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Georgia Southwestern State University
Americus, GA, United States

Georgia Southwestern State University , located in Americus, Georgia, is a state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs. Wikipedia.

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News Article | November 19, 2016

Leading higher education information and resource site has released its list of the Best Online Accelerated Nursing Degrees & Programs in the nation for 2016-2017. Using a variety of cost and educational outcome data to compare accredited programs side by side, the list rates the University of Saint Mary, University of Wyoming, The Sage Colleges, University of Indianapolis and Samford University as the top-scoring schools for accelerated nursing students. "As the demand for qualified nurses grows, more colleges are implementing fast-track education options for nursing students,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "These programs are rigorous, but the schools on our list stand out for providing the best quality education and support to help students comprehend quickly and ultimately start their careers in nursing sooner.” required schools to meet several basic requirements to be considered for the Best Online Accelerated Nursing Degrees & Programs list. Each college must be accredited by the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and be a public or private not-for-profit institution to be included. They must also offer students job placement and academic counseling services to qualify. Individual school scores are then determined by weighing a variety of qualitative and quantitative data points, such as nursing certification pass rates, tuition costs and more. The Top 50 list of schools, as well as specific details on data and methodology used to determine ranking and scoring can be found at the link below: An alphabetical list of schools on the Best Online Accelerated Nursing Programs list for 2016-2017: Adelphi University Albany State University Ball State University Barry University Baylor University Clemson University Creighton University DeSales University Drexel University Duquesne University East Carolina University Georgia Southwestern State University Indiana Wesleyan University Jacksonville University Lewis University Loyola University Chicago Lynchburg College New Mexico State University - Main Campus New York University Northern Arizona University Ohio University - Main Campus Olivet Nazarene University Quinnipiac University Robert Morris University Rutgers University - Newark Saint Xavier University Samford University Seton Hall University Shenandoah University Simmons College Southern Nazarene University Texas Christian University The College of Saint Scholastica The Sage Colleges University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arizona University of Delaware University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Indianapolis University of Memphis University of Miami University of North Florida University of Northern Colorado University of Saint Joseph University of Saint Mary University of Wyoming Utica College Valparaiso University West Virginia University Wilkes University began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

Honeycutt S.,Emory University | Carvalho M.,Emory University | Glanz K.,University of Pennsylvania | Daniel S.D.,Georgia Southwestern State University | Kegler M.C.,Emory University
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice | Year: 2012

OBJECTIVES: To describe a project that used mini-grants plus technical assistance to disseminate evidence-based programs, to understand how the project worked in different settings, and to generate recommendations for future programming and evaluation. DESIGN: Process evaluation using program records, activity forms completed by grantees, interviews, and focus groups. SETTING: Churches and worksites in rural, southwest Georgia. PARTICIPANTS: Site coordinators (n = 10), organizational leaders (n = 7), and project committee members (n = 25) involved in program implementation at 7 funded organizations. INTERVENTION: The Emory Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network solicited applications from churches and worksites to implement one of 2 evidence-based nutrition programs: Body & Soul for churches and Treatwell 5-a-Day for worksites. Successful applicants (n = 7) received funding and technical assistance from Emory and agreed to conduct all required elements of the evidence-based program. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: We assessed adoption, reach, implementation, and maintenance of specific programs and their core elements, as well as contextual influences and the resources required to implement the mini-grants program. RESULTS: Four of the 7 funded organizations conducted all programmatic core elements; all 7 sites conducted at least 6 of 8 core elements, including at least 1 food-related policy or environmental change as a result of the program. Program reach varied widely across sites and core elements. All site coordinators stated that they intend to continue at least some of the activities conducted under the project. Sites reported that contextual factors such as the program's fit with the organization's mission, leadership support, and leadership or staffing transitions influenced program implementation. Over 18 months, Emory staff spent 47.7 hours providing technical assistance to grantees. CONCLUSIONS: A mini-grants and technical assistance model has the potential to be an effective mechanism for disseminating evidence-based programs to community organizations, and further study of this method is warranted. Copyright © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

News Article | February 24, 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges with online programs for 2017 in the state of Georgia. 29 of the state’s four-year schools made the list, with University of Georgia, Mercer University, Brenau University, Reinhardt University and Shorter University coming in as the highest scoring schools. 19 two-year schools were also included, with Central Georgia Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College earning the highest marks. “As more versatile options for education become available, more students enrolled in college programs in Georgia can earn certificates and degrees on their own schedule by choosing to study online,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The accredited schools on our list all offer high-quality online programs for students who want to earn a degree remotely.” Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must be an institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit and have at least one online certificate or degree program to qualify. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes student/teacher ratios, post-graduation employment resources, graduation rate and financial aid availability. More than a dozen data points were used to create the list. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Georgia’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany State University Armstrong Atlantic State University Augusta University Beulah Heights University Brenau University Clayton State University College of Coastal Georgia Columbus State University Dalton State College Fort Valley State University Georgia College and State University Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Georgia Southern University Georgia Southwestern State University Kennesaw State University Kennesaw State University Luther Rice College & Seminary Mercer University Middle Georgia State University Reinhardt University Savannah College of Art and Design Shorter University Thomas University Toccoa Falls College Truett-McConnell College University of Georgia University of North Georgia University of West Georgia Valdosta State University Georgia’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany Technical College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Central Georgia Technical College Chattahoochee Technical College Coastal Pines Technical College Columbus Technical College Georgia Military College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Perimeter College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Lanier Technical College Oconee Fall Line Technical College Ogeechee Technical College Southeastern Technical College Southern Regional Technical College West Georgia Technical College Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ### About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

Chen J.,National Cheng Kung University | Park Y.,Georgia Southwestern State University | Putzer G.J.,Saint Leo University | Putzer G.J.,University of Central Florida
Electronic Journal of Health Informatics | Year: 2010

Objective: The professional benefits of mobile computing and communication devices such as the smartphone promise to alter the delivery of healthcare services. Historically the healthcare industry has trailed other business sectors in the adoption of technology. Yet, it appears that smartphones are increasingly being embraced by healthcare professionals such as physicians and nurses. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate the potential factors that may affect the adoption of a smartphone by healthcare professionals. Methods: It is unclear which factors affect the acceptance of mobile computing devices by healthcare professionals. This study integrates the factors from the Technology Acceptance Model, Self-Efficacy, and the Innovation Diffusion Theory to help explain the components which increase smartphone acceptance among healthcare professionals in two countries. We collected 153 surveys from two countries: 88 from the United States and 65 from Taiwan. Results: The results showed that attitude toward using a smartphone and smartphone selfefficacy had a direct positive influence on the intention to use a smartphone. This study also demonstrated that perceived usefulness and task relatedness indirectly influenced the intention to use a smartphone. Discussion: Healthcare professionals who feel they can successfully master the functions of a smartphone are more apt to use the technology. The findings of this study appear to substantiate that healthcare professionals will increasingly embrace smartphones when they perceive them as a useful accompanying tool to further assist with the completion of clinical tasks. Conclusion: As the use of smartphones continues to proliferate, our study should further help researchers more fully understand salient factors which encourage adoption of mobile technologies. Thus, future smartphone applications and software programs can target specific needs of health professionals. © of articles is retained by authors.

Rahn C.,Georgia Southwestern State University | Munkasy B.A.,Georgia Southern University | Barry Joyner A.,Georgia Southern University | Buckley T.A.,University of Delaware
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine | Year: 2015

Objective: The purpose was to examine the influence of a live sporting sideline environment on balance error scoring system (BESS) performance. Design: Prospective longitudinal cohort study. Setting: The BESS was performed by all participants at 3 locations: (1) quiet laboratory, (2) football stadium sidelines, and (3) basketball arena sidelines. Participants: The experimental group had 38 participants (age: 20.1 ± 1.1 years; height: 170.0 ± 7.7 cm; mass: 66.7 ± 9.5 kg) who were female intercollegiate student-athletes (SA). The control group consisted of 38 recreationally active female college students (age: 20.8 ± 1.1 years; height: 162.6 ± 6.0 cm; mass: 63.7 ± 10.6 kg). Interventions: The 2 groups performed the tests at the same locations, the SA group during live sporting events and the control group when no event was occurring. Main Outcome Measures: The dependent variable was the total BESS score. Separate 2 × 3 mixed methods analyses of variance investigated the influence of the environment and practice effect. Results: There was a significant interaction for group by environment (P 0.004), and the SA group committed more errors at both the football and the basketball settings than the control group. The SA group also committed more errors at football (P 0.028) than baseline. The control group demonstrated a likely practice effect with fewer errors during each administration. Conclusions: The BESS score deteriorated when performed on the sidelines of a live sporting event potentially challenging the clinical utility of the BESS. Clinicians need to consider the role of the local environment when performing the BESS test and should perform postinjury tests in the same environment as the baseline test. Clinical Relevance: When performing balance testing of patients with suspected concussions, clinicians need to consider the environment in which the test is performed and attempt to match the preseason testing environment. © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

News Article | November 22, 2016

Named in honor of a great humanitarian, the Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award is the highest award given in the caregiving field. This year’s winner, Nevada Senior Services (NSS), Inc., was announced Friday, Oct. 21 at the Rosalynn Carter Institute’s (RCI) National Summit and presented with a $15,000 cash award, generously donated by Johnson & Johnson. “We are honored and touched to be selected for this prestigious award ” stated Jeffrey Klein, president and CEO of NSS. “Both our organizations share the important mission of supporting the unsung heroes, our caregivers, with effective and accessible evidence-based programing to keep vulnerable individuals in the community with the people who lovingly care for them .” Klein said NSS will use the award funds to launch Operation Family Caregiver – one of the RCI’s fastest-growing initiatives. Operation Family Caregiver will provide coaching to the families and friends of service members and veterans throughout Nevada to manage difficult transitions. “Approximately 44 million unpaid family caregivers deliver the majority of support as well as long-term services to their loved ones,” said Leisa Easom, Ph.D., executive director of the RCI. “Future predictions indicate that the number of caregivers will shrink while care recipients will increase. We must re-envision the support for caregivers and assure that they thrive in their caregiving journey. As a nation, we must work together and move forward to address our caregiving crisis just as Nevada Senior Services is doing.” In October 2010, the RCI released “Averting the Caregiving Crisis: Why We Must Act Now”, a position paper outlining twelve recommendations for addressing our nation’s caregiving crisis. To sharpen the focus, they restated the original recommendations as six strategic initiatives in “Averting the Caregiving Crisis: An Update”. The Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award is given to the individual or organization that has taken concrete action in making these initiatives a reality. Here is a snapshot of the work NSS has achieved in all six initiatives: In addition to the cash award, NSS also received a beautiful statuette originally commissioned by former RCI Board member, Val Halamandaris, and executed by renowned sculptor Frank Eliscu, designer of the Heisman Trophy. ABOUT THE ROSALYNN CARTER INSTITUTE FOR CAREGIVING Located in Americus, Ga., the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is a division of Georgia Southwestern State University. The RCI was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the Institute's Board of Advisors. RCI establishes local, state, national, and international partnerships committed to building quality, long- term, home and community-based services. It advocates for evidence-based research to address the strain and burdens associated with family, volunteer, and professional caregiving. For additional information about the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and its programs, visit or call (229) 928-1234. ABOUT NEVADA SENIOR SERVICES Based in Las Vegas, Nevada Senior Services is a caregiver service organization that provides mild and moderate memory loss programs, comprehensive geriatric assessment, caregiver support groups, case management, creative aging services, chronic disease self-management, RCI REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer Caregiver Health), lied senior living apartments, home modifications and other services. Learn more at

Peltsverger B.,Georgia Southwestern State University | Peltsverger S.,Kennesaw State University
Proceedings - 2015 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2015 | Year: 2015

In transportation networks for extractive industries there are typically several uncertain factors including the volume of deposits, the duration of logistics operations, and the methods of delivery. All transportation networks have a unique outlet, usually a single cargo station for shipping all extracted products to other regions. In this paper, the authors demonstrate how methods of interval analysis and fuzzy sets theory are used for designing structures of such networks. © 2015 IEEE.

Haase S.J.,Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania | Fisk G.D.,Georgia Southwestern State University
American Journal of Psychology | Year: 2015

A common strategy in unconscious perception research is to use either pattern masking or metacontrast masking to render prime stimuli "invisible" to consciousness. However, several recent studies have questioned whether the identities of prime stimuli (typically arrows or diamonds and squares) in metacontrast masking studies are impossible to consciously perceive. In a series of studies, we concurrently related prime awareness, target response time priming, and prime identification across 3 prime-mask stimulus onset asynchronies (27, 40, and 67 ms). We found that increases in prime awareness ratings were accompanied by better prime identification performance. Significant prime identification in the 27-ms condition was obtained only at the highest awareness rating; for the other 2 stimulus onset asynchronies most awareness ratings were associated with above-chance prime identification. The priming effects obtained in these paradigms occur, to some degree, when participants are likely to be aware of the prime stimuli. Our results, collectively, suggest that metacontrast masking of primes does not necessarily preclude their awareness. Priming effects may depend on at least partial awareness of the prime stimuli. © 2015 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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