Coweta Education Notes

Local students recognized at Reinhardt University's Honors Day

by Staff Reports

Kelsey Floyd and Chelsa Hise, both of Newnan, were among 96 students recognized at Reinhardt University’s recent Honors Day.

Floyd and Hise, both seniors, were honored as Academic Degree Program Award recipients. Floyd was honored for psychology and Hise for accounting. Academic Degree Program Awards are presented to up to two students from each of the university’s 41 undergraduate degree programs.

Hise was also recognized as a Reinhardt University Academic Scholar. Reinhardt College Academic Scholars are seniors and juniors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 or higher.

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• Three Cowetans attend Georgia Southern’s Scholars’ Day

Local students were among more than 250 high school seniors invited to participate in Georgia Southern University’s 11th annual Scholars’ Day recently.

Cassidy Brittain and Andrew Lambert of Newnan and Nicole Forsyth of Sharpsburg were invited to the event, which provides top high school students with the opportunities to interview for academic and leadership scholarships along with positions in the University Honors Program.

Georgia Southern invites high school seniors with exceptional SAT or ACT scores and GPA to Scholars’ Day, where the students and their parents also attend information sessions to learn about majors offered by the university.

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• Sethna Spring Festival features acrobats, live music and more

The University of West Georgia’s Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna was honored at the renamed Sethna’s Spring Festival recently, when students, faculty staff and legislators came out to show their appreciation to the retiring president, who will step down in June after 19 years as head of UWG.

The festival featured live music, acrobats, arcade games and friendly competitions. The Groove Gypsies, a Carrollton-based band, welcomed guests to the UWG Coliseum with upbeat music creating a lively atmosphere for the event, while acrobats performed to the music.

Cordially Yours, a local a capella group, performed songs about Sethna to the tune of “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” altering the lyrics to create a more personal song. 

Senator Mike Dugan, Representative Dusty Hightower and Representative Randy Nix took the stage to honor Sethna with not only their appreciation but also official government documents to commemorate his service to UWG.

“Thank you to all the faculty and staff of this great university,” Sethna told the crowd. “Together we have accomplished so much over the last 19 years, that I am overwhelmed, overjoyed and entirely in your debt.” 

“Really none of this is possible nor is it any fun without this group, my students,” he added. “Thank you for what you do. Thank you for making this place so great, so wonderful and so much of a pleasure.”

Before leaving the stage, Sethna concluded festivities by telling those in the crowd he wishes for them to “live long and prosper.”

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• UWG Enactus team wins at regional competition

Undergraduate business students from the University of West Georgia’s Enactus team was first runner-up at regional competition as well as being honored by the national Enactus office and UWG recently.

National Enactus organizers awarded the UWG team a place in the 4.0 Club, honoring for its excellence in advisors, students and community support. In addition, the university presented its “Outstanding Community Service” award to the UWG group – which is based out of the Richards College of Business – during its annual Activities Awards ceremony.

Enactus unites leaders in the business and academic communities to create a better, more sustainable future through entrepreneurial action.

At competitions, teams give presentations about the outreach work they have done in their communities. Business leaders judge and rank the participants, with the winners ascending to national and international competitions.


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