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Holocaust survivor to speak at UWG

Holocaust survivor to speak at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A 79-year-old Holocaust survivor will speak at the University of West Georgia this week.

Eva Kor was only 10 years old when her family was shipped to Auschwitz. She and her twin sister Miriam were part of Dr. Josef Mengele's experiments on twins -- experiments so brutal that, of the 1,500 sets of twins involved, only about 200 survived.

UWG student Katie Battle was instrumental in bringing Kor to campus.

"I have always been passionate about keeping Holocaust history alive. I believe it is imperative that we continue to talk about the horrible deeds the human race is capable of," Battle said. "Though it may be difficult to discuss, I feel that talking about the Holocaust encourages others to stand up to unethical acts and racism."

Jessica Jackley to speak at UWG

Jessica Jackley to speak at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Kiva founder Jessica Jackley will be the keynote speaker at the University of West Georgia's BB&T Lecture in Free Enterprise.

The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. It will be followed by a breakfast on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 a.m.

Visit westga.edu/business to learn more and reserve a spot at Jackley's lecture. Admission is free, but limited seating is available.

The lecture will be held in the university's Townsend Center.

Harold Shedd produces new songs on Alabama's tribute album

Harold Shedd produces new songs on Alabama's tribute album

BREMEN, Ga. -- Harold Shedd was instrumental in signing Alabama to the RCA label in 1979. Shedd went on to produce 21 consecutive number one hits for the multi-GRAMMY Award winning country music band. This year, Shedd has again collaborated with the band for their latest release, Alabama & Friends, which debuts on Aug. 27.  Plans are also underway to open the Harold Shedd Music Mill Gallery, a non-profit extension at Mill Town Music Hall, to serve as a tourist attraction which celebrates the music history connected to the state of Georgia and showcase one-of-a-kind music memorabilia. The Gallery is scheduled to open in early 2014.

For the Alabama & Friends album, Shedd reunited with the band to produce two new original songs, That’s How I was Raised and All-American.  The other nine tracks on the album will be classic Alabama hits sung by country music legends such as Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood and Kenny Chesney.

East Point native stars in 'Clybourne Park'

East Point native stars in 'Clybourne Park'

(WXIA) -- A Georgia girl is well on her way to becoming a seasoned stage actress. This summer, Tangela Large starred in the award-winning play Clybourne Park.

The play was written by Bruce Norris in response to the classic 1959 Lorraine Hansberry play A Raisin in the Sun. It won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

"Being in this play was such a blessing," Large said. "I saw two different productions, and I got a chance to meet Bruce Norris and hear his inspiration and views about his playwritings. I basically fell in love with the play because I felt that the text was romantic and also very necessary."

Large grew up in East Point and graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2010. She is currently attending Brown University on a full scholarship.

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will hold its 2013 Alumni Association Awards Gala on Saturday, Apr. 20.

The gala, "An Evening with the Stars," will be at the school's Townsend Center for Performing Arts. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7 p.m. ceremony.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at westga.edu.

This year's honorees include Dr. Laurie N. Barron ('99), principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan; UWG Director of the Center for Public History Dr. Keith Hébert ('98); GlendonTodd Capital investor and operating partner John Harris ('71, '73); and former NASA mathematician Jimmy Akin ('64).

UWG names new president

UWG names new president

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Dr. Kyle Marrero has been named the seventh president of the University of West Georgia.

Marrero is currently vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. He will replace Dr. Beheruz Sethna, who announced his retirement in August.

"I am delighted that Dr. Kyle Marrero will be taking over leadership at the University of West Georgia," Georgia Board of Regents chair William "Dink" NeSmith said in a statement. "Dr. Marrero brings a set of unique talents, skills and experience that should build upon the foundation constructed by Dr. Sethna. We look forward to his leadership as he works with the university, the community and the Board of Regents to move West Georgia to a new level of academic excellence."