Groundbreaking held at EGC

by | June 25, 2008 12:00 am

Over one hundred community guests including Mr. and Mrs. A. D. “Pete” Correll and the family, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Morgan, Senator and Mrs. David Gambrell, Emanuel County Schools Assistant Superintendent Jean Schwabe, Maxwell & Palmer Architectural Associate Kevin Palmer, Swainsboro Technical College Representative Johnny Payne, Senator Jack Hill, Representative Larry J. “Butch” Parrish, East Georgia College Foundation representatives, Emanuel County Development Authority members, Swainsboro Mayor Charles Schwabe, Chamber of Commerce representative, East Georgia College faculty, staff, and students, and many other Friends of the College attended the official groundbreaking for the new Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center to be located at the entrance of the Madison Dixon Drive of East Georgia College.

Mr. and Mrs. Correll recently presented a gift to East Georgia College for the construction of a Community Learning Center in memory of Ada Lee’s mother, Mrs. Sudie A. Fulford. The center will appropriately be called the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center.

Mrs. Fulford and her children, Durward, Ada Lee, and Beverly were long time residents of Swainsboro. Beverly continues to reside in the family home here.

Following the groundbreaking, a reception was held in the rotunda of the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center. Members of the Correll family and guests later attended a luncheon in honor of the Correll family in the Richard L. Brown Room of the Student Services Complex at the College.

A highly revered teacher in the Emanuel County School System, upon retirement in 1978, Mrs. Fulford had taught 3rd, 4th and 7th grades at Swainsboro Grammar and Elementary Schools. Mrs. Fulford attended Emanuel County Junior College (now East Georgia College) earning a certificate in Contemporary Literature.

Located just inside the new East Georgia College entrance, the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center will face Lambs Bridge Road on the South campus. Its main entrance and rear deck will overlook Madison Dixon Drive and Pa’s Pond. The Center will be a multidisciplinary learning center open to all Emanuel County residents, providing space for individual as well as group learning and will be available for extended hours of operation.

The Center will include an educational technology center where teacher education students, K-12 teachers and students, and college faculty will acquire hands-on training in the latest classroom technology. The facility will provide space for small group tutoring, group studies and flexible classroom style areas for meetings, workshops, and small conferences. The Center will also be utilized for continuing education classes and workshops for the Georgia Rural Economic Development Center.

Another exciting feature of the Center is a domed ceiling in the great room that will serve as a setting for a planetarium. The planetarium will add another educational resource to the community.

The Learning Center will be built using the guidelines of the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. The LEED rating system encourages and accelerates sustainable green building and development practices. Five key areas of the LEED system include water savings, energy efficiency, sustainable site development, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Planning for the Center has involved faculty and staff from East Georgia College, Superintendent Butch Frye, Assistant Superintendent Jean Schwabe of the Emanuel County Board of Education, and community representatives Bill Rogers, Jr. and Representative Larry J. “Butch” Parrish. The architectural programming and concept drawings were developed by Maxwell and Palmer Architectural and Engineering firm of Statesboro. Kevin Palmer, associate with Maxwell and Palmer, is a native of Swainsboro.

Completion of the new Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center is anticipated in approximately twelve months.

“Since the Learning Center was announced several months ago, many of Miss Sudie’s friends and former students have shared their favorite “Miss Sudie” stories with me. The summation of these remembrances paint a clear and precise picture of a caring and dedicated teacher who lived her profession and made a significant difference in the lives of her many students. The Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center will continue Miss Sudie’s legacy. East Georgia College, Swainsboro, and Emanuel County owe a great debt to Ada Lee and Pete Correll for the generous support and commitment to education,” commented President John Black of East Georgia College.

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