Jan. 28, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

Rome leaving NCCU
DURHAM — Kevin Rome, who has served as vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at N.C. Central University since 2008, is leaving to become president at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.
Rome, who holds degrees from Morehouse College, the University of Georgia and the University of Texas at Austin, will begin his new job in Jefferson City on June 1.
NCCU will form a committee to conduct a national search for Rome’s successor.
Politics, money subject of discussion
DURHAM — Two Democratic congressmen will discuss legislative solutions to the influence of big money in politics on Thursday at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
“Big Money vs. Grassroots Democracy: Empowering Citizens to Take Back Their Government” will feature U.S. Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and David Price, D-N.C.
The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 5 p.m. in the Sanford School’s Fleishman Commons and concludes with questions from the audience. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A reception at 4:30 p.m. in the Sanford School lobby is also open to the public.
Central workshop certified
DURHAM — A workshop course developed at N.C. Central University aimed at helping faith-based organizations be better prepared for disaster response has received certification from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The course, “Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster,” is now being offered nationwide. It was created by NCCU’s Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development and is an eight-hour workshop that brings together faith-based groups, emergency management and nongovernment organizations.
The course promotes collaboration while strengthening community resiliency in an effort to improve community response to severe storms and other disasters. It has been presented in 10 cities around the country.
Vaughn chosen for post
DURHAM — John Vaughn has been named the new director of student health at Duke University.
Vaughn, who will begin his new role July 1, comes to Duke from the Ohio State University, where he served in both Student Health Services and the Department of Family Medicine since 2007.
LaMonica named director
CHAPEL HILL — Charlé LaMonica will become the next director of World View at UNC Chapel Hill. The program, created in 1998, offers professional training in global issues to educators in North Carolina’s schools, community colleges and universities.
World View founder Robert Phay retired Nov. 30 after 15 years as director. LaMonica comes to World View from Charlotte Country Day School, where she served as director of international studies and the school’s World View liaison.
Genealogy focus of conference
DURHAM — “Preserving Our History/Creating Family Legacies” is the title of a conference Saturday at the Shepard Memorial Library at N.C. Central University.
The conference will include workshops on such topics as researching slave and free ancestry, and preservation of African-American bible records. The conference starts at 9 a.m. and continues through lunch, where the keynote speaker will be Heather Williams, professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill and author of “Help Me Find My People: The African-American Search for Family Lost in Slavery.”
The cost is $15 for the public and $10 for students and includes lunch. To register, contact Dorcas Mason at 919-530-6475 or email
Hurt to lead women’s center
CHAPEL HILL — After serving as interim director for the past year, Christiane Hurt has been selected as director of the Carolina Women’s Center at UNC Chapel Hill.
Hurt is a Carolina alumna, graduating in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in history and in 1998 with a master of public administration degree.
For more than nine years, Hurt was with the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs in Olympia, Wash., serving as acting executive director, associate director and member services director. For the past five years, Hurt has been a principal in her own consulting firm, working on projects that focus on eliminating violence against women and children in North Carolina and across the country.
Local students excel
DURHAM — Several local students have been honored for their academic achievements.
Paula Parker, of Durham was named to the merit list for the fall semester at Darton State College in Albany, Ga. To be eligible for the list, students must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.4.
Hannah Wilson, also of Durham, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. A student must have at least a 3.75 grade point average to make the list.
Landis Bennett, of Durham as well, earned a place on the dean’s list at Appalachian State University in Boone for the fall semester. A minimum 3.25 grade point average is needed to make the list.
Wallis Ahern of Hillsborough has been named to the dean’s list at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., for the Advent 2012 term. To make the list, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625.
Daniel Henry and Elise Key, both of Durham, were named to the honor roll for the fall semester at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill. To qualify for the honor, students must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.5.
Almon tabbed as chair
DURHAM — Benjamin Alman, chair of orthopedics at the University of Toronto, will become chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center.
Alman, who has been on the faculty for 16 years at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, will assume his new role in June. David Attarian will serve as interim chair of the department until June.
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