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May 27, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

APPOINTED: Dr. Bonita Berryman-Gilliam, a psychology instructor at the University of Phoenix and former resident of Brooke County is the latest addition to the alumni board of directors at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a group of 12 educators and administrators who serve the undergraduates and graduates of the school's College of Education.

Berryman-Gilliam, daughter of the late John and Cherry Jordan Berryman, grew up in the Brooke County section of Weirton. She graduated from Follansbee High School in 1964 and graduated from B.M. Spurr School of Nursing in 1965. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982 and her master's degree in clinical psychology in 1992 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now Argosy University) in Chicago, where she also earned her doctoral degree in 1994.

In addition to teaching, she mentors students, does conference presentations and research and says her life experiences fuel her work as she assists in keeping the door to higher education open to historically marginalized students through her work with immigrants and inner city youth.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is home to 27,500 students, of which 850 are currently enrolled in the College of Education. The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Education is focused on preparing the next generation of educators to teach and empower children in urban neighborhoods. Members of the alumni board are charged with helping develop programs and activities supporting professional development of its constituents.

JOINED: Gregory S. Byrer, RLA, ASLA, has joined the professional engineers, planners and surveyors at Hammontree & Associates Ltd. as a registered landscape architect.

Byrer has more than 26 years of experience in design, planning and construction. A Stark County resident, he earned his bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State University. His design specialties include enhancement and revitalization; master planning; public parks, trails and bikeway corridors; streetscape; sports and amusement; hotel, campus, water features and specialty structures.

In his new position, he will be responsible for all landscape architectural components of the firm's projects.

Hammontree has offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

JOB FAIR: Weirton Medical Center will hold a nursing job fair from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital's level one conference rooms.

The fair will focus on registered nurses, patient care technicians and medical office assistants, Human Resources Director Barbara Coalter said.

"Although we have other, nonnursing job openings at Weirton Medical Center, we are turning our attention at this fair to recruiting RNs, PCTs and medical office assistants," she said.

"This is a great opportunity for candidates to meet our nursing leadership team and learn more about a nursing career at Weirton Medical Center. In addition to speaking directly with a member of the nursing leadership team, candidates can also participate in actual job interviews and submit applications at the fair," she said.

Coalter said representatives of the human resources department will be on hand to explain the benefits package Weirton Medical Center offers, including medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement plan, disability insurance, paid time off and more.

For information, call the human resources department at (304) 797-6092.

HONORED: The Knoxville, Tenn., Chamber recognized the best of the best in business at the eighth-annual Pinnacle Awards Gala held May 4 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The event was presented by BB&T.

Among the winners was Consolidated Products Inc., which offers customers flexographic labels and a full spectrum of services and solutions including, among other things, dome labels, digital printing, laser die cutting, thermal transfer and Radio Frequency Identification. Its IDentiTRAK Technologies division specializes in providing turnkey RFID and warehouse management solutions. The company is an industry leader in lean manufacturing and provides products and services worldwide.

Kirk Icuss, the president of Consolidated Products, Inc., is the son of Margaret and Fred Icuss of Steubenville.

More than 550 business people were on hand for the awards ceremony. Other sponsors included EnergySolutions, the Greater Knoxville Business Journal, Bluegill Creative, Bandit Lites and Sound Ventures.

FUNDRAISERS: Members of the Steubenville Modern Woodmen of America chapter helped raise money for the Edison Future Farmers of America, while the Richmond chapter helped raise money for Mount Pleasant Baseball.

The Richmond chapter's efforts raised $1,000 for equipment for the Mount Pleasant baseball program. That amount includes the $500 match by Modern Woodmen's home office through the organization's Matching Fund program, which gives members nationwide the chance to show their support for a community cause, organization or individual in need by hosting fundraisers. Modern Woodmen match up to $2,500. Each year the group contributes more than $6.5 million to charitable causes.

The Steubenville chapter's efforts raised $1,500 for Edison FFA, which included a $750 match from the Modern Woodmen's home office.

SEMINAR: Free seminars are being offered to landowners and businesses who need to know more about the mineral and royalty process associated with shale development.

The seminars are hosted by F.N.B. Wealth Management, an affiliate of First National Bank. Teams of legal and tax experts will offer insight on the leasing process; economic issues involving property and the value of gas rights; drilling and related environmental issues; and legal and tax issues related to gas wealth.

Sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Undo's, 51130 National Road, St. Clairsville, and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 5 at First National Bank, 805 Main St., Wintersville.

RECOGNIZED: FirstEnergy Corp. was recognized as a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation on behalf of FirstEnergy's 10 utility companies.

The ceremony was held in Mentor. It was the 14 th time FirstEnery has earned the designation.

"Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Service providers like FirstEnergy utilities show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, for customers and for the community."

Award-winning companies must meet five program standards: demonstrating excellence in tree care, employee "best practices" training, public education on appropriate plantings, a tree-based energy conservation program and Arbor Day events.

"Our goal is to deliver safe and reliable electricity to our customers while honoring our commitment to maintaining natural beauty in the communities we serve," said William Boyd, director of vegetation management at FirstEnergy. "This award is a reflection of achieving that goal."

In addition to enhancing service reliability and natural beauty, FirstEnergy's investment in vegetation management programs also is designed to help ensure public safety and the safety of utility-line crews, especially during storms and other hazardous conditions.

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