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KSU Continuing Education Graduate Aims to Make a Difference in the HR Field

November 22, 2017

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With nearly two decades of industry experience under her belt, Andrea “Andie” Hill discovered her human resources credentials had lapsed. When her employer offered to pay her continuing education expenses to help secure the industry’s most relevant credentials, she seized the opportunity. After receiving a Course catalog in the mail from KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, she immediately registered for the Human Resources Management SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certificate program.

“The class exceeded my expectations,” Hill said. “It was fun, thought provoking and engaging.” Citing convenience and location, Hill enrolled for the program’s Saturday course offering held at KSU Center. “That’s what I love about KSU – it’s very flexible,” she said. “They make it easier on your life to work, go to school and have a family.”

Lisa Hughes, a KSU instructor since 2012, taught Hill’s class. Hughes possesses extensive knowledge of the human resources field and most recently served as the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) president for its Atlanta chapter.

“Lisa is a great instructor,” Hill said. “She’s actively involved in the HR community and a good voice for HR. Her class was experiential and provided real-life examples that helped put the course material into perspective.”

Expanding further on the program, Hill said, “It’s easy to get mired down in the day-to-day tasks of the job. This class help(s) you take a step back and gain a new perspective of the industry as a whole. We learned that everything isn’t task-based and to have a stronger appreciation of the role HR plays in business and the value of the industry.”

Hill previously worked as an HR representative for a nonprofit company before branching out as a national consultant. After successfully completing the class, she passed the senior certification exam. As a result, she received two senior-level job offers with prominent Atlanta companies.

Passionate for establishing a positive change in the work environment, Hill mentioned several concerning statistics that have sparked her cause. “Sixty-five percent of employees are passively looking for another job,” she said. “That means two-thirds of your workforce is dissatisfied. Something is wrong. I want to stop that. I want people to be happy and fulfilled.”

“I want to change the way HR functions,” Hill continued. “I want people to enjoy their jobs. I like that the HR aspect adds value to companies, but I want to make it known that HR is an integral part of business. I want to find a way to make HR about people again. The more you value people and take care of them, the more they will give.”

For more information on the Human Resources Management SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certificate program, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu or call 470-578-6765.

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Saint Leo U Named to Military Best: Colleges 2018

November 21, 2017

For Those Who ServeSaint Leo University was selected as one of the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018, the publication announced Monday. Formerly known as Best for Vets, the Military Times Best: Colleges rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. As with all Military Times rankings, Best Colleges 2018 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families.

Saint Leo ranked eighth in the country in the Online & Nontraditional Schools category, which recognizes the university’s commitment to educating military personnel, veterans, and their families wherever they may be—even if they are deployed. The top-finishing institutions in the Online & Nontraditional School category have more than half of their students attending class online or in another setting different from the main or regional physical campus setting that is historically typical.

In addition to University Campus in St. Leo, FL, students are educated at more than 35 teaching locations, including many located on military bases. Saint Leo teaches at one of the largest naval bases in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, as well as at other bases in Virginia, Florida, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

“Saint Leo remains committed to educating our active-duty military, veterans, and their families,” said Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., Saint Leo University president. “I am proud of the university’s dedication to the U.S. military. Saint Leo recognizes the special needs of those serving, as well as their families, and the university strives to provide the best educational opportunities for them.”

While hundreds of institutions applied, “fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges designation this year. Only the best made the cut,” said George Altman, the editor in charge of the rankings. “For the past eight years, we’ve seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies, and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts.”

Military Times’ annual Best Colleges survey asks higher education institutions to document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, as well as describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

The rankings are published in a Military Times magazine sent to subscribers the week of November 20, as well as online at MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com, and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

For more information about Saint Leo University’s commitment to the U.S. military forces and veterans, contact Pamela Martis, associate vice president of Military Affairs and Services, at pamela.martis@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8234.

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.

InnoVergent CEO Reveals Innovative Solutions for Growing Companies on Radio X Business Broadcast

November 17, 2017

INNOVERGENTLOGO-homeInnoVergent, a financial and accounting software and services company, was spotlighted on North Fulton Business Radio, where founder and CEO Paul Cammisa discussed cloud-based solutions and the newest products that are disrupting the technology and professional services industries. InnoVergent provides customers with consulting, training and software implementation services, delivered in an inclusive, collaborative environment that helps organizations accelerate growth. During the broadcast, Cammisa covered topics regarding:

* Emerging companies and their growing pains
* The importance of cloud-based solutions for business continuity peace of mind
* How to spot true-cloud versus fake-cloud systems
* The importance of trusting your data with “one version of truth”
* Why InnoVergent focuses on customer experience, not merely customer service

When asked about the main challenges that InnoVergent solves for their customers, Cammisa explained that growing companies tend to hit a brick wall, lacking answers to vital operational questions due to system siloes causing the inability to accurately plan, forecast and report. “From our perspective, we bring a consultative approach to help those companies understand what their business could and should be,” he said.

At InnoVergent, customer satisfaction is the main priority. The company works directly with customers to implement and support extremely sophisticated software products that encourage quick and efficient problem-solving and growth. A main highlight during the interview was InnoVergent’s focus on providing the type of system security needed to ensure business continuity, giving companies the ability to keep running in the event their systems go down. “Business continuity is about discovering and understanding a single point of failure in your entire organization and trying to mitigate that impact in your business,” Cammisa explained. “If something of significant proportion were to occur, how could the company survive?”

In addition, Cammisa explained that the company focuses on customer experience, and not just customer service. “In the service industry our employees are our biggest asset, and we try to make sure that the entire journey of a customer, from sales to implementation to post go-live, receives a consistent level of passion and dedication,” he stated.

Another relevant topic Cammisa highlighted was InnoVergent’s effort to fully understand their customers and the best possible ways to help them succeed. “What we are trying to do now is bring in yet another layer of service offering with what we call Business Equilibrium Services,” he explained. “Through Business Equilibrium Services we dissect the customer’s business and operations, then we put into place improvement processes and technology to support those processes moving forward.”

Founded in 2011, Radio X is the nation’s fastest-growing B2B radio network, utilizing their voice of business in North Fulton County, Georgia to help local leaders get the word out about the important work they’re doing to serve their markets and their community.

About InnoVergent
As leading industry experts in cloud-based accounting and financial software, InnoVergent provides customers with consulting, training and implementation services for Oracle | NetSuite | Adaptive Insights and NetSuite | OpenAir.

InnoVergent becomes a trusted advisor to our customers and guarantees an efficient and optimized implementation of the right solution focused on meeting the unique challenges of each company. Our experienced team includes former CPAs, CFOs, accounting experts and Six Sigma and software-certified professionals who work to improve efficiencies and streamline operations for our customers, saving organizations time and money.

For more information about InnoVergent, visit www.innovergent.com.

Georgia Crafted 2017 Flavor of Georgia Gift Box Available at Norcross Hallmark Shop on November 18

November 17, 2017

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Georgia Crafted announced today that their 2017 Flavor of Georgia Gift Box will be available for purchase on November 18 at Amy’s Hallmark Shop in Norcross, Georgia. Amy’s Hallmark Shop discovered the Atlanta gift box business after one of their employees received a Georgia Crafted gift box. The retail chain’s Norcross store partnered with Georgia Crafted to promote local products, specifically the state’s top artisan goods from the 2017 Flavor of Georgia competition hosted by the University of Georgia.

“The University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia has been highlighting and promoting the state’s diverse, delicious food products for more than a decade, with over 1,200 total entries and a long list of success stories,” said Sharon P. Kane, Economist and Food Business Development Specialist at the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

“Our participants tell us that the contest provides them with recognition, credibility, and exposure for their products as well as networking with others in the food industry, bringing the potential for improved business operations and new sales opportunities. Our partnership with Georgia Crafted and the popularity of the Flavor of Georgia boxes demonstrate this process in action.”

The 2017 Flavor of Georgia Gift Box contains homemade, organic food products from winners and finalists of this year’s competition, including:

  • Overall Flavor of Georgia Winner: Pecan Butter, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters
  • Snack Food Winner: Toasted Sriracha Pecans, Goodson Pecans LLC
  • Sauces and Seasonings Winner: Campfire Salt, Beautiful Briny Sea Salt
  • Flavor of Georgia Finalist: Sausage Cheese Ball Mix, Back to Basics 101
  • Flavor of Georgia Finalist: Wildflower Honey, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey

“We are really excited to be working with Georgia Crafted. They offer a wide selection of gift boxes helping our customers celebrate all their milestone occasions making each one memorable,” reported Amy’s Hallmark Manager Krystal Woodall.

Georgia Crafted Founder Erin Zwigart will be available on November 18 for a meet-and-greet at Amy’s Hallmark Shop, located at 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, Georgia 30092. For more information, visit www.georgiacrafted.com.

Amy’s Hallmark Shop: A division of Hallmark Retail, Amy’s Hallmark Shop honors special occasions by offering a range of year-round and seasonal gifts and greeting cards. Specializing in home décor, collectibles, and holiday gifts, Amy’s Hallmark Shop has 12 store locations in the state of Georgia as well as an online store selection. For more information, call 770-447-0400.

About Georgia Crafted: Launched in 2013, Georgia Crafted showcases Georgia artisan products by curating homemade gift baskets for all occasions. With a mission to make shopping local fun and easy, Georgia Crafted offers a number of themed gift baskets and an online store with over 100 Georgia-made products. In 2016 they were named “Business to Watch” by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and have since partnered with corporations like Chick-fil-a and CNN Newsource. For more information, contact Erin Zwigart at hello@georgiacrafted.com.

Local Credit Union Expands Presence to West Cobb

November 16, 2017

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On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, LGE Community Credit Union hosted the grand opening celebration for its 10th branch at the new Parkside West Cobb shopping center at 3805 Dallas Highway, Suite 108, Marietta, GA 30064. The celebration surrounding the high-tech branch’s opening featured remarks by President and CEO Chris Leggett, a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and entertainment by B98.5FM.

“We’re very excited about our new branch at West Cobb. As you can tell, we’re doing a lot of things differently,” says Chris Leggett, president and CEO. “We’re trying to bring the latest technology and the most possible value to our members and the communities we serve. The new technology in this location allows our team to build relationships while also making sure all service needs are met efficiently.”

The LGE West Cobb location officially opened Oct. 31, 2017 and is offering grand opening specials through Dec. 15, 2017; visit lgeccu.org/westcobbgo for more information.

About LGE Community Credit Union
LGE Community Credit Union provides full-service, federally insured banking to over 112,000 people in northwest Georgia, with better rates and lower fees than you will typically find in a big bank. LGE serves all residents and business within Cobb, Paulding, Cherokee and Fulton counties. Since 2010, LGE has invested over $575,000 in the lives of those in the community including children, homeless, abuse victims and those that fall on hard times.

For more information, visit lgeccu.org.

Life University’s Online Master’s Degree Program in Positive Psychology Ranked Ninth on Top 25 List of Online Psychology Master’s Degree Programs in Country

November 15, 2017

LifeUniversity_Brandmark[4]In a ranking list compiled by Best Value Schools, Life University’s (LIFE’s) Master of Science in Positive Psychology online degree program ranked ninth best out of all online psychology master’s degree programs in the country.

“Our ranking took the following components into consideration: tuition cost, accessibility, academic breadth, academic uniqueness, advanced opportunities and affordability,” explains Best Value Schools spokesperson Laura Kilmartin. “Our editors noted that LIFE is one of the best values for an online psychology master’s degree program. Its academic uniqueness and multiple online concentrations helped it earn a high ranking on our list.”

LIFE launched its Master’s degree program in Positive Psychology in the fall of 2014. The program has three concentrations for students to choose from, with two (Coaching Psychology, General) being offered online and one offered on campus (Secular Ethics and Contemplative Science). As of Fall Quarter 2017, 54 students are enrolled in the M.S. Positive Psychology program, and it has had 26 conferred degrees since its inception.

“This high ranking for our online Master’s in Positive Psychology program is a tremendous affirmation of what we at LIFE already recognize – that this degree has numerous attributes that make it an attractive offering to a variety of prospective students,” notes Dr. Jana Holwick, LIFE’s Dean of College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies.

To view the ranking, visit https://www.bestvalueschools.com/psychology/online-masters-degree-programs/.

For more information on Life University’s M.S. Positive Psychology degree program, visit https://www.LIFE.edu/academic-pages/graduate/positive-psychology/.

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.

KSU to Host Annual Donuts and Notes on Dec. 1

November 14, 2017

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Ring in the holidays with the annual Donuts and Notes event at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. The free holiday concert and student art show will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the KSU Center. Guests will enjoy local music performances and light refreshments.

“We look forward to this wonderful family event every year,” said Continuing Education Dean Barbara Calhoun. “It is truly a great way to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.”

The annual holiday event is part of the KSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). In addition to live entertainment, guests can expect to see an exhibit of curated artwork from OLLI students and instructors. Art mediums will include oil, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and photography. Josh Langston, OLLI instructor, writer, and editor, will have a display of art cover designs he has created over the years. Some student artwork and hand-made jewelry will be available for purchase.

KSU OLLI is a continuous program of educational and social opportunities for a community of adults age 50 and older. KSU OLLI provides classes year round in the areas of technology, art and music, finance, fitness, leisure and more. There are no tests, grades or exams – just a chance to dive into learning. For more information on OLLI, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu or call 470-578-6765.