Incoming freshmen named UGA Foundation Fellows

Two incoming freshmen from Gwinnett County have been selected to receive the Foundation Fellowship, the University of Georgia's premier undergraduate scholarship.

Joshua Andrew Chang, a graduate of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Ronald Jackson Kurtz, a graduate of Duluth High School, were among the 17 recipients of the award.

The Foundation Fellowship program provides recipients with a full array of scholastic and extracurricular opportunities, including study abroad, internship and research experiences. Individualized attention and student-faculty interactions are another major component of the program to build and support an exemplary undergraduate community of future scholars and leaders.

The new group of Fellows will enroll in UGA's academically rigorous Honors Program, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. They also will participate in program events throughout the academic year such as dinner seminars in the homes of faculty, special meetings with distinguished visiting speakers and civic engagement activities in their fields of interest. Senior faculty and current Fellows serve as mentors for the students.

In-state students receive an annual stipend of $9,000 and the HOPE Scholarship.

UGA Gwinnett Campus administrator receives leadership award

Ruth Bettandorff, assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of the University of Georgia's Gwinnett Campus, was awarded the 2011 Continuing Education Leadership Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education, South Region.

ACHE, made up of about 1,500 members representing more than 400 institutions and organizations, is a professional organization that promotes lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. ACHE is divided geographically into eight regions, with the state of Georgia represented by the South Region.

Bettandorff received the award for outstanding leadership and contributions she has made to continuing higher education at the regional and national levels in both credit and non-credit programs at five institutions during her career. She was honored at the ACHE South annual conference in Texas in April.

Since February 2009, Bettandorff has been responsible for the day-to-day coordination of graduate and continuing education programs offered at UGA's Gwinnett Campus, located at 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville. She also is a senior public service faculty member and holds an adjunct faculty position with UGA's Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy.

Gainesville State College Business Division earns reaccreditation

Gainesville State College Business Division earned reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The Associate Degree Board of Commissions from the ACBSP recently reviewed the College's quality assurance report and subsequently voted to accept the report.

"This program reflects the quality of instruction at GSC and we are very pleased by the reaccreditation," President Martha Nesbitt said. "This is one of the reasons that our business students do so well when they transfer to other colleges and universities -- they are well prepared."

More Gwinnett students going to military academies

A story in the May 22 edition featured graduating seniors who are accepting appointments to military academies. The names of the students featured in the article were reported by the schools.

In addition to the 14 students named, at least three other graduates from Gwinnett are going to West Point. They are Matt Walker of North Gwinnett, John Williams of Parkview and Cole Torres of Trinity Christian Academy.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.