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My Career in Criminal Justice

Going West was the Right FitAs the United States Manager of Security Operations for a large international company, my job for the last 11 years has been to keep our products and employees safe.

Sometimes it’s simple: I work with local police using GPS to track down a load of missing product; or maybe it’s funny, such as when thieves stole a container (not knowing what it was) only to discover and then abandon a load of feminine hygiene products. I’ve been awakened at 1 a.m. when there was violence at a facility and caught the next flight where I helped with the investigation. No two days are alike. Read more ...

Learning and Teaching

Learning and TeachingI have unofficially been a teacher since the age of three when my parents bought me a chalkboard easel for my birthday. Every day, I would teach my dolls the alphabet. This is where my passion for teaching first began. Throughout the years, my passion has only grown stronger. I value the responsibility I have in a child’s education. I believe that every child has the ability to learn. I feel that I have the skills to reach children on their level and promote their learning success.

To achieve this dream, I looked no further than the education program at the University of West Georgia in Newnan. After participating in Teacher Pipeline throughout my high school career and working in the Coweta County School System, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of the Newnan campus. Read more ...

UWG Receives Additional Funding for Newnan Renovations

UWG Receives Additional Funding for Newnan RenovationsThe University of West Georgia will continue to hold classes in its current Newnan location at the Shenandoah Industrial Park throughout the 2014-2015 academic year after identifying new funding opportunities for the continued renovation of the historic Newnan Hospital. The new campus will be ready for classes in August 2015 and may offer limited classes in mid-summer based on demand.

“The additional financial support allows us to enhance our equipment and programming, and it really sets the stage for maximum growth,” says Assistant Vice President of Campus Planning and Facilities Brendan Bowen. “This will give us the ability to fulfill our original vision and deliver the building we promised we’d deliver.” Read more ...

UWG Newnan Receives a Donation from Past Director’s Family

UWG Newnan Receives a Donation from Past Director’s FamilyUWG Newnan continues to receive donations to help with its ongoing reconstruction project of the historic Newnan Hospital. Barbara Tornow and her children, Kelli and Brett, made a generous contribution to UWG Newnan by donating the funds to name a conference room for the new building, as well as a scholarship for students attending the Newnan Center. Both donations were made in memory of UWG Newnan’s former director, Robin G. Tornow, known by most as Rob.

After visiting UWG Newnan Director Cathy Wright and Office Manager and Testing Coordinator Teri Lewis to see all of the renovation plans in store for the Newnan Center, Barbara explains she went home and immediately shared the plans with their children. Read more ...

Going West was the Right Fit

Going West was the Right FitI started college in the fall of 2000 at the University of West Georgia. I grew up in Newnan, Georgia and frequented the UWG campus from time to time throughout the years. I knew from a young age that my passion was in business and the University of West Georgia enhanced that passion.

The education I received at the University of West Georgia has allowed me to work and excel in an array of financial roles at companies including Kimberly-Clark, MWV and Novelis – industry giants. I’ve lived and experienced business on a global scale. My MBA opened the door to new opportunities to support a global capital agenda at Novelis and restructure public debt for the betterment of my community while serving as the CFO of the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. Read more ...

Swopes Donate to UWG Newnan

Swopes Donate to UWG NewnanSteve and Marie Swope recently made a donation to the University of West Georgia Foundation to provide financial support for UWG Newnan. The contribution will be used to fund facility enhancements. The couple has lived in Newnan for almost 30 years, and in recognition of their donation, Steve and Marie will receive the naming of a solarium.

“We were both very pleased when we learned that UWG would be utilizing the old Newnan Hospital for the UWG Newnan Center,” says Steve. “We hoped that the old hospital building could be put to good use and benefit the community. Since we both had to work full time in order to pay for our college education, supporting a school that provides educational opportunities locally was important to us.” Read more ...

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