An Experiment in Work/Life Balance
SOTA Announces New Georgia Arts Award
UWG Student Research On Display: April 4, 2017
OEA Announces Winners of Faculty Incentive Grants
27 Students Accepted to Present at NCUR
March 8, 2017
Vol. 1 No. 5

SOTA Announces New Georgia Arts Award Winner: Allison Joseph

The New Georgia Arts Collaborative—a coalition of writers, educators, and patrons sponsoring cultural events and community outreach in greater Atlanta—has named Allison Joseph winner of the 2017 New Georgia Arts Literary Achievement Award. The prize honors a writer who exhibits exceptional talent on the printed page, as well as meaningful social commitments on the public stage. Joseph, the author of seven collections of poetry and winner of numerous accolades, is also well known for her work as an advocate for young writers. As recipient of the award, Joseph will give free readings at various venues in and around Atlanta, and speak to students about the vital social role of poets and writers (see schedule below). In addition, she will serve as a resident artist at the Newnan Art Rez and AIR Serenbe, and receive a $10,000 honorarium, funded and administered by the New Georgia Arts Collaborative, in conjunction with the School of the Arts at the University of West Georgia, the Blackwell Trust, and the Warren and Ava Sewell Foundation. 

April 4, 2017:  UWG Student Research

Undergraduate Research: UWG Scholar's Day is April 4, 2017 from 1:00-4:00.  Student posters will be on display in the Campus Center, while presentation sessions will take place in Pafford Hall.  All classes will be cancelled during this block of time so that anyone can attend.  Click HERE for more information.
Graduate School: On April 4, 2017 at 7:00 in Coliseum 2100, the Graduate School will host the Three-Minute Thesis Competition.  The 3MT, developed by The University of Queensland, is a competition in which students who have conducted research for their Master's or Doctoral programs explain their research in a three-minute presentation using a single static PowerPoint slide.  The goal of the 3MT is for students to explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  This competition is held in over 350 universities in more than 18 countries.

Becoming and
Un-Becoming Cyborg:
or An Experiment in Work/Life Balance

It is somewhat fashionable nowadays in certain circles to discuss the ways that robotics is not only taking over our world, but also taking over our persons, turning us into robots.   Some aspect of technology, small and large, now enters our homes, cars, work environment, even into our bodies and the bodies of our pets. We are in many ways, bit by bit (pun intended), becoming cyborg. One of the very subtle ways that our lives are being determined by technology is our phones, our addictions to our beloved smartphones. It is amazing what power this device has over us.
It is in this environment that we are raising questions about work/life balance.  It comes up in the Engage West Survey roll out every year. We can count on three items that are always at the top of a list of concerns: pay, communication, and work/life balance. So we in the Academic Affairs Office want to do something about it; we want to help. 

A number of offices are trying to declare meeting-free zones or walking meetings or other things.  We declared not to send out email, except for emergencies of course, from our office from noon
Friday till Monday. I was given a lot of grief by some of my colleagues for this, but I can tell you that last Friday I made phone calls and personal visits instead of emailing. I felt like a new person.  It seemed, if I may be bold, that I was losing a bit of my cyborg self and regaining a bit of my humanity.


-Dr. Micheal Crafton


OEA Announces Winners of Faculty Incentive Grants

OEA is pleased to announce the winners of its first Faculty Incentive Grants for short-term study abroad program development. The goal of the program is to increase access to study abroad, particularly for students whose personal and financial circumstances limit their ability to spend several weeks overseas, by creating more options in diverse fields of study that include a travel component over a regular semester break. Dr. Young Suh, of the Department of Sports Management, Wellness and Physical Education, and Dr. Myda Iamiceli of the Art Department
will both receive support for a preliminary site visit designed to help them set up a program that will run in either Spring or Fall 2018. Dr. Suh plans to take students to South Korea to learn about managing mega sporting events, in part by working as volunteers at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Dr. Iamiceli hopes to take students to Cuba to study the relationship between art and memory. Recipients were selected by members of the Education Abroad Advisory Council.

Students accepted to attend NCUR  

(National Conference on Undergraduate Research)

27 research abstracts were accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research that takes place April 6-9, 2017, at University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.  This is a record number of UWG participants to date.  NCUR is an interdisciplinary conference where students representing universities and colleges from all around the U.S., and internationally, present their research and creative works in oral, poster and performance/visual arts presentation. NCUR is unique in that it allows students from any academic curriculum to submit research for acceptance.  Over 60 UWG students participated in these research projects that vary across 10 categories, including, but not limited to Anthropology, Biology, Business & Finance, Chemistry, Communications, English, Marketing, Philosophy, Physics, Poetry & Creative Writing.
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