Marissa Mayfield is experimenting with the Moringa tree to see if its roots extract pollutants from Zambian soil. This important research has landed her a spot in the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, making her one of the nation's top science students.
Caroline Long, '17, works for the university's foundation. In addition to mission work, she recently was a contestant on the game show Family Feud.
April 30 - The Georgia College Department of music will present "Sound Sculptures XIV" at 7:30 p.m. in Max Noah Hall, showcasing the hall's new sound system. Directed by faculty members Douglas Bassett and Dr. David H. Johnson, the concert features electronic music newly composed by Georgia College students. "Electric Sheep" is the overarching theme for this year's eclectic and adventurous musical program that touches on artificial intelligence. A $5 donation is encouraged. All proceeds benefit music scholarships or the GC Department of Music through GCSU Foundation, Inc. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 478-445-8289.
The student organization Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) received a grant to help pay for 16 students to attend the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) 46thAnnual Conference in Nashville this November.
Juniors Madison England, Morgan Harris, and Emily Nicoletti applied for the grant and will present at the conference. Other students have also applied to present.
“The $2,500 grant that we received will go straight towards our travels to Nashville,” said England. “It took our individual costs from $495 to $138 each, which makes it a lot easier for all of us to get there.”
This marks the third time the organization has received this grant. Students will also receive recognition at the AMLE conference in the fall.
“We are extremely eager to share the knowledge that we have gained here at Georgia College and cannot wait to represent our school proudly in Nashville,” said England.
The AMLE conference brings thousands of middle grades educators together each year for professional development and networking.
“As a cohort, these 16 middle grades teacher candidates established a goal to attend the national conference and have sought and are seeking ways to fund their travel,” said Dr. Joanne Previts, chapter advisor and professor. “Madi has taken the responsibility to serve as the chairwoman of this committee. She is overseeing the budget, working with colleagues who are pursuing other funding options and overseeing several other details in order to support the efforts of the cohort.”
Please find the updated report from Provost Brown for the April 19 university senate meeting here.
Our fourth candidate for the position of Associate Provost for Transformative Learning Experiences will be on campus Thursday, April 25th. We invite you to attend the open forum for the fourth candidate from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in the Pat Peterson Museum Education Room. The vita for the candidate is attached.
Georgia College Assistant Professor of Art Matthew Forrest recently visited Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, for a second-stage collaborative act combining art and science.
The intercollegiate collaboration took place throughout spring semester—made possible by Georgia College’s New Innovations Within Art and Science Technologies grant. Forrest reached out to Dr. Tyler W. Davis, a visiting scholar at Catawba College, because of that school’s history with environmental stability.
“Projects like this help form connections between art and other disciplines like environmental engineering and so many others,” Forrest said. “Students not only had the opportunity to work with a world-renowned engineer this spring, but also helped produce public art, tactical art-based prints based off of lidar mapping and so much more.”
This was made possible by a faculty research grant from Georgia College, which helps support projects that look at connections and partnerships like this one, he said.
Davis visited Georgia College in late March and conducted a virtual workshop with 15 students in Forrest’s advanced printmaking class. GIS (Geographic Information System) can be used to visually show contours in land surfaces. He showed students how to make geographic maps, by using color and symbols to give meaning to imagery.
3D cutouts of Georgia College and Catawba College campuses were turned into unique art through process like intaglio, photolithography and screen printing.
Forrest, an internationally-recognized artist and printmaker, was at Catawba April 11 to give a printmaking demonstration to Davis’ intermediate GIS and Field GPS (Global Positioning System) class.
Forrest guided Catawba students in creating two works of art. First, a watercolor screen print of elevated contours shown by GIS of that college’s campus. Next, students explored abstract art and made screen prints of geometric shapes with elevation data from a local preservation area.
Collaborations like these illustrate the ways students give artistic value to science and place, Forrest said. The resulting artwork was displayed at Catawba College earlier this month and will be in the main hallway at Ennis Hall through May 3.
Senior fine arts major Hannan Grube of Gordon intends to use the tactical-based printing she learned for her capstone research in the fall.
“I never thought of using data from outside sources, like mapping to produce works of art,” Grube said. “I enjoyed working outside the studio and collaborating with students from other institutions.”
Two Georgia College faculty members attended a three-day “Climate Reality Leadership Corps” training in Atlanta recently to update their knowledge about sustainability and become climate leaders on campus.
Georgia College Physics Professor Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge and Philosophy, Religion and Liberal Studies Lecturer Dr. Mark Causey attended the Climate Reality Project, started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in 2011. Gore spoke at the session about giving urgency to communications about the climate crisis. He also gave a slide show, like he does in his movie, "An Inconvenient Truth."
During the event, participants learned to combine science and solutions when engaging audiences.
“I wanted to attend this training,” Causey said, “because I truly believe that climate change is the greatest existential threat humanity has ever faced, yet so many of us carry on as if its business as usual.”
When reflecting about the training and putting it into academic context, Mahabaduge said it felt like a large group project.
“We were from all age groups, different education levels, different nationalities and occupations—yet trying to understand the impacts of climate change first and then learning how to convey this message to others,” he said.
Mahabaduge offers a course in renewable energy and is a board member of Georgia College’s “Shades of Green” program, which creates awareness for environmental challenges. Causey helps coordinate Georgia College’s sustainability certificate program and is a member of the sustainability council.
Causey was excited to hear the Rev. Dr. William Barber II speak at the conference. Barber leads the Poor People's Campaign in North Carolina. Because of the Atlanta setting, Causey said the training was intertwined with the rich history of Civil Rights. There was a particular focus on climate justice and environmental racism, he said, and how climate change and environmental challenges disproportionately affect people of color and the socially and economically disadvantaged.
One of Causey’s favorite events was a multi-faith service held at historic Ebeneezer Baptist Church with leaders from Native American, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian faiths. The service was called “A Moral Call to Action on the Climate Crisis.” Causey intends to use new materials and what he learned in his classes on environmental ethics and sustainability.
Mahabaduge also plans to utilize what he learned at climate training.
“With my educational training in solar energy,” he said, “it is important for me to learn how to share these important ideas with my students and the general public. As educators, we always need to brush up and update ourselves on what’s happening to this earth.”
Getting access to carefully-prepared PowerPoint slides will help Mahabaduge when teaching renewable energy courses. This fall, he plans to offer “Physical Principles of Renewable Energy” and host a renewable energy day for Baldwin County elementary students. He’s also offering a science cafe at Blackbird’s this week on “Solar as a weapon in the war against climate change.”
The time to act is now, Causey said. He repeated the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) warning that the Earth has about 12 years to avert the worst effects of climate change and keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“I will continue to bring awareness of these issues to our campus and community,” Causey said. “At Georgia College, we pride ourselves in preparing students for the world of the future. But unless we prepare them for the new realities they will face due to climate change, we are doing them a disservice.”
Faculty, staff, and friends of the university are invited to sign-up to participate in Midnight Breakfast. This is a biannual event where faculty and staff serve breakfast to our students. Volunteers are needed from 9:45 p.m. until midnight.
Date: Monday, May 6th, 2019
Location: MSU Dining Hall (The MAX)
Training: 9:45 p.m.
This year, please email Nadirah Mayweather (email@example.com) directly with the following (as OrgSync will undergo a migration in the near future) :
Name of Volunteer:
Department or Area:
Number of Years serving as Volunteer for Midnight Breakfast:
Thank you in advance for choosing to participate and serve our students in this wonderful campus tradition.
The VALIC Representative will be on campus for Individual Financial Counseling Sessions on May 13th.
Please sign up using the link below:
Reminder that Individual Appointments with a financial counselor can earn you $25 towards your $100 Well-being Credit anytime between now and September 30, 2019.
If you receive Testing Accommodations, and plan on taking any of your Finals in the Testing Center, the deadline to make an appointment is Monday, April 29. You must call us or come in to our office (109 Russell Library) to make this appointment because we have a schedule that may differ from your class's start time. We will not take appointments for Final Exams after April 29.
Today, April 23 | 140 Lanier Hall | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Graduating? Need to find a job? Attend this session and learn how to be intentional with your job search, employ new strategies to uncover job opportunities, manage the application process, improve the quality of your application documents, use career fairs and networking to your advantage, and hear the secret to how employers like to find employees! Even if you're thinking about doing a gap year before starting graduate school, you'll want to attend to hear how to maximize your employment options. This interactive, one hour workshop is designed to help students discover techniques to navigate the job search process.