Kathleen Chumbley Freeman has joined the University of Georgia Griffin campus as the academic program coordinator for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.A native of Hampton, Georgia, Freeman is a graduate of Bible Baptist Christian School in Hampton. She earned an associate’s degree in business from Gordon College and a bachelor’s degree in business from the UGA Terry College of Business.She learned about UGA-Griffin while driving from Hampton to Barnesville, Georgia, when she was a student at Gordon College.“I passed the big ‘G’ on the lawn when I was driving back and forth. Then I met the Terry College coordinator when she came and spoke to us at Gordon,” she said. “After I earned my associate’s (degree), I decided to attend UGA-Griffin because it was right around the corner.”As a student at UGA-Griffin, Freeman served as a student ambassador and president of the campus’s student advisory council. She also worked full time as a probation officer. After graduation, she accepted a position as an admissions counselor at Gordon College.After working as an admissions counselor for two years, Freeman learned that she loved recruiting students, but she wanted a job at UGA-Griffin.“I just love the atmosphere (on the Griffin campus) and the community and family feel the campus has. Many of the same people who were my mentors when I was a student are still here,” she said.Now recruiting students to the agricultural majors offered at UGA-Griffin, Freeman focuses on meeting 4-H members and school-age students in agriculture-related clubs and classes.“I’m going to work on changing how people see agriculture. It’s more than farmers and tractors,” she said. “I have a business degree and I’m working in agriculture, the No. 1 business in Georgia.”Freeman feels the experience she has as a former UGA-Griffin student will help her in her new position.“The campus has grown since I was a student here. Everything seems to be on a grander scale. We have a food truck that visits and we will soon have a café in the Mule Barn,” she said.For more information on the UGA-Griffin academic program, go to www.griffin.uga.edu. To contact Freeman regarding UGA-Griffin agriculture majors, call (770) 228-7314 or email email@example.com.
The 5th annual Kelly Brush Century Ride drew 675 riders and raised $275,000 for spinal cord injury prevention and research on Saturday.The ride, which began and ended at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, included 23 participants using hand cycles. The day was postcard perfect with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. “We are absolutely thrilled to see such strong support for the foundation and our mission,” said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. “Our thanks goes to each and every rider whose participation helps the Kelly Brush Foundation make a positive difference in the lives of those with SCI and raises the bar for ski racing safety.”The 100-mile ride raises money for improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through adaptive sports equipment grants, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The ride continues to grow each year. The number of participants grew by about 175 this year and fundraising increased by about 40 percent.For every $5,000 raised by a team or individual, the foundation donates adaptive sports equipment in the name of the team or individual who raised the money. In addition, funds raised support ski racing safety grants awarded to ski clubs and racing organizations across the country for safety netting to line race courses and safety gear for racers.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team as a way to raise money to buy an adaptive mono-ski for team member Kelly Brush, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. Brush and her family later founded a non-profit, and the ride was opened to the public. On Saturday’s ride, participants rode distances of 28, 50 or 100 miles, with options for 65 and 85 mile loops.The Kelly Brush Century Ride is made possible thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Sugarbush Resort, Shearer Audi, Audi of America, KeyBank, Saatchi & Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners and others.About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external)BURLINGTON, Vermont (Sept. 14, 2010)