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Largest freshmen class arrives on campus

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August 10, 2012

Fourth-generation freshman Katelyn Sutton counts among approximately 1,330 new freshmen starting classes Monday.Fourth-generation freshman Katelyn Sutton counts among approximately 1,330 new freshmen starting classes Monday.Katelyn Sutton makes the final adjustments to her room in Wells Hall before heading to sorority rush with Georgia College Alpha Delta Pi.

For the past week, Sutton has been unpacking luggage, making new friends and learning her way around campus in preparation for classes starting Monday to kick off the 2012-2013 academic year.

Sutton also continues a family tradition at Georgia College: She is a fourth-generation freshman.

“Georgia College feels like my second home,” said Sutton of Macon. “I definitely wanted to follow in my relatives’ footsteps.”

Sutton joined more than 2,000 students moving into University Housing and is counted among approximately 1,330 new freshmen.

To ensure students moved into residence halls smoothly, more than 400 Cat Crew volunteers helped families unload vehicles and haul suitcases, clothes, TVs, pillows and comforters into the buildings.

Sporting the Cat Crew’s signature T-shirt, Georgia College Interim President Dr. Paul Jones welcomed students and parents. He helped students pull boxes out of vehicles and carry belongings up stairs and down corridors of Adams, Wells and Parkhurst halls.

“Move-in day sets the tone for the entire year,” said Jones. “It’s an exciting day to welcome families and show the impact Georgia College makes on campus and in our community through volunteerism.”

Interim President Dr. Paul Jones helps students and parents unload luggage Thursday during move-in day.Interim President Dr. Paul Jones helps students and parents unload luggage Thursday during move-in day.This year University Housing moved up check-in time to 7 a.m. through noon to beat the heat and prevent long waits.

Campus police officers directed move-in traffic and supervised a water and first-aid station from their Mobile Command Center.

“We are so appreciative of our campus and community volunteers,” said Cindy McClanahan, university housing marketing and Cat Crew coordinator. “This level of participation really shows what it means to become part of the Georgia College family. Community members, administrators, faculty, staff and current students quickly get new students settled into the residence halls.”

Campus police officers direct traffic entering University Housing.Campus police officers direct traffic entering University Housing.Once Sutton got situated, she headed to sorority recruitment and various social events on campus to become better acquainted with members of her new home.

Sutton is the granddaughter of Linda L. Sutton, who attended the university during 1980; great-granddaughter of Charlotte B. Watson, who attended during 1937 and 1938; and great-great-granddaughter of Mamie Viola Ivey, who graduated during 1911.

“My family has so much history in Milledgeville,” Sutton said. “My great-great-grandmother was friends with Mr. Carl Vinson and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in town. She lived to age 73 and is buried in Milledgeville’s Memory Hill Cemetery.”

Sutton plans to major in psychology with a minor in creative arts therapy.

“Dancing has been a major part of my life since I was 3 years old,” Sutton said. “It has helped me get through many traumatic events, so I want to become a dance therapist to use my passion to help others.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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