V-State Experience coming to Albany

ALBANY -- This week, Albany high school students with their sights set on Valdosta State University will have the opportunity to mingle with graduates of the institution and a few of the university officials they will be interacting with over the next few years.

The school is hosting the 2012 V-State Experience on Thursday evening at Doublegate Country Club on Old Dawson Road.

Attendees are asked to come at 6:30 p.m. with the program set for 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. There, alumni can reconnect with the institution and prospective students can connect with some of the faces associated with VSU.

John Trombetta, director of alumni relations at Valdosta State, said the program would begin with a short presentation, as well as remarks from the university president and him. Officials from the admissions, financial aid and housing offices will be introduced, followed by a short video.

At that point, Trombetta said, future VSU students will be able to chat one-on-one with the alumni about their experiences as students and make sure their financial aid and housing paperwork is taken care of.

"The idea is to get the prospective students there, but to get the alumni to mingle with them," Trombetta said. "The parents get to see what their children will become, and the alumni are not paid to say it like we are.

"Plus, with alumni old enough to have kids the same age, some of them will know each other. It's a credibility that puts the parents at ease."

It can also help to put a future student's mind at ease, especially if there is younger alumni there, Trombetta said. "If they are not much older, they can relate to them," he said.

This is the fourth year the event has been brought to the Albany area, officials say.

"It's an important area for us, and it is a good area for us," Trombetta said. "It's part of our region, and part of our recruiting area."

To give an idea on how important the Albany area is for the school, officials with the VSU Registrar's Office say there are 218 students from Dougherty County currently attending Valdosta State.

On average, there are 15-20 students at the event each year. It is catered to students who have already applied and been accepted. They are generally sent an invitation to the event.

"It is more of a targeted population," Trombetta said.

High school students who are still considering whether to apply can also attend. Alumni are generally invited to the event through a mail-out, the alumni relations director said.

There will be refreshments served. Advance notice of attendance for the event is preferred, but not required.

To register, or for more information, email alumnivaldosta.edu or call (229) 333-5797.


TrixibelleBento 3 years, 4 months ago

Hmmmm, why aren't they attending ASU, Darton, or Albany Tech?


dominiquedamac 3 years, 4 months ago

Every Albany person don't want to stay in Albany for their whole lives.


TrixibelleBento 3 years, 4 months ago

That was more of a rhetorical question rather than an actual question.


Cartman 3 years, 4 months ago

VSU is a good school. It probably gets more of a share of Albany students because of all the opposition to Darton becoming a four year college. Same goes for Georgia Southwestern in Americus. It's unfortunate that of the two colleges in Albany - the one with the better academic performance was artificially forced to be the two year college for so many years. Thank goodness that the Nursing program has finally broken through that unfortunate barrier. We could use a four year nursing program in town that has the capability of getting graduates through the nursing boards.


YDoICare 3 years, 4 months ago

There is a flaw in that Darton in 2012 is not the same Darton as 2006, 2002, and especially not when compared to years earlier if we are considering all programs and not just nursing. Unlike the old Albany Junior College or past Darton, many of the current faculty members lack the credentials to teach at 4-year universities. That’s not a criticism of the teaching ability of current faculty; it is merely the difference in degrees needed to work at different institutions. At Darton those with PhDs among the older crowd retired, and the newer hires with the credentials and high standards left to teach at other institutions after experiencing the Darton way.
With the exception of Nursing, does any Dean have a terminal degree? When did Darton last hire a Dean externally and not simply promote a faculty member in house? Even the creation of the RN to BSN program, if you read the proposal, necessitates the hiring of new faculty with credentials higher than all but one of the current faculty to have even this predominately online program. Darton does have an excellent nursing program with great experienced instructors who may have to leave if the BSN program moves to predominately on campus. Sadly, looking at other institutions which previously made the same transition, one can anticipate both the quality and overall number of RNs in the area with an associates' degree to diminish over time.
Remember you can become an RN with just an associates’ degree, and according to Darton’s own figures in its proposal, this approximately 7 figure investment for this program will not increase in the number of RNs in the area. It potentially increases the number of BSN holders, and only increases the number of online RN to BSN options already in Georgia. Also, has anyone ever asked why Darton’s NLNAC accreditation is currently on conditional status? What are the 1 or 2 accreditation standards where they are not in compliance which are slated for reviews in Spring 2013?


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