East Georgia State College recently announced the launch of a Student of the Month Program. The program gives faculty and staff at EGSC the opportunity to nominate students based on one or more of the following criteria: commitment to academic growth, engagement in the college community, and contribution to an inclusive and supportive environment. Three students will be selected to represent EGSC’s campuses and online degree programs per month. Each student selected will receive a certificate signed by the EGSC President and goodie bag. Additionally, video interviews will be on EGSC’s social media platforms.
The first awards have been distributed for October 2020. From the Swainsboro Campus, Jamel Sutton was named Student of the Month. Kamyja Ross was selected from the Statesboro Campus and Faith Elliott was chosen from the Augusta Campus.
Jamel Sutton is originally from Swainsboro, Georgia, and chose to attend EGSC because it was close to home. He plans to graduate next year and move on to Georgia Southern University where he plans to major in computer science. One day Sutton would love to move to Atlanta, Georgia, and attend Georgia State University for a video game design and development degree.
Sutton said his biggest motivators on EGSC’s campus is the library staff and the A.C.E. (Academic Center for Excellence) tutoring staff.
“He has volunteered his time to help many departments during stressful times such as orientation,” said Amber Amerson, a library assistant. “Jamel has given, on his own time, tours of campus to prospective students. He is a friendly face to all who have had the privilege to interact with him. Jamel's presence on campus offers a warm welcome to all who pass through EGSC's doors.”
Kamyja Ross, the Statesboro campus recipient, is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She plans to graduate from EGSC this month and transfer to Monroe College in New York. Ross said her favorite class at EGSC was accounting and she plans to study accounting after she graduates from EGSC.
“Kamyja has been one of my favorite students because she is always so energetic and friendly towards everyone,” said Ben Johnson, the Institutional Services Coordinator on the Statesboro campus. “Her bubbly personality always lifts the spirits of others and leaves everyone smiling. Kamyja has been an asset to East Georgia not only as a student, but as an SGA representative and Student Ambassador. Kamyja will be dearly missed once she graduates, but I look forward to seeing her growth and success going forward.”
Faith Elliott was the Student of the Month from the Augusta campus. She is from Zebulon, Georgia, and is pursuing a biology degree. Elliott hopes to get accepted into Augusta Medical School to become a pediatrician.
While at EGSC, Elliott said she has been most encouraged by the A.C.E. staff.
"Faith is a very considerate student,” said Orry Cordova, the Augusta A.C.E. Coordinator. “She is tactful when it comes to giving other students advice on their various college experiences, and her assistance in the ACE has been most appreciated."
The EGSC Student of the Month Program personalizes the student experience and cultivates a positive school culture where students feel valued. The awards present an opportunity for the college community to demonstrate EGSC values through an investment in the success of students with diverse backgrounds, strengths, and interests. The EGSC Student of the Month Award recognizes students who represent excellence within the EGSC community. Selection of students is based on commitment to academic growth, engagement in the college community, and contribution to an inclusive and supportive academic environment. Up to three awards are selected each month: the goal is to represent the range of students enrolled across the college’s campuses and online programs. Potential awardees may be submitted by faculty and staff.