UGA admin attends national leadership forum

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ruth Bettandorff, director of the University of Georgia's Gwinnett Campus and assistant vice president for academic affairs, was one of 28 women from across the country who recently attended the annual National Leadership Forum sponsored by the American Council on Education's Office of Women in Higher Education.

Since 1977, the National Leadership Forums have served as ACE's principal means of identifying outstanding women and promoting their advancement to the highest levels of leadership in U.S. colleges, universities and associations.

Bettandorff assumed her position with the Gwinnett Campus in February after previously serving as associate director for learning services at UGA's Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. She is also a senior public service faculty member and holds an adjunct faculty position with UGA's Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy. Before coming to UGA, she held administrative positions with Kennesaw State University, Agnes Scott College and the University of Louisville.

Winder Noon Lion's Club honors deputy

WINDER - Deputy Michael Goodyear of the Barrow County Sheriff's Office recently received the Winder Noon Lion's Club Deputy of the Year award.

Goodyear has been a law enforcement professional for more than eight years, serving the Jackson County Sheriff's Office before joining the Barrow County Sheriff's Office in 2007.

Goodyear was selected for the award by members of the Sheriff's Office Command Staff. Sheriff Jud Smith said Goodyear "represents the best that the Barrow County Sheriff's Office has to offer."

"We have many fine deputies at the Barrow County Sheriff's Office - many who quietly go about their jobs professionally and proficiently and who were certainly qualified to receive this prestigious award," Maj. Todd Druse said. "But in addition to being a great law enforcement officer, Mike is also just a very nice guy and I feel we're lucky to have him."

Goodyear said he was surprised and honored to receive the award.

Buford Business Alliance awards scholarships

BUFORD - The Buford Business Alliance awarded scholarships to five students who recently graduated from high school.

The scholarship recipients are Erin Kaiser, Miranda Tiano and Kandis Owens, all of North Gwinnett High School, and Ryan Reed and Jessica Wilson, both of Buford High School.

"We are not only about advancing local businesses and business leaders but future leaders as well," said Phil Olsen, BBA scholarship representative said. "We are committed to giving back to the community, and this is one exciting way we have the opportunity to do that."

For more information about the BBA, visit

CIBA VISION receives award

DULUTH - CIBA VISION, a global company with headquarters in Duluth, recently received the 2009 Campaign Pioneer Award from the national office of Community Health Charities.

With a partnership that began in Georgia, this award applauds CIBA VISION's efforts to support health causes both locally and nationally by making Community Health Charities a part of their corporate culture. As many employers do, CIBA VISION added Community Health Charities to an existing giving campaign, and employees donated more than $115,000 in Georgia alone.

Community Health Charities of Georgia connects Georgia employees with the resources, services and volunteer opportunities of more than 40 participating health charities. Employees also have the opportunity to direct donations to the health charities of their choice through payroll deduction.

In Georgia and across the country, Community Health Charities is the only workplace giving program devoted exclusively to health.

For more information, including a complete list of participating health charities, visit

Chinook orientation flights held in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Civil Air Patrol members from Gwinnett and Walton County Composite Squadrons recently participated in orientation flights on one of the Georgia National Guard's CH-47D Chinook helicopters.

The helicopter and aircrew, based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, arrived at Briscoe Airport in Lawrenceville. The flight began with a walk-through of the helicopter, and three 40-minute orientation flights were conducted.

After each flight, the passengers were "hot rotated" out of the back of the helicopter - with 60-foot diameter rotor blades whirling above their heads and the Lycoming turbojets blowing hot JP-4 exhaust around them.

4-H Horse Club members win awards

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett 4-H Horse Club members competed earlier this month in the State 4-H Horse Show in Perry and brought home honors in several divisions.

Rachel Palinski won first place in Senior Western Pleasure and placed 10th overall in the Western division.

Amanda Davis won first place in Pony Hunter Under Saddle.

Brittany Davis took second place in Senior Dressage and 10th in Senior Open Jumping.

Savannah Harrison took fourth place in Senior Showmanship, second in Senior Hunter Under Saddle and placed 10th overall in the English division.

Celeste Monk took seventh place in Pony Hunter Under Saddle.

Laura McMillian qualified for Finals in the Arena Race.

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