OUR VIEW: Georgia Gwinnett College puts best foot forward in welcoming incoming students

This week’s thumbs up goes to Georgia Gwinnett College. Going off to college for the first time can be a traumatic experience for parents and an intimidating one for students. And that can be made all the tougher when you are responsible for moving into a dorm.

Staff and volunteers make that process much easier (and more enjoyable) at GGC by assisting students and their families on move-in day. This year the college had a record number of volunteers helping students get situated in the dorms as people from local churches, civic clubs and other organizations chipped in their time to help.

The school hopes it makes an impact, showing students and their families right away that GGC is a place that will take care of them.

“An overflow of volunteers from our student clubs and organizations that just want to welcome our new Grizzlies and say, ‘It’s great to have you as a member of the family,’” said Jim Fatzinger, senior associate provost for student affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College. “… We help them unload everything they may have brought to help ensure their years ahead will be successful.”

About 700 students moved in on Thursday. The school expects about 11,000 students to be enrolled when classes start on Monday.


Another thumbs up goes to Melinda Browder of Dacula. The mother of a Marine serving in Afghanistan organized a drive to send care packages to troops. With the help of the Hebron Baptist and Dacula United Methodist Churches, more than 70 boxes were filled to be shipped overseas.

In each package were toothpaste, protein bars, sunflower seeds, hot sauce, gum, shampoo and razors. The packages went to the members of Browder’s son Jacob and the rest of his unit. It was a nice gesture by Browder and the many people who helped with donations.

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