Valdosta Daily Times

April 17, 2013

VSU brings culture to community

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State continues to bring an array of educational, artistic, and cultural events to our community, providing opportunities that enrich the quality of life for citizens and students alike.

This week is certainly no exception. Tonight, VSU hosts former Poet Laureate of the U.S. and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine, who will read from some of his works at 7:30 p.m. at Whitehead Auditorium.

On Thursday night, VSU’s dance and theatre departments host the Emerging Artists Showcase, which will run through the weekend. The event is held annually with four performances through the weekend planned to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their talents.

On Friday, VSU students and visitors alike have two more events to choose from — the public planetarium show, the last of the season, titled, “Alien Landscapes.” There are three showings, at 7, 8 and 9  p.m. at Nevins Hall.

Also Friday night, student organizations are holding their annual Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society. For 12 hours beginning at 7 p.m., faculty, students and staff will come together to celebrate, learn and remember on VSU’s Front Lawn. A special luminaria ceremony will begin around 9:30 p.m.

Finally, on Saturday evening, VSU’s Society for International Students is hosting the 37th annual International Dinner in the Student Union Ballroom. The dinner will feature dishes from four global regions, prepared by the students, along with music, dance, and other performances, allowing the international students the opportunity to share their culture with their fellow students, friends and community supporters.

In just one week at VSU, you can view the heavens and explore other worlds, while also exploring our own. You can attend readings by a famous poet and by students who hope to one day be as well known. You can view performances by students anxious to demonstrate their talents, or visit with students as they raise money for a worthy cause.

As the university’s academic year winds to a close, take advantage of these opportunities and be thankful for the culture and diversity VSU brings to our community.