The 2010 TIME 100: Valentin Abe

Valentin Abe

Time Article Written by: Bill Clinton,42nd U.S. President and the founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation

This year I have been especially influenced by people I’ve met in Haiti who have performed amazing things in the wake of the earthquake and even before, after the four hurricanes. One person in particular is a man from the Ivory Coast named Valentin Abe, 47, who, after graduating from Auburn University, went to Haiti to raise fish and to put more Haitians to work and increase their incomes. He powers his entire operation with solar energy, and he involves fish farmers, whose incomes he’s multiplied two or three times or more. I met one man with eight children who said that because of his partnership with Valentin, he had been able to send his children to school for the first time. There are people like this all over the world. They don’t get noticed very much, but they have a profound influence on the people whose lives they touch.

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Anonymous stream dubbed Swingle Creek . . .

Fisheries station stream named for Swingle

It’s official! A previously unnamed stream that runs through the upper  fisheries research station in north Auburn is now designated by the U.S. Geological Survey as Swingle Creek. An official naming ceremony is being planned, but in the meantime one sign has been erected where Swingle Creek crosses Lee County Road 188 and another will soon be erected where the stream crosses County Road 72. The creek’s naming came about through an application made by the Saugahatchee Watershed Management Project,  also known as SWaMP, and the Auburn University Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. According to Eric Reutebuch, a research associate in the FAA department and SWaMP co-coordinator, the unnamed stream came to their attention when SWaMP leaders were working with the Lee County Highway Department and Alabama Department of Environmental Management to erect signs on streams and creeks throughout the county.  When they realized that this stream not only was nameless, but also originated from Auburn University’s fisheries research station, he and FAA Department Head David Rouse petitioned the USGS’s Board on  Geographic Names to officially name it in honor of Homer S. Swingle, an  Auburn professor who is credited with founding Auburn’s internationally
revered fisheries and aquaculture program. The naming of the creek was officially approved by the Lee County Commission in March.

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