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Junior Highlander soccer camp upcoming at Gordon

Coaches Ed Jules and Ricci Jules will host two sessions of the Junior Highlander Soccer Camp June 3-6 and June 10-13 at Gordon State College. The camps are open to kids ages 4-12 and 13-18.

The fee for those registering by May 28 is $215. After that, the cost is $225. Each camper will receive a ball, t-shirt and lunch daily.

For more information, call 678.359.5123.

Crowds throng Gordon graduation ceremony

A huge crowd was on hand on Lambdin Green Friday morning for graduation exercises at Gordon State College. The rain held off and only a slight drizzle fell during the celebration presided over by GSC president Dr. Don Green.

Madison Walker (above) presented the commencement address to her fellow grads. She plans to teach in Monroe County starting this fall.


Honored were more than 250 graduates from The School of Business, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences (BLASS); The School of Nursing, Health, and Natural Sciences (NHNS); and The School of Education, Mathematics, and Applied Sciences (EMAS).

“Graduates, congratulations! You’ve achieved something only a fraction of people do,” said Dr. Donald J. Green, GSC president. “Today, we celebrate your college degree. Well done, you did it! Your degree will propel your career and expand your earning potential. Your education enriches your life and nurtures your family tree for generations to come. Chase your dreams and inspire others to do the same.”

In total, 284 baccalaureate and associate degrees were awarded to graduates from across the region. This year’s graduation ceremony saw a 21.8% increase in graduates compared to the 224 graduates at the spring commencement of 2023. Pres. Green highlighted several who have defied the odds to reach this milestone. He mentioned that this year is “especially poignant” with two separate mother-and-child graduates.

Among those recognized were the mother-daughter duo Pam Harbin from Lamar County and Sydney R. Moore from Spalding County. Harbin has strong ties to Gordon, as her father attended Gordon Military College in the 1950s. She completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing and now serves as a home nurse. Moore initially joined Highlander Nation to play softball and soccer but graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary liberal arts. Her plans include pursuing a master’s in occupational therapy.

Additional stories shared included Samuel Balty and his mother, Amy Balty, from Henry County, both graduating with their Bachelor of Science in nursing; Edwin Cordero, Sr. from Henry County, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in management and administration; and Charles E. Jones from Clayton County, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in elementary and special education.

The School of BLASS presented a total number of 47 baccalaureate degrees and a total of 69 associate degrees with an overall total of 116-degree graduates. The School of EMAS presented a total number of 60 baccalaureate degrees and a total of 30 associate degrees with an overall total of 90-degree graduates. The School of NHNS presented a total of 72 baccalaureate degrees and a total of 6 associate degrees with an overall total of 78-degree graduates.

Eleven graduates were presented with multiple degrees.

Madison Walker, GSC spring 2024 class representative from Upson County and Bachelor of Science in elementary and special education graduate, addressed the degree candidates.

“As we graduate from college and step into the world, we are filled with dreams, aspirations, and endless opportunities. It is in embracing the unknown that we truly discover the magic of life,” Walker said. “Now is the time to go where you feel led. As we embark on the next chapter of our lives, let us carry the torch of kindness wherever we go.”

Two additional ceremonies followed commencement, starting with the presentation of the Book and Bell to the spring 2024 EMAS graduates. This traditional ceremony dates to the 19th century. Each GSC education graduate received a school bell and a McGuffey’s Reader, the two tools most used by teachers from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century.

Following Book and Bell, spring 2023 NHNS graduates were honored in a separate Pinning Ceremony marking their official entrance into the nursing profession. Historians trace the tradition of the nursing pin back to the Crusades of the 12th century, and in the 1860s, Florence Nightingale adopted the practice of presenting a medal of excellence to her hardest working nursing graduates. By 1916, it became standard in the United States to award each nursing graduate with a pin during a special ceremony.

Gordon graduation is Friday

Spring commencement exercises at Gordon State College will be held Friday, May 17 at 8:30 a.m. on Lambdin Green on campus. GSC president Don Green reported he prefers to let students speak during the ceremony…

From Havana to Barnesville: Myrtha Vega’s journey of artistic exploration

By Ann Mann

Within a short drive of our community resides an artist whose canvases breathe life into the icy wonders of the world. Meet Myrtha Vega, whose upcoming solo exhibit at the Lamar Arts Depot and Gallery invites viewers into a realm where glaciers and icebergs dance in strokes of acrylic brilliance.

The opening reception for “Icebergs and Glaciers and a Retrospective” is May 17th from 6-8 PM at the Lamar Arts Depot and Gallery located on Thomaston Street in downtown Barnesville. The Gallery is open Fridays from 11am to 2pm, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. The exhibit runs through June.

Drawing inspiration from the timeless elegance of nature, Vega unveils wall-sized masterpieces that capture the essence of ancient ice formations. With concerns that these icy giants may go the way of dinosaurs, she hopes to preserve their beauty in her work.

With each brushstroke, she pays homage to the handiwork of the Creator, finding divine beauty in every crevice and curve. But Vega doesn’t confine her artistic vision to grand landscapes alone. Like a keen observer of life’s tapestry, she finds inspiration in the minutiae of everyday existence. From the flutter of birds’ wings to the intricate patterns of leaves, her artistry knows no bounds.

In a recent interview, Vega shared her journey from architect to the realm of fine art. “I wanted to see the world through a different lens,” she reflects. “To express the vibrancy of life in hues that transcend the ordinary.” Since 1999 she has been fully devoted to her second career as an artist, with countless shows and awards to her credit.

She is known for painting landscapes without using the color green, opting instead for a symphony of reds and oranges. Through her unconventional palette, Vega invites us to experience the perpetual allure of autumn.

Born into an artistic family in Havana, Cuba, Vega traces her creative roots back to her upbringing, where she was nurtured by a culture steeped in craftsmanship. Fleeing political turmoil in her youth, she embarked on a journey that would ultimately lead her to Georgia.

She graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Havana in 1957. She went on to earn a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan. And upon graduation she was recruited to design public spaces for “Expo,” the 1967 Worlds’ Fair.

Now in her 90s, Vega continues to defy artistic boundaries, infusing her work with a sense of purpose and passion. Her studio is a sanctuary of creativity and bears witness to decades of dedication and inspiration. For instance, she draws every day, to keep her craft sharp. Just last year, she was rewarded for her craftsmanship with a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Buckhead.

But perhaps, beyond the strokes of paint and the whispers of ink, it is Vega’s unwavering faith that truly defines her artistry. Rooted in a deep reverence for the divine, she views her craft as both a gift and a calling—an obligation to share the beauty of God’s creation with the world.

As her latest exhibition takes center stage, Vega invites us to journey with her into a world where glaciers stand as silent sentinels of time, and each brushstroke is a prayer whispered to the heavens.

For in her art, we find not only beauty but a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit.

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