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We’ll be seeing double at the Fall 2020 graduation ceremony

A set of twins will be celebrating the ceremony together this year.

Emily Dietrich will be graduating Summa Cum Laude as a University Honors College Scholar from the Writing and Linguistics program in the upcoming Fall 2020 ceremony. Because of the cancellation of the May 2020 graduation, her sister, Sara Dietrich, will be joining in the ceremony to celebrate her previous graduation, also earning the distinction as a Summa Cum Laude graduate as well as a University Honors College Scholar. Emily will continue her work in the nonprofit sector at Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia where she will work towards a hunger-free community with future plans to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2022. Sara also plans on continuing her education by pursuing a doctorate in Public Health in Fall 2021. Both twins have always appreciated the art of writing. In fact, as Sara completed her undergraduate degree, she became a published author with editing and proofreading assistance provided by Emily. Both sisters are excited to share their graduation ceremony together and look forward to what the future has to offer!

Georgia Southern listed on the Campus Pride Index

Since 2007, the Campus Pride Index has been a national bench marking tool by which parents and students can assess the LGBTQ+ inclusivity of university campuses. To make the Index a university has to prove their LGBTQ+ friendliness based on a series of criteria, including inclusive curriculum, events, housing, health center, spaces, and resources, as well as some administrative activities. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) was awarded a donor grant from Ted Tucker in 2017, and one of our goals was to increase our LGBTQ+ plus research, classes, and resources.

The application to join the Index began in 2018 and was completed in fall of 2019 by Director Lisa. A. Costello and student worker, Akalah Favors. In January 2020, we received a 3.5/5 rating and became one of only four schools in Georgia to be listed on the Index. The Index is important as a national ranking that sends a message to continuing and prospective students that Georgia Southern is committed to gender inclusivity. The WGSS Program, which has a BA and minor, will begin to offer an LGBTQ+ focused minor in the fall of 2021, which includes classes from WGSS, Public Health, Sociology, Human Ecology, and Writing.

Pitch workshop Nov. 14

Steve Harper, producer of DC’s “Stargirl” and writer/producer for “American Crime,” “God Friended Me,” “Covert Affairs,” and “Send Me,” will host his pitching workshop Saturday, Nov. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. via Zoom.

If you are interested in participating, email Nick Newell at with the subject line Pitch Workshop in order to receive the Zoom invitation.

Georgia Southern Theatre explores Touch in a world where you can’t

Georgia Southern Theatre’s second production of the fall semester is a devised piece based on the idea of what touch means in a world where you cannot. Created entirely by the cast and production team, this piece is a collection of sketches, dances, and songs that are a reflection of the lived experience of the cast and how they have navigated life in the world of COVID-19.

The students began the process with discussions about what touch meant, how it has changed, what the experience of living in a pandemic has mean for them. Affectionately referring to the process as one in which they threw a bunch of idea at the wall to see what would stick, the resulting performance is both funny and heartfelt. Original poetry, dance, and song work next to sketches performed over the medium of Zoom, Touch will be streamed from Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 15. To access the streaming, visit

The production is free of charge and will begin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11. For more information, email

Writing & Linguistics and the Georgia Poetry Circuit to host poet Nov. 12

The Georgia Poetry Circuit and Department of Writing & Linguistics will host poet Tiana Clark for two events via Zoom Thursday, Nov. 12. A Q&A will take place from 2-3 p.m. and Clark will present a reading from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Clark is the author of the collections I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood & Equilibrium. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Washington Post, VQR, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Oxford American, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Learn more at

Zoom links are available at