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GSU summer tradition visits Liberty campus
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Georgia Southern University President Dr. Kyle Marrero slices a yellow watermelon in two as part of Georgia Southern’s annual summer tradition. Photos by Pat Donahue

An annual Georgia Southern University tradition is taking place at more than just its Statesboro home.

Dr. Kyle Marrero, president of GSU, hosted a summer celebration at the Liberty campus Tuesday morning, bringing red and yellow watermelon, along with other fresh fruit and produce and Leopold’s ice cream for the staff, students, faculty, alumni and the community.

Georgia Southern University is expecting an enrollment of 27,000 students at its Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville campuses, and Dr. Marrero said enrollment at the Liberty campus in Hinesville continues to grow.

The watermelon cutting dates back to 1948 with school president Zach Henderson providing a cool treat to faculty, staff and students still on campus during the summer term. The fruit offerings also showcase local harvests and invite the local community onto campus, according to GSU officials.

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Faculty, staff, students and more enjoyed the cool slices of fruit and the ice cream from Leopold’s.
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