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Jan 22 2019 - 10:41am
The University System of Georgia (USG) is making enhancements to the USG Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and the voluntary 403(b) and 457(b) plans to simplify how you can save for your future. Check out the video here to find out more!

Effective May 1, 2019, USG will:

  • Create system-wide 403(b) and 457(b) plans.
  • Offer Fidelity, TIAA and VALIC as the retirement plan providers for future contributions in the ORP, 403(b) and 457(b) plans.
  • Eliminate all providers other than Fidelity, TIAA and VALIC.
  • Streamline the investment lineups across the ORP and voluntary plans, through investments may vary slightly between providers.
  • Automatically direct future contributions and existing balances from existing investments to similar options in the new lineup.

What is not changing?:

  • The basic design of the ORP and voluntary plans—eligibility and immediate vesting—will remain the same. 
  • TRS, ERS, and GDCP plan design remain the same.

The Transition Guide provides you with more information about these changes and actions you may want to take.  You will find the referenced Transition Guide and Guide to New Investments inserts from each remaining vendor – TIAA, Fidelity and VALIC - on the retirement webpage located at You can reference additional information there, including Frequently Asked Questions at

We strongly encourage you to attend a group education session or webinar to learn more. Sessions are being held at all USG campuses starting Jan 24 and continuing through mid-April, 2019. Access the full schedule and register for a session at

Upcoming session:

  • Feb. 22, 2019 Georgia College & State University | College of Arts & Science Auditorium (3pm – 5pm)

Please note: You can also schedule a one-on-one consultation with any of the providers and/or CAPTRUST to get answers to your financial questions or develop an action plan to help you address your retirement goals.

Fidelity:          800-642-7131, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (ET)

TIAA:              800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET)

VALIC:           770-395-4794, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET),

You may also directly contact the VALIC advisor for your institution using the list in the VALIC Guide to New Investments insert.

CAPTRUST:   800-967-9948, Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ET),


The USG Retirement Team 

alrick l.banks
Jan 22 2019 - 9:59am

Please be reminded of university senate meeting this Friday, January 25 at 3:30 PM in A&S room 2-72.  The agenda can be found here.

Thank you,

Shea Council

Shea Council
Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost/University Senate Assistant
Jan 22 2019 - 9:03am

Summer orientation is a structured day-long program that offers new students and transfer students the opportunity to establish a link with faculty in their intended major, become familiar with the campus and the array of academic and campus life programs available and "take care of business" to prepare for move-in. This year, we have made a few changes to the Summer Orientation schedule:

Freshman Orientation sessions will be held June 7, 14, 21 and July 12, 19, 26

Transfer Orientation sessions will be held June 20 and July 25

If your office or department would like any brochures or print materials included in student and/or parent orientation bags, please contact Courtney Manson at 478-445-2007 or by email at All materials for bags must be delivered to Mayfair Hall by Friday, May 17, in order to be included. Items received after the requested deadline may not be included, as packets are made in advance for the entire summer. 


Courtney Manson
Coordinator, New Student Programs
Jan 21 2019 - 10:10pm

Join the GC Community Drumming Group this week for traditional circle-style drumming and a chance to try new and rare percussion possibilities.  The group meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Friday afternoons at 2 pm in room 103 of the Health Sciences Building.

If you are interested in meeting new people, making an impact in the community or simply have an interest in drumming, stop by this week and help build the rhythm.  The sessions are free and open to everyone.  Drums are provided for use during each event.

Building Community One Beat at a Time
Christopher Karow
Music Therapy Student Community Drumming Leader
Jan 21 2019 - 4:57pm

Abstracts may now be submitted through the MURACE website for consideration for presentation at the 22nd GC Student Research Conference to be held in the Health Sciences Building on the GC campus on April 5, 2019. Abstracts may be submitted up to 5:30 p.m. on March 8, 2019.

Student researchers - before submitting your abstract, please read over the instructions on the MURACE website and meet with your mentor to secure his or her approval of your submission. Please read over the entire submission application carefully and consider submitting for consideration for presentation at the COPLAC Conference to be held on the GC campus on April 26-27, 2019 (Faculty mentor recommendation required) and/or consider publication in the campus journal "Corinthian". 

Click Here for Submission Portal 

Dr. Doreen Sams (478-445-0966)

Dr. Carrie Cook (478-445-0941)

Co-Chairs, Student Research Conference

Carrie Cook
Jan 21 2019 - 4:53pm

On this edition of the Why This Times Talk Podcast Georgia College Mass Communication faculty member Pate McMichael joins WRGC 88.3 FM radio host Daniel McDonald to preview Pate's Wednesday Times Talk entitled Mueller vs Trump Media: How will the Russia Investigation end?

Our inaugural 2019 Times Talk will take place at noon and last 50 minutes on Wednesday, January 23 in the Ina Dillard Russell Library at Georgia College. Just bring your brain, we supply free pizza while it lasts!                          

The following articles will be discussed by Pate during this program and the Mueller vs Trump Media Times Talk:

More Powerful Than a Russian Troll Army: The National Enquirer

Robert Mueller Is No Match for Fox News



Janet Hoffmann
Professor of Rhetoric, Host of GC Times Talk
Jan 21 2019 - 10:32am

Guest Artist Bill Doan presents his solo show about "Anxiety" free at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in the Campus Black Box Theatre. The play entitled "Frozen in the Toilet Paper Aisle of Life" is drawn from "The Anxiety Project." It is part monologue and part graphic novel come to life! For Mature Audiences.

From the "Anxiety Project"
Dr. Karen Berman
Chair and Artistic Director
Jan 18 2019 - 2:51pm

Anyone who will enter Payment Requests or approve them and has not been to training, you have one last opportunity.  Monday, February 4, from 2-3 p.m. we will conduct our last training for entering payment requests online.  On April 1, 2018, Accounting Services will no longer accept paper Check Request Forms.  Please contact Daphne Campbell to sign up for training or if you have any questions at 478-445-6093.

Daphne Campbell
Accounting Services
Jan 18 2019 - 1:55pm

Interested in the Disney College Program? Come join us today for Disney Trivia and an Information session about the Disney College Program and application process. Come hear from and ask questions to Disney College Program alumni. We will learn all about the application process, and what to expect from this opportunity.

Tuesday, January 22 | 140 Lanier Hall | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pamela Santamaria
Career Development Coordinator - Career Center
Jan 18 2019 - 1:34pm

The Georgia College Women's Soccer team will host an ID Camp Sunday, Jan. 27 for any female high-school athletes who are interested in showcasing their skills and playing soccer at the next level.

The Bobcat ID Camp is open to all prospective student-athletes, giving them an important opportunity to gain next-level recognition for their talents and skills. While being able to meet and train with coaches in person, the opportunity also allows these athletes to make connections with coaches and players at Georgia College.

The camp will cost $95 for a 10 a.m.-5 p.m. session, which will consist of individual skill challenges, as well as live-game simulations. Also included in this cost are a campus tour, lunch and a t-shirt.

To register, fill out the online form located here: . All checks should be made payable to Georgia College Soccer.  Further questions should be directed to head coach Hope Clark at .

Hope Clark
Head Soccer Coach
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