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Liz Wilson Dr. Liz Wilson, Dean
PhD, University of Alabama - Birmingham
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 213
Phone: 229-931-2120
Dr. Bennett Dr. Robert Bennett III , Associate Professor
PhD, Florida State University
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 219
Phone: 229-931-2725
gaynor cheokas faculty Dr. Gaynor Cheokas, Director of C.B.E.D.
DBA, Georgia State University
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 212
Phone: 229-931-2726
 carol closeup smaller Dr. Carol Bishop, Director of MBA Program
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 220
Phone: 229-931-2224
  Dr. Patrick Langan, Assistant Professor of Management
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 210
Phone: 229-931-2091
fathi faculty Dr. Michael Fathi, Associate Professor
DBA, Nova University
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 216
Phone: 229-931-5130
Mark Grimes Dr. Mark Grimes, Associate Professor
DBA, Argosy University
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 215
Phone: 229-931-4455
brain heshizer faculty Dr. Brian Heshizer, Associate Professor
PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 209
Phone: 229-931-2087
Curtis Howell Dr. Curtis Howell, Associate Professor
CPA, EdD Northern Illinois University
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 101C
Phone: 229-931-2125
susan robinson faculty Mrs. Susan Robinson, Associate Professor
CPA, MAcc, University of Georgia
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 211
Phone: 229-931-2119
maldonado faculty Dr. Cecilia Maldonado, Associate Professor
PhD, University of Texas Pan America
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 218
Phone: 229-931-2883
yang park faculty Dr. Yang Park, Associate Professor
PhD, University of Mississippi
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 204
Phone: 229-931-6927
john stovall faculty Dr. John Stovall, Associate Professor
PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 204
Phone: 229-931-2107
philip szmedra faculty Dr. Philip Szmedra, Associate Professor
PhD, University of Georgia
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 214
Phone: 229-931-2122
feng xu faculty Dr. Feng Xu, Associate Professor
PhD George Washington University
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 217
Phone: 229-931-2126
 CrewsProfilePic1 Mrs. Cori Crews, Lecturer of Accounting
School of Business Administration
Phone: 912-288-1497
Phil Pendergrass Mr. Phil Pendergrass
PGM Program
School of Business Administration
Phone: 229-924-0396
Cody King Mr. Cody King, Adjunct Faculty
CPA, MBA Albany State University
Marshall Student Center
Office: MSC, Room 107
Phone: 229-931-2066
Shannon Perry Mrs. Shannon Perry, Director of External Programs
MBA, Georgia Southern University
School of Business Administration
Phone: 478-304-1491
Fax: 478-304-1492
janie mooney faculty Mrs. Janie Mooney, Senior Administrative Assistant
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 207
Phone: 229-931-2090
Donja Tripp Mrs. Donja Tripp, Director of Student Services
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 204
Phone: 229-931-2269
Jonathan Hobbs Jonathan Hobbs, IT Technician
School of Business Administration
Office: Business 101B
Phone: 229-931-2957

Alumni Cash Scholarship

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

Apply Here

Internships - CED Albany, GA Summer Internship Opportunity

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CED is offering internships through their internship program this summer.  Click here to find out more about this opportunity!

Student Spotlight - Kalley Gillis: Goal Reached!

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.

Kalley Gillis

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 Our Outstanding Business Students!


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!

Student Spotlight - Lisa Jackson "I feel like I'm in the classroom"

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 Battle-Jackson

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.”


The 25th Annual Career Opportunities Fair


Don't miss this opportunity to attend. All of our Atlanta and online students are invited to attend.

ENACTUS Team Awarded Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business Project Grant

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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.

Welcome Fall 2014 Freshmen!

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You can find more pictures of the event on our Facebook page.

Office 365 Free for All GSW Students

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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

  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 or call 229-931-2074.


Human Resources added to 3-Year GPC/GSW business degree programs

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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

ENACTUS: Harvest of Hope

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The GSW business leadership students, Enactus (Entrepreneurship-Action-U s), 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.

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

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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

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

  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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

GSW Awards Outstanding Business Graduate for Fall 2012 Graduation

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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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

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.

In an effort to provide a top notch business education, The GSW School of Business Administration desires to provide our qualified students outstanding internship opportunities.  We thank you for your contribution to this endeavor.  Students should be provided a meaningful and memorable internship experience and are prepared to approximately 15 hours per week.  Responsibilities should be challenging, stimulating, and provide the student the opportunity to make a contribution to the company.  An ideal arrangement would be assigning students a challenging managerial project such as developing or refining some sort of system, analytical tool, policies and procedures, manual, or alternative methodology for the company.  Opportunities to help management make decisions, research opportunities, solve problems, and provide important recommendations are most desirable.    Employers are asked to provide open communication, coaching, and frank feedback on student performance.  We want you as manager to work closely with our students.  Students will be asked to prepare a written report for a faculty member at GSW and you will be asked to provide feedback to the School of Business as well.

Our intern selection procedure is as follows: A committee of faculty will choose 2 or 3 finalists for the company to interview or if the company so desires we will make a selection.

Other Internships

There are countless internships you can apply for and receive school credit as long as you reach out to beforehand. Once the internship has been approved it's up to you. Below is a list with hundreds of pre-approved internship opportunities within the state of Georgia. All you need to do is follow the link and apply online following their instructions.

2014-2015 Internship List


  • Spring: November 15th
  • Summer: April 1st
  • Fall: July 1st
  • Employers need to give us advance notice of an internship opportunity and students need to apply well in advance.


Students can locate and apply for their own internship with verification from Robert Bennett.  Click here for the Online Internship Application.

Governor's Office

This is a paid internship for one semester in the one of the Governor's offices located in Atlanta, GA. Click the link for more information on how to apply.

Click here for more information.

Underground Atlanta

Interns work on a variety of tasks within their field, and connect with individuals from companies all around Atlanta. The offer a well established program that has been active for over ten years.

Click here for more information.

City of Americus - Digital Arts

The intern will be responsible for creating a portfolio that will be utilized by the City of Americus and the Americus & Sumter County Tourism Council for carious marketing campaigns locally and statewide.

Click here for more information.

Americus Welcome Center

Help provide a warm and friendly environment by greeting visitors, distributing information and brochures, and other administrative duties as needed and desired.

Click here for more information.

Americus Downtown Development Authority

Assist the Downtown Development Director with all essential office duties, planning and coordinating special events, and other duties that may be assigned and required.

Click here for more information.

Gammage Print Shop

The intern will create a marketing plan to reach our current customers and potential customers to increase sales. Manage and create social media to enlarge our customer base through constant contacts, Facebook and emails.

Click here for more information.


Use the link below to request to become part of the School of Business Internship Program.  If you need to submit other content or have any questions, please contact the head of the Internship program, Robert Bennett.

Useful Forms

The School of Business offers the following scholarships. The deadline for Scholarships is March 15.  Click here to apply for School of Business Scholarships.

Belford Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Richard A. Belford and Martha G. Belford and in honor of William Lee Belford. This scholarship shall be used for a student who is an incoming freshman, or a current student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at Georgia Southwestern State University in the School of Business Administration. Consideration will be given to student athletes enrolled in the School of Business who meet the stated criteria. Criteria are as follows: a) Residency. Preference will be given (although not limited to) students who graduated from High School from Chatham, Effingham, Bulloch, Bryan or Liberty counties in Georgia b) A minimum 3.0 (on a scale of 4) grade point average is required for receipt of this scholarship. The Scholarship recipient will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the School of Business at Georgia Southwestern State University. The Scholarship award amount will be credited to the student’s account at GSW.

James Deriso Scholarship

This memorial endowment was established by the family of James G. Deriso. Mr. Deriso, father of Mrs. Betty Pope, a former Chair-person of Georgia Southwestern Foundation’s Board of Trustees, was a successful businessman in Sumter County. Consideration is given to participation and leadership in campus activities and extra-curricular activities. The scholarship criteria requires recipients to be junior or senior status, accepted into the School of Business, with a GPA of 3.0, and no more than one grade of “C” in upper division courses.

Rotary/Willis Shiver Scholarship

Established by the Americus Rotary Club for members of Students in Free Enterprise, this scholarship honors the memory of a lifelong member, J. Willis Shiver, who started a successful business in Americus, Georgia which is continuing to flourish as a product of the American free enterprise system.

Rotary/E.H. Kinnebrew, Sr. Scholarship

Established by the Americus Rotary Club for members of Students in Free Enterprise, this scholarship honors the memory of a lifelong member of the late E.H. Kinnebrew, Sr., whose successful business in Americus, Georgia which is continuing to flourish as a product of the American free enterprise system.

Wheeler/Parker Scholarship

The Wheeler/Parker Scholarship was established by Jean and Wes Wheeler as an endowment to honor the Parker and Wheeler families. The criterion gives consideration to students who have financial need and meet admission standards. This scholarship will be shared by the School of Business and the School of Nursing.

Jeff Singley Cash Scholarship

Mrs. Singley established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Jeff Singley, who suddenly passed away at age 46, while their two sons, Kyle and Ryan, were pursing degrees at Georgia Southwestern State University. This scholarship will be awarded annually at the rate of $500 per year as long as the donor is able to fund the scholarship. This scholarship shall be used for a student who meets the following criteria: Student enrolled in GSW as a business or pre-business major Who has achieved Sophomore or greater student status Has a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale Who works at least a part-time job Preference will be given to students who have lost a parent

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