Bobcat Athletics wins PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award

  • Georgia College earned the PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award for the first time in school history.
  • The annual honor is given to the institution displaying the best overall sportsmanship for the 2016-17 season and culminates the PBC’s season-long sportsmanship recognition program.
  • Following each championship sports season a Team Sportsmanship Award is presented to the team in that sport that best exemplifies what the award stands for: the spirit of sportsmanship, a high degree of integrity, character and class.  Each team award is voted on by other teams who compete in that sport and points are awarded on how each team finished in the voting.
  • In 2016-17, Georgia College was a co-winner of the Team Sportsmanship Award in women’s tennis and won outright in men’s tennis and volleyball.  GC has won 12 Team Sportsmanship Awards all-time.

 

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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.

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 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.

Two GC Education degree programs ranked among best in the nation

  • Teacher.org recently released the “Best College” rankings with the Early Childhood Education and the Special Education degrees listed in the top 20 for the U.S.
  • The Georgia College Early Childhood Education degree was listed as fourth in the nation. Of the 425 degree programs reviewed, Georgia College was the top ranked Georgia institution. The ranking noted the field-based approach that leads to significant depth in connecting theory and practice and the unique pairing of students to mentor leaders through the program. The Georgia College Early Childhood program is also nationally recognized through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • The university’s Special Education degree program ranked 19 of the 400 colleges analyzed and was the only Georgia university listed in the top 20. The foundation in the liberal arts, rigorous admission standards, multiple and lengthy field experiences, and a strong focus on leadership and advocacy provide a strong preparation for students. The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
  • Georgia College was also recently recognized by AccreditedCollegesonline.org on the Best Early Childhood Education Programs list, ranking in the top 50 in the nation.

 

 

Volleyball wins AVCA Team Academic Award

  • The Georgia College Volleyball program and head coach Gretchen Krumdieck pulled in their second-straight American Volleyball Coaches (AVCA) Team Academic Award, the organization announced recently.
  • The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
  • The Bobcats posted a 3.53 GPA for 2015-16, well over the minimum requirement and 0.1 above last year’s mark. The AVCA broke a record set last year with over 764 recipients of this honor, including 120 in Division II Women’s Volleyball.
  • Georgia College was one of four teams from the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) on the list, joining Francis Marion University, the University of Montevallo and USC Aiken.