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Tate named provost of Wingate

HTate WingateGeorgia 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.

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School of Education's edTPA scores surpass Georgia pass rates

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.


RCI receives donation from Ryan Coleman Foundation

Dr. Easom with Reagan and AveryThe Ryan Coleman Foundation donated nearly $5,000 from the proceeds they raised from the 3rd Annual RYNO 5-K and Fun Run held back in March. The race is held every year in memory of a former RCI employee, Ryan Coleman, whose life tragically ended too soon. All of the proceeds benefit the Rosalynn Carter Institute’s CARE-NET which funds the ‘Caregivers of the Year’ Awards, a cause that Ryan held near and dear to his heart. Ryan’s two beautiful daughters, Reagan and Avery, presented the check to the RCI in June. The next race will be held in November 2017 in Americus, so mark your calendars.

GSW to be exclusive USG Institution to offer BBA through eMajor

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.


GSW ranked 6th most affordable online college in the nation

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.

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HB792 passes

Having gone into effect July 1, 2016, this act allows individuals who are at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a class to carry and use an electroshock weapon (taser) in any building or real property owned by or leased to a public technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other public institution of postsecondary education and provides for a definition. The Act amends O.C.G.A. Section 16-11-127.1.

New Hires

Hicks Hired As Head Men's Basketball Coach

ben2Georgia Southwestern State University athletic director Mike Leeder has hired Ben Hicks to be the school's next head men's basketball coach. Hicks comes to Georgia Southwestern from Columbus State University where he was an assistant coach the past four seasons under Robert Moore.


Munoz named Head Women's Soccer Coach


Georgia Southwestern State University athletic director Mike Leeder has hired Harold Munoz to be the school's next head women's soccer coach. Munoz comes to Georgia Southwestern from Mercer University where he was an assistant coach on the women's soccer staff the past two seasons under former GSW head coach Tony Economopoulos (2009-11).


Jarrett Joins Baseball Coaching Staff

Jarrett Ken 28ECU Baseball 201629 1Georgia Southwestern State University head baseball coach Bryan McLain has announced that Ken Jarrett will be joining his staff as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 academic year. Jarrett comes to GSW from East Central University in Ada, Okla., where he served as a graduate assistant the past two seasons. At East Central he worked with outfielders and base runners, assisted hitters and coordinated team travel.


McDonald to lead GSW Cross Country

McDonald-headshotGeorgia Southwestern State University athletic director Mike Leeder has announced the hiring of Paula McDonald as head coach of the women's cross country program. McDonald comes to Georgia Southwestern from Southland Academy in Americus where she most recently served as the head boys and girls cross country coach since 2010. 


Fox and Holloman take new roles at James Earl Carter Library 

BokshimThe Library is excited to introduce our new Cataloging Librarian/Bibliographic Database Manager, Bokshim Fox. Bokshim is a graduate of GSW, and began working at the Library as a student worker. After graduation, she obtained her Masters in Library Science from VSU.

AdrianAdrian Hollomon began her duties as Inter Library Loan assistant in April. She is a graduate of GSW and worked in the Lake Blackshear Regional Library system before coming to the James E. Carter Library. Please see Adrian for all your inter library loan requests.

Honors & Recognition

Sigma Alpha Pi honors faculty and staff

Georgia Southwestern State University's chapter of the National Honor Society for Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, held their induction on April 26, 2016. In addition to inducting 65 new members, several faculty and staff members were honored by the society. 

Honorary Membership: Dr. Carol Bishop, Amber DeBaise and Dr. Elizabeth Wilson

Excellence in Teaching: Kay Pace, Dr. Teresa Teasley and Joseph Warther

Excellence in Service: Dreena Hoffman, Kershawnda Johnson and Linda Randall 

Two GSW staff members graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development

gaacad2Two 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.



Leverett celebrates GSW anniversary

Pamela Christmas Leverett, administrative assistant for the vice president for Student Affairs, has worked at GSW for over 30+ years and has recently celebrated her 30th year anniversary. She is considering retirement in the near future. She began working in the Office of Student Life (now the Student Affairs Office) as a Senior Secretary. She celebrated her 56thbirthday on June 19th.

Dalzell retires from Library 


Lee Ann Dalzell, cataloging librarian and bibliographic database manager retired July 1. Lee Ann was a GSW faculty member for 37 years and oversaw innovation and changes in cataloging of library materials. The Library will miss Lee Ann and wishes her best of luck in her retirement.


GSW Faculty attend Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI)

In late May, 2016, GSW professors Brian Parkinson, Philip Szmedra, and Tonia Hughes attended the sixth annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI) at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Global and International Studies. ICCI is for administrators and faculty from around the world to learn how to internationalize colleges and universities from leading experts in the field.  GSW’s faculty were funded through the William B. King Endowment whose purpose is to support faculty members to strengthen their teaching skills through an out of state experience with instructors or colleagues from different regions or cultures.


Pace presents at Foundations in Family Literary Festival

Kay Pace, lecturer of English, presented at the Foundations in Family Literary Festival at Darton State College, Albany, Georgia on April 16, 2016. The title of the presentation was “Legacies as Text: Writing our Families.” The 20-minute session discussed the significance of memories for both previous and successive generations in families and the various literary genres in which these memories might be preserved. The presentation was followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. 

Event Recap

RCI invited to Invictus Games 

Leisa and Laura with Sec. Bob McDonaldBecause of the work the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is doing to support military caregivers through Operation Family Caregiver, they were invited to the recent Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds, hosted by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, in Orlando on May 8. The symposium focused on understanding the multiple facets of invisible wounds and how the warriors, caregivers, general public, providers, and influences each play an important role in helping servicemen and women succeed. Former First Lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, Prince Harry, medical and policy experts, warriors, and caregivers were among the distinguished speakers. According to RCI Executive Director Dr. Leisa Easom and OFC National Program Director Laura Bauer, having the opportunity to meet and network with both warriors and their caregivers was the highlight of the event. Col. Miguel Howe, US Army (Retired), Director of the Military Service Initiative for the George W. Bush Institute, told Dr. Easom, “We value your leadership, and your leadership on this issue in particular”.

GSW hosts Americus site for Georgia Clean Energy Roadshow

cleanenergyRecognizing 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 hosted 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. GSW hosted the Americus site. 


STORM Days a huge success

GSW has hosted three record-breaking STORM Days this summer for incoming freshman and transfer students and their families. So far 350 students have been in attendance. The fourth and final STORM Day of the year is on July 29th. We look forward to seeing all of the new freshmen in the fall!

Upcoming Events

Southwestern Sweetheart logo2Save the Date for the GSW Southwestern Sweetheart Alumni Reunion Dinner and Dance planned for the Friday of Homecoming Weekend 2017! We’ll give special recognition to our GSW Sweetheart couples (who met while at GSW), so please let us know if you are GSW Sweethearts and send us the names of other Sweethearts! Just booked “Contagious” for entertainment. Cash bar. Event will be held at GSW Griffin Bell Golf and Conference Center.

STORM Day: July 29

Southwestern Week: August 8-12

Move-in Day: August 13

Fall Classes Begin: August 17

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