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Dr. Weaver welcomes faculty and staff back to campus for 2018-2019 academic year

Southwestern Week recently marked the official start of the 2018-2019 academic year. President Neal Weaver’s August Assembly on Monday August 6 welcomed faculty and staff back to campus. The assembly included a review of last year’s highlights and achievements, as well as a look at the year ahead. Dr. Weaver's presentation is available here

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GSW Foundation awarded grant from Sumter EMC Foundation for student scholarships

The Georgia Southwestern Foundation was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 from The Sumter Electric Membership Corporation Foundation, Inc. (Sumter EMC) to establish an annual scholarship fund for students.

Two worthy students at GSW will be recipients of this new scholarship come fall semester. The students should reside (or family resides) in the Sumter EMC service area and have achieved junior or senior status in the area of science, education, nursing, business or accounting.

“We are grateful for the ongoing investment from the Sumter EMC Foundation in Georgia Southwestern,” said GSW Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell. “We are excited to have an annual scholarship to aid our deserving students. I look forward to hearing and sharing stories of appreciative students who will benefit from their generosity.”

To read more about this new scholarship, click here.


Hurricanes Season Kickoff event announced

The Canes 360 organization, in support of GSW Athletics, invites the public to a Hurricanes Season Kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. inside the Storm Dome on the GSW campus.

The Kickoff will serve as a recruiting event for potential Canes 360 members. In addition, attendees can enjoy a meet and greet with GSW coaches and student-athletes, a visit from the GSW mascot Surge, activities for the kids, giveaways and traditional tailgate fare. 

To learn more about the Kickoff event and Canes 360, click here.

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Give Southwestern campaign set for August & September

The annual faculty & staff fund drive, Give Southwestern, will be held August 15 through September 31.

Where will you give? Preview a list of funds here.


Nursing program seeking faculty & staff feedback for September review

The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) – a partnership between GSW and Columbus State University, offering the master’s program in nursing – is seeking a national accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with an on-site evaluation visit scheduled for September 26-28, 2018.

Part of the process requires feedback from GSW faculty and staff on the success of the program and its students.

The College invites GSW faculty and staff to provide written and signed comments to the CCNE before September 5, 2018, directed to:

ATTN:  Third Party Comments
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC  20036


Career Services updates include move to Collum Hall and fall programs

Career Services is continuing their move to the first floor of Collum Hall. The Suit Closet will be transferred over after fall semester begins. If you need to contact Career Services please email Sandra Fowler ( or Debbie Hobgood (, as the phone lines have not yet been rerouted. An open house for the new Collum Hall location will be scheduled in the next few weeks.

The Foundations in Finance curriculum 12-chapter version will also be offered again this fall. This program is provided at no additional charge to students. This year’s program includes a new feature with the first three chapters – Savings, Budgets and Debt – now being offered online. It is a turnkey program with videos, quizzes and student learning outcomes. Faculty, staff and students may request access via the Career Services office. An interest session date will be announced soon.

Career Services will also be available for classroom and organization presentations this fall. Presentations are scheduled on a first-come-first serve basis. Career Services also asks that no classes or presentations are canceled without informing Sandra Fowler.

To schedule a presentation, contact Director of Career Services Sandra Fowler at


Fowler selected to attend Locate South Georgia Leads program

Director of Career Services Sandra Fowler has been selected to be part of the third class of Locate South Georgia Leads program, an 8-month leadership experience designed to facilitate awareness of issues that are essential to the future success of the region, including Regional Identity and Influence, Workforce Development and Collective Visioning & Planning.  Fowler hopes this program will strengthen partnerships with employers in the region to provide more opportunities for internships and careers for GSW students.

Student Recognitions

Ryan Cahill named All-America Scholar

GSW men’s golfer Ryan Cahill has been named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the 2017-18 academic year.

A junior from Ascot, England, Cahill was one of two Hurricanes to play in all 11 events this season. He posted six rounds of par or better and finished the year ranked second on the team with a 74.65 stroke average as the Hurricanes advanced to the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals for the fifth time in seven years. 

To read more about Ryan’s achievement, click here.

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Golf program earns National All-Academic Distinction

The GSW men’s golf team has earned All-Academic distinction from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) for the 2017-18 school year. It's the fourth time in five years Georgia Southwestern has earned the national honor.

The Hurricanes were one of only 40 programs in NCAA Division II, and one of two from the Peach Belt Conference, to earn the honor.

To read more, click here.

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Lady Hurricanes lead PCB with five ITA Scholar-Athletes

The GSW women's tennis team earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team status and put five student-athletes on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list to lead the Peach Belt Conference for the 2018 season. 

Sophomore Charli Allen, juniors Kendall Crew and Celia del Castillo, and seniors Ashley Denby and Anneliese Leahy earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors for the Lady Hurricanes. The award is given to all varsity letter winners with two semesters at their current school and at least a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) for the academic year.

To read more, click here.

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Kameisha Smith named 2018 National All-American Miss City Queen

Sophomore business management major Kameisha Smith was recently awarded the National All-American Miss City Queen.

As a top 5 finalist in her All-American City Pageant, Kameisha has been invited to represent the Georgia court and compete for the prestigious title of National All-American Miss alongside other finalists from across the country. The national pageant for the Miss division will take place November 19-25 in Anaheim, California.

The national pageant requires participants to conduct themselves professionally in a job-style interview, introduce themselves on stage to an audience in a personal introduction, present confidence, poise and personality in formal wear, and make a difference through their Community Service Project.

Kamiesha’s platform includes combatting depression, mentoring youth, supporting racial equality and raising awareness about safe driving.

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Hurricanes one of three PCB schools earning ITA All-Academic Team

The GSW men’s tennis team earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team status and freshman Luke Eafano was named to the ITA Scholar-Athlete list for the 2018 season. 

The Scholar-Athlete award is given to all varsity letter winners with two semesters at their current school and at least a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) for the academic year.

To read more, click here.

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Awards and Grants

Peavy BreezeSnyderPeavy and Snyder awarded prestigious Hixson Award by Americus Kiwanis chapter

Geology and physics professor Sam Peavy, Ph.D., and Special Assistant to the President Stephen Snyder were recently awarded the prestigious George F. Hixson Award by the Americus chapter of the Kiwanis Club. The award goes to members who contribute significantly to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.



MonstersBryan published in volume exploring monster in media

Professor of English Genie Bryan, Ph.D., recently had a chapter published in an edited volume. The book, Monsters of Film, Fiction, and Fable: The Cultural Links between the Human and Inhuman, includes 19 essays that “explore the place and function of the monstrous in a variety of media...” and was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK). Bryan’s chapter is titled “The Dragon Fights Back: Dracula's 21st Century Enlightened, Bloody, and Unapologetic Response."


Bryan to present at pop culture conference in September

Professor of English Genie Bryan, Ph.D., will be presenting a paper in October at The Popular Culture Association in the South (PCAS) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bryan’s paper, “’We’re All Born Wrong’”: The Fallen in the Postlapsarian World of Andy Davidson’s Modern Gothic Horror In The Valley of the Sun, explores themes of humanity, darkness and what happens to our humanity in a fallen world is the big question in modern Gothic horror.

Bryan’s paper delves into the work of author Andy Davidson, who visited GSW’s campus in September 2017 for a reading and a student workshop.


Yemelyanov chairs section and makes presentations at International conference in Orlando

Professor of the School of Computing and Mathematics Alexander Yemelyanov, Ph.D., was a chair of Systemic-Structural Activity Theory section at the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2018) that was held July 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.  He presented two research papers: “Decision support of mental model formation in self-regulation process of goal-directed decision-making under uncertainty and risk” and “Express Decision – mobile application for quick decisions: An overview of implementations” (with co-authors Associate Professor of the School of Computing and Mathematics Simon Baev, Ph.D., and Alla Yemelyanov, Ph.D., of IIT). Both papers were published in the series “Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing”, vol. 775, Springer publisher, 2018. Find more information about the AHFE 2018 conference here.

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GSW faculty presents at 42nd annual CAPASUS conference

Associate professor of education Chuchu Wu, Ph.D., served as president of the Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States (CAPASUS) for 2017-2018. CAPASUS is composed of Taiwanese experts and scholars from all fields from a variety of fields who live in the southeastern US. The organization has dedicated 42 years to improving the diplomatic relations between the Republic of China (ROC) and the US, providing opportunities for both sides’ scholars and experts to exchange their experiences and opinions to enhance skills and technologies and serving the local overseas Chinese community.

This year, under the leadership of Wu, the conference staff organized the 42nd annual meeting and international conference on “Neuroscience and Kids, Intergenerational Parenting, and Healthy Aging” at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta on August 3-5. Hundreds of scholars, guests and local media attended this event.

This international conference included presentations from 13 scholars from nine different American and Taiwanese universities, including GSW, Syracuse University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Emory University, Gordon State University, Taiwan Yang-Ming University and Taiwan Central University. In addition, the directors of LaughActive Atlanta and Georgia Parent Infant Network for Educational Services also presented their specialties at the conference. The conference was well-received by the audience and was successfully completed on August 5.

Three of the 17 presentations were given by GSW faculty. Psychology professor Ellen Cotter, Ph.D., explored several aspects of mental health and social functioning in teenagers, with a goal of giving parents and professionals who work with teenagers some practical suggestions for successful interactions. Topics included brain development and its ties to emotional reactions, signs of depression, the effects of social media on teenagers’ mental health and self-esteem, and strategies for minimizing conflict with teenagers.

Assistant professor of education Xiaodi Zhou, Ph.D., shared his personal experience and journey of finding his own personal and cultural identity. He shared how he transitioned from seeing himself as white, yearning to be white, and feeling shame towards his Chinese ancestry to now more closely identifying with his heritage.

Associate professor of visual arts Keaton Wynn examined the Bie modern theory in his presentation. This theory was developed by Dr. Wang Jianjiang and created a useful platform for Chinese scholars to engage contemporary culture from a Chinese perspective on their own terms. He pointed out that this new Chinese cultural voice can be seen in the work of Contemporary Chinese artists such as Cao Fei.

The audience feedback included lots of interesting questions and comments. The conference will be featured in Atlanta-area newspapers and on the Asian American community’s social media.



New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Jenkins BreezeDavid Jenkins promoted to Director of First Year Experience

David Jenkins was recently promoted to Director of First Year Experience, effective August 1. In this role, Jenkins will provide leadership for programs and services that support first year students’ transition to and success at the university. The director’s initiatives improve retention and graduation rates through the delivery of intentional interventions which empower students to succeed academically and personally.

The new Office of First Year Experience will oversee the dual enrollment program, the services provided by the former Academic Resource Center including advisement and tutoring and new student transition programs including new student orientation and welcome week.

Jenkins has been employed at GSW since 2001 and previously served as the Assistant Director of Admissions.



Robert Clark joins Department of Music

Robert Clark recently joined the Department of Music, where he teaches in the areas of music education and instrumental music. Among the courses he instructs are instrumental conducting, general music appreciation, elementary and secondary music education techniques and the University band. His research in music education has been focused variously on pedagogy, philosophy, perception and sociology. Recently, his studies have been published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and the International Journal of Music Education.  

Clark is a Georgia native, having been born and raised in Flintstone, and a product of the Walker County public schools. He previously taught for 12 years in middle and high schools in Jacksonville and Melbourne, Florida and in LaFayette, Georgia. He received his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University.

Work Anniversaries

Sandra Fowler marks five years in Career Services

Director of Career Services Sandra Fowler celebrated her fifth work anniversary on July 15. She has been at GSW since 2013.

Past Events

Coding Camp 1The School of Education holds successful summer coding camps

Students in Sumter and surrounding counties recently participated in Coding Camps facilitated by Mrs. Michele McKie, School of Education Field and Clinical Director, and assisted by Ms. Rachel Grimes, GSW sophomore, Ms. Katie Berry, GSW sophomore, Ms. Emily Abell, May 2018 graduate, and associate education professor Chu Chu Wu, Ph.D.

Students used problem solving and collaboration skills to create marble runs, code programs on the computer and play games requiring them to debug programs.

The first camp was held in June at Stewart County Middle School, with a second camp held in July in GSW’s School of Education.

McKie wanted to offer a coding camp to the Southwest Region because the opportunities for children in the area are limited. McKie specifically wanted to offer a camp in July to assist parents who wanted more options in the latter part of the summer. Stewart County Middle also requested a coding camp at their school and McKie was happy to help.

Upcoming Events

Welcome Week begins August 13!

This year, Welcome Week includes two week full of activities! Find the full schedule here.

Find more events on the GSW Academic Calendar and on CanesConnect.

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