Two Columbia College campuses in Georgia celebrate 10th anniversaries

Hunter Airfield
Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart have served military and civilian learners since 2002.
The two campuses have been educating military and civilians alike in Georgia for 10 years. Their locations have given them the opportunity to expand the degree offerings available to service members at the installations.

Columbia College-Hunter Army Airfield

Columbia College-Hunter Army Airfield (AAF) will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Hunter AAF Education Center on Thursday, May 10, from 10 a.m.-noon. President Gerald T. Brouder and Director Don Stumpf invite all faculty, staff, area students and alumni to attend a reception celebrating the anniversary. Pamela King, base education services officer and Ron Aikens, former director, also will speak. Remarks begin at 10:15 a.m. with refreshments and an online class demonstration following the ceremony.

Hunter Army Airfield is a military installation adjacent to Savannah on the southeastern coastal tip of Georgia. The campus was originally established to serve the military population and their families on the base and surrounding communities. Today it continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the area.
Stumpf relates to his students: a U.S. Air Force veteran, Stumpf previously served as director of the Fort Stewart campus from 2003 until 2008. He returned to the college late last year from Armstrong Atlantic State University, where he was an assistant professor and graduate coordinator for the Department of Adolescent and Adult Education.

Columbia College-Hunter Army Airfield offers four on-campus associate degrees and five bachelor's degrees. The college also offers eight online associate degrees; 11 online bachelor's degrees; four online master's degrees. Go to www.ccis.edu/Hunter for more information.

Columbia College-Fort Stewart

Located about 40 miles southwest of the Hunter Army Airfield campus, Columbia College-Fort Stewart will celebrate its anniversary on Thursday, May 10, 2-4 p.m.at the Army Education Center. President Gerald T. Brouder and Director Richard Conroy will attend with Dr. Brouder providing remarks beginning at 2:15 p.m. Pamela King, current education services officer, and Retha Barron, faculty, also will provide remarks. All faculty, staff, students and area alumni are invited to attend and are encouraged to take part in the online class demonstration and refreshments to follow.

Fort Stewart has a unique area adjacent to its parade ground called Warrior's Walk planted with almost 450 Eastern Redbud Trees -- one for every division member killed since 2003. Individual soldiers often march through Warrior's Walk prior to their deployment, and it is on the adjacent parade field where they are welcomed home.

"Seeing Warrior’s Walk is a humbling experience," says Conroy. “Something just comes over you.” The Eastern Redbud was selected, Conroy says, because it usually blooms in Georgia in April, coinciding with the first Iraqi war casualties in 2003.

In late April, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Fort Stewart and walked Warrior’s Walk. The president signed an executive order to ensure service members, veterans, spouses and other family members will be better protected from aggressive and deceptive targeting by educational institutions.

Columbia College-Fort Stewart offers four on-campus associate degrees and five bachelor's degrees. The college also offers eight online associate degrees; 11 online bachelor's degrees; four online master's degrees. Go to www.ccis.edu/FtStewart for more information.

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