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Change in Commencement Location/July Athletic News

The Summer Commencement Ceremony for Gadsden State Community College will be held Friday, August 10 at Word Alive Church (122 Allendale Road, Oxford) at 7:00 p.m.  The ceremony,   originally scheduled for Wallace

Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden, is being moved due to the Gateway Project construction taking place which requires blocking the front entrance to Wallace Hall and limiting parking spaces. 

Dr. Robert Exley, president of Snead State Community College, will be the featured speaker for the ceremony.  Exley currently serves as a member of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Reserve Fund Advisory Council, ACCS Scholarship Review Committee, ACCS Accelerate Alabama Steering Committee, Alabama Community College Athletic Association Executive Committee, Boaz Rotary Club, and sits on the board of directors for the Boaz Chamber of Commerce.  He served as a member of the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development, Vision Marshall Steering Committee Co-Chair, Valley Innovation Alliance Leadership Committee, Alabama Community College System Task Force, Joint Policy Review Committee, and the Administrative Software Committee. 

Exley currently serves as a consultant with the American Association of Community Colleges specializing in leadership development, faculty training, and program evaluation strategies for AACC’s national service-learning project.  He provides these same services for other colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Gadsden State appreciates your patience and continued support during this construction phase. For more information about the commencement ceremony please contact Terri Riddle at triddle@gadsdenstate.edu or 256-549-8255.

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CARDINAL TEAMS, INDIVIDUALS, SCORE  ACADEMIC HONORS

Gadsden State is proud to announce that four athletic teams earned honors for their work in the classroom–qualifying for the National Junior College Athletic Association Academic Teams for 2011-2012.  Women’s cross country leads the nation as the top ranked team for the second year in a row with a 3.60 GPA for all women’s cross country teams who qualified.

To qualify as an academic team, athletic teams must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Three other Cardinal teams qualified: softball–3.26 GPA; women’s basketball–3.04 GPA; and volleyball–3.03 GPA.

In addition to the team honors, Cardinal athletes Megan Battles of Sand Rock (volleyball) and Meagan Clark of Glencoe (cross country) received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with 4.0 GPAs.

“We are extremely proud of our student athletes for their hard work in the classroom and athletic venues. It is indeed an honor to have four of our programs recognized nationally for their academic achievements,” Athletic Director Mike Cancilla said.

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Cross Country Athletes Rank 1st in Nation Academically  

The Gadsden State Community College Cross Country Team continues a long-standing tradition of having teams that are outstanding on the field, as well as, in the classroom as the team leads the nation as the top ranked academic team.   The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its Academic Teams for 2011-2012 and for the second year in a row with the Cardinals hold the top spot with a 3.60 GPA for all women’s cross country teams who qualified.  

To qualify as an academic team, athletic teams must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  The Cardinal cross country team includes:  Meagan Clark (Glencoe), Melissa Juarez (Rainbow City), Michelle Lackey (Arab), Ever Naugher (Oxford), Jesse Ryals (Southside), and Robin Wynn (Section).  In addition, team member Meagan Clark received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a 4.0 GPA. 

Being a cross country athlete and excelling in the classroom both require self-discipline and perseverance.   Cross Country Coach Jim Pitchford said, “We have been very fortunate to have athletes who have excelled in academics and in the sport over the years.”   Gadsden State has consistently ranked in the top five across the nation for the past three years. 

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