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VSU student slain in shooting, suspects arrested

Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor A VSU student and three other suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a shooting that resulted in the death of another VSU student on Monday. According to the Valdosta Daily Times, sophomore Lenton Swint was found with a bullet wound to the head on the front doorway of a duplex residence on ...

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Spring graduation pushed to one day

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Spring commencement will be a late bloomer this year. On Monday, the commencement schedule for the spring 2016 graduates was changed. The confirmation of the change came from VSU’s official Twitter account. In the past, commencement ceremonies have been held on Friday and Saturday. The change has moved all the commencement ceremonies to Saturday, May ...

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SGA President addresses issues at first meeting

Written by Kyle Dawson, Photo Editor At the first meeting of the semester on Monday, SGA President David Burdette addressed the senators about some of the problems the organization had last semester as well as some upcoming events and news. “Last semester was a little rocky,” Burdette said, “I’m excited to be here, and we’re ready to get to work.” ...

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James LaPlant named new dean of VSU’s graduate school

Written by Tiarra Bell, Staff Writer After serving as the interim dean of Graduate School, James T. LaPlant is named the new dean of the Graduate School at Valdosta State University. LaPlant says that he plans to grow a fund for graduate student research, grow and support faculty research, implement 4 +1 programs, and pick up a bachelor’s degree and ...

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Savoie appointed Dean of Honors College

Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer Recently, VSU and the Honors College took a huge step forward by officially naming longtime Interim Dean Michael Savoie as the Dean of Honors College. The Honors College gives their honor students the opportunity to take enriched courses and participate in different types of activities. It is designed for different majors and the Honors ...

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Dr. Calvin Walker named Interim Director of African American studies

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer Along with changes to the faculty and staff at VSU, this semester Dr. Calvin Walker was appointed as the Interim Director of African American studies. Walker has been working at VSU for 31 years, and teaching for 38 years. The duties involved with the directory position include supervising the AFAM program, creating the schedule ...

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Sherri Noviello appointed Dean of College of Nursing

Written by Julia Rodriquez, Staff Writer Sheri Noviello keeps us healthy by ensuring that our nurses are properly educated.  Noviello is VSU’s new dean for the College of Nursing. She joined VSU in April of 2014 as an associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Three months later she was appointed interim dean and is now dean.  ...

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Invest. Ignite. Inspire. beats out 5 year goal

Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer The VSU community is investing, igniting and inspiring the future of Valdosta State. To date, the campaign has raised 46 million dollars. This goal was achieved in a short year and a half, which beat out the predicated five year goal. “Invest. Ignite. Inspire” is a comprehensive capital campaign strategy for Valdosta State University ...

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Student killed in ATV accident: The VSU accounting major died on Jan. 9

Written by Jyrell Wynn, Corresondent On Jan. 9, Valdosta State alumni Patrick Stewart McKinley passed away due to complications from an ATV accident at Dodge County Hospital in Eastman, Georgia. Patrick was a junior accounting major. As a Valdosta native, McKinley went to Open Bible Christian School until the 11th grade, but graduated from Valdosta High School in 2011. While ...

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New exercise building to open today

Written by John Stephen, Correspondent A new extension of the Student Health Center will now allow all VSU students and employees access to preventive and therapeutic clinical services previously offered only to university athletes. The Center for Exercise Medicine & Rehabilitation (CEMR) will host its grand opening ceremony and reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will include information ...

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