July 28, 2014
President Jerry opened the meeting and called on Tim Owings who led the pledge and invocation. Chris Mckinney introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. President Jerry announced that we are celebrating Light Up Rotary Month and thanked the club members who participated in the GRU Daycare book reading this morning prior to the club meeting. President Jerry gave thanks to last week's Club CART Challenger, Bob Baisden Jr, and our outside challenger, R. W. Toole, who helped us raise $257.28 for the fund. This week?s CART Challenger is Guy Daniels. President Jerry called on Thom Tuckey to give the Sunshine Report.
President Jerry made the following announcements and presentations:
- He presented Past President John Whitwell with his Paul Harris plus one pin.
- The Public Relations Committee is meeting immediately following the club meeting today.
- The 100 Year Anniversary celebration is coming up on 9/22/14 at the legends club.
Dr. Marc Miller introduced our guest speaker Dr. Jeff Edgens who is the Dean of the East Georgia State College. Dr. Edgens gave us a brief history of EGSC which began in 1973 when it opened its doors as Emanuel County Junior College. In 1987, the name was changed to East Georgia College before becoming a state college in 2012. In 1997 it opened a campus in Statesboro and became a feeder school for Georgia Southern University.
EGSC?s primary mission is to serve as an access institution giving students an opportunity to earn college credits while being prepared to enroll into a four year university. With the consolidation of ASU and GHSU to form GRU, ASU lost its feeder school which was previously the Junior College of Augusta.
In 2013, EGSC Augusta opened its doors to fill in the void left because of the merger. In 2013, 140 students enrolled in the EGSC Augusta program. That number will more than double to almost 300 in the fall of 2014. By comparison, the Statesboro campus opened in 1997 with 100 students and now has nearly 1700 enrolled. There is a tremendous opportunity for growth being directly tied to a comprehensive university like GRU.
Dr. Edgens shared with us that the local faculty has grown from 2 full-time and 4 part-time to 5 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members in just over a year. Most faculty members are teaching a 5 course load each semester. He shared with the club that state funding dollars are no longer given out using an enrollment calculation but instead will be performance based going forward.
In closing, he thanked GRU for their generous support of the program which is having a positive impact on both the student experience and EGSC's ability to provide a top notch education.
Next week's speaker will be Mike Ryan with the Augusta Chronicle.
The meeting was adjourned following the recital of the Four-Way Test.
Upcoming Meeting Topics
8/4/14 Mike Ryan, Augusta Chronicle
CART Blue buckets
Club Challenger: Guy Daniels
Speaker East Georgia State College
Rotary Asst. Governor
Athens Rotary Club
Scott Williams 7-28-14 July, Board of Dir. Meeting
Ray Walters 7-14-14 On Line Make Up
Jason Haddox 7-14-14 Bay Town Rotary
Walter Sprouse 7-14-14 On Line Make Up
Birthdays & Anniversaries