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POSTED: November 7, 2007
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GCSU takes home awards at ADP South Consortium

Georgia College & State University is proud to announce that two groups of students, involved with the American Democracy Project (ADP), have been recognized for project submissions involved with civic engagement at the American Democracy Project South Consortium Annual Meeting, held at Kennesaw State University from October 25-27, 2007.

The first project, titled "Encouraging Newspaper Literacy in Milledgeville, GA." won first place in the category of Campus/Institutional Award. This award category is based on criteria of the project's top-level involvement, commitment and support, a well-coordinated effort of a number of individuals or groups, a demonstration of resolve to overcome obstacles , opportunities for student leadership and a significant social, moral, or economic impact.

This project involved GCSU students who met weekly with students in the Early College program, a Baldwin County School System school located at Georgia College and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The students completely facilitated class discussions and often supplemented the newspaper articles with New York Times web site video clips. The newspaper literacy program met the ADP South Institutional Award criteria as ADP students were integrated into significant university-community collaborative effort to reach 250 younger public school students who were selected to be part of a program that aimed to reduce the risk of academic failure.

Gregg Kaufman, GCSU Coverdell Institute Director and American Democracy Project Campus Coordinator, says, "We were honored to receive the First Place Campus/Institutional Award for our ongoing project to promote newspaper literacy among Baldwin County School students in the Early College and Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program. The New York Times newspaper readership program brings the world to students of all ages, and I enjoy watching university students mentor middle school and high school students in journalism-related endeavors."

The second project, titled "What A Relief: An ADP Alternative Spring Break Project," took home the second place award in the area of Co-Curricular. This category bases award reception on Faculty/staff involvement, commitment and support, well-coordinated efforts, demonstration of resolve to overcome obstacles, demonstration of student leadership and a significant social, moral or economic impact of project.

This project involved a GCSU delegation of eleven, including eight students, two faculty members, and one community volunteer working with the Interfaith/Interagency Network of Charlotte County, Florida to repair homes damaged by hurricanes and tropical storms. The group removed and replaced twelve windows and repaired two wheelchair ramps in one home. A crew positioned three hundred blocks around a new construction site in preparation for masonry construction and another group painted three interior rooms and exterior trim on a second home. While in Florida, the group ate at a homeless shelter, lived in a Methodist church, and interacted with a congregation committed to rebuilding the community.

Kaufman is proud to "have the pleasure of working with dedicated and talented students in the residential learning community devoted to civic engagement, The Leadership Community, and students who participate in the American Democracy Project."

In addition to the annual three award categories, a Student Think Tank competition resulted in three GCSU students, senior Justin Mays, junior Tom Andris and freshman Chris Thibodeaux winning the First Place Think Tank award with their peers from Texas State University and Eastern Carolina University.

For more information, contact Gregg Kaufman at (478) 445-1711 or e-mail at

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For more information, contact Judy Bailey in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.