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110 Minutes of Fitness110 years of education, 110 Hours of Celebration

On Nov. 23, 1906 the lead headline for the Americus Times-Recorder read “Sumter is the Winner,” having been named the county for Georgia’s Third District Agricultural and Mechanical School. One hundred ten years later, faculty, staff and students at what is now known as Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) feel like they are the winners, living and learning in a community that places importance on service to others.

The GSW community celebrated their big birthday all of last week (Oct. 31 through Nov. 4) with fun and fulfilling events dubbed “110 Hours of Celebration.” On Monday, GSW Fitness and Wellness held “110 Minutes of Fitness” with events ranging from dance to yoga. A special blood drive was held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, which surpassed its regular goal by nine units of blood.

110 Mins Soccer TeamThe signature event “110 Minutes of Service” was held on Friday, Nov. 4. Approximately 250 faculty, staff and students dispersed throughout the community and on campus, to participate in service projects.

“Culminating a week of activities celebrating Georgia Southwestern’s 110-year history, we took part in ‘100 Minutes of Service’ on Friday,” said GSW Interim President Charles Patterson. “Capping off an exciting week with service to our community is a fitting tribute. We are thankful to our service partners, and we are proud to be a part of Americus and Sumter County.”

 110 humane societyService partners included:

  • The Harvest of Hope Food Pantry
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County
  • The Sumter Humane Society
  • Sumter County Primary School
  • The Sumter County Recreation Department
  • The Fuller Center for Housing
  • Furlow Charter School
  • Southwest Georgia Children’s Alliance
  • Americus Main Street

Feedback from the service partners was very positive.

110 Mins Group Fuller Project“Furlow Charter School appreciates the faculty, staff and students who donated 110 (+) minutes of their time preparing garden beds for our scholars and advisors,” said Furlow Charter School Assistant Principal Jason Williams. “Georgia Southwestern's involvement in the education of our scholars shows the importance of GSW's past, present, and future presence in Americus and Sumter County!”

Throughout the week, the University community also collected food items to donate to the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry and holiday wrapping supplies for the Southwest Georgia Children’s Alliance. University officials are considering making this day of service and annual activity.

SUAVE Recognizes Beth Morris (Breast Cancer Awareness)

SUAVE with BethSUAVE (Strong, United, Assertive, Virtuous, Educated Women) hosted several events during the month of October to spread awareness for Breast Cancer. Their theme this year was “For us it’s a game, for them it’s a Battle….Pink Out.” This semester the organization hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Wear Pink Day, and Breast Cancer Awareness Tea Party. Also, during this time they recognized Breast Cancer Survivors on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. This year SUAVE had the privilege of recognizing Mrs. Beth Morris. Beth works in the Office of Information and Instructional Technology. She is a very energetic person and a blessing to be around. Beth stayed strong during her battle with Breast Cancer. She is very grateful for the support that she received during that time. She supports SUAVE Breast Cancer Awareness efforts each year. It was a joy to honor her this year with a basket full of goodies.


NellyUNIV 4000 receives OM Partners funding

Thanks to the presentation of Dr. Nedialka Iordanova and with the help of Dr. Catalina Casaru, related to promoting the GSW Service Learning Study Abroad Program (UNIV 4000), the program’s proposal was selected to be funded by the charity initiatives at OM Partners, Atlanta GA. The proposal collected a total of $4,591 as donation from the company. OM Partners is a Georgia based organization focused on optimizing company’s production and distribution chains through the use of their software solution OMP Plus. OMP Plus is focused on minimizing waste, inventory usage while maximizing equipment efficiency in order to reduce the impact on nature and its resources. Their customers are companies in paper, packaging, chemicals and pharmaceuticals who often have no visibility on the impact they have and achieve this by the implementation of OM Partners’ software. Every year, OM Partners collects a shortlist of charity initiatives to vote for by their employees. This year the initiatives were globally oriented including some in the US, Latin America and Europe, and the GSW Service Learning Study Abroad Program (UNIV 4000).

Jenkins leads GACRAO

JenkinsDavid Jenkins, Assistant Director of Admissions, recently presided over the 63rd annual meeting of the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (GACRAO). The conference took place October 22-25 at the Hilton De Soto in Savannah. Approximately 300 GACRAO members from University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, and private institutions were in attendance. During the conference, Jenkins also co-presented a session with Donna Webb, Director of Enrollment Services at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Selena Magnusson, Executive Director of Student Affairs and Registrar at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Their session, It Starts With Us: Becoming Agents of Change, focused on eight mentoring tips for leaders and managers to develop staff. Dr. Gaye Hayes, Vice President for Enrollment Management, served as moderator for a roundtable discussion for managers and supervisors on the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Admissions GACRAOGACRAO is composed of higher education professionals from more than 100 admissions and records departments at public and private colleges and universities located throughout the state of Georgia. The association works to advance the professional goals of its members through the dissemination of information and the interchange of ideas on problems of common interest to higher education. Additional information about the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers may be found at

CPTED Laughlin Laughlin completes CPTED

Leigh Laughlin, lecturer in Criminal Justice, completed the requirements for the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Professional Designation from the National Institute of Crime Prevention. As a certified practitioner, Leigh can conduct comprehensive crime prevention assessments of schools and college campuses, shopping centers, government buildings, parks, businesses, and private residences, with the goal of deterring criminal activity through changes to the physical environment.

The CPTED Professional Designation requires 64 hours of training including site plan reviews, terror mitigation, traffic calming, drafting city ordinances, conducting field assessments, and influencing human behavior through the use of lighting and color.



Marylen Walker retires

MaryLen Walker is retiring after serving as assistant to the Executive Director of the GSW Foundation since March 1, 2007.

MaryLen stated that in her nine and a half years with the Foundation, she has met many interesting people with great stories of their time spent at GSW. She has enjoyed making new friends and getting reacquainted with former co-workers from her many years at the Tog Shop.

She will miss Katie, Reda and her other Alumni House co-wrokers and hopes Cathie Morris, her successor, will enjoy her time at the Foundation as much as she has. She jokingly stated that she decided to retire before everyone wished she would retire. Her first goal in retirement is to wake up without an alarm clock!

Please join us for a reception celebrating MaryLen on November 14 from 4 to 6 pm in the Newman Alumni House. RSVP to Cathie Morris at

Honoring GSW's retirees

RetireesOver the last year, six individuals retired from the Georgia Southwestern family: Lee Ann Dalzell from the James Earl Carter Library, Dr. Richard Hall from the Department of History and Political Science, Dr. Bob Herrington from the Biology Department, Dr. Gary Kline from the Department of History and Political Science, Becky Ann Morris from the Department of Human Resources and Gwen Picquet from the GSW Early Learning Center. They were recognized at the Annual Retiree Luncheon.

In Memoriam: Dr. Bob Herrington and Gwen Picquet passed away within the year.


Foundation board Fall 2016November GSW Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting recap

The fall GSW Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting was held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in the Wheatley Administration Building.

At the meeting, Mike Denham was granted Life Trustee status and was presented a hand-blown bowl, created by Chuck Wells, GSW instructor in Visual Arts. This gift was presented to Mr. Denham as a token for this service to the Foundation since 1998. The presentation of a glass bowl is a long-standing tradition of the Foundation.

Other members, Rick Davis, Wallace Mays and Jimmy Skipper were re-elected for an additional 3-year term. Steven Snell, a GSW Alumnus from Metter, GA was elected as a new Trustee to serve a 3-year term.

Faculty and staff fund drive extended

The faculty and staff fund drive end date has been extended to November 11. Many of you have said that you want to contribute and we want to be sure that you have time. Congratulations to the Office of Admissions for achieving 100% participation – I know others are close, so please continue to get the envelopes to your coordinator or to us. We look forward to congratulating other departments and sharing with you the results of the fund drive in terms of dollars raised and participation percentage, and more importantly the impact of those funds on the ultimate beneficiaries – students of Georgia Southwestern! 

Past Events

River’s Alive Cleanup

Rivers Alive Cleanup Oct 201623 faculty, staff and students participated in a River's Alive Cleanup at Willet Creek and GSW’s Bowen Property. They removed nearly two pickup truck loads of trash and replaced one of the signs at the entrance. The event was sponsored by the Biology Club, Geology Club and GSW’s AIPG Chapter recently Great work!

GSW Fields Delegation to the 20th Annual Southeast Model African Union

GSW Delegation to SEMAUUnder the leadership of David Hunter (Education) and Susan Bragg (History), five GSW students participated in the 20th Annual SE Model African Union, held at the University of Georgia from Nov. 3-5. Students Ariana Carby (Information Technology), Nikki Kadima (Pre-Nursing), Hubert O. Appiah Kubi (Exercise Science), Jessica Montanye (Pre-Nursing), and Simran Sethi (MOWR) represented the nation of Senegal. Students from across Georgia participated in this event designed to build political and geographical awareness of Africa while networking with UGS faculty and diplomats with ties to the continent.

Nikki Kadima Ariana Carby Hubert  Kubi  Jessica Montanye at SEMAUGSW students sat in on meetings debating policies to advance human rights, democracy, pan-African unity, and social matters such as empowering women and developing sources of youth employment. At the conclusion of the event, Hubert Appiah Kubi earned an honorable mention for his participation as a voting delegate on the Committee of Social Matters. This year’s trip built on David Hunter’s experience working with SEMAU and critical university support for student participation. We hope to continue to represent GSW at this important regional undergraduate conference in the futur

Upcoming Events

Arm Balance & Inversion Workshop with Ashley Patterson

Events Yoga WorkshopPlease join us for some fun-filled hours of defying gravity as you learn the foundations for arm balancing and inversions on November 13. We will begin with a 30 minute Vinyasa Flow to warm up our muscles and prepare our minds to be open to the possibility of balancing on our hands. All levels of practitioner are welcome…from beginners to advanced! Bring your mat, a towel, water and of course your playful spirit! Registration is $30. Contact Anna Champion for more information/questions.

Exercise and Wellness 1k/5k Walk/Run

The Exercise Science and Wellness Club is hosting their second annual 1k/ 5k walk/run on Saturday, November 12th at 9:00 am. The event will take place on campus. All proceeds support research and student professional development for Exercise Science and Wellness students. They will also be collecting canned goods for GSW’s Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Registration Fees at the door: $25 for ages 13 and up; $15 for ages 12 and under. Please contact Catalina Casaru for more information.

Basketball Season Opener

The basketball season home opener is on Tuesday, November 15. The women's basketball game starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Storm Dome, with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m. Please consider joining us Tuesday evening in our new GSW Tailgate Zone (in the plaza between Collum Hall and Southwestern Pines) for free food, music, and fun.

November Holiday Concert

The Department of Music will have their Fall/Holiday Concert on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm. The concert, which is free and open to the public and will be held in Jackson Performance Hall.


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