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Vol.2 Issue 2 | Spring 2013

Political science + criminology page 2 | anthropology page 3 | Irish studies page 4 | students + alumni page 6, 8 | events page 7

From the desk of Dr. Curtis Ricker


n Roman mythology, the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named, is represented with two faces, one looking to the future and one to the past. Traditionally then we approach the start of a new year in a similar manner – by reflecting on the previous and by anticipating the upcoming. 2012 was definitely a year of growth and change by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University, illustrated well by the reorganization of the Department of Political Science into three units: the Department of Political Science, the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies. This issue of CLASS Connect features these new administrative units, noting both the past growth that led to the reorganization and the promise of continued – but more focused – activity that will result from the new organizational structure. The College looks forward to great accomplishments by these units as they work cohesively to strengthen their programs, challenge their students, and probe the academic questions of their disciplines. In keeping the tradition of welcoming a new year, we invite you to join us as we reflect upon those events that have transpired in the life of our College and as we anticipate the exciting moments that lie ahead. Please feel free to drop us a note about your personal reflections of those moments in your Georgia Southern/ CLASS past that have been special to you and how those moments prepared you for what would follow. We'd love to hear from you!

Dr. Curtis E. Ricker, Interim Dean College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Write to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University at P.O. Box 8142, Statesboro, Ga., 30460, or email class@georgiasouthern.edu.

Gretsch donation resonates among University, community This fall, students attending the afterschool program at the Bulloch County Boys and Girls Club welcomed the opportunity to participate in a music education program provided by The Sylvia and William Gretsch Memorial Foundation. With a strong interest in kids – and in kids who love music – Dinah Gretsch and her husband, Fred, began a five-year program that will be carried out by faculty and graduate students in the music department at Georgia Southern University. Though they are not musicians themselves, music is a major part of the Gretsches’ lives. As a young man, Fred worked with his uncle to develop Gretsch guitars and drums; when the company was sold to Baldwin, he bought it back in the 1970s, created Fred Gretsch Enterprises, and went back to building world-renowned Gretsch guitars and drums. As a vital partner in the business, Dinah created Mrs. G’s Music Foundation. “I established the foundation in 2010 as a way to promote music education and music activities in rural Southern schools,” she wrote in House Telegram, the company’s newsletter. “Since then we’ve funded eight Head Start programs, put the World Drumming program into two schools, funded teachers, and sponsored appearances by Gretsch guitar and drum artists.” The Gretsch gift to Georgia Southern – more than $76,000 over the next five years – will provide beginning-level folk guitars, drums, and teaching materials to the Bulloch County Boys and Girls

The Gretsches’ intention echoes Jones’ sentiments. “Our goal is to enrich lives through music,” Dinah said. “We want to create a model program that could be repeated around the state. We believe this will provide an example of what could be done for students.” “One of the reasons Fred and I agreed on this is that I can go and participate some times,” she said. “It’s rewarding for me to participate with the children.” Loretta Brandon | georgia southern university

The Gretsches will contribute more than $76,000 over the next five years to foster a teaching partnership between the Boys and Girls Club and Georgia Southern University.

Club. Their gift will also fund teaching by both graduate and undergraduate music education majors from the University and an annual program evaluation by a program director and evaluation team from Georgia Southern’s College of Education. “The Boys and Girls Club is very pleased and excited to have this opportunity from the Gretsch Foundation and the music department at Georgia Southern,” said Mike Jones, executive director of the Club. “Many of our children are from low socio-economic backgrounds, so extracurricular programs such as music lessons and art lessons would not be available. These lessons provide a much-needed opportunity for self-expression and have a great impact on students’ education.”

Dinah said she also believes that parents appreciate the opportunity for their children, so the parents, too, will benefit if their child gets involved in music. The Gretsches, parents of six children, are visionary people who believe that “music has the power to change children’s lives for the better. If we can just reach them with that power, we can set them on a positive path for the rest of their lives.”

here we grow again

Law and Order:


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Current students and CLASS alumni who are either studying or have earned a degree in Justice Studies welcome the new Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, a change that moves justice studies out of the Department of Political Science. After a semester as a new department, the degree and classes offered remain the same, but faculty and leaders are looking to the future.

Newest department aims for presence in criminal justice field “We had reached a tipping point that prompted the decision to create the new Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology,” said Adam Bossler, Ph.D., who serves as the interim chair of the Department for this year. “With 450 majors, hundreds of minors, a major role in the online Bachelor of General Studies degree, and a solid core of faculty, this was the right move.” Bossler also pointed out that creating a new department allows more flexibility in a steadily growing program. “Our goal for the coming year is to enhance the bachelor’s degree program while also creating a criminal justice and criminology track in the Master of Arts in Social Sciences program,” Bossler said. “Then we will build to a master’s degree in criminal justice.” Given the number of law enforcement agencies and social service agencies in southeast Georgia, this is a welcome plan for the future. “Our criminal justice graduates wanted to establish a home, and a presence, within the community,” Bossler said. “Not only do they take pride in having their own academic department, it makes it easier to develop student internships and faculty and student research collaborations.” Courses in criminal justice prepare students to focus on the causes of crime and policies that will curtail crime. Students considering law and graduate school and employment in law enforcement, corrections, and social work will all find courses that lead to their chosen interests. A large percentage has an interest in why people commit crimes. “Some students come to us with definite career pathways,” said Bossler, “and others just come with an interest in understanding crime and a need for direction. We do our best to help both.”

Adam Bossler, Ph.D., will serve as interim chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology through the end of Spring Semester.

Creating the new Department has a positive side effect: faculty recruitment. An independent department assures faculty of support for their research interests, making Georgia Southern more attractive to potential faculty.

Bossler says that scholars today tend to look at trends in criminal activity, hoping to develop policies and programs that will decrease crime, especially among youth. Another growing faculty research interest, he said, is cybercrime, often studied in collaboration with information technology faculty. “In the past 20 years there has been a stronger focus on the search for empirical evidence about what will decrease crime,” said Bossler. “With an economic recession and a conservative governor who supports reentry, we cannot afford to imprison criminals as we used to, so we continue to see efforts to decrease criminal behavior. Also, younger scholars are not as ideological as those in the past, so they are looking for more practical answers to dealing with criminal behavior.” The search for a permanent chair for the Department has begun. The new chair will begin July 1; Bossler will serve until then. “There is no doubt,” said Bossler, “that something is going on here. Criminal justice faculty members are energetic and excited about having a separate department and the opportunity to determine their next steps. What will the program become, and how will we serve our students? We are all eager to work with local agencies, especially to develop internship programs in law enforcement and corrections. We are here to serve our students.” For more information about the Department and to ask about internships, contact Bossler at abossler@georgiasouthern.edu.

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Department of Political Science finds cohesion in recent divisions For many years, the Department of Political Science included an academic home for students who focused on criminal justice, but as of July 1, 2012, that changed. Political science now stands alone, and while it faces growing pains, the Department also has new cohesiveness and focus. “We’ve found that once again we are all political scientists; we are trained as political scientists, and we are all focusing on the same thing,” said Barry Balleck, Ph.D., interim chair of the Department. “After a semester, we have a stronger focus on the degree programs.” Following the separation from criminal justice, the Department has experienced growing pains similar to those of all departments at the University, said Balleck. As the University enrollment grows, the departmental enrollment grows, and budgets for resources and travel become more limited. Increasing enrollment also leads to another growing pain: class size.

Barry Balleck, Ph.D., will continue to serve as the interim chair of the Department of Political Science through the 2013-14 academic year.

rium with seating, a teacher’s computer station, and a projector. For the first time, political science held classes in the Assembly Hall in the NessmithLane Building this year, one of the few auditorium-type classrooms on campus.

Despite growing pains, the Department of Political Science has submitted a proposal to reinvigorate the Master of Political Science degree. In recent years the Department’s graduate degree had been dormant, but recent changes have made it feasible to bring it back.

“As the University has grown, it’s hard to keep class size reasonable,” said Balleck. “We have to provide 1,800 seats for American Government, one of our core classes, and we try to keep those classes around 250. Only faculty with credentials in American Government can teach that course, so faculty members are adjusting to meet the needs of this and the upper division courses, too.”

“When I first came to Georgia Southern in 1995, we had an active Master of Political Science program, but as faculty retired and moved, enrollment fell,” said Balleck. “Last spring we discovered that we have the right selection of seasoned faculty to teach it, and they are looking forward to the challenge. As we surveyed students, we found a perceived need for the program, with about 70 undergraduate students expressing an interest in a graduate degree.”

Yet another growing pain: physical space. A class for 250 students requires an audito-

Balleck will continue to serve as interim chair for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is not the only recent off-shoot of the Department of Political Science. July 1, 2012, also heralded the development of CLASS' Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies.

The Institute, headed by Trent Davis, Ph.D., houses the Master's of Public Administration program, in addition to the online graduate certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management. Learn more at centers.georgiasoutehrn.edu/ipns

Anthropology professors look at

survival, language of eastern Cherokee In 1838, the American government forced the removal of Cherokee Indians, located in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama to the Oklahoma Territory. This removal, now referred to as the “Trail of Tears,” resulted in the death of more than one-quarter of the Cherokee. Though many were moved, a small number of Indians hid from the soldiers or found ways to evade the complex federal policy and avoid removal. Their descendants form today’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), living in and around Cherokee, N.C. Heidi Altman, Ph.D., and Lance Greene, PhD, both faculty members in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, address the culture and history of the EBCI through their research.

Community survival As an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Greene worked for a doctoral student in archaeology who was preparing his dissertation on the Cherokee Indians. From that experience, Greene says he developed a strong interest in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Over time, he developed strong relationships with members of the tribe and became one of their most trusted archaeologists. In fact, the EBCI helped fund his dissertation research on the Cherokee community in North Carolina that survived removal in 1838. “My dissertation focused on John Welch, a Cherokee man who, because he was married to a white woman, could not legally be removed,” said Greene. “John and Betty Welch became plantation owners, maintained slaves, and be-

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Lance Greene, Ph.D., and Heidi Altman, Ph.D., of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, study issues related to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, focusing on preserving their history, language, and traditions.

came influential in the community. They bought land in the mountains surrounding the plantation, hiding individuals and families who avoided the federal government’s removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma.”

“The EBCI now has a different understanding of archaeology, its importance, and how it’s accomplished, he said. “Over time, they have learned how to preserve their history for study and for their descendants.”

The EBCI not only provided support for Greene’s work but also shared personal information about families and descendants of the Welches. Confident in his abilities as an anthropologist and archaeologist, the tribe eventually hired him to undertake the archaeological survey for Harrah’s Casino, located in Cherokee, N.C., and owned by the ECBI.

At Georgia Southern, Greene works with students as they dig for archaeological treasures at Camp Lawton, a Civil War prison camp.

“A large percentage of the profits from the casino goes to the tribe,” said Greene, “and as a result, they have a new school system and a strong emphasis on education.” In addition to work related to the casino, he began contract archaeological work with the North Carolina Forestry Department. He works with the Tribal Historical Preservation Office, which now has its own staff of archaeologists, and he is currently working on turning his dissertation into a book.

Language preserved People were not the only victims in the historic “Trail of Tears.” The Cherokee Migration was also the beginning of the end for the Cherokee language. “Until recent years, fewer and fewer people spoke the Cherokee language,” explained Heidi Altman, Ph.D., associate professor of Sociology and Anthropology. “When people realized that by the end of this century, their words would be completely lost, they got fired up and found a way to revitalize the Cherokee language and maintain it as part of their culture.” Some of the Cherokee remained in the eastern U.S., refusing to relo-

cate, and their descendants live in the 56,000-acre Quallah Boundary in western North Carolina. Realizing that their language was in danger, the elders of the tribe sought advice from Altman, a linguistic anthropologist known for her doctoral work, Eastern Cherokee Fishing, which studied language used by the tribe over centuries for fishing. While doing her doctoral research, Altman interviewed Cherokee people who spoke the tribal language and used the older ways for fishing. Altman worked through Western Carolina University to help initiate the language project. With Altman’s consultation, the community created an immersion school funded by the EBCI. The school, which began eight years ago, started with infants age six-weeks through toddlers, then added one age level each year. Today they teach children up to third grade and serve about 60 students. Half of the profits from Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, N.C., goes into per capita payments, with the payments earmarked for children's trust funds until they reach maturity at age 18. The other half goes into a community foundation that funds cultural, heritage, and other initiatives. These funds were sought to fund the school and launch the language initiative.

“The Cherokee language works differently from English,” she said. “The verb is central, with conjugation building from the stem out. Each verb can have multiple affixes indicating a wide variety of information. In fact, the pronoun affixes include so much information that there are over 60 of those.” At first, older women came out of retirement to teach infants and toddlers because elders were the only ones who were fluent in the language. Today, each classroom still has an elder, and she works with a teacher who is developing fluency in Cherokee. The younger teachers gain skill daily, and so do parents as they learn Cherokee language skills from their children. “The school has been successful,” Altman said, “and the kids are doing well. The curriculum is based on North Carolina state standards, so teachers translate assignments into Cherokee. When the students reach grade six, they will begin learning in English for one hour each day, but will continue their Cherokee language studies.”

Speakers from Oklahoma returned for consortium meetings to join the ECBI as it developed the curriculum for the school, focusing on creating a language program and helping the teachers learn to speak.

Altman’s role has now moved to school assessment and to community-based research projects that pertain to social problems identified through participatory research. She and her colleague, Lisa Lefler, Ph.D., assist community members in addressing these concerns through a nonprofit research center they established in 2009. Altman is working with older women to gather Cherokee knowledge about pregnancy and childbirth.

Through discussion, new words were developed to meet curriculum needs in new areas such as transportation and technology. In these discussions it became evident that English had also changed, so the consortium continues to make decisions as new words are developed.

“The elders want to train doulas to follow Cherokee pregnancy and childbirth traditions, said Altman. “The Cherokee have a long tradition of midwifery, and they believe that following traditions will improve the lives of their children.” spring 2013 | 3

irish studies

Center for Irish Studies the hub for state University System University's course, research, study-abroad opportunities becoming more competitive Georgia Southern enhanced its place among nationally competitive Irish Studies programs last fall by adding new courses, research groups, and study-abroad opportunities. In collaboration with Irish Studies, the Department of History began to phase in four relevant and exciting courses: “The Making of Modern Ireland” and “Irish-American History since 1750” explore fundamental knowledge, while Ireland is a key focal area in “The British and Irish Enlightenment” and “North Atlantic Identities before 1558.” These courses help build new avenues of research for students and faculty. “Adding these courses to the others in Irish Studies significantly advances our goal of developing an interdisciplinary model that integrates teaching and research,” said Howard Keeley, director of Georgia Southern’s Center for Irish Studies. For the past seven years, Keeley has nurtured the program to parallel standards set by such nationally recognized Irish Studies programs as those at The University of Notre Dame, Boston College, and New York University. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has supported the growth of Irish Studies as CLASS leaders embrace Georgia Southern’s increased emphasis on research.

networks, and his time in Ireland afforded him opportunities to analyze three historic private libraries, two in Dublin and one in Cashel, an important provincial center. Another Georgia Southern faculty member, William Eaton, associate professor of philosophy, taught an introductory philosophy class and an upper-division course called “The Irish Philosophical Tradition” in Ireland as part of the 2012 iteration of the Center’s summer-semesterin-Ireland program. Eaton is working with Batchelor, Keeley, and various faculty and administrators in the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Ireland to produce an international symposium in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 2014 on the shaping of the Irish Enlightenment. “Getting both faculty and student members of our Irish Enlightenment Research Group to Ireland has been empowering,” said Keeley. “We have secured Irish research opportunities and partnerships that bring new research back to Georgia Southern, where professors integrate it into their classroom teaching.”

The new courses in Irish history are offered by James Woods, Ph.D., and Robert Batchelor, Ph.D. Students taking Woods’ Fall 2012 course on Irish-American history remarked on the usefulness of his recent, critically acclaimed book, A History of the Catholic Church in the American South, 1513-1900 (University Press of Florida). One of Batchelor’s primary research areas is the Enlightenment in Ireland, a topic that until now has been under-researched.

The new emphasis on research-driven teaching is supported by the powerful relationship between the Center for Irish Studies and Ireland’s Waterford Institute of Technology. Now in its fifth year, the partnership centers on a five-week summer semester that sees Keeley and other Georgia Southern faculty members accompany 60 students to Waterford. According to Keeley, the 10 full-credit courses available on the program are distinguished by “a culture of academic rigor and the practice of participative learning.” Through these trips, Keeley has built strong ties with Irish academics, on whom he calls regularly to speak to students not only in Waterford but also on-campus at Georgia Southern.

Batchelor spent five weeks during June and July 2012 at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland as the debut Faculty Summer Research Fellow, an opportunity created by the Center for Irish Studies. Accompanying him was graduate student Shay Meredith, who was also supported by a research fellowship. Batchelor’s research especially considers the role of libraries and correspondence

Keeley earned his doctorate in English language and literature at Princeton University, which awarded him the Jacobus Fellowship, its highest graduate-research award. In addition to directing the University System of Georgia’s only Center for Irish Studies and Irish Studies minor, he recently served as president of the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

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Students say summer abroad is 'life changing' and 'expands perspectives'

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Students participating in Study Abroad Ireland take classes – including those on art, business, and literature – at the Waterford Institute of Technology.

Georgia Southern Center to participate in several future conferences Ireland is a dynamic society with a high-tech, export-driven economy that does business around the globe. In 2012, international business analyst Ernst and Young named Ireland the West’s “most globalized” economy.

from Feb. 28 to March 2, the scholarly gathering will focus on the current Irish trends of transnationalism and globalism. A keynote speaker for this event will be Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

While students are encouraged to study the Ireland’s complex history, the desire to explore the Ireland of today and tomorrow makes Irish Studies an increasingly relevant program. To keep research and learning current, the Center for Irish Studies will co-sponsor and participate in several upcoming conferences.

• The Center for Irish Studies is also working with partners in Irish universities and the University of York, England, to host an international symposium during summer 2014. The theme will be education during the Irish Enlightenment, a period that yielded such Irish greats as George Berkeley, Jonathan Swift, and Robert Boyle. The venue, Kilkenny College, founded in 1538, is where Berkeley and Swift studied.

• Along with Emory University’s Center for Irish Studies and Kennesaw State University’s Department of History, the Georgia Southern Center for Irish Studies will cosponsor the 2013 conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies (Southern Chapter). To be held in Decatur, Ga.,

• In partnership with the Watson-Brown Foundation of Thomson, Ga., and the Departments of English and History at the University of Georgia, the Georgia

Southern Center for Irish Studies won a competitive bid to host the 2014 annual meeting of the Ulster-American Heritage Society. Scheduled to be held June 2014 in Athens, Ga., the event explores the Ulster-Scots, also known as the Scots-Irish. “This is the moment for the Southeastern United States, particularly Georgia Southern, to 'come of age' in Irish and Irish-American Studies,” said Keeley. “Recognizing such facts as Savannah’s being America’s fourth largest port, Ireland recently opened a consulate in Atlanta, its first new U.S. consulate in many decades. Through these conferences and the other public and private partnerships that we’ve developed over the past five years, the Center for Irish Studies now enjoys a status and resources that will benefit our students well into the future.”

Support for Irish Studies

For the past four years, students in Georgia with an interest in Irish culture, history, society, and economics have had an opportunity for summer study at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. This year, the fifth, boasts a more expansive range of courses and cultural options than ever. As part of the 2013 faculty team, Jessica Burke, assistant professor in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, will highlight Irish landscapes and art history when teaching two courses, while a couple of Ireland-focused courses will be offered by a member of the Georgia Southern business faculty. One “value added“ opportunity will be an interdisciplinary workshop at Waterford Crystal. As the art students explore the craft and aesthetics of crystal production with a master glassblower, the business students will investigate luxury-brand promotion with the company’s director of international marketing.

dents. For every course that he or she takes, a student spends a full day each week doing experiential learning in the field. In addition to studying prehistoric monuments, Norman castles, and other sites of cultural and historic interest throughout southeastern Ireland, students experience the cities of Cork and Dublin. One regular destination is Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library, a treasure trove for scholars, where Professor Cathriona Russell of the University of Dublin exposes students to the oldest copies in existence of the four canonical gospels and other books of the New Testament.

“The Center for Irish Studies has made significant progress in establishing and then expanding a sustainable summer study program in Ireland,” said Center Director Howard Keeley. “We partner with the European Council, a consortium of colleges and universities in the University of Georgia System, to keep the program affordable. As the host institution, a majority of the 60 annual participants are Georgia Southern students.”

“Students receive opportunities to experience Irish culture and society broadly," said Keeley. “They learn, for example, about the revival and social impact of traditional Irish sports, especially 'hurling,' the fastest field game in the world. Last summer’s group watched the south-of-Ireland provincial hurling final, traveling on buses with members of local hurling fan clubs – a joyful community experience they won’t forget.”

The program limits participants to make accommodations, transportation, field trips, and other logistics more workable.

As its fifth year approaches, Keeley is pleased by two outcomes of the study-in-Ireland program. One positive result is a diverse network of academic colleagues, supporters of the Center in Georgia and in Ireland. The second, even better, result is the benefit for students.

Students who participate in the five-week program earn seven hours of academic credit. Everyone must take the one-credit “Introduction to Irish Culture” course and then choose two additional three-credit courses from the 10 other courses offered. Class sizes are small, usually between seven and 10 stu-

If you would like to help support the programs of the University's Center for Irish Studies, please contact CLASS Development Officer Sue Bunning at 912-478-2435 or sbunning@georgiasouthern.edu.

“As they evaluate the program, I regularly read student comments that say, ‘I liked expanding my perspective’ and ‘This program changed my life.’” Keeley noted.

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students + alumni

Upcoming Events

CLASS Series asks alumni, students to connect On Sept. 17, 2012, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences held the first talk of its CLASS Alumni Connection Lecture Series. Alumna Teah Weiss ('90) spoke to a group of undergraduate students about her time at Georgia Southern and her experiences in the Department of Foreign Languages, Theatre South, and study abroad programs. Weiss, the director of development for the School of Music at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, was a French and German major, and she encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them at Georgia Southern, especially Study Abroad. She says traveling internationally and learning foreign languages enabled her to be a competitive job seeker and to obtain positions in international businesses and other fields for which she might not have otherwise been qualified.

"My liberal arts and social sciences education at Georgia Southern, and especially my study abroad experiences, helped make me a better world citizen," Weiss told the crowd. "GSU opened doors for me both professionally and personally, and for that I am forever grateful." The second CLASS Alumni Connection lecture will take place Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the University's Carol A. Carter Recital Hall and will feature alumnus Grant Dudley, who graduated with a broadcast degree in 1999. Since graduation, Dudley has worked for stations such as CNN, the Discovery Channel, DIY Network, and Food Network. He is currently the editor-in-chief of HGTV's blog Design Happens and digital programming manager of HGTV.com. In his recent alumni survey, Dudley said: "I

look back at my time at Georgia Southern University with such fondness. My GSU education has helped by make my dreams become reality."

Evin Hughes is a young man with a plan. An admirable plan, one that will undoubtedly guarantee him a successful future, no matter which option he chooses. As a senior with a double major in writing and information technology, doors will open easily – in fact, the first one already has. As a student in Dr. Phyllis Dallas’ “Writers and Film” class, he learned about a contest for the first National College Muhammad Ali Writing Award for Ethics. Considering topics, he remembered a recent conversation with friends about drones and war. With research, he learned more and found the topic interesting, so he continued until he had a completed essay, “Float Like a Plane, Sting Like a Bomb: the Ethics of U.S. Drone Attacks.” “I found that I was reacting to a learning opportunity,” Hughes said. “I wanted to be a witness to the violence. It was an opportunity to develop worldly interests.” He says he was pleased with his work but nevertheless surprised when the director of the Muhammad Ali Center called to tell him he had won the award. Readers who selected his essay for the prize included Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel; Dr. Melissa Andris, associate dean for graduate and research studies at the

In addition to his cash award, Hughes will participate in a week-long writing workshop at the Mailer Center in Provincetown, Mass., this summer.

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Evin Hughes, left, met Muhammad Ali, at the Norman Mailer Center gala in October.

University of Louisville; and Dr. Cecelia B. Fisher, director of the center for ethics education. When he received the news, one of Hughes’ first actions was to send notes of thanks to his readers. He received his award – which included a check for $10,000 – at the Norman Mailer Center’s fourth annual benefit gala in New York City on Oct. 4. With Muhammad Ali and his wife, Lonnie, nearby, producer Oliver Stone described Hughes’ essay, presented the award and introduced him to the audience for his brief acceptance speech. It was a dazzling night, but a limited visit for his first time in New York City. “I’d love to go back,” he said with a grin.

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"Intimate Patterns." Exhibition examines the psychological complexity of women through intimate observations of the bedroom. Artist lecture: Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Arts Building, Room 2016, followed by a reception at the Center for Art & Theatre. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

“Just because I liked both areas,” Hughes said about his decision to pursue a doublemajor. “It’s difficult to get a writing career started, but I can work at an information technology job and write, too. The way the professors, especially in Writing and Linguistics, share information about contests and writing opportunities, and about getting my writing out there – that’s been helpful.” His activities at Georgia Southern have not been limited to his major. He is involved in the Arabic Club and is taking his second Arabic course, learning to speak a language that he admits is a bit difficult, because “all the letters are different, and sometimes there are multiple letters for the same sound.” For the past three years he has been a tutor in information technology, and he enjoys working with students. In Evin's future, first, is graduation in May. Then he says he’d like to work in information technology for a while to earn some money. But he also admits that graduate school is “never off the table.” And that, definitely, is an admirable plan.

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Grant Dudley ('99) will present during the CLASS Alumni Connection lecture.

Southern Chorale readies for European competition, tour In May, the Georgia Southern Chorale will participate in the fourth International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria, and will continue on a performance and educational tour of Italy. During the tour, the Chorale will perform in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, with the Corale Puccini in Lucca, and conclude with their second appearance in-service at the Vatican. Participation in the Linz Bruckner competition places the Chorale in an elite group. The students will represent Georgia Southern in this prestigious gathering of choirs and become the first university choir in Georgia to make an entrée into the world choral rankings. The Chorale will compete in both Difficulty Level I and in Sacred Choir divisions. Fermata the Blue, the University's new vocal jazz ensemble, will compete in the chamber choir division; and all students will participate in a massed choir performance of Bruckner’s Te Deum. The competition affords the students opportunities to interact with peers from around the world. Future music educators will be exposed to different types of literature, in addition to different choral sounds and techniques. Both educators and performers will gain exposure to many languages and forms of musical communication. The Chorale has dedicated every rehearsal to preparation for the competition so that the quality of its work will be recognized on a global level. Please join the College in wishing the Chorale a safe and wonderful trip, and if you would like to help sponsor their participation in the competition, contact Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, director of choral activities, at csjeffreys@georgiasouthern.edu.

3.12 Georgia southern symphony, symphonic wind ensemble, & southern chorale. Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m. 912.478.5396

4.14 faculty brass quintet. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 5 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.19 10-minute play festival. Sixth annual

by senior theatre major Austin Bolay. Black Box Theatre at the Center for Art & Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $5 students, $10 general admission; 912.478.5379

event features new works by student writers whose scripts were selected in the fall and have been workshopped during the Spring Semester. Black Box Theatre at the Center for Art & Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $5 students, $10 general admission; 912.478.5379

Through 2.24 Michael velliquette:

3.14 opera scenes. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.20 flute spring fling. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 3 p.m.; 912.478.5396 4.20 night of wild sax. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

2.3 Faculty recital: Steven Elisha, cello. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 3 p.m.; 912.478.5396

3.15 evening of the arts. The College's premiere annual event celebrates students of art, music, and theatre. The gala features student performances, heavy hors d'eourves, an open bar, and the naming of the Betty Foy Sanders Patron of the Arts. Centers for Art & Theatre; 7 p.m.; $75; 912.478.8597; class.GeorgiaSouthern. edu/eveningofthearts

2.14 Georgia Southern sinfonietta.

3.27 the little prince. Play tells the story of a

"Power seeker." Exhibition is a survey of cut paper sculptures through which the artist constructs visually and structurally complex forms that reference masks and other ritually driven objects. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

During his lecture, Dudley will explain to attendees how his experiences at Georgia Southern helped him prepare for a career with several leading television agencies.

Double-major Evin Hughes has big plans

February through 2.24 Karen Ann Myers:

While on campus, Dudley will visit classes and will tour the offices of the George-Anne student newspaper, where he worked as an undergraduate.

For more information about Dudley's lecture or to be considered for the CLASS Alumni Connection Lecture Series, please contact Andrea Bennett, CLASS' director of communications and outreach, at abennett@georgiasouthern.edu.

Each semester, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences sponsors and hosts many educational, cultural, and social events that add excitement and interest to Georgia Southern and the community. If you live nearby or are visiting the area, please join us! For more information, call the CLASS Dean’s Office at 912.478.2527. Events are subject to change; please look online for the most comprehensive information. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

2.15 Georgia southern symphonic wind ensemble. Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

3.13-14 an evening of one-acts. Directed

world-weary aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious "little man" who appears to him. During their two weeks together in the desert, the little prince tells the aviator about his adventures through the galaxy. Performing Arts Center; 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 912.478.7999

2.22 Georgia southern jazz band.

Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

2.24 Georgia southern wind symphony. Performing Arts Center; 3 p.m.; 912.478.5396

April 4.1-19 form & content. Annual juried

series. Please see story on page 6. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7 p.m.; 912.478.8597

exhibition showcases exemplary student work from art foundation courses Drawing I, Drawing II, 2D Design, and 3D Design. Reception: April 12 at 5 p.m. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

2.28-3.9 death of a salesman. Since it was

4.1-19 Undergraduate juried exhibition.

2.26 CLASS alumni connection lecture

first performed in 1949, this play has been recognized as a milestone of American theatre and one that compresses epic extremes of human and anguish and promise and loss. Black Box Theatre at the Center for Art & Theatre; 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee; $5 students, $10 general admission; 912.478.5379

march 3.4-22 master of fine arts thesis exhibition. Reception: March 14 at 5 p.m. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

3.4-5.31 smith callaway banks folk art

exhibition. Curated by Statesboro native Virginia Anne Franklin Waters. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

3.7 Georgia southern jazz combo.

Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

3.8 Georgia southern university singers

& Southern chorale. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

Reception: April 12 at 5 p.m. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

4.2 Daniel o'connell, federick douglass,

& american slavery. Presented by Christine Kinealy, Ph.D., professor of history at the Caspersen Graduate School of Drew University in New Jersey. Williams Center, Multipurpose Room; 7 p.m.; Irish@ georgiasouthern.edu

4.24 Georgia southern percussion ensemble. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396 4.25 concerto concert. Carol A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.26-5.1 graphic design portfolio

reveal Graduating seniors of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art's graphic design program showcase their work. Reception: April 26 at 5 p.m. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

4.26 Georgia southern wind symphony.

Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.26-27 opera. Emma Kelly Theater at the Averitt Center for the Arts; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396 4.28 Georgia southern symphonic wind ensemble. Performing Arts Center; 3 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.28 Georgia southern symphony pops concert. Garden of the Coastal Plains; 6:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.29 Georgia southern university band. Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.2 Georgia southern sinfonietta. Carol

4.30 Georgia southern jazz band. Performing Arts Center; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.6 artsfest '13. Sweetheart Circle; 11 a.m.; 912.GSU.ARTS


4.7 Georgia southern university

5.2 Georgia southern jazz combos. Carol

A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

singers, southern chorale, & orchestra. Statesboro First Baptist Church; 3 p.m.; 912.478.5396

4.10-14 on the razzle. London hit is a free

adaptation of the 19th Century farce by JohAnn Nestroy that provided the plot for Thorton Wilder's The Merchant of Yonkers, which led to The Matchmaker, which led to Hello Dolly. Black Box Theatre at the Center for Art & Theatre; 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee; $5 students, $10 general admission; 912.478.5379

A. Carter Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; 912.478.5396

5.6-10 bachelor of fine arts senior

exhibition. Reception: May 10 at 5 p.m. Center for Art & Theatre; 912.GSU.ARTS

5.10 graduate student commencement ceremony. Hanner Fieldhouse; 1 p.m. 5.11 Undergraduate commencement. Allen E. Paulson Stadium; 9 a.m.

Stay up-to-date with the happenings in CLASS and the University. Check out the online calendar at calendar.GeorgiaSouthern.edu

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Alumni News Alumni News has been provided by graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. To submit your news, fill out the online survey at class.GeorgiaSouthern.edu or email class@georgiasouthern.edu. Please send an email if you would like to receive the monthly CLASS Notes newsletter. 1960-69 retired in June from Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin, Ga., after serving 18 years as the dean of adult education. Dahlia allen '63

Jane hunter harkleroad '64 works

for Georgia Southern University's Zach S. Henderson Library. She also works with a Cobb County high school library, COBOL programming, and serves as the administrative assistant to the vice president of Reynolds Plantation.

1980-89 is a Civil War author and wrote an article about Camp Lawton, the Confederate POW complex near Millen, Ga., that appeared in the September edition of North and South magazine. Smith is working on his seventh book, his fifth about the Civil War. derek smith '80

1990-99 transitioned to marketing after working in broadcast news at CNN and NBC. She is currently an advertising and marketing copy/content writer for ConnectWise in Tampa, Fla., and writes that she "loves it." julia ade ‘95

worked at Georgia Southern's School of Technology until 2002 and for the Georgia Institute of Technology's GTREP program until 2004. Since then, she has worked at the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences' Southeast District Cooperative Extension on Georgia Southern's campus. "I think I'm the only person to have this honor," she writes. "I also corresponded for several years with Rand McNally to have Georgia Southern University moved to its correct location between U.S. Highway 301 and Highway 67 on their Georgia maps. Prior to the 1998 edition, GSU was located between U.S. Highway 80 and Highway 24." She obtained a master's of education degree in December 2005

linda m. rhodes ‘97

and ran the 2012 True Blue 5K in November while wearing her Southern Spirit Run 5K T-shirt from 1988. She resides in Statesboro and has four grandchildren. 2000-09 works at Georgia Health Sciences University conducting training lessons to prepare first-responders and first-receivers for large scale disasters in their communities and healthcare systems. She conducts these lessons throughout Georgia, the United States, and internationally.

Lindsay treadwell anthony '06 (BFA), '07 (MPA)

2010delivered her paper "Mary Granger: The Unsung Hero of William Gilmore Simms' Historical Romance The Yamassee" at the William Gilmore Simms Conference at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in September. Pat homer '10

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CLASS Connect: Volume 2, Issue 1  

The biannual alumni magazine of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University.

CLASS Connect: Volume 2, Issue 1  

The biannual alumni magazine of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University.


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