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Georgia Southwestern mascot, Surge, celebrates 10th birthday

GSW’s mascot, Surge, will celebrate his 10th birthday on Saturday, November 16. First introduced in 2009, Surge has been a staple at numerous campus and athletic events ever since.

In honor of this milestone birthday, Georgia Southwestern hosted a birthday celebration for students, faculty and staff on Thursday, November 14. Community members are invited to celebrate with Surge at the men’s basketball home opener on Saturday, November 16. With tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to submit birthday wishes to be read by the announcers, sing happy birthday, and cheer on the Hurricanes with Surge.

Surge birthday

GSW partners with SOWEGA CASA for Angel Tree Project

GSW is partnering with Southwest Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (SOWEGA CASA) for an Angel Tree Project to benefit foster children in SOWEGA CASA’s service area. The goal of the project is for every foster child in SOWEGA’s 12-county service area to have gifts during the holiday season.

The project will provide gifts for over 300 “angels,” with ages ranging from two months to 17 years old. There are two Angel Trees on GSW’s campus, located on the third floor of the Student Success Center and the first floor of the Wheatley Administration Building. Those interested in participating are invited to visit the trees during regular business hours to adopt an “angel.”

For more information, contact GSW’s Division of Student Engagement and Success at (229) 928-1387 or stop by the third floor of the Student Success Center.

Angel Tree

Laughlin Recruits in Baker County

Dr. Mark Laughlin, Professor of Music, visited Baker County High School’s music program and spoke with juniors and seniors about GSW’s academic programs, Preview Days, scholarships, and the university application and audition process. The band, under the direction of Mr. Tim Beck, also performed for Dr. Laughlin.

Baker County band

New leadership program at GSW identifies students’ strengths, fosters successful college experience and future

GSW is implementing a new student leadership development program called CliftonStrengths for Students on campus to help students discover their inner talents, strengths, and gifts. The goal is to foster an environment for students to learn, develop and apply their individual talents to their present and future endeavors.

“This nationally recognized program will help our students tap their natural gifts and strengths to achieve personal goals,” said Laura Boren, vice president for Division of Student Engagement and Success. “Our motivation for this program is to engage students in their personal growth and eventually become a Strengths-Based campus. This effort contributes to our commitment to the University System of Georgia’s Momentum approach.”

Every student has the opportunity to complete the online CliftonStrengths assessment for free. This new leadership program is another approach focused on GSW’s commitment to student success through academic, professional, and social engagement.

River’s Alive Cleanup

Members of the Biology and Geology Clubs, along with faculty, participated in a River’s Alive Cleanup on October 4, 2019.  Students and faculty removed trash and debris from Town Creek at Magnolia Street and from the Bowen Property/Willet Creek on the Georgia Southwestern campus.  Approximately 175 pounds of trash and debris were removed.  River’s Alive is Georgia’s year-round volunteer cleanup program that target’s all waterways in Georgia and is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The mission of the program is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water sources.  The GSW clean-up was organized by Michele Smith (Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics) and Yonnie Williams (Department of Biology).


Students and staff attend Suicide Prevention Conference

GSW students and staff recently attended the 2019 Georgia Suicide Prevention Conference held at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. from September 23-25. The theme of this year’s conference was “Connect, Communicate, Care.”

Students Angel Griffin, Jared McAllister, Brooke-Kristen Roach, and Gabrielle Davis accompanied Alma Keita, Assistant Director of Counseling, and Angie Christmas, Administrative Assistant for Student Health and Counseling Services, to the conference. They participated in the student panel along with students from other universities. GSW’s students are pictured with Mrs. Betty Maxwell, Miss America 2016, and her husband Spencer. The group would like to thank Kappa Sigma Fraternity for their donation to Suicide Prevention initiatives, which covered the conference costs for the students.

Suicide Prevention conference

Sam’s Club COO inspires Business students at Georgia Southwestern

Business students at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) recently had the unique opportunity to speak with an executive from one of the country’s largest companies on Wednesday, October 23. Dacona Smith, Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Sam’s Club, met with one of GSW’s College of Business and Computing classes to share his story of success.

Smith, who started as an hourly Wal-Mart associate, discussed a number of business tips with the Principles of Management class. Smith also answered a number of questions from students, with topics ranging from his career and balancing college course with work to building trust as a company and presenting to company executives.

"Getting the opportunity to gain insight and wisdom about the world of business from someone like Dacona Smith, who worked his way to the top, was an experience that resonated with me on so many levels,” said sophomore pre-management major Jordan Busby. “The words he shared during his visit – most importantly his philosophy, 'You can leave, but never quit' – will be a memory to take with me as I pursue a career that I can excel in."

Read more about Smith’s visit to campus here.

 Dacona Smith visits GSW web

Dramatic Arts hosts high school festivals

On the heels of Georgia Theater Conference, GSW’s Dramatic Arts program has hosted 3 additional Regional One-Act Play Festivals.

Students from 17 area high schools attended the Georgia High School Association festival on October 22, the Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools festival on October 29, and the Georgia Independent School Association Festival on November 5. Over 500 high school students, teachers and parents were on campus for these events.

LSAMP Scholars attend LSMRCE 2019 Annual Conference

LSAMP Scholars Awung Betanga and Nadia Ford attended the 2019 Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence Conference, held October 25-27, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of the conference was “Building a Diverse STEM Talent Pool: Classrooms to Careers.” The conference included keynote presenters sharing success stories, interactive workshops for undergraduate students preparing for a future STEM career or graduate program, networking opportunities, and undergraduate/graduate research presentations. Betanga and Ford were accompanied by Dr. Samuel Peavy, Professor of Geology, and Dr. Michele Smith, Professor of Chemistry.


SAAB hosts 9th annual Summit

The Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) held their 9th Annual Summit on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The Theme of the summit was “Breaking the Shackles of the Mind.” Speakers included Tony Lowden (opening keynote); Judge Dexter Wimbish (lunch keynote); Alicia Morgan Ledbetter, LMSW, CPS;  Ashley Morgan, LMFT, MAC; Alma Keita, Ed.S, NCC,LPC. The Summit panel was comprised of GSW alumni (pictured below), including Christopher Michael Austin, Community Center Directory for the City of Macon and Production Manager and On-Air Personality at WXFM; Dermaris Keeyon Battle, Site Director and Coach at Webster County Schools; Marcus Johnson, Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center at Georgia Military College; and Sedrick Swan, Director of Leisure Services for the City of Perry.

Some of the Summit attendees were from Valdosta State University and Central Georgia Technical College Macon, Warner Robins and Milledgeville campuses.

 SAAB Summit 2019 1     SAAB Summit 2019 2

Dramatic Arts to perform Baskerville

GSW’s Dramatic Arts program will be performing Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. The show runs November 14-16 at 8:00 p.m. and November 17 at 2:30 p.m, in the GSW Fine Arts Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.

Baskerville poster for print









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