Porritt And Wierenga Receive Payne Scholarship

Friday, November 15, 2013 - by Britain Miethe, Lee University
Brooke Porritt
Brooke Porritt

Lee University students Brooke Porritt and Allison Wierenga are the 2013 recipients of the Payne Scholarship, presented by Lee President Dr. Paul Conn during a chapel service. 

Awarded annually to two female rising juniors, the Payne Scholarship was established in memory of the late Carolyn Payne, a close family friend of Conn and his wife Darlia. Funds for the annual scholarship have been provided by members of the Payne family since 1989. 

Candidates are nominated by faculty members and then selected by a scholarship committee.  Criteria for the award include leadership, campus involvement, broadly-based student achievement, and service to others. 

Ms. Porritt is a music education major with a vocal emphasis from Grand Rapids, Mich. “I am extremely grateful that I am able to receive such an unexpected and prestigious scholarship. It is an honor to be taken into consideration for a school-wide scholarship that is so substantial.”

Ms. Porritt is a member of Lee Singers, is active in Lee’s Opera Theatre, and is a Gateway Peer Leader.

"I am very pleased that Brooke has been awarded the Payne Scholarship, said Lee Singers director Brad Moffett. “She is one of the finest students I have had the opportunity to work with.  Brooke will be someone Lee will be proud of for a very long time.”

Ms. Wierenga, an intercultural studies major from Grandville, Mich., shared, “I am humbled and grateful to receive the Payne Scholarship. God has provided for me again and again since I've been at Lee and I know this was straight from His hand.”

Ms. Wierenga is a member of the Lee musical ensemble Voices of Lee, as well as being a member of the Kairos scholars, Alpha Chi honor society, and Phi Eta Sigma honor society.

“Allison is a terrifically-talented young lady who has proven she can manage many activities and do them all well as demonstrated by her GPA and performance with Voices of Lee,” said Danny Murray, director of Voices. “She has great goals for the future, is destined for success, and represents the legacy of Carolyn Payne so well.”
Allison Wierenga
Allison Wierenga

SAU Senior Art Exhibit Featuring Comic Illustrations

An exhibit featuring Southern Adventist University student Taylor Stone’s collection of autobiographical comics and illustrations will open at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the John C. Williams Art Gallery located on the second floor of Brock Hall on campus. The gallery showing will run through Jan. 14, 2016. The exhibit, titled “It’s Not You, It’s Me: I’m Sorry, I’m Trying My Best” ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools School Activities For Week Of Nov. 30

E. L. Ross Elementary School Winter Wonderful Book Fair will be all this week. Special events planned during the week include:  Christmas Show Choir Performance, Tuesday starting at 6:00 pm  Family Ornament Making and Book Fair, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm  Grandparents' Breakfast and Book Fair, Thursday, 7:30-8:30 am  For more information contact Lisa Earby, ... (click for more)

Larry Schumacher Named Chief Executive Officer Of CHI Memorial

T he board of directors of CHI Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have chosen Larry Schumacher as the chief executive officer (CEO) of CHI Memorial effective Jan. 4, 2016 . Mr. Schumacher comes to CHI Memorial from Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) based in Springfield, Illinois where he served as system chief operating officer for the past eight years.  ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Under Flood Watch Through Wednesday

With a steady rain set to continue through Wednesday, Chattanooga is under a flood watch. Over four inches of rain are expected in some areas. Here is the advisory from the National Weather Service: ...LOCALIZED FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS EAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... .THE COMBINATION OF DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE AND A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL ... (click for more)

Why Are We Allowing Poor Architecture And Urban Design Downtown?

   Over the past four decades our fair city has enjoyed striking improvements to our City Center and Northshore areas in large part due to citizen input and the guidance of the former Urban Design Studio. We are now widely recognized as a hotbed of entrepreneurship, neighborhood revitalization and good Urban Design. At the most recent City Council meeting, the leader and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In December

As the fallen leaves confirm today is the first of December, my monthly walk in life’s garden is more foggy than fun. In much-older times, good children would get a piece of candy on Christmas Day while bad ones would receive a lump of coal. So here are some things that deserve a helping of both: A PIECE OF CANDY to the amazingly few who can spy a nest of mistletoe high in area ... (click for more)