Notables includes achievements, honors and other distinctions earned by Georgia Gwinnett College and the members of its extended community. This includes faculty, staff, administration, students and close associates of the college. Notables features recognitions spanning academics and scholarship, leadership positions, community service and involvement, individual achievements and other news of significance. Members of the GGC community may submit items from our Notables form. Notables is updated with the spring, summer and fall publication of Engage magazine and Engage Online.

Natasha Brewley
Dr. Natasha Brewley
Priya Boindala
Dr. Priya Boindala
Jennifer Sinclair
Dr. Jennifer Sinclair
Drs. Natasha Brewley, Priya Boindala and Jenny Sinclair, each an assistant professor of mathematics, recently published a chapter about their work and research on the GGC STEM Mini Grant project, “Flipping Pre-Calculus Classroom,” in the book, Critical Assessment of the Flipped Classroom Experience.

Toby Chappell
Toby Chappell
Scott Clausnitzer
Scott Clausnitzer
Toby Chappell, director of Enterprise Services, and Scott Clausnitzer, IT laboratory supervisor, were featured in an article entitled, “High-End Hardware Gives Colleges an Edge in IT Education,” which appeared in the winter 2015 issue of EdTech Focus on Higher Education magazine.

Semire Kikli
Dr. Semire Dikli
Susan Bleyle
Susan Bleyle
Dr. Semire Dikli, associate professor of English for academic purposes, and Susan Bleyle, assistant professor of English for academic purposes, recently published the paper, “Automated Essay Scoring feedback for second language writers. How does it compare to instructor feedback?” in the journal, Assessing Writing.

Semire Kikli
Dr. Semire Dikli
Justin Jernigan
Dr. Justin Jernigan
Susan Bleyle
Susan Bleyle
Dr. Semire Dikli, associate professor of English for academic purposes, Dr. Justin Jernigan, dean for the School of Transitional Studies and associate professor of English for academic purposes, and Susan Bleyle, assistant professor of English for academic purposes, recently published the chapter, “A reflective overview of a process approach to writing in generation 1.5 classrooms: Instructors’ and students’ perspectives,” in the book, Methodologies for effective writing instruction in EFL and ESL classrooms.

Olivia Ehiwe
Olivia Ehiwe, Class of 2015, won one of GGC’s first MLK Humanitarian Awards, presented by the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Center. She currently serves as the first Miss GGC.

Kay Everett
Kay Everett, Class of 2011 and coordinator of Academic and Student Affairs at GGC, recently earned a master’s of public administration from the University of Georgia. She spent time assisting the Seoul Metropolitan Government with policy work during an internship in South Korea.

Homero Gonzalez
Homero Gonzalez, class of 2011, was recently named to the board of directors of Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre.

Jason Gordon
Dr. Jason Gordon
Dr. Jennifer Chapman
Dr. Jennifer Chapman
Ben Akins
Dr. Benjamin Akins
Drs. Jason Gordon, assistant professor of legal studies and management, Dr. Jennifer Chapman, assistant dean of the School of Business and associate professor of legal studies and accounting, and Dr. Benjamin Akins, assistant professor of legal studies and taxation, published the article, “A Whole New World: Income Tax Considerations of the Bitcoin Economy,” in the winter 2015 edition of the taxation law journal, The Pittsburgh Tax Review.

gray silhouette of a person's head
Dr. Jennifer Greene, assistant professor of literacy education, co-wrote a recently published book on teaching vocabulary to middle school students called Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students: Research-Based Lists and Strategies for Key Content Areas.

Kathryn Greer
Kat Greer, systems and digital content librarian, serves on the 2015 planning committee for the Atlanta Emerging Librarians, which provides networking events and professional development opportunities for Atlanta-area MLIS (master of library and information science) students, new graduates and new librarians.

Jose Gutierrez
Jose Gutierrez, Class of 2015, is currently serving as an intern at the White House.

Linda Hughes
Dr. Linda Hughes, associate professor of educational foundations, recently received an Indie Book of the Day Award for her novel, “Becoming Jessie Belle,” from

David Ludden
Dr. David Ludden, professor of psychology, recently published the textbook, The Psychology of Language: An Integrated Approach. You can follow his blog “Talking Apes” on the “Psychology Today” website at

Maria Lumpkin
Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin was selected to the 2015 Class of Leadership America. She is the first GGC employee selected to participate in the program, which develops and supports women leaders in national and international arenas.

Catherine Neiner
Catherine Neiner, director of the Career Development and Advising Center, serves on the National Association of Colleges and Employers board of directors. She is one of four U.S. career services directors, representing college career services professionals.

Sang Park
Dr. Sang Park, assistant professor of chemistry, recently served as president of the Georgia Chapter of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association. During his service, he received the Best Chapter and Best Chapter President Award due to his significant contribution to the professional community.

Stas Preczewski
Dr. Stas Preczewski, president, served as a panelist on the topic, “Presidential Perspectives on Institution-Foundation Relationships” at the 2015 Foundation Leadership Forum of the Association of Governing Boards of University and Colleges.

Jordan Rudnicki
Jordan Rudnicki, Class of 2016 and a member of GGC’s charter nursing class, was elected treasurer of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students at its 2014 fall convention and attended the National Student Nurses’ Association’s Mid-Year Conference last November.

Petah Shaw
Petah Shaw, Class of 2017, won one of the first MLK Humanitarian Awards, presented by the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Center.

Diane White
Dr. Diane White
Sharon Grason
Sharon Grason
Amanda Reichert
Amanda Reichert
Dr. Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences, Sharon Grason, director of nursing and Amanda Reichert, instructor of nursing, made the presentation, “Getting Away with Transforming Nursing Education,” at the 2015 Georgia Association of Nursing Education conference.

    8 Top Claw Award winners standing with General, GGC's mascot and President Stas Preczewski
    The college recently presented its first Top Claw Awards to eight individuals who go above and beyond to make exceptional contributions in supporting GGC’s educational mission. Shown are Melinda Spencer, senior associate provost for Operations and co-chair of the Top Claw Committee; Benjamin Shepler, assistant professor of chemistry; James Helton, warehouse manager; Jeff Eppley, assistant director of Student Integrity; Allen Clarke, coordinator of Student Involvement and the Student Center; General, GGC’s mascot; Stas Preczewski, president; Rolando Marquez, assistant director of the Center for Teaching Excellence; Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology; Evelyn Brannock, assistant professor of information technology; Suzanne Biedenbach, assistant professor of English and Katherine Kyle, associate vice president for Human Resources and co-chair of the Top Claw Committee.

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