With the theme of “Success in Motion,” Dr. Keel stressed that Georgia Southern is a university on the move, and now is not the time to stand still. He pointed out the dozens of accomplishments and honors achieved by the University in the last year which include construction of Dining Commons, 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.
Dr. Keel also told the faculty and staff that for the first time since 2008, Georgia Southern is not expecting any cuts to next year’s University’s budget. He sees that as a positive sign that economic conditions are beginning to turn around for the state.
Keel said as Georgia Southern makes the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference, athletics are going to be used to market the accomplished academics and research being done by the faculty and staff at Georgia Southern and let others know about the school’s success.
Also during the Convocation, Keel and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean Bartels, Ph.D., 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