Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman and local dignitaries, including GGC Library Director Gene Ruffin; Glenn S. White, chairman of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation; GGC Vice President of Business and Finance Eddie Beauchamp; GGC Student Government Association President Steve Haney; University System of Georgia Board of Regents member Felton Jenkins; Jerry Voith, vice president of Leo A. Daley and Associates and Mike Potts, CEO, Potts Construction, donned hardhats and wielded ceremonial silver shovels today as they broke ground on the college’s newest addition – the Library and Learning Resource Center.
Before they donned their black caps and gowns last June and accepted their sheepskin, the entire Georgia Gwinnett College graduating class of 2008 either pledged or contributed to the state’s newest institution’s Foundation. That’s pretty much unheard of – especially among new graduates in this tight economy.
Three Georgia Gwinnett College students have taken on a pretty substantial task – they are collecting donated items for “care packages” to send to deployed military troops overseas. Working with local charity Troop Bebop, the girls already have secured a $1,000 grant to Troop Bebop from Wal-Mart, but they are looking to do more.
LAWRENCEVILLE – Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman announced today that students at Georgia’s newest institution of higher learning will now qualify to receive federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant and the Stafford Loan, among others.
A U.S. Army UH 60 Black Hawk helicopter, piloted by GGC math professor Terry “Tee” Barron landed on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College in front of the college’s signature building today as part of Military Appreciation Day which included military recruiters from the United States Marines, the Army National Guard and UGA ROTC. Georgia Adjutant General William “Terry” Nesbitt was the guest of honor and met with GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman, himself a retired Army general. In addition to the Black Hawk, an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, a Howitzer and an HMMWV were on campus for observation. More than 1,000 yellow ribbons were distributed to students and faculty at the college. GGC hopes to institute an ROTC program of its own within the next two years.
Georgia Gwinnett College doesn’t have a dining hall yet – but that doesn’t keep the students, faculty and staff from being nutritionally satisfied from sun up to sun down each day. Quiznos, Starbucks at the GGC Café, Pete’s Arena and The Marketplace are responsible for quenching the hunger and thirst needs of the nearly 2,000 “grizzly bears” on the 200 acre campus and international food services group Sodexo makes it happen.
Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman gave members of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents an update on the progress of the state’s newest institution of higher learning today, telling the Board members that Georgia Gwinnett focus is on student access and engagement.
Georgia Gwinnett College Psychology Professor Steven Platek says his research shows that “self-resembling faces” activate reward centers in the brain – even when those same faces are morphed into different ethnicities and members of the opposite sex.
State Rep. Pedro Marin (D-Duluth), spoke to Georgia Gwinnett College students and faculty Tuesday, about Latino contributions to the community in the areas of business, military service and politics. Rep. Marin also focused on access to quality education and said that events like the ones held at GGC during Hispanic Heritage month are important because they serve to break down the barriers to the Hispanic Community.
Georgia Gwinnett College will open its campus doors on Saturday, October 25 so that prospective students may visit the 205 acre campus as they begin to make decisions about where they want to attend college. Parents and other interested parties also are invited to attend the Open House to see what Georgia’s newest four-year public college has to offer.