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Cafè Campesino coffee now available on campus

The GSW community can now find Café Campesino’s locally roasted, fair trade, organic coffee sold by-the-cup inside the dining hall in the Marshall Student Center.

In an official ribbon cutting ceremony today, GSW President Neal Weaver noted that the Café Campesino Coffeehouse is a place where GSW students, faculty and staff like to go, not just because of the great coffee, but because of the great environment.

“The way they do their business, the way they source their coffee and the way they treat their customers should be an inspiration to all of us in the way we treat our customers, the way we treat our students and the way we serve our community,” Weaver stated. “GSW is looking forward to a long-lasting, and hopefully growing, relationship with Café Campesino.”

Read more about this new partnership here.

Cafe Campesino Ribbon Cutting Web


GSW recognizes 2018 graduates, welcomes home Americus native General Tom Carden, Jr. as keynote

GSW’s Class of 2018 took their final steps, and for some their first steps, on campus Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Fall 2018 Commencement ceremony in the Student Success Center. A noteworthy 426 students earned bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees.

The commencement speaker was Brigadier General Thomas Carden, Jr., the Deputy Commanding General of the Multinational Division South East, stationed in Bucharest, Romania.

“My hope is simply to remind you of your accomplishment and your capacity to achieve success well beyond your imagination,” Carden said.

Read more about the 2018 fall commencement ceremony here.

Weaver fall 2018 graduation


GSW unveils newly renovated Mauldin & Jenkins accounting classroom

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) recently unveiled a completely renovated accounting classroom in the School of Business Administration. The renovation, which included state-of-the-art classroom technology, new floors and ceilings, paint and a large wall mural, was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Mauldin & Jenkins, an accounting firm based in Atlanta.

Guests at the November 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony included GSW faculty and staff, members of the GSW Foundation, and Mauldin & Jenkins partners, Hanson Borders, Elton Wolf and Doug Moses. Moses, a GSW alumnus, also serves as president of the Georgia Southwestern Foundation.

“We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with Mauldin & Jenkins,” said School of Business Dean Liz Wilson. “We’re so thankful for all the internship opportunities and job opportunities they have provided our students.”

Read more about the updates and Mauldin & Jenkins’ generous gift here.

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Fall commencement photos available for free download

Photos from the Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony are now available to download for free. You may download as many images as you like. The GSW family is happy to provide this gift to you for your special achievement.

 To view and download free professional images, visit, and take the following steps:

  • Select "GSW December 2018 Commencement"
  • Select an image
  • Select “Buy” and “Add” to cart
  • Complete the “Secure Checkout” process (each image will have a $0.00 balance)
  • Download image

These images are free to download until April 1, 2019 before the gallery will go off line permanently.

Check out more images from lineup, decorated graduation caps and the ceremony in the Fall Commencement | 2018 Facebook album.

ELI students participate in community events

GSW’s English Language Institute (ELI) students were a part of four very special events held during fall semester. On September 8, GSW ELI students, international students and a visiting scholar attended the 41st Annual International Student and Scholar Welcome Reception held at Georgia Tech. Over 400 students, visiting scholars, Kiwanis Club members, supporters and Board members from AMIS, the sponsoring agency, attended the event. One highlight of the event was a performance by the Trey Clegg Chamber Singers.

On Saturday, September 22, a nine-member group went to watch the Atlanta Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies. This was also an event sponsored by AMIS. It was an exciting game to watch as it was the night that the Braves captured the division championship. Most of the students had never been to a major league baseball game before, so seeing the Braves win such an important game was an added bonus.

On October 23, seven ELI students and visiting scholars visited Furlow Charter School. They were invited to participate in “Mix It Up Day,” which gave Furlow students the opportunity to interact with people from other countries. The ELI students and visiting scholars spent about two hours talking and sharing cultures with the Furlow students in the school cafeteria.

Finally, on November 12, eight current and former ELI students and two visiting scholars participated in an International Education Week event at Sumter Intermediate School. This was a result of an invitation by Jimmy Moore, a current GSW student who has been doing his student teaching experience at the school. The students and scholars gave brief presentations about Mexico, South Korea and China and then spent some time talking to the Sumter students and teachers. Approximately 150 Sumter Intermediate students attended this event.

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Panorama event discusses activism in the age of social media

Panorama, GSW discussion series, organized a Windows-to-the-World accredited event titled “Activism in the Age of Social Media” on November 13 in the Nursing Auditorium. The event was attended by over 120 GSW students and a few faculty members. The speakers at the event included Dr. Anish Dave, Associate Professor of English; Mark Hubbard, a political science major; Dr. Evan Kutzler, Assistant Professor of History; and Dr. M. C. Whitlock, Assistant Professor of Sociology. The topics covered during the event were social media and the Arab Spring uprisings, social movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, history of social and political activism in the US, and sociological issues underpinning social media-led movements, such as the Women’s March.

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Student Recognitions

GSW students attend Middle Georgia State University History ConferenceHistory web

Nine GSW students accompanied history professor Susan Bragg. Ph.D., to participate in the 2nd Annual Middle Georgia State University Undergraduate History Conference on Dec. 1, 2018. Four of these students presented original research papers covering a broad spectrum of topics. Alison Beckelhymer (History with Secondary Teaching Certification) read her paper suggesting ways that the Eloise series (popular children’s books published in the 1950s) subversively challenged Cold War gender and family values. Amy Conner (Psychology/WGSS/Criminal Justice) discussed the emergence of the ‘Battered Women’s Movement’ from within second wave feminism of the 1960s and 1970s. Ekele Kamalu (History/WGSS) presented a close analysis of children’s literature published during the Vietnam War era.  Caitlin McMillan (Sociology) explored the importance of print culture to social movements by discussing ONE Magazine, a pioneering ‘homophile’ newspaper of the Cold War era. Larry Carroll (Computer Science), Chasity Higdon (History), Taylor Potter (Social Science Focus), Jaden Terry (History) and Hope Thomas (Political Science) also participated. Representatives from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Columbus State, Emory University and Georgia College and State University joined the group and their Middle Georgia State hosts, allowing GSW students to talk about ideas, research strategies and academic goals with students and faculty from across the state. Conference participation was generously funded by GSW’s High Impact Practice Opportunity (HIPO) Grant program.

Morgan and Towells Named Top Performers in November

Men's basketball player Jalen Morgan and women's basketball player Morgan Towells have been named the GSW Department of Athletics top performers for the month of November.

GSW coaches nominate athletes and vote for the recipients of the award each month.

Learn more about Morgan and Towells here


Olsen and Alston attend summits at home and abroad

RCI Executive Director Jennifer Olsen, DrPH, and training center director Gayle Alston attended The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2018 on November 13-14, 2018. The event was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar. WISH 2018 reflects the vision of the World Innovation Summit for Health, which is to build a healthier world through global collaboration.

Later that same month, Olsen was invited to speak on a panel at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s 3rd Annual National Convening in Washington, D.C. on November 27, 2018. The panel, Caregivers on the Front Lines, discussed the important role of caregivers in suicide prevention. 

Awards & Grants

GSW receives $15K grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to promote alcohol awareness

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is proud to announce the receipt of $15,355 to participate in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP). The GOHS addresses young adult driver crashes, injuries and fatalities, and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement this program.

With the grant funds, GSW iHelp Peer Educators plan to host workshops and events on alcohol awareness. The mission of iHelp Peer Educators is to encourage GSW University students to make healthy, low-risk lifestyle choices by promoting low-risk drinking behaviors, and educating students, faculty, and staff about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse. The University also plans to communicate the dangers of alcohol abuse throughout the school year by email and on social media.

Learn more about the grant here.

RCI program receives grant

Gayle Alston, director of RCI Training Center for Excellence, and the Dealing with Dementia program have also been awarded a grant from the RUPE Foundation that will provide our Dealing with Dementia program throughout the state of California.

Ward appointed to NCAA DII Management Council

Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women's Administrator Christie Ward has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Management Council with her term beginning immediately following the 2019 NCAA Convention.

"I'm extremely honored to have been appointed to the Management Council," Ward said. "It is a great opportunity to be a part of a very important group within the NCAA Governance Structure."

Read more about Ward’s new appointment and the Council here.

New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Debbie Ansley joins the Office of the PresidentDebbie Ansley web

Debbie Ansley has joined the Office of the President as the new Executive Assistant. Debbie has been in the banking industry for 29 years and comes to GSW from Synovus. She resides in Americus and has two sons, McKay and Michael.

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