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Seven Cobb students win National Achievement Scholarships

Seven Cobb students win National Achievement Scholarships

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Seven outstanding Cobb County seniors are among nearly 800 winners in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

The program is designed to recognize and reward academically promising black students throughout the United States.

Cobb's big winners are:

* Oludamilola A. Aladesanmi
Wheeler High School, Marietta
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: Medicine

* Lauren E. Brown
Campbell High School, Smyrna
Pepsico Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
Probable career field: Radio/Television

* Brianna M. Chambers
Campbell High School
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: Broadcast Journalism

* Jacqueline E. Harris
Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kennesaw
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: Pediatrics

* Alexander D.

Lewis Preston named new KSU basketball coach

Lewis Preston named new KSU basketball coach

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University officials have named Lewis Preston as the Owls' new head men's basketball coach.

"The hiring of Lewis Preston represents a new chapter in the elevation of our basketball program, and we are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of our new coach," said Daniel S. Papp, president of KSU. "This appointment builds on the momentum within KSU athletics that just keeps getting stronger."

Preston, an assistant to Penn State's Ed DeChellis for the past three years, also served as an assistant to Florida's Billy Donovan when the Gators won the national championship in 2007, and was a member of Mike Brey's staff at Notre Dame. He is widely regarded as one of the top assistant coaches in the country.

"This is a tremendous opportunity, and I am thrilled and humbled to have been chosen by Kennesaw State," Preston said.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Vaughn Williams introduced to KSU community

Vaughn Williams introduced to KSU community

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Vaughn Williams, the former associate athletic director at the University of Connecticut, was formally introduced as Kennesaw State University's new athletic director on Tuesday, Apr. 12.

Williams brings more than 17 years of NCAA Division I senior athletic administrative team experience to KSU.

"It was just a couple of years ago, in 2009, that Kennesaw State's athletic program made the successful transition to NCAA Division I competition. We are now ensuring that we will have state-of-the-art facilities and the essential resources to allow us to compete in the top tier of collegiate athletics," said KSU president Daniel S. Papp.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

KSU president wants school known as 'Georgia's engaged university'

KSU president wants school known as 'Georgia's engaged university'

KENNESAW, Ga. -- In continuing its quest to become nationally recognized, Kennesaw State University soared to new heights this past year, President Daniel S. Papp told students, faculty and staff during his fifth annual State of the University address.

Dr. Papp's 40-minute talk, delivered twice to audiences at KSU's Prillaman Hall and the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, focused on three words: university, contrarian and academic.

Read the transcript of Dr.