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Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia will consider merging some of its 35 campuses to save money in a tight economy, system Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced Wednesday.

In his first initiative since taking office in July, the former state lawmaker and university administrator is instructing his staff to immediately start assessing opportunities for consolidations that would let the system operate more efficiently without jeopardizing its teaching, research and service missions.

The idea of merging some of the smaller Georgia colleges into larger campuses has been talked about off and on over the years but never has gone past the discussion stages. The staff, students and parents from the affected schools and their representatives in the General Assembly pose the most likely obstacles to consolidation plans becoming reality.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.

Ferst Center Welcomes PROJECT Trio

Ferst Center Welcomes PROJECT Trio

FERST CENTER WELCOMES PROJECT TRIO

 

ATLANTAThe Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech 2011-12 season continues with high energy chamber music ensemble PROJECT Trio on Friday, September 30 at 12 p.m and 5 p.m.   Both shows are free and will be held outdoors in the amphitheater to the right of the Ferst Center, weather permitting.

PROJECT Trio is comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY.

Color your way to a college scholarship

Color your way to a college scholarship

ATLANTA -- Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon in his or her educational journey. It creates a foundation for activity and a lifetime of learning.

This September, coloring can also help create a financial foundation.

One lucky Georgia child will join Kendall Lapinskas of Dunwoody and Taylor Boyd of Covington in winning a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

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