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AMERICUS (July 11, 2013)—An annual study of the University System of Georgia’s economic impact on the State records a 7.4 percent increase from fiscal year 2011 to 2012. Georgia Southwestern State University’s impact increased by two percent from $73.5 to $74.8 million.The System and its 31 institutions had a total economic impact of $14.1 billion on the state economy.

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AMERICUS (June 28, 2013)—Harold Isaacs, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), has edited “Winds of Change: Crisis and Critique in the Third World,” the Spring 2013 issue of “Journal of Third World Studies” (JTWS). The Journal is published by the Association of Third World Studies, Inc. (ATWS).

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AMERICUS (June 20, 2013)—After 16 years on the faculty at Georgia Southwestern State University, serving as School of Education dean since 2007, Lettie Watford will retire at the end of July. The search for a new dean is under way.

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AMERICUS (June 10, 2013)—After 30-plus years of service and minimal updates, the Fine Arts Building at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) will undergo renovation in Fiscal Year 2014.The $1.95 million capital improvement project was approved by the state legislature and the governor and met strict guidelines set out by the University System of Georgia to “enhance critical academic program needs by increasing the functionality and yield of existing space,” rather than beginning new construction.

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AMERICUS (June 10, 2013)--Twelve students from Americus-Sumter County High School South Campus got a closer look at college life for three months during the spring, as they participated in the Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) Near Peer Program. This program is funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) of the U.S. Department of Education.

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AMERICUS (June 7, 2013)—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) was awarded a $24,050 grant from the University System of Georgia (USG) for a project aimed at improving student retention. Georgia Southwestern’s proposal was one of only nine funded out of 28 submitted and will begin in Fall 2013. It is part of the Complete College Georgia (CCG) initiative focusing on innovative practices to retain students and add postsecondary graduates to the Georgia workforce.

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AMERICUS (June 7, 2013)—To the people who knew him, Jimmy Hightower was not just a coach or a teacher; he was mentor and a friend. Some of those friends are helping establish an athletic scholarship in his memory at Georgia Southwestern State University. Former members of the GSW and Americus High Football teams have initiated the fund and are encouraging others to join and support their efforts.

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The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) - a partnership between Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University offering the master’s program in nursing - is seeking initial national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with an on-site evaluation visit scheduled for Sept. 18-20, 2013.

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AMERICUS (May 23, 2013)—The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees held its spring full board meeting earlier this month with Chairman Jimmy Skipper presiding.During the meeting, Rick Whaley (’89) was voted a life trustee and four other current members were re-elected: Barry Blount (’78), Jay Cliett, Doug Moses (’97) and Jeffrey Waldrop, Ph.D. Nominated and elected by their peers, the 28-member group provides external oversight to the Foundation’s operations.

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AMERICUS (May 20, 2013)—One clear, but sometimes overlooked, learning opportunity on college campuses is collaboration between schools.With that in mind, students from Georgia Southwestern’s School of Business Administration and School of Nursing worked together on a project at the end of the spring semester.

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AMERICUS (May 16, 2013)—LaVerne Worthy, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), is the 2013 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award voted on by the class of 2012. The honor was presented to her at Spring Commencement on May 4 in the Student Success Center.

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AMERICUS (May 16, 2013)--The Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) School of Education will offer summer reading camps for children seeking additional instruction with these skills.

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AMERICUS (May 10, 2013)—President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter made a rare two visits to campus last week. Following the May 2 building dedication and statue unveiling at Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex, the Carters attended commencement on Saturday, May 4. GSW President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D., served as master of ceremonies and introduced President Carter to the graduates.

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AMERICUS (May 3, 2013)--May 2, 2013 will go down as a very special day in the annals of Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) history.GSW President Kendall Blanchard said as much during a ceremony honoring former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

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AMERICUS (April 24, 2013)—During Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) Honors Convocation earlier this month, nursing major Logan Hanley, a graduate of Southland Academy, was presented with the University’s highest academic honor, the 2013 Outstanding Scholar Award.

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