Monthly Archives: November 2013


We had a GREAT soccer season this year, our men and women’s team did terrifically. It was the first time in history that either team made it to the final four! We do want to recognize our teams and our coach, Kerem Daser.

I did want to share with all a portion of a note that Kerem sent out where we recognized some of our outstanding players with awards at a banquet this week .

“We would like to congratulate both men’s and women’s soccer teams for accomplishing so much for the season!

For the women’s team Best attacker went to Freshman Kallie Balfour, Best Defender went to Sophomore Maggie Morris, MVP went to Freshman Jona Olafsdottir Most Improved went to Sophomore Jessica Qualls, and Coaches award went to Tess Heimerman.

For the men’s team Best Defender went to Omari Walker, Best Attacker went to Damieon Thomas, Coaches Award went to Lamin Singhateh and Most improved went to, GMC Prep alumni, Nathan Thompson.

All of the awards were voted on by the GMC soccer players except for the coaches award.

We would also like to recognize some of our women’s players for the academic achievement in the classroom. We are proud to announce that there were 3 women’s players who made a 4.0 for the quarter! Congratulations to Sophomore Maggie Morris, Sophomore Jessica Qualls and Freshman Coast Guard Cadet Tess Heierman! We are very proud of the effort the women’s team made in the classroom! There combined GPA as a team was a 3.16!

For the men’s team we would like to recognize some of our men’s players for their academic achievement in the classroom. We are proud to announce that 3 of our men’s players made a 4.0 for the quarter. Congratulations to Freshman Damieon Thomas, Cristobal Araya and Phillipe Kabenla. We would also like to congratulate Phillipe for earning the Math Award for the fall quarter.

It was a very tough season for our athletes having to travel so much for both away and some of our home games due to the construction on our soccer field. We are very proud of their accomplishments in the classroom. We would also like to thank the teacher who were able to work with our student athletes during our season!”



Most often it is observations and comments of others that make you feel that you are watching or reading about a “Character Moment.”   I heard a similar story to this when we first moved here this summer, and now again, I just read about it in our paper.   The following account, taken from a “Union Recorder-Letter to the Editor” leaves you feeling as though you were watching a GMC “Character Moment” reveal itself. This account provides us with one more reason to be proud of our students, teachers, and school.

“The Union Recorder”, Milledgeville, GA, Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Citizen extends thanks for respectful display

On Tuesday, Nov 5, I was a part of a funeral procession traveling on South Elbert St. en route to the veteran’s cemetery.  As we passed by GMC, I was deeply moved by what I saw.  Most, if not all of the GMC students, while waiting for the procession to pass so they could cross the street, came to attention and saluted!  THAT is the kind of respect lacking in too many of today’s youth.  It so happened that the deceased was a veteran, having served as an Army Airborne Ranger and also in the Air Force.  The students had no way to know that, but what they DID know was that a show of respect was in order, and that’s what they did.

To those students, a heartfelt thanks from my wife and me and from the family of the deceased.  Your show of respect was exemplary.  To the administration and faculty of GMC, thank you for instilling that respect in the cadets.

As the parent of a GMC HS 2004 graduate, I can say to parents that GMC is an excellent investment in your children’s future.  Through the foundation acquired at GMC, our daughter did very well in college and is now enjoying a successful career.  An education at GMC is money well spent.

Again, thank you to those GMC students for a very moving show of respect for a very dear friend, Mr. James Lamar (Jim) Smith.

Steve Avant



To all of our GMC Alumni and friends ….and especially our students at all of our GMC Campuses across Georgia ….yesterday you may not have read the morning Milledgeville newspaper (“The Union Recorder”). In the edition it was filled with reasons to be proud of Georgia Military College; National titles, state championships, individual awards galore, and, of course, “Character above All!” — demonstrated and offered for reflection.

The unwritten story here is that GMC, through its faculty and staff members and it’s programs, provides a great place for students to learn how it feels to be part of a winning team…and become winners themselves. Well done by all!

The lead article on page one describes the community Veterans Day tribute conducted at the Milledgeville Georgia War Veterans Home in which GMC cadets and staff and faculty members played a major role by attending in large numbers. Cadets paraded for the veterans, mixed and mingled with the residents of the home, and staff and faculty members in impressive numbers were there as well to show support for our veterans.

The page-one headline “GMC One Act Team Earns Clean Sweep” leads to an article about Georgia Military College’s Preparatory School One Act Team winning the Georgia High School Association State Championship with their performance of “Chicago: The Musical”. GMC Prep School Fine Arts Director Mark Weaver led the team to a championship in which GMC students won “Best Actor and Actress” awards and “All Star Cast Awards” for others.

On the sports page, “GMC punches ticket to title game”, tells hometown readers about the GMC weekend victory over Lackawanna College (61-18) in GMC’s last regular season game. Coach Bert Williams and his GMC Bulldogs brought home a season record of 11-0, a “#1 in the Nation” title, and a chance to win the NJCAA National Championship Bowl on December 8 in Biloxi, Mississippi against East Mississippi Community College.

Bulldog State Champs for the second year” is all about the Georgia Military College Prep School Cross Country team that brought home a state title. GMC Prep School coaches Stacie Stevenson and Jeff Crain were full of accolades for their runners, many of whom established personal best times in their all out effort to win the state title.

In yesterday’s paper as well there is a very thought provoking article written by GMC faculty member, Brent Gebel about the “GMC Word of the Week”, Discretion. Every week, Brent recruits students and faculty members to write similar articles for the paper and always provides the community with something challenging to think about in this ongoing effort to teach the language of ethics.

We have a great institution and these accomplishments by our students and faculty reflect the dedication and hard work put forth everyday by our college and preparatory school.


From the Union Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV officially began work at Georgia Military College Friday as the 21st president in the school’s 134-year history, retiring from the U.S. Army after 37 years of service.

“I’m now part of the team and the transition period is over,” Caldwell said excitingly Friday afternoon. “I’m privileged to have the opportunity to be able to serve with such talented faculty and staff at a school with a true tradition of excellence.”

Caldwell says his first order of business will be to learn all he can about the school’s programs and services, then turn his attention to developing plans and priorities.

“This school is doing exceptionally well as far as [former GMC president] Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan, and the team did to get us through the last 21 years. I plan to continue on the same path that they’ve set because it has in fact enabled this school to grow and provide a good quality education for the men and women who go to school here. They’ve built such a great foundation, and we want to build on that and look for new opportunities for the school,” Caldwell said. “There’s no reason we cannot continue to grow at campuses in each of our locations. We will sustain what we have, look for new opportunities for growth, expand our presence and continue to assess our programs to make sure it’s still what young men and women want.”

Caldwell plans to meet with nearly 30 senior staff members from all GMC campuses across the state to engage in dialogue Monday morning.

“I will meet with vice presidents and key directors, and bring in our directors from around the state online. I will share with them my operating style and how I want to interact together and function as a team,” he said. “I have visited all of the campuses and met with all directors and administrators. Col. Fred Van Horn did a phenomenal job in terms of leading the college and preparing me for this position. I’m as well prepared for the assumption of my duties as ever before.”

A Columbus, Ga. native, Caldwell moved to Milledgeville with wife, Stephanie, and their three children in July. The Caldwells have successfully adjusted to their new hometown and school family.

“Our son Will, a ninth-grader at [GMC], loves the idea of being able to go hunting and fishing. Anna, our seventh-grader here, loves the academics here and small class sizes. She gets why there’s a consistency of uniform and likes that she can display academic excellence on it,” he said of his family. “Hudson is in fifth grade at Creekside Elementary School and he already has a team of about six boys who are determined to all go to GMC next year. Stephanie is an ordained Methodist minister and she’s really enjoying Milledgeville because of the people here.”

Caldwell graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He earned master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Caldwell also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a senior service college fellow, and also served as a White House Fellow, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

Most recently, the highly decorated officer was the commanding general of the U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and senior U.S. Army commander of Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his assignment at Fort Sam Houston, Caldwell served for two years as the commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, and simultaneously as the commander of Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan.

“I’m blessed by God I got selected and now I have the opportunity to serve at Georgia Military College. I recognize I’m here to serve others to ensure that we, collectively as a team, provide the best quality education that can be done so students can say, ‘I’m glad I went to GMC and it really prepared me for the life ahead,’” Caldwell said. “I’m excited to be part of this institution; I love being in the educational field because it’s so important to the future of America.”

Caldwell was selected by GMC’s Board of Trustees in February to succeed former president Maj. Gen. Boylan, who now holds the position of president emeritus.

“Lt. Gen. Caldwell brings a breadth and depth of experience that qualifies him uniquely for this position,” said Randy New, chair of the search committee and chair of the GMC Board of Trustees. “We’re delighted to have him on board and eager to work with him to take GMC into the next chapter of its history.”

A retirement and induction ceremony for Caldwell is slated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 on Grant Parade. The public is invited.

“I can’t think of anything that’s more satisfying to me than to be part of Georgia Military College. Every morning I wake up and have a passion for what I’m doing everyday because I’m around the enthusiasm of these young men and women at the junior college and prep school,” Caldwell said. “Being in an organization that has a mission to make a difference in the lives of young people is extremely gratifying to me and I look forward to building on GMC’s commitment to character development and ethics.”

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MILLEDGEVILLE — Lackluster grades nearly cost retired Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV his appointment to West Point.

Georgia’s U.S. senators thought he wasn’t academically qualified, but Caldwell’s congressman from Columbus nominated him for the United States Military Academy.

“(Rep.) Jack Brinkley took a risk with me,” Caldwell said Thursday, on the eve of assuming the helm of Georgia Military College. “He saw in me an intense desire to serve in the military.”

The gamble paid off. Caldwell graduated second in his class and the No. 1 military cadet.

Now the 59-year-old wants to hoist others up to reach their goals.

As a boy, he had set his sights on West Point when his father taught there on the west bank of New York’s Hudson River.

He followed in the boot steps of his father and grandfather, who graduated from that prestigious school on the grounds of the nation’s oldest continuously occupied military post.

All three Caldwells completed more than three decades in the U.S. Army, with the youngest officially retiring Friday with 37 years and multiple deployments.

In February, he was selected as GMC’s 21st president to succeed retired Maj. Gen. Peter J. Boylan, but his orders only came through last week.

“I couldn’t in good faith set up my office,” the Columbus native said while still unpacking in his new office.

He unwrapped an antiquated Afghan rifle presented in 2011 upon relinquishing command of the NATO Training Mission and Combined Security Transition in Afghanistan. An Airborne 504 Devils insignia is attached to the butt end of the weapon.

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Educating The Whole Person

Hundreds of feet marching in unison across a green field, flags snapping in the breeze, the stirring of the rat-tat of the drumline – dress parades represent the time-honored traditions of our nation’s military schools.  But underneath the crisp uniforms is a diverse group of students united by the common values of honor, integrity, and service.

Spanning college preparatory schools, junior-colleges, and four-year colleges and universities, military schools incorporate the structure and practices of the U.S. Armed Forces.  These institutions aim to educate the whole person with rigorous academics, physical training, and character development.

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November 1, 2013

For nearly 140 years, students have come to Georgia Military College to invest in an education that inspires, challenges and provides opportunities for their future. While here, students receive instruction designed to sharpen their intellect and elevate their character. While here, they’re inspired to ask questions, then challenged to explore solutions and hone their critical thinking skills. And from here, they’re prepared to explore a world of opportunities.

Inspiration, challenge and opportunities were the factors that attracted me so strongly to GMC.  Each day, I’m inspired and humbled by our students, whose diversity of gender and ethnicity are united by their common drive to create bright futures. They recognize that GMC offers the unique opportunity to steer their life’s journey in a positive direction.

I’m also inspired by the ability of our faculty to prepare these young men and women to achieve their goals, whether it’s earning an Associate or Bachelor of Applied Science degree at GMC, or transferring to a four-year college, entering the workforce or enhancing their knowledge. Without obligation to research or publish, our dedicated faculty focuses on delivering instruction that’s engaging, enlightening and effective. They truly care about and connect with each and every student.

Going further, I’m impressed by GMC’s enrollment policy that will admit anyone with a high school education or GED; and then offer free tutoring, small class sizes and college preparation courses, all which provide students with a strong academic support network.  Beyond the classroom, GMC enriches every dimension of student life. Our Student Services staff provides assistance in financial aid, career planning, academic advising and counseling. The Student Activities office brings students together through intramurals, student clubs, cultural activities, even social events.  And intercollegiate sports round out the options.

Looking ahead, it’s my challenge—and my privilege—to help guide GMC to the next level of excellence, while sustaining the school’s long-standing tradition of quality. Our students have an energy and enthusiasm that fuels my own excitement about what lies ahead.

In 1879, a handful of students enrolled in GMC, most to pursue either a military path or agricultural studies.  Today, more than 16,000 students attend GMC either online or at one of our 14 campus locations throughout Georgia to pursue limitless career options.  Here, they’ve discovered an affordable education that sharpens their minds, broadens their perspectives and strengthens their character.  To borrow an inspiring phrase from the students themselves, they know that at GMC, you can “start here… go anywhere!”