Local educators meet with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: Area educators in Washington, D.C., with the annual Rome Floyd Chamber trip to the nation’s capital spent time with the nation’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, on Thursday. Dr. Tony Daniel, chair of the Floyd County Board of Education, said the group discussed key issues in public education, including recruitment and retention of teachers.
Today at noon, the Exchange Club of Rome will hold the annual A.C..E awards program. A.C.E. stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence. This program recognizes high school students who have had to overcome great physical, emotional, or social obstacles and are now ready for high school graduation.
Each student is required to submit two narratives of no more than 250 words each. The first describes in their own words the event or events in their lives of which they are most proud. The second narrative must describe their plans for the future to make their community and world a better place to live. A.C.E. award candidates will be judged based on the challenges they have overcome in order to achieve excellence and the content of the essays as far as providing convincing credibility of what the writer experienced and has expressed.
The local winner is eligible for district competition. Winners at the district level then have an opportunity to compete for the National A.C.E. Award. Taking part are students from Armuchee, Coosa, Model, Pepperell and Rome high schools.
The club meet’s at Sweet P’s at the Palladium beginning at noon.
The director of the University of Mississippi’s Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies is this year’s featured speaker for the annual Buzz and Barbara McCoy Lecture on Southern Women Writers March 20.
English Professor Jaime Harker will discuss her new book, “The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement and the Queer Literary Canon” at 7:30 p.m. at Berry College Memorial Library Sandbox. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Harker has published essays on Japanese translation, popular women writers of the interwar period, Oprah’s book club, William Faulkner, Cold War gay literature and women’s and gay liberation literature. She is the author of “America the Middlebrow: Women’s Novels, Progressivism and Middlebrow Authorship Between the Wars” and “Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America.” She also is co-editor of two collections of critical essays, one on gay pulp fiction and the other on Oprah’s Book Club.
The lecture series honors the generosity of Berry alumna Barbara Mote McCoy and her husband, Buzz. Barbara McCoy graduated from Berry in 1961 with a degree in English and later provided leadership as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the college’s successful $100 million Century Campaign. Buzz McCoy is a nationally recognized writer and teacher of business ethics who has served as executive-in-residence for the graduate business schools at Stanford University and Notre Dame and as adjunct professor for the Pacific School of Religion, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the University of Southern California’s graduate real estate program. The retired Morgan Stanley executive has authored many works on the subjects of business ethics and real estate finance, including the Harvard Business Review classic, “The Parable of the Sadhu.”
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