First Week welcomes college community back to the Hill

First Week welcomes college community back to the Hill

From laser tag on the Residential Quad to beach fun at Callaway Gardens, First Week activities will offer plenty of opportunities to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

Dr. Marc Shook, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Engagement, said the events are designed to help first-year students as they transition to college life.

“Beginning the day students move into their campus residence halls, First Week features four days of social and educational activities that build relationships and pave the way for classes, which begin Aug. 27,” he said. “Events include first-year evaluations and personal, academic and career workshops. And of course, there will be lots of fun.”

Activities will begin Saturday, Aug. 23, with the annual Spirit & Traditions Kickoff from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Residential Quad. Open to the entire campus community, it will feature free carnival-style food and beverages, prizes and games.

Katie Mosley, new Director of Student Involvement and Service, said there is one attraction that should be very popular.

sandtgirl“We’ll have a giant inflatable UFO where teams of five can battle in a game of laser tag,” she said. “There also will be a giant rock-climbing wall, a Velcro wall, a huge football tackling course and a giant Twister game.”

Other sports-related attractions will include baseball, football and soccer cages.

At nightfall, the film “Jurassic Park” will be shown on a giant movie screen.

Sunday will begin with a chapel service for students at 9 a.m., followed by a service project. The Honor Code Initiation Ceremony and first-year formal reception will be held Sunday evening.

The fun continues Aug. 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the annual Callaway Gardens Beach Bash. A shuttle will be provided, departing from Turner Hall.

The event will include free access to Robin Beach and Aqua Island, as well as miniature golf, shuffle board and ping pong. Dinner will be served. It is open to all students, faculty, staff and families of faculty and staff.

Attendees may drive their own cars with a signed waiver, and are responsible for their own clothes, swim suits, sunglasses, sunscreen, towels, bug spray, etc.

Hypnotist Daniel James, a student favorite, will close out the day with a show.

First Week activities will conclude Aug. 26 with the annual Fair on the Hill and Dinner on the Plaza from 5:30 until 7 p.m.

“We will have a live band and free food,” said Mosley. “This is a great way to meet our community partners and vendors, as well as learn about part-time job opportunities.”

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In the Headlines

Rotary installs new president, names citizen and Rotarian of the year 
LaGrange Daily News, June 28, 2014 (President Dan McAlexander is new president)

Rome High graduate named to LaGrange College’s leadership program
Rome News Tribune, July 18, 2014

Community building in college towns
Georgia Trend Magazine, July 1, 2014 (quotes President Dan McAlexander)

Mumme expecting big things from Panthers and McIntyre
Effingham Herald, July 17, 2014

August birthdays

2 Michelle Reeves
3 Linda McMullen
Adrienne Berkland
4 John Williams
8 Matthew Donnett
10 Kevin Shirley
13 Stacey Ernstberger
21 Chastity Hargrett
Tammy Rogers
22 Todd Prater
28 Henry Jacobs
Marc Shook
30 Vickie Evans


Football Season Tickets

A new season of Panther football is ready to kick off, and it promises to be a thrilling year. Don’t miss any of the excitement – season tickets are now on sale. With each ticket purchased, fans will become members of the Panther Club and will receive a Panther tail, Panther Club decal and Panther Club magnet, as well as reserved seating at home games, email updates and an invitation to the members-only hospitality tent at Homecoming.  Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.

For more information, contact Willie Maddox by calling (706) 880-8773.

The USA South Football Media Day kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday in Maryville, Tenn. Coach Matt Mumme and the other eight coaches will preview their teams, and the conference preseason poll will be released. The Media Day video link is:

Men’s basketball Rising seniors Jalen Butler, Jordan Johnson and Nick Mitchell earned spots on the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court. To be eligible for the award, a player must be a junior or senior and have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average. Johnson received the team’s Glen Simpson Academic Award for the 2013-14 season.


LaGrange College has been named a co-sponsor of National History Day in Georgia, partnering with the Georgia Humanities Council and Mercer University. This follows its designation in 2012 as the official lead education and outreach partner for NHD. Dr. Kevin Shirley, Professor of History, is  Co-Coordinator of Georgia’s program. “We’re still providing the education and outreach work from our original agreement,” he said, “but now we will be building and maintaining relationships and ties with the state’s regional contest sponsors, school systems and academic and cultural network, as well as with NHD nationally.” Dr. Shirley said one example of the new partnership is the group’s newest initiative, the “Research Round up.” “We are working with the Society of Georgia Archivists, archives, universities, museums and libraries (public as well as academic) across Georgia to arrange special events for NHD teachers and students at those institutions during October, Archives Month in Georgia,” he said. “The college is serving as a clearinghouse through which these institutions can organize and collaborate with each other, as well as the NHD teachers and students in their vicinity.” For more information, visit and click on the ‘Round Up’ Banner.

The 2014 National History Day Teaching Workshop
was hosted by the college in mid-July, with 16 educators from all over Georgia participating. Leading the workshop were Tim Hoogland, Director of Education Outreach for the Minnesota Historical Society, and Sarah Aschbrenner, Coordinator of Minnesota NHD.

A large post oak tree
next to Smith Hall fell victim to a strong windstorm in early June. Thankfully, neither Smith nor Quillian suffered any real damage. Michael Coniglio, Director of Physical Plant at National Management Resources, said wood was salvaged and made available to anyone wanting it. Dr. Mark Yates, Assistant Professor of Biology, took a cross-section of the tree to study it. He said the tree had 171 rings, dating the center of the tree to around 1843. He has preserved the sample, and it is now on display in the lobby of the Callaway Science Building.

This month’s edition of the college’s cable TV show, “LaGrange College Presents,” spotlights eight 2014 graduates whose career aspirations were transformed for the better at LaGrange College. Featured are interviews with dual-degree engineering major Josh Clinton, vocal performance major Alyese Wilkerson, nursing graduate Nathan Swanson and early childhood education major Cameron Johnson. Watch the show on Charter channel 181 Fridays at 10 p.m. or visit

Ali Grieb ’09 will present a one-woman show Aug. 19 at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in New York. She also is booked in other venues in New York.