- Created on 28 November 2012
Free training sessions geared to helping friends and family members manage Alzheimer's disease symptoms and behaviors are available online at www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com from Home Instead, Inc.
The recently launched Alzheimer's CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM program is a first-of-its-kind training program that addresses current and future needs by offering family members a fresh approach to Alzheimer's care. The approach encourages mental engagement to help relatives remain safely at home and in familiar surroundings as long as possible, and family members learn to immerse themselves in the mindsets of their loved ones to help manage difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Approximately 80 percent of Alzheimer's home care is provided by family members. The Alzheimer's CARE program, based on input from renowned aging and dementia experts, offers them a much-needed resource for coping with challenges presented by the disease while maintaining their loved one's dignity and helping them live more fulfilling lives.
"As the Baby Boomer population continues to age, it is essential for current and future caregivers to be educated and prepared on how to manage behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease," said Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of Home Instead, Inc. "We hope that by reaching such a wide audience, more family caregivers will be equipped with the proper knowledge and tools to face the everyday challenges of the disease."
- Created on 23 November 2012
Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) has appointed Emory sociology professor Tyrone Forman, a renowned scholar of social change, race and ethnic relations, as its new director. Forman is leading the institute's work to build the JWJI as a national destination for interdisciplinary public scholarship and teaching on all aspects of modern civil rights, race and difference.
Forman's appointment completes the merger begun last year of the original JWJI and the university's Race and Difference Strategic Initiative, and sets the stage for an expansion of the institute's original vision, including a deepening of rigorous scholarly exploration combined with a broadening of public scholarship that engages the Emory community, Atlanta and beyond. Forman formerly co-directed the race and difference initiative.
One major initiative of the JWJI will be the Atlanta Area Study (AAS), a multi-disciplinary, collaborative initiative that seeks to strengthen research, teaching, and public decision-making related to race, difference and public policy. The present-day metro-Atlanta area, combined with its rich history, creates a complex case study for such scholarship and teaching, Forman says.
- Created on 09 November 2012
The KPMG Foundation has awarded Kerri-Ann Sanderson a $10,000 KPMG Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship to pursue her accounting doctorate at Georgia State University. The scholarship, renewed for the 2012-2013 academic year, is renewable for up to five years at $10,000 a year.
Since 1994, the KPMG Foundation has awarded over $10 million to 309 African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American scholars pursuing doctorate degrees, as part of its ongoing commitment to increase the representation of minority students and professors in business schools.
Today, 184 of those scholarship recipients have successfully completed their doctoral program and are professors at universities throughout the country. Furthermore, 74 minorities are currently enrolled in accounting doctoral programs, and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.
Sanderson began her doctoral studies at Georgia State University in 2008. Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation, believes Sanderson "has demonstrated that dedication, hard work and ambition pay off. Like all our scholarship recipients, she is key to our country's future and we look forward to following her success after graduation."
The KPMG Foundation Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship program aims to further increase the completion rate among African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American doctoral students in accounting, and is part of a larger commitment by the KPMG Foundation to increase minority representation not only in accounting programs at colleges and universities, but in the American work force.
The program complements The Ph.D. Project, a separate 501(c) (3) organization that the KPMG Foundation founded in 1994, which recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs in all business disciplines. Since its inception in 1994, The Ph.D. Project has increased the number of minority business professors from 294 to 1,168.
The Project attacks the root cause of minority under-representation in corporate jobs: historically, very few minority college students study business as an entrée to a corporate career. Diversifying the faculty attracts more minorities to study business and better prepares all students to function in a diverse workforce.
The KPMG Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation. The foundation operates on donations from KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm.
- Created on 21 November 2012
Perhaps best known for his role in the hip hop group Public Enemy, rapper Chuck D is set to deliver a lecture later this month at the University of Georgia titled ''Rap, Race and Reality.''
The event, scheduled for Nov. 27, is sponsored by the university's student union and will be held in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center.
Chuck D, Public Enemy's front man, became a hip-hop fixture in the late 1980s with the group recording songs speaking to the social, political and economic issues facing urban communities.
The Banner-Herald of Athens reports the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free for students. Tickets are $5 for the general public.
- Created on 09 November 2012
Local personalities and government officials – including Superintendent Erroll Davis, Atlanta Public School leadership, Atlanta Falcons football players and Homer the Brave – surprised eight outstanding educators in Atlanta Public Schools recently with grants from the Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). The grants will help fund innovative classroom projects that will improve students' access to quality education.
The following educators were named 2012 AFAEE winners:
• Vanessa Evans – KIPP STRIVE Academy,
fifth grade teacher
• Stephanie Jones – KIPP STRIVE Academy,
fifth grade English language arts teacher
• Erik Herndon – Young Middle School, eighth
• Dr. Evelyn Mobley – West End Academy,
• Nicole Bartig – Sarah Smith Elementary
School, kindergarten teacher
• Brittany Beaumont – Springdale Park
Elementary, first grade teacher
• Bethany Paquette – Drew Charter School,
third and fourth grade special education teacher
• Peter McKnight – South Atlanta School of
Law & Social Justice, principal
Since its inception in 2005, AFAEE has recognized outstanding teachers and school leaders for their commitment to excellence, while aiming to create a platform to further award winners' success in APS, retain motivated educators and attract like-minded individuals to the district. Each winner was awarded $7,500, which includes funding for a school project of the winner's choice ($3,500), funding for a professional development opportunity to increase the winner's effectiveness in the school or classroom ($1,500) and a personal stipend ($2,500).
"The opportunity to award these amazing educators is what drives our organization. Their passion is contagious and their dedication to creating a brighter future for APS students is impossible to ignore," said Prescott Miller, board chair of AFAEE. "Our partners look forward to seeing the impact the winners' projects will have on the lives of their students."
AFAEE has raised more than $1 million to recognize and honor highly effective APS Educators. For more information or to nominate a teacher for the 2013 awards, visit ww.atlantafamilies.org.