Edenton — Serving on College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors, Patti Kersey knew the college’s Alumni Connect initiative would be an effective tool in establishing long-lasting relationships with college alums. Kersey, who also serves as a Chowan County Commissioner, stated that “connecting and establishing a lasting relationship with our alums is essential to growing the COA family, as graduates are ambassadors of the college sharing their campus experience within the communities they live and work.”
In June, COA Board of Trustees were presented with the project to help connect with alumni in the community. An Alumni Connect card was given to each board member, with an attached lapel pin, and they were challenged to talk about COA and connect with graduates while out in the community. Kersey met two graduates through this initiative and they shared their individual experiences about attending COA.
Chanelle Chambers is a 2012 graduate of COA. She received an Associate Degree in Business and in December of the same year and went on to graduate with a professional license in esthetics. Chambers initially began her career as an esthetician in Virginia, but eventually began working at Cheveux Salon and Spa in Edenton. Chambers said, “It has been six years since I started working at Cheveux and I’ve loved every minute of it. In my fourth year, I found myself in a situation where I had to work toward my financial stability so I made a decision to step out of my comfort zone and really push the business. I applied the good business principles I learned during my education at COA and my income tripled.” The next stage in Chambers’ life and career will be moving to Greensboro, North Carolina to continue her esthetician services.
Britney Luton, a 2004 Associate in Fine Arts graduate, was involved in all aspects of theatre performances while at COA. With a focus in Theatre Education, Luton directed, acted, and participated in set design and construction, as well as lighting and sound, during student productions in the Performing Arts Center. She also served as secretary of COA’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and was vice president of the Fine Arts Club. “I fell in love with psychology in the first course I took from Beth Hughes (Associate Professor, Psychology) at COA,” Luton said. “Sociology was also a favorite class, but nothing quite peaked my interest like psychology and nothing has held a candle since.” Continuing her love of education since her start at COA, Luton graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and is working towards a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She will soon begin her clinical internship at the Up Center in Norfolk, Virginia and will graduate with highest honors in her degree program in June of 2019.
“Chanelle and Britney are representative of the large number of alumni who have graduated from College of The Albemarle and have moved forward in becoming successful individuals; attributing the courses, discipline and study habits they acquired at COA to their ongoing pursuit of continuing education while helping them advance within their respective careers.”