Fine Arts Advisory Board Hosts Fall Meeting

Gordon State College’s Fine and Performing Arts Advisory Board met virtually Friday with community partners to collaborate on ideas to enhance the work to further develop internship and career opportunities for students. 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, retention efforts 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.  Edward Whitelock, Department Head for Humanities and Fine & Performing Arts and Professor of English, provided updates on renovations, rankings, and GSC’s recent record endowment.

During the meeting, the group discussed the challenges of providing performing arts programs during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, plans for upcoming remote theatre performances and the need to create intentional relationships that will enable collaboration and supportive partnerships within the institution’s 14-county service region.

Members in attendance included Patrick Hamilton, director of the Fine Arts Center; Kay Pedrotti, Lamar Arts; Paul Sinor, novelist and film consultant and Alan Stecker, middle Georgia artist. Gordon State College colleagues included Knighton; Nooks; Dean of the Gordon State College School of Arts and Sciences Barry Kicklighter and Whitelock.