Dr. Binh Tran, GGC assistant professor of information technology, School of Science and Technology, earned the Amazon AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Microsoft Azure and CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certifications to prepare students for cloud computing skills.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) named GGC’s Dr. Ajay Mallia, assistant professor of chemistry, School of Science and Technology, its inaugural national winner of the 2020 ACS Outreach Volunteer of the Year. According to an article published in the organization’s journal, Chemical and Engineering News, Mallia is one of 40 volunteers recognized for their outreach volunteer service.
Mosaic Georgia, a children’s advocacy and sexual assault center, recently selected GGC’s Katherine “Kat” Kyle, associate vice president, Human Resources, to serve on its board of directors. Mosaic Georgia provides comprehensive services, which enhance safety, health and justice for people of all ages impacted by sexual violence and abuse. Mosaic has been an important GGC partner by way of educational support for sexual assault prevention.
The Office of Advancement is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hendrickson has been named associate vice president of development at GGC.
Hendrickson joined GGC a year ago, enhancing Advancement’s efforts through her role as executive director of corporate and foundation relations. She has a wealth of experience from the education and nonprofit sectors, having served as the interim executive director of institutional advancement at Gwinnett Technical College. Her previous posts have included director of alumni affairs at the University of North Georgia and executive director at the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development. Hendrickson also worked with a variety of other nonprofit organizations and the University of West Georgia.
She holds a master’s degree from Florida State University in arts administration and two bachelor’s degrees, one in vocal performance and another in music history and theory from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Matthew Tatz, ’20, environmental science, published his undergraduate research findings as a single author in the Proceedings of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research 2019. He worked with biology faculty Drs. Mia Malloy and Jill Penn and Ms. Maria Fernandez in his study of the “Activity Patterns of Feeder Birds at Georgia Gwinnett College.”
Dr. Omar Villanueva, assistant professor of chemistry, was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. To improve the quality of instruction in Georgia's colleges and universities, the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program assumes the complex challenge of moving college faculty members to the leading edge of instructional practice.
Thomas "Buddy" Shay, M.A., writing coordinator for GGC’s Academic Enhancement Center, was recognized by the National College Learning Center Association with a Learning Center Leadership Certification Level 3.
Katherine “Kace” Garcesa, ’20, exercise science, was recently awarded one of four Outstanding Peer Educators Awards at the National NASPA-BACCHUS Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives conference. She is one of GGC's peer health educators and the first at GGC to win this national award.
The University System of Georgia (USG) invited GGC's Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology and a GGC Top Claw recipient, to submit an essay describing a classroom practice or pedagogy that he uses to engage students.
USG published the article titled, “Peer Instructional Review Sessions,” in the, “Engaged Student Learning: Essays on Best Practices in the University System of Georgia, Volume 1, 2019,” e-book.
According to the USG website, the book recognizes the excellence of all individuals who had been nominated for one of the prestigious Regents’ Awards for Teaching Excellence, the USG’s highest recognition of exemplary teaching.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Luis Mora, Ph.D, associate professor of Spanish, School of Liberal Arts, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Ryan Gaston, Ph.D, assistant professor of history, School of Liberal Arts, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Ava Hogan-Chapman, Ph.D, assistant professor of teacher education clinical experiences, School of Education, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Anca Doloc-Mihu, Ph.D, assistant professor of information technology, School of Science and Technology, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Ajay Mallia, Ph.D, assistant professor of chemistry, School of Science and Technology, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Dominique Almeida, '11, psychology, School of Liberal Arts, and student affairs coordinator, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Catherine Downey, head of Access Services and Information Commons and professor, Daniel J. Kaufman Library, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Candice Stephens, administrative assistant II, School of Business, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Pearline Doxie, '17, political science, School of Liberal Arts, and coordinator of the One Stop Shop, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
Georgia Gwinnett College named Kris Peña, '17, psychology, School of Liberal Arts, and coordinator of Student Center operations, a fall 2019 Top Claw Award recipient.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association recently named the members of its board of directors for 2020. Six coaches were named to the board, including Kat Ihlenburg, GGC's first head coach of the softball program. She and the other new board members will officially begin their three-year tenures January 1, 2020.
GGC men's tennis player Jose Dugo, '22, general business–management, is the new singles champion of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Oracle Cup. He will represent the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at the ITA Fall National Championships Nov. 6-10, 2019.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley has appointed a mental health task force to address the growing concern of mental health challenges on college and university campuses.
Albany State University President Marion Fedrick and Valdosta State University President Richard Carvajal will co-chair the task force, which consists of members from seven other USG schools. GGC's Tomas Jimenez, senior associate provost for student affairs and dean of students, will serve on the task force.
Maria Genovese, '21, English writing and rhetoric, is the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Regional women’s singles champion after winning her final match at Brenau University in Georgia Tuesday, Sept. 24. Genovese clinched an automatic bid to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Oracle Cup/National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics individual championships Oct. 17-20 in Rome, Georgia.
The Office of Academic and Student Affairs honored employees at the annual Fall Recognition ceremony, where six faculty and one staff member were honored for their outstanding scholarship, leadership, service and creativity at GGC. Congratulations go out to the following award recipients:
- Outstanding Teaching: Dr. Mai Yin Tsoi
- Outstanding Faculty Service: Dr. Cengiz Günay
- Outstanding Student Engagement: Dr. Christopher G. Brown
- Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activities: Dr. Ajay Mallia
- Outstanding Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Swartzentruber
- Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Teaching: Dr. Karen C. Benson
- Outstanding Staff: Christina Hildebrand
The University System of Georgia (USG) selected GGC's Dr. Sonal Dekhane, professor of information technology and a past GGC Top Claw recipient, as an Executive Leadership Institute 2019-2020 Scholar. She is one of 34 participants who will endure a comprehensive 120-hour development program facilitated by leading experts in leadership. Scholars will enhance their leadership skills to prepare for potential high-level advancement within the USG.
The National Association of Scientific Materials Managers (NAOSMM) honored Todd Wincek, chemistry lab supervisor, with its Outstanding Service Award. Wincek received the award during the 46th Annual NAOSMM Conference & Trade Show on Aug. 1, 2019, for his outstanding service to the organization. A member since 2005, he has served in various leadership roles, including the presidency from 2013 to 2015.
The Atlanta Braves recently honored GGC alumni David Araya, School of Business '16, and his wife, Angela, School of Liberal Arts '12, as Community Heroes for their tireless efforts with the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HoPe), which focuses on increasing the graduation rate among Hispanic high school students through leadership, education and community service.
Marlyne Serratos, '19, biology, has won an American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry 2019 Undergraduate Award for her research on method development for single-particle analysis of aerosols using atomic force microscopy. She applied this method to size-resolved marine aerosols collected at Skidaway Island, Georgia, and presented her work at the national American Geophysical Union meeting in December 2018. She is the third GGC student to win this prestigious honor.
Dr. Karla Caillouet, assistant professor of exercise science, co-authored the paper, “Association of health empowerment and handgrip strength with intention to participate in physical activity among community-dwelling older adults,” in the peer-reviewed journal Experimental Gerontology.
Dr. Lior Burko, associate professor of physics, was a moderator and panelist for the AnachroCon 2019 convention, "The Time Traveler's Ball." He moderated the "Astronomy Now and Then" panel discussion. He served as a panelist for the "What about Time Travel?" and "The Inhabitants of the Heavens" sessions and a round table discussion of modern scientific misconceptions.
Dr. Lakiesa Rawlinson, director of Student Involvement and the Student Center, was elected to serve as the 2019-21 vice president of member engagement for the Southern Association of College Student Affairs, an independent, regional and generalist association for the professional development of practitioners, educators and students engaged in the student affairs profession.
Dr. Evelyn Brannock, assistant professor of information technology, and Dr. Lissa Pollacia, professor of information technology, received the 2018 Faculty Advisor Award from CompTIA Association of IT Professionals, the leading association for technology professionals, students and educators. The two have worked cooperatively to create rich learning and professional development opportunities for information technology students, particularly through annual trips to the U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference, where GGC students have won multiple national awards and championships.
Georgia Gwinnett College’s Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) has been awarded international tutor training program (ITTPC Level 1) certification by the College Reading and Learning Association. ITTPC Level 1 certification is a national recognition that authorizes the AEC to issue certificates to its trained tutors.
Information technology (IT) student Breeona Day and other members of a multi-college student team in competition at AuburnHacks. This programming event was held in partnership with Major League Hacks at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, earlier this month. Day’s team won the Best Beginner Hack and Top Teams Overall awards. The team was mentored by Dr. Cengiz Gunay, assistant professor of IT.
Day and fellow IT student William Bullock also competed in the Clemson University CUhackit event in January. Day and her team won the Major League Hacking Best Use of Snap Kit challenge.
Dr. Nannette Napier, associate dean for the School of Business and associate professor of management information systems and decision sciences, was featured in “Changing the face of college faculty,” a report on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) State Doctoral Scholars Program’s 25 years of service to the South and the nation.
Dr. Lior Burko, associate professor of physics, published a paper in the journal Physical Review with two colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The authors calculated the total deformations suffered by a spaceship that falls into a realistic black hole, and found that this deformation is bounded and attained its maximum well before arrival at the singularity. This paper leaves open the possibility of safe arrival.
Dr. Burko also traveled to Taipei, Taiwan during the month of October to present lectures on extreme and nearly-extreme black holes and the singularity inside back holes during a conference organized by eight international universities.
Two teams of GGC students placed second and third at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges’ Nineteenth Annual Southeastern Small College Student Research Content last month.
Information technology majors Jeremiah Anderson, ’19, Dana Doghaimat, ’19, Carlos Maldonado, ’19, Timia Moses, ’18, and Nicholas Tyner, ’19, took second place for their research on "Molecules and Machine Learning: Image Classification for an AR-Enabled Classroom.”
Shazeed Mohammed, ’19, information technology received third place for his research on "Privacy and Security Issues as Obstacles to Product Delivery.”
Ms. Kathryn Greer, systems and digital content librarian, has been selected to participate in the 2019 American Library Association's Emerging Leaders program, a competitive leadership development program for early career librarians.
IT students receive first and second place during recent conferences
Information technology students and Technology Ambassadors Program participants, Eric Jenkins, ’18 and Brandon Henry, ’19 presented posters on behalf of their teammates during the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and STARS Celebration conferences in September 2018.
Henry presented and accepted a first placed award on behalf of his teammates Reuben Massaquoi and Jordan Harrison for their poster titled “Driving Future STARS: Inspiring the next generation of software developers,” which featured a space-themed scrolling shooter game.
Jenkins represented team members Anjan Panchatcharam and Jessica Wheeler, presenting a poster titled “Spreading Interest in Information Technology through Video Games” featuring a Guitar Hero®-like music game that took second place at both conferences.
Dr. Sonal Dekhane, associate professor of information technology, presented a paper titled "Technology-Focused Service Learning Course to Increase Confidence and Persistence in Computing" at the 32nd Annual CCSC: Southeastern Conference at Roanoke College earlier this month.
Her co-authors from Georgia Gwinnett College’s discipline of information technology are Dr. Rahaf Barakat, assistant professor of information technology, Dr. Cengiz Gunay, assistant professor of information technology, Dr. Nannette Napier, associate professor of management information systems and decision sciences and Dr. Xin Xu, associate professor of information technology.
Dr. Umar M. Khokhar, lecturer of information technology, recently published an article titled "Cryptanalysis of IoTs Mutual Authentication Protocol" in International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks.
In this article, the authors outlined their analysis after performing cryptanalysis of the recently proposed ultralightweight mutual authentication protocol, which lead to the discovery of pitfalls and vulnerabilities in the protocol design.
Dr. Umar M. Khokhar, lecturer of information technology, recently published an article titled, "Efficient Hardware Implementation of KMAP+: An Ultralightweight Mutual Authentication Protocol" in the Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers.
In this article, the authors proposed an efficient hardware architecture and reported their experiences with field programmable gate array and application specific integrated circuit-based implementation of recently proposed ultralightweight mutual authentication protocol named pseudo Kasami code-based mutual authentication protocol.
Matthew Camp, ’19, information technology, has been invited to present the findings of his research in the development of artificial intelligence that would identify tumors in brain scans during MIT's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Undergraduate Technology Conference this month.
Camp, a team of students and an interdisciplinary group of GGC professors, created a mixed reality application for the Microsoft HoloLens that allows students to visualize and to manipulate molecules as 3D holograms in the real world. Unlike traditional ball-and-stick chemistry models, the 3D HoloLens application allows students to engage in hands-on learning in a multi-user shared experience.
Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, recently received GGC's 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award.
Dr. Mirza Murtaza, associate professor of information technology, and Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, co-authored an article "Online Security and Privacy Concerns: Issues and Recommendations", recently published in Volume 16, Issue 8 of the International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security.
Security and privacy of information have been widespread issues of concern over the last few decades that range from an individual’s identity theft to major data breaches involving hundreds of thousands of customers at a time. The authors performed a survey analysis of more than 125 individuals and conducted a phishing experiment to determine how many students respond to such emails.
Evan Sheffield, ’19, biology, received the 2018 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry for his biofuel research efforts.
Dr. Karen C. Benson, instructor of information technology, Dr. Lorraine Jonassen, instructor of information technology, and Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, co-authored an article titled "Pedagogy of Blockchain: Training College Students on the Basics of Blockchain", recently published in Volume 7, Issue 5 of the International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology.
The authors investigated Blockchain, a new emerging technology that is a paradigm shift from the centralized to decentralized standard, created to address concerns of privacy and security and attempt to re-establish trust on the internet. This paper evaluates the benefits of the technology and discusses ways to effectively introduce it to college students in a meaningful way.
Dr. Lior Burko, associate professor of physics, was recently accepted as a member of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Consortium. Membership will allow students to engage in research projects in support of the space borne mission to detect long wavelength gravitational waves from astrophysical systems such as colliding supermassive black holes.
Burko, whose resent research has proved stability of extreme black holes, presented three oral talks during the spring meeting of the American Physical Society in Columbus, Ohio. His talks covered the topics of linearized stability of extreme black holes, privilege and broadening participation in physics, and Cauchy horizon singularity inside perturbed Kerr black holes revisited.
Dr. Rachel Nabulsi, lecturer of religion, recently published her first book. Death and Burial in Iron Age Israel, Aram, and Phoenicia is a monograph that addresses the treatment of death in these cultures through an examination of evidence from archaeology, inscriptions, and texts.
Sloan Jones, associate vice president of communications, has been selected for the Leadership Gwinnett class of 2019.
Gwinnett’s community leadership program equips, engages and educates existing and emerging leaders by giving them an understanding of civic and social issues including infrastructure, economics, education, health and human services, justice, and regional relations.
The following individuals were honored during Georgia Gwinnett College's Service and Retirement Recognition Award Ceremony on May 14, 2018 for five years of service:
Cindy N. Achat-Mendes
Benjamin W. Akins
Chantelle L. Anfuso
Joshua P. Beall
Reanna L. Berry
Sara C. Bradbury
Brian M. Bramstedt
Marni A.. Brown
Christopher G. Brown
Katherine M. Buell
Melissa D. Caspary
Joye B. Cauthen
Donatien M. Cicura
Georgeta Stoian Connor
George W. Darden
Amy C. DeCou
Jason James Delaney
Sonia V. Edwards
Neville Y. Forlemu
Jason M. Gordon
Sharon Anne Grason
Jennifer Wells Greene
Matthew L. Gunning
Boyko G. Gyurov
Victoria A. Hanson
Yvonne N. Hefner
Christina M. Hildebrand
Brigitte M. Hoarau
Chase Bennett Hodges
Patricia U. Huey
Jennifer L. Hurst-Kennedy
Adam T. Hutcheson
Kimberly Lawrence Jordan
Ashley S. Karamis
Andrew J. Kelly
Jeong Dae Lee
Todd D. Lindley
Gillian M. Ljolje
Cherie L. Long
Brett A. Martin
Jessica A. Martinez
Virginia D. Mundie
Stanley O. Perrine
Susan T. Quinn
Rodman S. Reilly
Tracey K. Schaller
Laura C. Self
Mandi Melaine Sena
David E. Sepulveda
Rashad N. Simmons
Frank Joseph Smith
Dena-Kay Tracey Ann Spence
Andrew V. Stephenson
Kimberly K. Swartzentruber
Jennell M. Talley
Timothy A. Tolbert
Lorrie A. Warner
Diane Eleanor White
Brett W. Young
The following individuals were honored during Georgia Gwinnett College's Service and Retirement Recognition Award Ceremony on May 14, 2018 for 10 years of service:
Alvina J. Atkinson
Alessandra Lee Barrera
Terry Lee Barron
Christopher P. Brookshire
Allison R. D'Costa
Sonal Shrikrishna Dekhane
Catherine Jannik Downey
Terry H. Echols
Marcus Richard Gilley
Holly R.. Heitman
Jeffrey David Hildebrand
Hoang Minh Huynh
DeAnna M. Jackson
Mohamed I. Jamaloodeen
Justin E. Jernigan
Kenneth W. Johnson
Cecil D. Johnson
Patricia Ann Lee
Thomas H. Lilly
Alan E. Marks
David Lawrence Mason
Robert D. Mason
Laura A. Maxwell
Helen L. McDaniel
Margaret Anne McGaughey
Barbara A. Miles
Jennifer H. Moon
Jason D. Mosser
James M. Nolan
Richard Lee Pennington
Kathleen Bell Pinson
David P. Pursell
Ellen G. Rafshoon
David R. Robinson
William Guermonprez Rogers
Carlos E. Ruiz Burgos
Clay Douglas Runck
Mark Andrew Schlueter
Terrance W. Schneider
Sandra C. Schneider
Dmitry Valerievich Shishkin
Stella A. Smith
Gerry Gordon Smith
Jennie L. Stearns
Dexter Ryan Still
Gabriel Theriot Jr
Jessica L. Thompson
Candace S. Timpte
Mai Yin Tsoi Thigpen
Antiwan D. Walker
Kristina Y. Watkins-Mormino
James Allen Weisel
Janet L. Whelan
Gregory Chad Wilkes
William W. Wragg
GGC awarded the following recipients the Retiree Service Award for their years of dedication to the University System of Georgia:
Julie Geiger, administrative assistant II in Development, was a spring 2018 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Adrienne Harmer, instruction coordinator, was a spring 2018 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Danise Lindo, events manager, was a spring 2018 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Helen McDaniel, administrative assistant III, was a spring 2018 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Dr. Katharine Page, assistant dean of clinical experiences and Outreach, and assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, was a spring 2018 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Candace Williams-Brown, digital content specialist, received the Outstanding Newcomer Award from the Georgia Education Advancement Council for her work with analytics and data mining in support of major enrollment and fundraising campaigns at GGC.
Early this month, 19 GGC students traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in an Alternative Break Trip sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement. Students and their chaperones, Rontai Walker, associate director, and Josee Dolcee, administrative coordinator, collaborated with Hands on Orlando and the Orlando Rescue Mission to participate in various service projects including working with preschool aged children, serving meals to homeless, landscaping and removing debris from a local STEM Park.
Dr. Brett Young, assistant professor of management information systems, received the 2016 Best Paper Award from the Journal of the Association for Information Systems during its International Conference on Information Systems held in December 2017.
Young is the lead author of “Inconsistent and Incongruent Frames During IT-enabled Change: An Action Research Study into Sales Process Innovation," a paper on the social construction of technology and social cognitive processes in organizations that has helped researchers investigate how stakeholder groups perceive information system practices and opportunities.
For the fourth consecutive year, criminal justice/criminology faculty members Dr. Bruce Carroll, associate professor, and Dr. Marie Ratchford, assistant professor, led a group of Grizzlies on an Education Abroad program to London, England. The program focused on a comparative analysis of the English versus American legal systems. Highlights included visits to live court sessions, meeting local English law enforcement and touring various cultural sites in London and Windsor.
Dr. Christopher I. Brandon, Jr., associate professor of biological sciences, has been asked to return as a faculty member for the Robert A. Paul Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Sera Mey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, Karnataka State, India for summer 2018.
The program works with Tibetan monasteries to advance the “convergence of science and spirituality”.
Dr. Samantha Mrstik, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, recently won the Division of International Special Education and Services International Student Research Award at the Council of Exceptional Services Conference in Tampa, Florida. Her dissertation inclusive practices of junior secondary students with learning disabilities in Gaborone, Botswana.
Dr. Semire Dikli, associate professor of English, Dr. Brian Etheridge, professor of history and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and Dr. Richard Rawls, professor of history, co-edited and published “Curriculum Internationalization and the Future of Education.” Through this book, faculty at GGC and elsewhere share experiences with curriculum internationalization and research.
A team of GGC students and alumni placed second in a five-hour competition at the regional qualifying round for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) international programming competition held at Kennesaw State University in November 2017.
Team members included Jean Baptiste Mbaya, a School of Business MIS major and Information Technology minor; and two recent GGC School of Science & Technology Alumni: Quan Tran, a Software Development major and Pure Math minor; and Cristian Cardona, an Applied Math major.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) sponsors this international programming contest for college students, known as the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Teams of three students write computer programs to solve a set of problems in five hours. Programming teams from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina compete at the ACM Southeast Region Contest.
Criminal justice and political science majors participated as GGC’s first moot court team during the South Atlantic Regional Moot Court Tournament in Florida in fall 2017.
Team members Matt Davis, Jordan Drake, Laura Bravo Duran, Ibeth Gutierrez, Christopher Robertson and Carolanne Solis were coached for the competition by Dr. Scott Boykin, associate professor of political science.
Charmaine Troy, student success advisor, recently co-wrote a chapter in Professional Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Past Trends and Outcomes titled "Mentoring Experiences of Graduate Students in HBCU Professional Program."
The book is a part of the Routledge Research in Higher Education Series.
GGC’s Career Development & Advising Center and the School of Business collaborate to provide students with professional attire
During the months of November and December, the School of Business (SBA) held a clothing drive to contribute professional clothing to the CDAC Professional Clothing Closet.
SBA faculty and staff contributed over 140 items to this service project, far exceeding the initiative’s goal.
Dr. Livinus Uko, professor of mathematics, Dr. James Weisel, professor of accountancy, and Dr. Robert Lutz, associate professor of information technology, co-authored an article “An Application for Linear Programming in Performance Evaluation”, recently published in Volume 21, Issue 1 of the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal.
Dr. Lior Burko, associate professor of physics, was recently selected as the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar for 2018-2020.KITP seeks fundamental knowledge at the frontiers of science and brings together diverse groups of scientists for timely, intellectually provocative inquiries. The purpose of the prestigious program is to support the research of faculty at non-major-research institutions for a period of three years.
Joy Brindle, coordinator for Honors Programs, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Sonal Dekhane, assistant dean and associate professor of information technology, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
John Gallucci, instructor of mathematics, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Keri Hurney, academic advisor, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
David Kerven, associate professor of information technology, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Rong Liu, associate professor of English for academic purposes, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Laura Meyer, graduation specialist, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Jenny O'Rear, administrative assistant II, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Rod Reilly, photographer/videographer, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
Kimberly Swartzentruber, assistant professor of education, was a fall 2017 GGC Top Claw Award recipient.
A group of information technology students recently took top awards during the student research competition portion of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Southeast Conference at Furman University.
Student team members included Jory Alexander, Matthew Camp, Mike Deiters, Pedro Garcia, Anastasiya Golovan, Jacob Piazza, and Gina Ann Rosbury and Kevin Stevens.
Dr. Evelyn Brannock, assistant professor of information technology; Dr. Robert Lutz, associate professor of information technology; Dr. Derek Behmke, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. David Kerven, associate professor of information technology, served as advisors.
Robert M. Anservitz, assistant professor of marketing, was recognized as RSO Advisor of the Year for academic year 2016-2017 for his work with the Marketing Club.
Dr. Dovile Budryte, professor of political science, recently received an award for excellence from her alma mater, Old Dominion University. The award was established in memory of Naqib Ahmad Kpulwak, a graduate from Old Dominion’s who recently passed away while teaching at American University in Kabul.
Zahra Ali, ’17, biology, recently received second place in a recent poster presentation at the STEM Research and Career Symposium hosed by the Laney Graduate School at Emory University.
Dr. Pamela Anderson, assistant professor of exercise science, and Dr. Lauren Tapp, associate professor of exercise science, recently published the lab manual, “Exercise Physiology: The Physiology of Exercise Testing, Volume 1,” which provides a comprehensive look at science-based testing.
Dr. Melchor de Guzman, professor of criminal justice and criminology, has been elected president of the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia.
Dr. Lyndsay Gratch, assistant professor of film, recently published a book titled Adaptation Online: Creating Memes, Sweding Movies, and Other Digital Performances. The book explores how traditional notions of the processes and products of creative adaptation are evolving online.
Director of Student Integrity Dr. Aileen C. Dowell has been accepted as a Higher Education Resource Services 2017-2018 cohort participant in its Leadership Training Institute for Women. The mission of the nearly 40-year-old organization is to advance women leaders and advocate for gender equity.
Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie, associate professor of biology, served as a co-facilitator of a session on “Inclusion and Diversity: The Role of Professional Societies” during the inaugural Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (EMBER) network conference. The EMBER network focuses on expanding an understanding of how to create inclusive, supportive and engaging environments to foster the success of diverse students.
Dr. Brett Young, assistant professor of management information systems, co-authored and presented a paper titled “Online Community Health Simulation” at the 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems in August 2017.
GGC students Candi Abbey and Tyler Heath were presented with scholarships from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful during the 11th Annual Environmental on Oct. 11. The scholarships, named in honor of retired Gwinnett County Public School district chief operations officer Jim Steele, were awarded to the students for their educational commitment to environmental sustainability. A contingency of GGC students attended the event.
In 2006, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful donated to GGC’s first annual scholarship, which was established in honor of Gov. Sonny Perdue for his commitment to education and his desire to have future leaders committed to environmental stewardship.
Elease Dillard, ’16, biology, recently authored a paperback book on how to graduate from college free of debt. After graduating GGC with no student loans, Dillard founded a company whose mission it is share that insight with others.In 2016, she was a semi-finalist recipient for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work serving students and parents in this manner.
Dr. Livinus Uko, assistant dean and professor of mathematics, and Dr. Ekaterina Nathanson, assistant professor of mathematics, co-authored a paper titled “A New Semi-local Convergence Analysis of the Secant Method.” The authors’ analysis of the majorizing sequence can be used to obtain weaker convergence conditions than those used in earlier studies.
Students enrolled in the Technology Ambassadors Program (TAP) won third place during the 12th annual STARS Celebration conference poster contest held in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 23.
Sehrish Amanullah, management information systems major; Za Eng Mawi, accounting major; and Richard Williams, information technology major, used image editing and visual programming tools in conjunction with motion-sensing technology to develop a picture puzzle game used to conduct technology outreach to middle school, high school and college-level students.
The award-winning poster, supported by a demo, gave a brief description of the goals of the project, the application created, the outreach conducted and the feedback received from participants.This is the fourth year that GGC students and faculty have attended the conference and won an award in at least one of the various categories.
Dr. Marni A. Brown, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored a book on theorizing gender in the 21st century. Chapters include discussions around globalizing gender issues, the sociology of gender perspectives and inequality within organizations.
Dr. T.J. Arant, provost and senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, recently spoke to the Sept. class of Glance Gwinnett participants. The program includes interactions with community leaders and a tour of Gwinnett. Arant highlighted the unique relationship that the college has with the county and discussed programs that have been developed to address the economic needs of the community GGC serves.
Dr. Jennifer H. Stephens, deputy chief of staff, recently had an article published in the Planning for Higher Education Journal. The article titled “Eight Themes in Strategic Planning: Reflections from a Year of Focused Learning.” Recognizing the changing dynamics in strategic planning, the article discusses how higher education leaders are using strategic planning to move their institutions forward to remain relevant in today’s highly competitive and fast-moving environment.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley recently named Merri Brantley, director of External Affairs, to the College 2025 Initiative Working Group. The group has been charged with increasing the number of college graduates from Georgia’s public colleges and universities by 2025.
Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, was primary author on the paper, “Challenges in IT Education relating to Generation Z students," published in the recent Vol. 8, No. 19 issue of the Journal of Education and Practice. The paper examines generational differences between the Baby Boomer, Generation Y, Millennial and Generation Z cohorts and explores faculty-student relationships between the former and latter generations. Teaching and learning preferences are examined and recommendations are presented for how information technology undergraduate education may most effectively connect with the Generation Z cohort.
Junior Achievement (JA) recognized Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) during its 2017 Breakfast of Champions event with three awards: 100 Club, awarded to organizations providing 100 or more volunteers to the Atlanta and Gwinnett JA Discovery Centers; Impact Award - First Place, awarded to organizations who brought passion, impacting students in both Gwinnett & Atlanta JA Discovery Centers, and a Participation Award, awarded to partners who allowed the JA to use their space. GGC's JA activities are coordinated by student assistants with the Office of Student Involvement's Community Engagement and Service Learning program.
Erika Robinson, Esq., executive director of the Diversity, Institutional Equity and Title IX Program was recently appointed to serve on the American Bar Associations’ Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.
Dr. Christopher Brandon, Jr., associate professor of biological sciences, recently had two co-authored manuscripts published in the proceedings of the Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Learning Conference (2017) and one in the American Journal of Plant Sciences (July 2017).
His vast research interests span from the role of progesterone in reproduction to forest canopy impact on the aquatic ecosystem to assessing student progress and performance across biology curriculum at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Dr. Marie Firestone, associate director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, recently earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Council.The CRA body of knowledge covers the areas of project development and administration, legal requirements and sponsor interface, and financial and general management.
Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie, associate professor of biology, co-authored the article, "Applied Theatre Facilities Dialogue about Career Challenges for Scientists," in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.
GGC faculty members Maria Fernandez, instructor of biology, Dr. Mia Malloy, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Jill Penn, assistant professor of biology and biochemistry, served as keynote speakers during the Georgia Ornithological Society's May meeting in Helen, Georgia.
The trio spoke about avian studies, the study of birds, at Georgia Gwinnett College including Brown-headed nuthatch conservation, avian diversity, genetics studies and highlights from student research projects.
Homero Gonzalez, '11, business, won four Emmy Awards at the recent 2017 Southeast Emmy Awards Gala in Atlanta.
Dr. Christopher I. Brandon, Jr., associate professor of biological sciences, spent two weeks as a faculty member for the Robert A. Paul Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Sera Mey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, Karnataka State, India.
As part of the STEM Academy, Dr. Binh Tran helped organize and instructed the 2017 GGC Tech Camp, sponsored by the School of Science and Technology, during the month of June for high school and middle school students from around the local area. Program activities included learning about computer hardware as well as how to create and design computer networks using industry leading Cisco software.
Dr. Jennifer H. Stephens, deputy chief of staff, was selected as state chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network. The mission of the ACE Women’s Network is to facilitate networking among women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education through sharing of best practices and local leadership training by the state networks.
Syed Hyder, ’17, biology, has won the Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the Division of Environmental Chemistry, Inc. of the American Chemical Society. This award was presented to 24 undergraduates throughout the nation in recognition for their research contributions to the field of environmental chemistry.
Hyder is the first Georgia Gwinnett College student to receive this prestigious award.
GGC students Maranda Harvey, Edna Badu, Precious Salami and Nicole White, along with their instructor, Jessica Hamm, co-authored a submission for the May edition of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance titled “Is children’s weight status associated with their activity levels during physical education?”
The submission was accepted for the research in practice section of the journal where authors critically review other available research and write a practical summary for practitioners in the fields of physical activity and health.
Harvey, Badu and Salami are currently students in the exercise science program. White is enrolled in our psychology program.
Elizabeth Vance, ’17, English, is GGC's first Peace Corps Prep Program graduate. She has accepted a position to teach at one of the local area schools before applying to serve in the Peace Corps.
GGC was accepted into the Peace Corps Prep Program in spring 2014 based on the institution’s concerted effort to promote international learning. Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community leaders at the grassroots level to serve communities abroad and create change.
Mrs. Chrissy Rosen, executive director of Individual Engagement, has been accepted into the next class of Leadership Gwinnett.
Leadership Gwinnett is a nine-month educational and networking experience designed to inform participants about the characteristics of a world-class community and learn the key issues relating to Gwinnett and the region. This award-winning program was established in 1985.
Dr. Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski, GGC president, has been named one of Who’s Who in Education by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The 2017 special section honors individuals leading the way in K-12 and postsecondary education in the metro Atlanta area.
The following individuals were honored during Georgia Gwinnett College's Service and Retirement Recognition Award Ceremony on April 27 for five years of service:
Jo Anne Harris
Rudy Jackson, Jr.
The following individuals were honored during Georgia Gwinnett College's Service and Retirement Recognition Award Ceremony on April 27 for 10 years of service:
Christopher Brandon, Jr.
GGC awarded the following recipients the Retiree Service Award for their years of dedication to the University System of Georgia:
Cedestra Jordan Chapman
Francis Eugene Ruffin
Dr. Cindy Achat-Mendes, assistant professor of biology, School of Science and Technology, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Joy Pangilinan, assistant registrar, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. James Lowry, associate professor of human geography, School of Liberal Arts, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Amy Farah, assistant professor of teacher education, School of Education, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Sgt. Tamu Washington-Britt, Campus Police, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Wendy Anderson, student success advisor, School of Transitional Studies, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Judy Awong-Taylor, professor of biology, School of Science and Technology, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Jeffrey Scott Fouche-Camargo, assistant professor of nursing, School of Health Sciences, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Kathija Jamaloodeen, program coordinator for Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences, was a spring 2017 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Linda Gilbert, assistant to the vice president for educational technology (retired); Juliana Lancaster, executive director of the Office of Plans, Policy and Analysis; Laura Ledford, executive director for Enrollment Management; and Jennifer H. Stephens, deputy chief of staff have co-authored an article titled, “Responsible Data Management,” published in Business Officer magazine.
The article describes best practices for data management including transparency and communication, understanding ownership of student data, defining access to data and structuring accountability and assessment.
Joye Cauthen, administrative assistant for the Daniel J. Kaufman Library and Learning Center, recently presented at “Tales from the Southern Literary Trail, an Evening of Music and Drama,” hosted by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance in Moreland, Georgia, and at the Caroline Miller Museum in Baxley, Georgia.
Over the past six months, the Southern Literary Trail has hosted special events highlighting the achievements of writers from Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama who have made significant impacts in their professions. Cauthen shared the inspiring story of what motivated Miller, a young, inexperienced writer and mother of three, to create a novel, Lamb in His Bosom,” that would win Georgia’s first Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
The Volunteer GGC program received its first President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizing more than 1,800 hours of service provided at 23 events over 12 months by 416 members of the GGC campus community.
GGC is one of only eight colleges selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to be honored through its annual Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The college received an honorable mention in the Internationalizing the Campus award category for its “Internationalization of the Curriculum: Engaging the World to Develop Global Citizens” Quality Enhancement Plan that enhances student learning and the student learning environment by creating internationalized courses throughout the core curriculum, majors, and electives, as well as an elective Global Studies Certification including foreign languages, study abroad and a Global Studies Capstone course. This is GGC’s first international recognition.
On March 21, 2017, the Georgia Gwinnett College chemistry discipline hosted the monthly meeting of the Georgia Local Section of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Amanda Stockton, assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, delivered her presentation, "Life, the Universe, and Microfluidics: Analytical Chemistry for Astrobiology's Big Questions.”
Jenny Storey, executive assistant to the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs/provost, was recently elected chair of the Provost Assistants in Higher Education National Association. Her topic of discussion at this year’s conference was “Build your Community.”
Dr. Benjamin Brown, associate professor of psychology, has been elected to a four-year term on the executive committee of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. As part of this organization, he will work to improve the rigor and replicability of psychological science, support self-improvement in the field, encourage scientific transparency and openness, model civil dialogue and strive for inclusivity.
At the request of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, GGC's Honors Program provided musical entertainment by cast members from its Aurora Theater production, "Working" for an event celebrating the opening of Kaiser Permanente’s new contact center in Duluth.
Sloan Jones, associate vice president of Strategic Communications and Positioning, participated in the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Executive Education in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 27 - March 2, 2017.
The program focused on how organizations respond to crises effectively, how to develop protocols and practices that minimized the potential for future occurrences, and how to inspire confidence in the long-term safety, security and success of the institution. Through case studies of real-world events, the program explored the strategic and operational issues that arise when preparing for, responding to and recovering from a crisis.
Dr. Benjamin Brown, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed to the Steering Committee of PsyArXiv, a newly released online repository of psychological sciences preprints.
PsyArXiv is a place for researchers to share manuscripts under review, working papers in need of informal peer review, hard-to-publish manuscripts and author versions of published articles.
Brown believes preprint services like PsyArXiv have the potential to revolutionize science, helping to increase openness and transparency.
The Atlanta Film Society has accepted a short film by Katherine Balsley, assistant professor of film, to be featured in its 41st annual Atlanta Film Festival as part of an “Airport Shorts” series.
Balsley’s installation, entitled "I <3 ATL," is an abstract travelogue exploring the city of Atlanta that is meant to provide escape and a renewed sense of discovery, while instilling a love and curiosity for travel often lost in the chaos of an airport.
Holly R. Heitman, assistant department head for Access Services, shared her insight on how managers can use generational differences to benefit an organization during her presentation titled "The Dynamics and Power of Generational Diversity: Making It Work in Your Library” for the North Georgia Associated Libraries webinar this past January.
Dr. James Lowry, associate professor of human geography, was recently elected to serve on the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) board of directors. In this capacity, Lowry will review honor society memberships to ensure each member maintains the high standards of ACHS and adheres to the organization’s by-laws.
Lowry also serves as the executive secretary of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography.
CFRE International has named Christine P. Rosen as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Rosen, executive director of Individual Engagement, joins more than 5,500 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.
Camille Chang Gilmore, Boston Scientific's vice president of Human Resources and global chief diversity officer, was recently named one of Savoy Magazine's "2016 Top Influential Women in Corporate America." Gilmore has served on the GGC School of Business Board of Visitors since 2013 and was a pilot member of the school's Corporate Affiliates Program in 2016.
Dr. Rhiannon Evangelista, assistant professor of history, recently received the 2015 Christopher Seton Watson prize, awarded annually to the best article published in Modern Italy, the journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy. Her article, “The particular kindness of friends: ex-Fascists, clientage and the transition to democracy in Italy, 1945–1960,” was published in the journal’s November 2015 printed edition and posted online in May 2016.
The Office of Wellness Programming’s Peer Health Educators Team won Outstanding Program of the Year for its interactive HIV prevention presentation, "HIV High/Low/No Risk," at the 2016 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly, held Nov. 17-20 in Kansas City, Mo. The Grizzlies also presented a program titled, "What's Your Intimacy Time Line?" The team included student Peer Educators Guilouse Grandoit, ’17, business, Teresa Fowler, ’17, exercise science, and TeRae Caldwell, ’18, biology, as well as Assistant Director of Wellness Programming Katie Buell. This conference is the premier educational and networking opportunity for Peer Health Educators. This national conference allows students to inspire, share ideas and build exceptional peer educational programs and strategies in health, safety and student leadership.
LaToya Denbow, ’13, early childhood education, was selected the Teacher of the Year for 2016-17 for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Beaver Ridge Elementary School, where she teaches kindergarten.
The GGC Academic Enhancement Center's TIC-TAC-TOE program won a University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Service Excellence Student Improvement Initiative Team Award – Silver Level.
Dan Cassavaugh, director of Digital Communications, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Georgia Education Advancement Council. This organization brings together representatives from the public, private and technical colleges and universities in the state of Georgia from the areas of alumni relations, public relations and development.
Dr. David Ludden, professor of psychology, appeared with comedian Ilana Glazer at The Rubin Museum in New York during the October session of the museum’s fall presentation series, "The Wisdom Matrix," which explored how people make decisions. Ludden and Glazer discussed the topic of intuition.
Tiffany Tuma, coordinator of student integrity, has been selected to present at the 99th NASPA Annual Conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017. Her presentation, "The Color of Success: How First-Generation African-American College Students Overcame Matriculation Obstacles at Predominantly White Institutions," is sponsored by NASPA’s Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community. NASPA is a professional organization for student affairs administrators in higher education.
Class of 2017 business majors Lorena Sanchez-Rubio, Marcelo Clavarino, Ana Bedon and Vanessa Parras earned second place at the second annual Goizueta Business School Hispanic Heritage Month Case Competition, held at Emory University.
GGC recently won 2nd Place in the Nursing State Boards Bowl at the Georgia Association of Nursing Students' annual convention. Sixteen GGC nursing students competed against about 300 students from about 20 nursing programs in this competitive quiz.
Camille Laslie, ’18, nursing, was recently elected Director of Public Relations for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
Dominic Che, ’18, nursing, was recently elected Director of Publications for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
Sara Smith, ’18, nursing was recently elected Breakthrough to Nursing Director for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
Gabrielle Saldana, ’18, nursing, was recently elected East District Director for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
Lauryn Edmondson, 17, nursing, was recently elected to the Nominations and Elections Committee for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
Angelique Noble, ’16, nursing was recently elected Student Consultant to the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
Melanie Fluery, '17, nursing, recently received the Breakthrough for Nursing Scholarship Award from the Georgia Association of Nursing Students at the organization's annual convention.
Julia Westbrook, '16, nursing, recently received the statewide Member of the Year Award from the Georgia Association of Nursing Students at its annual convention.
Angela Hurtado, '12, psychology, was named this year's Woman of the Year by Wealth Horizon, Inc. at its 11th annual Celebrating Wonderful Women event. This award recognizes Angela for her unwavering dedication to helping Latino students reach their highest educational aspirations through the non-profit, Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HoPe), of which she is vice president and co-founder. HoPe has established clubs and leadership programs on 33 high school campuses in Georgia and continues to expand.
Dr. Michael Gagnon, associate professor of history, recently had a page from his personal website cited by the American Historical Society on a list of Digital History Sources announced in the October 2016 American Historical Review. His page features a collection of links to Hunt's Merchants Magazine, America's foremost business newspaper in the 19th century.
Joanna Borseth-Ortega, ’11, recently published her third published book, "Happy NOW!: 53 Ways to Be Happier Today!” The book Happy NOW! offers simple day-to-day actions you can take to be happier on a daily basis. There are small things each and every day that we can do to elevate our happiness to the next level.
The GGC Academic Enhancement Center won a Chancellor’s Service Excellence Student Improvement Initiative Team Award for its innovative program, TIC-TAC-TOE: Tutors in Classrooms, Tutors Around Campus and Tutors Online Everywhere.
Dr. Rebecca Eaker, assistant professor of psychology, won the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, part of the American Counseling Association.
Information technology instructor, Dr. David J. Knight Sr., recently received a President's Lifetime Achievement Award – Volunteer Service.
Anna Boynton, professional tutor, Academic Enhancement Center, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Nannette Napier, associate professor of management information systems and decision sciences, and interim assistant dean of the School of Science and Technology, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Lisa Shaffer, administrative assistant III, School of Science and Technology, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Adrian Heinz, associate professor of information technology, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Stacy Rusnak, associate professor of film, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Kristal Lewis, administrative assistant III, Office of Testing Services, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Marie Firestone, associate director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Dr. Timothy Tolbert, assistant professor of exercise science, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
Emmanuel Essandoh, campus safety/security officer, Office of Public Safety, was a fall 2016 GGC Top Claw award recipient.
GGC's chapter of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) recently received both the East District Chapter of the Year Award and the statewide Chapter of the Year Award at GANS' annual state convention.
The GGC men's and women's tennis teams were recognized for their 2016 NAIA National Championships by the City of Lawrenceville at a recent City Council meeting.
Jason Hendrix, director of Sports Information, was featured in the "30 for 30 List" for 2015-16 in the summer 2016 issue of CoSIDA 360 magazine, a publication of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Catherine Downey, head of Access Services and Information Commons - Daniel J. Kaufman Library & Learning Center, has served on the Organizing Committee of the international Access Services Conference since its inaugural event in 2009. Downey and her co-organizers, Karen Glover and Stella Richardson of Georgia Tech and Denita Hampton of Georgia State, presented "The Business of Starting and Sustaining an Academic Conference" at entrelib: The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, a national event held recently at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.
Dr. Omar Villanueva, assistant professor of chemistry, was selected as a 2016 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
Dr. Rahaf Barakat, assistant professor of information technology, published and presented a paper entitled, “Automated Framework to Improve Users’ Awareness on Online Social Networks” in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, May, 2016.
Dr. Chantelle Anfuso, assistant professor of chemistry, was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Dr. Darin S. Wilson, director of Athletics, was named the A.I.I. Athletics Director of the Year and the NAIA Athletics Director of the year for 2015-2016. Read the full article on Dr. Wilson being named NAIA Athletics Director of the Year at http://www.ggc.edu/about-ggc/news/News/ggcs-wilson-named-naia-athletics-director-of-the-year.
Patti Lee, associate professor and head of Research Services – Daniel J. Kaufman Library & Learning Center, completed the 2016 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, offered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass. She was one of 70 librarians from colleges and universities worldwide participating in the institute, which focused on planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning.
Dr. Brett Young, assistant professor of Management Information Systems, published a paper with Drs. Lars Mathiassen of Georgia State University and Elizabeth Davidson of the University of Hawaii - Manoa entitled, "Inconsistent and Incongruent Frames during IT-enabled Change: An Action Research into Sales Process Innovation," in the July 2016 issue of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems.
Sophia Cardot, ’19, biology, received GGC’s Outstanding First-Year Student Award.
Maria Rahim, ’18, business, received GGC’s Outstanding Student Employee Award.
Chase Goodwin, ’16, political science, received GGC’s Outstanding Student – Service Award.
Angelique Noble, ‘16, nursing, received GGC’s Outstanding Student – Leadership Award.
Katia Del Risco, ’20, chemistry, received the School of Transitional Studies Outstanding Student – Scholarship Award.
Victoria Burgess, ’16, biology, received the School of Science and Technology Outstanding Student – Scholarship Award.
Simone Seerattan, ’16, English, received the School of Liberal Arts Outstanding Student – Scholarship Award.
Brianna C. Jackson, ’16, early childhood education, received the School of Education Outstanding Student – Scholarship Award.
Caroline Nappo, ’17, nursing, received the School of Health Sciences Outstanding Student – Scholarship Award.
Jarred Lundy,’16, business, received the School of Business Outstanding Student – Scholarship Award.
Dr. Mike Stoltzfus, professor of English, received GGC’s Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activities Award.
Dr. Kris Nagel, associate professor of information technology, received GGC’s Outstanding Student Engagement Award.
Dr. Catherine Kilroe-Smith, assistant professor of music, received GGC’s Outstanding Service Award.
Dr. Robert Lutz, assistant professor of information technology, received GGC’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
Sergeant Rebecca Lawler of GGC’s Office of Public Safety received GGC’s Outstanding Staff Award.
John Maison, ’15, was named veterans success coordinator for the GGC Military and Veterans Success Centers
Homero Gonzalez, ’11, recently won four Emmy Awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, bringing his total to 12.
Mary Cortellino Eich and Katherine "Katie" Nunn, both 2012 graduates in special education, are the first Grizzles to be nominated for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Award program.
Dr. Marni Brown, assistant professor of sociology, has been elected to the Southern Sociological Society Executive Committee.
Dr. Joseph Sloop, professor of chemistry and associate dean for the School of Science and Technology, was selected as a 2016 Governor’s Teaching Fellow.
Dr. Mark A. Stillman, assistant professor of psychology, received an Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Binh Tran and Dr. Mirza Murtaza, both assistant professors of information technology, published a paper entitled, "Information Technology Job Skills for Workplace Success," in the July 2016 issue of the International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology.
Charmaine Troy, student success advisor in the Mentoring and Advising Center, co-edited the book "Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): A Student Perspective." The book is a part of the Routledge Research in Higher Education Series.
Charmaine Troy, student success advisor in the Mentoring and Advising Center, was elected to serve a three-year term on the directorate for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Coalition for Women Identities. This role earned her an invitation to the United State of Women Summit, hosted by the White House, June 13-15, at which she will lend her voice to critical conversations on educational opportunity for women and girls.
Dr. John Unger, associate professor of English for Academic Purposes, will be a keynote speaker, sponsored by the American Embassy, at the April 28-29 Çukurova International ELT Teachers (CUELT) Conferences (2nd), “Replacing Cliches: Teaching Subordinated to Learning” in Adana, Turkey. He will also travel to Providence University in Taichung, Taiwan, as an invited speaker for the Third Annual English Scholars Beyond Borders Conference, May 19-22.
Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, provided a review workshop that resulted in 54 of 55 students passing the Microsoft Technology Associate Certification Exam.
Dr. Jim Fatzinger, senior associate provost and assistant professor of business, recently served as the instructor for the inaugural Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
Adrienne Button Harmer, instruction coordinator, and Bethany Havas, reference and instruction librarian, presented at the LOEX Fall Focus 2015 Conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Their presentation was entitled, "Stacking the Deck: Building a Set of Information Literacy Student Learning Outcome Cards for your Instruction Program."