EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: Bibb preparing for summer meals program

April 20, 2014 

For the fourth year in a row, the Bibb County School Nutrition Program will oversee the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, which makes sure children throughout the county receive meals during a critical time when school is not in session.

The district will provide meals and snacks free of charge to sponsors that provide food to children in supervised settings. Potential sites may include vacation Bible schools, faith-based day camps, public parks, libraries and public housing complexes.

This year’s summer meals program runs from June 2 to July 18.

Last summer, about 4,000 children in Bibb County received meals each day through the program.

For more information or to sign up to be a sponsoring site for the program, call Bernice Tukes at 478-779-2595.

Middle Georgia State places in cyber defense competition

The team representing Middle Georgia State College recently finished in the top eight of the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held at Kennesaw State University.

Eighteen teams representing various colleges and universities took on hypothetical crises related to the protection of computer networks, according to a news release.

Black educators exhibit on display in Milledgeville

The Sallie Ellis Davis House at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville is showcasing an exhibit called “Prominent Black Educators” throughout the month of April.

The exhibit features painted portraits of about 12 local educators who made a difference in the local community. Each portrait is accompanied with a biography of the educator, according to a news release.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for seniors. All university faculty, staff and students get in free.

Registration open for Bibb AP summer academy

A free summer academy is available for rising ninth- through 12th-grade Bibb County students interested in taking Advanced Placement courses, but the program is limited to the first 200 registrants.

The AP Summer Academy will take place June 9-12 and June 16-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Westside High School. Students will learn study and essay-writing skills, learn how to use primary and secondary sources and how to analyze literature. They also will have a field trip during the last week of the summer program.

The deadline to register is May 9. For more information, call 478-779-8597 or visit

Georgia College student receives national science award

Three years of research on how plants respond to their environment has led Georgia College & State University senior Anne Zimmerman to be recognized among the top science students in the country. She was awarded the prestigious honor of being a part of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Zimmerman is the first reported undergraduate at Georgia College in the department of biological and environmental sciences to receive the NFS Graduate Research Fellowship.

“For the sciences, this is the top award at this stage in her career,” said Caralyn Zehnder, associate professor of biological and environmental sciences. “The majority of students who receive this award are graduate students in their first year of study, so for Anne to receive this as an undergraduate is an amazing accomplishment.”

Georgia Southwestern opens office in Dublin

Americus-based Georgia Southwestern State University opened an office in Dublin last week for the external programs office of the School of Business Administration.

“Having a dedicated office for online students in this area provides a one-stop shop for advisement, financial aid and admissions without having to visit campus,” said Liz Wilson, dean of the School of Business. Georgia Southwestern offers online degrees in management, accounting, human resource management and marketing.

The university also renewed curriculum agreements with East Georgia State College, South Georgia State College and Bainbridge State College.

Writers Andres David Lopez, Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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