AEOLIAN 2019 · non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (2024)

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (1)

The Magazine of Georgia Southwestern State University for Alumni and Friends



Ervin Anderson

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (2)

When recruiting prospective students to Georgia Southwestern, the connections built with faculty and staff, academic rigor and scholar-ships, and a student body that supports each other are among the

key factors that capture their attention. The GSW experience offers a special recipe that cannot be replicated - one that makes for a solid foundation.

In this issue of the Aeolian, we highlight some of these essential ingredients, such as mentoring students looking for direction, nurturing a family legacy, and improving the academic and physical structure of a century old school.

As you turn the pages of this edition, we hope you read with pride and fond-ness of how we aim to help shape the future in Southwest Georgia.

If you have an idea for content in a future issue, please let us know. We want to share how you have taken your career, your community or your tomorrow by storm!

F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N T ’ s D E S K |

Neal WeaverPresident

SHOP THE GSW Bookstorefor all the latest Georgia Southwestern merchandise.

Visit or shop on campus inside the Marshall Student Center.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (3)

The Aeolian is published by the Department of University Relations at Georgia

Southwestern State University. GSW is a member of the University System of

Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.

The name Aeolian is derived from Aeolus, who was appointed by the mythological god

Zeus to be the keeper of the winds – both to calm and to arouse them.

He was the King of the Aeolian Islands.

Continuing its mission begun in 1906, GSW serves traditional and

non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world.

Aeolian800 GSW State University Dr.

Americus, Georgia 31709 [emailprotected]

President Neal Weaver, Ph.D.

AVP for Advancement & GSW Foundation Executive Director

Stephen Snyder ‘04, ‘10

Director of Marketing and Communications

Chelsea Collins

Public Relations Assistant Sydney Scott ‘17

Web Content Strategist Valerie Hines ‘07, ‘17

Alumni Engagement Specialist Angela Smith

Annual Giving Specialist Kim Comer ‘90, ‘10

GSW Foundation Staff Stacy Dominick Katie Hoffman Signe Coombs

Tara Bennett

Editors Chelsea Collins

Sydney Scott

Contributing Authors Valerie Hines

Chelsea Collins Sydney Scott

Photography David Parks Photography

Sydney Scott Chelsea Collins

Angela Smith

Layout & Graphic Design Sydney Scott

Printer Creasey Printing

Cover image by Sydney Scott: Ervin Anderson recently retired from GSW after

34 years of teaching and mentoring students. See pg. 12 for full story.







Florrie Chappell Renovation 3

Campus Updates 4

Day of Giving 5

Athletics Features 8

Alumni in the News 10

Cover Story 12

Homecoming Week 14

2018 Outstanding 16 Alumni Awards

Family Tradition 19

Alumni Scene 20

2020 Alumni Events 23

Class Notes 24

In Memorium 28

2018 Giving 29

1906 Society 32

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (4)

2 | G S W . E D U

Greetings GSW alumni, current students, faculty and staff! My name is Kathleen Lang-Tucker. I moved to Americus almost 23 years ago when my husband accepted a new position with CE-Minerals/MULCOA,

now known as IMERYS. I have found success here in my employment with Citizens Bank of Americus, where I now serve as Assistant Vice President in the Accounting Department.

One thing that impressed me most upon moving here was that Americus had a gem of an academic institution in its midst– Georgia Southwestern State University. When I started my graduate studies

here in the fall of 1998, the University had just transitioned to the semester system. The small class sizes and flex-ible course options were an absolute attraction, as I was able to attend my classes in the evening hours while working full-time. I soon completed my MSA in 2000 and went on to earn my MBA in 2003. What a great opportunity to attend school so close to home!

One of the most significant changes in college life since my time at GSW is that more and more students are taking advantage of online programs to complete their degrees. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of these students at Spring Commencement in May 2019. One

woman, Alekhya Penumarthy, was receiving her MBA and traveled all the way from San Diego, California with her husband to graduate on campus. Alekhya was just one of many online students who covered great distances to meet their professors and fellow Hurricane alumni.

It has been a rewarding experience to be part of the GSW Alumni Association. Preview Days are some of my favorite events to attend. It is always a delight meeting the prospective students and their families, learning where they come from and what sparked their interest in GSW.

It is my desire that as graduates – part of the alumni family – we will all find ways to engage ourselves with the University. Whether it be participating in Homecoming weekend, attending alumni events, cheering on the Hurricanes, or just strolling the grounds when you are in town, please find a way to connect with your alma mater. Your continued support and dedication will greatly contribute to the future success of Georgia Southwestern and its students.

Kathleen Tucker, Class of ‘00 and ‘03 President, GSW Alumni Association

A L U M N I P R E S I D E N T ’ s L E T T E R |

Kathleen Lang-Tucker, Class of ‘00 and ‘03

ONE OF THE BEST online colleges in Georgia (EdSmart)

#1 BEST Nursing program in Georgia


#1 MOST affordable online college

in the nation (SR Education Group)

ONE OF THE BEST online master’s programs in computer science (Online School Reports)

in TOP 10 best business programs

in America (The Knowledge Review)

16:1 student-teacher ratio


$94 MILLION economic impact on region

250 scenic acres

certified programs


AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (5)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 3

lorrie Chappell Gymnasium, the University’s oldest unoccupied building, will soon be renovated thanks to the inclusion of $3 mil-

lion in House Bill 31 of Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of construction for the “old gym,” as some so fondly remember. Completed in early 1939 at a cost of $65,000 (approximately $1.2 million today), the gym served as GSW’s primary athletics facility for decades, with a basketball court and auditorium space that seated 1,000 on the main level. It was the site of many concerts and graduation ceremonies, with the first held in June 1939. The basem*nt contained a swimming pool and large recreation room used for dancing, games, and PE classes such as fencing and badminton.

“Georgia Southwestern is excited about the revival and future of this historic building,” said GSW President Neal Weaver. “The restoration will be an important element in attracting new students to our campus and retaining them through graduation. I, along with the entire GSW community, are so grateful to our legislative delegation (Senators Greg Kirk and Freddie Powell Sims and Representative Mike Cheokas) who made sure this project was included in the FY20 budget.”

The state legislature put $3 million toward the total project cost of $3.5 million, while GSW will provide the remaining $500,000 in private funds.

State approves $3 million for renovation of historic Florrie Chappell Gymnasium

Positioned in a central and highly-visible location of campus adjacent to the University’s Centennial Plaza, the restored building will rejuvenate this area of campus into a modern, student recreation center complete with space for strength training and group fitness areas. GSW’s objective is to return this building to a place where students come together to improve themselves in body and mind.

The gymnasium is named in honor of Florrie Allen Chappell, mother of Allen Chappell, who served in the Georgia House of Representatives (1933-34, 1937-40), Georgia State Senate (1935), and Georgia Public Service Commission (1941-65).

Architect selection will take place late Fall 2019, and construction is slated to begin Fall 2020 with completion in late Summer 2021.

In its heyday, the “Old Gym” was home to the Hurricanes basketball games (pictured left in 1962) and was popular for its basem*nt pool and recreational areas (pictured right in 1942).

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (6)

4 | G S W . E D U

College of Nursing and Health Sciences


The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has expanded the Nursing program, effectively doubling the number of students entering the program each year. Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, the College opened a second nursing enrollment period that allows an additional cohort of students to enter the program during Spring semester. Previously, a single enrollment period each fall admitted 40 students into the nursing program. The second enroll-ment period has doubled the number of enrolled students and nursing graduates. The expansion also affected the Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP), which allows students the opportunity to be accepted into the nursing program before graduating from high school. With more seats available in the program, GAP will be able to guarantee spots in the program to more high school students.


For the first time in GSW’s history, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences held a White Coat Ceremony on February 26, 2019 to recognize 40 junior nursing students’ transition from the classroom to the clinical setting. While the white coat signifies their role and status as a healthcare professional, the ceremony acts as a rite of passage as students em-bark on their nursing careers. During the ceremony, nursing students recited an oath, signed the honor pledge and were cloaked in the iconic white coat embroidered with the GSW School of Nursing logo, all before their family and friends. Bonnie Simmons, Ph.D., recently retired professor of nursing, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

College of Arts and Sciences


GSW was awarded a portion of a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, becoming a founding member of the first ever Southwest Georgia consortium of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP). The consortium aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students interested in earning degrees in STEM fields through a scholar program beginning in Spring 2019. GSW’s initial scholars are Nadia Ford, freshman Biology major; Awung Betanga, freshman Computer Science major; and Chelse’ Perry, senior Biology major. Scholars will receive a stipend, mentoring, research and internship opportuni-ties, and invitations to research conferences to present their work.


In Spring 2019, Fine Arts faculty, led by Lecturer of Pho-tography and Digital Arts Justin Hodges, worked with students on the third annual iteration of “Homework.” Pieces ranging from furniture to home decor were cre-ated to benefit families in need, specifically homeless families moving into a new home. The auction of works from this community-themed project raised over $3,000 for Habitat for Humanity.


College of Education


Students in the College of Education established a chapter of Educators Rising (EdRising) in November 2018, the first chapter of the organization in Georgia. A division of Phi Delta Kappa International, EdRising is a national organization that supports aspiring teachers. Four students traveled to the National Educators Rising Conference in Dallas, Texas with advisor Michele McKie in June 2019.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (7)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 5

GSW nearly quadruples goal on first-ever Day of Giving, raising almost $19,000

GSW’s inaugural Day of Giving, which ran midnight to midnight on Thursday, October 10, 2019, almost quadrupled the initial goal of $5,000, netting $18,844.60 for the University.

This was GSW’s first time hosting a Day of Giving which served as a 24-hour giving challenge, mostly focused online and through a social-media driven effort, to bring the campus and surrounding community together in an effort to raise money and awareness for the University and its programs.

On this single-day campaign, Hurricanes around the country—alumni, community mem-bers, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, staff and students—made gifts ranging from $5 to $5,000. Contributions were mostly directed to the five Day of Giving funds which supported athletics, scholarships, student success, academics and facility improvements. A particular fund of interest was the Florrie Chappell Gymnasium renovation which acquired almost $7,000.

Throughout the day, those wanting to support GSW on the Day of Giving in addition to online giving, dined at one of the participating local restaurants who donated a portion of lunch and dinner sales to the campaign.

C A M P U S U P D A T E SCollege of Business and Computing


A team of three senior students in the College of Business and Computing received high accolades for their performance in the Business Strategy Game (BSG) in Summer 2019 when their “company” tied for first in the entire world out of 1,665 teams from 131 colleges and universities. The athletic footwear com-pany, Catalyst Kicks, was managed by online students Baylie Lane of Brunswick, Jessica Sparkes of Linwood, Michigan, and Wessley Sutton of Cordele. The BSG is an integrated and comprehensive computer simulation which requires senior students in the capstone Strategic Management course to manage a worldwide manufacturing company a total of 12 “simulated” years of operation.


In the spring and summer of 2019, two professors from the College of Business and Computing taught at European universities as invited professors. Suzanne L. Conner, Ph.D., taught in Lithuania at the ISM University of Management and Economics. This is the fifth consecutive year she has been invited to teach a course in New Product Development for the Master of Innovation and Technology program at the school. Robert Bennett, Ph.D., was invited to teach at the Kedge Graduate Busi-ness School in Marseille, France. He taught a Masters seminar entitled “Strategic Leadership in a Global Environment”. Bennett has been traveling to France for these semi-annual seminars since 2015. Kedge is regarded by the Financial Times as a Top 30 business school in Europe and is ranked in the Top 5 of business schools in France.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (8)

6 | G S W . E D U

GSW launches Southwestern Promise scholarship program

C A M P U S U P D A T E S |

GSW honors Carter legacy with new President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program

GSW has named twenty incoming freshmen from across Georgia and Florida to the new President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program, established to honor the legacy of the former U.S. president and GSW alumnus. The

program consists of two pathways, an Undergraduate Research Track and a Service Track, that exemplify Carter’s lifetime of leadership in education, politics and community service.

Students in the program had the opportunity to meet with President Carter in September 2019 at the Plains High School in Carter’s hometown of Plains, Ga. The students asked the former president questions about his life, presidency, service and leadership. Carter also shared advice on leadership and change, noting a favorite saying from his former teacher: “You must accommodate changing times, but cling to principles that never change.”

The Carter Leadership Program will provide students with academic scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 each year they are in the program. The program is made possible thanks to generous support from the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund.

GSW launched a new scholarship program, Southwestern Promise, in Fall 2019 that guarantees scholarships of either $1,000 or $2,000 to

beginning freshmen who live in a 56-county region of Southwest Georgia. The program offers two levels of Southwestern Promise scholarships.

Students with 1100/22 SAT/ACT scores and 3.0 GPA qualify for the “Blue” level $1,000 scholarship. Students with 1200/25 SAT/ACT scores and 3.0 GPA qualify for the “Gold” level $2,000 scholarship. The scholarship automatically renews each year up to four years – total – for students who maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students living outside the 56-county area are also eligible to receive the scholarship based on funding availability.

During its first semester, the Southwestern Promise scholarship was awarded to over 200 incoming freshmen. The program is a result of the University’s restructured scholarship granting process, which was completed in 2018 and leverages the scholarship dollars already provided by the GSW Foundation and the many donors who support Georgia Southwestern.

President Neal Weaver announces the Southwestern Promise Scholarship program to students at Southland Academy in Americus, Ga.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (9)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 7

FACULTY EMERITI Gregory Hawver, Professor EmeritusLynda Lee Purvis, Vice President EmeritaJohn Stroyls, Associate Professor Emeritus Sheryl Venable, Associate Professor EmeritaTom Weiland, Professor Emeritus


2018-2019 Faculty and Staff Awards


5 YEARSChristina BarryPaula BryantJoseph ComeauZachary FletcherWhitney FordSandra FowlerBokshim FoxJudy Orton GrissettJill HohneckerTom LorenzDorothy MartinNathaniel MilledgeElizabeth MillerJames ScottMichael TracyJoseph WartherGena Wilson

10 YEARSKathy BarnetsonAngela BryantBeverly CarrollKina DavisMark LaughlinJamie CollinsJamie MacLennanPaula MartinLeann MillerLydia RogersRebecca ShortKrista SmithSheryl VenableHenry Walters

15 YEARSDarlene McAfeeMichele Smith

20 YEARS – PlaqueKay BellDean CrumbleyBryan DavisSherreyal Safo

25 YEARS – PlaquePamela GreenBeth MorrisLois OliverBonnie SimmonsAmy TallentMichelle Underwood

30 YEARS – PlaquePaul BattleThomas Weiland

35 YEARS – PlaqueBurt CarterSandra Johnson

40 YEARS – PlaqueJudy CooperLaurel Robinson

FACULTY AND STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS2019 Staff Excellence in Advising Award: Mandy Barr

2019 Staff Excellence in Service Award: Angie Christmas

2019 Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award: Evan Kutzler

2019 Faculty Excellence in Advising Award: Suzanne Conner

2019 Faculty Excellence in Service Award: Mark Laughlin

2019 Faculty Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award:Gaynor Cheokas & Kim Hasbach


Voted on by the students, Mark Grimes, Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Computing, was named the 2019 Professor of the Year.

GSW Foundation welcomes new Development OfficersThe Georgia Southwestern Foundation welcomed two new Devel-opment Officers to the team in August 2019, Signe Coombs (left) and Tara Bennett (right). These newly formed positions will assist in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and work to cultivate meaning-ful relationships with community members, corporate partners, and current and prospective donors.


Oris Bryant Staff Member of the Year: LaToya Stackhouse

Faculty Member of the Year: Alla Yemelyanov

Mark Grimes receives plaque from 2017-19 GSW Alumni Association President Ricky Arnold at the annual Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony onApril 30, 2019

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (10)

8 | G S W . E D U

Tucker Smith tabbed PBC Pitcher of the Year

Junior Tucker Smith was named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year at the league’s annual baseball awards banquet in May 2019.

In addition, Smith became GSW’s first All-Conference First Team selection. He is the first in program history to win any of the Peach Belt’s major awards. The busi-ness major from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., had 16 starts in the 2018-19 season which tied for second-most in NCAA Division II. He led the Peach Belt in complete games and tied for the league lead in wins. Smith was 8-3 on the season with a 2.12 ERA in 106 innings of work with 83 strikeouts. He led the PBC in ERA and innings and was fourth in strikeouts. His five complete games were more than double any other PBC pitcher and tied for fifth-most in Division II.

GSW Baseball makes PBC tournament run

GSW’s baseball team had

a memorable run in the 2019 Peach Belt Conference Tournament. The eighth-seeded Hurricanes knocked off the top seed North Georgia, 4-2, and the fifth seed Georgia College, 9-2, before falling to Young Harris, who advanced to the championship game over GSW by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker. The Hurricanes also set a new program record during regular season play with 14 PBC wins.

Lady Canes finish runner-up at PBC Tournament

The Lady Canes capped an amazing 2018-19 season in May 2019, going 2-1 in the Peach Belt Tournament to finish Runner-Up. Closing

out one of the best seasons in program history, GSW softball advanced to semifinals and played in the PBC Championship game for the first time in the NCAA Division II era. Shannon Gibson, Kayla Kerr and Sarah Beth King were all named to the 2019 PBC Softball All-Tournament Team. Prior to the tournament, Hayley Tierce and Kayla Kerr were named to the 2019 All-Conference team. The team’s historic 29-26 season tied the program record for most wins in the NCAA Division II era.

Aaron Coombs named Men’s Basketball coach

Aaron Coombs joined GSW as its new head men’s basketball

coach. Coombs came to Americus from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he completed his first season at the helm for the Ag-gies. Coombs held previous positions at Missouri Western State University, Missouri Uni-versity of Science and Northern Oklahoma College. He turned in an impressive NCAA Division I playing career that included two conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. At the professional level, Coombs spent five years competing in France, Romania and China where he reigned as the leading scorer on all three teams and was named MVP while playing in Shanghai.

A t h l e t i c s

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (11)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 9

Eric Crawford named Men’s Soccer coach

GSW welcomed Eric Crawford as the new head men’s soccer coach. Crawford came to Americus from Northeastern State University

(NSU) in Tahlequah, Okla., where he served for three seasons as an assistant coach for the RiverHawks. In addition to his time on the coaching staff, Crawford was a four-year letterwinner at Northeastern State. A native of Ontario, Canada, Crawford is the most deco-rated student-athlete in Northeastern State history. Overall, Crawford is a two-time NSCAA All-American, a seven-time All-Region First Team performer and a three-time All-MIAA First Team honoree. He played in 70 career matches and made 68 starts for NSU. Crawford also had a dis-tinguished amateur career with the Toronto Lynx of the PDL and the Oakville Blue Devils of League 1 Ontario. He graduated with a degree in Biology, and is working towards his master’s degree in Health and Kinesiology.

Justin Payne to lead Women’s Basketball

GSW hired Justin Payne to lead the women’s

basketball team as head coach. Payne recently completed his eighth season as an assistant women’s basketball coach and 10th year overall at

NCAA Division I Nicholls State University. Nicholls State finished with a record of 20-12 last season and earned a trip to the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament. Payne, a product of Opelousas, La., was a three-year starter at point guard for Nicholls State, and lettered four seasons from 2005-06 to 2008-09. He led the Colonels to a 20-11 record in 2008-09 and led the team for three seasons in assists, tallying a total of 329 assists in his career, which ranks sixth in program history.

Groundbreaking held for new indoor hitting facility

On March 2, 2019, GSW held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Baseball and Softball Indoor Training Facility, the first facility of its

kind within the Peach Belt Conference. At roughly 9,000 square feet, the new building will serve as a training facility for the baseball and softball teams when weather hinders their ability to practice. With three batting cages and a locker room, the facility is slated for completion in Spring 2020.

Golf team and Vincent Norrman win big

GSW golf will be heading back to the course in 2020 as the #1 NCAA Division II team in the nation, a spot the six players have claimed by

closing out their 2019 slate with two wins and two top-five finishes. Senior Vincent Norrman has also tallied a number of individual tournament wins and has been named PBC Golfer of the Week eight times during his collegiate career.

GSW adds Men’s Cross Country, cuts Men’s Tennis

The Hurricanes kicked off the 2019-20 season with a new sport. The men’s cross country team is led by Coach Cole Clearman, who accepted

the position in 2019 after joining GSW as the assistant men’s basketball coach under Coach Aaron Coombs. The addition of men’s cross country comes after men’s tennis was eliminated following the 2018-19 season.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (12)

1 0 | G S W . E D U

Qaijuan Willis ‘15 was promoted to Main Street Director in Americus, Ga. in May 2019. A lifelong resident of Americus and honor graduate of Americus-Sumter County High School, Willis earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2015. He previously served as Main Street Program Coordinator and Interim Main Street Director for the city of Americus. Willis is also active in the Americus community, serving on the Furlow Charter School Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Leader-ship and Education Divisions of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce.

(Source: Americus Times-Recorder, May 4, 2019)

Charles W. Cowart ‘74, President of Still Pond, Inc. in Arlington, Ga., was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Georgia District Office as one of the winners of the 2019 Small Business Week Awards for Georgia. Cowart’s Still Pond, Inc. was named Rural-Owned Small Business of the Year.

(Source: U.S. Small Business Administation, April 24, 2019)

Brett Birdsong ‘16 was named head base-ball coach at Carroll High School in Ozark, Ala. Although Birdsong has served as assistant coach at a number of high school across the state, including Baconton Charter School for seven years and Wallace College for one year, this is his first head coach position.

(Source: Dothan Eagle, June 17, 2019)

Jim Glass ‘91, provost at Southern Regional Technical College, has been named president of Southern Regional Technical College. Glass has worked for Southern Regional Technical College for four years since the merger of Southwest Georgia Tech and Moultrie Tech in 2015; he had worked at Moultrie Tech since 2003. Glass began his postsecond-ary career as director of instruction for Albany Technical College in 1999 and spent 13 years in secondary education as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Albany. He earned his Master’s in education at GSW in 1991.

(Source: Moultrie Observer, June 25, 2019)

Angie Luna ‘17 was unanimously approved to serve as Rockdale County’s new director of Rockdale Water Resources. Formerly the director of operations for the Fort Valley Utility Commission, she has more than 12 years of combined experience working

in government and management. Luna graduated from GSW in 2017 with a business management/administration degree.

(Source: Rockdale Citizen, December 15, 2018)

Pat Peaco*ck ‘98 recently wrote, produced and directed his first feature-length film titled “Back Focus.” Peaco*ck, an Americus native, has produced short films in the past, but this “no-budget” ro-

mantic comedy drama was his first feature. Of the more than 100 volunteers involved in the production, nearly half were GSW students, faculty and staff members, or alumni. “Back Focus” was shot almost entirely in Sumter County, Ga. The film premiered at the Rylander Theatre in Americus in June 2019.

(Source: WALB, June 13, 2019; Photo, Acondo Films)

A l u m n i i n t h e n e w s

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (13)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 1 1

DeAnna Julian ‘00 was appointed execu-tive director of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center (ARC). After serving two years on Albany ARC’s board of directors, Julian was named deputy director in July 2015. Julian obtained her bachelor of secondary education degree in special education from GSW in 2000. She had a 16-year career in special education in Lee County before joining Albany ARC.

(Source: WALB, June 13, 2019)

Ben Andrews ‘11 was named statewide program manager of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). He will oversee the ATDC @ initiative, which takes the incubator’s education, resources, and programming to cities across the state. Andrews joined ATDC in 2017 as community engagement coordinator. He earned his MBA at GSW in 2011 while working for the Community and Economic Development Authority in Americus, Ga.

(Source: Metro Atlanta CEO, December 12, 2018)

Michael Hoffpauir ‘96 was named head basketball coach at Monroe High School in Albany, Ga. Hoff-pauir coached for five years at Americus-Sumter High School, where he led the Panthers to the state championship game for Class AAAA. He has also coached at Randolph-Clay

High School and Colquitt County High School. Hoffpauir played basketball at GSW and graduated with a bach-elor of science in 1996.

(Source: Albany Herald, June 12, 2019)

J. Mike Davis ‘10 was recently named market president for Colony Bank in Tifton, Ga. A third-generation banker, Davis began his bank-ing career in 1996 at Colony Bank in Sylvester, Ga., where he served in progressively responsible roles, eventually being appointed president and chief executive officer. He also served in the Air Force.

(Source: Moultrie Observer, June 25, 2019)

Ed Duskin ‘74 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award after serving the Southern Crop Production Association (SCPA) for 42 years. One of only a handful to receive this award, Duskin and his wife, Ann, made many contributions to the organization. The SCPA awards the Ed and Ann Duskin Scholarships through FFA in their honor. Duskin served three tours in Vietnam and retired from the military as a decorated colonel. He earned his master’s degree in social science at GSW in 1974.

(Source: Southeast FarmPress, November 27, 2018)

Guz Rezende ‘04 was recently named the Rising Young Business Leader for the Junior Achievement of Acadiana’s annual Business Hall of Fame. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rezende was recruited to play tennis at GSW in 1999 and graduated with a

marketing/management degree in 2004. He went on to found his own entertainment and hospitality company, Social Entertainment, with fellow entrepreneur BJ Crist. Rezende is also a board member at the Lafayette Downtown Development Authority and former founder and president of Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association.

(Source: Lafayette Daily Advertiser, March 27, 2018)

A l u m n i i n t h e n e w s

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (14)

1 2 | G S W . E D U

rvin Anderson—or, “Mr. A” as his

students and mentees refer to him—has

been a proud fixture of Georgia Southwestern

for 34 years. With a focus on academic excellence, athletic involvement, and social responsibility, he’s touched the lives of many GSW students in his time as a lecturer of mathematics and student organization advisor.

Ervin grew up in Dublin, Geor-gia, and took an interest in math at an early age. “The style, enthusiasm, and teaching techniques of my ninth-grade math teacher greatly influenced my decision to become a college math major,” he says. He graduated from Savannah State University in 1978 with a mathemat-ics degree, then began teaching high school math for three years before serving in the U.S. Navy from

1981-1985.Ervin and his wife, Debra, a

charge auditor at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, have been married for 42 years. They have three children, Chadrick, Brandon, and Jeremy, eleven grandchildren, and a great grandson.

He started his career at GSW in 1985 just out of the Navy as a lab instructor. By the time he retired in May of 2019, he was a senior lecturer in Mathematics and had a great deal of student mentoring experience under his belt. He also earned his Master of Education in Mathematics from GSW while working for the university.

“I loved participating in intramu-ral sports and winning champion-ships in basketball, flag football, and softball almost every year as the oldest player participating,” Ervin says. He participated in intramurals for 20 years and says he holds “just about every record” in intramural sports.

His involvement in the African American Male Initiative (AAMI), however, is where he really seemed to leave his mark. Anderson has been the executive director of the AAMI at GSW since the university became a cohort of the program in 2008. The initiative was created to recruit, educate, and increase the number of African-American male students who graduate. Since the initial study that identified the need to fill these gaps was conducted, AAMI organizations have been developed at several Univer-sity System of Georgia institutions across the state, and Anderson was integral in getting GSW’s program off the ground.

Since its inception, GSW’s AAMI program has received $232,000 in funds from AAMI grants and two other grants under the leadership of Anderson. But the mission of the program—academic excellence and social responsibility—is one that’s close to Anderson’s heart. He has


AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (15)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 1 3

tried to instill those two tenets in all the GSW students he’s encountered.

“[With the AAMI,] we’ve been able to increase GPAs, recruit better students, have higher graduation rates, and increase the number of [African-American male] leaders in our student organizations,” says Anderson. “Advising plays a vital part of mentoring,” he adds, noting that he’s helped students figure out if they hadn’t chosen a field of study that was serving them, and guided them onto a different path. Young people aren’t always sure what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and Ervin understands that.

In his 34 years at the university, Anderson has been well-liked by his students. His heavy involvement with student organizations and enthusiastic style of teaching have made him a popular figure in the GSW community. He’s served as a fraternity advisor, minority advising program advisor, Canes 360 member, Alumni Association board of directors member, and was even named Teacher of the Year in 2004 by GSW’s Student Government Association.

“My philosophy of teaching math is to include the student in the manner that math is taught,” says Anderson. He recognizes that every student has a unique way of learning and that students all have different experiences with and feelings about math-ematics. “I always provided extra group or individual tutoring sessions that worked well for the students,” he says.

In 2017, Anderson was recognized by the Georgia Association of Developmental

My philosophy of teaching math is to

include the student in

the manner that math is


Education (GADE) with an Outstanding Individual Contribution Award for his long-term contributions to the organization. He served as president of GADE for five years, vice president for two years, and has presented numerous papers and lectures at state conferences. He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Service to Developmental Studies Award, and received numerous certificates of ap-preciation from GADE and the National Association of Developmental Education.

Although he’s retired from Georgia Southwest-ern, he still serves as the AAMI Director for the University, allowing his impact to continue.

Ervin is glad he can make a lasting impres-sion on students and help make their university experience better. He says that some of his favorite memories as an advisor and mentor are the times when former students have approached him to tell him they appreciate the ways in which he’s influ-enced their lives. He is leaving a legacy of leaders and achievers, and hopes his mentees will do the same for future generations.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (16)

1 4 | G S W . E D U

Homecoming Week was full of nostalgic throwbacks as we celebrated with a Back to the ‘90s theme. From overalls and fanny packs to flannels and scrunchies, students embraced ‘90s fashion at a number of events, including the Fresh Prince and Princess of GSW Homecoming Kick-off and the Red Hot Chili Pepper Block Party and Chili Cook-Off. The festivities culminated in a great Homecoming Weekend, with alumni returning to campus for the annual tailgate and basketball games.

1. Homecoming Court: Student Government Association kicked off Homecoming Week by recognizing organiza-tion representatives, crowning class represen-tatives, & introducing the Homecoming Court.

2. Block Party & Chili Cook-Off: Faculty, staff, and students cooked up their best chili recipes & competed for the grand prize. Attendees enjoyed samples, ‘90s music & strolling from NPHC Greeks.

3. Golf Cart Parade: Student organizations displayed rad ‘90s-themed carts during a parade around the Wheatley Administration Building loop.

4. Glow Rage: Students had a chance to unwind from midterm stress with a paint party on Sanford Lawn, featuring ‘90s music and a DJ.

5. Blood Drive: Faculty, staff, students, & community members donated blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive.

6. GSW Gladiators: Students competed against some of GSW’s best on courses like Power Ball, Bubble Ball Race, and The Eliminator vs GSW’s mascot, Surge.

1 2

3 4

5 6

February 24 - March 2, 2019

H o m e c o m i n g W E E K 2 0 1 9

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (17)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 1 5

7. Acoustic Music Competition: Students showed off their musical talents in a competition featuring solo singers, duos, and instrumentalists.

8. Burning Man: Based on the annual festival held in Nevada, wooden sculptures created by Fine Arts students were set ablaze.

9. Alumni Fun Run: This annual event put on by the GSW Alumni Association drew a crowd of more than 60. Cash prizes were awarded to the top male & female runners.

10. Tailgate: Greek students and alumni were out in full force at the annual Homecoming Tailgate, enjoying hotdogs, hamburgers, and the Hurricane spirit.

11. Men’s Basketball: The Hurricanes pulled off a heart-pounding 81-78 win over North Georgia, with Devin Watson sinking a 3 point shot in the last 4 seconds of overtime.

12. Homecoming King & Queen: Seniors Chris Avery and Rachel Cochran were crowned Homecoming King and Queen between the women’s and men’s basketball games.

13. Pep Band: GSW’s new pep band hyped up the crowd between plays.

14. Softball: The Lady Canes celebrated two Homecoming wins over Albany State, 9-1 and 8-2. Women’s tennis and men’s tennis also tallied wins on that Saturday.

7 8

9 10

11 12

13 14

H o m e c o m i n g W E E K 2 0 1 9

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (18)

1 6 | G S W . E D U

2018 Outstanding ALUMNI AWARDS

Georgia Southwestern honored alumni from each college and school on campus, inducted one former athlete

into the GSW Athletics Hall of Fame, and recognized the Aeolian and Leewynn Finklea Alumni Award winners at

the 3rd Annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet on March 1, 2019.

The Outstanding Alumni Awards were developed to recognize the distinguished personal accomplishments

and professional achievements of Georgia Southwestern alumni. The Leewynn Finklea Alumni Award

recognizes outstanding alumni who have demonstrated exceptional service to the Alumni Association and the

University. It is named in honor of the first Alumni Director, Leewyn J. Finklea.

1 6 | G S W . E D U

J.P. Clementi, ‘01 and ‘032018 Outstanding Alumni, School of Computing and Mathematics

A 2001 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in computer science, Clementi went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science from GSW in 2003. Presently, Clementi is a senior program manager for Microsoft where he has been employed for the last decade. While on staff, Clementi has been the recipient of the Microsoft Champion Award, the Marketing Excellence Award and the Key Talent Award, which recognizes the top two to three percent of all employees.

Clementi, a member of the GSW tennis team from 1998-2001, was inducted into the GSW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. The 2001 team finished second at the NAIA national tournament.

Tina Anderson, Ed.D., ‘87 and ‘922018 Outstanding Alumni, School of Business Administration

Anderson has established herself as a leader within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Having spent nearly all of her professional career in the TCSG in progressively responsible roles, Anderson has spent the last 15 years serving as president. She is currently the president of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. From 2003 to 2013, Anderson served as president of Moultrie Technical College.

Anderson was named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” list in 2004 and was named to South Georgia Business Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential South Georgians in 2005. Her husband, Tony (’89), is human resources director for the Brooks County School System.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (19)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 1 7A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 1 7

Neil McGahee, ‘712018 Outstanding Alumni, College of Arts and Sciences

After earning a degree in history from GSW, McGahee, instead of pursuing his plan to become a teacher, pursued his passion of photography. Throughout his 40-year career as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, he covered presidential campaigns, the Mount St. Helen’s eruption and civil wars in Central America and Africa. McGahee has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. In 1978, his photo “Michael’s Legacy” about a high school wrestler who continued competing after the loss of his leg to cancer earned McGahee a runner-up finish.

McGahee lives in Dooly County, Ga. with his wife, Sharon, of 38 years, their son, Zack, and his cat, “Rudy.” He covers state and local government for the Cordele Dispatch.

Kay Hampton, ‘772018 Outstanding Alumni, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Hampton’s career has been one of service, either serving patients or serving students. In retirement, she serves as the interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA) in Brunswick. Prior to that, Hampton spent 25 years working in progressively responsible roles at CCGA. Before her career in education, Hampton worked as the assistant director of nursing and as education and medical units coordinator at the Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Ga.

Having established herself as a well-respected leader in the Golden Isles community, Hampton has served on a number of boards and committees, including the United Way Investment Com-mittee and the Glynn Community Crisis Center Board of Directors.

Richard McCorkle, ‘762018 Outstanding Alumni, School of Education

Prior to his retirement, McCorkle was a staple in the Marion/Tri-County School System for three decades. He began as an eighth grade history teacher and coach at Tri-County Middle School in 1987 and retired as the Marion County Schools superintendent in 2017, a position he held since 1999. Since 2016, McCorkle served as the executive director of the Chattahoochee-Flint RESA.

He was honored in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017 by Rep. Sanford Bishop in recognition of his retirement after 30 years as an educator and civic leader. McCorkle and his wife, Marie, are life-long residents of Marion County, and have two adult children and two grandchildren.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (20)

O U T S T A N D I N G A L U M N I A W A R D S |

Jimmy Peel, ‘802018 Leewyn Finklea Award recipient

Peel is a resident of Stone Mountain, Ga. and has over 35 years of project management experience working with clients such as Georgia Power, Southern Company, Merck and Company, co*ke and Nabisco. He announced his retirement in early 2018.

Since 2014, Peel has been a member of the GSW Alumni Association Board of Directors, where he served as chairman of the Fundraising Committee. Events led under Peel’s direction have secured more than $7,500 in donations and sponsorships. He is also a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and the 1906 Society. Peel is married to Marianne Dean Peel (‘79), and they have one daughter, Kaitlyn, who is currently working in Washington, D.C.

Phillip Brown, III, ‘112018 GSW Hall of Fame inductee

During his playing career with GSW men’s basketball, Brown excelled on the court and graduated with a degree in psychology. In 2011, Brown led the basketball team to GSW’s first ever NCAA tournament in any sport, while also becoming GSW’s first NCAA Division II All-American. Following his college career, Brown played five seasons of professional basketball in France for four different teams. Brown is the founder and co-owner of Box Out Basketball – a resource for up-and-coming basketball players and coaches, designed to educate and inspire.

Brown recently took a youth coach position with the Los Ange-les Clippers and was promoted to lead youth basketball coach.

Pam Carswell, Ed.D., ‘782018 Aeolian Award recipient

After graduating from GSW with a Bachelor of Science in education, Carswell went on to have a successful career in elementary education as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, and later as an administrator in the Bibb County School System. She retired in 2012 after serving 10 years as principal of Weaver Middle School in Bibb County, which was named a Title I Distinguished School under her leadership in 2010.

Carswell has also distinguished herself within her community. Since July 2012, she has served as the President and CEO of the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission (KMBBC). Under her leadership, the KMBBC has won Georgia Affiliate of the Year Award five times and has won the Keep America Beautiful Affiliate of the Year Award in 2016.

1 8 | G S W . E D U

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (21)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 1 9

Sisters Autumn and Anna Tripp are carrying on a long Hurricane legacy that

spans four generations. The only known fourth generation Georgia Southwestern students (to the University’s knowledge), they credit their parents’ fond memories as students and their own positive experiences with the University for their decisions to continue what has become a family tradition.

“My favorite stories to hear are my father talking about his time playing intramural sports and the many ridiculous pranks [he and his friends] played in their dorm halls,” says Autumn, a senior who plans to graduate in Spring 2020. Her parents, Todd Tripp (’92, Sociology) and Suzanne Futch Tripp (‘93, Accounting) brought Autumn and her sister Anna to the GSW campus for events when they were little girls, sharing their school spirit with them.

“The first time I stepped on the GSW campus was to watch a softball game back in 2010 with my father and cousin,” says Autumn. “I loved the campus and knew I wanted to be a part of the softball program.” As a senior in high school, the long-time athlete was recruited by Lady ‘Canes softball, which was a major deciding factor for her when she chose GSW.

After suffering a spinal injury in middle school, Autumn underwent extensive physical therapy. “I always loved going to therapy and knew I wanted to work with people who were struggling to get back into shape so that they could exercise, participate in sports, and lead

healthy, active lifestyles,” she says. The Exercise Science major hopes to eventually earn her doctorate in physical therapy after graduating.

“I’ve always felt at home on the GSW campus,” Autumn says. “The fact that I come from a long line of GSW alumni makes me want to continue the tradition with my own family.” The Tripp sisters’ late grandfather, George Futch (’67), and late great-grandmother, Tibbie Futch (’76), were also GSW graduates.

Her little sister, Anna, just began her freshman year as a GSW student, choosing psychology as her major just like her great-grandmother. Like her older sister, she was drawn to her study area by experiences she had as a teenager. “Having gone through some tough times [in high school], I really began to reflect on how much I wanted to help other people who might be going through obstacles themselves,” says Anna. She hopes to have a career as a school psychologist someday.

Having an older sister on campus helped make Anna’s first few weeks at GSW easier. “To be honest, I have no idea what I would’ve done without her here to guide me,” Anna says. “We both strive for academic excellence, and she’s always there to help me with my classes.”

Being a fourth generation GSW Hurricane like her sister is “an amazing honor,” Anna says. “It makes me feel like I’m connected to GSW in a special way. It’s like a part of my heritage, and I am excited to continue my education here.”

Four Generations ofHurricanes By Valerie


| F a m i l y T r a d i t i o n

Clockwise from top: Anna and Autumn Tripp; Tibbie Futch; George Futch;Anna and Autumn with parentsTodd and Suzanne (Futch) Tripp

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (22)

2 0 | G S W . E D U

Come Sail AwayGSW alumni and community members enjoyed a dinner “cruise” and concert on October 26, 2019 in the GSW Storm Dome.

A L U M N I s c e n e

Macon Area Alumni EventNearly 50 GSW alumni gathered at the Fish ‘N Pig Restaurant in Macon, Ga. on August 22, 2019.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (23)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 2 1

Pi Kappa Phi 50th Anniversary Reunion

Sigma Chi ReunionOver 70 Sigma Chis gathered at the fraternity house to reminisce and enjoy lunch on May 18, 2019.

With over 200 Pi Kapps in attendance on May 18, 2019, the chapter was recognized by Nationals with the Alumni Event of the Year Award.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (24)

2 2 | G S W . E D U

A L U M N I S C E N E |

Homecoming Fun Run

Homecoming Tailgate

A 1-mile fun run/walk and 5K was hosted by the Alumni Association during Homecoming Week in Feb. 2019.

NPHC Greeks were out in full force at the 2019 Homecoming Tailgate in Centennial Plaza.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (25)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 2 3



From the coastal capital of Lisbon to the sunny cliffs of

the Algarve, venture along Portugal’s stunning shoreline.

Tour Lisbon and take in the breathtaking views of the

Tagus River below. Explore the popular destination of

Lagos, carpeted in flowers and fruit and characterized

by its famous beaches. Taste Portugal’s classic wines

of the Alentejo region during an intimate winery tour.

Stand in awe of Cape St. Vicente’s 200-foot Oceanside

cliffs. Relish the flavors of the region as a chef highlights

Algarve gastronomy during a demonstration and tasting.

This amazing adventure beautifully marries the region’s

postcard-worthy scenery with its rich culture and history.

Deposit of $500 per person due by May 26, 2020 to

hold your spot.

Sunny PortugalDecember 1 – 10, 2020

GSW alumni and friends

are invited to Atlanta to

watch the Hawks take on

the Detroit Pistons at 7:30

pm on Saturday, January 18,

2020! The GSW Office of Alumni

Affairs has reserved Tower 212, and your ticket will get

you early admission (entry allowed at 5:15 pm before

gates open at 6:15 pm), a seat, snacks, beverages,

and space to mingle with friends. Seating is limited so

reserve your ticket today!

GSW Night at the Atlanta HawksJanuary 18, 2020

Join us as we celebrate our honored alumni at the

annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner. Tickets

are $50 per person and tables of 8 are available.

Reservations required.

2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards DinnerDuring Homecoming Week 2020

Upcoming ReunionsGSW Baseball ReunionApril 3 - 4, 2020

Zeta Tau Alpha 50th AnniversaryApril 17 - 19, 2020

Sigma Chi Reunion WeekendApril 24 - 26, 2020

Sigma Chi 50th AnniversaryJanuary 15 - 17, 2021

For more information about Travel Tours and Alumni events, contact Angela Smith, Alumni Affairs Specialist,at 229-928-1373 or at [emailprotected].

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (26)

2 4 | G S W . E D U

| C L A S S N O T E S |


James Willis resides in Valdosta, Ga. He is a retired insurance agent/underwriter. James has three children: Alfred E. Willis, Ph.D., is an architec-tural historian, lecturer and book translator; Katherine W. Hunnewell is a dental hygienist; and Carey Ann W. Kirkland is employed by Kirkland’s, Inc.


Mary (McCrary) Coleman received her B.S. from East Carolina followed by graduate study at Tennessee Tech and the University of Tennessee. Mary was voted Most Outstanding Teacher in her school system, where she taught, tested and wrote programs for handicapped students.


Allison Schnabel resides in Sun City, Ariz., where she is retired from academ-ics. She has one son, Dr. Chris Schnabel. She and her husband will soon be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.


Betty Jo (White) Pippin is owner of Walker Cooling-Heating, Inc. and has been a member of Gideons International for over 50 years. She is a member of

Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.


James Gaston earned a B.S. from Auburn University and is currently a farm owner/operator in northwest Sumter County, Ga. He is married to Nancy (Wesson) Gaston and they have two sons, two daughters-in-law and 3 granddaughters. James has been active in his community and pres-ently serves on the Sumter County Elections Board, the Sumter County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Georgia Farm Bureau Hay Commodity Committee.

Estelle (Stanger) Hutchens retired from nursing after 56 years in 2010. She and her husband, who is now deceased, have 9 children and 39 grandchildren. Estelle says she is “so grateful for the education that I received at this great institution.”

Hugh “Butch” Watts is a retired teacher and coach. He coached basketball (28 years), football (9 years), baseball (16 years), track (8 years) and golf (9 years). He is married to Elaine (Warren) Watts, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.


John Wall is retired from the U.S. Drug Enforce-ment Administration as a Supervisory Special Agent. Prior to retirement, he spent 10 years with the Columbus, Ga. Police

Department and 25 years with the U.S. Department of Justice. John has also served as Adjunct Profes-sor of Criminal Justice at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. and worked in communications for the Autauga County, Ala. Sheriff’s Office.


Richard Hennies resides in Douglasville, Ga. He is retired after 31 years as a fire alarm distributor and business owner in Califor-nia and Colorado.


Jackie Capel is married to Frances (Doughtie) Capel, ‘69. Jackie is retired from orthopedic sales.

George Smith resides in Saint Petersburg, Fla., where he is retired as a pharmacist, having worked in Florida, Texas and Georgia.


Charles Carter is retired from a career in healthcare and now enjoys playing golf and spending time with Sybil, his wife of 46 years. They have two children and two grandchil-dren.

Frederick Dixon is retired from Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and resides in Kathleen, Ga.

Wes Wheeler resides in Americus, Ga., where he has had a 40-year career

at Parker’s Heating and Air. Wes, his wife Jean, his mother and his daughter all attended and graduated from GSW.


Calvin Gleaton is retired and resides in Tallahassee, Fla.


Janet (Ratliff) Culpepper resides in Panama City, Fla., where she continues to work as a Registered Nurse at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.

Kathy (Biles) Goldstein resides in Griffin, Ga. and is a retired elementary teacher.

John Kirsch is retired from Lockheed Aircraft, where he served as Manager of Purchasing. He and his wife Jan have two daugh-ters, Lindsey Kirsch, Ph.D. and Lauren Kirsch, PA-C.


John Benjamin “Benjie” Floyd resides in Bain-bridge, Ga. and is retired from Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals.

William Mock is retired and resides in Albany, Ga.


Russell “Rusty” Barton resides in Rockingham, Va. He is Director of Security for IBM Global Services.

Laura (Ryle) Davis retired after 30 years of teaching. She is married to Keith B. Davis ‘74 who is retired from retail management.


AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (27)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 2 5

They now live in Madison, Ala. and have two grand-sons, Brantley and Owen.


Pamela (Mims) Athon resides in Americus, Ga. She is currently employed as Lab Director at Al-bany Internal Medicine in Albany, Ga.

Kathryn (Kenney) Rigsby currently serves as the Director of Southwest Georgia Learning Resources Center. She is married with two daughters and three grandchildren. Kathryn has received the Jim Puckett Outstanding Educator, the GAYC Early Interventionist of the Year, and the Phil Pickens Parent Mentors Leadership Visionary Awards.

Sharon (Hamlin) Shaver resides in Fort Gaines, Ga. In May 2018, she retired from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Lonnie Wise resides in Plains, Ga. He is Payroll Manager at Georgia Power Company.


William Lee Carswell has two daughters and three granddaughters. His wife Pam was 2018 recipient of the Aeolian Award.

Patricia (Pyott) Griswold retired in May 2018 from Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Ga., where she was an RN. She has two children, Amy Griswold Martin and Brian Alan Griswold, and three grandchildren. She has been married to Alan Griswold for 37 years.


Cecil “Buddy” Strickland resides in Nashville, Tenn. He is a retired Corporate Supply Chain IT Executive for HCA, having worked for 35 years in healthcare supply chain management. He is currently working part-time in Healthcare Supply Chain Consulting for a project in London, England. He has one married son and three grandchildren who live in Canada.


Mike Gurr was the former Athletic/Recreation Direc-tor at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. He retired in 2014 and now lives in the North Georgia mountains.


Crystal (Griffin) Claussen resides in Piedmont, S.C. She is Project Manager with Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C.

Linda (Settles) Harris is retired from teaching with the Sumter County School system. She has two children, one of whom is a 2013 GSW alum.


Louise (Gunn) Norton is a CPA who practiced in South Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana before returning to Georgia to stay. She is married to a college professor and is the proud mother to two “delightful young adults.” She resides in Statesboro, Ga., where she continues to practice and volunteer in the community.


Clinton Lawhorn resides in Carthage, Mo., where he is in Regional Sales, Skilled Nursing for NHS Manage-ment.

Berta Ulm recently published Commitment, a sequel to her first book, Choices. She holds a Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education and a Specialist degree in Middle Grades Math and Science from GSW. She retired from the Worth County Board of Education after 31 years.


James Brown works as a high school counselor.

Diann (Williams) Knight resides in Columbus, Ga., where she is employed as Director of Revenue Cycle at Piedmont Columbus Hospital. She is married to USMC Retired John Knight GSGT. She has two children, April and Justin Brown.

Douglas Waller now serves as CEO of Or-thopaedic Associates of Osceola in Kissimmee, Fla.


Carol (Boyd) Barnette is a retired educator who now works as a DME Tech. She has been married for 32 years and has two daugh-ters, ages 27 and 14.

Patricia Lynn (Peeler) Walker resides in Douglas, Ga. with her husband Doug Walker, a UMC pastor. She is a retired middle grades teacher and church organist. She has two children, Colt Pollock ‘11 and Jake Pollock, and four grandchildren. She

is an Independent Beauty Consultant with MaryKay.

Lisa (Greene) Williams is an RN and Professional Development Specialist at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I.


Betty Dumas resides in Sterlington, La. She retired as Operations Manager for Sumter Regional Physi-cians Services in Americus, Ga. and auditor for Acuity Brands Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.

Eldotha (Walker) Fields resides in Lacey, Wash., where she is employed in the field of family advocacy.

Gerinda Lockett is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Flint River Hospital in Montezuma, Ga.


Scott Adkins resides in Evans, Ga., where he is a partner in the accounting firm of Anderson, Adkins and Company. He is a CPA and CVA.


Amy (Timmons) Benton and husband Jeff Benton (‘92) have two children, Bryce Benton (‘17) and Brooke Benton (‘19). After meeting at GSW, son Bryce married Kellie Aultman (‘17) in 2018. They had their first child in June 2019. Daughter Brooke Benton graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in May 2019.The Bentons reside in Senoia, Ga.

| C L A S S N O T E S

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (28)

2 6 | G S W . E D U

James Sims resides in Greensboro, N.C. and is retired from Procter and Gamble.

Kimberly (Gladin) Taylor resides in Waynesboro, Ga. She is Assistant Nurse Manager at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

Lee Ty Turner is President and CEO of Synovus (Thomasville, Ga. and Tallahassee, Fl.).

Lynn (Gibbs) Young met her husband at GSW. Two of Lynn’s children also attended GSW as athletes. Son Chase played baseball, and daughter Jessi ran cross-country. Three generations of the family are GSW graduates, as Lynn’s father is also an alumnus.

Jacqueline Slappey has taught for 25 years in the Sumter County School System.

Rhonda (Baxter) Povlot now serves in the field of education.

Debra (Callaway) Rowe currently serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Phoebe Putney Health System. She previously spent 20 years as the Marketing Director for Albany Mall, Aronov Realty Management, Inc.


Brenton Jordon is a Senior Technical Architect for Xerox.


Natasha (Larkin) Walden currently serves as Data Manager at Steven A. Cohen Military Family En-deavors. Natasha is also a

retired U.S. Army Veteran, having served 20 years.


Zondra-daya (Jackson) Bradshaw is Clinical Supplies Coordinator II at Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

Atalaya (Burks) Knowles resides in Albany, Ga. and is a recruiter for Troy University.

Patricia (Love) Saunders resides in McDonough, Ga. with her husband Barry and their two boys. She is employed as a substitute teacher with Henry County Schools in McDonough, Ga.


Teresa (Watts) Goode and her husband Tracy (‘02) are excited to share that their daughter is a freshman at GSW pursuing a nursing degree.

Edward Sampson resides in Buena Vista and is employed as a Docu-mentation Analyst Sr. for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Bryan Smith has been promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the GBI region 3 Field Office in Americus. He has been with the GBI over 15 years.

Darek Wright resides in Statesboro, Ga., where he is inventory control manager at Hugo Boss.


Casey (White) Beane resides in Albany, Ga. and is a regional representative for the Georgia Depart-ment of Community Affairs.

She currently serves Americus-Sumter County and the surrounding counties in her job as an economic development professional.

Rashid Castle-Ali works in sales at a genetics labora-tory.


William Curry was named Chairman, President, & CEO of First State Bank of Randolph County in 2018. He has served as Mayor Pro-Temp of the City of Shellman, Ga. for 8 years and serves as Chairman of the Curry Memorial Scholarship Foundation. He is also past-president of the Cuthbert Rotary Club.

Eva (Grayer) Joiner serves on the GSW Alumni Asso-ciation Board of Trustees. She is the math teacher at A.C.E. Academy and is former System Teacher of the Year for Turner County Schools and Worth County Schools.

Kelly (Allan) McDougald is a teacher and was one of the The Plumbers founding fathers at GSW.

Dave Wills, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).

Bernard “Junior” Joiner now serves as the Principal of Turner County Elemen-tary School.


Thomas Peters resides in Albany, Ga. He is employed by the Veterans

Administration as a Federal Field Examiner and enjoys basketball, computer forensics and federal investigations.

Todd Roquemore holds a B.S. in Chemistry. He now serves as a National Sales Director in Biopharmaceuticals. Todd is married to Laura Leigh (Bell) Roquemore (‘13), who earned a B.S. in Exercise Science at GSW. Laura Leigh is employed with Sebela Pharmaceuticals as a Specialty Sales Repre-sentative for Dermatology. The Roquemores live in Peachtree City and are proud parents of a baby girl.

Kizzi (Trawick) Walker has been a teacher for 17 years and is the head women’s basketball coach at Baldwin High School.


Asha Odums received two Master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix, one in Curriculum and Instruc-tion and one in Business Management. She has three children: Alexandria, Jordan and Jaleb.


Mandy (Fuller) Barr serves as an Academic Success Counselor at GSW. She earned a BA in Dramatic Arts.


Adrianne Harris taught at the Americus-Sumter Ninth Grade Academy after graduation and taught for just under 11 years. She was named Teacher of the Year two times during her career. Adrianne also worked as a writing

C L A S S N O T E S |

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (29)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 2 7

specialist in the Albany State University writing center before she left the classroom to run two busi-nesses, Write On! Consult-ing Agency, LLC and The Face of Debt Freedom.

Stephen Moreno and his wife Libby live in Bruns-wick, Ga. and have two little boys: Stephen and Covin. Stephen has been in the mortgage business for 6 years and was recognized by BrandMort-gage for being in the top 15% of the company in mortgage sales produc-tion. He currently serves as the Chairman of The Board of Managers of the Golden Isles YMCA, is former President and current treasurer of his HOA, and has served on multiple committees with the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.


Amy-Alexis (Udom) Antine volunteers as the VP of Operational Effectiveness for the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Hu-man Resources (NAAAHR). She loves spending time with her niece and neph-ews and recently married “the love of her life.” Her dream is to develop/create a non-profit to help bat-tered and abused women, kids and at-risk youth.

Marcus Johnson currently serves as the English Pro-gram Director at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a mentor and board member at Boys to Men Christian Mentors, Inc., and Vice Chair of the English Humanities Speech Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee

at the Technical College System of Georgia.


Nkechi (Ubah) Onyegasi resides in Gulfport, Miss. with her husband, a U.S. Navy Seabee, and her two daughters, ages 4 and 2. She enjoys running, traveling and spending time outdoors with family. Nkechi also volunteers with her church and with a free clinic. She is a Fam-ily Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Physicians Clinic in Gulfport.


Chelsea (Knowlton) Baker is employed by the world’s largest hotel management company, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, where she leads a team as a Senior eCom-merce Marketing Manager. She enjoys baking, travel-ing, collecting antiques, spending time with family and friends, attending con-certs and tackling home renovation projects. She and her husband recently welcomed their third child.

Donielle (Dodds Chittick) Powell resides in Lees-burg, Ga., where she is a Special Education teacher in the Lee County School System.


Karl Bond serves as Grants Coordinator for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.

Lyla Taft resides in Albany, Ga., where she is a nursing instructor at Albany State University. Lyla served as a part-time clinical instruc-

tor for GSW’s School of Nursing after graduating with her BSN. She has published three nursing articles in national nursing journals and is certified in Medical Surgical Nursing from AMSN and Nursing Education from National League of Nursing (NLN).


Ryan Garnto and his wife Merrit reside in Leesburg, Ga. with their baby boy and two dogs. Ryan is a Financial Services Profes-sional with New York Life. Since graduation, Ryan has served 4 years as Alumni Advisor for Kappa Sigma at GSW. He is a current member of Canes 360.

Tyler Gunnett resides in Loganville, Ga., where he is a Senior Supply Chain Analyst.

Joanna Leigh (Elder) Laughlin resides in Ellaville, Ga. and is the Academic Lead/Advisor of the eMajor Criminal Justice Program at GSW. She has earned a MA in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, a MS in Law Enforcement Intel-ligence & Analysis from Michigan State University, the CPTED professional designation, and is cur-rently pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Behavioral Science.


Michael Van Ham resides in Lilburn, Ga. and is employed at Georgia State University as an Admis-sions Counselor.

Mallory (Underwood) Reynolds married her husband, Chris in Decem-

ber 2017. She is currently in her 5th year of teaching and is “loving every minute of it.”


Carmen Gilliam serves as an Administrative Assistant at the LaGrange Police Department.

Kyndall (Tomlinson) Butler resides in Albany, Ga. and is a kindergarten teacher at Okapilco Elementary in Moultrie, Ga. Kyndall married Cayson Butler in March 2019. She is also an active member of her church and helps teach children’s Sunday School.


John Guzzardo has been contracted for his “The Scope” series with Crimson Cloak Publishing, which is loosely based on The Sou’Wester newspaper in the 1990s.


Lydia Bentley resides in Newnan, Ga. Lydia is applying to graduate programs this fall and plans to become a high school counselor.

Lisa Jenkins is a Nursing Instructor at Albany State University in Albany, Ga.

Class notes and alumni updates may be sent to the Office ofAlumni Affairs at [emailprotected].

| C L A S S N O T E S

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (30)

2 8 | G S W . E D U

Bertha Nell (Duke) Loman, ’41Americus, GA

Julia Bishop (Jube) Tucker, ’41Eatonton, GA

Sara (Gilbert) Hurley, ’42Columbus, GA

Gene Bailey (Wood) Butler, ’44Americus, GA

Lois (Harrell) Clark, ’47Cairo, GA

Jane (Batton) Dean, ’48Stone Mountain, GA

Melba (Kicklighter) Downs, ’48Glennville, GA

Julian L. Webb, ’48Americus, GA

James William “Bill” Turpin, ’49Americus, GA

Sam P. Arthur, ’50Leesburg, GA

Jeanette “Janie” (Singletary) Smith, ’50Biloxi, MS

Barbara (Hale) Kinnamon, ’51Americus, GA

James “Jim” Littlefield, Sr., ’52Americus, GA

Peyton Truman Jackson, ’53Tallahassee, FL

Alice Pauline (Sollers) Brown, ’53, ’55, ’63Americus, GA

Cecil Spencer Ray Duncan, ’55Lawrenceville, GA

Gail (Glawson) Arial, ’61Americus, GA


James Emmett “Jimmy” Bagwell, ’61Plains, GA

Ronald Holley Ethridge, ’61Americus, GA

Lloyd Judson Gosa, Jr., ’61Kalamazoo, MI

Richard Oscar Wisham, ’63Americus, GA

Dale Edward Lee, ’64Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Henry Osmund Jones, III, ’65Americus, GA

Robert Paul Hanner, ’67Parrott, GA

Sara (Lanthrip) Giles, ’68Sandersville, GA

Alan P. Grimsley, ’68, ’74Fitzgerald, GA

Farnum Moore Miley, ’70Tallahassee, FL

Paul Frederick Brown IV, ’71St. Simons Island, GA

Daniel Gordon Clark, Sr., ’71Rockledge, FL

Albert Charles Sheninger, ’72Marietta, GA

Arlene (Reynolds) Gibson, ’73Cumming, GA

John Marshal Peaco*ck, ’73Eastman, GA

Jerry Edward Barnes, ’74Louisville, TN

Shirley (Stafford) Martin, ’74Oglethorpe, GA

Brenda (Brooks) Wade, ’74, ’77Parrott, GA

Mary Ruth (Gleaton) Ballard, ’75Atlanta, GA

Gladys (O’Neal) Greer, ’75Americus, GA

James Manual Miles, ’75Warner Robins, GA

Marlene (Jones) Adams, ’76Lyons, GA

Tibbie (Gordon) Futch, ’76Rochelle, GA

Betty Jean (Cromartie) Davis, ’81Thomasville, GA

William David Cochran, Jr., ’75, ’83Buena Vista, GA

William “Bill” Humphries Holland, ’75, ’76Sylvester, GA

Anna Ruth (Warren) Royal, ’75Americus, GA

Fontaine Floyd Brewton, ’76McRae-Helena, GA

Elbeth “Razz” Shierling, ’76Americus, GA

Tom Brown, ’77Swainsboro, GA

Brenda (Lucas) Bush, ’77Dublin, GA

Leon Echols, ’77Vienna, GA

Cheryll Ann Albert, ’78Oglethorpe, GA

Cheney (Hill) Reinhart, ’79Americus, GA

Robin Kim Jackson, ’80Marietta, GA

Charles Edward Jacobs, ’80Vienna, GA

Grace Ellen (Bell) Waelde, ’80Sullivan, IL

Patricia Ann (Millard) Griffith, ’83Americus, GA

Virginia “Ginny” (Sanderlin) Whaley, ’84Americus, GA

Joel R. Greene, Jr., ’92Hoboken, GA

Miranda Ann (Brown) Thomas, ’93, ’99Leesburg, GA

William “Bill” Adger Keith, ’94Tifton, GA

Catherine “Cathy” (Davis) Krause, ’97Warwick, GA

Daniel Mattox Raines, ’03Kenly, NC

Gabriel Domibro Laster, ’05Americus, GA

Latanya Devon Peaco*ck, ’10Peachtree Corners, GA

Shayan Kalladanthyil, ’18Buford, GA

Betty (Deriso) Pope Sep. 34, 1933 - May 29, 2019

Betty Pope and her late husband John were two of the largest benefactors in GSW’s history. Mrs. Pope helped found the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving on GSW’s campus, served as a member of the GSW Foundation Board of Trustees for 14 years (1983-97), leading as chair from 1988-1990 and continuing as a Life Trustee since 1997. Mrs. Pope was a generational donor who built personal connections with countless number of scholarship and fellowship recipients.

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (31)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 2 9

s President’s Circle ($1,000 + )Accelerated Physical Therapy, Inc.

Sam & Margaret Adams

Brian Adler

Newton & Vivian Allen Foundation

AMB Wealth

Americus & Sumter County Hospital Authority

Americus Civitan Club

Jimmy & Lynne Anderson

John & Alice Argo

Ricky & Jane Arnold

Richard & Abby Baringer

Jeff & Amy Benton

Bill Bieler

Bill & Sharon Bradshaw

Jim & Jean Buchanan

Jimmie & Joyce Buchanan

Calhoun Landscaping

Jack & Jean Carter

Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter

Center for Educational Adventure, LLC

Central Florida Renovation & Design Group LLC

Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Associates, LLP

Tony & Lou Chase

Citizens Bank of Americus

Ann Cofer

Ryan Coleman Foundation

The Jane & Larry Comer Foundation

Community Foundation of South GA, Inc.

Cousins Catering

Tim Cranford

Arthur & Sandra Daniel

Joe Daniel

Dealer Business Council of the Central Region

Delta Air Lines

Mike & Carol Denham

Draw Products

Jim & Leila Dudley

Jewell Duncan

Thomas & Elisabeth Elder

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Michael G. Flowers Estate

Walt & Mary Foegelle

Tamlin Fortner

Schley & Karen Gatewood

Georgia Military College

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

Tom & Carol Giddens

Harold & Sandra Gillis

Bill & Ann Harris

Tony & Jamie Hayes

Howard & Sharon Hendley

Herff Jones Cap & Gown Div.

Tom Holman

Sam & Reba Hunter

Hyekyung, LLC

Harold Isaacs Estate

Kadamba Tree Foundation

Kappa Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Foundation

Kim & Kim Enterprise, LLC

Billy & Sandra King

Thomas M. & Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Foundation

George & Jackie Law

Craig & Jeannie Linkous

Danny & Katherine MacQuirter

Magnolia Manor, Inc.

Mary Marshall

Mattie H. Marshall Foundation

Mauldin & Jenkins-Atlanta

Wallace & Kitty Mays

Martin A. McDonald State Farm

Jay & Amanda Merritt

Danny & Sallie Minick

Billy Mix

Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund

Network for Good

OK Beauty & Fashion

Tom & Connie Ondo

Mark Pace

Roy L. Parker Family Foundation, Inc.

Peach State Depression Glass Club

Anne M. Peagler Living Trust

Jimmy & Marianne Peel

Boris & Tatiana Peltsverger

Pepper Patch Farms

Will & Brook Peterson

PharmaCentra, LLC

Pineland Foundation, Inc.

Lee & Faith Pinnell

Ed & JoAnn Pope

Michael Pruett

Frank & Lynda Lee Purvis

Glenn Robins

Randy Roderick & Associates Inc.

James & Marquerite Rodgers

Kelly & Reda Rowell

Joe & Liz Ruf

Arthur N. Rupe Foundation

Jim & Judy Rylander Charitable Foundation

Randy & Karen Sanders

Karen Schade

Jonathan & Megan Scott

J.B. & Luanne Sewell

Colton & Thelma Sexton

Jimmy & Diana Skipper

Charles & Rose Eugenia Smith

Herschel & Pam Smith

Steven & Brandy Snell

South Georgia Technical College Foundation

SRJ Architects, Inc.

Pat Starck

Ginger Starlin Agency, Inc.

State Farm Companies Foundation

Steven-Kaye II, Inc.

John Stovall

Studio 8 Design

Subers Charitable Remainder Unitrust

Sumter County Development Authority

Sumter Electric Membership Corporation

Synovus Financial Corporation

Hap & Mildred Tietjen

Mark & Tina Todd

Dan & Mary Torbert

Alf & Marianne Tuggle

University System of Georgia Foundation

Tom & Christine Upton

Butch & Elaine Watts

Neal & Kristi Weaver

Wells Fargo Foundation

Mike & Janet Weston

Wes &Jean Wheeler

Linda Wiggins

Liz Wilson

Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia Foundation

Bob Woodruff Foundation

Larry & Sam Young

Ryan & Mandy Young

s Southwestern Society ($500 - $999 )Ervin & Debra Anderson

Jimmy & Lynne Anderson

Arrow Exterminators, Inc.

Austin Urethane, Inc.

The Baldwin Agency

Greg & Kathy Barnetson

Monica Baxter

Carol Bishop

Kendall & Connie Blanchard

Al & Susan Bonagura

Sean & Paula Cooper

Cameron & Kelsie Deiter

Eaton Corp.

EMC Engineering Services, Inc.

Friends of Downtown Americus

Gatewood, Skipper & Rambo, P.C.

David & Kay Dee Green

Royce & Melinda Hackett

2 0 1 8 G I V I N G

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (32)

3 0 | G S W . E D U

John & Gaye Hayes

Phil Jennings

Randy & Nancy Jones

Ruth Jones

Junior Service League of Americus, Inc.

Cody & Sharon King

Kiwanis Club of Americus

The Scott Law Foundation

Marty & Paula McDonald

Carter Meyers

Doug & Yolanda Moses

John David Parker

Parker’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Peoples South Bank

Kenneth Phillips

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Inc.

Kerri Post

Precision Automotive

R & S Sports, Inc.

Mark Renziehausen

Louis A. Riccardi D.D.S., P.C.; N. Alex Riccardi D.M.D

Rivercamp LLC

Jon L Roby Inc.

Bill & Gay Sheppard

Suzanne Smith & Brett Lloyd

Synovus Bank

Tape Specialists of Georgia

Paul & Molly Thomas

Turner’s House of Carpets

Brandon & Lauren Vann

Walmart Foundation

John & Barbara Watford

Lettie Watford

Jimmy & Morgan Whaley

s Tower Club ($250 - $499 ) David Bales

James & Deborah Abbott

Rachel Abbott

Adkins Rental Holdings, LLC

Americus Veterinary Hospital

Americus-Sumter County Arts Council

Sherrell Bailey

David Bales

Reagan & Taylor Barksdale

Jason Berggren

Gavin Bernstein

William & Jan Bird

Barry & Tami Blount

Robert & Kathleen Bolton

Chris & Hary Bottka

Mark Bowen

John & Shirley Bretch

Jessica S. Brown DMD, LLC

Hugh & Barbara Bryant

Carter’s Fried Chicken

Century 21 Americus Realty, Inc.

Gaynor Cheokas

Wayne & Beverly Dahlstrom

Bryan Davis

Joshua & Ashli Drew

Michelle Dykes

Will & Mary Elizabeth Easterlin

Elberton Animal Hospital

Thomas & Karen Evans

Rob & Angela Fletcher

James & Cheryl Fletcher

G & C Thurmond Enterprises LLC

Ryan & Merrit Garnto

Robert Gilbert

J. Michael Greene, P.C.

Mark & Pamela Grimes

Allen & Desiree Grimsley

Barbara Grogan

John & Gisele Gunderman

Evan & Cherilyn Guth

Boyd & Rene Hagerson

Harrod Tree LLC

Darryl & Cara Hawkins

Eric & Melissa Holland

Clint & Lisa Holloway

Joe & Jarrett Hooks

Ron & Donna Hudson

J & K Global Graphics

David Jenkins

Jeff & Terri Joiner

Stephen & Barbara Kieran

Kinnebrew Company

Svilen & Mariyana Kostov

Brad & Mary LaFevers

Joanna Leigh Laughlin

Tracy & Lisa Law

Mike & Jodie Leeder

Dennis & Deborah Levering

Martha Maddox

Cecilia Maldonado

The Maze

Kelly & Therese McCoy

Madison McDonald

Wesley Moon

Roger & Susan Myers

Jim & Lynn Norton

Charles Pennington

Jay & Susan Peterson

Mike & Michele Ragsdale

Jay Roberts

William & Susan Robinson

Rick & Pam Ross

John & Sharon Sanders

Salky Sangster

Alex & Amanda Saratsiotis

Scott’s Jewelry

Joey & Jane Sellers

Dane & Shannon Shepard

Shiver Lumber Company

Don & Jane Sibler

Sigma Chi Fraternity Designated Account

Rhonda Slocumb

Mary Smith

Michele Smith

Stephen & Leah Snyder

Pat & Judy Spann

Steve & Jeannie Stanfield

Darrell & Debbie Summerall

Sumter Broadcasting Company

Sumter County Chamber of Commerce

Milton & Beverly Sutherlin

Rockett & Elizabeth Thompson

George & Shay Torbert

Carson & Marylen Walker

Eddie & Betty Ward

Nick & Paula Weaver

Webb Investment Services, LLC

Webstaurant Store

Rick Whaley

The William Bailey Agency, Inc.

Phillip Wise

John Wright

Rusty & Valerie Wynn

Alex & Alla Yemelyanov

s Century Club ($100-$249)Tristam & Janell Aldridge

Gayle Alston

Kenneth Anderburg

Alan & Katherine Anderson

Lynn Bailey

Ichabod & Deborah Balkcom

Ryan Bartz

John Bates

Laura Bauer

William & Kay Bell

Robert Bennett

Marvin & Mildred Benson

Sally Bowman

Darcy Bragg

Kelly Britsky

Paul & Delisa Britt

Neil & Karen Brown

Angela Bryant

Curtis & Paula Bryant

Boyd Burris

Everett Byrd

Robert Byrd

Cafe Campesino

Marilyn Campbell

Mary Cangelosi

Burt Carter

Stephanie Carter

Bill & Bennieta Chappell

Jennifer Christie

Chelsea Collins

Jeanie Collins

Brandon & Kim Comer

Suzanne Conner

Marge Connolly

Donald & Dianne Cook

Gary & Jamie Lynn Cook

Santita Coon

2 0 1 8 G I V I N G |

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (33)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 3 1

| 2 0 1 8 G I V I N G

Lisa Cooper

Creative Flavors & Specialties / Zunbai Products LLC

Dennard Drugs Pharmacy

Edith Driggers

Gene Dunmon

Arnold & Mara Durham

Rennie & Leisa Easom

Easterlin Pecan Co., Inc.

Electric Wholesale Supply

Luke & Melissa Ellis

Ruthie Ewers

David & June Ewing

Lee & Anne Foley

Bonnie Gary

Geiger E.D.M., Inc.

Jeffrey Green

Rachel Griggs

L.C. & Beverly Hall

Robert & Adrienne Hamlin

Mike & Connie Hammack

Rick & Tina Hanley

Keith & Eileen Harford

Courtney Harmon

Willie Ina Harper

Harrod Group, Inc.

Stephanie Harvey

Greg & Deborah Hawver

Jim & Nancy Herron

Len & Lana Hicks

Carol Hightower

Dreena Hoffmann

Jill Hohnecker

Michael Holdren

Glen & Amy Holloway

Karen Holloway

Joy Humphrey

Patsy Hutto

Nellie Iordanova

Michael & Michelle Jensen

John Simmons & Sons

Douglas Johnson

LaKenya Johnson

David & Susan Johnson

Lacey Jones-Miller

Alma Keita

Kyle & Carol Kennon

Allen & Barbara Kingry

Bill & Glenda Kipp

Ted & Ursula Kiser

Bill & Meda Krenson

Lacy Paint & Body Shop Inc.

Tony Langley

Dave & Kathleen Lang-Tucker

Treva Lemke

Jamie Lineberry

LRA Constructors, Inc.

Jimmy Lunsford

Sonia Lyles

Danny & Terri Maxwell

Michael & Gay McClay

Josh & Christi McDonald

Mollie McGowan

Michele McKie

Barbara McLendon

Walter & Gail Mitchell

Harold Moon

Jim & Victoria Moyd

Ronnie & Helen Nix

Joel North

Omicron Psi Chapter

Winston Oxford

Sandy Page

Cheri Paradise

Mark & Jenny Parker

Charles & Sheila Parks

Samuel Peavy

Phil Pendergrass

Larry & Kathy Pileggi

Plains Inn & Antiques

Jimmy & Nancy Poole

Johnny Kilroy Radford

Nick Ray

Red Hills Outdoor

Lauren Reed

Brandon Reeder

Sparky & Allene Reeves

Alex Riccardi

Lydia Rogers

Rocky & Allison Roquemore

Monty & Jayme Roseth-Penn

Rotary Club of Americus

Peggy Ruble

Nancy Ruscitti

Ruth Sallinger

Sam’s Club 6506

Kay Sassi

Sonny & Mary Lynn Shealy

Tom & Ruthie Shemwell

Bonnie Simmons

Sue Sisson

Helen Slaughter

Bob & Jennifer Slenker

Rene & Angela Smith

Rebecca Smith

Don & Sybil Smith

St. John’s Anglican Church

Deborah Standridge

Ben Stock

Charles & Wanda Strickland

Tony & Beverly Stubbs

Sumter Pediatrics LLC

David & Julie Suppes

Keith & Teresa Teasley

Manoj Thapa

Stan Trollinger

Michelle Underwood

Melvin Usery

Sheryl Venable

Jody & Judy Wade

Benny & Merle Wade

James Walls

Qian Wang

Sandra Wardell

John & Barbara Watford

James Watkins

Noel & Tammy Weigel

Rusty Whaley

David & Elizabeth Whitaker

Frank & Patricia Whitaker

William Whittle

Thomas & Jerrie Wichman

George Wicker

Jason Wicker

Wes Wicker

John Williams

Robert Williams

Edward Willis

Alton Wilson

Wok N Wings

John Zolkowski

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (34)

3 2 | G S W . E D U


ESTEEMED ($15,000+)

Newton Allen Ricky & Jane Arnold Greg & Karen Austin William Belford Brenda Browning James BuchananJimmy & Rosalynn Carter Daphne Chambless Henry Crisp Charles Crisp Mike & Carol Denham Gatewood & Cindy Dudley Mary Foegelle Sandra Gillis Kay Dee GreenDan HelmsThomas Holman Sam & Reba Hunter Billy KingCody & Sharon KingMary MarshallLarry MooreJerry NewmanRandall RoderickElizabeth RufJimmy & Diana SkipperJim TanquaryWilliam TietjenBill WeldonMike & Janet WestonRick Whaley Wes & Jean Wheeler



Sam AdamsBarry BlountLou ChaseArthur Clark Rick & Mary Kathryn DavisJames DudleyEarl & Barbara GammageRhett GiddingsJohn & Gaye HayesHoward HendleyMarty & Paula McDonaldStick MillerDoug & Yolanda Moses

C. Fred OverbyEliza ParkerWill & Brook PetersonBenny PhillipsCharles SheffieldGreg SlappeyPatricia StarckDan & Mary TorbertTy & Carla TurnerLettie Watford

ENHANCED ($5,000-$9,999)

Ervin AndersonBen & Michelle AndrewsJeff & Amy BentonBill & Sharon BradshawClyde & Dell BridgesTimothy CranfordSkeeter & Sandra DanielBuddy & Cherilyn GuthRoyce HackettGreg & Deborah HawverHulme KinnebrewDanny MacQuirterDanny MinickMark PaceJimmy & Marianne PeelJerry PerkinsJack PerryGeorge PritchardKimberly ReidRandal SandersGeorge SessionsBrennon SewellS. Scott SheffieldDeborah StandridgeMolly ThomasMark & Tina ToddWes & Kay WickerJames YawnRyan YoungJohn Zolkowski


($1,000 - $4,999)

Russell AikenJames AkinsCharles AllenHerbert Allen

Sharon AndersonWilliam & Tina AndersonWilliam AndersonLynne AndersonLynn AnsleyH. Stephen AustinRaymond BaggarlySherrell BaileyRay & Janis BaldwinDavid BalesIchabod BalkcomKatherine BarnetsonAlma BeckhamTimothy BelluryMarvin BensonRandy BensonCarol BentleyWilliam BielerLouise BlanksEshonda BlueRobert BoltonAl BonaguraHary BottkaJohn BretchGeorge BrownJim BuchananLucas BudnyDenise BurgessHoyt Ray BurrowCharles ByrdEverett ByrdCarlos CampMarilyn CampbellJoel CarterRon ChaffinWilliam ChappellGaynor CheokasRuss ChildersSue ChildersCharles ClarkMarilyn ClementsJanice CliettGary ClinkscalesJo CollinsReginald ComerDonald ComptonPatricia CookJoseph CookGloria CoppingerMichael CotterGladys CrabbJosh Curtin

Larry DavisSharyn DavisGregory DavisCam & Kelsie DeiterJames DembowskiMerle DennardGeorge DieckmannJames DoddsJaclyn DonovanMichael DoyleHellen DriggersCal DukeBobbie DuncanLehmon DunmonBill DupreeJohn DurhamJoseph EasonBen EasterlinEllen ElderGeorge EllisSteve EngstromBonnie EusnerRobert EvansCharles FaulkBill & Jane FinneyChuck FitchJames Milton FletcherAngela FletcherDarrell FordSharon ForsheyAllen FortRonald FountainClaude FrazierKaren GatewoodThomas GiddensMarion GoodmanEddie GordonMike & Kathy GreeneJesse GriffinLinda GrimsleyJohn GundermanLemond HallEvolyn HarringtonDeborah HaynesMichelle HaywoodBill HeysLen HicksMary HillVirginia HintonJudith HodnettEric Holland

Alumni who have contributed $1,000 or more, cumulatively, to Georgia Southwestern

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (35)

A E O L I A N M A G A Z I N E 2 0 1 9 | 3 3

Emory HollowayKaren HollowayClint & Lisa HollowayEd HolmesRonald HubbardRonald HudsonDavid JenkinsPhillip JenningsJean JohnsonTony JohnsonFrank JoinerWally JoinerJeff JoinerFreida JonesRichard JonesRobert JonesRuth JonesMelvin KinslowRance KirklandDawn KnappMildred LapezaTracy LawJoel LightnerSammy LongTyler LorigJames LunsfordAlan MackeyRichard MaddoxTheodore MaloofMartha McBurneySharon McFarlandBryan McLainBarbara McLendon

Jay MerrittPatricia MescherCarter MeyersCarolyn MillerJean MoatesAllen MountjoyNimmish MuljibhaiJohnny MuljibhaiDeborah MullisJ. Frank MyersCecil MyersRoger MyersRonnie NixJames NortonClyde OwensWinston OxfordPaula PaquetteEmory & Lynde ParkerGary Peaco*ckTom PerdueJohn PetermanSheila PhillipsJeryl Pinnell, Jr.Barbara PopeRobert PoupardRobert PowellFrank PurvisMichelle RagsdaleHoward RaineySparky & Allene ReevesJoseph ReidJim ReidCandy Riccardi

GSW Alumni Association Lifetime Membership

Pat & Gaile Allen

Clyde & Dell Bridges

Everett Byrd

Bill Chappell

Cam & Kelsie Deiter

Bill & Jane Finney

Mary Wysochansky Foegelle

Len Hicks

Chris Hicks

One full payment of $1,000 (individual) or $1,250 ( jointly)

John RockhillDonald RolandRichard RossTucker RushAlex SaratsiotisJonathan ScottRon ScottJoseph SellersArvind ShahTom ShemwellHoward SheppardBill SheppardJane SiblerBonnie SimmonsSue SissonRhonda SlocumbSybil SmithLouis SmithHappy SmithSteven SnellStephen & Leah SnyderDonnie SpenceJames StaffordSteve StanfieldCharles StricklandCecil StricklandNeil SuggsHelen SummeyR. Larry SumnerMilton SutherlinMark TaylorTeresa TeasleyGeorge Torbert

Donja TrippRobert TuckerKathleen TuckerAlf & Marianne TuggleRay TurnerNorma TurtonMarcus TylerJoseph UptonLori UrbaniBrandon VannJody WadeBenny WadeDaniel WallEddie & Betty Anne WardSandra WardellCharles WarrenJohn & Barbara WatfordTonya WatsonHugh WattsWalter WeaverDarrell WeldonRusty WhaleyThomas WheelerDavid & Betsy WhitakerFrank WhitakerBetty WhittierThomas WichmanReba WigginsMichael WilliamsonAlton WilsonSusan WoodsRussell WynnGwen Yakots

Karen Dillard Holloway

Billy King

Jimmy Lunsford

Mary Marshall

Jean Willoughby Moates

Larry Moore

Jerry Newman

Jimmy & Marianne Peel

Jeryl Pinnell, Jr.

Liz Ruf

Kenny Stafford

Larry Sumner

Samuel Thames (deceased 8/6/2017)

Dave & Kathleen Lang Tucker

Alf & Marianne Tuggle

Tom Upton

AEOLIAN 2019· non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (36)

Aeolian MagazineGeorgia Southwestern State University800 GSW State University Dr.Americus, GA [emailprotected]

Parents: If this issue is addressed to a child whono longer lives at home, please send their correct address to [emailprotected].

AEOLIAN 2019 · non-traditional students across the state, the nation and the world. Aeolian 800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, Georgia 31709 President - [PDF Document] (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Merrill Bechtelar CPA

Last Updated:

Views: 5965

Rating: 5 / 5 (50 voted)

Reviews: 81% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Merrill Bechtelar CPA

Birthday: 1996-05-19

Address: Apt. 114 873 White Lodge, Libbyfurt, CA 93006

Phone: +5983010455207

Job: Legacy Representative

Hobby: Blacksmithing, Urban exploration, Sudoku, Slacklining, Creative writing, Community, Letterboxing

Introduction: My name is Merrill Bechtelar CPA, I am a clean, agreeable, glorious, magnificent, witty, enchanting, comfortable person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.