New faculty members from the University of Georgia will be in Hall County today, getting to know the inner workings of the state.
Approximately 40 new faculty members will visit Jaemor Farms to learn about agribusiness in North Georgia and the agritourism industry across the state, according to a release from the university.
Following the tour of Jaemor, the visitors will stop by Lanier Islands resort tonight for a dinner with UGA President Jere Morehead, UGA Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum and Philip Wilheit, a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
The dinner will include discussion of UGA’s role as a land-grant university in regards to the rest of the state.
The tour group will also spend the week touring Shaw Industries in Cartersville, Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, the CSX Rice Yard in Waycross, Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah and the Georgia Ports Authority in Garden City.
The tour also includes a trip to Senoia, home to Raleigh Studios, where “The Walking Dead” is filmed, and it will culminate with a visit to the Capitol and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Park Service Visitors Center in Atlanta.
North Hall FFA officers prepare for school year
Some North Hall High School students spent part of their summer with 250 students from across the state “committing to corduroy.”
The student officers of North Hall High’s Future Farmers of America chapter attended the 2015 Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference in Covington in July.
The theme this year was “Commit to the Corduroy,” and it challenged officers to commit their chapter to goals for the year.
From North Hall, President Ansley Bennett, Vice President Katie Pitchford, Secretary Will Strickland, Treasurer Leah Smith, Reporter Krista Smith and Sentinel Rebecca Bowen went to the conference.
They attended workshops focused on professionalism, service, commitment, recruitment and teamwork and learned strategies for time management, creativity and communication.
Officers were also encouraged to make an impact in their school and community, according to a press release.
“COLT Conference is an excellent way for chapter officers to kick off their year of service,” said state FFA President Avery Duncan. “It’s amazing to watch the officers develop skills and form friendships that will last a lifetime. We challenge these officers to work together and empower the other members of their chapter.”
UGA freshmen set record for academic quality
Incoming University of Georgia students have set a record for academic quality in the university’s 230-year history.
Approximately 5,300 first-year students will begin the fall semester Aug. 17 with an average GPA of 3.91 and an average SAT score of 1301, according to a news release from the university.
“We are pleased that the University of Georgia once again has enrolled a record-setting class of first-year students,” Morehead said in the release. “These students are attracted to UGA’s world-class learning environment with bold new initiatives to expand experiential learning and to reduce class sizes. This year’s incoming class is another sign that UGA is reaching new heights of academic excellence.”
The new class had an admittance rate of 52 percent of all applicants. About 1,550 transfer students also will begin classes this fall.
The new class of students is largely from Georgia, thanks in part certainly to the Hope Scholarship and Pell Grant. Approximately 86 percent of the first-year class hails from 133 of Georgia’s 159 counties.
More than 200 of this year’s 5,300 incoming students are ranked as first or second in their high school graduating class.
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