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COLUMBUS CAMPUS

Campus Description

GMC began operations in the Columbus area in 1997 with classrooms and offices at Ft. Benning and later expanded into Midtown Columbus in 2004. In January 2013, the Columbus campus relocated to a newly constructed campus with state-of-the-art instructional technology. Main offices and classrooms are now located at 7300 Blackmon Road (706-478-1688) with an additional office at Ft. Benning (706-478-1688).

The Columbus campus provides students with a campus-wide, broadband, wireless mesh network as well as Smart Boards in every classroom. In order to maximize the utility of these technologies, to fully allow every student to benefit from the Learning Management System used for all instruction, and to better prepare students for success at follow-on universities or work, every Columbus campus student is encouraged to bring a personal laptop or other acceptable computing device to class. Computers are also available on campus for student use in the Library and Learning Center.

Academic Support

Orientation

Orientation helps students new to GMC Columbus prepare for their first day of class. It introduces students to the technology and resources of the Columbus campus and helps them integrate into the campus community. After advising, the student is sent a link to the online orientation. Once completed, the student receives an invitation to the campus welcome party where the student can meet fellow students, faculty, and staff and learn about Clubs and other Student Life activities offered at GMC Columbus.

Advising

Advising is an integral part of student success at Georgia Military College. The Academic Advisor guides students through the course selection process each term as well as providing support during their time at GMC Columbus, ensuring they remain on track for graduation. The primary goal of academic advising is to encourage and enable students to become effective academic planners. Students are encouraged to review the next term’s schedule prior to advising.

The Advising Center is located in room 102.

Tutoring

Free academic tutoring is available on campus or online via Moodle course page using Tutor.com.

Library

The library is located on Hallway 200 and is staffed by a Library Associate who is available to assist in the use of online resources and inter-library loans of books and journals from other libraries. The library is designated as the quiet study area on campus.

Student Services

Columbus provides student services using a ‘one-stop’ concept. Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid and Bookstore services are available in one office, eliminating the need to move between multiple departments and locations.

Student Services is located in Suite 400, and Student Services Representatives may be contacted at columbushelp@gmc.edu or at 706-478-1688.

Parking

For the safety of our students, faculty and staff parking on the Columbus campus is by permit only, so all private vehicles must display a properly affixed parking decal. Parking decals are free and may be obtained from the Bookstore in room 405.

Students may park in any undesignated parking space on campus.

Clubs & Organizations

Studies show that students who are involved in an on-campus activity are much more likely to graduate. The Columbus campus offers a host of organizations on campus. The Campus Orientation event is a great place to find one’s niche. Students are able to join organizations at any time during their course of studies at GMC. Columbus currently offers the following clubs and organizations:

· Student Honor Council (SHC) – This organization is comprised of highly recommended students who formally hear and assess confidential cases regarding other students’ violation of Georgia Military College’s student honor code.

· Student Government Association (SGA) – All students are members of the SGA, a very active group at the Columbus campus. SGA holds meetings discussing ways to improve the student experience on campus. They also host several activities for our students including mid-term meals and dinners, holiday parties, an annual leadership retreat, etc.

· Ethics Bowl Team – According to its parent organization, the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, participation on the Ethics Bowl Team “gives students a chance to enter an academic competition that combines excitement and fun with an educationally valuable experience in the areas of practical and professional ethics.” Ethics bowl team members compete with other teams institutionally, regionally, and nationally, presenting effective arguments on how various ethics cases should be resolved.

· Student Newspaper – Students who enjoy writing, photography, editing, or making creative news layouts are encouraged to contribute their talents to the quarterly Columbus student newspaper, The Bark.

· Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – This is an invitation-only honor society for the accomplished GMC student. Candidates for membership must have completed 12-quarter hours and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5. Regular meetings are held throughout the term, and scholarship opportunities are available for members.

- Reflections – This is an annual GMC literary publication that all GMC students are encouraged to participate in by submitting original prose, poems, artwork, and photography. This book is published institution-wide and is free to all GMC students and alumni.

· Veterans Club- This student organization promotes pride and interaction among former service members of all branches. It serves to support the well-being of one another while in college and to participate in a variety of different community projects on and off campus. Membership shall be open to military members, immediate dependents, and all students in good academic standing.