Daffodil Festival Honors GPC Supporter Pierce Cline

Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
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Author: Rebecca Rakoczy   

For Immediate Release

“Celebrating Our Community in Honor of Pierce Cline,” is the theme of the 2013 Daffodil Festival at Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21.

Social Circle real estate developer Pierce Cline passed away in November, but he is widely remembered for his strong support for establishing GPC’s Newton Campus, said Amanda Boone, GPC English instructor and chairman of the 2013 festival.

The festival will offer programs honoring Cline’s legacy, as well as exploring the community surrounding the campus--celebrating its past and looking toward its future.

Programs will include a local history lecture by GPC faculty member George Lonberger and a presentation by students on the people and places of Hub Junction, a historic Newton County area near the intersection of U.S. 278 and Ga. Highway 11.

Other students will present videos based on oral history interviews with area senior citizens, using the model famously developed in the 1960s by the Foxfire organization of Rabun Gap. Foxfire representative Joyce Green will speak on the art of preserving folklore and collecting oral history.

There also will be campus area trail walks, entertainment by the Oxford Youth Singers, a presentation of “Making a Difference” student research projects, student and faculty performances of music and poetry and a very special program about Pierce Cline.

“This year will feature a joint presentation ’Pierce Cline’s Ripple Effect,’ from the Newton Chamber of Commerce and The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, presented by Kay Lee and Hunter Hall,” Boone said. “Their talk will focus on [Cline’s] enduring vision and the future of the community.”

“Pierce’s leadership proved invaluable in building a consensus to bring GPC to Newton County,” said Alan Jackson, academic coordinator of GPC’s Newton Campus. “But Pierce and his wife, Margie, were more than community leaders; they were true friends of the college. They attended campus activities, such as theater performances, the annual DeKalb Symphony Orchestra concert on the campus lawn and the annual Daffodil Festival. They developed relationships with a number of faculty and staff at campus and the college. They certainly hold a special place in the hearts of many at the Newton Campus,” he said.

“Many times I heard Mr. Cline emphasize doing well while doing good,” Kay Lee said. “He lived by that principle, and it’s reflected in everything he did for our community.”

All events are free and open to the public and will take place on the GPC Newton Campus, Building 2N-1100. GPC Newton Campus is located at 239 Cedar Lane in Covington.

For more information contact: Amanda Boone at mary.boone@gpc.edu. Or check the website at http://depts.gpc.edu/~newahac/daffodil_festival.html

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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 23,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, go to www.gpc.edu