Student tenor excels in vocal competition

LAWRENCEVILLE - Berry College student tenor Stephen Santana recently claimed the Verdi Prize in The Orpheus Vocal Competition sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Choral Society.

As one of seven finalists, Santana received glowing reviews from the judges' panel. He sang "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore," "Total Eclipse" from Handel's "Samson and Rodelinda," and a Spanish folk song arrangement called "Noche Serena."

Santana studies under Harry Musselwhite, senior lecturer in music and choral director at Berry. He is an early childhood education major and the son of Silvio Santana and Doris Quiros of Lawrenceville.

This is not the first time Santana has been honored for his voice. Last April, he earned first place in the Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition with a varied program featuring songs in Spanish, Italian and English. He also was the featured vocalist at Berry's recent Scholarship Night celebration.

Lawrenceville trucker achieves milestone

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville resident Frank Schaefer, a driver sales representative for Con-way Freight, recently reached a milestone in his career.

Since 1992, Schaefer has driven 1 million miles without having an accident. Con-way Freight plans to recognize his achievement in a ceremony at its Norcross service center, where he is based.

"Frank Schaefer's impressive accomplishment highlights the personal and professional commitment to safety of those of our employees who go behind the wheel of a truck every day and who make it their business to demonstrate superior safety performance on the highways, in our service centers and at our customers' facilities," said John G. Labrie, president of Con-way Freight.

Schaefer has been a professional truck driver for more than 30 years and has worked at Con-way Freight for 17 years. His route takes him from Norcross to Nashville, Tenn. Schaefer has been married to his wife, Julie, for 41 years and has two children: Kelley, 32, and Andy, 30. A car enthusiast, he is a member of the National Hot Rod Association.

GGC professor's paper wins Literati award

LAWRENCEVILLE - C. Douglas Johnson, an associate professor of management at Georgia Gwinnett College, was recently named a 2009 Literati Award for Excellence winner by the Emerald Literati Network.

Every year, the Emerald Literati Network invites each journal's editorial team to nominate what they believe has been that title's "Outstanding Paper" and up to three "Highly Commended Papers" from the previous 12 months.

Johnson's paper has been included among these and his article titled "The effects of sensitive symbols on class project selection decisions" published in Equal Opportunities International has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009.

The award winning papers were chosen following consultation amongst the journal's editorial team, many of whom are eminent academics or managers. His paper was selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2008.

Hall County offices to be closed Monday

GAINESVILLE - Hall County's administrative offices will be closed Monday for a furlough day.

To compensate for revenue shortfalls due to the struggling economy, the Hall County Board of Commissioners has implemented a countywide furlough of one unpaid day off per month. All county administrative offices will be closed on Monday for this purpose.

Public safety, landfill and some public works personnel will operate as usual.

Hudgens Center enrolling for summer camp

LAWRENCEVILLE - The D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center at Gwinnett Technical College is now accepting enrollment for its summer day camp, Camp Imagination Station.

Camp Imagination Station is a specialized summer camp program for children who will be entering kindergarten through second grade in the fall. Children must be 5 by Sept. 1 to be eligible.

The camp will run from May 26 to July 31. Daily hours will be 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children may be enrolled for the entire session or on a weekly basis. The cost is $150 per week or $50 per day.

Camp Imagination Station offers low child-teacher ratios and several fun and educational activities, including weekly field trips, outdoor and water games, a dramatic play village, an Italian-style Atelier studio with a large variety of materials and media to use in child-directed art, an inventor's warehouse with materials and machines that can be taken apart and put back together, and access to multimedia labs and unique learning centers such as computers, a listening center, a library and writing areas.

To enroll in Camp Imagination Station, call 678-226-6510 or visit


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