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.

GC intramural team wins Georgia Peach Classic Flag Football Tournament

  • A Georgia College intramural team took home the top prize at the Georgia Peach Classic Flag Football Tournament.
  • The team, named Flight, went 5-0 in the tournament beating Valdosta State, who was the defending state and national champions. Along the way, they also beat Georgia Southern, Kennesaw and Coastal Georgia twice. For their win, the team gets a paid entry to the national tournament, which will be held in Pensacola Florida during January 2017 and a plaque.

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.

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.