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Dr. Jason HuettkudosDr. Jason Huett, Associate Dean of Online Development, was awarded the Outstanding eLearning Faculty Distinguished Educator award by the Instructional Technology Council. Winners of this award received complimentary registration to the ITC’s 2013 eLearning conference and were invited to attend a special recognition luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas.

“It’s quite an honor,” said Huett. “Everything that I have accomplished while at UWG has, at least in part, been a team effort, and I am continually in awe of the people I work with. I consider myself lucky to have landed at UWG. If I am able to do anything that enhances the school’s reputation, it is largely because UWG took the time to invest in me. Awards like this are just further evidence that UWG is a major player in distance education in Georgia and beyond.” Read more ...

kudosDr. George Kieh, professor of Political Science, recently published two books. Liberia's State Failure, Collapse and Reconstitution offers a detailed analysis of the failure of Liberia’s historical and current state-building efforts. Dr. Georgia Kieh’s co-edited book West Africa and the U.S. War on Terror examines the role and position of the West African region in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

kudos Theatre Professor Shelly Elman was awarded the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion on February 6, 2013 at the Region IV (Southeast) Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) held in Albany, GA. Elman is the Immediate Past Chair of Region IV KCACTF and continues to serve the festival as a respondent to college/university theatrical productions in the Southeast. Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Most importantly, recipients have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre. It is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.

kudosThe Editorial Board of the South Carolina Historical Magazine has selected Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Tom Hunter’s “Hastening the Demise of Federalism in the Low Country: South Carolina’s Congressional Gerrymander of 1802” as winner of the 2012 Malcolm C. Clark Award, which is presented annually by the South Carolina Historical Society to the author of the best article published in its South Carolina Historical Magazine.

Dr. Hee-Jung JunkudosAssistant Professor of Political Science and Planning, Dr. Hee-Jung Jun, published an article in the journal Urban Affairs Review. Her research in “Determinants of Neighborhood Change: A Multilevel Analysis” analyzed changes in neighborhoods in 35 metropolitan areas from 1990-2000.

kudosAssistant professor of Political Science Dr. Paul Rutledge’s research on which political agendas lead and follow in the American political system was recently published in Congress & the Presidency. His co-authored article “Follow the Leader: Issue-Dependent Representation in American Political Institutions” finds Congress and the president are responsive to public concerns on several issues, but that the president’s agenda is more likely to influence, not reflect, public concerns.

kudosDr. Christine Simmonds-Moore, assistant professor of Psychology, was awarded a €47,500 grant from the BIAL Foundation to carry out her research project “Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet.” Research on this project will begin after her current project, also funded by the BIAL Foundation, is completed.

kudosWhere the Music Takes You: The Social Psychology of Music Subcultures, by Dr. Pam Hunt, assistant professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Social Dynamics, was recently published (preliminary edition). Her accessible and inviting book weaves an ethnographic account of the jamband music subculture with relevant sociological and methodological concepts.

Dr. Kerriann MardenkudosDr. Kerriann Marden, assistant professor of Anthropology and director of the Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory, co-authored a chapter in the recently published book Research Methods in Human Skeletal Biology. Marden’s chapter on taphonomy—“Study of the Postmortem Processes”—explores perspectives and methodologies in taphonomic research as well as several case studies.

kudosDr. Ashley M. Smallwood, assistant professor of Anthropology and director of the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, authored “Clovis Technology and Settlement in the American Southeast: Using Biface Analysis to Evaluate Dispersal Models” in the journal American Antiquity. The article analyzes southeastern Clovis point data and biface assemblages from three sites to test two suggested models of Clovis settlement.

kudosGun Policy in the United States and Canada, authored by Anthony Fleming, visiting assistant professor of Political Science, examines national-level policy making responses to key historical events such as mass murders and assassinations.

The assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgina Leimonis and shootings that occurred at Columbine, Stockton, and Vernon are used as case studies for comparing U.S. and Canadian gun policy.

“I had initially wanted to compare the U.S. with not just Canada, but with the U.K. and Australia as well. Those countries are much more like Canada and a lot less like the United States,” said Fleming.

He offers that the findings in his book should be considered not only in a global scope, but also on a local level.

“Though my research was used to compare national governments, it is important for our community to realize just how easy it is to obtain a firearm.” Fleming clarified, “For the law abiding citizen who wants to use a firearm for sport or defense, that is a good thing. For those who want to use them to commit crimes, it’s not.”

Dr. Jim BurtonkudosDr. Jim Burton (Marketing & Real Estate) led a workshop for Carroll County Chamber of Commerce 2013 Leadership Academy on “Improving Our Strengths,” sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, held at the Chamber offices, February 26, 2013.

kudos Dr. Jeannette Diaz, assistant professor of Psychology, and Dr. Shea Rose, assistant professor of Geosciences, brought their interactive, interdisciplinary mapping project out of the classroom and into the community for feedback and future directions.

The Carrollton Assets Mapping Project (CAMP) uses GIS mapping technology to create interactive, layerable maps that locate and describe community resources.

“Since the maps are designed around themes—e.g. thrifty living, healthy living, family resources, mental health resources, Spanish-speaking resources, etc.—they make it easy to learn about and access resources,” said Diaz.

Beyond being useful to area residents and visitors, organizations can use CAMP to create individualized maps for clients, and businesses can use it for promotion. CAMP is designed to meet multiple community needs at different levels.

“The project incorporates theories on community engagement from two disciplines, psychology and geography, with a strong commitment to service. Bringing in the community for guidance is integral to assure the project highlights existing resources and provides linkages to address real concerns in our community,” said Rose.

Though the project is fluid and ongoing, maps will be available in spring 2013.

kudosAshley Copeland, editor-in-chief of The West Georgian, was elected as the Executive Secretary of the 2013-2014 Georgia College Press and Association Board. This honor was received on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the 2013 GCPA Conference in Athens, Ga.

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