June 5, 2000
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Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Valdosta State University News Now

MBA program revamped for fall

VSU's Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been revised to better serve the needs of working students. Starting Fall 2000, it will be a 30 hour program made up of eight required courses and two out of four electives. These changes are expected to increase the flexibility of this part-time evening program, according to Dr. Jackie Eastman, director of the program.

Additionally, the College of Business Administration will begin offering a collaborative WebMBA program with four other Georgia universities starting this fall. This WebMBA program will be in addition to the part-time on-campus evening program. The Georgia WebMBA Consortium includes VSU, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, the State University of West Georgia and Georgia College and State University. All of the Consortium members currently offer MBA programs accredited by the AACSB-the International Association for Management Education.

For more information, visit http://teach.valdosta.edu/cobagrad or contact Eastman jeastman@valdosta.edu.

Small business class planned

The VSU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will sponsor the class "How to Start a Small Business" from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 in Thaxton Hall on VSU's North Campus, Room 108.

Participants will learn a range of business basics, from how to select a location to advertising and marketing essentials. Registration is $30, and pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

For more information, call the VSU SBDC at 245-3738.

Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival launches 2000 season

The Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival is underway now through July 29. The 2000 season includes three productions: Always...Patsy Cline, She Loves Me and Carousel. Curtain time for all performances is 8 p.m.. in the Jekyll Island Amphitheatre on Stable Road.

The Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival is a professional theatre company of about sixty actors, technicians, musicians and managers that produces a summer season of Broadway musicals in rotating repertory, Monday through Saturday, in the Amphitheatre of Jekyll Island.

The Festival is produced by VSU in association with the Jekyll Island Authority. The company includes VSU faculty and students and professional theatre artisans from across the country chosen through regional and national auditions. The company is in residence on Jekyll Island for about 10 weeks from mid-May through late July.

For ticket information, call 229-333-2149.

Governor's Honors Program set

Classes for the 2000 Governor's Honors Program will begin June 19 on the VSU campus.

More than 600 high school students from across Georgia will gather for the six-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented juniors and seniors challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.

While the Georgia Department of Education directs GHP, VSU has served as host institution since 1980.

Fall semester classes begin soon

VSU's fall semester classes begin Aug. 16, but there is still time to apply. The priority application deadline is Aug. 1.

For more information and a schedule of orientation and registration sessions, contact the Admissions Office at 333-5791. For additional details on VSU, check out the World Wide Web site at WWW.Valdosta.Edu.