VSU names Hampton provost as interim president
Dr. Pamela Valleria Wilson Hammond has been named interim president of Virginia State University, effective Jan. 1. Hammond is the university’s first woman president. She succeeds Dr. Keith Miller, who recently announced he is stepping down on Dec. 31. Hammond is currently provost/chief academic officer at Hampton University and previously was dean of nursing there. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tuskegee University, a master’s degree in maternal-child nursing from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and a doctorate in urban services, with a concentration in educational leadership and health care administration, from Old Dominion University.
Martin’s Food Markets recently held a grand opening for its new 74,000-squarefoot store at 200 Charter Colony Parkway in Midlothian. The store replaces the grocery chain’s Sycamore Square location. The Carlisle, Pa.-based company also recently completed a major remodel and 6,000-squarefoot addition at its store at 13700 Hull Street Road, Midlothian.
Chester-based Flagstop Car Wash recently held a grand opening for its new location at 6479 Iron Bridge Road. The event featured a fundraiser for the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program that resulted in a $567 donation to the program. Flagstop will continue to accept donations to the Christmas Mother through Dec. 1 at all of its full-service locations.
Midlothian-based BHVA Ventures recently entered into a partnership with Ashland-based Daystar Desserts, Mechanicsville-based Data Directions and Richmond-based Madison & Main to form a new company, WBC Ventures, that will distribute and market the World’s Best Cheesecake brand. Daystar acquired the brand in 2004. BHVA will provide shipping and customer service, Data Directions will manage the company’s website and Madison & Main will handle branding and marketing efforts.
Seven Chesterfield County high school bands recently were awarded the top rating, superior, by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association: Clover Hill High’s Marching Cavaliers, directed by Steve Conley; Cosby High’s Titan Band, directed by Earl Shaffer Jr.; Manchester High’s Marching Lancers, directed by Brian Morton; Matoaca High’s Marching Warriors, directed by Donald Davis; Midlothian High’s Marching Trojans, directed by Gordon Rawls; Monacan High’s Marching Chiefs, directed by Jenny Ryan; and Thomas Dale High’s Marching Knights, directed by David Holley and Steve Barton. Two bands received the second-highest rating, excellent: Bird High’s Skyhawk Band, directed by Emily Oyan; and James River High’s Regiment, directed by Justin Turpin.
Three Chesterfield County schools and five educators recently received awards from Working in Support of Education, a nonprofit that promotes financial literacy, for student achievement on the 2013-14 WISE financial literacy certification test: James River High, Midlothian High and Thomas Dale High were among 284 schools nationally named Blue Star Schools for having a 75 percent pass rate on the WISE test and having either a majority of students in a particular grade take the test or having the students who took the test achieve an average score of at least 80 percent. Among 495 teachers nationally to receive WISE Gold Star Teacher Awards were Midlothian High teacher Steve Hayward; James River High teachers Rose Malone and Alex Addison; and Monacan High teachers Monica Boehling and Tobie Peacock. The award recognizes teachers who have 90 percent or more of the students in at least one of their classes pass the WISE test.
Virginia State University’s Agricultural Research Station recently was awarded a three-year grant of $298,849 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s 1890 Capacity Building Grant Program. The grant will be used to develop a method of simultaneously removing nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural and municipal wastewaters in a mineral form known as dittmarite. The research team will design, construct and implement a pilot-scale module for removing these nutrients from wastewater and will provide an economic assessment of dittmarite as a fertilizer.
John Tyler Community College recent was awarded a $128,000 grant from Altria Group to expand its STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health care) community outreach efforts. The grant will help Tyler promote STEM-H careers and degrees to middle and high school students through campus visits and summer enrichment opportunities; support the creation of a college-readiness initiative for high school students to assess math proficiency; plan and hold STEM-H summer camps for fourth through eighth graders; and hire a new STEM-H coordinator.
Meredith Potter, a James River High School graduate and Longwood University junior, has been awarded the Drew and Risa Hudson Family Scholarship for the study of geriatric care. Potter has been working since September as a research assistant on a project on cognitive impairment and health care decision-making among older adults in rural areas. She will continue the research during the spring 2015 semester. A nursing major who plans to specialize in gerontological nursing, Potter is the daughter of Amy and Ken Potter of Midlothian.
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