Issue 14.22 | June 10, 2014
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., June 10, 2014 -- We have been very fortunate at Georgia Gwinnett College to have had great support for our athletics program from its inception. Our inaugural president, Dr. Dan Kaufman as well as our current president, Dr. Stas Preczewski, have allowed us to build, what we believe, is the model athletics program in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
To do this requires hiring outstanding coaches and administrators and allowing them to fully do their jobs each and every day. As a department, we penned our athletics mission statement just over two years ago, "To develop lifelong leaders of character through academic and athletic excellence." Our staff works daily to instill this motto into the lives of our student-athletes.
Our coaches, administrators and staff all bought into our philosophy that intercollegiate athletics is about more than wins and losses and we should all strive to make a positive, lasting impression on our athletes.
It all begins and ends with hiring great people. People who understand their profession and people who understand that if we do the little things correctly, the big things (like winning) will take care of themselves.
Our coaches have done an outstanding job attracting top talent and students to GGC and developing them into winning teams both on and off the fields and courts of competition. All of our student-athletes are involved in some form of community service throughout the academic year. Our athletes have GPA's that are consistently higher than the general student body.
Our coaches hold our student-athletes accountable for their actions on campus, in the community and in the competitive arena. They believe in the product they are promoting and they aspire to have their athletes graduate and become productive citizens in their respective cities and towns where they will eventually reside.
We had a philosophy from the very beginning here at Grizzly Athletics that we intended to compete for championships in all of the sports that we sponsor. We have not wavered from that philosophy and our coaches and staff understand the high expectations that we place on our program each and every day.
We believe that "everything matters" in relation to our athletics department. Our first-class facilities matter, our grades matter, our service to the community matters, being a good teammate matters, being socially responsible matters, training hard matters and competing every day matters.
We are very fortunate to have had outstanding success in our first year of postseason eligibility. But that success has come from a daily dose of recruiting and developing high-level athletes, having an extreme attention to detail, and understanding that our ultimate goal is to graduate our student-athletes while pursuing excellence in all that we do.
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Here is the record of Georgia Gwinnett College teams this year:
JUNE 10, 2014 -- Being fair can cause confusion.
Being fair can cost us in understanding.
In effect, being fair can cause problems.
We suspect that being fair is a universal consideration in many cultures. It is certainly hammered into young American children from their birth.
"No, Johnny, let your sister play with the toy for a while by herself."
"She went the first time, now it's your turn to start."
"Well, if we're going to hear from Sam, let's hear from John, who has different views."
Fairness has even been written into rules and regulations: i.e., the ill-fated "Fairness Doctrine" from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Though no longer one of its precepts, it came about because the FCC awarded broadcast channels, and wanted to make sure that no one political view was promulgated by the government. Why it still is not in effect baffles many of us.
So, with this background of fairness, what has arisen particularly in the media (out of the Fairness Doctrine in recent years) is the understanding that if you do a story on one viewpoint, in all fairness it's reasonable to check with the "other side" and get their views on controversial subjects. After all, you want to do your own due diligence, and make sure you are telling both sides. Some call this "balanced reporting."
But look at what this thinking does.
It means that you might have 97 percent of the climate scientists in the world who believe (as we understand) that the world is speedily warming up, and that this is a dangerous move caused by mankind. But then you have three percent of the scientists who hold the opposite view. Who knows which is right? The three percent might be right, for every 97-3 split cannot always come down on the 97 side, can it?
So, the story shows both views in its presentation. But as the writer is trying to be fair, perhaps the 97 percent and the three percent of scientists each get a 50-50 split in the space their arguments are presented. (That's fair, isn't it?)
So what has happened? The reader is presented with a "balanced" story, but gets a fairly imbalanced picture. The reader gets the facts, as presented on both sides, and it is not a 97-3 view, but a 50-50 view. So the reader may well be befuddled as to the viability of this particular story. Confusion reigns, even in the face that 97 percent of those who study this question have no doubt about it. Ipso-facto: only 50 percent of the readers now have no doubt about it.
The upshot is that the world gets a very unbalanced view of the subject.
You can extend similar media-driven stories to topics like gun control, the effects of smoking (how long did that story take to finally jell?), and today's continuing story of the effects of the Tea Party on Republican politics. Balanced views can create unbalanced outcomes.
Fairness can cause confusion.
Maybe we need to go back to the days when it was easy to determine the politics of the media. Remember, there was a time when there was a Rochester Republican newspaper, and even today there is a Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. Go one more: today we have a Fox News Channel, which many view as at least conservative, if not Republican. And others view the New York Times as heavily Democratic.
Perhaps that's not all bad.
main thrust: being fair has led, in public matters, to confusion and misunderstanding.
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Editor, the Forum:
To me community is rooted in our ontological fabric given to us by the Triune God. You might expect this from a preacher, specifically a Salvation Army Captain!
The Salvation Army has a basic belief that would be affirmed by all Christian traditions, "We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead---the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; undivided in essence and co-equal in power in Glory." Essentially God exists eternally in a mysterious community that is undivided. There are three distinct persons - The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - but that diversity does not diminish God's essence.
I believe all authoritative and authentic communities reflect a Trinitarian diversity that is self deferring, self giving, and mutually submissive. When Gwinnett gets "community in diversity" or "community through diversity" correct, it reflects something deeper than we can epistemologically verify. It reflects God and his plan for the world.
This phrase also tells me that community is more important than our diversity. That word "through" suggests that when we do it right, people won't know we are as diverse as we are because we have worked through it. We are willing to work through necessary diversity because we are called to something greater, something holier, something more Trinitarian that the separated silos of "being great" and "finding where success lives," that something is community expressed through diversity.
So, you got me preaching...
"Community Through Diversity" says area unique, dynamic
Other ideas for a new slogan for Gwinnett County
Editor, the Forum:
Ideas for slogan: "Gwinnett -- Live, Learn, and Love."
However, Shakespeare said, "Brevity is the soul of wit."
With that thought in mind, "Gwinnett -- A Place to Grow." "Growing" can mean economic growth, personal growth, educational growth, career growth, or a place to grow a family.
That's my two cents.
Editor, the Forum:
How about a slogan of: "Smile when you call me Gwinnettian!"
Lawrenceville's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking nominations for Medallions that will line the City's new Heritage Trail walkway.
Beginning at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial and ending at Rhodes Jordan Park, the trail will focus on commemorating those historic figures who have contributed to the growth and development of Lawrenceville over the past 193 years.
Judy Jordan Johnson says: "The Lawrenceville Heritage Trail was created
as a way to honor Lawrenceville residents that have made extraordinary
contributions to the growth, development, and overall well-being of the
city. Residents and visitors will have opportunity to explore our community
and learn even more about its history."
Chairman of the Lawrenceville DDA, says: "Strengthening a city's
core is essential to building a healthy Main Street community. Projects
like the Heritage Trail combine history with present-day revitalization
efforts to create an attraction that both residents and tourists can enjoy.
It's a win-win for all. My predecessor, Mike Reedy, has worked hard with
the various City Councils to make this come to fruition."
Duluth moving July 3 activities to Town Green this year
of Duluth is changing locations for its July 3rd celebration. It will
be held at the Duluth Town Green this year. Previously, the celebration
was held at Scott Hudgens Park, but because of pending construction, the
event is to move this year.
A new playground is coming to Little Mulberry Park near Auburn thanks in part to funds raised by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation. Commissioners accepted a $25,000 donation from the nonprofit, all-volunteer group recently.
Foundation Chairman Mike Levengood said, "The Gwinnett Parks Foundation commemorates Karina Miller through this gift to Gwinnett County for the playground in her name at Little Mulberry Park. She and her family ensured that the public could enjoy the natural beauty of that property now, and for the future." The new feature will be added during the third phase of the park's development and will be named the Karina Miller UnbeLeafable Playground.
Peggy Levengood, president of the foundation, added, "We also thank Fidelity Bank for making a lead gift in support of our fundraising efforts." Those efforts included a 5K race, the One UnbeLEAFable Day event and sales of commemorative trees and benches in recent years.
The 890-acre Little Mulberry Park already features the Karina Miller Nature Preserve and five miles of paved and soft-surface trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use. Gwinnett Parks and Recreation won the national Gold Medal Award presented by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2008 and is a finalist again this year.
Four Gwinnett park trails added to National Trails System
in the Gwinnett County park system have been named as national recreation
trails. These are among 15 other hiking and biking trails and two water
trails around the country adding 452 miles in 11 states to the National
four national trails are located in Harbins Park in the Dacula area, Little
Mulberry Park in the Dacula area, McDaniel Farm Park in the Duluth area,
and Settles Bridge Park in the Suwanee area. In total, Gwinnett's four
trails make up approximately 15 miles of the 452 newest miles in the trail
A solo photographic exhibit, "The Dance Magic of Richard Calmes" opened at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. with a formal reception on May 30. This 20 piece exhibition of photographic art will be on view to the public through April, 2015.
Mr. Calmes, left, a former resident of Gwinnett now living in Hiawassee, was contacted by the museum in 2013 regarding his selection as the solo exhibitor for the museum's annual show, a part of their "Art in the Foyer" series. The result is a collection of images that range from studio work to outdoor photography with a diverse selection of dancers, nationally known and local.
Calmes says: "This is a great honor for me. There are many wonderful dance photographers out there, and to be in such esteemed company in this museum is very exciting. Other exhibits at the Museum currently feature Alvin Ailey's Judith Jamison, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, and a large "Hall of Fame" saluting the greatest American dancers of the past two centuries.
The Atlanta area was also well represented by the exhibition, with images of four dancers from Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and pictures of Amanda Farris of Georgia Ballet among the chosen photographs. Mr. Calmes' photos can be enjoyed through www.richardcalmes.com.
The event in this book and movie took place from 1841 to 1853, just before the start of the Civil War. I saw the movie and I am so glad that I was able to check out this most terrific book. Reading provided even more facts to grasp and appreciate what Solomon Northup experienced and reported. He was from New York, kidnapped in Washington, D.C. and taken to Louisiana. The state of New York provided the funds for retrieving a person held against their will for slavery. It is remarkable for the lengths a state went to in helping one of its citizens, no matter the color of skin the person had. This is something, we were not told about in our Southern text books. I hope many will not only read this book but give it as a gift to others, especially our youth...our future leaders.
Clermont Lee, one of the earliest women active in landscape architecture in Georgia, was known as the foremost expert in recreating historic landscapes in mid-20th-century Savannah. Her work was meticulously researched, with a particular focus on formal English and American gardens of the antebellum period.
Clermont Huger Lee was born in Savannah in 1914. After schooling in Savannah and Charleston, S.C., she attended Barnard College before transferring to Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She attended the Smith College Graduate School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, obtaining a master's in 1939. Lee preferred traditional, less severe landscape styles.
During the Great Depression, Lee returned to Savannah to become an assistant to T. M. Baumgardner, a landscape architect associated with the Sea Island Company. While working there, she planned landscape designs and supervised planting operations for many federal housing projects in Savannah and Brunswick.
Her interest in historic gardens began in the 1940s, when, at the request of a family friend, she drew plans for a small garden at the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick. She later researched antebellum plantings to develop a planting plan for the formal garden of the Andrew Low home for the Georgia Chapter of the Colonial Dames of America. In 1949 Lee left the Sea Island Company to set up her own practice, thereby becoming the first female professional landscape architect, in Georgia.
early 1950s her new design and planting plans for historic buildings in
the city included the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the Andrew Low
House, and the Green-Meldrim mansion. Outside the confines of Savannah,
she consulted on the Chief Vann residence and the New Echota Cherokee
capital in north Georgia for the Georgia Historical Commission.
Her designs to preserve the sanctity of the squares brought her into conflict with the city, which wanted drive-through lanes for emergency crews and buses crossing the middle of all squares. To address the problem of the turning radius required by the buses, the city adopted Lee's suggestion that the curves of entry into the squares be rounded. In addition, utility poles and concrete walks were removed from the squares. Lee's strong, simple designs used variations in materials and ground forms to give each square a special character.
Lee later worked in conjunction with Hubert Owens, head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia, to establish the Georgia State Board of Landscape Architects. The first four landscape architects to be registered included Owens and Lee. Lee served on the Georgia board for three years.
Clermont Lee not only made history for women in landscape architecture but also had a lasting impact on the quality of Savannah's historically designed landscape environment.
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(NEW) Mark Flag Day in Snellville, Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Snellville City Hall. This will be the third year that the City of Snellville has celebrated Flag Day. The City Hall is located at 2342 Oak Road.
Exhibit opening and concert at The Rectory of the Norcross Cultural Arts Center Ballroom, 17 College Street, Friday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Enjoy refreshments in the Cultural Arts Center Ballroom, next door, and the performance of "Confederates at the Keyboard," Southern Piano Music During the Civil War Era, by David Thompson beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain open throughout the month of June. Admission is free.
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.
Sing the Blues in Norcross on Saturday, June 14, from 5 until 11 p.m. Activities begin at Thrasher Park with the Breeze Kings. At 7:30 p.m. the action moves to South Peachtree Street for Mary Raindrop. More jazz follows at 10 p.m. with The Cazanovas. More info.
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.
Family Fun Day, at Duluth Town Green, Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by Hi-Hope Service Center, the goal is to build awareness for families with members who have developmental challenges. Activities include a wheel parade, inflatables, arts and crafts and live entertainment.
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.
Free Brown Bag Concerts on the lawn at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. Bring a lunch and enjoy music and other activities. Dates for the 11 a.m. Brown Bag concerts are on July 11 and August 1, all sponsored by the Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Commission.
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