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AMERICUS (July 6, 2015)—Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., and Cecilia Maldonado, Ph.D., have been named the inaugural Comer Faculty Scholar Award recipients for School of Business Administration faculty at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).
Szmedra, a professor of economics, received the Jane and Larry Comer Faculty Scholar Award, generously funded by Jane and Larry Comer. Maldonado, an associate professor of marketing, received the Larry Comer Faculty Scholar Award, which was funded anonymously in honor of Larry Comer. Both awards come with a $9,000 stipend distributed evenly over three years.
Szmedra's tenure at GSW began in 2001. He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Pennsylvania State University and a Phil Szmedra Master of Science and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia.
"I am grateful for the recognition this award confers," Szmedra said. "But much more importantly I am thankful that individuals like Jane and Larry Comer are willing to support educational excellence in a most concrete way. Building an educational system that produces graduates with the tools to successfully compete in the market requires talented, inspired and dedicated faculty. The creation of this award demonstrates a willingness by enlightened members of a community to recognize those in education who have those traits. At the same time, the award affirms the work being done by everyone in higher education to create a vibrant future for the citizens of Georgia. My thanks go to Dean Elizabeth Wilson, my colleagues and to Jane and Larry Comer."
Maldonado joined the Georgia Southwestern faculty in 2007. She earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Science and Technology in Mexico, a Master of Science in marketing from Texas A & M and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Texas, Pan American.
Dr. Cecilia Maldonado
"For me it's an honor and a real privilege to receive this award. I'll keep trying to improve my research, my teaching and my service to our community," said Maldonado. "This award motivates me to become better, personally and professionally."
The Comer Scholar Awards were created to aid the GSW School of Business Administration in cultivated growth and excellence and to attract and retain faculty. The funds are given through the GSW Foundation. Larry and Jane Comer are former longtime residents of Americus who support education and entrepreneurial success. Now retired, Larry Comer, founded both Metalux Lighting, Inc. and Caravelle Power Boats.
For the duration of their awards, Szmedra and Maldonado will be identified as the Jane and Larry Comer Faculty Scholar and the Comer Faculty Scholar, respectively, in all publications and presentations.
"Both Dr. Maldonado and Dr. Szmedra are very deserving of this honor," said Liz Wilson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business. "Dr. Szmedra's work in the economics of health care and disease prevention has far-reaching effects beyond the School of Business and Georgia Southwestern State University. Dr. Maldonado's tireless work to lead the School of Business Assurance of Learning mandate continues to ensure that we offer quality, measurable learning outcomes to our students and employers and that we maintain accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)."
The School of Business Administration is AACSB-accredited and is located in the Business, History and Political Science Building.
Georgia Southwestern State University’s accounting graduates excelled on the latest Certified Public Accounting exam, ranking No. 25 among the nation’s medium-sized programs and No. 3 among schools in Georgia. According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Georgia Southwestern’s BBA students who took the CPA exam for the first time scored a 67.7% pass rate. This compares favorably with the 55% national pass rate for first time test takers and the 64.1% pass rate for all Georgia universities.
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Applications for the alumni cash scholarship are being accepted now until April 15th. The Alumni Association will be sponsoring many of these ($1000) scholarships to eligible students.
All applications may be turned into the Newman Alumni Center or emailed to email@example.com.
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Kalley Gillis graduated in December with her degree in Management. She came to GSW from Waycross after being referred by Ms. Cori Crews who was at that time GSW’s campus coordinator for online programs. Kalley said even though she was nervous about taking online courses and didn’t know how taking classes and working full time at Atlantic Coast Bank, she decided to give it a try. She actually found that it worked out better than she imagined because she didn’t have to schedule classes around work hours! Kalley finished with above a 3.0 GPA at GSW, while usually taking 2 classes a semester.
When asked how she would assess her online experience in GSW’s School of Business, Kalley said that her grades were better than in her core classes, due, in part to the fact that she felt she actually got more than when she was in a classroom setting. Being able to view videos, power points, notes and so forth whenever she wanted and as often as she needed proved a big advantage for her. Kallie also liked that she liked the online discussions because “You feel like you are actually talking to another student instead of just answering a question in class.”, and she found it easier to express herself when given time to formulate her discussion posts.
Kalley’s future is certain to be helped by her new degree, and she is excited to explore those new opportunities. Her advice to those considering an online degree with GSW? “If you are serious, you can accomplish this goal. It’s worth every penny and was a very good experience for me!”
Congratulations to the following business students: Danny Schuster (pictured above) for outstanding on-campus business graduate, Brett Garcia for outstanding MBA graduate, and Kevin Diaz for outstanding external programs graduate.
Good job guys!
Lisa Jackson-Battle is a supervisor with the Southern Company and lives in Albany. When she graduated from high school in 1999, she started college but dropped out to take a job. Over the next several years, she took classes when she could and relocated with her job as she got promotions. She finally moved to Albany and decided “it was time to get that degree.” She had finished her associate’s degree at Macon State and took the core classes in business at Darton she needed to begin the online BBA program at GSW.
Lisa is a senior Management major who will be graduating Spring of 2015. She began working on her BBA degree in 2010, taking one course each semester – congratulations to Lisa for keeping her eye on the prize and perservering!
Why did you decide to complete your degree online?
“I don’t have to commute to classes after work, and the curriculum at GSW was well laid out and clear.”
Does GSW’s program live up to your expectations for a college program?
“Yes. The technology allows me to communicate with the professors and other students. I really have benefitted from discussing topics with my classmates and feel connected to the class.” “GSW’s online program has made me feel like I’m in a classroom.” “It is challenging but I feel like I have gotten an excellent education.”
Would you recommend GSW’s online Business program to working students?
“Oh yes. Even though I am busy, the timeframes for the work are all laid out which gives me time to prepare ahead of time if I know I’m going to be out of town and to catch up in the evenings or on the weekends.”
Are the staff, advisors and faculty what you expected?
“The staff and everyone I’ve dealt with at GSW has been great and supportive. They understand the working student’s needs.”
What advice would you give to the student who is thinking about returning to school after an absence?
“People should try it – it is making a big difference in my life.”
Don't miss this opportunity to attend. All of our Atlanta and online students are invited to attend.
Georgia Southwestern State University Enactus team has been selected to receive a grant to complete your Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business project. Their award is the Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business project grant. Follow the link below for more information about the grant program.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, Enactus has active programs on more than 1,600 college and university campuses in 36 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in Enactus are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.
You can find more pictures of the event on our Facebook page.
Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has decided to provide Microsoft Office to every student free of charge. Office 365 includes the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. As long as you’re a student at GSW, you’ll be able to use this software for free.
• Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)
• Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
• Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software
• Use the same programs as the faculty to ensure full file fidelity
To get your Office follow these simple steps:
1. Visit http://portal.office.com
2. Sign in with your Radar email address and your CanesNet password.
3. On the download site, select your language and click install
If you have trouble, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 229-931-2074.
GSW President Dr. Kendall Blanchard, left, and GPC President Rob Watts sign agreements to renew and expand the colleges' partnership programs. Pictured standing, from left, are Shannon Perry, Dr. Liz Wilson, Dr. Brian Adler, all of Georgia Southwestern, and Phil Smith, Georgia Perimeter's academic affairs vice president.
In a special ceremony at Georgia Perimeter College, Rob Watts, GPC interim president, and Dr. Kendall Blanchard, Georgia Southwestern State University president, renewed a three-year Fastrac business administration transfer program for GPC business graduates. Read More
The GSW business leadership students, Enactus (Entrepreneurship-Action-U
Freshman were given the opportunity to meet faculty and upper class students in our majors. You can see the full album here.
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.
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.
Pictured Above: Top (Left to Right) Dean Dr. Liz Wilson; Brian Koleszar, Hongyu Cheng, Benjamin Moody
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Angie Brown
Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Taylor O'Hearn
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.
Southwestern Scholar—Georgia Southwestern economics professor Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., was named the University’s 2012-2013 Featured Scholar.
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.
John S. Stovall, 2012 Georgia Southwestern State University Featured Public Servant (image background – Sumter Historic Trust’s Lee Council House).
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.
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!
Pictured above: Dr. Wilson and the recipient of the award, Kyle Singley
Work with the City of Americus in the Community and Economic Development Department as a Marketing intern!
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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.
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
Remarkable SOBA Graduates of Fall 2011
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.
Pictured from left: Marketing Graduate- Leady Cuellar and Human Resource Management Graduate- Charles Pennington
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
GSW SIFE Advisor Donates Check
Check was given to Matt Loper by Campbell Soup
Pictured from left to right are Sam Walton Fellows Ted Norris and Matt Loper, SIFE President Rebekah Tate and faculty advisor John Stovall.