November 3, 2015
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Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Whitney N. Yarber, Communications Specialist

Déjà vu: VSU Celebrates 2015 Homecoming

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University is gearing up for what promises to be a spirited Homecoming 2015 celebration Nov. 9-15. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community are invited to attend.

Melinda Fudge, director of the Office of Alumni Relations, said that she is thrilled to be welcoming past, present, and future Blazers to campus for Homecoming 2015, themed Déjà vu VSU. She hopes alumni and friends will enjoy this opportunity to come home and discover how the university continues to cherish its 100-plus-year-old history while also embracing the future.

Students are invited to a pre-homecoming event at Wild Adventures Theme Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Current students with a valid VSU ID will have the entire park to themselves to enjoy a fun-filled evening of rides, music, and food.

The schedule of Homecoming 2015 events includes the following:

Student Kickoff Carnival

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9

Where: VSU front lawn

Target Population: VSU students

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Sheet Sign Competition

When: The deadline to hang a sheet sign is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9

Where: VSU campus

Target Population: VSU students

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming 

Student Chamber Showcase

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9

Where: Whitehead Auditorium

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Photo Booth

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10

Where: Student Union Rotunda

Target Population: VSU students

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Sidewalk Chalk Competition

When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10

Where: Palms Dining Hall Walkway

Target Population: VSU students

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Blazin’ Downtown Throwdown

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10

Where: Lowndes County Courthouse Lawn

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

New Jazz Ensemble

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10

Where: Whitehead Auditorium

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Sitting Volleyball Demonstration and Tournament

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11

Where: VSU Student Recreation Center

Target Population: VSU students

Cost: Admission is $1. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Déjà vu Pep Rally

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12

Where: P.E. Complex

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

VSU Repertory Dancers 30th Anniversary Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15

Where: Sawyer Theatre

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

More: Call the VSU Theatre and Dance Box Office at (229) 333-5973 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or visit https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=7166asp?SponsorID=7166#.VgrU0Uud8RU 24 hours a day, seven days a week to purchase tickets.

Lip Sync Competition

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12

Where: P.E. Complex

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament

When: 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Where: Kinderlou Forest

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: $100 for individuals or $400 for teams.

More: http://www.valdostastate.org/s/1617/index.aspx?sid=1617&gid=1&pgid=707

Blazer Spirit March

When: Noon Friday, Nov. 13

Where: VSU Campus

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Mass Choir Homecoming Dinner

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Where: Continuing Education Building Auditorium

Target Population: VSU Mass Choir students and alumni

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: http://masschoirhomecoming.eventbrite.com

Distinguished Alumni Dinner

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Where: University Center Magnolia Room

Cost: $35 per person. Reservations are required.

More: http://www.valdostastate.org/s/1617/social.aspx?sid=1617&gid=1&pgid=701&cid=1665&content_id=491

The First Lady’s Reunion Breakfast for Graduates of Fives

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: University Center Cypress Room

Target Population: VSU alumni who graduated in years ending in a five.

Cost: $10 per person

More: http://www.valdostastate.org/s/1617/social.aspx?sid=1617&gid=1&pgid=701&cid=1665&content_id=492

Homecoming Parade and Float Competition

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: VSU Main Campus

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Blazer Nation Tailgate Competition

When: Noon Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: Corner of Brookwood and Slater Street

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

More: http://www.valdostastate.org/s/1617/social.aspx?sid=1617&gid=1&pgid=701&cid=1665&content_id=492

Alumni Tailgate

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: Corner of Brookwood and Slater Street

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is $5 for children ages 14 and under; $10 for adults with barbeque only; and $15 for adults with barbeque and adult beverages.

More: http://www.valdostastate.org/s/1617/social.aspx?sid=1617&gid=1&pgid=701&cid=1665&content_id=493

Blazer Walk

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: Admission is free of charge.

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Football: VSU Blazers vs. Florida Tech

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

More:  Visit https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=6551#.Vji2vLerSUl or contact (229) 333-7328 or tickets@valdosta.edu to purchase tickets.

Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show

When: 7:06 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: P.E. Complex

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: $15 per person

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

Volleyball: VSU Blazers vs. University of North Alabama

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15

Where: P.E. Complex

Target Population: VSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and members of the community

Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for students

More: www.valdosta.edu/homecoming

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Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities.

The story above demonstrates VSU's commitment to meeting the following goal:

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