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New Town Center Bike Share Station Sponsored

July 19, 2019

The Town Center Community Improvement District (Town Center CID) and Town Center Community Alliance (the Alliance) have announced the addition of a bike station at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to be installed later this summer. 

“As we approach the third anniversary of our Zagster Town Center bike share program, we are incredibly proud to partner with our Nation’s most visited national battlefield to further enhance our already overwhelmingly successful program.”

Tracy Rathbone Styf, executive director of the Town Center CID. 

The bike station is generously sponsored by Cobb & Douglas Public Health. This will be the sixth station for Town Center’s thriving bike share program. As the first CID-led bike share in Georgia, Zagster Town Center has seen more than 40,000 trips since 2015.  With 40 bikes, this program is the most successful bike share program of its size according to Zagster.

“We are so excited to help support this program and provide affordable opportunities for residents to be healthy and more active.”

Lisa Crossman, deputy director of Cobb & Douglas Public Health

“Those interested in riding can simply download the Zagster app on their smart phone, register as a user in the Town Center bike share, unlock their bike and go. It is extremely easy to use, not to mention fun too, and the first hour is always free.”

Jennifer Hogan, director of the Alliance

In addition to this exciting news, the Zagster Town Center Bike Share will announce the schedule to replace all 40 bikes with a completely new fleet this month. During this much anticipated update, the program will be temporarily inactive while the brand-new bikes are brought online. Specific dates of this re-fleet will be announced on Town Center CID’s Facebook Page and on Zagster’s Town Center Bike Share smart phone app.

All current bike share stations are located along the seven-and-a-half-mile Noonday Creek Trail at Bells Ferry Trailhead, Town Center Mall, Aviation Park, Founder’s Park and Avonlea Apartments (on Chastain Meadows Road). The program will continue to grow as stations are installed in additional locations.

About the Town Center CID

Founded in 1997, the Town CID is dedicated to the betterment of the Town Center area through transportation infrastructure, safety improvements, beautification and other projects that enhance property value by increasing interest and investment in the community. The Town Center CID utilizes funds from voluntary commercial real estate taxes to implement its projects. For more information, please visit

About the Town Center Community Alliance

Established by the Town Center CID in 2015, the Town Center Community Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to shaping the future of Town Center by supporting and funding beautification, greenspace and other quality of life initiatives that help foster a sense of place within the district. The Alliance seeks to preserve and enhance the area’s natural beauty while creating opportunities for outdoor recreation by developing parks, trails, landscapes, artwork displays and other quality of life initiatives.

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health 

Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit

KSU Master Craftsman Students Create Community Sculptures

July 19, 2019
Students from Kennesaw State’s Master Craftsman Program art projects are cast

As part of a partnership forged with the City of Kennesaw two years ago, students in Kennesaw State’s Master Craftsman Program are creating unique public artworks, ranging from colorful benches and decorative manhole covers to a sundial and an archway.

Recently, at the city’s Gateway Park, located at the corner of Sardis and South Main streets, a sundial, shade structure and a large archway sign created by the Master Craftsman students were unveiled as part of the project’s third phase.

“What an opportunity for the Master Craftsman Program students at Kennesaw State University to be recognized for their creativity and talent. In addition, the experience gained through their collaborative efforts with the city has encouraged other businesses and students to join forces in showcasing art and building relationships throughout the community.” 

Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling at the Gateway Park ribbon-cutting

Sculpture Lecturer and Master Craftsman Program Coordinator Page Burch said the program, now entering its third year, is designed to give students real-world experience. Open to anyone with an interest in art, the majority are non-sculpture majors who are drawn to the creative aspects of the course and the camaraderie.

“Non-sculpture majors love it because you don’t have to have sculpting skills to take it. That is one of things exciting about our program. We draw our students from across many disciplines.”

Page Burch, Sculpture Lecturer and Master Craftsman Program Coordinator

Unlike traditional art studio classes that usually number about 15 students, the Master Craftsman class in KSU’s School of Art and Design is capped at 10, given the nature of the work is in group projects. The class fills up quickly during registration. 

“One of the reasons so many students are attracted to it is that it’s such a drastic departure from what they do. When we do an iron pour, it’s an exciting spectacle, totally unlike anything we do in the traditional sculpture program, and the students love it.”

Page Burch

The Kennesaw community will have an opportunity to participate in an iron pour on Saturday, July 20, when the Master Craftsman class holds one on the grounds of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History during Railroad Rendezvous, the museum’s annual summer family event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“This will be our second year doing the Railroad Rendezvous. For this, we build resin-sand scratch blocks that participants can carve into their own design. We then cast them in iron, and after they cool down, people can take them home. Each block is just $10, and all the money goes towards art scholarships at KSU. We also do this activity on campus in April during our Spring Arts Festival.”

Page Burch

Two benches resembling large railroad stakes and a third in a geometric design, located on the Southern Museum walkway, were the program’s first installations in 2017. Two more geometric benches and eight custom-crafted manhole covers were installed at City Hall Plaza in March of this year. Later this summer, several more manhole covers and two new benches will be installed in the City Hall Plaza. 

The manhole covers, which depict some typical Southern motifs like dogwood blossoms, lightning bugs and a largemouth bass, also include one that looks like a large pizza with a slice missing.

“We’re keeping pretty busy. We’re getting ready to do a bench for the Zuckerman Museum, and we’re doing a project nearby for the Town Center Community Improvement District’s Aviation Park. Next spring, we’re looking forward to starting work on a project with the Acworth Police Department.”

Page Burch

Photo by David Caselli and Shane McDonald

KSU to Hold ‘Collegiate Recovery Scholarship Breakfast’ Benefiting Students in Recovery

July 18, 2019

The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR or the Center) at Kennesaw State University provides a strong foundation and organizational base for research, education, and community development in the field of young adult addiction and recovery. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to research by collaborating with local, state and national organizations along with University faculty, staff and students to facilitate the understanding and development of recovery science.

The Center conducts interdisciplinary collaborative research incorporating the student recovery experience as a means to identify the transformative process, which in turn will inform prevention, education, treatment and recovery itself.

We are excited to announce, that on September 20, 2019, the Kennesaw State University Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) will host our Collegiate Recovery Scholarship Breakfast!

The Collegiate Recovery Scholarship Breakfast is an annual event held to raise funds for students in recovery from addictive disorders at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery. These funds provide Endowed and Non-Endowed Scholarships as well as support the Student-Learning Initiatives in the Collegiate Recovery Community. The event also provides an opportunity to connect donors with their scholarship recipients and thank those who support our work.

This year’s breakfast will feature an alumni speaker.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, more than 23 scholarships totaling $45,000 were awarded to student participates of the collegiate recovery program.

If you are interested in supporting the breakfast, please reach out to Lee Hyaduck, Operations Manager of the CYAAR, at (470) 578-7849 or

Cobb County Recognized for Work in Supporting early School Reading Success

July 15, 2019

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) announced today that it will recognize Cobb County with Pacesetter Honors for its work in 2018.

“Recognizing Pacesetters is our way of applauding and thanking the civic leaders, organizations and agencies that have joined forces to build brighter futures for children in their communities,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of CGLR. “We are learning with them and from them what it takes to move the needle and close the gap. Mobilized communities — like these Pacesetters — are essential to achieving early school success.”

Each year, CGLR uses its Pacesetter Honors to highlight communities that report making measurable progress on key indicators of early school success. These communities serve as proof points and represent the “leading edge” of innovation, impact and improvement within the Grade-Level Reading Network, currently comprised of more than 300 GLR communities, representing 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alberta, Canada.

“Through our collaborative initiative and efforts, we are increasing awareness of the importance of reading proficiency and working on collective impact models to provide children with the tools they need to be successful in school,” said Irene Barton, Executive Director of the Cobb Collaborative. “As the local point of contact for the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, we are thrilled with the partnerships and coalition building that we have cultivated. We know that children who are not reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to not graduate from high school, ultimately leading to poor lifestyles choices and health outcomes.” 

The Cobb Collaborative, in partnership with Marietta City Schools, hosted a Get Georgia Reading summit in March which brought together nearly 100 community members to hear from content experts, examine community data and explore the 4 pillar framework of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign. The work will continue into the 2019-20 academic year. In addition, the Cobb Collaborative has collected books for distribution to low-income areas and is actively supporting the expansion of Ferst Readers of Cobb County which increases access to books and also provides ways for caregivers to be engaged in literacy. 

Irene continued by saying: “There are many factors that influence a child’s ability to learn, which means that there is room at the table for a wide variety of stakeholders who are likewise interested in improving outcomes for children and families.   As this Pacesetter designation shows, we’ve made impactful progress and need to continue to mobilize our community by working with our schools, city agencies, nonprofits, civic leaders and parents.”

Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical milestone toward high school graduation and career success because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth-graders (four-fifths of whom are from low-income families) are not reading proficiently. Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of high school and struggle throughout their lives.

About the Cobb Collaborative

For over 21 years, the Cobb Collaborative has provided infrastructure support, training, networking opportunities, organizational development services, and managerial best practices to its members. It is the local Georgia Family Connection Partner and the point of contact for statewide initiatives around children’s literacy, family health and well-being and thriving communities. The Collaborative works diligently to connect community-based stakeholders to improve outcomes for children and families. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading seeks to disrupt generational poverty by mobilizing communities to promote early school success for those children currently on the high-risk side of the achievement gap. To date, these efforts have helped to spark a “grassroots to governors” movement for ensuring early school success, advancing grade-level reading and reducing chronic absence as important policy priorities. More than 4,100 organizations have formed “big tent” sponsoring coalitions in 300+ communities across 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alberta, Canada. To learn more, visit and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.

Mauldin & Jenkins Introduces SALT Practice Leader

July 10, 2019
Jeff Dorris Joins M&J as SALT Practice Leader

Mauldin & Jenkins is pleased to announce Jeff Dorris, CPA, as the Director of the Firm’s SALT Practice. Jeff joined the Firm in June 2019, after over a decade of service at UPS.

“Jeff will provide additional expertise to our State and Local Tax Practice. His practical experience will be an asset to our clients in implementing and managing solutions to minimize tax exposure.”

Jeff Fucito, Partner in Charge of the Atlanta office

Jeff’s experience in State Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax, Personal Property Tax, as well as Credits and Incentives allows Mauldin & Jenkins to expand their footprint into the multi-state realm to create a nationwide SALT practice. Jeff enjoys state tax planning and organization restructuring to reduce the client’s overall state tax burden.

Jeff is a licensed CPA and is actively involved in the accounting profession. Contact Jeff and learn more about our SALT Practice by visiting our website.

About Mauldin & Jenkins

Mauldin & Jenkins is recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top 25 Largest Firms by the Atlanta Business Journal and a Top 100 Certified Public Accounting firm by Inside Public Accounting. Since 1918, Mauldin & Jenkins has provided assurance, tax and advisory services. The firm has eight offices located across the Southeast, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The firm serves clients in a range of industries including government, health care, construction, not-for-profit, financial services, film & entertainment, entrepreneurial, and higher education.

For more information, contact Katie Cauley at 770-541-5461 or

Employment Law Solution’s McFadden Graduates from Presidential Leadership Scholars Program

July 10, 2019
Jamala S. McFadden
Jamala McFadden

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) brings together a diverse network of leaders to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.  During the program, each PLS scholar works on a personal leadership project, intended to solve a problem or pressing issue in their community, country, or the world.

Jamala’s project, Space Between, changes lives by empowering women through entrepreneurship. Space Between is an accelerator program for women of color who are low income that equips participants with the skills, resources and community they need to turn their side hustles into their main hustles to achieve economic mobility, create jobs for their communities and a legacy for their families.

Jamala is excited to announce that in January 2020, Space Between will be piloted with a three-month accelerator working with six women seeking to grow service-oriented businesses. The program will include 12 learning modules with topics that include mindset, marketing, pricing, staffing, growth opportunities, and funding, among other foundational business topics.

The modules will be facilitated by subject-matter experts and seasoned women business owners, some of whom will mentor the program participants. To maximize engaged participation, Space Between will provide wrap-around services that include transportation vouchers, meals during meetings, babysitting and a wage supplement.  The pilot will conclude with a graduation showcasing the owners and their businesses.

Jamala welcomes your assistance in bringing Space Between to life. She is in need of program participants, module facilitators, mentors and funding for wrap around services. 

If you are interested in learning more about Space Between and how you can help, please contact Jamala McFadden at

Life University’s Dr. Howard Wright Participates in Harvard University’s Management Development Program

July 3, 2019

Dr. Howard Wright, Life University’s Director of Institutional Research Operations, recently participated in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program that ran from June 2-14 on the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. Each year, a cohort of higher education middle managers inclusive of deans, associate deans, chairs and directors from over the world are accepted into the program. This year’s cohort consisted of 115 participants from 14 different countries ranging from small nonprofit institutions to R1 flagship institutions. All were mobilized to learn new approaches to leadership geared toward strengthening institutional strategies to survive the challenging higher education landscape and form the support group needed to meet this ongoing challenge.

This two-week, intensive resident program brought together national experts in the field of diversity, financial planning, ethics, leadership, team strategies, education policy, community college and personal and professional transformation. The curriculum also included presentations on leadership strategies from eight current and former university presidents.

According to Dr. Wright, this was a life-changing experience that exposed him to a broad array of institutional leaders in daily discussions. Dr. Wright explains, “This broadened my view on the function of the institution and how to engage in forward-thinking strategies to survive the turbulent climate that small colleges and universities oftentimes experience. I am grateful to John McGee, Life University’s VP of Operations, for supporting my nomination and enrollment in the program.”

For more information on Dr. Wright, visit

About Life University

Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic  Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.