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GC receives Higher Education Civic Engagement Award

Georgia College received the 2014 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, one of only five universities in the country acknowledged this year. The award is presented by The Washington Center and the New York Life Foundation.

The award recognizes institutions for their dedication to civic engagement through mutually transformational partnerships that address public concern at any level—from local to global.

Georgia College was selected from more than a hundred nominations for the Live Healthy Baldwin Program coordinated through the Georgia College Center for Health and Social Issues.

“Live Healthy Baldwin was presented as the example of Georgia College's efforts to engage the community and promote meaningful change. I provided information from narrative reports that outlined our successes and challenges over the four years of the project,” said Dr. Jim Lidstone, director of the Center for Health and Social Issues.

The Live Healthy Baldwin project is a community-wide initiative that centers on providing ways to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic among at-risk children by increasing the opportunities available for healthy food choices and physical activity.

“The Live Healthy Baldwin program has provided a unique and important bridge between the university and community, while offering students, faculty and staff opportunities to work with the community in substantive ways” said Gregg Kaufman, who coordinated the award application. “Working with community partners to improve citizens’ health and fitness is a mutually beneficial endeavor.”

Georgia College was selected for the award along with California State University- Fullerton, Hampshire College, Rice University and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Since 2009, The Washington Center has presented the Higher Education Engagement Awards each year. The five winners receive $20,000 in scholarship funding to help students participate in The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program.

The awards presentation takes place Sept. 29, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and recipients of the awards will be featured on a panel at the American Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. scheduled for January 2015.

“Georgia College is a shining example of how universities are taking the traditional curriculum model and incorporating initiatives that teach self-awareness, community engagement and life-long leadership skills,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “Georgia College is a true leader within the academic community and we congratulate them on this honor.”

To learn more about the Live Healthy Baldwin program, visit

Brittiny Johnson
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