May 6, 2003 - Macon Telegraph: Georgia College & State University gets grant to start Coverdell institute

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GC&SU gets grant to start Coverdell institute

By Khalil Abdullah

Telegraph Staff Writer

Georgia College & State University has received a $794,000 federal grant to start the Paul Coverdell Institute and Archives, a move that could earn it a national reputation.

"It's for studying public policy issues," said Michael Digby, chairman of GC&SU's government and sociology department. "Even more, it's for developing our students into public leaders."

It will also help the Milledgeville school honor Coverdell, a former U.S. senator and Georgia native who died in 2000. Various initiatives will include a lecture series, student scholarships and an endowed teaching position.

The institute, which officials hope to open by 2004, will fall under the college's government and sociology department. Digby said plans are pending approval by the U.S. Department of Education, which awarded the grant.

A relationship between Coverdell and GC&SU was formed in 1990 when it started its Peace Corps fellows program, which trained former Peace Corps volunteers to become teachers in rural Georgia schools.

Three years later, Coverdell, who was serving as director of the U.S. Peace Corps, helped the college get funding to expand its program. In 1996, he donated his Peace Corps papers to the college's library.

In addition to its programs, the institute will allow public policy experts, including visiting scholars from throughout the world, to work with GC&SU faculty and students to study and propose solutions to major public affairs issues.

"It's going to be an institute that brings together the entire campus community, across all disciplines," Digby said, "to tackle some tough problems in our area, state and country."

He said the new institute reflects the school's liberal arts mission and growing emphasis on public service.
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