Issue 14.91 | Feb. 20, 2015
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Feb. 20, 2015 -- Join friends and colleagues for a festive evening honoring local artists and dedicated community members. Aurora Theatre presents the Fifth Annual Barbara Awards Gala on Monday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to celebrate their favorite Aurora performers in the company of fellow arts supporters.
evening's proceeds will go toward continued funding of the theatre's productions,
workshops and events. As the consummate professional arts organization
in Gwinnett County and Northeast Georgia, these awards benefit the cultural
arts community of metro-Atlanta and surrounding areas. Tickets are $40
per person; $75 per couple and can be purchased online at www.auroratheatre.com.
The event will also recognize the outstanding contributions of local businessman Mark Tyrrell, owner of TAPP Lumber, who has proudly served as Aurora Theatre's lumber sponsor for the past 17 years. Today, he sponsors all 13 season productions, as well as resides on Aurora's Board of Directors, proudly contributing his time and effort to bettering the cultural arts community of Gwinnett.
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FEB. 20, 2015 -- Back when states were planting institutions of higher learning, these universities were not always located in what became the state's major city. As a result, problems have arisen between forces in the major city wanting a state university and the major university located in a smaller town wanting to enhance their school's prestige.
It's that same old story of jealously, while seeking to keep the state's university as the major campus of the state.
In Wisconsin, the state has seen this problem as Milwaukee officials have fought with the University in Wisconsin. And while the University of Illinois in Urbana isn't located in big-city Chicago, still its officials in Urbana worried about Eastern Illinois University seeking to have a pharmacy school in downstate Charleston, Ill.
University of Georgia administrators fought for years to keep what-is-now Georgia State University from succeeding. Such fights are going on even today, as Georgia Regents University in Augusta (particularly the Medical School) is working against the success of the UGA campus having its own medical school, though the program was kicked off two years ago.
There's no fight
like a fight between educators: all so polite and gracious, but so diligent
What seemed natural in Georgia, an evening school so those working in the jobs of Atlanta could learn at night, was never easy. It all started in 1913 as the Evening School of Georgia Tech, when Georgia State began as a program for those working in Atlanta to get a degree. In 1933, the Regents separated what would become GSU from Tech, yet that Evening School continued to grow, even while it had lost its accreditation in the separation, soon getting a new name, "the Atlanta Center."
By 1944, to gain accreditation, the Regents placed the school under the University of Georgia administration. This proved nothing less than an invitation for a fight, as the Atlanta and Athens campuses were constantly at odds. The Athens administrators would not fund the Atlanta school adequately, and sought all sorts of administrative controls, including restricting its degree programs and hiring.
Dr. George Sparks had been with the Atlanta campus since 1924, and had major contacts throughout the state. He is considered the Godfather of the middle years at the Atlanta campus. As his enrollment grew after World War II with returning servicemen and people from throughout Georgia flocking to jobs in Atlanta, he acquired a "large but unlovely" Bolling Jones Building on Ivy Street, a parking garage, two blocks from Five Points, revamping it into a classroom building. He stocked it with free or low-cost surplus war materials from nearby military bases. Merl Reed called it an "unpretentious and utilitarian quarters in a commercial setting (which) presented the appearance and atmosphere of a 'knowledge factory' more than a college." That building, Kell Hall, was occupied in the spring of 1947.
The GSU web site says: "Sparks also promoted the arts and sciences, although his major contributions grew out of his superb financial management; his acquisition, renovation, and occupation of three different buildings between 1931 and 1946; and his vision of the school's future as a major state university."
When the University of Georgia gained oversight of the Atlanta campus, UGA sought to create a "dual system of responsibility" between the two campuses. The Athens academics for the most part controlled what went on at the Atlanta campus, allocated its finances, and hampered its recruitment of faculty. At least one Athens department dumped marginal faculty on the Atlanta campus.
So until 1955, acrimony blossomed between these institutions of higher learning in Georgia.
FEB. 20, 2015 -- The latest Arctic blast has shivering Gwinnettians dreaming of warm beaches, but not everyone can afford fancy holidays. No matter. Georgia offers a number of low-cost day trips. One such destination is Andalusia, the Milledgeville home of Georgia author Flannery O'Connor. You won't find an ocean there, but a farm to stroll, a two-story farmhouse to explore, and the works of a literary genius to discover.
Some background -- In 1953, O'Connor wrote her most famous short story, A Good Man Is Hard To Find. Decades after I read this tragic tale in college, it holds as vivid a spot in my memory as the chilling details of a real-life murder in Gwinnett 50 years ago, when homicide was nearly unheard of in our county.
In O'Connor's story, a family leaves Atlanta for a Florida vacation. The grandmother worries about a man who calls himself The Misfit, a criminal who has escaped the penitentiary and, according to reports, is also headed for Florida.
You know The Misfit. You hear of his carnage daily. He's the guy who shoots up a classroom, or who kills a teenager over a pair of sneakers, or who ambushes responders to Craigslist. The deeds of The Misfit are legendary.
Through her manipulative nature, the grandmother unintentionally leads her family into The Misfit's path. I won't give away the ending, but the questions raised in the story deserve answers in 2015. Are we ever safe from human predators? Who can you trust? One character declares, "A good man is hard to find," but O'Connor's sardonic humor suggests that a bad man is easily found everywhere.
Over her career, O'Connor wrote two novels and 32 short stories. While making her mark in literature, she struggled with lupus. She dealt with it by returning to her ancestral dairy farm, "Andalusia." The hum of the farm and the screeching of her beloved peacocks gratified O'Connor. She wrote three hours in the morning and spent the remainder of the day recuperating. In 1964 at the age of 39, the disease finally claimed her.
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I enjoyed your piece
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Gwinnett County Public
Library will present two nationally-known authors during April. National
Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize Winner Isabel Wilkerson will
appear on April 2 at 2 p.m., in conjunction with Georgia Gwinnett College.
Lisa Scottoline, a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning
author of 22 novels, will return to Gwinnett again to speak on April 16
at 7 p.m.
Scottoline's unusual working methods and desire for all things pop culture have helped her to create some of the most unapologetically entertaining and compulsively page-turning novels in contemporary popular fiction. Scottoline will appear at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College St, on April 16 at 7 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Snellville plans visioning meeting on its Towne Center
A series of visioning meetings have been scheduled by the Urban Redevelopment Agency to gauge Snellville residents' vision of the city's Towne Center. City officials are urging residents to attend these meetings and voice their opinions.
At these Snellville "Visioning Sessions," the meetings will be queried residents on, among other things, the 2011 Towne Center Plan, the recently announced Wisteria Pop-up Marketplace and community unity concept "Generation Merge" which calls for generations across the age spectrum to work together to make Snellville a better place.
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
State Transportation Board Member Rudy Bowen of Suwanee has been re-elected to a full Board term by a caucus of state representatives and senators from the Seventh Congressional District. Originally elected in 2007, Bowen will begin his 13th year and second full five-year term on the Board in April representing the constituents of CD7. Bowen previously served as the Chair of the State Transportation Board.
Bowen (left), a Georgia native born in Atlanta, has been a developer and home builder in the metropolitan area. He also serves on the Boards of Emory Hospital at Johns Creek, the Brand Bank and is a Deacon of the Johns Creek Baptist Church. He is also active with Shepherd Spinal Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Gwinnett Children's Shelter. Bowen and his wife, Jean, have three children and eight grandchildren.
Duluth wins five awards from Southeastern festival group
The Southeastern Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) has recognized the City of Duluth as one of the Best in the Region for its event and marketing efforts over the last year, as it won five awards at its Kaleidoscope Award Dinner,
Duluth was awarded:
Designed to recognize the marketing, programming and overall event, the SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards acknowledge the highest level of achievement in the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States.
Holtkamp, Woo join Gwinnett Tech Foundation
The Gwinnett Tech Foundation has elected Matthew Holtkamp, president of Holtkamp Heating and Air, and Angie Woo, legal director of Cisco Systems, Inc., to the Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Holtkamp and Woo will join the Board of Trustees in their work to advance support and funding for Gwinnett Technical College's programs and facilities, student scholarships, and faculty and staff development.
Holtkamp launched Holtkamp Heating and Air in 1995, after working for Atlanta's three largest air conditioning contractors for a combined 10 years. He earned his technical degree in heating and air conditioning from Indian Hills Community College and is a past president of the Metro Atlanta Air Conditioning Association. Holtkamp is a long-term supporter of Gwinnett.
As legal director for Cisco, Woo is part of the team that handles securities, general corporate and governance legal matters for Cisco and its foreign subsidiaries. She joined Scientific Atlanta in 1999, which was acquired by Cisco in 2006. She earned her bachelor's degree in computer science and master's degree in business administration from Duke University. She earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center.
UCCPA funds city from 11-year volunteer improvement project
The United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA) has allocated $26,000 to the City of Peachtree Corners of what remained from contributions collected over the 11-year period when the Peachtree Parkway Improvement Project, a UPCCA committee, maintained the 17 medians on Peachtree Parkway from the split at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard all the way to the Chattahoochee River. The money has been earmarked for beautification of Peachtree Parkway.
Until recently, it was up to the volunteers of the Peachtree Parkway Improvement Project committee to get contributions from businesses along the busy artery to fund the upkeep of Peachtree Parkway. The committee decided in 2003 that the maintenance of this major roadway through town needed a lot more attention than just being mowed twice a year by the state.
Along with the help of Technology Park Atlanta, properties were measured and invoiced for "your fair share" and sent to adjoining businesses.
Butler new head of DeKalb Senate delegation
Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain) has been elected chairwoman of the DeKalb County Senate Delegation. The DeKalb Delegation will play an integral role in the decision-making process when determining what local legislation goes forward for a vote in the Senate Chamber. Senator Butler also represents a part of Gwinnett County. The Senate delegation is made up of seven members while the House delegation is made of 16 members of the Georgia General Assembly.
This book will amaze you, as it explains how our national and state borders shaped the country and help forget the national identity. Much of the book chronicles how Andrew Endicott was responsible for many of our borders. He used his amazing celestial and surveying skills to make sure straight lines were marked separating Pennsylvania and New York, along the southern state lines from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Coast, and other borders. Ellicott's Rock, in Rabun County, for instance, is named for him, when he in 1811 determined the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina, which once spurred a short armed conflict between the two states. A lot of other detail about our early fathers from Washington to Lincoln, leaps out at you in this most interesting chapter of our nation's history.
The WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection is part of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (UGA). Located in the Richard B. Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries, the collection is a remarkable treasure of moving-image history focusing on Atlanta and the surrounding region. It contains more than five million feet of original newsfilm, both edited and unedited footage, from 1948 to 1981.
On September 29, 1948, WSB-TV became the first television station in the South. Its partner was WSB radio, which began broadcasting in 1922, and its parent was Cox Broadcasting. As the largest television station in Atlanta and the region, WSB routinely was able to send out more reporters to take newsfilm than the other television stations. No other Atlanta-area station saved its newsfilm from this period, making the WSB collection a unique historical resource.
The rich collection covers the civil rights movement, the work and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., and the political careers of Julian Bond, Jimmy Carter, William B. Hartsfield, Maynard Jackson, Lester Maddox, Richard B. Russell Jr., Carl Sanders, Herman Talmadge, George Wallace, Andrew Young, and many others. Information about the arts, business, land, people, politics, sports, and transportation is preserved in its images. Other major events covered include the 1961 desegregation of UGA; the Albany Movement, an effort to desegregate the city of Albany; local coverage of the Orly air crash in Paris, France, which killed 106 Atlanta arts patrons; and Hank Aaron's 715th home run.
An online database describing distinct segments of the original 16mm film is available to researchers. VHS reference copies are available for viewing by researchers and producers on-site in the media archives, and for a fee, research copies can be made for those unable to visit the archives. Licensing rights to the collection are held by the university, and all monies made from the sale of footage support the preservation of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.
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Annual Gala of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, Saturday, February 21, starting at 5 p.m. Speaker will be Dr. Ben Carson, an American author and retired neurosurgeon, who successfully separated twins co-joined at the head. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. More info.
(NEW) Broomball Tournament in Sugar Hill, Monday, February 23, at 5 p.m. The City of Sugar Hill staff and elected officials will take on teams from Loganville, Suwanee and the Gwinnett Chamber on the ice rink. This inaugural broomball Tournament is a variety of hockey in teams of six taking the ice in sneakers, playing with modified hockey sticks and a ball, not a traditional puck.
Winter Celebration of Excellence, Monday, February 23, at 7 p.m. at Norcross High Media Center. Come enjoy an evening highlighting Norcross High School's Fine Arts programs, the NHS Foundation, and its upcoming spring Gala and Hall of Fame inductees. There will be displays of NHS student artwork; jazz and orchestra ensemble performances; and performances by drama students. RSVP here.
(NEW) Financial Education Seminar for veterans, Wednesday at noon on February 25 at the Gwinnett Veterans Resource Center, 750 Perry Street, in Lawrenceville. Hosted by The Impact Group and Wells Fargo Bank, the seminar will focus on "Setting Financial and Credit Goals, Benefits and Risk of Credit, Types of Credit, Responsible Credit Management, and Smarter Credit Choices." The seminar is free to veterans. To register, go to www.theimpactgroup.org.
(NEW) Mardi Gras fundraiser for the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Saturday, February 28, starting at 7 p.m. at the GBT Studios, 1800 Macleod Drive, Lawrenceville. There is no admission charge: come in dressy casual and enjoy good food (From Boudreaux's Cafe Acadiana), Cajun music, dozens of silent auction items and a blackjack table. Details: 770-237-0046.
Introduction to Drawing class at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, through March 3, 6:15 p.m. until 8 p.m. Instructor is Lucy Brady. This basic course will show students that they can draw; it is a skill that anyone can learn. It will train the eye to see better, touch on composition, perspective and comparative measurement to assure proper proportions. Equipment required is a sketchbook, pencils and an eraser. Cost is $120 for members, and $130 for non- members. For more information call at 770-840-9844 or see the website.
Plant Sale, now through March 11. Go
to this site for order forms or call 678-377-4010. Form is also available
at our office at 750 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville.
Quince Girl and Sweet 16 Expo will be March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center in Berkeley Lake. This free event will feature do-it-yourself sessions for creating special invitations, party favors and centerpieces. Interactive demonstrations and party planning professionals will be on hand. Interested exhibitors and vendors can call 678-277-0920 for more information. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
Spring/Summer Vegetable Gardening: Learn about the many vegetables that can be grown in the area and how to care for them to produce a bountiful harvest. The event is 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 17 in the Snellville City Hall Community Room, 2342 Oak Road. The class is free, but registration is required to plan for materials. Register by March 10 by emailing email@example.com.
(NEW) Movers and Makers Awards for 2015, Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Gwinnett Center. Partnership Gwinnett presents the program, celebrating Gwinnett companies that create jobs and wealth through the production and distribution of goods in our community. Speaker will be Steve Vorhees, CEO of Rock-Tenn. Call 770-232-3000 to register.
Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, now at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, continues through April 30. Visitors connect the stories of American history to their own experiences by learning about the lives of five historical children and their families. A supplementary exhibit is titled Georgia's Sacred Soils. This exhibit blends science and history through the exploration of Georgia's geology and its colonial history. Both exhibits are included in the price of admission to the EHC. More info: www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Gwinnett Senior Games will be from April 1 to May 13 for Gwinnett seniors age 50 and older. Deadline to sign up to participate in the activity is March 13. Those interested can download information at www.GwinnettSeniorGoldenGames.org. The fee is $15, and for this, you receive two meals, a T-shirt, a gift and a medal if you are good enough at that event. There are over 30 events included in the overall activity. Registration forms may also be picked up at Gwinnett Senior Centers.
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