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OTC Officials Reveal Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Logos at Waycross Campus Event

It was a perfect spring day as faculty, staff, board members, students, and guests gathered at the fountain in front of Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) to unveil the new logos for Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC).  On July 1, 2014, Okefenokee Technical College and Altamaha Technical College will be officially one college and begin using the CPTC name and signature marks.

Cindy Tanner, OTC Director of Public Relations and Information, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Phillip Cook, Chair of the OTC Board of Directors. Mr. Cook is a native of Homerville and is currently in his third term of service on the Board.

 Mr. Cook began his remarks by saying, “The decisions that have been made regarding the merger, including the logos for the merged college, have been made with you, the students, in mind.”  He went on to say, “Consolidating the two colleges into one will create one of the largest two-year colleges in Georgia affording you more options and opportunities.” He noted that Coastal Pines will serve the 13 counties of Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware, and Wayne, an area larger than the state of Delaware.

In closing, Mr. Cook said, “Okefenokee Tech has been serving this area since 1962, and we are proud of the leadership it has provided. And we are extremely proud that Dr. Glenn Deibert will be leading the charge as the first president of CPTC.”

Dr. Deibert then addressed the group about the logos. He said, “Determining a brand identify for Coastal Pines Technical College was challenging and exciting. We are grateful to the CPTC Logo and Mascot Committee and h20 creativegroup for their work during the two month process to create identify marks that represent a fresh spirit and standard of excellence.”

Then, with music, applause, and some cooperative wind gusts, Dr. Deibert announced the reveal of the new academic logo, and a banner dropped, assisted by student representative James Grobsmith. Dr. Deibert explained: “The CPTC academic logo is a two-color mark with a bold, Greek style building symbolizing the great halls of learning. Emanating from behind the building are ten rays of light symbolizing a coastal sunrise, the dawning of a new day, the light of knowledge, and the completion of a cycle.  The rays also symbolize the many paths students take after graduation and the options available to them.”
In describing the colors, Dr. Deibert said, “The first color in the mark, blue, represents the coastline and the ocean. Blue is often associated with stability and symbolizes loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, and truth. The second color, green, depicts the vast landscape of the thirteen CPTC counties. Green symbolizes life, nature, well-being, growth, learning, and harmony, all appropriate because of the farms, forests, rivers, and swamp land that define our habitat in Southeast Georgia.” “The green swirl in the top of the C represents movement, as in the waves of the ocean, and is indicative of the desire of CPTC to respond to the workforce needs of business and industry. And just as every wave is different, so is each business and each student.”

“Finally,” he said, the overall image represents the attributes that we envision for the merged college: quality, tradition, growth, success, and value.”
Next, the Spirit Logo was presented to be used on all t-shirts, hats, and other swag for the student population. Dr. Deibert explained, “The spirit logo is also a two color mark with the coastal blue and inland green, bearing the shape of a familiar predator, the stingray. The stingray is smart, agile, and blends well into its environment.”   He continued, “We hope that somewhere down the road the logo would be used when we can offer athletics like golf or tennis at our schools.”
Everyone enjoyed a delicious hotdog lunch thanks to chef/instructor Jack Moye.  Two cakes, one with the spirit logo and the other with the academic logo, were served to the guests. Students enjoyed music provided by DJ Matt Thompson. Everyone present received sunglasses, t-shirts, visors, and Frisbees bearing the new spirit logo and were invited to participate in “Name the Mascot” and other games.

Cindy Tanner, OTC Director of Public Relations and Information, introduced many special guests: Daniel Johnson, Toni Nelson, and Chair Phillip Cook from the OTC Board of Directors; Phil Martin, Tommy Nimmer, and Chair Larry Paulk from the OTC Foundation Board; and Representative Chad Nimmer. Other guests included Lonnie Roberts, acting president of Altamaha Technical College; Charles Eames, foundation supporter and college advocate; and John Daniels and Jennifer Lewis of h2o creativegroup.

CPTC Cakes

Photo 1:
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) officials show off the cakes served at the OTC Backyard Beach Bash yesterday, April 9, 2014, as part of the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) logo launch. CPTC, a new college effective July 1, 2014, was established by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia from a merger of Altamaha Technical College (ATC) and Okefenokee Technical College. The merged college will have an academic logo (right) and a spirit logo. OTC Board Chair Phillip Cook (L to R), OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert, and OTC Foundation Chair Larry Paulk participated in the event.

Officials Display TShirts

Photo 2:
Coastal Pines Technical College t-shirts and sunglasses were a hit at the OTC Logo Launch. All OTC faculty, staff, students, and guests in attendance received promotional gear with the CPTC spirit logo. Both the academic and the athletic logos are blue and green. The CPTC mascot, a stingray, is depicted in the spirit logo as shown here by Tommy Nimmer (L to R), OTC Foundation trustee; Phillip Cook, OTC board chair; Dr. Glenn Deibert, OTC president; Representative Chad Nimmer; Lonnie Roberts, ATC acting president; and Daniel Johnson, OTC board member.

Students at Beach Bash

Photo 3:
OTC students enjoyed the sunshine and fellowship while taking part in student activities at the CPTC Logo Reveal. DJ Matt Thompson asked students for name suggestions for the mascot, a stingray, once the eight-foot banner of the spirit logo opened. Over fifty possible names were submitted as part of the fun activity. Details about the official naming contest will be released soon.

Students Dancing


Photo 4:
Beach music inspired many faculty, staff, and students to “get moving.” Several groups of line dancers formed around the OTC fountain during the Beach Bash, as everyone celebrated the merger and CPTC logos.

Officials at Beach Bash

Photo 5:
OTC board members and trustees enjoyed the sunshine and fellowship prior to the program at the Backyard Beach Bash, a celebration to reveal and launch the CPTC logos. Seated at the table (L to R) are Tommy Nimmer (Clinch), OTC Foundation trustee; Larry Paulk (Ware), OTC Foundation chair; Phil Martin (Ware), OTC Foundation trustee; Toni Nelson, OTC board director; and Phillip Cook, OTC board chair.

Students at Beach Bash

Photo 6:
OTC students enjoyed the sunshine and fellowship while taking part in student activities at the CPTC Logo Reveal. Here students show off the Coastal Pines sunglasses they received at the event.

 

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