EGSC announces Arbor Day Celebration

by | February 8, 2019 1:37 pm

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, East Georgia State College will host an Arbor Day Celebration on their Swainsboro campus. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature the planting of a Franklinia alatamaha tree at Ezra Pond. The tree will be dedicated to Barbara Green, director emeritus of financial aid.

Green was a long-time, faithful employee of East Georgia State College, and began her 35-year career in 1977 when the college was known as Emanuel County Junior College. She spent her entire career in the Office of Financial Aid, undeniably one of the most stressful working environments at the college. However, even up to her retirement, Green viewed it as a privilege and an opportunity to help students reach their goal of obtaining a college degree.

During Green’s three and a half decades at the college, many changes occurred, including the increase of the student body from around 300 to more than 2,500. During that time, the financial aid processes were not automated, and the office was only staffed by three individuals. As an access institution serving many first-generation students who were mystified by the financial aid process, Green personally assisted a large majority of students each semester to ensure their financial aid awards were entered and processed correctly. Her hands-on approach enhanced the college’s learning environment because it enabled students to focus on their academics and lessened their financial stress of paying for college.

Despite the lack of automation, impeccable office procedures and her attention to details always led to positive financial aid audits and compliance of federal and state guidelines. This is an astonishing accomplishment considering the complexity and labor-intensive nature of the work, especially at the beginning of each semester when Green and her mighty staff of two manually completed and reviewed more than 2,000 financial aid application folders.

Green retired in December of 2008 and was granted the status of director emeritus. She passed away on August 4, 2018.

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