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GGC's Drs. Joseph Ametepe and Neelam Khan published their work on teaching physics during the COVID- 19 pandemic in the International Journal of Physics Education

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Dr. Joseph Ametepe, professor of physics and associate dean for the School of Science and Technology (SST), and Dr. Neelam Khan, associate professor of physics and chair of faculty and studies for SST, published their work, “Teaching physics during COVID-19 pandemic: implementation and report of teaching strategies to support student learning” in the "International Journal of Physics Education." The team successfully designed and implemented teaching strategies for lab science courses in hybrid and fully online formats that showed increased participation and improved attendance, and promoted effective communication. Even though student withdrawal rates were higher due to the pandemic, all students completing the courses in this study earned grades of C or better. Other factors contributing to student success included faculty empathy, flexibility and willingness to adjust teaching strategies.

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SECAC selects a work by GGC's Harry Boone for annual, juried art exhibition

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A work by Harry Boone, associate professor of performing and visual arts, was selected by SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference) for its annual, juried art exhibition. His multimedia triptych, “Wheelchair Series: Memories of Bacon at the Tate and Lake Country Lamb Ribs,” was one of only 26 works selected from among 400 entries for 2020.

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GGC's Thomas "Buddy" Shay coauthors chapter in "Unlimited Players: The Intersections of Writing Center and Game Studies"

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Thomas "Buddy" Shay, Academic Enhancement Center writing coordinator, coauthored the chapter, "RPGs, Identity, and Writing Centers: Layering Realities in the Tutoring Center," for the book, "Unlimited Players: The Intersections of Writing Center and Game Studies."

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GGC alum Margarita Pate receives doctor of pharmacy degree

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Margarita Pate, PharmD., BSPS, '15, biology, recently received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy in Memphis. While at GGC, she worked with Dr. Christopher Brandon, professor of biological sciences, to establish a research project that continues to present day due to its popularity with students. She has begun her industry pharmacy career as a medical writer with Medtronic, a medical device company.

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Two GGC alumni admitted to the Google Summer of Code summer internship program

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Two recent alumni were admitted to the Google Summer of Code summer internship program, which pays a stipend to students for contributing to open-source coding projects. The alumni and projects are Nga Tran, '21, information technology, "Adding more functionality to AnalySim: a data sharing and analysis platform," and Elijah Noisin, '21, psychology, "Re-creating the Leech Heartbeat Network Model Tutorial using the Neuron Simulator in Python and NeuroML." The students were mentored by Drs. Anca Doloc-Mihu and Cengiz Gunay, both assistant professors of information technology.

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GGC alumna Evelyn B. Calina wins the 2021 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry

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Evelyn B. Calina, '21, biology, has won the 2021 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry for her outstanding contributions in chemistry and environmental science. She is the fifth GGC student in the GGC Environmental Research Cluster to win this prestigious, national award, which is won by about 20 students per year. Calina conducted multiple research projects, culminating in co-authorship on “Locally Sustainable Biodiesel Production from Waste Cooking Oil and Grease Using a Deep Eutectic Solvent: Characterization, Thermal Properties, and Blend Performance,” with GGC student colleagues Lorraine Kadima, '19, chemistry, and Carlove Bourdeau, '19, chemistry, along with Drs. Neelam Khan, Sang H. Park and David P. Pursell of GGC, and external collaborator Dr. Charles Warren Edmunds from PerkinElmer. The article was published in ACS Omega, 2021, 6, 9204-9212.

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Diondra Burgess receives the 2020-21 Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers' Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award

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Diondra Burgess, '21, human development and aging services, received the 2020-21 Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers' Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award. She is the first GGC student/alumna to receive this award, which honors students at Georgia institutions of higher learning who participate in experiential learning such as co-op, internship, student teaching or volunteerism and who demonstrate exemplary performance in academic work and community settings. 

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Weaver receives Gwinnett Young Professionals’ 35 Under 35 Award

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Brittany Weaver, director of New Student Connections, recently received the Gwinnett Young Professionals (GYP) 35 Under 35 Award. GYP is a personal and professional development program of the Gwinnett Chamber. This prestigious award honors influential young professionals in our community who are innovators in their fields. Weaver joined the GGC staff in 2018.

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Three alumni receive Gwinnett Young Professionals’ 35 Under 35 Award

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Three GGC alumni recently received the 35 Under 35 Award from Gwinnett Young Professionals, a personal and professional development program of the Gwinnett Chamber. This prestigious award honors influential young professionals in our community who are innovators in their fields. They are Malik Cooper, ’20, business, consultant with OnePlan Solutions; Elease Dillard, ’15, biology, founder of The Student Navigator; and Homero Gonzalez, ’11, business, co-founder and president/CEO of ULTIM Marketing. Additional alumni were recognized as nominees for the award.

Pictured above: Malik Cooper, ’20, business, consultant with OnePlan Solutions; Elease Dillard, ’15, biology, founder of The Student Navigator; and  Homero Gonzalez, ’11, business, co-founder and president/CEO of ULTIM Marketing

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Student Engagement and Success leadership team to present at national conferences

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Several Student Engagement and Success (SES) staff and faculty allies will present at two conferences during summer 2021.

Dr. Michelle Rosemond, vice president for SES, Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie, associate professor of biology, and Juan Ren, senior institutional research analyst, will present a research poster at the Accelerating Systemic Change Network in June. The research poster is titled, “Moving beyond Access with a Data Collection Ecosystem to optimize Underrepresented Minority Student Persistence in STEM.”

Rosemond also will present two research topics at the NASPA Virtual Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference in June. The first presentation titled, “An Analytical Ecosystem to Drive First-Year Success at a Minority-Serving Institution,” will include presenters Dr. Justin Jernigan, senior associate vice president for Student Success, and Juan Ren, senior institutional research analyst.

Rosemond partnered with members of the Carl Vinson Institute on her second NASPA research presentation, “Data-Informed Data Informing.” Both presentations focus on student success and persistence.

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