Friday, December 16, 2011

Charter Bank fulfills stadium pledge


Charter Bank fulfills pledge to University Stadium. Pictured are (left) Chuck Thompson, Charter Bank Regional President and Daryl Dickey, UWG athletics director and football coach.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Star of Bethlehem Physics Presentation



The Star of Bethlehem
a multimedia astronomy lecture
will be presented
Friday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Math-Physics -- Crider Lecture Hall


Free and open to the public

Suitable for ages 10 years and up.

Travel back in time to ancient Babylonia and watch the star rise in the East. Then go by camel with the Wise Men all the way to Bethlehem, and observe the Heavens again.


Presented by
Dr. Ben de Mayo, Prof. Emeritus of Physics
678-839-4087 or 678-839-4097

bdemayo@westga.edu

Sponsored by the
Departments of Physics & Continuing Education and
the Georgia Space Grant Consortium-NASA


Cowtown String Band Performing in the Library Today


Reception and musical performance featuring the Cowtown String Band exploring the influence of the Civil War on America's musical heritage.

The event is presented as part of the reading and discussion series, "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War." This series is sponsored by the Ingram Library's Penelope Melson Society as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The library is also hosting an exhibit of Civil War artifacts from the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory as part of this series.

The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with the musical performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the main floor of the Ingram Library.

Cowboy Christmas Rides into the Townsend

The University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents Riders in the Sky on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. No matter what age, you will enjoy hours of fun with America’s Favorite Cowboys. Riders in the Sky are comedians whose wacky western wit and songs have delighted audiences from coast to coast.

The University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents Riders in the Sky on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.  No matter what age, you will enjoy hours of fun with America’s Favorite Cowboys.  Riders in the Sky are comedians whose wacky western wit and songs have delighted audiences from coast to coast.Celebrating 33 years together including Grammy Awards for Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc., Riders in the Sky gives a saddlebag full of wacky imagination and cowboy music. These four-part harmonizing cowboys have spruced up the bunkhouse, donned their sequined yuletide outfits, and loosed their vivid imaginations to create a holiday musical fantasy for Saddle Pals of all ages. Christmas The Cowboy Way will feature their unique brand of cowboy humor sprinkled with a dash of holiday spice which includes original songs like “Riding Home on Christmas Eve,” “Deck The Bunkhouse Walls,” and “The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear.” So put on your merry cheer and saddle up for a holiday evening The Cowboy Way!

Preceding the Riders in the Sky performance, the Townsend Center will continue its annual toy drive tradition. There will be a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Dangle Theatre. Toy donors and their families will enjoy desserts, hors d'oeuvres and holiday music. An unwrapped toy is your ticket to the reception.

Tickets for Riders in the Sky are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, and $15 for children. Visit or call the Townsend Center Box Office at 678-839-4722 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before show time. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.townsendcenter.org.

Carrollopoly Comes to Town


The Carroll County constitutional officers are now accepting orders for the new board game Carrollopoly.

Based on Carroll County, the familiar and popular family board game style features landmarks, businesses and other recognizable aspect of the community.

“The constitutional officers of Carroll County are looking forward to promoting education in our county,” said Carroll County Tax Commissioner Vickie Bearden. “We feel there is a strong need to fund GED testing, and we want to give high school students a head start on their college education.”

Proceeds from the game will be used to help fund a brand new scholarship fund throughout Carroll County for students and adults. The goal is to help remove obstacles for local residents to gain their GED and open up new and attractive employment opportunities. The proceeds will also provide high school students with scholarship funds.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Men's Basketball Breakdown: The First Eight Games


As basketball seasons go, the 2011-12 version for the UWG men's team has started as well as could be hoped for, as the Wolves are perfect through the first eight games.

This year's Wolves are utlilizing a solid mix of strong defense and steady offense to get to this point undefeated. The start has included blowouts and close-calls, but each has continued to build on what is the best opening to the men's basketball season since the 2004-05 campaign.

Sims on fire early
UWG senior forward Da'Ron Sims has been on a torrid pace thus far in his final season at West Georgia, averaging 20.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game over the first eight. He is shooting 47 percent from the floor and hitting on 75 percent of his free-throws. Against Columbus State last Saturday, Sims had 10 points and 13 rebounds, his first double-double of the 2011-12 campaign. His points total is also good for tops in the Gulf South Conference.

The Start Historically
A look through the archives of UWG men's basketball shows many solid seasons, but mostly West Georgia would find a loss in game five or six. This year's 8-0 start marks the fourth-best in school history, with the 1972-73 9-0 start next on the list. Fortunately for this year's team, Augusta State is not on the schedule, as the Jaguars have been the team to stop the top three starts in school history.

Read more at UWGsports.com

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Refresh & recharge with COSS


The College of Social Sciences is helping students refresh and recharge amidst the stress of finals.

COSS invites students to stop by the Deans Office, Pafford 3rd floor during finals week (12/5-12-8)
from 9am-5pm. The college is providing snacks and drinks for students, and is offering them "Quiet Zones" (Pafford 118 and 220) for a quiet space to study, reflect, and disconnect from the stress.

For more information, call 678-839-5170.

UWG’s Psychology Department to Launch Study of the Senses

The University of West Georgia’s Department of Psychology is currently studying people with synesthesia, a fusion of the senses.

synesthesiaPeople with synesthesia experience the world on several levels: numbers have personalities; they can taste words; they see colors when they hear music; they experience days of the week, months and even years as circles, ellipses or ovals.

In the first phase of the study participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their experiences. If they meet the study criteria, they will be asked to come to UWG’s main campus in Carrollton to participate in two experiments and for a short interview.

A computer will administer the experiments. One of the experiments involves ESP; the other will explore imagination. The experiments and interview will take up to 90 minutes. Participants who are asked to come to the UWG campus will receive movie or book vouchers worth $15 as a thank you for taking part in this study.

Anyone interested in participating in the study, please contact Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore at csimmond@westga.edu.

Participant data will be stored in coded form and individual names will not be associated with their responses. Data will be analyzed based on general patterns rather than individual scoring. If examples are used in publications and presentations, such examples will only be referred to by use of pseudonyms.

For more information go to http://www.wix.com/csimmond/synesthesiastudy.

Cowboy Christmas Rides into the Townsend

The University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents Riders in the Sky on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. No matter what age, you will enjoy hours of fun with America’s Favorite Cowboys. Riders in the Sky are comedians whose wacky western wit and songs have delighted audiences from coast to coast.

The University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents Riders in the Sky on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.  No matter what age, you will enjoy hours of fun with America’s Favorite Cowboys.  Riders in the Sky are comedians whose wacky western wit and songs have delighted audiences from coast to coast.Celebrating 33 years together including Grammy Awards for Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc., Riders in the Sky gives a saddlebag full of wacky imagination and cowboy music. These four-part harmonizing cowboys have spruced up the bunkhouse, donned their sequined yuletide outfits, and loosed their vivid imaginations to create a holiday musical fantasy for Saddle Pals of all ages. Christmas The Cowboy Way will feature their unique brand of cowboy humor sprinkled with a dash of holiday spice which includes original songs like “Riding Home on Christmas Eve,” “Deck The Bunkhouse Walls,” and “The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear.” So put on your merry cheer and saddle up for a holiday evening The Cowboy Way!

Preceding the Riders in the Sky performance, the Townsend Center will continue its annual toy drive tradition. There will be a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Dangle Theatre. Toy donors and their families will enjoy desserts, hors d'oeuvres and holiday music. An unwrapped toy is your ticket to the reception.

Tickets for Riders in the Sky are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, and $15 for children. Visit or call the Townsend Center Box Office at 678-839-4722 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before show time. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.townsendcenter.org.

Stress Free Zone for Finals Week


The library opens on Sunday and doesn't close until Friday, so come do your studying at our place!
Beginning at 8pm, Ingram Library will provide refreshments and space to do your studying and to take a study break during finals week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will offer yoga workshops to help you manage your stress.

On all nights, we will provide board games for your study break entertainment.

For more information contact Angela Pashia at 678-839-6362 or at apashia@westga.edu.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Civil War Exhibit Opens the Ingram Library

Civil War artifacts and materials are currently on display at the University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library. The exhibit runs through March 2012.

The display features artifacts from the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, including salvage from the sunken warship, CSS Nashville. Also on display are items from the library’s special collections. The Fannie Hargrave collection features letters and daguerreotypes of a Carroll County bride whose husband, a Confederate officer, was killed in a raid in Cedartown. In another letter, a Coweta County soldier tells a Villa Rica woman, a mother of seven children, how her Confederate soldier husband died of dysentery and measles in Mississippi.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. The Cowtown String Band will explore the influence of the Civil War on America’s musical heritage.

The exhibit is held in conjunction with the five-part reading and discussion series “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” which begins on Sunday, Jan. 15, with subsequent discussions on alternate Sunday afternoons through March 11. Keith Bohanan, UWG associate professor of history, will lead the discussions.

Participants will read; “March,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Geraldine Brooks; the anthology “America’s War”; and James M. McPherson’s “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam.”

The exhibit and participation in the book discussion is open to the community. The first participants to register will receive free copies of the books.

To register go to: https://apps.westga.edu/limesurvey/index.php?sid=19159&lang=en.

The discussion series is made possible with a $3,000 grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Penelope Melson Society, the library’s friends organization, provided local support for the series.

The Ingram Library is one of 65 libraries nationwide and one of four in Georgia who received grants to host the series, which will encourage participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation.

For more information go: http://uwglibrary.wordpress.com/

Wolves survive on the road, move to 8-0


When you are undefeated, it gets tougher each night out to stay in that position. The UWG men's basketball team had their closest battle since the season opener Saturday afternoon, holding off a late charge from Columbus State for a 60-59 victory.

The win moves West Georgia to 8-0 on the season, the best start at UWG since the 2004-05 season when UWG started out 12-0. To pick up their eighth win of the season, this year's Wolves needed a solid defensive effort Saturday.

The first 13 minutes of the contest were a see-saw battle, but it was Columbus State that drew first blood, opening up a six-point lead in the first five minutes. The Cougars held the lead until the 7:11 mark when junior guard Quincy Hill raced the length of the court for a layup and a foul. Hill was shaken up on the play and Lavon Gray hit the free-throw in his stead, giving the Wolves a 26-25 advantage.

From that point for the remainder of the half, the Wolves would not give up the lead, with the advantage getting as high as six points and as low as two points. Jamarquis Stevenson hit a jumper at the buzzer for CSU that cut the UWG lead to 37-34 heading into the locker room.

Utilizing stellar ball movement, West Georgia went up by as many as eight in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Columbus State clawed back into contention, cutting the UWG lead to one at 51-50 with 7:37 remaining in the contest.

Read More at UWGSports.com

Judge to Speak at MLK Day Celebration



The Office of Institutional Diversity of the University of West Georgia will host its third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The speaker for the occasion is Judge Penny Brown Reynolds. The theme for the occasion is “There’s Still Work to Do: Seize the Day.” The program is free and open to the public.

Brown Reynolds presides over the renowned internationally syndicated television show, "Family Court with Judge Penny." After earning her bachelor of science, cum laude, from Georgia State University in only three years, she earned a juris doctor from GSU College of Law and a master's degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, graduating first in her class with highest honors.

As a former prosecutor and assistant attorney general, Brown Reynolds’ eloquent speaking ability and expertise allowed her to serve as a state trial court judge in Atlanta for nearly a decade. Additionally, she is the author and co-editor of "Women and the Law: A Guide to Women's Legal Rights in Georgia." She lectures across the country at colleges and universities, conferences and conventions, while concurrently assisting corporations with diversity issues and crisis management.

For additional information, please call 678-839-5400 or visit our website.

Friday, December 2, 2011

UWG’s Psychology Department to Launch Study of the Senses


The University of West Georgia’s Department of Psychology is currently studying people with synesthesia, a fusion of the senses.

People with synesthesia experience the world on several levels: numbers have personalities; they can taste words; they see colors when they hear music; they experience days of the week, months and even years as circles, ellipses or ovals.

In the first phase of the study participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their experiences. If they meet the study criteria, they will be asked to come to UWG’s main campus in Carrollton to participate in two experiments and for a short interview.

A computer will administer the experiments. One of the experiments involves ESP; the other will explore imagination. The experiments and interview will take up to 90 minutes. Participants who are asked to come to the UWG campus will receive movie or book vouchers worth $15 as a thank you for taking part in this study.

Anyone interested in participating in the study, please contact Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore at csimmond@westga.edu.

Participant data will be stored in coded form and individual names will not be associated with their responses. Data will be analyzed based on general patterns rather than individual scoring. If examples are used in publications and presentations, such examples will only be referred to by use of pseudonyms.

For more information go to: http://www.wix.com/csimmond/synesthesiastudy.

Stay West This Weekend


12/2-12/3 "Photo Snow Globes for Winter Time! Weekends West Georgia
will be hosting Photo Snow Globes in the Ingram Library Nook from
1pm-5pm on Saturday December 3. Come take a break from studying and get ready for winter time!"

12/2-12/3 "The last Stay West Weekend of the Semester is gearing up
today! On Friday December 2 SAC will be hosting SAC-O-RAMA from 3pm-7pm with tons of fun novelties in the HPE Gym, then NAACP will be hosting Exam Pajama Jam in the Campus Center Ballroom from 6pm-9pm with a DJ, tshirts, and fun giveaways.

On Saturday December 3 Art Student Union will be hosting the DADA Art Fest from 12pm-6pm in the Campus Quad and Humanities with lots of fun art to participate in and take home with you! Hope you come out to enjoy these last few events on campus in between studying hard for finals!"

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Midnight Breakfast a tradition


The University of West Georgia held the Midnight Breakfast at the Z6 on November 30. The breakfast is hosted by Auxiliary Services and is one of many end-of-the-semester events held on campus for students as they prepare for finals.

"The semester is a lot of work...the students have been through 14-15 weeks of studies and it’s all coming to an end and it’s time for exams," said Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, Mark Reeves. "This is just an opportunity to get everybody together, have some fun right before exams, let the administration serve them breakfast but at the same time get to mingle with them and also to let the students kind of just let their hair down and relax a little bit too."

The students were able to relax and have fun before the approaching finals while enjoying breakfast. The WOLF Internet Radio provided music for the event which brought several students to dance and sing along throughout the event.

The university wishes the best for all students as they approach their finals and of course, congratulations to those who will be graduating at the end of the semester.

CBS to Rebroadcast THE ELF ON THE SHELF, 12/9

by BWW News Desk/Broadway World

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The CBS Television Network will present an encore of THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF’S STORY, an animated feature based on the best-selling holiday children’s book The Elf on the Shelf, to be rebroadcast on CBS as a special presentation on Friday, Dec. 9 (9:30 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT). (Originally broadcast 11/25/11.)

THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF’S STORY follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole who helps Santa Calus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. Named “Chippey” by his adoptive family, the elf is assigned to help a young boy, Taylor McTuttle, who struggles to believe in the magic of Christmas.

Wolves win defensive struggle


by Jordan Hofeditz/Times-Georgian

In a defensive struggle, the University of West Georgia women's basketball team pulled out the 54-38 victory over Georgia College and State University on Wednesday night at The Coliseum.

The Wolves (3-2) continued their up-and-down season by holding the Bobcats to their second-lowest scoring total of the year.

"We knew that they only had one ball-handler and really, [Myeshia Simms] was really the key to their offense. Slowing her down and getting into her in the full court was the key and they did a really good job. That was the main key, slowing her down," UWG assistant coach Alexis Pace said.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


The University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents Riders in the Sky on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. No matter what age, you will enjoy hours of fun with America’s Favorite Cowboys. Riders in the Sky are comedians whose wacky western wit and songs have delighted audiences from coast to coast.

Celebrating 33 years together including Grammy Awards for Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc., Riders in the Sky gives a saddlebag full of wacky imagination and cowboy music. These four-part harmonizing cowboys have spruced up the bunkhouse, donned their sequined yuletide outfits, and loosed their vivid imaginations to create a holiday musical fantasy for Saddle Pals of all ages. Christmas The Cowboy Way will feature their unique brand of cowboy humor sprinkled with a dash of holiday spice which includes original songs like “Riding Home on Christmas Eve,” “Deck The Bunkhouse Walls,” and “The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear.” So put on your merry cheer and saddle up for a holiday evening The Cowboy Way!

Preceding the Riders in the Sky performance, the Townsend Center will continue its annual toy drive tradition. There will be a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Dangle Theatre. Toy donors and their families will enjoy desserts, hors d'oeuvres and holiday music. An unwrapped toy is your ticket to the reception.

Tickets for Riders in the Sky are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, and $15 for children. Visit or call the Townsend Center Box Office at 678-839-4722 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before show time. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.townsendcenter.org.

Howl for UWG Public Art Project is Dec. 2



The submission deadline for Howl for UWG is Friday, Dec. 2.

Howl for UWG is a public art project that uses the wolf as a metaphor for community. It seeks to connect art, academics and athletics. Howl is patterned after Cows on Parade, an international public art project of painted cows that has raised millions of dollars for charity.

Howl is open to all artists, designers, schools and community groups. There is no limit to the number of submissions a person or group can enter. Please visit the artists link at www.howlforuwg.com for more information and to download the artist application package.

If selected, the work will be fully credited and displayed at appropriate, high visibility locations throughout the UWG campus and the surrounding community.

Selected artists will receive a $350 honorarium to assist in the cost of art supplies and materials. Selected artists will agree to complete both a life-size wolf and a smaller tabletop replica. Depending on the sponsorship level, selected wolves will be auctioned during the spring of 2013. Each sculpture will include a plaque bearing the name of the artist, the sponsor and the title of the wolf. In addition, selected artists will have their information, along with a photograph of their finished wolf, posted on the Howl for UWG website.

Clint Samples, associate professor of art, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations are spearheading the effort. For more information contact Samples at 678-839-4949 or csamples@westga.edu.


Furry Friends for Finals


Furry Friends Coming to Campus...


The end of the semester can be stressful time for everyone on campus-
students, faculty and staff.

This is why PREVENT@UWG is helping you to fight stress by bringing a
few furry friends to campus on THIS THURSDAY!

During this event, "Furry Friends For Finals," students, faculty and
staff will have a chance to play with puppies/dogs, provided by the
staff of the Student Development Center as a method of alleviating
stress and anxiety.

Here are event details:
Title: Furry Friends For Finals"
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time: 11a-1p
Location: Outside the UCC

Wolves Extend Win Streak against Nova Southeastern


Defense has been the driving force behind the undefeated start for the UWG men's basketball team and that was on full display on Tuesday night at The Coliseum, as the Wolves used a stifling defensive effort to take down Nova Southeastern 65-57.

The UWG victory runs the season record to 7-0, continuing the hottest streak to open the season for a West Georgia squad since the 2004-05 season. Da'Ron Sims and Gavin Field were on fire on Tuesday night, combining for 49 of the Wolves' 65 points in the contest.

The first half was a defensive struggle on both sides of the ball as both teams played strong defense early. The Wolves went on top in the first three minutes thanks to back-to-back three-pointers from Sims and Quincy Hill. The Sharks caught up at 9-9 and then took a lead at the 12:44 mark that nearly held for seven minutes.

But with the Wolves trailing 19-17, Field went up for a three-pointer and was fouled on the play. He hit all three shots from the charity stripe, putting the Wolves back in front 20-19. That sparked a five-minute run that ended at the buzzer for halftime as the Wolves outscored Nova Southeastern 11-2 over the final minutes of the opening period. Sims put an exclamation point on the run with a dunk in the final minute to put the Wolves on top 31-21 heading into the locker rooms.

Read the whole story at UWGSports.com

UWG Presents TecHUB, a Free Resource for Educators

The University of West Georgia's College of Education will proudly unveil TecHUB, a free resource center for educators, on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Education Center on UWG's Carrollton campus. The event is free and open to the public.

TecHUB is the new name for the Teaching Materials Center, which has long provided teaching components to the community.

So what's new besides the name?

TecHUB will provide more technologically advanced curriculum resources and materials that will let teachers enhance their classroom experience.

Teachers will be able to check out, at no charge, materials that can be integrated into their lesson plans.

The public is invited to see demonstrations of the technology on Thursday, where there will also be refreshments, games, prizes and a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Dr. Kim Metcalf, dean of the College of Education.

Source: Westga.edu

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

League of Women Voters to host forum


The League of Women Voters of Carrollton and Carroll County will hold a forum for state House District 68 candidates on Wednesday evening, Nov. 30th at the Carroll County Commission Chambers, 423 College St., Carrollton, form 7-9 pm. The candidates are:




James M. Camp, 31, Temple, Libertarian, IT technician.
Thom Fitzpatrick, 48, Villa Rica, Republican, retired.
Dustin “Dusty” Hightower, 30, Carrollton, Republican, attorney.
Marc E. Lattanzio, 38, Villa Rica, Republican, law enforcement.
Alan Martinez, 41, Villa Rica, Republican, business owner.
Tim Whetstone, 50, Carrollton, Republican, salesman.
This special election is to fill the recently vacated seat of Rep. Tim Bearden, who was appointed director of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center by Gov. Nathan Deal. Voting Day is December 6th. Early voting is Nov. 28-Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information email carrollton@lwvga.org.

History Club hosting Toys for Tots Drive


The UWG History Club is sponsoring a Toys for Toys Drive until Friday, December 2. Donations can be taken to a drop off point in the TLC Atrium where Java City use to be located, or the Department of History on the third floor of the TLC.

If donating, please bring a new, unwrapped toy in the original packaging. You can also make a monetary donation in the form of cash or a check made payable to Toys for Tots. All monetary donations should be sent to Professor Vasconcellos, adviser to the club.

For more information contact Vasconcellos at 678-839-6032 or cvasconc@westga.edu.

UWG Duo chosen for Football All-Star Game

Carrollton, GA – Two seniors who helped key the West Georgia Wolves’ turnaround in 2011 have been rewarded for their efforts. Running back James Kennebrew and safety Manny Rodriguez have been selected to play in this Sunday’s National Bowl Game in Allentown, Pa.

The National Bowl is an all-star game for college seniors from across the nation. It is an invitation only game featuring players who earned either All-America or all-conference honors.

Both players were top contributors in 2011 as coach Daryl Dickey guided the Wolves to their first winning season since 2005.

“We are very pleased for both James and Manny,” said Dickey. “This is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents. I am sure they will do an outstanding job representing themselves and our program, and we are happy to support them.”

Kennebrew, a native of Columbus, was UWG’s second leading rusher in 2011. He carried 103 times for 523 yards, and three touchdowns. For his career, Kennebrew completed his eligibility with 1,924 yards rushing, the fifth highest total in West Georgia history.

Rodriguez, who hails from Lawrenceville, played two seasons at UWG following a transfer from
Manny Rodriguez
Wittenberg (Ohio) University. He was the Wolves’ second leading tackler in 2011 with 53 total tackles, including 29 solos. Rodriguez also had two tackles for loss, two passes broken up, and one pass interception during his senior campaign. His career numbers include 115 tackles, including 67 solo stops.

Scouts from a variety of professional leagues will attend Sunday’s game. Also, films of the game and practices will be made available to scouts from all levels of the pro game.

UWG puts streak to test against Sharks


by Jordan Hofeditz/Times-Georgian

The University of West Georgia men's basketball team will look to keep its perfect start to the season intact as Nova Southeastern comes to The Coliseum tonight for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

The Wolves (6-0) have put themselves in a good position early in the season. Of UWG's six wins, five have come by at least 10 points and Saturday's 82-54 win against Tennessee Temple was the biggest margin so far.

Nova Southeastern (2-2) will be the fifth regional NCAA Division II opponent the Wolves have faced this year, and may prove to be one of the tougher tasks.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Riders in the Sky


It's a great big western ho-ho-ho from "America's Favorite Cowboys!" Riders in the Sky will feature their unique "brand" of cowboy humor sprinkled with songs like "Woody's Roundup" and "The Christmas Yodel." Saddle up your pony and meet us at the Townsend Center for a Christmas The Cowboy Way. December 9th, 2011 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..
Adults $20
Childten $15
Seniors/Military $18

Wrap up Your Semester With SAC


To help students deal with the stress of their upcoming finals, the Student Activities Council will be hosting a series of fun and relaxing events from December first through third.

On December 1st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Campus Center ballroom there will be free food and giveaways along with massages and an oxygen bar.

December 2nd from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Campus Center Main Entrance there will be free food, giveaways and music.

December 3rd from 1 pm. to 5p.m. at Ingram Library near Strabucks there will be an opportunity for students to take Snow Globe photos.

Be sure to capitalize on these opportunities for some last minute fun and relaxation.

Wolves 6-0 after beating Tennessee Temple


The UWG offense rolled on Saturday afternoon at The Coliseum as the West Georgia Wolves ran their record to 6-0 with an 82-54 blasting of Tennessee Temple on Thanksgiving weekend.

Three UWG players scored in double-figures and the Wolves hit on 51 percent of their shots to run the winning streak to six straight to start the 2011-12 season. Senior Da'Ron Sims scored at least 20 points for the third straight game, putting up 26 points to lead the second-highest scoring output of the year thus far. The Wolves scored 98 against Point in the home opener on November 16.

After the Crusaders hit the opening shot of the game, a three-pointer from Weedlens Beavil, the Wolves took complete control. A pair of jumpers in the lane from Sims sparked a 22-4 run from West Georgia and the Wolves never looked back. A fastbreak dunk from Sims at the 4:23 mark of the first half put UWG in front 33-10, giving the Wolves their biggest lead of the opening half.

But Tennessee Temple clawed their way back into contention, going on a 15-3 run to close out the half and and jumper from Jarrett Smith cut the Wolves' advantage to 11 at 36-25 heading into the locker room at the break.

Just over a minute into the second half, Smith hit a layup that cut the Wolves' lead to nine, the first time that the UWG lead had been less than double-digits since the 13:39 mark of the first half. West Georgia then reeled off 16-straight points to squash any thought of an upset from the Crusaders.

Read more at UWGSports.com

Wolves fall in to Tampa in Florence, AL


The West Georgia women's basketball team came up on the short end of a shootout Saturday night in Florence, Ala., falling 79-69 to the Tampa Spartans in a single neutral site contest.

The shootout came at the three-point line, as Tampa hit 11 three-pointers on the night to the Wolves' seven, but seven of the Spartans' made shots from beyond the arc came in the second half. West Georgia hit five in the first half, but couldn't keep pace in the second, hitting just two three-pointers in that period.

The first half was one of see-saw battles between the two teams, as both squads were able to take as much as a five-point lead in the period, but neither could get any further than that. Both teams shot right at or just below 50 percent in the half and it looked as though Tampa would take a four-point advantage in at the break.

But junior Monè Peoples cut that lead to one with two seconds left in the half, nailing a three-pointer to pull the Wolves to within one at 37-36 heading into the locker room. Peoples went into the locker room as the Wolves' leading scorer in the first half with 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range.

Read more at UWGSports.com

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Outgoing trustees honored




The University of West Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees recently honored four members whose terms of service concluded. Board Chairwoman Susan Fleck, left, is shown with outgoing board members Randall Redding, Lucille Garmon, Deirdre Haywood-Rouse and Bob White (a 1968 West Georgia alumni).

Friday, November 18, 2011

History Club hosting Toys for Tots Drive


The UWG History Club is sponsoring a Toys for Toys Drive until Friday, December 2. Donations can be taken to a drop off point in the TLC Atrium where Java City use to be located, or the Department of History on the third floor of the TLC.

If donating, please bring a new, unwrapped toy in the original packaging. You can also make a monetary donation in the form of cash or a check made payable to Toys for Tots. All monetary donations should be sent to Professor Vasconcellos, adviser to the club.

For more information contact Vasconcellos at 678-839-6032 or cvasconc@westga.edu.

November is Georgia “Apply to College Month”


ATLANTA — November 18, 2011

by John Millsaps/University System of Georgia

For many high school seniors across Georgia, the application and financial aid process can be overwhelming and deterring. Georgia Apply to College Month, held during November, is full of events specifically designed to to assist high school seniors with the college application process and to make them aware of the many college-related resources that are available. Via www.GACollege411.org students have a one-stop-shop to apply to colleges throughout the state of Georgia.

Georgia Apply to College Month events have been underway at nearly 200 participating Georgia high schools across the state. Open to all seniors at those schools, the program has a special focus on providing assistance students who are the first from their family to attend college as well as those that find the application process confusing.

“As an increased focus has been placed on college completion, it is also important for us to give students all the necessary tools to succeed. That starts with the college application and financial aid process,” University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said. “Apply to College Month is an excellent opportunity for high school seniors to receive one-on-one attention to educate them about the materials available to help them successfully transfer from high school to the post secondary option of his or her choice.”

Read more: University System of Georgia- November is Georgia "Apply to College Month"

Wolves place seven in All-GSC


Carrollton, GA - Following one of the most successful seasons in a decade, the UWG football team continued that success Thursday as seven players were named All-Gulf South Conference in the 41st edition of the annual coaches vote.

The seven players named All-GSC included one First Team nod and six on the Second Team, marking a tie for the most West Georgia players honored as All-GSC since UWG placed 10 on the team in 2001. In addition, freshman Teddy Lawrence was named GSC Defensive Freshman of the Year and head coach Daryl Dickey was named Co-Coach of the Year.
Denarius Appling
Appling


Denarius Appling was named both First Team and Second Team All-GSC this season after earning Second Team return
specialist honors a year ago. He was named First Team return specialist after averaging 38.9 yards per return on punts, including three touchdowns. He was a distinct weapon and didn't get much of an opportunity to return punts in the second half of the season as teams chose to punt away from him. In addition, he returned 33 kickoffs with an average of 20.8 yards per return.

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Pilot Club Scholarship Endowed, Named for Longtime Member

A scholarship that is given annually to a University of West Georgia student majoring in special education or speech-language pathology has recently become an endowed scholarship and has been given a new name.

The Pilot Club of Carrollton Scholarship was established in 1999 in honor of current and deceased members of the Carrollton Pilot Club. This year, the scholarship was renamed the Margaret N. Perkins Pilot Club of Carrollton Endowed Scholarship. Perkins has been an active member of the local club for 57 years, holding a number of elected and appointed offices. She also has held appointments at the district and international levels of the club and has given her time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the West Georgia community.

The Pilot Club is a worldwide service organization with a focus on brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's, stroke and developmental, emotional and mental disabilities.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

UWG men on Point in home opener


by Jordan Hofeditz/Times-Georgian

The home opener for the University of West Georgia men's basketball team went about as close to coach Michael Cooney's plan as possible, as the Wolves eased past Point University, 98-74, Wednesday night at The Coliseum.

The Wolves (3-0) took a 3-0 lead on a Quincy Hill lay-up and free throw and never trailed in the game.

"We wanted to make sure we set the tone at the beginning of the game and I was really pleased with how hard we played, how hard we competed. We got out to a good lead, kind of took away their heart, let them know they weren't going to come in and get an upset," Cooney said.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wolves Take Down Falcons in Montevallo


Montevallo, AL - The 2011-12 women's basketball season is officially underway and the UWG squad started things off on solid footing Tuesday night, taking down the Montevallo Falcons 62-57 in the season opener.

Senior Krystal Delph scored 15 points in the first half and a game-high 19 points to lead the Wolves (1-0) to the season-opening victory. The captain also came up big down the stretch with a pair of steals in the final minutes to salt the game away for West Georgia.

"It was really big for us to start off the season strong and we really feel like we started this off the way we wanted to," said Delph. "A huge key for us was that our freshmen stepped up well for us and we are going to need that all season to be successful."

Three players who were either new to the Wolves or didn't play much a season ago saw time in the opener, with Angela Davis, Shakilya McLeon and Kanesha Looper# combining for 14 points. McLeon stepped up in the final moments, drawing a foul while hitting a layup and making the subsequent free throw to put the Wolves up for good with 2:10 left in the contest.

Things started off slowly for the Wolves, as Montevallo used an early 12-1 run to take a 12-3 lead in the first five minutes of the contest. Montevallo kept the lead for much of the first half and led by as many as nine with 5:30 left in the period.

Read More at UWGSports.com

What Makes You Tic?


SAC Presents: What Makes You Tic? @ 7pm in the Campus Center Ballroom

Marc Elliot knows the importance of understanding people’s differences. He was born with a rare disease that left him with virtually no intestines and at age nine he developed a neurological disorder called Tourette’s Syndrome. He is now inspiring audiences all across the world by sharing his life story to convey the value of tolerance and they basic attitudes and behaviors that allow it to flourish.

Quoted from MarcElliot.com: "Marc's inspiring speech, “What Makes You Tic?” is loaded with timely humor, powerful anecdotes, and fundamental lessons of tolerance to encourage audiences to 'Live and Let Live,' leaving audiences motivated, better-informed, and reflecting on their own lives."

The presentation will be tonight Wednesday November 16th at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

Foreclosure Figures Offer a Bit of Hope, UWG Expert Says



William Smith

The most recent housing foreclosure figures offer some hope that the worst of the crisis in real estate has passed, a University of West Georgia economist says.

Joey Smith said that locally, the housing industry might be in for brighter days after more than two years in the doldrums.

Filing for new foreclosures fell 53 percent in Carroll County in October, according to figures from RealtyTrac, which reports on the national foreclosure market.
Carroll County posted 162 foreclosures in October, compared with 352 in September and 274 in October 2010.

“This may be a sign for at least some cautious optimism in the housing market,” said Smith. “We’re also starting to see some jobs flow back into the area. This means people will have employment and can pay for houses or catch up on their delinquencies.”

Smith tempered his assessment by saying that some of the foreclosure decline might be because of a more cautious approach used in handling paperwork, which could be slowing the process.

Among Georgia's 159 counties, Carroll is No. 11 in foreclosures. In the third quarter of the year, it was No. 6.

Statewide, foreclosures fell 13 percent in October compared with September. Georgia ranked sixth nationally in the rate of foreclosures.

Nationally, foreclosures rose 7 percent in October.


History Club has Toys for Tots Drive



The UWG History Club is sponsoring a Toys for Tots Drive in the TLC Atrium until Dec. 2.
If you would like to donate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy in its original packaging (or with tags) to the box that has been set up in TLC (where the Java City used to be).
Another smaller box has been set up in the Department of History on the 3rd floor TLC.
History Club will also take monetary donations in the form of cash or checks made payable to Toys for Tots.
All cash or check donations should be sent to Colleen Vasconcellos, the club advisor in the Department of History (TLC3209).
If you have any questions, please feel free to email cvasconc@westga.edu or call 678 839 6032

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vote Coach Dickey as Coach of the Year

We are still delirious about the Wolves knocking off No. 1 Delta State. That win, along with the others this season, makes our coach, Daryl Dickey, No. 1 to us. And it's also his leadership and integrity we love. If you agree, vote for him for coach of the year. Go to this link and click on Division II to cast your vote. And you can vote every day until Dec. 3
http://coachoftheyear.com/default.aspx#fbid=2vPV6rDoSVM
coachoftheyear.com
You can help your favorite college football coach win the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. Vote now at coachoftheyear.com.

"Elf" Author Coming Back to UWG


The University of West Georgia College of Education is proud to bring Chanda Bell, a UWG alumna and author of the best-selling children's holiday book "The Elf on the Shelf," to the campus's Education Center, Room 5 on Wed., Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

Bell will be reading her best selling book to local pre-school children, with a book purchase and signing to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Bell's book has become a big hit nationally. CBS will present "The Elf on The Shelf: An Elf’s Story," a new animated feature based on the book, as a special presentation on Fri., Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

"The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story," follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole who helps Santa Claus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. Named “Chippey” by his adoptive family, the elf is assigned to help a

young boy, Taylor McTuttle, who struggles to believe in the magic of Christmas.

"The Elf on the Shelf" was by Carol Aebersold and her daughters, Bell and Christa Pitts, also a UWG alumna, who self-published the book through their company CCA and B. The story was inspired by an Aebersold family tradition featuring

their own pixie elf, Fisbee, who appeared in their home every holiday season. Since 2005, The Elf on the Shelf has sold nearly two million copies.

Big Canoe Entertainment is the Atlanta-based production company that created "The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story." BCE was formed in 2010 by Aebersold, Bell, Pitts, Catherine Scorsese, Chad Eikhoff, Tara Burtchaell and Kenneth Waddell.

Trick 3D executed the animation for the film.

Native American Month at UWG


The University of West Georgia’s Office of Institutional Diversity celebrated Native American Month by hosting Whigham’s Association of the Lower Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe. Several artifacts were on display and there was a presentation about the history of the tribe.

Dr. Christina Venable, secretary of the tribe, discussed how their ancestors went into hiding rather than be forced out of their territory by the United States. This guaranteed the survival of the Muskogee tribe and their heritage.

The history of the tribe is told through P.A.S.S.:
Physical (Government)
Agricultural (Planting, seasons)
Social (Dress, dancing)
Spiritual (Ceremonial beliefs, views of life)

The Muskogee people are historically friendly, not “barbaric” as many are taught about Native Americans. One of the biggest social aspects of their culture is the enjoyment of stickball. Venable shared with the crowd how the game is similar to baseball, but anything goes.

She laughed as she remembered a game of stickball that took place at Stone Mountain with another Muskogee tribe, and how some ended up going to the hospital. Stickball was generally how the tribe dealt with issues. For example, if someone from another tribe took something from their tribe, instead of fighting or going to war, they would play a game of stickball (which, in itself, could be like war at times).

Venable spoke in great detail on the tribe’s belief in wellness, and how everyone should strive to achieve balance in his or her life.

“If one part of the person is out of balance with itself, its tribe or its family…the whole person is out of balance,” she said.


Venable went on to mention how the Muskogee people believe in the four hills of life: birth, youth, adult and elder. She said the tribe believes in their youth, and that you will never hear a young person told that “they can’t become this, or that they would never accomplish that.”

The material she provided to the audience states, “[w]e must allow youth to have a voice to express themselves openly without criticism. We recognize the youth as a small adult with a mind and spirit of their own.”

Venable concluded by giving students some advice: “[e]ach hill must accomplish its goal, in order to move towards the next challenges in this life. We move in the circle of life, it is unending.”

For more information on the Office of Institutional Diversity, visit www.westga.edu/diversity.

For more information on The Lower Muskogee Tribe, visit muskogee-heritage.tripod.com.

Sigma Chi giving back with JEANS FOR TEENS


Sigma Chi Fraternity at UWG is making its first philanthropic attempt with JEANS FOR TEENS. The fraternity is teaming up with Alice's House, a group home in Carrollton, to give back to the community.

Sigma Chi Fraternity President, Kentralle Goodwin, said that the fraternity is not asking for monetary contributions, but strictly jeans that people no longer wear. Goodwin also said that the weather is getting colder and some children do not have any clothes to wear. The donations would go to children who are without proper attire for the upcoming cold months and Sigma Chi is hoping that all that can donate will.

Sigma Chi will have a table set up outside the UCC this Thursday, November 17, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Alice's House is part of the Georgia Baptist Children's Homes, and is in the "building business." The website states that they are not "building structures," but are instead "rebuilding lives."

For more information on Sigma Chi at UWG, visit their Facebook. You can also learn more about Sigma Chi Fraternity at www.sigmachi.org.

For more information on Alice's House, visit www.gbchfm.org.