GGC president joins national leadership coalition

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman has been selected as one of 45 university and college presidents forming a national leadership coalition, committing their campuses to becoming models for what liberal arts education institutions can offer and most effectively deliver.

The 45 presidents, chosen because of their leadership, diversity and institutional location, will receive grants from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The institutions in the coalition will work during the next two years to demonstrate how making a priority of creating and sustaining a campus culture for learning elevates expectations, involves greater faculty and student interaction, broadens reward structures and results in greater attainment of the academic and civic development of students.

The coalition members have agreed to hold relevant internal conversations regarding their institution's commitment to call for a "campus culture for learning," what that will mean for their campus and what strategies they may employ.

The presidents also have been asked to establish a leadership and planning team to initiate plans to fit their culture. The participating campuses will put their plans into practice next year.

The coalition is part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Bringing Theory to Practice project.

Suwanee budget presentation wins award

SUWANEE - For the third consecutive year, the city of Suwanee has obtained the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The award recognizes Suwanee's 2009 annual budget, which began July 1. To obtain the Distinguished Budget designation, a government agency's budget document must function proficiently, as determined by a panel of independent reviewers, in four categories: policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

Suwanee's finance department also has been recognized by Government Finance Officers Association for five consecutive years with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report.

Suwanee's budget documents and comprehensive financial reports may be viewed on the Economic Development/Reports & Regulations page of the city's Web site, www.suwanee.com.

YMCA honors volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Antoinette Lopes of Lawrenceville and Terry Hogan of Norcross were recently honored as 2008 YMCA Volunteers of the Year award recipients.

Lopes has been an active volunteer at the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA in Lawrenceville for three years. She approached restaurant Doc Green's, whose slogan is "Healthy as you wanna be," to see if they would be interested in donating to the Partner With Youth annual campaign, which offers financial assistance to those who cannot afford the full price of Y programs or services.

Doc Green's created a partnership with the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA, and the restaurant donates a percentage of its monthly proceeds to the Partner With Youth annual campaign and sponsors one YMCA scholarship for someone in need every year.

Hogan is an eight-year YMCA volunteer who has played basketball at the Y since he was a child in North Carolina. He volunteered to be a basketball coach at the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA at Peachtree Corners. He also steps in when other sports need coaches.

In addition, Hogan is a strong advocate for the Partner With Youth Annual campaign.

Students invited to participate in poster contest

LAWRENCEVILLE - AAA Auto Club South is stimulating creativity in young people while teaching them life-saving traffic safety concepts with its annual traffic safety poster contest.

Now until Jan. 23, students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in AAA's 65th annual Traffic Safety Poster Program Contest. Students can showcase their artistic talents and knowledge on the subjects of pedestrian safety, child passenger safety and novice driver safety through a variety of artistic mediums.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade may submit an original hand-drawn poster, while those in grades nine to 12 have a choice of submitting a hand-drawn poster, a graphic art or digitally enhanced design, or a one- to two-minute video public service announcement.

All competition entries are judged locally and nationally by AAA's traffic safety experts and are eligible for various forms of recognition. Submissions are judged on the relationship of the entry design to proper traffic safety practices, originality, creativity and execution, visual impact and relevance of the slogan.

In addition to receiving more than $18,000 in prize money, the national winners will be featured on the AAA Exchange at AAA.com/publicaffairs. Top submissions will proceed to the national competition to compete against students from across the United States.

For complete contest entry rules or to request an entry form, visit www.aaasouth.com/ts_contest.asp.

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