GGC's Jonelle Faal honored as outstanding scholar

At Georgia Gwinnett College’s spring commencement ceremony today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal presented graduating senior and Buford resident Jonelle Faal with a framed, official state resolution honoring her as a 2011 University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar.

At Georgia Gwinnett College’s spring commencement ceremony today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal presented graduating senior and Buford resident Jonelle Faal with a framed, official state resolution honoring her as a 2011 University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar.

Her recognition was recommended by the college and sponsored by state senators Don Balfour and Jim Butterworth. The Georgia State Senate adopted the resolution earlier this spring.

Faal enrolled at GGC in 2007.  She quickly became one of the young institution’s most active student leaders, and served two terms as president of the Student Government Association in 2008-2010.  In that role, she represented the GGC student body in appearances at college special events, and before groups such as the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, the Gwinnett legislative delegation and the Georgia State House Subcommittee on Higher Education.

“Jonelle has been a voice for all of our students, and enthusiastically took advantage of many opportunities to help shape the student experience at GGC,” said President Daniel J. Kaufman.  “Her perspective has been instrumental, her leadership effective and her dedication inspiring.  We wish her the very best in her future endeavors.  She will always be remembered at GGC.”

Faal served as a student ambassador and founded the college’s first peer mentor program. She was actively involved in community service initiatives such as Project Open Hand, Gwinnett Great Days of Service and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She was a member of several college and student event committees. She also served on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ student advisory committee.

Her previous collegiate honors include outstanding student – School of Business, excellence in service award and leadership award. She also maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

“Jonelle has been an excellent role model for other students,” said Jim Fatzinger, associate vice president for Student Affairs. “In addition to the legacy of her dedicated leadership, she had input in the very design of our student center, student housing and library facilities. She has truly left her mark on GGC.”

Faal received a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in finance.  She plans to pursue a master's degree in public policy and a juris doctorate.

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