Meadows-Grubbs Endowed Scholarship Fund established at Andrew College
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Cuthbert, Ga.-Hal and Cheryl Meadows ’70 of Cuthbert recently established the Meadows-Grubbs Endowed Scholarship Fund for the use and benefit of Andrew College. To be awarded annually, the Meadows-Grubbs Endowed Scholarship is presented to a student(s) studying in the field of agribusiness, forestry, or sustainable agriculture. Students are eligible to receive the scholarship in either their first or second academic year and need to be in good academic standing, with first preference given to students from Clay, Randolph, Stewart, or Quitman Counties. If no eligible student is identified, then a second preference will be given to a student within any area of study from Clay, Randolph, Stewart, or Quitman Counties.

 

Andrew College announces the President’s and Deans’s list for the Spring Semester 2021

CUTHBERT, Ga. (May 21, 2021) – Andrew College, Cuthbert, has announced the names of students who have qualified for the 2021 spring semester President’s and Dean’s List. The lists recognize academic achievement during the term.
To qualify for the President’s List, a student must be classified as a degree candidate and have attained a grade point average for the term of 4.00 on a 4.00 scale, with 12 credit hours or more and no incomplete grades at the time the list is declared. In addition, to qualify for the Dean’s list, students must have earned a 3.5 GPA or better on a 4.00 scale and maintained the same qualifications as the President’s List achievers.  Below is the list of students who qualified for the honors, starting with their hometown, name, and the honor received.

Jemison, AL

Emma Merrell, Dean’s List

 

Opelika, AL

Charles Parr, Dean’s List

 

Jacksonville, FL

Joseph DeSiena, Dean’s List

 

Palmetto, FL

Hailey Stovall, President’s List

 

St Augustine, FL

Blake Falor, President’s List

 

Acworth, GA

Connor Hixson, Dean’s List

 

Albany, GA

Courtney Barnes, Dean’s List

Timothy Spraggins, Dean’s List

 

Baconton, GA

Sarah Culp, President’s List

Teresa Elmore, President’s List

 

Bainbridge, GA

Andru Matthews, President’s List

 

Blakely, GA

Taliah Wesley, President’s List

 

Buford, GA

Devon Foster, Dean’s List

 

Carrollton, GA

Emily Phillips, President’s List

 

Columbus, GA

Jonathan Manibusan, Dean’s List

Kaleb Podger, President’s List

 

Cuthbert, GA

Takeena Green, Dean’s List

Cielo Murillo, Dean’s List

 

Dalton, GA

Jaxon Bickford, President’s List

 

Dewy Rose, GA

Brayden Eavenson, President’s List

 

Elberton, GA

Peyton Adams, President’s List

Dawson Dye, Dean’s List

 

Ellaville, GA

Lorne Barineau, Dean’s List

 

Gibson, GA

Breana Kitchens, Dean’s List

 

Hampton, GA

Logan Seehafer, Dean’s List

 

Jonesboro, GA

Omar Jallow, President’s List

 

Kennesaw, GA

Noah Varsalona, President’s List

 

Lawrenceville, GA

Calie Barber, President’s List

Jacob Edwards, President’s List

 

Leesburg, GA

Heather Edwards, Dean’s List

 

Lithonia, GA

Jordan Paul, Dean’s List

 

McDonough, GA

Stephen Porter, Dean’s List

William Sims, President’s List

Jaylon Terrell, Dean’s List

 

Monticello, GA

Andrew Ginther, Dean’s List

 

Rome, GA

Tonja Kines, President’s List

 

Shellman, GA

Raina Plunske, Dean’s List

 

Stone Mountain, GA

Hasani Comer, Dean’s List

 

Sylvester, GA

Kimberly Walls, President’s List

 

Tyrone, GA

Logan Byerly, Dean’s List

Brian Siefert, Dean’s List

 

Valdosta, GA

Andreanna Dennis, Dean’s List

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Emil Wallinder, Dean’s List

 

 

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Andrew College-the United Methodist beacon of educational, spiritual, and cultural uplift to Southwest Georgia since 1854-prepares students for lives of servant leadership and purpose through higher education that is relevant to its region and beyond.  Andrew College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees. Situated in the rural southwest Georgia community of Cuthbert, Andrew College offers the Associate of Art, Associate of Music, Associate Degree of Nursing, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Business, and Bachelor of Science.

 

Tiger Baseball Captures 1st Region Championship Ever!
ANDREW COLLEGE BASEBALL REGION 17 CHAMPIONS 2021

CUTHBERT, Ga — The Andrew College baseball team made history on Thursday night at the Hord Athletic Complex, knocking off regular season Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) champion and #1 seed Georgia Highlands 9-5, and in the process, established a new single season record for wins with 35, and brought home the first NJCAA Region 17 Championship in Andrew College baseball history. With 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning, and a dugout and crowd ready to erupt, left fielder Jonathan Manibusan reached over the wall and snatched back a 3-run homer, and set off a wild celebration of fans, players, coaches, parents, and even a dog or two all over the field. The win advances the Tigers to the NJCAA Div. I Baseball – Appalachian District Championship, where they will face the #2 ranked Walters State College (TN) in a best 2 out of 3 series in Cuthbert at the Hord Complex, with a single game played each day at 1:00 pm, beginning Tuesday, May 18. The winner of the Appalachian District receives a berth in the NJCAA College World Series in Grand Junction, CO, where ten of the best juco baseball teams in the nation, will battle to be crowned National Champion.

Facing a win or go home game for the second time in a week after dropping the opening game of the day 10-5 to Georgia Highlands, and with the added loss of centerfielder Jacob Pierce to the already missing Kaleb Podger and Griffin Long, a team that blasted 60 homers, 105 doubles, and 20 triples on the season, turned 9 singles and 1 double into 9 runs, and Jonah Stout, tossed 5 innings while fanning 2 to pick up his 8th win and turned over a 7-5 lead in the 6th inning to Chandler Griggs, who allowed just 3 hits in 4 innings to earn his 6th save of the year. Drew Wilkerson went 2 for 2 with a double, 3 runs scored and an RBI, Manibusan went 2 for 6 with an RBI and a run scored, Peyton Adams was 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored, while Jake Edwards and Blake Falor each singled in a run, as the Tigers took full advantage of 9 Charger walks, 4 hit batsman, and 3 errors, and never trailed after the 1st inning.

The 2021 version of Andrew Baseball has established itself as the best Tiger team in the 37-year history of the program, which was started in 1984 by longtime Andrew College legend, Jimmy Gilbert. The 35 wins broke the 2007 team’s previous high of 32,and the NJCAA Region 17 Championship is a program first. Three Tigers were named to the GCAA 1st Team All-Region team, another program first, one was named to the GCAA 2nd Team All-Region team, four Tigers made the GCAA Gold Glove team, Podger was named the GCAA Player of the Year, and Pierce was named GCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Head Coach Blake Williams picked up his 200th win during the regular season, and had this to say about this team, “It’s a surreal feeling and something we all take great pride in at Andrew College. This is a close knit group of players, who believed in each other every step of the way. We dealt with some key injuries late in the season, but it was always the next guy stepping up for us in a big way. I’m so proud of every one of them and these memories will last us a lifetime.”

The Tigers face a stern test against the perennially powerful Senators, who have been to the last two College World Series that have been played, finishing 2nd one year, and 3rd in 2019.

Richard B. Taylor Music Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon cutting at Richard B. Taylor Music Center

Cuthbert, Ga. – The Andrew College music program recently received a generous gift and a new name.  Mr. Richard B. and Mrs. (Sherrie) Taylor recently made a contribution to the college for the music department.  The music building, located on Peachtree Street in downtown Cuthbert, is part of the campus of Andrew College and it will now be known as the Richard B. Taylor Music Center.  Richard is a native of Cuthbert and a 1971 cum laude graduate of Andrew College. He later attended the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. The arts are important to the Taylor family as Sherrie was a former professional ballerina and their son Andrew is an aspiring musician.  A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held as part of the Arts ‘Round the Square Event this spring.  Taylor’s son Andrew performed musical selections with Assistant Music Professor Dr. Dan Kolan as part of the festivities.  During the ceremony, Richard spoke of his love for Andrew College and the area.  Taylor has served as a trustee of Andrew College since 2011.  The Andrew College community and its music students are grateful for the generosity and support of the Taylor family.

Richard B. Taylor and family at ceremony

The goal of the music department at Andrew College is to provide a nurturing, yet challenging, environment for music students to develop their skills.  For audition and scholarship information, please email danielkolan@andrewcollege.edu or call 229-732-5909.  For more information on giving opportunities for Andrew College, you can contact Spence Sealy at spencesealy@andrewcollege.edu or call 850-766-9826.

Richard B. Taylor Music Center exterior

2021 Honors winners announced
2021 Honors Recipients

Cuthbert, Ga. – Andrew College has released the list of 2021 Honors recipients.  Below is the listing of the students,  groups, faculty, and staff who received awards and the criteria for the awards. Although we were not able to gather and celebrate each of these outstanding individuals in person, they are no less deserving.

Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence Award
This award provides recognition to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates strong academic skills in the classroom, provides leadership and support in the other areas of campus life, nurtures an academic climate that fosters teaching, provides leadership to enhance the campus community, and is committed to Andrew College and the greater community.  Candidates are nominated by the faculty and staff. Presented by Vulcan Materials.
Dan Kolan, Assistant Professor of Music

John H. Woodall Award for Excellence in Teaching
Awarded annually to a full-time member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, inspires students to find the best in themselves, and commits to advance and support student success.  The grant supports travel and registration fees for a professional conference in the awarding academic year.  Candidates are nominated by the faculty and staff.
Penny Dearmin, Assistant Professor of English

United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award
This award provides recognition to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, civility, and concern for students and colleagues, a commitment to advance and support student success, commitment to value-centered education, and is committed to Andrew College and the greater community.  Candidates are nominated by the faculty and staff.  Presented by the United Methodist Church.
Katie Dodrill, Associate Professor of English

 

 The Andy Awards are the highest honors given at Andrew College.  These awards honor students who have demonstrated the highest level of achievement, leadership, and service. 

Andy Award for Achievement
The student demonstrates achievement on a regional, state, or national level.
Hasani Comer, Stone Mountain, GA

Andy Award for Leadership
The student demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities.
Taliah Wesley, Blakely, GA

Andy Award for Service
The student demonstrates instances of outstanding service.
Colby Fields, McDonough, GA

Clara Howard Award
Students must have a required GPA and show a genuine interest in pursuing a career in education.
Calie Barber, Lawrenceville, GA

Global Community Award
An international student who has been an exemplary global ambassador and has promoted general goodwill.
Emil Wallinder, Stockholm, Sweden

Outstanding Non-traditional Student
The student must be a full-time registered, non-traditional student, who has shown dedication and commitment to academics.
Christina Masakilija, Albany, GA

Pilot Friendship Award
The student demonstrates qualities of kindness, loyalty, compassion, concern, regard for the feelings of others, valued by their peers, promotes friendship and goodwill.
Andru Matthews, Bainbridge, GA

Rotary Award
The student demonstrates “Service Above Self.”
Stephanie Akehurst, Lady Lake, FL

Sarah Anne Staples Award
Students must have a required GPA and show a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the sciences or medical fields.
Jaxon Bickford, Dalton, GA

 Woodall Students of the Year
Awarded annually at the inception of the academic year, the John H. Woodall Enhanced Learning Grant for Students is presented to two returning students who display a thirst for knowledge. The grant supports the two students’ travel and registration fees for a professional conference in the awarding academic year. Recipients are approved by the Division Coordinators.
Jaxon Bickford, Dalton, GA
Emily Phillips, Carrollton, GA

 

2021 Honors Winners Students

Departmental Awards
Students demonstrate excellence in specific discipline areas.  Nominations are made by full-time and adjunct faculty in the discipline area.

Agribusiness
Kaleb Podger, Columbus, GA

Athletic Training
Alexis Harrison, Apopka, FL

Biology
Hailey Stovall, Palmetto, FL

Business Administration
Stephen Chase Porter, McDonough, GA

Chemistry
Sarah Culp, Baconton, GA

Communication
Hasani Comer, Stone Mountain, GA

Criminal Justice
Devon Foster, Buford, GA

Education
Emily Phillips, Carrollton, GA

Engineering
Angel Blancas, Covington, GA

Health Science
Jacob Edwards, Lawrenceville, GA

History
Sarah Culp, Baconton, GA

Liberal Arts
Connor Hixson, Acworth, GA

Literature
Jamal Lewis, Albany, GA

Mathematics
Tirth Patel, Cuthbert, GA

Music
Miztyka Laparra, Columbus, GA

Nursing
The Andrew College Nursing Outstanding Student is selected by the nursing faculty. The candidate must have successfully completed all courses in the nursing program with a required GPA or higher with a demonstration of excellence in all clinical activities. The candidate must exhibit the values of the nursing profession and exude high potential for a successful nursing career.
Dewayne Bryant, Buena Vista, GA

Nursing Rising Sophomore
This award is presented to a candidate who has successfully completed the first year of the Nursing program with a required GPA and demonstrates potential to successfully complete the program in one year. The candidate must exhibit a sincere desire to embrace nursing as a profession and be committed to safety and excellence in all student nursing activities.
Teresa Bridges, Americus, GA

Physics
Emil Wallinder, Stockholm, Sweden

Religion
Breana Kitchens, Gibson, GA

 Respiratory Therapy Lambda National Honor Society
Lambda Beta Honor Society is the national honor society for the profession of respiratory care.  To qualify for membership, a respiratory care student must hold a GPA that ranks in the top 25 % of the respiratory class.  This student must be of good character and excels academically.
Taylor Tyson, Smithville, GA

Respiratory Therapy Program Academic Achievement Award
The recipient of this award has achieved academic excellence in the Respiratory Therapy Program by earning the highest grade in each respiratory therapy course.
Kimberly Walls, Sylvester, GA

Respiratory Therapy Outstanding Clinical Student Award
The outstanding clinical student award is given to the student that excels in the clinical setting and demonstrates professionalism at all times. 
Taliah Wesley, Blakely, GA

 Respiratory Therapy
Taliah Wesley, Blakely, GA

 Servant Leadership
Timothy Spraggins, Albany, GA

Social Science
Andru Matthews, Bainbridge, GA

Sustainable Agriculture
Wesley Trip Carter, Newnan, GA

Theatre Arts
Dylan Kelley, Saint Marys, GA

Visual Arts
Noah Varsalona, Kennesaw, GA

 

Arts ‘Round the Square 2021 will be March 27th
Collage Arts on the Square

Cuthbert, Ga. –Andrew College will host the 3rd Annual Arts ‘Round the Square Festival on March 27, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in historic downtown Cuthbert. Attendees will experience art, theatre, music, and more. Regional musicians and artists will be on site. The Cuthbert Farmers Market will also be on the square center for the event. The festival will conclude with the dedication ceremony for the Richard B. Taylor Music Center. This year will also include two venues open for tours, the Fletcher Henderson House in Cuthbert and the Center for Arts & Rehabilitative Energies, Inc., located in Shellman, Georgia.

All of the day’s activities are free and open to the public and will be fun for all ages. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.  This year, Arts ‘Round the Square is dedicated to Mary Jane Salter’s loving memory, who helped start the event in 2018.

 

Click here for more information.

Andrew Announces Launch of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a K-12 Reading Endorsement
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CUTHBERT, GA. – Andrew College is launching a new Bachelor of Science program and a standalone K-12 Reading Endorsement that will be available starting Fall Semester 2021.  Andrew College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, and baccalaureate degrees.  The new program received approval last week from GaPSC (Georgia Professional Standards Commission).  Andrew College Academic Dean, Dr. Karan Pittman, shared specifics on the timeline of the process.  Pittman stated, “We received confirmation to offer the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education by our institutional accrediting agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in February 2020.  In October 2020, Georgia Professional Standards evaluated the program and made a recommendation that Andrew College move forward with the program, which received final approval at their board meeting on December 10th.”

According to Andrew College President Dr. Linda Buchanan, offering the new program is important to meet a critical need based on the specific needs of elementary students with regard to literacy development in our local communities in Southwest Georgia and beyond.  Buchanan said, “We are so excited about offering this degree.  We know how critically important reading proficiency is for our children and the gaps in that ability that must be filled in order for children to succeed in school and life. We are looking for students with a passion for teaching children in rural areas, with a particular passion for instilling a love of reading.”

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is a four-year degree, and the standalone K-12 Reading Endorsement is a three-course program that is a total of nine credit hours.  According to Andrew College Director of Elementary Education, Dr. Lourdes H. Smith, these programs will prepare future educators in a multi-faceted approach.  “This program is designed for students who are interested in an opportunity for intellectual, social, and spiritual growth as a way to professionally succeed in becoming an outstanding teacher in the realm of elementary education and reading,” stated Smith.

Teacher candidates will be screened before admission to ensure quality.  Candidates must meet admissions standards.  After the application form has been filled out and returned, students must complete an interview with program faculty to assess attributes and dispositions beyond academic ability.  Students must submit at least two letters of recommendation from former employers/teachers/mentors attesting to the personal character of the applicant.

Students who are interested in the program should contact Lourdes H. Smith, Ph.D., Director of Elementary Education and Assistant Education Professor at lourdessmith@andrewcollege.edu for more information.

Andrew College Respiratory Therapy Receives Ventilator Donation

Cuthbert, GA – During this pandemic, pulmonary health and the training of our front line healthcare workers are of immeasurable importance.  The Hospital Authority of Miller County recently donated a Pulmonetic LTV 1150 Ventilator to the Andrew College Respiratory Therapy Program.  With this generous donation, the Respiratory Therapy students will have the means to simulate a mechanically ventilated patient prior to their clinical rotation experience.  This is a huge addition to the Respiratory Therapy laboratory at Andrew College and will greatly benefit the overall hands-on learning experience these students will receive.  Respiratory Therapy program director Kathryn Brown stated, “we are so grateful for this amazing donation and appreciate the Hospital Authority of Miller County as they have been a huge supporter of the Respiratory Therapy program here at Andrew College.”

Andrew College’s Plan to Manage COVID-19

 

January 5, 2021-UPDATE

 

Updated information available for the new semester has now been posted.  We are aware of the updates that have been made by the CDC.  We will continue to follow the protocol set forth in our COVID-19 information.

Follow the link below for the latest information.

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August 7, 2020-UPDATE

Updated information available for Fall 2020 has now been posted.

Follow the link below for the latest information.

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June 4, 2020-UPDATE

We are fully engaged in summer school and preparing for the fall semester.  After a virtual commencement ceremony held on May 16, graduates should expect their diploma, regalia, graduation survey, and other material in the mail sometime after July 1.  We hope you send us some selfies of you in your regalia with your diploma.  We are proud of you graduates!

We have formed a Reopening Team that has broad representation from all areas of the college.  We fully intend to fully reopen for the Fall Semester.  We will make adjustments in student housing, dining services, access to staff offices who most frequently serve students, and other areas of the college to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are safe.   The work of that team is comprehensive and in close cooperation with the local public health authorities.  We will keep every student and family informed about Fall Semester as the summer progresses.

The Covid-19 numbers in Randolph County have stabilized and flattened.  Our community has rallied around taking care of each other and the local hospital and public health authorities have done an outstanding job.  Of the 19 deaths in Randolph County, 15 are from our nursing home.  While a tragic loss of senior citizens, those cases were largely isolated to that facility, an experience sadly shared by many communities across the country.  We mourn with those families the loss of lives and hope that the flattening of case numbers indicates a positive path forward through the summer into the fall.

Emergency grants from the federal CARES act and residential student credits:  

  1. The business office is currently processing checks for eligible students to be mailed no later than June 10. Students who were enrolled during the spring semester received an email on June 2 with detailed information.
  2. We are processing residential student credit to students who did not return after Spring Break this past semester. The campus remained open during the second half of the semester and the college did not require students to leave campus. Students may access their student accounts after June 10th to view their applied credit. After deducting any balance owed the college, any remaining credit balance will be refunded to the student by mail.  Amount information can be found by accessing the student’s Empower account after June 10.

We wish you a healthy and safe summer.  The COVID-19 virus will remain a factor in college life and operations for a while.  We are taking into consideration every factor for your classroom, residential, athletic, and clinical experience here in the Fall.

Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.
President

May 1, 2020 – UPDATE

We have almost made it!  You have worked hard, your faculty have given you their greatest efforts during this challenging time, and finals are upon us!  Good luck the week of May 4-8 as you complete this semester.  You did it!  But my goodness, we have certainly missed you on campus, and we know you have missed one another.  Some updates and information as we move forward from spring to summer.

Commencement and Nurses Pinning
We will conduct a virtual commencement on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. and livestream it to you. We will send you a link and several reminders. We will read every graduate’s name and lead you in singing our beautiful alma mater. Two very special awards are given at commencement as well. The ceremony should be brief, but we hope our graduates and their families can watch it live on the 16th.  Your diplomas, caps and gowns, and a program for commencement will be mailed to you after June 30.  One of the effects of the pandemic was a delay nationwide in printing diplomas.  We will not have a baccalaureate service this year.  Honors Convocation was cancelled of course, but we will post recipients of those awards on the college website soon.  The graduating nursing class will decide with their faculty how they can celebrate their pinning ceremony at some point this summer.

Graduates, we know this is not how you wanted to celebrate your accomplishments and it is certainly not what we wanted for you. Commencement is a time of bittersweet feelings as we send you out to your next chapter in life, whether that is transferring to a four year school or entering the professional world of nursing.  We are including a free registration for Homecoming 2020 in the diploma package, and we will make it up to you at Homecoming if you come back as an alum in October!

Financial Update
Please do not forget to pay your account balance.  Graduates cannot obtain their transcripts and returning students need to have their balances paid before returning in the fall. As you know, the federal government has allocated money to be used as emergency grants for students. We have not yet received those funds which we will issue to you in the form of a mailed check made out to you. The government has also not determined whether you will have to pay tax on those emergency grants.  As soon as we have those funds, and know whether they are taxable, we will process and send the checks to you.  There will be another allotment of federal funds coming to the college.  Those funds will help the college provide residential students an adjustment of their fees for the portion of the semester spent at home.  If you have paid your balance in full, we will issue you another check.  If you have not paid your balance off, we will deduct that adjustment from your balance.

Residence Hall Checkout
We are asking that you make an appointment using osa@andrewcollege.edu to come check out of your room if you have not already done so.  Please do this by June 1.  Over the summer the dorms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and they must be cleared out for that to happen.

Summer School
Summer school will begin as scheduled on May 26.

Fall Semester
Andrew College is planning to fully reopen in the fall. We will operate in complete cooperation with local and regional health officials as we have throughout this pandemic, and some modification of the fall start date may occur. Again, we fully intend to fully reopen in the fall and are planning accordingly. We will continue to update you and your family throughout the summer.

Be safe, stay well, and take care of yourself and your family!

Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.
President

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April 1, 2020 UPDATE
Tiger Family –
I am grateful to you, to our faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends of Andrew College, for your flexibility, patience, and support over these past few weeks. This continues to be an extraordinary time. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, so do our plans for the end of the school year. Our Cabinet has been meeting regularly to keep abreast of the situation, both locally and throughout the country and wanted to announce our latest decisions. Please take every precaution to take care of yourselves, your friends, and your family.

Online Learning and Final Exams
As we closely monitor the conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to extend the online delivery of coursework through the remainder of the semester, including final exams. I was holding out hope that perhaps we could bring everyone back on campus for finals, but unless something drastically positive happens in the next four weeks across the United States, that does not seem probable. Assume that we will complete the semester, including final exams, online.

Commencement and Events
As for Commencement and Nursing Pinning – while May 9 looks improbable, we can adapt as conditions allow to properly celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. We will continue to monitor regional and local conditions and provide plenty of advance notice to you about how we will conduct Commencement and the pinning ceremony. It most likely will be later than May 9. Or we may Livestream an abbreviated commencement and read all graduates’ names. We want to properly celebrate with you and we will figure it out with your input.

Honors Convocation Ceremony, originally scheduled for April 23, has been canceled. Awards will be mailed to recipients, and we will create a location on the web to list those names.

Residence Halls & Dining Services
We know that some of you have questions related to possible room and board refunds. Some students have chosen to remain on campus and our dining service is providing meals. We continue to follow the requirements and guidance of federal, state, and local authorities. An allocation of emergency federal funds has been approved by Congress and the President, and those funds will be incorporated into our refund policy. We have not received those funds and do not know when they will be disbursed. Any refunds, current term credits, or credits for future terms will not be made until the completion of this semester.

Residential students may come to campus to retrieve their belongings and check out between now and June 1. You must make an appointment with Student Life to do so, as we want to control the number of people in the dorms at any given time to ensure social distance is achieved. You can email osa@andrewcollege.edu to make an appointment at your convenience.

Tuition
There will be no refunds on tuition. Faculty across the nation, including ours, are working tremendously hard to deliver content to students, and course credits have not changed. Some institutions actually charge more for online education but of course, we will not do that during this exceptional time.

Looking to the Future
Out of a sixteen-week semester, after this week you have four weeks of classes left. You can do it! I know our faculty are working very hard to deliver content to you and cover the material in each and every syllabus you received at the beginning of the semester. There certainly are challenges on both ends of the teaching and learning, challenges that every college and university are experiencing at this time. The difference here is that you can reach out for help at any time and we will do our best to foster your success.

Four more weeks and then finals – YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.
President

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March 20, 2020 UPDATE

Andrew College Community:

We have almost made it through Week One. We have successfully transitioned all coursework to online, faculty have been outstanding, students have all (but a few) engaged in this new reality, and we are moving forward. You may hear that other college and universities’ transition to online teaching has not gone well. We should all be proud of an Andrew faculty and IT infrastructure that has adapted very smoothly.  There are a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of unknown reality about the next few weeks. What we do know is that social distancing, hand washing, and taking care of ourselves is part of taking care of others. 

Dean Pittman has just notified faculty that we know that we will continue to deliver your coursework online through April 10.  No need to build suspense for that; we will make decisions as far in advance as we can so that you have that information as soon as we do. April 10 is Good Friday and an official college holiday as well. Perhaps after Easter we will be back to normal but most likely that will be too soon to hope for. 

Again, we will be in an online delivery mode for coursework at least through April 10.

Residential Students:  if you need to come to campus to gather some belongings, you are welcome to do so. Call the Office of Student Affairs number at 229 310-0266 or email osa@andrewcollege.edu to arrange a time. We are not asking you to completely clean out your room for the semester, but you may need some course materials or personal belongings.  Let us know how we can assist you.  For the two dozen residential students here on campus, Dean McCoy is hand delivering a letter to you today.  Essentially we are asking you to stay here for the duration of the social distancing phase, and not go back and forth to other locations. Feel free to share this communication with your parents.

Commuter students:  we are here for you.  You are in close contact with all your faculty, we know that.  If you need any other kind of assistance please let us know.  We wish we could help you with the demands of childcare as they are now all out of school.  Please take care of yourselves, budget your time the best you can, and take advantage of the academic support that we have in place for you.

Faculty and staff:   You are a remarkable and resilient community and I am so proud of and for you.  We will continue the work of the college and our primary mission of delivering quality education to our students.  If you need a web camera, a more comfortable chair, or moral support, we are able to deliver all or any of that, albeit there is slight delay with those web cameras due to demand.  Many of us are on campus every day.  Others are working from home, switching off with colleagues, definitely maintaining social distance.   

We continue to be in communication with local public health and other authorities.   Be well, be prayerful, and please take care of yourselves.  We will get through this.

Best –
Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.
President
lindabuchanan@andrewcollege.edu

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March 17, 2020 UPDATE

Dear Students and Families of Andrew College:

I write to assure you that this semester moves forward with continuity and as much seamlessness as possible under the circumstances. As you already know, effective Monday, March 16 the campus reopened for operations. ALL CLASSES FROM MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH 27 ARE TO BE CONDUCTED ONLINE. For those residential students wanting to stay on campus, they were able to check in to their residence halls on Sunday, March 15.  Food service continues to be available with some modifications.  SAGE has developed a protocol within their national office to ensure the highest level of food safety.

Please continue to monitor this site for updates as they become available when conditions and parameters change. Our faculty have stepped up and altered all instruction to online delivery. Students, wherever your syllabi paused prior to Spring Break, by now you know that the semester marches on but with changed delivery and means of your participation. Most of our faculty have experience with online education; those that do not are being assisted by their colleagues and staff. You can expect to cover the same material on your syllabi as it is written.

Email becomes a very important means of communication. Students, please check it regularly. I cannot emphasize that enough.  Students have the email address of each of their professors. Other email addresses that you may find useful are listed here; please keep as a reference:

Academic Dean  karanpittman@andrewcollege.edu

Financial Aid daphneharden@andrewcollege.edu

Registrar  registrar@andrewcollege.edu

Student Accounts  peggymoore@andrewcollege.edu

Dean of Students  jamesmccoy@andrewcollege.edu

The college is open and staffed. Faculty may be working from home or they may come in to campus. Nearly all staff are here on campus. We are observing all social distancing protocols. Some of our faculty and staff are in higher risk due to age or existing health challenges. Some of them are so committed to their jobs here that they’ve put up a good fight to be here every day but we have put our foot down and requested they stay home! We will protect you, our faculty and staff, and this community by whatever means necessary. Of course you know that every college and university in the U.S. is adapting to the same conditions until public health allows us to restore normal operating status. And of course we don’t know when that will be.

This pandemic is causing you, your family, your neighbors, your employer, your friends extreme levels of stress, concern, and uneasiness. I wish you grace and strength as we all navigate this together. Andrew College will deliver a quality semester of academic work to our students. We will all get through this together.

Best wishes for strength and resilience –

Linda Buchanan
President
lindabuchanan@andrewcollege.edu

2020 Honors Day winners announced

May 8, 2020 — Cuthbert, Ga. – Andrew College announced its 2020 Honors Day recipients online this year as it was forced to cancel its yearly ceremony due to COVID-19. Below is the listing of the students,  groups, faculty and staff who received awards and the criteria for the award. Awards, whether in the form of certificate, medallion, plaque or Andy Award statues, will be mailed the week of May 25, 2020.

Rotary Award
Student demonstrates “Service Above Self”
Wade Law, Americus, GA

Pilot Friendship Award
Student demonstrates qualities of kindness, loyalty, compassion, concern, regard for the feelings of others, valued by their peers, promotes friendship and goodwill.
Braden Hatcher, Buford, GA

Phi Theta Kappa Highest GPA Athletic Team Award
Awarded by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to the Athletic Team with the highest collective GPA
Softball

Phi Theta Kappa Officer Recognition
Awarded to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Officers for the Academic Year 2019-2020
President Hannah Sims, Albany, GA
Vice President Megan Royals, Winder, GA
Public Relations Officer Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA
Secretary Shelbie Clawson, Powder Springs, GA

Global Community Award
International Student who demonstrates the best promotion their culture, has helped others to better understand their culture, and has promoted general goodwill.
Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA

Clara Howard Award
Student must have a required GPA and show a genuine interest in pursuing a career in education.
Rebecca Johnson, Hawkinsville, GA

Sarah Anne Staples Award
Student must have a required GPA and show a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the sciences or medical fields.
Megan Royals, Winder, GA

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student
Student must be a full-time registered, non-traditional student, who has shown dedication and commitment to his or her studies.
Matikka Coots, Bainbridge, GA

Outstanding Staff Member Award
This award is to provide recognition to a staff member of Andrew College whose performance on the job has been exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the College and its mission. Any faculty, staff, or administrator may make a nomination.
Kirsten Cochran, Title III Coordinator

Nursing Rising Sophomore Award
This award is presented to a candidate who has successfully completed the first year of the Nursing program with a required GPA  and demonstrates potential to successful complete the program in one year. He or she must exhibit a sincere desire to embrace nursing as a profession and be committed to safety and excellence in all student nursing activities.
Alexander Heath, Bronwood, GA

Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence Award
This is award provides recognition to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates strong academic skills in the classroom, provides leadership and support in the other areas of campus life, nurtures and academic climate which fosters teaching, provides leadership to enhance the campus community, and is committed to Andrew College and the greater community.  Candidates are nominated by the faculty and staff.  Presented by Vulcan Materials.
Dr. Charles Roberts, Assistant Professor of History

John H. Woodall Award for Excellence in Teaching
Awarded annually to a full-time member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, inspires students to find the best in themselves, and commits to advance and support student success.  The grant supports travel and registration fees for a professional conference in the awarding academic year.  Candidates are nominated by the faculty and staff.
Dr. Farrah Senn, Assistant Professor of English

Woodall Students of the Year
Awarded annually at the inception of the academic year, the John H. Woodall Enhanced Learning Grant for Students is presented to two returning students who display a thirst for knowledge. The grant supports the two students’ travel and registration fees for a professional conference in the awarding academic year. Recipients are approved by the Division Coordinators.
Calie Barber, Lawrenceville, GA
Dylan Kelly, Saint Marys, GA

Departmental Awards
Students demonstrate excellence in specific discipline areas.  Nominations are made by full-time and adjunct faculty in the discipline area.

Biology
Megan Royals, Winder, GA

Business Administration
Shawn Host, Beverly Hills, FL
David Ragsdale, Americus, FL

Chemistry
Tytianna Roseborough, Bainbridge, GA

Criminal Justice
Devon Foster, Buford, GA

Education
Rebecca Johnson, Hawkinsville, GA

English
Wade Law, Americus, GA
Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA

Forestry
Kaleb Podger, Columbus, GA

Health Education
Nashaly Aldea Rodriguez, Leesburg, FL

History
Calie Barber, Lawrenceville, GA

Humanities
Luke Griffin, Leesburg, GA

Information Systems
India Roper, Midland, GA

Mathematics
Colby Fields, McDonough, GA

Music
Joel Negron, Columbus, GA

Nursing
The Andrew College Nursing Outstanding Student is selected by the nursing faculty. The candidate must have successfully completed all courses in the nursing program with a required GPA or higher with demonstration of excellence in all clinical activities. The candidate must exhibit the values of the nursing profession and exude high potential for a successful nursing career.
Clint Anthony, Ellaville, GA
Alicia Furlow, Monatezuma, GA

Physical Education
Julian McLeod, Valdosta, GA

Physical Science
Connor Hixson, Powder Springs, GA
Wade Law, Americus, GA
Tyler McKay, St. Augustine, FL
Sarah Merrill, Abbeville, AL

Physics
Keith Littles, Augusta, GA

Political Science
Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA

Psychology
Trevor Jackson, Montezuma, GA
Keshaun Mays, Tifton, GA
Taylor Mitchell, Midland, GA

Religion & Philosophy
Taylor Mitchell, Midland, GA

Servant Leadership
Shelbie Clawson, Powder Springs, GA
Colby Fields, McDonough, GA

Sociology
Kaleb Podger, Columbus, GA

Sustainable Agriculture
Christopher Cannon, Abbeville, GA

Theatre
Hannah Sims, Albany, GA

Visual Arts
Sarah Merrill, Abbeville, AL

The Andy Awards are the highest honors given at Andrew College.  These awards honor students who have demonstrated highest level leadership, services, and achievement. The Andy Award for Scholarship, given at Commencement, is presented to the student with the highest GPA.

Andy Award for Leadership
Student demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities
Shawn Host, Beverly Hills, FL

Andy Award for Service
Student demonstrates instances of outstanding service
Rebecca Johnson, Hawkinsville, GA

Andy Award for Achievement
Students demonstrates achievement on a regional, state, or national level
Hannah Sims, Albany, GA