GGC convocation honors students, faculty and staff

GGC student with Drs. TJ Arant and Stas Preczewski

Dr. T.J. Arant, senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost, Sophia Cardot, a biology major from Lawrenceville, and Dr. Stas Preczewski, president, pause for a photo as Cardot receives the Outstanding First-Year Student Award at Georgia Gwinnett College’s 2016 Convocation Ceremony.

Several students, faculty and staff were recognized at Georgia Gwinnett College’s fall convocation ceremony, held yesterday. This ceremonial tradition recognizes and celebrates academic achievement and the contributions of those demonstrating excellence in the four pillars of the GGC culture – scholarship, leadership, service and creativity.

“Today, we reflect on what it means to be part of a college not only devoted to the highest standards and ideals of our profession, but committed to improving those standards and ideals, to pushing the limits on what is possible, and daring to challenge the status quo,” said Dr. T.J. Arant, senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost. 

The ceremony included the recognition of faculty promotions and the presentation of several awards. Following is a list of student and recent graduate award recipients and their majors and hometowns.

Outstanding Student - Scholarship
School of Business: Jarred Lundy,’16, business, Stone Mountain
School of Education: Brianna C. Jackson, early childhood education, Buford
School of Health Sciences: Caroline Nappo, nursing, Lawrenceville
School of Liberal Arts: Simone Seerattan, English, Dacula
School of Science & Technology: Victoria Burgess, ’16, biology, Snellville
School of Transitional Studies: Katia Del Risco, chemistry, Lawrenceville
Outstanding Student - Leadership: Angelique Noble, nursing, Lawrenceville
Outstanding Student - Service: Chase Goodwin, ’16, political science, Lacy, Washington
Outstanding Student Employee: Maria Rahim, business, Buford
Outstanding First-Year Student: Sophia Cardot, biology, Lawrenceville

The Outstanding Staff Award was presented to Sergeant Rebecca Lawler of GGC’s Office of Public Safety.

The following individuals received Faculty Awards: 

Outstanding Teaching: Dr. Robert Lutz, assistant professor of information technology
Outstanding Service: Dr. Catherine Kilroe-Smith, assistant professor of music 
Outstanding Student Engagement: Dr. Kris Nagel, associate professor of information technology
Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activities: Dr. Mike Stoltzfus, professor of English

Lutz, known for his creative teaching methods and dedication to helping students master concepts, presented the ceremony’s keynote address. He reflected on the positive and negative patterns of teaching he experienced himself as a student, as well as other influences on his own instruction. 

“I have grown to more thoughtfully consider my earliest impressions of a situation,” said Lutz who joined the GGC faculty in 2011. “More practically, in the classroom, we often know almost immediately if an intervention is not working.”

The ceremony also included the welcome of 47 new faculty members to the college, which now serves about 13,000 students.

“Our faculty’s commitment to best practices, innovative instruction and student engagement and mentorship are the heart of what makes this college special,” said GGC President Stas Preczewski in his remarks. “And we could not be more excited to welcome you to this incredible, history-making, game-changing team. Together, we will continue to transform lives, families and communities.”

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