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AMERICUS, Ga. (June 12, 2014)—The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University today announced the winners of the 2014 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarships. “Through the generous funding of Johnson & Johnson, these scholarship recipients can pursue a caregiving goal that will enhance their learning and/or training in specific skills” said Leisa Easom, Ph.D., executive director of the RCI.  Each winner receives a $2,500 scholarship.

AMERICUS (June 9, 2014)—Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Mark Laughlin, DMA, of Georgia Southwestern State University has been named a quarterfinalist for the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

AMERICUS (June 5, 2014)—Symbolizing the transformation of a nursing student into a professional nurse, the annual pinning ceremony is a long-standing tradition.While the main order of business at Georgia Southwestern State University’s 58th annual pinning in May was to honor the school’s 63 nursing graduates, the growing partnership between Phoebe Putney Health System (PPHS) was an important part of the program, as well.

AMERICUS (June 4, 2014)—Rachel Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor of health and human performance, has been named interim dean of Georgia Southwestern State University’s School of Education. Abbott is filling the position vacated by Dean Lettie Watford, Ph.D., who retired in July of 2013 and YeVette Howard, Ph.D., who served as interim dean during the last academic year. Abbott’s new role will begin July 7.

AMERICUS (June 4, 2014)—During the 2013-2014 academic year, mathematics and computer science faculty from Georgia Southwestern State University established a “Peer-Tutoring” Program at Americus-Sumter High School-South Campus.

AMERICUS (May 19, 2014)—The Wells Fargo Foundation recently awarded Georgia Southwestern State University with a grant of $1500, supporting the University’s Bridge Program.

AMERICUS (May 6, 2014)—Future honor graduate Susanna Turner of Albany was recognized Friday, May 2 with Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) highest academic honor. During the Graduation and Honors Convocation, Turner, a psychology major, was named GSW’s 2014 Outstanding Scholar.

AMERICUS (May 5, 2014)—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) will hold its Spring 2014 Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 in Convocation Hall of the GSW Student Success Center. Paul Jones, Ph.D., interim president at Darton State College, is the commencement speaker.

AMERICUS (April 30, 2014)—Georgia Southwestern State University men’s head basketball coach Mike Leeder will serve as interim athletic director (AD) and head coach during the 2014-2015 academic year. The national search to replace Jaclyn Donovan who resigned in December was closed and will reopen in a year. Leeder will take over for current interim AD Randolph Barksdale on June 1.

LEESBURG, Ga. (April 21, 2014)—Georgia Southwestern State University President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D., and Lee County High School Principal Kevin Dowling signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today stating that college-level courses will be taught on Lee County High School’s campus through the state’s Accel Program. Beginning next school year, college algebra will be taught in the fall and statistics in the spring.

AMERICUS (April 21, 2014)—Ray Mannila, theater technical coordinator for the Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts, is Georgia Southwestern State University’s 2014 Featured Public Servant. The announcement was made today.

AMERICUS (April 18, 2014)—“Sirocco,” Georgia Southwestern State University’s Arts Magazine, is published in April of each year by students. A reading and reception celebrating the release of the 2014 edition, “Liberate the Muse,” was held April 16 in the Marshall Student Center Faculty Dining Room. 

DUBLIN, Ga. (April 17, 2014)—Having been in place for a little more than a year, Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) officially cut the ribbon today on the External Programs office for the School of Business Administration located on US Highway 80 in Dublin.

AMERICUS (April 16, 2014)—Since 2007, 75 students from Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) in Shanghai, China have been enrolled in a special accelerated master’s program for exchange students at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). Monday, April 14 in the Wheatley Administration Building, delegates from SHOU met with officials from GSW and renewed an agreement to continue that program.

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 15, 2014)—Formerly known as SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise), the Georgia Southwestern State University Enactus team continued its legacy of service, entrepreneurship and success at the national competition earlier this month in Cincinnati.

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