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Exercise is Medicine On Campus Names Georgia Southern Gold Level Campus

For the second year in a row, Georgia Southern University has been recognized as a Gold Level Campus by Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM®-OC) for the University’s diligence to make physical activity a standard on campus.

The program was launched in 2014 to honor campuses for their collaborative effort to promote physical activity. “The Waters College of Health Professions along with Health Services and Campus Recreation and Intramurals have made a concerted effort to promote physical activity on campus by having a required wellness and physical activity program, having outstanding programming offered by the Recreational Activity Center and using biomarkers as a processing checkpoint at Health Services,” stated Bridget Melton, professor of kinesiology. “Brian Deloach, M.D., and the Health Services staff have been real champions of making sure every student who is seen at Health Services is asked about their physical activity and provided follow-up consultation if needed.”

In addition to the University’s efforts, the Southern Exercise Science Club (SESC), open to exercise science majors on Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus, promotes physical activity on campus by planning and implementing the campus wide activity campaign, Get off the Bus Gus and Walk for Your Health. The campaign, which runs annually during Exercise is Medicine week in October, sets out to encourage individuals to promote health and wellness on the Statesboro Campus by walking to their destination instead of riding the bus. Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and faculty co-chair of SESC, Greg Ryan, Ph.D., noted “It’s great to see how involved our students get with this campaign; it takes a lot of planning on their parts and last year, they were able to secure internal funding to help with the project.”

On May 30, 2019, Georgia Southern will be honored at a special EIM®-OC recognition session during the 2019 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Willie J. Burden Memorial Fund Endowed

This past February, the final papers were signed to endow the Dr. Willie J. Burden Memorial Fund. The fund was established as a way to continue Dr. Burden’s legacy of service to sport management students in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology. Over the course of 16 years at Georgia Southern University, Burden was a tenured approachable, student-centered professor who taught 13 different courses in sport management and served as an undergraduate program coordinator as well as the faculty advisor for the Sport Management Club. The fund will provide scholarships to deserving sport management students beginning Fall Semester 2019. To find out more about the Dr. Willie J.Burden Memorial Fund, please visit

Georgia Southern Opens New Health Professions Academic Building

Georgia Southern University Interim President Shelley C. Nickel, Gov. Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley and Board of Regents Chair Don Waters cut the ribbon to open the University’s new Health Professions Academic Building. All shared enthusiasm for the expansive new facility, which will enable the University to provide exceptional education and training opportunities to help students succeed while addressing the healthcare needs of the region.

“This new Health Professions Academic Building is not just a representation of our physical expansion here on the Armstrong Campus, but it represents our commitment to training healthcare professionals to enter an area of great need in our region, in our state – even in our nation,” said Nickel. “This new 63,000 square-foot facility was built with a rapidly changing healthcare field in mind. It is designed to train healthcare providers in a state-of-the-art interprofessional environment that encourages a team-oriented approach to healthcare – an approach that has been shown to improve delivery of care and patient outcomes.”

The facility, available to students for the Spring 2019 semester, will include a simulation suite, nursing skills and assessment labs, communication sciences and disorders labs, cardiovascular interventional science lab, medical laboratory science, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, and sonography, and a variety of hands-on, team-oriented learning opportunities. Read entire article.

Health Professions Academic Building Ribbon Cutting

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.