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MBA students help market local talent

Ms. Melanie Hunt (seated, center) solicited promotional help for her singing career from the MBA program Marketing Management class.
Ms. Melanie Hunt (seated, center) solicited promotional help for her singing career from the MBA program Marketing Management class.

The Marketing Management class from the Roanoke Valley Campus’ MBA program recently completed a unique class project. Students were asked by Ms. Melanie Hunt to assist with marketing and promotional ideas. When the students first learned of the project, they assumed that Ms. Hunt needed help marketing a business that sold products and/or services. Continue reading MBA students help market local talent

Local organizations hold Justice Rally

As the troubling saga surrounding Ferguson, MO and the shooting of Michael Brown continues to unfold, several local organizations have launched efforts as a response.

The Roanoke Branch NAACP and Roanoke Chapter SCLC hosted a “News Conference and Rally for Justice” on Sunday, Nov. 30. About 50 people gathered at the Martin Luther King Bridge in downtown as a show of support and to voice concerns regarding the troubling series of events including the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer responsible for the shooting. Continue reading Local organizations hold Justice Rally

A birthday fit for a queen

Duke Curtis stands with wife Pat as she cuts an elaborate 3-layer birthday cake.
Duke Curtis stands with wife Pat as she cuts an elaborate 3-layer birthday cake.

by S. Rotan Hale

It was a grand night Saturday, Nov. 29 as family and friends celebrated Pat Curtis’ 60th birthday in style. The Kazim Temple hall in downtown Roanoke was filled with many who came out to support and party with the wife of Duke Curtis of Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home. For the past several years, Pat has been understood by many to be the first lady of the dual family-owned business that has been a tradition in the African American community for over 60 years.  Continue reading A birthday fit for a queen

US Cellular rewards 62 Virginia Teachers

Representatives and recipients from left: Justin Boles, U.S. Cellular store manager, Roanoke; Robert Johnson, principle, Addison Middle School; Jeremy Beckner; Bertram Daniels, area sales manager Virginia; Flossie Lomax, asst. principle
Representatives and recipients from left: Justin Boles, U.S. Cellular store manager, Roanoke; Robert Johnson, principle, Addison Middle School; Jeremy Beckner; Bertram Daniels, area sales manager Virginia; Flossie Lomax, asst. principle

US Cellular delivered exciting news to six area Roanoke teachers that their classroom projects had been funded through the company’s Calling All Teachers program. This is the company’s fourth time working with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org and this year funded $1-million in impactful and engaging classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. The local donation of $30,077.65 supports 62 teachers, benefiting more than 4,156 students in Virginia. Continue reading US Cellular rewards 62 Virginia Teachers

Silver Anniversary Celebration of Praise

Del. Sam Rasoul presents dr. judi commendation plaque.
Del. Sam Rasoul presents dr. judi commendation plaque.

There were plenty of good wishes and encouragement to go around at the Silver Celebration of Praise held for Dr. judi Love Bowman on Friday, Nov. 28 at the Ramada Inn. judi entered the gala to the theme from “Preachers of LA”: “They call me a hero, but I can’t fly,” looking radiant and spreading joy and love. She later signed books and CDs while others enjoyed the catered reception from LaCove which, along with tasty hors d’oeuvres, featured a beautiful cake which depicted the book cover.  Continue reading Silver Anniversary Celebration of Praise

Named executive director of equity and access at Virginia Tech

Pam White
Pam White

BLACKSBURG – Pamela D. White has been named the executive director of equity and access in the Department of Human Resources at Virginia Tech.

White previously served as the department’s director of compliance and conflict resolution and Title IX coordinator for two years and will retain her Title IX responsibilities in her new role. Continue reading Named executive director of equity and access at Virginia Tech