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By Erin Spearman
Staff Writer

After 10 years with Georgia Highlands College, Martha Kirkpatrick, senior secretary of physical education, retired at the end of March.

Kirkpatrick started working at GHC on Sept. 8, 1997. "I had butterflies at first," she said, "then I got excited." The thought of not working after so many years "the fear of the unknown," is what worries Kirkpatrick .

Paula Edney, physical education instructor, commented that Kirkpatrick is going to be immensely missed. "She is a special person," Edney said. Kirkpatrick has been a critical part of the Physical Education Department. Edney said that she "bridges the gap of communication" between students and faculty. She was a great contact person for students.

Kirkpatrick is a self-proclaimed homebody and plans to garden now that she has the spare time. She said that this will all be pretty difficult because she really loves to be around people. Edney said, "It will definitely be difficult to get along without her. She was always there if we needed anything."