Press Room

April 2014

UWG Raised a Record $6.7 Million in 2013 (4/29/2014)

In 2013, the University of West Georgia raised a record amount - $6.7 million – through the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, private foundations, the business community and friends of the university. UWG receives this record-breaking amount as it looks toward a comprehensive campaign, the first in its history. 

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Dr. Jenny Schuessler named Dean of Tanner Health System School of Nursing (4/25/2014)

The Tanner Health System School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia recently announced Dr. Jenny Schuessler as the new dean. This announcement follows the almost 30-year career and retirement of current dean, Dr. Kathryn Grams.

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Bill Hammond Gives Donation to UWG Newnan (4/24/2014)

William G. Hammond, CFP® recently made a donation to the University of West Georgia Foundation to provide financial support for UWG Newnan. The donation will be used to fund facility enhancements and a portion of the donation will be placed in the Newnan Center Facilities Endowment.  

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UWG Among Most Promising Places to Work in America (4/21/2014)

The University of West Georgia was recently named one of the 30+ Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs. Schools were chosen based on factors such as salary, benefits, professional development opportunities and family friendliness. The list included schools such as Rutgers University, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, SUNY Cortland, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of Vermont and The College of William and Mary. The list was published March 27, 2014, in Diverse Magazine as well as on the American College Personnel Association website. 

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UWG Honors First African-American Student with Dedication Ceremony (4/18/2014)

 During 2014 Alumni Weekend, the University of West Georgia held a dedication ceremony honoring Lillian Williams, the first African-American student to enroll and graduate from then West Georgia College. Community members and leaders joined UWG faculty, staff and students in paying tribute to Lillian and her family through the dedication of a campus oak tree in her name. The oak, located on Front Campus Drive, is a reminder of her courage, strength and passion for education.

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Jo Ann Ray Honors Husband with Gift to UWG Newnan (4/10/2014)

Newnan resident Jo Ann Boozer Ray recently donated $50,000 in honor of her husband Samuel Teaugue Ray, Sr., to the University of West Georgia Foundation in support of UWG Newnan. The gift will be used to fund facility enhancements at UWG Newnan, which will soon be housed in the historic Newnan Hospital. 

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Delve into History at the Textile Heritage Trail Conference (4/9/2014)

The Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia will host the second annual Textile Heritage Trail Conference on April 17-18 at the Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Ga. The conference will include sessions and workshops on a variety of topics, from researching and interpreting historic textile sites to effective fundraising and marketing, all designed to help communities maximize the potential of their local textile history and use it to attract visitors to their hometown. The deadline to register is Monday, April 14, 2014.

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Alums Return for A Weekend of Discovery at UWG (4/3/2014)

The University of West Georgia is gearing up for the 2014 “Went West” Alumni Weekend on April 10-13. The event, themed “A Weekend of Discovery,” is filled with several events per day to remind alumni of why they “Went West.” 

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