MEET AMERICAN STRUCTUREPOINT PRESIDENT/CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

first_imgIndiana ESTABLISHED IN 1966Established in 1966, American Structurepoint has developed a national and international reputation for their work in a variety of disciplines and markets throughout the built environment. Their staff of 400 professionals goes full throttle to deliver excellence with every project. They specialize in delivering innovation and vision from concept to completion. Their approach is hands-on, fueled by open communication and collaboration with our clients. Their clients view them as the single point of access for all of their needs within the built environment.AMERICAN STRUCTUREPOINT OFFICESHeadquarters FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Meet Willis “Rick” Conner, PE, SEPresident/Chief Operating Officer/Partner Of American StructurePointSince taking the reigns as the president, chief operating officer, and majority owner of American Structurepoint in 1987, Rick has grown the engineering and architectural consulting firm from $2.8 million in annual revenue and fewer than 50 employees to an average of $60 million and 450 employees across 11 disciplines and still growing. American Structurepoint began business in Indianapolis in 1966, and with Rick’s guidance, the company has since expanded its offices throughout the Midwest.Under his leadership, American Structurepoint has won over 150 design awards, been consistently recognized as a Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record, and named the 2018 Midwest Design Firm of the Year by ENR Midwest. The Indianapolis Business Journal named American Structurepoint the largest engineering firm, fifth-largest architectural firm, and the eighth-largest environmental firm in the region.In 2002 and 2011, Rick was named among those listed on the IBJ’s Who’s Who in Construction, Design, and Engineering. In 2015, Rick received the Purdue University College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.Rick’s enterprising, energetic career has led him through myriad active roles in the internationally recognized company. His innovative initiatives, such as expanding into Ohio, Illinois, and Texas, launching the Investigative Services Group, initiating design/build and selling technology services, and buying the Shadeland headquarters’ office building took hard work, planning, and considerable risk. In addition, Rick has been involved in such distinctive projects as the Keystone Parkway Corridor; the I-70 interchanges at the Indianapolis Airport; Super 70 and Hyperfix in downtown Indianapolis; the “Speed Zone” urban redevelopment in Speedway, Indiana; and many more. Not only is he involved in his company, but as a lifelong resident of Indiana, he is also an avid supporter of the professional engineering community.Not only does Rick understand the ins and outs of the A/E industry, but he’s practiced almost every discipline of the business, as well. His hands-on experience leading highly visible, groundbreaking projects have helped put American Structurepoint on the map with a glowing reputation as the top go-to firm in the industry. Rick’s executive leadership commitment will ensure your project exceeds expectations.AffiliationsAmerican Consulting Engineers Council Indiana Chapter, Past Board Member, and PresidentAmerican Society of Civil Engineers, MemberAmerican Concrete Institute, MemberRotary Club of Indianapolis, MemberMillersville Lodge F&AM, Scottish Rite, MemberNoblesville Housing AuthorityPurdue University John Purdue Club, ChampionPurdue University School of Civil Engineering Advisory Council, Member, and Past ChairmanPurdue University Presidents Council, Member Indianapolis Headquarters7260 Shadeland StationIndianapolis, IN 46256Tel 317-547-5580 Illinois Ohio VirginiaFairfax Community Commitment Columbus and Cincinnati Kentucky Lexingtoncenter_img Chicago/Aurora Nashville Cape Coral and Tampa Tennessee AMERICAN STRUCTUREPOINT supports civic organizations, public service agencies, and causes that improve the quality of life. They focus on community service efforts in these areas: families/children, education, senior citizens, emergency and homeless shelters, and Armed Services/veterans organizations. American Structurepoint also supports local, national, and global relief in response to natural disasters.FOOTNOTE: American StructurePoint was just selected to do the Architectural and Engineering design work for the new Vanderburgh County jail. Florida Austin Texas Evansville, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, Highland, South Bend, West Lafayette, Lawrenceburg, and Jeffersonville.last_img read more

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (Midtown Community School)

first_img× THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD — Students in Mrs. DiPasquale’s Science Class at Midtown Community School, like Aiza Maldonado and Joanna Lopez, learned about the Scientific Method by conducting an experiment to test the time it takes an Alka-Seltzer tablet to dissolve in different liquids.last_img

Postal Service Food Drive on Saturday, May 13

first_imgOcean City Post Office Letter carriers across the country, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, will be collecting food for families in need on Saturday, May 13.In Ocean City, carriers ask that residents collect and bag non-perishable food items, then place them by their mailboxes for pickup on Saturday. All food will be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard. Please do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers.Some recommended items include:Canned meatsCanned vegetablesCans of fruitCans of soupCerealTunaCans of tomatoesMacaroni-and-cheeseCans of ravioli, Spaghetti O’sPork and beansRamen noodlesIndividual packets of dry milkJuiceJellyPeanut butterJello/pudding mixCrackersRiceAlso needed are microwave items:Mac-and-cheeseRavioli, Spaghetti O’s, lasagnaCups of soupMicrowave soupsMicrowave riceHormel microwave mealsLaundry detergent, dish detergent, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper and paper towel are also requested.Volunteers are needed to help off-loading trucks, weighing, sorting and shelving donated items from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (May 13) at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church at Eighth Street and Central Avenue (enter using door off the alley). Students needing community service hours are welcome. For more information and to confirm attendance, call Dottie Cianci at 609-398-5563.last_img read more

Tate & Lyle sales rise 9%

first_imgSupplier Tate & Lyle has posted strong results, thanks to its profitable value-added food and industrial ingredients sectors.Interim results for the six months ended 30 September saw sales at the company rise 9%, to £2,039 m (from £1,868 m), due to a strong first half in Food & Industrial Ingredients, Americas and a good performance in Sugars, Europe from sugar trading. Pre-tax profit was 27% higher at £173m (from £136 m). But profitability in Sugars, Europe continued to be affected by lower domestic sales prices in EU sugar refining businesses due to an oversupply of sugar in the market.Tate & Lyle said the oversupply of sugar and changes to the EU sugar regime meant profits in Food & Industrial Ingredients, Europe for the second half of the financial year ending 31 March 2007 were expected to be lower than in the same period of the previous year.last_img read more

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi To Join SiriusXM’s Jam On This Week

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band’s Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will appear on SiriusXM‘s Jam On each day for the remainder of the week, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (EST).Jam On program host Stefani Scamardo will sit down with the husband-and-wife duo to discuss their recently released album, Signs, the loss of their longtime friend and bandmate, Kofi Burbridge, and more. Scamardo, Trucks, and Tedeschi’s roots run deep, as Scamardo is married to Warren Haynes, Truck’s longtime Allman Brothers Band bandmate and frequent collaborator.Tune into to SiriusXM’s Jam On (channel 29) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to listen to Derek, Susan, and Stefani discuss a wide array of topics.On Thursday, Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at Birmingham, AL’s Alabama Theatre, followed by shows at Augusta, GA’s William B. Bell Auditorium and Asheville, NC’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium this weekend.Head to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates and more information.last_img read more

Conservation work saves Blackwood Films

first_imgFilm conservators at the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) and Weissman Preservation Center recently completed a massive effort to slow or stop damage to thousands of hours of film – including hundreds of hours of one-of-a-kind out-takes – that capture virtually every important painter, sculptor, musician, film director, architect or choreographer working in the United States during the late 20th century.Part of the Michael Blackwood Collection, the films were presented to the library several years ago, but didn’t begin arriving at the HFA until last year. It quickly became clear, however, that as much as two-thirds of the collection was deteriorating due to age, poor storage conditions, or had suffered damage of one sort or another, and was in danger or being lost forever.“The value of this collection lies in the intimate, backstage perspective it offers on the creative life of some of the most important artistic figures of the 20th century,” said HFA Director Haden Guest. “Understanding the importance of this material, we had staff within hours working to protect the films and ensure they were stored in conditions that would halt any further deterioration.”last_img read more

A tension as old as the country

first_imgNative Americans currently represent 1 percent of the U.S. population, but thousands of years ago they were the indigenous inhabitants of the territory known to some of them as Turtle Island and eventually to others as North America. Today, there are 567 federally recognized tribes. The largest are the Navajo Nation and Cherokee Nation.Harvard Law School, the Harvard University Native American Program, and the Harvard Native American Law Students Association held a conference last week to examine relations between Native Americans and state and federal governments. Keynote speakers included University of Colorado Law School Dean S. James Anaya, Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Keith Harper.The Gazette interviewed Kristen Carpenter ’98, Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at HLS, Council Tree Professor at University of Colorado Law School, and one of the event organizers, on the history of American Indian law, the friction between federal and tribal laws, and the rise of the indigenous rights movement in the United States. GAZETTE: Can you describe the state of Native American rights in the United States?CARPENTER: It is mixed. On the one hand, American Indian tribes are powerful, resilient communities, deeply steeped in tribal culture and ways of life, and continuing to live in their homelands and territories to this very day. As a matter of law, tribes have well-grounded and longstanding rights commemorated in treaties made originally with European nations and then with the United States. They also have rights that are established in the U.S. Constitution and in federal statutory law, which have long been recognized by the courts. In recent years, however, there has been somewhat of a retrenchment in federal courts, and especially in the Supreme Court, with respect to the recognition of tribal jurisdiction and tribal statutory rights that were enacted to remedy some of the past dispossessions American Indians endured.GAZETTE: What are the main grievances of Native Americans toward the U.S. courts?CARPENTER: My sense is that tribal governments are quite often seeking dignity and respect in the courts. Indian tribes were here before Europeans and others who came to what is now called North America. Tribal governments engaged in treaty-making with Europeans going back to the 1600s. Tribal rights to exercise their own laws over their territories and their members are traceable to treaties. One question in federal Indian law is often how to understand and implement those historic arrangements today. This is a question not unlike that faced in U.S. constitutional law, where a venerable document also presents questions of contemporary interpretation. Secondly, while federal Indian law clearly recognizes tribal self-government, various parties challenge the jurisdiction of the tribal courts and regulatory system. This sounds technical but what it really means is which government and whose values are able to regulate people’s lives, lands, and resources on a day-to-day basis. The foundational rules of federal Indian law provide that tribes generally retain jurisdiction within reservation boundaries, and especially over tribal citizens, and that states have authority off the reservation. That’s oversimplifying the situation and there are a lot of situations where things are a little bit messier in reality.GAZETTE: A few years ago, there was a messy case that highlighted the strain between federal and tribal laws. A Cherokee girl was given back to her adoptive parents after the Supreme Court ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act didn’t apply. Could you explain what happened?CARPENTER: Yes, this was the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, decided by the Supreme Court in 2013. To explain it, I have to share some history. The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 was enacted to address the historic removal of Indian children from their parents for purposes of their religious and social “assimilation.” In various iterations, dating back to 1850, assimilation was a federal policy implemented in part by religious organizations, state child welfare workers, and private adoption agencies. One of the views animating these practices was that Indian children would be “better off” with white families. By the 1970s, one in four Indian children was being raised away from their families. Congress noted the “wholesale separation” of Indian children from their families had devastating consequences for the children, who suffered high rates of psychological and physical trauma, as well as the parents, siblings, and tribes who lost their children, and passed ICWA to address this situations. Under ICWA, Indian parents and tribes must receive notice of custody proceedings involving their children, tribal courts have jurisdiction in some cases, and there is a set of foster care and adoptive placement preferences prioritizing the extended family and tribe.In the Adoptive Couple case, a Cherokee baby was put up for adoption by her non-Indian mother in a set of events that did not comply with ICWA, such that the father — who was an active-duty serviceman — was served with notice of the impending adoption four months after his daughter’s birth and days before his deployment. When he returned from Iraq almost two years later, the father was able to appeal the case and the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that ICWA had been violated, granting him custody. The little girl then lived with her father, siblings, and grandparents and Indian community for two years. But the Supreme Court ruled ICWA didn’t apply because, according to Justice Samuel Alito, the statute required a parent show “continuing custody” to be eligible for ICWA’s protections. The little girl was then relocated back to South Carolina with the adoptive couple.GAZETTE: What’s your opinion about the outcome of the case?CARPENTER: In my view, the case was wrongly decided. ICWA is supposed to protect Indian families and remedy the legacy of federal policies that disrupted Indian family custody. The Supreme Court, completely missing Congress’ intent, created a new and narrow reading of the statute to deny a fully capable, fit, and loving Indian father the opportunity to bring up his daughter. Many in the Indian child welfare community are working in domestic and international venues for reform that will prevent this kind of outcome in the future.GAZETTE: So the question is what’s the importance of Indian laws in U.S. jurisprudence?CARPENTER: Indian tribes pose a lot of hard questions for the U.S. legal system. They’re governments and communities that predate the United States, but through conquest and colonization, they came to be dispossessed of many rights, whether it’s land, jurisdiction, culture, or family. Yet, those tribes still remain 500 years later through the resilience and determination of their people as well as the strength and beauty of their culture. Today Indian law tests the capacity of the U.S. legal system to acknowledge and respect the pre-existing rights of Indian tribes and to account for those interests and norms of legal pluralism in a democratic system that is more comfortable with individual rights. Those are real challenges. In my view, the answer lies in the framework established by treaties and the Constitution, specifically to respect the sovereignty and jurisdiction of tribes, for the United States to negotiate with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis, and for cooperative approaches among all three sovereigns to address the problems contemporarily facing us.GAZETTE: Can you tell us whether those principles are being used in the Dakota Access Pipeline situation, the most recent case of friction between the federal government and tribal communities?CARPENTER: The Standing Rock Sioux tribe opposes the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline less than half a mile from its reservation. The pipeline is slated to travel under the Missouri River, the tribe’s main source of drinking water, right through some of their sacred sites. So when the Standing Rock people claim that their very way of life is threatened now by the pipeline, I think they mean it quite literally. These lands and waters were originally protected by the tribe’s own laws, and later by the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1851, which the U.S. later violated, such that the contested lands are now owned by the United States, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Various statutes require federal agencies to “consult” with tribal nations about federal undertakings that would affect their resources. The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes affected by the pipeline are litigating those rights in the federal courts right now. In recognition of the spirit of those laws, the Obama administration, through the Departments of Justice, Interior, and the Army, has called for a halt to construction in order more fully to consult with the affected tribes.GAZETTE: What can the United States learn from other countries with indigenous populations?CARPENTER: Currently in the United States, tribes’ aboriginal title, meaning the land they have occupied since time immemorial, is not recognized as “property” pursuant to the Fifth Amendment. The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has held, in a case involving the Western Shoshone people, the rule of law in the U.S. thus violates basic norms of property, equality, and non-discrimination. In cases involving Nicaragua, Ecuador, Belize, Suriname, and others, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights has recognized that property rights grow out of indigenous peoples’ land tenure. Some of these countries have, in turn, reformed their national laws to recognize tribes’ customary land tenure as a source of property rights and begin the process of demarcating and titling those rights. While those reform efforts are not without difficulty, I’d like to see the United States also recognize Indian tribes’ aboriginal lands as being eligible for the full set of property rights protections.last_img read more

Embrace the Chaos and Reap the Rewards

first_imgHow do you back up your data? A decade ago, the question was an afterthought for IT directors, and they could answer it in 10 words or less. Today, the question is top of mind for CIOs and nobody in the organization has a complete answer. To deliver the answers that the business needs, the backup team must transform its approach and adopt a service-provider mindset.Backup has become a top IT priority because it can drive the business. Companies recognize the competitive business advantages of bringing together the right information and the right people. Therefore, they want their IT investments to advance their information infrastructure, instead of merely maintaining the legacy environment. Unfortunately, IT organizations evolve slowly to minimize risk (e.g. data loss). Enterprises with high-performance trusted backup solutions evolve more quickly because the rest of IT can move more rapidly, confident in their backup safety net. Backup has become a CIO focus because it can accelerate IT and business transformation.As backup has become more vital, it has also become more fragmented. Concerned about the performance and reliability of legacy backup solutions, individual IT groups have deployed point products to address their localized backup challenges. For example, most enterprises have DBAs, Virtual Machine (VM) administrators and storage teams run one-off approaches for some VMs, databases, NAS servers or remote offices. The result is chaos: snapshots, database dumps to local disk, replicas, Virtual Tape Library (VTL), cloud, legacy tape and multiple management applications. While countless IT directors swear that they’re the exception (“We’re a [insert term associated with hierarchical control] company. Everything is controlled by our central backup application.”), the stark reality is that absolute, centralized control is an illusion.Why do these groups diverge from the central backup offering? First, the backup team does not meet their needs. Second, unlike a decade ago, each group can create its own solution. The root of the problem is that the three core backup technical trends drive the divergence.Performance. Backup and recovery performance drives customer satisfaction. With more VMs, consolidated applications, billion-file NAS servers, and remote offices around the globe, backup teams struggle to maintain service levels. Since businesses are pushing IT to improve services, backup remains a critical bottleneck. In response, hypervisors, applications and storage systems have built tools to help optimize backup (e.g., VMware’s Changed Block Tracking, which can enable 10x better backup and recovery performance). Of course, if the company’s legacy backup application does not support the optimizations, the other teams will find point products that do.Visibility. VM, application, and storage administrators understand that data drives the business. They worry about not knowing the status of their backups. They complain that much of the time-critical restore workflow is out of their control. They want more visibility into their data protection and more control over restores. If the company’s backup team does not enable broader visibility, the other teams will deploy point products that they control.Disk Backup. When tape was the only viable backup media, centralization was required. Most application administrators didn’t want to purchase, manage, or attach tape devices to their servers. Disk, on the other hand, enables groups to create their own backup solution.The need for backup performance and visibility drives other IT groups to explore alternatives to their centralized backup team. Disk enables them to deploy those alternatives.To meet business needs and remain relevant, the backup team must adopt a service provider approach. Enterprises cannot allow backup to devolve into fragmented silos, but they cannot force their users to embrace substandard services. Therefore, backup teams must abandon the legacy backup model that alienates their customers. While many CIOs want to buy a “silver bullet” product or service that “solves” their problems, the first step is internal with their asking customers what services they want.First, they’ll learn that the teams want a central backup group for compliance, reporting, infrastructure management, etc. They just want fast backups that they can rapidly restore themselves.Second, they’ll find that their users want a variety of services across different applications – from traditional backup to backup storage services to centralized backup policy and catalog management.Once they begin to understand their customers, the backup team can adopt technologies that will help them evolve their environment. The first buying decision is disk backup. Immediately, disk can enhance the backup team’s service levels and organizational credibility. Strategically, since disk backup is one of three core trends, the backup group needs a reliable, flexible solution that will support the evolution to new workloads and workflows.Transforming the backup environment, the backup team, and its customer relationships takes time. Each day we see customers at all stages of evolution. An increasing number of backup teams, however, have already become service providers that help accelerate the business. For each of them, their transformation began with the service provider mindset.Sometimes, the best way to gain control is to let go… and embrace the chaos.last_img read more

ATV Safety

first_imgChildren driving and riding three- and four-wheeled vehicles is commonplace in many rural Georgia counties. Unfortunately, what may seem like innocent fun can lead to serious injuries and even death. One Georgia 4-H agent is taking a stand to educate children and parents in her county, hopefully saving lives in the process.As the University of Georgia 4-H agent in Tattnall County, Lesli Garrett educates children every day on leadership, citizenship, self-esteem and a host of other youth development topics. Adding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety to her list of classes was a personal choice. “Every summer I see kids riding around on four-wheelers and going mud bogging on them. It’s just part of living in the country,” said Garrett, who owns a four-wheeler and is the mother of three small children. “But we’ve had several deaths in our county from ATV accidents. My own son told me he once rolled our four-wheeler over but jumped off before he was hurt.” This led Garrett to seek certification training to teach ATV safety to children and adults in her county. She began the training while working as an assistant to Toombs County 4-H agent Cheryl Poppell, also a certified instructor. “Parents need to know that ATV safety equipment, like helmets, is not one size fits all,” said Poppell, who began teaching ATV safety in her county in 2009. “I’ve seen children driving ATVs while wearing flip flops and not wearing a helmet.” The Georgia 4-H agents were trained through Oklahoma State University Extension’s 4-H ATV safety program and the ATV Safety Institute. The institute’s golden rules of safety are as follows:Always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.Never ride on paved roads except to cross, when done safely and permitted by law. Another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to operate off-highway.Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.Supervise riders younger than 16 years. ATVs are not toys.Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.Take a hands-on ATV rider course and the free online e-Course at ATVSafety.org.Garrett and Poppell now teach these ATV safety rules at a weeklong summer safety program and in sessions with area middle school students. They use games to make the lessons fun, DVDs of real ATV accidents to make the lessons realistic and let the students try on ATV safety wear to make the lessons experiential. For more information on Georgia 4-H, go to Georgia4H.org. “We cringe when kids drive cars, but we cringe even harder when we see them on ATVs,” Poppell said. “We give (children) the education, the gospel of safe ATV driving, but they have to make the choice to use it.” Former Senior Georgia 4-H’er Nicole Smith, an ATV accident survivor, also helps by giving her personal testimony. “I serve as a guest speaker at Boy and Girl Scout club meetings and anywhere I’m invited,” Garrett said. “I just want to get the word out.” last_img read more

New Faculty Tour

first_imgAgriculture — Georgia’s top industry — was featured prominently this week at stops on the University of Georgia Griffin and Tifton campuses during the university’s annual New Faculty Tour.The tour, which introduces new UGA faculty members to economic mainstays throughout the state during a five-day trip, visited the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) at UGA-Griffin on Wednesday. On Thursday, the tour stopped at UGA-Tifton, where faculty visited the energy-efficient Future Farmstead home and learned about peanut breeding and dairy research.“We are very happy the New Faculty Tour made a stop at the Griffin campus this year,” said Lew Hunnicutt, assistant provost and UGA-Griffin director. “They had a great tour and a great meal, and I think they left impressed with what we offer at the Griffin campus.”FoodPIC Director Kirk Kealey led the group through the center, where UGA faculty members help food entrepreneurs with product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance and marketing. FoodPIC personnel have worked on improved drying technologies for Georgia’s rabbiteye blueberries, frozen desserts made with Georgia-grown fruits and a grain-based milk beverage that’s now being produced in California.Kealey also reflected on his time on the New Faculty Tour two years ago.“It was the best week I could’ve spent getting to know what happens in Georgia and who the economic leaders in our state are,” Kealey said. “I know this week will benefit these new faculty the same way it did for me.”In terms of Georgia agricultural production, which totaled $13.8 billion in farm gate value in 2015, UGA-Tifton is an important stop on the tour every year, said Joe West, assistant dean for UGA-Tifton.“What makes Georgia agriculture unique is its diversity,” West said. “Multiple commodities dominate the agricultural landscape, and I’m glad we are able to showcase a few of those.”At UGA-Tifton, the group toured the Future Farmstead, an energy-efficient home, and learned about the technology behind it from UGA scientist Craig Kvien. UGA precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis talked to the tour group about water resource management, specifically irrigation efficiency. Corley Holbrook, U.S. Department of Agriculture supervisory research geneticist, and Juliet Chu, UGA research professional, discussed how genetics can increase peanut yields.As is the case every year, a visit to the campus dairy was the highlight of Thursday morning. Tour participants fed the calves and learned about dairy research from UGA animal and dairy scientists John Bernard and Sha Tao.“It is important for these new faculty members to learn about the importance of agriculture to the state and the many ways the University of Georgia is helping Georgia farmers sustain their operations,” said UGA Interim Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Laura Meadows. “Most of the faculty members on the tour are new to Georgia, many are new to the South, and they need to understand the major drivers of the economy here.”The UGA-Tifton and UGA-Griffin stops are two of almost 20 Georgia locations that the tour will visit by week’s end. Other stops included the Wolf Mountain Vineyards in Dahlonega and Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville on Monday; the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta on Tuesday; and the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins and Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth on Wednesday.Following the stop in Tifton, the New Faculty Tour schedule included visits to the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross; Gulfstream Aerospace, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah; Georgia Ports Authority in Garden City; and Washington County, where new faculty learned about the Archway Partnership, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and the kaolin industry.The UGA New Faculty Tour started in 1977. In 40 years, more than 1,400 UGA faculty have gone on the tour, which has been held for all but seven years since its inception. Tours were canceled in 1991, 2003, 2004, and from 2009 to 2012 due to budget constraints.The tour is coordinated by the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and is made possible by major support from the UGA Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. The tour also receives support from the UGA Alumni Association and numerous other units and university supporters.last_img read more