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Scholarship created in memory of UWG professor

Scholarship created in memory of UWG professor

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A scholarship program honoring late University of West Georgia professor Dr. W. Glenn Esslinger, Sr., will continue, the university announced Monday.

Esslinger's son and daughter-in-law recently gave UWG $25,000 to fund the scholarship endowment over the next five years.

"We are pleased to be able to do this, to make sure the legacy of my father lives on," Bill Esslinger, Jr., said in a statement. "He was a professor for more than 30 years here at the university. He loved teaching, he loved the university and he certainly loved the students. We are just pleased to be able to extend his legacy and provide this opportunity for students in the future."

The recipient of the W. Glenn Esslinger Scholarship must be a chemistry major, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be from Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Heard or Haralson counties.

Esslinger, Sr., taught chemistry at UWG from 1968 to 2000.

City schools to hold STEM showcase

City schools to hold STEM showcase

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The Carrollton City School System has planned a STEM event to show the public how students learn about math- and science-related topics in the classroom.

The showcase will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carrollton High School.

Visitors will have the chance to try hands-on STEM activities and listen to a presentation from superintendent Dr. Kent Edwards, who will explain how the school system is implementing STEM classes into the curriculum.

Participants will also be entered into a drawing to win iPad Minis. Four tablets will be given away.

Visit carrolltoncityschools.net for more information. Carrollton High School is located at 202 Trojan Drive.

FDR exhibit opens Monday at UWG

FDR exhibit opens Monday at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A national exhibit honoring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opens Monday at the University of West Georgia.

The university's Ingram Library will host FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms, Still Alive through Friday, Mar. 8.

The exhibit, which is free to browse, features objects the former president used while living at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. Roosevelt stayed at the Little White House while receiving rehabilitation for the childhood polio that left him wheelchair-bound. He died there on Apr. 12, 1945.

Additionally, the exhibit uses photographs, documents, political cartoons and posters to paint a portrait of FDR and his four terms in office during a difficult period in U.S. and world history.

Allan M. Winkler, a professor of history at Miami University in Ohio, will host a talk about FDR at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Ingram Library.

UWG graduate program among nation's best

UWG graduate program among nation's best

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia has made U.S. News & World Report's Top 10 list of Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs.

UWG ranks No. 6 on the list, higher than similar programs at Auburn University, Columbia University and Mississippi State University. Even more impressive, the Carrollton-based university has only offered the program for one year.

"With this recognition, we look forward to continuing to increase the stature of the program as well as that of UWG as a high-quality and affordable destination for graduate education," Dr. Abel Abunawass, chair of UWG's department of computer science, said in a statement.

Several other UWG programs also earned Top 100 rankings, including its online graduate nursing program (No. 34), online graduate business program (No. 51) and online bachelor program in criminal justice (No. 56).

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

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Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.

UWG acquires historic Newnan Hospital

UWG acquires historic Newnan Hospital

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents has voted for the University of West Georgia to acquire the historic Newnan Hospital building.

Last week's vote caps off nearly two years of planning for the Carrollton-based university to reach more students in Coweta County and the surrounding area.

"Something like this takes a lot of hard work by many dedicated people," Ga. Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), a longtime supporter of the acquisition, said in a statement. "It takes people and organizations that are willing to invest time and energy in the community. Everyone involved has done just that, and it's because we're doing something important here. We're educating our future leaders."

UWG will use the hospital building to house classes for its nursing, education and business programs. The city of Newnan has agreed to perform $15 million of renovations on the old hospital.

Big Blue Friday caters to UWG fans

Big Blue Friday caters to UWG fans

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The first Big Blue Friday of the University of West Georgia's athletic year will be held Jan. 11.

Big Blue Friday is a tradition that gives Carrollton businesses the opportunity to show their UWG spirit.

"We are excited about the enthusiasm our fan base has and look forward to another successful Big Blue Friday," UWG senior associate athletic director Eddie Duffey said in a statement.

Certain shops and services will offer discounts to anyone who wears UWG Wolves gear on Big Blue Friday. Participating locations include Advantage Office Solutions, American Pie Pizzeria, The Border Mexican Restaurant, Carroll County Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A, Harry T's Car Wash, Next Level Sports Center, Ozier Apparel, Papa John's, Shane's Rib Shack and the UWG Bookstore.

Big Blue Friday will follow Thursday's 7:30 basketball game against Valdosta State, and will precede Saturday's tangle with West Florida.