David Jongebreur Completes Facilities Management Course
David Jongebreur, Design Engineer for UGA Griffin’s Facility Management Division, recently graduated from the APPA Institute for Facilities Management. APPA’s curriculum covers general administration and management; maintenance and operations; energy and utilities; and planning, design and curriculum.
UGA Griffin Team Wins United Way Cardboard Boat Race - AgainThe "Sparkin' Arkin" pulled our UGA team to victory once again at the 7th Annual United Way Cardboard Boat Race. This made six wins for the Griffin campus team. A UGA contingency cheered the race team on to victory, all wearing red jerseys with a number 1 on the front and "UGA Griffin" on the back. The worthy vessel was named for our own Assistant Dean Gerald Arkin.
Blood Drive - Thank You!
Thanks to all who participated in the American Red Cross blood drive on September 10. We met our goal of successful donations!
Art in the Garden
Art in the Garden was a big success - over 50 artists showed their work in the beautiful Research and Education Garden. The weather was beautiful and the parking lots were full. Art in the Garden is sponsored by Friends of the Garden, who also fed the artists and volunteers with a delicious cook out.
Provost Visits Griffin Campus
University of Georgia Provost, Dr. Pamela Whitten, held a Town Hall Meeting at UGA Griffin on September 9. Following the meeting, in which Dr. Whitten answered questions from staff and faculty concerning academic programs, research budgets, and other areas of interest for the campus, she lunched with area community leaders. Dr. Whitten then toured the campus with Dr. Gerald Arkin (CAES) and Dr. Doris Christopher (Academic Affairs)and met with faculty to discuss their research in plant genertic resources conservation, entomology, food science and food safety.
Dean Angle Speaks at Griffin Rotary Club
Scott Angle, Dean of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES), was guest speaker at the Griffin Rotary Club this week. He greeted the Rotarians and stated, “We do have a lot in this community to be proud of, especially at the UGA Griffin campus.” The Dean filled in for UGA President Jere Morehead who had been scheduled to speak but needed to attend the memorial service for Dan Magill. Dean Angle spoke about the importance of turfgrass to theUGA Griffin campus, stating that it is the center of world-class turfgrass research. He also spoke about the future groundbreaking for the campus’ FoodPIC center. He invited those in attendance to share ideas with UGA for increasing student enrollment at the Griffin campus. The Dean closed his speech with a special thank you to Dr. Gerald Arkin for his 27 years of service to UGA Griffin and congratulated him on his upcoming retirement, which Dr. Arkin has announced for September 30.
Senator Johnny Isakson visit
U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson conducted a town hall meeting at UGA Griffin on Wednesday, August 27. The session was open to the public, and the Senator fielded questions from a full room during his hour on campus. He stated that he would "rather take questions from constituents than to make a boring 45-minute speech." He limited questions to one per person to allow more participation. Questions ranged from corporate inversion, to the Affordable Care Act and the stalemate in the Senate.
Impact Speaker Series
Juanita Howard won a print of the East Griffin School by Joyce Smith-Perdue at the recent Impact Speaker Series at UGA Griffin. Juanita is an East Griffin alum. The program was "The Feeding of Our Children: Griffin School Nutrition Past and Present." It featured a 1948 film by General Mills of the East Griffin school's nutrition program as well as a panel of current principals whose schools participate in the Backpack Food for Kids program. About 100 members of the community attended the program, some of whom appeared in the General Mills' film. Those in attendance were challenged to support the program, which fed 235 students last year.
Governor Nathan Deal Speaks at Turfgrass Field Day
The UGA Griffin turf research team recently hosted the 2014 Turfgrass Field Day. Estimated attendance to this popular event was about 800 people representing the turf industry, pest control/lawn care operators, local farmers, city and state officials, and others with an interest in turf. Governor Nathan Deal was the guest speaker, acknowledging the importance of the turfgrass industry to the state. Georgia's turfgrass and related industries contribute more than $7.8 billion to the economy annually and provide more than 87,000 full- and part-time jobs.
New Textbook Co-authored by UGA Griffin Professor
Footprints in Micrometeorology and Ecology, a textbook coauthored by UGA Griffin Campus Professor Monique LeClerc, is now available through Springer Publishing. It is thefirst textbook on the subject offootprints and covers how tointerpret meteorological measurements made at a given level over a surface with regard to characteristic properties suchas roughness, albedo, heat, moisture, carbon dioxide, and other gases. Learn more here. The book can be ordred at www.springer.com/earth+sciences+and+geography/atmospheric+sciences/book/978-3-642-54544-3
New UGA peach specialist listening, learning from Georgia growers
As the University of Georgia’s new peach specialist, Dario Chavez’s first order of business is to listen. While he’s waiting for the new research orchard on the UGA Griffin Campus to be planted and develop, Chavez is hearing what Georgia peach growers have to say and planning projects to meet their needs. Read more here.
Dr. Walid Alili Recognized
Walid Alali, a scientist with the University of Georgia Griffin Campus, has received the University of Georgia Creative Research Medal — an award presented to faculty who have conducted outstanding research within the past five years on a single topic. Read more here.
Success Grows Here
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is the fertile ground where success grows into the reality of Georgia’s future. Please take a look at this short video snapshot of a few faces of our success. Click on the image below to launch the video.
Historical Photo Archive
The UGA Griffin library has a large collection of old photographs of the Griffin Experiment Station dating back to the 1800’s. We invite you to look at our new photo archive here. If you have any information on any of the photographs (names, activities, location, etc.) please enter it in the comments box immediately below the photograph. This will help us identify people and gather as much information as possible about the photographs. If you have any photographs of your own we encourage you to share them with us and the world through our collection.
UGA Griffin Campus weekly radio show
Every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. join us for the weekly UGA Griffin Campus radio show on WKEU (1450 AM or 88.9 FM) to hear the latest on the UGA Griffin Campus. Please visit WKEU and click on "listen live" to listen to the weekly show live or click on "on demand" to listen to previous shows.
Ag Advocacy is here!
Remember that article on Yahoo! Education that listed agriculture as the number one useless major? A group of students at Texas A&M started an advocacy group called “Farmers Fight." Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative that hopes to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with these university students, Farmers Fight encourage consumers to ask where their food comes from, and give students, faculty, public officials, farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become “agvocates” for the agriculture community. Watch this video to see the Texas A&M students promoting agriculture.
About the Griffin Campus
The Griffin Campus, one of the premier agricultural research centers in the region, addresses today's needs for research, extension and outreach, and teaching. The programs on the Griffin Campus focus on several areas including:
- Food safety and quality enhancement
- Biotechnology and genetics
- Crop and pest management
- Environment and natural resources
- Urban agriculture