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LGE Foundation donates $200,000 to local nonprofits

December 26, 2018

LGEFoundation_CommitteeWithCheckOn Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, the LGE Community Outreach Foundation presented $200,000 to local nonprofit organizations at LGE Community Credit Union’s annual Christmas breakfast, which was hosted at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw.

The event recognized nonprofit organizations from the four counties LGE serves (Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton and Paulding), and each nonprofit was invited to speak and share donor impact stories with the entire LGE team of more than 250 employees. Nonprofits that received donations from the LGE Foundation included Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Next Step Ministries, CASA of Paulding County, Mostly Mutts, The Zone/Davis Direction Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, and Warehouse of Hope.


Each year, LGE employees nominate and select the organizations that will be supported by the LGE Foundation. The LGE Foundation organizes and conducts fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to contribute to those nonprofit organizations. Every dollar raised by the LGE Foundation is matched by LGE Community Credit Union. Since 2010, LGE has invested over $950,000 in the lives of those in the community including children, homeless, abuse victims and those that fall on hard times.

About the LGE Community Outreach Foundation

The LGE Community Outreach Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2009 as a way for LGE Community Credit Union to give back to the community. The Foundation, which is based on the credit union principle of “People Helping People,” represents the giving spirit of the employees of LGE Community Credit Union. Annually, the LGE Foundation leads a fundraising campaign with the goal of helping give back to the communities we serve. For more information, visit


About LGE Community Credit Union

LGE Community Credit Union provides full-service, federally insured banking to over 109,000 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. For more information, visit



KSU Center for Sustainable Journalism Lands Two Grants

December 22, 2018

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“The continuing support from both of these highly respected foundations allows us to provide solutions-oriented journalism coverage about youth who are often unheard.”

The Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ) at Kennesaw State University has received two individual grants – totaling $500,000 – from The Tow Foundation and The Wallace Foundation to provide continued support of the Center’s publication activities that focus on youth justice and child welfare issues.

The Tow Foundation awarded a three-year $300,000 grant to support the editorial operations of the Center’s New York City bureau housed in the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY). The Wallace Foundation awarded a two-year $200,000 grant to advance the work of the Center’s Youth Today, an online publication for professionals working in the field of youth services such as nonprofit after-school programs.

“The continuing support from both of these highly respected foundations allows us to provide solutions-oriented journalism coverage about youth who are often unheard. That in turn serves the KSU mission to be actively involved in community concerns. For us that means helping improve the lives of youth, their families and communities,” said Leonard Witt, executive director for the Center.

In 2012, with start-up funds from The Tow Foundation, the Center for Sustainable Journalism created the Youth Justice New York Metro Bureau to extend the reach and coverage of the Center’s national online publication, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE). Daryl Khan, who serves as the bureau chief and as a CUNY adjunct professor, produces investigative stories as well as teaches and mentors CUNY students who also contribute text, photojournalism and multimedia stories on youth justice and related issues for JJIE.


With this third round of funding from The Tow Foundation, the Center for Sustainable Journalism will produce even more stories by expanding its writers’ base to recent CUNY graduates who are already familiar with JJIE’s content. The Connecticut-based foundation is dedicated to supporting programs and system reform in areas of juvenile and criminal justice, medical research, higher education and cultural institutions, and has supported the Center’s New York bureau for the last six years.

“Leonard and the late Claire Tow’s vision to help the marginalized in our society, Emily Tow Jackson’s leadership and their collective belief that a foundation must be knowledgeable about issues it supports have allowed The Tow Foundation to have a major impact in the juvenile justice arena,” explained Witt. “We are privileged to be their partner with our shared visions of ensuring that all youth are treated equally and justly.”

The Wallace Foundation has been supporting the work and sustainability of Youth Today since the Center for Sustainable Journalism acquired the publication in 2012 when financial challenges almost caused its dissolution. The foundation, located in New York, supports programs to improve learning and enrichment opportunities for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for all.

Youth Today, which now is only an online publicationbegan as a nationally distributed subscription-based newspaper in 1984, with in-depth reporting on social issues affecting young people, including after-school programs, summer programs and arts programs, and their impact upon children.

“The Wallace and Tow foundations have been key supporters for several years now. That support has allowed us to provide the in-depth coverage these issues need and our readers deserve,” said John Fleming, executive editor of the Center for Sustainable Journalism.

Part of the initial funding from The Wallace Foundation supported the paid internships, mentorship and employment of about 70 KSU students who came from different majors, including business and communications. These students work in the marketing and advertising side as well as circulation sales to increase the Youth Today audience.

In fact, Chelsey Tabakian Odom, business operations manager for the Center for Sustainable Journalism, began as a student worker while studying marketing in KSU’s Coles College of Business during her junior year.

“With great training and success in various positions while a student, upon graduation I went into management full-time,” she said. “Working at the CSJ has been the most rewarding experience. I now get to work with students and mentor them just like I was while in college. I look forward to many more impactful years at the CSJ.”

The Center for Sustainable Journalism was founded at KSU in 2010 by Witt with a generous gift from the Harnisch Foundation. The Center supports the practice of civic or community-supported journalism within a nonprofit operational model through applied research and collaborations to deliver high-quality ethically sound content.

KSU Elevated to R2 Doctoral University Status by Carnegie Classification

December 21, 2018

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Kennesaw State University has been elevated to an “R2” designated institution – doctoral university with high research activity – in the revised 2018 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning, the second-highest classification for research institutions in the country. KSU is one of only 259 institutions to carry the “R1” or “R2” designation.  

According to the Carnegie classifications, doctoral research institutions are those that awarded at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees during the upgrade year and had at least $5 million in research expenditures.

“This is an exciting step forward for Kennesaw State and places the University among a select group of institutions in the nation,” said President Pamela Whitten. “In addition to our expanding doctoral programs, this designation is especially significant for our students who are benefitting from increased opportunities to work alongside faculty researchers on important discoveries, while learning, first-hand, how to engage in their own research.”

In April 2019, Kennesaw State will host more 4,000 student researchers from around the country at the 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research. This is the first time a university in Georgia has hosted this national conference.

In a message to the campus community this morning praising the efforts of faculty, students and staff, Whitten said, “As you all know, our goals for KSU have been to enhance student success and the student experience to become the best R3 in the country. We will now be revising the latter goal to become one of the top R2 universities in the U.S.”

Last week, Kennesaw State named internationally renowned researcher, Phaedra Corso – who currently serves as the director of the Economic Evaluation Research Group in the College of Public Health and the associate director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia – as vice president for research. She will join the University in February.

Kennesaw State was elevated in 2015 to an R3 doctoral research institution from its previous classification as a larger Master’s College and University – M1.


Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning

The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing diversity among U.S. higher education institutions since 1970, when the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed the method of classifying colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. The classifications, derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, reflect changes among institutions and are used in the study of higher education.

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Cobb Galleria Centre Honored with Top Award from ConventionSouth

December 20, 2018

“We feel [the Cobb Galleria Centre] indeed displays a superior commitment to providing groups with the top-of-the-line amenities and service that they require.”

It is with great honor that the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events held in the South, present Cobb Galleria Centre with a 2019 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award.

“ConventionSouth readers are constantly seeking information on the newest and like-new meeting sites in the South in order to offer their attendees the most modern facilities available, and this is why we are honored to bestow Cobb Galleria Centre with a Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Marcia Bradford. “After a lengthy review of what Cobb Galleria Centre now has to offer meeting planners and attendees, we feel it indeed displays a superior commitment to providing groups with the top-of-the-line amenities and service that they require.”

Cobb Galleria Centre is among an elite list of 79 meeting facilities located across the South to receive this year’s Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award. As part of the recognition, Cobb Galleria Centre is featured as an award recipient in the December 2018 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. This exciting issue showcases our Readers’ Choice Award Winners and some of the most talented meeting professionals in the nation as ConventionSouth also presents planners with its annual “Meeting Professionals To Watch” designation.

“Featuring peer advice and trade secrets from our Meeting Professionals to Watch in 2019, our Awards Issue is one of the most popular must-read resources within the meetings industry,” Bradford said.


Celebrating 35+ years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book meetings held within the South, according to Bradford.

A complete list of 2019 New and Renovated award winners can also be found online.

KSU Lands Significant Highway Safety Grant

December 20, 2018

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The office of Health Promotion and Wellness at Kennesaw State University recently received a grant totaling more than $22,000 to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The grant is the 12th award for KSU’s Health Promotion and Wellness, which resides in the Division of Student Affairs.

Working with colleges and universities through the state, the GOHS uses strategies such as peer education, providing educational speakers to schools and encouraging schools to develop creative, innovative techniques to reduce young adult crashes, injuries and fatalities in their communities.

“Kennesaw State is a returning grantee for us and we’re excited to see what 2019 brings both for their students and young drivers across Georgia,” said GOHS Communications Manager Robert Hydrick.


Kennesaw State will coordinate events such as impaired driving prevention programs, including social norming promotion. TIPS University Training will also be provided to help students learn specific strategies and skills for intervening in alcohol-related situations that they may encounter. Programming often surrounds events such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and Safe Spring Break. Programs involve collaborations with the campus Greek community, student athletes, residential student communities, campus police and counseling services.


The grant runs Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019.

Visit the office of Health Promotion and Wellness for more.

North Cobb Students Visit Georgia Trade School

December 18, 2018

North Cobb VisitGeorgia Trade School, the nation’s premier independent welding school, recently hosted multiple classes from the Construction Program at North Cobb High School.

The North Cobb Construction Program is led by Brent Branning, a former project engineer with a degree in Construction Management from Florida A&M University. Both North Cobb High School and Georgia Trade School are members of the Cobb Workforce Partnership.

“I think most students don’t think they can be successful in life unless they have a college degree,” said Brent Branning, a North Cobb High School teacher. “They don’t realize the knowledge and skill that is involved, and the opportunities available, in the different trades. I think they also are surprised by the amount of money you can make as a skilled trade worker.”


About Georgia Trade School

A three-time Cobb Chamber Top 25 Small Business of the Year, Georgia Trade School’s founders and staff are industry experts who delight in seeing their students develop and succeed. Their graduates build iconic projects from Navy Destroyers and Coast Guard ships to international airports and NFL and MLB Stadiums, including the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SunTrust Park. Students from across the country travel to our North Atlanta facility to change their lives and help rebuild America!

2018 Annual Report Highlights Cobb Job Growth, Economic Impact

December 17, 2018

Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge Foundation recently released their joint 2018 Annual Report. The Annual Report is dedicated to the late John A. Williams, founding chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority.

In 2018, Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Centre created 1,930 jobs and generated approximately $198 million in overall economic impact for Cobb County and the state of Georgia, based on an economic impact study performed by an independent consulting firm.  Approximately $9.6 million in sales, income, local option, hotel/motel and liquor by the drink taxes are directly attributable to events held at the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Centre. In 2018, the venues produced a total of 747 events with attendance of 688,000.

ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education outreach arm of the Cobb Energy Centre, reached 30,000 students and educators in 2018 through field trips, master classes, educational experiences, the family series and the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. The 2017 live television broadcast earned a 2018 Emmy Award.

“It was an outstanding year for the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority,” said Michele Swann, General Manager and CEO of the Authority. “Together, the Cobb Galleria Centre and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre surpassed their budgeted revenue goals and generated a combined economic impact of $198 million on Cobb County and the state of Georgia. Economic impact is a key metric for us and an essential part of our strategic plan.”

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About Cobb Galleria Centre

The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with

320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. Cobb Galleria Centre had more than 411,000 visitors to 464 events in 2018, resulting in an overall economic impact of $172 million. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at


About Cobb Energy Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera.  The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and full-service food and beverage capabilities.  For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at


About ArtsBridge Foundation

ArtsBridge Foundation is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community engagement programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge forms connections with students in grades K-12 by providing arts education opportunities through field trip programs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, master class workshops, artists-in-schools, and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. Since its inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 350,000 students and educators from 57 Georgia counties, plus students from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ArtsbridgeGA, on Facebook at and on Instagram at