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Mercer University business school to offer BBA, business degree

School Notebook 11-01-13

McDONOUGH — Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics will offer its bachelor of business administration program at the Henry County Regional Academic Center, beginning in January.

The degree program provides area students with a foundation of key business principles toward an understanding of what takes place inside organizations and how this relates to the external environment in which they operate. Classroom learning integrates real-world experience through a collaborative class environment and projects.

The program offers specialization areas in accounting, business administration, finance, management, economics and marketing, which allow students to customize their program to align with personal and professional goals. It offers classes in a traditional classroom setting one night per week during an eight-week session. There are also online courses.

An information session for the new program will be offered Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., at the Regional Academic Center, 160 Henry Parkway in McDonough.

For more details about the program, visit www.business.mercer.edu/bba-atlanta/.

DuPont Challenege Science Essay contest begins Nov. 15

The 2014 DuPont Challenge Science Essay competition will be accepting entries beginning Nov. 15. In its 28th consecutive year, the DuPont Challenge essay contest encourages students to consider how science and innovation can be used to meet the needs of the 21st century for food, energy and protection.

“A strong foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) encourages students to think critically about how scientific discovery, innovation and invention can be used to meet the needs of our society,” said Benito Cachinero-Sánchez, senior vice president of DuPont Human Resources. “The DuPont Challenge inspires students to examine these issues and become passionate about results as they explore potential solutions and share them through their essays.”

The DuPont Challenge offers more than $100,000 in prizes and awards. All students in grades 7-12 across the United States, Canada and U.S. territories may submit their essay entries from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31, 2014.

Essays are evaluated in the junior division (grades 7, 8 and 9) and senior division (grades 10, 11 and 12). Students should address one of the four following categories in a 700–1,000-word essay: together, we can feed the world; together, we can build a secure energy future; together, we can protect people and the environment; and together, we can be innovative anywhere.

For official rules, entry forms and details on awards, visit www.thechallenge.dupont.com.

Rally drums up support for afterschool programs

Family Support Circle Inc. sponsored a Lights On Afterschool rally Oct. 17 at Hampton Middle School. The organization’s Youth Excellence Program presented the rally in conjunction with a student art gallery exhibit.

The event was among an estimated 8,000 around the country, celebrating the 14th Annual Lights On Afterschool. The nationwide event is organized by the Afterschool Alliance.

Lydia Pierre is youth program coordinator for Family Support Circle, which serves students and families in Henry, Clayton and Fulton counties. She said the rally is a collective call to have afterschool opportunities expanded so every child who needs a program has access to one.

The rally featured a showcase of student art projects completed in the afterschool program. The pieces included original stories entitled “What Afterschool Has Done for Me?”

Educators, parents, students, community leaders and local officials were invited to attend the gallery. They included Hampton city councilman Henry Byrd, Hampton Mayor Chris Moore, Leadership Henry board member Same Valme Sr. and Henry County Communities in Schools Executive Director Shane Persaud as well as Family Support Circle’s Founder and President Dr. Elna Poulard and board member Dr. Edgar Dillard.

Pierre said the The Lights on Afterschool event also helped spotlight programming offered through Family Support Circle, including its abstinence education, academic support and physical fitness programs.

She said parents and supporters were asked to signed a petition urging lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs.

More information on Lights On Afterschool is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.

Military notes

Army Pvts. Tommy McCrary II and Mandel Freeman recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

McCrary is the son of Nicole Carson of Jonesboro and a 2012 graduate of Mundys Mill High School. Freeman is the son of Jamillah Weatherspoon and grandson of Oliver Edwards, both of Forest Park. He is a 2012 graduate of Forest Park High School.

Army National Guard Pvt. Santianna Wright also has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Wright is the daughter of Shakela Wright and granddaughter of JoAnne Wright, both of Morrow, and sister of Kachina Wright of Decatur.