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VSU to host ceremony for first-year president


Danna Markland (left), president of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, joined developer Scott Camp (holding scissors) and the Chesdin Realty team – Kimberley Booth, Michele McKinney and Greg Lupsha – to unveil the newest section at Chesdin Landing on March 1. Danna Markland (left), president of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, joined developer Scott Camp (holding scissors) and the Chesdin Realty team – Kimberley Booth, Michele McKinney and Greg Lupsha – to unveil the newest section at Chesdin Landing on March 1. Virginia State University will host an Investiture Ceremony for its 14th president, Makola M. Abdullah, on Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. in the VSU Multipurpose Center.

The ceremony is part of a weeklong celebration that includes a prayer walk and interfaith service on Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m., a performance by the Petersburg Symphony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, and the President’s Basketball Game and Inaugural Gala on Saturday, March 25.

Abdullah, a native of Chicago, earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Howard University and attended Northwestern University for his master’s and doctoral studies. At 24, he became the youngest African American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at Northwestern.

Abdullah recently celebrated his first year as president of VSU. In his year of leadership, freshman enrollment increased by 30 percent, the university was removed from warning status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Colleges, and the university opened its Academic Excellence Center, designed to help VSU students develop successful study skills, prepare for careers and internships, receive academic advisement and learn about study abroad opportunities.

For more information visit vsu.edu/ inauguration or call 524-3085.

Organizations

Richmond Animal League’s fourth annual cocktail party and silent auction, Sugar & Spice, set record-breaking numbers this year, raising over $60,000 to help homeless animals in Central Virginia. In late February, over 260 RAL friends, supporters, sponsors and community members enjoyed an evening full of sweet and savory tastings from local vendors, a silent auction and the Small Art with Big Heart art show, featuring over 150 pieces of art.

Swift Creek Middle School raised $1,500 for the American Heart Association during a recent Hoops for Heart event. Fifteen sixth-grade teams, 10 seventh-grade teams and 10 eighth-grade teams took part. During the weeklong event, students made donations to attend the 3-on-3 tournaments after school and to attend the Feb. 13 student-faculty game, in which the teachers won two of the three games.

Hoops for Heart generates awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and how it can be prevented through the use of CPR and AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in schools and public places.

Business

The Bon Secours Wound Care Center at St. Francis Medical Center has received a national award for clinical excellence. The Center of Distinction award, given by Healogics, recognizes St. Francis for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound-healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days.

Steam Bell Beer Works of Midlothian has announced that it will create a new, signature beer for Massey Alliance. A portion of the proceeds from this new brew will go to benefit the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Base Camp Realty recently held a ribbon cutting to unveil the newest section of 12 home sites at Chesdin Landing. With more than 3,000 acres, the waterfront and golf lifestyle community is a short commute to downtown Richmond and the Tri-City area, and features both waterfront and golf course home sites.

Announcements can be emailed to news@localnewsllc.com, faxed to 744-3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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