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									                                                                                                                          Volume 9, Issue 16                                     May 6, 2009

                                                                                                              University Honors Program
                                                                                                              Georgia Southern University

                                                                                                              The Mosaic
        Important Dates
        Important Dates December 2008 University Honors Program Graduates
                                   University Honors Program Spring 2009 Graduates
Mo nday, Aug ust 25

                                                                                                       Congratulations to our May graduates! We We wish you all the best future and and
                                                                                      Congratulations to all of our December 2008 2009 graduates!wish you all the best in thein the futureencourage you to stay
Friday, May 8
•                         USHA Cook- Out at 7pm

                                                                                                        your successes.
                                                                                      in touch to shareencourage you to stay in touch to share your successes. The following is a list of all UHP
Honors Graduation
We dnesday, Aug ust 27

•                         Ope ning o f the CAT at 7pm

Reception at 4:00pm in
Friday, August 29


Russell Union Ballroom
Mo nday, Se ptember 1
                          Fall 2008 Experie ntial Lear ning Projec t Sign-U p

                                                                                      Fall Experiential Learning Project Deadline Jennifer McDermott
                                                                                                                Melissa Bailey
                                                                                                                Jesse Bentley                                Josh Nellums
•                         Summer 2008 Experiential Le arning Proj ect Pack ets D ue

                                                                                      All students who are currently working on an experiential learning project must turn in their completed project packet by
T hursday, Se ptember 9

                                                                                                                Michelle Beverly                             Ann Onyenwoke
Saturday, May 9                                                                       Friday, December 5 at 5:00pm. Packets should include a coversheet, 500 word essay on how the project contributed to
                                                                                                                Laine Bradley                                John Oxford
•                         University Honors Ambassadors Me eti ng at 5pm

Commencement at                                                                       the broader undergraduate experience and a signed letter verifying 25 hours from the site coordinator. Please contact
Friday, S eptember 12

                                                                                                                Odelle Crossley                              William Probus
•                         JASSO Scholarshi p deadli ne

9:00am in Paulson                                                                     Cassandra Schell at or 478-0240 with any questions.
                                                                                                                Jeremy Clark Daniel                          Kelley Redmond
Stadium                                                                                                         Danielle Goddard                             Christopher Riley
                                                                                      Honors Research Symposium John Goodwin                                 Anthony Setari
Monday, May 11                                                                                                  Sheena Harmon                                Ryan Symposium on the evening of Wednesday,
                                                                                      The University Honors Program will be holding the annual Honors ResearchSetari
Deadline to sign up for                                                                                         Heather Jo Harralson                         Jessica Simons
                                                                                      April 22. Since the Honors Capstone has a public presentation component, all students graduating in May 2009 should
Summer 2009                                                                                                     Jennifer this event.                         Brian are welcome to take part. Details will be
                                                                                      mark their calendars to present at Johnston In addition, all honors studentsSkyrms
Experiential Learning                                                                                           Autumn If you                                Brittany Steve Engel
                                                                                      posted following the winter break. Jones have any questions, please contact Dr.Thurston at
Projects                                                                                                        Alyse
                                                                             Kerlin                                      Holly Wheeler
                                                                                                                Stephen LaValley                             Karen Whelchel
Sunday, August 16                                                                                               Jessica Martin                               Kelly Williams
UHP Fall Meeting at                                                                   Setari Awarded Teach for America Position
6:00pm in Nessmith-Lane                                                               Anthony Setari was recently awarded a position with Teach for America, an organization that is committed to closing the
Ballroom                                                                              achievement gap Honors Program Staff low-income communities by having recent college graduates com-
                                                                                      University between schools in high-income and Graduates
                                                                                      Congratulations to graduates Cassandra Schell and Christy Favors who have been valuable members of at University
                                                                                      mit to teaching in high-need urban and rural areas. Over the summer Setari will spend a month trainingthe Temple Uni-
                                                                                      Honors Program staff. Cassandra has been our Graduate Assistant and Christy has been in Student Assistant.
                                                                                      versity and in August will begin teaching high school English in a low-income communityourBaltimore, Maryland. Setari
                                                                                      will also be working toward an M.A. in Teaching at Johns Hopkins University, which is available through a partnership
                                                                                      between the school and Teach for America. “It’s an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get started,” says Setari.
                                                                                                                          Boren congratulating
                                                                                      Ryan Pickrell Named Program in Scholar Anthony Setari on this accomplishment.
                                                                                      Please join the University Honors
                                                                                      Ryan Pickrell has been awarded the prestigious National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship.
                                                                                      Pickrell, a sophomore History major who is a 1906 Scholar and Ruffin Scholar, will use the award for study at Huazhong
                                                                                      Presidential in Wuhan, China during the 2009-2010 academic year. Pickrell is well aware of his responsibility as a
                                                                                      Normal University Inauguration Tickets
                                                                                      citizen ambassador. “The decisions we make now will define the Office of the Vice-President of of the Affairs and
                                                                                      The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement andthe future, and I intend to be a partStudentmovement to
                                                                                      foster positive relations between taking 10 students to the People’s D.C. for of China,” said Inauguration on January
                                                                                      Enrollment Management will be the United States and Washington, Republic the Presidential Pickrell.
                                                                                      20, 2009! Students who are interested in participating in this trip should submit applications to the Office of Student
                                                                                      Leadership & Civic Engagement (RU2024) by 5:00pm on Friday, December 5. The cost of the trip is $150, which in-
                                                                                                                                     Fall Applications
                                                                                      University Honors Programday pass.Meeting and more information are available in Russell Union
                                                                                      cludes transportation, lodging, and a Metro
                                                                                      All University Honors Program students are required to attend the annual fall meeting on Sunday, August 16 at 6:00pm
                                                                                      2024 or online at If you have questions about
                                                                                      in the Nessmith-Lane Ballroom. Please be sure to mark your calendars.
                                                                                      this exciting opportunity, please contact Janna Pennington at or 912.478.1435.

                                                                                      Spring Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients
                                                                                      Honors2009 Honors Service-Learning Course
                                                                                      Congratulations to the following Honors Study Abroad Scholarship recipients:
                                                                                      CSCI5090 Service Learning and Research in Computing
                                                                                                                Kimberly Anderson           Italy            Summer 2009
                                                                                      Dr. Kera Z. Watkins will be teaching an Honors Service-Learning Course in the Spring 2009 semester, which
                                                                                                                Derrick Beining             Spain            Spring 2010
                                                                                      “emphasizes the utilization of computing to serve Georgia Southern and K-12 students in the surrounding community.”
                                                                                                                Alicia Channell             Ireland          Summer 2009
                                                                                      Students may use this opportunity to receive credit for UHP service learning, GSU volunteer hours, and/or 1 credit
                                                                                                                Christine Dalton            China            2009-1010 Academic Year
                                                                                      hour. Students are required to attend weekly meetings on Thursdays from 4:15– 5:15pm as well as maintaining a weekly
                                                                                                                Emily Detmer                Peru             Summer 2009
                                                                                      journal of planned and completed activities. Students will also volunteer off-campus at an area school Fridays between 2
                                                                                                                Megan Donaldson             Spain            Summer 2009
                                                                                      and 4pm. The course will run from January to March. If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Watkins at
                                                                                                                Cate Faulkner               Spain            Spring 2010
                                                                                                                Amy Jones                   Ireland          Summer 2009
                                                                                                                Ryan Pickrell               China            2009-1010 Academic Year
                                                                                                                Sam Police                  Germany          Summer 2009
                                                                                                                Danielle Ripley             Germany          Summer 2009
                                                                                                                David Williamson            Italy            Summer 2009
Allison Beasley Selected to Participate in Oxfam America's Change Initiative
Honors junior Political Science major Allison Beasley has been chosen to participate in Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative this summer. The
Initiative develops student leaders to serve as informed voices for positive social change and who inspire greater global awareness in others. CHANGE
Leaders are brought together for an intensive week of leadership training that equips them to be effective CHANGE advocates. Students are
introduced to social justice issues directly related to Oxfam America's mission and are encouraged to run Oxfam campaigns on their school's campus
and within their community upon completion of the program. Allison was nominated by Janna Pennington in Student Leadership and Civic

Ric Spurgeon Named to Republican District Committee
Honors freshman Political Science major Ric Spurgeon was recently appointed to the District Committee of the 12th District Georgia Republican
Party. As part of his responsibilities, Spurgeon will help formulate strategy and policy, assist with mediating issues that cannot be resolved at the
county level and provide suggestions to candidates running on local, district and state levels.

Christopher Riley Awarded Honors Research Grant to Present at the American Chemical
Society Meeting in Salt Lake City
Honors senior Chemistry major Christopher Riley recently traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to present his research at the 237th American Chemical
Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition. On his work, Riley said, “The focus of my specific research project was to determine the efficacy of a
series of copper-encapsulated zeolite catalysts with hydrogen peroxide for the single step production of adipic acid from cyclohexane. If this one-step
process is discovered, we can revolutionize the way a majority of plastics are made!”

Kayla Whaley Awarded Congressional Internship
Kayla Whaley, honors sophomore Political Science major, will intern with Representative Phil Gingrey's office in Marietta this summer. Whaley will
work with Gingrey's staff to gain a deeper understanding of the political process as she considers her options following graduation.

Honors Experiential Learning Volunteers Recognized
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bulloch County recently held the organization's annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. The following honors
students were recognized with certificates of appreciation for their work during the 2008-2009 academic year: Amanda Arasmith, Delacy Carpenter,
Drew Cheshire, Daniel Fletcher, Renee Fritz, Emory High, Adam Huttner, Matthew Jelks,Steven Mayfield, Heather Nelson, Tanya Ramnauth,
Stephen Tutterow, William Tyson, Ashley Warren, Jasmine Wilford and David Williamson.

University Honors Program Seeks Student Staff
The University Honors Program is currently seeking students to work in the office to assist with a variety of projects in Summer 2009 as well as during
the 2009-2010 academic year. There are a variety of paid and volunteer positions available which will allow students to gain valuable experience.
Volunteer positions may be eligible to be used as experiential learning projects. Interested students should contact Dr. Steven Engel at A listing of positions is as follows:
Summer 2009
Student Assistant, Botswana Study Abroad Marketing Project (pending program approval): volunteer position
Fall 2009
Student Assistant, Database (must have experience in Microsoft Excel and Access): paid position
Student Assistant, Work Study (must be eligible for Federal Work Study): paid position
Student Assistant, Photographer (must have experience with digital SLR cameras): paid and volunteer positions
Student Assistant, Writer (must have excellent writing and proofreading abilities): paid and volunteer positions
Student Assistant, The Mosaic newsletter (must have strong writing and proofreading abilities): volunteer position
Student Assistant, Honors Alternative Break (must have excellent organization skills): volunteer position

Experiential Learning Projects: Summer 2009
Students participating in a study abroad experience or who are interested in completing a project this summer need to place a request in writing to
Bob Frigo no later than Monday, May 11. The request should be sent to and include a detailed description of the
proposed project. Students completing summer projects need to submit their final experiential learning packet by Tuesday, September 1. Projects
completed in the summer will be counted for the upcoming academic year.

Special Olympics Volunteers Needed
The 2009 Area 13 Special Olympics Summer Games will be held on May 15 at the Georgia Southern University Track and is currently looking for
volunteers. The Area 13 Special Olympics program provides its athletes with many opportunities to train and compete year round. Athletes
participate on the local, area, state and regional levels. Over 850 athletes are registered to participate in Area 13 which includes Bulloch, Candler,
Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Johnson, Montgomery, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen and Wheeler counties. The games will begin at 8:00am and
will conclude by 12:00pm. Volunteers will help with registration, gift bags, cheering on the competitors and generally assisting with the athletes.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear their Georgia Southern colors or game day attire. To volunteer, please let contact Wendell Tompkins at

Time Travel Camp Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to assist with the time-travel camp, Camp Snipesville, at the Averitt Center, from June 8-12. Camp participants, children aged
from 8-12, will pretend to be in a fictional town where time travel happens — in this case, to and from the 19th century. Participants will take part in
Victorian activities and will be visited by people in Victorian costume. Students who have theatrical inclinations are especially welcomed, but no
previous theatre experience is necessary, nor is any knowledge of or interest in history. For more information, please contact Annette Laing at

Submitting Items to The Mosaic
If you know of an interesting event, program or story that you would like to share with the Georgia Southern University honors community, please
contact Bob Frigo at


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