OTC Alma Campus Hosts Coastal Pines Technical College Logo Reveal Celebration
Smiles, laughter, and warm greetings were exchanged as faculty, staff, students, and community guests gathered in the courtyard of the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Alma Campus to witness the unveiling of 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 Jack Johnson, OTC Board Director. Johnson began his remarks by stating that the merger will benefit students and the community. He went on to say that he likes the logos and is excited about the changes and opportunities that are soon to follow.
“The decisions that have been made regarding the merger, including the logos, were made with the students in mind, ” said Johnson. He went on to say, “Coastal Pines will serve thirteen counties: Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware, and Wayne.
In closing, Johnson said, “I appreciate the leadership that Dr. Deibert and the OTC staff have provided throughout this merger. I am glad that Dr. Deibert will be leading the charge as the first president of CPTC.”
Dr. Glenn Deibert, OTC president, then addressed the group about the logos. He said, “Determining a brand identify for Coastal Pines Technical College was challenging. The two-month process to create two logos involved a design and marketing agency, h20 creativegroup; a committee of OTC and ATC staff; and input from faculty, other staff, students, and board members." Deibert thanked all those who contributed to the process.
When Dr. Deibert gave the signal, OTC staff members dropped one of the two banners hanging in the courtyard to reveal the CPTC academic logo. 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 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 when the second banner was dropped. The spirit logo will 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.”
Guests enjoyed beach music and refreshments. Everyone present received sunglasses, t-shirts, visors, and Frisbees bearing the new spirit logo and were invited to visit a webpage to view a video about the CPTC logos: coastalpines.edu.
OTC faculty, staff, and students enjoyed chatting with community supporters while taking part in the CPTC Logo Reveal. Gene Davis (L to R), former OTC Board chair; Kate Bussey, OTC recruiter and high school coordinator; Cherry Rewis, executive assistant of the Alma/Bacon County Development Authority; Arlene Good; Dr. Glenn Deibert, OTC president; and Eugene Dial were among those who attended the event.
Diane Spell (left) welcomed Mayor Peggy Murphy to the OTC Alma Campus Backyard Beach Bash, a celebration to reveal and launch the CPTC logos. Beach music and gear gave the courtyard a festive feel as guests mingled prior to the program.
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) President Dr. Glenn Deibert (center) and Bacon County officials show off the banners that were dropped at the OTC Backyard Beach Bash April 10, 2014, as part of the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) logo launch. The merged college will have an academic logo (right) and a spirit logo.
AllieJo Tanner and Macey Chancey, two OTC dual enrolled students, show off the CPTC giveaways for the OTC Backyard Beach Bash held Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Alma Campus 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.
OTC Board Chair Jack Johnson told attendees that the merger would benefit students and the community. He expressed appreciate to the OTC faculty and staff for their work in making the merger a smooth process. He also stated that he like the CPTC logos and looked forward to the growth that would come from the new college.
This group of community supporters was happy to have some time to relax outdoors. During the event activities, OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert explained that the new college will probably pursue one of the less costly sports in order to attract more students to the school. The mascot, a stingray, was incorporated into the branding campaign in anticipation of that time. He mentioned golf and tennis as possible starter programs.