EGSC to hold groundbreaking ceremony

by | August 13, 2018 1:32 pm

Last Updated: August 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm

On August 16, 2018, beginning at 11 a.m., East Georgia State College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Jean A. Morgan Student Activities Center Expansion Project. Join the college as they take their next step in meeting the needs of students on campus.

The expansion project will add approximately 15,000 square feet to the existing facility and will provide much-needed student activity space, including a large multi-purpose room, digital gaming, larger game room, offices and a meeting room for the Student Government Association, Student Publication offices, and Student Life administrative space. The stated cost limitation for construction is $3.8 million.

The existing portion of the JAM Center will be vacated by Student Activities and repurposed for a larger College Bookstore, as well as open computing space and student group study nodes. The construction is expected to begin in October of this year and be completed in Fall of 2019. Cogdell-Mendrala Architects, Savannah, is the architect of record for the project.

According to Director of Business Operations Michelle Goff, “The additional student activity space will transform the campus Quad into a more student-friendly hub. Students will have many more additional opportunities to participate in indoor Intramural Sports such as volleyball, basketball and indoor kickball, as well as have dedicated space for large student activities such as Club Day, blood drives, and indoor movies on a big screen.”

In addition to the groundbreaking, the ceremony will also feature recognition of a special land gift by the Gambrell family to the college, as well as a celebration marking the 30th anniversary of Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers (GYSTC).

The Gambrell family has been a faithful benefactor to the college, most notably with the initial donation of 220 acres of land in 1974 to establish Emanuel County Junior College. In 2017, the family of Luck Flanders Gambrell again made a generous gift to the EGSC Foundation of 138 acres of land adjoining the campus on Lambs Bridge Road. Immediate plans for the property include a strategic timber management plan to focus on sustainability and the replanting of long leaf pine where cutting is necessary. This will enable EGSC to utilize the property in academic pursuits, especially in the area of biology, as well as allowing the native wildlife species to return to their natural habitat. The long term plan for the property is to fully integrate it into the current campus master plan for strategic growth.

GYSTC is celebrating its 30th year of empowering students for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Headquartered at Kennesaw State University, GYSTC is a non-profit educational delivery and support system for promoting interest and enthusiasm in STEM to kindergarten through eighth grade teachers and students in typically underserved areas of the state. One of nine regional centers, Magnolia Midlands GYSTC has been located at East Georgia State College since June of 1997. The Board of Directors includes Dr. John Barge (Superintendent, McIntosh County), Dr. Robert Boehmer (President, East Georgia State College), Larry Calhoun (Provost, Southeastern Technical College), Dr. CaDeisha Cooper (Assistant Superintendent, Candler County), Carroll Gay (retired business man/clergy), Cliff Gay (VP for Business Affairs EGSC), Kenny Griffin (retired Manager of Georgia Power local office), Dr. Noris Price(Superintendent, Baldwin County), Jean Schwabe (Director, Sudie Fulford Community Center-EGSC), Toni Terwilliger (Assistant Superintendent, Emanuel County), Mr. Ken Warnock (CEO, Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce) and Dr. Carla Waters (Assistant Superintendent, Tattnall County). Erin Youmans is the regional coordinator of the center. Darlene Jordan is the part time STEM teacher. Since its beginning in 1995, MMGYSTC has served 83, 015 students and 17, 981 teachers. The community is invited to join MMGYSTC after the groundbreaking ceremony for cookies and punch.

Don’t miss this great day at EGSC’s Swainsboro campus, located at 131 College Circle in Swainsboro.

 

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