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EGSC Plans 40th Anniversary
Tuesday, 06 August 2013

August 6-- Emanuel County Junior College was founded in 1973 based on the concept that every Georgian, whether located in urban areas or rural communities, would have access to a college education.  Forty years later, that vision still prevails as East Georgia State College delivers a world-class educational experience to a widely diverse group of students on campus locations in Swainsboro, Statesboro and Augusta.

Since the first graduating class of 3 in 1974, EGSC now boasts an enrollment of 3,000, hailing from 110 Georgia counties, 27 states other than Georgia and 11 foreign countries.   To celebrate the forty years of academic excellence, the college faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have planned a series of events to commemorate the occasion and welcome a new President.

On Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28, you are cordially invited to join with your friends and neighbors in celebrating this achievement.  The theme of the series is Educating. Graduating. Serving Communities; An Enduring Legacy.

The festivities will begin with Convocation on Thursday, September 26, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center.  Convocation speaker will be Dr. Michael L. Thurmond, former three-term Georgia Labor Commissioner and current interim superintendent of the DeKalb County School District.  Dr. Thurmond has served in the Georgia Legislature and has led the Division of Family and Children’s Services, where he created the Work First Program, helping over 90,000 welfare-dependent Georgia families move from dependence into the workforce. 

The topic of Dr. Thurmond’s presentation is “The Struggle is Real.”  To prepare for his presentation, faculty and students will be engaged in active discussion regarding issues of student struggle in education, from proper preparation to the cost of higher education.  The convocation will re-emphasize the tradition of marking the official beginning of a new academic year and encourage interaction within the college community. 

On Thursday evening, a Capital Campaign kick-off dinner will be held in the physical education center at the college.  The details of a five million dollar, 5 year capital campaign will be announced during the evening.  The featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Bill Crowe, director of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education at UGA.  Dr. Crowe is the former President of Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, one of the largest community colleges in the nation.  Highlighting the dinner will be a silent art auction featuring work by faculty, staff, students and alumni.    The dinner is $25 per person and requires advance reservations.  You may register online at www.ega.edu/cckd.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Friday, September 27, the Investiture of Robert Boehmer as the fifth president of EGSC will be held in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center Auditorium.  The event will be followed by an outdoor reception to be held in the student quadrangle.  The investiture will follow ceremonial protocol.  Guests for the ceremony will include USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby, members of the USG Board of Regents, college presidents, elected officials and other dignitaries.  Guests are requested to be seated by 10:40 a.m. 

 The fun continues on Saturday, September 28, beginning at 7:00 a.m. with registration for the Bobcat Dash with a Splash.  The 5 K begins at 8 a.m. and the one mile fun run begins at 9 a.m.  Registration may be made in advance online at www.ega.edu/bobcatdash. The unique 5 K race will be a color run where participants are “splashed” with green and gold colored powders at various points along the race and at the finish line.  Runners wearing white clothing will get the best overall effect.    The awards ceremony will follow the run

Beginning at 11 a.m., the 40th anniversary celebration will continue in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Auditorium with a student performance featuring highlights of Emanuel County Junior College, East Georgia College and East Georgia State College.   There will also be a dedication of the EGSC Community Wall.   Following the performance, the audience is invited to participate in an outdoor commemorative aerial photograph. 

 Saturday afternoon following the 40th anniversary celebration promises to be a time of great fun and excitement as the Parents, Family and Alumni event gets underway.  Planned activities for the afternoon will include Bongo Ball, a student Talent Showcase, Family Jeopardy, Art World, featuring pottery exhibits, balloon animals, sidewalk chalk competition and make your own (free) tie-dye tee shirts.  Guests may also participate in beach volleyball, disc golf, ropes course, basketball games with members of the state champion Bobcat team, a tennis clinic and planetarium shows at the Fulford Center. 

The afternoon highlight will be the Bobcat Regatta, a duct tape boat race on Ezra Pond.  Boats are constructed of two items only, duct tape and corrugated cardboard.  This event will be open to public teams, as well as members of the college community. There is no fee to enter butadvanced registration is required and prizes will be awarded.  Online registration is available at www.ega.edu/bobcatregatta.  A complimentary lunch will be served and snacks will be available for purchase.

Come out and join in the fun as EGSC celebrates forty years of service to our region.  The economic impact of the college continues to grow as we are a catalyst for development in the area.  For more information, visit us at www.ega.edu/celebration or call us at 478-289-2367. 

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