October 19, 2015

Whitney N. Yarber, Communications Specialist

VSU to Host Women’s Self-Defense Course

Pictured, from left to right, are Robin Vickery, director of Student Life, and Heidi Bertsch, investigations sergeant with the Valdosta State University Police Department.

VALDOSTA – The Office of Health Promotions at Valdosta State University will offer a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training Oct. 27-29. Admission is free of charge, open to the public, and suitable for women of all ages and abilities.

RAD, the largest women’s self-defense network in the United States, is a comprehensive course comprised of lecture, discussion, and physical resistive strategies facilitated by certified RAD instructors.

“The purpose of the RAD program is to provide women with safety education and realistic options for self-defense,” said Chelsea Holcombe, health educator with the Office of Health Promotions. “Women who take the class leave with a greater sense of independence and a realization of their true physical power. RAD replaces fearfulness with confidence.”

Registration for the event is available online at www.valdosta.edu/healthpromo. Space is limited.

RAD training is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Student Union Ballroom A; Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Student Union Meeting Room 1; and Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Student Union Ballroom C. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions.

Contact Chelsea Holcombe at cwells@valdosta.edu or (229) 245-3896 for more information.

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Valdosta State University’s 2013-2019 Strategic Plan represents a renewal of energy and commitment to the foundational principles for comprehensive institutions.

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:

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

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/planning/strategic-plan.php to learn more.

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