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Date Change: Saint Leo University-Gwinnett Hosting “Serving the Survivors” Human Trafficking Seminar on January 29, Rescheduled from January 18

January 18, 2018

The community is invited to Saint Leo University’s interdisciplinary human trafficking seminar to be held Monday, January 29.

The event will be held at the Gwinnett Education Center, 3555 Koger Blvd., Suite 105, Duluth, GA 30096. Registration will be held 4:15 to 5 p.m., and the seminar will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Hosting will be Dr. Felicia Wilson, associate professor of human services; Dr. Phillip Neely, department chair, undergraduate criminal justice; and Michelle Allen, undergraduate criminal justice instructor.

Saint Leo’s Morrow and Marietta educations centers will host the seminar via Video Teaching and Teleconferencing (VTT) so that guests and students may participate from  those locations. The Morrow Education Center is at 1590 Adamson Parkway, Suite 120, Morrow, GA  30260, and the Marietta Education Center is at 1395 S. Marietta Parkway, Building 300, Suite 104, Marietta, GA  30067.

Presented by the Saint Leo University School of Education and Social Services, this is Part 2 of the university’s look at human trafficking. Serving the Survivors will discuss ways the community can aid victims of trafficking. Guest speakers include Jess Roth, case manager for Out of Darkness, and Loronda Giddens, victim advocate for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Human trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of people including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude, and debt bondage. It is a crime that affects not only the victims, but also the community as a whole. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) released a study in May 2014, Human Trafficking in Georgia: A Survey of Law Enforcement.”

“The 206 participating agencies reported a total of 190 cases of human trafficking in which at least one victim was identified [oftentimes cases have more than one victim],” the report stated. “Of those 190 investigations, the majority involved the sexual exploitation of children, almost one-third involved adult sex trafficking, and only a few labor trafficking cases [involving both minor and adult victims] were documented.”

In November, Saint Leo University’s Marietta Education Center hosted the first part of the human trafficking series, which discussed current efforts to combat human trafficking, raise awareness of the crime, and advocate for victims.

Serving the Survivors, Saint Leo University’s human trafficking seminar, is a free event. Registration is requested. For information or to register, email Felicia.wilson@saintleo.edu or call (678) 737-2578.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 90,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

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Kennesaw State Taps Former Dean as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

January 10, 2018

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Retired Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former KSU administrator Linda Noble has returned to Kennesaw State as part of the University’s presidential transition.

Noble has joined the Office of Academic Affairs in a part-time role to assist Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Harmon as he transitions into the role of interim president. Noble will then serve as interim provost when Harmon becomes KSU’s interim president on Feb. 15.

Noble began her career at Kennesaw State University in 1985. During her 22 years at Kennesaw State, she was a faculty member, department chair of psychology, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

“Linda Noble is truly dedicated to Kennesaw State University, and I can think of no better person to serve as interim provost,” Harmon said. “Dr. Noble has extensive knowledge and experience in University System of Georgia policies and practices regarding academic programs and faculty affairs. She is known for her collaborative and transparent leadership style and is well-respected across the USG.”

This is the second time that Noble has served as an interim provost in the University System of Georgia. From July to December of 2013, she was interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fort Valley State University, where she collaborated with faculty and campus leaders to strengthen academic policies and procedures.

Noble joined the University System of Georgia’s Office of Academic Affairs in 2008 as associate vice chancellor of faculty affairs and was promoted to vice chancellor for academic affairs three years later. She oversaw faculty policies and procedures at USG institutions, system-wide faculty development and resources for campus-level faculty development, academic programs at USG institutions and Board of Regents approval of new programs.

After retiring, Noble was rehired by the Board of Regents in a part-time role in 2015. Noble has worked primarily with the USG’s consolidated institutions for the past two years, and she recently completed an assignment to Savannah State University as senior academic advisor to the president.

Noble received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia College and earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Georgia. She also has held several leadership positions in Division Two of the American Psychological Association, as president and as a section editor of the journal Teaching of Psychology.

Saint Leo University Earns U.S. News & World Report Honors for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

January 10, 2018

Badge-OnlinePrograms-Veterans-Bachelors-Year_2018Saint Leo University was named as providing one of the best online programs in the United States, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition, which was released today.

Specifically, Saint Leo was ranked high in the Best Online Programs for bachelor’s degrees (tied for 88th) and was named to the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans list (51st).

U.S. News assessed schools based on four general categories—student engagement; student services and technology; faculty credentials and training; and peer reputation. U.S. News chose categories that weigh how online programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. Full rankings can be found at www.usnews.com/online.

Saint Leo began teaching online in 1998, and the university remains at the forefront among institutions providing online education. Students may complete their degrees completely online, study at one of the university’s 35 teaching locations or at University Campus, or complete their degrees by a combination of online and on-ground classes.

“Saint Leo University is very proud to have its online bachelor’s program recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs rankings again this year,” said Dr. Melanie Storms, senior vice president of WorldWide Operations. “We remain committed to providing quality, values-based education that offers maximum flexibility, meeting our students at their point of need.”

Online education appeals to nontraditional students, those who may be attending college later in life, and those who are working and want to be promoted or seek a new career.

This latest recognition follows Saint Leo being named in September as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

Saint Leo ranked 61st among regional universities in the South and was named as one of the Best Value Regional Universities–South.

Saint Leo prides itself on being selected as a best value school. These are schools that are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account, according to U.S. News.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 90,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Women Build in Spring of 2018

January 5, 2018

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NW Metro Atlanta Habitat is sponsoring an all women new home build in the spring of 2018. Together they will build a new house over 9 weeks for a well-qualified Habitat homebuyer. This program has experienced tremendous success all around the country and are hopeful that it will be equally successful in Cobb County.

They will have many opportunities for volunteer engagement as they set the groundwork for this exciting program. NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is currently putting together a Steering Committee made up of “strong” women that can work together to ensure that the 2018 Women Build is a success. You can choose the subcommittee on which you would like to serve. Key subcommittees are Special Events, Public Relations/Social Media, Fundraising Coordination, Volunteer Coordination, Team Leader Liasion, Food Services, Incentives/Recognition and Construction.

If you would like to participate but are not able to serve on the Steering Committee, you can form or join a Build Day team. Weekly Build Day teams consist of 25 women. Each woman on the team has to donate or raise $400 to be on the build.

Maybe your office or business would like to become a sponsor. We are reaching out to individuals and local businesses to ask them to underwrite a portion of the cost by making a donation in honor or memory of a special woman or women in their lives.

KSU’s Continuing Education Open House Set for January 11

January 5, 2018

Patricia Emery - lwp-4274Every new year comes with new challenges and new opportunities. Kennesaw State University’s Continuing Education Dean Barbara Calhoun likes to say, “A new year is an opportunity for growth and development.”

On January 11, 2018, KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will hold an Open House from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive). The event will highlight the college’s professional certificate programs. The college has over 40 professional programs in the areas of healthcare, management, languages, technology, hospitality and more.

For Patricia Emery, paralegal graduate, the Open House was the starting point of her career in the legal field. After many years of being a stay-at-home mom, Emery attended the Paralegal Certificate information session at the Open House and decided to enroll in the program.

“I was not comfortable trying to market myself after being out of the industry for so long,” Emery said. “I wanted to refresh my skills, and I needed to make myself marketable again.”

As for Dean Calhoun, she says “opportunities abound” at KSU’s Continuing education.

“Our commitment is provide the community and its surround areas quality innovative programs that enrich the lives of every individual,” Dean Calhoun said. “It is our desire to see everyone who walks through our doors succeed.”

Career changers, recent college graduates and those seeking to enhance their skillset are encouraged to attend. Continuing Education staff, instructors and graduates will be available at Open House to answer questions and discuss career options. All attendees will receive an exclusive 10 percent discount applied to any personal class or certificate program registration.

Highlighted new programs include:
Administrative Office Management
Certified Financial Planner™ Program
Security Management Professional
Professional Investigator
Ethical Hacker

Continuing Education financial aid advisors will also be available to discuss payment plans, VA Education Benefits, WIOA and scholarships for select programs. Registration for the free event is encouraged and can be completed online at ccpe.kennesaw.edu or by calling 470-578-6765 after Jan. 2.

Kennesaw State University School of Music Kicks of 2018 with Spring Concerts

January 3, 2018

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Kennesaw State University School of Music has kicked-off the New Year with their Spring Concerts! Each of these performances displays the talent, commitment and creativity of the School of Music. There are many opportunities to experience just that this spring! Check out the dates of performances listed below:

JANUARY:
16– Faculty Recital: Todd Wedge and Brian Thorsett present: Too Much Tenor, FREE
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Faculty Recital: Todd Skitch, flute with Robert Henry, piano, FREE
29– Faculty Recital: Robert Henry, piano, FREE

FEBRUARY:
3– Collage Concert, performances at 3 and 8 p.m., TICKETED
5– Faculty Recital: Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp, FREE
6– Voice Honors Recital, FREE
7– Symphony Orchestra, TICKETED
8– Signature Series: Allen Vizzutti, trumpet with Jazz Ensembles, TICKETED
12– Faculty Chamber Players, TICKETED
13– Wind Ensemble, TICKETED
20– Philharmonic and University Band, FREE
22– Signature Series: Vega String Quartet, TICKETED
26– Faculty Recital: Charae Krueger, cello with Robert Henry, piano, FREE
28– Voice Faculty present: An Evening of French Melodie, FREE

MARCH:
1– Women’s Choir and Wind Symphony, FREE
5– Kims, Coucherons and Ransoms present: Triple Threat, TICKETED
6– Chamber Singers, Men’s Ensemble and University Chorale, TICKETED
9– Signature Series: KSFNM: American Contemporary Music Ensemble, TICKETED
12– KSFNM: Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra, TICKETED
13– Guest Artist Recital: Taylor Hightower, baritone, FREE
14– Faculty Recital: Christina Smith, flute with Robert Henry, piano, FREE
15– Jazz Ensemble I, TICKETED
17– Year of India: Zakir Hussain and Rakesh Churasia, TICKETED
23– Opera Theater presents: Dido and Aeneas, TICKETED
24– Opera Theater presents: Dido and Aeneas, TICKETED
27– Faculty Jazz Parliament, FREE
28– Summit Piano Trio, FREE
29– Jazz Combos, FREE

APRIL:
11– Student Composer’s Recital, FREE
12– Mixed Chamber Ensembles, FREE
   – Classical and Jazz Guitar Ensembles, FREE
14– Gospel Choir, FREE
16– Philharmonic, FREE
17– Wind Symphony and University Band, FREE
18– Mixed Chamber Ensembles, FREE
19– Wind Ensemble, TICKETED
20– Chamber Singers, Men’s Ensembles and University Chorale, TICKETED
21– Signature Series: Song of Atlanta / Atlanta Vocal Project: Barbershop Showcase,    TICKETED
23– Trumpet Extravaganza, FREE
24– Women’s Choir, FREE
25– Symphony Orchestra, TICKETED
26– Jazz Ensembles, TICKETED
27– Signature Series: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, TICKETED
30– Percussion Ensemble, FREE

For more information about these concerts, visit www.musicKSU.com. For ticket prices, contact KSU Box Office at 470-578-6650 or visit arts.kennesaw.edu/index.php

 

Pond Scores with Hiring of Mitch Rovinsky as Operations Manager for Pond Constructors

January 3, 2018

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Pond is pleased to announce and welcome Mitch Rovinsky as its new Operations Manager, for Pond Constructors.

In a career that spans more than 27 years in construction management for private and government clients, Rovinsky worked his way up from engineer to project manager at a private construction firm, then with the state of Georgia’s Finance and Investment Commission managing several higher education construction projects, with large budgets and multiple project managers.

Much of Rovinsky’s previous work can be seen while watching NCAA football games on a Saturday afternoon. Before accepting the position with Pond, he worked with a private architectural and engineering firm that included him managing the construction of a new end-zone area for Florida State University, additions to the stadium at University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgia Southern University, and constructing a 5,000-seat NCAA regulation gymnasium/natatorium for Fort Valley State University.

“It’s amazing how many stadium projects I have managed and been a part of throughout my career thus far, and my very first sports related construction project was a baptism by fire on learning how to use my people skills and analytical skills to keep the project going and finished before the deadline,” Rovinsky said.

The first project he was handed, on the first week of his employment with the Georgia State Finance and Investment Commission, was the Fort Valley University Health and Physical Education building—NCAA regulation gym—which was grossly over budget and only 50 percent of the job was even close to finish.

“For a project that was supposed to be only two or three months from completion, turned into a year and half job. That was my first true test on a large-scale government contract,” he said. “I managed the project, and four other projects at the same time, and it prepared me for moving on to the private company as a senior project manager, and it brought me to where I am now with Pond.”

“Through those professional friendships forged with Pond employees, it was clear to me that the feeling that I got about Pond is that it is about camaraderie—and everyone was working for a mutual goal to better the company,” he emphasized.
Rovinsky made the same impression upon Pond as well.

“Having met Mitch almost 10 years ago on a large municipal project we worked together on, he impressed me immediately with his knowledge of construction management and shortly thereafter with his people skills,” said Program Manager Sam Smith. “Mitch has excellent vision for strategic goals and the skill set to lead his team there.”

With his expert construction management skills, combined with a highly analytical acumen for numbers—Rovinsky graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a minor in Physics from the University of Alabama—Rovinsky is eager to make Pond Constructors even more profitable and visible.

“With my unique job experience with construction management, managing up to 20 or 30 subcontractors, along with my cost estimating and budget management, I know I can assist the current Pond team in building the general construction business,” he said.

“It’s my job to harness that passion and guide them on the bigger aspects of general construction management, so that they can be adept with all of the project management skills that dominate the 21st century in our business.”