Vol. 6 No. 2 Fort Valley State University Fall/Winter 2006
A State and Land-Grant Institution • University System of Georgia
Wanzina Jackson Dr. Terrence Ferguson Melissa Moulton Michael Miller
Urban Planner Veterinarian Educator United States Army
B.S. Ag Economics 1996 B.S. Vet Technology 1992 B.S. Ag Education 2002 B.S. Food and Nutrition 2004
Photos by Marquinta Gonzalez, Annette Coward and Cindy Gambill
*Salary Range: $55,000 - $65,000 *Salary Range: $66,590 - $118,430+ *Salary Range: $35,000 - $80,000+ *Salary Range: $37,000 - $40,000+
Dr. Robert Rinehart Aishia McCarthy Dr. Ulysses Marable Greg Davis
Veterinarian Educator Dentist UPS Business Manager
B.S. Vet Technology 1996 B.S. Electronic Engineering 2006 B.S. Animal Science 2001 B.S. Ag Engineering 1990
*Salary Range: $66,590 - $118,430+ *Salary Range: $35,000 - $80,000+ *Salary Range: $91,701 - 174,335+ *Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000
*Based on data from U.S. Department of Labor, Salary.com and featured graduates.
A Publication for the Alumni and Friends of the Fort Valley State University College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs
Agriculture I$ Green
Vol. 6 No. 2 Fall/Winter 2006
FVSU puts a new twist on marketing its College of Agriculture
By B.K. Lilja, head-Agricultural Communications school students,” said Gonzalez. “The key to a successful marketing campaign
“Agriculture.” It’s an occupation as old as mankind. It’s the largest single centered on how we chose to present it to a target audience that included a tradi-
employer in Georgia – in the United States – in the world. It’s with us when we tional component of middle and high school students, their parents, teachers and
sit down to eat, when we dress and when we open the doors to our homes. counselors, and a non-traditional component that incorporated a much larger
So why aren’t more young people pursuing careers in agriculture? segment of the general public.”
That’s the dilemma Fort Valley State University’s College of Agriculture, Gonzalez said the subcommittee’s first decision was to look at agriculture
Home Economics and Allied Programs faced in August when it began laying through a different lens.
the groundwork for a state-wide marketing and recruitment campaign to attract “We felt it was time to put a new twist on the advantages and opportunities
more students to choose a career in agriculture. in agriculture,” she said.
“We knew we needed to perk up some ears in Georgia’s student popula- “We all knew that the college programs and departments already had a
tion,” said Dr. Mack C. Nelson, dean of the college. “We have a large number proven track record for turning out well-grounded graduates able to compete
of outstanding programs that give our graduates excellent and varied career successfully in their fields,” Gonzalez continued. “That selling point was
opportunities. The catch was getting high school graduates to see the reality of already in place.”
agriculture – its potential for exciting and rewarding careers in just about any The subcommittee’s efforts picked up speed in September when a core
field you can imagine.” group that included Gonzalez; Howard;
At a glance
Nelson said the college currently Annette Coward, public information edi-
offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s tor; Terrence Wolfolk, computer service
degrees in a number of areas. (See box.) coordinator; and Michael Evans, systems
The College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs
Graduates have gone on to research, analyst, began combining suggestions from
offers its students degrees in disciplines that include:
educational and administrative careers in their fellow committee members, interest-
Associate degrees in:
the agricultural industry and in the U.S. ed college personnel and county extension
Electronic Engineering Technology
Department of Agriculture. Many have staff into a comprehensive, structured,
Agricultural Engineering Technology
continued their education and pursued multi-layered, long-term campaign.
Veterinary Science Technology
careers in medicine, dentistry and phar- “It’s not so much that we had the best
Family and Consumer Sciences
macy. ideas,” Gonzalez said. “It was more that
Bachelor of Science degrees in:
“It’s not been a matter of what we we are all on campus and had the easiest
Electronic Engineering Technology
have to offer,” Nelson said. access to each other, the college and its
Agricultural Engineering Technology
“The quality and work ethic of our personnel on the campus and in the coun-
Veterinary Science Technology
interns, co-op students and graduates in ties.”
Agricultural Education (Agriculture)
the workplace send a powerful message By the end of September, the commit-
Animal Science (Agriculture)
to the agricultural community here and tee picked “Think You Know AG? Know
Ornamental Horticulture (Agriculture)
abroad,” he continued. AG!” as the campaign’s theme.
Plant and Environmental Soil Science (Agriculture)
“It’s been a matter of sending out a “We chose this theme as a way to catch
Nutrition (Family and Consumer Sciences)
more wide-ranging and effective mes- the eyes and ears of students across
Family and Consumer Education (Family and Consumer Sciences)
sage to the public about what we have to Georgia,” said Coward. “We wanted peo-
Infant and Child Development (Family and Consumer Sciences)
offer,” he explained. ple to see that the career opportunities in
Master of Science degrees in:
Recognizing the need to “change this field went way beyond tractors and
Animal Nutrition (Animal Science)
gears” in promoting the college and its plows and this seemed like the most effec-
Reproductive Biology (Animal Science)
programs, Nelson started the marketing tive way to get that initial interest started.
Animal Products Technology (Animal Science)
campaign by creating a recruitment “We incorporated feedback from stu-
committee in August and charging it dent focus groups to develop our cam-
with finding a way to rekindle agricul- paign. Many of this school’s graduates
ture’s popularity – and its promise – have achieved much in various positions
among the traditional high school audience. within the agricultural industry and we’ve done our best to convey this message
“Most people in our target audience don’t know that agriculture’s underpin- to students ”
ning is hard science and technology,” Nelson explained. “This is why our grad- The initial campaign got underway with a three-phase year long marketing
uates are able to successfully pursue careers most of us normally don’t see as effort focused on commercial radio and print media. Nelson said the concept
‘agricultural’ in nature.” and the methods of advertising that the committee initiated were impressive.
By the end of September, volunteers swelled the recruitment committee’s By the end of November the first billboards were placed near Valdosta and
membership to nearly 30 faculty, specialist and staff personnel from the col- Tifton. In December the Valdosta Daily Times newspaper, with a circulation of
lege’s academic, research and outreach departments and programs. 20,099, ran 3-inch by 3-inch teletab ads with the campaign theme.
Within the committee, Dr. Mark Latimore, interim head of agricultural edu- Nelson said what’s been accomplished and what’s planned make him very
cation, and Taneka Howard, CAHEAP outreach coordinator, were selected to optimistic about what the marketing campaign can accomplish for the college.
co-chair the scholarship subcommittee. Dr. Ira Hicks, an FVSU professor emer- He said he expects it to play a significant role in increasing the college’s enroll-
itus, was chosen to head the alumni subcommittee, while Marquinta Gonzalez, ment over the next few years.
publications designer, became chair of the marketing subcommittee. “We expect to fill a sizable portion of this university’s new student housing
As the committee canvassed its members (and others) for suggestions, complex with the next generation of engineers, plant and animal scientists, vet-
observations and recommendations, the marketing subcommittee reviewed the erinarians, family and consumer scientists and agricultural educators,” Nelson
information as it began laying the groundwork for a far-reaching multi-media said. “We expect our students will be the ones going on to become doctors,
IN SIDE 2 FVlSUathiosts Nigerian 7 On the road again
marketing campaign. bankers, urban planners, agribusiness executives and leaders in many other
“We all knew that agriculture had become a ‘hard sell’ for Georgia’s high professions.”
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Fall/Winter 2006, Volume 6, Number 2
FVSU hosts Nigerian delegation
Following Bello’s introduction of delegation members, Nelson wel-
Land-Grant Focus is published by the comed the visitors to the college.
Fort Valley State University College of “We are very proud of this college and its research, outreach and
Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied educational programs,” Nelson said. “As you tour our facilities you
Programs. Information published herein is
for educational purposes in the furtherance
will visit state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms and meet our pro-
of the University's Land-Grant mission in fessors and our scientists.”
cooperation with the U.S. Department of Nelson said the college is meeting the challenges brought on by
Agriculture. Materials contained in this America’s changing demographics.
publication may be reprinted for further He told delegates that the small ruminant center is an example of the
educational use provided the meaning is not college’s commitment to meet these challenges by “developing products
altered and proper credit is given to the to meet the needs of some of the growing segments of this nation’s pop-
College of Agriculture, Home Economics ulation.”
and Allied Programs, Fort Valley State “We are also committed to the process of preparing human capital,”
University. Nelson said. “We are graduating students well-prepared to expand
their academic horizons and become productive members of society.”
Dr. Daniel K. Wims, FVSU executive vice president for academic
affairs, told the group that Fort Valley State is carefully and constantly
Dr. Mack C. Nelson Welcoming smiles. Members of the Nigerian delegation gather around
a welcoming sign before beginning their tour of the Georgia Small
establishing better relationships with other nations – especially those in
Ruminant Research and Extension Center. (From left) Dr. Afia Zakiya;
Dean of the College of Agriculture, West Africa.
Dantani Mohammed; Aliero Abba Abubakar Adamu; Basaura Sulaiman
Home Economics and Allied Programs “Look carefully and critically at what you see today,” Wims said.
Nuhu; Zauro Hukuma Sani; Nigerian Sen. Faruk Bello, Georgia Rep. Bob
“From what you note this afternoon, perhaps we can establish a ‘bi-con-
Holmes (Dist. 61); and Mrs. Ibrahim Limanci Habiba.
Stories and photos by tinental’ relationship between our two nations – one that can involve our
B.K. Lilja faculties, our students or both.”
Agricultural Communications Following the welcomes, the Nigerians viewed more than a dozen
By B.K. Lilja, head-Agricultural Communications displays on plant biotechnology, veterinary science, horticulture, agri-
Annette Coward cultural engineering, food and nutrition, genetic engineering and animal
Public Information Editor The College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs
science before sampling seafood, goat meat and goat dairy products
Agricultural Communications at Fort Valley State University opened its doors to a group of distin-
produced by the Aquaculture Program, the Small Ruminant Center and
guished visitors as a delegation from the Federal Republic of Nigeria the Family and Consumer Sciences Department.
Publications Editor toured its facilities the afternoon of Nov. 16. Leaving the center, the delegation toured the specialty plants green-
Agricultural Communications According to Rep. Bob Holmes (Dist. 53), the seven members of the house and the Houston Stallworth Research Building.
Nigerian delegation visited Fort Valley State “to become better Touring the Stallworth building laboratories, the group visited with
Cindy Gambill acquainted with cutting-edge agricultural research.”
Public Relations Coordinator research scientists conducting studies on food safety, medicinal and
Headed by Republic Senator Faruk Bello, the delegation included nutraceutical plants, daylilies, camellia and sweet potatoes.
Marquinta Bey Gonzalez members of Nigeria’s Kebbi State, one of that nation’s leading agricul- Group members said their visit exceeded their expectations.
Graphic Artist/Publications Designer tural areas and a major producer of vegetables, cash crops, fruit, fish “Our expectations were certainly surpassed,” Bello said. “I look for-
Agricultural Communications and dairy products. ward to a long and prosperous collaboration.”
Touring the college facilities with Bello were Mohammed Dantani, “FVSU has a great deal to offer the state of Kebbi,” he continued.
Design and Layout by
Marquinta Bey Gonzalez speaker of the state legislature, Mrs. Ibrahim Limanci Habiba, state “It’s my mission to establish a branch of this University in Kebbi.”
commissioner of women’s affairs and social development, and high- Holmes said the delegation gained an extensive array of knowledge
Agricultural Communications ranking representatives of the All Nigerian Peoples Party Basaura by visiting the FVSU campus.
P.O. Box 4061 Sulaiman Nuhu, Zauro Hukuma Sani and Aliero Abba Abubakar
Fort Valley State University “I am extremely pleased with the scientists and work that I’ve seen
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313
Adamu. here today,” he said. “I believe this university has what it takes to help
(478) 825-6345 Accompanying the group were Holmes and Dr. Afia Zakiya, a sen- shape Kebbi, and its cutting-edge research will help strengthen its pro-
ior program manager with the National Democratic Institute for ductivity.”
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative International Affairs, a non-profit organization working to strengthen
Extension Work, Act of September 29, democracy world-wide.
1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Holmes, who arranged the visit as part of his work with the NDI,
Department of Agriculture. Mack C.
Nelson, Dean, Fort Valley State University, said the Nigerians toured the college facilities to explore new methods
a State and Land-Grant Institution, of improving their state’s agricultural production.
University System of Georgia. Holmes, who sits on the House appropriations, banks and banking,
The Cooperative Extension Program of and natural resources and environment committees, said the group
the Fort Valley State University College of
Photos by Marquinta Gonzalez
Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied stopped at Fort Valley State to examine its current agricultural research
Programs offers educational programs, programs and take their knowledge home.
materials and services to all persons without Delegation members began their three-hour visit in the Meat
regard to race, color, gender, age, religion, Technology Center of FVSU’s Georgia Small Ruminant Research and
national origin, or physical handicap. Extension Center, where they were welcomed by university administra-
Fort Valley State University is accredited tors.
by the Commission on Colleges of the After thanking CAHEAP Dean Dr. Mack Nelson for according the
Southern Association of Colleges and Nigerian group the opportunity to visit the campus, Holmes opened the
Schools (1866 Southern Land, Decatur, GA
Q and A. Mrs. Ibrahim Limanci Habiba, commissioner for women's
tour by introducing Bello.
30033-4097; telephone: 404-679-4501) to
affairs in Nigeria's Kebi State, listens as Dr. Linda Johnson, interim
award associate, baccalaureate, master’s Bello told nearly two dozen FVSU agricultural scientists, educators
head of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, explains
and specialist degrees. and administrators that it was a pleasure to be on the campus and have
some of the educational programs her department offers.
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the opportunity to study the most current agricultural research and edu-
Walton County students step into surgery
to learn about veterinary science at FVSU
By Annette Coward, public information editor
Students from the Walton County Career Academy “scrubbed up” and got a real-life lesson in vet-
erinary science during their Dec.13 visit to the Fort Valley State University Department of Veterinary
The 20 high school students visited the FVSU campus to learn about careers in veterinary science
and related fields.
During their visit, the juniors and seniors donned surgical gowns, masks and hair nets to look on in
the department’s surgical room as Dr. George McCommon, an FVSU associate professor of veterinary
science, removed a tumor from the front leg of Petey, an 8-year-old beagle.
Cheryl Mimbs, the academy’s veterinary science director, said the firsthand experience was just
what the students needed.
“There’s nothing like hands-on experience to help a student learn,” said Mimbs. “They couldn’t
Photo by Annette Coward
possibly learn anything like this if I had used a textbook. I plan to return throughout the year so stu-
dents can get more experience.”
Department head Dr. Frank Lochner greeted the students and took the time to stress the importance
of education and making sacrifices as he led them on a tour of the veterinary science building.
“I can’t tell you how important grades are,” Lochner said. “They absolutely assess desire and moti-
vation, and you will definitely give up something to make the grades. The rewards will come later.”
A healing hand. Walton County Career Academy students look on in
the surgical room as Dr. George McCommon, an FVSU associate pro-
During the four-hour visit, students participated in a question-and-answer session about FVSU with
fessor of veterinary science, removes a tumor from the front leg of
Donavon Coley, associate assistant director of admissions and recruitment.
Petey, an 8-year-old beagle. The 20 students enjoyed a four-hour tour
“My dream is to set up all kinds of programs here like this for students,” said Oreta Samples, an
of the FVSU Department of Veterinary Medicine facilities before
FVSU veterinary technologist. “It’s important to establish a solid pipeline to get them thinking about
college and programs like this would help a great deal.” Christmas.
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International small ruminant consortium
launches new campaign at FVSU meeting
By Annette Coward, public information editor
For the past three years the Southern Consortium on Small Ruminant Parasite
Control has been developing new weapons to successfully battle small ruminant para-
sites and sharing its discoveries with small ruminant producers.
To open a new front, the consortium’s goat and sheep specialists from six states,
two territories and South Africa met on the Fort Valley State University Oct. 26 and
27 to discuss ways producers can win their on-going war against internal parasites.
During the two-day meeting, the 15 scientists, educators and outreach specialists
reviewed current consortium projects that ranged from using condensed tannin for-
ages to control gastrointestinal nematodes and developing sustainable gastrointestinal
nematode control methods to developing a curriculum that educators and extension
personnel can use to train producers on new methods of parasite control
According to Dr. Tom Terrill, SCSRPC coordinator, the consortium’s most recent
battle has focused on bloodworms – stomach parasites that are a major problem in the
southeastern United States.
Photos by Annette Coward
“Bloodworm larvae thrive in a warm, humid climate, and grazing sheep and goats
pick up large numbers in the grass they eat,” said Terrill, an FVSU research profes-
sional. “The larvae grow to adults in an animal’s stomach and suck its blood. [The
parasites] cause anemia and significantly reduce the infected animal’s profitability.”
Drs. James Miller, a Louisiana State University small ruminant parasitologist, and
Joan Burke, a USDA-Agricultural Research Station animal scientist from Booneville,
Ark., agree that parasites are a problem with long-term effects.
Burke, who communicates with producers often, said, “Because of growing para- Look me in the eye. Dr. Thomas Terrill (left), a research professional at Fort Valley State
site resistance to chemical dewormers, producers are looking at many alternatives, University, checks a goat's level of anemia caused by intestinal parasites by comparing the lining
including organics. We have to remember the animal’s health is a major priority for of its eye to a set of guidelines. Known as the FAMACHA system, this method helps producers use
farmers.” dewormers only when necessary, reducing costs and reducing the chance of parasites becoming
Miller agreed, “We need to find alternatives because the animals are becoming resistant to the drugs. Instructing producers on the use of FAMACHA was one of the projects of
immune to the chemicals currently being used. the Southern Consortium on Small Ruminant Parasite Control meeting at FVSU Oct. 26 and 27.
“We are particularly concerned with the impact on niche markets,” he continued.
“Lamb and goat are very popular in ethnic markets and this market will be deeply
Terrill said the consortium’s work is the first step in helping domestic and foreign
producers. of the school’s commitment to research and outreach,” he said.
“Our hope is to come up with the best possible combination of alternative control Terrill said, “Because of the diversity of disciplines SCSRPC members represent,
measures for farmers to manage their problems,” he said. “This is a growing industry, our meetings are fertile ground for ideas about how to attack the problem of small
but we face serious challenges.” ruminant parasites. Despite the difficulties, we have made good progress in educat-
Adrian Vatta, a doctor of veterinary medicine at the Ondersteport Veterinary ing producers about their need to use fewer chemicals by targeting only the animals
Institute in South Africa, said the problem has reached new international heights. that most need treatment.
“It’s a problem forcing many producers in South Africa to go out of business,” “Our research has also shown that [using] copper oxide wire particle boluses and
Vatta said. “Many of the producers are selling their animals. If you can’t control par- feeding animals high-tannin forage sericea lespedeza hay can reduce a flock or herd’s
asites, this will affect the supply – which will affect demand and push up prices for parasite problems and the producer’s need for chemical dewormers.”
the consumer.” Marshallville goat producer Bill Whittle has tapped into Fort Valley State – and
Vatta and Ray Kaplan, a doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of SCSRPC – resources to put their research findings into practice with his flocks.
Georgia, agreed that the bottom line for consumers and producers is sustainable pro- Whittle, who has been raising goats commercially for three decades, said, “Now I
duction and scientific collaboration. only deworm my goats when they need it, and they are doing as well or better than
Kaplan said, “We really have to work hard to address this problem. Solutions are ever.”
complex, but we all want the same outcome. Terrill said the SCSRPC membership is made up of research and outreach staff
“The ultimate goal is to keep producers in business,” he continued. “For some, from FVSU; UGA; Louisiana State University; the USDA Agricultural Research
this is their livelihood.” Service in Boonesville, Ark., and Brooksville, Fla.; the University of Puerto Rico;
Vatta added that the meeting at Fort Valley State was an important step for the Denmark’s Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University; South Africa’s Ondersteport
consortium. Veterinary Institute; Auburn University; Virginia Tech; the University of the Virgin
Hail and farewell
“The interaction of scientists from other institutions with the small ruminant Islands; and Langston University, Okla.
experts here at Fort Valley State University will prove to be quite beneficial because For more information about the consortium, visit http://www.scsrpc.org/index.htm.
Finding cures one hoof at a time
Saddle Up for St. Jude donations set new record
By B.K. Lilja, head-Agricultural
By Annette Coward, public information It was a moment of
editor reflection and memories
Generosity reached new when two more of the Fort
heights during Fort Valley Valley State University
Photo by Annette Coward
State University’s ninth annual Cooperative Extension
Saddle Up for St. Jude riding Program’s county staff
event on Sept. 28. announced their retire-
According to event coordi- ments in the fall of 2006.
Photo by Annette Coward
Luella Redd, an exten-
nator Dr. Curtis Borne, the
sion program assistant in
one-day event at the campus Twiggs County since 1974, Farewell smiles: (From left) Luella Redd, Twiggs
equine center raised nearly and Mary Storey, an exten- County extension program assistant, and Mary
Storey, Schley County extension program assis-
tant, smile for the camera during the Awards
$700 in donations. sion program assistant in
Borne, an FVSU professor Schley County since 1980, Ceremony and Reception in the Holiday Inn in
of agricultural education, said Rounding up cures. Mariam Jimerson, an FVSU junior majoring in hor- joined colleagues Dorothy Perry.
2006 donations to the St. Jude ticulture, (left) receives a donation from a 2006 Saddle Up for St. Jude Howell and Dianne Morgan
Children’s Research Hospital in participant. According to event coordinator Dr. Curtis Borne (holding as honorees at an Awards Ceremony and Reception, Sept. 26, at the
Memphis, Tenn., exceeded his tether), the Sept. 28 event at the campus equine center raised $694 that
will be used in finding cures for leukemia, Hodgkin's Disease, sickle-cell
Holiday Inn in Perry.
anemia, pediatric AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
expectations. During the reception, part of extension’s annual update training ses-
sion, Sept. 26-28, Dr. Carol Ann Johnson, associate dean for extension,
“I certainly didn’t think we
told the four that their combined hard work and dedication for nearly
were going to surpass our goal of $500,” Borne said. “It benefits such a great cause and 120 years was deeply appreciated by their clientele and their institution.
I’m glad we were able to contribute.” Storey, who retired in September, and Redd, who retired in October,
While 2005 donations totaled a record $475, the 2006 event earned $694, he said. said they have no immediate plans to let retirement slow down their
Borne said the event draws participants ranging from 3-year-olds to retirees every year. dedication to serving their communities.
The donations go into funds to sponsor research for cures to leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, “I’ve enjoyed my time and all the wonderful people I’ve met, and
sickle-cell anemia, pediatric AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. the lives that have changed because of our work through the universi-
The St. Jude hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding ty,” Redd said. “I’m just taking a break. You’ll see me again.”
cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Storey added, “The beauty of my work was helping people – and
Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude shares its discoveries with sci- that’s what it’s all about. I’m retiring, but I will continue to help in
any way I can. I thank you for recognizing my work.”
entific and medical communities around the world.
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Half-day event draws farmers from
nearly a dozen counties
AAFFI hold Small
By B.K. Lilja, head-Agricultural Communications
Nearly 60 small and limited-income producers
from 10 Georgia counties learned new ways to
improve their existing farming operations and
explored alternative agricultural operations at the
fourth annual Small Farm Family Conference on the
Fort Valley State University campus.
Photo by Cindy Gambill
Fifty-eight farmers took part in “The Power of
Working Together in Unity” workshop sessions on
alternative agricultural operations that ranged from
raising flowers, goat production and naturally raised
hogs to starting organic vegetable operations and the
You are the wind beneath our wings. Many of the community leaders recognized for their support of Fort Valley
potential profits in agro-forestry and silvo-pasture
The African American Family Farmers, Inc.’s State’s Head Start programs gather around FVSU First Lady Betty H. Rivers and President Larry E. Rivers (both seat-
ed) after the Champions for Children Luncheon at Massee Lane Gardens. The 2-hour event honored 20 people for
day-long conference, Nov. 17, in the C.W. Pettigrew
FVSU honors area Head Start supporters
their contributions to Head Start programs in Crisp, Dooly, Macon and Taylor counties.
Farm and Community Life Center also featured con-
current breakout sessions on planning estates, an
overview of the small scale/limited resource farmer
initiative, and the steps needed to receive organic cer-
Event coordinator Melvin Bishop, AAFFI presi-
dent and general manager, said the conference was an
excellent example of “bringing producers to the By Cindy Gambill, FVSU public relations coordinator
answers they need to solve their problems and bring-
ing resources to the clientele with the greatest needs.” Fort Valley State University showed its appreciation to those community members who have supported the uni-
“We’ve always made unity the theme of our con- versity’s Head Start programs during its 10 years of operation.
ferences,” Bishop said. “Ultimately that unity means
a direct connection between the farmers’ fields and The Champions for Children Luncheon was held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 28, at Massee Lane Gardens near
the consumers’ tables. To achieve that unity, our Marshallville. The event honored 20 people for their contributions to FVSU’s Head Start programs in Taylor,
producers need to become more aware of their oppor-
tunities – in and out of conventional agriculture.” Macon, Dooly and Crisp counties.
He said that the first step to achieving that goal is “This is being done in the spirit of ‘communiversity,’” said Betty H. Rivers, FVSU first lady and an event
to recognize that keeping producers fully informed
about all of their options is a key to creating and organizer. “We look at this as an opportunity to recognize individuals and municipalities who have partnered with
maintaining any farming operation’s economic viabil- the university in support of the Head Start Program.”
This year’s conference participants agreed with FVSU President Dr. Larry E. Rivers presented the keynote address.
Bishop’s assessment. “In the spirit of ‘communiversity,’ I applaud all the individuals here who support Head Start,” he said. “We are
Wilcox County farmer Leo Jackson said, “I’m
particularly interested in gaining new ideas and individuals who believe in helping children. That’s why we are here. We are, in many instances, change agents.
insight into farming. It is constantly changing and I “Many of you don’t get the praise,” Rivers continued. “That’s why I think it’s important to recognize these
need to keep up with the times.”
Jackson, who has farmed since 1985, continued, unsung heroes.”
“The conference always manages to keep me abreast To receive grant money for Head Start, there must be an investment from the communities served. Most of the
of what’s going on in the industry. The information
is always solid and I try to take it back to my farm communities provide the facilities in which the Head Start programs are located, according to Yvonne Walker,
and implement the new ideas as best I can.” director of the FVSU Head Start programs and an event organizer.
Bishop said all four of the conferences AAFFI has
held since 2003 have offered small and limited- “We wouldn’t exist without community support and those people who have been responsible for providing that
resource farmers opportunities to improve and diver- support,” she said. “We want to thank them for everything they give us.”
sify their operations by holding workshop sessions
ranging from organic livestock and crop production Dwayne Crew, chair of the Head Start Administering Board, echoed Walker’s sentiment.
methods to aquaculture production and methods for “Through the years, the FVSU Head Start program has benefited from the assistance of people in our service
operating a family farm as a business. areas,” he said. “Today we honored some, but definitely not all, of those who have gone beyond the call of duty to
He said speakers and presenters at the 2006 event
included representatives of the FVSU College of make sure the children of today will be able to get a ‘head start’ on tomorrow.”
Agriculture, Georgia Organics, Southern University,
the USDA-Risk Management Agency, the John Deere Honored during the luncheon were:
Corp. and Georgia’s Forestry Commission and its * Ralph Adkinson (honored posthumously), community developer, Middle Flint Regional Development Center
department of legal services.
Between sessions, participants visited with nearly * Dr. Judy Bean, superintendent of the Crisp County School System
a dozen exhibitors in the center’s lobby to learn more * Gail B. Bembry, city clerk and administrator of Vienna
about services offered by various federal and state ag-
related agencies and discuss production opportunities * Stuart Bryant, former mayor of Marshallville
that ranged from organic production to agri-forestry.
Jerald Larson, who manned an exhibit on organic * Dr. Dorothy B. Conteh, retired chair of Fort Valley State University’s Department of Family and Consumer
muscadine production, said the event was an excel- Sciences and retired vice president of academic affairs
lent opportunity to inform producers of an alternative
to traditional crop and livestock operations found in * Robert B. Cooke, executive director of the Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone
Larson, an FVSU cooperative extension county * Willie Davis, mayor of Vienna
agent in Emanuel, Burke and Jefferson counties, said, * Gloria Dixon, mayor of Marshallville
“I really enjoyed meeting and visiting with the farm-
ers at this event. Participants were interested in * Beauford Hicks, former superintendent of Dooly County schools
actively pursuing alternatives to the more convention- * Sydney Hughes, former mayor of Unadilla
al farming operations and asked many questions.”
Bishop said, “As an 1890 land-grant institution, * Lynmore James (D-135), state representative from Macon County
Fort Valley State is right on the cutting edge of many
of the alternative agricultural enterprises that this * William “Bill” Massee, former mayor of Marshallville
state’s small and limited-resource producers need to * Tom McFarland, director of the Empowerment Pathways YouthBuild Program
know more about. Getting these producers better
acquainted with this information and technology * Len Moore, executive director of adult education, Flint River Technical College
resource that’s literally at their disposal is just one of * Rosie Petties, director of the Learning Support Program, Fort Valley State University
the ways we see to increase the quality of life and
economic well-being for our small and limited- * Clint Shugart, former mayor of Unadilla
resource farm sector.”
He said holding his events at FVSU also offers * Wayne Smith, superintendent of Taylor County schools
his organization an opportunity to touch base with * Dr. J. Vann Sikes, former superintendent of Crisp County schools
another of its target audiences: young people. The
evening banquet and fashion show that preceded this * Hobby Stripling, district director for U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, (D-Ga.)
year’s conference drew nearly 100 people – many of
them area high school and university students. * Lenda Taunton, county manager, Taylor County
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B a ck i n S cho o l Biotech Center awarded
USDA grant of nearly
By B.K. Lilja, head-Agricultural Communications
It was back to the classroom after Thanksgiving when Fort $200,000
Valley State University plant scientists dropped by the Byron
Middle School on Nov. 30. By Cindy Gambill,
Drs. Anand Yadav, Nirmal Joshee and Ashish Yadav visited FVSU public relations
the combined first period classes of life science teachers Connie coordinator
Lockerman and Maxwell Duke to give their students a hands-on A major grant
opportunity to learn more about biotechnology by helping them from the U.S.
extract plant DNA. Department of
“We demonstrated a very simple technique for isolating Agriculture will help
plant DNA from strawberries,” said Anand Yadav, a professor of Fort Valley State
Photo by Cindy Gambill
specialty plants and biotechnology. “Then we gave the students
a hands-on experience by having them go through the process.” continue training in
The visit was part of his Educating the Educators program, a the field of agricul-
three-year effort to enhance the agricultural biotechnology edu- tural biotechnology.
cation programs of teachers in kindergarten through high school The program
in 25 schools in the middle Georgia area. “Enhancement of
“Our goal from the outset has been to train teachers and help Minority Student A closer look. Senior Betsy Ampofo
them establish biotech labs in their schools so they can go on to studies a stevia sample in one of the
Eewww! (From Left) Seventh graders Markell Bateman, Ross
train their fellow educators,” he said. “The end result is a cadre Center of Biotechnology laborato-
Matthews and Justin Roznek react as Dr. Nirmal Joshee dis-
ries. Ampofo was awarded one of
of teachers who can educate their students about agricultural
plays what he told them would be a "snotty" mass of strawberry
the scholarships funded by the
biotechnology through classroom study and hands-on experi-
DNA during Life Science Teacher Connie Lockerman's first peri-
received a USDA USDA capacity building grant.
ence year after year.”
“Biotechnology is a fact of scientific life here in Georgia, in od class in the Byron Middle School.
the United States and around the world,” he explained. “But it’s capacity building
too often misunderstood, misinterpreted or just plain feared by grant for $199,334
much of the public. in September. The project is part of the Center of
“Through our Educating the Educators program, we’re creat- dents filtered their solutions, slowly poured the contents into 50- Biotechnology in the College of Agriculture, Home
ing a much better – and certainly more accurate – perception of milliliter tubes of alcohol, and watched the DNA precipitate into Economics and Allied Programs.
the entire science by initially creating a much greater working what Joshee told them would look like a “snotty” mass. “This is the sixth year we’ve offered biotech-
knowledge of agricultural biotechnology among our state’s pri- It did. nology scholarships to more than 35 students
mary educators,” he continued. “While we were there, students learned how to prepare the through the capacity building grant,” said Dr.
Since 2004, Yadav has coordinated several biotechnology strawberries for DNA processing and what precautions they had
Sarwan Dhir, center director and an associate pro-
workshops at FVSU and conducted demonstrations for nearly to follow during the procedure,” Joshee said. “After we
35 primary and secondary-level educators from more than 20 demonstrated the technique, we asked the class to work in fessor of plant science-biotechnology.
Georgia counties. groups of eight or nine and ask us questions as they went The grant provides a dozen scholarships of
At the workshops, Yadav and his program team conduct through the procedure.” $2,000 each for students annually. In addition to
educational sessions on ag biotech procedures and set up lab Yadav said, “It’s easiest to think of today’s session as a the scholarship, the grant pays for student travel to
sessions where teachers have hands-on experiences ranging house call. It was an opportunity to bring the laboratory – professional conferences, lab supplies and equip-
from plant tissue culture to highlighting DNA/RNA/PCR tech- which many of us think of as an exotic locale – to the real ment. The grant also pays students a stipend for
nology. world. The experience provided the teaches and their students working in the laboratory, according to Dhir.
The program has also provided participating teachers with an opportunity to see how biotechnology meshes with their day- Dhir encourages these hands-on experiences.
laboratory equipment worth between $3,500 to $5,000 to set up to-day lives and may not be the mysterious process that the James Morgan, a senior from Thomson with
their own school biotechnology education laboratory facilities media sometimes paints.” dual majors in plant science-biotechnology and
and begin educating their students. Joshee and Ashish Yadav a research professional in medici-
biology, said he decided to study biotechnology
“We’ve been very successful in providing our teachers with nal plant biotechnology, said the experience was an opportunity
the knowledge and the tools they need to expand their biotech- to observe nearly 70 enthusiastic students “ready and receptive because of the expected growth in the field. He
nology knowledge and experience,” said Joshee, an assistant to learn DNA isolation.” credits the USDA capacity building grant with pro-
professor of plant science. Lockerman said she asked the FVSU scientists to visit her viding students exposure to state-of-the-art labora-
Yadav said, “From what we’ve seen they’ve put our infor- classroom because it was an opportunity for students to “actual- tory facilities at the center.
mation and tutoring to good use. We estimate that the nearly ly observe and participate in real-life biotechnology.”. “Some of the equipment and techniques are
40 teachers we’ve had in the program have gone on to provide “They provided my students a first-hand look at DNA rather new,” Morgan said. “Most were invented in
more than 500 Georgia youngsters with a working – and accu- extraction,” she said. “It was an experience that these young the 21st century. We have to be able to adjust to
rate – knowledge of biotechnology: the biologically useful sci- people may use as a guide as they make their career choices these new experiences.”
ence.” while continuing through high school and through higher educa- Betsy Ampofo, a senior plant science-biotech-
The three educators visited Lockerman’s class as a follow- tion.” nology major from Macon, considered the social
up to the workshop she attended in July 2006. From 8 until “I thought what we did was intriguing,” seventh grader John
9:45 a.m., the trio led 66 seventh graders in making a buffer Duggan agreed. “I really learned more about biology because
solution out of common kitchen materials to extract DNA from they showed me how to extract DNA from buffered strawberry “The grant gives you the opportunity to visit
plant tissue. juice.” graduate schools,” she said. “It also enhances your
While using salt, detergent and water to mix a Lysis Buffer The school visit was not the first for the FVSU researchers. communication skills. You’re able to meet students
solution, the trio passed out whole strawberries to the class. “The reaction is generally the same,” Joshee said. “We from other schools and share experiences.”
Once the students had stripped the leaves they sealed the straw- leave the students with a curiosity to learn the emerging tech- Originally from Ghana, Ampofo said she is
berries in ziplock bags. nology of our times and their teacher with a hope and confi- idealistic about the possibilities of biotechnology.
Then the FVSU research scientists told them to crush their dence that they have educational and support resources nearby “I want to work around the world,” she said. “I
strawberries until the fruit became a liquid. that will enable them to successfully teach their classes about a want to enhance life for the whole human race.
After some enthusiastic crushing – and giggling – the stu- science that has impacted world society so forcefully.” With biotechnology you get to enhance crops. With
those enhancements, you can enhance agriculture
Ampofo said she plans to attend graduate
school and then work in industry or for an interna-
tional organization, such as the World Health
Morgan said he’s set his sights on graduate
school. He said he plans to earn a doctorate in
genetics so that he can work with rare molecular
“This program gives students a direction they
can get their heads into,” Morgan said. “Some peo-
ple in other majors never have these experiences.”
With the emphasis on hands-on learning,
Morgan has already completed five internships;
Ampofo has completed four.
Photos by B.K. Lilja
“Dr. Dhir represents the finest traditions of aca-
demics and of Fort Valley State,” said Dr. Larry E.
Rivers, FVSU president. “A gifted teacher and
So that's what it looks like. Seventh grader Lius Biotech one step at a time. Seventh grader Luis
researcher, his heart of gold never stops trying to
Lopez (left) examines strawberry fruit DNA that Dr. Lopez is all eyes as Dr. Ashish Yadav demonstrates
identify ways to make his students’ lives and this
Anand Yadav displays while fellow seventh grader how to extract DNA from strawberry fruit.
Jenna Rigdon reacts to the sample.
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Photo by Cindy Gambill
Trophies of excellence. Faculty, administrators and students display the recognition plaques a quartet of FVSU students were
awarded for their academic achievements and research at the National Role Models Conference. (From left) Isaac Mickens, a
senior majoring in plant science-biotechnology; Dr. Melinda Davis, interim chair of the Biology Department; Allison K. Lester,
FVSU students honored at National
Hussein Salifu, Betsy B. Ampofo, William F. Harden and Safira Sutton, all seniors majoring in plant science-biotechnology; and
Dr. Daniel K. Wims, executive vice president for academic affairs.
Role Models Conference
By Annette Coward, public information editor “I have an avid interest in the function of genes and their impact on the human
Fort Valley State University students were honored for their academic achieve- race and the world as a whole,” she said.
ments and research in the field of biomedical studies at the seventh annual National Mickens, who placed second in the poster presentation category for his work with
Role Models Conference, Sept. 17-20 in Las Vegas. metal accumulation in red oak trees, received a $500 cash award.
Seniors Betsy Ampofo, Allison Lester and Isaac Mickens were recognized at the “I put a great deal of work into my project,” Mickens said. “I was happy to be rec-
conference. The conference was sponsored by Minority Access Inc., a non-profit ognized.”
organization dedicated to diversifying campuses and work sites. Mickens said that he plans to obtain a degree in biotechnology in graduate school
Lester praised FVSU for helping her discover her passion for the sciences. next year.
“I was flattered that I was selected as an undergraduate role model for the year.,” Dr. Sarwan Dhir, an FVSU associate professor of plant science-biotechnology and
Lester said. “This experience gave me the confidence that I need to excel on a pro- the director of its Center of Biotechnology, nominated Ampofo and Lester. They were
fessional level. chosen as national role models based on their research achievements and academic
“FVSU helped shape me into the person I am today,” she continued. “I feel that I
am well spoken and [that] I have the confidence in myself that can allow me to records.
achieve all my goals in life.” “These students are stand-outs in their respective fields,” Dhir said. ‘It’s important
Lester’s goals include pursuing a master’s degree in biotechnology and embarking that their work be recognized.”
on a teaching career at the collegiate level. Dr. Melinda Davis, interim head of the FVSU Biology Department, and Seema
Ampofo, an FVSU presidential scholar, received national recognition and placed Dhir, an assistant professor of biology, were also recognized as outstanding faculty
first in the poster presentation category for her work with mutation. As part of her members at the conference.
recognition, she received a plaque and $1,000. The two agreed that their work is about developing the students academically.
She says her FVSU experience prepared her well for a career that will include “I was very surprised and feel very privileged,” Davis said. “I was in such good
extensive research. company – but this is more about mentoring students, and seeing their commitment to
“I have received a great education and the academic environment at FVSU has their studies unfold.”
been exceptional,” Ampofo said. “The plant science-biotechnology program provid- Seema Dhir said, “[While] I was honored to be recognized, it’s more about the stu-
ed me with excellent hands-on experience and advanced training.” dents and their future. It’s really rewarding to see every student succeed in their aca-
Ampofo said she is interested in genetic engineering and plans to obtain her doc- demic pursuit. As a mentor, I enjoy being there for the students and seeing their aca-
torate in molecular genetics or a closely linked field. demic dreams come to light.”
FVSU FFA earns national recognition
University alumni chapter presented alumni affiliate award
By Annette Coward, public information editor
The Fort Valley State University Collegiate Future Farmers of America Alumni
Chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in serving agricultural education and the FFA did
not go unrecognized in 2006.
The chapter was honored with the FFA Alumni Affiliate Award at the national FFA
alumni convention in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 26.
According to chapter officials, FVSU was one of 25 schools recognized at the event.
Affiliates were previously selected by their state associations for exemplifying outstanding
qualities that merit national recognition.
“It’s truly an honor to receive the award,” said Dr. Curtis Borne, an FVSU professor of
agricultural education and the university’s FFA chapter advisor. “It’s the first time our chap-
ter has received the award. It means our hard work throughout the year is being recog-
Photo by Cindy Gambill
A portion of the hard work honored at the national convention was visible during
Borne’s 11th annual FFA mini-tractor pull competition on Oct. 10 and 13 at the Georgia
National Fair in Perry.
“We saw several siblings participating this year,” Borne said. “We also saw students
Pulling Power. (From left) FVSU’s Dr. Curtis Borne, a professor of agricultural instruc-
paying attention to details – which made judging a little tougher. It was also nice to see
tion, and Jeff Dalce, a junior majoring in agricultural education, watch as Luke Gibbs
Warner Robins’ Northside High School participating.”
sets up his entry in FVSU’s 11th annual mini-tractor pull contest at the Georgia National
During the competition, William Gibbs, a senior from Wilcox County, took home the top
Fair. Gibbs took home first place in appearance in the competition’s junior division.
prize in the appearance category with his miniature John Deere look-alike tractor.
“I feel great,” Gibbs said. “I was really nervous entering the competition, but it paid
Gibbs’ younger brother, Luke, made winning a family affair by earning the first place According to Borne, each tractor was judged by the neatness of its electrical connections, its
ribbon in the junior division’s appearance category. paint job, its overall appearance and the amount of weight it pulled on the competition
April Aultman, another senior from Wilcox County, placed first in the competition’s track.
weight category and was named senior division champion. Borne said the tractor-building projects and the pulling competitions develop deeper
“I’m so happy,” Aultman said. “I put a lot into this because it’s my senior year and I meanings for the students each year.
wanted to give it my all and finish with a big win.” “It’s always nice to see how hard these students display when this competition rolls
Northside High’s Brandie Stovall and Ashley Taylor finished as the competition’s around,” he said. “It’s equally impressive to see the pride with which each student exhibits
reserve champions. her or his tractor.”
On the road again
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new doctorate degree program in plant science, helping the university strengthen its
soil and water management teaching and research programs, and conducting work-
shops on how to develop research proposals, conduct research programs and projects,
and prepare manuscripts.
In the midst of completing his initial Fulbright assignment, Singh also found the
time to assist an editorial committee of Ethiopian scientists in launching the “East
African Journal of Sciences,” a scientific journal for eastern Africa.
Selected as a Fulbright senior specialist in May 2005, Singh will lecture, hold
seminars, conduct need assessments, survey institutional or programmatic research,
and consult on faculty development in environmental science at foreign universities for
periods up to six weeks per year through 2010.
“Both of my Fulbright assignments were challenging and enjoyable experiences,”
Singh said. “Both journeys proved exceptionally rewarding to be a part of the found-
ing of an institution’s doctorate program. In Ethiopia, I also enjoyed developing a dry-
land research program and launching an agricultural science journal.
He said that his first Fulbright experience gave him an opportunity to work on an
institutional level and interact with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and the United
Face to face. Dr. Bharat Singh (left) poses for a photo with His Excellency Joseph A. States Aid for International Development. His second Fulbright assignment gave him
Mussomeli, the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia. Mussomeli was one of several high- an opportunity to continue developing agricultural education programs to their fullest
ranking government and diplomatic representatives Singh met during his six-week stay potential.
in Cambodia. “Of course it is a privilege and honor to be Fort Valley State’s first Fulbright spe-
cialist,” Singh said. “But my selection is more to do with the recognition by the
By B.K. Lilja, head-Agricultural Communications Fulbright Foundation of the excellence of FVSU’s environmental science program.”
When Bharat Singh, a professor of agronomy in Fort Valley State University’s Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding
College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs, opened his office in between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of
September, it signaled the end of two months of travel that spanned 18,000 miles and persons, knowledge and skills.
stops in India, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational
Singh settled into his normal academic and research routine after spending four and Cultural Affairs, awards approximately 800 new grants annually to American pro-
days in New Delhi as a U.S. Department of Agriculture delegate, working to develop fessionals and academicians to engage in teaching and research activities abroad.
ways to implement an agricultural knowledge initiative on water management signed
between India and the United States.
“My visit to India gave me the opportunity to develop policies between two
nations that will allow each nation to benefit from the knowledge of the other when it
comes to successfully managing the sustainable use of water resources,” Singh said.
“It also was an opportunity to expand Fort Valley State University’s already excellent
program in dryland agricultural management.”
During his New Delhi stay, Singh worked with nearly 20 scientists from the
United States, and nearly 50 scientists from Indian universities and the Indian Council
for Agricultural Research, to develop a workable plan for sustainable water manage-
After three days of deliberations, the group presented its recommendations to the
USDA and the Indian planning commission and its Agricultural Knowledge Initiative
“When I left, we had developed workable plans that included dealing with water
quality, water harvesting, waterlogged soils management, the sustainable use of avail-
able ground water and gender equality in water use,” Singh said.
“The next steps will include further exchanges of information between the two
counties, holding workshops in both nations, developing joint research, extension and
educational proposals and developing joint business ventures in large and small-scale
irrigation,” he explained.
Singh’s trip to India came about eight weeks after he spent a month and a half in
Cambodia working with the Royal University of Agriculture at Phnom Penh to upgrade
and expand its agricultural education and research program.
One step at a time. Dr. Bharat Singh descends a temple staircase at Angkor Wat during
“I was invited to lecture, review and advise by the university in my role as a
his Cambodia visit. As a Fulbright senior specialist, Singh worked with members of the
Fulbright senior specialist,” he said. “The purpose of my stay was to upgrade their cur-
Royal University of Agriculture at Phnom Penh to upgrade the institution's agricultural edu-
riculum and research.
cation and research programs.
“My visit to Phnom Penh gave me the opportunity to gain the satisfaction of creat-
ing a new program,” Singh said. “I will continue to be an external advisor to the newly
created doctorate in agriculture program as long as I’m needed to assist its growth and
Singh said the experience was also an opportunity to professionally interact with
his Cambodian counterparts in agriculture and education all the way up to high-level
government officials, diplomats and international agency administrators.
“For Fort Valley State, it was another excellent opportunity to expand our agricul-
tural knowledge base by coordinating some future activities with Cambodia’s agricul-
tural and educational infrastructure,” he said. “Looking at small farm operations alone,
there are some excellent potential opportunities to explore new alternative farming
operations, such as mushrooms.”
During his stay, Singh lectured on global climate change, reviewed and revised
institutional and faculty of agronomy curriculum, helped begin the process of develop-
ing an instrument for the student evaluation of instructors, and assisted in starting a
Photos courtesy of Dr. Bharat Singh
doctorate program in agriculture.
After six weeks in Cambodia, Singh traveled to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos to
present a series of lectures at various agricultural universities, investigate current agri-
cultural research projects and meet with fellow educators and research scientists.
“I thought it was an excellent opportunity to explore some of the current research
activity underway in Southeast Asia,” he said. “I was very impressed by fishery
research in Vietnam, animal biotechnology research in Thailand, and alternative crop
research in Laos.
“Of course, wherever I went, I also talked about our own excellent research and
A sweet subject. Dr. Bharat Singh examines a bee farm honeycomb outside of Ho Chi
educational programs at Fort Valley State University and its College of Agriculture,
Minh City during his Vietnam visit. During his stay in Southeast Asia, Singh lectured and
Home Economics and Allied Programs,” he added.
Singh’s trip to Cambodia was his second as a Fulbright senior specialist on envi- investigated agricultural research projects underway at various agricultural institutions
ronmental science. In 2005 he spent six weeks at Ethiopia’s Alemaya University and agencies in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.
assisting its administration and faculty of agriculture in developing a curriculum for a
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Macon entrepreneur addresses FVSU students
By Cindy Gambill, Public Relations Coordinator
During the annual Gladyce C. Sampson Scholarship Luncheon held
Oct. 20 in Myers Hall at Fort Valley State University, Earlene “Dab”
Wallace encouraged participants to strive for success.
Wallace, a Fort Valley State alumna, focused her speech on the
Homecoming theme, “There’s No Place Like Home.” She compared the
challenges faced by the main characters in the movie “The Wizard of Oz” to
those faced by students after graduation.
“This home here in the Valley has afforded you an opportunity to be
prepared for the journey,” she said. “[In the movie] Dorothy overcame chal-
lenges along her journey, just like you will one day. Those challenges pre-
sented an opportunity for Dorothy to succeed or not to succeed. She had to
make some choices.”
Wallace owns Dab’s Café, located at the Middle Georgia Regional
Photo by Cindy Gambill
Airport and Bowden Golf Course in Macon. She is a 1978 graduate of Fort
Valley State with a bachelor’s degree in home economics with a concentra-
tion in food and nutrition. Wallace opened her café locations after starting as
an hourly employee and working through the ranks to franchise service con-
sultant during a 22-year career with Hardees Food Systems.
Straight talk. Earlene "Dab" Wallace, owner
“Each of you has within you everything you need to reach your desti-
of Dab's Café, addresses FVSU Family and
nation,” she said. “Believe in yourselves. Go as far as your mind allows you
Consumer Sciences Department students, to go. Keep focused and never lose sight of what and who you are.”
faculty, staff and guests during the annual The annual luncheon raises funds for the Gladyce C. Sampson
Gladyce C. Sampson Scholarship Luncheon Scholarship, which is presented to an outstanding Family and Consumer
held on Oct. 20. Sciences Education major each year.