GGC unveils donor wall, celebrates philanthropy

Donor wall of recognition unveiling

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) recently unveiled a donor recognition display designed to pay tribute to the college’s many financial supporters and highlight how their philanthropic gifts positively change the lives of GGC students. 

“This evening marks another milestone for Georgia Gwinnett College as we celebrate donors and unveil the Wall of Recognition,” said GGC President Stas Preczewski as he welcomed honored guests to a donor recognition event held last Friday evening. “This display celebrates the endless possibilities that will stem from your generosity as our students continue to succeed inside and outside the classroom. We are humbled by your support and honored to have you as part of the GGC family.”

In keeping with the college’s innovative mission and modern architecture, the Wall of Recognition features a contemporary display of donor names on translucent, multi-colored tiles suspended by a cabling system along the front windows of the Building B atrium. The design allows for future expansion.

During the evening’s program, guests heard from several speakers, including University System of Georgia Regent Richard Tucker, who acknowledged how philanthropic support contributes to the level of excellence at GGC. 

Tommy Hughes, chair of the GGC Foundation Board of Trustees, expressed his gratitude to donors for their generosity, which helps open doors for GGC students in need and keeps them on their path to earning a degree. 

Chair of the GGC Foundation Development Committee Bartow Morgan, Jr., CEO of BrandBank announced the launch of the college’s Emerald Society, which recognizes donors who include GGC in their estate plans. 

In an emotional speech to the guests, GGC senior Ethel Akuabata Ngene shared her personal story of how she came to the United States from Nigeria. 

Adopted by an uncle who brought her and her siblings to the United States in order to give them the opportunity to pursue higher education, Ngene plans to go to medical school after completing her GGC baccalaureate degree in biology.

“I would also like to thank GGC for giving me the opportunity to give back to the community through my volunteer services,” said Ngene. Her participation in several community service initiatives at GGC strengthened Ngene’s resolve to serve others through Doctors Without Borders.

GGC alumnus Tyler Walsh, ’11, business, ended the evening with an announcement that he is establishing an endowed scholarship to enable others to “learn and grow at GGC and thrive well beyond graduation.”

Walsh said he chose this way to give back to GGC in honor of two special people he lost in 2015 – his work mentor, Teresa Harley, and his grandfather, Jerry Walsh. 

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