Committee Members Profile

Lorene Flanders

Subcommittee: History & Heritage (with Myron House, Jan Ruskell and Mary White)

Focus: Time capsule, publication of UWG highlights over time

"I was asked to serve on the Centennial Committee due to my experience working with the 2003 Milledgeville-Baldwin County Bicentennial Committee. Centennial Committee service provided an opportunity for this UWG newcomer to learn more about the history of the institution and to get to know a variety of people at the university and in the community. As an outgrowth of the centennial project to identify photographs representing each of the past one hundred years, two library colleagues and I wrote an article entitled "From Rural Roots to Global Reach: Celebrating a Century of Success at the University of West Georgia," which will be published in the spring 2007 issue of the Georgia Historical Quarterly. The research process revealed much about the history and development of both UWG and the University System of Georgia and helped me better understand challenges and opportunities facing higher education in Georgia today. I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the committee, to have had a mini crash-course in local and institutional history, and to have experienced the interest and enthusiasm of fellow committee members."

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