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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.


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