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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

Langdon Receives Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Jody Langdon, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology in the Waters College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University, has been recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (SoTL).

Langdon was also awarded the 2017 Georgia Southern SoTL Award due to her outstanding contributions of the SoTL.

“It is an honor to be selected as one of this year’s award winners,” stated Langdon. “I am happy to represent Georgia Southern University and add to its long list of contributors to excellence in SoTL research.”

Annually, the Board of Regents recognizes two University System of Georgia faculty for their impact in the area of SoTL. As a recipient of the award, Langdon will receive a monetary award of $5,000. She was also recognized in front of more than 600 distinguished guests at the annual Regent’s Scholarship Gala in Atlanta on March 2.

A member of the Georgia Southern faculty since 2010, Langdon has made it her focus to embed SoTL into her teaching, research and professional service commitments. Nominations were reviewed by a panel of faculty and administrators from across the University System.

Sport Management Program Receives 3 National Rankings




Georgia Southern University’s online Master of Science in Sport Management has been ranked No. 2 for Best Value Online Sport Management, No. 11 for Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master’s in Sports Management, and No. 28 for Top 50 Master’s in Sports Management Online Degree Programs for 2018.

“It is an honor to be recognized along with the nation’s top sport management programs,” said Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Sport Management Christina Gipson, Ph.D. “The rankings recognize Georgia Southern’s sport management faculty’s student-first focus, strong research, practical backgrounds and our dedication and commitment to provide students with a valuable and meaningful education. Our program is continually setting higher goals and honors, as these push us to achieve even more.”

The 36-credit online program is designed to provide academic preparation and practical experience in the skills and techniques necessary to be successful in the sport business and leisure fields.

Students are able to complete the program in 24 months, or as their schedule permits. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in sports marketing, promotion and advertising; sports information, media and communications; The Olympic Movement; state and county sports commissions; athletic leagues and associations; sport facilities and event management; and professional teams or collegiate athletic departments.

For more information on the online master’s degree in sport management, visit