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University of West Georgia NSCS Chapter Receives Gold Award

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars has achieved the gold award.

The UWG chapter was awarded gold STAR status at the NSCS Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

The National Society of College Scholars is an honors organization for high-achieving freshmen and sophomores, with more than 270 student-run chapters at universities across the country. UWG's chapter was founded in 2002.

For Sherice Evans, the NSCS national staff representative who works with UWG's chapter officers, the award comes as no surprise.

"The members of University of West Georgia's chapter are amazing," she said. "They have gone above and beyond by creating innovate programs and expanding and improving existing programs and have provided an exceptional experience for their members.

UWG-Newnan Receives $2 Million Grant from Newnan Hospital

CARROLLTON, GA -- Newnan Hospital, Inc. announced today that it has donated $2 million, the largest one-time gift in University of West Georgia history, to benefit the School of Nursing at UWG-Newnan.

"This gift is cause for great celebration," said Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. "It supports academics, our top priority, and recognizes the great achievements of our School of Nursing. It addresses a statewide and national need to increase the number of qualified nurses."

"The university already offers a full nursing program here, and we hope that this donation will inspire the future development of the program here at home in Coweta County," said Tom Moat, president of the board of directors of Newnan Hospital.

Award-Winning Author to Speak at West Georgia

CARROLLTON, GA -- Julia Alvarez, prize-winning poet, essayist and novelist, will give a public reading at the University of West Georgia's Coliseum on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Alvarez's multi-award-winning 1994 novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, has been chosen as a National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" selection of the year. The novel is designed to inspire and to celebrate the human spirit as its characters struggle, sometimes fatally, with oppression and malevolence. It was also made into a movie starring Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony and Edward James Olmos.

The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the reading, Alvarez will be present at other open events throughout the day, including a continental breakfast from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, and a discussion from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kathy Cashen Hall followed by a second discussion from 2:30 p.m.

CEO of BB&T to Open UWG Lecture Series

CARROLLTON, GA -- John Allison, CEO of BB&T Corp., will be the inaugural guest speaker at the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series, a program established by the bank and the University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business.

Allison's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in the UWG Coliseum on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. There will be an invitation-only reception at 5:30 p.m. that is open to the media and at which Allison will be available for interviews.

A donation by BB&T, the largest in the history of the Richards College, helped create the lecture series and the Center for Ethics and Free Enterprise, which fosters a comprehensive and ongoing discussion of the foundations of capitalism and free enterprise.

"BB&T has been and continues to be a wonderful benefactor and friend to the university," said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.