GGC honors students, faculty and staff at academic convocation

Georgia Gwinnett College celebrated outstanding students and faculty at its annual academic convocation ceremony today. 

“Our academic convocation is a meaningful event in that it celebrates those individuals who most exemplify the college’s four core values of scholarship, leadership, service and creativity,” said Dr. Lois C. Richardson, acting senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and provost. “The ceremony also reaffirms GGC’s mission and vision.”

The ceremony featured comments by Dr. Richard Pennington, associate professor of chemistry and recipient of the Outstanding Teaching award. He was recently named the recipient of the 2013 University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Houston Davis, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of the University System of Georgia offered remarks, as well. Also presenting comments was Sean George, president of the Student Government Association.

Award winners included:

Outstanding Freshman:  David “Christopher” Young - Hoschton
Outstanding Student – School of Business: Courtney Heba - Lawrenceville
Outstanding Student – School of Education:  Victoria Maselli - Dacula
Outstanding Student – School of Liberal Arts:  Erika Dillingham - Lawrenceville
Outstanding Student – School of Science & Technology:  John T. Johnson - Lawrenceville
Outstanding Student – School of Transitional Studies: Spencer Fletcher - Suwanee
Outstanding Student Employee:  Candice Coulter - Decatur
Outstanding Student Creativity/Scholarship: Richard Bookout - Maysville
Outstanding Student Leadership:  Tiffany Coulter-McCarty - Lawrenceville
Outstanding Student Service:  Shannon Foster - Snellville

Staff Awards: Lawana Haynes – financial aid scholarship coordinator
                       Veronica Pennington - administrative assistant

Faculty Award - Teaching:  Dr. Richard Pennington, associate professor of chemistry
Faculty Award - Scholarship & Creative Activities:  Dr. Ian Peddie, assistant professor of English
Faculty Award - Service: Dr. Ronald Hunter, professor of criminal justice/criminology
Faculty Award – Student Engagement: Dr. Mark Schlueter, professor of biology
Faculty Award – Part-time Teaching: Laura Jesseph

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