Letter From The Editor
Welcome to summer at Georgia Southern! Summer on our campus means a lot of wonderful things — from sharing a slice of watermelon on the Pedestrium to watching another class of new freshmen and their parents participate in SOAR sessions, in preparation for an exciting fall semester.
Summer school also presented new opportunities for some of our faculty and students. While many have remained on campus, others have traveled around the globe to further their studies. In this issue, we highlight some of these adventures abroad, including a few of the University’s Study Abroad trips to Italy, France and Asia. In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Underwood, the department chair of Geology and Geography, is spending his summer researching landslides in Italy’s Dolomite Alps. In another feature, our own Southern Chorale returned from a European concert tour after taking the gold at an international competition in Linz, Austria.
Closer to home, Georgia Southern students have taken top honors, with the University earning the first-ever recognition on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Last year, more than 3,900 students engaged in nearly 396,000 hours of service on campus and in the community, an impressive accomplishment.
Our alumni also achieved recognition — from Jemelleh Coes, Georgia’s Teacher of the Year to the 10 individuals honored for their outstanding service and achievements at the Alumni Association’s biennial Alumni Awards ceremony.
I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy these stories and many others in this issue — from
research and sports to alumni profiles and scholarship recipients to see how your University is making a difference.
Mary Beth Spence