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Coming home: Young professionals return to Albany


By Carlton Fletcher, The Albany Herald

March 15, 2015

ALBANY — Stephen Dervan remembers all too well the conversation he had with himself some 14 years ago when he left Albany “for good.”

“I remember thinking, ‘I love my family, I love my friends and I love my church,’” said Dervan, the associate pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church. “But I also remember thinking, ‘Albany is a great place to be from.’ I told myself as I looked in…

Albany Community Heroes go ‘above and beyond’


By Brad McEwen, The Albany Herald

January 29, 2015

ALBANY — Albany civic leaders honored a handful individuals and organizations working to make Albany and Dougherty County a great place to live and work at the first ever Community Heroes Recognition Luncheon held Wednesday at the Albany Museum of Art.

Presented by Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (EDC) as part of the “There’s Only One Albany” marketing campaign, the Community Heroes luncheon gave the organization a chance…

“There’s Only One Albany” 2015 Community Hero Winners Announced


On January 28, 2015 the “There’s Only One Albany” campaign hosted its first 2015 Community Heroes Recognition Luncheon to honor eight individuals and entities in Albany. “There’s Only One Albany” is about restoring community pride and rediscovering what makes Albany so special. The Community Heroes program provided the residents of Albany the opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations that go above and beyond — and likely receive little recognition — to make Albany an even better place to…

Albany Tech Instructor Receives ASU’s 50 Under 50 Award


Dr. Marla Fowler-Jackson, English and Humanities instructor at Albany Technical College, recently received
the “50 Under 50” award, which honors the rising stars of Albany State University’s alumni family who lead
with excellence and serve as passionate, loyal and committed Golden Rams.

Jackson-Fowler received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and an additional master’s degree
in Public Administration from Albany State University. She also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from
Walden University and has authored two books, Climbing the Ladder to…

Albany State University as a Top School in Military Magazine


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Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Albany State University as a “top school” in its 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities. The publication measures best practices in military and veteran education. The guide was released in the December issue of MAE, and is available online at

The guide designed for men and women in uniform presents results of a questionnaire about military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year,…

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission Receives International Gold Award for Video Campaign


The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission’s video campaign featuring the “We Are Albany” and “Made in Albany” videos received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The gold award, the most prestigious offered, was received in the category of Video/Multimedia Promotion for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000.

“Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality…

Theatre Albany Garners Six Awards at State Convention


Theatre Albany took home six awards Saturday night at the 50th Georgia Theatre Conference’s Annual Awards Ceremony held at the River Center for the Performing Arts in Columbus, GA.  The Theatre’s production of “The Lady of Larkspur Lotion” by Tennessee Williams was named Best Production at the Community Theatre Festival.  Also garnering awards were Jennifer Kirk Bowers for Best Actress, Eddie McCarty for Best Supporting Actor and Mark Costello for Best Director.  Joy Johnson was named to the All-Star…

Albany Technical College Appoints Angela Robinson as the New Associate Dean of Early Childhood Care and Education Program


Albany Technical College has appointed a new Associate Dean of the Early Childhood Care and
Education Program, Angela Robinson. Angela has previously served as the Director of the Early Childhood Care and Education Child Development Demonstration Center at Albany Tech.

A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Angela has worked with Albany Tech for several years. She was initially hired as the Program Chair for the Early Childhood Care and Education program and has also served as the Director of the Early Childhood Care…

Westover Student Wins $20,000 Travel Scholarship


Westover Comprehensive High School student, Lora McCurdy, recently won a drawing for a $20,000 educational travel scholarship from Education First. Lora is a Spanish student at Westover and will use the scholarship to participate in the Spanish Department’s 2015 summer program in Costa Rica.

Education First (EF) is an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange. EF partners with educators across the world to create global education programs that blend classroom,…

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