Published on 08/20/15

Sept. 15 recruiting event at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

By Clint Thompson

Students desiring to attend the University of Georgia or those interested in learning more about the UGA Tifton Campus are invited to attend Southwest ShowCAES 2015, a recruiting event on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center.

Southwest ShowCAES is designed to introduce high school and college students to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UGA Tifton Campus. Prospective UGA students will meet with faculty and students from the nine different departments within the college and learn about all the academic programs that are offered. Representatives from financial aid and university admissions will also be available to answer questions.

The evening is one of UGA Tifton’s biggest recruiting events each year, attracting approximately 200 people.

“I have a personal connection with the event because it was helpful for me,” said Breanna Coursey, admissions counselor on the UGA Tifton Campus and former UGA Tifton student. As a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2010, Coursey attended Southwest ShowCAES and discovered there was an academic program available for her at the UGA Tifton Campus.

“The most memorable part for me was that, after we visited with the different departments and had dinner, they had breakout sessions. There, I learned more about transferring, which is what I was hoping to hear more about. That’s really where I realized I could stay in Tifton and attend the University of Georgia. Up until that point, I thought Athens was my only option,” Coursey said. “I remember the information they gave me being really helpful, especially concerning GPA and credit hours.”

After dinner there will be two breakout sessions: one for high school students who plan to attend UGA in Athens, Georgia, and one for current college students considering transferring to a UGA campus.

“The exposure we receive from these events is very crucial. There are people in the Tifton community that do not realize they can get an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia here in Tifton,” Coursey said. “It is really exciting to think about the number of people we have the potential to impact.”

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and is free to attend. However, preregistration is requested to adequately prepare for the dinner. To preregister, go to For more information, contact Coursey at (229) 386-3077 or at

The Sept. 15 event in Tifton is the first of two showCAES events that will be offered in south Georgia. On Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m., a similar event, Southeast ShowCAES, will be held in Statesboro, Georgia, at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture.

Clint Thompson is an agriculture writer based in Tifton, Georgia.

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