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KSU Homecoming festivities begin Thursday

KSU Homecoming festivities begin Thursday

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University students and alumni are getting geared up for the nine fun-filled days of Homecoming 2011.

This year's events include:

Thursday, Sept. 22

Hoot-a-Palooza: KSU Night at Town Center at Cobb
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Anyone with a KSU ID card will get great discounts at mall stores. There will also be activities, performances, raffles and more. Town Center at Cobb is located at 400 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw.

Friday, Sept. 23

Nestfest Pep Rally
KSU Sports & Recreation Park, 5 p.m.

Soccer Match: KSU v. Belmont University
KSU Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m.
The KSU Alumni Association will sponsor post-game fireworks.

Saturday, Sept.

Mt. Paran to host Christian college fair

Mt. Paran to host Christian college fair

KENNESAW, Ga. -- More than 40 top Christian colleges will be represented at the 2011 National Christian College Fair, which comes to Georgia on Sept. 29.

The Murray Arts Center at Mt. Paran Christian School in Kennesaw will host the fair, which begins at 6 p.m.

See a list of participating colleges here.

Admission to the fair is free. Financial aid experts will also be on hand to help students and their parents discover ways to pay for college.

For more information, visit www.nccf.us.

Mt. Paran Christian School is located at 1275 Stanley Road.

Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia will consider merging some of its 35 campuses to save money in a tight economy, system Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced Wednesday.

In his first initiative since taking office in July, the former state lawmaker and university administrator is instructing his staff to immediately start assessing opportunities for consolidations that would let the system operate more efficiently without jeopardizing its teaching, research and service missions.

The idea of merging some of the smaller Georgia colleges into larger campuses has been talked about off and on over the years but never has gone past the discussion stages. The staff, students and parents from the affected schools and their representatives in the General Assembly pose the most likely obstacles to consolidation plans becoming reality.

Flourish Luncheon to honor local arts leaders

Flourish Luncheon to honor local arts leaders

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University will hold its 4th annual Flourish Luncheon this week to honor and recognize arts leaders in the community.

During the luncheon, the university's College of the Arts will present this year's Flourish Awards. Launched in 2005, the awards are presented in four categories.

The 2011 winners include:

* Arts Leader
Robert J.

Cobb announces school Employees of the Year

Cobb announces school Employees of the Year

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District and the Cobb Schools Foundation have selected their 2011 Classified Employees of the Year.

The award honors three school professionals at each academic level and one support professional from an operational division who have made significant contributions to their respective schools.

The 2011 Professionals of the Year are:

* Natalie Feller
Clerk -- Hillgrove High School, Powder Springs

* Vernon Ivory
Special education paraprofessional -- Campbell Middle School, Smyrna

* Hazel Perez
Clerk -- Shallowford Falls Elementary School, Marietta

The Support Professional of the Year is Darcy Snelling, the executive secretary to three area assistant superintendents.

All four professionals were honored Aug.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.

Color your way to a college scholarship

Color your way to a college scholarship

ATLANTA -- Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon in his or her educational journey. It creates a foundation for activity and a lifetime of learning.

This September, coloring can also help create a financial foundation.

One lucky Georgia child will join Kendall Lapinskas of Dunwoody and Taylor Boyd of Covington in winning a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.