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KSU’s Continuing Education Recognizes Students and Donors During Annual Scholarship Reception

October 26, 2016

The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University held its annual Scholarship Reception on Thursday, October 20 at KSU Center. Proud family and friends joined scholarship recipients and students at the banquet to celebrate achievement and thank generous donors. The college awarded over 100 students with scholarships for continuing education programs, with a collective value estimated to be nearly $82,000.

“The students awarded these scholarships are very deserving, and we are confident they will go far in their educational endeavors,” said Continuing Education Dean Barbara Calhoun. “Our students overcome great challenges to achieve their life’s goals. They exemplify talent, drive and courage.”

The scholarships recognize students for their academic achievements and help defray some of the costs associated with specific programs in the healthcare, hospitality, business and technology areas.

“I applied for this scholarship because I want to become a CNA [Certified Nursing Assistant] so that I can get training in the medical field,” said Carlton Williams, recipient of the Barbara S. Calhoun Scholarship. “One day, I would like to become a doctor and becoming a CNA is a great stepping stone. Without this scholarship, I may not have had the opportunity to take the class.”

The awards are made possible by donors and friends who have put KSU’s Continuing Education at the top of their giving list. $250,000 have been awarded to students in continuing education programs in the last three years.

Scholarship applications for 2017 will be accepted next April. Eligibility and award amounts vary. For a listing of eligibility requirements and scholarships, visit or call 470-578-6765.

WellStar Names Talent Acquisition VP

October 25, 2016

Sonya Aldy has been named WellStar Health System’s Vice President of Talent Acquisition.

WellStar Health System announced a new senior leader joining its ranks. As the new vice president of Talent Acquisition, Sonya Aldy will support the not-for-profit’s mission of delivering world-class healthcare to patients by building and retaining a team of skilled team members.

“We are fortunate to have Sonya here all the way from Texas to help WellStar attract skilled nurses and team members, and keep them,” said David Anderson, WellStar executive vice president of Human Resources, Organizational Learning and chief compliance officer. “Sonya will focus on developing the skilled workforce WellStar needs to deliver world-class healthcare to patients in communities across Atlanta.”

Aldy will oversee the development and execution of WellStar’s talent acquisition strategies to ensure an optimal workforce. She also will be responsible for the recruitment, hiring and on-boarding of WellStar team members.

Aldy brings nearly 20 years of recruitment and staffing leadership experience to WellStar. She most recently served as division director of Talent Acquisition for Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas. She helped increase overall new hires by 63 percent and new registered nurse hires by 32 percent in four years. She also served as an executive recruiter for PeopleScout and recruiting manager for both Honeywell International and Cisco Systems.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and is an AIRS Certified behavioral interviewer, internet recruiter and diversity recruiter.

About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South,
WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments. For more information, visit

Google Seminar Coming to the AJC on Nov. 1

October 24, 2016

googlequarterfLearn how to maximize ROI from Search and Digital Marketing with Google’s Amy Impara-Gregory and other digital marketing experts! Discover Google’s most recent updates including changes to the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) and strategies to increase conversions that drive results. Gain valuable insights, tips and tactics to quickly and cost-effectively optimize your Search and Digital Marketing.

GOOGLE Seminar Agenda:

12:30 pm – Check-in and lunch

1:00 pm – “The Evolving Search & Digital Landscape – Winning the Biggest Opportunity in the Smallest Moments” – Presented by Amy Impara-Gregory of Google

2:15 pmBREAKOUT SESSION (Choose one depending if you are currently running Search campaigns or not at all)

In the breakout session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Attract prospects at the top of the buying funnel as they begin to search for your services
  • Maintain their attention on your brand throughout the buying cycle
  • Keep them until the very end of their decision making process and convert them

3 pm – Adjourn

This is an exclusive FREE event and space is limited! Complimentary valet parking and lunch provided.

Click here to register or call 404-526-2097.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill’s “Liverversary” Celebration to Raise Funds/Awareness for Organ Donation

October 21, 2016

Chef Henry and his wife, Claudia, celebrate at last year’s Liverversary event.

On Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., Chef Henry Chandler commemorates the eighth anniversary of his life-saving liver transplant by hosting “Liverversary”, a celebration that raises awareness for organ donation and much-needed funds for the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF).

This annual event, held upstairs at Henry’s Louisiana Grill, has helped raise over $100,000 for Georgia Transplant Foundation to date. GTF is focused on providing both financial and educational assistance during a time that is often overwhelming for those undergoing or waiting for a transplant in the state of Georgia. In 2015, GTF gave more than $1.2 million in direct financial assistance to nearly 1,000 clients in the organ transplant community.

At this year’s Liverversary, guests will enjoy Chef Henry’s specialty Louisiana dishes, upbeat music, and a raffle prize from Cabela’s. There will also be an exciting live auction of items donated by Governor’s Gun Club, Lakepoint Sporting Community, and Three-13 Salon and Spa, as well as unique experiences like a private dinner with Chef Henry, a vacation in Gatlinburg, and a couples spa and golf package.

As always, the Cajun chef has planned a delicious spread for the upstairs event, including boiled jumbo shrimp, bourbon mac and cheese, Mardi Gras chicken over collards, gumbo, and gator cakes. This year, dessert will be generously donated by downtown Acworth’s Cakehouse on Main. Henry’s signature crafted cocktails, wine, and Abita beer will be complimentary for the first hour of the event, followed by a cash bar.

“This is our seventh Liverversary celebration, and as we raise funds to help support transplant recipients and their families, I am reminded how grateful I am to be on this earth,” Chef Henry Chandler said. “Every penny goes to help someone just like me—desperate for a miracle and counting on the kindness of a stranger to survive. We want to thank our Henry’s family (our loyal guests), fellow transplant recipients and the amazing volunteers at the Georgia Transplant Foundation for supporting Liverversary. We invite the community to come experience it with us!”

Henry’s encourages attendees to become a sponsor, which includes reserved seating for eight as well as advertising opportunities throughout the event. Individuals can also purchase general tickets in advance for $60 each. In addition, guests can help by simply dining downstairs at the restaurant the same evening. Henry’s is donating 15% of all food and non-alcoholic beverage revenue to GTF so that even more supporters can participate in this worthy cause.

This Liverversary event comes less than a month after Chef Henry was honored at the “Angels of Life” benefit hosted on October 2, by Three-13 Salon, Spa, & Boutique. He received the Halo Award, which recognized him as an “everyday angel” who does exemplary work as a volunteer and brings deserving attention to the efforts of the Georgia Transplant Foundation and to the importance of organ donation.

In 2007, Chef Henry was diagnosed with liver cancer, and several treatment options proved unsuccessful. Then, on September 2, 2008, thanks to the excellent team at Piedmont Hospital, he received a transplant that saved his life. Now and throughout the year, Chef Henry works tirelessly toward the cause of organ donation.

Every April, for “Donate Life Month,” Chef Henry encourages restaurant guests to sign up for the Donate Life Registry with his annual “Chef Henry’s Challenge to Save a Life.” This year, over 1,000 individuals took the pledge to become organ donors as more than 5,000 Georgians wait to receive a transplant.

“Thanks to Chef Henry’s dedication to the transplant community and his annual Liverversary event, more than 150 Georgians have directly benefited and received financial assistance from Georgia Transplant Foundation’s medication, dental, emergency, transportation, and housing assistance programs,” said Pat Rotchford, Executive Director of the Georgia Transplant Foundation. “Without people like Chef Henry, we would not be able to fulfill our mission and continue enriching lives every day.”

About Henry’s Louisiana Grill

Henry’s Louisiana Grill, which debuted in 2000, is an award-winning community gathering place with local and national acclaim.  The menu is designed by award-winning Chef Henry Chandler, sparked by the Southern-inspired food he loved and prepared with his Nanny Castell as a child. With an emphasis on world-class hospitality and dishes using the finest ingredients, Henry’s Southern comfort cooking has people driving cross-country just for a taste.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill is located at 4835 N Main St, Acworth, GA 30101. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook.

Andrew Tatnall joins NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as the Vice President of Development

October 21, 2016

andy-tatnall-head-shotAndrew Tatnall joins NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as the Vice President of Development. Tatnall brings over 20 years of experience and skills in corporate fundraising, operations management and optimizing not-for-profit organizations to his role with NW Metro Atlanta Habitat. In his last role, Tatnall was the Major Gift Officer/Corporate Partnerships at the American Red Cross, Metro Atlanta chapter.

“I’m very excited about joining NW Metro Atlanta Habitat and support its continued growth in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties,” said Tatnall. “I look forward to partnering to build homes with deserving families and also creating strong communities.”

An alumnus of Emory University and Georgia State University, he has held many positions in healthcare administration, including administrator to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. In his community leadership, Tatnall sits on the board of counselors and served as the scholarship committee chair for Oxford College of Emory University; and served on the advisory board of Good Samaritan Health Center of Marietta.

“Having Andy join our team will help us continue expanding our presence and work in Northwest Atlanta,” said CEO David McGinnis. “His broad experience and community contacts are a true asset and we are all very excited to have Andy join our team. We are going to accomplish great things together with our partner families.”

Tatnall and his family reside in Marietta and are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Marietta.

About NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity:

NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of the international organization, works with the community to provide safe, decent, affordable homes to deserving, well-qualified families in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the affiliate has built over 465 homes since 1986. For more information, visit

Town Center CID Seeks Community Input on Master Plan

October 20, 2016

tccid_area_generalThe Town Center CID is in the process of updating the Town Center Master Plan and invites residents, businesses and community stakeholders to attend its upcoming public meeting. The Town Center CID would like your input for improving transportation, encouraging redevelopment and enhancing the quality of life in the area.

Town Center CID Master Plan Public Meeting

When: October 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Embassy Suites Atlanta-Kennesaw Town Center

620 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA

What is the Town Center Master Plan?

The Town Center CID Master Plan addresses future transportation and infrastructure needs through a comprehensive, long-term assessment of our community. Beyond easing traffic congestion and tackling transportation issues, the Master Plan also aims to review and assess existing and potential land use, help regulate urban design and market conditions, including projects that will beautify and enhance the Town Center community.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Presents GSO Jazz! and Service and Sacrifice This November

October 20, 2016


Sam Skelton returns with GSO Jazz! To the Earl Smith Strand Theatre November 5, 2016

GSO Jazz! under the direction of Sam Skelton return as an Octet to play their favorite tunes at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square on Saturday evening, November 5.

GSO Jazz Octet includes the following musicians:

Sam Skelton, Reeds
Gordon Vernick, Trumpet
Rob Opitz, Trumpet
Randy Hoaxer, Piano
Trey Wright, Guitar
Brandon Boone, Bass
Jerry Fields, Drums
Karla Harris, Vocals

WHO: Jazz lovers of all ages

WHAT: GSO Jazz! Octet plays their favorite tunes  

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2016
               8 p.m.

WHERE: Earl Smith Strand Theatre
117 N. Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060

HOW: Purchase tickets online at

For more information, visit


The GSO Chorus presents “Service and Sacrifice,” concert honoring veterans

Veterans Day weekend:  November 12, 2016

The GSO Chorus reflects on veterans in a stirring program honoring their service. Director Bryan Black guides us musically though shared experiences of loss, remembrance, and finally hope with Handel’s triumphant “Let God Arise.”

Lee Holbya: Last Letter Home
Cecil Effinger: No Mark
Craig Carnahan: Armistice 1918
Georg Fredrick Handel: Let God Arise

WHO: Music lovers of all ages

WHAT: The GSO Chorus presents “Service and Sacrifice,” concert honoring veterans

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2016
8 p.m.

WHERE: Marietta Performing Arts Center
                  1171 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

HOW: Purchase tickets online at

For more information, visit