Andrew College Theatre (A.C. T.) presents Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Cuthbert, Ga. –The Andrew College Theatre program is excited to be returning to live on-stage performance with a comedy for the holiday season: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. By adhering to live performance safety protocols, followed by professional theatres across the country, A.C.T. feels confident welcoming back an audience to the beautiful Liddie Murphy Theatre in Old Main for the first time in two years.  Performances are December 9-11 at 7:30 pm, with a 2:00 pm performance on December 12.

In this six-actor version of Dickens’s Christmas classic, the play retells the story from the perspective of Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge’s former business partner.  Marley is dead, of course, condemned to a hellish eternity.  He even has his own private tormentor:  a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work.  Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself by redeeming Scrooge.  What follows is a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is opened, but not before Marley—in this funny and deeply moving story—discovers his own.

But wait!  We have an additional twist. Acting out Marley’s tale of redemption is a troupe of young actors gathering on a Caribbean beach to explore the classic story’s message of “One Love, One Heart” in a uniquely island way!

Proof of vaccination (photo will be accepted) or Tiger Pass is required for admission, which is free of charge. Masks are required on the Andrew College campus. Donations of canned food will be collected for the Andrew Serves Program.

For additional information, please contact A.C.T. director, Deborah Liss-Green at 229.732.5968.

Andrew College awarded Vibrant Communities grant from Georgia Council for the Arts

Cuthbert Ga.  – Andrew College today announced it has been awarded a Vibrant Communities grant by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Fifty-seven entities in 43 counties statewide received grants through the 2022 program. The funding will be used for Arts ‘Round the Square.  “Arts events supported by Vibrant Communities grants will help jumpstart tourism and bring communities together in all parts of Georgia,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Tina Lilly. “As the effects of a worldwide pandemic are still being felt, we are especially happy to announce this funding to help support the work of our grantees as they reconnect and engage with Georgians of all ages.”

Georgia Council for the Arts received Vibrant Communities grant applications from schools, libraries, cities, historical societies, community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs, and arts and other related organizations from across the state.  Andrew College president, Dr. Linda R. Buchanan is excited for the college to receive the grant and continue the Arts ‘Round the Square festival in downtown Cuthbert.  She commented, “we have this amazing opportunity through this grant to share visual arts, music, and theatre and continue our efforts to revitalize our community.”  Funding for Vibrant Communities grants is provided through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. Grant applications were reviewed by Peer Review Panels, which included fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed, or are Georgia citizens with a record of involvement in arts activities, experience, and knowledge.  Georgia’s creative industries have a reported $62.5 billion impact on the economy, generating roughly $37 billion in revenue and accounting for about 200,000 jobs in the state.

 About Georgia Council of Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, align workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.


FAMiliar Faces program returns to the square with holiday flair!
FAMiliar Faces on the Square Photo

Cuthbert, Ga.-In a continuing effort to bring families and children together to enjoy literacy activities, the Theatre and Elementary Education Programs at Andrew College will host a holiday-themed event during the annual Chamber of Commerce Sip N Shop on November 11.  The FAMiliar Faces Activity will take place at 5:00 PM on Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Square during the monthly Magnolia Alley Market coinciding with the Chamber’s event.  Families can shop downtown and gather with their elementary-aged children to enjoy costumed actors reading a Holiday story and helping children create an ornament.  FAMiliar Faces will bring new activities and performances to each Market.  For more information contact Deborah Liss-Green, Associate  Professor of Theatre by email at, or Dr. Lourdes H. Smith, Assistant Professor of Education at

Building dedications and honors highlight Andrew College Homecoming 2021
Homecoming 2021 Photo

Cuthbert, Ga. – The 2021 Andrew College Homecoming celebration was held October 1-2. Friday night, the Andrew College Theatre department kicked off the festivities with a performance of “Cuthbert Speaks.” The play is based on the writings of Dr. Lela Phillips and Dr. Karan Pittman about historical figures from Cuthbert, Georgia. The outdoor performance was brought to life on the porch of the McDonald House with a reception following.
On Saturday, Andrew College hosted the annual Homecoming parade. Firetrucks, floats, area bands, vintage cars, and many organizations paraded from the college through the Cuthbert square. Serving as parade marshals were Andrew College alumni members Windy Blanks, ’71 and Renee Reid Carr, ’71. The classes of 1970 and 1971 were honored for their Golden Anniversaries. The class of 1971 gifted the College a framed short story written by Richard M. Whitney ’71 detailing the memories of their days together at Andrew. Mr. Whitney read the story aloud during the 50th & Golden Reunion luncheon on Saturday. There was also an alumni softball game held at Hord Field.
One of the weekend’s many highlights was honoring alumni, donors, and current/former faculty members and staff. Below is a list of the special recognitions.
o Staples Hall was named in memory of former faculty member Sarah Ann Staples by alumni and supporters.
o The Aderhold Division of Nursing signage was officially placed in honor of the generosity of Tom ’69 and Kay Musselwhite ’68 Aderhold.
o 80 Peachtree was named in memory of alumna and former staff member Mary Jane Langford Salter, ’68.
o The courtyard at 80 Peachtree was named in honor of Patricia Puckett Goodman, ’68.
o Classrooms were named for Amanda Knight, current faculty member; Julian and Annette Nichols, former faculty; Bobbie Liggett, former faculty; Jimmy and Crispin Gilbert, former faculty; Larry Brown, former administrator; in memory of Joy Hixon Taylor ’45; and honor of Ernie Wright ’77 and John Murphy ’77.
o The new green space on campus was named in memory of Mary Jane Langford Salter ’68, made possible by a gift from Ernie Wright ’77.
o Trees with granite markers were placed in honor of Eddie Davis, Vertis Rogers, and Wylene Tillman, and in memory of Buck Tillman and Mary Jane Langford Salter.
This year, alumni and friends receiving awards include Scott Curry ’98, of Shellman, Ga receiving the Alumni Achievement Award. The Young Alumni Awards went to Gabe Hillman ’02, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, and David Collings ’06, Carrollton, Ga. The Community Appreciation Award was presented to the Randolph County Health Department in honor of their continued dedication and service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrew College Theatre and Education Programs Announce Family and Children’s Activities at Magnolia Alley Market.
FAMiliar Faces graphic


CUTHBERT, GA. – In an effort to bring families and children together to enjoy literacy activities, the Theatre and Elementary Education Programs at Andrew College are excited to announce FAMiliar Faces as a new addition to the Magnolia Alley Market.  The first FAMiliar Faces Activity will take place at 11:30 am on Saturday, October 2nd in the Square during the monthly Magnolia Alley Market.  Families can shop at the Market and gather with their elementary-aged children to enjoy readings of the hilarious children’s poems of Shel Silverstein.  After the performance, families will be invited to join students of both programs in constructing a healthy and delicious snack.  If you would like more information about the program please contact Deborah Liss-Green, Associate  Professor of Theatre at, or Dr. Lourdes H. Smith, Assistant Professor of Education at

Fall Convocation 2021 Live-Stream on September 2nd.

Cuthbert, Ga. – Andrew College officially launches the new academic year on its campus Thursday, September 2 with an opening convocation ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Jones Chapel. This ceremony marks the College’s 167th academic year since its founding in 1854.  Due to the need for physical distancing, the convocation ceremony will be a closed event but will be live-streamed so that Andrew College students and members of the community will be able to participate virtually. This year’s speaker will be Amanda Knight.

Amanda Knight has taught at Andrew College since 1999, making this her twenty-third year here and earning her the title of the Faculty Marshal. She holds the rank of tenured Professor of English and currently serves as the Coordinator of Program Development and Accreditation. Among her many honors and awards, Professor Knight has been elected Faculty Chair twice, served as the Chair of the Educational Program Committee for many years, received the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Award through the University of Georgia (2017-18) and the Exemplary Teacher Award through the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (2016). She was awarded a USDE Fulbright-Hays GPA Grant to lead a faculty study group to South Korea and China (2010) and to participate in a USDE Fulbright-Hays GPA Grant faculty study group to Lithuania, Latvia, and Russia (2004). She has served as the Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees (2005-06) and was named Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar (2005). During her thirteen years as a high school English teacher, she was named STAR Teacher twice, 1991-1992 and 1994-1995. In 2007, she published a textbook entitled Punctuation Decoded, available through Kendall Hunt Publishers or on Amazon.

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Mentorship Program 2022
Mentor Program logo 2022

Cuthbert, GA.-The Mentorship Program will resume in the Fall for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.  This voluntary program pairs students with professors and staff here at the College who are experienced in certain fields in which the student may be interested.  Students who choose to participate in this program will meet with a mentor to talk about anything they like on a schedule that best suits both parties. Meetings can take place through email, in-person, Zoom, or any other way that works.  Students that participated in the program last year are welcome to continue with their same mentors.  An email will be the best way to let your mentor know that you would like to continue meeting.

This program gives students a great opportunity to get to know someone who can help them achieve their goals here at the College.  Mentors are a great resource to help students get on the right path for entering certain professions, answering questions about navigating life at Andrew College or just being there to talk about anything.  Andrew’s mentors also have inside information about how to get academic help– what resources Andrew College provides – ways to get involved with the community – whatever.


If you would like to participate in the program, fill out the Participation forms on the
first day of ACE class and turn them in to your ACE professor. You will also find signup forms
in your Orientation Packets – fill them out and hand them to your ACE professors on the first
day of class.
For any additional questions about the program, email Dr. Serafin at:, for help in signing up or getting a mentor.
Note: Most initial communication will take place through email, so keep an eye on your
Andrew College email accounts so you don’t miss anything.
See you in the Fall!

Noah Varsalona painting

CUTHBERT, Ga.– Andrew College is pleased to announce that Noah Varsalona has received the 2021 Global Korea Scholarship for Foreign Exchange Students.  The scholarship is to attend Pai Chai University in Daejeon, South Korea.  Varsalona is a current student at Andrew College and is majoring in Visual Art.  When asked why he would want to study in Korea, Varsalona stated, “by studying abroad in Korea, I will be exposed to new artistic techniques and styles that I would otherwise have no idea even existed. This will give me the opportunity to learn from the students as well as the teachers in Korea and bring what I learn to Andrew College. The artistic styles and culture of South East Asia go hand in hand with my artistic body of work.”  In addition to the scholastic prerequisites, Varsalona will be required to take a Korean language or culture class during the exchange program.  Varsalona is an active member of the Andrew College student body participating in AndrewServes, Phi Theta Kappa, he is a tutor for the Student Success Center and serves as the art editor for the college’s literary journal the Spire Light Magazine.  After completing his studies abroad and at Andrew College, Varsalona plans to transfer to Vanderbilt University for a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art with a minor in Cinema and Media Arts. Noah hopes to use his art for good.  “Through my art, I hope to influence people and make the world a better place.”