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GGC honors students, faculty during convocation

Pictured from left to right following the 2013 Georgia Gwinnett College Convocation Ceremony are Victoria Maselli, David “Christopher” Young, Shannon Foster, John T. Johnson, Tiffany Coulter-McCarty, Dr. Lois C. Richardson, acting vice president for academic and student affairs and provost, Candice Coulter, Courtney Heba and Erika Dillingham. Not pictured are Spencer Fletcher and Richard Bookout. (Special Photo)

Pictured from left to right following the 2013 Georgia Gwinnett College Convocation Ceremony are Victoria Maselli, David “Christopher” Young, Shannon Foster, John T. Johnson, Tiffany Coulter-McCarty, Dr. Lois C. Richardson, acting vice president for academic and student affairs and provost, Candice Coulter, Courtney Heba and Erika Dillingham. Not pictured are Spencer Fletcher and Richard Bookout. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Gwinnett College recognized several students and faculty members during its annual academic convocation ceremony Thursday.

“Our academic convocation is a meaningful event in that it celebrates those individuals who most exemplify the college’s four core values of scholarship, leadership, service and creativity,” Lois C. Richardson, acting senior vice president of academic and student affairs and provost, said in a news release. “The ceremony also reaffirms GGC’s mission and vision.”

The ceremony included comments by Richard Pennington, associate professor of chemistry and recipient of the Outstanding Teaching award. He was recently named the recipient of the 2013 University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award. Houston Davis, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of the University System of Georgia, also offered remarks, as well.

Student award winners include:

  • Outstanding freshman: David “Christopher” Young of Hoschton
  • Outstanding student — School of Business: Courtney Heba of Lawrenceville
  • Outstanding student — School of Education: Victoria Maselli of Dacula
  • Outstanding student — School of Liberal Arts: Erika Dillingham of Lawrenceville
  • Outstanding student — School of Science & Technology: John T. Johnson of Lawrenceville
  • Outstanding student — School of Transitional Studies: Spencer Fletcher of Suwanee
  • Outstanding student employee: Candice Coulter of Decatur
  • Outstanding student creativity/scholarship: Richard Bookout of Maysville
  • Outstanding student leadership: Tiffany Coulter-McCarty of Lawrenceville
  • Outstanding student service: Shannon Foster of Snellville

Faculty award recipients include:

  • Teaching: Dr. Richard Pennington, associate professor of chemistry
  • Scholarship and creative activities: Dr. Ian Peddie, assistant professor of English
  • Service: Dr. Ronald Hunter, professor of criminal justice/criminology
  • Student engagement: Dr. Mark Schlueter, professor of biology
  • Part-time teaching: Laura Jesseph

Staff award recipients include:

  • Financial aid scholarship coordinator: Lawana Hayes
  • Administrative assistant: Veronica Pennington