Reese, 6, took the stage and melted the hearts of the crowd. Everyone could see his happy nature on stage and later as he put his singing skills to the test to serenade the crowd.
His mother Ashley Smith spoke not only of his hospitalizations but also of how he remained happy and social. Reese has overcome six birth defects, has received a kidney transplant and has had over 50 surgeries.
“Hang in there,” is the advice that Smith would give to any parent whose child is sick.
With each hour, children were introduced creating awareness and showing the determination the kids have. The Miracle Children included Reese, Avery, Isabella, Lyrik and Abby. Throughout the six-hour event over $16,000 was raised proving that the first annual Miracle Network Dance Marathon was a success.
While dancing is fun, the cause matter and makes the difference.
“I just love that you are dancing and having fun for those that cannot always get up and dance for themselves,” said Katy Hodges, an event volunteer.
CIA director says “cybersecurity is critical" at Cyber Georgia 2016
The digital age creates a world of opportunity, innovation, and progress. However, risks are inevitable and accompany these rewards. The risks within the digital age are centered around cybersecurity.
Augusta has become a center for cyber following the opening of Cyber Institute at Augusta University, the Army’s Cyber Academy at Ft. Gordon and the overall growth of NSA Georgia.
CIA Director John Brennan recognized the progress Augusta is making and the direction in which the city is heading concerning cybersecurity. Director Brennan spoke at 3rd Annual Cyber Georgia event on Oct. 13 at the Harrison Education Commons Building on Augusta University's Health Science campus.
“Cyber Security is aptly described as our nation’s new and uncharted frontier,” said Brennen.
In order to reach and cross the new frontier, a stronger cooperation of information sharing must exist to educate and protect against cyber threats. With a more open system of information sharing within industry, academia and government, not only can potential threats be recognized but also gaps within security can be filled.
“Cyber security affects us all,” said Brennan. “It is really something that we all need to work on together.”
Cyber security affects everyone from the individual level to the private sector and within the government itself. Each level must take the initiative to educate and protect themselves from potential threats. Entities threatening cyber security from the outside or even within our own systems include nation states, hacktivists, and script kiddies.
“Terrorism is not going anywhere,” said Brennan. “Everyone must understand the constant risks.”
In addition, to delivering the first keynote address, CIA Director Brennan sat with Senator Saxby Chambliss for a fireside chat concerning cybersecurity. Each reinforced his own stance and answered questions from the audience. While the director is not a fan of the television show “Homeland” he expressed his passion for his job and his desire to continue.
Director Brennan warned against American’s willingness to share personal and financial information. He described how people are generally willing to give up such information but still are reluctant to government oversight and protection.
While he is not a fan of “Homeland” he may be a Rolling Stones fan. In order to protect ourselves we must give up some freedoms. So he may agree with Mick Jagger in that “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you get what you need.”
As it becomes ever clearer that cybersecurity is critical, should Americans be open to possible governmental oversight to protect from inevitable and constant risks?
Iron Man 70.3 Augusta 2016
An estimated 3000 people participated in the IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta on September 26, 2016. The race included a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. For the first time in eight years, the event had met non-wetsuit conditions with weather at 70 degrees. Participants at the event were from 47 states and 47 countries.
Senior basketball player Keshun Sherrill made the 2000th point of his career on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) game against the Saints of Flagler College. Sherrill scored 20 of the 89 points in the home game at the Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Augusta University men’s basketball team came out on top with a final score of 84-49.
Arts in the Heart 2016
The 36th Annual Arts in the Heart Festival hosted an estimated 80,000 people in Augusta, Ga., on Sept. 16-18. People gathered together in celebration of art, food and culture.
Paratroopers performed a demonstration as part of the opening ceremony for the IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta on September 26, 2016.
First Annual Miss Augusta University Pagent