April 16, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 10

Job openings come to Fort Knox

As many as 1,400 new jobs will soon be coming to Fort Knox — well paying, white collar civilian jobs with great benefits. A team of experts from Fort Knox will be visiting Georgetown College, April 21, conducting 30-minute information sessions in the Career Center Conference Room to let Georgetown students know about these opportunities. The sessions will run every 30 minutes from 4 – 6 p.m.

“Army representatives want to make sure Georgetown students understand that for applicants with college degrees, their degree can qualify them for many of these jobs,” said Sherry Johnson, Lincoln Trail Area Development District Associate Director for Employment and Training. “What’s going on at Fort Knox is the equivalent of having a Fortune Five- Hundred company move their headquarters to the region.”

It is anticipated that there will be as many as 1,400 openings for civilian workers, out of a total of more than 5,000 total civilian jobs on Fort Knox. These are well-paying jobs with great benefits. Most of these job openings will be in Human Resource Management, Information Technology and Administrative Fields. But there will also be openings in a wide variety of other disciplines, from Business, Finance, Marketing, Research Analyst and many more. “We would like to see many of these jobs filled by our local workforce,” said Brad Richardson, Executive Director of One Knox, and Georgetown graduate, “Almost all require significant experience for the mid and higher levels, but at the entry levels a college degree can be used as a substitute for experience.”

One Knox was established by community leaders in 2006. One Knox serves as the central coordinating agency to help the region respond in the most positive way to growth opportunities associated with BRAC and Fort Knox. It represents a ninecounty region that mirrors that of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, plus Bullitt County. For more information about One Knox visit http://www.oneknox.com.

The Lincoln Trail Area Development District (LTADD) was formally organized in March 23, 1968 under Kentucky law for the purposes of planning, promoting and sustaining a program of economic, social and natural and human resources development. The LTADD serves eight central Kentucky counties — Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington. As part of the Regional WIRED 65 team, they are also partnered with Louisville and Southern Indiana on workforce issues. For more information about the LTADD visit http://www.ltadd.org.

Press Release

A word from SGA

Financial advice from Rhyan Conyers

Are you having trouble with the tuition increase for next year? Not sure where to turn? Confused about how the stimulus package will affect you? The Student Government Association wants to help you.

Rhyan Conyers gives a little advice if you are worried about next year. “Students who experience financial trouble should set up a time to speak to a Student Financial Planning staff member to discuss their concerns in further detail. “The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which allows us to determine a student’s eligibility for aid, is a backward-looking document; we know that some families’ finances may now be greatly different compared to when they filed the FAFSA. We have already been able to help several students whose families have been affected by the recession (for instance, due to job loss or other income loss). “If a student needs help, it’s important to start the conversation now. It’s more difficult due to resources that run out to help a student later in the summer as compared to early in the spring.”

Students can call (502) 863-8027 or e-mail financialaid@georgetowncollege.edu to discuss their options further.

Thank you,

Your Student Government Association

Dr. French retires after 40 years

Features Editor
Dr. Austin French is known among students and faculty for “making it plain.”

Dr. Austin French is known among students and faculty for “making it plain.”

Dr. Austin French has been a professor of math and computer science for 40 years, 33 of them here at Georgetown College, and he will be retiring at the end of this semester. Dr. French has been a mainstay in Asher Science Center and has taught a significant number of students about the beauty and clarity of mathematics.

Dr. Jonathan Dickinson was one of his students back when he did his undergraduate studies here and now has had the opportunity to work alongside his one-time professor. Dickinson said “What amazes me most about him is how passionate he is.” As an example of this passion, Dickinson mentioned that many years ago, Dr. French went on a sabbatical to study methods of teaching mathematics and when he came back, he had completely re-vamped his teaching style to something that he believed would help his students better learn the material. Dr. French said that he considers making things plain one of his talents, “the underlying gift is making things plain, clear and simple; expressing the love of God while you do it.” Dr. Dickinson summed it up best: “He has a lucidity that is hard to match.”

Dr. French stated that until very recently he had no plans for retiring and had assumed that he would continue teaching until he was into his 80s or more. But during a recent morning meditation, French realized that the will of God was calling him elsewhere and that it was time to retire. All of Dr. French’s family and friends were surprised by the decision, but Dr. French is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and family. Dr. French’s wife has a large farm with cattle that both she and Dr. French enjoy working on and Dr. French said that he looks forward to living the principle of a “double life.” “We want to do things that are good for both of us,” he said.

Dr. French is not quite finished with teaching yet though, as he said that he “expect[s] to do part-time teaching through DVDs and interact with students through phone and e-mail,” which he will definitely be doing with his series of math classes on DVD during the Summer I term this year. Dr. French’s students will miss his teaching style and his ability to clarify complex concepts into easy-to-understand ideas, but that is not all that they will miss. Sophomore Chelsey Adkins said “I will miss his Truth Gems, because at ten in the morning it helps me get through the rest of the day.” “The thing I will miss most is his statement of ‘Greetings’ in the hallway,” said freshman Alec Lewis. His former student, now colleague Dr. Dickinson said, “His drawl will be missed,” and he also added that so too would his red pen Fang.

As you can see, Dr. French has affected students’ lives in many ways during his time here. There will be a reception for Dr. French in the lobby of Asher Science Center at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 17, and all are invited to drop by and see Dr. French. Also, for those who have not had the opportunity to hear him speak and for those who want to hear him one last time, Dr. French will be speaking at the “Last Chapel” CEP on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. in the John L. Hill Chapel.

Dr. French, thanks for 33 years of making it plain at Georgetown College; you will be sorely missed, but everyone at GC wishes you well in your future endeavors.



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