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Georgia College recognizes first C-bEL fellows

Georgia College has announced its first Community-based Engaged Learning (C-bEL) Fellows for their continued work involving students in community engagement projects. The 2014-2015 C-bEL Fellows are:

  • Kirk Armstrong, Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance & Coordinator of Athletic Training
  • Jan Clark, Associate Professor of Rhetoric
  • Ruth Eilers, Director of Academic Outreach
  • Renee Fontenot, Associate Professor of Marketing
  • Barbara Funke, Professor of Community Health
  • Sandra Godwin, Associate Professor of Sociology
Read the Fellows' Bios


ENGAGE Welcomes first Apprentice Cohort

Ten GC faculty and staff will participate in the inaugural ENGAGEApprentice Cohort through the Community-based Engaged Learning (C-bEL) workshop series.  Participants will attend workshops over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year, as they design a Community-based Engaged Learning experience for GC students. Participants receive stipends for participating in the cohort and for implementation of their C-bEL experience. Each participant will report his or her work in the form of an implementation proposal, which will serve as a mini-grant application if the participant decides to pursue funding for implementation. The 2014-2015 Apprentice Cohort are:

  • Marcela Chiorescu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Peggy Elliott, Assistant Professor of French
  • Robin Lewis, Director of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects
  • Chavonda Mills, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Katie Simon, Assistant Professor of English
  • Emily Simonavice, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
  • Susan Steele, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Allison VandeVoort, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
  • Erin Weston, Coordinator of the Bridge Scholars Program
  • Elaine Whitaker, Professor of English & Chair of English and Rhetoric


Innovative Course Offers Students an Opportunity to Create Community Partnerships

A collaboration between sociology and art faculty provides students with an opportunity to engage with the local community through the development of a community mural.

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Georgia College selects director of community-based engaged learning

Dr. Julia Metzker has accepted a new position as the community-based engaged learning (C-bEL) director. As co-chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Task Force, Metzker has worked to garner support for the planning process from the university and local communities.  In her new position, Metzker will work to bring community partners together with faculty and staff at Georgia College to develop opportunities for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. [Read More]


Study abroad trip focuses on service learning

A group of health science students spent two weeks in the Central American country of Belize this summer. The students participated in service and community-based learning initiatives each day including health fairs working with an HIV/AIDS awareness group, volunteering to help build an orphanage and working with local high school coaches at a clinic. [Read More]


Bobcats Against Hunger reaching beyond goals

Georgia College sophomores Sofia Papa and McKenzie Fisher were inspired to begin Bobcats Against Hunger after attending a Hunger Project hosted by the national non-profit Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) in September. At that event, the two students met Kara Teresi, a GC alumna and FCE program coordinator. [Visit the Bobcats Against Hunger facebook page]


PR Students Raise More Than $20,000 For Local Nonprofits

Georgia College students teamed up with the Milledgeville chapters of Habitat for Humanity and Communities in Schools to raise more than $20,000 on Georgia Gives Day in November. Two teams of six from Dr. Kristin English’s public relations campaigns’ course worked with the nonprofits on a semester-long project including fundraising for Georgia Gives Day. [Read More]


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