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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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