Press Room

March 2013

UWG Announces Entertainment for 2013 Spring Concert (3/28/2013)

The University of West Georgia is pleased to announce that Neon Trees will headline the 2013 Spring Concert along with American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. UWG also welcomes special guest twenty one pilots to the concert line-up. The UWG Coliseum doors will open for the concert at 7 p.m. on April 19, and the show will start at 8 p.m.

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UWG Senior Earns Conference Academic Honors (3/28/2013)

A mainstay for the UWG Wolves basketball team for the past four seasons has been honored for his work on the court and in the classroom. Brett Seljak was named Thursday a member of the Gulf South Conference 2012-13 Winter All-Academic Team.

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Meeting of the Minds Ponders Meaning of Human Existence (3/28/2013)

The 13th Annual Meeting of the Minds, presented by the University of West Georgia Philosophy Department, pondered the topic of “Is There Meaning in Human Existence” to a packed audience in Kathy Cashen Hall on March 27. Some of the most famous philosophers of all time, including Aristotle, Boethius, Mary Wollstonecraft, Friedrich Nietzsche and Simone DeBeauvoir, made an appearance in the form of UWG philosophy students.

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UWG Students Invited to NY State Summer Writers Institute (3/28/2013)

Three students from the University of West Georgia creative writing program are among the 50 students nationwide receiving tuition scholarships to the New York State Summer Writers Institute in July 2013. UWG is the only university with three students receiving scholarships; all other universities, a list including Columbia University, Northwestern University and Swarthmore College, have two or fewer students attending the institute. The students were chosen from a pool of approximately 400 applicants.

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29th Multicultural Achievement Awards Honors Hundreds of Minority Students (3/27/2013)

UWG minority and international students were recognized on Tuesday for their academic achievements at the 29th Annual Multicultural Achievement Awards. The program honored nearly 400 students and 16 area high school students. West Georgia College alumni, Reginald “Ray” Moore, addressed the students and their family and friends with the keynote address.

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UWG Philosophy Program presents Meeting of the Minds (3/26/2013)

What would Aristotle do? The Philosophy Department is resurrecting several brilliant philosophers for its 13th Annual Meeting of the Minds. Guests include Aristotle, Mary Wollstonecraft, Friedrich Nietzsche and others, all portrayed by talented philosophy students. Students, faculty and community members are invited to watch these great minds in action at Kathy Cashen Hall on Wednesday, March 27. This event begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

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UWG Names New Director of Financial Aid (3/25/2013)

On April 8th, Dr. Philip Hawkins will join the University of West Georgia staff as Director of Financial Aid. With over 20 years experience in higher education, Hawkins joins the university after serving as the Associate Director of Financial Aid for Kennesaw State University.

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African-American Male Initiative Seeking to Motivate Students (3/25/2013)

The African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) Program at UWG will host motivational speaker, Dr. Earl Suttle, Founder and Chairman of Leadership Success International, LLC on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.1. The program is free and open to the public.

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Multicultural Achievement Program Presents Academic Awards (3/25/2013)

The Multicultural Achievement Program at the University of West Georgia will honor 399 minority and multicultural UWG students and 16 area high school students at the 29th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 26. The event, meant to recognize these students for their academic achievements, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

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Marrero named president of University of West Georgia (3/22/2013)

Dr. Kyle Marrero, vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, was named today as the seventh president of the University of West Georgia by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Marrero will assume his new post on July 1, 2013, according to Board of Regents Chair “Dink” NeSmith.

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Women’s History Month Program Examines Violence Against Women (3/21/2013)

UWG’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion welcomes Dr. Debra Houry as the keynote speaker in celebration of Women’s History Month. Houry will speak on “Violence Against Women: Translating a Health Provider’s Perspective to Societal Implications.” This program will take place on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Campus Center Ballroom.

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UWG Psychology Professor Explains Secret World of Children (3/21/2013)

“Why are we here?” – a question that parents often hear from even their youngest children. But should we overlook such a wise question as sheer curiosity when the basis of religion and philosophy are derived from the same inquiry? According to Dr. Tobin Hart, author and UWG professor of psychology, this type of question may be just one way that children experience a secret world all to their own. When children engage in this type of wondering, they are actually acting as philosophers open to a world with no boundaries. We lose this openness, as we grow older.

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Seats Going Fast for an Acrobatic Night of Cirque Zuma Zuma (3/20/2013)

The Townsend Center will host its first night of “Cirque Zuma Zuma,” on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. The act, titled “An African Spectacle,” was a 2011 America’s Got Talent finalist and includes artists from sixteen African nations performing an astonishing display of circus skills. Acrobats, lion dancers, jugglers, singers and gymnasts will join the stage for a spectacle of African style music and movement.

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“Beyond Differences” Spotlights Cultures at Annual Festival (3/19/2013)

The Annual Multicultural Festival, themed “Beyond Differences,” spotlighted a variety of cultures. Hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the event included a variety of dance, food and cultural displays.

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UWG Students Dominate AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest (3/15/2013)

Four of the five finalists in the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest are from the University of West Georgia. The public is asked to vote for their favorite design at www.ajc.com/peachtree starting today, March 15, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2012. Each person can vote once per day until April 30. The winner will be announced when the first runner crosses the finish line and receives their official t-shirt on July 4, 2013.

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Students Get Passports Stamped for a Journey into Public History (3/15/2013)

On Tuesday, several dozen UWG students gathered in the Ingram Library for a journey through history. “Passport to Public History: Come See What Historians Really Do,” allowed students to explore work done by public historians while showcasing a compilation work completed by UWG graduate students. The event, hosted by the Center for Public History, included six student presenters who provided in-depth presentations about their partnerships and research with West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail, New Harmonies, National Park Service and the Trail of Tears, The Regional Music Project and The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum.

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Finalist named for University of West Georgia Presidency (3/15/2013)

Board of Regents Chair “Dink” NeSmith and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby have announced the name of the finalist for the University of West Georgia presidency, Dr. Kyle Marrero.

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UWG Announces New Business Certificate Program (3/15/2013)

The University of West Georgia Richards College of Business Economics Department introduced a new certificate program at the Inaugural SAS Day on March 12. Students in this program learn how to utilize data analysis tools and systems from the SAS Institute. SAS, the world’s largest analytic software company, is used by more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies. UWG’s SAS certificate program is one of only eight in the nation, and it is the only one in existence that focuses on Econometrics and Business Analytics. UWG is planning to continue SAS Day as an annual event, creating opportunities for business students to network with professionals and providing them with career options available in analytics.

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Comet Visible from West Georgia Observatory (3/13/2013)

According to Dr. Bob Powell, Professor and Chair for the University of West Georgia Physics Department, the comet identified as Comet Pan-STARRS was observed from the West Georgia Observatory on Tuesday, March 12. If the sky remains clear, the public is invited to view the comet in the observatory on March 14 and 15 from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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UWG Professor Gives an International Pictorial View of Women (3/13/2013)

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host the Fourth Conversation Series Program on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Z-6.

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Visiting Artist Program Features Melissa Harshman (3/13/2013)

The UWG Department of Art hosted renowned Printmaker Melissa Harshman on March 6 and 7 as a part of its visiting artist program. Harshman gave a lecture about her work and her artistic process in the creative researchof printmaking and also created a limited edition screenprint with UWG students.

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2013 West Fest Features Corey Smith (3/13/2013)

Support the Carroll County Chapter of the Boys & Girls of Metro Atlanta by attending this year's second annual West Fest on April 20 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sponsored by the University of West Georgia, Greenway Medical Technologies, RA-LIN and other corporate leaders, West Fest is a family-friendly outdoor music festival for anyone looking to have a good time while supporting a great cause.

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Richards College of Business Hosts McCalman Executive Roundtable (3/12/2013)

The University of West Georgia McCalman Executive Roundtable met on Wednesday, March 6, to discuss the topic of community sustainability. Denise Quarles, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, facilitated the roundtable, a Richards College of Business bi-annual event, on Wednesday, March 6, in the Z-6 executive dining room.

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UWG Unites Cultures Beyond Differences (3/12/2013)

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) will host the 4th Annual Multicultural Festival on Thursday, March 14, at noon in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event, themed ‘Beyond Differences,’ will include speakers from various Consulate-General Offices in Atlanta.

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UWG Preps Students for Spring Break 2013 (3/11/2013)

The University of West Georgia is helping students get ready for spring break with Health and Safety Week 2013. Students will have the chance to collect prizes and information at this year’s activities. The event is sponsored by Wolf Wellness, University Recreation, Responsible Sexuality Committee, Health Services, and Counseling and Career Development.

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UWG Celebrates Student Researchers at 7th Annual Research Day (3/11/2013)

Undergraduate researchers are the focus of UWG’s annual Research Day on Wednesday, March 13. Students will compete before panels of judges in their respective fields of study. Each of the winners on Research Day will present their research on April 2 at Big Night.

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2013 Graduation Fair Prepares Senior Students (3/11/2013)

Students graduating in May are invited to UWG’s annual Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13. From 1 to 6 p.m. each day, students will be able to handle all of their graduation-related concerns. The Graduation Fair will be held in the concourse area of the Coliseum.

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Students Get a Passport to Travel Through the Life of a Historian (3/11/2013)

The Center for Public History presents “Passport to Public History: Come See What Historians Really Do.” The event, which showcases a compilation of student work, also offers an opportunity to explore work done by public historians. The showcase will be held in the Ingram Library on Tuesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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From Where Did the First Americans Come? (3/11/2013)

Ted Goebel, archaeologist and professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, captured the attention of hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members during his recent lecture on the First Americans. The presentation, part of the Department of Anthropology’s Waring Distinguished Lecture Series, was titled “Ice Age Peopling of the Americas: Do Stones, Bones and Genes Tell the Same Story?”

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Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Performs as Part of New Harmonies Exhibit (3/11/2013)

As part of the “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibit in Bremen, Ga., the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir performed a selection of folk hymns and songs at the new Hamilton-McPherson Fine Arts Center on Sunday, March 10. A large crowd filled the theatre to listen to the choir perform songs including “Georgia on My Mind,” “Go Where I Send Thee,” and a beautiful rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

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UWG Hosts Inaugural SAS Day (3/8/2013)

The Richards College of Business Economics Department will host its inaugural SAS Day on Tuesday, March 12. The event will showcase the university’s new SAS certificate. SAS is the world’s largest analytic software company and is used by more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies. UWG’s SAS certificate program is one of only eight in the nation, and it is the only one in existence that focuses on Econometrics and Business Analytics. SAS Day will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.3.

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UWG Alumni Establish Legacy Scholarship (3/8/2013)

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund, a $25,000 endowment to support scholarships for students of University of West Georgia alumni, was established by the UWG Alumni Association Board of Directors with a lead gift by Rob Dial, President of the UWG Alumni Association, and his wife, Emily Dial, an alumna of UWG.

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UWG Professor Provides Insight into Child Psychology (3/8/2013)

The University of West Georgia is offering an opportunity to better understand the inner life of children. Dr. Tobin Hart, Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, will be speaking on the “Secret Spiritual World of Children” at Sunnyside Café on Thursday, March 14. The event, sponsored by the UWG Alumni Association and College of Social Sciences, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with complimentary dessert and coffee. The program will begin at 7 p.m.

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Students Leave Good Impression at 32nd Annual Media Day (3/7/2013)

Students came ready for success at the 32nd Annual Media Day. The event, hosted by the Department of Mass Communications, was record breaking with the highest number of registered students and over 50 registered professionals. UWG mass communications majors spent the day creating relationships and absorbing knowledge from professionals in the field.

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Richards College of Business Students Share Experiences of Studying Abroad (3/6/2013)

Five University of West Georgia Richards College of Business students were recently awarded advanced certificates from the France Business School (FBS), formerly named the ESCEM School of Business and Management.

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UWG Hosts 300 Students for 42nd Annual Math Day (3/6/2013)

The University of West Georgia Department of Mathematics hosted the 42nd Annual Math Day on Friday, March 1, 2013. Over 300 students representing 24 area high schools took part in the mathematics competition. This year’s Math Day featured nearly twice the number of competitors and schools as last year.

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UWG Celebrates Congressional Gold Medal Winner (3/5/2013)

The first event in the Living Legacy Series, organized by the University of West Georgia’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, was a celebration of the exploits and legacy of heroes and forerunners. The event, which honored Congressional Gold Medal winner and retired Montford Point Marine, James Pack, was organized to mark Black History Month.

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Endowment Established for UWG’s Future Educators (3/5/2013)

The University of West Georgia Foundation recently received a $25,000 donation from the Jill B. Bryson Legacy Endowment. The endowment comes from UWG alumna Jill Bryson’s Scholarship Fund and was donated to UWG’s College of Education.

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Richards College of Business Offers Free GMAT Preparation Course (3/5/2013)

The Richards College of Business will offer free GMAT preparation classes for applicants to its Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) programs. The preparation sessions will be held on Sundays April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students must attend all four sessions which will be located in Adamson Hall at the University of West Georgia’s Carrollton campus. Snacks will be provided.

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UWG Welcomes Dr. Alicia Caudill (3/4/2013)

On Friday, March 1, Dr. Alicia Caudill began work as the University of West Georgia’s new Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Life. The position, a restructured position within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, replaces the title of Chief Judicial Officer.

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UWG Student Organization Provides Etiquette Training (3/4/2013)

Student members of the UWG chapter of Enactus, a student service organization housed in the Richards College of Business, were invited to attend an etiquette dinner on Feb. 21, 2013. The students received thorough instruction on proper table etiquette and then were asked to demonstrate their skills in a formal business dinner that included local professionals.

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UWG Geosciences Professor Receives National Grant (3/1/2013)

Dr. Bradley Deline, an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of West Georgia, was recently granted a $25,000 Research Opportunity Award from the National Science Foundation to participate in the Assembling the Echinoderm Tree of Life Project. This is Deline’s third year receiving this grant, which has allowed him to travel to natural history museums across the country with UWG student research assistants in order to collect data.

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