Volume 2, Issue 3 - September 25, 2017

Mariner Strong!

With Hurricane Irma firmly behind us, we can all take a deep breath, and then slowly exhale, knowing the College was very fortunate to have weathered the storm with minimal impact on the Brunswick campus and Camden Center in Kingsland. We hope everyone is getting back to a semblance of normalcy. The way our CCGA family pulled together before, during and after Hurricane Irma is a true reflection of the Mariner spirit. In the words of Dr. Meg Amstutz, Interim President, "Together, we remain #MarinerStrong."

As Phyllis Broadwell, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources & Auxiliary Services, mentioned in her campus email, there are available resources for those of you who may be seeking recovery information and assistance. The local chapter of the United Way is providing support. The UW hotline (912-265-1850) offers assistance by a local, trained United Way professional who can assist individuals and connect them to agencies providing assistance. FEMA can also be reached to help answer questions; https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4338.

Monday Mariner Weekly Feature

In an effort to keep the campus community informed on College student retention activities, an informational web presence has been created by Dr. German Vargas, Assistant Vice President for Academic Student Engagement, that will appear as a recurring Monday Mariner feature. Simply click the icon to the right for immediate access. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Vargas at gvargas@ccga.edu

Nursing Recognitions

Congrats to College of Coastal Georgia! College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college,
recently named CCGA to its list of Most Affordable Nursing Degrees in Georgia. Also, the faculty of the Associate of Science in Nursing program is proud to report that the graduating class of May 2017 had a 100% first time pass rate on their national licensure exam. This makes two graduating classes in a row that achieved 100 % pass rate. We are also excited that 100% of the May 2017 graduates who applied were offered employment as a registered nurse. We have ASN grads working in Glynn County, Chatham County, Camden County, Bulloch County as well as facilities out of state. Congratulations to the AS Nursing program!

Alumna Recognition

CCGA alumna J. Nicole DeSha (2017) recently published an article, “Effects of a prescribed burn on the adult butterfly assemblage of a coastal grassland,” in the peer-reviewed Georgia Journal of Science. The paper disseminates the results of undergraduate research she conducted on Little St. Simons Island with faculty mentor Dr. Tate Holbrook, Assistant Professor of Biology. Other collaborators and co-authors include Joseph Colbert and Dr. Kimberly Andrews of the University of Georgia and Scott Coleman, Ecological Manager at Little St. Simons Island. The team assessed how resident and migratory butterflies responded to a controlled burn that was prescribed to help maintain a rare and threatened coastal grassland ecosystem. DeSha graduated from CCGA in May 2017 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, concentration in Coastal Ecology. Her undergraduate research project was supported by the College’s Scholarship Honor Internship Program, and she presented at multiple conferences, including the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Her accomplishments earned her recognition as the Most Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biological Sciences – Coastal Ecology. DeSha is currently working as a research technician with Dr. Andrews (UGA) on a gopher tortoise study while she prepares to apply for graduate programs in ecology and conservation biology.

Seeking Volunteers!
Please extend this call for volunteers for the Glynn County Schools STEAMFest to be held at Brunswick High School on Saturday, December 9, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is an annual event that started last December and it was a great success; the event had great participation from our institution, and it will be important for us to show our support to the school system once again this year. The main target audience will be students in elementary and middle school, but there will be participation of high school students as hosts of additional activities.

Please encourage your faculty to participate in the event, and please direct them to the following Google document to register as volunteer. For additional information regarding the event please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Williams, 912-264-3563 ext. 1907, jennifer.williams@glynn.k12.ga.us.

Faculty Retrospective

Jeff LeMieux, Associate Professor of Art, and painter, and Kevin Pullen, CCGA Artist in Residence and sculptor, will be displaying a retrospective of their individual work on October 6th from 5-7 at the SoGlo gallery on Newcastle Street as part of downtown Brunswick's monthly First Friday program.

Successful SACSCOC Submission ...

After an intense self-study audit, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) officially submitted the College's SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report recently, including the Quality Enhancement Plan Impact Report. The OIE thanks everyone who was intimately involved in this accreditation review project - from helping compile data and materials to editing and proofing the final copy. Special thanks to the Accreditation Leadership Team, led by Dr. Meg Amstutz, Interim President, and Kay Hampton, Interim Provost; Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents, School Deans, Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, Directors, faculty, and staff. After the dedicated hard work of the last two years, the 200 plus pages of narrative and 150 plus pages of supporting documents are now on there way to SACSCOC headquarters in Decatur, Georgia! A special, special thanks to Ron Harding, Senior Research Associate, who not only provided amazing editorial support and constructive commentary throughout the project, but also did a masterful job "packaging everything" in an appropriate container for shipment!

Upcoming Events & Reminders
Mariner Fest
October 21

Fall 2017 Commencement
December 15
6:00 pm
Coffin Gym, Brunswick Campus

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