First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Campus Resources and Offices

The following is a list of resources that you can use to enhance your students’ experience in their FYE 1220 class. First-Year Experience suggests that you consider these as places to visit, places to write about or just to experience together. Please let us know of other locations that will provide students with opportunities to enhance their first year. Note: Counseling Center policy requires faculty to be present when they present to classes.

Academic Success Center

Contact: Mike Czech – Assistant Director at (912) 478-0321, or

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Other Information: Need help? Just ask ASC! Visit our web site to find out more about free tutoring, study groups, and study skills workshops available at the Academic Success Center (ASC).

Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs

Contact: Nicole Withers – Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs at (912) or


Other Information: The Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs promotes healthy decisions and provides services to students concerned about their alcohol/other drug use and students needing to satisfy judicial or student conduct sanctions.

The Office also plans, implements and evaluates prevention programming which aims to decrease the negative impact that alcohol/other drug use can have on our community.

Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University

Contact: Kathy Tucker at (912) 478-1507,

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Other Information: The mission of the Botanical Garden is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the native plants and animals of the southeastern coastal plain, to connect people to the natural and cultural heritage of the region and to inspire environmentally responsible behavior.

Campus Recreation and Intramurals

Contact:  G W Hitchcock – Assistant Director for Marketing and Communications at (912) 478-5436

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Other information:  There are many opportunities to get your FYE 1220 classes connected with Campus Recreation & Intramurals (CRI). Instructors may schedule a guided tour of the Recreation Activity Center (RAC), where one of our student employees will lead your class through the RAC and discuss the many programs and services available to them. We also offer a full range of group activities: from simple icebreakers to help build group cohesiveness, to more complex problem solving and team building exercises meant to foster communication and cooperation, to a complete challenge course that encourages the development of trust and confidence among participants. To reserve an activity leader, or book time on our challenge course, please submit an on-line request. (To increase the odds of getting your desired date and time, please submit your request as early as possible, but no later than two weeks before the desired date.) 

Career Services

Contact: Career Services Staff at (912) 478-5198, Amy Wilkins-Smith.

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Other Information: Career Services serves students by assisting with the development of career goals, by helping students choose a major, and by giving career advisement. In addition, Career Services can help students explore internships, part-time jobs, and professional employment.

Center for Art & Theater

Contact for Gallery Programming: Jason Hoelscher – Gallery Director & Assistant Professor of Art at (912) 478-2788

Contact for Theater & Production Programming: Kelly Berry – Theater Director at (912) 478-0106


Other Information: Galleries in the new Center for Art & Theatre located next to the Visual Arts Studio Building on Pittman Drive offer multiple venues to view contemporary and traditional art.

The Contemporary Galleries present solo and group exhibitions featuring contemporary artworks by professional artists working in a range of media, from traditional paintings to multi-media installations. Three student exhibitions highlighting outstanding work created by Georgia Southern art and design students: Form and Content – Foundations in Art Education, the Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, and the Graphic Design Portfolio Reveal are traditional exhibitions held each spring.

The Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection is devoted to a diverse collection of artwork by artists with a connection to the state of Georgia. The collection has been curated by Betty Foy Sanders since 1967.

The Smith Callaway Banks Southern Folk Art Collection houses an extensive collection of folk art of varying genres and media from the southeastern United States.

All galleries and collections are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Exhibits are free to the public.

Counseling and Career Development Center

Contact: Dr. Katie Bigalke – Outreach Coordinator at (912) 478-5541,

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Other Information: The Counseling and Career Development Center provides individual, group, and career counseling, as well as outreach presentations, crisis intervention, and a variety of other services. In addition, the Counseling Center houses the university’s Sexual Assault Response Team. Outreach programming may be requested through their web site.

Dean of Students

Contact: 912-478-3326 (DEAN),

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Other information: The Dean of Students Unit promotes “student growth and life success” through advocacy, communication, and education. The Unit includes the Office of Student Conduct, Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs, Multicultural Student Center and Student Media. The Dean of Students Office advocates for students and serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff through resources such as faculty notifications, withdrawals, and student complaints. The Dean of Students Office also works with the Student Government Association and is responsible for sending official communications from the University to students.

Financial Aid

Contact: Financial Aid Staff at (912)478-5413,

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Other Information: This department offers programming on the financial aid process, financial aid programs and eligibility, and other related issues. Due to the volume of traffic in their office during the beginning of fall semester, staff are generally available during the month of October for these presentations. If you instruct a section of 1220 that ends earlier in the semester, contact this office and they will be happy to arrange something for your class.

Health Services

Contact: Gemma Skuraton at 912-478-1283
Gemma Skuraton

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Other information: In addition to the quality medical services provided to Georgia Southern University students, Health Services offers Eagle Online Student Health, a secure online communication tool available through students’ MyGeorgiaSouthern webpage that makes access to health care at the University Health Service easier and convenient for our students, including making appointments on a 24/7 basis. Also, students may utilize an after-hour and weekend Nurse Call Service available through the main Health Services phone number 912-478-5641, where students can find local health care information in the Statesboro area and have the opportunity to discuss health issues with a professional registered nurse or nurse practitioner.

Henderson Library

Contact: Ruth Baker – Librarian/Assistant Professor at (912) 478-7823,

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Other Information: The Zach S. Henderson Library is the central repository of recorded information serving Georgia Southern University and southeast Georgia. Library personnel strive to provide users with the necessary skills to become independent lifelong learners, to employ a patron-centered service ethic, and to ensure a comfortable and responsive study environment.

International Studies

Contact: Danielle Smith at (912) 478-7968

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Other Information: The Office of International Studies’ mission is to assist the University by preparing students to become leaders in an independent, culturally diverse, technology-driven business world. To fulfill this, the Office provides student opportunities to major in International Trade or International Studies, and to seek minors and concentrations in a variety of regional and area studies. The Office provides its diverse students and faculty, including international visitors and U.S. faculty and students who study abroad, with direct experiences of cultural differences and opportunities for intellectual development that will be invaluable for professional and civic leadership in a global economy. As the central location for all major international initiatives at Georgia Southern, the Office is committed to intercultural education, research and service and works to expand horizons and eliminate barriers.

Leadership & Community Engagement

Contact: Sean Payne – Coordinator of Marketing & Web Initiatives at (912) 478-1435,

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Other Information: Encourage students to their degree to exciting heights as they grow in leadership potential through the Southern Leaders program, LEAD Courses, Alternative Break experiences, and a wide variety of other Community Engagement Opportunities.

Multicultural Student Center

Contact: Takeshia Brown, Director at (912) 478-5409,

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Other Information: The mission of the Multicultural Student Center is to contribute to an inclusive learning environment by supporting the institutions efforts to retain and graduate students prepared for a diverse global society. We provide mentorship opportunities, deliver diversity education and inclusion training, celebrate the cultural diversity of all students, and advocate for underrepresented groups in the Georgia Southern University community.


Contact: Dr. Brent Tharp, Director at (912) 478-5444

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Other Information: The Georgia Southern University Museum preserves and interprets the natural and cultural history of the southeastern coastal plain. The Hall of Natural History showcases a paleontological collection of national significance, including a 28-foot, 78 million year old mosasaur skeleton, and the only specimen of the 40 million year old whale, Georgiacetus vogtlensis, the most significant fossil find in Georgia. Changing exhibits are opened annually, presenting broader themes in areas of faculty research and university interests. The Museum is free for all Georgia Southern University students.


Location: Math/Physics Building (#203 on campus map) Room 2000

Other Information: The Georgia Southern Planetarium offers many exciting and educational presentations with the latest technology in digital planetariums, Digistar 5. It is an immersive astronomy laboratory used for teaching university classes/labs, as well as giving monthly public presentations with star shows and telescopic observing outdoors to students and the public at no cost.

Student Activities

Contact: The Office of Student Activities at (912) 478-7270 or email


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Other Information: The Office of Student Activities supports the mission of Georgia Southern University by providing and enhancing diverse involvement opportunities beyond the classroom. In a student-centered and engaging environment, we empower students to lead themselves and others through experiential learning.

Our office works directly with the University Programming Board and other partners within the Georgia Southern community to carry out our vision of “Transforming Campus Life. Connecting every Eagle”.

Student Conduct

Contact: Mark Whitesel- Associate Dean and Director of Student Conduct at (912) 478-0059, or email


Other Information: Our role is to educate students, faculty and staff about the rights and responsibilities of our students according to the Code of Student Conduct. One aspect of our mission is “to uphold the academic and behavioral standards of the University by adjudicating violations of the Student Conduct Code in a fair and consistent manner, treating each student with dignity and respect.”

Student Disability Resource Center

Contact: Student Disability Resource Center Staff at (912) 478-1566


Other Information: The mission of the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) is to ensure that all qualified students with disabilities receive equal access to educational opportunities at Georgia Southern University.  Students who have a condition (temporary or permanent) that may affect their participation in academic or daily activities on campus are encouraged to meet with one of our Disability Service Providers. Our office coordinates all services for students with disabilities – services are tailored to each individual student based on identified needs.

Student Government Association

Contact: Charles Glover – President,


Other Information: Student Government Association’s mission is to serve as advocates to the student body and be liaisons between them, the administration, faculty, and staff. It empowers students through education, works to recognize issues, and implements solutions to better current and future students.

Student Media

Contact: David Simpson, Director of Student Media at (912) 478-0069

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Other Information: The Office of Student Media provides support, technical assistance and training for the Georgia Southern students who create news and literary products for the student body. The George-Anne newspaper is published Tuesdays and Thursdays in the spring and fall semesters. More news is posted online at The Reflector general interest magazine and the Miscellany arts magazine are published once each semester. Special publications include the Our House summer guide for new students and the Our Neighborhood fall guide. Students oversee advertising sales and marketing events to support these products.

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact: Danyel Addes – Coordinator of Community & Civic Engagement at (912) 478-1435,

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Other Information: The Office of Leadership & Community Engagement provides opportunities for students to serve in the local community.  Visit the website to learn more about Weekly Volunteer Trips and other ways to get involved in new and exciting community initiatives and leadership opportunities.

Center for Wildlife Education

Contact: Pam Harley – Business Manager at (912) 478-0831,

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Other Information: A wildlife educational center located on campus that serves as a sanctuary for bald eagles and other native birds of prey.

Writing Center

Contact: Dr. Michael Pemberton at (912) 478-1413


Other Information: The Writing Center at Georgia Southern University, located on the 2nd floor of the Henderson Library, gives students the opportunity for individualized feedback on their writing from experienced writers and teachers of writing. In the writing center, students from any course and at any stage of the writing process can sign up for half-hour or hour-long conferences and receive advice on improving their drafts. The Center is a part of the Department of Writing and Linguistics and is staffed by graduate and undergraduate peer tutors.

Though Writing Center consultants will not proofread papers (find all the grammar and/or punctuation problems and correct them for students), they will make suggestions, work on organization and development, point students to useful resources, and help students to identify and fix grammar/punctuation problems on their own.

The University Writing Center also has its own computer lab, open to all Georgia Southern students who are working on course projects, doing research, or checking email between classes. Students can create web pages, view course materials with Folio, and write/print papers. Writing center consultants can assist with Web searches, document formatting, and online research as well as other aspects of the writing process in the lab.

Last updated: 1/22/2018

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