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					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, 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.
           Ayanna McPhail
          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.
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      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-
                                                 cational technology.

                                            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

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
 Farmer Conference
     at FVSU
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
                                                                                                                                                         University students

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                         Recruitment and
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-
                                                                                                                                                         Retention in
                                                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                         and medicine.”
                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                         genetic disorders.
                                                                                                                                                             “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.
                                                                                                                                                         university better.”
    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.

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