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James LaPlant named new dean of VSU’s graduate school

Written by Tiarra Bell, Staff Writer After serving as the interim dean of Graduate School, James T. LaPlant is named the new dean of the Graduate School at Valdosta State University. LaPlant says that he plans to grow a fund for graduate student research, grow and support faculty research, implement 4 +1 programs, and pick up a bachelor’s degree and ...

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Savoie appointed Dean of Honors College

Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer Recently, VSU and the Honors College took a huge step forward by officially naming longtime Interim Dean Michael Savoie as the Dean of Honors College. The Honors College gives their honor students the opportunity to take enriched courses and participate in different types of activities. It is designed for different majors and the Honors ...

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Dr. Calvin Walker named Interim Director of African American studies

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer Along with changes to the faculty and staff at VSU, this semester Dr. Calvin Walker was appointed as the Interim Director of African American studies. Walker has been working at VSU for 31 years, and teaching for 38 years. The duties involved with the directory position include supervising the AFAM program, creating the schedule ...

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Sherri Noviello appointed Dean of College of Nursing

Written by Julia Rodriquez, Staff Writer Sheri Noviello keeps us healthy by ensuring that our nurses are properly educated.  Noviello is VSU’s new dean for the College of Nursing. She joined VSU in April of 2014 as an associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Three months later she was appointed interim dean and is now dean.  ...

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Invest. Ignite. Inspire. beats out 5 year goal

Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer The VSU community is investing, igniting and inspiring the future of Valdosta State. To date, the campaign has raised 46 million dollars. This goal was achieved in a short year and a half, which beat out the predicated five year goal. “Invest. Ignite. Inspire” is a comprehensive capital campaign strategy for Valdosta State University ...

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Student killed in ATV accident: The VSU accounting major died on Jan. 9

Written by Jyrell Wynn, Corresondent On Jan. 9, Valdosta State alumni Patrick Stewart McKinley passed away due to complications from an ATV accident at Dodge County Hospital in Eastman, Georgia. Patrick was a junior accounting major. As a Valdosta native, McKinley went to Open Bible Christian School until the 11th grade, but graduated from Valdosta High School in 2011. While ...

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New exercise building to open today

Written by John Stephen, Correspondent A new extension of the Student Health Center will now allow all VSU students and employees access to preventive and therapeutic clinical services previously offered only to university athletes. The Center for Exercise Medicine & Rehabilitation (CEMR) will host its grand opening ceremony and reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will include information ...

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Campus to test emergency alert system

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  A brief test of the emergency notification system will go into effect tomorrow morning. Starting at 10 a.m., the emergency test will include both an email and text alert to any registered devices. The test will also utilize a new desktop alert. A sample alert message will display to anyone logged on a campus computer. The ...

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Dean departs for Georgia Southern

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor  Last Tuesday, the landscape of Valdosta State’s sports scene changed.  Head football coach David Dean accepted a job offer at Georgia Southern University. Dean accepted a position as co-offensive coordinator for Tyson Summers’ new Golden Eagles staff. “I’ve been coaching for 28 years, and 20 of those were spent at Valdosta State,” Dean said. ...

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Interim President Cecil Staton appoints new administrative positions

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  In an email sent to the VSU community earlier today, Interim President Cecil Staton appointed several new members to administrative positions. Staton appointed a total of five administrative positions, three of which were vacant dean positions. “During my almost six months as interim president at Valdosta State, one of the most encouraging things I have ...

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