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2012

Tifton campus folks celebrated their own May 3, 2012 at the annual University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton Campus Awards Ceremony. 

Awards and Recognitions presented for FY2012
(Beginning July 1, 2011 — Ending June 30, 2012)

 


 


 

Awards for Excellence

Award Recipient
Senior Scientist - Research George Vellidis
Senior Scientist - Extension Don Shurley
Junior Scientist - Research Scott Tubbs
Junior Scientist - Extension Claudia Dunkley
Teaching Jason Peake
Technical Support Dan Evarts, Trevor Perla and Penny Tapp
Service Unit Support Sylvia Marrotti and Billy Mills
Administrative Support Evelyn Folds
Tifton Campus Ambassador Benjamin H. Baldree
Student Employee Tiffany Wiggins

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Certificates of Service

25 Years of Service

  • John P. Beasley - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Dana Cheek - NESPAL
  • Carey Cobb - Southeast Research and Education Center
  • Bruce Tucker - Horticulture
  • Joe W. West - Assistant Dean's Office

20 Years of Service

  • Don Shurley - Agricultural and Applied Economics

15 Years of Service

  • Sidney Cromer - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • John Aris Lamb - Facilities Management and Operations
  • Duncan McClusky - Library
  • David Riley - Entomology
  • Clay Roach - Office of Communications and Technology Services

10 Years of Service

  • Sherrie Blanchett - NESPAL
  • Robert Edward Brooke - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Sara Cates - Assistant Dean’s Office/Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Peng Chee - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Esendugue Greg Fonsah - Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Gary L. Hawkins - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Susan Reinhardt - NESPAL
  • Lola C. Sexton - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Melissa Thompson - Entomology
  • Dena Watson - Assistant Dean's Office/Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Ann Wiggins - Business Office
  • Dan Marvin Young - Tifton Campus Conference Center


Recent Retirees

Larry Newton – Animal and Dairy Sciences

Mary Jo Townsend – Entomology

Jacolyn Merriman – Crop Genetics and Breeding-USDA

Jeffrey P. Wilson – Crop Genetics and Breeding-USDA

Bob Hubbard – Southeast Watershed-USDA

Reza Savabi – Southeast Watershed-USDA

Sue Cromer – Southwest District Extension Office, 4-H

Debbie Dotson – Southwest District Extension Office

Ken Lewis – Southwest District Extension Office

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Student Accomplishments

Fall 2011 Graduates

  • Les Bateson, magna cum laude - Agricultural Education
  • Justin Barber - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Jordan Cary - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Thomas Chandler - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Nicholas McGhee, cum laude - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Johnathan Rhodes - MPPPM
  • Brock Ward - Agriscience and Environmental Systems

Spring 2012 Graduates

  • Micheal Barnes - Agricultural Education
  • Brian Blanchett - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • David Chapman, Jr., summa cum laude - Agricultural Education
  • Audrey Davis - Agricultural Education
  • Levi Dunn - Agricultural Education
  • William Gay - Agricultural Education
  • Chrissa Johns - Agricultural Education
  • Kendall Lamb - Agribusiness
  • Chase McGill - Agricultural Education
  • Whitney Mitchell, cum laude - Agricultural Education
  • Kager Moody - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Seth Prescott - Agricultural Education
  • Jordan Rowland - Agricultural Education
  • Brittany Smith - Agricultural Education
  • Jaimie Varnedore, cum laude - Agricultural Education
  • Jared Walls, cum laude - Agriscience and Environmental Systems

Summer 2012 Graduates

  • Justin Lanier, summa cum laude - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Tom Lanier - Agricultural Education
  • Blake McCranie - Agriscience and Environmental Systems - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Jeremy Taylor - Agriscience and Environmental Systems

Scholarships

Micheal Barnes
The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Camelia District Scholarship - $1000

Brandi Marche Bishop
Leanna Park Environmental Scholarship - $1000
Ama Kansta Garden Club of Georgia Scholarship - $1000
Garden Club of Georgia Scholarship - $2000
Harriett Beckham Memorial Scholarship
Concord Garden Club of Georgia Scholarship - $1000

Ashley Cochran
CAES Transfer Scholarship - $1000

Breanna Coursey
Georgia Crop Production Alliance Scholarship - $1000
Leanna Park Environmental Scholarship - $1000

Holly Ward
Georgia Crop Production Alliance Scholarship - $1000

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Special Achievements

Obinna Aduba, Entomology - Ph.D. student with Dr. John Ruberson - (Third place C. M. Beckham award), Ph.D. student competition, 76th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society of America. April, 4-6, 2012. Statesboro, GA.

John Beasley, Crop and Soil Sciences - Received the Distinguished Service Award presented by National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Received the Distinguished Service Award presented by Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents. Associate Editor, Crop Science, journal of the Crop Science Society of America.

John Bernard, Animal and Dairy Science - Received the Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award from American Dairy Science Association.
Appointed as a Diplomat in the American College of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition Discipline by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientist. Appointed as Adjunct Professor, Clemson University. Co-Chair of Dairy Calf & Heifer International Conference which was held in Visalia, CA.

Doyle F. Cheek, USDA ARS Crop Genetics and Breeding - Co-winner of the 2011 Research Technician Award for the ARS South Atlantic Area.

James D. Dutcher, Entomology - Delivered Founder’s Memorial Address, 2012 Georgia Entomological Society.

Rattandeep Gill, NESPAL Graduate student with Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins attended the 89th meeting of the Southern Division of APS, Graduate Student competition and received honorable mention for her presentation: “Characterization of a recombinant inbred line (RIL) population for resistance to late leaf spot in cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea).”

Wayne Hanna, Crop and Soil Sciences - Inducted into the Georgia Ag Hall of Fame. Received the U.S. Golf Association Green Section Award.

Ta-I Huang, Entomology - Ph.D. student with Dr. Michael Toews - won second place in Ph.D. student paper competition at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society held April 6-8, 2011 at Cordele, GA.

Tom Ingram, Plant Pathology - Graduate student with Dr. Tim Brenneman, received first place for student competition at Georgia Association of Plant Pathology (GAPP) meeting entitled: “Latent infections of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides in pecan leaves.”

Carroll Johnson and Dan Evarts, USDA ARS Crop Protection and Management - Received the 2012 Land Stewardship Award. This award was created by Georgia Organics, to honor an individual or individuals who have contributed greatly towards the organic agriculture movement in Georgia. The Land Stewardship Award has traditionally been given to a farmer, agricultural professional or researcher who has demonstrated a commitment to the tenets of organic agriculture – soil fertility, biodiversity, on-farming recycling, and water quality – and also the larger community through leadership, education, and outreach.

Changying Li,  Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Early Career Award from the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE). 2011.

Duncan McClusky, Library - Inducted into the Dixie Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Attended the annual games for about 18 years to take pictures.

Justin Moss, Crop and Soil Sciences - M.S. Student with Dr. Scott Tubb’s received the following: Georgia Feed and Grain Association Fellowship. Based on scholastic ability, character, professional qualifications, and initiative/leadership qualities. ($2000); C03 Crop Ecology, Management and Quality Division M.S. Graduate Student Poster Competition (First Place) – Crop Science Society of America, 2011 International Annual Meeting. ($300); and Graduate Student Oral Competition (Second Place) – Annual Meeting of American Peanut Research and Education Society. ($250).

Calvin Perry, Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Received certificate recognizing 25 years membership in American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Imana Power, Plant Pathology - Graduate student with Dr. Albert Culbreath, won the 12th I.E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium Award. The symposium is entitled: “Host Plant Resistance and Disease management: Current Status and Future Outlook” and includes a travel award of $500 to attend the APS Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.

Ishakh Pulakkatu thodi, Entomology - Ph.D. student with Dr. Michael Toews - won first place in the Ph.D. student paper competition at the Joint Meeting of the Southeastern and Southwestern Branches of the Entomological Society of America held March 4-7, 2012 at Little Rock, Arkansas. A member of the UGA team that won the Linnaean Games (entomology quiz bowl) at the Joint Meeting of the Southeastern and Southwestern Branches of the Entomological Society of America held March 4-7, 2012 at Little Rock, Arkansas.

David G. Riley, Entomology - President, Georgia Entomological Society (2011-2012).

Jason Sarver, Crop and Soil Sciences -  Ph.D. student with Dr. Scott Tubbs - C03 Crop Ecology, Management and Quality Division Ph.D. Graduate Student Poster Competition (Second Place) – Crop Science Society of America, 2011 International Annual Meeting. ($200).

Ms. Anita Shrestha, Entomology - Ph.D. student with Dr. Babu Srinivasan - (Second place C. M. Beckham award), Ph.D. student competition, 76th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society of America. April, 4-6, 2012. Statesboro, GA.

Amanda Smith, Agricultural and Applied Economics - Extension Academy for Professional Excellence

Weilin Wang, Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Graduate student with Dr. George Vellidis - 2011 Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award (MS category, second place) from the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Dylan Wann, Crop and Soil Sciences - M.S. student with Dr. Scott Tubbs - C03 Crop Ecology, Management and Quality Division Ph.D. Graduate Student Poster Competition (First Place) – Crop Science Society of America, 2011 International Annual Meeting. ($300).

Lenny Wells, Horticulture - Received the President’s Award, Georgia Pecan Growers Association. Received the Outstanding Extension Publication Award (Video Section), American Society for Horticultural Science, “Mechanical Fruit Thinning of Pecan.”

Pengcheng “Peyton” Yu, Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Graduate student with Dr. George Vellidis - 2011 Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award (MS category, third place) from the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers. 2011 Graduate Student Paper Award from the Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE).

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Excellence in Radio Programming Award


Winners of the 2012 Georgia Outstanding Radio Program are (pictured L to R) Morgan Bowen, Sumter County Senior 4-H member; Keri Hobbs, Sumter County 4-H Agent; and Kyle Dean, of WTIF 107.5.

The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) recognizes a state winner of excellence for outstanding communication efforts annually. Tifton's Kyle Dean interviewed Keri Hobbs and Morgan Bowen on WTIF Radio's "Farm Chat" to recognize Morgan for her recent Leadership In Action State Award, increase awareness of 4-H youth development service and leadership projects, and inform the public of the youth-led service event "4-H Christmas in July."



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