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ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE2PRESIDENTIALCONNECTIONSFROMthePRESIDENTPAULLEAVYDearValdostaStateAlumniandFriendsNowthatIhavecompletedmyrstyearatVSUandambeginningmysecondyearIndmyselinthesamepositionasmanysophomoresInolongerworrywhenIgivenewstudentscampusdirectionsIamhappytoseeamiliaraceseverywhereIgoIknownevertotryandmakealetturnontoPattersonromBrookwoodandmostimportantlyIeelasiVSUtrulyisnowourhome.AsDaciaandIcontinuetorefectonourrstyearweconsistentlyidentiytheinteractionswevehadwithyouandourcurrentstudentsasthebestperkomyjob.YeswehavethemostbeautiulcampusinthestateaterallwhowouldnteelprivilegedtocometoworkinthesplendorthatisWestHalleverydaybutitisouralumniandstudentswhohavemadeuseelrightathome.ToemphasizetheconnectionoVSUashomethisissueoTheVoicehighlightsthewaysinwhichouruniversityhaschangedandcontinuestochangetomakeroomornewmembersotheVSUamily.AssuchwehaveselectedcommUNITYasthe2013HomecomingTheme.BesuretoreviewtheHomecomingscheduleImhopingthatyoullalltaketheopportunitytoattendyourcollegereceptionstocatchupwithproessorsandriendscelebrateourdistinguishedalumniviewtheHomecomingparadeandattendtheootballgame.ThethemecommUNITYalsohighlightsVSUs50thanniversaryoracialintegration.Universitiesareattheirbestwhentheycommittoaqualityeducationorallstudentsandequaltreatmentorallcitizens.ThisisbutoneothemanyreasonsIambothproudandhumbledtoserveaspresidentaswecelebratethissignicanteventinouruniversityshistory.Duringthe2013-14academicyearVSUwillhostaseriesocommemorativeeventsaswelookbackandlearnromtheboldpioneerswhosecourageandvisionhelpedmoldthemodernValdostaState.PleasemakeplanstojoinusnotonlyatHomecomingbutalsoattheothereventsthatmarkthisimportantturningpointinourstoriedhistory.Focusingon50yearsoracialintegrationalsoservestoremindusoournoblecivicpurposeasapublicuniversity.Thisisespeciallyappropriatethisacademicyearaswecelebrateour20thanniversaryasoneoGeorgiasrstregionaluniversities.DuetothehardworkomanyandthevisionoourdearlydepartedriendandcolleaguePresidentHughC.BaileyValdostaStateCollegebecameValdostaStateUniversityin1993.NewlydesignatedasaComprehensiveUniversityotheUniversitySystemoGeorgiaVSUsmissionnotonlyincludeseducationalexcellencebutamandatetoserveour41-countyregionwithpureandappliedresearchthatcreatesnewknowledgeandhelpstodriveoureconomy.ThepagesothisissueoTheVoicehighlightnotonlyhowwebecamearegionaluniversitybutalsohowwearebeginningtoulllourpromisetobeoneothenationspremierregion-servinguniversitiesthroughthepioneeringworkoouracultyandsta.Thispublicationalwayshighlightsthegenerosityoourmanyriendsandalumniinthisissueyouwillreadabouttwotrulytransormationalgits.IyouareaVSUBlazerSotballanyoualreadyknowthatthroughthegenerosityoChuckandSusanSteelyourBlazerssotballteamplayedthispastseasononSteelsDiamondatBlazerPark.ThankstoamomentousgitromJerryandKayJennettwewillhostourinauguralJennettScholarscompetitionthisyearthiscompetitionwillallowVSUtocompeteorsomeoGeorgiasverybesthighschoolstudents.ItisagreattimetobeaBlazerPleasebesuretokeepintouchorjoinusorcampusevents.Wehavebeenandalwayswillbeyouruniversity.SincerelyBillMcKinneyVSUPresidentFollowPresidentMcKinneyonTwitterWJMcKinney FALL20133editorThresseaH.BoydcopyeditorsJoanDearJessicaR.Pope97writersThresseaH.BoydMalyndaDorsey07JessicaR.Pope97studentwritersAtiyaElliott-Semper13AmberSmith13photographerPaulLeavydesignersJeGrant92DanielOppel11vsualumniassociationpresidentGregVoyles91vicepresidentBrendaBeasley9607secretaryMaryBethKennedy09treasurerJerryJohnson73valdostastateuniversitypresidentDr.WilliamJ.McKinneydirectorofalumnirelationsHeatherHallProctor97aboutthepublicationTheValdostaStateUniversityVoiceistheofcialuniversitymagazine.Thepublicationisdistributedtwiceeachyeartomorethan46000alumniandconstituents.Checkusoutonlinewww.valdosta.eduvoice.editorialcorrespondenceSendalleditorialcorrespondencetoThresseaH.BoydEditorOfceoCommunicationsValdostaStateUniversity1500N.PattersonSt.ValdostaGA31698E-mailthboydvaldosta.eduWebwww.valdosta.eduvoiceclassnotesSendallclassnotestoAlumniDatabaseManagementValdostaStateUniversity1500N.PattersonSt.ValdostaGA31698Phone1.800.464.3638E-mailalumnivaldosta.eduWebwww.valdostastate.orgValdostaStateUniversityisacomprehensiveuniversityotheUniversitySystemoGeorgia.Itisanequalopportunityeducationalinstitutionwhichdoesnotdiscriminateagainstanyapplicantoradmissionoranystudentoremployeebasedonthesexracereligioncolornationaloriginordisabilityotheindividual.VisitVSUontheWebwww.valdosta.eduPrintedbyUGAUniversityPrintingContentsFEATURES461224VALDOSTASTATEUNIVERSITYFALL2013Celebrating20YearsasaRegionalUniversity50YearsACelebrationofInclusionDrewnellThomasRobertPierceJr.CreatinganInnovativeClassroomExperienceAlumnusWorkswithVSUStudentstoCreateJobsinKenyaDepartments14UniversityNews19BlazerAthleticNews21AlumniAssociationNews29ClassNotesCoverPhotoDrewnellThomasandRobertPierceJr.pavedthewayforintegrationin1963.Fullstorypage6. FALL20135Dr.WilliamJ.McKinneybecame9thpresidentonJuly12012.DuringhisfrstyearheestablishedtheJennettScholarsProgramdevelopedtheInnovativeDesignsorEnhancingtheAcademyIDEACenterandpresidedoverthegroundbreakingortheHeathSciencesandBusinessAdministrationBuildingscheduledtoopen2014.TheootballteamwonitsthirdNCAADIIchampionshipandthesotballteamclaimeditsfrstNCAADIIchampionship.UniversityCenteropenedeaturing128000squareeetoclassroomsofcesandoodcourt.ConstructionbeganontheSpecialEducationandCommunicationDisordersBuildingcompletedin2000.StudentsgraduatedwithaDoctoroEducationtheuniversitysfrstdoctoralprogram.TheCollegeoBusinessAdministrationreceived1milliongitromHarleyLangdaleJr.andthecollegeisnamedinhishonor.BiologyandChemistryBuildingwascompletedlaternamedBaileyScienceCenterandconstructioncontinuedonthe64000-square-ootStudentRecreationCenter.Dr.RonaldZaccaribecametheuniversitys7thpresidentandserveduntil2008.DuringZaccaristenureaspresidentVSUsinrastructurewasupdatedtoaccommodatestudentpopulationgrowthincludingconstructionoourresidencehallstwoparkingdecksstudentunionandstudenthealthcenter.FootballteamwonfrstNCAADIIchampionshipBlazersalsoclaimednationaltitlesin2007and2012.CentennialHallopenedrepresentingtheuniversitysnewestapartment-styleresidencehall.CentennialCelebrationrecognizedtheofcialoundingotheinstitutionin1906whentheGeorgialegislaturesignedthestatecharteronAug.181906.Dr.PatrickJ.Schlossbecametheuniversitys8thpresidentandserveduntil2011.DuringSchlosstenureundsweresecuredorconstructionotheJerryandKayJennettLectureHallPsychologyBuildingrestorationoAshleyHallandadditiontotheBaileyScienceCenter.MenstennisteamwonsecondNCAADIIchampionshipfrst2006.CONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOBOBYLACEYJEFFGRANTJEFFGRANTCONTIRBUTEDPHOTO ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE6ByThresseaH.BoydIn1963PresidentJohnF.KennedydealtwithissuessurroundingpeacebothinrelationshiptothepossibilityowarwiththeSovietUnionandathomewiththemoralcrisisocivilrightsandsegregation.InatelevisedspeechtotheAmericanpeopleJune111963Kennedyoutlinedhisplanorcivilrightslegislation.Weareconrontedprimarilywithamoralissue.ItisasoldasthescripturesandisasclearastheAmericanConstitution.TheheartothequestioniswhetherallAmericansaretobeaordedequalrightsandequalopportunitieswhetherwearegoingtotreatourellowAmericansaswewanttobetreated.IanAmericanbecausehisskinisdarkcannoteatlunchinarestaurantopentothepublicihecannotsendhischildrentothebestpublicschoolavailableihecannotvoteorthepublicofcialswhowillrepresenthimiinshorthecannotenjoytheullandreeliewhichallouswantthenwhoamonguswouldbecontenttohavethecolorohisskinchangedandstandinhisplaceWhoamonguswouldthenbecontentwiththecounselsopatienceanddelayOnSept.171963threemonthsaterKennedysspeechtothenationValdostanativesDrewnellThomasandRobertPierceJr.ledthewayorintegrationatValdostaStateCollegeVSC.AccordingtorecordswithintheuniversitysarchivesthenValdostaStateUniversityVOICE6 FALL20137771963-2013VSCPresidentJ.RalphThaxtonsaidthathediscussedthepossibilityointegrationwithvariouscivicgroupsandIbelievethatwehadtheeldratherpreparedorintegrationwhentheopeningothecollegecame.Aninjunctionwastakenoutagainstmebutverylittleeortwasmadetoserveinjunctionpaperonme.Thestudentshadbeenregisteredbeoretheylocatedme.WewerethreatenedwithsomedisorderbyagroupromPavoGa.andthegroupdidshowuponthecampusatregistrationtime.HoweverthepresenceoaconsiderablenumberostatehighwaypatrolmenandsomelocalcitypoliceocersdiscouragedthisgroupromPavoandtheyletthecampusandtherewasnodisorderoanykind.AValdostaDailyTimesarticlerecountingThaxtonsrecollectionotheeventsonSept.171963conrmedthepresenceostateandlocalpolicewerevisible.HoweverthearticlenotedSeeminglyitwasjustthestartoanotherallquarter.Itwasmerelyaroutinebeginningorthecrowdoreshacesonthecampus.PierceandThomassettledintotheircampusroutinesandouryearslatergraduated.Astheyrefectonthepast50yearstheyrealizethattheyweremorethanjusttwocollegestudents.TheyplayedapivotalroleinorgingahistoricalandculturallegacythatcontinuesatValdostaStateUniversity.FALL20137 ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE14ThroughapartnershipwiththeValdostaCitySchoolSystemandanawardonearly1.2millionromtheNationalScienceFoundationValdostaStateUniversityexpectstomorethandoublethenumberoscienceteachersitgraduateseachyear.ThefrstcohortoacademicallytalentedfnanciallyneedyastronomygeosciencesbiologychemistryandphysicsstudentswasrecruitedorparticipationinthenewValdostaNoyceScholarsScienceTeacherPreparationandRetentionprojectbeoretheendothe2012-2013academicyear.Manystudentsapplied.Onlyaewwereselected.EricHaasa20-year-oldchemistrymajorromLeeCountyGa.wasoneotheluckyones.ThisisprobablythebestdecisionIhaveevermadehesaid.ThroughtheValdostaNoyceScholarsScienceTeacherPreparationandRetentionprojectHaasandhisellowparticipantswillobtainabachelorsdegreeinasciencemajorandteachingcertifcationthroughafth-yearpost-baccalaureateprogramallatVSU.TheywillparticipateinfeldexperiencesinschoolswithintheValdostaCitySchoolSystemandhavetheopportunitytoparticipateinsummerinternships.Participantswillreceiveascholarshipoupto12000peryeartocoverthecostsotheircollegeattendanceincludingtuitioneesbooksandsupplieshousingetc.CurrentlyinthestateoGeorgiaiastudentwantstobecomeahighschoolscienceteachertheymustcompletetheirundergraduatedegreeandthenenrollinurtherclassestoacquiretheireducationandpedagogycourseworkexplainedDr.BrianGerberactingdeanotheDewarCollegeoEducationandHumanServices.Thiscancreateafnancialburdenorthestudent.ThisgranteliminatesthatworryasitpaysoruptothreeyearsotuitiontheirlasttwoyearstocompletetheirundergraduatesciencedegreeandthentheiryearocourseworkintheDewarCollegeoEducationandHumanServicestoobtaintheireducationcourses.Additionallyitpaysthemorsummerworkwithscientistssixweeksoreachotwosummersat450perweek.Thisisaverygenerousprogramthateliminatesthefnancialburdenthatcouldhavepreviouslyhinderedastudentrommakingthedecisionobecomingascienceteacher.HaasspentthispastsummerworkingonavarietyoprojectsartifcialreedeepoceancollectorscienceroadshowandtechnologyineducationwithDr.ThomasJ.Manningchemistryproessor.HealsosubmittedapapertoascienceeducationjournalandapatentapplicationtotheUnitedStatesPatentandTrademarkOfce.AnursingmajorornearlyayearandahalHaassaidthathechangedhismajortochemistryinthespring.WhenManningwalkedintohisfrstlaboratorylectureclassandtoldhimaboutthenewValdostaNoyceScholarsScienceTeacherPreparationandRetentionprojecthedidnothesitatetoapply.Ireallyenjoychemistryheadded.ItisneverdullandIcannotbelievethatIamdoingsomethingIactuallyenjoydoingsuchasspendingnearlyeverydayinoneothelaboratoriesintheHughC.BaileyScienceCenterworkingonresearchthatwillcertainlyhavealastingimpactontheworldanditspeopleandcreatingexperimentsdesignedtogetyoungerkidsexcitedaboutscienceandIamgettingpaidorit.Haassaidthatheisthefrstchemistrymajorinhisamily.ThesummerinternshipswillallowtheNoycescholarstheabilitytogaindeeperscienceknowledgeandapplythatknowledgetoreal-worldexperiencesGerbersaid.WehaveagreatgrouposcientistshereatVSUthatarehighlyinvolvedincutting-edgeresearchandapplicationsoscience.TheNoycescholarsworkingwiththeseexpertswillgainatremendousamountoconfdenceinthesciencetheyknowandtheabilitytoapplythatknowledgeindierentsituations.Thisreal-worldexperiencewilltranslatetobetterteachingintheclassroomandhigherlevelsolearningbytheirstudents.Asecondcohortosciencemajorswillbeselectedduringthe2013-2014academicyearsaidGerberwhoservesasprincipalinvestigatorandprojectdirectoralongwithManning.Eachotheprojectparticipantsagreetoteachinahigh-needandeconomicallydisadvantagedhighschoolormiddleschoolaminimumotwoyearsoreveryoneyeartheybeneftromprojectunds.ThisisaveryexcitingprojectinwhichwehaveeveryhopewillproducehighlyqualifedandexcitingscienceteachersGerbersaid.Ournationlagsbehindinternationalpeersintermsoscienceachievement.ThroughthisgrantValdostaStateUniversityhasbeenrecognizedasaplacewhereinnovativescienceteacherpreparationoccursthroughtheengagementoacultyacrosscampusandteacherswithinourlocalschools.Partnershipssuchasthesearegoingtobevitalortheexistenceohighereducationandtoulfllthepromiseoproducingtheverybestscienceteachersintheworld.ProjectFocusedOnGraduatingMoreScienceTeachersByJessicaR.Pope97PAULLEAVY FALL201315VALDOSTASTATEUNIVERSITYRECEIVED2.5millionromtheFY2014GeorgiaAssemblybudgettocreatetheCenterorExcellenceinSTEMEducation.ThecenterwillprovideexpandedtrainingtoValdostaStatestudentsandregionalteachersintheSTEMsciencetechnologyengineeringandmathareas.ThecenterwhichwillbehousedinMartinHallwillserveasthecentralpointorintegratingandcoordinatingVSUsSTEMactivitiesaswellascreatingadditionalpartnerships.ConsolidatingSTEMresourcesintothenewcenterwillenableincreasedacultycollaborationacrossdisciplinesandwiththeP-12regionschoolsystems.TheCollegeoArtsandSciencesestablishedaSTEMstrategicplanaboutouryearsagoandourprimaryeorthasbeentorecruitandretainSTEMmajorssaidDr.ConnieRichardsdeanotheCollegeoArtsandSciences.AnumberoourSTEMacultyarepartoauniversitystrategicocusinitiativeandhavebeenworkingtogethertodiscussandexploreteachingmethodsthatworkbestinSTEMcourses.Richardssaidadvancementshavebeenmadeinutilizingamathandchemistryplacementprocesstoensurestudentsareregisteredorcoursesattheappropriatelevel.HelpingstudentssecureappropriateworkorceexperienceisalsoaprioritywithinVSUsSTEMinitiative.MembersothebiologyacultyareworkingwithareabusinessesandnonprotagenciestoexplorehowbiologymajorsmightbeinvolvedinservicelearningandcivicengagementprojectsocusedonSTEMinitiatives.FormanyyearstheDewarCollegeoEducationandHumanServicesandtheCollegeoArtsandScienceshaveworkedcollaborativelytoincreasecontentknowledgeandteachingeectivenessintheareasomathandscience.Generatingmoremathandscienceteachersistheocusoa1.2millionNationalScienceFoundationgrantsecuredbyValdostaStatein2012.TheNoyceScholarsScienceTeacherPreparationandRetentionprojectplanstodoublethenumberoscienceteachersVSUgraduateseachyear.AmajorocusoValdostaStatesSTEMeducationeortalsoincludesworkingwithK-12STEMteachersthroughoutSouthGeorgia.ThissummertheDewarCollegeoEducationandHumanServiceshostedatwo-weekworkshoporelementaryteacherstohelpimprovemathandsciencecontentknowledgeandteachingskills.Thisistherstoseveralworkshopsundedthrougha1.1millionMathSciencePartnershipgrantromtheGeorgiaDepartmentoEducationandwillcontinuethrough2014.TheseSTEMteacherworkshopswithelementaryteachersarevital.ItisintheselowergradesthataloveomathandsciencecanbeinstilledinstudentsandaknowledgeoundationlaidthatinfuencesachievementthroughouttheremainderotheiracademiccareersaidDr.BrianGerberactingdeanotheDewarCollegeoEducationandHumanServices.WeareortunateatValdostaStateUniversitytobesurroundedbyadedicatedgroupoteachersinourschoolsthatunderstandtheconceptolielonglearninganddedicationtostudentachievement.ItistheirproessionalismthathasallowedustoconsistentlyoerthelargestSTEMteacherproessionaldevelopmentprojectsacrossthestateandtobeundedorthispurposewithnearly5millionoverthepast10years.ValdostaStatealsooersavarietyoprogramsandactivitiesthroughouttheyearthatencourageslearningandengagementinSTEMeducation.TheCollegeoArtsandSciencesSTEMoutreachprogramsincludeScienceSaturdayheldsixtimesayearorareachildrenandtheirparentstoengageinscienceactivitiesatVSU.TheCollegeoArtsandSciencesalsooeredseveralsummercampsincludingaComputerScienceCampormiddleandhighschoolstudentsCampInventionorelementarystudentsandaForensicScienceCamporhighschoolstudents.FortwodecadesVSUhasoperatedtheLakeLouiseFieldStation.LocatedapproximatelyninemilesromValdostaStateLakeLouiseisoneotheewunderdevelopedlakesinSouthGeorgiaandhelpsprovideuniqueopportunitiesoracultyandstudentstostudyplantsandanimalsintheirnaturalhabitat.NewCenterforExcellenceinSTEMEducationByThresseaH.BoydPAULLEAVYWearefortunateatValdostaStateUniversitytobesurroundedbyadedicatedgroupofteachersinourschoolsthatunderstandtheconceptoflifelonglearninganddedicationtostudentachievement. ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE16PRESIDENTWILLIAMJ.MCKINNEYannouncedinAprilthatValdostaStateUniversityhasjoinedthenationalLiberalEducationandAmericasPromiseLEAPEmployer-EducatorCompactinitiativesponsoredbytheAssociationoAmericanCollegesandUniversitiesAACU.TheLEAPEmployer-EducatorCompactrecognizesthatqualitylearningisanationalpriorityoremployerswhoareseekingcollegegraduateswithabroadersetoskillsandknowledge.Thisnationalmovementincludesmorethan100collegeanduniversitypresidentsalongwithbusinessandnon-proftleadersthathavepledgedtoworktogethertoensurethatcollegestudentshaveaccesstoaqualityliberaleducationthatullypreparesthemorworklieandcitizenship.TheEmployer-EducatorCompactisacommitmenttothelearningoutcomesthatwilleducate21stcenturyleadersandcitizenssaidMcKinneywhoisamemberotheLEAPPresidentsTrust.Itisacommitmenttothebeliethatallcollegestudentsdeserveaneducationthatnotonlyhelpsthemgettotheirfrstjobbutalsopreparesthemtolearnortherestotheirlivesinarapidlychangingworld.AfrmbelieverinthevalueoaliberaleducationMcKinneyhasbeenactivelyinvolvedwiththeAACUsince1994.In2011herepresentedtheStateoIndianaintheAACUsQualityCollaborativesProject.ThiscollaborativeundedbytheLuminaFoundationseekstoreocusthenationalhighereducationdialogueonmattersoqualityandstudentlearningoutcomesbyreemphasizingthecentralityoacultyandliberallearning.IamproudthatVSUisoneothefrstuniversitiesnationwideandthefrstpublicuniversityinGeorgiatobepartothisboldandinnovativeinitiativesaidMcKinney.AspartotheEmployer-EducatorCompactValdostaStateispartneringwithAzaleaHealthSouthGeorgiaMedicalCenterandtheValdosta-LowndesCountyChamberoCommercetopromotetheeconomicvalueoliberaleducationandtoprovidestudentswithmorehands-onlearningopportunitiestoconnecttheircampuslearningwithreal-worldcontextsandproblems.BahaZeidanco-ounderandchieexecutiveofceroAzaleaHealthunderstandstheimportanceoprovidingvaluablelearningopportunitiestocollegestudents.EverybusinesswantstobothattractandretainahighlyqualifedteamoindividualssaidZeidanwhograduatedromValdostaStateUniversityin2002withadegreeincomputerscience.VSUoersthelargestpoolotalentinthisregionandascommunityleadersandbusinessproessionalsweneedtoosterthistalentbyworkingalongsidetheuniversity.WelookorwardtoworkingwithVSUtoensurethestudenttalentisstreamlinedromtheuniversitytotheworkplace.CurrentlyAzaleaHealthhasfveVSUinternsworkinginitsValdostaofceandhasplanstoexpandinternshipopportunitieswithintheareasocomputerscienceandbusiness.OneothelargestproblemsacingbusinessleaderstodayisthelackoqualifedemployeesZeidansaid.Wewanttoworkcloselywiththecomputersciencedepartmenttohelpthemattractthosestudentswithapassionandaptitudeortechnologyandwebdevelopment.AzaleaHealthamodelorinnovationintheworkorcewasstartedin2008byZeidanandellowVSUalumniDougSwordsandDanHenryandhasgrowntomorethan40employeesinthreelocationsacrossGeorgia.MyvisionistocreateaninnovationzoneinSouthGeorgiasaidMcKinney.HavingacloserelationshipwithinnovativecompanieslikeAzaleaHealthwillhelpusachievethatvision.ValdostaStatewillcontinuetodeveloppartnershipswithotherbusinessesintheregionasmeanstoensurethatmorecollegestudentsgainthebroadoutcomesoaliberaleducationandconcreteexperiencebyapplyingtheirlearninginreal-worldsettings.McKinneysaidtheultimategoalisorValdostaStatetobecomeapremieruniversitythateducatesitsstudentsequallyortheworldoinnovativeworkandengagedcitizenship.IwanttokeepanopendialoguebetweenVSUandourregionalpartnerssaidMcKinney.VSUhasaroletoplayinSouthGeorgiaseconomicandculturalwell-being.VSUSignsEmployer-EducatorCompactByThresseaH.BoydIamproudthatVSUisoneothefrstuniversitiesnationwideandthefrstpublicuniversityinGeorgiatobepartothisboldandinnovativeinitiative...PAULLEAVYVSUcomputersciencestudentsDarrylTaylorstandingwithDrewMcCallareinternsatAzaleaHealthinValdosta. FALL201317ScholarshipHelpsRecruitBestandBrightestByThresseaH.BoydWhatbeganasaninvitationtoabasketballgamenearly40yearsagohasblossomedintoariendshipbetweenJerryandKayJennettandValdostaStateUniversity.AhighlysuccessulbusinessmanJerryhasalwaysbeenanavidsportsanandsomeonewhoseesaneedandimmediatelytakesaction.KayandIwereatawomensbasketballgameandInoticedthattheotherteamhadtwiceasmanyplayerssaidJerrywhoservesachieexecutiveoceroGeorgiaGulSulurCorporation.AterthegameIwentuptoCoachCharlesCooperandaskedwhyourteamwassomuchsmaller.Hesaidithadtodowiththelimitednumberoscholarshipsthatwehadorwomensbasketball.WiththatsaidJerryandKayimmediatelyputintomotiontherstomanyscholarshipsthathavebeenestablishedbyGeorgiaGulSulurandpersonallybytheJennetts.GrowingupJerryknewthathardworkandeducationwereatthecornerstoneohisamilysvalues.WorkinghiswaythroughtheUniversityoKansasheappreciatedthecontributionshisamilymadeandtheimportanceotheirinfuencetohelphimsucceed.HiseagernesstohelpothersespeciallystudentsisespeciallymotivatedbyhisUncleMarionwhogrewupinasingle-parenthomeduringtheDepression.Jerryrecallsthatahighschoolcoachhelpedhisunclegainacollegescholarshipandevenprovidedhimaplacetolive.MarionwentontohavealongandsuccessulcareerineducationservingasschoolsuperintendentinClermontIowa.HealsoservedontheFoundationBoardoDirectorsattheUniversityoNorthernIowaFayettecampus.WhenIthinkoscholarshipsandhelpingstudentsittakesmebacktothoseolkslikemyUncleMarionwhowereineducationandtheimpactithadonmeJerrysaid.Mydadwasahardworkerandmymomwasaseriousmom.IhavebeenextremelyortunatetohaveallthesepeoplewhoinfuencedmeandwhereIwent.TheJennettsrecentnancialgittotheuniversitywillbeusedtoestablishtheJennettScholarsProgram.TheJennettScholarsProgramwillbeoneothepremiercompetitivemerit-basedscholarshipprogramsoeredinthestateoGeorgiasaidPresidentWilliamJ.McKinney.RecipientswillreceivethehighestleveloscholarshipsupportoeredbyValdostaStateUniversity.ThegoalistoattracthighlyqualiedhighlymotivatedstudentswhowillincreasetheoverallacademicproleotheVSUstudentbody.AccordingtoJohnCrawordvicepresidentorAdvancementandchieexecutiveocerotheVSUFoundationtheJennettScholarsProgramwillannuallyprovidevereshmenwith5000orouryears.TheJennettScholarswillalsoreceiveawaiveroron-campushousingaspartothescholarshipprogram.StudentsselectedasaJennettScholarmustmaintainaGPAo3.0tocontinuereceivingthescholarship.WhencoupledwiththeHOPEScholarshiptheJennettScholarsawardwillessentiallyincludeulltuitionandeesroomboardandabookscholarshipormostrecipients.FromtheartstoathleticsandacademicstheJennettsarerecognizedandembracedbythiscampussaidMichaelSavoieinterimdirectorotheHonorsCollege.TheJennettScholarsProgramisyetanothergenerouscontributionthatwillallowthebestandbrightesttorecognizethebenetostudyingatValdostaStateUniversity.SavoiesaidtherstJennettScholarswillbeselectedall2013andenterVSUasreshmeninall2014.TheselectionprocessisrigorousandapplicantsmusthaveaminimumSATscoreo1300orACTscoreo29tobeconsidered.Qualiedapplicantswillbeinvitedtocampusorareviewprocessthatincludesessaywritingpersonalinterviewsandgroupactivities.FivestudentswillthenbeselectedasJennettScholars.In2011ValdostaStatesHonorsProgramwastransitionedintotheHonorsCollege.Theexpandedcurriculumiscenteredoninnovationandcreativeengagementwhichprepareshonorsgraduateswiththeacademicandcivicskillstomeetthechallengesoa21stcenturyglobalsociety.TheHonorsCollegeisdistinguishedinitsinnovativeandengagingapproachestoscholarshipcreativeactivitiessocialengagementandcivicresponsibilitiesSavoiesaid.Ourmissionismorethanjustaboutacademicdistinctionitisalsoaboutgivingbackandcontributingtooursociety.GiventhismissionIcouldnotthinkobetterbeneactorsthanKayandJerryJennett.ThankstothegenerosityoJerryandhispartnersatGeorgiaGulSulurmanysignicantgitshavebeenmadetoValdostaStateUniversityincludingtheLangdaleCollegeoBusinessAdministrationLCOBAandseveralathleticprograms.Formorethan25yearsGeorgiaGulSulurhasundedscholarshipsorstudent-athletesstudyingintheLCOBA.GeorgiaGulSulurhasalsoestablishedanendowedscholarshipornancemajorsintheLCOBA.PersonallytheJennettshavemadenancialgitsintheartsandathleticsincludingtheKayM.JennettMusicandTheatreScholarshipandtheJerryJennettChoirScholarship.InappreciationtotheriendwhorstintroducedthemtoValdostaStatetheyestablishedtheRobinRobinsonScholarshiptobenetstudentsstudyingmusicandtheater.JerryandKayJennettestablishedtheJennettScholarsProgramtohelprecruithighlyqualifedhighlymotivatedstudentstoattendVSU.BOBBYLACEY ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE18LongtimeriendsoValdostaStateUniversityChuckandSusanSteelbelieveintheimportanceoeducationandthebeneftohavingaregionaluniversitywithintheircommunity.TheownersoSteelsJewelryhavebeengenerouscontributorstoVSUormanyyearssponsoringvarioussportingeventsandrecognitionprogramsorstudent-athletesanddonatingauctionitemsortheannualscholarshipgalaandathleticundraisingevents.RecentlytheuniversitypaidtributetotheSteelamilybynamingthesotballfeldSteelsDiamondatBlazerPark.ThesotballfeldislocatedonVSUsnorthcampus.WhenwewereapproachedabouthelpingthesotballteamwewerehonoredanddelightedtopartnerwiththemsaidSusanSteel.Theactisthatthereneedstobemoresupportorwomenathletes.Theyareateamohard-workingladiesandtheirtitlesspeakorthemselves.Theirdedicationisnotjusttoathleticsbutalsototheirstudies.VSUandourcommunityhavealottobeproudo.TheSteelshavebeenactivelyengagedintheValdostaISAFIELDOFDreamsSteelsDiamondByThresseaH.BoydcommunityormanyyearsandareannualsponsorsortheAmericasSecondHarvestDuckDerbywhichhelpsraisemoneytofghthunger.TheyalsosupporttheValdostaSymphonyOrchestraAnnetteHowellTurnerCenterortheArtsBoysandGirlsCluboValdostaandtheChildrensAdvocacyCenter.ThestrongerVSUbecomesthestrongerweallbecomesaidSusanSteel.VSUisempoweringyoungmenandwomenwiththeknowledgethattheywillinturnpourintoourcommunity.Graduatesteachourgrandchildrennurseouragingparentstakecareomuchoourtechnologyandbringtheartstolieamongothervocations.Whenwegivethemthebestchancetoequipthemselveswhetheritiswithinthedisciplineosportsoracademicseveryoneprospers.TheSteelsalsohaveaamilyconnectiontoVSU.TheirdaughterElizabethOliverisagraduateandtheirdaughter-in-lawNicoleSteelalsoisanalumna.InadditiontheSteelsemploymanyVSUgraduatesandstudents.ThestrongerVSUbecomesthestrongerweallbecomesaidSusanSteel.VSUisempoweringyoungmenandwomenwiththeknowledgethattheywillinturnpourintoourcommunity... FALL201319VeteranCoachtoLeadtheBlazerVolleyballTeamValdostaStateUniversityhasappointedMikeSwana27-yearveteranincollegiatecoachingranksasheadcoachotheBlazervolleyballteam.SwancomestoVSUromtheUniversityoEvansvillewhereheservedasheadvolleyballcoachsince2003.Duringhis10seasonsattheDivisionIinstitutionSwantallied124victoriesandtwiceledhisteamtopostseasonplay.Swansvolleyballcoachingcareerbeganin1979atergraduatingromManchesterCollegewhenhewashiredtoteachEnglishatSouthwoodHighSchoolinWabashInd.TheteachingjobrequiredthatIalsocoachvolleyballandbasketballaswellasteachEnglishsaidSwan.IhadnoideaoreventhoughtaboutcoachingwhenIwasincollege...butithasdevelopedintosomethingreallygood.TohelpenhancehiscoachingskillsSwanbeganattendingvolleyballclinicsatBallStateUniversitywherehemetlegendaryvolleyballcoachDonShondell.CoachShondellwhoisregardedasapioneerinmensvolleyballtookmeunderhiswingsandIjustkeptcomingbacktomoreclinicssaidSwan.IalsotraveledthroughouttheMidwestparticipatinginclinics.Hisvolleyballcareerbegantofourishandatersixyearsocoachinghighschoolvolleyballwherehedirectedhisteamtoa115-37recordSwantookhisrstcollegiatecoachingpositionatHuntingtonUniversity.CompetingintheNAIAranksSwanledtheHuntingtonteamtopostseasonplayalleightyearsandtheteamswereconerencechampionswithundeeatedrecordssevenyears.SwanalsoearnedconerenceCoachotheYearhonorsorsevenyears.SwanspentveyearsatMoreheadStatewhereheaccumulated82winsandwasnamedtheOhioValleyConerenceCoachotheYearin2001atera23-10seasononeoouryearsheledtheteamintopostseasonplay.DuringhistimeatMoreheadStateSwansemphasisonacademicsuccesswasevidentashedirectedhisteamtoreceivetheAmericanVolleyballCoachingAssociationAVCAAcademicExcellenceAwardinourohisveseasons.SwanwhohascoachedatnearlyeverylevelocollegiatevolleyballhasbuiltsuccessulprogramsattheNAIAandNCAADivisionIIIandIIIlevels.DuringalmostthreedecadesasavolleyballcoachSwanhastotaled520victorieswhichcurrentlyranks29thinvictoriesamongactivecoachesinDivisionIvolleyball.Eleventimesinhiscareerhisteamshavewon20ormorematchesinaseason.Swanhasdirectedateamtopostseasontournamentplayon15occasions.TheopportunitytorelocatetoValdostaStatewasappealingtotheIndiananativewhowasrstinhisamilytoattendcollege.AnyonewhoknowsanythingaboutathleticshasheardoValdostaStateanditssuccess.ThiswastherstintriguingthingaboutcomingtoVSUsaidSwan.Thesecondreasonwaslocation.IhavelivedinIndianaMassachusettsandKentuckybutIreallywantedtoliveintheSoutheast.SwanisexcitedtojointheGulSouthConerenceandeagertobeginthe2013volleyballseasonasaBlazer.Hisemphasisonacademicsuccesswillplayacrucialroleinhiscoachingresponsibilities.AcademicsishugetomeandhasbeeneverywhereIhavecoachedsaidSwan.Ihavealwaysrecognizedacademicexcellence.Inmy10yearsatEvansvillethevolleyballteamwasrecognizedasoneothetopacademicprogramsinthecountry.Iwantthistobeimportanttothegirlsitisimportanttome.Theyneedtobereadywhentheyleavehereandpreparedtobesuccessul.Ithinkalotothathastodowithtimemanagement.SwanisproudthatourohisreturningplayerswereonVSUsspringdeanslist.IpinpointacademicswhenIrecruitsaidSwan.Ilookorplayersthataregoingtodowellacademically.Swanknowshehasabigjobaheadohimandlooksorwardtothechallenge.Heiscondentthathehasthesupportotheuniversityandcommunity.Itellthemrecruitsthatwehaveanopportunitytodosomethingreallygoodhere.AlltheotherteamshavebeensuccessulwehavegreatacilitiesandwehavetremendoussupportromtheAthleticDepartmentSwansaid.Itisaboutbringingintherightpeoplewiththerightmindset.ByThresseaH.BoydPAULLEAVYPAULLEAVY ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE20SoftballandBaseballTeamsFinishStrongForthethirdstraightyeartheValdostaStatesotballteamcompetedintheNCAADivisionIISotballChampionship.Theteamearnedtherighttodeendtheir2012nationaltitlebydeeatingAlabama-Huntsville8-3inthefnalanddecidinggameotheSouthSuperRegional.TheBlazerstraveledtoSalemVa.orapossiblerepeatperormanceandachancetobringhomeasecondnationalchampionship.Theteamcameupshortinathrillingextra-inninggameastheBlazerswereeliminatedromthe2013DivisionIIChampionshipTournamentwitha7-5losstoGeorgiaopponentArmstrongAtlantic.TheBlazersotballteamendedthe2013season46-13.AterwinninginthebottomotheninthinningValdostaStatesbaseballteamdeeatedrivalDeltaStatetowintheGulSouthConerenceTournament.WiththewintheBlazersclaimedtheirourthGSCbaseballtitleandsecondinthelastouryears.ThevictoryalsoearnedtheBlazersanautomaticbidinthe2013NCAASouthRegionTournamentinTampaFla.InregiontournamentplaytheBlazersacedDeltaStateinaneliminationgameandweredeeated7-2endingthe2013season34-18.VSUWinsSeventhGSCMensAll-SportsTrophyAstrongshowingromthemensspringsportsteamshelpedtheBlazerssecuretheirseventhGulSouthConerenceMensAll-SportsTrophy.TheBlazerstiedorthehonorwithWestFloridabothschoolsearned29.5totalpointsduringthe2012-2013season.ThisisthefrsttimeintheGSCs42-yearhistorythatapairoschoolssharedthehonor.WinninganotherMensAll-SportsTrophyisagreathonorandaccomplishmentsaidHerbReinhardVSUsathleticdirector.ThoseousintheGulSouthConerencecommunityunderstandwhatatremendouslycompetitiveconerenceitissotheactthatweearnedthisawardisatributetothegreatsuccessoourstudent-athletesandcoaches.Asthe2012-2013seasonwaswindingdownitwasthebaseballteamsGSCchampionshipthatputtheBlazersontopothepointearnings.TheBlazerbasketballteamwasthesecondlargestearneropointsotheseasonwithsevenfnishingsecondintheGSCmensbasketballtournamentinMarch.AdditionallytheootballteamearnedourpointsfnishingsecondtoWestAlabamaintheGSCrace.Themenstennisearned4.5pointsandcrosscountryandgoleachearnedthreepointstohelpputtheBlazersinthetopspotorthecovetedaward.TheBlazersfnishedourthintheWomensAll-SportsTrophystandingorthe2012-2013seasonwith27points.Thesotballteamearnedeightpointswhichisthehighestnumbergivenollowedbytenniswithsevenpoints.JohnsonandSchraderNamedtoGSCTop10ListVSUsotballplayerMorganJohnsonandootballplayerRyanSchraederwerenamedtotheGulSouthConerenceGSCTopTenlistor2013.TheGSCTopTenhonorsmaleandemalestudent-athletesintheleagueasvotedonbyapaneloconerencerepresentatives.Theawardisbaseduponathleticandacademicachievementcommunityserviceandleadership.DANIELOPPELPAULLEAVYPAULLEAVYCONTRIBUTEDPHOTO FALL201321ALUMNIASSOCIATIONNEWSHeatherH.ProctorNamedDirectoroAlumniRelationsHeatherHallProctor97hasbeenselectedasValdostaStateUniversitysdirectoroAlumniRelations.SheofciallybeganherdutiesonJuly172013.IamverypleasedthatHeatherisjoiningVSUasdirectoroAlumniRelationssaidJohnCrawordvicepresidentorUniversityAdvancement.IncreasingalumniengagementhasneverbeenmoreimportantorValdostaStateandHeathersknowledgeandexperiencemadehertheidealselection.ThispositionhasresponsibilityorprovidingleadershipanddirectionoralumniprogramsandinitiativesaswellasstrengtheningrelationshipsandgoodwillamongVSUsmorethan45000alumniworldwide.ItisatremendoushonortoreturntoValdostaStateUniversityandIamlookingorwardtostrengtheningexistingprogramswhiledevelopingnewinitiativesthatwillurtherconnecttheuniversityandthealumnicommunitysaidProctorwhograduatedromVSUwithaBacheloroFineArtsinspeechcommunication.AsagraduateIamcommittedtothecorevaluesandmissionoVSUandexcitedtomeetalumniacrossGeorgiaandthroughoutthecountry.ProctorcomestoVSUromEmoryUniversitywheresheservedasassistantdirectoroParentPhilanthropyandEngagement.Inthisroleshecoordinatedundraisingdonorrelationsandparentrelations.From2001to2012sheconductedundraisingandspecialeventplanningortheAmericanHeartAssociation.ProctorsprimaryunctioninvolvedundraisingactivitieswithinGeorgiaAlabamaandTexas.Workingwithschool-agechildrenProctorexceededherundraisinggoalsby12to15percentnineouto10years.BeoreworkingwiththeAmericanHeartAssociationshewasvicepresidentotourismattheMoultrie-ColquittCountyChamberoCommercespecialprojectscoordinatorortheCityoMoultrieandmemberservicesdirectorortheDouglas-CoeeCountyChamberoCommerce.EdgarVincentClarkVince9698DewarCollegeofEducationotenreturnstoVSUtospeaktostudentsintheDepartmentoCommunicationSciencesandDisorders.Heiswidelyrecognizedorhiseortsinstateandnationalorganizationsandhasestablishedhimselasaleaderinhisfeld.JamesMcGahee79LangdaleCollegeofBusinessAdministrationisretiredaschieexecutiveofceroSouthGeorgiaMedicalCenterandcurrentlyservesaschairman-elect2015andtreasurerotheValdosta-LowndesCountyChamberoCommerce.Dr.SandraB.Reed-Lichtenfeld83CollegeofArtsandScienceslivesinThomasvilleGa.wheresheisanOB-GYN.ShecurrentlyservesaspresidentotheMedicalAssociationoGeorgiaandisalong-standingmemberotheStateBoardoTechnicalColleges.Dr.ElizabethTonningDixonBetty79CollegeofNursinghasworkedasaregisteredproessionalnursesinceearningherBacheloroScienceinNursing.AmongnumerousscholarlypresentationsawardsandrecognitionsDixoncurrentlyservesasthedirectoronursingandclinicalservicesortheCoastalGeorgiaHealthDistrictinSavannahGa.ScottHudler94CollegeoftheArtsisvicepresidentoGlobalConsumerEngagementorDunkinDonutsthelargestcoeeandbakedgoodschainintheworld.Heisresponsibleoradvertisingin-storemerchandisingmedialoyaltyanddigitalactivityorthebrandothemorethan9700DunkinDonutslocationsintheU.S.and31countriesworldwide.2013DistinguishedAlumniPAULLEAVYCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOwww.facebook.comvstatealumniVStateAlumniFollowVSUAlumnionFacebookTwitter ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE22OnJan.252013theVSUAlumniChapteroAtlantahosteditsfrstalumnidinnerandscholarshipundraiseratPetiteAubergeRestaurantlocatedinBuckheadGa.Morethan50guestsgatheredtohearPresidentWilliamJ.McKinney.Theeventraised5500towardscholarshipsormetroAtlantastudentsattendingVSU.TheAtlantachapterplanstoholdadditionalundraisingevents.OnJune52013theMiddleGeorgiaCoreGroupmettomakeplansortheupcomingyear.OnAug.2alumniromtheMiddleGeorgiaChaptergatheredortheirinauguralmixerattheCoxCapitolTheaterandenjoyedlivemusic.GabrielleJohnsonandJessicaBankstonbothromBrunswickGa.wererecipientsotheGoldenIslesBlazerClubScholarshipwhichisawardedtostudentsromBrunswickorSt.SimonsattendingValdostaStateUniversity.FormoreinormationonthescholarshiportheGoldenIslesBlazerClubcontactVSUsOfceoAlumniRelationsat229-333-5797.AlumniGatherAcrossGeorgiaFormoreinormationonVSUAlumnichapterscontacttheAlumniOfceat229-333-5957.AllinformationandphotosprovidedbytheOfficeofAlumniRelationsBrunswickStudentsReceiveScholarshipsVSUPresidentWilliamJ.McKinneyletisjoinedbyGabrielleJohnsonandJessicaBankstonandAlumniAssociationPresidentGregVoylesinthepresentationotheGoldenIslesBlazerClubScholarship.2013VSUAlumniAssociationBoardBottomLeftTreasaDumas-JacksonDanaMassingillMaryBethKennedyLauraHansenBrendaBeasleyCheriTillmanFranLundellSherryWoodLorenaColeJessicaFreemanBeverleyRichardson-BlakeGalaJacksonKimberlyHomerTopLeftGregVoylesScottPurvisAshleyAbramsFontTornabeneMikeBeverlyJeromeRegisterEddieSmithTaylorBiddleJerryJohnsonGregBrightRudyPrineBarryHarrisSarahBartholomewJimTunisonAshleyLewisNotshownLeighBroombergLarryHansonBrianHaugabrookJeHooksNicKitchensGordySteadmanAndyStoneJonathonStrobleRobinWetheringtonRyanWhitfeldandHollyWright.ltorCalAndersonAshleyLewisWilliamJ.McKinneyGalaJacksonandCaraghLynch.OnJune62013AtlantaalumnigatheredorCocktailsandConnectionsatHudsonGrilleinDowntownAtlantaGa.OnJune252013theGoldenIslesCoreGroupmettomakeplansortheapproachingyear.ltorJuliePaceCaldwellGreggNixonLisaMcLendonandTammyHortonRowley.ALUMNIASSOCIATIONNEWSHOMECOMING2013HOMECOMING2013Pleaseseethescheduleofeventsonthebackcover.PAULLEAVYCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTO FALL201323ShanekaJames18hasneverseencolorsorshapes.Shehasnoideawhattheworldlookslikeonlywhatiteelsandsmellssoundsandtasteslike.ButthatdidnotstopJo-AnnAdamsromwelcomingJamesintoherartclassroomatValdostaHighSchool.TheveteraneducatorneveroncethoughtIcannotteachthischild.RathersheaskedherselHowwillIteachthischildAsthe2012-2013academicyearcametoanendAdamswhoearnedaBacheloroFineArtsinarteducationromValdostaStateUniversityin1998saidwithasmileIthinkIvelearnedmorethanshehas.Jameswasbornblindhersightstolenbyretinopathyoprematurityaneyediseasethatoccursinarathersmallpercentageoprematurebabieswhereabnormalbloodvesselsgrowontheretina.Sheandherdoctorsconsideritamiraclethatshehastheseeminglyinsignifcantabilitytotellthedierencebetweenlightanddarkness.AseniorwhodreamsostudyingbiologyatVSUatergraduatingromhighschoolin2014Jamesenjoyslearningaboutanimalsparticularlysnakesandrequentlytalksaboutpursuingacareerasazoologist.Shealsolikestolistentomusicsingandchatwithriendsanddiscoverssomethingnewaboutherselallthetime.InAdamssartclassroomorinstanceshediscoveredthatshelikestopaint.Jamesadmittedthatshewasnervouswhenshelearnedthatthebeginningartclasswastheonlyavailableelectivethatwouldftheracademicschedule.Eventhoughshehadbeengivencrayonsasayoungerchildandtoldtocolorordrawshereallyhadnoconceptoart.Shehadneverseenandwillmostlikelyneverseebarringamiracleapaintingorsculptureorothercreativeworkincludingherown.Shedidnotunderstandtheconceptsolineshapevaluetexturecolorandsoonthewayasightedpersonmight.AtfrstIwaslikeOhIdontknowhowintheworldIamgoingtodothisshesaidbutMs.AdamskepttellingmethatshebelievedIcoulddoitthatIcoulddomostowhattheotherstudentsweredoing.AdamssaidthatsheaskedherselHowintheworldamIgoingtoteachavisuallyimpairedstudentavisualartDeterminedshebeganresearchingblindartistsandstudyingtheirtechniqueswhichhelpedtosomeextentbutshecouldnotfndanywhowerebornblind.TheyallwentblindlaterinlieandthereorehadsomeideaocolorandshapeandlineandallthethingsShanekahasneverseen.AdamsreadaboutWassilyKandinskyandhisascinationwiththeemotionalpoweromusic.TheRussianpainterandarttheoristbelievedthatmusicaordedlistenersreedomtoimagineorinterpretaworldreeotheliteral.Heknewandscientistshavesinceconfrmedthatvisionandhearingaretotallyinterlinkedinthehumanbrain.Thusmusiccouldbevisualizedandpaintingscouldbeheard.AdamsnoticedthatJameslikeKandinskywasinspiredbymusicandwouldloseherselintheactopaintingherfngerscoveredinpaintassheocusedonthemusicshutoutthechatterothestudentsaroundherandcreatedworksoartwelloutsidetheconfnesotheliteral.Jamessaidthatshelikesthewaythepainteelsonherfngersshepreersnottouseapaintbrush.AdamsdiscoveredWikkiStixandstick-onbumpsanddots.TheseallowJamestostudylineandshapeandtocreateartworkbasedonwhatshebelievespeopleandanimalslooklikeaterseeingthemthroughtouch.AdamslearnedthatJamescouldassociatecolortoemotionsandsmellsandthatshedescribesthesmelloresh-cutgrassasbeinggreeneventhoughshehasneverseengrassbeore.Itsbeenaneducationormeshesaid.IvetriedsomanydierentthingsandIveenjoyedthechallenge.IhavetoreallythinkaboutwhatImgoingtosaybecauseshehasnoreerencepointsandthemoreItrytothinkowhattosaythemoreIrealizethatIdontknowwhattosay.Shesmademeastudentagainandshessopatient.Iamdeterminedtoteachher.Iamreadingandaskingquestions.Thehardestpartisfndingsomethingnewtodowithher.IeelsolimitedandIwantwhatshelearnstohavemeaning.Jo-AnnAdams52wasborninAttleborroMass.butmovedtoDixieGa.attheageo8.ShealwaysdreamedoacareerintheartsbutatergraduatingromBrooksCountyHighSchoolshemarriedandraisedthreechildren.Shedidnotthinkcollegewasaeasibleoptionorherduetoalackoundsandtime.SheworkedingrocerystoresandrestaurantsandevenasasubstituteteacherandparaproessionalbeoreenteringValdostaStateUniversityasaull-timestudentinhermid-30s.Shegraduatedin1998withaBacheloroFineArtsinarteducationandacceptedajobteachingartatValdostaHighSchool.Shesaidthattheconceptoparabolasmadecollegeoneothemostdifcultexperiencesoherliebutintheenditwasalsooneothemostrewarding.Shehassevengrandchildren.Jo-AnnAdamsTeachingaVisualArttoaVisuallyImpairedStudentByJessicaR.Pope97HowintheworldamIgoingtoteachavisuallyimpairedstudentavisualartPAULLEAVY ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE26Thepercentageowomenpursuingmathdegreesreachedanall-timepeakinthelate1980sandhasseenagradualdeclinesincethenaccordingtotheMathematicalAssociationoAmerica.Severalstudiessuggestthatwomentendtonotpursuecareersinmath-relatedfeldssimplybecausetheyarenotinterestedinthem.In1985theAssociationorWomeninMathematicsintroducedSoniaKovalevskyMathematicsDayorSKDaytopiquetheinterestsoemalemiddleandhighschoolstudentsandencouragethemtocontinuetheirstudyomath.AnannualeventSKDayisundedbyagrantromtheNationalScienceFoundationandincludesadayoworkshopslecturesandcompetitionshostedatcollegesoruniversitiesacrossthecountry.ForAndrelSimswhograduatedromValdostaStateUniversitywithaBacheloroArtsinmathematicsattendingSKDaywhileinmiddleandhighschoolgavehertheneededmomentumtoturnherinterestinmathintoapassionandcareer.IwasalwaysgoodatmathbutinschoolthatwasnotsomethingthatyoujustbroadcastedsaidSimswithachuckle.AsastudentSKDaywasachanceormetoseeandbearoundothergirlsdoingmathlovingmathanditnotbeinguncool.AtergraduatingromThomasCountyCentralHighSchoolin2006SimsbecameastudentatVSU.Althoughshehadalwaysperormedwellinmathsheadmitsthatthetransitionromhighschooltocollegemathcourseswaschallengingattimes.SimscreditsmuchohersuccessinherprogramtoassistanceandguidanceromDr.DeniseReidproessoromathematicsandcoordinatoroVSUsannualSKDay.ShetaughtmydierentialequationsclasssaidSims.TheclasswouldgetsodifcultthatIconsidereddroppingit.IultimatelywentintoDr.Reidsofcetotalkwithheraboutitandsheoeredtoworkwithme.IwouldworkwithheroutsideotheclassandsheshowedmethatIcouldexcelintheclassiIworkedhardatit.ReidbecameamentororSims.ShewasalwaysthatquietvoicetellingmethatIcoulddothiswheneverIneededtohearitsaidSims.SimsalsostartedvolunteeringduringSKDayatVSUeachyear.AsaormerstudentwhohadattendedSKDayitwasinterestingtobeontheothersidehelpingtocoordinatetheeventsaidSims.Ienjoyedseeinghowthestudentsreceivedinormationandsharedperspectiveswithothersthroughouttheday.NowamathteacheratClinchCountyHighSchoolSimsisexcitedtobringgirlsromhermathclassestoVSUorSKDayeveryyear.TheeventallowsstudentstoseemathoutsideoatextbookandbreaksdownthedierentcareeroptionsavailableinmathnotjusttheonesthatweautomaticallyassociatewithmensaidSims.Itencouragesthemtoenjoymathloveitanddosomethingthatisbenefcialwiththatlove.SimsreceivedherbachelorsdegreeinmathematicswithaminorinpsychologyromVSUin2010andamastersdegreeintheartoteachingromColumbusStateUniversitytwoyearslater.SheiscurrentlyworkingonanEducationSpecialistincurriculumandinstructionwithagitedendorsementatVSU.SimshasbeenateacheratClinchCountyHighSchoolortwoyears.Sheisalsoapart-timeater-schoolmathteacherattheBoysandGirlsCluboValdosta.SKDayisnamedinhonoroSoniaKovalevskythefrstwomantoearnadoctorateinmathematics.Kovalevsky1850-1891wasthefrstmajorRussianemalemathematicianresponsibleororiginalcontributionstoanalysisdierentialequationsandmechanics.ByMalyndaDorsey07GraduateInspiredStudentstoExcelinMathPAULLEAVY FALL201327PAULLEAVYWhensevenwomenwereselectedtojointhesisterhoodoDeltaSigmaThetaSororityInc.bycharteringachapteratValdostaStateCollegeVSCin1971theyhelpedtoestablishtherstpredominantlyblackGreekorganizationoncampus.TheThetaTauchapteroDeltaSigmaThetaSororityInc.beganwithasmallgroupowomenwhoworkedtomaintainthemissionosisterhoodscholarshipandservicewhiledealingwithracialsegregationandotherissueshappeningatVSC.AtthetimeCatherineCarterandotherchartermembersdidnotknowtheThetaTauchapterwouldremainalastingpartotheschoolshistory.Carterhadtoendurethechallengingprocessobecomingamemberothesororitywhilebeingmarriedwithayoungdaughter.IwastoldthatmembersothischarterlinewerecareullyselectedandthatwewouldbeaveryimportantpartothechaptershistorysaidCarterwhograduatedin1973withaBacheloroBusinessAdministration.Weweremotivatedtomaintainourgoodcharactervaluesandgradesasweproceededthroughthecharteringprocess.FormeitwasextrachallengingbecauseIwastheonlymarriedchartermemberwithayoungdaughter.WeknewtheimportanceobeingtherstblackGreekorganizationoncampus.Theoriginalmembersworkeddiligentlytobuildasororityoncampusthatwouldexcelor42yearsandcontinuetogrowstronger.HereweexpressourgratitudeandremindandinormothersohowgreatandinfuentialtheseindividualwomenwereaswellashowwelltheyworkedtogethertocreatesuchstampsinsocietyastheyhadsaidTakiraBordenwhoiscurrentlyservingashistorianandprogrammingandplanningchairotheThetaTauchapteroDeltaSigmaThetaSorority.Ihavealwaysseenthesewomenaswomenwhohadacquiredmuchbutwouldalsogivebackgreatly.Iknewthatwastheepitomeomyselaswell.CarlaCarterJordandaughterooundingmemberCatherineCarternowservesastheadviserorValdostaStateUniversitysThetaTauchapterandispartotheValdostaalumnaechapteroDeltaSigmaThetaSororityInc.JordanwasinfuencedbyhermothertobecomeanactivememberoDeltaSigmaThetaSororityInc.IdorecallthetimesomyliewatchingmymotherdressinginhercrimsonandcreamandgoingtohermeetingsandparticipatingineventssaidJordan.OneothemostamazingtimeswastobeatthemallwithherandshewouldseeawomanwearingthoseDeltalettersandwatchinghowtheywouldgreeteachotherandshareahugandshareabrietestimonyonhowgooditistobeaDelta.ShaundaBennettjoinedValdostaStatesThetaTauchapterin1994andservedaschaptertreasurer.IhadteachersinmiddleschoolandhighschoolwhowereactivemembersotheDeltaSigmaThetaSororitysaidBennett.Theseladiesintroducedmetothemeaningosororityandsisterhoodthroughtheirserviceanddedication.InmyopinionDeltashavealwaysbeentruepioneers.LocallytheThetaTauchapterparticipatesinnationalandlocalprogramsincludingtheBoysandGirlsClubHabitatorHumanityvoterregistrationAdopt-A-Highwaytheliteracyprogramandmentoringschool-agechildren.DeltaSigmaThetaSororityInc.iscelebratingitscentennialanniversaryandcommemoratingtherstchapteroundedatHowardUniversityin1913.TheoundersgoalsorDeltaSigmaThetaledthemtocreateasororitythatwouldocusonthecoreprincipleosisterhoodandprovideprogramscategorizedunderveprimaryprincipleseconomicdevelopmenteducationaldevelopmentinternationalawarenessandinvolvementphysicalandmentalhealthandpoliticalawarenessandinvolvementwhilealsoservingcommunitiesthroughouttheworld.ByAtiyaElliott-Semper13SisterhoodScholarshipandServiceFoundingMembersofThetaTauchapterofDeltaSigmaThetaSororityEstablishaLegacyTaraFletcherDeltaSigmaTauSororityInc.presidentlooksovermemorabiliafromchapteractivitiesthisyearwithCarlaCarterJordanchapteradviserandCatherineCarterchartermemberofValdostaStateschapterofDeltaSigmaTauSororityInc.PAULLEAVY ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE28Dr.RobbieHooker88and89wasnamedthe2013GeorgiaPrincipalotheYearbytheGeorgiaAssociationoSecondarySchoolPrincipals.TheClarkeCentralHighSchoolprincipalwasalsonominatedortheNationalAssociationoSecondarySchoolPrincipalsNASSPaward.HookeranativeoBostonGa.wasraisedinasingleparenthomeandcreditshismotherwithimpressingonhimandhissiblingstheimportanceoacollegeeducation.MymomhadonerulewhichwassimplyorustogotocollegeorgointothemilitarysaidHookerwhoworkedhiswaythroughcollegeasaresidentassistantanddormdirector.HookerwhoreceivedabachelorsdegreeinpsychologyandmastersinspecialeducationromValdostaStateUniversityunderstandsthatasuccessuleducatoralwayshasthedesiretolearn.Mostpeoplethinkoteachingashavingthesummersoandthatitisaneasyjob.YoumustrememberthateducationisaproessionandthatyoumusttreatitassuchsaidHookerwhoearnedadoctorateineducationalleadershipromClemsonUniversity.Agoodeducatorisalwayslookingorwaystoimprovetheircratinotherwordstheyarelie-longlearners.Dr.RobKellnerVSUsdirectoroAuxiliaryServicesisnotsurprisedthathisormeremployeehasbeenrecognizedorhisproessionalaccomplishments.ThecharacteristicIremembermostaboutRobbiewashisocussaidKellner.Itdidnotmatteriitwasacademicshisjoborintramuralbasketballwhichhelovedhewasdriventosucceed.Ihaveremainedincontactwithhimovertheyearsandthischaracteristichasnotchanged.Iseehimjustasocusedonhiscareerandhisamilytoday.Hookerhascontinuedtovisitcampussincegraduatingotenbringinghisamilytoseethechangesathisalmamaterandvisitwithriends.JoanDearprojectcoordinatororCreativeDesignServicesremembersHookerasastudentassistantandvolunteerintheDivisionoUniversityAdvancement.BackthenwedidnthaveaormalEventServicesdepartmentweallpitchedinordevelopmenteventsoncampussaidDearwhohasworkedinvariouspositionswithinUniversityAdvancementor28years.Hewasalwayswillingtodoanythingweneededespeciallyerrands.Healsovolunteeredtosupervisetheannualundphonathononeyear.DearwhocontinuestostayincontactwithHookersaidsheisproudohisproessionalaccomplishments.Robbiewasagentlegiantveryupbeatpositiveandeagertohelpalwaysrespectul.UnderhisleadershipClarkeCentralHighSchoolhasbeennamedamongthetop7percentohighschoolsnationwidebyTheWashingtonPostsHighSchoolChallenge.ClarkeCentralwasoneo10schoolsnationallyselectedasa2013MetLieFoundationNASSPBreakthroughSchool.EachyeartheMetLieFoundationrecognizesmiddleandhighschoolsthatservelargenumbersostudentslivinginpovertyandarehighachievingordramaticallyimprovingstudentachievement.HisdesiretohelpchildrencamewhileworkingattheGeorgiaLionsCamportheBlindandwithspecialneedsadultsatLowndesAreaAdvocacyCenterLARC.ThemostulfllingthingaboutbeingateacherandprincipalisbeingabletomakeadierenceinachildsliesaidHooker.Youcannevergiveuponachild.Itisimportanttobuildarapportwithyourstudentsandbecausetheyarewillingtoengagewhentheyknowyoucare.HookerandhiswieKarenhavetwochildrenKaitlynandJohnathanandareactivemembersotheTimothyBaptistChurch.HookeralsoservesontheboardsoSt.MarysHospitalandFamiles4ChangeinAthensGa.ByThresseaH.BoydThemostulfllingthingaboutbeingateacherandprincipalisbeingabletomakeadierenceinachildslie.VSUAlumnusRecognizedasGeorgiaPrincipalotheYearCONTRIBUTEDPHOTO FALL2013291960sGeraldDelaney61ThomasvilleGa.retiredin1995.Heco-ownedourgolshopsintheOrlandoFla.areaandlatermovedtoArizonawithhiswieFrancesZantDelaney61whodiedin2005.Hehasre-turnedtohishometownoThomas-villeandhasremarried.1970sMichaelDuanePitts7178MosesLakeWash.retiredinJuneaterteaching42yearsincludingeightyearsatValdostaHighSchoolGeorgiatwoyearsatColaxHighWashingtonand32yearsatOdessaHighWashington.Pittshasadoctor-ateineducationromWashingtonStateUniversity.In2010Pittssel-publishedthebookTeachingRobertFrost.MichaelD.Chason74retiredasdirectoropublicrelationsromAbrahamBaldwinAgriculturalCollegeABACin2011andnowoperatesChasonEnterprisesasportsbroad-castingpublicrelationsconsultingfrm.HeistheradiobroadcasterorVSUbasketball.KrisGrifnChason7596TitonGa.retiredasmediacenterdirectoratTitCountyHighSchoolinMay2012.BethEnglish7576wasrecentlyselectedpresidentotheGeorgiaMunicipalAssociation.SheisexecutivedirectoroEasterSealsSouthernGeorgiaInc.inAlbanyGa.1980sJereyKeithCutchens81retiredonFeb.12013ater29yearsoservicewiththeGeorgiaStateBoardoPardonsandParoles.PamHigdon83LawrencevilleGa.hasworkedatvarioushospitalsintheAtlantaareaandretiredin2011ater28yearsasaneonatalICUnurse.Sheenjoysspendingtimeasavolunteeratthelocalanimalshelterandtraveling.WalterRollenhagen89ValdostaGa.hasbeenatechnicalassistantinVSUsCommunicationArtsDepartmentMassMediaor15years.RecentlyVSU-TVmovedtoastudiointhenewMassMediaBuildingtheormerVSUBookstorelocation.HecontinuestoproducetheradioshowLestWeForgetonWVVSBlazeFM.1990sMichaelBerry95MurrellsInletS.C.worksorWholesaleBoutiqueandmarriedJulieWhittingtononJuly72012.TheirfrstchildLaneEvelynBerrywasbornonMay112013.MarcusA.Johnson95Ameri-cusGa.isthedirectoromarketingatPhoebeSumterMedicalCenterinAmericus.JohnsonmarriedBrendaM.BrasfeldonMarch302013.LeighFischerMartin98andherhusbandScottareproudparentsoasonDavisScottMartinbornonMarch22012.TheyhavetwootherchildrenAvaandBrooke.ElizaRadordMcCall98Valdo-staGa.isthechiemarketingofceroSecondHarvestoSouthGeorgiatheregionsleadinghunger-relieorganization.MarkR.Lindsey99RaleighN.C.isapartneratthenetworkengi-neeringfrmECGInc.basedinValdo-sta.Lindseyearnedamastersdegreeincomputersciencein2003romtheUniversityoNorthCarolinaatChapelHill.HeandhiswieHaydenhavethreechildrenOrenSimeonandSusanna.2000sMajorWrayHoskamer01isretiringromtheU.S.AirForceater23yearsoservice.SheritaHiltonSmedley01ClarksvilleTenn.isanassociateproessoratAshordUniversitywheresheteachescompositionliteratureandcreativewriting.Sheisalsocompletingherdoctorateinhighereducationandadultlearning.ShehaswrittenaromancenovelPassiononthePlainsandisworkingonhersecondnovel.SheismarriedtoDemetriusSmedley01whoisaU.S.Armychiewarrantofcer.Theyhavethreechildren.TreandosL.Thornton02McDonoughGa.isayouthmotiva-tionalspeakerandtravelsexten-sivelyspeakingtomiddleschoolhighschoolandcollegestudentsthroughoutthecountry.Hehasspentmorethanadecadeinthecorporatesalesindustryandhasexpertiseinorganizationalleadershipanddevelopment.ThorntonhasauthoredthebookGetThemtoBuyIntoYouTheStudentGuidetoPersonalandProessionalSuccess.Thebookocusesoncriticalelementsorealsuccessinthemoderndaycollegiateandjobmarket.Heisa2001LambdaPhiinitiateandaboardmemberotheStockbridge-Jonesboroalumnichap-teroKappaAlphaPsiandhealsoservesasexecutivevicepresidentotheHenryCountyGAchapterotheNAACP.JoeyHeath05WestminsterMd.graduatedromseminaryin2012andhasbeencommissionedasaprovisionalelderintheBaltimore-WashingtonAnnualConerenceotheUnitedMethodistChurch.GalaJackson0608AustellGa.worksasanacademicproes-sionalandacultymemberatGeorgiaStateUniversity.SheisownerandseniorconsultantoInterviewSnobanAtlanta-basedfrmthatocusesonca-reerconsultingoryoungproession-alsandrecentcollegegraduates.Theagencyprovidesservicesinresumewritingsocialmediaproflesandinterviewcoaching.JacksonservesascurrentpresidentotheVSUAlumniChapteroAtlanta.EddwardSimmons06AtlantaGa.hasaproessionalorganizingfrmE.D.D.Organizing.JeriD.Colligan07OrlandoFla.wasnamedanMVPAll-StarbyCBSOutdoorAmericasanationaloutdooradvertisingfrm.Shewasoneo10salesaccountexecutivesromaroundthecountrychosenorthehonor.ColliganworksorCBSOutdoorOrlando.JulieFaber0709ValdostaGa.isaphotographerowildlieandnatureinSouthwestGeorgia.ShehadoneoherwildlieprintspresentedtoQueenElizabethIIinhonoroherDiamondJubileethe60thanniversaryoherascendingthethrone.Shehasalsohadphotographsdisplayedin25countriesonallsevencontinents.LocationsincludeourAmericanem-bassiesandaboardtheUSSGeorgeCLASSNOTESHeidiNethertonGonzalez94ValdostaGa.isacertifedcriticalcareregisterednurseandclinicalnurseleader.ShejoinedVSUsCollegeoNursingacultyin2012.SheisamemberotheAmericanAssociationoCriticalCareNursesGeorgiaNursesAssociationandSigmaThetaTauInternationalHon-orSocietyoNursing.Herareasoproessionalresearchincludelead-ershipinnursingandsurgicalsiteinectionprevention.GonzalezwasselectedtopresentherresearchattheInternationalConerenceonHealthMedicalSciencesinAth-ensGreeceMay2013andherpaperwasselectedorpublication.SheandherhusbandTomhavethreesonsTristan15Julian11andLleyton8.DemetriusM.Smith9495Kath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ValdostaStateUniversityVOICE30CLASSNOTESWashington.Faberhasdonephotog-raphyworkornaturalistJimFowlerMutualoOmahasWildKingdom.NealFolger07workedorWCSCLive5NewsaCBSafliateinCharlestonN.C.BeoremovingtoCharlestonearlierthisyearFolgerwasemployedwithWRDENews12inAugustaGa.VannaCure0810hasbeenpromotedtolegislativecorrespondentintheWashingtonD.C.ofceoCongressmanJohnBarrowaterserv-ingasacaseworkerinhisSavannahandAugustadistrictofces.ShemostrecentlyservesasstaassistantorCongressmanBarrowsWashingtonofce.LindseyLloyd0809BristolConn.isaneventproductioncoor-dinatororESPN.ShewasormerlyemployedbyVSUAthleticsasthedirectoroticketingandgameopera-tions.SeanQ.Johnson07istheauthoroseveralchildrensbooksincludingIKnowACatandHeIsUpToSomethingandWhenIGetBigine-bookormat.HisthirdbookCountTo10WithSwampCreatureswasinspiredbytripstoGrandBaylocatedinLowndesCountyGa.CoupleGraduateswithSocialWorkDegreesChristopherandSeptemberWiggins13graduatedwithmastersdegreesinsocialwork.Thecouplecompletedtheprogramcompletelyonline.Septembersaidtheyhadnotoriginallyplannedtoworkontheirdegreetogetherbutitwaseasierhavingeachotherorsupport.Wewereabletobounceideasooeachotherandkeepeachotherontrackwithassignmentsetc.saidSeptemberWiggins.Wehavea3-year-oldchildandwewereabletoworktogethertogetourworkdoneandstillbeparents.Ittookalototeamwork.Col.CarlA.Buhler89hasbeenconfrmedbytheSenateorappointmenttotherankoBrigadierGeneralintheUnitedStatesAirForceeectiveAug.22013.BuhleriscurrentlyservingastheDirectoroLogisticsHeadquartersPacifcAirForcesJointBasePearlHarbor-HickamHawaii.AgraduateoLowndesHighSchoolBuhlerreceivedhiscommissionin1989romtheAirForceROTCprogramatValdostaStateCollege.Duringhiscareerhehasdeployedtothecease-frephaseoOperationDesertStormservedastheUSAFAirDemonstrationSquadronThunderbirdsmaintenanceofcerorthe1997and1998seasonsservedasCommander379thExpeditionaryMaintenanceGroupSouthwestAsiaandastheCommander78thAirBaseWingInstallationCommanderRobinsAirForceGa..HehasalsoservedasaForeignMilitarySalestrainingprogrammanagerasaCongressionalLiaisonOfcerasChieLegislativeLiaisonortheSecretaryotheAirForcesExecutiveIssuesTeamandasDeputyDirectoroResourceIntegrationortheDeputyChieoStaorLogisticsInstallationsandMissionSupportatthePentagon.HisjointassignmentwaswiththeDeenseLogisticsAgency.Buhlerhasreceivednumerousawardsanddecorationsduringhis24yearsoserviceintheUSAFincludingDeenseSuperiorServiceMedalLegionoMeritBronzeStarMedalAirmansMedalorHeroismMeritoriousServiceMedalwiththreebronzeoakleaclustersandtheAirForceCommendationMedalwithtwobronzeoakleaclusters.2010sMeaganMichelleWood11ThomasvilleGa.isagraduatestudentinthecognitivepsychol-ogyprogramattheUniversityoAlabama.Shewastherecipientoaspring2012-2013PsiChiGraduateResearchGrant.SharitaL.Austin12isworkingwiththeGwinnettCountyDepart-mentoFamilyandChildrenServicesasacasemanager.SheisenrolledinamastersprogramwithLibertyUniversity.HanifahM.Hernandez12ValdostaGa.hassel-publishedachildrensbookandisintheprocessosel-publishingasecondone.Sheisthemotherothreeyoungchildren.MeetLauraHannaEnglishmajorLauraHannareceivedtheAnniePoweHopperAwardtheuniversitysmostprestigiousacademicawardpresentedtoanundergraduate.WithastrongdesiretolearnandstellaracademicperormanceLaurawasnominatedasafnalistortheDepartmentoPoliticalScienceBestPaperAward.SheisamemberotheGoldenKeyInternationalHonorSocietyPhiAlphaDeltaHonorSocietyPiGammaMuInternationalHonorSocietyandtheHonorSocietyoPhiKappaPhi.Lauraunderstandshowafnancialgittowardascholarshipcanhavealastingimpactonastudent.Asafrst-generationcollegestudentIamespeciallythankulorthegeneroussupportoscholarshipdonors.ItisduetoyourgenerositythatIandcountlessothersareabletomakeourdreamsareality.Youtoocanimpactthelieoastudent.Pleaseconsidermakingadonationthisyear.EveryGiftMattersOfceoAnnualGivingwww.valdosta.edugive229.245.4329annualgivingvaldosta.eduCONTIRBUTEDPHOTOCONTIRBUTEDPHOTO FALL201331CLASSNOTESDanielYoungsstoryisatestamenttotheactthatitsnevertoolatetofnishwhatyoustarted.Youngwasanon-traditionalstudentwhocametoVSUtoulflladreamhestartedworkingtowardsmanyyearsago.In2009Iwaslaidorommyjobo11yearssaidYoungwhoreceivedtheVSU2013MacAwardgiventoamalestudentintheseniorclassthatdemonstratesacademicsuperiorityandisengagedincampusorganizations.WhilemostpeoplewouldconsiderthatacurseIoundittobeablessingandthereasonorthatisthatIhadbeenlookingtogetoutothatjobanywaysothisgavemetheopportunitytoexploreanddecidewhatIwantedtodo.AterenjoyingasummerinLondonYoungmovedbackintohisparentshouse.TheyliveonaarmandatersixmonthsothatIdecidedthatIvegottodosomethingelsehesaid.HeappliedtoSouthGeorgiaCollegeinDouglasGa.wherehecompletedatwo-yeardegreeprograminoneyearbeoreapplyingtoVSU.AtfrstYoungintendedtoattendVSUorall2011beoretranserringtotheUniversityoGeorgiaorspring2012.BytheendoallsemesterYounghadbegunworkingwiththeSpectatorVSUsindependentstudentnewspaperwherehehadbeenoeredtostarthisownpoliticalopinioncolumnandhadalsostartedtalkingtothetheneditor-in-chieStephanieTurneraboutpossiblybecominganeditor.IknewthatIcouldntmakethingshappenthatquicklyatUGAsoIdecidedtostayatVSUYoungsaid.DuringhistimeattheSpectatorYoungservedasawriterandphotographerphotoeditorandopinionseditor.Healsoservedaseditor-in-chieorOnTapVSUsstudentmagazine.ThisspringYoungwasacceptedintothe2013WashingtonD.C.FellowsProgramaninauguralprogramhostedbytheNationalNewspaperAssociationFoundation.Hekeptablogchroniclinghistripwhichcanbeoundatwww.vsudaniel.wordpress.com.Thepurposeothetripistoallowstudentjournaliststoworkwithexperiencedjournalistshesaidonhisblog.Wewillintervieworandresearchatopic...andproduceapublishworthyarticleorlocalpublication.ThearticleisdueinthecomingweeksandIhopemyworkherewillbeasolidrenderingomyabilities.ThoughittookawhileorYoungtoreturntoschoolhisdesirestogointothejournalismfeldareasstrongastheyeverwere.Iwenttocollege25yearsagohesaid.MydesirethenwastogotojournalismschoolandtheactthatIwasntabletocompleteitatthattimebutthatIcamebacktoit25yearslaterandknewthatthisisstillwhatIwantedtodoIwouldsaytheresstillsomepassionthere.ByAmberSmith13In2009Iwaslaidorommyjobo11years...whilemostpeoplewouldconsiderthatacurseIoundittobeablessing...YoungReturnstoCollegetoCompleteHisDegreePAULLEAVYPAULLEAVYIAMGETHINKSTOCK ValdostaStateUniversity1500NPattersonStValdostaGA316980212TMScheduleofEventsThursdayOctober3PresidentsCookout600PMReamesFieldVSUstudentsandalumniareinvitedtoacookouthostedbyPresidentMcKinneyandDr.Charlesworth.Thiseventisreeocharge.PepRallyBattleoftheBands700PMPEComplexThiseventshowcasesthetalentsoVSUstudentsandemployees.Thiseventisreeochargeandopentothepublic.FridayOctober4AnnualAlumniGolfTournament800AMRegistration900AMShotgunStartStoneCreekGolfClub4personScramble75Individual300TeamLunchisincludedintheRegistrationFee.Prizeswillbeawardedthroughouttheday.CollegeReceptionsLookingtoreconnectwithyouravoriteproessororclassmatesCollegeoftheArts500630PMFineArtsBuildingBackLawnCollegeofArtsSciences500630PMBaileyScienceCenterLawnCollegeofNursingHealthSciences500630PMMartinHallLawnJamesL.DorothyH.DewarCollegeofEducationHumanServices500630PMJennettLectureHallLawnHarleyLangdaleJr.CollegeofBusinessAdministration500630PMPoundHallLawnZeroYearReunion500630PMWestHallRotundaStudentswhograduatedinFall2012Spring2013orSummer2013areinvitedtointeractwithPresidentMcKinneyandDr.Charlesworth.DistinguishedAlumniDinner700PMUniversityCenterMagnoliaRoom25RegistrationFeeThisannualeventrecognizestheaccomplishmentsothe2013DistinguishedAlumniAwardsRecipients.Since2013marksthe50thanniversaryoVSUsintegrationwearealsoproudtohighlighttheachievementsoVSUsPioneersoIntegration.CocktailHourbeginsat700PMdinnerisservedat730PM.SaturdayOctober5HomecomingParade1100AMBringyouroldingchairstotheAlumniTailgatelocationonPattersonSt.orsetupyourchairsalongtheroutetogetarontrowviewThiseventisopentothepublicandnoregistrationisrequired.AlumniTailgateParty1100AMFrontLawn-SouthEnd10forAdults5forChildrenTailgateareincludespulledporksandwichesBBQchickenpotatosaladbakedbeanschipscookiesandnon-alcoholicdrinks.Fansmayalsobringtheirownpicnic.Facepaintingandotheractivitieswillbeavailableorchildren.BlazinBrigadeMarchingBand30thAnniversaryTheVSUBlazinBrigadeiscelebratingits30thanniversaryandallBlazinBrigadealumniareinvitedtojoininthepre-gameperormance.ToregisterpleasecontactEricBradshawat229.249.4965oreebradshvaldosta.edu.FootballGameVSUBlazersvs.FloridaTechPanthers300PMBazemore-HyderStadiumSupporttheNationalChampionsastheydeendtheirtitleCalltheBlazerAthleticsTicketOfceat229.333.7328topurchasetickets.Registeronlineatwww.valdosta.edualumniorbycallingVSUAlumniRelationsat229.333.5797HOMECOMING2013HOMECOMING2013