Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fall payment deadline for pre-registered students extended until July 31

The College has extended the fall tuition payment deadline for pre-registered students in 15W, 12W, 8W1, and 4W1 sessions until Friday, July 31, 2015 due to delays in financial aid processing.
This affects those who have preregistered since April 13 but have not paid. Students who have not paid tuition, enrolled in anautomatic payment plan or have anticipated financial aid and scholarships less than the balance due, will be dropped from their courses at midnight July 31.

Students may pay online or in person.

All new students registering after July 31 should plan to pay at the time of registration.

To check the status of your student account, contact the 24/7 Financial Aid & Student Accounts Center at or 1/855-874-6681.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

On-Time Registration goes into effect this fall

Starting with the fall 2015 semester, all students enrolling at Germanna will be required to register by 11:59 p.m. the day before the session begins to meet the On-Time Registration requirement.
Learn more here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GCC College Board to discuss State Board tuition increase Friday

The Germanna Community College College Board will meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5 in Conference Room 100 at the Locust Grove Campus to discuss action recently taken by the State Board regarding tuition and fees.
To be discussed: whether to accept a State Board offer of a one dollar tuition differential increase per credit hour.
A signup sheet for public comment will be available 30 minutes prior to the meeting.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Business Administration transfer agreement evidence of special relationship between Germanna, University of Mary Washington

The presidents of the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College signed a direct transfer agreement for Business Administration students Tuesday in a ceremony at UMW.
Dr. Lynne Richardson, dean of the College of Business at UMW, said: "This agreement says ... students who go to Germanna and want to study business will be able to transfer a little bit easier."

Germanna President David A. Sam took the opportunity to praise UMW President Rick Hurley, who will retire in June of 2016, for working to establish what he called “a model for relationships between universities and community colleges” that he believes will continue after both men are gone.
GCC's Dr. David Sam (right) praises UWM's Rick Hurley today.

“It's a pleasure to work with him,” Dr. Sam said. “We've had lunches pretty regularly in which we talked about the problems and opportunities ... How can we help students at Germanna not have what's called a ‘transfer bump?' How can we smooth things and make transfers more seamless? How can we work together to enable more students to graduate? How can we reach more first generation college students? And what can we do to support economic development and community development, some things together and some things separately? The bonus is we became friends and there's a trust that extends to the provost at UMW and our chief academic officer. We hope the people who follow Rick and myself carry on this model relationship.”

Hurley said: “I've enjoyed the partnership and the friendship. It's all about serving the community and the needs of our students.”

Students who graduate from Germanna with the AA&S degree in Business Administration, General Studies or Liberal Arts with at least a 3.0 grade point average on all college work, including courses taken at colleges other than GCC, and have completed the specific business course prerequisites with a 2.5 GPA in those five courses are guaranteed admission to the BS in Business Administration Program at UMW
GCC students who enroll in UMW’s bachelor of science in Business Administration program will be considered on the same basis as its own junior year students for admission to competitive programs, as well as for registration, financial aid, scholarships and student housing.
Germanna students who don’t meet all of the terms of the agreement may nonetheless be competitive applicants and are encouraged to apply through the regular transfer admissions process. 
UMW will guarantee the acceptance of 63 transferable credits (courses for transfer must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Completion of the approved associate degree through dual enrollment will not preclude the student from eligibility. In addition, credit for courses completed through International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Cambridge, CLEP, and armed services experience will be accepted

Monday, May 18, 2015

Prof. Rich Gossweiler appreciation: 'How do you measure the lump in a student's throat?'

When Cory MacLauchlin began teaching at Germanna Community College, Prof. Rich Gossweiler told him his goal should be simple:
“‘How do you measure the lump in a student's throat?” Gossweiler asked him. “If we don’t make the students feel something, then we miss the point.”
“To me, that’s his legacy,” said MacLauchlin.
Judy Napier and Margaret Gossweiler
at celebration of Prof.Rich Gossweiler's life
 Gossweiler passed away on April 10 after 45 years of teaching in the Virginia Community College system, most of them at Germanna.
He had retired from teaching full time, but couldn’t stay away from GCC , its students and faculty and continued to teach part time.
He was at GCC’s Locust Grove Campus that day when he began to feel ill and went outside to rest on a bench. He collapsed moments later.  Germanna nursing professors who had come to love Gossweiler worked heroically to keep him alive till an ambulance arrived. He passed away that evening, with family --and Germanna faculty and staff  who considered him family-- at his side. He was 74.
“Rich Gossweiler was not only a great teacher of students, but someone who played a critical role in mentoring faculty and staff,” Germanna President David A. Sam said at a celebration of his life at GCC’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper on May 6.
.At a retirement event, Gossweiler  had urged faculty members to continue to “challenge the students … make them go further than they expected.”
Gossweiler also asked them to remember that “students are your friends."
Prof. Rich Gossweiler and Prof. Don Frank
at retirement event
“When we go through town, we always run into our students. The wonderful thing about community colleges is you see the results—you see [former] students. You make friends,” he said.
Many are passionate about teaching.  Gossweiler’s feelings went beyond that. He couldn’t contain the joy the profession brought him--and it was infectious.
“When he wasn’t smiling, he was roaring with laughter,” Sam said.
“He helped instill in me the passion I have today,” said Dr. Patti Lisk, dean of nursing at Germanna.
At the celebration of the late professor's life, a former student said, “As long as he taught, there’s a piece of Rich Gossweiler in every one of us.”
In a sense, we were all Rich Gossweiler’s students.
He left so many of us with lumps in our throats.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Great Expectations: 'If they can make it big, so can you'

Germanna Community College recognizes the strides being made by Great Expectations program students students during a GE Milestones: 
Recognizing and Celebrating Student Successes ceremony.Wednesday night. 
Great Expectations prepares foster care youth aging out of the system for the transition to college in part through mentoring.
“Germanna is a place where you can begin to live out a part of your dreams," GE Program Coordinator Jennifer Lawrence for the students . "Antwone Fisher, a former foster youth, said to himself, 'if they can make it big, so can I.' So, I want you to know as I have shared with you all over and over again. . . I am proud of you for all that you have overcome and if they can make it big, so can you.”
Antwan Perry addresses Germanna Great Expectations students.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Figuring out how to cool coffee down fast is, well, cool

Prof. Mirela Fetea’s Physics 242 class was working on a “How to Cool Down Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate” project Tuesday at Germanna Community College’s Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania.

“There’s a lot of physics in something as simple as making a cup of coffee,” Fetea said. “We all have burned our tongues trying to sip coffee when it’s too hot--waiting to take that first sip can seem like it takes forever.”

She challenged students to apply some of the basic concepts and principles studied this semester in the physics class--heat radiation and absorption, conduction and convection, insulation, etc, to figure out what succession of steps would cool down the liquid the most in three minutes:

Quickly pouring the creamer and sugar in, or pouring them in right before you drink, stirring or shaking the cup, blowing on it.

Fetea explained the winning strategy, which involved continuous movement of an aluminum foil tray full of hot water around a table in the physics lab:

"By moving the tray around they tried to maximize the loss of heat via conduction - transfer of energy by the movement of particles that are in direct contact with each other. The larger the temperature difference between the objects, the quicker the heat transfer is. As soon as the temperature of the table surface increased, they moved the tray to another spot, having a slightly lower temperature--room temperature--and therefore speeding up the heat transfer."

The results:

First place: Nathan Helmly, Ethan Martin, Joseph Medawar, and Vincent Eastman.

Sexond place tie: A team of Ali Hayder, Gabriel Simmons, Michael Hales, and Nathan Richters and a team consisting of Daniel Carder, Kristy D'Alessandro, Donnie Lewis, and Justin Wray.

Third place: Nicholas Short, David Brown, Jake Polend and Matt Perry

Nathan Richters waves a styrofoam cup while team members Gabriel Simmons,
Michael Hales and Ali Hayder blow air onto a tray of hot water
 to cool down a hot liquid during a Germanna Community College physics class.
 Six teams of four students had three minutes to apply some of the concepts
 and principles studied in their University Physics II  class.
(Photo by Robert A. Martin)