athletics Hall of Fame dinner is a part of the 2020 ABAC Homecoming celebration.  For more information on Homecoming, interested persons can visit the ABAC web site at rubnitz.com/homecoming.   ###

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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 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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@rubnitz.com . 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@rubnitz.com. ###
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@rubnitz.com 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 ###