GSU Students Help Turn Bottles Into Clothes

Students at Georgia Southern University have more of an incentive to recycle plastic bottles.

The University has joined forces with a major recycling company to turn bottles into clothes!

The idea started from an alumnus, JT Marburger.

He’s saving the environment, while creating some pretty cool shirts, and students are gaining real world experience!

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College of Business Ranked in Top 30 Best Online MBA Programs

The Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been named one of the nation’s Top 30 Best Online MBA Programs by  The University’s Online MBA was ranked 18th in the national rankings.

According to, the school rankings are compiled using information from the IPEDS and College Navigator databases. Both databases are maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. The publication takes the list of schools and includes only those with at least two of four data points which included acceptance rate, retention rate, graduation rate, and enrollment rate. states that every school was ranked against one another for each data point, and all data points were weighted equally. The Georgia Southern University Online MBA posted in each category: 49% for admissions rate, 65% for enrollment rate, 77% for retention rate, and 50% for graduation rate. These four points cover the school’s assessment of students, student opinion of the school, and student success once enrolled.

“We are excited to see the ranking and believe it reflects the hard work of our faculty and staff, along with the quality and dedication of our students,” said Allen C. Amason, dean of the College of Business Administration at Georgia Southern University.  “The challenge now is to stay on this cutting edge and continue adding value to our MBA and other programs. So, we are excited about the ranking, but we’re even more excited about the future.”

The Georgia Southern University Online MBA is offered through the Georgia WebMBA program, a 30-hour program that appeals to working professionals from a broad business background.

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  Only about five percent of all colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.

For more information on Georgia Southern’s MBA programs, visit: or call 912.478.5767.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. In 2012, the University was named one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.

Business After Hours at City Campus

The City Campus of Georgia Southern University hosted Business After Hours on Thursday, June 19, continuing the annual tradition begun with the venue’s grand opening in 2011. The event was jointly sponsored by the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority and the College of Business.

More than 100 people attended the event in the future FabLab space. This year, City Campus decided to provide a sample of what the space will soon offer our community. Andrew Michaud, lab coordinator for the Georgia Southern Department of Electrical Engineering, was gracious enough to bring and set up a MakerBot 3D printer from the Georgia Southern Electrical Engineering lab. The MakerBot was busy printing 3D logos and stands during the event, producing an approximately 2″x2″ plastic square logo every 45 minutes.

Chris Schier from Technical Training Aids in Atlanta made the trip to show off several prototypes made by 3D printers. Schier displayed everything from trailer hitches to salt shakers and moving gear puzzles to a working hair dryer.

Eagle Motorsports, led by Spencer Harp, displayed one of its SEA formula cars built by Georgia Southern mechanical engineering students. The students work hard to research, design, manufacture, and race the formula car as well as a baja vehicle. City Campus was very excited and fortunate to have these talented students show off their hard work and Georgia Southern’s racing team.

Business After Hours was also an opportunity for a couple of student incubator clients to share their business ideas. Rachel Paule shared her vision and team’s work on their product, a fashion app called Sweater Weather. The goal is for the mobile app to be users’ first choice for determining the best outfit to wear based upon weather, type of event, and availability. Go Local innovator Jonathan Chambers invited attendees to join his team’s vision for connecting the community and college through a local events mobile app. Go Local is working to find a better way to connect users with upcoming events and their locations in smaller markets.

City Campus also partnered with Maven Makers to highlight some innovative maker workshops held in Savannah. In one such workshop, kits were used to help makers create solar phone chargers from Altoid mint tins. City Campus looks forward to a continued partnership with Maven Makers to bring other fun maker events to the FabLab.

Allen C. Amason, dean of the College of Business, was asked by Dominique Halaby, director, to “drum” up interest around what City Campus is doing. The dean took his seat at the drum set on stage, showing that running a business successfully is a lot like playing the drums well. He started with drumming basics, moving onto piecing the basics together into rhythms, displaying that discernible patterns create recognizable value. Finally, he displayed that these patterns are neither good nor bad in their own right but are measured by their application to the benefit of others. The value is not the drum solo itself from Tom Sawyer by Rush but how this solo fits in with the rest of the song. The key to business is how the new idea benefits customers and fits in with their lifestyles.

Director Dominique Halaby expressed his appreciation for the community’s support and great attendance. “We are excited to have this opportunity to share with you the future of the City Campus downtown. We look forward to working with area innovators and entrepreneurs to bring BIG ideas to life in Statesboro.”

Let’s Celebrate LaunchSAVANNAH!

Local council to mark a successful first year

LaunchSAVANNAH is the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce council that unites young professionals to learn, network, and help local charities. The business organization plans to celebrate its first anniversary with an evening party on June 17. This enjoyable, two-hour event will take place at the Charles H. Morris Center on East Broad Street. It begins at 5:30 pm and features snacks, beverages, cake, and live music.

What to Expect

Like all LaunchSAVANNAH events, this party provides a good opportunity for you to network with fellow business people in the Savannah area. The council encourages professionals between 22 and 40 years old to attend the celebration. It is sponsored by First Citizens Bank and the Georgia Southern University College of Business. This party will resemble last year’s June event at the maritime museum.

Local band Tell Scarlet will appear at the celebration. This popular Savannah group plays a tremendous variety of music from the past and present, including disco, rock, pop, funk, country, and even jazz. Formerly known as Briar Rose, the group regularly appears at weddings and parties along the southern East Coast.

About LaunchSAVANNAH

The local chamber of commerce established this council to help young professionals succeed in coastal Georgia’s largest city. Business people do not have to join the chamber to become LaunchSAVANNAH members. You might confuse this group with the Young Professionals of Savannah, but it is not the same organization. The chamber inaugurated LaunchSAVANNAH at a free, June 2013, event that publicized the new council’s goals.

This organization holds business get-togethers monthly. It hosted a holiday oyster roast that brought local professionals together and collected toys for a nonprofit group. The Savannah Business Journal reported that LaunchSAVANNAH members also volunteered at a Habersham Street nursing home on weekday nights in February. Each evening, the council sent 20 volunteers to help local seniors.

How to Attend

If you would like to participate in LaunchSAVANNAH’s anniversary celebration, please complete the online RSVP form. You may use cash, credit, or a check to pay the $10 admission fee. For further details, call 912-644-6422 and ask for Drew Hunt. Young professionals also benefit from the prestigious Georgia Southern MBA program, which allows you to take online or on-campus classes that fit your schedule and budget. To learn more, check out the College of Business website.

College of Business Sponsors Chamber of Commerce Council One Year Anniversary

The Georgia Southern University College of Business is sponsoring the upcoming one year anniversary of LaunchSAVANNAH, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s council for emerging professionals 22-40 years old. On Tuesday, June 17, the celebration will take place at the Charles H. Morris Center from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Admission is $10.

LaunchSAVANNAH was established in June 2013, hosting educational, networking, and philanthropic events throughout the Savannah area. For the second year in a row, the Georgia Southern College of Business is sponsoring this event. LaunchSAVANNAH monthly events average hundreds of professionals in the age demographic of 22-40 years old. “We are excited to continue to be a part of an organization that allows young professionals to develop and grow into community leaders,” said Allen Amason, dean of the College of Business. “This collaboration reflects our commitment to Savannah through partnerships with businesses and the community.”

The one-year anniversary celebration will feature live music from Tell Scarlet, appetizers, beverages, and more. To register, please contact Drew Hunt at 912.644.6422 or at

College of Business Administration • P.O. Box 8002 • Statesboro, Georgia • (912) 478-2622