GGC to host 6th Button Gwinnett Day 2016
Event to feature first presentation of GGC Preservation Award
Georgia Gwinnett College will host the sixth annual Button Gwinnett Day, a celebration of Gwinnett history and heritage in recognition of Georgia’s signer of the Declaration of Independence, and in partnership with Gwinnett Public Library. The event will be held April 13 at the college’s Student Center.
The 2016 Button Gwinnett Day will be highlighted by the first presentation of the GGC Preservation Award to Dr. James D’Angelo of the Georgia Archeology Research Society in recognition of his work at Fort Daniel.
“We thought Dr. D'Angelo was the perfect first recipient of this award because of his unique dedication to the history of the county and state via the Gwinnett Archeology Research Society," said Dr. Kathryn Gray-White, assistant professor of history. “But most importantly the choice was based on his willingness to share his knowledge of archeology with students at GGC.”
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome by GGC President Stas Preczewski. The program includes the presentations “Collections and Opportunities” by Archivist Shane Bell of the National Archives of Atlanta and "Sharing Stories that Move Us and Make Us: Helen Lewis and Clarence Jordan" by Jamil Zainalden, president of the Georgia Humanities Council.
Following a luncheon at which the GGC Preservation Award is presented, the GGC Honors Program will lead a panel discussion on the college’s four pillars of leadership, scholarship, service and creativity. The panel will include Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County Commissioner; Judy Jordan Johnson, mayor of the City of Lawrenceville; Pedro Marin, Georgia representative and Dr. Maria Lumpkin, GGC’s director of Student Involvement and the Student Center.
The event will conclude with the announcement of student winners in a project competition, voted on by attendees during the day.