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The Chef’s Academy Students Advance in American Culinary Federation Competition

The Chef’s Academy, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers 40 degree programs in five schools of study, has announced that a team of five students will head to the finals of the 2012 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Student Team Regionals competition on Saturday, April 14 through Monday, April 16 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Patrick Early, Ian Isaacs, Zach Rohn, Kurt Stumpf and Michael Vancil advanced to the regional phase by winning the Indiana state competition, a combination of cooking and skills challenges, and they will face off against student teams from other institutions for a chance to compete for the title of National Student Team Champions at the ACF national convention, held Saturday, July 14 through Tuesday, July 17 in Orlando, Fla. The regional competition will consist of three phases: a cold food presentation, a skills salon and a cooking phase consisting of four courses, one of which will be an assigned classical dish. Courses for the third phase will include a fish starter, salad, main plate and dessert.

Fuentek, LLC Releases White Paper Titled “Leveraging Social Media for Technology Transfer Marketing”

Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC, a local consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services, has announced that the company has released a white paper titled “Leveraging Social Media for Technology Transfer Marketing.” Fuentek’s instructional paper not only explains the benefits that technology transfer offices (TTOs) can gain from incorporating social media into their strategic business plans but also offers suggestions for leveraging Web-based tools to achieve goals and get results.

William Peace University Names Luke Sweeney Admissions Counselor

William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Luke Sweeney has joined the university as an admissions counselor. In his position, Sweeney will participate in outreach and recruitment programs, and represent the university at information sessions and college fairs, speaking to potential students and their families. Sweeney has worked at other higher education institutions that include Brown University, St. Andrews Presbyterian College and Brevard College.

World Overcomers Christian Church Launches Mentoring, Library Project in Kenya April 15-23

Senior Pastor Andy Thompson, founder of World Overcomers Christian Church (WOCC), a nondenominational church serving worshippers in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park community, has announced that First Lady LaShawn Thompson and her pastoral team will leave Sunday, April 15 and return Monday, April 23 from a missions trip to Limuru, Kenya, where they will host a four-day camp to empower adolescent girls. The Christian and community-based “Thrive Girls Camp,” being held in collaboration with Global Ethos and the Limuru Ministry of Education, will bring together 100 girls at the Kinyogori Primary School from April 17-20 to share Gospel-centered Bible studies and teach life skills lessons, character/self-esteem building, and healthy living education. World Overcomers Christian Church will also work to create a school library during the mission trip.

Janice Cutler of North Raleigh Florist Debuts Podcast on Administrative Professionals Day Flowers

North Raleigh Florist, located at 7457 Six Forks Road, has announced the release of a podcast on the best flowers and other arrangements to send on Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretary’s Day. In the podcast, Janice Cutler, president and owner of North Raleigh Florist, discusses what to send an organization’s administrative professional(s) or executive(s) of administration on the occasion, which will be held this year on Wednesday, April 25. She reviews the variety of arrangements that can be customized and personalized in recognition of the position holder as well as suggests display ideas for the flowers. The podcast is available for download at

Scientists at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences Receive Awards from Society of Toxicology

The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences has announced that four scientists have been recognized with awards from the Society of Toxicology, a professional organization committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology at their 51st Annual Meeting that was held March 11-15 in San Francisco.

BJAC Wins Triangle Business Journal SPACE Award for City of Medicine Academy

Dan Fields, AIA, principal and CMO at BJAC, pa, an architectural firm offering professional architectural and design services, has announced that the City of Medicine Academy, which was designed by BJAC for Durham Public Schools, received a SPACE award from Triangle Business Journal in the top state/county/municipal project category. Located at 301 Crutchfield St. in Durham, N.C., the City of Medicine Academy is a $7 million facility that was established for high school students interested in pursuing a career in health care. The SPACE Awards are given to the strongest economic development projects, innovative commercial real estate developments, and largest commercial real estate transactions of the year in the Triangle.

Festivals at Carolina and Kure Beaches Offer Unique Year-Round Fun

Looking for the best bowl of chowder you’ve ever tasted? How about hearing beach music straight from the source? Both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have great events year-round that are popular with visitors and worth the inexpensive trip to the coast. Fill up your tank and head east to check out one – or several – of these special occasions for lots of food, music and relaxation with your family and friends.

Governor Beverly Perdue to Attend 20th Anniversary Chamber Executive Women’s Luncheon

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce has announced that Governor Beverly Perdue will attend the organization’s 20th anniversary Chamber Executive Women’s Luncheon on Tuesday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, located at 3415 Wake Forest Road. The event, titled “From Faxes to Facebook: the Evolution of Women in Business,” will celebrate two decades of luncheons and feature a panel discussion from the area’s most successful businesswomen on the importance of building a strong professional network, as well as the current state of business and the future outlook for women business owners in the greater Triangle area. Panelists will include Diane Adams, executive vice president of culture and talent for Allscripts, Melissa Essary, dean of the Campbell Law School, Ravila Gupta, president of Umicore USA, and Billie Redmond, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties.

Bayer CropScience Hosts the National FFA Organization Officers

Bayer CropScience (, one of the world’s top innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits, hosted two of the National FFA Organization’s officers on March 23 during their visit to Research Triangle Park (RTP). Jason Troendle, National FFA Secretary, and Seth Pratt, western region vice president, visited Bayer CropScience RTP headquarters discussions with several of Bayer’s current and developing leaders.