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Four studio artists moved into the Artspace building, bringing the count to 33 tenant artists in 28 studios, according to executive director Mary Poole. Artspace artists create and exhibit finished works of art in their studios. Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of more than 100 professional artists and presenting exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986. The new tenant artists are:
- Julie Brooks, whose metalsmith work focuses on human and natural relationships and their tendencies towards fluctuation, instability and vulnerability.
- Toni Cappel, an acrylic painter whose style is both dramatic and bold.
- Kiki Farish, whose pieces range from simple graphite drawings to muted paintings depicting people and everyday scenes.
- Christin Kleinstreuer, a full-time painter since 1999, whose work over the years has ranged from vibrant landscapes to street art.

Michele Little, an image consultant, published "Secrets of Style," a book of everyday tips for looking great. Little is president and CEO of One Chic Mama, which is based in Raleigh.

The board of trustees of N.C. State University, in Raleigh, elected Barbara Mulkey as chair and Gayle Lanier as secretary. Mulkey, of Raleigh, is chairman and founder of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants. She received her bachelor of science and master's degrees in civil engineering from N.C. State. Lanier, of Raleigh, is vice president of corporate services for Progress Energy. She received her bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the university.


Dr. Elizabeth Loboa, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi, distinguished professor of textiles, are among the first researchers to win awards from the Chancellor's Innovation Fund at N.C. State University. The award, for the researchers' work on nonwoven textiles that can be used to release medications, means that enhanced bandages that improve wound healing may soon be in use. The project will receive up to $75,000 in seed money to make the technology more marketable.


Leslie Moore, the owner of Primrose School at the Park, received the 2011 Primrose School's President's Award from among 220 franchised schools across the country. The preschool opened nine years ago in Morrisville.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa, in Cary, which is owned by Ann Goodnight, was named the 10th best hotel in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine in the World's Best Awards 2011. The Umstead is the only North Carolina property on the top 50 list.


Raleigh native Kat Holden launched Kat's Home Repair Referrals (www.katsrefs.com), which connects homeowners with pre-screened, licensed and insured professionals to do work in the greater Raleigh area. The purpose of the free service is to save homeowners both time and stress in finding qualified contractors.


Netsertive, an online ad technology company in Research Triangle Park, hired directors of business development including Shannon Murphy for the security industry and Samantha Strain for the dental industry.

Elizabeth Dickens Austin, of Willow Springs, the first female N.C. National Guard soldier selected for promotion to brigadier general, accepted her promotion in a ceremony earlier this summer on the front lawn of the Guard's new Joint Force Headquarters building in Raleigh. Governor Bev Perdue, state government leaders and senior military commanders as well as Austin's family, friends and rank-and-file soldiers and airmen attended what the military calls a "pinning" ceremony in which Austin began wearing the symbol of her new rank. With her promotion, Austin became the N.C. National Guard's assistant adjutant general for army. Austin has more than 32 years of service as a N.C. National Guard soldier. A career logistics officer, Austin received her officer's commission in 1980 after completing Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga.


N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall visited Moldova earlier this summer to enhance the North Carolina-Moldova Bilateral Partnership. A republic in Eastern Europe, Moldova is located between Romania and Ukraine. During her visit, Marshall was awarded an honorary doctoral degree at the State University of Medicine for her role in continuing to develop the relationship between North Carolina universities and the State Medical University.


An interactive map connecting citizens to treatment, domestic violence, displaced homemaker and sexual assault programs funded by the N.C. Council for Women was posted to its website, www.councilforwomen.nc.gov/programslist.htm, noted Jill Dinwiddie, the council's executive director.

Leadership Triangle, a nonprofit that promotes regionalism around the communities of the Triangle, elected its new members of the board of directors and its officers for 2011-2012. Newly elected members include Kathleen "Casey" Steinbacher, president and CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. The board also re-elected Marianna Clampett, of Clampett Coaching and Consulting; Jamie Nunnelly, who will serve as secretary, from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute; and Mary Musacchia from Corvette & Musacchia.


Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, named its board of directors for 2011-2012, including Amy Hutchinson of WakeMed, secretary; Patti Bartis of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, personnel chair; and Molly Sapienza of RBC Bank, immediate past chair. Newly elected board members include Adrienne Cole, Lend Lease, and Kaye Celeste Evans, Ph.D., St. Augustine's College. Returning board members include: Heather Brewer, Poyner and Spruill; Anna Baird Choi, Allen & Pinnix; and Kimberly Eudy, Epic Games.


Band Together NC, a Triangle nonprofit that uses music to raise funds and awareness for other local nonprofits, announced that Kelly Leonhardt and Caitlin Clinard, as well as Jim Graves, were selected as event co-chairs for 2012. They will lead fundraising and public awareness efforts on behalf of Urban Ministries of Wake County, Band Together's nonprofit partner for 2012. Urban Ministries seeks to alleviate poverty in Wake County through meeting people's basic needs for food, shelter and healthcare.


The Golden Modes - the annual Triangle Commuter Awards event held by the Go Triangle Transportation Demand Management Coordination Program - recognized those who contribute to local efforts to keep the air clean and green while reducing traffic congestion. The Golden Ticket, which is awarded to a champion of transit, went to Ellen Perry of Carrboro. Perry is a frequent user and champion of the Chapel Hill Transit system.


The Greater Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners announced:
Adrienne K. Lumpkin, president of Alternate Access, received the annual Public Policy Advocate award.
Lisa Feierstein, RN, BSN, MBA, co-founder and president of Active Healthcare, was named woman business owner of the year.
Lorraine Johnson, CFP, CPA, of Triangle Financial Advisors, was named member of the year.
Janice Cutler, president and owner of North Raleigh Florist, was elected membership chair.


Alicia Jurney Whitlock, attorney at Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, was elected vice-chair of the board of directors for Haven House Services in Raleigh. The nonprofit helps struggling young people and their families develop positive and successful relationships at home, at school and in the community.


The N.C. Bankers Association, based in Raleigh, hired Meghan Best as associate counsel. Best received her undergraduate degree in accounting with a concentration in financial analysis from N.C. State University and her law degree from Campbell University.

Rosemary G. Kenyon, a partner in the Raleigh law firm of Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, was elected president of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.


Melissa Brumback, partner at Ragsdale Liggett, a Raleigh law firm, earned accreditation as a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Associate by the Green Building Certification Institute. The credential, which denotes knowledge of green design, construction and operations, is intended for professionals who demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. Brumback's legal work is focused on construction issues and the representation of design professionals.


Rebecca A. Russell, owner/broker of ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary, announced sales leaders for June, including Nikki Belsito, Cynthia Johnson, Nancy Guenther, Terri McCall, Pat McElroy, Renee Molina, Gale O'Neal and Anna Marie Wade.


Charlotte Marion was added to the sales team at Heritage Wake Forest, announced Christy Nelson Beck, sales manager for Heritage / Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston Builder Services.

Debbie Knight was hired as the director of the Duke Center for Living at Fearrington, in Pittsboro. Knight will play an integral part in the health and wellness initiatives benefiting the center's members.


Coy Allen, Ph.D., a scientist at UNC-Chapel Hill, and others described a new protein's role in fighting pathogens. While the immune response is finely adapted to battling potentially deadly viruses, such as H1N1 influenza, the mechanisms it uses to fight pathogens can have negative effects, such as inflammatory disorders. A new finding by the UNC scientists provides a window into how the immune system initially reacts to a virus invader, as well as how a subgroup of proteins plays a role in returning the immune system to a normal surveillance function. Their pre-clinical findings were published in the online edition of Immunity. Allen, first author of the paper, is a postdoctoral fellow at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Go Red for Women campaigns in Raleigh and other North Carolina cities are the designated charitable partners for this year's N.C. Governor's Conference for Women, which is set for Nov. 2 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

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