June 10, 2008

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Lynn Hortman Manager of Marketing and Public Relations AuxiliaryServices (229) 333-5706

VSU Welcomes Students for 29th Annual Governor's Honors Program

VALDOSTA - Students participating in the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program joined the Valdosta State University campus community on Sunday, June 8, ready for the learning experience of a lifetime.

Students will now study under the host of faculty and staff, who arrived Wednesday June 4, during the annual six-week program, which allows the state’s most intellectually and artistically talented high school students to expand their knowledge and experience life on a college campus.

Students are nominated by their high school teachers in the areas of study in which they excel, before participating in an interview process with the GHP faculty and staff. Each must create a portfolio and presentation for the GHP faculty and staff, who make the final selections of students to participate in the program for the summer. Those who earn the opportunity can focus on arts, science, foreign language, business management or one of many other specialty areas, tailoring a program to fit specific desires.

The program began with 400 student participants in 1964 at Wesleyan College in Macon. Successful results allowed for expansion to 600 students and an additional location at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega the following year. In 1980, Valdosta State University became a new host, before becoming the official campus for a consolidated program. Each year, VSU welcomes close to 700 students, offering each students opportunity to engage in innovative learning and experience the atmosphere of a regional university.

For more information, visit the State of Georgia’s Education Web site at www.doe.k12.ga.us or Valdosta State’s Web site, www.valdosta.edu . You may also call the GHP office at 333-7166.

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