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GSW’s 7th Annual President’s Classic Golf Tourney Tees Off Oct. 21

GolfTournamentGeorgia Southwestern State University and Interim President Charles Patterson will host the school’s 7th Annual President’s Classic Golf Tournament Friday, Oct. 21 at GSW’s Griffin Bell Golf Course in Americus. The tournament format will be a 4-man scramble with a morning (8:30 a.m.) and afternoon (1:30 p.m.) tee time with lunch in between and will be divided into two separate flights. The cost is $300 per team or $75 for individual players. Individual players will be matched with a team. All proceeds will benefit the GSW Athletics Department.


Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Aims to Give Hope to Caregivers 

RCIThe Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving was recently featured in an in-depth piece in the Albany Herald. The goal was to increase awareness about the Institute, but mostly call attention to the local, community-based support they have to offer. RCI Executive Director Dr. Leisa Easom discussed the origin of the Institute, the heavily requested free booklet ‘Ten Tips for Caregivers’, the CARE-NET Coalition, as well as the ‘Caring for You, Caring for Me’ program. Gayle Alston, Director of the RCI Training Center for Excellence, talked about the statewide ‘Dealing with Dementia’ program newly implemented for dementia caregivers and the comprehensive, user-friendly guide that accompanies it. The RCI REACH (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) program now offered through Phoebe Sumter Medical Center was described by Caregiver Coach Schieloh Wolfe.


New Hires

EvanKutzlerDr. Evan Kutzler recently joined the Department of History and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, where he studied U.S. History, Public History, and Sensory History—a blend of social, cultural, and environmental history focusing on shifting patterns of perception. His research focuses on how prisoners during the American Civil War perceived and articulated captivity experience through the five senses. While revising his dissertation for publication, he is in the latter stages of co-editing and publishing a collection of letters between a Confederate prisoner of war and his fiancée. Dr. Kutzler is also practitioner of, and an advocate for, public history: a broad interdisciplinary field of professionals who share a commitment to making history relevant in the public realm.

TiffanyKitchensMrs.Tiffany Kitchens, RN joined the GSW Health Center in 2015, but was not formally introduced at the August Assembly. She graduated from GSW with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Darton State College with an Associate of Nursing and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at GSW.

Dr. John LeJeune joined the GSW Department of History and Political Science in August 2016. He completed his Ph. D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and in 2012-13 was a Junior Teaching Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. He teaches courses in Political Philosophy, Constitutional Law, and American Politics, and his published articles include “Adults in the Playground: Winnicott and Arendt on Politics and Playfulness”(in D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), "Hannah Arendt’s Revolutionary Leadership” (, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013)), and “Social Dynamics of Abandonment of Harmful Practices: A new look at the theory,” w/ Gerry Mackie (Innocenti Working Paper 2009-06, Special Series on Social Norms and Harmful Practices, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Florence, May 2009).

Dr. Ramona Mulleins-Foreman and Bonnie GaryDr. Ramona Mulleins-Foreman DNP, RNP-C joined the School of Nursing as an Associate Professor, teaching in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has been serving in the US Army for 31 years. She started out as an enlisted soldier as a combat medic then was commissioned upon receiving her nursing degree. She has been on both active duty and in the reserves. She has been mobilized once to Germany in 1999 in support of Kosovo and deployed twice. The first time was in 2004-2005 to Iraq where she served as surgical nurse for a Combat Support Hospital. The second time was 2015-2016 to Afghanistan where she served as a Nurse Practitioner and Interim Commander of a Forward Surgical Team. Currently, she is a Lieutenant Colonel and recently took command of a Forward Surgical Team.

Bonnie Gary, RN, MSN joins GSW as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing teaching Undergraduate classes. She started her Nurse Corps career as an officer in an Army Reserve Field Hospital. After a move overseas, she returned to find there were no slots open in the medical Army Reserve unit but there were slots open in the Air Force Reserves. She commissioned with the Air Force Reserves and was assigned to the 315th AES in Charleston, S.C. as a flight nurse. Gary flew on aerovac missions to pick up military members from Panama Canal and Haiti to the other side of the world in Germany. She took a new assignment with a medical staging squadron in Alabama and had the privilege of deploying to the hospital in Ballad, Iraq. Presently she is the Chief Nurse of her squadron and mentoring her replacement for when she retires in the next few years.


FallBookScholarshipCurtin, Hobbs and Hohnecker receive Oris Bryant Book Scholarships

Please join GSW Staff Senate in congratulating the recipients of the Fall 2016 Oris Bryant Book Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to support currently-employed GSW staff members in their pursuit of higher education. Each recipient was awarded a $50 book scholarship. This scholarship fund is named in honor of the late Oris W. Bryant, Jr., affectionately known as “Chief.” Oris Bryant was an active member of the GSW community where he served as director of Public Safety. The recipients are: Jill Hohnecker, enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University pursuing a Master of Business Administration; Jonathan Hobbs, enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology; and Josh Curtin, enrolled at the University of Georgia pursuing a Doctor of Education in Student Affairs Leadership(not pictured). Scholarships will be offered again at the beginning of Spring 2017 semester.

Wynn presents at multiple conferences

Associate Professor Keaton Wynn presented two papers Differing Modernisms: Similar Art, Different Meaning and Zhuyi - Theory: Necessity and Limitations at the Shanghai International Aesthetic Conference sponsored by Shanghai Normal University in September. This year’s session was titled the International Academic Seminar on Discourse Innovation and Bie-modern Problems in Art and Aesthetics. The goal of this year’s seminar was to outline the issues and problems for Chinese scholars in the development of local theoretical approaches for critical use in the assessment of contemporary Chinese art and culture.

Laughlin presents at multiple conferences

Mark Laughlin, associate professor of music, presented at the Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World, and the Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative conferences on the innovation of music pedagogy in video game music. His upcoming conference presentations include the Georgia Music Teachers Association State Conference in November, and the Alabama and Florida Music Educators State Conferences in January.


Together We Give, Together We Grow

GiveGrowLogoThe Faculty/Staff Fund Drive begins this week and goes on throughout October. The Fund Drive gives GSW faculty and staff – current and retired - the opportunity to support students and our colleagues by working together to make Georgia Southwestern the best it can be. When you give a gift, it goes directly to the area or areas that you choose – to your own department or college, to the Student Success Fund, the athletics program or any of the many existing funds.

If you have any questions about existing funds, or are interested in establishing a new one, just contact us via E-mail: or call us at 229.931.2014. Our goal is to have 100% participation – all contributions are greatly appreciated. We look forward to celebrating each department as you reach your participation goal!

110 Years $110

110LogoJust think ... 110 years of higher education that has lead to college degrees, exceptional careers, award-winning public and community service, lasting friendships and common bonds - sororities, fraternities, athletics, art, music and more - for more than 28,000 alumni.

No one knows what exciting things the future holds, but with your contribution to the unrestricted Southwestern Fund, you support GSW students and better prepare us to meet future challenges and greet future opportunities. Help build the future at GSW with your gift of $110 or more!

Past Events

WalkWithUsWalk With Us Before You Go-Go: On Tuesday, September 27, GSW held a community-wide walk on campus to promote health and wellness. Everyone got in the spirit of the 80s theme and had a great time. A special shout out to Coach Ben Hicks and Assistant Coach Russell Branch for participating and bringing the men’s basketball team to the walk! Check out the video recap:

SummerSportsCampSports and Science Camp: This past summer, two disciplines, Exercise Science and Chemistry, worked together and offered an interdisciplinary Summer Camp. The GSW Sports and Science Summer Camp took place in June 27th- 30th, and it was well received by the Americus community. Dr. Catalina Casaru, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and Wellness, led the afternoon swimming program, and Dr. Nedialka Iordanova, Associated Professor of Chemistry, offered hands on experience in the field of chemistry. In addition, former GSW Women’s Basketball player, Shanedra Lockett, joined the camp and worked with participants on enhancing skills for basketball, volleyball and badminton. The main focus of the Camp was to encourage participants to be physically active and introduce them to unlimited possibilities in science, particularly in chemistry.

SelfDefenseSelf-Defense Seminars: Mark Laughlin, associate professor of music and Titan Karate Academy instructor, conducted three women’s self-defense seminars throughout the month of September. The seminars were free and open to all GSW faculty, staff, and students, and members of the community. Over 30 women attended the 3-week event.


HiddenHeroesOperation Family Caregiver Invited to Attend ‘Hidden Heroes’ Event: RCI Executive Director Dr. Leisa Easom and Operation Family Caregiver National Director Laura Bauer were recently invited to attend the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Launch Event in Washington, DC. They were in the presence of actor Tom Hanks, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald. Hidden Heroes, created by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, is a groundbreaking campaign to call vital attention to America’s 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers. On the second day of the event, Easom discussed their Operation Family Caregiver program and moderated a lightning round session with other evidence-based programs. 




 Library’s 50th: On September 13th, the Library celebrated 50 years as a Federal Depository Library.

Upcoming Events

110 Celebration

GSW’s 110th Anniversary Celebration is approaching! Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern State University is now 110 years old. During the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, a number of special events will be scheduled to commemorate this milestone. On Nov. 4, GSW students, faculty and staff will participate in 110 minutes of service to thank the Americus community for their support of GSW. Be on the lookout for a schedule of events coming your way!

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) will host its 29th Annual National Summit on Friday, October 21st right here on the beautiful campus of GSW. Registration deadline is October 7th. Read more >> 

There will be a GSW Preview Day on October 29th.

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