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2014 Awards for Athens Faculty and Staff

During the annual D.W. Brooks awards ceremony on November 4, 2014, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presented awards to Athens-based staff.

Nelson receives Administrative/Professional Award of Excellence

 Brice Nelson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with a major in animal science.

After graduation, Nelson served as an agricultural specialist at the university's Wilkins Beef Cattle Research Unit in Rayle, where he oversaw the production and management for the university's purebred Angus herd.

He currently serves as the director of student and employer engagement for CAES. In this capacity, Nelson works to provide academic and campus information to potential students and parents. He is also involved in engaging and connecting employers with CAES students for career and internship opportunities.

In addition to overseeing the CAES Ambassador program for students serving the college in the areas of public relations and student recruitment, Nelson also acts as an advisor to AGHON and Ag Hill Council. Additionally, he helps maintain website information, promotional materials and social media messages, and interacts with alumni, potential students, parents and college stakeholders on a daily basis.

Nelson is a graduate of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum and has served as chairperson of the CAES Staff Representative Group and as troop committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 149. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and, in 2010, was recognized by the National Agricultural Alumni Development and Alumni Association with the Professional Achievement Award.

Nelson, his wife, Andra, and son, Clark, live in Watkinsville.

CJ O'Mara earns Skilled Trades Award of Excellence

 C.J. O'Mara was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. While he was not raised around agriculture as a child, he worked on a corn farm in Georgia as a teenager. He decided to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and to major in animal science and livestock health, then to attend the University of Georgia, graduating with an animal and dairy science degree. After graduation he worked at a farm with purebred Angus cattle before starting work at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in 2006, managing the cattle herd. He married his wife, Nicole, in 2005 and they welcomed their sons, Connor, in 2008 and Ayden, in 2011. They currently live in Colbert.

Brooke Powell earns Skilled Trades Award of Excellence

 A lifelong resident of Watkinsville, Brooke Powell graduated from Oconee County High School, and then from the University of Georgia with an agribusiness degree. Her parents own a barn where they board horses, and her great-uncle owns a Christmas tree farm—she fills in at both of these businesses at varying times throughout the year. She enjoys running and competing in triathlons. She loves to work inside and outside, and her position as agricultural specialist provides the perfect combination of both. She started working at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in 2007 and took a full-time position in 2009.

Jay Bauer wins Technical Award of Excellence

 Jay Bauer has built an unusual skill set based on a wide variety of work experiences. Bauer has been an auto mechanic, electrician, sign painter, copywriter, jewelry designer, voice-over announcer, heavy equipment welder, high school teacher and club bouncer. After earning a bachelor's degree from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1989, he relocated to Seattle, where he became lead manual illustrator for Walter Dorwin Teague and Associates, working exclusively for the Boeing Company.

Bauer offers Office of Communications and Creative Services clients unconventional communication alternatives beyond printed page or computer monitor, including fanciful kitchens as cockroach environments, portable mini-golf courses and three-dimensional, magnetic bee puzzles. His best-known contribution to the college identity effort is Caesar, the bulldog character that is a registered trademark of the college. Bauer has produced every iteration of the venerable, one-toothed dog, from the stubby cartoon character used in CAES print materials 13 years ago to the most recent incarnation—a larger-than-life mascot who appears at college events.

Most recently, Bauer designed and constructed an exhibit celebrating the centennial anniversary of Extension. Erected on-site in the rotunda of UGA's Special Collections Library, it featured a 43-foot-long display case containing objects of historical interest.

In his off hours, Bauer enjoys painting, sculpting and building furniture on commission in his Hoschton workshop. His personal work can be viewed at He shares domestic space with the lovely and talented Katherine Holt, two large, shaggy dogs and a fat, black cat.

Flanders named Outstanding Academic Advisor

 Dr. Frank B. Flanders is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication at the University of Georgia. He serves as the undergraduate coordinator for agricultural education and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, preparing secondary agricultural education teachers. His research interests include the improvement of teaching and learning at the secondary level and historical research. He has presented numerous papers and workshops at state, regional and national conferences. Flanders is the author of two textbooks used across the United States. His book, "Modern Livestock and Poultry Production," is the recommended reference for the National FFA Livestock Career Development Event. He serves the National FFA Organization as an associate superintendent of the National FFA Nursery and Landscape Career Development Event.

Flanders is a member of the Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame. He has received the national Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from the Professional Fraternity Association. He has also received the Outstanding Faculty Member in Agricultural Education Award and the Outstanding Service and Faculty Member award from UGA's Student Government Association. He is a recipient of the UGA Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award for 2014.

On class evaluations, Flanders is consistently rated highly on his availability and willingness to help students outside the classroom and during academic advisement. These students benefit from his years of experience in agriculture as well as education.