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"Possibilities," a show at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts through Sept. 23, features the kiln-formed glass work of Susan Hope, the metal sculpture of Renee Leverty, and the paintings and mixed-media birds of Michele Yellin.


The oil paintings of Cary's Nancy Hughes Miller and the pottery of Wake Forest's Jennifer Stas are featured in an exhibit at Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection, in Raleigh, throughout September.


Susan G. Luster's hand-painted stoneware tiles exhibit, "Into the Woods," and Phyllis Andrews's acrylic paintings exhibit, "A Vacation for the Mind," are featured at the Cary Gallery of Artists from Sept. 28 to Oct. 23.


Ann Watcher's paintings are featured in the ArtSource Fine Art Gallery, in Raleigh. She works primarily in oils.


Jacquelin Liggins' "90 Plus," featuring photographs of people in their 90s, was presented by the Hillsborough Artist Cooperative at the Skylight Gallery, in Hillsborough.


Carol Joy Shannon's painting exhibition, "City Days and Island Dreams," was featured at the The ArtsCenter, in Carrboro.


    Artspace, in Raleigh, announced:
  • Mary Kircher, a fiber artist and textile designer, and Nancy VanNoppen, a mixed-media stain painter, are two of the regional emerging artists-in-residence until January.
  • Emily Howard, a fiber artist and textile advocate, and Tisha Weddington, a painter, are two of the community artists-in-residence.


Laura Fravel, a curator at the Ackland Art Museum, in Chapel Hill, gave a guided tour of "Chords of Memory: Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton." She discussed attempts to visually represent early 20th-century songs of the rural South and Midwest.



Barbara Mulkey, chairwoman and founder of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, in Raleigh, was elected chair of the N.C. State University board of trustees.


Trudi Brown, former director of development for the Poole College of Management at N.C. State University, in Raleigh, was named to the same position at Campbell Law School, in Raleigh.


Kenia Thompson was named the telemarketing program coordinator in the admissions and recruitment office of William Peace University, in Raleigh.


Brittany Lang, a former student at Duke University, in Durham, became the first-ever player who went to Duke to win an LPGA tour event. She won the Manulife Financial Classic.


Kristin Dungan, a student from Durham, received a $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary education from the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program for making a positive impact by volunteering in her community.




The Apex Chamber of Commerce hosted "Exploring Women in Leadership 2012: Where Have All the Women Gone?" last month at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, in Apex. The event featured speakers Annette Taylor, executive director of the N.C. Center for Women in Public Service, in Raleigh; Chris Hilt, president of CLH Design, in Cary; and Cindy Anderson, head of the accounting services group at Raleigh's RSM McGladrey, a certified public accounting firm.


    Cary's Umstead Hotel and Spa, co-owned by Ann Goodnight:
  • Was named the No. 11 best large-city hotel in the U.S. and Canada. It was the only North Carolina property in the top 30 hotels of Travel + Leisure's 17th annual World's Best Awards 2012.
  • Received Wine Spectator's 2012 Best of Award of Excellence for its signature restaurant, Herons.


Natalie Perkins, president of Clean Design, a branding and design agency, in Research Triangle Park, announced that the firm was selected as the agency-of-record for Paragon Commercial Bank, in Raleigh.


Cary's A10 Clinical Solutions, a clinical research and healthcare delivery organization, whose president and CEO is Leah Brown, is partnering with AARP. The partnership will work to connect employers seeking experienced workers with qualified professionals by way of LinkedIn for the Work Reimagined program.




Ashley Christensen, chef and owner of Poole's Diner, in Raleigh, hosted the eighth Stir the Pot benefit. The fundraiser supports documentary projects of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.


Katie Coleman, chef of Durham Spirits Co., taught a class at the Durham Farmers' Market. She took participants through the market, talking about several products offered and then showed them how to cook a few.


Sweet Memories Bakery, a company in Apex owned by Donna Ford, donated the desserts for a meeting of the Triangle chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives.


Sybil Joyner, the bookkeeper for Meals on Wheels of Durham since 1997, retired.



The administration of Elaine F. Marshall, N.C. secretary of state, was named one of four finalists in the National Association of Secretaries of State's first-ever IDEAS Award. The honor recognizes those who exhibit innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in service in their departments' programs.


Phyllis Barbour was named district director for the 13th congressional district, in Raleigh. Barbour has worked in the Raleigh office for nine years as outreach director and scheduler.


Gov. Bev Perdue signed House Bill 799, which permits military-trained applicants who have been awarded a military occupational specialty and military spouses who are licensed in another jurisdiction to receive occupational licenses in North Carolina.




Queue, a new marketing and advertising firm, in Raleigh, hired Suzanne Magnus as the agency's account director.


    Patty Briguglio, CEO of MMI Public Relations, in Cary, announced that:
  • Katharine Buhler joined the firm as the financial manager.
  • The firm won two 2012 videographer awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.


Lauren Canjar joined Brasco Design + Marketing, in Raleigh, as marketing account coordinator.




Junko Fujiyama, of Chapel Hill, performed at an International Focus event, "Culture Talks!," in Raleigh. "Culture Talks!" is a quarterly presentation that concentrates on international cultures, personal and professional experiences living and working abroad, and global issues.


Suzanne Golden, of Golden Relations, in Raleigh, announced that the Indigo Girls will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Oct. 19.


Lila, a musician, performed at Oak City 7, a free concert series, in downtown Raleigh.


Vivienne Benesch is directing PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of "Red" at the Paul Green Theatre, in Chapel Hill. The show runs from Sept. 19 to Oct. 7.


Christina Zagrobelny, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, is directing Deirdre O'Connor's "Jailbait." The show runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7 at the Murphy School Auditorium, in Raleigh.


Nikki Dyke, founder and director of the Clayton Youth Theater, won the 2012 Frances Finch Hobart Award for her outstanding voluntary community service.




The Museum of Durham History hired Katie Spencer as its first executive director. Spencer had served as co-director of the nonprofit organization since last year.


    The Tammy Lynn Center for developmental disabilities, in Raleigh, announced that:
  • Sarah Crawford, director of development, partnered with Band Together, a live music event, to raise funds and awareness.
  • Connie Williams, supervisor of Tucker Residence, was awarded the James Auten Moore Award for Excellence in Service. Williams has worked at the center for 12 years.
  • Ann McElroy, a habitation specialist and teacher, was awarded the Virginia Franks Achievement of Excellence Award.


Cynthia Fox, of Chapel Hill Wild Bird Center, spoke about seasonal bird care at FRANK, an art gallery, in Chapel Hill.


Patti Wilt, development associate of the Lucy Daniels Center, a nonprofit provider of child mental health services, in Cary, announced that the center will partner with SAFEchild, a Wake County agency committed to eliminating child abuse.


April Bush, training and events coordinator for Communities in Schools North Carolina, a Raleigh-based organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school, participated in "Build a Backpack," a statewide campaign to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students in North Carolina.


Jill Wofford, founder of The Caring Community Foundation, a Cary-based nonprofit dedicated to helping Triangle-area cancer patients in need of financial assistance, announced the foundation's 12th annual Pay-It-Forward Party. On Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills, the charity hosts an evening of fundraising, food and fun from 7 p.m. to midnight.



Candi McDowell, assistant property manager of York Properties, was hired as the new account executive for the Building Owners and Managers Association of Raleigh-Durham.


Muriel Bijeau was agent of the month at Linda Craft & Team REALTORS, in Raleigh.
Debbie VanHorn was agent of the month at Heritage, a New Home community in Wake Forest.



Jeane M. Govan, a graduate student at N.C. State University, in Raleigh, co-authored a paper on hydrogen peroxide and gene expression. The study was centered on the way that hydrogen peroxide serves as a messenger for cells and its role in detecting cellular health and disease. The research team published its results in "Angewandte Chemie," a scientific journal.


Carmina Valle, MPH, is the first recipient of the Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award. Valle, a Ph.D. student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will receive $5,000 for her dissertation and research on cancer and population sciences.


Rebecca Cade, a scientist at Research Triangle Park's Syngenta, a global plant-development company, participated in research to analyze the genetic sequence for two tomato varieties.




Symbology, a Raleigh-based fair trade clothing label by Marissa Heyl, celebrated its first collection. The retailer features handmade, fashion-forward clothing.


Chapel Hill's Citrine Salon, co-owned by Eileen Nixon, was named one of Elle Magazine's Top 100 Salons. The salon was also featured on the 2011 list and won Salon Today's Salon of the Year 2010.


Jen Menchaca, a designer at Nation LTD, a clothing store, held a trunk show at Gena Chandler, in Raleigh. She shared the latest fall designs of her upscale T-shirt collection.



Two women joined the board of directors of the Triangle Metro American Heart Association. They are Sheree Mann, chief operating officer of The Right Plan, an event and production management solutions firm, in Raleigh, and Betsy Gaskins McClaine, vice president of heart and vascular services at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, in Raleigh.


Lotus Survival Foundation, a nonprofit that provides awareness, education and resources to those affected by breast cancer, will receive funds raised by Downtown Clubs of Raleigh's second annual Charity Classic. The event, "The Downtown BBQ Bash," takes place on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Cardinal Club, in Raleigh.


    Rex Healthcare announced:
  • Amy Daniels was promoted to executive director of Rex Healthcare Foundation. The foundation raises money to support programs and services at the hospital. Daniels, who was previously the manager of foundation operations, oversees a staff of seven people.
  • Usha Soundarapandian, MD, joined the Rex Senior Health Center. The board-certified physician provides services in geriatric care and family medicine.




Carol Henderson hosts a symposium about writing toward healing on Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The workshop includes lunch and a copy of Henderson's book "Losing Malcolm, a Mother's Journey Through Grief."


Pam Durban, the Doris Betts distinguished professor of creative writing at UNC- Chapel Hill, reads from her new novel, "The Tree of Forgetfulness," on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, in Chapel Hill; Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Regulator Bookshop, in Durham; Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books, in Raleigh; and Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at McIntyre's Books, in Pittsboro.


Hillsborough's Eno Publishers, which is owned by Elizabeth Woodman and Gita Schonfeld, published "27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry." A dozen local women contributed to the anthology.




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