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A Novel Idea: MGA Students Look Forward to NaNoWriMo

October 17, 2019

Zach Brigmond is close to finishing his first novel, a science fiction tale with a military theme that he describes as “Tom Clancy meets Starship Troopers.” “I’ve got everything outlined and I’m ...

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Middle Georgia State University Receives Special Accreditation For Advanced Flight Degree

October 09, 2019

Middle Georgia State University’s Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science and Management - Advanced Flight degree is now accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International. Middle Georgia State (MGA) is the first public ...

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MGA Launches Strategic Partnerships Office to Support Online Campus

September 18, 2019

Middle Georgia State University (MGA) announces the creation of a Strategic Partnerships office to work directly with businesses of all sizes, government, and various community organizations interested in helping their employees grow ...

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MGA Becomes Part of a Remarkable Young Man’s ‘Second Chance’

August 05, 2019

Among William Lewis’s few good memories of growing up in Clayton County are the times he watched in amazement as passenger jets climbed into the sky after takeoff or came in for landings at nearby Hartsfield–Jackson ...

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Middle Georgia State University Introduces New Schools in Academic Reorganization

July 01, 2019

A new academic organizational structure will help Middle Georgia State (MGA) strengthen efforts to create smaller, supportive communities of students, faculty and others within the University as a whole. As of July 1, 2019, MGA’s ...

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Middle Georgia State University Foundation Awards Scholarships to 230 Students

April 29, 2019

The Middle Georgia State University (MGA) Foundation has awarded more than $260,000 in scholarships to students for the 2019-2020 academic year – and there’s more to come. “One of the MGA Foundation’s top ...

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MGA Recognizes Students for Academic Achievements

April 26, 2019

Taylor Cravey of Dudley, Ga., a Middle Georgia State University senior graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary special education, has been chosen the President's Scholar for the Class of 2019. Cravey was one of more than 50 MGA students ...

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MGA to Graduate 630 at Spring Commencement Ceremonies; Life Balance Inc. President Is Commencement Speaker

April 24, 2019

Nearly 630 students are eligible to graduate from Middle Georgia State University at spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for Thursday, May 9. Mary LoVerde, president of Life Balance Inc., and a writer and speaker, will be the commencement ...

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2019 MGA Undergraduate Conference Showcases Students’ Original Research

April 16, 2019

Students from several fields of study will present original research during the three days of Middle Georgia State University’s (MGA) 2019 Undergraduate Conference.  The conference, part of the University’s ...

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Middle Georgia State Again Among Enrollment Growth Leaders in State System

April 15, 2019

For the second semester in a row, Middle Georgia State University (MGA) posted the second-highest percentage enrollment increase in the University System of Georgia. MGA's spring 2019 enrollment grew to 7,242 students, a four percent increase ...

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Finding Greatness: Ed Jolley

April 01, 2019

Aviation science major Ed Jolley, who recently donated bone marrow to help his father, is inspiring MGA classmates, staff and faculty with his determined dedication to his family and his studies. Full Name: Edward Burdette Jolley III. Age: ...

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MGA President Blake: State of the University is Strong

January 28, 2019

With growing enrollment, an increasing number of graduates, and degree program expansion, Middle Georgia State University is stronger than ever just six years after the consolidation of two regional colleges created the five-campus ...

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600+ Students Set to Receive Degrees at Middle Georgia State University’s Fall Graduation

December 06, 2018

Nearly 630 students are eligible to collect their diplomas from Middle Georgia State University at fall graduation ceremonies scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13. Col. Lyle K. Drew, commander, 78th Air Base Wing, Robins Air Force Base, will be the ...

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MGA Students Bring New Life to Old Computers for Museum Project

November 16, 2018

The five Middle Georgia State University students who signed up for Tina Ashford's new "IT Museum" class this fall just wanted to tinker with vintage computers that are, in most cases, considerably older than them. They ended up becoming de ...

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New Agreement with Delta-owned Endeavor Air Opens Another Pathway for MGA Aviators

November 02, 2018

A new agreement between Endeavor Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, and Middle Georgia State University (MGA) will be providing students with yet another pathway to a career in the pilot’s seat. MGA has become the newest ...

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MGA Education Major Successfully Mixes Her Studies with Entrepreneurship

October 02, 2018

Once she became a junior at Middle Georgia State University, Allie Keel made the same discovery many students make when they begin taking upper-level courses: balancing a job with a full college workload is a challenge. But Keel had loved ...

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Finding Greatness: Amani Baker

August 27, 2018

Amani Baker, majoring in air traffic management, works in MGA's Career Services office and is active in student government and with the Campus Activities Board. Full Name: Amani Love Baker. Age: 19. Hometown: Covington. High School: Newton ...

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Delta Propel Liftoff Event on Eastman Campus

August 10, 2018

To celebrate the launch the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program, Middle Georgia State University and Delta Air Lines will be hosting a Liftoff event on the University's Eastman campus on Thursday, August 16.  The event will provide ...

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MGA School of Aviation works with Delta Air Lines to offer innovative career paths for pilots

July 17, 2018

Middle Georgia State University is one of only eight universities in the nation that have been selected to participate in a new program that will put new pilots into sought-after jobs in the cockpits of Delta Air Lines jets.  The Delta ...

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Finding Greatness: Michael Dyess

February 05, 2018

Flight major Michael Dyess is an Eastman Campus leader and member of the MGA President's Torch Society for top scholars. Full Name: Michael N. Dyess. Age: 28. Hometown: Savannah. Residence: Eastman. High School: Moanalua High School, where ...

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Taking Flight

January 01, 2018

Middle Georgia State University's Growing School of Aviation Prepares Students for Careers in All Areas of Georgia's Fastest-Growing Industry After Brittni Giddens earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences, she had a ...

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MGA's Border State Tuition Waivers Extend to Cochran Campus

November 27, 2017

UPDATE: As of December 2018, the in-state tuition is available to residents of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The offer applies to students who take classes on Middle Georgia State's Cochran Campus and to ...

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Finding Greatness: Deja Fambro

September 18, 2017

Deja Fambro, an Aviation Management major, is the first MGA student to embark on a semester at sea study abroad experience, which will take her to 11 countries between now and late December. Full Name: Deja Shimone Fambro. Age: 22. Hometown: ...

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MGA's School of Aviation Gets a Special Piece of Airspace

August 09, 2017

Thanks to recent approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, Middle Georgia State University's School of Aviation has its first permanent protective airspace box - a designated place in the sky where pilots in training can practice emergency ...

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Finding Greatness: Gene Behrends

August 07, 2017

Gene Behrends helps #MGA students take flight. Full Name: Gene Behrends. Full Title: Assistant Chief Pilot, MGA School of Aviation. Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Flight Management) from what is now Middle ...

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School of Aviation Launches Part-Time Aircraft Structural Tech Program Option

July 27, 2017

Middle Georgia State University's School of Aviation is launching a part-time program option for people interested in aircraft repair and maintenance careers. Beginning August 14, the School of Aviation is offering the certificate program ...

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Coliseum CEO, "Remember the Titans" Coach to Speak at MGA's Spring Graduations

April 26, 2017

Steve J. Daugherty, CEO of Coliseum Northside Hospital, and Herman Boone, the legendary high school football coach portrayed in the movie “Remember the Titans,” are the commencement speakers for Middle Georgia State ...

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School of Aviation Student Wins State SkillsUSA Competition

April 03, 2017

William "Chip" Rose of Jesup, an Aviation Maintenance Technology major at Middle Georgia State University, won gold at the recent SkillsUSA state competition held in Atlanta. Rose now gets to move on to national competition in Louisville, Ky. ...

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Finding Greatness: Joseph Foster

March 27, 2017

Joseph Foster, aspiring flight test engineer, helps his fellow students as an MGA peer career advisor. Full Name: Joseph Isaac Elder Foster. Age: 19. Hometown: Kingston, N.Y. Residence: Jonesboro. High School: “I went to Martha ...

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MGA Flight Programs Taking Off in Macon

February 23, 2017

Middle Georgia State University is making it easier than ever for Georgians with a penchant for pilotage to follow their dreams skyward. The University is currently in the middle of a three-year strategic plan to expand its aviation offerings ...

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MGA’s School of Aviation Now Open to Border State Residents at In-State Cost

February 01, 2017

UPDATE: As of December 2018, the in-state tuition is available to residents of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The offer applies to students who take classes on Middle Georgia State's Cochran Campus and to ...

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MGA's First Master’s Degree Students Among Fall Graduates

December 08, 2016

Middle Georgia State University's first master's degree students were among those to receive diplomas at fall 2016 graduation on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Recreation and Wellness Center on the Macon Campus. Nearly 500 total candidates for ...

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Finding Greatness: Kasey Barker

November 07, 2016

Kasey Barker is working full-time as a Certified Flight Instructor for MGA while finishing up his bachelor's degree. Full Name: Kasey Barker. Age: 21. Hometown: Dacula. Residence: Eastman. High School: Dacula High ...

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Finding Greatness: Grant Fordham

September 20, 2016

Grant Fordham finished MGA's flight training program in record time, going from private pilot to flight instructor with six licenses/ratings in a little more than a year. Full Name: Grant Fordham. Age: 22. Hometown: Dublin. ...

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Finding Greatness: Victoria Monetta

September 12, 2016

Victoria Monetta, a senior Aviation major, is aiming for a career with Delta Airlines. Full Name: Victoria Monetta. Age: 22. Hometown: Marietta. Residence: Eastman. High School: Pope High School, where she was varsity baseball ...

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Finding Greatness: Madeline Starr

August 22, 2016

Aspiring airline captain Madeline Starr found her flight plan at MGA. Full Name: Madeline S. Starr. Age: 19. Hometown & Residence: McDonough. High School: "I attended Woodland High School in Stockbridge. I participated in ...

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Morehouse Enrichment Program Students Discover Flight at MGA

July 05, 2016

One of many things 16-year-old Shantica Kincaide finds intriguing about aviation is that it isn’t nursing. She means no offense. “It’s like some people suggest nursing as a career just because I’m female,” said Kincaide, expressing a ...

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State Investments to Solidify MGA's Eastman Campus as Georgia's Aerospace Education Hub

May 10, 2016

Middle Georgia State University announced May 10 that its Eastman Campus, located at the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport and home of the institution's School of Aviation, would remain the hub at the center of a three-phase, $13.1 million ...

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Middle Georgia State Announces Spring 2016 Commencement Speakers

April 27, 2016

Nearly 1,100 students earned their post-secondary credential from the state’s newest public University in 2015-16, and about 520 of them will walk across the stage at Middle Georgia State University's three spring commencement ...

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Finding Greatness: Nick Cuneo

April 12, 2016

Move On When Ready student Nick Cuneo is an intern for MGA's Institute of Applied Aerospace Research. Full Name: Nicholas Cuneo. Age: 18. Hometown: Marietta. Residence: Cochran. High School: Bleckley County High School, where ...

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Finding Greatness: Philip Kingston

February 29, 2016

Non-traditional student Philip Kingston is pursuing a new career in aviation tech. Full Name: Philip D. Kingston. Age: 53. Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. Residence: Eastman. Current Employment: Full-time student. Degree ...

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MGA Expands Flight Program

October 23, 2015

Middle Georgia State University will be expanding its flight programs after an agreement with Macon-Bibb. The Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority will be allowing the university to use classrooms and hangar space at the newly renovated airport in ...

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Middle Georgia State Adds Flight Programs

October 23, 2015

Thursday morning, Middle Georgia State University's president, Christopher Blake announced the school's plans for the the Herbert Smart Airport in east Macon. The university and the Macon-Bibb government said they signed a lease with the ...

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Middle Georgia State University Adds Flight Programs to Downtown Macon Airport

October 23, 2015

Middle Georgia State University is expanding its fixed-wing flight and airport management instruction by offering it at Macon Downtown Airport. The university also will manage the fixed-base operation and fuel farm at the airport in east Bibb ...

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Macon-Bibb to Lease Airport Space for University's Flight Program Expansion

October 22, 2015

Officials from Middle Georgia State and Macon-Bibb County announced October 22 that they have signed a lease agreement to permit the University to expand its fixed-wing flight and airport management instruction to Macon. In a ceremony at the ...

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University, ExpressJet Sign Pilot Pathway Agreement

October 19, 2015

EASTMAN, Ga. -- Representatives from Middle Georgia State University and ExpressJet Airlines signed an agreement Monday that establishes clear career opportunities from the classroom to the cockpit for aspiring pilots. Dr. Christopher Blake, ...

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Finding Greatness: Miranda Ross

October 12, 2015

Miranda Ross sees a grad degree in aeronautics and a career as a Delta Air Lines pilot in her future. Full Name:Miranda Ross. Age: 23. Hometown:Doerun. Residence:Eastman. High School: “I graduated from Worth County High School as ...

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Air Show, Food Fests, Football Among Middle Georgia State Homecoming Events

August 20, 2015

Middle Georgia State will welcome alumni and the community at large when its first homecoming as a university takes place September 9-12. Activities are scheduled for all five campuses and include an air show, food festival, football game ...

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Heart of Georgia Air Show a Featured Event of Middle Georgia State Homecoming

August 19, 2015

The first Heart of Georgia Air Show, part of Middle Georgia State University’s 2015 homecoming celebration, takes to the skies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on the Eastman Campus, which is east of Eastman on Georgia Highway ...

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Skycamp Gives Youths a Chance to Soar

July 16, 2015

EASTMAN -- As Alex Justice hovered 600 feet over Dodge County on Thursday, he summed up the experience with about the highest praise that a 12-year-old can offer. “This is very cool,” he said through his headset in the ...

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School of Aviation Partners With Tuskegee Legacy Flight Academy

July 06, 2015

Daniel Johnson of Stone Mountain remembers the thrill of his first plane ride, a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to New York. He was 3 years old. It was just fairly recently, though, that the now 18-year-old decided a career in aviation ...

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Eastman Aviation Program Helps Fuel Pilot Pipeline

June 29, 2015

Aspiring aviators will likely maneuver smooth skies if they enter their job search in the next twenty years. The airline industry predicts a need for more than a half-million pilots. The Middle Georgia State College Aviation Campus in Eastman ...

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Macon Campers Learn About UAVs

June 28, 2015

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Faculty Members Promoted, Awarded Tenure

April 27, 2015

Congratulations to the following faculty members, who earned promotion and/or tenure this year: Tenure Charlie Aiken, School of Business Carol Sargent, School of Business Paige Crump, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Media, Culture, ...

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MGA Grad Helps Company Get Approval to Fly UAVs

April 06, 2015

A recent Middle Georgia State graduate was instrumental in getting the Federal Aviation Administration to grant its first authorization to a private company in Georgia - Vision Services Group (VSG) - to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for ...

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Georgia Police Consider Using Drones For Investigations

February 24, 2015

"(Getting FAA approval is) a rigorous process says Chad Dennis. He is the director of the group helping craft Georgia drone laws, the Unmanned Aerial Systems working group, and a teacher at Middle Georgia State College's Eastman Aviation Campus." ...

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Middle Georgia State A Major Player In UAV Research and Development

February 09, 2015

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as UAVs and drones, could one day soon be major tools for the agriculture industry. Until then, a great deal of research and development is going into the industry. One of the major players in that research is ...

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Middle Georgia State MVP: Dakoda Neilson

February 09, 2015

Dakoda Neilson specializes in UAS research. Full Name: Dakoda Neilson. Age: 20. Hometown and Residence: Canton, Ga. High School: Creekview High School, where he was a member of the Aeronautics Club for 4 years and competed in the ...

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Georgia Lawmakers To Consider UAV Bill

January 12, 2015

Flight student at Dakota Neilson at Middle Georgia State's Eastman Campus gets it: People fear drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) invading their privacy. As he flew a small drone, he said, "They don't understand the concept. They don't ...

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Middle Georgia State MVP: Marcel Graham

October 13, 2014

Student leader and flight management major Marcel Graham just obtained his multi-engine commercial pilot license. Full Name: Marcel Graham. Hometown: Lakeview, N.Y. Residence: Loganville, Ga. High School: South Gwinnett High ...

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Middle Georgia State Developing Unmanned Vehicle Program

October 13, 2014

Georgia hopes to be a big part of the growing unmanned aerial systems market, and Middle Georgia State College’s Eastman campus has become a big part of those efforts. “Now that the regulations are moving ...

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Middle Georgia State MVP: Tyler Lanciano

September 29, 2014

Tyler Lanciano’s passion for aviation is leading him to a career as a helicopter pilot. Full Name: Tyler Lanciano. Age: 19. Hometown and Residence: Newburgh, New York. High School: William Monroe High where he was active in doing ...

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Commercial UAVs Mean Big Business for Georgia

September 24, 2014

The center has been involved with The University of Georgia and Middle Georgia State College on a project testing camera-mounted UAVs to monitor the health of crops in farm fields.

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Middle Georgia State Involved In Drone Research

June 23, 2014

Area-I is a 6-year-old company in Kennesaw that partners with Middle Georgia State College and uses its academic exemption to test composite materials and airframe designs for NASA and the Department of Defense.

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School of Aviation Hosts Sky Camp

April 15, 2014

Sky Camp, a summer aviation camp for kids ages 10 to 14, is set for June 30 to July 2 at the Eastman Campus of Middle Georgia State College. Activities will include exploring weather, history and physics as they relate to flight; aircraft ...

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Eastman Campus Continues UAV Research Despite FAA Decision

January 03, 2014

Although Georgia was not selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a test site for drones in a recent competition among several states, this will not have a negative impact on the research and development being conducted at Middle ...

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Eastman Campus Participates In UAV Use Research

December 11, 2013

Amazon’s recent announcement of its possible future use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to deliver packages to customers put a spotlight on the Eastman Campus of Middle Georgia State College’s own research and development of UAV uses, ...

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Eastman Campus Instructor Wins Aerospace Award

October 10, 2013

Rick Krontz, an aircraft structural technology instructor at Middle Georgia State College's Eastman Campus, was honored with the Aerospace Award at this year’s Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Krontz was recognized for his ...

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National Aerospace Week Draws Attention to One of Georgia’s Strongest Industries

September 17, 2013

The Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace and Middle Georgia State College are celebrating the aerospace industry by drawing attention to National Aerospace Week during the week of September 16-20, 2013. Established by Congress in 2010 ...

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Middle Georgia State Instructor Appointed Examiner for Malcolm Baldrige Award

July 23, 2013

Gary Lister of Robins Air Force Base, an instructor of aviation management and technology for Middle Georgia State College, has been appointed by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards ...

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Eastman Campus Open House To Promote Aircraft Structural Tech

June 12, 2013

Middle Georgia State's Eastman Campus, home of the School of Aviation, is hosting an open house Tuesday, July 9, for those interested in enrolling in Aircraft Structural Technology programs. The open house is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at ...

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Eastman Campus Hosts SkyCamp

May 14, 2013

Middle Georgia State College's aviation campus in Eastman is once again hosting SkyCamp for students ages 10-14. This year's SkyCamp will take place from Tuesday, June 25, through Thursday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. SkyCamp's ...

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Students Launch Kickstarter Campaign for Human-Powered Helicopter Project

March 21, 2013

Kenneth Huff and Neal Fischer, two Middle Georgia State College seniors, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise funds to construct a human-powered helicopter. Both are students on the aviation campus in Eastman. Using $7,500 ...

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FAA Approval Makes Way for Expanded UAV Research

December 13, 2012

EASTMAN - The Aviation Campus of Middle Georgia State has gotten a green light for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle project that will, among other things, advance research into ways of enhancing agricultural practices and production. The Federal ...

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