Cobb County

Shameka Wilson named Cobb County Woman of the Year

Director of Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center honored by AAUW

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 22, 2016) — Shameka Wilson’s work in Student Success Services is being recognized beyond Kennesaw State University’s campuses.

Wilson, the director of the Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center, has been named the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Cobb County chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

“I am so grateful to be honored by the Cobb County branch of the AAUW as their Woman of the Year,” Wilson said. “Community partnerships are so important to the work carried out by the Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center, and it feels good to know they appreciate and respect the work being done.”

Wilson has been at Kennesaw State University since August 2013. In her current role, she works to provide a safe space to discuss women and gender issues, supports victims and survivors of interpersonal violence and collaborates with campus and community partners to provide co-curricular programing for the Kennesaw State community.

The award is given annually to an outstanding woman in Cobb County from the business, nonprofit or education sectors. The honoree is chosen based on her dedication to her profession and the service her leadership provides to the community, according to Cobb County AAUW president Arden Stone.

“Shameka fulfills these criteria in every way,” Stone said. “The critical issues Shameka must face on a daily basis at the center, the planning involved in campus programming that brings awareness and seeks solution, and the counseling and extended resources made available through the center are invaluable to women students at KSU.”

The AAUW will honor Wilson, along with Kennesaw State students Catherine Ellis, Sydney Saylors and Bonnie Jane Parker, at a banquet on May 10 at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta. The Cobb County branch is awarding $2,000 scholarships to Ellis and Saylors, and sponsoring Parker to attend the AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June in College Park, Maryland.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

Qualifying for local and state elections starts Monday

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Meris Lutz
March 05, 2016 10:00 PM

MARIETTA — Republicans or Democrats who hope to serve Cobb County in one of 56 local and state elected positions on the ballot this November must officially declare themselves this week.

Qualifying for independents will be in June. 

Candidates for county-level partisan offices, including sheriff, county commission chairman, county commissioners and others, must qualify at their respective county party headquarters. Candidates for county-level nonpartisan offices, including state court judgeships, must qualify with the Cobb Elections Office. Candidates for state offices qualify at locations in Atlanta.

The qualifying period starts Monday, March 7 at 9 a.m. and ends Friday, March 11 at noon. ..Andrew Pieper, associate profession of political science at Kennesaw State University, said candidates looking to run for local or state officers during a presidential election year could see their chances affected by party affiliation. 

“Nationally, Democrats get a higher turnout in presidential election years,” Pieper said. “That’s why in those midterm elections of 2010, 2014, Republicans did so well.”

He clarified, however, that “we’re only talking a few percentage points here, and in most races, that won’t matter.”

Pieper said one thing to watch for this year is how general frustration with establishment politics in Washington will affect incumbents in the U.S. House and Senate. ...

 

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Al Thurman Elected First Cobb African-American Mayor

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WABE 90.1FM
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By Tasnim Samma /Posted Dec. 3, 2015

 

Al Thurman, a former Powder Springs City Council member, will become the first African-American mayor of any city in Cobb County.

He won a run-off election Tuesday -- a sign, experts say, that demographics in the city are changing.

Al Thurman defeated Powder Springs physician and councilman Chris Wizner, by 179 votes, or more than 14 percent. ...

Powder Springs 

According to the 2010 census, nearly 50 percent of the city of Powder Springs population is African-American and nine percent identifies as Hispanic or Latino.  

“In Cobb County, a number of state legislators are now African-American and they’ve supplanted white Democrats who used to hold those seats, so I look at the Powder Springs mayoral election as the continuation of a trend where the county is becoming increasingly diversified," explained Kerwin Swint, a professor at Kennesaw State University who lives near Powder Springs in Cobb County.

Swint said the southern halves of both Cobb and Gwinnett counties in the last five to 10 years are seeing greater minority representation in state and local government. 

The current mayor, Pat Vaughn, is retiring this year after serving the city for more than a decade. 

 

Low voter turnout in Cobb's Tuesday election follows trend and Campaign disclosure reports reveal funding gaps for Cobb municipal candidates

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Ricky Leroux
November 05, 2015 12:00 AM
MARIETTA — Voter turnout in Austell, Kennesaw, Powder Springs and Smyrna for Tuesday’s elections was low — about 18 percent of registered voters cast ballots — but Cobb’s Board of Elections director said this is a typical for a municipal election.
 
“Anything in that 17 to 22 (percent) range is about what we usually see,” said Janine Eveler, Cobb elections director. “For some reason, people just don’t come out for the local elections like they do for the national ones. … It’s funny because they have so much more influence on your life at the local level. But it’s not as exciting? I don’t know.”
 
In 2012, when there was a presidential race on the ballot, about 74 percent of registered voters in those same four cities went to the polls.
 
Kerwin Swint, professor of political science at Kennesaw State University, was not surprised by the turnout numbers.
“That’s why they call them off-year elections,” Swint said. “Interest is way down. The local candidates don’t have nearly the advertising budgets to do radio spots, TV spots. It’s not on people’s radar near as much as when you have the excitement and all the media coverage of a presidential or even gubernatorial campaign.” ...

 

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November 03, 2015 12:15 AM

MARIETTA — A look at the campaign disclosure reports for candidates taking part in today’s city elections reveal some discrepancies in the fundraising among candidates.

However, money isn’t everything in local elections, according to Kerwin Swint, political science professor at Kennesaw State University.

“At this level, money’s not as important as it would be for, say, a statewide or congressional race,” Swint said.

Money can give candidates an edge when it comes to purchasing yard signs and mailers or having candidate meet-and-greets, Swint said, but fundraising advantages don’t always result in winning.

“If you’re able to raise more money, then you’re better able to afford all those things that are going to get you voter contact,” Swint said. “You can have radio spots or mailed brochures. You are better able to position yourself, but the caveat there is it’s not always the person that wins. In local elections, sometimes a candidate that is less funded but they have a better turnout mechanism or they have something else working in their favor can win.”

Bigger factors in local races are name recognition, reputation among voters and getting out the vote, Swint said. ...
 

‘La boheme’: KSU voice teacher to perform in Puccini’s classic

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Therra C. Gwyn
October 01, 2015 12:00 AM | 626 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kennesaw State University voice teacher Leah Partridge will perform as Musetta in the Atlanta Opera’s production of ‘La boheme’ at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. The opera opens Saturday.
Kennesaw State University voice teacher Leah Partridge will perform as Musetta in the Atlanta Opera’s production of ‘La boheme’ at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. The opera opens Saturday. 
Partridge appears in the Atlanta Opera’s 2009 production of ‘The Elixer of Love.’
Partridge appears in the Atlanta Opera’s 2009 production of ‘The Elixer of Love.’
 
Setting: Paris’ Latin Quarter. A group including philosophers, musicians and young lovers gather in the pre-Christmas cold. They discuss art, dodge the landlord and act out a mating dance fraught with frustrations and elegantly infused with the hope of youth.
 

It’s “La boheme,” Giocomo Puccini’s durable masterpiece about young bohemians living in France in the 1840s. Times may change, but the fire of youth does not, as this grand production by The Atlanta Opera illustrates.

Kennesaw State University voice teacher, soprano Leah Partridge, calls the classic opera “beautiful.” 

She would know, from the inside and firsthand.

Partridge is cast as Musetta, one of the pivotal young lovers in Puccini’s tale of passion and loss. She plays opposite baritone Trevor Scheunemann as her temperamental boyfriend Marcello.

Italian soprano Maria Luigia Borsi is lead character Mimì. Tenor and fellow Italian Gianluca Terranova plays her paramour, Rodolfo.

Of her European castmates Partridge said, “There are many great American singers, but they (Borsi and Terranova) are amazing. People who know voices are going to be surprised at the beauty of theirs.”

It was a long, red dirt Georgia road for Partridge from a childhood in small town Lincolnton where she grew up listening to gospel and country music and where Puccini seemed like something from another planet.

“I didn’t grow up with opera,” she said. “I didn’t understand it. I didn’t even know you could be such a thing as an opera singer.”

Still, she studied voice and, after getting an undergrad degree from Mercer, she was off to graduate studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.

“A big opera factory,” she said, a fond reference to the college known as a top music school for the art form.

Another member of Partridge’s family has found his way onstage for this production: her dog, Bingo. The Jack Russell Terrier has his own Facebook page and appears in Act II, which also features a children’s chorus.

“He’s great onstage,” she said of the energetic pet she calls “the world’s first opera barker.” 

Bingo has been rehearsing his entrance like every other member of the cast. Partridge routinely posts photos of him online running around with a toy bone before settling down to the business of “La boheme.”

No microphones are used during the show for the singers.

“We train our voices like athletes, in order to be heard over the orchestra,” Partridge said.

About this production of “La boheme,” the soprano said, “It’s just so beautiful. If you’ve never been to an opera this is a great ‘first one.’”

The Atlanta Opera presents “La boheme” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, opening Saturday and running for four performances through Oct. 11.

For more information and ticket purchasing, visit www.atlantaopera.org.

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MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of May 14

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Damon Poirier
May 15, 2015 04:45 PM | 784 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
May 8, 1995 A1 Front
 
 

This week’s Time Capsule looks at the Lusitania, Leo Frank, Lockheed, Delk Road, KSU, Newt Gingrich and Jesse Jackson.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, May 14, 1915 edition of The Marietta Journal and Courier there was a story that reported “one of the greatest horrors of the great European War occurred last Friday when a German submarine boat torpedoed the great English trans-Atlantic Liner Lusitania.” ... 

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50 years ago …

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Dr. Horace W. Sturgis, associate registrar at Georgia Tech since 1948, was reported in the Friday, May 14, 1965 paper as having been named the president of Kennesaw Mountain Junior College, which is now known as Kennesaw State University. Dr. Sturgis was to start his official duties on July 1, 1965. ...

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

If you are interested in learning more about the stories that were presented in this week’s column, you can search the newspaper’s digitized microfilm archives online. NewsBank, which hosts the archives for the Marietta Daily Journal, charges a fee for retrieved articles and has various price packages available. If you have any trouble with your username, password or payment options, please contact NewsBank at mariettadaily@newsbank.com.

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Cobb transportation officials address BRT, bikes, Braves at town hall meeting

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Marietta Daily Journal
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KENNESAW — On the heels of the groundbreaking ceremony for SunTrust Park, the 41,500-seat stadium for the Atlanta Braves, leaders of transportation agencies in Cobb met Thursday to assure residents they are working to improve the county’s roads.

About 100 people attended the town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University’s Continuing Education Center.

Residents attended with varied agendas. Some wanted improvements made to the county’s community transit bus system, others advocated for more biking trails and another resident wanted county Chairman Tim Lee’s proposed bus-rapid transit system.

Charley Levinson, who works at BCT Printing in Norcross and ran for Marietta mayor in the last election season, said he uses mass transit every day to get to work, and he wants the county to implement a bus rapid transit system. 

“I hope it’s in the works soon,” Levinson said. “It’s either the BRT or nothing, and nothing is the absolute worst thing for this county.”

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Debates could impact undecided voters

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Fox 5 News
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Posted: Oct 22, 2012 4:58 PM EDT Updated: Oct 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT

Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré to speak at Kennesaw State University on Oct. 29

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Honoré, who led recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, will speak about leadership and preparedness.

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 22, 2012) — U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré brought calm and order to the chaos that followed after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. Now retired, Honoré speaks candidly about what it takes to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

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