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Georgia Southern employees to be recognized by USG chancellor for commitment to service

The Georgia Southern Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS) service team and University Housing Auxiliary Services Trade Shop team have been awarded the Chancellor’s Service Excellence awards for 2017.

Both groups have been invited to attend the awards ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Georgia State University to be recognized by the University System of Georgia’s Chancellor Steve Wrigley.

The University Housing Auxiliary Services Trade Shop team will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in completing projects this summer, which included more than 2,000 window replacements, installation of more than 100 exterior security cameras, installation of more than 280 wireless access points, replacement of siding on buildings at University Villas, the rebuild of the Russell Union Chick-fil-A and many more. These numerous projects were in addition to the work the team was already doing.

Team members include: Chris Spell, Brian Lang, Jesse Hopkins, Jason Brannen, James Meade, Jeff Joyner, James McGee, Allen Warren, Bobby Allen and Cameron Jones.

The CATS team has been named Frontline Help Desk Center of the Year for its continued efforts to improve service delivery to the University community. CATS provides first line support for all students, faculty and staff in Academic Affairs. In the past year, CATS implemented a new wireless login policy, allowing the team to be more accessible and to mobilize quickly to resolve technical issues on campus.

Team Members include: Sonya Chance, Tammy Robbins, Melissa Lanier, Pattie Beblowski, Paul Reaves, Clint Bridges, Pattie Reaves, Logan Grodi, Grant Turner, Konrad Godfrey, Dan Lanier, Todd Tinker, Tanner Moore, John Franklin, Andrew Merrifield, Mark Stewart, Jonathan Price, Patrick Mascoll, Matt Nichols, Alexander Ours, Jonathan Strickland, Kimala Wynn and Kyle Williams.

Other University nominees included:

  • Christopher Johnston, Assistant Vice President, Trust, Estate, & Gift Planning
  • Amy Smith, Director of Admissions
  • Christie Koppel, Marketing Manager, Office of Marketing & Communications
  • Kathryn Bryant, Administrative Coordinator, Conference Services
  • Gwendolyn Jackson, Custodial Supervisor
  • Art Berger, Director, Multimedia Development Center
  • Office of Marketing & Communications Team
  • Multimedia Development Center Team

To learn more about the Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 118 degree programs serving 20,418 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit


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