Southern Boosters Changes Official Organization Name to Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, Inc.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2009 00:26
STATESBORO, Ga. Feb. 4, 2009 The Southern Boosters’ Board of Directors unanimously voted to change the organization’s name to the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, Inc. during their January 2009 meeting. The name change is designed to more clearly communicate the organization’s purpose and mission as a fundraising and supporting organization of intercollegiate athletics at Georgia Southern University,
The annual fundraising campaign and “go-to-market name” will be “The Eagle Fund”. The name change is part of an ongoing branding initiative that the organization’s leadership and Board of Directors have been researching for nearly two years. The initiative began when the organization launched the popular “Rings and Diplomas” and “For All the Right Reasons” campaigns in 2007.
“The name Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, Inc.’ was selected following surveys of our membership and supporters. The name will be consistent with other Georgia Southern University foundations including The Georgia Southern University Foundation, The Georgia Southern University Housing Foundation, Inc. and the Georgia Southern University Research Foundation, Inc.,” said John Mulherin, president, Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, Inc.
During the past 27 years, the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, Inc. has expanded from just a few charter members to thousands of supporters throughout the country. The new name will help more clearly communicate the group’s purpose. “When we approach potential donors and corporations, this new name will reinforce our focus on supporting the entire athletic operation including philanthropy, scholarships and donor benefits,” said Mulherin.
Beginning in 1982, the organization was originally founded to support an upstart football program at the University. Today, the organization supports each of Georgia Southern University’s 15 intercollegiate sports and its more than 385 student athletes. The organization now provides critical scholarships and facility improvements necessary to continue recruiting outstanding student athletes and coaches to Georgia Southern.
“Our donors are the most important aspect of our organization and I know they will support this change as they have supported the Eagles over these many years,” says Sam Baker, athletic director for Georgia Southern University. “Regardless of the name, this organization is made up of some of the most loyal and die hard supporters of athletics that I have seen in my career. With this new name, the organization is positioning itself for future growth.”
“The Board of Directors is thrilled with the direction the organization is moving. We believe the new organizational name and annual fund name both support our goal of focusing on the philanthropic nature of the organization and Rings and Diplomas,’” says Phil Moore, chair, Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 110 degree programs serving nearly 18,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Sunday, 09 March 2008 00:05
Seven student-athletes and two coaches/administrators were named to their respective anniversary teams. The student-athletes include: Martina Veiglova (volleyball), Tara Chaisson (women’s soccer), Sharon Mitchell (women’s basketball), Anita Buggins (women’s tennis), Abby Bloom (cross country), Nicole Brown (indoor and outdoor track) and Shanita Black (softball). Former administrator Brenda Carter (SWA) and coach Kerry Messersmith (volleyball) were members of the ’25 of Distinction’, individuals who made significant contributions to the overall growth of women’s athletics in the Southern Conference.
Veiglova (2001-03), the 2004 Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year’, finished her career as one of the most decorated volleyball players in SoCon history. In her three seasons at GSU, Veiglova was a three-time First Team All-SoCon selection and was named the league’s Player of the Year’ in 2002 and 2003. The native of Bratislava, Slovakia also earned all-tournament accolades all three seasons while being honored as the Tournament MVP in 2003 and was selected as the Southern Conference Player of the Week’ a record nine times.
In the classroom, she posted a 3.58 GPA. She was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III Team and earned TIAA-CREF Student Athlete of the Week and Month honors. In addition to her SoCon awards, Veiglova was named to the AVCA All-Region team and was designated Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), making her one of two SoCon volleyball players at that time to ever receive this honor. She finished her senior season ranked sixth nationally in kills per game. Veiglova remains as the league’s all-time record holder for kills in a season (764) and kills per game average for a season (5.83).
Chaisson (1996-99) still stands as the Southern Conference’s all-time leading scorer, accumulating 161 points throughout her stellar four-year career. The SoCon’s Player of the Year’ her senior year, Chaisson recorded 59 goals and 43 assists in her career.
She started her soccer career by receiving Freshman All-America honors and capped it off by earning All-Region accolades by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz. During her career in which she earned All-SoCon honors every year, Chaisson led the Eagles to 45 wins. She was named to the SoCon All-Tournament team in 1996 and 1998.
Mitchell (1997-99, 2001) earned All-Southern Conference honors three times in her career. In 1998 and again in 2001 she was named to the SoCon All-Tournament Team. Mitchell still ranks seventh all-time in GSU history scoring 1,408 points (12.4 career ppg).
But career scoring leaders isn’t the only category Mitchell is ranked in. Having recorded 762 career rebounds she is one of five players in program history to record 1,400 points/750 rebounds. Mitchell also ranks seventh all-time in free throws made (338), fourth in blocks (64) and sixth in steals (176).
Buggins (1995-98) was arguably the most dominant tennis player in Southern Conference history. The SoCon Player of the Year’ her final two seasons, she was never defeated in league play her entire career. She earned all-conference honors four times in singles play and three years in doubles (1995, 1997, 1998). During her first three years Buggins captured the SoCon singles and doubles conference championships.
After earning Freshman of the Year’ honors in 1995, Buggins was named Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1997. Buggins not only dominated on the court but also excelled in the classroom. She received the league’s M. Wood Foundation Graduate Scholarship in 1998 and also earned Second Team Academic All-District honors. Buggins twice received the league’s highest honor, being voted Female Athlete of the Year’ in 1997 and 1998.
Bloom (2005-present) joined the program her sophomore year. In three years, she goes down as one of the Eagles’ top distance runners ever. During her first year, she set the
During her junior year she ran a career-best 18:48 in the 5,000 meters, which stands as the third-fastest time in
Brown (2004-07) completed the SoCon sweep at the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field championships last year, playing a major role in the Eagles’ third-place indoor finish and outdoor championship. The GSU track program’s newest assistant coach was tabbed Field Performer of the Year’ (Indoor) and Track Athlete of the Year’ (Outdoor) last year.
During her senior year Brown became the first
At the 2007 SoCon Indoor meet Brown won four titles (60 meters, 200 meters, long jump and triple jump) en route to receiving her Field Athlete of the Year award. In addition to those four events, she also earned all-conference honors helping the 4x400 meter relay to a second place finish.
In all, Brown holds four Indoor records and six more in Outdoor events. Not only was she a standout track athlete, Brown equaled those feats in the classroom. She was twice a member of the TIAA-CREF Academic All-SoCon team. Last spring she earned a spot on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team.
Black (2003-06) helped
A three-time All-Southern Conference pick, including First Team honors her final two seasons, she was named All-Southeast Region and SoCon Player of the Year’ in 2006. Black owns seven career GSU records, including: at-bats (816), batting average (.352), runs (163), hits (287), triples (13), stolen bases (89) and hitting streak (30). She also set five single-season records and one for the SoCon (hits).
Messersmith led the Eagles to unprecedented success during her five-year tenure (2001-05) as volleyball coach. Under Messersmith Georgia Southern turned in a 20-win season every year. What makes that even more impressive is the program had only two 20-win seasons the previous 16 years. The Eagles twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament (2001, 2003) and captured two regular season titles (2002 and 2003).
The winningest coach in Eagle history, Messersmith tabulated a 116-52 overall record. She was the 2002 SoCon Coach of the Year’ and 2004 Georgia Women’s Collegiate Coach of the Year’. Messersmith coached All-America Martina Veiglova and 12 All-SoCon performers in all.
Carter (1990-99) served as an Athletic Department administrator during her tenure and was
In 2004 Carter joined the Georgia Southern Athletics Department Hall of Fame. She has gone on to a successful professional tennis career, winning numerous championships and recognitions. Most recently she earned the world’s top-ranking by the International Tennis Federation for women over 60. The July ranking had Carter with 720 total points, 60 more than the next closest.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Friday, 22 February 2013 20:17
STATESBORO, Ga. – Four drummers from the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band will accompany country music singer, songwriter and Georgia Southern alumnae Elizabeth Cook when she performs on the Late Show with David Letterman on March 14, 2013. The show will air that evening at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on CBS.
The Marching Band members who will perform with Cook include:
Sergio Arreguin, junior, Music Education (Baxley, Ga.)
Trey Exley, senior, Exercise Science (Rincon, Ga.)
Jose Morales, senior, Communication Arts (Richmond Hill, Ga.)
Jimmy Rotureau, junior, Nursing (Guyton, Ga.)
Each of the members was chosen by the band director, Colin McKenzie, DMA, based on several factors including seniority, leadership and academic performance.
Elizabeth Cook, the youngest of 11 half-brothers and sisters, grew up in rural Florida where her musician parents met while playing in local country bars. She is a relentless performer, touring worldwide, including well more than 200 performances at The Grand Ole Opry. Cook currently hosts, "Apron Strings", weekday mornings on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel. Her latest EP, Gospel Plow, is some of her favorite Southern Gospel songs (well, six Gospel songs and a cover of Velvet Underground's "Jesus"). Cook is a 1996 graduate of Georgia Southern with dual degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.
The Georgia Southern band members will depart for New York on March 12 and will rehearse with Cook on March 13. Cook recently traveled back to Statesboro for an initial rehearsal with the drummers at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. While in New York, the band members will attend a Broadway show and visit some historical sites to add an educational component to the trip.
"This will be the first trip to New York City for most of these students," said McKenzie. We are extremely thankful for Elizabeth including us in this opportunity as it is an exciting and unique opportunity for our students to represent Georgia Southern University on a national stage."
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.
Georgia Southern Athletics provides up-to-date information on all its sports through its official website, GSEagles.com, through social media channels facebook.com/GSAthletics and twitter.com/GSAthletics, and its new "Eagles GATA" mobile app for Android and iOS.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Monday, 15 August 2011 18:00
All 15 Eagle sports were represented, with football boasting the most student-athletes on the list with 18. Swimming and diving was strongly represented with 17 honorees.
The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher. They must have passed at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars.
Five Georgia Southern student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the academic year including Moriah Bellissimo (Volleyball), Caroline Bevillard (Swimming & Diving), Sara Curry (Cross Country/Track & Field), Sebastien Felt (Men's Tennis) and Brittani Martin (Cross Country/Track & Field).
Fans can follow their Eagles at GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com or receive short updates at facebook.com/GSAthletics, twitter.com/GSAthletics or on Google+ at gplus.to/GSAthletics.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Thursday, 01 May 2008 00:03
More than 200 athletes from Bulloch, Emanuel, Evans, Screven, and Tattnall county schools, as well as United Cerebral Palsy and JenCo adult service centers, will compete in the festivities. Athletes will compete in the long jump, softball skills, tennis throw, shot put, soccer skills, and various track related events.
The mission of Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The Special Olympics is quickly becoming a focal point of the Georgia Southern Student-Athlete Advisory Board as more than 200 GSU student-athletes will contribute their time and efforts to make the event possible. Every participant will have a GSU student-athlete that will be their coach for the day.
The Special Olympics (Area 13) 2008 Summer Games are proudly supported by Domino’s Pizza, Party Impressions, Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, Wal-Mart Super center, and the
Anyone interested in volunteering to help at the games is very welcome and should contact John Locke at (912) 688-6035.