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The Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection, one of Georgia Southern University’s largest permanent collections, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
When Georgia Southern President Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D., attended last year’s annual Watermelon Cutting in July, he didn’t expect it to resonate with him as much as it did.
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Abner Cope was the first African-American student to graduate with a fine arts degree from Georgia Southern. This year, the 1974 graduate returned to Statesboro - after an award-winning career as a portrait painter and professor - for the first local showing of his work since he earned his degree. "I felt inspired to stay with art, and was convinced that it was for me," he said. "I credit Georgia Southern for that inspiration."
At 84 years old, Howard Cohen has been working the weights for nearly 70 years. The Georgia Southern alumnus has won multiple trophies, medals, awards and accolades - including 12 world, 18 Pan American and 28 USA National titles. He still trains for at least an hour three times a week at the Anderson/Cohen Weightlifting Center in Savannah, noting "Anything that makes you look better and feel better, has to be good."