Grad Notes

Compiled by Chase Martin

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Agriculture

Ray L. Smith (MS ’87, PhD ’89) of Tifton is associate professor and department head of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Arts & Sciences

James R. Bohland (MA ’65, PhD ’70) of Blacksburg, Va., is the chairman of the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs advisory board. Harry McSween (MS ’69) of Knoxville, Tenn., received the Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union, one of the top awards given in his field of study and expertise. Carl A. Pinkert (PhD ’83) of Auburn, Ala., was named vice president for research at the University of Alabama. Ras Michael Brown (PhD ’04) received the 2013 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions for African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Business

Elmore Alexander (MA ’75, PhD ’78) of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is the new dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University.

Education

Larry Gene Williams (MEd ’83, EdS ’96) of Trenton was elected to the Agricultural Educators Hall of Fame after retiring from 27 years of teaching in Catoosa and Dade counties. He is founding director of Agrimissions, an international agricultural assistance group, and developed a training program called “Basic Agriculture for Missionaries” in Spanish. Mary Beth Cooper (MEd ’85) of Pittsford, N.Y., was named president of Springfield College. Sarah Beck Hawthorne (MEd ’72, EdD ’85) of Jeffersonville was appointed 8th Congressional District commissioner to the Georgia Student Finance Commission by Gov. Nathan Deal. She was also honored with the 2013 Leadership Award by Communities in Schools of Georgia. Jovita Ross-Gordon (EdD ’85) of Austin, Texas, received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Education. Stephen Gordon (EdD ’89) of Austin, Texas, received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Education. Tena Crews (EdD ’94) of Lexington, S.C., received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Education. Brad Simmons (MEd ’94) and Jessica Simmons (MEd ’09) of Mount Airy welcomed son Jackson Garen March 18. Merrianne Dyer (EdS ’97) of Gainesville received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Education. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria (PhD ’00) of Malaysia received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UGA College of Education.Tara Trobaugh (MMEd ’05) of Ringgold was named the 2013 Georgia Young Mother of the Year by the Georgia Mothers Association, and was named the National Young Mother of the Year by American Mothers Inc.

Enviroment and Design

John Robert Crawford (MHP ’05) of Oxford, N.C., was named executive director of Uptown Lexington.

Journalism & Mass Communication

Tom Hagley Jr. (MMC ’92) of Vancouver, Wash., was promoted to chief of staff for Vancouver Public Schools, where he has worked since 1992. James A. Rada (PhD ’97) of Ithaca, N.Y., has had his documentary “Meet Me at Equality: The People’s March on Washington” picked up by PBS.

Law

Leamon “Lea” R. Holliday III (JD ’70) of Savannah received the Savannah Bar Association’s Judge Frank S. Cheatham Jr. Professionalism Award. Gary E. Jackson (JD ’75) of Atlanta received the President’s Award from the Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia. Theodore Freeman (JD ’76) of Atlanta was elected president of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. John E. Thompson (JD ’78) of Atlanta was chosen for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2014. Don L. Waters (JD ’78) of Savannah was honored at the American College of Prosthodontists and ACP Education Foundation’s 2013 Annual Session. D. Albert Brannen (JD ’82, MBA ’82) of Atlanta was chosen for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2014. Edward J. Coleman III (JD ’82) of Augusta was appointed U.S. bankruptcy judge for the 43-county Southern District of Georgia. Jeffrey Hanson (JD ’91) of Macon was appointed to the State Court by Gov. Nathan Deal. Edward “Ted” Henneman Jr. (JD ’94) of Savannah received the 2013 Business Commitment Pro Bono Business Law Award. John Arthur Ernst (JD ’03) of Atlanta was named to the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. Ramsey H. Bridges (JD ’05) of Athens is the associate director of admissions for UGA Law.

Pharmacy

Lane Brunner (PhD ’95) was hired by the University of Texas at Tyler to spearhead the development of the university’s pharmacy program.

Public and International Affairs

Gregory von Lehmen (MPA ’78, PhD ’86) of Adelphi, Md., was named provost of Mount Washington College. Anne Marie Chotvacs (MPA ’99) of Alexandria, Va., is majority clerk of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.

Social Work

Jane Skinner (MSW ’09) of San Jose, Calif., published a scholarly article concerning retirement communities in The Journal of Housing for the Elderly. Fenwick Broyard (MSW ’13) was named executive director of Community Connection of Northeast Georgia.

Veterinary Medicine

Stephen Schaefbauer (DVM ’06) was named to the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine for the American Veterinary Medical Association. Stic Harris (DVM ’09) of Gaithersburg, Md., was named a 2013-14 Future Leader by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Elizabeth Antley (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Ashley Ballew (DVM ’13) received the Kaytee Avian and Special Species Excellence Award. Nicole Balsone (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Jessica Beck (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Pathology. Stephanie Bradshaw (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Robert Campbell (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Victoria Churchill (DVM ’13) received the John Morton Award for Humane Animal Care. Cheryl Coplon (DVM ’13) received an Award for Proficiency in Emergency and Critical Care. Elizabeth Dale (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Pathology. Zachary Daniel (DVM ’13) received the Award for Academic Excellence in Veterinary Ophthalmology. Alec Davern (DVM ’13) received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award. Ember Epperson (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Pathology. Emily Falls (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Jennifer Trzcinski Given (DVM ’13) received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award. Robert Gooden (DVM ’13) was awarded the Outstanding Senior Oncology Student Scholarship. Justin Graham (DVM ’13) received the Food Animal Production Medicine Clinical Proficiency Award. Sawyer Howell (DVM ’13) received the Food Animal Production Medicine Clinical Proficiency Award. Anna Jeffers (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Pathology. Dustin Major (DVM ’13) received the Novartis/Ethicon Surgical Excellence Award. Tori Moore (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Clara Moran (DVM ’13) was awarded the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence. She also received the John Oliver Neurology Award. Morika Ogawa (DVM ’13) was awarded the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia Award. Christina Parr (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Pathology. Stephanie Pullin (DVM ’13) received the Blanch D. Hayes Award. Claudia Reyner (DVM ’13) was awarded the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence. Rudy Rivas (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Erin Schellinger (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Amanda Smith (DVM ’13) was awarded the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence.Christy Cain Stancil (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Cheryl Stiehl (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Kasey Stopp (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Adrienne Zercher Stringham (DVM ’13) was awarded the Rafter Memorial Scholarship. Lacy Strom (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Pathology. Caitlin Tenewitz (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Jake Tripp (DVM ’13) was awarded the John Morton Award for Humane Animal Care. Emily Waggoner (DVM ’13) was awarded the American College of Veterinary Radiology Award. Sarah Warmington (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Lea Warner (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Brian Warr (DVM ’13) received the Food Animal Production Medicine Clinical Proficiency Award. Travis White (DVM ’13) received a Certificate of Merit for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.