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Dr. LaPlant having smooth transition in double roles

With just over a week as interim dean of the college of Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. James LaPlant has had a smooth transition. Dr. LaPlant, also the dean of the college of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that the changes have come easy with assistance from associate deans in both colleges. “The position of dean across the two colleges is ...

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VSU art professor set to give art-filled TedX presentation

What does it mean to human? Craig Hawkins, associate professor of art at VSU, hopes to get the viewers thinking about the question, as he will take stage this Saturday, Feb. 22, in a TedX event. The event will be held in the University Theatre from 1 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Hawkins’ presentation titled “Witnessing to Remarkable Beauty in ...

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Walters was not targeted in child sex sting, GBI spokesperson says

On the night of Feb. 9, Keith Walters, former dean of the college of Sciences and Mathematics, was awakened by law enforcement officials at his door as part of a sting operation. He was later arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of children, after he arranged to meet up with someone who he believed was a minor for sex. In ...

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Search for new dean begins, Dr. LaPlant serves as interim

In the wake of former dean Keith Walters’ arrest in a child sex sting operation, VSU is left with a gaping hole in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. James LaPlant, current dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will assume the interim dean role of the college. Dr. Theresa Grove, associate dean, will work in conjunction ...

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Keith Walters offered bail, authorities say

VSU Dean of Sciences and Mathematics Keith Walters, one of 14 suspects taken into custody in a four-day child sex sting operation, has been given a bail of $25,000, according to Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. As of Wednesday, Walters remains incarcerated, according to the department’s website. Of the suspects arrested in the operation known as “Operation Broken Arrow,” Walters was ...

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Opinion: College branding for customers, not students

I remember my freshman year at VSU. Taking food runs to palms, chatting in the student union and late night strolls on the illustrious front lawn. I also remember going to some of my journalism courses inside of West Hall, walking past the rotunda on the second-level. It was quiet and one of the many reasons I chose VSU for ...

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Simpson Scarborough LLC selected for VSU branding services

It’s that time of year again where you will soon be surveyed for questions about how to better improve VSU. VSU’s Office of Communications and Marketing will conduct a comprehensive branding study during the 2019-2020 academic year. The department is responsible for managing the University’s branding, marketing, and public relations. Simpson Scarborough LLC was selected by VSU as the result ...

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Column: NFL has tainted process for hiring black coaches

I was driving back from Jacksonville a couple weeks ago, as I spent some time at the beach for my 21st birthday. Typically when I take road trips, I like to reflect. No music, no radio. Just thoughts. The drive was about a shade under two hours, considering the traffic that caught up with me at the Florida-Georgia line. I ...

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Black Voters Matter Fund heads to Valdosta

This year, voting might be as crucial as it’s ever been. But one of the massive issues this country has faced since the invention of dirt is actually convincing the “less-informed” to go by the polls, making their voice heard. In the African-American community, this has been the norm. Furthermore, there’s an underlying need for engagement within the black community. ...

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