Georgia Southern University

University set to begin new academic year

The administration, faculty, staff and students of Georgia Southern University are getting ready for the start of the 2007-2008 academic year.

With that in mind, here is a list of ‘back to school” activities that will be taking place on the Statesboro campus during the next few weeks:

Wednesday, Aug. 8
What: Fall Convocation.
Description: This annual gathering of the campus community marks the official beginning of the new academic year. President Bruce Grube will make his annual State of the University address and the Faculty Awards of Excellence will be presented.
Where: The Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building and the Performing Arts Center.
When: A reception will be held from 10 a.m. until 10:40 a.m.; the convocation ceremony itself will begin at 10:45 a.m. and end at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 10
What: Operation Move-In.
Description: More than 3,000 students who will be living on campus will arrive and move into their assigned residence halls. In keeping with a longstanding tradition, various administrators, faculty and staff members from throughout the University have volunteered to give directions, answer questions, and help students and their parents carry boxes to their rooms.
Where: Students will check in at the Recreation Activity Center and then proceed to the 10 residence halls.
When: 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 12
What: Conversations with Professors.
Description: More than 100 faculty members have signed up for this brand-new program, which is designed to promote dialogue between first-year students and the faculty of each college. Each faculty volunteer will meet with a group of 25 students and engage them in a discussion of the University’s academic expectations.
Where: Academic buildings across the campus.
When: 3:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13
What: First day of classes.
Where: Academic buildings across the campus.
When: 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21
What: House Calls.
Description: In the latest installment of a program that has been recognized by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, teams of administrators and faculty members will welcome first-year students to the campus community by paying personal visits to the students in the residence hall rooms. The ‘house callers” will give each a student a packet containing pertinent information and answer any questions the student may have about living and learning on campus.
Where: Residence halls across the campus.
When: 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Welcome Week, an annual series of social activities that greet students as they arrive on campus for the start of the new school year, will run from Friday, Aug. 10, through Wednesday, Aug. 22. For the complete Welcome Week schedule, visit .

Members of the media are invited to cover any or all of these ‘back to school” activities.

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