This Week’s Business Buzz: 5/18/18

May 18, 2018

This week in Chamber news, we tip our hats to all who graduated, and to South College’s new President Dr. Lisa Satterfield. And we give our appreciation to the YMCA of WNC and Carolina Day School for creating low-income summer camp options. Read on for more announcements, achievements, and expansions in the Biz community.


  • Spring commencement 2018 at Mars Hill University was a day of endings and beginnings. It was President Dan Lunsford’s last commencement as the university’s president. It was the day of the first graduates from the master of management program and the pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) program. It was also the largest class of graduating nursing students yet.
  • Officials at Gardner-Webb University are thanking supporters for their part in the record-breaking success of #DoubleDawgDay, the University’s annual day of giving to support student scholarships and financial aid. Launched on May 3, “#DoubleDawgDay” raised $90,310—exceeding last year’s total. A generous 221 donors gave—including current students, who shattered last year’s student total with a 1,300-percent increase.


  • South College has announced that Dr. Lisa Satterfield will serve as president of the Asheville campus in North Carolina. Satterfield, who most recently served as vice president of academic affairs at the Knoxville campus in Tennessee, has been with South College for nearly 15 years.
  • Pardee Bariatrics & Weight Loss will host monthly bariatric support group meetings beginning Wednesday, May 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mission Pardee Health Campus, located at 2775 Hendersonville Road (second floor) in Arden. The support group will meet the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are free and open to the public; walk-ins are welcome and no registration is required. Attendees are invited to bring a family member or friend.
  • Bard Graduate Center, the Center for Craft, and the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) are pleased to announce the symposium ‘Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies’ to be held in New York City, September 20 to 22, 2018.
  • Gardner-Webb University’s 2018 Pastors’ School, an annual three-day educational retreat for pastors and students of ministry and theology, is scheduled for May 28 – 30 at GWU.  The 2018 School will feature guest speakers Dr. Guy Sayles and Dr. William Wilson, who will be sharing on the topic “Leadership in Perilous Times.”
  • Park Ridge Health invites the community to join us in congratulating its newest winner of the DAISY Award, Sarah Pressley, RN. Sarah is part of the Park Ridge Health Medical-Surgery team. Sarah’s clinical skill and compassionate care was noticed by fellow co-workers and the family members of her patients.


  • The Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine will transform the way we care for our patients by bringing 21st-century technology and integrated care areas and a larger emergency department centered on patient care. Through June 24, there will be two steel beams for anyone in the community to sign. Everyone is invited to sign them. The beams will be ceremonially placed at the top of the new hospital tower this summer.


  • The YMCA of WNC is offering summer day camp at no charge to rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in Buncombe County. YMCA Camp Quest is funded through a 21st Century federal grant, a United Way grant, and local contributions. Based at Reynolds Middle School, the day camp includes breakfast and lunch from the YMCA Nutrition department.
  • Carolina Day School (CDS) has embarked on a partnership with Horizons National to host a high-quality, summer enrichment program on the CDS campus for eligible public school students. Horizons reaches students from low-income families who are particularly vulnerable to summer learning loss because of a lack of access to quality summer programs. Through academic enrichment focused on literacy, STEM, the arts, and sports, Horizons changes the life trajectory of low-income students by instilling in them the joy of learning, the skills for success, and the inspiration to realize their dreams