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2017 June 21
Three days down and one to go! Day 3 was another productive effort, featuring a meeting in Valdosta with Board of Regents member Rusty Griffin and a tour of a honey-producing operation called Nature Nate's to start the day. Then it was off to Thomasville about 40 miles away for another enthusiastic meeting with Georgia Tech alumni at lunchtime. In the afternoon, we met in Camilla with Georgia Rep. Jay Powell and toured Thrush Aircraft, one of the nation's leading manufacturers of crop-dusting aircraft.
2017 June 21
Day two of the 2017 Georgia Tour took us to the cities of Douglas, Tifton, and Valdosta. Events included a tour of Optima Chemical Group, the Heritage Station Museum, and a Lions Club meeting in Douglas. In Tifton, we visited the Georgia Peanut Commission where I was able to drive an autonomous tractor. We also visited the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's regional office, which opened last month. The day ended with an alumni meeting in Valdosta.
2017 June 20
On Monday, June 19, we embarked on our ninth Georgia Tour. This year, we headed for south Georgia, where we’ll get to visit alumni, friends, and supporters in Brunswick, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Waycross, Douglas, Tifton, Valdosta, Thomasville, Camilla, Albany, Americus, and Columbus. Several of those are “repeat” locations where we are returning to cities we’ve visited on previous Georgia Tours, so it will be enjoyable to reconnect with familiar friends and supporters. By the time we’re done, we will have visited 44 counties, 12 cities, and had 25 meetings or events. This year, we will cover more than 970 miles — the most ever since we began the Tour. All totaled, our previous tours (2009-16) have covered more than 5,600 miles, with stops in more than 50 cities and nearly every one of Georgia’s 159 counties.
2017 May 24
Americans are busy people, and that doesn’t change on Memorial Day. We shop, we socialize, we cook out with friends and family, and some of us try to find some time to just catch up on things left undone during the regular week. As a whole, Americans are forward-looking people, so on most days it is not our natural inclination to look back. Memorial Day is different or, at least, it should be.
2017 May 9
Georgia Tech is privileged to draw some of the world’s most promising students. But before they became Yellow Jackets, their character and academic potential were shaped in large part by the teachers they had from an early age and on through high school. We, and the amazing students who come to Tech, benefit from the great work done by countless teachers before they arrive on our campus. Val and I both taught high school along the way, and also as parents we share a deep appreciation for the impact a teacher can have on a young person’s life. As the National Education Association celebrates National Teacher Day this May 9, 2017, in the midst of PTA Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12), it seems especially appropriate to acknowledge their contributions.