Coastal Georgia’s New Pilot Program for Students: The Jekyll Island Pass

College of Coastal Georgia Mariners' Log
(Brunswick, GA)
Oct 2010, p.3

Copyright 2010 Mariners' Log. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Coastal Georgia’s New Pilot Program for Students: The Jekyll Island Pass

by: Joshua J. Meunier

The College of Coastal Georgia is proud to present the college’s new Jekyll Island Pass.

Early this fall, Dr. Valerie Hepburn, President of the College of Coastal Georgia, worked with the Jekyll Island Authority to get students a pass that would allow them to enter Jekyll without paying the $5 fee. Dave Leenhouts, former Director of Student Life, shared Dr. Hepburn’s excitement about the passes: “The idea is for students to be able to enjoy the beach as a part of being a student at CCGA.” The new pass allows students taking over nine credit hours to enter Jekyll Island and allows students unlimited access to the island.

Leenhouts was very enthusiastic about the passes. He said, “The opportunities at Jekyll for recreation, for relaxing, even for learning are numerous. One of the exciting opportunities that has emerged for CCGA as a four-year institution is the possibility of building more outdoor recreational and social functions.” Leenhouts also said that Jekyll Island is a great place where biology students can gain lab experience.

Students will have access to public outdoor areas, including picnic spaces, beach parking, and beach access points, playground, soccer complex, 250-acre historic district, fishing pier, bicycle paths, nature trails, and more. Andrew Smith, Coordinator of Student Engagement, says, “The amenities—quiet beaches, bike trails, and redevelopment—truly make it Georgia’s Jewel.”

At this time, the Programming Board is working on both curricular and non-curricular activities for CCGA students. Smith states that as the fall semester progresses, the Board will be planning events for the spring. Smith said, “Potential events include intramural activities, club soccer, student organization meetings or parties, and, of course, community service projects.”

Not having to pay that $5 parking fee makes Jekyll’s many events even more attractive to students. Some participated in the TRI-RED Triathlon, a 400-yard swim, 16-mile bike ride, and 5K run on October 10. Many are looking forward to Holidays in History, when Jekyll Island is transformed into Holiday Island with a Christmas tree lighting and a month of festivities beginning on November 27. The New Year brings Island Treasures, with highly skilled artisans creating and hiding an array of stunning, hand-worked glass globes for visitors to find and take home.

The Jekyll Island passes are in the Business Office now. Any student enrolled in nine or more credit hours who does not already have his or her pass should get it now. Don’t miss out on another minute of Jekyll fun—with free parking!

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