I Am UWG
Job title: Director, UWG Newnan Center
What I really do: I’m very involved in the community (Chamber, civic clubs, economic councils) and do a lot of marketing and community awareness activities to create visibility and support for UWG in the Newnan/Coweta community. I also work closely with department chairs to schedule needed courses on the right days and times in the right rooms and try to keep instructors and students happy and well served in a clean, comfortable, and safe environment.
Years at UWG: Five.
Before UWG, I: Earned B.S. Ed., M. Ed., and Ed. S. degrees from UWG; taught elementary school in Coweta County for 16 years; then directed for 17 years the Shenandoah Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center (GYSTC), teaching science and math to teachers and students pre-K through 8th grades in several counties. This GYSTC operated from the current Newnan Center building.
One thing I would change about UWG: I'd break down the silos and open up communication at all departments and all levels so we can better work together.
I was born in: The old Newnan Hospital in downtown Newnan.
Family members are: husband, Lamar Wright, funeral director; son, Brian, airline pilot and wife, Angie, Nashville real estate; son, Adam and wife, Shannon, singers-songwriters (The Wrights) in Nashville; grandchildren, Carlisle (7), Cole (4), Adrian (2).
People describe me as: Calm, laid back, easy to get along with, organized, dependable, workaholic. (My husband agrees only with the last three.)
Most colleagues don’t know that: I play the upright acoustic bass in both bluegrass and classical styles (not an expert yet at either, though); I have an identical twin sister and a very famous little brother. I love hats!
Favorite things to do: I love to clean and organize (clean out cabinets, drawers, closets, even tool sheds), a fun Saturday activity for me; I love interior decorating; I love taking care of animals; singing; playing music; writing poems and songs for special people and special events.
Favorite quote: I just came across this recently, and I love it; but can’t live by it, or I would get fired. It’s a quote from Thomas Edison. “Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something!”
Proudest accomplishment so far: The small parts I played in acquiring the $2,000,000 donation from Newnan Hospital, Inc., to UWG in 2010 and in the recent donation of the old Newnan Hospital property in downtown Newnan which will allow expansion of the Newnan Center.
Pet peeves: People who misuse apostrophes (ex. ya’ll instead of y’all or it’s for possessive form of it or on a mailbox—The Jackson’s instead of The Jacksons, as if only one Jackson lived in the house.) I also get upset with people who use “I” as a direct object or as the object of a preposition instead of using “me”. (ex. My dad helped Susie and I with our homework. Helped “I” with homework?? When did “me” become a bad word nobody wants to use?) Another pet peeve involves people who don’t take care of their pets or who mistreat any animal.
Best advice ever received: When upset about something, stop and ask yourself, “In a hundred years, will this really matter at all?”
Best advice for new faculty and staff: Come and visit the Newnan Center. It’s been over here for 24 years!
What I most want to contribute to students: The sense that University faculty and staff really do care about them and their futures; a love of learning and a respect for the power and importance of higher education.
The place I’d love to travel to where I haven’t been yet: Greece. I took four years of Latin in high school and learned a lot about ancient Rome and Greece. I’ve been to Rome, but haven’t made it to Greece yet to see the ancient ruins.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I would have made a good medical doctor; but in 1969 when I graduated from high school, girls were “allowed” to be only teachers, nurses, secretaries, and homemakers. And my family couldn’t have afforded medical school anyway. Education was a good choice, although an accidental one. I wouldn’t have been able to attend college at all except for a Regents Scholarship.
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