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Fall/Winter 2011


CAES presents faculty and staff awards

During the annual D.W. Brooks awards ceremony on October 4, 2011, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presented awards to Athens-based faculty and staff.

Early Career Teaching Faculty Award — Maria Navarro

Maria NavarroDr. Navarro is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural education from Texas A&M University and her undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Maria is passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. She has developed and taught courses in international agriculture, poverty and hunger issues, development, leadership, and agricultural education, both on the UGA campus and abroad. Her work to expand the interdisciplinary, socially conscious, and global nature of the UGA curriculum reaches beyond her classroom. She has presented more than 70 guest lectures in other UGA courses. Maria also teaches for the Honors Program, the Certificate of International Agriculture, the Latin American and the Caribbean Studies Institute and the African Studies Institute.

Outstanding Advisor Faculty Award — T. Dean Pringle

T. Dean Pringle Dr. Pringle is a professor in the Animal and Dairy Science Department where he currently serves as the coordinator of undergraduate advising. In addition to his administrative duties, Dean teaches Introduction to Animal Science, Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation, Experimental Techniques in Meat Science and Muscle Biology and Advanced Meat Processing. He also coordinates the departmental internship program and advises both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dean’s real passion is mentoring and educating students. He began teaching in 1995 and has since had instructional contact with more than 1,700 students. He began advising in 1996 and currently advises around 100 undergraduates per semester.

Professional Administrative Staff Award — Robin Harvey

Robin HarveyIn 2004, Robin Harvey joined the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a program specialist in the Animal and Dairy Science Department. A job formerly held by two people, the program specialist assists with both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Robin maintains academic records, schedules advising appointments and effectively handles program of study issues for more than 250 undergraduate and 30 to 40 graduate students. She also helps teaching faculty with course and classroom scheduling, course management and advising and assists the research faculty through her work with graduate students.

She serves as the main point of contact between ADS and the CAES Academic Affairs Office and the UGA Graduate School. Robin earned a certificate for academic advising from the UGA Office of the Vice President of Instruction and is now part of the university-wide team that conducts the training.

Technical Staff Award — Mike Kelley

Mike KelleyA native of Savannah, Ga., Michael Kelley graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While in graduate school, he developed an interest in computers and programming. He earned a diploma in computer programming from Athens Tech and was hired by the Animal Breeding and Genetics group of the Animal and Dairy Science Department in 1986.

His was originally tasked to help write programs for the genetic analysis of beef cattle traits for use on the IBM mainframe computers. He has also been in charge of the data collection, data management and training of students to help with many of the breeding and genetics group's live animal projects on growth and carcass traits.

In addition to keeping the computer inventory up to date, Michael manages nine Linux servers for the breeding and genetics group, two Windows servers for file and print sharing in the department, approximately 180 devices on the network and classroom instructional technology.

Skilled Trades Staff Award — Michael Mathis

Michael MathisA native of Enigma, Ga., farm manager Mike Mathis earned bachelor's and masters degrees in animal science from the University of Georgia. He began his career with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the Tifton campus where he worked as a research technician on the dairy farm. He later transferred to the beef unit.

In 1999, Mike became the manager of the Wilkins Beef Cattle Research Unit in Athens. There he manages a 700-acre farm with some 500 acres of pasture and hay fields. This facility houses a pure-bred Angus herd of more than 100 cows. Mike manages the farm’s feedlot facility and individual feeding stalls for 40 hear of cattle, as well as multiple feeding pens for backgrounding calves and feeding bulls.

ADS research faculty rely on Mike to independently manage animals on the farm, located 30 miles from the UGA main campus. In the past three years alone, Mike's service has been crucial to two PhD dissertations, four master's theses and 12 research publications.

CAES Alumni Association presents annual awards

The CAES Alumni Association held its annual awards banquet at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga., on September 16, 2011.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes CAES alumni who are 35 years old or younger and who have achieved excellence in their chosen field and/or in their community. This year's winners were Joel L. McKie and Christy Cromley Seyfert.

The Award of Excellence recognizes CAES alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen field and/or in their community. (Born before January 1, 1975.) This year's winners were Polly Ligon O'Grady, Lucy Reid, Arch Smith and Tyron Spearman.

Inductees into the Georgia Agriciultural Hall of Fame for 2011 were Wayne Hanna and Gene Sutherland. This award recognizes individuals making unusual and extraordinary contributions to agriculture and agribusiness industries in Georgia.



Krissy Slagle featured in Columns

Krissy Slagle

When Krissy Slagle signed up to take classes with the master gardener program more than a dozen years ago, she wanted to learn everything she could about gardening. Little did she know it would turn into a career.

Now the assistant coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, Slagle got her start learning all about plant selection and adding lime to acidic Georgia soil in the three-month program.

Visit the Columns website to read the full story.

D.W. Brooks Awards & Lecture

Dr. Jo LuckThe D.W. Brooks Awards & Lecture was held Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Ga. This year's speaker was Dr. Jo Luck, former president of Heifer International and the 2010 co-winner of the World Food Prize.

To read about this year's award winners, visit the website.



Flavor of Georgia 2012

The Flavor of Georgia food product contest is an annual celebration of all the flavors Georgia has to offer. Market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products from across the state are judged and critiqued by a panel of food experts.

Flavor of GeorgiaProduct entry opens November 1, 2011 for the 2012 contest. Entries must be received by February 10, 2012.

The contest casts the spotlight on delicious, original food from right here in Georgia. Get ready for the competition! Categories include barbecue and hot sauces, confections, dairy products, meat products, snack foods and jams, jellies and sauces. Entries are judged based on flavor, best use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality.

Final judging will be held March 12-13, 2012 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta during the Governor's annual ag awareness week.

For more information, visit

Sunbelt Ag Expo

The Sunbelt Expo takes place October 18-20, 2011, in Moultrie, Ga. Faculty and staff from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will showcase their work and its impact on the state at our permanent building on the Expo grounds. For more information about CAES involvement, visit the college's Sunbelt Expo information website.