Finding Greatness

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Finding Greatness: Jacob Whatley

October 19, 2020

  MGA senior Jacob Whatley decided to become a respiratory therapist because of the care he received as an asthmatic child. His goal is to work at Egleston, the children’s hospital where he frequently was treated. Full Name: ...

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Finding Greatness: Sarah Istambouli

October 02, 2020

Psychology major Sarah Istambouli is an honors program student and member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.   Full Name: Sarah Rosemary Istambouli. Hometown and Residence: Macon. Employment: “My employment ...

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Finding Greatness: Tesia Baker

September 29, 2020

Health services administration major Tesia Baker is one of #MGA’s most high-profile student leaders. She is, among many other things, president of the University’s Student Government Association. Baker was a panelist for the ...

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Finding Greatness: Melinda McElwain

September 21, 2020

After her December 2020 graduation from MGA, rehabilitation science major Melinda McElwain will start her master’s degree as she prepares to become a licensed occupational therapist. Full Name: Melinda McElwain. Age: 21. ...

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Finding Greatness: Joey Bronner

September 07, 2020

Joey Bronner, a church music director and private percussion and piano instructor, is pursuing MGA’s Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Musicianship to take his career to a new level.    Full Name: Joey ...

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Finding Greatness: Jiel Combs

August 26, 2020

Jiel Combs, a 2016 graduate of MGA, is the founder of Hill Side Candles, which was featured recently in a local television story.     Full Name: Jiel Carter Combs. Age: 29.   Hometown: Louisville. Residence: ...

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Finding Greatness: Jordan Pridgeon

August 24, 2020

Media and Communication major Jordan Pridgeon is editor of the MGA student newspaper, The Statement, and layout editor of the art and literary publication, The Fall Line Review. First Name: Jordan Pridgeon. Age: 21. Hometown: “I was ...

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Finding Greatness: Chip Fulcher

August 12, 2020

U.S. Army veteran Chip Fulcher is now completing his B.A. in history from MGA with the goal of becoming a military historian. Full Name: Chip Aaron Fulcher. Age: 35. Hometown: Fairbury, Nebraska. Residence: Macon. High School: Fairbury High ...

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Finding Greatness: Kartavya Trivedi

July 27, 2020

Kartavya Trivedi, vice president of MGA’s Cyber Knights, has successfully competed in several national cybersecurity competitions and presented projects to industry professionals at national conferences. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker ...

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Finding Greatness: Nemiah Plant

July 13, 2020

MGA senior Nemiah Plant plans to build on her political science degree with graduate study and pursue a career in community focused health informatics.   Full Name: Nemiah Plant. Age: 21. Hometown: Fort Valley. Residence: ...

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Finding Greatness: Adarius McCoy

June 15, 2020

MGA accounting major Adarius McCoy’s research into the impact of national and state recessions on unemployment and personal income was accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. While the conference ...

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Finding Greatness: Karolina Philmon

March 23, 2020

New Media major Karolina Philmon is chief content editor for the Fall Line Review, MGA’s literary magazine, and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is a nontraditional student who works fulltime while ...

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Finding Greatness: Teralonjha Byer

March 16, 2020

A senior in #MGA’s fully online criminal justice degree program with an IT minor, Teralonjha Byer is pursuing a career in cyber forensics. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and, while she takes all of her ...

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Finding Greatness: Jarvis Reese

March 04, 2020

Finding Greatness: Jarvis Reese got his bachelor’s degree in nursing from #MGA. Now an RN at Coliseum Medical Center, he is expanding his career options by completing the University’s master’s degree in ...

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Finding Greatness: Wesley White

February 24, 2020

Aviation major Wesley White, who enrolled at MGA after serving in the Marine Corps, recently became a certified flight instructor. He is also a skilled photographer who takes amazing images of MGA aircraft. Full Name: Wesley Neal White. Age: ...

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Finding Greatness: Will Simmons

February 10, 2020

Will Simmons, a sport management major, hopes to become an athletic director at the middle school level. Full Name: William Sawyer Simmons. Age: 20. Hometown: Cochran. Employment: MGA Library student assistant; assistant middle school ...

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Finding Greatness: Katelyn Dever

February 03, 2020

Katelyn Dever, a fully online student pursuing MGA’s bachelor’s degree in IT, is currently an intern at NASA, working on Command and Control Systems software development. Full Name: Katelyn Dever. Age: ...

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Finding Greatness: Sandy Callaway

January 28, 2020

Sandy Callaway is pursuing a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing to help her design resources for MGA online students. Full Name: Sandy Elizabeth Callaway. Age: 62. Hometown: Macon. Residence: Warner Robins. Family: ...

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Finding Greatness: Sarah Choi

January 14, 2020

Georgia Academy student Sarah Choi, a biology major, has received a full scholarship to attend Yale University this fall. Georgia Academy at Middle Georgia State University (MGA) is a residential option for high school students to earn college ...

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Finding Greatness: Drew McIntosh

November 25, 2019

The academic journal “Liberated Arts” recently published a paper by Drew McIntosh, a non-traditional student who returned to MGA to complete his Bachelor of Arts in English. He also gave a presentation at the 2019 National ...

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Finding Greatness: Crystal Jones

November 12, 2019

This special edition of Finding Greatness marks the University System of Georgia’s “Ethics Awareness Week” by featuring MGA alumna Crystal Jones, recently appointed Macon-Bibb Municipal Court judge. Full Name: ...

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Finding Greatness: Earl Kline

November 11, 2019

After teaching abroad in several countries, UGA grad Earl Kline returned to Middle Georgia State (MGA) to pursue a new degree and a career in accounting. Full Name: Earl Ray Kline II. Age: 37. Hometown & Residence: “I am from ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

October 28, 2019

The director of the recent Warner Robins Little Theatre play “Dracula,” Dr. Crystal O'Leary-Davidson, English professor, shares her love of pop culture, film and literature, and all things goth with her MGA students. Full ...

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Finding Greatness: Christian Baumgarth

October 28, 2019

A UGA grad with bachelor's degrees in math and economics, Christian Baumgarth is building a new career in education through MGA’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. Full Name: Christian Baumgarth. Age: 23. Hometown: Johns ...

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Finding Greatness: Carolyn Goodman

October 14, 2019

Carolyn Goodman is studying cybersecurity with the goal of becoming an attorney with highly versatile skills. Full Name: Carolyn Rebecca Goodman. Age: 22. Hometown and Residence: Lizella. High School: “I graduated from the ...

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Finding Greatness: Zoe Edenfield

October 08, 2019

New Media & Communications major Zoe Edenfield is the current editor-in-chief of The Statement, MGA’s student newspaper. Full Name: Zoe Cecilia Edenfield. Age: 24. Hometown: Statesboro. Residence: Byron. Degree Objective: ...

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Finding Greatness: Jeffrey Tarver

September 30, 2019

Jeffrey Tarver of MGA’s School of Education & Behavioral Sciences is the founder of a non-profit organization that teaches life skills to participants through sports and activities. Full Name: Jeffrey M. Tarver. Title: Assistant ...

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Finding Greatness: Helen Ho

September 10, 2019

Helen Ho, an MGA biology major, is doing some high-caliber research under the guidance of Dr. Pushpa Yadav, associate professor of biology. Ho’s goals include becoming a general dentist or an oral surgeon and opening a non-profit dental ...

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Finding Greatness: KeShawn Hurst

September 03, 2019

As he prepares to graduate, MGA education major KeShawn Hurst is aiming high with a long-term goal to become a county school superintendent. Full Name: KeShawn Jartavious Hurst. Age: 22. Hometown & Residence: Dublin. High School: ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. John Hall

August 05, 2019

Dr. John Hall is building student organizations to support MGA’s new Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Full Name: Dr. John Powell Hall. Title: Assistant Professor of Political Science. Degrees: • Bachelor of Arts ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Daneell Moore

July 15, 2019

Dr. Daneell Moore was instrumental in the development of a mini-libraries initiative at Bibb County’s Porter Elementary School, a project she is now helping to expand to other locations. Full Name: Dr. Daneell Moore. Title: Assistant ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Vicky Sandoval

July 08, 2019

Dr. Vicky Sandoval plays a key role in designing and teaching courses for the School of Computing’s online degree programs. Full Name: Dr. Vicky Sandoval. Title: Assistant Professor of Information Technology. Degrees: • ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Chris Lawrence

June 03, 2019

Dr. Chris Lawrence played a key role in developing Middle Georgia State’s new Bachelor of Science in Political Science and is the ‘campus champion’ behind efforts to lower the cost of textbooks and other course ...

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Finding Greatness: Taylor Cravey

April 18, 2019

Taylor Cravey, who graduates in May, is the President's Scholar for the Class of 2019. Each year, a graduating senior is chosen by MGA's Honors, Awards and Graduation Committee, with the approval of the University president, to be the President's ...

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Finding Greatness: Moreh Jackson

April 08, 2019

Psychology major Moreh Jackson traveled abroad three times as an MGA student, either for study or service learning. Now she is on her way to Scotland to pursue a Ph.D. Full Name: Moreh Joy Jackson. Age: 21. Hometown: Byron. Residence: ...

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Finding Greatness: Ed Jolley

April 01, 2019

Aviation science major Ed Jolley, who recently donated bone marrow to help his father, is inspiring MGA classmates, staff and faculty with his determined dedication to his family and his studies. Full Name: Edward Burdette Jolley III. Age: ...

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Finding Greatness: Clay Griggs

March 25, 2019

President’s Torch Society member Clay Griggs wants to shape a career around marketing, communications, and improving social media. Full Name: Clay Richard Griggs. Age: 20. Hometown: Taylor County. Residence: Macon. High School: ...

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Finding Greatness: Jeffrey Harvey

March 18, 2019

MGA graduate Jeffrey Harvey is public policy director for the Georgia Farm Bureau. He will talk about Georgia’s agriculture industry at the “Voices of Impact” lecture series on April 18: ...

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Finding Greatness: Kaitlyn Kelly

March 11, 2019

New Media major Kaitlyn Kelly, senior writer for #MGA’s student newspaper and a reporter for the student video production office, is pursuing a career in film production. Full Name: Kaitlyn Nicole Kelly. Age: 20. Hometown: ...

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Finding Greatness: Deep Patel

March 04, 2019

Deep Patel, a systems analyst and graduate student in MGA's Master of Science in Information Technology, was part of a two-person team that took first place at the recent Collegiate Cup coding competition. That only scratches the surface of what ...

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Finding Greatness: Tyus White

February 18, 2019

Tyus White, secretary of the student organization BOLD, is preparing for a career in digital forensics. Full Name: Tyus White. Age: 22. Hometown and Residence: Macon. High School: Southwest High School, where he played football, basketball, ...

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Finding Greatness: Grace Adams-Square

February 11, 2019

Grace Adams-Square of MGA’s political science faculty is known for her work that recognizes and honors the University’s students who are military veterans. Full Name: Grace Arden Adams-Square. Full Title: Assistant Professor ...

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Finding Greatness: Morgan Baggett

February 04, 2019

A former dual-enrollment student, Morgan Baggett took a break from college after a temporary move away but has now resumed her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at the Dublin Campus of Middle Georgia State University. Full Name: Morgan ...

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Finding Greatness: Brison Mills

January 28, 2019

Active in student government and Dublin Campus activities, Brison Mills is a senior IT major at Middle Georgia State University and a U.S. Army veteran. Full Name: Brison Mills. Hometown and Residence: East Dublin. High School: East Laurens ...

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Finding Greatness: Eliza Usher

January 14, 2019

At age 17, MGA dual enrollment student Eliza Usher is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, president of the Warner Robins Campus Student Activities Board, and busy applying for an internship with the FBI. Full Name: Eliza ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Keith Moffett

December 04, 2018

Dr. Keith Moffett, who in 2011 was named a distinguished alumnus of what is now MGA, has gone on to become county manager for Macon-Bibb. Full Name: Dr. Keith Moffett. Age: 47. Hometown: Macon. Residence: Lizella. Family: Wife, Dr. Melinda ...

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Finding Greatness: Zakeyia Westberry

November 26, 2018

Zakeyia Westberry, an education major and member of the Cochran Campus Activities Board, recently published a book of her poetry. Full Name: Zakeyia Yakirria Westberry. Age: 20. Hometown: Macon/Warner Robins. Residence: Cochran. High School: ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Monica Miller

November 19, 2018

Dr. Monica Miller is one of 18 faculty members from institutions of higher education across Georgia selected as a 2018 Governor's Teaching Fellow. Full Name: Dr. Monica Carol Miller. Title: Assistant Professor of English. Degrees: ...

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Finding Greatness: Kiwaukee Thomas

November 12, 2018

Former NFL player Kiwaukee Thomas, who grew up in Warner Robins and graduated from Ashford University, has ushered in a greater level of professionalism and competitiveness for MGA's football club team. He played college football at Georgia ...

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Finding Greatness: Matt Noble

October 08, 2018

Dr. Matt Noble, assistant professor of math, is the 2018 recipient of the faculty award for Outstanding Scholarship. Full name: Dr. Matt Noble. Title: Assistant professor of mathematics. Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Applied ...

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Finding Greatness: Shanquel Askew

October 01, 2018

Psychology major Shanquel Askew, president of Black Student Unification, is preparing for a career helping youth in the juvenile justice system. Full Name: Shanquel Askew. Age: 21. Hometown and Residence: Macon. High School: "I attended ...

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Finding Greatness: Hunter Holland

September 24, 2018

History major Hunter Holland, who is aiming for graduate school and a career in sports journalism, is captain of the Middle Georgia State equestrian team and a member of the President’s Torch Society. Full Name: Hunter Ray ...

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Finding Greatness: Jessica Ramsay

September 04, 2018

Middle Georgia State University education graduate Jessica Ramsay now works with children with special needs.Full Name: Jessica M. Ramsay. Age: 31. Hometown: Macon. Residence: Lizella. Family: Husband, Akeem Ramsay; children, daughter ...

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Finding Greatness: Amani Baker

August 27, 2018

Amani Baker, majoring in air traffic management, works in MGA's Career Services office and is active in student government and with the Campus Activities Board. Full Name: Amani Love Baker. Age: 19. Hometown: Covington. High School: Newton ...

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Finding Greatness: Michael Koohang

August 20, 2018

Michael Koohang recently completed an undergraduate internship at Georgia Tech that focused on civic data research. Thanks in large part to dual enrollment, Koohang will complete his B.S. in Information Technology by the time he is 18 years old. ...

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Finding Greatness: Betsy McDaniel

July 16, 2018

Betsy McDaniel is a graduate of MGA's Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program who went on to become its director. Full Name: Betsy McDaniel. Title: Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program director. Degrees: Associate of Science in ...

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Finding Greatness: Col. Thomas Grabowski

July 09, 2018

A graduate of what is now Middle Georgia State University, Col. Thomas Grabowski is the commander of the 116th Air Control Wing, Robins Air Force Base. Full Name: Thomas F. Grabowski. Age: 53. Hometown: Chicago. Residence: Warner ...

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Finding Greatness: Brooke Jordan

June 19, 2018

Recent MGA graduate Brooke Jordan, the first in her family to finish college, will begin a teaching career this fall. One of her inspirations was her 7th grade teacher who became a Middle Georgia State faculty member  the same year ...

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Finding Greatness: Jasmine Brown

June 11, 2018

Jasmine Brown, director of Clinical Education for MGA's Department of Respiratory Therapy, develops Experiential Learning projects for RT students, and serves on the Faculty Senate. Full Name: Jasmine Brown. Full Title: Director of Clinical ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Rebecca Nees

June 04, 2018

Dr. Rebecca Nees played a key role in the development of MGA's new sociology minor and is teaching in the University's inaugural Summer Scholars program. Full Name: Dr. Rebecca Nees. Full Title: Associate Professor of Sociology. Degree: Doctor ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Lorraine Dubuisson

May 21, 2018

Dr. Lorraine Dubuisson is president of the Georgia Philological Association and organizer of the recent Knight Writers camp, designed to connect MGA's Cochran Campus with the local school system. Full Name: Dr. Lorraine Dubuisson. Title: ...

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Finding Greatness: Trenten Williams

May 07, 2018

Trenten Williams, who graduates May 8 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, is the President's Scholar for the Class of 2018. Each year, a graduating senior is chosen by MGA's Honors, Awards and Graduation Committee, with the approval of the ...

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Finding Greatness: Anthony Cleator

April 23, 2018

With two of his #MGA professors, senior psychology major Anthony Cleator has co-authored several scholarly articles that will be published in research journals. Full Name: Anthony Cleator. Age: 28. Hometown: Andrews AFB, Md. Residence: Warner ...

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Finding Greatness: Katie Cart

April 16, 2018

Business major Katie Cart, who began Middle Georgia State as a dual-enrollment student, turned a gap year of traveling into a popular blog from which she hopes to create income in the near future. Full Name: Katie Cart. Age: 21. Hometown & ...

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Finding Greatness: Christopher Price

April 10, 2018

A student leader on MGA's Cochran Campus, Christopher Price is completing a business degree and working toward a corporate career. Full Name: Christopher Price. Age: 22. Hometown & Residence: Covington. High School: Eastside High School, ...

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Finding Greatness: Sandra Mejia

April 02, 2018

A business major with plans for entrepreneurship, Sandra Mejia is a shining example of how non-traditional students can take leadership roles at Middle Georgia State. Full Name: Sandra Milena Mejia. Age: 38. Hometown: Barranquilla, ...

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Finding Greatness: Natalie Esparza

March 26, 2018

Natalie Esparza, a highly engaged senior majoring in New Media and Communications, plans a career working for organizations that promote human rights. Full Name: Natalie Marie Esparza. Age: 21. Hometown: Tucson, Ariz. Residence: Macon. High ...

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Finding Greatness: Markel Greene

March 05, 2018

At MGA, Business major and student organization leader Markel Greene discovered academic talent he didn't know he had. Full Name: Markel Greene. Age: 20. Hometown: Plantersville, S.C. Residence: Hampton, Ga. High School: Luella High School, ...

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Finding Greatness: Lizzie Mathias

February 26, 2018

One of MGA's most active and accomplished students, graduating senior Lizzie Mathias plans to begin her career as a social worker helping children. Full Name: Susan Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mathias. Age: 21 Hometown: Pooler. Residence: ...

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Finding Greatness: Madison Watson

February 19, 2018

Madison Watson works two jobs and serves as president of the Campus Activities Board on MGA's Warner Robins Campus while pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Full Name: Madison Kylie Watson. Age: 20. Hometown & Residence: Fort ...

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Finding Greatness: Heather McIntosh

February 12, 2018

A graduate of Middle Georgia State, Heather McIntosh now works with current students as they prepare for careers after graduation. Full Name: Heather Dyanne McIntosh. Full Title: Career Services Advisor. Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English ...

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Finding Greatness: Michael Dyess

February 05, 2018

Flight major Michael Dyess is an Eastman Campus leader and member of the MGA President's Torch Society for top scholars. Full Name: Michael N. Dyess. Age: 28. Hometown: Savannah. Residence: Eastman. High School: Moanalua High School, where ...

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Finding Greatness: Courtney Poole

January 08, 2018

Courtney Poole did not let her visual impairment stop her from realizing her dream of becoming an RN. Full Name: Courtney Elizabeth Poole. Age: 23. Hometown: Warner Robins. Residence: Bonaire. High School: Warner Robins High School, Class of ...

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Finding Greatness: Aspasia Karfakis

December 07, 2017

Aspasia Karfakis, a member of the MGA Knights women's soccer team, makes the grade on and off the field. Full Name: Aspasia Karfakis. Age: 19. Hometown: Jackson, N.J. Residence: Savannah. High School: Windsor Forest High School, where she was ...

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Finding Greatness: Fabian Gordon

December 04, 2017

When events run smoothly at MGA, Fabian "Flash" Gordon is among those the University community can thank. He is also a student at Middle Georgia State, working on a Business degree. Full Name: Fabian Gordon. Full Title: Event Coordinator and ...

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Finding Greatness: Theresa Lasal

November 27, 2017

Biology major Theresa Lasal, a member of MGA's new women's cross-country team, is pursuing a military medical career focused on helping amputee soldiers and vets. Full Name: Theresa Lasal. Age: 22. Hometown: Fayetteville. Residence: ...

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Finding Greatness: Elizabeth Kringer

November 14, 2017

Finding Greatness: Elizabeth Kringer, a recent MGA grad with a degree in Public Service, now works in constituent services for U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia's 2nd Congressional District. Full Name: Elizabeth N. Kringer. Age: ...

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Finding Greatness: Jason Vadell

November 06, 2017

Jason Vadell, vice president of the MGA chapter of Brothers of Leadership and Distinction and aspiring accountant, celebrates his high-profile opportunities at the University. Full Name: Jason Vadell. Age: 22. Hometown: Somerdale, ...

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Finding Greatness: Julia Davis

November 02, 2017

Julia Davis, a student leader at MGA's residential program for dual-enrollment students, is working toward an Aerospace Engineering degree and, she hopes, Navy flight school. Full Name: Julia Davis. Age: 18. Hometown & Residence: Warner ...

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Finding Greatness: Odell Blackmon

October 20, 2017

Odell Blackmon III, a dual-enrollment student at MGA's Georgia Academy, is preparing for the world of tech startups. Full Name: Odell Blackmon III. Age: 17. Hometown & Residence: Covington. High School: Young Americans Christian School ...

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Finding Greatness: Rojean Sanders

October 16, 2017

Health Services Administration major Rojean Sanders, Army veteran, is president of the MGA chapter of Association of Healthcare Executive Students. Full Name: Rojean Vernita Sanders. Hometown & Residence: Macon. Employment: Work study ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Brooke Miller

October 09, 2017

Dr. Brooke Miller is researching how students receive their information about current events. Full Name: Dr. Brooke M. Miller. Title: Associate Professor of Political Science. Degrees: Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science from the ...

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Finding Greatness: Garrett Stone

September 25, 2017

Choosing to stay home for college has opened doors to the world for Psychology major Garrett Stone. Full Name: Garrett Steve Stone. Age: 23. Hometown: Macon. Residence: Lizella. High School: Tattnall Square Academy, where he participated in ...

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Finding Greatness: Deja Fambro

September 18, 2017

Deja Fambro, an Aviation Management major, is the first MGA student to embark on a semester at sea study abroad experience, which will take her to 11 countries between now and late December. Full Name: Deja Shimone Fambro. Age: 22. Hometown: ...

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Finding Greatness: Edson Silva

September 05, 2017

Edson Silva, Honors Program student and Health Services Administration major, plans a career as a nursing home administrator. Full Name: Edson Silva. Age: 48. Hometown: Born in Queens N.Y, raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, until the age of 16 and ...

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Finding Greatness: Charles Williams

August 28, 2017

Air Force veteran Charles Williams, now pursuing his master's degree in IT from Middle Georgia State, is a charter member of the Graduate Studies Advisory Council. Full Name: Charles Moses Williams, Jr. Age: 53. Hometown: Daytona Beach, ...

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Finding Greatness: Kim Johnson

August 21, 2017

Kim K. Johnson, a member of MGA's Nursing faculty, was just awarded a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellowship through the University System of Georgia. Full Name: Kim K. Johnson. Title: Assistant Professor of Nursing. Degrees: ...

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Finding Greatness: Alexandria Hughes

August 14, 2017

MGA grad Alexandria Hughes is marketing coordinator for the Middle Georgia Regional Library. Full Name: Alexandria Hughes. Age: 24. Hometown and Residence: Macon. Employment: Marketing Coordinator for the Middle Georgia Regional Library. ...

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Finding Greatness: Gene Behrends

August 07, 2017

Gene Behrends helps #MGA students take flight. Full Name: Gene Behrends. Full Title: Assistant Chief Pilot, MGA School of Aviation. Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Flight Management) from what is now Middle ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Laura Thomason

July 31, 2017

Dr. Laura Thomason plays a major role in getting more MGA students to participate in international programs. Full Name: Dr. Laura E. Thomason. Title: Director of International Programs and Associate Professor of English. Degrees: ...

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Finding Greatness: Alan Stines

July 24, 2017

A graduate of what is now MGA, Alan Stines began his career with a University staff position and eventually became a member of the IT faculty. Full Name: Alan Stines. Full Title: Lecturer of Information Technology. Degrees: Master of Applied ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. John P. Girard

July 17, 2017

Dr. John P. Girard is an author, teacher, storyteller and adventurer. Full Name: Dr. John P. Girard. Full Title: Peyton Anderson Endowed Chair and Professor of Information Technology. Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration) ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Simone Phipps

July 10, 2017

Dr. Simone Phipps conducts groundbreaking research into the contributions of minorities to the field of management. Full Name: Dr. Simone Phipps. Title: Assistant Professor of Management, School of Business. Degrees: Bachelor of ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Pushpa Yadav

June 26, 2017

You've probably heard of the sugar substitute called stevia. Dr. Pushpa Yadav, assistant professor of Biology, and some of her students have been conducting tissue culture research on this natural, zero-calorie sugar plant. Full Name: Dr. Pushpa ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Andre Nicholson

June 14, 2017

Dr. Andre Nicholson, a member of #MGA's Media, Culture and the Arts faculty, uses social issues to drive discussion and learning among his students. Full Name: Dr. Andre Nicholson. Full Title: Assistant Professor of New Media and ...

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Finding Greatness: Rachel Hastings

May 08, 2017

Rachel Hastings is the President's Scholar for MGA's Class of 2017. Each year, a graduating senior is chosen by the Honors, Awards and Graduation Committee, with the approval of the University president, to be the President's Scholar. The chosen ...

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Finding Greatness: Edwin Yu

May 01, 2017

An Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan, Biology major Edwin Yu is now pursuing a career in dentistry. Full Name: Edwin Yu. Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y. Residence: Warner Robins. High School: Fort Hamilton High School. Employment: ...

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Finding Greatness: Carmishia Primus

April 24, 2017

Public Service major Carmishia Primus, president of MGA's Residence Housing Association, is pursuing a career in guidance counseling and mentoring. Full Name: Carmishia Primus. Age: 23. Hometown: Sparta. Residence: Macon. High School: ...

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Finding Greatness: Brian White

April 18, 2017

Brian White, who is about to graduate with a B.S. in Biology, wants a professional career working with fellow amputees. Full Name: Brian Jason White. Age: 35. Hometown: Rentz. Residence: Cadwell. Family: Wife, Alicia, and “two ...

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Finding Greatness: Tiffany Barragan

April 17, 2017

English major Tiffany Barragan, vice president of Alpha Rho Sigma, is headed to law school. Full Name: Tiffany Duanjan Barragan. Age: 21. Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska. Residence: Macon. High School: "I went to two different high ...

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Finding Greatness: Dr. Sara Hughes

April 03, 2017

Award-winning poet Dr. Sara Hughes inspires students with her creativity and personal triumphs. Full Name: Dr. Sara Hughes. Full Title: Lecturer of English. Degrees: Ph.D. in English from Georgia State University, Master of Fine Arts in ...

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Finding Greatness: Joseph Foster

March 27, 2017

Joseph Foster, aspiring flight test engineer, helps his fellow students as an MGA peer career advisor. Full Name: Joseph Isaac Elder Foster. Age: 19. Hometown: Kingston, N.Y. Residence: Jonesboro. High School: “I went to Martha ...

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Finding Greatness: Tina Scott

March 20, 2017

Transitioning from her Army career, Tina Scott enrolled at MGA to pursue her bachelor's degree in Nursing. Full Name: Tina K. Scott. Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla. Residence: Kathleen. Family: “I have a blended family, which ...

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Finding Greatness: Mallory Miller

March 13, 2017

A proud graduate of Middle Georgia State, Mallory Miller now shares her experiences with prospective students as she recruits for the University. Full Name: Mallory Miller. Job Title: Recruiter. Degree: Bachelor of Science, Middle ...

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Shalique

Finding Greatness: Shalique Brown

February 27, 2017

Shalique Brown, Biology major, is leading the effort to establish a sorority based at MGA's Cochran Campus. Full Name: Shalique Quynia Brown. Age: 19. Hometown: Queens, N.Y. Residence: Lawrenceville, Ga. High School: "I attended Collins ...

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Tyler Cooper

Finding Greatness: Tyler Cooper

February 20, 2017

Business major Tyler Cooper, who is preparing for a career in sales management, is president of MGA's Brothers of Leadership and Distinction. Full Name: Tyler Cooper. Age: 20. Hometown & Residence: East Dublin. High School: “I ...

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Finding Greatness: Stephanie Breitenbach

February 06, 2017

Stephanie Breitenbach,editor of MGA's student newspaper,is preparing for a career in entertainment production and event management. Full Name: Stephanie Breitenbach. Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio. Residence: Macon. Family: “My ...

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Finding Greatness: Kieston Standfield

January 30, 2017

Update: Kieston Standfield was named the Southern States Athletic Conference player of the year for men's basketball on March 1, 2017. He leads the conference in scoring, averaging 18.9 points/game, rebounding with 10.1 rebound/game, and ranks ...

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Finding Greatness: Tiana Bell

January 17, 2017

After raising her children, Tiana Bell chose Middle Georgia State's Dublin Campus to help her pursue her dream career in Finance. Full Name: Tiana LaChe Bell. Age: 41. Hometown and Residence: Dublin. High School: "I graduated in 1994 ...

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Finding Greatness: George Davis

December 06, 2016

Wrapping up a successful internship with the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, MGA soon-to-be graduate George Davis prepares for a career protecting children and helping them thrive. Full Name: George Dontanec Davis. ...

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Finding Greatness: Heather Johnson

November 28, 2016

MGA senior Heather Johnson is interning with NewTown Macon to help preserve local history. Full Name: Heather Nicole Johnson. Age: 26 Hometown and Residence: Forsyth. High School: “I graduated from Mary Persons High School in 2009. ...

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Finding Greatness: Alfreda T. Lockett

November 14, 2016

Locally renowned restaurant owner and chef Alfreda Lockett has returned to MGA four decades after first pursuing a college degree so she could complete a bachelor's and serve as a role model for her grandchildren. Full Name: Alfreda T. ...

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Finding Greatness: Kasey Barker

November 07, 2016

Kasey Barker is working full-time as a Certified Flight Instructor for MGA while finishing up his bachelor's degree. Full Name: Kasey Barker. Age: 21. Hometown: Dacula. Residence: Eastman. High School: Dacula High ...

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Finding Greatness: Shanya Kadian

October 20, 2016

Finding Greatness: A strong interest in a law-enforcement career and community service led Shanya Kadian to MGA's bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Full Name: Shanya Kadian Age: 24. Hometown and Residence: Macon. Family: ...

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Dr. Andrew Reeves

Finding Greatness: Dr. Andrew Reeves

October 17, 2016

Finding Greatness: Dr. Andrew Reeves, assistant professor of History, is a medieval studies specialist and active supporter of Cochran Campus student life. Full Name: Dr. Andrew Buchanan Reeves. Title: Assistant Professor of History. ...

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Finding Greatness: Dani Grisamore

October 07, 2016

MGA English grad Dani Grisamore is a co-founder of Macon's Lost Keys Literary Festival. Full Name: Jamie Danielle Grisamore. Age: 29. Hometown: Milledgeville. Residence: Macon. Family: "I'm married to Joel Ed Grisamore and we ...

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Finding Greatness: DeMarcus Beckham

October 03, 2016

A Student Life leader, DeMarcus Beckham is committed to public service and activism. Full Name: DeMarcus Shyheim Beckham. Hometown: Zebulon. Residence: Macon. High School: At Pike County High School, I was president of the Y-Club ...

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Dr. Myungjae Kwak

Finding Greatness: Dr. Myungjae Kwak

September 26, 2016

Finding Greatness: Popular IT professor Dr. Myungjae Kwak’s research interests focus on data analytics, information retrieval/data mining, business simulation and educational game design and development. Name: Dr. Myungjae Kwak Full ...

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Finding Greatness: Grant Fordham

September 20, 2016

Grant Fordham finished MGA's flight training program in record time, going from private pilot to flight instructor with six licenses/ratings in a little more than a year. Full Name: Grant Fordham. Age: 22. Hometown: Dublin. ...

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Finding Greatness: Victoria Monetta

September 12, 2016

Victoria Monetta, a senior Aviation major, is aiming for a career with Delta Airlines. Full Name: Victoria Monetta. Age: 22. Hometown: Marietta. Residence: Eastman. High School: Pope High School, where she was varsity baseball ...

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