Friday, April 30, 2010

Gun Legislation Passes Legislature

The Georgia General Assembly session has ended, but not without some modification to existing gun legislation. Legislation was passed by the House and accepted by the Senate which does the following:

*Retains the school safety zone for public and private colleges and universities BUT removes the 1000 ft. buffer zone

*Retains an expanded definition of weapons (more than handguns and knives) BUT changes the penalty for violation of the statute as follows: misdemeanor for license holders BUT remains a felony conviction for all others

*Allows any license holder (including students 21 or over) to have a weapon in a parked vehicle located within a school safety zone. Note that the statute does not require the vehicle be locked or the weapon otherwise secured

*Allows a license holder to have a weapon in his or her possession in a vehicle (not locked or otherwise secured) when picking up or dropping off a student

*Allows any person to have a weapon in a locked compartment or a locked container when picking or dropping off a student

The bill now moves to the Governor's desk for approval. The Governor has 40 days (until about the second week in June) to sign legislation.

UWG Scientist Discusses Impact of La. Oil Spill

An oil spill off the coast of Louisiana caused by a blown-out well could turn into one of the most severe environmental catastrophes in the nation’s history, experts say, and it occurred at an especially bad time given the offshore activity of the spring season, according to David Bush, a coastal geologist at the University of West Georgia.

Bush said the spill coinciding with the spring shrimping season and the migratory season of birds could aggravate damage to the gulf’s industry and animals.

“It could affect not only wildlife but also tourism if it continues to spread east,” he said.

As the huge spill began to seep ashore, it became increasingly likely that birds such as skimmers, gulls and pelicans and mammals such as minks and otters would be endangered.

Reports said more than 200,000 gallons of oil a day were flowing from the Gulf of Mexico well, which was drilled by a rig operated by British Petroleum. It caught fire April 20, forcing authorities to try to contain the spill.

Bush said better preparedness for such emergencies is needed.

“The lesson here is that there has to be better emergency response,” he said. “When severe storms strike, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] is ready with rapid-response operations that are able to immediately limit the impact of the disaster.”

Bush said that oil companies have been resistant to setting up an emergency-response system because of the costs.

He also faulted British Petroleum for not being forthright when the accident first happened.
“They downplayed the amount of oil leaking,” he said.

Despite this incident, Bush said he still supports drilling efforts.

“It doesn’t make me feel like we should shut down offshore drilling. Most coastal geologists are against it, but I’m different,” he said. “If it’s done safely, usually there will not be problems like this.”

Bush said recovery efforts would have to be massive in order to stave off damage to the ecosystem.

“There have to be volunteers cleaning up, bird by bird,” he said.

The entire food chain in the area could be severely affected, especially as the oil reaches new depths in the gulf.

“There are lots of small critters deeper in the water that have important roles in the food chain, and as the oil begins to reach them, they will be threatened, and the predators that feed on them will also be affected,” he said.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Globetrotters Coming to UWG

The University of West Georgia is hosting a charity basketball game between the Harlem Globetrotters and Carroll County community leaders on Tuesday, May 4 at The Coliseum at 7 p.m.

The Harlem Globetrotters will feature legendary basketball player Meadowlark Lemon, who was first chosen to play for the Globetrotters in 1955. Lemon was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and is also the recipient of the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Among the Carroll County community leaders is UWG President Dr. Beheruz Sethna, who is named among “The 100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine.

Tickets are now on sale, with $15 for general admission and $25 for courtside reserved seating. The gates will open at 6 p.m. on game night. Proceeds from the game will help send the Central-Carroll High School Marching Pride to the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Central-Carroll High School band room at 770-832-7275. For credit card and online sales, please call 1-877-725-8849 or go to

UWG Water Forum Draws Candidates, Interested Voters

The University of West Georgia’s Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum addressed the state’s water issues, highlighted by a debate among the candidates for Georgia governor from both major parties.

The forum, “Legal and Operational Challenges to Water Conservation,” gave gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to share their ideas for conservation and management of Georgia’s water resources – a key issue to be faced by the next governor.

Candidates included Republicans Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Eric Johnson, Ray McBerry, John Oxendine and Austin Scott and Democrats Thurbert Baker, Carl Camon and David Poythress.

Fox 5 Atlanta TV news anchor Deidra Dukes moderated the event, which took place in The Coliseum.

Environmental expert Maude Barlow discusses the worldwide need for water justice in this video.

More coverage of UWG's water forum.

UWG Names New Women's Hoops Coach

The University of West Georgia is turning to an experienced hand to lead its women’s basketball program.

Athletic director Daryl Dickey Tuesday announced the appointment of veteran Scott Groninger as the Wolves’ new head women’s basketball coach. Groninger comes to West Georgia following a successful, six-year stint as the head coach at Gulf South Conference West Division rival Christian Brothers.

Groninger fills the vacancy created last month when Craig Roden resigned to accept a similar position at West Alabama.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said the Wolves’ new coach. “When I went up for the interview I spent a lot of time with Coach Dickey and (men’s basketball) Coach Cooney and got very excited. I think the potential at West Georgia is unlimited.”

Groninger says the UWG job has many pluses. “First,” he said, “I feel good in going to a school where they’ve had some good teams and there’s a tradition of success. Also, the location is excellent and the facilities are all in place. I’m looking forward to having a team and program that matches the facilities.”

Groninger brings an impressive background to the UWG position. Prior to his service at Christian Brothers, he captured league coach of the year honors in leading Chowan (N.C.) to a conference title in 2004. Also, he previously served as an assistant at a pair of Division I programs: Kentucky and Chicago State.

At Christian Brothers, Groninger’s team last season posted a record of 15-12, including a 42-35 win over West Georgia in their November meeting in Carrollton. The Lady Bucs advanced to the Gulf South Conference Tournament before falling to Valdosta State in a quarterfinal round matchup.

“We’re excited to have Scott and his family here at our university and in Carrollton,” said Dickey. The A.D. adds, “Not only is Scott an outstanding basketball coach, but he will be a great representative for our university and our community.”

UWG’s new coach will next week arrive in Carrollton to begin the task of putting together his program. He will meet with returning players, assemble a staff and begin assembling his 2010 recruiting class.

Also, Wolves fans and local media will have an opportunity to meet the new coach. A meet-and-greet reception is planned for Wednesday, May 5, at The Coliseum. The time of the event will be announced later.

Groninger is a graduate of William Jewell (Mo.) College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master of Health Science from Georgia Southern University.

Groninger and wife Kelly are parents of three daughters: Megan (21), Kristen (18) and Mary-Kate (15). Megan recently completed her junior season as a member of the tennis team at William Jewell.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Water Expert Speaks at UWG Conference

Transferring water from one river basin to another is a necessary tool in coping with Atlanta's water problem, the head of the state water association said Friday.

Jack Dozier, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, said during a conference held by the University of West Georgia that Atlanta's location on a ridge at the headwaters of eight rivers means transfers are almost inevitable.

"If you get a drink of water on the east side of Peachtree Street and use the bathroom on the west side of the street, you have just committed a major interbasin transfer," he quipped.

Lawmakers representing districts along the Savannah River basin aren't laughing. They are pushing for an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Doug McKillip, D-Athens, that would impose strict guidelines on interbasin transfers, the withdrawal of water from one river basin for use and discharge into another. They argue unrestricted transfers can harm the environment and rob economic potential from downstream communities.

McKillip's amendment is awaiting action in the two days left of the legislative session.

Dozier said interbasin transfers are "necessary and appropriate."

Environmentalists have also opposed the transfers, arguing the resulting disruptions in water flow could harm the ecology. Gil Rogers, an attorney with the Southeastern Environmental Law Center, told the conference that Gov. Sonny Perdue's Water Stewardship Act, which passed this session, is a better route because it fosters conservation.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Enjoy a Summer Day at Six Flags

On Saturday, August 21, join the Alumni Board and Young Alumni Council for a day of fun at Six Flags. For the low price of $30, you will receive an all day pass for the park, free parking, buffet meal at the Lick Skillet Pavilion plus memories to last a lifetime. Park hours will be 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. with a private party from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (meal served at 3:30 p.m.). For more information on this exciting event, click

U.S. Olympian to appear Sunday at West Georgia

Carrollton, GA – GSC East Division play closes this Sunday for both the West Georgia Wolves baseball and softball teams. Beyond the action vs. rival West Alabama, a special guest will be on hand at both venues.
Olympic hero Elana Meyers will be on hand to greet Wolves fans at both the softball and baseball contests.

Meyers, a native of neighboring Douglasville, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the scheduled 1:00 p.m. baseball contest vs. the Tigers at Cole Field. Afterward, she will visit University Field, where the Wolves and Tigers are playing a 1:00 p.m. softball double header.

Eddie Duffey, West Georgia’s senior associate A.D., is coordinating the details of Meyers’ appearance.

“We are elated to have the opportunity to have Elana appear at our games,” said Duffey. ‘She thrilled everyone with her dynamic performance at the Olympics, and it’s a huge honor to have her visit our campus to visit with our fans.”

Meyers captured America’s attention during February’s Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She and teammate Erin Pac combined to win the bronze medal in the women’s bobsled competition.

Before her career at bobsled competitor, Meyers’ athletic background was in softball. She earned honors as a shortstop and pitcher at Division I George Washington University. And, she still plays for the Mid-Michigan Ice, a professional softball team based in Midland, Mich.

Her appearance will be a part of a big weekend for West Georgia athletics, as the formal dedication ceremony for the Women's Facility at the UWG Athletic Complex will take place on Saturday afternoon at 12;30. That will be in conjunction with soccer's 3-on-3 benefit tournament and West Georgia's GSC softball doubleheader against North Alabama.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

No Phone Zone

April 21, 2010

Oprah’s Campaign Coming to Atlanta

CARROLLTON, GA — Oprah Winfrey has recently made it her personal goal to make a difference and put a stop to people texting and driving. She wants to include Atlanta college students in the “No Phone Zone” campaign, and is hosting a rally at Georgia Tech on April 30.

During her 12 p.m. on-air show she well show live video feed of the students who attend the rally and show their commitment for the cause. Before the airing there will be an informational forum held with celebrity Holy Robinson Pete as the on-site host. Along with educating the participants about the statistics behind distracted driving, speakers will also be there to give testimonials on how they have been personally affected by distracted drivers.

Students are encouraged to come out in their school gear, and sign the pledge to end distracted driving. The event is open to the public and will begin around 10 a.m.

College students spend their spring break building houses with Habitat for Humanity

Five local students attending Georgia Tech, Georgia College and State University, and the University of West Georgia spent their spring break in Birmingham, Ala. building houses through Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge Program. Students worked with Habitat Birmingham from Mar. 21-27.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Activist to Speak at UWG

The Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND) at UWG and Amnesty International will host Omékongo Dibinga, a first generation Congolese-American, motivational speaker and activisit on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Bonner Lecture Hall.

Dibinga will perform and talk about the ongoing violence and loss of life in the Congo and other human rights issues around the world. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

A featured speaker at the recent “Pledge to Protect” conference in Washington, D.C., Dibinga has partnered with The Enough Project to raise awareness of the ongoing violence in the Congo.

Dibinga, an Urban Music Award Winner, poet and positive rapper, has appeared on stage in South Africa, England, Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, France, Cuba and Canada.

Dibinga’s work has appeared on television and radio on CNN, BET, BBC, NPR, Music Choice, Voice of America and Telesud in millions of homes.

Dibinga has worked in the Congolese refugee camps and written extensively about the suffering he has witnessed in them. The rebel offensive in the Congo has worsened the ongoing and catastrophic crisis there. The conflict has turned into a resource war for minerals that make their way from the Congo to electronic equipment used around the world.

Approximately 1,500 people die each day due to this conflict. Worse still, armed groups routinely commit acts of sexual violence against Congolese women and girls.

The motivational speaker has studied at Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown Universities, MIT, Morehouse College and The Fletcher School, where he received his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He is currently earning his Ph.D in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland.

For more information, contact Doneen Mills at 404-394-3336

Gubernatorial Candidates Coming to UWG

The University of West Georgia will hold its 2010 Water Conference on Friday, April 23, highlighted by a debate on water issues among gubernatorial candidates from both parties.

The conference begins at 8:45 a.m. in UWG’s Campus Center Ballroom with water experts from across the nation and region discussing legal and operational challenges to water conservation.

Lunch will be provided by the conference.

The afternoon continues with more speakers and concludes at 4:15 p.m.

The daytime portion of the water conference costs $30; registration can be done online at or you may register at the door.

The gubernatorial debate begins at 7 p.m. in UWG’s Coliseum, and will feature Republicans Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Ray McBerry, John Oxendine and Austin Scott and Democrats Carl Camon, DuBose Porter and David Poythress.

The debate will be moderated by Fox 5 Atlanta TV news anchor Deidra Dukes.

This event is free and open to the public.

2010 UWG Water Conference

Friday, April 23

8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

UWG Campus Center Ballroom and Technology-Enhanced Learning Center

$30 (includes lunch)


7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Gubernatorial Debate

UWG Coliseum


Earth Day

Earth Day will be observed for almost a week on campus beginning today with an earth-friendly movie and a presentation by Ron Reigner on the Arcosanti Project.

April 22 is Earth Day.

April 22 is Earth Day.

Blue Recycle bins strategically placed, new trees planted and cleaning out swamps do not sound all that exciting but university faculty, staff and students are stepping up to the plate with community, environmentally-friendly tasks. Three geosciences clubs, faculty and staff have planned a four-day event culminating on April 22 with a schedule filled with activities.

Earth Day Week Activities:

Monday, April 19

  • “Earth: State of the Planet 2009,” Noon – 2 p.m., in Callaway 151.
  • “The Arcosanti Project,” 4 -5 p.m. Presented by Ron Reigner in Callaway 151.
    In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth. Its large, compact structures and large-scale solar greenhouses will occupy only 25 acres of a 4060-acre land preserve. Reigner has visited the “city” several times.

Tuesday, April 20

Wednesday, April 21

Earth Day, Thursday, April 22

  • 9:30 a.m. – Little Tallapoosa River Cleanup – Meet at Grove Bridge. Georgina DeWeese is coordinating this project.
  • 11 a.m. – Tree Planting - James Hembree will oversee the planting of a dozen trees. Those who want to help dig can meet at the Grove Bridge.
  • 1 p.m.– Meet at Callaway to head to hotspots around Carrollton and collect lead weights, a major contaminant left by automobile tires.
  • 3:30 - 6 p.m. – Head to Love Valley for talk with vendors and cheer on a recycled beauty pageant and the Trash Weigh In.
  • 4 p.m. – Residence Life Recycling Contest – WastePro, [[[ ]]] an Atlanta recycling company, volunteered to drop off and pick up recycle bins at residence halls for the contest.
  • 5 p.m. – Sponsored by Greek Life, Mr./Ms. Earth Day Contest will show how clever a recycled materials evening gown and tux can really look. Wolfie will be there to hand out prizes.

Fomer Atlanta Mayor Franklin to Speak at UWG Commencement

The University of West Georgia is proud to announce that former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will be the speaker at the university’s spring 2010 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8.

UWG will hold ceremonies at 9 a.m. for College of Arts and Sciences and Richards College of Business undergraduates and at 2 p.m. for College of Education and School of Nursing undergraduates and Graduate School degree recipients. Ceremonies will take place in UWG’s Coliseum.

Franklin, who served two terms as mayor of Atlanta, was first elected in 2002, becoming the first woman to serve as mayor of a major Southern city. She currently is the William and Camille Cosby Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta. She also co-chairs the Regional Commission on Homelessness, serves as vice chair of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and serves on the board of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Franklin holds a bachelors degree from Howard University and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

UWG Celebrates BB&T Donation

The University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business this week celebrated BB&T Corp.’s pledge of $1 million to establish the Center for Ethics and Free Enterprise and the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series with a reception to honor the donation.

“BB&T is very pleased to be able to partner with the Richards College of Business in providing tomorrow’s business leaders with an intellectually challenging study of the foundations of capitalism,” said BB&T West Georgia area executive Tammy Hughes.

The donation will generate faculty and student research and new business courses as well as a lecture series, which will be open to the public and will focus on topics such as ethical foundations of free enterprise.

“This generous gift from BB&T provides the resources for expansion of student opportunities for innovation, experience and learning, and furthers our mission of becoming a destination university of choice among students,” said Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG president.

John Allison, chief executive of BB&T, is scheduled to visit UWG in the fall and will be the lecture series’ inaugural speaker.

“This award aligns perfectly with BB&T’s mission to make the communities in which we work better places to be,” said Hughes.

BB&T has a long-lasting relationship with the university, providing UWG with support including contributing to the university’s new athletics complex and endowing a presidential scholarship.

“BB&T has been a wonderful benefactor and friend to the university,” said Sethna. “That generosity has helped us accomplish much in our mission to provide educational excellence in a personal environment.”

Here's a Video Short Project from a UWG Student

What grade would you give him?

Relay For Life

Carroll County Relay for Life is fast approaching! It is this Friday, April 16. Please come out to support. Everyone is invited. The event is taking place at the Carroll County Recreation Center (off of Newnan Rd.). For more information, contact Janet Nichols.

UWG Grad Shows You're Never Too Old to Learn

You won't find many 88-year-olds attending college classes and living in a dorm, but to Peggy Saavedra, her tiny apartment at the University of New Orleans feels just right.
"I went from an 11-room house in Lake Terrace to here," she says. "I'd rather be here."

For as long as she can remember, "Miss Peggy," as she is known to everybody on the UNO campus, has loved going to school.

"I graduated from West Georgia College in 1941, and I've been going to college ever since," she says.


UWG officials express concern over gun bill

Depending on the outcome of Senate Bill 308, concealed weapons could be allowed on the grounds of the University of West Georgia.

Some students, faculty and staff, including the school president, however, have expressed concerns about the legislation.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Help in Fight Against Autism

Hi Everyone!!

My student organization, National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will be participating in the Walk Now For Autism on Sunday, May 22 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA. I will be walking no matter how little or how much I can raise.

Please join me in my fight to make a difference in the lives of the more than 1 million Americans living with autism today. I am participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks to help find a cure for autism. Autism is the second most common developmental disorder in the United States affecting one in every 110 children born today. Despite some promising discoveries, the cause of autism is unknown and a cure does not exist. Research is crucial. Every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with autism. Not only must we find ways to improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism, but we also must find a cure, and soon. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is our chance to make a difference in the fight against autism by raising money for autism research and heightening public awareness.

Please join me in my fight as I raise money to help fund essential research. Please join me in my fight as I raise money to help fund essential research. You can donate to Walk Now for Autism Speaks and/or join my team online using the links at the bottom of this page. Thank you for taking an important step in the fight against autism. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Autism Speaks 501 (C)(3) Tax Id #: 20-2329938

Please donate on my page using the Walk Now for Autism Speaks website:

Thank you!!!

Katie Millican

Former Presidential Candidate Barr to Speak

Former presidential candidate Bob Barr will be speaking on

"Re-Acquainting America with Our Constitution," on Thursday, April 15

at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.2. The event, free and

open to the public, is sponsored by the College Libertarians.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Candidates for Governor Coming to UWG

Four Authors, Three Books, One Book Signing Event

On Friday, April 23rd, Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society will sponsor a reception at the University of West Georgia’s Alumni House honoring the publication of three books related to Carrollton and Carroll County by University of West Georgia authors. Suzanne Durham and Emma Elaine Dobbs, authors of Carrollton Then & Now; Myron House, author of Carroll County, Georgia Pioneers: Sketches of Early Settlers of Carroll County, Georgia and their Descendants; and Tim McWhorter, author of Southern Bedtime Stories will sign their books from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For further information, contact Catherine Hendricks at or (678) 839-5337.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Warning: This Video Will Induce Hunger

Check out International Night at UWG

TV judge makes appearance at UWG

Volunteering was the theme at the University of West Georgia Wednesday during the first “Day of Civic Engagement.”

After an afternoon filled with information about local volunteer opportunities, students and other area residents were encouraged to listen to television personality and Judge Glenda A. Hatchett speak about the importance of getting involved.

“It’s not just about you. It’s not just about me. It’s about what we’re willing to invest,” she said.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wolves' defense shines

The University of West Georgia football team played their Blue-White Spring Game for the first time in the University Stadium on Saturday and the defense rose to the occasion of protecting their home turf. The defense imposed their will on the offense during the entire scrimmage, forcing two fumbles, grabbing two interceptions and scoring a safety.

UWG head coach Daryl Dickey was pleased with the way his defense played.


Preview Day

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend Preview Days, which are important “open house” events. Preview Day will be held on Sunday, April 11. The Preview Day program is from l:30-6:00 p.m., although we recommend that families arrive early. The check-in time for Preview Day is 1:00 p.m. and takes place in the UWG Coliseum. A Welcome Session follows at 1:30 p.m. with remarks by University President Dr. Beheruz Sethna, as well as a UWG student representative.


Earth Day

Earth Day is this month, and the office of Communications and Marketing want to know about any green initiatives or Earth Day activities you are planning. Please e-mail your plans and projects.

Students finalists in t-shirt design contest

Four University of West Georgia students are finalists in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Competition.

Clint Samples, who teaches web design for the UWG Art Dept., requires his class to participate in the competition. Students are asked to create a logo that will be worn by 55, 000 people in the Atlanta area during the Peachtree Road Race.


As weather warms, officials stress bike safety

Motorists, be aware — it’s cycling season.

And the advice to cyclists — obey traffic laws.

With the return of warm weather, cyclists will be appearing more often on the roads for recreation, exercise or family activities.

“Georgia law allows cyclists on the road and all the rules of the road apply,” said Sgt. Kurt Catudal of the Carrollton Police Department’s bicycle unit. “It’s safer to ride in the roadway. There’s less debris and few bumps.”


Taking You Out to the Ballgame

Alumni, bring your family and friends! The University of West Georgia is hosting the UWG Night with the Rome Braves on June 12 at the State Mutual Stadium in Rome, Ga. The event allows alumni to choose between two separate options for their preference on game day.

The first option is a family-friendly picnic at the Coca-Cola Pavilion beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $18 per person and includes a picnic buffet, a reserved game ticket at field level and a free souvenir hat.

The second option offers a pre-game party atmosphere at the stadium’s Yacht Club beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and includes a picnic buffet, a game ticket and draft beer. Only adult beverages will be served in this area and proper ID will be required.

All tickets must be purchased in advance through the Alumni Office by Friday, June 4. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 678-839-6582 or email

UWG Students Make the Most of Spring Break

See how some UWG students spent their spring break volunteering, not lounging, on Jekyll Island:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

UWG Grad Found Confidence, Experience

Jazma Parker did not always have the tools necessary to succeed easily accessible to her while growing up. Instead Jazma learned at a young age that if she wanted to achieve a better life for herself than the one she was raised in, she would have to make it happen on her own. Growing up in housing projects in Marietta, Ga., Jazma refused to let her environment define her future.

“I always had the confidence in myself to know I was going to be successful, it was just a matter of setting realistic goals for my self, and finding the best ways to achieve them,” Jazma said.

In high school Jazma’s priorities were geared towards planning her future, not a common trait in many high school students. She actively searched for scholarships and grant programs that would help secure her future goal of going to college.

“I never tried to think of all the bad things around me, I was focused on surrounding myself with positive people who were doing positive things.” Jazma said.

Due to her hard work, and determination Jazma was accepted to a couple of different colleges and universities in Georgia. Turning down schools like Georgia Tech and Savannah State to come to the University of West Georgia, was a decision she made based on which school could best accommodate her plans for a career in the field of law enforcement.

“I came to UWG because its criminology program stood out among the rest, “ said Jazma. “The criminology program at the school gave me the necessary skills I could use in the field, as well as the in class learning that was necessary to become knowledgeable about my major.”

Jazma graduated from UWG in August 2009, and she feels she has taken away a wealth of knowledge and experience that will give her confidence in any job choice she makes. She also finds comfort in the fact that she met professors along the way who will serve as mentors for her in her future career endeavors

UWG Nursing Student is First Gunnell Scholarship Recipient

Tamara Wesley-Hutton is the University of West Georgia’s proud first recipient of the recently established Ila Mae Gunnell Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship, established for UWG’s School of Nursing, was created in honor of Ila Mae Gunnell, who devoted 32 years in helping to build what is now Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica into a highly respected health care facility.

The Ila Mae Gunnell Memorial Scholarship was created by Gunnell’s children, who believed that the scholarship was an ideal opportunity to pay tribute to their mother’s work.

“We feel like this was a wonderful way to honor her legacy – to help others achieve something she valued so much,” said daughter Carol Maynard.

Wesley-Hutton, 37, received the scholarship this fall. She is currently enrolled in the nursing program and works as an intensive care unit nurse at Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica.

“The scholarship benefited me personally because I am the sole provider for my family right now,” said Wesley-Hutton. “My husband is currently unemployed because the plant he worked for closed in December 2008. I also have two sons, ages 10 and 15, to take care of.”

Wesley-Hutton said she was grateful both for being a scholarship recipient and for UWG’s assistance in accepting her transfer classes from previous universities. She said these opportunities are helping her to achieve her goals.

Wesley-Hutton only has four more nursing classes to take before she obtains her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree. Her goals after graduation include beginning UWG’s master’s program for Leadership in Nursing and eventually becoming a nurse anesthetist.

West Georgia Theatre

Locks of Love

Join The UWG Athletics Dept. & The Wolves Baseball Team

Tuesday April 6th As We Take On Columbus State @ 4:00!!

Help Us Hit A Grand Slam By Donating Your Hair To Locks

Of Love & Bring A Well Needed Smile To A Child’s Face!!

· Donation Booth Opens @ 3:00

· Types Of Donations: Hair Donations (10+ inches) or $$

· Donations In The Form Of Cash, Check, or Money Order!

· Fans Can Also Stop By For A Quick Trim For A Minimum

Donation Of $10, With All Proceeds Going To Locks Of Love!!

UWG ready to spring forward

The University of West Georgia football team had its first-ever Blue-White game at University Stadium on Saturday, and third-year UWG coach Daryl Dickey provided somewhat of a backhanded compliment in his assessment from the situational scrimmage on the warm spring day.

“We made it through without getting anybody hurt, which is good. But I’m not sure we hit hard enough to get anybody hurt,” Dickey said.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Join the Sock Drive

Please join the Office of Institutional Diversity in celebrating Older Americans Month by participating in a “Sock Drive”. Older Americans Month’s (celebrated in May since 1963). The 2010 theme is “Age Strong, Live Long.” Did you know that one in every eight or 12.8% of the population is an Older American (65+)? or that 471,000 grandparents, aged 65 or older, had the primary responsibility for their grandchildren who live with them? Our office will be collecting NEW socks April 12th- April 28th. Please help us reach our goal of 500 NEW pairs of socks! Bring all socks to Room 217 (Row Hall, East Wing) or place them in campus mail. All socks will be donated to local nursing homes in Carroll County during the month of May. For additional information call 678-839-5400 or visit

Chappel Named National Teacher of the Year

Cyndi Chappel, a classroom teacher in the Learning and Early Assessment for Preschoolers (LEAP) Program at Mason Creek Elementary School, has been named the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2010 Clarissa Hug National Teacher of the Year. CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. This award honors a CEC member who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities and whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching.

She began her career in 1990 and has been teaching in the LEAP Program since 2002. LEAP serves children with significant developmental delays from ages three through five.

Ms. Chappel states, "I believe early intervention for children with delays makes a huge impact. Collaboration between home and school is necessary for effective growth. The parents are the expert on the child. The staff members are the experts on effective strategies for learning. Technology enhances learning activities and communication. Digital pictures, photo stories, and simple presentations allow repeated exposure to vocabulary."

We congratulate Ms. Chappel on this honor. She will receive her award at the annual Council for Exceptional Children in Nashville, Tennessee in April.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


The University of West Georgia is hosting a presentation by M. Pascal Le Deunff, the Consul-Général of France in Atlanta, on April 13, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Le Deunff is a longtime foreign diplomat and is a former professor of economics. He has worked in many different countries including Thailand, Germany and Malaysia, tackling regional and international issues. In January 2009, Le Deunff was awarded the silver Medal of Honour of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

His presentation’s topic will feature Franco-US relations. The talk is free and all are invited to attend.

For more information, please call 678-839-6515.

Local veterinarian making a difference in Afghanistan

Dr. Richard Whitten, a Carrollton veterinarian, has seen his Provincial Reconstructive Team come under fire scores of times by militant Taliban forces.

It is a “hot” area where Whitten and the team are based, the Paktika Province of Eastern Afghanistan, and in civilian terms, this translates into the place being nothing short of a war zone. In recent months, the group has seen a handful of casualties, one of which was fatal, and the threat of attack never goes away. There is never a time when one’s guard can be lowered.