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AMERICUS (August 2, 2016)—Merriam-Webster defines “fraternity” as “the quality or state of being brothers.” The Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Georgia Southwestern State University lost one of their “brothers,” Judge John Harper, in 2004 due to a congenital heart defect. On Friday, July 29, 2016, the brothers of Kappa Sigma helped his legacy live on. An endowed scholarship in Harper’s name was fully funded thanks to a gift of $10,500 from the fraternity.

AMERICUS, Ga. (July 28, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University’s School of Nursing recently honored their first six graduates of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master’s program. Shaun Cook of Albany, Elizabeth Fussell of Americus, Trent Peachey of Shellman, Gail Ricker of Leesburg, Kayota Tolbert of Saint Marys and Larry Tyrer of Americus are the members of the inaugural class.

AMERICUS, Ga. (July 13, 2016) – Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) 2015-2016 edTPA scores are in and they surpass the Georgia pass rate. edTPA is a new requirement for teachers and teacher candidates in the state of Georgia as of September 1, 2015 per the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

AMERICUS, Ga. (July 11, 2016) – Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) associate vice president for academic affairs was recently named provost of Wingate University starting in the fall of 2016. After a nationwide search, Helen Tate, Ph.D., was selected to serve as Wingate’s first provost since the 1990s. Retired assistant vice president Lynda Lee Purvis will fill Tate’s role in the interim until a permanent replacement is selected.

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.


ATLANTA (June 10, 2016)—Recognizing the economic contributions that solar, natural gas, propane, biomass, electric power and wind have contributed to Georgia’s clean energy growth, Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols will host a series of public seminars around the state June 14 - 24, 2016 alongside municipal, county, and other local elected officials and top business executives representing fleets and clean energy companies.

Americus (June 8, 2016) – Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has been ranked 6th among the nation’s most affordable online colleges in 2016 according to a new report by GSW received the Editor’s Award for Best Tuition.

AMERICUS (June 8, 2016) – Two Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) staff members, Sandra Fowler and Jill Hohnecker, recently graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Fowler, who is the director of career services, and Hohnecker, who serves as residence life coordinator, were two of 35 graduates from the 16 county region of southwest Georgia class which included public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers.

The 2016 Region 8 Academy training program was held over a four-month period. Graduates were trained in economic and community development, business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development, planning and tools for community success.

Created in 1993, the Academy bring together economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia. Since its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state.


AMERICUS (June 7, 2016)—After 10 seasons and 243 career wins as a head men’s basketball coach, Mike Leeder is leaving his seat on the court for the Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes.

ATHENS, Ga. (June 6, 2016)--Lauren DiPaula, Ph.D., associate professor of English and modern language at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), just completed the 2016 Governor’s Teaching Fellowship at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education.  As one of 15 faculty members from colleges and universities across the state, DiPaula was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow after a highly competitive application and selection process.

AMERICUS (May 31, 2016)--Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is providing Microsoft Office free to every student. 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.

AMERICUS (May 26, 2016)—“Carleen Wise is a wonderful illustration of the saying ‘keep your eyes on the prize.'" These words came from Liz Wilson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business Administration, when describing recent Georgia Southwestern State University graduate Carleen Wise, a native of Plains, Ga.

Peterson voted new chairman, Blount takes life status

AMERICUS (May 26, 2016)—The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees held its spring full board meeting Thursday, May 19. This served as local real estate agent Mark Pace’s last meeting as chairman. Will Peterson, assistant vice president of Human Resources for Phoebe Putney Health System, was voted the new chair and will serve a two-year term.

REYNOLDS/WARNER ROBINS/UPATOI (May 20, 2016) – The Georgia Southwestern Foundation, Inc. recently received $5,000 in grant funds from the Flint Energies Foundation. The funds from the grant will be used to purchase Gait analysis software to further the education of Exercise Science students.

Fourth Day scheduled to accommodate large freshman class

AMERICUS (May 24, 2016)–Every year Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) welcomes incoming freshman and transfer students and their parents to campus for S.T.O.R.M. Day. The first S.T.O.R.M. Day of the year lands on May 26.

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