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FEATURESGSW tutorsGSW Writing Center receives SWCA grant, will present with Andrew College at conference

Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) Writing Center recently received the Southeastern Writing Center Association Christine Cozzens Research Grant in conjunction with Andrew College.

“In the spirit of collaboration, I reached out to Caroline Collins, the Interdisciplinary Writing and Reading Center (IWRC) director at Andrew College, to put our heads together to make our centers better,” said Lauren DiPaula, Ph.D., associate professor of English and Modern Language and Director of the GSW Writing Center. Together, they applied for the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) grant to help improve tutor training at GSW and Andrew College.


New Hires

NEW HIRES Elizabeth BlountElizabeth Blount is the Care Consultation/Projects Specialist at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). Elizabeth is a 2015 graduate of GSW having received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology, with a minor in English. After graduating, Elizabeth continued her education at the University of West Georgia (UWG). She will earn her Masters of Science in Criminology May 2017. During her time at UWG, she was able to serve as a graduate research assistant during both years of her studies. Additionally, Elizabeth served as an intern at the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) as part of the Governor’s Internship Program, and served as an intern at Carroll County Family Connection. During her time at OCA and Carroll County Family Connection, Elizabeth learned about the child welfare system in Georgia (with specific emphasis on the foster care system in both of her roles), and was able to participate in the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program (ESCAP) and help raise foster care awareness by organizing a foster parent appreciation dinner and aid production a foster care awareness video shown throughout the Carroll County community.

Through her education and experience, Elizabeth developed the desire to devote her career to helping others and making a difference, and was happy to find a professional home at RCI. Elizabeth is a recent newlywed. She and her husband Chandler have one fur baby: Obi, their chubby cat. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family and reading.


SCHOLARSHIPDavidJenkinsDavid Jenkins recently had an article published in The SACRAO Journal. SACRAO stands for the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The article was a literature review and was titled Understanding the Impact of Dual Enrollment on Student Success.

David Jenkins will also be co-presenting a session at the SACRAO Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL, February 12-15. The session is titled It Starts With Us: Becoming Agents of Change. The session offers unique encouragement and direction that will help you become a better manager, employee, and person. His co-presenters are Donna Webb, director of Enrollment Management at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and Selena Magnusson, executive director of Student Affairs and Registrar at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Dr. Sarah Speir, director of the Office of International Programs, and Dr. Philip Szmedra, professor of Economics, presented “Creating Windows to the World on Campus: Enriching Cultural Understanding at a small South Georgia University” at the Georgia Association of International Educators winter meetings, held in Athens, GA from February 1-3.

ScholarshipLisaEasomRCI Executive Director Dr. Leisa Easom served as a facilitator on two panels (The Religious Community’s Responsibility to Caregivers and The Caregiver Crisis and How Religious Communities Can Help) during Hospice Savannah’s 9th Annual Lecture Series focused on Spiritual Caregiving. Experts, such as Dr. Easom, were invited to Savannah, GA to speak to the medical and non-medical community. Easom also took part in the conversation, The Spiritual Caregiver.


AnnouncementsHCAward WebGSW Staff Senate is pleased to announce that the winner of the 5th annual Homecoming (Hunting Down the Competition) decorating/spirit contest is Student Affairs! They decorated their offices as District 12. The spirit stick will remain in their department for another year and they will enjoy a pizza party sponsored by Staff Senate. They would like to say thank you to all the departments that participated this year: Student Affairs, School of Education, Athletics, RCI, Library, Career Services, Writing Center and Academic Resource Center. Please see the attached pictures.


AnnouncementsRCIWashingtonRCI’s signature military caregiver program, Operation Family Caregiver, added its 14th site recently in Washington State. Funded by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Easterseals Washington hosted a Launch Event with special guest speaker, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, who shared his own personal story of living with a disability and spoke to the need for greater support for our veterans, their families, and their caregivers. Read more >>


Massage Therapy programming is coming to GSW! Attached is some information about our program. This service [and pricing] will only be available to GSW faculty, staff, and students. Massage Therapy brochures are available in the Fitness Center with more information on our program. Massage sessions will take place on the 3rd floor of the SSC in a quiet area away from any and all stress and distractions.

Career Services

CareerServices surge

Career Services is now accepting items for Suit-A-Surge.

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 wool or wool blend
  • Pants with or without cuffs
  • Long-Sleeved Shirts: White, off-white (ecru), or light blue
  • Pointed collars are preferred over button downs
  • Solid white crew-neck t-shirts in packages
  • Black, brown, or burgundy shoes that are polished
  • Belts that match shoe colors
  • Black, charcoal gray, navy socks that cover the calves to match suits
  • 100 percent silk tie in solid or subtle patterns

Upcoming Career Services Events:
2/10/17 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Forecast Friday Job Search Conference
(Resumes, Interviews, Business Etiquette, Lunch, Job Search, Salaries, etc.)
2/24/17 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Forecast Friday Job Search Conference
(Last chance before the Career Fair)
2/28/17 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. GSW Spring 2017 Career and Internship Fair – Storm Dome
4/12/17 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. GACE Statewide Career Fair in Atlanta
Limited transportation provided, will leave at 8:00 a.m. and return by 8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays (Starting 2/7) 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Foundations in Personal Finance
(Students, faculty and staff welcome)


MILESTONESAmberStephenKimThree GSW staff members are celebrating their 10 year anniversaries at GSW. They are Amber DeBaise, auxiliary director; Stephen Snyder, director of University Relations; and Kim Comer, assistant director of Alumni Affairs




MILESTONESArthur James Daniel

Dr. Sandra D. Daniel and Arthur Daniel are proud to announce the birth of a grandson, Arthur James Daniel who was born on January 21, 2017. James is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Davis Daniel of Pensacola, Fl. He weighed 7.2 oz at birth and was 19.5 inches long.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events W2WWindows to the World (W2W) will present “Brazil: Through the Lens of Capoeira” from 5-6:30 in the SSC 1170 Fitness Studio on February 9. A reception with performances and a workshop from Mestre Ribeiro of Cordao de Ouro Atlanta, Brazilian music, food and cultural artifacts will follow at 6:30pm in the Fitness Center lobby.

Scholars Day will be held on Monday, February 20 (President’s Day).

GSW Day at the Capitol will be on Monday, March 13.

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