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119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

UWG to hold day of service

UWG to hold day of service

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will hold its very first all-college service day this Friday, Oct. 18.

The event is hosted by the school's College of Social Sciences and the Community Foundation of West Georgia.

"Every day, the College of Social Sciences at UWG serves humanity and does public good through teaching, scholarship and service," said Dr. Amber Smallwood, the college's dean. "The all-college day of service is another opportunity to increase our civic engagement and grow our own awareness of some of the needs in our local community."

On service day, UWG students, professors and staff members will work at several non-profits in the west Georgia community, including Keep Carroll Beautiful, the Carroll County Humane Society and two shelters.

"We had nearly 50 people sign up within 48 hours of announcing the first all-college service day on email," Smallwood said.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

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."

PROBE College Fair coming to Carroll County

PROBE College Fair coming to Carroll County

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The PROBE College Fair will stop in Carroll County next week.

The fair, which features representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country, will be at the Coliseum on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Learn more about the PROBE College Fair.

The Coliseum is located at 1601 Maple Street in Carrollton, on the main campus of the University of West Georgia.

UWG ranked among top regional universities

UWG ranked among top regional universities

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia ranks among the top regional universities in the South, according to the new U.S. News college rankings.

The university is No. 89 on this year's Regional University South Rankings list, which profiles the best colleges and universities in the United States.

See all of UWG's credentials at usnews.com.

Three Georgia schools made the overall top 100 list: Emory University (No. 20), Georgia Tech (No. 36) and the University of Georgia (No. 60).

UWG's main campus is in Carrollton, but it also has locations in Coweta and Douglas counties.

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.