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Life University Has 77 Alumni, Faculty Members Named to Atlanta Magazine’s 2018 Top Chiropractors List

March 29, 2018

LifeUniversity_Brandmark[4]Atlanta Magazine is set to publish its list of 2018 Top Chiropractors in the Atlanta and metro areas. Life University (LIFE) would like to recognize 77 alumni and/or faculty members of the University who will be named in the April 2018 issue. See the distinguished list of award recipients below:

First MI Last First MI Last
Scott Ackerman Kathryn Hoiriis
Allen M. Avery Philip Hurd
Rachel D. Banks David C. Jockers
Alonzo M. Borja Thomas Kempinski
Christopher Brooks Gurusahay S. Khalsa
Mayur Cara Andrew H. Krantz
Nicholas Carlisle Joseph A. Krzemien
Joseph J. Cipriano Amber O. Landry
Richard Cohen Steve J. Landry
Thomas Copelli Cheryl Langley
Edward E. Cordovado Zachary J. LaVigne
Tanvi Desai Christopher Lee
Anthony S. Dinatale Andrew Lefranc
C. Rick Dowell Janet D. Lewis
Danielle D. Drobbin Jeff M. Malucci
Marc A. Ellis Jon Malucci
Eva V. Elsangak Shelly Malucci
Joseph Fanning Francis J. Marcone
Kyle A. Fogel Joel E. Margolies
Johnny Garcia Matthew L. Meccia
Shannon Good Michael Moccio
Joseph V. Haezebrouck Audra J. Moran
Marina L. Harris Faheem Nasir
Christopher B. Heitman Michal Nesnick
Charmaine A. Herman Tali S. Pariser
Jeremy A. Hess Kamlesh R. Patel
Amanda L. Hess Alex J. Paulk


First MI Last
Eric Plasker
Dennis Rattiner
Christopher Rechter
Daniel H. Riase
Suzanne Rivchun
Drew Rubin
Bryan J. Salminen
Steven L. Saul
Karl Schwartz
Kathleen Sherwood
Nailah Smith
Kevin Smith
Steven M. Sommer
Roseann Spears Rollins
Rachel Stockwell Weimer
Pamela Stone
Nicholas J. Sudano
Roy W. Sweat
Cleve R. Taylor
Daniel Tew
Hans Wakeman
Hamilton G. Wetzel
Alan Wolkow


LIFE congratulates each of these doctors for their remarkable achievements and for their continued contributions to Chiropractic.

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.



NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Launches All “Women Build” 2018

March 29, 2018

Habitat for Humanity NW Metro AtlantaGrab your hammers Cobb County ladies, the NW Metro Atlanta Habitat Women Build Steering Committee is looking for individuals and teams of volunteers to participate in the first of its kind new home build in the City of Marietta.

The new home build located on Chestnut Hill Drive, kicks off May 5, the Saturday prior to Mother’s Day weekend. NW Metro Atlanta Habitat is sponsoring the Women Build project in conjunction with affiliates nationwide. Teams of volunteers will build the new house alongside the well-qualified Habitat homebuyer over nine Saturdays, culminating with the house dedication on July 21.

“This program has experienced tremendous success all around the country and we know that it will be equally successful with the extraordinary women of Cobb County,” said Fran Sutton, director of marketing and communication, NW Metro Habitat for Humanity.

Marie Barnes, former first lady of Georgia is serving as Honorary Chair. The Women Build kick-off event will be held on April 19 at the home of former Gov. Roy and Marie Barnes home in Marietta.

Steering Committee members include Susan Boyd, Katy Ruth Camp, Erin Etheredge, Kim Gresh, Judge Joyette Holmes, Meredith Houseworth, Sheri Kell, Beverly McAfee, Tricia Madden, Natalie Moore, Kristie Naylor, Leigh Pharr, Ginger Paquin, Holly Quinlin, Lily Saborit, Jolynn Siedor, Marianne Snyder, Mary Ansley Southerland, Carol Sullivan, Fran Sutton, Sue Webb and Lynn Wigington.

The Steering Committee will be raising $80,000 to build the home. Initial corporate sponsors include S.A. White Oil Company and Walton Communities. Volunteers are asked to donate or raise $250 to participate on one Saturday. Corporate sponsorships are available at any level.

To learn more, volunteer, build or sponsor, go to

Questions or interested in being a sponsor? Contact Fran Sutton at

About NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity:
NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of the international organization, works with the community to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Since 1986, we have built, renovated and repaired over 500 homes providing safe, decent, affordable homes to well-qualified families in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties. For more information, visit

Kennesaw State’s Executive MBA Recognized as One of the Best in the World

March 27, 2018

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Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA program again ranked as the best in Georgia and rose to No. 7 in the world in CEO Magazine’s 2018 Global Executive MBA Rankings, released today.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business’ Executive MBA was recognized by the magazine as a Global Tier One EMBA program for the fourth year in a row. In the numerical rating system CEO Magazine established last year, Kennesaw State’s EMBA ranked No. 1 in the state for the second straight year and climbed two spots from its No. 9 world ranking in 2017.

“Being ranked among the best in the world reflects years of hard work by our faculty, staff, students and leadership team,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “This is a flagship program for the Coles College, and we are a leading provider of Executive MBAs in the country. We have worked diligently to create a high-quality program that emphasizes teamwork and promotes resourcefulness, ingenuity and entrepreneurship.”

Only four universities in North America ranked ahead of Kennesaw State. Programs are classified as Tier One or Tier Two based on factors including quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, work experience, international exposure, professional development, gender parity and delivery methods.

The Coles College’s Executive MBA enrolls about 45 working professionals annually in its 19-month program that offers cutting-edge global teaming, program-long executive coaching and a customized curriculum designed for ambitious professionals. In addition to the CEO Magazine ranking, Kennesaw State’s Executive MBA is rated No. 3 internationally in teamwork and No. 10 in e-business by Bloomberg Businessweek.

“This prestigious recognition acknowledges the excellence in innovation that is a hallmark of the Coles College and Kennesaw State,” said Alison Keefe, executive director of the Executive MBA program. “Improving on the already strong ranking from last year shows that we continue to raise the bar in the quality of our integrated curriculum, the dedication of our Executive MBA-only faculty and the high caliber of our students.”

“The CEO Magazine ranking validates our current students’ and alumni’s decision to choose KSU for their Executive MBA,” said Allan Bishop, director of recruitment and business development for the Executive MBA program.

In addition to the Executive MBA ranking, the Coles College’s Doctor of Business Administration program was one of 21 named a “premier DBA provider” in CEO Magazine’s global listings. The rating is based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business is one of the largest business schools in Georgia, with more than 6,000 students and 160 faculty members. The Coles College offers bachelor’s degrees in 10 majors and 13 minors, seven graduate degree programs, dual-degree options and executive education programs.

For more information on the Coles College’s Executive MBA program, click here.

About Kennesaw State University
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Selects JE Dunn Construction as the General Contractor for New Support Office Building and for Key Role in its Campus Master Plan Development

March 27, 2018

Children's New Support Building Rendering

JE Dunn Construction will be one of the construction managers playing a key role in the development of a new campus for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the hospital recently announced.

The more than 70-acre campus will include a replacement hospital with an attached medical office building, support buildings and more than 20 acres of greenspace — allowing Children’s to serve Georgia’s growing pediatric population.

Children’s picked J.E. Dunn as the construction manager for its planned support building. JE Dunn will also have a key role on the master plan development, serving as the construction manager of the medical office building adjoining the new hospital, central utility plant, parking decks, and site improvements for the new campus.

“We appreciate this extraordinary opportunity to contribute to Children’s transformative new campus and are honored to work with the project team that Children’s has selected,” said Stuart Bruening, Vice President for JE Dunn.

The eight-level, 348,000-square-foot support building will accommodate employee offices, dining, fitness center, employee health clinic, and a learning center. Pedestrian and vehicular bridges will connect employees to a new parking deck.

Groundbreaking for the support building is expected this spring, with completion scheduled in the first quarter of 2020. Children’s says this timing ensures that construction on the replacement hospital will be completed by 2025.

Architects for the support building include tvsdesign for the building’s core and shell, Hendrick for interior design services, and HGOR for the landscape design.

About JE Dunn
JE Dunn Construction, founded in 1924, is one of the largest general building contractors in the United States, providing construction management services through 20 offices nationwide, and self-perform services at select locations. JE Dunn’s Atlanta office, established in 1985 and consistently recognized as a “best places to work” employer, as well as for leadership in both green and lean construction practices, and for community philanthropy, services an array of market sectors, including healthcare, higher education, K-12, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, mission critical, and aviation. Atlanta is also headquarters for JE Dunn’s East Region. The Atlanta office’s portfolio includes repeat work for clients including Atlanta Public Schools, Gwinnett Medical Center, Georgia Institute of Technology and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The JE Dunn organization is employee and family owned, and today is represented by three generations of the Dunn family in its day-to-day operations.

Fortress Builders Announces Savings at New Acworth Community

March 23, 2018

Homesite 40 Chattooga

Locally owned Fortress Builders is excited to announce homebuyer incentives on select homes at Creekview Park, a new community conveniently located between the city of Kennesaw and the City of Acworth. Savings include full-house blinds, a refrigerator and $2,500 towards closing costs.

Priced from the $300,000s, the move-in ready homes at Creekview Park feature upgraded design options with up to five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. One home currently available features the Chattooga B home design with five bedrooms, three baths and 2,531 square feet of thoughtfully designed living space.

The charming front porch and foyer immediately welcome guests into the formal dining room, while the fireside family room opens to the impressive gourmet kitchen, separate breakfast area and chef’s island with granite countertops and pantry. The main level also boasts a guest retreat with full bath, perfect for weekend guests, and a mudroom off the garage.

Three secondary bedrooms and the laundry room accompany the luxurious owner’s suite on the upper level with its tray ceiling, walk-in closet and spacious owner’s bath. Located at Homesite 40, this home is priced at $326,000.

Creekview Park is a charming community of only 53 new homes that feature upgraded appointments including hardwood floors, granite countertops in the kitchen, tile baths and more. Residents enjoy the community activity and walking trail, as well as Creekview Park’s plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options that include Swift Cantrell Park, Acworth Beach, Lake Acworth, Cauble Park and a picnic, cabana and playground area.

Creekview Park is located at 3187 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw. To learn more about available opportunities at Creekview Park, visit or contact Fortress Builders at 679-348-0322 or

*Only eligible on standing inventory homes. Must use preapproved lenders to qualify. Must be under contract by March 31, 2018.

About Fortress Builders
Locally owned, Fortress Builders has more than 50 years of experience in constructing attractive homes and communities. Fortress Builders does more than just build new homes. The builder also creates a distinctive sense of community and does so in two of Atlanta’s most sought-after locations, Cobb and Cherokee counties. Over the years, the Fortress team has accumulated a vast archive of attractive new home designs with an emphasis on tasteful architecture and cozy, livable interiors. Feature by feature, Fortress offers its homeowners the most complete package of attractive elevations, quality construction, financial affordability and an industry-standard warranty to back it up. A Fortress-built home is built to last. For more information, visit



Special Scholarship Opportunity Offered Now to Attain Saint Leo University MBA Degree Online

March 23, 2018

Saint Leo University (, a pioneer in online learning, is offering an academic scholarship opportunity for some special students: those who are intent on starting an MBA program this summer, who have the undergraduate grades to prove they can do serious work, and the commitment and discipline to study online all the way through to degree completion.

For those who qualify and apply by April 20 for admission to the summer semester beginning on Monday, April 30, the MBA tuition per credit hour will be $555, compared to the standard tuition cost of $720. What is more, Saint Leo will hold the tuition per credit hour at $555 through the time it takes the students to graduate, provided the students maintain a consistent enrollment plan and good academic standing. The per-credit scholarship represents a savings of $6,000 throughout the course of the 36-credit hour program. Additionally, qualified scholarship recipients are eligible for a waiver of the standard $80 application fee.

Prospective online Master of Business Administration students must be ready and willing to begin their studies now to qualify for the scholarship opportunity.

The scholarship will be extended only to those applicants with the required academic background: those who attained a grade point average of 3.25 in earning their bachelor’s degrees, either during their final 60 credit hours of study or over the course of their four-year degree programs. The degree also needs to be from a regionally accredited university, as Saint Leo is. Official transcripts are required. This proof of a strong academic background helps assure Saint Leo graduate admissions officers that the scholarship money is being invested in adult learners who already have strong study skills. Admission to the MBA program itself is possible without this kind of record, but the program entrant would not qualify for consideration for a scholarship.

Qualified students will find they can choose to earn either the general Master of Business Administration degree, or choose from a diverse spectrum of 10 specializations that can give graduates an edge over other job and promotion candidates in the same field. The specialization options include supply chain management, sport business, health care administration, cybersecurity, human resource management, and more.

“The reason Saint Leo decided to offer this scholarship benefit now is that we realize there is a pool of vast, untapped business and administrative talent that can be developed through further study, but that opportunity is beyond the grasp of some talented learners,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, provost and senior vice president of Academic & Student Affairs. “Online study overcomes some barriers, such as access to classroom programs or convenient study times. By investing first in people who have done well before in school, and by giving them an incentive to get started soon and to stay engaged, Saint Leo is attracting people who have sound study skills and the desire to seize an opportunity instead of letting it pass by. We think these students will be good peers for their fellow students in online classrooms and study groups and will continue to be valuable employees in their current and future work positions.”

Senese added that he hopes some of the scholarship applicants already will be working at companies that offer some level of tuition aid or tuition reimbursement to employees for further education. “That would be ideal, because then both the student and the company are getting the benefit of the tuition break that comes with this scholarship,” Senese said.

The MBA curriculum is taught by the faculty of Saint Leo University’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business. Tapia himself went back to school through two Saint Leo online programs well after becoming an established entrepreneur in Arizona. He needed the flexibility of a quality online program to continue to have time for his business and was reassured by the fact that Saint Leo already had an educational heritage of more than 100 years at a traditional residential campus in Central Florida, where the school was first founded. Tapia earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and his MBA in 2007.

More recently MBA graduates also have earned their degrees while raising families, serving in the military, or holding down jobs in places across the country or around the world.

The Saint Leo online academic calendar is available here. For more information about the scholarship, go to MBA Online Scholarship Form. For additional information, email or call, toll free, (800) 707-8846. Find more information about degree requirements.

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 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.

Kennesaw State Biology Professor Wins National Award

March 22, 2018

Kennesaw State University biology professor William Ensign has been honored with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Biology Division Mature Career Mentor Award. The distinction is reserved for scientists with greater than 19 years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers.Bill Ensign 1 story

The award, which recognized Ensign’s “long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate research students,” was presented recently during the Council’s annual meeting. The judges said his students found him to be an enthusiastic model of a successful scientist and one who “created a rich community of research groups to allow students to work to their strengths within a given project.”

In making its presentation, the group took note of Ensign’s multiple publications with undergraduates and that he regularly has had students presenting their work at regional and national conferences.

“To receive the 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research Biology Division Mature Career Mentor Award is a humbling affirmation of the efforts I have expended over the last two decades with my students,” Ensign said. “I have always had a deep respect for CUR’s mission and efforts, so to be honored by this organization is deeply meaningful to me.”

Ensign, who is the first KSU biologist to be selected for the award, joined Kennesaw State in September 1997 after working as a research scientist for the U.S. Forest Service and the Virginia Tech Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. His research broadly focuses on fish diversity, distribution and abundance in freshwater streams and rivers.

Ensign received his Ph.D. in fisheries science from Virginia Tech and his M.S. in ecology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also holds a B.A. in zoology from George Washington University.

Founded in 1978, The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing more than 900 colleges and universities. CUR and its affiliated colleges, universities and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students.