Business Buzz: 10/19/22

October 19, 2022


  • A new mentoring program is helping Mars Hill University students succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses. The Faculty-Student STEM Mentoring Program is funded through North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) by a three-year grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The goal of the program is to improve student retention and graduation rates among first generation college students, women, and students of color majoring in STEM subjects. Laura Steil, an associate professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics and computer science department, and Michelle Gilley, professor of biology, are heading Mars Hill’s team. They already are working with a dozen students and have room in the program for several more. Steil said the program is focused on three main objectives: help students succeed in “gateway” courses, provide one-on-one mentoring, and start a STEM Club to provide opportunities for students to interact with math and science outside the classroom. Learn more.
  • South College has launched a new, fully online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program utilizing a flexible competency-based education (CBE) format to allow students to proceed at their own pace. Program development was led by Dr. Michael Patrick, vice president of Competency-Based Education & Academic Improvement at South College, who said, “The CBE format allows students to set their academic pace while applying existing skills, knowledge, and experience. When we designed the program, we started with the end in mind, considering the skills students would need and built from there.” The DBA program requires satisfactory completion of 10 courses and with three specialties offered: Organizational Leadership, Healthcare Administration, and Accounting. There are four opportunities to start the program each year on Oct. 1, Jan 1, April 1, and July 1. Enrollment is now open for Jan 1. Students must have a master’s degree; there is not a GRE or GMAT requirement to enter the program. To learn more about the DBA program at South College, visit


  • Outside Mullingar, a heartfelt drama by John Patrick Shanley, is a part of the Readers Theatre Showcase by The Autumn Players at Asheville Community Theatre. It is scheduled for three matinee performances Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th in 35below at ACT and Sunday, October 30th at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Curtain is at 2:30 for all three performances. All tickets are $8.00 and are available online at
  • The Magnetic Theatre’s Third Annual One Act Play Festival will feature twenty short plays in a variety of styles, presented in two blocks of performances running November 4th through November 13th. This year’s celebration of short-form live theatre features a delightful variety of styles and subject matter from emerging and established local playwrights and authors from around the country.  From the beautiful to the bizarre, the heartbreaking to the hilarious, these brief, skillfully crafted scripts were selected by a panel of judges from over one thousand festival submissions. For more information, to view the full schedule, and to purchase tickets, click here.


  • AdventHealth has welcome Martha Hill Moore, PhD, LCMHC to a new role with the team at AdventHealth Medical Group Psychiatry at Medical Office Building. Dr. Moore brings her is experience of providing individualized, patient-centered care to the behavioral health and wellness programs offered at AdventHealth Hendersonville. Dr. Moore earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Theater Arts from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC. She then earned her Master of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix in Sacramento, CA, and went on to earn her Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Read more.
  • AdventHealth has welcomed Nicki Frost, MD to its team at AdventHealth Medical Group Multispecialty in Candler. Dr. Frost is board-certified in family medicine and will be providing primary care to patients of all ages. She brings an integrated, patient-centered approach to provide whole-person care and is excited to be able to offer convenient, personalized care to the community in Candler. Dr. Frost earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Centre College in Danville, KY. She went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency Program through the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC. Read more.