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Two Georgia College students were commended last week by President Steve Dorman for acting quickly at an accident scene in November. John Merritt and William Giles helped pull a young driver to safety, after dousing his car with a fire extinguisher.

A mass communication class took the fall semester learning of stories surrounding Central State Hospital (CSH) from first-hand accounts of local community members with ties to the institution.

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Dec 8 2016 - 8:56am   cindy.mcclanahan@gcsu.edu

Please be advised that the Parks Hall parking lot will close Dec. 12 for the MSU re-roofing project, which is scheduled to last into spring semester. During this time, additional ADA accessible parking will be located in the Old Courthouse parking lot.

John Bowen
Manager, Parking and Transportation Services
478-445-7433
Dec 8 2016 - 8:54am   cindy.mcclanahan@gcsu.edu

Please be advised of the following parking plan for Commencement on Sat, Dec 10.

The small lot behind the Sallie Ellie Davis House will be reserved for an event taking place in the House prior to Commencement. This lot will close on Friday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.

The paw print row and the row immediately adjacent to it in the Centennial Center lot will be reserved for handicap parking for Commencement.  These rows will close on Friday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.  At that time, Commuters will be allowed to park in available Resident spaces elsewhere in the Centennial Center lot.  The existing handicap parking spaces immediately behind the Centennial Center will be used for reserved parking during the ceremony.

Graduating students and their families have been encouraged to park at the N. Irwin Street lot and the large lot next to The Depot. Shuttles will run from these locations to the Centennial Center. General parking will also be available for attendees in the Centennial Center lot.

John Bowen
Manager, Parking and Transportation Services
478-445-7433
Dec 7 2016 - 4:39pm   kate.phillips@gcsu.edu

Max Noah Singers head south for 11th annual tour

Georgia College’s Max Noah Singers will embark on their 11th annual tour Sunday, Dec. 11, singing holiday songs in Dublin, Tifton and Saint Simons Island - finishing with a homecoming performance in Milledgeville.

“The December tour has always been so fun, because I get to be with my best friends and sing great music,” said Nich Stinson, a senior marketing major and music minor.

The concert will showcase songs sung without any accompaniment other than percussion instruments, said Dr. Jennifer Flory, director of choral activities. Five sets of songs, connected by readings, include traditional carols, African and African-inspired holiday songs, pop a cappella and Latin motets.

The Max Noah Singers spent hours inside and outside the classroom preparing and perfecting their performance, Flory said. She will direct the show along with student conductors and coaches Sarah Kitts, Stacy Henderson and Stinson.

Audiences will be treated with holiday favorites like “Away in a Manger,” “Deck the Halls” and “Up on the Housetop.” The concert will close with Georgia College’s alma mater, “Adoramus Te” and “Silent Night.”

The Max Noah Singers begin their journey Sunday, Dec. 11, with performances at 11 a.m. at Pine Forest United Methodist Church in Dublin and 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Tifton. The group will then journey south for a 7 p.m. concert Monday, Dec. 12, at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica on Saint Simons Island.

They will also perform at schools in Pierce County, Ware County, Glynn County and Savannah. The trip will culminate with a homecoming show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. All proceeds benefit music scholarships or the Music Department through the GCSU Foundation, Inc. For more information about the tour, future concerts or choral ensembles, contact jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu or call 478-445-4839. 

Join us Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian for the Homecoming Concert.
Kate Phillips
Office Assistant: Music Department
478-445-8289
Dec 7 2016 - 2:58pm   Cindy O'Donnell

New costumes will adorn 240 dancers, ages three through adult, at Georgia College’s 20th Annual performance of “The Nutcracker,” which opens Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in Russell Auditorium.

Many actors, who played Clara since 1996, will be back for a special tribute prior to the opening show. Clara’s dresses from past years will be displayed from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. opening night at a donor reception for Theatre and Dance in the Banquet Room at Maxwell Student Union.

The award winning GC Cheerleaders will once again play the popular Russian dancers. Guest artists Jennifer and Robert Mason from Atlanta City Gate Dance Theatre will portray the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. 

“We will have a beautifully-lit Nutcracker float in the Milledgeville Christmas parade,” said Amelia Pelton, director of dance, who’s producing the show. “We are also busing in some ambulatory war veterans for one of the performances and sitting them in the front row, free of charge.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, a shortened Nutcracker performance was staged at the Georgia War Veteran’s Home. Performances were repeated that day at Chaplinwood Health and Rehabilitation and at Green Acres Health and Rehabilitation in Milledgeville. Twenty costumed actors did four dances. Members of a dramatic fraternity, Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honorary, presented residents with gift baskets.

Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. A special school performance is almost sold out with 850 school children attending at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Russell Auditorium.

Tickets are $12 for general audience; $8 for senior citizens, GC Faculty/Staff and non-GC students and $5 for GC students. Please visit our online ticket office for advanced purchases at http://gcsutickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp.

 

 

Cindy O'Donnell
Media Relations Specialist
478-445-8668
Dec 7 2016 - 2:51pm   alan.weston@gcsu.edu

The Georgia College Softball program's Toys For Tots drive comes to a close Georgia College Campus at the end of the week. Bobcat Softball has had the familiar boxes set up on campus for a few weeks, and will do so until Dec. 9.

The boxes are set up at the Centennial Center and the MAX student cafeteria.

Toys should be new and unwrapped. For more information about Toys For Tots, please visit www.toysfortots.org/ .

Jamie Grodecki
Head Softball Coach
478-445-6871
Dec 7 2016 - 2:46pm   jennifer.birch@gcsu.edu

The Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) will issue our spring 2017 newsletter, Diversity Dispatch, on Jan. 9, 2017. The newsletter will feature an upcoming Georgia College diversity and inclusion (D&I) events section. It will also have feature articles about people, events, initiatives and other D&I related information. If you would like OIE to highlight your organization/office/department's D&I events or initiatives, then send your list of events or feature articles to Jennifer Birch at jennifer.birch@gcsu.edu by Tuesday, Dec. 13. If you send a list of events, please include the date, time and location. If you have any questions, please contact OIE at 445-4233. 

Jennifer Birch
Education Outreach and Training Coordinator
478-445-4233
Dec 7 2016 - 2:14pm   carol.ward@gcsu.edu

Please be advised, the decision was made to move Annual Compliance Training from the spring semester (February) of each year to the fall semester (October) beginning in fall 2017. Therefore, we will not roll out Annual Compliance Training in February 2017. We recognize that there are of a number of annual, time-sensitive compliance objectives during this time, which makes it a challenge for some faculty and staff to respond effectively and timely. Announcements pertaining to Annual Compliance Training will be released closer to the training period.

Thank you for your continued attentiveness to these critical compliance matters. Questions should be directed to Carol Ward, associate director of Human Resources via telephone at 478-445-0201 or email at carol.ward@gcsu.edu

Carol Ward
Associate Director for Human Resources
478-445-0201
Dec 7 2016 - 9:10am   allison.wilkinson1@gcsu.edu

The Shared Services Center has been notified that employees of USG institutions are receiving fraudulent emails that appear to come from ADP that look like the attached document. 

Please be on the alert. If you suspect an email is fraudulent, notify the GC payroll at payroll@gcsu.edu and follow the instructions provided by ADP below.

There have been reports regarding fraudulent emails that appear to be sent from ADP which may have various subject lines including “ADP Generated Message: Account Update Notification.” These emails include a link or a file attachment and instruct the recipient to open it. The link leads to a phishing page which asks the recipient to enter personal information such as a social security number. Once the above details have been submitted, the user is redirected to the ADP website to make him/her believe that their information is not submitted to spammers.

These emails do not originate from ADP and our analysis has revealed that they may contain an attachment that may be malicious. ADP is addressing this issue diligently with our fraud prevention team and security vendors to identify and contain the source of these emails and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

How to Report an Incident
Please be on alert for this fraudulent email and follow the instructions below if you receive any new or related suspicious email.

Do not click on any links or open any attachments within the message.
Forward the email as an attachment to abuse@adp.com
Delete the email. 
If you clicked any link or opened an attachment in the email, immediately contact your IT support team for further action.

Additional Information
For more information about how ADP protects our clients, please visit the ADP Trust Center at www.adp.com/trust  which provides the latest security alerts, phishing information, security resources and best practices. Protecting ADP clients and their data from malicious activity has been, and always will be, a top priority for ADP.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at payroll@gcsu.edu or 478-445-4087.

Thank you,

The GC Payroll Team

Allison Wilkinson
Payroll Manager
478-445-4087
Dec 7 2016 - 7:59am   anna.lumpkin@gcsu.edu

Georgia College will test the Outdoor Emergency Notification System (siren system) on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. This test is scheduled to occur the first Wednesday of every month between 10 a.m. and noon and lasts approximately one minute. No action is required during the testing, and all campus operations should continue as normal. A message stating that this is a test will prelude and follow the “alert” tone. In the case of an actual tornado warning, the message would advise of a tornado warning, and the tone would cycle through. This would be repeated every five minutes until the warning expires or is canceled at which time an all clear message would sound. The audible system test will only be tested when clear sky conditions are present. Tests will not occur when skies are dark or severe weather is predicted for the area on the day the test is scheduled to occur. In this case, the test will be canceled for the month.

There are three sirens operated by GC in Baldwin County; one on West Campus and two on Main Campus.

This testing program is designed to maintain a reliable warning system and to meet recommended testing guidelines. Additionally, we want to maximize the effectiveness of the Outdoor Emergency Notification System. By performing the tests, we hope to enhance awareness and education regarding emergency preparedness at Georgia College and within the local community. 

Public Safety
478-445-4054
Dec 6 2016 - 3:31pm   sara.stallings@gcsu.edu

President and Mrs. Dorman invite you to join them for the annual holiday celebration for faculty and staff at the Old Governor's Mansion on Friday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.​

Sara Stallings
Director of University Events
478-445-1932
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