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Janie Mooney, administrative assistant for the School of Business Administration, was recently honored with the Staff Excellence in Service Award at the 2016 University Honors and Recognition Ceremony.

Mooney, who has been with the school since 2010, was applauded for her efforts at the university level, as well as her efforts within the community.

At GSW, Mooney is serving her second term as a staff senator. She is a Relay for Life team recruiter, is on the Graduation Committee and is the chair for ushers.

Mooney is also actively involved in Americus as a member of the Pilot Club, a Sumter Humane Society volunteer, a parent representative for Schley County High School athletics and is an active participant in many other local charities.

When you enter the School of Business, Mooney is the first person you see. Her nominator applauded her for going beyond her call of duty to help students, parents and visitors.

“She has been a friendly face and a sympathetic ear to a student who has just failed an exam,” her nominator said. “She offers coffee or tea to a waiting visitor – and then gets up to make it. In short, Janie Mooney goes above and beyond. For her that is the norm.”

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Caption--Janie Mooney (left) receives the Staff Excellence in Service Award from Dr. Liz Wilson.



AMERICUS (April 27, 2016)--Georgia Southwestern State University associate professor of Visual Arts, Keaton Wynn, was recently awarded the Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award for 2016.

Wynn, who has been with GSW since 2004, was chosen from the faculty for his outstanding, scholarly and creative contributions to the Department of Visual Arts.

This year, Wynn showcased an exhibit of blown glass promoting the Ralph Harvey Retrospective at the Albany Museum of Art. The project is the result of years of curating and promoting, which resulted in several grants, lectures and catalogs sent to major glass museums nationwide. His collaboration promoted the important work of glassblowing in America.

In addition to his work on the Ralph Harvey Retrospective, Wynn has collaborated with Chinese scholars and published a paper on the efforts of contemporary artists in China. He has researched and led a revival of community ceramic work in China and organized a visiting scholar program between China and GSW. This summer, two of GSW’s recent graduates will join Keaton in China.

His efforts have allowed for another exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art showcasing a Chinese scholar who has collaborated with GSW.

Beyond his achievements as an associate professor in the fields of ceramics and art history/critical thinking, Wynn maintains his studio work in ceramics. He has exhibited his work at many national, international and regional exhibitions.

Recently Wynn and Laurel Robinson, professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts, exhibited a series of ceramics and paintings that source to the Roman/Persian Late Antiquity at the American Academy of Religion’s National Conference. The conference, which took place in Atlanta, allowed their work to be showcased to over 11,000 participants.

Wynn’s nominators are extremely proud of his passion and dedication to the field.

“Keaton is a great collaborator and his creative work is always thoughtful and critically relevant,” one of his nominators said. “He is undoubtedly a scholar and an artist of the very highest caliber and is clearly deserving of this recognition,” another nominator said.

Wynn received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southwest Missouri State University, his Masters of Fine Arts from Kent State University and his Masters of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Caption--Keaton Wynn (left) is presented with the Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award from Dr. Kelly McCoy.

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AMERICUS (April 27, 2016)--An English and Modern Language associate professor has been awarded the Georgia Southwestern State University Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

Elizabeth A.  Kuipers, Ph.D., who also serves as one of two English Department advisors, was selected from the faculty for her contributions to the university and the community. She was honored at GSW’s 2016 University Honors and Recognition Ceremony held on April 25, 2016.

At GSW, Kuipers has dedicated her time to educating and mentoring her students, serving on various committees and actively seeking ways to help her colleagues and others around her.

“Her dedication, in many ways, finds a focus on education in a variety of settings in our community,” her nominator said. “It is this focus which makes her an excellent ambassador from Georgia Southwestern State University. Her hard work in both civic engagement and university service is a perfect representation of what an employee of GSW offers us all.”

Kuipers’ service extends beyond her 18-year tenure at GSW. She has been a driving force in the community for the Furlow Charter School that was established in Americus in 2015.

One of her nominators applauded her for the countless hours that she put into making the school a reality and bringing an additional opportunity for high quality education to the community.

“Anyone who lives and works in Americus and at GSW knows Elizabeth Kuipers’ dedication and enthusiasm for helping others,” her nominator said. “What makes her community service unique is that she has taken a need and transformed it into a community empowering entity. I truly believe GSW, Americus and Sumter County are better places because of her work and vision.”

Kuipers received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan College and her Masters of Art and Doctor of Philosophy from Auburn University.

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Caption--Dr. Elizabeth Kuipers (left) is presented with the Faculty Excellence in Service Award by Dr. Kelly McCoy.

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AMERICUS (April 27, 2016) — Judy Orton Grissett, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, has been named Georgia Southwestern State University’s 2016 Professor of the Year Award recipient. The honor was presented to her at the 2016 Honors and Recognition Ceremony Monday, April 25 in Jackson Performance Hall.

Developed in 1980, the Professor of the Year Award is sponsored by the Georgia Southwestern Alumni Association and covers the faculty member’s quality of classroom teaching and performance, dedication to the profession and his or her impact on students through the teaching and learning process.

The recipient is chosen by graduating seniors and is awarded at the conclusion of the Spring semester. According to her department chair, Charles Huffman, Ph.D., Orton Grissett is a fitting choice.

“Dr. Judy Orton Grissett has had a dramatic positive impact on students during her first three years at GSW,” said Huffman. “Judy has taught over seven different courses and her student teaching evaluations are extremely high. In the past year, Judy has supervised four students doing independent research projects and serves as the Internship Coordinator supervising over 10 students enrolled in internship courses. She is an incredible asset to Georgia Southwestern State University and most deserving of this recognition.”

In addition to creating a healthy learning environment for students, Orton Grissett has been an advocate and leader for open education resources at Georgia Southwestern. She serves as the Affordable Learning Georgia Campus Champion. In this role, she provides resources and information about open-source materials to GSW faculty and instructional staff. Over the last year, GSW faculty have earned Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grants in psychology, sociology and music, saving student’s approximately $215,000 in textbook costs.

In Fall 2015, Orton Grissett received an Open Educational Resource Research Fellowship from the Open Education Group funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She also holds a Teaching and Learning Fellowship with the University System of Georgia.

Orton Grissett earned a Bachelor of Science from GSW and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Georgia State University – all in psychology.

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Caption--Dr. Judy Orton Grissett (left) is presented with the GSW Alumni Association Professor of the Year award by Alumni Association President Dr. Lemond Hall.

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AMERICUS (April 27, 2016) – Lauren DiPaula, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Georgia Southwestern State University, is the recipient of the 2016 Faculty Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award. DiPaula was honored at GSW’s University Honors and Recognition Ceremony held on April 25.

DiPaula was selected for this award from the faculty for contributions to the teaching and learning process. The award is open to faculty engaged in both traditional classroom (on-campus) delivery and distance education courses.

DiPaula’s efforts as a teacher and a leader in the classroom are visible by her peers.

“Dr. DiPaula exemplifies the dedication to teaching and the excellence that this award recognizes,” said one of DiPaula’s nominators. “She is widely recognized by her students and her peers as an outstanding classroom teacher at multiple levels.”

As director of GSW’s Writing Center, DiPaula has developed and implemented a process for training tutors on how to teach others how to write well. DiPaula trains her “writing consultants” so well in fact, that one of them, Alison McCarter Cantrell, earned the 2014 Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) Undergraduate Tutor Award.

“I believe our Writing Center is one of the finest in the University System of Georgia,” a different nominator said, “and certainly the strongest institution of our size. I am not alone in my estimation of the Center.”

For all her dedication to the GSW Writing Center, DiPaula for several years, has served as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Georgia Southwestern. She has developed a mission statement and strategic plan for the CTL that has improved teaching throughout campus.

DiPaula earned a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University, a Master of Science from Towson University and a Ph.D. from the Indiana University of Philadelphia

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Caption-- Dr. Lauren DiPaula (left) is presented with the Faculty Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award from Dr. Kelly McCoy


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AMERICUS (April 27, 2016) – Shannon Perry, senior lecturer and director of External Programs within the School of Business Administration at Georgia Southwestern State University, is the recipient of the 2016 Faculty Excellence in Advising Award. Perry was recognized at GSW’s University Honors and Recognition Ceremony held on Monday, April 25 in Jackson Performance Hall.

Perry was selected for this award from the faculty for having demonstrated the qualities associated with outstanding student advising.

“Shannon exceeds, in every measure, the requirements for this recognition,” said a nominator. “She directly advises a large percent of our online students through the partnerships that we have and have had with two-year schools, and her advising load regularly consists of 150 or more students.”

As director of the School of Business’ external studies program, Perry assesses every new student candidate to determine if each student meets requirements for admission. She evaluates transcripts to help decide which major new students should choose and who permanent advisors should be.

“Her caring attitude towards students is reflected in the number of positive comments that we receive from our students,” the nominator added, “who typically say that her handling of the integration process was done smoothly.”

Perry, whose GSW office is Dublin, Ga., joined the GSW faculty in 2005. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.

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Caption--Shannon Perry (left) is presented with the Faculty Excellence in Advising Award from Dr. Liz Wilson.

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AMERICUS (April 27, 2016) – David Jenkins, assistant director of Admissions at Georgia Southwestern State University, is the recipient of the 2016 Staff Excellence in Advising Award. Jenkins was recognized at GSW’s University Honors and Recognition Ceremony held on Monday, April 25 in Jackson Performance Hall.

Jenkins was selected for this award because of his commitment as an outstanding student advisor.

“David advises and registers over 100 dual enrolled students each semester,” said a nominator discussing Jenkins qualifications for the award. “He not only meets with them individually, but frequently the families attend the advising sessions, given that these students are still in high school.”

As assistant director for the Office of Admissions, Jenkins assists in oversight for all aspects of the department, and he oversees the Move On When Ready (MOWR) dual enrollment program. Recognizing a need for a MOWR orientation, Jenkins created and leads an orientation session each semester for new dual enrolled students.

A native of Blakely, Ga., Jenkins joined the GSW Admissions team in 2001. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Georgia Southwestern, and he is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from the University of Georgia.

            “David possesses a caring attitude,” his nominator continued, “taking the time to build a strong relationship with each student. He manages his time effectively to be able to offer maximum support for his advisees.”

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Caption--David Jenkins (left) is presented the Staff Excellence in Advising Award from Dr. Gaye Hayes.

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AMERICUS (April 21, 2016)—Kathleen Tucker of Americus was awarded recently for her service to Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and the Alumni Association. Tucker was named the Leewynn J. Finklea Outstanding Alumni Award recipient at GSW’s Spring Alumni Event April 9.

AMERICUS (April 18, 2016)—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) will hold its Spring 2016 Commencement ceremony Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m. in Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. The commencement speaker will be George Hooks. An Americus insurance agent, Hooks served 32 years in the Georgia General Assembly.

RCI REACH Provides Free, Confidential Services to Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia

AMERICUS, GEORGIA (April 15, 2016) — RCI REACH, a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) in collaboration with Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, is now available in Sumter and the surrounding counties.

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 13, 2016)--Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 20 members have been invited and inducted into its membership through the Pi Gamma Chapter of Georgia Southwestern State University.  These members include Lauren Barfield, Aryn Beall, Amanda Berstler, Mishelle Butler, Hannah Conger, Haley Hagin, Cassidy Jolly, Hillaree McClelland, Samantha Nelson, Shakela Peak, Ashley Rhodes, Rebecca Sauls, Stephanie Summerlin, Taylor Summers, Catherine Sumner, Rebecca Swords, Hope Teasley, Kyndall Tomlinson, Zachery Ward and Mary Wilson.


AMERICUS, Ga. (April 6, 2016)—Preston Weaver, Aramark residential location manager at Mercer University, was recently named Aramark food service director at GSW (GSW Dining). Having served as interim director since Feb. 1 upon the position vacated by Shane Collins, Weaver’s first day as permanent director was March 15.

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 6, 2016)— The Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) School of Business Administration was recently notified that its bachelor’s degree in human resource management now fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR curriculum guides established in 2005.

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 5, 2016)--AT&T made its ninth contribution to South Georgia Technical College and Georgia Southwestern State University recently for the “Two Great Choices – One Great Community” campaign that supports the efforts at both higher education institutions. 

Americus, GA (April 5, 2016)–Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is proud to announce the receipt of a $6,380 grant to participate in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Georgia Young Adult Program.

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