Honors Takes the Stage at TEDx Event

Loveless and Shaffer smile after giving successful talks
Finding creative solutions to the world’s problems is a goal shared among students in the Honors Program, and all of our students at some point present their ideas in a public forum.  Two students recently engaged that public forum on a global scale as they discussed their research and experiences on the TEDx stage. Jenny Shaffer (German/mechanical engineering ‘17) and Reid Loveless (biology ’18) gave talks at the event, and they were joined by a number of other speakers from across campus and the community, including Dr. Steven Engel, the director of the Honors Program.

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Honors FYE Class Hosts Third Party Forum

Jarvis Steele and Bryce Colvin serving as moderators at the forum (photo by Mick Miller)
In an election whose unofficial slogan might be “vote your conscience,” third parties have experienced a sudden surge in popularity. Voters troubled by Trump’s behavior and Clinton’s political history have looked to the Libertarian and Green parties in particular for recourse, but several issues stand between these parties’ presidential nominees and the White House.  Is it pragmatic, or even ethical, to vote for a third party candidate this year? Why have third parties at all if the Electoral College system virtually blocks them from a legitimate chance at the presidency? Are this year’s candidates even worth voting for?

These are just a few of the many questions students in Dr. Christopher Caplinger’s Honors FYE course, Modern Political Debate, have considered in the past several weeks, leading them to host a Third Party Forum that took place on October 18th in the Nessmith-Lane ballroom.

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The Georgia Southern University Honors Program is designed to foster the development of a critical sense of inquiry, a spirit of creativity, a global perspective and an ethic of civic responsibility. With your investment, the University Honors Program will continue to enrich the lives of students at Georgia Southern University.  

A Haunting in Statesboro

Dressed in their best creepy attire and ghoulish makeup, students in Dr. Francis Desiderio's Honors FYE class The Meaning of Place volunteered with the Averitt Center for the Arts to put on the Ghost Tours by Lantern Light on Friday, October 28th.

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