August 14, 2006
06-095

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations

Final preparations set for VSU's 100th Birthday

The front lawn of Valdosta State University's main campus will come alive with music, games and fireworks the night of August 18, 2006 as VSU celebrates its 100th Birthday. The party, which will include a birthday cake for 5,000 people, will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a flyover from nearby Moody Air Force Base shortly thereafter. Music will be provided by the Swingin' Medallions (live band). There will be fun activities for both kids and adults, the new VSU Museum will be open, and the fireworks finale will begin around 9:15 p.m.

"I extend a special invitation to the citizens of South Georgia and Valdosta State alumni from across the state to visit the campus," said VSU President Ronald M. Zaccari.

The Friday night event will include a parking shuttle service offered at the Oak Street Lot and the University Center.

On Saturday morning, August 19, VSU will play host to the Centennial 5K Fun Run/Walk which will occur spanning the perimeter of the campus. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of West Hall with the race to follow at 8:30 a.m. beginning on Patterson Street.

Earlier on Thursday, August 17, the new VSU Archives Museum will have its Grand Opening in the Odum Library lobby from 4-6 p.m. This event will include the opening of the "100 Years of the College at Valdosta: An Archives Exhibit," a Faculty art exhibit and the unveiling of VSU President Ronald Zaccari's portrait.

Media Map: http://www.valdosta.edu/news/media/2006/08/VSU_Celebration_Media_Map.pdf
5K Map: http://www.valdosta.edu/news/media/2006/08/VSU_FunRunMap.pdf