Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
    Jul 17, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management


The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, as a complement to the academic programs of the University, offers a variety of educational services, developmental programs, and student activities designed to enrich the student’s university life. These activities are under the direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

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, Drama, and Music

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

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

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

The Department of Art hosts an annual student art exhibition every spring semester, which is open to all university students to submit art works. Additionally, the department hosts many art exhibitions, productions and lectures from visiting artist in one of the three art galleries in the Humanities Building. Furthermore, student’s exhibitions are presented in Gallery 2 and the VAB Gallery throughout the academic year.


West Georgia has a phenomenal debate program. In 2010, for the 38th consecutive year, a West Georgia team qualified for the National Debate Tournament. West Georgia’s consecutive year-streak of qualifying for the NDT is the fifth longest in the history, surpassed only by Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Kansas and the University of Southern California.

In the past 6 years alone, UWG Debate has been national runner up and finished top 5 in the nation three other times.

Student Media

Student publications include two campus-wide media, 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.

The WOLF Internet 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 which air over the local cable channel.

Publications and Printing (Your On-Campus Copy Center)

Publications and Printing, Your On-Campus Copy Center, offers full-color and black-and-white copying and printing, publications design, large-format posters printed and mounted, and more. While-you-wait-service is available, as is a computer design station in the lobby for your use. A full-time staff is available to assist students, faculty, and staff with printing needs, including banners, signs, brochures, soft-bound and hardcover books, letterheads, envelopes, business cards, fliers, promotional materials, laminating, etc. You can have your art/photos printed on canvas and mounted. Full-color, retractable promotional displays can be produced, in two sizes, as well as self-stick wall art, most any size. Files can be e-mailed for your convenience. The print shop is located off Back Campus Drive on Pub and Print Drive, across from the East Commons Dining Hall. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Weather/Emergency Closing

Because of the difficulty in making up lost time, classes or examinations are cancelled only in extreme circumstances. In the event of an emergency University closing, announcements will be made over radio stations in Carrollton and the surrounding area, and radio and television stations in Atlanta.

At times of bad weather or other emergencies, University officials make decisions on whether or not to close the campus based on current conditions provided by University Police and other considerations. In such cases, the safety and security of the majority of the students is a prime consideration; however, we recognize that there may be special circumstances that pertain to individual students that are more serious than those that apply to the majority. Students are advised to use their best judgment about their safety and that of their families in those situations. Students should consult with individual faculty members about making up lost time.

Official announcements about class/examination cancellations will be made only by the President and/or the office of University Communications and Marketing.

The University reserves the right to schedule additional classes or examination sessions should some be cancelled.

Information on cancelled or rescheduled classes or examination sessions may also be obtained by calling the Department of University Police Weather Line, 678-839-6200 (day and night) - Please Do Not call the Emergency Number; the office of University Communications and Marketing, 678-839-6464 (daytime only); or visiting the University Web-site at www.westga.edu or enroll in Wolf Alert - the University’s emergency warning system. To register, log into the Portal and within the University Police box, click on the Wolf Alert icon and enroll your phone(s) and e-mail addresses.

Awards and Honors

West Georgia encourages and rewards excellence among its students. Qualified students are invited to join approximately twenty 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 thirty-one 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 his or her 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 Academic 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. In addition, during the winter there is a special Academic Awards Ceremony for Minority Students.

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 the outstanding student 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 Campus Activities and 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.

Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges

The names of a limited number of West Georgia juniors, seniors, and graduate students are included each year in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. Students are nominated by a student, faculty, or staff member. A campus nominating committee then selects students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.