Dean's Welcome

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Welcome to the College of Health Sciences (COHS) at Georgia College (GC)!

To our returning students, we have missed you! Your presence on campus brings such a great energy to the university and I can’t wait to see you all navigate our first semester face-to-face since COVID-19 required you to leave. I hope that you and your family are well and are continuing to take precautions to do your part in eliminating the spread of this virus. Let this experience be a driver for you to achieve your goals and not a stumbling block to cause you to question your dreams.

To our new students, welcome! We are so excited that you have selected GC as the place where you will complete your educational goals. You have chosen well!! The institution is poised to help make your time here one of growth, exploration, and inspiration. Your GC Journey will take you through experiences that will not only set you up for success in your program of study but will also set you on a course for success in your future beyond graduation! Embrace this GC Journey with enthusiasm, wonder, and passion!

To our prospective students who are just checking us out, welcome! Take a look around the institution and the COHS! Check out our undergraduate programs in Exercise Science, Nursing, and Public Health or our graduate programs in Athletic Training, Health and Human Performance, and Nursing. Our programs are top quality because of the high level of engagement of our faculty who are educationally and experientially equipped to provide you with the best experiences. These experiences happen within and outside of the classroom. They provide you with the theory and the hands-on experiences to bring that theory to life. I hope that you will take an even closer look. I can assure you that you won’t regret it!

To our faculty and staff, welcome and welcome back! I have missed you over the past several months as we all have navigated our work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication and commitment to our students and for making the necessary changes needed to continue their progression toward graduation. You all did an awesome job and I couldn’t be prouder of your actions and your capability to achieve the institution’s goals in these unprecedented times!

This pandemic has taken a great toll on all of us. Individuals have battled serious health issues and others have lost their battle for life. We have observed the trends of COVID-related statistics in our county, state, and nation. We have watched our economy suffer as a result of sheltering initiatives and we have experienced venturing back out possibly with apprehensions. This pandemic has become the lived experience of why you have selected a major or why you give your heart to teach within the College of Health Sciences. Your ability to be flexible, to adapt, and to help those in need will assist in preparing you for the next step in your career.

Things may look a bit different on campus during Fall 2020. But I assure you that it’s still Georgia College! You will be asked to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, and take precautions for your health and the health of others. But it’s still the institution that you fell in love with when you first stepped foot onto this historical campus! You may have to experience campus life in a different way than you anticipated. But it’s still Georgia’s only Public Liberal Arts Institution and the best decision that you could have made for your education!

Sheri Noviello, PhD, RN
Dean, College of Health Sciences

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