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.”
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.
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.