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Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- Author Chantel Acevedo will hold a fiction master class and a reading at Shorter University next week.

Acevedo is the author of Love and Ghost LettersA Falling Star and The Distant Marvels. She is an associate professor of English at her alma mater, Auburn University, and also edits the Southern Humanities Review.

Her master class will be Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 5 p.m. in Shorter's Price Learning Center.

"I wanted to give Shorter students the opportunity to learn directly from an accomplished novelist and editor," said Shorter assistant professor of English Renee Emerson, who was instrumental in bringing Acevedo to campus. "The chance to hear Chantel Acevedo is a unique opportunity."

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Berry

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hank Klibanoff will speak at Berry College later this month.

Klibanoff will talk about his work with the Civil Rights Cold Case Project on Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. His talk is free and open to the public.

The Civil Rights Cold Case Project investigates the more than 100 racially-motivated murders that occurred during the civil rights era. Learn more at coldcases.org.

Klibanoff is the director of the journalism program at Emory University. He spent 35 years as a reporter and editor for various publications, including the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Philadephia Inquirer.

A book Klibanoff co-authored, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Ga. Highlands College names new VP

Ga. Highlands College names new VP

ROME, Ga. -- Mary Transue is the new Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the GHC Foundation at Georgia Highlands College.

She was chosen in late November to fill the vacancy left by Raymond Carnley.

Transue comes to GHC from the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, where she was Associate Vice President of Executive Affairs. She also has extensive experience in corporate healthcare and non-profit leadership.

"I am excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to joining the team at Georgia Highlands College," Transue said in a statement. "I can already tell there is strong leadership and a solid vision taking shape for the college moving forward. I know we can accomplish great things together."

Transue began her new job on Dec. 15.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Berry chief of staff named to state board

Berry chief of staff named to state board

ROME, Ga. -- Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Berry College Chief of Staff Alexander Whitaker to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

"Whit," as he is known, will be sworn in Oct. 1 and will serve a three-year term on the board.

He already serves on several boards, including Berry's Board of Trustees, SunTrust Bank of Northwest Georgia, William S. Davies Homeless Shelter, Mercy Care Rome and Pennsylvania's Trinity School for Ministry.

Whitaker is a retired U.S. Navy captain and judge advocate. He is a Rome native and graduated from the Darlington School in 1977. Whitaker has a bachelor's degree from Berry, a law degree from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in international and comparative law from Georgetown University and a master's degree in religion from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry.

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Jim Hansberger, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Jim Hansberger is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced that Graham Roberts, Executive Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Graham Roberts is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”