GPC student named Alpha Beta Gamma national president

04/28/2011
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Author: Roger Barnes   

Georgia Perimeter College student Nathan Singleton has been named the Alpha Beta Gamma national president during the organization’s National Leadership Conference held early April in Cozumel, Mexico. Alpha Beta Gamma is the international honor society for business students at two-year colleges.

Singleton is currently the president of the Dunwoody Campus Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma. He will serve the national organization for one year as president while continuing to serve the Dunwoody Campus chapter.

“It is a great honor and will be a rewarding experience for Nathan to lead a national organization,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli. “Nathan has been very active on the Dunwoody Campus leading a number of organizations and clubs while maintain his high GPA. Nathan likes to keep busy and his new responsibilities will certainly challenge him, but he’s preparing himself for a life of service. He has found the tools here at GPC that have helped him shape his journey. We wish him continued success.”

As president of Alpha Pi, Singleton said he took the lead role in recruiting new members, gathering speakers and organizing community service projects which included volunteering for the Dunwoody Road Race and visiting and helping senior citizens at care facilities.

Singleton said his new role will expand on the work he has done leading the GPC chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma.

“As president of the national organization I’ll be in charge of developing the national community service project guidelines,” Singleton said. “Service is central to everything we do. When you think about it, when you go to college and graduate you then go into the world to help people no matter what your degree is. Life is all about helping people. It’s all about service.”

At the conference, Singleton also was announced the winner of the Paul V. Cunningham Essay Competition for his essay entitled “The Lost Paradigm.” He was given a $300 scholarship with this award.

“My essay focused on service leadership,” Singleton said. He was required to write about how he will ensure his efforts have a positive contribution to society.

Singleton was also awarded the Outstanding Service Medallion for Chapter Service. This award included a $250 scholarship.

Once he graduates from GPC in December, Singleton plans on pursuing a degree in constitutional law and then going to a seminary school to become a pastor.

Singleton graduated from high school a semester early and decided to continue his education at GPC.

“I could have gone anywhere, but GPC was close to my home,” he said. “GPC was affordable in this economy and I also chose it because of the smaller class sizes.

“I’m happy I came to GPC; when you speak about the quality of professors it’s uncontestable,” Singleton said. “Here I was also able to serve as Dunwoody Campus Student Government Association president, become a presidential ambassador and join Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society. GPC was the best choice I could have made.”

At the conference Clarkston Alpha Beta Gamma adviser Debora Constable and Dunwoody adviser Beverly Lee were each awarded a $250 stipend for Outstanding Service. Constable was also awarded a $300 prize for Best Faculty Presentation.

“We are extremely proud of Nathan Singleton for being named national president of Alpha Beta Gamma,” Tricoli said. “We are also honored that the excellent work of our advisers has been recognized.”

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.