Celebrations, May 13

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Elizabeth City native Ethan Ives is serving in the U.S. Navy in Sasebo, Japan.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

ECSU named 12th best in HBCU rankings

Elizabeth City State University has been ranked 12th in the country for the Best HBCU category by College Consensus (https://www.collegeconsensus.com). The announcement was made by the organization late April 2018.

As an aggregate ranking, College Consensus pulls together data from numerous college ranking sites, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. They combine those results with the most reputable student reviews, from sites including Niche, My Plan, and Unigo, creating a Publisher Rating and a Student Review Rating. The combination of these two creates the Consensus Rating, making College Consensus a comprehensive meta-ranking.

To identify the Best HBCUs for 2018, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college rankings with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school.

According to College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder, " ...College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak."

ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, has 28 undergraduate degree offerings and four graduate degree programs, flexible study options, and research opportunities. For more information, visit www.ecsu.edu.

COA holds pinning ceremony for medical assisting grads

The 15th annual pinning ceremony for College of The Albemarle Medical Assisting graduates was held May 7 at the Elizabeth City Campus.

Graduates include: Angel Lamb, Pasquotank; Latisha Overton, Pasquotank; Beverly Lindstrom, Camden;  Kenzie White, Perquimans; Eryka Green, Pasquotank; Meagan Heath, Camden; J'Niea Lyons, Pasquotank; Emma Wood, Camden.

The graduates, with family and friends at the graduation ceremony, received their pins, participated in a candle ceremony and recited the Medical Assisting Creed. Dr. Robert Wynegar, President of COA, provided the welcome message.

The Stella B. Gallop Spirit of Medical Assisting Award was presented to J’Niea Lyons for her pride, involvement, initiative, empathy, honesty, generosity, trustworthiness, loyalty and enthusiasm. The award is made to the student who best captures the spirit of the profession. J’Niea also received the Academic Excellence Award. Meagan Heath and Angel Lamb received The Alleene Thompson Memorial Scholarship.

EC native serves with U.S. Navy in Japan

Elizabeth City native and 2016 Pasquotank County High School graduate Ethan Ives is serving in the U.S. Navy with the forward-deployed unit, Naval Beach Unit 7 in Sasebo, Japan.

Seaman Ives is a boatswain's mate and is responsible for maintaining the exterior surfaces of the ships, deck handling and equipment, handling cargo and operating small boats.

Ives fondly recalls his hometown.

“Growing up I learned to listen to what other people have to say, pay attention to what’s going on around you,” said Ives.

Commissioned in August of 2012, Naval Beach Unit 7 was formed to combine the three forward deployed naval forces detachments in Japan.

Personnel from the command are responsible manning and operating either the landing craft—such as the landing craft air cushion or the landing craft utility—or manage landing operations from the beach.

NBU 7 landing craft serve an important function for the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet in being able to move personnel and equipment from ship to shore.

“It's nice being in a different country getting to see different things, meet new people, exploring different areas and learning new stuff,” said Ives.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Ives and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“The Navy teaches you more about discipline and respect, respecting peers, respecting mentors, people that are higher rank than you,” said Ives. “Serving in the Navy means that I have taken the steps from ever since I was younger I wanted to see the world. My dad did 20 years in the Navy. I feel proud and honored doing the things he did and seeing new things and meeting new people who I call my new family.”

Currituck tourism, parks staff earn certifications

Four Currituck County staff members recently earned professional certifications from STS Marketing College.

Currituck County Travel & Tourism members, Director Tameron Kugler, Marketing Director Dan Clowdsley and Site Manager/curator Jill Landen, along with Currituck County Parks & Recreation Director Jason Weeks earned certifications as a Travel Marketing Professional from STS Marketing College. Certification comes after a course of study spread over three years that includes two work-related projects.

The certification program is a project of Southeast Tourism Society, a 12-state professional association that promotes travel and tourism in the Southeast. The Class of 2017 was announced at the inaugural STS Connections conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The four Currituck County staff members were among 79 graduates in the Class of 2017. 

Currituck County is committed to the further education and training of all of its staff, and four more members will begin the three year-long certification program in June of 2018.

Crane COA’s 2018 Teacher of the Year

College of The Albemarle recently announced Rachel Crane as its 2018 Teacher of the Year.

She has been employed with COA for more than nine years and is the program coordinator and instructor for the Practical Nursing Program.

Throughout Crane’s career at COA, she has developed a pattern within her work; taking difficult, strenuous and sometimes impossible tasks and delivering positive results.

While serving as a full time employee, Crane stepped up and secured her master’s in nursing degree to comply with North Carolina Board of Nursing requirements.

In fall 2016, the Practical Nursing Program was required by the North Carolina Community College System and the NC Board of Nursing to begin implementing a new concept-based curriculum. Crane was in charge of developing the new curriculum along with teaching new required courses, and taking on several other related duties.

Robin Harris, dean, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs, said “Her creativity to promote learning is well known and to create and drive this type of instruction takes a huge amount of time and commitment – yet Rachel thrives on it as her natural teaching talent and intuitiveness for facilitating learning shines through.”

Elmer earns mastery level at Fayetteville State

Moyock native April Elmer achieved a mastery level of proficient on the Collegiate Learning Assessment in Fall 2017

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) is a national assessment of critical thinking and written communication, two skills that are essential to success in higher education and careers. Fayetteville State University administers the CLA+ to entering freshmen, rising juniors, and graduating seniors to assess their proficiency and improvement over time. A mastery level of proficient indicates that  Elmer has the skills expected of a successful college graduate, ready to move on to a professional career or graduate education.

FSU is a member of The University of North Carolina System.

Saunders, Morrisette Long/Foster top agents

Terry Saunders and Debbie Morrisette were named the top agents at Long & Foster real estate firm for April.

Company leaders Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon made the announcement.

Saunders, Sales Agent of the Month, is a native of the area and has been a REALTOR® for over 30 years. She has won Top Listing or Top Sales Agent of the month many times during her career and has won Real Estate Agent of the Year. She has attained the designation of Certified Residential Specialist and Short Sale Foreclosure Representative and is a past President of the Albemarle Area Association of Realtors (AAAR).

Morrisette, Listing Agent of the Month, is a native of the Albemarle Area, where her knowledge of the area has proven to be beneficial to her clients. She began her real estate career in 2004 and has received many awards for her real estate achievements. She has earned the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation, GREEN designation, SRF, ResMil and the GRI designations.

Morrisette has earned Top Producer for Long & Foster Elizabeth City office for 7 consecutive years – 2011-2017. 

COA, alumni connect at businesses

College of The Albemarle recently conducted a COA Alumni Connect community outreach initiative at L.D.’s Clip Joint & Mohr and Jason A. Banks Family Cosmetic Implant Dentistry.

Jessica Kahl and Ashley Needham were caught by surprise with the visit, while giving haircuts, at L.D.’s Clip Joint & Mohr. Both were given a lapel pin to congratulate them on their success in the workforce. Ashley is a 2018 graduate and is excited to enter into the profession right away. Jessica shared that she is the 3rd generation of cosmetologists in her family. She learned from her mom, “If you do what you love, you won’t have to work a day in your life.”

COA’s cosmetology program focuses on developing each student into a stylist; to grow and train them for a leading service profession specializing in customer satisfaction.

Another visit was made to Jason A. Banks Dentistry, where alumni, Dr. Jason Banks and Meredith Woolard are employed. Both graduated from local high schools, attended COA and now work to serve their local community.

Jason serves on the Camden County School Board and is a Little League Baseball coach. When advocating for COA, he said, “COA is a good choice to begin your studies, as you figure out what it is you want to do, without a major monetary commitment.”