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Fall/Winter 2009


Peggy Ozias-Akins receives AAAS Fellow award

Ozias-AkinsThe American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded Peggy Ozias-Akins with the distinction of AAAS Fellow for contributions to the field of agricultural biotechnology, particularly in the areas of apomixis research and peanut genetic engineering and molecular breeding. Individuals are selected because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society.





Bledsoe elected NAE4-HA President-Elect

BledsoeLori Purcell Bledsoe, Northwest District 4-H program development coordinator, has been elected president-elect of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.  NAE4-HA is the largest youth development professional association in the nation with more than 3,500 members. 

Bledsoe has served on the University of Georgia faculty since 1997 when she became the Rockdale County 4-H agent.  She assumed the role of program development coordinator in 2002.

NAE4-HA is a globally recognized, culturally diverse network for 4-H youth development professionals.  Membership is open to local, regional, state or national Cooperative Extension staff members who work with 4-H youth programs. 

Bledsoe will be the association’s 65th president.

Faculty recognized at National 4-H Agents Conference

4-H awardsThree University of Georgia 4-H professionals were recognized as national partnership award winners at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents’ 63rd annual conference held Oct. 25-29, 2009 in Rochester, New York.

Bo Ryles, retired state 4-H leader/director, was honored with the Air Force Recruiting Salute Award.  Casey Mull, state 4-H military liaison, was honored with the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project Salute Award.  Amber Defore, Camden County 4-H agent, was honored with the inaugural 4-H/Navy Pledge Award.  All three awards were presented as part of a National 4-H and Military Partnership.  This is the first year that representatives from one state have won all the 4-H/Military Partnership awards. 

The Air Force Recruiting Salute Award is presented to the NAE4-HA member who has created a positive Extension image through his leadership and citizenship as it relates to the development of the 4-H program. 

The 4-H/Army Youth Development Project Salute Award recognizes the individual who has created a positive Extension image through leadership and citizenship as it relates to the development of 4-H/Army partnerships on US Army garrisons worldwide. 

The 4-H/Navy Pledge award recognizes the NAE4-HA member for their exceptional or extraordinary contributions that have made a significant impact on the lives of Navy children, youth and families.  This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated their honor, courage and commitment and who has created a positive Extension image through leadership and citizenship as it relates to the development of the 4-H/Navy partnership on US Navy bases or in the community as it pertains to Navy Reserve families and children. 

NAE4-HA is a globally recognized, culturally diverse network for 4-H youth development professionals.  Membership is open to local, regional, state or national Cooperative Extension staff members who work with 4-H youth programs. 

Allan Armitage awarded George Robert White Medal of Honor

ArmitageOn Oct. 1, MassHort will continue its almost century-long tradition of honoring superior achievements in horticulture when Elm Bank hosts the 2009 Honorary Medals Dinner, with the University of Georgia’s Allan Armitage receiving the George Robert White Medal of Honor.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost horticulturists, Armitage is a professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he teaches, conducts research on new garden plants, and runs the University of Georgia Horticulture Gardens. He is generally credited with creating the concept of the independent trial garden, the first one of which opened in Athens in 1982. He is the author of 10 books, including “Armitage’s Native Plants for North American Gardens” and “Armitage’s Garden Annuals.” He has been cited as one of the 10 most influential people or organizations in the floriculture industry. For the full article, please visit this link:



Malgorzata Florkowska publishes book of photographic works

Malgorzata Florkowska, research technician in the horticulture department in Griffin, has published a book of her photographic works entitled, "The Joy of Farming." Over the past six years she visited friends living in the country, attended plowing days and farm festivals, and interacted with farmers and animal owners. She has captured images of disappearing agricultural land, farm structures, farm equipment, crops, animals and people in hopes that the images will bring back memories and rekindle the joy of farming as it used to be. Contact Ms. Florkowska directly for more information or details at or 770-228-4564.

Tifton professor Esendugue Greg Fonsah volunteers in Mozambique

Esendugue Greg Fonsah recently returned from Mozambique, South Africa where he participated in a two weeks assignment from Sept. 19 to Oct. 6 through the CNFA John Ogonowski’s Farmer-to-Farmer program.

Fonsah is an associate professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia, Tifton campus. He is specialized in project and farm management, production, marketing, agribusiness and international trade and policy concerning fruits and vegetables.

To read more, please visit this link:

Ken Lewis named the District Extension Director for Southwest District.

Please join me in congratulating Ken Lewis on being named the District Extension Director for Southwest District. Ken has been serving as the interim director since April 1, 2009, and is providing excellent leadership for the district.  Ken has graciously agreed to take on the responsibility for leadership of the district on a permanent basis until his projected retirement in the spring of 2012.  We greatly appreciate his willingness to serve in this capacity, particularly in these challenging budgetary times.

Extension Happenings

Twelve employees retire!
September 30, 2009, is the last day of official (full time) UGA/CAES employment for
twelve of our Extension colleagues. The following individuals elected to participate in the latest VERA program and tomorrow they will move into an exciting new phase of life called retirement/semi-retirement (some will return to Extension for a one year period as rehires). These individuals include:
Steve Brady, Cobb County
Scott Brown, Colquitt County
William Carlan, Walton County
Willie Chance, Houston County
Mickey Cummings, Union County
Randy Franks, Wayne County
Teresa Harvey, Southeast District
Lannie Lanier, Southeast District
Eddie McGriff, Coffee County
Martha Partridge, Lincoln County
Charles Phillips, Columbia County
John Pope, Monroe County
Please thank these individuals for their many years of dedicated service to Cooperative Extension. We wish each of you the very best as you move into retirement.

Tony Tyson named interim DED for Southeast District
Tony Tyson, Director of County Operations, will serve as the interim District Extension Director for Southeast District for the month of October. Please contact Tony with questions/concerns regarding Southeast District during this period of time. Lannie Lanier will return to service as the District Director (part time capacity) beginning November 1, 2009. We hope to advertise and fill this position in late spring/early summer of 2010.

Al Parker named 4-H Program Development Coordinator

Northeast District would like to announce that Al Parker has accepted the position of
4-H Program Development Coordinator for Northeast District effective November 1, 2009. Al brings a strong overall background in 4-H as well as extensive experience in working with county, district and state 4-H functions.



CAES/Extension Traditions Golf Tournament

Golf The annual CAES/Extension Traditions Golf Tournament will be held May 20-21, 2010 at the Double Oaks Golf Course in Commerce, GA. Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend. Details will be sent soon.




United Way Cardboard Boat Race

Boat race winnersOn Saturday, Sept. 19, the UGA Griffin Campus participated in the 2nd Annual United Way Cardboard Boat Race held at Dundee Lake Park.  Many thanks go out to all of the UGA Griffin Campus supporters who were there in bad weather to cheer our team on, and special thanks to those who designed, built, painted and paddled our USS Bulldawg to a 2nd place finish.  They are:

Boat Crew Chris Benton, Cameron Brown, Jennifer Hildago, Alexandra Williams

Boat Design Team Allen Byous, Matt Luger, Henry Powers, Jim Quick, Patrick Rohling, David Spradlin, Dennis Terrell, Stan Thain, Monica Townsend

The UGA Griffin Campus brought home trophies for the People's Choice Award for Favorite Boat and the Most Spirited Crew, as well as the 2nd place trophy.




Congratulations to Carla Wood (Athens Conference Office) and her husband John on the birth of their daughter Mary Jo Wood. Sweet little Mary Jo was born at 12:03 am on Sunday, Dec. 20. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and is 19 inches long. Baby and mom are doing great.

Von Baker (Fulton County Extension Agent) is the proud mother of an 8 lbs. 3 oz baby girl named Tristan. The Halloween baby entered this world on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:11 p.m. Mom and baby are doing fine.

Brent and Mandy Marable (State 4-H Faculty - Athens) welcomed John David Marable to their family on Tuesday, Sept. 15. John David weighed in at 9 lbs. and measured 22 inches long. John David has an older brother, Jack Durham.




Get Well Wishes




Sympathy is exteded to the family of Dr. Paul O. Johnson, retired Southwest DED. The funeral will be on Monday at 11am at the First Baptist Church in Tifton.

Sympathy is extended to Karol Kelly (Bibb County) on the death of her mother. Cards may be sent to Karol at 280 Oak Valley Drive, Macon, GA 31217.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Kathleen Drayton, former McDuffie County 4-H Program Assistant. She passed away on Feb. 26. Contributions in memory of can be sent to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, P. O. Box 395, Thomson, GA  30824.

Sympahthy is extended to Phillip Edwards (Irwin CEC) on the death of his father-in-law Judge Allen Gay. The family suggests memorials be made to Blue Gray Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1447, Fitzgerald, GA 31750. Condolences can be sent to Phillip and Amelia Edwards, 363 Brushy Creek Rd., Ocilla, GA 31774.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Lyde Thomas, who passed away recently. He was a retired Camden County Extension Agent.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Thomas Shelton Boggess, Jr., 97, who passed away on January 29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Tom Boggess worked for 25 years in the Food Science Department until his retirement. He is survived by his son and daughter, five grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Sympathy is extended to Ricky Ensley (Polk County Extension Coordinator) on the death of his mother, Mildred Eller Tyler Ensley. Condolences can be sent to Ricky and Kathy Ensley, 843 Live Oak Rd, Aragon, GA 30104.

Sympathy is extended to Adam Baynes (4-H and Rock Eagle staff) on the deat of his father. Condolences can be sent to 1131 Whispering Lakes Drive, Madison, GA  30650.

Sympathy is extended to Lori Franklin (Polk County) on the death of her husband Steve Franklin. He passed away on Dec. 7. Cards and condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 221, 340 Railroad Street, Kingston, GA, 30145.

Sympathy is extended to Kristen Smith (FACS Agent in Dade/Walker County) on the death of her father Martin Ridley. Condolences can be sent to Kristen at 1695 Senic Highway, Rising Fawn, GA, 30738.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Patricia Holloway. She was fondly known as "Miss Pat", the 4-H lady in Henry County Extension (NW District) for over 30 years.  

Sympathy is extended to the family of Bill Adams, Richmond County Horticulture CEPA and long time Master Gardener. He passed away on Nov. 8.

Sympathy is extended to Judy Ashley (Walton County) on the death of her mother. Cards and condolences may be sent to Judy's home address at 1690 H.D. Atha Rd., Monroe, GA  30655.

Sympathy is extended to Joanne Cavis (Muscogee County) on the death of her father-in-law Robert T. Cavis Sr. He passed away at age 89 on Nov. 3. Condolences can be sent to Joanne Cavis, 6138 Canterbury Drive, Columbus, Ga, 31909.

Sympathy is extended to James Clarke ( retired Appling County Extension Agent) on the death of his father Ivey Hall Clark. Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice, 667 S Main St., Swainsboro, GA. or Old Canoochee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Elder Tommy Rountree, 231 Harmon Rd., Swainsboro, GA 30401 or Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, C/O Robin Canady, P O Box 323, Garfield, GA 30425. Condolences can be sent to James and Melanie Clark P.O. Box 478 Baxley, Ga. 31515.

Sympathy is extended to Keith Lassiter (NW District) on the death of his mother-in-law, Merita Nixon. She passed away Oct. 31. Condolences can be sent to Keith at 609 Liberty Hill Road, Milner, GA 30257.

Sympathy is extended to Monte Stephens ( Lincoln County) on the death of his father Melvin Stephens, who passed away on Oct. 9, 2009. Condolences can be sent to Monte at 168 Watson Street, Extension, Lincolnton, GA 30817.

Sympathy is extended to the Venda Sapp (Candler County) on the death of her sister Juanita Kemp Jackson, who passed away on Sept. 30. She was 75 years old.

Sympathy is extended to Ricky Josey (Franklin County CEC) on the death of his father Mr. Wayne Josey. Condolences can be sent to 1805 Black Snake Road, Canon, GA 30520.

Sympathy is extended to Tommy Roach (Office of Communications Athens) on the death of his mother Mrs. Sally Lou Roach, who passed away on Sept. 21. She was 90 years old. Condolences can be sent to Tommy Roach at 420 North Peter Street, Athens, GA 30602.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Joyce Andrews Ware, grandmother of Kristen Albritton (Griffin Business Office) and mother of Gary Ware (Crop & Soil Sciences, Griffin). Those who wish may view the Memorial Page and sign the Guestbook
online at: Please keep Kristen, Gary and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sympathy is extended to Heather Kalino Shultz (State 4-H Staff) on the death of her father Stanley M. Kalino, Jr. Mr Kalino passed away Sept. 5. In lieu of flowers, the family requests friends to consider making memorial contributions to: Georgia4-H Foundation, Stan Kalino Memorial Scholarship, Hoke Smith Annex-UGA, Athens, GA 30602.




Nancy Mobley (administrative assistant - horticulture - Griffin Campus) has joined the ranks of CAES retirees. Nancy is shown during her Oct. 28 retirement party with two of her grandchildren.







Congratulations to John Parks on his retirement.  John's official last day is coming up quickly (February 28th).  Please note John has agreed to a partial hire back and will return to work on April 1 and work through June 2010.  It is our desire to fill the Northeast District DED position as soon as possible. During the month of March, Norman McGlohon will serve as acting DED for Northeast District.  We greatly appreciate Norman's willingness to take on the additional responsibilities and appreciate everyone working closely with Norman to ensure a smooth transitional month for Northeast District.  Thanks Norman.  Enjoy a much deserved break John Parks!