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GSW to inaugurate Dr. Neal Weaver as 11th president at October 5 Presidential Investiture

GSW will be celebrating the Presidential Investiture of Dr. Neal Weaver as our 11th president the first week in October. The week-long festivities will include a student service project, the Griffin Bell Distinguished Lecture Series with GSW alumna and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jaha Dukureh, the ‘Glow Canes’ golf cart parade, concerts, the Investiture ceremony and a luncheon on the lawn.

The Investiture ceremony will take place on October 5 at 11am in the Student Success Center Convocation Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend.

Learn more about Dr. Weaver, his first year on campus and check out the full schedule of Investiture events.

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Fireworks, “refreshed” Surge among festivities at GSW’s first home soccer match under the lights

The September 5 men's soccer match was the very first night match in program history. The festivities included tailgating, yard games, food provided by Grub Club, a ribbon cutting with the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, the unveiling of a “refreshed” Surge and a huge fireworks show to close out the night.

GSW men’s soccer also emerged victorious with a 2-0 win over Brewton-Parker College.

Read more about the match and the opening night festivities in the Americus Times-Recorder, and view the full photo albums on the GSW and Athletics Facebook pages.

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GSW Kappa Sigma chapter holds fundraiser for suicide prevention in memory of lost brothers

The GSW Kappa Kappa chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity recently raised $3,000 for suicide prevention and awareness on campus in memory of brothers who have died by suicide.

The chapter organized a barbeque chicken plate fundraiser after John Teate, a Kappa Sigma alum, suggested an event aimed at suicide prevention. Of the 38 brothers who have lost their lives since the chapter’s founding in 1969, seven have unfortunately been to suicide.

“It became evident something more should be done,” said Teate. “We wanted to make sure that not only our Kappa Sigma brothers, but anyone in our community who feels like they have nowhere to turn, were offered every possible alternative to suicide.” 

The proceeds from the event were donated to GSW’s Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF) which provides multiple resources to students on campus. Training, activities, and education are provided throughout the GSW campus community to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of suicide risk, prevention, and early intervention best-practices.

Read more about the fundraiser and how the proceeds will be used on campus here.

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Give SouthWestern continues through September

Lynn Bailey (staff) and Judy Orton Grissett (faculty) are serving as co-chairs for our faculty & staff fund drive. Our goal is 100% participation. Visit www.gsw.edu/givesouthwestern to view the list of funds and make your contribution today!

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Tickets on sale now for Kappa Delta’s 5K Color Run & Just Wingin’ It

GSW’s Kappa Delta chapter is busy planning their annual fall events. The 2nd Annual Just Wingin’ It event, to be held on November 3, will include live music from Fletch and Friends, cornhole, food and a wing-eating contest. Kids under 6 eat free. Tickets, pricing and more information are available on the Just Wingin’ It event page.

Kappa Delta’s 3rd Annual 5K Color Run will also be held this fall. Each ticket for the November 3 race includes a running number, a pair of sunglasses, a color powder packet, a bracelet, two temporary tattoos and a sticker. Events t-shirts will also be available. Tickets and more information are available on the 5K Color Run event page.

Proceeds from both events will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA).

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GSW Community encouraged to attend RCI Summit events in October

The Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) will host its 31st Annual Caregiving Summit October 25 - 26, 2018. This year’s conference theme is “Empowering Caregiving for Stronger Communities.” The RCI hopes to empower caregivers who are caring for others with diverse, chronic illnesses and disability across the lifespan.

The Summit will kick off Thursday, October 25 with a screening of the film "The Weight of Honor" followed by a Q&A session with the film's director and executive producer Stephanie Howard. The film will be shown on campus in Jackson Hall at 4:30pm. ALL GSW faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this FREE event. Please register here if you plan to attend. Simply click green tickets button and scroll down to find the screening event.

Friday’s conference will begin with registration and breakfast at 8:00am in Carter I. Lunch will also be served, and events will wrap up at 3:45 that afternoon. During Friday’s conference, attendees will hear from experts on topics all caregivers can relate to, including You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Legal Planning for the Future; The "A" Team: Building Your Care Team; Mind, Body, and Spirit: Complete Self-Care; and Coming Out of the Shadows: Caregiver Panel. Any member of the GSW students, faculty or staff who are interested in attending Friday’s conference can do so for FREE. Please call the RCI at (229) 928-1234, if interested. You will receive a promo code to enter when purchasing your tickets.

After Friday's conference, The Gala Awards Banquet will be held in GSW’s faculty dining room from 6:00pm - 8:00pm that evening, where a formal dinner and awards ceremony will take place. The RCI will announce the Caregivers of the Year award winners, Mattie J.T. Stepanek Scholarship recipients and the winner of the Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award.

Tickets on sale now. Visit the RCI website for more information.

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Awards and Grants

School of Nursing presented flag for their support of deployed soldiers

At their full faculty meeting in August, the School of Nursing was presented a U.S. flag that had flown over the 933rd Forward Surgical Team location in Dahlki, Afghanistan. The flag was given in honor of the school's support for the soldiers deployed to theater. The folded flag was presented to Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., by Ramona Mulleins-Foreman, DNP, along with a certificate showing the dates flown and the appreciation from the soldiers.

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Laughlin earns a second master’s degree

Mark Laughlin, associate professor of music, earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University in May 2018. As a graduate student at Georgia Southern University, Mark was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Lambda Theta, and Golden Key International Honor Societies. (photo provided courtesy of David Parks)

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Laughlin receives ELF Grant for new music program

Mark Laughlin, associate professor of music, was the recipient an Education Leadership Fund (ELF) grant. This grant ($58,000) will be used to create a new academic program at GSW for Composing Music for Video Games. The funding will also provide support for video game summer camps, eSport Tournaments, and expenses for various gaming/education conferences to be hosted by GSW.

Laughlin receives award from USG eCampus

 Leigh Laughlin, Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Sociology, is a recipient of the 2017-2018 University System of Georgia eCampus eHero Award for excellence in online teaching and student support. Laughlin is one of only 16 instructors from the USG to receive this award.


New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

BeerwartAllisha Beerwart joins School of Education

Allisha Beerwart, Ed.D., joined GSW on August 1 as Assistant Professor of Education in the School of Education. Beerwart successfully defended her dissertation in July 2018 from Regent University in Virginia. She was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Special Education program at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.

Katie Roberts named women’s soccer assistant coach

Katie Roberts, a native of Lodi, Ohio, joins the women's soccer staff as an assistant coach. She comes to GSW after serving as an assistant coach at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, where she helped coach a 17-4 team that consisted of one All-American player. Proir to St. Joseph, Roberts was a volunteer coach at High Point University where she was responsible for working with the HPU forwards.

To learn more about Katie, click here.

Matt LaMothe named baseball assistant coach

LaMothe, a native of Rochester, Mich., enters his first season as the assistant coach to take on pitching and recruiting duties for the baseball team. LaMothe comes from Madison College (NJCAA-DII), located in Madison, Wis., and coached there for one season. He helped the WolfPack finish the season 35-22, sweeping the Regional Tournament and going to the NJCAA-DII World Series in Enid, Okla., where the WolfPack placed 5th. Two years prior to Madison College, LaMothe was a graduate assistant and pitching coach at Central Methodist University where he graduated with his Masters of Education.

To learn more about Matt, click here.

Brian Cook joins Athletics

Brian Cook, a native of Baton Rouge, La., has been hired as the Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. He spent the 2017-18 season as primary contact for the national-ranked women's bowling team at Arkansas State University, where he promoted the 3x NCAA Women's Bowling Player of the Year.

Cook will serve as a secondary media and publications contact for the athletic department and will also help assist with all marketing and promotions activities.

To learn more about Brian, click here.


Publications

Robins signs publishing contract for new book

History professor and department chair Glenn Robins, Ph.D., recently signed an advanced publishing contract with the University Press of Kansas for his next book, The Politics of Victimhood: Max Cleland, Jimmy Carter, and Vietnam Veterans.

The book, scheduled for release in 2021, examines public debates concerning Vietnam Veterans in the 1970s. The Politics of Victimhood will be Robins’ sixth authored or edited book to be published.

Laughlin releases new CD

Mark Laughlin, associate professor of music, released a new CD of the piano works of Spanish pianist and composer, Enrique Granados (1867-1916). Granados modeled much of his music on Spanish folk-idioms during his career, and Mark’s recording, titled Enrique Granados, is a collection of many of those works including Danzas: Espanolas, Op. 37 and Valses Poèticos. The recording is available through Amazon.com.

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Milestones

AngelaSmithSmith family welcomes new addition

Angela Smith and family are happy to announce the birth of her grandson, Richard Kevin Jackson III (“Trip”), born to her daughter, Kate, and son-in-law, Kev Jackson. Trip was born August 30, weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces. Angela serves as executive assistant to the president.

 

 

 

ScottScott family welcomes baby Jackson

Jonathan Scott, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, and wife Megan welcomed baby Jackson Hilliard Ford Scott on Sunday, September 9 at 6:33am. He was 21 inches long and weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces.


Upcoming Events

The Presidential Investiture of Dr. Neal Weaver will include a full week of festivities, including a music festival, golf cart parade, glow party and more. For the full schedule of Presidential Investiture events, click here.

Find more events on the GSW academic calendar and on CanesConnect


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