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GSW names 20 incoming freshmen to the new President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program

GSW has named twenty incoming freshmen from across Georgia and Florida to the new President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program, established to honor the legacy of GSW alumnus and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

“Because this new leadership program is endorsed by President Carter himself, it was very important to GSW to select only the finest students from those who applied,” said Lynda Lee Purvis, GSW vice president emerita for Academic Affairs and program director. “After a thorough review of the 39 applicants by the Applicant Review Committee, twenty were selected. These students not only achieved outstanding high school grade point averages and admission test scores, they demonstrated exceptional leadership in their high schools and contributed significantly to their communities.”

Read more about the Carter Leadership Program and the 2019-2020 recipients here.

President Carter interview web

Southwestern Promise scholarship granted to nearly 200 incoming Georgia freshmen, funds still available

The new Southwestern Promise scholarship has been awarded to 188 (and counting) incoming Georgia freshmen and funds are still available for those hoping to attend GSW this Fall.

The scholarship program, established in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath, automatically guarantees scholarships of either $1,000 or $2,000 to beginning freshmen who live in a 56-county region of Southwest Georgia. Students living outside the 56-county area are also eligible to receive the scholarship and can apply at

GSW hopes this new program will lessen the financial strain of college for many high school students in the region who may have been impacted by the storm.

Nick Cohen, a scholarship recipient from Baconton and an inaugural member of the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program, said his family was affected by Hurricane Michael with a power outage for two weeks. “When I realized GSW was offering the Promise scholarship, I immediately considered applying and am so glad I did. Even though Michael was a devastating storm, I am thankful this scholarship was created and I know my family is as well.”

Learn more about the Southwestern Promise scholarship here.

GSW announces partnership with Chinese university

GSW recently announced a partnership expansion with Zhoukou Normal University (ZKNU) in Henan Province, China that will create a co-operative Network Engineering major in addition to the Human Resource Management and Marketing programs already established. The new program, managed jointly by the two universities, will bring 100 Chinese computer science students to study at GSW each year.

The program will begin enrolling students in Fall 2019 to study their first three years at ZKNU. In their fourth year, eligible students can enroll at Georgia Southwestern to complete the program in the United States. These students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from GSW upon their graduation. The first cohort of students are expected on campus in Fall 2022 with a new class following them each subsequent year.

“GSW is proud to expand on our partnership with Zhoukou Normal University which has proven mutually beneficial,” said GSW President Neal Weaver. “We can expect to see an increase in enrollment and revenue over the next few years. This partnership will also provide the unique opportunity for our faculty to teach overseas, and it will broaden the cultural diversity on our campus.”

GSW will send faculty to teach computer science and other courses in China each year. Overall, the courses taught by GSW faculty in China will account for more than one third of the courses in the program major.

Learn more about the partnership with ZKNU here. GSW  Zhoukou Normal web


GSW ranked in Top 10 Most Affordable MBA programs in the USA

GSW has received a top ranking as one of the Top 10 Most Affordable Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs in the USA according to Your Training Edge.

GSW’s #4 rank is based on the MBA program’s exceptional affordability and value. The list of 10 most affordable programs recognizes schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students seeking to further their education.

“We are pleased to be recognized as being an affordable option for MBA students who are also looking for an AACSB accreditation,” said Liz Wilson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business and Computing. “With no cohorts, no out-of-state tuition, and the flexibility of attending part-time or full-time, Georgia Southwestern provides an outstanding education at a great price. We are a great platform for students who are looking to take their careers by storm.”

Read more about GSW’s MBA program here.

RCI announces Caregiver’s Blend coffeeRCI Coffee

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) is excited to announce the creation of an RCI blend of coffee in partnership with Café Campesino. Named The Caregiver’s Blend, the new coffee is roasted locally in southwest Georgia and was made especially with caregivers in mind.

The fair trade, organic coffee is a lighter blend of Nicaraguan, Colombian and Sumatran coffees. A portion of the proceeds of the “Caregiver’s Blend” will be donated back to the RCI to continue the important work of supporting caregivers who give selflessly to care for others.

Purchase a pound today. If enjoy the blend and want to support the RCI, the coffee is also available by subscription at check-out.

GSW named 2019-2020 Military Friendly® School

GSW was recently named to VIQTORY Media’s Military Friendly® Schools list for its value and affordability. Institutions were named to the elite list based on their ability to meet student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, specifically student veterans.

Georgia Southwestern values the service that our military and veteran students have contributed to this nation and now gets the privilege to serve them in their educational success and connect them to the resources they need.

“Georgia Southwestern is honored to continue its tradition in being named a Military Friendly® School,” said Mandy Barr, military student advocate and academic success counselor. “At GSW, we are continuously striving to provide top notch services and meaningful connections for our military-connected students that will follow them beyond the campus.”

Read more about GSW’s Military Friendly designation here.

GSW claims #1 spot on list of Top 10 Nursing Schools in the state

GSW has received a top ranking as one of the Top 10 Nursing Schools in Georgia according to

GSW’s #1 rank is based on the nursing program’s reputation, NCLEX pass rate, tuition, and acceptance rate. Only schools accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) were eligible for placement on the list. These factors were considered by a panel-reviewed selection committee consisting of five registered nurses.

“We are delighted our CCNE-accredited nursing program has been recognized as number one in Georgia,” said Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “I believe our success is based upon four major factors: expert faculty, highly motivated students, successful alumni, and excellent clinical experiences through our partnerships with southwest Georgia healthcare organizations such as the Phoebe Health System.”

Learn more about the nursing program ranking here

Student Recognitions

GSW graduate Chris Avery one of two in Georgia to receive Jack Mangham Award for student internship at CBS affiliate Chris Avery Internship 2 web

Recent GSW graduate Christopher Avery was awarded the 2018-2019 Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award by the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE). The award is given to those who exemplify the characteristics of an outstanding student in experiential learning or internships, including work habits, high academic performance and good citizenship.

Avery was nominated by Sandra Fowler, GSW’s director of Career Services, for the successful completion of his summer internship with CBS 42 in Birmingham, Ala. in 2018. In addition to being recognized at the GACE Annual Awards Banquet on May 30th at Brasstown Valley Resort, Avery received a $500 monetary award.

“Chris returned to campus that fall excited to tell me about his summer internship experience with CBS 42,” said Fowler. “The internship coordinator described him as ‘a respectful young man who was courteous to others and eager to learn every day.’ His passion for experiential learning helped him develop and make significant preparations for his career.”

During his time at CBS 42, Avery was able to experience each of the many moving parts that contribute to a successful local television station. Avery spent his summer studying the techniques of local and national news anchors, honing his writing skills with local stories, learning about the production of broadcast television, becoming more familiar with common broadcast terms, and marketing for television through on-location shoots and editing.

“I believe my internship helped strengthen my skills in writing, broadcasting and shooting video,” said Avery. “I am honestly glad that I had the opportunity to work there and meet the people that I did. It opened up so many other opportunities.”

Read more about Chris's internship and award here.

Canes Spotlights Announced

Canes Spotlights highlight Georgia Southwestern students who hold leadership roles, are involved in extracurricular activities and excel academically on campus. The June Canes Spotlights were freshman Pre-Management major Jacob Peed and junior Early Education major Mariya Trimble.

Canes Spotlights are nominated by GSW faculty and staff.

Jacob Peed web square     Mariya Trimble web square

Carrington Price

Carrington Price featured in Fayette Woman magazine

Carrington Price, a junior Middle Grades Education major, was recently featured as one of Fayette Woman’s Women to Watch of 2019. The annual issue highlights young women in Fayette County, Georgia that are accomplishing great things within their community.

Carrington’s feature focuses on her involvement in high school and at GSW, including with the Zephyr tour guide, GSW Marshals, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Educators Rising, Humanicanes, and Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM).

Check out Carrington’s story on page 44 of the June 2019 issue.





New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Aaron Coombs hired to lead GSW Men’s BasketballAaron Coombs

GSW has hired Aaron Coombs as its new head men's basketball coach, Director of Athletics Mike Leeder announced June 10.

Coombs comes to GSW from Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he completed his first season at the helm for the Aggies. In his lone season in Goodwell, Coombs guided OPSU to a 16-14 overall record, and the program earned a conference playoff berth for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

"I'm incredibly excited to become the next head basketball coach at Georgia Southwestern," Coombs said. "The vision of Dr. (Neal) Weaver and AD Mike Leeder have created a culture of excitement, passion and an expectation of winning. I cannot wait to get started and help build a program that follows their lead."

Coombs took over an OPSU program that was 11-17 in 2017-18 and had just posted double-digit victory totals for the first time since 2002-03. Coombs' team built on that upswing with another double-digit win season, also going .500 or better for the first time since 2002-03.

"We wanted a coach who would continue to build upon our record of community service, the success we've had in the community, the success we've had as an athletic department in the classroom," Leeder said. "But we also want to build on the competitive success on the floor."

Learn more about Aaron and his hopes for the Hurricanes here.

Ted Norris promoted to Systems AdministratorTed Norris

Ted Norris was recently promoted to Systems Administrator in the Office of Informational and Instructional Technology (IIT). This position is responsible for the administration of enterprise servers and appliances.

Ted was born and raised in the Americus area and has been a computer technician at GSW for the past 7 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from GSW. Currently, he is working on a Master’s degree in IT from Kennesaw State University. Ted also instructs a Micro Computer Applications class for the College of Business and Computing as well as a group fitness boxing class on campus. Ted enjoys working out, reading, and laying by the pool.

Upcoming Events

  • June 27: STORM Day
  • June 27: Summer Midterm (Full Term)
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • July 4-5: Campus closed
  • July 5: First Friday
  • July 11: STORM Day
  • July 19: STORM Day
  • August 13: Move-In Day
  • August 14-17: Freshman Orientation
  • August 18: Freshman Convocation

  Find more events on the GSW academic calendar and on CanesConnect.

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