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Local author's book gets nationwide release

Local author's book gets nationwide release

CUMMING, Ga. -- Children's author Leigh Ann Linn's latest book, Drowsy Eels on Banana Peels, will hit bookstore shelves nationwide this week.

The book teaches children how to rhyme words and have fun while reading. It is also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Linn's publisher, Tate Publishing and Enterprises.

Linn grew up in Ohio and graduated from Kennesaw State University. She lives in Cumming with her husband and their two daughters.

A Drowsy Eels on Banana Peels book signing will be held Saturday, Apr. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catch Air, which is located at 10950 State Bridge Road in Johns Creek.

Beijing Olympics' art director to visit KSU

Beijing Olympics' art director to visit KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- One of China's top set designers and art directors will visit Kennesaw State University later this month.

Han Lixun will speak Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 5 p.m. in KSU's Wilson Building.

Lixun was chief designer and art director for the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at some of the world's top galleries, including China's National Art Gallery. Lixun has also designed sets for dramas, musicals, operas and concerts.

In addition to KSU, Lixun is scheduled to speak at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Central Florida. His talks include insight into Chinese culture and a discussion of ways to make it in the art world.

Lixun's visit to KSU is funded by the College of the Arts Global Engagement Grant, another grant from the Confucius Institute and funds from the university's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

Holocaust survivor at speak at Ga. State

Holocaust survivor at speak at Ga. State

ATLANTA -- A Holocaust survivor and retired professor will speak at Georgia State University Friday.

Eugen Schoenfeld is the former chair of GSU's sociology department. He also survived imprisonment at both the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau concentration camps during World War II. He immigrated to the United States in 1948.

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KSU athletic director to speak at chamber luncheon

KSU athletic director to speak at chamber luncheon

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Vaughn Williams, the athletic director at Kennesaw State University, will speak at the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce's Georgia Power Luncheon.

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Williams is the second athletic director in KSU history. The school currently has 14 NCAA Division I sports and hopes to add more programs, including football, in the near future.

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Exceptional dual enrollment student honored by KSU

Exceptional dual enrollment student honored by KSU

CANTON, Ga. -- A young woman from Cherokee County is well on her way to earning a whopping 52 hours of college credit before she even graduates from high school.

Emily Solon is a senior at Creekview High School in Canton, but she also takes classes at Kennesaw State University. She began completing college-level courses in her junior year and has maintained a 3.9 GPA.

Solon has been named KSU's Outstanding Dual Enrollment Honors Student for the 2012-2013 school year. She will also be honored for her many accomplishments by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent at the board's next meeting on Jan. 17.

When she's not in the classroom, Solon works part-time at Walgreens. She is a martial arts enthusiast and holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Solon is also an environmental science and pre-calculus supplemental instruction leader at KSU and works in the university's math lab.

KSU athletic director joins Golden Soldiers

KSU athletic director joins Golden Soldiers

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Golden Soldiers recently named Kennesaw State University athletic director Vaughn Williams to its board of directors.

The Golden Soldiers is a faith-based non-profit that hosts events, activities and service opportunities for families and individuals living with developmental disabilities, all while promoting the Golden Rule.