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Dalai Lama coming to Emory, Gwinnett

Dalai Lama coming to Emory, Gwinnett

ATLANTA -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama will return to metro Atlanta this fall for a series of events.

The Dalai Lama is a Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University and will be on campus Oct. 8-10.

He will also give a public talk at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday, Oct. 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will feature two lectures -- "The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village," and a panel discussion called "Secular Ethics and Education."

Tickets go on sale this week and include admission to both talks. They can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 26.

To buy tickets, called the Arena at Gwinnett Center box office at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX or visit gwinnettcenter.com.

JC Penney ousts CEO Ron Johnson

JC Penney ousts CEO Ron Johnson

NEW YORK -- J.C. Penney is naming Mike Ullman as its new CEO.

He takes over for Ron Johnson, who is leaving the company.

Ullman was head of the Plano, Texas-based department store chain prior to Johnson's appointment to the top spot in an effort to halt the chain's sliding earnings.

Johnson came under pressure after his turnaround strategy failed to win over shoppers. His drastic changes included slashing the number of sales in favor of everyday low prices, bringing in hipper designer brands such as Betsy Johnson and remaking outdated stores.

J.C. Penney shares dropped 42 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $15.45 in after-hours trading.

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Charles "Chip" Moore has been appointed manager of Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police Chief Charles Walters chose Moore for the job after conducting two nationwide searches. Moore's first day in his new role was Mar. 30.

The job won't be too difficult for Moore to fill -- prior to his appointment, he was serving as interim manager.

"Over the last 13 months, Chip has exhibited the highest quality leadership and concern for the needs of Gwinnett County citizens and employees of the shelter," Walters said in a statement. "His appointment is a key factor in the continual improvement of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section."

Under Moore's temporary leadership, the county's animal volunteer program grew, and Gwinnett saw an increase in adoption rates and decrease in euthanasia rates.

Duluth HS instructor named top Ga. strings teacher

Duluth HS instructor named top Ga. strings teacher

DULUTH, Ga. -- Dr. Peter Lemonds was recently named Georgia's top teacher by the American String Teachers Association.

The Duluth High School orchestra co-director has nearly 30 years of teaching experience. He also works as lead teacher for school orchestras throughout Gwinnett County.

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Lemonds earned his doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also holds a master's degree in music from Louisiana State University and bachelor's degrees in psychology and music from the University of the South.

School district names new COO

School district names new COO

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Daniel Jardine has been named the Gwinnett County School District's new Chief Operations Officer.

Jardine's appointment was announced at the Gwinnett County Board of Education's February meeting.

In his new position, he will oversee construction, building maintenance, risk management and transportation, among other divisions in the district.

Jardine's experience includes facility planning and service work in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Carter and Associates, a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta.

Jardine earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

He replaces longtime Gwinnett County School District COO Jim Steele, who retired in November.

Duluth MS teacher named Ga. Middle School Science Teacher of the Year

Duluth MS teacher named Ga. Middle School Science Teacher of the Year

DULUTH, Ga. -- Jennifer Burley, a science teacher at Duluth Middle School, is the 2013 Georgia Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.

The Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) presented Burley with her award during its annual banquet last weekend.

Burley has taught seventh grade science at Duluth Middle since 2004. She was the school's Teacher of the Year for the 2009-10 school year.

Burley has a bachelor's degree in geology and environmental science and policy from Clemson University, a master's degree in science education from Georgia State University and a specialist's degree in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College.

Learn more about the GSTA at georgiascienceteacher.org.