By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaTwo men who helped turn University of Georgia programs intopowerhouses were inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame at the 52ndannual UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni AssociationAwards Banquet Sept. 15 in Athens, Ga. M.K. “Curly” Cook of Oglethorpe County, Ga., and Ray Jensen ofTifton, Ga., found their faces on the wall that holds portraits of such agriculturalgreats as D.W. Brooks, Abit Massey and Martha Berry. Each of these men’s contributions is unique. Cook helped make UGAa leader in Extension animal education, while Jensen is a pioneer in turfgrass commercialization.Cook was one of the most versatile Cooperative Extensionlivestock specialists in Georgia during his career. He was responsible for supervising thenewly formed Georgia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. And under hisleadership, the program grew into one of the largest and most effective BCIAs inthe nation. He also helped organize the still-active National Beef ImprovementFederation.Later, as head of the UGA Extension animal science department,Cook’s crowning achievement was the Georgia National Fairground and Agricenter.In 1989, he became associate director of UGA Extension.Since retiring, he has served as vice president and president ofthe Georgia Cattleman’s Association and president of the UGA AgriculturalAlumni Association. In 2005, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him to the GeorgiaAgrirama Development Authority.In 1950, Jensen was the first to commercially produce and harvestcentipede grass seed. He was a key in helping transform the once unknown grassinto one of the most popular lawn and landscaping grasses in the world.Jensen developed large combines fitted with special heads andvacuums and pioneered the market for vegetatively propagated grasses. He alsodeveloped a transplanter that, modified and automated, is still used today.To promote the improved Bermuda grasses developed by the U.S.Department of Agriculture and UGA for golf courses, Jensen formed Southern TurfNurseries. His company was a key player in developing turf into amultibillion-dollar business.Including Southern Turf Nurseries, Jensen is the founder, ownerand operator of Tifton Seed Farms and Hall and Jensen Farms. He has served as atrustee for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for more than 30 years andwas a founder of the Tift Regional Medical Foundation. He remains active inpersonally funding scholarships.The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, a program of the UGA CAES,was created in 1972 to recognize Georgians who made significant achievements inagriculture, agribusiness and service institutions. The program is fundedthrough private contributions and administered by the CAES Alumni Association.
M. Hunter Ulf, AIA, recently chaired a jury of six architects in Washington, D.C. to select the recipients for the two highest honors bestowed by the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors – the Gold Medal Award and the Architecture Firm Award. The Gold Medal Award is given to an individual in recognition of significant work with lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. The Architecture Firm Award is conferred upon an architecture firm for consistently producing distinguished architecture. In the past 96 years, the Gold Medal Award has been granted to only 60 individuals, and since 1962, the Architecture Firm Award has been awarded on an annual basis (with the exception of two years when no awards were made).M. Hunter Ulf, President of UK Architects, P.C., in Hanover, NH, and a Director on the national AIA Board, had the privilege of chairing the Gold Medal/Firm Award Advisory Jury for preliminary selection of the 2004 awards. Nominees for these awards undergo a rigorous submission and review process before being selected as finalists by the Jury. The Gold Medal has been awarded to such renowned architects as Henry Bacon, who designed the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC, and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 2003, the Architecture Firm Award was granted to the Miller|Hull Partnership, which played a large part in creating the “Pacific Northwest” style.M. Hunter Ulf, AIA, and Christopher P. Kennedy, AIA, are the founding principals of UK Architects, P.C., Hanover, NH, providing excellence in architectural services, solutions, and customer satisfaction since 1992. Ulf and Kennedy are licensed in all New England states (but Rhode Island), plus Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Mr. Ulf resides in Pomfret, Vermont.###
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Cristian Balan of Plattsburgh, N.Y., has been named the new director of the Computer & Digital Forensics program at Champlain College. Balan joined the Champlain faculty in July and now steps up to direct a nationally recognized program that was built by founding director Gary Kessler.Kessler will now focus his attention full time on the Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation, a US Department of Justice-funded center at the college, which has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.Balan is the owner and operator of a computer networks administration and security consulting business and he has extensive experience with the New York law enforcement community. He is also the chief of the Vermont Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team. Balan has served as faculty member and distance learning coordinator at several colleges, including Clinton Community College, SUNY Potsdam and Plattsburgh State University. He has also trained computer emergency response teams for several years at the National Guard Technical and Readiness Center at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. Balan is a member of Infragard, an FBI-sponsored professional organization, and a member of the National Guard Association of Vermont.Since joining Champlain College, Balan has taught digital forensics and network security courses. He has also been instrumental in program management and leading initiatives in the continuous improvement of both the on-campus and online curricula, said Dr. Don Haggerty, interim dean of Champlains Division of Information Technology & Sciences.Balan holds a bachelors degree in mathematics, a masters in secondary education and a certificate of advanced studies in school administration from Plattsburgh State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in information security. He is a bilingual, native-born Romanian, who is also knowledgeable in Spanish, French and Italian.
Meanwhile Roscommon are Connacht football champions after an unexpected victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. For the 53rd time Cork are Munster senior hurling champions.They proved why they were favourites in yesterday’s Munster final with a 1-25 to 1-20 win over Clare in front of over 45,000 fans at Semple Stadium.The win capped off a senior and minor Munster double for the Rebels after they also beat Clare in the minor final by 4-21 to 16 points