Sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications and Theatre Arts, the contest is named in honor of Dr. Chester Gibson, professor emeritus, who served the department as professor and chair.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A box of Moon Pies can make a soldier’s day.
With that thought in mind, the University of West Georgia campus community has begun a Holiday Cheer for Soldiers gift drive to benefit military personnel serving overseas.
Using the U.S. Postal Service's Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes at a discounted price, packages can be mailed to military personnel for as little as $4.95.
“If it fits, it ships” is the motto that reminds senders that weight does not affect the price. All U.S. post offices, including the Campus Mail provider at UWG, provide boxes free of charge.
The boxes range from a single VHS video mailer for $4.95, two medium boxes for $10.35 and a special military mail price of $11.95 for the largest box.
To guarantee delivery in time for the holidays, packages should be shipped by Dec. 11. The priority mailings can also be sent overseas throughout the year to men and women in the armed forces.
Contents can include inexpensive toiletries, non-perishable food items, batteries, books, disposable cameras and clothing. Anyone interested in sending a gift package can go to the Operation Military Pride Web site at www.operationmilitarypride.org for a more detailed list of items that can be sent.
UWG faculty and staff have provided names and addresses of people serving overseas:
Dr. Thomas Peterson, professor of Educational Foundation, has a son serving overseas:
2nd LT Nolan Peterson, 130th Engineer Brigade, Cos Marez, APO AE 09334
Paulette Ward, coordinator of Office Services for Learning Support and Testing, has a son-in-law who is a UWG alumnus serving as a chaplain for 3,000 soldiers in Kuwait:
CH (Captain) Derek Smith, 151 CBRN, BSB-N, APO, AE 09330
Denise Kotajarvi, office of the Controller, has a nephew who is serving in Afghanistan:
2nd Lt Douglas S. Toulotte, 4th LAR BN, B CO, Unit 40650, FPO AP 96427-0650
Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics David Boldt has a son serving in Germany:
CPT Philip Boldt, CMR 416 Box 1005, APO AE 09140
Music Professor Dawn McCord’s former student is serving in Afghanistan:
SSG Guy Serapion, RTC (Headquarters RPAC), APO AE 09354
Professor Diane Wise, School of Nursing, shared two names of young soldiers (Joshua has not received a package since deployment). Both have the same mailing address:
LCPL Jeffrey McDougall
LCPL Joshua Smith
3/24 Weapons Company Map 1, UNIT 43545, FPO/AP 96426-3545
Regina Mailloux, Office of the Registrar, said her niece is a supervising nurse in an immunization clinic on a base in Iraq. She would like holiday lollipops and band-aids to give out during the holidays.
SGT Melissa DiMaggio, 248th ASMC, Phipps TMC, APO AE 09391
For more information on Holiday Cheer, call 770-328-4768 or 678-839-6643.
The Georgia State Patrol is predicting 3,750traffic crashes with 1,398 injuries and 16 deaths this holiday period. The holiday extends from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.
“Thanksgiving is the most heavily traveled holiday of the year and that’s a recipe for disaster that doesn’t belong on anyone’s holiday menu,” said Bob Dallas, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
The majority of the crashes are preventable, Dallas said.
“The Georgia State Patrol reports alcohol and the lack of a properly buckled safety belt are involved in almost half of the fatal crashes they investigated during the Thanksgivingtravel period last year,” Dallas said in a statement.
During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, Georgia state troopers responded to 3,815 crashes with 1,457 injuries and 19 deaths, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Drivers should expect safety checkpoints this holiday, police said.
Police will beef up patrols, but officers are asking drivers to help by slowing down, wearing their seat belts and not driving drunk.
“Everyone’s best defense against careless and impaired drivers is a buckled seat belt and that’s a fact,” a police spokesman said.
More than 70 percent of motorists involved in crashes in the U.S. in 2008 survived because of seatbelts, the spokesman said.
Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE) is sponsoring
a Scholastic Book Fair between 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM until Friday, Dec. 4, in the Education Center. You are welcome to stop by to shop for books
for your family and friends and support a needy Carrollton family with 5
All books are sold in their original price.
For any questions
about this book fair, please contact SPAGE advisors Dr. Jill Drake at
678-839-6080 or Dr. Fenqjen Luo at 678-839-6059.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna talks about his educational experiences in his native India and in the U.S., and reflects on his career in industry and higher education.
Learn what higher education issues will be on the state legislators' agenda
in 2010 when state Rep. Mark Butler presents key legislation as a guest
speaker for the League of Women Voters Carrollton/Carroll County's Monthly
Meeting. The program will take place at the Tracy Stallings Center at 118 S.
White St. on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Butler will offer an update on the
upcoming legislative session and higher education issues that will be
addressed. The community is invited to attend.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Emma Hicks has lived in Rome for six years and is a senior education major at the University of West Georgia completing her classroom practicum at Garden Lakes Elementary. She recently added one more descriptor to the list: United States citizen.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This is the time of year when Daryl Dickey is giving his best recruiting speech to talented recruits across the state and southeast. Next week, Dickey is set to deliver a different type of speech to a vastly different gathering.
The University of West Georgia’s head football coach and athletics director is Monday’s scheduled guest speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. The event is set for 12 noon, at Fox Sports Grill at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta.
“I will be talking a little about football and a lot about West Georgia,” said Dickey of Monday’s appearance. “This will be an opportunity to talk about our university, its direction, and the leadership we have in place here.”
The Touchdown Club appearance places Dickey on an exclusive list of guest speakers to address the club this season. Others to appear this season include coaches Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech, Mark Richt of Georgia, and Auburn’s Gene Chizik. Also, media personalities such as Tony Barnhart, Bob Rathbun, and Randy Cross have been the club’s guests this season.
Dickey adds, “It is exciting to be a part of the group to address the Touchdown Club this season. I am thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to it.”
The State Board of Regents voted this afternoon to double a mandatory student fee that, starting in January, will cost students up to an extra $100 per semester depending on which campus they attend. Students at Georgia's research universities as well as Georgia Southern, Valdosta State, Georgia College and State, Kennesaw State, Southern Polytechnic and the University of West Georgia will now be charged $200 each semester.
A report released Monday by the Institute of International
The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is published annually to review the number of international students studying in the US and the number of American students studying abroad.
The report's data is based on surveys conducted at 2,800 universities and colleges.
"The reason that the number of Middle Eastern students has risen has to do with the fact that demand for US education has never gone down," Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra, the founding president of the American University of Kuwait, told The Media Line.
Are you interested in becoming a nurse? When weighing the pros and cons of the different nursing programs offered state wide, it is always a benefit to hear people's perspectives that are already in a nursing program. UWG nursing students at the Newnan campus give their opinion on what makes the UWG nursing program better than the others.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Four years ago the Carroll County NAACP conceived a program that would help parolees live a successful life outside of prison. With hundreds of success stories on record, the little-known program is now ready to unveil itself to the community. Nov. 14, will be the first annual “Another Chance” gala at the University of West Georgia Campus Center Ballroom. The evening will feature fine dining, a silent auction and the stories of rehabilitated inmates.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Concerns about a risky investment market are leading some investors to come up with new plans for college savings, and some are pulling away from the popular 529 plans altogether.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
For high school seniors considering college but who are unsure about how to apply, Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Nov. 9 through Nov. 13 Apply to College Week in Georgia.
“We have made the application process easier than ever by launching the GAcollege411 website and encouraging high schools seniors to make it their first stop in deciding how, when and where to apply to a Georgia college,” Perdue said.
Georgia Apply to College Week will be held at 44 participating Georgia high schools. While open to all seniors at those schools, the program will provide college application information designed to encourage and aid those who would be the first in their family to attend college, minorities and non-traditional age students.
During each local Apply to College event, seniors can apply to college using www.GAcollege411.org
Students interested in applying to the University of West Georgia can also access the university’s home page www.westga.edu, click on the “apply now” link, choose the undergraduate admission application, and complete the entire application process online.
UWG hopes to stand out among the list of colleges that prospective students will consider. “ Our main goal is to serve our students,” said Dr. Bobby Johnson from the university’s admissions office. “We focus on academic excellence, strong campus support to help students through the transition from high school to college and creating a beautiful campus for students to be proud of.”
This year UWG has added new facilities to the campus such as the Coliseum, football stadium and Greek Village, with more additions still to come.
“We encourage students to come visit our campus to see first hand all the advantages that UWG has to offer,” said Johnson.
UWG has two remaining preview days left, one on Jan. 31 and the other on April 11. This is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to take a tour of the campus and get details on the university.
Students have confirmed that placing a specific focus on Apply to College Week helps to grab their attention and encourages them to start the application process early.
At the first Georgia Apply to College Week in 2008, more than 50 volunteers assisted almost 900 students with completing admission applications at eight pilot high schools. Seven of the eight 2008 pilot high schools reapplied to participate in 2009.
This week of events is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Foundation of Independent Colleges, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, Communities in Schools, the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia (USG), and endorsed by the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The event is receiving funding from the College Access Challenge Grant, a federal program that fosters partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and philanthropic organizations through matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
For more information, please visit www.usg.edu/apply-to-college
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
UWG Sociology graduates, check out the latest edition of the sociology program's newsletter. It features information about community leaders day, the Hope Center, advice about graduate school, introductions to new instructors and much more.
Kelly Lee ’97 (BBA finance) and Jennifer Lockwood ’04 (BSED early childhood), both of Atlanta, were the winners of the iPod Nano giveaway from among registered users of the new alumni online community, which features a searchable online directory, ClassNotes, personal profile pages and career depot.
To register, you need your personal ID number, which is printed above your name on mail pieces from the Alumni House.
If you need assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 678-839-6582 to request your ID number.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Many people have expressed concerns about the H1N1 vaccine, with questions on how safe it is to how effective it might be.
What is the Peace Corps? What do volunteers do? Who volunteers? Where do volunteers go? What’s in it for you? What about safety? Come learn more when the university representative visits campus Tuesday, Nov. 10.
GlobeTalk Information Session
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Crider Lecture Hall - Boyd
UCC-University Community Center
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
There are plenty of resources for students and faculty! For more information contact Karen Lingrell, UWG Department of Career Services.
Fine Dining and beautiful music come together in the ballroom of Sunset Hills Country Club as The University of West Georgia Department of Music and Sunset Hills Country Club present the UWG Opera Workshop in the sixth annual A Taste of Opera on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by concert performances of popular lyric theatre numbers by student performers directed by Dr. Larry Frazier. Dessert will be served at intermission, and the evening will conclude with music that has achieved world-wide popularity.
This event is open to all. Admission, which includes dinner, dessert, coffee, tea and water and the musical performance, is $16.63, all inclusive. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling Sunset Hills at 770-834-6656.
Friday, November 6, 2009
The H1N1 flu continues to spread across the nation, hitting college campuses especially hard. But you can help protect yourself and those around you by getting the H1N1 shot.
BEAT THE BUG!
“It’s really nothing to be afraid of … it’s going to help. Students are always in contact with each other. There’re possibilities for transmitting viruses and stuff like that. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
--Sean Gray, junior, UWG Wolves football
“My thing would be to do research … I mean, you’re coming into contact with a lot of students every day.”
--Brandon Behenna, junior, UWG Wolves football
For some people, failure is spectacular and public. For others, it's just falling short of expectations — in their careers or personal lives.
But you won't find many examples of either type among the guest speaker announcements of college bulletins. Instead, you'll find a parade of winners — titans of the arts and commerce and politics, many of them alumni, returned triumphantly to campus to inspire the next generation (and, implicitly, to demonstrate to customers the college is worth up to $50,000 a year).
They may well talk about past failures on their eventual path to success.
But rarely is the podium held by someone who just failed.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
CONSUMER PRICES fell 2.1 percent between July 2008 and July 2009, but college tuition kept going up. Students entering public four-year institutions this fall confront published tuition rates more than 6 percent higher than they were a year ago. Private colleges and universities ticked up 4.4 percent. To be sure, these figures apply to the "sticker price" of college only: grants and loans (many of them subsidized) cover much of the tab. But the contrast between the country's belt-tightening and higher ed's price hikes is striking nonetheless.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
UWG will screen the documentary film, Proceed and Be Bold! about the internationally recognized artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr on Thursday Nov. 12 at 7:30pm in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.1.
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an internationally recognized printing press artist, though he would rather be referred to as a “humble negro printer.” He tossed aside his corporate 9-to-5 job at AT&T with its steady income, chooses to live in extremely rural Alabama towns and goes wherever his art takes him. He found his calling making chipboard posters he sells inexpensively, so people can afford his art. His posters are socially, politically, and racially charged: with quotes from Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, and phrases like “coffee makes you black.” The documentary film Proceed and Be Bold! probes Kennedy, his friends, family, and colleagues in an attempt to unravel the artist’s meaning.
The result is a discussion on the monetary and intrinsic values of art, the goals of an artist, the workings of race and culture, and what “the American Dream” really means.
Over 1,000 hand-printed posters by Kennedy will be on display in the Department of Art, Humanities Building on the second and third floor. Kennedy will be present on Nov. 12, during the film screening of Proceed and Be Bold! in the Campus Center at 7:30pm. There will be a Q&A session after the screening and he will discuss his choices as an artist and the journey he has taken for his art. Directly outside the auditorium there will be a Cash-and-Carry Poster Sale and Kennedy will be available to sign posters.
This event is free to students, faculty, staff, and the public, and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art Gallery program and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
As part of the Print Dialogue Day symposium hosted by the Department of Art and the American Print Alliance, Kennedy will work with students on Friday, Nov. 13 in the Cobb Hall Printshop during a daylong letterpress poster printmaking workshop. This workshop is open to all UWG students. To reserve your place in the workshop please email Stephanie Smith at email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Lecturer & Gallery Coordinator
Department of Art
Office Phone 678-839-4950
Please join the Office of Institutional Diversity in celebrating Native American Month (Nov. 1-30). Stop by the Office of Institutional Diversity (Row Hall 217), the week of Nov. 9-13 from 8:00am - 5:00pm and view the display room. Listen to peaceful Native flute melodies of Mohawk artist, David R. Maracle For additional information, please call 678-839-5400.
Monday, November 2, 2009
The University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business has received a pledge of $1 million from BB&T Corp. to establish the Center for Ethics and Free Enterprise and the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series.
BB&T’s donation, the largest in the history of the Richards College, will create a center that will foster a comprehensive and ongoing discussion of the foundations of capitalism and free enterprise.
“This program will emphasize our shared interest with the University of West Georgia in giving students a hands-on perspective on capitalism and free markets, a better understanding of our economy and an enhanced ability to make meaningful contributions to the world,” said BB&T West Georgia Area executive Tammy Hughes.
The center will generate faculty and student research and new business courses.
The center will also fund the business college’s award-winning Students in Free Enterprise team for campus and community projects on ethics, investment basics, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
The lecture series, which will be open to the public, will focus on core values and ethical foundations of free enterprise and issues facing business management and policy makers.
“This gift will further the mission of the Richards College of Business to educate and prepare students for positions of responsibility and ethical leadership in society,” said Dr. Faye S. McIntyre, dean of the Richards College. “This is truly wonderful news, and this is an exciting time to be in the RCOB and UWG. Our dedicated faculty and staff have done outstanding work in making the college worthy of this generous donation from BB&T.”
BB&T has provided extraordinary support to UWG for many years, including contributions to the university’s new athletics complex and the endowment of a presidential scholarship.
“BB&T has been and continues to be a wonderful benefactor and friend to the university,” said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. “BB&T’s generosity has enabled us to accomplish much good work over the years. This tremendous gift is yet another example of BB&T’s continuing support and interest.”
Speakers will be Trudy Dobson, Chair, History and Education, John Dobson, Chair, Archaeology, and Joey Pierce, Craft and Cultural Arts. There will be display of artifacts and cultural dance. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend.
There was only two educational institutions to receive the H1N1 vaccine this past week and UWG was one of them. The vaccine was administered Oct. 28, and the turn out was high. The event served as an opportunity for UWG nursing students to get a hands on experience by giving out shots to those who came out.