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Celebrations, July 8

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The Currituck Chamber of Commerce recently donated $1,943.59 to Corolla Wild Horse Fund. The donation will help support, protect and conserve the Colonial Spanish Mustangs living on the Northern Outer Banks. Shown at the presentation ceremony are (l-r) Dave Whitmer of Northeastern Workforce Development Board; Josh Bass, President of Currituck Chamber; Pam Pekrun, of Dominion Energy; Mike Florez, of FlorezDesign Studio, Inc; Lynn Davis, of Max Radio of the Carolinas; Theresa Dozier, of Towne Bank; Becky Howard, of CA Howard & Associates Realty; Eldon Miller, of EL Miller & Sons; Joe Langone, Chief Operating Officer of Corolla Wild Horse Fund; Sue Everhart, of FullTilt Blinds & Shutters; Candace Wright, of The Cotton Gin; Kristi Parrotte, of Gregory & Associates CPA; and Brian Innes, of Howard Hanna & Scot Stor.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Currituck Chamber supports Corolla wild horse

The Currituck Chamber of Commerce has donated $1,943.59 to Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

The donation, proceeds from the agency’s spring social event, will help support, protect and conserve the Colonial Spanish Mustangs living on the Northern Outer Banks.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is a nonprofit that does not receive any state or federal funding. More than 80 percent of the non-profit’s budget is derived from donations, special events, memberships, sponsorships, grants, and mission-related merchandise sales. Every dollar donated helps to further their mission to protect and conserve the Colonial Spanish Mustangs.

The Currituck Chamber of Commerce also provided the same level of contribution to The Albemarle Commission.

Downum, Norman graduate Chowan University

Two students from the Albemarle area were among the 234 graduates receiving diplomas at Chowan University’s 2018 commencement on May 5.

Area students to graduate with Chowan University’s largest class in the school’s history include:  John Andrew Downum, of Edenton, Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, and Shernita Denise Norman, of Elizabeth City, Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  

E.C. Lions Club presents scholarships  

Pasquotank County High School graduate Samantha Brandt, daughter of Sherri Brandt, and Northeastern High School graduate Jeromy Bailey Jr., son of Jeromy and Latoya Bailey, both received scholarships from the Elizabeth City Lions Club.

Samantha will be attending East Carolina University and pursuing a degree in biology. Jeromy will be attending North Carolina A & T State University and major in nursing. He will also be joining the Air Force ROTC.

COA Alumni Connect at Flour Girls in E.C.

College of The Albemarle’s Alumni Connect met four COA graduates while introducing its new Foundation Executive Director Bonnye Hart to locals at Flour Girls Café and Bakery in Elizabeth City, June 13.

Among the COA graduates were Natalie Owens, Natalie Stokes, Cheryl Wisz and Deborah Malenfant. Owens, a recent 2018 graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, begins working for Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital starting this month.

Stokes, a 2011 graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Practical Nursing, works at NextCare Urgent Care in Elizabeth City. Wisz also graduated in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, working at Sentara Nursing Center in Barco. They all met at Sentara as Certified Nursing Assistants and have stayed connected. 

Deborah Malenfant, a 1989 graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Business, serves as the Executive Director of Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. Malenfant was just named a Woman of Excellence from the Elizabeth City Area Chamber.

“Through Alumni Connect, COA engages with former students and empower alumni connections. I am excited to see that among these graduates, not only are the programs of study vast but success spans multiple generations as well,” said Foundation Executive Director, Bonnye Hart.

COA, ECU agree on admissions plan

College of The Albemarle’s President, Dr. Robert Wynegar and East Carolina University Chancellor Dr. Cecil Staton approved a co-admission agreement last month.

The agreement is structured to improve transfer student access and success through a degree completion program. Dr. Wynegar joined 14 other eastern North Carolina community colleges at this ceremony.

Students benefit from this agreement with a cost effective pathway, as it provides a seamless transfer process to a four-year university. Students can access ECU libraries and other resources such as joint financial aid counseling, micro-scholarship opportunities, joint academic advising and a waiver of the ECU transfer application fee.

“This is precisely the sort of collaboration we need to better serve the people of North Carolina and the east in particular,” said Dr. Staton in a news release on June 6.

Dr. Wynegar is excited to have support from a four year institution that ultimately encourages students to complete their degrees at a community college, then have a relatively seamless transfer to ECU. The agreement is set to take effect this fall.

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