Rebecca Falk, College of Business Administration
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FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
Summer Semester 2013
Session I, May Term
Friday, May 31
Class Time Final Exam Time
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Monday-Friday 1:00 PM 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Session II, Regular Summer Term
Thursday, July 25
Class Time Final Exam Time
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 AM 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Tuesday/Thursday 11:10 AM 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Tuesday/Thursday 2:20 PM 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 PM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, July 26
Class Time Final Exam Time
Monday/Wednesday 8:00 AM 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Monday/Wednesday 11:10 AM 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Monday/Wednesday 2:20 PM 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday/Wednesday 6:00 PM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Session II Online Classes
To be determined soon.
VSU partners with Viendong College
On August 29th 2012, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) Professor, Doctor Bui Van Ga has signed the decision having number 3363/BGDĐT on allowing CDV (www.vido.edu.vn) and VSU (www.valdosta.edu) to launch the program named 2 + 2 in both Vietnam and USA for Vietnamese students.
Beta Gamma Sigma Centennial Celebration
On February 19th BGS officially kicked off its 100th year celebration and approximately 200 LCOBA business students joined the party!
Pound Auditorium was standing room only, and all enjoyed Denise Morrison's (Campbell Soup Company, President and CEO) presentation. Thanks to faculty for volunteering to tap our new BGS inductees and for encouraging attendance of the presentation; thanks to staff for assisting with both tapping and the presentation; and thanks to Dean Plumly for continuing to support our business honor society.
Beta Alpha Psi Regional Meeting
The Mu Zeta Chapter had a successful Beta Alpha Psi regional meeting this past weekend in Nashville, TN . We made 4 presentations - 3 in the best practices (BP) competition and 1 in chapter operations (an information session). We had the following results:
3rd place - Innovation BP (on team building)
1st place - Imagination BP (writing program). We will represent the southeast region in the BP at the annual meeting
Please join me in congratulating the following students on a job well done –
GERMANY – PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THEIR DREAMS ONE BUS TICKET AT A TIME
VALDOSTA, Georgia (Feb. 19, 2013)—From study abroad trips to student assistantships, VSU’s Natalie Tanner is definitely becoming a tossed salad. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Tanner is currently majoring in International Business at Valdosta State, with a minor in German.
With hopes of one day making a career out of international business, as a sophomore in college, Tanner already has quite a bit of experience under her belt. Midway through her freshman year she decided she wanted to study abroad, and by January of the following year, she was already in Germany, studying politics and cultural studies at Zeppelin University. Zeppelin is a privately funded business and research university in the quaint, lakeside town of Friedrichshafen, located in Southern Germany, along the banks of the Bodensee (Lake Constance).
During her six-month stay in Germany, Tanner attended classes with 800 Zeppelin students and around twenty-five other International students, representing countries from all over the world, like Taiwan, Denmark, Mexico, Brazil, China, and Japan. These classes were taught in English, which, being her native language, gave Tanner a natural advantage over the other International students.
“Since the German students already took classes in English, the International students did as well. Being from America, I knew English already, and German is my minor, so it definitely made things easier for me. But for the other Internationals, it was more difficult; they were taking classes in their non-native language while in Germany, a country whose host language was also foreign to them.”
While there, these twenty-five International students became completely immersed in German culture. Once enrolled at Zeppelin, they were responsible for finding housing, transportation, classes, and food. The students literally lived, learned, and breathed German. Classes were totally mixed between International and Zeppelin students, exemplifying complete integration.
Another component of being in Germany that Tanner took part in was the “Rent-an-American” program. This program consisted of Tanner traveling to several local German schools to speak to children (ranging in age from 5 to 14) about America. Representing her home country as an ambassador, Tanner loved participating in this program, because it was an opportunity for her to show off America and VSU and how much she loved living here.
For Tanner, one of the most significant cultural differences she experienced while in Germany was the demeanor of the people.
“Here,” Tanner says, “especially in the South, I feel like it’s stressed to be polite, hospitable, and sometimes even overly friendly. There though, that is not the case. Germans are more aloof. At first it is really easy to mistake that for rudeness, but then you realize that they just don’t feel like it’s necessary to be nice to complete strangers, like it is here. It’s almost like the stereotypical New York mindset -- every man for himself.”
An example Tanner gives of that individualist attitude is the concept of a sleepover. Here in the US, we frequently spend the night at a friend’s house, either for a “sleepover” or “slumber party” as a child and as we grow up, crashing on a friend’s couch is completely acceptable. In Germany, however, the mentality is that it is more logical for you to go back to your own place where you are paying to live, and I will stay at my place, where I am paying to live, and there is not really a need for us to share those spaces, especially when one person can simply walk or ride home.
Riding home after a night out is easier in Germany as well. Typically, more populous German cities will have an established subway system (called a u-bahn there) that many people ride, and if the city is too small to require a subway, as was the case with Tanner in Friedrichshafen, there is generally at least a reliable bus service in its place. Tanner noticed while in Germany something she thought was strange about the busses, however; when boarding, she wasn’t checked for a ticket. However, all of the patrons still bought a ticket. In addition to this trip to Germany, Tanner had previously been there a couple of times in high school, and she cannot recall ever being checked for a bus ticket.
“It’s an honor system for them. They know that their government is supplying them with this transportation, so they’re going to buy a ticket, because it’s the respectful thing to do.”
Tanner speculates that here in America that concept would never work, because too many people would abuse it!
The education system is set up a bit differently in Germany as well. Zeppelin classes end in late April, similar to here at VSU, but in Germany, students’ finals work (exams, papers, and projects) isn’t due until mid-July, giving them approximately two months to complete. At first, Tanner thought that this concept sounded really innovative, but she soon realized that having your finals two months after classes end has its downside; while it gives students time to take a break and then come back and really tackle those projects afresh, it is also showcases procrastination at it’s finest.
After her classes were finished in April, Tanner spent the next two months working on final projects and traveling abroad in Europe. Since she knew people there from an exchange in high school, she went to Munich twice, and then Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, France, Lichtenstein, and later, Turkey. Once her rent had been paid and her finals had been completed, Tanner then started the next leg of her study abroad experience: London.
Tanner’s experience in London was different than Friedrichshafen, as this trip was set up through the European Council; here, students were not only participating from VSU, but from all over the state of Georgia. It was a much shorter trip, lasting only about three weeks, but Tanner made the best of it. While there, Tanner studied Intercultural Communication as well as Musical Theatre, a class that required her to attend several theatre performances included in the price of the trip. Her repertoire included The Wizard of Oz, Billy Elliott, Matilda, and Blood Brothers, a British tragedy about fraternal twins separated at birth.
One of Tanner’s favorite experiences while studying abroad was in London, when she lucked out and was able to attend the Wireless Festival, a music festival started in 2005 on par with New York’s Woodstock Music & Art Fair. Tanner got to see big-name musicians like Drake, Jessie J, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. She says going to Wireless is definitely a “big deal,” and that it will be something she’ll have bragging rights to, for years to come. Another milestone for her was being able to see the Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremonies, an event which required her to spend an extra week in London after her European Council group returned back to the US
Overall, Tanner says that her experiences abroad have opened her up to a completely new worldview, and given her a fresh perspective on how things in the world are done (and sometimes how they should be changed). She thinks everybody should travel abroad, given the chance, and that they shouldn’t let financial burden stand in their way. Tanner’s philosophy is that if a student wants it bad enough, the money will fall into place. To her, these were once in a lifetime opportunities, and she jumped at them.
“It was humbling,” she says, “and I feel better prepared now.” When asked for what, she simply smiles and says, “My major. My career. My dreams.”
Two Valdosta State University students from the Langdale College of Business brought home top honors February 15th. The two students, Rebecca Falks and Felina Duncan, along with Dr. Zulal Denaux, Professor of Economic, attended the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference Undergraduate Paper Competition in Mobile, AL. Rebecca was awarded the 2013 Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award andFelina’s paper was ranked 4th among all undergraduate papers presented. The Judges had extremely positive comments about the quality of both students' papers and presentation skills. Both students representedthe Langdale College of Business and Valdosta State University well at the conference. Congratulations to all!
Rebecca Falks Felina Duncan
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