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Scholarship established for UWG nursing students

Scholarship established for UWG nursing students

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An endowed scholarship has been established at the University of West Georgia that will provide a helping hand to several students in the School of Nursing each year.

Derek and Patricia Reynolds created the Reynolds Nursing Education Scholarship to celebrate the field that makes a substantial positive impact on society.

"The students and I appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds," said Dr. Kathryn Grams, professor and dean of the School of Nursing. "The scholarships they are funding will support the efforts of our students to become caring and competent nurses."

The Reynolds consider their gift to be an investment with unlimited potential.

"Nurses are the cornerstone of health care," said Patricia Reynolds, a perioperative nurse who has served in the role of director of surgical services at several major healthcare facilities throughout the United States.

Ralston, Isakson to address UWG graduates

Ralston, Isakson to address UWG graduates

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will hold its spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Coliseum.

The morning ceremony will feature a commencement address by Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston. The attorney from Blue Ridge has served in the House of Representatives since 2002 and was elected speaker on Jan. 11, 2010.

The afternoon ceremony will feature a commencement address by Senator Johnny Isakson. The Marietta businessman began serving in the U.S. Senate in 2004. Prior to that, he served 17 years in the Georgia legislature and three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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UWG names new provost, VP for academic affairs

UWG names new provost, VP for academic affairs

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Horvath will become its next provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Horvath is currently a professor and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend.

He has worked as a dean of education in public regional institutions for the past 15 years, including as a professor and dean of the School of Education at Missouri Southern State University, and a professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

"I am delighted to welcome Dr. Michael Horvath to the University of West Georgia," said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.

UWG alumna publishes first book

UWG alumna publishes first book

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A University of West Georgia graduate recently published her first children's book.

Brittany Reid says that the book, "Quack-a-Doodle-Doo: Do it Like Dave," is the first in what will be a series that promotes self-worth, self-esteem and education.

"The series will follow the story of Uni, a duck who thinks he is a chicken, but slowly learns to love and accept himself for being different from the birds around him," Reid said.

Inspiration for the book came from an experience in one of Reid's public relations classes.

Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

ATLANTA -- Attorney General Sam Olens has joined the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence to issue the 7th annual Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report.

The Report analyzes homicides and near-deadly results, provides strategies for ending domestic violence and spotlights communities that have successfully implemented recommendations from previous reports.

"Domestic violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Georgia," said Olens. "I appreciate the important role that the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and its partners play in raising awareness of domestic violence and offering concrete recommendations for reducing its occurrence in our communities.

Villa Rica High names new football coach

Villa Rica High names new football coach

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Mike Falleur has been named the new head football coach at Villa Rica High School.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Villa Rica High School community and family," he said. "I look forward to working with the students, athletes, parents, faculty and staff to build relationships with a thriving community."

Falleur has been a head coach since 1992, working in such schools as Tucker High, Burke County High, Elbert County High and, most recently, Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill.

A combined record of 142 wins and 70 losses, 12 teams making the state playoffs, and coaching the playoff runners-up in 1997 prove Falleur's dedication and leadership toward the young lives he serves every day.

"I am delighted to welcome Coach Falleur to the faculty of Villa Rica High School," said principal Adam Herring.

Carroll Tomorrow announces new VP of economic development

Carroll Tomorrow announces new VP of economic development

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Carroll Tomorrow is pleased to announce that Brian Dill has been selected as vice president of economic development and global commerce.

"We have a strong team representing Carroll Tomorrow, the Chamber and the Burson Center. I believe Brian will be a valuable addition to our staff," said Daniel Jackson, Carroll Tomorrow president and CEO. "We have a full agenda, but we also have many volunteers, partners and stakeholders who will help us make it happen."

A native of Irwin County, Dill graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science in 1994.