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February 19, 2012
The Herald-Star

HIRED: Eastern Gateway Community College hired Pamela Thompson as a distance learning instructional technology specialist.

Thompson, a New Cumberland resident, earned her bachelor's degree in business information systems from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was an administrator of Blackboard online education system at Indiana Wesleyan.She also worked as an online support specialist and telecommunications assistant at the university.

"By supporting and sharing Blackboard tools with the faculty, we are enhancing the educational experience of Eastern Gateway students," she said. "By providing an education with today's tools, we hope to stir a desire in the community to come to Eastern Gateway."

Thompson also has technical skills in HTML and Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Thompson collaborates with faculty to facilitate the development, revision and delivery of online and technology-mediated courses.

The specialist provides technical support to employees and students to minimize or resolve problems and is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the Learning Management System.

She applies instructional design principles while maintaining and supporting online courses and materials.

AWARD: Jay Shepherd Weddings has been named a 2012 WeddingWire Bride's Choice DJ Award winner.

The annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry.

While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Jay Shepherd Weddings was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.

Jay Shepherd Weddings is recognized as part of the top 5 percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

The Bride's Choice Award program, launched four years ago, recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

The WeddingWire Network includes leading wedding planning sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings and Weddingbee.

For information, visit Shepherd's WeddingWire Storefront at

SUMMIT: Eric Fithyan, owner and licensed funeral director of Chambers Funeral Home in Wellsburg and James Funeral Home in Follansbee, attended an advocacy summit in Charleston recently.

The summit was sponsored by the West Virginia Funeral Director Association to help promote consumer protection and support the funeral service industry as a whole.

While in Charleston, Fithyan was able to meet with state lawmakers as well as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, discussing laws on the Right of Disposition and new regulations on crematories in West Virginia.

Fithyan said he wanted to make sure lawmakers understand what the Right of Disposition bill means to consumer and to the industry and what is a cremation and that the process need to be done with dignity.

More than 40 West Virginia funeral directors took part in the summit, along with more than 50 elected officials.

Small business focus of talk

What the future holds for small businesses in Ohio will be the focus of an upcoming talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Roger R. Geiger, the Ohio executive director for the National Federation of Independent Business, will speak on the political and economic factors affecting small businesses at 11 a.m. Friday in the seminar room at the St. Joseph Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Geiger, who received his bachelor's degree from the university, is consistently ranked in Smart Business Magazine's "Power 100 Most Influential Leaders" in Columbus. He is a former legislative assistant in the Ohio House of Representatives and was recently appointed to the Ohio Commission to Reform Medicaid.

His talk is sponsored by the university's business department and its chapter of Students in Free Enterprise.

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