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Student Recognitions

KJDanielsAAMIKenneth Daniels named AAMI Student of the Month

Kenneth Daniels of Sylvester, Ga. has been named the February 2021 AAMI Student of the Month. He is a freshman Chemistry major that shows great potential in his field of study. Through the Georgia Adopt A Stream Program, he will be certified as a chemical and bacterial volunteer. His project will initially involve testing the surface water wells, monitoring wells, and Willet Creek (on the property behind the Lake House on the GSW campus).

Dr. Michelle Smith, community coordinator and trainer for chemical and bacterial monitoring will be serving as his research mentor. Kenneth will be monitoring water temperature, air temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrate levels, phosphate levels, and alkalinity of the wells and creek to build a profile of the water on and surrounding GSW. Through his total dedication to his academics and commitment to AAMI, Kenneth shows great promise to graduate and becoming an outstanding chemist.

LSAMP Scholars and Faculty participate in the SWGA LSAMP Alliance Summit 2021

Isabel Alcantar (right), Kenneth Daniels, and Montavius Russell, GSW scholars in the Southwest Georgia LSAMP Alliance, as well as Dr. Samuel Peavy, professor of geology, and Dr. Michele Smith, Isabel Alcantarprofessor of chemistry, attended the SWGA LSAMP Alliance Summit 2021. The conference was held virtually on February 26-27, 2021. The keynote speaker was Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Virginia Union University. The conference included presenters sharing success stories, interactive sessions for undergraduate students preparing for a future STEM career or graduate program, networking and mentoring opportunities, and a virtual poster session. Scholars also conducted an experiment with an enzyme catalyase to determine the effects of both temperature and concentration on the rate of a reaction.  The scholars at each of the attending institutions were then tasked with presenting their findings collectlively.

Isabel presented a poster “Interactions Between Bacteria in Soil” during the virtual poster session. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-1817519 and was performed under the direction of Dr. Anh-Hue Tu, professor of biology.

Dante Tatum named to NCAA Division II All-South First Team

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Monday the 2020 NABC Coaches' Division II All-District teams and coaches, recognizing the best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes and coaches in the division. Georgia Southwestern State University junior guard Donte Tatum was named to the South District first team.

An All-Peach Belt Conference first team selection, Tatum started all 17 games and led the Hurricanes with 18.4 points per game. He was second on the team with 6.1 rebounds per game while averaging 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Tatum finished the season with nine 20-plus scoring games and a team-high four double-doubles. He turned in his best scoring night of the season with 27 points in the NCAA tournament against Lee University. He finished the season fifth in the PBC with 18.2 points per game and sixth with a 55.7 field goal average.

Tatum, a native of Raleigh, N.C., becomes the second Georgia Southwestern player to earn a postseason award from the NABC during the program's NCAA era. Phillip Brown was named an NABC All-American following the 2010-11 season.   

Member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division II selected and voted on the 89 student-athletes named to the 2020 All-District teams.

To view the press release from the NABC, click here.

Priscilla MerrittPriscilla Merritt receives Golden Apple Award

On Tuesday, March 9, Ms. Priscilla Merritt, 4th grade ELA teacher at Sumter Intermediate School and current GSW graduate student, was presented the Kinetic Credit Golden Apple Award by WRBL News 3.  Ms. Merritt was nominated by one of her ELA students, Anayla Phillips, who said, “Ms. Merritt is nice, caring and never late for class!” The class and staff also joined Ms. Merritt in her celebration. The Kinetic Credit Golden Apple Award is presented weekly during the school year. The recipient of the award is featured on WRBL News 3. Ms. Merritt is also a 2019 graduate of Georgia Southwestern.

Tucker Smith named Southeast Region Pitcher of the Week

Georgia Southwestern State University senior right-hander Tucker Smith has been named the Southeast Region Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

The reigning Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, Smith pitched a complete-game shutout in a 2-0 win over Young Harris College in his lone appearance last week. The senior scattered nine hits and one walk while striking out eight to extend his scoreless streak to 16 2/3 innings, all against conference opponents. The complete game was one of only five in the Peach Belt so far this season and the second complete-game shutout. He has a 0.00 ERA in two conference starts and sixth in strikeouts in PBC games. This is the first NCBWA weekly award earned by a GSW player.

Read more here.

Jamey Fowler is the March Canes Spotlight

Canes Spotlights highlight Georgia Southwestern students who hold leadership roles, are involved in extracurricular activities and/or excel academically in their degree programs. The March Canes Spotlight was Senior human resources management major Jamey Fowler.

Canes Spotlights are nominated by GSW faculty and staff.


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