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University of Georgia Griffin campus plans open house for propective students

University of Georgia Griffin campus plans open house for prospective students

Griffin, Ga. – An open house will be held Thursday evening, April 26 for prospective students interested in learning about degree programs offered at the University of Georgia’s Griffin campus.

The event, to be held in classroom 301 of the Flynt Building at 109 Experiment Street, will begin with a pizza party from 5-6 p.m., followed by an information session and tour from 6-7 p.m.

UGA began offering bachelor’s degree-completion programs in Griffin in fall 2005. Initially, prospective students who had completed at least 60 hours of transferable college credits could apply to one of two majors offered: environmental resource science or biological science.

Last fall, the number of undergraduate offerings expanded to four with the addition of programs in agribusiness and consumer economics. A graduate degree program in mathematics education for elementary teachers certified at grades PreK-5 also was offered for the first time.

This fall, the number of programs may expand again.

“Proposals for bachelor’s degree-completion programs and graduate degree programs offered by various UGA schools and colleges, including the Terry College of Business and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, are making their way through the approval process,” said Bob Boehmer, acting vice provost for academic affairs, who oversees UGA’s extended campuses in both Griffin and Gwinnett. “We are hopeful that we will have additional offerings for students both this fall and next.”

The first students to earn UGA degrees at the Griffin campus graduated in May and December of 2006. Another cadre of students will graduate this May.

“We planned the open house to take place before the end of the semester to give prospective students a chance to meet some of our current students, as well as faculty and staff,” said Marilyn Johnson, coordinator for academic programs at the Griffin campus. “We want them to hear firsthand about the opportunities to complete degrees or earn a second degree right here in Griffin.”

Gerald Arkin, assistant provost for the Griffin campus, noted that the local community has been very supportive of the new UGA programs. “We are grateful to the Spalding County voters, who approved a $10 million special purpose local option sales tax in November 2005 to help fund construction of a new Student Learning Center on campus,” he said. “We expect to break ground this summer and have the building complete by the end of 2008.”

UGA’s Griffin campus, located 40 miles south of Atlanta, was established as the Georgia Experiment Station in 1888.

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