Published on 09/08/11

UGA to hold student recruitment event in Lyons Sept. 22

By Lauren Oliva

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers a variety of programs that can lead to careers in education, business, communication, economics and engineering—just to name a few.

For the first time, students in the ninth through twelfth grades and college transfers in southeast Georgia will have the chance to learn about all of these opportunities at the UGA Southeast District Recruitment Event Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

Located at the Toombs County Agricultural Center in Lyons, Ga., the inaugural event will provide a free meal, followed by a general informational session on CAES as well as two different sessions designed for high school and transfer students. Information about financial aid, admissions and the different majors will be available. An alumni panel will be present to speak and answer questions about their experience as a CAES student.

“Our goal for this event is to show attendees the numerous opportunities that CAES has to offer them,” said Christy Bryan, academic programs recruiter for the UGA Tifton Campus. “We believe that there is something for almost everyone in the (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and we want to help students find the fit that will help them grow to their full potential.”

The event in southeast Georgia is modeled after a similar event held annually in southwest Georgia for the past five years. The event has been successful in helping promising students in that region of the state and has increased the number of both applicants and enrollment to CAES from the region.

“We decided to expand and start a southeast event to hopefully bring the same kind of numbers and awareness to that district for CAES.” she said. “The CAES alumni and the UGA southeast Extension in the area have played a huge role in getting this event up and running.”

“We look forward to reaching out to potential students in eastern Georgia and telling them about the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton Campus. “Overall, we’re pleased to meet the students and parents and let them know that a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences degree is available to students in Athens, Tifton and Griffin.”

High school students and transfer students can sign up by contacting UGA Tifton at (229) 386-3338 or Leanne Chafin at Applicants should register by Sept. 15.

Lauren Oliva is an intern writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.