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Monday, January 8, 2018
Holton named ECU leadership award recipient
Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS has been named an East Carolina University's 2018 40 Under 40 Leadership Award Recipient. This award was created to recognize emerging leaders that received their start at ECU, as well as those who have used their ECU experiences to make significant impacts in their respective professions, local communities, and on the world.
The award will be presented to recipients on March 24. Holton was a 2017 40 Under 40 Leadership Award nominee.
Additionally, this month marks the 10-year-anniversary of Holton opening a private practice, Jessica Holton PLLC, which is located in Greenville.. As a private practitioner, she provides clinical social work and psychotherapy, offers consultation and clinical supervision, is a public speaker, and serves in various leadership roles.
On Jan. 1, she began her two-year term as vice president of the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina Board of Directors.
Finally, in June, she will complete her role as a National Association of Social Workers — North Carolina Chapter delegate and her term as a committee member of National Association of Social Workers' Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Specialty Practice Section.
Physician joins Vidant Oncology
Dr. Sandeep Pandit has joined Vidant Oncology in Tarboro, bringing more than 17 years of experience to the community.
Having previously served in a part-time capacity with this practice, Pandit specializes in blood disorders and cancer, especially those of the lungs, breast, digestive system, genitals and urinary organs. He trained at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in India, Lincoln Medical Center in New York and Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
“I consider it a privilege to be able to treat cancer patients and help alleviate their pain and suffering,” Pandit said. “I am excited to join Vidant Health, as I have been impressed by the extreme dedication of the team here in Tarboro.”
The practice is located at 123 Hospital Drive in Tarboro.
Barnes recognized for journalism work
Rocky Mount native Clifton Barnes, who worked for at the Rocky Mount Telegram in the 1980s, has won a national social media award.
A series of UNC Tar Heels game blogs during the NCAA Tournament won an Award of Excellence from the DC area-based Communications Concepts through its 2017 Awards for Publication Excellence competition.
Barnes, a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism and political science grad who now lives in Cary, was one of only four to win Awards of Excellence in the Social Media Best Series category.
The blogs, written for WNCN TV's website in Raleigh, consisted of ongoing game action and commentary throughout the games, along with full game stories afterwards.
A panel of judges, who said that competition was "exceptionally intense," could see the pure volume of work performed in a short period of time, along with insightful running commentary followed by complete game stories with quotes and statistics.
Barnes, who has also blogged the College World Series, said that this was especially challenging because of the speed of the games and the drive to get the information out as close to real time as possible. During the four games blogged, Barnes wrote nearly 10,000 words.
John De Lellis of Communications Concepts says competition was intense as there were 1,400 entries in the various categories. Barnes was the only winner from North Carolina in any of the Social Media categories.
This was the first time Barnes has won an award for WNCN, the Raleigh CBS affiliate, but he has now won a writing award in the APEX national competition eight years in a row, including the four previous years for his website CapitalSportsNC.com. That site features articles from all the top media outlets and sports teams in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area along with his own original sports commentary.
Barnes served as director of communications for the N.C. Bar Association for 15 years and before that was a newspaper writer and editor.
Smith appointed to public safety advocacy committee
Greenville City Council member Kandie Smith has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC's federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.The appointment was announced by NLC President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas.
"It is an honor to be appointed to the National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention federal advocacy committee," Smith said. "I look forward to the opportunity to represent not just Greenville, but the entire state, as I work with others from around the country to develop positions on issues related to the committee's focus areas."
As a committee member, Smith will play a key role in shaping NLC's policy positions and advocate on behalf of America's cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home. She is the committee's only representative from North Carolina.
"Serving on an NLC committee is one of the most effective ways for a local official to advocate for their community in Washington," Stodola said. "I am thrilled to have Kandie Smith join a team of local leaders from around the country working to craft our policy platform and to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities."
The leadership of this year's committee will consist of Chair Sean Polster, councilmember, Warrenton, Virginia; and Vice Chairs Stephanie Gordon, councilmember, East Point, Georgia; and Harry Brown, mayor, Stephens, Arkansas.
For more information on NLC's federal advocacy committees, visit: www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees.
NCC student receives DAISY in Training Award
Nash Community College nursing student Nate Marshall received the DAISY in Training Award for “commitment to extraordinary compassionate patient care and outstanding clinical skill that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of many people.”
Created by the DAISY Foundation in memory J. Patrick Barnes, who suffered from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, the DAISY In Training Award is designed to remind students, even on their hardest days in Nursing School, why they want to be nurses. DAISY stands for “diseases attacking the immune system.”
By recognizing nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion they show patients and their families as they are learning, the foundation hopes to celebrate what it means to be a nurse.