Coweta Education Notes

Coweta WGTC student places at state event

by Staff Reports

Jodi Falany of West Georgia Technical College’s Coweta Campus was one of four WGTC students receiving the Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda award at the Georgia PBL Leadership Conference held recently in Atlanta.

WGTC students excelled at this year’s state competition, demonstrating their knowledge, professionalism and leadership potential. Of the 48 students who registered, 30 students placed and 22 students qualified to attend the national competition in Anaheim, Calif.

Other WGTC students receiving the Who’s Who in PBL award were Ann Bolen and Riley Rogers of the Douglas Campus and Teresa Tigner of the LaGrange Campus. All told, West Georgia Technical College students brought home 42 awards in 27 different events.


UWG students plant 20 trees in honor of Earth Day

University of West Georgia students celebrated Earth Day by planting of 20 trees around the UWG intramural parking lot.

James Hembree, UWG’s landscape superintendent, provided trees, shovels and mulch for nearly 15 students and staff who helped plant the trees. 

Before planting, Hembree briefed the student and staff volunteers on the importance of participating in Earth Day. Hembree says the tree-planting event was designed to promote beautification, parking lot cooling, habitat creation, community involvement and education. 

This year marked the second consecutive year that UWG was named a Tree Campus USA supporter by The Arbor Day Foundation. UWG was specifically recognized for its dedication to campus tree care and protection, environmental stewardship and community outreach. Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities for engaging staff and students in conversation goals and effective forest management.


Professor to travel to Israel for terrorism study

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) has named Dr. David Jenks, a professor of Criminology at the University of West Georgia, an Academic Fellow for 2013-14.

Jenks will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat. 

“Terrorism remains the greatest threat today to the world’s democracies, including the United States and our allies around the globe,” said Clifford May, President of FDD. “To win the war against terrorism, we must win the war of ideas by promoting democracy and defeating the totalitarian ideologies that drive and justify terrorism.” 

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience to U.S. –based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups. The 2013 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from June 16th to June 25th, includes lectures by academics, and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, and the United States. It also includes “hands on” experience through visits to police, customs, and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

Jenks serves as the chair of the UWG Department of Criminology and teaches an Intro to Criminal Justice course.

“I am honored to be chosen for this prestigious award,” said Jenks. “I have no doubt that studying terrorism in Israel will certainly benefit me in ways I cannot fully understand. I am confident I will be able to utilize the experience and pass it on to our students in the Department of Criminology and throughout the university.”

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