GGC tells of approval of first housing
to open next year
Merri M. Brantley
Special to GwinnettForum
LAWRENCEVILLE, Aug. 22, 2008 -- By August 2009, around 200 Georgia
Gwinnett College students will move into the institution's first
student housing facilities. These modern dorms will represent Phase
I of student housing at GGC - now scheduled to be completed in 2009
-- just in time for next year's fall semester.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the ground
lease and rental agreement for GGC's new student housing at their
monthly Board meeting this week, setting in motion the college's
plan to break ground and begin building the first of five planned
residence halls that eventually will house 1,000 students in apartment-like
"pods" within the various 3-4 story units. A new structured
parking deck that will allow for 985 vehicles also is in the plans
and should be completed in tandem with the housing, which is scheduled
to be finalized in 2010.
Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman says: "This
is yet another significant milestone in the college's short history.
The students who attend GGC now and our future students deserve
to have affordable on-campus housing, and we are anticipating a
positive reaction to the new residential halls."
Board of Regents Chairman Richard Tucker of Suwanee said that the
resident halls will contribute to the overall interest in the college
and will be an important factor as the University System meets the
demands of the growing student population in Georgia. "The
Board was delighted to approve this outstanding plan to allow student
housing at our newest college," Tucker said. "Student
housing will contribute to the achievement of GGC's goal of providing
a comprehensive educational experience for its students."
The dorms will be 21st Century living at its finest. In fact they're
not dorms at all. Each of the resident hall apartments will house
anywhere from 4 to 12 students and include living areas, fully-equipped
kitchens and one bathroom for every two students, Maurice Blount,
director of facilities at GGC said. Resident directors and advisors
will live in designated quarters throughout the residential areas.
The resident housing also will include seminar rooms where students
can hold activities---fully integrating residence life into academic
Dr. Stanley Preczewski, vice president for academic and student
affairs, says: "The resident housing is a critical piece in
our retention, progression and graduation goals. We want these students
to be educated here, make friends here and really achieve the across-the-board
college experience. We believe that the resident halls we've envisioned
and designed will contribute greatly to what our students are looking
for in the 21st century."
The $80 million housing development and parking deck are part of
a public/private venture in partnership with Place Properties. Groundbreaking
on the new facilities should take place later this year. Financing
for the dorms initially will be provided in conjunction with the
Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation; however ultimately will be
paid for through lease fees from students.
College administrators also are planning to implement additions
to the initial 200 units in subsequent years. Blount said that the
college will add another 1,500 housing units and an additional parking
deck following the completion of Phase I.
Wayne Mason, chairman of the GGC Foundation's real estate committee,
says: "Georgia Gwinnett College already has proven to be a
boon to Gwinnett County. Adding the housing to the property is going
to bring more interest to GGC and to the area. The enthusiasm for
the college is overwhelming in our community and as the college
grows I believe the fervor surrounding the home of the Grizzlies
will grow as well."
Some presidential race thoughts concerning
Editor and Publisher
AUG. 22, 2008 -- It's quiz time today. With presidential politics
hot and heavy, let's go back in United States history and give you
a test to see if you can match the president with his slogan during
his campaign for office. For answers, see the bottom of the column.
1. Benjamin Harrison
2. William Henry Harrison
3. Abraham Lincoln
4. William McKinney
5. Calvin Coolidge
6. Woodrow Wilson
7. Herbert Hoover
8. Ronald Reagan
9. George H.W. Bush
10. George W. Bush
Now, match these slogans:
a. Are you better off than you were four years ago?
b. He kept us out of war.
c. A chicken in every pot
d. A full dinner pail.
e. A kinder, gentler, nation
f. Rejuvenated Republicanism
g. Compassionate conservatism
h. Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream.
i. Keep cool with ______.
j. Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.
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One presidential candidate will be stopping in Gwinnett, we hear
from the Gwinnett Rotary Club. Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate,
will address the Rotarians on September 9 at their meeting at 12:15
p.m. at the 1818 Club.
J.K. Murphy, the program chair, said that the club waived their
usual ban on inviting politicos to accommodate presidential candidates.
He said that the club was inviting the other two presidential contenders,
but so far, had not heard back from their offices.
You would think that Gwinnett, though it normally votes Republican,
might be a good place for presidential candidates to stop. After
all, it is the home of three-quarters of a million people, and a
vote is a vote in what some see as a contested rate for the electoral
votes in Georgia. And if both major candidates are truly in contention
to take the state, Gwinnett has a pot full of votes for both Republicans
and Democrats. And if the candidates are truly competitive, a vote
in Gwinnett is as good as a vote any other place, and there are
a lot of votes in Gwinnett.
We remember it was in 1992 that George H.W. Bush pulled a big crowd
in downtown Norcross when his campaign train stopped for a few minutes
President Bush got off the train and spoke for a few minutes from
the lawn of the Norcross Depot. Lillian Webb, who was county commission
chairman at the time and who had a big hand in arranging for the
train stop, chatted with Barbara Bush and other bigwigs.
After the Bush talk, Norcross Mayor Maurice Allen, who had greeted
him, was the only local resident to board the rear club car of the
train with the president. Allen remembers: "He thanked me for
the hospitality of the city, and we made some small talk. A photographer
was there to take our picture, but he ran out of film, this being
before digital cameras. So while he loaded the camera, it was a
bit awkward for the president and me. Neither of us knew what to
say. The night before the president and Bill Clinton had debated,
and I told Mr. Bush that he did well in the debate. He laughed,
and by then the photographer was ready, so he shot the photo. I
got off the train, and it pulled out."
Altogether, the train stop was about 20 minutes amid a big throng
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Those answers to the presidential quiz: 1-f; 2-j; 3-h; 4-d; 5-i;
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president to speak at new Gwinnett campus Aug. 27
University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams will be among
the speakers at the August 27 dedication ceremony for UGA's new
Gwinnett Campus facility, located at 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville,
just off Interstate-85 at the Old Peachtree Road exit. The ceremony
will begin at 4:30 p.m., with a reception and tours of the building
facility for the University of Georgia in Gwinnett
Other speakers include Richard Tucker, chair of the Board of Regents
of the University System of Georgia; Jan Sandor, assistant vice
president for academic affairs at the Gwinnett Campus; and Hazel
McMullin, deputy director of human resources for Gwinnett County,
who is pursuing a master's degree in public administration at the
UGA programs now occupy 60,000 square feet of the building on Sever
Road known as the Intellicenter. The move from the campus previously
shared with Georgia Gwinnett College took place this summer.
Bob Boehmer, who oversees UGA's extended campuses in Gwinnett,
Griffin and Tifton, says: "We now have more space to accommodate
our growing academic and continuing education programs in Gwinnett.
The building is very accessible and provides flexible space for
offices and classrooms of various sizes. Faculty, staff and students
have been very enthusiastic about the new location."
UGA has offered graduate degree programs in Gwinnett since the
mid-1980s, but increased the number and variety of programs in recent
years. Current offerings include master's degrees from several UGA
schools and colleges including the Terry College of Business, the
School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Social
Work, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The College of Education offers both master's and specialist (Ed.S.)
degrees and is now offering a doctoral program in counseling and
student personnel services. UGA's College of Pharmacy offers certificate
programs in pharmaceutical and biomedical regulatory affairs and
in clinical trials management.
In addition to graduate programs, continuing education programs
are offered at the new location. Programs are provided by the Georgia
Center for Continuing Education, which also offers customized training
for businesses and organizations. The Small Business Development
Center and the Educational Technology Training Center operated by
UGA's College of Education also have offices in the new facility
and provide professional training programs.
For more information on the new Gwinnett Campus facility, see http://www.uga.edu/gwinnett/.
County to build new
$15 million emergency operations center
Gwinnett will get a new $15 million emergency operations center.
A state-of-the-art E-911 communications center, emergency operations
center and backup data center is to be built adjoining Gwinnett
Police headquarters on Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville. The annex
will also house police technical support and professional standards
Assistant Police Chief Mike Reonas says that the one-story, 45,000
square-foot annex building with associated parking will accommodate
180 employees and allow much-needed additional offices to be built
later in vacated space at the current headquarters. He adds: "This
project provides new, fully equipped and furnished emergency management
facilities that will serve the county for the next 20 years or more."
Construction at the nine-acre site is expected to begin next month
with occupancy in early 2010. Leading the design team for the building
is architect Michael Katzin of HOK (Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum,
Inc.). Other firms involved include Ross Drulis Cusenbery Architecture,
Inc., Pond and Company, Inc., Newcomb & Boyd, Gleeds USA, Inc.
and RCC Consultants. The general contractor for the project will
be Manhattan Construction Co.
County Project Manager Jeff Hairston noted that the building design
meets Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards for "hardened
first responder facilities."
Final Suwanee sci-fi
movie of the year set for Aug. 23
Suwanee's Movies on Main Street classic sci-fi movie series will
close Saturday, August 23, with a double-feature presentation of
Young Frankenstein and Oedipus Wrecks. The movies
will begin at dusk at the Burnette-Rogers Pavilion on Main Street
in historic Old Town.
The Movies on Main Street selections are intended for adults and
teens. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic suppers or snacks, and
(non-alcoholic) beverages to the Burnette-Rogers Pavilion. Snacks,
soda, and water will be available on site.
Gwinnett Place CID
discussing possibility of TAD in fall
Tax allocation district (TAD) experts indicate property within
the Gwinnett Place CID is well positioned to benefit from this unique
Leaders with the CID are in discussions with real estate advisors
to establish an area TAD for greater Gwinnett Place. The CID's Board
of Directors recognizes TADs as one of the most powerful tools available.
Area property owners also know that a TAD can help them achieve
their redevelopment vision for the future.
Joe Allen, Gwinnett Place CID executive director, says: "The
CID has several potential catalyst sites, and a TAD would allow
us to attract a higher quality of development by providing needed
infrastructure improvements that will overcome the challenges caused
by traffic congestion in our area. TADs are said to work well in
areas where property is under-used and in need of infrastructure
improvements to spur revitalization. A TAD could be key to helping
us assist those who will upgrade our area in the future."
The CID will work closely with TAD consultants to define a clear
set of objectives and identify potential projects. The CID will
also work to create an accompanying redevelopment plan for the proposed
Gwinnett Place TAD as required by the Georgia Redevelopment Powers
The CID is anticipated having a TAD proposal ready to submit for
Gwinnett County's review and consideration this fall.
launches Gwinnett Trees Count on campus
Gwinnett Technical College has launched Gwinnett Trees Count, an
on-campus urban forestry project supported by the Georgia Forestry
Commission's (GFC) Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program.
The college has received funding from the GFC grant program to
develop a campus tree inventory and educational website, with the
resources available to the community and faculty, staff and students.
The project is part of a statewide effort to enhance Georgia's community
forests and build awareness of their positive impact.
Sharon Bartels, Gwinnett Tech president, says: "We at Gwinnett
Tech recognize the countless benefits of our community forests.
We're pleased that through the Georgia Forestry Commission's funding,
we'll be able to share our campus environmental resources with the
community as a whole."
Through Gwinnett Trees Count, Gwinnett Tech's grounds department
will now inventory over 900 trees in the maintained areas of the
college's 87-acre campus, making the inventory available to the
community through an interactive website.
Gail Zorn, Gwinnett Tech's Campus Horticulturist, explains: "The
information will identity the type of tree, which trees are suitable
to a particular landscape, serve as a guide to growth patterns,
and make the public more aware of the value of trees to our community.
The resources created through Gwinnett Trees Count will also be
used by faculty, staff and students in Gwinnett Tech's Horticulture
program. GTC offers an associate degree and diploma in Environmental
Horticulture, and certificate options in landscape design, horticulture
installation, site planning, and other specialties.
Adams joins Emory Eastside
as clinical pharmacy head
Phalba L. Adams, R. Ph. has joined Emory Eastside Medical Center
as the clinical pharmacy director. Adams brings extensive experience
in development, education and quality management.
Her pharmacy clinical experience has included 18 years in retail
pharmacy, as staff pharmacist and hospital pharmacy director, including
staff and management positions in Louisiana, Texas and Nevada. Adams
has been with HCA, Emory Eastside's parent company, for 8 years.
Adams received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Pharmacy from
Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, and is a member of
Pharmacotherapeutic Council of the Georgia Hospital Association.
She lives in Lilburn, with her daughter.
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Peyton Anderson's foundation benefits area
Anderson, owner and publisher of the Macon Telegraph and News
for nearly twenty years, was a prominent business leader in middle
Georgia. His most remarkable contributions to his hometown came
after his death, however.
Peyton Tooke Anderson Jr. was born in 1907 in Macon. Newspapers
were the Anderson family's business. Anderson's uncle W. T. Anderson
was the editor and publisher of the Macon Telegraph and, later,
the Macon News for more than 30 years. His father, P. T. Anderson,
was the vice president of the company. His uncle Eugene Anderson
wrote a column for the Telegraph. At the age of nine Anderson took
his first paying job, sweeping the floors at the offices of the
Anderson attended the U.S. Naval Academy for two years, but a sports
injury forced him to leave school. He returned to Macon and worked
in the Telegraph 's advertising department before becoming the circulation
manager. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1941-45)
as a public relations officer.
After his discharge from the navy in 1945, Anderson worked in Alabama
as the publisher of the Gadsden Times until his return to the Macon
Telegraph and News in 1947. Four years later he became the sole
owner of the papers that his family had long published.
Anderson was known as a newspaperman's newspaperman. Dedicated to
publishing the truth without any consideration for friendship or
advertising dollars, he hired the best editors he could find and
then let them do their jobs without interference.
Anderson, a strong supporter of Macon and middle Georgia, believed
in giving back to the community. In 1969 Anderson sold the Macon
Telegraph and News to Knight Newspapers and retired. At his death
in 1988, the bulk of his fortune, approximately $35 million, was
bequeathed to the Peyton Anderson Foundation to be used for the
benefit of Macon and middle Georgia.
Here comes the orator,
here comes the orator
"Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop
-- Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1735), via
Roy McCreary, Dacula
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