Spring is in the Air!
Spring is in the air! As the temperature warms and the grass begins to green, we at UWG continue our journey to become the best comprehensive university in America, sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed.
At the March meeting of the Board of Regents, UWG was honored as the 2015-16 Institution of the Year at the Chancellor's Service Excellence Awards. This week, we received official communication from the University System of Georgia that the University of West Georgia's Department of Mass Communication has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Regent's Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs. The USG committee voted unanimously to recommend this department, particularly noting the program's focus on faculty engagement and collaboration. It went further to acknowledge the active learning strategies, including hands-on, experiential learning; a strong commitment to student advising and a comprehensive approach to program assessment. The department will be presented this award formally at the May meeting of the Board of Regents.
UWG scored some exciting athletic victories as well. Our coed cheerleading squad won its 19th national title at UCA Nationals in the Division II competition. The all-girl squad took home second place honors in the Division I small college competition. On the court, our men’s basketball team won its fourth Gulf South Conference title, knocking of the top-seeded team in the conference tournament. The team earned a spot in the Division II NCAA tournament, but lost a close game in the first round.
On the Engage West! front, we completed our third edition of the Engage West! Employee Engagement Survey with almost an 80-percent participation rate, held our Eighth Leadership Development Institute (LDI) and have launched both faculty and staff editions of Engage West workshops. In February, we were asked to present at the Studer Education Conference in Orlando on the Engage West! initiative and have been invited to present at the upcoming summer AASCU conference in Oregon. It's exciting to see this effort being acknowledged, but more importantly, it’s exciting to see its impact on our campus and community.
The Carrollton/Carroll County Education Collaborative has completed its strategic framework and organization structure identifying first year goals. Please take some time to visit the website, www.westga.edu/ccec, to find out more about this important initiative in K-16 collaboration.
Finally, we continue to work - in the silent phase (not so silent) – on our first-ever major capital campaign. I'm happy to report that we are over $24 million in gifts and pledges to date towards our flooring goal of $50 million. The campaign steering committee has been formed and will hold its first meeting the end of the month.
So - spring may be in the air, but clearly we don't have spring fever! We are working hard and accomplishing so very much.