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History professor publishes second book

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Georgia College Assistant Professor of History Rachel Shelden recently published a book entitled, “Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War.” This is the second book Shelden has had published and it deals with social life of Washington’s politicians in the 1840s and 1850s. She also looks at the ways in which that social life influenced politics and policymaking in the Captiol.

Shelden’s next project focuses on judicial ethics in the mid-19th century by exploring what judges believed was acceptable behavior in their legal dealings. 

Colonnade places at statewide competition

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The Colonnade placed in the statewide Georgia College Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. Georgia College’s student newspaper placed in several Best Campus Community Service categories including News, Sports and Editorial. The Colonnade also placed in the General Excellence category, which is the highest honor in the contest and has been won by the paper since 2005.

Individual winners include Mark Watkins for Best Feature Story, Scott Carranza for Best Photograph in News and Anna Morris for Best Entertainment Feature. The award ceremony is Feb. 8 at the Press Institute in Athens, Ga.

Midterm Course Feedback

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Several faculty members volunteered through the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship's (CELTS) Midterm Course Feedback program during the Fall 2013 semester. Dr. Jan Clark, John Sirmans, Dr. Bruce Gentry, Kathleen Martin, Heidi Fowler, Dr. Sandra Godwin and Dr. Cynthia Alby all led confidential feedback sessions for faculty from each of the university’s colleges. The volunteers collected student feedback and met with course instructors to help enhance student learning and achievement. 

Award named to honor retired professor

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The small programs interest group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has named its Teacher of the Year award in honor of longtime member and retired Georgia College professor Ginger Rudeseal Carter Miller. The first award will be given out in August. Dr. Miller served as a mass communication professor for more than 16 years before retiring in January. 


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Dr. Dave Bachoon, professor of biological and environmental sciences, was one of ten scientists and economists invited to a three-day meeting on coral reef restoration at the Atlanta Aquarium. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and are shrinking at an alarming rate. Bachoon was the only microbiologist selected to attend because of his recent research on water pollution in the Caribbean. The participants discussed options available to investigate what is killing the reefs and how to save them. They also considered funding priorities for future research projects. 

George H. W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award

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During the 2012-2013 academic year, volunteer group Georgia College Miracle and students Ashley Pittman and Courtney LaHatte became recipients of former President George H. W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award. The award honors individuals or groups across America who have created meaningful change in their communities.

Bobcat Brass Quintet

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During 2013, the university’s Bobcat Brass Quintet performed at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association In-Service Conference in Savannah. The experience became the first time an ensemble of all Georgia College students were invited to perform.

The Colonnade brings home statewide awards

Michael Murphy TIME's Magazine

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During the 2012-2013 academic year, artwork of Michael Murphy, Georgia College assistant art professor, graced the pages of TIME’s Person of the Year edition — the second time the artist has been featured in the magazine.

TIME Magazine features professor’s artwork