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College of Arts dean candidates to visit campus

Written by Jamal Tull   Starting today, VSU will be interviewing three candidates for the position of dean of the College of the Arts. The itinerary for each candidate has been made and includes lunch and a meeting with President William McKinney. It also includes a question and answer session at 3 p.m. on the third floor of the Student ...

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McKinney speaks out against HB29

Written by Anthony Pope   On Tuesday, VSU President William McKinney announced his opposition to Georgia House Bill 29, called Georgia Campus Carry Act, a bill that would permit firearms on colleges and universities. In the email, which was sent to all VSU faculty, staff and students, McKinney, along with the Board of Regents, pledged his support for the existing ...

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Elimination of Friday classes discussed

No more classes on Friday? This became one of the main topics of discussion at last Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the UC Magnolia Room when Dr. Aubrey Fowler, assistant professor of marketing, proposed that VSU adopt a two-day class schedule. This would mean that classes on Fridays would cease to exist, and would only be offered ...

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McKinney gets birthday surprise

President Bill McKinney turned 50 on Tuesday, but was out of town for a conference in Athens that day and the day before. While he was away, his wife, Dr. Dacia Charlesworth, and other members of the VSU community planned a birthday celebration for his return to campus on Wednesday.

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Residential corner block approved for demolition

The final countdown has begun for the demolition of 11 houses located across the street from the Fine Arts Building to make room for a four-story apartment with retail space.   South Carolina developer McAlister proposed the plan last year for the residential and commercial facility that will be aimed at students.   The Valdosta City Council approved the immediate ...

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Jury reaches verdict on Zaccari trial

Both sides are touting victory following the trial between former VSU president Dr. Ronald Zaccari and former VSU student Hayden Barnes. A federal jury in Atlanta ruled that Dr. Zaccari violated Barnes’ rights to due process. The court decided that Dr. Zaccari must pay $50,000 with a 15-percent annual interest increase in addition to all court fees. “I am pleased ...

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Proposal would alter Georgia college funding

 Public colleges and universities across the state may feel a pinch in their pocketbooks—or a possible raise—related not to sheer student numbers, but their levels of student achievement.   On Monday, a plan was proposed that would alter the way that Georgia colleges and universities receive state funding.  Currently, funding is distributed in relation to a school’s enrollment and student ...

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Former University president dies

Shortly after 10 a.m. today, Dr. Bill McKinney, VSU president, informed University employees of former VSU president Dr. Hugh C. Bailey’s death via email. “It is with great sadness that I inform the Valdosta State University family of the death of Dr. Hugh C. Bailey, sixth president of Valdosta State,” the email read. “Serving from 1978-2001, Dr. Bailey's legacy on our campus is apparent not only in its physical structure, but also in its spirit of strong community that we all value so highly.”

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VSU professor hit by car

A VSU psychology professor will be unable to return to the classroom for the rest of semester after being struck by a car while on a morning bike ride Monday. Dr. Mark Whatley, associate professor of psychology, was riding south down Inner Perimeter road near Jaycee Shack Road at 6:30 a.m. when he was hit from behind by a Ford ...

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Hull replaces Gunter as interim

 Former Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Karla Hull has been promoted to the position of interim university provost, following the sudden death of former provost Dr. Phil Gunter.   Former interim president Dr. Levy led a search in his final months at the university, seeking for someone to step-in quickly and fill the position.  He looked at all ...

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