Photo by Heather Middleton
By Johnny Jackson
Preparations are under way for another fall semester at Gordon College, in nearby Barnesville, Ga. Gordon officials anticipate roughly 4,700 students to enroll this fall, which includes approximately 1,000 resident students.
Henry County represented the college's largest pool of students with 1,074 in 2010, as Clayton County was represented by 318 pupils. Officials reported, then, that roughly 85 percent of Henry County students were considered commuters, while 71 percent of Clayton County students commuted to campus.
Gordon College recently announced that, with the majority of students commuting to campus, some adjustments have been made concerning parking. The smaller parking lot adjacent to the Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Building is now designated for faculty/staff only.
Officials noted that several spaces have been opened for commuter students in the lot adjacent to Alumni Memorial Hall, near the Aquatic Center.
"We have plenty of parking on campus for the number of students we anticipate," said Gordon College Police Chief Jeff Mason. "Some are closer to the center of campus than others, but there are plenty of spaces," he said in a written statement.
Mason added that while students should always be careful driving on campus, special care should be taken the first few weeks as students familiarize themselves with both traffic flow and pedestrian patterns.
Gordon's fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 15.
"We are looking forward to another great year," said Interim President Shelley Nickel. "Through the academic year, we will be making improvements to our campus to better serve our students."
Work is under way on the last phase of renovations to the student center, for example. The student center was built in 1977 and expanded in 2008. Its improvements are expected to be completed in early spring.
Nickel pointed to one of the college's latest additions in its new Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Building. Additionally, the college has expanded its course offerings with bachelor's degree programs in six areas of study, including early childhood education, English, history, mathematics, biology, and nursing.
To learn more about the fall semester at Gordon College, visit the web site at www.gdn.edu.