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Pheasant Hunt to Benefit UWG Foundation

Pheasant Hunt to Benefit UWG Foundation

CARROLLTON, GA -- A Continental Pheasant Shoot, sponsored by the University of West Georgia Foundation, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12 to raise funds for the school's Presidential Scholarship Program.

U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey will serve as Master of the Hunt, while Brad Cole, president of Brad Cole Construction, will be the volunteer coordinator.

"We have had a great response and hope this will become an annual event to support UWG," said Cole. "Local outdoor sport enthusiasts have to travel outside the area to participate in this type of event, so I know they will appreciate having the opportunity to enjoy their sport and help students at our university at the same time."

Check-in for the morning time will begin at 8:00 a.m., with the hunt starting at 9:30.

Mt. Zion Middle Student Wins Carroll Spelling Bee

Mt. Zion Middle Student Wins Carroll Spelling Bee

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Carroll County School System and Carroll County Association of Educators hosted the 2011 Carroll County Spelling Bee on Friday, Feb. 4 at the Carroll County Board of Education J.M. Gammon Board Room.

Eighteen students from county elementary and middle schools participated in the event.

Katie Williams, an eighth grader from Mt. Zion Middle School in Mt. Zion, took home the top prize. She correctly spelled the world "threshold" to win.

The second place award went to Marisa Sorenson, an eighth grade student at Temple Middle School in Temple. She took home a $50 gift certificate from the Carroll County Association of Educators; the winner got a $100 gift certificate.

Katie also received a $100 savings bond, while Marisa won $50.

'Life is a Dream' at UWG

'Life is a Dream' at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The West Georgia Theatre Company presents a remarkable night of entertainment with Life is a Dream: An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays.

The show will run in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts' Dangle Theatre from Tuesday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be 2:30 p.m. matinee performances on Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20.

Life is a Dream follows the company's bi-annual tradition of producing an assortment of ten-minute plays written by University of West Georgia students and bringing them to life in the black box theater.

The original Life is a Dream, written by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, has inspired all eight of the short plays.

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

Former UWG President Passes Away

Former UWG President Passes Away

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia mourns the loss of President-Emeritus Ward B. Pafford, who died on Sunday, Jan. 23 at the age of 99.

"We are deeply saddened at the passing of the stalwart of higher education in Georgia," said Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.

In 1971, Pafford became the fourth president of West Georgia College, succeeding James Boyd, who had become a vice chancellor of the university system. A literary scholar, Dr. Pafford helped to restore a deteriorating relationship between the college and the local community, and inaugurated a faculty senate.

Some of the student unrest of the 1960s spilled over to the 1970s on the West Georgia campus. Student drug arrests became a problem, and admission standards and retention rates were issued that needed to be addressed.

In addition, West Georgia faced stiff competition with three other colleges that had recently opened within 50 miles of Carrollton.

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Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

WASHINGTON, DC -- Georgia has the nation's 7th strongest charter school law, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' (NAPCS) second annual ranking of state charter school laws.

Minnesota's charter law ranked first, and Mississippi's newly enacted charter school law ranked last.

"Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws" analyzes the country's 41 state charter school laws. Each state's law is scored on how well it supports charter school quality and growth, based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS' model charter school law.

"Georgia was passed by four states, dropping from number four to number seven. This drop had more to do with aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Georgia," said Todd Ziebarth, vice president, state advocacy and support of NAPCS.

UWG Receives $13,600 Grant to Combat Alcohol Abuse

UWG Receives $13,600 Grant to Combat Alcohol Abuse

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia is joining forces with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to combat alcohol abuse, including underage drinking and impaired driving.

Through GOHS, UWG has received a $13,600 grant to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program.

Designed for colleges and universities in the state, the Georgia Young Adult Program focuses on peer education in order to promote and bring awareness to highway safety issues, including alcohol education, alcohol abuse prevention, impaired driving, underage drinking, safety belts, speeding, risk reductions and other destructive decisions.

The long-term goal of the program is to create safer, healthier campus environments.

UWG will use this Peer Education grant to help educate students on the detrimen