Monday, December 8, 2008

New Multimedia Equipment - A Polyvision System

We have received new multimedia equipment for one of our classrooms. This is a Polyvision system that is specifically designed for classroom instruction. The system includes a wireless mouse. The instructor can also write on the screen of the unit. The writing can be displayed on the projection screen. This technology will enable us provide cutting-edge instruction to our students.

We thank Greg Crowder and the Sumter EMC Foundation for providing the funding for this equipment. We also thank Stephen Snyder, Bob Slenker and Physical Plant for setting up this system.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Featured Scholar Award

Gary Fisk is GSW's Featured Scholar for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Poster Presentations in Experimental Psychology

The Experimental Psychology class presented posters on the topic of gender perception in faces on December 3. All of the graduating Seniors are glad to be finishing their college educations.

From left: Julia Sheppard, Iborya Jones and Shamekia Eason

From left: Daphne Rachals and Valentina Gabrielli

Josh Minich with his poster.


Congratulations to the new members of Psi Chi:

Emily Cox
Christian Dane
Lesley Hill
David Mathis
Timothy Parks
Mallory Sims

And also congratulations to the new officers of the Psychology/Sociology Club:

President: Christian Dane
Vice President: Timothy Parks
Secretary: Michelle Chaney
Treasurer: Gary Dane

Monday, December 1, 2008

Information for Psi Chi members (and other folks)

If you are a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, you may not know that the Psi Chi website has a lot of useful information about scholarship and other opportunities. For example, the latest edition of the Psi Chi Digest discusses two summer programs that may be of interest to psychology majors:

The APA Science Directorate Internship is a paid, 10-week summer program that allows students to gain experience in science administration by working at the American Psychological Association Science Directorate office in Washington, DC. The application deadline is January 15!

The APS Summer Research Grants program provides funding for undergraduate students to conduct research projects under supervision of members of the Association for Psychological Science. The application deadline is March 1.

If you are interested in either of these programs, please consider applying! Be aware, though, that some of these deadlines are coming up soon and the application process might take some planning.

Whether or not you're a Psi Chi member, you might find some useful information about graduate school, employment, or class-related issues in the magazine Eye on Psi Chi (link is to the current version). There is usually a copy of the most current version on the table in the hallway of the Psychology/Sociology building, but you can always go to the website and look at articles there if necessary.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will have its last meeting of the semester on Wednesday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 3. Because our current officers are graduating, the primary purpose of this meeting will be to elect new officers. The available positions are:

President: The President presides over the meetings and delegates responsibilities and duties as necessary.

Vice President: Primarily responsible for publicizing the meetings and activities of the club, but may be asked to fill in if the President is not available.

Secretary: Responsible for recording and distributing the minutes of meetings and also conducting any necessary correspondence.

Treasurer: Responsible for collecting, depositing, and keeping track of dues and other monies.

Any interested candidates and club members should come to the December 3 meeting and be prepared to give a brief speech, if needed, about their qualifications and experiences relevant to this position. Please let Dr. Cotter know if you have any questions prior to the meeting.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Donations for Liberty House

Liberty House is a domestic violence shelter in Albany, essentially the only local option for people who need assistance because of domestic violence problems. When clients come to Liberty House, they often have left their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and when it comes time for them to set up new households, they may have very little they can use. Liberty House attempts to help as much as possible but can't do it all. Therefore, the Psychology/Sociology Club has started a donations drive for Liberty House. Around campus (including in the Psychology/Sociology Building) you will see boxes decorated with Christmas wrapping paper and with a sign on the outside soliciting donations.

Liberty House particularly has asked us to try to gather household items: Silverware, potholders, cookware, dishes, sheets, blankets, towels, etc. They will take just about anything, including clothes, toys, and toiletries, but housewares are especially needed. Used items are fine. Times are tough for lots of people, but the Liberty House clients may not have cups to drink out of or plates to eat off of, and every little bit will help. Please consider donating some household items to Liberty House this season. The donation boxes will be available until December 3. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Psychology/Sociology Club Meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet tomorrow (Wednesday, November 19) at 3:00 p.m. Please give your T-shirt orders to Christi if you haven't already done so!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Counseling and Forensic Psychology

The Graduate Admissions Office at Marymount University in Arlington, VA will be hosting an online chat about Marymount's graduate programs in counseling and forensic psychology. Marymount offers Masters-level programs in community counseling, pastoral counseling, forensic psychology, and school psychology.

The chat will be held on Tuesday, November 18, from 8:00-9:00 p.m. The chat is free and can be accessed at:

Conference opportunity

The School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University is currently accepting applications for its annual professional development conference, to be held September 25-27, 2009. This conference is specifically for undergraduate students who are interested in research-based graduate programs in some kind of discipline related to family studies (e.g., developmental psychology, sociology). Conference topics will focus around the current state of research in family studies as well as information related to the graduate school experience.

Conference attendance, including travel expenses, is FREE for selected students. If you are interested in applying, go to the program's home page:

This page also has links to the application form and some other information that might be useful. If you will be a senior in the 2009-2010 academic year and are interested in graduate school in one of these areas, please consider applying!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet at 3:00 on Wednesday, November 5, in Room 4 of the Psychology/Sociology building. We will hear a presentation from someone affiliated with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a program that trains community volunteers to act on the behalf of abused and neglected children. T-shirt orders will also be due at this time, and we will also discuss our plans for the trip to the Sleep Disorders Clinic on November 14.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Writing Center Hours

Effective immediately, the Writing Center has new hours:

Monday 2-5pm, 5:30-8pm
Tuesday 2-8pm
Wednesday 2-4pm, 5:30-8pm
Thursday 2-8pm

The Center is still located in Room 107 of the English Building.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Be an informed voter

If you are undecided about your senator and representative choices in the upcoming election, here is an opportunity to learn more about them. On Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 10:45 a.m., U.S. senatorial candidates Allen Buckley (L), Jim Martin (D), and a representative of incumbent Saxby Chambliss (R) will have a forum at the GSW Fine Arts Building . They will answer questions and discuss the issues with students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

Candidates competing for a seat in Georgia's Second U.S. Congressional District will havea similar program on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 10:45 a.m. in the Jackson Performance Hall. Incumbent Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) and his challenger, Lee Ferrell (R), are both slated to attend.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Registration for Spring 2009 classes will begin on Monday, October 27. The schedule of classes can be seen here. Here is who can register when:

Class for Registration Purposes Overall Earned Hours Dates of
Students Graduating Spring 09 October 27-November 14 Yes Yes
Graduates October 29-November 14 No Yes
Seniors 105 or more October 29-November 14 No Yes
Seniors 90-105 October 29-November 14 Yes Yes
Juniors 85-89 October 31-November 14 Yes Yes
Juniors 60-84 October 31-November 14 No Yes
Sophomores 30-59 November 4-November 14 No Yes
Freshmen 0-29 November 6-November 14 Yes Yes
Learning Support
December 4-5 Yes No

Class designation and number of credit hours reflect how many credits you have completed as of the start of this semester. The classes you are taking this semester do not figure in here because you have not completed them yet. If you aren't sure how many credits you have, log into RAIN and click on "Student Services and Financial Aid". From there, go to "Registration", and click on "Check Your Registration Status".

If the chart above shows that you need advisement prior to registration, or if you want to meet with your advisor for any reason, please contact your advisor to set up an appointment. You should also check your RAIN account for any other holds you might have, such as unpaid parking tickets, because these will prevent you from registering.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Upcoming Psychology/Sociology Club Events

Here are some of the upcoming events for the Psychology/Sociology Club:

16 Oct (Thursday) MOVIE NIGHT 6pm in club room (Room 3)
Movie- Premonition--
Come join us for fun and movie, bring dinner if you like


Liberty House, a domestic violence shelter in Albany, has requested items like socks, underwear (infant to adult sizes), bras, undershirts, household items (plates, cups, silverware, etc). Collection containers will be available in the Psychology/Sociology building lobby starting 20 OCT. Please consider donating.

22 Oct (Wednesday) Psych/Soc club meeting 3pm
Guest speaker LIBERTY HOUSE -Mary Martinez
T-shirt voting -please have all submissions in by 3pm

30 Oct (Thursday) Psych/Soc club BAKE SALE 11am- 2pm by the cafeteria in the Marshall Student Center
Please donate items to sell and/or volunteer to work the sale for at least 30 min
Please sign up with Christi or she will leave a time list on Dr.Cotter's door.

14 Nov (Friday) Sleep Disorder Clinic (field trip)
Times to be announced

INTERNSHIPS are available for Spring Semester!!! See CASA or Liberty House for details or come to the upcoming guest speaker events to learn more.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Early Registration for Spring Classes

The spring class offerings are available now on RAIN. Early registration starts on October 27.

Early Registration Schedule:
Students (Graduating Spring 09) - October 27-November 14
Seniors (105 credits or more) - October 29-November 14
Seniors (90-105 credits) - October 29-November 14
Juniors (60-89 credits) - October 31-November 14
Sophomores (30-59 credits) - November 4-November 14
Freshmen (0-29 credits) - November 6-November 14
Learning Support - December 4-5

October 15 is the last day to withdraw from a course without a penalty.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology?

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, in conjunction with Austin Peay State University, is hosting a free web-based seminar to provide interested students with information about the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. This seminar will include information on topics such as graduate school preparation, graduate school life, and career options. The seminar will be held on Thursday, October 30, from noon - 1:00 p.m. For more information, or to register, go to:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Psychology/Sociology Club Meeting

There will be a Psychology/Sociology Club meeting on Wednesday, October 1, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. All are welcome!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cap and gown ordering information

Fall 2008 graduation is Saturday, December 13, at 11:00 a.m. If you are graduating in December and planning to march, you need to order a cap and gown. The cost of the cap and gown is included in your graduation application fee, which you should have already paid.

Herff Jones Company will be the supplier of regalia for December 2008 graduation. You may place your cap and gown order in one of two ways. (1) Students may meet with the Herff Jones representative on October 6, 2008 in the Campus Bookstore between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm and order your cap and gown directly from the representative. The representative will only be available for in-person ordering on this one day. (2) You may instead order your cap and gown online. To do this, go to the GSW home page and click on the link titled "Information for upcoming graduates" from October 6 - October 30, 2008. Don't try to do this before October 6 because information from the spring semester is still up there and it'll just confuse you. The deadline for ordering your cap and gown online is October 30.

Cap and gown regalia will be sent to the Campus Bookstore and may be picked up between December 1 -- December 13, 2008 during regular store hours. For those students who do not pre-order caps and gowns, the Bookstore will have a very limited number of caps and gowns in limited sizes, but don't assume there will be one available for you -- order your own!

If you want to order personalized graduation announcements, you can do this through Herff Jones the same way that you place your cap and gown order (i.e., either through the representative on October 6 or online from October 6-30). The cost of announcements is not included in your graduation application fee. Orders for announcements may be charged to a credit card, debit card, or payable money order. Orders will be delivered directly to the address you provide. The Bookstore no longer sells generic (i.e., non-personalized) announcements.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Writing Center Now Open

You may not be aware of this, but GSW now has a Writing Center, staffed with people who can assist you with your writing assignments for your classes. The Center is located in Room 107 of the English Building and is open from 2-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 1-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you go, please bring a copy of the instructions for the assignment, a rough draft of your paper (in other words, don't show up with nothing and expect someone else to write your paper for you), and any information you have about how the assignment will be graded (such as a rubric or other guidelines).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Career Services

The Office of Career Services is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Success Center and can assist with a variety of tasks including career planning, resume writing, and locating job opportunities. You can see some of their upcoming activities by clicking on "Calendar of Events" at the following link:

No matter where you are in your education or career plans, please take advantage of this valuable resource on campus!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Psychology/Sociology Club Meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Wednesday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. We will elect a new secretary and hammer out some more definite plans for activities for the year. Everyone is welcome to come!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cover Story on Animation in LabMedicine

Gary Fisk has written an article on the uses of animation in forensic pathology and science education. This article is the feature story for the October issue of the journal LabMedicine.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Regents' Test Dates

According to the Registrar's Office, the dates for the Regents' Tests will be October 20, 21, and 22. First-semester students will be assigned a date and time for testing. All students who have not satisfied both of the testing requirements yet are strongly encouraged to test fall term. Students can tell which area(s) need(s) to be tested by checking their unofficial GSW academic transcript on RAIN. You can sign up to take the Regents' Test(s) and read up on the rules and guidelines for the testing by going here:

Psychology/Sociology Club Meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will have its first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 3, at 3:00 in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. At this meeting we will discuss plans for the coming year. All students are welcome regardless of their major. If you are interested in participating in the club's activities but can't make it to the meeting, please contact the club's advisor, Dr. Cotter. Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Departmental Picture for Fall, 2008

The Faculty and Staff of the Psychology/Sociology Department for the 2008-2009 academic year. From left: Gary Fisk, Paul Shapiro, LaVerne Worthy, Jamie MacLennan, Chuck Huffman, Ellen Cotter, Tom Johnson and Linda Singleton

Monday, August 4, 2008

New Furniture for the Classrooms

This is the new classroom #4. The TVs and DVD players are in each corner of the room. White boards have been installed in the front of the room. This classroom will now hold almost 60 students.

Here are the new desks in classroom #1.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Update on Psychology/Sociology Building Renovations

The outside of the building has been painted a dark red.

Rooms four and five have been combined into a larger room. The furniture will be coming any day now.

The lobby area has new carpet, paint and lights.

Room one is larger now. The seats are more spread out. This room also has new carpet and a new ceiling.

The renovations to the Psychology/Sociology Building are coming along. It looks much better than it did a month ago. There is still some work left to do, but everything will be in place by the beginning of the fall semester.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sabina Nell - The First Caregiving Certificate Awarded at GSW

Sabina Nell has been recognized by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for being the first GSW graduate to receive a Caregiving Certificate. The Rosalynn Carter web site has a nice story about Sabina and her accomplishments.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Renovations to the Psychology/Sociology Building

The Psychology/Sociology Building is undergoing some major renovations this summer.

The building is a mess at the moment, but we've been told that the renovations will be finished by the end of July.

The outside of the building is being repainted in a brick red color.

Rooms four and six are being combined into one large room. This new classroom will have a computer projection system.

The ceilings, lights, and heating/air conditioning systems are being replaced in all of the classrooms.

The desks are being moved. Some of these might be replaced.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Spring 2008 Graduation


Alina Tillery, Tom Johnson, and Sheanette Holt.


Psychology majors who graduated with honors (from left): Meredith Weaver, Michael Reddish, and Jennifer Spradley.

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Michael Reddish was the Outstanding Student in Psychology for Spring, 2008.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Psi Chi members and Psychology/Sociology Club officers

During the 2007-2008 academic year, the following students were inducted into Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology:

Debbie Bloodworth
Ashlee Bramblett
Star Brown
Jeaunice Burnette
Matthew Cannon
Melissa Diaz
Brianne Faircloth
Mary Holmes
Christi Iverson
Iborya Jones
Riaz Mahmood
Ashley Myers
Tiana Reshard
Laura Southwell
Ashley Waters

Also, the new officers for the Psychology/Sociology Club for the 2008-2009 school year are:

President: Christi Iverson
Vice President: Elizabeth Beckum
Secretary: Miranda Mathis
Treasurer: Valentina Gabrielli

Congratulations to everyone for a job well done!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Poster Presentations in Experimental Psychology

The students in Experimental Psychology presented posters on April 28. The project was a virtual maze that tested spatial memory.

Riaz Mahmood

John Vidiksis

Allyson Reel

John Teate and Miranda Mathis

Matt Cannon

Monday, April 28, 2008

Poster Presentations at the Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference

Eight GSW Psychology majors traveled to Kennesaw, GA to attend the Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference on April 5. In the above picture, we were watching presentations given by other conference participants.

Debbie Bloodworth's poster presentation.

Riaz Mahmood's poster presentation.