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Class Notes: Gainesville High grad assumes executive director position
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Pamela Nix Elms, a 1991 graduate of Gainesville High School, is now the joint executive director for the Kappa Delta Sorority and Foundation.

She will oversee both the sorority and foundation staff and operations at the Kappa Delta national headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. She became executive director of the sorority in 2011.

Elms, who was originally terrified of public speaking, attributes a lot of her success to the guidance of her drama teacher at Gainesville High.

“In high school, I was in the theater department under the guidance of Pam Ware,” she said. “It was really in her classes that I began to overcome my fear of public speaking, and really build my confidence.”

Elms is a 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, where she served as the president of the Sigma Pi chapter of Kappa Delta.

“I didn’t know this at the time, but I went to Georgia and I pledged Kappa Delta, and then I found out Pam Ware’s a Kappa Delta,” she said with a laugh.

Her career has included service as legislative adviser to then-U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, and director of marketing and communications for Downtown Vision Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla.

With a successful career under her belt, Elms had some advice for high school seniors as they begin to make post-high school plans.

“Make the most of every opportunity,” she said. “Take advantage of anyone that’s willing to help you, and continue to put yourself in the position where you can grow and learn from others.”

In her new role, Elms will work to implement a strategic plan for the national Kappa Delta organization, and will work with the foundation’s board of directors to carry out its mission of providing scholarships, internships and leadership opportunities.

Lanier Tech signs dual enrollment agreement with Dawson County schools

Lanier Technical College signed another dual enrollment agreement with an area school recently, at the Dawson County Board of Education meeting.

“We appreciate the strong community support that Dawson County shows to Lanier Technical College,” said Lanier Tech President Ray Perren at the signing. “We wouldn’t have the beautiful Dawson campus without community support, and we wouldn’t have our Adult Education Center in Dawsonville without strong community support.”

Perren also thanked Dawson school board member Roger Slaton, who also serves as the chairman for Lanier Tech’s board of directors.

The college opened its new building to students in Dawson County in August 2012. It has had a presence in the county since the mid-2000s, when classes were offered in a building owned by the board of education.

Dual enrollment allows high school students to take college classes for credit.

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