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Hug Me Machine visits campus.

Heading soon into Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will heat up grills and barbecue - a subject Dr. Craig Pascoe knows something about. 

Georgia College’s School of Nursing received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant. Totaling nearly $350,000, the grant funds the tuition, fees, books, other expenses and gives a stipend for all the students in the Master of Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program.

Aug 26 2016 - 10:38am

Check out the Career Center e-newsletter, The Loop for upcoming events this week

shantrell bowe
Aug 26 2016 - 9:09am

ENGAGE offers the opportunity to build a community-based experience for students.

Are you new to community-based engaged learning? Apply for the Apprentice Cohort and build your project from scratch.

Applications are due Sept. 10, 2016.

Faculty, staff and community partners are encouraged to contribute to Georgia College’s Culture of engaged learning by applying to the community-based engaged learning (C‑bEL) Apprentice Cohort. This workshop series is designed to provide the tools needed to develop and assess C‑bEL experiences in academic and/or co­curricular settings. Selected participants will develop a C­‑bEL experience and will be mentored by experienced practitioners.

Successful applicants will receive up to $500 for completion of the cohort requirements and an additional $250 to support implementation of the C-bEL experience.

Application materials are available here.

cathy stevens
Aug 26 2016 - 9:07am

ENGAGE is accepting proposals for the Journeyman Mini-Grants. The deadline to submit proposals is Oct. 1, 2016. The awards are up to $2,500 to support C-bEL experiences in academic or co-curricular settings. Funding may be used to develop a new experience or expand an existing experience. Examples of potential projects and application materials are available on the ENGAGE website.

cathy stevens
Aug 26 2016 - 8:55am   Cindy O'Donnell

Russ Gardner, ’15, received the 2016 Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records. Gardner graduated from Georgia College last December with a degree in history. He was recognized for writing “Music in Macon, Georgia in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: the Foundation for the ‘Song and Soul of the South.’”

"Gardner surveyed an extensive number of primary sources on his own initiative," according to Dr. Lauren Acker, lecturer of history at Georgia College, who nominated Gardner and advised him on the senior thesis he submitted for the award.

“He actively searched out Georgia newspaper repositories and other resources, and his resulting paper makes use of an array of primary sources,” Acker wrote in her nomination. “Overall, Mr. Gardner’s enthusiasm for primary-source research is commendable and remains unmatched among the undergraduates I have instructed at Georgia College.”

Gardner explored “Macon’s claim to a unique musical heritage” and its residents’ “yearning for a lively soulful type of music,” according to a paper summary. The study “delivers a lucid understanding of the influence of black performers and the circumstance of a city open to publicly enjoy and praise black genres of music during racially turbulent times.”

A native of Gray, Georgia, Gardner’s been invited with his family and professor to attend a reception and awards ceremony in October at the Georgia Archives in Morrow. More than 30 awards were given this year by GHRAC, a 12-member council appointed by the governor to bring awareness to issues of historical preservation and promote educational use of state and local archives. 

Cindy O'Donnell
Media Relations Specialist, University Communications
Aug 25 2016 - 4:33pm

Milledgeville’s own emerging young vocalist Megan Gillis is back in town for a quick visit to present a recital of “American Songs” at Georgia College at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the university’s Max Noah Recital Hall. Collaborating with Georgia pianist Peyson Moss, Gillis' program will provide a variety of American musical compositions, ranging from “American Anthem” (heard in Ken Burns’s documentary The War), to “Till There Was You” from the favorite American musical, The Music Man. The program will culminate with Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” a moving evocation of American small town experiences – very much like our own.

Gillis has performed at in-house salons to fully-staged operas and was runner-up at the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition in 2014, applauded for her interpretation of art song and orchestral works. Gillis earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at The University of Georgia, with such roles as The First Lady in Mozart’s "The Magic Flute," and the voice of the mother in Offenbach’s "Tales of Hoffmann." 

Gillis received her Master of Music degree in 2015 from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, with roles in Virgil Thompson’s "The Mother of Us All," Mozart’s comic opera / morality tale Don Giovanni, and in scenes from John Adams’s "Nixon in China." 

A member of the award-winning Hodgson Singers for four years, Gillis won the 2013 Pierce Arant Concert Choir award for outstanding choir member. She’s also been part of summer music festivals, including Opera in the Ozarks, The Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, the Franco-American Vocal Academy, The Russian Opera Workshop, the Portland Opera Workshop and Savannah VOICE Festival.

Peyson Moss studied at Mercer University and UGA, receiving his Master of Music in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  A church pianist and organist for 16 years, he currently serves as organist and music assistant at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia.

Gillis hopes all her friends will join her and Moss for a special evening.

The recital is co-sponsored by the GC Music Department and the Milledgeville Music Club. A $5 donation is encouraged. All proceeds to benefit music scholarships or the music department through the GCSU Foundation, Inc.

Kate Phillips
Office Assistant: Music Department
Aug 25 2016 - 3:57pm

Georgia College musical season kicks off with "Viva México."

Award-winning Mexican pianist Eliud Nevárez will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Georgia College’s Max Noah Recital Hall. Nevárez has played piano for more than 20 years in the United States and Mexico, including at the Calderón Theater in Zacatecas, Mexico; Baja California Sur, Mexico; Ex-Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara, Mexico; Isauro Martínez Theater in Torreón, Mexico; and School of Music at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

More recently, he performed at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. Nevárez participated in graduate studies in the School of Music at University of Texas in Austin. Formerly a music professor in the School of Music at University of Zacatecas in Mexico, Nevárez currently teaches at Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Mexico.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds benefit music scholarships or the music department through the GCSU Foundation.

Kate Phillips
Office Assistant: Music Department
Aug 25 2016 - 3:55pm

Looking to spend some time outdoors? Join your fellow Backpackin’ Bobcats on a trip to Georgia’s beautiful Mistletoe State Park. Backpackers of all experience levels welcome. Don’t have lots of camping gear? No worries, the camping equipment is provided by the Outdoor Center. Sign ups have already started, and there are only a limited number of spots available so reserve your spot today.

The last day to reserve a spot on the trip is Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Email or call 478-445-5186 to ask any questions or to reserve your spot

Student Adventures, a part of the Outdoor Center, is committed to providing the Georgia College student body with fun opportunities to get connected to nature through adventure trips and outdoor activity-based workshops. Whether you’re a nature novice or an outdoor enthusiast, Student Adventures is an exciting way to get outdoors.

Want to keep up with future Student Adventure trips and workshops? Like our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @OutdoorCenterStudentAdventures. Also check out our website at

Student Adventures Backpacking Trip Information Mistletoe State Park
Billy Copeland
Assistant Director of the Outdoor Center
Aug 25 2016 - 9:02am

As the temperatures increase today, Georgia College will experience a 10 cent increase in electric pricing, bringing the total per kilowatt hour up to 16 cents.   

The campus community is urged to be aware of electricity usage in offices, labs, residence halls and other spaces, especially during the peak hours of 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In your respective areas of work or residence, turn off and/or unplug anything that will not be needed for immediate use. If you have access to windows, consider using the natural light. If you need light, please try to turn lights off when you leave your office or residence. Lighting, in particular, produces a double savings of electricity when it is turned off, because less heat is added to the work space and therefore less cooling is required. If you have a thermostat in your area, set the temperature to 75 F. Additionally, turn off/unplug computers, monitors, printers, copier machines, lab instruments and other equipment as you leave for the day. All of these activities will help tremendously.

The Office of Facilities Operations staff will conduct walkthroughs of key buildings on campus to turn off classroom and other unoccupied space lighting and individual AC units where possible and in unused spaces. Key buildings include Arts and Sciences, Centennial Center, Health Sciences, Kilpatrick, Parks Memorial, Peabody Auditorium, Russell Auditorium, Student Activities Center and the Wellness and Recreation Center. 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.

The Office of Sustainability and the Department of Facilities Operations would like to thank everyone for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. When we work together to take basic steps to reduce energy consumption, we enable the university to save money that can be directed to more pressing needs which serve the academic, research  and outreach mission.

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/email the following contacts: 

Mark Duclos, Director of Facilities Operations, 478-445-6546,
Lori Strawder, Chief Sustainability Officer, 478-445-7016,

Lori Strawder
Chief Sustainability Officer
Aug 25 2016 - 8:56am

The Center for Faculty Development will provide the following faculty development opportunities during the week of Aug. 29:

Monday Morning Mentor: This week's Monday Morning Mentor topic is How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation? After this 20-minute video and subsequent discussion, participants should be able to

  • Identify strategies for reducing student apathy and increasing student motivation
  • Identify "whole task" activities that can increase student motivation
  • Think about a "minimum viable product" that will engage students in coursework
  • Think about ways of revising course syllabi as a tool for motivating students

Participants will also receive additional resources related to reducing student apathy and increasing motivation.

The event takes place Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. in Arts and Science Room 2-56.

Lunch and Learn: Digital Tools to Support Collaborative Learning in the Classroom. This is the first of four Lunch and Learn sessions to introduce participants to digital tools that can enhance teaching and support student learning. The focus of this Lunch and Learn session will be digital tools to promote in-classroom collaborative learning. In particular, you will learn about social annotation tools that will engage students in deeper engagement with course readings, and tools to facilitate small group, in-class assignments. After participating in this Lunch and Learn, you will be able to

  • Identify at least one digital tool that you can use to facilitate collaborative learning;
  • Draft a learning activity using at least one of the digital tools discussed in the Lunch and Learn.

The Lunch and Learn takes place Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. in Arts and Sciences Room 2-55.


Steven Jones
Director, Center for Faculty Development
Aug 25 2016 - 8:48am   Brittiny Johnson

As a student at Georgia College, from time to time you will be on campus, in class or at a university designated activity where our campus photographer and/or videographers are present and working to capture visual images. These videos and photos will be used across multiple platforms to help tell the Georgia College story. If you do not want to be a part of these photos or videos, let the videographer or photographer know, and they will exclude you from the shots. If you do not say that you wish to be excluded, you consent to being a part of the photos or video to be used by Georgia College.

If you have any questions about the photo and video procedure at Georgia College, please contact University Communications at 478-445-4477.

Brittiny Johnson
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