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What's on display at Moon Gallery? 'A Bit of Everything'

What's on display at Moon Gallery? 'A Bit of Everything'

ROME, Ga. -- "A Bit of Everything," the work of artist Ian Childers, will be on display at Berry College's Moon Gallery from Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Nov. 11.

Childers describes his work as a "surrender to whimsy."

"We as human beings of this media overdose called the technological age have just begun a downward spiral in the loosing of sensation to information," he said. "My hand and my idea are locked in this course. The moment I find myself focusing on any one thing for any period of time, the more I want to move on to what is next."

"This is not a form of ADD," Childers added. "It is merely how I have trained myself to receive and to expel information. I present to you here my own version of studio practice channel surfing."

Childers will give a talk about his work at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the gallery.

Georgia Teacher of the Year to speak at Berry

Georgia Teacher of the Year to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Jadun McCarthy, the Georgia 2012 Teacher of the Year, will speak at Berry College later this month.

McCarthy, who teaches language arts at Northeast Health Science Magnet High School in Macon, was inspired to teach by his own teachers, who provided him with the tools for success.

After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law, McCarthy decided he would rather be a teacher than a lawyer. Now, he inspires students and represents Georgia's teachers by giving speeches and hosting workshops throughout the state.

"Individuals selected as the Georgia Teacher of the Year have been through a rigorous selection process and represent the best of the best," said Mary Outlaw, Berry's director of field experiences and student teaching. "We look forward to hearing Mr.

Shorter runner qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Shorter runner qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

ROME, Ga. -- Last year, Oscar Ogwaro set a goal for himself: to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

Now he is making plans to travel to Texas, because he has accomplished that goal.

Ogwaro, who attends Shorter University in Rome, completed the 117th Olympic Trials Marathon in 1:04:49 on Oct. 2, eclipsing USA Track & Field's maximum time of 1:05:00. He will now move on to run the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston on Jan. 14.

The 25-year-old Los Angeles native transferred to Shorter from Queens University in 2010 and quickly established himself as one of the top distance runners in the country.

But his journey to the Olympic Trials came with its share of ups and downs.

Last January, he ran a disappointing 1:09:00 at the USA Half Marathon Championships, missing the mark for the trials.

Pepperell mom named to Parent Advisory Council

Pepperell mom named to Parent Advisory Council

LINDALE, Ga. -- A Floyd County mom has been chosen to serve on the Parent Advisory Council, a group of parents from across the state who meet to discuss education in Georgia.

Kelly Ullery was selected for the council by State Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

"Mrs. Ullery is passionate about serving others, and her willingness to assist with instructional support and parent involvement at our school is to be commended," said Carmen Jones, principal of Pepperell Primary School, which Ullery's children attend. "She is an asset to the Pepperell community and an asset to the Floyd County School District as she represents our school and community on the state superintendent's advisory committee."

Ullery and her husband Chris have three children at Pepperell Primary.

Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus will be the keynote speaker at an economic development conference hosted by the University System of Georgia.

The Social Business and Microcredit conference will be held Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center.

Yunus won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in microcredit, which is the extension of very small loans to those in poverty, with the goal of spurring entrepreneurship.

5Continents Boutique to feature Berry professor's photography

5Continents Boutique to feature Berry professor's photography

ATLANTA -- The haunting works of a Berry College visiting art professor are now on display at a Buckhead boutique.

"Rag & Bone," the photography of Marguerite Dreyer, will be featured through the end of October at 5Continents Boutique, a fair trade cooperative for artists and craftsmen.

Dreyer's work is part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2011, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to cultivating photography and enriching Atlanta's art community. "Rag & Bone" includes photos she took in an abandoned house in Maine.

"I climbed in a window to investigate the interior of the house, and I was haunted and transfixed by the immediacy of the human lives, long vanished, that had unfolded there," Dreyer said.

Bestselling author Wes Moore to speak at Berry

Bestselling author Wes Moore to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- A former Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, youth advocate, business leader, Army officer and now-New York Times bestselling author is coming to Berry College.

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, will speak in the Cage Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Admission is free and open to the public.

All Berry freshmen received copies of The Other Wes Moore when they began classes this semester. The book examines Moore's life, his origins as a troublemaker raised by a single mother, the choices he made vs.