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A unique collaboration between art history and design students has resulted in eight digitally-connected board games with real boards and pieces. 

When it comes to filming 30-second commercials—you have to be quick-witted, flexible and a creative problem solver.

Dec 12 2019 - 3:05pm

Please be advised the university follows an intersession parking schedule when class is not in session and the campus is still open for business. 

For Winter Break, this includes Dec. 16 - 24 and Jan. 2 - 3. During these times, resident and commuter-designated lots will be open to all valid university permit holders during regular enforcement hours, Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  However, employee-designated lots will only be open to those with a valid employee permit.  For more information on permit types and lot locations and designations, visit  The university will return to a regular parking schedule Jan. 6. 

Also, there will be no shuttle service during Winter Break.  The university will return to a regular shuttle schedule Jan. 6.

Follow Parking and Transportation Services on Facebook and Twitter!  You can also download the TransLoc Rider app and track the GC Shuttle.

John Bowen
Senior Manager, Parking and Transportation Services
Dec 12 2019 - 2:01pm   Cindy O'Donnell

John Jackson, maintenance manager at Georgia College’s parking and transportation services, recently earned the title of Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP). CASP is a four-year certification process for aspiring auxiliary professionals through the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) in Charlottesville, Va.

“Congratulations to John for this impressive achievement,” said Kelsey Harmon Finn, NACAS CEO. “CASP is the premier designation for higher education auxiliary and ancillary services. It demonstrates that the recipients have the skills necessary to be successful in our industry, meeting an advanced standard of expertise.”

CASP is the only certification that demonstrates recipients have met a high standard of excellence, as defined by experts in the industry, and that they have the skills necessary to be a director of Auxiliary Services.

Founded in 2009, CASP affirms the recipient’s expertise in management, leadership, marketing, student development and operations. Funding is provided by the NACAS Education Foundation through the generous support of many individuals, the NACAS region and Barnes & Noble College. NACAS is a nonprofit higher-education association serving auxiliary services, student support services and ancillary services in the United States and worldwide. NACAS provides extensive opportunities for members to share ideas, develop business solutions, enhance programs and revenues and develop meaningful professional relationships. For more information visit:

Cindy O'Donnell
Media Relations Specialist
Dec 12 2019 - 9:44am   Cindy O'Donnell

Six physics students, recently graduated, got their undergraduate research paper on “ball lightning” published in the Georgia Journal of Science.

“This particular instant is the highest level of achievement one can think of when it comes to integrating undergraduate research into coursework,” said Physics Assistant Professor Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge. He taught the 2019 Statistical Mechanics course that resulted in the publication.

Many faculty publish disciplinary research and sometimes co-author papers with undergraduates. What makes this peer-reviewed publication important is it stems from intentional integration of undergraduate research with regular coursework, Mahabaduge said. As part of his Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research, he studies the best ways to integrate undergraduate research into regular classroom learning.

“Undergraduate research is one of the five high-impact practices Of GC Journeys,” Mahabaduge said. “It’s something we try to provide outside of regular curriculum. However, this particular research publication was done as part of the regular classwork, showing that we can do this within regular curriculum—hence, benefitting more students.”

Undergraduates rarely have a peer-reviewed publication published by the time they finish college. Georgia Journal of Science publication will make these students more competitive when they apply to graduate schools, he said.

Students who worked on the ball-lightning research are: Anyauna Spikes, who came up with the topic; Amir Abdallah and Kyle Castleberry, who were the most engaged throughout the project; and Khadeem Coumarbatch, Joshua Ballard-Myer and Nick Palmer.

Ball lightning, a natural and dangerous phenomenon in the atmosphere, is not well understood. Students based their research on three models: electron bunching, tangled streamers and a skyrmion lab.

Cindy O'Donnell
Media Relations Specialist
Dec 12 2019 - 9:25am   Cindy O'Donnell

New state ratings for teacher preparation programs recognized Georgia College as an “exemplary” provider.

Georgia College earned a Level 4 rating on the 2019 Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness Measures (PPEMs) published by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). This level is above the expected level of performance for effectively preparing future teachers and is the highest rating awarded.

“Georgia College has a long history of excellence in teacher preparation dating back to its establishment as Georgia Normal and Industrial College in the late 1800s,” said Dean Joe Peters, John H. Lounsbury College of Education. “The exemplary rating of our programs is confirmation that the tradition of providing excellent teacher education continues to this day.”

“Our distinguished faculty members provide outstanding instruction and, as part of our field-based cohort model, our preservice teachers spend a significant amount of time in classrooms practicing what they learn in class, while under the guidance of their mentor leaders. This combination of superb instruction and supervised classroom practice leads to our graduates being in high demand across the State of Georgia,” he said.

PPEMs evaluates educator preparation programs using measures collected during candidates’ time in the program, such as: certification assessments required by the state and measures collected following completion, once candidates are in the classroom. Measures include classroom observations by supervisors, as well as surveys of employers and newly employed teachers.

Only five public colleges and universities across the state received the highest rating, and Georgia College was among those.

“A Level 4 is reserved for those program providers whose performance was exemplary, and we will ask these providers to share their best practices with other Georgia program providers,” said Penney McRoy, educator preparation division director at GaPSC.

PPEMs are meant to provide the public with valuable information on educator preparation programs, particularly individuals considering entering a program themselves. PPEMs will also complement the GaPSC program approval cycle, since program providers are required to maintain acceptable scores in order to stay approved to educate future Georgia-certified educators.

The primary purpose of the PPEMs is to give educator preparation programs detailed information they can use to improve.

“In Georgia, all educator preparation providers are engaged in a process of continuous improvement, informed by data,” McRoy said. “The PPEMs add to that ongoing process, providing one more tool to assist them in preparing great teachers for our schools.”

PPEM ratings for all Georgia educator preparation program providers are available at

Program partners and graduates of Georgia College echo the success of their Georgia College education:

“The College of Education prepared me to be the best teacher I can be. I credit most of that to the school of thought and the rigorous schedule that we went through.” - Amanda Martin, alumna and first-year of teacher

“Georgia College teacher candidates tend to stand out amongst other college graduates. I feel this is due to the broad experiences and knowledge they have. They come in with new innovative ideas that they can share.” - Tracy H. Clark, principal at Lakeview Primary School

“After our first interaction with students on Georgia College’s campus, it was very evident that this a school with high-quality teaching candidates. The students graduate with dual concentrations in middle grades education and exhibit a level of professionalism that makes them stand out amongst those who come from other educator preparation programs. We have met and hired some incredible teachers from Georgia College, and we hope to continue to do so in the future.” - Lindsay Bowley, recruitment coordinator Cherokee County School District

Cindy O'Donnell
Media Relations Specialist
Dec 12 2019 - 9:01am

The Georgia College Department of Public Safety will be testing the GC Alert emergency notification system on Friday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. All GC email addresses will automatically receive GC Alert notifications. If you wish to receive additional forms of communication, such as texts or phone calls, be sure to opt in for those notifications. Click here to find out how to update your information to ensure that you receive GC Alerts via your preferred method(s) and to add additional recipients.    

The test will also include the utilization of the RAVE Guardian campus safety mobile application, the Alertus desktop notification system and the GC Cable system.

This is only a test. Thank you for staying safe by being informed.    

J. Brett Stanelle
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
Dec 12 2019 - 8:29am

Deadlines Near for Undergraduate Opportunities

Deadlines are coming up for the following undergraduate opportunities:

  • Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, Library of Congress; app deadline Dec 20, 2019
  • DOE Scholars Program, Dept of Energy; app deadline Jan 3, 2020
  • History of Diversity in the Physical Sciences Intern, American Institute of Physics (for physics undergraduates), app deadline Jan 15, 2020
  • REU in Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates, Spelman College; app deadline Jan 15, 2020
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; app deadline Jan 15, 2020
  • REU, Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington; app deadline Jan 15, 2020
  • Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University, Apr 3-4, 2020; abstract deadline Jan 24, 2020
  • REU in Evolutionary Science, University of Iowa; app deadline Feb 1, 2020
  • REU, SETI Institute (for students interested in astronomy, astrobiology, or planetary science); app deadline Feb 1, 2020
  • REU in Raptor Research, Boise State University; app deadline Feb 3, 2020
  • Summer Student Fellowships, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (for rising fourth-year students interested in ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy); app deadline Feb 5, 2020
  • Analytic Studies Internships, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (for students in art history, anthropology, archaeology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, ecology, earth sciences, chemical and materials science engineering, museum studies, or paleontology); app.deadline Feb 10, 2020
  • History and Heritage Internship, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life; app deadline Feb 10, 2020
  • REU in Materials Research Science and Engineering, Northwestern University; app deadline Feb 14, 2020
  • Seventh Annual Environmental Science and Design Symposium, Kent State University; app deadline Feb 15, 2020
  • Travel grant to attend 2020 International Conference on Arabidopsis Research in Seattle (for underrepresented students in plant sciences); app deadline Feb 29, 2020

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Faculty Coordinator MURACE
Dec 11 2019 - 5:05pm

Max Noah Singers spread holiday joy in the Peach State

Georgia College’s Max Noah Singers will embark on their annual tour Sunday, Dec. 15, singing holiday songs in various cities in middle Georgia and the Atlanta area, finishing with a homecoming performance in Milledgeville on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

The concert showcases a cappella songs and songs with piano, guitar and percussion. Five sets of songs, connected by readings, include traditional carols, spiritual arrangements, African-inspired holiday songs, a New Zealand carol, a Hanukkah song and pop arrangements.

Audiences will be treated with holiday favorites like “Deck the Halls” and “Mary, Did You Know?” The concert will close with “Adoramus Te,” Georgia College’s alma mater and “Silent Night.”

The Max Noah Singers begin their journey Sunday, Dec. 15, singing at a service at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Macon. The group will then journey east for a 7 p.m. concert Monday, Dec. 16, at Davisboro United Methodist Church in Davisboro. They’ll also perform at retirement homes in Gray and Milledgeville. The group will also do exchange performances and recruiting visits at high schools in Macon, Gray, Sandersville, Eatonton, Decatur and Marietta. The trip culminates with a homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged. All proceeds benefit music scholarships or the Music Department through the GCSU Foundation, Inc. For more information about the tour, future concerts or choral ensembles, contact or call 478-445-4839. 

Please join us next Wednesday, Dec. 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m.
Kate Phillips
Office Assistant: Music Department
Dec 11 2019 - 3:42pm

‘Tis the season! Unfortunately, the season provides criminals with another opportunity to steal your money. We’ve seen a recent surge of fraudulent emails targeting our faculty, staff and students. 

Criminals are constantly reading our website. They use the information to create fraudulent email accounts that mimic GC accounts and gain your trust by creating an account that looks familiar. The current trend we are seeing is to use: They use this format to pose as someone influential on campus. The messages say they need a favor and request you buy pre-paid cards of one type or another. Please be wary of unusual requests. 

If you believe that you’ve been a victim of an Internet or email crime, Public Safety may be able to offer resources and file a report. Please visit the Hall House or call 478-445-4400 to file a report.

Hance Patrick
Information Security Officer
Dec 11 2019 - 10:57am

If you missed this morning's Holiday Open House at the Old Governor's Mansion, you will have another chance to at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 12.

Sara Stallings
Director of University Events
Dec 10 2019 - 4:51pm

Join us for the 23rd annual Georgia College Nutcracker Ballet!  Tiny mice, a huge Chinese Dragon, tumbling Russians (the award-winning GC Cheerleaders), guest artist Chad Jones from Georgia Ballet, and SNOW await you at Russell Auditorium.  Clara is portrayed by 9th grader Kylah Chatman.  Directed by Amelia Pelton.

Performances are December 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. 

We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance at to avoid long lines at the door!

General public - $12; Senior Citizens, GC Faculty/Staff & Non-GC students - $8; GC Students - $5

For more information, please contact Keeli Ewing at 445-8290.

Keeli Ewing
Office Coordinator, Department of Theatre & Dance
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