Issue 14.89 | Feb. 13, 2015
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Feb. 13, 2015 -- In January of 2005, Senate Resolution 33 " .approving the creation of a new four-year college in Gwinnett County by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia," began moving through the legislative process. On May 10, 2005, then-Governor Sonny Perdue put pen to paper, creating an institution that soon would be named Georgia Gwinnett College.
Today, when the gavel sounded the opening of the legislative day, Georgia Gwinnett students and administrators were there to kick-off the institution's 10th anniversary celebration.
Resolutions recognized that GGC is the first four-year college founded in the 21st Century as well as the fact that the institution has gone from zero to nearly 11,000 students since its founding.
GGC President Stas Preczewski maintains that to say that Georgia Gwinnett College is a dynamic institution is an understatement. "Over the course of just 10 short years, GGC built upon the efforts of a handful of strong visionaries to establish what has become a nationally recognized, innovative model for 21st century higher education. From the beginning, GGC was deliberately progressive and took strategic steps that now uniquely define our future."
GGC is ethnically and intellectually diverse. The college literally was built from the ground up to facilitate individual student success -- no matter the level of academic preparation, learning style, work schedule or financial barrier. The success of individual GGC students and their families translates into success for the area.
Now the ninth largest college in the Atlanta area and still the fastest growing institution in the state, GGC places student enhanced learning experiences and college completion at the core of its mission. A world-class teaching and mentoring faculty coupled with strong student support initiatives fuel the culture of student engagement that has quickly become the GGC hallmark.
Preczewski adds: "Georgia Gwinnett is not just about numbers and growth, but it is about the lives that have been transformed through an educational institution that has grown up alongside its students, A product of Gwinnett County for Gwinnett County and the region, GGC was created by those who knew best the needs of its citizens and its economy. This celebration will serve as the perfect transitioning point as we move from a growth model to a sustainment model. We are launching a strategic planning process that will shape the institution as it nears its enrollment of 13,000."
GGC has changed the educational landscape in Gwinnett County and beyond. A reflection of this vibrant and progressive region, GGC recently was recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine as the most ethnically diverse college in the South, among both public and private colleges.
GGC has brought affordable and convenient educational opportunities to the highly populated Gwinnett region. The college's tuition rate of $118 per credit hour is lower now than when the college opened its doors. USN&WR recognized GGC as having the lowest in-state tuition and fees among ranked public colleges for 2014-15. Its access mission has made higher education possible for many students who otherwise would not have this opportunity.
unique mission and vision will continue to transform lives, families and
communities for generations to come," says Preczewski.
(First in a series of three reports)
FEB. 13, 2015 -- Now that the Board of Regents have decided to merge Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College, GSU will soon total more than 50,000 students, and will be the largest unit of the University System of Georgia.
Not only that, but it is an urban university, as well as a research university, bringing in $58 million in 2011 in grants for study. It has conferred 192,785 degrees since its founding.
That's a long way from its start in 1913 as the evening school of Georgia Tech, which administered the program until 1933. Then for years it was almost invisible before coming under auspices of the University of Georgia.
GSU's life under UGA was a rough ride, as UGA officials did not want the Atlanta campus to distract from the flagship university in Athens. For many years, the Athens administrators worked tirelessly to keep the Atlanta campus from growing and thriving. Yet it seemed no matter what, the Atlanta campus kept adding students and growing in importance.
It all began with 44 students in 1913. By 1940, it had 3,000 students; was up to 8,000 in 1955, 13,000 in 1960, and more than 30,000 students in 2009. Many people came to Atlanta for a job, enrolled in night courses to improve themselves, gained a degree, and got a better job.
One person who had a first-hand knowledge of what went on in the formative days of GSU is Dr. Paul Kolter, 93, who is retired today in Sandy Springs. He first came to GSU in 1952, teaching biology, anatomy, zoology and other sciences. He was originally from Ohio, served in World War II, got two degrees from Maryville College and his Ph.D. from Emory.
"I was making $2,400 for nine months teaching at Maryville. Georgia State offered me $3,300 for nine months, so I came. Every summer I taught for extra money.
"Back then, the Athens campus controlled us tightly. I even had to send my test papers to Athens to have them graded. They treated us like step-children."
When Dr. Kolter came to GSU, the entire faculty and staff (down to janitors) " totaled 85 people. We only had about 3,000 students then. We knew everyone. We didn't have much money for operations. They promised me a raise, saying they would try to give me $50 a year more, and several years later, they did."
Georgia State had problems with space, Dr. Kolter continues: "Finally George Sparks, who directed the school and did more for the school than anyone else, got a former parking garage on Ivy Street for us, and we taught classes there in Kell Hall. It still had the ramps for automobiles, and old elevators. Many people used the ramps to get to class, since it was faster. George found all sorts of surplus equipment for the college from the military bases and from the Bell Bomber plant in Marietta. I remember one classroom where we had mix-matched doors, all different. But we at least had a place to teach."
There was no doubt that George Sparks was the key to the school. "He scrimped and saved, and even put in Coke and candy machines, and used that money for operations. He bought buildings on Decatur Street, including a black theatre, and that's where Georgia State has expanded so much today."
Much of the problems between GSU and UGA, nearly a feud, has been chronicled by Dr. Merl E. Reed in the Georgia Historical Quarterly in 1996.
FEB. 13, 2015 -- We have two dominate political parties in this country. One panders to fear, i.e., the immigrants will bring Ebola across the border, ISIS will invade us, etc. Also, entitlements need cuts or we will bankrupt the country with deficit spending. Or I'm afraid the government will confiscate my guns despite thousands gunned down annually. That is why we need to increase defense spending, curtail a few freedoms, do a little torturing and have a tax cut for the top 1 percent.
The other offers hope, a measured intelligent response to world problems, health insurance for everyone, a decent wage for all workers, re-building the nation's infrastructure. A superior education with a decrease in the cost of financing would cement this all together. Finally, work to build a sustainable planet and with all of the above, joblessness in this country would be eliminated.
Finally, we have the one that belongs to the average voter, complacency. As an example, do a test on your friends or relatives. Ask them to name their elected representatives from the President to the local sheriff. I rest my case, because very few, if any, can accomplish this simple test of living in a democracy.
So, we have the three, fear, hope and complacency and now stir in the incompetent, monopolist media, principally cable television and right-wing talk radio shows. Also make an analysis of the local nightly news. What we see is gun violence and killings; one right after the other. Finally, remember the fear factor above, the emphasis is always on African-Americans doing the crime. This gets those ratings up and adds profits to the bottom line.
Now we are cooking, so add unlimited spending by the oligarchy or corporate elite on elections and extensive gerrymandering. What is the final product? Perhaps civil unrest, an increase in crime, or other negative things could be in our country's future.
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Editor, the Forum:
As a retired educator
and the parent of a Gwinnett County Public Schools food service employee,
I was so angered by Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to halt insurance for the
part-time workers. These are the people who truly make the system run
so teachers can attempt to teach. There is so much paper work and test
passing pressure that teaching is secondary. But that is a rant for another
Ooops! Those were two different bridges in the last edition
Editor, the Forum
While Ruthy Lachman is correct that the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world, it is located in Japan. You'll notice from the picture of the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge that the towers have two horizontal cross bracings above the roadway deck, while the foreground bridge in the mystery photo has three.
Forum's opinion was excellent summary of governor's efforts
Editor, the Forum:
Your recent take on Governor Deal was an excellent summary of our "beloved" governor. His legacy, so far, anyway, is that of cronyism, obstructionism, and an ever-present willingness to kick the working folks while they're down. I'll stand by my name for him, that is, Shady Deal.
Took Forum suggestion, enjoyed Jamaican restaurant in Lilburn
Editor, the Forum:
After reading the article in GwinnettForum on the new Jamaican restaurant, "A Taste of Paradise" in Lilburn, I decided I needed to try the exotic sounding menu. On Wednesday at lunch a companion and I dined at Paradise. Now while I dislike highly spiced food, it can never be too spicy for my friend, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity for a fair and balanced review. We both loved our individual selections.
I had oxtail and my friend had jerk chicken, both as lunch plates. Not sure how either of us could have eaten more, as these was very generous servings. We both were more than satisfied. They also gave us another taste of other chicken and beef dishes and they were excellent also. Desserts looked delicious but we were too full to try them. I will return, and highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
Mary Beth Byerly is returning to Gwinnett Technical Collage as the vice president of institutional advancement. She will also serve as the executive director of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. Byerly most recently was director for resource development for the Technical College System of Georgia.
As vice president of institutional advancement, Byerly will oversee the college's marketing and communications and the activities of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation including all resource development initiatives, scholarships and alumni activities.
Byerly first joined Gwinnett Tech in 2000. She had major roles in the development of the George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development, the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center and the Life Sciences Center.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech, Byerly worked for 12 years with the United Way of Greater Atlanta. She graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in business administration. Byerly is also a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.
Snellville planning 3rd Casino Night to benefit local charities
Donations and sponsorships are being sought for the third annual Casino Night, sponsored by The Gwinnett Sunrise Rotary Club, the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association and the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce. This year the three civic organizations are banding together to raise money for The Snellville Community Garden, The Gwinnett Community Clinic and other local charities.
The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 14 at Summit Chase Country Club, 3197 Classic Drive. Table sponsorships are available. Business owners may also donate silent auction and/or raffle items.
Admission is $40 per person and includes a buffet, a complimentary drink ticket and $15,000 in play money for table play. A cash bar is also available. Bids on silent auction items can be made throughout the evening with final bids from 9: 15 to 9:30 p.m. Raffle prizes will be announced from 9:30 through 10 p.m.
Brenau sponsors 3rd annual lecture series this weekend
Brenau University, in partnership with Gainesville First Baptist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and other local churches serving Northeast Georgia, will sponsor the 2015 Annual Religion for the 21st Century Lecture Series Friday, on February 13, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, February 14, 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St.
The two-day Chautauqua-style event will include three lectures, coffee and water service, a reception, and on-site lunch. This year's lectures are entitled "Sibling Rivalry: Biblical Stories, Modern Interpretations."
Keynote speaker Professor Amy-Jill Levine currently holds the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professorship of New Testament Studies and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University and is a member of Cambridge University's Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations.
This will be the third Religion for the 21st Century lecture program sponsored by Brenau University and Gainesville Churches.
Gwinnett County has
closed on the $14 million purchase of Simpsonwood from the North Georgia
Conference of the United Methodist Church. The 223-acre property is located
in Peachtree Corners. Funded by SPLOST, the Simpsonwood acquisition provides
an opportunity to preserve green space and provide passive recreational
opportunities for residents of Gwinnett.
Gwinnett Tech adds Jenkins to its board of directors
Gwinnett Technical College has expanded its board of directors with the addition of Doug Jenkins, Metro North Region Manager for Georgia Power. Jenkins is responsible for providing leadership for region operations, sales, customer service, economics and community development. He is also responsible for external affairs activities for 327,000 Georgia Power customers in Gwinnett, Forsyth, North Fulton and North DeKalb.
Prior to his current position, he served as assistant to the executive vice president of customer service and operations and got a master's degree in finance from Georgia State. He joined Georgia Power in 1987 as a co-op student at Georgia Tech, where he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He is also a member of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.
from previous edition)
In June 1883, Woodrow Wilson spent time in Rome with his uncle, James W. Bones, in settling the estate of another uncle. There he met Ellen Louise Axson, the daughter of the Reverend Samuel Edward Axson and Margaret Jane Hoyt. After a brief courtship Wilson persuaded Ellen Axson to marry him, but not until he decided to give up the practice of law and returned to school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., where he received a Ph.D. in 1886. Meanwhile, she attended the Art Students League of New York. Wilson and Axson married in Savannah on June 24, 1885, in the manse of the Independent Presbyterian Church, the home of Axson's grandfather.
In the 1880s Wilson's career as a teacher took him to Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, followed by a stint at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He went to Princeton University in 1890 as professor of jurisprudence and was appointed president of that institution in 1902. After his resignation in 1910, he was elected governor of New Jersey as a Democrat, serving in 1911 and 1912. He was the Democratic candidate for president in 1912 and was elected over incumbent William Howard Taft and former president Theodore Roosevelt, who had split the Republican vote. He served two terms, from 1913 to 1921.
Ellen Wilson, who suffered from kidney disease, died on August 6, 1914, 17 months after her husband became president. She is buried in Rome, at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Wilson was remarried in December 1915 to Edith Bolling Galt. Wilson died in Washington, D.C., on February 3, 1924, and is buried in a crypt in the Washington National Cathedral.
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(NEW) Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Duluth Middle School. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Duluth-Norcross, and the 7th and 8th Grade Builder Club, it is an "all you can eat" affair, with pancakes, sausage and drinks. Cost is $5 per person.
(NEW) Backyard Bird Count: Join the Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) this weekend as it explores the exciting world of birding by participating in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Learn about birds and the important role they play in the eco-system through crafts and activities. EHC staff will lead hikes throughout each day and take guests on short bird counts. Findings from the counts will be entered into a database sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. Birding 101 will take place at 1 p.m. and Birding 102 will take place at 2 p.m. on all three days. Pre-registration for both Birding 101 and 102 is encouraged and can be done online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Soil Basics for Vegetable Gardening: The most important component of plant growth is the soil. It provides the plants with vital nutrients and water. Having a basic understanding of soil and its role will help you have an attractive, healthy lawn and garden. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. February 17, in the Snellville City Hall Community Room, 2342 Oak Road. The class is free, but registration is required to plan for materials. Register by February 10 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
State-of-the-County address, by County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, Thursday, February 19, starting at 11:30 a.m., at Gwinnett Center. Cost is $75 per person. To register, go online here.
(NEW) Quince Girl and Sweet 16 Expo will be March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center in Berkeley Lake. This free event will feature do-it-yourself sessions for creating special invitations, party favors and centerpieces. Interactive demonstrations and party planning professionals will be on hand. Interested exhibitors and vendors can call 678-277-0920 for more information. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, now at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, continues through April 30. Visitors connect the stories of American history to their own experiences by learning about the lives of five historical children and their families. A supplementary exhibit is titled Georgia's Sacred Soils. This exhibit blends science and history through the exploration of Georgia's geology and its colonial history. Both exhibits are included in the price of admission to the EHC. More info: www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Introduction to Drawing class at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, through March 3, 6:15 p.m. until 8 p.m. Instructor is Lucy Brady. This basic course will show students that they can draw; it is a skill that anyone can learn. It will train the eye to see better, touch on composition, perspective and comparative measurement to assure proper proportions. Equipment required is a sketchbook, pencils and an eraser. Cost is $120 for members, and $130 for non- members. For more information call at 770-840-9844 or see the website.
Gwinnett Senior Games will be from April 1 to May 13 for Gwinnett seniors age 50 and older. Deadline to sign up to participate in the activity is March 13. Those interested can download information at www.GwinnettSeniorGoldenGames.org. The fee is $15, and for this, you receive two meals, a T-shirt, a gift and a medal if you are good enough at that event. There are over 30 events included in the overall activity. Registration forms may also be picked up at Gwinnett Senior Centers.
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