Tuesday afternoon’s teatime at the Riedinger House offered Saint Mary’s College students an opportunity to see some of the school’s traditions brought to life. Director of Alumnae Relations Kara O’Leary said graduates of the school are crucial in keeping the College’s traditions alive. “The Alumnae Association works to keep alumnae connected to each other as well as the College,” she said. “It represents decades [of alumnae] and geographical locations of the alumnae population at large.” Tea in Riedinger House during Heritage Week began three years ago and has grown in popularity each year, O’Leary said. Along with the Student Government Association (SGA), she has had to schedule additional times for students to attend. There will be two more sessions held on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. O’Leary said the strength of the school’s alumnae is considerable, noting Saint Mary’s College possesses the top women’s Catholic alumnae association in the nation. “Students realize their time here [at Saint Mary’s] is short, but they will be alumnae the rest of their lives,” O’Leary said. SGA chief of staff Emily Skirtich said the events of the week serve to evoke the history of the school. “The goal of Heritage Week is to remind veteran students and tell current students about the College and the rich traditions we celebrate here,” she said. Skitich said SGA chose Riedinger House because of the building’s rich historical tradition on campus. “It reminds students of what life here used to be like versus what it is now,” she said. “We are celebrating one of the storied places on campus.” Adaline Crowley Riedinger, Class of 1864, was responsible for donating the majority of the funds to construct the house. Riedinger was also the first alumna to send her daughter, Mary Adalaide Riedinger, Class of 1889, to Saint Mary’s College. O’Leary said the rich tradition of the house serves as a reminder of what it means to be an alumna of the College. “We open Riedinger House because it is the first mother-daughter legacy connection at Saint Mary’s,” O’Leary said. “One of best parts of the tea is educating our students on what being post-Saint Mary’s means.” Junior Madeline Meckes said she was initially unaware of the historical significance of the building, but appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the traditions of the College. “I learned a lot about the history of the house and the alumnae association. I thought it was really cool that it used to be used as a practice house for home economics majors,” Meckes said. Skirtich said students’ thirst to understand more about their school means Heritage Week gets stronger each year. “Each year SGA (Student Government Association) strives to highlight all the really important parts of the College and its history,” she said. “Each year keeps getting better and better. The students appreciate where we came from and all the College has to offer.”
Since arriving at the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture in 2017, viticulture researcher Cain Hickey has helped make UGA Cooperative Extension the go-to source for wine growing expertise in the Southeast. This year the viticulture specialist will be recognized for his contributions to Georgia’s burgeoning wine industry by the publishers of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News.The publishers’ Fruit and Vegetable 40 Under 40 awards program was launched in 2018 to recognize young growers, Extension professionals, industry leaders and researchers who are contributing to the future of the fruit and vegetable industries. Honorees are nominated by their peers based their early career accomplishments, according to Fruit Growers News.Hickey was recognized at the Great Lakes Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the top trade shows for U.S. fruit and vegetable growers. “It is an honor to be recognized for something that I enjoy doing, which is working with grape growers and conducting viticulture research,” Hickey said. “It is also nice to be recognized alongside so many other highly productive, talented people in the agriculture field.” Working mainly at test plots at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia, and in north and west Georgia’s wine-growing counties, Hickey has researched disease-resistant varieties of wine grapes, new trellising systems for Southern climates and cultivation best practices.Because wine grapes are a fairly new crop for Georgia, very little of this basic cultural research had been conducted. Hickey has established partnerships with new and veteran growers to focus his research efforts. “In less than three years, Dr. Hickey has been able to spearhead the viticulture program at UGA by bringing innovative ideas to help the Georgia wine industry. His knowledge, engagement and enthusiasm have already allowed him to gain the growers’ trust and cooperation, which are good foundations to continue the partnership between UGA and the Georgia wine producers and an even stronger Georgia wine industry,” said Leo Lombardini, professor and head of the UGA Department of Horticulture.In addition to his research, Hickey has hosted more than a dozen workshops and field days tailored for experienced growers, would-be wine grape growers and backyard muscadine growers.“Working with growers is the most enjoyable and fulfilling part of my job,” Hickey said. “Industry stakeholders help keep applied scientists focused on what is important, which, in my case, is optimizing viticulture practices to ensure vineyard and enterprise sustainability.”For more information about the UGA viticulture program and upcoming workshops and field days, please visit site.extension.uga.edu/viticulture.
The thrilling match, which was played at Clane in County Kildare, finished Tipp 3-10 Waterford 2-13.The Premier County’s standout performer was Aisling Moloney, who got 2-4 of her side’s tally.However, she and her teammates didn’t get to lift the trophy because of a last minute point by Waterford’s Maria Delahunty. The date, venue and throw-in time for the replay have yet be decided by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.