SUWANEE, Ga., June 3, 2014 -- Thirty-two-year-old Emily Dorris of midtown Atlanta, made a huge step toward completing her education on Wednesday when she graduated from the PCOM School of Pharmacy with a PharmD degree, along with 71 other students in the inaugural graduating class. The pharmacy school is part of the Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), located in Suwanee, a branch campus of the Pennsylvania college which was founded in 1899.
Dorris, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University and a Master of Science in Biology from Kennesaw State University, is headed to Boston for an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Andre Hudlin, of Stone Mountain, a student in his 40s, also graduated from the School of Pharmacy this week and landed a position with CVS in Atlanta. The father of 18 year old Maya, who will attend Boston University on a full scholarship, majoring in pre-med; and 20 year old Kenya, who is completing a pre-med degree at the University of Georgia, is married to Gail, a nurse administrator at the Veteran's Administration. Hudlin also holds a degree in Molecular Biology from the City College of New York and a Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and has worked in healthcare throughout his career.
In addition to graduation exercises for the School of Pharmacy, a commencement ceremony was held for the 76 students earning the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, the 37 students earning the Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences, and the six students who earned the Master's degree in Organizational Development and Leadership.
Presiding over his final commencement ceremonies as president of the college, Dr. Matthew Schure addressed the School of Pharmacy inaugural graduates. "As you go out into the world, know that you will always be part of the PCOM family. We will always stand as a sense of place for you - now at your journeys' beginning and throughout your lifetime," he said.
Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, Jr. brought greetings from the city of Suwanee and from Gwinnett County and noted the positive impact the students have had on the community through extensive volunteerism. Keynote speaker James H. Black, DO, Rear Admiral, MC, USN (Ret.) encouraged the class: "Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and follow your passion. The environment you're entering is going to be ever changing and you're prepared for it," he said.
Eduardo Cortez-Garcia, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine graduate, is on his way to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he will begin a residency in neurology. Hailing from a "hard working family" with parents who worked as inspectors in the poultry industry, Garcia is the second person in his family to graduate from college and the first physician in the family. He became interested in medicine while working in an emergency care clinic as a translator. "I saw that there was a big need for Spanish speaking physicians," he said, so he applied to medical school seeking a career that combines his love for both science and people.
JUNE 3, 2014 -- Ever since the twin water towers were torn down on Interstate 85 near Norcross, Gwinnett has been without either an official or unofficial slogan. You may remember that the water towers had as its original slogan "Gwinnett Is Great," a simple, yet-many-thought, truthful slogan.
Several years later, the county added on the water towers a slogan first used by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce: "Success lives here."
But now with the towers down, there is no place where you see a Gwinnett slogan promoted. Neither the county web site, nor the Chamber of Commerce, has a catchy, meaningful slogan to boost our image to the worldwide community.
What's your thought? Certainly, there are enough creative people in Gwinnett for someone to figure out just how our county needs to promote itself.
Years ago, a creative guy (Tom Deardorff) drove from Atlanta to Gwinnett, and on the way to visit people in Lawrenceville, he came up with a slogan, which the Gwinnett Daily News adopted: "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta." People liked the double meaning. (You may remember, we adopted this title for a history of Gwinnett. And we have only a few books left. Hint! Hint!)
But for Gwinnett today, there's no simple and deft slogan promoting Gwinnett. Some of our cities have slogans. Perhaps the best one of all has been the one used for years by Snellville: "Everybody is somebody in Snellville." Granted, it's been around a while, but it still is on people's mind, no matter what current dispute the Snellville politicians are in.
A few years back, Norcross began using "A Place to Imagine," which still works, and at least causes some heads to turn a bit.
What Gwinnett needs is something different from all the rest of the phrases other communities are using. Pulling on what Gwinnett has become, perhaps one phrase which says much more than it at first seems, "Community Through Diversity," might work. After all, it reflects on our continuing diverse population of Americans of different descent: Anglo-Saxon, Hispanic, African-American, Korean, German, Viet Nam, French, Bosnian, etc.
After all, Governing magazine has said that Gwinnett is the most diverse county in the USA. So why not lead with "Community Through Diversity!"
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Gwinnett ranks in population larger than five states, and is bearing down on the sixth.
The U.S. Census 2013 official estimate of Gwinnett's population is now 859,304, making it larger than Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska and South Dakota, and taking aim at Delaware, with the 2013 population estimate 925,749. It'll take some time, but watch out Delaware and Montana! By the way, Montana is in 2013 estimated with a population of 1,015,165. There's growth in Delaware and Montana, making Gwinnett's effort on this ladder more difficult.
Here's how the smallest states ranked in 2010:
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If you're a Civil War buff, you should know about the Civil War Trails newsletter, which is following the 150th anniversary of Sherman's march to the sea. You can learn a lot at this site.
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Six new directors have been named by the Georgia School Boards Association. They include Dr. Mary Kay Murphy from Gwinnett, who will represent District 5 for the next three years on the board. (The district includes Atlanta and Buford Public Schools, plus Fulton and Gwinnett schools).
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More on Jeff Francoeur: Monday's New York Times has a story about former Parkview star Jeff Francoeur, trying to return to the major leagues, through playing in El Paso, Tex. To read the story, go here.
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Editor, the Forum:
A reader recently posed the question of whether the "fairness" law that until repealed in 1989, required broadcast media (only) to present all sides of a "public issue should be reinstated." The short answer is no.
Aside from the observation that its very name is a misnomer because it applied to broadcast media only and not cable, web, or print, it does not define fairness, who is to decide what is fair, how many sides to an issue are there, what is a "public issue," who should speak for either side or for how long.
What is fair to one person may be unfair to someone else. If the president makes a 30 minute speech, should a TV station be required to present a rebuttal of undetermined length? Who would write the rebuttal? Who would pay for the station's loss of advertising revenue? In other words, who watches the watchers?
The First Amendment to the Constitution gives everyone the right to free speech, with very few limitations such as not falsely shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre. Let's keep it that way. You may not like what the New York Times or Rush Limbaugh says about the President, but who should deny one's right to say it if not libel or slander? Only in open and free conversations in any media can our great country remain great and not succumb to what has and is happening in other countries around the world.
As English author Evelyn Hall said in her 1906 biography of Voltaire, "I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it." What better way to summarize the essence of free speech?
Bugs writer that much more claptrap continues on tax issue
Editor, the Forum:
How much more claptrap am I going to have to put up with from those who are totally in the dark about taxation?
As an example, Warren Buffett knows full well that the reason he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary is because he is taxed on investment income, not earned income. That type of taxation was put in place by Congress to encourage people to make investments in our economic structure. If that needs to be changed, so be it, but don't put up an argument comparing apples against oranges.
To also state that the bottom wage earners pay a higher tax rate than the higher wage earners is also blatantly unfair. Especially when almost 40 percent of working folks in our country pay little or even no taxes, while the top 10 percent pay almost 50 percent. And thanks to Uncle Sugar, some of them actually get a refund even though they did not pay taxes at all.
I am sure that when most people mailed in their tax return this past year that they included a check for additional funds because they felt that was the right thing to do. Sure.
has thrived on a capitalistic form for over 200 years. Big government
has stifled that, and surprisingly people seem to be OK with it. The next
few years should really be interesting.
The City of Sugar Hill is announcing the list of music headliners to be presented at its 75th Sugar Hill Anniversary Celebration. The event will be held on Saturday, August 2. The event takes place rain or shine. The celebration will feature food, amusement rides, carnival, music, classic cars and motorcycles, a parade and a 5K race. The evening concludes with a ticketed community dinner and main stage concert.
This landmark event is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate 75 years of Sugar Hill. It will be the largest celebration in the city's history.
The day's events begin with a 5K Sugar Rush sponsored by the Sugar Hill Downtown Development Authority and Coca-Cola. Next is a parade 75 years in the making. The parade route will run north on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, turning into West Broad Street and continue past City Hall. A carnival will include a zip line, kids rides and bounce houses.
Music will be at noon on the West Broad Street day stage in front of City Hall featuring: Suspect B; American Idol contestant Alexa Gilomen, Bart Dorough (former band member with Sugarland); the Sugar Hill Church Band; and others.
Then comes the community dinner and headline entertainment featuring Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Brothers. Prior to the Bacon Brothers will be the Haley and Alexis Band, and Andy Velo. The headline concerts at 7 p.m. will be performed on the amphitheater stage located behind City Hall. The evening concert and community dinner both will require an additional fee.
The dinner at 5:30 p.m. will feature a southern buffet catered by locally owned Shadow Catering and Hammerhead's Seafood and Sports Grille.
Noted master griller Raichlen to appear June 12 in Norcross
Steven Raichlen, dubbed America's "master griller" by Esquire magazine, will visit Gwinnett Thursday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts Center to discuss his prolific career and share some barbecuing secrets with fans.
He is the author of over 25 bestselling cookbooks including the, award-winning Barbecue! Bible cookbook series. That series alone, has sold over 4.7 million copies. Raichlen will also host a cooking demonstration and talk about his newest book Man Made Meals.
Raichlen's articles appear regularly in Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, and other magazines and newspapers. His current show, Primal Grill, is a PBS hit series, and his popular Barbecue University series are now available on DVD. Bon Appetit named him Cooking Teacher of the Year.
is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and
signing at the event. The Norcross Cultural Arts Center is located at
10 College Street in Norcross. For more information about library events,
call (770) 978-5154.
Following approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Georgia Gwinnett College will offer a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. The program will begin accepting students in the fall 2014 semester. Prospective students wishing to take advantage of the new program's availability this fall may apply to GGC through June 2.
This news comes as the School of Science and Technology (SST) prepares to occupy new laboratory and classroom space in the college's Allied Health and Sciences building, which will open this summer in time for fall semester classes. The new building also positions the college to accommodate the tremendous interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. About 30 percent of GGC's students major in STEM majors. While GGC continues to experience dramatic overall enrollment growth, enrollment in STEM programs is increasing at an even faster rate.
Lois C. Richardson, senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and provost, says: "We are excited to add this new degree program, as it will provide more options for our students. GGC's degrees have all been selected to target the employment needs and opportunities of our region, and chemistry fits very well within that strategy."
As with other degree programs at GGC, the chemistry program was designed with community collaboration. SST consulted with local chemical companies that indicated a need for graduates with good communications skills and a strong background in statistics and laboratory methodologies.
Mundie, dean of SST, says: "Student engagement will be a hallmark
of this program, where class sizes are limited to 24 students. In addition,
it will include high-impact practices such as undergraduate research where
students are involved in course-embedded research throughout their four-year
The availability of undergraduate research experience to students of all levels is unusual in higher education. This enables highly-motivated students to enhance their educational experience by developing additional skills, collaborating with faculty, and pursuing opportunities to submit research projects for conference presentations and publication in professional journals. Multi-year availability also enables students to spend more time on research projects that meet their interests, or require extended work.
"While GGC is not a research university, research is still integral to higher education within the STEM disciplines, and can offer students an advantage when pursuing employment, or introduce them to more career options," Mundie says. "Undergraduate research experience also can help students determine their interest in pursuing advanced degrees."
Poll workers all smiles at Hopewell at 8 a.m. election day
Poll workers at Pinckneyville W, precinct 114 at Hopewell Baptist Church, were smiling more at 8 a.m. than they were at quitting time at the time of the recent primary. From left are April Jernigan, provisional assistant manager; Carol Ann De Bord, poll manager; Steven Miller, Nila Dunehew, and Imogene Griffin, clerks; Tammy Mabrey, assistant manager; Johnny Danley, clerk; David Simmons, area manager and Grey Williams, clerk.
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces is a delightful classic, and a go-to for a fun read. And Walker Percy's Forward encapsulates the brilliance of the novel. Ignatius Reilly's daily living is poignantly depicted, including his hot dog cart experiences and notebooking on Big Chief tablets. It's an interesting look at New Orleans from the eyes of a native, with wacky adventures ensuing. What Ignatius could have done on Twitter or Facebook will sadly never be known.
The setting for generations of pirate lore and tales of buried treasure, coastal Georgia's Blackbeard Island has had a compelling history for at least 200 years, including a period when it was the largest federal marine quarantine station on the south Atlantic coast.
The 5,618-acre island, northeast of Sapelo Island in McIntosh County, was named for Edward Teach, best known as "Blackbeard," a pirate who conducted raids on merchant shipping in the region in the early 18th century. It was called Blackbeard Island as early as 1760, when the island was delineated as such on a survey map compiled by William DeBrahm and Henry Yonge. The legend that Teach buried his pirate loot on the island has persisted over the years, although no treasure has ever been found. Teach and his cohorts almost certainly frequented the area around the island. Tidewater Georgia, with its labyrinthine creeks, inlets, and secluded marsh islands, provided ideal cover for their illegal operations.
Blackbeard Island was owned by a consortium of French investors for 11 years beginning in 1789. In 1800 the island was sold at public auction to the U.S. Navy Department as a federal timber reserve. Live oak timber from the south Atlantic coastal islands was in heavy demand in the first half of the 19th century because of its suitability for the construction of wooden naval vessels.
Public documents and personal accounts describe forays by northern shipbuilders to Blackbeard and other Georgia islands in search of the heavy, durable live oak timbers used in the framing of ships' hulls. James Keen of Philadelphia made one such visit to Blackbeard in the winter of 1817-18. Keen kept a journal of the activities of his crew on the island. Except for occasional leasing by the federal government for cattle stocking, Blackbeard Island saw little further use until after the Civil War (1861-65).
In 1880 the U.S. Marine Hospital Service opened the South Atlantic Quarantine Station at Blackbeard Island to monitor oceangoing shipping entering the Georgia ports of Savannah, Darien, and Brunswick. The quarantine station was built in response to the yellow fever epidemic of 1876, which claimed 1,000 lives in Savannah alone. Yellow fever, typically spread by mosquitoes, was usually introduced to the American mainland by ships arriving from tropical Caribbean waters. Vessels bound for U.S. southern Atlantic ports were required to report to Blackbeard for inspection and, if necessary, disinfection.
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"You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again."
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Meet Authors Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, Wednesday, June 4 at noon at Garden Plaza, 230 Collins Industrial Way in Lawrenceville. Lunch and listen to these speakers, sponsored by the Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Tickets are $12. Seating is limited. Visit friendsgcpl.org for more information.
Community Health Fair, at Snellville Senior Center, 2350
Oak Road, Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Sponsored
by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and H2U Health to You and Eastside Medical
Center. All ages are welcome. More
Community Health Fair, at Snellville Senior Center, 2350 Oak Road, Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and H2U Health to You and Eastside Medical Center. All ages are welcome. More info.
Georgia Manufacturing EXPO will be June 13-14 at the Gwinnett Civic Center, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. Friday's activities will be tailored to the business community, while Saturday's focus will be on the general consumers. Take home free product samples, or win door prizes. More info.
(NEW) Fourth Annual Peachtree Corners Festival is June 14-15, at The Corners Parkway and Woodhill Drive, one block west of Peachtree Parkway. The Festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and closes at 6 p.m., while Sunday it is from noon to 5 p.m. More info.
To Feel the Clouds is the current exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Nationally-known Georgia photographer John Slemp will exhibit 25 photos of aircraft and the medium they fly in-clouds, The exhibit remains up through June 28. More of his work can be seen at www.aerographs.com.
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Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.
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