Good Luck for
Soon-to-be Alumni from
Coastal Bank of Georgia
rehearsal Friday afternoon, May 6, 20 surprised graduating
students received gift cards for the campus bookstore from
the Coastal Bank of Georgia in partnership with the College of
Coastal Georgia Alumni Association. Kerry Huettner, Vice President
for Treasury Management Services, and Elizabeth Weatherly, Assistant
Vice President for Alumni and Annual Giving, presented the lucky
graduates with their gift cards and words of welcome from the
16 - Dorothy Edwards
16 - Sheila Ledford
17 - Greg Carver
18 - Francisco Mendoza
22 - Summer Curran
28 - Laura Ricard
28 - Carl Gabrini
- Coastal Youth Symphony
Glynn Academy Auditorium
15 - Rhythm on the River
15 - A Little Light Music
St. Simons ISland
19-20 - United Way of Coastal Georgia
"Days of Caring"
20 - Alumni Advisory Committee
Health & Science Building,
21 - Turtle Crawl Triathlon & Nest Fest
Benefiting the Georgia
Sea Turtle Center
26 - Blue & White Visit Day
29 - Jazz in the Park
Phil Morrison Trio
St. Simons Island
30 - Memorial Holiday
May 30-June 2 - Cheerleading Practice and Tryouts
31 - New Student Orientation
River City Community
seeks volunteers for May.
Walk Across the University System of Georgia
For an entrance fee of $5 you will be issued a pedometer
to count your steps. Steps are turned in each Thursday by noon,
then you reset your pedometer for the next week. Count all of
the steps you take for the week - not just while you are at the
College. All of the steps for the week from each participant will be
added together to see where we "walked." On Friday
afternoon an email will be sent to let everyone know how many steps
we took as a group and which institutions we "visited." We
will virtually visit 37 institutions, research units, and the Camden
Campus on our walk. For example, there are 82,720 steps
from the Brunswick Campus to the Camden Campus. Once we complete the
entire trip (that's 3,801,710 steps in all!), the person who walked the
most steps will win a prize.
Walk Across the USG will start on Friday, June 3.
Beginning May 23, you can pay your entrance fee and pick
up your pedometer from Gale Barr in the Administration Building in
Brunswick or from Stacy Ward at the Camden Campus. Email your
weekly steps walked to email@example.com or turn in the Walk Across
the USG step log to Gale Barr or Stacy Ward by noon each Thursday.
Turn in your first week's steps on
Thursday, June 9.
Walking 10,000 steps a day is now widely recommended by
exercise experts as a target number for improving your health. How
far is 10,000 steps? The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long.
That means it takes just over 2,000 steps* to walk one mile, and
10,000 steps is close to 5 miles. A sedentary person
may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding
steps has many health benefits. A reasonable goal for most
people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day
until you can easily average 10,000 per day. Start training now
for the June 3 start date.
For more information, contact Gale Barr.
Class of 2011 Graduates
Over 200 students marched as families proudly watched
the commencement procession Saturday morning, May 7, in the Howard
Coffin Gymnasium. The event marked an important milestone as Coastal
Georgia awarded the first baccalaureate degrees conferred since the
College was chartered in 1961. More than 65 four-year degrees were
awarded in Business Administration, Nursing, Middle Grades Education
and Early Childhood/Special Education.
In reviewing the commencement program Monday morning,
College President Valerie Hepburn, Ph.D., noted, "Saturday's
commencement represented great achievements for the College and our
graduates: the largest number of graduates, the first
baccalaureate degrees, an exceptional number of honor graduates - and
a host of wonderful accomplishments by each individual student."
Approximately 400 students will graduate in the Class of
Dr. Ntungwa Maasha, Professor of Physics and Geology,
served as Grand Marshal of the procession of faculty and students.
After welcoming remarks by Dr. Hepburn, graduating students Levi
Oglesby (B.S. in Nursing) of Brunswick and Krissy Hamilton (B.S. in
Education) of Jesup provided inspirational remarks and Anthony
Bottita (B.S. in Business Administration) of Kingsland and Hilary
Pulos (Associate of Arts, Modern Foreign Language, and Associate of
Science, Health and Physical Education), also of Jesup, delivered the
Former Regent James A. Bishop, Esq., introduced the
commencement speaker, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis, Jr., of the
University System of Georgia. Bishop and Regent William H. NeSmith
assisted Dr. Hepburn in conferring the degrees as the candidates were
presented by Dr. Phillip Mason, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Following the degree presentations, Brunswick City Commissioner Mark
Spaulding '81 greeted the new alumni.
The Golden Isles Community Concert Band, under the
direction of Mickey Wendel, provided music for the commencement
Read more about Commencement 2011:
College reaches milestone
College confers 1st four-year degrees
Graduation will be a first
Benchmark for Coastal Georgia
College Golfers Receive All-Region Honors
The varsity golf teams - all freshmen - not only won
their regional tournaments at the end of April, but individual
members were recognized for All-Region honors as well.
Dylan Freeman (Athens/Oconee County High School) was
named to the All NJCAA Men's Region 17 Team for 2011. Freeman was an
inaugural recipient of the Mary and Jack Dinos Golf Scholarship,
beginning fall 2010.
Christian Liggin (Smithville/Lee County High School),
also a Dinos Scholarship recipient, Jaclyn Harten (Tifton/Tift County
High School), Shea Able (Hoboken/Brantley County High School) and
Colbi Tyre (Waycross/Ware County Magnet School) were all named to the
All NJCAA Women's Region 17 Team for 2011.
Both teams are now preparing for the NJCAA National
Championships May 15-20. The women's golf team travels to Daytona,
Florida, to compete at LPGA National. The men will compete at Goose
Pond Colony Resort, Scottsboro, Alabama. Both events will be 72-hole
Read more about the Region 17 tournament.
Pause Tucker Elected to State DNR Coastal Advisory Council
Dr. Kim Tucker, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been
confirmed as a research member of the state DNR's Coastal Advisory
Council, representing the College of Coastal Georgia.
The Council, which meets quarterly, includes
representatives of the community, research institutions, governmental
and non-governmental environmental organizations, regional
development centers, and county and municipal governments. One of the
Council's primary functions is to set themes and funding criteria for
the Coastal Incentive Grant Program.
"Conservation of natural areas is very important to
me. I am passionate about education and public outreach," Dr.
Tucker said. "As a scientist, I believe we have a responsibility
to inform the public about environmental phenomena, as well as how
our actions can impact our environment. My participation on the
Coastal Advisory Council is one way I can accomplish that."
Dr. Tucker teaches Biology, Genetics, and Marine Biology
at the College. She served as director of the 2011 Pinova Coastal
Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Prior to joining the
faculty of Coastal Georgia, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at
the University of South Florida College of
Marine Science from 2007-2010, researching viral
metagenomics in various environmental systems.
A paper by Dr.
Tucker, entitled "Diversity and distribution of single-stranded
DNA phages in the North Atlantic Ocean" is currently featured on
the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Journal
webpage, and is one of the top 10 most downloaded articles this
Foundation Annual Fund Campaign Update
As of May 9, annual fund campaign efforts had
achieved 50.5% of the 2011 goal. Shooting for $2,155,000, the
Foundation has raised $1,089,483.
According to the Advancement Office analysis, the
Alumni Scholarship challenge is at 81.9% of goal ($4,095 towards
a goal of $5,000), the community campaign is at 33.8% of goal
($121,901 towards a goal of $360,000) and major gifts has achieved
73.9% of goal ($887,925 towards a goal of $1.2 million.)
Faculty and staff contributions are at 13.6% with $4,087
collected on a $30,000 goal for 2011.
Read more about the 2011 Annual Fund Campaign.
Students Publish Seaswells 2011
"All That Glitters" is the theme of the 2011
issue of the College's national award-winning art and literary
magazine, first published in 1966. Work on this year's magazine began
during fall term 2010 and culminated in the "first copy"
release party on campus April 28, one of 50 signature events
celebrating the College's 50th anniversary.
The publication encompasses art, poetry, prose,
photography and computer-enhanced imagery submitted by students,
faculty, and staff, selected for inclusion by juries in each
category. Shandy Stubbs (Brunswick/Glynn Academy), an English major,
served as editor-in-chief.
Sharon Bartkovich, Associate Professor of English and Seaswells
faculty advisor, says, "This 2011 edition may be our best ever.
I feel privileged, year after year, to be part of a magazine that
showcases our immensely talented student body. I also feel blessed
that Darien News goes to such extraordinary lengths, year
after year, to meet our exacting expectations and to produce a magazine of
which the entire community can be proud."
Read more about the prize-winning students in Seaswells.
College's new processional banners, displayed on stage during