Volume 2, Issue 5 - October 23, 2017

Faculty Development
To provide future direction for the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development Committee are asking for your feedback on professional development needs. Please take a few minutes to complete the faculty development survey.

Special thanks to Drs. Tanya Cofer, Lisa McNeal, Jenn Gray, Kimberly Mannahan, Cody Cocchi, Debbie Holmes, as well as the members of the Faculty Development Committee (Drs. Lee McKinley, Jose Lugo, Rebecca Sharpe, Holly Nance, Emily Boyle, Patrizia Stahle, Sheronda Cuffie, and Ginger Matti) for their help and input in creating this survey.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Tyra Hilliard, Assistant Professor, Workforce Management & Leadership, was featured in Meetings Today magazine. Here is the article Dr. Hilliard is quoted in Masters of Disaster: Planners Share Hurricane Stories. The article focuses on the effect of hurricanes on conferences, meetings, and conventions and the hospitality industry.

Coastal Ecology Symposium
The College of Coastal Georgia will host the 3rd Annual COASTAL ECOLOGY SYMPOSIUM on Friday, November 3 from 9:00 am to noon in the Southeast Georgia Conference Center on the Brunswick campus. The symposium connects CCGA students and faculty with scientists, coastal managers, and community members to share research results and explore ways to conserve Georgia’s coastal environment and natural resources. This year’s program includes presentations by distinguished guest speakers, student posters showcasing undergraduate research and service-learning internships, and an information fair featuring exhibitors from public agencies, environmental NGOs, and academia.

The event is free and open to the public – no registration is necessary. Visit www.ccga.edu/ces for details.

If your organization is interested in participating in the information fair, please contact Holly Nance (hnance@ccga.edu) by October 23.

Honors Program Update
According to Dr. Chris Wilhelm, Director of the Honors Program, "The CCGA Honors Program seeks to provide enhanced educational opportunities and scholarship awards to a diverse population of students who demonstrate high degrees of intellectual curiosity, civic engagement, and academic achievement and ability. We aim to recruit and retain students who will pursue excellence in their disciplines while establishing cross-disciplinary connections to other bodies of knowledge and expertise; work with professors to plan and enact programs of undergraduate research; take leadership roles in student and academic organizations; and engage in service initiatives and internships with community partners."

The Honors Program is now in its fourth-year and continues to further develop its curriculum. It is anticipated that students will take Honors sections of introductory courses, a junior honors seminar, and a senior honors seminar. In the coming months, Dr. Wilhelm will be meeting with Chairs and Deans to discuss the feasibility of this curriculum. The Honors Advisory Council is and will continue to be a vital part of this vetting process.

If you are interested in participating in the Honors Advisory Council, or if you are interested in teaching an honors course, please contact Dr. Wilhelm at cwilhelm@ccga.edu.

The program is also soliciting nominations for student membership - first-year students with fewer than 30 credit hours who have displayed inquisitiveness, enthusiasm, high-academic aptitude, and impressive critical thinking skills.

If you have any student you would like to nominate to join the program, please complete the following survey and provide a brief reason as to why this student should be invited to join the program. Please nominate any number of students who fit these criteria. The Honors Advisory Council will take your nomination, as well as the student’s academic record into account and will issue invitations to join the Honors Program later in the semester. Please nominate students before October 30.

You may nominate students here: https://ccga.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3pysV1bCya4...

Global Mariner Study Abroad Fair
The Office of International Education hosted a successful Study Abroad Fair for students on the Brunswick campus on October 12. An estimated 200 students stopped by the Health Sciences Building Lobby to learn more about European Council (EC) summer study abroad opportunities, as well as programs being led by faculty members. The EC is operated under the oversight of the System Council for International Education of the University System of Georgia (USG). Drs. Carla Bluhm and Louise Kane, who will be teaching in Paris next summer, along with Dr. Patrizia Stahle, Dr. Karen Hambright, Tyler Bagwell, and Connie Toler, were all on hand to share information, address questions and help students fill out study abroad program interest forms. Please encourage our students to consider a study abroad opportunity. For more information on available study abroad options, please visit www.ccga.edu/studyabroad.

International Education Week!
The Office of International Education is gearing up to celebrate International Education Week – November 13-17! International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. You can learn more about the International Education Week initiative here. Students, faculty, staff and community members are all encouraged to participate in and recognize this important week of programming. Please consider filling out an online program proposal form: 2017 International Education Week – Program Proposal. The program proposal submission deadline is Friday, October 27.

Fall 2017 Student Enrollment Profile

The College of Coastal Georgia experienced 3.8% and 3.6% increases in its fall 2017 enrollment and FTE, respectively, with an enrollment of 3,663 students and FTE of 3,078, according to the preliminary USG Mid-Term Academic Data Collection Census. Regarding self-declared race/ethnicity, 6.0% identified as Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.0% Asian, 18.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 66.5% White, 4.1% two or more races, and 2.1% undeclared.

With an average age of 23.4, the College’s student body is composed of 67% female and 61% full-time students with 82% indicating Georgia residency and 18% out-of-state. First-generation students account for 65.3% of the total student body, while adult learners (25 years of age or older) and military/veterans account for 25% and 17%, respectively. Pell recipients account for 33% of students, while Move on When Ready (dual-enrolled high school) students total 418, or a 38% increase compared to fall 2016.

Over the past five years, the College has built the needed structure to expand the incoming freshman class while maintaining retention. Looking ahead, continued growth calls for an active institutional engagement in completion efforts in order to appropriately serve the student body.

For additional fall 2017 student demographics, please visit www.ccga.edu/fastfacts.

Upcoming Events & Reminders

3rd Annual Coastal Ecology Symposium
November 3
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Southeast Georgia Conference Center

Fall 2017 Commencement
December 15
2:00 pm
Jekyll Convention Center, Jekyll Island

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