Press Room

May 2013

UWG Hosts Blood Drive Dedicated to Amy Renfrow Widener (5/31/2013)

The University of West Georgia Coliseum was filled with family, friends and people of the community for the American Red Cross honor blood drive dedicated to Amy Renfrow Widener on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

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USG Part of National Partnership to Explore MOOC-based Learning and Collaboration (5/30/2013)

The fast-developing world of massive open online courses (MOOC’s) has a new framework today with the announcement of a partnership among ten state university systems and public universities – including the University System of Georgia – and one of the leading platforms for MOOC’s, Coursera.

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UWG Mourns the Passing of Biology Professor (5/30/2013)

Dr. Joseph W. Huff, an Assistant Professor of Biology for the University of West Georgia, passed away on May 27, 2013 at the age of 56.

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UWG Student-Athletes Receive Conference Honors (5/30/2013)

The 2012-13 academic year was a record setting campaign in the classroom for UWG student-athletes. Those record numbers increased Tuesday as three UWG performers to named to the 2013 GSC Spring All-Academic Team.

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Seventh Honor rolls in for Jamie Sexton (5/24/2013)

For the seventh time this season, the name of UWG pitcher Jamie Sexton, the ace of the 2013 West Georgia pitching staff, has appeared in conjunction with an award. This time, it was with the Rawlings/ABCA All-South Region Team, where Sexton was named First Team.

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UWG’s College of Education to Host Learning Festival 2013 (5/24/2013)

The University of West Georgia’s College of Education will host Learning Festival 2013. This event is held annually, and this year marks the seventh year for this event. The event is scheduled for May 30 and May 31 from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. in the Education Center located on UWG’s campus.

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French Students Study Abroad at UWG over the Summer (5/24/2013)

This summer, 12 French students from the France Business School are studying abroad and will take courses at the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia.

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Ceremony Held to Name UWG Honors House in Honor of Dr. Wagner (5/24/2013)

Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered at the University of West Georgia on yesterday for the renaming ceremony of the UWG’s Honors House to the Donald R. Wagner Honors House. The house is named after the late Dr. Donald Wagner, the first dean of UWG’s Honors College and Professor Emeritus at UWG. The University System Board of Regents approved the renaming on April 17 under retiring President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna.

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UWG to Host Blood Drive (5/23/2013)

The University of West Georgia will host a blood drive with American Red Cross in honor of Amy Renfrow Widener on Tuesday, May 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Coliseum.

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UWG Alumni Association Announces 30 Under 30 (5/21/2013)

The University of West Georgia Alumni Association has announced the first top 30 Under 30 list for 2013. The nomination process for the 2013 list was completed on March 15, 2013.

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Sethna Named Regents’ Professor of Marketing (5/20/2013)

The University of West Georgia announces that the Georgia Board of Regents has named Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG, a Regents’ Professor of Marketing. The honor will be effective on July 1, 2013.

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Oscar-winning Screenwriter will host a Screening in Carrollton (5/17/2013)

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher will host a screening of his latest film “Violet and Daisy” at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Eighth Graders Explore Chemistry and Physics at UWG (5/16/2013)

From explosions and cannons to kinetic energy and trebuchets, the Chapel Hill Middle School eighth graders recently had an opportunity to see it all during a visit to the University of West Georgia. For a half-day, 350 students moved from various experimental sites exploring chemistry and physics firsthand through several engaging science demonstrations.

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UWG Hosts Reception for Release of Bob Barr Congressional Papers (5/15/2013)

The University of West Georgia hosted a reception on May 15 to mark the opening of former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr’s Congressional Papers at UWG’s Ingram Library. The reception was from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room.

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The State of Georgia Commemorates Peace Officers Memorial Day (5/15/2013)

In honor of the brave men and women who serve throughout all capacities of law enforcement, the United States Congress has authorized the President of the United States to designate May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.

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UWG Pre-Kindergarten Earns National Accreditation (5/14/2013)

The University of West Georgia Pre-Kindergarten located on the UWG campus has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

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UWG Dean Doubles Library’s Collection in Honor of Children’s Book Week (5/14/2013)

University of West Georgia professors from the College of Social Sciences spent their lunch hour today donating books to Carrollton’s newest Little Free Library. Faculty and staff in the college donated over 50 books for children and adults, more than doubling the little library’s collection and nearly filling it to capacity.

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UWG Students Receive Scholarships and Awards (5/13/2013)

The University of West Georgia Department of Mass Communications presented 10 students with awards and scholarships for their outstanding work throughout the school year.

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Wolves Advance to Championship Day (5/9/2013)

For the first time since 2007, a UWG team will be playing on Championship Day at a Gulf South Conference Tournament, as the West Georgia baseball team handed Valdosta State its first loss of the 2013 tourney, 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Cole Field.

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UWG Shows Business Owners How to Use the Arts in the Workplace (5/8/2013)

The University of West Georgia’s College of Arts and Humanities recently hosted a small business workshop on The Partnership Movement, an initiative designed to show businesses that partnering with the arts can build a competitive advantage. The free and public event was held Tuesday evening at the Burson Center with keynote speaker Emily Peck, director of Private Sector Initiatives for Americans for the Arts.

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UWG Professor Receives National Endowment for Humanities Award (5/8/2013)

The University of West Georgia’s Dr. J. Salvador Peralta, assistant professor of political science, recently received a National Endowment for Humanities “Enduring Questions” grant for over $21,000. UWG was only one of three universities in Georgia to receive an NEH grant this year. The university will use the funds to create a course that explores the enduring question: “what does it mean to be free?”

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Wolves among final four at GSC tourney (5/8/2013)

In a rain-lengthened 2013 Gulf South Conference Tournament, four teams have been sent home and four remain. Top-seeded Delta State, #5 Valdosta State, #6 West Alabama and #7 West Georgia will duke it out at Cole Field in Carrollton, GA over the next two days to determine this year's GSC Champion and automatic bid recipient into the 2013 South Regional.

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Barr Congressional Papers Collection Open at UWG (5/7/2013)

The University of West Georgia will host a reception to mark the opening of former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr’s Congressional Papers on Wednesday, May 15, at UWG’s Ingram Library. Barr, who will be in attendance, will begin opening remarks at 2:00 p.m. The reception will last until 3:30 p.m. in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room at Ingram Library. The event is free and open to the public.

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Memorial Service Held in Honor of Deceased Faculty, Staff and Students (5/7/2013)

The University of West Georgia held its annual Memorial Service on Monday to pay tribute to UWG students, faculty, staff and retirees who passed away in the 2012-2013 academic year. The service was held in the Victory Garden of the UWG Alumni House, where commemorative bricks where installed in the walkway in memory of the deceased individuals.

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UWG’s Center for Public History Aims to Preserve Textile History (5/6/2013)

The University of West Georgia’s Center for Public History is hosting a membership drive as an opportunity for residents to help preserve west Georgia’s rich textile history. The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail is a network of historic sites, community organizations and businesses that work together to preserve the area’s textile history and tell the story of the industry’s workers and their culture.

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2013 GSC Baseball Tournament moves to Carrollton (5/6/2013)

After two days of rain in Chattanooga, the Gulf South Conference is making a venue change for the 2013 Taziki's Gulf South Conference Baseball Tournament, as the tourney will reconvene at Cole Field on the University of West Georgia campus on Monday.

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President Obama Recognizes UWG Alumna (5/3/2013)

UWG alumna Dr. Laurie Barron ‘99, was recently recognized in the White House Rose Garden ceremony by President Barack Obama for being named the National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife National Middle School Principal of the Year. Barron, who serves as principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Coweta County School System, was also privileged to meet one-on-one with the president in the Oval Office in addition to attending various inaugural events.

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Creativity Goes to Work at UWG Small Business Development Workshop (5/2/2013)

The College of Arts and Humanities and the Burson Center present “Inspired People Bring Creativity to Work,” on Tuesday, May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burson Center.

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UWG Professor Honored with Kennedy Center Medallion (5/2/2013)

Shelly Elman, UWG theatre professor, recently was honored with the Kennedy Center Medallion for her six years of work with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Elman has served as the Region IV Chair for the organization for the last three years, organizing the annual regional festival and providing 800-900 students each year with higher levels of opportunity.

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Retiring President Keynotes Largest Graduation in UWG History (5/2/2013)

The University of West Georgia hosted its 2013 spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the UWG Coliseum. Retiring President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna gave his final keynote address as university president for both ceremonies to over 1,000 graduates, the largest recorded ceremony in UWG history.

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UWG’s National Broadcasting Society Recognized at National Convention (5/1/2013)

The National Broadcasting Society named the University of West Georgia chapter of the NBS the “Most Improved Chapter of the Year” at the 71st Annual National Convention in Washington, D.C. UWG Professor of Mass Communications Dr. Bradford Yates was also awarded “Advisor of the Year” at the convention, which draws representatives from colleges and universities nationwide.

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UWG Professor Conducts Experiment at Local Elementary School (5/1/2013)

Imagine spending over 38 hours solving nearly 10,000 multiplication problems. The fourth graders at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Ga., did just that over the course of four weeks in class earlier this year. The work was part of an experiment performed by Dr. Michael Orsega, University of West Georgia Computer Science professor.

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Endowment Established for Speech-Language Pathology (5/1/2013)

The University of West Georgia announces the establishment of the Susan and Alex Roush Speech Language Endowment Fund, created by Alex and Susan Roush in 2012. The $25,000 endowment will benefit UWG students majoring in speech-language pathology and aid in supporting UWG’s Speech and Hearing Clinic.

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