* Department of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, ranks first among U.S. medical schools with public health science departments in grant dollars from National Institutes of Health; medical school ranks 32nd among medical schools.
* Jeffrey S. Johnson, former executive assistant to the president, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash., named associate vice chancellor for development, advancement division, North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem.
* The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, announced 13 grant recipients in Carolinas received “highest” ratings during recent grant assessments, which measure impact, sustainability of funded programs.
* United Way of Central Carolinas, Charlotte, announced 26 people graduated from “Leading the Way,” volunteer leadership training program.
* Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council, group providing volunteers to 1,100 area troops, Charlotte, launched “Girls Are It!” mobile technology classroom featuring hands-on technology activities, funded by grant from National Science Foundation.
* Peggy Ball, director, North Carolina Division of Child Development, received 2005 James and Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Award from Child Care Services Association, Chapel Hill, for her efforts in early childhood care, education.
* Wake Education Partnership, Raleigh, to launch marketing effort raise brand awareness, increase involvement, support from community; Rockett, Burkhead & Winslow, Raleigh marketing firm, to provide pro bono assistance.
* North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, Raleigh, filed lawsuit challenging North Carolina legislation providing more than $242 million in tax credits, incentives, to bring Dell to the state; also challenges $37 million in subsidies provided by City Council of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Commissioners.
* Wake Leadership Academy, N.C. State University, designed master’s of school administration program; 18 Wake County public school teachers graduated from program in May.
* Young Scholars Afterschool Program, Raleigh, released findings from Survey of North Carolina’s Working Parents in which one in three working parents give state failing grade for expanding afterschool programs.
* Best of Charlotte, fundraising evening involving restaurants, entertainers, raised $134,000 for Family Center, nonprofit fighting child abuse, Charlotte.
* Wake Education Partnership, Raleigh, named board leaders for coming year:
- J. Blount Williams, president, owner Alfred Williams & Co., named board chair.
- John McKinney, director, corporate and external affairs, BellSouth, named chair-elect.
* Kellogg, Battle Creek, Mich., to sponsor Girls on the Run, nonprofit promoting fitness, self-confidence among young girls, Charlotte, for three years as part of company’s Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Earn Your Stripes initiative.
* Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, Greensboro, elected board officers:
- Al Barnett, financial advisor, Scott & Stringfellow, Highpoint, elected chair.
- Tom Manning, regional president, Capital Banks, elected chair-elect.
- Sequoya Borgman, tax manager, Grant Thornton, elected treasurer.
- Kent Price, vice president and relationship leader of human resources, American Express, elected chair, board development.
* Geoffrey W. Adams, attorney, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, named to board, Hospice of Wake County.
* Beth Hershenhart, president and CEO, Innovative Resources Group, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., named to board, Association of Philanthropic Counsel, Charlotte.
* Cumberland Community Foundation, Fayetteville, seeking applications for open grant cycle for nonprofits operating in Cumberland County; deadline for applications Aug. 1.
* United Way of Central Carolinas, Charlotte, announced more than $16.7 million to be distributed from Community Care Fund to be awarded to member agencies and programs in 2005-06.
* United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro seeking nominations by July 22 for awards:
- Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award, recognizing local artists who demonstrate excellence in field or contribute to their communities.
- Vanguard Society Award, recognizing people who have contributed to the arts through the council.
* Elizabeth Hudgins, former vice president, policy and research for the Children’s Action Alliance, Phoenix, named senior director, policy and research, North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, Raleigh.
* Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, announced Fair Trade Coffee grown by low-income farmers it supports in Nicaragua now available for purchase in U.S.; can be purchased at Larry’s Beans, Raleigh.
* Dr. Olson Huff, retired pediatrician, Asheville, named “Lifelong Child Advocate” by North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, Raleigh, at fundraising event at Biltmore Estate, Asheville; event raised more than $40,000.
* Hospice of Wake County, Raleigh, hired:
- Sloane Browning, formerly in sales and marketing, Triangle Business Journal, as director of public relations.
- Cooper Linton, senior manager in hospice, home care, as director of operations.
* Kim Wilson, executive director, Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts, Winston-Salem, resigned effective immediately. Bonnie Poindexter, former executive director, First Inc. and Greater Triad Chapter, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and former interim president/CEO, Arts Council of Winston-Salem, named interim executive director.
* Triangle Tomorrow and Research Triangle Regional Partnership, groups working to improve quality of life and competitiveness in Triangle area, merged; Triangle Tomorrow to become program of partnership.
* North Carolina Bankers Association, Raleigh, announced member banks, affiliates, sponsoring some 300 children for participation in Camp Challenge, providing financial literacy training to children from low-income households, near Winston-Salem.
* Southeastern Council on Foundations, Atlanta, selected 2005 Hull Fellows, program to encourage new generation of leaders in philanthropy:
- Danielle Breslin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, Durham
- Robin R. Ganzert, Wachovia National Center of Planned Giving, Winston-Salem
- Susan J. Richardson, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Winston-Salem
* Linda Dinwiddie, former accreditation coordinator and director of nursing, Moses Cone Health Systems, Greensboro, named director of nursing, Fellowship Hall, substance abuse treatment center, Greensboro.
* SAFE Haven for Cats, no kill cat shelter in Raleigh, netted more than $35,000 at 10th Tuxedo Cat Ball.
* Bring Sam Home campaign, effort to raise $25,000 to purchase bronze bust of Sam Ragan, former N.C. poet laureate and owner of The Pilot newspaper, Southern Pines, received anonymous dollar for dollar matching gift through July 31.