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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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