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Technology association honors GGC with awards

Special Photo The GGC team with their TAG awards, including Nicholas Bess, digital media developer, James Rowlett, audio visual technician, Jordan Sevier, Class of 2011, Jennifer Wunder, associate professor of English and director of the GGC Honors Program, Mark Iken, vice president for Educational Technology, David Gabrell, assistant director of Digital Media and Tino Mantella, TAG President and CEO.

Special Photo The GGC team with their TAG awards, including Nicholas Bess, digital media developer, James Rowlett, audio visual technician, Jordan Sevier, Class of 2011, Jennifer Wunder, associate professor of English and director of the GGC Honors Program, Mark Iken, vice president for Educational Technology, David Gabrell, assistant director of Digital Media and Tino Mantella, TAG President and CEO.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials with the Technology Association of Georgia think Georgia Gwinnett College is a "shining example" of what can be achieved in an institution using top-notch technology.Georgia Gwinnett College received two accolades through TAG's prestigious Excalibur Awards program, presented at a ceremony Oct. 26 in Atlanta.

The association presented the awards based on GGC's "Solomon Project," a game that aims to make cost-effective and creative use of existing technology and draw students in to the learning process in new ways.

Jennifer Wunder, associate professor of English and co-creator of the "Solomon Project" said the game was created with GGC's goals in mind. "GGC's mission and vision is open access and includes innovative education that inspires students to learn, adapt and succeed," Wunder said.

The game works by engaging students in learning while helping them master critical reading and thinking, problem solving, research, collaboration and effective oral and written communication.

"The Solomon Project" is a collaboration between the office of educational technology and the school of liberal arts. Team members include Wunder, co-creator David Gabrell, Nicholos Bess, James Rowlett and Jordan Sevier.

Technology Association of Georgia President and CEO Tino Mantella said those who received the Excalibur Awards were deserving.

"We received a record number of entries for this year's awards program, and it was a challenging decision process to choose from so many great entries," Mantella said. "So, our winners are shining examples for the community about how organizations can grow and thrive through the creative use of technology."

During a ceremony in Atlanta Oct. 26, TAG officials presented GGC with the awards in the categories of education and creativity.

According to its website, TAG's mission is to "educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia's technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy."

For more information, visit www.tagonline.org.