Welcome to the 2012 – 2013 Academic Year
Dr. Valerie Hepburn, President
|Spring 2012 Launch Presentation|
|Dr. Hepburn on "Learning to Lead and to Serve" in Agnes Scott The Magazine||Fall 2011 Launch Presentation|
All across this vibrant, dynamic campus you will see and feel the positive effects of new and renovated facilities along with countless academic and student life program initiatives. Our student body is growing and becoming more richly diverse, with new students joining us from around the globe. We all celebrate the volume, creativity and impact of student involvement in an array of community service and learning venues.
Our goal is to ensure that your college experience provides a host of new opportunities, experiences, friendships, and knowledge. Of course, the key priority is to ensure that you successfully complete your degree program! At every phase in your education, our faculty and staff are fully committed to helping put your Dreams in Action.
Service-learning, our signature academic initiative, focuses on applied experiences and community engagement to enhance learning outcomes. It connects theory with real-world practice. Embedded throughout our curriculum and required in every discipline, service-learning produces action-oriented students who will literally change the world.
Our athletic programs continue to shine. This year, as permanent members of the Southern States Athletic Conference of the NAIA, our intercollegiate teams will be competing at the highest levels and preparing to challenge for conference titles. Additionally, we offer a range of intramural and club sports programs as well as a number of fun, athletic activities around our beautiful coastal region.
We are excited to continue our partnership with the Jekyll Island Authority. All full-time students receive a special membership pass for Jekyll Island, offering access to the island and all of its privileges for the entire academic year. Our students have the distinction of being the only students in Georgia with their very own beach!
We continue to improve our campus facilities. In January 2013, the new Correll Center for Teacher Education and Learning will be opening. This beautiful 32,000-square-foot-complex will serve as the campus’ gateway to the community, housing the School of Education and Teacher Preparation, the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the new Writing Center.
We have just completed renovations at the Jones Building and there you will find wonderful new laboratory and learning space. Additionally, we have a major access and entryway renovation underway at the Gould Library and the Andrews Center. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this whole area will be greatly improved once construction in finished in early November.
We have implemented a wide range of innovative cultural and artistic programming. The Huie-Wilcox Gallery in the Hargett Building houses the College's permanent collection of art, Coastal Visions. The Stembler Theatre hosts an international film festival as well as themed events celebrating multicultural history, social and economic issues, literary explorations, and more. Across the campus and in the Thomas Auditorium, dramatic performances, inspirational speakers and diverse concerts are punctuated by students' own coffeehouse entertainment talents.
In every experience, we hope you will embrace our campus mantra: Serve. Learn. Succeed. Your college years should be a time to investigate new horizons and opportunities -- in the classroom and the community, on the athletic field and with student organizations. We encourage you to take an active role in learning, building and leading your College of Coastal Georgia.