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.



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.

International student thrives at GC thanks to Global Scholars Fund

  • Andre Moussa, a student from Venezuela, received a scholarship from the Global Scholars Fund that aided in his completion of a bachelor’s degree in biology.
  • Because it is sometimes difficult to convert Venezuelan bolivares into American dollars, this fund has helped Moussa out a great deal.
  • Each year the Global Scholars Fund awards scholarships to a single student or multiple students, depending on the need.
  • The scholarship fund is supplemented through donations as well as the International Dinner. Held yearly, students create more than 20 dishes from their home countries, while guests enjoy a full evening of entertainment featuring the talents and cultures of current Georgia College students.
  • Quote from Andre Moussa: “I know a lot of internationals that are going through hard times just because back home is really bad so it would be great if people would donate and support this scholarship fund,” said Moussa.

Student named 2016 Newman Civic Fellow

Talking Points:

  • Political science major Jonathan Mangrum recognized by Campus Compact as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow.
  • Mangrum active in the American Democracy Project (ADP) and passionate about civic engagement.
  • Her helped plan and facilitate several events that promoted social awareness, most notably a citywide forum held on Milledgeville/Baldwin County unification referendum.
  • He’s also vice president of GC Model United Nations; student justice for SGA Judicial Board; active in Honors Program; and executive council officer of Eta Sigma Alpha.


“I just really love people and working with others, and that really started for me in high school and just developed on from there,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunities I’ve gotten at Georgia College so far, and I want others to know I’ve been able to do what I have done because of how great this university is and the great people here.” – Mangrum

McKenzie Fisher – Bobcats Against Hunger Co-Founder

Talking Points:

  • McKenzie Fisher, ’16,  was as co-founder of Bobcats Against Hunger, an Emerging Leader of the Year Award recipient, president of Omicron Delta Kappa and a Georgia Association of Colleges & Employers (GACE) Jack Mangham Award recipient.
  • As a first-year student, Fisher learned about the principles of leadership and how she could develop herself as a leader through the Emerging Leaders program. In her sophomore year, Fisher became a peer mentor for first-year Georgia College students to help them develop their leadership skills. She received the Emerging Leader of the Year award presented by Omicron Delta Kappa—a national leadership society, of which she served as president during her senior year.
  • Fisher, a business marketing major, also completed the Leadership Certificate program and participated in the Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) program.
  • Quote: “I would take what I learned and apply it outside of the classroom,” says Fisher. “And, that position was co-founding Bobcats Against Hunger.”
  • Bobcats Against Hunger partnered with different campus organizations, local businesses and a church to raise funds. By the end of its second year, Bobcats Against Hunger raised $25,000 and packaged 100,000 meals for the nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere, and the meals were received in Baldwin County.
  • Fisher also enjoyed her leadership experience through the university’s GEM program. Her mentor was Georgia College & State University Foundation Trustee Alex Gregory, president and CEO and chair of YKK Corporation of America.
  • Fisher was selected for the Jack Mangham Award by the GACE for her broad leadership experience and co-founding Bobcats Against Hunger.
  • Quote: “I believe that before students begin internships they need to understand the importance of doing their best on every task thrown their way,” Fisher said. “I think in order to really get the most out of any internship, students need to realize that some of the most basic tasks can be the most transferable preparation for their career.”