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GSW accepts donation for Griffin Bell Conference Center renovation

On April 10, GSW accepted a generous $300,000 donation for the planned renovation of the Griffin Bell Conference Center from the Sumter County Development Authority. The updated design will foster local entrepreneurs with a makerspace and will serve as a venue for social functions and conferences.

“One day I hope to be able to join something like this and really just foster some of the creative ideas I have. I want to do photography. I really enjoy graphic design, so just anything like that,” said GSW student Brandy Britt.

Learn more about the project here and watch WALB’s coverage of the check presentation here.

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2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium highlights student research

GSW hosted its 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 13 featuring student research. Students from a variety of majors and fields shared their research projects in oral presentations and poster presentations. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Elisabeth Elder, former GSW professor and Biology Chair.

Those recognized at the award ceremony were:

  • Andrew Pless was recognized for the top oral presentation in the Sciences category with "Preferential Binding of Biofilm-Forming Bacterial Species to Various Surfaces Commonly Used in the Medical Field." His faculty mentor was Dr. Anh-Hue Tu.
  • Katherine Williamson was recognized for the top oral presentation in the Humanities category with "Cracker to Poor White Trash: The Origins of the Poor White Stereotypes in the Old South." Her faculty mentor was Dr. Evan Kutzler.
  • Celia del Castillo Torres was recognized for the Faculty Choice Poster with "The Effects of Social Media on Movie Theater Attendance in the United States." Her faculty mentor was Dr. Suzanne Conner.
  • Daniel Stephens, Brady Jarvis, Mikyung Kim, & Justin Wood were recognized for the Student Choice Poster with "Pressure Ulcers: A Preventable Cost to Healthcare." Their faculty mentor was Bonnie Gary.
  • Jackie Larsen, Amanda Gravett, Audra Goodwin, Gilbretta Greene, & Elizabeth Moody were recognized for the Speaker's Choice Poster with "Complementary and Alternative Medicine Compared to Opiod Use Regarding Patient Satisfaction of Pain Management." Their faculty mentor was Bonnie Gary.

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Students recognized for academic achievement and leadership at annual ceremony

Over 40 students were recognized for their academic achievements and leadership at the Annual Student Recognition Ceremony on April 12, 2019. Awards were given by each School and College, Athletics, and Student Engagement and Success areas such as Residence Life, First-Year Experience and Student Government. The winners of the Delores Capitan Writing Award were also recognized.

View photos from the ceremony and find the full list of winners on the GSW Facebook page.

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Wright named GSW Officer of the YearChelsee Wright

GSW Public Safety Officer Chelsee Wright was recently recognized as GSW’s Officer of the Year at the third annual Paint the Town Blue Gala held on March 23, 2019.

A native of Muscogee County, Wright has served the GSW community as a public safety officer for nearly two years. Just before she joined the force, a 2016 tragedy killed two local officers in the line of duty, including one from the GSW Office of Public Safety. The event where Wright was awarded formed two years ago to honor Officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith and raise money for The Smarr and Smith Foundation.

“Being recognized for this award is the result of all the knowledge and instruction that my supervisors have instilled in me,” said Wright. “I am just happy to be considered valuable amongst great leadership. This award makes me want to work harder, because it’s only the beginning of my time here at Georgia Southwestern.”

Learn more about Wright and her award here.

Peagler to serve as commencement speakerGeorge Peagler square

George Peagler, GSW alumnus and part-time instructor in the School of Business Administration, will deliver the commencement address at Spring 2019 graduation on May 8 in Convocation Hall.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Doors to the Convocation Hall will close at 3 p.m. For family and friends unable to make the ceremony, tune in to the live video at

Easom receives Applied Gerontologist Award

Dr. Leisa Easom, Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was recently awarded the Applied Gerontologist Award by the Southern Gerontological Society in recognition of a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging and significant impact on the quality of life of older adults. The Southern Gerontological Society is a society dedicated to bringing research and practice together.

Ron Clark webEducation students meet Ron Clark

A number of GSW student teachers recently attended the Ron Clark speech at SGTC and had the opportunity to meet Clark, a well-known educator who runs the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Education major Betsy Lucas is pictured here with Clark.

McKie awarded grant for to cover education conference expenses

Michele McKie, Director of Field and Clinical Experiences in the School of Education, is a local member of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG), which promotes “personal and professional growth of women educators and excellence in education.” McKie wrote a grant through the Georgia chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (Psi State) requesting funds to support the GSW Educators Rising Chapter. The funding is supported by the Elise Boylston Memorial Foundation and is available for educators who are a part of a local DKG chapter. McKie was awarded $1,500 which will offset costs associated with taking the students to Dallas, Texas for the National Educators Rising Competition and Conference in June 2019.  

Humphrey fellows 2019Sigma Theta Tau hosts Humphrey Fellows

On April 15, GSW’s Mu Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing hosted the Humphrey Fellows from Emory University. This was a Windows to the World event, and it was held in 2 locations – the Carter I lecture hall and the Administration Building. Eight fellows presented their research and work in addressing healthcare needs around the world.

New Alertus app provides faster response from Public Safety

The new Alertus app, launched in April, allows the campus community to quickly and easily send geo-tagged incident reports to Public Safety with the click of a button.

Find the Alertus app in the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store and use the organization code “gsw” and the organization PIN “canes” to get started.

School of Education hosts annual Teacher Career Fair

The School of Education hosted their annual Teacher Career Fair on March 5, 2019. The Fair has been a tradition in the School for more than 15 years with school districts from across Georgia invited to participate. Traditionally, the Career Fair is hosted to help the previous fall graduates and current student teachers to secure a job in one of the counties. This year, the invitation was extended to Fall 2019 student teachers. This change was made based on feedback from districts who wanted the chance to meet fall graduates to fill vacancies they may have in January 2020.

This year’s event brought in 34 districts from as far north as DeKalb County and as far south as Lowndes County and Thomas County. The Career Fair is an exciting time for our faculty as we are able to see the excitement our students bring to the experience.

School of Education hosts first Enhancing Educators Conference

The School of Education hosted their inaugural Enhancing Educators Conference on March 23, 2019. The conference committee consisted of Dr. Alanna Bowie, Dr. Chu Wu and Mrs. Michele McKie. The intent of the conference is to encourage local educators to share what they are doing in the classrooms with teachers around Southwest Georgia. Current GSW students, faculty, staff, and current educators were invited to attend. One participate (a current GSW student) wrote on her evaluation form that she “felt like [she] was being mentored all day!” The teachers who presented said they would promote the event more widely next year and encourage their colleagues to attend. Presenters came from Sumter, Coffee, Worth, Schley, Lee and GSW. The School anticipates this event growing each year.

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Slides for StudentsFisk published book on teaching with PowerPoint

Psychology professor Dr. Gary Fisk recently published Slides for Students: The Effective Use of PowerPoint in Education. This book focuses on the uses of PowerPoint in education rather than business purposes. Divided into two parts, Slides for Students discusses the history of PowerPoint, explores academic studies on the topic, and demonstrates how to design slides to best suit educational needs and engage with students to avoid the dreaded “death by PowerPoint.”

It is published by the University of North Georgia Press and is available for purchase at numerous online retailers. An online resource that accompanies the book is also available at

Student Recognitions

Canes Spotlights Announced

Canes Spotlights highlight Georgia Southwestern students who hold leadership roles, are involved in extracurricular activities and excel academically on campus. The April Canes Spotlights were senior Management major Thiago Elias and senior History major Mary Katherine McGarr.

Canes Spotlights are nominated by GSW faculty and staff.

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Vincent Norrman named PBC First Team All-Conference

Junior golfer Vincent Norrman (far right) has been named to the 2018-19 Peach Belt Men's Golf All-Conference Team, announced at the PBC banquet held at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine.

Throughout this season, Norrman picked up four PBC Player of the Week awards for a career total of five. He has four top-5 finishes this season, including a first place finish at the Hurricane Invitational, where he broke his own record, shooting a record low 13-under par.

Read more about Vincent’s achievement here.

Vincent Norrman All-Conference

Nicole MarchantNicole Marchant presents paper at Art history Forum

Nicole Marchant a BFA student in the Department of Visual Art presented her paper “The Mother Daughter Relationship in the Work of Louise Bourgeois as Examined through the Writings of Luce Irigaray” at the 8th Annual Georgia Undergraduate Art History Forum held at the University of West Georgia. Her paper was selected as one of 13 papers to be presented from Art History programs in the state of Georgia.

Tucker Smith & Shannon Gibson named Athletic Performers of the Month

Baseball pitcher Tucker Smith and softball pitcher Shannon Gibson have been named the GSW Department of Athletics top performers for the month of March.

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

Learn more about Tucker and Shannon here

Sigma Theta Tau recognized for community collaboration

In March, GSW’s Mu Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing was was recognized for its work in fulfilling the International STTI Presidential Call-to-Action to Collaborate. This award was given for their collaborative work in the community with the Migrant Farm Worker Clinic, Harvest of Hope food drive, the American Heart Association CPR for babysitters course, and the GSW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Jordan (JW) Walker receives MFA, Fellowship and Assistantship

Jordan (JW) Walker a BFA Graduate in Painting from the Department of Visual Art has received an MFA in Painting from Long Island University Post. Walker has also just been awarded an Art History Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship at Georgia State University where he will pursue a Masters degree in Art History in the Fall.

New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Justin Payne named Head Women's Basketball CoachJustin Payne

GSW has hired Justin Payne as its new head women's basketball coach, Director of Athletics Mike Leeder announced Monday afternoon.

Payne recently completed his eighth season as an assistant women's basketball coach and 10th year overall under head coach DoBee Plaisance at NCAA Division I Nicholls State University.

"I want to thank all of the people who were a part of this process," Payne said. "One thing that was really exciting about when I came on campus a week ago was the family atmosphere from all the coaches, from the administration. It was amazing. It was something similar to what we had at Nicholls. We know with that family atmosphere what you can do."

Georgia Southwestern President Dr. Neal Weaver agrees with Payne regarding what lies ahead for the program.

"I think the players will have a great time getting to know Coach and being a part of his program," Weaver said. "Our campus and the community of Americus, and the southwest region of Georgia will be thrilled and excited about what Coach Payne will be bringing to Georgia Southwestern. I look forward to watching the great things that are about to happen with our women's basketball program."

Learn more about Coach Payne here.

LaVerne Worthy retiresLaVerne Worthy Retirement

LaVerne Worthy, Professor of Psychology, is retiring after 20 years of service to GSW. Dr. Worthy is an alumna of GSW who graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1981. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from Auburn University. She was known for sharing her passion for behavioral psychology with our students. A noteworthy accomplishment was her leadership with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) group in southwest Georgia. The Psychology/Sociology Department appreciates her service to GSW and wishes her a happy retirement.

GSW Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell announces retirement

GSW Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell recently announced her retirement after serving the Foundation for over six years.  

Stephen Snyder, special assistant to the President for Advancement, will serve as the interim executive director for the Foundation while a national search to fill the position is conducted. 

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