Piedmont International University Offers Distance Education

George Abie Williams, a leader in wealth management for Stifel Nicolaus in Radford, Virginia, believes in serving not only his clients but also the community as a whole. For this reason, George Abie Williams is on the board of trustees for Piedmont International University, a Christian institution, in North Carolina.

Piedmont has piloted an educational philosophy that it calls “flipping the classroom.” This means that students receive basic information about subject matter outside the classroom via videotaped lectures and other presentations. During in-person class time, they can debate or discuss the meaning and implications of the content.

Six pilot courses began in spring 2014, using a distance education model. Students participated at the Winston-Salem campus or from Africa or Europe. Leading faculty prepared curriculum material in advance for students to interact with.

One of the pilot courses focused on the Book of Acts. As students studied the passages and prepared questions, they consulted experts who showed them how to use various resources to find meaning in the ancient texts. Students competed in peer-judged contests to see who could create the best lesson plans, speak most effectively, and devise the best examples.


The Radford High School Foundation’s 2012 Cash Grants and Awards

A Look at Radford (Virginia) Parks and Recreation, by George Abie Williams

Radford Parks and Recreation provides numerous services to residents of Radford, Virginia. Open seven days a week, it conducts exciting events for all ages throughout the year. Along with renting out picnic shelters and operating a dog park, Radford Parks and Recreation features Relays for Life, photography clubs, and judo clubs.

Youth sports account for some of Radford Parks and Recreation’s most popular programs. Boys and girls aged 5 and up can sign up for basketball, while boys 7 years or older may play football. The group is now offering youth wrestling registration. Other options from Radford Parks and Recreation include baseball, soccer, tee-ball, and softball, and adults can sponsor teams for a fee. Moreover, the organization oversees more than 15 centers throughout the city that contain baseball fields, basketball courts, and batting cages, among other facilities.

About the Author:
Based in Radford, George Abie Williams functions as Senior Vice President Investments for the financial firm of Stifel Nicolaus. During his spare time, he remains active in his community and coaches youth sports through Radford Parks and Recreation. 

Revitalizing the Historic West End District by George Abie Williams

Virginia, one of the first colonized parts of America, has a wealth of history and an architectural tradition that spans centuries. In Radford, Virginia, efforts to restore and revitalize the historic West End district preserve the community’s legacy, while encouraging economic growth.

Officially designated a historic district in 2005, Radford’s West End is home to many historical buildings. While many notable homes are often registered historical sites, the West End Commercial district is primarily designated as the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of West Main, formerly First Street.

Restoration of the commercial properties is currently underway. While preserving the historic integrity of these buildings is a priority, Radford is dedicated to the property serving functional uses and increasing commercial traffic.

About the Author: George Abie Williams is a real-estate developer dedicated to the improvement of Radford, Virginia. Through his role as Chairman of the Radford High School Foundation, he recently assisted in the community fund raising efforts to build the Radford Municipal Baseball Field, considered by many as one of the finest high school facilities in Virginia.