Dear Community Members,
I would like to begin my weekly communication with a simple and heartfelt thank you. Thank you for your support of East Georgia State College, thank you for your offers to help in any way and thank you for your words of encouragement. Thank you to the City and County governments in our region, our Chambers of Commerce, our healthcare facilities, health care workers, public servants, elected officials, business owners and other individuals -- all providing steadfast leadership in this crisis.
I have heard the expression this week that this crisis is like “building the plane while it is flying.” We can all relate to that. Again, simply and humbly, thank you.
On a very somber note, we lost a dear friend of the college on Monday afternoon. Senator Jack Hill passed away very unexpectedly at his office in Reidsville. We will deeply miss our friend and supporter and his guidance with our mission.
“Our region has lost a champion. Our college has lost a powerful advocate. I have lost a friend. He was a rock. He was a model of integrity and selflessness. He was always there. Whether it was a community celebration, a public meeting or a college event, he was always there to demonstrate his personal interest in the people he represented. Mostly, he cared deeply and worked intensely and long to help the region and people he loved. He saw the promise in every one of our students and fought to assure they had the educational opportunities they deserve. East Georgia State College respected and loved Senator Jack Hill and will not forget the contributions of this model public servant.” May you Rest in Peace, Senator.
The following message from Butch Parrish, Representative from District 158, also expresses the feeling of loss for our Senator:
“As some of you may have heard, Senator Jack Hill passed away yesterday, Monday, April 6. Jack was not only my Senator for three decades; he was a dear friend. He had a true servant's heart. He wasn’t interested in who got the credit, he was only interested in getting it done. You have only to look around his district, and indeed the entire state, to see his fingerprints on so many positive things. Jack was a great man and a good friend. He will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences go out to his family.”
A message from USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Jack Hill, whom I first met in 1991. He quickly became a friend and supporter of Governor Zell Miller. He was instrumental in many critical education initiatives then and since. He worked especially hard to make education accessible to all Georgians. He made the Georgia Public Library Service a priority. He treasured his alma mater, Georgia Southern University, and was a passionate contributor to its many successes. Without his help, Georgia Gwinnett College would never have become the nation’s first four-year public college founded in the 21st century. If I needed to talk to him, he was always available and always listened. Senator Hill simply tried to find a way to help everyone, and during his many years of service he made a huge difference in the lives of countless students, in the reputation of the University System, and in the improvement of the state of Georgia. We have lost a fine, fine fellow, and I shall miss him greatly.”
As has been the case for the past several weeks, the Covid-19 situation and our response changes rapidly. This week,
• Governor’s Executive Order April 8, 2020
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has renewed the Public Health State of Emergency to assist with the state’s response to COVID-19 as of April 8, 2020. The Order extends his previous Executive Orders, which were due to expire on Monday, April 13, for a further period of 17 days. They will then expire on Thursday, April 30, 2020. To read the Executive Order in full, click here.
• Tuition and Fees
University System of Georgia announces no tuition increase for 2020-2021 academic year
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) will meet Tuesday, April 14th, and will be asked to approve a recommendation of no tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year.
If approved, there will be no increase for any USG student. Students will pay the same tuition rates at all 26 USG institutions for the 2020-2021 academic year as they do now for the current 2019-2020 academic year. This includes East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Statesboro and Augusta. Specifically, for EGSC students, there will be no tuition or fee increases in the coming 2020-2021 academic year.
In addition, the only fees charged to students in summer semester 2020 will be the Institutional fee and the Information Technology fee. With these fee reductions, a student on the Swainsboro campus taking four or more hours will see a reduction in their total summer cost of $178. EGSC-Statesboro and EGSC-Augusta students will also see reductions this summer.
In addition, students will benefit from the elimination of the online differential charged to undergraduate students. This is effective beginning summer semester 2020.
• CARES Act – Stimulus Act III
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law less than two weeks ago. Understanding how this new law affects higher education is important to our region, East Georgia State College and students. We will share information as it is available.
• Update from Emanuel Medical Center
Click here for information on the new testing site at EMC.
• Residence Hall Update: 4 students are residing in Bobcat Villas due to hardship, 9 students are temporarily storing belongings in their spring room assignment because they could not get here to pick up their items.
• A Covid-19 Relief Fund for students has been established and is being shared with donors:
EGSC Coronavirus Relief Fund –As you know, many of our students come from backgrounds that don’t afford them all they need in the area of technology, resources and even basic necessities. We also have students that must remain on campus because they have nowhere else to go. Some are international students; some are from the foster system and some are homeless. To help these students and others as this transition takes place, your gift of any amount would be life changing. To give online, click here, or www.ega.edu/donate, or text EGSCCovid19 to 41444 or send your check to EGSC, c/o Institutional Advancement COVID19 Relief Fund, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro, GA. 30401
As we begin another week, I will say again, thank you for your support and loyalty to EGSC. Please monitor our website www.ega.edu/covid19 for all updates. We will come out of this situation as a stronger institution, ready to face a brighter future. Stay well and stay safe. May we all continue to stay strong and stay in touch with each other.
East Georgia State College