April 14, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 11

Drs. Griggs and Parker retire

Staff Writer

Education professor Dr. Douglas Griggs, who will be retiring at the end of the semester, teaches one of his classes.

The day before their graduation, Georgetown College seniors will take part in the name-exchange ceremony in which the professors whom have acted as educators and mentors will shake their hands and introduce themselves by their first names: a symbol indicating the student-professor relationship has ended.

Two professors, Dr. Douglas Griggs and Dr. Janet Parker, both of the education department, will likewise welcome a change in their relationship with Georgetown College as they retire at the end of the semester.

Dr. Parker came to Georgetown College in Autumn of 1996, after teaching at the University of Louisville. Dr. Griggs began teaching here in 1993 after working in public schools since 1964.

What does retirement hold for these two professors? Will they travel the world in 80 days, see the wonders of the world and create diaries detailing their admiration of the world’s art in ekphrastic delight or simply sleep late into the morning and enjoy the company of friends and family? Like many Georgetown students, these professors are excited, but uncertain, for what the future brings.

“I’ve never been retired so I haven’t thought it out!” Dr. Parker remarked. She added, “The Scott County Humane Society is in dire need and it is volunteer work but it’s rewarding.” Dr. Griggs similarly is uncertain about the future, “It’s strange now, I find myself thinking in terms of ‘I’m going to graduate!’” Griggs, like Parker, considers volunteer work valuable and will “probably do volunteer stuff in public schools” in addition to “low-key travelling” to visit family. “I don’t know. I have friends I like to go to the symphony with in Cincinnati, I have friends in Louisville I’ll spend time with. We’ll just have to see how it works,” said Griggs.

While not able to predict the future, Griggs and Parker can recollect the frustrations surfacing over the course of their years teaching at Georgetown. For Dr. Parker, the ever-changing tools of the trade created more than their fair-share of headaches. “We moved to teachingsome classes online” she says, “… every time you think you’ve caught up they come out with a new edition. You have to remember that we [, Dr. Griggs and I,] didn’t start with computers. They came after our time.” A busy schedule was Griggs’ thorn in his side, “Sometimes teaching four classes a semester is a burden. If it’s four different classes, that’s a lot of time [needed] to prepare, and if the classes are very big, it’s difficult,” Griggs explained.

Despite the frustrations, these two professors look back fondly at their years as faculty at Georgetown. “The thing I like best about Georgetown,” Parker says, “is the collegiality. Especially here in our department . . .it’s really just kind of a family, we know each other, we socialize [and] we look after each other.” Griggs says the best times included teaching a class in which “students were involved . . . they really got it and it really clicked. I felt fun; I felt productive.” Griggs also is proud of his involvement with the new Foundations core curriculum, advertising that he may teach a Foundations 112 class next year, after his official retirement, “on his life-long love” architecture.

Georgetown College is holding a retirement reception for Dr. Parker and Dr. Griggs on April 19th at 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room. Students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Fam Cam raises money for GC

News Editor

Georgetown College’s Office of Development has launched a new giving campaign— called the Family Campaign—to increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give to the College. The “Fam Cam,” as it is affectionately called, is designed to facilitate the generosity of those who have the most invested in the college. Faculty and staff are encouraged to make a gift to their passion, such as athletic teams, academic departments, ITS, endowment, sorority/fraternity or dorm renovation. The focus of the campaign has been about the giving percentage, not the size of the gifts.

The campaign is designed to show Georgetown students, alumni and friends that the people closest to the College care about it enough to give back. As a reward for donating any amount, faculty and staff get a cool free t-shirt with the slogan “I Give, I Care” on it that they are allowed to wear with jeans each Friday until May 6. You may have seen some people wearing them on Tuesday of this week— this was because one of the newest businesses in town, Chick-Fil-A, hosted a luncheon for all faculty and staff. This luncheon provided faculty and staff good food and conversation as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Family Campaign. The Family Campaign was stimulated by a need to increase our internal giving percentage, which until April was right at 31 percent. Since the Fam Cam kicked off, the percentage of those who have donated internally has already more than doubled to 63 percent. In an e-mail recently sent to faculty and staff, the 13-member focus group on the campaign said, “We are committed to increasing our institutional faculty/staff giving percentage. We believe it is critical that we do this for several reasons: to build a sense of community among faculty and staff, to communicate internally and externally our level of commitment to Georgetown College and to continue to invest in initiatives that will open doors for our students.”

Roy Lowdenback, Associate Vice President and Director of Development, says that the Family Campaign is working because people want to give to things that they are passionate about. The Georgetown College family is passionate about its students, said for this reason faculty and staff are giving generously.


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