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Class Notes: Gainesville City Schools hosting meal program
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Gainesville City Schools will host a summer meal program open to the public through June 28 at Gainesville Middle School.

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s School Nutrition Program.

Children 18 years and younger are eligible to eat at no cost. Adult charges are $1.50 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch.

People interested in participating may contact Michelle Bell or Louvenia Richardson at 770-534-4237.

Flowery Branch High School teacher up for national award

Ricky Darracott, a teacher at Flowery Branch High School, has been selected for the inaugural class of Teacher Hall of Fame for Sports Career Consulting, LLC.

The sports marketing company, based in Portland, Ore., is interested in “creating the best sports business education experiences in and out of classrooms” in the United States.

According to his profile on the SCC’s Facebook page, Darracott has incorporated sports education marketing into his classes at the high school for years.

“I started the class because there was a demand for SEM from both genders and all ages of students in every grade,” Darracott wrote. “Sports and marketing go hand in hand, in my opinion.”

Voting is now open. People may vote by going to, and then by selecting ‘Like’ on the uploaded Flowery Branch logo under the ‘Photos’ section of the page. The top three contestants with the greatest number of ‘Likes’ will be inducted into the company’s inaugural Hall of Fame.

UNG welcomes new associate dean, marketing manager to university

Dr. Russell Teasley, associate professor of management and international business, has been named associate dean for the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. He will be responsible for managing internal operations of the college and its faculty.

Prior to joining UNG’s faculty in 2006, Teasley served as a graduate professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. Throughout his career, Teasley has served in both academic and private industry roles, including positions with the University of South Carolina and University of Tokyo.

“As a tenured member of the college’s faculty, Dr. Teasley’s experience in academics, entrepreneurship, international business and management will provide a great deal of leadership for our internal stakeholders,” said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

Also, Nick Kastner has been named marketing manager, a new position within the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

In this role, Kastner will direct and implement marketing strategies for the college, Cottrell MBA Program, BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership and the Center for the Future of North Georgia, Mayo said.

Prior to joining the Mike Cottrell College of Business, Kastner served as interactive marketing director for Red Clay Interactive, a digital marketing agency.

“Nick’s experience in industry and expertise in the area of digital marketing will be a tremendous asset,” Mayo said.

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