Tifton campus folks celebrated their own April 14, 2016 at the annual University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton Campus Awards Ceremony. 

Awards and Recognitions presented for FY2016
(Beginning July 1, 2015 — Ending June 30, 2016)


View 2016 photos on Flickr

Friend of the UGA Tifton Campus Award

Aimtrac received the 2016 Friend of the UGA Tifton Campus Award. Aimtrac representatives are pictured with Dean Sam Pardue (far left) and Dr. Joe West (far right).


Awards for Excellence

Award Recipient
Senior Scientist - Research Bill Anderson
Junior Scientist - Research Pingsheng Ji
Junior Scientist - Extension Jacob Segers
Teaching Amanda Smith
Technical Support Frank Davis
Service Unit Support Sephus Willus
Administrative Support Donna Abad
Student Employee Lindsey Hall
Tifton Campus Ambassador Clint Thompson

Student Accomplishments

Fall 2015 Graduates

  • Sydni Barwick - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Janie Kailee Bennett - Magna Cum Laude - Agricultural Education
  • Ashley Carroll - Cum Laude - Agricultural Education
  • Jared Gillis - Agribusiness
  • Alisha Mikell - Agricultural Education
  • Benjamin Richardson - Agricultural Education
  • Evelyn Saul - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Rebecca Shirley - MPPPM
  • Bobby Wade - MPPPM
  • Ashley Williams - MPPPM

Spring 2016 Graduates

  • Catherine C. Bennett - Agricultural Education
  • Jesse D. Boland - Agricultural Education
  • Lawson B. Conoly - Biological Science
  • Michasia L. Dowdy - MPPPM
  • Lindsey N. Hall - Cum Laude - Agricultural Education
  • Jeremy A. Long - Biological Science
  • Logan C. Moore - Cum Laude - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Hannah T. Queen - Agricultural Education
  • Ray J. Sanders - Agricultural Education
  • Jodie E. Stringer - Agribusiness
  • Jameson E. Thomas - Biological Science
  • Morgan R. Watt - Agricultural Education
  • Randall B. Yelverton - Agribusiness

Summer 2016 Graduate

  • William C. Burt - Agricultural Education

Student MVPs

  • Ashley A. Carroll - Fall 2015
  • Lindsey N. Hall - Spring 2016


Certificates of Service

35 Years of Service

  • Ron Gitaitis - Plant Pathology
  • Del Taylor - Horticulture

30 Years of Service

  • Donna Abad - Business Office
  • Anthony Bateman - Horticulture
  • Stan Diffie - Entomology
  • Unessee Hargett - Plant Pathology

25 Years of Service

  • Leslie Cromer - Animal and Dairy Science
  • Michael Gibbs - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Della Hunt - Tifton Campus Conference Center

20 Years of Service

  • Machelle Clements - Plant Pathology
  • Jenny Granberry - Crop and Soil Sciences/Entomology
  • Cindy Hester - Crop and Soil Sciences/Entomology
  • Michael Pippin - Field Research Services
  • Ronnie Sumner - Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Tracey Vellidis - Assistant Dean's Office

15 Years of Service

  • John Griffin - Entomology
  • Lee Hitson - Attapulgus Research and Education Center
  • Michael Keeler - Field Research Services
  • Bob Kemerait - Plant Pathology
  • Cynthia LaHue - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Eric Prostko - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Fidel Rangel - Animal and Dairy Science
  • Shane Tawzer - Field Research Services

10 Years of Service

  • Lara Lee Hickman - Plant Pathology
  • George Jones - Southwest Research and Education Center
  • Staci Mullis - Crop and Soil Sciences

Recent Retirees

Patsie Cannon - Animal and Dairy Science

James E. Carpenter - Crop Protection and Management, USDA ARS

Mike Heath - Plant Pathology

Carol Ireland - Entomology

Glenn Sizemore - Physical Plant

Joan Tucker - Physical Plant

Special Achievements


Agricultural and Applied Economics

Amanda Smith - Nominated for the Achievement Award by the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents. Recognition with the award will take place in Little Rock, AR this July at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference. The Achievement Award is awarded to Agents or Specialists with less than 10 years of service in Cooperative Extension who have exhibited excellence in their field. Less than 2% of a state's members can achieve the Achievement Award in a given year.


Crop and Soil Sciences

George Vellidis - Received the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, recognizing his work developing precision agriculture techniques that allow farmers to grow more with less water and his international collaborations that focus on precision agriculture technologies.



David Riley - 2016 Recognition Award in Entomology from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. David Riley's work on the effects of cowpea curculio and other insects on vegetables has earned him this prestigious award.



Patrick Conner - Southeastern Pecan Growers Association Outstanding Presentation Award

Tim Coolong - Jr. Extension Specialist Award from GACAA

Lenny Wells - Georgia Pecan Growers Association Presidential Award



Duncan McClusky - The Mayor and City Council declared June 1, 2015 as "Duncan McClusky Day" to honor Duncan's volunteer activities over the last 45 years.



Peggy Ozias-Akins - Received the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Award, recognizing her 30-year career at UGA developing new breeding techniques for peanuts.


Tifton Campus Conference Center

Kim Rutland - Received the 2016 Tifton Tift County Chamber of Commerce Prince Business Woman of the Year award.


USDA ARS - Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit

Bill F. Anderson - Elected Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy in 2015.

C. Corley Holbrook - President-Elect of the American Peanut Research and Education Society.


USDA ARS - Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory

The 2015 Champion Award presented to USDA ARS for leadership in the research and development of the use of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum for agriculture. The following individuals have made significant contributions in documenting the benefits derived from use of this material.

  • Dr. Ray Bryant
  • Dr. Rufus Chaney
  • Dr. Dinku Endale
  • Dr. Michael Jenkins
  • Dr. Martin Locke
  • Dr. Harry Schomberg
  • Dr. H. Allen Torbert
  • Dr. Dexter Watts

David Bosch - Selected as one of the 2016 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellows.


PhD Student Accomplishments:

Josh Clevenger - PhD student, under the direction of Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins, Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics

  • Bailey Award from the American Peanut Research and Education Society for best paper.
  • Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship.
  • James L. Carmon Award from UGA for creativity in computer applications.

Jake Fountain - PhD student, under the direction of Dr. Baozhu Guo, Crop Protection and Management Research Unit USDA-ARS and Dr. Bob Kemerait, Plant Pathology Department

  • Overseas Dissertation Research Internship, International Crop Research Center for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India, February - May 2015
  • Second Place, Joe Sugg Graduate Student Competition, American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, July 14-16, 2015
  • Peanut Proud Scholarship Recipient ($2000), International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 25-27, 2015
  • Invited Symposium Speaker, Chinese Society of Plant Pathology Symposium at the American Phytopathological Society (APS) Annual Meeting, Pasadena, CA, August 1-5, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Graduate Student Competition, Southern Division APS Meeting, Balm, FL, February 20-22, 2016
  • Overseas Dissertation Research Internship, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China, March - May 2016

Aparna Petkar - PhD student, under the direction of Dr. Pingsheng Ji, Plant Pathology Department

  • Received the 2016 Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship from the American Phytopathological Society (APS)

Jeff Standish - PhD student, under the direction of Dr. Katherine Stevenson and Dr. Tim Brenneman, Plant Pathology Department

  • Received 1st Place Awards for his presentations at the 2016 meeting of the Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the 2016 meeting of the Georgia Association of Plant Pathologists.
  • Tied for a 3rd Place award in the PhD category for his presentation at the 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Plant and Soil Symposium.