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Bede and Carrie Mitchell Library Endowment for Nursing

In honor of the impending July 1, 2019 retirement of Bede Mitchell, Ph.D., dean of the Georgia Southern University Libraries, the Friends of Henderson Library have committed to raising $10,000 for the Bede and Carrie Mitchell Library Endowment for Nursing. Dean Mitchell and Carrie Mitchell, R.N., established the Bede and Carrie Mitchell Library Endowment for Nursing to generate revenue in perpetuity, creating a permanent investment account that underwrites book and audio/video purchases and subscriptions to nursing scholarly literature. By spending only a portion of the income from the endowment funds and reinvesting remaining earnings for future growth, the University Libraries are able to provide inflation-adjusted support for much needed scholarly resources for as long as the University exists.

The School of Nursing in the Waters College of Health Professions is committed to helping meet the needs of the multicultural rural populations of the region by providing high quality nursing education programs. The nursing programs incorporate high academic and ethical standards and a caring, learning environment for students consistent with the mission and objectives of the university. The School of Nursing represents a strong and extraordinary community of excellent students, well-prepared faculty, dedicated staff, and supportive alumni and friends that promote and advance the quality, accessibility, and availability of nursing care for the people of southeast Georgia and beyond.

The School of Nursing academic programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and all pre-licensure programs are fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.


WCHP Announces Annual Award Winners

Annually, the Waters College of Health Professions (WCHP) recognizes faculty and staff for their contributions to Georgia Southern University, the College and the community. On August 6, 2018, Dean Barry Joyner, Ph.D., presented awards to six faculty and two staff members during the College’s convocation. Awards are based on nominations and recommendations of both faculty and staff. The following individuals were recognized:

  • Diana Sturges, M.D., professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Statesboro Campus
  • Andi Beth Mincer, PT, Ed.D, associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded the WCHP Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Armstrong Campus
  • Marian Tabi, Ph.D., MPH, RN, professor in the School of Nursing, was awarded the WCHP Award for Excellence in Scholarship for the Statesboro Campus
  • Bryan Riemann, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Award for Excellence in Scholarship for the Armstrong Campus
  • Charles “Hal” Wlson, Jr., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Award for Excellence in Service for the Statesboro Campus
  • Janet Buelow, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Award for Excellence in Service for the Armstrong Campus
  • Kelli Howard was awarded the WCHP Staff Service and Merit Award for the Statesboro Campus
  • Katina Starks was awarded the WCHP Staff Service and Merit Award for the Armstrong Campus

Students Study Abroad in Italy

Nineteen students interested in the health care field had an opportunity to visit Italy on a recent study abroad trip. Held from May 8-21, 2018, this travel experience provided students with a unique opportunity of combining a study of the Italian healthcare system with the Italian culture. Under the leadership of Waters College of Health Professions School of Nursing assistant professors, Ann Hallock, D.N.P. and Katrina Embrey, D.N.S., students visited Rome, Verona, Florence, Venice and Lake Garda.

During the trip, students visited historical sites, toured a diagnostic inpatient unit inside a modern hospital and spoke with nursing staff, viewed Green Cross, an Italian emergency care system, and spent time at a pet therapy center that integrates horse riding as therapy for multiple disorders. Attendees had an opportunity to meet nursing students and faculty as well as tour a school of nursing simulation and skills laboratory and participate in a discussion regarding the commonalities and differences between U.S. schools of nursing and the Italian model. In addition, students participated in excursions such as sailing lessons, cooking classes as well as a tour of organic farms and vineyards.

Senior nursing major, Stephen Gumann, recalled his best moments of the trip. “Nothing comes close to how breathtakingly beautiful and fun sailing Lake Garda was. Lake Garda is located in north central Italy and is where some of the best sailors in the world go to train,” noted the Columbus, Georgia native. “The pet therapy lab was also an enlightening experience. The relationships built between the horses and the clients were interesting and inspiring. It was great seeing a behavioral approach to helping people.”

The Italy health care study abroad has been in place for approximately ten years.


Dobson Named Award for Excellence in Instruction Recipient

Associate Professor John Dobson, Ph.D., has been named the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Instruction by Georgia Southern University. Dobson began his career at Georgia Southern in the fall of 2011 and continues to teach courses within the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology in the Waters College of Health Professions.

“I am extremely pleased to have received this award and to be mentioned alongside such distinguished educators as Trent Maurer, Ph.D., and Linda Upchurch, Ph.D.,” stated Dobson.

​The award is presented to full-time faculty who continue to contribute to the teaching-learning process at the institutional level as well as demonstrate excellence in the classroom and beyond by making contributions to their discipline.


Faculty Serves as Guest Speaker at Asian Symposium

In April, Professor Li Li, Ph.D. in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, presented research at the Asian Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. Li serves as a member of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and was invited to present his research, “Postural Control and Functional Mobility among People with Peripheral Neuropathy,” as the Asian representative of the ISB executive committee at the symposium.

The one-day event, which was sponsored by the De Luca Foundation, was composed of speakers from Japan and the United States, who are considered well-established in the fields of motor control and biomechanics.

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of health sciences, nutrition and food science, sport management, athletic training, exercise science, health administration, coaching, physical education, sport and exercise psychology, dietetics, gerontology, and sports medicine. To learn more about the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, visit chp.georgiasouthern.edu/hk.