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

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 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

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

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.


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

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

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.


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.


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

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 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

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.


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.


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 "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 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
You can help your favorite college football coach win the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. Vote now at

"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

For more information on The Lower Muskogee Tribe, visit

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

For more information on Alice's House, visit

Wolves QB earns weekly GSC honor

Carrollton, GA - For his performance in leading the UWG football program to one of the biggest wins in its history, West Georgia quarterback Emmanuel Taylor was named the Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Week by GSC officials Monday.

As the fourth quarter began, the Wolves found themselves in a 35-24 hole. But, as the junior signal-caller has showed multiple times this season, the word quit did not exist with 15 minutes left on the clock and facing the top-ranked team in the nation in Delta State.

Taylor was nothing short of brilliant in the final quarter, as he showed on the first play of the period with a 16-yard run. That was the first of five runs on the West Georgia drive for 51 yards. His final run was a 1-yard plunge that pulled the Wolves to within five at 35-30. He capped the drive with a completed pass to Bobby Burum to complete the two-point conversion and making the score 35-32 with 9:06 remaining in the game.

Later in the fourth quarter, he engineered the game-winning drive and helped put senior running back James Kennebrew in position to score the game's final touchdown with 1:32 left on the clock. It was the third time this season that Taylor had led a game-winning drive in the final two minutes of the game. He set up the game-winning field goal against Saint Augustine's in the final minute and engineered a brilliant drive to end the game against Valdosta State.

The Blakely native led the way on the ground with 25 rushes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He also was 16-of-32 for 258 yards through the air with two touchdowns. In addition, his performance paved the way for West Georgia's first ever victory over a No. 1 team.

Hysteria officially opens UWG seasons

by Jordan Hofeditz/Times-Georgian

The University of West Georgia officially kicked off its men's and women's basketball seasons Monday night at The Coliseum with Hardwood Hysteria.

Along with announcing both basketball teams, the UWG cheerleaders performed, door prizes were given away and various contests were held for the students and fans in attendance.

The women's team will open its season on the road tonight at Montevallo at 6:30 p.m.

Farmers Market Coming to Area

Cotton Mill Farmers Market


Saturday, November 19th 9 am—3 pm

Indoors Ag Center, Newnan Road (at 166 bypass) Carrollton

All Local & Home Grown


***CMFM Barnyard Animals...miniature pigs and horses, goats
***Pictures taken with SANTA and reindeer (pony)

***Children's Arts & Crafts Zone

***Farm to Table CAFE with veggie soup, chili, pulled pork sandwiches, goat cheese with fruit,

sweet potato pie, all made with locally grown food.

Arts*Crafts*Fresh Vegetables & Fruit*Meats*Jellies


Wooodworks*Stained Glass*Jewelry

Brought to you by Cotton Mill Farmers Market with support from:

Tanner Health System supporting local farmers for a healthier West Georgia.

With additional support from Carroll County Extension,

Carroll EMC and Graddick Communication

Great Gift buying opportunity...Affordable locally made gifts

Support your local farmers and our local economy

Monday, November 14, 2011

Shakespeare Lecture at Ingram Library

The public is invited to attend an intriguing talk by UWG's Dr. Meg Pearson. Presented by Sigma Tau Delta's (English Honors Society) Critical Speaker Series, the talk is entitled "Blowing up Shakespeare" and will take place this coming Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:30pm in the Nook, Ingram Library (behind the main elevators).

In the spirit of Thanksgiving season, we also ask you to bring food or money donations to benefit the Carroll County Soup Kitchen.

Hardwood Hysteria Tonight!

Join us for a fun evening with the Men's and Women's basketball teams and the Cheerleaders!

There will be free food, t-shirts (for the first 700), and several events for students to participate in including the 3-point shootout, half court shot, and musical chairs.

We hope to have you join us for this annual event!

Sponsored by Verizon Wireless and UWG Athletics.

Tonight, Monday November 14th at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum.

Diversity Training Session for Students this Wednesday

The University of West Georgia's Office of Institutional Diversity is
sponsoring a diversity training session on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in the Campus Center ballroom (108.4) from 4:00-6:00 pm. The purpose of the session is to promote an understanding of, and sensitivity to, individuals with styles and perhaps beliefs that are different from oneself. The training session is open to all UWG students. Participants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Please make this announcement to your classes. If a student or students in your classes are interested, please have them contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 678-839-5400 or email> (We will need the student's name, email address and telephone number) by Thursday, November 10, 2011. Those who sign up can look forward to an interesting, educational, and engaging session.

Our session leader will be Dr. Joseph H. Silver. Dr. Silver has many years
of experience in higher education and has conducted numerous workshops on diversity training at various colleges and universities. Dr Silver served as an Associate of the CRATE Institute, a diversity training entity, for over a decade. Dr. Silver was the author of a diversity statement that was adopted by SACS in 2006.

Please contact Mrs. Deirdre Rouse at the e-mail address above or 9-6586
should you have any questions.

UWG Honors U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan, Iraq on Veterans Day

The University of West Georgia was one of nearly 200 schools across the country to participate in Remembrance Day National Roll Call on Nov. 11.

The University of West Georgia was one of nearly 200 schools across the country to participate in Remembrance Day National Roll Call on Nov. 11. In the Veterans Day ceremony, volunteers read the names of the more than 6,200 American troops who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq in the past decade.

“A lot of these names are just names to most people,” said Jonathan Miller, a UWG student, during opening remarks. “There’s a story behind every one these 6,000 names.”

Among those stories was Major Robert Baldwin, his executive officer, said Miller, who joined the U.S. Army after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Once, while training in Louisiana, the troops were put up in a filthy hotel room. Baldwin found it unacceptable and rented rooms for his troops in another hotel. He took money out of his pocket to cover the cost of the hotel rooms.

“He cared about his soldiers,” Miller said. “He cared about the mission. That was what he was.”

Baldwin died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010, leaving behind his wife and four children.

The ceremony at UWG began with the presentation of colors by Carrollton’s American Legion Post 143. There was a moment of silence at 2 p.m. – 11 a.m. Pacific Time. In 1918, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marked the temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany.

The Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education sponsored the national roll call.

Remembering is important, said Corey Rumann, UWG assistant professor and director of the College Student Affairs program, who helped organize the event.

“We forget and feel disconnected from the wars. That’s why this day is so incredibly important,” Rumann said.

Wolves Thrash CAU in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA - The UWG men's basketball team has started the 2011-12 season off with a 2-0 bang after Saturday's 79-63 drubbing of Clark Atlanta in the GSC/SIAC Challenge on the campus of Morehouse College.

The Wolves were coming off of tough season opening win on Friday night against Morehouse, needing a layup from Da'Ron Sims in the waning seconds. But on this night, West Georgia opened up a big first-half lead, then used a torrid 56 percent shooting effort in the second half to pull away for the 2-0 start.

Clark Atlanta started off quickly in the opening period, jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the first two minutes of the game. But the Wolves quickly turned that around and led 15-11 on a dunk from Marcus Cowan at the 10:05 mark. The run continued through the end of the half, as the Wolves went from an 11-11 tie with 12:58 left to a 34-22 lead at the break.

Gavin Field kicked off the second half with a three-pointer that contined the Wolves run and West Georgia led by as much as 32 points in the final half of the tournament for both teams.


Wolves Conquer No. 1 Delta State

The University of West Georgia football team not only shocked all of the Gulf South Conference, but the entire nation on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolves pulled off a dramatic, 39-35 upset of No. 1 Delta State at University Stadium, scoring the game-winning touchdown when senior tailback James Kennebrew dove over the pile on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line with 1:32 left in the contest.

The UWG defense then forced three straight incompletions by DSU quarterback Micah Davis from the Wolves’ seven-yard line in the final seconds to hold on to the thrilling victory and send the West Georgia seniors out in grand fashion on Senior Day.

With the win, UWG finishes 6-4 overall and 2-2 in GSC action, giving the program its first winning season since 2005 — a long time coming for a senior class that endured some dark, winless days when they first arrived on campus.

“I’m happy that us seniors, we got what we worked hard for here for so long. It finally culminated with this victory,” Kennebrew said. “For West Georgia going forward, it’s just a chance to show everybody that we’re for real. There’s no pushover West Georgia at the bottom of the conference anymore. They’re in the dogfight just like every other team in the GSC.”

Great Depression is Subject of Lecture

The Department of Art Gallery program presents the final event in conjunction with the highly successful exhibition “Carrollton Collects: Prints from the WPA”.

Please join us on Monday, Nov. 14 for a presentation by Dr. Keith Hebert of the Center for Public History. His program entitled “Voices from the Past: The Great Depression in the West Georgia Region,” will take place in Room 203, Humanities Building, at 11 a.m.

The exhibition is on view in the Bobick Gallery until Nov 18. Gallery hours are M-F: 9-4pm and will be open before and after the lecture. The catalog for the exhibition is available from the Art Dept office rm. 322 for $20.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ingram Library to hold Civil War Reading, Discussion Series

The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library received a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to host “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a five-part reading and discussion series that will begin on Sunday, Jan. 15, with subsequent discussions on alternate Sunday afternoons through March 11. Registered participants will receive copies of the books and a list of readings assigned for discussion at each session. Registration is open to the public. Online registration is available at or by calling 678-839-6350.

Ingram Library is one of 65 libraries nationwide, and one of four in Georgia, receiving grants to host the series, which will encourage participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation. Local support for the series is provided by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society, the library’s friends organization that was founded in 2008 in honor of the library’s centennial. In conjunction with the discussion series, the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity will host a February exhibit from the APEX Museum in Atlanta in celebration of Black History Month. The library will also be the site of an exhibit of Civil War artifacts from the collections of the university’s Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory.

“The Civil War takes us back to a time in American history when civility ruptured and the nation split in two,” said Jim Leach, chairman of NEH. “The sesquicentennial of the Civil War and emancipation is an occasion for America to reflect together about the causes and ramifications of our greatest internal conflict, and a most appropriate way for ‘us the living’ to renew the American spirit in these still-troubled times.”

In addition to program funding, the library received copies of the following works:

· “March” by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006)

· “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2002)

· “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” a forthcoming anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography, and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.

Dr. Keith Bohannon of the University of West Georgia’s Department of History will lead a discussion of the book at each session. Bohannon has authored and edited books, essays and articles on the American Civil War. His research has focused on specific battles and military units and leaders, as well as on Unionist sentiments in the South. Bohannon provided research support for exhibits and interpretive planning at Civil War battlefields, including Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Kennesaw Mountain, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania; and conducted tours of battlefield sites.

The Melson Society, Ingram Library’s friends organization, invites the public to a reception and performance by the Cowtown String Band on Friday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. on the newly renovated main floor of Ingram Library at UWG. Cowtown String Band will explore the influence of the Civil War on America’s musical heritage as a prelude to a series of events the library will host to recognize the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and emancipation.

Howl to Help the Hungry Sculpture Contest

The “Howl to Help the Hungry” campus wide canned food drive ran by The Second Year Experience Program ended on Thursday, November 10 with a sculpture competition that took place outside the TLC from 10 am to 2 pm. The food drive was ran to benefit the Carroll County Soup Kitchen for its upcoming Thanksgiving meal.

“We had volunteers from the Excel Center, Career Services, Greek Life and CSI to help out with the event,” said Katie Mosley, coordinator of TSYEP, and that “[the event] would have been impossible without their help!” Mosley said that four student groups participated in the organization: a personal relationships class from the Department of Psychology, College Girls Rock, the Advanced Academy, and the Excel Center. The Advanced Academy won first place with their Tree of Life sculpture (pictured). College Girls Rock won Most Spirited by utilizing the GO WEST theme, while the personal relationships class won Most Donated Items with over 120 items donated.

Mosley said that 447 food items were collected during the food drive, making the event a huge success. The sculpture contest will now be an annual event and TSYEP hopes to get more students, organizations, and departments involved next year.

For more information on the food drive or TSYEP, contact Katie Mosley at (678) 839-6280 or at

For more information on the Carroll County Soup Kitchen, visit

National Gaming Day

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ingram Library

Come celebrate National Gaming Day @ Ingram Library! We will have some games available, but please feel free to bring your favorites to play as well!

National Gaming Day @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. On Saturday, November 12, 2011, more than one thousand libraries throughout the country will showcase gaming programs and services in support of NGD11.

Wolves Beat Carver in Final Exhibition

Carrollton, GA - In the final warmup for the 2011-12 men's basketball season, the West Georgia Wolves hosted their first exhibition in The Coliseum, coming out on top of the Carver Cougars 80-71.

Five Wolves scored in double-figures in the evening and junior Brett Seljak had a double-double to lead the UWG offensive.

The first half was a see-saw battle between the two teams, as the Cougars opened up a 4-0 lead early only to have West Georgia score 10 straight points to take a 10-4 advantage.

But that was as big as the Wolves' advantage would get in the first half, as Carver clawed back and took the lead at 23-20 with 7:44 remaining in the period. The Cougars kept the lead for the bulk of the remainder of the half, but the Wolves worked their way back into the lead and held a 38-37 advantage at the break.

Seljak buried a three-pointer and Quincy Hill hit a layup to give the Wolves a six-point lead right out of the box in the second half, but Carver kept hitting shots and kept the game close for the first 10 minutes of the period.

The Wolves kept pushing and took the lead for good at the 13:00 mark, the pushed the lead out to 10 points on a Travis Ellison layup at the 3:25 point in the second half. From there on, West Georgia coasted to the nine-point victory.


Regents Approve College Completion Plan

Acting on a charge from Gov. Nathan Deal, the Board of Regents approved a draft plan that commits the University System’s 35 institutions to increase college completion. The plan also outlines a new agreement with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) aimed at improving students’ ability to move between the two systems and earn degrees.

Acting on a charge from Gov. Nathan Deal, the Board of Regents approved  a draft plan that commits the University System’s 35 institutions to increase college completion. The plan also outlines a new agreement with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) aimed at improving students’ ability to move between the two systems and earn degrees.The regents action follows Gov. Deal’s August announcement that Georgia was named one of ten states selected to receive funding through Complete College America, a national organization focused on increasing the nation’s college completion rate through state policy change, and to build consensus for change among state leaders, higher education, and the national education policy community.

At that announcement, Deal said that the funding would help springboard his Complete College Georgia Initiative. “I want to commend our University and Technical College Systems for the work they have done to create exceptional learning environments,” Deal said. “One way we can further leverage our educational assets to make Georgia more competitive is by increasing college completion rates.”

The regents’ action today is one of the initial steps that must be taken to enact Gov. Deal’s initiative.

This plan seeks to address statistics that show that currently in Georgia, approximately 42 percent of young adults hold a certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or higher. Yet studies project that by 2020, 60 percent of all jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.

“Because the gap is so wide, we have to think bigger; we have to use multiple strategies to attract, retain and graduate significantly more Georgians from among both traditional and non-traditional populations,” said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

The plan, adopted by the regents in the form of a report, “Complete College Georgia,” is a joint project of both the USG and TCSG. It must still be approved by the TCSG board and then submitted to the governor’s office.

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Artists in Residence Program Presents Aidaduo

The University of West Georgia's artists in residence program will present Aidaduo, an artistic duo consisting of Stefano Vagnini and Giorgia Ragni, presenting Words Build Worlds, a performance at Kathy Cashen Hall in the Humanities building at UWG on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:45 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Words Build Worlds is part of the 26th annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Transformation/Adaptation. It is a modular performance for music, video, drama, cinema, literature and philosophy that presents a journey in the evolution of communication.

Vagnini is an organist, pianist, composer and poet, and Ragni is a soprano and linguist.

UWG to Offer Doctoral Program in Nursing Education

The University of West Georgia is proud to announce that it has been granted approval by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents to offer a doctoral program in nursing education.

The University of West Georgia is proud to announce that it has been granted approval by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents to offer a doctoral program in nursing education.The doctoral program, UWG's fourth, will enable students to earn a doctorate degree that will prepare them to train future nurses, helping address a critical shortage in the state, region and nation.

Last year, for example, nursing schools in Georgia turned away 2,000 qualified candidates, said Dr. Kathryn Grams, dean of UWG's School of Nursing. Restrictions on the number of students per faculty member prevent colleges from enrolling more students, Grams said.

The program will be entirely online, and is one of just four in the nation that combine the efforts of a nursing school and an education college. It is projected to be operational by the fall semester of 2012.

"It is a significant event in the history of the institution," said UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna. "Congratulations and thanks to Dean Kathryn Grams and the nursing faculty and to College of Education Dean Kim Metcalf and the education faculty who worked collaboratively on this program, and to Provost Michael Horvath and the administration and staff of the academic affairs department."


Thursday, November 10, 2011

UWG Artists in Residence Program to Present Aidaduo

The University of West Georgia's artists in residence program will present Aidaduo, an artistic duo consisting of Stefano Vagnini and Giorgia Ragni, presenting Words Build Worlds, a performance at Kathy Cashen Hall in the Humanities building at UWG on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:45 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Words Build Worlds is part of the 26th annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Transformation/Adaptation. It is a modular performance for music, video, drama, cinema, literature and philosophy that presents a journey in the evolution of communication.
Vagnini is an organist, pianist, composer and poet, and Ragni is a soprano and linguist.
For more information on the duo, visit

Fish Bowl Open Forum

The College of Education invites all UWG students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni to the Fish Bowl Open Forum with the National Board of Visitors. The forum will take place Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Those in attendance may ask questions pertaining to education issues.

The National Board of Visitors is:
Dr. Dan Domenech, Chair (Director of the American Association of School Administrators)

Dr. Charles R. Coble (Former Vice President of the Education Commission of the States)

Mr. Herb Garrett (Executive Director of Georgia School Superintendent Association)

For more information contact Lisa Smith (