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August 26, 2012
The Herald-Star

HOST: Eastern Gateway Community College adjunct instructor Dawn Cable will host webinars nationwide this fall to showcase the college's redesign of its development education English curriculum and use of MyLab with classroom management strategies with increased student engagement and achievement.

Cable, a Toronto resident, was invited to take part in the development education English curriculum program by Pearson, an education company providing educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services to teachers and students.

Through the redesigned developmental education classes in English and math, EGCC is seeing improved pass and completion relates. The project was supported by a $743,0000 three-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is tied to the college's Achieving the Dream Leader College work.

Cable began teaching developmental education English at EGCC in 2006. Prior to that she had been a high school English teacher, having earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Ohio University.

SERVICES?RETAINED: Weirton Medical Center has retained the services of LEX Multimedia Inc. to handle all advertising, marketing and communications for the hospital, Charles M. O'Brien, the hospital's CEO, has announced.

LEX is owned and operated by Weirton native Kelli (Olexia) McCoy, who served as Weirton Medical Center's communications director from 2006-08. She is a Weir High and West Virginia University graduate, and an award-winning former television news anchor, reporter and producer at WTOV-TV and KDKA-TV. The company, which opened in Weirton in June 2008, is a full-service advertising and public relations firm behind successful advertising campaigns.

Working closely with McCoy is Courtney Bioux, a graduate of Brooke High and WVU. In addition to her position as WMC's communications specialist, she holds the position of physician coordinator.

NEW VP: Sherrilyn Farkas VanTassel has joined Eastern Gateway Community College as vice president for administrative services.

A graduate of the former Jefferson Technical College, VanTassel has come full circle from being a student at the college to filling a top administrative position. She now oversees human resources, buildings and grounds, contracts and security.

Prior to joining Eastern Gateway, VanTassel served for seven years as executive director of Russell Nesbitt Services Inc. in Wheeling and was responsible for all administrative, contractual, vocational, habilitation and residential operations serving individuals with disabilities. In addition to maintaining a private law practice, she worked in legal services for the Legal Aid of WV Inc., Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort and Northwood Health Systems Inc. Her experience includes drafting portions of proposed legislative laws and other regulatory language, employment law, construction projects and safety and security.

In 2009, former Gov. Ted Strickland appointed her to the Ohio Exposition Commission for which she oversees the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Exposition Center.

A resident of Cadiz, VanTassel earned her juris doctorate degree from Duquesne University School of Law. She graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in human resource management from Wheeling Jesuit University.

JOINS?STAFF: Katrina P. Howell, RN, MSN, FNP, BC, is now on the staff at Virginia Emergency Medicine Association as a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She is working at Inova Fairoaks Hospital Emergency Department and Fauquier Hospital Emergency Department.

A native of Wintersville, she graduated from Trinity School of Nursing in 2004 and moved to Virginia to begin her career as a registered nurse in the Inova Fairfax Trauma Center while continuing her education. She worked at several emergency departments in Northern Virginia, and while at Fauquier Hospital she was recognized for her professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care. She also was nominated for the Daisy Foundation Award recognizing outstanding nurses.

She graduated in May from George Mason University in association with George Washington University with a master of science degree in nursing as a nurse practitioner.

The daughter of Robert and Rhonda Howell of Wintersville, she now makes her home in Warrenton, Va.

AWARD WINNERS: Eat'n Park Restaurants claimed top honors in two categories at the National Hamburger Festival's seventh-annual competition held Aug. 18 in Akron.

Eat'n Park's black angus mushroom and onion burger, created with black angus beef topped with pepper jack cheese, sauteed fresh mushrooms and onions, captured first place in the category of best traditional burger.

The chain's bruschetta burger claimed second place in best burger topping. The bruschetta burger begins with black angus beef served open faced on grilled mozzarella bread and accented with fresh tomato bruschetta, drizzled with a balsamic glaze and topped with a touch of sharp asiago cheese. This new burger was developed by the Eat'n Park menu team and could be introduced on the Eat'n Park menu some time in 2013.

TRAINING: Jefferson County's Leadership Training program is now taking applications for the 2012-13 year.

Sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the objective of the project is to help develop future leaders for Jefferson County by making participants familiar with area institutions and facilities, as well as teaching them various leadership skills.

The year's programming will kick off with an all-day retreat on Oct. 2 at Eastern Gateway Community College's Pugliese Training Center. Ed Florak, professional trainer and motivational speaker, will conduct the first meeting, with an inter-active program centered around determining individual leadership style and utilizing it more effectively.

Other classes will be held at various locations throughout the area and will give class members the opportunity to interact with governmental and economic leaders on an up-close-and-personal basis. A legislative day in Columbus is scheduled in May, which will include meeting with legislators and observing a legislative session.

Other topics to be addressed include local history, social services, local government, how to work with the media, education, group dynamics and leadership skills. Classes will be a mix of full- and half-day sessions and usually will meet the first Tuesday of each month from October through May.

The Leadership Project is facilitated by Eliza Kelley, Jefferson County Community Action Council, and Melanie DiCarlo, Eastern Gateway Community College. The fee is $295 for candidates sponsored by Chamber members, and $350 for nonmember applications. Deadline to apply is Sept. 14. For information, contact Kelley at (740) 282-0971.

MEETING: The Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers will meet Sept. 5 at the Wheeling Park White Palace, 1801 National Road, Wheeling.

Bill Golgosky, territory manager for Enerpac Corp., will discuss high-pressure hydraulic safety and how to reduce or eliminate injuries while using it. Golgosky has taught hydraulic safety to more than 3,000 people in the past 10 years. There will be equipment onsite for hands-on learning, and each participant will receive a safety booklet.

For reservations or information, call Tom Lantz at (304) 232-7328.

GRANTS: Nearly 30,000 eligible charities have been nominated by Chase customers and employees to participate in the fifth installment of the Chase Community Giving program, which will kick off voting in September.

Local charities will share in $5 million in grants from Chase. Eligible nominated charities that accept their nomination by Aug. 30 will share equally in $2.5 million in additional grants.

Voting begins Sept. 6 and ends Sept. 19 in the contest, which began in June when Chase customers and employees were given the opportunity to nominate their favorite local charities.

Facebook users will be able to cast their votes at Chase customers will be able to vote at All eligible, nominated charities may participate in the voting program and must accept their nomination as described in the program rules by the close of voting to receive a grant. See the full list of program rules at

Following the voting phase, Chase will donate $5 million to the 196 eligible charities that receive the most votes and accepted their nomination, with $250,000 to the charity receiving the most votes; $100,000 to the next 10 runners-up; $50,000 to the next 35; $20,000 to the next 50; and $10,000 to the next 10.

Among the nominees:

East Liverpool: Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center Volunteers Association, Quad City Meals on Wheels, Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation and C.H.A.T. of Ohio.

Steubenville: Family Service Association of Steubenville, City Rescue Mission Inc., A.L.I.V.E. Inc., Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Jefferson County and Old Fort Steuben Project.

Carrollton: John H. and Evelyn L. Ashton Preservation Association Inc. and St. Johns Villa.

Wellsville: Friends of Old Fire Station.

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