Front Office

What is BUILD?


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Incoming First-Year Students

As a member of the freshman class, you are about to begin an exciting journey both in and out of the classroom at Georgia Southern University. Your SOAR experiences will begin to facilitate your transition into the college experience.

In addition to your orientation experience, we offer students an opportunity to build their leadership skills and begin to form relationships with members of the University community. Take advantage of BUILD, one of our Pre-semester Leadership Programs, and take the first step in charting your course at Georgia Southern University.

BUILD 2015 Dates

BUILD 1 will take place Sunday, July 19 – Thursday, July 23, 2015
BUILD 2 will take place Sunday, July 26 – Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • BUILD begins at 12pm on Sunday
  • BUILD will end by 4pm on Thursday.
  • $150 fee includes all equipment, food, transportation, lodging, and leaders.
  • Participants can check-in on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Download your BUILD registration form here! Payment is due with registration.


Student check-in for BUILD will take place on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Specific information about check-in will come in a confirmation letter e-mailed to each participant upon registering for BUILD.


The $150 fee can be paid by eCheck, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.

Online payments are available here. You will receive the online payment password via email once your registration has been received.

Cancellations will be accepted until July 1. After July 1, no refunds will be available.


Participants will be sleeping in on-campus facilities. Visit your BUILD 1 or BUILD 2 page for specific details about your accommodations.


Smoking inside the residence facilities is strictly prohibited. The consumption of alcohol or use of drugs at any time during Project BUILD is also strictly prohibited.

All participants who drive their cars to BUILD will have their keys collected at check-in. All keys will be locked up in a secure location and returned at check-out.

Spending Money:

All meals and activities are prepaid during the program, so you will not need any additional money to participate in BUILD events. However,  some groups may stop for ice cream after a day of service and you may wish to bring a small amount of spending money.

Mail, Calls, and Visitors:

During the week, we strongly discourage any visitation by parents and friends. Mail may be sent in care of BUILD, Georgia Southern University, Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, PO Box 8114, Statesboro, GA 30460. Please have the student name and BUILD marked clearly on the envelope. We ask that participants initiate any calls only during free time.

If parents and friends need to get in contact with students during the week of BUILD, emergency/important phone calls can be directed to the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, (912) 478-1435.

Social Outings:

In addition to the hours dedicated to serving the Statesboro community, BUILD also emphasizes fostering a community among Georgia Southern students. BUILDers will leave the program feeling comfortable with each other, the university, and Statesboro. Participants will bond through miniature golf, bowling, swimming, and much more!

BUILD Staff:

The BUILD Staff is composed of seven student leaders and the Student Leadership Office staff who coordinate BUILD. Prior to, during, and after the week of BUILD, staff members will be available for any questions you may have.

BUILD Staff:

  • Dr. Todd Deal, Director
  • Jodi Kennedy, Associate Director
  • Wendy Denton, Assistant Director of Service-Learning
  • John Banter, Leadership Coordinator
  • Sean Payne, Coordinator of Marketing and Web Initiatives
  • Katy Kaesebier, Coordinator of Alternative Breaks and Community Partnerships
  • Danyel Addes, Coordinator of Civic Engagement
  • Dr. Nancy Shumaker, Coordinator of International Programs
Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement • PO Box 8114 • (912) 478-1435 •