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Life University to Launch Bachelor’s Degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change

December 2, 2016

Life University will officially launch a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change in the Winter Quarter, 2017. The Bachelor’s Degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change (PHDSC) is unique among Liberal Arts degrees in the country for many reasons. It was developed by Dr. Thomas Flores, Assistant Professor of Positive Human Development and Social Change, and Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics at Life University, to capture the original strength of a Liberal Arts Education, while preparing students for the rapidly changing economic, intellectual, cultural and social challenges of the 21st century. Other faculty across the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies then contributed with additional syllabus design.

“As we were developing the program, we were doing lots of research on current approaches to Liberal Arts education, while at the same time, trying to address some of its deficiencies,” Dr. Flores notes. “We took notice of the now commonly acknowledged ‘skills gaps’ among millennials in relation to employment trends.

Across virtually every sector of employment markets, the research shows greater demand for skills in more holistic critical and creative thinking; effective communication and conflict resolution; leadership and working in team structures; and cultural diversity. What used to be considered ‘soft skills’ are now absolutely necessary in the job market. We also honored the current meaning and life purpose trends for millennials to tie their education to social good and positive purpose in the world. This is fully in line with Life University’s values and mission, and that is a major reason that the administration championed the creation of this degree.”

The degree offers a cutting-edge interdisciplinary curriculum and educational model. “What ties the degree together is that it is not interdisciplinary for the sake of being interdisciplinary. Rather, all the courses feed into the same thread of inner development and sustainable social change, and the interdependent relationship between the two. The very name ‘Positive Human Development and Social Change’embodies the University’s commitment to an education that leads to greater personal integrity and responsible global citizenship. The various parts of the degree fit together like puzzle pieces, all facilitated by the educational model,” adds Dr. Ozawa-de Silva.

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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.

Town Center at Cobb to make spirits bright with FREE holiday entertainment this December

December 1, 2016

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Town Center at Cobb will spread musical cheer with FREE and festive holiday entertainment now through Wednesday, December 21. Featuring spirited tunes guaranteed to make shoppers of all ages feel merry and bright, families and friends can enjoy sounds of the season from local organizations like First Baptist Church, Greater Marietta Pianothon, Hedman Strings and the Walker School Jazz Band, among many others. Whether it’s a fun family outing or a simple pit stop during shopping, Town Center at Cobb’s holiday entertainment is the perfect way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

FREE Holiday Entertainment at Town Center at Cobb

Enjoy FREE live music and family time during the holiday season!

Select dates through Wednesday, December 21

The complete lineup of holiday entertainment is as follows:

  • Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. – The Walker School Jazz Band*
  • Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. – Greater Marietta Pianothon
  • Saturday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m. – First Baptist Church Strolling Carolers
  • Sunday, December 4 at 10 a.m. – Greater Marietta Pianothon
  • Friday, December 9 at 5 p.m. – Cherokee County Pianothon
  • Saturday, December 10 at 9 a.m. – Cherokee County Pianothon
  • Sunday, December 11 at 12 p.m. – Cherokee Couny Pianothon
  • Sunday, December 11 at 1 p.m. – Catie and the Acapellas*
  • Sunday, December 11 at 3:30 p.m. – Phil Buben Saxophone Soloist*
  • Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. – Cobb County Pianothon
  • Saturday, December 17 at 9 a.m. – Cobb County Pianothon
  • Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m. – Hedman Strings*
  • Sunday, December 18 at 12 p.m. – Cobb County Pianothon
  • Sunday, December 18 at 1 p.m. – Phil Buben Saxophone*
  • Sunday, December 18 at 3:30 p.m. – Point of Grace Church*
  • Sunday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. – George and the Quartet*
  • Wednesday, December 21 at 1 p.m. – Phil Buben Saxophone Soloist*


Town Center at Cobb

400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Lower Level Belk wing
*The Walker School Jazz Band, Hedman Strings, Catie and the Acapellas, Point of Grace Church, and George and the Quartet performances will be held on the Upper Level JCPenney wing; all Phil Buben Saxophone Soloist performances will be held in the Upper Level Center Court

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Saint Leo University Launches Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration

December 1, 2016

st leoSaint Leo University (, a regionally accredited, nonprofit university with a well-established presence in Georgia, will start offering classes for its Master of Science degree in human services administration to the area in early 2017.

Interested professionals should begin learning about the program and application process now. Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017, at the Saint Leo University Gwinnett Center in Duluth at the Clarkson Building, Suite 105, 3555 Koger Blvd. (off Pleasant Hill Road near I-85), 30096. At the same time, learners who prefer to enroll at the Morrow Education Center, 1590 Adamson Parkway, 30260, can participate in classes through Saint Leo’s live video teaching and teleconferencing (VTT) system. The Saint Leo Morrow Education Center is just east of Highway 54/Jonesboro Road near the interchange with I-75.

After the first semester, the human services administration classes will be conducted at the Morrow Center with VTT capability back to Gwinnett, and then classes will alternate back and forth between the two eastern Atlanta suburban locations. Each of the Saint Leo University education centers provides modern, comfortable classrooms in accessible locations for busy adult learners.

The degree is designed for people who are already working in the human services field at one of Atlanta’s many nonprofit or government service agencies, and want to move up to a position with more responsibility and leadership potential. This 36-hour credit program will prepare committed learners for career advancement. Courses cover the organization of nonprofits; methods for accurately assessing needs for community programs or services; the work involved in obtaining grants; creating sound budgets; understanding fundraising and marketing; working with a board of directors (or trustees); managing human resource functions; understanding key legal issues; and more. A field placement is optional.

“Our faculty have served as agency directors, supervised professional workers, and managed large and small programs,” said Dr. Susan Kinsella, head of the program as well as dean of the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo. “So they fully understand the day-to-day responsibilities of operating a nonprofit or public agency, be it one serving children, seniors, the homeless, those in poverty, or those with mental illness.”

More on the program is available on the Saint Leo website, listed under graduate programs. Graduate counselors can be reached at (800) 707-8846 toll-free. Tuition is competitively priced at $500 per credit hour.

The new master’s program is a natural outgrowth of the success Saint Leo University has had with its bachelor’s degree in human services (a more generalized degree) in classroom settings in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Virginia. The faculty in the university’s Human Services Department all have the practical working experience, in addition to solid academic credentials, to successfully prepare the next generation of employees and leaders at organizations such as United Way member agencies or the American Red Cross.

Saint Leo classes are small enough to ensure personal attention from the faculty and to provide students opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another’s experiences. As a Catholic university that is open to everyone, Saint Leo carries on a tradition of servant leadership that is especially pertinent to the human services administration program.

More About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University ( 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 our 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. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.
We remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 15,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 82,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

Life University’s Dr. Jana Holwick Elected to CCE

November 30, 2016
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) announced its 2016 Council election results on Tuesday, November 22. Life University’s Dr. Jana Holwick, dean of the College of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies, was one five elected members overall. She was one of three elected as a program member.

Individual chiropractic programs who comprise the membership of CCE vote on individuals elected as program members. Councilors conduct the business of CCE, including reaffirmation of programmatic accreditation for DCPs.
“I also serve on the Academy of Site Team Visitors and have been as member of the Academy for 11 years,” explains Holwick. “LIFE will now have two individuals serving on the council, myself and Dr. [Tim] Gross, who currently serves as chair of the Site Team Academy and on the Executive Committee of the Council.”

The CCE is the national accrediting Agency for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs within the United States. Accreditation provides assurances of educational quality and institutional integrity to governments, jurisdictional licensing and regulatory bodies, institutions, professional organizations, students, other accrediting agencies and the public at large. CCE maintains recognition by the United States Department of Education as the national accrediting body for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and chiropractic solitary purpose institutions of higher education.

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 Continuing Education Wins 13 Awards at National Marketing Conference

November 28, 2016

The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University received 13 awards at the 25th annual University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar Nov. 8-10 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Up from 12 wins in 2015, this year’s record-setting recognition included Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for a variety of marketing efforts.

The 2016 awards include:

  • Division Winner: Outdoor Billboard/Signage: “I Did It” Billboards (UPCEA)
  • Gold Winner: Outdoor Billboard/Signage: “I Did It” Billboards (UPCEA)
  • Gold Winner: Strategic Recruitment Marketing Plan: January 2016 Open House (UPCEA)
  • Gold Winner: Radio: “I Did It” WSB Commercial Campaign (UPCEA)
  • Gold Winner: Television: Paralegal Commercials (UPCEA)
  • Gold Winner: Trade Show Exhibit: “I Did It” Standees (UPCEA)
  • Silver Winner: Mixed Media Campaign: “I Did It” (UPCEA)
  • Silver Winner: Miscellaneous Interactive Media: TESOL Student Blog Series featuring Morgan Attaway (UPCEA)
  • Silver Winner: General Catalog or Tabloid: The Course Catalog (UPCEA)
  • Silver Winner: E-Communications: Email Marketing (UPCEA)
  • Silver Winner: Newsletter: OLLI Newsletter (UPCEA)
  • Silver Winner: Most Improved: Website Redesign (UPCEA)
  • Bronze Winner: Website: (UPCEA)

The continuing education team also educated conference attendees about branding as part of a presentation and panel discussion. Davia Rose Lassiter, director of marketing for KSU Continuing Education, collaborated with Georgia Tech and Georgetown University for the UPCEA Talks series. The presentation, “University Brand: Beyond the Visual,” provided insight on how all three teams were able to successfully create a brand for continuing education while still maintaining their connection to the main university.

“Our team and our students are the reason we were able to have another successful year,” said Continuing Education Dean Barbara Calhoun. “These awards mean so much to us. We are truly honored to have UPCEA reward our hard work. It’s also great to have members from our college to represent this university and educate others on a national platform.”

For more information on awards and recognitions, visit or call 470-578-6765.



November 23, 2016


Repro Products, Inc. announced that it has acquired 4ColorLaser, a Xerox Authorized Dealer headquartered in Roswell, GA.  The purchase will allow both companies to better serve the office equipment needs of businesses throughout metro Atlanta by combining the strength of two well-respected Xerox resellers and substantially expanding the bandwidth of both companies’ service departments.  4ColorLaser will now be identified as a Repro Products company and will continue to operate with the existing staff in its present location.  “This investment represents an important strategic opportunity to offer enhanced efficiency and customer service for companies seeking office equipment solutions throughout the Atlanta area,” said Bob Feldberg, President of Repro Products and 4ColorLaser.

About Repro Products, Inc.

Repro Products, Inc., metro Atlanta’s Xerox Agency, was incorporated in 1979 and has been a Xerox reseller since 1989.  4ColorLaser, as a Xerox dealer for over 18 years, has garnered customer loyalty for its outstanding service and consultative approach.  In addition to providing Xerox office and production equipment and services, Repro Products is a leading provider of wide format equipment, printing and reprographic services, Autodesk software and services and 3D laser scanning services.

KSU to Host Annual Donuts and Notes

November 21, 2016

The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University is set to host its annual Donuts and Notes event on Friday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. This free holiday concert and student art show will be held at 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’s truly a great way to begin the holiday season.”

This annual holiday event is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. OLLI is a continuous program of educational and social opportunities for a vibrant learning community of adults age 50 and older. In additions to live entertainment, guests can expect to see an exhibit of curated artwork from OLLI students and instructors. Art mediums may include: oil, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and photography. Some artwork may be available for purchase.

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 or call 470-578-6765.