Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) consists of four elected officers (President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Secretary/Treasurer), 11 elected senators and two appointed senators. As stipulated in the Constitution of the Student Government, to be eligible to hold an executive office a student must: 1) have earned 30 hours of credit at GSW; 2) have earned an overall graduating grade point average of at least 2.75; 3) be enrolled in at least 12 academic hours; 4) not be placed on any type of disciplinary, social, or academic probation; 4) anticipate being enrolled for one full academic year for which elected or appointed. To be eligible to hold a Senator position, a student must: 1) have earned twelve (12) hours of credit at GSW; 2) have earned an overall graduating grade point average of at least 2.50; 3) be enrolled in at least twelve (12) academic hours; 4) not be placed on any type of disciplinary, social, or academic probation; and 4) anticipate being enrolled for one full academic year for which elected or appointed.
The Student Government Association Office is located on the third floor of the Student Success Center in room 3467 (229-931-2363). The executive committee, senators, and advisors welcome everyone to join their weekly meetings on Thursdays at 4:45pm in the Student Government Conference Room 3447, which is located on the third floor of the Student Success Center.
Campus Activities Board
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) provides students with quality entertainment and activities throughout the regular academic year. CAB's executive board consist of one elected officer (President) and five selected officers (Public Relations Director and four Program Directors). CAB is always recruiting volunteers and sponsoring events that you, the student, want to bring to campus. From concerts to comedians, to movies and game nights, CAB is always entertaining! All weekly meeting times are posted at the CAB office or on the Semester Activities Calendar. For more information about upcoming student activities and campus events, please check our online activities calendar at www.gsw.edu/events.
iHELP Peer Educators - Students who encourage their peers to make healthy, positive lifestyle choices through educational programming and personal contact.
M.O.D.E.L.S - Mentors Offering Direction, Encouragement, and Leadership Skills (M.O.D.E.L.S.) is a mentoring program designed to assist freshmen students with the transition to college life.
Orientation Team – The O’Team serves the University by assisting new students and their families in their transition to GSW. Sessions are held each summer as well as before each semester. The O’Team leaders are selected by an intensive tryout process in early October.
Resident Assistants - This group of upperclassmen serve as peer mentors in the residence halls. These students assist in student programming and activities, as well as many responsibilities related to the maintenance and administration of the residence halls.
Sigma Alpha Pi Leadership Society- The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where likeminded success oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.9 and letter of recommendation to be invited into the organization.
Zephyr Recruitment Team – This group serves the Admissions Office by hosting potential students as they visit the campus for tours and Preview Days. The Zephyrs are selected through an interview process during Fall semester.
B.O.L.D – stands for “beautiful, outstanding ladies of distinction”. A women’s organization established to promote community service.
Gamma Beta Mu Leadership Society - fosters leadership, character, and unity among a diverse group of student leaders
Millard Fuller Center – Associated with the old Habitat for Humanity International, this organization assists the national headquarters with builds, food drives, and hosts build trips for Spring Break.
Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) – This organization provides a forum for young men to interact socially and present and learn from educational programming.
SUAVE – This organization provides a forum for young ladies to interact socially and present and learn from educational programming.
Various religious organizations assume responsibility for directing religious activities on campus, encouraging attendance at the house of worship of one’s choice, endeavoring to instill in students a deeper understanding of their faith and engaging in programs of
religious emphasis. Some groups at GSW are the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Holy Young People Evangelism, Cornerstone Campus Ministry, Presbyterian Student Center, Wesleyan Foundation, and Union Tabernacle Baptist Church Ministry and the Interdenominational Council
Student Media & Publications
Sirocco – This is a literary magazine published each spring semester. It contains poetry, prose, art, music, and photography. Material should be submitted to Dr. Mark Laughlin in the Music Department.
GSW-TV16/Hurricane Watch – Located in Morgan Hall. The station provides educational, informative, and entertaining programming. GSW-TV16 provides hands-on experience for students in television broadcasting and production. Hurricane Watch is located in the Student Success Center Room 3461.
The Sou’Wester – A student-edited and managed campus newspaper that is distributed free around campus and town. The publication deals with issues on campus, the community, the state and the nation. Students are welcome to be student journalists - in photography, news, sports or layout for the newspaper. The opinions expressed are of the staff, not necessarily those of the university or the student body.
Greek Letter Organizations
As in many other American colleges and universities, fraternities and sororities play a distinctive role at Georgia Southwestern State University. They offer opportunities for students to succeed academically, develop lasting friendships, contribute to the broader community through service and participate in social, cultural, and athletic activities. Ten Greek letter social organizations are represented at the University.
Three councils govern Greek letter organizations: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Inter-fraternity Council (IFC), and Panhellenic Association. Amongst other responsibilities, these councils coordinate membership selection and recruitment process standards and plan various activities throughout the year.
Panhellenic and Inter-fraternity Recruitment are held near the beginning of each Fall Semester. During the summer, Greek information is provided online for all undergraduate and graduate students. There is a minimal charge for participation in recruitment activities to cover costs associated with the week. The intake process for NPHC groups is held throughout the year. Information can be obtained from posted advertisements, individual sorority and fraternity members or in the Office of Campus Life. GSW Greek social organizations are listed below:
National Pan-hellenic Council (NPHC)
Office Location: Student Success Center Room 3469
Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Phi Alpha
Delta Sigma Theta Omega Psi Phi
Sigma Gamma Rho Phi Beta Sigma
Zeta Phi Beta
Office Location: Student Success Center Room 3464
Zeta Tau Alpha
Office Location: Student Success Center Room 3463
Pi Kappa Phi
This is a listing of departmental organizations related to particular academic areas. However, members to not necessarily have to major in the related subject in order to be a member of the organization. For more information, contact the respective departments:
American Medical Students Association
Student Georgia Association of Educators
Chunnel Club (English and Foreign Languages)
GSWANS (Georgia Southwestern Association of Nursing Students)
Student Council for Exceptional Children
Students of Business
Students in Free Enterprise
History & Political Science Club
CMENC (Music Educators)
Georgia Association of Nursing Students
Health and Human Performance Club
Honor Societies & Campus Honors Awards
Alpha Chi – Recognizes academic achievement of the top 5% of the junior and senior class.
Alpha Lambda Delta – Encourages superior scholastic excellence among female and male students in their first year. This group is open to those who have competed 30 semester hours with a GPA of 3.5 or better.
Alpha Psi Omega Drama Society – Recognizes outstanding work in the field of theatre.
Blue Key – Recognizes outstanding leadership contributions in a broad range of co-curricular activities and academic achievement among juniors and seniors.
Gamma Beta Phi – Recognizes academic achievement of top 20% of each class.
National Residence Hall Honorary – Honors the top 1% of Residence Hall leaders.
Order of Omega- Recognizes outstanding Greeks who have excelled in both academics, but also leadership.
Pi Sigma Alpha – Recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of Political Science.
Sigma Beta Delta – Recognizes superior achievement in the field of business.
Sigma Tau Delta – Recognizes superior achievement in English and literature.
Sigma Theta Tau – Recognizes superior achievement in nursing education and practice.
Tau Beta Sigma – Recognizes outstanding achievement by a woman who is a member of a GSW band program.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon - Recognizes superior achievement in the field of computer and information sciences.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities – One of the highest honors a student at Georgia Southwestern can achieve is that of being named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Selection on campus is based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in co-curricular activities and potential for future achievement.
Residence Hall Leadership Opportunities
Residence Hall Association – The governing body for residence hall students, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) remains active in all residence hall decisions.
Special Interest Groups
Forensics Team - Students compete in local and regional competitions in areas including Poetry/Prose Interpretation, After Dinner Speech, and Impromptu Speaking. For more information contact the Fine Arts Department at 229-931-2204.
International Student Association - Offers all GSW students an opportunity to learn more about other countries and cultures. Activities include movie nights, presentations about foreign cities and countries, and an annual international food festival.
Dance Team - Tryouts are held every Fall semester. For more information contact the Division of Student Affairs at 229-928-1387.
University Republicans and Young Democrats – Students involved with these organizations serve the national platform on a local level.
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.GSW.EDU AND CLICK ON STUDENT AFFAIRS, AND THEN ON STUDENT ACTIVITIES.
STUDENT CONDUCT BOARD
The Assistant Dean of Students coordinates the student conduct process. Students interested in serving on the Student Conduct Board which operates in conjunction with The Student Government should apply through the Student Government Association. (Phone 229-931-2363).
GEORGIA INTERN PROGRAM
Georgia Southwestern State University is a participant in the Georgia Intern Program. Students may receive a maximum of 15 hours toward their degree for work as interns in public and nonprofit agencies in the State of Georgia. Students from all academic areas are eligible for the program. Courses for which academic credit is to be awarded must be approved in advance by the Chairman of the Division or Department offering the
courses and the campus coordinator of the program. Course numbers 492-494 in each discipline are reserved for Georgia Intern Program credit. Interested students should contact the campus coordinator of the Georgia Intern Program for additional information (Phone 229-931-2079).
THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Georgia Southwestern offers many cultural opportunities for students. Music concerts and recitals, and Forensics speech tournaments, theatre and video productions, as well as art exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year.
Theater, Communication, and Media Arts
Performance and production opportunities are available to all students through stage plays, performance events through the Rylander Theater Partnership and narrative video projects produced each semester. Course credit is available for participation in these activities.
The Concert Choir is a non-auditioned group which performs several times a year on campus, and occasionally off-campus. The Concert Choir provides music for events on campus, including graduation.
The Chamber Singers is a small, auditioned choral group noted for exceptional performances. Each year the Chamber Singers perform often on and off campus. Every Fall, the group produces and performs a Madrigal Dinner at the Windsor Hotel in downtown Americus, complete with Renaissance costumes and music.
The Concert Band and Jazz Band, both auditioned groups, perform on and off campus in concert and for special events. All ensembles offer academic credit for participants.
The Visual Arts program offers students the opportunity to express themselves creatively through painting and drawing, glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, print making, computer graphics and digital media.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS AND RECREATION
The purpose of Intramural Sports and Recreation at Georgia Southwestern is to offer a wide variety of activities either organized or self-directed activities so that all members of the University community have an opportunity to participate. University Recreational Services provide the University community the outlet to physical well being through physical activity. Intramural team sports offerings include Flag Football, Soccer, Indoor Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Kickball, Racquetball, and Volleyball. Numerous individual and dual sports such as Tennis, Golf, Disc Golf, Rock-Climbing wall and Billiards are also made available throughout the year. There are also employment opportunities available through our office.
Aerobics and outdoor trips are new and integral facets of recreational sports at GSW. Each semester group exercise classes and a variety of trips are offered to the students at minimal or no cost. Recreational facilities available include the Old Gym, athletic field, swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness center, and fitness trail and Student Success Center.
All Intramural Sports, Aerobics and Outdoor Recreation information is available on the first day of classes in the Recreational Sports Office in the Student Success Center Room 3438 or call 931-2365.
GSW is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Peach Belt Conference. Athletics play a very important role in the campus and community life at Georgia Southwestern State University. The athletic teams have been a catalyst in creating enthusiasm, school spirit, and student unity on the GSW campus and in the community.
The offices for athletics and physical education classes are located in the Student Success Center (STORM Dome).
For more information about the individual sports, please contact the following:
Coach Kelly Britsky
Coach Mike Leeder
Coach Bryan McLain
Women’s Cross Country
Coach Brittney Skiles
229-931-4215 or 229-407-9030.
Coach Warren Russ
Coach Samantha Snow
Coach Eddie Ward
Coach Brennon Sewell
Coach Darcy Donaldson