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Sea Island opens third Savannah branch
    Sea Island Bank recently opened its third location in Savannah. The newest branch is located in the renovated Standard Oil Building at 120 Drayton Street in Downtown Savannah.  
    "Opening an office in the historic Standard Oil building is certainly fitting as we celebrate our 105th anniversary of service,” said Wayne Akins, President & CEO of Sea Island Bank. “I believe our customers will be excited not only by the convenience of a drive-through in historic downtown but by the great team of bankers at the Drayton Street office."
    Sally Connelly will serve as branch manager and Vickie Godbee as assistant branch manager.
    Sea Island Bank is multi-financial services company with more than 105 years of service to customers in Southeast Georgia.

Zeta Tau Alpha earns awards at convention
    Amy Eakin, Megan Eustice, Erika Fewox and Jessica Vanner, residents of Statesboro, represented Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity’s Zeta Xi at Georgia Southern at the organization’s 48th National and 37th International Convention in The Woodlands, Texas, July 12-16. They serve as their chapter’s president, new member coordinator, treasurer and historian.  
    Eakin, Eustice, Fewox and Vanner joined nearly 800 ZTA collegiate and alumnae members and National Officers at the biennial convention, including the fraternity’s legislative body, which consists of delegates from 144 collegiate chapters and more than 250 alumnae organizations.
    The local chapter received the following awards at the convention: National Recognition Silver award, Crown Chapter, Quota/Total, Financial Excellence, and Founders Club.
    Zeta Tau Alpha was founded in 1898 in Farmville, Va., and has more than 187,000 members worldwide.

GSU faculty member completes residency
    Georgia Southern University faculty member Laura Regassa was among 16 scientists from around the country to complete a yearlong residency program that is designed to improve student learning in the microbiological sciences.
    An assistant professor in the Department of Biology, Regassa completed the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Scholars-in-Residence Program.
    The program brings together outstanding faculty who are committed to investigating and documenting significant issues and challenges in the teaching of microbiology.
    Regassa’s research interests include bacteriology and molecular biology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
    The Scholars-in-Residence Program began in July 2005 with a four-day institute on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the ASM headquarters in Washington, D.C. It culminated in May 2006 with the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators.

Christy Lane joins Boro ad agency
    Christy P. Lane was named creative director at Southeastern Marketing, an advertising and public relations agency  in Statesboro.
    Lane, a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design, also has extensive experience in photography. Proficient in both Macintosh and PC formats, Lane is skilled in numerous software capabilities including, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Macromedia Fireworks, Freehand, Dreamweaver and Flash.
    "Christy's background and experience in many facets of graphic design will add another dimension to our creative team," said Roy L. Akins Jr., president of Southeastern Marketing. "Just as important, she recognizes the importance of building long-term relationships with our clients by demonstrating courtesy, respect and gratitude."
    During her time at Georgia Southern, Lane participated in many extracurricular activities including serving as vice president and co-founder of MOTI (Manifestations of the Imagination). She and her husband, Blake, reside in Statesboro.
    Established in 1984, Southeastern Marketing serves a broad range of clients with advertising services, public and media relations, media placement, market research and special events.