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President Weaver launches new campus podcast

President Neal Weaver recently launched a new podcast that highlights GSW news and issues. The first episode includes the latest issue of the "Aeolian" magazine, current enrolment statistics, campus renovation projects and the upcoming GA legislative session.

“We are very excited to launch what we hope is a new communication channel here on campus for all of our faculty and staff of Georgia Southwestern, and maybe a few students, who are interested,” said Weaver on the first episode. “It’s an opportunity an opportunity for us to talk about some of the issues and some of the things happening here on campus.”

Listen to the first episode on


GSW Writing Center consultants present at competitive international conference

Writing tutors from GSW’s Writing Center had two separate proposals recognized and accepted for the competitive International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Conference held in Atlanta in Fall 2018. The presentations, given by four GSW students and one GSW alumna, included original, qualitative research on issues unique to university writing centers as well as the larger field of writing studies.

This annual conference, the largest and most prestigious in writing center studies, brings together writing center directors and tutors from around the world to discuss groundbreaking work in the field.

“That our writing tutors were recognized as scholars contributing to the field is an impressive accomplishment,” said Lauren DiPaula, Ph.D., director of GSW’s Writing Center and writing studies scholar. “Not all proposals get accepted, even those from seasoned scholars and writing center directors, so I was especially proud of our staff. Their original research no doubt brought new perspectives to the work of writing center scholars and practitioners.”

Read more about the consultants and their proposals here.

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RCI announces new partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) is excited to announce a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and three new Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) sites that will be located at V.A. facilities in Tucson, Arizona; Temple, Texas (Central); and Fayetteville, North Carolina. These sites are the result of a dynamic new partnership between RCI and the VA’s Caregiver Support Program, and made possible by the generous support of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.

OFC is RCI’s signature military program. It is a proven, evidence-based program that provides support to the families of newly returning service members and veterans. Specially-trained coaches teach military families the skills needed to help overcome unforeseen challenges and cope more effectively with problems they never imagined. Caregivers who have completed the program report being less depressed and more satisfied with their lives, have fewer health complaints, and are generally more prepared to take care of their families. Those caregivers who are parents also report reduced anxiety among their child or children. Since its launch in 2012 with catalytic funding from Johnson & Johnson, OFC has helped nearly 850 families across the country.

RCI to hold Open House February 5

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving will host an Open House for the GSW and local Americus community next month! We invite all GSW students, faculty, administrators, and staff to visit with us and learn more about who we are as an organization, our programs, and who we serve. Please drop-in between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. We will have representatives from each of our caregiving programs on site with information about their work. We look forward to welcoming you for refreshments, giveaways and much more!

Student Recognitions

First Canes Spotlights of 2019 announced

Canes Spotlights highlight Georgia Southwestern students who hold leadership roles, are involved in extracurricular activities and excel academically on campus. The first three Canes Spotlights of 2019 were senior General Studies major Maggie McCoy, senior Dramatic Arts major Chris Avery and junior Psychology major Alli Keener.

Canes Spotlights are nominated by faculty and staff.

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GSW students sweep Albany essay contest

Three GSW students were recently recognized for placing in the Albany Museum of Art’s 4th Annual “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words” essay contest, sweeping the college division.

Kelsie Rey won first place for her essay inspired by “These Things (don’t just) Happen,” a quilt work by Jessica Wohl. Amber Greenhill placed second with an essay inspired by “Nebraska Farm House,” a three-dimensional piece by Justin Barker, and Cassidy Warren placed third with an essay based on “Little Italy No. 3,” an acrylic and latex on panel work by April Childers. Fellow GSW student Haley Jackson earned an honorable mention for her essay.

Read more about the essay contest and winners from the Albany Herald.

Essay Contest

Statam and Trimble Named Top Performers in November

Men's basketball player Andre Statam and women's basketball player Marya Trimble have been named the GSW Department of Athletics top performers for the month of December.

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

Learn more about Morgan and Towells here. 



Article by Grissett and Huffman published in international journal

Dr. Judy Orton Grissett, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Charles Huffman, Professor of Psychology published an article titled "An Open versus Traditional Psychology Textbook: Student Performance, Perceptions, and Use" in the most recent issue of the international journal Psychology Learning and Teaching. Their publication is part of a special edition on the impact of open materials in the psychology classroom. A link to the article can be found here

Grissett and Huffman     Grissett and Huffman Journal

New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

SidWalkerSid Walker joins Office of Recruitment and Admissions

Sid Walker, known to many on campus as “Sid the Kid,” joined the Office of Recruitment and Admissions effective January 2, 2019. In his role as Multicultural Admissions Recruiter, Sid will guide prospective students through the admissions process, advise students about programs and courses and represent GSW at high schools, fairs and events in an effort to recruit a diverse student body.

A native of Decatur, Georgia, Sid recently graduated from GSW in December 2018 as a Political Science/Pre-Law major with a minor in Sociology. He previously earned an Associate degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Sid notes that his studies in political science at GSW showed him power of difference. He believes that diversity in any institution fosters success.

George Banketas named Reporting and Data Management Specialist

George Banketas II recently joined GSW as the new Reporting and Data Management Specialist.  George is a GSW alum with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a long-time resident of Cordele, and is an avid runner and cyclist.

George Banketas

RCI welcomes three new hires

RCI welcomed three new hires with the start of the New Year! Each of these ladies will serve as Caregiver Coaches for RCI’s signature military program, Operation Family Caregiver, at our three new V.A. sites in Texas, Arizona, and North Carolina. We enjoyed having all three of them on campus with us last week for training! Pictured left to right are new hire NoraZoe Woolridge (Tucson, AZ), RCI staff member Katherine Nance, new hire Patricia Mix (Temple, TX) and new hire Jessica Maples (Fayetteville, NC).

RCI New OFC Coaches

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