Excellence in Action

September 2023


One team. One community.

A whole lot of support.

From the ribbon cutting at the new Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center to another fantastic State of the University, this year has been marked with soaring success. Throughout Hurricane Idalia, our leadership was proud to see how Eagle Nation came together for our students, faculty, staff and community. I applaud each of you and hope everyone has recovered from the storm.

I'm also happy to announce that Georgia Southern has signed an MOU with Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) to solidify the partnership that has developed since their arrival in our region.

As President Marrero pointed out in his State of the University, this will be a year to "solve and evolve." In order to know what really needs to be solved, though, I need the help of honest faculty and staff. Part of that effort is to assist in the rebranding efforts. Sign up for the branding workshops on September 12 and 13.

As for my part in the "solve and evolve" year, every semester, I hold Conversations with the Provost. At these sessions, I give an update on upcoming opportunities and challenges in Academic Affairs. These sessions are important parts of our communications strategy. Many of the college deans and members of the Office of the Provost leadership team are there to listen and share as well. We are here to support each other. After all, we are all on the same team. All Academic Affairs faculty and staff are welcome.

  • Tuesday, September 19,4-5 PM, Statesboro Campus, Interdisciplinary Academic Building (IAB), Room 1015
  • Monday, October 2, 4-5 PM, Armstrong Campus, Health Professions Academic Building (HPAB), Room 160
  • Wednesday, November 1, 4-5 PM, Liberty Campus, Room 108
  • Monday, November 6, 4-5 PM, Statesboro Campus, Engineering & Research Building (ERB), Room 3000

Institute for Innovative and Integrated Studies: Call for Fellows and Affiliates

The Provost Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Education is designed to provide up to two full-time faculty members with the opportunity to develop academic administrative and leadership skills in curriculum development, and assessment. Each position is offered for AY 2023-2024 as an overload in fall, spring, and summer semesters. The fellow will serve in the role for one year with the potential for a renewal of a second year (depending on budget or teaching needs; the second year may include course release in lieu of pay). The fellow will report directly to the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

Deadline: September 15


HRSA awards JPHCOPH $4 million to assist rural hospitals

Georgia Southern University’s Center for Public Health Practice and Research at the Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) has received a $4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide targeted technical assistance to rural hospitals nationwide. The funding will support the team’s implementation of the Targeted Technical Assistance for Rural Hospitals Program over a 5-year period (2023-2028).

“Many rural hospitals are struggling financially across the US,” said Dean of JPHCOPH Stuart Tedders, Ph.D. “Long-term, the primary program goal of this grant is to ensure that all rural hospitals are financially viable and positioned to serve their communities with the essential healthcare services that we all need and expect. A viable healthcare system is essential for assuring that all communities and their residents thrive. I am very proud of the CPHPR at the JPHCOPH and the commitment they have made to improving the quality of life of rural and underserved populations across the country.”

Bettye Apenteng, Ph.D. and Charles Owens serve as the co-Principal Investigators on the grant and are faculty members in JPHCOPH.

“We are proud to be selected to work cooperatively with rural hospitals across the US to strengthen their viability so they can continue to provide essential health care locally so the residents, the local hospital and the community may thrive,” said Charles Owens, clinical associate professor in JPHCOPH and one of the principal investigators on the grant.

As part of this cooperative agreement, the team will work in partnership with HRSA and rural health stakeholders to provide in-depth and tailored technical assistance to rural hospitals at risk of financial distress nationwide. Technical assistance delivered as part of this program will help rural hospital communities implement a prioritized strategy for maintaining essential services locally through capacity building in evidence-based decision-making, operational and financial improvement, strategic management, community partnership, project implementation, and evaluation.

“We are excited to extend the work we have done in Georgia with rural hospitals, for close to a decade, to the rest of the nation,” said co-project investigator Bettye Apenteng, Ph.D. “We look forward to building strong collaborative relationships with rural hospital communities nationwide.”

The grant activities will be executed by a multidisciplinary team with faculty from the JPHCOPH (Owens, Angie Peden, Apenteng, Andrew Hansen, Ph.D., Linda Kimsey, Ph.D., William Mase, Ph.D., Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, Ph.D., and Samuel Opoku, Ph.D.), the Parker College of Business (Kwabena Boakye, Ph.D.), and the College of Arts and Humanities (Jason Murdock, Ph.D.).

Grand Opening: Georgia Southern Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Georgia Southern University Libraries are hosting the grand opening of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Savannah on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and Statesboro on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PTRCs comprise a network of 84 libraries nationwide that disseminate patent and trademark information and support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public. Georgia Southern Libraries are one of two officially designated PTRCs in Georgia for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

Georgia Southern’s PTRC partners with the University’s Business Innovation Group (BIG) and other regional like-minded organizations to foster innovation and creativity. Dignitaries from the USPTO, including Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director Derrick Brent, will attend the ribbon cutting event at the Armstrong Center in Savannah on Sept. 27. 

“With the recent economic development of Hyundai’s Mega Site, associated suppliers, and regional commerce, our PTRC cultivates a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship,” stated Georgia Southern’s PTRC librarian representative John Schlipp. Innovators and creative colleagues utilizing the PTRC service at Georgia Southern University Libraries will be able to determine the potential for their patent applications and federal registration for a trademark on their inventions, products, or services.

The two events will act as workshops for investors, entrepreneurs and business startups. The PTRC at Georgia Southern can assist patrons in conducting their own free patent and trademark searches on specialized databases of the USPTO. Additionally, patrons can receive one-on-one instruction on the application process, improve awareness of a product field, determine application feasibility, and prepare for consulting with an attorney. 

Visit the PTRC grand opening library guide for further details and to make a reservation to attend the workshops at either the Statesboro or Savannah campuses. For more information, or to schedule an appointment or group instruction, please contact John Schlipp at [email protected] or (912) 478-7818.

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