In case you missed the news, please congratulate Clint Samples, associate professor of art. One of his students, Jessica Ferguson, won the 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest. That makes two consecutive years of UWG winners and nine of the 15 finalists in the last three years.
Kudos to Associate Dean S. Swamy Mruthinti. The professor of biology received a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship to teach a semester in India. Dr. Mruthinti will teach biotechnology at Acahrya Nagarjuna University, in Guntur, India. He’ll be teaching from December 2011 to May 2012.
It’s never too late to offer congratulations. Betty Ishoy, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Ph.D. student at Georgia Health Sciences University, was recognized for her outstanding research poster at the College of Graduate Studies Research Day at the end of the Spring 2011 semester. Ishoy won one of the six Excellence in Research Awards - for her poster “Competency: A Concept Analysis.”
Thumbs up to the EXCEL Center’s staff and student peer educator/mentors. The EXCEL Center received the Governor's Service Commendation, which salutes state government employees and organizations that provide faster, friendlier and easier service to their customers. The center's sole mission is to support students achieve academic success. In addition their work on campus, the center staff and participants volunteer in the surrounding community. Their dedication has resulted in a 95 percent positive rating from customers and the highest rated tutoring program in the state.
Good news: UWG has joined ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. This was done through a joint effort of the Ingram Library and the College of Social Sciences, under the auspices of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Although it's fantastic for quantitative scholars in COSS and in our graduate programs, the datasets are very broad and will, I hope, be useful across the university,” said Dr. Heather Mbaye, associate dean of the College of Social Sciences and the ICPSR institutional contact.
Please congratulate the UWG Saxophone Ensemble and its conductor Dr. John Bleuel, professor of music. The ensemble has been invited to perform at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall during the 2012-2013 seasons. Dr. Bleuel received the invitation from Norman Dunfee, President and Executive Director of MidAmerica Productions, Inc., an independent producer of classical concerts at Carnegie Hall.
Duly noted: Jacques Berlinerblau, in the Brainstorm blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education, read Dr. Daniel Williams’ article, “Jerry Falwell’s Sunbelt Politics: The Regional Origins of the Moral Majority,” which appeared in the Journal of Policy History 22 (2010). “It’s not often that I am enlightened by an article in a refereed scholarly publication…but I read a piece this morning which really clarified some dilemmas,” Berlinerblau wrote. Dr. Williams is an associate professor of history.
Thumbs up: Dr. Sunil Hazari, associate professor of business education, was appointed to the senior editorial board of the Journal of Information Systems Education.
This was really cool: Ernie Henderson director of planned giving, was recognized by the Newnan Kiwanis Club for his contributions to the Kiwanis Children's Fund of the Kiwanis International Foundation. "This donation enables Kiwanians worldwide to provide for children in areas where they need it most," said Kiwanis President Larry Peterson.
Please congratulate Dr. Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott, assistant professor of special education in the Department of Collaborative Support and Intervention for publication of her recent co-authored book, “An anthology of critical works: Gifted and advanced Black students in schools.” Prufrock Press published it.
Another feather in his cap: Dr. Danilo Baylen was accepted as a member of the 2011-2012 Georgia Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). He is an associate professor of Instructional Technology and Design in the Department of Educational Innovation. The EPFP is a “critical resource for individuals, organizations, and the state to increase the knowledge about education policy and linkages between policy and practice,” according to its website.
Please congratulate Dr. Susan Ashford, assistant professor of nursing. Dr. Ashford was selected to participate in the Governor's Teaching Fellows 2011-2012 Academic Year Symposium Program. “Dr. Ashford's award speaks to her commitment to teaching excellence and desire to continuously improve her instructional capabilities,” wrote Dr. Myrna W. Gantner, associate vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. Gantner noted that this fall the School of Nursing will implement its new Problem-Based Learning curriculum, which requires students to engage heavily in critical thinking and problem solving.
“As part of her GTF experience, Susan plans to study the effects on student learning as she integrates PBL instructional strategies with the technologies now available in the PBL classroom. I encourage faculty who have an interest in PBL instruction to network with Susan throughout the year as she learns from this highly engaging professional development opportunity.”
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