NAACP awards

The Augusta Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People won the Southeast Region Crati Ruby Hurley Award during the NAACP Southeast Region’s 59th annual Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute, held March 22-25 in Raleigh, N.C. This award honors outstanding NAACP programmatic activities.


The Augusta Branch president, Dr. Charles J. Smith Sr., won the Medgar Evers Award for outstanding leadership in the NAACP. Smith also received the award in 2011 at the regional convention held in Montgomery, Ala.

In addition to Smith, the event also was attended by Augusta Branch delegates Paul Thompkins, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities chairman; and Susie M. Smith, the branch first lady. More than 500 adult and youth dele­gates from Georgia, South Caro­lina, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Mississippi attended. The Augusta Branch received more awards than any unit from across the Southeast Region.


Business boot camp

Derek Jackson, of Augusta, recently graduated from the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program at the Louisiana State University Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. Jackson is a former sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve National Guard.

He was among 11 veterans who took part in the EBV at LSU, held Feb. 25 through March 3. The program provides cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small-business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities, to help them in pursue business ownership. Since its inception in 2007, the program has been offered at no cost to veterans.


Piano competition

Twenty-one young pianists from the Augusta area, ranging from fourth to 12th grade, will soon compete against their peers from around the state in the annual Georgia Music Teachers Association Pre-College Piano Competition.

In auditions held March 10, 21 students, including seven from Richmond County, were chosen from a field of 42 to represent the Augusta Music Teachers Association in competition at Columbus State University on April 22. Students’ selections included masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart and Rachmaninoff. All of the local winners were featured in a recital at Brandon Wilde of Evans on March 15.

Richmond County winners are: eighth grade, Tristan Nguyen Tu (John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School); ninth grade, Emma Liu and Tho Van (Davidson); 10th grade, Amy Chen (Westminster Schools of Augusta); 11th grade, Meiji Nguyen and Golda Nguyen (Davidson); 12th grade, Mackenzie Marr (Davidson).


Bradley selected for commission

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation is the organization that unifies the accreditation process for colleges and universities who prepare individuals who want to work in pre-K through 12th grade. CAEP’s Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting is a high-profile, broad-based group of educators who will develop high standards that will bring greater rigor to education preparation, while fostering innovation and continuous improvement in programs that produce teachers and other education professionals.

Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, the associate vice president of Academic Affairs at Paine College, was selected to serve as a member of this commission because of her leadership roles on the Unit Accreditation Board’s Standards Committee, as chairwoman of the new International Committee, and her previous membership on NCATE’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Experience.


Military training

Nnika K. Tyrell, the daughter of Annmarie P. Thomas, of Hephzibah, recently graduated from Navy recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. She is a 2005 graduate of Central High School in Macon, Ga.


Museum grant

Heritage Preservation has chosen Augusta Museum of History to par­ticipate in the 2012 Con­­servation Assessment Program.

The program assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommend ways to improve their condition.

A professional conservator will spend two days surveying the site and three days preparing a comprehensive report that will identify conservation priorities.

The assessment report will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range and long-range care of its collections.


Research awards

Ten Augusta State University students received awards last month for their research at the Student Research and Fine Arts Conference that was sponsored by ASU’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The annual conference serves as an opportunity for all students at ASU, regardless of discipline, to showcase their scholarly and artistic endeavors.

The winners and their research presentations include: Philip Javernick, Second Harmonic Generation and Non-linear Corrections to the High Frequency Susceptibility of a Multiferroic Material; Tanei Ricks, Synthesis of B-Hydroxy and |--Hydroxy Persin Derivatives; David Stone, Synthesis of a stable Hexacene; Harry “Jake” Reed, Synthesis of Benzothiadiazine Sulfone Derivatives as Potential HHV-6 Inhibitors; Noel Yucuis, No Moor Stereotyping: Revealing the Humanity of Shakespeare’s Aaron and Othello; and Morgan Tomberlin and Elizabeth White, Identifying and Defining Components of Conversational Turns Through Time.

The winners of the poster presentations were: Eunice Hong, Isolation of Lactams from a Classical 2-aminopyrrole Synthesis; and Anna Hendon and Katie Bruce, Perceived Benefits of Opposite-sex Friendships Among Homosexuals and Heterosexuals.



Medical scholarships


Augusta Technical College’s foundation presented two Medical Assisting students with $500 scholarships: Hailey Ansley, who attends in Waynesboro, Ga., and Stephanie Slaughter, who attends in Augusta. The scholarships are made possible through the Lisa Nagle Scholarship Endowment created by Dr. Paul Fischer of the Center for Primary Care. The scholarships are awarded twice annually, in the spring and fall semesters.




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