Notables – Faculty/Staff

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Notables includes achievements, honors and other distinctions earned by Georgia Gwinnett College and the members of its extended community. This includes faculty, staff, administration, students and close associates of the college. Notables features recognitions spanning academics and scholarship, leadership positions, community service and involvement, individual achievements and other news of significance. Members of the GGC community may submit items using our Notables form. Notables is updated with the spring, summer and fall publication of Engage magazine and Engage Online.


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The Art Committee brought the first work of commissioned art to the GGC campus, “Pursuit,” a mural by local artist Peter Ferrari.


Joye Cauthen
Joye Cauthen, administrative assistant, is a Southern Literary Trail featured speaker who shares the story of her acclaimed great aunt Caroline Miller, writer of “Lamb in His Bosom.” Miller was the first of three Georgia authors to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.


Denise Dolan
Denise Dolan

Rebecca Dix
Rebecca Dix

Denise Dolan, AEC coordinator for the Writing Center, and Rebecca Dix, a professional writing tutor and GGC graduate, presented at the 2015 Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) Tutor Research Symposium. They facilitated a workshop on using collaborative creative writing activities to promote confidence and creativity among developmental writers. Dolan also led a discussion on supporting disabled students in writing centers.


Dr. Jim Fatzinger
Dr. Jim Fatzinger

Dr. Jo Galle
Dr. Jo Galle

Dr. Jim Fatzinger, senior associate provost for Student Affairs, and Dr. Jo Galle, associate provost for Academic Affairs, were selected to present at the National Associate of Student Personnel Administrators 2015 Assessment and Persistence Conference.


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The GGC Business and Finance Team received the prestigious Certificate of Achievement of Excellence Award for Financial Reporting, awarded annually by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.


Dr. Michael Gunther
Dr. Michael Gunther, assistant professor of history, presented the paper, “‘Crumbling to Dust’: British Military Engineering Efforts in the Hudson-Champlain Corridor in the Seven Years’ War and its Aftermath,” at the International Conference on Military Engineering in America, at the University of Seville in Spain.


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Adrienne Harmer, instruction coordinator/assistant department head for Research Services in the Library and Learning Center, was accepted into the highly competitive Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program. She also completed the Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning Program.


Dr. C. Douglas Johnson
Dr. C. Douglas Johnson, professor of leadership and management, has been named to the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). He also serves as advisor of the GGC NSLS chapter.


Dr. C. Douglas Johnson
Dr. C Douglas Johnson

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Vanessa Snavely

Dr. C. Douglas Johnson, professor of leadership and management, and Vanessa Snavely, assistant controller, recently completed the University System of Georgia (USG) Executive Leadership Institute (ELI).


Katherine Kyle
Katherine Kyle, associate vice president for Human Resources, was selected for the 2015-16 cohort for the Higher Education Resource Services Wellesley Leadership Institute.


Catherine Neiner
Catherine Neiner, director of Career Development and Advising, presented, “MicroRetreat for New Professionals,” at the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers annual conference.


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Deborah Reato, director of Veteran Success, was named Registered Student Organization (RSO) Advisor of the Year for her work with GGC’s veterans organization, Coalition of Veteran Engagement, Readiness and Trust (C.O.V.E.R.T.).


Dr. Jennifer H. Stephens
The American Council on Education (ACE) has named Dr. Jennifer H. Stephens, associate vice president of Public Affairs, an ACE Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration. Forty-seven Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.


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History instructor Dr. Shane Tomashot has received his Ph.D. in world history from Georgia State University.


Binh Tran
Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, received a perfect 5.0 overall quality rating with 50+ student ratings on the Rate My Professors Web site.


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Regina Venson, student loan default manager, was selected for a leadership role charged with coordinating statewide activities for the Federal Reserve’s “Money Smart Week,” a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage personal finances. Some of the campaign activities are also provided to GGC students through Student Affairs, in partnership with other campus offices.


Dr. Darin Wilson
Dr. Darin Wilson was named 2014-15 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. It is the second time he has been so honored.


    group of 10 Top Claw Award recipients standing with GGC mascot and college president
    The college recently presented its second Top Claw Awards to ten individuals who go above and beyond to make exceptional contributions in supporting GGC’s educational mission. Shown are Dawn Gadar, administrative assistant; Barbara Miles, assistant registrar-operations; Mark McMasters, enrollment management banner data manager; Susan Meltzer, associate director of admissions for operations; Dr. Lissa Pollacia, assistant dean and professor of information technology; General, GGC’s mascot; Stas Preczewski, president; Dr. Susan Quinn, assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology; Dr. Rebecca Flynn, assistant professor of english; Dr. Robert Lutz, assistant professor of information technology; Dr. Chantelle Anfuso, assistant professor of chemistry; and Alan Blake, campus police officer.

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