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Monday, April 26, 2010
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Annual Honors Ceremony Spotlights Some of SGC’s Best
South Georgia State College continued a tradition that began
decades ago as the campus celebrated its annual Honors Day on April 14 in
McGouirk Auditorium inside Peterson Hall. The ceremony spotlighted some of
the college’s most outstanding students and student organizations.
Celebrating these students’ successes is a highlight of the year for the SGC
faculty and staff, and having the opportunity to experience this event with
them, their families, and friends is a real treat. Students were recognized
for their achievement, talent, dedication, success, and service.
The college’s academic divisions each singled out one or more outstanding
students who excel in their disciplines. Connie Miss of Douglas received the
E.R. Bradley Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences, while Gerald Jonah
of Lawrenceville became the recipient of the Libbo Belger Award for
Excellence in Business.
Rachel D. Terrell of Lawrenceville took home the award for Excellence in
The Humanities Award was given to Danza Smith of Hazlehurst and the Foreign
Language Award to Zehao Zhang of Xi’an, Shanxi, China. Justin Deen of
Douglas received the Theatre Award.
The J. D. Spooner Science Award was earned by Brian L. Sellers of Hazlehurst
while the Mathematics Award went to Joseph Michael Cauley of Douglas. The
top chemistry honors went to Jason McCallum of Ambrose who got the General
Chemistry Award, and Kenneth S. Sellers Jr. of Hazlehurst, who received the
Organic Chemistry Award.
college’s top Awards for Excellence in Nursing were presented to Allison
Brice of Douglas and Tammy Bassett of Douglas. These awards are named after
Vera B. Doering and long-time faculty member and GANS advisor Libba Burch.
Emily Crews of Folkston earned the Waycross College Nursing Award.
Sylvia Tomblin of Douglas was honored with the Student Support Services
Award. The Student Activities Service Award went to Chelsea F. Mitchell of
Hazlehurst and Yachi J. Stewart of Atlanta.
The Freshman Academic Award was presented to the five students who earned
the highest grade point averages in their class. Those receiving this
recognition were Angela Chapman of Adel, Heather Graham of McRae, Andrew W.
O’Neal of Douglas, James C. O’Neal Jr. of Douglas and Jessika Knight of Ray
Those leading the sophomore class in academic achievement are C. Diane Blum
of Fitzgerald, Brian L. Sellers of Hazlehurst, Danza Smith of Hazlehurst,
Katelin Spivey of Wray and Simeon Youngblood of Pearson.
The largest group of honorees was those who were named Who’s Who Among
Students in American Two-Year Colleges. In addition to succeeding
academically, they were selected for their wider involvement in the college
community. Their names will be posted at the college’s Web site:
Two students, Brian L. Sellers and Kenneth S. Sellers Jr., both of
Hazlehurst, were named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Georgia Academic Team.
C. Diane Blum of Fitzgerald received the SGC/University System of Georgia
Academic Recognition Day Award.
2009 Honors Day program concluded with President Dr. Virginia Carson naming
Best All-Around Students at South Georgia State College. These students were
nominated by the faculty and chosen by the Student Affairs Committee for
their academic success coupled with contributions in the areas of athletics,
student leadership, campus life, and community involvement. Runners-up for
Best All-Around for 2009-2010 were C. Diane Blum of Fitzgerald, Cecily
DeMarco of McDonough, Brittany Anne Yates of Douglasville, Corey Newkirk of
Douglas, Brian L. Sellers of Hazlehurst and Kenneth S. Sellers Jr. of
Hazlehurst. The two students who were named Best All-Around were Zena
McCarthy of Austell and Gerald Jonah of Lawrenceville.
Following the presentation of the Best All-Around Award, Dr. Virginia
Carson, SGC President, announced that beginning on Honors Day 2011, the
college will present a new award, the Jim Cottingham Leadership Award, to a
deserving student in honor of Dr. Jim Cottingham, Vice President for Student
Affairs. In June 2010, Dr. Cottingham will retire after 32 years of service
The faculty and staff of South Georgia State College congratulate these
outstanding students and their families. These students honor the
institution by choosing South Georgia State College as the place to begin or
continue their college experience.
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About South Georgia State College
South Georgia State College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is a two-year institution in the University System
of Georgia. Located in Douglas, Ga., the college's environment gives
students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close
collaboration with faculty.