Chowan Foundation awards $17K in grants

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Chowan Community Funds Foundation board members are shown with representatives of local nonprofit organizations following the 2018 grant awards ceremony where the board handed out more than $17,000 in local grants.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Chowan Community Funds Foundation awarded $17,280 to area non-profit agencies from its community grant-making fund, Katharine Farless, president the Foundation’s board of advisors, announced.

Farless thanked the community for its support of the Chowan Community Funds Foundation.

“We are proud to support these nonprofit programs that are so important to our community,” she said. “We are grateful to the many generous individuals and organizations that have supported the Chowan Community Funds Foundation and our work to inspire philanthropy across our community.”

The Foundation awards include:

$2,000 to the Albemarle Commission Senior Nutrition Program for the Meals on Wheels program;

$500 to Albemarle Hopeline for general operating support;

$2,280 to the Boys & Girls Club of Edenton/Chowan County for junior staff;

$2,000 to Caregiver's Day Out, Inc. for general operating support;

$2,000 to the Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership for the Reach Out and Read program;

$1,000 to the Dream Hunt & Fishing Program for general operating support;

$1,000 to the Edenton Farmers Market for the Educational Path to Healthier Residents in Northeastern North Carolina program;

$3,000 to the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry for the Book Bag Buddies program;

$1,500 to Kids First, Inc. for the Child Abuse Treatment project;

$2,000 to Special Olympics North Carolina for Special Olympics North Carolina - Chowan County.

Bailey awarded SECU Foundation scholarship 

State Employees’ Credit Union via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Bailey Young, a senior at John A. Holmes High School in Edenton.

The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC-Wilmington, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

The SECU Foundation High School Scholarship is available to graduating public high school seniors who are either members of SECU or eligible for membership through a parent or guardian. Funded by Credit Union members, the $10,000 “People Helping People®” Scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement.

State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Todd Korbusieski comments, “SECU members have a deep commitment to education in North Carolina and truly believe in the cooperative spirit of helping others. ...On behalf of the SECU Foundation, it gives me great pleasure to award this scholarship to Bailey Young.”

Alston named to Troy University Chancellor’s List

Richard Alston, of Elizabeth City, has been named to the Chancellor's List at Troy University for the spring semester, 2017-18 academic year.

The Chancellor's List honors full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0.

North, Byrum, Gilbert, excel at Coastal Carolina

Amber North, of Elizabeth City, was named to the Coast Carolina University’s President’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

North, is a sociology major at Coastal Carolina. Students named to the President's List achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the semester.

Also, Amanda Byrum, of Elizabeth City, and Savanna Gilbert, of Moyock, were named to the university’s Dean’s List for the spring semester.

Byrum is an exercise and sport science major, while Gilbert is an early childhood education pre-major. 

CCU is a public liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

ECSU teacher education now CAEP-accredited

The Elizabeth City State University teacher education program has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP.

“A CAEP accredited program endorses the Teacher Education Program at Elizabeth City State University as a well-designed program that prepares graduates to competitively seek employment in the education field from an accredited Teacher Education Program,” said Elizabeth City State University Provost Vann Newkirk

According to Newkirk, ECSU is one of the few institutions in North Carolina to become accredited under the newly formed CAEP standards. He says CAEP accreditation directly impacts the preparation of Teacher Education Program students.

Newkirk said ECSU is the second school in the UNC System to receive CAEP accreditation, after North Carolina State University. With the need for more teachers across the state, he says this accreditation gives ECSU Teacher Education Program students the needed advantage when pursuing their teaching careers.

“The benefits are tremendous when measuring the number of (teaching) vacancies that our students have and continue to fill,” he said.

COA announces 2018-19 student ambassadors

College of The Albemarle recently introduced the college’s 2018-19 Student Ambassadors.

The six ambassadors, who will serve for a full calendar year, include:

Kitty Hawk- Volha Tsvirbut, of Kitty Hawk, Associate in Arts; Moyock- Eva Wilson, of Moyock Associate in Arts (ADN); Ashude Antomez, of Elizabeth City, Healthcare Business Informatics; Danielle Macumber, of Edenton, Associate in Arts; South Mills- Jade Murphy, of South Mills, Medical Office Administration; and David Edwards, of Ahoskie, Associate in Arts (ADN).

The new ambassadors participated in a two-day training and had the opportunity to visit all four COA campuses to learn more about the college and meet faculty and staff. The Student Ambassador Program builds students onto leaders and they serve as mentors for current and prospective students by representing COA. They also help at campus events and receive a special scholarship through the COA Foundation for serving in this role.

New Civil War Trails sign in South Mills

Civil War Trails has teamed up with Camden County Tourism Development Authority, Visit North Carolina, and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources on an exciting new interpretive sign depicting the history surrounding the Dismal Swamp Canal.

The Georgia Capital Museum and underwater archaeologist Philip Madre helped bring history to life by offering images of artifacts which have been reconnected with this site after 150 years.

The historic Dismal Swamp Canal is 22 miles long and was hand dug by slave labor in the late 1700s, opening to navigational traffic in 1805. Because the swamp lies above sea level, multiple locks facilitated the “steps” to connect the Elizabeth River, on the northern Virginian end, to the Pasquotank River via the South Mills Lock in North Carolina. Within eye shot from the South Mills Lock, a dramatic series of events unfolded in 1862 including the battle of South Mills, and the harrowing escape of several Confederate ships. Today, this waterway is an alternate route for recreational boaters in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and a part of the North Carolina and Virginia Civil War Trail.

South Mills is one of over 1,550 sites on the Civil War Trail which now includes six states-the world’s largest “open air museum.” 

EC Morning Rotary names three Paul Harris Fellows

The Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club honored John Harris, Jim Self and Teresa Lassiter recently as Paul Harris Fellows.

Elizabeth City Morning Rotary President, Fred Womble, Past District Governor and Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club Member, Bob Pippen, and Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Foundation Chair, Charles Gregg were part of the ceremony and presented each with the Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin.

The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

The Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club meets on Friday mornings at 7:45 a.m. at the Golden Corral in Elizabeth City. The general public is welcome to attend any of the club’s meetings.

McGonigle serves as page in the N.C. Senate

Aidan James McGonigle, a student at Perquimans County High School, recentlyserved as a page in the N.C. Senate.

He is the son of James McGonigle and Stacey Bisignans of Hertford. Aidan was sponsored by Sen. Bill Cook and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger of Rockingham County.

High school students in grades 9 through 12 serve as pages when the General Assembly is in session. They perform valuable duties for the Senators and their office staff. They attend daily Senate sessions, committee meetings, and assist staff members with office duties during the week they serve in the Legislature.

Gardner, Morrisette Long/Foster top sales agents 

Diana Gardner and Debbie Morrisette were named the top agents of the month of May for Long & Foster real estate agency.

Long & Foster executives Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon made the announcement.

Gardner was named sales agent of the month. For over 12 years Diana has earned Top Sales and Listing awards in real estate. Diana has held numerous positions on local boards including past President of the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce. Currently she serves as President of the Elizabeth City Rotary Club, Treasurer for Kids First Inc. and Lector Coordinator for Holy Family Catholic Church.

Morrisette was named listing agent of the month. Morrisette, a native of the Albemarle area, began her real estate career in 2004 and has received many awards for her real estate achievements. Debbie has earned Top Producer for Long & Foster Elizabeth City office for seven consecutive years, 2011-2017. 

COA Alumni Connect visits Hilton Garden Inn

College of The Albemarle’s President Robert Wynegar and Dean Tim Sweeney surprised recent Hospitality and Tourism graduates Dustin D. Lugay and Pei-Hua Shen on June 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Dare County.

Dustin and Pei-Hua graduated from COA’s Hospitality and Tourism Program on April 26. Both students completed the program, gaining certifications in reservations, housekeeping and maintenance.

Jodie O’Sullivan, Human Resources Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn, said, “They are our first two international interns to complete the program and we are excited to tell staff the same opportunities are available to them at COA. Investing in our staff’s education, adds to their drive and passion to work. COA’s Hospitality and Tourism program opens an avenue for us to have quality employees.”