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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.


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.


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