Today, we welcome a new colleague to Lanier Hall, the Center for Student Success, and the BA Corner. Nadirah Mayweather begins today as advisor for departments of English and Rhetoric, Theatre, Modern Languages and Cultures, and Undeclared students. She will also be assisting with incoming Music students.
Nadirah is no stranger to Georgia College. She is an alumna of the university as well as a former employee in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
Nadirah, welcome back to Georgia College. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you. Best of luck as you begin this new chapter in your professional life.
It has been a long time since I attended a parade at Georgia Military College. When I was a student, I would go to most of them. Now that I have a full-time job across town, it is a bit more difficult to get them, especially since most are held in the afternoons. But, a few weeks ago, there was a parade which I would not miss.
The Mothers’ Day Parade is one I had never attended. There was never a reason for me to do so. But, this particular parade, they were also celebrating the retirement of a lady who has influenced my life a great deal. GMC is my alma mater, which literally means “nourishing mother.” While there, like many students who have gone before me and quite a few after, I gained a second mother.
Ms. Brenda Brown’s official title is Community Service Coordinator, but she did much more than that. She worked (during my years) in the student activities office, which given my involvement with student government, led to a lot of interaction. She was always quick to inspire and encourage, and like any good mother-figure, not afraid to deal out the correction when necessary (not that I ever needed it, of course…).
She had a tremendous impact over countless students over the years, as was evidenced by the people at the parade. Just about everyone I spoke to – at least those who didn’t work at the school – had driven into town (well over 800 miles) for her. Not for the parade, but for her. One couple, who now works at a living history museum, was there in full 1800s costume. When I asked why they were dressed like that, the answer was simple. “Ms. Brown asked us to do it. And when she asks for something, you don’t really tell her no.”
So, here are a few pictures from the parade. I also was able to get a video (from where I was standing, it’s more like audio only) of the Col. Fred Van Horn presenting her with her retirement saber.
Before SpringFest last Saturday, I – along with fellow GMC and PTK alum Shayne Williams – had the opportunity to lead a panel on moving from a 2 year school to a 4 year university for the the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Regional Conference. Luckily for me, the conference was in Milledgeville, hosted by Georgia Military College, so I could make both events. You can view the slides here, or look over the outline below.
The Next Steps: Making the Transition to a Four-Year Institution
Daniel R. Simpson, MPA
Academic Advisor at Georgia College
MPA (‘10) and BA – Political Science (‘08) from Georgia College
AA – General Studies (‘06) from Georgia Military College
Alpha Omicron Epsilon Chapter VP (‘05-’06)
Mass Communication/PR and Political Science student at Georgia College
AA – General Studies (’12) from Georgia Military College
Alpha Omicron Epsilon Chapter President
Top Ten Tips
Complete your Associate Degree
Credit transfers more easily if the degree is awarded
If no degree is awarded, the follow institution can pick and choose by class
If everything does not transfer, you may fall behind
Find YOUR best fit
The best college in the world is worthless if you do not like it there
Find one that has the program you need
Find one you can afford
Find one where you will be happy
If you know where you want to transfer, incorporate their requirements into your current degree plan
If your follow on program has prerequisites, go ahead and take them if possible
Do not be shy
Maintain an open dialogue with your transfer admissions representative
Once you are admitted, contact your academic advisor to discuss course selection
Visit campus and find your way around before the first day of classes
Choose a major
By the time you transfer, you will mostly be in your major classes
Because of this, you will need to have selected a major
File all the necessary paperwork
Do not forget your final transcripts
Make sure to have them sent AFTER the degree posts, not just final grades
Take Care of Financial Aid
You will need to include the new institution information on your FAFSA
Look into specialized scholarships for transfer and ΦΘΚ students
Also check major based scholarships
Will help you find your way around your new campus
Will let you know what resources are available
Will give you a chance to meet important contacts
Your classes will be tougher; meet the challenge
Remember the basics of academic success
Ask for help when you need it
Make Use of Your New Resources
Your Academic Advisor
Tutoring Center or Supplemental instruction
Organizations especially for transfer students
For More Information
Daniel R. Simpson
Hyman, Jeremy S., and Lynn F. Jacobs. “10 Tips for Transferring From Community College.” U.S. News and World Report, 2009. http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/professors-guide/2009/09/16/10-tips-for-transferring-from-community-college.
Every spring, Georgia College hosts SpringFest for students who have been admitted, but may have not made up their mind about attending. The advisors take over a computer lab and assist students completing their course preference selection (known in Bobcat land as POUNCE).
Here are some pictures from today.
So, for all the incoming Bobcats, welcome to Georgia College!
Last week was Homecoming at Georgia College, in the spirit of celebration, there is an office decorating contest. Typically dominated by Financial Aid, this year the Center for Student Success decided to give it a go. Well, it turns out it paid off, as we won the contest.
The theme for this year was “When in Rome, do as you have done in Milledgeville” by alumna Flannery O’Connor.