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Georgia Southern raises more than $1.4 million

GSU sets record on ‘A Day for Southern’

STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University’s “A Day for Southern” fundraising campaign has set a record of $1,417,799, up from the previous best of $1,403,062 that was recorded last year. This marks the 15th straight year the campaign has raised more than $1 million.

“You cannot have an ‘Eagle Nation’ without first having an ‘Eagle Community,’” said Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel. “The support and the pride that the Statesboro and Bulloch County community have and continue to show their university is remarkable.”

Money raised during the annual campaign, which has completed its 39th year, includes donations from faculty, staff, the Statesboro/Bulloch County community and retirees of the university. “A Day for Southern” plays a major role in the University’s operations each year because it is a primary source of funding for many educational needs the university can’t use state money to support — scholarships, athletics and cultural opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

“We are so thankful to all of those that have and continue to support Georgia Southern University,” Keel said. “This is a volunteer-driven effort, and it says a lot about how much this community cares about the direction and future of ‘their’ university. They believe in Georgia Southern, and we are incredibly grateful.”

Darron Burnette, president and CEO of Sea Island Bank, served as the campaign’s community chair. Brenda Aytes, manager of the Eagle Print Shop served as the campaign’s staff chair and Jeff Tysinger, professor of school psychology, served as the campaign’s faculty chair.

Paul and Claudia Moller served as retiree campaign co-chairs.

According to university officials, more than 125 volunteers visited more than 800 area businesses and organizations.

“I am a True Blue Eagle fan, and I am keenly aware of the powerful economic engine that Georgia Southern is in this community,” said Burnette, whose daughter is a student at GSU. “When you consider surrounding communities, the stability that this university provides cannot be overstated … When Southern succeeds, Statesboro thrives.”

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906 offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students.

—Business in Savannah

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