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Issue 7: May 2023


headshot of Dr. Jill DrakeDr. Jill Drake named GSW provost and vice president for Academic Affairs

Jill Drake, Ed.D., has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at GSW after serving as interim for just over a month. She will begin her full-time duties on July 1.

"I am sincerely grateful and profoundly honored to have been chosen to serve as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia Southwestern," said Drake. "I enthusiastically embrace this crucial role, fully aware of the significant responsibility entrusted to me in nurturing a community that thrives through growth, innovation, and collaboration. I firmly believe that, collectively, we can build an outstanding academic community where both students and faculty can flourish, making a lasting and positive impact."

Prior to joining GSW as interim provost, Drake served as the associate vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of West Georgia (UWG) in Carrollton.

Read more about Drake here.

library exteriorState budget includes $5 million to renovate GSW’s James Earl Carter Library

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the $32.4 billion Fiscal Year 2024 state budget (House Bill 19) Friday, May 5. Included in the upcoming year’s spending plan is a $5 million bond package to renovate GSW's James Earl Carter Library.

"This is exciting news for the Georgia Southwestern and Americus communities," said GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. "We worked very closely with University System of Georgia and our delegation in the General Assembly to secure the funding for this project. Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, Rep. Mike Cheokas and Rep. Patty Bentley were great advocates throughout the legislative session."

"When the Carter Library renovation is complete, I believe it will be a good representation of what a 21st century college campus should look like with state-of-the-art technology and design, open space for students to study and collaborate, and availability to resources that will facilitate student success in the classroom," Weaver added.

Read more about the planned renovation here.

When Serendipity and Opportunity Collide: GSW Accounting Grad Lands Internship

“Kaitlyn, are you sitting down?”

This was the question posed to GSW accounting major Kaitlyn Evans in late fall of 2021 when Professor Carol Bishop called to give her some unusually good news.

Doug Moses, partner at Mauldin & Jenkins (M&J) and Georgia Southwestern alumnus from the class of 1997, had written to the Dean requesting that Kaitlyn do an internship at his accounting firm.

Kaitlyn was stunned, as she thought back to that chance meeting about a month earlier in the drive-through at a Leesburg Chick-fil-A. She was going about her usual work routine, standing outside in the Georgia heat taking orders on her iPad. Kaitlyn thought she recognized Mr. Moses from the mural on the wall of the M&J-sponsored classroom at GSW. When she asked the name for the order and he replied, “Moses,” she struck up a conversation with him.

“I asked if he was a partner at M&J, and he seemed impressed that I recognized him,” recalls Kaitlyn. “He asked where I was in my schooling, and when I told him I was about to be a senior, he suggested it was the right time to begin applying for internships. I knew he was right, but I hadn’t taken a tax or audit class yet…I wanted to make sure I was prepared to get the most out of any internship experience.”

Unbeknownst to Kaitlyn, Moses immediately called the GSW Foundation’s Executive Director Stephen Snyder to find out more about Kaitlyn. The next day Snyder called back, confirming Kaitlyn was a great student with a high GPA.

Read more about Kaitlyn's story here.



Hurricanes' incredible season comes to an end

The Georgia Southwestern baseball team ended their winning streak at eight as they were swept in the Southeast Regional Tournament this month. GSW faced off against Mount Olive University in game one of the Southeast Regional Tournament, fighting back from a 5-0 deficit in the ninth inning but still coming up short at 5-4.

Since GSW lost the first game against Mount Olive, they faced off against top-seeded North Greenville University.

The 2022-23 season was the best GSW has had since joining the NCAA in 2007. They finished with a 22-8 conference record and captured GSW's first PBC regular season baseball championship. The team broke additional GSW records by winning the PBC Championship and earning a bid to the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament.

Read more about the Hurricanes' season here.

baseball team huddles and cheers

exercise science students use equipmentGSW School of Health Sciences adds new exercise science programs

GSW's School of Health Sciences will offer two new stand-alone exercise science programs beginning Fall 2023, in addition to the existing bachelor’s degree in exercise science, based on feedback from the regional workforce in the health sciences field.

The Exercise Physiology Endorsement, a 9 credit-hour program, is designed to encourage a deeper understanding of exercise physiology, including both the fundamentals of the science and the application to various healthy and clinical populations.

The Exercise Science Certificate, an 18 credit-hour program, supports educational development in the growing area of exercise and wellness, providing an overview of current science and an introduction to the foundations of practice in the field. With topics including exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and prescription, this program builds a deeper understanding of the body's responses to exercise and training.

Read more about these new programs here.

No tuition increase for GSW, other USG institutions for 2023-24 academic year

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) recently voted not to raise tuition at most institutions for the 2023-24 academic year, including GSW.

This is the sixth time in eight years the Board has approved keeping tuition costs flat across most institutions in the university system.

“By holding the line on tuition, the Board of Regents is once again championing the students and families of Georgia,” USG Chancellor Sonny Perdue said. “What should also be clear is that the University System of Georgia remains strongly focused on our highest priorities of degree attainment, efficiency and affordability. That doesn’t negate the financial headwinds and increasing costs our institutions face, and I look forward to working with Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly to do everything we can to try to restore funding.”

Read more about the tuition announcement here.

Over 260 graduate in spring commencement ceremonies

On May 12, over 260 GSW students graduated, with approximately 230 graduates walking across the two commencement ceremonies.

The keynote address was delivered by Scott Steiner, president and chief executive officer of Phoebe Putney Health System. Steiner spoke about persevering through and learning from challenges.

April gas card winners announced

Thanks to generous donations to the GSW Foundation from Charles Eames and Perry Brothers Oil Co., all currently enrolled GSW students are eligible to win a $100 Gas N' Go gift card each month. The April winners were (pictured L to R, top row) Shannon Stevens, Drea Singleton, Andreah Tyson, (bottom row) Isela Ramos Castro, Austin Taylor, and Jaden Broussard.

Students can enter the drawing through the link in the Breeze email each month. Winners will be contacted via email by a representative from the GSW Foundation.

gas card winners


golf player swings clubHurricanes finish 12th at NCAA Championships

The eighth-ranked GSW men's golf team posted a 15-over 303 and finished 12th of 20 teams in the final round of the NCAA Division II National Championships Wednesday at the par-72 7,287-yard Avalon Lakes Golf Course. GSW finished the championship 12th out of 20 teams. The Hurricanes had two players in the Top 20 of the 108-player field.

Chase McLain finished day three 3-over par 75 and he finished the tournament 1-under par tied for 11th. McLain eagled a hole on the front nine and a hole on the back nine he shot bogeys on the day that subtracted three strokes off of his score.

The Hurricanes won two events this season, were Peach Belt Conference Champions and finished the season ranked in the Top 10.

Read more about GSW's Championship performance here.

Student Recognitions

Twelve students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma

GSW’s chapter for Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) held an induction ceremony followed by a reception honoring new members on Tuesday, April 11. Twelve students were officially inducted into BGS.

BGS is an international honor society for juniors, seniors, and graduate students with high academic achievement in business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The mission of BGS is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members. To become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, students must be enrolled full-time and be in the top 10% of the class academically in their junior or senior years or the top 20% in terms of graduate students.

The 2022-2023 inductees for Beta Gamma Sigma are:

  • Graduate students
    • Ivan J. Aguirre – Okinawa City, Japan
    • Vincent Guimond – Quebec, Canada
    • Jerome W. Harney – Tustin, CA
    • Justin Hess – Panama City, FL
    • Richnicole E. Ignacio – Makati City, Philippines
    • David Tszwai Lee – Tokyo, Japan
  • Seniors
    • Karla Michelle Adams – Catersville, GA
    • Jack Malleret – Burlington, Canada
    • Lauren Grace Shepherd – High Springs, FL
    • Daniel Wentzell – Leesburg, GA
  • Juniors:
    • Palmer Braunstein – Americus, GA
    • Bryce Alexander Kittrell – Leesburg, GA

Pictured (L-R) are Lecturer of Management Amber Stovall; Assistant Professor of Human Resources Management Jim Aller, Ph.D.; Mohammad Dehzooei, Ph.D.; Bryce Kittrell; Lauren Shepherd; Professor of Management Mark Grimes, Ph.D.; Dean of the College of Business and Computing Gaynor Cheokas, Ph.D.; and BGS Administrator and Associate Professor Maggie Wang, Ph.D. On the screen are (clockwise) Richnicole Ignacio, Jerome Harney, Daniel Wentzell, Ivan Aguirre, and Karla Adams.

faculty and students at reception

headshot of Zoe WillisWillis racks up post-season awards

GSW's Zoe Willis has received several post-season recognitions, including being named the 2023 Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) Southeast Region Player of the Year

Willis became the first GSW softball player to earn conference Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. She had one of the greatest seasons any PBC player has ever had. The junior second baseman and pitcher from Pine Mountain, Ga., hit .447 with 25 home runs and 67 RBIs.

Willis was also named:

  • Southeast All-Region First Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)
  • Ron Lenz Player of the Year, the first PBC player to win this award
  • PBC Player of the Week for the week of Apr. 26

McCollum named Pitcher of the Year and Southeast All-Region First Team

Nick McCollum was named the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Baseball Pitcher of the Year. This recognition marks the fourth consecutive year that GSW has won this award.

He was also named Southeast All-Region First Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

McCollum led the PBC this season with four shutouts and ranked eighth in the NCAA Division II in strikeouts.

McCollum and Patterson named Players of the Week

Nick McCollum and Chris Patterson were named PBC Players of the Week for the week of May 1.

McCollum was named Pitcher of the Week, his third weekly honor of the season, after pitching 10 shutout innings over two games to lead GSW to their first regular-season championship. The junior from Richmond Hill, Ga., threw his league-leading fourth complete-game shutout of the season in the opener against Flagler, scattering five hits with two walks while striking out nine in a 4-0 win. He came back on Sunday to close out the series with one inning of perfect relief, striking out one, for his first save of the season. Overall, he held batters to a .176 average with two walks and 10 total strikeouts with no runs allowed. McCollum lowers his league-leading ERA to 2.57; he is also second in the PBC in strikeouts, innings pitched and wins.

Patterson was named Player of the Week after hitting .571 with a 1.571 slugging percentage as GSW won their first-ever regular-season championship with a sweep of Flagler over the weekend. The junior outfielder from Hephzibah, Ga., went 3-for-4 in the second game of the series with a double and a home run, driving in two. He homered again in game three and also drew a walk for a .625 on-base percentage on the weekend. He was also outstanding in the outfield, making a diving catch on Saturday that started a triple play. Patterson's two home runs were his first two of the season.

Devin Fincher and Dr. Iordanova with awardFincher receives award from the American Chemical Society

Senior chemistry major Devin Fincher received an award for Outstanding Chemistry Student by the Southwest Georgia (SOWEGA) Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

Fincher and Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Geology, & Physics N. Iordanova, Ph.D., attended the award ceremony in Douglas, Ga. The event was organized by Optima Chemical company and SOWEGA ACS.

Students recognized at annual awards event

On May 2, GSW held its annual Student Awards Banquet to honor 45 students who have excelled academically and have shown great leadership within their majors, organizations, and community. The full photo album is available on GSW's Facebook page. Those recognized were:

Outstanding Service to Campus and Community
  • Khyia Gibbs
  • Samantha Blalock
  • Christina Wynn
College of Arts and Sciences Awards
  • Excellence in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies – Zareyah Simpson
  • Excellence in History – Morgan Stanfill
  • Excellence in Political Science – Andrew Montgomery
  • Excellence in Psychology – Kandice Nixon
  • Excellence in Communication and Emerging Media – Krystal Elie
  • Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry – John Ross Plourde
  • Excellence in English – Nicholas Johnson
Delores Capitan Writing Awards
  • Academic Writing
    • First Place – Andrew Bellacomo
    • Second Place – Johanna Nordwall
    • Third Place – Ashanti Jackson
  • Creative Writing
    • First Place – Andrew Bellacomo
    • Second Place – Nicholas Johnson
    • Third Place – Alexander Morton
Outstanding Leadership Contributions
  • Avondre’a Singleton
  • Jordan Whitening
  • Ty’Ina Moore
College of Education
  • Outstanding Elementary Education Teacher Candidate – Wrenn Conley
  • Outstanding Elementary Education Teacher Candidate at GSW – ABAC – Marley Whitley
  • Outstanding Middle Grades Education Teacher Candidate – Emily Gilmon
  • Outstanding Secondary Education Teacher Candidate – La’Nautica Tookes
  • Kirt Myers Excellence in Teaching – Kaneisha Kelly
  • Dr. Richard W. Litwhiler Award in Health and Physical Education – Hunter Foster
College of Business and Computing
  • Outstanding Online Undergraduate – Erin Clements
  • Outstanding On-Campus Undergraduate – Kaitlyn Evans
  • Outstanding Computer Science Undergraduate – Landon Williams
  • Master of Business Administration – Matthew Mamatas
    Master of Science in Computer Science – Lee Brunovsky
Outstanding University Spirit
  • Adam Wilson
  • Dontavious Brown
  • Henderson Hurdle
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Excellence in Exercise Science – Nicholas Grave De Peralta
  • Leadership in Exercise Science – Enya Priester
  • Excellence in Long-Term Care Management – Bailey LaGrone
  • Outstanding MSN Student – Danielle Parks
  • Outstanding BSN Student – Lydia Buice
  • Cynthia Dudley Academic Nursing Award – Britney Bullington & Madison Liebert
Student Employee of the Year
  • Kavian Phillips
  • Ava Sellers
  • Kaliyah Jordan
USG Outstanding Scholar
  • Charles Doswell, III
Leaving a Legacy Award
  • Lauren Shepherd
  • Isaiah Dunschee
  • Chase Harper

Charles Doswell accepts his Outstanding Scholar award from USG Chancellor Sonny PerdueCharles Doswell, III, 2023 Outstanding Scholar, among GSW graduates

Charles Doswell, III, a special education graduate from Blakely, Ga., was recently named GSW's 2023 Outstanding Scholar, the University’s highest academic honor.

Doswell graduated with a 4.0 GPA, which put him among the top of his class. The Outstanding Scholars, recognized by the University System of Georgia (USG), represent the system’s highest scholastic ideals and are selected by each individual institution. These students have a high GPA, strive for excellence and have the ability to share knowledge in various areas of expertise.

"This is a very big honor for me to be named GSW’s 2023 Outstanding Scholar," said Doswell. "It still doesn’t feel real. I chose Georgia Southwestern because of the education program being one of the best in the state. So many teachers have helped me and made an impact on my college journey. I learned the importance of routine and making sure I can do the work in a reasonable time."

Doswell is pictured here with USG Chancellor Sonny Perdue.

Read more about Charles and the Outstanding Scholar recognition here.

Five Lady Hurricanes named PBC All-Conference

Georgia Southwestern earned a program-best five honorees on the Peach Belt Conference's 2023 All-Conference teams. Zoe Willis was named the Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Third baseman Katelyn Wood was an All-PBC First Team selection. Pitcher Savana Bradford, shortstop Lacey Rutledge and first baseman Isabel Marcotte earned All-PBC Second Team honors.

Read more about each players' accomplishments this season here.

graphic showing All-PBC softball players

Four Hurricanes named PBC All-Conference

Georgia Southwestern had four players named to the Peach Belt Conference's 2023 All-Conference teams. Pitcher Nick McCollum was named Pitcher of the Year, becoming the third Hurricane to win the honor. Outfielder Jake Blinstrub and pitcher Ray Euson were named PBC first team all conference. Utility player Miles Hartsfield was awarded second team all conference honors.

Read more about each players' accomplishments this season here.

graphic showing All-PBC baseball players

Euson named Southeast All-Region Second Team

Pitcher Ray Euson was named Southeast All-Region Second Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Euson had 125 strikeouts this season, which led the Peach Belt Conference and ranks fourth in NCAA DII.


Jones presents at Andersonville

Assistant Professor of Communication Ashley Jones, Ph.D., presented at the Andersonville National Historic Site on May 19. She helped local rangers learn more about video production, audio production, and tips and tricks for different types of media text creation such as video essays, social media posts, and infographics.

COBAC hosts research workshop

The College of Business and Computing (COBAC) hosted a research workshop in the business conference room on Feb. 22. Assistant Professor of Management Darrin Theriault, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Satyaki Nan, Ph.D., presented their recent research in the workshop. Both articles have significant contribution to the existing literature.

Theriault’s paper is titled "How Bottom-line Mentality Climate and Emotional Labor Predict Leader Ostracism." Research covering workplace ostracism has focused almost exclusively on the target, leaving an excellent opportunity to focus research on the source of ostracism. The handful of source-focused ostracism studies have mostly considered outcomes from the ostracism with little attention placed on potential antecedents or predictors of the use of ostracism in the workplace. Framed in a leadership context and applying conservation of resources theory, this study examined how one organizational factor (bottom-line mentality climate) and two intrapersonal factors (surface acting and deep acting) predict leaders ostracizing their followers. The hypotheses were tested using a quasi-experimental design featuring scenario-based vignettes and a cross-sectional survey instrument. Results indicated that bottom-line mentality climate is positively associated with surface acting and ostracism, and that surface acting is positively associated with ostracism. An important theoretical contribution includes shifting workplace aggression research from the target to the source and from outcomes to antecedents. This study also benefits practitioners by helping management identify predictors of and reduce occurrences of ostracism in organizations.

Nan presented an article titled "Game Theoretic Mitigation of External Attacks Against Cyber-Systems." The article investigates the field of cybersecurity. In cybersecurity, external attacks, exploiting the communication structures of a system are launched by malicious entities from outside a system. In the context of such attacks, ensuring the security of communication channels is of utmost importance. In particular, in this research, we present techniques to mitigate jamming attacks, where an external adversary attempts to disrupt the communication capabilities of a system by intentionally injecting noise into its communication channels. Specifically, we first present a novel game-theoretic technique that makes a transmitter redundantly transmit a message over multiple orthogonal channels to obtain the reliability of a communication process in the presence of a jammer with the communication subject to InterSymbol Interference (ISI). In addition, we also present the design of a novel deception-based technique that aims to deceive a jammer for mitigating such a threat. And finally presented a novel deception-based technique to mislead the jammers using fake communication channels. The research shows various advantages in the presence of a jamming attack.  


cover art for Fighting Over ThereKaus publishes book on U.S. war and refugee literature

Assistant Professor of English Alaina Kaus, Ph.D., authored a book, Fighting Over There: U.S. War Making and Contemporary Refugee Literature, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in May 2023. A summary is available below.

U.S. foreign policy has long been built on a dichotomy of an irreplaceable “here" and an expendable “there." In his 2003 announcement of the military campaign in Iraq, George W. Bush declared that we would fight in the Middle East so we wouldn't have to fight “on the streets of our cities." But what do the millions of people who live over “there" have to say about U.S. interventions and the displacement they provoke? In this pathbreaking study, Alaina Kaus analyzes literature by and about refugees who fled Southeast Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, North Africa, and the Middle East, in the wake of U.S. military occupation and economic intervention. Narratives by authors such as Lan Cao, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Demetria Martínez, Héctor Tobar, Dave Eggers, Mohsin Hamid, and Riverbend reveal contradictions in the human rights pledges that undergird U.S. foreign policy, which promote freedom while authorizing intervention and displacement, and favor market-based solutions over social justice and racial equality.

Review from fellows authors noted that Kaus has published “a polished, well-written book that could easily be used in courses on post-45 literature, multiethnic literature, or immigrant histories.” Another reviewed noted that “Fighting Over There is groundbreaking in its examination of contemporary U.S. literature about refugees and timely given recent events, such as the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, that are sure to produce narratives about refugees, militarism, human rights, humanitarianism, and the United States.”

Dr. Dave with his new bookDave publishes first book

Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center Anish Dave, Ph.D., published his first book, Seeking to Understand the World: Literary Journalism of Vincent Sheean, published by Vernon Press.

The book analyzes five major nonfiction, journalistic books by Vincent Sheean, a famous 20th-century American foreign correspondent. Sheean was know for reporting from Europe, North Africa, and Asia, writing news reports, articles, and books. Set in different world areas, the books illuminate events as disparate as the Riffian war, the Spanish Civil War, the infamous Munich pact, the Nazi bombing of London, and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Sheean’s books provide an in-depth, personal look at these and related events. 

Dave's book is the first to closely examine Vincent Sheean's journalistic books. A few other scholars have published biographical information about Vincent Sheean, including book chapters or in parts of a book.

Carter co-publishes paper in top journal

Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Music, Communication, & Emerging Media Jonathan Carter co-wrote a paper with Misti Yang. Sophie vs. the Machine: Neo-Luddism as Response to Technical-Colonial Corruption of the General Intellect was published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, one of the top two rhetoric journals. This paper explores activist techniques to counteract the damaging impacts social media have around the world.

Awards & Grants

Employees recognized at annual Faculty & Staff Awards

On May 4, GSW recognized the contributions of faculty and staff during the annual Faculty & Staff Awards ceremony. During the ceremony, President Neal Weaver reviewed some of GSW's recent accomplishments and praised the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff.

Awards winners, who were nominated by their peers, were presented with plaques in special recognition of their hard work. Other acknowledgements included faculty for promotion and tenure, faculty and staff for years of service to GSW, and a moment of silence for the faculty and staff members that have passed away in the last year.

Award winners were:

  • Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards
    • Michael Lewis, 2023 Staff Excellence in Customer Service and Personal Interaction Award
    • Anthony Lasiter, 2023 Staff Excellence in Achievement and Performance
    • Dr. Mohammad Dehzooei, 2023 Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award
    • Dr. Jim Aller, 2023 Faculty Excellence in Advising Award
    • Dr. Nellie Iordanova, 2023 Faculty Excellence in Service Award
    • Dr. Susan Bragg, 2023 Faculty Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award
  • Student Government Association Awards
    • Dominique Smith, Oris Bryant Staff Member of the Year
    • Dr. Nellie Iordanova, Faculty Member of the Year
  • GSW Alumni Association Awards
    • Dr. Robert Bennett, 2023 Professor of the Year

The full photo album is available on GSW's Facebook page.

McDonald named PBC Baseball Coach of the Year

Head baseball coach Josh McDonald was named the 2023 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Baseball Coach of the Year at the close of the season. McDonald led the Hurricanes to a 22-8 conference record this spring as the program captured its first PBC regular season championship. The team went on to break additional GSW records by winning the PBC Championship and earning a bid to the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament.

Moir and Ryer awarded grant to develop new course

Associate Professor Michael Moir, Ph.D., and Lecturer Jennifer Ryer, Ph.D., in the Department of English and Modern Languages have been awarded a $3,000 grant by the Modern Language Association to develop a new course, 'Writing Southwest Georgia.' The MLA's competitive selection process offers grants to foster the development of high-impact courses and educational experiences in English, languages, and related areas of the humanities.

Employment Updates

Belmont joins the Department of Psychology and Sociology

The Department of Psychology and Sociology welcomed Krystal Belmont as Administrative Assistant on May 10, 2023. She is an alumna of GSW, having earned her BS in Computer Information Systems in 2001. Her primary duties will include greeting students, faculty and staff, building course schedules and student data entry in Banner, ordering supplies for the department, maintaining a list of room reservations, and other clerical duties. She is the mother of three amazing children who keep her busy, and she resides in Ellaville, Ga.

New Hires

Kathryn Early joined the College of Education as a lecturer of mathematics on May 1, 2023.

Kimberly Fortenberry joined the College of Education as a part-time instructor on May 15, 2023.

Hana Haden joined the Department of Athletics as head women's basketball coach on May 1, 2023.


LinLin Wang, visiting scholar in the College of Education, left that role on Apr. 2, 2023.

Andrew Sendek, Head Women’s Tennis Coach in the Department of Athletics, left that role on May 31, 2023.

Judy Grissett, Assistant Director of the Office of Experiential Learning, left that role on May 26, 2023.

Evan Kutzler, Associate Professor in the Department History and Political Science, left that role on May 31, 2023.


Jonathan Hobbs in doctoral regaliaHobbs earns doctorate

Jonathan Hobbs graduated with a Doctorate of Science in Information Technology on May 10, 2023 from Middle Georgia State University's School of Computing. Through his studies, he maintained a 4.0 GPA and was part of the inaugural doctoral class at MGA.

Hobbs currently serves as the Manager of IT and Faculty Support and Adjunct Faculty of Computer Science in the College of Business and Computing. 

Hobbs previously earned his Master of Science in Information Technology at Kennesaw State University and his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at GSW.

Hailey Henderson in master's regaliaHenderson graduates with MBA

On May 5, 2023, Hailey Henderson graduated with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Digital Marketing from the College of Business at Clayton State University. Through her studies, Hailey maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society that recognizes top performing students from AACSB-accredited institutions.

She also earned Most Outstanding MBA Student and Most Outstanding Overall Graduate Student from the College of Business for her graduating class.

Hailey currently serves as GSW’s Web Content Strategist for the Department of University Relations.

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Past Events

Chess Club hosts 54 students for 4th annual tournament

The GSW Chess Club hosted its 4th Annual Scholastic Chess Tournament in the Wheatley Administration Building on April 22, 2023. Fifty-four students in grades K-12 competed over-the-board, representing 9 schools from 5 local counties. Medals and prizes were awarded in high school, middle school, and elementary divisions, with additional prizes for Beautiful Checkmate, Fight to the Finish, Puzzle Challenge, and Team Champion and Runner-Up.

The tournament was free to all participants, and lunch and refreshments were provided to players and guests. The tournament was organized by Associate Professor of Political Science John LeJeune, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Exercise Science Benjamin Meador, Ph.D., while Ke Wang, Ph.D., with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers provided essential logistical support before and throughout the event.

The tournament was also a service capstone for graduating GSW Chess Club members Tayvion Lyons (computer science major) and Frank Wilson (history major), who served as arbiters alongside GSW alumnus Jimmy Moore. All involved would like to thank the GSW Department of History and Political Science and the GSW Foundation for financial support; Cheri Paradise, Angie Christmas, and everyone at the GSW Physical Plant for providing a wonderful space; and the coaches, families, and players who made the event possible. A good time was had by all, and the Chess Club was impressed by the quality of play and by the effort and sportsmanship the kids showed from start to finish.

several pairs of students play chess in large room

students do experiments in gymChemistry program particiates in local STEAM Night

Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Geology, & Physics N. Iordanova, Ph.D and two chemistry students, Kacy Shrader and Devin Fincher, participated in an outreach event at the Marion County School's STEAM Night on May 2, 2023.

Iordanova and the GSW students engaged the scholars by demonstrating how memory metals and superconductors work, showing the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in what is known as "the elephant toothpaste experiment" and making liquid nitrogen ice cream.

This was a free event, giving Marion County students the opportunity to engage with activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Wright speaks to studentsAAMI program features alumnus speaker Demetrius Wright

Demetrius Wright, a 2022 AAMI and GSW graduate, presented an interactive workshop and speech, titled “Taking Advantage of a Great Opportunity to Complete College." Wright is currently an elementary school teacher in the Fulton County School System and also a member of the public speaking club Cascade United Toastmaster Club (CUT). He also has a podcast titled, Wright Passions. One of his favorite sayings is, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."

In his talk, Wright expressed the need for individuals to set realistic goals that are obtainable and get the help they need when those goals are not met. He told the full room that everything in life is not easy and there will be some failures in all aspects of life when trying to reach a goal. He presented a well thought out PowerPoint that the students understood and asked for copies. The students engaged him well because of his young age and the ability to relate to them about the business of going to college.

He emphasized to never let anyone and anything hinder you from getting your college education.

Biology Club takes trip to Providence Canyon

Biology Club organized a field trip for GSW students on April 22 to Providence Canyon State Park located at Lumpkin, Ga. Commonly called Georgia’s "Little Grand Canyon," the State Park has become a testament of man’s influence on land. After years of poor agricultural practices, massive erosion of the coastal plain has created an unusual geographical formation.

The State Park is a rich learning laboratory, and students enjoyed the grand views of the canyon, had an opportunity to learn the geo- and biodiversity of the area and understand the importance of sustainable practices to conserve our planet. During this trip, students were able to engage with others and faculty, particularly who never been on a field trip with their mentors and peers. Biology Club encourages students to take advantage of these field trips, which help in their overall academic growth. Students come to GSW with a different life experience, so field trips equip them with tools and environments beyond the classroom providing a real-world experience. Field trips also increase students’ empathy, tolerance, and critical thinking skills.

While funding for this trip was provided by GSW Student Government Association (SGA), biology faculty Professor Anh-Hue Tu, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Biology Surya Amarachintha, Ph.D., along with club members Arul Thason and Johanna Nordwall, organized the trip.

AAMI visits Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University

Ten members of the GSW AAMI visited the campuses of Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University on April 28 – 30 to exchange ideas about the success of their programs and how to adopt different strategies to make their two programs better. Richard Ware, a fall 2022 graduate of GSW and a 5-year member of GSW AAMI, is now Coordinator of the GSU AAMI. The members enjoyed the historical tours, riverboat cruising and exploring the campuses.

AAMI members in Savannah

Online graduates attend reception, meet professors

Online students were invited to a special reception hosted by GSW’s Office of Alumni Affairs ahead of the May 2023 commencement ceremonies. For many of these Hurricanes, this was their first visit to campus and their first time meeting professors and classmates in person. Students flew in from as far as California and the Philippines.

The full photo album is available on GSW's Facebook page.

golf balls are dropped from a raised fire truck ladderGSW Athletics hosts 4th Annual Hail Storm

The 4th Annual Hail Storm was held at Wolf Creek Plantation on May 12. Despite the rain, the event was well-attended. The golf balls were dropped from the top of an Americus Fire Department engine ladder since the helicopter could not fly in the rain.

The 2023 Hail Storm winners were:

  • Furthest from the pin ($1,000): Ball #856 Donnie Roland
  • $1,000: #696 Molly Hartsfield
  • $1,000: #947 Channon Thurmond
  • $1,000: #760 John Oliver
  • $1,000: #1226 Megan Cuellar
  • $1,000: #71 Susan Hatam
  • $1,000: #1155 Ken Daniel
  • $1,000: #1112 Ethan Chaminick
  • $10,000: #1218 Marice Barron
  • $25,000: #679 Christie Wilson

The reception included food from The Canterbury Kitchen, complimentary drinks - including beverages provided by our local partners Wolf Creek Plantation, Thirteenth Colony Distilleries, and Mike's Party Center - and music performed by The Answer Band.

All proceeds from the event support GSW Athletics.

Upcoming Events

  • June 8: Summer term begins
  • June 15: Storm Day (College of Business and Computing)
  • June 19: Juneteenth (campus closed)
  • June 22: Storm Day (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • June 29: Storm Day (College of Education)

Find more events on the GSW academic calendar, on CanesConnect, and on the Community Events webpage.