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Coach honed debating skills of young Gingrich

Coach honed debating skills of young Gingrich

ATLANTA -- Admirers of a young college professor named Newt Gingrich say he was always a dynamic speaker, but with flaws.

He frowned, titled his head awkwardly and repeated the same words. He also went for the rhetorical jugular.

Gingrich was running for Congress in the 1970s and supporters worried that TV cameras would magnify his delivery problems.

But Gingrich didn't have to look far for help when he decided to sharpen his debating skills.

In the building next to the one where Gingrich taught history at West Georgia College, professor Chester Gibson coached students in debate. He helped Gingrich for free.

Now retired, Gibson says Gingrich is the best debater among the four Republican presidential candidates.

UWG president honored by alma mater

UWG president honored by alma mater

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Dr. Beheruz Sethna, president of the University of West Georgia, was recently honored by his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Founded with active collaboration from Harvard Business School, IIMA is considered to be one of the best business schools not only in India, but in the entire Asia-Pacific region. The school recognized Sethna and 39 of his fellow alumni as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.

Sethna has also been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. With these two awards, he has been honored by two of the top schools in his native country.

Georgia Trend recently named Sethna to its list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians as well.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

'Elf on the Shelf' creator to speak at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Have you ever wondered how Santa really knows whether you've been naughty or nice?

Chanda Bell knows, and now she's sharing her knowledge in a presentation at her alma mater -- the University of West Georgia.

Bell is the bestselling author of the children's holiday book "The Elf on the Shelf," which follows one of the North Pole's many "scout elves" who help Santa determine which names to put on his naughty and nice lists. Named Chippy by his adoptive family, our elf friend is assigned to help a little boy named Taylor McTuttle believe in the magic of Christmas.

"The Elf on the Shelf" was co-written by Bell's mother, Carol Aebersold, and sister, Christa Pitts, who is also a UWG alumna. They self-published the book, which is based on a family tradition featuring Fisbee, a pixie elf who appears in the Aebersold home every holiday season.

Ludacris to perform at UWG

Ludacris to perform at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Hip-hop star Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is coming to Carrollton.

Ludacris will perform at The Coliseum at the University of West Georgia on Thursday, Nov. 3. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

The three-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum rapper has sold more than 12 million albums in the U.S. His film and television credits have won him critical acclaim.

Ludacris is also known for his philanthropy, including helping Artists for Peace and Justice raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. Meanwhile, the Ludacris Foundation raised more than $100,000 for Atlanta flood victims.

The concert may contain adult lyrics.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.


Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus will be the keynote speaker at an economic development conference hosted by the University System of Georgia.

The Social Business and Microcredit conference will be held Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center.

Yunus won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in microcredit, which is the extension of very small loans to those in poverty, with the goal of spurring entrepreneurship.