Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
    Jun 15, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Student Affairs



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The Division of Student Affairs team is dedicated to curating a first-choice student experience by providing the services, facilities, programs, and people to help students succeed. These activities are under the direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Students and others who desire more information about the services available or who need assistance are encouraged to contact the appropriate offices listed below:

Student Activities

Art, Music, and Theatre

The Art, Music, and Theatre programs sponsor a wide variety of activities, including plays, recitals, and exhibitions of art by students and faculty as well as occasional traveling exhibits.

The Music program offers students numerous opportunities to perform. Whether music majors or non-music majors, students participate in a wide range of music performance activities for university credit. Vocal ensembles include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Opera Workshop. The bands include the Marching Band, Basketball Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and a variety of small woodwind, brass, and percussion ensembles.

The Theatre program stages major productions each semester and one-act plays during the spring. The Music program presents an opera each year as well.

All students are eligible to audition for major theater productions and musical performance groups.

The Art program hosts an annual UWG student art exhibition every spring semester, which is open to all university students to submit art works. Additionally, the program hosts many art exhibitions, productions, and lectures from visiting artist, while art student’s exhibitions are presented in the Visual Arts Building (VAB) Gallery throughout the academic year.

Debate

West Georgia has a phenomenal debate program. In 2021, for the 43rd time out of the last 44 years, a West Georgia team qualified for the National Debate Tournament. Since 1995, UWG Debate has won three national championships, been national runner up two other times, and finished top 5 in the nation six other years.

Student Media

Student publications include two campus-wide publications: The West Georgian, an award-winning weekly campus newspaper, and The Eclectic, a literary magazine published each spring semester. Each of these publications has a student editor and student staff.

WOLF Radio is staffed by students and provides entertainment and information for the campus and surrounding area as well as valuable instruction and experience for students in the mass communications field. Students interested in television production create programs at WUTV that air over the local cable channel.

 

Awards and Honors

West Georgia encourages and rewards excellence among its students. Qualified students are invited to join approximately 20 honor societies, some representing specific academic disciplines and others representing groups of a general nature. These honor organizations, many of which have national affiliations, are listed in the Student Organizations section.

Annually, each of the 26 institutions in the University System of Georgia is asked to select one student as its representative for Academic Recognition Day honors awarded by the Board of Regents and the Georgia Legislature. The student chosen must be representative of outstanding scholastic achievement on their campus, have a GPA of 4.0 or very close to it, be an undergraduate, and be a resident of Georgia. Nominations are made to the President of the University by the Honors College Dean, who reviews the academic and University service record of the nominees in consultation with the Honors College Committee.

Held annually in the spring, the Undergraduate Research Conference and Honors Convocation is devoted to the recognition of superior academic achievement by students. This occasion is marked by a procession of student honorees accompanied by faculty in academic regalia, the presentation of individual and special awards, and an appropriate program. 

One of the most prestigious student awards is named for the late Professor of Education and Dean of Students at West Georgia, Dr. John J. Pershing. It is presented annually by the West Georgia Chapter of the American Association of University Professors to the senior who has earned the highest academic average over a four-year period. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi also presents annual Awards of Excellence to outstanding students in the undergraduate colleges at West Georgia. These students are selected on the basis of scholarship, character, citizenship, service to the University, and potential for leadership.

Students who excel in other ways are acknowledged through the Student Achievement Awards Program, which is held each spring to honor students who have made outstanding leadership contributions in the areas of student life and extra- and co-curricular activities. Similarly, an annual Athletic Awards Banquet commemorates outstanding achievements among student athletes. Various individual departments sponsor occasions to recognize excellence and reward outstanding contributions by students.