September 10, 2009 Volume CXXVI Issue 1

CEP versus NEXUS

By WHITLEY ARENS
Staff Writer

For every student who has attended a CEP since school began, there’s probably been a little of confusion over the new NEXUS system. Here’s a little information to help students make sense of the NEXUS/CEP situation.

What caused the switch from CEP to NEXUS in the first place? In 2006, Dr. Crouch approached Dr. Allen with the idea of revising GC’s cultural enrichment program. As a result of this, the CEP Revision Task Force was formed. This group included faculty, staff and students, and was led by Dr. Pete LaRue. Through student and faculty surveys, discussions with other institutions, etc., the Task Force designed the new NEXUS program which strives to increase student engagement.

What are the main differences between the CEP and NEXUS systems? Both the CEP and NEXUS programs require a total of 48 events for a student to graduate. The biggest difference is that the NEXUS program offers the opportunity for “flex” events and for a student to earn extra credits based on how involved he/she is with event. So, basically the NEXUS system gives students a greater variety of ways through which they can earn their credits.

What exactly is a “flex” event? A “flex” event is an event (probably off-campus) that students attend on their own and that has been approved by a faculty member as worthy of NEXUS credit. For example, students could attend a Shakespeare play and receive credit for it so long as they had it approved and had a ticket or program to prove they actually attended. Also, if students were interested in discussing the play for about 45 minutes with the professor who had approved it, they could possibly earn two credits for the event.

How does the switch from the CEP system to the NEXUS affect freshmen as opposed to upperclassmen? Freshmen will be required to complete all the specifications of the NEXUS system, whereas upperclassmen will still operate under the CEP system. However, for the time being, all on-campus events are NEXUS and CEP. In addition, upperclassmen will be able to use “flex” events to meet CEP requirements, pending faculty approval.


Georgetown prepares for H1N1

“Control things you can control, and don’t panic about the things you can’t.”

By JUSTIN HARRIS
Staff Writer

As the H1N1 flu virus creeps upon us, many departments of Georgetown College are taking the preventative measures to keep their students safe. “Four of Georgetown College’s faculty members just came back from the Summit Conference and are educated and prepared for the virus. As two weeks of class have passed, not one single student has been diagnosed with H1N1 and we hope to keep it that way,” said Dean of Students Todd Gambill.

Students do not need to be overprotective of themselves because of the H1N1 flu scare; they just have to be more careful. Use hand sanitizer, MyClyns and wash your hands regularly. Do not come into close contact with someone that you think might have the symptoms of H1N1. “If you are in close contact with someone diagnosed with H1N1, then visit the Wellness Center, and the physician’s assistant will treat you if you think you might be at risk,” said Dr. Gambill.

Although MyClyns is one measure that Georgetown College is taking to prevent H1N1, it is NOT a cure nor the answer. “MyClyns does not cure you of the H1N1 flu virus,” said Jake Griggs, Regulatory/Operations Coordinator of Union Springs Pharmaceuticals. “It is just a preventative measure.” Not only is the George H.W. Bush Fitness Center taking preventative measures by placing automatic hand sanitizing stations in the workout room and wiping down all machines daily—and so is the cafeteria. Starting this school year, the cafeteria management team has partnered with Sodexo, a food management and service corporation.

Sodexo has evaluated Georgetown’s awareness for the H1N1 virus and developed a plan in case of an outbreak. Out of all the places at Georgetown College, the cafeteria is taking the biggest steps toward a healthier and safer place to eat. The managers, in part with Sodexo, have created a plan in case of an outbreak of the flu. If an outbreak does occur: 1) All events and meals are plated and served and the self-service options will be discontinued. 2) Beverages from the fountains will be served by employees of the cafeteria. 3) All silverware will be changed to pre-packaged kits. 4) Signs will be posted for students telling them about the situation. 5) Using individual hand sanitizer will be highly encouraged and requested of cafeteria employees. All of these measures will be taken if the H1N1 virus becomes a threat to campus.

“For now, if you think you might have the symptoms, go home if you can. The professors, the provost, and I have all discussed this matter and we will be reasonable with your class material. Control things you can control, and don’t panic about the things you can’t,” said Dr. Todd Gambill.


Convocation opens new semester

By EVAN HARRELL
Staff Writer

The 180th opening convocation of Georgetown College took place this past Tuesday, Sept. 8. This is also the 222nd fall semester here at Georgetown College. Held every fall semester, Opening Convocation marks the beginning of a new school year, the commencement of new opportunities and a renewed sense of affinity. According to the Georgetown College website, “…opening convocation is a campus-wide assembly intended to create a sense of academic community and an understanding of our common purpose.”

The program began with the processional of the faculty who were fully clad in their robes and hoods. Dr. Frank Houston, Adjunct Professor of Religion, led the invocation which was followed by a warm welcome from Dr. William H. Crouch, Jr., President. Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost and Dean of the College, then introduced the new faculty and also presented this year’s recipient of the John Walker Manning Award—an award given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, involvement in extracurricular activities and in dedication to Georgetown College. This year’s recipient was a very grateful Dr. Christine Leverenz, Department Chair of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science.

Dr. Crouch then addressed the audience, speaking about greatness. He proposed the question, “What makes a college great?” He then explained that greatness is comprised of a variety of things. Among them were excellent teaching, alliances made, alumni produced and school pride. He charged everyone to seek greatness by “staying on top of the wave of the future,” saying that it does not come naturally; rather, one must be brave and disciplined to achieve it.

Once Dr. Crouch had finished speaking, all who were in attendance stood and recited the Commitment to Community led by Student Government Association president Lynnesy Rowland. After the singing of the Alma Mater and the benediction, sung by the Georgetown Chorale, was the faculty recessional.


Students send books to Africa

In August, the International Book Project (IBP) sent over 350 textbooks donated by Georgetown College to Tanzania in a sea container shipment containing almost 10,000 higher education textbooks. The books were donated to Mount Meru University in the northern city of Arusha to provide resources for their bachelor degree programs. The university also received a variety of new McGraw-Hill higher education textbooks in areas such as computer literacy, basic business skills, mathematics and psychology.

Mount Meru University was first established in 1962 as the International Baptist Theological Seminary of Eastern Africa. In 2003, the university received accreditation by the government of Tanzania and became a liberal arts university. However, they have very few liberal arts textbooks or library books. The university includes a faculty of Education, Bachelors of Christian Education, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and majors in Accounting, Management, Marketing and Mathematics.

Shipping for this project was paid by a generous grant from the Virginia Clark Hagan Foundation. IBP would also like to thank the Global Scholars program for organizing the campus book drive. The International Book Project is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, whose mission is to promote education and literacy while building friendships worldwide by donating books to those in need throughout the developing world. IBP accepts donated books in good condition and coordinates shipments based on the specific requests of overseas partners.

Over 150,000 books are shipped to schools, libraries, nonprofit organizations and Peace Corps volunteers annually. For more information please visit the website at http://www.internationalbookproject.org.

Press Release

Asher gets an upgrade

By HILLARY THORNTON
Staff Writer

If you have walked around campus lately, you have probably noticed some changes going on at the Asher Science Center. Whether you hear the machinery, see the workers or smell the tar (which is what catches most students’ attention), it is very obvious that some major upgrades are taking place on the building.

Georgetown College was given a challenge grant from the Brown Foundation. The grant gave Georgetown College one million dollars and in exchange the college must match and raise that. Therefore, Georgetown will be raising two million dollars to match the grant and then raise it. Georgetown College also received approximately $400,000 from a Howard Hughes grant. Overall there is a little over 3.2 million dollars for the school to work with. So what is all this money going to? The main concern is students’ safety; therefore around $300,000 is going to improvements in air quality by installing a brand new roof to the Asher Science Center.

There are also several mechanical upgrades being done inside of the building, particularly on the third floor in the chemistry labs. All of the third floor labs are getting new countertops, drawers, faucets, and gas and air fixtures. The chemical stockroom will have a new layout, as well as an improved ventilation system. The biology department is also getting some newly upgraded lab space. The language lab that used to be in Asher Science Center is moving to the basement of the LRC to make room for a new physics lab.

With the little bit of money that is left after all of the aforementioned improvements, there will be some work done on the planetarium. Georgetown College is constantly looking for ways to improve student life and make their Georgetown experience the best it can be. The upgrades and improvements being done to Asher Science Center are just one of countless examples of this throughout the campus.

The new and improved Asher Science Center ensures us that here at Georgetown College we have the opportunity to live, learn, and believe at the highest level and to the best of our abilities.

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