Club Sports Team of the Month: Archery

CRI has named Archery the Club Sports Team of the Month for April. Laura Hughes, one of the captains of the archery team,  has shared information about this new team and its achievements. Read on to find out what it’s like to be on the Club Archery team!

What is a tradition your team has?

We are a brand new team here at GSU and are still developing traditions.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?


How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

We practice once a week as a team and reqiure 3 hours of individual practice each week. We stretch, warm-up, and usually shoot a round of 30 arrows. When we don’t shoot for points, we work on the fundamentals of shooting a bow.

How often do you have tournaments?

We attend about 4 tournaments during the spring and summer semesters and are hosting numerous tournaments  that are open to the community throughout the year.

What is it like to travel around and compete against different schools? Shooting against other schools can get pretty intense during the actual shoot, while outside the shoot everyone is very welcoming and sociable.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?

My best memory actually occured on the way to a shoot as fellow members threw themselves their own rave party in the passenger seats of the car (nothing but pride was harmed in this process).

When did you start shooting archery?

All of our teammates started shooting at different times. Our experience varies from 3 months to 10 years.

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

No, there are not try-outs but we do require that you provide your own equipment. We have contact information on the CRI website along with a facebook page under the name Southern Eagles Archery. We have one practice a month that includes a time for new interested students to give archery a try.

When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

We became a club sports team last spring with 2 members. This spring we grew to 9 members.

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?

We recently got recognized by the Archery Shooters Association in front of hundreds of fellow archers for our efforts in promoting the sport of collegiate archery.

I believe some of your members placed as top ten finalists. Could you give me their names a little more information about that?

At the ASA shoot in Gainesville, Florida, we had Jake Jones place first, Justin Farmer place second, and Joshua Greene place third in the mens collegiate compound division. We had Lauren Hughes place first in womens collegiate compound. We also had also Linda Stephens and Nick Garcia place first in womens and mens collegiate recurve. Justin Farmer placed 13th out of 71 shooters in his division while at the National Indoor tournament in Conyers. Linda Stephens placed 7th out of 95 shooters in her division also while in Conyers.

What is your team looking forward to? Any big events?

We are very excited for the chance to shoot at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in May. It is one of 2 big collegiate events that count towards our overall ranking at the end of the year.


Donating Blood… Everyone Else is Doing It

Have you thought about giving blood but are unsure of the facts? Learn about why it’s important, how to donate, and what to expect the day of your donation. And what awesome prize you can win by donating… it’s a good one!

Why Should I Donate?

Donating blood is a small act that can save lives. Take a look at these facts to understand how much YOUR blood is in demand.

▪ Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion.

▪ More than 38,000 transfusions are given daily

▪ 5 million patients in the US need blood each year

As you can see, a lot of blood is needed on a daily basis. There is no way to manufacture or produce blood, so it is very important that people donate.

What Should I Do to Prepare?

Eat a light meal and be sure to hydrate yourself before you donate. You must present one form of identification in order to donate. This can be your driver’s license, donor card, passport, school-issued ID card, etc. Also, be sure to know the names of any medications you are taking. If you are over the age of 17, weigh over 110 pounds, and in good health, you’re good to go!

What Should I Expect?

First, you will go through a registration process to make sure you are eligible to donate. Next, you will be given a mini physical exam where a health professional will go through your medical history with you and check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. After this, you are ready to donate! The donation process only takes around 8 – 10 minutes. All instruments used are sanitized, and a brand new needle is used for each donation. When you have finished donating, you should stick around for about 10 – 15 minutes to have refreshments (which are provided). When you finish enjoying your snacks, you can then go spread the word about your good deed and encourage your friends to do the same.

What’s in it for Me?

First of all, you get free juice and cookies. That’s reason enough for me! More importantly, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that just one donation could save up to three people’s lives. Also, there are often blood shortages. With your donation, you can help ensure that there will be blood available for those who need it most.

When Can I Donate?

You’re in luck! The Wellness Department at CRI is sponsoring a blood drive on April 6 from 12 – 6 p.m. at the RAC in the MAC gym. You can donate blood every 56 days, so after you donate on April 6, be looking for another blood drive in the beginning of June! As if saving lives isn’t reason enough to donate, Delta and the American Red Cross have partnered to give you the chance to win a pretty sweet prize. Participants who donate blood between April 1 and June 30, 2011 will be entered to win a pair of Roundtrip Delta Air Lines Tickets!

Stay Healthy on Spring Break

Heading out somewhere fun for Spring Break? Don’t want to reverse all of your hard work of exercising and eating right? Before you head out on your road trip, read on to see how to stay healthy during your well-deserved break.

Drink LOTS of water

It is important to stay hydrated, especially if you will be out in the sun or consuming alcohol (if you are 21, of course).  Carry a bottle of water with you by the beach or on your hiking trip. If you are using disposable water bottles, don’t forget to recycle them!

Sneak in Physical Activity

Throw a frisbee, jog on the beach, hike up a mountain, carry your own golf clubs… You get the picture. Doing minor physical activities will help keep your body fit on Spring Break.

Catch some Zzzz’s

Spring Break is a BREAK. Make sure you take some time to sleep. Your body probably needs it from all of your hard studying this semester. Reward yourself by getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

Protect Yourself

Keep hand sanitizer with you. Use it liberally to avoid getting sick on Spring Break. Also, be sure to get important vitamins. Whether it’s through fruits and vegetables or vitamin supplements, don’t deprive your body of important nutrients.

Enjoy Yourself

This is your Spring Break. Relax. Enjoy a good book. Spend time with your friends. Revel in having your own agenda.

Rock the Shades

Don’t forget your face’s favorite accessory: sunglasses. They protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful  rays. Wear them if you’re going outside for a walk or for hours on the beach. The less your eyes are exposed to the sun, the better. Be sure to wear sunglasses that are at least 100 % UVA and UVB protected. The ones labeled 400% UV are also a good option.

Last But Not Least, Apply that Sunscreen

Even if it is cloudy outside, protect your skin by liberally applying sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. Most sunscreens expire after two years, so be sure to make sure it is still effective. Do your skin a favor and apply every couple of hours. And don’t forget to protect  your lips. They are easily chapped from the sun. Invest in some chapstick with sun protection.

Club Sports Team of the Month: Women’s Lacrosse

CRI has named Women’s Lacrosse the Club Sports Team of the Month for March. Monica Plut, Club Captain, shared information about the team and its achievements. Read on to find out what it’s like to be on the Club Women’s Lacrosse team!

What is a tradition your team has?
A tradition our team has is spaghetti dinners before each game. Not only does this help with team bonding and moral, but it also makes sure that everyone is eating well and is hydrated before each game.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?
My favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern is the feeling of being part of a team, and being involved in a University-sponsored sport. I am very thankful that we have the opportunity to play Club Sports at our school.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
We typically practice 3-4 times a week, each practice lasting two hours. I find that it is important to practice as much as possible before a game, to make sure that we are fully prepared to play our opponent. Our typical practices start off with about 40 minutes of warming up and stretching, along with stick skills. We then move to harder drills, and scrimmage offense vs. defense towards the end of practice. Our coaches like to throw sprints and running in there as well.

How often do you have games?
This semester we have games every couple of weeks, and sometimes two weekends in a row. Our next home game is March 27 at 12:30 p.m. at the RAC against Ole Miss and 2:00 p.m. against University of South Florida.

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?
To play different schools is not only rewarding but it is interesting to see how the different schools are set up and how each club is run. Its thrilling to see just how many schools actually have our sport, since it is not widely played in the southeast yet.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?
My best memory about Club Sports is the satisfaction of starting the team back in 2009, becoming a Georgia Southern Club Sport in 2010, and seeing the club grow as time went on. It is very rewarding to say we defeated Furman University 10-9 in double overtime on February 26. This is our first game that we have won since the team was started two years ago.

When did you start playing lacrosse?
I started playing lacrosse when I was in 6th grade. My sister was a cross country runner, and needed a sport with lots of running in it to keep her in shape on the off season. I saw her play one game, and fell in love with the sport immediately. It was interesting to see all the different sports that are combined to make the game of lacrosse. After playing all through middle and high school, I wanted to stay involved in the sport so I started to referee lacrosse on the weekends.

What if someone is interested in playing women’s lacrosse? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
If anyone is interested in playing GSU Lacrosse, they can contact me by email at We take anyone who has ever played before, and new players with the will to learn a great sport. We do not have tryouts at this time, but as our club membership increases, we will have tryouts in the near future.

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?
Even though our team has only been around for only two years, we are very happy to say that we are now apart of SWLL (Southern Womens Lacrosse League). This allows us to play different schools in our region, and is much more competitive then just playing random schools. We also beat our school rival, Furman, in double overtime, which is very exciting for all of us!