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Berry professor learns about African-American experience

Berry professor learns about African-American experience

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College communications professor is one of only 24 scholars selected to participate in a seminar on the African-American experience in Georgia's Lowcountry.

The two-week event, "African-American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry," was held in Savannah in June.

Brian Carroll was honored to be chosen for the program.

"I think every Georgian needs to learn about the important histories of the Gullah and Geechee peoples in and around Savannah," he said. "I'm grateful to have had such an immersive experience learning about an aspect of our nation's history that is often overlooked, and to have done it with such a rich learning community as that fostered by the Georgia Historical Society."

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Berry to begin nursing program

Berry to begin nursing program

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College will welcome its first Bachelor of Science in Nursing students this January.

The university announced Monday that it has hired three professors to kick off the program.

The nursing program will feature small interactive classes and hands-on demonstrations in a state-of-the-art clinical practice lab. It will also have an 18-month fast-track option, allowing students who enroll next semester to graduate in May 2015.

For more information, visit berry.edu/academics/nursing.

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school!

(WXIA) -- Monday, Aug. 5 is the first day of school in four metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Floyd, Henry and Rockdale.

Send your first day of school pictures to photos@11Alive.com or submit them to 11Alive's first day of school photo gallery.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

New student registration held all day Tuesday

New student registration held all day Tuesday

ROME, Ga. -- Registration for new Floyd County Schools students will continue until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Parents who register their children must bring a number of documents with them. A full list can be found at floydboe.net.

Registration can be completed at all Floyd County schools.

The first day of school in Floyd County is Monday, Aug. 5.

3 Berry students earn research funding

3 Berry students earn research funding

ROME, Ga. -- Two Berry College students and one recent graduate have been accepted to the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

"I felt overwhelmed, excited and fortunate," said Koty Swanson, a rising Berry senior from Ringgold. "Over 300 people applied to this and 11 were admitted into the program. I knew right away this opportunity was one I could not pass up."

Swanson is double-majoring in chemistry and physics. He will spend the summer researching pesticides at Colorado State University, studying the efficiency of cleaning processes on their tanks with the hope of providing feedback to both pesticide applicators and the agricultural community.