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Abbott named to national leadership fellowship

Rachel Abbott, Ph.D, dean of the School of Education at GSW, was named as an Impact Academy fellow, joining a cohort of leaders chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation.

“The Impact Academy fellowship will connect me with a network of peers who will support and inspire me throughout my career, and help me grow as a leader as I work to create a positive culture of education within my institution, my state, and the field of educator preparation,” Abbott said.

To read more about Abbott and the fellowship, click here.

Abbott

GSW alum McDonald named head baseball coach

Josh McDonald is returning to where his collegiate baseball career began. At a press conference Friday afternoon, Georgia Southwestern State University Athletic Director Mike Leeder introduced McDonald as the Hurricanes head baseball coach. McDonald played at Georgia Southwestern from 2001-06.

"I look back on those experiences and say they are definitely why I'm standing here today, ready to lead this program," McDonald said. "I'm proud to be back."

McDonald recently completed his seventh season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern University. He worked primarily with the catchers and hitters, coached first base and helped coordinate the Eagle baseball camps. Georgia Southern finished with 30 or more wins in six of the seven seasons McDonald was on staff and 270 victories overall.

To read more about McDonald and his new role as head coach, click here.

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GSW nursing faculty recognized as Patriotic Employers for their support of colleague’s deployment

Ramona Mulleins-Foreman, DNP, Georgia Southwestern State University assistant professor and family nurse practitioner (FNP) instructor, recently returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan and presented her supervisors with the Patriotic Employer Award. For their unwavering support before, during and after deployment, she nominated Sandra Daniel, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Mary Anne Shepherd, DNP, assistant professor and FNP director.

The Department of Defense award, given by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), is presented to individual supervisors who support soldiers through measures including flexible schedules and time off prior to and after deployment.

To read more about Mulleins-Foreman's deployment and the Patriotic Employer Award, click here.

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New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Stephen Snyder named Special Assistant to the President

Stephen Snyder was recently named Special Assistant to the President, effective February 1, 2018. In this new position, Snyder oversees Alumni, Annual Giving and Government Relations. Snyder has worked 11 plus years at GSW and was previously the Director of University Relations.

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Chelsea Collins named Director of Marketing and Communications 

Chelsea Collins was named Director of Marketing and Communications for GSW. In this new role, effective February 1, 2018, Collins serves as the university spokesperson and is responsible for external affairs, crisis communication, website and social media, print materials, and assisting with special events and fundraising efforts. Collins first joined GSW in 2015 as the Communications/Website Specialist for the Rosalynn Carter Institute, later earning the title Director of Communications.

Collins earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Valdosta State University, and is a graduate of Advancing Sumter Leadership Institute and Leadership Lee.

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Kim Comer transitions to Annual Giving Specialist

Kim Comer recently transitioned into the role of Annual Giving Specialist. Comer, who previously served as Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, has been at GSW for 11 years.

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Sydney Scott joins Office of University Relations

Sydney Scott joined the Office of University Relations in January 2018. As Public Relations Assistant, she assists with the daily operations of University Relations, including writing press releases, taking photos, designing print materials and managing social media content. Scott, a recent GSW graduate, earned her Bachelor in Dramatic Arts with an emphasis in Communication & Media Arts in May 2017. She has also written for SparkLife.com, served two years as Director of GSW’s Hurricane Watch and worked on numerous local and student film productions.

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Katherine Nance joins RCI as Training and Implementation Specialist

Katherine Nance is from Richmond Hill, Georgia but most recently lived in Statesboro while attending Georgia Southern University. At Georgia Southern, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Master's degree in Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology. She began work at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) on June 1 as a Training and Implementation Specialist, where she assists in implementation and development of Operation Family Caregiver.

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Lezlie Poole joins RCI as Training and Implementation Specialist

Lezlie Poole is a life-long resident of Americus, Georgia and graduated from Fort Valley State University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. She also received her Certified Peer Specialist and her Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner certifications while developing and implementing two different programs at the Perry Wellness Center. On June 1, Lezlie accepted the position of Implementation and Training Specialist at the Rosalynn Carter Institute of Caregiving (RCI), where she hopes to continue in the on-going implementation of evidence-based programs to aid in supporting caregivers and their loved ones. Lezlie is married to Nigel Poole, and together they have two boys, Jasper (9) and Emory (7).

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Mary-Margaret Fox named RCI’s Communication Coordinator

Mary-Margaret Fox is a recent graduate of Columbus State University. She began her new position as Communications Coordinator for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) on June 1. She is an Americus native but has resided in Columbus, Georgia for the past 16 years. She is very much looking forward to moving back and enjoying small town life with her husband, Adam, their daughter, Piper (5) and cocker-poo, Sully.

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News

Rubik’s Cube competition returns to campus for second year

Brother-sister duo and Americus natives Joshua and Nikita Cherian are bringing the Windsor Cubing Classic back to GSW's campus for the second year in a row. Last year, two North American records were set in feet solving. Joshua, a Georgia Tech student, and Nikita, a GSW student, anticipate similar results this year.

When asked how they got into "cubing", Joshua said, "At age 10, I solved two sides and was very excited. My mom tried to help me finish, but messed it up."

After seeing her older brother upset, Nikita took it upon herself to help. "I felt sorry for him so I removed all the stickers, placed them in the correct order, and gave it back to him." Joshua appreciated the gesture, but knew there had to a better way - the right way. He began watching instructional videos on YouTube and the rest is history.

The cubing competition, set for Saturday, June 16, will bring close to 100 "cubers" to campus from all over the Southeast.

Read more about the event and the Cherian siblings here.

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GSW faculty, staff and student become certified Mental Health First Aid responders

On May 9 and May 16, thirteen GSW faculty, staff members, and one student completed an eight-hour training on our campus and became certified Mental Health First Aid responders. The training was co-sponsored by Student Affairs, the Student Health and Behavioral Intervention and Response Team, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force (ATOD). Training was conducted by Darcy Bragg, Assistant Dean of Students, who became a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor this past April after receiving a grant for this 40-hour training from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Georgia College and University Suicide Prevention Coalition. Future trainings in Mental Health First Aid will be offered to any member of the GSW community.

The thirteen who received certification are:

  • Charlise Alford, Administrative Assistant for the Health Center
  • Mandy Barr, Academic Success Counselor
  • Catalina Casaru, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
  • Angie Christmas, Administrative Assistant for Counseling Services
  • Josh Curtin, Director of Campus Life
  • Kina Davis, Administrative Assistant for Financial Aid
  • Sandra Fowler, Director of Career Services
  • Angel Griffin, student member of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force
  • Jill Hohnecker, Interim Director of Residence Life
  • Alma Keita, Director of Counseling Services
  • Terri Maxwell, Registered Nurse for the Health Center
  • Evelyn Oliver, Director of Disability Services and Testing Center
  • Angie Summer, Director of Intramural and Recreational Sports

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GSW Athletics wins big at Peach Belt Conference awards dinner

The GSW Athletic Department received three of the six institution awards presented Tuesday evening by the Peach Belt Conference at the league's annual awards dinner. Georgia Southwestern earned the Presidents' Academic Award, the SunTrust Foundation Connecting Communities Award and the LeeAnn Noble Make-A-Wish Most Improved Award.

To read more about these awards and honors, click here.

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Student Recognitions

CarsonFieldsCarson Fields finished strong with second place in worldwide competition

GSW business student Carson Fields of Bogart, Ga., recently placed second in The Business Strategy Game Tournament of Champions, an online simulation where students create “companies” and compete against other university teams from around the world.

“GSW teams have traditionally done well against much larger universities. I believe this is indicative of the quality of our School of Business graduates” said Strategic Marketing professor Robert Bennett, Ph.D. “Carson did especially well in the Tournament of Champions, competing head-to-head against teams from around the world, which is a significant achievement.”

“The Tournament of Champions is significantly harder due to the fact that one is playing against 11 other people or teams who also won their class simulations,” noted Fields.

However, Fields did not start out quite as strong as he finished. By the third week of the Tournament, his “company,” Everyday Crocs, was nearly bankrupt.

“I severely underestimated my competition,” added Fields. “After three ‘years’, my company was in last place out of the twelve teams competing, and I was ever so close to going bankrupt and being completely out of the simulation.”

To read more about how Carson turned his “company” around to win the simulation, click here.

Vincent-NorrmanVincent Norrman earns All-Region honors

GSW golfer Vincent Norrman has been named to the 2018 NCAA Division II PING All-Southeast Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Norrman turned in a very successful sophomore campaign in 2017-18 as he led the Hurricanes with a 71.55 stroke average that ranked third in the Peach Belt Conference.

The Stockholm, Sweden native broke the GSW 18-hole scoring record with a Round 1 score of 64 (-8) at the Hurricane Invitational. He followed that up by breaking the 36-hole scoring record by two strokes with a two-round score of 134 (-10).

To read more about Norrman’s stats and his All-Region spot, click here.

Silvio Polly named Peach Belt Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year

GSW men's soccer standout Silvio Polly was named the 2017-18 Peach Belt Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the league's annual awards dinner in May. The Scholar-Athlete award is the highest individual honor given by the PBC to a student-athlete during the year and is selected by the league's Faculty Athletic Representatives.

A native of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Polly graduated this spring from Georgia Southwestern with a degree in exercise science and wellness and a 3.90 GPA. Named the GSW Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, he also received the Dr. Richard Litwhiler Award for Exercise Science and Wellness. A three-time PBC Presidential Honor Roll member, including twice as a Gold Scholar, he was also named to the GSW President's List and is a member of the GSW Honors Society.

To read more about Polly and this recognition, click here.

Silvio-Polly

GSW nursing students volunteer in the community

As part of their summer courses at GSW, all RN students are required to take a Health and Communities class, which involved volunteering in local community ministries. This spring, almost 70 RN students volunteered with Sumter Faith Clinic, which serves all of Sumter County.

RN student

Hannah Pendergrass, along with other GSW students and alumna, stars in Legally Blonde: The Musical

GSW Theater, Communication and Media Arts (TCMA) students are earning more experience onstage this summer in Theatre Albany’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.

GSW sophomore Hannah Pendergrass was cast in the lead role. She’ll be playing Elle Woods, the character originated by Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 movie.

GSW seniors Seth Zarandona and Mark Culpepper are also involved in the production. Zarandona plays Nikos, and Culpepper built the sets for the show. GSW alumna Leah Anglin (’17) also stars as Vivienne Kensington in the show.

Read the full story about the production in the Albany Herald.

Legally-Blonde


Awards & Grants

Officer Wright receives award from Phoebe Sumter

GSW public safety officer Chelsee Wright was presented with an award from Phoebe Sumter at the Women’s Health Fair held on May 19. The award recognized Officer Wright’s commitment to the health and wellness of the community through her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho.

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Publications

Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Global South Studies published

The Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Global South Studies was recently published. The issue includes pieces such as “The Dictator and the Mafia: How Rafael Trujillo Partnered with US Criminals to Extend His Power” and “Livestock and Livelihoods in Urban Niger,” as well as numerous book reviews. Former GSW history department chair Gary Kline serves as the Journal’s editor.

In his Foreword and Message from the Editor for this issue, Kline thanked GSW for its support of the Journal.

“We also wish to thank Georgia Southwestern State University and the GSW Foundation for their continuing financial support for our journal,” wrote Kline. “As our home institution, their commitment has both material and spiritual importance to us.”

The Journal is published bi-annually by Association of Global South Studies (AGSS), formerly known as the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS). AGSS was created and developed by the late Harold Isaacs, Ph.D., who was a professor of Latin American history at GSW for many years.

The Spring 2018 issue is available online. For more information, visit the AGSS website.

Caregiving study by Easom and Cotter published in nursing journal

Leisa Easom, Ph.D., RN, and Ellen Cotter, Ph.D., recently had a study published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. The study, “Comparison of African American and Caucasian Caregiver Self-Efficacy,” explored the changes in caregivers’ belief in their ability before and after participating in a caregiving program. They focused more specifically on the comparison of African American and Caucasian populations to better understand the resources and needs of different groups.

Easom is the new associate dean of GSW’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the former executive director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI). Cotter is a professor of psychology in GSW’s Department of Psychology and Sociology.

Angel Ramos, MBA, research coordinator at the University of Central Florida’s Marriage & Family Research Institute was also part of the study.


Presentations

Dykes presents at nursing conference in Florida

Michelle Dykes, Ed.D., RN, associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, attended the American Nursing Informatics Association Conference on May 10-13 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

This year’s conference theme was “Where Caring and Technology Meet.” The conference offered a chance to enhance knowledge of current trends and best practices in informatics by examining the latest strategies and the management of data using technology in nursing and health care.

Dykes’ presentation was titled “Is Technological Competency Considered Caring?” Nursing is seen as a caring profession, with kindness and compassion as its some of its core values. In today's society, however, nursing educators are faced with teaching technology alongside nursing process and caring. How do educators emphasize competency in technology as being a vital part of the nursing curriculum? Her presentation discussed how technological competency is a vital form of caring in the nursing profession.

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Upcoming Events

  • June 8: STORM Day
  • June 16: Windsor Classic 2018 Rubik’s Cube competition
  • June 20: Red Cross Blood Drive
  • June 22: STORM Day
  • June 25: Summer midterm
  • July 2: Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
  • July 4: Independence Day (classes will not meet June 4-5)

Find more events on the GSW academic calendar and on CanesConnect.


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