Andrew College
April 2017 Newsletter
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Dear Alumni and Friends,
Only a month to Commencement, where did this year go?!  We will celebrate the annual Honors Convocation at the Cuthbert United Methodist Church this Thursday evening which means that the end of the 163rd year of Andrew College’s service to the region is near. Hard to believe!
You will read in this issue about new lights shining out at Hord Field, another great year of accomplishment for our Phi Theta Kappa chapter, a huge crowd of academically talented high schoolers on campus, talented faculty, a strengthened relationship with Pai Chai University, and student accomplishments on the stage, in the classroom, and on the playing fields.
We also enjoyed a very positive and productive visit from the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.  A team of three colleagues from UM-related colleges and Nashville came to campus March 21 and met with a cross section of the college. We were graced by the presence of Bishop Lawson Bryan and District Superintendent Buddy Cooper as well. The conversation was rich and it is clear that Andrew College lives out its United Methodist heritage and purpose.
I was personally honored to be the speaker at the annual Randolph County Chamber of Commerce last month. My message was one of the significance of living in and being RURAL (and not apologizing for it!), and how important it is to form partnerships with the community, which we are doing at every opportunity. As we work very hard to launch new academic programs in degrees that this region sorely wants and needs – nursing, agriculture, timber management, and business – Andrew College will continue to be the beacon to this region as it has been since its founding in 1854.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the newsletter and thank you for your support of Andrew College.


Linda R. Buchanan


Honors Convocation open to all

The annual Honors Convocation will be held on April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Cuthbert United Methodist Church. This special ceremony recognizes students who have distinguished themselves during the 2016-17 academic year in areas like academics, community service, leadership and athletics. An outstanding staff award and the prestigious John H. Woodall Excellence in Teaching Award will also be presented during the ceremony. All area alumni and the community at large are invited to attend. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at the McDonald House.

Academic Competition held

Andrew College hosted more than 360 students from 19 area high schools in Georgia and Alabama on January 25 at its annual Academic Competition. Contestants competed in mathematics, science, social science, art, theatre, music and essay writing categories in the morning. The event continued in the afternoon with a Quiz Bowl tournament, with teams made up of six members from each school. An award ceremony was held at the conclusion of the event.

Co-led by Ronnie Salter, adjunct instructor of mathematics and Elaine Bush-Brownlee, retired assistant professor of biology, the competition promotes academic excellence and encourages participating students to consider beginning their college careers at Andrew by awarding scholarships in each academic category.

Lights shine at Hord Field

Andrew College’s baseball team played their first night game in the history of the college on February 10 at the Hord Athletic Complex.  Thanks to the generosity of an estate gift from Mary Frances Cox Parramore ’53, new lighting for the baseball and softball fields was installed at the complex. A lighting ceremony took place before the game, with remarks from the family of Mary Frances Cox Parramore and Andrew President Linda R. Buchanan. Jimmy Gilbert, Cuthbert, threw out the first pitch. The Tigers beat Wallace Community College-Dothan with a 9-8 win.

Andrew loses cherished employee

We are saddened by the news of the passing of Buck Tillman, an employee of our maintenance department and member of the Andrew College community for almost 30 years.  Buck passed away on March 31. Buck’s ready smile and willing work ethic will always be remembered. Buck’s sister, Wylene, is also a family member of Andrew College.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral services are pending.    

Andrew College awards prestigious Pitts scholarships

On March 18, Andrew College hosted Georgia high school seniors for its annual Pitts Academic Scholarship Competition. Contestants arrived early that Saturday morning in hopes of earning a full-ride scholarship to cover tuition, room and board. After a session of rigorous scholastic competition, two winners distinguished themselves: Maris Guzman, a senior at Veteran's High School from Kathleen, Georgia; and Megan Carlson, a senior at Jefferson High School from Jefferson, Georgia. Each of these students was awarded a Margaret A. Pitts Scholarship, Andrew’s highest academic honor.

The two high school students join the Andrew family with strong academic profiles, solid standardized test scores and noteworthy extracurricular involvement. Beginning in August 2017, Guzman plans to study the social sciences and play volleyball. Carlson expects to pursue biology and play for the Lady Tigers softball team.

Funding for these new Pitts Scholars comes from the William I. H. and Lula E. Pitts Foundation. Established in 1941, the Pitts Foundation has continuously supported Andrew College for nearly three-quarters of a century. Andrew’s Pitts Library, which sits at the heart of campus, is named in the family’s honor.   

Andrew College represented in summer fellowship program

Assistant Professor of History Charles Roberts, has been accepted into The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program. This program, established in 1995 by then-Governor Zell Miller, provides Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.

As a Governor’s Teaching Fellow, Roberts will be attending an intensive two-week summer symposium which includes a combination of activities, including faculty development, instructional activities, and independent study. The program is offered through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

Roberts is in his second year of teaching history at Andrew College, serves as the Honors Program coordinator and is a co-advisor for the Theta Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.  

Students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

The Andrew College Theta Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa held its spring semester induction ceremony on Thursday, February 16. Set in the historic Liddie Murphy Theatre in Old Main, 13 students were inducted into the largest and oldest two-year college honor society in the nation.
Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and rewards high-achieving students and provides scholarships for continued studies as well as opportunities to develop such critical leadership skills as problem solving, project planning, team building, effective communication and conflict resolution. Membership is based on superior academic achievement and is conferred by invitation only. There has been a Theta Lambda Chapter at Andrew College since 1953.  

5K Color Run & 1 Mile Fun Run open to all

In conjunction with Family Day festivities, Andrew College is holding a 5K Color Run on Saturday, April 8. The run is open to all community members and all ages. There will also be a 1 mile Fun Run race for kids. For more information, contact Ms. LaKenya Drayton at or 229-732-5952. To register early, go to:   

Albany school tours Andrew College

God’s Foundation Christian Academy high school students from Albany toured Andrew College on March 15. Andy Geeter, vice president of enrollment, welcomed 15 students and school officials to campus and discussed college opportunities and the advantages of choosing Andrew for their college education. Andrew Student Ambassadors then took students on a tour and answered questions about campus life. 
After lunch in the Turner Dining Hall, students heard from Andrew College professors Amanda Knight and Susan Askew, who spoke with students about various academic topics including general programs of study, nursing and the medical field, study aboard opportunities, tutoring and available academic assistance, faculty expectations and a general overview of academics at the college.
The Admission staff is also busy this semester, hitting the road hard during their annual spring recruitment season.   

Students present, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic came to life in the Liddie Murphie Theatre in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The show was presented by Andrew College students March 30-April 2 under the direction of Nate Gross, assistant professor of theatre.   

Pai Chai University ready for Andrew students

Andrew is again accepting student applications for the 2017 Summer Institute program at Pai Chai University in South Korea. Pai Chai University is a sister United Methodist institution which offers this month-long learning exchange program. Pai Chai’s campus is located in Seo-gu, in Daejeon metropolitan city, on the lower slopes of Yeonja Mountain. It has a student body of approximately 14,000 students.
Andrew College and Pai Chai University have been partners since 2010. Both students and Andrew College faculty have visited Pai Chai to share culture and academic knowledge and to participate in relationship building. Andrew College also welcomes Pai Chai University students to campus every semester as part of the exchange program.   

Student honored with academic award

Agnes Evangelista, Sweden, was recognized as a member of the 2017 All-Georgia Community College Academic Award Team. Agnes was Andrew College’s nominee for the All-USA Community College Academic Team. A luncheon honoring the nominees was held at the Floyd Building in Atlanta on March 16. Agnes is pictured here with Assistant Professor of History Charles Roberts, who serves as the Honors Program coordinator and is a co-advisor for the Theta Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.    

Athletic Highlights

Our new men’s basketball team, starting fall 2017, is off to a great start. Coach Jamie Brooks hosted 48 players at a recent men’s basketball tryout. Seven men are currently committed for the inaugural 2017-18 season.
The women’s basketball team had a successful year. Patra Parris was named to the 2nd team all Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association conference. Santasia Faust was named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association All-Tournament team. Head Coach Courtney Pritchett broke the Andrew College single season record for wins with 13 this season. Tynicia McCoy and Patra Parris both passed the career 500 point mark this season, and Patra Parris committed to continue her playing career at Georgia Southwestern State University.   

Staffing Updates

Rebecca Bray has been hired as Andrew Serves Program Assistant
Destiny DeJournett has been hired as Regional Admission Counselor.
Patricia Flowers is now Bursar. She previously was Assistant Bursar.
Cassandra Flowers has been hired as an Admission Counselor.
Allyson King is now Library Technical Assistant and the College Store Manager. She was previously Assistant in Theatre.
Jennifer Mitchell joins Andrew College as the Director of Human Resources.
Lola Moses is now Controller. She was formerly Director of Human Resources. 

Kristin Singleton is now Assistant Director of Financial Aid. She was formerly an Admission Counselor.   

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Honors Convocation

Cuthbert United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.
Reception follows at McDonald House

Family Day

April 8

Good Friday

April 14
No classes, offices closed

Preview Day

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For prospective students and families


Saturday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.
Cuthbert United Methodist Church


Saturday, May 6, 1:30 p.m.
Jinks Gymnasium

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