Meet some of our SOAR Mentors
Edward Hill- Edward is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He furthered his educational career at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and received a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Development. Continuous studies and research was done at Columbia College, where he attained his Masters of Education. He acquired his Doctorate of Education from South Carolina State University. Edward worked with the TRIO Program at the University of South Carolina for the past eight years, as an Upward Bound Drama Instructor. During his tenure as a dedicated and empowering Upward Bound Instructor, Edward was voted by the students as Teacher of the Year, in the years of 1999, 2002 and 2004. He is an advocate for the establishment of programs that engage fathers in the education of their children. He is the founder of the school-based program, D.A.D.S. (Developing A Demonstrating Society). He is an active member of Brookland Baptist Church where he serves as the President of the SonRise Chorale, Sunday School Teacher for the Young Adult Class, and mentor for many youth ministries.
Cynthia Cano - Dr. Cynthia Rodriguez Cano is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business. Dr. Cano was born, raised, and educated in Tampa, Florida, receiving her Bachelor and Master degrees in Accountancy and PhD degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida. Ethnic minority consumer behavior is Dr. Cano's major field of research with a book publication, Advertising Ethnicity, and academic articles in Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, International Journal of Research in Marketing, International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Social Responsibility Journal, and Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing. Dr. Cano professional memberships include American Marketing Association, Academy of Marketing Science, Society for Marketing Advances, American Management Association, Association of Consumer Research, and Association of Historical Analysis & Research in Marketing; honor memberships include Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Gold Key Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon.
Larry Christenson - Larry Christenson serves as the Executive Director of University Housing at Georgia College. He is starting his third year in Georgia. Prior he has worked at St. Cloud State University (MN), University of Minnesota-Morris, Kent State University (OH) and Western Michigan University (MI). His wife, Kwan, teaches Anatomy and Physiology at Georgia College and is from Thailand. Together they have one very spoiled Pug.
Mark Craddock - Mark joined Georgia College as the Associate Director of Operations for University Housing on July 1, 2009. He moved to Milledgeville from Radford, Virginia where he served as the Assistant Director/Area Coordinator for Main Quad at Radford University. Before Radford University, Mark worked at The University of Tennessee Knoxville as the Hall Director for Clement Hall. Mark received both his degrees from Radford University including a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services.
Flor Culpa Bondal- Dr. Flor Bondal is assistant professor in the School of Nursing College of Health Sciences. She coordinates the RN-BSN/MSN program and mainly teaches psychiatric mental health nursing. Her current research interest is on the effective utilization of web 2.0 environment in teaching and learning. Dr. Bondal who grew up in the Philippines now lives in Gray, GA with her husband and two daughters, Jeri, 10 and Paula, 13 years old. She enjoys reading and bargain hunting.
Renee Fontenot - Rene is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the College of Business. Civic engagement and community development underlie all that she does. Her passion is to mentor students in and out of the classroom to become the leaders, especially business leaders, in a community through experiences that reach beyond the classroom and beyond the grounds of campus. Dr. Fontenot, "Doc", earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Montana, an MBA from Gonzaga University, and completed her doctorate in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. She is an academic advisor for the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community and is an active member of the local community as a Rotarian, Chamber Ambassador, and board member of several community organizations.
Robin Harris - Robin has been at Georgia College, in one form or another, since 1987. First as a "late-blooming" undergraduate, then as a Masters in History student, next as a part-time instructor while she earned her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, then temporary part-time in the History Department before spending four years as the Director of the Office of Experiential Learning; in 2004, she returned to full-time teaching in the Department of Government & Sociology. She loves working with students and helping them become the very best they can be. In addition to her academic field of Technology & Society, She teaches a Women's Studies Course and the annual Sociology of HIV/AIDS class. She is the academic advisor for the Campus A.N.G.E.L.S. (AIDS Now Grasps Every Living Soul) organization that supports the A.N.G.E.L.S. Foundation, Inc., which provides nutritional assistance and other support for those in the Middle Georgia area living with HIV/AIDS, and works to promote HIV/AIDS awareness in the area and on the Georgia College campus.
Bruce Harshbarger - Bruce Harshbarger has been the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Georgia College since 1995. He was swept up in college life at the age of six while going along to move his older sister in at college as a freshman, and his life has revolved around campuses ever since. He has visited over 100 college campuses across America and can honestly claim that Georgia College is his favorite place in all of higher education. Dr. Harshbarger received a bachelors degree in History and a masters in Counseling from Wake Forest University, and completed his doctorate in Higher Education Administration at UNC-Greensboro. In his free time, he enjoys tutoring local kids on SAT test-taking skills.
Faith Hunter- Faith is looking forward to being a part of the SOAR Program. She was born and raised here in Milledgeville. This will be her twelfth year at Georgia College. She works in University Housing as an Assignment Coordinator and she has enjoyed her time here thus far. She is currently enrolled as a part time pre- nursing student. She has two children (young adults) – a daughter who recently graduated from Columbus State and a son who will graduate from Georgia Southern in December. She's pretty much a laid back person, but she does enjoy doing many different activities i.e. walks in the park. She is fascinated with science and enjoys growing plants and flowers. She loves music, especially neo soul, such as Erykah Badu.
Chavonda Mills - Dr. Chavonda Mills is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Georgia College. A native of Decatur, GA, she remained close to home for her undergraduate education. She graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2006, she received her Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Florida A&M University. Her research focus is on the effect of novel flavonoid derivatives as anti-cancer and anti-HIV agents. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Association for Cancer Research, National Organization of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her free time, Dr. Mills enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Mandy Peacock - Mandy is a native of Milledgeville and love the "Old South". She is a 1989 graduate of GMC Prep School and a 1996 graduate of Georgia College. She received a B.S. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. She is The Annual Fund Coordinator at Georgia College and is responsible for various fund raising campaigns. She also serves on the Homecoming Committee as well as Staff Council. She has a 10 year old son and is engaged to a soldier who is currently serving in Afghanistan. She loves shopping, reading, decorating, collecting antiques, meeting people, and cooking
Huaiya Wang- Huaiya is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Elaine Whitaker - Elaine Whitaker came to Georgia College in 2006 as Professor of English and Chair of our Department of English & Rhetoric. She is passionate about the liberal arts-especially the combination of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to share our thoughts and establish community. She particularly enjoys teaching ENGL 1101, participating in Book Circles, and attending the International Dinner and the Flagg Awards Dinner each year.