Dorothy F. Eckmann, the education director at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, has received the 2012 Distinguished Service Within the Profession Award from the Georgia Art Education Association. The award, which recognizes a member for exemplary contributions, service and achievement at the state level, was presented during the association’s annual convention on Oct. 21.
Augusta was recently named one of the nation’s Top 10 Digital Cities, getting fifth place, in an annual survey conducted by Digital Communities. The survey measures a community’s technological prowess on dozens of measures. Augusta IT director Michael Blanchard credited the city’s embrace of Web technology, which has opened Augusta’s government to the public through an internet portal called Laserfiche WebLink.
The Paine College Sigma Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will be recognized for 30 years of distinctive service in higher education and quality in the field of English. Sigma Tau Delta’s board of directors will recognize the chapter with a special plaque at the 2012 International Convention, scheduled for Feb. 29 through March 3 in New Orleans.
Augusta recently received honorable mention in the “Large Community” category in the first Sea of Goodwill Awards by Homeward Deployed. The awards recognize communities’ support for the transition of military service members to civilian life. They were given on Nov. 9 during a gala event in Baltimore. Homeward Deployed’s mission is to support military families.
Named to board
Kimberly E. Allen, the manager of child and adolescent life services at Medical College of Georgia Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center, has been elected to the board of directors of the Child Life Council. The council is a nonprofit composed of trained professionals from more than 600 organizations worldwide with expertise in helping children and their families overcome challenging events, particularly those related to health care and hospitalization.
Dr. Constance Jenkins Pritchard, the president and principal of The Pritchard Group Inc., recently achieved the rank of Master Trainer – a rank held by 60 people – in Dallas through the National Career Development Association. The Pritchard Group is based in North Augusta and provides organizational development and human resources services to businesses in the Augusta area. The Master Trainer designation is for professionals who train others to become instructors in the association’s international Career Development Facilitator program.
• Richard C. Henry, a 2007 graduate of T.W. Josey High School and the son of Martha Douglas, of Augusta, completed Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
• James K. Perry, the son of Dawn L. Johnston, of Jackson, and James K. Perry, of Martinez, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.
• Ayrese J. Jennings, a 2009 graduate of Cross Creek High School and the son of Silvia Jones, of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and Brian Jennings of Colorado Springs, Colo., completed Air Force basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
• Reginald N. Roberts, a 2009 graduate of North Augusta High School and the son of Reginald Roberts, of Augusta, graduated from Air Force basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.