News and Notes

September 30, 2011

News and Notes

GHC Dedicates James D. Maddox Heritage Hall
Also Celebrates Success of Legacy Campaign

Becca Maddox and her brother Frank unveil the plaque dedicating Heritage Hall to their father J. D. Maddox

Becca Maddox and her brother Frank unveil the plaque dedicating Heritage Hall to their father J. D. Maddox

Georgia Highlands College officially dedicated the James D. Maddox Heritage Hall on Thursday, Sept. 29 at a celebration reception.  The building at the corner of Third Avenue and Glenn Milner Boulevard was named for the late James Dickson Maddox, the college’s founder, at a gala last November celebrating the college’s 40th anniversary.  Members of the Maddox family attending the ceremony included Rebecca Maddox, J.D. Maddox’s daughter who also serves as the interim director of the nursing program at Heritage Hall; Frank Maddox, son of the honoree, and his wife Glenda of Falls Church, Virginia; cousins Clara Rogers and Nancy Johnson, and Johnson’s husband William; Mrs. John W. Maddox; and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wall.  Belen Nora, the first director of nursing at GHC, also attended.
A plaque honoring Maddox’s service to the college was unveiled, and will be displayed in the front entrance hall inside the building.  Rebecca Maddox spoke for the family, as she said, “With the renaming of Heritage Hall, there are only three named buildings on the Floyd campus. The other two are named after David B. McCorkle the college’s first president, and Wesley C. Walraven the college’s founding dean and vice president of academic affairs. My father was proud to call each of these two outstanding gentlemen friends. He would find it very humbling to now have a building named after him. He would be the first to tell you that the success of the college has more to do with the first administrators, faculty and staff of the college than with anything he accomplished.”

The ceremonies were concluded with a champagne toast given by Regent Willis Potts, who toasted the past, present and future successes of the college.

The ceremonies were concluded with a champagne toast given by Regent Willis Potts, who toasted the past, present and future successes of the college.

Following the unveiling, John Southwood, chief advancement officer, announced the successful completion of the Legacy major gifts campaign.  “We started Legacy with an ambitious goal of $5 million and finished with more than $5.6 million raised,” he said.  “We hoped we’d be able to fund the scholarships our students so badly need, to provide funds for professional development, which is so important in academia, and to fund student success centers that offer tutoring and other services.  I’m pleased to say that we have been successful in all these areas.  We have created 30 new scholarships and have funds on hand to support a variety of professional development activities for both faculty and staff.    Additionally, we have monies pledged to support our student success centers.  Beyond those goals, however, we have received wonderful support for our nursing program.  With generous donations from our health care partners we have been able to establish a simulation lab with computerized mannequins that can be programmed to respond to clinical situations in a realistic manner.  We have also added new classrooms, labs and needed nursing faculty with this funding, and have received critical financial help with the start-up of our new B.S.N. degree.”
In May, Georgia Highlands received approval from the Board of Regents for a sector change from a two-year college to a limited-mission four-year institution – or state college.  Nursing is the first baccalaureate degree the college will be offering.  National and state studies show that there will be a severe nursing shortage by 2020.  Most hospitals and other health care facilities prefer registered nurses who have bachelors’ degrees rather than associate’s, so the new B.S.N. fills a critical need.

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19 New Faculty Members Join Georgia Highlands

Georgia Highlands College has announced the appointment of the following full-time faculty members and advising staff for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Welch April

April Welch

April Welch, academic advisor, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of West Georgia and a Master of Arts in general studies with an emphasis in public administration/education from Jacksonville State University.  She previously worked with Cedartown Middle School as an academic/graduation coach and with Georgia Northwestern Technical College as a transition specialist and business instructor.  She will work at the Paulding and Marietta campuses.

Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson, instructor of mathematics, has taught part-time at GHC even before the institution changed its name from Floyd College to Georgia Highlands. She holds a Master of Science in secondary education mathematics from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She will be headquartered at the Cartersville campus.

Steven Benzel

Steven Benzel

Dr. Steven Benzel, assistant professor of computer science, comes to GHC from Berry College, where he served as an assistant professor since 2003.  He holds a Bachelor of Sciece in physics from the University of California at Riverside, a Master of Science in computer science from Kennesaw State University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.  He will work at Cartersville.

Michelle Boyce

Michelle Boyce

Michelle Boyce, instructor of dental hygiene, comes to the college from Clayton State University and Lanier Technical College in Clayton County, where she worked as an instructor.  She is currently enrolled in a master’s program in dental hygiene at the University of Tennessee.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Clayton State University.  She will teach at Heritage Hall.

Kevin Dyke

Kevin Dyke

Kevin Dyke has been appointed assistant professor mathematics.  He earned a Master of Science in mathematics education from the University of Buffalo, and is currently pursuing a degree as an education specialist in mathematics education from Georgia State University.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Buffalo State College.  Previously he has worked for Bank of America as a systems analyst and Wells Fargo as a sales assistant.  He will be located at the Paulding campus.

Allen Easton

Allen Easton

Allen Easton, assistant professor of chemistry, holds a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in both chemistry and biology from Northern Kentucky University.  He comes to GHC from Shorter University, where he was assistant professor of chemistry.  He will teach at Floyd.

Tera Phillips

Tera Phillips

Tera Phillips has joined the dental hygiene faculty as an instructor.  She previously taught the subject at Clayton State University, from which she has a Bachelor of Science.  She also earned a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Florida.  She will be at Heritage Hall in Rome.

Howell Sheffield

Howell Sheffield

Howell Sheffield has accepted the position of assistant professor of economics.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Samford University in Birmingham, a Master of Science in economics from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Philosophy in international business from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.  He was formerly an assistant professor at the University of West Alabama.  Sheffield will be based at the Marietta campus.

Jayme Wheeler

Jayme Wheeler

Jayme Wheeler, instructor of mathematics, holds a Master of Science in secondary mathematics from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Science in exercise and health science, also from KSU.  She has previously taught in the Bartow and Polk County school systems. She will teach at Paulding.

Kimberly Wheeler

Kimberly Wheeler

Kimberly Wheeler, has joined the faculty as an instructor of reading.  She has a Master of Science in education with a specialization in elementary reading and literacy from Walden University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from the University of West Georgia.  She comes to GHC from Georgia Northwestern Technical College.  She has also taught at Pepperell Primary.  At GHC, she will teach at the Cartersville campus.

The following faculty members have taught at Georgia Highlands in non-tenure track positions, and are now returning in tenure-track posts.

Julie Crawford

Julie Crawford

Julie Crawford, instructor of nursing education, earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University.  She has also served as a staff nurse at WellStar Health System.  She will work from Heritage Hall.

Marie du Toit

Marie du Toit

Marie du Toit, a native of South Africa, has become an instructor of nursing education.  She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing from the University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  She worked in a critical care unit in South Africa, and has also served as a diabetes educator at Floyd and Redmond Regional Medical Centers.  He will teach classes at Heritage Hall.

Leslie Johnston, instructor of English, previously worked as a freelance writer for a number of national and international consumer and trade publications.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from Berry College and a Master of Arts in professional writing from Kennesaw State University.  Johnston will be headquartered at Cartersville.

Jeff  Kozee

Jeff Kozee

Jeff Kozee has also joined the college as an instructor of English.  Since 2008 he has worked for Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey as a rater of Graduate Record Exams.  He holds a Master of Arts in English and Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Georgia Southern University.  He will teach at Cartersville.

The following faculty members have accepted full-time non-tenure track positions.

Jessica Lindberg

Jessica Lindberg

Jessica Lindberg, lecturer in English, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing/poetry from Georgia State University.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate in literary studies from Georgia State.  She has taught part-time at GHC for the last nine years.  She will work at Cartersville.

Lynelle Callender-Henderson

Lynelle Callender-Henderson

Lynelle Callender-Henderson, lecturer in nursing education, joins GHC from the Tennessee Department of Health, where she served as clinical coordinator.  She also was an associate professor at Southern Adventists University in Chattanooga.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Loma Linda University in California and her Master of Science in public health from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville.  She will be at Heritage Hall.

Cynthia Davidson

Cynthia Davidson

Cynthia Davidson, lecturer in English, is currently working on her Doctor of Philosophy in English from Georgia State University.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Georgia and a Master of Arts in English from Georgia State.  She taught at Rome High School and at Shorter University.  Davidson will teach at Cartersville.

Patty Moran

Patty Moran

Patty Moran is a lecturer in nursing education.  She earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of West Georgia.  She previously taught nursing at Dalton State College.

Maryanne Sandberg

Maryanne Sandberg

Maryanne Sandberg, lecturer in nursing education, received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix.  She came to GHC from the Cherokee County school system, where she was a school nurse.  She is at Heritage Hall.

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