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Inaugural Year


Barnesville-Lamar County Meet and Greet

Dr. Nooks at his meet and greet

June 7, 2018 - Dr. Nooks and his wife, Mrs. Alison Nooks, had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the community members of Lamar County. During a presidential meet and greet, the president, Dr. Kirk A. Nooks, had the opportunity to engage with multiple individuals and learn more about the community.

First New Student Orientation

Dr. Nooks at NSO June 15, 2018 - New Student Orientation, often referred to as NSO, was the first time, Dr. Nooks had a chance to introduce himself to incoming freshman. After student leaders opened up the program, Dr. Nooks shared a presentation expressing his excitement to partner with the students during their education journey while at Gordon State College.

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Student Services Center Ground Breaking

Dr. Nooks ath the Student Services Center groundbreaking July 12, 2018 - The new Student Services Center being built on Gordon State College’s campus will serve as a building that allows the admissions process to be as seamless as possible for students. Admissions, financial Aid, and a component of the business office will be within steps of each other in the new building. Construction on the Gordon State College Student Services Center at the corner of College Drive and Spencer Street is expected to begin early July 2018 with an anticipated completion date of early summer 2019. Dr. Nooks and others are scene breaking ground on what will be the future location for the Student Services Center.

Transition Toolkit

Dr. Nooks at his first toolbox meeting July 24, 2018 - Dr. Nooks hosted his first of nine Transition Toolkits on July 24, 2018. Each toolkit unpacked the same message; How to Remain Relevant. The session started off with a video and ended with dialog among colleagues and friends. Dr. Nooks’ purpose for hosting the sessions, center around his focus to share his vision with the campus and where he intends to take the college.

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Student Success Summit

Faculty and Staff group photo at the Student Success Summit

August 1, 2018 - On Wednesday, August 1 2018 the entire Gordon State College campus was closed to allow the faculty and staff to come together and collectively learn about the students the institution serves. Special guest, Dr. Tristen Denley, joined the Gordon State College Highlander family and shared insightful information during his address to faculty and staff. Likewise, Dr. Nooks followed up and gave similar information for the college to digest and comprehend. Later on, all employee’s participated in sessions where classes were made available for individuals to take advantage of learning something they did not know before.

Move-In Residence Day

Dr. Nooks at Move-In day August 4, 2018 - During the Saturday before classes began, Gordon State College welcomed over 800 students into the residence halls. For some, this day was a new experience, for others, it was coming back for another year of learning. Dr. Nooks, along with his leadership team, alumni, and athletic teams all came together to help students move into their residence halls. Although the day was blazing hot, the volunteers from each group made move-in day a cool experience.

President Move-In Day to Residence Hall

August 5, 2018 - Students were not the only ones moving into the residence hall. Dr. Nooks, president of Gordon State College, also moved into the Commons B resident hall and lived in his very own room for 3 weeks. During this time he engaged with all students and especially engaged with the young men of the African American Male Initiative.

Late Night Breakfast with President’s Cabinet

Dr. Nooks serving pancakes

August 6, 2018 - Right before classes got underway Dr. Nooks and his cabinet members all participated in serving food during the Late Night Breakfast hosted for students.

Inaugural Residence Life Convocation

Dr. Nooks speaking at a podium

August 7, 2018 - Under the leadership of the Residence Life director, Dr. Tonya Coleman, and her entire team, Gordon State College hosted its first ever Inaugural Residence Life Convocation. Accompanied by his wife and members of the Gordon State College faculty and staff, Dr. Nooks gave an address to the students that welcomed them with open arms and encouraged them to keep their education first. He also reminded them to rely on the help of the resources around them to succeed in college and life.

African American Male Initiative

August 8, 2018 - Wednesday night, Dr. Nooks along with the advisors of the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) gathered together to celebrate the young men who dedicated their school year to participating in the program.

Power to the People

Dr. Nooks speaking at the Power to the People event August 11, 2018 - The country’s first electric membership cooperative was dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt on August 11, 1938, before a crowd of 50,000. On August 11, 2018, Gordon State College and the surrounding community members and friends dedicated the opening of an exhibit about rural electricity at Gordon State College. To celebrate the 80th Anniversary, former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Wayne Clough, delivered the keynote at this event and greetings from Haven Luke, great-grandson of President Roosevelt were given.

Barnesville Rotary Speaking Engagement

August 21, 2018 - Dr. Nooks took his message to the community on August 21 to the residence of the Lamar County during a speaking engagement at the Barnesville Rotary Club Meeting.

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100 Day Report

September 10, 2018 - Dr. Kirk Nooks shares his 100 Day Presidential Transition Report with colleges, students, media, and the community. To view his full report, visit the 100 Day Report.

Gordon State College Women's Soccer Game

Women's soccer team

September 18, 2018 - With such a strong start off to the season, Dr. Nooks came out to celebrate and support the Gordon State College Women's Soccer team. The ladies are currently 4-0 and have a tremendous season ahead of them.



Barnesville-Lamar County Rotary

rotary meetingSeptember 25, 2018 -As a newly inducted member of the Barnesville-Lamar Rotary Club, Dr. Nooks had the opportunity to share an overview of his 100 Day Presidential Transition Report with the club members. He touched on his five target points and shared a portion of the 100 Day Report video. All of this information can be found here




Lip Sync Battle

lip sync battle photoSeptember 26, 2018 - Last night, Highlander Nation came together and enjoyed the Lip Sync Battle event! A huge shout out to the participants and those who attended. Congratulations to Ms. Lillian Camp, the winner of the competition. I was so encourage and moved by the support shown by the entire student body in attendance. Hats off to Mr. Alvin Stephens, Residence Assistance, for a job well done.





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I-75 Corridor Coalition Speaking Engagement

I-75 Cooridor

October 04, 2018 - Invited by the committee, Dr. Nooks had an opportunity to share with a number of representatives from all counties surrounding I-75, his vision and plan for keeping Gordon State College relevant. The crowd was engaged and eager to hear all about GSC. Questions were asked and relationships were built with an amazing group of individuals.



Funnel Cake Fun

Funnel Cake

October 15, 2018 - Students had the opportunity to receive free funnel cakes with the help of Dr. Nooks passing them out.

Student Town Hall

Town Hall

October 15, 2018 - The Student Government Association had the opportunity to host their first official Town Hall Meeting of the school year with Dr. Nooks and Dr. Head, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Many ideas were shared and many updates were given. With the support of Dr. Nooks and others from the Leadership Team, the SGA did an amazing job hosting their first Town Hall of the academic year.


Meriwether Rotary Club

Meriwether Rotary Club

October 16, 2018 - Dr. Nooks had the honor to speak to the Meriwether Rotary Club and their members. As Gordon State College continues to build its Strategic Plan, it is important to recognize and appreciate all of our 14-County Service Region Area and their community members.


Macon-Bibb Listening Session

Macon-Bibb Listening Session

October 22, 2018 - Dr. Nooks hosted his very first off-campus Listening Session with The Honorable Robert A.B. Reichert, Mayor of Macon-Bibb County by his side. The crowd was full of supportive colleagues and Macon-Bibb County community members who were engaged and interactive.


Highlander Jam Fest

Jam Fest

October 24, 2018 - Students, Faculty, and Staff all joined together to celebrate and acknowledge all collegiate sports team on the campus. The student interaction was full of spirit and support. The night consisted of 3-Point Shoot Outs, a dunk contest, and more! The Jam Fest was a great kick-off to the remainder of the year.



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