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Applying to VSA: A Sneak Peek!

Dec. 26, 2012—It is December 26, just after noon. PTY is running with a skeleton crew right now. Many of our staff are visiting friends and family over the holidays. We have only gotten a few calls this morning, but so far they have all been about the VSA application process. It seems that many students are...

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VSA 2013 Information

Nov. 26, 2012—Updated December 11, 2012 We have been getting quite a few phone calls and e-mails asking us when our course schedule for VSA 2013 will be online, when we will mail our catalogs, and when we start taking applications. Here is the info we have so far. Schedule: The schedule for next summer is set....

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Nearly There!

Nov. 13, 2012—Believe it or not, we have already been getting phone calls for parents asking us about VSA next year. They want to know: When will the application be available? What kinds of courses will you be offering? Will so-and-so be teaching again? We started planning for VSA 2013 (#VSA2013) the week after VSA 2012. For...

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VSA 2012: Wrapping Things Up

Aug. 3, 2012—by Program Coordinator David J. Dunn, PhD Is it over already? It seems like only a few days ago we were making plans for the summer. Wasn’t it just last week that we were setting up the VSA Office, dragging our equipment out of storage (or as we call it around here, “The Department of...

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You know you miss VSA when…

Jul. 3, 2012—One of the things I enjoy most as a Program Coordinator at VSA is watching our students form lasting friendships. This year, our Session II students formed a Facebook Group. The latest meme has been, “You know you miss VSA…” Here is what a few of them have been saying: “You know you miss VSA...

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In class today…

Jun. 20, 2012—Yesterday, a few students from Identity in the 21st Century wrote talked about what they’ve been doing and learning. “I’ve learned so much already, and its only the second day. So far, we’ve talked about gender identity, feminism, and reasons for masculinity. It’s really cool because it’s the kind of stuff you don’t get to...

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Excellence with Arête!

Jun. 14, 2012—A big part of the VSA experience is Arête. It’s a Greek word that means “excellence.” After class, students go to various spots on campus and take additional extra-curricular courses  in Broadway dance, martial arts, yoga, puppetry, collage, cricket, and more! Here are a few snapshots of some of our Session 1 VSA students at...

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Final Fantasies: Literature and Video Games

Jun. 13, 2012—Here is a brief summary of what students did in class on Tuesday from Literature and Video Games TA, David Kumler. Today in Literature and Video Games, groups presented arguments to the class regarding the social, epistemological, ethical, and educational implications of various video games. Each group selected a video game and argued in favor...

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VSA 2012: It Begins!

Jun. 12, 2012—By David J. Dunn, Program Coordinator Opening Ceremonies are on Sunday Night. Students get to know their proctor groups, some of our community expectations, and what is going to happen during their stay here. But we also want them to get excited and have fun! That is why we are privileged to have Dr. Amanda...

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Instructor Profile: Kane Jennings

Jun. 4, 2012—Kane Jennings Introduction to Nanotechnology About me: I’m originally from the small town of Centre, Alabama. My father was my high school Chemistry teacher (and a good one!), and that experience helped pave my way into chemical engineering as a college major. During my undergraduate career, I loved the positive impact that many of my...

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