Way to go UWG: Our new Ed.D. program in Nursing Education has been approved to be offered as of Aug. 20, the start of the fall semester. Congratulations to Dean Kathryn Grams (right), the Nursing faculty, Jon Anderson, our SACS liaison, and all those who helped.
University President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, said “This being our fourth doctoral program, we will be classified as a Level VI university as of the same date (without any further review or information request). This approval marks a significant milestone in the history of The University of West Georgia, as Level VI is the highest level of SACS classification. Congratulations to all faculty, staff, students, and supporters of UWG, and thanks for all you do.”
Thumbs up to Assistant Professor Amber Smallwood and the dedicated team that put on this year’s Media Day on March 7. Frank Pritchett, associate executive director for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations received the Distinguished Service Award.
Students heard advice from a panel of media professionals: Matt Cook ’83, news director at WGST and the Georgia News Network; Jason Winn ’99, director of “The Fat Boy Chronicles”; George Howell, correspondent for the Atlanta bureau of CNN; Rosemary Jean-Louis, web content curator for Georgia Public Broadcasting; and Holly Richmond, vice president for Ogilvy Public Relations/ Atlanta.
In the news:
A paper written by Daniel K. Williams, associate professor of history, "The GOP’s Abortion Strategy: Why Pro-Choice Republicans became Pro-Life in the 1970s,” was cited by the Washington Post recently. Read the story here.
The News-Press (Fort Myers) wrote a story about the International Conference on Civilians and Warfare in World History at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Nadejda Popov, assistant professor of history, was the co-organizer of the conference. It was FGCU’s largest conference to date. Read the story here.
Keith Bohannon, associate professor of history, was quoted in the Marietta Daily Journal in a story about the restoration and conservation of a rare Confederate flag and its return to the Kennesaw’s Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Read the story here.
Kudos to Suzanne K. Durham, the head of Special Collections at the Ingram Library. Durham recently published a second pictorial history of Carrollton and the surrounding region with Around Carrollton. The local history book features photographs from the mid-1880s to 1961. Of special interest to UWG are chapters focusing on the old Fourth District A&M School, and the “College and the County” training program for student teachers in rural west Georgia. Arcadia Publishing will release the book April 9. For more information, contact Durham at 678-839-5350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers to Jason Huett, associate dean of Online Development and USG eCore. He has a new book out: "The Next Generation of Distance Education."
Also, Huett is the new president-elect of the Distance Learning Division of The Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). The three-year term begins in October.
Congratulations to Lee Jones in AEC Project Services. Jones recently completed his memoir "Sweet and Sour Sushi on Life's Menu." The book is about the 26 years he spent in Hiroshima as a missionary with his family. It has been printed by Pub & Print and Jones is looking for a publisher. Jones is working on a degree in Global Studies.
Jones will have a book signing at the campus bookstore on Tuesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The book goes for $15. If you can’t make it, send Jones an email if you are interested in buying the book at email@example.com.
Thanks to Jim Burton, professor of real estate in the Department of Marketing and Real Estate. Burton led a workshop for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce 2012 Leadership Academy on “Improving Our Strengths.” The workshop was sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and held at the chamber offices in February.
Congratulations to Tommy Cox, professor of theatre and the director of the School of the Arts. Cox was inducted as the vice president of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. The induction took place recently during the society’s national meeting at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Chattanooga. According to the APO website, “Throughout the country, Alpha Psi Omega has sponsored the formation of theatre honor societies in high schools and junior colleges, with the aim of encouraging dramatic production at every step in a person's academic career.” The society has more than 600 casts, making it the largest national honor society in America.
Kudos to Yan Yang, assistant professor, in the Department of Educational Innovation. Yang co-wrote, with Cody B. Box “Getting off on the wrong Foot: Effects of Hispanic students’ stability attributions following poor initial test performance,” which was published in Learning and Individual Differences, 22(1), 123-127. For more information, read on ...
Please congratulate Hema Ramanathan, associate professor of English to Speakers of Other Languages in the Department of Collaborative Support and Intervention, for her recent accomplishments. She published, with P.B. Parvathy, “Where motive is profit, education takes a back seat,” in the The Hindu, Open Page. (2011, December 25).
She also made the following presentations: “Sampling in cross-cultural research: Additions, subtractions, advances and retreats” at the Fulbright-Nehru Conference in Kochi, India; “Pedagogical implications of student identities,” at B. S. Abdul Rehman University, Chennai, India; “What Englishes do we promote in our classrooms?” invited session at the annual meeting of English Language Teaching Association of India-Jaipur Chapter, Jaipur, India; “Teacher reflections: Theory and practice” invited plenary at the annual meeting of English Language Teaching Association of India-Delhi Chapter, Delhi, India.
Great: Ben de Mayo, Physics, has had his grant from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium-NASA renewed for the 18th year in a row. Since 1994, UWG has received more than $410,000 under this program. This year, five undergraduate students are researching high temperature superconductors, nanomaterials and geomagnetism in de Mayo's lab and assisting him with programs such as Physics Demonstration Night.
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