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Only one Albany, only one Albany State

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Art Dunning, Hank Huckaby discuss Albany State University-Darton State College merger

Via: Terry Lewis, Albany Herald

ALBANY — The Georgia Board of Regents created perhaps the biggest controversy to hit higher education in Albany Tuesday morning when it voted unanimously to consolidate Albany State University and Darton State College under the umbrella of Albany State.

On Thursday, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Albany State President Art Dunning…

ASU and Darton to Consolidate

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Via: University System of Georgia

Atlanta — November 10, 2015

Albany State University (ASU) and Darton State College (DSC) will consolidate to form one institution under a new dynamic vision for public higher education. Today, the Board of Regents approved a proposal from Chancellor Hank Huckaby to consolidate the two institutions to increase education attainment levels and transform how the University System impacts southwest Georgia. Today’s action marks the fourth round of consolidation within the University System.

The new institution…

Albany State named best HBCU in Georgia

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Via Terry Lewis, Albany Herald

ALBANY — U.S. News & World Report has released this year’s list of top ranked colleges and universities, including ranking Albany State University as the No. 1 public Historically Black College and University in Georgia for the second year.

It also lists ASU among the nation’s top HBCUs. ASU made the cut at No. 13 among all public HBCUs in the nation.

“We provide an excellent education at Albany…

Bobby McKinney’s service pays debt to Albany, Dougherty County

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Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald

ALBANY — While many of his contemporaries are abandoning Southwest Georgia — for retirement getaways, to be with family, or in frustration brought about by abrupt change — Robert F. “Bobby” McKinney remains steadfast in his support of the community that he says “made me everything I am today.”

At 70, McKinney, the current chairman of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Dougherty County Board…

Exports keep Albany factories thriving

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Via Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission, sourced from Global Atlanta.

 

ALBANY, Ga. – An aircraft manufacturer teaches maintenance to a visitor from Cameroon. A chemical firm affixes Portuguese labels to Brazil-bound tubs. Across town, posters at a health products factory pitch their soothing powers in German.

All of these stories were playing out during a recent Global Atlanta tour of Albany with Next Generation Manufacturing, the southwest Georgia city better known for its fields than factories.

Here, MillerCoors beer is brewed, Mars chocolate is mixed and paper products…

ASU chemistry program gains accreditation

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Via Albany CEO

The Albany State University chemistry program received three-year certification by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training (CPT) for excellence in chemistry education.

The accreditation, the department’s first by the committee, validates the Albany State University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program as one that provides quality academic and training opportunities for students.

“This has been a long process, but one that the chemistry faculty has pursued rigorously because we know that we have a stellar…

Southwest Georgia 40 Under Forty recognized

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By: Brad McEwen, The Albany Herald

ALBANY — Business and community leaders turned out in force Thursday to honor some of Southwest Georgia’s best and brightest young leaders as the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and The Albany Herald presented this year’s 40 Under Forty class.

This year’s reception was held at Chehaw park’s Creekside Center where winners and their guests were treated to a formal lunch and given plaques commemorating their achievement.

4th grader sculpts Chamber of Commerce building from legos

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via Dougherty County School System

To boil it down to a single word, Nathan Le is simply talented. The 4th grade Lake Park Elementary School student held nothing back when his teacher assigned him and his classmates an art project with historical implications.

“We wanted to get as involved as possible in the Dougherty County Historic Preservation Commission Art Contest so I told the students to find a building or place that was more than 50 years old and to do…

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