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Class Notes: Lanier Academy students get 9/11 lesson
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Students at Lanier Career Academy learned Thursday that the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001,  included both courageous men and women and their K-9 helpers.

Some of the students were immigrants who are new the country and had little prior knowledge of 9/11, said Lynn Murphy, the teacher who organized the event in which a group of 60 students got to see local search and rescue dogs at work.

The search-and-rescue team from the Dawson County Fire Department visited students at the school Thursday to demonstrate the skills and importance of the dogs. Assistant Chief Tim Satterfield and Chief Training Officer Danny Speaks gave a slideshow of local K-9-assisted search-and-rescue operations and then staged live demonstrations of the dogs’ specialized skills.

Murphy said students even got to participate in the demonstrations.

“We took two kids into the woods,” she said. “I told the kids to zig-zag (as they walked), and of course the dogs went exactly where the children had been.”

Students also saw the dogs respond to hand commands and search for a hidden officer.

Murphy said the demonstration was especially important for the newly immigrated students.

“These guys had never heard of 9/11, and that’s why I wanted them to understand,” she said. “Some of them were acquired by immigration K-9’s, and I wanted them to see K-9’s in a good light.”

Brenau, UNG ranked by US News and World Report on regional universities

Brenau University and the University of North Georgia have both been included in two different university rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

Both schools made the top 75 for best regional universities in the South and the top 25 for best regional universities for veterans in the South.

Brenau tied for 12th and UNG ranked 24th out of 41 rankings for best regional universities in the South for veterans. On the general list of best regional universities in the South, Brenau tied for 43rd and UNG tied for 60th out of 92 ranked.

The regional universities category includes schools that offer many undergraduate programs, some master’s degree programs and few doctoral programs, according to the U.S. News and World Report website.

UNG offers one doctoral program in physical therapy and Brenau offers three in physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing practice.

All three of Brenau’s doctoral programs are new, with the physical therapy program beginning next year, the occupational therapy program beginning this year, and the nursing practice program producing its first graduates earlier this year.

The best colleges for veterans list includes only schools that participate in federal initiatives that assist veterans in obtaining degrees. Schools must be members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, be certified for the G.I. Bill and participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program to be ranked.

Other factors considered for inclusion in both lists include cost of attendance, acceptance rate, retention rate and graduation rate.

At UNG, the acceptance rate was listed at 60.3 percent, the freshman retention rate was 79 percent and the six-year graduation rate was 52 percent. At Brenau, the rates were 78.3 percent, 69 percent and 46 percent, respectively.

Jennifer Jacob Brown covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:


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