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Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

11Alive sports anchor wins alumni award from UWG

11Alive sports anchor wins alumni award from UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia National Alumni Association will holds its Alumni Awards Celebration recognizing distinguished alumni on Friday, Apr. 15.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Z-6 Food Service Building on campus. Admission is $25 and dress is business casual.

This year's honorees include:

Achievement Award
Sam Crenshaw ('81)
Sports anchor, WXIA-TV Atlanta

Distinguished Service
Tom Upchurch ('59, '61)
State leader in education

Honorary Alumnus
Johnnie Huey

J. Owen Moore Faculty Awards
Dr. Bob Reeves
Dr. Martha Ann Saunders

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Dan Peeples ('00)
Youngest Georgian to be elected mayor of a municipality

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.

UWG's 9 a.m.

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.

How will HOPE changes affect USG students?

How will HOPE changes affect USG students?

ATLANTA -- The recent changes to the HOPE Scholarship have left many current and future Georgia college students with a lot of questions.

The University System of Georgia has created a special website that highlights the changes affecting HOPE recipients.

How HOPE Changes Will Affect USG Students

Note that this site does not include changes affecting students attending public technical colleges or private colleges and universities.

Take the Carroll County Schools calendar survey

Take the Carroll County Schools calendar survey

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- Carroll County Schools are looking for the public's input on three proposed calendars for the 2011-2012 school year.

Calendar A
Calendar B
Calendar C

Parents and community members are invited to participate in a brief survey that will allow them to share their thoughts. Take the survey here.