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ENACTUS: Harvest of Hope

 Harvest of Hope ENACTUS

The GSW business leadership students, Enactus (Entrepreneurship-Action-Us), are putting their entrepreneurial and business skills into action working with the executive board of the newly created Harvest of Hope food pantry located in Americus, GA. The Enactus team will conduct an analysis of the market to create a marketing plan and an awareness campaign. The group was contacted by board member Mr. Steve Standfield, who made a presentation to the team outlining the mission and vision of the community service organization. Mr. Mike Jones, a Harvest of Hope board member, spoke to the group after the ribbon cutting sharing information concerning the need for this type of faith based service in our community. Mrs. Donna Becton, of Majestic Web Designs, is assisting the students in the creation of a webpage for Harvest of Hope as well as various social media touch points. The 2013 – 2014 Enactus Team is lead by two GSW Business School professors, Dr. Robert Bennett and Dr. Gaynor Cheokas. For more information please email –

Freshman Reception

Freshman Reception

Freshman were given the opportunity to meet faculty and upper class students in our majors. You can see the full album here.

Two New Internships For Fall 2013 Act Now!

There are two new internships offered through the School of Business for Fall 2013. They are in the Atlanta area and can be great opportunities for online students in the area. Anyone can apply as long you meet the minimum requirements.

For the Governor's Internship Program click here.

For the Office of Planning and Budget click here.

School of Business Administration and School of Nursing Collaborate on Interviewing Skills

Nursing Interviews

Pictured Above: Top Jamon Hawkins and Rachel Bonar interview Allyson Canganelli

Bottom: Lucas Bartley, J V Bell and Darrell Johnson interview Sarah Cross

Human Resource students worked with graduating seniors from the School of Nursing by developing and carrying out mock interviews for the nursing students. Interviews were conducted in person for on campus students and through video conferencing for online students. School of Nursing students received a consultation letter after their interviews, which provided them feedback and suggestions they can apply when going through “real” interviews in the near future.  HR students were able to apply the selection techniques they had learned in class to help prepare them for their profession as well.

School of Business Administration awards Business Students at Academic Honors Convocation

GSW Academic Honors Convocation School of Business 2013

Pictured Above: Top (Left to Right) Dean Dr. Liz Wilson; Brian Koleszar, Hongyu Cheng, Benjamin Moody

Bottom: Jessika Williams, Hannah Frazier, Hannah Bass, Elliott Martin, Erik Haygood, Kyle Heath

April 24 2013, The School of Business presented awards business students at the 2013 Academic Honors Convocation.

Brian Koleszar was awarded Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants Accounting Excellence.

Hongyu Cheng and Dana Pierce(not pictured) were awarded for the Highest GPA for Graduating Business Student.  

Benjamin Moody was awarded the Parker/Wheeler Scholarship. 

The following were awarded for the James Deriso Scholarship: Hannah Bass, Hannah Frazier, Erik Haygood, Elliot Martin, Matt Vansant(not pictured), Jessika Williams, Kyle Heath.

For more information on how you can earn these honors and scholarships check our Scholarships and Awards section and follow us one Facebook for more up-to-date information anytime.

SOBA Business Leadership Class Hosts Members of the Business Advisory Council for Class Project - Journey to the Job

Business Advisory Council Journey to the Job Spring 2013

Pictured Above (Left to Right) Top: Ashton Goff, Hope Whitaker, Samantha Price, Regan Alderman, Brett Auger. Bottom: Jackie Bryce,Owner,Star Racing; Kevin Reeves,President Parker's Heating and Air; Janet Siders, HR Director,GSW; Gaynor Cheokas, Director of CBED/Professor.

SOBA Business Leadership Class Project - Journey to the Job

Purpose:  Project consist of 5 video programs addressing professional preparation for students beginning their job search.  Under the guidance of their instructor, Ms. Gaynor Cheokas, the students initiated and implemented all phases of the project:  topic selection, logistics, promotional material, scripts, and completed follow up with stakeholders. 

We Are Proud to Present Our New Beta Gamma Sigma Members for Spring 2013!

BETA Gamma Sigma Spring 2013

New Members Above (Left to Right): Carleen Wise, Ben Moody, Hongyu Cheng, Erik Haygood, Samantha Hancock, Hannah Frazier, Rachel Bonar, Matt Vansant, Brian Koleszar, Jessika Williams. Students inducted but unable to attend: Kristel Baranko, Tiffany Buker, Laura Chambley-Shadrick, Sylvia Elkins, Delia Mixon, Dana Pierce.

Accounting Club Meeting -  Jay Shirah, CPA

Jay Chirah

Pictured above:(Left) Dr. Krupka, Susan Robinson & Jay Shirah, (Right) Jay Shirah gives advice to a student

Jay Shirah, CPA, a staff accountant with Mauldin & Jenkins in Albany, spoke to the GSW Accounting Club about becoming a CPA and the type of work that he performs as an accountant with a regional public accounting firm.  Mr. Shirah is a GSW alumnus and an Americus resident.  He received a BBA in accounting in 2006 and an MBA in 2008.  The meeting was sponsored by the Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of CPAs, as part of its professional awareness emphasis on college campuses. You can watch for yourself here.

Study Abroad in Fiji with GSW June 26-July 22, 2013


Fiji has spun the imagination of generations of travelers. It is the epitome of the ends of the Earth; the furthest you could go before you actually were on your way back. These islands’ remoteness, their ethereal beauty, the mix of cultures and traditions, the food, and the people, who some say are the friendliest in the world, make this island nation a magnet for those seeking a memorable study abroad experience.


Come join us on this unique Study Abroad program into the heart of the South Pacific and discover why Fiji has stirred human passions for millennia.

 Click here for more information.

GSW Hosts Sumter County Economic Luncheon

Economic Luncheon 2013

Randall Valentine (left) and Phil Szmedra of the GSW School of Business Administration lead the 18th annual Sumter County Economic Outlook Luncheon

The current GSW Featured Scholar, Szmedra is a professor of economics and has been a member of the University faculty since 2001. His research interests are in the field of development economics, public health issues in the developing world and problems facing small, island developing states. Szmedra earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia.

Valentine joined the GSW School of Business faculty in 2005. He has published over 30 articles in finance and business journals, and he serves as a consultant to various national and international corporations. Valentine earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in finance from Mississippi State University.

Szmedra and Valentine’s program focused on the current economic conditions in Southwest Georgia while providing an economic forecast for the area.

Doug Moses, President of the GSW Alumni Board

Doug Moses

Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and Doug Moses

 Doug Moses graduated from Georgia Southwestern in Accounting and is now the President of our GSW Alumni Board and board member of the GSW Foundation. We're very proud of our Alumni and Doug!


GSW Awards Outstanding External Business Graduate for Fall 2012 Graduation

Angie Brown

Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Angie Brown


GSW Awards Outstanding Business Graduate for Fall 2012 Graduation

Taylor O'Hearn

Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Taylor O'Hearn


GSW Economics Professor Philip Szmedra is 2012-2013 Featured Scholar

AMERICUS (Nov. 2, 2012)—Philip Szmedra, Ph.D. professor of economics, was announced as Georgia Southwestern State University’s 2012-13 Featured Scholar today by President Kendall A. Blanchard, Ph.D.

“Dr. Szmedra is an energetic, creative, and highly productive economist, who brings something special to our School of Business Administration and to the University as well as to his discipline,” said Blanchard. “His work in various parts of the world and the study-abroad opportunities he makes available to our students are critical components of our efforts to prepare our graduates to compete in a global environment.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized in this way, and I am certainly grateful to the people that selected me,” said Szmedra. “There are other worthy individuals on campus here, and for anyone that has conducted research for a long time, it is nice to be recognized for your work.” Read more.


Szmedra Award

Southwestern Scholar—Georgia Southwestern economics professor Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., was named the University’s 2012-2013 Featured Scholar.

Stovall is 2012 GSW Featured Public Servant

AMERICUS (April 23, 2012)—Every business student knows that product, place, and promotion are three of the “Four Ps” in marketing. If service is the product and the Americus community is the place, no one promotes it better than John Stovall, Ph.D. An associate professor of marketing at Georgia Southwestern State University, Stovall is the 2012 recipient of the University’s Featured Public Servant Award. The announcement was made today. Read more.

Stovall PS

John S. Stovall, 2012 Georgia Southwestern State University Featured Public Servant (image background – Sumter Historic Trust’s Lee Council House).


Proctored Exams



            Beginning with the Spring 2013 semester the School of Business will begin phasing in proctored examinations in its online courses.  We are doing this for a variety of reasons, including increased pressure from the Federal Department of Education to verify identities of online students, and to increase opportunities for academic integrity.

            We looked at several alternative ways of instituting this change and decided to use an online proctoring service.  While this will represent a cost for you, our research indicated that it would be preferable to limiting the times you could take the exam to times when official testing sites are open, as well as being less expensive than most of the testing sites.

            For the Spring semester each online course will require one proctored exam.  The cost for a 2-hour exam is $25, and there is a discount for registering early to take any exam. Students should be aware that they are responsible for ProctorU testing fees.  We anticipate that a student taking a normal class load will pay approximately $100 in testing fees this semester. ProctorU will administer the proctored exam. 

Meet the New Director of the MBA Program!


Susan Robinson

We are excited to announce that Susan Robinson is the new Director

of the MBA Program here at the School of Business!

Be sure to apply for the MBA Program this Spring by October 15th!


GSW Awards Outstanding Business Graduate for Spring 2012 Graduation

Kyle Singley

Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Kyle Singley


The School of Business is up to date with our social networking sites now!

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New Internship Opportunity Available!

Work with the City of Americus in the Community and Economic Development Department as a Marketing intern!

Click here for more details!


*Human Resource Management On-line to begin in Summer Term!*

After many requests, GSW School of Business is pleased to announce that beginning Summer 2012 the BBA in Human Resource Management will be available online for our students. Students interested in this degree should view the two-year schedule and plan carefully with their advisors since there are four required courses which will only be offered once per year online.


MVP SOBA Professors Awarded for Spring Semester 2012


Pictured (l - r) Dr. John Stovall, Mrs. Gaynor Cheokas, and Dr. Michael Fathi.  (Dr. Dawn Valentine not shown)

GSW Welcomes Newest 2+2 Partner: Georgia Military College

GSW's School of Business has a new partner in Georgia Military College. GMC has five location in Georgia in addition to its home campus in Milledgeville. Business students from GMC will now be able to complete their associate's degree through GMC and then join GSW to complete their BBA in accounting or management.

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Shown in photo: (front row) Dr. Kendall Blanchard, President of GSW (left) and General Peter Boylan, President of GMC, sign the Articulation Agreement, formalizing the 2 + 2 program between our two schools. (Back row) Mrs. Lynda Lee Purvis, Assistant VP of Academic Affairs at GSW; Dr. Brian Adler VP of Academic Affairs at GSW; Dr. Liz Wilson, Dean of GSW's School of Business Administration; Dr. Mike Holmes, VP of Academic Affairs at GMC; Mrs. Shannon Perry, GSW's Director of External Business Programs.

SOBA Professors Pied in the Face

Wilson Pied 2012

Szmedra Pied 2012

SOBA Dean Dr. WilsonSOBA Professor Dr. Szmedra


Remarkable SOBA Graduates of Fall 2011

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Pictured from left: Ethan Vick (magna cum laude), was the outstanding on-campus business graduate and Catherine Cospelich (cum laude), was the outstanding external business graduate.

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Pictured from left: Marketing Graduate- Leady Cuellar and Human Resource Management Graduate- Charles Pennington

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Jammarra Nelson, a School of Business graduate in Human Resource Management, decides to make this a VERY big day by proposing to his girlfriend, Chandra Nelson (coincidence). Chandra earned a BBA in Human Resource Management in the Spring.

Business Students Honored at GSW Convocation

Click here for photos of recipients and information

Dean's List

President's List 

GSW SIFE Advisor Donates Check

Check was given to Matt Loper by Campbell Soup

For Complete Article Click Here

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Pictured from left to right are Sam Walton Fellows Ted Norris and Matt Loper, SIFE President Rebekah Tate and faculty advisor John Stovall.