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Calhoun is named 2017 Faculty Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students

Daniel Calhoun, Ph.D.

College of Education Associate Professor Daniel Calhoun, Ph.D., was named Georgia Southern University’s 2017 First-Year Experience Outstanding Faculty Advocate during a presentation on April 28.

The award, presented by the First-Year Experience (FYE) program, annually recognizes excellence in the teaching and mentoring of first-year students.

Calhoun serves as the coordinator of the master’s in higher education administration program, as well as a faculty member in the higher education administration the doctoral program, and he regularly teaches first year experience courses on the topic of exploring leadership.

“As someone who prepares educational leaders and served as a higher education administrator for many years, teaching FYE courses has been an extremely rewarding experience,” said Calhoun. “In my primary role as an educator of higher education leaders, it is important for me to stay current on the pulse of today’s college students so I can better prepare my doctoral and master’s students. Teaching FYE courses has allowed me to do that, while fulfilling my desire to continue to work with undergraduate students at a critical time in their development.”  

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Phipps receives Deen Day Smith Award for service to community

Karen Phipps is pictured at the Deen Day Smith Awards gala.

Karen Phipps, director of the College of Education’s EAGLE Academy, was named a recipient of the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award announced during a May ceremony.

The Deen Day Smith Awards honor Statesboro and Bulloch County citizens for their devotion to others and the community. The annual banquet is hosted by the Statesboro Herald.

“I was overwhelmed, shocked and humbled,” Phipps said. “I was going to support others and then realized I was being honored and given the royal treatment.”

Included in Phipp’s recognition was her service and commitment to the community during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Once the storm passed through Bulloch County, she began working to assist community members in providing leadership to organize food donations, prepare meals and coordinate volunteers. With hundreds of people in Bulloch County without power, food was provided for a week after the hurricane left its mark.

Once power was restored, Phipps immediately began working with community leaders to form a local membership of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD). Members of National VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as a part of their overall mission including the American Red Cross and collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Read more…

Edcamp at Georgia Southern draws record numbers

Georgia Southern alum attendees for Edcamp 2017


Georgia Southern University College of Education hosted its second annual Edcamp event on Saturday, April 22. Over 160 educators from across southeast Georgia gathered for a day of educational training and shared learning experiences.

Edcamps are held worldwide and designed to be participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. Sessions for the day are created by consensus from those attending on what they would like to learn or discuss. Some of this year’s sessions included parent involvement, essay grading, Flipgrid and using video in the classroom, tips for new teachers, Skype in the classroom, robotics and classroom management ideas.

Educators attending also received the chance to win numerous giveaways. Items donated for giveaway during Edcamp at Georgia Southern totaled over $30,000 for this year’s event. Some prizes of note included document cameras, wireless interactive whiteboard systems, tablet case, free Science 4 Us subscriptions, complimentary copies of Reflector 2, one-year licenses to Glogster, a free year of EMAZE, a complimentary copy of Camtasia and $200 in gift cards to Amazon.

Coordinators of Edcamp at Georgia Southern included College of Education Assistant Professor Professor Lacey Huffling, Ph.D., Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement John Ramfjord and College of Education Associate Professor Michelle Reidel, Ph.D.

“The second annual Edcamp was a huge success, and people are already registering for our third annual Edcamp which is a year away,” said Huffling.

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Six COE students selected as 2017 SOAR Leaders

Pictured (l-r): Mickey Watson, Veronika Snuggs, Hutch Swafford, Ashleigh Harris, Megan King, and Michelle Nurse.


Being named one of Georgia Southern’s Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) Leaders is an honor. Numerous students complete a rigorous application and interview process to be considered for these coveted positions.

This year, the College of Education (COE) is proud to announce that six of the 26 SOAR Leaders are education majors. COE students in the 2017 SOAR Leaders cohort include: Ashleigh Harris, Megan King, Michelle Nurse, Veronika Snuggs, Hutchinson “Hutch” Swafford and Micaiah “Mickey” Watson.

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Team Lori and COE raises over $15k for Relay for Life

When the festivities of Bulloch County’s 2017 Relay for Life were concluded on Friday, April 28, Team Lori and the College of Education (COE) had not only met but exceeded their goal set for fundraising activities.

With a total of $15,376 raised by the team members and fundraising events, Team Lori and COE topped their goal of meeting last year’s fundraising total of approximately $12,000. The team hosted a chili sale as well as hot dog lunches along with their annual silent auction fundraiser to help gather funds for the American Cancer Society.

“We have a new record,” said Lori Wiggins, team captain and Bulloch County Relay co-chair. “Team Lori and COE raised an impressive amount of money were the top fundraisers of any college team.”

The team was also represented for the Relay event’s “Whip Cancer with a Pie-in-the-Face” fundraiser. Over $500 was raised to see John Ramfjord, associate director of annual giving for the COE, receive a pie in the face from five-year-old Morgan Draper, daughter for faculty member Christine Draper. Click here to watch the video of Ramfjord taking a pie to the face.

“I want to thank everyone for their support,” said Wiggins. “I am looking forward to the 2017-2018 Relay year and expanding our team to additional COE faculty and staff and exceeding our new fundraising record!”

Wiggins is serving a two-year term of co-chair for the Bulloch County Relay alongside Chris Wiggins of Sea Island Bank. The 2017 Relay for Life fundraising grand totals for Bulloch County were over $110,000.

If you are interested in joining Team Lori and COE for the 2017-2018 Relay for Life season, please contact Lori Wiggins at