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GSW “Takes Tomorrow by Storm” with first comprehensive branding campaign

For the first time in its history, GSW launched a comprehensive branding campaign. GSW-Primary-Logo-2COn Thursday, October 4, the University launched the new brand – “Take Tomorrow by Storm” – complete with a fresh new logo.

Capturing the power of the GSW brand story was no small task. In partnership with the ad agency Tailfin out of Atlanta, GSW’s branding development process gathered wide-ranging research which included feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community through focus groups, phone interviews and online surveys. In total, more than 1,300 members of the GSW community contributed, helping develop the University’s new brand story.

“I liked this process because it came from our people,” said GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. “We talked to our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members and they told us ‘this is who you are.’ From their feedback came our message – we are going to ‘Take Tomorrow by Storm.’ We are looking forward to the rollout of our new message, and we hope you see it in your area.”

Learn more about our new logo and campaign here.


Dr. Neal Weaver formally inaugurated as GSW’s 11th president following week of Investiture events

On October 5, Neal Weaver was formally inaugurated as GSW’s 11th president during the Presidential Investiture. The ceremony included well wishes from state and local government officials, members of the GSW community and Weaver’s three sons. Weaver was presented his presidential medallion by University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Steve Wrigley, Ph.D., and gave his inaugural address. Watch the full ceremony on GSW’s YouTube channel.

The Investiture ceremony was the culmination of a week-long celebration that focused on the Investiture theme: Gaining Momentum: Storming Into a New Era. that included numerous on-campus events, including the student service projects, the Griffin Bell Convocation with GSW alumna and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jaha Dukureh, the ‘Glow Canes’ Golf Cart Parade & Glow Party, the GSW brand reveal and SurgeFest Music Festival. Find photos from all Investiture Week events on GSW’s Facebook page and using #StormingIntoANewEra.



Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving names Jennifer Olsen as executive director

Following a nationwide search by GSW, Jennifer Olsen, DrPH, has been hired as the new executive director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) effective October 1, 2018. She will replace Brian Adler, Ph.D., retired GSW provost, who has served as interim executive director since Leisa Easom, Ph.D., left the position in June 2018 to lead GSW’s Long-Term Care Management program.

Olsen is a public health advisor with 18 years of experience in epidemiology, emergency management and public health technology. She has previously worked with Skoll Global Threats Fund in San Francisco, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in Washington, D.C., and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in Fort Belvoir, Va. Over the course of her career, Olsen has established a reputation for developing and operationalizing cross-sector partnerships to solve health challenges. This expertise will serve her well as she joins RCI, which is devoted to supporting caregivers, an enormous public health need that continues to grow even greater.

“I am excited to join RCI and build upon the Institute’s 31 years of amazing work supporting caregivers,” said Olsen. “I look forward to helping share the great research and resources the Institute has already developed with more caregivers in more places, and developing new tools to help the caregivers of today and tomorrow.”

Learn more about Olsen’s new position here.

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First Preview Day of the year set for November 10

Our first Preview Day of the 2018-2019 year is set for November 10. Two more Preview Days follow in the spring on January 26 and April 6. Learn more about Preview Days here or by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Awards & Grants

Oris Bryant Book Scholarship winners announced

Please join GSW Staff Senate in congratulating the recipients of the Fall 2018 Oris Bryant Book Scholarship: Jonathan Hobbs, enrolled at Kennesaw State University and Michele McKie, enrolled at Valdosta State University. The purpose of the scholarship is to support currently employed Georgia Southwestern State University staff members in their pursuit of higher education.

Each recipient was awarded a $50 book scholarship. This scholarship fund is named in honor of the late Oris W. Bryant, Jr., affectionately known as “Chief.” Bryant was an active member of the GSW community, where he served as Director of Public Safety. Scholarships will be offered again at the beginning of Spring 2019 semester. The GSW Staff Senate thanks you for your continued support and hopes to see you at a program in the near future.

For more information about the scholarship, contact GSW Staff Senate at or online. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 3pm in the SGA Conference Room.



Dave has chapter published in Routledge book

Associate Professor of English Anish Dave, Ph.D., published a book chapter titled "President Trump's Tweets on the Middle East, North Korea, and Russia: The Constructive and the Unconstructive" in the collection President Donald Trump and His Political Discourse: Ramifications of Rhetoric via Twitter edited by Dr. Michele Lockhart and published by Routledge. The chapter analyzes President Trump's foreign policy tweets related to the Middle East, North Korea and Russia from the beginning of the administration until January 2018.


Wynn presents at conference in China

The GSW Department of Visual Art's Center for Chinese Bie Modern Studies (CCBMS) co-hosted the 4th annual international Bie modern conference Creation Crossing Time and Space, in collaboration with the Institute of Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education at Shanghai Normal University September 28th – 30th.Wynn web

Papers were presented by; Professor Keaton Wynn and recent GSW Department of Visual Art graduate Caitlin Daglis, who is now a graduate student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. 

Associate Professor Judy Grissett also had a paper accepted and published within the conference papers.

Shanghai Normal University has published a book co-edited by Keaton Wynn and Dr. Wang Jianjiang, which is a compilation of reviews of contemporary Chinese art.

As part of this conference Wynn also served as the Director of the exhibition, Just the Very Moment: Bie modern China, curated by Professor Lu Leiping; which presented original Bie modern art.  This exhibition will travel to other university campuses in China before concluding the tour in Tianjin in the spring of 2019.

Professor Keaton Wynn was the awards juror for the State Fair Fine Art Show at the 2018 Georgia National Fair in Perry Ga.  Lecturer Justin Hodges and Keaton Wynn were also awards jurors for the novice photography competition.

Milestones, Birthdays & Life Events

Dr. Weaver celebrates 50th birthday with surprise party

Faculty, staff and students gathering on the MSC patio on September 27 for a surprise party in celebration of Dr. Neal Weaver’s 50th birthday. Guests sang "Happy Birthday” and enjoyed GSW-themed cupcakes from Dining Services. The party was organized by Kristi Weaver.

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Andrea Pinckard celebrates 50th birthday

Andrea Pinckard, senior administrative assistant at the RCI, recently celebrated her 50th birthday. Her coworkers surprised her with decorations on her office door, a birthday cake and punch.


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