College students settling in

From the The Brunswick News

Sitting in their residence hall suite at Lakeside Village at College of Coastal Georgia, Janne Tullius and Gabby O'Sullivan got to know each other. Each is a 19-year-old international student on the women's basketball team.

Tullius, a psychology major from Germany, is returning for her sophomore year and is ready for classes to start Monday.

"I'm looking forward to a great season (with the basketball team), and to meet new people on campus ... just to have fun, to learn, do everything," Tullius said.

O'Sullivan is still getting used to the area. The health and physical education major arrived Wednesday from Australia. Thanks to help from her roommate and another teammate, she was able to jump right into familiarizing herself.

"Everyone is so friendly. They always say, 'Hi.' I thought the people were nice in Australia, but these people are so friendly," she said with a smile.

The two teammates will be joined by two more women in the four-bedroom suite this weekend - and by more than 350 other students when on-campus students move into the residence hall before the start of classes.

"This space is really modern, everything is very new. We all have our own room, so if we're annoyed by each other we can just shut the door," Tullius laughed as she mock-punched O'Sullivan.

Rain or shine, the rest of the on-campus students will arrive Saturday. John Cornell, director of marketing and public relations for the college, says the enthusiasm is electric among the staff.

"We are ready to go. Dr. (Gregory) Aloia (college president) is on board and we had Launch today, the faculty and staff kick-off, and everyone is excited," Cornell said. "It's a great time to be at the College of Coastal Georgia."

Aloia succeeded Valerie Hepburn, who joined the state of the University System of Georgia, July 1 and momentum at the college is continuing to move forward, Cornell said.

Administrators are expecting more than 350 students to fill the rooms at Lakeside Village, with an additional 40-plus living at Coastal Place Apartments, the former Hawthorne Suites at Gateway Boulevard, near Golden Isles Parkway.

The College of Coastal Georgia Foundation purchased the former motel this spring for $1.4 million for the college to use to relieve crowding in its only on-campus residence hall.

With so many students being close to campus, Cornell hopes the area will see a positive impact.

"We're hoping local businesses will be seeing lots of (College of) Coastal Georgia sweatshirts wandering around, which is exciting for us, too," he said. "It's great to see these students back, creating that vibrant campus."

Cornell says staff and students will be crossing their fingers for clear skies Saturday during move-in (the forecast is for thunderstorms). Regardless, staff and some upperclassmen will be on hand to help others set up, and Aloia will be on hand to greet arriving students.

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Release Date: 8/16/2013
Source: The Brunswick News

By SARAH LUNDGREN