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Local news briefs 2/12/14

Darton hosting regional science and engineering fair Friday

ALBANY — More than 200 area middle and high school students will compete in the 42nd Annual Darton State College Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Friday.

The fair will be held throughout the day in Darton’s recreation gym, and conclude at 6:30 p.m. with the awards presentation, which will be held in the Darton Theatre. The exhibits will open to the public at 7 p.m.

Invitations will be extended to the top exhibitors to attend the state fair in Athens March 27-29. The top competitor at the Darton State College Science Fair will represent Southwest Georgia at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles May 11-16.

For more information on the science and engineering fair, contact Doug Wyatt, assistant professor of biology, at (229) 317-6964.

Friday deadline for Leadership Lee participation

LEESBURG — Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s Leadership Lee program has until Friday to submit an application.

The program conducted by the Lee County Chamber of Commerce attempts to enhance leadership opportunities for Lee residents by increasing their knowledge of the community’s strengths and resources.

The first class begins Feb. 20 with other classes set for Feb. 27, March 6, March 20 and March 27. For additional information, contact Lesley Barbosa at (229) 759-2422 or email lbarbosa@lee.ga.us by Friday.

ASU Lecture Series to Present visual artist, illustrator and author

ALBANY — The Albany State University Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship will host award winning scholar, visual artist, illustrator, and author Synthia Saint James at 9:50 a.m. Thursday in the student center ballroom located on the campus.

The illustrator will also hold a master class focused on fine arts at 1 p.m. in Holley Hall Room 13.

Saint James, most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the United States Postal Service in 1997, received a History Maker Award, and was recognized for the cover art of Terry McMillan’s book “Waiting to Exhale”.

Her artwork is showcased in group exhibitions from Paris, Seoul, Stockholm and Quebec. She created an award for Africare which was presented to Nelson Mandela for Lifetime Achievement in 2010, and she created for Diversity Woman Magazine, “A Mosaic Woman Award”, one of which was presented to Dr. Maya Angelou.

Saint James is the author and illustrator of 17 children’s books, an autobiographical art marketing book, three poetry books, a book of affirmations, and a cookbook.