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October 3, 2023 – President’s Letter

Dear Students,

After an electrifying Saturday night football game win at Paulson Stadium, which drew a record-breaking crowd and captured the attention of a national television audience, we now turn to fall….…with midterms around the corner and homecoming celebrations filling the month of October.

A few years ago, we brought back the annual “Celebrate” event to the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. This year, it expands to “Celebrate Spirit Week 2023: Soaring through the Decades,” running from Monday, Oct. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 14. The main Celebrate event will be Thursday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Last year we had over 3,000 faculty, staff, students, and community members attend to enjoy the food, fun, games, student/faculty booths, and vendors. See the full week’s worth of activities here.

The following week, Oct. 15–21, we’ll mark our annual Georgia Southern Homecoming week, “Wild Wild West in the Eagle’s Nest.” Highlights of the week include a parade on Monday evening in partnership with the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair, crowning of Homecoming royalty, and our football game on the 21st against University of Louisiana Monroe. A list of events and activities can be found here.

October is also the month when fall minimester II begins on October 9. Minimesters are accelerated courses that can be completed in just eight weeks, and are a great way to finish your degree faster, learn material in a shorter amount of time, or get a head start on your studies.

By this point in the year, you should have found a way to get connected to a program or a faculty or a staff member. There are a number of community events that need volunteers in the month of October…..students can find out about service opportunities on the #GoLead Newsletter.

An on-campus job is also a good way to not only connect but to make some money and gain meaningful experience. Departments across the university are regularly posting positions online

I want to continue to remind you about the teams of staff that are available to ensure your well-being at Georgia Southern. For example, should you ever experience issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, or any other of a number of concerns, our Counseling Center is available to help. If you’re still not sure about counseling, take a look at their Frequently Asked Questions page. Another resource is our Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, which administers the University’s equal opportunity and affirmative action and sexual misconduct policies. The office also conducts presentations and training on these topics.

Finally I want to highlight some of our amazing faculty members. Georgia Southern University’s Center for Public Health Practice and Research at the Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) recently received a $4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide targeted technical assistance to rural hospitals nationwide. Bettye Apenteng, Ph.D. and Charles Owens serve as the co-Principal Investigators on the grant and are faculty members in JPHCOPH. As part of this cooperative agreement, the team will work in partnership with HRSA and rural health stakeholders to provide in-depth and tailored technical assistance to rural hospitals at risk of financial distress nationwide.

So as the air cools a bit here in Southeast Georgia, Georgia Southern continues to propel forward and further…Go Eagles!!!

Kyle Marrero, President

Last updated: 10/4/2023