MAP Hosts 24th Annual Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Minority and international students at the University of West Georgia and local high school students will be recognized for their academic achievements at the 24th annual Academic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. Jeffrey Turner, chief of police in Clayton County, will be the keynote speaker. The Multicultural Achievement Program will host the free event and the community is invited to attend.

UWG and the Multicultural Achievement Program will host the 24th annual Academic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom with Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner as guest speaker. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. MAP will present three awards to UWG students: the Academic Achievement Awards to students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; the Academic Excellence Awards to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher; and the ACE Awards to juniors and seniors with the highest grade point average in their field of study.

A Helena Harbridge International Student-Athlete Award will recognize an international student-athlete possessing the best combination of athletic performance, academic achievement, team spirit and community involvement.

Delandra Hunter, associate director of EXCEL: Center for Academic Success, coordinates the event.

“The MAP Awards Ceremony is the highlight of my year every year,” said Hunter. “It allows the entire campus community to see the academic success of our minority students.”

Students from local high schools who will be honored at the event are Theresa Griffith and Zuleyma Ruiz, Bowdon High School; Kunal Patel and Sheetal Patel, Carrollton High School; Jemirra Hammock and Nancy Ventura, Haralson County High; Bianca Helton and Breana Neeley,Temple High School; Bhumika Patel and Amisha Patel, Bremen High School; Brandii Chism and Olivia Reid, Central High; Priya Patel, Oak Mountain Academy; and Jennifer Champagne and Elizabeth Vongxayasy, Villa Rica High School.

Turner has served in the Clayton County Police Department as a uniform patrolman, detective and assistant chief of police before becoming the chief of police. He graduated from West Georgia with a degree in criminal justice in 1986 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

For more information, call 678-839-6280.