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Faith and Science Discussion to be Held at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia are sponsoring an "Inter-Religious Panel on Faith and Science" on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Recital Hall on the UWG campus.

The discussion will feature four UWG professors from the areas of chemistry, biology and physics who will talk about the relation of faith and science. One popular view suggests that one cannot affirm religious claims and scientific truths. Others disagree, believing that both can be taken seriously. The panel will explore how scientists of faith deal with issues that arise when the two subjects converge.

Panelists will include Dr. Megumi Fujita (chemistry), Dr. Javier Hasbun (physics), Dr. Farooq Khan (chemistry) and Dr. S. Swamy-Mruthinti (biology).

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 678-839-6294.

Recording Star to Fund UWG Scholarship

CARROLLTON, GA -- Country music star Luke Bryan has announced that a portion of the proceeds from his concert on Thursday, Sept. 30 in Carrollton will fund an annual scholarship for a University of West Georgia student who comes from a farming family in Georgia.

Bryan is on a Farm Tour of concerts in his home state of Georgia that aims to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and uplifting the American farmer. Thursday's tour stop will be at VFW Post 7404 (1625 Bankhead Highway, Carrollton, 30116) at 7:30 p.m.

"I come from an area just like those we have chosen to perform in," said Bryan, a Capitol Records Nashville artist. "I grew up working on my father's peanut farm and know how hard these farmers work.

Bestselling Author to Speak at University of West Georgia

CARROLLTON, GA -- Dr. Mark Mathabane, a New York Times bestselling author and South African native, will discuss his life story at the University of West Georgia's Campus Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Mathabane, who grew up in South Africa during apartheid, has written several books, including his autobiography, Kaffir Boy, which ranked number three on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also made appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live" and many other television programs.

Mathabane's story of triumph against all odds has inspired and touched the hearts of people worldwide. His novels have been translated into several languages.

UWG to Host Atlanta Asian Film Festival

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia is hosting the 6th annual Atlanta Asian Film Festival on Oct. 12 and 19.

The AAFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating various communities about the rich diversity of Asian Pacific culture through films and movies. This is UWG's first time sponsoring the festival, joining other universities in the region to host the AAFF.

The two films that have been selected to screen at UWG are Artemisia from China and Cow from Taiwan. Artemisia is the story of a Chinese mother who struggles to deal with her children's contemporary problems and the pressures from her traditionally conservative and judgmental relatives. Cow, set during World War II, follows the story of a peasant who is charged with the task of looking after a special cow, even at the risk of his own life.

Artemisia will be shown on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day with a local collection site at the University of West Georgia, on University Drive in front of Row Hall on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"The DEA sent out an email to all law enforcement in Georgia asking for collection points," said UWG police chief Tom Mackel. "We volunteered as a means of helping not only the university, but all of Carroll County."

The DEA's campaign to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction is the first of its kind. The campaign is free and anonymous, and anyone can attend to dispose medications.

"All that is necessary is for the individuals to come by the drop-off point and place the prescriptions in marked boxes," said Mackel. "The medications will then be given to the DEA to dispose of.

Award-Winning Author to Speak at West Georgia

CARROLLTON, GA -- Julia Alvarez, prize-winning poet, essayist and novelist, will give a public reading at the University of West Georgia's Coliseum on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Alvarez's multi-award-winning 1994 novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, has been chosen as a National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" selection of the year. The novel is designed to inspire and to celebrate the human spirit as its characters struggle, sometimes fatally, with oppression and malevolence. It was also made into a movie starring Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony and Edward James Olmos.

The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the reading, Alvarez will be present at other open events throughout the day, including a continental breakfast from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, and a discussion from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kathy Cashen Hall followed by a second discussion from 2:30 p.m.

CEO of BB&T to Open UWG Lecture Series

CARROLLTON, GA -- John Allison, CEO of BB&T Corp., will be the inaugural guest speaker at the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series, a program established by the bank and the University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business.

Allison's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in the UWG Coliseum on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. There will be an invitation-only reception at 5:30 p.m. that is open to the media and at which Allison will be available for interviews.

A donation by BB&T, the largest in the history of the Richards College, helped create the lecture series and the Center for Ethics and Free Enterprise, which fosters a comprehensive and ongoing discussion of the foundations of capitalism and free enterprise.

"BB&T has been and continues to be a wonderful benefactor and friend to the university," said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.