October 19, 2007

Kate Elliot
Communications Specialist

VSU to Host Statewide Student Advisory Conference

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University will host the University System of Georgia Student Advisory Council’s fall conference on Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20.

The Student Advisory Council (SAC), which is composed of student government representatives from the 35 USG colleges and universities, advises the USG Board of Regents, state government officials and the news media about issues that are important to students.

“We are so excited to have leaders from all across the state come together at VSU to address so many issues that impact the state of Georgia's college students,” said Jonathan Stroble, VSU Student Government Association President.

Stroble said campus representatives will come together at the conference to address statewide issues such as advising, student enrollment, taxes on textbooks and repercussions of the new HOPE scholarship eligibility requirements. Stroble said much of the conference will focus on ways to implement academic advising recommendations proposed by a board-appointed task force. VSU President Ronald M. Zaccari chaired the task force charged with identifying ways to achieve better student advising practices throughout the system.

The conference, which is not open to the public, will commence in a dinner with President Zaccari to discuss the advising task force initiatives. Stroble said the remainder of the conference on Saturday will dedicated to working in committees to discuss student-related issues in more detail.

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