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“GSW teams have traditionally done well against much larger universities. I believe this is indicative of the quality of our School of Business graduates” said Strategic Marketing professor Robert Bennett, Ph.D. “Carson did especially well in the Tournament of Champions, competing head-to-head against teams from around the world,CarsonFields2 which is a significant achievement.”

Fields, a recent graduate with honors from the School of Business, first competed in the simulation as part of his Strategic Management capstone class during the Spring 2018 semester. The game advances by one “year” each week for 10 weeks, allowing teams to make marketing, distribution and other business decisions for their “companies” each week for 10 simulated years.

Fields and his teammates Ashleigh Grey, Jared Jones and Shyra Lynch managed the top athletic shoe “company” in their class during the simulation. They did well among the 6,500 other teams competing worldwide during the spring semester, finishing 31st in overall score, 7th in earnings per share, 65th in return on investment and 4th in stock price. As part of the winning team in his class, Fields was invited to participate in the Tournament of Champions.

“The Tournament of Champions is significantly harder due to the fact that one is playing against 11 other people or teams who also won their class simulations,” noted Fields. “Overall, my objective for both simulations was to have a low-cost strategy to my competition. My shoe companies tried to offer my ‘customers’ as many styles as possible, while giving them the best quality for the cost.”

However, Fields did not start out quite as strong as he finished. By the third week of the Tournament, his “company,” Everyday Crocs, was nearly bankrupt.

“I severely underestimated my competition,” added Fields. “After three ‘years’, my company was in last place out of the twelve teams competing, and I was ever so close to going bankrupt and being completely out of the simulation.”

Fields said that after a few strategy changes and paying off debts, he was able to finish as the top team in the simulation and overall in second place.

“I think the company might have overloaded in debt early on but was able to make a very nice recovery,” said Bennett. “They forged a very successful strategy in a very crowded industry.”

Bennett noted that in the final year of the Tournament, Fields’ company had “made $100 million in profit, posted extraordinary earning per share, return on equity, and stock price.”

“Had I been off to a better start or had two more years, I think I would have very likely won the simulation,” said Fields.

Fields’ “company” finished the Tournament of Champions on May 11 with the highest earnings per share and return on investment and the second highest stock price.

As a recent GSW graduate, Fields will be putting his business skills to use in a new job at the Georgia Department of Audits in his hometown of Bogart, Ga. He plans to further his education in financial planning online at the University of Georgia, take the Certified Financial Planner exam, and eventually open his own tax and financial planning firm.

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Amelia Cornell selected as 2018 GSW Outstanding Scholar, recognized at Feb. Regents meeting

AMERICUS (Feb. 14, 2018)—Amelia Cornell was recently named Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) Outstanding Scholar, the university’s highest academic honor. Cornell, along with other top students, were recognized in a special ceremony by Chancellor Steve Wrigley during the February 2017 meeting of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents.

Cornell, a senior marketing major from Cumming, Ga., currently holds a 4.0 GPA, which puts her at the top of her class. The Outstanding Scholar Award represents superb scholastic achievement. A student must have a near-perfect GPA even to be considered for this award.

"Receiving the Outstanding Scholar Award is such an exciting honor because I always have put my all into my school work and it's nice to have that effort recognized,” Cornell said. “Georgia Southwestern has become my home these last few years and has granted me a lot of great opportunities and with them supporting this academic achievement, it just makes me even more proud to be a Hurricane."

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize Amelia Cornell as this year’s Outstanding Scholar,” said GSW President Neal Weaver. "This young lady exhibits determination, hard work, and excellence not only in the classroom with her flawless academic record, but in everything she puts her mind to. It makes me proud to witness her passion for the university.”

At GSW, Cornell is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and the marketing club. She is a writer for the Sou’wester student newspaper and serves as a GSW Storm Spotter, connecting first-year students to campus activities and academic support services. Cornell has traveled to Nepal through GSW study abroad and has received numerous scholarships, including the James Deriso Scholarship and the Wheatley Scholarship.

“Making some sacrifices… was worth it because more opportunities kept coming my way,” stated Cornell. She began receiving more scholarships and was asked to get more involved in school. “This kept me motivated and I realized all the things I could do.”

“Amelia is exactly what we hope all of our students who enter GSW’s School of Business become by the time they graduate,” said Dean Elizabeth Wilson, Ph.D. Discussing Cornell’s extracurricular activities on campus and internship in the community, Wilson noted that the department is “extremely proud of Amelia and we know that her future is bright.”

As the recipient of this award, Cornell will also be honored during the annual Academic Recognition Day in the Georgia General Assembly, and she will receive a signed resolution from both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Senate. 

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ENACTUS Begin new initiative on Greenhouse Project

Economic Outlook Luncheon - February 13, 2018


Taifa Butler Smith Speaks at Economic Outlook Luncheon

AMERICUS, GA (Feb. 2, 2017) - Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) School of Business Administration hosted their annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. Taifa Smith Butler from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute spoke on Georgia's economy currently and problems Georgia is facing. 

Taifa presented on how equity is the better path to prosperity to strengthen Gerogia's economy and to eliminate the opportunity gap. You can watch the presentation now.


Pictured: left to right, Dr. Charles Patterson, GSW Interim President; Taifa Smith Butler, Executive Director of Georgia Budget & Policy Institute; Dr. Gaynor Cheokas, Assistant Professor and Director of C.B.E.D; State Rep. Mike Cheokas, Chairman Information & Audits.

AMERICUS, Ga. (Dec. 6, 2016) – Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) School of Business Administration recently hosted a Business Ethics Panel brunch on Nov. 30. The event included a panel discussion and awards for the School of Business’ Outstanding Students.

Panelists for the event were Eshonda Blue, registered nurse and co-owner of Innovative Senior Solutions; Rick Whaley, chief executive officer of Citizens Bank of Americus; and Susan Bruns, chief nursing officer and registered nurse at Phoebe Sumter Hospital. Blue and Whaley are alumni of GSW.

Lauren Cordle and Chasity Oleson were honored as the Outstanding Student award recipients. Cordle, of Leesburg, is an on-campus graduate of GSW. Oleson, of Americus, is an online graduate who is currently stationed for active duty in Korea.

The School of Business Administration’s 2016 graduates were also honored at the brunch. Fall 2016 Commencement will be held on Dec. 9.


Pictured: left to right, Bryce Benton, GSW Student Government Association president; Liz Wilson, Ph.D., dean of the GSW School of Business Administration; Eshonda Blue, registered nurse and co-owner of Innovative Senior Solutions ; Rick Whaley, chief executive officer of Citizens Bank of Americus; and Susan Bruns, chief nursing officer and registered nurse at Phoebe Sumter Hospital.

 Accounting Club Meeting October 25th 2016

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Follow the instructions on the linked webpage to attend the webinar or RSVP for the on-campus meeting to

GSW to be exclusive USG Institution to offer BBA through eMajor

AMERICUS (June 21, 2016) – Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has just been approved as the exclusive University System of Georgia (USG) school to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration through the eMajor program beginning Spring 2017.

A partnership with USG public institutions, eMajor provides quality, affordable, high-demand post-secondary degrees and credentials emajor logothat address the workplace needs of Georgia and beyond. The eMajor program is supported by the USG’s eCampus service unit, which also supports the state’s eCore program. Most eMajor degrees are offered in collaboration between multiple USG institutions. The BBA eMajor at Georgia Southwestern, however, is one of only two programs to be offered exclusively from one school.

“We are pleased and excited to have been selected as the USG institution to provide the eMajor for the Bachelor of Business Administration,” said Liz Wilson, Ph.D., School of Business Administration dean. “GSW is uniquely placed to offer the accounting, human resource management, management and marketing degrees as we have been offering online business degrees for longer than most schools in the USG and are AACSB accredited.”

The BBA degree program is ideal for students who wish to take advantage of online courses and for working professionals, military members, transfer students and returning students seeking alternative routes to degree completion. Additionally, through GSW’s Prior Learning Assessment program, students are able to earn credits for prior learning and reduce the time it takes them to graduate. Ultimately, students can earn the same degree in management, marketing, accounting or human resource management as traditional, on-campus students

“Being the designated provider of the BBA degree through the eCampus initiative speaks to Georgia Southwestern State University’s longstanding commitment to providing flexibility, affordability and quality, which have all been longstanding hallmarks of our business degree programs,” said Charles Patterson, Ph.D., GSW Interim President.

"eCampus is very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with GSW and the School of Business Administration” said Jason Huett, Ph.D., associate dean of USG eCampus.  “This partnership will expand the reach of their AACSB accredited business programs to many more learners in Georgia and beyond. Working with the GSW faculty, staff, and leadership, it was obvious that they are student-focused, have high-quality BBA programs, and possess a keen understanding of traditional and nontraditional student audiences. Combine that with their years of experience designing, developing, and teaching these programs online, and you have enormous potential to meet students where they are and to help advance a broad range of career goals.”

As a leader in distance learning instruction, all GSW School of Business faculty have experience teaching online classes. Moreover, nearly all GSW online courses are taught by permanent faculty.

“Our students will find a price point for the degree that is amazingly attractive for an AACSB accredited program and will be excited to have professors who are part of the GSW faculty family teaching them,” said Wilson. “Over 90% of our online courses are taught by full-time GSW faculty.”

This is GSW’s second eMajor. Through a collaboration with Dalton State College in 2015, GSW also offers a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. The USG eMajor initiative launched in Fall 2012. eMajor programs exist to provide high quality online undergraduate degrees to Georgia learners.

The new BBA through eMajor is set to launch at GSW in the Spring of 2017. Additional information regarding the University System of Georgia’s eMajor program can be found at For information regarding online offerings in the School of Business at GSW, please visit, or contact Shannon Perry at or 478-304-1491. For additional information about eMajor, visit

Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, GA, is a public, four-year University of the University System of Georgia with nearly 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers professional programs of study and degrees in the arts, education, humanities, nursing, sciences, and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value small colleges in the nation. Visit for more information.

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Who Hires Our Graduates? pt 11

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Congratulations to  Tanesha Hill!


Congratulations to Chelsa Childress!


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SOBA Faculty and Students Inducted into GSW's chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success

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SOBA Students, Faculty, and Staff Awarded at Annual University Honors and Recognition Ceremony



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GSW SOBA Alumna, Jaha Dukureh, Named to Time Magazine's List of 100 Most Influential People


Jaha Dukureh speaks out against FGM and has been awarded Points of Light's Daily Point of Life Award, L'Oreal Paris's Women of Worth, and recently listed as Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. 

Watch GSW Accounting Club with Cody King, GSW VP of Business of Finance


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Innovative Senior Solutions and City Internships Available



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Email Carol Bishop for more info.

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ENACTUS and GSW Proudly Present: Vanishing Borders

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Make sure to come out to the 1st Annual Vanishing Borders Art Auction held by GSW Enactus on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Americus Center for the Arts! Don't miss out on an opportunity to help aid the purchase of educational technology for the students in Medellin, Columbia and to gain some cultural enrichment in "What's Outside Your Window?" for children in Columbia.

If unable to attend the event, contact to put in your bid for pictures by 6pm on April 8th. Donations are also welcome. See you this Friday!


11th Annual Career Fair at Cobb Galleria

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The Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers sponsors the GACE Statewide Career Fair every April to provide an additional opportunity for students and employers to connect for employment opportunities. A variety of employers (160+) will be seeking college students and graduates for internships, part-time jobs, and full-time jobs. Graduate schools also participate in this event. To participate, you MUST be a current student or alumni of one of the GACE participating member schools listed.

Bring your school ID or a driver's license and a copy of your resume with your GACE member school listed at the Student Registration area to get in the doors! You do not need to pre-register for the event.

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GSW HR degree aligns with SHRM curriculum guides


AMERICUS, Ga. (April 6, 2016)— The Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) School of Business Administration was recently notified that its bachelor’s degree in human resource management now fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR curriculum guides established in 2005.




“This recognition by SHRM is something that our faculty has been working toward for nearly two years, and Dr. Mark Grimes completed the process this fall,” said Liz Wilson, Ph.D., dean of the GSW School of Business. “The recognition is one more piece in GSW’s School of Business efforts to be recognized as a premier business school that turns out job-ready graduates.

The SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were derived from and identified using quantitative and qualitative research methodology. The purpose is to provide colleges and universities with a resource for tracking HR curricula against a common, minimum skill set needed by employers who seek to fill HR professional positions.
“SHRM is the national association for human resource professionals, and alignment with their programming guidelines shows that GSW’s curriculum is in tune with the human resource management profession,” Wilson added. “We offer one of the few AACSB-accredited/SHRM-aligned HR degrees in the nation that can be completed either on campus or online.”

Founded in 1948, SHRM is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the SHRM is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit for more information.

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ENACTUS - Regional Winners


Our ENACTUS team traveled to Atlanta for the regional competition Friday, April 1st. The team faced stiff competition in their region but were able to win through all their time and hard work, qualifying them for the national competition! Congratulations everyone!

Who Hires Our Graduates? pt 5

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AMERICUS (March 9, 2016)—Carleen Wise of Plains, Ga. was recognized as Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) Outstanding Scholar today during the March 2016 meeting of the University System of Georgia’s (USG) Board of Regents. In a special ceremony, Chancellor Hank Huckaby recognized the top students from each USG campus.

Wise will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Business Administration in management.

“It is surreal that a non-traditional student like me could be chosen for this award,” said Wise. “It just proves that where there is a will there is a way and that hard work and dedication really do pay off.”CarleenWiseWeb

“Carleen Wise is a dedicated student and is deserving of this recognition,” said GSW Interim President Charles Patterson. “She has embodied true dedication in completing her bachelor’s degree as a full-time working professional, and doing so with highest honors. Carleen serves as a great role model for current and future Georgia Southwestern students.”

As the recipient of this award, Wise was honored during the annual Academic Recognition Day in the Georgia General Assembly, and she will receive a signed resolution from both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Senate.

“Carleen Wise is a wonderful illustration of the saying ‘keep your eye on the prize,” said Liz Wilson, dean of the GSW School of Business Administration. “She left school after earning an associate’s degree in 2001 to begin her career and returned to GSW in 2010 to pursue a BBA in management.”

Since returning to school, Wise has completed 97 hours with only one “B” and currently carries a 3.97 grade point average (GPA). The Outstanding Scholar Award represents superb scholastic achievement. A student must have a near-perfect GPA even to be considered for this award.

“Carleen generally takes two courses a semester plus one in the summer,” added Wilson, “so her progress has not been rapid, rather, steady and spectacular. And while she takes most of her classes online because of her work schedule, she is always willing to volunteer on campus to recruit or assist in business honorary inductions. We couldn’t be prouder of her accomplishments.”

Wise is currently employed as a senior buyer at Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems in Albany, Ga. As a GSW student, she is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society and has served as vice president and parliamentarian; the Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success; and Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society which recognizes the upper 10 percent of the junior or senior class.

As a closing thought, Wise indicated the level of determination she exhibited in completing her degree, “never let anyone or anything stand in your way of accomplishing your goals.” 

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Student Spotlight: Marcus Hudson - "I apply what I'm learning on a daily basis in my job"

Marcus is a junior marketing major from Cordele who lives a busy life. While not taking a full load of classes at GSW he is the training and operations director for Chick Fil-A in Cordele and also travels around the country doing training for Chick Fil-A openings.

MarcusHudsonwithLogoWhen asked how the classes he takes at GSW help him in his job Marcus was enthusiastic about the fact that his business professors have not only degrees in their specialties but also experience in their business fields. Marcus says that he frequently hears his teachers say things like "When you are on the job you will find..." or "This is how this will work when you get out in the field." He says that not only the subjects themselves but opportunities for group research projects have helped him to grow his communication, problem-solving and leadership skills. Marcus recently had an opportunity to practice these skills when he volunteered as a judge at the regional Future Business Leaders of America competition last month.
How does GSW's School of Business impact Marcus' goal of being a franchise owner of a Chick Fil-A? "The faculty here want to help you be successful. They know what they are doing and work with students to help them have a better perspective on what it takes to achieve their goals. Marcus also notes that while working full time and going to school full time is stressful, that is also preparing him for his future. "You have to be willing to make sacrifices to achieve your goals, and the GSW faculty is here to guide you."

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Economic Outlook Luncheon - Rajeev Dhawan, PH.D.


From left, Robert Bennett, GSW School of Business Administration; Gaynor Cheokas, director of GSW Center for Business and Economic Development ; GSW Interim President Charles Patterson; Rajeev Dhawan, director and professor of Economic Forecasting Center J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University; Michael Fathi, GSW School of Business; Americus Rotary President Mary Ann Crowley; and Reda Rowell from the GSW Foundation and Americus Rotary Program chair.

"Speaking at the 2016 Economic Outlook luncheon Tuesday, the 21st in the series, co-sponsored by the Center for Business and Economic Development at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and the Americus Rotary Club, Dhawan focused on national and state economics. He predicts the nation can expect a modest GPD growth of 2.5 percent and will average only a 2 percent rise in employment this year."

Read more about the Economic Outlook Luncheon here.

Liz Wilson Discusses Faculty Work Experience at Georgia Southwestern's Business School


Dean of the Business School at Georgia Southwestern Liz Wilson talks about the college's faculty and the real world experience they use to help prepare the most work ready students possible. You can find the video here.

GSW Is Proud To Present Our Newest Beta Gamma Sigma Members

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GSW ENACTUS - Vanishing Borders Project

VanishingBordersSM  School children in Puerto, Colombia drawing their personal impressions of "What's outside your Window" to be exchanged with school children here in Georgia

Vanishing Borders is a cultural exchange program begun by the GSW Enactus Leadership Team to raise funds to help deserving teaching institutions afford educational technology.  An art show and sale is planned for Spring of 2016.  Stay tuned;  more information to be posted after the first of the year.  


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Student Spotlight - Onorio Molina

In a couple of months Onorio Molina will graduate with honors in Accounting from GSW. He has also just completed his final season of soccer for the Hurricanes, and is a PeachBelt Gold Scholar. After completing his degree this fall Onorio is planning to accept a position with a CPA firm in Albany while he studies for the CPA exam.InFrontOfSOBAwLogo

"I transferred to GSW as a junior from South Georgia State College after doing my research and finding that this was a friendly, welcoming campus, affordable and had a business school with the highest accreditation." The AACSB accreditation was a big drawing card for me because while I wanted an opportunity to play NCAA Division II athletics, I am serious about my education and my future." GSW has been a great fit for Onorio, who is from Douglas Georgia. "Having professors who have been practicing CPAs and CMAs has helped me learn things that can't always be learned from books. Their experience and contacts have been instrumental in advising me about internships, opportunities, and jobs."

According to Onorio, "The faculty in the School of Business are some of the best people I've met: they care about you at a different level than other schools I've been to – really on a personal level." When asked about the quality of education he has received here, Onorio enthusiastically pointed to the high CPA pass rate, the network of firms that hire our graduates and the challenging nature of the courses he has taken. To sum it up, Onorio says, "The quality of education here is equivalent to 'big name' schools. Teachers work hard to set you up with the tools for success in your profession, and it is up to you to go out and use those tools!"

Who Do Our Graduates Work For?


CED Summer Internship


CED is offering a summer internship for any business affiliated major. Students must have completed sophomore spring semester and be available to complete a 10-12 week program during the summer. Click here, for a program overview and contact information to apply now!

Student Spotlight - Ariel Daniel


Ariel Daniel is a senior Human Resource Management major who commutes from Albany where she earned her associate's degree from Darton. She has worked at Cato for four years and is a dance instructor at Southwest Georgia Preforming Arts Academy in Albany. Last year Ariel competed and was second runner up in the Miss Black Albany USA pageant, where she won several awards, including Top Talent, Miss Congeniality, and Community Service of the Year. She has served in ENACTUS; volunteering at the Humane Society and Taste of Sumter as part of her participation with that group.

According to Ariel, she chose to continue her education at Georgia Southwestern because it was convenient, affordable, AACSB accredited and had her major. She feels GSW is a great option for students living in Albany and loves the close connection she is able to get with her professors and other students at a small university. Ariel says that she gives GSW high marks because the professors have experience in their fields and really are helpful in showing students what to expect in their future careers.

Marketing Communications Class and ENACTUS Team Up on Cultural Exchange Project

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Two groups are better than one. Students from Dr. Conner's Marketing Communications class and the Business Leadership/ENACTUS Team with Dr. Cheokas combine their knowledge and skills on a cultural exchange project - "What's outside your window?"

The purpose of the project is to facilitate an opportunity for children here (USA) and abroad to express themselves and experience cultural exchange through art; further we will raise funds by marketing the art to investors who support education opportunities through technology in economically challenged communities worldwide.

SOBA Welcomes Their New Business Majors


GSW's School of Business Offers MBA Program Completely Online

The MBA program provides strong business training that integrates knowledge from various functional areas, the expertise of our faculty, and the real-world experience of our students. The program reinforces strong values, ethics, and service, and it acknowledges the multicultural influences driving today's market.

The academic program consists of a minimum of 30 graduate semester credit hours in business-related courses. In addition, there are several prerequisite undergraduate courses. For applicants whose undergraduate degree were in business-related fields, these foundation course prerequisites will typically already have been met. 

You can find more information here: 

Szmedra, Maldonado named GSW School of Business’ first Comer Faculty Scholars

AMERICUS (July 6, 2015)—Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., and Cecilia Maldonado, Ph.D., have been named the inaugural Comer Faculty Scholar Award recipients for School of Business Administration faculty at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).

Szmedra, a professor of economics, received the Jane and Larry Comer Faculty Scholar Award, generously funded by Jane and Larry Comer. Maldonado, an associate professor of marketing, received the Larry Comer Faculty Scholar Award, which was funded anonymously in honor of Larry Comer. Both awards come with a $9,000 stipend distributed evenly over three years.

Szmedra's tenure at GSW began in 2001. He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Pennsylvania State University and a Phil Szmedra Master of Science and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia.Szmedra web

"I am grateful for the recognition this award confers," Szmedra said. "But much more importantly I am thankful that individuals like Jane and Larry Comer are willing to support educational excellence in a most concrete way. Building an educational system that produces graduates with the tools to successfully compete in the market requires talented, inspired and dedicated faculty. The creation of this award demonstrates a willingness by enlightened members of a community to recognize those in education who have those traits. At the same time, the award affirms the work being done by everyone in higher education to create a vibrant future for the citizens of Georgia. My thanks go to Dean Elizabeth Wilson, my colleagues and to Jane and Larry Comer."

Maldonado joined the Georgia Southwestern faculty in 2007. She earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Science and Technology in Mexico, a Master of Science in marketing from Texas A & M and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Texas, Pan American.

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"For me it's an honor and a real privilege to receive this award. I'll keep trying to improve my research, my teaching and my service to our community," said Maldonado. "This award motivates me to become better, personally and professionally."

The Comer Scholar Awards were created to aid the GSW School of Business Administration in cultivated growth and excellence and to attract and retain faculty. The funds are given through the GSW Foundation. Larry and Jane Comer are former longtime residents of Americus who support education and entrepreneurial success. Now retired, Larry Comer, founded both Metalux Lighting, Inc. and Caravelle Power Boats.

For the duration of their awards, Szmedra and Maldonado will be identified as the Jane and Larry Comer Faculty Scholar and the Comer Faculty Scholar, respectively, in all publications and presentations.

"Both Dr. Maldonado and Dr. Szmedra are very deserving of this honor," said Liz Wilson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business. "Dr. Szmedra's work in the economics of health care and disease prevention has far-reaching effects beyond the School of Business and Georgia Southwestern State University. Dr. Maldonado's tireless work to lead the School of Business Assurance of Learning mandate continues to ensure that we offer quality, measurable learning outcomes to our students and employers and that we maintain accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)."

The School of Business Administration is AACSB-accredited and is located in the Business, History and Political Science Building. 

Our Accounting Graduates Among Nation's Best on CPA Exam



Georgia Southwestern State University’s accounting graduates excelled on the latest Certified Public Accounting exam, ranking No. 25 among the nation’s medium-sized programs and No. 3 among schools in Georgia. According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Georgia Southwestern’s BBA students who took the CPA exam for the first time scored a 67.7% pass rate.  This compares favorably with the 55% national pass rate for first time test takers and the 64.1% pass rate for all Georgia universities.


What to Expect from an Accounting Bachelor's Program and Beyond


Learn more on why you should earn an Accounting degree. Find common career path for accounting majors with job descriptions and employment outlooks. Find guidance on your next steps after earning a bachelor's degree. You can find more information with the following link.

Alumni Cash Scholarship

Applications for the alumni cash scholarship are being accepted now until April 15th. The Alumni Association will be sponsoring many of these ($1000) scholarships to eligible students. 

All applications may be turned into the Newman Alumni Center or emailed to

Apply Here


Internships - CED Albany, GA Summer Internship Opportunity

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CED is offering internships through their internship program this summer.  Click here to find out more about this opportunity!

Student Spotlight - Kalley Gillis: Goal Reached!

Kalley Gillis graduated in December with her degree in Management.  She came to GSW from Waycross after being referred by Ms. Cori Crews who was at that time GSW’s campus coordinator for online programs.  Kalley said even though she was nervous about taking online courses and didn’t know how taking classes and working full time at Atlantic Coast Bank, she decided to give it a try.  She actually found that it worked out better than she imagined because she didn’t have to schedule classes around work hours!  Kalley finished with above a 3.0 GPA at GSW, while usually taking 2 classes a semester.

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When asked how she would assess her online experience in GSW’s School of Business, Kalley said that her grades were better than in her core classes, due, in part to the fact that she felt she actually got more than when she was in a classroom setting.  Being able to view videos, power points, notes and so forth whenever she wanted and as often as she needed proved a big advantage for her.  Kallie also liked that she liked the online discussions because “You feel like you are actually talking to another student instead of just answering a question in class.”, and she found it easier to express herself when given time to formulate her discussion posts.

Kalley’s future is certain to be helped by her new degree, and she is excited to explore those new opportunities.  Her advice to those considering an online degree with GSW?  “If you are serious, you can accomplish this goal.  It’s worth every penny and was a very good experience for me!”

Congratulations to Our Outstanding Business Students!


Congratulations to the following business students: Danny Schuster (pictured above) for outstanding on-campus business graduate, Brett Garcia for outstanding MBA graduate, and Kevin Diaz for outstanding external programs graduate.
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Student Spotlight - Lisa Jackson "I feel like I'm in the classroom"

Lisa Jackson-Battle is a supervisor with the Southern Company and lives in Albany.  When she graduated from high school in 1999, she started college but dropped out to take a job.  Over the next several years, she took classes when she could and relocated with her job as she got promotions.  She finally moved to Albany and decided “it was time to get that degree.”  She had finished her associate’s degree at Macon State and took the core classes in business at Darton she needed to begin the online BBA program at GSW. Lisa Battle-Jackson

Lisa is a senior Management major who will be graduating Spring of 2015.  She began working on her BBA degree in 2010, taking one course each semester – congratulations to Lisa for keeping her eye on the prize and perservering!

Why did you decide to complete your degree online? 

“I don’t have to commute to classes after work, and the curriculum at GSW was well laid out and clear.”

Does GSW’s program live up to your expectations for a college program?

“Yes.  The technology allows me to communicate with the professors and other students.  I really have benefitted from discussing topics with my classmates and feel connected to the class.”  “GSW’s online program has made me feel like I’m in a classroom.”  “It is challenging but I feel like I have gotten an excellent education.”

Would you recommend GSW’s online Business program to working students?

“Oh yes.  Even though I am busy, the timeframes for the work are all laid out which gives me time to prepare ahead of time if I know I’m going to be out of town and to catch up in the evenings or on the weekends.”

Are the staff, advisors and faculty what you expected? 

“The staff and everyone I’ve dealt with at GSW has been great and supportive.  They understand the working student’s needs.”

What advice would you give to the student who is thinking about returning to school after an absence?

“People should try it – it is making a big difference in my life.”


The 25th Annual Career Opportunities Fair


Don't miss this opportunity to attend. All of our Atlanta and online students are invited to attend.

ENACTUS Team Awarded Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business Project Grant

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Georgia Southwestern State University Enactus team has been selected to receive a grant to complete your Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business project. Their award is the Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business project grant. Follow the link below for more information about the grant program.

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, Enactus has active programs on more than 1,600 college and university campuses in 36 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in Enactus are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.

Welcome Fall 2014 Freshmen!

Freshman Reception 2014 Collage

You can find more pictures of the event on our Facebook page.

Office 365 Free for All GSW Students

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Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has decided to provide Microsoft Office to every student free of charge. Office 365 includes the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. As long as you’re a student at GSW, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)

  • Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing

  • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software

  • Use the same programs as the faculty to ensure full file fidelity

To get your Office follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit

  2. Sign in with your Radar email address and your CanesNet password.

  3. On the download site, select your language and click install

If you have trouble, contact or call 229-931-2074.


Human Resources added to 3-Year GPC/GSW business degree programs

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GSW President Dr. Kendall Blanchard, left, and GPC President Rob Watts sign agreements to renew and expand the colleges' partnership programs. Pictured standing, from left, are Shannon Perry, Dr. Liz Wilson, Dr. Brian Adler, all of Georgia Southwestern, and Phil Smith, Georgia Perimeter's academic affairs vice president.

In a special ceremony at Georgia Perimeter College, Rob Watts, GPC interim president, and Dr. Kendall Blanchard, Georgia Southwestern State University president, renewed a three-year Fastrac business administration transfer program for GPC business graduates. Read More

ENACTUS: Harvest of Hope

Harvest of Hope ENACTUS

The GSW business leadership students, Enactus (Entrepreneurship-Action-U s), are putting their entrepreneurial and business skills into action working with the executive board of the newly created Harvest of Hope food pantry located in Americus, GA. The Enactus team will conduct an analysis of the market to create a marketing plan and an awareness campaign. The group was contacted by board member Mr. Steve Standfield, who made a presentation to the team outlining the mission and vision of the community service organization. Mr. Mike Jones, a Harvest of Hope board member, spoke to the group after the ribbon cutting sharing information concerning the need for this type of faith based service in our community. Mrs. Donna Becton, of Majestic Web Designs, is assisting the students in the creation of a webpage for Harvest of Hope as well as various social media touch points. The 2013 – 2014 Enactus Team is lead by two GSW Business School professors, Dr. Robert Bennett and Dr. Gaynor Cheokas. For more information please email –

Freshman Reception

Freshman Reception

Freshman were given the opportunity to meet faculty and upper class students in our majors. You can see the full album here.

Two New Internships For Fall 2013 Act Now!

There are two new internships offered through the School of Business for Fall 2013. They are in the Atlanta area and can be great opportunities for online students in the area. Anyone can apply as long you meet the minimum requirements.

School of Business Administration and School of Nursing Collaborate on Interviewing Skills

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Pictured Above: Top Jamon Hawkins and Rachel Bonar interview Allyson Canganelli

Bottom: Lucas Bartley, J V Bell and Darrell Johnson interview Sarah Cross

Human Resource students worked with graduating seniors from the School of Nursing by developing and carrying out mock interviews for the nursing students. Interviews were conducted in person for on campus students and through video conferencing for online students. School of Nursing students received a consultation letter after their interviews, which provided them feedback and suggestions they can apply when going through “real” interviews in the near future.  HR students were able to apply the selection techniques they had learned in class to help prepare them for their profession as well.

School of Business Administration awards Business Students at Academic Honors Convocation

GSW Academic Honors Convocation School of Business 2013

Pictured Above: Top (Left to Right) Dean Dr. Liz Wilson; Brian Koleszar, Hongyu Cheng, Benjamin Moody

  • April 24 2013, The School of Business presented awards business students at the 2013 Academic Honors Convocation.
  • Brian Koleszar was awarded Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants Accounting Excellence.
  • Hongyu Cheng and Dana Pierce(not pictured) were awarded for the Highest GPA for Graduating Business Student.  
  • Benjamin Moody was awarded the Parker/Wheeler Scholarship. 
  • The following were awarded for the James Deriso Scholarship: Hannah Bass, Hannah Frazier, Erik Haygood, Elliot Martin, Matt Vansant(not pictured), Jessika Williams, Kyle Heath.
  • For more information on how you can earn these honors and scholarships check our Scholarships and Awards section and follow us one Facebook for more up-to-date information anytime.

SOBA Business Leadership Class Hosts Members of the Business Advisory Council for Class Project - Journey to the Job

Business Advisory Council Journey to the Job Spring 2013

Pictured Above (Left to Right) Top: Ashton Goff, Hope Whitaker, Samantha Price, Regan Alderman, Brett Auger. Bottom: Jackie Bryce,Owner,Star Racing; Kevin Reeves,President Parker's Heating and Air; Janet Siders, HR Director,GSW; Gaynor Cheokas, Director of CBED/Professor.

SOBA Business Leadership Class Project - Journey to the Job

Purpose:  Project consist of 5 video programs addressing professional preparation for students beginning their job search.  Under the guidance of their instructor, Ms. Gaynor Cheokas, the students initiated and implemented all phases of the project:  topic selection, logistics, promotional material, scripts, and completed follow up with stakeholders. 

We Are Proud to Present Our New Beta Gamma Sigma Members for Spring 2013!

BETA Gamma Sigma Spring 2013

New Members Above (Left to Right): Carleen Wise, Ben Moody, Hongyu Cheng, Erik Haygood, Samantha Hancock, Hannah Frazier, Rachel Bonar, Matt Vansant, Brian Koleszar, Jessika Williams. Students inducted but unable to attend: Kristel Baranko, Tiffany Buker, Laura Chambley-Shadrick, Sylvia Elkins, Delia Mixon, Dana Pierce.

Accounting Club Meeting -  Jay Shirah, CPA

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Pictured above:(Left) Dr. Krupka, Susan Robinson & Jay Shirah, (Right) Jay Shirah gives advice to a student

Jay Shirah, CPA, a staff accountant with Mauldin & Jenkins in Albany, spoke to the GSW Accounting Club about becoming a CPA and the type of work that he performs as an accountant with a regional public accounting firm.  Mr. Shirah is a GSW alumnus and an Americus resident.  He received a BBA in accounting in 2006 and an MBA in 2008.  The meeting was sponsored by the Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of CPAs, as part of its professional awareness emphasis on college campuses. You can watch for yourself here.

Study Abroad in Fiji with GSW June 26-July 22, 2013


Fiji has spun the imagination of generations of travelers. It is the epitome of the ends of the Earth; the furthest you could go before you actually were on your way back. These islands’ remoteness, their ethereal beauty, the mix of cultures and traditions, the food, and the people, who some say are the friendliest in the world, make this island nation a magnet for those seeking a memorable study abroad experience.

Come join us on this unique Study Abroad program into the heart of the South Pacific and discover why Fiji has stirred human passions for millennia.

 Click here for more information.

GSW Hosts Sumter County Economic Luncheon

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Randall Valentine (left) and Phil Szmedra of the GSW School of Business Administration lead the 18th annual Sumter County Economic Outlook Luncheon

The current GSW Featured Scholar, Szmedra is a professor of economics and has been a member of the University faculty since 2001. His research interests are in the field of development economics, public health issues in the developing world and problems facing small, island developing states. Szmedra earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia.

Valentine joined the GSW School of Business faculty in 2005. He has published over 30 articles in finance and business journals, and he serves as a consultant to various national and international corporations. Valentine earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in finance from Mississippi State University.

Szmedra and Valentine’s program focused on the current economic conditions in Southwest Georgia while providing an economic forecast for the area.

Doug Moses, President of the GSW Alumni Board

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Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and Doug Moses

 Doug Moses graduated from Georgia Southwestern in Accounting and is now the President of our GSW Alumni Board and board member of the GSW Foundation. We're very proud of our Alumni and Doug!

GSW Awards Outstanding External Business Graduate for Fall 2012 Graduation

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Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Angie Brown

GSW Awards Outstanding Business Graduate for Fall 2012 Graduation

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Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Taylor O'Hearn

GSW Economics Professor Philip Szmedra is 2012-2013 Featured Scholar

AMERICUS (Nov. 2, 2012)—Philip Szmedra, Ph.D. professor of economics, was announced as Georgia Southwestern State University’s 2012-13 Featured Scholar today by President Kendall A. Blanchard, Ph.D.

“Dr. Szmedra is an energetic, creative, and highly productive economist, who brings something special to our School of Business Administration and to the University as well as to his discipline,” said Blanchard. “His work in various parts of the world and the study-abroad opportunities he makes available to our students are critical components of our efforts to prepare our graduates to compete in a global environment.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized in this way, and I am certainly grateful to the people that selected me,” said Szmedra. “There are other worthy individuals on campus here, and for anyone that has conducted research for a long time, it is nice to be recognized for your work.” Read more.

Szmedra Award

Southwestern Scholar—Georgia Southwestern economics professor Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., was named the University’s 2012-2013 Featured Scholar.

Stovall is 2012 GSW Featured Public Servant

AMERICUS (April 23, 2012)—Every business student knows that product, place, and promotion are three of the “Four Ps” in marketing. If service is the product and the Americus community is the place, no one promotes it better than John Stovall, Ph.D. An associate professor of marketing at Georgia Southwestern State University, Stovall is the 2012 recipient of the University’s Featured Public Servant Award. The announcement was made today. Read more.

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John S. Stovall, 2012 Georgia Southwestern State University Featured Public Servant (image background – Sumter Historic Trust’s Lee Council House).

Proctored Exams


Beginning with the Spring 2013 semester the School of Business will begin phasing in proctored examinations in its online courses.  We are doing this for a variety of reasons, including increased pressure from the Federal Department of Education to verify identities of online students, and to increase opportunities for academic integrity.

We looked at several alternative ways of instituting this change and decided to use an online proctoring service.  While this will represent a cost for you, our research indicated that it would be preferable to limiting the times you could take the exam to times when official testing sites are open, as well as being less expensive than most of the testing sites.

For the Spring semester each online course will require one proctored exam.  The cost for a 2-hour exam is $25, and there is a discount for registering early to take any exam. Students should be aware that they are responsible for ProctorU testing fees.  We anticipate that a student taking a normal class load will pay approximately $100 in testing fees this semester. ProctorU will administer the proctored exam. 

Meet the New Director of the MBA Program!


Susan Robinson

We are excited to announce that Susan Robinson is the new Director of the MBA Program here at the School of Business! Be sure to apply for the MBA Program this Spring by October 15th!

GSW Awards Outstanding Business Graduate for Spring 2012 Graduation

Kyle Singley

Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Kyle Singley

New Internship Opportunity Available!

Work with the City of Americus in the Community and Economic Development Department as a Marketing intern!

Click here for more details!

*Human Resource Management On-line to begin in Summer Term!*

After many requests, GSW School of Business is pleased to announce that beginning Summer 2012 the BBA in Human Resource Management will be available online for our students. Students interested in this degree should view the two-year schedule and plan carefully with their advisors since there are four required courses which will only be offered once per year online.

MVP SOBA Professors Awarded for Spring Semester 2012


Pictured (l - r) Dr. John Stovall, Mrs. Gaynor Cheokas, and Dr. Michael Fathi.  (Dr. Dawn Valentine not shown)

GSW Welcomes Newest 2+2 Partner: Georgia Military College

GSW's School of Business has a new partner in Georgia Military College. GMC has five location in Georgia in addition to its home campus in Milledgeville. Business students from GMC will now be able to complete their associate's degree through GMC and then join GSW to complete their BBA in accounting or management.

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Shown in photo: (front row) Dr. Kendall Blanchard, President of GSW (left) and General Peter Boylan, President of GMC, sign the Articulation Agreement, formalizing the 2 + 2 program between our two schools. (Back row) Mrs. Lynda Lee Purvis, Assistant VP of Academic Affairs at GSW; Dr. Brian Adler VP of Academic Affairs at GSW; Dr. Liz Wilson, Dean of GSW's School of Business Administration; Dr. Mike Holmes, VP of Academic Affairs at GMC; Mrs. Shannon Perry, GSW's Director of External Business Programs.

SOBA Professors Pied in the Face

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Remarkable SOBA Graduates of Fall 2011

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Pictured from left: Ethan Vick (magna cum laude), was the outstanding on-campus business graduate and Catherine Cospelich (cum laude), was the outstanding external business graduate.

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Pictured from left: Marketing Graduate- Leady Cuellar and Human Resource Management Graduate- Charles Pennington

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Jammarra Nelson, a School of Business graduate in Human Resource Management, decides to make this a VERY big day by proposing to his girlfriend, Chandra Nelson (coincidence). Chandra earned a BBA in Human Resource Management in the Spring.

Business Students Honored at GSW Convocation

GSW SIFE Advisor Donates Check

Check was given to Matt Loper by Campbell Soup

For Complete Article Click Here

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Pictured from left to right are Sam Walton Fellows Ted Norris and Matt Loper, SIFE President Rebekah Tate and faculty advisor John Stovall.

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