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    Mary Beth Pennington '19

    Admissions Counselor
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    E-mail Mary Beth Pennington at marybeth.pennington@gcsu.edu

    Office Phone: (478) 445-5995

    Cellphone (Call or Text): (478) 234-5283

    Hometown: Watkinsville, GA

    Degrees: Outdoor Education B.S. (Georgia College)

    Recruitment Territories  

    Georgia Counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Glascock, Hancock, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Monroe, Putnam, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Dual Enrollment

    Favorite restaurant in Milledgeville: Stacked Sandwiches and More

    College Search Tip:Ask yourself what kind of experience you want – a big lecture style or a more personalized, engaging experience? Make this a priority and narrow down your search from there! After you ask yourself that question, look for a school that has opportunities for you to get involved and grow outside of and inside of your academics. You’ll be happy if you follow your heart in where you think will be best fit for you!

    Fun fact about me: I can play the ukulele and I have 8 pet chickens!

    Favorite spot on campus: Upstairs in the new study area in Beeson Hall or underneath the shade on front campus (on a cool Fall day, of course)!

    What do I love most about Georgia College: The community here is like no other! The students and professors quickly turn into friends and you will surely find your niche here at GC. There is something here for everyone – whether that be academically or co-curricularly. As a student here I truly felt a part of the GC family and campus is like home to me.

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    Marques Kyles 

    Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment
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    E-mail Marques Kyles at marques.kyles@gcsu.edu

    Office Phone: (478) 445-2523

    Cellphone (Call or Text): (478) 234-6752

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

    Degrees: Business Administration B.S. (Limestone College)

    Recruitment Territories  

    Georgia Counties:  Butts, Clayton, Greene, Henry, Lamar, Lincoln, McDuffie, Morgan, Newton, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, Taliaferro, Upson, Wilkes

    Favorite restaurant in Milledgeville: Kirk’s Jerk Chicken

    College Search Tip: When searching for the right college, make a selection based on S.M.A.R.T goals and not feeling and appearances. This will help you keep you self-accountable and put yourself in positions to take control of your future.

    Fun fact about me: My wife and I both work at Georgia College. When we are not busy in the bobcat community, we love to travel, be outdoors, researching different cultures and food!

    Favorite spot on campus: There are so many great spots on campus but it’s hard to beat a fall or spring day on front campus!

    What do I love most about Georgia College: The environment…Georgia College presents the perfect atmosphere composed of a beautiful campus, highly merited academics, and passionate faculty and staff committed to seeing our students succeed.

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    Emily Paulk 

    Admissions Counselor
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    E-mail Emily Paulk at emily.paulk@gcsu.edu

    Office Phone: (478) 445-6189

    Cellphone (Call or Text): (478) 234-6332

    Hometown: Sugar Hill, GA

    Degrees: Psychology B.S. (University of North Georgia)

    Recruitment Territories  

    Transfer, returning, post-baccalaureate, second undergraduate, non-traditional freshman, non-traditional transfer, non-degree seeking, and transient students from all over the U.S. 

    Favorite restaurant in Milledgeville: Kuroshima

    College Search Tip: Go on tours! The best way to find your perfect match is to visit in person.

    Fun fact about me: I have been a competitive swimmer most of my life. You can still catch me swimming laps on campus at the Wellness Center!

    Favorite spot on campus: The Wellness Center

    What do I love most about Georgia College: I love the size of Georgia College. It is small enough to easily make new friends, yet you can be here all four years and meet new people!

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    Rachel Horn 

    Admissions Counselor
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    E-mail Rachel Horn at rachel.horn@gcsu.edu

    Office Phone: (478) 234-6727

    Cellphone (Call or Text): (478) 234-6727

    Hometown: Douglasville, GA

    Degrees: Public Relations B.S. (Georgia Southern University)

    Recruitment Territories  
    Georgia Counties:
      Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Columbia, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Richmond, Screven, Tattnall, Ware, and Wayne

    Out of State: Missouri, and Texas.

    Favorite restaurant in Milledgeville: Bollywood Tacos

    College Search Tip: Stay organized! Have a binder set up with tabs for each school you’re interested in. Put a “quick facts” sheet at the front of each tab with things like school size, distance from home, average class size, important deadlines, and helpful website links (application, financial aid, list of majors offered, admissions office contacts), what you love most about the school, and even what you don’t like about the school. Every time you get something important from a school, put it in the binder. It will help throughout the application process as well as your decision process. No matter where you end up, not only will it be fun to have that to look back on, but it’ll keep it from becoming overwhelming. .

    Fun fact about me: I’m no pro, but I know how to surf!

    Favorite spot on campus: Einstein’s Bagels

    What do I love most about Georgia College: It’s truly a community here. The students, the faculty, the staff, the people of Milledgeville – people care about one another and about the well-being of the city and campus. There’s a special kind of pride in our town and our college.

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    Melissa Barger 

    Associate Director of Admissions
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    E-mail Melissa Barger at melissa.barger@gcsu.edu

    Office Cellphone (Call or Text):  (478) 387-5501

    Hometown: Saratoga, CA

    Degrees: Organizational Studies B.A. (Pitzer College); Project Management M.S. (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

    Recruitment Territories  
    Georgia Counties:
      North Fulton and Cherokee 

    Georgia High Schools:  Brookwood HS, Peachtree Ridge HS, North Gwinnett HS, Lambert HS, South Forsyth HS, West Forsyth HS, Lassiter HS, Walton HS, Starr’s Mill HS, and St. Pius X Catholic HS

    Out of State: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, .Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming

    College Search Tip: Reach out to your assigned admissions counselor. No question is too big or too small. We want to make sure you are confident in the college search process and end up at a college that is the best fit for you!

    Fun fact about me: Growing up I played the steel drums

    Favorite spot on campus: The Front Porch outside of Parks Hall (the rocking chairs are the best!)

    What do I love most about Georgia College: I love how everyone is a supportive family. Students, faculty, and staff are truly there for everyone from day one.

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    Ellie McAlpin '14

    Regional Admissions Counselor
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    E-mail Ellie McAlpin at ellie.mcalpin@gcsu.edu

    Office Cellphone (Call or Text): (478) 414-8989

    Hometown: Savannah, GA

    Degrees: Psychology B.S. (Georgia College)

    Recruitment Territories  
    Georgia Counties:
      Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, South Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Heard, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Union, Walker, Whitfield

    Out of State: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia

    Favorite restaurant in Milledgeville: The Local Yolkal

    College Search Tip: Visit as many colleges as possible! Try to visit different sized schools, schools in cities versus towns, etc. This helps students begin to understand what institution is truly the best fit for them!

    Fun fact about me: I can snap with every finger.

    Favorite spot on campus: Front Campus, especially when it is decorated for the winter holidays!

    What do I love most about Georgia College: I love the community you make as a GC student and the pride our students have in being a Bobcat!

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    Brittany Bryan '19

    Admissions Counselor
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    E-mail Brittany Bryan at brittany.bryan@gcsu.edu

    Office Phone: (478) 445-3651

    Cellphone (Call or Text): (478) 234-6660

    Hometown: Loganville, GA.

    Degrees: History B.A. (Georgia College)

    Recruitment Territories  

    Georgia Counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pulaski, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Worth

    Out of State: Florida

    Favorite restaurant in Milledgeville: Amici

    College Search Tip: Know Yourself! Make a list of the things such as location, tuition and fees, majors and activities offered, enrollment size, etc. for each college you’re considering and figure out how you fit into that. Through this, you’ll answer questions such as how far away from home do you want to be? What location setting do you prefer? Do they offer your major? What are the scholarship opportunities and is the overall cost of attendance manageable? What is the average class size and how does that fit with my individual learning style? Knowing yourself and knowing what your list of colleges offer can ensure you know what to expect coming in, and will likely overall help with the transition from high school to college.

    Fun fact about me: I am an Enneagram type 3 and an ENFJ

    Favorite spot on campus: The Old Governor’s Mansion or the Mayfair front porch

    What do I love most about Georgia College: I love the community and the size! GC and the town of Milledgeville are so closely interwoven—it’s truly a college town where everyone is so kind and friendly.
     

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    Jillian Bolak '16

    Senior Regional Admissions Counselor
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    E-mail Jillian Bolak at jillian.bolak@gcsu.edu

    Office Cellphone (Call or Text): (478) 414-8009

    Hometown: Peoria, IL

    Degrees: Marketing BBA, Economics Minor (Georgia College)

    Recruitment Territories  

    Georgia Counties: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, South Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Walton, White

    Georgia High Schools: Atlanta Jewish Academy and Marist School

    Out of State: The Dakotas, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

    Favorite restaurant in Milledgeville: The Velvet Elvis! I love the fried pickles and the buffalo chicken sandwich!

    College Search Tip: Visit all your top choices!  It is so important to take a campus tour before you choose to attend.  Georgia College is beautiful and you feel like you're on a college movie set just being here.  When you step foot on campus, you'll know that GC is where you belong.

    Fun fact about me: I have pictures with Rich Homie Quan and Lil Dicky from when they performed in the Centennial Center at Georgia College!

    Favorite spot on campus: The quad in between Foundation and Parkhurst Halls is such a fun activity area. The space has been used for concerts, spike ball, studying, and I even remember a carnival taking over the space in the past! University Housing brought in rides and games with Community Advisors serving caramel apples and cotton candy - the best part is it was all free!

    What do I love most about Georgia College: I love the close-knit community and how friendly all of the people are. Walking around the beautiful campus, you're always exchanging waves and smiles with familiar faces. The faculty members genuinely want to see students succeed and the students are happy to help each other. There's so much positive energy and meaningful philanthropy that comes from Georgia College.

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