Dr. Jim Payne honored for “Best Paper in Economics”

  • Dr. Jim Payne, dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, will be honored by the Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF) for his paper with Dr. Junsoo Lee (University of Alabama) and Dr. Maruska Vizek (Institute of Economics Zagreb) entitled “Stochastic Convergence in Per Capita Fossil Fuel Consumption across U.S. States.”
  • For the research, they will receive the “Best Paper in Economics Award” at the 54th annual AEF conference in Charleston, South Carolina, in February 2017.
  • Their study utilizes recent advances in time series econometrics to examine the response of per capita fossil fuel consumption patterns for each of the 50 U.S. states in light of the federal and state energy policies related to energy conservation and efficiency standards along with the emergence of renewable portfolio standards across states. The results indicate that in the vast majority of states there is evidence of convergence in per capita fossil fuel energy consumption.



Georgia College Soccer receives NSCAA Team Academic Award

  • The Georgia College Soccer team is a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for exemplary academic performance during the 2015-16 academic year.
  • The Bobcats received the award after posting a 3.46 team GPA in the 2015-16 academic year. Teams receiving the award must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The honor marks the fifth-straight year head coach Hope Clark’s squad has received the award.
  • Bobcat Soccer’s stellar academic performance in the 2015-16 academic year also helped the Georgia College Department of Athletics post the highest GPA in school history this passed year at 3.22.

Ken McGill lands first patent for GC

  • U.S. Patent #9,441,993 was issued Tuesday, Sept. 13, giving Georgia College ownership of McGill’s new theory: the “Conduit Bound Propagation Separation Model.” The method will lead to constructing a better flow-meter to measure fluids in interstate pipelines worth trillions of dollars a day.
  • The patent brings a new level of distinction to the university, showcasing success in its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, said Kenneth J. Procter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Over the years, undergrads constructed “bits and pieces” of the flow-meter, pushed buttons when directed by computer code and got “just a glimmer of how things work” by graduation. Five students currently collect data. They’ll help write findings in science publications and co-author anything McGill publishes.
  • About half of all U.S. interstate commerce travels through pipelines. Industries like petroleum, pharmaceutical, chemical and mining must know precisely when materials begin and stop flowing. Businesses can’t afford to lose a single drop of expensive commodities like gasoline, oil, coal slurry or water.
  • McGill’s students started building a flow-meter in the basement of Herty Hall. They connected microphones to the outside of a pipe, hooked by cables to an elaborate system of knobs, voltage meters and amplifiers that measure sound waves.

GC student wins sustainability scholarship

  • Emma Brodzik was recently recognized as the recipient of the Connie Burns Scholarship. The award was presented at the 2016 Georgia Recycling Coalition Conference held at St. Simon’s Island on Sept. 20.
  • About the Scholarship: Awarded in honor of Connie Burns, of Effingham County, Georgia. Burns was an active Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC) member for several years and renowned for her spirit, love of life and adventure, and her true understanding of and dedication to effective waste reduction and recycling practices. The solid waste and recycling community lost Burns to an unexpected death in August of 2012. Burns was active in the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), serving as the director of the group’s communication, education and marketing division. That role just scratched the surface of all the work she did in the Effingham County community, including serving as director of Keep Effingham Beautiful and coordinator for Rivers Alive Effingham. She was also on the Governor’s Task Force on Litter Abatement and Prevention and the advisory board for the Effingham United Way. As a way to remember and honor her life and work, GRC in partnership with SWANA Georgia Chapter, established the Connie Burns Scholarship Program dedicated to assisting and mentoring Georgia college and university students interested in a career path in recycling, composting, environmental practices and sustainability.

GC sophomore places at international paraclimbing competition

  • Connor King placed third at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Paraclimbing World Championship in Paris, France, last week.
  • The sophomore mass communications and information systems double major won third place in Men’s RP1 category, for competitors with physical or neurological disabilities. King has cerebral palsy, but his disability could not keep him from making the podium in this international competition.
  • Quote: “This was definitely the highlight of my life, so far,” said King. “I placed fifth at the competition two years ago in Spain, but I never imagined I’d get a medal.”
  • During his time at Georgia College, he makes ample use of the climbing wall at the Wellness and Recreation Center saying it “definitely helps having a rock wall here to practice at, and the people there are very nice.”
  • King is involved on campus serving as a Community Advisor for Foundation Hall, a perfect fit for him because it allows him to “interact with different kinds of people, get to know them and really make a difference on campus.”

More information on the competition, which took place Sept.14-16, can be found here.