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Celebrations, Dec. 2

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The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Senior Center held its annual 8-ball Scotch Doubles Billiards Tournament on Nov. 13. The tournament was officiated by David McKneely. Tournament winners include (l-r) champions Carl Wayne and Joyce Bateman and finalists Carl Pickell and Gene Banks.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Local artist wins at state Senior Games

Jacquelynn Muller from Camden won a gold, silver, and bronze medal in the Silver Arts Knitting/Weaving Needlework competition at the North Carolina Senior Games State Finals held in Raleigh on Nov.16-17. Muller qualified at the annual 2018 Albemarle this past Spring. 

Albemarle is part of a statewide network of 53 local programs sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. NCSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 50 years of age and better. Senior Games is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

The Platinum Sponsor of State Finals in 2018 is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Gold Sponsors of State Finals are Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Humana, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and the Silver Sponsors are Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort and Rex Healthcare. 

NCSG also offers SilverArts, the statewide heritage, visual, literary, and performing arts program; SiverLiners senior line dancing program and SilverStriders national award-winning walking program. 

COA connects with alums Chambers, Luton

College of the Albemarle Trustee Patti Kersey knew the college’s “Alumni Connect” initiative would be a great tool in establishing long-lasting relationships with college alums.

“Connecting and establishing a lasting relationship with our alums is essential to growing the COA family, as graduates are ambassadors of the college, sharing their campus experience within the communities they live and work,” said Kersey, who also serves is a Chowan County Commissioner.

In June, trustees were presented with the project to help connect with alumni in the community. They were challenged to talk about COA and connect with graduates while out in the community. Kersey met two graduates through this initiative and they shared their individual experiences about attending COA.

Chanelle Chambers, a 2012 graduate of COA, received an Associate Degree in Business. She went on to graduate with a professional license in esthetics and initially began her career as an esthetician in Virginia. She later began working at Cheveux Salon and Spa in Edenton.

“It has been six years since I started working at Cheveux and I’ve loved every minute of it, “ Chambers said.  “In my fourth year, I found myself in a situation where I had to work towards my financial stability so I made a decision to step out of my comfort zone and really push the business. I applied the good business principles I learned during my education at COA and my income tripled.”

Chambers will soon be moving to Greensboro to continue her esthetician services.

Britney Luton, a 2004 Associate in Fine Arts graduate, was very involved in all aspects of theater performances while at COA.

With a focus in theater education, Luton directed, acted, and participated in set design and construction, as well as lighting and sound, during student productions in the Performing Arts Center. She also served as secretary of COA’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and was vice president of the Fine Arts Club.

“I fell in love with psychology in the first course I took from  (Associate Professor, Psychology) Beth Hughes at COA,” Luton said. “Sociology was also a favorite class, but nothing quite peaked my interest like psychology and nothing has held a candle since.”

Continuing her love of education since her start at COA, Luton graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and is working towards a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She will soon begin her clinical internship at the Up Center in Norfolk, Va., and will graduate with highest honors in her degree program in June of 2019.

“Chanelle and Britney are representative of the large number of alumni who have graduated from College of The Albemarle and have moved forward in becoming successful individuals — attributing the courses, discipline and study habits they acquired at COA to their ongoing pursuit of continuing education while helping them advance within their respective careers,” Kersey said.

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