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ScholarshipJillAlford, Hohnecker certified as facilitators for Advancing Sumter, Chamber Champions

Charlise Alford, administrative assistant in the GSW Health Center and Jill Hohnecker, director of Community and Student Engagement were recently certified as facilitators for the Advancing Sumter leadership class and Chamber Champions through the Americus Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

Advancing Sumter is a community-based leadership development program focused on equipping citizens with skills to enable them to be future leaders in our community through their churches, homes, jobs, civic organizations, appointed board positions and elected roles. Chamber Champions Youth Leadership program is an initiative targeting second semester high school sophomores and provides students with educational and hands-on experiences in areas such as self-presentation & customer service training, time & stress management and Robert’s Rules of Order, personal and business finance, how to start a business, marketing a business and a product, and higher education exposure. Both curriculums are from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development out of the University of Georgia.

ScholarshipKathyDefenseBarnetson defends dissertation, will graduate with Doctor of Education in May

On April 6, 2017, Kathy Barnetson successfully defended her dissertation, “Novice Teachers: Using Professional Development to Discover Whether They Continue to Use the Behavior Management Strategies Taught in the Undergraduate Program.” She will graduate with her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership from Columbus State University on May 12, 2017.

Dave’s English 4050 class completes community internships

In Spring 2017, the students of ENGL 4050, Writing and Civic Engagement, taught by Dr. Anish Dave, assistant professor of English, worked on part-time unpaid internships with community organizations.

Zachary Price worked as an unpaid intern for Americus Times Recorder. In her evaluation of Zachary’s work, Beth Alston, the editor and publisher of the newspaper, described Zachary’s work as follows: “He wrote several feature stories as well as some government stories for publication.” Zachary Price’s news stories include the following: “February’s First Friday offered special ‘kick’” (published February 16, 2017), “Local business reaps benefits from city’s facade grant” (published March 13, 2017), “Local couple celebrates 70th anniversary” (published April 3, 2017), “Spoken word poet headlines GSW Bell Convocation” (published April 19, 2017), “GSW hosts National History Day” (published April 27, 2017), and the like. Zachary has been asked to write columns for the newspaper on veteran affairs, in part because he is a former veteran himself.

Taylor Fisher, Neferteria McCaskill, and Brandon Mable worked as unpaid, part-time interns with Americus Main Street organization. All three were guided and supervised by Mr. Patrick Kay, Main Street/DDA Director. The three students worked on documents such as press releases, user guides, newsletter, and so on. The students attended meetings, contributed to events, and interviewed citizens of the city, including businesses. Mr. Kay was so impressed with the performance of Taylor Fisher that he is asking his supervisor to start a “paid summer internship program.”

Erica Faircloth worked as an unpaid, part-time intern for the city-based Koinonia Farm. Having been previously acquainted with the organization, Erica enjoyed her time working for the organization. She helped with improving documents, creating brochures, and so on.

Dr. Dave would like to thank Ms. Angela Smith, executive assistant to the president, and Mr. Josh Curtin, director of Campus Life, for setting up two of the internships. He would also like to thank the participating organizations and their personnel for their kindness, as well as the students for their hard work and dedication.

Crumpton presents poster at KSU

Undergraduate senior in psychology, Quint Crumpton, recently presented his poster, "Students' Perceptions of Free Online Textbooks" at the Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology (GURP) conference held at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Judy Orton Grissett, assistant professor of psychology, was Crumpton's faculty sponsor.

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