Five get Morehead-Cain nods
CHARLOTTE – UNC-Chapel Hill selected five students with ties to the south Charlotte area to its Morehead-Cain scholarship program.
The university is covering the four-year expenses for 79 students, as well as offering them opportunities for academic and personal growth.
Students were as follows:
Vibhu Kishan Ambil graduated from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. He co-founded SECURED, a nonprofit that highlights the dengue fever.
Grant Abrams was involved in student government and lacrosse at Providence Day School. He co-founded an organization that promotes music.
Samantha Ferris edited a student publication, led a mentoring program, started in musicals at Charlotte Country Day School.
Tracy Laughlin was involved in honors council and cross country at Providence Day School. She founded an organization that connects students with refugees.
Sita Tayal was in student council, track and cross country at Myers Park High School. She was involved in Teen Health Connection.
Professor talks about embracing other faiths
CHARLOTTE – Adrian Bird, professor at Union Presbyterian Seminary, talks about the importance of embracing religious diversity at an upcoming MeckMin seminar.
The event, dubbed “Why Christians Should Understand Other Faith Traditions,” takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 10 at Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road.
Register at www.meckmin.org.
Seminar ties faith, recovery
CHARLOTTE – Kevin Griffin talks about how Buddhism can help people recover from addiction.
Griffin, who has practiced the faith for 35 years, wrote the books, “One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps” and “Living Kindess: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World.”
The event takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at Park Road Baptist Church Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Road. The event is free, but donations are encouraged for the speaker.
Forums feature many leaders
CHARLOTTE – The League of Women Voters Charlotte Mecklenburg presents a series of forums to provide an opportunity for candidates to share their views on the issues most pertinent to women.
The following forums take place 6 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St.:
Sept. 20 – State senator and county commission candidates.
Sept. 25 – U.S. House and N.C. House candidates.
Oct. 4 – Superior and district court judge and state court of appeals candidates.
All events will take place 6 to 8 pm at First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St.
Visit www.goleaguego.org/Lunch.html for details.
NRCC names ‘Young Guns’
WASHINGTON – The National Republican Congressional Committee announced the addition of 11 candidates, including Mark Harris, to its first round of “Young Guns,” the final phase of the committee’s eponymous program.
Republican candidates must meet goals throughout the cycle to ensure their campaigns are able to operate effectively.
“Across the country, conservatives are coming together and stepping into the political arena to help complete the work needed to strengthen our economy, our military, and our country,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. “I am proud to welcome each candidate to the Young Guns program to ensure they have the resources they need to win.”
PAC launches anti-Harris ads
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority PAC launched a digital ad campaign in NC-09 against Mark Harris.
The campaign includes 15 and 30 second versions of an ad, titled “Simple,” accusing the GOP on giving tax breaks to rich people while raising taxes on others, increasing health care costs and ballooning the deficit.
The multi-platform digital program will run for 10 weeks with ads running across a variety of major video and music streaming platforms including Hulu, CBS, Spotify, YouTube and Facebook.
“We’re going to make sure that voters in North Carolina know that Mark Harris would be another party-line vote for the toxic GOP agenda,” said House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly.
Catholic church collects food
CHARLOTTE – More than 1,400 volunteers packaged 300,000 meals over four shifts June 30 at St. Matthew Catholic Church during its 16th-annual Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive.
The drive has provided more than 2.5 million pounds of food, supplies and packed meals to those in need over the years.
The campaign, from June 15 to July 16, seeks to collect one truckload of meal packages and three truckloads of food and supplies for Haiti, two truckloads of food and supplies for Jamaica and more than 15,000 pounds of food for local pantries. In addition, the drive has a goal of one virtual truckload of sustainability items to send overseas to the poorest of the poor.
The event is conducted in partnership with Servants With a Heart.
Visit www.worldhungerdrive.org for details.