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TUGA Times

July 30, 2010

Young Scholars Awards Ceremony:

I had the opportunity to attend the ceremony in Athens on July 9 recognizing all the young people who participated in the UGA CAES Young Scholars program. The UGA Tifton Campus was well represented by students, and several mentors from UGA Tifton were able to attend as well. This is an excellent program and provides mentorship for high school students by highly qualified scientists and staff. Thanks to UGA Tifton and USDA-ARS personnel who work with these students, and to Susan Reinhardt for coordinating Young Scholars in Tifton.

GIFT Luncheon:

The luncheon for the Georgia Internships for Teachers (GIFT) was held on Friday, July 23 at the Palomar Hotel in Atlanta. This program partners high school teachers in the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with faculty, to enhance their skills and to adapt and take science technology into the high school classroom. A large number of teachers participate each year, and when one multiplies the number of teachers who train each year by the number of students in their classrooms, it becomes apparent that a large number of students are impacted by the benefits of the GIFT program. It was an impressive day, and our Associate Dean for Extension Beverly Sparks was the keynote speaker. Thanks to Susan Reinhardt for coordinating the GIFT program in Tifton, and for faculty mentors for GIFT teachers.

Georgia Farm Bureau Annual Commodity Meeting:

The Georgia Farm Bureau Annual Commodity Meeting was held on Thursday, July 29 on the UGA Tifton Campus. This is the first time in many years that the annual commodity meeting was held here, and we were pleased to host an important partner like the Georgia Farm Bureau.

In addition to the meetings of the twenty different commodity committees, the UGA Tifton Campus provided agricultural tours targeted at the various committees. There were several different tours, including Crops, Livestock, Specialty Crops (vegetables, fruits, and nuts), Specialty Crops (ornamental horticulture and turf), Forestry and Invasive Species, as well as static exhibits of Precision Agriculture, Bioenergy, and Academic Programs. The day was a great success and the Farm Bureau participants were very pleased with the day.

The UGA Tifton Campus was well represented by a large number of scientists who participated in the tours and exhibits. In addition, Governor Perdue spoke to the participants during lunch. So many people were instrumental in the success of the event that it would be difficult to name them all. However, I will note that staff at the conference center, staff in the Assistant Dean's office, and a large number of faculty worked together to make this event a great success. I want to express my appreciation to everyone who worked to make this happen.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Sponsored by UGA Tifton Campus:

As you know the UGA Tifton Campus sponsored the Red Cross blood drive held Tuesday, July 20. The goal was 42 units, and 48 units were collected. So, thanks for the support of a successful drive.

Photo: Ed Lubbers, Debbie Blakey and Joe WestThe winner of the drawing was Debbie Blakey of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. She won a $50 WalMart gift card and a 'blood drop,' a basket full of donor appreciation gifts from our past drives.

Pictured are Ed Lubbers, Debbie Blakey, and Joe West, Assistant Dean.


NOW REMEMBER: Next month (August), the UGA Tifton Campus is sponsoring the blood drive again, so … YOU CAN WIN NEXT TIME. All you have to do is sign up when you go to try and give blood at the community blood drive at the Methodist Church in August. Just look for e-mails and for the posters for more details as we get closer to the event.

Congratulations to Debbie Blakey, and thanks to Ed Lubbers for his leadership of this great service, and thanks to all who gave or attempted to give the gift of life.

Southeast Bioenergy Conference:

The 5th annual Southeast Bioenergy Conference will be held Tuesday through Thursday, August 3-5 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. This conference has grown rapidly and has become one of the premier bioenergy conferences, attracting participants from across the nation. This year's conference is shaping up to be the best yet.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 3-5 — SE Bioenergy Conference
  • August 16 — Fall classes begin
  • August 18 — SE Research and Education Center Field Day, Midville
  • August 26 — SW Research and Education Center Field Day, Plains
  • September 6 — Labor Day Holiday
  • September 21-23 — Tri-State Peanut Disease Tour
  • October 19-21 — Sunbelt Expo