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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday September 09, 2018 ( 49 items )  

#HipHopEdWPU: WPU Serving as Education Partner of Inaugural Dreamville Festival
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- William Peace University issued the following news: William Peace University is proud to announce it is serving as an education partner and sponsor of Dreamville Festival, to be held in Dix Park Saturday, September 15, 2018. The festival is hosted by Dreamville Records and its founder and feature artist, Fayetteville-raised and Grammy-nominated emcee J. Cole. The event will include national and local hip hop acts, including Big Sean, Nelly, Rich the Kid, SZA,  more

'Fire From the Mountain: Glass and Steel' Opens Sept. 6 at Methodist University
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- Methodist University issued the following news release: Kate Vogel fell in love long ago with the artistic possibilities that can result from working with the simple materials of glass and metal. She believes those who attend the exhibit "Fire from the Mountain: Glass and Steel" will feel the same. "As you view the show you will see how each artist has harnessed the properties of glass or metal to create works of personal expression,'' she said. "Hopefu  more

ACLU of N.C. Releases Roadmap for Cutting Incarceration by 50 Percent
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina today released a report that outlines how North Carolina can reduce its jail and prison population by half and save more than $1 billion by pursuing reforms that include diverting more people to treatment programs, ending cash bail, eliminating mandatory minimums for drug sentences, and expanding access to compass  more

Air Quality Monitors Placed on Cullowhee Campus, Highlands Biological Station
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- Western Carolina University issued the following news release: The Clean Air Carolina advocacy group recently provided air quality monitors at two Western Carolina University locations for both research and providing real-time data to the public. The monitors were placed at WCU's Health and Human Sciences Building on the Cullowhee campus and at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands to detect weather fluctuations and particle pollution in the region  more

Alamance County Commissioners Unanimously Vote to Oppose Fracked Gas Mountain Valley Pipeline Extension
GRAHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Today, the Alamance County, NC County Commission unanimously voted to oppose the extension of the controversial fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). They are the first elected body to officially oppose the project's extension into North Carolina. The MVP has been controversial from the day it was announced. In addition to transporting climate-disrupting fracked gas, the project has been cited in West V  more

Alumna to Compete for Miss America Crown on Sunday
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- The University of North Carolina School of the Arts issued the following news release: University of North Carolina School of the Arts alumna Nia Imani Franklin, a native of Winston-Salem, will compete in the 2019 Miss America Contest on Sunday, Sept. 9, as Miss New York. Franklin received a master's degree in composition from the School of Music in 2017, and was awarded a Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education. She competed in the Miss New York   more

American Association of Independent Professional Baseball: 2018 All-Stars Announced
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 3 -- The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball issued the following news release: The American Association announced the 2018 Post-Season All-Star team on Monday, September 3. The team was selected by a vote of the league's field managers and media. The Wichita Wingnuts and Sioux City Explorers paced the league with three All-Stars each. The All-Stars: Catcher: Justin O'Conner, St. Paul Saints * Leads Saints with 17 home runs * Fifth on the  more

Annual Jo Cline Astronomy Lecture to Feature Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez
JAMESTOWN, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- Guilford Technical Community College issued the following news release: Guilford Technical Community College's Cline Observatory and the GTCC Foundation will present a free lecture, "Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and Other Matters" by Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez. The annual Jo Cline Astronomy Lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 in the Joseph S. Koury Auditorium on GTCC's Jamestown Campus. Following the lecture, Cline Observatory will  more

As Urged by SCSJ, North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement Directs AG's Office to Move to Quash Overbroad ICE Subpoenas
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 7 -- The Southern Coalition for Social Justice issued the following news release: Today, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement unanimously agreed to direct the North Carolina Attorney General's Office to take all necessary steps to quash the vague, burdensome and potentially illegal subpoenas that the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern North Carolina served in the last week on the State Board and 44 county boards of elections. Yesterday, t  more

Bail Reform Has Broad, Bipartisan Support in N.C., Poll Finds
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina issued the following news release: North Carolinians across the ideological spectrum overwhelmingly support reforming the state's bail system, according to a statewide poll commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina. The survey of 580 North Carolina voters shows that 74 percent would support efforts to reform North Carolina's bail system and make the process of deciding whe  more

Beverly Pilkey Joins Charleston County School District as Executive Director of Exceptional Children
CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Sept. 7 -- Charleston County School District issued the following news: Charleston County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce and welcome Beverly Holt Pilkey to the Exceptional Children department. She has served as CCSD's Interim Director of Instructional Programs since the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Pilkey began her career in 1990 as a high school English teacher in Lexington, North Carolina. She has 10 years of experience as an assistant principa  more

CCL Seeks Community-Minded Leaders for an 18-Month Fellowship Opportunity
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- The Center for Creative Leadership issued the following news release: The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) today announced it has received an $8.7 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to lead a program that develops and connects leaders who want to create a more equitable society for all. The grant will support implementation of the WKKF Community Leadership Network, an 18-month fellowship program offering hands-on training, personaliz  more

Chowan University Campus Ministry Builds on Past to Strengthen Future
MURFREESBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 7 -- Chowan University issued the following news: Chowan University Campus Ministry, led by Reverend Mari Wiles, Minister to the University, and Reverend Drew Phillips, Associate Minister, is extremely active in the community and abroad. Introducing students to missions locally and globally is a priority of Chowan Campus Ministry. The experiences transform not only the lives of those served but the lives of the student missionaries as well. Chowan Campus Min  more

Chowan University Names Board of Visitors Chair and Vice Chair
MURFREESBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- Chowan University issued the following news: Chowan University names Thomas "Tommy" Edwin Forbes as Chair of the Board of Visitors, and Walter "Walt" Fletcher Pierce as Vice Chair. Both have previous Board membership and involvement with Chowan. John M. Tayloe, Vice President for Development, said, "Tommy and Walt are both natives, businessmen, and invested in the community and the well-being of Chowan. Both are assets to the University. I am pleased to  more

Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts Can Backfire for New Brands
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- North Carolina State University issued the following news release: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts may not always have the brand-building effects that companies want. Recent research finds a new brand can be viewed as less effective if consumers know the company donates money to good causes - though the researchers did find ways for companies to sidestep this problem. "We wanted to know how a company's brand is affected by its CSR efforts," says  more

CRL GSE Reform Testimony: Preserve Access to Mortgages for All Credit-Worthy Borrowers
DURHAM, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- The Center for Responsible Lending issued the following news release: Today before a U.S. House Financial Services Committee hearing on reforms to the housing finance system and the future of Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) presented testimony that called for a trio of components to be preserved and strengthened. Together these principles will build upon housing reforms that have already occurred, while also bo  more

Dr. Michelle Linster Appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- Bennett College issued the following news release: Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins announces the appointment of Dr. Michelle Linster as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Since arriving at Bennett in 2008 as an Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Linster has served on various committees or in several leadership roles. She has been a member of the General Education Committee, a representative to the Faculty Sen  more

Duke Energy's New Long Term Energy Plans Fail to Fully Embrace Clean Energy's Power And Potential in Carolinas
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Duke Energy, the country's largest electric utility, has filed new long term energy plans for Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress that set earlier closure dates for some polluting coal units, but still bank on climate disrupting fracked gas as a mainstay for electricity generation. These Integrated Resource Plans, filed with state regulators, are meant to guide Duke in identifying resources to m  more

EdCampWNC Returns to NCCAT in October
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, Sept. 7 -- The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching issued the following news: Educators can learn and share during a day of professional development at EdCampWNC Saturday, Oct. 13 at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. EdCamps, which began in 2010, are not like a traditional conference with a set schedule determined months ahead of the event. This professional development model has an agenda that is created at the start of the  more

Education Professor's Article Awarded Editorial Pick of the Year
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania, Sept. 7 -- Westminster College issued the following news release: An article co-authored by Sararose Lynch, associate professor of education at Westminster College, was selected as a favorite pick by the editorial panel of the Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School journal. Lynch served as lead author of "Productive Struggle for All: Differentiated Instruction," which was chosen as the 2018 Editorial Pick of the Year. Lynch collaborated with Jessica Hunt from N  more

Elon Law Student Places Third in National Legal Writing Contest
ELON, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- Elon University issued the following news release: Rebecca Elliott L'19 was honored in the Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition sponsored by the Mercer University School of Law and the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. An Elon Law student has parlayed a class assignment from last spring into national accolades. Rebecca Elliott L'19 placed third overall in the 2018 Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition sponsored by t  more

Elon Poll: N.C. Voters Know Little About Proposed Constitutional Amendments
ELON, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- Elon University issued the following news release: A new Elon University Poll found that support for two constitutional amendments to appear on the ballot this fall shifted when voters received additional explanation of what the amendments entail. FULL REPORT & METHODOLOGY This fall, North Carolina voters will be asked to vote on up to six state constitutional amendments on a ballot that will contain a simple, single-sentence description of what each measure e  more

Environment America Issues Statement on Hearings on Chemical Contaminants
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 -- Environment America issued the following statement by Clean Water Advocate Bart Johnsen-Harris as the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Environment holds the first congressional hearing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been contaminating drinking water: "PFAS is contaminating drinking water from Michigan to North Carolina, affecting up to 110 million people across America. While today's hearing shines a welcome spotlight on this problem, Con  more

Environmental Research & Education Foundation Issues Targeted Request for Pre-Proposals Focused on Recycling
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- The Environmental Research and Education Foundation issued the following news release: The Environmental Research & Education (EREF) Board of Directors has identified a high priority research topic in the area of residential recycling and has issued a request for pre-proposals on the topic to support the long-term needs and strategic direction of the solid waste field. Residential recycling is an integral component of an integrated solid waste management sys  more

EREF Partners With the Ontario Waste Management Association to Introduce Silent Auction at the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The Environmental Research and Education Foundation issued the following news release: The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is excited to announce that the Foundation's first ever Canada-based Silent Auction will be held October 24 and 25 at the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo (CWRE) in Toronto, Ontario. This event, in partnership with the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), is the first open fundraising effort in support of EREF   more

Expert: State Constitutional Amendments on the 2018 Ballot in 29 States
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- Wake Forest University issued the following news: John Dinan, a Wake Forest University politics professor and author of the book State Constitutional Politics: Governing by Amendment in the American States is available to comment on amendments appearing on the 2018 ballot in North Carolina and in 28 other states. From voter identification to redistricting, Dinan can place particular amendments in nationwide and historical perspective. Based on his resea  more

First Class Graduates From Appalachian Police Academy
BOONE, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- Appalachian State University issued the following university news release: For 21 Appalachian State University students, 13 weeks of getting up at dawn for physical training have paid off. The students graduated from the Appalachian Police Academy on Aug. 25, becoming members of the Appalachian Police Department and certified North Carolina police officers as part of the Appalachian Police Development Program (APDP). Graduation took place in the Rosen Concert   more

Gardner-Webb Online Programs Recognized Among Top 10 in North Carolina
BOILING SPRINGS, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- Gardner-Webb University issued the following news release: Gardner-Webb University is being recognized for exceptional web-based learning opportunities by OnlineColleges.com, based in Foster City, Calif. The educational resource named GWU to its 2018 list of Top 10 Online Colleges in North Carolina. Gardner-Webb ranked fourth in the state, ahead of several larger institutions, including Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., the University of N  more

GWU Hosts Man Who Survived Suicide Jump From Golden Gate Bridge
BOILING SPRINGS, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- Gardner-Webb University issued the following news release: Kevin Hines is one of the few people to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., and survive the suicide attempt. Hines will describe what led him to consider taking his own life and discuss "The Art of Wellness" in a program on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Gardner-Webb University. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Paul Porter Arena at Lutz-Yelton Convoca  more

GWU Presents Award-Winning Guitarist in First Concert of Distinguished Artists Series
BOILING SPRINGS, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- Gardner-Webb University issued the following news release: An award-winning guitarist will be featured in the first concert of the Distinguished Artists Series at Gardner-Webb University. Presented by the GWU School of Performing and Visual Arts, Dr. Adam Kossler will perform Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. in Hamrick Hall's Blanton Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. Kossler began his musical studies with his father, William Kossler, and cont  more

Hear the Banjo Ring: Rhiannon Giddens Curates NC Folk Festival
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The University of North Carolina's Greensboro campus issued the following news: UNC Greensboro alumna Rhiannon Giddens was selected to perform at Greensboro's inaugural National Folk Festival in 2015. This week, she returns to Greensboro as special guest curator at the inaugural North Carolina Folk Festival. She worked with the festival's director this year to line up and invite select performers. Giddens, who was a Grammy recipient as part of the Caroli  more

Honorary Doctorate Recipient, Longtime Benefactor Robert Failing Dies at Age 89
CULLOWHEE, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- Western Carolina University issued the following news release: Dr. Robert M. "Bob" Failing, an alumnus and longtime benefactor of Western Carolina University who received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 2007, died Saturday, Sept. 1, at the age of 89. A native of Michigan, Failing enrolled at Western Carolina Teachers College (now WCU) in 1948 after an unsuccessful college experience in California, and in later years he was quick to credit the  more

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Subpoenas Local Election Boards for Troves of Information in Apparent Fishing Expedition, Undermining 2018 Election Administration
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The Southern Coalition for Social Justice issued the following news release: Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Kielmanovich recently issued subpoenas to Boards of Elections in all 44 counties in North Carolina's Federal Eastern District on behalf of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the exact timing of the issuance of the subpoenas is not clear, they became public knowledge on September 4 after an email was sent to all members of th  more

MEMA Again Calls for Senate Action on the Bipartisan AV START Act
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Sept. 7 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has renewed a call for passage of the bipartisan AV START Act (S. 1885) in a letter to Senate leadership. The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, says "now is the time to pass the bill." "The AV START Act represents an historic opportunity for C  more

MEMA Continues to Voice Anti-Tariff Message to Trump Administration
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, Sept. 7 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: In formal comments submitted on Sept. 6 to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), MEMA again argued that extensive tariffs on goods from China could cause job losses and increases in costs to consumers here in the United States while not solving the very real problem of intellectual property (IP) theft. The comments were addressed to U.S. Trade Represe  more

NAWBO National Endorses Alma Adams for Congress
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- The National Association of Women Business Owners issued the following news release: Congresswoman Adams joins a list of candidates supported by NAWBO National. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is announcing its endorsement of U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams in her bid for re-election in North Carolina's 12th Congressional District. "Congresswoman Adams has devoted years to being a public servant and a thoughtful steward on behalf of women business  more

New Analysis Details What the Income Tax Amendment Will Cost
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The North Carolina Justice Center issued the following news release: A new report analyzes an income tax rate cap amendment to the state Constitution with particular focus on the costs of such a move for the state and for everyday North Carolina taxpayers. The ability to raise revenue through the income tax has been a critical tool for policymakers in N.C.'s recent history. During both of the recessions in the 2000s -- from 2001 to 2006 and from 2008 to 201  more

Pfeiffer University Sets Record Enrollment Two Years in a Row
MISENHEIMER, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- Pfeiffer University issued the following news: After welcoming one of the largest incoming classes in recent history for the 2017 - 2018 academic year, Pfeiffer University continues to grow. The 2018 - 2019 incoming undergraduate class has increased 10 percent over the previous year and is up 50 percent in a two-year comparison. In the same two-year comparison, overall enrollment on the Misenheimer campus has risen by 18 percent. The Honors College class   more

Preliminary Data From Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial Encouraging
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The University of North Carolina School of Medicine issued the following news: Preliminary safety and efficacy data from the first-ever trial studying an in vivo genome editing therapy have been presented by UNC's Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD, at the 2018 Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (SSIEM) this week in Athens, Greece. Muenzer, a professor of pediatric genetics and metabolism at the UNC School of Medicine, and   more

Religious Studies Faculty Define 'Interreligious Studies' in New Book
ELON, North Carolina, Sept. 7 -- Elon University issued the following news release: Amy L. Allocco, Geoffrey Claussen, and Brian Pennington co-wrote a chapter that characterizes the distinctive approach taken by Elon's new interreligious studies minor. Three Elon faculty members have authored a chapter in the just-released book, Interreligious/Interfaith Studies: Defining a New Field. Amy L. Allocco, Geoffrey Claussen, and Brian Pennington co-wrote the piece to characterize the distinctive ap  more

Retired Legislator Gene Arnold Awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine
WILMINGTON, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- The University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus issued the following news release: Gene Arnold, who attended Wilmington College and served five terms in the N.C. House of Representatives, was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Roy Cooper in recognition of his contributions to public service. The award, presented to Arnold in August, is among the highest honors a North Carolina governor can confer. Arnold was elected to the General  more

SCAI Remembers Joseph D. Babb, MD, MSCAI
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Sept. 6 -- The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions issued the following news release: After five decades as a devoted physician and luminary in the field of interventional cardiology, Joseph Babb, MD, MSCAI has passed at the age of 79. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph D. Babb, MD, MSCAI. Dr. Babb was president of SCAI from 2001-2002 and practiced medicine at East Carolina He  more

Seven Chowan University Students Present at National Convention
MURFREESBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- Chowan University issued the following news: Seven Chowan University members of the North Carolina Phi Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, led by sponsor, Syble Shellito, presented academic research at "Our Green Planet": The 2018 Alpha Chi National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Carrie Blowe of Murfreesboro, NC- "Effects of Agricultural Runoff on Lepomis Macrochirus" Katrina Hodge of Columbia, MD- "Racial Differences in Reported  more

Strong Publishes Article on Sea Level Rise
CLINTON, New York, Sept. 5 -- Hamilton College issued the following news: An article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Aaron Strong was recently published in System Dynamics Review. "Fighting the inevitable: Infrastructure investment and coastal community adaptation to sea level rise" was written with Todd BenDor of the University of North Carolina and Sierra Woodruff of Texas A&M. The article examines the dynamics of policy responses to sea level rise and impact of s  more

UMO Student Pursues Passion for Language and Literature
MOUNT OLIVE, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- The University of Mount Olive issued the following news release: Having lived in Mount Olive her entire life, Meredith Futrelle likes to describe the University of Mount Olive as being in her backyard. "Growing up in a Free Will Baptist church and being from Mount Olive, the University of Mount Olive was always familiar to me," Futrelle said. She is a member of Walnut Creek Original Free Will Baptist Church in La Grange. However, like many high school s  more

UNC Board of Governors Member Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Fayetteville State University
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- Fayetteville State University issued the following news: The Honorable William Webb, a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, has joined with Fayetteville State University (FSU) to establish an endowed scholarship in the amount of $50,000. The Ronald B. Lewis Endowed Scholarship Fund will support FSU students who served in the United States armed forces. "I am pleased and honored to establish this scholarship in support of the ma  more

UNCG Announces Largest-ever Enrollment: 20,106 Students
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 4 -- The University of North Carolina's Greensboro campus issued the following news: UNC Greensboro, the Triad's largest state university, today announced record enrollment for the University's Fall 2018 Census. It's the fifth year in a row UNCG has seen enrollment growth. The record enrollment comes in a year of milestones for UNCG, which also graduated its largest ever class in May (more than 2,700 students) and welcomed its biggest-ever freshman class in Aug  more

UNCG to Host Fall Career Fair Sept. 13
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, Sept. 6 -- The University of North Carolina's Greensboro campus issued the following news: Spartans looking to get a head start on their careers will have the chance Thursday, Sept. 13, when over 80 employers from across the Triad and the nation descend on the Kaplan Center. UNC Greensboro Career Services Center's 2018 Fall Career Fair kicks off at 1 and ends at 4:30 p.m. Students of all majors and alumni are invited to network with employers offering full-time and   more

UNCW Graduate Student Develops Model Program to Increase Problem-Gambling Awareness
WILMINGTON, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- The University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus issued the following news release: Darion Bayles '19M is proof that career-boosting opportunities can be found in many places outside the classroom. Contacts he made while planning a UNCW campus event in 2017 led to funding for the same program this year and several invitations to share his insight with statewide organizations. Bayles is a graduate advisor to UNCWeekends, a student-led event planning gr  more