East Georgia State College’s Fall Commencement 2013 will be held in the College Physical Education Gymnasium on Saturday, December14, at 10 a.m. Eighty-six graduates are scheduled to receive their Associate degrees from the College. Ivy N. Cadle of Baker Donelson (EGSC Class of 1997) will speak to the graduates as the alumni representative and Benjamin Mimbs, Student Government Association President, will serve as student representative.
The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Alan Brasher, associate professor of English at East Georgia State College. Dr. Brasher is a native of Shelby, Alabama. He graduated from Shelby County High School in Columbiana, Alabama and continued his education earning his B.A. in English from the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Colonial and 19th Century American Literature from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Brasher joined the East Georgia State College family in 1997. He has been involved with more than a half-dozen student organizations, founding three: Music Makers Anonymous, Disc Golf Club, and Book Club. He was faculty co-advisor (with Mr. Mark Dallas) for Wiregrass, East Georgia State College’s
literary magazine, for 12 years: (upon Dallas’s retirement) in December 2012, Brasher took on the annual Emily Pestana-Mason Poetry Contest (which Dallas founded in 2003). He advised EGSC’s African American Union from 1998-2001 and was named an honorary member in the spring of 2005.
He initiated (with Jordan Cameron) a teacher/class exchange between EGSC and Swainsboro High School (spring and fall 2005), and wrote a successful grant for the Professional Disc Golf Association’s basket matching program for a disc golf course on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus.
A three-time honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Dr. Brasher was selected Humanities Distinguished Faculty member for Swainsboro (2012), Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony speaker (2008, 2011), Ritz Carlton “Service to Students” Award (2006), graduation speaker (2005), EGSC’s Student
Friendliest Professor (2003), EGSC faculty member of the month twice, and received EGSC’s Student Government Award (1999).
Dr. Brasher was selected to receive the 2005 Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award for the University System’s Two-Year and State Colleges. The Board of Regents’ awards program recognizes and rewards outstanding teaching that significantly improves student achievement, as well as commitment to student-focused research on effective teaching.
In 2010, Brasher participated in the University System of Georgia’s Governor’s Teaching Fellows Summer Symposium. In August 2013, he was named inaugural director of East Georgia State College’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In his first semester in that new role he has initiated Instructional Innovation Presentations, a yearly CTL Fellowship, Teaching Circle discussion groups, and a formal Faculty Mentoring Program.
He is also actively involved in the Swainsboro community, serving on the board of Emanuel Arts Council for eight years, including two as president and two as vice-president, and as a charter member of the Emanuel Artists’ Guild. Dr. Brasher co-organizes the Main Street Jam, directed the Emanuel Arts Council’s Open Mic for six years, and is a regular performer for the Emanu’Ole Opry and Rock-n-Roll Revue. He coordinated the music for the first three Arts Emanuel Festivals (2005-2007). Dr. Brasher has shown his ceramics and drawings in EAG art exhibits in Swainsboro, Vidalia, and Statesboro. He has published poems in Southern Poetry Review and Nantahala Review.
He lives in Swainsboro with his wife, Jacquie, who has worked as a journalist at both The Forest-Blade newspaper and WXRS Radio in Swainsboro. They have three cats, Viking, Nemo, and Socks.