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New GS President talks about new job

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STATESBORO, GA. (WJCL) Georgia Southern University has welcomed it’s 13th President and he’s ready to be off and running.

Dr. Jaimie Hebert  has only been on the job officially since Friday, But  he welcomes the challenge of leading Eagle Nation.

“What a spectacular place this is,” said Dr. Hebert. “What a very special place we have here at Georgia Southern.”

It’s hard for Dr. Jaimie Hebert to hide his excitement about being the 13th President of Georgia Southern University.

Although, his first day on the job was July 1, he’s been in Statesboro since late May, and he has definite thoughts about continuing the success of the university.

“i think our university can be a catalyst in economic development for Southeast Georgia as well,” said Dr. Hebert. “I don’t think, we’ve been used to our potential in that regard.”

Dr. Hebert says there are many great things about this university but he says the thing that sticks out the most are its people.

“There’s no doubt about it, I’m a people person,” explained Dr. Hebert. “I enjoy visiting with people, I enjoy getting to know people on a very deep level, but the type of people, not only at Georgia Southern but in the Statesboro and surrounding counties.”

Dr. Hebert hopes to remain at Georgia Southern a long time, but he has already thought about the legacy he will leave.

“i would hope people would say something along the lines of isn’t it amazing the economic impact that Georgia Southern has had on Southeast Georgia,” added Dr. Hebert. “Isn’t amazing how this university has grown, not only in size but breadth and yet with all of those things happening we were able to maintain the small feel of the institution.”


Students from around the country participate in research at Georgia Southern

FRONT ROW (left to right): Hannah Hartman, Rochelle Prokupets, Deanna Lazare BACK ROW (left to right): Brittney Terry, Tanachia Williams, Leah Bartel, Jake Fussell, Ryan Bujol

Eight students from colleges and universities across the country came to Georgia Southern this summer to conduct research as part of the CollaborativE Multidisciplinary Investigations through a 10-week, research intensive program called CollaborativE Undergraduate Research Experiences (CEMITURE).

CEMITURE at Georgia Southern is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Division of Chemistry (CHE). Participants work directly with faculty mentors on research that addresses a number of problems that are highly relevant to our society. These projects are based in chemistry, biology, engineering and materials science.

Students participating in the program include Lawson State Community College student Brittany Terry of Birmingham, Alabama; Savannah State University student Tanachia Williams of Albany, Georgia; University of Miami student Rochelle Prokupets of Sarasota, Florida; Dickinson College student Hannah Hartman of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; LaGrange College student Jacob Fussell of Cumming, Georgia; Savannah State University student Deanna Lazare of Savannah, Georgia; Warren Wilson College student Leah Bartel of Clermont County, Ohio; and Springhill College student Ryan Bujol of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Through an intensive research experience, CEMITURE seeks to equip its participants with the necessary skills and technical knowledge to forge impactful and fulfilling careers in science. The program is also designed so that the scholars will build a network of professionals with their peers and Georgia Southern faculty and students.  The students will gain a global perspective of how science can serve the world-wide community. Research experiences are complemented by professional development workshops for enhancing the scholar’s’ career outlook, scientific communication skills, leadership abilities and their sense of ethics as scientists.

Student Faculty Research Selected for Award at ACSM Annual Meeting

Megan Mormile, left, Nicholas Murray, Ph.D., Nathan D’Amico and Katelyn Grims attended the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Boston.

Megan Mormile, left, Nicholas Murray, Ph.D., Nathan D’Amico and Katelyn Grims attended the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Boston.

Megan Mormile, left, Nicholas Murray, Ph.D., Nathan D’Amico and Katelyn Grims attended the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Boston.

Georgia Southern College of Health and Human Sciences graduate students Megan Mormile, Nathan D’Amico and Katelyn Grimes, along with assistant professor Nicholas Murray, Ph.D., and associate professor Barry Munkasy, Ph.D., in the School of Health and Kinesiology, received the Clinical Biomechanics Award for their research abstract titled Assessment of Gaze Stability Within 24-48 Hours of Post-Concussion during the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Award is given annually by the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) to recognize excellence in biomechanics research, and honors the quality of a given research project, as presented in abstract form.

Researchers on the abstract also include Rebecca Reed-Jones, University of Prince Edward Island, and Doug Powell, Campbell University.

Additionally, Murray served as an expert panelist during the Meeting, and was a highlighted speaker during the concussion symposium where he and fellow colleagues discussed advances in science and technology. Mormile, D’Amico and Grimes were all awarded travel grants through the FASEB/MARC program to attend and present at the Meeting.

To learn more about the participants, visit the Georgia Southern University School of Health and Kinesiology page.

Georgia Southern University​Student Leading on a National Level


The National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) is pleased to announce the election of Counselor Education Ed.S. graduate student John Nwosu as National Immediate Past President at the organization’s 28th National Conference in Houston, TX on March 19, 2016. John will help NBGSA enhance the academic, professional, personal, and social development of Blacks in Higher Education as the organization works to increase effective recruitment, progression, graduation, and achievement for all students who identify as Black at institutions across the nation.

As a student-run and operated, non-profit, interdisciplinary organization we strive to build upon the legacy of our founders who planned and hosted our first national conference in 1989 to provide an opportunity for Black graduate students to develop professionally. The first conference also serve as a forum for future researchers and academic professionals. Today NBGSA still aims to provide current and potential graduate students with critical resources that enrich their academic, personal, professional, and social experience.

This year the National Black Graduate Student Conference (NBGSC) welcomed attendees from around the world. The NBGSC created opportunities for students, advocates, and professionals to connect, engage, develop, and provide support for one another. NBGSA also provided exceptional students with awards and service-based scholarships. In addition, the Graduate School and Career Fair offered attendees opportunities to network with recruiters and employers from across the nation. Attendees also participated in amazing personal, academic, and professional development opportunities in the form of engaging keynote, panel, and workshop presenters.

“As students who have been entrusted with the honor and responsibility of leading our organization, we aim to create spaces where Black students, with shared experiences from different backgrounds, are able to connect, engage, develop, and find support in safe, affirming communities,” said President Nwosu. The 2016-17 Leadership Team is already working to move forward the vision and mission of NBGSA. The Team will be meeting June 23-26 in Washington, D.C. for its Leadership Transition Meeting where Mr. Nwosu will be officially installed as an officer for the organization. Please support your student leader as they endeavor to help current Black graduate and professional students complete their degrees, encourage undergraduates of African descent to pursue graduate studies, and contribute to a network of scholars who are dedicated to serving the larger Black community.

Olivia Edenfield, Ph.D. named Professor of the Year for 2016

Olivia EdenfieldOlivia Carr Edenfield, Ph.D., was presented with the Wells/Warren Professor of the Year Award at the Georgia Southern University 2016 Honors Day Convocation held at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 6.

A second-generation Georgia Southern University graduate and Statesboro native, Edenfield (82’) attended school at Marvin Pittman Laboratory School and Statesboro High School before earning her undergraduate degree in English at the University. Her parents, Paul Carr (‘56) and Rose Watkins Carr (‘57), graduates from Georgia Teachers College, passed along their love of teaching to Edenfield.

“My undergraduate professors as well as my parents, both of whom were teachers, inspired in me a deep love for the classroom,” she said.

Edenfield and her husband of 33 years met as students and she couldn’t resist “coming home” to Georgia Southern with him in 1986 when she was hired as a temporary instructor. Since then she has served as a non-tenure track instructor for the Developmental Studies/English Department, a Generalist in the English Department, the Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and is now the Executive Coordinator of the American Literature Association and professor in the Department of Literature and Philosophy.

Edenfield is a member of the Ernest Hemingway Society, the Cormac McCarthy Society, the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society, the American Crime Fiction Group and the Society for the Study of the American Short Story.

Edenfield’s area of specialization is the American short story, and she has published several works including a collection of interviews with Andre Dubus, Conversations with Andre Dubus, as his authorized biographer. Edenfield currently has two works in production, a monograph on Dubus,Understanding Andre Dubus, and a collection of essays on American crime and detective fiction which she is co-editing.

“What I love most about teaching is watching my students develop a passion for literature,” Edenfield said. “I love watching them develop their ideas and become confident scholars in their own right. I love being in the classroom.”

The winner of the Professor of the Year Award is selected annually by the University’s students. Members of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society interview the department heads of the finalists and consider student evaluations of the professors.

The group then conducts a blind review of the finalists before selecting the winner of the award, which is endowed by former Gamma Beta Phi advisors J. Norman and Rosalyn Wells. The award is named in honor of their parents, Nolan and Audrey Wells and Hartwell and Lucile Warren.

“When I found out I was named Professor of the Year, I was especially happy to make my family so proud of me,” Edenfield said. “The award is important to me because it is determined in part by students as well as by my department chair’s recommendation. We have a dedicated interim department chair, Mary Villeponteaux, whom I very much admire, not only for her dedication to our majors and her sense of fairness, but also for her contributions to her discipline. To have her respect as well as those of my students is very important to me.

“I truly love teaching. It is a calling, and I am so blessed to spend my days with English majors.”

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