Hunger Project official to speak on ëThe Frontline of Sustainabilityí

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dr. John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, will speak on ěThe Frontline of Sustainabilityî at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Center for the Environment facility.
His speech will address the relationships between caring for the environment, dealing with climate change and empowering villagers around the world to meet their basic needs.
Coonrod has lectured at the United Nations, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Princeton University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. A leading spokesperson for the organization, he has been interviewed on BBC, CNN and NBC television.
He became The Hunger Projectís first volunteer in 1977, joined its staff in 1985 and has participated in the development and implementation of all its programs.
Trained as a physicist at Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley, he worked as a research physicist at Princeton from 1978 to 1984. He was involved in the design and construction of the High-Energy Astronomical Observatory satellite, the first whole-body CAT scanner and the first tokamak, a magnetic confinement device designed to achieve a break-even fusion reaction.
Piedmont Baptist College changing its name
Effective Jan. 1, Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School is planning to change its name to Piedmont International University.
Acquiring university status is the latest step in Piedmontís progression from its original name of Piedmont Bible Institute. The institute progressed to become a college (Piedmont Bible College for most of our history), and the college progressed to the point of adding a graduate school (eventually being called Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School).
Over the past decade Piedmont has doubled in enrollment, added a variety of new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, including a Ph.D. in Bible, launched branch campuses in two other countries, created an online Spanish version of its master of arts in Biblical studies, developed an online school, and restructured Piedmont with four distinct academic schools:
School of Bible (with undergraduate and graduate degrees available);
School of Ministry (with undergraduate and graduate degrees available);
School of Education (with undergraduate and graduate degrees available);
School of Arts and Sciences (music and various general education classes).
Piedmont wants to keep with its original mission of quality Bible teaching and effective ministry training. Piedmont will continue to require a Bible major for every person seeking a bachelorís degree in any discipline, and will honor its Biblical heritage and Baptist distinctives while tenaciously contending for the faith.
With some of those ideas in mind, the board of trustees voted to approve the new name, Piedmont International University:
Piedmont ń Because of its stellar history and rich heritage;
International ń Because of the all-nations priority of its mission and vision;
University ń Because it represents more accurately what Piedmont is.
Nursing assistant classes at Marable Memorial Plaza
Certified Nursing Assistant I classes will begin Monday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m. at New Careers Learning Center. The three-week course will be held at 510 Old Centergrove Road, Kannapolis, at Marable Memorial Plaza.
For more information, please call 704-298-4450 or to make an appointment. Deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 21. Seating is limited.
Lexington man earns MBA from Wake Forestís Charlotte campus
Kyle Patterson from Lexington completed two years of coursework in the Charlotte Evening MBA program to earn a degree from the Wake Forest University Schools of Business.
Fifty-two working professionals received their MBA diplomas and celebrated with University faculty and staff during an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark.
ěThese graduates are to be commended for their dedication to earning a Wake Forest MBA while balancing full-time careers, the needs of their families, and the demands of a rigorous academic program,î said Leslye Gervasi, Wake Forest University Schools of Business Director of Charlotte MBA Programs.