Press Room

April 2013

Professor Bob Powell Honored with National Award (4/30/2013)

The American Association of Physics Teachers has announced that Bob Powell, University of West Georgia professor, will receive the association’s Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT during the 2013 Summer Meeting in Portland, Ore.

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West Georgia to Host GHSA Soccer Championships (4/30/2013)

The finals of the 2013 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Soccer Championships are set to be held on the University of West Georgia campus. Matches will be played May 17 and 18 at University Stadium at Ra-Lin Field.

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Professor’s Art Featured in Dublin Exhibit (4/29/2013)

Professor of Graphic Design Joey Hannaford left the comforts of Carrollton to attend an opening reception for her new exhibit at the National Print Museum. The National Print Museum, which is located in Dublin, Ireland, houses a fascinating array of permanent and temporary exhibits related to printing and printed art. Hannaford’s reception was held on Tuesday, April 9, the evening before her exhibit opened.

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UWG Alum Named Georgia’s Principal of the Year (4/29/2013)

The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals recently named Dr. Brian Ridley, University of West Georgia alumnus and Haralson County Middle School Principal, the 2013 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year.

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Townsend Center Season Finale features Michael Kaeshammer Trio (4/26/2013)

This weekend, the Michael Kaeshammer Trio will close a great season at the University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts that has seen numerous sold-out shows. The trio, lead by piano virtuoso Michael Kaeshammer, will perform on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.

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UWG’s commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. (4/26/2013)

The University of West Georgia's spring commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, April 27 at UWG's Coliseum.

There will be two ceremonies, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be two ceremonies, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can also watch them online

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Honors College Names Research Award in Honor of Dr. Sethna (4/25/2013)

On Wednesday, April 24, the UWG Honors College announced that it would create an award named in honor of retiring president, Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna. The Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna Undergraduate Research Award will recognize UWG students who have shown exemplary success in undergraduate research through multiple publications or presentations during their collegiate career.

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UWG Donates Books to Local Community (4/25/2013)

This week, multiple organizations at the University of West Georgia participated in World Book Night, celebrated on Tuesday, April 23, by donating books to the local community. UWG’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society and the English education program of the Department of English and Philosophy partnered with Underground Books to present 100 brand new books to Mt. Zion High School. UWG’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion also worked with Ingram Library to distribute 240 books to multiple locations and organizations.

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Graduating Seniors Celebrate With A Last Howl (4/24/2013)

The Carroll County Alumni and the Young Alumni Council will be celebrating UWG’s 2013 graduating seniors with The Last Howl.

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UWG May Become Regional University (4/23/2013)

The University of West Georgia is excited to share the news that the current draft of the University System of Georgia Policy of Institutional Function and Mission classifies UWG as a Regional University – currently, it is classified as a State University. This draft policy, discussed by the Board of Regents at the April meeting, has not yet been approved by vote. It will come before the Board at a later meeting for approval.

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Professor David Jenks Named to Academic Fellowship in Terrorism Studies (4/23/2013)

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced today that Dr. David Jenks, a professor of Criminology at the University of West Georgia, has been named an “Academic Fellow” for 2013-14. Jenks will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

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Students Aid in Campus Beautification for Earth Day (4/23/2013)

The University of West Georgia celebrated Earth Day on Monday, April 22, with a traditional planting of 20 trees around the UWG intramural parking lot. James Hembree, UWG’s landscape superintendent, provided trees, shovels and mulch for nearly 15 students and staff who helped plant the trees.

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Sethna Honored with Formal Event (4/22/2013)

“My wish for you, and my wish for West Georgia, is to ‘live long and prosper,’” said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, University of West Georgia president, at the conclusion of a formal event on Thursday, April 18. His charge to ‘live long and prosper’ is the same now as it was 19 years ago when he completed his inauguration speech and started his journey as president. To say Sethna has inspired this motto at UWG would be an understatement.

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Final Week of Photo Exhibit, “Six Nights A Year” (4/22/2013)

A gallery talk and closing reception for the current exhibition in the Bobick Gallery will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m. Pulitzer Prize finalist and photographer, Chris Walker, created the featured exhibit titled “Six Nights a Year.” The exhibition is Walker’s 22-year social documentary series exploring the coming of age for rural Midwesterners under the lights of the region’s myriad, rural county fairs.

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UWG Honors House Named for Dr. Donald Wagner (4/19/2013)

On April 17, the University System Board of Regents approved the renaming of the University of West Georgia’s Honors House to honor the late Dr. Donald Wagner, the first dean of UWG’s Honors College and Professor Emeritus at UWG. The Honors College at UWG was the first of its kind in the state of Georgia.

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UWG Student Receives Scholarship for Study Abroad (4/19/2013)

The University of West Georgia Richards College of Business awarded Peter-John Goulbourne, UWG business student, the 2013 Dean’s Visionary Scholarship. He plans to use the $1,250 scholarship for a study abroad program in France.

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UWG President Awards Faculty and Staff for Years of Service (4/18/2013)

Almost 100 employees were recognized for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

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Annual Award Ceremony Honors Student Organizations and Faculty (4/16/2013)

Students and faculty packed the Campus Center Ballroom on April 10 for the 26th annual campus activities awards program and reception. The event recognizes student leaders and outstanding faculty from the past year. Scot Lingrell, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, pulled everyone’s attention to the podium at 7:30 p.m.

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UWG Hosts 28th Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival (4/16/2013)

Under the direction of Dr. Daniel F. Bakos, the University of West Georgia Jazz Ensemble will host renowned jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm as part of its 28th Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival. The event will be held at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by The Community Foundation of West Georgia and the Carroll Symphony Orchestra.

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Assistant Professor Named Juror for SEGD Global Design Awards (4/16/2013)

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design invited Cassie Hester, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design in UWG’s Department of Art, to serve on the jury for the SEGD’s 2013 Global Design Awards. This prestigious annual award program recognizes the best art that utilizes the environment around us.

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UWG’s Achievers Host Advocacy Panel (4/15/2013)

The Achievers Organization, a student group that focuses on disability, will host its inaugural Advocacy Panel on Wednesday, April 16. The panel will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Coliseum lecture hall. The Achievers Organization has collaborated with the Counseling and Career Development Center to host this event. The panel will feature several students who volunteered to share their experiences as college students and in life.

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UWG Hosts Speaker for Asian Pacific Heritage Month (4/15/2013)

On April 9, UWG’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted special guest, Li Wong, in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. His presentation, “Uniting Asian American Pacific Islanders through Media and Heritage,” discussed events happening in the Asian American cultures and the history of Asian American Pacific Heritage Month. Wong is currently the publisher for the Georgia Asian Times, the largest newspaper that covers the diverse multi-ethnic Asian Pacific communities in Georgia.

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Art Students Participate in “Print Big!” (4/12/2013)

UWG students will return to the 2013 “Print Big!,” one of Atlanta’s most unusual art events. “Print Big!” unites students from ten local high schools and colleges to celebrate the art of printmaking. Atlanta Printmakers Studio, a non-profit organization, hosts this annual event.

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UWG Shows Appreciation to Retiring President Dr. Sethna (4/12/2013)

The University of West Georgia sought to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, retiring UWG president, at the annual spring festival, aptly renamed this year as Sethna’s Spring Festival, on Thursday, April 11. Students, faculty, staff and even legislators made an appearance to show their appreciation for his 19 years of service as the president of UWG.

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UWG Debaters Ranked Among Best in the Nation, That’s No Debate (4/11/2013)

Holding true to its national trend, the UWG Debate Team finished in second place at The Cross-Examination Debate Association Nationals. The team of Damiyr Davis and Miguel Feliciano, both sophomores from New York City, topped off its season with a more than stellar performance in two national tournaments.

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UWG Student Alisha Contractor Named Academic Recognition Day Scholar (4/11/2013)

Out of the thousands of students who attend the University of West Georgia, one student, Alisha Contractor, stands out, and due to her extraordinary efforts, she has been named West Georgia’s Academic Recognition Day Scholar for 2012. Annually, each of the 31 teaching institutions of the University System of Georgia is asked to select one student for this honor, awarded by the Board of Regents and the Georgia Legislature.

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Honors Convocation Recognizes Scholastic Achievement (4/11/2013)

The 2013 Honors Convocation at the University of West Georgia recognized students from all colleges and departments for their outstanding academic achievement. Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG President, presented the awards.

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UWG Enactus Team Wins at Regional Competition (4/11/2013)

The University of West Georgia’s Enactus team shined at Atlanta’s regional competition on Tuesday, April 2. The undergraduate business students won the title of first runner-up, beating all but one other team. The national office for Enactus also recognized the UWG team in the prestigious “4.0 Club,” an honor awarded to teams with excellent advisors, students and community support. The Enactus team was also recently recognized by UWG for their “Outstanding Community Service” at the annual Activities Awards ceremony.

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Annual Awards Program Honors Students for Excellence in English (4/10/2013)

The English Department held its annual awards program on Tuesday in the Campus Center Ballroom to honor outstanding achievement by undergraduate and graduate students for the 2012-2013 school year. The event also spotlighted excellence from faculty members at UWG with the presentation of three English Teaching Awards. After accepting their awards, honorees were given the opportunity to give a brief speech about their experience with the department, while thanking their teachers, family and friends who helped them along the way.

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2013 Eclectic Release Party Showcases Student Talent (4/10/2013)

Stormy weather didn’t stop students from flooding into the English Department’s celebration of this year’s Eclectic release. The nationally award-winning Eclectic features stories, poems, art and music from UWG students. The release party was held on Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Hall.

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Office of University Communications and Marketing Wins National Award (4/9/2013)

The University of West Georgia’s Office of University Communications and Marketing was once again recognized with a national creative award for the “Go West” campaign. UCM, along with Mindpower, Inc., won the Silver Award for television advertising at the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards.

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Award-Winning Trio The Good Lovelies to Perform at Townsend Center (4/8/2013)

The University of West Georgia Townsend Center for the Performing Arts presents The Good Lovelies on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m at the Dangle Theater. Aptly named, the Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, best friends and refugees from solo careers that come together with an invigorating and upbeat folk musical performance.


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UWG Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month (4/8/2013)

UWG’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with special guest speaker Li Wong. His presentation, “Uniting Asian American Pacific Islanders Through Media and Heritage,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 on the first floor of Ingram Library. The event is free and open to the public.

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Creative Writing Guild Hosts Write-All-Night-A-Thon (4/8/2013)

Sleepless nights are usually the result of poor planning or time management skills. The UWG Creative Writing Guild, however, planned their collective all-nighter months in advance. Students showed up as early as 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, with pillows, blankets, laptops and snacks. Resident assistants teamed up to provide pizza for residents and writers alike, and the Creative Writing Guild provided coffee throughout the night and breakfast early the next morning. The event, which may become an annual or bi-annual event, was called “Write-All-Night-A-Thon.”

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Public Observations at the West Georgia Observatory (4/5/2013)

On Monday, April 8, and Monday, May 6, the West Georgia Observatory will be open for public viewing from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. contingent on the sky being clear. The observatory is one of the premier outreach mechanisms to the community and a major attraction for residents and students alike.

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“In Our Own Voice” Recognizes Counseling Awareness Month (4/5/2013)

According to Mental Health America, 54 million Americans suffer from mental issues. In honor of Counseling Awareness Month in April, the UWG’s Counseling and Career Development Center is hosting “In Our Own Voice,” an enlightening mental health awareness program on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The program, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, will feature a speaker who is personally living with mental illness.

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Emergency Room Doctor Provides Unique Insight during Women’s History Month (4/5/2013)

As part of Women’s History Month in March, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion held an event to raise awareness about the impact of violence against women in a presentation titled “Violence Against Women: Translating a Health Provider’s Perspective to Societal Implications.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Debra Houry, an emergency room doctor at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and associate professor in the department of emergency medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

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UWG Celebrates Community at Honors Day (4/4/2013)

Students can learn how to be important members of their community as part of this year’s Honors Day. “Community Leaders on Campus—Honoring the Community” will feature several 15-minute talks from influential community leaders. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the Ingram Library Nook. The talks will begin every half hour.

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Honors Convocation Recognizes UWG’s Outstanding Students (4/4/2013)

UWG will honor its top students on Tuesday, April 9, at its annual Honors Convocation ceremony. The university has cancelled classes from noon to 5 p.m. so that students can attend the ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. The Honors Convocation will be held in the Townsend Center.

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UWG Named Tree Campus USA Supporter for Second Year (4/4/2013)

The Arbor Day Foundation officially named the University of West Georgia a Tree Campus USA supporter for the second year in a row. Created in 2008, Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities for engaging staff and students in conservation goals and effective forest management. Toyota helped to start the program and is continuing to support Tree Campus USA this year.

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Students Take a Stand to Bring Awareness to Sexual Violence (4/3/2013)

In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, UWG students participated in The Clothesline Project by painting t-shirts with messages addressing the issue of violence against women. The shirts were displayed throughout the week along center campus on a clothesline visible for students. Shirts are available for painting until Thursday, April 4 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. near Starbucks.

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2013 Big Night Celebrates Undergraduate Research (4/3/2013)

Six remarkable UWG students presented profound research at the 15th Annual Big Night on April 2. From Rachmaninoff to the emergency room, the student presentations covered business, education, fine arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. Prior to Big Night, each of the six students won first round competitions within their respective colleges. Immediately following the presentations, certificates were presented to first, second and third place students in each college who participated in the research competition.

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CDI to Host Second Multicultural Book Discussion (4/3/2013)

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) will host its second Multicultural Book Discussion on Friday, April 5, at Noon in Row Hall 212. The feature book, “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, will be used in the discussion led by Dr. Gary Van Valen, Associate Professor of History.

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Atlanta Film Festival Comes West (4/3/2013)

Some of the best short films from the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival are coming to the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center this week. The screening, sponsored by the UWG Film Society and Film Studies Program, offers several short films that span a wide variety of interests.

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Roessler Retires After 10 Years of Commitment (4/2/2013)

UWG recently held a retirement reception for Director of Financial Services John Roessler for 10 years of service in the Office of the Controller.

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Release Party Celebrates Eclectic Spring 2013 Edition (4/2/2013)

The Spring 2013 edition of Eclectic, the University of West Georgia’s award-winning art and literary magazine, will be celebrated with a release party on Wednesday, April 3. All students, faculty and staff are invited to the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Recital Hall in the Humanities building. Food and refreshments will be offered in the lobby before the event.

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Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory Hosts Open House (4/2/2013)

Dr. Ashley Smallwood, new director of UWG’s Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, is opening the lab to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Guests are invited for hands-on experiences in the laboratory including an opportunity to participate in an archaeological dig, learn flintknapping and take a tour of the lab. The Carroll County Boys and Girls Club teen program will volunteer with the event.

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Imperfection at its Best (4/2/2013)

A 2012 trip to Wisconsin ended up being much more than a typical summer break for Joey Hannaford. The award-winning graphic design professor spent the summer in Two Rivers, Wisc. on an artist residency at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

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"Unleash the Power of Age" Promotes Sock Donation (4/2/2013)

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the annual Older American Sock Drive. This year’s drive, themed “Unleash the Power of Age,” is in conjunction with Older American Month, celebrated since 1963. The drive will be open until April 26 in Row Hall room 217 and the campus mail room.


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“An Evening with the Stars” Honors UWG Alumni (4/1/2013)

The University of West Georgia is pleased to announce that “An Evening with the Stars,” the 37th Annual Alumni Association Awards Gala, will take place on Saturday, April 20. The event will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Townsend Center for Performing Arts, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m.

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Students Learn Tips for Success at Motivational Event (4/1/2013)

The African American Male Initiative at the University of West Georgia hosted motivational speaker Dr. Earl Suttle in March. During the event, which was held at the Campus Center Ballroom, Suttle taught the audience how to achieve and maintain success in his motivational lecture session titled “Enjoying Excellence: Becoming the Greatest You Can Be.”

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15th Annual Big Night Celebrates Undergraduate Research (4/1/2013)

The 15th annual Big Night, “A Celebration of Undergraduate Research,” is set for Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. After presenting to their individual Colleges, six students were chosen to make their final presentations. Immediately following the presentations, there will be an awards ceremony and reception.

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UWG Innovations Among the Best in Online Learning (4/1/2013)

In a quest to find a positive shared learning space for UWG Online Faculty, Matias Marabotto and Dr. Debra Robinson, are staying at the forefront of innovations for online learning in higher education. The pair recently won the 2013 USG Collaborate Innovators of the Year Award for their creation of UWG’s Online Learning iApollo Program.

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