Construction Underway For Brand New Science Labs At Perimeter College

Construction Underway For Brand New Science Labs At Perimeter College

Starting January 2018, Alpharetta campus students will have a wide range of science classes to choose from!

In December 2016, construction for brand new science labs at Perimeter College’s Alpharetta campus will be underway.

According to Perimeter College’s science lab supervisor Dr. Jen Bon, construction design plans include four labs, two prep rooms and four offices, which will be added behind Building B of the Alpharetta campus. Each lab will be built to meet the particular needs of the four offered sciences: microbiology, anatomy paired with general biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry. The addition will install the four labs by November 2017 and have them available for classes starting January 2018.

As pictured below, a proposed second future addition would include two physics and astronomy labs and two environmental and geology labs.

“Of course, offering more courses in the science department will also increase enrollment in other departments as students choose to stay on the Alpharetta campus for their entire Associate’s degree,” Bon said.

This prospect offers Perimeter students – especially those living in or near the Alpharetta area – the opportunity to easily take both a science lecture and lab class in the same building which will erase the difficulty of driving to another campus or a local high school.

For students like biology major Aliyah Evans at Alpharetta campus, driving to another location for lab class is a difficult hassle.

“I have two other classes before that, so I don't get much a break, and I'm usually tired by the time I get to lab," Evans said. She expects this addition will help her save time and money.

Speaking of money, it's expected that the new labs will pay for themselves with the help of the state legislature’s General Obligation Bond. Plans for the $4.9 million project were approved by the USG Board of Regents and will be built based on the Chapman Griffin Lanier Sussenbach Architects, Inc. (CGLS) Architects firm's designs. According to Georgia State's senior project construction manager Derrick Patrick, a specific construction firm has not been chosen yet, but the project is scheduled to bid on November 17, 2016.

Considering the expected increase in enrollment, tuition monies and the state legislature grant will serve as revenue for the lab design and construction teams while also shouldering faculty salaries.

According to Perimeter’s Associate Dean of Sciences Dr. Paulos Yohannes, "It is more complicated in terms of when this will pay for itself (the $4.9M construction cost). You have to consider increase in enrollment as a means of revenue for GSU while on the other hand you have expenditure in faculty salary and maintaining facility." Currently, Perimeter College's in-state tuition fee is $90.87 per credit hour, disregarding extra charges like technology, health, student support and institutional fees.

"If we consider an average of 20 students in one lab section, the tuition collected will be approximately $1817.40. We anticipate to have at least two lab sections in the morning and two in the afternoon/evening in each lab room. For the four labs, we expect 16 sections for the semester. For all 16 sections, we expect to collect approximately $29K in tuition," he said.

Those fees would be for the lab alone, and considering that a majority of the students taking the lab class also have to take a corresponding lecture course which will also be available on campus. Lab fees combined with the $272.61 cost of a three credit hour lecture "will be substantial" in covering the construction costs of the new labs, concludes Yohannes.

This addition is also great news for Alpharetta’s Perimeter college faculty because their teaching plans will no longer be limited by where and when the labs are held.

“You can’t teach organic chemistry without proper equipment like fume hoods, and high school labs aren’t equipped with those things. The same is true of microbiology, you need autoclaves and incubators and other equipment external labs don’t offer,” Bon said.

And in terms of saving cash, lab rental fees will be eliminated, and a good chunk of the funds will go towards hiring additional faculty to offer more flexible science courses in the near future.
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You Don't Need A Significant Other To Have The Perfect College Experience, Trust Me On This One

Make them the best four years of your life and don't let the stereotypes, especially this one, hold you back.

Everyone dreams of having the so-called, "perfect college experience." Now, what even is that supposed to be? Is it supposed to be the way that college is presented in just about every film and television show out there? I sure hope not because, news flash, college is nothing like that. Of course, it is fun and hopefully will be the best four years of your life, but it is also full of constant ups and downs and is nowhere near "perfect."

There are a countless amount of stereotypes surrounding the "perfect college life" due to how films and television shows present it. A few being that college kids are supposed to look like supermodels all the time, ditch class, eat unhealthily, sleep all the time, are all in a sorority/fraternity, party every night, and find the love of their life.

Now, let's be honest here, you will not be looking your best as you roll into your 8 a.m. class each morning, or honestly your 2 p.m. class either. Not everybody will join a sorority/frat, and if you do, you won't join one that throws banging parties every single night of the week to entertain the campus. And going off of that, you won't get dressed up every night of the week to go party hopping with your friends. College kids don't just sit in their room and eat chips; many work out daily, whether it be hitting up the gym or participating in a sport and hit up the cafeteria after and get a well-balanced meal.

Honestly, college isn't just fun and games, you may find yourself spending some time alone in your dorm room watching Netflix or working on homework, and that's ok!

The majority of people at college do care about their classes and the work that they put into them, as they should since they are paying a crazy amount of money for them. Also, college kids don't just sleep all the time? If anything they hardly sleep! I don't even know how that stereotype began?

Finally, the worst stereotype of them all.

Apparently, to have the "perfect college experience" you need to find the love of your life.

Ok, no. This is entirely not true. If somehow you are lucky and come across somebody who is your perfect match then good for you, I wish I was you, but honestly, you are just one of the lucky ones. If you go to a school with a little over 2,000 people like me, you cannot expect to show up on campus and instantly find the love of your life. Yeah, you might have a better chance at a larger school, but still, you shouldn't expect it.

So, in the meantime why would you have "finding a significant other" be the goal of your college experience?

Why not work on finding a fantastic group of friends instead of that perfect boy/girl? It is ok to be independent and spend your time letting loose, and having fun! It is quite alright to show up at a party with a bunch of your gal/guy pals. Who says you need to be holding hands with somebody to get into a party or sit down and eat in the caf? Get out there and live that college life.

Make it the best four years of your life, and don't let the stereotypes, especially this one, hold you back.

Trust me, you do not need a significant other to have the perfect college experience. Have fun, be yourself, find some awesome friends, and you will have the time of your life. You don't need to be in love with somebody to have all that.

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What Don't You Have Time For?

Paying attention to your priorities

Last week, my article consisted of inspirational quotes for when life gets hectic. As I enter into yet another week that is filled with papers, tests, meetings every night, and other commitments, I find myself pressed for time. A lot of things in my life, I am realizing, I "don't have time" for. But what does this really mean?

What does it mean when we say we "don't have time" for something?

There is a quote from the Wall Street Journal that comes to mind when reflecting on this issue:

"Instead of saying, 'I don't have time', try saying 'it's not a priority,' and see how that feels. Often, that's a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don't want to. But other things are harder. Try it: 'I'm not going to edit your resume, sweetie, because it's not a priority.' 'I don't go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.' If these phrases don't sit well, that's the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don't like how we're spending an hour, we can choose differently."

I have read this quote multiple times before, and it always has the same effect of forcing me to really think about my time and where it is going. Lately, I "haven't had time" to go to the gym or to journal or to pray. When my mom texted me last night to check in, I realized I also "haven't had time" to call home in over a week. I don't say this to judge myself or bring myself down.

I say this to call to attention that when I say "I don't have time" for things, this is revelatory of what my priorities are in the moment.

Right now, my priorities lie in schoolwork and juggling various social activities and clubs. No, there is nothing wrong with these things: a hard work ethic and strong bonds and relationships with those around me can do no harm, they actually strengthen me as a person. Still, it is important to realize what a certain emphasis on these two things can mean for other areas of my life, like self-care and relationships at home, and how these other two areas may be lacking right now.

Maybe I'm not ready to start making the changes for better habits or whatever else, but I have always found awareness to be the first step.

I hope that by even taking the time to reflect on where my time is going, what I am actually "doing" with my life, and what I am not doing at the moment, I will be brought into a new direction of choosing my time more carefully, and shifting my priorities.

Making sure your time is going to the right places takes self sacrifice.

If you want schoolwork to be a greater priority, it may mean giving up that one Netflix episode you've been dying to watch. If getting to the gym is one, it may mean getting to bed earlier so you'll be well rested for when you wake up early the next morning.

But for me, at least, shifting your lifestyle to one where you are happy with where your time is going, happy with your priorities, makes all the difference.

So, I urge you, readers, to think about your time. Think about the language you've used in the past days, weeks, or months: what are you saying you "don't have time" for, and do you really not have time for it or is it just not a priority? Think about whether or not you want to make any of these things a priority in the future, or if you want to change the way you use your time. Maybe you'll find that you are using your time perfectly for you; that could be the case. But do the exercise anyway, it can't hurt to consider what you might want to add or subtract from your life.

Talk to you next time,


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