GC Store helps students saveBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
With tuition and room and board prices increasing for next year, students are looking to save money wherever they can. The Georgetown College Bookstore is trying to do their part to save students money.
The Store has developed four initiatives to help cut textbook costs for students for the 2011-2012 school year. They include more textbook rentals, digital textbooks, the use of more old editions and a reduced profit margin. These initiatives are aimed at keeping student business on campus instead of losing it to places like amazon.com.
Why is it important to keep student business? When students purchase books through The Store, their money stays at GC instead of going into the pockets of a third party. This means more revenue in the general fund and more money that the College has to use.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which went into effect last July, requires colleges to post all book information available at the time the course schedule is posted. This information includes the title, author, publisher, edition, ISBN numbers and pricing information and it effectively gives students the information needed to bargain-shop for textbooks. Kay Blevins, Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services, said that The Store is hoping that the new initiatives “help recapture and keep student business on campus and also allow the students to save money.”
Students returning last fall may have noticed a new option when looking at their books on The Store’s website— textbook rentals. Textbook rentals have become a popular trend as a response to the online book rental company Chegg. The Store began renting 15 titles in the fall and expanded to 21 titles in the spring semester. Next semester they plan to have between 30 and 50 titles available to rent. Rented textbooks cost around 46 percent of buying a textbook, which saves students 54 percent on a book. Renting textbooks is ideal for Gen Eds, since they are typically books you will only need for one semester then never look at again.
With the onset of the Kindle and the iPad, digital textbooks have become increasingly popular. The Store will be offering several eBooks for the fall semester. Digital textbooks are all good for at least a semester, but some may be good for a year and others may be good for an unlimited amount of time. Digital textbooks come at a reduced price and are a good purchase for students who prefer to read on their laptops or iPads.
Faculty members who choose to use old editions are also helping The Store save students money because the older the edition is, the cheaper The Store can purchase the books and the cheaper they can sell them. Faculty tend to use older editions because they teach the same classes over and over and get to know them well.
Books that are typically very expensive in The Store will be less so next year thanks to The Store reducing its profit margin. The Store hopes it will be more competitive with online sellers next year by reducing its profit margin by five percent on selected textbooks.
GC community mourns passing of Dr. Jacobs
Students, faculty and staff appreciate his contributions to art at Georgetown CollegeBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
Though most GC students— especially those in the Art Department—know Dr. Jacobs for his donation of many valuable works of art to the Gallery in the LRC, he was also a well-known surgeon. He attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated from their School of Medicine in 1943 before serving as a captain and medical doctor in the U.S. Army during WWII.
He practiced general surgery in Cincinnati for over 36 years and was the Director of Surgery at Deaconness Hospital for many years. He was also an owner and breeder of American Saddlebred horses and a passionate art collector.
After retiring from medicine in 1986, he moved to a farm in Georgetown, Ky., bringing his art collection into the reach of the GC community. Dr. Jacobs and his wife, Dottie, developed a relationship with the College, allowing students, faculty and staff to visit their art collection in their log cabin.
In 2002, Dr. Jacobs and his wife established the Jacobs Gallery at Georgetown College, which now includes almost 200 works from their personal collection. The Gallery allows visitors to view and learn from both modern and contemporary works, as well as ancient artifacts.
“Those of us who got to see most of the collection when the artworks were still hanging on the walls of the Jacobs’ historic log cabin…knew the College was getting something special,” said GC News Director Jim Durham.
“But on that October evening (2002) when those [first] 94 pieces… went on permanent display in the Jacobs Gallery—that was magical. I’ll never forget the look on the faces of so many art-lovers.”
Durham recalled one of the greatest testaments of the collection was Diane Heilenman, then-arts critic of the Louisville Courier-Journal, writing that Georgetown College was “the art powerbroker of the moment” in the Bluegrass when the Jacobs Gallery opened.
“I thought then—and still do —the Jacobs collection is reason alone for a patron to make Georgetown College ‘an arts destination’,” he said. “One of my personal favorite memories of visiting ‘The Jacobs’ was the likelihood Dr. Jacobs would be there himself – usually to switch out a piece with a new artwork he’d acquired…and wanted the College to have,” Durham continued. “Then, if you asked him about the painting, Dr. Jacobs would then treat you to 30 minutes of the story behind it. Invariably, he not only knew the artist personally, but also had visited the painter in his or her studio.”
Those who came together at the visitation for Dr. Jacobs remembered running into him in the Gallery and his habit of placing his hat on the bronze bust of his head that sits in the entryway. The bust functioned as his personal hat stand for the duration of his visit.
President William Crouch also remembers Dr. Jacobs and his impact on the College fondly. “Don Jacobs was a man that had four passions in his life: his family; horses; medicine and art,” said President Crouch. “Art is how I got to know him and it was through his art the college has benefited so much. The Jacobs Art Gallery is one of the finest… in Kentucky. Many areas of our campus are brightened by the colors of his paintings.
“Nothing made Dr. Jacobs happier in these last years than sitting on the bench in the gallery watching students explore the world of art. We will greatly miss him.”
Dr. Jacobs is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy S. Jacobs, his five sons Donald S. Jacobs of Cincinnati, Brent Jacobs of Georgetown, Daniel Jacobs of Asheville, NC, Stephen Jacobs of Cincinnati and Andrew Jacobs of Lexington, and his 12 grandchildren and one great grand-child.