Published on 08/21/19

CAES Ambassadors gear up for another year of service

By Sadie Lackey

Nearly 40 University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Ambassadors are ready to welcome back students, faculty and staff for another school year on both the Athens and Tifton campuses.

The CAES Ambassador program is designed to help CAES students develop leadership and professional skills by representing the college at events, helping with activities such as Orientation 2.0, and speaking about topics related to agriculture, the environment and student opportunities at CAES.

Students are expected to be knowledgeable about CAES, their respective campuses and UGA overall. At the same time, CAES Ambassadors gain leadership and communication skills through professional development training, said Pam Cummins, director of student recruitment for the Athens campus.

“Our college is fortunate to have a successful ambassador program which has been assisting CAES with recruitment and public relations for more than 30 years,” Cummins said. “CAES Ambassadors also participate in professional and leadership development to further each one toward success after graduation.”

For third-year agricultural communication major Grace Dodds, serving as an ambassador allows her to represent an incredibly diverse and talented student body.

“I came from a high school where agriculture is not typically a topic of discussion, but being a student in the college has taught me the importance of agriculture and the role I want to play in the industry in my future career,” Dodds said. “But this college means more to me than just that. I am surrounded by fellow students who have diverse backgrounds such as mine and who are very talented and bright. It is an honor to be able to serve a student body like that of CAES.”

Below is a list of CAES Ambassadors for the Athens and Tifton campuses:


  • Julie Bacon, agricultural communication major from Reidsville, Georgia
  • Katelyn Bickett, agricultural communication major from Chickamauga, Georgia
  • Courtney Cameron, agriscience and environmental systems major from Valdosta, Georgia
  • Blake Carter, agribusiness major from Glennville, Georgia
  • Reaganne Coile, agricultural communication major from Bogart, Georgia
  • Edith Copeland, agribusiness major from Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Jared Daniel, agribusiness major from Bogart, Georgia
  • Maggie David, agricultural communication major from Statesboro, Georgia
  • Grace Dodds, agricultural communication major from Columbus, Georgia
  • Kristen Dunning, agricultural communication major from Dallas, Georgia
  • Zion Eberhart, biological science major from Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Carter Henry, agribusiness and applied economics major from Valdosta, Georgia
  • Kenna Hills, animal science and dairy science major from Evans, Georgia
  • Nicole Hofland, agricultural engineering and agriscience and environmental systems major from Suwanee, Georgia
  • Morgan Jones, animal science major from Americus, Georgia
  • Hunter Manning, biological science major from Rome, Georgia
  • Tristan Melton, biological science major from Dawsonville, Georgia
  • Amelia Payne, biological science major from Euharlee, Georgia
  • Lindsay Smith, biological science major from Lithia Springs, Georgia
  • Tristan Smith, agribusiness major from Harrison, Georgia
  • Hamp Thomas, agricultural and applied economics major from Summerville, Georgia
  • Kelly Tims, biological science and entomology major from Canton, Georgia
  • Jackson Wadsworth, agribusiness and applied economics major from Monroe, Georgia
  • Rebecca Wallace, agricultural communication major from Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Jake Williams, biological science major from Dublin, Georgia
  • Makayla West, biological science major from Comer, Georgia


  • Mary Mikelyn Brurton, agribusiness major from Homerville, Georgia
  • Makenzie Cioffi, agricultural education major from Augusta, Georgia
  • Ethan Cobb, agribusiness major from Lavonia, Georgia
  • Lauren Dubberly, agriscience and environmental systems major from Statesboro, Georgia
  • Marlyn Grantham, agricultural education, Columbus, Georgia
  • Kameron Landeen, agriscience and environmental systems major from Homerville, Georgia
  • Makenna Mabrey, agricultural education major from Baldwin, Georgia
  • Shelby Sangster, agriscience and environmental systems major from Pineview, Georgia
  • Lindsey Stone, agricultural education major from Lakeland, Georgia
  • Nicole Taylor, agricultural education major from Tifton, Georgia
  • Josh Thrift, agricultural education major from Alma, Georgia

For more information on how to become involved in the CAES Ambassador program, please visit the Athens campus CAES Ambassadors website or the Tifton campus CAES Ambassadors website.

Sadie Lackey is a student writer for the CAES Office of Communications and Creative Services.

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