Earlier this fall, Dr. Brett Young, assistant professor of management information systems, co-authored and presented a paper titled “Online Community Health Simulation” at the Nineteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems.
Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie, associate professor of biology, co-facilitated a session on “Inclusion and Diversity: The Role of Professional Societies” during the inaugural conference of the Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (EMBER) network.
The EMBER network focuses on expanding an understanding of how to create inclusive, supportive and engaging environments to foster the success of diverse students.
Dr. Livinus Uko, professor of mathematics, Dr. James Weisel, professor of accountancy, and Dr. Robert Lutz, associate professor of information technology, co-authored an article “An Application for Linear Programming in Performance Evaluation”, recently published in Volume 21, Issue 1 of the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal.
Dr. Lior Burko, associate professor of physics, was recently selected as the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar for 2018-2020.KITP seeks fundamental knowledge at the frontiers of science and brings together diverse groups of scientists for timely, intellectually provocative inquiries. The purpose of the prestigious program is to support the research of faculty at non-major-research institutions for a period of three years.
Joy Brindle, coordinator for Honors Programs, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Sonal Dekhane, assistant dean and associate professor of information technology, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
John Gallucci, instructor of mathematics, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Keri Hurney, academic advisor, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
David Kerven, associate professor of information technology, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Rong Liu, associate professor of English for academic purposes, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Laura Meyer, graduation specialist, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Jenny O'Rear, administrative assistant II, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Rod Reilly, photographer/videographer, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Kimberly Swartzentruber, assistant professor of education, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
A group of information technology students recently took top awards during the student research competition portion of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Southeast Conference at Furman University.
Student team members included Jory Alexander, Matthew Camp, Mike Deiters, Pedro Garcia, Anastasiya Golovan, Jacob Piazza, and Gina Ann Rosbury and Kevin Stevens.
Dr. Evelyn Brannock, assistant professor of information technology; Dr. Robert Lutz, associate professor of information technology; Dr. Derek Behmke, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. David Kerven, associate professor of information technology, served as advisors.
Robert M. Anservitz, assistant professor of marketing, was recognized as RSO Advisor of the Year for academic year 2016-2017 for his work with the Marketing Club.
Dr. Dovile Budryte, professor of political science, recently received an award for excellence from her alma mater, Old Dominion University. The award was established in memory of Naqib Ahmad Kpulwak, a graduate from Old Dominion’s who recently passed away while teaching at American University in Kabul.
Zahra Ali, ’17, biology, recently received second place in a recent poster presentation at the STEM Research and Career Symposium hosed by the Laney Graduate School at Emory University.
Dr. Pamela Anderson, assistant professor of exercise science, and Dr. Lauren Tapp, associate professor of exercise science, recently published the lab manual, “Exercise Physiology: The Physiology of Exercise Testing, Volume 1,” which provides a comprehensive look at science-based testing.
Dr. Melchor de Guzman, professor of criminal justice and criminology, has been elected president of the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia.
Dr. Lyndsay Gratch, assistant professor of film, recently published a book titled Adaptation Online: Creating Memes, Sweding Movies, and Other Digital Performances. The book explores how traditional notions of the processes and products of creative adaptation are evolving online.
Director of Student Integrity Dr. Aileen C. Dowell has been accepted as a Higher Education Resource Services 2017-2018 cohort participant in its Leadership Training Institute for Women. The mission of the nearly 40-year-old organization is to advance women leaders and advocate for gender equity.
Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie, associate professor of biology, served as a co-facilitator of a session on “Inclusion and Diversity: The Role of Professional Societies” during the inaugural Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (EMBER) network conference. The EMBER network focuses on expanding an understanding of how to create inclusive, supportive and engaging environments to foster the success of diverse students.
Dr. Brett Young, assistant professor of management information systems, co-authored and presented a paper titled “Online Community Health Simulation” at the 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems in August 2017.
GGC students Candi Abbey and Tyler Heath were presented with scholarships from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful during the 11th Annual Environmental on Oct. 11. The scholarships, named in honor of retired Gwinnett County Public School district chief operations officer Jim Steele, were awarded to the students for their educational commitment to environmental sustainability. A contingency of GGC students attended the event.
In 2006, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful donated to GGC’s first annual scholarship, which was established in honor of Gov. Sonny Perdue for his commitment to education and his desire to have future leaders committed to environmental stewardship.
Elease Dillard, ’16, biology, recently authored a paperback book on how to graduate from college free of debt. After graduating GGC with no student loans, Dillard founded a company whose mission it is share that insight with others.In 2016, she was a semi-finalist recipient for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work serving students and parents in this manner.
Dr. Livinus Uko, assistant dean and professor of mathematics, and Dr. Ekaterina Nathanson, assistant professor of mathematics, co-authored a paper titled “A New Semi-local Convergence Analysis of the Secant Method.” The authors’ analysis of the majorizing sequence can be used to obtain weaker convergence conditions than those used in earlier studies.
Students enrolled in the Technology Ambassadors Program (TAP) won third place during the 12th annual STARS Celebration conference poster contest held in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 23.
Sehrish Amanullah, management information systems major; Za Eng Mawi, accounting major; and Richard Williams, information technology major, used image editing and visual programming tools in conjunction with motion-sensing technology to develop a picture puzzle game used to conduct technology outreach to middle school, high school and college-level students.
The award-winning poster, supported by a demo, gave a brief description of the goals of the project, the application created, the outreach conducted and the feedback received from participants.This is the fourth year that GGC students and faculty have attended the conference and won an award in at least one of the various categories.
Dr. Marni A. Brown, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored a book on theorizing gender in the 21st century. Chapters include discussions around globalizing gender issues, the sociology of gender perspectives and inequality within organizations.
Dr. T.J. Arant, provost and senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, recently spoke to the Sept. class of Glance Gwinnett participants. The program includes interactions with community leaders and a tour of Gwinnett. Arant highlighted the unique relationship that the college has with the county and discussed programs that have been developed to address the economic needs of the community GGC serves.
Dr. Jennifer H. Stephens, deputy chief of staff, recently had an article published in the Planning for Higher Education Journal. The article titled “Eight Themes in Strategic Planning: Reflections from a Year of Focused Learning.” Recognizing the changing dynamics in strategic planning, the article discusses how higher education leaders are using strategic planning to move their institutions forward to remain relevant in today’s highly competitive and fast-moving environment.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley recently named Merri Brantley, director of External Affairs, to the College 2025 Initiative Working Group. The group has been charged with increasing the number of college graduates from Georgia’s public colleges and universities by 2025.
Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, was primary author on the paper, “Challenges in IT Education relating to Generation Z students," published in the recent Vol. 8, No. 19 issue of the Journal of Education and Practice. The paper examines generational differences between the Baby Boomer, Generation Y, Millennial and Generation Z cohorts and explores faculty-student relationships between the former and latter generations. Teaching and learning preferences are examined and recommendations are presented for how information technology undergraduate education may most effectively connect with the Generation Z cohort.
Junior Achievement (JA) recognized Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) during its 2017 Breakfast of Champions event with three awards: 100 Club, awarded to organizations providing 100 or more volunteers to the Atlanta and Gwinnett JA Discovery Centers; Impact Award - First Place, awarded to organizations who brought passion, impacting students in both Gwinnett & Atlanta JA Discovery Centers, and a Participation Award, awarded to partners who allowed the JA to use their space. GGC's JA activities are coordinated by student assistants with the Office of Student Involvement's Community Engagement and Service Learning program.
Erika Robinson, Esq., executive director of the Diversity, Institutional Equity and Title IX Program was recently appointed to serve on the American Bar Associations’ Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.
Dr. Christopher Brandon, Jr., associate professor of biological sciences, recently had two co-authored manuscripts published in the proceedings of the Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Learning Conference (2017) and one in the American Journal of Plant Sciences (July 2017).
His vast research interests span from the role of progesterone in reproduction to forest canopy impact on the aquatic ecosystem to assessing student progress and performance across biology curriculum at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Dr. Marie Firestone, associate director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, recently earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Council.The CRA body of knowledge covers the areas of project development and administration, legal requirements and sponsor interface, and financial and general management.
Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie, associate professor of biology, co-authored the article, "Applied Theatre Facilities Dialogue about Career Challenges for Scientists," in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.
GGC faculty members Maria Fernandez, instructor of biology, Dr. Mia Malloy, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Jill Penn, assistant professor of biology and biochemistry, served as keynote speakers during the Georgia Ornithological Society's May meeting in Helen, Georgia.
The trio spoke about avian studies, the study of birds, at Georgia Gwinnett College including Brown-headed nuthatch conservation, avian diversity, genetics studies and highlights from student research projects.
Homero Gonzalez, '11, business, won four Emmy Awards at the recent 2017 Southeast Emmy Awards Gala in Atlanta.
Dr. Christopher I. Brandon, Jr., associate professor of biological sciences, spent two weeks as a faculty member for the Robert A. Paul Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Sera Mey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, Karnataka State, India.
As part of the STEM Academy, Dr. Binh Tran helped organize and instructed the 2017 GGC Tech Camp, sponsored by the School of Science and Technology, during the month of June for high school and middle school students from around the local area. Program activities included learning about computer hardware as well as how to create and design computer networks using industry leading Cisco software.
Dr. Jennifer H. Stephens, deputy chief of staff, was selected as state chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network. The mission of the ACE Women’s Network is to facilitate networking among women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education through sharing of best practices and local leadership training by the state networks.
Syed Hyder, ’17, biology, has won the Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the Division of Environmental Chemistry, Inc. of the American Chemical Society. This award was presented to 24 undergraduates throughout the nation in recognition for their research contributions to the field of environmental chemistry.
Hyder is the first Georgia Gwinnett College student to receive this prestigious award.
GGC students Maranda Harvey, Edna Badu, Precious Salami and Nicole White, along with their instructor, Jessica Hamm, co-authored a submission for the May edition of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance titled “Is children’s weight status associated with their activity levels during physical education?”
The submission was accepted for the research in practice section of the journal where authors critically review other available research and write a practical summary for practitioners in the fields of physical activity and health.
Harvey, Badu and Salami are currently students in the exercise science program. White is enrolled in our psychology program.
Elizabeth Vance, ’17, English, is GGC's first Peace Corps Prep Program graduate. She has accepted a position to teach at one of the local area schools before applying to serve in the Peace Corps.
GGC was accepted into the Peace Corps Prep Program in spring 2014 based on the institution’s concerted effort to promote international learning. Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community leaders at the grassroots level to serve communities abroad and create change.
Mrs. Chrissy Rosen, executive director of Individual Engagement, has been accepted into the next class of Leadership Gwinnett.
Leadership Gwinnett is a nine-month educational and networking experience designed to inform participants about the characteristics of a world-class community and learn the key issues relating to Gwinnett and the region. This award-winning program was established in 1985.
Dr. Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski, GGC president, has been named one of Who’s Who in Education by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The 2017 special section honors individuals leading the way in K-12 and postsecondary education in the metro Atlanta area.
The following individuals were honored during Georgia Gwinnett College's Service and Retirement Recognition Award Ceremony on April 27 for five years of service:
Jo Anne Harris
Rudy Jackson, Jr.
The following individuals were honored during Georgia Gwinnett College's Service and Retirement Recognition Award Ceremony on April 27 for 10 years of service:
Christopher Brandon, Jr.
GGC awarded the following recipients the Retiree Service Award for their years of dedication to the University System of Georgia:
Cedestra Jordan Chapman
Francis Eugene Ruffin
Dr. Cindy Achat-Mendes, assistant professor of biology, School of Science and Technology, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Joy Pangilinan, assistant registrar, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. James Lowry, associate professor of human geography, School of Liberal Arts, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Amy Farah, assistant professor of teacher education, School of Education, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Sgt. Tamu Washington-Britt, Campus Police, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Wendy Anderson, student success advisor, School of Transitional Studies, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Judy Awong-Taylor, professor of biology, School of Science and Technology, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Jeffrey Scott Fouche-Camargo, assistant professor of nursing, School of Health Sciences, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Kathija Jamaloodeen, program coordinator for Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Linda Gilbert, assistant to the vice president for educational technology (retired); Juliana Lancaster, executive director of the Office of Plans, Policy and Analysis; Laura Ledford, executive director for Enrollment Management; and Jennifer H. Stephens, deputy chief of staff have co-authored an article titled, “Responsible Data Management,” published in Business Officer magazine.
The article describes best practices for data management including transparency and communication, understanding ownership of student data, defining access to data and structuring accountability and assessment.
Joye Cauthen, administrative assistant for the Daniel J. Kaufman Library and Learning Center, recently presented at “Tales from the Southern Literary Trail, an Evening of Music and Drama,” hosted by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance in Moreland, Georgia, and at the Caroline Miller Museum in Baxley, Georgia.
Over the past six months, the Southern Literary Trail has hosted special events highlighting the achievements of writers from Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama who have made significant impacts in their professions. Cauthen shared the inspiring story of what motivated Miller, a young, inexperienced writer and mother of three, to create a novel, Lamb in His Bosom,” that would win Georgia’s first Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
The Volunteer GGC program received its first President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizing more than 1,800 hours of service provided at 23 events over 12 months by 416 members of the GGC campus community.
GGC is one of only eight colleges selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to be honored through its annual Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The college received an honorable mention in the Internationalizing the Campus award category for its “Internationalization of the Curriculum: Engaging the World to Develop Global Citizens” Quality Enhancement Plan that enhances student learning and the student learning environment by creating internationalized courses throughout the core curriculum, majors, and electives, as well as an elective Global Studies Certification including foreign languages, study abroad and a Global Studies Capstone course. This is GGC’s first international recognition.
On March 21, 2017, the Georgia Gwinnett College chemistry discipline hosted the monthly meeting of the Georgia Local Section of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Amanda Stockton, assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, delivered her presentation, "Life, the Universe, and Microfluidics: Analytical Chemistry for Astrobiology's Big Questions.”
Jenny Storey, executive assistant to the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs/provost, was recently elected chair of the Provost Assistants in Higher Education National Association. Her topic of discussion at this year’s conference was “Build your Community.”
Dr. Benjamin Brown, associate professor of psychology, has been elected to a four-year term on the executive committee of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. As part of this organization, he will work to improve the rigor and replicability of psychological science, support self-improvement in the field, encourage scientific transparency and openness, model civil dialogue and strive for inclusivity.
At the request of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, GGC's Honors Program provided musical entertainment by cast members from its Aurora Theater production, "Working" for an event celebrating the opening of Kaiser Permanente’s new contact center in Duluth.
Sloan Jones, associate vice president of Strategic Communications and Positioning, participated in the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Executive Education in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 27 - March 2, 2017.
The program focused on how organizations respond to crises effectively, how to develop protocols and practices that minimized the potential for future occurrences, and how to inspire confidence in the long-term safety, security and success of the institution. Through case studies of real-world events, the program explored the strategic and operational issues that arise when preparing for, responding to and recovering from a crisis.
Dr. Benjamin Brown, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed to the Steering Committee of PsyArXiv, a newly released online repository of psychological sciences preprints.
PsyArXiv is a place for researchers to share manuscripts under review, working papers in need of informal peer review, hard-to-publish manuscripts and author versions of published articles.
Brown believes preprint services like PsyArXiv have the potential to revolutionize science, helping to increase openness and transparency.
The Atlanta Film Society has accepted a short film by Katherine Balsley, assistant professor of film, to be featured in its 41st annual Atlanta Film Festival as part of an “Airport Shorts” series.
Balsley’s installation, entitled "I <3 ATL," is an abstract travelogue exploring the city of Atlanta that is meant to provide escape and a renewed sense of discovery, while instilling a love and curiosity for travel often lost in the chaos of an airport.
Holly R. Heitman, assistant department head for Access Services, shared her insight on how managers can use generational differences to benefit an organization during her presentation titled "The Dynamics and Power of Generational Diversity: Making It Work in Your Library” for the North Georgia Associated Libraries webinar this past January.
Dr. James Lowry, associate professor of human geography, was recently elected to serve on the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) board of directors. In this capacity, Lowry will review honor society memberships to ensure each member maintains the high standards of ACHS and adheres to the organization’s by-laws.
Lowry also serves as the executive secretary of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography.
Christine P. Rosen
CFRE International has named Christine P. Rosen as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Rosen, executive director of Individual Engagement, joins more than 5,500 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.
Camille Chang Gilmore, Boston Scientific's vice president of Human Resources and global chief diversity officer, was recently named one of Savoy Magazine's "2016 Top Influential Women in Corporate America." Gilmore has served on the GGC School of Business Board of Visitors since 2013 and was a pilot member of the school's Corporate Affiliates Program in 2016.
Dr. Rhiannon Evangelista
Dr. Rhiannon Evangelista, assistant professor of history, recently received the 2015 Christopher Seton Watson prize, awarded annually to the best article published in Modern Italy, the journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy. Her article, “The particular kindness of friends: ex-Fascists, clientage and the transition to democracy in Italy, 1945–1960,” was published in the journal’s November 2015 printed edition and posted online in May 2016.
Peer Health Educators team
The Office of Wellness Programming’s Peer Health Educators Team won Outstanding Program of the Year for its interactive HIV prevention presentation, "HIV High/Low/No Risk," at the 2016 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly, held Nov. 17-20 in Kansas City, Mo. The Grizzlies also presented a program titled, "What's Your Intimacy Time Line?" The team included student Peer Educators Guilouse Grandoit, ’17, business, Teresa Fowler, ’17, exercise science, and TeRae Caldwell, ’18, biology, as well as Assistant Director of Wellness Programming Katie Buell. This conference is the premier educational and networking opportunity for Peer Health Educators. This national conference allows students to inspire, share ideas and build exceptional peer educational programs and strategies in health, safety and student leadership.
LaToya Denbow, ’13, early childhood education, was selected the Teacher of the Year for 2016-17 for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Beaver Ridge Elementary School, where she teaches kindergarten.
The GGC Academic Enhancement Center's TIC-TAC-TOE program won a University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Service Excellence Student Improvement Initiative Team Award – Silver Level.
Dr. David Ludden
Dr. David Ludden, professor of psychology, appeared with comedian Ilana Glazer at The Rubin Museum in New York during the October session of the museum’s fall presentation series, "The Wisdom Matrix," which explored how people make decisions. Ludden and Glazer discussed the topic of intuition.
Dan Cassavaugh, director of Digital Communications, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Georgia Education Advancement Council. This organization brings together representatives from the public, private and technical colleges and universities in the state of Georgia from the areas of alumni relations, public relations and development.