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AMERICUS (Nov. 17, 2015)—The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University was recognized as an “Outstanding Team” Oct. 21 at the annual Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award ceremony put on by the University System of Georgia. The event was hosted by Georgia Perimeter College this year. This was the first USG Service Excellence Award for any division at Georgia Southwestern.

The Service Excellence Team Award recognizes teams who have demonstrated outstanding, "above and beyond" service to students, colleagues and other stakeholders of the University System of Georgia during the previous year. Nominee's actions must reflect the following five attributes of service excellence: respectful, accessible, informed, supportive and responsive.

“Everyone in Georgia will be or will need a caregiver at some point in their lives,” said RCI Executive Director Leisa Easom, Ph.D. “Training students, families and others about the best practices in caregiving is our specialty, and we do it well.”

Last year, the RCI team collaborated with all 12 Georgia Area Agencies on Aging, the Georgia Department of Aging Services, the Georgia AARP and the Augusta Warrior Project to train individuals to administer and deliver a caregiver support program in their geographic location.

“Georgia Southwestern is fortunate to have the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving as a member of the campus community,” said GSW Interim President Charles Patterson, Ph.D. “The RCI’s work in carrying forward Mrs. Carter’s passion to serve and advocate for caregivers everywhere is deserving of this award, and we are grateful that the University System of Georgia recognized their efforts.”

The RCI was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the Institute's Board of Advisors. The RCI establishes local, state, national and international partnerships committed to building quality, long- term, home and community-based services. For more information, visit

The purpose of Chancellor’s Annual Service Excellence Awards is to recognize and reward employees for demonstrating consistently high levels of performance while accomplishing normal job responsibilities as it relates to service. For more information, visit

RCI Service Excellence Award

Caption—Standing (l to r): Angela Foster, Cindy Holloway, Naomi Latini, Gayle Alston and Laura Bauer. Sitting (l to r): Chelsea Collins, Leisa Easom, holding the Service Excellence Award certificate, and Christina Ta. Not pictured: Miranda Thomas.

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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 and 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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