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Berry Professor Wins Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award

Berry Professor Wins Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award

ROME, GA -- Berry College professor Dr. Carrie Baker has been named the first-ever honoree of the Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award for her work on women's issues.

Soroptimist International Northwestern Region and the Northwest Coalition Against Trafficking announced the award, named for the host of "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" on HLN.

"I am proud to support such an honorable and urgent cause by encouraging journalists to cover the critical issues affecting women," said Velez-Mitchell. "Fighting the 'war on women' must become a priority in our society . . . this can be accomplished only by making it a priority in our national dialogue."

Dr. Baker's primary areas of research are women's legal history, gender and public policy, and women's social movements. She recently wrote an article for Ms.

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

Georgia State Finals: Previews and Predictions

ATLANTA -- This weekend, 10 teams play for a state championship.

Four teams have been in this position as recently as last season; others have never played for a state title. Some teams are facing opponents their schools have never faced. Some schools were predicted to win a state championship before the playoffs started. Other schools were predicted to lose as early as the second round.

All 10 teams have taken different paths, but they are all in the same position now.

What should the fans expect to see? Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net previews all five games and the computer tool Massey Matchups predicts the exact score and point spread of each matchup.

Facebook Contest to Give Away NAIA Tickets

Facebook Contest to Give Away NAIA Tickets

ROME, GA -- Have you got game?

The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau and the NAIA Championship Host Committee are giving residents the chance to attend the NAIA Football National Championship for free if they can show their knowledge of NAIA football history.

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 13, football fans can visit the Georgia's Rome Facebook fan page for a trivia question that will be posted at noon. The question will remain up throughout the day so that fans may comment with their answers. Every night at 9:00 p.m., one correct answer will be randomly chosen as the winner.

A new question will be posted each day leading up to the championship game on Saturday, Dec. 18.

Georgia School for the Deaf Graduates Five Seniors

Georgia School for the Deaf Graduates Five Seniors

CAVE SPRING, GA -- Senior year is a test of endurance for the high school students at Georgia School for the Deaf.

But in 2010, five seniors passed that test with flying colors.

"We call them 'senior' seniors because they've been in high school well past four years," said GSD director Lee Shiver. "They made up their minds they were not going to accept a special education diploma or a certificate of attendance when they and all of us knew they were capable of earning a regular diploma."

New expectations for participating in graduation exercises at the school meant that no student would be permitted to graduate unless he was a special education student or had earned a regular diploma.

Massey Matchups Misses on Half of Semifinal Games

ATLANTA -- The Georgia high school football semifinals proved to be tough for Massey Matchups to predict. Out of 10 games, the computer predictor tool correctly picked only five winners.

That brings Massey Matchups to 20-10 in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The computer went 1-1 in all five classifications; its most accurate predictions were Carrollton's big win over Burke County and Clinch County's win over Wilkinson County.

Here are how the semifinals went. The computer's prediction is on the left; the actual final score appears on the right.

Berry College Honors Program Web Site Recognized

Berry College Honors Program Web Site Recognized

ROME, GA -- The Berry College Honors Program was recently awarded third place at the 2010 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

The program's Web site was recognized for its integration of future, present and past students, great Web site style, delivery of content and professional appearance. The program consists of students selected to be in an intellectually stimulating community of peers and instructors who pursue excellence.

Professor Michael Cooley is the director of the Honors Program, and Diane Land is the webmaster and program assistant.