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U.S. Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Chelsea Wolsiefer, from Camden, turns a surface vessel torpedo tube aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) in the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 28. The Chung-Hoon is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sentara donates $16K to COA health programs

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, a College of the Albemarle Community Partner since 2014, has donated $16,000 to benefit the college’s Health Sciences and Wellness Programs for the 2019-20 academic year.

The annual gift specifically supports programs that feature a clinical component.

Robin Harris, Dean, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs, stated, “Care for the health of our community involves a tremendous team effort by many partners to ensure access and quality. As a leader in health care education for our area for over 55 years, COA must have clinical partners who believe in and embrace the importance of their role in the educational process for our students.”  

COA students enrolled in Health Sciences programs such as Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing Surgical Technology, EMS, Medical Lab Tech and Medical Assisting, also received hands-on training in a hospital setting by participating in clinicals at SAMC.  

“Supporting College of The Albemarle is truly helping the future of healthcare in northeastern North Carolina,” said Coleen Santa Ana, President of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center and College of The Albemarle Trustee. “We see the immediate results of our partnership when we hire new COA grads to areas across the hospital, but also the long term benefits as students who received a firm foundation at COA go on to pursue bachelor’s, master’s and medical degrees and come back to care for our community.”

Currituck hosts Master Gardener event

The N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County recently hosted its annual Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Banquet to honor achievements during 2018.

The Recognition Dinner was held Dec. 11 in the Elizabeth Sanderlin Auditorium at the Currituck Extension Center in Barco.

The banquet included presentation of the Master Gardener of the Year Award, given to Ken Ferguson, who was cited for the award because of his invaluable assistance with coordinating the new Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training course and other valuable volunteer service given to various projects throughout the year.

Awards also went to volunteers who gave over 50 community volunteer hours in 2018, those with up to 500 lifetime volunteer hours, and those that have been involved with the program for over 5 years.

The 2018 year was marked by many changes, including the redesigned Extension Master Gardener Volunteer certification class, which is offered in the evenings for the first time. The 2018 class graduated six students including Mike Del Acqua, Bill Kirkland, Paul O’Briant, Gretchen Pratt, Susan Merchant and Jannie Lockhart.

Goodman earns doctorate in physical therapy

Elizabeth Goodman, 27, of Camden, received the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree during commencement exercises for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences held Dec. 14 in Austin, Texas, according to a release from the university. 

Goodman was among 385 graduates in the class of 2018 at the university, a graduate institution that offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education and health science.

“Elizabeth was a conscientious student, consistently upholding the university’s value of professionalism,” said USAHS faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Ardolino. “I have no doubt that Elizabeth will provide excellent care for her future patients.”

Goodman is a 2009 graduate of Pasquotank County High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in human biology in 2013 at N.C. State University. It was her work with severely disabled children during her undergraduate experience that inspired her to pursue physical therapy (PT) as a career, she said.

“I’ve always been drawn to healthcare and helping others, and PT seemed like a good fit for me,”   Goodman said. “I have a lot of respect for the faculty at St. Augustine, especially Dr. Ardolino. She is an inspiring mentor for students.”

Goodman, the daughter of Michael and Martha Goodman of Camden, is currently preparing for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), which upon passing will allow her to become a licensed physical therapist.

“After I pass the board exam I’m looking at travel PT positions which would provide the opportunity to experience different areas of the country,” she said, according to the release.

Hartmann makes SRU Fall Dean's List

Claudia Hartmann, of Moyock, was named to Fall 2018 Semester Dean’s List at Slippery Rock (Pa.) University.

The dean's list consists of SRU undergraduate students who earned an adjusted semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a schedule of at least 12 newly attempted and earned credits.

Stroh named to CSC Fall Dean's List

Caitlin Stroh, of Elizabeth City, was one of 371 Chadron State College (NE) students who met requirements for the Fall 2018 Dean's List by earning at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify.

Seymour, Lane Agents Of The Month

Long and Foster announced that Donna Seymour and Janet Lane are the top agents for the month of December.

Company leaders Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon made the announcement.

Seymour, named Sales Agent of the Month, has won numerous awards as our office’s individual top producer and was Broker-In-Charge for the Elizabeth City office until 2014. With her extensive training and multiple designations, Donna continues to exemplify professionalism as a REALTOR®. A native of Elizabeth City, Donna has first-hand knowledge of the area and has many contacts and resources that prove helpful to her clients and customers.

Lane, Listing Agent of the Month, is a native of Elizabeth City and has been in real estate for over 14 years. Janet uses the newest internet marketing tools to give listings access to the broadest possible range of qualified buyers. 

Kersey named COA Trustee of the Year

Patti Kersey was recently recognized as the 2018 Trustee of the Year for the College of the Albemarle.

Kersey is an active member of the board and has served since her appointment in 2017. She was recently appointed to the college’s Foundation Board of Directors and also serves as the newly elected Chair of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners. Kersey served 22 years in the United States Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

She said she is, “honored to represent the four college campuses that provide education of value, quality and affordability to our communities.”

“The COA Alumni Connect initiative was especially insightful because, in the course of reaching out to COA graduates. Meeting former students and hearing their personal stories reinforced what I already suspected but couldn’t quantify; that our community college is indeed a launch pad for hundreds of successful life journeys,” Kersey said about her outreach in the community.

Boys & Girls Club celebrates holidays

Boys & Girls Club members of Elizabeth City participated in several holiday activities throughout November and December. Among the events were spirit week, holiday party and a basketball tournament.

Many friends and supporters helped make the holidays special for several club families. The Club was able to provide baskets and gifts during the month of November and December to help assist families during the holiday season. The club also hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for members and their families that was prepared by staff members. Over 100 people attended.

Many volunteers were involved in Club activities including student volunteers from Mid-Atlantic University and Museum of the Albemarle. Members learned sewing, new sport games and new dance moves thanks to the volunteers.

The Club has also started monthly teen nights for our teen members, who can stay late one Friday night a month for special teen activities that include food, games, music and prizes. The last teen night had 20 teens attend and more are expected to attend teen night in January.

As the Club continues to grow the teen program, it could use teen-friendly games and prizes to encourage more teen members to attend. Please contact Club Director Hashira Rodriguez at 252-335-5276 if you would like to donate to our teen program or have any questions.

Praise Temple celebrates Brothers

Join Praise Temple recognized dedicated and devoted minister Evg. Brothers for providing transportation for the community for church services each week. She is the founder of Praise Temple Kitchen Ministry, Usher Board ministry, and is always willing to pray for the broken in spirit.

(Send recognitions, awards and other celebrations from your group or organization to: Celebrations, The Daily Advance, P.O. Box 588, Elizabeth City, N.C.; or email them to elizabethcity@dailyadvance.com.)