Posted on 02 February 2012.
By DAVID BORAKS
Five years ago Davidson College became one of the first colleges and universities nationwide to eliminate loans from student financial aid packages. The decision now drives fundraising and recruiting as the college strives to stay affordable and diversify.
On at least one level it appears to be working: Davidson is enrolling more minorities and students from other “underrepresented” groups. And 44 percent of this year’s freshman class qualified for need-based financial aid, up from 33 percent four years ago.
This week, Davidson is being held up as an example. President Carol Quillen was on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, testifying with a group of other education leaders at a Congressional hearing on “Innovations in College Affordability.” President Quillen spoke at midday to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions about the college’s grant and work-study program that promises to let students graduate without loans.
Video coverage of President Quillen’s remarks, CLICK HERE». Read the full story
Posted in Beyond Davidson, Davidson College, Nonprofit news, Politics
Posted on 31 January 2012.
Posted in Events, Fund-raisers, Sports
Posted on 23 January 2012.
Posted in Cornelius, Fund-raisers, Huntersville
Posted on 20 January 2012.
Posted in Arts, Mecklenburg County, Nonprofit news
Posted on 14 January 2012.
Cyclists started at Ingersoll Rand on Beaty Street in Davidson and turned here onto North Main Street. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Updated Sunday, 8 p.m.
About 425 cyclists – young and old, men and women, on road bikes and recumbent bikes – braved freezing temperatures Saturday morning at the 2012 Polar Bear Ride. The annual event is organized by the Rocky River Road Club and includes 100-kilometer and 50-kilometer rides through the countryside of Mecklenburg, Iredell, Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
The ride raised about $5,500 for the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, a regional community services center with free health and dental clinics, a food pantry, an after-school program and other social services.
Both rides started and finished at Ingersoll-Rand, off Beaty Street in Davidson.
“It was perfect weather for it, at this time of year,” said organizer Jim Mead, of the Rocky River Road Club. He said 58 members of the club volunteered for the day, providing support along the route and helping out at the start/finish.
Riders came from as far away as Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia and Texas. They included elite riders tuning up before the start of the racing season in a few weeks, Mr. Mead said.
While most riders enjoyed a nice ride in the countryside Saturday, those elite riders were riding hard. They average 23 mph over the 60 miles, he said.
More information about the ride or the club is at www.RockyRiverRoadClub.org.
See a gallery of photos from the ride by Ron Donson, http://www.donsonphoto.com/
This wasn't the only recumbent bike in the ride. Is that Davidson's Bill Giduz? (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Hot chocolate before the ride. Click image to see a slideshow of Ron's photos. (Ron Donson photo)
Posted in Cornelius, Fund-raisers, Health & Fitness, Huntersville, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Sports
Posted on 10 January 2012.
By DAVID BORAKS
Map shows the parcel where Davidson Day School hopes to put a second campus.
MOORESVILLE – Mooresville commissioners last week approved the rezoning of 190 acres between Faith and Mackwood roads, clearing the way for Davidson Day School to build a separate campus for its upper school – grades 7-12.
The rezoning request had been on hold while commissioners considered the proposal. Last month, Davidson Day officials said they hope to purchase the land this month. The parcel lies east of N.C. 115 and north of Faith Road. Read the full story
Posted in Beyond Davidson, Mooresville, Nonprofit news, Planning & Development, Schools