UWG Newnan receives donation

by Celia Shortt

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Steel framing is being installed at the Carmichael Street side of the new UWG Newnan campus. 


University of West Georgia Newnan has received a donation from Barbara Tornow in honor of her late husband, former UWG Newnan Director, Robin “Rob” G. Tornow.

Tornow, along with the couple’s two children, Kelli and Brett, donated funds to name a conference room in the new building, as well as to provide a scholarship for students attending the Newnan campus.

The scholarship is named The Brigadier General Robin G. Tornow Scholarship and will be for students who are living in the state and pursuing a degree at UWG Newnan.

“Being an Air Force family of 29 years with 15 moves, we can relate to the challenges facing military dependents as they look toward college costs,” she said. “That was the reason for the scholarship. We believe in continuing your education no matter what. We want to make sure that the scholarship helps immediate members of a military family.”

Construction on the new UWG campus at the site of the old Newnan Hospital is continuing. In July, the second phase of construction began, as the parking lot on Jackson Street was removed for landscaping and site work.

“Moving to the downtown area will increase visibility and better allow students to participate in the community and add to its growth. The work is taking place at the historic Newnan Hospital building on Jackson Street, and it is estimated that it will create 176 new jobs,” said UWG Newnan Director Cathy Wright.

Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips said the building renovation, which is the Phase I contract, is still on track for substantial completion on Nov. 5.

Wright recently unveiled a new element of the fundraising efforts for the new campus, legacy walkways.

Donors can purchase a personalized paver for $1,000, which will be installed in the walkway in the Jackson Street Courtyard and the Carmichael Street entrance. All proceeds will benefit the UWG Newnan Building Fund.

According to UWG officials, fundraising efforts are focused in three main areas – student scholarships, facility enhancements, and funding for faculty positions.

The Newnan Hospital Board has donated all the land and will give $4.2 million toward the project. Coweta County is giving slightly more than $500,000 over a 10-year period. Once the project is completed, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents will buy the complex for $5 million.

Plans are to finish the facility in time for classes to begin in January 2015. The UWG Newnan center will relocate from its current home in Shenandoah Industrial Park.



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