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VSUVOICE2DearValdostaStateAlumniandFriendsItiswithgreatenthusiasmthatIwritemyfrstlettertoyou.IbeganmytenureastheuniversitysninthpresidentonJuly1.InourfrstewmonthsinSouthGeorgiaDaciaandIhavelearnedsomuchaboutandromourstudentsacultystaandalumni.TheseareexcitingtimesorValdostaState.January2marked100yearsromthetimeouryoungwomenarrivedatwhatwasthenSouthGeorgiaStateNormalCollege.Theycamewithaspirationsandexpectationsmuchlikeourstudentstoday.Soaswecontinuetolooktowardthenext100yearswemustaskourselveswhatwillValdostaStateUniversitylooklikewhatwillbeitsmissionandhowwillitpositivelyimpactthelivesoitsstudentsalumniandcommunityIamgrateultotheeightpresidentswholedthisinstitutionbeoremeandIamhonoredtobuildupontheirlegaciesaswebegintobuildthe21stcenturyValdostaStateUniversity.ThroughoutthepageoTheValdostaStateUniversityVoiceyouwillreadaboutresearchconductedbyProessorJamesNienowandstudentsastheystudytheenvironmentalimpactooilspillsontheoodchainintheGuloMexico.WecelebratethesuccessoDr.KathleenLowneyasshehasbeenselectedtoreceivethe2013RegentsTeachingExcellenceAward.Dr.LowneylikehercolleagueshasmadeapositiveimpactinthelivesoherstudentsandValdostaStateUniversity.ThereisgreatexcitementontheSteeleNorthCampusaswewatchtheconstructionothe140000-square-ootHealthSciencesandBusinessAdministrationHSBAbuilding.IttookyearsocommitmentboldleadershipandsupportromtheUniversitySystemoGeorgiastatelegislatorscommunityleaderseducationalpartnersandtheentireVSUcommunity.TheHSBAbuildingwillcometosymbolizeVSUsutureasanengagedandinnovativeuniversity.Wearealsocelebratingtheaccomplishmentsoourstudent-athletesinsotballandootballastheBlazersbroughthometwonationalchampionshipsin2012.Throughoutthesepagesyouwillseethephilanthropicspiritoouralumnianddonorswhohaveestablishedscholarshipsormanystudents.Thesegenerousgitswillcontinuetohelpourstudentsulfllthedreamoacollegeeducation.ThisisanexcitingtimeatValdostaStateandIwelcomeouralumniandriendstoshareyourexperienceswithusandtovisitwheneverpossible.SincerelyBillMcKinneyVSUPresidentFollowPresidentMcKinneyonTwitterWJMcKinneyDearFellowAlumsPleasejoinmeingreetingVal-dostaStateUniversitysninthpresi-dentDr.WilliamMcKinneyandhiswieDr.DaciaCharlesworthtoValdostaPresidentMcKinneyhasstartedowithalotoenergyandexcitementandtheBlazerNationisproudtowelcomehimandhiswietoSouthGeorgia.Dierentalumnichaptershavebeenverybusy.TheAtlantaChap-terheldaCocktailsandConnec-tionseventthatwasattendedbyPresidentMcKinneyhostedatailgateorlocalalumniataBravesgameandhelditsfrstAtlantaalumnidinnerandscholarshipundraiseronJan.252013.TheGoldenIslesBlazerClubhasawardeditsfrsttwoscholar-shipstostudentsromtheBruns-wickSt.Simonsarea.ThechapteralsohostedtheirannualOysterRoastinNovemberonSt.SimonsIslandatCatch228wherealumniwatchedtheBlazersootballgamethatevening.TheMaconChapterhelditsinauguralalumnimixerattheCoxCapitolTheatreeaturingMaconalumniShaneBridgesandJoshCarsonontheguitar.ThiswasaunreunionorMaconareaalumni.DowninFloridatheAlumniAs-sociationalsohostedanightattheJacksonvilleSunsbaseballgameortheJacksonvillealumni.TheVSUootballteamblazedtoDallastotakeonAngeloStateintheLoneStarConerenceFootballFestival.TheAlumniAssociationhostedadinnerwiththeteamonFridaynightandaBlazertailgateatCowboyStadiumonSaturdaybeorethegame.Morethan200alumniandriendscameouttosupporttheseeventsandcheertheBlazersontoabigwinInadditiontochaptereventsVSUHomecoming2012broughtbackmanyaithulalumnitocampus.TheweekendbeganwiththeannualAlumniHomecom-ingGolTournamentheldattheValdostaCountryClubollowedbytheparadeFridaynight.SaturdaymorningfvenewDistinguishedAlumniwerehonoredattheannualbrunchhostedbythepresidentandhiswie.BeorethegamealumnitailgatedontherontlawnotheStudentUnionandvisitedwithormerclassmatesandaculty.NeedwesaymoreabouttheNCAADivisionIINationalCham-pionshipgamethisDecemberinFlorenceAla.VSUbecame2012NationalChampionsaterbeatingWinstonSalemState35-7.TheAlumniAssociationhostedaPepRallyFridaynightatailgateSatur-dayandavictorypartySaturdaynight.VSUproudlybroughtthetitlebacktoValdostaculminatinginaParadeoChampionsheldinJanuary.WineandSwine2013wasupnextinJanuarytobringingtogetherlocalalumnioracasualBBQ.SamsBar-B-QprovidedthewonderuloodandHorseCreekWineryprovidedthealcoholicbeverages.JoeSmothersplayedmusicoreveryoneasalumniandriendsmingledthroughouttheevening.ThanksagaintoGlennandSheriGregoryorhostingthiseventthathasbecomeatraditionorthelocalVSUalumniandtheirriendsIyouareinterestedinbecom-inginvolvedwithanexistingchap-terpleasecontacttheVSUAlumniOfce.WeneedyourhelptospreadthegoodnewsoValdostaStatetoprospectivestudentsinyourareanottomentiontheunyouhaveconnectingwiththeotheralumsinyourarea.PleasemakesuretocheckouttheAlumniwebpagewww.valdo-stastate.orgtostayuptodatewitheventsthataregoingon.FollowusontheimprovedFacebookpagewww.acebook.comvstatealumnioronTwitterVStateAlumni.GoBlazersGregVoylesVSUAlumniAssociationPresidentFROMtheVSUALUMNIASSOCIATIONPRESIDENTPRESIDENTIALCONNECTIONSFROMthePRESIDENTPHOTOBYPAULLEAVYCONTRIBUTEDPHOTO SPRING20133editorThresseaH.BoydcopyeditorsJoanDearJessicaR.Pope97writersThresseaH.BoydMalyndaDorsey07JoshuaFlanaganJessicaR.Pope97ShawnReedstudentwritersArielFelton12SaraLynnMcCall11photographerBobbyLaceyPaulLeavydesignersJeGrant92DanielOppel11KeithWarburgvaldostastateuniversitypresidentDr.WilliamJ.McKinneyvsualumniassociationpresidentGregVoyles91vicepresidentBrendaBeasley9807secretaryMaryBethKennedy09treasurerJerryJohnson72interimdirectorofalumnirelationsSageArcher9100aboutthepublicationTheValdostaStateUniversityVoiceistheofcialuniversitymagazine.Theull-colorpublicationisdistributedtwiceeachyeartoVSUalumniandconstituents.EditorialofcesarelocatedinPowellHallWestRoom1120.Checkusoutonlinewww.valdosta.edunewsvoice.editorialcorrespondenceSendalleditorialcorrespondencetoThresseaH.BoydOfceoCommunicationsValdostaStateUniversity1500N.PattersonSt.ValdostaGA31698E-mailthboydvaldosta.eduWebwww.valdosta.eduvoiceclassnotesSendallclassnotestoAlumniDatabaseManagementValdostaStateUniversity1500N.PattersonSt.ValdostaGA31698E-mailalumnivaldosta.eduWebwww.valdostastate.orgValdostaStateUniversityisaRegionalUniversityotheUniversitySystemoGeorgia.Itisanequalopportunityeducationalinstitutionwhichdoesnotdiscriminateagainstanyapplicantoradmissionoranystudentoremployeebasedonthesexracereligioncolornationaloriginordisabilityotheindividual.VisitVSUontheWebwww.valdosta.eduPrintedbyUGAUniversityPrintingContentsFEATURES461014VALDOSTASTATEUNIVERSITYSPRING2013UniversityRecognizedNationallyforAdultLearningSuccessCreatinga21stCenturyUniversitythroughEngagedInnovationProfessorReceivesRegentsTeachingExcellenceAwardStudyingImpactofOilSpillonGulfsMarineEcosystemCoverPhotobyPaulLeavyDr.WIlliamJ.McKinneyVSUsninthpresidentinhisWestHallofce.Departments4UniversityNews23BlazerAthleticNews27AlumniAssociationNews38ClassNotes UNIVERSITYNEWSValdostaStateUniversitysinnovativeeortstoimproveaccessandcollegecompletionoradultshasearnedtheuniversitynationalrecognitionromtheCouncilorAdultandExperientialLearningCAEL.AnengagedandinnovativeuniversityisonethatisfexibleandabletomeettheneedsomanydierentkindsostudentsinamultitudeocircumstancesVSUPresidentWilliamJ.McKinneysaid.IamsoproudoVSUsleadershipintheeducationoreturningadultstudentsandhonoredtohavebeenrecognizednationallybyCAEL.CAELvaluestheeortsoValdostaStateUniversitytocreateeducationalopportunitiesorworkingadultsandothertraditionallyunderservedpopulationsandisproudtorecognizetheongoingaccomplishmentsotheinstitutionwiththisyearsInstitutionalServiceAwardsaidCAELPresidentandCEOPamTate.WeareparticularlyappreciativeoValdostaStatespioneeringeortsinPriorLearningAssessmentPLAandtheserviceoJerryMerwinonournationalLearningCounts.orgTaskForce.InselectingValdostaStateCAELrepresentativesstatedFormanyyearsVSUhasworkedwithregionalmilitarybasestoservetheirneedsandacilitatingeducationalopportunitiesoractivedutymilitaryandveteranscontinuestobeapriority.Theirdesiretovaluetheexperiencesperspectivesandlearningacquiredduringmilitaryserviceledthemtodevelopnumerousprogramsocusedspecicallyontheadultlearner.VSUhasnotonlybeenexemplaryinprovidingservicestoitsadultlearnersbuthasopeneddoorsoradultsthroughoutthestatesystem.ServingAdultLearnersTohelpthegrowingnumberoadultlearnersearnacollegedegreeVSUestablishedtheoceoAdultandMilitaryProgramsAMPtoimprovedegreecompletionoradultlearnerswithparticularattentiontomembersothemilitaryandveterans.Wehavenationaldatatosupportthatmanyadultlearnersarereturningtocollege.Thereisaperiodictrendthatoccurswitheconomicupsanddowns.WhentheeconomyisdownthepeoplewanttogobacktoschooltokeeptheircurrentjoborlookoranewonesaidDr.JerryMerwindirectoroAMP.HoweverIthinkitgoesbeyondthat.Thereseemstobeagrowingawarenessinourcountrythathavingacollegedegreeismoreoanecessitythanithasbeeninthepast.VSUhasahistoryoservingadultlearners.In2009theUniversitySystemoGeorgiaUSGappointedValdostaStateastheleadinstitutiontoworkwithtwo-andour-yearpublicinstitutionsaspartotheAdultLearningConsortiumALC.TheALCcomprisedo13USGinstitutionsworkstoimproveservicesandprogramsoradultswhohavereturnedtocollegetoearnaone-yearcerticateanassociatesorbachelorsdegree.AccordingtoDr.PatriciaPatersonco-directorortheUSGsAdultLearningConsortiumALCtheprimaryocusotheALCistoacilitatecollegecompletionoadultlearners.WeareproudthattheleadinstitutionintheALCisreceivingthishonor.ThisnationalawardrecognizestheleadershipoValdostaStateandtheALCaswellastheinnovativeeortsotheentireUSGinadultcollegecompletion.CAELalsorecognizedVSUsleadershiproleinadvocatingPLAimplementationthroughoutGeorgiaspubliccollegesanduniversities.PartoanationallyrecognizedprocessPLAallowsastudenttoearncollegecreditsromworkexperienceproessionaltrainingmilitaryserviceandotherproessionalcerticateprograms.Theseexperiencesarepresentedinaportoliothatcontainssucientsupportinormationanddocumentation.ValdostaStatedevelopedatrainingandawarenessprogramtoexplaintoacultythevalidityothePLAprocessanddemonstratethatcreditswouldbeawardedonlyithelearningoutcomeswereveriedascollege-level.AdditionallyVSUhasbeeninstrumentalindevelopinganetworkoacultyassessorsacrossthestateandinprovidingresourcesorinstitutionswhichseektodeveloptheirownPLAprograms.AccordingtoMerwininaneorttoidentiyareaswheretheuniversitycouldimproveservicesandprogramsoradultstudentsVSUalsoadministeredsurveystobothadultlearnersandaculty.TheresultsothesurveyshelpedusdevelopaprogramthatismoreresponsivetotheneedsandconcernsthatareprioritiesoadultlearnerssaidMerwin.Wehaveexpandedoureortsinrecruitingactivedutymilitaryandveteransaswellasadultswhohavesomecollegecreditsbuthavenotyetearnedadegree.ThesurveyalsoidentiedconcernsromadultlearnersUniversityRecognizedNationallyforAdultLearningSuccessVSUVOICE4ByThresseaH.BoydandPhotosbyPaulLeavyRonaldSkinnerreturnedtoVSUin2012toearnadegreeinorganizationalleadership.Theull-timefrefghterplanstograduatein2014. SPRING20135UNIVERSITYNEWS5regardingthetimeanddaycoursesareoered.ValdostaStateaddressedthisissuethroughtheimplementationoonlineundergraduatedegreesspecicallydesignedtomeettheneedsoworkingadultsmilitarymembersandstudentsattwo-yearcollegesandtechnicalschoolswhoareotenunabletomovetocommunitieswithacollegeoruniversity.AspartoitsoutreachtoadultlearnersespeciallyactivedutymilitaryandveteransValdostaStatenowoersundergraduateonlinedegreesinorganizationalleadershipoceadministrationandtechnologycriminaljusticeandlegalassistantstudies.Theseprogramsoerfexibilityandaccessibilityorworkingadultswhowanttoearnabachelorsdegree.JudyWertheimCAELsvicepresidentorHigherEducationServicesnotedthatVSUsdevelopmentoonlinecourseswasspecicallydesignedtomeettheuniqueneedsoull-timeproessionalmilitarypersonnelworkingparentsandotheradultsjugglingmultipleresponsibilities.InpresentingtheawardWertheimsaidCAELandadultlearnersacrossthestateoGeorgiaaregrateulorVSUscontinualeortstoopendoorsandunlockopportunitiestoearnacollegedegree.MichaelAndersonSettingprioritiesisakeytoMichaelAndersonssuccessasacollegestudent.Herstattendedcollegemorethan15yearsagohowevernowtheatheroourhasagreaterappreciationoacollegedegree.Goingbacktoschoolmeanseverythingtomeasaather.IknowthatmychildrenwillhaveagreaterchanceobeingcollegegraduatesandbeingsuccessuliIgraduateromcollegesaidAndersonwhohasaspirationstorunorpublicoceintheuture.Iwanttoraiseleadersinmyhouse.Ibelievegoingtocollegeisagoodstartorthemanditisbetterorourcommunity.WhileworkingulltimeasgeneralmanageroTheValdostaVaultAndersonbelievesthatcompletingacollegedegreeisthesinglemostimportantgoalapersoncanhave.FinishingschoolwillplayabigactoronhowyouliveyouradultliesaidAnderson.Comingbacktoschoolhashelpedme.Immoreintunetowhatisgoingoninmylieandtheimportanceoacollegedegree.IalsobetterunderstandmyselandwhatIwantoutolieAndersonwhoisscheduledtograduateinMaygivescredittoValdostaStatesAMPstaandhisinstructorswithhelpinghimachievehiscollegesuccess.TheAMPstahelpskeepyoumotivatedtonishAndersonsaid.Theinstructorsunderstandthestruggleandtheygotheextramiletomakesureyouunderstandtheinormation.BrookeStarrBrookeStarrknowstheimportanceoacollegedegree.AtacrossroadsinherproessionalcareersheenrolledinValdostaStateUniversitysWorkorceEducationandDevelopmentprogram.AninstructorinWiregrassGeorgiaTechnicalCollegescosmetologyprogramStarrcreditsVSUsAdultandMilitaryProgramsAMPwithhelpingherworktowardacollegedegree.StarrwhowantedtomakeadierenceinherlieandbeapositiverolemodelorherdaughterBrooklynoundoutaboutValdostaStatesAMPprogramandwasimpressedwiththeencouragementshehasreceivedthroughouttheprocess.Ilovedtheweekendormat.ItwasperectormetheproessorsweregreatandtheclasssizesweresmallsaidStarr.Ihaveneverhadteachersthatweresoinvestedinmenotjustteachmebutmotivatedme.DavidRossWhenDavidRossstartedbacktocollegetherewasnostoppinghim.In2004hereceivedabachelorsdegreeintechnicaltradeindustryandtwoyearslateramastersinadultandcareereducationallwhileservingintheU.S.AirForce.DuringhismilitarycareerRossrealizedhewantedtobecomeateacherandthatheneededtocontinuehiseducation.AterretiringromtheAirForceRossbeganworkingasthedirectoroValdostaStatesMoodyAirForceBasecampuswherehecoordinatesclassesortheMasteroPublicAdministrationandbachelorsdegreeinworkorceeducation.HealsohelpsactivedutymilitarymembersenrollinotherprogramsatValdostaState.IenjoymeetingnewpeopleandbuildingriendshipssaidRosswhoreceivedadoctorateinadultandcareereducationhisthirddegreeromValdostaState.Igetsatisactionassistingstudentsinobtainingtheireducationalgoals.Itisexcitingtoheartheirliestoriesandthereasonstheyarereturningbacktocollege.Heencouragesadultstudentstosetgoalsandstartwithsmallobjectives.NeverstoppursuingeducationRosssaid.Takeulladvantageoeveryeducationalopportunity.Dontbearaidtotakerisks.Dontgetinarushtonishtakeyourtimeandenjoytheprocess. 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SPRING20137Dr.WilliamJ.McKinneyociallybeganhistenureasValdostaStateUniversitysninthpresidentonJuly1.HeandhiswieDr.DaciaCharlesworthandtheirourcatsarrivedinValdostaamidst100degreeheatbutthatdidnotpreventtheenergeticcoupleromim-mersingthemselvesintocampusactivitiesandcommunitylie.UponhisarrivalMcKinneyimmediatelyassembledatransitionteamwhichincludedacultystastudentcommunitymembersandCharlesworth.IntherstewweeksohispresidencyMcKin-neybegantosharehisvisiontotransormValdostaStateintoamodel21stcenturyuniversitythatisbothinnovativeandengaged.McKinneybelievesthatVSUcanusethecollectivewisdomoitsacultystudentsstasupportersandalumnitosolvethecomplexproblemoeducatingmorestudentsinavastlydierenteconomicenvironment.HealsounderstandsthatthetransormationoVSUintoaninnovativeandengageduniversitybeginswithhim.Thepresidentisthelivinglogootheuniversity.Thepresidenthastoembodyinwordanddeedtheuniversitysvaluesandmis-sionsaidMcKinneywhopreviouslyservedasvicechancellororAcademicAairsatIndianaUniversity-PurdueUniversityFortWayneIPFW.IIcantbeinnovativeengagedandtransparentthennooneelsewill.Ihavetoliveourvalues.LinkingInnovationandEngagementTheconceptoinnovationinhighereducationisalessonMcK-inneylearnedromhisworkwiththeAmericanAssociationoStateCollegesandUniversitiesAASCURedBalloonProject.In2009McKinneywasinvitedtoserveasoneo25membersotheProvostsImplementationCommitteeorAASCUsRedBalloonProject.Thisnationallyacclaimedprojectworkstore-imaginethe21stcenturyundergraduateeducationduringatimeoincreasingaccountabilityanddecreasingstatenancialsupportorAmericaspublichighereducationinstitutions.McKinneysappointmenttotheRedBalloonProjectmakesevidenthisreputationasatransormativeeducationalleaderandhasallowedhimtoplayakeyroleinshapingthenationaldialoguesurroundinghighereducation.ThisinsightandexperiencegainedromhisparticipationinthisprogramwillhelpMcKinneyraiseValdostaStateUniversitysnationalproleasitbecomesaleaderindevelopinginnovativeapproachestomeettodayschallenges.McKinneybelievesthatbeinginnovativebeginsthroughengage-mentandcreatingpartnershipsandcollaborativenetworkswithregionalandstatebusinesses.AsaregionaluniversityValdostaStatehasanobligationtobecomethebestpossibleeducationalinstitutionnotjustorstudentsbutalsoortheSouthGeorgiaregionandstate.IntermsoengagementVSUisaregionalpublicuniversityandwehaveanobligationtoserveourregionourstateandindeedthecountryMcKinneysaid.Usingthecollaborativewisdomotheuniversitytoeducateresponsiblecitizenstoenhanceeco-nomicdevelopmentandtoenrichtheculturallieoourregionwillalwaysbeanimportantgoal.Ahighleveloengagementbetweentheuniversityandthecom-munitywasamaincriteriononthewishlistMcKinneydevelopedpriortobeginninghispresidentialsearch.ThisisanintegralpartoMcKinneysvisionandakeyreasonhewasrstattractedtoValdostaState.SomuchowhatDaciaandIhaveexperiencedintherstsixmonthshascometoemphasizewhatwebelieveaboutthiscommunityandregionthatmakesuseelsowelcomedMcKin-neysaid.Thereisastrongsenseocommunitybothoncampusandintheregion.ItmakesVSUsowellpositionedtodothekindsothingswehavebeentalkingaboutsincedayonetobuildthatinnovativeuniversitytobuilda21stcenturyuniversitybaseduponinnovationandengagement.OneareaodemonstratedcommunityengagementisMcKin-neysgoalorVSUtoreceivetheCarnegieFoundationCommu-nityEngagementdistinction.Theclassicationdemonstratesaninstitutionscollaborationandengagementwithinitslargercommu-nitiesatthelocalregionalstatenationalandinternationallevels.WhenthereisastrongrelationshipbetweenthecommunityandcampusgreatthingscanhappenMcKinneysaid.Innovationdoesnotjusthappenitrequiressolvingproblemsanddevelopingcollaborativerelationships.EvolvingNatureofHigherEducationMcKinneystatesthatpartobeinganinnovativeandengageduniversityrequiresinstitutionalfexibilityandtheabilitytomeettheneedsomanydierentkindsostudents.WhilestilldevotedtoprovidingqualityeducationortraditionalstudentsValdostaStatehasrecentlyocuseditsacademiceortstowardthegrowingadultlearnerpopulation.ForseveralyearsValdostaStatehasworkedwithregionalmilitarybasestoservetheneedsoactivedutyservicemembersveteransandtheiramilies.InrecognitionoitseortstoimproveaccesstohighereducationandcollegecompletionoradultstudentstheCouncilorAdultandExperientialLearningCAELCOVERSTORYPHOTOSBYPAULLEAVY VSUVOICE8presentedValdostaStatewithits2012InstitutionalServiceAward.McKinneywasalsoselectedtoserveontheCAELBoardoTrusteeswherehewillworktoaddresstheeducationalneedsoadults.AsamemberotheCAELboardhealsoservesonitsPolicyandInnovationcommitteewherehewillworkwithothernationaleducationalleaderstofndcreativesolutionstocontem-poraryeducationalchallenges.Inadditiontoadultlearnersthedeliveryocoursestotraditionalcollegestudentscontinuestoevolve.Thisyearsfrst-yearclassdoesnotknowliewithouttheInter-net.AccordingtotheBeloitCollege2016MindsetListtodaysfrst-yearcollegestudentwasborninthecyberspaceera.Collegesanduniversitieshavetocontinuallyreexaminehowtheyrecruitretainandgraduatestudentswhoarepartotheelectronicgeneration.Weliveinaworldflledwiththeubiquityothedigitalnet-workedandmobileMcKinneysaid.Wearearmorenetworkedandhavethecapabilityohandlingarmoreinormationthaneverbeore.Ourstudentsunderstandthistheirutureemployersunderstandthisandourcompetitionunderstandsthis.DefningaNewNormalManychallengesaceAmericaspublichighereducationsys-temincludingthetaskoachievinggreaterfnancialindependenceinanerawhenpubliccollegesanduniversitiesarereceivinglessstatefnancialsupport.Highereducationistheonlymulti-billiondollarindustryintheUnitedStatesthathasnotchangedsubstantiallyinthelast150yearsMcKinneysaid.Yettheconditionsthatsurroundhighereducationcontinuetochangedramaticallyandrapidly.ValdostaStatewillhavetodefneanewnormalintermsoprotectingtheinvestmentohighereducationanditsaccessibilitytoAmericans.Stateundingorhighereducationcontinuestodeclinenation-wide.Since2008ValdostaStatesoperatingbudgethasbeencutby7.8millionwitha1.4millioncuttakeninthe2012-13academicyearhow-everenrollmenthasincreasedby8.9percent.Forthefrsttimeinitshis-torymorethanhaloValdo-staStatesoperatingbudgetcomesromtuitionstudenteesandprivatesupportMcKinneysaid.ThismeansthatValdostaStateUniversityisnowmorelikeaprivateuniversitythanapublicone.Thisisalsoinmymindanopportunity.VSUwillnotbecontenttodomorewithlesswemustaspiretodomoredierently.OnealternativerevenuestreamMcKinneyhighlightsisacultygrantsandresearch.Hedirecteda33percentincreaseinsponsoredresearchgrantsandcontractsduringhisouryearsatIPFW.AsaregionaluniversityValdostaStatehasanobligationtobecomethebestpossibleeducationalinstitutionnotjustorstudentsbutalsoorthecommunityandstate.ThereisnobettertimeorValdostaStatetocontrolitsowndestinythanrightnowandthewaywedothatisbybeingin-novativeandengagedMcKinneysaid.Theworldwillchangeandwemustbetheagentsochange.Wecannolongerbecontentordiscontentwithdoingmorewithless.Nowisthetimehoweverwemustdomoredierently.IntroducingVSUsNewestAmbassadorEngagementwiththestudentsandcommunityisalsoapriorityorMcKinneysspouseDr.DaciaCharlesworthwhoisquicklybecomingtheuniversitysmostdevotedambassador.Support-ingMcKinneyisattheorerontoheragendaandsheisavisiblepresenceoncampusandinthecommunity.ArenownedteacherandscholarCharlesworthpreviouslyservedasassociateproessoroCommunicationatIndianaUniversity-PurdueUniversityFortWayneassociateproessoroCommunicationandthedirectorotheUniversityHonorsProgramatRobertMorrisUniversityandtheoundingdirectorotheOralCommunicationAcrosstheCurriculumProgramatSoutheastMis-souriStateUniversity.Shehasauthoredmorethan100articlesbookchaptersconerencepapersandperormances.InpreparationorhernewroleCharlesworthapproachedthesituationasanyscholarwouldSheresearchedthedutiesresponsibilitiesandvisionsootheruniversitypresidentialspousesandpartners.SheevenconductedaphoneinterviewwithMiamiUniversityoOhiosValerieHodgesincesheandMcKinneyap-preciatetheirpartnershipapproachtotheuniversitypresidency.IntermsoherofcialtitleCharlesworthusesVSUAmbassadorhowevershehasgrownveryondohertitleFirstLadywhichisusedmoreotenbythoseonVSUscampusandintheValdostacommunity.InhernewroleCharlesworthsaidherbiggestadjustmentisnothavingdirectinteractionwithstudentsintheclassroom.Howeversheisquicklyorgingrelationshipswithstudentsaswellastheentirecampuscommunityinotherways.ForexampleCharles-worthadoptedVSUFirstLadyasherTwitterhandletointeractwithstudentsviasocialmedia.IncludedinhertweetsarethetimesandlocationsshedistributeshercupcakesanediblesymboloherinterestinandcommitmenttoVSUstudents.BillandIseeourselvesasad-vocatesorthestudents.Advocat-ingorthestudentsisournumberoneresponsibilitywewanttomakesuretheyaregettingthebesteducationtheycanCharles-worthsaid.WhenImeetstudentsIwantthemtotellmeabouttheirVSUexperienceandIamalwaysimpressedwiththeirideasandinsights.AlthoughnowhavinginteractedwithsomanystudentsImakesuretomentionatthebeginningoourconversationsthatIknowweneedmoreparkingandoodchoicesintheUnionandatPalms.ThisallowsustodiscussotherissuesuniquetothemthatBillandImayhavenotconsidered.AnothervenueorCharlesworthandMcKinneytohearstudentconcernsistherecentlydevelopedLunchwiththePresidentandFirstLadyseries.Eachmonth20studentsselectedatrandomwillbeinvitedtojoinMcKinneyandCharlesworthorlunchtoen-gageininormalconversationsabouttheirperceptionsandoandexperiencesatVSU.CharlesworthisespeciallyeagertobegintheTrailblazerpro-gramintheallo2013whichwillocusonincreasinggraduationratesamongfrst-generationcollegestudents.Theprogramwillinclude15frst-generationfrst-yearstudentsandisdesignedtoapplytheknowledgestudentsreceiveintheircoreclasses.DuringtheallsemesterCharlesworthwilldeliverinteractivelecturesonToviewacompletelistingofinauguralactivitiesgotowww.valdosta.eduinauguration SPRING20139topicssuchastimemanagementlocatingandgatheringinorma-tioncriticalthinkingandcommunicationsskillsincludingwritinglisteningreadingandspeaking.Inthespringsemesterthegroupwillattendarteventswheretheywillapplytheinormationtheyhavelearned.CharlesworthwantsheroutreachtoextendbeyondVSUscampus.ShewasrecentlyselectedtobecomeamemberotheAmericanAssociationoStateCollegesandUniversitiesAASCUPresidentialSpouseandPartnersCommittee.Throughthisnation-alorganizationsheplanstosupportotherpresidentialspousesandpartnersastheytransitionintotheirnewroles.CharlesworthsaidthecommitteeisresponsibleorplanningeventsorpresidentialspousesandpartnerswhoattendtheAASCUannualmeetingandsummerconerence.Atthe2012AASCUmeetinginNewOrleansLa.CharlesworthpresentedaworkshoporpresidentialspousesentitledDevelop-inganEectivePublicPersonawhichusedsociologistErvingGomanssymbolicinteractiontheoryasitsoundation.AsanewpresidentialspouseandcommunicationscholarIwantedtosharemyknowledgewiththeotherpresidentialspousesandpartnersaswellaslearnromtheirexperiencessaidCharlesworthwhoreceivedtheRobertMorrisUniversityStu-dentGovernmentAssociationsDistinguishedTeacherotheYearAwardandEngagementwithStudentsAward.ItismyhopethatmyparticipationonthiscommitteeensuresthatAASCUcontinuestooersubstantiveworkshopsthatocusonthespecifcchalleng-esandopportunitiesacedbypresidentialspousesandpartners.PlanningforthePresidentialInaugurationCharlesworthsworkasco-chairothePresidentialInaugurationCommitteeisalsokeepingherconnectedtotheuniversityonadailybasis.JohnCrawordvicepresidentorUniversityAdvance-mentisalsochairingthecommitteecomprisedo41VSUacultystaandstudents.Steepedinacademictraditiontheofcialinaugurationoauniversitypresidentisanopportunityoraninstitutiontocelebrateitshistoryandchartanewcourseoritsuture.WiththethemeoEngagedInnovationeventsarescheduledorApril1-62013.Theormalinvestitureceremonywilltakeplaceat10a.m.FridayApril5ontheFrontLawnoWestHall.UniversitySystemoGeorgiaChancellorHenryM.Huckabywilladministerthesym-bolicconerringoauthoritytoMcKinneyasValdostaStatesninthpresident.Dr.GeorgeL.MehayAASCUsvicepresidentoAcademicLeadershipandChangewillbethekeynotespeaker.MehayandMcKinneyhavecollaboratedonvarioushighereducationprojectsincludingtheAASCUsRedBalloonProject.TheInauguralBallwillalsotakeplaceFridayApril5beginningat6p.m.intheStudentUnionBallroom.TheblacktieeventwilleatureMcKinneysavoriteoodsbeveragesandmusic.Netpro-ceedsrompatrongitswillsupporttheBillMcKinneyandDaciaCharlesworthPresidentialScholarshipFund.Throughouttheweekaseriesosymposiawillocusonen-gagedinnovationandscholarshipteachinglearningcommunityimpactandhighereducation.Thesymposiawillhighlightindividu-alswhohavechangedtheworldorcontributedtotheinnovativeprocesswithintheregion.TheuniversitysannualUndergraduateResearchSymposiumwillalsobepartotheweeklonginaugura-tionactives.EventsopentothepublicandreeochargeincludeastudentartexhibitionApril1aBattleotheBandsApril3aPerormingArtsShowcaseeaturingstudentandacultyperormancesApril4theInvestitureCeremonyandReceptionApril5andaZum-baclassledbyCharlesworthApril6.Fora20registrationeepereventthepublicmayalsoattendapre-showdiscussionandviewingoPippinApril2andhavetheopportunitytoMixitUpwiththePresidentandFirstLadyApril4whereMcKinneyandCharlesworthwillteachparticipantshowtomakethreeoriginalcocktailstheydevelopedspecifcallyorMcKinneysInaugurationincludingtheValdostanavariantotheManhattanandtheBlazinHotMartiniusingaredpepperinusedvodka.ThepublicisalsoinvitedtopurchaseticketstoattendtheInauguralBalltobeneftstudentscholarshipsApril5.OtherinauguraleventslimitedtospecifcaudiencesincludeaStudentandAlumniBBQApril3andaVSUemployeeBBQApril6whereMcKinneyscollegebandMakingTraxwillperorm. VSUVOICE10PHOTOBYBOBBYLACEYByThresseaH.BoydDr.KathleenS.LowneyproessorosociologyatValdostaStateUniversityhasunanimouslybeenselectedtoreceivetheaculty2013RegentsTeachingExcellenceAwardorregionalandstateuniversities.EachyeartheUniversitySystemoGeorgiaBoardoRegentsacceptsnominationsrecognizingacultyromitsstatecollegesanduniversities.TheselectioncommitteerecognizedthepositiveimpactLowneymakesinthelivesoherstudentsandValdostaStateUniversity.Shewascommendedorherinnovativeteachingstrategiesanduseotechnologybasedonsoundpedagogi-calrationale.InDr.Lowneyweseethepersoni-cationothattowhichweaspireasteachersandscholarssaidVSUPresi-dentWilliamJ.McKinney.LowneywhoreceivedVSUs2011ExcellenceinTeachingAwardsaidthatherteachingmethodsinvolvestorytellingandbringingreal-lieexperiencestotheclassroom.InclassIusealotostories.SometimestheyarepersonalstoriesorotherpeoplesstoriessaidLowneywhogrewupinSeattleWash.Ithinkespeciallyintheintroductoryclassesstudentscanseethemselvesoraamilymemberinastory.Lowneysaidthatsheenjoyscreat-ingnewteachingmethodstoengagestudentsinlearningandhowtousetheirsociologicalimaginations.ForexampleinherIssuesinSocio-logicalPracticeDomesticViolencecourseLowneyexaminesthetopicromtheperspectiveoashelterworker.Thestudentsconstructavirtualshelterandworktogethertodevelopprogramsorthevictimsandtheirchildrenandcreatepoliciesastheydealwithreal-lieissuesodomesticviolence.Weprovidethesociologicalknowl-edgeincludingtheactstheguresandwheretondthemLowneysaid.Thenwelookatthepracticalknowl-edgeohowtobearont-lineshelterworkeratanonprotagency.Theywillneedtoknowaboutundraisingandgrantwritingevenithatisnottheirpri-maryjobbecauseinasheltertheyneedtoknowhowtodoallthesethings.LowneywhocametoValdostaStatein1987saidthatsheisalwaystryingtocreatenewlearningexperiencesorherstudentsandhersel.IthinknowIhaveamorefexibleteachingstyleandabettersenseowhatIdowellshesaid.Itailormyclassestoplaytomystrengthsandtheirsandwhatthestudentsneedtoknowtobeappliedsociologistsoutintheeld.Whenaskedthreeyearsagototeachoneotheuniversityslarge-sectionclassesLowneysaidsheacceptedthechallengeeventhoughitmeantchang-ingherteachingstyle.IhadneverusedPowerPoint.InsteadIwroteontheboardllingitupseveraltimesperclassbutinabigclassthestudentsinthebackrowwouldnotbeabletoseetheeditorotheAmericanSociologicalAssociationsjournalTeachingSociologysaid.IknewIhadtomaketheclassinteractiveeveninabiggerclassroom.LowneyisnotaraidtotrynewteachingmethodsespeciallyiithelpstobetterengageherstudentsintheProessorReceivesRegentsTeachingExcellence learningprocess.ThissemestershehasventuredurtherintotheworldosocialmediathroughtheuseoTwitter.IveuseddiscussionboardsinthecoursemanagementsystembeorebutorthefrsttimethissemesterIamusingTwittersaidLowneywhoadmitssheisanovicetweeter.IdidntevenhaveanaccountasothissummerbutIreachedouttoJohnBennettVSUssocialmediamanagerandtoldhimthatIwantedtouseTwitterasateachingtool.BennetthelpedLowneylearntotweetandtogethertheycameupwithapedagogicalstrategy.Approximately65oherstudentsthissemesteraretweet-ingatereachclassprocessingclassmaterialandfndingvideoexampleswhichhelpthemtosolidiylearningthesociologicalperspective.Youhavetotrynewthingsandaslongastheyarestilllinkedtogoodpedagogyandgoodreasonswhyyouaredoingthemthengivenewpeda-gogicalideasatryshesaidButdontjustjumponabandwagoniitdoesntftwithyourpedagogyandyourteach-ingpersonality.TheauthorotwobooksBaringOurSoulsTVTalkShowsandtheReligionoRecoveryandPassporttoHeavenGenderRolesandtheUnifcationChurchLowneyiscurrentlyworkingonherthirdbookwithDr.MaxineAtkinsonromNorthCarolinaStateUniversity.ThebookwhichistentativelytitledIntheTrenchesHowtoTeachSociologyisundercontractwithW.W.Norton.WithintheValdostacommunityLowneyisamemberotheMayorsCouncilorPersonswithDisabilitieswhichraisesawarenessotheissuesacedbypeoplewithdisabilitiesandworkstoenhanceaccessibility.ShehasalsoservedasamemberotheboardodirectorsorTheHavenanonproftagencythatprovidesemergencyshelterandservicesorvictimsoamilyvio-lenceandsexualassaultinnineSouthGeorgiacountiesandonthelocalHabi-tatorHumanityboardodirectors.AwardByArielR.Felton12ComingromaamilybackgroundinhealthcareitcomesasnosurprisethatDr.LouisLevyormerprovostandvicepresidentorAcademicAairsatVSUtookaninterestinthesubject.MydadwasacardiologistinNewOrleansLevysaid.Mymotherwasaregisterednurseandmywiewasaregisterednurse.ItwasonlynaturalthatIwouldbecomepassionateabouthealthcare.LevywhoservedasVSUinterimpresidentrom2011-2012recognizedVSUsneedoranewbuildingornurs-ingstudentsandbecameanactivepartinsecuringundsorVSUsHealthSciencesandBusinessAdministrationBuildingduringhislastyearsbeoreretirement.ForsomeomytimehereatVSUIwasheadoadepartmentthatsharedabuildingwiththeCollegeoNursinghesaid.SoIknowtheirshortagesandneedsareacute.Anewacilityhasbeenneededorsometime.AccordingtoLevyaconsiderableamountohistimeasinterimpresidentwasspentmakingothersawareotheneedoranewacilityandsecuringtherequiredunds.Itwasbothacampus-wideandcommunityeorthesaid.Iencour-agedlocallegislatorsgovernmento-fcialsanduniversityofcialstosupporttheconstructionotheHealthSciencesandBusinessAdministrationBuilding.ThenewHealthScienceandBusi-nessAdministrationBuildingwillbelocatedonNorthCampus.AccordingtoDr.AnitaHutdeanotheCollegeoNursingthenewacilityisnecessarytopreparethehealthproessionsprogramsoeredatVSU.Itwillacilitateimprovedcollabora-tionswithSouthGeorgiaMedicalCenterandgrowthopportunitiesorinter-proessionaleducationpracticeandresearchHutsaid.LevyalsorecognizedahighdegreeoneedormorenursesintheGeorgiaandFloridaareaandbeganworkingonbring-inganewnursingscholarshiptoVSU.Theaverageageocurrentnursesis40Levysaid.Thatmeansin10yearswellhavealotonursesretiring.ButwhathappensiournursingstudentsareuptotheirnoseinstudentloansorthePellgrantrunsoutHuthasalsonoticedashortageonursesinSouthGeorgiaandNorthFlorida.TheInstituteoMedicinehascalledoran80percentBacheloroScienceinNursing-preparednursingworkorceby2020inorderorthenationtoeectivelyprovideaccesstoqualityhealthcareamongallAmericansHutsaid.AccordingtoLevytheDorothyCobbLevyScholarshipinNursingExcellencenamedaterhismotherwillprovideundsorhigh-achievingnursingstu-dentsadmittedintotheproession.TheideaortheDorothyCobbLevyScholarshipwassparkedbyaresearchproessorshipincardiologynamedaterLevysatheratLouisianaStateUniver-sitymedicalschool.AewohisriendsandcolleagueswereabletocomeupwiththeundsorasubstantialproessorshipLevysaid.Thatstartedmethinkingaboutdevelopinganursingscholarshipinmymothersname.FundingortheDorothyCobbLevyScholarshipinNursingExcellencewasinitiatedbyLevyandhissiblings.Theireortswerethenmatchedbydonors.IntheutureIdliketoseethescholarshipundedat100000hesaid.Thatwasthegoalromthebegin-ning.ScholarshipinNursingExcellenceaContinuationofLevysSupportSPRING201311PHOTOBYBOBBYLACEY VSUVOICE12ValdostaStateUniversityrecentlyrestoredoneoitsoldestbuildingstoitsoriginalgrandeurandhistoricalcharm.Firstbuiltin1921AshleyHallhasbeenadormitoryorwomenstudentapartmentsandadministrativeandacultyoces.NamedorormerValdostaMayorC.R.Ashleywhoservedrom1900to1904the26000-square-ootbuildinghadundergoneseveralrenovationsinthepastbuttherecentimprovementsrepresentacompleterestorationothebuilding.ArchitectWalterAltmanexplainsthattherestorationprocessinvolvedmorethangeneralimprovementsreplacementoaultymaterialsorcosmeticupgradestothebuilding.ThearchitectmustunderstandnotonlythephysicalcharacteristicsothebuildingbutthehistoricalsignicanceandtimelineotheoriginalconstructionaswellAltmansaid.Theunderlyingprincipleistorepairmaterialsandeaturesinsteadoreplacingthem.Whentheeatureshavedeterioratedbeyondrepairthenthereplacementmusthavethesamehistoricalcharacteristicsandnish.AltmanwhoisapartnerwithAltmanBarrettArchitectsoValdostarstspenttimeresearchingthestructurehistoricallybyreadingoldarticlesexaminingoriginaldrawingsandconductingactualon-siteobservationswhichincludedmaterialtestingandotherinvestigativetechniques.Wereallyhadtondoutwhatwasoldandwhatwasnew.DevelopingtheconstructiontimelineiscriticalindeterminingthecorrecthistoricmaterialsandeaturesthatneedtoberestoredromtheoriginalbuildingAltmansaid.AshleyHallhasundergoneseveralrenovationsovertimethathaveeithercovereduporremovedsomeotheseeatures.Wehadtogureoutwhattheseeatureswereorwheretheseeaturesareinordertodeveloptheproperarchitecturalplanandconstructionmeansandmethodstoproduceanaccurateandperiodcorrectrestoration.ForAltmanAshleyHallhadapersonalconnection.HismotherJackieCoddingAltmanlivedinthebuildingwhileshewasastudentatValdostaStateCollegein1965.IwassopleasedwhenIheardWalterhadbeenselectedsaidJackieAltman.Iremembertherotundaareawherewehadsocials.Itwassuchaormalplace.Therotundawithitshistoricalsignicancewasrestoredtoitsoriginalappearancein1921includingaskylightinthecenter.HistoricBuildingReceivesNewLieByThresseaH.BoydArchitectWalterAltmanandhismotherJackieCoddingAltmanreminisceaboutthehistoryofAshleyHall.Atsometimetheskylightwascoveredupduringapreviousrenovationandtherewasachandelieradded.WhilethechandelierdidnothaveanysignicancehistoricallytheoriginalskylightwasnotonlyamajorarchitecturaleaturebutitallowedthemajorityolightintotherotundaareaduringthedaytimeAltmansaid.Ioundandexaminedthedetailsotheoriginaldrawingsandhadtheskylightreplicated.Thetruncatedlightwellandthegeneralramingwasstillinplaceitwassimplyburiedunderlayersomorerecentconstruction.AccordingtoRobertTuckerprojectmanagerorAllstateConstructiontherotundaareawasthemostlaborintensiveandtooksixweekstocomplete.Weworkedwithtoothbrushesandsmallpickstogetintoallthecrevassesandcracks.TherewereseverallayersopaintandwecareullystrippeditdowntotheoriginalwoodTuckersaid.Webroughtthewoodbacktoitsoriginallook.AstheprojectprogressedAltmansaidtheyhadsomesignicantdiscoveriesthathelpedidentiyhistoricarchitecturalelementsothebuilding.Duringtheresearchanddiscoveryprocessawallbehindthestaircasewasremovedwhichrevealedaclosed-inspace.Theentombedspacepreservedpertinentdetailsromthetimeotheoriginalconstructionincludingwoodbasemoldingwooddoorsandwindowtrimfooringandplasterallshowingtheactualsuracetextureandcolor.WiththisdiscoveryAltmanandtheconstructionteamwereablereplicatethetrimandmoldingthroughoutthebuilding.IwehadnotoundtheoriginalmaterialsampleswewouldhavehadtorelyonoriginaldrawingsandperiodphotographyAltmansaid.Itsashamebutinmanyinstancessignicantdetailscanbelostovertimewithoutproperdocumentation.TherstthingwedidatAshleyHallwasdocumentwithdrawingsphotographsvideoandwrittendescriptiontheconditionoAshleyHall.TheseitemsweresubmittedtotheGeorgiaDepartmentoNaturalResourcesorarchiving.Otherndsincludedareplaceinarstfoorocethatwascoveredup.Wewereabletorebuildthemantelbasedonthedustinthewallthatletanoutlineotheexactproleothereplace.WecouldnotndanydetailsothemantleontheoriginaldrawingorperiodphotographAltmansaid.Therewasjustasilhouettewhereithadbeenpaintedsowewereabletorecreateitwiththecorrectproportionsandprole. SPRING201313ByThresseaH.BoydValdostaStateUniversityrecognizedthebeginningoconstructionontheHealthSciencesandBusinessAdministrationbuildingwithaceremonialgroundbreakingonOct.4.The140000-square-oot32millionacilityisscheduledtobecompletedbyJanuary2014.TheeventtookplaceattheReaandLillianSteeleNorthCampuswithPresidentWilliamJ.McKinneypresidingovertheceremony.TheHealthSciencesandBusinessAdministrationbuildingwillserveasanadvancedacademicacilitytoeducateGeorgiasuturehealthcareproessionalsMcKinneysaid.ItwillalsoprovidecontinuingeducationorexistingpractitionersitreallybecomesthecornerstoneoValdostaStatesocusoncomprehensivehealthproessionsprograms.ThevisionortheHSBAbuildingbeganundertheleadershipoDr.RonaldM.ZaccariValdostaStatepresidentrom2002-2008anditbecamepartotheuniversitys2004and2007masterplans.IntheearlystagesZaccaribegandiscussionswithSouthGeorgiaMedicalCenterSGMCtodevelopaplanthatwouldincreaseacademichealthcareopportunitiesorthecitizensoSouthGeorgiaandthestate.TheHSBAbuildinglocatedontheReaandLillianSteeleNorthCampuswillhousesixhealthsciencesprogramsNursingincludingDentalHygieneProgramwithWiregrassGeorgiaTechnicalCollegeCommunicationSciencesandDisordersAthleticTrainingExercisePhysiologySocialWorkandHealthCareAdministration.ThenewacilitywillallowVSUtoexpandexistingprogramsanddevelopnewdegreestoproducemorehealthcareproessionals.RandySaulsSGMCchieexecutiveofcerpresentedValdostaStatewithacheckor200000aspartoa1millionpledgeromtheHospitalAuthorityoValdostaandLowndesCounty.Saulsstatedthatin2008theHospitalAuthoritydesignatedundstotheHSBAaspartoapartnershipbetweentheuniversityandhospitaltoexpandprogramsinnursingandalliedhealthsciences.ThebuildingisbeingconstructedbyKBRBuildingGroupandarchitecturaldesignprovidedbyHeeryInternationalandEllisRicketandAssociates.ConstructionBeginsonHealthSciencesBusinessAdministrationBuildingPHOTOBYPAULLEAVYPHOTOSBYBOBBYLACEY VSUVOICE14The2010explosionatBPsDeepwaterHorizondrillingsiteandthesubsequentoilspillintheGuloMexicoprovedtobebothdeadlyandcostly.TheoilspillalsouncoveredalackoinormationregardinghowsuchspillsmightaecttheGulsmarineecosystem.ValdostaStateUniversitybiologyproessorDr.JamesNienowispartoateamoresearchersandscholarstryingtoidentiytheimpactooilspillsontheoodchain.OverthepasttwoyearsNienowhasparticipatedin12cruisesalongtheGulextendingromthemouthsoPensacolaChoctawhatcheeandSt.Andrewbaystoabout50milesoshore.UndergraduateandgraduatestudentsromValdostaStatehavejoinedhimtoassistintheresearch.TherearecurrentlythreeundergraduatesandonegraduatestudentworkingontheprojectalongsideNienow.NienowstudiesthemicroalgaespecicallydiatomsdinofagellatesandrelatedprotistsinthenortheasternGuloMexico.Microalgaesitatthebaseotheoodchainservingastheprimarysourceooodormanysmallanimalsoundinaquaticsystems.Thestudyexamineshowtheseorganismstintothesystemsothatintheutureitmaybeeasiertopredicthowoilwillaectthemicroalgaebothpositivelyornegatively.IthemicroalgaethebaseooodisaectedthensoaretheshthateatthemaswellastheanimalsthateattheshsaidNienow.Wearetryingtolookatthisonacomprehensiveleveltoseewhatisreallygoingon.Thesamplescollectedduringthecruisesareexaminedusingascanningelectronmicroscope.BecausetherewasonlylimitedinormationaboutmicroalgaeintheGulpriortothe2010explosionthechangesinthemarediculttodetermine.TheareaotheGulisnotthatwellstudiedNienowexplained.Scientistshavestudiedtheseaweedintheareabuttherehasnotbeenanyresearchconductedonthemicroalgae.AlthoughhundredsosampleshavebeencollectedNienowsaidthatitisstilltooearlytotellhowtheareahasbeenaectedbasedonthendings.Wehaveoundseveralnewspeciesodiatomsandsomestrange-lookingcells.Weexpectedtondlotsodeormedcellsbuthaventreallyoundthatmany.Everyplacewevisitisdierentandwendnewthingsduringeverycruisesoitwilltakeusawhiletoputitalltogether.ASanDiegonativeNienowhasbeenstudyingalgaeanditsroleintheecosystemornearlythreedecades.IgotmybachelorsandmastersdegreesinmathromtheUniversityoCaliorniaSanDiego.ThenIswitchedtostudyingStudyingImpactofOilSpillonGulsMarineEcosystemByMalyndaDorsey07 inthespaceshipswhileinspace.Weworkedonthatprojectorseveralyears.Around1990NienowshitedhisocustomarinealgaeandcontinuedhisresearchinthatareaaterbecomingaproessoratValdostaStatein1995.TheproessorsexpertiseintheeldhasbeenanassettohisworkwiththeDeep-CConsortiumagroupormedatertheoilspillandundedbyagrantromtheGuloMexicoResearchInitiativeGoMRIinconjunctionwithBP.Hisresearchiscurrentlyundedthrougha217612subawardromFSUaspartotheDeep-Cproject.ThecurrentprojectcycleundsresearchorthenextthreeyearsbutNienowpredictsthatitwilltakeaewyearsbeoreanytrueresultsareyielded.TheDeep-CprojectisacollaborativeeortoseveralinstitutionsincludingFSUDauphinIslandSeaLabGeorgiaInstituteoTechnologyNavalResearchLaboratoryattheStennisSpaceCenterNorwegianMeteorologicalInstituteScienceApplicationInternationalCorporationUniversityoSouthFloridaUniversityoWestFloridaWoodsHoleOceanographicInstitutionandUniversityoMiamisRosenstielSchooloMarineandAtmosphericScience.TheDeep-Cprojectincludesresearchintheareasomodelinggeochemistryecologyphysicaloceanographyandgeomorphologyandhabitatclassication.TheoverallgoalsotheprojectaretogeneratedataonthephysicalchemicalandbiologicalsystemsotheGul--particularlyareassuchastheDeSotoCanyonandFloridaPanhandleBight--andincorporatethisinormationintoanearthsystemandoodwebmodelstomakebetterpredictionsopossibleconsequencesocrudeoilandgasreleasedromthenortheasterndeepGul.OverallthereareeightresearchgroupsundedbyGoMRIworkingindierentareasandexaminingdierentpartsotheoceanNienowsaid.Ourresearchgroupmeetseverysixmonthstoshareresultsanddevelopasystemormovingorward.TherewasalargermeetinginvolvingallgroupsworkingintheGuloMexicoundertheauspicesoGoMRIinNewOrleansinJanuary2013.TheBPoilspillisadirectresultotheApril202010explosionotheDeepwaterHorizonoshoreoil-drillingrig.Asaresultotheexplosion11workerswerekilledand16workerswereseverelyinjured.TheexplosionalsocausedtherigtosinktotheGulfoorreleasinglargeamountspetroleumhydrocarbon.Theoilspillcontinuedorthreemonthswithanestimated17to39milliongallonsooilspilledintheGuloMexico.Reportsindicatethatapproximately125milesoLouisianacoastwaspollutedbythespillandmorethan1000animalswerekilledasaresult.TheBPoilspillisconsideredthelargestspillinU.S.history.NienowcurrentlyteachesintroductorylevelcoursesinbiologyaswellascoursesinnursingmicrobiologymicroalgaeandlieinextremeenvironmentsatValdostaStateUniversity.SPRING201315biology.ItooksomeclassesromSanDiegoStatebeoretranserringtoFloridaStateUniversitywhereIearnedmyPh.Dinbiology.DuringhisstudiesatFSUheresearchedalgaeinAntarcticatodeterminehowliesurvivesinextremelyharshenvironments.Thendingswereusedtoconstructcomputermodelsotheenvironment.NienowsresearchwasultimatelyusedaspartoaNASANationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministrationstudytoconstructecologicalmodelsopossiblelieinMars.Theproessorsresearchonalgaecontinuedatergraduation.IwasteachingatWaycrossCollegebutstilldidworkwithacultymembersandstudentsatFSUsaidNienow.AbigchangecameonesummerwhileIworkedasamentororasummerprogramattheKennedySpaceCenter.Wegotsomemoneytoseehowalgaecouldbeusedasliesupportsystemsinspaceships.BecausetheyalgaearesotoughwewantedtoseeitheycouldgenerateenoughoxygenorpeopletobreathIthemicroalgaethebaseooodisaectedthensoarethefshthateatthemaswellastheanimalsthateatthefsh.Dr.JamesNienowCONTRIBUTEDPHOTO VSUVOICE16AlthoughtheystruggledatthebeginningotheyearthirdgradersatWestsideElementarySchoolreceivingreadingassistanceromutureeducatorsatValdostaStateUniversityprovedthatintheendtheyhadacquiredtheknowledgeandskillsoutlinedinthestate-adoptedcurriculum.Bytheendothe2011-2012academicyearthesestudentscouldunderstandwordsandphrasestheirrelationshipsandtheirnuancesshowasteadilygrowingabilitytodiscernmoreromandmakeulleruseotextconsiderawiderrangeotextualevidenceexhibitsensitivitytoinconsistenciesambigui-tiesandpoorreasoningintextsandmore.BecauseothisallothemmetorexceededstandardsonGeorgiasCriterion-ReerencedCompetencyTestCRCTinthecontentareaoreading--arequirementorpromotiontotheourthgrade.ItwasthepartnershipwithVSUthathelpedthestudentsachievesuccess.LindaTaylorthethird-gradeteacherwhocoordinatesthepartnershipatWestsideElementarySchoolsaidIttrulymakesadierence.Duringtheall2011semesteruniversitystudentsinDr.GinaDoepkersLITR4120LiteracyAssessmentandApplica-tionscourseworkedone-on-onewiththestudentsinTaylorsreadingclass.Itwasanopportunityortheutureeducatorstoocusonastrugglingreadersparticularskillsetandvocabu-laryanddevelopauniqueplantohelphimorherbecomeDr.GinaDoepkerprofessorinVSUsDepartmentofEarlyChildhoodandSpecialEducationanddirectoroftheRubyR.SullivanLiteracyCentervolunteershertimetohelpstudentsdiscoverthefunsideofreading.VSUPartnershipHelpsStudentsAchieveReadingSuccessabetterreader.Theyusedabalancedapproachtoreadinginstructionocusingonvocabularyfuencywritingdecodingandcomprehensionstrategiesandotherskills.TheollowingspringsemesterDoepkeraproessorinVSUsDepartmentoEarlyChildhoodandSpecialEducationanddirectorotheRubyR.SullivanLiteracyCentervolun-teeredherowntimeeveryTuesdayandThursdayinaneorttohelpthestudentsdiscovertheunsideoreading.Here-ortsledtothestudentsbeingselectedtorepresentthePeachStateandinterviewanOlympicathletethroughtheColoradoSpringsOlympicTrainingCentersKidsAskQuestionsProject.TheylaterresearchedandwroteletterstotheiravoriteOlym-picathletes.ByworkingwiththesechildrenDoepkersaidwerebringinguptheircondenceandgivingthemskillstheycanuseinsidetheclassroomineverysubjectaswellasoutsidetheclassroom.Itseective.TheirsuccessontheCRCTisphenomenalandsaysthatwearedoingsomethingright.Thekidsthatweworkwitharepurposelychosenbecausetheyarelower-levelreadersandstruggling.TheRubyR.SullivanLiteracyCentersmissionistobeanin-tegratedsystemocareorthechildrenandamiliesoValdo-staandsurroundingareaswithaocusonbuildingchildrensliteracyskillsmotivationandcondence.ThecenterserveschildreningradesrstthroughthbutprogramsarebeingdevelopedormiddleschoolandhighschoolstudentsaswellasprekindergartenandkindergartenstudentssaidDoepker.PHOTOBYPAULLEAVYByJessicaR.Pope97 SPRING201317ByJessicaR.Pope97In1994AnneLouiseStanordChastainoThomasvilleestablishedascholarshipatVal-dostaStateUniversityorutureDivisionoSocialWorkstudentsandundediteachandeveryyear.WhenshediedonOct.212010sherememberedtheprogramandprovidedenoughundstomaintainit.HerrecentbequestendowsthescholarshipsaidSandraFletcherVSUsdirectoroplannedandmajorgits.Thescholar-shipisorstudentspursuingamastersdegreeinsocialworkwithpreerencegiventoThomasCountyresidents.Dr.LouisLevyormerprovostandvicepresidentorAcademicAairssaidChastainwasinstrumentalinhelpingVSUorganizesupportoraMasteroSocialWorkProgram.Hedescribedherasaverydeterminedlady.TheDivisionoSocialWorkatVSUbeganin1995andhaseducatedroughly300socialworkerswhocurrentlypracticeinGeorgiaandbeyond.ShehasgivenmonetarygitsandsupportedthesocialworkprogramthroughoutitshistoryLevyadded.Thismostrecentbequestisagittoourstudents.Itwillallowthemtocomeoutotheprogramwithouttheheavyburdenoloans.Chastainwhowas102yearsoldwhenshediedearnedhermastersdegreeromColumbiaUniversitysSchooloSocialWorkinNewYorkCitywhenFranklinD.RooseveltwaspresidentandwentontobecomethefrstsocialworkerinThomasCounty.SheservedasdirectorowelareatwhatisnowknownastheDivisionoFamilyandChildrenServicesorthreedecadesandsheservedasthedirectorosocialservicesatSouthwesternStateHospitalorsevenyears.ShewasadelightulandpracticalpersonFletchersaid.Ialwaysenjoyedvisitingwithher.ShelivedanicelonglieocontributingtothehappinessandwelareoothersaddedLevy.Wewillalwaysbeindebtedtoher.FullyaccreditedbytheCouncilonSocialWorkEducationVSUsDivisionoSocialWorkoersaMasteroSocialWorkProgramthatocusesonmulti-leveladvancedgeneralistpractice.Studentslearnaboutbothclinicalandcommunitypracticeandareabletodeveloptherequisiteskillstopracticeinmanysettingsromschoolstohospitalslawenorcementtohospice.Studentsintheprogramcanattendclassesoncampusulltimeorparttimeortheycantakeadvantageoaninnovativeweb-basedpro-gramthatrequiresthemtomeetace-to-aceonlyfveweekendsasemester.TheRubyR.SullivanLiteracyCenteroersseveralprogramsdesignedtohelpchildrenintheelementarygradesbuildliteracyskillsgainconfdenceandbemoremotivatedtowanttoreadorbothpleasureandstudyLiteracyEducationAssessmentProgramLEAPThisisaliteracytutor-ingprogramthatinvolvesVSUpre-serviceteachersassessingthecommunitychil-drenscurrentliteracyskillsdevelopingspecifcliteracygoalsprovidingone-on-oneresearch-basedliteracyinstructionandinterventionandmonitoringthechildrensliteracydevelopmentprogress.BlazingThroughBooksProgramThiseederprogramorLEAPpairsVSUath-letesandstudentswithcommunitychildreninone-on-oneandsmallgroupliteracyskill-buildingactivitiessuchasreadingwritinglisteningandspeaking.MultidisciplinaryChildAdvocacyTeamM-CATThroughthisprogramanyandalldepartmentsatVSUaswellasinterestedcommunityorganizationsprovideidentifedservicesorthecommunitychildrenandamiliessuchascomprehensiveassess-mentshealthscreeningsamilysupportandtherapycontentareatutoringshad-owingopportunitiesadultliteracyandmuchmore.DearBlazerBuddyThisisapenpalprogramthatpairscommunitychildrenwithVSUathletesandstudents.Itisdesignedtogetthechildreninvolvedinareadingandwritingactivitythatisunandmotivating.BlazerBooksTelevisionSeriesThisisadevelopingprogramthatgivesallVSUacultystaandstudentsaswellasareapublicschoolsorganizationsandotherstheopportunitytoreadandorrecommendtheiravoritechildhoodbookoncamera.ThethirdgradersromWestsideElemen-tarySchoolflmedthefrstseriesonApril19recommendingbooksrelatedtothesummerOlympicsportstheyreadaboutallsemester.VSUhashadsomesortoliteracyout-reachinitiativesince1989.AccordingtotheNationalInormationCenterorChildrenandYouthwithDis-abilitiesapproximately10millionchildrenintheUnitedStateshavedifcultyreading.Othesechildren10to15percenteventuallydropoutohighschoolandonly2percentcompleteaour-yearcollegedegree.ThomasvilleSocialWorkerEndowsScholarshipatVSU VSUVOICE18ByThresseaH.BoydandJessicaR.Pope97Formorethan60yearsRubyR.Sullivanhasbeenhelpingstudentssucceedinandoutotheclassroom.Nowattheageo98Sullivaniscontinuingtohelpstudentssucceed.TheCamillaGa.nativewhoattendedGeorgiaStateWomansCollegenowValdostaStateUniversityrom1930to1932hasmadeasubstantialgittoendowascholarshiporeducationmajorsatValdostaStateUniversity.DuringaspecialceremonytheuniversityofciallyannouncedtheestablishmentotheRubyandJohnSullivanEducationSchol-arshipwithintheDewarCollegeoEducation.ThescholarshipisnamedorSullivanandherlatesonJohnSullivana1972busi-nessgraduateoValdostaState.Theendowmentwillprovidef-nancialassistancetoeducationmajorswithademonstratedfnancialneedwhointendtoentertheteachingproessionupongraduationandarehighschoolgraduatesromaGeorgiacountywherethepovertyrateis50percentormorethanthestatespovertyaverage.AdditionallyatergraduationiascholarshiprecipientisawardedacontracttoteachinapublicorprivateschoollocatedinaGeorgiacountywherethepovertyrateis50percentormorethanthestatespovertyaveragethegraduateiseligibletoreceiveanannualstipendequaltotheamountohisorherannualschol-arshipawardoraperiodonomorethantwoyears.WhileinhighschoolSullivansaidImetmanynewriends.Mostomyriendshadbecomeinterestedindatingbutboyswerenotmyinterest.Myambitionwastogotocollegeandgetateachingdegree.Myteachershadbeenaninspirationtome.Attheageo16SullivanaskedherathertodrivehertotheBankoCamillawheresheboldlyaskedJ.E.Brookspresidentothebankormoneytogotocollege.Ihadnoappointment.Iwalkedintothebankandaskedtoseethepresidentothebankshesaid.Iwasastrangertohimandhewasastrangertome.IaskedoraloantogotocollegeandwithouthesitationhesaidtomeYougotocollegeandyouwriteacheckonthisbankwhenyouneedtopaythebillandthatiswhatIdid.In1930SullivanarrivedatGeorgiaStateWomansCollegewiththegoalobecomingateacher.Twoyearslaterattheyoungageo18shebeganteachingourthgradersinCottonGa.earningasalaryo49permonth.Sullivansaidthatdespitemanytragediesinherlieincludingthedeathoherhusbandin1956sheoundjoyinteachingandhadmanywonderulexperiences.Sullivanexpressedherconcernsorthecostoacollegeeducationtodayandtoldthestudentsintheaudiencethattheirparentsaretry-ingtoraiseaamilypaybillsandsendthemtocollege.MysonJohnwasastrongbelieverineducation.HewasinvolvedinpoliticsandworkedontwopresidentialcampaignsorJimmyCarterin1976and1980Sullivansaidwithpride.Johnalwayskeptupwithcurrentevents.Hewasatruebelieverinequaleducationalopportunities.Sullivansaidthescholarshipwillaccomplishtwomajorgoals.ThefrstistohelpqualifedstudentsromGeorgiasruralcommu-nitiesattendValdostaStateUniversityandgraduatewithteachingdegrees.Thesecondistohelpwithastipenditheyreturntoahigh-needGeorgiacommunityandteach.ThiscanstartacyclethatwillhavealastingandpositiveimpactonmanyyoungpeopleorgenerationstocomeSullivansaid.ThisscholarshiphonorsmysonJohnwhoImentionedwasastrongbelieverineducationalopportunities.Itissimplytherightthingtodoinhismemorytocarryouthiswishesinhisabsence.RetiredTeacherProvidesFinancialGiftforFutureEducatorsThiscanstartacyclethatwillhavealastingandpositiveimpactonmanyyoungpeopleforgenerationstocome.RubyR.SullivanPHOTOSBYJESSICAR.POPE SPRING201319BornandraisedinMcRaeGa.H.VictoriaCasondecidedshewantedtobecomeateacherwhenshewasjust5yearsold.Ivealwaysbeenanurturersaidthe2008TelairCountyHighSchoolgraduate.IamtheoldestothreechildrenIhavetwoyoungerbrotherswhoarenow20yearsoldand16yearsoldandIhavealwaystriedtotakecareothem.Ivetriedtothinkomedoingsomethingelseandjustcannotpictureit.CasonplanstograduateromValdostaStateUniversitysJamesL.andDorothyH.DewarCollegeoEducationwithaBacheloroScienceinEducationinMay2013.SheiscurrentlyaseniorintheMiddleGradesEducationprogramwithaprimaryconcen-trationinsocialstudiesandasecondaryconcentra-tioninscience.InmydreamworldIwouldbeteachinghistoryalldaylongshesaid.BeorebecomingoneothreeinauguralrecipientsotheRubyandJohnSullivanEducationScholar-shipCasonhadtoborrowstudentloanseachsemestertocoverthecostohereducationnotcoveredbytheGeorgiaHOPEScholarshipProgram.Iwasupto10000inloansmaybemoreprobablymoresaidthe22-year-olddaughteroBrianandTammyCason.Thescholarshipisahugefnancialblessing.WhenIlearnedthatIgotthescholarshipIcried.Casonplanstodevoteherselentirelytoteachingoratleastayearbeoretacklingamastersdegree.Shelooksorwardtostudentteachinginthespring.Imreallyexcitedaboutthatandalsonervousalittlebitshesaid.Idontwanttodoanythingtomessuptheirlittleminds.AskedhowshewillhandlethosetimeswhenshedoesnotknowtheanswerCasonsaidwithasmileIlljusttellmystudentsLetsfndtheanswertogether.H.VictoriaCasonRubyJohnSullivanEducationScholarshipRecipientThedaughteroMelvinKendallandKimberlyWim-berlyVontessaA.Kendall21oNewtonGa.comesromaamilyoteachersincludinghermotherandacoupleoheraunts.IguessyoucouldsayIhavetheteachinggenesaidtheinauguralrecipientotheRubyandJohnSul-livanEducationScholarship.Teachingismypassion.KendalliscurrentlypursuingaBacheloroScienceinEducationdegreeintheJamesL.andDorothyH.DewarCollegeoEducationsMiddleGradesEduca-tionprogramwithaprimaryconcentrationinmathandsecondaryconcentrationinlanguagearts.SheanticipatesgraduatinginDecember2013andthenheadingstraighttograduateschooltoearnaMasteroEducationdegree.EventuallyIplantoearnmydoctorateandworkinadministrationsaidKendallwhoisamemberoVSUsBlackStudentLeagueandtheGoldenKeyNationalHonorSociety.SheworksparttimeattheValdosta-LowndesCountyParksandRecreationAuthoritysAter-SchoolProgramatSallasMahoneElementarySchool.RegardingherutureasateacherKendallsaidthatsheplanstobeopentoanyandallopportunitiesthatbecomeavailabletoheralthoughshedreamsoworkingupnorthsomeday.Thisscholarshipisablessingsaidthe2009MonroeComprehensiveHighSchoolgraduate.VontessaA.KendallRubyJohnSullivanEducationScholarshipRecipientBeoreshewasawardedthefrstRubyandJohnSullivanEducationScholarshipMariahN.Dewberry20couldnotaordtopurchasethetextbooksrequiredbyherinstructors.HerparentsLynwoodandAntoinetteDewberryoCamillaGa.weredo-ingtheirbesttopaythebalanceleteachsemesteraterfnancialaidwasappliedtohertuitioneesandhousingcosts.IjustthankGodorthisscholarshipsomuchsaidthe2009MitchellCountyHighSchoolgradu-ate.ItoldMs.Sullivanthatshehelpedmeulfllmydream.Ididnotknowthatmydadwhosbeenondialysishadbeentakinghisnameothekidneytransplantlisttomakesuretherewasenoughmoneytopayormyschool.IeltsospectacularwhenIoundoutthatIhadgottenthescholarship.Ielttrulyblessed.GettingthisscholarshipjustaddsmoreprooIshouldbeateacherbecauseGodblessedmewiththisscholarshiptohelpmesucceedwithmydream.DewberryplanstograduateinMay2013romValdostaStateUniversitysJamesL.andDorothyH.DewarCollegeoEducationwithaBacheloroScienceinEducationspecifcallyEarlyChildhoodEducation.Sherecentlyfnishedapracticumexperi-enceworkingwiththirdgradersatMoulton-BranchElementarySchool.Iloveditshesaid.AtfrstIdidnotthinkIwasgoingtolikethirdgrade.Itsachallengewhenyouhaveverysmartkidsandslowerkidsinthesameclassroom.Youhavetofgureouthowtoteachthemallandgetthemtoworktogetherasateam.DewberryhopestoeventuallyearnadoctorateandpursueherpassionorreadingeducationpossiblyatColumbiaUniversityinNewYork.Sherecalledbeingtheonlykidinherkindergartenclasswhocouldnotreadandhowacousintookthetimetoreadtoherandchangedherlieorever.OnceIlearnedtoreadIneverstoppedshesaid.Iloveit.Itslikeamovieinmyhead.DewberryisamemberoBlazerPrideandSigmaAlphaPiNationalSocietyoLeadershipandSuc-cessandavolunteerintheRubyR.SullivanLiteracyCentersBlazingThroughBooksandDearBlazerBuddyprograms.MariahN.DewberryRubyJohnSullivanEducationScholarshipRecipient VSUVOICE20ValdostaStateUniversitystudentsWhitneyHowellandShondraHolmesarethefrstrecipientsotheCarsonandPhilenaT.McLaneCaregiversScholarships.Establishedin2011aspartMcLaneFuneralServices75thanniversarycelebrationtwo2500scholarshipsareawardedannuallyoneintheDivisionoSocialWorkorthosestudentspursuingamastersdegreeandoneintheCollegeoNursingorthoseinterestedintheAcceleratedBacheloroScienceinNurs-ingProgramorSecondDegreeStudents.AccordingtoJ.BrittMcLanewhograduatedromValdostaStatein1992thescholarshipspromotecaregivingandeduca-tion.WeestablishedascholarshipwherewecanhelppeopletypicallythoselookingorasecondcareerchoicewhowanttogetadegreeinnursingorsocialworksaidMcLane.ThismakesitpossibletogetmorequalifedcaregiversintoapositionwithaneducationromVSUwherewecanserveourcommu-nitybetter.Aspartotheocusoncommunityservicerecipientsothescholarshiparerequiredtovolunteeratleast10hourseachsemesterthescholarshipisreceived.MyamilyhasbeenassociatedwithValdostaStateormanyyearssaidMcLanewhonotedthathisgrandmotherPhilenagraduatedwithateachingdegreein1936romGeorgiaStateWomansCollegewhichlaterbecameknownasValdostaStateCollegeandthenValdostaStateUniversity.HisatherW.TysonMcLanealsoattendedValdostaStateCollegeandhasservedinvariouscapacitiesincludingontheboardotrusteesortheVSUFoundationInc.Thisscholarshipallowsustoextendourservicetothecommunity.CaringforOthersAtergraduatingromtheUniversityoGeorgiawithabach-elorsdegreeinpsychologyandpre-medWhitneyR.Howelldecidedtoollowherchildhooddreamandbecomeanurse.IwantedtobecomeanursetohelpandadvocateorpeopleinneedsaidHowellwhoisenrolledinVSUsAcceleratedBacheloroScienceinNursingProgramorSecondDegreeStudents.AsanurseIeelIcouldhelppeopleintheirtimeoneedandcareorthem.HowellwhoisscheduledtograduateJuly2013saidthatshewouldliketopursueapsychiatricmentalhealthnursepractitio-nerdegreeandisalsointerestedinbeinganurseanesthetist.OriginallyIhadplannedtobecomeapsychiatristorclinicalpsychologistduetomyinterestinmentalhealthsaidHow-ell.HoweveratervolunteeringIrealizedthateveninmentalhealthacilitiesnursesspendmorequalitytimeinteractingwithpatients.IdecidedthatnursingwasthefeldormewhenIdis-coveredthatIcouldbecomeapsychiatricmentalhealthnurse.FindingaCareerWhenShondraHolmesoundherseloutoajobin2008shedecideditwastimetoreturntoschool.InMay2011shegraduatedromVSUwithabachelorsdegreeinsociologyandanthropology.AterearningmybachelorsdegreemyplanwastoreturntoworksaidtheValdostanative.Unabletofndajobandgettingalittlediscouragedmyhusbandencouragedmenottoocussomuchonfndingajobbutacareer.AlongtimecommunityvolunteerHolmeshasworkedwithvariousnon-proftorganizationsincludingwithheryouthgroupatSouthsideChurchoChrist.IhavealwaysbeeninvolvedinsocialworkbutjustdidntknowthattherewasactuallyamastersprogramoritsaidHolmeswhoiscurrentlyworkingtowardsamastersdegreeinsocialworkatVSU.AtergraduationIwouldliketocontinueworkingintheValdostacommunityinsomeaspectwhetheritishospicementalhealthorworkingwithchildrenandoradoles-cents.HolmeswhoiscompletingherpracticumwithHospiceoSouthGeorgiasaidthathergoalistoownaprivatepracticeornon-proftorganizationorchildren.CaregiverScholarshipsHelpStudentsAchievetheirDreamsW.TysonMcLanefromleftwithShondraHolmesVSUPresidentWilliamJ.McKinneyWhitneyHowellandJ.BrittMcLaneatthereceptionrecognizingHolmesandHowellreceivingtheCarsonandPhilenaT.McLaneCaregiversScholarships.PhotobyPaulLeavyByThresseaH.Boyd BarneyPurvis1933-2005lielongteacherandValdostaStateCollegeVSCalumnusdedicatedhislietohiseducationandhisstudents.PurvisearnedabachelorsdegreeinscienceromVSCin1955andamastersinsecondaryeducationin1971.PurviswasahighschoolteacherandtaughtbiologyanatomychemistryadvancedchemistryandphysicalscienceatIrwinCountyHighSchoolor15yearsbeoreacceptingaacultypositionatValdostaState.KarenLukeJacksonVSCalumnaalongwithotherstudentsinspiredbyPurvishasestablishedascholarshipinmemoryoPurvis.WhenhediedIjustelttheneedtomobilizeabunchohisormerstudentssaidJackson.Manyouswouldhavenevergonetoschoolorgottenscholarshipswithouthim.HewastheinspirationorawholegenerationatIrwinCountyHighSchool.ThescholarshipestablishedthroughtheVSUFoundationInc.willbeawardedeachyeartoanIrwinCountyHighSchoolstudentattendingValdostaStateUniversity.ThelinkisbetweenhisalmamaterthehighschoolwherehetaughtandthenhenishedhiscareerteachingatVSUJacksonsaid.ItjustmadesensetodoascholarshipatValdostaStateoranIrwinCountyHighSchoolstudent.DuringhistimeatIrwinCountyHighSchoolhereceivedseveralrecognitionsincludingbeingnamedSTARTeacherbysevenohisstudents.ThesestudentswerethestartingpointorJacksontoobtaindonationsorthescholarship.HehadsuchawideinfuenceonstudentssoIwantedtomakesurethescholarshipwasntjustrommeJacksonsaid.IstartedwithallohisSTARstudentsandthenstudentswhoworkedwithPurvisontheirscienceprojectsorthestateair.AccordingtoJacksonIrwinCountyHighSchoolstudentsexcelledatstatescienceairssomethingsheattributestoPurvisdeterminationtoseehisstudentssucceed.HenevergaveuponanystudentJacksonsaid.Hebelievedinusmorethanwebelievedinourselvesandwouldnotacceptlessthantheverybestromus.InalettertotheVSUFoundationKathySumnerYarboroughwhonamedPurvisher1970STARTeacherwroteIwasprivilegedtohavehadBarneyorouryearsatIrwinCountyHighSchoolandagainorreshmanbiologyhisrstyearatValdostaState.ImusttellyouhewasharderandmoredemandinginhighschoolJacksonalsoremembersPurvisbeinganinfuenceoutsideotheclassroomaswellcontributinghistimetocommunityactivities.AtChristmashemadedecorationsorhishouseJacksonsaid.Heputallthenamesothechildrenonhisstreetonsnowmeninrontohishouse.JacksoncreditsPurvisnotonlywithhelpinghertosucceedinhighschoolbutalsowiththedecisiontoachieveherdegreeatVSU.MyparentsalwayssaidgoingtocollegewasokaybutPurvissaiditwasessentialsaidJacksonwhoworksortheCenterorCourageRenewalinSeattleWash.HehighlyrecommendedVSUbecausehehadgraduatedromthere.IamsothankulthathepointedmeinthedirectionoValdostaState.ItwastrulytheplacethatIoundmyvoiceandhitmystride.IcreditMr.Purvisorcontinuingtoencouragemeandawholegenerationostudentstotakethatsteptoenlargeourworld.AlDorminyaormerstudentatIrwinCountyHighSchoolremembershisbiologyandchemistryteacherasagreateducator.Ourswasasmallruralschoolbutortunatelywehadsomeexcellentteachersinkeydisciplines.Mr.PurviswasoneothemsaidDorminywhoisco-owneroacommercialrealestateinvestmentcompanyinAtlantaGa.Astimepassesmyvaluationohisgitoknowledgeandmyadmirationorhischaractersinceritycontinuestogrow.Hisskillcharacterandbreadthoknowledgearerareandpriceless.TomakeagittotheBarneyPurvisScholarshippleasesendcheckormoneyordertotheVSUFoundation1500N.PattersonStreetValdostaGA31698.PleaseindicateonthememolinethatthedonationisdesignatedtothePurvisScholarship.StudentsHonorTeacherandMentorByArielR.Felton12SPRING201321VSUARCHIVES VSUVOICE22ByJessicaR.Pope97StandingonthegroundlevelotheJerryandKayJennettLectureHalloyerDr.RonaldM.Zaccarilooksupatthestainlesssteelandaluminumpieceoarthangingonthewalltotherightotheentryway.Hesmilesasmilethatreachesallothewaytohiseyes.Thenhebeginssharingsecretsaboutthehal-tonsculpturethattheJennettshiredhimtocreate.Hisenthusiasmisinectiousmakingeveryonenearhimeellikeanythingispossible.ThesculptureWomanwithaMulti-coloredHatmeasures13eetby8eetandisthelargestundertakingoZaccariscareer.Iteatureshigh-qualityautomotivepaintarstortheartistandhighlightsaemaleprolecomposedothreelevelsomirror-nishstainlesssteelthehighlypolishedsuracesprovideadramaticcontrasttothecolorulcomponentsoshapesandormshesaid.ItisbothreminiscentoPabloPicassoandwhimsicalalmostSeussicalinnatureanidealpieceorinspiringtheutureeduca-torsstudyingintheJamesL.andDorothyH.DewarCollegeoEducationnextdoor.PeopleknowImabiganoCubismanartperioddomi-natedbytheworksoPicassoBraqueandMatissesaidthemulti-mediaartistknownprimarilyorhisthree-dimensionalsteelimagesandValdostaStateUniversitysseventhpresidentservingrom2002to2008.TheuseomultipleprolesisarecurringPicassotheme.TheprocessoinstallingthesculpturebeganearlyonthemorningoJuly162012andconcludedtheollowingaternoon.Itinvolvednearlyadozenpeopleincludingsteelandelectricityexpertsandrequiredalitsystemalotomusclepowerandanattentiontodetail.WhentheramewasinplaceKayJennettsaidItsperect.Ihavedreamedaboutthis.TheJennettswereinspiredtocommissiononeoZaccarissculpturesortheacilitynamedinhonorotheirlongtimecom-mitmenttotheuniversityatertheyvisitedhisone-personshowattheAnnetteHowellTurnerCenterotheArtsinJuneo2011.Seeingasmallersculpturethatappealedtothemtheyap-proachedZaccariwithanidea.Fromthatpointonthecreativejuicesbegantofowinnewdirectionsespeciallythecombinationostainlesssteelalumi-numandtheapplicationohigh-qualityautomotivepaintstobuildacolorulwhimsicalsculpturehesaid.Idevelopedthreesmallworkingmodels9inchesby6inchesortheJennettsandtheyimmediatelyselectedtheimagesormsandcolorsorthepiecetobeinstalled.Thatwastheeasypart.Thechallengesbegantoaccumulate.HowdoIhangahal-tonsculptureontheoyerwallHowdoIduplicatecomputer-generatedcolororsuchalargemetalsculptureThatswhenthetalentedpeopleatVoigtsSheetMetalWorksInc.cametotherescue.Theywereabletosolveallissueswithdevelopingthesculptureandinstall-ingitattheselectedsite.IaskedorassistanceromThomasCollisionCenteracompanywellknownorqualityautomotivepainting.The14colorswerematchedwithonlya15percentdi-erentialtoaccuracyotheoriginalcomputermodelcolors.Formethesculpturehaspushednewexplorationsandwillopenyetotheravenuesoresearchdrawingsshapesandormsallleadingtonewoutcomesinanever-endingcycleocreativ-itysaidZaccariwhobecauseheisalwayssearchingalwaystryingnewthingsalwayspushinghimseloutsidehiscomortzoneartisticallywasledtouseautomotivepaintsinhislatestde-sign.IsntthatwhatauniversityisallaboutThatismymessagetouturegenerationswhowillviewthesculpture.TopDr.RonaldM.Zaccarisignsthecompletedsculpture.LeftWomanwithaMulti-coloredHatDr.RonaldM.Zaccari.RightJerryandKayJennettPhotobyBobbyLacey.SculptureDesignedtoEncourageInspire...JustLiketheUniversityPHOTOSBYPAULLEAVY MaceraearnedhissecondGulSouthConerenceGSCCoachotheYearandfrstNationalCoachingStaotheYear.AterleadingtheBlazerstothe2012NCAADivisionIINationalChampionshipHeadFootballCoachDavidDeanwasnamedtheAmericanFootballCoachesAssociationAFCADivisionIICoachotheYear.DeanwasalsonamedCoachotheYearbyD2Football.comandDonHansenFootballGazette.AddingtoanexpandinglistonationalchampionshipstheBlazersotballteambroughthometheNCAADivisionIItitleinMay.Ateranimpressive4-1victoryagainstdeendingchampionUniversityoCaliorniaSanDiegotheBlazersclinchedthefrstNCAADivisionIInationalsotballchampionshiporValdostaState.ThiswinalsomarkedthefrstsotballnationalchampionshiportheGulSouthConerenceGSC.ThewinningcontinuedastheBlazerootballteamwonitsthirdNCAADivisionIInationalchampionshipagainstWinston-SalemState35-7inDecember.The2012teamhadanimpressive12-2recordwith10straightwins.TheD2Football.comandDonHansenFootballGazettenamednineValdostaStateootballplayerswithAll-AmericahonorsincludingRyanSchraederEdmundKugbilaGeraldFordChrisPopeMattPierceCaydenCochranMeshWokomatyTylerJoseyandLawrenceVirgil.TheBlazersnowboastanimpressivesevenNCAADivisionIInationalchampionshipsincludingbaseball1979menstennis2006and2011sotball2012andootball200420072012.Readullcoverageothe2012nationalchampionshipgamesathttpwww.vstateblazers.com2012BlazersClaimNationalChampionshipsinSoftballandFootballInormationProvidedbyVSUSportsInormationOfceCoachingStaffRecognizedforOutstandingPerformanceTheWomensBasketballCoachesAssociationnamedHeadCoachKileyHillthe2012SouthRegionsCoachotheYear.Hillledthewomensbasket-ballteamtoanimpressive2011-12seasonearningabidtotheNCAADIISouthRegionalTournamentasasixthseed.HillssquaddeeatedthethirdandsecondseedsenroutetotheSweetSixteenbeorebeingdeeatedbytopseedRollinsCollege.Hillsteamendedhis12thseasonasheadcoachwitha22-8record.HeadCoachThomasMaceraandassistantcoachesStephanieCarlsonLindsayCampanaandJordanYostothe2012NCAADivisionIINationalChampionshipsotballteamwerenamedastheNationalFastpitchCoachesAsso-ciationDivisionIINationalCoachingStaotheYear.TheBlazersotballteamwent58-5overalland26-1intheGulSouthConerencetoclinchtheconerenceregularseasoncrown.SPRING201323BLAZERATHLETICSCONTRIBUTEDPHOTO VSUVOICE24Iwastoldrepeatedlythatitwasgo-ingtobeveryhardtodobothJohnsonsaid.ButIdidntwanttostopplaying.Ididntwanttohavetochoose.NotonlywasJohnsonabletoplaysotballwhilepursuinghernursingdegreebutshealsoexcelledatboth.JohnsonwasnamedtotheCapitalOneAcademicAll-AmericateamaswellastotheGulSouthConerencesGSCAll-AcademicTeamwitha3.66gradepointaverage.ShehelpedtheBlazerssecurethefrstGSCsotballnationalchampionshiptitleaswellasthefrstnationalsotballtitleorValdostaState.BothsotballandnursinghaveplayedimportantrolesinJohnsonsliesinceshewasyoung.JohnsonwhogrewupinMaconGa.hasplayedsotballsincetheageo5andwasinspiredbyherparentswhoareinthemedicalproes-sion.Sherealizedherdesiretobecomeanursewhenshewasintheninthgrade.MydadisadoctorandmymomisanurseJohnsonsaid.MydadwouldaskiIwantedtogothehospitalwithhim.IIdidntunderstandsomethinghewoulddrawmepictures.Itwasreallycool.Itwasthenursingprogramthateven-tuallybroughtJohnsontoValdostaState.IhadgottenoeredtoplaysotballherebutIdalreadyappliedtoAuburnJohnsonsaid.Idecidedtovisithereandnoticedhowproudtheywereotheirnursingprogram.Iendeduplovingit.HeadCoachThomasMacerarecruitedJohnsonbecausehesawthepotentialinhertoachievegreatthings.Shesahard-workingkidMacerasaid.Plussheishumble.SheisnotthekindtogetabigheadandIthinkthatiswhatkeepsherdoingsowell.Ontopoalloherotherachieve-mentsJohnsonmanagestoparticipateincommunityserviceprojects.SheconductedreesotballclinicshelpedByArielFelton12JohnsonAchievesExcellenceintheClassroomandtheFieldWhenMorganJohnsoncametoValdostaStateUniversityin2009shehadaplan.Shewantedtoplaysotballandmajorinnursing.HoweverJohnsonwascautionedthattryingtoplaysotballwithsuchastrenuousmajorasnursingwouldbedifcult. SPRING201325withalotcloserbondthanwehadbeore.ThetriptoNicaraguawasastudyabroadtripwithDeniseAtkinsonaboardcertifedamilynursepractitionerandnursinginstructororherTrans-culturalNursingCareclass.Thegroupattendeddailyclassestouredhospitalsandmedicinalplantarmsalongwithhikingcanyonsandswimming.AtkinsonsaidshewasimpressedtoseeMorganstepuptoaleadershippositionduringthetrip.AsmuchunastravelingisitcanalsobeahugestressorAtkinsonsaid.IwasthrilledtoseeMorganhandleherselinsuchamaturegraciousmannerintheaceomanystressulsituationsairportsecuritylackoamenitiesattimeslackosleepandstrangeood.ThegroupalsoassistedtheEmer-gencyResponseServicesoLatinAmericawithollow-upsurveysorwaterfltersprovidedtolocalcitizenshelpingthemtounderstandexactlyhowdierenthealthcaresystemswork.ItwasagoodexperienceormeJohnsonsaid.ItmademeappreciatewhatIhaveandImetsuchgraciousandgenerouspeople.AladyliterallytookherearringsoutoherearsandgavethemtomejustbecauseItoldherthatIlikedthem.organizetheVSUSotballBloodDrivethesecond-largestblooddriveinSouthGeorgiaandvolunteeredattheStore-houseMinistryeedingthehomeless.WithahecticscheduleitcomesasnosurprisethatJohnsonsometimeseelsoverwhelmed.SometimesIwonderiIvetakenontoomuchresponsibilityJohnsonsaid.ItsparticularlyhardwhenduringastrenuousperiodosotballIjusttrygetusetoaspecifcschedule.Thestructurehelps.ForthedifculttimesJohnsonhasdevelopedasimplewayostayingmo-tivated.IdontlikenotbeinggoodatthingsJohnsonsaid.Intheclinicalsettingnotknowingsomethingisembarrassingandsotballisallaboutfndingthetimebetweenhomeworkclinicalandclass.Ialwaysputtheeortintomakingwhat-everImdoingthebestitcanbe.ThisdeterminationiswhatledJohn-sontobeingselectedasoneotheGSCtop10student-athletesorthe2011-2012academicyear.ShealsoreceivedtheprestigiousGSCCommissionersTrophygivenannuallytothetopmaleandemaleathletewithintheconer-ence.JohnsonwasrecognizedorheroutstandingseasonperormanceandcontributionstotheBlazersnationalchampionshipwin.IdidntreallyknowmuchaboutthetrophyinthefrstplaceJohnsonsaid.ActuallygettingtogotoBirminghamandthenreceivingthetrophyontopothatwasalotatonetime.Ocoursemyamilywasreallyexcited.MacerawasalsoproudtoseeJohn-sonreceivetheCommissionersTrophy.ItsallyoucanprayorreallyMacerasaid.Youalwayshopetoseeeverygirlachievethatwell.Johnsonadmitsthatherbusysched-uleleaveslittleroomorsocialtime.HonestlymostomyriendsareonthesotballteamJohnsonsaid.ButIhavedevelopedbetterrelationshipswithnursingschoolriends.TwelveouswentonatriptoNicaraguaandcamebackMorganJohnsonusesasimulatoraspartofhertraininginthenursingprogram.Johnsonisabletobalancetherigorousacademicrequirementsasanursingmajorwithherloveforsoftball.The2012recipientoftheGulfSouthConferenceCommissionersTrophymaintaineda3.66gradepointaverageandwasnamedtotheCapitalOneAcademicAll-Americateam.PHOTOSBYPAULLEAVY VSUVOICE26GrowingupJohnHansensliecouldbecomparedtothatoanomadmovingromcitytocitywithnopermanentdwellingplace.ThesonoaMarinepilotHansensamilymoved32timesbeorehegradu-atedromhighschoolinGainesvilleFla.AteraewyearsattheNavalAcade-myHansenwasonthemoveagainandin1970oundhimselinValdostaGa.IwaslivinginTallahasseeandreallynotdoinganythingsoIbasicallyol-lowedagirlheresaidHansenwhoservesasValdostaStatesheadtenniscoach.SheisgoneandIhavebeenheremorethan40years.HansengraduatedromValdostaStateCollegeVSCwithabachelorsdegreeinmarketingandplayedtennisundercoachRedSikesCaraway.Whileworkingonamastersineduca-tionHansenwasaskedtocoachthemenstennisteam.The25-year-oldneverdreamedthiswasthestartoa40-yearcareer.DuringhisfrstyearsocoachingVSCwasintheGeorgiaIntercollegiateAthleticConerenceandplayedagainstlargerschoolsincludingtheUniversityoFloridaFloridaStateUniversitytheUniversityoGeorgiaandtheUniversityoCincinnatiwhichwasrankedninthinthenation.WithtwoNCAADivisionIInationalchampionshiptitlesthreerunner-upfnishesand20conerencechampion-shipsitiseasytoseewhyHansenwasrecentlyrecognizedbytheStateoGeorgiaorhisillustriouscoachingcareer.InaspecialpresentationhonoringHansens40yearsocoachingLt.Gov.CaseyCaglesignedaproclamationrecognizingValdostaStateUniversityslongesttenuredcoachorhisleader-shipintegrityandcaringorthemanystudent-athleteshehascoachedandtaughtinstillinginthemtheprinciplesohumilityandgoodsportsmanship.WithmorethanourdecadesasastudentcoachandteacherHansenisquicktosharethatfrstandoremostheisaBlazeran.IamaValdostaStateguyfrstandtenniscoachsecondsaidHansenwhobecamethewomenstenniscoachin1980.IloveValdostaState.Therearesomanymemoriesobviouslybecom-ingauniversityandwhenCoachTommyThomaswonthefrstnationalchampion-shipbaseballortheschool.Ihaveneverseenthiscommunitycometogethermoreorthecollege.Ithinkthisiswhenpeoplefrstrealizedwecouldcompeteonanationallevel.Hansenhasondmemoriesothetwonationalchampionshipsorthemensten-nisteamsin2006and2011.ThefrstchampionshipgamewasplayedinKansasCityKan.againstLynnUniversity.TheBlazershadbeencon-tendersorthenationaltitleseveraltimesbeorethe2006win.ItoldmyselthiswillbeverynicebutitwontbeabigdealHansensaid.ButIwaswrong.Whenwewonthatlastpointitwasatremendouseeling.FiveyearslaterHansenandthemenstennisteamoundthemselvesinOrlandoFla.vyingorthechampionshipwin.Thesecondchampionshipwasdier-entitwasjustasexcitingbutsomuchunbecauseoallthepeopleromValdo-stawhocametowatch.InKansasCityitwasjustusHansensaid.Therewereatleast50ValdostaStateansarmorethananyotheotherteamshad.TheansareanimportantpartothesuccessoanyathleticprogramandHansenhaswitnessedthegrowingnumberoBlazersupporterswithinthecommunity.Youcanseeitchanging.AswegrowourollowingwillgrowwithussaidHan-senwhoisamemberoValdostaStateUniversitysAthleticHalloFame.AlegendintennisHansenwasnamedtheIntercollegiateTennisAssociationsNationalDivisionIICoachotheYearin2000and2010.HewasnamedtheSouthRegionMensCoachotheYearin2004200620082010and2011.HeaddedtheSouthRegionWomensCoachotheYearawardin20052007and2008.Inadditiontohisproessionalac-complishmentsHansensplayershavereceivednationalrecognition.Hehascoached63All-AmericanplayersandhashadanathletenamedAll-GulSouthConerence148times74menand74women.BestthingIhaveenjoyedisgettingtoknowtheplayerswhocameaskidsandletasadultssaidHansentoseewheretheyarewhattheyhaveaccomplished.Wehaveplayersallovertheworld.40YearsofCoachingExcellenceandStillGoingStrongByThresseaH.BoydPHOTOBYPAULLEAVY SPRING201327CustomerServiceStrategiesandJoeyBroadwaterwiththeCenterorPhysicalRehabilitation.WithwomenattheorerontothebusinessworldtheSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenterSBDCatVSUcreatedtheWomeninBusinessSymposiumtoallowbusinesswomentoassembleoradayoeducationempowermentandenlightenment.ThereissomuchcompetitionamongwomeninbusinessbuttherearealsomanyopportunitiesorallwomentothriveproessionallyisupportisshownsaidRubyRiesingerSBDCareadirectorandbusinessconsultant.Thiseventisheldtobringbusinesswomentogetherandpromotesupportoreachother.ItalsosatisfesaninitiativeotheSmallBusinessAdministrationtoreachouttocertaininterestgroupsinbusiness.TheeventwassponsoredbyGeorgiaPowertheGeorgiaSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenterandtheVSULangdaleCollegeoBusinessAdministration.Struggledoessomethingoryou.Whenyouarewillingtodowhateverittakesoryourbusinessthatshowyoumakeit.EntrepreneurTianyYoungdeliveredthismessagetoellowbusinesswomenduringthethirdannualWomeninBusinessSymposiumatValdostaStateUniversity.OwneroPinkPastryParlorandstarotherealitytelevisionshowPartyatTianysYoungsharedthestoryohowshewentrombussingtablestostartingherbusinesswhichnowhasthreelocationsintheGreaterAtlantaarea.YounggraduatedromValdostaStateUniversityandbeganablossomingcareerinpharmaceuticalsales.Aterouryearsshewaslaidoromhersix-fgurejoborcinghertoloseherhouseandcar.IcouldvestoppedwhenIlostmyhousebutIkeptgoingsaidYoung.IbussedtablesorayeartoearnthemoneyIneededtostartmybusiness.Ilikeknowingthatthissuccesswasntgiventome.BecauseothatIhaveagreaterstory.Youngaddedthatsuccessinabusinesscomeswiththerightvisionmoneyandattitudeandassertedthatonemustsellthemselvesalongwiththeirproductorservice.Youhavetotakeyourbusinesssoseriouslythatyouarewillingtodoanythingorit.Youalsohavetohavepeoplearoundyouwhoseeyourvision.Anyoneinyourliehastobeinvestedinyou.YoungsmotherCorcetterJohnsonwatchedromtheaudienceintearsasherdaughterdeliveredherkeynoteaddressencouragingwomentomeetopportunityhalway.Youngspresentationwasoneoseveralempoweringandeducationalactivitiesprovidedduringthesymposium.Attendeesbeneftedromanhour-longhumanresourcespaneldiscussionaswellasabusinessexpoandpowernetworking.TheeventalsoincludedbreakoutsessionswithRitaSuiterowneroFiveStarWomeninBusinessSymposiumFostersPerseveranceandEmpowermentByMalyndaDorsey07ALUMNICONNECTIONSPHOTOSBYBOBBYLACEYTianyYoung03 VSUVOICE28ByThresseaH.BoydValdostaStateUniversitypresentedStateRepresentativeAmyCarterR-Valdosta93withthe2012LoyceW.TurnerOutstandingPublicServiceAward.EachyearVSUsPublicAdministrationAdvisoryCommitteepresentstheawardtoamemberothecommunitywhoisinvolvedinsomeaspectopublicservice.CarterwhoreceivedabachelorsineducationromVSUwasfrstelectedtotheHouseoRepresentativesDistrict175in2006andhasreceivednumerousawardsandcitationsorherdedicationtopublicservice.In2007shewasselectedtheGeorgiaAssociationorCareerandTechnicalEducatorsLegislatorotheYearandGeorgiaSchoolCounselorsAssociationLegislatorotheYearRegion11.CarterhasservedonseveralHousecommitteesincludingEducationHigherEducationAppropriationsandSpecialCommitteeorSmallBusinessDevelopmentandJobCreation.AcareereducatorCarteristheTeachingasaProessionteacherandWork-BasedLearningcoordinatororLowndesHighSchool.JohnMcRaeMoreThanaGreatTeacherSaraLynnMcCall11JohnH.McRaes7175and83listoaccomplishmentsineducationaremany.HewasthefrstValdostaStateUniversitygraduatetobeselectedasGeorgiaTeacherotheYearTOTYheearnedthehonorin1978ateronlysixyearsoexperience.Alsoin1978McRaewasnamedValdostaStateCollegesOutstandingAlumni.HeservedaspresidentotheVSUAlumniAssociationortwoseparateterms.HehasalsoservedmanytimesasstateTOTYjudgeortheGeorgiaDepartmentoEducation.InrecentyearsMcRaehasbecomethefrsteducatorinvitedtojointheBoardoDirectorsotheGeorgiaAppleseedCenterorLawandJustice.ApublicinterestlawcenterGeorgiaAppleseedseekstoincreasejusticeinthestateandpromotesystemicchangethroughlawandpolicyreorm.ItusestheskillsohundredsovolunteerlawyerseducatorsandotherproessionalsonprojectsaddressingdifcultsocialjusticeproblemsinGeorgiaocusedonaccesstojusticepubliceducationandeconomicsecurityandpublicsaety.McRaebringsalongrecordoeducationalleadershipandinnovationtotheboardaswellasvaluableknowledgeosouthernGeorgiacommunitiesandneeds.McRaeswell-recognizeddedicationtopubliceducationspansmanyrolesandagencies.Hewashonoredasoneo147GeorgiaHighPerormingPrincipalsin2006inrecognitionothreeyearsohighstudentachievement.HewasanassistantproessorintheCollegeoEducationatGeorgiaSouthernUniversityrom1990to1992andthedirectorotheGeorgiaDepartmentoHumanResourcesStudentAssistanceProgramrom1992to1994.McRaecreditshistimeatVSCinhelpinghimtobecomeanexceptionaleducator.IhadproessorsthatdidmorethanteachatVSChesaid.Theymotivatedguidedandmodeledwhatiswastowanttobeagreateducator.Dr.WillaShovartaughtmehowtothinkoutsidetheboxDr.HelenThorntonhowtothinkcriticallyandspeakonyoureetandDr.ErnestineClarkhowtobeatrueeducationalleadernotjustaprincipal.JohnH.McRaeandhiswifeMarcia70attendedthe2012VSUGala.StateRepresentativeCarterreceivesTurnerOutstandingPublicServiceAwardMcRaebeganhiscareerinadministrationin1979asprincipalatS.L.MasonSchoolinValdosta.Heretiredin2005romtheDecaturCountySchoolSystemwherehewasprincipaloJohnJohnsonSchool.HethenbecamecoordinatorotheTwoRiversMigrantEducationAgencyotheGeorgiaDepartmentoEducationrom2005to2007andthenaninstructoratBainbridgeCollegeorArtsandSciencesandTechnicalStudiesretiringin2011withtherankoassistantproessor.McRaeiscurrentlyisteachingparttimeorAlbanyStateUniversityattheirnewCairosite.In2009McRaewasinstrumentalinhelpingGeorgiaAppleseedpilotaCarnegieCommunicationsGrant-undedimmigrantcommunityinclusionprojectintheBainbridgeareacalledWelcomingGeorgia.Hecontinuestoadviseoneducationprojectsandothereorts.McRaeismarriedtotheRev.MarciaOwensMcRae70anEpiscopalpriestservingintheDioceseoGeorgia.PHOTOBYBOBBYLACEY SPRING201329RickGrifs76andMaryAnnHeddonsnewbookCultureCodeTheMusicVol.1isaboutpopculturemusicbutwithatwist.Thebookholdsanembeddedpuzzleandcluesareprovidedonthewebsitetohelpfndtheanswersinthebook.Eachentryorabandcontainstwokeypiecesoinormationthatlinkittotwootherbandsuntilall200bandsinthebookarelinkedtogetherinaspecifcorder.MaryAnnandIusedtobeanon-callteamortheHyperbaricMedicineUnitatSouthGeorgiaMedicalCentersaidGrifs.Weworkedtogethermostweekendswewereoncall.Oncepatientsarepreppedandputinthehyperbaricchamberortreatmentwehadplentyotimetotalk.Webothshareaninterestintriviaandpuzzles.Oneotherecurringtopicsoconversationwasabouthowcertainrockbandsgottheirnames.Weoundourselvesrequentlysayingthatweshouldwriteabook.Soeventuallywedid.GrifsandHeddondecidedtostartwiththemusicothelast50yearsromabout1960to2010betterknownasthemusicotheBabyBoomergeneration.Theystartedoutbymakingalistoover500bandsromtheperiodincludingthosethatsoldthemostrecordswerethemostenduringwereimportanttoaspecifcgenreomusicorhadotherwisedistinguishedthemselves.Fromtheretheymadelistuponlistopossiblelinksandcreatedananswerkey.Innarrowingdownthebandstheysettledon400andsplitthemintotwovolumestomakethesolutionsmoremanageable.ThewritingprocesswasalotobackandorthbetweenussaidHeddon.Occasionallyinthemiddleothewritingweddiscoveranewclueandreworkthesolutiontoaccommodateit.Ricksmoreothemusicperson.Immoreoapuzzleperson.IlovethechallengeoapuzzleitslikeamathproblemthatIeelcompelledtosolve.Thefrstvolumecontains200specifcbandsselectednotonlyortheirplaceinmusichistorybutalsobecausetheycouldbelinkedtogether.Thebookisnotjustapuzzlebutalsoacontest.Thefrstpersontosubmitthecorrectsolutionwins5000.GrifsandHeddonplantoreleaseasecondvolumeomusicwiththesameormatandanother5000prize.Iallgoesaccordingtoplansubsequentvolumesaddressingotherdefningaspectsoourculturewillollowincludingthemoviestwomoremusicvolumesthatcelebratesoloartiststelevisionandpossiblytheliterature.ThewritingprocessinvolvedcreatingthepuzzleandthelinksfrstandthenwritingtheentriesoreachbandsaidGrifs.WetriedtodrawcontentromWikipediaasourprimarysource.Iapuzzleandacontestwerenotenoughthebookisalsoacharitableinitiative.Atleast10percentoproftswillbedonatedtoMusiCaresanorganizationthathelpsmusiciansinneed.Grifshasbeenarespiratorytherapistor35yearsandistheadministrativedirectoropulmonaryservicesatSouthGeorgiaMedicalCenter.Heisresponsibleortherespiratorycarepulmonarydiagnosticsneurodiagnosticsandsleepcenterserviceareas.HereceivedhisundergraduatedegreeromValdostaStateUniversityandhisgraduatedegreeromEmoryUniversity.Heddonhasbeenaregisterednurseor35yearsworkingincriticalcareandoncologyormostothoseyears.ShetaughtintheSchooloNursingatVSUintheearly1990sbeoreitbecametheCollegeoNursing.CurrentlysherunstheclinicalresearchprogramatthePearlmanCancerCenteratSouthGeorgiaMedicalCenter.ShereceivedherundergraduateandgraduatedegreesromMedicalCollegeoGeorgia.Formoreinormationaboutthebookvisitwww.culturecodeonline.com.CultureCodeBySaraLynnMcCall11CONTRIBUTEDPHOTO VSUVOICE30LeeMobley98and01isnotyouraverageelementaryschoolprincipal.Heisalsoanup-and-comingchalkartist.About10yearsagowhileonaamilyvacationtheBroxton-MaryHayesElementarySchoolprincipalpassedthroughasmallFloridatownaewdaysaterastreetpaintingchalkartestival.Theimagesromthesidewalksandstreetsstuckinhismind.ThenlastyearhebecamecuriousaboutthestreetartagainandbegantosearchtheInternetorinormation.Heoundasitethatconnectedstreetartistsandinormedthemoupcomingevents.HeoundaneventinNorthFloridathatwouldacceptnewbiestoparticipate.IwasverynervousgoingintotheeventbecauseIwascompletelyunawareoanyspecicsotheprocessostreetpaintingsaidMobleywhoearnedbothhisbachelorsandmastersdegreesromVSU.WhatIsoonoundoutwasthattheamilyostreetartistswereverywelcomingandsupportiveoanewcomer.WehadawonderultimeatthiseventandwereblessedtowinBestinShowwithmyPinocchiopainting.SincethiseventIhavebeenhookedontheartormandhavecontinuedtoparticipateineventsinFlorida.In1998MobleybeganhisteachingcareeratLowndesHighSchoolteachingdratinganddesign.HetranserredtoCoeeCountyin2001acceptingapositionasanassistantprincipalatWestCoeeMiddleSchool.Thenin2008heacceptedthepositionoprincipaloBroxton-MaryHayesElementarySchool.IlovebeingabletomakeanimpactinthelivesotheyoungpeopleoourcountysaidMobley.Beingabletoworkinanelementaryschoolallowsmetobeamajorinfuenceintheirlivesastheyarebeginningtobuildtheircharacterasstudentsandcitizens.NotmanypeoplecansaythattheytrulylovetheirjobbutbeingabletoserveasaneducatorinCoeeCountyhasbeenanextremelyrewardingexperiencethatIlove.Nexttohisloveorchildrenishisloveorartwhichhasbeenapassionohisoraslongashecanremember.IhavealwayslovedartandcreatingthingssaidMobley.BeginningatayoungageIalwaysdrewandsketchedthingsthatIsaworimagined.ThroughhighschoolIocusedondrawingasmyprimarycreativeoutlet.Inmymid-twentiesIbegantospendsometimeexperimentingwithpaintingandmorerecentlyhaveocusedonlarge-scalemurals.MynewoundloveisstreetpaintingandIhopetocontinuetohonemyskillasIparticipateinmoreevents.InNovember2012MobleyparticipatedintheSarasotaChalkFestivalwhichisconsideredtobeoneothemostimportantcontemporarystreetpaintingvenuesintheworld.Theeventhostsover200othemostrenownedstreetartistsinonelocationwith200000visitorsattending.MobleysavoritechalkartpieceoalltimeisLegoArmybyLeonKeerwhichwascreatedduringthe2011SarasotaChalkFestival.OhisownworkshisavoritesincludePinocchioandVolkswagenBus.WhenMobleyisntsurroundedbyelementaryschoolstudentsorlettinghiscreativejuicesfowheenjoysspendingtimewithhiswieHollytwodaughtersSandsLeeandNalleeandsonRidlee.Mobleyalsoactivelyservesinministriesthroughhischurch.LeeMobleyPrincipalandChalkArtistBySaraLynnMcCall11ToseesomemoreoMobleysworkvisitwww.337designs.com. SPRING2013GordySteadman83presentedValdostaStateUniversityPresidentWilliamJ.McKinneywiththeAssociatedBuildersContractorsABC2012ExcellenceinConstructionPyramidAward.TheawardwasgiventoElkinsConstructorsInc.oroverallexcellenceinconstructionoVSUsPsychologyBuildingwhichwascompletedin2011.ThePsychologyBuildingwasconsideredanexemplaryprojectbytheABCselectioncommitteebecauseoitsincorporationwithinexistinghistoricbuildingontheuniversitysmaincampus.ElkinsConstructorsInc.iscommittedtotheValdostaareaandwewillcontinuetobecommittedtoVSUormanyyearstocomesaidSteadmanvicepresidentorElkinsConstructors.TheVSUPsychologyBuildingwasconsideredastandoutprojectbytheABCselectioncommitteebecausethenewbuildingmatchedthehistoriccontextotheSpanish-stylemissionarchitecture.Thebuildingistimelessandlookslikeitcouldhavebeenbuilt100yearsagoyetitincludesstate-o-the-arttechnologyandsustainableeatures.The33000-square-ootacilityincludessixclassroomstwocomputerlabsa160-seatauditoriumclinicalspaceocespaceorcounselingandpsychologyacultyinadditiontoadministrativeocesortheGraduateSchoolandSponsoredProgramsandResearchAdministration.TheprojectwasalsoawardedthePyramidbecauseElkinsConstructorsbuilttheprojectonaverybusycampuswithoutdisruptionocampusfoworactivitieswithnosaetyproblemssaidSteadmanwhograduatedromValdostaStatewithadegreeincommunications.Thiswascriticalconsideringtheconstructionoccurredlessthan30eetawayromthreedormitoriestheStudentUnionandtworestaurants.Atlunchtimeeveryweekday6000studentswouldswarmtheareaocampusandtheteamkepttheconstructionsegregatedromthenearbystudentsandneverinterruptedtheactivitiesocampus.ElkinsConstructorsalsocompletedtheadditiontoVSUsBaileyScienceCenterearlierin2012.Thecompanywasoundedin1956andhasocesinJacksonvilleFla.andSavannahandAtlantaGa.ElkinsConstructorshasreceived32ABCawardssince1999.JosephUliano81wentromcollegedaysatValdostaStateCollegetoworkingwithsomeothemostpopularnamesinmusicincludingBobDylanDaveMathewsFaithHillGunsnRosesandLilWayneamongmanyothers.UlianoisnowanexecutiveproducerorthemediaproductioncompanyWondrosoutoLosAngelesCali.WhileatVSCUlianowasthegeneralmanageroWVVSplayedguitarintheJazzEnsembleandparticipatedontheDebateTeamoneyear.Hismajorwastheaterartswhichwascalledradiotvlmatthetime.DuringUlianoscollegeyearshewrotemusicoraewothetheaterproductionsandplayedinvariousbandsatHoagiesLongBranchSaloontheKnightsoGeorgiatheAmericanLegionandotherlocalspots.Ulianodidnotstartoutalmgenius.ThersttimeheshotlminDr.AnthonyOseguerasclassitallcamebackblackwithnopicture.HehadtoshowitinclassthenextdayandDr.Osegueraaskedhimwhatitwas.HethoughtonhiseetandsaiditwasadayinthelieoablindmanwhichawardedhimaCorcreativityandthechancetodotheassignmentover.Hehascomealongwaysincethatclassbyproducingsomeothemostwatchedmusictelevisionintheworldromliveconcerteventstodocumentariestomusicvideos.BeingamusicianandalmmakeritwasaprettynaturalthingtomarrythetwosaidUlianowholaunchedaliestylebrandGorgeouslyGreenwithhiswieSophie.Ivealwaysbeenascinatedwiththerelationshipbetweenmusicandmovingpictures.TheDublinGa.nativemovedtoLosAngelestoattendtheAmericanFilmInstituteorhismastersdegreeandstartedmakingmusicvideosorup-and-comingartistsinbetweenclassprojects.ItwasthenextbestthingtobeinginabandandIgottohangoutwithothermusicianshesaid.ImetREMMCHammerNWATomPettyandstartedmakingvideosandromthereIendedupstartingacompanyinmylivingroomwhichthengrewtobeabusinessthatworkedwithallothemajorrecordlabels.Whenaskedihehasaavoritemusicvideooutoallthathehasproducedhecomparesittoaskingwhoisyouravoritechild.IhaveseveralavoritesordierentreasonsandIamblessedthatitisalonglistsaidUlianowhoconsidershisgreatestbodyoworktobehisdaughterLola.SomeareorthevideoitselandsomeareortheexperiencethatIhadmakingthem.HismostrecentlistincludesTheBlackKeysLonelyBoyTheFooFightersFaithHillBruceSpringsteensLonesomeDayLilWayneandBrunoMarsMirrorBobDylanDaveMathewsU2MetallicaandLadyAntebellum.Ulianosaysthateverysituationisdierentwhenworkingwithartists.Thereisgenerallyabondwhencomingtogetherorashorttimeandworkingintenselywithverycreativeandocusedartists.Someareeasysomearenothesaid.Butweallshareacommonvalueoaloveomusic.InhislimitedsparetimeUlianoguestteachesaclassortwoattheUniversityoCaliorniaLosAngelestheUniversityoSouthernCaliorniaoratlmestivalsaroundthecountrytodiscussexitstrategywithlmandmediastudentstogetthemthinkingaboutleavingtheacademicenvironmentandenteringtheproessionalworld.Heisarmbelieverthatitisaveryimportantthoughtprocessthatschoolsdonotalwaysteach.Ulianoalsoco-ownstheHollywoodhotspotandeateryILSOLEonSunsetBoulevardwhichwaspickedastheOscarsHotSpotbyGoodMorningAmerica.FormoreinormationaboutJosephUlianovisithiswebsiteatwww.josephuliano.com.AlumnusGordySteadmanPresentsVSUwithAwardforConstructionByThresseaH.BoydJosephUlianoTheLoveoMusicBySaraLynnMcCall11CONTRIBUTEDPHOTO31CONTRIBUTEDPHOTO VSUVOICE32ValdostaStateUniversitygraduateRev.JasonAdamsbecameanordainedpriestortheDioceseoSavannahonSaturdayJune302012attheCathedraloSaintJohntheBaptistSavannah.AdamsisarecentgraduateothePonticalUniversityoSt.ThomasAquinasAngelicuminRomeItaly.MycalltothepriesthoodbeganwithtestingthewilloGodinmylieagainstwhatIwantedormylieanddiscoveringthatGodalwayswinshesaid.AdamsgrewupinCordeleGa.asath-generationCatholicbuthedidnotinitiallyconsidergoingintothepriesthood.Althoughheknewhewantedtohelppeopleinsomewayhisearlycareergoalsincludedbecomingalawyerandpossiblyonedayholdingelectedoce.HegraduatedVSUin2006withaBacheloroArtsinpoliticalscienceandaminorinreligiousstudies.WithoutadoubtVSUhelpedgivemethetoolsneededtostaygroundedinRomehesaid.FrommypoliticalscienceandreligiousstudiescoursesIlearnedhowtotalkandinteractwithotherswhocomeromdierentculturesthanmeandappreciatewheretheycamerom.BeinginvolvedintheEmergingLeaderprogramhelpedmeormgoodleadershipcharacteristicsanddevelopthevirtuesneedednowtobeagoodpriest.Ilearnedhowbeingyourselandsincerelyservingotherstranscendsalllanguageandculturalbarriers.ItwaswhilelivingattheVSUCatholicNewmanCenterthatAdamsstartedtohavethoughtsoadierentcareerpath.ThroughtheinfuenceoothersatVSUandtimespentatadiscernmentretreatinAugustaAdamsdecidedtoattendseminaryatMountSt.MarysinEmmitsburgMd.todiscernwhetherornotGodwascallinghimtobeapriest.AtertwoyearsatseminaryAdamswascondentinhisdecisiontoollowthecallingintopriesthoodandbegantheologystudiesinRomeItaly.BeorehisormalclassesstartedhealongwithmanyotherseminariansspentourweeksinAssisilearningtheoodandculture.Duringthistransitionperiodhealsospent30minutestoanhoureachdayinprayer.LookingbackoverthelastsixyearssinceIgraduatedromVSUIamthankulortheexperienceandtheeducationIreceivedsaidAdams.HavingstudiedtheologyinRomeItalyorouryearsIwasabletotraveltomanydierentplacesandobserveandinteractwithothersoaith.WhileinRomeAdamsattendedtheEnglishspeakingschoolknownasTheAngelicumwheretheteachersaremainlyDominicans.Adamswasabletomeetmanyinterestingpeopleduringthisextraordinaryexperience.PopeJohnPaulIIwasanalumnusotheschoolandthePopespersonaltheologiantaughtAdamsmoraltheologyandChristianvirtues.MotherTeresasspiritualdirectorsalsotaughthimspiritualtheology.HavingnowbeenordainedaCatholicpriestasoJune302012InowlooktoliveoutmydreamobeingaholypriestintheDioceseoSavannahGa.thankstotheeducationIreceivedatValdostaStateandthelieexperiencessharedwhileinRomeItalysaidAdams.FormoreinormationaboutRev.JasonAdamsvisitwww.diosav.org.JasonAdamsFromVSUtothePriesthoodBySaraLynnMcCall11JasonAdams06 SPRING201333TheTherapySPOTBySaraLynnMcCall11TwoVSUgraduatesCarolineBowman99and01andLeaLanier01aretheproudco-ownersoTheTherapySPOTinStatesboroGa.Itallstartedin2007whenaewareatherapistscametogetherwhentheyrecognizedtheneedinthecommunityorqualitypediatrictherapyservices.TheyputtheircreativejuicestogetherandormedTheTherapySPOTwhichisanacronymorspeechphysicalandoccupationaltherapy.OurvisionormanyyearswastoprovidespeechtherapyservicestochildrenandadultsinourcommunityaswellasthesurroundingcountiesbutwesoonrealizedthatphysicalandoccupationalserviceswereamissinglinkormanyothechildrenweservedsaidBowman.Thatiswhenweknewthatwehadtoexpandourbusinesstoincludetheseservices.Sincethattimetheirclinichassincedoubledinsizecompletewithasensorygymocestaandsixtherapists.TwoadditionalVSUgraduateshavejoinedtheteamasspeech-languagepathologistsBrookeChance09andJamieLinder11.IthinkitsaysalotorVSUsprogramthattherstspeechpathologiststhatwehiredtoworkoruswerealsoVSUgraduatessaidBowman.BowmanandLanierarebothgrateulthattheirdaysatVSUledthemtoco-owningasuccessulwell-respectedprivatepractice.TheTherapySPOThasbecomeatrustedreerralsourceorareaphysiciansandparentsalike.WeknowthatparentswanttoseetheirchildrenbecomethebestthattheycanbeandwiththatinmindweaimorbigresultssaidLanier.Wehavealoveorchildrenandaloveorwhatwedo.Ourclinicislledwithcheerulchatterandourhallsandtherapyroomsandwaitingroomsareadornedwithsomeoouravoriteinspirationalandencouragingartandquotes.Therapistsrequentlyattendtrainingstoeducatethemselvesonthelatestandmosteectivetreatmentsavailabletomaketherapyasunandeectiveaspossible.WelovetogetinvolvedinourcommunityandhaveaspecialloveorchildrenwithspecialneedssaidLanier.Werequentlyhelpsponsorandvolunteertohelpwithcommunityeventsparticularlythosethathelpchildrenwithspecialneeds.Aboveallelsetheirpassionishelpingothers.Theyrecentlyhelpedwithamother-sonluautobenettheautismprograminthelocalschoolsystemandhelpedsponsora5Kruntohelpalocalchildwithspecialneedsreceiveneededmedicalcare.Theyhavealsovolunteeredtheirtimetohelpwithalocalsupportgrouporparentsochildrenwithspecialneeds.BowmanandLanierarebothVSUgraduateswithacommonloveochildrenandgivingbacktotheircommunity.BowmanreceivedbothherundergraduateandgraduatedegreesatVSUandLanierreceivedhermastersdegreeatVSUatergraduatingromtheUniversityoGeorgia.WhileatVSUtheybothsaidtheirproessorswerewonderulandwelcoming.Evennowtheykeepintouchwithaproessororhelpulsuggestionswhentheyhavequestionsaboutapatientorspecictreatment.IrememberveryearlyoninliemyvisionortheuturewastohaveajobwhereIhelpedpeoplesaidBowman.BeinganundergraduateandgraduatestudentatVSUhelpedmerealizethatdream.Ihadsomanywonderulproessorsandsupervisors.TherearemanypearlsowisdomthatIstillrememberhearingrommyproessorsbutIhavetocreditDr.RuthStonestreetorbeingthemostinfuentialproessorsupervisorandmentorduringmyouryearsinthecommunicationdisordersprogram.IhaveondmemoriesolivinginValdostasaidLanier.IremembereatingatMomandDadsItalianRestaurantandlovingMossimoscheesecakeBowmanandherhusbandKevinhavebeenmarriedor15yearsandhavetwochildrenCarter6andMadeline2.Herhobbiesincludegardeningcookingscrapbookingandvolunteeringatthelocalpregnancycenter.LanierhasbeenmarriedtoherhusbandJasonor10yearsandtheyhavetwosweetandspunkyboysHudson7andHenry4.Inherreetimesheenjoysrunningbeingoutdoorsgardeningreadingandshopping.TheTherapySPOTiscurrentlyhiringull-timeorpart-timespeech-languagepathologistsandphysicaltherapists.TondoutmoreaboutTheTherapySPOTvisitwww.therapyspotstatesboro.com.CONTRIBUTEDPHOTOCONTRIBUTEDPHOTO VSUVOICE34Inthesummero1967DorothyPittmanstoodinlinewithothernewtranserstudentsatthenValdostaStateCollegesregistrarsofcewaitingtodeclarehermajorbeorebeingsenttothecorrespondingtable.WhenthepersoninrontometoldtheregistrarhewasundecidedabouthismajorshehadhimgotothreeseparatelonglinesPittmansaid.IwasnotabouttospendmymorningstandinginlinesowhenIwasaskedmymajortheimmediateanswerwashistory.NeedlesstosaythelinesatthehistorytablewereshortandIhadcompletedregistrationormysummerclassesinlessthanonehour.PittmangraduatedinMay1969andwentontoattendtheSchooloLibraryScienceatFloridaStateUniversity.AterwardPittmanworkedinseveraldierentlibrarypositionsincludingtheassistantspecialcollectionslibrarianattheUniversityoGeorgiaandeventuallyshetraveledtoEdinburghScotlandtopursueaMasteroLettersinmedievalhistory.AtthattimelibrarianswereinshortsupplysoIhadachoiceowhatjobsIwantedshesaid.AterreturningPittmancontinuedtoworkinlibrariesupuntil1997whenshebecametheowneroHortonsBookinCarrolltonGa.theoldestbookstoreinthestatequitebymistake.EvenwhileworkingasalibrarianIhadalwaysthoughtitwouldbeuntoopenausedbookstoreshesaid.WhenIcamehometoCarrolltonIdroppedintoseetheowneroHortonstoaskhisadviceonsomebooksIound.WestartedtalkingandsoonIwasworkingorhimandwithinseveralmonthsIwastheowner.HortonswasalwaysrumoredtobeoneotheoldestbookstoresinGeorgiabutitsagewassecuredwhentheAmericanBooksellersAssociationABAcelebratedits100thbirthdayandaskedtohearrombookstores100yearsoldandolder.AcouplemonthslaterwereceivedtheofcialpublicationromABAlistingusasthenintholdestinthenationPittmansaid.AndtheonlyoneinGeorgia.LookingbackathertimeinValdostaPittmanishappyshechosetoattendValdostaStateCollege.Valdostawastherightschoolormeshesaid.IlovedthedormliethelibrarywhereIworkedasapagemysororityandtheproessors.Theatmospherewasonewhereevensomeonelikemewhowasanintrovertcouldexcel.DuringherenrollmentPittmanwasamemberoAlphaXiDeltatreasurerotheStudentGovernmentAssociationandapageinthelibrary.ShealsocompetedintheMissValdostaPageantwhichshecalledanexperience.AlthoughIdidnotconsidermyselabeautyIdecidedtogiveitatryshesaid.Atertwodaysowalkingaroundinabathingsuitheelsandagownwespentjustoneeveningonstagebeoreapackedaudienceatthecivicauditorium.BeingsoinvolvedoncampusPittmankeptastrictscheduleinordertoneverallbehindinherclasses.TheonlyexceptionwasmylastquarterwhenIstayedupallnighttofnishatermpaperduethenextdayshesaid.Isworeaterthattoneverdoitagainasthefnalproductwasnotuptomyusualstandards.BeingtheowneroHortonshasnotstoppedPittmanromvisitingheroldstompinggrounds.BeoremydaughterdecidedtoattendVSUmyamilyandIhadvisitedacoupleotimesshesaid.WhileshewasthereIwoulddriveherdownatthebeginningandendoeachsemesterClassoDorothPittmByArielFelton12 SPRING2013351969yanSUBMITTEDBYSTEVENBROOMEsoIgotachancetoseethechangesthathadtakenplace.AsPittmansgraduationnearedsheremembersbeingenthusiasticabouttheuturedespiteless-than-promisingcircumstances.DuringmytimeatVSCthereweretheassassinationsoMartinLutherKingJr.andRobertKennedyPittmansaid.Itwasalsoduringthattimethat19-year-oldswerebeingdratedorserviceinVietnam.Evensoeveryonewasconfdentintheutureandreadytobegintheiradultlives.ImnotcertainthatanythingpreparesyouortherealworldbutVSCdidgivemethetoolstounderstandanddealwiththethingsthatliethrewme.ValdostaStatewastherightschoolorme...Theatmospherewasonewhereevensomeonelikemewhowasanintrovertcouldexcel.DorothyPittman69 TheValdostaStateUniversitycommunitycontinuestomournthelossoDr.HughC.BaileyormerpresidentotheuniversitywhopassedawayonOct.5.Hewas83.Everypresidentleaveshisorheruniquemarkinauniversityshistory.ItisrarehowevertondamarksotransormativeasPresidentBaileyssaidVSUPresidentWilliamJ.McKinney.Dr.Baileyslegacyonourcampusisapparentnotonlyinitsphysicalstructurebutalsoinitsspiritostrongcommunitythatweallvaluesohighly.HesetthehighstandardagainstwhichallutureVSUpresidentshavebeenjudgedandorhisvisionandleadershipIwillalwaysbethankul.OnJuly11978BaileyhiswieJoanandtheirtwodaughtersDebraandLauraarrivedatwhatwasthenValdostaStateCollege.For23yearsBaileyastaunchadvocateorhighereducationsetorthavisionorValdostaStatethatledtoincreasedacademicstandardsandnewdegreesatthemasterseducationalspecialistanddoctorallevels.HealsoworkedtoenhanceeducationalaccessibilitytostudentsthroughoutSouthGeorgiaincludingtheinstallationothesatelliteuplinkacility.ValdostaStatenowservesasaleaderwithinGeorgiainthenumberocoursesoeredonlineinboththebachelorsandmasterslevel.Baileyotenwouldproclaimhisgreatestachievementandproudestmomentwasobtaininguniversitystatusin1993.HiseortsanddeterminationwereinfuentialinmakingValdostaStateoneoGeorgiastworegionaluniversitiesalongwithGeorgiaSouthernUniversity.SenatorTimGoldenondlyremembersBaileynotonlyaspresidentoValdostaStatebutalsoariendandmentor.IhavelostaathergureamentoranadvisorandmostoallawonderulriendGoldensaid.Iwillmisshisquickwitandhissmile.IthankGodthatHughBaileycamemyway.GoldensaidheremembersworkingwithSenatorLoyceTurnerandBaileytosecureundsorregionaluniversitystatusandhowthisimportantmilestonecontinuestobeapparenteventoday.OneothegreatestmomentsorValdostaStatewasin1993whenwereceivedregionaluniversitystatussaidGoldena1977ValdostaStategraduate.IwasayoungrepresentativeintheHouseandDr.BaileyandIoughtlikedogstogetregionaluniversitystatus.AlotopeopledoubtediitwouldbeasignicantpartotheuniversitybutIthinkhistorywillattestthatuniversitystatuswasatransormingmomentorthisuniversityandthistown.GoldenwhoremembersasayoungboyridinghisbiketoValdostaStatewherehismotherworkedoncampussaidDr.BaileyandhiswieJoanhavemeantsomuchtomethroughtheyears.Wordscannotevenbegintoconveytheimportanceandimpacttheyhavehadonmyliebothpersonallyandproessionally.YoucannottalkaboutthehistoryoValdostaStatewithouttalkingaboutPresidentBailey.ForyearstocomeIwillrememberDr.BaileyhisyearsoservicetoValdostaStatethiscommunityandtheentirestateoGeorgia.Hisyearsodedicatedservicewillbeoreveretchedintothehistoryothisuniversity.GoldenwhoisservinghisseventhtermintheSenateworkedwithBaileyandValdostaStateonmanyprojectsincludingtheconstructionotheUniversityCenterandtheBaileyScienceBuildingwhichwasthelastacademicbuildingconstructedunderBaileystenureaspresident.Italkalotaboutteamworkanditsimportance.LikeourdelegationlikeourcommunityworkingortheHealthSciencesandBusinessAdministrationBuildingteamworkwinsandwhatateamwehadinHughandJoanBaileysaidGolden.Dr.BaileylovedVSUanditshowsaswewereputonthepathtobeingaworld-classuniversityunderhisleadership.Regionaluniversitystatuswashisdreamandheachievedthatdreamandsomuchmore.Dr.RonaldM.ZaccariwhoservedasValdostaStatesseventhpresidentrom2001to2008saidBaileysmissionwastoadvanceVSUintoacompellinguture.WhatclearlystandsoutinDr.Baileys23yearsasVSUspresidentwashisabilitytocombinehisdreamswithtenacitytocreateanexceptionalinstitutionohigherlearningZaccarisaid.Hisleadershipwaslledwithoptimismandakeensenseohowtonavigatethechallengingwatersocontemporaryhighereducation.ZaccarisaidthatBaileywasaneectivecommunicatorandengagedstrongpublicsupportorhisinitiativesandvision.ItismyondhopethatVSUcanharnesshisspiritaorceVSUCommunityMournsLossofDr.HughC.BaileyVSUVOICE36ByThresseaH.Boyd SPRING201337whichwillencouragecontinuedgrowthatVSUZaccarisaid.ThankstoDr.HughBaileyourgreatestdayslieahead.DuringhistenureBaileywasinstrumentalindoublingthestudentenrollmentandoversawtheconstructionofmorethan60millioninnewfacilitiesincludingtheP.E.ComplexUniversityCenterSpecialEducationandCommunicationsDisordersBuildingStudentRecreationCenterandtheBaileyScienceCenterwhichwasnamedinhishonorinApril2006.AnardentBlazerfanoftenwearinghissignatureredjacketBaileypresidedduringyearsofgrowthinValdostaStatesathleticprogramsincludingtheestablishmentofthefootballteam.BaileywasborninBerryAla.onJuly21929.HeearnedhisB.A.fromSamfordUniversitythenHowardCollegeinBirminghamAla.andhisM.A.in1951andPh.D.in1954fromtheUniversityofAlabama.BaileyreturnedtoSamfordUniversityasahistoryandpoliticalscienceinstructorin1953workinghiswayuptherankstoassistantprofessorassociateprofessorprofessorheadoftheDepartmentofHistorychairpersonoftheDivisionofSocialSciencesanddeanoftheHowardCollegeofArtsandSciences.WhiletherehesponsoredtheschoolschapterofPiGammaMuaninternationalhonorsocietydedicatedtoencouragingandpromotingexcellenceinthesocialsciencesandupholdingtheidealsofserviceandscholarship.BaileyestablishedachapterofthatsamehonorsocietyatFrancisMarionCollegeinSouthCarolinawhenhewasnamedvicepresidentofAcademicAffairsin1975andhedidthesamewhenheassumedtheroleofpresidentatValdostaStatein1978.In2012BaileywasinductedintothePiGammaMuHallofFame.HewasrecognizedforhisyearsofserviceanddedicationtotheAlabamaGammaSouthCarolinaLambdaandGeorgiaThetachaptersofPiGammaMu.Baileysworkwithinthecommunityisalsonoteworthy.In2000theAlapahaCouncilofBoyScoutsofAmericanamedBaileyitsDistinguishedCitizen.In2003BaileyservedaschairmanoftheHabitatforHumanitysJimmyCarterWorkProjectwhichraised1millionandconstructed25housesinValdosta.In2011hereceivedtheCommunityServiceAwardfromtheValdosta-LowndesCountyMartinLutherKingJr.CommemorationAssociation.HeservedformanyyearsontheboardsoftheSalvationArmyValdostaCorpsandUnitedWayofLowndesCounty. VSUVOICE381960sJulianA.Williams61oBrox-tonGa.publishedabookTheCon-ederacyandOldJacksonvilleGA.ThebookissteepedinlocalhistoryabouttheConederacyandseverallocalesespeciallyOldJacksonvilleGa.andbringspersonalitiestolie.TheAvidReadersPublishingGroupselectedthebookasaBookotheMonth.MillieAdams67oSt.SimonsIslandGa.publishedtwobooksopoetry.ThroughtheYearwithPoetryandPrayerwaspublishedin2008andCelebrateRelationshipswithPoetryandPrayerwaspublishedin2011.BothcontainpoemsaboutrelationshipswithGodamilyandriends.AdamshusbandRev.Dr.CharlesAdams67issuperinten-dentoEpworthbytheSeaaUnitedMethodistretreatcenterandaormerseniorpastoratValdostaFirstUnitedMethodistChurch.1970sJ.MichaelFloyd7783oAthensGa.waspromotedtoassociatevicepresidentorAuxiliaryServicesattheUniversityoGeorgia.Heisresponsibleorprovidingadmin-istrativeoversightorFoodServicesParkingServicesCampusTransittheUGAGolCoursetheUGABookstoreBulldogBucksUniversityPrintingandVendingServices.FloydwasinductedintotheUGASphinxClubtheoldesthonorarysocietyattheuniversitybystudentsorhisserviceandcommitmenttoUGA.HeisalsotherecipientotwoothehighestaccoladesinthehospitalityindustrytheprestigiousIvyAwardoDistinctionandtheSilverPlateAwardorCollegiateFoodServiceOperatorotheYear.1980sCarolWolverton85oOrangeParkFla.releasedherlatestbookRaylaina.Thenovelrelaysateenagersbattlewithanabusiveboyriendsharingapowerulmessageoryoungwomen.Wolvertonwhospent10yearsasasingleparentcounselorsaidthebookweaveseventsromhersessionsintothisdramaticandcautionarytale.KeithBest86oFlorenceS.C.receivedanhonoraryDoctoroHu-manitiesdegreeromFrancisMarionUniversityFMUonMay52012.HehasservedaschairmanotheFMUacultyandwasamemberotheac-ultysenateor11yearspriortoserv-ingassecretaryandvicechairmanothesenate.BestservedaspresidentothelocalchapterotheAmericanAssociationoUniversityProessorsAAUProm2004to2008.Healsoservedonmorethan20univer-sitycommittees.BestreceivedtheCharleneWagesSharedGovernanceAwardin2005orhiscommitmenttotheprinciplesosharedgovernancebetweentheacultyadministrationandboardotrustees.KeithAldredge89oThomas-villeGa.joinedthemarketingteaminthenewlycreatedpositionovicepresidentoMarketingorDirect-Store-DeliveryDSDbreadsandrolls.AldredgebeganworkingorFlowersFoodsin1981andisnowresponsibleormarketingandsaleseortsbehindFlowersbreadbrandssoldthroughitsDSDchannelincludingNaturesOwnWhitewheatandCobblestoneMillandregionalwhitebreadbrandssuchasSunbeamBunnyandHolsum.1990sVictoriaThurman92oChatta-noogaTenn.publishedanovelcalledTheDatingDilemmasoDelilahDun-nfeld.Thehumorousstorychroniclesasinglewomanwhoisabouttoturn25andisinastateopanicoverhermaritalstatusassherecallsadviceromhermotherthatallthegoodonesaregonebythetimeyoureach25.VisitThurmanswebsiteatwww.victoriathurman.com.MarleneDunbarConrad93hasbeenelectedandinstalledtotheNationalCounciloZetaTauAlphaFraternityor2012-2014.WhileastudentatVSUConradwasamemberotheEtaIotaChapteroZTA.ShewasinstalledasextensiondirectoronJuly12012attheZTANationalConvention.TheNationalCounciloZTAormulatesthepoliciesbywhichtheraternityunctionsandcoordinatestheactivitiesotheentireraternity.Theextensiondirectorhastheresponsibilitytorepresenttheraternityonthecollegiatelevel.ThisincludesthecreationonewZTAcol-legiatechaptersaswellasre-colonizingpreviouscharteredchapters.TheextensiondirectoralsoworkscloselywithlocalZTAalumnaewhenanewchapterisestablished.JackC.MorganIII93oFortMyersFla.hasjoinedthelawfrmoRoetzelAndressLPABusinessLitigationPracticeGroupasapartner.HewaspreviouslywithMcQuaggeMorganLLPafrmheoundedin2000.Morganhas15yearsoexperienceservingclientsthroughoutFloridaandGeorgiainvolvedincivillitigationmatters.HeisalsocertifedasacivilcourtmediatorbytheFloridaSupremeCourt.PatrickRichardson94oSa-vannahGa.wastherecipientothe2011GeorgiaPGAProessionalotheYearAward.TheawardwasbasedonRichardsonsoverallperormanceasagolproessionalathisacilityleveloservicetohissectionandtotheAs-sociationleadershipabilityimageandtheabilitytoinspireellowproession-alsandtheoverallpromotionogol.HewashonoredataspecialawardsbanquetinAtlanta.KuanitaE.Murphy9704publishedTheHistoryothePineyGroveMissionaryBaptistChurchFromtheBrushArbortotheSanctu-ary.ThebookwhichoriginatedashermastersthesisdelvesintothehistoryoasmallchurchinMurphyshometownoCuthbertGa.Thetextincludesrecentchurchhistorypastorlistingsandotherculturalandtradi-tionalaspectsothehistory.MurphywhoservesasexecutivedirectoroRandolphCountyFamilyConnectionInc.andR.E.A.D.S.CertifedLiterateCommunityProgramisanavidoilpainterandspecializesingraphicandwebdesign.ToviewherartworkandreadmoreaboutthebookgotoMurphyswebsitesiteatwww.kuanitamurphy.com.BritneyVickery97co-oundedGeorgia-basedcompanyInitialsInc.whichhasbeenrankedintheINC.5000listoAmericasFastestGrowingPrivateCompanies.InitialsInc.wasranked1555outo5000oAmeri-cascompaniesand77thoverallintheretailcategory.InitialsInc.isaashionhandbagandhomeorganizationcom-panythatoersproductsviahomeparties.AlsothisyearInitialsInc.launchedthecharitableoundationiCare.AccordingtoacompanynewsreleaseEachyearthecompanywilldonateaportionotheproceedsromthesaleoiCareproductstohelpsupportpeoplewhohavechosentomakeadierencesomewhereintheworld.ShanaYoung99wasrecog-nizedinColumbusandtheValleymagazinesannualsalutetoyoungleaders.YoungandherhusbandDonniehavetwodaughtersParkerandCamryn.SheisassistantdirectoroColumbusStateUniversitysCenterorLeadershipDevelopment.YoungisresponsibleororganizingtheannualJimBlanchardLeadershipForumandtheWomensLeadershipConerenceandworkswithbusinessestoimprovetheirorganization.2000sJasonJohns00oHoustonTexaswasselecteda2012RisingStarbyThomsonReuters.Theawardisbasedonatwo-partsystemthatdeterminesthetop2.5percentothestatesup-and-cominglawyers.Lawyersaresurveyedandaskedtonominatethebestattorneythattheyhaveobservedproessionally.ThomsonReutersthenconductsin-dependentresearchothenomineescredentials.Toensureadiverseandwell-balancedlisttheresearchstaconsidersactorssuchasfrmsizepracticeareaandgeographicalloca-tion.RisingStarsareattorneyswhoareeither40yearsoldandyoungerorhavebeenpracticinglaworlessthan10years.JohnsisanattorneywithJacksonWalkerL.L.P.Dr.MichaelBlack000203wasappointedValdostaStateUniversitysdirectoroinstitutionalDr.AlanBernstein8192950309wasnamedValdostaStateUniversityslibrariananddeanotheMasteroLibraryandInormationScienceMLISProgram.In2011BernsteinwasappointedinterimassociateuniversitylibrarianandmaderesponsibleorallareasoOdumLibraryaswellastheadministrationleadershipandmanagementdutiesortheMLISProgram. SPRING201339CLASSNOTESeectiveness.InthisroleBlackwillhelpacultyandstadocumenttheprogressbeingmadeanddemon-stratethattheuniversitysmissionisbeingeectivelypursued.Previouslydierentdepartmentsacrosscampuswereresponsibleorthedutiesrelatedtoinstitutionaleectiveness.Blackwillcoordinatetheseeortsoverall.Hewillworkwithcampusdepartmentstohelprenetheprocessesthattheyalreadyhaveinplaceandarriveatnewwaysodemonstratingthattheuniversityisbothpresentlymeetingtherequirementsoitsaccreditingbodiesandmakingprogresstowardachievingitsgoalsandobjectives.DanielStone05wasrecognizedinColumbusandtheValleymagazinesannualsalutetoyoungleaders.StonealongwithwieLaurenandbabyEllaliveinColumbusGa.whereheisvicepresidentandbranchmanagerorCBT.StoneisveryactiveinmanycommunityorganizationsincludingRelayorLieUnitedWayandYoungProessionals.JasonSkipper06oAtlantaGa.waspromotedtodirectoropublicaairsorDueyCommunica-tionsInc.HeistaskedwithleadingcontinuedexpansionoDueyspublicaairspracticewhichseekstoaectlocalstateandnationalpolicyoutcomesinfuencekeystakehold-ersandmanagecomplexissuesoravarietyoindustries.ThisyearSkipperwasalsoappointedtotheboardodirectorsortheAtlantaChapteroPeopletoPeopleInternationalPTPIandtothe2012boardodirectorsotheCivicLeagueorRegionalAtlanta.Skipperrstjoinedtheagencyin2010assenioraccountexecutivepublica-airsaterservingouryearsasMetro-politanAtlantaregionalrepresentativeandcommunityliaisonorthedistrictoceoU.S.SenatorJohnnyIsakson.KarlyBishop06wasawardedtheDoctoroOsteopathicMedicineOBITUARIESDr.LavanRayRobinsonoValdostaGa.diedJune42012.RobinsonwasaVSUproessoremeritusomusic.RobinsonarrivedatValdostaStateCollegein1960asassociateproessor.HetaughtvoicepedagogyandappearedinsolorecitalseachyearasaguestsoloistinoratorioandoperaotenwithhiswieJanetatthepiano.HeisrememberedorhisValdostaStateCollegemusicalproductionsH.M.S.PinaoreKissmeKateLaServaPadronaTheTelephoneJoanoArcLittleMarySunshineGodspellandFiddlerontheRooandorhisdramaticroleasDr.EinsteininArsenicandOldLace.Inadditiontohisteachingdu-tieshehadanactiveinvolvementintheNationalAssociationoTeachersoSinging.In1970theZetaGammaChapteroPhiMuAlphawasstartedatValdostaStateCollege.Robinsonservedintermittenttermsasacultyadviseruntilhisretirementin1985.LarryColson71oValdostaGa.diedSept.182012.HewasanengagedmemberotheVSUFounda-tionBoardoTrusteesmemberotheV-StateClubandaleaderintheValdostabusinesscommunityormanyyears.ColsonwastheownerandounderoColsonBusinessSys-temsInc.aswellasco-ownerotheSplashZone.HewasanavidgolerandplayedasanamateurintheATTPebbleBeachProAmwithhisriendproessionalgolerPaulAzinger.VSUAlumniMakethe2012GeorgiaTrend40Under40ListAshleyD.Bell01anattorneyatBellWashingtonPCinGainesvilleGa.servesasgeneralcounseltotheGeorgiaAssociationoBlackCountyCommissionerstheNationalAssociationoBlackCountyOcialsandtheGeorgiaConerenceonBlackMayors.BellwastheyoungestpersonelectedtotheHallCountyBoardoCom-missioners.GeorgiaTrendrecognizedBellorhisworkasounderoGenerationInspirationaneight-weekyouthleadershipprogramthatcombineslieskillsexposuretolocalleadersandcommunityservice.JenniHarris09marketingmanagerorWhiteOakPasturesinBlutonGa.ispartothethgenerationoHarrisamilymem-bersworkingonthearm.Knownoritsenvironmentallysustainableproductionograss-edmeatsandpoultryWhiteOakPastureswasestablishedin1866byCaptainJamesEdwardHarris.MarcusJohnson05directoromarketingandpublicrelationsorPhoebeSumterMedicalCenterisresponsibleorthecentersannualBreastCancerAwarenessWalkwhichhasgrowntomorethan600participantssince2004.AnativeoAmericusGa.hejoinedPhoebeSumterMedicalCenter17yearsagoandbecamemarketingdirectorin2004.TimWessingerattendedVSUin2008and2009majoringinpoliticalsciencebeoregoingtoworkorU.S.RepresentativeJackKingston.InadditiontohisdutiesaspresssecretaryorKingstonWessingerservesasanambassadorortheBrunswickGoldenIslesChamberoCommerceanocerortheMasonsOceanLodgeandwiththeUnitedWay.degreeromthePhiladelphiaCollegeoOsteopathicMedicineGeorgiacampus.BishopiscontinuinghermedicaltrainingasaresearchinternatEmoryUniversity.KathrynHearn09oJekyllIslandGa.waspresentedtheSocialMediaChampionAwardattheGMAppreciationAwardsLuncheonheldattheJacksonvilleInternationalCarTruckShow.HearnpartneredwithChevroletonaMommysIslandGetawayromJacksonvilleFla.toJekyllIslandwithmombloggersandvariousmomgroups.Shealsopart-neredwithGMonGMCGirlriendsGetawaytotheJekyllIslandClubandaCadillacexperienceoraJackson-villemagazine.HearnissocialmediamanagerortheJekyllIslandClubHotelwhereshehasworkedsince2010.2010sJillianBarrettHarner11oAlpharettaGa.wascommissionedasanensignwiththeU.S.CoastGuardatercompletingOcerCandi-dateSchoolinNewLondonConn.inDecember2011.Sheiscurrentlyservingasacommunicationoceraboarda378-ootcutterbasedoutoAlamedaCali.RobertC.Bost10earnedthetitleoUnitedStatesMarineatergraduatingromrecruittrainingatMarineCorpsRecruitDepotParrisIslandS.C.onSept.112012.OneweekpriortograduationBostenduredTheCruciblea54-hournaltestorecruitsmindsandbodies.Uponcompletionrecruitsarepre-sentedtheMarineCorpsemblemandcalledMarinesorthersttime.RepresentingValdostaStateUniversityinGe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MeetMariahDewberryMariahisaseniorintheJamesL.andDorothyH.DewarCollegeoEducationandisarecipientotheRubyandJohnSullivanEducationScholarship.Mariahrecognizestheimpactagitcanmakeonnotonlythescholarshiprecipientbuttheiramilymembersaswell.ItoldMs.Sullivanthatshehelpedmeulfllmydream.Ididnotknowthatmydadwhosbeenondialysishadbeentakinghisnameothekidneytransplantlisttomakesuretherewasenoughmoneytopayormyschool.IeltsospectacularwhenIoundoutthatIhadgottenthescholarship.Ielttrulyblessed.Youtoocanimpactthelifeofastudent.Pleaseconsidermakingadonationthisyear.EveryGiftMattersOfceoAnnualGivingwww.valdosta.edugive2292454329OfceoCommunicationsValdostaStateUniversity1500NPattersonStValdostaGA316980223TM