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Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

Faculty/Staff Spotlight


Dr. Lai-Kent Orenduff:

A Q&A about Art, Love and Teaching

Dr. Lai Kent Orenduff’s passion for art is contagious, and her zest for educating students — even more magnetic.

The associate professor of Art, honored with the 2010 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, strives each day to expose students to "the diversity of the world.”

Read how she developed her fondness for modern art and how it continues to move her -- intellectually, creatively and spiritually. Read More >


Alumnus Author Reveals Civil War Strategy: Tuesday, Sept. 21

Stoker bookAuthor Dr. Donald Stoker will speak about his latest book, “The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

Although thousands of works address the War Between the States, “The Grand Design” is one of the first books to delve into how both sides transformed political ideals into military action. In the pages of Stoker's sixth book, the professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College, demonstrates how strategy largely determined the war’s outcome.

Stoker on "MORE ... from VSU"

At 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, Stoker will appear as a guest on "More ... from Valdosta State University" -- a live radio program aired on Valdosta's TALK 92.1 FM that features VSU President Patrick J. Schloss and John Crawford, vice president for Advancement, as they discuss university and community happenings with special guests. Listeners are invited to call 229-259-9210 or e-mail more@valdosta.edu to be part of the discussion.


THEATRE: Buried Child

Buried Child

Come experience the fragmentation of the American during the play "Buried Child," which won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Theatre and Dance Area will present this rural tale at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16-18, 20-22, and at 3 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Lab Theatre, second floor of the Fine Arts Building.

Please note, this play contains adult language and themes.

More information >


Disappearing Homicides

gunsDr. Charles Wellford, a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, will speak about America's decreasing homicide rates at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Student Union Theatre.

Drawing on research conducted over the past ten years, the talk will conclude with specific recommendations to further the decrease in homicides and other related topics.

The presentation is part of the 2010 Science Seminar Series, which hosts weekly appearances by both VSU professors and visiting lecturers as they address a variety of topics, including biology, chemistry, psychology and philosophy.

CLICK HERE for more information about the series and for a list of upcoming lectures.


Stomp Out Smoking!

cigaretteVSU Campus Wellness is offering free smoking cessation classes for faculty, staff and students. The hourlong sessions are based on the American Cancer Society's four-week Freshstart program.

Faciliators will lead the group from noon to 1 p.m. on September 27, October 4, October 11 and October 14 in the Student Union, Conference Room 1. Register today!


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