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2011 Awards for Athens Faculty and Staff

During the annual D.W. Brooks awards ceremony on October 4, 2011, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presented awards to Athens-based faculty and staff.

Professional Administrative Staff Award — Robin Harvey

 In 2004, Robin Harvey joined the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a program specialist in the Animal and Dairy Science Department. A job formerly held by two people, the program specialist assists with both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Robin maintains academic records, schedules advising appointments and effectively handles program of study issues for more than 250 undergraduate and 30 to 40 graduate students. She also helps teaching faculty with course and classroom scheduling, course management and advising and assists the research faculty through her work with graduate students.

She serves as the main point of contact between ADS and the CAES Academic Affairs Office and the UGA Graduate School. Robin earned a certificate for academic advising from the UGA Office of the Vice President of Instruction and is now part of the university-wide team that conducts the training.

Skilled Trades Staff Award — Michael Mathis

 A native of Enigma, Ga., farm manager Mike Mathis earned bachelor's and masters degrees in animal science from the University of Georgia. He began his career with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the Tifton campus where he worked as a research technician on the dairy farm. He later transferred to the beef unit.

In 1999, Mike became the manager of the Wilkins Beef Cattle Research Unit in Athens. There he manages a 700-acre farm with some 500 acres of pasture and hay fields. This facility houses a pure-bred Angus herd of more than 100 cows. Mike manages the farm's feedlot facility and individual feeding stalls for 40 hear of cattle, as well as multiple feeding pens for backgrounding calves and feeding bulls.

ADS research faculty rely on Mike to independently manage animals on the farm, located 30 miles from the UGA main campus. In the past three years alone, Mike's service has been crucial to two PhD dissertations, four master's theses and 12 research publications.

Technical Staff Award — Mike Kelley

 A native of Savannah, Ga., Michael Kelley graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While in graduate school, he developed an interest in computers and programming. He earned a diploma in computer programming from Athens Tech and was hired by the Animal Breeding and Genetics group of the Animal and Dairy Science Department in 1986.

His was originally tasked to help write programs for the genetic analysis of beef cattle traits for use on the IBM mainframe computers. He has also been in charge of the data collection, data management and training of students to help with many of the breeding and genetics group's live animal projects on growth and carcass traits.

In addition to keeping the computer inventory up to date, Michael manages nine Linux servers for the breeding and genetics group, two Windows servers for file and print sharing in the department, approximately 180 devices on the network and classroom instructional technology.

Outstanding Advisor Faculty Award — T. Dean Pringle

 Dr. Pringle is a professor in the Animal and Dairy Science Department where he currently serves as the coordinator of undergraduate advising. In addition to his administrative duties, Dean teaches Introduction to Animal Science, Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation, Experimental Techniques in Meat Science and Muscle Biology and Advanced Meat Processing. He also coordinates the departmental internship program and advises both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dean's real passion is mentoring and educating students. He began teaching in 1995 and has since had instructional contact with more than 1,700 students. He began advising in 1996 and currently advises around 100 undergraduates per semester.

Early Career Teaching Faculty Award — Maria Navarro

 Dr. Navarro is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural education from Texas A&M University and her undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Maria is passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. She has developed and taught courses in international agriculture, poverty and hunger issues, development, leadership, and agricultural education, both on the UGA campus and abroad. Her work to expand the interdisciplinary, socially conscious, and global nature of the UGA curriculum reaches beyond her classroom. She has presented more than 70 guest lectures in other UGA courses. Maria also teaches for the Honors Program, the Certificate of International Agriculture, the Latin American and the Caribbean Studies Institute and the African Studies Institute.