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Issue 8: May 2022


GSW celebrates nearly 300 graduates at 2022 Spring Commencement

GSW recognized approximately 293 graduates in the Spring Class of 2022 on Friday, May 16 inside the Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. There were 231 graduates earning their bachelor’s degrees, 61 earning their master’s, and one earning her specialist.

Of the 231 undergraduate students, 113 started as traditional freshmen and 118 were transfers. Among the 293 total graduates, there were students from 13 states and 12 countries ranging in age from 20 to 67 - some stepping foot on campus for the first time as they were fully online students.

Receiving their Master of Business in Administration (MBA), graduates from the College of Business and Computing flew in from all over the world to walk across the stage and receive their diploma. Lisa Marie Gonzalez, receiving her fifth degree, and Tek Beyene both flew in from California, Matthew Edwards came from New Jersey, and Katharina Novizky-Hosp travelled all the way from Austria.

Read more here.

GSW education program named top in the country

The undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program at Georgia Southwestern State University has been named among the best in the nation when it comes to ensuring future elementary teachers have the essential content and skills they need to teach mathematics. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a national research and policy organization that regularly evaluates the core requirements and practices of over 1,100 programs that prepare future elementary teachers, released a new report today in which the undergraduate program at GSW earned an A+ designation for its requirements in elementary mathematics. Georgia Southwestern is among only 79 programs in the nation to earn this distinction as an “exemplar” in the new report.

“I am proud of the work the College of Education elementary education faculty have completed over the past few years to update the math methods coursework,” stated Rachel Abbott, Ph.D., dean of GSW’s College of Education. “We are pleased to see the College of Education recognized for its commitment to preparing future elementary education teachers.”

Read more here.


GSW moves Homecoming to fall, plans events for September 2022

Blue and gold. Fried chicken and Thursday. Homecoming and fall. Some things just belong together. In that spirit, Georgia Southwestern State University plans to move Homecoming from spring to fall.

Homecoming festivities will be held Monday, September 19 – Saturday, September 24, culminating with a Tailgate Block Party and GSW’s Family Weekend.

The decision to move Homecoming to the fall was a collaborative effort between Alumni Affairs, Athletics, the Office of the President, Student Engagement and Success, and University Advancement.

One of the primary reasons for the change was the weather. The fall offers more comfortable weather compared to the cold, windy conditions usually felt with Homecoming in February. Tailgates are well-attended when the weather is more enjoyable for outdoor activities. This is also the traditional time during which Homecoming is celebrated.

Read more about the decision to move Homecoming here.



GSW’s College of Education receives successful accreditation review

GSW's College of Education (COE) proudly announces a successful accreditation review and site visitor report from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) after meeting in early May. The COE met all six Georgia standards and received two areas of strength for technology and clinical practice.

Every seven years, educator preparation programs in the state of Georgia go through re-accreditation by the GaPSC, explained Rachel Abbott, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education.

“It is very rewarding for the GaPSC and the site visitor team to recognize our hard work and commitment to teacher preparation,” Abbott said. “While we had to adapt and overcome the challenges of the past few years, this review indicates our excellence and assurance of meeting both the standards as well as the needs of our candidates, P-12 students, and partners.”

Read more here.

The Hurricanes' season ends in the Final Four

The Georgia Southwestern golf team lost in their match play contest against Lee University in the NCAA DII National Championship semifinals on May 19. The Hurricanes had advanced to the semifinals after a strong 4-1 win over Colorado State Pueblo that morning. Simon Estrada, Nicolas Escobar, Jack Tharrington, and Erik Fogel all won in the early round to put the Hurricanes in their second consecutive Final Four.

The final four began moments after the Elite Eight ended with a South/Southeast battle between Georgia Southwestern and Lee University. It was tight the entire round with both teams controlling two of the matchups throughout and the second pairing matchup tied for the majority of the round. A two stroke gain on the 16th hole by Lee in the second pairing was the winning pairing with the four other pairings decided by four or more strokes.

The Hurricanes end their season two strokes short of back to back National Championships appearances. They will return every starter from this years lineup at the NCAA Championships and look to make another run at the school's first national championship.

Read more here.

golf teams poses with trophies

GSW LSAMP hosts math camp

The GSW LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) hosted a mathematics camp for the Southwest Georgia STEM Pathways Alliance (SWGA-SPA) May 10-12. The SWGA-SPA is a National Sciention Foundation-funded grant to help improve outcomes and participation by minority students in STEM disciplines. In addition to GSW, the Alliance includes Columbus State University, Valdosta State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Columbus Technical College.

The event was held virtually and featured faculty from GSW's Department of Mathematics. Senior Lecturer Emeritus Ervin Anderson led off with a discussion of basic mathematics followed by Joshua Slatton on financial mathematics. Professor Chadwick Gugg, Ph.D., discussed topics in calculus and infinite series. Associate Professor Manoj Thapa, Ph.D., introduced the students to computational mathematics and its role in engineering, science and human behavior through building realistic models of natural systems, airplanes and population dynamics. The camp also included a talk entitled “Fun with Mathematics” by Professor Samuel Peavy, Ph.D., of the Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics. Students from GSW and Valdosta State attended the camp.

softball team celebrates on the fieldLady Canes complete historic season at PBC Tournament

The Georgia Southwestern softball team completed their season after a quarterfinal loss to Young Harris College in the Peach Belt Conference semifinals. The Lady Canes end the season as the first team to reach 30+ wins in program history, most wins, the highest conference regular-season finish and had the first Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in program history.

Their final game of the season was a high-scoring affair with the Lady Canes' comeback bid coming up just short. Zoe Willis did her typical damage hitting one home run and driving in three runs in the contest and keeping the Lady Canes within striking distance pitching five innings of relief allowing zero earned runs. Lacey Rutledge ended her first season at Georgia Southwestern on a high note hitting a home run to get the Lady Canes on the board.

The Lady Canes return all but one starter next season and look to build on the momentum of their historic season finishing with a record of 33-21. 

Read more here.

Kutzler builds digital history tours

Assistant Professor of history Evan Kutzler, Ph.D., built three digital history tours for the Sumter Historic Trust and the City of Americus with a Georgia Humanities grant. The tours, focusing on the commercial history, civil rights era, and residential architecture of Americus, are now available at

baseball team gathers on fieldHurricanes complete season at the PBC Tournament

The Georgia Southwestern baseball team fell to tournament host Columbus State in an elimination game on May 14. The Hurricanes dropped to the elimination bracket after a losing a heartbreaker Friday night against Georgia College.

In the first game against Georgia College both teams battled back and forth with GSW tying the game up in the ninth to take it to extras. A mammoth shot to deep left center by Greg Wozniak gave GSW the lead in the 10th putting the Hurricanes three outs away from moving on into the winner's bracket. A two-run shot by Georgia College in the bottom half sent the Hurricanes towards a battle with tournament host, Columbus State.

Columbus State came out firing after a disappointing performance on Friday and jumped out to an 11-1 lead early in the game. The Hurricanes showed some fight but the Cougar bats were too much to handle and Columbus State defeated the Hurricanes 19-9 ending GSW's season.

The Hurricanes began the season 5-13 and managed to improve throughout the season finishing third in the conference. They had a program record four All-Conference selections and for the third season in a row had a player named PBC Pitcher of the Year. The Hurricanes lose six seniors including Pitcher of the Year Jared Donalson and All-Conference selection Tyler Skelton. They will return All-Conference selections Miles Hartsfield and Nick McCollum next season and look to improve on their third place PBC finish.

Read more here.

Youth summer camps available on campus

A number of youth camps are available on campus this summer. The Department of Atheltics is offereing basketball, baseball, softball and soccer camps throughout June and July, while the College of Education is hosting a reading camp in June.

Find details on summer camps on the Community Events page.

Student Recognitions

Canes Spotlights announced for May

Canes Spotlights highlight Georgia Southwestern students who hold leadership roles, are involved in extracurricular activities and/or excel academically in their degree programs.

The May Canes Spotlights were LaDona Taylor and Joe Lovelace.

LaDona Taylor

LaDona Taylor

Senior exercise science major LaDona Taylor, who graduated this May, moved back home to Americus at the start of the pandemic after having worked five years as a flight attendant. Even though she was a nontraditional student, she dove right into campus life when she transferred to GSW in Fall 2020. Since then, she's served as Chief Justice and Senator in GSW's Student Government Association, Thunder Camp Counselor, Residential Leader, Zephyr tour guide, and member of the Student Engagement Team. LaDona was also named Miss GSW 2021-2022 and recently joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

With all those experiences under her belt after only two years, LaDona encourages new students to get plugged into campus life as well. "It makes the college experience that much more memorable. This is the time for you to get to know you," she says. "The great thing here at GSW is that there are so many different organizations and job opportunities. Join a club, make new friends, try new things, and GET INVOLVED. Trust me - being involved will help you grow and push you forward to the person you are supposed to be."

Joe LovelaceJoe Lovelace

Joe Lovelace, a first-generation college student who recently graduated with his bachelor's degree in psychology, reflected fondly on his time at GSW. "My time at GSW has been beyond amazing. The GSW experience is unmatched. This university provided me with the ability to have personal relationships with my professors and advisor," Joe said. "GSW was also the perfect distance from home, which made me and my mom secure with the decision to attend college here. If I had the chance to do everything over again, I wouldn't change anything. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunities and the knowledge GSW has provided for me to use in life."

Joe is a four-year member of both Kappa Sigma Fraternity and GSW's African American Male Institute (AAMI) and was recently awarded the AAMI Academic Excellence Award for 2021-2022. He is also a member of the International Honor Society of Psychology and the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).

Canes Spotlights are nominated by GSW faculty and staff.

McKinzie McTyeireMcKinzie McTyeire elected to GANS state board of directors

McKinzie McTyeire, president of the GSW Association of Nursing Students (GSWANS) and junior nursing student, was recently elected to serve on the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) state board of directors. She will serve as the South District Director. Her role includes being a liaison between the schools in the south district and the board, advocating for the south district chapters, and being a support person for students in those chapters. Schools included in the south district are Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Albany State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Bainbridge College, Coastal Georgia Community College, Georgia Southwestern State University, South Georgia State College, Southwest Georgia Technical College, and Valdosta State University. Kinzie will participate in planning the GANS annual convention, professional development, and networking for her career.

students celebrate scholarshipCade Weaver, Isabell Quinn, and Kaitlyn Evans awarded scholarships

Accounting students Cade Weaver, Isabell Quinn, and Kaitlyn Evans (pictured L to R) were awarded Becker CPA Scholarships. In addition to the scholarship, Isabell Quinn will serve as the Campus Ambassador for Becker. As Campus Ambassador Isabell will work closely with faculty and her peers to spread the word about Becker’s Exam Review courses on our campus. All three of these students will receive a free CPA review course.

Becker CPA is a comprehensive study and coaching system that combines both powerful practice tools with expert instructors to promote focused preparation every step of the way towards passing the CPA test and becoming a Certified Public Accountant. The College of Business and Computing congratulates these three outstanding accounting students for their hard work, effort, and dedication at GSW to achieve this award.

Jared DonalsonJared Donalson named NCBWA Region Pitcher of the Year

The National College Baseball Writers Association named Georgia Southwestern pitcher Jared Donalson as it's Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year. He was also named as a first team All-Region selection and will be up for All-America nominations.

Jared Donalson's final season was statistically one of the best seasons by a GSW pitcher in school history. The redshirt senior is 10-3 on the season, compiling a 1.81 ERA while piling up 121 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings of work. He has tossed three complete games on the year, while holding opponents to a .189 batting average. Donalson finished his season 4th in the nation in strikeouts, Wins, and fifth in ERA. He finished first in the Peach in strikeouts, ERA, opposing batting average, and wins.

Donalson won three Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week awards and two Region Pitcher of the Week awards and became the second straight GSW Pitcher of the Year selected for the award after Tucker Smith won the previous season.

Read more here.

Simon Estrada and Erik Fogel named to PING All-Region Team

GSW golfers Simon Estrada and Erik Fogel were named to the NCAA DII PING Southeast All-Region team. Estrada and Fogel were named to the team after leading GSW to their second straight Final Four appearance. The Hurricanes were two strokes away from returning to the national championship match, losing to eventual Division II National Champion, Lee University in the semifinal. 

Estrada, a sophomore from Armenia, Columbia, continued his success as a Hurricane this season, earning his second all-region and second all-conference selection.

Fogel, a freshman from Stockholm, Sweden, was a breakout star for the Hurricanes this season finishing in the Top 10 of two tournaments including the Peach Belt Conference Championships.

Estrada and Fogel return in the fall and look to help GSW return to another appearance in the national championship.

Read more here.

golf players

students at eventAccounting students attend Mauldin & Jenkins program in Atlanta

Recent accounting graduate Grant Auer and accounting majors Cade Weaver and Landon Littleton attended Mauldin & Jenkins’ Envision 2022 — a two-day real-world learning program for high-achieving accounting students — at the Battery in Atlanta. The program emphasizes networking and mentorship with M&J partners as well as IT trends and industry-specific concerns.

Mauldin & Jenkins is a Certified Public Accounting firm that employees a number of GSW alumni. M&J currently has 12 offices located throughout the Southeast including Albany, Atlanta, Savannah, and Macon.

Pictured (L to R) are Grant Auer, Cade Weaver, and Landon Littleton.

Lady Canes rack up post-season honors

GSW softball plays have received a number of post-season recognitions. Four players were named Peach Belt Conference (PBC) All-Conference selections: Katelyn Wood, Lacey Rutledge, Hannah Holloway, and Zoe Willis.

Katelyn Wood had an incredible final season at GSW, batting .382 with 12 home runs and leading the league in RBIs by a wide margin and was tied for fourth in RBIs in the NCAA. She was also second in hits, third in doubles, fifth in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage, and sixth in batting average this season in the Peach Belt. The junior from Crawfordville, Fla. had four or more RBIs in seven different contests including seven on March 20th against Georgia College.

Lacey Rutledge's first season at GSW was a massive success, the Georgia Highlands transfer hit .358 with three home runs and 26 RBIs. In her first year in the conference, she led the league in triples and was third on the team in batting average, hits, and doubles. Rutledge had her best series against Columbus State hitting .400 with one home run and four RBIs.

Hannah Holloway was the ace for the Hurricanes this season starting in 19 games and finishing the regular season with 15 wins. She pitched 127 innings for GSW and had 97 strikeouts this season. The 15 wins are second-most in the conference while also being ranked fifth in ERA, seventh in strikeouts and eighth in opposing batting average. Holloway has thrown 10 complete games this season with two of them coming in wins against second-ranked Valdosta State and regionally ranked Lander University.

Zoe Willis was the first GSW softball player to be named PBC Player of the Year and was also named to the PBC All-Tournament Team. The sophomore from Pine Mountain, Ga. hit .433 with 16 home runs and 46 RBIs, she led the Peach Belt in four different hitting statistical categories and was ranked second in two others. Her best game came against Young Harris on March 5th, when she went 3-4 from the plate hitting two home runs and six RBIs. During her series against Augusta, Willis had an unheard of slugging percentage of 2.200. She leads the league with a .950 slugging percentage, which is ranked third in NCAA Division II. She is also ranked 10th nationally in home runs.

The four All-Conference selections are the most in program history and come after the team set the record for most wins and are the first team to reach 30 wins in a season.

Wood and Willis were also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s (NFCA) All-Region Team. They are the first pair of teammates to be honored All-Region in the same season.

softball players

AAMI students present at conference in Savannah

Members of Georgia Southwestern's African American Male Institute (AAMI) attended and presented at a conference in Savannah, Ga. on April 29 - May 1, 2022. The conference's purpose was to compare ideas for AAMI programing with counterparts at Savannah State University and Georgia Southern University's Armstrong Campus. In total, 13 students attended with AAMI Director Ervin Anderson.

GSW AAMI members are pictured here with Savannah State University AAMI program staff.


Hurricanes get four on PBC All-Conference Team

Four Hurricanes received spots on Peach Belt Conference All-Conference teams, including Jared Donalson, Tyler SkeltonNick McCollum, and Miles Hartsfield. Donalson and McCollum become the first pitcher duo to both be selected first-team All-Conference in the same season. The four selections are the most in one season in program history. The Hurricanes have had the PBC Pitcher of the Year recipient every season since 2019.

Jared Donalson's final season has been statistically one of the best seasons by a GSW pitcher in school history. Donalson currently sits 4th in the nation in strikeouts, Wins, and fifth in ERA this season. He ranks first in the Peach in strikeouts, ERA, opposing batting average, and wins. He has won three Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week awards and two Region Pitcher of the Week awards. In the opening round of the Peach Belt Conference tournament, Donalson opened up the series pitching eight innings allowing just one run on three hits with 10 strikeouts and throwing 121 pitches to give the Hurricanes the series lead on Saturday. On Sunday, the senior returned to the mound to close out the third and deciding game of the series earning the first save of his career pitching two innings giving up zero earned runs, and striking out four batters. Donalson becomes the second straight GSW Pitcher of the Year selected for the award after Tucker Smith won last season.

Nick McCollum joins Donalson as one of the five pitchers selected for the all-conference first team. McCollum was the Saturday starter in the Hurricanes' weekend starters. The redshirt sophomore from Richmond Hill, Ga. pitched 87 innings for the Hurricanes winning six games and getting 94 strikeouts. His 2.82 conference ERA ranks third in the Peach Belt, he also ranks third in strikeouts and fourth in opposing batting average. His best game of the season came at North Georgia where McCollum pitched nine shutout innings allowing six hits and 5 strikeouts.

Tyler Skelton a senior from Forsyth, Ga. hit .335 for the Hurricanes this season from the second spot in the batting order. The third baseman played in 54 games and drove in 31 RBIs and scored 34 times this season and ranks third in the Peach Belt in hits. Skelton has played in 113 games for the Hurricanes in his career and finishes his final season in Americus as a first-team All-Conference selection. His best game of the season came at Albany State where he racked up six RBIs on four hits highlighted by three doubles.

Miles Hartsfield has been a swiss army knife for Georgia Southwestern this season. Starting the season in centerfield the sophomore from Gainesville, Ga. made multiple defensive highlights in centerfield before being called into action to play shortstop for the Hurricanes. Hartsfield continued to flash the glove on multiple occasions after his move to the infield which coincided with the Hurricanes' Peach Belt Conference run in which they didn't lose a single conference series for the rest of the regular season. Hartsfield is hitting .303 with 24 RBIs, he leads the team in triples, stolen bases, on-base percentage and walks. He is the national leader in walks and ranks fourth in the Peach Belt for on-base percentage and leads the league in triples this season.

Read more here.

baseball players

Samantha Gainous publishes article on Ukraine

Junior English major Samantha Gainous published an article on the situation in Ukraine in the May 8 edition of the Americus Times-Recorder.


Harvey and Jacobs present on biology course development to improve student skills
Department Chair and Professor Stephanie Harvey, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Anne Jacobs, Ph.D., from the Department of Biology presented their poster "Building Biology Students' Skill Sets to Improve Student Success - New Course Development" at the USG STEM Summits' 22 on May 23. The poster described the development of a no-credit course as a part of GSW's STEM IV grant. This course was designed to address deficiencies seen in students' skills throughout biology courses. The course was added as a co-request recitation for BIOL 2107 – Principles of Biology course. The new course focused on several key areas: Reading and Studying in Biology, Numbers in Science, Data Analysis, and Scientific Method.


Kutzler publishes final article in three-part series "Influenza in Americus"

Assistant Professor of history Evan Kutzler, Ph.D., continued his local history series in the Americus Times-Recorder on May 11 with the third and final part in this series "Influenza in Americus." Part 3: Remembering a Pandemic is available online now. The articles explores the experience of Americus during the 1918-20 global influenza pandemic as well as the student-produced website about it.

Part 1: The Force of a Train and Part 2: Navigating Uncertainty are also available online.

Dehzooei advice featured on WalletHub

Dr. Mohammad Dehzooei, assistant professor of economics, was recently featured on the credit and personal finance website WalletHub. Dehzooei’s advice for consumers who are considering a Visa credit card was featured in an “Ask the Experts” column. He also discussed future of 0% APR credit card offers.

Read the full piece here.

Kutzler piece featured on Civil War blog

Assistant Professor of history Evan Kutzler, Ph.D., was recently featured in Muster: The Blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era. His piece, "Sarah," which was published on the blog on May 24, 2022, attempts to recover and contextualize the life an enslaved woman who chose to end a pregnancy in Sumter County, Ga., in February 1860.

Awards & Grants

Dr. Neal Weaver accepts awardPBC recognizes GSW contributions to Make-A-Wish

GSW was presented with the LeeAnn Noble Make-A-Wish Award for Most Improved by the Peach Belt Conference at the league's annual awards dinner on Tuesday evening.

Georgia Southwestern earned the Most Improved Award out of the league's membership after increasing its giving by 538% over the previous year. Efforts to generate funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation come annually from the GSW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). A student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect studentathletes' lives. There is a SAAC at the institution, conference and national levels.

GSW's SAAC scheduled, promoted and staffed fundraising events throughout the school year. Activities included a prize wheel at many home events, a tennis ball toss contest in the spring and a home run derby following the annual softball and baseball team's co-ed slow pitch softball costume game in the fall.

Pictured at right, GSW President Dr. Neal Weaver accepts the 2021-22 Make-A-Wish Most Improved Award from PBC Commissioner David Brunk.

Read more here.

GSW ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II for community service

Georgia Southwestern Athletics continued its strong commitment to community service, as it ranked first nationally in the NCAA DII Helper Helper Challenge rankings, as Hurricane student-athletes combined for 4,547 community service hours.

GSW's ranking in the NCAA Helper Helper Challenge marks the second straight year Hurricane student-athletes have ranked in the Top 3. The department finished first this season after finishing third the previous year.

Men's Golf was ranked fifth out of all men's sports and second in men's golf. Baseball came in ninth out of all Division II baseball teams this year, the top organizations that the Hurricane student-athletes volunteered at are the Salvation Army, Phoebe Healthy Garden, and the Plains Food Distribution.

Men's soccer 1,586 hours
Softball 592 hours
Women's soccer 459 hours
Men's basketball 380 hours
Women's basketball 336 hours

Read more and access the full report here.

women's basketball players pose with elementary class

March Across Georgia 2022 Winners

The Office of Recreation and Wellness hosted the second annual March Across Georgia competition in May. The competition serves to get GSW community in a fitness competition by walking 530 miles cumulatively as a team. The three winning teams were The Young and The Breathless (left) in first place, Stand with Ukraine in second place, and Canes Central (right) in third place.

March Across Georgia winners

Canes Central building exteriorGSW’s Canes Central wins Georgia Historic Trust Preservation Award

Canes Central, previously known as the ACE Skills Center, at Georgia Southwestern State University was among 26 award recipients presented by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservationrecognizing best of preservation during its 45th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony. The mid-century modern building won in the Excellence in Rehabilitation category.

Constructed in 1962, Canes Central underwent a $3.4 million renovation thanks to funding from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and reopened in February 2021 as the primary student services building, conveniently located in the center of campus.

Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.

Read more here.

New Hires, Promotions, Retirements, & Farewells

Yonnie Williams retires after 29 years at GSW

Biology Lab Coordinator Yonnie Williams retired June 1 after 29 years of service to GSW. Yonnie primarily worked with the introductory lab sequences and served as the Department of Biology’s Chemical Safety Officer. She has also worked as a curator in the GSW Herbarium.

In the community, Yonnie is active in the Lake Blackshear Watershed Association and the Georgia Botanical Society. She is also a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with efforts focused on its citizen science data collection. Yonnie is the wife of Dr. Burt Carter, Retire GSW Professor of Geology. Her hard work and dedication is great appreciate and we wish her the best.

New Hires

Lorelle Carey joined the Office of Recruitment and Admissions as Admissions Counselor on May 16, 2022.

Jared Yarbrough joined the Office of Information and Instructional Technology as Information Security Officer on May 31, 2022.

William Miller joined the Office of Information and Instructional Technology as Senior Systems Administrator on June 1, 2022.

Classie Johnson joined the Office of Accounting Services as Accounts Payable Supervisor on June 1, 2022.

Rebecca Miller, Jessica Watson, and Allison Tarrer joined the College of Education as part-time instructors on July 1, 2022.


Brennon Sewell, Head Women’s Tennis Coach with the Department of Athletics, retired on May 9, 2022.

Dr. Kelly McCoy, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology, retired on May 31, 2022.

Jan Boesten, Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, retired on June 1, 2022.

Jeff Green, Professor in the Department of Music, Communication, & Emerging Media, retired on June 1, 2022.

Lois Oliver, Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Registrar, retired on June 1, 2022.

Jayme Roseth-Penn, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, retired on June 1, 2022.


Chris Avery, Coordinator of Greek Life and Leadership in the Office of Student Engagement, left that role on May 6, 2022.

Mary Lopez, Accommodations and Access Assistant in the Office of Accommodations and Access, left that role on May 25, 2022.

Yaqueline Torres, Coordinator of Student Activities in the Office of Student Engagement, left that role on May 27, 2022.

Joanna Laughlin, Lecturer of Criminal Justice in the Department of Psychology and Sociology, left that role on May 31, 2022.

Dr. Morgan Goulding, Assistant Professor of Biology and Thomas Distinguished Biology Chair in the Department of Biology, left that role on May 31, 2022.

Alvin Clark, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach with the Department of Athletics, left that role on May 31, 2022.

Past Events

Reception welcomes online students from around the world

Online students from around the world traveled to campus for the May 13 graduation ceremony. Many of these graduates were (MBA) students from the College of Business and Computing. Lisa Marie Gonzalez, receiving her fifth degree, and Tek Beyene both flew in from California, Matthew Edwards came from New Jersey, and Katharina Novizky-Hosp travelled all the way from Austria.

Prior to the ceremony, online students were invited to a special reception hosted by GSW's Office of Alumni Affairs. For many of these Hurricanes, this was their first visit to campus and their first time meeting professors and classmates in person.

Pictured at the reception (clockwise from left) are Gentri Ashford and Tek Beyene; Dr. Allen Brown and Michael Coley; Dr. Carol Bishop and Katharina Novizky-Hosp; and Lisa Marie Gonzalez, Gentri Ashford, and Tek Beyene.

students at symposiumEnglish Studies Research Symposium held in April

The Department of English and Modern Languages (EML) hosted their first annual English Studies Research Symposium on April 29, 2022. The conference was organized by EML faculty Associate Professor Michael Moir, Ph.D., Associate Professor Lauren DiPaula, Ph.D., Associate Professor Anish Dave, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Alaina Kaus, Ph.D.

Students presented both academic papers and creative work at the symposium.

Jeremy Copeland presented his paper, titled "Exploring Disgust and Empathy in James Baldwins' 'Going to Meet the Man.'" Breann Kroh presented her paper titled "The Power of Reflection in Poe's 'Fall of the House of Usher.'"

Alex Morton shared a sample of his creative work, "The Book-man," Michaela Reed shared excerpts from her creavtive work "Starless Midnight."

Upcoming Events

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