September 21, 2011 Issue 2

Chileans bring culture to GC

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Features Editor

 If you walked into the Caf this past Sunday night, you may have felt like you entered a different country. Those thoughts were well founded; a Chilean Independence Day celebration was under way.

Fourteen high school seniors and one teacher who are visiting from the Colegio Bautista in Chile, along with Chilean Georgetown students and their friends, came together to celebrate with a Caf decorated in the Chilean colors, three traditional dances in costume and plenty of Chilean food.

Even if you missed the celebration, you have probably seen the Chilean students around campus sometime over the past two weeks. While they have been spending nights in host homes, the students have spent many days on campus, going to classes, shadowing students and practicing their English skills.

These Colegio Bautista students are not the only ones currently at GC; four former students are now Tigers. Ariel Gutierrez, Jose Baeza, Gustavo Echeverria and Cristobal Lopez were chosen by their teachers to receive scholarships toward a degree from GC. Their scholarships are the product of a partnership that began in 1999 between GC graduate, former missionary and Colegio Bautista headmaster Grundy James and Dr. Bill Crouch. President Crouch appreciates all that this partnership has brought with it. “There is no way 11 years ago I could have imagined the impact this partnership would have on Georgetown College…such as the cultural exchanges, relationships and the wonderful students who graduate from [the college].”

Jonathan Gourlay, Director of the English as a Second Language Institute at GC, considers this partnership important because “vibrant and inspiring academic campuses include a strong international presence.”

Director of International Programs Emily Brandon, who along with Gourlay helped plan, organize and execute the trip said, “My favorite thing about this partnership is the Chilean students themselves. I really love having them here on campus!” Colegio Bautista student Javiera Gómez Cartes echoes Brandon’s sentiment. “The people here are very nice; they try to make us feel like we are home. I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of people at Georgetown, church and the high schools we visited. Everyone has been so kind.”

The Chileans will return home on Friday, but not before getting to experience one last Georgetown College tradition: Songfest Dress Rehearsal.

Rockledge Photography / PAUL ATKINSON Chilean visitors perform a traditional dance in the Caf.

 


GC-Go launched

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Features Editor

A new app has arrived on campus, bringing with it handheld convenience for students, faculty and staff.

The Georgetown College community no longer needs a computer to get to pertinent information such as availability of Tiger Dollars, meal transactions and counts, course schedules and much more; it can all be found in the easy-to-use mobile app called GC-Go.

The Georgetonian / VICTORIA ENGELHARDT The GC-Go can be accessed from iPhone and Anroid smartphones.

The GC-Go application is a web-based app that can be accessed from iPhone and Android smartphones. ITS released this app last week after spending much of the summer putting it together.

GC-Go can be found at my.georgetowncollege.edu/go. This app is perfect for students who can’t remember how much money they have left on their G-Card, which room their class is in, how many meals they have left in a week or how many NEXUS events they have left.

The information that is on the GC-Go can be found on a variety of other campus websites; GC-Go centralizes it and makes it faster and easier to access. Students aren’t the only ones who will nd GC-Go useful; there are special features, such as class rosters with pictures, available to faculty. Questions, feedback or suggestions can be sent t o:  portaladministrator@georgetowncollege.edu.

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