Wednesday, September 19, 2012
First Lady Sandra Deal made her inaugural visit to the University of West Georgia where she toured the campus and spent time with students, faculty and staff in the new Visual Arts Building, the Thomas B. Murphy Office replica and Center for Pubic History. She also viewed the Bayeux Tapestry replica and learned about UWG’s UTeach Program.
A lunch was held in her honor at the Ingram Library, where UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna also welcomed the President of Georgia Humanities Council, Jamil Zainaldin, Carroll County Chamber President, Daniel Jackson, and other community leaders.
“My colleagues and I were so pleased to host Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal, at the University of West Georgia on Tuesday,” said Sethna. “She was so engaged and appreciative through her visit, that our pleasure was doubled. We hope that she will return to UWG often.”
During her visit, Mrs. Deal enjoyed a presentation on the UTeach Program, which is an innovative and highly successful teacher preparation program for students majoring in science and mathematics. UWG is one of three institutions in the state selected to replicate the UTeach model.
A teacher herself, Mrs. Deal “appreciated learning that the President and the higher level professors all teach undergraduates. That, to [me], is very important. It keeps them in touch with what’s going on in the real world and they can be more effective.”
“It’s nice to see the work going on here, especially the new art facility,” said Mrs. Deal. UWG’s new 25,000 sq. ft. Visual Arts Building which houses a wood-burning kiln, student art gallery, classrooms, equipment and student work space for the disciplines of printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. The new, larger facility also improves health and safety conditions for art students, which was a key element of the design process.
UWG is known for the quality of its undergraduate research programs. One project was of particular importance to Mrs. Deal, who shared, “I really enjoyed meeting the young people doing research. It was nice to learn that some of them are working on our Georgia Governor’s Mansion history. I’m very grateful to them for helping us with this project.”
Mrs. Deal concluded her visit by saying, “I’ve had a great time visiting the University today. I appreciate the invitation and opportunity to be here.”