Charles Eames is no stranger to East Georgia State College. He continues to make a difference in the lives of EGSC’s students through his donations, and his most recent is no exception. Eames helped to purchase a Segway transportation vehicle for the EGSC Police Department.
According to EGSC Chief of Police Wiley Gammon, the benefits of having a patrolling officer using Segway on campus are numerous. The Segway helps the officer be more visible and projects a stronger police presence, and allows the officer to efficiently patrol large areas three times faster than on foot and with less fatigue. The Segway itself is able to travel indoors, outdoors, and over varied and uneven terrain. Chief Gammon also says that having a patrolling officer on a Segway facilitates positive interaction with students, faculty and staff, and that visitors on campus are more likely to ask a Segway officer for directions, as they are more approachable than an officer in a car. The Segway operates for less than 10 cents per mile, saving the college money, and is ideally suited for patrolling sporting events. Studies show that drug activity and underage drinking decrease when Segways are deployed on campuses due to their stealth operations.
“The purchase of the Segway gives EGSC a competitive edge,” he says.
This is just one of many of the philanthropic gifts Charles Eames has given to EGSC. His first contribution was through the Charles Eames Travel Fund, which, through random drawings, provides two $50 gas gift cards monthly to Swainsboro students not living on campus. Eames also provides a scholarship annually to a deserving non-traditional student from Jefferson County.
Eames is originally from Ohio, but has spent the last 30 years in the south and is a retired librarian from Waycross. He has served on the board of trustees at Waycross College in Waycross and since the merger is serving on the board of the newly formed James M. Dye Foundation at Waycross College. He started the Charles Eames Travel Fund initially at East Georgia State College, South Georgia State College and Okefenokee Technical College, and has expanded this program to include South Georgia Technical College and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Wiregrass Technical College in Fitzgerald and Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia and Swainsboro.
When you give to a cause, you want to make the largest impact you can. These varied gifts fit that requirement, and Eames is making a real difference and creating a life-long dividend for these students.
For more information about how to provide a scholarship to students at East Georgia State College or to make a donation to the EGSC Foundation, contact Elizabeth Gilmer, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at 478-289-2037