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.



Accounting graduate receives major scholarship

  • Larrentis Thomas, a GC alumni with a bachelor’s in accounting, was selected by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to receive a $10,000 scholarship to finance his graduate degree.
  • The PCAOB selects institutions on a rolling basis and once selected, an institution will not be considered for selection for the next five years or until all institutions in the respective group has been selected, whichever occurs first. This is the first time Georgia College has been selected.
  • Nominated by faculty, he is the first Georgia College student to receive this scholarship.
  • Thomas will pursue his master’s degree at GC, and has a full-time position ready upon completion of the degree.
  • Quote from Dr. Catherine Whelan: “Larrentis is known within the department as an incredibly hard-working and dedicated student with a great attitude toward school and life in general,” said Dr. Catherine Whelan, chair of the Department of Accounting.

Honorary Alumnus gives back to GC with new cloud app

  • Anthony Tony, ’09, served as CEO of one of the earliest private-labeled broadband Internet and communications services companies and established the first Intellectual Capital Partnership Program in technology for higher education in the State of Georgia. Tan has served as an Advisory Board member to the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business and as a Trustee to the Georgia College & State University Foundation.
  • Today, Tan is leading StoAmigo, a company he founded that is going to set the standard in cloud storage innovation. Having already been featured in Forbes magazine for the Cloudlocker personal cloud storage device, the company’s new development is called Tack App.
  • Tack App will turn any computer or Android device into a cloud server.
  • Tan and his company StoAmigo will give back to Georgia College through a new Tack App. When activating, free of charge, the Tack App,use the promotional code Bobcats4Biz to begin sharing files, and StoAmigo will contribute funding to support student organizations in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business.

Student selected to attend Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference

Brian Minter, computer science senior, was one of 350 students in the world selected to get a free ticket to the 2016 Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference. Scholarship applicants were required to submit an app that demonstrated creative use of Apple technologies and runs on an Apple platform as well as answer an essay question about the coding process. Ticket prices for the conference are valued at over $1,500.

Minter’s app, CourseKeeper (http://brian-minter.com/coursekeeper/), helps students keep track of their grades. Brian will be attending the 2016 Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco in June 12-17.

USDA Grant funds the creation of the Center of Design and E-Commerce (CODEC)

Talking points:

  • Georgia College recently received a $63,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) The USDA Rural Business Development grant will enable rural counties in Georgia to overcome significant challenges, including size; limited financial, technological, and human resources; and limited exposure to the global marketplace, by partnering with Georgia College’s CODEC to develop e-commerce websites, effective social media pages and enhanced search engine optimization of their websites.
  • “The grant project is based on the fact that central Georgia’s small businesses play a crucial role in contributing to the region’s economic recovery,” said Caroline Collier, Center of Design and E-Commerce (CODEC) director and lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science. “With a change in marketing techniques and expansion into global markets using e-commerce services made possible through CODEC, we hope that new businesses will once again thrive in central Georgia.”
  • CODEC will educate rural businesses on how to develop e-commerce websites, create effective social media pages and improve search engine optimization (SEO) of their websites using simple tutorial videos. The center will provide on-site support and assistance as well as a series of three tutorial videos for businesses to use featuring an e-commerce series, social media series and SEO series. Students from the Department of Mass Communication will film and edit the tutorial videos.
  • This project will also include students from a large spectrum of majors like management, information systems, computer science, mass communication and marketing. The project will benefit students by giving them hands-on experience in their fields, while also benefiting small businesses located in rural counties in Georgia.


2016 U.S. News and World Report – Online Program Rankings

  • Georgia College online graduate nursing programs were ranked eighth in the country— tied with University of Cincinnati. Georgia College’s online graduate nursing programs were the highest ranking in the state.
  • The online Master of Business Administration (Georgia WebMBA® at Georgia College) was also recognized as the highest-ranking state university, ranking 22nd nationally and tied with four other universities.
  • The online graduate business programs at Georgia College, excluding the MBA, were listed as the 33rd, tied with several other schools including Georgia Southern University. This ranking assesses master’s-level business degree programs that are not MBA programs. Examples include degrees in accounting, finance, insurance, marketing and management.
  • U.S. News & World Report also recognized the online bachelor’s degree offerings at Georgia College ranking them 49th best in the nation and tied with several other schools.

GC Alumna accepted as female Ph.D. student in Computer Science

Talking Points:

  • Karen Aguar, a Georgia College Alumna, is a female Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the University of Georgia.
  • Aguar graduated from Georgia College in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. She did not originally enter GC intending to major in computer science, but she found she really enjoyed the introductory CS courses. After changing her major, she worked with the computer science professors to finish her degree in four years. While she was an undergrad, she worked as a tutor for computer science and also created instructional videos to supplement some of the textbooks used in the computer science departments.
  • Knowing she wanted to teach, Aguar applied to University of Georgia’s Ph.D. in Computer Science program. She was not originally accepted to the Ph.D. program, but they had accepted her to their master’s in computer science program. Instead of giving up her dream of teaching and entering the workforce, Aguar took a chance and accepted her invitation to their master’s program with hopes of transferring to their Ph.D. program. After a short time at UGA, she was accepted as the only American female pursuing her Ph.D. in computer science at UGA during this time.
  • She credits her academic success to a strong support system of professors from both Georgia College and the University of Georgia. She stated that the small class sizes and the personal relationships created with the professors at GC were invaluable; and because UGA did not offer a research topic that fit her interests, she worked with UGA professors to create an entirely new research topic for computer science majors in computer science education.