A Presidential Opportunity

President Barack Obama has departure photos taken with Glorie Chiza, PPO, in the Oval Office, Dec. 4, 2015. Attending are: Anastasie Lubala, mother; Sebastien Chiza, brother; Ruben Chiza, brother; Deborah Chiza, sister; Jonathan Chiza, brother; Alika Chiza, sister; Lola Chiza, sister, age 11. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama has departure photos taken with Glorie Chiza, PPO, in the Oval Office, Dec. 4, 2015.  Attending are: Anastasie Lubala, mother; Sebastien Chiza, brother; Ruben Chiza, brother; Deborah Chiza, sister; Jonathan Chiza, brother; Alika Chiza, sister; Lola Chiza, sister. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

On December 4th, Georgia Southern University student Jonathan Chiza, 3rd year Information Systems major, and his family had the privilege of going to the White House and meeting President Barack Obama. Jonathan’s older brother Glorie Chiza worked in the Presidential Personnel Office and had the opportunity to bring his whole family to take departure photos with President Obama.

“The opportunity to meet President Obama meant a lot for my family, because in March of 2015 our father passed away. Our father relocated from Democratic Republic of the Congo to the U.S. in 1997 on the U.S. State Department Diversity Lottery Visa Program and worked 3 jobs to make this moment a possibility. He gave up a successful career, his comfort, and his health to give my siblings and I access to a better education and career opportunities. Although he didn’t get a chance to be in this picture, I am confident that he is proud of us.”

Jonathan Chiza will be spending Spring 2016 in Atlanta as an IT intern with Norfolk Southern. On campus, he has been involved in multiple organizations such as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Student Government Association, and African Student Association just to name a few. Chiza has also been working on-campus as a Career Educator in the Office of Career Services and was the first freshman be hired for the position.

“I love helping other student with their resume, cover letter, and really just making their dreams come true.”

His freshman year he made the “Georgia Southern’s Career Service Kid President” video to help promote all the great things Career Service offers.

“Once I graduate from GSU I plan on becoming an Information Systems Consultant and one day become a CIO (Chief Information Officer) of a Fortune 100 company. I also want to continue to make my parents very proud!”

Current and front page photos are courtesy of Pete Souza, White House Photo Office.

On Target for the Gold

Cassandra World Team

Cassandra “Cassy” Pelton (pictured on the far right), a junior pre med major and Southern Eagles Archery Club President, recently traveled to Lansing, Michigan in December for the 2016 World Archery Indoor Team Trials.  At this competition, Cassy competed individually in qualification rounds and then in head-to-head competition over the three day period to earn a spot on the USA World Indoor Team.

To make the team, an archer has to place in the top 3 of their division and Cassy placed 3rd out of some of the best archers in the US to earn her place on the 2016 World Indoor Archery Team. Cassy will be traveling on a self-funded trip from February 28, 2016 – March  6, 2016 to Ankara, Turkey to compete and represent the USA.  Cassy has also been invited to Guatemala from March 7, 2016 – March 14, 2016 to compete in a World Archery Ranking Championship.  This International competition experience will be invaluable for Cassy in her quest to make the 2020 Olympic Team.

As well as travelling to Turkey, Cassy will be competing throughout the year to earn a place on the United States Archery Team for 2017.  USA Archery selects the top 5 ranked Junior Archers for the team and in 2015 Cassy placed 7th.  This means she is ranked 7th in the United States for her Division.  Cassy will be traveling Nationwide to compete and ultimately attain a position on the 2017 Sr. USAT Team.

STEM Programming Success

On September 2 &  3, 2015 the Office of Career Services hosted the 2015 Fall STEM night and STEM Career Fair. We were fortunate this year to welcome 11 distinguished panelists from a variety of STEM industries to participate in a Q&A with students from all Colleges about the value of taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities while in college. Additionally, 15 employers conducted information sessions on their companies and discussed current openings, company culture, and answered questions from students.

The following day, the STEM Career Fair boasted 86 total employers and over 600 students attended to network, apply for open positions, and meet recruiters from a variety of companies in the STEM fields. Some of the more recognizable companies that were in attendance included: GM, Textron, AT&T, Gulfstream Aerospace, CDC, KIA, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Frito-Lay, and Delta Airlines.


 STEM CAREER FAIR COMPARISON REPORT   Fall 2013    Fall 2014      Fall 2015
# of Registered Employers        40          54          86
# of Student Attendees       262        453         618


Developing Talent

At Campus Recreation & Intramurals, the training and development of our Graduate Assistants is our number one goal.

Our graduate assistant development program is centered around providing graduate students with a developmental learning environment that is collaborative and experiential. Through applied learning, managed challenges, assigned task, professional development and personal growth, we provide exemplary learning experiences that serve as a solid foundation for obtaining their career aspirations. Our success rate in placing our graduate assistants in relevant full-time positions is 100%.

Some examples of our past graduate assistants and their current positions:

Ellen Whitney Kinsey: Coordinator, Indian Creek Recreation Area at Georgia State University
Jim Baker: Intramural Coordinator at Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Chris Butler: Director of Digital Marketing at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Adam Sardinha: Marketing and Communications Specialist at NC State University Recreation
Matt McBride: Race Director at Pink Gorilla Events LLC, a running events company co-founded by Jason Bakewell (CRI graduate assistant 2004-2006)
Eddie Simmons: was a GA at Southern 1991-1993. Currently Associate Director of University Recreation at Appalachian State University
Kurt Frederick: Communications Specialist, College of Arts & Sciences at University of Nebraska at Omaha
Megan Maransani: Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness at Kansas State University
Alicia Day: Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Education in Littleton, MA
Kelly Danison: State Programs Manager, Council of Development Finance Agenices, Columbus, OH
Sean Stake: Director of Marketing – Special Olympics Tennessee in Nashville
Keegan Ashbee: Coordinator of Competitive Sports – University of Florida

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