H. Lee Cheek Jr. MPA ’88 is associate vice president of academic affairs at Athens State University in Athens, Ala. Previously, he was vice president for advancement at Brewton-Parker College.

The N.C. State Board of Community Colleges named Sharon Morrissey MAEd the system’s senior vice president and chief academic officer. Morrissey, the president of Richmond Community College, will begin her new role in March. She has worked in the community college system for 10 years.


Sandy Hunter, a professor of emergency medical care at Eastern Kentucky University, served as a member of the national project advisory committee that helped create the curriculum for a cultural competency e-learning program produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.

Sarah Lowell MAEd ’89 of Franklin was one of 100 semifinalists in the 2009 Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame. Lowell is an elementary school physical education teacher and ultramarathon runner who raises money for children with cancer and for disabled athletes. Created in 2006, the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who inspire others with their perseverance and motivation.

Amy K. Smith, a tax and estate planning attorney of Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, was named a “legal elite” in the January issue of Business North Carolina.


David Lamanno is finding success as a photographer working with vintage cameras. He had an exhibit of work in September at the Looking Glass Artist Collective in Salisbury, and a photograph he took of Kure Beach Pier won honorable mention in Our State magazine’s 2009 annual reader photo contest. Lamanno is largely self-taught and performs his own developing and printing. He and his wife, the former April Arthur MA ’94, have a daughter and live in Spencer.


Scott Adelman has accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Defense to teach band and chorus at the elementary and secondary W.T. Sampson School in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

R. Parrish Ezell has joined the advisory board of WCU’s College of Business. He is assistant vice president and senior financial adviser for Merrill Lynch in Asheville.


Debbie Blackman Cravatta and her husband, Chad, welcomed son Joseph Thurman in August 2009.


A series of acrylic paintings by Paul Nehring MA is featured in the February 2010 issue of American Artist magazine (shown here is “Micromacro”). Nehring teaches art at Western Michigan University.


Jeff Lovette has joined the advisory board of WCU’s College of Business. He is vice president of product development for NetLert Communications Inc. of Asheville.

Kevin Redding is executive director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy.