News and Notes

April 19, 2013

News and Notes

Alan Nichols Awarded Georgia Teaching Fellowship

Alan Nichols, associate professor of philosophy at Georgia Highlands College, has been named a Governor’s Teaching Fellow, a program designed for faculty members who teach at public or private institutions in Georgia.  Participants are chosen on the basis of teaching experience, interest in continuing their professional development and their ability to impact their college communities positively.  Nichols will travel to Athens for intense sessions May 13 to 17 and May 20 to 24.

The symposium includes a combination of instructional and faculty development activities and independent study.  Nichols believes he will benefit from the fellowship in several ways.  “The program provides me with an opportunity to interact with like-minded faculty from across the state, to discuss teaching methodologies both formally and informally, and to re-examine the teaching strategies I use in the classroom,” he said.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellow Program was established in 1995 by Zell Miller, who served as governor of Georgia from 1991 to 1999, to provide expanded development and training opportunities for college-level faculty.  The program is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia, and the symposia take place in Athens.  Participants can choose from among several options: sessions throughout the academic year, an intensive summer program or an academic-year residency at UGA.

Nichols is the seventh GHC professor to receive the fellowship.   This year’s fellows comprise 13 faculty members from around the state of Georgia.


Lady Chargers Announce First Softball Signing Class

Georgia Highlands College announced the completion of its inaugural softball signing class on Monday. Twenty-one Lady Chargers will suit up for the school’s debut campaign in the spring of 2014

“The inaugural GHC softball recruits represent some of the best talent in Northwest Georgia and beyond.” Head Coach Melissa Wood said. “We have 21 great players who will create the tradition of Charger Softball.”

The class includes athletes from 14 counties in Georgia and one county in Virginia.

Lindsey Miles (#14) is an outfielder from Jefferson High School in Jefferson. A four-year varsity letterman, she helped the Lady Dragons to the 2012 GHSA Region 8AA title and GHSA Class AA Sweet Sixteen. That same year, Miles was selected for the 2012 GHSA Class AA All-State First Team. Academically, she is a four-year Honor Roll student.

Karlie Jarrett (#5) is a shortstop from Chattooga High School in Summerville. She earned eight varsity letters in softball and basketball.  She was a four-time All-Area softball selection and a four-time All-Region selection. She also earned three Golden Gloves in addition to being named the GHSA 7AA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. Academically, she is a HOPE recipient, as well as an active community volunteer.

Jazmin Hawkins

Jazmin Hawkins

Jazmin Hawkins (#32), an outfielder from state

powerhouse Buford High School, started her high school career at Hueytown High School in Alabama, where she helped guide the team to a state championship in 2010.  Then she transferred to Buford and led the Lady Wolves to back-to-back state titles. In her two years at BHS she earned Gainesville Times All-Area honors, All-Gwinnett County honors and the Gwinnett County Player of the Month in August of 2012.

Pitcher Morgan McKinney (#77) will join her Lady Dragons teammate Lindsay Miles at Georgia Highlands. A four-year letterman in softball, the Jefferson native earned All-Region First Team honors as a sophomore. During her senior year she added another First Team All-Region spot as well as a Pitcher of the Year award and Second Team All-State.

Outfielder Allison Story (#25) won’t stray far from home. The former Cass High standout from Cartersville was a four-year letterman for the Lady Colonels and aided the team to a Silver Division Championship in the 21st Annual Cherokee Invitational and a GHSA AAAA State Sweet Sixteen berth. As a senior Story was selected to both the All-County and All-Region teams. She also played soccer and was a member of both FFA and FCA.

Brandi Hughes (#34) is one of two current GHC students on the roster. The pitcher from Rockmart High School was a four-year letterman and earned three All-Area awards, as well as the 2010 Player of the Year. In 2009 she led the Lady Jackets to a GHSA Region 7AA championship and State Runner-Up finish. Hughes is studying nursing at GHC.

Jessie Ricks (#22), an outfielder from Sequoyah High School in Canton, has also played for top-level travel ball teams, traveling all over the country with the Georgia Elite Gold and Georgia Impact Gold teams. Academically she was involved in DECA, Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs for Careers at Sequoyah.

Infielder Jessica Dunn (#20) comes to Cartersville from Forsyth Central High School in Cumming. As a four-year letterman she led the Bulldogs to first-round GHSA playoff berths in 2009 and 2010, and second-round finishes in 2011 and 2012. As a two-time All-County player and two-time All-Region selection, her number (2) was retired after her senior season.

Liz Prance (#7) joins her Sequoyah teammate Ricks in Cartersville. The infielder/pitcher from Canton was an All-County player all four years for the Lady Chiefs. Her freshman year she also garnered All-Region honors and Pitcher of the Year en route to a fourth-place GHSA AAAA finish. Her senior year she again earned First Team All-Region. Prance also played travel ball for the Atlanta Vipers where she won the prestigious Stephanie Phillips Award.

Emily Willingham (#18) is the second Lady Charger to continue her softball career in Bartow County. The infielder from Excel Christian Academy in Cartersville was a four-year letterman and three-time All-County player while also being selected to the All-Region Team. The Taylorsville native was also a three-time Defensive Player of the Year for the Lady Eagles. Willingham also won the Distinguished Christian Character Award and is a member of FCA, Student Council, Cartersville Youth Group and SPLASH Bartow.

Amber Seeba (#23) is an infielder from Union County High School in Young Harris. As a sophomore she was on the GHSA 8AA region championship team and GHSA AA runner-up team. The following year Seeba guided the Lady Panthers to a second consecutive region title and another state playoff berth. Her senior year she was awarded the Coaches Award. A member of FCA, Seeba also served on the UCHS Homecoming Court.

Kristen Mullis (#2)  is a catcher/infielder from White County High School in Cleveland. As a four-year starter Mullis assisted the Warriors to three straight playoff appearances, including the 2010 GHSA AAA State Championship. She was also All-Area and All-Region during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns, and team MVP in 2012. Academically she holds a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 10 percent of her class.

Hillary Rowell (#11)  comes to Highlands from Brunswick High School, Brunswick. The outfielder was a four-year letterman for the Lady Pirates as well as a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, three-time All-Region selection, 2011 Tatnall County Warrior All-Tournament Team selection.  She was also the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Recipient in addition to being an All-Region player for the basketball team. Academically, Rowell is a member of the National Honor Society and BETA Club.

Sierra Cagle (#4) joins her Chattooga High teammate Jarrett for the Lady Chargers. The catcher/infielder from Summerville was a four-year letterman for the Lady Indians and an All-County selection her sophomore and junior years. She also led the team in home runs (12) her junior year en route to the GHSA 7AA All-Region team. As a senior, she aided the Lady Indians to its first GHSA playoff appearance.

Kayleigh Medlin (#15)  is an infielder from Bremen High School in Bremen, GA. As a junior she earned the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year as well as All-Region Honorable Mention. As a senior she was named Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player.  She also won the Captains Award, and made the First Team All-Region, First Team All-Area and Second Team All-State. Academically, Medlin is a member of the National Honor Society and Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

#3 Taylor Alton will join her Forsyth Central High School teammate in Cartersville. The utility player from Cumming, GA was a four-year letterman for the Lady Bulldogs and assisted the team to a GHSA AAAAA Sweet 16 finish her senior season.  She also earned a North Cobb Tournament first-place finish, where she was named MVP. Her jersey (#3) now hangs retired at FCHS.

Jerrica Littlejohn (#6)  is a pitcher/infielder from Lafayette High School in Lafayette. A four-year letterman in softball, she was All-Region 7AAA in 2010 and 2011 and All-Sub-region in 2012.  She was named to the Dream Team in 2010 and 2012. She also played soccer and was on the homecoming court her sophomore, junior and senior years. Academically, she was a member of the BETA Club for four years and will graduate with honors in the top 10 percent of her class.

Amber Lovering (#8) joins the inaugural Lady Chargers squad from Model High School in Rome. The outfielder was a tri-sport athlete, lettering in softball, basketball and tennis. She was the team MVP in 2010 and won the Silver Slugger Award in 2012 and 2013. Also in 2013, the Lady Blue Devils finished third in the region and saw a GHSA AA play-off berth. Academically, Lovering is a member of BETA Club and FCA.

Lindsay Roach (#10) is the other current GHC student to join the team. The former Lady Wildcat was a standout at Woodland High School in Cartersville and will be a utility player for the Lady Chargers. She was a member of the Woodland team that made the GHSA AAAA playoffs and went 20-10 in 2010. She also played soccer and basketball and is involved in the community with FCA and SPLASH Bartow.

Grayson West (#16) is an infielder from Parkview High School in Lilburn. She lettered her junior and senior years for the Lady Panthers and aided them to a third-place finish in the GHSA  Region 8AAAAAA and an appearance in the first round of the GHSA AAAAAA playoffs. She was also a four-year letterman in track and field throwing the shot-put and discus.

Shannon Albright (#28) finishes out the recruiting class and becomes the lone player from out-of-state to join the Lady Chargers. The pitcher from Mechanicsville, Virginia and Hanover High School comes to Highlands with an array of accolades. As a freshman, Albright led the Lady Hawks to a regional quarterfinals while making the AAA Capital District Second Team and Capital District All-Academic Team. She led the team back there the following year while garnering the same awards. She missed her junior year due to a car accident, but will be back in the circle for the Lady Hawks her senior year this spring (Virginia, like most other states, plays their high school softball in the spring).

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