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Spring/Summer 2007

AWARDS & HONORS

Martha Coffey Elected

Image:  Martha Coffee, et alMartha Coffey (Administrative Support, Griffin Campus) was recently elected to participate in the planning discussions for this year's Women's Leadership Conference to be held October 25-26, in Chattanooga, TN.

For more information on this conference, go to www.poultryegg.org or telephone (770) 493-9401.

Seated left to right: Noffsinger, Hilburn (Chairwoman), Dunlap.  Standing left to right: Coffey, Bigham, Fee, Lauer

Suiter Receives PCT Crown Award

UGA entomologist Dan Suiter has been named a Crown Leadership Award winner by Pest Control Technology magazine and Syngenta Professional Products.  Presented annually, the award honors pest management professionals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the structural pest control industry.  Suiter coordinates trainings at the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Center and develops extension and research publications on the management of structural and household pests, including fire ants and Formosan termites.

Food Scientists Honored
Dr. Manjeet Chinnan, Dr. Kay McWatters  and Dr. Larry Beuchat

Three UGA CAES food scientists have been recognized for their outstanding research accomplishments. Distinguished Research Professor Larry Beuchat has been awarded the Lamar Dodd Award for research in the sciences, Professor Manjeet Chinnan has received the Bor S. Luh International Award and Agricultural Research Scientist Kay McWatters is this year's recipient of the Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award.

Casimir Akoh Elected Vice President of AOCS

Dr. Casimir AkohCasimir Akoh, Distinguished Research Professor in the CAES department of food science and technology, has been elected vice president of the American Oil Chemists' Society. AOCS is an international society for fats, oils and related materials. Akoh will serve as president of the society in 2008-2009 when the society celebrates its 100th anniversary. He has served on the society's governing board since 2001 and as itsp secretary since 2004.

 

UGA team wins Southeast Area College Bowl

Congratulations go out to our College Bowl Team for their outstanding win at the Annual IFTSA Southeast Area College Bowl Meeting held in Athens the last weekend in March.  The team members are George Cavender (Captain), Mark Corey, Hamin Huang, Melinda Murray, Caitlin Lammie and Ali McDaniel. The team will now go on to compete on the national level at this year's IFT Food Expo in Chicago. 

McLellan Recognized

Dr. Don McLellan

Don McLellan, diversity relations director in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, was named a national role model by Minority Access Inc., a nonprofit organization that administers the project with aid from the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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Public service faculty and staff receive top UGA honors

The University of Georgia honored the outstanding achievements of five faculty and three staff members at the 16th annual Public Service and Outreach meeting and awards luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 15.  These staff and faculty members from UGA's public service and outreach units, schools and colleges received awards for their exemplary and sustained contributions to university outreach programs.

The honorees include Deborah W. Purvis, FCS agent in Colquitt County, who received the Walter Barnard Hill Distinguished Public Service Fellow. Hill Awards were presented to CAES employees Joanne S. Cavis, Cooperative Extension, and Keith S. Delaplane, Entomology.

For more information on these award winners, visit: http://outreach.uga.edu/awards.

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John Beasley Receives the Georgia Peanut Commission's Distinguished Service Award

Dr. John BeasleyTifton Campus, please join me in congratulating Dr. John Beasley, Extension Agonomist-Peanuts. John recently received the Georgia Peanut Commission's Distinguished Service Award. Several months ago he also received the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences D.W. Brooks Award for Extension.

Thanks John for being yet another example of excellence on the Tifton
Campus.

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COLLEGE NEWS

Golfers Sought for Traditions Invitational Golf Tournament

Attention golfers! The Traditions Invitational Golf Tournament needs you.

Golfers are needed for the tournament which will be held May 24 and 25 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The course was recently redesigned by Davis and Mark Love and features all new bunkers, tees and greens nestled in the pines and rolling hills of north Georgia. And yes the water holes are still in play!

Conducted by Cooperative Extension, the tournament is a 35-year tradition for employees of Extension, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and their friends. This year CAES Alumni Association members are also invited to participate.

In order to keep the tradition going more players are needed. A minimum of 40 players are needed and the field will be limited to 100.

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HAPPENINGS/EVENTS

Third Annual Griffin Campus Chili Cook-off & Luncheon

Wednesday, Feb. 21 the Griffin Campus Classified Staff Committee hosted the Third Annual Griffin Campus Chili Cook-off & Luncheon. Nearly 125 Griffin Campus employees turned out for the event.  The big trophy winner of the cook-off this year, as picked by a secret panel of judges, was USDA / ARS / PGRCU for their entry "Jacked Up Chili."  The People's Choice Chili and the People's Choice decorated table awards both went to Crop & Soil Science's “GMO Chili and The Mad Scientist's Kitchen.”

The committee would like to extend a special thanks to the seven entry departments for their hard work, the secret panel of judges and those that supplied other items such as the vegetarian chili and jalapeno corn muffins. Participating departments in the cook-off and booth competition this year were Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Crop & Soil Science, Entomology, Field Research Services, Food Science & Technology, Horticulture, and USDA/ARS/PGRCU.

View the photo gallery for this event.

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FAMILY NEWS

Births

Chris and Kim Luke are the proud parents of a beautiful little girl. Her name is Katatina and she was born on July 27, weighing 2 lbs. and 15 oz. Both mother and daughter are doing well. Please be in prayer for them.

Susan Thornhill and grandbaby Emma Grace Susan and Pat Thornhill proudly announce the birth of their first grandchild, Emma Grace Thornhill. Little Emma was born May 30 and weighed a mere 2 lb. 7 oz. By the time she was allowed to leave the hospital on July 11, Emma weighed 4 lb. 6 oz. She is the daughter of Jay and Brandi Thornhill of Murfreesboro, TN. Susan is the administrative assistant for the Center for Urban Agriculture on the Griffin Campus.

 

Photo: Morgan Christopher Quick Jim Quick (Griffin Campus - research professional - entomology) and his wife Denise welcomed a new addition to their family with the birth of Morgan Christopher Quick. Born on April 11, Morgan weighed 10 lbs. 4 oz. He was welcomed home by his big brothers, J. T. and Wyatt.

 

Photo: Macey Virginia Bearden Jerri Snodgrass (Griffin Campus Library Associate) and her husband Phil proudly announce the birth of their first grandchild, Macey Virginia Bearden. Little Macey was born at 2:17 am on March 5 and weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 inches long. Her parents are Hugh and Ashley Bearden.

Congratulations to Jennifer Davidson (Muscogee County, NW District) on the birth of her son, William Ashurst Davidson. Little William was born April 7, weighed 8lb.7oz and was 20 inches long.

Kyle and Penny Thompson Keller are the proud parents of a baby boy, born Saturday, December 30. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 oz., 21 inches long. His name is Lincoln. Mother and baby are doing great. Address: Kyle and Penny Keller 4703 Buckhorn Road Efland, NC 27243 919-563-6624

Erin Womack had a healthy baby girl on February 6. Her name is, Kate Marie and she weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz., 20" long. Erin is a Program Coordinator with the Assistant Dean's office on the Tifton Campus.

Matt and Brittany Commerford, CEA in Meriwether/Troup counties, are
the proud parents of a baby boy, Logan Matthew, born Dec. 14 at 1:54
p.m. Logan weighed in at 8lbs 11oz and 21 inches long. Mom, Dad, and
baby sister Mattie Ann are all doing great!

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Weddings

 

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Get Well Wishes

Gwen Vickers, Clayton County Extension Secretary, is recovering from breast cancer surgery.  Please keep Gwen and her family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to Gwen at148 Mud Bridge Road, Fayetteville, Ga., 30215.

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Deaths

Sympathy is extended to Ronnie Lester, retired county agent in Whitfield County, on the death of his father, who passed away on August 31st.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Margie Powell Lusk, age 72, of
Griffin. Mrs. Lusk passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14. She was retired from the
Agricultural and Applied Economics Department on the Griffin Campus. In
lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Lusk may be made to New
Salem Baptist Church, 113 New Salem Road, Griffin, GA 30223.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Mr. O.L. "Whitey" Butler, retired county extension agent for Hall County who passed away on Sunday afternoon, July 29.

Faye Slaughter, wife of Bill Slaughter (retired from Crop & Soil Sciences) and mother of Bob Slaughter (Entomology) passed away Saturday, July 28, 2007. Please keep the Slaughter family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sympathy is extended to Dr. Tim Grey, on the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Ellen Cundiff Helm who passed away on July 25. Dr. Grey is a Crop and Soil Scientist on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Sheran Thompson, on the death of her mother who passed away July 24. Sheran is a Research Technician with the department of Entomology on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Johnny Whiddon, Brooks County Extension Coordinator, on the death of his mother, Mrs. Ruthie Whiddon, who passed away July 4th.

Sympathy is extended to Mamie Grant on the death of her husband, Mr. Rudy Grant who passed away Friday, June 29, 2007. Mamie is the retired Home Economist (FCS agent) in Washington County.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Eunice Parks who passed away
on June 27. Eunice retired from the UGA CAES Food Science
and Technology Department in 1987 with more than 35 years
of service.

Sympathy is extended to Beverly Sparks and Alton 'Stormy' Sparks on the death of their grandmother Mrs. Mary Hart, who passed away Saturday night, June 16, 2007.

Sympathy is extended to Dicky Hilton and Tommy Hilton, all of which are employees on the Tifton Campus, on the death of their father, Charlie Hilton, who passed away on May 21.

Sympathy is extended to Rick Jackson on the death of his grandmother Jossie Durden, who passed away on May 18. Mrs. Durden was the secretary at the Midville Station.

Sympathy is extended to Roosevelt McWilliams, Burke Co. CEA, on the death of his wife, Mrs. Cassandria McWilliams, who passed away on May the 9th.

Sympathy is extended to Angie Ledford, secretary in Meriwether County, Northwest District, on the death of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Thelma Ledford, who passed away Friday night May 4, 2007.

Sympathy is extended to Dr. Steve M. Brown on the death of his father, Cecil L. Brown, who passed away on April the 28th. Steve is an Extension Agronomist on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Dr. John Beasley, on the death of his mother, Mrs. Barbara Beasley, who passed away on April 26. John is an Extension Agronomist on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Juliette Rankins, Extension Agent in DeKalb County on the death of her sister, Ms. Betty J. Martin, who passed away April 17th.

Sympathy is extended to Carol Ireland, Administrative Associate with Entomology on the Tifton Campus, on the death of her mother, who passed away on April 18.

Sympathy is extended to Tony Linston on the death of his mother, Mrs. Julia Linston, who passed away on April 18. Tony is a Utility worker in the CAES Business Office. Please keep Tony and his family in your prayers.

Sympathy is extended to Dinah Rowe, Extension Secretary in Heard County, Northwest District, on the death of her father, Mr. Herbert L. Butler Sr., who passed away April 15.

Sympathy is extended to Helen Carter on the death of her father-in-law, Preston Carter. Helen is the County Extension Coordinator of Pike County.

Sympathy is extended to Michael Wheeler, Gilmer County Extension Agent, on the death of his mother Anita Wheeler who passed away on March the 7th.

Sympathy is extended to Jessie Bryan on the death of her father, J.E. Royal, who passed away March the 5th. Jessie is the Secretary at the Crisp County Extension Office.

Sympathy is extended to Tim Smith, Lincoln County Extension Agent, on the death of his father-in-law, Cecil Farrell who passed away on March 5.

Sympathy is extended to Dr. Joe West on the death of his brother, Jim West, who passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2007 in Macon. Dr. West is an Animal Scientist on the Tifton Campus.

Sympathy is extended to Nancy Hand, on the death of her mother, Mrs. Mary Anne Brimberry who passed away on March 4, 2006. Nancy is a member of the Horticulture department in Tifton.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Hancock County retired county extension agent Harry Jordan Hutcheson who passed away Feb. 2. During his career with extension, he also served in Glascock, Bacon and Wayne Counties.  Cards can be sent to Mrs. Sara W. Hutcheson, 405 Woods Avenue, Dublin, Ga., 31021.

Sympathy is extended to Joe Darby, Gordon County PA, on the death of his brother Larry Darby.  Mr. Darby was also Gordon County Coordinator Steve Moraitakis’ brother-in-law. Cards may be mailed to either Joe Darby, 2221 McDaniel Station Rd., Calhoun, Ga., 30701 or Steve Moraitakis, 557 Hammond Rd. SE, Calhoun, Ga.,  30701.

Sympathy is extended to Charles Lancaster (CEA, Catoosa County) on the death of his mother Frances Lancaster.  Cards may be mailed to Charles at 72 Haven Drive, Ringgold, Ga., 30736.

Sympathy is extended to Lamar Merck on the death of his son Howard Lamar Merck.  Lamar is a retired extension forester in Statesboro, Ga.  In lieu of flowers, the Mercks request that memorial contributions be made to Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road, Statesboro, Ga. 30458. Cards may be sent to Lamar and Betty Merck at 215 South Edgewood Drive, Statesboro, Ga. 30458-5034.
 
Sympathy is extended to Henry Hibbs, Oconee County Extension Coordinator, on the death of his father Edwin Thompson Hibbs.  Mr. Hibbs died Feb. 15 in Wooster, Ohio.  Cards may be sent to Henry at 1871 Barnett Shoals Rd, Watkinsville, Ga., 30677.

Sympathy is extended to Sue Boatright on the death of her husband Berry Newton (Tinker) Boatright, Jr. who died Feb. 15 following a seven-year battle with cancer.  Sue is the research coordinator for the Georgia County Guide and many other Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development publications. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tinker may be made to Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, UAMS, 4301 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205; the Athens YMCA, 915 Hawthorne Ave., Athens, Ga., 30606; or Bethlehem Ministries, 386 Milledge Circle, Athens, Ga., 30606.  Cards may be mailed to Sue at 1040 Pine Hill Rd, Watkinsville, Ga., 30677.

Sympathy is extended to Mary Ellen Blackburn, on the death of her mother Mary Jean Blackburn.  Mrs. Blackburn was 90 years old.  A private family service was held in Charlotte, NC.  Cards may be mailed to Mary Ellen at 145 Myles Court, Athens, GA 30605.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Amber Farley, program assistant at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens, Chatham County.  Amber passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 26.  She had only been with UGA Cooperative Extension a short while, but was an excellent worker and a friend to all who knew her.  She will be missed greatly.

Sympathy is extended to Judie Burke, secretary in Clarke County, on the death of her father-in-law. Cards can be mailed to Judie at 3 Jefferson Road,
Statham, GA 30666.

Sympathy is extended to Paul Wigley on the death of his father-in-law Russell Taylor who passed away Jan. 25.  Cards may be sent to Paul at 2563 Lizard Lope Road, Dawson, GA  39842.

Sympathy is extended to Barbara Hansard on the death of her husband Marvin who passed away Jan. 25.  Barbara is the 4-H secretary in Cobb County.  Barbara is establishing a scholarship for Cobb 4-H in Marvin's memory. Scholarship contributions may be sent to Cobb County 4-H, 678 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Marietta, GA  30060.  Cards may be sent to Barbara at P.O. Box 108, Clarkdale, GA  30111.

Sympathy is extended to William Carlan, CEA Walton County, on the death of his mother-in-law Addie McCoy.  Ms. McCoy was 91 years young!  William is the Ag agent for Walton County.

Sympathy is extended to Jessica Kirk Brim on the death of her grandmother Lillian Brim Whitson.  Jessica works in the college’s human resources office.

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Retirements

 

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Other

To My Extension Family,

I am so appreciative to each and every one of you who expressed sympathy for me and my family following the passing of my mother.

The calls, cards, flowers, and emails each have a special meaning to me. Your prayers have truly been felt and have lifted us up in a way only the Lord can do.

Also, special thanks to those of you who through the years would ask about Mother and show your concern. It was truly a privilege and a blessing to be able to care for her and keep her at home with me through her last day.

Although we miss her, today my family and I know that she can once again talk, walk, and have joy unspeakable, and that we will see her again.

Thanks for your friendship and love, Mary Ellen.

Mary Ellen Blackburn


To My Extension Family and Friends,

I would like to thank everyone for your thoughts, prayers, cards, gifts, phone calls, and lastly your donated leave time for me that you and God intended to be. Everything went well with my treatment and follow up will be minor.

For all that you have done for me and my family I am endlessly grateful. I am truly blessed to be able to work with such a large caring family. Thank you for your support. May God continue to bless
each of you.

Sincerely,

Gwen Vickers
Clayton County Secretary, NW District


Dear Extension Friends,

On behalf of my father, Dr. Jack (J.J.) Lancaster, our family and myself, thank you for all of the cards, calls, and especially your thoughts and prayers with the sudden death of my mother. Your kindness through this sad time was such a comfort. Mom was a wonderful Christian lady and will truly be missed.

Thank you again,

Charles Lancaster, CEC
Catoosa County


My family and I were comforted by so many expressions of sympathy we received following my husband's death. I am blessed to work with such thoughtful, caring people.

Thank you so much,
Sue Boatright

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