Pierce named to committee

Rodney D. Pierce of Roanoke Rapids, a middle school social studies teacher in Nash County Public Schools, has been appointed to a two-year term on Gov. Roy Cooper’s Teacher Advisory Committee.

The GTAC was established by executive order in August 2017. Comprised of 25 teachers and instructional support personnel appointed by the Governor, they advise on a range of education issues, particularly those of importance to teachers. Members serve as education ambassadors, represent the Governor at events, maintain communication with local boards of education, teachers across the state, and other stakeholders, and share opportunities to support teachers. Pierce was named the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2019. He was the inaugural Teacher Fellow for the NC Equity Fellowship through the Center for Racial Equity in Education, and is a Fellow of Carolina Public Humanities and the Public School Forum of NC’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. He was named a 2020 Javits-Frasier Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children and is currently serving three-year terms on the NCCSS Board of Directors and the Carolina Public Humanities Advisory Board.

Pierce worked as an education consultant with the NC Museum of History in 2020 and recently helped present on the Halifax County Underground Railroad as part of the institution’s 20th Annual African American Cultural Celebration.

Morgan named to Dean’s List

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Olivia Morgan of Roanoke Rapids was named to the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2020 fall semester. Morgan is in the biomedical sciences program.

Undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their GPA is greater than or equal to 3.40 for nine credits of traditionally graded coursework. They do not have any grades of “Incomplete,” NE, D or F; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.