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April 2, 2010


Tifton Gazette Retreat:

The Tifton Gazette Retreat was held on Monday at Harper's in the Myon Hotel. Staff members for the Gazette and their sister newspapers in the area met with the leaders of several Tifton organizations and institutions to learn more about the organization, its mission, and current events and activities. My session with the staff members was excellent and I had the opportunity to tell them about the many activities on the UGA Tifton Campus. I expect these sessions to lead to greater exposure in the Gazette and other newspapers in their network. Don't be surprised if you are contacted in the future for contributions.

Economic Opportunities for Southwest Georgia:

A conference to discover economic opportunities for Southwest Georgia was held Thursday at Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA. Congressman Sanford Bishop and civic and community leaders from a nine county region convened to explore practical solutions to enhance economic growth in the region. I moderated a panel discussion on Agribusiness and Innovation with an outstanding panel consisting of Donnie Smith (Center for Innovation for Agribusiness), Matt Trice (Albany Technical College), Nathan McClure (Georgia Forestry Commission), and Mark Latimore (Ft. Valley State University). The agribusiness panel was well received, and I believe opened the eyes of regional leaders regarding the potential for agricultural expansion.

UGA Graduate School:

The Graduate School of the University of Georgia hosted a reception and fund-raiser at the Albany Museum of Art on Thursday evening. Dean Maureen Grasso of the UGA Graduate School discussed graduate programs at UGA with an interested group of attendees. To highlight the benefits of graduate education, Dean Grasso invited several graduate students and a faculty member from the UGA Tifton Campus. Introduced to the group were graduate students Heather Savelle, Dylan Wann, and Ryne Brannen, and Dr. Scott Tubbs of the Crop and Soil Science Department. Heather, Dylan, Ryne and Dr. Tubbs were excellent representatives for the Graduate School and for our campus.


  • Dr. Claudia Dunkley (Poultry Science Dept.) was highlighted in the Faculty Profile section of the March 29 issue of Columns. The informative column was written by Brad Haire and describes Claudia's path from Jamaica to the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus. Congratulations to Claudia!
  • Deserving Kiwanian Duncan McClusky was presented the Georgia Leadership Medallion at the division rally in Valdosta in February. This award is not based on years in Kiwanis but on service that has been done. A list of Duncan's service includes club secretary for 9 years, club photographer, weekly bulletin editor, and parliamentarian for several years, unofficial club historian for about 10 years, secretary for the President's Council meetings in the division for about 10 years, the Circle K District Board for 9 years, served on two Circle K International Large Scale Service Project planning committees, participated in five Circle K International Large Scale Service Projects (nature trail in Hamburg, New York, basketball camp in Orlando, Florida, renovating and painting old houses in Indianapolis, IN, building four libraries in youth centers in St. Louis, MO, working with Salvation Army and youth center in Denver, CO). With Circle K, Duncan has worked on a nature trail at Kennesaw State, schoolyard work in south Alabama, and removing invasive plants near St. Pete Beach in Florida. Thank you Duncan for your dedicated service to communities all over.

UGA Tifton Collegiate FFA service project for Dr. Diana King's class:

The project is being headed up by Rebekah Estes, Cody Herndon, Ben Lavender, Courtney Branch, and Mark Lashley. Their goal is to raise $250 dollars for the Salvation Army. If you have any loose change, please drop it off in one of the change buckets located at the front desk of the TDC/NESPAL building and FMO. The students will also be accepting lightly used items which can be placed in a drop box in the student center. Items can be any kind of clothing, coats, hats, shoes or whatever else you may find while cleaning out those closets, attics, etc. Finally, the students are volunteering for several hours of service at the Tifton Salvation Army and welcome anyone who wishes to join them. This project will conclude on April 20th.

Thanks from the UGA Tifton Collegiate FFA Officer Team:

Thank you to everyone who helped make the fishing tournament at Paradise Public Fishing Area on March 27th a success from start to finish. The weather was a little windy and chilly. However, good times were had by all and about $500 was raised for the FFA. We appreciate all your support whether it was fishing in the tournament, working at registration/weigh in, donating a monetary sponsorship or in some other manner.

Tifton Campus Annual Awards Program:

The annual Tifton Campus Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 27 at 2 pm. Requests for "Awards for Excellence" nominations went out but are not coming back. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO NOMINATE DESERVING INDIVIDUALS FOR THESE AWARDS. There are numerous people on this campus deserving of recognition. Help us honor them by taking a few minutes to prepare and submit a nomination. Please note that the only people who are not eligible for consideration are those who have won awards in the past five years (2005 to 2009).

Guidelines for submitting nominations for each award category are attached in a Microsoft Word file. Submit an electronic (PDF) file of nomination materials no later than 7 April 2010. Thanks in advance for promoting our capable folks!