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Valdosta State announces decision to remain open in face of coronavirus

Valdosta State University announced Wednesday night that for the time being, all school operations will continue, bucking the trend of several nearby universities, which have chosen to close due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the new coronavirus. Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president of Student Success, sent an email to VSU students, faculty and staff detailing the administration’s decision to continue ...

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Valdosta City School closed Wednesday due to coronavirus case, VSU remains open

Valdosta City Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 11, due to a potential coronavirus case. According to a statement released by Valdosta City Schools on late Tuesday, March 10, a student teacher at Sallas Mahone Elementary School had indirect contact with family members who may have previously contracted the virus (COVID-19). The statement added that the student teacher or family ...

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Coronavirus is a paper tiger, less death than flu

The country is getting more scared by the day with more cases of the coronavirus popping up in airports, cruise ships, and high-density cities. But what do we really know about the novel disease COVID-19, and what kind of danger are we truly in? The coronavirus is respiratory . Patients with the coronavirus have had symptoms of fever, cough, and ...

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Valdosta State sends email addressing coronavirus, no actions have been taken

On Friday, March 6, the VSU President’s Office sent out an email addressing the coronavirus and the adjustments VSU is making to deal with the virus. Additionally, VSU has a working task force monitoring the situation. As of now, no changes to class schedules have been made. The university remains steadfast in recommending students who have flu-like symptoms to remain ...

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VSU Young Democrats host senate candidate Sarah Riggs Amico

Thursday, the Valdosta State Young Democrats hosted a rally for Democratic senate candidate Sarah Riggs Amico at the University Center Theater. Amico, who was running mate to Stacey Abrams in 2018, is running against Republican incumbent David Purdue. She made it clear that her main message to students is to get engaged. “If you take away nothing else from this ...

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VSU professor says coronavirus still an enigma

Dr. Eric Chambers, an associate professor of biology in VSU’s college of science and mathematics who specializes in molecular genetics says there is still a lot to be learned about the frightening new virus from China that has sent the globe into panic. The coronavirus been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. The virus has been ...

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Dr. LaPlant having smooth transition in double roles

With just over a week as interim dean of the college of Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. James LaPlant has had a smooth transition. Dr. LaPlant, also the dean of the college of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that the changes have come easy with assistance from associate deans in both colleges. “The position of dean across the two colleges is ...

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VSU art professor set to give art-filled TedX presentation

What does it mean to human? Craig Hawkins, associate professor of art at VSU, hopes to get the viewers thinking about the question, as he will take stage this Saturday, Feb. 22, in a TedX event. The event will be held in the University Theatre from 1 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Hawkins’ presentation titled “Witnessing to Remarkable Beauty in ...

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Walters was not targeted in child sex sting, GBI spokesperson says

On the night of Feb. 9, Keith Walters, former dean of the college of Sciences and Mathematics, was awakened by law enforcement officials at his door as part of a sting operation. He was later arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of children, after he arranged to meet up with someone who he believed was a minor for sex. In ...

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Search for new dean begins, Dr. LaPlant serves as interim

In the wake of former dean Keith Walters’ arrest in a child sex sting operation, VSU is left with a gaping hole in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. James LaPlant, current dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will assume the interim dean role of the college. Dr. Theresa Grove, associate dean, will work in conjunction ...

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