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Georgia Southern University Holds Fall Convocation

08-15 Georgia Southern University Holds Fall 2012 ConvocationAccording to University President Bruce Grube, the past 10 years have been one of the most active decades in Georgia Southern University’s more than 100-year history. As the University prepares for the start of fall classes on Aug. 18, 2008, faculty and staff are preparing to welcome a record number of students.

Georgia Southern University faculty and staff packed the Performing Arts Center Aug. 13 for the Fall 2008 Convocation, signaling the beginning of the new academic year. The University officially welcomed 60 new faculty members and expects to welcome more than 17,000 students, the largest student body in the history of the institution. The expected increase in students comes after the University celebrated its largest ever graduating class this past year. Final enrollment numbers will be made available in late October.

‘During the last 10 years Georgia Southern University has undergone the greatest growth in physical facilities in its history and in the quality of academic programs,” said Grube. ‘As we turn our focus to the University’s second century, you can feel the excitement on campus, the state and the region. With increased interest from across the country and around the world, we are entering a true era of achievement at Georgia Southern University.”

According to Grube, Georgia Southern’s growth has been tied to a number of different things including the University’s recognition as a Carnegie/Doctoral Research University, its continued focus on its students, an expanding number of innovative programs and a faculty that are not only outstanding teachers, but professionals in their field.

During the 2008 Convocation ceremonies, the University recognized a select group of faculty for their excellence in service, contribution to instruction and research/creative scholarly activity.

2008-2009 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service

Dr. Susie M. Lanier, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Lissa M. Leege, Department of Biology

2008-2009 Faculty Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction

Dr. Godfrey A. Gibbison, School of Economic Development

Dr. Sharon E. Taylor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

2008-2009 Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity

Dr. Lance A. Durden, Department of Biology

Dr. Karl E. Peace, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health


On August 15 and 16, members of the University’s faculty, staff and administration will mobilize as part of Georgia Southern’s traditional Operation Move-In. The University community joins the President and other campus administrators to help freshmen and their parents carry boxes and belongings to their new residence halls.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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