Student Organizations

American Sign Language/English Interpreting (ASL) Club

Description: The ASL Club at Valdosta State University promotes awareness of American Sign Language and Deaf culture within the VSU and greater Valdosta community. Membership is open to any enrolled student with an interest in sign language. The ASL Club at VSU partners with the South Georgia Deaf Community on a variety of service and social activities throughout the academic year. 

Contact Person: Kelly Spell, kmspell@valdosta.edu, (229) 469-5798

Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2616126700

College Middle Level Educators (CMLE)

Description: The purpose of CMLE is to provide service opportunities for students interested in working with adolescents in middle schools and an opportunity to socialize with others interested in middle grades education to promote collegial learning and networking.

Contact Person: Dr. Deborah Paine, dgpaine@valdosta.edu, (229) 333-5611 or Dr. Regina Suriel, rlsuriel@valdosta.edu, (229) 333-5611

Social Media: Facebook: College Middle Level Educators - VSU CMLE, Twitter: @VSUCMLE

Health and Physical Education Majors' Club

Description: The purpose of the Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club is to motivate and assist each major to reach his or her potential, learn new innovative teaching strategies and curriculum content options, and as a professional organization, positively impact the community to incorporate healthy living and physical activity into their daily lives.

Contact Person: Dr. Han Chen, hanchen@valdosta.edu, (229) 249-4921

Department(s): Kinesiology and Physical Education

Student Organization of Library and Information Science (SOLIS)

Description: SOLIS is the student organization for the Master of Library and Information Science Program at Valdosta State University.  Its officers and advisory board act as the voice for students and strive to support activities that help students connect to each other. All MLIS students are members of SOLIS.

Contact Person: SOLIS President Stacey L. Wright, slwright@valdosta.edu

Department(s): Master of Library and Information Science 

Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Description: SPAGE is the Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators, it is an organization under the direction and guidance of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. The basic purpose of the Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE) is to assist students in examining their career opportunities in their specific field of education, participating in exploratory activities in this field and in studying and becoming involved in educational issues.

Valdosta State Reading Council 

State Affiliate: Georgia Reading Council

Description: The Georgia Reading Association is a membership organization whose mission is promoting literacy in Georgia.

Goals of organization:

    1. Empower members of the Georgia Reading Association and local councils to become effective leaders in the field of literacy.
    2. Provide quality reading education services to all Georgia educators.
    3. Recognize exemplary individuals and local and state literacy efforts.
    4. Achieve maximum involvement of members at the local, state, and international levels to provide members maximum benefits.
    5. Promote goals and objectives of the International Reading Association and the Georgia Reading Association.
    6. Assist in implementing the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

Contact Person: Sheryl Dasinger, sbdasing@valdosta.edu

VSU Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association

Description: Founded in 1972, the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national organization for master's candidates and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA membership has over 18,000 members and more than 285 chapters in colleges and universities. Our local chapter was recognized as an official student organization at VSU in 1998.

Contact Person(s): Dr. Ruth Hannibal, (229) 219-1310, rrhannib@valdosta.edu or Dr. Crystal Randolph, (229) 219-1329, crandolph@valdosta.edu

Department(s): Communication Sciences and Disorders

Social Media: VSU Communication Sciences & Disorders, VSU Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic

The American Library Association Joint Student Membership Program

Description: The American Library Association Joint Student Membership program was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.  Forty-six chapters partner with ALA to offer the joint student membership program, allowing students to join one Chapter and ALA for one low price. ALA recognizes that the best way to grow and strengthen its outreach is through personal memberships that encourage concurrent involvement in Chapter and ALA activities.

American Library Association New Members Roundtable

Description: The American Library Association New Members Roundtable (NMRT) is a roundtable for those who have been members of ALA for fewer than ten years and are looking to augment their involvement in ALA. In addition to providing you with the means to develop as a new professional through committee work, conference programs, and other year-round services, NMRT provides numerous venues for you to make connections with colleagues, learn from mentors, and even form lifelong friendships. NMRT can help jump-start your library career like few other groups can.

Future Black Educators

Description: Future Black Educators or FBE is an organization geared towards African American students who have potential and the desire to teach the next generation of students. It is designed to prepare current Ed majors for GACE, give them tangible sources to serve within their communities, and connect with other education students in hopes to encourage one another to press on towards the goal of being an educator.

Contact Person(s): Joshua Wilson, 229-219-3620, joshwilson@valdosta.edu or Rufus Freeman, 229-245-6425, rtfreeman@valdosta.edu