The 2022-23 academic year at Georgia College & State University was full of transformative experiences for our institution.
It was also a year filled with “firsts” for our students, faculty and staff. For example, we are one of only a handful nationwide to offer an Election Administration Certificate, a field of increased national focus. Additionally, Georgia College leads the way in Georgia by offering a Health Simulation Certificate, helping medical professionals hone the skills necessary for that dynamic field.
Perhaps our biggest “first” of the year was political science major, Colin Hall being named Georgia College’s first-ever Truman Scholar. Hall is one of 62 honorees across the country, and the sole recipient from any university in the state of Georgia.
Georgia College & State University also remains focused on research. Our biology students and faculty continue to investigate the world around us. We are using technology to delve into the secret world of snakes, looking to our past and reviving passion in paleontology to uncover the ancient history of bison, as well as utilizing a team of undergraduate researchers in MRNA to better understand cancer cells and work toward a cure.
Our faculty continue to be innovative leaders in their respective fields, and we are tremendously proud of their efforts. Dr. Joanna Schwartz, professor of Marketing, was recently recognized as this year’s winner of the Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award from the University System of Georgia. The second year of “View Finders” a special outdoor-adventure show by Dr. Chris Greer, professor of Instructional Technology, was featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting. An avid photographer, Greer showcases beautiful locations across Georgia in his program.
The focus of higher education should be preparing its students for what’s next. For the fourteenth year in a row, our Pre-Med Mentoring Program has a 100% success rate in applications to medical school.
As we look to the 2023-2024 academic year, and welcoming the largest first year class in the history of the university, I am more confident than ever that Georgia College & State University’s liberal arts mission, delivered through our excellent, caring and committed faculty and staff, will prepare our students for life-long learning and success.