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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Sharon Butcher

A Champion of Service

Excellence Award winner Sharon Butcher is convinced that customer service begins with a genuine desire to help others that is strengthened with respect and fueled by honesty. Her father taught her that.

“My Dad taught me and lived the example of how to treat people — with respect, honesty and accountability,” said Butcher, who is the department manager of Campus Mail Services. “With 59 years of trials and many errors, I have come to understand I want to strive to be honest, respectful, accountable and constantly remind myself I have only walked in my shoes.” Read More >


Faculty Seed Grant DEADLINE


Don't Miss Out! September 15

The deadline to submit proposals for the new Faculty Research Seed Grant (FRSG) program is Wednesday, Sept. 15. The FRSG is a competitive internal funding program to assist early-stage scholars in establishing themselves as independent investigators or artists and aid seasoned researchers in exploring new avenues of inquiry.

Under the new competitive program — which is administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration — maximum award size has been increased to $5,000 for an individual investigator and $7,500 for collaborations. A total of $100,000 is available to faculty in FY 2010-2011. Two competitions will be held annually, one in each semester.

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Whitewater Rafting: Aug. 28-29


Feel the waves in your face and the excitement of the roaring river as you raft in Tennessee this weekend, August 28-29. The adventurous group will tent camp at a nearby state park.

Trip costs ($35 for students, $45 for faculty/staff) include transportation from VSU, camping fees and equipment. Food is not provided.

Can't make this trip? CORE will make a return visit to the rapids the weekends of September 11-12 and 18-19.

For registration information as well as a list of upcoming trips, go to the Center for Outdoor Recreational Experiences (CORE) website. You may also e-mail CORE or call 229-245-2355.


Dive into Books


Read more about the faculty/staff book club, which explores a work each month. The August read is "Drawing in the Dust" by Zoe Klein. Read more about Klein's debut novel and upcoming novels on the The Book List.

E-mail moderator Jamie Tanner for more information.


Faculty/Staff Page

Check out the updated Faculty Staff Page, which lists the latest employee news and provides links to a variety of employee resources. Go >