Dr. Joanne Previts named nation’s Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education

  • Dr. Joanne Previts was named the nation’s Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education. She received the award at the Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.
  • Criteria includes that the awardee must be licensed for grades 5 – 8, 6-9, or intermediate level and must be an advocate for teacher candidates by serving as an effective advisor, recruiting future students, modeling outstanding teaching and having quality supervising of field experiences.
  • During her seven years at Georgia College, Previts, an associate professor of middle grades education, has served as a mentor leader and professor at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is currently the co-editor of the “Middle School Journal,” a scholarly publication of the Association for Middle Level Education. Previts also received the 2016 University Excellence in Teaching Award for Georgia College. She received her Bachelors of Arts in elementary education from Notre Dame College, Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University.
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GC wins Best Fact Book and IR website

  • Georgia College won best fact book and best institutional research website from the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR.) The production of the Fact Book is an annual collaboration between the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Creative Services and University Communications.
  • SAIR is dedicated to the advancement of research leading to improved understanding, planning and operation of institutions of post-secondary education. The organization provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in the field of institutional research. In addition, SAIR promotes the continued professional development of individuals engaging in institutional research and fosters the unity and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to research.

GC alumna first-ever female police captain in Lilburn, Georgia

  • Christy Nebel Wentzell, ’01, was announced by Police Cheif Bruce Hedley as Lilburn, Georgia’s first-ever female captain on July 25.
  • Wentzell will manage the department’s Operations Division including: community outreach, fleet management and uniform patrol.
  • Prior to joining the force in Lilburn, the 14-year law enforcement veteran served the Henry County Police Department and the Montgomery-Robertson County Community Corrections in Montgomery County, Tennessee. She was just 21 when she began policing with the Henry County Police Department and would work there for 14 years.
  • Quote: “I am proud to have Captain Wentzell join my management team,” said Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and will certainly compliment my command staff. Captain Wentzell was chosen from scores of applicants who applied for this position from across Georgia. She rose to the top because of her can-do positive spirit, professional demeanor, education, experience and ability to think fast on her feet.”
  • Initially, Wentzell aspired to become a teacher. However, while waiting tables in college, a co-worker advised her to consider a career in law enforcement. She suggested for Wentzell to ride in a patrol car with her husband who was a Gwinnett County Police Officer.
  • Quote: “The very first time I was allowed to sit in the police car, I was hooked,” said Wentzell. “I started doing a few ride-a-longs every month and fell in love with everything that policing encompassed,” she said. “Much to my mother’s dismay, I switched my major to criminal justice and am thankful every day that I did.”

Grant from National Institute of Health funds brain research at Georgia College

  • Ashok Hegde, Ph.D., the William Harvey Professor of Biomedical Sciences,
    recently scored Georgia College a $381,357 grant from the National
    Institute of Health (NIH).
  • It’s the first time Georgia College has received a grant from that federal agency. It’s unusual too, because competition’s fierce even among larger, research schools. Less than 15 percent of applications each year get funded.
  • Quote from Dr. Indiren Pillay, chair of biological and environmental sciences: “This is an immense achievement. Not only does it put us in the forefront of doing cutting-edge research; it also serves as a great platform for our undergraduate students to get involved in neuroscience research,” Pillay said. “For me, getting the grant is one thing. But what the grant brings is opportunity for our students. And that’s what will enhance our program. That’s what it’s all about.”
  • The university had to provide the government evidence its research will work. This included preliminary data, innovation, introduction of new concept, methodology and proper description of plans. Hegde also had to show his past history, publications and contribution to science.
  • The grant is being used to purchase special machinery, chemicals, microscopes and computer software to analyze data. Money will also pay the salary of a postdoctoral Research Fellow and stipends for undergraduates to continue their work in the summer.
  • Four students currently work with Hegde. Senior biology major William Anda of Peachtree City said he’s excited to join Hegde’s team, because the research is “completely unique.”
  • Students will study the brains of mice, which have largely the same gene composition as humans. They will examine pathways that turn on genes in nerve cells and measure changes in electrical communication along pathways between nerve cells.

GC Director of Admissions elected to national post

  • Georgia College’s Director of Admissions Ramon Blakley was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). During his three-year term, Blakley will serve this organization that represents more than 15,000 admissions professionals worldwide.
  • NACAC was founded in 1937 and is dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. A member-directed organization, NACAC is governed by its voting members, an Assembly of delegates elected by voting members in NACAC’s state and regional affiliates, and by an elected Board of Directors.

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.