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Archives: Spring 2014

The Importance of Education

The Importance of EducationI have the opportunity to speak at graduations on a fairly regular basis, and my message always highlights the importance of education. I tell the graduates that “education will lead you out of poverty and can give you the life you want for both you and your family.” I remind them that life is what you make of it, and education is the key. For some people, that might not mean much, but from where I came, it was a game changer!

I used to be ashamed of my past, but now I use it to hopefully inspire others to be all they can be and to show them that education is the stepping stone to success. There’s a saying, “You have to go through falling down in order to learn to walk.” Read more ...

The Path to Nursing

The Path to NursingI graduated with a degree in biology thinking that I wanted to be a microbiologist. Shortly after graduating I was offered a job at an assisted living center, and realized how I loved to care for people and see how much they really appreciated what I did for them. It brought me a lot of joy to see the gratitude in their eyes and to know they sincerely appreciated me. It was then that I realized becoming a microbiologist was not the path I was supposed to take, it was nursing.

My grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a few years ago, and I love to take care of her in the same manner. It has been very hard for me to see someone that love very much start to decline in such a way that makes me feel like I’m helpless in a way. Read more ...

Bill Hammond Gives Donation to UWG Newnan

Bill Hammond Gives Donation to UWG Newnan
William G. Hammond, CFP® recently made a donation to the University of West Georgia Foundation to provide financial support for UWG Newnan. The donation will be used to fund facility enhancements and a portion of the donation will be placed in the Newnan Center Facilities Endowment.

“This was a great way for me to give back to the community,” says Bill. “I feel if you were born and raised in Newnan, moved back after college and raised your family in Newnan, earned your living in Newnan and will retire in Newnan you should feel an obligation to give back and create an even better place for the next generation. I wanted to do something for the city of Newnan and the University of West Georgia. My gift accomplished both.” Read more ...

A Passion for Nursing

A Passion for Nursing
Throughout my life, I have always seen myself as a caring and compassionate individual. I have always concerned myself with the well-being of others and tried to make positive impacts on those around me in any way possible. Whether I was assisting with medical needs of my family or simply showing support to a friend, I was always someone that could be counted on.

When my grandmother became ill, she was moved to a nursing home and rehabilitation center so that she could be cared for more closely. I spent much of my time, when I was not in class, staying with my grandmother and assisting in her care when I could. Read more ...

Jo Ann Ray Honors Husband with Gift to UWG Newnan

Jo Ann Ray Honors Husband with Gift to UWG NewnanNewnan resident Jo Ann Boozer Ray recently made a donation in honor of her husband Samuel Teague Ray, Sr., to the University of West Georgia Foundation in support of UWG Newnan. The gift will be used to fund facility enhancements at UWG Newnan, which will soon be housed in the historic Newnan Hospital.

Sam and Jo Ann Ray are dedicated public servants. Sam’s 32-year career in public health and Jo Ann’s passion for preservation and involvement in multiple museums and historical societies led them to donating this gift that they feel accomplishes two goals: assisting in the restoration of one of Newnan’s treasured landmarks, the historic Newnan Hospital, and ensuring success for Newnan residents and beyond for years to come. Read more ...

Newnan MSN Student Plans to Inspire Future Nurses

Newnan MSN Student Plans to Inspire Future NursesMeet Tammy Paschal of Newnan, a student in the MSN Nurse Educator online program at UWG. Tammy chose UWG because its nursing program has an excellent reputation. The Newnan location allows her to continue working in an impatient hospice facility and still make her classes.

According to Tammy, the staff and teachers at the Newnan campus are what make it special. “They are consistent in their encouragement and support of students,” she adds. Read more ...


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