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Learn about shape note singing at UWG

Learn about shape note singing at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Center for Public History (CPH) at the University of West Georgia will host two programs on African American shape note singing on Saturday, Mar. 19.

Both workshops are free and open to the public. They will take place in the lower level of UWG's Z-6 dining hall.

The first program begins at 4:00 p.m. and features the United Shape Note Singers. Attendees will be able to learn the history of shape note singing and how it has affected certain communities.

The final workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be of particular interest to music teachers and students in western Georgia middle and high schools.

The CPH has provided resource materials for teachers on its Web site.

Shape note singing is one of Georgia's enduring sacred music traditions.

Whitesburg Elementary Students 'Get Active, Get Fit'

Whitesburg Elementary Students 'Get Active, Get Fit'

WHITESBURG, GA -- The Whitesburg Elementary community has spent the past two months working hard in the Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge.

Almost 100% of the school's students set aside 30 minutes a day for fun activity, exercise and dancing.

Their commitment was rewarded on Friday, Feb. 4, when representatives from Radio Disney visited the school and congratulated the students for completing the challenge.

Whitesburg Elementary is one of 40 elementary schools in Georgia to be recognized for its Get Active, Get Fit program.

School districts interested in participating must register online and commit to staying active for 15 minutes a day for at least 40 out of 55 days.

UWG Honored for 'Go West' Campaign

UWG Honored for 'Go West' Campaign

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia has won a coveted Best of Show honor in the 26th annual Educational Advertising Awards, a national competition sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

Best of Show is the competition's highest award.

UWG Creates Scholarship for Advanced Academy Students

UWG Creates Scholarship for Advanced Academy Students

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia has established the Dr. Donald R. Wagner Endowed Scholarship to honor Dr. Wagner for his 36 years of advocacy in education.

The scholarship funds will benefit students of the UWG Advanced Academy.

"The main reason for this is that the Academy kids are not eligible for any federal funding, like Stafford loans or Pell grants," said Dr. Wagner. "They don't have the options that other students have."

The new scholarship will be awarded annually to a UWG student by a committee within the Honors College. Recipients must be enrolled in the Advanced Academy, be academically eligible for a Presidential Scholarship and demonstrate need as screened through the university's financial aid office.

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Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

MARIETTA, GA -- On Saturday, Feb. 5, six Cobb County schools competed in the regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton:

* Casa Montessori, Marietta
* Austell Intermediate, Powder Springs
* Awtrey Middle, Kennesaw
* Campbell Middle, Smyrna
* Sprayberry High, Marietta
* McEachern High, Powder Springs

Overall, Sprayberry placed first at the high school level, and Austell Intermediate came in second place at the elementary school level.

Both teams will now advance to the Division 1 competition on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Morrow.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is named for a now-retired DeKalb County Schools librarian who encouraged her students to read by creating a competition based on books that were nominated for the Georgia Children's Book Award. Her idea spread throughout Georgia and officially became a statewide event in 2003.

UWG Adds Ph.D. Program

UWG Adds Ph.D. Program

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia is proud to announce that it has been granted approval to offer its first Ph.D. program, which will be in addition to the three doctoral programs currently offered.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved the new program, called Psychology: Consciousness and Society.

"I'm very pleased at the approval of our Ph.D. program in psychology," said Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. "While we have other doctoral programs, this one is our first Ph.D. program and is a significant step forward in our journey to be a first-class destination university."

Currently, UWG offered a Psy.D. doctoral program in psychology (Individual, Organizational and Community Transformation) and two Ed.D.

SunTrust Foundation Awards $50,000 to University System

SunTrust Foundation Awards $50,000 to University System

CARROLLTON, GA -- The SunTrust Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the University System of Georgia Foundation to implement the "SunTrust Scholars" program at the University of West Georgia and nine other Metro Atlanta USG institutions.

This funding will be used to enable students facing significant financial barriers to attend the 10 schools.

"Educating more than 311,000 students each year is becoming increasingly challenging, especially in the tough economic times we face today," said USG Chancellor Erroll Davis.