Ribbon cuttings are grand events on college and university campuses. Georgia Southwestern State University held such an event last week to open Phase One of the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Services Complex, known as Carter One. The new facility features 46,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom and clinical space for the School of Nursing and the Student Health Center. Phoebe Putney Health System donated a $1 million matching gift toward the simulation lab. Phase Two of the project will be a 35,000-square-foot building to house the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, the Psychology/Sociology Department and additional lab space for the sciences.
In Albany, there too was a ribbon cutting last week. Albany Technical College snipped the ribbon on two new labs at Freedom Hall. The new hotel/restaurant/tourism management lab will allow extensive hands-on training in everything related to the hospitality business. Students can now train in hotel rooms, a cruise ship cabin, a travel agency, a hotel lobby and more. The new marketing management lab is just as impressive and will offer a wide variety of training experiences, including the use of the newest technologies. Georgia Southwestern and Albany Tech are educating their students for careers that can lead them in many directions, the best of which is employment in growing and vibrant fields of work. Congratulations to both.
When Sept. 15 arrives, be ready to get rid of all that recyclable stuff that has collected in your home, office and garage. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. that day, a Go Green event will be held at the Albany Civic Center. Sponsored by Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and local law enforcement agencies, the event is not simply an electronic recycling opportunity. Unwanted or out-to-date medications will be accepted. Up to 10 boxes of documents can be shredded free of charge thanks to the services of ShredEx. Electronics such as keyboards, video players, CD players, computer monitors and more will gladly be accepted. Old-style televisions will be accepted, but for a $10 fee because of the toxic material involved. Businesses, industries and government agencies can call (229) 430-5257 to schedule pickup service of large quantities. What a great opportunity to tidy up and do so safely.
High school football season is here! The effort it takes to pull off even one Friday-night game is something everyone should appreciate. For the players and coaches, there have been pushed-to-the-limit practices. Marching band members have worked through the heat and gnats to perfect their performances. Cheerleaders and flag teams have also practiced extremely hard. There are uniforms and gear to manage. Often travel is involved. Booster club volunteers work tirelessly raising money and manning concession stands. Maintenance staffs have worked to keep the fields in pristine condition, regardless of rain or drought. Parents spend lots of money to support their children’s athletic efforts. So get out and support the team of your choice by attending the games and taking along your manners.
Habitat for Humanity has the ability to stretch a dollar into two or three with wise management and the generosity of volunteers. Bank of America Albany Banking Center Manager Jennifer Wilson had the privilege of presenting a check for $3,000 to Flint River Habitat for Humanity Vice President Brian Mallow last week. The donation was matched by Bank of America’s corporate office. Mallow said the $6,000 will help complete two houses on Sunny Lane, one of which will become home to a veteran, a current focus of Habitat. There will possibly be some money left over to begin other homes, especially following the success of “Hammer Jam” and the upcoming Georgia Throwdown. Regardless of skill levels, volunteers on the job sites are always welcome. Come as a group or as an individual. There is always work to be done.
— The Albany Herald Editorial Board