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If you walked through the marketplace in Monticello’s town square, you’d find more than just the usual fresh produce. Set up in its own quadrant was a group eager to enlighten the community. On July 8, the Science Education Center hosted a STEMing into the Community event in Monticello, Georgia.

For nearly six years, Wanda Smith has exemplified the Bobcat spirit. With a firm grasp of the Georgia College mantra —reason, respect and responsibility—the custodian implements ethics like these in her daily interactions with others.

Jul 20 2017 - 8:00am   Aubrie Sofala

The Georgia College School of Nursing has secured nearly $1.4 million in external federal funding from Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will create two vital academic partnerships between the university and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) and First Choice Primary Care, a nonprofit community health center operating in Macon and Warner Robins. The grant goes toward the program’s mission to prepare nurse practitioners for service in rural and medically underserved communities across the state. The funding also marks the largest single faculty grant awarded at the university. 

“Most of the health care shortages are outside of Atlanta. Atlanta has an abundance of doctors, and then you get to the rural parts where there might be only one provider in the whole county,” said Dr. Sallie Coke, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, professor and interim associate dean of the College of Health Sciences. “This is where nurse practitioners can fill the gap.”

Coke said the shortages are widespread across the state, with 129 of the 154 counties in health care shortages. These locations lack in mental health providers, primary providers, pediatric providers and more.

“We are in the perfect location to help communities who are experiencing these shortages. As part of our graduate program, we only accept students from within the state of Georgia and the School of Nursing’s focus is on helping these rural and medically underserved populations,” said Coke. “We want the students to go back into the communities that they are from and be able to provide health care.”

The grant will enable a practice opportunity for both GC nurse practitioner students and GDPH nurses, allow training of nurse practitioner students by facilitating preceptorships with Public Health nurse practitioners throughout the state and allow GDPH nurses to advance their careers by providing full traineeships to attend Georgia College full-time nurse practitioner programs.

“This new partnership establishes opportunities for the GDPH to involve our nurse practitioner students in public health issues, policy development, and will allow them the opportunity to interact with many of the State of Georgia’s Public Health Programs including the Ryan White HIV Program, STD programs and Emergency Management Programs,” said Dr. Deborah MacMillan, CNM, professor and director of Georgia College’s School of Nursing. “In addition, this new partnership can be a pipeline for employment for many of our nurse practitioner graduates and can introduce them to aspects of public health nursing that they never knew existed.”

The ANEW grant also funds tuition and other expenses for the May 2018 cohort of students in the Master of Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner program, which includes students specializing as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Similar to a previous grant secured by the School of Nursing last year from HRSA, students who receive the funds must agree to work for two years in an underserved or rural area upon graduation.  

Another hallmark of the grant is the collaboration between the School of Nursing and First Choice Primary Care. MacMillan said this partnership speaks to the overall mission of not only the School of Nursing but the nonprofit as well.

“This partnership will establish opportunities to involve our nurse practitioner students in the team based medical care approach used by providers in a federally qualified health center,” said MacMillan.

Additionally, the ANEW grant will create 2.5 new positions within the School of Nursing dedicated to working with the program's academic practice partners to facilitate education and training of students and preceptors to ensure that students are “practice ready” to work in rural and medically underserved areas.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T94HP30908, titled Advanced Nursing Education Workforce – Improving Georgia’s Health – Addressing the Healthcare Needs of Georgia’s Rural and Medically Underserved Areas for the total amount of $1,398,562. The project is fully funded by the grant. This information of content and conclusion are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government. Dr. Sallie Coke will serve as the ANEW grant principal investigator/director. Dr. Coke and Dr. Deborah MacMillan are co-authors of the grant.  

Aubrie Sofala
Jul 19 2017 - 3:38pm   Brittiny Johnson

The Graduate Program Assistant position is posted in an attempt to locate additional applicants. The position is posted on the external site It is open to all applicants and will remain open until filled. The link to the position is:

If you know of someone who will be a good fit, please provide the posting information. Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 478-445-5596.

Human Resources Team
Jul 19 2017 - 3:23pm

Starting in July, all employees that are paid on a monthly basis need to submit their timecard for approval.


  • If you did not take any leave, you will report "no time off taken." 
  • If you have taken (or will take) leave in July, you will need to submit an absence request.

All timecards must be approved by the close of business on July 21.


You will need to approve the submitted leave requests and timecards.

All timecards must be approved by the close of business on July 21.

For your assistance, please see instructions on how to proceed.

We have been made aware that the video posted by OneUSG Connect that instructs monthly employees on entering timecards is outdated and no longer contains correct information. There have been system modifications made since the video was created and the updates are not yet reflected in the video.

Monthly employees do not track hours worked; they are only responsible for reporting exception time (time off).

Monthly employees who have no time off to report, please follow the instructions below to submit your timecard:

  • Log in to OneUSG Connect:
  • Click "time and absence."
  • Click "weekly timesheet."
  • In the box labeled "date," you can select 07/31/2017 and hit refresh (green arrows) to pull up the last day of the month.
  • Enter 0.00 on 7/31, then select "no time off taken" from the drop-down menu under "time reporting code."
  • Click submit.

Monthly employees who do have absences to report will request these through Absence Management:

  • Log in to OneUSG Connect:
  • Click "time and absence."
  • Click "request absence."
  • Enter your absence type (vacation, sick leave, etc).
  • Enter the start date(s) and end date(s) for your absence.
  • Confirm the correct duration of hours have populated.
  • Click submit.


Josefina Endere
Jul 19 2017 - 3:13pm

On Friday, July 14, 2017, Georgia College Public Safety issued a Community Crime Advisory alerting the campus community to recent reports of burglaries occurring near campus. We are proud to say that great teamwork between Milledgeville Police Department, GC Public Safety and the community resulted in the apprehension of a suspect caught in the act and believed to be responsible for other area break-ins. Please see the Milledgeville Police Department press release for more details.

GC Public Safety
Jul 19 2017 - 10:39am

The Call for Proposals is open for the 7th Annual Georgia Campus Sustainability Network Fall Conference, which takes place Sept. 15, 2017.

Proposals are being accepted for 30-minute presentation sessions for the annual meeting of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network (GCSN) to be held at Georgia Southern University. Each session should fall under one of the following discussion topics:

  • Sustainability in the Curriculum: Integrating sustainability in higher education curricula requires powerful shifts in pedagogical thinking. These sessions will focus on how to introduce sustainability themes into the classroom through traditional and non-traditional methods. The steering committee is especially hoping to feature initiatives that include student input and leadership in the creation of these new learning opportunities.
  • Funding Your Sustainability Efforts: What means of funding are available to subsidize campus sustainability goals? These sessions will focus how schools across the state have found innovative ways to secure funding for “green” projects and initiatives. The steering committee is especially hoping to feature funding initiatives created and operated by student leaders.
  • Engaging Students in Sustainability: How can faculty and administrators connect with students and provide support to help them transform their universities into models of sustainability? How can students work to make their campus more ecologically and socially sustainable? These sessions can be presented by faculty, students or both.
  • Natural Resource Conservation: Energy and water are important economic issues on college campuses everywhere. These sessions will focus on innovative ways that schools have lowered GHG emissions/water consumption, saved energy, and/or saved money through conservation measures. The steering committee is especially hoping to feature resource conservation projects that have student involvement in the creation or implementation. 

Presenters will make relatively brief presentations (around 20 minutes), allowing time for discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Your proposal should consist of:

  • Name, affiliation and email address of the person making the proposal.
  • Topic of interest
  • Title for the proposed presentation
  • A description of topic(s) and themes likely to be included in the presentation
  • Brief bio of presenters

We welcome submissions from all members of Georgia’s Colleges and Universities: faculty, staff, administrators and students, as well as some representation from community or national organizations.

All proposals must be submitted through this online form no later than Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

Questions can be directed to Eriqah Vincent, the National EcoLeaders Coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation at 678.436.5083 or


Lori Strawder
Chief Sustainability Officer
Jul 19 2017 - 8:36am

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a free, solar workshop as part of Green Power EMC's SunPower for Schools program, which is hosted by the Science Education Center at Georgia College. The event takes place July 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Herty Hall, Rooms 160 and 162. SunPower for Schools is sponsored by local Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), which have installed 40 solar panels at middle and high schools throughout the state. Solar activity from these panels is monitored by software to provide real-time data.

Green Power EMC, in partnership with the University of West Georgia, offers middle and high school teachers the opportunity to participate in a free, information-packed solar workshop. You'll learn more about how this unique standards-based core curriculum on solar technology can be used with your students throughout the school year. The SunPower for Schools curriculum is being offered off-the-shelf and ready to use with minimal preparation. This teacher and student-friendly program supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the areas of problem-solving, math, physics, chemistry, biology, life sciences, earth science and more. 

Patti Veal
Administrative Assistant I
Jul 18 2017 - 11:20am

Are you interested in learning more about foundation grants? Do you need funding to support your research efforts or a project about which you are passionate? 

Whether you are new to grant writing or have received prior grant funding, please join the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects for a webinar on the "Keys to Foundation Grant Success" Tuesday, August 8 from 12 to 12:45 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building, Room 211.

Approaching and submitting grant proposals to foundations is not always simple or straightforward. Regardless of their respective processes, many foundations make grant decisions based on relationships. In this webinar, Hanover Research’s team of grants consultants will provide an introductory overview to seeking foundation grant funding. You will learn the ins and outs on how foundations work and key strategies for developing the relationships that lead to grant funding for your institution.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to by Friday, August 4.

Donna Douglas
Grant and Contract Administrator
Jul 18 2017 - 9:32am

For the remainder of the week, July 19 – 21,* GC will be on high-alert status as higher temperatures result in increased electric prices above the normal operating price.   

The campus community is urged shut down all nonessential lighting and equipment especially during the peak hours of 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please do not just turn off, unplug everything not pertinent for use.

If you have access to windows, use the natural light. Turn lights off when you leave your office/residence. Keep temperatures to 75 degrees F. Unplug computers, monitors, printers, copier machines, lab instruments, appliance and other equipment. All of these activities will help tremendously.

Facilities Operations staff will conduct walkthroughs turning off classroom and other unoccupied space lighting and individual AC units in unused spaces as well as shutting down hot water pumps and other non-essential equipment. If Facilities Operations staff attempt to turn off lighting or AC equipment in areas where it is needed, please inform them of the need and they will gladly accommodate. For faculty and staff, should there be a few occupants in your respective areas, consider working from another location such as the library and notify Facilities Operations that the building is unoccupied; steps will be taken to shut the building down.

*Friday is the last day for new student orientation. For the buildings that are involved in the activities for the day, operations should be at normal status.

The Office of Sustainability and the Department of Facilities Operations would like to thank everyone for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. We urge you to assist with communications by passing this information along to the campus community. If you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to call or email: Mark Duclos, Director of Facilities Operations, 478-445-6546, or Lori Strawder, Chief Sustainability Officer, 478-445-7016,

Lori Strawder
Chief Sustainability Officer
Jul 18 2017 - 8:11am   Brittiny Johnson

Interested in participating in the Georgia College Leadership Institute?

The Georgia College Leadership Institute (GCLI) – an intensive, seven-month leadership growth and development program for Georgia College staff and administrative faculty – is now soliciting applications and nominations for our next cohort of scholars. Next year’s program will begin in September 2017.

Participant Eligibility Criteria:

  •     Employment at GC for a minimum of three years (upon program start date).
  •     Positive performance evaluations for past three consecutive years.
  •     Demonstrated potential for future leadership growth at Georgia College.
  •     Minimum bachelor's degree and any other qualifications typically required for “next level” position.
  •     Current management level/job title equivalent to supervisor, manager, director, chair or above.
  •     Submission of resume or vitae.
  •     Two letters of recommendation supporting the application (one personal and one professional).
  •     Personal statement (no more than one page) sharing why the participant wishes to take part in the Georgia College Leadership Institute, including how      his/her participation will benefit both him/her and Georgia College, and including how this program supports his/her career goals. 
  •     Supervisor's approval and pledge of full support for participation in the program.

To apply, please email a statement indicating that you meet each of the eligibility requirements above – to  Be sure to attach the required application documents indicated above as well.  All application materials are due in a single email message with attachments no later than 5 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017.

More information about the Georgia College Leadership Institute available here.


The Georgia College Leadership Institute strengthens Georgia College by identifying, attracting, developing, and retaining top talent for the university.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Participants will have a firm understanding of leadership and a roadmap for their continued leadership development.  They will have greater confidence and will be more comfortable and more successful in filling leadership roles.
  • Participants will know themselves better and will be better equipped to influence others positively through their strengths while minimizing the negative impact of their weaknesses.
  • Participants will understand and be committed to the larger GC vision and mission.  Their perspectives will be broadened beyond a departmental view, which will be evident in their decision-making and in how they collaborate with people from other departments.
  • Participants will know they are valued by Georgia College, and both morale and productivity at GC can be expected to increase over time.
  • Georgia College’s reputation will be strengthened as it becomes known for its commitment to developing its people.

Components of the Program:

  • Kickoff Dinner with President and Executive Panelists
  • In-Class Teaching, with Interactive Group Exercises and Activities
  • Personal Assessment(s)
  • Personality Test/Inventory/Profile (DiSC)
  • Leader Level Assessment
  • 20 Hours of Shadowing/Mentoring (within Georgia College, or elsewhere if justified and departmental budget allows for travel; list of available mentors will be provided)
  • Application Project and Presentation
  • Graduation Luncheon with President
  • Growth of Job/Increased Responsibilities
  • Commitment of participants to work with future cohorts and to work with GC's student leadership programs
  • Annual Alumni Event/Activity to “close the loop” and report on progress of participants


  • Participants' Pre-Program Goals (As feasible, the program will be tailored to meet these goals.)
  • Leadership
    • Who, What, When, Where, Why, How?
    • The Laws of Leadership; What Great Leaders Do
    • Leadership at Georgia College
  • Off-Site Leadership Event - TBD (Initial Year was “Live2Lead” with John Maxwell, Dan Cathy, Liz Wiseman, and Simon Sinek in Duluth, GA)   
  • Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Highly Effective Teams
  • Leader Levels and the Development Journey
  • Mission/Vision/Values
  • Growing Others - Including the importance of connection, relationships and legacy
  • Application Project and Presentation of “Personal Takeaway’s”
  • Participants' Post-Program Goals - How have they changed?  Where is growth evident?
  • Program Schedule/Logistics
  • One cohort per academic year (10-15 participants)
  • Staff and administrative faculty
  • Seven or eight full-day sessions, including an off-site leadership event
  • Meet on Tuesdays, once per month
    • (break for holidays and to accommodate the academic calendar)

Tentative Schedule (for 2017-2018):

  • Sept. 11, 2016, 6 p.m. – Kickoff dinner with president and executive panelists
  • Sept. 12
  • Oct. 5, 6 – Off-site leadership event (Travel to Atlanta Oct., 5 p.m.; return to GC by 6 p.m. on Oct. 6.)
  • Nov. 7
  • Dec. 12
  • Jan. 16, 2018
  • Feb. 13
  • March 14
  • April 10 – Graduation Luncheon

No overnight travel required, except one night for off-site leadership even. We will meet away from central campus, to limit distractions from "normal work" (West Campus Center/Lake Laurel/Other Locations). Lunch and morning/afternoon snacks are provided.

Kyle Cullars
Assistant Vice President - Auxiliary Services and Organizational Development
Jul 17 2017 - 8:59am

As a part of the Chancellor’s Service Excellence Initiative, Georgia College reports to the BOR on two customer service oriented projects. It is time to identify the FY2018 projects.  

The ideal project improves service provided to internal (faculty/staff/BOR) or external (students/parents) audiences and has clear measures of success. At least one of these projects needs to have an academic component.  

Examples include the introduction of a new service, refinement of a process to improve the customer experience, using customer feedback to enhance services, etc. 

Suggestions for projects are due July 28 and should be emailed to   

This is a great way to highlight some of the amazing things you are doing in your area and won’t require the department to do any additional work beyond the original scope of the project.

Cindy McClanahan
Director of Marketing and Communications, Auxiliary Services
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