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GSW has $88.7 million economic impact on region

Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) economic impact on the region was $88.7 million in fiscal year 2016.

This data was published recently in an annual study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. The study, commissioned by the University System of Georgia (USG), included economic data for all 28 System Schools and for the USG as a whole. Read more >>

GSW ranked a top ten school in Georgia by Schools.com

Schools.com recently published their list of the Best 4-Year Colleges in Georgia, and Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) ranked among the top ten.

Out of all of the public and private non-profit schools in Georgia where students can earn a campus-based or online bachelor's degree in Georgia, GSW ranks at number eight.  Read more >>


New Hires

Welcome the newest faculty and staff members to Georgia Southwestern State University.

Luciane Brandalise Wentz, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Nathan Ferrell, Assistant Baseball/Pitching Coach
Keeler McJunkin, Sports Information Assistant
Xiaodi Zhou, Assistant Professor, Education
Jesse Russell, Assistant Professor, English
Lisa Vandenbossche, Limited Term Faculty, English
Jennifer Beck, GA Pre-K Asst. Teacher
Thelma Sexton, Assessment Director and Assistant Professor (School of Ed.)
Mary Whitlock, Assistant Professor, Psych/Soc
Blue Argo, Lecturer of English
Jalen Butler, Asst Men's Basketball Coach
Shannon Greene, Lecturer/Athletic Trainer
Nicole Levering, Women's Softball Coach
Joni Hammond, Lecturer of Accounting
Cara Law, Assistant Softball Coach
Matthew Bishop, PT Instructor, SOBA
Martha Dodd, PT Instructor, SON
Sheryl Stoyle, PT Instructor, SON
Daina Rosario, PT Instructor, School of Ed.
Alicia Page, PT Instructor, SOBA
Karlie Gillam, PT Instructor, School of Ed.
Andrew Bell, PT Instructor, Music
Kelley Plant, PT Instructor, SON
Trevor Jennings, Electrician
Richard Wicker, Golf Course Maintenance
Neal Weaver, President
Joy Odom, Textbook Coordinator
Andrea Pinckard, Senior Administrative Assistant (RCI)
Sara "Sissy" Bowen, RCI REACH Coach
Amanda Barrett, Accounting/Payroll Assistant

August Assembly


Honors & Recognition

Ramona Mulleins-ForemanMulleins-Foreman promoted to full Colonel, saves soldier in Afghanistan

FNP instructor, Ramona Mulleins-Foreman, is currently stationed in Afghanistan on a year-long deployment. She was recently promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Full Colonel, which is a huge honor in the military. Very few nurses are given this status. Her unit was recently recognized with an Afghanistan certificate of appreciation for saving one of their soldiers.

 

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Scholarship

Bragg participates in Biennial Congress

With the support of a GSW faculty development grant, Susan Bragg (Associate Professor, History) participated in the Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature at York University in Toronto in late July 2017. Bragg read a paper on NAACP politics of youth activism, focusing on readers’ theaters as an organizing tool that supported young women’s explorations of leadership. This was a great experience to meet scholars from around the world working in interdisciplinary children’s studies.

Dr. Paula BryantBryant receives Doctor of Education

Dr. Paula Bryant received her Doctor of Education from The University of Alabama on August 5, 2017. She was also promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Nursing.

Easom provides key findings in recent publication

RCI Executive Director Dr. Leisa Easom and Director of the RCI Training Center for Excellence Gayle Alston provided key findings in a recently released publication titled ‘External Validity of the New York University Caregiver Intervention: Key Caregiver Outcomes Across Multiple Demonstration Projects.’ The Administration on Aging funded six New York University Caregiver Intervention demonstration projects, a counseling/support intervention targeting dementia caregivers and families. Three sites (Georgia, Utah, Wisconsin) pooled data to inform external validity in nonresearch settings. This study assessed collective changes over time and compared outcomes across sites on caregiver burden, depressive symptoms, satisfaction with social support, family conflict, and quality of life.

Nedialka IordanovaDr. Iordanova visits UIUC, delivers lecture

On August 2-3, 2017, Dr. Nedialka Iordanova was invited by Prof. So Hirata to visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and to talk to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers as well as faculty members in the theoretical chemistry area of the Chemistry Department at UIUC about the challenges and benefits of being professor at a primarily teaching institution. In Addition, Dr. Iordanova visited the research laboratories of Prof. Hirata and Prof. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer and toured the university.


Announcements

Gala Invitation RCI SummitRCI’s 30th Anniversary Gala Awards Banquet to be held Oct. 27

Register now for the Rosalynn Carter Institute's 30th Anniversary Gala Awards Banquet to be held Friday, October 27th. Our guests will enjoy dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment in the GSW Storm Dome. President Jimmy Carter will be among one of our tribute speakers and actress Patricia Bethune will be our emcee for the evening. We will be announcing our Caregivers of the Year, the Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award, and Mattie J.T. Stepanek scholarship winners. All attendees will receive a complimentary commemorative champagne glass with our 30th Anniversary logo. Other specialty items will be for purchase as well. 

Chamber Concert Series line-up announced

Georgia Southwestern State University has announced its 2017-2018 Chamber Concert Series, opening with guitarist Lily Ashfar on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Jackson Performance Hall. This year marks the 39th season of the series. Read more >>

SiroccoSirocco now accepting submissions

Sirocco, GSW's Literary and Arts Magazine, is seeking submissions for our Fall 2017 issue--the first Fall issue of Sirocco in over 30 years! This issue's theme is "Deceptions and Confessions." They are accepting creative literary, visual arts, and music submissions from anyone with some past or present affiliation with Georgia Southwestern State University. Please email your submission to gswsirocco@gmail.com by September 30.

Book FairBooks-A-Million Book Fair coming to campus

The GSW Library will be holding a Books-A-Million (BAM!) Book Fair on Thursday, Sept 28, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the first floor of the library. Book Fair proceeds will be used to enhance the GSW Library collection even more for its students. This event is open to the GSW Community and to the public.

A variety of bestsellers will be available, works of contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Genres will include science fiction, fantasy, horror and many others. A lot of the titles will be in paperback. Different forms of payment will be accepted, including cash, check and debit. All proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase new books and eBooks for the library. For more info, contact Ru Story-Huffman @ ru.story-huffman@gsw.edu


Milestones

Pauline Gillis recently celebrated 23 years at GSW in August.

Happy Birthday to the following faculty/staff members:

Sam Peavy (8/9), Linda Randall (8/19), Lynda Lee Purvis (8/20), Pauline Gillis (8/25), Judy Orton Grissett (9/2), Alwen Yeung (9/10) and Thomas Wright (9/20).


Upcoming Events


President's Letter

NealWeaverI was drawn to Georgia Southwestern for many reasons: a healthy, growing campus; a thriving community; and a region that is known as much for friendliness as it is for its history.

I am finding this to be true and look forward to learning more about this campus and community that is now home. Kristi and I have been amazed by the hospitality that has been extended to us and we already feel a sense of belonging – something we hope every GSW student feels as well.

During my first month on campus, one thing has become abundantly clear, the GSW campus community is brimming with extraordinary people dedicated to growing a campus environment focused on student-focused teaching and learning in a rich and supportive culture. I am excited to join such a campus and to work with you to bring our strategic plan to life. I believe it aligns well with the expectations set forth by Chancellor Wrigley and the Board of Regents, will help the university grow, and will allow students to find the success they desire.

As the semester progresses, if you would like to discuss the future of the University, please come see me, or make time to attend one of the Faculty Meetings scheduled later this month. I intend to recognize, encourage and reward innovative ideas and creative thinking. Not just within our academic programs, but with how we program in our residence halls, with how we provide co-curricular support for our students and in other areas. So, think big!

There is no better place to work and live than on a college campus. The dedication and enthusiasm exhibited by students, faculty and staff helps create a strong community. This paves the way to success in the classroom, in competition and in our relationships.

It is my honor to serve as president of Georgia Southwestern State University.

Dr. Neal Weaver
President


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