Summer 2011 Issue

GHC Becomes State College

June 30, 2011
Nursing students

Dr. Randy Pierce, president of Georgia Highlands College, announced at a May news conference at James D. Maddox Heritage Hall, the college’s health sciences building, that the Board of Regents had just approved a mission change making it a state college. Officially, GHC becomes a limited mission four-year institution. That means it will still...
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GHC Starts Athletics Program

June 30, 2011
Bolt the Charger

Georgia Highlands College will begin playing competitive intercollegiate sports this fall, according to GHC President Randy Pierce, who made the announcement at a news conference in April in the gymnasium of the Floyd campus. The college has been researching the issue since last year, when it formed a study committee to look into the...
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GHC Breaks Ground on New Student Center

June 30, 2011
GHC Breaks Ground on New Student Center

Officials from Georgia Highlands College, the University System of Georgia and the Georgia General Assembly broke ground June 15 on a student center at the GHC campus in Cartersville. Participating in the ceremony were University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis, GHC President Randy Pierce, Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown, Rep. Paul Battles...
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Faculty Faces: Barbara Moss – History, Cartersville

June 30, 2011
Barbara Moss

The past 60 years have seen seismic shifts in American culture and society.  Besides the tsunami of technological advances, from typewriters to personal computers and from memos to iPads and smart phones, social changes have impacted the country, bringing in sweeping changes to our attitudes about social norms and the way we interact with...
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GHC Professor Explores Low Country Slavery

June 30, 2011
Slave quarters

The Georgia Historical Society in Savannah sponsored a week-long workshop on Sea Island Slavery in mid-June. This event was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Twenty-five community college teachers were invited to participate. We listened to lectures from a variety of specialists, held round-table discussions, took a walking tour...
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Illegal Immigration – Problem or Opportunity?

June 30, 2011
Illegal Immigration – Problem or Opportunity?

Illegal immigration, which has become a hot topic nationally, resonates emotionally in states that attract the largest numbers of immigrants. The controversial law passed in Arizona that clamps down on illegal immigrants has been replicated with a few differences in Georgia. The immigration story is rooted in U.S. history, as waves of different nationalities...
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The First Year Experience: Building Blocks for Success

June 30, 2011
The First Year Experience: Building Blocks for Success

One of the greatest challenges for two-year and community colleges has been retention and graduation rates.  They have traditionally been low for a number of reasons.  Perhaps the financial strain is taking a toll.  Maybe the student is the first generation in his/her family to attend college and he must deal with family pressures. ...
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Study Abroad: A Journey of Self-Discovery

June 30, 2011
GHC students in London

They had barely returned their academic regalia following graduation when Becky Sims, assistant professor of political science, and Alexandra MacMurdo, lecturer in communications, boarded an overnight flight with 19 students and one parent and landed heavy-lidded and sleep-deprived at Heathrow Airport in London. They were on a 10-day trip to England, the Netherlands and...
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News and Notes

June 30, 2011
News and Notes

GHC faculty and staff stay busy year-round. Whether they’re pursuing exciting academic activities or winning awards they demonstrate the excellence that permeates Georgia Highlands College.
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