Macon: music, military and more

Jul 13, 2011

Musician and educator Chris Nylund lost his dream job, but he's still a busy man.

Soon after losing his job as educator at Georgia Music Hall of Fame due to its sudden closure, he started bouncing back. He got a job teaching at Virginia College in Macon and his band released its third recording.

But his real high note came as the driving force behind the fourth annual Otis Redding Singer/Songwriter Camp that recently concluded at Mount de Sales Academy.

Meanwhile, Virginia College in Macon recently hosted a meeting with representatives from local military centers to announce the start of a program to help soldiers raise their ASVAB test scores (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). In attendance: the Georgia National Guard's top education officer, recruiters from U.S. Army and Georgia National Guard, and Army Reserve soldiers.

Campus President David Murray welcomed the soldiers and Academic Dean Rosie Dodson discussed program offerings. DOA Jeff Hanson led a campus tour.

Macon is the eighth campus offering the ASVAB Tutoring program including Chattanooga, Greenville, Jacksonville, Montgomery, Huntsville, Charleston, and Augusta. With changes to the Post 9/11 GI bill going into effect in August, over 1500 National Guard soldiers in the Macon area will become eligible for more education benefits. The Macon campus is ready to serve these students through the educational programs offered there.

The Macon Police Department saluted 21 police officers during a promotion ceremony that was held at Virginia College. Sixteen were promoted to sergeant and five to lieutenant. The police department supplies off-duty police officers for campus security.

Pictured above are Mayor Robert Reichert, Campus President David Murray, and Macon Police Chief Mike Burns.