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New planetarium a star attraction at GPC

The large inflatable planetarium will be used in GPC classes, as well as an outreach tool at local elementary schools.

GPC awarded $3 million grant, largest in its history

The U.S. Department of Education grant will be used to increase the number of students who exit remedial math in two or fewer semesters through the use of academic success coaches.

Change and Transition workshops helpful for GPC employees

“They provide a good framework for understanding and discussing a big subject: change and how to deal with it.”

Becker’s message to GPC: ‘imagine the possibilities’

Georgia Perimeter College marked its final Fall Convocation with keynote remarks from Georgia State University’s president.

Fall Convocation looks back at college’s history

Rob Watts reflected on 51 years of changes at Georgia Perimeter at Fall Convocation. GPC's biggest change will come in January when an anticipated consolidation with Georgia State University takes effect.

GPC ‘gives 20’ to salute military veterans

Students, faculty and staff turned out to perform 20 push-ups, sit-ups or jumping jacks in fitness challenge.

Show your GPC spirit at college’s final Fall Convocation Sept. 11

A downloadable mobile Yapp App also is available to view Georgia Perimeter College’s last Fall Convocation program.

Faculty members find alternative commuting is rewarding

Dr. Lauren Curtright and Barry Hall both have made the choice to reduce traffic congestion and pollution by not driving to campus.

Students dig campus archeological sites

Dig sites are stocked with varied artifacts, including glassware, pottery shards and fake bones, for students to excavate and examine.

Graduation offers benefits that transfer does not

Dr. Don Pearl encourages GPC faculty to help students understand the value of an associate degree.

Students fill campuses for first day of class

Georgia Perimeter College kicked off the first week of its fall semester Aug. 17, welcoming students to its five college campuses.

GPC receives $3.4 million to boost retention, graduation

The DOE has awarded GPC with funding for three TRIO programs, one on each of its Clarkston, Decatur and Dunwoody campuses.

Heat waves, airplanes and eggs

Extremely hot weather can ground airplanes and, yes, be used to fry eggs, says GPC science professor.

Cool it! Tips to avoid overheating

Scorching temperatures can lead to a myriad of health issues including heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke.

GPC’s last Fall Convocation is Sept. 11

Dr. Mark Becker, Georgia State president and soon to be president of Georgia Perimeter once the colleges consolidate, will be the keynote speaker.

Vocal instructor uses his talent at Braves games

Opera singer Timothy Miller has performed at Gov. Nathan Deal’s two inaugurations and at the funeral for Coretta Scott King and sings “God Bless America” at Atlanta Braves games.

Send us your ‘summer bucket list’ items

Whether it’s attending a World Cup game, traveling to Scotland or just cleaning out that closet, send us your summer list—and photos—to

Georgia Perimeter marks half-century birthday

Students, alumni, faculty and staff celebrate at Dedication Day event held at Atlanta Braves baseball game.

GPC Dedication Day anniversary is May 23

Join Georgia Perimeter's 50th anniversary celebration event at the Atlanta Braves game this Saturday at Turner Field.

GPC employees collect tips and training at Staff Development Day

The 2015 Staff Development Day delivered technical training, inspirational sessions, stress management tips and other offerings to 450 staff members.

Georgia Perimeter professors help with Nepal relief efforts

Unable to travel to earthquake-struck Nepal, professors will donate travel monies to help country.

Faculty, staff honored at annual awards ceremony

Dr. Anant Honkan named Cole Fellow, while Dr. Jeff Portnoy wins President’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award.

Professor’s students research cancer for fundraiser

Professor Mary Beth Davison and her students will participate in this weekend’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

GPC to mark 25th anniversary of Botanical Gardens

On April 22, GPC will celebrate George Sanko—and the native plant garden he created—with special garden walks, a plant sale, raffle and cookout from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Preserving GPC’s “institutional memory”

Project has added urgency as GPC celebrates its 50th anniversary and prepares to consolidate with Georgia State University.

Dozens join gardens celebration

Garden creator George Sanko recognized for his work to develop the 25-year-old garden.

Two professors win national teaching awards

A strong passion for teaching and a curious spirit link Georgia Perimeter's 2015 NISOD recipients.

Getting green: GPC campuses plan Earth Week events

Earth Day Expos on Decatur and Dunwoody campuses offer chance “to learn about environmental stewardship and sustainable practices for our planet.”

Women’s Conference zeroes in on timely topics

From human trafficking to “booty,” 2015 conference spurs relevant discussions.

Marcus Foundation grant will aid GPC student veterans

Student veterans, active military and their families will receive more personal attention, more scholarship opportunities and potential help in emergencies.

Watts tells how to join consolidation committees

Interested in serving on an organizational working group for the GPC/Georgia State consolidation? Let President Watts know now.

Sex trafficking among topics at Women’s Conference

Annual conference focuses on “The Female Perspective in Art, Scholarship and Politics” and provides scholarly presentations, discussion forums and networking opportunities.

Unleash your inner nerd: Go to a Science Festival event

Georgia Perimeter will host a variety of free events as part of the 2015 Atlanta Science Festival, which continues through March 28.

Faculty Discipline Day highlights success strategies

Faculty gather for college-wide discipline meetings, hear message from Georgia State University VP for enrollment and student success.

Meet GPC members of consolidation committee

Leaders from GPC and Georgia State are charged with overseeing and crafting the details of how the consolidated institution will operate.

Free e-textbooks? Coming soon for English 1101 and 1102

A group of English faculty members has received a $30,000 USG grant to produce to produce a free e-text for all USG students taking English composition.

Georgia State president visits GPC, shares vision of consolidation

Dr. Mark Becker gets his first look at the new campuses that will come under his direction once the consolidation of GPC and Georgia State is complete.

’60s Symposium should have us all 'feelin’ groovy'

Georgia Perimeter is hosting a week-long symposium on the political, social and cultural landscape of the 1960s Feb. 17-20. Events salute Georgia Perimeter’s 50th anniversary.

Consolidation team’s work will focus on opportunities

During the next 18 months, the 42-member committee will begin crafting the mission statement, goals and direction of the new institution.

Consolidation Implementation Committee is appointed

The committee, comprising 21 representatives from Georgia Perimeter and 21 from Georgia State, will have its first meeting Jan. 30.

GPC volunteers work for others on MLK Day

Faculty, staff and students were “Service Superheros” during MLK Day of Service Jan. 19.

Dunwoody initiative to aid first-generation students

Program pairs first-generation students with faculty members who were also the first in their families to go to college.

Much work precedes SACSCOC review of consolidation plans

Dr. Susan Finazzo answers questions about the accreditation approval process as it relates to the Georgia Perimeter and Georgia State consolidation.

‘Make Art, Not War’ lecture Feb. 17 at GPC Dunwoody

The dynamic social and cultural events of 1960s America and their impact on artists of that time will be topic of program.

DSO premieres new work for 50th, welcomes violinist Helen Kim

Violinist Helen Hwaya Kim will perform, plus GPC alumnus Kendall Simpson will debut a new work composed in honor of GPC’s 50th anniversary.

Great Speckled Bird exhibit kicks off 1960s Symposium

The newspaper tackled the hot issues of the day, including civil rights and the Vietnam war. Two lectures are planned along with the exhibit.

Food trucks come to Alpharetta Campus

Keep on trucking: the choices for lunch just got more interesting at GPC's Alpharetta Campus with the arrival of food trucks featuring different cuisines.

GPC math prof is making learning statistics fun

Project UPLIFT seeks to ease anxiety about statistics through engaging classroom lessons, including cartoons, jokes, quotes, songs, poems, wordplay and videos.

Q&A on Ga. State and Ga. Perimeter consolidation

This Q&A section was updated on Feb. 10; the Newsroom will continue to update as more details become available.

Transcript of GPC’s Jan. 13 town hall meeting

New college created from GPC and Georgia State will have multiple campuses and separate tracks for associate-degree and bachelor-degree students.

So long, Genmails. Hello, Digest!

A new GPC Daily Digest will consolidate college-wide messages into a single email delivered once a day to faculty and staff.

Goodbye to sports at GPC?

Georgia Perimeter has suspended recruiting for all eight of its athletic teams, in light of the University System’s plan to consolidate GPC with Georgia State University.

Sign up to volunteer on MLK Day of Service

This year’s MLK service day, on Monday, Jan. 19, is themed “Be A Service Superhero.”

Regents approve proposal to consolidate GPC, Georgia State

Timeline calls for 2016 implementation; USG Chancellor says action “presents a major opportunity to improve student success.”

GPC/Georgia State consolidation meeting set Jan. 13

Rob Watts to be joined by Georgia State President Becker and USG Vice Chancellor Shelley Nickel; meeting will be streamed to other campuses.

University System Q&A on GPC/GSU consolidation plans

The University System of Georgia has provided the GPC Newsroom with questions and answers concerning the planned consolidation of Georgia Perimeter College with Georgia State University.

Holiday memories from GPC faculty and staff

Joyful, funny, sad, nostalgic: 'tis the season for reflecting and connecting with family and friends.

Walls of Expression are brainchild of GPC art students

“Here’s a genuine opportunity to stop and share your emotions,” student Rachel Eddleman says of the pop art project in downtown Decatur.

GPC Reads book ‘Picking Cotton’ examines injustice, redemption

What would you do if you were jailed for a crime you didn’t commit? Could you forgive the person who put you in jail?

GPC 50th celebration to kick off at Sept. 5 Fall Convocation

Day will include annual state of college address followed by a picnic and anniversary activities.

GPC students shine spotlight on DECA at Regents meeting

GPC students from DeKalb Early College Academy tell the Board of Regents how the dual enrollment program impacted their lives.

GPC wins three Chancellor’s Service Excellence awards

Fran Mohr won gold as Ambassador of the Year, GPC and president Rob Watts captured silver and GPC’s Student Health Services won bronze. (photo by Bill Roa)

Take your shopping list to the campus bookstore

Georgia Perimeter’s campus bookstores are a convenient shopping alternative to crowded malls.

Welcome, students!

Check out GPC's Facebook page for more words of wisdom to new students from faculty.

Employees ‘take a break’ at GPC's annual Staff Development Day

Event reinforces the important role of staff members at Georgia Perimeter College: “You are all changing lives every single day.”

GPC Dunwoody hosts National Broadcast Day event

Talk by inspirational speaker and former NBA player Stephen Bardo was broadcast across country.

New and expanded study facilities open at Clarkston and Decatur

The expanded Learning and Tutoring Center at Clarkston and the new STEM Study Center at Decatur were funded by a Fitzgerald Foundation gift.

GPC nursing students get real-life experience in Sim lab

The small Dunwoody exam rooms are crowded. In one room, a seemingly inconsolable infant is crying non-stop, as three Georgia Perimeter College nursing students assess her condition.

GPC gets three finalist nods for University System service awards

Finalists, including the college and its president, Student Health Services and Fran Mohr, will receive awards Oct. 10.

GPC Dunwoody Health Clinic opens its doors

The clinic offers flu shots, immunizations, lab tests, program-related physicals and smoking cessation aids, among other services.

GPC prepares for tobacco-free, smoke-free campus

In preparation for going tobacco-free on Oct. 1, Georgia Perimeter is developing an implementation plan that will include assistance to students and employees who want to stop smoking.

GPC signs teacher education agreement with Clayton State

Students who want to become high school teachers now can take their first two years of college at Georgia Perimeter and finish their degrees at Clayton State University.

Dunwoody Playcrafters stage “Rocky Horror Show”

The cult classic, directed by professor Joshua Corin, features an all-student cast and GPC President Rob Watts as narrator.

GPC employees are getting fit, even in the heat of summer

Running, swimming, biking, ballet and martial arts are among the exercises practiced by Georgia Perimeter employees.

Graveyard serves as classroom for Newton Campus students

Cemetery studies help sociology students understand “what life was like back then.”

GPC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year

Cheerleaders, nostalgic music and a flash mob fueled high energy and crowd participation during Fall Convocation—which also served as a kick-off for the college’s 50-year anniversary.

GPC campuses putting on a pretty face

GPC is in the midst of a restoration and construction boom that will bring multiple building, aesthetic and safety improvements on four campuses.

GPC volunteers add a personal touch

Newton Campus faculty, staff and student volunteers recently spent a day reaching out and calling more than 750 potential GPC students to guide them through final enrollment.

College 50th anniversary celebration kicks off Sept. 5

Since 1964, Georgia Perimeter, or DeKalb College as it was named then, has grown from 763 students and one campus, to five campuses and more than 21,000 students.

Jeff Portnoy wins national Honors Council award

The National Collegiate Honors Council award recognizes a two-year college honors director or faculty for outstanding contributions to the honors community.

Governor’s Teaching Fellows draw inspiration from program

Professors Jason Dew, Dr. Deniz Ballero and Dr. Terry Bozeman are among 45 Georgia Perimeter professors named to the prestigious fellowship program since its inception.

John Clower serving as interim student affairs VP for 2014-15

Clower temporarily replaces Dr. Vincent June, who was named a 2014-15 ACE Fellow and will be stationed for the academic year at Cuyahoga Community College.

Teaching Excellence winners have diverse classroom styles

Award winners include a professor who has an unconventional approach to teaching physics, an English instructor who champions her students and an online music instructor.

Faculty Development Day a time for rejuvenation

Attendees were urged to “rejuvenate; learn something, reflect and improve upon a technique or a new strategy that you can utilize in the classroom.”

Charles Lyon shares memories of fellow tutor Rich Tewell

“The last best piece of advice Rich gave me is valuable for anyone: Don’t accept rejection—keep on trying, and the effort will be rewarded eventually.”

‘Ask Me’ volunteers help students get to class on time

Faculty and staff say the ‘Ask Me’ experience reminds them of the real and very important mission of the college: educating students.

Cole Fellow Michael Bradley honored for dedication to teaching and students

“Early in my career, it became clear to me that teaching well is an art with an extended apprenticeship.”

Paul Hudson receives Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities

GPC history professor and author honored for contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality.

Good things are happening at Alpharetta Campus

Science and other course offerings are on the uptick at Georgia Perimeter’s Alpharetta Campus, right alongside a boom in student enrollment.

Advisement changes and student alerts coming to GPC in 2014-15

New Complete College Georgia initiatives are part of ‘changing’ times at Georgia Perimeter College.

Georgia Perimeter VP Vincent June named an ACE Fellow

Dr. Vincent June will be assigned to a different higher education institute next year as part of his training in the American Council on Education Fellow program.

It's official: no tobacco products allowed on GPC campuses

New USG policy became effective on Oct. 1; smoking cessation help is available through Student Health Center.

GPC promotes Great American Smokeout

Have you quit smoking yet? With new rules prohibiting any tobacco use on campus, now's the time.

Retiring prof Ellen Sweatt urges students she helped to ‘pass it on’

Ellen Sweatt may be retiring, but not before a proper salute from some of the countless accounting students she has impacted during 28 years at Georgia Perimeter College.

1964: A year to remember

Georgia Perimeter College opened its doors as DeKalb College on Sept. 28, 1964. But that wasn't the only notable event that happened that year.

GPC observing Fraud Awareness Week Nov. 16-22

Educating faculty, staff and students about ethics and workplace fraud is a big focus for GPC's chief internal auditor, Kwabena Boakye.

Two schools, one mission: touting benefits of graduation, transfer

Alumna Nicole Noel-Charles is back at Georgia Perimeter to recruit for her other alma mater, Georgia Southern.

College service day commemorates 9/11

GPC students became “service superheroes” when they volunteered to better their communities in observance of the National Day of Remembrance.

Lucky 13: GPC marketing staff brings home 13 awards

The awards recognize a broad array of the work of the Marketing and Communications office.

Training, credentials make Public Safety the ‘real deal’

GPC Public Safety Director Nicholas Marinelli Jr. isn’t eager to rest on his department’s laurels. Especially in the dynamic world of law enforcement, that could be a dangerous proposition.

GPC professor brings music, laughter to adult day care

Patients who struggle with memory remember how to dance when Mike McClary visits Grace Arbor.

‘A more perfect union’: GPC observes Constitution Day

What does the U.S. Constitution mean to you? Do you think same-sex marriage will ever be a constitutional right? What does a free press really mean?

First-year class encourages early look at careers, majors

Evidence suggests that when students are connected to a major, they are more likely to graduate.

Ten tips for keeping your cool while staying fit

GPC health and wellness guru Rodney Pegues offers tips on staying healthy during the heat of summer.

GPC’s ‘future looks excellent’ as college begins its 51st year

Employees at Georgia Perimeter College met for the school’s annual Fall Convocation amidst the backdrop of a milestone anniversary and sound economic news.

Dr. Sheila Garland to lead GPC Health Sciences

The new dean's first priority is helping Georgia Perimeter’s nursing program transition from a two-year RN to a four-year BSN program.

GPC paves way for U.S. airmen to complete associate degrees

Master sergeant completes her degree through Georgia Perimeter College's partnership with the Community College of the Air Force.

Campus tobacco-free policy to become effective Oct. 1

Georgia Perimeter is offering a variety of tobacco cessation programs and tools to students and employees through the GPC Student Health Clinics.

Cyber Security Month puts focus on keeping information safe

Safety measures at GPC include a network upgrade and a new security awareness training program for faculty and staff.

New faculty members get tools to become better teachers

Georgia Perimeter’s New Faculty Academy promotes excellence in teaching among newly hired instructors.

DeKalb Early College Academy leads state in performance

Partnership program between Georgia Perimeter College and the DeKalb County School District outscores other Georgia schools.

Top faculty and staff honored at Celebration of Excellence

Georgia Perimeter employees are cited for teaching, improving processes and service to students, community and others.

Georgia Perimeter College is moving ‘A Better Way Forward’

GPCs new campaign will boost enrollment, retention and graduation by updating operating systems and admission practices and offering more focused academic advising.

Math Department celebrates Pi Day with pie

It's a holiday only a math lover could love -- well, and perhaps pie lovers too. GPC held a delayed Pi Day celebration since the official Pi Day, March 14, fell over spring break.

GPC professors Rux and Hall chosen as Fulbright Scholars

Barbara Hall will train English teachers in Costa Rica, and Dr. Julia Rux will teach psycology in Ecuador.

Dr. Joann Smith joins GPC as Nursing Department chair

Nurse educator is bringing her passion for community-based health care to Georgia Perimeter College.

‘Science of Music’ shown in creative ways at science festival

Georgia Perimeter College Science Professor Susannah Lomant uses sound waves to create a new kind of sand art.

‘TIM’ aims to take oceanic research to new depths

Computerized submersible cylinder was conceived by Georgia Perimeter College engineering students.