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Growing up, graduating senior Chris Brown was fascinated by the snow. 

“I would sit and watch the weather forecast all day whenever there was mention of snow,” said Brown. “It was just so interesting to me.” 

Naomi Bennett Workman graduated from Georgia Normal & Industrial College in 1917. Exactly 100 years later her great grandson Daniel Schnaak will graduate in December with a degree in nursing.

Dec 15 2017 - 4:01pm

The GC1Y History of Rock Music course has been moved and will now be offered on Tuesdays as a night class from 6 to 9 p.m. starting spring 2018. There is still space available, but sign up soon.




Dr. Sidney Woodruff
Dec 15 2017 - 10:00am   Brittiny Johnson

Front Page users will now have more control of information sent out in the daily news email.

As of Jan. 2, the first 700 characters of your announcements will be featured in the Front Page news email. That means the most important information should be at the top of your announcement. If your announcement is longer than 700 characters, there will be (….) signifying additional content, which can be viewed by clicking “Read More.”

A character count is now featured on the bottom right of the announcement textbox. Unlimited words can be added in the announcement field, but only the first 700 will be in the news email.

Email or with questions.

Brittiny Johnson
Dec 15 2017 - 9:09am
  • California State University, Long Beach to Host the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April 2021
  • Dec 15 Deadline Approaches for Early-Bird Registration and Grants for 2018 CUR Dialogues, "A Sense of Mission: Pursuing Funding in Challenging Times"
  • Submit Nominations for CUR Officers by January 5, 2018
  • Application Deadlines in Early 2018 for Student Travel Grants in CUR Divisions
  • REU Applications Open for Summer 2018
  • ACS Seeks Nominations for Academic Young Investigators Symposium
  • National Humanities Alliance Sets 2018 Humanities Advocacy Day
  • CUR Event: Broadening Participation Institute (Mar 2018; application deadline: Feb 12, 2018)
  • CUR Event : CUR Biennial (July 1-3, 2018)
  • CUR Events and Deadlines

California State University, Long Beach to Host the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April 2021

CUR has selected California State University, Long Beach as the host of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April 2021.

Elizabeth L. Ambos, CUR’s executive officer said: “California State University, Long Beach’s commitment to expansion of diverse undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry endeavors is reflected at every level of the institution. Its partnerships with other higher education institutions further demonstrate its dedication to the inclusion of underrepresented students in research as well as at NCUR itself.”

Stated Jane Close Conoley, president of California State University, Long Beach: “We welcome the National Conference on Undergraduate Research to campus in 2021 as an unparalleled experience for students and as a chance to showcase important scholarly work that affects our state, our nation and the world.”

To maximize participation, NCUR’s host institutions are located in different U.S. regions. In 2018, the University of Central Oklahoma will host the event on April 4–7. In 2019, NCUR will be held at Kennesaw State University (GA) and in 2020 at Montana State University, Bozeman.

Dec 15 Deadline Approaches for Early-Bird Registration and Grants for 2018 CUR Dialogues, 

"A Sense of Mission: Pursuing Funding in Challenging Times"

CUR Dialogues 2018, "A Sense of Mission: Pursuing Funding in Challenging Times," will bring together higher education faculty, staff members, and administrators with federal agency program officers and other grant funders in Arlington, VA, on February 15-17, 2018. Also featured will be networking opportunities, mock panels on NSF IUSE and REU programs, and keynote speakers who are Washington insiders. Held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, CUR Dialogues 2018 will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, and will end around noon on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The early-bird registration deadline is Dec. 15, 2017. Register here. A limited number of conference grants are available for individuals to attend CUR Dialogues 2018. The application deadline also is Dec. 15, 2017. To apply, visit the conference grants webpage.

Submit Nominations for CUR Officers by Jan. 5, 2018

CUR members can nominate themselves or other CUR members for CUR president-elect, treasurer or general representative to the CUR Executive Board. The nomination deadline is Jan. 5, 2018. Read more.

Application Deadlines in Early 2018 for Student Travel Grants in CUR Divisions

A few CUR divisions have application deadlines in early 2018 for student travel awards:

CUR Biology Division, application deadline is Jan. 12, 2018 (faculty mentors must nominate student candidates)

CUR Psychology Division, application deadline is Feb. 15, 2018 (faculty mentors must nominate student candidates)

CUR Physics and Astronomy Division, application deadline is March 16, 2018

CUR Social Science Division, applications considered on a first-come, first-served basis

REU Applications Open for summer 2018

Many application deadlines are in early 2018 for National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in summer 2018. Opportunities include the following:

  • REU in Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute, application deadline Jan. 4, 2018
  • REU in Neuroscience, University of Missouri, application deadline Jan. 15, 2018
  • National History Research Experiences, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, application deadline Jan. 24, 2018
  • Summer REU, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, application deadline Jan. 30, 2018
  • Summer REU, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, application deadline Feb. 1, 2018
  • Undergraduate Summer Research in Seismology, IRIS, application deadline Feb. 1, 2018 (also interested in applications from faculty mentors)
  • Growing Up STEM: Tracing the Roots of Undergraduate Learning through Discipline-Based Education Research, NDSU, application deadline Feb. 2, 2018
  • Summer REU in Animal Behavior, Indiana University, application deadline Feb. 12, 2018
  • Summer REU, Restoring Cattle Ranches for Sustainable Land and Water Resources, Tarleton State University, application deadline March 2, 2018
  • Undergraduate Trauma Research Training, Syracuse University, application deadline March 14, 2018
  • ACS Seeks Nominations for Academic Young Investigators Symposium
  • The American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry is seeking nominations of nontenured assistant professors for its Academic Young Investigators Symposium that will be held during the Fall 2018 ACS meeting. The nomination deadline is Feb. 2, 2018. Read more.
  • National Humanities Alliance Sets 2018 Humanities Advocacy Day
  • The National Humanities Alliance has opened registration for its Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day that will take place on March 11-13, 2018. On March 13, Humanities Advocacy Day, participants will meet with congressional representatives or their staffers to discuss federal funding for humanities programs. Read more.

CUR EVENT Broadening Participation Institute—March 23-25, 2018—Bowie State University, Bowie, MD (application deadline: Feb. 12, 2018)

CUR’s Broadening Participation Institute seeks to assist faculty and administrators in developing or enhancing their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity and creating an inclusive environment for all STEM students. Institutions will send teams of faculty and administrators to the institute, and they will work together to craft an action plan to achieve inclusive excellence on their home campuses. To apply, visit the institute webpage.

CUR EVENT CUR Biennial—July 1-3, 2018—Arlington, Virginia

The 18th CUR Biennial Conference, “Creating Collaborative Connections in and through Undergraduate Research,” will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, on July 1–3, 2018. Faculty, administrators, staff, academic and community partners, and policymakers will share interdisciplinary investigations—both individual and collaborative—across local, national and international contexts, as they showcase models of undergraduate research activities at all types of higher education institutions (learn more about the conference themes). Keynote speakers include the following:

  • José Antonio Bowen (president of Goucher College)
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski III (president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County)
  • David Lopatto (director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Grinnell College)
  • Robin Wright (director of the Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation)

Opportunities to present may still be available; to submit, visit the CUR Biennial Conference webpage. In addition, the following preconference workshops are scheduled for June 30, 2018:

A Research Lab Model for Student Research in Mathematics. This workshop will demonstrate a model in which multiple students work together on projects over multiple years, allowing for senior students to mentor students just embarking on research. Techniques will be discussed for reformulating single-student research projects as collaborative ones, developing healthy collaborative relationships among students, promoting meaningful contributions by each student, and organizing the logistics of a larger group.

Dialogical Opportunities. Individuals will work within a learning community for several months before the biennial, meet at the biennial to further their discussions, and collaborate to create at least one CUR-related written product.

CUR Events and Deadlines:

Dec 15, 2017 - Application Deadline, Conference Grants, CUR Dialogues 2018

Dec. 15, 2017 - Early-Bird Registration Deadline, CUR Dialogues 2018

Jan. 5, 2018 - Deadline for CUR Officer Nominations

Jan. 12, 2018 - Application Deadline, Student Travel Grants, CUR Biology Division

Jan 19-21, 2018 - Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs Institute

Feb. 1, 2018 - Registration Deadline, CUR Dialogues 2018

Feb. 12, 2018 - Application Deadline, Broadening Participation Institute

Feb. 15, 2018 - Application Deadline, Student Travel Grants, CUR Psychology Division

Feb. 15-17, 2018 - CUR Dialogues 2018

March 16, 2018 - Application Deadline, Student Travel Grants, CUR Physics and Astronomy Division

March 23-25, 2018 - Broadening Participation Institute

April 4-7, 2018 - 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

April 9-13, 2018 - Undergraduate Research Week

April 17-18, 2018 - 2018 Posters on the Hill

July 1-3, 2018 - CUR Biennial Conference

Dr. Doreen Sams
Faculty Coordinator MURACE
Dec 14 2017 - 6:36pm

If you are interested in ensembles and/or non-major lessons, please contact or the following listed area coordinator: 

Brass: Maureen Horgan

​Percussion: Nathaniel Gworek

Piano: Owen Lovell

String: William McClain

Vocal: Youngmi Kim

Wind: Cliff Towner

Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Band

The Georgia College Jazz Band has a long tradition of excellence and continues to amaze audiences with its entertaining and energetic performances. The jazz band students come from all across the state and represent a variety of major fields of study. This varied interest represents the liberal arts mission of Georgia College and includes majors such as Accounting, Biology, Economics, English, Exercise Science, Outdoor Education, Physics and Music. Each semester the jazz band performs for the university and Milledgeville communities in Russell Auditorium on the Georgia College campus. Their varied repertoire is aimed at pleasing everyone in the audience. In January 2015, the band hosted internationally renowned trombonist Bill Watrous for a pair of concerts. In May 2015, the Georgia College Jazz Band completed a 19-day performance tour/study abroad experience in the Czech Republic including a headline performance at the Tyniste Jazz Festival. These concerts are just the most recent accomplishments of this fine ensemble that tours and performs with top-level jazz artists on a regular basis. For more information, please contact Dr. Cliff Towner (


The Orchestra is a non-auditioned ensemble focusing on the study and performance of string orchestra and full orchestra repertoire of all periods and styles and is comprised of Georgia College students (music majors and non-music majors), faculty and community members. The purpose of the ensemble is to foster musical development, improve technique and master performance skills. String students who performed in their high school ensembles are particularly encouraged to join as a way of continuing their passion and interest in music regardless of major or experience level. The orchestra rehearses twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and performs three concerts a year. This course can be used as a required ensemble for music majors who perform on an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass) or as an elective for all university students. For more information, please contact Dr. William McClain (

Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is open by audition to all GC students, regardless of their major. Students who were involved with their high school ensembles are encouraged to continue their performance experience at the college level, and the GC Wind Symphony serves as a great opportunity to further your musical experiences. The Wind Symphony places an emphasis on reading experiences in a wide variety of standard and new band literature. The Wind Symphony rehearses three days a week. The only activities scheduled out of this regular class meeting time are dress rehearsals, performances and social activities. Students receive one hour of academic credit for each semester they participate in the Wind Symphony. For more information, please contact Dr. Cliff Towner (

Small Instrumental Ensembles

The music department has a number of chamber ensembles of like instruments that are coached by faculty and rehearse weekly. Most of the time the student is alone playing their part, and the ensembles perform at least some works without a conductor. The music tends to be challenging and anyone (including non-majors) may sign up for them. Repertoire changes each semester depending on group composition. For information on any of these ensembles, please email, and your inquiry will be forwarded to the faculty director. If you would like to learn more about a director, click their name.

Brass Ensemble: Dr. Maureen Horgan

Flute Choir: Lisa Bartholow

Guitar Ensemble: Dusty Woodruff

Percussion Ensemble: Nathaniel Gworek

Saxophone Quartet: Dr. Stephen Fischer

String Chamber Ensemble: Dr. William McClain

Woodwind Ensemble: Rebecca Cooke

Vocal Ensembles

Max Noah Singers

Max Noah Singers (MNS) is a choral organization made up of select singers with an emphasis on the study and performance of a variety of literature from madrigals and motets to the avant garde. MNS is open by audition to all members of the university community. MNS has performed a number of premieres of commissioned works by such composers as Cannon McClain, John Hennecken and David Hamilton. In addition to participating in the mostly classically based concerts with UC and WE, MNS also presents concerts with popular solo and ensemble music in a themed atmosphere, such as the annual Valentine’s Day Rendezvous. MNS also takes a performance, recruiting, and outreach tour each year; recent past destinations include Washington, D.C. and New York City. MNS took a four-day performance, outreach and recruiting tour around south Georgia last December. MNS also traveled to Hungary and Austria in May 2016. MNS will be singing at Carnegie Hall in May 2018. Members of MNS also represent Georgia College at the annual GMEA All-College Chorus. Members of Max Noah are also required to enroll in University Chorus and commit to the groups for the entire school year. MNS rehearses three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-12:50 p.m., in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Flory (

Music Theatre Scenes

The study and performance of scenes taken from various music-theatrical genres, including musical theater, opera, operetta and contemporary interdisciplinary forms. Open by audition to all members of the University community. The class meets twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m., in Max Noah Recital Hall. For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Gorzelany-Mostak (

The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow (TCM) is Georgia College’s newest choral organization made up of 12 to 16 select singers focusing on the study and performance of popular contemporary music in the collegiate a cappella style. TCM performs music similar to the groups featured on NBC's The Sing-Off or the movie Pitch Perfect. The group is open by audition to all members of the university community. The Cat's Meow performs for a variety of organizations and events throughout the year including the GC Choral Ensembles concerts and Max Noah Singers' Valentine's Day Rendezvous. The group requires a two semester commitment with auditions in August during the 1st week of school. The group meets Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 pm in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Stephen Hutchings (

University Chorus

University Chorus (UC) is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles and is open to all members of the university community. Students who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills. In the past five years, UC has performed a number of choral masterworks with instrumental ensembles and professional vocal soloists. These works include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Hymne, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Elgar’s Spanish Serenade and Hamilton’s Christmas Come In!. UC has also premiered the commissioned work, Dona Nobis Pacem, by David Hamilton. UC rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Flory (

Women's Ensemble

Women's Ensemble (WE), open to all female members of the university community, is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles specifically for women’s voices. All female students who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills. WE was reconstituted in 2006 and since then has performed a variety of works for treble voices, including five world premieres: two by Emma Lou Diemer, two by David Hamilton and one by David Johnson. WE also does local outreach performances for elementary schools. WE rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m. in Porter 304. For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Gorzelany-Mostak (

For more information, visit

Jennifer Flory
Interim Music Co-Chair
Dec 14 2017 - 5:47pm

Do you have new faculty or staff members coming on board in the spring?  Have their official Georgia College name tag ready when they arrive by ordering today at  Name tags will be charged to department accounts and delivered to Barnes & Noble at Georgia College within 10 business days of the order. For large orders (more than 9 name tags), contact

Cindy McClanahan
Director of Marketing and Communications, Auxiliary Services
Dec 14 2017 - 5:16pm

We're recruiting. Project BRAVE is currently looking for dedicated students who are passionate about bringing the message of bystander intervention to Georgia College and educating their peers about power-based interpersonal violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, etc.).

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please consider filling out, or encouraging them to fill out, our Project BRAVE Peer Facilitator Application form found here: by 5 p.m. Jan. 3, 2018. Clicking through to the form will also allow you to view the other requirements and expectations.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Melissa Gerrior
Program Coordinator, Project BRAVE
Dec 14 2017 - 12:23pm

The Spring 2018 Outdoor Center tripping Calendar has been posted, and sign-ups are underway! Want a better idea of what an Outdoor Center trip is like? Watch this 2 minute video from our fall semester day canoe trip!

The Outdoor Center has put together a wide variety of trips. These trips are for any GC student that wants to get outdoors! Everyone from nature novices to outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to join! Make sure to check out our Spring Break Trip if you're looking for an exciting Adventure...

For the Spring Break Adventure trip, we’ll be heading to Pigeon Mountain where we’ll be bouldering at Rocktown, rock climbing at the Lost Wall, and caving at Pettyjohn’s Cave! All of this packed into the first half of spring break Saturday – Tuesday (3/17 – 3/20), and only for $170-$190*. No experience/gear required! Contact for more information.

Below is just an outline of the Spring 2018 Trips, but be sure to check out the events tab on our FB page for more details!


  1. Day Hikin’ trip
    • Arabia Mountain
  2. Introductory Backpacking Trip
    • Mistletoe State Park
  3. Day Canoe Trip
    • George L. Smith State Park
  4. SPRING BREAK Adventure Trip
    • Pigeon Mountain
  5. Little Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip
    • Providence Canyon State Park
  6. Tango Tower Climb
    • East Campus
  7. Oconee Evening Paddle
    • Oconee River


Outdoor Center Tidbits…

  • No gear? No experience? – No problem!! Do not let a lack of gear or experience deter you from joining a trip!
    • The Outdoor Center staff adjusts trip programing based on the students who attend. Basically we will teach students what they need to know along the way!
  • The Outdoor Center has all of the general camping equipment we will need. We also have a majority of required personal equipment students will need, and is available for trip participants to use at no additional cost.
  • The cost per trip include all transportation, reservations, food, and equipment students will need to participate!

Once again email with any questions or to reserve your spot before they are all gone!


Go Bobcats!
Billy Copeland
Assistant Director of the Outdoor Center
Dec 14 2017 - 9:18am

The position Assistant Director of Student Involvement has been posted for internal applicants. Priority consideration will go to candidates who apply by Dec. 18, 2017. To view or apply to this position, please click on the link below.

This link can be found on the job posting summary located in Positions are open to our regular benefit eligible employees. If you have any questions about your eligibility to apply, please contact Human Resources at 478-445-5596. If the position is not filled internally, it will be posted on the external website, following the internal posting period.

Human Resources Team

Human Resources
Dec 14 2017 - 8:18am

Please be advised the Centennial Center parking lot (#1), the Foundation Hall lot (#4), the Depot South lot (#43), and the Depot West lot (#2) are reserved for the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 16.  All vehicles should be moved out of these lots by 6 p.m., Friday, December 15.

During the ceremony, the Centennial Center commuter row and the resident row immediately adjacent to it will be reserved for disability parking. The employee spaces immediately behind the Centennial Center will be used for reserved parking.

Shuttle service for the ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Shuttle stops include N. Irwin Street, The Depot, MSU, the Library, Herty, and West Campus. To download our live shuttle map, visit  

John Bowen
Senior Manager, Parking and Transportation Services
Dec 13 2017 - 4:45pm

Information Technology (IT) wants to make the campus aware of a memorandum received from Dr. Robert Laurine, USG vice chancellor and CIO requiring the implementation of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for USG Institutions. MFA uses a username and password followed by additional access controls before access is granted to systems. The full memorandum is provided. We will share if additional information is received. 

Sister campuses, the USG and Georgia College have been exploring these products for over a year. We have been proactively evaluating authentication products and methods after we learned some GC credentials had been compromised around December 1.  A MFA solution has tentatively been identified and is being tested to ensure it works with our systems. 

This week members of IT began sharing with areas on campus and are working with our advisory committees to develop implementation plans. Dr. Orr is working with our administration to acquire a solution to meet this mandate. We anticipate implementation around mid/late spring semester. Certainly more details and project progress will be continually shared over the coming weeks/months. 

For additional information please contact Bob Orr, Hance Patrick, or Cindy Bowen.

Cindy Bowen
Director of Operations
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