January 18: Congratulations to Katie Ragan ('10)! Katie co-authored an article as an undergraduate that has just been published in Metamorphosis: A North American Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Her article was entitled, "Public Health Impact of the HPV Vaccinations: A Research Update." Her faculty research mentor was Dr. Scott Butler.
January 16, 2013: Stacy Troutt ('10) graduated from North Georgia College with a masters degree in community counseling, and is now working at an in-patient psychiatric crisis stabilization hospital. Stacy says that she's excited to be using her psychology and counseling degrees!
January 3, 2013: Lauren Paveo ('12), a political science major, parlayed an internship in the Governor's Office into a full-time position as Assistant Scheduler.
May 23, 2012: Lisa Baer ('11) has won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Mongolia, 2012-13. See http://infox.gcsu.edu/content/alumna-earns-prestigious-scholarship
May 17, 2012: Former Honors Program director, Dr. Doris Moody, won the Hemphill-Sallstrom Faculty Honors Award for her 38 years of service to Georgia College.
May 13, 2012: Created a "Georgia College Honors Alumni" LinkedIn group. One member so far, and four invitations to join sent!
January 5, 2012: Happy New Year! We've been hearing from a lot of Honors alums via the FB page over the past couple of months: Brendan Kelly ('11) is studying human-computer interaction and, specifically, natural language selection at the University of Colorado; Stacey Scott is working as a compensation analyst and recently celebrated her first wedding anniversary; John Hubert ('10) is in his second year of law school at UGA, is engaged, and plans to join the Air Force as a JAG; Patty Maguire ('10) is working on Long Island in a retirement plan firm, and is going to lots of art museums, plays, and parks; Lauren Lundin ('09) is in her third year of teaching at an international elementary school in Wroclow, Poland; Matt Smith has just opened a bar in Daegu, South Korea; we also heard, indirectly, that Cody Coleman is somewhere in South Korea; Caroline Rentz ('10) is finishing her MA in political science at UGA; Carter Gillespie ('09) and Gary Smith ('10) got married in November; Meredith Carpenter ('11) is working on an MA in intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA after spending a month in India last fall; Lisa Baer ('11) is teaching English in China and hoping to do the same in Mongolia next year; Peggy Harris Walker ('74) is a judge and is continuing her volunteer work on behavioral health services for children with the Carter Center; and, phew!, Chelsea Thomas ('11) is working for the Dawson Community News, after a summer internship with the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, MA, and is engaged. As Chelsea put it, "Whoot-whoot"!
October 3, 2011: I ran into Bobby Jones ('09) at Blackbird Cafe last week. He and Chelsea Losh ('10) are back in Georgia and are partners, along with Dr. Doug Oetter, in an organic farm just outside of Gordon, named (charmingly) Babe and Sage Farm. They'll be selling their produce beginning next spring in Milledgeville, Greensboro, and Macon. See www.babeandsagefarm.com. We wish them well.
May 11, 2011: Lauren Lundin ('09) has two poems in the 12/10 issue of the Bremen-based literary journal, New Leaf. The poems are entitled, "Nativity" and "Turkish Coffee."
Mar 11, 2011: Chelsea Losh ('10) writes, "Bobby [Jones ('09)] and I are both getting a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture at Central Carolina Community College (the most innovative and oldest sustainable agriculture program on the east coast!). To pay rent, etc. I am working at a Power Equipment Store selling chainsaws, tractors, trimmers and the like (no joke!). Bobby is working at a coffee shop that just opened a few months ago. [Bobby worked at Blackbird in Milledgeville.] We have acquired a tiny piece of land and in our spare time are gearing up for our own mini-CSA; we'll be growing and selling: onions, garlic, cabbage, collards, kale, beets, carrots, lettuce, spinach, squash, chard, watermelons, melons, pumpkins, cucumbers, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, Asian greens, hot peppers, bell peppers, peas, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and cut flowers. Bobby is experimenting in a different field with storage crops such as: black beans, cornmeal, and wheat."
March 10, 2011: We heard (via Facebook) from Gary Smith ('10) who writes. "I am in my second semester at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. I'm working towards my masters in World History, and hope to graduate next spring, then. . . pursue a PhD in history. I am focusing on the Indian Ocean as a unit of study, and the interaction between imperialism, globalization, and identity. I also work at the George Mason Special Collections digitizing and archiving historic photograph collections from the 1930s to 1970s. It's a great job that gives me a lot of decision-making power and independence. On top of all that, I am also taking language classes in Urdu (the official language of Pakistan and a close relative of Hindi)."
Feb 10, 2011: We recently heard from Deborah Griffin ('74). Deborah writes, "I was an Honors Program participant when I began Georgia College in the Fall of 1970. I have enjoyed reading about the current program and am offering to assist in any way I can. After Georgia College, I received a masters degree at the University of Georgia and a law degree at Mercer University. I have been a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, an Assistant United States Attorney, for almost 30 years. I was honored to receive the 1994 Georgia College Outstanding Alumni Award and am so proud of the direction the university has taken." We are planning to take Deborah up on her offer of assistance, and have her come to talk to students interests in careers in law.
Sep 03, 2010: Rachel Brochstein ('09) is starting an MA program in Classics at Trinity College, Dublin. Christin Ivey ('09) is leaving for 10 weeks in Cairo to learn to teach ESL
Jul 25, 2010: Lauren Lundin ('09) is living in Wroclaw, Poland where she is teaching ESL at the Wroclaw International School. Lauren encourages all Honors students majoring in Education to at least explore the possibility of teaching at an international school by attending an international school fair and, if they take that interest further, to take the CELTA not the TEFL!
Jul 25, 2010: Rebekah Clark ('09) has just returned from two months working in an orphanage in Acapulco. Rebekah starts teaching Spanish at East Jackson Comprehensive High School in Commerce in August.
Mar 18, 2010: Kim Martin ('82) now lives in New York and is president and general manager of WE tv and Wedding Central. She was named by CableFAX for four consecutive years as one of the 50 most powerful women in cable and is a Multichannel News & Women in Cable Telecommunications' Wonder Woman! Kim is also the driving force behind WE TV's public affairs initiative "WE Empowers Women." Its current project, WE Volunteer, is a call-to-action for women to become more involved in their communities by connecting them with local volunteer opportunities. Kim holds an MBA from Georgia State and a BS in political science from Georgia College. Stay tuned!
Oct 22, 2009: Rebecca Clark ('09) has written a short article about her trip to Rome late last spring to present a paper at an international Flannery O'Connor symposium. Her trip was supported in part by the Honors Program. Rebecca writes, "I was ecstatic to be the sole student representative of O'Connor's alma mater, but I also felt some pressure. . . I presented my paper as part of a student panel and received several good questions, which I did my best to answer. The conference was entitled, 'Reason, Fiction, and Faith: An International Flannery O'Connor Conference.' The conference truly was an international experience. Conference presenters spoke in either English, Italian, or Spanish, during which live translators worked via headsets so that everyone could understand. I was amazed at how far O'Connor's work has spread!" The complete article will be published in the fall newsletter later this semester
Aug 28, 2009: Sarah Hakala ('09) is two weeks into her PhD program in biological anthropology at UGA. She's taking History of Anthropological Theory, Foundations of Ecological Anthropology, Human Osteology, and a special graduate seminar. Sarah writes, "Georgia College was an incredible school for my undergraduate degree, but I'm excited about all the new opportunities that UGA has to offer. The classes are challenging, especially since I'm coming from a biology background into an anthropology program. The research opportunities are going to be awesome though because I could possibly be going to Africa this summer or next for research."
Aug 10, 2009: Bob Daneke ('01) is currently working as a Field Marketing Coordinator for Publix Super Markets in the Southeast with responsibility for store marketing plans and sponsorships. Bob is also working with marketing students, through Georgia DECA, creating real-world marketing scenarios for student competitions.
May 30, 2009: Honors alumni Harold Mock ('06) and Brandie Tatum ('07) were married at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. A number of Georgia College friends were present, including Matha Keber, Lee Ann Caldwell, Doris Moody, and Murali Thirumal.
Mar 31, 2009: Honors alumni Dev Cooper and Joshua Kitchens attended a reception and discussion with UGA political scientist Gary Bertsch at The Antebellum Inn. Bertsch was on campus to deliver an Honors lecture entitled "Global Challenges, Academic Responses."
Feb 18, 2009: Though retired from the CDC after a 20-year career there, Dr. Lynne Wilcox ('75) remains active in public health research and outreach. Currently she is working on public health projects related to employee health promotion, public services in mental health, and diabetes prevention. In addition, she is writing a book using historical health events to illustrate the interactions among economics, political will, geography, prejudice, environment, infrastructure, and health.
Feb 10, 2009: Harold Mock ('06) is working on a PhD in History at the University of Virginia. Harold is engaged to Brandi Tatum ('07) who is completing a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology at Radford University.