Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Oscar Micheaux marker dedicated on Henry Street in September 2008
The Roanoke City owned parcel located at 209 Henry Street next to the existing Al Pollard Culinary School in the Claude Moore Complex was sold for $10 to the Roanoke Higher Education Authority for the expansion of the VWCC Culinary Arts Program. A $5.5 million state grant will pay for the project expansion.
Dr.Thomas McKeon, Executive Director of the Roanoke Higher Education Center said that “zero” design plans have been developed and only preliminary plans to gage the square footage and cost were sketched out. The neighbors of Gainsboro will have extensive input to the design that will be kept in charac
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
River Laker Statement: “It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my resignation as Resource Development Coordinator at Roanoke Public Libraries, effective September 24, 2012.
In the words of Thoreau, “It seemed to me that I had several more lives to live.” And so, I am moving on.
The past 5 years have been a thrilling experience transforming how the public interacts with a traditional brick and mortar entity by reinventing identity, brand, activity, value and relevance.
We have created, developed and marketed accessible, engaging, substantial and popular cultural and “quality of life” happenings that have received public and professional acclaim.We have utilized social media, traditional media and grassroots methodologies to achieve cultural promotion and have expanded the influence of Roanoke Public Libraries by creating multi-industry and cross-industry project driven ollaborations.
It has been a particular pleasure working with Sheila Umberger, Director of Roanoke Public Libraries, a phenomenal leader.
I wish the best to Roanoke Public Libraries and all the staff within. And a big shout out to the citizens of Roanoke, who have embraced the changes within Roanoke Public Libraries and truly recognized that our library system is one of the best!”
Laker’s striptease act at 202 Market in downtown Roanoke in February 2011 brought the nightspot an ABC fine and caused Roanoke City Libraries heartburn. Laker later challenged a reprimand by libraries director Sheila Umberger in January in court saying he had been relegated to a more subdued role at the library. The reprimand was said to be a result of Laker posting a video on their website without permission. Laker lost his challenge in court and city manager Chris Morrill did not intervene sighting policy and personnel matter.