Summer 2014

GGC transforming instruction at other USG institutions

GGC transforming instruction at other USG institutions

A program piloted by the GGC School of Transitional Studies was so successful that it is now used at other University System of Georgia institutions. The program tested the effectiveness of enrolling students in Student Success pre-college courses while simultaneously enrolling them in college-level courses in the same subject. The Student Success courses provided extra support and instruction that corresponded… Read more →

What's New at GGC?

What’s New at GGC?

Georgia Gwinnett College’s momentum continues–from a new college president to championship athletics–our focus remains on a progressive approach to Higher Education. Check out a few of GGC’s recent and exciting milestones and distinctions.

President's Message

President’s Message

Welcome to Engage – The magazine of Georgia Gwinnett College   We are moving toward a bigger and brighter future If you happen to visit Georgia Gwinnett College this summer, we might put you to work moving boxes. Lots of boxes. Almost 200 people are being moved around campus to occupy new and renovated spaces. Offices, departments and services are… Read more →

Marshall Boutwell

Marshall Boutwell – A leader in corporate citizenship

Marshall Boutwell’s life didn’t turn out exactly as planned. He never expected to run a large credit union, let alone one that helps students attend college at GGC. Raised in a military family, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and held several command and staff positions. He learned all he could about leadership, aware of his responsibility when leading soldiers… Read more →

Students studying

Emergency fund provides beacon of hope for GGC students

“The Beacon Foundation seeks to relieve poverty and financial distress, and they understand that these students are on the verge of leaving college for a small but critical financial need,” said Lori Buckheister, associate vice president for Development. “Relieving that financial stress allows more students to stay enrolled and continue working on their degree.”

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Criminal justice scholarship established

The Lawrenceville Police Benevolent Fund has established an endowed scholarship for GGC students pursuing bachelor degrees in criminal justice. Representatives of the Lawrenceville Police Department recently presented a gift of $50,000 to the college.

Gwinnett Medical Center guests at new Allied Health building

GGC + GMC – A prescription for success

One community partner making a multi-faceted difference for GGC and its students is Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC), which recently made a significant commitment of $180,000 annually in support of the college’s new baccalaureate nursing program. “We are deeply appreciative of GMC’s gift toward and its commitment to the nursing program’s success,” said Diane White, dean of the School of Health… Read more →

Tammy Shumate, Stas Preczewski, president and Greg Shumate

Shumates make Advising Center possible

A significant gift of $250,000 from Greg and Tammy Shumate enabled Georgia Gwinnett College and its School of Transitional Studies to recently open a much-needed Advising Center (see related student success story). The center served 1,071 students in its first year. “We wanted to provide support where it would make the greatest impact on student success, which is the hallmark… Read more →

Brittany Perry in front of Library

Perry: 21st century Renaissance woman

Brittany Perry wastes nothing – neither opportunities, networking contacts nor waking hours. And in her mission to achieve her goals, she certainly is not wasting time. Nor is she wasting her talents, skills and knowledge in pursuit of her careers. Yes, careers – plural. Perry sees no reason to restrict herself to just one. This is an empowered young woman… Read more →

students on bikes in Spain

Global civic engagement enlightens tomorrow’s leaders

While many students enjoyed their 2014 spring break at the beach, 15 students prepared meals for the homeless at the Church of St. Augustine’s soup kitchen in Barcelona, Spain, through the Global Civic Engagement Program (GCEP). The offices of Internationalization and Student Involvement created GCEP to expand service learning to include global experiences and perspectives. It also supports GGC’s emphasis… Read more →

Seijin Tranberg at chalkboard teaching

From Gwinnett to Asia – Tranberg’s global view

Seijin Tranberg enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College with no clear direction, but thanks to the inspiration and support of faculty and some deep soul searching, he is now on a mission to affect international change. “After high school, I took a step back to accept my faults and immaturities, realizing they weren’t conducive to a sustainable, happy lifestyle,” Tranberg said…. Read more →

GGC graduate happily holding diploma

School of Transitional Studies supports student success

Georgia Gwinnett was literally built from the ground up for student success, no matter the level of student preparation. GGC’s access mission means it enrolls many students who would not be accepted at selective institutions, as they are among the least prepared for college. They may be the first in their families to go to college. They may not have… Read more →

Tennis player returns volley

Grizzlies are national, regional champs in first season of eligibility

There is a concept at Georgia Gwinnett known as “GGC time,” which refers to the rapid manner in which the college conducts business and achieves planned milestones. Grizzly Athletics has taken “GGC time” to a new level, bringing home conference/unaffiliated titles and national championships in only its first year of postseason eligibility. First, the men’s soccer team won the college’s… Read more →

National Champions – Hodges brings winning ways to Grizzly tennis

National Champions – Hodges brings winning ways to Grizzly tennis

If you are not familiar with Chase Hodges, it is only because college tennis does not garner the attention of college football or basketball. It is a quieter sport, without the big stadiums, huge crowds, prime-time television coverage and celebrity-like status of its coaches. And in an equally quiet manner, Hodges has accomplished something that may forever remain matchless in… Read more →

Stas Preczewski

New GGC President Preczewski known for servant leadership

When Charlene Harland lost her shoe as she walked across the stage at GGC’s 2014 spring commencement, she calmly pressed on as if nothing had happened, receiving her diploma and posing for a photo with guest speaker Karyn Greer of the 11Alive Morning News. Suddenly, Harland was surprised to see that Dr. Stanley “Stas” Preczewski had retrieved her shoe, and… Read more →

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Notables includes achievements, honors and other distinctions earned by Georgia Gwinnett College and the members of its extended community. This includes faculty, staff, administration, students and close associates of the college. Notables features recognitions spanning academics and scholarship, leadership positions, community service and involvement, individual achievements and other news of significance. Members of the GGC community may submit items from… Read more →