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UWG professor earns national award

UWG professor earns national award

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An adjunct assistant professor at the University of West Georgia has won the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Dr. Robert Heaberlin is only the second educator from Georgia to earn the honor.

He received his award during the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Ore., in November.

"Receiving this award in front of more than 2,000 convention attendees was a great thrill for me," Heaberlin said in a statement.

Heaberlin graduated from UWG in 1990. In addition to his position with the Carrollton-based university, he serves as principal of Lee Middle School in Sharpsburg.

Heaberlin was named the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year, and has received Georgia's Dr. John Lounsbury Award for excellence as a middle school educator.

23 students nominated for Governor's Honors Program

23 students nominated for Governor's Honors Program

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- Twenty-three of the most talented students in the Carroll County School System have been nominated for state-level interviews for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

GHP is a residential summer program where high school juniors and seniors spend four weeks becoming immersed in areas that interest them, include science, business and the arts.

"GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," Dale Lyles, GHP director, said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of the Carroll County School System and look forward to meeting them and their parents at the interviews."

Carroll County's GHP nominees and their areas of study are:

UWG reports record enrollment

UWG reports record enrollment

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Despite college and university enrollment dropping nationwide, the University of West Georgia reported record enrollment during its Fall 2012 semester.

"I am delighted to note that UWG's enrollment uptick runs counter to decreases at the national and (University System of Georgia) level," university president Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna said in a statement.

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UWG says 11,769 students were enrolled at the school this fall, an increase of 1.1 percent from 2011. Sethna attributed the growing number to a spike in graduate school enrollment. The school saw an 11.7 percent increase in grad student enrollment, compared to a 0.7 percent hike in undergraduate enrollment.

Walmart gives grant to UWG

Walmart gives grant to UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Students in the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia recently learned about the business world from someone on the front lines.

Kelvin Hall, general manager for the Walmart.com facility in Carrollton, spoke to students on the university's ENACTUS team about career paths and current business trends.

"I was really impressed with the way the students were able to take their general knowledge about Walmart as consumers and link it with the corporate information Mr. Hall was providing," Richards College faculty member Monica Smith said after Hall's lecture.

In conjunction with Hall's appearance, Walmart gave UWG a $2,000 grant to split between its Center for Economic Education and its Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

UWG Internet radio places second in international competition

UWG Internet radio places second in international competition

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The WOLF, the University of West Georgia's Internet radio station, won big during College Radio Day 2012.

The Carrollton-based station placed second out of 585 contenders. It also won Best On-Air Programming and Best Community Outreach.

"My feelings span the spectrum of joyous, excited, proud and relieved," The WOLF general manager Shawn Isaacs said. "I knew from day one that The WOLF had the potential to be huge and chase huge dreams. It's a relief to finally see and show UWG, the state of Georgia and the world that no matter how new you are, you can dream big and achieve greatness."

The WOLF launched in April 2010 and is run entirely by UWG students.

"Congratulations to The WOLF Internet radio and, first and foremost, to the students who staff it," UWG president Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna said in a statement.

Hank Williams program coming to UWG

Hank Williams program coming to UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A program honoring country music legend Hank Williams is coming to the University of West Georgia.

The Music of Hank Williams will feature songs, commentary and a performance from Carrollton-based country-folk band Americana Express. UWG history professor Dr. Steve Goodson will open the program; Goodson is the author of The Hank Williams Reader, which will soon be published by Oxford University Press.

The program will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the university's Ingram Library. It is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception featuring traditional Southern food. The Music of Hank Williams is sponsored by Ingram Library's Penelope Melson Society and endorsed by the Smithsonian Institution as part of its New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music traveling exhibition tour.

Aimee Copeland joins UWG DisABILITIES panel

Aimee Copeland joins UWG DisABILITIES panel

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Aimee Copeland is part of a University of West Georgia panel that discussed what it's like to live "differently abled."

The graduate student lost both hands, a leg and a foot to a flesh-eating bacteria in May. She recently teamed up with fellow students and UWG alumni to share insights on congenital and acquired disabilities.

The panel held its discussion on Oct. 22 as part of the university's DisABILITIES Awareness Day, which was organized by student and The Achievers president Hannah Perkins.

A recording of the panel's stories will be broadcast at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. To listen, visit westga.edu/thewolf and click "Listen Live."

Other panelists include Perkins, student Danielle Vincent and alum Justin Wilson. Honors College dean Dr. Michael Hester moderated the discussion.

Some questions answered by the panelists include: