The Charger Report Cartersville Update
The 2013-2014 academic year brought many changes to the Cartersville Campus. Wonderful additions and equally painful losses brought faculty, staff, and students together to support each other and the community.
Excitement was in the air as the GHC baseball and softball programs jumped into high gear. Based out of the Cartersville campus, these programs added a new dynamic to the Cartersville culture. For the first time, this campus got the opportunity to develop relationships with our student-athletes and cheer them on at local competitions. These opportunities will increase even more during the 2014-2015 seasons as an agreement with the LakePoint sports complex allows the baseball team to play more games in Bartow County.
Students were also busy in the classrooms. Campus-wide poster presentations and service learning projects were prominent throughout the year. In particular, Undergraduate Researchers-Impacting Tomorrow (UR-IT) implemented a recycling initiative and communication students hosted a community volunteer fair and volunteered at Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Other additions included new campus facilities. The old bookstore space located in the Academic building was converted into four new faculty offices, one classroom space, and a student gathering area.
Our campus also hosted several large conferences and community collaborations. Among these was the 13th annual conference of the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group (AABIG or BIG). This year’s conference dealt with active learning both inside and outside the classroom. More than 175 people from across the country attended the conference.
Cartersville Has Heart was a community-wide collaboration which included GHC and the Cartersville Medical Center. Attendees participated in a 5K Run/Walk and even the little ones got involved with a Kids Fun Run. A variety of booths also offered participants the opportunity to learn more about heart-healthy living.
Our campus is already anticipating future collaborations with the community. In particular, Teen Maze is scheduled for May 2015. This two day event will include all eighth grade students from Bartow County and Cartersville City schools. Students will get to participate in a series of good choice/bad choice scenarios that offer guidance as they encounter similar situations during their teen years. The event will involve several hundred volunteers throughout the community.
In the spring, our CRU student organization collaborated with Bridge Church and other community members to host its Annual Easter Festival. Open to all GHC and community families, activities included an egg hunt, inflatable bouncers, and lots of candy!
On a more somber note, the Cartersville campus experienced the loss of its beloved campus dean, Carolyn Hamrick. Mrs. Hamrick was truly the heart of this campus and her sudden passing was devastating to all involved. It was wonderful, however, to see the way everyone on campus came together to support each other and help fill the gaps. In honor of Mrs. Hamrick, the student affairs area was renamed the Carolyn H. Hamrick Student Services Hub – fondly known as just the HUB.
With the arrival of Fall 2014 semester, the Cartersville Campus faculty and staff look forward to welcoming both new and returning GHC students.