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Georgia's First Lady to Visit KSU

Georgia's First Lady to Visit KSU

KENNESAW, GA -- Sandra Deal, wife of Governor Nathan Deal, will visit Kennesaw State University on Friday, Mar. 4.

The First Lady's appearance is in honor of National Nutrition Month, an annual nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association.

Deal will be escorted around the KSU campus by Dr. Bobbie Bailey, a trustee, benefactor and longtime friend of the university.

The tour will begin at 2:30 p.m.

KSU Announces New Provost, VP of Academic Affairs

KSU Announces New Provost, VP of Academic Affairs

KENNESAW, GA -- After a nationwide search, Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp announced the selection of Timothy J. L. Chandler as the school's new provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 11, 2011.

Chandler comes from another KSU -- Kent State University in Kent, Ohio -- where he currently serves as senior associate provost for academic affairs. In that role, Chandler serves as the provost's chief deputy, providing leadership and oversight for academic affairs and developing strategic objectives and university-wide policies and procedures.

"Dr. Chandler is an accomplished professor, researcher and administrator -- a true leader who engages students and work collaboratively with faculty and staff," said Papp.

Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County residents and students have a chance to be part of the biggest beautification and litter prevention effort ever.

The Great American Cleanup, which begins Tuesday, Mar. 1, is an annual nationwide community improvement campaign started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

In 2009, Great American Cleanup volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours of their time to clean, beautify and improve 32,000 communities in all 50 states and beyond.

Cobb County will kick off its leg of the Great American Cleanup with Clean Sweep Cobb, a series of service projects to be performed across the county on Saturday, Mar. 5.

Pizza, Movie and Tour at KSU Holocaust Museum

Pizza, Movie and Tour at KSU Holocaust Museum

KENNESAW, GA -- The Museum of History & Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University is holding a special event at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24.

The public is invited to visit the museum (3333 Busbee Drive, 30144) for pizza, a tour and a screening of The Last Survivor, a powerful tale of four genocide survivors with a common goal: to raise awareness about the dangers of apathy and inaction.

MHHE's galleries on World War II and the Holocaust will be open for tours before and after the movie. Light refreshments will be served with the pizza.

The movie is not rated; the tour is suitable for all ages.

For more information, call the museum at 678-797-2083.

EADS North America CEO Cancels KSU Lecture

EADS North America CEO Cancels KSU Lecture

KENNESAW, GA -- Sean O'Keefe, former U.S. Navy Secretary and CEO of EADS North America, has canceled his Thursday, Feb. 24 appearance at Kennesaw State University.

O'Keefe contacted university officials the day before his scheduled lecture after hearing that the U.S. Department of Defense may be preparing to announce the winner of a $35 billion contract to build its next generation of aerial-refueling tankers.

EADS North America, the American operating company of the European aerospace firm, has been in a highly competitive race with the Boeing Company for the contract.

O'Keefe was supposed to be a keynote speaker at a symposium hosted by KSU and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S.

Cobb Board of Education May Change School Year Calendars

Cobb Board of Education May Change School Year Calendars

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The Cobb County Board of Education will consider changing the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school year calendars at its Thursday, Feb. 17 meeting.

The currently approved 2011-2012 calendar has Monday, Aug. 1 as the first day of school. The final day of classes will be Friday, May 25, 2012.

There are two other proposed calendars on the table:

* Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 - Friday, May 25, 2012
Week off: Monday, Nov. 21 - Friday, Nov. 25
Two weeks off: Monday, Dec. 26 - Friday, Jan. 6
Week off: Monday, Apr. 2 - Friday, Apr. 6

* Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 - Friday, May 25, 2012
In this case, students would only get Wednesday, Nov.

Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

MARIETTA, GA -- On Saturday, Feb. 5, six Cobb County schools competed in the regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton:

* Casa Montessori, Marietta
* Austell Intermediate, Powder Springs
* Awtrey Middle, Kennesaw
* Campbell Middle, Smyrna
* Sprayberry High, Marietta
* McEachern High, Powder Springs

Overall, Sprayberry placed first at the high school level, and Austell Intermediate came in second place at the elementary school level.

Both teams will now advance to the Division 1 competition on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Morrow.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is named for a now-retired DeKalb County Schools librarian who encouraged her students to read by creating a competition based on books that were nominated for the Georgia Children's Book Award. Her idea spread throughout Georgia and officially became a statewide event in 2003.