Georgia College Connection Winter 2014
A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Georgia College
The Magazine for Alumni and Friends HE ALING HONDURAS WIN T ER 2014 Alumni of the Governor’s Honors Program In celebration of 50 years of the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), alumni and stakeholders will have an amazing opportunity to contribute to the future of GHP. In the coming months, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) will be welcoming alumni and stakeholder input as we move forward with a strategic planning process in partnership with The Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The goal of this process is to open a statewide conversation about enhancing educational opportunities for students, to broaden awareness of the program and to increase outreach to sources of volunteer and financial support. In order to engage as many alumni and stakeholders as possible, please make sure to add yourself to the GOSA GHP Contact Database. This will allow both the Carl Vinson Institute and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement to incorporate your thoughts and ideas about the future of GHP. Attention: To add yourself to the database and to learn more information about the Governor’s Honors Program, please visit: gosa.georgia.gov/governors-honors-program Seeking the 125 Most Influential In preparation for Georgia College's upcoming Quasquicentennial Celebration, we are seeking nominations for consideration to be recognized as the most influential individuals or groups during the university's 125-year history. If you would like to nominate any alumni, friend, faculty or staff of Georgia College who you feel has positively and intentionally influenced the direction of the college and/or made a positive impact on society throughout the history of the school, please nomination prior to May 15, 2014. Nominations should be 500 words or less submit your nomina and should include the name of the nominee and the reason why you feel they should be recognized for their contributions. Nominations can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Alumni Relations, ATTN: 125th Nomination Campus Box 096 Milledgeville, GA 31061 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 1 CONTENTS 3 Up Front 6 Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2014 9 Cover Story: Healing Honduras 13 Sports 17 The Value of Engaged Learning 19 Change through mentorship 21 Just a drop in the bucket 23 Distinguished Alumni and Friends 25 Class Notes President Steve Dorman Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications John Hachtel Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Bill Doerr Editor/Director of Marketing and Publications Victoria Fowler, ‘12 Writers Brittiny Johnson Aubrie Sofala, ‘12 Al Weston Design Troy Burkhart Ashleigh Bills Photography Tim Vacula, ‘86 Video production Chris Brown, ‘03 Stacey Lumley, ‘99 Bill Wendt, ‘85 Web production Barbara Monnett, ‘06 Mark Misinco, ‘09 Please send change of address and class notes to: University Advancement Campus Box 113 Milledgeville, GA 31061 email@example.com CONNECTION Winter 2014, Vol. XXIII, No. 1 Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Published by University Communications 231 W. Hancock St. Milledgeville, GA 31061 gcsu.edu Georgia College Connection | Summer 2013 2 UP FRONT Dr. Martha Colvin retires After 25 years of teaching at Georgia College, Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences Dr. Martha Colvin has retired. While at GC, she had the opportunity to participate in the beginning stages of the first Master of Science in the nursing program. She also was a team member in the writing of the Southern Association of College and Commission on Colleges (SACS) document for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program that graduated its first class in December 2013. Although Colvin has been influential in change on campus, her focus remains on her students. “I think of all the lives these students have touched in clinical practice and at the same time, I needed them when I was a patient,” Colvin said. “Many were there for me and provided compassionate and competent care.” Colvin will spend her retirement in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she plans to find meaningful volunteer work in the community and spend more time with her family. Georgia College announces new VP for Advancement President Dr. Steve Dorman welcomes the newest member to his leadership team. Monica Delisa will join the staff as Vice President for University Advancement on March 4, 2014. “Monica’s experience and career accomplishments speak volumes about her dedication to strategic planning, fundraising efforts and alumni programming,” said Dorman. Throughout her career, Delisa has been deeply involved in university advancement serving at Texas A&M University, the University of Arizona and at a private high school in the Tucson, Ariz. area. “I am very honored to receive the opportunity to join the Georgia College team under the leadership of President Steve Dorman,” said Delisa. “I look forward to working with the community and alongside the stellar leadership team in place.” Grant helps continue the fight against childhood obesity A new grant will help continue the fight against childhood obesity in Milledgeville and Baldwin County. The Center for Health and Social Issues (CHSI) at Georgia College was recently awarded a $325,000 grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The three main goals CHSI hopes to accomplish with the funds are to help make Milledgeville/Baldwin County a more bicycle-friendly city, to work with the city and county to establish a land bank to turn abandoned properties into productive spaces and to work with the public schools to increase the amount of physical activity for students each day. “This grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation came at the perfect time,” said Dr. Jim Lidstone, director of the CHSI. “It allows us to continue the work we’ve started and begin these new projects.” 3 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 UP FRONT President of University of Michigan speaks at writing award ceremony In the early 1930s, Margaret Harvin Wilson was an undergraduate at Georgia State College for Women, what is now Georgia College. The first in her family to attend college, a teacher encouraged her to enter a short story contest in the English department for which she won first prize. Her legacy now lives on at Georgia College through the Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Award – an endowment created by her daughter Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, the current president of the University of Michigan. Coleman spoke during the 2013 writing award ceremony, which took place on what would have been Wilson’s 100th birthday. Wilson’s daughter, Rebecca, who is an attorney in Colorado, also attended the ceremony. The Wilson Writing Award winner was senior Rachel Estridge for her fiction story “Dogs on the Porch.” Senior nursing student receives national award Kayla Albright, a senior nursing major, plans to use her passion for helping others and learning experience at Georgia College to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Albright’s dedication and commitment to her future profession has earned her national recognition from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). She received a full scholarship to participate in the 27th annual APNA Conference in San Antonio, Texas in October. “Only 15 students from across the country were chosen for the APNA Board of Director Student Scholarships, so I feel very honored and proud that I, as a student from Georgia College, will be involved in such an intensive learning opportunity,” she said The award was based on three essays Albright wrote focusing on psychiatric nursing skills and competencies in the community and medical-surgical setting. Her scholarship included an all expenses paid trip to the conference, one-year membership to APNA and the experience of co-moderating at least one session during the conference. 4 UP FRONT Georgia College announces second Newell Scholar Leon Johnson will serve as the Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Distinguished Scholar for the spring 2014 semester. Johnson is an educator and convergent media artist. His work includes painting, sculpture, installation, performance, food events, print media, video, photography, bookmaking and curatorial practices. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Johnson now lives in Detroit where he is involved in theater productions, community engagements, art making and education. He also co-directs Salt & Cedar Letterpress with his partner Megan O’Connell, and is the co-founder of the experimental school, Emergent Futures Lab. “Leon will enhance our diversity of thought and foster a wide-reaching collaborative spirit through his involvement with many departments, community organizations, regional artisans and local businesses,” said Bill Fisher, chair of the Department of Art and member of the Newell Scholar Committee. Georgia College graduates first doctoral students The first group of students from the Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) program at Georgia College graduated in December 2013. The cohort included five students-Carol Ann Boyer, Chioma Okereke, Kay Brooks, Sandra Copeland and Laurie Parkman. Georgia College began offering the degree in May 2012. The interactive online program is a post-master’s in nursing, with two oncampus immersion experiences, and it includes 37 credit hours with 540 clinical hours. The intent of the DNP program is to expand the knowledge base of nurses to enable them to meet complex healthcare needs by increasing collaboration, leading healthcare innovations and influencing healthcare policy at the highest organizational level. 5 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 HOMECOMING AND ALUMNI WEEKEND SCHEDULE Georgia College Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2014 Monday, Feb. 10 Office Decorating Contest Faculty and staff decorate their offices to show their school spirit. Winners will be announced on Wednesday of Homecoming Week. Dale K Campus Activities Board welcomes the hilarious hypno-comedian for a special show. Tuesday, Feb. 11 Paws on a Cause Paint your paw print for charity outside of Centennial Center! Residence Hall Spirit Board Contest The residence halls compete against one another to create the winning homecoming spirit board. GCâ€™s Got Talent Watch as students show their talents to see who is the top talent in Bobcat Territory. Wednesday, Feb.12 Blue and Green Trivia Bowl Test your trivia skills in this annual event. Thursday, Feb. 13 GC Jamfest The concert event of Homecoming Week will feature live music during tailgate festivities, followed by an indoor music festival featuring multiple acts of various music genres. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 6 HOMECOMING AND ALUMNI WEEKEND SCHEDULE Friday, Feb. 14 Peabody School Reunion Luncheon - Reunite with old friends at a luncheon to remember. Saturday, Feb. 15 Blue and Green Day Bobcat Ramble - Run, jog or walk in the annual race across campus. Tent City Tailgating - Join us for tailgate fun outside of Centennial Center before the big games! History of Georgia College by Dr. Bob Wilson Homecoming Parade - Homecoming floats will celebrate the “Bobcat Gameday: Let the Games Begin” homecoming theme in the annual parade. President’s Memorial/Memory Hill Cemetery Alumni Welcome Reception - Alumni are invited to join us for a special reception to welcome everyone back to their alma mater. Movie Night - Join us for a viewing of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” 7 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 HOMECOMING AND ALUMNI WEEKEND SCHEDULE Alumni Luncheon - A lunch for all alumni, where reunion groups will be recognized. We will also welcome the 50th class reunion into the half-century club. Campus Tours and Open House Baseball vs. Tampa - Join us on West Campus as Georgia College baseball takes on Tampa. Cornhole Tournament Men’s Basketball vs. Columbus State - The men’s basketball team will face Columbus State, with the parade winners, SGA Election Results and Mr. and Ms. Georgia College being announced at this event. Register for Alumni Weekend 2014 Feb. 14 – 15 It’s not too late to register! Registration price of $12 includes entrance to most events below and discounted rates to others. To register and to view a complete schedule of events, visit gcsu.edu/alumni/weekend.htm or call 478-445-5771. Women’s Basketball vs. Columbus State - The Georgia College Bobcats will take on Columbus State, with this year’s Mr. and Ms. GC being announced at this event. Pre-Concert Dessert Reception Max Noah Singers—Valentines Rendezvous - This annual concert will be held in the Magnolia Ballroom. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 8 Nursing students treat patients at Honduras clinic A trip that took 10 students and two faculty members nearly 1,300 miles from Milledgeville brought medical care to those who may not have received it otherwise. On a cool October morning, students and faculty members met at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Their destination—the Agalta Valley in the Central American country of Honduras. As the Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner students left the U.S., excitement, eagerness and a little apprehension boarded the plan with them. “I was as excited as I was nervous,” said Sandy Haupt, a student in the program. “I had never been on a trip like this, and we had to spend a lot of time learning the types of illnesses we could see in the region.” Kristin Corbin examines a sick child. This medical mission was the first trip of its kind for Georgia College nursing students—an opportunity for both experiential learning for the students and necessary health care for those in a remote region of Honduras. After a three-hour flight to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, their journey took them on a six-hour bus ride to their destination—Rancho El Paraiso. During their two-week stay, they were expected to treat more than 1,000 patients. That experience came with both a personal and educational component for the group. “We helped people that were so grateful for things like Tylenol and multivitamins,” said Haupt. “We found people that would travel for hours to receive medical treatment. Their health care is so absent there. It was amazing to spend time with and help provide care for these people.” 9 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 C OV E R STO RY The trip was organized by nursing faculty members Dr. Sallie Coke and Dr. Deborah MacMillan who realized the value this experience could bring for their students. “The students were scared to death when we first got down there,” said Coke. “They had to call me over for everything, but within the matter of a day I saw them changing, and by the second week they were professionals. It was amazing how much they learned in such a short time.” The group was prepared to treat many problems they knew affected the people of that region, including high blood pressure and respiratory problems. However, nothing could prepare them for the challenges ahead. “We knew there were a lot of respiratory issues because of the burning of wood in homes and fields, and we were ready to treat those types of issues,” said MacMillan. “At one very rural clinic though, we had a patient that was really in a crisis situation with her breathing. We were all ready, but we had no electricity at the site. Thanks to some quick thinking, we ended up running the nebulizer from a car battery.” It’s developing those quick thinking skills based on their medical knowledge that makes experiential learning opportunities like this so important for the nursing students. “In those clinics where we were seeing patients so rapidly, that’s where we had to make a call—where we had to go with our history taking abilities with an interpreter, make a diagnosis and treat. That’s what we can now carry out into the field,” said Haupt. Not always glamorous, the group had to deal with issues foreign to them in U.S. medical training. The group made a house call for an elderly couple who was not able to make it to the clinic in El Pedreo. The group made a house call for an elderly couple who was not able to make it to the clinic in El Pedreo. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 10 C OV E R STO RY (From left to right) Students Adrienne Earl, Melissa Meyers and Sonja Lynton examine a child while his mother holds him. “Often, we were in an old school or covered shed. If we were lucky enough to be in a ‘clinic;’ there were very few supplies and no electricity,” said Coke. “They had no supplies to really mention. We carried all of our own supplies, which were used by the team. All leftovers were divided out to the clinics to help stock their supplies.” Several groups helped support the medical mission by providing funding and medical supplies. The Georgia College chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing donated $2,500 for two scholarships and medical supplies. The Macon Graduate Center and the Old Capital Chapter of the Georgia Nursing Association contributed money as well. “In addition, significant pharmaceutical donations were made by J&M Drugs in Warner Robins and Hines Pharmacy in Barnesville, Ga.,” said Coke. “The donations were extremely helpful because of the limited medical resources in this remote area. Our medical mission team took all needed pharmaceutical and medical equipment with them from the United States.” 11 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 C OV E R STO RY For those involved, the trip became a life-impacting event. The learning component solidified their decision to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner, and it also gave them an invaluable perspective on life, a new culture and helping those in need. The faculty members plan to continue to take students on study abroad experiences such as this to provide them with the opportunity to take what they learned in the classroom and use that knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others. All of the medical supplies were brought by the group from the U.S. Each student and faculty members packed a full-sized bag with items including vitamins, Tylenol and other types of medicine. The group also utilized multimedia tools while on their medical mission to inform their colleagues, friends and family of their progress. Student Adrienne Earl set up a blog with daily entries on their experiences and uploaded photos showing their involvement with the locals. Drs. Sallie Coke and Deborah MacMillan took students on this medical mission to a remote region of Honduras. For more information on their journey, visit their blog studyabroadfnp. wordpress.com. “I think the most valuable thing we all learned from this experience is that love, compassion and willingness to open your arms and heart up to people can truly make a difference,” said Coke. “It was very interesting to see that they get by and make due with so much less than what we have in the U.S.,” said Earl. “I gained a better appreciation for what we have here and am glad we were able to show people back home exactly what we were experiencing.” Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 12 SECTION TITLE Adopted siblings adapt quickly to GC tennis program Two of the top recruits to the Georgia College women’s tennis program have found themselves together again after an unusual journey that started almost 8,000 miles away. The saga began when Clabe Polk and his wife decided to adopt a child from China. While undergoing a pre-adoption physical, a nurse at their doctor’s office asked permission to pass on their contact information to a couple in Atlanta who were also interested in adopting a Chinese infant. A connection was made and the two families became friends. Cristalei was adopted in February 1996, Macy in April 1996. Soon, Cristalei’s adopted mother died of cancer. Later, Macy’s adopted family dissolved through divorce. After a while, Clabe and Denise, Macy’s adopted mother, started chatting. The two began spending more time together and were eventually married in February 2000, making four-year-olds Macy and Cristalei, who were already best friends, sisters. “People say twins have a special connection, we’re not twins but we can look at one another and know exactly what the other is thinking,” admits Cristalei. “And it shows in everything we do.” One of those things they do is play tennis, and that’s where that unspoken communication is taken to another level. They are difficult to beat as singles players, mirrored in talent with right-handed Macy and left-handed Cristalei, but are even more dominant when playing doubles together. The two Chinese-born siblings who have been together now since age four, both helped Mt. Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga., advance to their first-ever Georgia state tennis quarterfinals before enrolling as science majors at Georgia College under the tutelage of head tennis coach Steve Barsby. “Their parents have done an amazing job,” said Barsby. “They are both unbelievably prepared, hard workers, extremely organized and carry themselves so professionally.” They made their college debut in September at the GC Women’s Fall Championships at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. While each was successful in winning a singles championship, they were even more impressive in doubles play where they were unbeatable with a clean sweep. Perhaps chemistry describes them best, which ironically happens to be Macy’s major at Georgia College, while Cristalei is majoring in physics. 13 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 SP ORTS Where are they now? Kara Teresi When Georgia College alumna Kara Teresi, ’09, took to the soccer field for the Bobcats, her impact was recognized beyond her coaches and teammates. Making a difference in the lives of others has been a common theme for Teresi. Her volunteer work in the community while she was a student blossomed through the years, leading her to a prominent position as the relationship manager for Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE). She attributes her time at Georgia College as a mass communication major and her intern experiences in molding her to where she is today. Nominated on a national stage for the 2009 Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup, she found herself among 20 semifinalists acknowledged for being a role model as an athletic performer and a person who has made a difference in the lives of others through excellence both on and off the field. Kara Teresi (left) stacks boxes of Food with Sister Ellis as part of her work with Feeding Children Everywhere. Alex Goodlett/Daily Herald GC: How did being a student-athlete at Georgia College shape your career goals? KT: Our team became a sisterhood committed to our mission of excelling in the classroom, on the field and in our community. We won the PBC Commissioner’s Cup for the first time, and I was proud that we played a role in making athletic program history. At FCE, our mission is to empower and mobilize people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. It is fascinating how community happens best in collaboration with service. I now have the joy of leading more than a hundred interns and thousands of volunteers each year! GC: What was your most memorable game at Georgia College and why? KT: I scored the 2008 quarterfinal game-winner to help advance us to the semifinal of the 2008 PBC Tournament, and we finished 13-1-4. GC: Was there any particular class or experience at Georgia College that led you to volunteer work? KT: To use a Coach John Wooden quote “Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.” All of my classes and experiences at Georgia College helped in leading me to volunteer work. GC: How did it feel to be named in such a prestigious group of people for the Wooden Citizenship Cup in 2009? KT: It felt great to be named with leaders and athletes who are making a better world. Tim Tebow was the recipient that year and I was honored to be included as a semifinalist. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 14 ALUMNI PROFILE Georgia College Sports Throughout the Years Throughout Georgia College history, one of the reoccurring themes that is apparent is the love of sport. Whether it was the Annual Hike in the 50s, the NCAA gymnastics team in the 80s or even the Bobcats that rule the basketball court now—the love of game is evident in student traditions at Georgia College. The evolution of sports at Georgia College includes a rich past in student intramurals and club sports, along with nationally ranked athletic teams. Our history continues to become more diverse as well, with the 2013 addition of the first varsity volleyball team in Georgia College history. In honor of this year’s Homecoming theme, “Bobcat Gameday: Let the Games Begin,” we’re taking a photographic look back in the history of sports at Georgia College. 15 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 ALUMNI PROFILE Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 16 C OV E R STO RY Enhancing the student experience: The value of engaged learning Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kelli Brown arrived on campus in June 2013. Since her first day, her focus has been on the educational experience at Georgia College. “Student success is the main goal in higher education,” said Brown. “My role is to facilitate the ideas of faculty, students and staff and work to ensure we are providing the best resources and experiences for all.” As the chief academic officer, Brown works alongside the president and campus administration, plays a central role in institutional decisions and works to create and support an academic vision of excellence for the university. “There has been a solid foundation set here at Georgia College,” said Brown.” I hope to be able to continue to improve upon that as we work to enhance the university.” Her objectives include increasing the diversity on campus to better serve the students and providing more academic scholarships to continue to bring high-quality students to the university. 17 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 ACADEMIC PROFILE “We need to ensure that we are attracting and retaining our excellent students, and one way to do that is by offering scholarships,” said Brown. “Equally as important is that we provide an experience on campus that gives our students an accurate perspective of what the world really looks like. To do that, we must continuously focus on the diversity of our faculty, students and staff.” Brown’s passion for higher education runs deep. Because of that, she is dedicated to creating new opportunities for students to capitalize from their education. One way she’s achieving this goal is through the introduction of a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). As part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation, each university is required to develop a five-year plan to enhance their educational experience. “The goal of QEP is to do something we are already do, but doing it better and more intentionally,” said Brown. “Our plan is called ‘Building a Culture of Engaged Learning.’ Through the plan, we will work to foster engaged learning for our students and make that a part of the culture at Georgia College.” A pilot program of QEP this spring semester will bring together art and sociology students. As part of their coursework, together they will assess the attributes and qualities of the Harrisburg neighborhood in Milledgeville and use that assessment to create a mural that encompasses the spirit of the people who live in the neighborhood. This allows students to work with the community to meet a need, help solve a problem and provide a service. “Our students want to be energized. They want to be challenged, to think outside the box and to be nudged out of their comfort zone,” said Brown. “By providing them opportunities for engaged learning beyond the classroom, they will not only study within their discipline, but also gain a new understanding of the world, discover what it means to be an active and engaged citizen and work with people from different backgrounds.” While the QEP initiatives will bring a higher level of engagement for the students, it will have a major impact on the community as well. “Our community partners realize that Georgia College is an important resource to help meet their needs, and through our partnerships, it is a benefit for both our community and our students,” said Brown. “The students will be able to have these valuable, real-world learning experiences while helping the community at the same time; a win-win.” Brown calls this an exciting time to be at Georgia College. She hopes using initiatives like the QEP, which officially goes into effect during the fall 2014 semester, will help boost the university’s reputation. “I want us to not only be the state’s designated public liberal arts university, but I want Georgia College to be the top public liberal arts university in the southeast and someday the U.S.,” she said. “There is no reason to think this cannot happen as we continue to build on our distinguished reputation as a place of excellence for students, faculty and staff.”” Brown has spent 26 years in higher education. She has been extensively involved in professional development including being named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year. Through her ACE experience, she worked with a number of institutions and learned the value of a liberal arts education, which makes her glad to now call Georgia College home. Brown received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from The University of Toledo and her associate degree from The Michael J. Owens Technical College. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 18 ALUMNI PROFILE “My goal as an educator is to change the life of one student who can say, ‘I’m successful. I’m somebody.’” —Ajayi Monell 19 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 ALUMNI PROFILE Change through mentorship An educator can wear many hats. From serving as counselors and nurturers to instilling lessons in the classroom, they are seen as the confidants of the children they teach. One recent Georgia College alumnus is adding another responsibility to the role that educators play: that of a mentor. “The biggest thing I try to do as an educator is focus on different ways of teaching kids while forming relationships,” Ajayi Monell, Anita White Carson Middle School teacher, Greene County 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year and Georgia College alumnus said. “Today’s youth… they come to school with so much baggage, and when I make that positive relationship with them—it’s like moving mountains.” Monell created the Brother 2 Brother (B2B) program, which has been in effect for the past three years at the Greene County middle school. B2B is a program aimed at mentoring, fostering and assisting young male students in their academic and personal lives. There are students currently involved with the program in all three grades— sixth, seventh and eighth. The program began back in spring 2010 while Monell was working at a Georgia College weeklong summer camp. It was while talking to an African-American boy on the steps of a residence hall that Monell realized his passion rested in mentoring. “I was talking with him and trying to figure out the issues he was dealing with to see why he was so unmotivated,” Monell said. “And I felt like I could relate to his feelings of not being good enough, having issues with your father and feeling like you don’t fit in. And that’s when it hit me.” Monell, who moved to the United States when he was 16 years old from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, didn’t have a hard transition into American life. It also wasn’t hard for Monell to become heavily involved with campus activities. While at Georgia College, Monell was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, served as a student ambassador and participated in the Georgia Education Mentorship Program. But Monell was able to connect with children who were struggling academically and personally because of his mission to break the cycle of students not understanding the value of education. “It touches me that at such young age so many of our youth have just given up,” Monell said. “A lot of them don’t see the value of education and it’s extremely saddening, but it’s also motivation to work that much harder.” B2B focuses on academics by teaming up with the already-in-place afterschool program at Anita White Carson Middle School, but B2B also gives students positive role models, like Monell, outside of the classroom. Monell holds discussions about issues such as stereotypes and statistics of African American males that aim to educate the students of the problems they might face in the future. He also takes students on trips to the movie theater, restaurants and touring colleges—small acts that he hopes make a difference. Although the program is in its early stages, Monell has already begun looking for ways to share what he’s learned with other educators. In October 2013, Monell presented his work with B2B at the Association of Middle Level Educators in Minneapolis, Minn. in a presentation called, “Making Impactful Change Through Mentorship.” The presentation focused on the benefits of the program as well as how to create a mentor program from scratch. While Monell is focused on academics and rising test scores of the participants of the program, he’s also looking at the future of their personal lives. “My goal as an educator is to change the life of one student who can say, ‘I’m successful. I’m somebody.’” Monell said. “I want these boys to know that, no matter what, I’m going to be your big brother.” Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 20 STUDENT PROFILE It was, according to the senior management marketing major and president of the GIVE Team, almost destined for him to become involved with service on campus. “When I actually applied to Georgia College, one of the essays I had to write was how I wanted to get involved on campus,” Roell said. “I actually wrote about The GIVE Center, so I think I kind of nailed it.” Roell, who transferred from Gainesville State College in fall of 2011 knew he wanted to get involved before he even stepped foot on campus. In fact one of the first places he visited upon arrival was the GIVE Center. It seems as if it was also fate that brought him to the campus blood drives. “Blood drives have been where he’s put his leadership skills,” GIVE Center Director Kendall Stiles said. “What he’s managed to do is utilize his marketing skills as well as his passion… and I think that’s why he’s been so successful.” Through Roell’s marketing, he’s managed to significantly increase the donation amount. According to Brian Fern, donor recruitment representative and Roell’s contact at the Red Cross, from 2011 to 2012 the Red Cross brought in 748 pints from the GC blood drives—the year Barrett took over, they brought in 1,268. “A lot of it is just marketing the drive. But it’s also getting volunteers to sign up, getting donors to sign up too, which is crucial, staffing the drive, coordinating with the Red Cross and logistics like temperature and parking,” Roell said. “It normally keeps me pretty busy.” With most students, being heavily involved with one campus group is enough in itself, but Roell doesn’t just stop at his work with the GIVE Center. Roell also works at Sonic Drive-In, T-Bones Nursery, serves on the QEP Communications Committee and the Homecoming Marketing Committee. This dedication to work, campus and community is what Stiles says sets Roell apart. “Barrett stands on his beliefs,” Stiles said. “That’s just part of who he is. He doesn’t want to be good…he wants to be great. ‘Good’ is just not what he’s looking for and he’ll work very hard to be the best.” Just a Drop in the Bucket There’s a constant beat that fills the air in Magnolia Ballroom during any Georgia College blood drive. It drills on between the rhythmic exhales of relief after the first finger prick, and it pulses even during the nervous cadence of laughter coming from students patiently waiting to donate. That beat is Barrett Roell. 21 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 STUDENT PROFILE Stiles also says this kind of attitude is beneficial to not only the GIVE Center, but also to the other student workers and volunteers. According to Roell’s peers, his dedication to service is not only admirable—it’s also infectious. “I think he’s just an example of what one student can actually do because of his passion and drive,” Stiles said. “It’s interesting to see what can actually happen when someone is as dedicated as Barrett.” Maria Lopez, sophomore biology major, is one student who has watched Roell take an expanded leadership role at the GIVE Center. “I think it’s amazing that a single person can do so much,” Lopez said. “I wish I could do all of it like Barrett, but just knowing someone who can do it—it pushes you be better in whatever you’re doing and to really put your heart into it.” Though peers have recognized Barrett, he’s also garnered national recognition. The Daily Point of Light Award, which is given for creating meaningful change in communities across America, was awarded to Roell in 2013. However, a much more personal award is being given to Barrett in April of 2014. The Giving Tree Award, which is given by the GIVE Center each year to only one student, is an honor presented on Earth Day for a student who has left an impact on campus. The GIVE Center plants a tree dedicated to the person, which leaves a lasting legacy. “We know that we’re lucky with the time we have with students,” Stiles said. “But we are comforted by the fact that we know they have left their legacy.” Moving forward, Roell knows he wants to go into marketing, but also knows his background in service will not be forgotten. His experience with blood drives has influenced him to creating and instituting them wherever he might go in the future. When thinking of what type of legacy he wishes to leave at Georgia College, Roell can only think of one word: dedication. “I’m just hoping that the blood drives increase from where they’re at,” Roell said. “I want the next coordinator to be even more motivated than I am and to say, “this is awesome—but we need more.” For Stiles and the GIVE Center, Roell will be remembered for his passion and his legacy with the blood drives—but on a higher note he’ll be remembered for his story. “Barrett doesn’t do things for recognition,” Stiles said. “But he’s learned he can tell a story…it’s suddenly not just about him and what he’s done—it’s about his story.” For more information about the GIVE Center, visit gcsu.edu/give or call 478-445-5700. Visit facebook.com/givecenter and @givecenter to connect with The GIVE Center through social media. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 22 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AND FRIEND S The Georgia College & State University Foundation recognizes Distinguished Alumni and Friends On Saturday, Nov. 16 the Georgia College & State University Foundation hosted its second annual Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends induction ceremony at The Georgian Club in Atlanta. Each year the inductees are selected for their widely regarded and respected professional and personal success, as well as their activity in field of work and their philanthropic endeavors. The Foundation was established in 1960 to receive, manage and administer private gifts in support of the Georgia College & State University mission and priorities. This year the Foundation inducted four professionals into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends: Dr. Amy Amundson-Smith, Dr. Ken Saladin, Anthony “Tony” Tan and Mildred “Millie” West. Dr. Amy Amundson-Smith is a pediatric neuro-oncologist at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children/MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, Fla. Smith graduated from Georgia College in 1993 with a degree in biology and went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia. She completed both her pediatric residency and a pediatric hematology/oncology and neuro-oncology fellowships at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. During her time at Georgia College, Smith was a studentathlete and played basketball under Coach John Carrick. She received the outstanding biology major award in 1992. She also used a partial music scholarship to achieve a music minor in piano. When deciding to pursue a career in medicine, Smith states that a conversation with biology professor Dr. Ken Saladin was a defining moment in her journey. 23 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AND FRIEND S Also while at Georgia College, Smith met her husband, Keith Smith, who graduated with a degree in business and finance. They have been married for 17 years and have an eight-year-old son. Smith was recently named the Peach Belt Conference women’s student-athlete representative for the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team, which was organized to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of NCAA Division II. Dr. Ken Saladin is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Science at Georgia College. Saladin joined the faculty of Georgia College in 1977 and has remained with the institution his entire postgraduate teaching career. He is married to Diane Saladin, a registered nurse and 1978 Georgia College alumna, and together they have two children. Their son Emory received his degree in architectural interior design and daughter Nicole is the director of the coastal environmental education program at North Carolina State University Saladin received his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Michigan State University. Following his undergraduate work, Saladin attended Florida State University where he completed his Ph.D. in parasitology. Saladin’s research centers on the study of human anatomy with three textbooks published on the topic. His first textbook is entitled, “Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function,” which was originally published in 1997. Six editions of the textbook have since been published. Saladin’s second book, entitled “Human Anatomy,” was published in May in its fourth edition. These two books are also published in Italian and Korean. He published the first edition of another textbook, “Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology,” in January 2013. Anthony “Tony” Tan is a 2009 honorary graduate of Georgia College. He received a Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in economics with honors from Western Michigan University and has his Certified Financial Planning (CFP) certification. Early in his career, Tan was founder and CEO of “one of the earliest private-labeled broadband internet and communications services companies.” An entrepreneur and kick-starter of several successful organizations, Tan currently serves as the chairman and CEO of Duvon Corporation in Las Vegas, Nev. Prior career endeavors of Tan included the founding of Zcorum Inc. based out of Alpharetta, Ga., which provides broadband services to broadband service providers. He established the Anthony J. Tan Scholarship at Georgia College, which was created for full-time students majoring in computer information systems. He has served on the Georgia College Board of Trustees as well as the Georgia College J. Whitney Bunting School of Business Advisory Board. Tan has worked with the Georgia College & State University Foundation since 2000 and established the Tony Tan Career in Business fund in 2005. Mildred “Millie” West worked for more than 50 years at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She held several positions including head of the physical education department, head coach of the women’s swimming and tennis teams, associate athletic director and director of special projects for the college. West’s work resulted in the establishment of the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on their campus. She is also the curator and a 1998 inductee of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame at the center. The 1957 graduate of Georgia State College for Women, what is now Georgia College, received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She also received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. West was born in Cedartown, Ga., in 1934. She married the late Dr. Marvin West, a dentist who served the Williamsburg area for more than 43 years. Together they established the Marvin and Millie Endowed Scholarship at the College of William and Mary. In 1988, she received Georgia College’s Alumni Achievement Award. West’s other nonprofit affiliations included serving on the executive committees for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Williamsburg Community. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 24 CL A S S NOTE S 1960s Frances Herron, ’61, recently took a River Boat Cruise down the Danube River. On this trip she visited Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary (photo above.) she serves on the Walter P. Jones Elementary Parent Advisory Council and the Title I Advisory Council. Eric Gay,’79, chief of the Douglasville Probation Office, has retired after more than 30 years with the Georgia Department of Corrections. 1970s Lynne S. Wilcox, ’75, and Leigh Kirkland are co-authors of “Thalassia’s Story.” This children’s book tells the true story of a green sea turtle struck by a boat and left to float in the sea, unable to move her back flippers or dive for food. She was rescued and brought to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Ga. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to support the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Okla. and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island, Ga. The book includes original watercolor illustrations and is designed for reading to children age five to seven. In addition to the story, it provides general information on green sea turtles and the Oklahoma Aquarium, plus a list of other learning resources on sea turtles. Eddye Seabrooks-Langston, ’76, is now retired and living life to the fullest. Cruising is her current passion. She also volunteers in the Bibb County Public School System. This year she will have three grandchildren attending Walter P. Jones Elementary. In addition, 1980s Kelly Mann, ’86, retired Oct. 1, 2013 as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps after more than 20 years of military service. Mann plans to enter a postdoctoral program in Advanced Diagnostic Imaging at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. He is married to Nancy Gilstrap Mann, ‘85. Commander David Snow, ’86, (photo above) United States Navy, transitioned from military service in 2010 following a career as surface warfare officer. He served in a myriad of shipboard assignments on an aircraft carrier, cruisers/destroyers, frigates and an amphibious assault ship. During his military time, he resided in Italy, Japan, Bahrain and numerous stateside locations. His multiple deployments worldwide, both on ships and ashore, include the Balkans, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He also served as an assistant professor of Naval Science at Auburn University, a department chair/associate professor at University of Memphis and Ole Miss and as military faculty at Joint Forces Staff College. He currently serves as an assistant professor at National Defense University in Virginia. He holds an MBA (Auburn University, 93), a MA in Military History (Norwich University, 08) and will complete his EdD in Higher Education Management (UGA) later this year. 1990s Elizabeth Hines, ’90, ’92, recently returned from a trip to Nova Scotia. Pictured above, from left, Elizabeth Hines ’90, ‘92, Shaina McGill ’84, ‘02, Ken McGill and Marianne Edwards at Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia. Carla Burrell Stanford, ’94, was selected as teacher of the year for Decatur City Schools this year (2013.) She is a first grade teacher. Dr. Kendra Russell, ’94, ’00, director of the Macon Graduate Center, graduated from the Higher Education Resource Services, Denver Summer Institute. She was one of 70 women selected from 50 colleges and universities across the country to take part. John Shell, ’95, was recently appointed by the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service as the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee. 25 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 CL A S S NOTE S Bill Lindsey, ’96, ’98, has been named as the county administrator for Candler County. Jeff Houston, ’97, has joined WBMA-TV in Birmingham, Ala. as the assistant news director. Houston has spent the past four years as news director at WTVA-TV in Tupelo, Miss. and previously worked for stations in Norfolk, Jacksonville and Atlanta. Butler Raines, ’99, is one of the team members behind The Bitter Southerner, a web magazine that launched on Aug. 6, 2013. The Bitter Southerner features a new story about the south every Tuesday. bittersoutherner.com. British Columbia. The goal of the camp was to motivate, inspire and provide the campers with information about obtaining college scholarships and the recruiting process. Taylor Sellers, ’07, ’08, is now an associate attorney with the Windward Law Group in Alpharetta, Ga. Julie Black, ’08, joined the faculty of Piedmont Academy in Jasper County. She teaches first grade. Katie Peterson, ’08, has been hired as the marketing and public relations manager for the Marietta Visitors Bureau. Brent A. Evans, ’08, graduated with a Ph.D. in applied economics in August 2013 from Mississippi State University. Evans is now an assistant professor of economics at Dalton State College in Dalton, Ga. Allen Krier, ’09, is now a distributed computer systems specialist at Florida Department of Revenue. Corey Chapman, ’09, was recently promoted to academic counselor in the Office of Student Success and Retention at Bainbridge State College. 2010s William Perry, ’10, has moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he serves as the global head of hotel asset management at Cii Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Alissa Torchia, ’09, is now the event coordinator at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association. Ashton Dreyer, ’10, ’12, is now the assistant show manager for Southern Shows. Zach Mullins, ’11, has won one of the most prestigious awards in the radio industry, the Radio Wayne Award, presented each year by “Radio Ink Magazine.” Mullins was nominated in the Digital Specialist of the Year category and was awarded this top honor on Sept.18 at the 2013 Radio Show in Orlando presented by the NAB and RAB. Meredith Carpenter, ’11, (photo above) has graduated with her Masters in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and now works on the White Mountain Apache reservation in Arizona. Maxwell Pichan, ’12, is now working as a behavioral marketing automation specialist in Atlanta, Ga. 2000s Tracie Doe, ’00, has been appointed as the new West Cobb area assistant superintendent by the Cobb County Board of Education Jeff Bodiford, ’05, has joined the Athens office of Cornelia-based Community Bank & Trust as vice president and commercial lender. Adam Edge, ’05, ’08, is now the downtown and business development manager for the city of Suwannee, Ga. Joni Frei, ’05, (photo above) hosted a five-day Beyond the White Lines Softball Camp in August 2013 in Kelowna, Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 26 CL A S S NOTE S Dominique Huffin, ’12, ’13, is now coaching the girls junior varsity basketball team Gatewood schools in Eatonton, Ga. Josh Bell, ’12, has been named the library manager at the Eatonton Library. Brittany Henderson McClure, ’12, and Jacob McClure met while in school at Georgia College and were recently married at Crooked Pines Farm in Eatonton, Ga. Joshua Kitchens, ’05, married Steven McGinty on June 8, 2013 in Washington D.C. Jamie Whitehead Bennett, ’07, and Michael Bennett welcomed their first child, John Dawson, on June 8, 2013. Ansley Claire Winslette Kornegay, ’07, and Parker Allen Kornegay were married Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Eatonton, Ga. Jennifer Cope Chastain, ’00, and Matt Chastain, along with big sister Copelyn, welcomed Emily Ree Chastain to their family on Oct. 12, 2013. Ryan Milford, ’05, and Erin Slingsby Milford, ’07, welcomed their daughter Emily Marcel Milford on Aug. 26, 2013. Zach Mullins, ’11, and Elizabeth Gant, ’11, got engaged on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Swan House in Atlanta (photo above.) Mullins and Gant began dating during their time at Georgia College. Events “Remember When” Reunion: On Sept. 14, 2013 Doris Floyd Mann, ’71, and Carol Duncan McMillan, ’73, hosted a reunion for classmates from the classes of ’70- ’75 (photo above.) The reunion’s Golden Slipper theme brought back many memories from the Royal-Irish and Thunderphant days. Those in attendance received CD copies of the Golden Slipper from ’69,’70, and ’71, and dimes with their class year. During lunch, many traditions were relived, including the singing of the Alma Mater.” said McMillan. The group also toured campus by buses. Many classmates brought memorabilia to donate to Georgia College. For information or assistance in hosting a reunion, contact the Alumni Office at 478-445-5771 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Weddings, Anniversaries, Engagements and Births Sara Carthryn Capers, ’06, and Brian Grooms, ’07, were married on Dec. 14, 2013 at the Old Historical Courthouse on the Square in Decatur. Emily Genel Biemiller, ’09, was married to Ryan Michael Fortney on Aug. 10, 2013. The couple exchanged their vows on St. Simon’s Island, Ga. Biemiller is presently completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Paige Price Madden, ‘08, and Andrew Madden, ‘06, ‘07, welcomed their first daughter, Mollie Elizabeth, on July 15, 2013, weighing 7 lbs,7 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. They live in Brunswick, Ga. Kristin Strickland and Thomas Andris,’10, were married on May 19, 2013 at Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 27 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 CL A S S NOTE S In Memoriam *Mary Anne Spear Sturdivant, *Rosalyn Medlin Lyle, *Edward Sibilsky, *Mary Wall Hardie, Harvey Wilson, Mary Butts Jordan, ‘28 Laura Gibson Purvis, ‘29 Hester McCamy Crawley, ‘31 Merle Smith Freeman, ‘31 Mary Gibson Baker, ‘32 Marian Power Ross ‘33 Frances Laird Latimer, ‘33 Thelma Lawrence Towler, ‘33 Esther Barron Crandall, ‘34 Julia Bailey Jones, ‘34 Mary Simmons Adams, ‘35 Sara Davidson McDonald, ‘35 Irma Cone Moody, ‘36 Caroline Ridley Howard, ‘36 Olive Martin Hall, ‘36 Adelia Park Linnemann, ‘36 Katherin Walters Walters, ‘37 Ruth Butts Coley, ‘37 Anne Morgan Cashion, ‘37 Frances Treadwell Flynt, ‘37 Ala Brewton Russell, ‘37 Sara Bell Bridges, ‘38 Lucy Caldwell van Stirum, ‘38 Nelle Quarterman Pinson, ‘38 Sybil Fraker Whiteside, ‘38 Sarabelle Montford Pipkin, ‘38 Mary Kelly Chambers, ‘39 Clementine Lord Purcell, ‘39 Florence Smith Akin, ‘39 Iris Dukes All, ‘39 Nelle Mizelle Tracy, ‘39 Frances Jones Feuer, ‘39 Louise Minder Pruitt-Symes, ‘39 Theresa Cline Klein, ‘39 *Catherine Wright Williams, ‘39 Claudine Hutchins Hill, ‘40 Wyleen Jolley Corbett, ‘40 Grace Brown Martin, ‘40 Charlotte Nolan Goodin, ‘40 Marion Culpepper Whiddon,’41 Elizabeth Borders Ballenger, ‘41 Mildred Purdom Morris, ‘41 Rhudene Hardegree Gullage, ‘41 Mary Walden Warren, ‘41 Evelyn DeVane Wilson, ‘41 Marie Marchman Whitaker, ‘41 Grace Smith Girone, ‘42 Martha Colvin Wynne, ‘42 Nelle Craft Hayes, ‘42 Helen Granade Woodbury, ‘42 Olivia Schramm Hutchison,’ 42 Mary Ellen Flatt Parker, ‘42 Patty Cheney Nix, ‘42 Mary Clark Bowers, ‘42 Lucia Rooney Karnes, ‘42 Hazel Bedgood Metts, ‘43 Louise Barlow Liddell, ‘43 Kathryn Hall Arnold, ‘43 Rebecca Mulligan, ‘43 Mary Fiveash Severance, ‘43 Lila Tanner Paulk, ‘43 Clara Smith Taylor, ‘43 Marguerite Threadgill Allgood, ‘43 Ruth Nutting Wilkes, ‘43 Hilda Pop Willett, ‘44 Edna Whelchel Cannon, ‘44 Nina Crow Waters ‘44 Jane Hall Cox, ‘44 *Annie Wall Griffeth, ‘44 Lucille McCann Benton, ‘44 Lola Hubert Williams, ‘44 Martha Zachary Davis, ‘44 Nora Moorhead Baker, ‘45 Gloria Stone, ‘45 Besse Saye McFarland, ‘45 Jackie Cromartie Odom, ‘45 Laurelle Hardman Hampton, ‘45 Kathryne Arrington Jones, ‘45 Catherine Dupree Rainey, ‘45 Rosa Malone Wren, ‘46 Virginia Olsen Horton, ‘46 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 28 CL A S S NOTE S In Memoriam (cont’d) Evelyn Stanton Collier, ‘46 Evelyn Walden Farmer, ‘46 Martha Clark, ‘46 Harriet Harlan, ‘47 Millicent Turner Griffith, ‘47 Irene Dysart Baugh, ‘47 Faye Dunaway, ‘47 Anne Carson Weldon, ‘47 Merle Chason Bearden, ‘47 Frances Johnson Strouse, ‘47 Elizabeth Richardson Harrington, ‘48 Gretchen Waldrep Corum, ‘48 Elizabeth Jackson Hinkle, ‘48 Lillian McDonald Tisdale, ‘48 Patricia Carter Register, ‘48 Sara McMurry Barnes, ‘49 Frances Coleman Moore, ‘49 Margaret Peterson Minter, ‘49 Ann Mitchell White, ‘49 Argent Herrington Carr, ‘49 Emily Trapnell Manning, ‘50 Betty Allen Witman, ‘50 Meriam McCollough Shelnutt, ‘51 Lena McCleskey Rabun, ‘52 Martha Thompson Jones, ‘52 Betty Queen White-Stewart, ‘52 Frances Mason Sheppard, ‘52 Eleanor Amoss Roberts, ‘53 Jane Butler Dunahoo, ‘53 Theresa Reed Richardson, ‘53 Rebecca Groves Daneman, ‘53 Dorothy Durrence Simmons, ‘53 Emma Cawley Maffett, ‘54 Nancy White Sanders, ‘54 Eleanor Dunahoo Smith, ‘54 *Lillian Hornsby Jones, ‘55 Margaret Fields, ‘55 Margaret Hardie Gorham, ‘56 Sylvia Roberts Johnson, ‘57 Janice Butler Turner, ‘58 Jean Weston Lark, ‘59 Frances Canady McNeely, ‘59 Nell Washburn Bierman, ‘59 Belinda Anderson Daniels, ‘59 Elpinikie Parris, ‘60 Peggy Eubanks Salvesen, ‘60 Polly Edwards Johnson, ‘60 Christine Culpeppers McGoogan, ‘61 Helen Underwood Fulghum, ‘61 Donnis Bagwell Terry, ‘61 Cotele Harrell Prance, ‘61 Dorothy Slade Horne, ‘61 Maxine Williams, ‘62 Dorothy Carr Myers, ‘62 Marielle Glenn Hartsfield, ‘62 Carolyn Adams Wyne, ’63 Frances McCormick, ‘63 Faye Tanner Barr, ‘63 Kathleen Hodges, ‘64 Myrajean Daniel Ford, ‘64 Bettye Gibbs Millians, ‘65 Jessie Jackson Cox, ‘66 Beth Taylor Jordan, ‘66 Katherine Brooks Drake, ‘67 Jean Cobb Kent, ‘67 Mary Davis Ellison, ‘68 Dollean Ballard Daymude, ’68 Betty Willingham, ‘68 Anne Hill Hamby, ‘70 Justine Davis, ‘71 Angeline Newby Moore, ‘71 Patricia Carroll, ‘71 Marilyn Sikes, ‘71 Albert Radford, ‘71 Diane Allmon Grogan, ‘73 Robert Hutchins, ‘74 Clifton Orr, ‘74 Mildred Kirkpatrick, ‘75 Leamon Rooks, ‘75 Homer Tharpe, ‘75 Albert Braswell, ‘75 David Stone, ‘76 Sharon Mackey Maddox, ‘76 James Ayers, ‘77 Earl Bowen , ‘77 Debra Diana Brett, ‘78 29 Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 CL A S S NOTE S Carol Ribbink Kennedy, ‘79 Jeff Marshall, ‘79 Michael Gibson, ‘79 Ralph Bissonette, ‘80 Vickie Wille Durden, ‘80 Michael Debatt, ‘80 Ralph Hok, ‘80 Clifford Goad, ‘80 Samuel Ward, ‘81 Terry Jump, ‘81 Michael Dykes, ‘81 Aubrey Jones, ‘82 Mary Spear Barton, ‘83 Diane DiMartino Malphurs, ‘83 Theresa Larkin Quinn, ‘84 Cindy Wright Hornsby, ‘84 Mary McCallum Johnson, ‘85 Debra Newberry Amason, ‘85 Martha Day Stevens, ‘85 Leslie Hall Lorenz, ‘88 Linda Eaterly, ‘88 Samuel Goggin, ‘89 Cheryl Fuller East, ‘89 Derak Bynes, ‘90 Naomi Price Clark, ‘90 Samuel Patrie, ‘94 Cynthia Slaughter Peek, ‘95 Florence Holland Hadden, ‘96 Jodi Graham Hadden, ‘97 Matt Abel, ‘98 Mary Mullen Guidendon, ‘99 Erin Semple Morrarty, ‘03 Kyle Wester, ‘10 *Peabody School Alumni Disclaimer: The following list is of deceased alumni that the college has been made aware of since 7/15/12. Georgia College Connection | Winter 2014 30 University Communications CBX 97 Milledgeville, GA 31061 gcsu.edu/alumni Georgia College is Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university, combining the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Take Care of the People and Causes You Care Most About Creating a will is an important way to extend your love, care, generosity and gratitude to family, friends and the charitable causes you care most about. It is estimated that approximately 60 percent of U.S. adults don’t have a will. It’s understandable: No one likes to think about their own death, much less plan for it. A lot of folks think they don’t have enough money to need one, and perhaps the whole thing seems too time-consuming, difficult or even mysterious. If you die without a will, your estate will be divided according to the laws in the state where you live. This process for passing on your assets may be very different from what you had wished. Regardless of your age or financial situation, a will can ensure your wishes will be followed. A charitable bequest works for anyone who would like to support Georgia College in the future. Because you can change your mind at any time and make your gift in relative proportion to bequests to family and friends, this type of gift has universal appeal. We have a comprehensive website that can help answer many of the questions you may have about wills and other estate plans, located at gcsu.edu/plannedgiving. For more information or to schedule a personal visit, contact Elizabeth Hines at 478-445-1944 or email@example.com.