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May 10, 2014

Bainbridge State College Commencement

Approximately 245 Bainbridge State College graduates out of approximately 400 are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. The ceremony will mark the College’s 40 Anniversary. State Senator Dean Burke is the commencement speaker.

Start: May 10, 2014 10:00 am
End: May 10, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Student Wellness Center
Phone: 229-248-2504
2500 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA
Cost: Free

May 8, 2014

Honors Night

Approximately 20 awards and honors will be given out to deserving students during Bainbridge State College’s annual Honors Night at the Student Wellness Center. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Start: May 8, 2014 7:00 pm
End: May 8, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Student Wellness Center
Phone: 229-248-2504
2500 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, 39819
Cost: Free

April 19, 2014

Visitation Day

Bainbridge State College will host Visitation Day. Please join us for admissions, financial aid, academic and student/parent sessions, campus tour and student activities. Persons who RSVP will receive a gift bag and lunch. To RSVP, please email

Start: April 19, 2014 9:00 am
End: April 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Student Wellness Center
Cost: Free

April 1, 2014

U.S. Poet Laureate Trethewey to lecture at BSC April 1

Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak on Tuesday, April 1, as the final guest of the Bainbridge State College Arts & Lecture series.

Born in Gulfport, Miss., and a resident of Decatur, Ga., Trethewey is the first Southerner to hold the title of U.S. Poet Laureate since Robert Penn Warren, the original laureate who served from 1986-87, and the first African-American since Rita Dove in 1993. In addition to being U.S. Poet Laureate, she is the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi from 2012-2016.

Trethewey was appointed the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States by Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress. In his citation, Billington wrote: “Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.”

She is the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall, (2012). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

At Emory University, she is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.

During her first term as Poet Laureate, Trethewey held office hours for the public at the Library of Congress. In her second term, Trethewey’s signature project is a feature on the PBS NewsHour: Where Poetry Lives. In this series, Trethewey travels with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to various cities across the United States in order to explore societal issues through a link to poetry and Trethewey’s personal experience.

Start: April 1, 2014 7:00 pm
End: April 1, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center
Cost: Free

March 31, 2014

Beasley speaking at BSC’s Georgia Poetry Circuit March 31

Sandra Beasley, a prize-winning poet and author, will be the third Bainbridge State College’s guest lecturer of the 2013-14 Georgia Poetry Circuit Series on Monday, March 31.

At 4:30 p.m., Beasley will give a craft lecture for aspiring writers. A reading from her works will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a book signing. Both events will be held in the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center Solarium. In addition, both are free and open to the public.

Beasley’s most recent wrote, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Takes from an Allergic Life, is a memoir and cultural history of food allergy.

The Washington, D.C., resident is also the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize.

She was a regular contributor to the “XX Files” column for the Washington Post Magazine and more recently, her prose has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Psychology Today.

Honors for her work include the Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer in Residence position, the University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence position, a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, the Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English magna cum laude from the University of Virginia and later earned a Master of Fine Arts from American University.

For several years, she worked as an editor at The American Scholar before leaving the position to write full time.

Start: March 31, 2014 4:30 pm
End: March 31, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center Solarium
Cost: Free

March 27, 2014

Blood drive

To make an appoinment, click on the link below.

Start: March 27, 2014 11:00 am
End: March 27, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Student Wellness Center parking lot
Cost: Free

March 22, 2014

Visitation Day

Bainbridge State College will host Visitation Day. Please join us for admissions, financial aid, academic and student/parent sessions, campus tour and student activities. Persons who RSVP will receive a gift bag and lunch. To RSVP, please email

Start: March 22, 2014 9:00 am
End: March 22, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Student Wellness Center
Cost: Free

February 18, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter speaking

Former President Jimmy Carter will be at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, which is named after the former president’s dear friend and trusted adviser, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

A recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited President Carter’s decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development. He is the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office.

During his presidency from 1977 to 1981, President Carter’s mediation was a vital contribution to the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Israel and Egypt. Other foreign policy accomplishments included the Panama Canal treaties, the SALT II treaty with the old Soviet Union and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. During his presidency and even after, President Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, have worked toward resolving conflicts, promoting democracy and protecting human rights.

A native of Plains, Ga., President Carter attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he received his bachelor’s from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also served as Georgia’s 76th governor.

Start: February 18, 2014 6:30 pm
End: February 18, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center
Cost: Free

February 6, 2014

Viewing of ‘Glory’

“Glory” will be a movie as part of marking Black History month.

The movie is about the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry that saw extensive service in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment was one of the first official African American units in the United States during the Civil War. The 1st South Carolina Volunteers (Union) recruited from freed slaves, was the first Union Army regiment organized with African American soldiers in the Civil War, though many had fought in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 on both sides.

Start: February 6, 2014 1:00 pm
End: February 6, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Student Wellness Center, Room 961
Cost: Free

February 4, 2014

Poet Andrew Hudgins speaking

American poet Andrew Hudgins will be the second of three Georgia Poetry Circuit speakers scheduled to visit Bainbridge State. Hudgins will appear on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Raised in Alabama, Hudgins earned a bachelor’s at Huntingdon College, a master’s at the University of Alabama, and a Masters of Fine Art at the University of Iowa. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry and essays, many of which have received high critical praise, such as “The Never-Ending: New Poems,” which was a finalist for the National Book Awards; “After the Lost War: A Narrative,” which received the Poets’ Prize; and “Saints and Strangers,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently humanities distinguished professor of English at Ohio State University.

Date: February 4, 2014
Cost: Free

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