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

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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…

Purpose-driven Relay for Life includes a unique bike challenge

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Dr. Steve Hougland, Bainbridge State College assistant professor of criminal justice, stands by the stationary bicycle he rode for 100 miles to raise money for Relay for Life. For seven hours, Dr. Steve Hougland, a Bainbridge State College assistant professor of criminal justice, rode a stationary bicycle for two good causes – in honor of his wife while she battles a rare form of cancer and to raise money for the College’s Relay for Life team. As a means to raise money for the Bainbridge…

BSC’s Coffee House Literary Contest served up poems, prose

Winners of Coffee House Literary Contest

Poems on what someone could do – or not do – and on nothing won top prizes in Bainbridge State College’s annual Coffee House Literary Contest held on April 3. Gabe Russo of Cairo won first place in poetry for his work entitled “I Could,” which was about all the possibilities a person could do, but it would have to wait until after a commercial. Mindy Shamblin of Donalsonville won second for her poem “Nothing.” As she read her poem, she asked the audience to…

BSC students earned coveted award at Model UN

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At the Model United Nations in New York City are, from the left, Bainbridge State College Associate Professor of History and club sponsor, Dr. David Nelson; and Bainbridge State College students Emma Sainbayar of Bainbridge, Jonathan North of Donalsonville, Alea Simmons of Cairo, Cassandra Williams of Attapulgus and Alan Kimbrel of Colquitt. Bainbridge State College’s five-student delegation brought home a coveted award, proving they are leaders among hundreds of other college and university students from across the world during their recent participation in the National…

Visitation Day allows students, parents to discover BSC

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Bainbridge State College student ambassador Sina Moreno of Bainbridge, who is pursuing an associates in math, answers questions for Megan and Tracie Phillips of Climax, who said Moreno was helpful in answering their questions and showing them what college life at Bainbridge State would be like. There is at least one thing Kevin Vance of Cairo wants his daughter, MeKenna, to get out of college – a good education. Granted, that is the hope of many parents. But Vance is trying to impart the college-related…

54 BSC students inducted into honor societies

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Fifty-four Bainbridge State College students were inducted into national honor societies, including some students who were inducted into more than one. On Sunday, March 23, a ceremony honoring the inductees was held at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center. Mu Alpha Theta, the national two-year college and high school mathematics honor society, inducted 34 Bainbridge State students; Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for two-year college students, inducted 18 students; and, Sigma Kappa Delta, the National Honor Society for high achievement in the English…

Partnerships paying off, in many ways

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Partnerships between Bainbridge’s Zaxby’s restaurant and local educational institutions are paying off, and paying off in ways far beyond just the bottom line. For Bainbridge State College’s Student Government Association, it plans to give a deserving student the association’s first scholarship later this year after raising enough money during its monthly Zaxby’s nights, College officials said. For the Decatur County Board of Education and its affiliates, such programs as the high school cheerleaders, Junior ROTC, student recognition programs and many others, the fund-raising programs and…

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