CLASS Advisement Center Newsletter — March 2016

The CLASS Advisement Center has started a monthly newsletter to keep students and their supporters informed of important advising news as well as assist students in getting to know more about our staff! To join the newsletter mailing list, please contact CLASS Advising Coordinator Kimberly Simpson at

Check out the March newsletter for information about upcoming registration, the Office of Career Services, and our “Advisor Spotlight” featuring General Studies Advisor Brandon Solie.

Click here to view the March CLASS Advisement Newsletter.

Fall 2016 Advisement Underway

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) Advisors are now seeing students for Fall 2016 advising appointments. All students should have received an email with instructions on how to make appointments with their advisor using the GradesFirst system. If you are experiencing trouble or need further instruction on using GradesFirst, please click here for a visual guide on how to make an appointment.

Advisors are often asked, “Why is it so important to be advised early?” Well, let’s explore some of those reasons:

  • Registration begins as early as March 21. Depending on your classification (freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior), registration dates will vary. You can check your exact registration date and time by looking on your WINGS account.
  • Classes will fill up! All students will be able to register by November 8. The later you wait to register after this date, the less-likely you are to get the schedule that you want.
  • You cannot register without your RAN, and advisors cannot provide your RAN without you having been advised. While we understand that students are very busy during the semester, it must be a priority to make an advisement appointment and receive your RAN. Appointments typically last no more than 30 minutes.
  • Think numbers. Advisors may have anywhere from 200 to 400 students who they must see for advising appointments. If you wait to make an appointment, it is likely that you will have difficulty scheduling an appointment.
  • Get your questions answered early! You may find that you have some questions about the courses you are currently enrolled in, withdrawing, or even classes for the summer. The sooner you get in to see your advisor, the sooner you can have the answers you need!

Schedule your advisement appointment today using the GradesFirst system! If you have questions or concerns, please contact your advisor or the CLASS Advisement Center at (912) 478-7740.

Academic Advisor Receives Award at Annual Conference

11312193_1631709270379644_1056526467_nCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Academic Advisor, JoAnne White, was presented with the Outstanding Advisor Award at the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) 39th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Research publication and grant opportunities

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published upcoming deadlines for research publication and grant opportunities. Included in the lists were grants and research proposals for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.

Below is a list (divided by field of study) of upcoming opportunities:


Political Science
Pre-Law (Professional Track)
Literature and Philosophy
Institute for Public and Non-Profit Studies (Graduate Only)
Foreign Languages

CLASS Alumni recognized in University’s 40 under 40

Georgia Southern University recently announced the 2014 “40 Under 40.” An annual tradition, this list comprises of 40 alumni that are leading the way in business, leadership, community, and educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

The 40 alumni honored are chosen by a selection committee based on their professional expertise and achievements, as well as dedication to charitable and community initiatives. Criteria also requires that honorees aspire to uphold the core values of Georgia Southern University including integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility.

Of the 2014 honorees, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) would like to recognize the 16 alumni who graduated from programs housed in CLASS. Alumni who were honored include: Lindsey Blom, BS Psychology (’99); CAPT Phillip Boldt, BA History (’04); Jordan Chester, BA Political Science (’08); Amy Dietrich, BS Public Relations (’11); Lea Anne Foster, BA Communication Arts, English (’96); Shannon Halstead, BS Justice Studies (’98); James Kicklighter, BS Public Relations (’10); CAPT John Kile, BS Justice Studies (’10); Jason Lawrence, BS Justice Studies (’06) and MPA (’07); Teresa MacCartney, MPA (’01); Kameelah Martin, BA English (’00); Bob Mikell, BA History (’07); Nick Pearson, BS Political Science (’10); Matt Ramsey, BS Political Science (’98); Blain Rhodes, BS General Studies (’10); and Liz Longshore Stephens, BS Public Relations (’99).

CLASS Advisement Center Coordinator Jenn Glenn explained that these alumni are role models for current CLASS students.

“Often times students earning a liberal arts degree will get asked, ‘what are you going to do with your degree?,'” Glenn said. “The CLASS alumni honored in Georgia Southern’s 40 under 40 are excellent examples of the success students can have with hard work, determination, and a CLASS degree.”

To see the “40 Under 40” list in its entirety and to learn what positions the honorees currently hold, visit Georgia Southern University Alumni Association’s webpage.

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