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GHC celebrates president’s inauguration with month of events

Georgia Highlands College is in celebration mode this month as it prepares to inaugurate its fourth president.

Dr. Donald Green, who took over as president last September, will be officially installed during the Inauguration Installation Ceremony Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. on the Rome campus.

The celebration will continue that day with the Highlands Inauguration Gala at 6:30 p.m. on the Cartersville campus.

In honor of the occasion — following the theme “Embracing the Legacy. Focused on the Future.” — the college has planned a number of different events on the Bartow County campus leading up to and following the inauguration. A full schedule of events for all campuses is available at inauguration.highlands.edu.

Comedian Adam Grabowski, who has performed in 45 states and at more than 450 colleges across the country, will bring his humor and wit to the campus Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the show will give students a chance to join Green for a fun afternoon of comedy.

Grabowski, called the hottest comedian in the college market today, has been named 2015 Comedian of the Year by Campus Activity Magazine (CAM) and the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA). He has been the No. 1-ranked college comedian since 2011 by CAM and was runner-up for CAM’s 2014 Entertainer of the Year.

At 2 p.m. that day, the college will hold Perspectives: Beyond the Pages, a common read program that is an initiative of the Office of Academic Affairs and is designed to engage the college community in a unified intellectual activity.

Dr. Elizabeth Dose will host a roundtable discussion about the book “The Village Effect.”

Dr. Greg Sumner also will review information from “Unfair” by Adam Benforado most class days in his Introduction to Criminal Justice course on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Thursday, Sept. 17, is the deadline for donations to the collegewide school supply drive for local schoolchildren.

Sponsored by GHC faculty, staff and students, the community service project will collect notebooks, backpacks, pens, pencils, paper and other basic school supplies that many local families cannot afford to buy for their children.

Working with the Family Connections affiliates in Bartow, Cobb, Douglas, Floyd and Paulding counties, volunteers will collect and distribute a variety of supplies where they are needed most. Drop-off sites, which also will have a list of needed supplies, will be located around the campus.

These events, along with those on other campuses, lead up to the main event Sept. 18.

Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, will officially install Green as the college’s fourth president during the investiture portion of the inauguration ceremony. Green, who took over at the college Sept. 8, 2014, will succeed past presidents Dr. David B. McCorkle (Floyd Junior College, 1970-1991), Dr. H. Lynn Cundiff (FJC, 1992-2000) and Dr. J. Randolph Pierce (Floyd College, 2001-2005, and Georgia Highlands College, 2005-2011).

Retired regent Willis Potts will preside over the ceremony, and regent Neil Pruitt will speak on behalf of the board of regents.

A reception will follow the inauguration ceremony.

Both events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Those who cannot attend in person can view the ceremony via livestream at inauguration.highlands.edu.

The gala that evening will offer guests a fun night of dining and dancing while also honoring Green by supporting the “blue and orange.” All proceeds from the $100-a-ticket event will fund much-needed student scholarships.

Musical guest Laughlin will provide entertainment for the evening. The Georgia band has had several successful original songs, has been nominated for a Georgia Music Award and for Artist of the Year at the Georgia Country Music Awards and has performed at concerts with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley.

One event that’s important to Green will occur on the Cartersville campus after the inauguration activities have wrapped up.

The president will hold an open forum Tuesday, Sept. 22, at noon where students can meet with him to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns about GHC.

“Holding events like the open forums on each campus gives us a chance to interact with students in a new and exciting way,” Green said. “It allows us the opportunity to further engage with our students beyond the classroom setting. Our drive to reach out to students this way is one of the many reasons why we have one of the highest retention rates for schools in our sector. I enjoy having a continuous open dialogue with everyone who attends GHC. It helps us to ensure each year is a smooth year for our students, and it allows us more opportunities to steer our students toward a successful experience at Georgia Highlands College.”

For information on any of the events listed, to buy gala tickets or to RSVP for the ceremony, visit http://inauguration.highlands.edu.