Work Ethics award recipients recognized in Bainbridge, Blakely

Group of students in Bainbridge ceremony

Bainbridge State College recently honored 58 of its students who have shown positive work ethics. Fifty-one students were recognized in a ceremony held on April 10 at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center on the main Bainbridge State campus, and eight students were recognized in a ceremony held on April 17 at the Early County Campus in Blakely. Kathleen Ketterer, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professional Studies that sponsors this awards program, said each student is nominated by a faculty member, and…

Ralph retires from Bainbridge State’s library

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  Bainbridge State College Library Director Susan Ralph recently retired, ending her era of helping move the library toward a digital age and greater expansion. Ralph was appointed the College’s library director in 2006. Two years later, Ralph successfully transferred the College’s microfilm files of Bainbridge newspapers to computer disks, which was the first of its kind in Georgia. Also in 2008, Ralph helped host the Georgia Literary Festival in the newly opened Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center. The event, which was the first time…

BSC’s Early County Campus Chorus holds concert

Taking a Bow

Bainbridge State College’s Early County Chorus recently held its 6thAnnual Spring Concert on April 28 in the main lobby of the Blakely campus. The concert also included members of the Early County High School Chorus and Show Choir. After the concert, its members were treated to snacks, and Student Services Coordinator Lori Haddock talked with the students about attending Bainbridge State. Among the songs the Bainbridge State chorus performed were “Believe It or Not” and “How Great Is Our God.” Solo performances included “Joyful, Joyful”…

BSC’s commencement will mark 40th Anniversary

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Pemberton remembers his commencement, after 13 years as a BSC student When graduates of the Bainbridge State College Class of 2014 walk across the stage on Saturday, May 10, some of them may recount how many semesters or even years it took them to finish their degrees. For many of the Bainbridge State graduates, studying sometimes had to take a secondary role to work and family obligations. But there is one graduate in the College’s 40-year history when then-College President Edward Mobley stopped the commencement…

38 BSC students inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Group of National Technical Honor Society inductees

While standing along with family members and friends, or standing alone and recounting the memory of a loved one, 38 Bainbridge State College students were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in a ceremony where the inductees honored those who have impacted them the most. Honor Society inductees were individually introduced to the audience and given certificates, then they invited individuals up to be recognized as well for their support of each student. Many students recognized their family members and friends, while a…

BSC’s 2nd Annual Charity Fun Day

Winning Tug-o-War team

Bainbridge State College’s Early County Campus in Blakely was the site of some fun and games on Saturday, April 12. The charity that will benefit from the day is the Early County Helping Hands, which assists persons in the county who are struggling with some type of catastrophe, said Joann Simpson, dean of the Early County Campus. “This year, we thought it would be good to keep it more local.” The event was held on the Blakely campus, including the running of a 5-K and…

Honors Program students take unbeaten path while touring NYC

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Bainbridge State College Honors Program students and professors listen to award-winning poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez (in the red shirt and black jacket) read some of his poetry and talk about growing up Puerto Rican in New York City’s El Barrio. Taking an unbeaten path while touring New York City, nine Bainbridge State College Honors Program students and their faculty advisers recently explored how race and racism plays out in that diverse city. With this year’s theme of “Race and Racism,” Dr. Michael Kirkland, director of…

White House official speaks to BSC students

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The deputy chief information officer for President Obama told some Bainbridge State College students that her most stressful 12 hours is during the President’s annual State of the Union address and that working for the White House is a passion. Dr. Alissa Johnson, whose mother is Elwanda Coston, assistant professor of mathematics at Bainbridge State, recently spoke to several classes at the College and her visit was sponsored by the Honors Program. She talked about the personal side of the President and his family: Yes,…

High-schoolers compete in essay contest

Winners of essay contest

By AMIE SEIDMAN Assistant Professor of English About 60 area students competed in the 28th Annual Bainbridge State College Essay Competition for high school juniors and seniors on April 15 at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center. All the students were required to write a spontaneous essay of 600 to 700 words within a two-hour period. The students were asked to pick one of four topics to write about. First-place winner Haley Farmer, a junior at Bainbridge High School, won a $300 scholarship to Bainbridge…

BSC students ‘Make a Date’ with Mother Nature

Students holding Medjool plant.

Members of the Bainbridge State College Social Science Club “made a date” with Mother Nature by planting a dozen Medjool date seedlings in honor of this year’s Arbor Day. Students planted the young seedlings in the wilderness area surrounding the College’s main campus in Bainbridge to help make up for the loss of animal habitat caused by expansion of the campus. “The college’s administration is fully committed to saving every tree possible, but the expansion of the campus has inevitably led to the loss of…


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