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Georgia College receives national award for focus on undergraduate research

Georgia College has been named a recipient of the 2021 Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). This annual award recognizes institutions with exemplary programs that provide high-quality research experiences for undergraduates.

AURA Celebration

ECONOMICS UNDERGRADUATE TAKES PART IN UNIQUE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Economics & Finance, Department of      Tuesday September 14, 2021

Making up just 4% of College of Business undergraduates, economics majors are the minority. But that doesn’t stop them from having transformative experiences at Georgia College. 

Senior economics major Maxwell Harley began his research over the summer, thanks to Mentored Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (MURACE) grants. 

 “I was able to learn two different programming languages,” said Harley “I’d spend my day working on my research, so I was able to collect data myself and work on the paper.”

Harley works with Scarcioffolo to refine his research.

Harley works with Scarcioffolo to refine his research.


Through MURACE funding, Harley was awarded a $2,500 grant to pursue his research about the importance of secondary markets in balancing supply and demand. Specifically, the study has analyzed the secondary market formed after the release of PlayStation 5 consoles and the price gouging that dominated markets like eBay.

Sony, creator of PlayStation, expected consumers would be willing to pay more for a disk drive console. Through his research, Harley found that this was true, but to a lesser extent.
 
“It looks like I’m the first one to try and empirically measure the downfall of disk drives,” Harley said. “And to get some type of empirical measurement on how much consumers are willing to pay for a digital versus a disk edition of a console.”

While his research alone cannot confirm this, Harley hypothesizes that his research and subsequent paper could fill a void in video game literature and the impact of physical media, where research like this is scarce.
 

“The skills that I’ve learned from this research experience are going to put me at a significant advantage over someone who hasn’t done something like this—and the vast majority have not.”

– Harley


“This is something I’m going to be able to present at conferences, and something, hopefully, that can be published,” he said. “The skills that I’ve learned from this research experience are going to put me at a significant advantage over someone who hasn’t done something like this—and the vast majority have not.”

Harley credits this opportunity and his success, in part, to both a close-knit economics community and Georgia College’s smaller size. He plays saxophone and clarinet in the wind symphony, jazz band and saxophone quartet; providing another occasion for connecting to faculty.

“Faculty have made themselves very open. They know all of their students, and some of them have even come to some of my concerts,” he said. “If I were at a much larger university with a huge economics department, it would be a lot harder to get noticed or even know that opportunities like this exist.”

With this experience in his toolbelt, Harley’s graduate school prospects are looking up. He said he’s inspired by his mentor—Dr. Alex Scarcioffolo, assistant professor of economics and finance—and the way he guided him through his research.

From Brazil, Scarcioffolo works to bring the close-knit relationship he has with former professors to his students. He brought that attitude of openness to Harley, and helped him reach his undergraduate goals.

Scarcioffolo has assisted Harley through the research process.

Scarcioffolo has assisted Harley through the research process.


“You don’t have to be a genius to do research, you just have to be driven to do research,” Scarcioffolo said. “That’s one thing I really like about Harley’s research. He brought a lot of things that he’s passionate about into it.”

As the research tries to understand what factors drive people to pay more for goods than their retail price, Scarcioffolo believes Harley’s research has implication out of the classroom.
“The question he’s asking is very up to date,” he said. “There are some researchers trying to do similar things with other products like the iPhone, so this isn’t very unique to the universe of research, but for the console market and video games, I think it’s very unique.”

After college, Harley is looking to teach economics and research, like Scarcioffolo. 

“Maybe I should send this paper, along with my resume, to the relevant department at Microsoft and Sony,” Harley said, jokingly. “I’ve considered doing something like that and just seeing what happens.”

GEORGIA COLLEGE PROFESSOR, STUDENT NAME NEW SPECIES OF TINY SHRIMP-LIKE CREATURE

 

Article HERE

NCUR Day One Wrap-Up
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Dr. Mahabaduge and Undergraduate Researcher Catherine Boyd represented Georgia College at the Day One Wrap=Up at NCUR. Please join MURACE in congratulating them on such a great presentation.

Music Department Undergraduate Research Accomplishments

 Congratulations!

2021 Music Student Research & Creative Activities Part I
Music Student Research and Creative Activities Part II List
CONGRATULATIONS CATHERINE BOYD

Honorable Mention and Alternative at the Washington DC Posters at the Capitol. First the Georgia State Capitol (twice) and then the United State Capitol! Way to go, Catherine.

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Heading to COPLAC SE Conference

Join MURACE in congratulating those selected to present at COPLAC and their mentors:

Undergraduate Researchers

Katherine Borrello
Catherine Boyd
Jeanna Bryson
Lillian Daniel
Ruth Hagler
Sidney Johnson
Zachary Leffler
Savannah Webb

Mentors:

Abraham Abebe
Brooke Conaway
Damian Francis
Hasitha Mahabaduge
Laurie Peebles
Katie Simon

STUDENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS WIN REGIONAL THEATRE AWARDS

The Georgia College Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that two undergraduate students won awards as the top students in their categories in the nine-state Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) research competition.

Junior History major Sachen Pillay was the Region IV KCACTF winner for his outstanding dramaturgy (research) work on the Georgia College production of the play Ballet Russes. Dr. Karen Berman, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance engaged Sachen as her dramaturg on this production many months before auditions. Sachen became an integral part of Dr. Berman’s early work on developing the concept for the production that involved the famed early twentieth century Russian ballet company led by impresario Serge Diaghilev and famed dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. Sachen’s passion for the study of history, politics, and culture was evident throughout the process.

As dramaturg for Ballet Russes Sachen led several rehearsals where he explained the historical, political and cultural context of the era to our student actors. Dr. Berman said “He was amazing in his ability to precisely condense history, politics and culture in a way that the students could understand and utilize in the development of their characters.” Sachen also provided excellent dramaturgical material for our audiences that was printed in the playbill including a timeline of key events that impacted the play. Sachen also provided an outstanding essay for the playbill analyzing World War I, the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War and their impact on the key figures in the play.

While the COVID pandemic cancelled the planned April 2020 KCACTF national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center still provided Sachen with entry into a number of online Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) professional playwriting workshops and seminars hosted by nationally renowned Broadway dramaturg Mark Bly. After this opportunity, the Artistic Director of the KCACTF offered Sachen the opportunity to be assistant dramaturg to professional dramaturg Julie Felise Dubiner on a new play, which he accepted. Sachen was then asked by Bly to write an article for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) newsletter.

Theatre and English major Laura Swarner was the Region IV KCACTF winner for her scenic design of Georgia College’s production of Ballet Russes. The play explored the famous Russian ballet company from 1909 to 1923. She was also competing against numerous graduate students in MFA programs throughout the nine state region. Laura’s research involved creating an amazing and complex scenic design that incorporated numerous dance sequences, as well as projections that were shown on three different parts of the set as well as on the painted floor of the set. Many of the acting scenes took place backstage of Ballet Russes dance productions. Some other scenes took place on the boat on the way to the company’s South American tour. Laura used expressionism in her design and created a model of her set. The powerful final scene took place in a mental health asylum, where famed dancer Nijinsky spent his last years. Laura collaborated well with the other designers to create a unified production.

Laura was mentored on the techniques and technical skills to implement her design by Theatre scenic design faculty member Assistant Professor Isaac Ramsey. Laura’s creativity, originality and boldness as a scenic designer was not just amazing for an undergraduate student, but surpassed the skills and creativity of many professional designers. Assistant Professor Ramsey said about Laura “I’m proud of her because of her work ethic, adaptability, and commitment to collaboration. She loves problem solving.”

While the COVID pandemic cancelled the planned April 2020 KCACTF national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Laura was still provided with a number of exciting one on one virtual meetings and master classes with renowned national scenic designers who commented on her design for Ballet Russes. Laura said the virtual feedback and advice that the Kennedy Center arranged from the designers “was pretty cool … and pretty nice given the circumstances.” Laura has just begun graduate work in the MFA scenic design program at the University of Florida.

GEORGIA COLLEGE AWARDED $650,000 NATIONAL SCIENCE GRANT FOR LOW INCOME STUDENTS

A highly competitive grant—the largest ever received by Georgia College from the National Science Foundation (NSF)—will help students who want to pursue chemistry or physics but lack the financial resources.

The NSF recently awarded Georgia College's Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy a $650,000 S-STEM grant, covering a five-year period.  It provides eligible incoming students up to $8,000 per year, a total of $32,000 over four years, as part of a multi-pronged approach designed to attract and retain chemistry and physics majors.

"More than 65 percent of funds will directly benefit students by offsetting their education costs. That’s what excites me." – Dr. Chavonda Mills

”More than 65 percent of funds will directly benefit students by offsetting their education costs,” said Dr. Chavonda Mills, chair of chemistry, physics and astronomy.

“That’s what excites me,” she said. “We are able to make higher education accessible to academically talented and low-income students with demonstrated financial need, who want to pursue degrees in chemistry and physics.”

Remaining funds will provide enrichment activities to support the S-STEM Scholars and build on proven successful practices that increase retention and graduation rates.

The grant—titled “Increasing Graduation Rates of Undergraduate Chemistry and Physics Majors by Connecting College to Careers”—is a collaborative effort involving faculty in chemistry, physics and the department of education. To implement the grant, a cohort-based model will be used that includes activities like monthly “Lunch-N-Learn” events, early access to research, a mentorship program, internships and qualitative assessment.

Georgia College received the grant, in part, because of its proven successful model that offers a quality education experience for all students, especially those from historically marginalized groups. Underrepresented students perform at a high rate at Georgia College. They remain in college and graduate at higher rates. Undergraduate students at Georgia College have higher retention and graduation rates than their peers, as well—a success partly due to an elevated level of engagement the university offers all students.

Students engage in research early on, and GC Journeys prompts them to undergo five transformative experiences in college such as study abroad, service learning, community service or internships.

“Not every institution does this or does it well. I think the difference is we do it very well. Having GC Journeys ingrained into who we are as a university, and not as an add on, distinguishes us from other universities. It’s embedded into the definition of Georgia College.” – Dr. Mills

”Mills finalized the NSF application during COVID lockdowns last spring, while also leading her department to online instruction. She was “elated” when the award was announced."

“A lot of time and effort went into submitting this grant,” she said. “But, knowing it will be life changing for these students, that time and effort was more than worthwhile.”

Mills will work closely with Admissions to advertise the S-STEM Scholarship and recruit students with financial need who have strong academic backgrounds. Scholarship recipients will be grouped into cohorts, like nursing and education majors. Using a cohort model is known to improve student retention and build comradery, removing feelings of isolation.

This fall, there’ll be one cohort of about nine students for chemistry and physics. The cohort will take part in a half-day enrichment program with a concluding ceremony, where scholars will be given embroidered lab coats. They’ll be encouraged to form study groups, volunteer for service learning activities and take part in monthly Lunch-N-Learn events. These activities will build a “sense of community” among scholars and “hopefully lead to increased retention,” Mills said.

The program encourages early access to research.

S-STEM Scholars will also have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research early on and be assigned mentors.

The program encourages early access to research.

S-STEM Scholars will also have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research early on and be assigned mentors.

Summer internships are built into the program. S-STEM Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in internships together as a group after their sophomore or junior years. These will be with existing partnerships like the Center for Disease Control or Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta and others, as well as new opportunities that will be established through the Career Center to meet student interest. Part of the NSF grant can be used for internship housing allowance, which is a new feature for Georgia College students.

Throughout, the success of the S-STEM program will be evaluated by Dr. Rui Kang, associate professor of secondary education. Kang will use focus groups and pre- and post-surveys, as well as track student performance and meet with professors to access their perspective on the program’s effectiveness.  

“We’re not by any means reinventing the wheel. We relied on the Georgia College infrastructure, building upon effective practices known to help increase retention and degree completion.”– Dr. Mills

”Every component is proven to work with students who have financial need," Mills said. NSF reviewers looked for proposals that were based on successful models.
 
“We’re not by any means reinventing the wheel,” Mills said. “We relied on the Georgia College infrastructure, building upon effective practices known to help increase retention and degree completion.”

“Ultimately, we’re looking to address the need for a high-quality STEM workforce by increasing the success of academically talented low-income students pursuing degrees in chemistry and physics,” she said. “At the core of this goal is creating an environment that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive of all students.”

 

24TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON THE AMERICAS

We are pleased to invite Georgia College and State University to participate in the 24th Annual Conference on the Americas scheduled for February 19 - 20, 2021. Originally scheduled to be held on the UNG Gainesville Campus it will now be held as a virtual event because of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.  

This multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary Conference is being held under the auspices of the Americas Council, a consortium of University System of Georgia (USG) institutions. The purpose of the Americas Council is to provide a venue in which faculty from the University System of Georgia (USG) can engage and share their interest and expertise regarding the USA, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. The Americas Council is a consortium of USG universities and provides an annual conference for presenters and participants to explore critical socio-cultural, political, economic, global, regional, and national issues including the challenges and opportunities facing Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.  While the focus of this conference is primarily for faculty members, the Americas Council also strongly encourages graduate and undergraduate students to participate. There will be a students' paper competition. Please see the website for more information.   

Professor Nelson Maldonado-Torres has kindly consented to deliver the Keynote Address for the 24th Annual Conference on the Americas. Dr. Maldonado-Torres is Professor, Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Chair, Program in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, and Director, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies.  

We would be very grateful if you would kindly share this invitation with faculty at your institution.  We also encourage participation and presentations by your students.  There will be a graduate students' paper competition and an undergraduate students' paper competition.  Thank you for your kind assistance in promoting this worthy event to your campus community. 

Attached is the 2021 Call for Papers.   Below is a link to the Conference website.  

https://ung.edu/college-of-arts-and-letters/conference-on-the-americas/index.php 

CUR Fellow Award

Dr. Sams moves from CUR Fellow Nominee to CUR Fellow finalist.

DR. TSU-MING CHIANG SEPA MENTOR AWARD - CONGRATULATIONS

 

Dr. Dorman presenting SEPA Award to Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang

Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang wins 2021 SEPA Mentor Award. Dr. Chiang is a great example of why GCSU is a CUR AURA winner!

"The Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) is the Southeastern region’s premier organization for professional and academic Psychologists. SEPA is a regional psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA). Each year, the SEPA conducts a call for nominations for the SEPA Mentor Award as part of it’s annual meeting activities. This year, we had a record number (30) of very strong nominations for this award. We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the SEPA’s Mentor Award is Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang. Dr. Chiang’s exceptional mentoring activities and her involvement with the SEPA make her an outstanding choice for this honor. Please join me in congratulating her in receiving this highly competitive award. Sincerely, Sharon Pearcey, PhD Chair, Mentor Award Committee Past-President, SEPA"

2020 GC Student Research Conference A Success ONLINE

For Details Go to CONFERENCE

GURC 2020 Posters at the Georgia State Capitol
team at state capitol

Front Row L to R: Catherine Boyd, Ashley Newkirk, Megan Andrews, Madeline Drives, and Amelia Dubose
Center Row L to R: Dee Sams, Sam Cavender, Johnny Grant, and Hasitha Mahabaduge
Back Row L to R: Jordan Cofer, Robin Lewis, and Katie Whipple

GC Communications Video at the Posters at the Georgia State Capitol

For details please click on this link to GC FrontPage.

The second annual Posters at the Georgia State Capitol will occur on February 25, 2020. Out of 78 applicants Statewide, 42 poster presentations were selected. Six GCSU undergraduate research students ( Megan Andrews, Catherine Boyd, Sam Cavender, Madeline Drives, Amelia Dubose, and Ashley Newkirk were selected through a double-blind review process to present their undergraduate research at this prestigious event. Their faculty mentors are Drs. Tsu-Ming Chiang, Hasitha Mahabaduge, Wathsala Medawala, and Katie Whipple, Please reach out and congratulate these exceptional students and their faculty members.

Undergraduate Students' Research Reflections

REFLECTIONS FROM ARTS STUDENTS

"The highlight of the trip for me was putting our hard-work into our performance and sharing our voices with an audience. Music holds a big impact on people's lives, and it's an honor to be a part of that by performing our music. Right before we went on stage, our director shared that she really enjoyed working with us and was proud of our effort. Those moments will stand out for me because I was able to see how I had impacted my director and the audience by participating in this choir. I learned that even though I'm not a music major, I can still share those moments with my fellow peers and contribute to the music family through my passion and love for music" (Presenter: Manderfield, 2020; Mentor: Dr.  Jennifer Flory).

REFLECTIONS FROM BIOLOGICAL STUDIES STUDENTS

The highlights of the conference for me were presenting my own work, hearing the keynote speaker talk, and watching my colleagues present as well. I like hearing other people talk about what they are passionate about, it's what inspires me to do great things like them. The presentation sessions helped me learn a lot because I got to walk around at my own pace and ask my own questions and pick out the presentations I was interested in. It helped me focus on my future and my field for sure" (Presenter: Savannah Terry, 202; Mentor: Dr. Samuel Mutiti).

REFLECTIONS FROM PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS

"From this conference, I would say the highlight was doing it independently. My group worked hard to prepare, but I had to have the courage to present and lead a small discussion after the presentation with the questions that were asked. I also learned that I like to present! It was never on my list of skills, but after this presentation, I think I will add it to my list of skills. I think walking up to the front stage stood out most in my memory because I was nervous but then I wasn't anymore and I had this amazing confidence. I think this conference contributed to my learning in the sense that I am a confident student who has vital information to share with other undergraduate students" (Presenter: Leah Kaminer, 2019; Mentor: Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang).

IMPACT OF THE FUNDING FROM MENTORED UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

The majority of undergraduate students reported that the funding had a great impact on their ability to present at a conference.

White Paper: Undergraduate Research: A Road Map for Meeting Future National Needs and Competing in a World of Change

Please read and share this White Paper by Joanne D. Altman (High Point University), Tsu-Ming Chiang (Georgia College & State University), Christian S. Hamann (Albright College), Huda Makhluf (National University), Virginia Peterson (Grand Valley State University), Sara E. Orel (Truman State University). White paper

Creating an Ecosystem for Faculty Mentorship

AAC&U

Adam Weinberg gives recommendations for fostering such mentorship at your institution.

By  Adam Weinberg, President Denison University
February 25, 2019

"As a college president, I often sit down to talk with alumni, and the first thing they share is a story about how a relationship with a faculty member impacted their life. Faculty mentorship matters. In fact, the most recent Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey found that having a faculty mentor in college doubles the odds of a person being engaged professionally and thriving in their life.

At its core, faculty mentorship involves caring about, connecting with and catalyzing students. Mentorship by a faculty member focuses on building a relationship that reaches beyond academic planning. It includes helping students reflect upon and integrate their various learning experiences, as well as caring for and impacting students’ personal and professional growth. It is about helping students start a long process of becoming the architects of their lives.

On its most basic level, faculty mentorship is a relationship between a more experienced mentor and a less experienced student, where a faculty member focuses on the student’s academic, personal and professional growth. In doing so, a faculty member shares with the student the mentor’s expertise provides guidance and support and serves as a role model for the student. The goal is to help students develop the skills, values, habits, networks, and experiences needed to achieve their own goals. A lot of the impact of mentorship comes from creating reflective moments that help students learn from their curricular, co-curricular and other experiences.

Mentorship also is fluid and, at its best, collaborative. As it may often entail guidance provided by a variety of people in a variety of roles, the group of potential mentors for any one student necessarily shifts over time. And yet, among the many mentors a student might have, a faculty mentor plays a special and powerful role.

This point is important and stands in contrast to the traditional model of the "one great mentor/guru" myth. Students often have a group, network or circle of people, each of whom provides specific forms of guidance.

Fostering Faculty Mentorship

Mentorship is organic. It occurs when the right relationships emerge at the right moment. Like all relational processes, the form and substance vary according to a range of factors. Faculty members are likely to mentor differently based on their own personal attributes, as well as their academic disciplines and departments. Faculty members may mentor differently at different times of their professional careers, too. And of course, how the mentor will vary based on the student whom they are trying to connect with and catalyze.

We can, however, foster the conditions under which mentorship is more likely to emerge: 1) when faculty members are focused on undergraduates and committed to teaching, 2) classes are small and interactive, and 3) students are able to get to know a range of faculty members.

To truly create an ecosystem of mentorship, other conditions are also important. For example, a mentorship emerges more often when:

Students interact with faculty members around shared interests, especially intellectual and/or academic interests. Most mentorship occurs in office hours and labs, through undergraduate research opportunities and experiential components of courses, and other venues where students and faculty members have a chance to share their intellectual interests.

Interactions take place over a sustained period of time. Of course, a single conversation can be transformational for students. In some ways, we know that a single interaction with a faculty member can make a difference in a student’s experience. But most mentorship occurs as relationships develop. Faculty members get to know students, and students get to know faculty. Trust develops. Moments present themselves where faculty members can push students to reflect upon and evaluate their thinking. Learning unfolds.
There is a culture of mentorship, and students are encouraged to be open to it. Students have to do their part. Mentorship is not one-directional. The success of any mentoring relationship depends on the willingness of a person to be mentored. One of the interesting questions for me is: How do we help students learn how to be mentored or to take advantage of the mentoring opportunities they have in college?

Ongoing professional development efforts facilitate conversations about mentoring. We need venues to continually share data on our students, the issues they are facing and what we know about mentoring different students differently. As part of this work, we need to find ways for faculty members to interact with student development professionals on a more regular basis to trade information about our students and campus dynamics. We also need more venues in which to share best practices.

Colleges and universities can put these principles into practice in a variety of ways. Three great starting places are: having small and interactive classes throughout a student’s experience; offering high impact practices like first-year seminars, undergraduate research, off-campus excursions, and capstone experiences; and encouraging faculty members who have interesting -- even outside-the-box -- ideas. At Denison University, that has included supporting a professor who wanted to start a fencing program and two faculty members who created a monthly mentoring group for women of color.

What Mentorship Is Not

Mentoring is not the same as friendship. It should be focused on some aspect, or multiple aspects, of a student’s academic success, personal growth, and professional launching. Unlike friendship, the value is contingent on the mentor’s ability to achieve the desired end -- which, in this case, is student development and success. Another way to put this is that advisers and mentors are intentional about helping students learn what they need to attain their personal and professional goals.

Mentorship is also not crisis management. Some of our students will face crises while in college, including health challenges, family issues and a range of other crises. Colleges need faculty members to help identify when students are in crisis, as well as to help students find the right person at the college who can help them manage the crisis.

In addition, a faculty member can’t be all things to a student. Ideally, students should have a network of mentors, because no one person can be an expert in all areas. Nor is it reasonable to expect that one person’s expertise will be relevant at all stages of a student’s experience.

The other interesting question is how mentorship differs from advising. There is a tendency to want to draw clear distinctions between faculty advising and mentorship. But that is unwise or, at least, not helpful in a practical sense. In some ways, advising and mentorship are different, as more traditional academic advising can be reduced to the task of helping students stay on track to graduate. But the best advising is a form of mentorship. Of course, faculty advisers often form relationships that evolve into mentoring relationships.

That said, not all advising relationships will become mentoring relationships. Mentorship depends on the existence of the right sort of relationship, and the creation of this relationship is organic and two-sided. We always want, need and expect faculty to be excellent advisers in the traditional sense and to be open to -- and perhaps excited about -- the possibility that those advising relationships will evolve into mentoring relationships. Stated differently, faculty members don’t play two distinct roles, adviser and mentor, but rather engage in relationships that develop in different ways or at different speeds. Some of those relationships stay at a stage where the faculty member’s role is best captured as an adviser, while others grow in ways that the role is best described as a mentor.

My experience as a faculty member, administrator and now president leads me to believe that creating a strong ecosystem of mentorship on our campuses is one of the most powerful things we could and should do to enhance undergraduate learning. We should put it front and center. In their wonderful book, How College Works, Daniel F. Chambliss, and Christopher G. Takacs state, “People, far more than programs, majors or classes, are decisive in students’ experience of college … A great mentor -- a trusted adult adviser, if one can be found, adds a tremendous advantage.”

In all the debates and conversations swirling around higher education about the value of what we do, I would urge us to talk more about mentorship. In particular, we should focus on the importance of faculty mentorship, and the role such mentoring plays in helping students develop the skills, values, habits, networks, and experiences needed to be the architects of their own lives."

AAC&U Innovative High Impact Learning Programs Case Studies from Public Liberal Arts, Historically Black to Comprehensive Institutions
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CUR

CUR Enhanced Institutional Member Benefits Highlights:

 

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Access to

o   CUR’s Members-Only Website: This website contains information such as funding resources, annotated bibliographies on assessment and integrating research into the curriculum, webinar archives and undergraduate research celebration days at institutions across the country.  There is also a special section on Advocacy, which is prepared by Washington Partners, LLC, a firm that CUR has secured to provide research, guidance, support, and counsel as CUR seeks to increase its national profile, activities and efficacy.

o   CUR’s Undergraduate Researchers Registry: The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high-quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently, the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in nearly all fields.

o   CUR Mentors: CUR has a mentor network that matches individuals seeking information about starting, sustaining or re-initiating undergraduate research programs to experienced, tenured CUR faculty. Those requesting mentors may be newly hired faculty as well as graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. Established faculty who are interested in starting or restarting a research program or moving in a new direction, may also request a mentor.

SAMUAL MUTITI, MEGAN CORLEY, AND MUTANDE TEMBO PUBLISH JOURNAL ARTICLE

This mentored research study was funded in part by MURACE Summer Research Funding. Join us in congratulating this great team of researchers.

AP NEWS PICKS UP GC NEW JOURNAL'S STORY

To read the story click on the link. GC Journal Story. Link: Story

 Georgia College Physics Professor Only U.S. Educator to Receive Prestigious Fellowship

Milledgeville, Georgia, June 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Georgia College Physics Professor Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge has been named a 2020 Fellow of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL). He was one of nine educators—and the only U.S. applicant—to receive the prestigious lifetime award.

“This is a very competitive international fellowship and a great honor. I think it speaks highly of both Dr. Mahabaduge’s hard work and Georgia College’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning,” said Dr. Jordan Cofer, associate provost for Transformative Learning Experiences.

Other winners this year were from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Normally, fellows are recognized during the ISSoTL annual conference. But, due to COVID-19, the October event in Perth, Australia, was canceled.

Mahabaduge’s group is the second cohort to be awarded this honor, since the ISSoTL Fellowship was established in 2019. Being named an ISSoTL Fellow is a lifetime title. Fellows are expected to impact the scholarship of teaching and learning at local, regional, national and international levels—demonstrating a particular commitment to mentoring emerging and junior scholars. They also support the development of emerging regions.

“This international scope and diverse perspective on higher education will definitely benefit me to grow as a professor,” Mahabaduge said. “I can bring in successful teaching strategies used by educators around the world to my classroom that will benefit our students.”

Mahabaduge was a 2017 SoTL Fellow with the University System of Georgia (USG) and participated in the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program at the University of Georgia in 2019. Earlier this year, he was also the 2020 recipient of USG’s Board of Regents Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award—bestowed for “a strong commitment to teaching and student success.”

The ISSoTL Fellowship is just one thing on a busy schedule—something that highlights the career of a faculty member who’s always thinking creatively and engaging students in new ideas.

Mahabaduge is known to involve students in his own solar cell research, equipping golf carts with solar panels. He also started an annual Renewable Energy Day for elementary students in Baldwin County and, last summer, traveled to India to teach Tibetan monks about physics. Mahabaduge has also connected his physics classes with university students from his home country, Sri Lanka.

“The Georgia College administration has always extended their support for my SoTL work” Mahabaduge said, “and, most importantly, created an environment that encourages innovation in teaching and research.”

For additional information and scheduling interviews, please call:

478-445-8668 / 478-508-2599. Or email: cindy.odonnell@gcsu.edu.

Cindy O'Donnell Georgia College and State University 4784458668 cindy.odonnell@gcsu.eduSource: Georgia College and State University

Student Research Conference Winners
Poster Winner

Jenna Bryson, senior Graphic Design major and Marketing minor from Loganville, Georgia, started her undergraduate research on SEIZURE: A Safety Protocol & Data Collection Application in the Fall of 2020. The idea for this research stemmed from her personal experience battling epilepsy. Her mobile application design is two-fold: (1) it focuses on a straightforward data collection system for seizure-related information and (2) it provides a built-in timer and safety protocol list to keep seizure patients safe. 

Starting in the Fall, Bryson will work for the GC Wesley Foundation before pursuing a career in graphic design/advertising or wedding/event planning. Her passion for advocating for people with epilepsy is pushing her to eventually get her application coded and running for future epilepsy patients.

Oral Presentation Winne

Katie-Rose Borrello is a senior, graduating this May with Bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Spanish Language and Culture. In her college career, she has specialized in studying British Romanticism and Flannery O'Connor. Katie-Rose was the head of music ministry for Campus Catholics for almost four years and continues to be a leader in the Campus Catholics community. She has also proudly served as a Georgia College Ambassador and tour guide since her sophomore year. Katie-Rose has accepted a position with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (or, FOCUS) for the next two years to be a missionary and to be committed to a life of evangelization for the Catholic Church on the university campus.

Undergraduate Student Research Conference
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