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RamonaGSW Nursing professor to deploy to Afghanistan

Ramona Mulleins-Foreman, D.N.P., is not your typical assistant professor of nursing. Mulleins-Foreman also serves in the U.S. Army, a branch that she has proudly served as both active-duty and in the reserves for the last 31 years. The GSW School of Nursing said an early goodbye to Mulleins-Foreman on March 28, 2017. Read more >>



Nick Smarr and Jody Smith Memorial Building naming ceremony set for April 27 at Georgia Southwestern

In February, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a proposal from GSW Interim President Charles Patterson to rename the University's Public Safety building the "Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith Memorial Building." A dedication ceremony will be held Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. directly outside the building entrance. Read more >>

PattersonPatterson receives first One Sumter Visionary Impact Award at 97th Annual Chamber Meeting

GSW Interim President Charles Patterson was given the inaugural One Sumter Visionary Impact Award at the 97th Annual Meeting for the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. Read more >>


HistoriansGSW Student Historians Present at Regional History Conference

On April 1, an interdisciplinary group of GSW students and faculty participated in Georgia’s regional Phi Alpha Theta History conference, with generous support from the College of Arts and Sciences. Nine students read history research papers on a broad set of themes. Ashley Denby (History) and Doug Alexander (History) shared a panel on American Popular Culture. Denby presented her work on race & family values politics in 1930s children’s literature and Alexander shared his research on how the 1930s nostalgia of The Waltons TV series engaged with anxieties about change in the 1970s. In a panel on formal political movements, Mercedes Benites (Political Science) presented on the roots of ISIS, Megan Fuller (Political Science) discussed the history of the Alt-Right, and Lauren Pafford (English) explored the Attica Riots and political networks of the early 1970s. Four GSW students presented works on 2nd Wave feminism in two different panels. Jamie Gesslein (Psychology) discussed debates about motherhood and career opportunities in feminist circles. Nathan Long (History) traced a history of feminist interest in education ranging from radical children’s literature to the formal politics of Title IX. Terrell Hoffman (History) discussed the important of group organizations to shaping the momentum of 2nd Wave feminism. Finally, Alyson Williams (English) explored the rhetoric of abortion rights politics in 2nd Wave feminist activism, connecting 1960s student discussions at the University of Georgia to the larger national conversations about abortion. Dr. John LeJeune (Political Science) and Dr. Susan Bragg (History) served as chairs of student panels and four students attended to support their fellow GSW participants. GSW sent the largest delegation of any Georgia campus to this annual conference and all students performed admirably. We are already looking forward to the 2018 Phi Alpha Theta conference.

GSW Computer Club assists at Magnolia Manor, visits with Dr. Jones

Dr.JonesThe GSW Computer Club has recently started a new project offering their services to the residents of the retirement village at Magnolia Manor. They visited the Manor on March 7 and helped the residents with basic technology needs such as setting up emails, setting up Facebook pages, using Pinterest, connecting to the Wi-fi, and even helped one resident with her Amazon Prime membership. Students in attendance were: Donovan Hooks, Madison Dunnavant, Cody Clements, Chase Redmond, Alicia Pinckney, Madison Helms, and Taylor Washburn. The project was orchestrated by their advisor Karen Cook.

AliciaThe Computer Club is planning to continue this project and hope to not only help residents with their technology needs but also develop lasting relationships. The students were also able to meet Cook’s mentor, Dr. Frank Jones, who was the dean of the School of Computer Sciences and was Cook’s advisor when she was a student at GSW. Dr. Jones was also over Institutional Research and retired from GSW.

Bragg Attends “The Arts in the Black Press” Conference

Susan Bragg (History) participated in a conference on “The Arts in the Black Press” held at Yale University on March 10-11. Her presentation, “Crisis Maids and NAACP Sweethearts: Contested Visions of New Negro Womanhood in Early 20th c. NAACP Activism,” explored the flexibility of New Negro female imagery in NAACP media campaigns in the 1910s and 1920s. The conference was an interdisciplinary event with scholars from History, English, Music, Theater, and Dance participating.

Oris Bryant Book Scholarship winners announced

Please join GSW Staff Senate in congratulating the recipients of the Spring 2017 Oris Bryant Book Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to support currently-employed Georgia Southwestern State University 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 the Director of Public Safety. Scholarships will be offered again at the beginning of Fall 2017 semester. The GSW Staff Senate thanks you for your continued support and hopes to see you at a program in the near future. Spring 2017 winners are: Rachel Griggs, enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University; Dreena Hoffman, enrolled at Albany State University; and Courtney Harmon, enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University.

MercerGSW visits Mercer Pharmacy School

On March 24, 2017, Dr. Iordanova, GSW Chemistry club, and GSW pre-pharm major students visited the Mercer Pharmacy School in Atlanta, GA. The group toured the university and leaned exciting details about the pharmacy school. The visit was sponsored by the Student Success Fund from the GSW Foundation.

 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Chemistry and golden coins

The GSW Chemistry Club celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 8, 2017 at the Marshall Student Center with fun chemistry questions, candy prizes and silver and golden coins for good luck. The Chemistry Club members made the silver and golden pennies which were given away at the event in the chemistry lab.



Easom invited to be member of Georgia’s Older Adults Cabinet

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has recognized a need to look more closely at the issues affecting Georgia’s aging population. Because of RCI’s demonstrated interest and concern in this area, Governor Deal has invited RCI Executive Director Dr. Leisa Easom to be a cabinet member on the Georgia’s Older Adults Cabinet along with his wife, Sandra Deal. The purpose of the cabinet is to provide a platform for policymakers, state agencies and other stakeholders to engage in a way that allows us to develop an infrastructure in our state that improves the well-being of Georgia’s aging population. Together, they will examine and assess the current issues affecting older Georgians, including health care, nutrition, transportation, housing, safety, caregiver support, and economic security.


 Dr. Leisa Easom and Sandra Deal attended the first Older Adults Cabinet meeting at the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta on March 23.

OneUSG Connect to Replace ADP

OneUSG Connect will replace ADP and all employees will use the system to record and submit time and to access, review and update personal information including direct deposit, paystubs and benefits.

OneUSG is a system-wide initiative to develop and implement a consistent approach to policies, procedures and technology solutions that benefit the University System of Georgia (USG), in an effort to reduce costs, streamline processes, and have uniform guidelines with centralized support.

The first priority for the OneUSG initiative is to bring all institutions onto one system to manage USG human resources activities, benefits and compensation. The go-live date for GSW is set for June 18, 2017 and there will be plenty of opportunities for employees to ask questions and learn the system in the days and weeks ahead.

RCI Summit scheduled for Oct. 25-27

Save the Date for RCI’s 30th Anniversary Summit: ‘Honoring the Commitment to Care’ on October 25-27, 2017! More info coming soon…

SaveTheDate RCISummit


Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter graciously accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for her support of military families through the Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) program at the Blue Star Families seventh annual Neighbor Celebration. On behalf of the RCI, OFC National Program Director Laura Bauer attended the event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. on March 22.


Ellyn Dunford, Advisory Board Member for Blue Star Families; Rosalynn Carter; Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families; Brooke Baldwin, CNN news anchor and emcee.



Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families; Dr. Lynda Davis, TAPS Executive Vice President; Laura Bauer

TraxNaomi Latini and Schieloh Wolfe, training & implementation specialists at the RCI, welcomed a son on March 23, 2017 at 4:04pm. Tracker “Trax” Marion Grey Wolfe weighed 6lbs 5oz and was 20 inches long. Trax is excited to be the only boy in a family with two girls and can't wait for his first Auburn game!






Laura Bauer celebrated her 60th birthday with a 60’s themed party on March 28! (Photo caption: Bauer pictured with her RCI co-worker Gayle Alston.)

Upcoming Events

KirkNugentKirk Nugent – poet, author and professional speaker – will deliver the Georgia Southwestern State University Griffin B. Bell Lecture Wednesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. in the Storm Dome. Read more >>

GSW’s first feature film “Which Way There” will be screened at the Rylander Theater in Americus Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Read more >>

The 2017 University Honors and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in Jackson Hall.

Student Appreciation Day will be on Tuesday, April 25. If you are interested in signing up to help, visit this link

The GSW Staff Senate invites staff members to attend the annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon in the GSW Private Dining Room on Wednesday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (See invitation)

The "Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith Memorial Building" dedication ceremony will be held Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. directly outside the building entrance.

Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 4 in the Student Success Center.

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