GGC's New Student Services Center Opens

A prospective student will soon be able to visit, apply, ask questions about financial aid, register and pay for classes, meet with a counselor for disabilities services, find out what social activities and leadership opportunities are available on campus, and connect with future peers and mentors all in one place—the new Student Services Center at Georgia Gwinnett College. No appointment necessary. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, Oct. 22 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the new center located at 20 Collins Industrial Way in Lawrenceville.

A prospective student will soon be able to visit, apply, ask questions about financial aid, register and pay for classes, meet with a counselor for disabilities services, find out what social activities and leadership opportunities are available on campus, and connect with future peers and mentors all in one place—the new Student Services Center at Georgia Gwinnett College. No appointment necessary. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, Oct. 22 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the new center located at 20 Collins Industrial Way in Lawrenceville.

“Visitors will be able to experience what it is like to be a student here as they interact with future friends and classroom colleagues,” says Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Fatzinger. “Having all the admissions functions and student affairs offices in one easy-to-access facility at the front door of the campus is convenient for visitors and illustrates GGC’s integrated approach to higher education.”

"The inclusion of a one-stop student services center is the mark of a truly progressive college,” adds Philip Hawkins, GGC’s associate vice president for enrollment management. “I am proud that Georgia Gwinnett College recognizes the priority of streamlined and efficient services to students."

In December 2006, the GGC Foundation purchased a commercial warehouse building and five acres on Collins Hill Rd., formerly occupied by the owners of Plumbing Distributors Inc. The building was in excellent condition, and was remodeled to provide necessary office space for enrollment management and student affairs staff. The purchase price was about $3.8 million.

According to GGC’s Director of Facilities Maurice Blount, “the initial 20,000 square feet of the facility includes more than 70 offices and a presentation room where visitors can learn about GGC’s mission and programs. This is a place where families, future students and other visitors can conveniently learn more about the College,” Blount says.

The owners of Plumbing Distributors Inc. not only sold the building to the College, but also later donated $150,000 to the GGC Foundation, the college’s first major financial gift. The gift was given by long-time Gwinnett residents, entrepreneurs, and business owners Mr. Gladston Mealor, Mrs. Carolyn Mealor Streetman, Mr. Clyde Streetman, and Mr. Sidney Mealor.

The ceremony will include remarks by GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman, Regent Richard Tucker of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG), GGC Foundation President Gordon Harrison and GGC Student Government Association President William Johnson. A reception and tour of the new facility will follow. In attendance will be local government officials, representatives from the GGC Foundation and USG Board of Regents, college employees and students. Also in attendance will be members of the Mealor family.

“This is an exciting time in the growth of Georgia’s newest four-year, public college in more than a hundred years,” adds Fatzinger. “We are building more than structures—we are building a culture that will develop students as leaders and contributing citizens.”

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