This Week’s Business Buzz: 10/11/19

October 11, 2019

Mars Hill President Tony Floyd and Blue Ridge President Laura Leatherwood signed paperwork this week creating the Promise Program: A Direct-Entry Admission Program. The program will streamline the process of transferring to a four-year institution following completion of an associate’s degree.


  • Mars Hill University and Blue Ridge Community College Create Promise Program Blue Ridge Community College graduates who want to continue their education with a bachelor’s degree now have a direct pathway to do so at Mars Hill University. Mars Hill President Tony Floyd and Blue Ridge President Laura Leatherwood signed paperwork this week creating the Promise Program: A Direct-Entry Admission Program. The program will streamline the process of transferring to a four-year institution following completion of an associate’s degree. That process often causes headaches for students—navigating the intricacies of admissions criteria, determining which community college credits will transfer to the four-year institution, fulfilling general education requirements, and other issues which can arise when transferring.
  • AdventHealth has a foundation in caring for more than just the physical needs of its patients. Patients who are spiritually strong may be better able to manage their conditions, trust in their care providers and have a positive outlook. With this in mind, AdventHealth care team members have been learning about spiritual care and how to best provide it to their patients and coworkers. These care teams take pride in connecting to their mission of extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, which leads to more personal healing and wholeness for their patients.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that David Herminghuysen, M.D., FACE, a board-certified endocrinologist, has joined Pardee Diabetes and Endocrine Associates, located at 617 Sixth Avenue West in Hendersonville. Dr. Herminghuysen specializes in the treatment and management of diabetes, thyroid disease, and hormonal disorders. He believes in a personalized approach for treatment plans based on the patient’s specific medical and lifestyle needs.
  • Kevin Dejoie of Arden, North Carolina, is the 2019-20 recipient of the Arthur Everett Wood Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Mars Hill University. Dejoie is a senior in the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the university’s Judge-McRae School of Nursing.The scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated need who maintains high grades overall and within science classes, who demonstrates leadership qualities, is passionate and compassionate, is invested in and committed to the calling of nursing, and who demonstrates caring and community service. It was established in memory of Art Wood, a member of the Mars Hill class of 1947 and a Mars Hill professor of mathematics and physics from 1949 to 1991. This is the second year this scholarship has been awarded.
  • Roost Home Watch, a locally owned, technology driven property caretaking company serving Buncombe, Haywood & Henderson Counties recently expanded to cover Lake Lure and has been re-accredited by the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards, ongoing training for Home Watch and absentee homeowners’ services through the US and Canada.  Accreditation also allows Roost Home Watch to be insured by the only properly underwritten policy available to the industry.


  • AdventHealth is committed to providing whole-person, high-quality health care along with vital knowledge to empower people to feel whole through its Free Education Series. On October 15, AdventHealth Hendersonville and the Transylvania Hunger Coalition, invite the community to join AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Brevard Physician, Sven Jonsson, MD, MS as he will discuss the importance of nutrition and its effects on treating, reversing and even preventing chronic disease.
  • Let’s talk Opioids: Community Update and Conversation on Local Opioid Response Efforts event, October 28th from 5:30- 7:30 pm at the US Cellular Center Banquet Hall. Opioid use and overdose continue to impact our community in a number of ways. We’ve made progress, but there is still work to do. We invite you to join us for a presentation and panel discussion as professionals from Buncombe County, City of Asheville, MAHEC, and Vaya provide updates on the opioid crisis in Buncombe County, including local response efforts, solutions, and next steps.
  • Asheville Chevrolet would like to invite the public to join them this October for the #I Drive For event. #I Drive For is a fundraiser to help find a cure for breast cancer. For every #AshevilleChevyDrives4 on Instagram and Twitter, the national Chevrolet Corporation will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society. Because this cause is so near and dear to their hearts, Asheville Chevrolet will be hosting a breast cancer fundraiser on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm, featuring food, live entertainment and FREE health screenings. AdventHealth, the Citizen Times (part of the USA Today Network), ABC News 13 (WLOS), enV Salon and Ingles Markets proudly sponsor this event.
  • The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill University will host an exhibit of documents pertaining to women’s suffrage from the State Archives. The exhibit, on November 6, 2019, from 3:30 to 8 p.m., is part of the “She Changed the World” campaign from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It’s the first in a series of events across the state to exhibit these documents and artifacts in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote under the 19th Amendment.
  • Mars Hill University Theatre Arts Department will stage “Clybourne Park,” October 18-20, 2019. The play, by Bruce Norris, is sure to instigate debate on social issues, past and present. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Saturday, October 18-19, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 20th. Also included in the performance schedule is a school matinee October 18th at 9:30 a.m. All performances are in the Owen Theatre on the campus of Mars Hill University.


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