During the Phenix City Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, superintendent Randy Wilkes unveiled the first rendering of the STEM lab expected to open on the campus of Phenix City Intermediate School in time for the 2016-17 school year.
Among the cool features of the $1.7 million project, which will construct a free-standing building of nearly 10,000 square feet and 28 feet high, two "beakers" out front will be lit at night and have glowing "fluid" inside, Wilkes said.
He also noted architect Scott Holmes of the Columbus-based Hecht Burdeshaw firm "wants the top of the building to look like circuits on a motherboard."
And if that doesn't impress you enough, the lobby could have an aquarium to show the Chattahoochee River system and an interactive globe 6 feet in diameter to show stuff elsewhere in the world.
All of which will be designed to motivate the students at the heart of the academy, where labs under consideration would be for digital learning, 3D printing, robotics, coding and something called zSpace, a holographic imaging display that allows interaction with simulated objects in virtual environments.
We applaud Wilkes and Holmes for their creative thinking, envisioning a high-tech facility that could live up to its name. So if the superintendent gives you a holler asking you for a donation, just imagine how many students you could help inspire.
In a company with about 10,000 employees, many of them high achievers from the start, standing out from the crowd isn't always the easiest thing to do.
At TSYS, the latest crop of President's Circle honorees were asked by Chairman, CEO and President Troy Woods to stand up for a round of applause at Tuesday's annual shareholder meeting. The yearly President's Circle honor recognizes exceptional "team members," as TSYS calls its staffers, who consistently perform at the highest level at the high-tech payment processing firm.
So, with a hearty congratulations from the rest of us humble go-getters in Chatterland, here are the 2015 circle honorees:
Isaac Barker, Cathy Bowers, Elysa Cardenas, Ramesh Chanda, Aldrey Cruz, Shridhar Hegde, Damian Hope, Sarah Howell, Antonio Johnson, Marie Jordan, Galen Klauman, Tommy Langley, Andy McLendon, Chris Mervin, Holly Meyer, Paul Mixon, Lisa Powell, Lillian Scott, Dipen Shah, Julinda Shier, Darryl Sims, Wade Speelman, Nancy Thornton and Penny Wise.
There are a variety of ways to aid the homeless in Columbus. Drinking wine and listening to jazz is one of them.
The 2nd annual Wine Tasting Mingle at The Loft on May 15 will benefit the Homeless Resource Network. The event is 6-8 p.m. and the cost is $40.
There will be silent auction for prizes to bid upon.
Tickets may be purchased at HomelessResourceNetwork.org.
For information, call 706-571-3399.