The Office of Student Activities (OSA) recently received the Most Innovative Use Award at the 2016 Connect Conference in Dallas for the multiple and innovative ways they are sharing information with students. One innovation highlighted at the conference was the availability of two touchscreen televisions on campus located in the Russell Union and Williams Center (home to the Office of Student Activities) where students can interact with the MyInvolvement site, view events, or search for organizations. The second innovation highlighted was the use of the Alerts feature. OSA keeps an alert up at all times called the Opportunities for Involvement (OFI). This alert is a listing of events or programs being hosted by Georgia Southern departments or campus organizations as well as Statesboro, GA community events open to our students.
By placing technology like the touchscreen televisions in high traffic student hubs, the campus has fewer paper flyers and posters which creates less trash and allows Georgia Southern to maintain its commitment to sustainability. In addition, OSA communication through Alerts and message relays affords students new ways to connect with the site, learn about events. and feel connected to campus.
As part of this award, OSA will also receive a $500 grant to continue innovation on campus.
The Collaboratory Living Learning Community
Designed for forward-thinking students who have a passion to impact their world, The Collaboratory Living and Learning community is a “laboratory” where students will collaborate with peers to explore creative solutions to challenges facing our world – hunger, access to education, clean drinking water, poverty, and more. Housed in Eagle Village and sponsored by the Office of Leadership & Community Engagement, Collaboratory students will spend the year exploring teamwork, collaboration, and creative approaches to solving wicked problems in the LLC-designated courses of FYE 1220: Collaboration & Creative Problem-Solving and FYE 1410: Exploring Wicked Problems and putting those skills into practice. Students will participate in a beginning of the year team building retreat as well as a variety of community service and cultural activities throughout the year. In addition, student “House Teams” will plan and coordinate dinners with faculty, social and service activities, and intramural teams for the living and learning community.
Leadership and Community Engagement Executive Director Dr. Todd Deal said, “The Collaboratory is an exciting new venture for us. Our objective is to help students build a strong community while developing their creative problem solving and teamwork skills. In so doing, our hope is to enhance retention of students not only into the sophomore year, but into the junior year and beyond as they engage in tackling problems that matter to them and through which they will develop the leadership capabilities and creative thinking skills that are valued by graduate & professional schools and by employers.”
The International Ambassadors, sponsored by the Office of Admissions, ended the academic year by volunteering at America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The IAs assisted in packing over 1,500 grocery bags of food to be distributed to low-income seniors throughout our local region.
International Ambassadors are a select group of international students who are actively involved in the life of Georgia Southern. The International Ambassadors participate in many events throughout the year, serving numerous campus departments as well as prospective students and families from across the globe.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has recognized 40 top colleges and universities as members of the inaugural Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer.
Applications were judged based on engagement, collaboration, impact and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships, support, admissions outreach, scholarships/financial aid, student engagement opportunities and institutional priorities.
Georgia Southern University will be acknowledged with the “Transfer Honor Roll” designation at Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016 annual convention in National Harbor, Maryland April 7-9. Phi Theta Kappa will also be releasing a study regarding transfer success based on the information provided in Honor Roll applications.
According to Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, 92% of Phi Theta Kappa members complete an associate degree or transfer. “With a 92% student success rate, Phi Theta Kappa members have a proven track record of success. Our members transfer at a much higher rate (72%) than the traditional community college student (29%),” Tincher-Ladner said. “In order to ensure their continued success, the Transfer Honor Roll Program identifies colleges and universities that understand the unique needs of community college transfer students and applauds the dynamic pathways these colleges have created to continue fostering student success at the four-year college.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Georgia Southern’s chapter is coordinated by Neal Richardson, Associate Director in the Office of Admissions.
From the March, 24, 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Press Release. It has been edited for length and clarity.
Dr. Mark Perez-Lopez, Associate Director of Georgia Southern’s Counseling Center, was recently selected from a large national pool of applicants to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH). The center coordinates the largest, most comprehensive annual survey of collegiate mental health services in the field from over 350 colleges and universities and 100,000 clients (http://ccmh.psu.edu/). It is regularly quoted in all levels of news and research publications.
In response to his appointment, Dr Perez Lopez said, “It is a great honor and responsibility to be selected for this position. It will provide the opportunity to learn and contribute to the ever growing field of research in college student mental health. I am excited to represent Georgia Southern University in this endeavor.”