The Communications Department is integral to the land-grant program at Fort Valley State University. The department focuses on publicizing information that covers the range of College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology programs benefitting the public. This department also serves as a resource and liaison for the media, which may need experts and information on various topics.
Many services are provided to employees within the College wishing to publicize their programs and promote the University:
- Annual reports
- Media relations
- News stories
- Poster printing
- Press releases
- Print service center
- Publication development
- Quick copies
- Special event coordination
For Faculty and Staff
- Obtain a work order from the secretary in your department.
- Submit the completed work order form, place materials to be printed inside the work order envelope and submit the envelope to the Office of the Associate Dean for Extension for approval and signature. Work orders submitted without the Associate Dean’s signature will be rejected and returned for signature.
- Once the job has been approved and signed by the Associate Dean the customers must hand deliver the work order to the Printshop.
- The printer will enter the job into a printing log to begin the production process and ask any necessary questions.
- If the job requires typesetting and graphics, it will be passed on to the graphic artist, who will be available to meet with the customer and discuss the job. The material(s) to be printed should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. (An artwork approval form must be signed by the customer to begin the printing process.)
- The turn-around production time for camera ready jobs is five working days. If more time is required, the printer will inform the customer and give a time estimate of the completion date.
- Once the job has been completed, the Printshop staff member will contact the customer for pick up.
Before submitting work orders to Ag Communications, your Program Leader must review and approve your submissions.
All College of Ag documents for external use must be proofread and approved by our staff before distribution. This includes all materials produced in county offices for clients. Additionally, the SACS accreditation statement below must be included on certain documents.
Fort Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Fort Valley State University.
The editing process can range from two weeks to more than a month, depending on the nature of the project. Once a request is submitted, an approximate completion time will be provided.
The communications department and administrators should be promptly notified of all potentially sensitive, contentious or controversial media inquires for the purpose of identifying the appropriate spokesperson and arranging for interviews or statements, if deemed necessary.
As a courtesy, please notify someone in the agricultural communications department if you are expecting media coverage or have participated in an interview with a reporter. It is important to know, and keep track of, the College’s media exposure.
Quick copies and layouts (little or no layout needed):
Submit five days – two in advance weeks (depends on the quantity)
News releases and media coverage:
Submit a publicity release form two – four weeks in advance
When a job requires layout and design by graphic artist:
Submit two – four weeks in advance
Submit six months in advance
Submit two – four weeks in advance
Submit two months in advance
Writers for the College of Agriculture, Family Science and Technology, especially those who work in the agricultural communications department, should use “The Associated Press Stylebook” as their primary style guide. Many of the entries in this manual are from that book used by thousands of publications throughout the United States.
The “Associated Press Stylebook” is a good source for spellings of proper names and technical or media-related terminology, as is the dictionary. A reliable and coherent written style is an important part of the College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Program’s image.
If you have any questions about procedures for submissions and/or services offered, please contact Marquinta Gonzalez, director of the Agricultural Communications Department.
- Rotate the logo
- Skew the logo
- Stretch the logo (unless done proportionately, maintaining original aspect ratio)
- Change the color of the logo
- Make additions or modifications to the logo
The downloadable logos are in the png format. If you need them in any other format contact Agricultural Communications.