Don”t expect the dust to settle any time soon on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). In early March, the college reached two milestones. Within a 24-hour period, GGC broke ground on a critically needed $30 million Allied Health and Science Building, and saw the first pitch thrown at the Grizzly Baseball Complex, a privately funded ballpark that is part of GGC”s $13.5 million Varsity Athletics Complex. Early July 2013 marked the final completion of GGC”s Intercollegiate Athletics” Center.
Grizzly Athletics Celebrate a Fantastic First Year
Since the department”s opening in Fall 2012, Grizzly Athletics has had a “fantastic first year,”# according to GGC Athletic Director Dr. Darin Wilson. The Men and Women”s soccer programs began last fall, and this spring the Men and Women”s tennis, Women”s softball and Men”s baseball programs fielded their first teams. Five of these teams experienced winning inaugural seasons.
The college has completed its provisional year as a new member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and welcomes future competitions that will take place on the Lawrenceville campus.#As a feather in the cap of the region”s new collegiate-level athletics program, GGC will host the 2013 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) men and women”s soccer championships in November.
“This is the first time we will be able to participate in postseason competition,”# says Wilson about the tournament he feels represents a huge stepping-stone for the Grizzly athletics department.
“Grizzly athletics are competing at a high level,”# Wilson explains. “This is a great family venue giving the Gwinnett community a chance to see their own in action.”# As well, all GGC athletes are involved with some form of community service that extends their education beyond the classroom.
Gwinnett also benefits from the economic impact of collegiate athletic competition. From tourism dollars from traveling teams and fans, opportunities as vendors for field maintenance, equipment and uniforms to advertising sponsorships and strategic partnerships, like with Gwinnett Medical Center for athletic trainers, GGC is planting deep roots.
“We are trying to schedule as many home sports as possible,”# says Wilson. “This is a great atmosphere and easily accessible from anywhere in the county.”#
Keep up with the Grizzlies and get details about home sporting events by visiting www.grizzlyathletics.com.
Enabling Future Growth and Expansion
As evidenced by the construction activity on campus, GGC is moving forward with growth plans for its School of Science and#Technology and new School of Health Sciences. Without this building, Georgia Gwinnett”s growth would be restricted due to lack of space. Now enrolling about 9,400 students, the college”s ability to continue its growth is important not only to the Gwinnett area, but to the state.
“The number of STEM majors at GGC is increasing at a greater rate than GGC”s overall growth,”# adds Thomas Mundie, dean of the School of Science and#Technology. This trend supports the GGC mission to#advance the innovative use of educational technology along with the commitment to an integrated educational experience to develop the whole person.
Georgia Gwinnett College is a four-year, accredited liberal arts college, www.ggc.edu.