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Keel: Georgia Southern University is on the move
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Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel delivers the State of the University address during the 2013 Fall Convocation. - photo by Photo courtesy Georgia Southern University

Faculty Awards for Excellence

Also during the convocation, Keel and Dr. Jean Bartels, the provost and vice president for academic affairs Jean Bartels, presented the Faculty Awards for Excellence. The winners were:

2013-14 Award for Excellence in Contributions in Service
Yasar Bodur, Ph.D., College of Education
Julie Maudlin, Ed.D., College of Education

2013-14 Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction
Scott Beck, Ph.D., College of Education
Lisa Yocco, College of Science and Mathematics

2013-14 Award for Excellence in Contributions to Research/Creative Scholarly Activity
John Luque, Ph.D., Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
K. Bryant Smalley, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Georgia Southern University is on the move, and now is not the time to stand still, University President Dr. Brooks Keel said Wednesday during his annual State of the University address.

The address was the centerpiece of Georgia Southern’s annual fall convocation, held at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center. The theme was “Success in Motion.”

Keel pointed out the dozens of accomplishments and honors the university achieved in the last year, including construction of the Landrum Dining Commons and a new Biological Sciences Building, being ranked as one of the top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report for the third year in a row and establishing a new institute for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — education and research.

“As we get ready for students to return to campus and start classes on Monday, I can’t think of a better time for us to look at where we’ve been and where we are going,” he said. “Our faculty are prepared, our staff are supportive and our students have never been  more qualified. A lot of exciting opportunities are ahead this year at Georgia Southern.”

Keel told the faculty and staff that, for the first time since 2008, Georgia Southern does not expect any cuts to next year’s university budget. He sees that as a positive sign that economic conditions are beginning to turn around for the state.

“As this institution makes the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference,” he said, “we are going to use athletics to market the accomplished academics and research being done by the faculty and staff at Georgia Southern and let others know about our success.”

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