The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach has announced that six faculty and three staff members will receive awards for outstanding service to the state and UGA at the 22nd Annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon in April. One faculty member will receive the Walter Barnard Hill Fellow Award, five faculty will receive Walter Barnard Hill Awards and three staff members will receive Staff Awards for Excellence.

Distinguished Public Service Fellow 
The Walter Barnard Hill Distinguished Public Service Fellow Award, UGA’s highest award in public service and outreach, recognizes sustained, distinguished and superb achievement in university public service that improves the quality of life in Georgia, the nation or abroad. The Hill Fellow is named in honor of Chancellor Walter Barnard Hill, who led UGA from 1899 until his death in 1905.

The 2013 Hill Fellow is Ronnie Barentine of Cooperative Extension. Barentine has served as the county extension coordinator in Pulaski County since 1994, coordinating and providing leadership for the county extension program. He also serves as a forestry area specialist for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Barentine is a national leader in conservation and sustainable agriculture. He was elected southern vice chair of the National County Agents Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Committee. He was one of four agents selected nationally to study sustainable agriculture in the United States from 2008 to 2010.

Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement
This year, five faculty members and service professionals will receive the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in University Public Service and Outreach in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the improvement of the quality of life in Georgia or elsewhere.

This year’s Hill Award recipients are Janet Bittner, Matthew L. Bishop, Lori Purcell Bledsoe, Doris Miller and John W. Worley.

Bittner, director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s state services unit, has devoted more than 40 years to improving Georgia’s quality of life, serving as an advocate for women, children and the disadvantaged.

Bishop, director of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, guides the development of new goals and refocused programming for Fanning’s leadership development mission.

Bledsoe, a 4-H program development coordinator in the Northwest District of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension, is responsible for directing 4-H programming efforts in 39 counties.

Miller is a professor of veterinary pathology and associate director of state government relations for the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AVDL) at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a recognized leader in the field of veterinary diagnostic and forensic pathology.

Worley, an associate professor and extension engineer in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Poultry Sciences, has developed numerous programs to address the needs of Georgians and the agricultural community in particular in areas such as animal waste management, energy conservation and more.

Staff Award for Excellence 
The Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence honors outstanding effort and workplace creativity and innovation, and celebrates the achievements of public service and outreach staff. The 2013 recipients are Dan Evans, Tim Holcomb and Linda Rhodes.

Evans, facilities manager at the Vinson Institute of Government, coordinates facilities operations for anything involving the building and equipment that houses and supports the Institute’s faculty and staff, and conducts tours for visiting dignitaries.

Holcomb, labor supervisor in the Events Services Department of the UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center, is responsible for making certain that the facility is ready for all events and conferences.

Rhodes, an administrative specialist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Southeast District office, assists Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) students working on bachelor’s and master’s degrees.