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Faculty Receive University Awards

Georgia Southern University hosted their Fall 2019 Convocation and State of the University on August 14, 2019. During the event, faculty members are recognized and rewarded for exceptional achievements. The Waters College of Health Professions had two faculty members recognized. 

Pictured left to right: President Marrero and Diana Botnaru

Diana Botnaru, M.D., professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the 2019-2020 Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction. The award honors contributions Botnaru has made to the teaching-learning process at the institutional level and recognized her excellence in the classroom and beyond by making contributions to the discipline as well as to the overall institutional mission.

Pictured left to right: Christopher Hendricks, Douglas Masini and President Marrero

Douglas Masini, Ed.D, chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, was awarded the Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the Community. The award recognizes Masini for his outstanding service to the local and larger community. 


Students Gain Experience in Costa Rica

Assistant Professors Nancy Henderson, Ph.D., PT, DPT, and Haley Worst, PT, DPT, OCS, accompanied eight students, all from the Waters College of Health Professions, to Costa Rica on a service trip this past May.

This was the second time faculty and students have made the trip to Costa Rica to spend time volunteering in the community and experiencing the culture. The group consisted of five undergraduate rehabilitation sciences students, an undergraduate nutrition and food science student and two graduate physical therapy students. During the five-day trip, attendees spent three days volunteering in a skilled nursing facility in the Manuel Antonio area and two days learning how to surf as well as experience sightseeing.

“The main reason we were in Costa Rica was to shadow both a physical therapist and nurse to see the differences in health care in Costa Rica compared to the United States,” stated Brooke Alley, senior rehabilitation sciences major.  “While shadowing we were able to help with transfers, help during feeding time, we played games with the patients, helped brushed their teeth, and were there to support the staff.”

Mary Carpenter, second year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and Alley both recalled visiting the newly completed nursing home and meeting the residents as one of their most memorable experiences on the trip.

“I speak limited Spanish and only one of the patients could speak English, but the lack of communication did not deter the relationships I formed with these patients. One of the residents taught me how to play dominoes and preceded to beat me almost every time. I got to dance with some of the patients and they taught me some of the exercises that they had to do for physical therapy. It was special learning about their passions and family. When it was time to leave, it was hard to say goodbye, and sad when they asked us when we were coming back, and we had to tell them not until next year,” stated Alley.

To learn more about study abroad opportunities please visit the Office of International Programs and Services.


The Biodynamics & Human Performance Center Awarded $9,965 Grant

The Biodynamics & Human Performance Center on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus has been awarded an internal grant from the Faculty Research Committee in the amount of $9,965 for their project entitled “Heart Rate Variability: A Versatile Health Biomarker.”

The research project will be led by Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology faculty members Bryan Riemann, Ph.D., Greg Grosicki, Ph.D. and Andrew Flatt, Ph.D. and will aim to optimize a heart rate variability (HRV) assessment protocol, and then will explore associations between HRV and a variety of health and fitness related measures.

Located in the Waters College of Health Professions, the Biodynamics & Human Performance Center is dedicated to providing high quality education, research and service activities related to the study of human movement.


Georgia Southern Advisor Wins National Honor

Waters College of Health Professions advisor, Lan-Anh Vo, has been honored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) with a Certificate of Merit Award. Vo has been named the recipient of the Certificate of Merit in the category of Outstanding New Advisor -Primary Role for her dedication to providing outstanding academic advising to students at Georgia Southern University.

To be eligible for the award, individuals must have served in a professional advising capacity for a period of three or fewer years. Vo will be honored at the NACADA Awards Ceremony at the organization’s annual conference in Kentucky this fall.


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.