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The Raleigh Arts Commission, along with Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the Wake Education Partnership, presented the 2012 Artist of Tomorrow Scholarships and Gifts of Gold awards. Among the Artist of Tomorrow honorees were Angelika Barth, of Ravenscroft High School, for visual art, and Victoria Cyzewski, of Enloe High School, for theater.


Susan Frosch, a local artist, announced that the Durham Craft Market is running every Saturday morning in Central Park through November. The market features handmade pieces from more than 30 local artists.


The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts hosts the Vision Revealed exhibit through May 20. It includes jewelry by Arianna Bara and turned wood by Pat Lloyd, both of Hillsborough, as well as jewelry by Kim Wheaton, of Durham.


Emily Eve Weinstein displayed a new series of 28 paintings in an exhibit titled On the Road last month at Womancraft Fine Handcrafted Gift Shop, in Chapel Hill.


ClayWorks pottery guild is scheduled to host its annual spring pottery sale May 12 in Chapel Hill. It includes works by Durham residents Cynthia Alrdrich, Emily Cox, Jan Harris and Kitty Sherwin as well as Chapel Hill residents Sasha Bakaric, Deborah Harris, Emily Lees, Ronnie Theeman and Trish Welsh.


Paintings by Kathy Ammon, of Apex, are on display through May 7 at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in the exhibit Songs for the People.


Monica Hunter's jewelry and Winnie Ferguson's paintings are on display at the Cary Gallery of Artists from May 25 through June 26.


Elizabeth Laul Healey and Duffy Healey opened Healey Contemporary Art, in Raleigh, last month. The gallery's current exhibit, Women With a Voice, includes work by Elizabeth.


The Raleigh Arts Commission announced that artwork by Susan Brabeau and Melissa Haviland is on display as part of the Imprint exhibition through May 21.


Meredith College, in Raleigh, held its senior art exhibition last month. It featured the work of Janeth Benitez, Kara Duffy, Anna Henline, Christina Hill, Madison Jordan, Cindy Kohnen, Courtney Leach, Jordan Lewey, Natalia Lopes, Anna Nieman, Carly Savage, Ashley Shaw and Caroline Wisner.


Shannon Bueker, of Pittsboro, displayed her paintings in the exhibit Spring Forth at the Eno Gallery, in Hillsborough, last month.


Galloway Ridge, a retirement community in Pittsboro, announced that the Second Galloway Ridge - Chatham Artists Collaboration, showcasing the work of artists from the county, took place in March. Participating artists included Mary Alexion, Jan Gibson, Karen Havighurst, Meg Kassabaum, Helen Kotser, Maggie Love, Joan Sommers, Kristen Stamber and Kim Werfel.


Barbara Rich, gallery director at the Frank Gallery, in Chapel Hill, noted that its birthday gala took place last month.


Lindsay Gordon, artist services manager at the Durham Arts Council, announced that the Durham Art Walk Spring Market took place last month. The event included work from more than 200 artists displayed at almost 50 venues across the city.




Dr. Lonieta Aurora Thompson Cornwall, an assistant professor of music and director of choral studies at Shaw University, in Raleigh, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from Gov. Beverly Perdue. The honor recognizes a N.C. resident for a record of excellence within the state, including contributions to the community, outstanding career efforts and many years of service to organizations.

    William Peace University, in Raleigh, announced:
  • Carol Hiscoe, Ph.D., an English professor, was granted tenure.
  • Sharon Scarborough was named the communication and marketing administrative assistant.
  • Kelliann Miranda-Baltimore, an alumna, was named admissions counselor and financial aid coordinator.


Olalah Njenga, CEO of YellowWood Group, a consulting and management firm, in Raleigh, joined the board of visitors for the School of Business at N.C. Central University, in Durham.


    N.C. State University, in Raleigh, announced:
  • Heidi Klumpe, chemical engineering and English major, and Brinda Monian, of Cary, chemical engineering and biochemistry major, were among the recipients of the Goldwater Scholarships, which recognize excellence among students preparing for careers as scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
  • Gretchen Stokes, of Apex, who is majoring in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology, was one of the recipients of a Udall Scholarship. She was also named one of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration's Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars.


The National Science Foundation awarded research fellowships to: Molly Matty, chemistry major; Asia Murphy, fisheries and wildlife science major; Angela Bucci, doctoral student in entomology; Tiffany Garbutt, doctoral student in genetics; Carissa Goldstein, doctoral student in materials science engineering; Michele Meisner, doctoral student in statistics; and Alison Moyer, doctoral student in marine, earth and atmospheric studies.


Ilina Ewen, of Raleigh, chief writer and blogger at Dirt & Noise, a politically leftist blog, represented North Carolina at the third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning in Washington, D.C.


Moni Singh, Triangle-based founder of STEM for Kids, said she will be the lead facilitator at the program's summer camps.




    Sarah M. Place, president and CEO of Place Trade Financial, a financial services and online trading firm, announced:
  • Danielle Musselwhite joined its North Raleigh branch office.




Sally Webb, CSEP, CEO of The Special Event, an event and meeting management company in Research Triangle Park, announced that the firm participated in The Special Event 2012 conference and tradeshow. Webb spoke at three sessions: Managing the Madness: How to Best Serve Your Client's Objectives, Manage Their Needs and Exceed Their Expectations; Keys to Attracting Leads, Clients and Sales; and Academic Event Professional.


Maureen Rosen, owner of Scarffish, a Chapel Hill based scarf company, announced that the scarves are now being sold in both North Carolina and Delaware stores.


Colleen Hill, executive regional vice president of Arbonne's Swiss Health & Wellness, based in Raleigh, announced the promotions of Judi Vance to area manager, Alison Devenay to executive district manager, and Julie Lawler and Joyce Kinstle to district manager.


    Elaine Buxton, president and CEO of Confero, a national customer experience measurement firm, based in Cary, announced:
  • She is featured in the 2012 Woman's Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar, which includes advice from female business leaders in the United States and Canada.
  • The firm was selected as a 2012 Top Business by DiversityBusiness.com
  • She was elected vice chairman of the global board of directors of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association.


Sheronda Jeffries, program manager at the Research Triangle Park division of Cisco Systems, was awarded the COO Award from QuEST Forum for her efforts to open the door for training in Asia and her leadership in the development of training courses used by the organization.


Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, a consulting firm based in Apex, announced that it was recognized by the Carolina chapter of the Society for Technical Communication for its work with NASA. Fuentek received an Excellence Award for the NASA Glenn Research Center technology transfer calendar and a Merit Award for the Innovative Partnerships Office website at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.


Vickie Bevenour, president of the RDW Group, a business coaching firm in Cary, announced that she is featured in the 2012 Woman's Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar.


Caroline E. Shillito, owner of Emma Delon, a design firm in Durham, announced that Nicole Empey joined the company.


Angela Esperon opened the Winmore Salon in Chapel Hill. The salon is the first business to open in the Winmore neighborhood.


Holly Douglas recently opened Beauty and The Bull, a spa, medspa and event space, in downtown Durham.


Jennifer Dunleavy, president of Accuro, a staffing and recruitment company, in Raleigh, announced that Diane H. Craver was named director of recruitment.


Paula Fullerton, owner of Sew Fine II in Durham, announced that the staff of the design studio attended Premiers Training, which was sponsored by Hunter Douglas Window Fashions.

Lauren A. Blackburn, AICP, was named director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation of the N.C. Department of Transportation in Raleigh.


Andrea Harris, president of the Institute of Minority Economic Development, and Barbara Lau, director of the Pauli Murray Project, were among speakers at the official opening of the Historic Parrish Street Forum last month. This celebration of Durham's past was presented by the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Parrish Street Advocacy Group.


The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce announced that Gov. Beverly Perdue attended the organization's 20th anniversary Chamber Executive Women's Luncheon last month. The event, titled From Faxes to Facebook: the Evolution of Women in Business, featured a panel discussion with Diane Adams, executive vice president of culture and talent for Allscripts; Melissa Essary, dean of Campbell Law School; Ravile Gupta, president of Umicore USA; and Billie Redmond, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties.



Ashley Huffsteller Campbell and Melissa Dewey Brumback, partners in Raleigh law firm Ragsdale Liggett, were named 2012 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine.


Melanie Black Dubis, a partner at Park Poe Adams & Bernstein, a law firm based in Raleigh, spoke at last month's luncheon meeting of the League of Women Voters of Wake County. She addressed the topic of N.C. budget cuts.


UNC School of Law awarded 36 first-year students the Gressman-Pollitt award last month. This honor recognizes outstanding oral advocacy in the first-year research, reasoning, writing and advocacy program. Among the recipients were Caroline Elizabeth Cress, Sarah Anne Core, Debolina Das, Ana Friedman, Eva Gullick, Alyssa E. Kisby, Gena C. LeBlanc, Molly Martinson, Amy McCrea, Laura A. Nawrocki, Maura O'Keefe, Kaitlin Dawn Powers, Marcie Hawkins Smith, Georgia Blair Stephenson and Elizabeth Lea Troutman.



Allison Pollard was named account supervisor of the Cary-based Burkhead Brand Group, an advertising agency.


Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Public Relations, based in Raleigh, gave a presentation last month to the Society for Marketing Professional Services. She spoke about public relations in the 21st century.


Karen Lee joined Stewart Engineering, in Raleigh, as a marketing coordinator. Prior to this, she served as an administrative and communications assistant at the American Council of Engineering Companies of N.C.




Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University, in Raleigh, gave the keynote address at the Women's History Month celebration of the N.C Council for Women. The institute is a public policy organization committed to North Carolina's future competitiveness. Also speaking were Annette Taylor, executive director of the N.C. Center for Women in Public Service, a nonpartisan organization that prepares women for elected and appointed offices statewide, and Billie Redmond, CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, in Raleigh.

Laura Webb-Murrah, president of WebbWrites, in Durham, was named to the board of directors of Cornucopia Cancer Support Center, in Durham.

Sandra A. Temple, of Raleigh, executive vice president and chief operations officer for North State Bank, announced the 2012 planning committee for the bank's Summer Salute for Hospice of Wake County, for which she is co-chair. Committee members include Brenda Bateman, Marsha Ball, Helen Ballentine, Susan Caddell, Liz Christensen, Sondra Collins, Shruti Shah Desai, Barbara Doolittle, Diane Garner, Jeanette Hagwood, Donna Miller, Sharon Moe, Donna Pace, Courtney Phillips, Ruth Payne and Ginny Smith.

Michele White, communications coordinator at the Emily Krzyzewski Center, in Durham, announced that its annual Mother's Day Ball is scheduled to take place May 8 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. The center serves academically focused, low-income students, helping them to succeed in school and gain entry to college. It also serves the community with access to its multipurpose rooms, gymnasium and stage.

Dawn Bender Carrington, owner and stylist at Glam Lounge, in Raleigh, and Debra Goodyear, a stylist and makeup artist there, worked with Dress for Success at its annual Success Suits Her luncheon. They donated their services to make over eight women.

Lisa Qualls, president of FemCity Raleigh, the local chapter of Femfessionals, a nationwide network of professional women, announced that the organization held its Power Connection Lunch last month.

Betsey McFarland was named executive director at the Wade Edwards Foundation and Learning Lab, in Raleigh. The organization offers a free after-school program for high school students, which includes homework resources and post-graduation opportunities.

Grace Danuck, chair of the Triangle Arthritis Walk, announced that the fundraiser is scheduled for May 5.

Teresa J. Nichols, communications manager for SAFE Haven Cat Shelter & Clinic, in Raleigh, announced that the Tuxedo Cat Ball was held last month. The semi-formal event included an auction with all proceeds benefitting the shelter.

Paulette V. Becoat, manager of fundraising and special events at the American Diabetes Association, announced that the Student Activities Board of N.C. Central University, in Durham, was one of the hosts of the NCCU Walk for Diabetes last month. The event raised awareness about the disease and money for research.



    M/I Homes, of Raleigh, announced:
  • Sherry Afshinpour, of Keller Williams Realty, won the $1,000 Shopping Spree for January. Afshinpour qualified for the drawing by helping her clients find a home in Silver Lake Bluffs.
  • Allison Moriarty, MIRM, CSP, vice president of sales and marketing for the Raleigh Division, was named chair of the Triangle Sales and Marketing Council of North Carolina.
  • Heather Derr was named top selling agent for attached homes in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties for January by the Triangle Sales and Marketing Council of North Carolina.
  • Paige Coker was named new homes sales consultant.
  • Susan Bach joined the Ballentine and Briar Chapel team, based in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area.


Christy Nelson Beck, sales manager at Heritage Wake Forest and senior sales manager for Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services, was named national sales manager of the year.

    Linda Craft & Team Realtors, based in Raleigh, announced:
  • Muriel Bijeau was named agent of the month.
  • Linda Craft earned the N.C. Short Sale Buyer certification.


Rachel Kendall, broker at The Rachel Kendall Team of Keller Williams Realty, in Raleigh, announced that Angie Cole, buyer's specialist, appeared on HGTV's House Hunters last month.



The journal Preventive Medicine published an article by Jennifer S. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, which discussed the results of one of her studies. The study indicates that education, screening and vaccination programs may affect cervical cancer incidence and mortality. Smith is also director of the Cervical Cancer-Free America initiative.

Jackie Weisenberger, an independent consultant with Rodan+Fields Dermatologists, in Raleigh, recently attended the Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Patricia Pande, physical therapist and pedorthist, announced that FootCentric Fit for Fashion, a fashion show and fundraiser to benefit the Free Your Feet program, took place April 29 at Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center in Chapel Hill. The program provides critical medical footwear to patients in need.

YogaFest NC took place last month in Raleigh. It included classes led by Gin Brunnsen, RYT; Cyndi Bulka, E-RYT; Yvonne Cropp, RYT; Cindy Glass, RYT; Jessica Kassinoff, MSW; Jody Khosla, E-RYT; Susan Kilmon, E-RYT; Carol Krucoff, E-RYT; Ronni Margolin, Ph.D. RYT; Tonya Peele, MS; Judith Valerie, E-RYT; and Barbara Vosk, Ph.D. RYT.

Michelle Johnson, a clinical social worker, taught a yoga class last month in coordination with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.



Janice Russell, president of Cary organizing firm Minding Your Matters, announced the release last month of her e-book, "20 Time-Tested Travel Tips."

Jennifer Tilman, of Apex, hosted a signing last month for her book "Grooming Tales: From A to Z" at the Artists for Animals Faire. All proceeds from the art show benefited local animal rescue groups.

Alice Osborn, of Raleigh, is scheduled to sign her new book of poetry, "After the Steaming Stops," at Vinos Finos y Picadas Wine and Tapas Bar, in Lafayette Village Shopping Center, in North Raleigh, on May 8.

Lori Shandle-Fox, a humor writer in Raleigh, announced that her e-book, "Laughing Is Conceivable: One Woman's Extremely Funny Peek Into the Extremely Unfunny World of Infertility" was launched last month in coordination with National Infertility Awareness Week.

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