Saturday, March 29, 2008

Peachtree City’s Jessica Vickson Chosen as Clayton State 2008 GOAL Winner

Photo: Dr. Laveda Pullens, Clayton State 2008 GOAL winner Jessica Vickson, Clayton County Rotary’s Shegale Crute.

Jessica Vickson (Peachtree City), a student in Office Administration in the College of Professional Studies, has been named as Clayton State University’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) for 2008.

The announcement was made at the GOAL recognition meeting on Mar. 12 at Clayton County’s Rotary Club Luncheon.

Vickson was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were: Arwen Mullikin (first runner up), Office Administration; Andrita Brown, Marketing and Merchandising; and Karen Render, Office Administration.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 33 technical colleges as well as the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions. While Clayton State University is not a technical college, various programs in the University’s College of Professional Studies receive funding from DTAE, allowing the opportunity for Clayton State students to participate in the GOAL competition each year.

The announcement of Vickson as Clayton State’s GOAL winner was made by Dr. Laveda Pullens, the University’s GOAL Coordinator.

Vickson will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in May where, for three days, she will compete with GOAL winners from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2008 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. The grand prize for the state GOAL winner also includes a new car, courtesy of Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Prom Fashion Show Raises Money for Scholarships

Students involved in the Career Tech Student Organizations (CTSO) at Whitewater High showed the student body this season’s hottest prom attire while raising funds to help further their education.

Over $3,000 was generated by the prom fashion show that was planned, coordinated and executed by approximately 200 student members of the following clubs: Technology Student Association, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Heath Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

The proceeds from the show will be used to support a scholarship fund for the CTSO programs. Each organization will award one of its members a $500 scholarship.

“This was an outstanding example of how students from different career areas collaborate together with excellent results. The show was a success and all of the students had lots of fun knowing that they were helping raise money for scholarships for each other,” says marketing teacher Krystin Glover.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Clayton State President Harden to Address Clayton Chamber of Commerce SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast

The speaker for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast won’t have far to travel to get to the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State University campus.

That’s because it’s Dr. Thomas K. Harden, president of Clayton State University.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 27, starting at 7:45 a.m. in Atrium of the Downs Center. The cost for the breakfast is $15 for chamber members and guests of members and $25 for non-members. Harden will be giving a State of the University update and attendees will get a chance to learn more about the various initiatives and programs underway at the University.

Advance reservations are required for the SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast. Go to www.claytonchamber.org for additional information, or contact the chamber at (678) 610-4021 or e-mail: info@claytonchamber.org.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding, comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Superintendent Cox on NCLB Consequences Flexibility

U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced today (3/18/08) that some states will be allowed to use different consequences for schools under No Child Left Behind based on the degree to which they missed annual performance goals. State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox released the following statement on this flexibility:

"This is great news because it will allow up to 10 states to stop treating all schools the same whether they missed Adequate Yearly Progress in one small area or across the board. A school that missed making AYP in just one subgroup should not be subject to the same consequences as a school that missed it in five, six or seven areas. This will allow for more strategic use of data and interventions to specifically help students that are falling behind."

"In the coming days, the staff at the Georgia Department of Education will review guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and begin assembling an application to participate in this pilot. I appreciate President Bush and Secretary Spellings listening to the concerns of state and school leaders and allowing adjustments that will make No Child Left Behind a fairer law without backing away from the core principals of accountability and parental engagement."

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Clayton State University’s First ROTC Scholarship Awarded

Clayton State University recently welcomed Col. Chuck Waggoner, ROTC Eastern commander, and the new Clayton State University cadre, with a reception that also recognized the awarding of the University’s first ROTC scholarship.

The reception, hosted by Clayton State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Sharon Hoffman, welcomed the new Clayton State University cadre; Maj. Peter W. Almedia, Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Ricks, human resource technician Sylvia Simmons, and a Gold Bar recruiter.

Waggoner, along with Lt. Col. Kevin Anderson, professor of Military Science at Georgia State University, presented the first ROTC scholarship awarded at Clayton State University to Oriskany Carr (Douglasville).

“I am very excited to come to Clayton State and I am very thankful for the scholarship I have received,” said Carr.

Carr is a senior at Chapel Hill High School and will begin the pre-nursing program at Clayton State fall 2008. Her father is a retired master sergeant.

The Clayton State University ROTC program will begin with the fall 2008 semester and will be initially introduced as a military science (MS) program for freshman and sophomores. The ROTC program will begin as a full partnership program with Georgia State University.

“The goal is to quickly do well and earn an invitation to expand the program to include MS programs for juniors and seniors,” says Dr. Mannie E. Hall., Clayton State director of Academic Outreach. “Finally, it is important to reinforce that Interim Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. John Campbell skillfully formulated the MS curriculum pieces up to this point, which is much appreciated.”

The value of the new Clayton State University MS program is the availability of the robust ROTC scholarships for Clayton State students who want to become future Army officers.

For more information about the new Clayton State University Military Science ROTC program, contact Hall at manniehall@clayton.edu or (678) 466-5053.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Clayton State to Celebrate Cultural Shock Week, March 24 to March 28

The Clayton State University Office of Campus Life will be celebrating Cultural Shock Week during the week of Mar. 24 to Mar. 28. According to Lakiesa Cantey, assistant director for Campus Life, Cultural Shock Week will be a week-long, campus-wide celebration to educate people about cultural differences and to promote cross-cultural interaction campus-wide with the theme, “Finding Common Ground and Learning to Embrace Differences.” All of the Cultural Shock Week events are open to the public.

On Monday, Mar. 24, Matt Glowacki will give a presentation on “Diversity According to Family Guy & South Park” from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room B14 of the Lecture Hall. A native of Janesville, Wis., Glowacki is an outstanding athlete, even though he was born without legs. While attending college and playing wheelchair basketball, he developed and administered a community awareness program entitled, "What It Takes: Cornerstones for Success." Glowacki earned a position on the USA Paralympic Team for Sit-Volleyball in June 1998, and participated in the World Championships in Washington, D.C. He has traveled and competed internationally with the team and attended the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney and the 2002 World Championships in Cairo.

Glowacki will be answering such questions as… What makes people behave differently? Why do people react to things differently? According to Glowacki, the answers to both of these questions can be found by looking at the ways people are brought up and the experiences they call their own. For more information, go to http://www.colemanproductions.com/glowacki.html.

On Tuesday, Mar. 25, see a display of scenic pictures from around the world, “Around the World in Pictures,” on Main Street in the University’s James M. Baker Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A discussion and exploration of the definition of diversity and what it encompasses entitled “What Diversity Means to You” will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 26 in room 272 of the Baker Center.

Highlighting the week will be CulturalFest on Thursday, Mar. 27, a talent show by Clayton State students, faculty and staff. CulturalFest will run from noon to 2 p.m. in the Commons area of the James M. Baker Center. Clayton State performers will be showcasing talents (songs, dances, poetry) that are representative of their culture.

Finally, on Friday, Mar. 28 is the Flag Party, sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association, starting at 9:30 p.m. in the Commons area of the Baker Center.

“Students will have the opportunity to represent their country at this cultural party,” says Cantey. “We want students to take proud of their heritage and where they come from.”

The Flag Party is free to all with a Clayton State ID. There is a $2 admission charge for the general public. All of the rest of the Cultural Shock Week events are free.

For more information, contact Cantey at (678) 466-5421 or at lakiesacantey@clayton.edu.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Fayette Dominates Regional Math Tournament

Math is definitely a strong subject for Fayette’s middle school students. Competitors swept the entire Griffin RESA Regional Middle School Math Contest, minus a tie for second in the smaller school division and a third place defeat in the larger school division.

Whitewater Middle took first place in Division I (smaller schools) with Fayette Middle tying for second with Taylor Street Middle and Bennett’s Mill Middle rounding out the division with a third place victory.

In Division II (larger schools), Rising Starr Middle and J.C. Booth Middle finished first and second, respectively.

Once again, Fayette swept the individual winners category. Nicholas Cooper of Rising Starr took first place, Brent Huang, also of Rising Starr, placed second and Sarika Reddy of Fayette Middle took third.

The contest is a regional competition among middle schools in the Griffin RESA region that includes Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Griffin-Spalding and Upson school systems.

DECA Club Makes Its Mark

Less than a year in existence and Whitewater High�s DECA Club, a student business and marketing club, has already racked up numerous awards at the regional and state level competition.

The chapter had 16 members place Top 3 at the region competition and 17 place Top 20 at the state competition with Liz Webb placing second in the Entrepreneurship Testing event and Jaimie Concord placing fourth in Job Interview. Also, chapter Vice-President Devon Lomax was elected to the state officer position of Vice-President of Finance and will work next year with officers across the state.

The Whitewater chapter also received many membership awards including Largest New Chapter in the state, Top 25 membership placing tenth in the state, 150+ chapter award, Gold Level Membership and Chapter Charter award.

DECA is a business marketing, management and entrepreneurship organization that strives to educate its members about general marketing, entrepreneurship and general business strategies and decisions. DECA aims to prepare members for future careers in general marketing and business.

Teacher Nominated for Marketing Award

Whitewater High marketing teacher Krystin Glover has been nominated for New Marketing Teacher of the Year, an award given annually by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE).

The purpose of the award is to encourage new teachers to remain in the profession. Recipients of the award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers.

The winner will be announced in July at the GACTE annual conference in Atlanta.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

GA State Sup. Kathy Cox: THE IMPORTANCE OF GREAT SCHOOL BOARDS

School boards don’t usually grab the good headlines.

Board of Education elections are generally relegated to the back pages of newspapers and websites and are rarely covered by television or radio. School board meetings usually fly below the public radar unless there is a particular issue that has riled up parents or teachers. And the work of good school board members almost never grabs attention or wins awards.

March 17 – 21 is School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia and now, more than ever, we should take the time to say “thank you” to these faithful servants.

The recent troubles in Clayton County should demonstrate to everyone how important school boards really are. The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) is on the verge of stripping Clayton County’s schools of its accreditation mainly because of the actions of its school board. The impact could be catastrophic. Hard-working students could lose the opportunity to access the HOPE scholarship and may not be able to get into the colleges of their choice. Property values could plummet and business and industry could bypass Clayton, eroding the county’s economic stability.

But it’s important to note that this is the exception, not the rule.

Most of Georgia’s 181 school districts are run by excellent school boards that understand their role and empower the system’s staff and students. These board members dedicate an inordinate number of hours to their office, usually for little or no money. They field questions at night, on weekends and in the grocery store from concerned parents and teachers and, often, have to make gut-wrenching decisions about spending, staffing and discipline. This dedication of hours and effort almost always comes at the expense of time with their families and loved ones.

During School Board Appreciation Week, let’s dedicate ourselves to helping our school boards do their jobs well. Here are just a few ideas:

Get involved: Follow the work of your local school board and attend board of education meetings on a regular basis, not just when you have a problem. Stay in touch with your board members by providing ongoing feedback about issues and proposals. And be sure to send them a note when you have something positive to say either about a board member’s specific efforts or the schools, in general.

Choose carefully: At election time, make sure you know who is running and ask them the questions that are important to you. Attend school board debates and candidate forums and scour the candidates’ literature and websites for specifics. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and, respectfully, ask a follow-up question or offer an opinion. It really can make a difference.

Run for office: Not everyone has the energy or the ability to run for school board, but if you do, I’d encourage you to think about it. Our school boards need dedicated candidates who are interested in providing sound policy and clear guidance. You don’t have to be a teacher or politician, but you do have to be willing to put students first and embrace the mission and goals of public education.

Say Thank You: Perhaps the easiest thing you can do right now is express your appreciation to good school board members. You can write a letter or email, give them a call or – best yet – take a moment during a board meeting to just say “thanks” and shake their hands.

As for me, I want to say “thank you” to two very important school boards in my life.

First, as a parent, I want to thank the Fayette County Board of Education, which oversees the two excellent schools my children attend. I know they put in long hours and I hope they know the parents of Fayette County truly appreciate their work.

Secondly, as Superintendent of Schools, I want to thank the members of the State Board of Education, who I work with on a daily basis. The members of this board come from varied backgrounds – some are educators; some are business leaders; some are former local school board members and some are very involved parents. Each of them brings their ideas and their experiences to the table but checks their personal agendas and egos at the door.

We don’t always agree and, at times, we even argue. But, in the end, we almost always compromise and find common ground. And I know – without a doubt – that each member of the State Board of Education wants what is best for the students of Georgia.

So, to each member of the State Board, and to local board members around the state, I want to say “thank you” for your tireless dedication to public schools in Georgia.

The State Board of Education Members (listed by Congressional District)

1. Linda M. Zechmann
2. Peggy Stokes Nielson
3. Dr. Mary Sue Polleys
4. William Bradley Bryant
5. James E. Bostic Jr.
6. Robert “Buzz” Law
7. Jose R. Perez
8. Wanda Barrs, Chair
9. Larry E. Winter
10. Brian K. Burdette
11. Albert “Al” Hodge
12. Vacant
13. Dr. Mary Sue Murray
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Education Foundation Awards Grants

Over $26,000 in grants has been awarded to educators by the Fayette County Education Foundation to help fund innovative teaching ideas at public schools throughout the county.
Things that Go Vroom, Lasers Light the Way and Spooky Periodic Table are a sampling of titles representing the 29 projects that received funding through the foundation’s mini-grant program. Mini-grant awards range from $500-1,000.

New this year was the awarding of two large grants for school-wide projects and programs costing over $1,000 to implement. Large grants were awarded to Fayetteville Intermediate for the replacement of outdated and worn broadcasting equipment used to produce Cougar Television (the school’s closed circuit television program) and McIntosh High for a freshmen camp that will be held this summer to help prepare ninth graders for high school.

The grants give educators the monetary assistance they need to bring innovative and creative programs into their schools and classrooms to help enhance the curriculum that is already in place. These programs are in addition to what is funded by the school system. Without assistance from the Fayette County Education Foundation, funding for many of these programs would not be possible.

Counting this year’s grants, the Fayette County Education Foundation has given over $156,000 to more than 400 recipients since it awarded its first grants in 2002. Funding for the grants would not be possible without the generous support of the business community, Fayette County School System employees and local individuals who have a vested interest in enhancing educational opportunities for Fayette’s students. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

The foundation is a cooperative effort between the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County Public School System. Anyone interested in becoming a supporter of the Fayette County Education Foundation can contact Melinda Berry-Dreisbach at the Fayette County Board of Education, 770-460-3535.
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Mathematics Textbook Adoption Review

Mathematics textbooks under consideration for adoption by the Fayette County Board of Education for Math I, Math II, Accelerated Math I, Accelerated Math II, AP Calculus and AP Statistics will be on display for public review March 18-April 21. Parents, teachers and community members can view the proposed materials at the LaFayette Educational Center from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Clayton State University Professor Awarded NIH Grant

Dr. Fran Norflus, an assistant professor for the Department of Natural Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at Clayton State University, was awarded a portion of a grant from the National Institute of Health. This is a collaborative project that Clayton State University has with Emory University.

“The grant that I was awarded is entitled Localization and Function of Huntington Associated Protein 1 (HAP1) in C. elegans. I was notified that this grant would be funded in early February and will begin this summer,” explains Norflus.

Norflus has worked in research areas of Huntington’s disease preceding her work on this grant. Prior to her accepting a position at Clayton State University in 2005, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University and Massachusetts General Hospital. At this time she was performing studies to develop treatments on transgenic mice that have Huntington’s disease.

“When I came to Clayton State, I switched my research to studies that used the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). This is an excellent model for research due to its small size, ease of manipulation, short lifespan and low cost,” says Norflus.

For this grant, Norflus is collaborating with Dr. Claire-Anne Gutekunst and Dr. Guy Benian at Emory University.

“We will use a knockout strain of C. elegans that has the Huntington Associated Protein 1 (HAP1) knocked out. HAP1 is a protein that interacts with the Huntington protein but its specific function has not been fully determined. We will use these worms to try to elucidate more on its role,” says Norflus.

At Clayton State, Norflus will characterize the behavior or the knockout strain to determine if it is deficient compared to wild type worms. An undergraduate student, Kathy Szeniawski (McDonough), will work on this project as a part of requirements for her biology research course.

Szeniawski will perform some preliminary genetic studies with the worms. She will then start the behavioral studies. Szeniawski plans to continue with this project throughout the summer.

“I am anxious to start the studies on the HAP1 knockout and hope in the future to present the findings at a research meeting,” adds Norflus.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

A Grant Brings Smiles to Clayton State University

The Clayton State University Department of Dental Hygiene recently received a $40,000 grant from the Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation, managed by Wachovia Trust. The grant was recommended to the Clayton State University Foundation by Tamara W. Patridge, assistant vice president of nonprofit and philanthropic services for Wachovia Trust.

“The grant will mean that we can update our dental equipment in areas such as digital radiography and paperless charts and evaluation instruments which will move us into the direction of a paperless clinic,” explains Dr. Susan Duley, head of the Department of Dental Hygiene.

The objective of the grant was to become a source of financial assistance in the renovation of the dental hygiene clinic, which had previously undergone no major renovations since its opening. Aside from updating the clinic with new technology, the clinic is in need of more work stations to accommodate the growing program and increased demand.

The clinic allows students to gain hands-on experience in addition to their classroom training. The clinic is also an important entity serving an underserved population that might not otherwise be able to afford proper dental hygiene care.

With the planned renovations to the dental hygiene clinic, the program anticipates an increase in student enrollment and will be able to admit 40 new students instead of the current 28 each year. Additionally, the number of patients served through the clinic is anticipated to increase from 2,100 to 3,000, a 30 percent increase.

“Updating these two areas, the digital radiography and move to the paperless clinic, will impact the quality of education for the dental hygiene students,” says Duley.

For more information on the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic, or to make an appointment, call (678) 466-4920.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Clayton State Awarded $73,000 Fulbright Grant by U.S. Department of Education

Clayton State University has been awarded a $73,000 matching Fulbright-Hays grant by the U. S. Department of Education for a four-week on-site “Seminar on Tradition and Transformation in Hungary and the Czech Republic.” Contingent upon successful negotiations, 13 to 15 Clayton State, University System of Georgia (USG), K-12 teachers and academic administrators will be eligible to participate in the four week program from June 6 to July 5, 2008.

The purpose of the program is to provide on-site educational and field experiences to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the historical, social, cultural, political, economic and contemporary aspects of Hungary and the Czech Republic. Participants will incorporate the knowledge gained into various courses to help students and citizens overcome stereotypical images of Eastern and Central Europe in general and Hungary and the Czech Republic in particular. The seminar will be affiliated with institutions of higher education in the two countries and, as a part of the program, participants will be involved in lectures, conferences, meetings, cultural activities, and visits to historical and cultural sites in and around Budapest, Prague, Debrecen, Pecs, Telc and Karlovy Vary.

According to Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas K. Harden, the program in Hungary and the Czech Republic is a direct outgrowth of the trade mission to the two countries in which he and several area business leaders participated in during the fall of 2003. Harden also notes that Clayton County and Morrow are home to the first Hungarian Consulate in the State of Georgia and that Delta Airlines’ John E. Parkerson, Jr., past chair of the Clayton State University Foundation Board of Trustees, and another member of the 2003 trade mission, serves as Honorary Consul of Hungary for the States of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The purpose of the internationally known and prestigious Fulbright Program is to promote mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

In commenting on the latest award, Harden indicated that Clayton State has earned the unique distinction of being the only University System of Georgia institution which has been awarded six Fulbright-Hays grants during the past four years. Previous Fulbright and other direct and matching grants received by Clayton State in the amount of $450,000 have helped more than 55 Clayton State, USG faculty members and K-12 teachers to study and travel in Argentina, Chile, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Although the Federal grant will cover a major portion of international and domestic air and surface travel from Atlanta, room and board and other expenses; each selected participant or his or her sponsoring institution will be responsible for a registration fee of $1,800 to cover supplementary travel, lodging and other program related costs.

More details regarding the program can be obtained by contacting Raj Sashti (rajgopalsashti@mail.clayton.edu), seminar director and director of the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia at Clayton State. The deadline for applications for this program is Apr. 10. Due to program and time constraints, individuals interested in participating in the seminar are requested to contact Sashti immediately.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Sensational Saturday At The “BEACH”

Clayton County Public Schools & Clayton County International Park
Proudly Present
Sensational Saturday At The “BEACH”

Face Painting
Storytellers
Pony Rides
Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy & Popcorn
Spring Walk
Exhibitors
Jumps
Fire & Safety ExpoArts & Crafts
The Arts Clayton ArtVan
Community Performers
Sand Art Competition

Saturday, March 15, 2008
10 am ~ 3 pm

Clayton County International Park
(The BEACH)
2300 Highway 138, S.E. Jonesboro, GA 30238

404-362-3501

All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult
$2.00 per car
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

2008 FAYETTE YOUTH POWER PARADE AROUND THE CORNER

It’s time for the17th annual Fayette Youth Power Parade held the week of March 24-28 in all 17 elementary schools in Fayette County. Over 9,000 students will participate in this event which raises funds for Fayette Youth Protection Homes, a non-profit organization which offers a safe haven for children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.

Students will solicit pledges in the community and “earn” their money by participating in a daily walk-a-thon held during PE classes. The student who raises the most funds during the weeklong drive will win a trip for four to Disney World. The second place winner receives a Nintendo Wii game system. Each child who raises $25 or more will receive a t-shirt. The deadline to turn in pledge money is March 28th.

Over the past 17 years, Fayette County school children have raised over a quarter of a million dollars in the Power Parade to help children their own age who have been the victims of abuse. Fayette County School Superintendent John Decotis says, “The Power Parade provides our children an opportunity to reach out to other children in need. Through their participation in the Power Parade, children learn from an early age the satisfaction of serving the community.”

“We award some great prizes in the Power Parade but the true winners are the kids we serve at Fayette Youth Protection Homes who have receive a second chance at life,” comments FYPH Executive Director, Becky Davenport.

Fayette Youth Protection Homes operates a residential group home for school-age children known as the Friday-Johnson Home. At the home which is located in Brooks, children receive comprehensive services in a loving, home-like environment. The organization also operates a private foster care program known as Grace for Children. FYPH recruits, supports and trains a network of private foster care families who care for children of all ages.

For further information about Fayette Youth Protection Homes and the Power Parade, call 770-461-7020 or visit www.fyph.org.
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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Clayton State University’s First ROTC Scholarship Awarded

Photo: Douglasville’s Oriskany Carr receives the first Clayton State ROTC scholarship. Left to right: Chuck Waggoner, Dean of the Clayton State School of Nursing Dr. Lisa Eichelberger, Carr, Clayton State Provost Dr. Sharon Hoffman, Kevin Anderson. (Erin Fender photo)
Clayton State University recently welcomed Col. Chuck Waggoner, ROTC Eastern commander, and the new Clayton State University cadre, with a reception that also recognized the awarding of the University’s first ROTC scholarship.

The reception, hosted by Clayton State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Sharon Hoffman, welcomed the new Clayton State University cadre; Maj. Peter W. Almedia, Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Ricks, human resource technician Sylvia Simmons, and a Gold Bar recruiter.

Waggoner, along with Lt. Col. Kevin Anderson, professor of Military Science at Georgia State University, presented the first ROTC scholarship awarded at Clayton State University to Oriskany Carr (Douglasville).

“I am very excited to come to Clayton State and I am very thankful for the scholarship I have received,” said Carr.

Carr is a senior at Chapel Hill High School and will begin the pre-nursing program at Clayton State fall 2008. Her father is a retired master sergeant.

The Clayton State University ROTC program will begin with the fall 2008 semester and will be initially introduced as a military science (MS) program for freshman and sophomores. The ROTC program will begin as a full partnership program with Georgia State University.

“The goal is to quickly do well and earn an invitation to expand the program to include MS programs for juniors and seniors,” says Dr. Mannie E. Hall., Clayton State director of Academic Outreach. “Finally, it is important to reinforce that Interim Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. John Campbell skillfully formulated the MS curriculum pieces up to this point, which is much appreciated.”

The value of the new Clayton State University MS program is the availability of the robust ROTC scholarships for Clayton State students who want to become future Army officers.

For more information about the new Clayton State University Military Science ROTC program, contact Hall at manniehall@clayton.edu or (678) 466-5053.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Statement of Governor Perdue Concerning IE2 Legislation

Governor Sonny Perdue released the following statement concerning today’s passage of House Bill 1209, the IE2 legislation, in the House of Representatives:

“Passage of the IE2 legislation today by the House is a sign of our commitment to improving Georgia’s education system by giving local school systems the flexibility to apply creative solutions while being held accountable for student achievement,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.

“I appreciate the leadership of Speaker Richardson and Education Committee Chairman Brooks Coleman in getting this important piece of legislation passed as we work together to give Georgia’s children the world-class education they deserve.”

Georgia Perimeter College Recognizes Fayette Students

Georgia Perimeter College is very proud to recognize the students from Fayette County that have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or better while carrying an academic load of 9 semester hours or more at the Newton Campus during the Fall 2007 semester. These three students are also members of the GPC Baseball team which has demanded much of their time practicing and playing in games. Hats off to these fine men: Samuel Trent Freeman, Brenton Alexander Hardy, and Ryan Phillip Haynie.
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State Representative Harbin to Speak at Clayton State March 19

State Representative Ben Harbin, chair of the appropriations committee in the Georgia State Legislature, will be speaking at Clayton State University on Wednesday, Mar. 19.

Harbin will be speaking on why he chose to run for his present position and what people can do to get involved in their communities. His address will start at 12:30 p.m. and will be held in room B14 of the University’s Lecture Hall. The public is invited, free of charge.

The event is sponsored by the Clayton State Political Science Association. For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Corrado, assistant professor of Political Science, at joecorrado@clayton.edu or call (678) 466-4803.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

TOWERS HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1968 40TH REUNION - With Special Guests, Classes 1966, 1967 & 1969

Towers High School
3919 Brookcrest Circle
Decatur, GA 30032
(678) 874-2202

Towers High School in Decatur Georgia Class of 1968 will host their 40th Class Reunion on June 7, 2008, with special guests, Classes 1966, 1967 and 1969. The Event includes an afternoon picnic from 11AM to 3PM at Jones Bridge Park, 4901 E. Jones Bridge Road, Norcross, and the evening event at the Holiday Inn Select @ Peachtree Corners, 6050 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Picnic is $5.00 per person (bring own lunch). Evening event is $47.50 for single, and $95.00 per couple. To get complete details and to have a brochure mailed to your address, please contact Ira Moncrief at 770-922-2994, or log on to the Towers Web Site at the following link to print your own. Deadline for registration and payment is May 1, 2008. We hope to see you there.

http://ths.tedjones .net/docs/ Towers40thBrochu re.doc
For More Information Contact:
Ira Moncrief, Class of 1968
1868 Leguine Mill Road
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Office – (770) 922-2994