News and Notes

December 19, 2011

News and Notes

Frank Minor Chairs Warren Akin Award for AAUP Executive Committee

Frank Minor

Frank Minor

Frank Minor, associate professor of English, has been named as the new chair of the Warren Akin Award, an honor bestowed by the Georgia Conference of the American Association of University Professors only when a recipient is considered worthy.  The award was named for the late Warren Akin, a former English professor at Floyd College, who also served as president of Georgia’s chapter of AAUP.  He died at the age of 36, and the next year, the award was created in his name.

Minor’s role will be to oversee the review of all nominations for the award to the executive committee.  If a recipient is chosen, the award will be bestowed at the spring meeting of AAUP.

Student Center at Cartersville Rises from the Red Clay

Cartersville Student Center

Cartersville Student Center

Construction on the new student center at the Cartersville campus has proceeded without the delays and cost overages that sometimes plague such projects.  The building is far enough along that one can see its profile.  The roof is expected to be completed by the week of Dec. 12 with a topping out party scheduled for Dec. 14.  Once the roof is completed, interior work can begin.  The building is expected to come online in time for next fall semester.

Henderson Honored by Chamber with Cobb Teachers of the Year

Sharryse Henderson

Sharryse Henderson

Sharryse Henderson, associate professor of biology, was among 145 Cobb County teachers honored at a breakfast hosted by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce last week in Marietta.  The Cobb Chamber sponsors the Give Our Schools a Hand program, through which teachers of the year are recognized.

Henderson was recently nominated by the college for the 2012 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, and as such, she assumed the role of Teacher of the Year for the event in Cobb County.  Donna Dougherty, John Southwood, Kirk Nooks and Renva Watterson also attended the breakfast.

Tellus and GHC Join Forces for Research Project

Students in Krista’ Mazza’s psychology classes will have the opportunity to learn about primary research when they team up with the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville to study how children learn science.  Students will observe children and their parents as they go through the exhibits.  They will look at the ways parents or teachers convey information as well as the type of information they convey to children.

Mazza is submitting the observational research plan to the Institutional Research Board this semester, and will begin training students in the appropriate techniques in January.  She said, “Both students, parents and their children can be a real part of science and the exciting fact-based learning results that are the core of scientific research.  Our students are quite excited about doing this project.”

Because the project doesn’t involve much travel or a lot of tools and equipment, it is relatively inexpensive.  The GHC Foundation has provided the group with a small grant to complete the work.

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