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Students celebrated during scholarship luncheon

Student scholars were celebrated during a Georgia Perimeter College scholarship luncheon in October.

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.

Voters’ rights topic of Sept. 30 lecture

Oglethorpe University professor Dr. Kendra King will bring her passion for politics to Georgia Perimeter College as part of the 2015-16 Sarah Larson Lecture Series.

Ann Brewer estate endows Newton scholarship

A new scholarship is available to Newton Campus students, thanks to a passionate supporter of Georgia Perimeter College.

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.

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.

John Lewis draws large crowd at GPC Reads event

The U.S. congressman and his co-author talked about their book, “March: Part One,” which details the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.

Learning support, admission policies change

The adjustments are aimed at boosting student retention and graduation rates.

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.

Orientation helps students prepare ‘game plan’

GPC’s fall semester starts Aug. 17. New student orientation sessions are available on all 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.

New state law benefits dual enrollment students

New Move On When Ready legislation combines existing dual enrollment options into a single program.

Campuses enhance admissions services

Improvements are intended to provide an admissions experience that is easier to navigate.

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.

Credit without classes? Try ‘CLEP’ping it

College-Level Examination Program allows students with solid competency in any subject area to try “testing out” of that particular class.

Nursing grads entering doctoral program at Emory

Five GPC nursing students who participated in a summer immersion program at Emory University will continue their nursing education at Emory this fall, two of them as doctoral students.

Summer Bridge students tackle intense research

Nine groups of Georgia Perimeter College students delved into research projects during a three-week program for science, technology, engineering and mathematics students.

Drama Club debuts marathon play festival

Five plays—all written and performed within a day. That was the impetus for the Clarkston Drama Club’s Plays-in-a-Day, a frenetic overnight festival of playwriting, staging, directing and acting.

Collegian editor to intern with New York Times

Recent GPC graduate Farhin Lilywala will work with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Urbina this summer.

Decatur Campus club hosts Rep. Hank Johnson

Alex Myers is president of the Decatur Campus Civic and Political Awareness Club which sponsored the congressman's visit.

Want to study abroad? Here’s how

Georgia Perimeter student Typhani Payne won a scholarship to study in Paris this summer.

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 student “googles” Google, wins scholarship

“Where I come from, the neighborhood was information deprived. Computers and technology are powerful tools, and I want to see the world more connected,” says Tyre Johnson-King.

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.

Sports at GPC over, as Jaguars eliminated at nationals

Softball team loses to Navarro College in elimination game at the NJCAA national tournament, ending their season and the five-decades-old athletics program at GPC.

Two Georgia Perimeter students win Jack Kent Cooke scholarships

Yitbarek Kazentet and Rozhin Parvaresh will receive up to $40,000 a year for three years to continue their undergraduate education.

GPC student veteran among group running 911-mile trek

Jarrod Turner is on a mission to bring attention to veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury and are dealing with PTSD.

73 receive pins at Nursing graduate ceremony

“This program really prepares you well to be a nurse—GPC makes good nurses, and that’s why I chose it,” said new graduate Rachel Triesman.

Two professors win national teaching awards

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

Dental Hygiene holds its final pinning ceremony as GPC

Top-notch program boasts nine consecutive years of 100 percent pass rate on students' first attempt of the Dental Hygiene national board exam.

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.”

College marks its 50th and final graduation as Georgia Perimeter

Lots of intense studying and sacrifice have paid off for Ada Holloway. With exuberance and dignity, the honor student talked about graduating as part of the 50th and final class from Georgia Perimeter.

GPC’s Nepal students have ‘heartache’ following earthquake

The Nepal tragedy is weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of Georgia Perimeter students concerned about family and friends in their native country.

Green Expo planned April 6 at Alpharetta Campus

Conference theme centers around the question: “What is the greatest environmental problem of the 21st century and what is your solution?”

Class of 2015: Marquese Parker is GPC’s youngest graduate

The 16-year-old is one of 31 high school students in GPC’s DeKalb Early College Academy who will receive their associate degrees at May 8 commencement.

JKC scholarship recipient meets challenges head-on

Engineering major Rozhin Parvaresh “is one of the most resourceful and best critical-thinking students I’ve had,” says Professor Jay Dunn.

GPC Newton students win big during Celebration of Excellence

Sri Rajasekaran named President’s Award winner, Jeremy Borger earns USG’s Regent’s Award and Newton SGA is top club.

Gateway Academy graduation marks end of program

The charter school with DeKalb County targets high school dropouts and has impacted the lives of nearly 1,000 students in its ten years at Georgia Perimeter.

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.

Two GPC students win Gates scholarships

DeKalb Early College Academy students Yotam Ghebre and Antoinette Charles will get full scholarships through graduate school.

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.

GPC softball team competes at national tournament

The 12th-seeded Jaguars play No. 5 Blinn College, Texas, Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship Tournament in St. George, Utah.

Preserving GPC’s “institutional memory”

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

Class of 2015: Jennifer Bass went ‘above and beyond’

Move On When Ready student will attend Georgia College as a biology major Her MOWR credits allow her to enter as a junior in college.

Women’s Conference zeroes in on timely topics

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

Class of 2015: Jason Committe on road to accounting career

After more than a decade of “dead-end” jobs, GPC student Jason Committe returned to school and balanced classes with work and family responsibilities while earning his associate's degree.

Class of 2015: Wes McReavy graduating with help from dog friend

Marine and Army veteran Wes McReavy will receive his associate degree in psychology, and his service dog, Kiah, will receive an honorary “dog-gree.”

Award ends excuses, increases options, says JKC winner

Jack Kent Cooke scholarship winner Yitbarek Kazentet at times worked three jobs to put himself through school.

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.

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.

‘Shyest’ student shines as New Century Scholar

Aemah Badri’s commitment to her education was temporarily sidetracked when she fled Iraq five years ago.

DECA student rallies against domestic violence

Emmanuel Lyons is confronting the pain of his past through songwriting, rap and public service.

GPC Reads discussion centers on forgiveness

Ron Cotton was imprisoned for 11 years for a rape he did not commit and then exonerated through DNA evidence. He chose to forgive his accuser.

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.

GPC’s online program is largest in USG

Like their on-campus peers, Georgia Perimeter online students can take advantage of tutoring help, advising and counseling.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 named ‘Best for Vets College’ by Military Times

The ranking evaluates many factors that make a college a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

Nursing degree marks achievement of a dream

Jeri Lloyd had planned for 10 years to earn her degree and become an RN, but life got in the way.

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.

GPC to celebrate student veterans during Veterans Day tribute

Six hundred fifty flags will be planted in honor of the 650 student veterans currently enrolled at GPC.

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.

’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.

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.

GPC promotes Great American Smokeout

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

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.

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.

GPC theatre student lives the dream of Dr. King

Stephon Ferguson is licensed to speak in MLK’s voice; he will recite a King speech Jan. 21 at Clarkston Campus.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GPC shows increase in enrollment

Georgia Perimeter College’s fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes.

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.

‘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.

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.

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 alumni find temporary business home in Hawaii

Software entrepreneurs Zach Klempf and Joseph Dixson are participating in a business accelerator program in Hawaii.

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.

GPC volunteers work for others on MLK Day

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

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.

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.

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.

Attention, smartphone users: you may not ‘like’ this

Are you addicted to social media? Using network sites to be “social” all the time probably isn’t such a good thing, warns GPC counselor Ca Trice Glenn.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Take your shopping list to the campus bookstore

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

Cherish Prickett loves solving puzzles

GPC engineering major will participate in an international research project in Chile during spring semester.

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 Dunwoody hosts National Broadcast Day event

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

UGA political science prof shares thoughts on upcoming elections

“Events like this are valuable and useful to students and offer them a chance to understand issues that affect them.”

GPC, Gordon State College sign teacher education agreement

Students who want to teach early education can take their first two years of college at Georgia Perimeter College and finish their degrees at Gordon State College in Barnesville.

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.

Dual Enrollment at record high at Georgia Perimeter College

DE program allows high school students to earn college credits and explore their interests.

GPC Student Health Center expanding to Dunwoody Campus

Clarkston clinic will close temporarily for renovations when Dunwoody clinic opens in October.

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.

GPC and UGA collaborate to help students complete degrees

Graduating Georgia Perimeter students will be able to transfer seamlessly to UGA's Griffin Campus to complete their bachelor degrees.

Students can still enroll for fall second half-term classes

All Second Half documents must be submitted by Sept. 22, with the final day to register being Sept. 30. Second Half classes begin Oct. 13.

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.

‘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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

Nurse Boot Camp fun sets stage for serious work

No push-ups or sprints are required at this camp. Rather, its mission is to help students prepare for the mental intensity of their next two years in GPC's Nursing school.

Welcome, students!

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

Sweet success: Alpharetta student moonlights as baker

Georgia Perimeter College geology major Katy O’Connell Nahodyl is experiencing sweet success these days as both student—and budding entrepreneur.

Night time can be the right time to take classes at Ga. Perimeter

GPC offers more than 100 night classes plus 7 a.m. and weekend classes to accommodate students who work and have other daytime obligations.

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 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?

Student is applying classroom work to internship job

GPC Educational Achievement Program (GEAP) helped Robert Townsend find his internship at PS Energy.

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.

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.

Living the Military Experience course on tap for fall

New class designed for veterans is one of college’s GPC First Year Experience courses that give students an orientation to college life.

‘Jags and Cubs’ club supports students who have children

Markiesha Thornton figures she would have graduated from college years ago if she had had the support of a group like GPC’s Students with Children organization.

Alumna creates dolls to explore history of black women

“Ida Harris uses her creative energies to translate the stories and experiences we discussed in our class with her doll making.”

Giving up was not an option for nursing grad

Ebonee Rice's journey to become a nurse was far from easy, but her perseverance carried her to her goal.

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.

Five from GPC Baseball program drafted by Major League teams

Two Georgia Perimeter College baseball players—Dustin Beggs and J.T. Phillips—plus three alumni of the program were selected by Major League Baseball organizations in the 2014 draft.

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.

There’s still time to apply for scholarships for fall

Scholarships are available—if you know when and how to apply. Deadline for fall scholarship applications is July 1.

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.

Class of ’14: Four Ochiobi siblings graduating from GPC together

Three sisters and one brother earn biology degrees from GPC; they plan to pursue careers in medical fields.

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.

International student knows value of peer support

If you want to find Devin Gunawan, just “look for the guy who is always smiling.”

GPC nursing students learn research techniques at Emory University

Five students are participating in an NIH-funded Bridges to Baccalaureate partnership program between GPC and Emory.

GPC offers four-week academic courses beginning June 30

USG students: At Georgia Perimeter College, there’s still time—and a wide assortment of courses—for you to earn transferable credit this summer.

Class of ’14: Fatima Koko earns high school and college degree

Achieving the dream: Georgia Perimeter student Fatima Koko goes from non-English speaker to early-college graduate.

Dr. Mark Becker will speak at GPC graduation May 12

Georgia State University president is a community college alumnus and a first-generation college student.

Students learn from the pros during GPC’s Career Day

More than 350 students attend fourth annual event to learn about careers, mentoring, internships and jobs and hear keynote speaker Stephan Gresham.

Graveyard serves as classroom for Newton Campus students

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

DeKalb Early College Academy leads state in performance

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

Matthew Tate's college dreams coming true, thanks to JKC award

Matthew Tate went to work after high school but, encouraged by his boss, is now pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.

Newton student finds Georgia Perimeter a good fit

Honors student and newspaper editor has become an advocate for GPC and for two-year colleges.

African American Male Initiative event generates energy

The conference featured speakers on professional conduct, self-made entrepreneurship and healthy relationships.

Outstanding students honored at annual Celebration of Excellence

“I guess it’s just that I was dedicated, and I made sure to do what I was supposed to do,” says night's top award winner.

Project SHINE celebrating its 10th anniversary at college

Program pairs Georgia Perimeter ESL students with elderly immigrants seeking to improve their English skills and become naturalized citizens.

Trung Quach will use JKC scholarship to study biochemistry

Once shy student Trung Quach becomes a stellar student and campus leader and wins a prestigious scholarship.

The sky’s the limit for GPC aerospace engineering student

“GPC offers a good transitional phase,” says Tayvon Snowden, who was home-schooled before enrolling at Georgia Perimeter last fall.

Program offers gateway to college for high school dropouts

Gateway to College Academy, a joint program with DeKalb County, allows students to complete high school and earn college credit.

‘TIM’ aims to take oceanic research to new depths

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

Students learn value of service to others through volunteer work

Georgia Perimeter's four annual service days are part of the college's service learning program.