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Adler, retired VPAA, will serve as interim executive director of Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

GSW has appointed Brian Adler, Ph.D., former vice president for academic affairs (VPAA), as the interim executive director for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI), a unit of GSW.

Adler, who retired one year ago, agreed to take over as director beginning June 15. Former RCI Executive Director Leisa Easom, Ph.D, recently assumed the role of associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at GSW and will take the lead on the newly added Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) degree.

“Dr. Adler has a wealth of experience in administration and knowledge of the institute,” stated Easom. “He will make a great leader for the RCI during this interim period.”

“I regard it as a high honor to serve at the RCI alongside the dedicated professionals who give their all to support the work of millions of family caregivers in this country,” noted Adler. “I'm excited about joining this dedicated team, and I feel privileged to be able to assist them in helping further Mrs. Carter's vision and legacy.”

To read more about Dr. Adler’s new position, click here.


Moses BreezeGSW Foundation announces new board chairman; Doug Moses, GSW alum, elected at spring meeting

The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees recently elected Douglas “Doug” Moses as chairman, effective July 1, at its spring 2018 board meeting. Moses will serve a two-year term.

Moses earned his bachelor’s in accounting from Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in 1997 and a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Georgia Southern University in 1999. Moses previously served as President of the GSW Alumni Association and as a member and treasurer of the GSW Foundation Board of Trustees.

“I’m excited to serve as the chairperson of the Foundation and the opportunity to continue the strong momentum in the many initiatives that have been set forward,” stated Moses. “There will be numerous visible changes the Foundation is doing in support of the University. GSW and the Board of Trustees will need the continued support (and even more) from the community leaders, GSW alumni, and university friends in taking GSW to the next level.”

To read more about Moses and his new role with the Foundation, click here.


Theater majors granted scholarships to attend prestigious entertainment training institute

Two dramatic arts students at GSW, Di’Jon Dupree and Mark Culpepper, are Las Vegas bound this summer to attend the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas thanks to receiving highly competitive scholarships.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) is the first-of-its kind intensive training program for students from around the world to meet, learn from, and network with leading experts in live entertainment who are committed to sharing their experience with the next generation.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and my future career,” states Culpepper of Blakely, Ga. “SILV offers hands-on, professional work experience and classes with the very best designers in our field. It’s an amazing chance to market myself to some of the greatest minds in theater.”

To read more about DJ, Mark and the work that earned them their scholarships, click here.


Student Recognitions

Vincent Norrman caps season with All-America honors

GSW men's golfer Vincent Norrman received NCAA Division II PING All-America honorable mention from 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 also broke the GSW 18-hole scoring record with a Round 1 score of 64 (8-under par) 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-under).

To read more about Vincent’s season and the PING honorees, click here.

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Students sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers

Nine GSW students were recently sworn in as volunteers with the Southwest Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). As CASA volunteers, students will advocate on the behalf of abused and neglected children in the region. Pictured are Psychology and Sociology Internship Coordinator Judy Orton Grissett, Ph.D., and CASA volunteers Allie Ochoa, Madason Messer, Hannah McCain, Ajasah Burkes, Ashley Sheyenne Dudding and Nancy Jimenez. Not pictured are Hannah Smith, Rachel Cochran and Ariana Reid.

For more information about the CASA program, including how to become a volunteer, please visit their website or call (229) 931-4488.

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Another school record as 102 student-athletes make PBC Presidential Honor Roll

GSW placed 102 student-athletes on the 2017-18 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll recently released by the league office. This year's mark eclipses the previous school record of 84 honorees set in 2015-16.

"We are extremely proud of these student-athletes," GSW Associate Athletic Director Christie Ward said. "Their dedication to their sport and to their academic excellence never ceases to amaze me. They are truly committed to embracing the Division II model of Life in the Balance, and it is clearly displayed by how they excel not only on the field or court, but also in the classroom."

The Presidential Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes at the 12 Peach Belt member institutions who had a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year.

To read more about this honor and see the full list of honorees, click here.

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Kappa Delta planning annual fall events

GSW’s Kappa Delta chapter is busy planning their annual fall events. The 2nd Annual Just Wingin’ It event, to be held on November 3, will include live music from Fletch and Friends, cornhole, food and a wing-eating contest. Kids under 6 eat free. Tickets, pricing and more information are available on the Just Wingin’ It event page.

Kappa Delta’s 3rd Annual 5K Color Run will also be held on November 3. Each ticket for the race includes a running number, a pair of sunglasses, a color powder packet, a bracelet, two temporary tattoos and a sticker. Events t-shirts will also be available. Tickets and more information are available on the 5K Color Run event page.

Proceeds from both events will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA).

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Fall tuition & fees due August 6

Fall 2018 fees are due on August 6. You can view your account fees, authorized anticipated Financial Aid, and see if you owe a balance or if you will get a refund by logging in to RAIN. Once logged in, select the “Student Services” tab, “Registration,” and then “Registration Fee Assessment.” Scroll down to the very bottom of the “Registration Fee Assessment” page to see your account information.

A late fee of $50 will be assessed to your account if your payment is not received by August 6. You could also be administratively dropped from your classes for non-payment if your account is not paid in full by the last day of drop/add.

Payments may be made online with a credit card, debit card or electronic check here. Payments may also be made with cash, check or money order in person or mailed to the Student Accounts Office in the Marshall Student Center.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at

GSW partners with new service for student refunds

GSW has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements to deliver financial aid and other school refunds to GSW students beginning on July 2, 2018. This new program will allow you to deposit refunds to an existing checking or savings account or to a BankMobile Vibe checking account.

This change means that as of July 2018, refunds will no longer be issued to GSW Canes Cards (Discover silver swipe) or mailed out as checks.

To receive your refunds via BankMobile, please make sure your mailing address is up-to-date in RAIN, look for your personal code to arrive in the mail and via RADAR email, and select your refund delivery method. For more information on these steps, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at

Awards & Grants

Donaldson to be inducted into Concord Athletics Hall of Fame

This October, GSW head men's golf coach Darcy Donaldson will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Concord University, where he was a member of the golf team from 2003-07.

Donaldson was a three-time All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team selection at Concord, a NCAA Division II member located in Athens, W. Va. He was named the WVIAC Freshmen of the Year in 2004, the WVIAC Player of the Year in 2006 and earned PING Honorable Mention All-America recognition in 2006. Additionally, Donaldson helped the Mountain Lions to a 2006 NCAA Division II East Region Championship - the first regional championship for Concord in any sport - and a berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Over his collegiate career, Donaldson picked up nine tournament wins, including five his junior year.

To read more about Donaldson and the Hall of Fame honor, click here.

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Bob Woodruff Foundation grant will continue to fund RCI’s military caregiver program

After one and a half years of successfully providing a critical support system to military caregivers in the state of Washington, Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is pleased that the program will continue for the next year. The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) has announced a new grant to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI), which administers the unique military caregiver support program. BWF works to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home.

To read more about the grant and OFC program, click here.

New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Smith BreezeSuzanne Smith joins GSW as VP for Academic Affairs

GSW welcomed two new Vice Presidents on July 1. Suzanne Smith, Ph. D., is the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Smith comes to GSW from Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) where she has been employed for over 20 years.

As the new provost and VPAA, Smith will be responsible for the instructional program of the university and the daily administration of academic affairs for both faculty and students. She will serve as the chief academic officer for the university, reporting to GSW President Neal Weaver. Working closely with the president and an extensive group of campus colleagues, she will guide strategic planning and policy development as well as promote campus-wide academic initiatives.

To learn more about Dr. Smith and her position as VPAA, click here.

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Laura Boren join GSW as VP of Student Engagement and Success

Laura Boren, Ph. D., joined GSW on July 1 as Vice President of Student Engagement and Success. 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.

As the VPSES, Boren will be responsible for providing innovative and strategic leadership, as well as, administrative direction for student engagement and retention priorities across institutional lines. Reporting to President Neal Weaver, she will serve as the chief student affairs and retention officer at the institution.

To read more about Dr. Boren, click here.


Purvis BreezeLynda Lee Purvis retires as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Lynda Lee Purvis retired from GSW for the second time on June 30.

Purvis joined the faculty at GSW in 1991 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics before her move to the Office of Academic Affairs. She served as VPAA from 1994 until her retirement in 2012.

Purvis returned to GSW in 2017 to serve as the Interim VPAA upon Brian Adler’s retirement. She served in this position throughout the nationwide search to fill the position and the transition.


Teresa Teasley named Associate Dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Nursing professor Teresa Teasley, DNP, RN, has been named Associate Dean of the College of Nursing and School of Nursing Undergraduate Chair. Her new position was effective July 1.

Sheryl Venable retires from School of Education

Sheryl Venable, Ed.D., recently retired from the School of Education, effective July 1. Venable was an Associate Professor of Education and the Interim Chair for the Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education programs.



Cindy Holloway retires from Rosalynn Carter Institute

Cindy Holloway recently retired from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, effective July 1. Holloway served as the BRI Care Consultation Program Manager. In this capacity, she partnered with the Georgia Department of Aging Services to provide statewide supervision of an evidence-based telephonic caregiver support program through the Georgia Area Agencies on Aging.

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Kimberly Fleming joins College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Kimberly Fleming joined the College of Nursing and Health Sciences on June 25 as Student Services Coordinator. She is currently enrolled in online classes at GSW. Fleming is working towards her BBA in Management and plans to continue her career in higher education. She was previously an employee of Albany State University, where she held a position in the Registrar’s Office. Fleming has a one-year-old daughter, AnaKate.

Past Events

Second annual Windsor Classic a tremendous success

Brother-sister duo and Americus natives Joshua and Nikita Cherian recently brought the Windsor Cubing Classic back to GSW's campus for the second year in a row. Like last year, the 2018 event brought Rubik’s Cube competitors from across Georgia, Florida and Alabama to campus.

Read more about the June 16 cubing event and its winners via the Americus Times Recorder.


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