After spending most of his life as a strong runner, Silliman knew right off the bat that this was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
There’s a tiny spot on campus that’s colder than Vostak, Antarctica, where the earth’s lowest temperature was recorded. The small cylinder compartment in a cramped physics lab at Georgia College is even colder than the moon’s frigid, negative 378 degrees Fahrenheit.
Information Technology would like to take a moment to introduce GC Signatures. GC Signatures is Georgia College’s new electronic signature routing tool.
What is it?
GC Signatures is an electronic routing application which moves forms, contracts and supporting documents through the required signature approval process.
As forms are completed, an envelope is created and routed through the review and legal electronic signature process, all via email. These envelopes may be reviewed and signed from anywhere, at any time, using any device.
GC Signatures maintains a complete history of every process: viewing, printing, sending, signing or declining. Once the document has been completed a certificate of completion is sent to those requesting final notification and documentation.
We are excited to unveil GC Signatures and will work diligently to assist you. The first process using GC Signatures will be the Digital Contract Routing from Legal Affairs. It will be used for all service agreements: contracts, Memorandums of Understanding, Professional and Personnel Service Agreements and University System Service Level Agreements. As forms are placed into GC Signatures a separate announcement will be made to the campus.
On Monday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m., “A Gala Vocal Chamber Concert” takes place at the Max Noah Recital Hall. Acclaimed by the New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Magazine and Village Voice, Grammy-nominated D’Anna Fortunato will sing mezzo soprano, accompanied by flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert. The program will include music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Fanny and Felix, Mendelssohn, American composer Elizabeth Vercoe, and Elliott Schwartz.
Admission is free, but a $10 donation is encouraged. All proceeds benefit music scholarships or the music department through the GCSU Foundation. More information on the Department of Music can be found at gcsu.edu/music.
We received a clarification on the payment of lodging expenses for apartments, condos, houses, etc. from the Board of Regents and State Accounting Office this week. Under no circumstance will Accounting Services be able to reimburse stays not occurring at a hotel/motel/inn. We cannot reimburse stays made at residences through such sites as VRBO, HomeAway, AirBnB, etc. nor from reservations made through management companies or real estate agencies. Please be aware that this includes international travel as well. Make visitors (candidates, speakers, judges, etc.) to whom travel reimbursement will be made aware of this as well.
The Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) has gone social. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@TRSGeorgia) for up-to-date news and information. We will use Facebook and Twitter to publish important news, generate discussions, tell interesting and helpful stories about our members and retirees and highlight successes at TRS.
This week’s Monday Morning Mentor session will focus on the question, “How do I get more students to participate in the class?” After watching a brief video on the topic, presented by nationally recognized teaching and learning expert, Maryellen Weimer, participants will discuss their own strategies for facilitating student participation and will receive additional resources related to the topic.
About the presenter: Dr. Maryellen Weimer has edited The Teaching Professor newsletter since 1987 and writes the Teaching Professor blog at www.teachingprofessor.com. She is a professor emerita of teaching and learning at Penn State Berks and won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching in 2005. Weimer has consulted with over 300 colleges and universities on instructional issues and regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences. Her Ph.D. is in speech communication from Penn State.
If you are unable to attend the face-to-face session, you can watch the video anytime at http://www.magnapubs.com/mentor-commons/?video=3115.
If you have not created your account to access the Magna Commons and 20 Mintue Mentor videos, you can do so at https://intranet.gcsu.edu/faculty-resources/magna-commons-and-magna-mentor.
Staff Council wants you to join them at the soccer match on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, to support our lady Bobcats as they take on Flagler College. The match begins at 5 p.m., and the first 15 Georgia College staff who arrive will receive a free T-shirt. So come on out to help cheer the lady Bobcats on to victory. Stop by the concessions tent to claim your shirt. Can’t wait to see you out there. Go Bobcats.
For more information on Georgia College Athletics and game schedules, visit the Athletics Homepage.
Professor of Theatre Beate Czogalla was asked to join Project ASTRO this semester. Project ASTRO was developed by the non-profit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), with a start-up grant from the National Science Foundation. Since 1994, the Project ASTRO program has been providing opportunities for professional and amateur astronomers to contribute to science education in their local communities.
Project ASTRO began as an experiment in the San Francisco Bay area. Since then, the program has expanded to include a number of regional sites across the country, thus forming a National Network that exchanges information regularly. Kaolin Endowed Chair of Science Education Dr. Donovan Domingue from the Department of Physics and Astronomy established the first Project ASTRO Center in the Southeast.
The overall purpose of Project ASTRO is to help students see that science can be interesting and fun while still getting them to think about the process and results of discovery. The focus of Project ASTRO is on helping kids learn by doing. By using hands-on, concrete activities where students make discoveries for themselves, students think more like scientists and are more likely to really learn about astronomy.
Czogalla has extensive experience in science communication and community outreach, as she has been serving the area as a NASA Solar System Ambassador since December 2000. She will work with Eagle Ridge Elementary School teacher Salathiel Harris over the next year to actively engage 4th graders in science education.
The Georgia College Wind Symphony will perform its fall concert entitled "Wanted: Dead..." on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Russell Auditorium. The concert is open to the public and donations will be accepted.
The performance will include music by Dukas, Strauss, Schubert, Holst, Bennett, Lackey and Shostakovich. All of these composers, save one, have passed on yet there wonderful music lives. The Dukas, Strauss, Schubert and Shostakovich all live in the band world with transcriptions, as these works were not originally written for the wind band. In fact the Schubert string quartet entitled "Quartettsatz in C Minor" was just transcribed this summer by our very own Dr. David Johnson. Concert goers will hear the world premiere of this transcription. "Jazz Concerto for Tuba and Band" was written by the one living composer on the program, Jerry Lackey, and will feature GC tuba professor, Bill Pritchard. Pritchard has a background in classical, jazz and contemporary pop music and this concerto will show off his dazzling technique and beautiful lyricism. The tuba is not your traditional solo instrument, so the audience is in for a real treat. Finally, Wind Symphony maestro Cliff Towner will be joined on the podium by his mentor Dr. David Booth from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Booth will lead the GC Wind Symphony in Gustav Holst’s "First Suite in Eb for Military Band" and Robert Russell Bennett’s "Symphonic Songs for Band, movement 2." A world premiere, guest conductor and an outstanding tuba player await concert goers, so we hope you can join us for the Wind Symphony’s fall program.
The concert is free. However, a $5 donation is encouraged. All proceeds to benefit music scholarships or the music department through the GCSU Foundation, Inc.
Staff Council wants you to join them at the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Cross Country Championship this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, to cheer on our Bobcats and Lady Bobcats as they compete for the title of the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Champions. The meet begins with the men's race at 9 a.m. followed by the women's race at 10:15 a.m. The meet will take place on our home turf located at the beautiful Council Farm (2048 Council McCranie Road, McIntyre, Georgia). So bring your loudest cheering voice, or cow bells if you'd rather, as we support our cross country athletes in one of the biggest races of the season.
The first 15 Georgia College staff who arrive will receive a free t-shirt. Stop by the concessions tent to claim your shirt. Can’t wait to see you out there and go Bobcats.
To learn more about our athletic teams and their schedules, please visit the Athletics Homepage.
The Career Center is hosting the Graduate and Professional School Fair on Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom. More than 50 institutions offering hundreds of programs will be in attendance. Programs are offered in a variety of areas: medicine, education, law, public policy, psychology, arts, humanities, communications, advertising, business, health administration, nursing, public health and other allied health fields such as social work, counseling and more. Please encourage your students to attend. Casual attire is appropriate for this event and resumes are not required.