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Criminal Justice and Criminology faculty to travel to Finland on Fulbright scholarship

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently awarded Georgia Southern Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Associate Professor Bryan Lee Miller, Ph.D., a grant to travel to Finland.

Miller was awarded the Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award 2018-2019, which is funded jointly by the University of Tampere and the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki. For five months, Miller will teach a graduate-level qualitative methods course and an undergraduate drugs and society course. He will also conduct research on Finnish practitioner responses to emerging drug problems.

“I am extremely thankful for my department’s support and greatly look forward to this opportunity to conduct my research and teach in Finland,” said Miller.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and of other countries. Fulbright alumni have gone on to pursue careers as heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers and CEOs. In addition, 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows and thousands of other successful leaders have graduated from the program.

Miller is the author or co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, including PediatricsJournal of Research in Crime and DelinquencyPunishment & SocietyJournal of Criminal Justiceand the Journal of Drug Issues.  He is also the author of the book Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution. In addition, Miller was the 2014 recipient of the Georgia Southern University Award of Excellence in Contributions to Instruction.


Georgia Southern Staff Council recognizes employees for years of service, dedication to University

Faculty and staff gathered Thursday, March 22, at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro Campus to recognize employees during the annual Staff Years of Service & Merit Awards of Excellence Ceremony.

“Today is really a very special day for me, for all of us,” said University President Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D. “I am truly honored to be here with you this morning to recognize your dedication and commitment to Georgia Southern University. You’ve all shown tremendous dedication over this past year, and I know we’re ready, and we are prepared, for what lies ahead as we shape our new University.”

More than 200 Georgia Southern employees were recognized for their years of service to the University during the ceremony. Those recognized had been employed by the University from five to 35 years at the end of the 2017 calendar year. Employees from the former Armstrong State University were recognized during a ceremony on the Armstrong Campus in December.

“It is a great pleasure today to recognize 200 employees for their years of service to the University,” said Jasper Stewart, Staff Council chair and customer relationship manager – Armstrong Campus Lead for Finance Operations IT. “Through the years of service given to Georgia Southern, we have excelled by your commitment. These milestones were not met by accident, but by your dedication to maintain and fulfill the goals of Georgia Southern University.”

Thirty-three employees were also recognized as Award of Merit nominees, out of which eight were chosen to receive an engraved medallion, $1,000 cash prize and were recognized on stage by Staff Council. The Merit Award of Excellence winners are:

 

  • Kristi Bryant, Office of Parking and Transportation
  • Joshua Berry, Residential Facilities – Auxiliary Services
  • Melissa Gast-Goodman, Institute for Coastal Plain Science
  • Christopher Johnston, University Advancement – Gift Planning
  • Janina Jones – College of Education
  • Samantha Rossi – Human Resources
  • Sarah Singleton – Regents Center for Learning Disorders
  • Roxanne Sullivan (not pictured) – Political Science and International Studies

Criminal Justice and Criminology faculty to travel to Finland on Fulbright scholarship

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently awarded Georgia Southern Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Associate Professor Bryan Lee Miller, Ph.D., a grant to travel to Finland.

Miller was awarded the Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award 2018-2019, which is funded jointly by the University of Tampere and the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki. For five months, Miller will teach a graduate-level qualitative methods course and an undergraduate drugs and society course. He will also conduct research on Finnish practitioner responses to emerging drug problems.

“I am extremely thankful for my department’s support and greatly look forward to this opportunity to conduct my research and teach in Finland,” said Miller.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and of other countries. Fulbright alumni have gone on to pursue careers as heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers and CEOs. In addition, 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows and thousands of other successful leaders have graduated from the program.

Miller is the author or co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, including PediatricsJournal of Research in Crime and DelinquencyPunishment & SocietyJournal of Criminal Justice and the Journal of Drug Issues.  He is also the author of the book Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution. In addition, Miller was the 2014 recipient of the Georgia Southern University Award of Excellence in Contributions to Instruction.


Department of Sociology and Anthropology hosts Anthropology Week

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is hosting a series of events for Anthropology Week Feb. 12-15 in the Carroll Building on the Statesboro Campus.

Inspired by the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology Day, Georgia Southern’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology expanded its programming to include a celebration in honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday on Feb. 12, an anthropological twist on Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 and a day-long celebration of anthropology on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Highlights of the week’s events include:

  • Feb. 14-15: Have a happy Valentine’s Day, with an anthropological twist. To raise funds for their organization, students in the Lambda Alpha Honors Society will be selling handmade chocolates and baked goods in the shape of hearts, brains, finches and turtles. Goods will be sold in the Carroll Building atrium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 14: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Ryan McNutt, Ph.D., will present “Conflicted Pasts: An Introduction to Conflict Archaeology” during a Brown Bag Lecture at 1 p.m. in Carroll 2255.
  • Feb. 15: Archaeologist Hannah Morris, one of the key team members and “underground astronauts” on the famous Rising Star Expedition, will offer a free public lecture describing her firsthand account of helping to recover the remains of a new species, Homo naledi, at 3:30 p.m. in Carroll 2227.
  • Feb. 15: Enjoy a free showing of “Dawn of Humanity,” a film featuring world-renowned paleoanthropologist and University alumnus Lee Berger at 6 p.m. in Carroll 2227. Georgia Southern social sciences graduate student Mpume Hlophe, who was part of the Rising Star Expedition, will be on hand to answer questions about the film. Refreshments will be available, and attendance verification will be available upon request. The film is open to the public.
  • Throughout the week, anyone can take a photo in the Darwin Photo Booth or at the special “selfie station,” located in the Carroll Building atrium.

“We see this as an opportunity for students to share in the exciting and diverse things that the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is doing,” said Jennifer Sweeney Tookes, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology.

Anthropology Day, celebrated on Feb. 16, is a day for anthropologists around the world to share their excitement about their discipline with the public around them.


Georgia Southern University Hosts 47th Annual High School Model United Nations Conference

Georgia Southern University’s Department of Political Science and Division of Continuing Education will host the 47th annual High School Model United Nations (UN) Conference in the Nessmith-Lane Center in Statesboro on Feb. 1-3.

This year’s conference will bring more than 450 high school students from 21 schools throughout Georgia, South Carolina and Florida to the Statesboro Campus. The student delegates will feature simulations of the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Human Rights Council. The delegates will caucus, debate world issues and write resolutions during the program.

“As director of Georgia Southern’s Model UN program for more than 20 years, I have yet to find a better conduit for teaching students the skills of writing, research and public speaking,” said Political Science Professor Barry J. Balleck, Ph.D. “In addition, Model UN builds leadership skills in students and sharpens their awareness of the global issues that will be part of their lives for many years to come.”

Georgia Southern’s Model UN program was designated as one of the 2015-16 World’s Best International University Model UN Teams by the Model UN Institute and has been awarded with outstanding distinction for nine of the last 10 years at the National Model UN Conference in New York City.

Founded in 1972, the Georgia Southern Model UN program is one of the oldest and most continuous programs of its kind in the United States.

To learn more about the 47th annual High School Model UN Conference, visithttp://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/programs/mun/hs/