Dr. Rossbacher said, "I've been nominated for opportunities at other universities, and I allowed my name to be put forward in a couple of these cases because the geology of the areas was so interesting - New Mexico and Alaska, both have a remarkable variety of rock types and geologic features.
"Because my husband and I are both geologists, we decided to take a look, but I can't emphasize enough that I'm delighted to be working with the students, faculty, staff and community here at Southern Polytechnic."
PLANNING AND INITIAL construction is under way on MUST Ministries' state-of-the-art medical facility, which will increase patient treatment addressing the needs of more than 10,000 needy families, reminds MUST board member and Cobb Chamber chair Rob Garcia. MUST is hoping to raise $750,000 for the clinic, which will be part of MUST's new headquarters one mile north of the Elizabeth Inn campus on Cobb Parkway.
MUST serves those living in poverty with food, clothing, education, employment and financial aid. The new building will allow it to serve an increase in clients during these tough economic times. For info or to donate, call (678) 218-4480 or visit www.mustministries.org.
EVENTS: The annual softball game between the Marietta Kiwanis Club and the Marietta Rotary Club will be at 2 p.m. May 2 at Southern Poly after a 12:30 lunch and warm-ups by both teams. Contact Michael Strakes at email@example.com. Neither club has had a female member step forward to play as yet. ...
Speaking at this week's Kiwanis Club will be retired Navy Capt. Don Giles on "Protecting the Sea Lanes and America's Commerce." The club this week will meet at St. James Episcopal Church instead of at its usual digs at the Marietta Conference Center.
LAURETTA HANNON - described by Southern Living magazine as "the funniest woman in Georgia" - will be the star attraction at The Cracker Queen Porch Party on May 1 at Judith Ann Photography at 4217 Marietta St., in downtown Powder Springs. Hannon, a Powder Springs resident and National Public Radio commentator, is the author of "The Cracker Queen - A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life." She'll be doing a reading and also unveil a photo exhibit showcasing the real-life characters and events in her autobiography.
The free event will take place from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., with profits from the book sales going to benefit the Christian Aid Mission Partnership. For more info, call (770) 943-6222.
MDJ EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR and author Joe Kirby will be mixing drinks as "celebrity bartender" at an April 25 jewelry launch party/benefit for the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. The launch/benefit will take place from 2-5 p.m. at the east Cobb home of Joni House, 571 Aven Road, Marietta, and will feature the designs of TribalOne Jewelry and Accessories. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the operating fund campaign for the Y's domestic violence shelter, according to Y director Holly Comer.
For more info or to RSVP e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jamie Georgia at (404) 969-2010.
The YWCA of Northwest Georgia provides the only shelter for victims of domestic violence in the area. While it has launched a capital campaign to improve the shelter, its ongoing operating expenses are still considerable.
THE COBB LANDMARKS & HISTORICAL SOCIETY will hold its 20th annual spring garden party and heirloom plant sale the weekend of April 23.
The plant sale will take place April 23-24 and will feature old-fashioned perennials, new and unusual varieties, as well as heirloom tomatoes and veggies.
The "Party in the Garden" will take place at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Mossy Rock Subdivision home of Melissa and Ben Worley. Tickets for that event are $40 per person. Both events will benefit the Root House Museum. For more, visit www.cobblandmarks.com.
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS from Holy Family Catholic Church in east Cobb will sponsor their 14th annual Carpenter Open Golf Tournament on June 7. The first tourney in 1971 raised $1,400 for local charities. The tournament through the years has brought in nearly $114,000, reports spokesman Phil Pennartz. This year's scramble-format event at Indian Hills Country Club will feature a $125 registration fee, which includes green fees, golf cart, giveaways, breakfast and buffet lunch.
For more info, visit (770) 971-2605.
POLITICS: More than 150 people attended the Quail Supper last week hosted by Sheriff Neil Warren and former Sheriff Bill Hutson honoring Georgia Senate District 32 candidate Lynda Coker. ... The intersection of Roswell and Atlanta streets will be closed April 12-23 to connect a new water main and install brick crosswalks. ... The Cobb Chamber's next Business-After-Hours is on April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Gallery at Paper Mill Village in east Cobb. Contact Kristen Conyers at (770) 859-2320 or e-mail email@example.com.
TODAY IS THE DEADLINE for reserving space on the bus shuttle to the Georgia Tea Party's "Tax Day Tea Party" rally April 15 at the Capitol in Atlanta. Buses will leave at 4:30 p.m. that day at the Sears Outlet (old Kmart) parking lot across from the Big Chicken on Roswell Street. Suggested donation is $20 per person. Special guests at the event will include Ginni Thomas, Chairman of Liberty Central and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; country singer John Berry and Ralph Reed. For more, go to www.thegeorgiateaparty.org.
THE NATIONAL PANHELLENIC COUNCIL ORGANIZATIONS OF METRO ATLANTA will present a discussion on Georgia's response to the passage of the health care reform bill at 7 p.m. tonight, featuring state Attorney General Thurbert Baker, reports MDJ Lifestyle editor Davia Mosely. Baker has declined requests from Gov. Sonny Perdue that he join other state attorney generals in filing suit against the new law. The event will take place at the West Hunter Street Baptist Church on 1040 Ralph Abernathy Blvd., S.W., Atlanta.
MORE EVENTS: Four free guided bird walks of 2.5 miles, lasting three hours, are set at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park on April 17, 21, 24 and 28, beginning at the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 7:30 a.m., rain or shine. Bird walks are guided by either Chuck Saleeby or Giff Beaton, the latter the author of "Birding Georgia, A Guide to Finding Birds in Georgia." Beaton offers a free bird checklist for the park, available upon request at the visitor center. Call (770) 427-4686 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ... The Cobb Library Foundation will host its second "Meet the Author" quarterly luncheon event at 11:30 a.m. on May 3 at the Georgian Club near Cumberland Mall. William Morton, author of "The Story of Georgia's Boundaries," will speak and have books available for sale and signing. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation's Gail Rogers Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance for those library staffers pursuing a master's degree in library science. Morton will discuss the story of how the state of Georgia was shaped. More than mere lines on a map, the boundaries of today's Georgia reflect wars, treaties, political maneuvering, litigation, heroic actions and even human error. For tickets or more information, call (770) 528-2196 or visit www.cobbcat.org.
MAKE PLANS TO MEET at the First United Methodist Church of Marietta's Polk Street Park on Saturday, April 10, at 8 a.m. to support the inaugural "Marietta Rotary Club's Park-to-Park Fun Run Event." The course goes from Polk Street Park to Kennesaw Mountain Park and then back to Polk Street for the 10K. The 5K allows runners and walkers to enjoy a detour off Kennesaw Avenue through residential Keeler Woods. First United Methodist Church of Marietta hosts the event to support two of Cobb's most proven ministry groups: The Extension and The Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb. The race is a USATF certified event and both 5K and 10K races are timed.
Following the Fun Run, First Methodist will host an after race family cook-out in its Polk Street Park for the runners, walkers and guests. To register go to "Active.com or the Rotary Club of Marietta Web site. T-shirts will be awarded to participants.