Human Services Advisory Hosts Fall Meeting

Gordon State College Human Services Advisory board met virtually Monday to remain engaged with community partners for training, internships, mentors and more. President Kirk A. Nooks provided an update on the college’s COVID-19 Task Force and stressed The Healthy Highlander Way as well as a recap of the past and current semesters. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs C. Jeffery Knighton provided the college’s mid-term update and explained The Highlander EDGE.  The Highlander EDGE are noted qualities that set Gordon graduates apart: Engaged Innovators, Dedicated Scholars, Gifted Communicators and Ethical Leaders. Knighton also provided retention and graduation rates.

Dr. Tom Aiello, Department Head of Business, History and Social Science, shared campus news updates including renovations, rankings, record endowment and new Adults Forward degree completion program slated for McDonough in 2021. Dr. Christy Flatt, Associate Professor of Sociology, shared the opportunities GSC students have to study abroad through the USG Goes Global program.  

Members in attendance included Regina Abbott, Executive Director, Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children, Inc.; Dr. Alicia Dunn, Clayton County Coordinator of School Counseling and Mentorships; Anne-Marie Pope, Executive Director, Butts County Life Enrichment Team; Carol Prince, Executive Director, Coweta County Family Connection; Rhonda Fuller, Executive Director, The Meriwether County Interagency Council/ Family Connection Inc.; Kellie Mercer, Executive Director, Lamar County Family Connection Collaborative and Stephanie Matthews, Workforce Development Director, Three Rivers Regional Commission

Gordon State College colleagues included Nooks; Knighton; Dr. Barry Kicklighter, Dean of the School of Business, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Aiello; Flatt plus LaSha Sanders, Special Assistant to the President and Pam Henry, Business, History and Social Science Academic Services Assistant.