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Caroline Collins Dr. Caroline Collins is currently a Lecturer in English at Gordon State College. Her tutoring experience includes serving as a volunteer faculty tutor in Gordon’s Writing Center (2005- 2007), and as a GSC Student Success Center Fellow (2017-2018). She has tutored students in college-level writing for a variety of academic subjects, working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. She enjoys working with and learning from students in the tutoring setting. She previously served as director of the Interdisciplinary Writing and Reading Center at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. Her favorite hobby is listening to blues and folk music. She lives in Barnesville.
Robert Detamore
Alan McConnell

Short Biography:
Mr. McConnell graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University with a major in Music Education. After serving eight years as an instrumentalist/soloist with the Army Ground Forces Band, he left active duty to teach in the DeKalb school system but continued his military music service in the 530th Air Force Band which he served as commander/conductor and musician.
Scott Plato

Scott Plato is a guitarist and educator based in Atlanta, GA. In addition to performing as a solo classical guitarist, Scott also performs in a classical guitar duo and a classical guitar trio. All recordings are available thru online outlets such as itunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all other digital download sources.

Scott earned his Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Georgia State University under the instruction of John Sutherland, a protege of Andres Segovia. Scott then completed a Master of Music degree from Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado. In 1995 Scott founded the guitar department at Gainesville College in Gainesville Georgia and was the Head of Guitar Studies there until 2000.

His book on guitar improvisation, "Creating Guitar Solos," is now being sold worldwide on Previous collaborations have included performances with members of the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Scott currently maintains a busy schedule as a performer and teacher in the Atlanta area. He is Head of Guitar Studies at Gordon State College, and Regional Director for Fine Arts Matter, an organization providing after school music classes in multiple states.

Scott is endorsed by Augustino LoPrinzi Guitars and KNA Pickups. Scott is also endorsed by and exclusively performs with D'Addario strings. He was also a former voting member for the Grammy awards.

In 2017 Scott released a solo CD "Sacred Music on Solo Guitar". For sound samples visit Sacred Music on Solo Guitar. Scott also performs in Duo Catanza, and Atlanta Guitar Trio.

Dr. Richard Schmude Dr. Richard Willis Schmude, Jr., was born in Washington D.C., and attended public schools in Cabin John, Maryland; Los Angeles, California; and Houston, Texas. He started his college career at North Harris County College and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. Later, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, all from Texas A&M University. He worked at NALCO Chemical Company as a graduate co-op student and at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a graduate research assistant.

Since 1994, Richard has taught astronomy, chemistry, and other science classes at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. He is a tenured professor at this college and continue to teach his students (and others) in these area. He has published over 100 scientific papers in many different journals and has given over 500 talks, telescope viewing sessions and workshops to over 25,000 people.

An asteroid discovered in 2000 has been named after Richard Schmude.

“I feel so very honored by this,” Schmude said.

Schmude Asteroid, formerly known as 2000 EY3 was discovered 16 years ago by the Catalina Sky Survey. Schmude says it takes a while for objects to be named and he does not know who chose to give his name to this particular object.

“I hope I can find out and thank them,” he said.

The information on Schmude/2000 EY3 notes that he is a professor at Gordon State College and has served as coordinator for five observing sections in the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO), as executive director and associate director.

Schmude has also received the ALPO Walter Haas and the Peggy Haas awards given to an amateur astronomer for excellence in observational solar system astronomy and for outstanding service to the organization.

Continuing as an active member in ALPO, he is currently measuring the brightness of the planets.
Mary Stephenson
Mary L. Wilson