Founders Celebration honors GGC’s many supporters

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General, the mascot, poses with 5 people.
Tommy and Gina Hughes, Charlotte Nash, Glenn White and Marsha Bomar have some fun with General during the Founders Celebration reception.

While Georgia Gwinnett College is marking its 10th anniversary year throughout 2015, it held several GGC10-themed events in mid-September, highlighted by GGC10 Day on Sept. 17. The day culminated in a formal Founders Celebration reception and dinner, held in the Student Center.

The event’s more than 300 guests included Gwinnett community members and local and state officials, who were honored for their contributions in establishing and supporting the college.

“Our 10th year was an appropriate time to gather all of these individuals together to celebrate what they have achieved in the creation of the college,” said Dr. Stas Preczewski, president. “GGC has been in existence long enough to prove that its unique model for higher education works and that these individuals can be very proud of the impact their efforts will make for generations.”

The event included remarks by Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia; Charlotte Nash, chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners; Don Balfour, Georgia Senator; Glenn White, charter chair of the GGC Foundation and Tommy Hughes, current chair of the GGC Foundation. These individuals discussed the Gwinnett community’s efforts to establish the college, as well as GGC’s success and its importance to Gwinnett, Georgia and the nation.

The event concluded with a moving presentation by Candice Coulter, class of ’15, who discussed how GGC made a difference in her life, inspiring six other members of her family to go to college and to choose GGC. Several other students highlighted during the evening held up signs spelling, “We thank you!” to end the program in rousing applause.

“Many special people began advocating for a bachelor’s degree-granting college in Gwinnett County decades ago and have since provided significant support for GGC,” Preczewski said. “We would not be where we are today without them. This event honored everything they have done and continue to do for Georgia Gwinnett College.”

“Gwinnett County is not your typical community. And GGC is not your typical college. We were designed to be different. To be a game-changer. To challenge the conventions of higher education. And in only 10 years, we’ve done it – successfully – and it’s all because of you. But our work is not done and we cannot rest on our laurels. And though there may be challenges ahead, we pledge … to ensure the GGC model becomes recognized as the best in class and as a truly transformative model for American higher education … to fully realize the opportunity GGC holds for the future of higher education in Gwinnett, in Georgia and beyond … and to fulfill the amazing dream – your amazing dream – that is Georgia Gwinnett College.”
– Dr. Stas Preczewski, President

Watch the presentation that brought the audience to tears:

In less than 12 minutes, D. Westry, known as the world’s fastest speed-painter, created two GGC10 commemorative works during the Founder’s Celebration dinner – a grizzly and celebrating graduates. These pieces will be displayed permanently on campus. The video below is in real-time. To skip ahead to see the first finished painting, go to 5:30, after which he begins the second painting. You can see the finished second painting at 11:49.

Enjoy the celebration through photos of the event:

Four guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Speed painter painting a picture of a grizzly bear on canvas
6 alumni guests at GGC10 dinner
Tommy Hughes speaking at the GGC10 Founders' Day celebration beside Dr. Stas Preczewski
3 guests at GGC10 dinner
Candice Coulter speaking at the GGC10 Founders Celebration
2 guests at GGC10 dinner
6 guests at GGC10 dinner
Stas Preczewski, Lori Buckheister and two guests of the GGC10 Founders Celebration
Guitarist
2 people shaking hands
Four guests at the GGC10 Founders Celebration
3 guests at GGC10 founders celebration
Two male guests at the GGC10 Founders Celebration dinner
2 guests at GGC10 dinner
Two male guests at the GGC10 Founders Celebration Dinner
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Four guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
General Grizzly Four guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two female guests at the GGC10 Founders Celebration Dinner
General Grizzly with two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Several guests seated at the GGC10 founder's celebration dinner
Four guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Three guests at GGC10 dinner
Male guest and female guest seated at GGC10 founders celebration dinner
Three guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Five guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Stas Preczewski and four other guests at the GGC10 founders celebration
Speaker at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Speaker at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Stas Preczewski and male guest
Five guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Speaker toasting at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Four female GGC staff members
Four guests in the lobby at the GGC10 founders celebration
Speaker at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Phil Coker and Senator Renee Unterman riding on a golf cart
Three guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Large group of male guests at the GGC10 founders celebration
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Three guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Four guests in shuttle
Three guests at the GGC10 founders celebration dinner
Five guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Students spell out "thank you" on cards on stage
General Grizzly with three guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Three guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Speaker at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two guests shake hands at podium at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two guests speaking to a GGC staff member
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Daryouch Aziz speaking to two guests at the GGC10 founders celebration
Two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Four guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Five guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two female guests in the lobby at the GGC10 founders celebration
General Grizzly with two guests at the GGC10 Founder's celebration
Two guests leaving the celebration on a golf cart
Three male guests holding GGC10 hard hats
Stas Preczewski and two guests at dinner
Two female guests taking a selfie
Male guest with an arm around two female guests
General posed with Dr. Jim Fatzinger and other GGC staff members and guests
General posed with three guests at the GGC10 founders celebration
Carl Rogers and his wife at the GGC10 founders celebration dinner
Male and female guest having a conversation before dinner
Candice Coulter with two of her family members and two other guests at the founders celebration
Couple on the patio at the GGC10 founders celebration
A couple on the patio at the GGC10 founders celebration
Tommy Hughes and Charlotte Nash on the patio at the founders day celebration
Dan Nolan and female guest on patio at the founders celebration
Demetrios Lambros and a female guest at dinner
Three guests at dinner
Ron and Dana Garrard
General posed with five guests at the GGC10 founders celebration
General with his arm around two guests in the lobby

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