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VOL. 5 ISSUE 1 | SPRING 2016

ROAD TRIP Rare opportunity helps further three students’ understanding of favorite authors

SOUTHERN PRIDE GIVES BACK Marching band helps feed those in need at local soup kitchen

NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING CLASS set to receive new classroom space in $33.6 million interdisciplinary building

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he new year and the spring semester are now well underway and brought with them additional evidence of the continuing growth of the College and the University. Fall 2015 Commencement provided one piece of evidence of such growth as we conducted the first CLASSonly commencement ceremony and welcomed students of International Studies into the College. CLASS joined Alumni Relations as a sponsor of the tailgate event before the Eagles’ inaugural bowl game in Mobile, Ala., and proudly joined in the post-game glow of an exciting though certainly wet victory. The Southern Pride Marching Band demonstrated again why they are indeed a CLASS act, and we thank the directors and students for superb performances and for

representing the Department of Music and College so well. Behind the scenes, many meetings have been taking place as we plan for the new academic building (see the article on page 9). Design activities are being spearheaded by the HOK firm from Atlanta (designers of the new Falcon stadium), so excitement is flying high for much-needed space that will offer an exceptional learning environment for students in the College. Also ongoing is the hard work by a large number of faculty committees as we search for new colleagues to join the faculty for next year and as we move through the continuing implementation of the University’s QEP, both activities that will further enhance the educational experiences of

our students. We invite you to come to campus and share in the excitement of growth and change. Join us at any of the events where our students display their creative talents and share what they are learning in their classes and through their research. We look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely,

Dr. Curtis R. Ricker CLASS Dean

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1/20 GREAT MINDS LECTURE SERIES: PATSY KRAEGER Patsy Kraeger will continue the Great Minds Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. in room 2048 of the Russell Union. She will present a lecture titled "Socially Responsible Businesses: Introducing the Benefit Corporation , an Innovation or a Marketing Tool?"

3/10 GEORGIA SOUTHERN SYMPHONY The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Symphony at the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

1/21 GUEST ARTIST DIDGE EVOLUTION The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents guest artist Didge Evolution at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

3/11 STUDENT SUCCESS IN WRITING CONFERENCE The Student Success in Writing Conference seeks to promote the success of students in writing courses at the secondary and postsecondary levels and to establish and maintain dialogue between college and high school educators. The conference will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Ga. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or to register please visit http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern. edu/sswc/.

1/22 NEW MUSIC AT SOUTHERN The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents New Music at Southern at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

3/21 GENERAL STUDENT RECITAL #4 The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the General Student Recital #4 at the Carter Recital Hall at 1:25 p.m.

FEBRUARY 2/3 GUITAR ENSEMBLE RECITAL The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents Guitar Ensemble Recital at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 2/9 GREAT MINDS LECTURE SERIES: CHAD POSICK Chad Posick, Ph.D., will continue the Great Minds Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. in room 2048 of the Russell Union. He will present a lecture titled "Exposed and Vulnerable: The Consequences of Violence and What Schools, Families, and Communities Can do to Keep Children Healthy." 2/20 FACULTY RECITAL ARIKKA GREGORY AND DAVID MURRAY The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents a Faculty Recital with Arikka Gregory, mezzo-soprano, and David Murray, piano, at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 2/25 GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern University Wind Symphony at East Georgia College in Swainsboro, Ga. at 7:30 p.m. 2/28 GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern University Wind Ensemble at the First Baptist Church in Statesboro, Ga. at 7:30 p.m.

MARCH 3/1 GUEST ARTIST MARK SNYDER The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Guest Artist Mark Snyder at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 3/2 BRASS STUDIO SOLO RECITAL The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Brass Studio Solo Recital at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 3/3 JAZZ ENSEMBLE The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Jazz Ensemble at the Averitt Center for the Arts/Emma Kelly Theater at 7:30 p.m. 3/3-5 TWELFTH NIGHT Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and directed by Nicholas Newell. March 3-5, 2016 at the Perfoming Arts Center. Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for general admissions. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Theatre & Performance Box Office at 912-478-5379. 3/4 SPRING CHORAL CONCERT The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Spring Choral Concert at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 3/8 GREAT MINDS LECTURE SERIES: JASON HOELSCHER Jason Hoelscher continues the Great Minds Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. in room 2048 of the Russell Union. He will present a lecture titled "Art, Information, and Complexity."

3/21 FACULTY SERIES RECITAL: STEVEN ELISHA The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents a Faculty Series Recital with Steven Elisha on cello at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 3/22 GREAT MINDS LECTURE SERIES: JUANJUAN PENG Juanjuan Peng will continue the Great Minds Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. in room 2048 of the Russell Union. She will present a lecture titled "Selling a Healthy Lifestyle in Late Qing China: Commercial Advertisements for Hygienic Products in the Dagong bao, 1902-1911." 3/28 GENERAL STUDENT RECITAL #5 The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the General Student Recital #5 at the Carter Recital Hall at 1:25 p.m. 3/29 ENDOWED HONORS RECITAL The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Endowed Honors Recital at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 3/30 FACULTY SERIES RECITAL: LINDA CIONITT & FRIENDS The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents a Faculty Series Recital with Linda Cionitt and Friends at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

APRIL 4/1 FACULTY STRINGS The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents Faculty Strings at the Southern Music Festival at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/2-3 STRINGS The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents Strings at the Southern Chamber Music Festival at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 and 3 p.m. on April 3. 4/5 GUEST ARTIST MARINE CORPS ALL-STAR JAZZ BAND The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents Guest Artist the Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/6-13 A GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE By Pierre Marivaux and directed by Lisa L. Abbott. April 6-13 at the Black Box Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $6 for students and $12 for general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Theatre & Performance Box Office at 912-478-5379. 4/6 NEW MUSIC AT SOUTHERN The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents New Music at Southern at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/7 BRASS STUDIO CHAMBER RECITAL The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Brass Studio Chamber Recitalat the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/9 NIGHT OF WILD SAX The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents a Night of Wild Sax at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

4/10 POPS CONCERT SYMPHONIC ENSEMBLE & WIND SYMPHONY The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the POPS Concert with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony at the Botanical Garden at 6:30 p.m. 4/11 GENERAL STUDENT RECITAL #6 The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the General Student Recital #6 at the Carter Recital Hall at 1:25 p.m. 4/14 GEORGIA SOUTHERN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Percussion Ensemble at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/15 STUDENT BRASS QUINTETS RECITAL The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Student Brass Quintets Recital at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/21 FACULTY SERIES RECITAL: TIM KITZINGER & TOM PEARSALL The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents another concert in the Faculty Series Recital with Tim Kintzinger, trumpet, and Tom Pearsall, piano, at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/22-23 LE NOZZE DI FIGARO The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Mozart opera Le nozze di Figaro at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 7:30 p.m. 4/25 GENERAL STUDENT RECITAL #7 The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the General Student Recital #7 at the Carter Recital Hall at 1:25 p.m. 4/25 GEORGIA SOUTHERN GUITAR ENSEMBLE The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Guitar Ensemble at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 4/26 GEORGIA SOUTHERN WIND SYMPHONY The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Wind Symphony at the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. 4/27 GREAT MINDS LECTURE SERIES: JACEK LUBECKI Jacek Lubecki will continue the Great Minds Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. in room 2048 of the Russell Union. He will present a lecture titled "ISIS and al-Qaeda as Global Rebels, A Broader Historical Perspective." 4/27 GEORGIA SOUTHERN JAZZ ENSEMBLE The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Jazz Ensemble at the Averitt Center for the Arts/Emma Kelly Theater in Statesboro, Ga. at 7:30 p.m. 4/28 GEORGIA SOUTHERN WIND ENSEMBLE The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Wind Ensemble at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 7:30 p.m. 4/29 GEORGIA SOUTHERN CHORAL CONCERT The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Georgia Southern Choral Concert at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.


1/16 HAVE WORLD WAR I ARTIFACTS? WE WANT TO SEE THEM The Department of History and the Georgia Southern University Museum will be on hand at the museum on Jan. 16 from 2-5 p.m. and encourage Georgians to bring their items, letters, and stories.

3/9 PIANO AREA RECITAL The Georgia Southern Department of Music presents the Piano Area Recital at the Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) students and faculty have been extremely busy during the fall semester. Students and faculty traveled to view exhibitions and competed in national design competitions thanks to the support of the Betty Foy Sanders Student Travel Fund. Seven faculty and more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students participated in research and travel related trips including an open bus trip to the HIGH Museum and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), 2015 Art Basel in Miami Beach, Fla., Phoenix Challenge Competition, and Clay in Georgia Exhibition. Another highlight of the semester was a special impromptu visit by Mrs. Sanders to the BFSDoArt during her participation in a talk on the Governor's Mansion with First Lady Sandra Deal and authors, Jennifer Dickey and Catherine Lewis. Mrs. Sanders visited studio and classes in the Marvin Pittman building and interacted with students in painting, foundation studies, M.F.A. Professional Practices, Printmaking, and Book Arts classes. She provided the students with some practical and professional advice during her visit, and she later characterized the visit as "the highlight of my trip to Statesboro."


Final student project presentations were recently completed and for some, such as in public relations campaigns courses, the presentations were capstone experiences from which their clients can benefit by implementing contemporary communication recommendations. For others, the presentation was a beginning as in the case of Senior Project I, the two-part project introduced into the Multimedia Film & Production curriculum this past year. Last week, students provided information on their scripts and submitted tome-like production books detailing the work to come in Senior Project II. Student films from the Environmental Film Production course, taught by alumnus Mehmet Caglayan, were good reminders that many of us need to get away from computer screens and out of the office. Several of these students plan to submit their work to film festival competitions for much deserved recognition; as was the case of students, who received recognition through the Campus Moviefest competition. We also hosted the Patti Pace Performance Works Festival, Jan. 29-30, organized by Rebecca Kennerly, Ph.D. The festival, “Celebrating Disability through Performance,” featured Terry Galloway and Donna Nudd, International performance scholars and practitioners, who led sessions based on Galloway’s book Mean-Little deaf Queer. Their visit was sponsored in part by the Campus Life Enrichment Committee (CLEC), and included a Saturday evening performance of "You Are My Sunshine." In other performance news, "Twelfth Night" will be presented March 3-5 at the Performing Arts Center, and "The Game of Love & Chance" will run April 6-13 in the Center for Art & Technology. Meanwhile a group of students continues to work on fundraising to be able to take a show they created/adapted to a world-wide stage at The Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, summer of 2016.


Students and faculty continue the tradition of blending teaching, scholarship, and service in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Over the past year, collaborating with faculty, both undergraduate and graduate student scholars presented research at the annual meetings of two national organizations, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology, and one regional, the Southern Criminal Justice Association, organization. Also faculty were recognized for their contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service over the past year. Specifically, Chad Posick, Ph.D., brought home the Sage Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, recognizing his contributions and commitment to enhancing student learning. He also received the New Scholar Award from the Victimology Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Laura Agnich, Ph.D., received the Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Contributions to Service for her work with numerous student and community organizations, including, but not limited to the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center, local law enforcement agencies, the Mock Mediation Club, and other student organizations.


The Department of Foreign Languages was pleased to welcome Virginie Ems-Bléneau, M.A., who replaces our most recent emerita professor, Clara Krug at the start of the fall semester. Our French professors also worked diligently to promote the French language and Francophone cultures throughout the region. In Nov., the French Section (David Seaman, Olga Amarie, Martha Hughes, and Virginie Ems-Bléneau) coordinated Georgia Southern’s 17th Annual French Week, a national celebration of the Francophone world’s culture, history, and diversity. Approximately four hundred people from the campus community and beyond enjoyed French-related presentations by CLASS faculty. Several CLASS professors explored the Francophone world through music and other activities during the week included the viewing of two contemporary French films, a talent show in French, the induction ceremony for new members of the French Student National Honor Society, and daily selections of classic French cuisine on the menu at the Dining Commons. Of particular interest during this year’s French Week was the participation of Philippe Broutin, an avant-garde French artist, who was in residence at Georgia Southern for the entire week thanks to a grant from the Campus Life Enrichment Committee (CLEC).


The Department of History’s students have been hard at work. Katherine Conner, Public History graduate student, is helping the Convention and Visitors Bureau share the history of Statesboro through a walking tour of historic Downtown Statesboro. Conner created the tour, which is available each Wednesday at 4 p.m. and begins at 222 S. Main Street. Leisa Vaughn, who will earn an M.A. in spring 2016, was accepted into Teach for America and will be serving in South Carolina. The Department also hosted a public lecture: “Skull Racks, Decapitation Rituals, and Human Trophies in Ancient Mesoamerica and Peru” by Ruben Mendoza, Ph.D., from California State University, Monterey Bay. The department’s faculty have received numerous recognition and award including Craig's Roell’s, whose book Matamoros and the Texas Revolution won the 2015 First Place La Bahía Award. The award has been administered since 1968 by the Sons of the Republic of Texas through the generosity of the Kathryn Stoner O'Connor Foundation and the first place prize carries an award of at least $1,200. The award is given annually "for the best published book ... concerning the influence on Texas culture of our Spanish Colonial heritage in laws, customs, language, religion, architecture, art, and other related fields."


Literature and Philosophy faculty have enjoyed great success with their scholarship in 2015. NYU Press is publishing a book by Finbarr Curtis, Ph.D., titled The Production of American Religious Freedom. This book was recently completed and will be out in August 2016. Dan Pioske, Ph.D., just published his first book, David’s Jerusalem: Between Memory and History (New York: Routledge, 2015). In examining the archaeology and history of ancient Jerusalem, the book explores how the embodied experience of Jerusalem's spaces and landscape in antiquity shaped the memories recalled about an earlier, Davidic era by the biblical writers. Tim Whelan, Ph.D., has recently brought forth a considerable body of research on the interplay of religious dissent and literature in a circle of Dissenting women and men in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In June 2015 his monograph, "Other British Voices: Women: Women, Poetry, and Religion", 1766-1840, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He also presented four lectures in England between March and June, all highlighting his research on these women writers, as well as the diarist Henry Crabb Robinson (1775-1867).


The Department of Music continues to grow and thrive, and the Department saw a 19.7% increase in the number of Music majors from Spring 2015 to Fall 2015. Non-Music majors from across campus continue to take advantage of performance and study opportunities offered by the Department, most notably membership in the Southern Pride Marching Band (which increased by roughly 10% from Fall 2014). Our students demonstrate successful musicianship in concerts (more than 30 student recitals this past semester) and competitions. Recent accomplishments include the Magnolia String Quartet being named Alternate in the Music Teachers National Association competition (State level) for Chamber Music - Strings, and Georgia Southern student singers winning more categories at the Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions in Nov. than any other public institution in the state.


The fall semester was an eventful one for the Department of Political Science and International Studies. Matthew Flynn, Ph.D., published three articles in the fall including “From Bare Life to Bureaucratic Capitalism: Analyzing the Growth of the Immigration Detention Industry as a Complex Organization”, “Pharmaceutical Autonomy: Technology, Alliances, and Norms”, and “A Survey of Texas HIV, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Tuberculosis, and Viral Hepatitis Providers’ Billing and Reimbursement Capabilities.” Flynn also opened the Great Minds Lecture Series in November. Others also took to campus to give presentations on their research including Jacek Lubecki, Ph.D., who gave a presentation in the International Journeys series at the Henderson Library, and Darin Van Tassell, Ph.D., who gave the presentation "Learning to Give a Damn: The Underappreciated and Necessary Relationships that Professors and Communities Must Forge and Learn to Celebrate" after receiving the Service Award for Excellence. He also served as a speaker at five different events on campus and in the community. The department had the privilege to host over 300 middle school students from Georgia and South Carolina, and Department Chair Barry Balleck, Ph.D., directed the Georgia Southern University Model United Nations delegation in the 34th Annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference. The conference was a two-day faculty workshop and debate on current global issues.


The Department of Psychology has had a productive fall semester. Faculty members presented six conference talks, a keynote and presidential address, published five papers, and had four more papers and/or book chapters accepted for publication. Karen Naufel’s, Ph.D., research was featured on National Public Radio (NPR), and Shauna Joye’s, Ph.D., research was featured in a book titled Born to Walk. The Psychology Department also engaged in outreach efforts to the campus and community. On campus the Department hosted the Second Annual Undergraduate Career Fair, led by Jessica Brooks, Ph.D., and offered a series of six colloquia to the university community, with speakers from a range of universities in the region. In the community the Psychology Clinic welcomed seven new student therapists in August, who are providing supervised therapy, assessment, and outreach services to the community through August 2016.


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is excited about the opening of a new archaeology lab facility in the Carroll Building, which will be used to train students in our courses as well as provide the space needed for faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students working on research projects. The Department’s students and faculty were hard at work in the fall, and the research of Sociology student Rachel Neuhuaser was presented at the Association of Third World Studies Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in Nov. 2015. Neuhuaser along with Joel Shafer and Harrison Tennant presented research at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference on campus. Faculty members April Scheuths, Ph.D., published her edited volume titled Living Together, Living Apart: Mixed Status Families and US Immigration Policy (University of Washington Press), while Nathan Palmer, M.A., organized and co-facilitated the program “Courageous Conversations: Discussing Race and Racism.”


The Department of Literature and Philosophy continues its tradition of innovative teaching with Beth Butterfield’s, Ph.D., Fall 2015 class, Introduction to Ethics, in which students engaged in service-learning projects. After studying a contemporary moral problem, students found a service project relevant to their topic and put in volunteer hours that informed the research paper they wrote at the end of the semester. Doug Thomson’s, Ph.D., Seminar on Nineteenth-Century British Literature is a similarly innovative class, in which graduate students create web pages that provide critical information on and interpretation of the First Gothic Writers, including such authors as Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Dacre, and James Hogg. Students who participated in the 2015 Inquiry in Ireland Program, sponsored by the Center for Irish Research and Teaching, did groundbreaking research on site in the Irish county of Wexford, uncovering the roots of nineteenth-century Irish emigration to Savannah.

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Douglass H. Thomson (below) and Laura Stambaugh presented with Ruffin Cup and CLASS Award of Excellence, respectively.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at Georgia Southern University honored two of its outstanding faculty members at the first college faculty meeting of the year. Curtis Ricker, dean, presented Professor of English Douglass H. Thomson, Ph.D., with the Ruffin Cup and Assistant Professor of Music Laura Stambaugh, Ph.D., with the CLASS Award of Excellence at the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall. Thomson has contributed to numerous publications and books, served as an editor and publisher while maintaining three websites devoted to the study of Gothic Literature. He has also delivered nine conference papers and directed 11 theses since joining Georgia Southern in 1981. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Literature and Philosophy. Stambaugh has published five articles on music cognition and learning, presented nearly 20 papers or posters at national and international conferences and is a certified evaluator for edTPA. She serves as the Director of Music Education and the Program Coordinator for the Sylvia and William Gretsch Memorial Foundation Boys

& Girls Clubs of Bulloch County Music Education Partnership. The Ruffin Cup recognizes the highest achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. It is awarded annually to a teacher-scholar with at least 10 years of service to Georgia Southern University and who combines excellent teaching with outstanding contributions to the spirit of the liberal arts.

the gathered faculty on the state of the college.

The CLASS Award of Excellence honors outstanding activity by faculty members early in their career. Open to full-time faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the award is presented to tenure-track or non-tenure faculty members who are in their first 10 years of college-level teaching and excel in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and service. Ricker also took to the stage to address

Dr. Laura Stambaugh (left) presented with the CLASS Award of Excellence from Dr. Curtis Ricker (right), dean, at the CLASS Fall Faculty meeting.

A photo gallery from the meeting can be viewed at


2015 - Douglass Thomson Department of Literature & Philosophy 2014 - Linda Cionitti Department of Music 2013 - Janie H. Wilson Department of Psychology 2012 - Craig H. Roell Department of History 2011 - Sandra Peacock Department of History


2015 - Laura Stambaugh Department of Music 2014 - Bradley Sturz Department of Psychology 2013 - Dustin R. Anderson Department of Literature and Philosophy 2012 - John D. Thompson Department of Music 2011 - Bryant Smalley Department of Psychology 2010 - Krista Wiegand Department of Political Science 2009 - Jose Manuel Hidalgo Department of Foreign Languages


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Southern Pride Marching Band prepared meals and delivered food to the Statesboro community.

“I’m really glad I got to do this today,” she said. “I enjoy working with people and serving people, and this was a great chance to do that.” Karen Phipps, a middle-school teacher and volunteer at the Soup Kitchen for the last six years, says the help is appreciated. “I was so excited to see that [Southern Pride] truck,” she said. “I love to see others getting involved.” On a rare Saturday when they weren’t marching onto the field at a Georgia Southern football game, members of Southern Pride, the University marching band, were serving food to those in need in Statesboro. Twenty-five students from Southern Pride volunteered at the Soup Kitchen at Statesboro First United Methodist Church, where they served some 150 people meals and entertained them with a few rousing music numbers as they dined. The effort was just one part of “Southern Pride Stepping Out,” a community outreach initiative started by Colin McKenzie, D.M.A., assistant professor of music and director of athletic bands, who wanted to give the students a chance to engage their community while attending Georgia Southern. “The idea really was to get our students more engaged in the local community, and out in the community,” he said. “Our school community sees them a lot. If the local community goes to a football game, they’ll see them from a distance, but this is an opportunity for them to engage with the local community, and for them to have an opportunity to serve the local community in a way that is different, and in a way that I hope impacts them in a positive way — and maybe an eye-opening way.”

Sara Melford, director of the Soup Kitchen, says the effort is certainly worthwhile. A chemistry professor at DePaul University for 35 years before moving to Statesboro, Melford and other volunteers coordinate both helpers and food for each weekly Soup Kitchen, and appreciate all the help they can get. And while the service provides meals for those who need them, the helpers get just as much out of the transaction. “You get a good feeling because you know you’re doing good, and you see how much these people enjoy coming,” she said. “This is their chance to have their special meal of the week.”

Phipps has volunteered every weekend for the last six years, missing only a few weeks after suffering debilitating health problems and the loss of her husband shortly after her recovery. She dedicates herself to the work now not only because she doesn’t sit still for very long — lightly bouncing against the counter as she says this — but also because she likes to give back. “So many of these people don’t feel like real people because they’re coming here for a meal they don’t normally get,” she said. “They’re no better or worse than me. Life just dealt me a better hand than them this year. Next year, I could be in line. You never know. They so totally appreciate being treated as normal.”


Southern Pride members helped prepare food, hauled dinner plates to the Statesboro Summit Apartments for the elderly, and then served dinner to attendants. Rachel Jones, a sophomore accounting major and saxophone player with Southern Pride, said the experience was a fulfilling one.

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The exhibit featured works from the late Professor Emeritus Patricia J. Walker.

Works from the late Professor Emeritus Patricia J. Walker’s studio were on exhibit to the public in October and November at the Indigo Sky Community gallery in Savannah, Ga. Proceeds from the sale of these works of art will go to helping endow the Pat Walker Scholarship in painting. The scholarship will provide needed financial support for painting students in the University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. “This exhibit was a chance for those who knew and admired Pat to acquire an original piece of her work and to support the discipline in which Pat was deeply invested,” said Elsie Hill, Assistant Professor of painting, drawing, and foundations in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. Representing 35 years of Walker’s artistic lifetime, the exhibit features many works that have not been exhibited before. A wide range of mediums will be on display including large oil paintings, pastels, photography, giclees, and very affordable small watercolor studies and pencil sketches. More than 40 works from various stages

of her career appeared in the exhibit. Her husband, John Mitchell, and her former student, Susan Huelsiewche, curated the exhibit. Walker passed away at the age of 65 from breast cancer at Hospice Savannah on Jan. 16, 2015. She was born in 1949 to Thomas and Twila Walker of Pittsburg, Pa., and was the youngest of three sisters. She graduated college with a B.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. She originally received an A.A. from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1970. She continued her education and pursued an advanced degree, graduating from Cornell University in 1987 with a M.F.A. in painting. Walker spent her career teaching and was a mentor and professional role model for many of her students. She was a member of the faculty at Georgia Southern University for 27 years and served as a professor in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. She focused on teaching, painting, and drawing and was awarded Professor Emeritus status in 2014. Many of her

students have gone on to become distinguished artists and art faculty. Her professional painting work has been shown in more than 70 juried, invitational, and solo exhibitions across the Southeast as well as nationally and internationally. Walker received many awards, grants, and scholarships, and her work was included in numerous art publications. Pat is survived by her husband of 14 years John Mitchell, her sisters Janice Johnston and Linda Clark, and her niece and three nephews, as well as the countless friends, neighbors, students, and colleagues. Indigo Sky Community Gallery was founded in 2004 and is housed in a historic icehouse in an eastside neighborhood of Savannah, Ga. The gallery exists to connect and strengthen the various communities in Savannah through exhibitions, exposure, and education in the arts and culture. The gallery provides an environment in which a dialogue can take place that enriches and empowers the community.


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When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal visited Georgia Southern University in May to sign into law HB 76, on the steps of the Marvin Pittman Administration Building on Sweetheart Circle, it marked another transformation for the campus. Included in the bill is $33.6 million in funding for a new multidisciplinary classroom building, which include new classroom space for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). The building is currently in the planning phase but will be shared between CLASS and the College of Health and Human Sciences. “We call on higher education, both in our college and university system and in our technical college system, to help us prepare the workforce of today and certainly the workforce of tomorrow,” said Deal. “For

those institutions of higher learning, we continue to provide financial support.” The Interdisciplinary Classroom building is in the early planning stages; however, it will become the new location for several academic programs, currently housed in four temporary buildings. The new interdisciplinary facility will be located on the current site of the ROTC program near the Carroll and Information Technology Buildings. Last year, the state approved $9.5 million for the construction of a permanent Military Science Building, and once that construction is completed, work can begin on the new classroom building. “We are deeply indebted to Gov. Nathan Deal, our state lawmakers and the University System of Georgia for supporting funding for this building, which we have


New interdisciplinary classroom building will provide much needed classroom space.

desperately needed for a long time to better serve our students and faculty,” said former University President Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D. This was the third time Deal has signed legislation on campus. Previous signings included funding for a new military science building and legislation to create the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center at Georgia Southern. Deal has also offered his support of funding for the new Biological Sciences Building, funding for a new Health Center and much more.

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Rare Opportunity Helps Further Three Students’ Understanding of Hemingway, Pancake

Molly Donehoo (below), Megan M. Flanery (above), and Hunter Walsh (right) traveled to further explore their favourite authors. Three Department of Literature and Philosophy students, under the tutelage of Olivia Carr Edenfield, Ph.D., got the opportunity to explore the works of their favorite authors in ways most undergraduate college students never experience thanks to the generous support of the George K. Brannen English Scholars Fund, Georgia Southern University’s Student Government Association, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). For Molly Donehoo, a member of the Georgia Southern Women’s Soccer team and a senior English major, it all started with a roadblock. Molly, who hails from just outside Atlanta’s 285 corridor in Clarkston, Ga., wanted to see the Ernest Hemingway Collection to learn more

about his writing process and to explore his thoughts on games, specifically pool, which was to be the focus of her Senior Seminar paper. Molly thought this would be an easy enough task. Though the collection resides in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, it is custom for the presidential libraries to ship collections to other presidential libraries to further scholarly work. She requested the collection of papers and artwork, which was retrieved by Mary Hemingway in the height of the Cold War from their former home in Cuba, be sent to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. The Library is located about 10 miles from her home, and over the winter break she

could make the short drive each day to conduct her research. However, the plan hit a snag as the Hemingway archives had lost its curator and could not ship to other libraries.

Molly was floored, “I did not even know that was an option.” It was an option though not a cheap one. Edenfield helped her and two other students, Megan M. Flanery and Hunter Walsh, apply for funds through the George K. Brannen English Scholars Fund and Georgia Southern University’s Student Government Association for the trip. They were grateful to receive the funds, but they were insufficient to cover the full cost of both trips. Thankfully Curtis Ricker, Dean of CLASS, stepped in, and the College picked up the remainder of the cost; the three students were on their way up the East Coast. Megan and Hunter were taking a separate trip to the University of Virginia to see

Pancake had published six short stories in his lifetime before committing suicide at the age of 26 in 1979. He was a native of West Virginia, which interested Hunter who is also from the area. Pancake attended Marshall University in his home state, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1974. He had been pursuing a graduate education at the University of Virginia at the time of his death.

published work and apply it to Russell’s litphi theory on memory. I am also going to build on my past papers and hope to make a unique contribution to the field.” Megan and Hunter were also interested in the family dynamic found in his letters and his connection with his father. They both noted that Pancake was his own worst critic and routinely wrote personal criticism of himself and his writing.

“Learning about his death drove me to want to understand more about him,” Hunter said.

For Molly the opportunity to see Hemingway’s drafts and writing process gave her new insight into her favorite novel, A Farewell to Arms, and the opportunity to see how he expanded in every draft his initial mere mention of playing pool in the short story “Soldier’s Home.”

Megan added that if not for his untimely death, “I am sure he would have been a literary great.”

This rare opportunity for undergraduate students had a great impact on all three of Edenfield’s students.

The University opened up its collection of documents on Pancake, including personal letters and notes, to the two Georgia Southern students. What they found in those documents gave them new insights into the man and author.

“I saw an energy and passion for their work when they came back from their trips. I know they are excited to share their findings with other students,” Edenfield said.

They discovered letters to his family, a letter apologizing to Casey, work on his first novel, and a new order of his previously published short stories. They plan to use this in their senior seminars and want to share them with the world so that a better understanding on the life and times of Pancake can be reached. Megan plans, “to use the new findings and his previously


Not one to just give up, Edenfield suggested, “Why not go to Boston?”

Pancake’s archives, overseen by John D. Casey. Casey is a noted novelist in his own regard and former professor of Breece D’J Pancake at Virginia. Megan and Hunter had previously presented on Pancake at the CURIO Symposium and after reading all the available scholarship wanted to learn more about him.

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Youssef Salhi was one of five American professors selected for this prestigious fellowship.

Youssef Salhi, M.A., a Lecturer in Arabic in the Department of Foreign Languages, was one of five professors from American universities selected for the prestigious Qatar Exchange Fellowship/Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies. The Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies has been offered by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations since 1984 and provides its participants with first-hand exposure to the region’s considerable cultural, economic, political, and social diversity. The fellowship inserts its participants directly into the dynamics of Arab-U.S. relations and provides first-hand exposure to the region’s considerable cultural, economic, political, and social diversity to increase knowledge and understanding.

Dr. Joseph J. Malone (1924-1983) was an educator, historian, and author, who devoted his life to promoting better understanding between Americans and Arabs. The fellowship provides an educational experience like none other. It includes opportunities to meet with Arab government officials, businessmen, academics, and scholars and the opportunity to discuss Arab world issues and Arab-U.S. relations with American and Arab scholars, policymakers, and other specialists.

and to Qatar’s role in regional and world affairs. Salhi received his Master’s of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in Linguistics from the University of Louisville. Prior to Georgia Southern University, Salhi held full-time positions at Eckerd College and at the University of Tampa.

Salhi will travel to Qatar with a scholarly delegation later this month and will meet with government officials, social and business leaders, educators, students, journalists, and artists. During the 2016-17 academic year, he will engage in a variety of activities, speaking engagements, and events pertaining to Qatari-U.S. relations


Lee Berger ('89) was featured on the cover of the October issue of the National Geographic. Berger, an alumnus of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, was featured for discovering a new species of human relative named Homo Naledi outside Johannesburg. Jacqueline M. Brown ('93) earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.D.) from Georgia Southern University this past summer. Her dissertation is titled Principals' Perceptions on Bullying Interventions and Strategies in Georgia High Schools. Dr. Robert Bryant ('02) recently completed his doctorate in adult education at the University of Georgia. Chris Rushing ('10) played the leading role in the Playboy of the Western World at the Aris Theater, Atlanta's Stage for Celtic Culture. Elise Shuford ('10) is entering her second year with the Redhouse Arts Center for Teaching Fellowship program in Syracuse, N.Y.


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Costello named new Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program by Curtis Ricker, Dean.

Costello came to Georgia Southern University in 2007 after receiving her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Louisiana State University and has served over eight years in the Department of Writing and Linguistics. She was promoted and tenured at the Associate Professor level in 2013. She served as the Interim Director of the WGST Program in 2009 and has been a core faculty member of the program since her initial hire. “It is imperative that a university this size with such a diverse student population have a robust and active WGST Program, “ Costello said. “I truly believe that with real collaborative work across colleges on this campus, we’ll be able to increase gender and diversity programming and education, and perhaps even more importantly, true understanding and knowledge of all groups, communities and circumstances. I am looking forward to providing the leadership and resources to as an aid to ensure that all students' experiences are not only academically rigorous, but supportive and personally meaningful.” Costello’s work is interdisciplinary and her research intersects rhetoric and composition, gender studies, and Holocaust studies. She is currently working on a book project about Holocaust memory and gender tentatively titled American Cultural Memory and the Holocaust: Per(Form)ing Gender.


Lisa A. Costello, Ph.D., was named the new Director of Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) by Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Curtis Ricker, D.A., and will begin her duties at the start of the spring semester.

She has worked extensively with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. In 2012 she was selected as one of 20 fellows for the Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar at the USHMM, which explored the Holocaust through the perspective of gender, and she is currently piloting a new digital resource for the museum, which will be housed at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Costello has also been recognized for her teaching in the classroom and was presented with the Dorothy Smith Golden Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. The award goes annually to the Georgia teacher or professor who sets the gold standard in composition-teaching excellence. Georgia Southern’s Women's and Gender Studies Program is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that seeks to foster an understanding of the ways in which ideologies of gender and sexuality permeate the entire fabric of society. The Program also supports two student organizations that are chapters of national entities: GSUNOW (National Organization for Women) and URGE (United for Reproductive and Gender Equity). Costello is a faculty advisor for both. Women's and Gender Studies offers an undergraduate minor and a concentration that enhances a variety of careers paths including law, human resources, business, education, and government. To learn more about Georgia Southern’s Women and Gender Studies program visit class.


Daniel Sallerson ('10) is a radio producer and studio host on WRNO 99.5 FM and hosts the pre-game, halftime, and post-game radio shows for the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans. His named was mentioned in the press as the Pelicans announced a multi-year deal to broadcast their games on WRNO. LeVar James ('04) is a videographer at WSB-TV ABC channel 2 in Atlanta and was recently named the winner of a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his part in a hard news story, which he shot and edited. Jon Carmack ('13) took over as conductor of the Columbus Community Orchestra and led them in his first performance as the conductor on Oct. 26. Kaylee Landress ('13) is the Marketing Coordinator for Gordon Hospital and was awarded the hospital's prestigious Extra Mile Award.

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Several degree programs nationally ranked for affordability by

Georgia Southern University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) recently had several degree programs nationally ranked for affordability by The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was ranked in the top-10 of all criminal justice degree programs in the nation. The website cited that the degree "includes 63 credits of major-specific coursework in subjects like criminal law, criminal procedure, issues in homeland security, justice administration, juvenile justice, and corrections." While the CLASS received national rankings, Georgia Southern University pulled down major rankings in the state of Georgia was ranked first among all colleges for affordability. Georgia Southern also ranks first among all

Georgia colleges for online college affordability. Other CLASS degree offerings were also ranked highly among their peers nationally including the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art and Department of Music. Both were ranked in the top-15 of all respective programs.

come students, graduation rates, financial aid packages, acceptance of prior learning credits, and flexible class time offerings. The website was launched in 2013 by Degree Prospects, which has been publishing education-focused websites since 2008.

Six CLASS degree programs also rank as the highest ranked degree programs in the state of Georgia. Several other CLASS degree offerings ranked in the top-20 in their respective fields including those from the Department of History, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Foreign Languages. The website’s criteria for ranking includes affordability for low-in-

ALUMNI NEWS This award was established by the hospital's Employee Engagement Committee to recognize excellent employees. Candic Gary ('14) started a new position as the Senior Educator - Youth Specialist with the Sara and Albert Reuben Partners in Health Education at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. She is also a violist in the University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Mimi Wertz ('14) is participating in a campaign for presidential candidate Carly Fiorinia and is working for the super pac CARLY for America campaign as the Deputy Press Secretary of Digital Media. Hayley Connor ('15) completed an internship producing the local news at WGXA TV in Macon, Ga. and received a full-time job at KRCG CBS 13 in Jefferson City, Mo.


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Georgia Southern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology alumnus Lee Berger led a team that discovered a new human relative named Homo naledi in South Africa and announced the discovery of the new species in a press conference on Sept. 10. The National Geographic Society, who featured the find on the October issue of National Geographic, and the South African Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (DST/ NRF) partnered with University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), where Berger serves as a professor, to announce the discovery. The find not only has an impact on the origins and diversity of our genus, the new species appears to have intentionally deposited bodies of its dead in a remote cave chamber, a behavior previously thought limited to humans. Berger led an international team of around 30 scientists into what is thought to be a burial cave and contained the remains of nearly 100 individuals. The finds are described in two papers published in the scientific journal eLife and reported in the cover story of the October issue of National Geographic magazine and a NOVA/National Geographic Special. Berger graduated from Georgia Southern in 1989 with a bachelor of arts in anthropology and holds a Ph.D. in palaeo-anthropology from the University of Witwatersand in South Africa. He is currently a professor at the University of Witwatersand. Berger and his mother are in the process of starting two endowments at Georgia Southern, the Archeological Federal Depository on the newly announced South Campus and the Lee Berger Endowed Professor. Consisting of more than 1,550 numbered fossil elements, the discovery is the single largest fossil hominin find yet made on the continent of Africa. The initial discovery was made in 2013 in a cave known as Rising Star in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Johannesburg,

South Africa, by Wits University scientists and volunteer cavers. The fossils, which have yet to be dated, lay in a chamber about 90 meters (some 100 yards) from the cave entrance, accessible only through a chute so narrow that a special team of very slender individuals was needed to retrieve them. So far, the team has recovered parts of at least 15 individuals of the same species, a small fraction of the fossils believed to remain in the chamber. “With almost every bone in the body represented multiple times, Homo naledi is already practically the best-known fossil member of our lineage,” said Lee BergPhoto of a Homo naledi skull. Photo courtsey of Wits University. er, research professor dren, adults and elderly individuals — were in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the found in a room deep underground that Witwatersrand and a National Geograph- the team named the Dinaledi Chamber, or ic Explorer-in-Residence, who led the two “Chamber of Stars." expeditions that discovered and recovered The fossil material was recovered in two the fossils. expeditions conducted in November 2013 H. naledi was named after the Rising Star and March 2014, dubbed the Rising Star cave — “naledi” means “star” in Sesotho, Expeditions. a local South African language. The research shows that on average H. naledi The fossils were analyzed in a unique workstood approximately 1.5 meters (about 5 shop in May 2014 funded by the South feet) tall and weighed about 45 kilograms African DST/NRF, Wits University and (almost 100 pounds). H. naledi’s teeth are National Geographic. More than 50 experidescribed as similar to those of the earli- enced scientists and early-career researchest-known members of our genus, such as ers came together to study and analyze the Homo habilis, as are most features of the treasure trove of fossils and to compose sciskull. The shoulders, however, are more entific papers. similar to those of apes. Its feet, combined with its long legs, suggest that the species was well-suited for long-distance walking. The fossils — which consist of infants, chil-


Dr. Lee Berger ('89) led a team that discovered Homo naledi in South Africa.


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