Milestones


Young Harris College students selected to perform in the Georgia All College Chorus are (front row, left to right) sophomore Megan Davis of Blairsville, Ga.; freshman Ali McCollough of Augusta; freshman Caroline Dern of Ellijay, Ga.; freshman Judith Lyle of Clarksville, Ga.; (back row, left to right) sophomore Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C.; sophomore Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga.; freshman Ben Sims of Hiram, Ga.; and senior Jake Wentzek of Blairsville.  SPECIAL
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Young Harris College students selected to perform in the Georgia All College Chorus are (front row, left to right) sophomore Megan Davis of Blairsville, Ga.; freshman Ali McCollough of Augusta; freshman Caroline Dern of Ellijay, Ga.; freshman Judith Lyle of Clarksville, Ga.; (back row, left to right) sophomore Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C.; sophomore Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga.; freshman Ben Sims of Hiram, Ga.; and senior Jake Wentzek of Blairsville.

ASU commended

Augusta State University’s College of Education has “no areas for improvement,” according to a review of the college completed Feb. 7 by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The NCATE team interviewed administrators, faculty, staff, current students, alumni and education professionals from the six partnering school districts to ensure that all programs preparing educational professionals are of the quality expected for professional accreditation. The NCATE examiners found ASU met all elements of every accreditation standard. They also commended the college’s partnership with ASU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the university’s partnership with surrounding schools and districts.

NCATE will report its findings and recommendation to its Unit Accreditation Board, which is responsible for determining the accreditation status of professional education units. NCATE evaluates a school’s professional education programs every seven years.

ASU press awards

Augusta State University’s student publication, The Bell Ringer, won a record-breaking 13 awards at the Georgia College Press Association conference held recently in Athens. ASU students received awards for their articles and photography.

David Lee placed first and John-Michael Garner placed second in the Best Sports Story category; Rita Dejnak was awarded third place for Best Photograph-Editorial/Feature; Shawna Freeman came in third place for Best Entertainment Story; and Tiffannie Meador, placed second, and Jillian Hobday, third place in the Best News Article-Objective category. The Bell Ringer also won second place for General Photography; Best Campus Community Service-Sports; and Best Campus Community Service-News, as well as third place for General Advertising, Layout and Design, Best Campus Community Service-Editorial and General Excellence.

The Bell Ringer is published by the Aiken Standard.

Military friendly

Augusta State University has been named to the nation’s 2012 Guide to Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education, the Journal for Higher Learning for Today’s Servicemember.

Selected schools have met rigorous criteria informed by education service officers across the services and have truly earned the designation of “military friendly.”

“It is an honor to have this recognition, and it builds upon the work begun years ago by Elizabeth House, former dean of the Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences, and Saundra Reinke, director of the Public Service and Research Center. Today, there is campuswide support for our military initiative, from the Fort Gordon Liaison Committee, Veterans Affairs, Military Science, Admissions, Public Relations, Financial Aid and Campus Development,” said James Grayson, the chairman of the Fort Gordon Liaison Committee and a former soldier. “We are very grateful for the sacrifices made by our service members, and we at Augusta State want to show our appreciation to them and their families.”

Top donors

La Verne H. Gold, the president and CEO of United Way of the CSRA, announced the top 10 Richmond County schools that participated in this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project as part of Black History Month and helped make a difference in the community through commitment to the ideals and virtues championed by King. The announcement was made at the Richmond County school board meeting on Feb. 16. The following schools were honored:

• 1st place, Hephzibah Elementary School

• 2nd place, Windsor Spring Elementary School

• 3rd place, McBean Elementary School

• 4th place, C.T. Walker Traditional Model School

• 5th place, Sue Reynolds Elementary School

• 6th place, Jamestown Elementary School

• 7th place, Glenn Hills Elementary School

• 8th place, Warren Road Elementary School

• 9th place, Murphey Middle Charter School

• 10th place, Glenn Hills Middle School

Richmond County Schools donated 7,941 items, with an estimated value of $9,768, and helped United Way of the CSRA and its AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTAs, provide emergency hygiene products to 1,971 homeless individuals and families, Senior Food Box program participants, and students and their families experiencing the effects of poverty.

GED grant

AT&T recently donated $50,000 to the Technical College System of Georgia to create GED testing scholarships for qualified, low-income students. Sylvia Russell, the president of AT&T Georgia, presented the check to Technical College System Commissioner Ron Jackson during the Feb. 2 meeting of the state board. Russell is also a member of the Technical College System board. The donation will help students pay for GED tests at any of the system’s institutions, including Augusta Technical College.

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