Scientific Atlanta Foundation Names GGC Auditorium

The new 300-seat high-tech auditorium at Georgia Gwinnett College just got a name: The Cisco Auditorium. Thanks to a $300,000 gift from the Scientific Atlanta Foundation, GGC students, employees and members of the community will now be able to utilize a spacious and modern gathering place for classes and meetings.

The new 300-seat high-tech auditorium at Georgia Gwinnett College just got a name: The Cisco Auditorium. Thanks to a $300,000 gift from the Scientific Atlanta Foundation, GGC students, employees and members of the community will now be able to utilize a spacious and modern gathering place for classes and meetings.

“I am grateful to the Scientific Atlanta Foundation for their support with this important gift,” said GGC Foundation Chair Glenn S. White. “Scientific Atlanta has been a key leader in Gwinnett County for many years and this gift shows that now, as a Cisco company, their name may have changed, but their leadership in technology and education continues.”

“Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett County are important to Cisco as we plan for continued growth and expansion of our business in this community,” said Renee Byrd-Lewis, Director of Community Relations and Scientific Atlanta Foundation. “The college is a wellspring of educational innovation and there is real commitment to leveraging technology to encourage learning well beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Ultimately, GGC graduates will emerge with skills that enable them to respond effectively in the workplace and ever changing world. We are proud to combine Scientific Atlanta Foundation resources with Cisco’s leading edge technology and international prominence in the naming of the auditorium.”

The auditorium opened in August 2007 as a part of an expansion to an existing academic building. The academic building, or “C” building, increased in square-footage from 36,000 square feet to 56,000 square feet last summer. The expansion included seven new classrooms, 22 faculty offices and a signature feature—an auditorium with plans for state-of-the-art presentation technology. It is the largest gathering place on campus.

The auditorium is the first named space on the Georgia Gwinnett College 200-acre campus.

“Scientific Atlanta has been a wonderful supporter of GGC and its students,“ said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “I am thankful to the Scientific Atlanta Foundation, Bill McCargo and Renee Byrd-Lewis for their tremendous contribution. The level of the technology in the auditorium would not have been possible if not for their vision to prepare students for a 21st century workforce.”

“The support of the business community in Gwinnett County has been overwhelming,” said Gordon A. Harrison, president of the GGC Foundation. “This support has been critical to the growth of this new college.”

The gift was formally announced Saturday evening, March 8, at Georgia Gwinnett College’s Trustee Gala held at Sugarloaf Country Club.

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