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Fall/Winter 2006

Awards and Honors

GACAA Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to the GACAA Annual Meeting/Professional Improvement Conference's 2006 poster winners. The categories and winners are listed below.

Conservation Tillage

  • 1st place, Mark von Waldner
  • 2nd place, Eddie McGriff

Ag Entrepreneur

  • 1st place, Bob Boland
  • 2nd place, Audrey Luke-Morgan
  • 3rd place, Billy Skaggs

Applied Research (county agents)

  • 1st place, Tim Flanders
  • 2nd place, Glen Beard
  • 3rd place, Bob Waldorf

Applied Research (state staff)

  • 1st place, Eric Prostko
  • 2nd place, Paul Sumner

Extension Education

  • 1st place, Elvin Andrews
  • 2nd place, Tim Varnadore
  • 3rd place, Lynwood Blackmon

National Advisor of the Year Award by Sigma Alpha National Sorority

Maria Navarro, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, has been awarded the National Advisor of the Year Award by Sigma Alpha National Sorority. Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural organization for the promotion of women in agriculture. Earlier this year, Navarro was awarded the Early Achievement Award by the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education. AIAEE is an international organization working to strengthen agricultural and extension education programs and institutions worldwide. This award is presented to a professional who, early in their career, demonstrates an outstanding combination of service, leadership, and scholarly activity in international agricultural and extension education early.

USDA/ARS Science Hall of Fame Inducted Wayne Hanna

Dr. Wayne HannaOn September 13th, Wayne Hanna (formerly with USDA on the Tifton campus and now with UGA) was inducted into the USDA/ARS Science Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. This is a huge honor that recognizes only the very best among many talented scientists.

Douce and Shockley receive ESA honors

UGA CAES professor Keith Douce and Ph.D. student Floyd W. Shockley have been recognized by the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Douce, an entomologist based on the Tifton Campus, was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension for his outreach and public service programs. Shockley won the Student Activity Award and the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award for the Society's Southeastern Branch.

In 1995, Douce and David Moorhead, UGA School of Forestry and Natural Resources, began using electronic technologies to support extension and outreach programs. The resulting Bugwood Network ( now comprises 15 websites receiving over 9 million hits from more than 1 million users each month. The Network information systems and image archives, including and, are now global in scope and use and contain more than 30,000 photographs.

Shockley was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Society, his department and the community, and for achieving academic excellence. Floyd has held several leadership positions in the ESA and other organizations, and has received praise from students and faculty members for his enthusiasm and teaching abilities. The awards will be presented at the ESA's 2006 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Dec. 10-13.

IFT recognizes Shewfelt’s teaching talents

Dr. Rob ShewfeltRob Shewfelt (Professor – Food Science and Technology – Athens) has been awarded the 2006 William V. Cruess Award by the Institute of Food Technologists for excellence in teaching food science and technology . His teaching philosophy is to understand students’ perspectives and tailor his instruction relevant to their frame of reference.

One of his teaching methods involves the use of personal selection of a specific item to apply to general principles. For example, in the Food Chemistry course, one student prepares and presents a Molecule of the Day at each lecture to illustrate a concept for that lecture. Rob also stresses professional development. In one course, groups of graduate students develop a research pro­posal, participate in a simulated grant panel evaluation, and design a joint laboratory with equipment based on a pretend budget.

His courses emphasize the importance of our global economy, and one course—Food Issues and Choices—is one of the few College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences courses approved to meet the university’s cultural diversity requirement. The IFT award is a $3,000 honorarium and a bronze medal from the Northern California Section of IFT.

Fletcher recognized by American Peanut Research and Education Society

Dr. Stanley FletcherStanley Fletcher (Professor – Agricultural and Applied Economics – Griffin) has been awarded the Dow AgroSciences Award for Excellence in Education by the American Peanut Research and Education Society.  The award recognizes excellence in educational programs, career performance and outstanding educational achievements that significantly benefit the peanut industry. Awarded annually, the recipient receives an engraved plaque and a $1,000 cash award.

Fletcher directs the university’s National Center for Peanut Competitiveness.  With 27 years of experience, he is often called upon to present the impact of peanut policy changes before Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the American Farm Bureau Federation and many other policy groups.  Fletcher has also made international presentations on policy impact analysis in India, Jamaica and Thailand. Fletcher has formed an excellent reputation as a communicator based on his ability to present a sound science-based research and education program that addresses many peanut industry issues.

Recipient of the APRES’s Dow AgroSciences Award for Excellence in Research in 2004, Fletcher’s honors and recognitions also include receiving the Georgia Peanut Distinguished Service Award, the American Peanut Council’s Peanut Research and Education Award, the University of Georgia Gamma Sigma Delta Senior Faculty Award, the Georgia Peanut Commission’s Georgia Research and Education Award and the National Peanut Council Peanut Research and Education Award.

Jerry Griffin dubbed Friend of Extension

Mel Garber (left) congratulates Jerry Griffin for receiving the Friend of Extension award.  ESP honored Mel with the Administrative Leadership Award.
Dr. Mel Garber & Jerry Griffin

Jerry Griffin, Executive Director of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, was named Friend of Extension during the Epsilon Sigma Phi annual meeting held Sept. 19 in Athens.

For the past 20 years, Jerry has directed the association where he now manages a 47-member staff and day-to-day operations.  Under his direction, the association has expanded its services to include comprehensive legislative and policy advocacy, financial and management services, a full spectrum of insurance services and information resources. 

“ACCG is the collective voice of county government and Jerry Griffin is our true friend,” said Keith Rucker.  “You could say Jerry is a product of Cooperative Extension as he received his early leadership training in the 4-H program.  He served as a Rock Eagle camp counselor and even married a fellow counselor!”

This, of course, is not Jerry’s first accolade.  He has been recognized by Georgia Trend magazine for the past six years as one of the Most Influential Georgians.  Prior to his current position, Jerry served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, Assistant City Manager in Oak Ridge Tennessee and in positions with the Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Municipal Association.

Jerry has always been our advocate and supporter in Cooperative Extension’s efforts to strengthen our relationship with county boards of commissioners.  He most recently helped develop the new Cooperative Extension and ACCG liaison position now held by Greg Price. 

“Jerry Griffin has been a friend to Extension for a long, long time,” said Bo Ryles, Georgia State 4-H Leader.   “When our President was John F. Kennedy, Lilies of the Field was a top movie, and the old Rock Eagle pool was state of the art, Jerry was already serving Extension as a counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.”

ESP also honored Mel Garber with the Administrative Leadership Award. 

Crawford 4-Hers win state title

Congratulations to Crawford County’s 4-H wildlife judging team, winners of the 2006 State Wildlife Judging Contest.  The team consists of Nate Harris, Elizabeth Shepard, Emily Shepard and Matthew Spinks.  They will represent Georgia at the 2007 National WHEP Contest in Utah.  Other winners include Alaina Davis of Walton County who won Senior High Individual, Patrick Silcox of Clarke County who won Junior High Individual and the Clarke County Team who won Junior High Team.

Congratulations to Hart County!

Winner of the 2006 State Forestry Contest

Jessica Holcombe, Jessie Frye, Kelsey Holcombe and William White will represent Georgia at the 2007 National 4-H Forestry Invitational in West Virginia.

Congratulations also to Jessica Holcombe, Hart County 2006 State High Individual.

Special thanks to Dr. Ben Jackson for his good work on the State Contest.

Complete scores are on the "Green Sheet" on the Web.


College News

Bell named acting ANR Program Coordinator

Duren Bell has been named Acting Coordinator for Extension ANR programs. As coordinator, Bell will coordinate/facilitate the monthly Extension ANR Departmental Coordinators/ANR PDCs meetings, serve as a resource/mentor to ANR PDCs, work with PDC/Departmental Coordinators to revisit current ANR issue teams and identify/establish new ANR issue teams, and represent ANR programs on committee assignments and at state/regional meetings as needed.

Plant Pathology welcomes Thornton

Holly Thornton joined the college’s Plant Pathology Department on Sept. 1 as the Homeowner IPM Clinic diagnostician in Athens.  Holly will be responsible for homeowner samples, a range of other samples, and Homeowner IPM programming. 


Happenings / Events

Griffin Campus 'Family' Celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving luncheon on the Griffin Campus

The Griffin Campus Classified Staff Committee hosted the annual
Thanksgiving Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 10. Each year the staff
brings side dishes and desserts, while the turkey,
dressing, green beans, rolls and sweet tea are purchased from a
local caterer. Wayne Harvester of the the GC Office of Information
Technology is shown (center of photo) preparing the enjoy his
Thanksgiving feast. The GC Classified Staff Committee would like
to thank everyone who helped make the event successful.

4th Year In a Row For Chili Champion

Jennifer Simmons was named Crop and Soil Sciences Chili Champion for the Griffin Campus on Oct. 31. This is the fourth year in a row that Jennifer has won top honors in the cooking contest. Second place honors went to Bill Nutt and third place recognition went to Marisa Farmer. Jennifer will now represent her dept. at the annual Griffin Campus Chili Cookoff. Congrats Jennifer!

Griffin staff enjoy ice cream, fellowship at annual event

The Griffin Campus Classified Staff Committee hosted the campus’ annual ice cream social Aug. 31 at the Naomi Chapman Woodroof Pavilion.  This year the campus enjoyed a beach party theme social complete with decorations and music to set the atmosphere as employees enjoyed an afternoon ice cream break.

Marisa Farmer   As one of the event’s planners, Griffin Campus Classified Staff Committee Co-chair Marisa Farmer definitely earned her ice cream break.
Dr. Anna Resurreccion (center), Paula Scott (left) and Jennifer Scott (right)   Dr. Anna Resurreccion (center) and her lab technicians Paula Scott (left) and Jennifer Scott (right) switched the tables for once and became ice cream sensory panelists at the ice cream social.  It looks like the dairy treats passed their test!




Brandon Aidan HaireCongratulations to Brad Haire and his wife, Teresa on the birth of their son, Brandon Aidan Haire. Brandon was born at 10:39 pm on October 19. He weighed in at 5 lbs. 11ozs. and is 17.5 inches long. Brad is the Public Relations Coordinator with the Office of Communications on the Tifton Campus.



Joseph Herman Rodriguez   Congratulations to Carol Rodriguez (Columbia County Extension secretary) and her husband Izzy on the birth of their second grandson.  Joseph Herman Rodriguez was born June 5 and weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 inches long.   Little Joseph’s parents are Izzy and Kathy Rodriguez of Martinez.  He was welcomed home by his big brother, Joshua.




Mr. & Mrs. Wood


Carla Jo Moore and John Cullen Wood were married on Aug. 19 at the Greensboro First Methodist Church. A reception followed at the home of the bride's parents. The couple honeymooned at the Sandals Regency Golf Resort and Spa on Saint Lucia. Carla is a Senior Event Planner with the CAES Athens Conference Office. John currently works as a Procurement Forester for Piedmont Pulp, Inc. located in Laurens, South Carolina. The couple have made their home in Lexington, Georgia.






Get Well Wishes

Get well wishes go out to Gina Gailey’s (Banks County 4-H Agent) husband, Michael who is battling cancer. 

A speedy recovery to Cereta Hamilton (Clayton County Extension secretary).  Cereta underwent heart surgery Sept. 20 at Crawford Long Hospital.  Get well cards can be sent to 1215 Mt. Carmel Rd., McDonough, GA 30253.



Sympathy is extended to Nancy Bridges on the death of her father, Mr. David Rice, who passed away on December 9. Nancy is the County Extension Agent in Oglethorpe County.

Sympathy is extended to Tommie Arbeau on the death of her mother, Mrs. Neavlle Norton, who passed away November 28. Tommie is the secretary in the Paulding County Extension office in NW District.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Frank W. Fitch, biologist, fish and game manager, ecologist, naturalist, environmentalist, amateur anthropologist and archaeologist, who passed away Nov. 14. Fitch was a member of the state 4-H faculty at Rock Eagle 4-H Center until his retirement in 1980. He served as an Extension Wildlife Specialist and as a Biologist with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service before joining the 4-H Staff in 1955. Fitch initiated and coordinated the project to develop an alternative camp environment for 4-H'ers at Rock Eagle in 1974. The Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp was dedicated in his honor in 1994. He also directed the Rock Eagle camping program from 1976 through 1979. In 2002 he was recognized as one of the Founders of Rock Eagle. The family requests memorial gifts be made to the Georgia 4-H Foundation, 304 Hoke Smith Annex, UGA, Athens, GA 30602-4356, or the Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens. Cards and letters of condolence can be mailed to Mrs. Mary Frances Fitch, 275 Pine Forest Drive, Athens, GA 30606. He is survived by his wife Mary Frances, three children, (Frank, Crawford and Lettie) and several grandchildren.

Sympathy is extended to Laura Perry Johnson on the death of her grandmother, Lois Chapman Perry, who passed away on October 28. Laura is the 4-H Program Development Coordinator for the Southwest District, located on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Cindy Hester on the death of her father, Mr. Joe Busbin, who passed away on October 26, 2006. Cindy is an Administrative Associate with Bio and Ag Engineering on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Keith Kightlinger, on the death of his mother, Ellen M. Kightlinger, 87, of Tifton, who passed away on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at Tift Regional Medical Center. Keith is an Agricultural Economist on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Cynthia Harrison on the death of her mother, Mrs. Ruby Hancock, who passed away on Oct., 2. Cynthia is the secretary for Animal and Dairy Science on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Ken Spurlin, on the death of this father, Mr. Jimmy Spurlin who passed away on September 28. Ken is the Business Manager on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Anne Threlkeld, Madison County Cooperative Extension Secretary, on the death of her mother Mrs. Dolly Myers who passed away on September 27.

Sympathy is extended to Charles Mullis (Crop Genetics and Breeding) on the death of his wife Clara Mullis. Clara Mullis passed away on Sep. 6. Please keep the Mullis family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sympathy is extended to Cindy Esco (Office of Communications –Tifton) on the death of her grandfather, Glenn Lanier “Doc” Blanchard.  Mr. Blanchard passed away on Sept. 5.

Sympathy is extended to Lynn Patton (Oglethorpe Co. 4-H Program Assistant) on the death of her father, Bobby McCannon.  Mr. McCannon passed away on Sept. 7.  Notes can be sent to Lynn at the following address:  316 Peachtree Street, Colbert, GA 30628.

Sympathy is extended to Clyde Taylor (retired 4-H agent, Whitfield County) on the death of his mother, Gladys Taylor.  Mrs. Taylor passed away Sept. 9.  Cards may be sent to Clyde at 2529 Utility Rd. S.W., Rocky Face, GA 30740.

Sympathy is extended to Don Day (Crop and Soil Sciences – Griffin Campus) on the death of his father, Robert Jefferson “J.R.” Day.  Mr. Day, 89, passed away Aug. 29.

Sympathy is extended to Barbara McCarthy on the death of her step-son, Lawrence W. McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy died in a car accident on June 24.  Barbara is the retired Rockdale County Extension Director.

Sympathy is extended to Lori Frankin (Northwest District – Whitfield County) on the death of her father, Landon Darrell Hackney.  Mr. Hackney passed away May 23.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 850 Ft. Wood St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.