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Five GSW faculty awarded mini-grants totaling over $10,000

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) recently announced its Round 11 Textbook Transformation Grants awardees. Of the 35 total grants awarded, four mini-grants were granted to five GSW faculty for a total of $10,800. Mini-grants are intended to support faculty for their development of original open educational resources (OER) and ancillary materials.

Grant awardees include Dr. Gary Fisk, Professor of Psychology, who received a $2,000 grant for his work on replacing the proprietary statistical software package, SPSS, with the free and open alternative, PSPP in PSYC 3301: Psychological Statistics. This replacement will save the university time and money, while increasing accessibility for students, particularly those living off-campus who are unable to purchase the expensive software for their personal computers. A link to Dr. Fisk's grant proposal can be found here.

Dr. Ellen Cotter, Professor of Psychology, was awarded $2,000 for the development of a Human Growth and Development open textbook. To date, few textbook options exist for this area of psychology, despite it being a highly popular psychology course. Dr. Cotter will adapt existing open educational resources to create an enriched resource for all faculty teaching the course. A link to Dr. Cotter's grant proposal can be found here.

Dr. Judy Orton Grissett, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was awarded $2,000 for the development of ancillary materials to accompany the open textbook Research Methods in Psychology. Materials will include test banks, slide presentations, lecture guides, and handouts. A link to Dr. Orton Grissett's grant proposal can be found here.

Ms. Ru Story-Huffman, Dean of the Library, and Mr. John Wilson, Reference Librarian and Government Documents Coordinator, were awarded $4,800 for the expansion of the OER currently used for LIBR 1101. Newly created and curated materials will accommodate the course as it changes from a one credit-hour course to a two credit-hour course. A link to their grant proposal can be found here.

If you are interested in learning more about Affordable Learning Georgia, including the Textbook Transformation Grant program, please visit You may also contact Ms. Ru Story-Huffman, ALG Library Coordinator, or Dr. Judy Orton Grissett, ALG Campus Champion.

Windows to the World event celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

On February 12, 2018, over 200 people attended the Windows to the World event celebrating Lunar/Chinese New Year 2018 (the Year of the Dog). At least 75 people attended the reception following the event.

The presentations were excellent, both in explaining the holiday and what the holiday meant to each presenter on a personal level. Dongmei Wu, Qian “Maggie” Wang, Ke “Kelly” Wang, Alwen Yeung, Chuchu Wu, Bokshim Fox, and Anh-hue Tu each gave presentations on how the holiday is celebrated in their countries.

The students who attended the event left with a better idea of the holiday’s meaning and celebrations in different countries, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Thank you to all faculty, students, and staff for their hard work, generosity, and support of 2018’s Chinese Lunar New Year event!

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Staff Senate announces winners of 2018 Homecoming decorating contest

GSW’s Staff Senate organized this year’s sixth annual Homecoming decorating/spirit contest. The 2018 Homecoming theme was “Winter Olympics.” Numerous campus offices participated in the contest, including Student Affairs, Athletics, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Academic Resource Center and Student Accounts. Dr. Sheryl Venable, Courtney Harmon, and Jonathan Hobbs served as judges.

The winners are: 

  • Gold Medal: Student Affairs
  • Silver Medal: Athletics
  • Bronze Medal: Registrar’s Office

As this year’s winners, the Student Affairs Department will keep the spirit stick and will be treated to a pizza party sponsored by Staff Senate. Also a special thank you to our judges: Thank you to all the participating offices and judges!

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