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Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

“More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013.

KSU-Southern Poly might have 13 colleges

KSU-Southern Poly might have 13 colleges

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The merged Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University might have 13 colleges, the merged university's Expanded Consolidation Implementation Committee proposed Monday.

The 46-member committee -- made up of administrators, faculty, staff and students from SPSU and KSU -- held its first meeting to begin defining how the new integrated university will be organized.

The proposed 13 colleges:

* Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

* College of Architecture and Construction Management

* College of Computing and Software Engineering

* Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education

* Michael J. Coles College of Business

* WellStar College of Health and Human Services

* College of the Arts

* College of Continuing and Professional Education

* College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Scholarships available to high school and college students

Scholarships available to high school and college students

(WXIA) -- The Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia is offering three scholarships to Georgia's college students and high school seniors.

To qualify for the COAG Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior or GED candidate and a Georgia citizen, and should be scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2014.

Current students at accredited Georgia colleges and universities are also welcome to apply. The scholarship is available to students majoring in government or law enforcement; political science; accounting or finance; business; or pre-law.

COAG is offering scholarships in three amounts -- $500, $1,000 and $1,500. Applicants must write a 1,000-word essay that answers the question "Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?"

WellStar to operate KSU student health clinics

WellStar to operate KSU student health clinics

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University hired Marietta-based WellStar Medical Group to run its Student Health Services.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The clinics will be completely under WellStar's management by the end of March.

KSU's three health care facilities provide students with the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, mental health support, disease prevention and health promotion. The three facilities handle 20,000 patient visits annually.

Dr. Megan Bowles was hired as the new clinic's medical director. She currently practices family medicine with the WellStar Medical Group and previously was a student health physician at the Vanderbilt University Student Health Center.

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. -- The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

Pebblebrook HS magnet program holding auditions

Pebblebrook HS magnet program holding auditions

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts is looking for talented middle school students to join the magnet program.

Representatives from the program, which is located at Pebblebrook High School, will travel to middle schools across Cobb County to audition potential new students.

To be considered, a student must prepare a one- or two-minute monologue, ballet dance or song, depending on the intended area of study -- theatre, dance or voice, respectively. Students who want to be accepted in the technical theatre program must be ready to explain their interest and background in the discipline.

CCCEPA has already held auditions at several Cobb County middle schools, including Dickerson, Durham, Garrett, Lost Mountain and McCleskey.

Remaining audition dates and times include:

Awtrey MS
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

Barber MS
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m.