GHC One of 842 Awarded NEH Book Collection
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that the library at Georgia Highlands College is one of 842 libraries and state humanities councils from among all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands to be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. The award is a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world. GHC will receive 25 books and three films designed to address the American public’s desire for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilization. The bookshelf also includes one year’s access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in a planned series of exhibits awarded by the NEH. They are designed to highlight the importance of civility in American life and understanding of different cultures and ethnicities that contribute to the American Melting Pot. The NEH has embraced the role of libraries in fostering these community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways. The Bookshelf projects are the product of NEH Chairman Jim Leach’s Bridging Cultures initiative. “There may be no institution more civil than the public library,” he said. “Libraries are centers of learning that offer a welcome space where members of the public can learn about the history we share and express different points of view in an ethos of openness and mutual respect.”
Muslim Journeys dovetail with GHC’s diversity initiative, which fosters understanding and acceptance of difference among students, faculty and staff inside the college and promotes multicultural awareness and social inclusion. The exhibit will be permanently housed at GHC-Cartersville, but some elements will travel to other Highlands campuses.
Additional lectures and events are being planned as well. Most will take place in Cartersville, though several will also be presented in Marietta. These two campuses were chosen because they are near local Islamic centers and have access to a diverse population. Southern Polytechnic State University, where GHC’s Marietta campus is situated, hosts a Muslim Student Association, and its members will also participate. All events are open to the public.
GHC Recruits High-School Baseball Stars, Holds Signing for Inaugural Team
Eleven high-school seniors visited Georgia Highlands on Tuesday, Jan. 15 to sign letters of intent for the college’s inaugural baseball team. The recruits come mainly from the northwest Georgia area, and include three players from Cartersville, three from Cobb County, and one each from Catoosa, Paulding and Polk Counties. The final two hail from Effingham County outside Savannah and from Opelika, Alabama.
Baseball Coach Mike Marra anticipates a very strong team for GHC. “We know we have a great challenge ahead of us in starting a competitive intercollegiate program from scratch, but we feel we have a great group of young men who are ready to meet the challenge,” he said.
Marra bases his opinion on some impressive high-school records. John Hood, from Woodland High School in Cartersville, for example, served as the number one pitcher for three consecutive seasons, finishing his final season with a 1.15 ERA. Colby Chattin, from Ringgold in Catoosa County, and Luke Patterson, from Woodland High School in Cartersville, were both selected as 2013 Under Armour pre-season all-Americans. Nick Constan, from Opelika, Alabama, was named an Alabama Independent School Association all-star as a junior in 2012. Edward Lott II of Kennesaw pitches at a velocity of nearly 90 miles per hour. All the signers can claim similar achievements.
Georgia Highlands announced in April 2011 that it would begin an athletics program. The first sport chosen for competitive play was basketball, and the men and women’s teams played their first games in November. Baseball and softball are next, and the signing represents the first group of recruits for GHC’s initial baseball team. The women’s team, coached by Melissa Wood, will be announced at a later date. Competitive play kicks off in spring 2014. GHC is a member of the Georgia College Athletic Association, which is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The basketball program is based on the Floyd campus in Rome; baseball and softball programs will be run from the Cartersville campus.
Signing with Highlands:
Alec Arnsdorff, Effingham County High School, Springfield
Colby Chattin, Heritage High School, Ringgold
Nick Constan, Lee-Scott Academy, Opelika, Alabama
Tyler Elwer, Lassiter High School, Roswell
Albert Harless, South Paulding High School, Paulding County
John Hood, Woodland High School, Cartersville
Edward Lott, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kennesaw
Camden McGill, Woodland High School, Cartersville
Blake Oxenreider, Cedartown High School, Cedartown
Luke Patterson, Woodland High School, Cartersville
Samuel Stephens, Jr., McEachern High School, Powder Springs