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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC)
TypePublic college
Established1908
Parent institution
University System of Georgia
PresidentDr. David Bridges
Students3,872 (Fall 2018)[citation needed]
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural
ColorsGreen and gold   
NicknameGolden Stallions
Websitewww.abac.edu
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College front lawn
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College front lawn

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is a public college in Tifton, Georgia. It is part of the University System of Georgia and offers baccalaureate and associate degrees. The college is named after Abraham Baldwin, a signer of the United States Constitution from Georgia and the first president of the University of Georgia.

ABAC was established in 1908 as the Second District A&M School. The name was changed to the South Georgia A&M College in 1924, and to the Georgia State College for Men in 1929. It became Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1933 when ABAC became a part of the newly formed University System of Georgia.[1] At that time, ABAC's mission was devoted to associate level studies in agriculture, home economics, and related fields. Today, ABAC offers a variety of bachelor's degree programs as well as associate degrees.

The college became the owner of Possum Poke in 1999.

Academics

The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the largest area of study at ABAC. The Forestry track of the Natural Resources Management program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Nursing is the largest single major. This associate degree program prepares students to be certified as a Registered Nurse (R.N.).

Learning laboratories such as the J.G. Woodroof Farm and the Forest Lakes Golf Club enhance the academic curriculum. ABAC's 516-acre campus also includes the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, located one mile south of the main campus. Key components of the museum include an 1890s village, a blacksmith shop, a grist mill, a cotton gin, a print shop, a saw mill, and a steam locomotive.

Student life

Students at the ABAC campus
Students at the ABAC campus

There are numerous student organizations on the ABAC campus. Students have the opportunity to get involved with organizations ranging from the Student Government Association to the Forestry-Wildlife Club.

Campus media

The Stallion is the premier student newspaper in both the state and the southeast region. It wins annual awards for excellence in all categories, such as editorials, feature writing, photography, layout and design, given by the Georgia Press Association.[citation needed] Staff of the literary magazine, Pegasus, and creative writing faculty sponsor numerous poetry readings each year. Other events include a Writer's Harvest and contributions to the George Scott Day festival.

ABAC also has its own radio station, WPLH 103.1.

Athletics, music, and clubs

Intercollegiate sports teams include baseball, golf, and tennis for men, and softball, tennis, and soccer for women. ABAC has five national championships, three in softball and two in men's tennis.

ABAC has achieved international attention through its music program. The music program at ABAC includes a jazz band, jazz choir, concert band, concert choir, bluegrass band, and pep band. The ABAC jazz band has been on three tours of Europe. ABAC vocalists performed in 2011 at Lincoln Center.

The ABAC Arts Connection brings art and cultural events to Tifton and surrounding counties. The Baldwin Players theatre troupe stage performances during the fall and spring semesters. Recently,[when?] ABAC became a member institution of the Georgia Poetry Circuit.

ABAC has a Greek system on campus with the Sigma Alpha, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Alpha Gamma Rho and Kappa Sigma fraternities.

One of the more active clubs on campus is the Agricultural Engineering Technology Club. It is known for holding truck and tractor pulls on campus each fall and spring. The club maintains the ABAC Crackerjack pulling tractor, an Allis Chalmers 190XT, built in the 1970s by former staff member Jimmy Grubbs. The AET club has also recently completed work on a new pulling tractor, an AGCO Allis 9650, making the ABAC AET club the only college organization in the U.S. that currently has two running and competitive Super Farm pulling tractors. Almost all of the work building the new tractor and the work needed to maintain Crackerjack is performed by the students in the club. The club uses both tractors as recruiting tools not only for the organization, but for the school as well.

Housing

ABAC Lakeside
ABAC Lakeside

Over 1,200 students live on the ABAC campus in modern housing units. In ABAC Place, every student has a private bedroom in a four-bedroom, two-bath apartment. The ABAC Lakeside facility offers suite-style living for freshmen on the north shore of Lake Baldwin.

Campus

The ABAC campus is used as an open-air classroom for students in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources due to the large number of trees, plants, shrubs, and fields on campus. ABAC faculty, staff, students and visitors also enjoy the well-manicured grounds of the college. A renovation project was recently completed for the original three buildings on campus, Tift, Lewis, and Herring Halls. New landscaping and a new front lawn for ABAC were also a part of the renovation process. ABAC planned to start building a new Lab Science building, scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2015. ABAC also has a satellite campus in Bainbridge.

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ "History of ABAC 1906 to Present" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  2. ^ "ABAC selects six for inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame". 2008-02-09. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2008-02-09.

Coordinates: 31°28′30″N 83°31′23″W / 31.475°N 83.523°W / 31.475; -83.523