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Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at KSU

Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- An award-winning actor from Cobb County has been named an artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State University.

Marietta native Shuler Hensley hopes to bring a flavor of Broadway to the school's College of the Arts.

Hensley has won the coveted Triple Crown of theater awards -- a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Award. He played Jud Fry in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! and originated the role of The Monster in the Broadway production and national tour of Young Frankenstein. He also starred in Stephen King and John Mellencamp's original musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Otis A. Brumby Jr., who served for 45 years as publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, has died at age 72.

The newspaper that Brumby led since 1967 reports the longtime publisher died Saturday at his Cobb County home after battling prostate cancer for nearly two years.

Over the decades Brumby became one of Cobb County's most prominent business leaders as he expanded his publishing operation to include 27 free weekly papers throughout the Atlanta suburbs. Though Marietta Daily Journal maintained a local focus, Brumby was known as a champion of government transparency in Georgia.

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a longtime friend of Brumby, says "a giant oak has fallen that will be very difficult to replace."

KSU dean announces retirement

KSU dean announces retirement

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, will retire next February.

Meeks announced his retirement during KSU's Opening of School activities on Aug. 15. He has been a member of the faculty for 38 years and served as dean for the last 14.

"During the years that Dean Meeks has led the College of the Arts, the college has grown in size, reputation, quality and private support," KSU Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Ken Harmon said in a statement.

Harmon added that the College of the Arts now has more endowed scholarships than any other college at KSU.

Under Meeks' leadership, the college also teamed up with KSU's Michael J. Coles College of Business to create the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program.

Effective Feb. 1, Department of Dance chair Ivan Pulinkala will be named interim chair of the College of the Arts until a permanent dean can be found.

NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php