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Gwinnett Tech president Sharon Bartels to retire

Gwinnett Tech president Sharon Bartels to retire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Sharon Bartels, who has served as president of Gwinnett Technical College since 1996, will retire May 1.

Bartels has led the school during significant growth. Gwinnett Tech now has nine buildings -- seven more than in 1996 -- and plans to open a satellite location in north Fulton County in early 2015.

A committee to find a new president will likely be announced in early April, according to Technical College System of Georgia spokesman Mike Light.

An interim president will be named at the appropriate time, Gwinnett Tech spokeswoman Dana Urrutia said.

Bartels, 59, told the Gwinnett Daily Post in a 2013 interview, "When you're my age, and you look at what's important about life, you see your family."

New principals named to 2 Gwinnett high schools

New principals named to 2 Gwinnett high schools

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools has named new leaders at two of its high schools.

Kerensa Wing is the latest principal of Collins Hill High School. She comes to Collins Hill from Lanier High School, where she was also principal. She replaces outgoing principal Glenn McFall, who retired last month.

Wing began her career in Gwinnett County in 1990 as a teacher at Shiloh High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Oglethorpe University, a master's degree in social studies from Georgia State University and a specialist's degree in educational leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

Dana Pugh has been named principal of Grayson High School. He will move to Grayson from Bay Creek Middle School as soon as current principal David Hopson retires at the end of January.

Vince Lombardi play coming to Aurora Theatre

Vince Lombardi play coming to Aurora Theatre

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A play about legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi will be staged at the Aurora Theatre this winter.

Lombardi enjoyed a brief run on Broadway in 2010 and 2011 -- appropriately, at the same time the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV and took home the Lombardi trophy. The play is based on the book When Pride Still Mattered -- A Life of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss.

RELATED | Aurora Theatre wins Outstanding Musical at 2013 Suzi Awards

Aurora favorite Bart Hansard will play the title character, while Carolyn Cook will make her debut at the Lawrenceville theater in the role of Lombardi's wife Marie.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

ATLANTA -- Many of metro Atlanta's most talented performers, directors and theater crew members descended on DeKalb County Monday night for the 2013 Suzi Bass Awards.

Every year, the Suzis honor the best theater productions in the area. Awards are given in two areas -- plays and musicals.

THE SUZI AWARDS | Meet this year's nominees
THE SUZI AWARDS | Who won last year?

The Aurora Theatre's staging of Les Misérables was one of this year's big winners. It took home five Suzi Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 2013 Suzi Bass Awards ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

WHO'S NOMINATED? | Meet this year's Suzi Awards nominees

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre. The duo started the Little Five Point theater company in 1979. Today, it's one of metro Atlanta's most popular and respected theaters.

RELATED | 7 Stages announces 2013-14 season

The winner of this year's Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for an outstanding play penned by a local writer will also be revealed at Monday's ceremony.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include: