“Every journey starts with a step. An academic journey is no different; we all have great things in our lives: great stories, great trips, and great sayings. All of the great things in history started somewhere with something. Every great moment has a beginning. Darton is that beginning for me.” This was the response Luke Griffin gave when asked why he chose to attend Darton State College this fall. As an Albany local he has grown up in the shadow of Darton, and, therefore; always envisioned himself beginning his journey into adulthood here.
Darton State Names New Interim Chief Advancement Officer
Cynthia George has joined the Darton family as the new interim Chief Advancement Officer and Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.
George who has been a staple in the community for many years, brings more than 20 years of experience in fund development and marketing to Darton State. In her new role, she will have oversight of advancement, alumni, public relations, and marketing efforts for the College.
Berry Named NJCAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year
The NJCAA national office named Darton State (Ga.) sophomore diver Crawford Berry the 2014 David Rowlands Male Student-Athlete of the Year Wednesday. The David Rowlands Award is annually bestowed upon the NJCAA’s top male student-athlete that best displays the values of hard work, discipline, ethics and excellence that were embodied by the former board member.
Dr. Kluball's Forte
Dr. Jeff Kluball, associate professor of music, has a love for life and a passion for music. As an outdoor enthusiast you may find him canoeing, cycling across Georgia or hunting, but his forte is music. He was recently elected as vice president for the Phi Beta Mu Georgia professional bandmasters fraternity as well as being reelected as the 2nd Congressional District Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) College Chair. Phi Beta Mu uses the Greek letters interpreted to mean, “Life, Love and Music;” fitting for a man who has built his life devoted to his love of music.
Michelle Truong Seeks to Enhance Life through Bioengineering
Born in Orange County, CA, the youngest of four children and the only girl, Michelle Truong is a second-generation college student. She moved with her family to Leesburg, GA when she was six years old. When it came time to go to College, a very important endeavor to her and her family, she found herself not ready to leave home.
Michelle chose to go to school at Darton, allowing her to stay at home and save money!
Darton, Just the Beginning for Brooks Anne Mitchell
Horse riding enthusiast and avid reader, Brooks Anne Mitchell, is the middle child, with an older brother and younger sister who also attend Darton. Her family moved to Albany when Brooks Anne was two. She started homeschooling in the 7th grade and absolutely loved it. By 12th grade, she was able to start her collegiate career at Darton by being a dual-enrolled student.
Community Service a Priority for Softball Team
Head Darton softball coach Eric Neel took the helm of the Lady Cavalier ball club with only three weeks to prepare for a February 1 season opener, but that didn’t stop him from immediately taking his program into the local community.
Kyle Parks is a Sophomore at Darton State College with an enthusiasm for fishing. He was elected President of the Darton State Fishing Club Team in the fall of 2012 and has been very active since his inauguration.
“Fishing is my passion and I want to excel at the collegiate level and beyond.”
Claire Dyal, of Albany, has been named the 2013 New Century Scholar for Georgia. Dyal will graduate this Friday, May 3, with an Associate of Science degree in psychology.
Dyal is one of 52 to receive this honor. One student from each of the 50 states was selected, as well as one from Canada and the Federated State of Micronesia. Dyal received a $2,000 scholarship and a plaque, which was presented to her at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention held in San Francisco, CA last month.
Another Darton State faculty member shines again. Dr. Kerri Newton, PT, DPT, was recently awarded the Outstanding Technical Teacher Award by the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) at the 50th National Conference held in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Newton, associate professor and director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Darton.