PattersonThis is the third edition of Ascension, the annual publication highlighting research and scholarship efforts at Georgia Southern University, and I could not be more excited to reflect on the efforts of our faculty and students.

While the focus on collaboration is strong amongst the various colleges and departments, I am proud to share Georgia Southern’s most recent collaboration with the City of Statesboro. This partnership, along with a $1.1 million grant from the EDA, will allow Georgia Southern and the City of Statesboro to continue making its mark in downtown Statesboro with the development of the Innovation Incubator and Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab). This facility will offer small start-up companies a low-cost place to start and access resources that will help them grow and succeed while serving as an economic driver in southern Georgia.

In the previous edition of Ascension, I was honored to introduce Herty Advanced Materials Development Center and its alignment with Georgia Southern University. Since this pairing, Herty has continued great efforts to enhance materials research and development efforts and recently opened the nation’s first pilot pellet mill in Savannah. We were also fortunate to celebrate Herty’s 75th anniversary last May and provided guided tours of the recently renovated facility to many regional and state dignitaries and guests.

Our beautiful Statesboro campus also continues to expand in many complementary areas as the University continues to serve the region as a Carnegie Doctoral Research University, driving research and economic development throughout Southeast Georgia. This growth includes a $41 million Biological Sciences building, $18 million Dining Commons, $6 million Lakeside dining hall renovation, and University Park/Golf Course.Athletics broke ground on developing a $10 million Football Operations Center expansion and Student Affairs broke ground on Shooting Sports Education Center, assisted by a $3.3 million grant from the Department of Natural Resources. Plans are currently underway for the design/build of a $10 million Health Center and a long-awaited facility for our ROTC cadets is on the horizon.

The Georgia Southern University Concussion Research Program continues to receive extensive coverage for the Helmet Impact Telemetry System (HITS) program. The program provides for greater scientific understanding of sports-related concussions and combined with real-time detection and post-concussion monitoring as athletes are re-integrated into the classroom. HITS is the first line of defense to help keep the Eagles safe in the game.

Along with the some of the topics described above this issue features numerous faculty and students. Their dedication and continuous efforts is evident not only at Georgia Southern, but worldwide. I want to thank them all for setting the standard for research and scholarly works so high. As we continue to soar onward and upward, I am reminded there are no limits on excellence. I am pleased to share with you just a handful of stories and features and invite you to explore the culture of research and scholarship growing at Georgia Southern University.


Vice President for Research and Economic Development,
Dean, Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies