End of year GAC eventsBy JORDAN ROWE
The end of spring term means late nights, numerous cups of coffee and endless paperwork for many Georgetown College students. That’s why the Georgetown Activities Council (GAC) has been more active than ever in offering students a break from the books. From eating contests and brief runs to spring fun and spelling bees, students are being bombarded with opportunities to participate in campus life. The Finals Throwdown celebration is also right around the corner, so there is still more fun to be had for students in the midst of studying peril.
The first ever Man vs. Griile event was held Tuesday, April 20. Five students participated, and there was no limit on how many students could win the contest. They were supposed to finish a three-pound Philly cheesesteak and one pound of French fries in one hour. However, no one was able to complete the feat. Nevertheless, three of the five students received a free combo meal and all received water bottles for their participation. Jennifer Bowling, outgoing President of GAC, said, “I spoke with Vince Swecker (Manager of the Grille) in the beginning of the semester about doing something similar to the Travel Channel’s ‘Man vs. Food’ show.” In each episode of “Man vs. Food,” Adam Richman explores the trademark food of a different American city before facing off in a local restaurant’s eating challenge. “My hope is that this type of event will continue with different foods being involved, such as pancake stacks and other breakfast items,” Bowling said. “We had a lot more students hang out [in the Grille] instead of getting their food to go because so many were interested in watching and cheering on their friends.”
The inaugural Brief Run for the Salvation Army was held last Friday. A small group of Georgetown students dressed up to give their clothes for a good cause following a 1.5 mile run from the Student Center to the baseball stadium. Their arrival was announced at the field as the students jogged from dugout to dugout. The extra clothes were donated to Georgetown’s Salvation Army. Ticha Chikuni, Area Coordinator for Student Activities, is hoping the run will become a future tradition for students.
Students were overcome with Spring Fever over the past weekend, enjoying games and a concert at the Bush Fitness Center. The event, originally scheduled to be held in the Quad, was moved to the REC due to rain. A flag football tournament sponsored by Campus Outreach still took place outside. Students enjoyed music from Jake Ousley in the Grille. Like the Man vs. Grille and Brief Run for the Salvation Army, this was the first Spring Fever ever put on by GAC.
GAC is also hoping the Spelling Tiger might become a new Georgetown tradition. Like a traditional spelling bee, Georgetown students signed up in hopes of becoming Georgetown’s champion speller. The event was held inside the Grille Wednesday evening. Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost and Professor of English, and Dr. Todd Coke, Professor of English, served as judges of the competition. The first place winner received $100, second place saw $60, and third place welcomed $40.
Finals Throwdown will be GAC’s last big event of the semester, occurring on the last day of classes, Wednesday, May 5, from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. The end of school celebration has traditionally been a big success. This year students can expect a rock-climbing wall, inflatables, free food and games (basketball, volleyball and cornhole). But one more surprise will await students. “Johnnie Johnson will be the DJ for the event,” Chikuni said. Yes, Georgetown’s Senior Associate Director of Admissions can turn the tables with the best of them! Many students have not seen Johnson in action before.
As school is winding down, GAC may be winding up with numerous opportunities to get plugged in campus activities. Perhaps, their work is a big step in combating the now familiar saying that “there’s nothing to do on the weekends in Georgetown.”
Seniors , faculty and staff honored in several ceremoniesBY MEREDITH RIGBY
As the academic year draws to a close, there are many events going on around campus to honor exceptional and hardworking students and employees of the college. Three of these events that happened this week are the Outstanding Student Leader awards dinner, the Harper Gatton Leadership Program banquet and the Faculty and Staff Service Awards program.
The Outstanding Student Leader awards dinner was held on this past Tuesday evening, April 27. The Outstanding Student Leader award is presented annually to two graduating seniors who have “exhibited outstanding student leadership in the areas of campus activities, service to the Georgetown College community and scholastic achievement.” Campus organizations, faculty or staff nominated students they believe show extraordinary involvement in different organizations and have done well in leadership positions.
The finalists for this award were invited to attend the banquet. This year there were thirteen finalists: Allie Bertke, Jennifer Bowling, Roger Brock, Gentry Hambrick, Danielle Harrison, Stella Harville, Ciera Mills, Madison Osborne, Blair Owens, Jordan Robinson, Lynnesy Rowland, Daniel Schlipf and Andy Smith. Each nominee asked a professor or staff member to “talk about their character, leadership and achievements at Georgetown College,” says Angela Taylor. After each person had been recognized, Dr. Gambill announced the two winners, which had been chosen by a Student Life committee. This years winners of the Outstanding Student Leader Award are Roger Brock and Ciera Mills.
On Wednesday, there was another event for student leaders, the Harper Gatton Leadership Program banquet. John Banter, Area Coordinator for Leadership and Judicial Affairs says: “The Harper Gatton banquet is a closer for the year as we name the students who will be receiving the Harper Gatton Leadership Medallion and have a final leadership speaker.” The Harper Gatton Leadership program is for anyone who wants to develop leadership skills. Students attend 24 credits worth of workshops for the program, as well as a taking a course about leadership theory to complete it. They are also required to participate in community service and be involved in leadership of campus organizations.
“Students can join the Harper Gatton Leadership Program at any time during their college career, but it typically takes at least two years in order to complete the entire program,” Banter says. Students who have completed the program this year received their medallions at this banquet. The program also featured Colman Elridge speaking about “the importance of leadership and how students can develop their leadership abilities while in college.” Banter says of the speaker, “Colman is the National Vice President of Young Democrats and also serves as the Executive Director of Faith-based Initiatives in Kentucky out of Governor Beshear’s office. Several Harper Gatton students requested Colman to speak at the banquet after hearing him speak as a keynote speaker at this year’s Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference.”
Today at 11 a.m., the college is having its annual Faculty and Staff Service Awards program to recognize these people’s efforts during the year. There are several different kinds of awards that employees of the college can win. First of all, every faculty or staff member receives a certificate for working here five years. Every five years after that, the faculty or staff member receives a pin. This year, the person who has served Georgetown College the longest is Fred Cook, who will be receiving his 35-year pin.
There are also some awards that faculty and staff can be nominated for by their peers. One of these is the Rollie Graves Technology Award, which ITS presents to the “staff person who best uses technology to improve the quality of his/her job.” Another award is the Top Tiger award. The Top Tiger program was established a few years ago, and its goal is “to make sure we are recognizing and showing some sort of appreciation for what others do.” Among other things, this program gives out three awards per year, one out of each category: Tiger Leaders, for those in a management position, Caring Tigers, for those who work in grounds, housekeeping, etc., and Tiger Supporters, for everyone else. The winners are nominated by peers, and then voted on by a committee. Each of the winners gets to choose between three prizes, one of which is $1,000 cash. At this event, people receiving certificates and pins will be recognized, along with the winners of the awards. Former employees and those who are retiring will also be recognized.
Over 100 students honored at Academic Honors DayBy AVA JORDAN
Tuesday, April 27 marked the annual celebration of the Academic Honors Day Awards Program. Each year, the academic departments of Georgetown College award exceptional students in their respective fields of study for their hard work and abilities. Awards are given by each department as well as various academic organizations, including Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, the International Studies Program, the Academic Team and Phi Kappa Phi honor society, which organizes the Academic Honors Day program each year. This year, several new awards were instituted by various departments, which resulted in over 100 awards and scholarships being offered to many outstanding Georgetown students.
Many of the awards were given to multiple students this year, but some students also received multiple awards for their work in different classes or different departments. While some of the awards and scholarships awarded on Academic Honors Day are general subject awards, such as the various outstanding student or outstanding senior awards, others are specially named for former graduates or professors of Georgetown and their family members who had a special interest in the subjects which they now represent. These named awards sometimes carry specific requirements beyond grades or pure academic standings. These requirements are often based on the lives or beliefs of the person for whom the scholarship or award is named. A full list of these awards and their history or requirements is provided with the program so that those interested can learn more about these awards during or after the ceremony.
However, the most prestigious award of all those given on Academic Honors Day is not one of the academic department awards, but the Dean’s Honor Award, presented by Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost of the college. This year, the Dean’s Honor Award went to three seniors, two of whom have maintained 4.0 GPAs during their time at Georgetown. These students were Andrea Wilhoit, Kyla Tolliver and Tyler Frailie, each of whom have demonstrated a strong love of learning, leadership abilities and student involvement over the past four years. A reception, also hosted by Phi Kappa Phi, was held in the Hall of Fame Room after the Academic Honors program was completed.