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Legacy

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2008 Flagg Social Justice Legacy Award  Honorees and Nominees

2008 GC Flagg Social Justice Award Recipients
Paul Grigsby, University Award Recipient
George Hogan, Community Award Recipient
John Sallstrom, Community /University Award Recipient

2008 GC Flagg Social Justice Award Nominees

Louise Austin | BANS | Anderson Bentley | Benjamin Beutjer | Allia Carter | Denise Chambers | Tsu-Ming Chiang | Susan Cumings | Libby Davis | Tameka Dean | Carter GillespiePamela HunterRobin O. Harris | Paul Jones | Linda Watson Kaufman | Collins P. Lee | James Lunsford | Taylor Mills | Tom Miles | Mary Jane Phillips | Omer Reid | Ronnie Richardson | Noelle Rose | Harold Simmons | Debra Stair | Kendall Stiles | Kimberly Tarver | Wayne Williams | Veronica Womack 

***Information obtained below was obtained and summarized by each nominee's nomination form.

Paul Grigsby, University Award Recipient

Georgia College senior Paul Grigsby received the Flagg University Award for his advocacy of social justice through art. Grigsby is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in African American Studies.  From New Play Development to Nonprofit Leadership, Grisby's course work aligns with the crucial role he has played as founder and president of Art as an Agent for Change, part of the university's commitment to social justice.  Art as an Agent for Change employs Georgia College's strong fine arts program to accomplish community goals by creating and displaying art that advocates equity and diversity.
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George Hogan, Community Award Recipient

Milledgeville native George Hogan received the Flagg Community Award for his commitment and work in the community.   As president of the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Hogan has been instrumental in the advancement of minorities in Milledgeville. Hogan broke racial barriers during his law enforcement career as the first African American Georgia State Trooper for Milledgeville Post 33.  Hogan currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Georgia Military College where he advocates diversity of the student body as well as the faculty and staff. Hogan holds prominent membership on local boards including American Legion Post 523, serving as senior vice-commander for the 6th District.  He also has served as one of the main community organizers for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations "A Day On, Not Off."
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John Sallstrom, Community and University Award Recipient

Retired Georgia College vice president John Sallstrom was presented the Flagg Community and University Award for his efforts to bridge the gap between the university and the community. Sallstrom often is referred to as the "public face of Georgia College to the community." He has devoted his lifetime of service to the principles of social justice and interfaith understanding.  Sallstrom retired from Georgia College after more than 30 years of service to the university and the campus. During his career, he served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration, Associate Vice President for Academic Administration and Associate Vice President for Academic Success.  His involvement with the Milledgeville community as an advocate for social justice has been exemplary.
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2008 GC Flagg Social Justice Award Nominees

Louise Austin
An active member of the County Line Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Ms. Austin is a FVSU Alumnae.  She serves on many community organizations.  Truly an inspiration and mentor to all.
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Black Association of Nursing Students (BANS) 
Founded in 1986 by Ella Milner and Barbara Tobias to primarily provide African Americans and other minority students with academic support to address their particular needs in the nursing major.  The purpose of BANS is to advance academic excellence, promote positive rapport, and to affirm self-worth among minority nursing students.
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Anderson Bentley
An educator for over 30 years and an active member in the Milledgeville community, Bentley has mentored, taught and advised a number of kids and parents.  He has inspired many African American students to attend  college through his teaching and mentoring. 
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Benjamin Beutjer
Beutjer works with the Pride Alliance to promote diversity and is an active advocate within the gays and lesbians community.
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Allia Carter
Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Research and Enrollment Management at GC, Carter has been credited for improving educational experience for minority students through the SOAR program.  She implements diversity not only socially, but also scholastically through the Bridge Scholars Program.
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Denise Chambers
Student activist of many causes, Chambers is a social justice model to the rest of us. She has appeared in the Vagina Monologues for two consecutive years.
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Tsu-Ming Chiang
A wonderful and influential professor who actively promotes social justice for all and encouraged her students to travel abroad.
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Susan Cumings
She has exemplified a commitment towards the fight for equality. She is a passionate advocate for women, people of color, GLBT, the poor and the disenfranchised among many others.
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Libby Davis
GC's International Education Associate Director.  She assists international students with their educational experience.
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Tameka Dean
As president of A.N.G.E.L.S (Aids Now Grasp Every Living Soul), Dean  has done a lot to promote awareness about safe sex and AIDS awareness. 
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Carter Gillespie
Co-founded Unorganized, a student organization for non-Christians that promotes tolerance of all people for who they are and not a reflection of their religious beliefs.
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Pamela Hunter
An ardent advocate for children and a staff member of the Boys and Girls Club for 17 years.    
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Robin O. Harris
An Associate Professor in Government and Sociology, Harris works with the AIDS Foundation and GC A.N.G.E.L.S (AIDS Now Grasp Every Living Soul), which she founded.  
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Paul Jones
GC Vice President of Institutional Research and Enrollment Management.  Jones goes beyond the call of duty to serve as a mentor to several students and staff members at GC.
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Collins P. Lee
An active community member who currently serves as a Baldwin County Commissioner. Lee consistently advocates to improve the lives of Baldwin County residents. He is an active member of the Old Capital Kiwanis Club and several other community based organizations. 
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Linda Watson Kaufman
Kaufman collaborates with Baldwin County Schools principals, teachers and administrators and help prepare the area's future leaders.
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James Lunsford
A retiree from the Baldwin County School System, Lunsford presently serves as Head Boys and Basketball Coach at Twiggs County High School.  He has written articles, lectured, worked, and directed camps all over the Southeast. 
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Taylor Mills
Co-founded Unorganized, a student organization for non-Christians that promotes tolerance of all people for who they are and not a reflection of their religious beliefs.
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Tom Miles
GC's Director of Campus Life and Student Activities whose mission in life has been to fight against  injustices related to race/ethnicity, disabilities, and gender/sexuality issues.
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Mary Jane Phillips
She has been a tireless advocate for the GLBTQ community at GC for many years.  She has been instrumental not only in providing counseling resources but also in getting the GC community as a whole to recognize the needs and challenges facing this community on our campus.  As evidence of this dedication, Phillips initiated the Safe Space Program on the campus which has made a clear difference in the lives of GC GLBTQ students, faculty, and staff.
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Omer Reid
Pastor of Flagg Chapel Church for the past several years, he has continued to embody the legacy of Wilkes B. Flagg.  He has hosted the annual MLK March Speaker at the Church for several years.  Reid has developed several programs for youth and seniors in the community and as President of the local chapter of NAACP, he has kept the community informed of different issues and concerns.
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Ronnie Richardson
Director of Bill Ireland Youth Development Campus.  He works with the Federal Bureau of Prisons providing addiction counseling to inmates in a transitional setting.  He has worked with local churches and other organizations providing services to at risk youth in the community and his passion pivots around making a difference in the lives of others. 
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Noelle Rose
Senior Art Major and President of the Pride Alliance, a student organization that advocates for the rights of gays, lesbians, transgendered, and queers encouraging discussions on homosexuality in minority communities and the popular perceptions and prejudice. 
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Harold Simmons
He was elected to the Baldwin County Board of Education several years ago and has often led the charge to bring to light the inadequacies and inequities in the Baldwin County School System.  He has spoke out about these issues and led town hall meetings to educate the public about the needs among the poor in his community. 
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Debra Stair
Stair co-pastored the New Life Four Square Church for more than 18 years.  As a co-pastor she has spearheaded programs such as Angel Food, Adopt a Block, and Bread where low income families can receive assistance with food.
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Kendall Stiles
Stiles empowers students to make a difference by linking them to the needs of our community.
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Kimberly Tarver
She currently works in GC' s  Office of Human Resources , but her work doesn't end here.  Tarver is also an active member and participant in her local church where she mentors many kids and young adults. One of her goals is to minister and inspire at-risk kids and teenagers through a non-profit endeavor.
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Wayne Williams
A youth leader in the Baldwin community, he has recently been awarded an athletic scholarship to attend Tuskegee University.  Wayne has the character and passion to positively affect those individuals around the school setting and community. 
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Veronica Womack
Assistant Professor of Government and Sociology and Coordinator of the Black Belt Action Network, she is also part of the GC Speakers'  Bureau whose mission is to focus on minority and women's issues. 
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