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KSU Students to Excavate Lynching Site

KENNESAW, GA -- A group of Kennesaw State University archaeology students will join students at the Bauder College Cold Case Research Institute and firearms experts to excavate and conduct the first metal surveys performed on the Walton County site where the bodies of four African-American lynching-by-gunfire victims were found.

The excavation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Under the direction of KSU archaeology professor Terry Powis and Bauder College CCRI director Sheryl McCollum, the team will conduct an archaeological investigation of the site, including an extensive metal survey, the first since an inconclusive FBI investigation following the 1946 crime on the Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, Georgia.

A white mob attacked and killed two black couples in their 20s, mutilating the body of one of the four.

Simulated Emergency Scheduled for KSU

KENNESAW, GA -- In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, Kennesaw State University officials will set fire to a mock dorm to show students how quickly fire can spread.

The demonstration will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the north end of campus near University Village Suites adjacent to Idlewood Avenue. KSU Police will be on the scene to handle crowd and traffic control issues. Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services personnel will be on hand to extinguish the blaze at the end of the exercise.

KSU officials hope this event will teach students how devastating it can be when a lighted candle comes in contact with combustible materials such as bedspreads, curtains or notebook paper -- items commonly found in college dorms. An estimated 23,600 fires are caused by candles each year, according to the U.S.

Homelessness Advocate to Begin Journey at KSU Campus

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw State University's annual Homelessness Awareness Week begins Oct. 4. This year, documentary filmmaker Diane Nilan will host a rally on campus to help draw attention to the plight of people who are without a permanent home.

Nilan is the founder and president of HEAR US, a national advocacy group for homeless children. In 2005, she sold her car and house in suburban Chicago, bought an RV and drove more than 20,000 miles through 34 states to interview and film homeless families. She produced the award-winning documentary series My Own Four Walls and is the author of Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness, an autobiographical book about homeless people she encountered during her nearly 20 years as a shelter director.

This year's HAW will kick off with a conference on Monday, Oct. 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the KSU Student Center University Rooms.

Town Center Mall to Host Probe College Fair

KENNESAW, GA -- High school students and their families are invited to the annual Probe College Fair at Town Center at Cobb (400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw, 30144) on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The fair is designed to help students get the ball rolling on college planning by providing information and representatives from over 100 colleges and universities nationwide, including:

* Auburn University
* Clemson University
* Emory University
* Louisiana State University
* Savannah College of Art and Design
* University of Alabama
* University of Florida
* University of Mississippi
* University of North Carolina
* Vanderbilt University
* Virginia Tech

The fair is free and no registration is required. For more information, visit the Probe College Fair website.

Marietta Elementary Schools Host Kennesaw State Teaching Candidates

MARIETTA, GA -- Four Marietta City schools -- A.L. Burruss Elementary, Hickory Hills Elementary, Park Street Elementary and Sawyer Road Elementary -- are collaborating with Kennesaw State University to host a cohort of 27 teacher candidates.

53 Cobb Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Fifty-three seniors from nine Cobb County high schools are among the 16,000 semifinalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students now have the opportunity to compete for the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the Spring of 2011.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, a student must maintain high grades throughout high school, earn a high score on the SAT and receive a recommendation from his or her principal. Each semifinalist must meet with a school guidance counselor to complete an application that includes a written essay and details about the student's involvement in the school and the community.

Cobb's finalists are:

Allatoona High School, Acworth
Jason S. Johnston

Campbell High School, Smyrna
Joan K. Bedinger
Gabriel D. Denis
Connie M.

Kennesaw State First-Year Program Recognized Among Best

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw State University's first-year experience program was recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the best in the country in its 2011 Best Colleges issue. This marks the eighth consecutive year that KSU's first-year experience program has been recognized in the prestigious annual college rankings.

U.S.News also ranked KSU 32rd among regional public universities in the South and 69th among all regional universities in the South.

"It is an honor for Kennesaw State to be recognized once again for the excellence of our first-year program," said KSU President Daniel Papp.