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Virtual parking permits phase out physical parking permits

VSU Parking and Transportation will transition from physical permits to virtual permits through a vehicle license plate. Anthony Bryant, assistant director of Parking and Transportation, said that virtual permits make management easier for both permit holders and parking management. “Virtual permits increase flexibility for permit holders, increase safety, are more sustainable by removing waste created by using physical permits and ...

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VSU receives funding for new Performing Arts Center

On May 10, Jessica Pope, communications and media relations coordinator, sent out an email stating that VSU received enough funding to build a new Performing Arts Center.   The cost of this project is expected to be $18.7 million. VSU received funding from the state budget signed off by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 10 and additional funding through the VSU Foundation, Inc.   The new building will be 36,000 square feet to provide enough room for students to be able to perform and ...

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VSU celebrates 50 years of NPHC by creating plaza

On July 20, VSU announced plans to create a plaza to celebrate the historical organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The NPHC was founded May 10, 1930 and is historically made up of nine African American fraternities and sororities. According to the NPHC website, “The primary purpose and focus of NPHC member organizations remains community awareness and ...

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Masks and COVID vaccine completely optional for students this fall

On May 18, VSU announced that face masks and social distancing would no longer be required on campus during the summer 2021 and fall 2021 semesters. Robbyn DeSpain, director of strategic communications at VSU, disclosed this development in COVID-19 policy in an email to VSU students and faculty. According to the email, fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people can return ...

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VSU announces COVID-19 guideline updates for Fall 2021

Robbyn DeSpain, director of strategic communications, sent out an email concerning updates about COVID-19 operating guidelines. Since March 2020, students across the globe have had to handle the stress of college through online classes, mask wearing and social distancing in order to keep themselves and others safe. Since then, three vaccines have been developed, and the world is slowly opening ...

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Study Abroad Programs Continue Education Through the Pandemic

During the month of May, VSU’s study abroad and international programs shared information through interviews on the current state of their programs and their hopes for the future. According to Irina McClellan, assistant director of international programs, there are several opportunities for students to participate in study abroad even during the global pandemic. Virtual study abroad programs have been created ...

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Georgia Power Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station on VSU’s Campus

Georgia Power installed an off-grid electric vehicle charging station in March located at VSU’s Oak Street surface parking lot in order to spread awareness and bring electric car charging to South Georgia, according to a VSU press release. The Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Charger (EV ARC) is a charging station that uses solar panels in order to obtain and store ...

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Newly signed election reform law stirs controversy

A new law aimed at reforming the election process in Georgia has brought much attention to the peach state. The law, signed by Governor Brian Kemp and formally known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021, takes precise measures to overhaul voting requirements and procedures. Some of the key parts of the law include requiring an ID number to apply ...

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Relief Grant Funds distributed to students

A second round of the CARES Act, now known as the Higher Education Relief Fund, was distributed to eligible students’ accounts on April 1. The HERF grant is $4.6 million and is meant to help students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Each eligible student received $100 in their student banner account automatically but can choose to apply for ...

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The Spectator receives multiple awards at annual state journalism conference

The Spectator won eight awards, including two first-place awards, at the Georgia College Press Association (GCPA) Better Newspaper contest held virtually on Feb. 19. The Spectator competes against 19 other newspapers including the largest colleges in the state: UGA, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. Notably, the Spectator won an award in all coverage categories. The staff receive ...

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