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Georgia Southern officials unveiled the school's centennial logo Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the university's 100th anniversary.
    Tuesday's event was to reveal the logo prior to the the school's year-long celebration, which will official begin on Friday.
    Friday has also been designated at Georgia Southern Day by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
    Georgia Southern President Dr. Bruce Grube said reaching 100 years is a symbolic milestone for the school.
    "It represents a lot of hard work and sacrifices by a lot of people in this community and in this area," Grube said.
    Banners with the logo will be placed around campus and around Statesboro to help the school celebrate.
    Grube said that support was evident from the founding of the school in 1906 when a group of citizens went to Savannah to fight to have the First District A&M School located in Statesboro.
    The first school had 15 students and four faculty members and has since grown to more than 16,500 students and 1,000 faculty.
    Billy Griffis, chairman of the centennial committee, echoed Grube's comments regarding the work of those who made Georgia Southern's 100th anniversary possible.
    "Really, the folks of this area had a vision in 1906 and had a lot of competition to bring back what has become Georgia Southern," he said.
    Griffis said he was honored to be a part of the celebration.
    "It's a great opportunity to be a part of the Georgia Southern story as it celebrates 100 years," he said.
    One of the first public events commemorating the school's centennial will be an exhibit of the Georgia Southern's history in photographs, artifacts, scrapbooks entitled "Alma Mater, Dear," at the Georgia Southern Museum. That exhibit will open January 22.
    Also scheduled is an original opera titled "Scholar under Siege" written by Georgia Southern music professor Dr. Michael Braz that will be performed April 19-22. The opera tells the story of the public power struggle between Georgia Southern president Marvin Pittman and Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge.
    This year's graduates will also be the first to have the centennial logo on their diplomas and athletic uniforms will also have special logos on them.
    Grube said a multitude of events will be held throughout the year and the public is encouraged to attend.
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