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Division of Continuing Education Welcomes New Team Member

Richardson_Melissa-137x206Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education is pleased to welcome Melissa Richardson as its newest staff member, effective April 1, 2015.

Richardson will serve as the College of Engineering and Information Technology, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Education and Contract Training Program Specialist. In this role, Richardson will focus on the development of new programs, coordinate, market, budget and evaluate current non-credit programs and continue to initiate contacts and build relationships with faculty, administrators and external organizations to foster new ideas and ensure a superior customer experience for all of the division’s partners.

“I am very excited to be here as a part of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University,” she said. “Great ideas are being shared and I look forward to the upcoming programs that will impact many people.”

Richardson’s skills, experience and drive make her a key addition to the Division of Continuing Education’s team. She brings over 16 years of program and management experience to the Division. In her last position, she served as a Project Coordinator in Early Clinical Development at Covance Clinical Development Services in Wisconsin. While there, she worked directly with project managers to assist with the overall management of multi-site studies. Along with her work experience, she holds Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University.

Current Programs and Conferences

  • Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
  • Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative
  • Global Education Summit
  • National Youth-At-Risk Conference, Las Vegas
  • National Youth-At-Risk Conference, Savannah

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 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.

Georgia Southern University Online MBA Ranked 17th by

The Online MBA offered by the College of Business Administration at Georgia Southern University has been ranked 17th by as a Top Online MBA Program of 2015.

According to, the Best Online Programs rankings are compiled using qualitative measures and data provided by IPEDS and the schools. reviewed more than 350 not-for-profit online programs, taking into consideration factors such as accreditation, academic quality, and peer reviews.

“We are gratified by the recognition and excited to be listed among the best programs in the nation,” states Allen C. Amason, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard to deliver good value, and rankings like this are a testament to that commitment and effort.”

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has found that one in three U.S. college students now take at least one class online. Completing an online MBA allows working professionals to continue working and maintaining their personal lives without much interruption, while advancing their education and opening their careers to new opportunities. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) annual corporate recruitment survey reports employer interest in hiring MBAs is increasing.

The Georgia Southern College of Business Administration has offered its Online MBA since 2001. The program is cohort-based, asynchronous and five semesters/21 months, with an established track record of preparing students for the complexities of today’s global business environment. The Georgia Southern Online MBA boasts high student satisfaction and graduation rates.

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only about 5 percent of all colleges of business are AACSB accredited.

For more information on the Georgia Southern MBA programs, visit or call 912.478.5767.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 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.

Georgia Southern Wins Big at Savannah ADDY Awards


A special congratulations to our own Graduate Assistant, Brooke Fremeau for receiving a Gold ADDY and Best of Show (student category) for Zoetic Apparel Brand Guidelines at Savannah ADDY Awards.


Georgia Southern staff and students brought home a haul from the Savannah Advertising Federation’s American Advertising (ADDY) Awards, held on Wednesday, April 8 at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Georgia.

Staff and students brought home a total of 10 awards from the event, and second-year master of fine arts major Brooke Fremeau brought home the Best in Show award in the student category. Fremeau, a native of Fairfax, Virginia, submitted brand guidelines for Zoetic Apparel. These guidelines outline the company’s vision, core values, logo standards, color palette — everything a designer would need to create creative work for the company.

“It’s very gratifying and humbling to win Best in Show,” Fremeau said. “To be honest I didn’t expect to win anything especially since this was only my second time entering to the ADDYs. I know I’m a great designer but to be recognized by the American Advertising Federation reinforces that I chose the right career and will be successful.”



In addition to the student work, the Georgia Southern admissions staff brought home a silver ADDY for the print materials in their undergraduate recruitment campaign, which they redesigned in-house this year. Lindsay Tyson, assistant director of marketing and communications for admissions, designed the pieces, but said the project was a massive undertaking and a team effort.

“At the end of the day, it truly is an honor to impact the lives of others through something I love doing: graphic design,” Tyson said. “I have been able to see that come to life in the form of the students we recruit to Georgia Southern.”

At the end of the night, Georgia Southern brought home more student awards than any other college or university in the Savannah area.

The list of winners from the Savannah ADDY Awards is as follows:

  • Brooke Fremeau received a Gold ADDY and Best of Show (student category) for Zoetic Apparel Brand Guidelines
  • Alexandra Tobia received a Gold ADDY for Eight Nine Design
  • Stephanie Neal received a Silver ADDY for the “I Am Team Ocean” Campaign
  • Affaf Aslam received a Silver ADDY for The New Dollar Bill
  • Alexander Smith received a Silver ADDY for Maussane Olive Oil
  • Michelle Parmar received a Silver ADDY for The A-Z Book
  • Hailey Smith received a Bronze ADDY for the Alitalia Identity Manual
  • Marcus Cook received a Bronze ADDY for Eight Nine Design Stationery
  • Jordan Michel received a Bronze ADDY for All Roads Lead to Rome
  • Yendi Reid received a Bronze ADDY for Lonely Planet Travel App
  • Georgia Southern University received a Silver ADDY for the Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign

Georgia Southern University Recognizes Alumni for Accomplishments




Georgia Southern University presented its 2015 Alumni Awards at the annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner held this pastSaturday at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.

The following alumni were recognized for outstanding achievements in their respective fields:

●      Susan E. Finger, Department of Biology Alumni Award. Finger, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Georgia Southern in 1973, currently serves as the program coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Mo. She also works as the science advisor and USGS liaison for the Department of Interior’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program. The author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and reports, she is a fisheries ecologist and aquatic toxicologist who has studied the effects of fire-fighting chemicals on aquatic and terrestrial resources. Finger also holds a Master of Science degree in fisheries and wildlife from Oregon State University.

●      Cedric D. Henry, College of Business Administration Alumni Award. Henry earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management in 1973, and is the co-founder and COO of Millennium Corporation, a government contractor, in Haymarket, Va. He retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service, where he completed two tours of duty in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 2014, he was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” and is a five-time Inc. 5000 honoree.

●      Brad Trower, College of Health and Human Sciences Alumni Award. Trower received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgia Southern University: a Bachelor of Science degree in health science in 1993, and a Master of Science degree in exercise science in 1996. He is currently vice president of business development and strategic planning at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Statesboro, and also worked there as an athletic trainer, the director of sports medicine, and as executive for orthopedics. In addition to his degrees from Georgia Southern, he also earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

●      Pratt Farmer, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Award. Farmer, a 1976 graduate of Georgia Southern with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, is director of marketing for Cooper Carry in Marietta, Ga. He is an Accredited Public Relations Practitioner, a Certified Sales Professional and is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia Agape, the Marietta/Cobb Fine Arts Association and the Boy Scouts of America.

●      Joseph Barrow, Ed.D., College of Education Alumni Award. Barrow earned his Bachelor of Science in health and physical education in 1980 and a Master of Education degree and certification in administration and supervision in 1987, all from Georgia Southern. He received his Doctor of Education degree from Nova University. He currently serves as the superintendent of the Fayette County Board of Education in Peachtree City, Ga. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of the Ware County Board of Education. Barrow serves on state and national nonprofit boards and advisory committees impacting education and health care.

●      Robin Rich, Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology Alumni Award. Rich received two degrees from Georgia Southern: a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering technology in 1982, and an MBA in 1992. He is a systems engineer for Automation Systems and Controls, Inc., in Statesboro, Ga. Previously, he worked in engineering at Great Dane Trailers and Brooks Instrument Division of Emerson Electric.

●      David Woodrum, M.D., Ph.D., College of Science and Mathematics Alumni Award.Woodrum earned an undergraduate degree in physics from Georgia Southern in 1994 before receiving his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 2001. He is assistant professor of radiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., where he also completed his internal medicine internship, his radiology residency and an interventional radiology fellowship. Woodrum has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded more than 20 grant-funded research projects.

●      Raimi Ewetola, M.D., Dr.P.H., Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Alumni Award.Prior to receiving his Doctor of Public Health degree from Georgia Southern in 2013, Ewetola earned a Master of Public Health degree from Armstrong State University and an M.D. from the University of Lome. He currently serves as a U.S. diplomat and deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global HIV/AIDS Division in Savannah, Ga. He is an adjunct faculty member of both Georgia Southern and Armstrong State University, a member of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and a consultant for the World Health Organization.

●      Michael R. Sanders, Alumnus of the Year Award. Augusta native Mike Sanders, who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing in 1981 from Georgia Southern, is a three-decade veteran of the financial services industry. He began his career with Morgan Stanley where he served for more than 25 years, rising to senior vice president for investments. He currently works as senior vice president for wealth management with UBS Financial Services. Sanders is a member of the Georgia Southern Foundation Board of Trustees, is a former University Alumni Association member and is a charter member of the Foundation’s 1906 Society. He and his family have endowed two scholarships at the University — one for students in the University Honors Program and one for athletics.

“Georgia Southern is pleased to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves as outstanding professional and personal achievers in their fields and who have loyally dedicated their time and service to their alma mater,” said Brooks Keel, president, Georgia Southern University. “Their accomplishments reflect positively not only on their own abilities, but also on Georgia Southern University.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 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.

2015 Research Symposium


The 2015 Research Symposium Faculty and Students from Georgia Southern University and regional colleges and universities are invited. The Research Symposium is a conference style showcase of student and faculty research across multiple disciplines. This event includes speakers, poster and paper presentation sessions from all academic disciplines.

The Research Symposium will be held on APRIL 24, 2015 in Statesboro, GA at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on the Georgia Southern University campus.  (Map)

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