First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

FYE Success Series: Fall 2017

Dream Share Project (8/24)

August 24, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Assembly Hall, Nessmith-Lane

The Dream Share Project is an inspirational documentary film that follows Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, two recent college graduates, on a road trip across America, as they explore how successful people have chased their dreams. Along the way, the pair learns about topics like: discovering one’s passion, committing to a dream, dealing with setbacks, and redefining success for the Millennial generation. Come watch the film, then participate in a facilitated conversation afterwards that will help you think more about your dreams.

Sponsored by the Center for Major and Career Exploration 

Sex Signals (8/28 – 8/31)

Monday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, August 29, 3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, August 30, 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room
Thursday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Russell Union Theatre

*Each performance is 90 minutes.*

This unorthodox, humor-facilitated presentation examines dating, sex, gender stereotypes, sexual assault and bystander intervention. The program includes audience participation and contains explicit language and content. The presentation is limited to the first 350 people only. We recommend you choose multiple presentation times and arrive early to ensure you can get into one of them. Attendance verification will be provided at the close of each show.

The program or an alternate requirement is required for all FYE 1220 students. Students who have concerns about attending Sex Signals should see their FYE 1220 professor prior to the August 28 for the alternate assignment.

Sponsored by Counseling Center and the Sexual Assault Response Team

Think Fast Trivia (9/6)

Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.
Williams Center Multipurpose Room

Win a $200 cash prize by showing off your knowledge with this fast-paced and competitive game show. Trivia topics include music, pop culture, and alcohol and drug-related facts. Only currently enrolled students are eligible to play and win a cash prize. Please bring your Eagle ID. Note: limited seating available.

For more information, contact Nicole Withers at or 912-478-0108.

Sponsored by the Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs

State of the University with President Hebert (Rescheduled to 9/18)

Monday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.
Russell Union Ballroom

Come learn about the current state of Georgia Southern University from President Hebert. This event plays a critical role in maintaining open communication and transparency with the Georgia Southern community.

Sponsored by the Student Government Association

Stand Up for Your Dream: A Money Management Conversation with Colin Ryan (9/19 – 9/20)

Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Assembly Hall, Nessmith-Lane

The key to your freedom is the way you manage your money. Full of hilarious stories, cutting edge research, and crowd participation, Colin’s talk will discuss:

  • Making money, borrowing safely, and spending smarter;
  • Developing healthy money values in a consumer culture;
  • Understanding our behavior and emotion around money;
  • Adopting the surprising habits of the rich; and
  • Where to go in your community for good financial guidance.

Sponsored by First-Year Experience

Major & Career Exploration Fair (9/21)

Thursday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Russell Union Ballroom

Thinking of changing majors? Want to brainstorm career paths your major can potentially take you down?  Drop into the Major and Career Exploration Fair any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on September 21 to explore majors, discover careers, and confirm your path.

Students will have an opportunity to meet with career specialists, faculty and students from the many departments and schools across campus in one central location.

Sponsored by First-Year Experience

Increasing Diversity Competence with Maura Cullen (9/26)

Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Russell Union Theatre

Dr. Maura Cullen has been referred to as being the best there is at simplifying the complex issues of diversity in an entertaining and educational manner. Since 1987, Dr. Cullen has been capturing the hearts and minds of people with her dynamic seminars and speaking engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Maura is considered one of the foremost authorities on issues of diversity and leadership having worked with over 500 organizations with audiences ranging from 8 to 8,000 people.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center

Cracked, Not Broken with Kevin Hines (9/27)

Wednesday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Performing Arts Center

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author & speaker Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely a marker of a place or a time. Instead, the bridge marks the beginning of his remarkable story. At 19 years old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge – a distance which took four seconds to fall. Through this speaking engagement he talks about surviving and thriving after an uncompleted suicide.

Sponsored by the University Wellness Program

Major in Success with Patrick Combs (10/3)

Tuesday, October 3, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center

Come take part in an event that is a fun and interactive way to learn how to be successful in life! Patrick Combs is a career coach and best-selling author that travels coast-to-coast teaching college students how to Major in Success. The book, appropriately titled Major in Success, provides information regarding which types of involvement will benefit students most after college. It also points out ways to become a dedicated student in order to make your college experience easier. Patrick discusses the importance of the “unassigned homework.” What “unassigned homework” do you plan to start this semester to get ahead in your career?

Sponsored by Career Services

Metacognition: The Key to Acing Courses, with Saundra McGuire (10/30)

Monday, October 30, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Assembly Hall, Nessmith-Lane

All students who are admitted to college have the ability to ace their courses.  However, most students did not acquire effective learning strategies in high school, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This strategy usually yields poor results, with students earning grades much lower than their ability.  This interactive workshop will introduce students to cognitive science based learning strategies that help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning, resulting in A’s in their courses!

Sponsored by the Centers for Teaching and Technology and First-Year Experience


The Success Series is sponsored in part by the Georgia Southern Parents Association

Last updated: 9/7/2017

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