Garner: Community

Notables: Dec. 20

Garner teacher gets specialized training

Robin J. Gibson of Garner High School attended a program held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, which specializes in professional development programming for North Carolina teachers.

NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms.

New hires, promotions at Garner Police Dept.

Officers T.J. Vesce Jr. and Will Simpson were sworn in at a ceremony held Dec. 10. Vesce is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and Simpson graduated from Guilford Technical Community College and completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Wake Technical Community College.

Paul Caldwell was promoted to sergeant. Caldwell is a North Carolina law enforcement general instructor and is one of the department’s firearms, rapid deployment and force-on-force instructors. He also serves as the department armorer.

Local resident wins Fisher Thesis Award

The results of Illionois State University’s 2015-2016 James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Award Competition have been announced. The Overall University Winner and MAGS Submission winner is George Van Den Driessche of Garner, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry: for “Computational Investigations of Oxygen-Containing Donor-Acceptor Complexes Involving Sulfur Dioxide or Sulfur Trioxide.” The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016.

Garner resident George Van Den Driessche’s thesis was named the overall university winner of the 2015-16 James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis award competition at Illinois State University. A graduate student in the College of Arts & Science’s chemistry department, Van Den Driessche’s Thesis was titled: Computational investigations of oxygen-containing donor-acceptor complexes involving sulfur dioxide or sulfur trioxide.

Video producer nominated for Academy Award

Jason Bullock, a Selma resident and professional video producer, was nominated for an Academy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The video was one Bullock produced at his job at WNCT-TV in Greenville as creative services manager. It was promoting a story that raised awareness about cyberbullying. The awards ceremony will be at the 30th Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 27, 2016.