Notables – Spring 2014

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Notables includes achievements, honors and other distinctions earned by Georgia Gwinnett College and the members of its extended community. This includes faculty, staff, administration, students and close associates of the college. Notables features recognitions spanning academics and scholarship, leadership positions, community service and involvement, individual achievements and other news of significance. To submit an item for Notables, please contact engage@ggc.edu. Notables is updated with the spring, summer and fall publication of Engage magazine and Engage Online.


Carolina Blatt-Gross
Carolina Blatt-Gross, assistant professor of art, authored a thought-provoking CNN article titled, “Why do we make students sit still in class?


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Katie Buell, assistant director – Wellness Programming, received an outstanding contribution award from the Hispanic Coalition for the Prevention of Substance Abuse for her commitment to prevent substance abuse in the Latino Community.


Dr. Jennifer Dean
Dr. Jennifer Dean, staff psychologist – Counseling and Psychological Services, serves as chair of the Continuing Education committee and member of the Annual Meeting Planning committee of the Georgia Psychological Association.


Jeff Eppley
Jeff Eppley, assistant director – Office of Student Integrity, was selected to serve on the planning committee for the Association for Student Conduct Administration.


Tomas Jimenez
Tomas Jimenez, dean of Students, was selected to attend the NASPA Associate Vice President Institute, “Excellence in the Number Two Role,” an intensive workshop offered to support and develop AVPs in their unique roles on campus.


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Dr. Tina Johnson, director – Women’s and Gender Studies and professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, is shadowing GGC’s Interim President Stas Preczewski this academic year as an ACE Fellow. The ACE Fellows Program is the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities and is offered by the American Council on Education.


Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin
Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin, director – Student Involvement and the Student Center, has been accepted into the 2014 United Way VIP Cohort. She also has been elected to the board of directors of Africa’s Children Fund, serves as professional development chairperson of the NASPA African American Knowledge Community and represents GGC as an SGA Advisor on the Board of Regents Student Advisory Council.


Dr. Kristine Nagel
Dr. Kristine Nagel, assistant professor of information technology, was named Woman of the Year in the mid-market/medium organization category by Women in Technology.


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Dr. Aileen Perez, director – Office of Student Integrity, was selected to present on the topic “Student Advocacy and Case Management: Intricate Relationship with a Threat Assessment Team” at the Association for Student Conduct Administration annual conference.


Amanda Reichert
Amanda Reichert, MS (NEd), MS RN, received a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Award from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. She will receive $20,000 to support pursuit of her PhD at Mercer University.


Dr. Kameron Sheats
Dr. Kameron Sheats, postdoctoral fellow – Counseling and Psychological Services, currently serves as a member of the Prison Ministry at Campus Church in Norcross.


Dr. Andrew Smith
Dr. Andy Smith, staff psychologist – Counseling and Psychological Services, serves as a member of the Continuing Education committee of the Georgia Psychological Association.


Nyerere Tryman
Nyerere Tryman, associate director – Residence Life, has been elected the Georgia state representative for the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers.


Dr. Tamara D’Anjou Turner
Dr. Tamara D’Anjou Turner, director – Counseling and Psychological Services, serves as the chairperson of the Alumni Representatives Committee of Georgia for Columbia University.



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