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FeaturesJessica Wright2Jessica Wright to keynote GSW Commencement Dec. 9

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) will hold its Fall 2016 Commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. The commencement speaker will be Jessica Wright. Wright, a registered nurse, is the co-owner and chief operating officer of Innovative Senior Solutions in Americus.

A graduate of Darton College, Wright has over 10 years of experience in long-term care and healthcare management, serving in many roles of nursing from certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse. She is also the founder of the Caring 4 Seniors Foundation.


Features ShashaWangChinese visiting scholar in visual arts shares work with GSW campus, community

For the last two years, Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has infused great emphasis on global awareness throughout its curriculum by way of (but not limited to) international programs and study abroad opportunities. As such, the practice of inviting visiting scholars to work and teach on campus is equally important.

Shasha Wang is a professor of art at the Hua Qing School at Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (XUAT) in China. Serving as a visiting scholar at GSW this semester, she has been doing research in studio practices, art history and western approaches to art education, and she had an exhibit on display earlier this month in the Fine Arts Building that included artwork from her husband Ming ming Song – also a professor of art at XUAT.



Scholarship microMicrobiology textbook released

The Microbiology textbook in which Dr. Anh-Hue Tu is one of the senior contributing authors is now published.  The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Microbiology’s art program enhances students’ understanding of concepts through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.

Microbiology is produced through a collaborative publishing agreement between OpenStax and the American Society for Microbiology Press. The book aligns with the curriculum guidelines of the American Society for Microbiology.  The book will be accessible for free through this link below. A hard copy can be purchased for $55.  It will be in partnership with the American Society for Microbiology and can be downloaded internationally. It is geared toward nursing and allied health students but is complex enough to be used for students majoring in microbiology also.


Scholarship GaoliMeet GSW's visiting scholar Gao Li

The Office of International Programs at GSW greatly enjoyed and benefited from having Gao Li as a visiting scholar with us this fall from early August, 2016 through this fall semester, 2016.  Ms. Gao interacted with our campus community a great deal, especially with the faculty and students in the GSW School of Business.  She attended classes of Dr. Philip Szmedra (Macro Economics) and Ms. Qiang Wang (Finance) , and made an excellent presentation for Dr. Wang’s on Nov. 9, 2016  “China's Financial System and Cultures”  in the class of Dr. Wang. Link:

Gao also participated in our “World Café” on Sept. 28, sharing cultural information about China with our U.S. students as part of a larger round table program where students and scholars from many countries shared with U.S. students about their cultures and perspectives.

“This semester’s visit to GSW has been a precious time of my life,” she said. “I was very honored to have made a presentation to Dr. Wang’s students at GSW.  Additionally, there were many activities of cultural exchange offered by GSW’s Office of International Program and the ELI that I loved attending and getting to know different cultures, as well as sharing the Chinese culture with others.”

Gao’s hosts thoroughly enjoyed having her on our campus, and GSW would be honored to host more scholars in the future of Gao’s high caliber.

Scholarship LauraBauerBauer honored by alma mater

Laura Bauer, director of National Initiatives at the Rosalynn Carter Institute, was recently highlighted in the Columbus State University Graduate School Newsletter. Bauer is an alumna of Columbus State University’s Master in Public Administration program and has worked for the RCI for the past 18 ½ years.

Bauer was a non-traditional student when she received her MPA. She offered great advice to CSU graduate students regarding their goals. “Never sell yourself short,” she said. “It had been 17 years since I’d last been in college when I went back, first to finish my undergraduate degree in Psychology, then straight on through the MPA program. Stay focused on your goals and do not allow personal or work challenges to keep you from crossing the finish line. In all things, perseverance is vital. Get the nay-sayers out of your life, and surround yourself with people who support you and genuinely want to see you succeed.”



Foundation GiveGrowLogoThe Faculty and Staff Fund Drive raised $39,607 this year in support of GSW. Congratulations to all of the departments achieving 100% participation. Those departments were: the Office of the President, GSW Foundation, Alumni Affairs, University Relations, the Office of Admissions, the School of Education and the School of Nursing. 43% of full time faculty and staff participated. Much appreciation from the Foundation and your GSW colleagues for your support of our students, faculty and staff.

Career Services

CareerServices surgeGSW Career Services needs your help. During the second week of January, we will be begin accepting clothing to loan students at no charge for upcoming career fairs and job interviews. Additionally, President Patterson has secured a generous donation that will allow students to use a voucher to have the suits cleaned at no charge to them before returning to the office.

Later this month, we will be rearranging office space to make room for the suit racks. Due to very limited space, we will only be accepting specific items of clothing and accessories. Please see below for more information.

Interview Attire for Interviews and Career Fairs

The following items are needed for our Suit Closet.  Items should be in good condition, cleaned/pressed and ready to wear.  It would be very helpful to have items labeled with sizes.  All sizes are needed.

Space is limited, so these are the only items we can accept:

For Women:

  • Suits:  black, charcoal gray, navy.  Either skirt or pant
  • Solid-color tailored blouses or shells.  Good quality knit sweater (lightweight)
  • New in package Neutral Hosiery (skin-tones) – all sizes
  • Closed toe pumps for shoes (2” Max heel),:  Black, Navy, Dark Brown

(No straps, strings or stilettos)

For Men:

  • Suit:  charcoal gray, navy, gray or black
  • Pants with or without cuffs
  • Suit:  wool or a wool blend, nothing shiny, and avoid loud pinstripes
  • Button jacket while standing.  Make sure tie and shirt lie flat under jacket
  • Shirts:  White, off-white (ecru), or light blue
  • Pointed collars are preferred over button downs
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Solid white crew-neck t-shirts in packages
  • Black, brown, or burgundy shoes that are polished
  • Black, charcoal gray, navy socks that cover the calves to match suits
  • 100 percent silk tie in solid or subtle pattern
  • Tie that is darker than shirt with a slight pop of color and falls to middle of belt
  • Belts that match shoe colors


Also, thank you for encouraging your students to attend the recent Career Opportunities Fair in Atlanta.  We had our largest group to attend.  

Our upcoming Spring Fair dates are:

GSW Spring Career and Internship Fair:  Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

GACE Statewide Career Fair in Atlanta:  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (transportation provided)

We will have events in January and February to help students prepare for these Fairs and their job/internship searches.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Past Events

PastEvents icecreamLiquid nitrogen ice cream making

The students of the Fall 2016, UNIV 1000 sections led by Dr. Iordanova, associate professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Casaru, assistant professor of Exercise Science and Wellness, had the unique opportunity to bond across disciplines and have fun while making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

Upcoming Events

  • HC1Fall 2016 Commencement will be held on Friday, December 9th at 3 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Read more >>
  • Homecoming Week festivities will begin on January 29th and end on February 4th. This year’s theme is “Survival Games: Hunting Down the Competition.” Stay tuned for a complete schedule of activities.
  • The next Preview Days will be held on February 4th and April 1st.

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