Category Archives: Featured Stories

Local festival explodes with the “colors” of the Philippines

Dancers perform traditional Philippine routine in dazzling colors characteristic of their region. — photos by S. Hale

by Jazzmine Otey

The aroma of traditional foods filled the air as members of different cultures showcased their unique customs following the Parade of Nations when Local Colors held on Saturday, May 20 at Elmwood Park. From vibrant costumes, chants dances and other acts unique to their ethnicity, each nationality was proudly represented within the Local Colors Festival.

This year marked the festival’s 27th year, organized and held annually in Roanoke by founder Pearl Fu. Representing over a hundred different cultures, the lively event never fails to attract a large crowd and it did just that on sunny Saturday. Continue reading Local festival explodes with the “colors” of the Philippines

Jefferson College of Health Sciences celebrates 2017 Spring Commencement

JCHS: Biomedical Sciences Program grads Adam Battaglia, left, and Sandy Paul, with Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop

Jefferson College of Health Sciences at Carilion Clinic celebrated Spring Commencement on Friday, May 5, 2017. The event took place in the Berglund Special Events Center in Roanoke.

A total of 248 Jefferson College students on the masters, bachelors and associate degree levels accepted their diplomas and become alumni of the College during the event. These students graduated from 15 different academic programs at the College. Continue reading Jefferson College of Health Sciences celebrates 2017 Spring Commencement

Brothers to re-unite at Stanford University

Chance(l) and Curtis Staples

Chance Staples, a freshman at Salem High School has been accepted into Stanford University’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute to study law. Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute is an opportunity for academically talented and motivated high school students from all over the world when apply in competition. Chance is excited about being selected for this and also thrilled about spending the summer with his brother, Curtis Staples who is a freshman at Stanford.   Continue reading Brothers to re-unite at Stanford University

Law-Philmon named Certified Nurse Educator

Sharvette Law-Philmon

Lincoln University’s Nursing Director and Chair Sharvette Law-Philmon, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

“The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue,” said Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN. “Through the certification program we have made clear to the ranks of higher education that the role of nurse educator is an advanced professional practice discipline with a defined practice setting and demonstrable standards of excellence.” Continue reading Law-Philmon named Certified Nurse Educator

AKA Community Impact Day

Participants from left: Adriane Tasco, Carla Shepherd, Charysse Hairston, Faith Dowdy, Pam Edwards, Cindy Keaton, Deborah Davoll, Marylen Harmon.

On Saturday, May 21, members of the Beta Chi Omega chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., spent the morning refreshing the playground at the Baptist Friendship House on Elm Ave. Members cut grass, painted a picnic table, and did extensive weeding. This activity was part of the international sorority’s Community Impact Day, “1908 Playground Mobilization Project.” Continue reading AKA Community Impact Day

Roanoke Deltas culminate May Week Program

Recipients L-R: Shirley White, Connie Steele, Monica Callaway, Bonnie Pritchett and Gale Dowe.

The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrated the May Week with two celebrations, the “Celebration of Youth” Friday, May 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Terrace Elementary School with  Miss Jabberwock 2017, Tiana Keeling, as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Each year, the Education Coordinators share the accomplishments of their programs and present “Certificates of Participation” to the girls / boys in their programs. Continue reading Roanoke Deltas culminate May Week Program