Many traditional activities and programs enrich campus life at Georgia College. Some of those traditional events include Homecoming, Black History Month, Greek Week, International Dinner, Kwanzaa, Week of Welcome, Honors Day, International Week, and Midnight Breakfast. For more information about our traditions, read below.
In addition to our traditions, there are special places and things that carry significant meaning within our community. Some of these include Front Campus, the Pergola, the Olympic Column, the Fight Song, and the Green Towel.
The Georgia College Fight Song - "Here Comes the Thunder"
Composed by: Terrance J. Brown
Lyrics by: Marcus Green, Paul Rossetti
Download - Voice (mp3)
Download - Instrumental (mp3)
The Georgia College Alma Mater
WoW (Week of Welcome)
A new place, with new people, and new expectations can be a stressful experience. WoW is a week-long welcoming period which assists the newest members of the university in meeting classmates, faculty and staff, and in better understanding the University and its procedures. Activities include social events as well as seminars and workshops designed to help ease the transition from high school. It's fun and it's helpful.
One of the most exciting times on campus is the week of Homecoming. The week includes a community service event; trivia night; murder mystery show; concert; parade; Tent City; Mr. and Ms. Georgia College; and, of course, the Homecoming basketball game. Homecoming is a time for students, alumni, faculty and staff to celebrate our Georgia College pride. For more information, visit our homecoming website.
The Bobcat Marketplace is an organization fair. Seven times a year, student organizations are provided with opportunities to welcome new and prospective students to campus. While the marketplace does provide recruitment opportunities for student organizations, new and prospective students are provided with valuable insight into the varied interests of our students and the ability to make important connections with returning students.
Black History Month
Black History Month was started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History study. This event celebrates the contributions of Africans and those of African descent to the progress of humanity in general, and to the development of the United States in particular. This event held in February is observed with seminars, films, presentations, exhibits, speeches, lectures, and historical information.
Hanging of the Greens
The lighting of the buildings along the front lawn, known as Hanging of the Greens, is a special event held each year on the first Thursday of December. The event includes a formal ceremony where four dignitaries symbolically light each building. Students groups are invited to setup tables to discuss various holiday traditions and sometimes share food related to their tradition. Some of the traditions include Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice.
Each spring the social Greek-letter organizations sponsor Greek Week, which consists of activities that afford fraternity and sorority members opportunities to unify in celebration of the Greek community.
Each year the International Club invites faculty, staff, and the community for an evening of international cuisine and entertainment.
Georgia College & State University is fortunate to have, within its student body, citizens from more than 40 countries. International Week allows international students to express their cultural diversity through exhibits, foods, lectures, and films.
This unique American holiday that pays tribute to the rich cultural roots of Americans of African ancestry, was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a Black Studies professor. The celebration, based on the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose and faith includes both musical and dramatic performances which focus on those principles and a very symbolic ritual.
Bobcat Awards and Recognition Show
Late spring semester, the Department of Campus Life hosts the Bobcat Awards, which recognizes individuals, activities and recognized student organizations that contribute to campus life. In addition, students are recognized for receiving leadership scholarships, acceptance into Who's Who Among American College and University Students, and other selected awards. For more information, visit the Bobcat Awards website.
On the night before finals each semester, faculty and staff serve a full breakfast to students in the dining hall. The Campus Activities Board provides entertainment of all sorts in order to give students a break before the rigors of final exams.
The Black Student Alliance sponsors a Recognition Night for outstanding black students. Students are recognized for excellence in scholarship, service, and athletics. Scholarships are presented to individuals and student organizations.
Family Day is an opportunity for parents and extended family members to get to know their student's friends and others. It is for all parents, siblings, and extended family of all Georgia College undergraduate students. In addition to learning about Georgia College and seeing lively and interesting presentations, you will be able to enjoy museum exhibits, art shows, and tours of special campus facilities.
On July 13, 1996, 25,000 people gathered on the university front lawn to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch as it made its way to the Centennial Olympic Games. The Corinthian column next to the flagpole adorned the stage on which the torch ceremony was conducted. Today, the column stands in honor of the Olympic spirit of excellence and its flame is lighted for special campus observances.
The picturesque front lawn of Georgia College bordered by Corinthian column buildings is a popular gathering space for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Front Campus is home to leisure activities, convocations, graduations, outdoor concerts, and even weddings. Periodically, our faculty teach in this beautiful outdoor classroom. The front lawn is a special place and is identified by our alumni as one of their favorite memories of Georgia College.
The dome structure between Atkinson and Terrell Halls is a pergola and serves as both a Georgia College landmark and symbol. A pergola is a linear structure over a pathway, and its columns form something of a "colonnade." Before freshman convocation, new students walk through the pergola, symbolically entering the university and its academic square. On graduation day students walk under the pergola in the other direction, processing out to the front lawn for your commencement ceremony, thereby symbolically leaving the university.
The Green Towel
The Green Towel serves two purposes: (1) as a spirit towel for athletic and other appropriate university events, and (2) as a traveling towel for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Green Towel provides a means for members of our community to outwardly expression love and appreciation for Georgia College. As members of the Georgia College community travel, they are encouraged to take pictures with the Green Towel (boldly showing the university logo) and to submit them online to the Department of Campus Life. The prowl of the Green Towel demonstrates the global reach of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.