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Georgia Southern student group receives prestigious award from world’s largest HR association

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2016-2017 Superior Merit Award designation to the Georgia Southern University SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

Of the 327 student chapters from across the United States, Georgia Southern University was one of 149 winners.

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, east divisional director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s student programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.”

SHRM student chapters had the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they completed during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.

The Georgia Southern University student chapter of SHRM completed a number of important initiatives leading to its Superior Merit Award recognition for the 2016-2017 academic year. These activities included the establishment of a Human Resources Mentorship Program with the Statesboro Professional SHRM chapter. This mentorship program allows Georgia Southern SHRM members to regularly interact with HR practitioners in local business and government organizations. The program provides informal career advice and professional networking for chapter members.

The student chapter also worked with the Georgia Southern Human Resources and Career Services groups to present a series of chapter meetings aimed at helping students develop professional résumés, build their interviewing skills and learn to better network with employers.

Finally, the chapter presented a panel discussion with HR professionals and business owners aimed at helping students understand how employers make hiring decisions and what they look for in top job candidates.

For Fall 2017, the Georgia Southern University student chapter officers include Joslyn Ballingall (president), Tiffany Daniels (vice president, fundraising), Barbara Jordan (vice president, membership), Thomas Boynton (vice president, public relations), Brandy Hurt (vice president, merit), Bryan Barron-Ponce (secretary), Jada Long (succession chair) and Caroline Nolen (treasurer).

The SHRM student chapter Merit Award Program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

Master of Accounting program at Georgia Southern ranked No. 11 most affordable program

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) program was ranked No. 11 for 2017 Most Affordable Online College for Masters of Accounting Degrees by OnlineU. Georgia Southern offers a MAcc with an annual tuition rate of $10,305.

The MAcc program objective is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills for a career in public accounting and consulting. The skills and competencies addressed by this program include learning practical and theoretical concepts, which are later applied on the CPA exam and in life outside of the classroom.

The AACSB International accredited program provides students with the opportunity to focus on forensic accounting and offers courses in SAP® systems. Other courses offered by the Georgia Southern MAcc program include current legal issues, fraudulent financial reporting, seminar in accounting information systems and tax research, among others. Georgia Southern also offers an online MAcc degree.

The list published by OnlineU includes the 25 most affordable online colleges and universities offering masters degrees in accounting. OnlineU is a product of SR Education Group whose mission is to be the most authoritative online resource to help students choose the best school for their career aspirations and budget. They believe objective information about education, careers and educational financing should be easily accessible.

The College of Business seeks to develop and promote a learning environment of the highest quality, characterized by inspired teaching and informed by meaningful research. Consistent with the traditions and mission of Georgia Southern University, the College of Business offers a broad array of undergraduate programs and select graduate programs.

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On Wednesday, May 10, John Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, discusses the economy and the decline of retail stores on GPB’s “On Second Thought,” hosted by Celeste Headlee.

Latest Survey Results for Georgia Climate Index Show Moderate Concerns for Current Business Conditions

The results for this quarter’s Georgia CEO survey suggest Georgia business leaders are still optimistic about current business conditions but are considerably less optimistic than they were in the first quarter’s survey results.

The purpose of the surveys is to better understand how general business conditions are impacting Georgia CEO subscribers on a quarterly basis. Georgia CEO partners with the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), a member of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, to prepare, distribute and analyze the survey.

Last quarter’s excitement has turned into constrained optimism for this quarter as shifting business conditions indicate that persistent economic and business concerns have resurfaced as top of mind concerns for participants.

When asked directly for their outlook on Georgia business conditions, 56 percent of respondents noted that business conditions are getting better. This is in line with the January survey results where 59 percent noted similar feelings. Driving these perceptions were positive views on volume of business, such as project requests and foot traffic, and sales, such as ideal flows. Both of these factors had about half of all participants noting a positive outlook for growth within these categories. Participants also noted that the cost of labor, supply issues and competition remain as issues that are not constraining general business conditions.

A convenience sampling technique was used for this study, and the questionnaire was emailed to subscribers of one of the nine Georgia CEO daily newsletters. Georgia CEO publishes a newsletter in Albany, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Middle Georgia, Newnan, Savannah and Valdosta. The survey was open from April 4, 2017 through April 16, 2017, and 187 valid responses were recorded. The majority of participants work for companies that employ less than nine employees (29 percent) or more than 250 employees (28 percent).

Georgia Southern faculty member’s research making an impact in education

Jeff Schiman, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University College of Business Assistant Professor of economics, Jeff Schiman, Ph.D., was recently mentioned on the National Council on Teacher Quality website in a commentary by Hannah Putman for research he conducted with Ben Ost from the University of Illinois at Chicago on teacher absence rates.

His research focuses on teacher absence rates counting only sick and personal days, not professional development absences, and how these rates correspond to their workloads with consideration to class size and years of experience

The study, using data collected by the North Carolina Education Research Data Center from 1995 to 2007 on elementary teachers in grades PK-5, shows that when faced with higher workloads, teachers are good at showing up to school rather than staying home. The article, published in Economics of Education Review, volume 57, April 2017, highlights that teachers are less likely to be absent when teaching larger classes, teaching new grade assignments or having fewer years of experience.

Schiman and Ost also found when a teacher transferred from one school to another, their rate of absence gravitated toward the average for that school, which suggests that school-level factors are important when determining absence rates. The research also shows that teacher absences reduce student performance, suggesting policies reducing absenteeism can improve performance as well as directly cut costs due to lower substitute usage.

It is important to note that the research is based on data from North Carolina, where absence policy is set at the state level; however, the basic structure of North Carolina’s absence policy is very similar to that of absence policies in many districts outside of North Carolina.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 119 degree programs serving 20,673 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 and hands-on approach to education. Visit