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Monday, April 18, 2011

Dean Honored for Service

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Dr. Wayne Plumly Committed to Civic Engagement

Area service organization 100 Black Men of Valdosta honored Dr. Wayne Plumly, dean of the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business, with a Community Service Award during the organization's annual banquet in early April.

Plumly has been instrumental in dozens of service projects throughout the region, including — most recently —  construction of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Skills Success PlumlyCenter, a 1,700-square-foot dynamic learning center in the Ora Lee West housing area. The multipurpose learning facility, which opened its doors in late February, provides VSU student volunteers with space to address the social, economic and educational needs of area children and families.

The professor of economics and SIFE faculty advisor said he considers service his civic responsibility and the award an "honor of a lifetime."

"It has always been my viewpoint that it is my responsibility as a member of our society to assist others that need special help, especially children," said Plumly, who has been teaching at VSU for the past 30 years. "Sometimes we tend to abdicate this responsibility to government which disconnects us from the problems. By having an active role, one can take back that responsibility and feeling of accomplishment and connection." Read more >

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Deaf, Deaf World

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Come Experience Life in Silence

Challenge yourself to communicate without your voice during Deaf, Deaf World Session I from 10-11:30 a.m. or Session II from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, in the University Center Magnolia Room.

The experience, which requires complete silence, encourages participants to learn about deaf culture and language. At the end of each session, members of the hard of hearing community will conduct a panel discussion to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Professors who are interested in requiring the event for class credit may e-mail Erin Salmon, coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, or call her at 229-245-2498. Salmon said organizers can set up a sign-up sheet to document student participation.

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VSU Nurtures Childhood Reading

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Read Fest Celebrates Reading Among Area Kids

More than 100 area kids participated in read-a-louds, puppet shows and reading-related crafts during the Fifth Annual Read Fest on Friday, April 15, on the Valdosta State front lawn.

The community outreach program, held in honor of National Library Week, encouraged a love for reading and learning among area pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Valdosta State University Odum Library sponsored the annual event in collaboration with the College of Education.

Read more >

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Relay Raises Thousands for a Cure

Relay for Life

Relay for Life student volunteers pause from selling raffle tickets and decorating luminaries on Friday night. VSU raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society's global effort to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Go to the VSU RELAY page to view top team and individual fundraisers as well as to read testimonials from members of the VSU community who have survived cancer.

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Professional Development

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Software to Mimic Career Situations

Come to a brown bag demonstration of Quandary, a free software package for instructors, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the HUB, Odum Library Room 2619.

Through this user-friendly software, instructors will learn how to develop scenario activities based on situations that students may encounter in their future careers. These scenarios also transform lectures and readings into interactive learning experiences.

REGISTER for this and other professional development workshops. If you experience any difficulties, call Employee Development (ext. 5105).

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