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Commencement details finalized for May

Georgia Southern University will host six Spring 2021 graduation ceremonies from May 8 through May 13. As usual, all ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university’s Facebook pages and at, and all ceremonies are rain or shine events. 

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Skipper and Zanetos Publish Work

Georgia Southern University Assistant Professors, Alan Skipper, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, and Joanne Zanetos, DNP, MSN, RN, have published both the chapter, “Sexual Dysfunction in the Older Adult” in the Handbook of Geropsychiatry for the Advanced Practice Nurse and the article, “Georgia Death and Dignity Act: The Controversies” in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Skipper and Zanetos along with colleague Matthew Keeslar authored the chapter “Sexual Dysfunction in the Older Adult” which observes the sexual behavior of aging adults. The chapter also examines multifactorial conditions that contribute to sexual problems of these adults.   

Georgia Death and Dignity Act: The Controversies” discusses the Georgia Death and Dignity Act, which is currently in the legislative process for potential votes. This bill would give precedence for physicians to legally prescribe terminally-ill patients prescriptions to aid in dying.

Kinesiology Faculty Named International Scholar

Georgia Southern University Associate Professor Jody Langdon, Ph.D., has been invited by the Center for Self-Determination Theory to be an International Scholar due to her contributions to research and applied work in the field of motivation and human development. Individuals were selected as scholars based on their rigorous, evidence-based research using the Self-Determination Theory’s framework and their tremendous, broad-ranging impact in the scientific, public and social domains.

“I am excited to be recognized for the work that I’ve done using the Self-Determination Theory,” stated Langdon. “Having the opportunity to be listed on the Center of Self-Determination Theory website will help share the work I’ve done in addition to providing me with the opportunity to have others seek me out for collaboration and mentorship.”

Langdon, who has been a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology for 10 years, will be joining over 100 leading international scholars and experts in academia and practice who have provided the highest-quality research and applied work in the field.

Nursing Faculty Awarded Grant

Georgia Southern University Associate Professor of Nursing Debra Hagerty, DNP, was awarded a grant for $7,100 to support student training in the care of older adults who may have sensory deprivations such as arthritis, visual impairments or gait disturbances.

Hagerty will use the grant money, which was awarded by the Georgia Health Foundation, to purchase simulation material for use in the School of Nursing’s hospital simulation lab and classrooms on the Armstrong Campus.

Sensory deprivation training will allow nursing and health professions students to experience the same physical deficits and mobility difficulties that affect older adults with chronic medical conditions.

“We realize there is no better way to teach empathy and caring than to immerse individuals in similar experiences and situations,” said Hagerty. “Nursing students, as well as other health professions students, will benefit immensely by having the opportunity to experience many of the chronic conditions and deficits that beset aging seniors. I want to demonstrate to students what challenges they may face when caring for baby boomers as they age and conditions like visual impairment, stroke, arthritis or dementia become more prevalent.”

The training will be offered as part of a nursing leadership course, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement student group and incorporated into additional opportunities for other health professionals to learn and collaborate.

CSDS Faculty Awarded Grant

Two Georgia Southern University faculty members in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences have been awarded a grant in the amount of $6,449. Associate Professor April Garrity, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Assistant Professor Casey Keck, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will be investigating graduate communication sciences and disorders students’ ability to write and implement functional communication goals in the program’s teaching clinic, the RiteCare Center.

Garrity and Keck will use the grant money, which was awarded by Georgia Southern University’s Faculty Research Committee, to fund an undergraduate research assistant, collaborate with a biostatistician, purchase clinical testing tools and provide monetary incentives to participants for their willingness to partake in the research.

The research will be conducted through the Cognition, Learning and Social Participation (CLaSP) Research Lab. The CLaSP Research Lab was co-founded by Garrity and Keck and focuses on examining teaching, learning, cognition, communication, quality of life, and participation through quantitative and qualitative methods and action research approaches.