UWG Debate Team Among Top 16 in Nation
Over 45 years ago, Chester Gibson turned the University of West Georgia's debate club into a highly competitive debate team, which began winning tournaments across the nation. Now, UWG is one of the top sixteen teams awarded the "First-Round At-Large Bid" to the National Debate Tournament. For the 10th time this century, the debate team has been ranked in the top 16 in the nation at the end of the regular season.
Employee Helps Coworker By Donating a New Car
Random acts of kindness are far and few between, especially when it comes to large gifts. But Destiny Circle, a custodial employee at the University of West Georgia, can now say she was a witness to one of those acts of kindness, after receiving a donated car from an anonymous coworker.
Historian to Present Talk on President Barack Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright
On Tuesday, March 1, Dr. Larry O. Rivers, an assistant professor in the University of West Georgia's Department of History, will speak on the topic, "A Civil Religious Crucible: Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright." The event, which is co-sponsored by the UWG African-American Male Initiative and the Department of History, will take place in Room #1303 of the UWG Technology-enhanced Learning Center at 7 p.m. "March 18 will mark the eighth anniversary of then-Senator Barack Obama's 'A More Perfect Union' speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania," Dr. Rivers said.
Misty Evans Endowed Scholarship Fund Established
The University of West Georgia will once again benefit from the generosity of others with the establishment of the Misty Evans Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund was established by Misty's husband, Scott Evans, and her sister, Danielle Tackett, to serve as a lasting tribute to her dedication to her family and community.
UWG Nursing Students Advocate at State Capitol
Nurses are the largest group of healthcare providers. As such, they must use their voices to provide input on health care policies at the local and federal level. On February 4, 52 students and several faculty members from the Tanner Health System School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia had their chance to provide that input when they attended the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) Legislative Day at the Capitol.
More than just Black History--Our History
To deny yourself the opportunity to learn about your heritage is to deprive yourself of learning who you truly are. To better understand black history, The University of West Georgia's Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) recently hosted an evening filled with celebration and culture. With the support of Africana Studies and African American Studies Minor, the department presented the Gullah Geechee Gathering in honor of Black History Month. The event served as a reminder that black history is not limited to just one community. Gullah Geechee is the name of African people who live mainly in the coastal regions of the United States, all the way from southeastern North Carolina to northeastern Florida.
Whisenhunt Named USG Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow
University of West Georgia Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs Dr. Julia Whisenhunt was recently selected to be one of 10 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellows by the University System of Georgia for the 2016-17 academic year.
Alumnus William Wolf Bounces Back After Diving Accident
"Don't take anything for granted whether it's your health, education, family, or friends," said University of West Georgia alumnus William Wolf when asked if he had any advice for college students and recent graduates. A survivor of a spinal cord injury as well as a successful entrepreneur, William is a true example of how determination and patience translates into success, especially in times of adversity.
Professor Seeks to Further Public Administration Field
Public administration has always been a part of local and state government systems, but exactly how many of these officials have degrees in the field of public administration? Dr. Sooho Lee delved into this question at his lecture on "Does Public Administration Help Public Administration?"
West Georgia says Cheers to the World
The fifth of February at the University of West Georgia was a night to remember as around 500 locals and university students and staff, including UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero, gathered in the Campus Center to celebrate diversity at the college with the 32nd annual International Night. This event has become synonymous with the campus culture and has brought the community and the university closer every year. Attendees were served food from several different countries made by the international students who attend UWG.
Storage Solution for Ingram Library's Wealth of Information
The University of West Georgia's Ingram Library is overflowing with information. Whether it's digital, audio, or paper, there's a wealth of information documenting UWG's history and development.
UWG’s MBA, Georgia WebMBA Ranked Top in the World by CEO Magazine
CEO Magazine has ranked the University of West Georgia’s MBA program as a Tier 1 program in their 2016 Global Online MBA Rankings. The online magazine also ranked the Georgia WebMBA program, which is offered at UWG, 12th in the world and fifth in the nation.
Register Now for the Textile Trail Regional Meetings
Registration is now open for the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail 2016 Regional Meeting Series in Carrollton and Rome, sponsored by the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia.
Richards College of Business Hosts BB&T Lecture Featuring Stu Thorn
Former President and CEO of Southwire Stu Thorn spoke to a full house on February 8 on "How to Change the World Without Changing a Thing: Leveraging Capitalism to Create Shared Value," as the most recent guest speaker in the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series held at the University of West Georgia's Townsend Center for the Performing Arts.
Sam Killermann Presents "It's Pronounced Metrosexual"
Most people would not think to use comedy and casual conversation to discuss intense dialogues about diversity and social justice, especially gender and the oppression of it. For Sam Killermann, it is not only a worldwide problem that needs to be addressed, but it is also a personal struggle he has faced almost his entire life. He discussed these issues and potential ways of overcoming them in his show "It's Pronounced Metrosexual" when he visited the University of West Georgia.
UWG to Host First State of Community Event
On Thursday, February 25, University of West Georgia College of Social Sciences will host the State of Community: Carroll. The presentation will include current findings affecting the state of the Carroll County community, including trends in voting, crime, public health, and demographics. The workshops will focus on leadership, data-driven decision-making, and writing grants.
UWG’s Charles Hodges Receives Statewide Honor
Dr. Charles W. Hodges has been honored by the North Georgia District of Sertoma (Service To Mankind) International as the Sertoman of the Year for 2015. The honor is awarded annually and recipients must have been selected by their local club as its Sertoman of the Year to qualify.
UWG Joins the Elite Eight in Georgia Higher Education with a Doctoral Research Classification
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has upgraded UWG's classification to Doctoral Research University R3. The classification, released in February, places UWG among a higher class of institutions for its research work for the first time in the institution's history. Only seven other Georgia institutions of higher learning qualify for doctoral university status. UWG is an R3 (moderate research) category, which is comparable to four of the other doctoral universities of the eight in the state. "The Carnegie designation as a R3 or doctoral granting institution is a historic moment in the history of West Georgia and one that many of us have worked toward for years," said Dr. Micheal Crafton.
UWG Wolves Honored at State Capitol
The University of West Georgia 2015 football team and coaching staff were honored on Monday, Feb. 8, at the Georgia State Capitol. The Wolves were recognized on the Senate floor with the reading of a resolution that highlighted the team’s history-making season.
University of West Georgia Newnan Supporter Bob Coggin Awarded Citizen of the Year
UWG Newnan supporter Bob Coggin was recently named 2016 Coweta County Citizen of the Year for his outstanding leadership and citizenship in the local community. Of his long list of contributions to the community, his dedication to UWG is among his many great works. University of West Georgia Newnan Supporter Bob Coggin Awarded Citizen of the Year Photo courtesy the Newnan Times-Herald The Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by the Kiwanis clubs in Coweta, recognizes an individual with outstanding leadership and citizenship within the community who has demonstrated exemplary vision, civic pride, and a strong commitment to a better Coweta.
Site Ranks Online Doctoral Education Program among Top Six in Nation
The University of West Georgia's College of Education placed sixth in the nation for online doctoral education according to the 2016 ranking of online programs by GoGrad.org, a leading resource for graduate-level education.
Renowned Parapsychologist Papers Processed, Housed at Ingram Library
The librarians at the University of West Georgia have completed processing the papers of the late Dr. William G. Roll to its special collections. Dr. Roll's work--which consists of more than 200 boxes of research papers, photographs, notes, and objects such as silverware supposedly bent by the human mind--was donated to Ingram Library by his wife, Lydia Roll. The collection was given as a tribute to the many contributions Dr. Roll attributed to the parapsychological field here at UWG while serving as a faculty member from the '80s until his retirement in the '00s. "This was our first big parapsychological collection," said Candice Larson, archivist for Special Collections at the Ingram Library. "It focuses on poltergeists, and Roll argues that they're not ghosts but a product of a troubled mind."
Grant Helps Bridge the STEM Gender Gap
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs Dr. Caroline Perjessy was recently awarded a Campus Action Project (CAP) grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The theme for this year's grant was the underrepresentation of women in STEM disciplines. Using the grant monies awarded, Dr. Perjessy will team up with College Girls Rock (CGR), a student organization whose mission is to motivate and inspire young girls to pursue a post-secondary education.
UWG Presents Stu Thorn as BB&T Lecture Series Speaker
Tickets are now on sale for the spring installment of the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise series, sponsored by the University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business. This semester's speaker will be former Southwire President and CEO Stu Thorn, who will bring more than 30 years of executive experience to students on February 8.
UWG to Celebrate Gullah Geechee Culture During Black History Month
The public is invited to see the vanishing Gullah Geechee culture brought to life through an engaging and riveting performance of the Gullah Geechee culture, dialect, and traditions by Jim and Pat Bacote, founders and preservationists; the Darien Geechee Rain Shouters; Dr. Amir Jamal Toure, Geechee Kunda resident/living historian; and Greg Grant, Geechee herbalist and genealogist.
Reception to Celebrate Dr. Ramona Teal's Presidential Portraits Series
The University of West Georgia's Ingram Library and the Penelope Melson Society will host a reception honoring alumna Dr. Ramona Pierce Teal '66 '73 '84 on the completion of her West Georgia Presidential Portraits series, which she has generously donated to the university. The reception will be held on Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m. in the library's Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room. The West Georgia Presidential Portraits Collection will be placed on display in the Ingram Library.
Private Presidential Pathways: The Photography of George Tames Exhibit
Private Presidential Pathways, a collection of candid presidential photographs by the late New York Times photographer George Tames, will be on exhibit at the University of West Georgia's Ingram Library from February 8 through March 4. As part of the gallery, Dr. Bruce Schulman, William Huntington Professor of History at Boston University, will present Three Elections that Reshaped the Presidency and the Nation - 1964, 1968, 1972, on Tuesday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m. in the Ingram Library. The exhibit and project are sponsored by the Ingram Library's Penelope Melson Society. Tames, the New York Times White House photographer from 1945 to 1985, had a career spanning the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt through Ronald Reagan.
Former Academy Student Ahead of the Game
Most high school students receive their diploma over four years while many college students can wait as long as eight years for their degree. In the case of Ryanne Popken, an 18-year-old student from Warner Robins, Georgia, she broke all standard conventions and this Spring will have collected both her high school diploma and college degree in only three years, two of them spent in high school.