Georgia Gwinnett College greets its first resident students

Georgia Gwinnett College welcomed about 200 students today during the College’s first, historic move-in day. About 200 more students are expected to move in tomorrow in preparation for the beginning of fall semester, Aug. 23.

Georgia Gwinnett College welcomed about 200 students today during the College’s first, historic move-in day. About 200 more students are expected to move in tomorrow in preparation for the beginning of fall semester, Aug. 23.

“This is a great day for Georgia Gwinnett College,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We are now officially a 24/7, residential campus. We have spent months planning for this day, and now that it is here I can say that the campus is truly a more vibrant and exciting place. I look forward to experiencing the transformation as these first resident students help establish the character of campus life at GGC.”

The College’s new residence halls offer suites of two to 12 private bedrooms with shared living and kitchen space. These modern facilities feature built-in classroom and activity space; on-site security; wall-mounted, 46-inch, flat-screen, Sony televisions and laundry facilities that will text students to alert them when their laundry is done.

Student families enjoyed a valet unloading service provided by GGC faculty, staff and volunteers, as well as a complimentary barbecued lunch on a newly landscaped lawn within the residential quad. General, the College’s grizzly mascot, roamed the halls and provided entertainment.

“We wanted to make this a memorable experience for families by providing as much help and support as possible,” Kaufman said. “Sending a child away to college is stressful enough. We tried to lighten the load, quite literally, so families could enjoy this special milestone in their lives.”

Many students and parents said that the help was appreciated. Chantelle Murray of Stockbridge, Ga., the first student to move in, remarked that it took a few hours to pack, but only a few minutes to unload.

“For a new campus, it went very smoothly,” said Ginger Hansborough. “The valet service was great. It’s a lot different from how things were 23 years ago.”

Hansborough’s daughter, Sarah Bonner, is a freshmen majoring in exercise science. Although the family lives nearby in Lilburn, Bonner wanted to live on campus.

“I wanted to get the independent living experience and the camaraderie,” Bonner said. She had been nervous this morning, but after arriving at GGC, the nerves quickly turned to excitement, her mother said.

“I love my room and I love my roommates,” said Bonner.

Nyesha Bacote of Stone Mountain expressed similar thoughts about campus living.

“I want to get the full freshman experience. I didn’t want to miss anything,” Bacote said. Also a freshman, she is majoring in accounting. “I am very excited.”

The students will enjoy the first official student meal this evening in GGC’s new dining hall. Dining staff plan to surprise the students with decorations and fun, to make the occasion memorable. After dinner, the resident assistants will lead hall meetings for the review of rules and other important information.

Nancy Edwards, assistant professor in literacy education, was one of many faculty who helped move students’ belongings.

“I am extremely excited for the students moving in and happy to lend a hand,” she said. This will be her first fall semester at the College as a faculty member. “I’m so pleased with all of the people I’ve met here, with the work that’s been done and the organizational structure that’s been put in place.”

The housing complex required $102 million in bonds, provided by a public/private partnership with the GGC Foundation.

Kaufman noted that the student residence halls are a culmination of long-time community support. They would not have been possible without the support of the GGC Foundation and our trustees, he said.

More than 5,000 students are expected to be enrolled when classes begin Aug. 23. Of these, up to 1,029 may be housed in the residence halls, which total 416,000 square feet. Applications are still being received for rooms.

As the College continues to grow, plans call for a parking deck for student residents, followed by additional residence halls.

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