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Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- A stage and screen fighting expert will host three master classes at Shorter University this week.

Richard Ryan is the assistant stunt coordinator for "Vikings," a History Channel drama series. He has worked on fight scenes and stunts for a number of major movies, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Golden Compass and The Dark Knight.

Ryan will offer stage combat classes to Shorter theatre and musical theatre majors on Jan. 17 and 18. Students from high schools in Bartow, Gordon, Murray and Paulding counties will also participate in the classes.

"Mr. Ryan is at the top of his field, and our students will learn much from his experience and his knowledge of film and the stage business," Shorter assistant theatre professor Kevin Anderton said. "It is a unique experience for our students to work with a theatre professional of his caliber."

Watch Berry College eagles on state website

Watch Berry College eagles on state website

ROME, Ga. -- Live video of bald eagles at Berry College can now be seen on the website of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division.

PHOTOS | Inside the Berry bald eagles' nest

Through a partnership between the state agency and Berry College, streaming video shows the daily activities of the two bald eagles, which have been nesting near the school's athletic and recreation center.

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Scholarships available to high school and college students

Scholarships available to high school and college students

(WXIA) -- The Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia is offering three scholarships to Georgia's college students and high school seniors.

To qualify for the COAG Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior or GED candidate and a Georgia citizen, and should be scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2014.

Current students at accredited Georgia colleges and universities are also welcome to apply. The scholarship is available to students majoring in government or law enforcement; political science; accounting or finance; business; or pre-law.

COAG is offering scholarships in three amounts -- $500, $1,000 and $1,500. Applicants must write a 1,000-word essay that answers the question "Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?"

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. -- The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

Berry Half Marathon registration open

Berry Half Marathon registration open

ROME, Ga. -- There's still time to sign up for the Berry Half Marathon/10K/5K before the first price increase.

The races will be held Saturday, Mar. 29 at Berry College Elementary & Middle School in Rome. All three courses allow runners to enjoy Berry College's beautiful north Georgia campus.

Registration for the half marathon is $65 before Jan. 15. After that, the price will start to go up.

The 10K is $30, while the 5K is $25 before Mar. 15. Prices for both of those races are expected to increase as well.

For more information, including a way to sign up, visit berry.edu.

McArthur Freeman exhibit opens Jan. 13 at Moon Gallery

McArthur Freeman exhibit opens Jan. 13 at Moon Gallery

ROME, Ga. -- Sculptor McArthur Freeman will host an exhibit at Berry College's Moon Gallery early next year.

His exhibit will begin Monday, Jan. 13 and will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday, Feb. 7. Freeman will give a talk on opening day at 7 p.m.

Freeman teaches animation and digital modeling at the University of South Florida. His work explores race, identity and double consciousness.

Learn more about the artist at macfreeman.com.