Tifton campus folks celebrated their own May 15, 2018 at the annual University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton Campus Awards Ceremony. 

Awards and Recognitions presented for FY2018
(Beginning July 1, 2017 — Ending June 30, 2018)


View 2018 photos on Flickr

Friend of the UGA Tifton Campus Award

Jimmy Champion was presented with the 2018 Friend of the UGA Tifton Campus Award.


Awards for Excellence

Award Recipient
Senior Scientist - Research Joann Conner
Junior Scientist - Research Jason Schmidt
Senior Scientist - Extension Dave Moorhead
Junior Scientist - Extension Bhabesh Dutta
Teaching Jacob Segers
Technical Support - Senior Amanda Webb
Technical Support - Junior Ray Boyd
Service Unit Support Karen McBrayer
Administrative Support Pat Thompson
Student Employee Pyne Greene
Ambassador UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center Team

Student Accomplishments

Fall 2017 Graduates

  • Dalton Bennett - Agribusiness
  • Nancy M. Bostick - MPPPM
  • Garrett R. Brown - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Leanna J. Leach - MPPPM
  • Danielle Simmons - MS, Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Cory L. Smith - Agricultural Education
  • David B. Sutherland - MPPPM
  • Carter H. Turner - Agribusiness
  • Christopher T. Tyson - MPPPM

Spring and Summer 2018 Graduates

  • Joshua P. Aaron - Agricultural Education
  • Mary K. Allen - Agribusiness
  • Bailey A. Atkinson - Cum Laude - Agricultural Education
  • Lissi G. Carr - Agricultural Education
  • Ethan A. Cody - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Clifton L. Collins - Agricultural Education
  • Macey P. Connell - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Joseph B. Crabtree - MPPPM
  • Jackson C. Fleet - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Jerrod D. Hardin - Agricultural Education
  • Thomas R. Hester - Agricultural Education
  • Evan R. Hill - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • William J. Hinson, Jr. - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Megan E. Hise - Agricultural Education
  • Nicholas B. Hodges - Agricultural Education
  • Jacob R. Kalina - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Shelby L. Key - Cum Laude - Agricultural Education
  • Katrina Laurel - Master of Science
  • Kenneth R. Massey III - Agribusiness
  • Levi D. Moore - Summa Cum Laude - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Douglas C. Mutert - Agribusiness
  • Joshua K. Odum - Agricultural Education
  • Kelly N. Paulk - Magna Cum Laude - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Kristen D. Pegues - Master of Science
  • Pete T. Perrin - Agribusiness
  • Sydney D. Pinder - Agricultural Education
  • Catherine G. Summers - MPPPM
  • Jeremy R. Taylor - MPPPM
  • Cole D. Thomas - Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Bryan E. Tucker - Agribusiness
  • Ashton E. Wheeless - Agricultural Education
  • Jayda L. Williams - Agricultural Education

Student MVP

(Sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission)

  • Kelly N. Paulk

Marie Gaskins Prince Scholarship

(Ms. Heather Stripling, Prince Automotive Group)

  • Levi Moore

Tift Cultivar Scholarship

(Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Hanna)

  • Shelby Key


Certificates of Service

30 Years of Service

  • Peggy Ozias-Akins - Horticulture/NESPAL
  • Timothy Brenneman - Plant Pathology
  • Thomas D. Cook - Entomology

25 Years of Service

  • Boen Alan Brock - Attapulgus Research and Education Center
  • Debra Rutland - Entomology
  • Katherine L. Stevenson -  Plant Pathology
  • Melissa Tawzer - Animal and Dairy Science

20 Years of Service

  • Larry M. Baldree - Crop and Soil Sciences

15 Years of Service

  • Ivey W. Griner, Sr. - Stripling Irrigation Research Park
  • L. Gail Hargett - Tifton Campus Conference Center
  • Christopher Lee Luke - Physical Plant
  • Alton N. Sparks - Entomology
  • Michael Andrew Tucker - Crop and Soil Sciences

10 Years of Service

  • Claudia Dunkley - Poultry Science
  • Martha Priscilla Emanuel - Stripling Irrigation Research Park
  • Roderick Perry Gilbert - Center of Innovation for Agribusiness
  • Pingsheng Ji - Plant Pathology
  • Kippy J. Lewis - Plant Pathology
  • Barbara Maw - Tifton Campus Conference Center
  • Derrick S. Pearce - Southwest Georgia Research and Education Center
  • Amanda R. Smith - Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Jenna Clair Smith - Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Michael D. Toews - Entomology
  • Mitchell Ray Tyson - Tifton Campus Conference Center
  • James Robert Wilson - Tifton Campus Conference Center

Recent Retirees

Donna Abad - Business Office

Robert Caldwell - Crop Protection and Management, USDA ARS

Thomas Cook - Entomology

Evelyn Folds - NESPAL

Ronald Gitaitis - Plant Pathology

Franklin Griffin - Animal and Dairy Science

Unessee Hargett - Plant Pathology

Ernest Harris - Southeast Watershed, USDA ARS

Stan Jones - Southwest Research and Education Center

Harvey Kendrick - Field Research Services

Willis Marchant - Animal and Dairy Science

Del Taylor - Horticulture

Larry Walters - Crop Protection and Management, USDA ARS

Earl Whitley - Physical Plant

Randy Williams - Southeast Watershed, USDA ARS

Special Achievements


Collaborative Award

The Kudzu Bug Working Group received the International IPM Award of Excellence. Group members are Philip Roberts, Dan Suiter, John Ruberson, John All, Tracie Jenkins, Stormy Sparks, Joe Laforest, Chuck Bargeron, Michael Toews and Jeremy Greene.


Animal and Dairy Science

John Bernard - Served as president of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.



David Riley - Received 2018 Friends of Southern IPM - IPM Educator Award, Southern IPM Center; 2017 ESA National Recognition Award in Entomology, Entomological Society of America; and 2017 Recognition for Outstanding Service as President of the SE Branch of the Entomological Society of America.



Peggy Ozias-Akins - Distinguished Research Professor 2017 - Professor of horticulture widely recognized as world expert on apomixis, the asexual production of seeds in plants. Ozias-Akins took a pioneering approach and applied a combination of forward genetics, genetic engineering and genomics to the problem. She was among the first to ever localize apomixis to a chromosomal region, and later she found the first plant gene associated with apomixis. Her work lays the foundation to begin research into systematic application of apomixis in plant breeding, which could have enormous impact on agriculture in both advanced and developing nations. Ozias-Akins has been equally successful in applying the biotechnological and molecular biology tools that she has developed to specific cases of crop improvement, most notably the peanut. Her decades-long focus on peanut improvement has had significant scientific, agricultural and economic impact.

Erick Smith, Tim Coolong and Pam Knox - Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Communication Award for 'Commercial Freeze Protection for Fruits and Vegetables'


Plant Pathology

Tim Brenneman - Received the American Peanut Council Research and Education Award for 2017.

Katherine Stevenson - Received the Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award for 2017 from the Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society.

Aparna Petkar - Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Pingsheng Ji, received a UGA Graduate School Travel Award to attend the American Phytopathological Society annual meeting in August 2017.

Jeff Standish - Ph.D. student advised by Drs. Katherine Stevenson and Tim Brenneman, received a UGA Graduate School Travel Award to attend the American Phytopathological Society (APS) meeting in August 2017; received the APS Don and Judy Mathre Student Educational Award to attend the 12th International Epidemiology Workshop (IEW12) in Lillehammer, Norway, in June 2018; received the first place award in the graduate student paper competition at the 2018 meeting of the Georgia Association of Plant Pathologists; received a UGA Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award to attend the IEW12 in June 2018; and received the APS Kenneth and Betty Barker Student Travel Award to attend the International Congress of Plant Pathology meeting in Boston in August 2018.