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Douglas Gipson of Monroe, executive vice president of Detroit Edison, has been named a board member of the Foundation at Monroe County Community College. He will serve as a Group Three director to enhance or expand MCCC scholarships, programs or facilities.

Mr. Gipson is a member of the ethics council of the mayor of Monroe and is a member of the board of directors at Mercy Memorial Hospital System. He also served on the board of directors of the Monroe County United Way, the River Raisin Center for the Arts Advisory Board, and the Monroe Golf and Country Club.

Michael Allen, chair of the Adrian College theater department, has been appointed president of the national theater honors fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi.

Adrian College is a long standing member of Theta Alpha Phi. Every fall, Adrian's chapter produces one-act plays entirely written and directed by students. These original works have gained regional and national acclaim through the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Mr. Allen has received an American College Theater Festival Award for directing, and has served on the executive and selection committee for the Midwest region of the American College Theater Festival.

He is also involved with community theater, is a past president of the board of directors of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, and has performed in nearly 30 musicals.

Marlene Koogan won the Viewer's Choice Award at the Fall Festival of Quilts competition held by the Monroe County Library System.

She received the most votes for her quilt titled "Memories of Provence," which is a landscape of an area of France. The quilt also won a blue ribbon for best of show in the wall hanging category.

Ms. Koogan won a third ribbon, a red ribbon for best use of color in the miniquilt category, for her submission, "Falling Leaves."

Other quilters who received significant viewers' votes include Karen Bredchneider for "Corn Flower," Shirley Weilnau for "Quilt Shop," and Connie Tyrrell for "Little Rabbit." A Young Quilter award was won by Hunter Simmons, age 5.

About 34 quilts were displayed at the show, made by 27 different quilters.

Carol McElfresh, treasurer-CFO for Sylvania Schools was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for fiscal year 2005. This is the third consecutive year the school district has received the award, which recognizes excellence in financial reporting by state and local governments.

Sylvania Schools is one of seven school districts in the 20-county region in Northwest Ohio. A special recognition ceremony was held Oct. 4 at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University, and the award was presented by Judy Jackson May, the Northwest region secretary from the Ohio School Boards Association.

Nancy Dyer, educator and art instructor at McCord Junior High School in Sylvania, received a 25-year Circa Recognition Award and induction into the Ohio Art Education Circa Honor Society. The award and induction ceremony will take place during the Ohio Art Educator's Conference in Dayton on Nov. 1-3.

The OAEA Circa Society honors art educators with long service who have shown professional dedication to OAEA and the field of visual education in Ohio.

Kim Lynette Penn, a graduate student at Lourdes College in Sylvania, presented her capstone project titled "A Narrative Study of Five Women of Color Building the Foundations to Success and Ethnic Self-Esteem, Ages 65-80," at the Leadership Principles in Practice conference held Oct. 5 in the Lourdes College Franciscan Center. Ms. Penn's project represents the fulfillment of her master's degree in organizational leadership.

The presentation follows the lives of five African American women - Vernelis Kinsey Armstrong, Loraine Boyd, Richardine Blount Chadwell, Freddie Mae Miller, and Delores A. Penn - who broke through barriers and obstacles during the sixties and seventies to become great leaders and educators. Ms. Penn says that one of her goals for the research project was to instill self-esteem in young African American women and encourage them to reach for success.

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