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 Aug. 16, 2016
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TIFTON VA CLINIC 
OPENS AUG. 31
GRAND OPENING INCLUDES TOURS

The Tifton Veterans Affairs Clinic is formally opening at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 1824 Ridge Ave. North at 20th Street.
 
The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting, guest speakers, information about VA programs and services, and tours of the new clinic.
 
"The enthusiasm for the Tifton clinic couldn't be better, so we want to have an event that gets the clinic
The Tifton VA Clinic is nearly completed.
off to the best possible start. We're looking forward to seeing veterans, their families and everyone who supports America's heroes on Aug. 31," said Dr. Frank Jordan,  communications director of the  Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.

The Tifton site is the medical center's newest community-based outpatient clinic.
 
"We're looking forward to capitalizing on the tremendous enthusiasm for our new clinic in the Tifton area by hosting a grand opening event. We hope that our friends in the community will join us to get the venture off to a great start," said Vinson VA Medical Center Director Maryalice Morro.
 
Dexter Shavers with Jones Construction Co. was working laying sod at the clinic Tuesday morning. "We're doing this with excellence for the veterans to show our appreciation for all they have done for us and are continuing to do for us." 

He was rolling over the freshly laid grass to help the roots take root. "We want this to be a beautiful place for the veterans," Shavers said. 

The Tifton VA Clinic will be open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services include primary care, mental health and other basic healthcare services. Additional services will be available through the use of Tele-Health, a new VA initiative that allows veterans to access some healthcare needs using interactive visual technology. Veterans may can call the 24-hour nurse triage number at 1-877-424-8212 to speak with a nurse.
 
Veterans are advised to keep appointments already scheduled at other VA facilities until their care is transferred and an appointment is scheduled at the new Tifton Clinic. Veterans not currently enrolled in VA healthcare may obtain an application form online at  www.va.gov  or may visit the clinic after the opening to pick up an enrollment package. 

For information about services available at the clinic, contact Tifton VA Clinic Manager Donna Ammons at  Donna.Ammons@va.gov  or by calling 478-272-1210, ext. 2427.


UGA AG RESEARCH 
BREAKS RECORD
RESEARCH FUNDING TOTALS $69 MILLION IN FY 2016

Researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences broke records in fiscal year 2016 with $69 million in external funding to fuel college projects

From research plots across Georgia to state-of-the-art laboratories in Athens, Tifton and Griffin, CAES faculty members use this funding for research to support Georgia's $74.3 billion agricultural industry and improve the food security and health of people around the world. 
Esther van der Knaap, horticulture professor, was one of the many UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers who helped the college break its external research funding record.

"This (achievement) was only possible because of the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated faculty, staff and graduate students," said Sam Pardue, dean and director of CAES. "We're proud of their creativity, their hard work and their commitment to identifying solutions to the challenges that face Georgia, our nation and the world." 

CAES's external research funding totals helped contribute to a record-breaking year for research funding across the university. 

I n fiscal year 2016, research expenditures at UGA increased by 14 percent to reach $175.3 million. UGA's dramatic increase in fiscal year 2016 comes on the heels of a 7 percent increase in fiscal year 2015 for a 21 percent rise over the past two years

"As the university's research productivity continues to increase, so does our ability to make a positive impact on our state, nation and world," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "I am grateful to our outstanding faculty, whose commitment to excellence is helping to strengthen UGA's position among the top public research universities in the country." 

Part of the bump in research funding across the university was a significant increase in funding from the National Science Foundation, highlighting UGA's strength in plant research

Five university research teams -- including one team led by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulture Professor Esther van der Knaap, a recent presidential hire -- received a total of more than $14 million to explore the growth, development and behavior of a variety of plants, including tomatoes, sunflowers, maize, legumes, dogwood trees and soybeans. 

For information about the research being conducted  by  CAES  faculty, visit  research.caes.uga.edu

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ABAC CHOIR TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM
AT BRAVES GAME IN ATLANTA ON SATURDAY  

The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Concert Choir will sing the National Anthem before the Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals baseball game at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 20 --
one of the final home games to be played at Turner Field in Atlanta.
ABAC alumni and friends are encouraged to attend; ABAC even has a bus going to the game and is selling tickets on campus.

For those purchasing the package, also included is a post-game concert by Grammy-Nominated artist Tori Kelly, best known for her smash radio hit "Hollow." 

ABAC tickets will be in Sections 405 and 407 along the first base line.

The bus departs ABAC at 2 p.m. and returns between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Those traveling independently will be provided with parking information and seating guidelines. 
For information, call  Lynda Fisher at 229-391-4900.

Tickets Available at UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center and at 
the Tifton-Tift County Public Library

$80 per person for Dinner & Show; $35 for Show Only

For information, call 229-848-7043


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