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Tuesday, March 23, 2011

Biddix Pioneers Innovative Educational Research

J. Patrick Biddix

For the past five years, Dr. J. Patrick Biddix has been asking questions.

The inquisitive and energetic associate professor has sought to understand the role women play in contemporary college activism, the relationship between leadership and technology, and the various paths to becoming a Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO). His probing has resulted in nearly 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and a handful of major, ongoing research studies.

“My research agenda focuses on civic engagement outcomes, technology and implications, and career development. Linking each is research related to collegiate and professional women’s development,” said Biddix, who has grown the Higher Education Leadership program from eight to 40 students during his five years as program coordinator. “Like many people, I believe the world is changing -- certainly in the way we communicate and form relationships. I think how we work and play in college can have significant implications for how we work and play as future citizens.” Read more >


Blazin' Hot Night ... April in Paris

April in Paris

Escape to The City of Lights during the third annual “Blazin’ Hot Night ... April in Paris” gala dinner and auction on Friday, April 1, in the Student Union Grand Ballroom.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy cocktails, a gourmet dinner, dancing, and a live band to evoke the charm and sights of an elegant city in full bloom.

Throughout the evening, guests may bid on a variety of auction items, including sporting trips, hunting excursions, private dinner parties, children’s birthday parties, local art work, gift baskets and more. Guests may purchase $100 tickets in advance for a drawing to win a trip to Las Vegas, which includes round trip airfare from Jacksonville, a three-night stay at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, dinner for two at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant and two headliner show tickets.

Proceeds from the auction and dinner, which costs $100 per person, will benefit the VSU Foundation, Inc., which exists to support the development of educational excellence at Valdosta State University.

For more information, contact University Advancement at 229-333-5939 or visit the gala web site.


Event to Support Haitian Women


Valdosta State University will celebrate the strength and empowerment of women during the fifth annual benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues" at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 31-April 2, in the VSU Student Union Theater.

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) will host the performances as part of the 2011 observance of V-Day, a global non-profit movement established in 1998 to end violence against women and girls. Faculty, staff and students will perform the award-winning episodic play based on 200 interviews Ensler conducted with women about sex, relationships and violence against women. Read more >


Orchestra Strives to Feed America and Escape to the Stars

Starship Enterprise

The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is hosting a food drive this week in conjunction with "Orchestras Feeding America" — the League of American Orchestras' nationwide effort to address the fight against hunger in America.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items in the collection boxes located in the lobby of VSU's Fine Arts Building, the mezzanine on the second floor of VSU's Student Union, and the lobby of the Annette Howell Turner Center, 527 N. Patterson St.

The drive concludes this weekend following the performances of "Special Concert No. 2: Out of This World" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. During the lively concert, NASA footage will be shown in the background as the orchestra plays classic tunes from "Star Trek" in addition to other moving pieces. Retired Astronaut Dr. Norman Thagard will narrate for both performances. More information >


25th Annual Dance Concert

Dance concert

The VSU Repertory Dancers, founded in 1986, invite you to celebrate innovative and traditional dance at the 25th Annual Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 31 and April 1-2 or at 3 p.m. on April 3.

The choreography will reflect on memories of the past and explore new creative choreography that continues to expand the VSU repertoire. Assistant Professor Kim Holt, Associate Professor Catherine Schaeffer and founding director Eric Nielsen, alumni and students will present various interpretations of dance.

Guest performers from the National Ballet of Florida will join the program on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Learn more about VSU's Theatre and Dance season and purchase tickets online.