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2016 Psychology Department Research Conference

Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Joins us for the 2016 Psychology Department Research Conference Friday, April 29 at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.

Guilt-By-Association: Understanding Implicit and Explicit Attitude Formation

Schedule
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Student Research Poster Session
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dr. Kate Ratliff (University of Florida), keynote speaker


Applications open for second annual BIG Pitch Competition

Undergraduate and graduate collegiate innovators who have creative and sustainable solutions are invited to submit their ideas for the second annual BIG Pitch Competition, hosted by Ocean Exchange and Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group.

This year’s BIG Pitch Competition focuses on sustainability and invites individuals or teams to submit solutions and innovations that improve economies, health and the environment for the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize. Applications are now open, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. The deadline is Sept. 30.

Eight finalists will be invited to present their ideas and solutions at Ocean Exchange Nov. 11 in front of 150 delegates representing businesses, NGOs, academia and government. Delegates will vote on who receives the cash award.

“The board and team at Ocean Exchange are excited for year two of the BIG Pitch Competition,” said Ocean Exchange CEO, Millicent Pitts. “Last year exceeded our expectations in the quality of the solutions that applied. Our delegates at the Ocean Exchange event were gratified to see young adults so engaged in sustainability innovations and entrepreneurship, both cornerstones of our existing Gulfstream® Navigator and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle® Awards. Frankly, I see BIG Pitch as a pipeline to bring solutions into our greater awards process as those collegiate innovations mature in one-five years.”

Last year’s competition drew nearly 30 collegiate team applicants from around the country, Canada and India. Opus 12 from Stanford University was selected as the winner for its sustainable innovation, “Renewable Fuel Production from Carbon Dioxide,” which uses technology developed at Stanford University to take carbon dioxide and convert it into usable fuel, ethanol that can then be used by oil refineries and corn ethanol plants.

“BIG Pitch is quickly becoming one of the premiere platforms for college students to showcase their innovative concepts,” said Business Innovation Group Director Dominique Halaby, D.P.A. “Teams are coming from across the globe for the exposure that comes from presenting in front of such an esteemed delegation.”

Since winning the competition, Opus 12 has won grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF), and also won DOE’s 2015 Transformational Idea Award among several other awards. Nicholas Flanders, the co-founder and CEO of Opus 12 was also featured among Forbes’ 30 under 30 for energy. Opus 12 was also selected by Shell GameChanger to receive funding for an initial feasibility study.

BIG Pitch is part of the Business Innovation Group, in Georgia Southern University’s College of Business Administration. For more information about the competition and to apply, please visitwww.oceanexchange.org.

Ocean Exchange is an international non-profit with the mission of helping advance the adoption of transformative solutions that support sustainability. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics are worldwide sponsors.


Georgia Southern recognized for Excellence in Community College Transfer

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Georgia Southern University has been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as one of the top universities in the nation to assist students in transferring from community colleges to four year institutions.

Out of 2,400 colleges and universities in the national, Georgia Southern University was one of only 40 schools recognized for this honor.

Selection for the inaugural Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll was based on an extensive application process in which universities showcased their engagement, collaboration, impact, available scholarships and achievements in supporting community college transfer.

“With this designation, we hope to connect community college students with institutions who value their unique transfer experience and prioritize their success,” Christin Grissom, director of scholarship operations for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society said.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. In April, Georgia Southern was approved to host a Phi Theta Kappa Alumni chapter.

“Students who are involved in Phi Theta Kappa at their two-year universities often wish to stay involved in the honors and services when they transfer to a four-year university,” Neal Richardson, associate director in the Office of Admissions, said. “Not only are we the only university in Georgia to make the Honor Roll, we are now the only university in Georgia that offers an alumni chapter so that those students may stay involved once they come to Georgia Southern.

To learn more about the alumni chapter, contact Neal Richardson atjrichardson@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-0860.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers approximately 125 degree programs serving nearly 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Camp RAD to receive assistance through Faculty Service Award

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Katy Gregg, Ph.D.; Gavin Colquitt, Ed.D.; and Ashley Colquitt, Ph.D

Camp RAD has been offered the past three summers and supports youth with disabilities in Bulloch County by offering a summer camp experience. Through collaboration with the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department, The Therapy Spot and Georgia Southern faculty, Camp RAD provides safe, free opportunities for adapted physical activity and sport, health education and life skills training to adolescents age 10-21.

Camp RAD will be held Mondays through Thursdays, May 31-June 23. Campers can register for Camp RAD on April 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Honey Bowen Building. For more information on Camp RAD, contact Gavin Colquitt, Ph.D., at 912-478-0889 or Alison Brown at 912-764-5637. For information on financial assistance, contact Mitzi Proffitt at Parent-2-Parent of Georgia at 912-489-1904.


Southern artists stand out at American Advertising Awards

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Students in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Ashley Hillman, Brooke Fremeau, Xinyang Li, Affaf Aslam, Brendan Lloyd and Shelby Myers won American Advertising Awards (ADDY) in Savannah this month.

 

Six Georgia Southern students took home awards at the local level of the 2016 American Advertising Awards (ADDY) in Savannah this month.

Sixteen students from Georgia Southern and 50 students from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) participated in the student competition in categories such as mobile app, packaging, integrated campaigns, posters, brochures and logo designs.

“Our students are among the most talented in the region, and we’re very proud of their accomplishments,” Robert Farber, chair of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, said. “Events like this one give our students an opportunity to see how the skills they learn in the studio  are applied in the marketplace and shows them how they measure up next to their peers.”

Brenden Lloyd, senior graphic design major, and Ashley Hillman, senior graphic design major, earned gold ADDYs; Xinyang Li, first-year graduate student of art, and Shelby Myers, senior, graphic design major, earned silver ADDY;  Affaf Aslam, second year graduate student of art, and Brooke Fremeau, third year graduate student of art, earned bronze ADDYs. In addition to her gold ADDY, Hillman also took home a special judge’s award for her design work.

“This is a proud moment for Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, as well as for me as a graphic design professor,” Santanu Majumdar, associate professor of graphic design, said. “There’s nothing so rewarding for me as a teacher than to see my students succeed.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers approximately 125 degree programs serving nearly 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


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