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Inaugural Undergraduate Research Symposium showcases GSW student research

GSW hosted its first Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 13 featuring student research on topics such as history, music, sociology, business, nursing, theater, and a variety of sciences.

“The symposium gave the university an opportunity to recognize students and their faculty mentors for the impressive research they are doing in their major programs,” said Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Lynda Lee Purvis. “The research itself along with presenting it before an audience gave the students valuable experience for their future endeavors.”

To read more about the symposium and the students recognized for their research, click here.

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Georgia Southwestern announces Laura Boren as vice president for Student Engagement and Success

Laura D. Boren, Ph.D., has been chosen as GSW's new vice president for Student Engagement and Success (VPSES), effective July 1, 2018, concluding a nationwide search.

Boren comes to GSW from Tarleton State University, part of the Texas A&M University System, located in Stephenville, Texas, where she serves as vice president for Student Affairs. Previously, Boren served as vice president for Student Affairs at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.

“I am elated to join Georgia Southwestern and have the opportunity to create meaningful student interactions and positively impact their lives,” said Boren. “I want to help students be successful from the time they step on campus to the time they graduate.”

To read more about Boren and the VPSES position, click here.

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GSW secures $3.4 million in Georgia state budget for building renovation

GSW was recently allocated $3.4 million in House Bill 684, Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget, to fund the renovation of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), GSW’s primary advisement building. Officially signed into law May 2, 2018 by by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the FY19 budget totals $26.2 billion.

To read more about the renovation, click here.


New Hires and Promotions

Dominick joins Foundation staff

The GSW Foundation recently welcomed Stacy Dominick to the Foundation staff as Administrative Services and Operations Manager.

Fitzpatrick named Health Safety Coordinator

Willa Fitzpatrick has been named the Health Safety Coordinator at GSW. She has been with the campus for 18 years with the Physical Plant Department. Her new role will include all areas of health safety training and coordination as well as custodial oversight.


Watson presents research at USG Conference in Athens

Assistant Professor of Theater and Communication Arts Joseph Watson, Ph.D., recently presented his research at the University System of Georgia (USG) Teaching & Learning Conference in Athens, Georgia. Last year, Watson was one of nine participants from across the University System to be selected as a USG Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. Watson presented alongside SoTL Fellows from various USG institutions. Find more information about this year’s conference here.

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GSW student historians present at Georgia Tech History Conference

Under the mentorship of Susan Bragg, Ph.D., fourteen GSW students traveled to Georgia Tech on April 7th to participate in the 2018 Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta history conference. Eight students presented original research essays and another five students traveled with the group to participate as audience members. This event was a great opportunity to talk history with students and faculty members from around the state, while also getting to explore the campus of Georgia Tech.

GSW student research essays demonstrated a wide variety of creative scholarly exploration. Political Science major Joshua Logan presented on “Rousseau and the Effects of Social Media on American Civil Discourse.” History majors Ekeledirichi Kamalu and Jessica Clark focused on 19th century slave narratives, with Kamalu discussing on how these narratives exposed patterns of social control and Clark highlighting trans-Atlantic abolitionist activism. History and Political Science major Terrell Hoffman shared his research on WWII-era pin-up girls, demonstrating a nuanced analysis of how these images reflected social change in the mid-20th c.

Finally, Bragg and History major Jairus Whitely co-moderated a panel of GSW students discussing their research into ONE magazine, a forum promoting LGBTQ rights in the 1950s and 1960s. History major Savannah Ross discussed how the ‘Red Scare’ shaped LGBTQ politics in the Cold War years, while Psychology major Amy Connor drew attention to how ONE magazine provided early support to teenagers questioning their identity in an era that defined homosexuality as dangerous. Caitlin McMillan, a Sociology major, argued that commentators in ONE magazine laid an early foundation for later social activism against LGBTQ discrimination.

In addition to the valuable work done by all these presenters, other GSW participants included Charlon Cochran, Flora Twumasi Ampofo, Sefunmi Adenbanwo, and two students from the English Language Institute: Jian Jung, and GyuBin Choi.

This was the seventh-straight year that GSW students have participated in Phi Alpha Theta regional history conferences and as in such past events, the GSW contingent represented our campus well in all regards.

Jenkins receives Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia

GSW’s Assistant Director of Admissions David Jenkins, Ed.D., recently graduated from the University of Georgia with his Doctorate of Education in Student Affairs Leadership. His dissertation was titled Understanding the Experiences of Dual Enrolled Students and the Influence on the College Admissions Decision.

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Wilson featured in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

GSW Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor John Wilson recently had a scholarly article on electronic portfolios published in volume 30 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. The article discusses how ePortfolios can successfully prepare students beyond the classroom, serve as a more effective solution for faculty members applying for tenure, and increase student retention rates on campus. Furthermore, the tools involved in constructing ePortfolios are completely free. A link to the abstract can be found here.

Americus Police Officer Joshua Greene awarded Smarr Smith Scholarship in Criminal Justice

Joshua Greene, a senior in the GSW Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, has been awarded the Smarr Smith Scholarship in Criminal Justice for his exceptional dedication to education and to the community he serves. A native of Americus, Joshua currently works as an officer in the Americus Police Department Investigative Division and is a member of the Georgia Army National Guard.

The scholarship is a one-time opportunity provided by donors who made memorial gifts in honor of fallen officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith.

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Tripp presents at conference in Athens

Donja Tripp, Student Services Coordinator in the School of Business Administration, and Gabriell Davis, ProctorU Account Executive, recently attended the USG Teaching & Learning Conference held April 4-6 in Athens GA. They presented a session on proctoring exams in an online atmosphere and discussed the tools and tips used by the GSW School of Business Administration for successful online testing through ProctorU.

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Moore places first at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Nolan Moore, a pre-med biology student who graduated on May 4, placed first among the six oral presentations at the GSW Undergraduate Research Symposium. His research focused on "The Effects of Short Wavelength Ultraviolet Light on Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, & Escherichia coli.” His research advisor was Anh-Hue Tu, Ph.D.

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Sirocco celebrates publication of its 2018 double issue

Sirocco, GSW’s literary and arts magazine, celebrated the publication of its 2018 issue at its annual launch party and awards ceremony on May 2 in the Marshall Student Center. This year’s special double issue marks the first time in many years that Sirocco has published both a fall and a spring issue.

This year’s Literary and Visual Arts Awards went to the following contributors:

  • Editor’s Choice: Emily Everson, “Puppet Master” (fall); Sara Sellers, “Child of Divorce” (spring)
  • Poetry Prize: Sharell Thorpe, “Little Monsters” (fall); Dee Hudson, “Ebony Scarlett” (spring)
  • Sirocco Cover Prize: Sydney Scott, Private (fall); Daniel L. Goss, Entrance (spring)

Associate Professor of English Michael Moir, Ph.D., was also honored for his work as Sirocco’s faculty advisor from 2013 to 2016. This year’s issues are dedicated to Moir.

This year’s staff includes Literary Editor Brittnea Holland; Art Editors Daniel Goss and Jairus Whitley; and staff members Caryn Childers, Taylor Fisher, D’Ante Hill, Dee Hudson, Daniel Player, Sara Sellers and Sharell Thorpe.

The staff of Sirocco would like to thank everyone who contributed their work and who provided their time and assistance to make this year’s double issue possible.

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New Autism Education Endorsement program set to begin summer 2018

Starting this summer, Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and the School of Education will offer a new post Baccalaureate Autism Education Endorsement program for certified teachers online.

"With the increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism or on the autism spectrum, educators need to have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder,” said Dean and Associate Professor Rachel Abbott, Ph.D.

To read more about the Autism Education Endorsement, click here.

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Past Events

Student Appreciation Day draws over 500 students

Our annual Student Appreciation Day was held on April 26. Over 500 students enjoyed free food, inflatables, massages, and other games on Sanford Lawn. The African American Male Institute (AAMI) also provided music for the event and sponsored the annual talent show.

There were also over 100 faculty and staff who volunteered to set up, work, and break down the event.

“The day went splendidly, and I know the students appreciate all that we do for them throughout the year, and especially on this day,” said event organized Josh Curtain. “Thanks again to everyone who helped volunteer for this amazing event!”

Photos from Student Appreciation Day can be found on the GSW Facebook page.

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Students, faculty and staff recognized at 2018 Honors and Recognition Ceremony

GSW held its Spring 2018 Honors and Recognition Ceremony on April 24 in Jackson Performance Hall.

“This is a great opportunity for us as an institution to take a moment and to recognize really outstanding people,” said President Neal Weaver during his opening remarks. “What’s most exciting about tonight is that it covers the spectrum of our campus community, from students to faculty to staff to retirees”.

To read more about the ceremony and to see a full list of those honored, click here.

Over 300 students graduate in spring commencement ceremony

GSW held its Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony on May 4 in the Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. Approximately 335 undergraduate and graduate students were recognized at the ceremony for their academic achievements.

The commencement speaker was GSW alumnus Rick Whaley, President and CEO of Citizen’s Bank of Americus since 2001. Whaley completed his Bachelor of Science in political science from GSW in 1989.

For photos of the ceremony, see our Facebook album or the free online photo gallery.

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School of Education hosts Georgia Future Educators Signing Day for area high school seniors

GSW School of Education hosted Georgia Future Educators Signing Day on May 8. Similar to athletic signing events, eight high school seniors from Americus Sumter High School and Marion County High School were recognized for their commitment to pursue a career in the field of education. Marion County High School senior Brianna Morgan signed to become an education major at GSW.

Also in attendance were high school juniors who hope to become education majors, teachers and superintendents from both Marion County High and Americus Sumter High, Chattahoochee-Flint RESA representatives, and State Representative Bill McGowan (GSW alumnus ’76).

Find the photo gallery from Signing Day on the GSW Facebook page.


Upcoming Events

  • May 17: President’s Circle Reception
  • May 19: Phoebe Sumter Women’s Health Fair
  • May 23: Last day of Maymester classes
  • May 28: Memorial Day
  • May 30: Summer classes begin
  • June 8: STORM Day

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