Tidbits – June 2022

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its June programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. June 3, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes look of the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, digital content specialist; June 3, Civil War Lecture, featuring “It’s All in a Name: You say Merrimac, I say Virginia,” with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center (in-person and live stream); June 12, Friendly Hours (in-person program); June 17, Civil War Lecture, featuring Pathhways to Emancipation, with John V. Quarstein (in-person and live stream to a virtual audience). June 18, The Bronze Door Society event (in-person event); and June 24, Civil War Lecture, featuring Union Navy in 1862 Peninsula Campaign, with John V. Quarstein, (in-person and live stream). For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

VCE Newport News Master Gardeners are accepting online applications now through July 8 for its 2022 Master Gardener Training Class. This year’s class is a 12-week virtual course from August 17– November 9. Canvas course class assignments will be completed on schedule before the required Wednesday evening classes via Zoom from 7– 8:30pm. There will be optional in-person hands-on field trips. For cost information and additional details, visit nnmastergardeners.org.

The Salvation Army Virginia Peninsula has appointed Nancy Mitchel as chairwoman of the Advisory Board for the 2022–2023 year. Mitchel is a vice president at Merrill Lynch in Norfolk. She is supported by Mike Yazkowsky, vice chair; Maureen Davis, treasurer; Lauren Childs-Gleason, secretary; and Ann Pharr, assistant secretary. Other board members include Wil Andrews, Jennifer Coyne, Jennifer Daknis, Anna Griffith, David Horne, Kris Kennedy, Gayle McGee, David Messick, Amber Rice, Van Rhodes, Bob Shuford, Jeffrey Sotack, Patrick Walsh, Dwight Wolf and Susan Wolf.

ECPI University has been designated a 2022–23 Military Friendly® School, with a silver ranking in the Non Traditional Schools category by VIQTORY Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. Pictured here are ECPI University employees, all veterans, first row left to right: Bill Brown, Chi Zimmerman, Aaron Sampe; second row left to right: Bill Salice, Chris Blow, Don LaDuke, Ed Speck, John Nichols.

Melinda Baldwin
Waikiki Frazier
Chaz Fiscella
Lisa Seay
Rose Matthews

Top March agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Melinda Baldwin, top listing agent; Waikiki Frazier, top selling and top producing agent; Chaz Fiscella, top closing agent; and Lisa Seay and Rose Matthews, top referring agents.

Lelani Clayton
Orrin Banner

Top March agents for Coldwell Banker’s Peninsula office were Lelani Clayton, top sales agent and top company sales agent and Orrin Banner, top listing agent and top Peninsula staff agent. 

Ariana Gatewood, a sophomore at Christopher Newport University (CNU) majoring in cellular, molecular and physiological biology, and minoring in Spanish and Leadership Studies, is the 2022 recipient of the Peninsula Rotary Club Scholarship award of $14,000. The award was presented to her by Adam Duncan, club president, and John Frantz, MD, scholarship liaison officer, at CNU’s 30th Annual President’s Donor and Recipient Scholarship Luncheon in April. The scholarship award is helping Gatewood continue her education toward entering medical school and a career as a physician. One of the older endowed scholarships at CNU, the Peninsula Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship was established in 1983. Since then, 38 grants have been awarded totaling $146,435 in scholarship monies.

Briahna Switzer, a rising senior, and Sophia Leichtentritt, a graduating senior, both students of Christopher Newport University (CNU) are 2022 recipients of the Oyster Pointer Endowed Outstanding Marketing Student Scholarships award of $3,200 each. Switzer is majoring in marketing, in the master’s program from elementary education and a licensed photographer operating a business since 2017. Leichtentritt has been hired by The Martin Agency in Richmond. Shown here are Switzer with Sylvia Weinstein Craft, publisher of Oyster Pointer, in the photo on the left and Leichtentritt with Dr. Lisa Spiller, CNU’s distinguished professor of marketing, in the photo on the right.

The Rotary Clubs of Warwick at City Center and the Virginia Peninsula collaboratively built a new Nature Play Build Zone on the outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail in April. The project was supported by a $5,500 Rotary grant and the active involvement of 31 Rotarians in planning and building the Zone. The Nature Play Build Zone is an outdoor physical opportunity to build, create, explore and connect to nature through imagination. Rotarians helped with both construction of these enhancements, as well as beautification of the area which included spreading several yards of mulch. Shown here are (1) Rotarians from Warwick at City Center and the Virginia Peninsula Rotary Clubs who participated in the project; (2) Rotarians building the slack line; and (3) members spreading mulch on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail. 

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