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GGC students, faculty spend hundreds of volunteer hours helping administer vaccines

Students and faculty from the nursing program at Georgia Gwinnett College gave up their free time to volunteer at several local COVID-19 vaccination sites. Four faculty have been volunteering to give vaccinations with the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale (GNR) Health Department and 20 students worked in the mass vaccination clinic at the old Sears building at Gwinnett Place and at Kaiser Permanente.

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‘Magic’ 17-year cicadas to emerge this summer

Christopher Brown remembers where he was when the parents of the 2021 “Brood X” cicadas emerged. He was a graduate student working on his dissertation in Nashville, Tennessee. Now, 17 years later, he’s an associate professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, which didn’t exist the last time the inch-long insects made an appearance above ground.

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Georgia Gwinnett College student weathers changes, lands job after graduation

Yara Daou knows how to stay afloat during the sea changes of life. Born in Lebanon, her family moved to the U.S. when she was 17. While most young people that age are just figuring out how to be comfortable with themselves, Daou had to let go of her homeland, travel 6,000 miles across the globe, learn a new language and figure out how to fit into a completely different culture. It was a sink or swim situation, and Daou turned out to be an excellent swimmer.

Learn more about Daou's journey and how GGC helped her land the job of her dreams.

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Georgia Gwinnett College to host mobile vaccination clinic 

To enhance campus safety and provide easy access to COVID-19 vaccinations, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has partnered with the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments to open a mobile vaccination site on GGC’s campus, beginning Friday, May 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and then every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. and every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through Wednesday, June 16. 

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Second chances result in success for Georgia Gwinnett College student

Shaun Mitchell’s first go-round at college didn’t end well, but it started off great. He went straight to Georgia Perimeter College after graduating from Parkwood Christian Academy in Stone Mountain in 2007. He studied hard, stayed on top of his classes and earned straight A’s in his first semester. It fell apart quickly after that.

Learn how Mitchell got his second chance and found success at Georgia Gwinnett College.

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Resilience fuels Georgia Gwinnett College student’s campus experience

Two tests of resilience bookended Marium Zafar’s college career: growing up a shy Muslim in America and a worldwide pandemic.

Before coming to Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) in 2017, Zafar grew up enduring the isolation and misunderstanding that came with being one of the few Muslims in a northern metro Atlanta city that lacked diversity. Zafar was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. She started wearing a hijab when she was in middle school that made her stand out even more starkly among her peers. To avoid negative attention, she kept to herself as much as possible, never joining any clubs and always sticking to the corner of the classroom.

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Georgia Gwinnett College research aims to stop traffic jams before they start during emergencies

Anyone who lives in or near Atlanta has been intimately acquainted with traffic jams more times than they'd like to recall. 

Traffic emergencies show how susceptible urban roads are to gridlock, or what Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Assistant Professor of physics Skanda Vivek calls "cascading road interruptions." Vivek is working with undergraduate student Hannah Connor, a senior majoring in mathematics, to show how real-time traffic data can be a powerful, actionable tool to make critical decisions when time is of the essence.

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Georgia Gwinnett College to offer first fully online degree

Information technology (IT) was not Le Quang "Greatzel" Unabia’s first choice of study when she entered Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). The student, who was born and raised in the Philippines and emigrated to the U.S. in 2016, originally thought she wanted to pursue psychology. But after one semester, she decided to try another major. She landed in IT with a concentration in software development.

Now a senior, who’s about to graduate next month, Unabia, 25, of Norcross has not looked back. And now, GGC will attract more students like Unabia by offering the IT‐software development major not only in the classroom but online, beginning summer 2021. It will be the college’s first degree offering that has both a face-to-face option and a fully online option. 

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