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President of University of Michigan to speak at writing award ceremony

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November 01, 2013

Margaret Harvin WilsonMargaret Harvin Wilson  In the early 1930s, Margaret Harvin Wilson was an undergraduate at Georgia State College for Women, what is now Georgia College.

The first in her family to attend college, a teacher encouraged her to enter a short story contest in the English department when she was a senior. She won first prize for her short story “Sympathy Speaks.”

That experience gave Wilson great confidence for her future career as a teacher.

Her legacy now lives on at Georgia College through the Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Award. It offers undergraduate students cash prizes, a certificate of achievement and recognition at a public ceremony as a celebration of excellence in writing.

To honor Wilson’s memory and the hard work of current students, her daughter Dr. Mary SueDr. Mary Sue ColemanDr. Mary Sue Coleman
Coleman established this endowment. Coleman will also speak during this year’s writing award ceremony, which will take place on what would have been Wilson’s 100th birthday.

Using her mother’s achievements as a springboard, Coleman has risen to prominence herself and currently serves as the 13th president of the University of Michigan.

Coleman has been recognized nationally as a leader in higher education and “Time” magazine has named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents.”

Wilson’s daughter, Rebecca, who is an attorney in Colorado, will also attend the ceremony.

The Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Award will be presented Monday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in Magnolia Ballroom.

This event is free and open to the public to celebrate student achievement and hear from Coleman, who is an internationally acclaimed speaker.

The finalists for the writing award are:

  • “Rime Dreams” (poetry), by Owen Clark
  • “Dogs on the Porch” (fiction), by Rachel Estridge
  • “Fragile Things” (fiction), by Kasey Gay
  • “Forgotten Mail” (fiction), by Grayson Maxwell
  • “Beneath a Sun” (fiction), by Nia McRay

Find out more about each writer here. 




ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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