One Name at a Time, VSU Honors Fallen on Veterans Day
Senior Airman Jason Cunningham. Staff
Sergeant Jason Hicks. Senior Airman Jason Plite. Lieutenant Colonel
John Stein. Staff Sergeant John Teal. Master Sergeant Michael Maltz.
First Lieutenant Tamara Long Archuleta. Airman First Class Leebernard
One by one, the names of fathers and mothers, sons and daughters,
sisters and brothers were read aloud during Valdosta State University’s
Remembrance Day National Roll Call event Friday. Fifty-two community
and university citizens braved the cool morning temperature and
chilling winds to honor the 6,300-plus men and women who have lost
their lives in service to America in both Operation Enduring Freedom
and Operation Iraqi Freedom in the past decade.
“Our purpose is simple,” said Patricia M. Hinton, military outreach
group liaison with VSU’s Adult Degree Completion & Military
Programs. “We want those still serving to know that we have not
forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”
The reading of the names continued for several hours, pausing only
for a minute of silence and the sounds of “Taps” at the 11th hour, 11
a.m. Pacific Standard Time/2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The mood was
somber, especially when the names of the eight Moody Air Force Base
team members who sacrificed their own lives so others would have a
chance to live were read. READ MORE
Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Two VSU Employees
Debbie Conrad, director of catering, and Karen
Shepard, associate registrar, were recognized as finalists in the
Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce 2011 World Class Employee
Recognition (WCER) program on Tuesday Nov. 8.
Conrad was recognized in the large business supervisor category and
Shepard in the large business employee area. During the recognition
breakfast, both women were presented with a certificate from the
Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and First State Bank and Trust
Co., sponsors of the annual competition.
In August, Conrad and Shepard both received the 2011 Excellence in
Service for Classified Staff award for their outstanding professional
contributions to Valdosta State University.
Conrad has worked at VSU for more than 25 years. She initially
worked as an assistant to the director of dining from 1984 to 1990;
then moved to Europe with her husband, a retired airman in the U.S. Air
Force, for three years. Conrad returned in 1993 as an administrative
secretary in dining, she quickly advanced to director of catering. She
has served as director of catering for 18 years.
Shepard began as a clerk in the Registrar’s office and has advanced
to her current position as associate registrar. During her 30 years at
VSU, Shepard has helped to oversee Banner activities, which includes
managing tables that support student records, registration, reporting
and other office functions.
The WCER program recognizes employees and supervisors who have
exceptional work ethics and are dedicated to their jobs and community.
Valdosta State University’s Annual Giving office
kicked off the 2012 Faculty and Staff Campaign on Monday, Oct. 17. The
campaign’s theme “VSU Can Count on Me” emphasizes the positive message
that the future of the university depends on faculty and staff members
who choose to make a difference.
All of VSU full-time employees will receive a packet of information that outlines how they can direct financial gifts to the college, department or program of their choice through a variety of payment options, including payroll deduction. The campaign ends on Nov. 30. Employees may also visit the campaign’s website at http://www.valdosta.edu/fscampaign/
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