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Shorter names new CAPP dean

Shorter names new CAPP dean

ROME, Ga. -- Shorter University announced last week that Dr. Amy Austin has been named its new dean of the College of Adult and Professional Programs (CAPP).

Austin has worked in the CAPP since 2009. Prior to her career in higher education, she spent 19 years with several corporations, including Cooper Industries, The Home Depot and The New York Times.

"We are excited that Dr. Austin has accepted the dean's position in our College of Adult and Professional Programs," Shorter executive vice president and provost Dr. Donald Martin said in a statement. "She brings to her new role a wealth of experience from the corporate world, as well as outstanding academic credentials."

Austin's educational background includes a B.S. in finance from Hampton University, a MBA in finance from Philadelphia University, and a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University. She is married with three daughters.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

Berry College offering license plates

Berry College offering license plates

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College is proud to offer its very first Georgia license plate.

The plate features the college's Ford Dining Hall and the reflecting pool outside. It was created by Berry graphic designer Meaghan Marr, who used a photograph taken by graduate student Zane Cochran.

Berry's plate is $80 and is available at state tag offices.

Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Acclaimed musician Grant-Lee Phillips will perform at Berry College next week.

Phillips will visit the Rome college in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears. He is a registered member of the Creek tribe and a direct descendant of Cherokee National Principal Chief John Ross.

The show will be Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in Berry's Ford Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Sept. 23.

Learn more at grantleephillips.com.

Several colleges to visit Druid Hills HS

Several colleges to visit Druid Hills HS

ATLANTA -- Representatives from a number of colleges and universities are scheduled to visit Druid Hills High School this week.

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The University of Tulsa and Wesleyan University will be at the DeKalb County school on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. Both schools will have tables set up in the lunchroom.

Mount Holyoke University and Georgia's own Berry College will host small group meetings Wednesday. Interested juniors and seniors can sign up in the counseling office to meet the schools' representatives. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to participate.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Earlham College will set up a table in the lunchroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Berry football tickets go on sale Wednesday

Berry football tickets go on sale Wednesday

ROME, Ga. -- Tickets for Berry College's first-ever football game will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 8 a.m.

The game against Maryville College will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Rome's Barron Stadium.

Tickets are $5, cash-only, with a four ticket maximum. They can be picked up at the school's Krannert Center.

Learn more about Berry's new football program at berryvikings.com.

Berry students win national journalism award

Berry students win national journalism award

ROME, Ga. -- Seven communications majors at Berry College placed third in this year's Association for Editors in Journalism and Mass Communication's Newspaper Project Award.

This annual award goes to college students and professors who produce special publications and projects connected to their courses.

Berry's winners received their award for "The Jews of Florence," a multimedia project they created during a study abroad trip to Italy in summer 2012. The students developed more than a dozen stories of minority groups living in Florence as far back as the mid-15th century.

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