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Hundreds attend Va Tech Faculty Women of Color Conference

Conference: Joy Gaston-Gayles (center), associate professor in the College of Education at North Carolina State University, received the Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award for teaching/research faculty. Lucinda Roy (left), Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech and Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for Strategic Affairs and vice provost for Inclusion and Diversity.

Virginia Tech was host to more than 400 talented, accomplished women who convened in Blacksburg for the sixth annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference.

The two-day conference held April 5-6, offered women-of-color faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country. This marked the second year that the national conference took place at Virginia Tech, with attendees traveling from throughout the US. Continue reading Hundreds attend Va Tech Faculty Women of Color Conference

Local legendary musician Maxine Hunt passes

Maxine Hunt

On Thursday, April 5, Roanoke’s beloved Maxine Juanita Nicholas Hunt departed this life to play and sing with the heavenly choir with her Lord and Savior.

She was 87, born June 23, 1930 one of five children of the late Samuel and Susie Eanes Nicholas. She was a resident of Roanoke her entire life, leaving only to formulate her education. Continue reading Local legendary musician Maxine Hunt passes

Kappa Alpha Psi Annual Relays Track Meet

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

The Roanoke (VA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity held its annual Kappa Relays Track Meet on Thursday, April 12. The Kappa Relays is a city-wide middle school track meet that awards athletes for their athletic and academic success. Coach Sherley Stuart (pictured in the center of the Kappa Relays banner) and the late Coach Rudy Dillard helped start this event back in the 1980s. Continue reading Kappa Alpha Psi Annual Relays Track Meet

‘Code Red: Playwrights Against Gun Violence’ production

“Code Red: Playwrights Against Gun Violence,” a collection of short plays by playwrights around the country responding to the Parkland school shooting, will be staged in Roanoke on April 20, 2018. Under the direction of Kerry Plank, the production will feature staged readings of 10 pieces written after the February 14 incident. Continue reading ‘Code Red: Playwrights Against Gun Violence’ production

Historic Hotel and restaurant, among 4-Diamond establishments in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio Collection by Hilton and The Regency Room restaurant at the historic property, have been awarded the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Designation Rating for lodging and restaurants. The hotel is part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of upper upscale, one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts all celebrated for their individuality. Continue reading Historic Hotel and restaurant, among 4-Diamond establishments in Virginia’s Blue Ridge