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Letter from the President ommencement culminates the academic year and provides a line of demarcation as our talented students cross the threshold into alumni status. We salute their achievements and expectantly await the news of their lives post-Georgia College. Our alumni ever are our ambassadors and emissaries to the world at large, and while we will miss their presence and participation here, we are eager to see their marks upon the greater society at large.


This issue of Connection acknowledges the marks that several of our alumni are making upon our greater society – from a gift by a delightful octogenarian to Georgia College that will greatly enhance the experience of future students, to a science graduate who entered the medical field and played a significant role in disease prevention, to a soldier who brings a little fun to refugee children in Afghanistan.

CONNECTION Spring 2010, Vol. XIX, No. 2 Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Published by University Communications A Division of University Advancement

President Dorothy Leland Vice President for External Relations and University Advancement Amy Amason

President Dorothy Leland

This issue of Connection also profiles an outstanding member of our faculty--Bill McDaniel. Dr. McDaniel is internationally known as a researcher, and he has spent 33 years at Georgia College developing young minds and leading a number of them into the same profession. He is a respected role model and an exemplar of the teaching and mentoring that make Georgia College a destination of choice for students who seek a challenging and supportive learning environment.

Speaking of faculty, members of the faculty at Georgia College have created academic programs that have garnered national recognition for their distinctiveness and excellence. We have profiled six of these programs for you in a special supplement and also on the university web pages (, which include more program information and even video interviews with the faculty. We are proud of the accomplishments of our faculty in these and other areas, and grateful for their commitment to actively engaging students in processes of analysis, discovery and creation. As always, this issue of Connection also includes items of information about what’s new at Georgia College. We’ve included stories about the renovation and adaptive re-use of the Campus Theatre, Parks Nursing and Health Sciences, and Herty Hall. We’ve let you know about new academic programs, and, of course, we have bragged a bit about our intercollegiate athletics program, which continues to earn high marks in the classroom as well as in sports competitions. Despite the state’s struggling economy and the deep budget cuts we have absorbed as a result, I hope that this issue of Connection demonstrates that Georgia College continues to fulfill its mission as the state’s designated public liberal arts university by providing an academic environment typical of esteemed private colleges at a more affordable public university price. We appreciate the support of our alumni and friends, which is more critical now than ever before. We are building a strong future by extending and reinventing the best of the distinguished past of Georgia College. Thank you for being a part of that process.


Dorothy Leland

Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications Harry Battson Director of Alumni Relations Herbert Agnew, ’04 Editor Judy Bailey Writers Judy Bailey Anna Bryson Candace Morrow Rick Nolte Jen Pirkle Al Weston Photography Tim Vacula, ’86 Cover Martha Daniel Newell ’42

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Purple Gloves Take Georgia College by Storm

Student volunteers receive top community service award

If you’ve been near Georgia College’s campus in the last month or so, chances are pretty good that you’ve seen lots of students wearing purple gloves and dancing around enthusiastically in front of a camera. So what’s the deal with this purple-handed dance craze? Just ask the girl with the camera in her hand, senior psychology major Jaquie Beute. “The Purple Glove Dance was made in an effort to raise awareness and donations for support of Relay For Life!” Jaquie explained when she posted her video of the dance on Youtube. “The students, faculty, and staff of Georgia College & State University put on their purple gloves and danced for the cure, and the Milledgeville community got behind the project Jaquie Beute and showed their support as well.” The idea for the Purple Glove Dance started with the staff of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., who filmed themselves dancing around their hospital wearing pink gloves to raise breast cancer awareness. When Jaquie saw it, she decided she wanted to do something similar for a good cause. “I work in the GIVE Volunteer Center,” said Jaquie, “and we found a box of purple gloves. I thought, ‘Maybe I could use those.’” Jaquie discovered an online contest with the very same idea, sponsored by Cause Keepers and Each Purple Glove Dance video entered in the contest is backed by a Relay for Life team, and the winning team with the most Youtube video views by midnight on July 31 will be presented with a check made out to the American Cancer Society for at least $5,000.

By Candace Morrow

To watch the video and help Georgia College and Jaquie win the $5,000 for Relay for Life, visit

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The Corporation for National and Community Service named Georgia College & State University as one of 12 Georgia institutions to receive its annual Honor Roll award. “The national honor is a significant acknowledgement of our involvement and an incentive for us to increase our community engagement and impact,” said Dr. Bruce Harshbarger, Georgia College Vice President for Student Affairs. “Georgia College is much involved in service to our local community.” The university has created and participated in many service projects: Hands On Milledgeville Georgia College students work with developmentally disabled adults through the campus’s Life Enrichment Center, which is also responsible for producing a local Special Olympics program and the “Kids on the Block” troupe—life-sized puppets who each speak with youth groups about disabilities. They have formed the Survivor Buddies organization. Working alongside the Georgia Cancer Specialists, this 40-group program assists hospitals behind the scenes through simple deeds like making care packages, building patients a garden and offering friendship and family support. Students extend their support through helping out at cost-free cancer resource center Harriet’s Closet. YES Georgia College has partnered with local schools and parks to help maintain afterschool programming. Backed by a Georgia Department of Education grant, The Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Afterschool Program permits the university to offer high-quality enrichment instruction to 725 “at-risk” elementary, middle and high school youth. CATS The Community Action Team for Service (CATS) is designed to aid Georgia College’s Academic Outreach programs. Made up of students spanning a range of majors, CATS contributors plan and implement positive educational experiences for Baldwin County and surrounding county children based on needs and desires of each group. CATS Director Ruth Eilers says the team’s mission is twofold—promoting a passion for learning while having fun. “Academic Outreach provides the CATS students the opportunities to hone leadership skills and develop activities specific to their majors,” said Eilers.

University to offer new degrees

Creative Writing Senior Christine Davis (front right) works with Early College students on their writing skills.

Early College students enjoy creative writing The seventh graders wandered across the open field, meandered around the pond and watched peacocks and peahens frolic. They toured the old farmhouse. Quietly, almost reverently, they peered into the bedroom where a writer penned her works. The GCSU Early College students absorbed creative energy for their own writing from a recent field trip to Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia. “Remember that you are standing where one of the great American authors used to stand,” said Craig Amason, executive director of Andalusia. “She got much of her inspiration from her experience outdoors.” For an hour each Friday the seventh graders concentrate on writing. Under the watchful eyes and reassuring smiles of 12 Georgia College undergraduate creative writing majors, these students learn to express themselves through short stories and poetry. In the spring, the students publish their original works in The Peacock’s Feather. The weekly creative writing workshop is one of the most important programs for Early College students, according to principal Camille Tyson. “It gives our students a voice and lets them know their voice is important,” Tyson said. “It provides interaction between our students and Georgia College students who act as great role models.” The program also benefits Georgia College creative writing majors, providing hands-on teaching experience and mentorship opportunities. “It gives undergraduates an opportunity to learn what it would be like to become teachers themselves,” said Dr. Allen Gee, assistant professor of English and Creative Writing. “It’s a great learning experience for our students.” Ths year’s graduate assistants, Ashley Emmert and Valerie Wayson, are problem solvers and guides. Emmert, who served with AmeriCorp, says her two years working with the students has been beneficial. “The first year you get to know the program and support it in the best way you can,” she said. “The second year it’s your show.”

Georgia College & State University introduced two new programs into its academic fold for 2010. Now, students can consider Liberal Arts Master of Business Administration and Geography Bachelor of Arts as degree options. The Liberal Arts M.B.A. is the first of its kind to exclusively recruit students who hold non-business baccalaureate degrees. It is similar to the traditional M.B.A. program but with an infusion of liberal arts philosophy, including small class sizes, close interaction between instructors and students, and a focus on social awareness and responsibility. It provides a tool kit for management, including concepts and principles from fundamental business principles. Candidate recruitment for its first cohort of 20 to 25 students begins Summer semester 2010. By the end of this spring semester, though, the bachelor’s degree in geography should be available to students. The university is recruiting majors through the summer to begin 2010’s Fall semester. Dr. Doug Oetter, associate professor of geography, said that the degree will focus primarily on global connections and local commitments, and serve the mission of Georgia College by promoting global awareness and international connections. He said, “We encourage our students to travel to other countries and continents, and then bring back with them ideas on how to improve living conditions in the rural South.”

Saladin textbook tops sales charts By Brittini Collins Dr. Kenneth Saladin, professor of Biological and Environment Sciences at Georgia College, has topped the charts with his No. 1 selling textbook Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 5th edition. Saladin, who has taught at GCSU since 1977, received a McGraw-Hill award for Revision of the Year in the science, engineering and mathematics division and was recognized as McGraw-Hill’s best-selling college textbook in the division. The first Anatomy & Physiology: The Dr. Ken Saladin Unity of Form and Function took Saladin four years and seven months to write and more than a year to revise. He not only writes the text for the books, but also plans the illustrations and concepts for the artwork. Saladin’s textbook is used in colleges and universities all over the world including India, Malaysia, Iraq and Australia. Saladin credits his firsthand experience in the classroom to the creation of ways to explain concepts more clearly. His annual study abroad trips to the Galapagos Islands also serve as inspiration. Part of the royalties Saladin receives from the sale of his textbooks is used to help fund the trip, as well as conservation projects, grants and scholarships for Georgia College students.

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Business college attracts new dean Leland named among ‘100 Most Influential Georgians’ Georgia College & State University President Dorothy Leland has been named among Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians.” The magazine’s annual Dr. Dorothy Leland distinction named the state’s most powerful and influential citizens, drawn from business, industry, government, politics, education, science and the arts, according to Georgia Trend. The magazine described Leland in its January 2010 edition as “presiding over Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university, which has an annual regional impact of $154 million. “Her focus on building quality is reflected in the school’s academic competitiveness, growth in undergraduate research and study abroad, and in the creation of specialized educational facilities, like a natural history museum, planetarium, museum of fine arts and the Center for Graduate and Professional Learning in Macon,” the magazine stated. Leland was among good company in the ranking alongside Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Attorney General Thurbert Baker, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis, several other university presidents, U.S. senators and congressmen, corporate presidents and state senators. Also named to the most influential Georgians list were Georgia College alumnus Mike Garrett ‘76, President/ CEO of Georgia Power Company; alumnus Chris Clark ‘97, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Natural Resources; and Georgia College Foundation Trustee Charles Tarbutton, Assistant Vice President of Sandersville Railroad Company.


Dr. Matthew A. Liao-Troth, chair of the Department of Management at Western Washington University, becomes dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, effective July 1. “Dr. Liao-Troth’s education and professional experiences are wellaligned with the institution's values and our liberal arts mission,” said Provost Sandra Jordan. “His background in liberal arts, track-record related to building partnerships with business and industry, and his dedication to community engagement make him particularly well-suited for Dr. Matthew this important leadership role at Georgia College.” A. Liao-Troth “I am extremely excited to join the leadership team of Georgia College.” Liao-Troth said. “The Bunting College of Business is a national leader for business degree programs grounded in a liberal arts education. Unlike many business schools out there the College does not merely train students for jobs; they educate men and women for complex careers as business and civic leaders. The students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are accomplishing amazing things, and I look forward to contributing to the success of the College.” Liao-Troth said he looks forward to integrating the College of Business undergraduate “experience more strongly into the liberal arts mission of the university, the inauguration of our Liberal Arts MBA degree program, and growing our graduate programs in Macon and Warner Robins. We also will be more engaged with our alumni and friends in the greater Atlanta area in the coming years.” He is working with Interim Dean Dr. Dale Young and the college faculty and staff to prepare for his arrival on July 1. Dr. Young has served as interim dean since the resignation of former dean, Dr. Faye Gilbert, in July 2008. Prior to chairing the management department at Western Washington, Liao-Troth served as graduate programs director and director of the MBA programs. He was formerly on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and DePaul University in Chicago. He earned his doctorate and MS degrees in management at the University of Arizona, an MBA at San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Department of Music names new chair Dr. Victor W. Vallo Jr., chair of the Department of Music and music director/conductor of the Wind Symphony for Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, becomes chair of the Georgia College & State University Department of Music, effective July 12. “We are eager to have Dr. Vallo as the new department chair and director of the Georgia College Concert Band,” said Ken Procter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “He has taught a broad range of courses, including conducting, trumpet, brass, strings and music education.” Dr. Victor W. Vallo, Jr. “Georgia College has always impressed me as a progressive and wellrespected liberal arts university with a dynamic and comprehensive music department,” Vallo said. “I have a number of friends in higher education in Georgia who have spoken favorably about Georgia College, so the university has been on my radar for some time with hopes of being a part of its synergy.” While his musical and administrative experience will benefit Georgia College, Vallo said his “people experience” would also. “We teach people, and music is the medium through which we teach. My philosophy is one of advocacy and has always been ‘students first, faculty and staff always!’” Vallo earned a doctorate in music education, with an emphasis in conducting, from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in music history and analysis from George Washington University. He spent many years as a band officer in the U.S. Army, stationed at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Va., and in Germany. Vallo succeeds Dr. Todd Shiver, who served as music department interim chair since 2008, and has accepted a similar position at Central Washington University. Shiver has taught at Georgia College for the past 20 years.

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Psychology’s Dr. Bill McDaniel Retires By Candace Morrow ll numbers have some significant meaning. Take the Number 33: It’s how many motion pictures Elvis Presley appeared in; the year in which Newsweek magazine first published; the age of Michelangelo when he began work on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling; and, according to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, a hobbit’s coming-of-age. Much closer to home, though, is that 33 also is the number of years that Dr. Bill McDaniel has taught psychology at Georgia College, as he prepares to say farewell. “He is the closest thing to a rock star to us around here,” said Dr. Lee Gillis, chair and professor of the Department of Psychology. Joining the Georgia College’s program in 1977, McDaniel has worked with thousands of talented students during that 33-year tenure. McDaniel’s students have participated in everything from animal husbandry to surgery to behavioral data collection, all the way up to the final analysis of tissue. He makes sure his students are well-trained. “These kids we have leaving are so gifted,” said McDaniel. “A good many of them have gotten full stipends—roughly $22,000 worth—to attend graduate school.” Student collaboration on publications is something McDaniel says he is going to miss upon his June 30 retirement. To date, 52 of his 54 published papers were accomplished while working at Georgia College, and 41 included university students as coauthors. Likewise, 62 of his 63 professional paper presentations were completed at the university with 47 of those coauthored by students. “The most exciting times have been analyzing data with students, and at the end of the study, watching them get that ‘A-ha, Idid-it look.’” Well before becoming a highly respected psychology professor, McDaniel entered Duke University on a swimming scholarship in 1969. Specializing in freestyle and butterfly, he won varsity letters during his freshman and sophomore years. Academically, he swam from biomedical engineering to psychology. “I fell in love with biological psychology,” McDaniel said, and obtained a master’s degree from Appalachian State University before earning his doctorate from the University of Georgia, where he fell “in love with a lady named Sheryl. We just celebrated our 35th marriage anniversary.” Less than a week after defending his doctorial dissertation, he was teaching at Georgia College. Dr. John F. Lindsay, former student and current Georgia College faculty member, had been out of school for 10 years when he entered one of McDaniel’s courses in 1980. “I took his physiological psychology class that happened to be a combined undergraduate/graduate class,” Lindsay said. “The graduate students were required to present part of a chapter. After my presentation, he told me I should think about becoming a professor since I could explain complex topics in a way students could


Dr. Bill McDaniel, professor of psychology, has decided to leave the classroom after 33 years at Georgia College

understand. That suggestion changed my life. Since then, we’ve worked together for 27 years.” “I’ve known McDaniel since 1986, and he is one of the friendliest people I have met,” Gillis said. “Little did I ever know, he was also one of the foremost researchers on rat brains in the United States. As evidenced by the number of times he has won our Excellence in Research/Publication Award, he is a research machine.” Research aside, McDaniel intends to continue in private practice as a clinical neuropsychologist, which he started back in 2001. With 33 years of Georgia College memories behind him, McDaniel said, “The next 33-plus years will be filled with nothing but hobbies. Of course, that may include kayaking and occasionally swimming when I flip over.” In honor of Bill McDaniel’s retirement, Georgia College is establishing an endowed scholarship to support undergraduate student research. An anonymous donor has generously stepped forward with a challenge gift pledging to match the first $25,000 raised dollar for dollar. This challenge gift will be in effect until September 1 and all pledges can be paid over a 12 month period. Take advantage of the opportunity to double your impact by visiting■

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Martha Daniel Newell leaves million dollar legacy Establishing visiting scholars program to benefit students Martha Daniel Newell, ‘42, brings the quaint hillside village to life. Using broad strokes and vibrant, energizing colors, she cast the yellow and orange Italian village against the purple mountainside and sky. She sketches clouds and shadows before putting down her brush to analyze her work. “I’m more the renegade artist,” she said. “While everyone around me uses precise strokes and muted colors, I’m the loudest one in the class. I go for the zest with bold colors. You paint the way you feel.” The Georgia College alumna approaches her weekly watercolor class the same way she lives life — with optimism, passion and a yearning to learn. “Life is like painting with watercolors – it’s full of surprises,” she said. “It can run and do things after you’ve finished. You don’t always know until later what you’ve done.” The 1942 alumna’s desire to improve the minds and lives of others led her to make the single largest individual gift in the history of Georgia College. Her $1 million donation will pave the way for visiting scholars to enrich students’ experiences at the university. The gift came after she watched Georgia College’s transformation during the past six decades from a women’s college to a regional co-ed college to the state’s designated public liberal arts university. “What a transformation!” she said. “I started paying attention to the school as it became a liberal arts university. Then I began to see Georgia College mentioned in U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s as a university to watch.” Mrs. Newell knew she wanted to take part and offer expanded opportunities for students at Georgia College. “Establishing a visiting scholar’s program really appealed to me,” she said. “I can see real value, in say, a Shakespearean scholar coming to work with faculty for a year.” Newell’s gift will benefit the university in perpetuity, said Georgia College President Dorothy Leland. “The Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Scholar will be a prestigious appointment designed to attract top scholars in their fields and also elevate the academic profile of Georgia College and its liberal arts disciplines.” Scholars will be selected from the arts, humanities, social sciences and physical sciences – the traditional disciplines of a liberal arts college and at the heart of a public liberal arts mission.


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Mrs. Martha Newell Daniel and her daughters met with President Dorothy Leland during their recent visit to campus. From left are Patti Williams, Dr. Leland, Mrs. Newell, Scottie Slater and Meg Gottwald.

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Mrs. Martha Newell and her friends, Mrs. Miriam Jones Chamberlain and Jean Stewart Jones, enjoy a reunion on the Georgia College campus where they first met 72 years earlier.

“College Years” In a personal memoir, Mrs. Newell reflects on her GSCW years. e weren’t allowed to ride in cars with boys. So our social life was rather restricted. We could go to dances at GMC under heavy chaperonage, and we had a couple of “free” weekends each semester when we could be away. Otherwise our dates had to be on campus dancing in the rec halls or walking or sitting on one of the many benches around. We had a night watchman to check on our behavior. I was a class officer my freshman year and a winner in the “Miss Charming Smile” contest, also was in a movie-star lookalike contest, looking like Olivia DeHaviland or Andrea Leeds. Didn’t study much but managed to make decent grades. During my sophomore year I was a class officer and had many dates with boys at Emory, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia and occasionally at Mercer University. Music in the late thirties and forties was wonderful – at least for the teenage and college crowds. I remember once at a University of Georgia dance hearing Frank Sinatra sing when he was just a skinny kid with a good voice. My junior year I was elected a student government officer, so my political career continued. I had decided to major in Home Economics – a grave mistake? What I should have majored in was French or Library Science. But hindsight is better than foresight. I did live in the “Practice House” one semester, plan and cook meals, etc., though I think I could have picked this up on my own at some point. My senior year I was elected president of the student body. This new duty consumed even more of my time away from my studies so I never got any scholastic honors. On December 7th of that year, our world spun off in a different direction when suddenly the Japanese destroyed our naval fleet at Pearl Harbor and World War II began. All of our boyfriends, brothers, cousins and even some uncles and fathers were suddenly called into service. ■


At 88, Mrs. Newell maintains her zest for life and learning. She takes classes, plays bridge and dines with her friends and neighbors each evening. She stretches and exercises in an indoor pool four days a week and spends her afternoons playing, by ear, big band swing pieces on her grand piano. She admits she never learned to read music. “I’m not a trained musician,” she said. “Music has never interfered with my playing.” Every night she tunes into “The Charlie Rose Show” to keep up with world events and sharpen her mind. A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Newell chose Georgia State College for Women because her mother, Myrtice Johnson Daniel, was a 1912 graduate of Georgia Normal & Industrial College, the university’s original name. Newell was well prepared for the academic challenges. “I studied so hard in high school that my classes were easy for me compared to other girls,” Newell said. “I was there to improve my mind, and that’s what I did.” Mrs. Newell lived in Bell Hall and Sanford Hall, and served as president of the Student Government Association while earning a degree in home economics. She met Samuel W. Newell Jr. at an Atlanta Symphony performance and married the Georgia Tech graduate in 1943. As the wife of a military man, she watched her pennies and moved across the country. The night before Mr. Newell was to begin a doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he told his wife he had a calling to the ministry. “You can image my surprise. I thought I had married an English teacher,” Mrs. Newell said. “I had to give up all my vices overnight to become a minister’s wife. I think I did a pretty good job.” Dr. Newell’s Presbyterian ministry took them to a small church in South Carolina and then to Davidson College in North Carolina where he served 1,200 male students. “It was a wonderful experience,” Mrs. Newell said. “We spent a lot of time with our girls on the campus. But when the oldest turned 13, it was time to move the girls away from all those men.” The family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where Dr. Newell served River Bend Presbyterian Church for 15 years. The daughters attended Presbyterian-

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Mrs. Newell enjoys creating vivid waterpaintings.

Playing cards with friends is a regular part of Mrs. Newell’s routine.

sponsored Collegiate School where the grandchildren followed and Dr. Newell served as a trustee. Now, Mrs. Newell’s two great-granddaughters are enrolled at the prestigious private school for this coming fall. The Newells were married for 58 years before his death in 2001. Philanthropy is not new to the Newell family. Using money from the sale of family property, Mrs. Newell has enriched the lives of students at Union Theological Seminary and the Collegiate School in Richmond and Davidson College as well as at Georgia College. She also supports cancer research at the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia

Always on the go, Mrs. Newell plays the piano with fervor.

Commonwealth University in honor of her 35year-old grandson, Carrington, who has a brain tumor. Mrs. Newell returned to Georgia College for her 50th class reunion in 1992. She made a second trip to the university last fall with her three daughters – Patti Williams, Scottie Slater and Meg Gottwald, who all live in Richmond. “I wanted to show my daughters where Mom went to school,” she said. “I think the girls have learned a lot about their mother during recent years.” Also accompanying her on the visit was a niece, Barbara, from Macon and two of her 1942 classmates, Miriam Jones Chamberlain of Newborn, Ga., and Jean Stewart Jones of Greensboro, Ga. Friends for 72 years, their fond memories of Georgia College and their enduring friendship prompted a spontaneous vocal rendition of the French National Anthem, La Marsallais, in perfect French, during a luncheon for the visitors hosted by President Leland. During this visit, Mrs. Newell met with Dr. Leland and finalized her plans for the donation to establish the Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Scholar Endowment. “I wanted to do something for the university that would offer a little extra to the students, and I wanted to do something for myself,” she said. “I often wonder what Sam would think about all that I’ve done. I think he would be proud.” “Endowments are lasting legacies to the donor and to the college,” noted President Leland. “We are grateful recipients of this generous gift that will impact students and faculty for years to come.” ■

Mrs. Martha Daniel Newell and Sam Newell as newlyweds, December, 1943.

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Global Connection Bobcat Athletics sends flyer discs to Afghanistan recent chance meeting in a Milledgeville business turned into an opportunity for the Georgia College & State University Department of Athletics to aid refugees in Afghanistan. When Steve Barsby, Georgia College head tennis coach and assistant athletic director, struck up a conversation with Russell Bloodworth in the sporting goods section of a local store, he learned that Bloodworth was looking for sports equipment to package and send to Kabul, Afghanistan, where his son, Neal, is stationed, helping with refugee efforts. Sports items keep the Afghan refugee children active and healthy while bringing joy at a frightening time, Bloodworth told Barsby, who thought of flyer discs that athletics had purchased this season. As promotional items, the discs are flung into the stands to excite Georgia College fans during games. Barsby saw a bigger purpose for the give-away items and agreed to supply Bloodworth with 50 of the discs with the Bobcat logo imprint. Packed and sent to Afghanistan, the flyer discs were distributed to youngsters in mid-February in Barek Aub, a village of 600 refugee families where Neal Bloodworth ‘86 is Base Support Group Commander for the Headquarters of the International Security Assistance Forces. “We had to show the children how to throw the frisbees but, I suspect, next time we go they will probably be using them as plates to eat from. Again thanks for the assistance -- small things mean so much to these lovely people.” Commissioned a second lieutenant from the Georgia College ROTC program, Bloodworth entered the U.S. Army in 1986. After serving three years in Germany, he left active service and joined the Georgia Army National Guard. In 2005, as part of the 48th Infantry Brigade



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Lt. Col. Neal Bloodworth, ’86, shares Bobcat discs with Afghan children.

stationed in Macon, Bloodworth was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. In April 2007 Bloodworth was promoted to lieutenant colonel, placed on active duty and assigned to Forces Command Headquarters in Fort McPherson, Ga., as mobilization officer and plans officer prior to his Afghanistan assignment. Bloodworth is married to Shelia Bloodworth ‘98. The couple and their three children live in McDonough, Ga. Along with distributing relief including food, clothing, blankets, coal, and school supplies, Bloodworth works with Sozo (a non-governmental organization) to develop basic infrastructures to sustain the area as a community. Sozo’s first major project in the camp was to create a complete water supply system. Sozo also constructed a medical clinic, supplied with staff and medicine, and a school, including supplying children

with uniforms and transporting teachers from Kabul. The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.

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Programs of Distinction Georgia College offers academic areas of state, national and international significance. We are pleased to introduce you to six of our Programs of Distinction, recognized by peers and students as providing distinctive niches in the academic environment.

Dr. Bruce Gentry O’Connor Studies

Dr. Brian Mumma Cohort Model

Dr. Jude Hirsch Outdoor Education

• Flannery O’Connor Studies offers a personal glimpse into the life and works of one of America’s best-known authors and Georgia College’s most famous graduate. • Mentored, Field-Based Cohort Model prepares prospective teachers with real world experiences inside and outside classrooms, enabling those entering the career to have a better understanding and appreciation for their role as educators. • Outdoor Education offers a unique balance of traditional and experiential learning. The Georgia College Education Center is one of four university programs in the nation accredited by The Association for Experiential Education.

Dr. Marty Lammon Creative Writing

Dr. Rosalie Richards Science to Serve

Dr. Ben Scafidi Economics of Education

• Creative Writing @ Georgia College has established a record of national success and offers a Master of Fine Arts degree, Georgia College’s only terminal degree. The undergraduate program includes more than 120 students as majors. • Science to Serve embraces interdisciplinary practices to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in the excitement of science and technology. • The Economics of Education Policy Center provides a campus-wide focus on empirical education research to guide public policy and student service activities.

Flannery O’Connor Studies Flannery O’Connor Studies at Georgia College – a truly unique setting that offers O’Connor’s nearby family farm, the majority of her significant papers, a scholarly journal devoted to the study of her work and O’Connor-related coursework for undergraduate and graduate students. As the popularity of O’Connor increases, Georgia College receives more and more attention as her alma mater. When she was diagnosed with lupus, she returned home to Milledgeville. Here, she completed all of her best work, and then died at age 39 in 1964. As the author of two novels and 32 short stories, O’Connor perhaps is best known for Wise Blood, which was adapted to film by John Huston in 1979. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” “Good Country People,” “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge” are some of her bestknown stories. Her acclaim is international. For example, Dr. Bruce Gentry, professor of English and editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review, put together a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute in 2007 at Georgia College which brought 24 college teachers from around the nation to campus for a month to learn how to teach O’Connor’s works. Other conferences that Gentry has helped put together include “The Stories of Flannery and Faulkner” in 2008, “O’Connor and Other Georgia Writers” in 2006 and “Revelations: Flannery O’Connor, the Visionary and the Vernacular” in 2003. “O’Connor’s star is rising,” says Gentry, “and Georgia College benefits whenever she receives attention, as when her Complete Stories was recently voted the best book ever to win the National Book Award. Students who study O’Connor at Georgia College benefit from the visits by many O’Connor scholars, the access to O’Connor materials and the ability to attend O’Connor-related events.”


Dr. Bruce Gentry, professor of English and editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review

Mentored, Field Based Cohort Model (Education) Training teachers is at the heart of Georgia College. Since its founding in 1889, Georgia College has prepared students for careers in teaching. Today, though the mission of the university is greatly expanded, the College of Education continues to instill confidence and leadership in future teachers. At the crux of the program is the cohort, a group of no more than 20 students that take classes and assess their teaching experiences together during their junior and senior years. Each cohort is organized around a faculty mentor who works with the students as they chart through nearly 1,000 hours in the “teaching field” prior to student teaching. “It’s unique to Georgia College,” says Dr. Nancy Mizelle, chair and professor of early childhood and middle grades education. “Our students take courses together for two years, participate in field experiences together, and each cohort is assigned a professor who serves as a Mentor Leader from start to finish. This provides our candidates an experience that is distinctive – one that does not happen in many, maybe any, other institutions.” Georgia College adopted the cohort model a decade ago and the success is a near 100 percent hire rate for new graduates and a 90 to 95 percent retention rate of teachers still in the profession five years after graduating, far above the national average. The Master of Arts in Teaching is consistent with the undergraduate experience. “It’s about building confidence and knowledge so that the challenges of today’s classroom can be met,” says Dr. Brian Mumma, associate professor and coordinator of the MAT program. MAT students work in cohorts splitting their days between field experience and the college class. “It’s about gaining more experience and having an immediate way to talk through what it means - to reflect and process - so that you’ll be that much more prepared next time,” says Mumma. Georgia College prepares teachers through the innovative cohort model so that they’ll be ready to make a difference in the lives of young people in Georgia and around the nation.

Dr Brian Mumma, associate professor and coordinator of the MAT program


Outdoor Education Georgia College is keen on learning beyond the classroom no matter what major a student dives into. That’s certainly true with Outdoor Education. It offers a unique balance of traditional and experiential learning. In combination with the major, Georgia College provides the Outdoor Education Center Program, where students work with organizations across the state and country directing team building experiences and assessments. Both initiatives, the program and the center, are accredited by The Association for Experiential Learning, making Georgia College one of four universities with such a distinction. “Outdoor education provides a range of opportunities for students both in advanced study and various professions,” says Dr. Jude Hirsh, chair of kinesiology and professor of outdoor education. Students who major in outdoor education at the undergraduate level select a specialization in therapeutic use of adventure, management, environmental education or health and physical education in which they complete a minor in a wide range of disciplines selected from humanities, science, business or education. It is a testimony to the strong academic nature of Georgia College as the state’s designated public liberal arts university. In the graduate program, students hail from across the country and want to study at Georgia College, given its reputation, rigorous academics and excellent facilitation. As Hirsch explains, the impact of Georgia College students and graduates is felt far and wide: “Our students work in wilderness therapy and residential hospitals, national parks, independent and public schools, environmental advocacy organizations, corporate human resources, nature centers, public and private recreation agencies, colleges and universities and one student went on to write for National Geographic Adventure.”

Dr. Jude Hirsh, chair of kinesiology and professor of outdoor education


Creative Writing @ Georgia College “A Good MFA Program is Hard to Find” reads the website of Georgia College’s MFA program. The allusion to Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is purposeful. In 2002, building on the reputation and distinction of Georgia College’s most famous alumna, Flannery O’Connor, and on the college’s new mission as “Georgia’s Public Liberal Arts University,” Georgia College initiated the Master of Fine Arts, its first terminal degree. For years, Georgia College has promoted its undergraduate program in creative writing so the addition of a stand-out MFA program is natural. “We attract students from all over the country and offer all the curricular and extracurricular opportunities that larger university MFA programs have, but in a more intimate setting that promotes community and strong access to faculty mentors,” says Dr. Martin Lammon, director of the MFA and BA programs in creative writing. At Georgia College students participate widely in this collaborative community: they assist in editing and producing Arts & Letters, a national, award-winning journal published twice a year; they lead the Writing in the Schools Project in which Georgia College’s innovative Early College middle school students improve their writing skills; and MFA students also help to coordinate the program’s Visiting Writers Series that offers public readings by nationally prominent authors. MFA student alumni have gone on to publish in many distinguished literary journals, receive national awards for their work (including a Pushcart Prize for fiction and the $15,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship), and to teach full-time at such schools as Marshall University, St. John’s University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Georgia College is also one of the nation’s few MFA programs that allows students to study all four genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or scriptwriting. “Most MFA programs don’t include scriptwriting as an option,” Lammon noted, “and we’ve established an important partnership with GCSU’s Theatre Department to help promote dramatic writing at Georgia College.” In addition, the MFA in Creative Writing Program is the only program in the country that participates in the Peace Corps USA/Fellows program. “I researched the program,” says Valerie Wayson, a former Peace Corps volunteer and first year MFA student, “and saw that it was linked to the acclaimed Arts & Letters literary journal and the Flannery O’Connor Review, so I decided to apply. From the beginning, everyone has been incredibly welcoming, and I definitely think I made the right decision.”

Dr. Martin Lammon, director of the MFA and BA programs in creative writing


Science to Serve Science to Serve reaches beyond the university campus and into community classrooms. “We make science real to those who might not ordinarily be engaged, so that they see the role of science in life, in education and in the economy,” says Dr. Rosalie Richards, chemistry professor and director of The Science Education Center. “Our single purpose is to advance the interest, engagement and understanding of science and technology by people of all ages and backgrounds.” Science to Serve is a multi-disciplinary program linking faculty and support staff from across the campus. The Office of Academic Outreach, the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and Physics, the Science Education Center, and faculty from Middle Grades Education operate under the Science to Serve umbrella to generate excitement and interest in the sciences and deepen scientific understanding. “Science to Serve garners broad-based support from the university community and myriad constituencies beyond the campus with faculty and students of all majors serving as ambassadors of science,” Richards says. Partnerships with key statewide and national organizations have further strengthened this initiative. Reaching out to diverse communities has resulted in an impressive host of science resources, programs, courses and activities that are cross-disciplinary in scope and brought external funding to the program. Science to Serve supports summer science camps for [budding] young-minded scientists and future math and science teachers, and hosts workshops for Middle Georgia teachers who apply their new practices in their own classrooms. A faculty dedicated to education beyond the classroom and students acting as ambassadors of science and knowledge make the program work. “Commitment to community is the driving force behind Georgia College’s Science to Serve program,” Richards says. “As a liberal arts university, service is a key component to our mission. Service to the community is one of our cornerstones. We teach our students that it is a privilege to serve.”

Dr. Rosalie Richards, chemistry professor and Director of The Science Education Center


Economics of Education Policy Center The Economics of Education Policy Center works with faculty across Georgia College to produce cutting-edge and policy-relevant research, to promote dialogue about improving state and local education policymaking and to engage undergraduate students in doctoral-level research. Center Director Dr. Ben Scafidi, associate professor of economics in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, works with university faculty researching educational problems, such as the access and effectiveness of advanced placement courses. The center also has developed a new and more accurate measure of teacher attrition, teacher quality and the effect of high school grading standards on success in college. The center hosts seminars on improving K-12 education, inviting business leaders, policymakers and legislators together to discuss important education reform issues. Scafidi offers his expertise on local, regional, state and national education issues. He is often quoted on education policy topics in media outlets throughout Georgia and as a resource by state education agencies, school systems and elected officials from both major political parties. The center director guides student research on the impact of the HOPE Scholarship program, the effect of class sizes on teacher quality, achievement gaps between groups of students and the calculation of high school graduation rates. That in-depth undergraduate research helps Georgia College students earn admission to top-notch graduate programs.

Dr. Ben Scafidi, associate professor of economics in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business





About Georgia College Georgia College & State University, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, residential learning communities, study abroad and myriad internships. Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Thomas Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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Georgia College hosts successful Women’s Leadership Symposium Influential women from around the world visited Georgia College & State University for the first Women’s Leadership Symposium in March. The event featured six guest speakers who focused on the career roles for females in the sports industry and the challenges women can face. “The speakers were powerful and participants gained valuable experiences in personal leadership development,” said Kara Teresi, 2009 Bobcat soccer senior and symposium coordinator. Kara Teresi These speakers included Germaine McAuley, director of athletics at Spelman College; Cecile Reynaud, sports management professor at Florida State University; Tiffany Daniels, director of business development for the Georgia Dome; Joleen Akin, director of athletics at Agnes Scott College; Ada Bazin, assistant volleyball coach at Georgia State University; and Awista Ayub, keynote speaker and author. Teresi developed the symposium idea after reading Ayub’s book, entitled However Tall the Mountain, which tells the story of eight brave Afghan girls who made up the original Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, an organization dedicated to nurturing Afghan girls through soccer. A recent semifinalist for the Wooden Cup—named in honor of one of the most successful coaches in collegiate history, John Wooden, and with recipients like Peyton Manning and John Smoltz—Teresi found the book’s message profound. “When I read the book, it completely changed my perspective on the role of women, especially in sports,” said Teresi. “I knew almost immediately I wanted her to come speak at Georgia College.” For the event, Ayub talked about the role of sports for women in Afghanistan. She fled Afghanistan with her family to the United States when she was just two-year-old. After thriving in athletics, Ayub returned to Afghanistan where she founded the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange. Currently, there are hundreds of girls playing on 15 different teams in the Afghanistan Football Federation. Teresi said, “Her address was inspiring and opened the eyes of many, like myself, to see the courage and leadership these Afghan women demonstrated to play sports in a country destroyed by war and with so many freedoms and liberties taken away from them.” ■

Athletic Director Wendell Staton hosts the weekly “Inside Bobcat Athletics” program, airing on cable and through the university’s YouTube connection.

Television show highlights Bobcat athletics By Anna Bryson The community of Milledgeville is getting a new, upclose look at Georgia College Athletics every day on MBC TV-4. “Inside Bobcat Athletics,” hosted by the Georgia College Department of Athletics Director Wendell Staton, highlights the university’s athletic programs and athletes. Each show features a head coach discussing basketball, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf and cross country, and highlights their programs. Coaches explain the games, introduce players and provide an inside view of the bond between coach and players. “People in our community know who we are, but I want them to know us personally,” said Staton. “We really want to get Georgia College athletics out into the community.” The show is shot weekly inside GCSU’s University Television Studio by UTV staff with assistance by mass communication students who record video footage at the games. “This goes along perfectly with learning beyond the classroom,” said Staton. “Students are getting real world experience.” Georgia College athletics provides good, wholesome family fun for the community. Spectators can sit close and have an individual connection to the team. “Our community has access to our coaches and players,” Staton said. “The community sees our athletes at the grocery store, mall and participating in community service. Watching this show you will get to find out a lot about the people behind the scenes in athletics.” “Inside Bobcat Athletics” airs daily at 1 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. on MBC TV-4. The show also streams online at the GCSU YouTube site at ■

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The Campus Theatre shines in downtown Milledgeville

By Rick Nolte

The Campus Theatre is now really living up to its name. he renovated historic downtown Milledgeville movie house officially became an active part of the Georgia College & State University campus during a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening on April 20. The addition of the theatre to Georgia College’s roster of working facilities is another step in the university’s efforts to strengthen its ties with the community. “Today marks the next step in the rebirth of this beautiful building with its addition to the campus of Georgia College & State University,” said Georgia College President Dorothy Leland. “Our goals were to bring the historic Campus Theatre to life again and reutilize its space in a way that plays a significant role in the continued redevelopment of downtown Milledgeville. “I think we can safely say we’ve accomplished both in impressive fashion.” Dr. Leland presided over the grand opening events that included a reception for VIP guests complete with theatre concessions, a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the facility for interested members of the community. In February 2008, Georgia College acquired the building, which originally opened to great fanfare in 1935 and closed in 1983. The university’s $6.9 million renovation expanded the building’s useable space from 17,000 to 25,000 square feet. The facade, marquee, doorways, ticket booth and other distinctive features have been restored to their original art deco splendor. The theatre’s interior has been reconfigured to serve the needs of the university’s theatre program and to provide downtown with two new retail outlets — Box Office Books and Jittery Joe’s Coffee shop. Much of the structure’s brick has been exposed on the interior and its original hardwood flooring refurbished to add character to the facility.


Included in the space dedicated to the theatre department are make-up and costume areas, performance studios, staff offices and a “black box” performance section designed to accommodate a variety of configurations depending on the type of performance. “The theatre department is thrilled to have its first dedicated space in which students can explore theatre at its most personal and real,” said Karen Berman, theatre chair and artistic director of theatre programs. For the grand opening, the department had its offices and the practice lab areas decorated with costumes and posters from shows of the recent past. “Audiences will delight in coming face to face with actors in this intimate space,” Berman said of the “black box” area. Steel Magnolias will be the department’s debut production next fall. Box Office Books features a retail bookstore set-up on the main floor to serve the entire community. It features a section with a movie motif consistent with the the-

atre’s history, as well as Georgia College merchandise. Downstairs the bookstore houses university textbooks and student supplies. The bookstore is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. The Campus Theatre opened March 18, 1935, with an estimated 5,000 people attending ceremonies heralding its place as a “jewel” of downtown Milledgeville. Of those attending, only 1,328 were fortunate enough to get seats in the auditorium when the projectors clicked on a little after 9 p.m. to cap the event with the showing of Broadway Bill. Built at a cost of $135,000, Martin Theatres Inc. owner, Roy Martin, billed the movie house as “one of the finest theatres in the South.” Now, 85 years after it first lit up downtown Milledgeville, the Campus Theatre is shining again. “We have returned the Campus Theatre to its place as a centerpiece of the downtown area,” Leland said. ■

“This is the most people I’ve seen at the Campus Theatre since Gone With The Wind,” said Sybil Fowler ‘32 Peabody.

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Herty Hall expansion will provide much-needed classrooms, labs

President Dorothy Leland (center) and other officials participated in the ceremonial first shoveling for the expansion of Herty Hall.

he expansion of Herty Hall with a three-story addition along the south wall will add much needed space for the ever-growing science programs at Georgia College. The addition will house laboratories, classrooms and offices for the science department. An accompanying renovation of 45-year-old Herty Hall will allow program expansion for the recently incorporated physics degree. “Providing our students with state-of-the art science facilities and labs with enhance their learning experiences here at Georgia College,” said Georgia College President Dorothy Leland. “These future teachers, doctors, nurses and engineers will benefit from the hands-on laboratory experience and the one-on-one interaction with instructors the addition will offer.” The $3.4 million, 17,000 square-foot addition/renovation will construct laboratory and office space on the first and second floors for students studying biology and environmental sciences. The estimated completion date is August 2010. With the growth of enrollment topping 400 undergraduates, biology is the largest major in The College of Arts and Sciences. Built in 1954 as The Science Hall, the building’s name changed to Charles H. Herty Science Hall in 1956, memorializing the inventor best known for inventing a method to collect tree resin using a metal cap thereby sparing the tree’s life.


College of Health Sciences celebrates new home he College of Health Sciences Building now houses specialty labs, classrooms and faculty offices for nursing, music therapy and kinesiology students. Students enter the recently renovated building through the beautiful facade of the main entrance. “The outside facade is very much historically accurate, and that is important to the goals of our campus,” said Dr. Sandra Gangstead, dean of the College of Health Sciences. The $8.7 million renovation united the health sciences programs and was celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house in October. Widened corridors and updated classrooms better meet the needs of the health sciences programs and their students. Double doors open into a nursing lab complete with a nurses’ sta-



tion and 30 hospital beds. Music therapy offices and classrooms have replaced outdated locker rooms. Wide corridors have replaced the former second floor maze. And the third floor’s former gymnasium has been incorporated into the current design. The original hardwood flooring has been repaired and maintained to provide a welcome contrast to the carpeted first two floors. Beveled glass on faculty doors and transoms at the top of doors keep the feel of the original history of Parks Memorial Hall. Originally the infirmary of the college, the building now offers health sciences spaces. “We wanted to be sensitive to the importance of these facilities to our university,” said Gangstead. “We also wanted to be sensitive to the importance of the professions.”

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Alumna spends life in science by Jen Pirkle

hough some may remember 1975 as the year Microsoft was founded, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, Saigon fell to Communism, Jaws hit the box office, Tiger Woods was born and Bruce Springsteen was "Born to Run," Dr. Lynne Wilcox of Atlanta, holds the year in her heart for another noteworthy reason – It was the year she earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Georgia College. "I loved attending college here," said Wilcox, now retired director of the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The campus was beautiful, the professors were supportive, and most of the students were serious about their studies." At the time that Wilcox attended Georgia College, many of the other students were Vietnam veterans focused on getting degrees to enhance their employment opportunities during a period of economic recession. As a student, Wilcox was serious about her studies in biology, encouraged by the support of her professors. "Several faculty of the biology department stand out," she said, citing Dr. Doris Moody in microbiology and Dr. Harriet Whipple in botany as important influences. “They were not only excellent teachers but they also were the only women professors in the department." Department Chair Dr. David Cotter, who taught Wilcox’s first honors biology class, was another significant influence. "By the time I finished that class, I knew biology would be my academic love," Wilcox said. With the strong background in biology that she gained from Georgia College, Wilcox went on to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and followed that with a residency in family medicine. Knowing she wanted to work in public health and epidemiology, she then joined the Georgia State Health Department and went to Johns Hopkins University for a master's degree in public health. When she finished, Wilcox returned to Atlanta to work at the CDC "because it was the premier institution in the world for applied epidemiology."


Dr. Lynne Wilcox ‘75

Wilcox began her CDC career as a research epidemiologist in reproductive health. She studied and published papers on subjects like tubal sterilization, hysterectomy and in vitro fertilization, as well as other women’s health issues, before she became the director of the Division of Reproductive Health. As director, Wilcox kept busy overseeing programs related to national and international concerns in public health surveillance, field investigations, and program evaluations. She also oversaw programs of demographic, behavioral, and epidemiologic studies of maternal and infant health, family planning, and reproductive health disorders. But the work Lynne is the most proud of during her twenty years at CDC is her work in establishing the scientific journal Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD). As Editor in chief of PCD for six years, Lynne watched the electronic, peer-reviewed journal reach an international audience, receiving article submissions and reader comments from all over the world. One of the primary goals of the journal was to promote a dialogue between researchers and practitioners, and the enthusiastic participation of these groups–as well as students, advocates, people in other professional fields, and even the general public–has made PCD an overwhelming success. “Even now, people come up to me at professional meetings and say how much they appreciate the journal,” said Wilcox. “You never know how far an editorial or an article will reach beyond the people you know personally.”

Though Wilcox retired from the CDC in August of 2008, her work in the medical field is far from over. Besides being a consultant in health policy and practice, she has worked on several projects, covering such topics as worksite health, diabetes prevention, and future public health directions in the areas of mental health, cancer screening, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She’s also been working with Georgia State University and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to help design new training programs in public health. Somehow, Wilcox has even managed to find time for volunteer work. "There are points in your life when you know it's time to move on to other adventures," she said. Some of Lynne’s other adventures include registering voters for the last presidential election and serving on the board of directors for the GCSU Alumni Association, but she says the most fun is volunteering at Jekyll Island's Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Wilcox has recently had the opportunity to return to Georgia College to speak to Honors and Scholars Program participants. “The college campus is still beautiful, and the professors are still supportive,” she said. “And the students are amazing. They are already more accomplished as freshmen than my class ever was. Their achievements while at GCSU and after they graduate are even more remarkable. It’s nice to see my GCSU degree increasing in reputation 35 years later!” ■

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Alumni Association announces 2010 award winners Outstanding Recent Alumni Award Georgia College & State University proudly announces Amanda Cagle, ’02, as the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Her professors saw her dedication and predicted her success. “Amanda was a true asset to the music education division,” Dr. Patti Tolbert, professor of music education and graduate coordinator, writes, “she was one of those students who had a passion for teaching… Her dedication to the field is obvious Amanda Cagle from the awards that she has won.” In addition to this GCSU Award, Reinhardt College voted her the most outstanding music major, and Lamar County named her district teacher of the year for 2005-2006. Since receiving her degree in Music Education in 2002, Cagle has looked beyond traditional teaching methods. By incorporating technology into her curriculum as an elementary music specialist, she established an interactive web site for her students in Cobb County. The music from the web site supports a variety of subjects and, “demonstrates how well music fits into an integrated curriculum,” writes, Dr. Richard Greene, a GCSU professor of music. Her innovative teaching methods are currently inspiring elementary students. She has also helped foster music outside of her school in Kindermusik classes for toddlers through the Community Education Departments at Gordon College and Columbus State University. Cagle is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in music education at Boston University.

2010 Alumnae Heritage Award Georgia College helped shape the life of Barbara J. Hendrickson Capizzo, ’62, long before earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and art education. “My turn to arts was definitely born and fostered at the college’s Peabody Laboratory School where all sorts of music, visual arts and drama were offered,” said Capizzo, recipient of the Alumni Association’s Alumnae Heritage Award for 2010. “Here I was becoming comfortable with the creative.” Not until her second year in college did Barbara Hendrickson Capizzo recognize the possibility of teaching. Capizzo The Nantucket, Massachusetts resident said, “(At Georgia College) there seemed to be serious personal interest in each student’s growth. We were individuals, not numbers.”


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After earning her degree in 1962, Capizzo spent two decades as a junior high and elementary teacher. Along the way, she earned a master’s degree from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1988 Capizzo left the classroom to operate a gallery to showcase her work as well as those of others. Today, she usually has a painting in progress with a focus on a personal show each summer at a Nantucket gallery. Capizzo has served as president, administrative director and on the board of the Artist’s Association of Nantucket. She also is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Alumni Achievement Award Georgia Trend Magazine placed Chris Clark, ’97, on its 2010 list of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.” Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources since 2008, Clark credits the time spent with the Georgia College & State University faculty for helping him earn that distinction. “Each member of the faculty seemed to honestly care about my future and went out of their way to help me,” Clark, who Chris Clark earned a master’s degree in public administration in 1997, said after being chosen as the 2010 recipient of Georgia College’s Alumni Achievement Award. This year’s honor is Clark’s second from the Alumni Association. He was chosen as the Outstanding Recent Alumni of the Year in 2000. Prior to being DNR commissioner, Clark was executive director of the state Environmental Facilities Authority from 2007-2008 and deputy commissioner with the state Department of Economic Development from 2003-2007. A past president of the State Economic Developers Association, Clark began public service in 1997 as president of the Hawkinsville Chamber of Commerce. From 2000-2003 he was president of the Fayette County Development Authority. “My time at Georgia College was pivotal for my professional career and introduced me to a world of opportunity in public service,” said Clark.

William Bone Golden Key Award Max Crook’s background in finance covers more than 40 years, and Georgia College & State University has been the beneficiary of much of his expertise. Crook, currently a financial advisor with Morgan Keegan, has served on the Georgia College & State University Foundation for 18 years. For his distinguished service to the university, Crook has been named winner of the William Bone Golden Key Award. “He has worked tirelessly on our behalf Max Crook in many financial endeavors,” said Amy Amason, Vice President for External Relations and University Advancement. Crook, who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Georgia, was on the GCSU Foundation Board from 1991-2003 and again in 2004 to the present. He chaired the Foundation in 1996-1997 and led its effort to keep the Old Governor’s Mansion a part of campus. He currently serves as chair of the finance committee, chair of the GCSU Foundation on the Foundation property group and capital campaign solicitation committee. A graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, Crook currently serves as the chair of the Foundation’s finance committee. This award is named in honor of alumna William Thomas Bone, Class of 1910.

Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Alumni Community Service Award Angela C. Edwards, ‘90, marketing alumna, is the 2010 Georgia College & State University recipient of the Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Alumni Community Service Award. She exemplifies a spirit of service in Macon not only for youth in the area, but for the economic strength and vitality of her community. Edward’s volunteerism and dedication to youth is illustrated in her work with Angela C. Edwards the Children’s Miracle Network, the Children’s Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia, the Children’s Literacy Coalition, the Macon Volunteer Clinic and as advisor for the Phi Mu Mercer University Chapter. For over 15 years, Middle Georgia has supported her locally owned and operated, nationally recognized home furnishing business, Aunt Zelda’s Furniture. Edwards graciously gives back her time in an effort to improve her community by volunteering as an

executive board member for the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, serving as chair for the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia, being a member of the board for the Macon Arts and Downtown Macon Rotary Club and as a 2003 graduate of Leadership Macon. She also served as the 55th president and the second female president of the Georgia Home Furnishings Association. It is no surprise that for all of Edward’s strengths and exemplary service, she has been selected for Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals. This award is named in honor of alumna Ethel Rae MozoStewart, Class of 1946.

2010 Honorary Alumni Award His degree may have come from Mercer, but Bernard “Ace” Parker has a rival for his college allegiance. The former Baldwin County Commission chairman’s imprint can be found all around Georgia College & State University. “I have always been a great supporter of GCSU,” said Parker, recipient of this year’s Alumni Association Honorary Alumni Award. A Milledgeville resident since the mid1980s, Parker used his position on the Bernard “Ace” Parker county commission from 1996-2004 to help expand Georgia College’s physical plant. He was instrumental in securing the old courthouse property for the university and passing bonds for the construction of West Campus. After his graduation from Mercer, Parker was in real estate in Macon until the late 1950s when he joined the Federal Housing Administration as a staff appraiser for Middle Georgia. The World War II veteran served on the Macon City Council from 1956-1958. For the past several years, he has played an instrumental role as the independent director of two GCSU Foundation property corporations. These limited liability corporations are responsible for the construction and associated debt of the campus residence halls, apartments, Irwin Street Parking Lot and the Student Activity Center. In his role as independent director, Parker oversaw the successful construction of the West Campus Center.

2009 Honor Roll of Donors Available on Web Site In order to maximize available resources, Georgia College has placed its 2009 Honor Roll of Donors on its web site at Please check out the generous donors who have contributed to the university’s efforts to provide an outstanding public liberal arts education to our students.

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Sean Kingston and MuteMath performed at the Centennial Center Thursday night.

The Kappa Alpha float was one of many in the Homecoming Parade.

The Bobcat Ramble sent runners dashing through the streets.

The Peabody Luncheon reunited classmates.

Alumni Welcome Reception. Scot Binkley of Kappa Sigma fraternity and Lauren Chandley of Alpha Delta Pi sorority were crowned Mr. and Ms. Georgia College


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1970s Alfred Thigpen ’71 is now a music critic for the Washington Post. Lynn Dillard Lee ’77 has been appointed to Vice President of Senior Leagues for the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA). ALTA is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of tennis for recreation and physical fitness and is pledged to maintain the rules of play and high standard of sportsmanship.

Christy Stevenson Johnson ’99, ’03 and Shaun Johnson ’00 celebrated the birth of their second child, Megan Leigh Johnson. Megan was born August 10, 2009 and was welcomed by big sister Katelyn. They currently reside in Thomaston, Ga. Christy is a media specialist and Shaun is a real estate appraiser. Nathan W. Moon ’99 has successfully defended his dissertation and has earned his PhD in History and Sociology of Science and Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology.

1980s Sharon D. Brantley ’88 received a Master’s of Science in nursing education in 2009 from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, Atlanta. Richard D. Carr ’88 was named Vice President of Consumer Credit at American Eagle First Credit Union.

1990s Penny L. Elkins ’95 has been appointed to the Professional Standards Commission by Governor Sonny Perdue. The mission of the Professional Standards Commission is to set and apply high standards for the preparation, certification, and continued licensing of Georgia public educators. Penny is the senior associate vice president for the Atlanta Campus and the Regional Academic Centers of Mercer University. In addition to her role as associate vice president, she is also associate dean, Fred L. Miles Chair of Educational Leadership, and professor of education in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. Harry B. Green ’98 was awarded St. Martin University's (Fort Lewis campus) distinguished faculty award. On January 29, 2010, Harry received a plaque from Thomas Brittin, Fort Lewis Garrison Commander. Harry is an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate and graduate management courses at Fort Lewis and main campuses. In addition to his MPA at GCSU, he has an MBA and PhD (ABD) in management from North Central University.

2000s Stephanie Mathis ’00 married Joseph H. Thomas on September 26, 2009 in Columbus, Ga. Stephanie is a teacher in Columbus. Mary Alexander ’01, ’03 has been appointed administrator for the Macon-Bibb County Health Department. Mary has 29 years of experience within the public health sector. She has previous career experience with both the North Central Health District and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department. Spencer R. Christian ’02 graduated from The United States Navy Officer Candidate School on September 26, 2008. He was commissioned an Ensign. He is currently stationed in Hawaii and is serving aboard the USS Nimitz CVN-68. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment to the Middle East region. Operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity. Ashley J. Andes and M. Devlin Cooper ’02 are engaged to be married. The couple is planning to wed on Saturday, June 19 in Kingsport, Tenn. Both Ashley and Devlin are attorneys. Devlin is an associate with Sell & Melton in Macon, GA and serves on the Georgia College Alumni Board of Directors. The couple will reside in Macon, Ga. after their wedding.

Tiffany Suttles Ogden ’02 married Paul Ogden on September 25, 2008. The happy couple welcomed their first daughter, Ryleigh, on September 8, 2009. Paige Segars Dunn ’03 gave birth to her first child, Braelinn Michael Dunn, on July 9, 2009. Patrick Ali McKeown ’03 is engaged to Kelly N. Tenold. The couple plans to be married in the summer of 2010. Jenifer Leigh Rainey ’05 and Jared Evan Policastro were married February 27, 2010, at TPC Clubhouse at Sawgrass City, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Jenifer currently teaches first grade in Clay County at Thunderbolt Elementary and Jared is currently the Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Ponte Vedra Beach. Megan Tiedeman Bowen ’06 and John Bowen ’04 celebrated the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Bowen (Lizzie), Wednesday, November 25, 2009. She weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces and was a little over 20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well, and daddy is extremely happy. Jamie Irish Hoffmeyer '06 and Allen Hoffmeyer '06 were married in Marietta, Ga. on December 12, 2009. Allen is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics, Quantitative & Computational Finance at Georgia Institute of Technology. Lainey Schmidt Washburn ’06 and William Bradley Washburn were married on November 14, 2009, at Vineville Baptist Church in Macon. Mallery Lee Hale ’07 married Earin Chris Hale, Jr. on December 12, 2009, in Brunswick, Ga. Mallery serves as the communications coordinator at Epworth-bythe-Sea and Earin is on staff at the King and Prince Resort. The couple resides in Brunswick.

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notes Class Notes

Michelle Jones ’07 gave birth to a boy, Braxton Eugene Jones, on May 28, 2009. Braxton weighed 8 pounds 9.2 ounces. Michelle works full time in the ER at Oconee Regional Medical Center as a staff nurse and PRN in the ICU/ER at WRMC.

Erin Moore ’09 is the sales and event assistant for Cator Woolford Gardens. She interned at several internship positions before graduating and landing her dream job as an event coordinator for a non-profit organization.

Richard Kerr ’07 recently graduated from the submarine officer basic course for the US Navy in Groton, Conn., and will be stationed in Hawaii after April. Currently, Richard is the supply and logistics officer for the ballistic missile submarine, the USS Kentucky. He married Emily Allen Kerr in June 2008. Richard recently won an allexpense-paid trip for two to the Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.

Ashley Murphy ’09 has been hired as the new manager for the Visitor Information Center of the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association. Ashley will be responsible for managing the daily activities of the Visitor Information Center, overseeing the center’s group of volunteers and managing the membership of the Tourism and Trade Association.

Samuel Rauschenberg ‘07 is engaged to Hannah Sandau and plans an August 7 wedding in Dalton, Ga. He will enter Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy this fall to pursue a master’s degree. Elijah Scott ’07 became the director of libraries at Georgia Highlands College. April Williams ’07 married Jonathan Barton ’07 on June 20, 2009. Jonathan graduated with a degree in History and April with a degree in middle grades education. Liz Ashley Barth ’08 was promoted to assistant director of marketing and business development for Lenox Square. In her new role, Liz will assist in the creation, development, and implementation of the overall strategic marketing direction of Lenox Square, as well as sales analysis, revenue generation, retailer communications and public relations. Additionally, she will be involved in the creation of promotional campaigns and execution of innovative advertising efforts for the property. Katelyn E. Irwin Williams ’08 and Mark Boyd Williams Jr. ’08 were married on January 2, 2010, at the Sonnet House in Leeds, Ala. Brittney E. Brown ’09 is engaged to be married to Christopher B. Dyson. The couple plan to be married on July 24 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta, Ga.


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Melissa Myers ’09 is engaged to be married to Cooper Watts ’10. Melissa is currently employed with Coliseum Medical Center as an RN in the Cardiac Stepdown Unit in Macon. Cooper plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. The couple is planning to be married on November 6, 2010.

In Memoriam 1930s Dr. Mary Ellen Perkins ’31 January 28, 2010 Lillian L. Gregory ’32 January 1, 2010 Mary S. Purvis ’32 December 8, 2009 Leila G. Bramblett ’35 November 20, 2009 Elizabeth P. Hood ’35 December 12, 2009 Sarah E. Martin ’35 November 19, 2009 Lillian S. Oakley ’35 December 14, 2009 Mary I. Miller ’36 October 31, 2009 Olive J. Thigpen ’36 December 18, 2009 Mary Lee T. Duck ’37 November 28, 2009 Dorothy P. Degenhardt ’38 November 7, 2009 Clara M. Kirksey ’38 November 8, 2009 Melissa H. Searcy ’38 January 1, 2010 Elizabeth M. Westbrook ’38 December 3, 2009

1940s Frances P. Curry ’40 December 17, 2009 Mary O. Hall ’40 January 12, 2010

Carolyn P. Miller ’40 March 22, 2010 Julia M. Roberts ’40 November 24, 2009 Sarah B. Carson ’41 March 27, 2010 Marjorie G. Cook ’41 February 9, 2010 Frances S. Lawrence ’41 February 19, 2010 Doris S. Atkinson ’42 March 14, 2010 Clare K. Favret ’42 December 2, 2009 Frances L. Teate ’42 November 20, 2009 Sarah V. Croom ’43 March 3, 2010 Minnetta L. Niblack ’43 December 9, 2009 Maybess M. Cone ’44 January 8, 2010 Marie L. Gordon ’45 January 10, 2010 Marion D. Barber ’47 January 6, 2010 Eulalia W. Hodge ’47 November 3, 2009 Anice D. Knighton ’47 January 7, 2010 Lucy T. Patrick ’47 February 16, 2010 Evelyn W. Harrell ’48 March 3, 2010 Naomi Carr Lucas ’49 March 31, 2010 Betty J. Mills ’49 February 26, 2010 Christine H. Smith ’49 December 12, 2009

1950s Jane H. Hogan ’50 January 22, 2010 Reba F. Cheney ‘51 December 2, 2009 Kathryn A. Harris ’51 January 22, 2010 Remelle S. Young ’53 December 30, 2009 Jan A. McGahee ’55 December 27, 2009 Sara B. Dozier ’57 November 5, 2009

1960s Susannah R. Deaver ’63 December 7, 2009 Margaret A. Marsett ’68 November 12, 2009 Everett L. Browning ’69 January 7, 2010

1970s Eleanor N. Rawlings ’72 February 16, 2010 Nancy G. Barker ’74 March 16, 2010 Edwena P. Thompson ’75 February 14, 2010 Harry M. Ray ’76 November 2009 Sarah J. Stallings ’77 February 2010 James R. White ’78 February 19, 2010

1980s William L. Turner ’80 January 15, 2010 Rebecca M. Sherrill ’82 January 2, 2010 David A. Paul ’83 February 7, 2010 Sudie L. Dorris ’84 September 18, 2009 Martha S. Casaday ’85 December 9, 2009 Bonita S. Stocker ’87 February 8, 2010

1990s Christopher K. Vinson ’90 November 29, 2009 Sandi W. Estes ’95 March 6, 2010

2000s John R. Starley ’01 March 3, 2010

Peabody School Alumni Myrna F. Horton November 21, 2009 Sally M. Vetter January 14, 2010

Mary Ellen Perkins Mary Ellen Perkins,’31, died January 28 at age 99, after devoting her life to Georgia education. She graduated from Georgia Normal and Industrial College (now Georgia College & State University) and taught school in rural Georgia before earning her master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia in 1947 – Perkins continued her education, earning a doctorate degree in 1964 from the University of Minnesota. She worked for the Georgia State Department of Education at Berry and Shorter colleges for 42 years. For her years of service and dedication to the educational system of Georgia, she received the 2008 Georgia College Alumni Heritage Award. She is survived by her siblings Edward Eugene Perkins, Frederick L. Perkins and Blanche Poore; two nieces and three nephews; and four great-nieces.

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