March 9, 2009
09-041

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

VSU President Visiting Alumni

VALDOSTA -- President Patrick J. Schloss is traveling the highways to meet alumni throughout South Georgia and selected areas within metro Atlanta. Tifton is the first stop on the 12-city “VSU Connections” tour, which begins March 10 and concludes in Brunswick on April 29.

VSU alumni, family, and friends are invited to attend the informal receptions to meet President Schloss and reconnect with former classmates and friends.

“There are so many great stories to be told by our alumni who value the education they received from Valdosta State and credit their alma mater for their professional successes,” said Schloss. “Recent developments on campus allow us to extend our reach in support of their aspirations. The receptions will help me and others from the university to forge a stronger relationship with our alumni, friend and future students.”

More than 33,000 alumni live in Georgia, representing 67% of the total alumni base. Each year this number grows by approximately 2,000, as students graduate and become productive members within communities throughout Georgia and across the country.

“The receptions focus on meeting alumni and friends of the university where they live and work and allows us to keep them informed about what is going on at Valdosta State,” said John Trombetta, director of Alumni Relations. “We expect these receptions to energize our alumni around the state--allowing that energy to translate into the formation of local alumni chapters and a renewed sense of pride in their alma mater.”

For more information and to register visit www.valdostastate.org or call the VSU Alumni Office at 229- 333-5797 or 800-464-3638.

12-City Tour Schedule
**All receptions begin at 6:30 p.m.
March 10, Tifton --Tift Area Conference Center
March 16, Atlanta/Cobb --Cobb Galleria
March 17, Atlanta/Gwinnett --Gwinnett Place Marriott
March 19, Thomasville -- Holiday Inn Express
March 24, Waycross -- Jameson Inn
March 26, Douglas -- Holiday Inn Express
March 31, Moultrie -- Hampton Inn
April 13, Atlanta/Fulton -- Embassy Suites Buckhead
April 14, Atlanta/Dekalb -- Hilton Garden Inn, Stonecrest
April 21, Albany -- Hilton Garden Inn
April 28, Savannah -- Courtyard Marriott Historic District
April 29, Brunswick/King’s Bay -- Holiday Inn