Monday, October 31, 2011

Nation Novel Writing Month Kick-Off



Have you ever imagined that one day you would write a novel?

November is National Novel Writing Month. Ingram Library, the University Writing Center, and the Dept. of English will be collaborating to bring you fun NaNoWriMo events all month.

Founded in 1999, the fiction-writing extravaganza encourages everyone in the world to spend November bashing out a 50,000 word novel.

Join us on Nov. 1 for our kickoff party for more information and to meet fellow novelists!

Ingram Library 4-6 p.m..

On-Time Registration Starts Today


On-Time Registration is a program that allows students to take advantage of planning ahead. By registering for classes during the On-Time period, students will be allowed to register for classes first thereby getting the classes they need on the days and times they want. On-Time students also get the benefit of earlier access to financial aid along with the peace of mind of not having to register at the last minute or having to worry about late registration fees. The On-Time Registration period begins on October 31st and goes on until open registration begins on November 14th. Students choosing to participate in On-Time registration will be required to have advisement as per usual before they can register.

Wolves best Valdosta 23-20


Valdosta, GA - The UWG football team has made strides this season, but coming into Saturday's Battle for the Peach Basket with 17th-ranked Valdosta State, the Wolves were still looking for a game where they could hang their hat. Less than three hours after the start, the Wolves had that win with a thrilling 23-20 victory over the Blazers at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

With 10 seconds left in the game, things were still in doubt for the Wolves as West Georgia trailed VSU 20-16. But the Wolves had quarterback Emmanuel Taylor and the ball on the Blazers' 11. The UWG junior faded back and fired a bullet, finding V.J. Hunt in the front corner of the endzone for the game-winning score.

"These kids were so hungry for a win, the way they worked at practice was just inspiring," said head coach Daryl Dickey. "That was a great job by our guys to respond to adversity late in the game again."

The drive that produced the game-winning score marked the second time in the last three weeks that Taylor has engineered a game-winning drive. Two weeks ago, he and his offense put together a 33-yard march over the final 2:18 to set up a game-winning field goal by Davis Brackett.

Saturday was a different story, as a furious second-half comeback from Valdosta State left West Georgia in a four-point hole with 5:38 left in the game and the ball at the UWG 34.

"We are a good football team if we play at our best," Dickey said. "Even though we didn't play at our best today, we still found a way to win the game today."

Read More at UWGSports.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

UWG to Host Preview Day Nov. 6




On Sunday, Nov. 6, the University of West Georgia will host Fall Preview Day, in which prospective students and their families can tour the campus and learn about the university's programs. Preview Day activities begin at 1:30 p.m. at the UWG Coliseum, but visitors may arrive at 1 p.m. to allow time for parking and check-in.
Recent Preview Days have drawn record crowds, as more students find out about the enriching opportunities available to them at UWG.
For more information, visit westga.edu.

Art Reception at UWG




Tonight there will be a reception for “Carrollton Collects: Prints from the WPA,” in the Humanities Lobby from 5-7pm. Refreshments will be served.

During the reception there will be a “Bread Line” performance by art students and visitors can purchase small works on paper through the “Ven d’Arte” machine, a coin-operated vending machine stocked with prints donated by artists. Called “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” proceeds from the mini-exhibition will be donated to the hungry through the Carroll County Soup Kitchen.

“Carrollton Collects: Prints from the WPA,” features original works of art from the University of West Georgia’s permanent art collection and the art collections of local residents. On display are works commissioned as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project of the 1930s. The prints on display are woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and wood engravings, many of which were donated by the government to West Georgia College in 1943. They are the sole survivors of a gift of over 300 original artworks from the Federal Art Project of the WPA. Other works in the exhibition have been lent by Carrollton residents Mrs. Dorothy Roush, Dr. and Mrs. Peter Worthy, and Mr. and Mrs. William and Sarah Johnson.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

West Georgia Takes Step Toward Postseason


Carrollton, GA - The first step in the final drive to the postseason for the West Georgia Wolves is complete, as the Wolves held off a late challenge from the West Alabama Tigers Tuesday night, celebrating senior night for five UWG players with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers at University Field.

Heading into Tuesday's match, the Wolves needed several pieces to fall into place to move into the Gulf South Conference tournament next weekend, but the first piece that needed to fall was a win over the Tigers on Tuesday evening.

The Wolves opened the scoring Tuesday night in the 16th minute when West Alabama tried to clear a ball out of the box, but junior Anna Cusick was right there and delivered a 20-yard blast just over the outstretched hand of the UWA keeper for a 1-0 lead in the contest.

But West Alabama was not going down without a fight, as the Tigers tied the match at the 31-minute mark on a blast off of a free kick, as freshman Nicki Gears scored her eighth goal of the season on a pass from Sam Cable. That goal tied the match at 1-1 and that score stood for the remainder of the first half.

Read More at UWGSports.com

Wolves finish third in Laker Invite


Hampton, GA - UWG senior Zach Lassetter fired a second-straight 71 in Tuesday's final round at the Crystal Lake Golf & Country Club, leading the West Georgia men's golf team to a third place finish at the Laker Invitational.

Lassetter had one of the top tournament scores in his career at West Georgia, finishing at 2-under par for the tourney and earning All-Tournament honors with a second-place finish. He started the Laker Invitational with a 72, then followed up with two straight rounds of 71 and finished four strokes behind tournament champion Jordan Walor from UNC-Pembroke.

The Wolves placed three players in the top-15 at the Laker Invitational, led by Lassetter's second-place finish. Senior Bryn Powers finished with a 77 in the third round Tuesday, finishing at 5-over par for 11th place on the leaderboard.

Freshman Dan Merriman was the third UWG golfer in the top-15, as he fired a 73 in each of the final two rounds to finish at 7-over and in 14th place, his highest finish at a three-round tournament thus far.

Freshman Kevin Clarke rebounded with a 75 in the third round after an 82 in the second round to finish in 31st place and #Kyle Mimbs carded a 78 to finish five strokes behind Clarke in 34th place.

Jack Wall, playing as an individual, shot a 73 in the first and third rounds and finished in a tie for 17th place with a score of 8-over par for the tourney.

Tuesday's finale marks the final round of the fall for the Wolves, as West Georgia picks back up on February 13 with a trip to Lakeland, FL and the Lone Palm Golf Club for the Matlock Invitational.

Find this article and other sports news at uwgsports.com

Ludacris in Concert

You heard right...Ludacris is performing at UWG next week!

The show happens Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Coliseum. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 (plus tax) for UWG students/staff/faculty, with a two ticket limit per UWG ID. They'll be $20 (plus tax) the day of the show.

For the general public, tickets are $30 (plus tax). They'll be $35 (plus tax) the day of the show.

Tickets are available at the Coliseum box office, the Townsend Center box office and online at westga.edu. Look under the "EVENTS" section of the homepage.

Show may contain adult content and lyrics.

Not so Scary Fairy Tales


Cayden Williams, 3, picks his winner for the race between the tortoise and the hare, played by John Martin Pilgrim and Susanna Seeman respectively, during a tour Tuesday night of Fairytale Land during the Townsend Center’s “Not So Scary Fairy Tales.” The event, geared toward children and their families, continues throughout the week with more shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cayden and his grandmother, Robin Culp, were being led though the maze by Shaylee the Fairy, played by Kelsey Manuel.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

UWG Invites the Community to its Annual Halloween and Art Celebrations

The University of West Georgia invites visitors to campus for Halloween pumpkins, treats, art and fairy tales.

The University of West Georgia invites visitors to campus for Halloween pumpkins, treats, art and fairy tales.On Friday, Oct. 28, visitors will be able to carve their pumpkins, compete for prizes and then enjoy Halloween fun in a safe environment.

Safe Treat, a decade-long campus tradition, offers children, ages two to 12, in the local community a safe place to trick-or-treat. This year there will be carnival-style games, candy and giveaways for children.

Dozens of student organizations work together to put on the event, said Dawn Palmer, assistant director for residence life.

Safe Treat begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m.

“This is probably the only event that brings this many student organization at once to offer something for the Carrollton Community,” Palmer said.

Carve on the Quad returns to campus for its fourth year. Community members are invited to join UWG art students, who will be carving on the Academic Quad from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors to campus are asked to bring their own pumpkins and tools. There will be awards and prizes.

Carve on the Quad began as a small affair on Adamson Square in 2005 -- nine of Clint Samples art students carved pumpkins for an extra credit project, which were put on display. As the event grew, the carving was brought to campus. Last year, participants carved 175 pumpkins.

“It was the biggest we had,” said Samples, an associate professor of art. Organizers hope even more families come out this year.

As the sky darkens, Art Incend a weeklong celebration of creativity comes to a close. Visitors will be treated to a traditional iron pour – where molten iron is poured into sand molds for art students’ projects. Also, students will be tending the anagama kiln, a centuries-old Japanese method of firing ceramics.

These events are free and open to public. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately for the weather.

For more information contact the UWG Department of Art at 678-839-6521.

The Association of Residence Hall Councils sponsors Safe Treat. Carve on the Quad is sponsored by: Mandeville Lofts; Carroll Realty and Insurance; Underground Books; Corner Café; and Garrett Moulding.

Also happening on the UWG campus starting Tuesday, Oct. 25 and continuing Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the “Not So Scary Fairy Tales: Featuring Tales of the Arabian Nights” at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. “Fairy Tales” combines aspects of live theater with a twisting and turning maze that will delight the child in all of us. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sponsored by Chester and Faye Gibson.

Tickets: $5 All Adults, $3 Children. For more information call the Townsend at 678-839-4722.

Coming Soon! On-Time Registration!


On-Time Registration is a program that allows students to take advantage of planning ahead. By registering for classes during the On-Time period, students will be allowed to register for classes first thereby getting the classes they need on the days and times they want. On-Time students also get the benefit of earlier access to financial aid along with the peace of mind of not having to register at the last minute or having to worry about late registration fees. The On-Time Registration period begins on October 31st and goes on until open registration begins on November 14th. Students choosing to participate in On-Time registration will be required to have advisement as per usual before they can register.

Native American Month Presentation


The Office of Institutional Diversity will host the Association of the Lower Muscogee Creek Indian Tribe, Whigham, Ga., Nov. 1, in Row Hall, 2nd Floor, East Wing, Room 212 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe is a nonprofit Indian educational organization promoting public interest in and understanding of Native American history, culture and traditions. The association holds seminars and gives presentations on the history, myths and legends of the Muskogee Creeks Indians, how they survived after the Trail of Tears and daily living.

The speaker will be Dr. Christina Venable. There will be a display of artifacts. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend. Please call the Office of Institutional Diversity at 678-839-5400 if you need any additional information.

American Red Cross Halloween Blood Drive


The American Red Cross Halloween Blood Drive (UWG versus VSU) is Thursday, October 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Gym 2 of the Campus Center. Some lucky donor will win a $50 gift card and all donors will receive a free t-shirt. To make an appointment contact Clint Smith at 404-542-3568 or csmith40@my.westga.edu, or Charmaine Jones at uwgblooddrive@gmail.com.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lecture Series Kicks Off


The College of Social Sciences' Lecture Series seeks to promote research and collaboration among COSS faculty, and will be held monthly throughout the academic year.

The first lecture will be presented by Dr. Daniel Helminiak, Professor of Psychology on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m., on the first floor of the Ingram Library. The title of the presentation is, "A Lonerganian View of Contemporary Consciousness Studies--Exhibit A: David Chalmers." Light refreshments will be served.

Please see the attached flyer for further details. If you have any questions, or would be interested in making a presentation in the 2012-2013 academic year please contact Dr. Paul Rutledge(prutledg@westga.edu) or Dr. Sal Peralta (jperalta@westga.edu).

Prints from the WPA on Display


The exhibition, “Carrollton Collects: Prints from the WPA,” features original works of art from the University of West Georgia’s permanent art collection and the art collections of local residents. On display are works commissioned as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project of the 1930s. The prints on display are woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and wood engravings, many of which were donated by the government to West Georgia College in 1943. They are the sole survivors of a gift of over 300 original artworks from the Federal Art Project of the WPA. Other works in the exhibition have been lent by Carrollton residents Mrs. Dorothy Roush, Dr. and Mrs. Peter Worthy, and Mr. and Mrs. William and Sarah Johnson. The exhibition is on view in the Bobick Gallery in the Humanities Building on the University of West Georgia campus from October 27 through November 18, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 27 from 5 to 7 PM.

Roosevelt’s Federal Art Project, a part of the WPA, could be considered a Depression era stimulus package. Its goal was to provide work for artists. It was also meant to raise the spirits and confidence of citizens across the country, through theater, dance, art education, and the fine and graphic arts. This highly successful and historically significant project brought a myriad of art forms to humble locations and non-traditional settings. It cut across financial and racial boundaries, and revealed the melting pot that was the American artist while documenting a cross-section of America before the technology-saturated world of today. The exhibition is the result of two years of research and collaboration by four members of the Art Department faculty: Professor Debrah Santini, Professor Stephanie Smith, Professor Joey Hannaford, and Dr. Rebecca Reynolds. The exhibition also features a catalogue including entries on each artwork on display, a contextual essay on the Federal Art Project written by art historian Dr. Reynolds, and an essay on printmaking techniques and history by printmaking Professor Santini. The curating team relied on the assistance of undergraduate students who helped plan the exhibition design and write catalogue entries, and contributions of staff members from different departments on campus. The catalogue, designed by graphic design Professor Joey Hannaford, will be available for purchase at the exhibition.

During the opening reception on Thursday, October 27, 5-7 PM in the lobby of the Humanities Building, there will be a performance by Art Department students inspired by the bread lines that were commonplace during the Great Depression. Other events include a lecture by Dr. Steve Goodson from the History Department: “People Eat Every Day: The WPA and the Great Depression,” November 2, 6 PM, Kathy Cashen Hall, Humanities Building. On Saturday, November 5, Art Department students will lead a printmaking demonstration in the Printmaking program, Cobb Hall basement, 10 AM-12 PM. Students will demonstrate how prints are created, showing relief, etching, and lithographic techniques. On November 14, Dr. Keith Hebert from the Center for Public History will present a program entitled “Voices from the Past: The Great Depression in the West Georgia Region,” Room 203, Humanities Building, 11 AM. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors can also purchase small works on paper through the “Ven d’Arte” machine, a coin-operated vending machine stocked with prints donated by artists. Called “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” the mini-exhibition is named after a popular song from the Great Depression that chronicles the life of “Al,” formerly successful but reduced by the Great Depression to asking if anyone can spare a dime. Instead of asking for a handout, the artists participating in the “Ven d’Arte” project are offering the fruits of their labor and donating proceeds to the hungry through the Carroll County Soup Kitchen. The “Ven d’Arte” project was developed by Professor Santini through a faculty research grant from the University of West Georgia.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Stephanie Smith at slsmith@westga.edu or call 678-839-6415. www.westga.edu/~artdept/

The exhibition can also be accessed online at http://cdm16231.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16231coll5.

Nobel Prizes in Science Discussion




The College of Science and Mathematics is pleased to present a public lecture on the 2011 Nobel Prizes in the sciences. COSM faculty will discuss the research of this year’s awardees. This talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in TLC Room 1305.

Cross Country Teams Place 4th and 5th in GSC


This past Saturday the Wolves Men's Cross Country Team placed 4th in the Gulf South Conference Men's Cross Country Championship at Veterans Park. The Women's Team also had an impressive showing placing 5th. For more information on the progress and placings of individual runners click here for the Men's Team and here for the Women's Team.

Multicultural Ball Canceled

The 4th Annual Multicultural Ball originally scheduled for tomorrow, October 25th, has been canceled. Instead the Department of Institutional Diversity will be focusing its efforts toward a larger multicultural festival in the spring semester so be on the lookout for this exciting new celebration this spring.

Nancy McCabe Reading/Book Signing


Nancy McCabe’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, and Newsweek, among others; made the Best American Essays notable list four times, and won a Pushcart Prize. Her books include After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening, Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption, and Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China (Missouri 2011). She directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the brief resident MFA in writing program at Spalding University. The reading and book signing will take place in Ingram Library tonight, October 24th at 7:30 p.m..

Friday, October 21, 2011

Coming Soon! On-Time Registration!


On-Time Registration is a program that allows students to take advantage of planning ahead. By registering for classes during the On-Time period, students will be allowed to register for classes first thereby getting the classes they need on the days and times they want. On-Time students also get the benefit of earlier access to financial aid along with the peace of mind of not having to register at the last minute or having to worry about late registration fees. The On-Time Registration period begins on October 31st and goes on until open registration begins on November 14th. Students choosing to participate in On-Time registration will be required to have advisement as per usual before they can register.

Not so Scary Fairy Tales


The Townsend Center presents a spectacular children's production. Explore a magical kingdom where characters lurk, hop and giggle around every corner. Cross the mountain pass with the Snow Queen, dodge the fiery Dragon and watch out for the Wolf. Find out what's bothering the Tortoise and why those Ducklings are so riled up. Take a voyage through Scheherazade's Arabian Nights, from Aladdin's desert village to the realm of the grand Sultan, Ali-Baba and the fearless Sinbad. Designed for children and their families, Fairy Tales combines aspects of live theatre with a twisting and turning maze that will delight the child in all of us.
30 minute tours begin at 6:30 each night. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
October 25 and 27-29. Adults $5, Children $3.

Wolves 0-1 in GSC


When the University of West Georgia football team got field goals, West Alabama got touchdowns — and that was the difference in the Wolves' 35-23 setback in their Gulf South Conference opener at University Stadium on Thursday night.

UWG (4-3, 0-1 GSC) scored the first touchdown of the contest on a pass from wide receiver V.J. Hunt to Denarius Appling for an 86-yard strike to take the early 7-0 lead.

It wasn't a play the Wolves have been working on for too long, either.

"About two days. It was a short week of practice, and we put that in to see if it couldn't give us a jump-start in a situation. We went out that first series and didn't get much, so we needed a spark and that gave us a spark offensively," West Georgia coach Daryl Dickey said.

Appling knew that even in a short time, the two receivers could make the play work.

"We really didn't even work on it. We just put it in [Wednesday]. V.J. knew that he could throw the ball at me, and I knew I was going to catch it. So we clicked," Appling said.

But West Alabama (6-2, 1-1) fired right back with a 47-yard drive to tie the game at 7-all.

From there, Davis Brackett connected on a pair of field goals — 43 and 31 yards — to give West Georgia the 13-7 lead at halftime.

"They were long field goals. We didn't get down real close to scoring. [We] knew going in that this was going to be a tight ball game, a hard-fought ball game, so points are a premium and getting those points are big," Dickey said. "I'm proud of Davis Brackett for making those field goals."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ebony and Ivory Ball Coming to UWG

The African Student Association will be hosting West Georgia’s Ebony and Ivory Ball from 7:00-9:00 pm, Mon. Oct 24 2011, Lower Level, Z-6.

This ball is a banquet held to bring awareness about the crisis in the Congo. Tickets are available for three dollars in advance in front of the Ucc 12 pm to 2pm and five dollars at the door. Please contact us at uwgasa@gmail.com.

UWG Seeks Artists Submissions for Public Art Project, Scholarship Campaign

The University of West Georgia is seeking submissions for Howl for UWG, a public art project to benefit scholarships for the UWG Annual Fund Campaign. A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to scholarships for art majors.

The project is patterned after Cows on Parade, an international public art project of painted cows that has raised millions of dollars for charity. Howl seeks to bridge art, academics and athletics using UWG’s wolf mascot as a metaphor for community.

With creative designs from regional artists and donations from sponsors, the fiberglass wolves will roam the UWG campus and community the fall semester of 2012.

The designs should celebrate the bond between UWG and the community. The submission deadline is Dec. 2, 2011.

Howl for UWG is spearheaded by Associate Professor of Art Clint Samples and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. It offers a unique opportunity for artists, business owners and community members to engage with the university in a way that supports UWG’s core values: pursuit of scholarly achievement, creative expression and service to humanity.

Howl for UWG 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.

For more information contact Samples at 678-839-4949 or csamples@westga.edu.

UWG Invites the Community to its Annual Halloween and Art Celebrations


The University of West Georgia invites visitors to campus for Halloween pumpkins, treats, art and fairy tales.

On Friday, Oct. 28, visitors will be able to carve their pumpkins, compete for prizes and then enjoy Halloween fun in a safe environment.

Safe Treat, a decade-long campus tradition, offers children, ages two to 12, in the local community a safe place to trick-or-treat. This year there will be carnival-style games, candy and giveaways for children. Dozens of student organizations work together to put on the event, said Dawn Palmer, assistant director for residence life.

Safe Treat begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m.

“This is probably the only event that brings this many student organization at once to offer something for the Carrollton Community,” Palmer said.

Carve on the Quad returns to campus for its fourth year. Community members are invited to join UWG art students, who will be carving on the Academic Quad from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors to campus are asked to bring their own pumpkins and tools. There will be awards and prizes.

Carve on the Quad began as a small affair on Adamson Square in 2005 -- nine of Clint Samples art students carved pumpkins for an extra credit project, which were put on display. As the event grew, the carving was brought to campus. Last year, participants carved 175 pumpkins.

“It was the biggest we had,” said Samples, an associate professor of art. Organizers hope even more families come out this year.

As the sky darkens, Art Incend a weeklong celebration of creativity comes to a close. Visitors will be treated to a traditional iron pour – where molten iron is poured into sand molds for art students’ projects. Also, students will be tending the anagama kiln, a centuries-old Japanese method of firing ceramics.

These events are free and open to public. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately for the weather.

For more information contact the UWG Department of Art at 678-839-6521.

The Association of Residence Hall Councils sponsors Safe Treat. Carve on the Quad is sponsored by: Mandeville Lofts; Carroll Realty and Insurance; Underground Books; Corner Café; and Garrett Moulding.

Also happening on the UWG campus starting Tuesday, Oct. 25 and continuing Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the “Not So Scary Fairy Tales: Featuring Tales of the Arabian Nights” at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. “Fairy Tales” combines aspects of live theater with a twisting and turning maze that will delight the child in all of us. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sponsored by Chester and Faye Gibson.

Tickets: $5 All Adults, $3 Children. For more information call the Townsend at 678-839-4722.

Sixth Annual FREE Drug Awareness Summit in Carrollton on Oct. 20

Please try to attend any part of this FREE program. Guy Wheeler will
speak at 9 am, and his topic is, "Working with Addicted 18 to 25 Year
Olds", Dr. Merrill Norton will speak at 11, and his topic is, "The
Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse", and Jessie Hambrick will speak at
1:30. His topic will be "Gangs and Violence". Approximately 30
exhibitors will also be on hand to share information. Dr. Norton will
also speak on our campus the evening of October 19th at 7 pm in TLC
1305. His topic will be Marijuana.

The Coalition is holding a raffle of an IPAD2 and a leather case in
order to raise money to provide these free programs. Tickets are $5.00
each or $20.00 for 5 tickets. Tickets may be purchased from Jill
Hendricks in Health Services at 678-839-0641 or Maggie Tennant at
678-839-6428 in Student Development.

Award-Winning Doctor to Give Pharmaceutical Presentation



Dr. Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., NCAC II, CCS, CCDP-D, will present " MARIJUANA, The Big Lie" to the UWG Community on October 19th at 7:00 pm in TLC Room 1305. His presentation will include the most recent research about this controversial drug, used both as a medical alternative as well as a recreational drug. Dr. Norton, a passionate and entertaining speaker, the author of the "Hijacking of the Brain" , "The Pharmacology of Psychoactive Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependence", as well as multiple other publications, is on the faculty of the University of Georgia and is a nationally acclaimed speaker on the subject of addiction. Dr. Norton designs curriculum to train medical providers and pharmacists. We are indeed privileged to have this opportunity to have him speak to our students. This presentation is sponsored by UWG Health Services, UWG Health Education, and the Student Development Center. For additional information please contact Ron King, Health Educator at 678-839-4164, Maggie Tennant, Substance Abuse Counselor at 678-839-6428, Corey Hindman, Patient Advocate at 678-839-5338, or Jill Hendricks, Patient Advocate at 678-839-0641

Luso-Hispanic Day Today


Come celebrate Hispanic culture and learn about issues important to the Hispanic community. Events include a screening of the HBO documentary "The Fence," at 9:00, a flamenco performance at 10:00, a presentation on Mexican Afro-Son fusion at 11:00, and a presentation by Jerry Gonzalez, President of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, at 12:00. Below is a more detailed schedule:


HBO Documentary: The Fence

9:00 a.m. Campus Center 108.1


John Jaramillo: Flamenco Dance of Spain

10:00 a.m. Campus Center 108.2


Carol Subiño: Afro-Son Fusion in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

11:00 a.m. Campus Center 108.1


Jerry González, President, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

12:00 p.m. Campus Center 108.2

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mix It Up Today!




Please “Mix it Up Today!” On October 18, 2011, the University of West Georgia will participate in the annual “Mix it Up at Lunch Challenge!” This event was initiated in November, 2002 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) through its activism center, Tolerance.Org. It is dedicated to dismantling bigotry, valuing diversity, and promoting understanding and acceptance.

Goals:

1) Engage in dialogue with someone new (interactions with people outside your normal social circle).

2) Make people more comfortable interacting with others.

3) Promote awareness and understanding between persons from different backgrounds.

The “Mix It Up” challenge provides an opportunity for the UWG community to reach across the lines of style and appearance, the divisions of race, socioeconomic status, gender, generations/cohort groups, and social boundaries to become acquainted with new people. UWG is a registered participating university (www.mixitup.org). Survey tables will be available for your input. The UWG community is encouraged to Mix It Up!

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Locations: UCC and Z-6


Mix it Up is co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Multicultural Achievement Program, the College of Education Diversity Committee and the Student Government Association. For additional information please call: 678-839-5400 or 678-839-6280.

UWG receives SAIR awards


The University of West Georgia received several awards at the recent Southern Association for Institutional Research Conference that took place at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The conference was held Oct. 8-11.


The university received the following awards:
1. Best IR (or Institutional Research) Website: Second Place
2. Best Fact Book: Second Place
3. Best Mini Fact Book: Second Place


IR websites are judged in terms of ease of access and aesthetic presentation of data to enhance the use of data and data-based decision making. Judging for Best IR Website is held before the conference. Fact books and mini fact books (brief version of fact book) are ways for institutional researchers to formally present their institutional data and information to the public in print form. Judging for Best Fact Book and Best Mini Fact Book is held onsite during the conference. Director of Institutional Research & Planning, Ebenezer F. Kolajo, said that the university was the only institution in the region to receive three awards out of four award categories this year.


“The receipt of those awards was a humbling experience for me and my colleagues here at the University of West Georgia," said Kolajo. "It is really gratifying if colleagues at-large appreciate your work as a professional model worthy of emulation. We were only hoping to be acknowledged, maybe in one of the four categories, but we ended up being recognized in three categories. The awards are a testament to the quality and professional attributes of the work we do."


The Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) is dedicated to the advancement of research leading to improved understanding, planning, and operation of institutions of post-secondary education. SAIR provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in the field of institutional research. In addition, SAIR promotes the continued professional development of individuals engaging in institutional research and fosters the unity and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to research.


For more information on SAIR, visit http://www.sair.org/.


For more information on UWG’s Department of Institutional Research & Planning, visit http://www.westga.edu/irp/.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Artist to Speak at UWG




John W. Ford, a sculptor, installation artist, painter, printmaker, lecturer, curatorial liaison, and international organizer, will give an Artist Talk on Tuesday Oct. 18 in Humanities 312 at 6:30pm.

Ford currently teaches at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has been
assistant professor of art since 2006.

He was born in Nigeria in 1958. At the age of five he and his family moved back to America where he spent most of his childhood and young adulthood in southeastern Missouri, living on a small farm near the town of Jackson. Though formally trained, much of Ford's work is informed by a life practice that is typical of the first culture in which he lived (Nigeria) and the lower middle-class, agrarian influences of his life in the midwest of America.

Author Nancy McCabe Reading/Book Signing


Nancy McCabe’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, and Newsweek, among others; made the Best American Essays notable list four times, and won a Pushcart Prize. Her books include After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening, Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption, and Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China (Missouri 2011). She directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the brief resident MFA in writing program at Spalding University. The reading and book signing will take place in Ingram Library on October 24th at 7:30 p.m..

Wolves beat St. Augustine Falcons 23-21


Carrollton, GA - UWG sophomore kicker Davis Brackett kicked three field goals Saturday against Saint Augustine's, but none bigger than the 35-yarder as time expired, lifting the West Georgia Wolves to a 23-21 victory in the final non-conference matchup of the year.

After leading for much of the game, it all came down to Brackett's strong right leg after the Falcons went up 21-20 with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The first drive of the game was a reminder of last week, as Saint Augustine's marched down the field, reaching the Wolves' seven yard line in seven plays. But on the seventh play, SAC running back Dennis Mathis fumbled and UWG corner Kelly Dawsey pounced, giving UWG the ball at the 12.

West Georgia mounted a drive in response, moving right down the field on the legs of running back Quatavius Jones. The sophomore back rushed four times for 32 yards in the march as the Wolves reached the SAC 19 before a pair of penalties forces UWG to attempt a 47-yard field goal. Brackett's attempt fell short, giving the ball back to the Falcons.

The Falcons moved into UWG territory when the Wolves' defense stepped up again. Drek Matthews batted a pass from SAC quarterback Teddy Bacote directly into the waiting arms of Jenoris Darby.

UWG quarterback Emmanuel Taylor took full advantage, moving his team quickly back down the field. The West Georgia signal-caller completed 2-of-2 passes for 51 yards on the drive that stalled inside the team, resulting in a 21-yard field goal from Brackett and a 3-0 lead for the Wolves.

Saint Augustine's responded with an immediate score, a 60-yard strike from Bacote to Ty Laughinghouse, putting the Falcons up 7-3.

Read More at UWGSports.com

Faculty Concert Tonight


The University of West Georgia hosts its Annual Faculty Music Concert on Monday, Oct. 17 in Kathy Cashen Recital Hall in the Humanities Building at 8:15 p.m. This concert will feature most of the University Music Department faculty and the musical score will range from classical to more modern music. The concert will also feature original music composed by our extremely talented and experienced faculty members. Whether or not you're a music major there is no way you should miss out on this annual treat.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes: Bach’s “Mache dich, mein Herze rein”; Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”); and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6. For more information contact: Bobbie Emmons, program coordinator, UWG Department of Music, 678-839-6262, or bemmons@westga.edu.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Current Bookstore Promotional Sales


The UWG bookstore currently has several promotions. During home football games you can receive a 15% discount on all merchandise (excluding textbooks and electronics) and a special 25% discount on all stadium shirts and Russell Cube T-Shirts.

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the bookstore is offering a 10% discount on all Breast Cancer Awareness merchandise during October.

For more information, contact Ely Elefante at 678-839-5208.

League of Women Voters of Carrollton and Carroll County hosting candidate forums


The League of Women Voters of Carrollton and Carroll County announces their Fall 2011 Candidate Forum schedule. The League encourages voters to attend the forums so they can be informed on candidate positions.

The LWV C-CC Candidate Forum for the city of Carrollton will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Commission Chambers auditorium (423 College St., Carrollton, Ga. 30117).

Candidates for the city of Carrollton are:

Mayor: Wayne Garner (incumbent) and Walt A. Hollingsworth

City Council Ward 3: Jim Watters and Peter Balega (incumbent)

City Council Ward 4: Mandy Malloy Maierhofer (incumbent) and Charles M. Lane

The LWV C-CC will not be able to incorporate the City School Board race in this forum and will not be able to conduct a separate forum.

The LWV C-CC Candidate Forum for the city of Bowdon will be held on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Bowdon Senior Community Center (103 Barr Ave., Bowdon, Ga. 30108).

Candidates for the City of Bowdon are:

Mayor: Jim Watts (incumbent) and Keith Crawford

City Council Ward 2: Jimmy Chaffin

City Council Ward 3: (special election) Wes McEntyre (incumbent)

City Council Ward 4 Martin (Marty) Johnson

The LWV C-CC Candidate Forum for the city of Mt. Zion will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at Mt. Zion Middle School (132 Eagle Rd., Mount Zion, Ga. 30150).

Candidates for the city of Mt Zion are:

Mayor: Randy Sims, Eric Robinson and David McKee

City Council Ward 1: Donald Newman, Daniel Jackson and Keith Pike

City Council Ward 2: Earlis McGraw and Clay Traylor

The LWV C-CC Candidate Forum for the contested office of Georgia Senate Seat District 28 to be voted on in the November 2011 election will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Whitesburg Elementary School (868 Main St., Whitesburg, Ga. 30185).

Candidates for this office are: Duke Blackburn, Matthew Brass, Mike Crane, Kyle Frank, Dale Pepper, M Seabolt, Edward Stone, Mark Washington, Jammie Williams and Cynthia C. Bennett.

For more information on the LWV C-CC visit www.lwvga.org/carrollton.

UWG to host the Fifth Annual Disabilities Awareness Day

The University of West Georgia hosts its Fifth Annual Disabilities Awareness Day on Tuesday, Oct. 18. D-Day is an all-day event at UWG to celebrate National Disability Awareness Month, raise awareness and have fun while appreciating the diversity brought to our campus by students who have various disabilities.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. between the Technology-enhanced Learning Center (TLC) and the Campus Center.

All activities and events are free and open to the public.

This year the Achievers, a student organization that promotes awareness and advocacy for students with mobility issues, is especially excited to welcome back Scott Rigsby, an Ironman Triathlete and double-amputee. Rigsby will speak at 10:30 a.m. in the Campus Center (108.2.) Also coming for D-Day is UWG alum Rob Langston, who will speak at 4 p.m. Langston’s presentation will be especially informative for those who want to know more about learning disabilities and being a college student.

This year’s celebration includes the second annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day in the Campus Center. On the court will be teams from the University of Alabama, Auburn University and the Shepherd Center. Also taking the court will be the Augusta Bulldogs, Music City Thunder and the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs.

Also returning this year is the popular wheelchair rally. Participants will tour the beautiful UWG campus on wheelchairs to experience life from a different perspective. In other popular D-Day activities, participants will make PB&J sandwiches while blindfolded. They will also do other daily tasks -- tying shoes, tossing beanbags and stacking cups -- while experiencing various physical limitations.

The “Hearing Experience” will give participants a chance to know what it’s like to be hearing impaired.

D-Day was started to give UWG students and the local community a chance gain a greater understanding for those who live life with physical, emotional or learning disabilities.

As part of the annual celebration at UWG, Blaze Sports America invites everyone to experience adaptive games and other sports related-activities. In addition, vendors who provide a wide array of products and services for people with disabilities will be on hand to demonstrate adaptive technologies and provide information.

All of the people involved with D-day 2011 hope you will join us for these events.

For more information contact: Disability Services in the Student Development Center 678-839-6428.

Ludacris to Perform at the Coliseum

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will perform live at The Coliseum at the University of West Georgia on Thursday, November 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m.

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will perform live at The Coliseum at the University of West Georgia on Thursday, November 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. The three-time Grammy award winner and multi-platinum rapper has sold more than 12 million albums domestically, including blockbuster singles such as “Get Back,” “My Chick Bad,” “What’s Your Fantasy,” and “Stand Up.” His film and television credits have won critical acclaim. His philanthropic efforts include helping Artists for Peace and Justice to raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. The Ludacris Foundation raised more than $100,000 for Atlanta flood victims.

Tickets are currently on sale for all UWG students, staff and faculty. The first 500 may purchase floor seats. Ticket prices are $15 plus tax for UWG students staff and faculty in advance and $20 day of show. Sales are limited to two tickets per UWG ID.

Public tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 21 Public prices are $30 in advance and $35 on day of show. All tickets are subject to sales tax.

Tickets are available at the Townsend Center box office or The Coliseum box office from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday - Friday or by phone at 678-839-4722. Cash, Visa, or MasterCard are accepted.

Show may contain adult content and lyrics.

Luso-Hispanic Day October 19th


Come celebrate Hispanic culture and learn about issues important to the Hispanic community. Events include a screening of the HBO documentary "The Fence," at 9:00, a flamenco performance at 10:00, a presentation on Mexican Afro-Son fusion at 11:00, and a presentation by Jerry Gonzalez, President of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, at 12:00. Below is a more detailed schedule:


HBO Documentary: The Fence

9:00 a.m. Campus Center 108.1


John Jaramillo: Flamenco Dance of Spain

10:00 a.m. Campus Center 108.2


Carol Subiño: Afro-Son Fusion in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

11:00 a.m. Campus Center 108.1


Jerry González, President, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

12:00 p.m. Campus Center 108.2

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mathews embracing final football days


by Corey Cusick/Times-Georgian

Drek Mathews discovered something he hadn’t seen since high school this past Saturday — the end zone.

The University of West Georgia senior linebacker gave his team a huge lift upon recovering a fumble and rumbling 52 yards for a score late in the first half of the Wolves’ 41-24 road win at Harding University.

It was one of six turnovers UWG forced on the night, with Mathews corralling a pair of them to finish with 66 return yards in the contest.

Read more: Times-Georgian - Mathews embracing final football days

Photo credit: Ricky Stilley/Times-Georgian