Celebrations, May 20

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Robin Harris

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Harris earns certified nurse educator designation

Robin Harris, Dean of Health Sciences and Wellness programs at College of the Albemarle, has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), the college announced.

She earned the certification by meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing, COA officials reported.

Harris received her BSN, graduating Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University. She has over 33 years’ experience in the nursing profession. She became an instructor at COA in 1999 after working in a variety of roles including medical surgical nursing, home health, long term care, and as a Staff Development Coordinator.

Her service at COA has included a variety of roles including instructor in nursing assistant courses, coordinator of the medical assisting program, and Admissions and Retention Coordinator for Associate Degree Nursing and Health Science programs.

Her teaching and working with students has resulted in several awards including: The Initiative Award for Excellence at COA, 2012; Graduate Student of The Year for Health Educator, St Joseph’s College of Maine; COA Teacher of The Year, 2009; and The Reynolds American Excellence in Teaching Award for the North Carolina Community College System in 2010.

Guardian ad Litem volunteers recognized

Thirty-five Guardian ad Litem volunteer child advocates came together for an in-service and volunteer recognition on April 27 at the College of The Albemarle’s Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Maple.

Guardian ad Litem is a state volunteer organization whose mission is to provide trained independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system.  Under the guidance of professional staff, these GAL volunteers’ recommendations enhance judicial decision-making to ensure that each child-client has needed services and a safe, permanent home in the shortest time possible.

Additionally, four Guardian ad Litem volunteers were recognized by Gov. Roy Cooper. Receiving the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award were: Susanne Kelly, Dare County; Mary Dunlap, Perquimans County; Micki Levine, Perquimans County; and April Garman, Chowan County.

Guardian ad Litem staff will begin volunteer training August 10, 2018. Community members requesting more information or an application to become a volunteer child advocate may go to www.volunteerforgal.org .

46th annual nursing pinning ceremony held at COA

Twenty-eight Associate Degree Nursing students received their nursing pins at College of The Albemarle’s 46th annual pinning ceremony on May 8.

Held in COA’s Performing Arts Center, the evening ceremony was a traditional service and included pinning lapel pins, lighting nightingale lamps and taking the International Council of Nurses’ Pledge.

Nursing awards were presented by Dr. Evonne Carter, Vice President of Learning and COA Associate Degree Nursing faculty Mary Blackburn and Kathy Lawrence.

The Academic Excellence Award, presented to the graduate with the highest grade point average in the class, was presented to Brittany Wilson . The Dr. L. Everett Sawyer Award, presented to the student or students who most exemplifies conscientiousness and zeal for learning, was awarded to Emma Snyder . Academic Recognition Awards went to Nolton Hill and Brittany Wilson.

Amy Etheridge and Nolton Hill received the Dr. Zack D. Owens and Martha Anderson Owens Nursing Endowment Scholarship. 

Huber joins Camden Extension staff 

Camden County Cooperative Extension recently announced that Ali Huber had joined the staff as Camden’s 4-H and Youth Development Agent.

Huber will oversee the Camden County 4-H & Youth Development program which offers 4-H Clubs; School Enrichment; Teen Leadership Programs; At-Risk Youth Programming; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programming; 4-H Camps and much more.

A native of Durham, she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds degrees in Public Policy and Environmental Studies. She has completed research projects at Georgetown University, North Carolina State University and an honors thesis at the University of North Carolina. Her previous youth development experience includes time as an Environmental Education Intern at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Gardens and Nutrition Teacher at the Little School of Hillsborough and a Science Camp Counselor at the Morehead Planetarium.

Cameron Lowe, County Extension Director said, “We are very excited to have Ali serving in this role. She has already made positive connections in the community and developed exciting plans for the future of 4-H in Camden County. I am confident that her skill set and professionalism will be an excellent match to grow the 4-H program here in Camden County.”

“I am thrilled to join the Camden County Cooperative Extension staff,” Huber said. “I have been continually inspired and supported by all the youth, their families, and community members I have met. I greatly look forward to enhancing our current programs, expanding our reach and creating more opportunities for youth to have positive, experiential learning experiences in Camden County.”

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity awards scholarships

The Epsilon Chi Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity held its annual Thurgood Marshall Oratorical Scholarship Luncheon April 14 at the K. E. White Center.

The luncheon showcases the speaking talents of local high school seniors and raises scholarship funds to support their college education. Participants spoke on the topic: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, 50 Years After the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The 2018 winner of Alpha Phi Alpha’s Oratorical Contest was Dajon Fleming from John A. Holmes High School in Edenton, who was awarded a $500 college scholarship.

Four additional participants were took $50 participation awards, including: Anthony Cordy, Jr. Camden High School; Brandon Davis, Bertie High School, and Destiny Evans and Zariah Turner, Perquimans High School.

The Luncheon is named in honor of Thurgood Marshall, a former U. S. Supreme Court Justice and past member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., founded in 1906, is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men. The Epsilon Chi Lambda Alumni chapter was established in 1953 and conducts numerous community service projects annually.


Twiford wins national customer service award 

Twiford Funeral Home of Elizabeth City is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Customer Service Award for achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction in funeral services.

The award was made by the Johnson Consulting Group of Scottsdale, Ar., a national funeral home consulting firm that developed and implemented the first of its kind JCG Performance Tracker to measure a family’s level of satisfaction with their funeral home provider.

The awards were presented to JCG client funeral homes that achieved the highest total value index score from family satisfaction surveys sent to each family served during 2017.

“The Twiford Funeral Home has been recognized as a leader in delivering exceptional customer service and has raised the standard for other funeral homes nationally to achieve this level of success,” said Jake Johnson, President of Johnson Consulting Group. 

Twiford Funeral Homes was founded in 1933 by Samuel A. Twiford, Sr.

“Maintaining a tradition of quality service is our top priority. It is a privilege to uphold that tradition while helping those in their time of need,” said David H. Twiford Sr., owner of Twiford Funeral Homes. “Receiving this award is very humbling. I credit our devoted and outstanding staff with their attention to detail with each and every family we serve.” 

Taylor Mueller names top agents for April 

George Bright has been named Sales Agent of the Month and Norma James has been named Listing Agent of the Month at Taylor Mueller Realty.

Bright, who has been with Taylor Mueller for 21 years, is often recognized for professionalism, customer service and community activity. Albemarle Area Realtor of the Year three times, he received the prestigious Witherspoon-Harris Community Service Award. 

James, Broker in Charge of Taylor Mueller Realty, has continually been recognized for her achievements in the local real estate market. She is currently serving as The President of the Board of Realtors and has been Realtor of the Year three times.

Alpha Phi Alpha aids March of Dimes 

Alpha Phi Alpha members participated in the 2018 Elizabeth City March for Babies-March of Dimes fundraising event held April 28 at the Sheep Harney Elementary School.

Funds raised through the March for Babies-March of Dimes help fight birth defects, premature birth, and infant death by focusing on innovative medical services and research. The River City Alphas have been recognized locally as the 2018 Top Organization Fundraising Team for March of Dimes with a contribution of over $1,700.

River City Alpha member Donald McClain is also currently listed as the current top individual contributor for Elizabeth City March of Dimes, raising over $450.

Nationally, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supported the March of Dimes Program for over 35 years and continues to be one its largest annual organizational contributors.

Chandler earns Avon cruise with sales

Local businesswoman Dayna L. Chandler from Moyock has earned an all-inclusive trip to Bermuda with Avon's 'Cruise Like a Boss' national incentive program.

This year Avon announced over 350 reps will set sail on the Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas cruise ship from April 28 to May 3.

"Representatives work so hard to reach — and often times exceed — their goals to earn this 'Cruise Like a Boss' incentive,” said Avon President of Social Selling, Betty Palm. “This recognition is among the very highest honors to achieve, and we applaud Dayna L Chandler for her success."

"Every year, this incentive is one of my biggest motivators to grow my Avon business," said Chandler. "There is no better feeling than achieving this once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience, especially alongside so many other Avon Representatives like me who are making their dreams a reality through Avon."


Stroh chosen for CSC President's List

Caitlin Stroh of Elizabeth City was one of 254 students at Chadron State College in Nebraska named to the spring 2018 President's List by earning a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students currently attend Chadron State, and its curriculum has grown to offer programs and courses in more than 50 majors and endorsements and eight master's degree programs.

Wilson earns degree NCCU 

Kendell Maurice Wilson graduated from North Carolina Central University on May 12 with a bachelors degree in criminal justice.He plans to pursue a masters degree in criminal justice.

Breathwaite makes Bridgewater Deans List  

Moyock native Zach Breathwaite, a junior majoring in English, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Bridgewater College.

Dr. Leona A. Sevick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the list. Students on the Dean’s List have attained a 3.4 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0. 

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Bridgewater is home to more than 1,900 undergraduate students.

Holiday Island observes National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer, sponsored by Holiday Island Property Owners, was held recently at the Holiday Island clubhouse.

It was 13th annual observance of National Day of Prayer at Holiday Island. This year’s theme “Unity” was taken from, Ephesians 4:3 – Making every effort to keep the Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Charles Saje, president of HIPOA, welcomed guests and introduced several speakers and prayer -givers, including Edgar Barnes, Chief Judge General District Court,  Jonathan Nixon, Director Perquimans County EMS, Bob Jenkins, USAF, Ret., Karen Clarke, Kyle Jones, Assistant DA District 1, Perquimans County Commissioner, Rev. Troy Holland, Pastor of Island Christian Fellowship, Holiday Island, Cheryl Booten, Harold Owsley, Deacon Bethlehem Church, Missionary Valeria Sutton, and several others.

Coordinators of the event were Keith and Pat Throckmorton. Numerous volunteers were on hand to help with the success of this year’s National Day of Prayer.

Dollar General group gives to local causes 

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded $270,000 to North Carolina schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations.

Among the recipients are: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Albemarle Edenton/Chowan Unit Edenton-Chowan, $2,000 and the Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership Edenton-Chowan $2,000.

Grants provide funding for adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves. The grants awarded to North Carolina organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 16,000 North Carolinians.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.