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Georgia Highlands College Recognizes Faculty, Staff

Several faculty and staff members were recognized during the institution's graduation ceremony held on Thursday, May 15.

David Mathis was given the President's Meritorious Service Award, which is giving by the president in recognition of the work of an individual on behalf of the college. Credit: Georgia Highlands College
David Mathis was given the President's Meritorious Service Award, which is giving by the president in recognition of the work of an individual on behalf of the college. Credit: Georgia Highlands College

For Georgia Highlands College, its success is dependent upon both the work of its faculty and staff members do every day and the way they choose to do it.  

So this year, during the institution's graduation festivities held on May 15, several faculty and staff were honored for significant contributions made at the institution.

“We gratefully acknowledge the commitment of these recipients and the tremendous positive impact they have on our students, colleagues, and communities," Dr. Renva Watterson, Georgia Highlands College interim president said.

The 2014 awards and recipients were:  

  • President’s Meritorious Service Award – David Mathis (photo included): This award is given each year by the President of the institution in recognition of the work of an individual on behalf of the college. Mathis enters his 21st year at GHC as assistant director of athletics and physical education program manager. 
  • Wesley C. Walraven Faculty Award – Carolyn Hamrick (posthumously): GHC faculty members selected Hamrick, associate professor of Reading and dean of the Cartersville campus, to receive this award posthumously to honor her years of service and leadership at GHC. The award is named in memory of Dr. Wesley C. Walraven, the academic dean at the then Floyd College from its founding in 1970 until 1993. The award honors assets such as unselfish dedication to students, a quietly focused management style, and keen intelligence. 
  • Mace Bearer – Dr. Catherine King: GHC faculty members selected Dr. King, professor of Physical Education, to carry the mace at commencement to honor the many years of dedicated service that she has given to the college. Dr. King has served in various capacities at GHC since 1987. She is an excellent example of a student advocate. 

Other year end awards included: 

GHC Diversity Employees of the Year: Dr. Sam Baltzer and Dr. Jon Hershey

Department of the Year: GHC Athletics 

Student-Selected Faculty of the Year: Sharryse Henderson   

Employee of the Year: Amy Wise

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