December 4, 2015

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Fall 2015 Graduates Give Back to VSU

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University is proud to welcome more than 11 percent of its Class of Fall 2015 into the 1906 Society.

The 1906 Society is a student giving organization that is dedicated to the continued growth and development of VSU through individual gifts from graduating seniors and graduate students who want to protect and nurture their alma mater’s tradition of academic, creative, athletic, and service excellence on campus, in the community, and around the world for future generations. It was founded in 2006, the university’s centennial year.

“The importance of alumni giving to the mission of VSU cannot be overstated,” said John Crawford, vice president for University Advancement and chief executive officer of the VSU Foundation Inc. “Each graduate of VSU has benefitted in some way because of the generosity of someone who came before them.”

Membership in the 1906 Society is open to any graduating students who want to help ensure that future generations of Blazers are given the same opportunities for learning and personal growth that they enjoyed during their time at VSU. Donations of any size are welcome. However, graduates are encouraged to give at least $19.06 in commemoration of the university’s founding.

Funds raised by the 1906 Society provide scholarship support for incoming freshmen.    

“A great way to establish a lifetime culture of giving at VSU is the 1906 Society,” Crawford added. “Our goal is to help graduating students understand that every gift matters and that consistent annual giving is vitally important to VSU's success. A gift to the 1906 Society is a special way for students who are about to graduate to make their first gift to VSU, and the university recognizes their very first gift and the importance of that gift with the red and black cords that members of the 1906 Society wear at commencement.

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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. 

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Goal 2: Increase financial support for the institution.

Goal 3: Promote student, employee, alumni, retiree, and community engagement in our mission.

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