STATESBORO, Ga. – Aug. 14, 2013 – Georgia Southern will begin the fall semester by teaching traditions to the newest members of Eagle Nation during the third annual DAY ONE celebration at Paulson Stadium on Monday, Aug. 19 at 9 p.m.
“This is the night we welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus and teach the newcomers what it means to be a Georgia Southern Eagle,” explained University President Brooks Keel, Ph.D. “It is a great honor to share these rich traditions which include Beautiful Eagle Creek, the cheers of ‘Whose House? Our House!’ and watch Freedom, our bald eagle, fly in the prettiest little stadium in America.”
DAY ONE is designed as a pep rally to kick off the new academic year. President Keel will be joined by first lady Tammie Schalue, Student Government Association President Garrett Green, Eagles Head Football Coach Jeff Monken and Athletics Director Tom Kleinlein. The Southern Pride Marching Band will be there along with Freedom, Gus and the Georgia Southern cheerleaders.
Tailgating begins at 7 p.m. in the Paulson Stadium parking lot, and that will include a performance by country singer/songwriter and alumnus Eric Lee Beddingfield. He graduated in 2002 with a B.B.A. in Management. Beddingfield was also an Eagles linebacker whose football career ended because of an injury.
Because of the stadium expansion project, DAY ONE will be held on the home side of Paulson. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue and white and be ready to learn cheers and the Georgia Southern fight song. Alumni and members of the community are also invited to join students, faculty and staff for the celebration.
The first 1,500 fans at DAY ONE will receive a free meal from Eagle Dining Services, and the next 2,000 fans will receive a free True Blue towel. 91.9 The Buzz will broadcast live from Paulson Stadium. If there is rain on Monday night, DAY ONE will be rescheduled for Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. at Paulson Stadium.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.