Lt. Kimberly Ware heard the stories about abusive relationships again and again. As a Georgia Perimeter College public safety officer on Newton Campus, she regularly hosted conflict resolution meetings for students, but she saw the need to do more.
Then in 2009, a GPC student was shot and killed by her boyfriend— also a GPC student—at a local gas station. Ware knew she had to act.
“It made me realize we needed to have something here at the college,” says Ware. “I didn’t want her death to be in vain.”
With the help of the college’s counseling and advising team, Ware launched informational domestic violence panels on all the campuses in 2009. Held each year in October, during Domestic Violence month, the programs include conversations with local judges and police officers.
“They are able to answer legal questions; they give examples of what they see on a daily basis,” she says. Students have the opportunity to speak to a judge or a police officer whether or not they themselves are a victim in crisis, she adds.
“We give them a voice to talk about what’s going on. We want to educate them and make them aware of domestic violence and how to recognize it,” says Ware. “Just to get our students to talk is helpful. You don’t want to wait until they’re dead or disfigured.”
The schedule for this year’s domestic violence programs is as follows.
Oct. 21: Decatur Campus, SF 2100
Oct. 22: Dunwoody Campus, NC-1100
Oct. 23: Newton Campus, N-2 1100
Oct. 24, Clarkston Campus, JCLRC-1100
Oct. 28, Alpharetta Campus, A-1140
All sessions are from noon to 2 p.m. and are open to the public. For more information, contact Ware at 678-891-2678.
Gift provides needed dental care and gives Dental Hygiene students experience
Georgia Perimeter College’s dental hygiene students are getting experience and providing needed dental care to an underserved population in Walton County, thanks to a $15,000 gift from the Walton County Health Care Foundation.
The check was presented at a luncheon ceremony Sept. 25. The monies will fund a dentist’s services and materials for students working at the Faith In Serving Humanity dental clinic in Monroe.
Many patients at the clinic are receiving dental care for the first time. “Students have an opportunity to educate patients about improving oral health and therefore improving systemic health,” says Cherie Rainwater, chair of the GPC Dental Hygiene program.
“It’s very rewarding,” says second-year DH student Cecille Jones. “The people who come here are low-income patients. They really express how grateful they are.” Her classmate Teresa Harnett adds, “We talk about community involvement, but until you really do it, you don’t really appreciate the difference you can make.”
“Our focus is to enhance the health care of Walton County,” says Dr. Henry Wall, chair of the Walton County Health Care Foundation. “We look for two things when we give money: helping students who are interested in nursing, dental care or medical school, and where we can help increase the availability of health care,” he says. “This gift helps us do both.”
Youth and Violence forum planned at GPC Dunwoody
Students will have a chance to share their views—and their solutions—to the problem of youth violence during an Oct. 29 event at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.
The program on “Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat” will include a moderated forum and a question-and-answer session. “Youth and Violence” is part of the “Bridging Cultures to Form a New Nation” program sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Ted Wadley and Dr. Rosalyn Jacobs, both Dunwoody humanities instructors, are leading the project at GPC.
“This is a great model for civic engagement and giving students a voice,” says Jacobs. “The National Issues forums take issues that are important in society today, present three approaches to the topics and generate discussion from the audience. It’s a systematic way to think about problems and solutions.”
The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Dunwoody Auditorium, NC-1100. For more information, contact Ted Wadley at 770-274-5470.
Newton plans symposium on “Cultural Revolution”
“Cultural Revolution” will be the theme of the 2013 Newton Campus Fall Symposium Nov. 12-14.
“Every year, we set aside a few days for a symposium—a celebration of learning—that takes an in-depth look at a particular subject from various points of view,” says Jane Hercules, Newton communications instructor and symposium chair.
“This year faculty, students, staff and guest speakers will address how America’s culture is adapting to changes in science, law, worship, movies and social networking,” she says. “Our hope is that, by exploring these ideas and concerns together, various communities will find common ground on which to build America’s rich, multi-cultural foundation.”
Light refreshments will be served between major sessions. The event is sponsored by the Newton Student Government Association and the Newton Symposium committee and is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Hercules at firstname.lastname@example.org 770-978-9020.