Monday, September 20, 2010

Clayton State to Celebrate GALILEO’s 15th Birthday Tomorrow

There’s a party going on at Clayton State University on Tuesday, Sept. 21. It’s a birthday party for GALILEO, the core on-line resource for the libraries and media centers of Georgia. And, there’s no more appropriate place to celebrate this anniversary than beside the Clayton State Library.

Georgia's electronic library that links the University System of Georgia (USG), the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), K-12 schools, private institutions, and public libraries, has been a national model program from its inception. And, although GALILEO (which stands for GeorgiA Library LEarning Online) serves the entire state of Georgia, the project has especially strong ties to Clayton State. The chair of the original USG committee than got GALILEO up and running in less than 150 days was former Clayton State President Dr. Richard A. Skinner. In addition, the USG’s main partner in GALILEO, the Georgia DTAE, was once headed up by another former Clayton State administrator, former Interim President Michael F. Vollmer. Furthermore, Clayton State Dean of Libraries, Dr. Gordon Baker, is the immediate past chair of the GALILEO Steering Committee.

The University System launched GALILEO using special initiative funding from then-Governor Zell Miller and General Assembly of Georgia in 1995. Within 150 days of funding, thanks to Skinner’s committee, GALILEO was available at the University System¹s 34 colleges and universities. Shortly thereafter, access was broadened to include private academic libraries, technical colleges, public libraries and public schools. GALILEO is currently available through 2500 institutions.

“Way back in 1995, long before Google, GALILEO helped bring the University System of Georgia libraries, students, faculty, and staff the ability to search indexes and retrieve full-text materials on this new thing called the `World Wide Web,’ using something called `ASCII text,’” recalls Baker. “For many of these users, GALILEO was their first introduction to the Internet, much less graphical interfaces, as well as the benefits this technology had for learning and research. In fact, GALILEO helped put public computers into the University System libraries and provided fax machines for interlibrary loan articles, at time when some campuses had a single fax machine in the President’s office. Institutions that had only a few journals suddenly had access to hundreds of journals.”

The Clayton State University Library will celebrate GALILEO’s 15th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 21, on Main Street of the James M. Baker University Center (right in front of the Library entrance) with birthday cake to be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the cake runs out.)

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Morrow Celebrates Our Nation’s Independence

The City of Morrow will celebrate our nation’s independence when it presents SummerFest on the Green 2010. SummerFest on the Green takes place on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., rain or shine, at Olde Towne Morrow, which is next to Southlake Mall in Morrow.

SummerFest is a fun-filled evening for families, city residents, and visitors to the city. The evening includes games and activities for children, a rock wall, and more. This year’s entertainment will include thrilling performances by The Party Nation with special guests Eleven Standing Still and Herb Jones and Friends.

The evening concludes with metro Atlanta’s best fireworks extravaganza.

Admission is free; however, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

SummerFest is known for having large crowds, big excitement, and unforgettable memories. This year’s event will be no different! The City of Morrow is located 14 miles south of downtown Atlanta. For more information about SummerFest on the Green 2010, please visit http://www.morrowtourism.com/events.htm or call 770-968-1623. For more information about the City of Morrow and the Morrow Tourist Center, visit http://www.morrowtourism.com/ or call 770-968-1623.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Morrow’s Woodstone Condominiums Gets Neighborhood Watch

The City of Morrow will be implementing something new for the residents of the Woodstone Condominiums: a Neighborhood Watch Program. This will be the first Neighborhood Watch Program for the Woodstone Condominiums and for the City of Morrow. Like other Morrow neighborhoods, Woodstone Condominiums will also become a “PROUD Neighborhood.” The start of the two programs in the Woodstone Condominiums is in conjunction with a four day volunteer project labeled Morrow’s “Community within a Community Project.” The Morrow Business and Tourism Association, Volunteers for Communities and 20 students visiting from Boston College will help with the project.

The students from Boston College will help the residents of Woodstone Condominiums with painting, scraping, clearing, cleaning, carrying, lifting, tossing and any other activity required to help enhance the quality of life for the residents. At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2010, the City of Morrow will have a tent set-up in the neighborhood for residents to meet with members of the Morrow Police Department and other City employees. There will also be a special “Big Reveal” to celebrate the project’s completion.

The students of Boston College are visiting through a program called Volunteers for Communities (VfC). VfC is a program of the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (Southeast RCAP) based in Roanoke, Virginia. The program trains communities throughout the Southeast to host volunteers and to help build community leadership. If you are interested in this program for your community, please contact VfC at (276) 699-1493.

The Volunteers for Communities program is a unique project which matches college student volunteers with communities in need of assistance with water and wastewater system improvements or economic development projects. These volunteers assist in a variety of ways such as painting houses and other buildings, digging trenches and laying pipes, and rehabilitating and weatherizing houses.

For more information about the Volunteers for Communities program, please contact Michael Sakowitz Twomey, President & Executive Director of the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, at 678-614-3824 or mtwomey@cityofmorrow.com. For more information about Southeast RCAP and VfC, visit http://www.southeastrcap.org/.
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