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Spring 2020. Alumni information is current as of the printing deadline of the UNCG Magazine. You can share your news and information by clicking on “Submit a Class note.” You can also mail your information to Class Notes, UNCG Alumni Engagement, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.

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1940s

CASSANDRA “BILLY” RICKETTS ’42 has been a registered stock trader for more than 50 years. At age 98, she is still working at GCG Wealth Management in Greensboro, with an office right next to her grandson’s – a fellow GCG advisor.

1950s

SHIRLEY SMITH O’BRIEN ’52 was featured in the Kernersville (N.C.) News, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, with her account of growing up in Kernersville in the 1930s and 40s. 

1960s

EMILY HERRING WILSON ’61, last year, gave a number of readings for her book “When I Go Back to My Home Country: A Remembrance of Archie Ammons.” She and her husband, who served as Wake Forest University provost, came to know the esteemed poet A.R. Ammons during his year teaching at Wake Forest. She and Ammons were good friends until the poet’s death.    

THOMAS HENLEY BARTHEL ’68 MFA signed the contract for his 11th book, which will focus on the destruction of obstacles in New York City’s East River from 1866 to 1885, as well as on General John Newton, the master of the detonations. 

EMMYLOU HARRIS ’69X performed with Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell on the Grand Ole Opry in August. With the pandemic, there was no in-person audience, but for the radio and TV audience, it was a treat. She opened with the Louvin Brothers classic “If I Could Only Win Your Live” – which she noted was the first song she had performed on the Opry stage, back in 1975, duetting with Charlie Louvin.

1970s

PHILIP LINK ’70, ’77 MFA is a Greensboro artist whose work was recently displayed as part of the Gallery 1250 exhibition “Interiors,” which opened on Valentine’s Day in Greensboro.

LEE KNOWLES PEELE ’71 concluded her 29-year tenure as the organ player for First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington, N.C. 

MAE DOUGLAS ’73 received the 2019 ATHENA Award, presented by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. In addition to serving on the UNCG Board of Trustees, her volunteerism has included service on the following nonprofit boards: the United Way of Greater Greensboro, the Cone Health Board of Trustees, the Cone Foundation Board, Gateway Research Park, Guilford Child Development, the National Conference for Community and Justice, YMCA, Friends of the Library at UNCG, and an advisory committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.  

PATTY MANN THEL ’74 traveled with two youth choirs she conducts, Vox Amicus and the Trenton Children’s Chorus, to sing for groups touring the White House in Washington, D.C on December 20, 2019.

DONNA STEELE HONEYCUTT ’75 released her 31st novel, titled “A New Time,” in April.

GINGER ALLEY CARROLL ’77 started a new position as chief executive officer of Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida – just before the coronavirus pandemic. She has overseen her hospital’s response to the outbreak.

JAY BUTLER ’79, who has practiced law for more than 35 years, recently received a master’s degree in history from North Carolina State University and had parts of his thesis published in two academic journals – The Catholic Historical Review and Cistercian Studies Quarterly. 

1980s

MARIAN WILSON KIMBER ’83, ’86 MLS published “Musical Iowana: Iowa Women’s Clubs’ Promotion of Iowa Composers,” which recently appeared in The Annals of Iowa.  As part of the duo Red Vespa, Marian continues to perform women’s spoken-word compositions. Last November, Marian was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from UNCG.

BARBARA “BOBBI” OSGUTHORPE ’83 has begun a third decade as elected historian for the School of Nursing alumni board.  

PATRICIA JOHNSON COX ’84, ’87 MS, an assistant professor of accounting at Elon University, has taken on new responsibilities since Elon was selected to pilot the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants’ (AICPA) Academic Champion Program. She is now responsible for fostering CPA culture, acting as the main point of contact for CPA exam and licensure issues, and contributing input to the AICPA Trends in Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits report every other year. 

BRENDA PARKER HAMPTON ’84 MBA rejoined the Alamance Community College Foundation Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Howard University and previously served as a  business and marketing instructor at Alamance Community College. 

DEAN JONES ’84 has returned to his Alamance County roots. He and his brother, Starr Jones, who also attended UNCG, are award-winning Hollywood makeup artists. They have transformed the old Copland Mills factory into Atlantic and Pacific Studios, a production company with a focus on employing local talent and students.

RAYNE BROWN ’85 MED has served on the NC 13th District Service Academy Nominations Board for three years, now. She previously served three years in the NC House of Representatives where she represented District 81 until she retired in 2016. Previously, she practiced social work in Davidson County for 35 years.

JONI MCMILLAN DAVIS ’85 has been appointed to Novant Health’s Board of Trustees. Joni is a Charlotte native and currently serves as the vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Duke Energy.  

CHALMA W. HUNT ’85 has volunteered as guardian ad litem for the 23rd Judicial District since 2016.

MELINDA GAIL HALFORD ’86 MFA owns and operates Front Porch Physical Therapy in Black Mountain (N.C.), where she blends the art of movement with her physical therapy practice. She was recognized by the Asheville Citizen-Times for her unique methods for bringing relief to physical ailments. 

ROBBIE GATHINGS JAMES ’86 retired after a 33-year teaching career, having spent 21 years in Richmond County and 12 years in Anson County.

PAMELA MARIE MCCORMICK ’86, ’88, ’94 MED was selected as Teacher of the Year at Colfax (N.C.) Elementary School. She has more than 30 years of experience in education and currently teaches math and reading to academically gifted third, fourth, and fifth graders. 

CHERYL HILL BENSON ’87 MED received the 2019 Greater Franklin County (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. Cheryl was a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and an assistant superintendent before she retired to volunteer and lead the Franklin County Education Foundation as its executive director. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and she earned her doctorate in educational leadership at Nova Southeastern University.   

JOHN HILARY SHEPHERD ’89 was a co-executive producer of the movie “1917,” which was nominated for “Best Picture” at this year’s Academy Awards.

1990s

GEORGE GIBBONS HOYLE ’90 was appointed to the UNCG Board of Trustees to finish the unexpired term of trustee Frances Bullock. His term began July 1 and will run through June 30, 2021. Afterwards he will be eligible for appointment to a full four-year term.

EVELYN MARTIN KINDLEY ’90 MA was hired as the director of the Mitchell County (N.C.) Cooperative Extension. She previously spent 26 years working in the cooperative extension in Madison County (N.C.) after spending two years with the extension in Moore County (N.C.). 

DAVID ANDREW PRIDDY, JR. ’90, ’03 MED was named the 2020 Stokes County Teacher of the Year. He has been an employee of Stokes County Schools for nearly 30 years, spending time as both an English teacher and an administrator.

THOMAS EMMETT WALDRON ’90 is the Wrangler executive vice president and global brand president under the parent organization Kontoor Brands, which includes Wrangler and Lee Brands. Kontoor is Greensboro’s newest publicly traded company.

TRICIA DICKENS ’91 was celebrated by the UNCG biology department after she left her family farm in Idaho to offer her emergency medicine expertise on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City last spring. “I knew I had the ability and the capacity to help and could not sit by the sidelines,” she said.

MELANIE N. TAYLOR ’91 retired from her position as the Iredell-Statesville Schools deputy superintendent of curriculum and design, after dedicating nearly 29 years to the public education field.

MARCIA ELAINE WALKER ’91, ’98 MA was published on Medium for her essay on Olympic figure skater Mirko Müeller-Goolsbey. Her work “This is What Makes Us Us” is part of a business book of creative nonfiction she is completing. 

ROBERT M. WILLIAMS ’91 was appointed warden of Forsyth Correctional Center in Winston-Salem by the NC Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice.

CYNTHIA HOUSE JONES ’92 is the senior services director for Franklin County (N.C.). She has worked for more than 10 years with the Franklin County Department of Social Services.

DENISE C. RHEW ’92, ’99 MSN, ’16 PHD, who’s an adjunct professor with the UNCG School of Nursing, received the Nursing Competency in Aging Award from the Emergency Nurses Association.

ERNEST GRANT ’93 MSN, ’15 PHD was re-elected president of the American Nurses Association. He was invited to speak to the U.S. Congress commerce committee in July about supply chain issues related to the pandemic.

HATTIE LADSINE TAYLOR ’93 MSN, the first African American student to graduate from the UNCG Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program (in 1993), was elected secretary of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) board of directors for 2020-21. 

YVONNE ALDERMAN ’94 PHD is one of three artists whose work was part of “2019 in Review,” an exhibit at the Glencoe Mansion Museum and Gallery in Roanoke. The exhibit opened on Jan. 14.

JOHN VERNON BROWN, JR ’94 was appointed vice provost for the arts at Duke University. He is a bassist, composer, and producer with a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.  

TIMOTHY R. CAVINESS ’94 released a new book that takes place at UNCG during the early 90s: “The Walk-On.”

THERESA COX ’94 was named principal and director of alternative learning programs at Wayne (N.C.) Middle/High Academy. She has been an educator for 25 years, holding a master’s degree in school administration and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Fayetteville State University.

SARA FRANCIS FUJIMURA ’94, a young adult author, released her third book, titled “Every Reason We Shouldn’t.” 

TAMMY REEVES WHITE ’94, ’08 MSA was named Teacher of the Year for Guilford County Schools. She has been a longtime band director at Kiser Middle School. 

BRIDGETT BYRD SELLARS ’95, ’09 MSN works for Orbis Education and serves on the UNCG School of Nursing Alumni board. Most recently, she became certified in nursing education by the National League for Nursing, and she enjoys staying connected with students through teaching as adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon Education.

ERIN E. CLARK ’96 was named president of the United Way of Davidson County (N.C.). She previously served as the executive director for the Art Therapy Credentials Board Inc., a national organization focused on the credentialing of art therapists.

MARC ASHLEY ’97 is president and chief operating officer of Market America. He received the 2020 Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Award from UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics.

MICHELLE GARREN FLYE ’97 MLIS is a New Bern author who writes romances under her own name and the children’s series “Jessica” – set in New Bern (N.C.) – under her pen name Shelly Gee. She is the new owner of The Next Chapter Book and Art Store in New Bern.

BRUCE RANDALL OAKLEY ’97, ’02 MPA was selected as town manager of Carolina Beach, N.C. He was previously the city manager of Southport, N.C., and he was the town manager of Oak Ridge, N.C., for 13 years.   

JENNY CADDELL LIVELLI ’98 was promoted to chief operating officer at the Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families, and child-serving organizations. In her new position, she will work to improve operating effectiveness and build organizational capacity. 

JULIA STOTT TILLMAN ’98 is now a personal shopper for Polliwogs on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro. 

LATOYA LOWERY BROWN ’99, a nurse life care planner and a certified case manager, is self-employed with her own business. She serves on the UNCG School of Nursing Alumni Board and is also a part-time adjunct instructor for the Nurse Aide I program at Guilford Technical Community College and an American Heart Association BLS CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) instructor. 

LAURELYN G. DOSSETT ’99 MS is writing music for two plays with Preston Lane for Triad Stage. One is scheduled to premiere virtually in September, called “Clearer from the Plain,” and another will eventually be live theater, called “The Shifting.” 

MATTHEW WINDUST HUGHEY ’99 was recently promoted to a full professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut.

2000s

Karrie G. Dixon ’00 MA, chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, was awarded the platinum Best Leadership award by the 2020 HBCU Grows LEAD Conference. She was also named one of the 10 Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2020 by HBCU Campaign Fund. Prior to working at ECSU, she served as the UNC System’s vice president for academic and student affairs.

BRANDY S. FAULKNER ’00 MPA, an assistant professor in the political science department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, was appointed to an endowed professorship. She has been named the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies. Brandy has been a member of the Virginia Tech community since 2012, and her scholarship has focused on constitutional and administrative law, race and public policy, and critical organization theory. 

DONYELL S. JONES ’00 was named chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of NC. He brings more than 20 years of experience in youth development and quality programming to the Boys & Girls Club movement.

ZAKIA A. NESBITT ’00 was named to the 2020-2023 Board of Directors for Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public interest law and equal justice, headquartered in Washington, DC. She is currently a law student at the Louisiana State University Law Center, a clinical supervisor for CVS Health, and the treasurer for the Black Law Student Association at LSU Law. 

RICHARD TREMMEL ’00 MM has been named interim director of the Delta Music Institute and chair of the Entertainment Industry Studies program at Delta State University in Mississippi.

JAMES D. WORSLEY ’00, ’03 MS, the director of Chesterfield County (Va.) Parks and Recreation, was recently selected by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to receive the National Distinguished Professional Award. 

WILLIAM A. ZELL ’00 MPA was appointed as interim city manager by the City of Hamlet (NC). He was formerly the town manager of Aberdeen, NC for 13 years.

DOMINICK AMENDUM ’01 is artist-in-residence, coordinator of Musical Theatre at UNCG. He worked with Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz to open the musical “Prince of Egypt,” based on the Disney movie of the same name, last winter in London’s West End.

CHRIS CHALK ’01 has a leading role in the new “Perry Mason,” which debuted on HBO in June. A second season has been booked.

BARRON L. THOMPSON ’01, an adjunct lecturer in the UNCG Department of Political Science, has taught Introduction to Law (PSC 280) since the spring of 2019. 

WILLIAM “CLARK” ADAMS ’02, ’04 MA was honored with the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award at Randolph Community College (RCC). An English/communications instructor, he began teaching at RCC in August of 2004. He has served as the lead adviser for the RCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society since 2010 and was an adviser for the Student Leadership Academy from 2012-2019. He also created and maintains the historical archives for RCC. 

WILLIAM BENJAMIN KIEHL ’02 retired from his nursing practice, most recently working with BAYADA Home Health Care Inc.

JACQUELINE HOLMES SPRINGFIELD ’02 MFA was recently published in the journal Voice and Speech Review with her co-written article “Strategies for Guiding Actors’ Accent and Linguistic Needs in the Twenty-First Century.” She is a professional actor and an instructor, who currently teaches voice and speech at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

QUANDA RENEE TURNER ’03 MSA, ’14 EDS retired after a 36-year career as an educational instructor in the Orange County (N.C.) school district. 

ASHLEIGH HOGAN MCFARLIN ’04 joined Claremont Financial Services, located in Claremont, N.H. She is a certified financial planner. 

YVETTE MURPHY-ERBY ’04 PHD is a professor of social work and vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arkansas. She joined the faculty in 2011. 

SIDNEY OUTLAW ’04 made his Kennedy Center debut in December with the National Symphony Orchestra, performing Handel’s “Messiah” with the National Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis, and the Washington Chorus.

LANCE STOKES ’04 MSA, ’13 EDS is the principal of Bartlett Yancey Senior High School. He has 20 years of experience as an educator and 16 years of experience as a school administrator. He started as an elementary teacher and has served as an assistant principal for six years and a principal for 10 years. 

RICHARD WATERS ’04 DMA is the director of chorale activities, the voice area coordinator, and a professor of music at Eastern Kentucky University. After being commissioned by Eastern Arizona College, he composed a piece for their women’s chorale, which premiered at Spring Sing 2020.  

CLYDE ALBERT BRISTOW, III ’05, ’06 MSN, ’17 DNP is the chief nursing officer of WFBH-Lexington Medical Center and serves on the UNCG School of Nursing Alumni Association Board as vice president. 

LITASHA DENNIS ’05 PHD earned the 2020 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award. She has been a professor of English at Spartan Methodist College since 2012 and has more than 21 years of teaching experience. 

JUSTIN NATHANIEL OUTLING ’05 was named one of Black Business Ink magazine’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont. He has served as a Greensboro City Councilman since 2015 and, in 2019, he received the North Carolina Bar Association’s (NCBA) Citizen Lawyer Award. 

VASUDHA RANGAPATHY ’05 MS was promoted to vice president of IT and e-commerce at IFB Solutions. She joined IFB Solutions in 2009 as a software engineer before being promoted to senior applications manager. She was formerly the director of IT and e-commerce.  

KELLY NICOLE GRAVES ’06 PHD was recognized by FOX8 as one of four Remarkable Women of the Piedmont Triad. Kelly was nominated for her nonprofit, the Kellin Foundation, which is partnered with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. 

ALEXANDRA JOYE WARREN ’06 MFA created Joyemovement to give professional dancers in the Greensboro area an opportunity to continue performing professionally. Her mission is to tell the stories of the African Diaspora and explore their future through dance.  

NATANIA JOHANNE BARRON ’07 MA is the author of dozens of short stories as well as several novellas and novels. All these works contain monsters of different varieties. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, Escape, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of the Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer advocacy in speculative fiction.

GRANT BUCKNER ’07 serves as administrative counsel for the North Carolina Supreme Court. He leads a small team of lawyers there, who craft rules, review opinions, and provides counsel to the state’s highest court. A news report states he likens his team to the keeper of the Supreme Court’s institutional memory.

HONG CHAI ’07, ’08 MS was hired to the accounting and consulting firm Sharrard, McGee & Co. She is a tax supervisor in their High Point, N.C., office. 

CRYSTAL LAMB ’07, ’14 MSN, clinical assistant professor and UNCG School of Nursing’s simulation coordinator, received the School of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award.

CAMERON GREEN MARSDEN ’07 joined the Thomasville Tourism Commission as the tourism director. She has nine years of fundraising/events experience, and she completed her master’s in public administration at UNC Charlotte.

CHRISTOPHER A. NICHOLS ’07 EDD was named the principal at Atkins High School. He has been the principal at the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Career Center since 2014. Prior to that, he was the principal at Forbush High School in Yadkin County (N.C.) for four years, and he was an assistant principal at both Parkland High School and Paisley IB Magnet School for 10 years. 

ALFONSO “ATIBA” RORIE ’07, dance music coordinator for UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, was featured in a recent television story about drumming.

CAITLIN SARAPHIS ’07, ’09 MA received the UNCG College of Arts & Sciences Experienced Advisor Award. 

NORRIS LEE STATON, JR. ’07, ’18 MPA became the public housing director for the City of Albemarle (N.C.). Before, he served as the executive director of Mustard Seed Community Health, a Greensboro-based non-profit that provides integrated care to those in the community who cannot afford medical insurance or are underinsured. 

ALI BOYCE COSGROVE ’08, ’13 MSN, a second-year student in UNCG’s Nurse Anesthesia program, and fellow graduate student Kevin Dollar spent a month in Buffalo, N.Y., working 12-hour shifts at a hospital treating coronavirus patients.  

CHARLA A. DUNCAN ’08 is the senior assistant to the Warren County (NC) manager. She was previously working as a management analyst in the office of the Granville County (N.C.) manager. Charla holds a master’s of public administration from New York University. 

AMY BIGBEE GROSSO ’08 PHD has been hired as director of Behavioral Health for the Round Rock, Texas, school district. Grosso has spent the last five years working with the district in different capacities on mental health education. In her new position, she is overseeing programs for students who are in crisis or at-risk due to mental health.

RUE SHIRRILLAN LEE-HOLMES ’08 PHD teaches general music at Hobbton Middle School in Newton Grove, N.C. She has been in the education profession for 25 years. 

DENISE RANGEL TRACY ’08, ’10 MA received the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) 2020 Service Award, which recognizes her volunteer service to promote and support women in mathematics through AWM. Reaching an audience beyond the mathematics community, she has used Wikipedia to increase awareness of the history of women in math.

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ANTHONY GLENN EDWARDS ’09 graduated from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia, holding the highest-grade point of his 62-person class. He received a one-year scholarship from the Virginia Bankers Association to attend the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

CHRISTOPHER BRITTON LEA ’09, formerly at WXII, is now a sports anchor/reporter on WRAL in Raleigh. 

KATE DAVIDSON MCKEE ’09 is a junior showroom designer at Barbour Spangle Design in High Point, N.C. 

CRISTAL CAMPBELL SNOW ’09, ’14 MA was honored with a 2020 “40 Under 40” award from the Triad Business Journal, recognizing extraordinary young leaders in the Triad area.

2010s

NATHAN MAUNG ’10 is a cinematographer whose feature film “Longing with Love” opened in February in Myanmar.

DEVON CURRIE ’11 is taking on the new role of administrative and database coordinator for ArtsGreensboro. For the last 11 years, Devon has worked as a professional stage manager with theaters and organizations all over North Carolina, including Triad Stage and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. She uses her skills as a visual artist to work on independent projects with her husband, Cameron, and creates design work for theatre productions.

ZITHOBILE “ZITTY” ZODWA NXUMALO ’11 MA was a speaker at Surry Community College, where she presented “Swazi-Carolinian: A Story of Immigration, Education, and Entrepreneurship.” She has facilitated emotional intelligence and authentic leadership workshops for many area organizations, and she holds a PhD in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University. She works in the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG as a student success navigator and life design catalyst coach. 

AMANDA PEEBLES STEERE ’11 MED was named Kernersville (N.C.) Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

JOLENE CANNADY ’12, ’16 MSN, ’19 DNP works for Cone Health at Crissman Family Practice in Graham, N.C., and serves on the UNCG School of Nursing  Alumni Board. 

MARY JEANETTE EBERHARDINGER ’12 MA received the 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award at Duquesne University in Humanities and Fine Arts.

PORSHA M. GRAVES ’12 is the girls’ basketball coach at the Burlington School.

TIFFANY HANSLEY-JONES ’12 is a teacher at Burgaw Elementary School and was named Teacher of the Week by WWAY in Wilmington. She teaches children with special needs and is in her second year of teaching. 

KATHRYN HUBERT ’12 was named one of the 40 Leaders Under Forty 2020 by the Triad Business Journal. Her restaurant,  Chez Genèse, is located in downtown Greensboro.

JESSIE IAN CRAFT ’13 teaches Latin at Reagan High School in Pfafftown, N.C. He was honored by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South with the 2017-2018 Kraft Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching and was nominated for the 2019 Society for Classical Studies Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-College Level. Jessie has produced more than 110 videos on YouTube as teaching aids, mostly in Latin with English subtitles.

NICOLE GARDNER ’13 is a sixth and seventh grade math teacher at Western Rockingham Middle School. She won the Middle School Teacher of the Year award for the Rockingham County (N.C.) Schools.

MELANIE NICOLE GREENE ’13 MFA and J. Bouey, hosts of an independent podcast called Dance Union, were featured inThe New York Times for their successful efforts to highlight controversial issues in the dance world. Fair pay for dancers, abuses of power in dance companies, and racism in dance criticism are among the topics they discuss. 

PAUL KIPKEMOI CHELIMO ’14 was the keynote guest speaker for the 2020 U.S. Air Force Marathon. He was the silver medalist in the 5000 meters at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and he was the bronze medalist at the 2017 World Championship. 

JENNIFER BUSHEN CLAYTON ’14 POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE was named Teacher of the Year at Cash Elementary School, located in Kernersville, N.C. 

JUSTIN COWAN ’14, ’16 MM, ’18 DMA has been named associate chair for the Department of Theatre Arts beginning Fall 2021 at Western Connecticut State University.

RACHAEL WANDERLIN ’14 MS has harnessed her experiences in dementia care as well as her blog “Dementia by Day” and 2016 book “When Somebody You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community” (Johns Hopkins) to found a business working with senior care providers in building their own dementia-care programs.

KIRSTEN CAMPBELL GUTIERREZ ’15 moved to WRAL in March as a Raleigh reporter. Previously she was a producer at FOX8 WGHP (2015-16), a multimedia journalist at WWAY in Wilmington (2016-18), and a reporter at WXII 12 News in Winston-Salem (2018-2020).

TIERA CHELSEY MOORE ’15, ’18 MA, ’18 POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE was a co-moderator of the online forum series at UNCG last summer titled “Race and Racism in American History.” It explored many facets of systemic racism in the United States, past and present. 

SIERA SAGE SCHUBACH ’15 received a Staff Excellence Award from UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences. 

ANNALISE GENEE COLEMAN ’16, who is captain of the Carolina Panthers cheerleading squad TopCats, was selected to cheer for the NFC in the 2020 Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl was streamed on ESPN, ABC, and Disney XD. 

JACOB HINSON ’16 won the 2019 UNCSA composition contest. His composition “Enigma for Symphony Orchestra” was performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony as part of “Concert for Community” in January 2020.

CHRISTOPHER V. JORDAN ’16, ’18 MA received the UNCG College of Arts & Sciences New Advisor Award. 

JOSHUA ALAN LANDRETH ’16 received a juris doctor degree from Elon University’s School of Law. He was also awarded a national membership to the Order of Barristers and a certificate of achievement from the North Carolina Bar Association for his service completed through the university’s pro bono program. 

JENNIFER LEIGH MANN ’16 MFA attended the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of the film “The Evening Hour,” directed by Braden King. Mann appears with film veterans Tess Harper and Lili Taylor.  Among her other credits are “House of Cards” on Netflix and the film “The Disappointments” with Kate Beckinsale.

SARA LOUISE PILLING ’16 MPA was named to the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. She is currently the operations manager for the graduate programs at the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics. In addition to managing the budget for the MBA program, helping students study abroad, and overseeing graduate assistants, she teaches a seminar called “Succeed at the G” for transfer students. Sara also serves on the steering committee for Future Fund of Greensboro. 

DEVONTE WILSON ’16 is a church millennial ministry leader and a precinct chair in his community of Eastwood, N.C. He was profiled on the Tanzania Classic web site as an inspiring young leader in his community. At UNCG, he was a multi-term senator in student government who majored in political science and minored in history with specializations in communication and international leadership.

BRANDI APPLE ’17 MSN is a full-time faculty member at the UNCG School of Nursing and treasurer of the School of Nursing Alumni Board. In her spare time, she not only enjoys time with her family and dogs, but also an occasional scuba diving adventure.

IAN COURTS ’17 received the Michael Easley Trial Advocacy Award.

COURTNEY HALDEMAN ’17 is a student in the Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioners program at the UNG School of Nursing. She was featured on WXII 12 NEWS for her work as a nurse in a coronavirus unit in Winston-Salem.

ZACHARY LEE MATTHEWS ’17 was featured in local news as a nurse on the ICU’s rapid response team at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was working in the COVID-19 unit.

JAKE THOMAS HONG ’18 is the assistant coach for the Wake Forest University volleyball team. He previously served as an assistant at Grand Canyon University, and he has more than 10 years of coaching experience, including time at West Virginia University; High Point University; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and California Polytechnic State University.

NICOLE JENNAE MERRITT ’18, ’20 MA is now an admissions counselor in Greensboro College’s Office of Admissions. She is responsible, primarily, for recruiting high-school students from eastern North Carolina.

DAWN CELESTE POOLE ’18 EDD is the new principal of Mill Creek Middle School in Tennessee. In addition to teaching middle and high school English, she has 16 years of experience in school administration and instructional leadership. Five of those years include being principal of Henry County (Ga.) High School.  

ALLISON CRUISE ’19 MLIS has been accepted as one of only four associate fellows at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, MD. NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library, and the one-year program offers a robust educational and leadership experience.

JOHN CARRY EASTERLING, III ’19 is a government relations analyst at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. He has also provided commentary on “Capitol Tonight” and a plethora of other media outlets in North Carolina, concerning developments in state government.

ASHLEY “TORI” HOPPER ’19 MLIS, the children’s services and programming coordinator at the Columbus Lowndes Public Library in Columbus, Miss., introduced a new, virtual summer reading program, using digital tools, social media, and video production.

2020s

ROSA GONZALEZ ’20 isa certified nursing assistant at Moses Cone Hospital. 

ENSIGN QUINTON SMITH ’20 celebrated his commissioning ceremony as an officer in the U.S. Navy, in his hometown of Franklinville, N.C. UNCG’s Dr. Susan Letvak presented him with the Nightingale Pledge. The pledge is a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take; it focuses on principles that nurses are expected to uphold.

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ALUMNI MARRIAGES

PEGGY ANN MARSHALL ’12, ’16 MM and Steve Nicholas Sarantos were married November 24, 2019, at the Lodge at Bear River in Marshall, N.C. Peggy is a violinist and a music teacher in Colorado, where the couple resides. 

IN MEMORIAM

JEAN SINGLETON ROBBINS ’36C

PHYLLIS PARKER OLSEN ’37X

OLENA SWAIN BUNN ’39, ’79 EDD

LUCILE BETHEA WHEDBEE ’39

MADELYN SCHULTZ CREVELING ’40

MARTHA BROWN GARDNER ’40

FRANCES H. HALL ’40

BESS GILLAM KERLEY ’40

JOAN LLOYD STEUDEL ’40

LOUISE MAXWELL WORTH ’40

MABEL ROBERTS DYE ’41

RITA DUBOIS FITZGERALD ’41, ’46 MS

SALLIE SLOAN FONVIELLE ’41

MARTHA REDDING MENDENHALL ’41

JUANITA MILLER SPECTOR ’41

KATHRYN SCHENK THOMPSON ’41

LOUISE MERCER TOUMBACARIS ’41

DORIS WINSLOW WILLIAMS ’41X

IRIS SENTER BROWN ’42

POLLY PRITCHETT DUNCAN ’42X

ROSE WILSON HENDERSON ’42

MARY SADLER JOHNSON ’42

RHEA GAYNELLE SIKES ’42

LILLIAN COPE STEWART ’42

MARY EPPES TURNER ’42, ’69 MED

MARIAN CALLIS FUNDERBURK ’43

RACHEL JOHNSON HALLEN ’43

GERTRUDE TANNER HOGARTH ’43

POLLY ABERNETHY HORD ’43

JANE HARDAWAY LOFLIN ’43

SARA WARWICK PORTER ’43

NORMA LEE MITCHUM SNIDOW ’43C

JOAN MORGAN SULLIVAN ’43

JULIA CURRENT DOBSON ’44

MARY CHARLES ALEXANDER GRIFFIN ’44

MARY LEACH HARPER ’44

FRANCES REEDY MOORE ’44C

JEAN HARRELL RAYNOR ’44C

JOCELYN MASON STEEL ’44

BETTY SNIDER WILKINS ’44

NELLE SLOAN BEASLEY ’45

MARGUERITE LAING FARNSWORTH ’45X

ALICE JAMES MENDE ’45

SHIRLEY SMITH BREWER ’46C

NANCY BRAME DUMBELL ’46

JANE LEE FRONEBERGER ’46

NANCY DOBBINS HAIGWOOD ’46

RUTH KESLER MILLER ’46

GENEVIEVE GALLEN RABIL ’46C

KATHERINE COLE RORISON ’46

JOYCE RUCKER RUARK ’46

EVELYN SMITHWICK TURNER ’46

NANCY DOZIER BARNWELL ‘47

NANCY CROMER BUDIANSKY ’47

JEWEL HYATT PENNY ’47C

RUTH ANDERSON RAMSEUR ’47X

ANNE CARTER REESE ’47

ELIZABETH REAVES THACKER ’47

MARY-CAROLINE SIMMONS THURBER ’47

BETTY UNDERWOOD BERG ’48

ANN COLLINS CRUTCHFIELD ’48X

BOBBIE DUNCAN LEDBETTER ‘48

VIRGINIA COLEY MYRICK ’48

ANNE SHIRLEY CARTER OLSSON ’48

REBECCA BEASLEY PENDLETON ’48X

MYRA SLAGLE WALDROOP ’48

JOYCE POSSON WINSTON ’48

NANCY YOUNG ’48, ’83 MED

MARGARET HART ALBRIGHT ’49

MARY HAWTHORNE CARRIGAN ’49

FRANCES RHYNE DAILY ’49 MA

GERTRUDE BENDER DUNCAN ’49

MARTHA WELLS HAWORTH ’49, ’71 MED

MARIAN HAND HICKS ’49

ELIZABETH MCKOY MCCAULEY ’49

AMELIA CLONINGER STOUT ’49

JOANNE SHOEMAKER DICKSON ’50

NANCY DICKEY DICKINSON ’50

MAYEBELLE BEDELL GILFILLAN ’50

MARGUERITE WAY HYATT ’50

LYNN EICHENBAUM MEAD ’50

LOIS NEWTON WILSON ’50

ANN CAMLIN CALDWELL ’51

KATHLEEN DEANS CARTLAND ’51

BETTY DUFF GODWIN ’51X

MIRIAM GONELLA HONEYCUTT ’51

ANN FOWLER JONES ’51

EMILY BLACKWELL MCCLAMROCK ’51

ELIZABETH PARKER MCPHERSON ’51

ANNE VANHORN MIMS MORRISON ’51

ELLEN SKINNER ROGERS ’51

MARGARET ANN HUNTER SCHRUM ’51X

JOANNE D. SECHREST ’51

ANN FARMER SINK ’51

RAINE GALLAGHER THOMPSON ’51

JANE BASS TURNER ’51 

BETTY GODWIN ULRICH ’51

JEAN ROTHA BLAKE ’52X

MARY FRANCES ELSEN JONES ’52

MARGARET MCKINNEY THOMPSON ’52

JEWELLE CANNON GARDNER ’52

BETTY SILER HINTZ ’52

KATHARINE HARRINGTON SMITH ’52

FRANCES JOHNSON WARREN ’52X

LOU OUTEN HELMS ’53

LOU LEWIS LOCKE ’53

LOUISE MOONEY MORGAN ’52

MARY DAVID MCCULLEN MORRIS ’52

KATHARINE MILLER MORSBERGER ’52

MARGARET “PEGGY” SNOW PAYNE ’52C

JESSIE NICHOLS RAY ’52

JERRE D. BOREN ’53X

SARA LUCAS COILE ’53

MARY LOU HOWIE GAMBLE ’53

JUANITA SMITH HENDRIX ’53, ’60 MED

MARY ARROWOOD HOPSON ’53

SUE ELLEN BAXTER LEONARD ’53

LOU LEWIS LOCKE ’53

HELEN PEDEN MEDLIN ’53 MED

GLORIA MILLER MELTON ’53 

JOANNE MARTIN SNEED ’53

BARBARA VEACH SQUIER ’53

HELEN HAMMOND STOUGH ’53

SYLVIA WISEMAN ’53

NANCY BENSON ’54

MARY HEDRICK DUYCK ’54

FREDA ELLIOTT ’54

MARGARET MCLEAN GREEN ’54

EVELYN MILLS MERCER ’54

MARIANNE JONES PRUETT ’54C

POLLY ROBERTS ’54

SARAH CARPENTER SCARBOROUGH ’54

CAROLYN DAVIS SHERRILL ’54

NAN SCHLEISNER WEISS ’54

ELIZABETH HOLLAND WESTMORELAND ’54

MARIA RICHARDSON BLISS ’55

BARBARA PICKETT CHAMBLEE ’55

MARION BAILEY CRUTCHFIELD ’55

BILLIE SLEDGE ERWIN ’55

EVADEANE INGRAM JONES ’55

NANCY YOUNG ’55

WILMA YARBOROUGH BERRYHILL ’56

JOAN ATKINSON THORNE GIFFORD ’56

SHIRLEY COUNCILMAN LINDLEY ’56

CAROLYN HORNE MCGOUGAN ’56

DORIS ETHERIDGE REVELLE ’56

JANET BROOKS SHEFFIELD ’56X

JEWELL PARKER ELLIOTT ’57X

SHIRLEY FEATHERSTONE GORMAN ’57

MARTHA ELLIS HILL ’57

FRANCES DEAL KIMBALL ’57

DANIEL LANIER MOTLEY, JR ’57 MED

GLORIA COLLINS RUSSELL ’57X

MARCIA BLACK SCHUMACHER ’57

BETTY JEAN ZACHARY WAGNER ’57X

MARY WILLIAMSON WARDLAW ’57

YVONNE LOMINAC AMICO ’58

MARY LUCAS ’58

RUTH PARKS ’58

EDITH BALENTINE REDMOND ’58

MARY LARSON SAINE ’58

PATRICIA KYLES AUTON ’59

JOYCE WILSON BIGGERS ’59 

ROBERT CHARLES HALL ’59 MED

JILL BATTS MEARES ’59

BETTY MOTLEY SARTIN ’59

PEGGY WARLICK ’59

CAROL CAIN ADAMS ’60C

CHRYSTELLE TRUMP BOND ’60, ’63 MFA

EVELYN HICKS CANTRELL ’60

LYNN PAINTER DILLARD ’60

WINNIE WATSON EVANS ’60

DERENDA GULLEDGE GARRIS ’60

ANNE SALLEY GRAY ’60 MFA

KAY BREITENBACH JONES ’60

ANN MULKEY SHELTON ’60, ’67 MED

MARGARET ALLISON THURMAN ’60

PATRICIA CROTTS WILKERSON ’60 

AMY BROWN CRUMP ’61

PAULINE LOEFFLER ’61 MS

ELIZABETH WHITE MAY ’61, ’67 MED

MARGARET PARIS ’61

JUDY BEALE ’62

JUNE FITTS BLACKMON ’62

JUDITH WILKIE FOWLER ’62

SABRA EUBANKS HEAGLE ’62

CAROLYN KEITH ’62

SARA JANE CRAWFORD WOLFSON ’62 MS

JOYANN “JOY” WOHLBRUCK BECHER ’63 

GINGER TURNER BRANTLEY ’63

ILA WIDENHOUSE CHRISTENBURY ’63

ELIZABETH ANNE KORNEMANN ’63

WANDA PRESSON STONE ’64  

JANICE MCLAMB MCMAHON ’65

BEULAH MARION PERKINS ’65 MED

YVONNE PETERS ALLEN ’66

BARBARA BARNEY CRUMLEY ’66

DIANE SUTTLES HOUSTON ’66

JEAN CALDWELL REECE ’66

LINDA BARKER ELDRIDGE ’67

LENA SWOFFORD GORDON ’67

ESTHER KANIPE ’67

VICTORIA HAILEY COVINGTON ’68

TERRY FISH DIFFENDERFER ’68

MAGIE FISHBURNE ’68 MED

CAROLYN KUKEL SHARPE ’68

REVEREND TERRY BARR ASHE ’69

MELINDA HAMRICK ’69

NORMA LALLEY KAY ’69 MED

GAIL FOWLER LATHAM ’69

ALBERT LANCASTER MADDEN ’69

JULIE TRIPP MIDDLETON ’69

SHIRLEY JANE SPEIGHT ’69

LESLIE MYERS STOPHEL ’69

STEVEN N. ULOSEVICH ’69

JANET WITHROW WALKER ’70

RUTH DANIELS SCANLON ’71 MED

MARIAN GABRIEL STEARNS ’71

HARRIET ZERVOS AGGELIS ’72 MED

JO OSBORNE ALLRED ’72

SALLY SCHINDEL CONE ’72 MED

RONALD ALAN HUFSTADER ’72 MM

JAMES A. VERGAS ’72

REBECCA BRADNER WORKMAN ’72

MARY JOETTE MARKHAM ’73

BETTY BYRD POWERS ’73, ’75 MSBE

ROBERT DERICK SATTERFIELD ’73 MED

ROBERTA WELLS TABERT ’73

JAMES C. BARDON ’74 MFA

ROBERT G. DAUGHERTY ’74

ROBERT M. MACLEOD ’74 MFA

ROSE HOLLEY MCDONALD ’74, ’76 MS

LIEUTENANT COLONEL DONALD MOORE ’74

KIM K. RILEY ’74

TERRY ARNEY ARTHUR ’75

KEITH FERRELL ’75X

KATHLEEN BARHAM HEINLE ’75

TERESA BETH KOESTAL ’75   

DONALD ELCO MORTON ’75, ’76

BARRY LAYNE MOSELEY ’75

SUSAN ECKSTEIN RIDDLE ’75

HENRY K. TOWNSEND ’75 MA

BETTY BRYAN ELLIS ’76 MED

WANDA HENRY MCLAURIN ’76 MED

ROBERT M. SCHNEIDER, II ’76

HONORABLE LARRY W. WOMBLE ’76 MED

LORETTA DUNCAN GILLIAM ’77 MLS

JOSEPHINE SHIPLEY LAUERMAN ’77

PAMELA HOLT MCDONALD ’77X

JAMES L. PULLIAM ’77 MED

NANCY SEATE ’77

KEITH VERNON BESS ’78

JAMES MARSHALL CHESHIRE ’78 MA 

BARBARA BURRELL EDGERTON ’78

THOMAS STANLEY HARDISON ’78

JO WELCH HULL ’78 MED

R. HAMPTON SCOTTON ’78

JOHN A. HERKE ’79

ROBIN DENISE MCKEOWN ’79

MARY “MOLLY” BRADY PIERCE ’79, ’82 MFA

BARBARA BOLTON DURANT ’80

ANNA GEROW ’80 MED

WILLIAM P. KIGER ’80

CHI CHI LEAZER ’80

HOBY H. LOWE ’80

CRISTI ROBILLARD ’80

WILLIAM JEFFERY TONKIN ’80 MBA

CONNIE STRICKLAND GAUSE ’81

DOROTHY MATSIK WHITE ’81, ’86 MA

HUGH D. WHITE ’81

DAVID SCOT WHITESIDE ’82

MIKE SEXTON ’83

CALVIN C. STEVENS, JR ’83

ROBERT BRISON TURNER ’83 EDD

KAREN LEIGH VANHORN ’83

GEORGE R. WOOD, SR. ’83 MFA

ARLAND O. BLADES ’84

GREGORY F. WALTERS ’84

LORI V HEFNER ’85

LISA M TOWLER ’85

JOHN C. VAUGHAN ’85

EDDIE CLAPP ’86X

FRANCES OCHS JOCHUM ’86 MFA

CLYDE R. LINCOLN ’86 MED

AMY LEE MEIGGS ’86

BOLTON A. ANTHONY ’87 EDD

FRANCES O. JOCHUM ’87 MFA

BONITA MILLS BESHEARS ’88

CONNIE CURTIS SNUFFER ’88, ’89 MLS 

KAY SKOW ’89

WAYNE C. MATTHEWS ’90 MED

NANCY G. PICKENS ’90 MED

LAURA BAILEY DUKES ’91

SCOTT M. DUKE-SYLVESTER ’91

PATTI RUSSELL BOLES ’92 MED

PATRICIA H. LOWRY ’92 MS

CHRISTINA STEWART WAGONER ’92 MED

MELISSA JOY MARTIN ’93

ELEANOR WILLIAMSON MULUMBA ’93 

JANET HOLLAND AYERS ’94, ’96 MLIS

JENNIFER W BLLOSHMI ’94

DANIEL LYNN MAY ’94 MBA

THOMAS M. SAYA ’94 MFA

PATRICIA DUFFEY SMITH ’94 MSN

JUDITH CLARKE FORE ’95 MED

MARTHA GIMPEL MILLER ’95 MA, ’00 CERTIFICATE, ’00 PHD

ROBERT EVERETT EVERHART ’97 MSBE

CHRISTOPHER PAUL MANDALA ’97

JOHN C. TULLAR ’97

LESLIE OLDHAM NAGY ’00, ’03 MED

GEOFFREY DION WILLIAMS ’01

STEVEN MARION ’04 EDD

STEPHANIE ANN STRADER ’05, ’10 MSW

KHRISTA NIANGEL BRITT ’06, ’09 MSN

BRYAN CLIFFORD HUPFELD ’09

BRUCE JAMES SCHWEICKERT ’09

FRED WOOD NORDENHOLZ ’10 MA

AARON JAMES DAUFELDT ’13

THOMAS HAGGAI, a great supporter and friend of UNCG, died March 27, 2020. In addition to being a 2011 honorary doctor of humane letters degree recipient from UNCG, he was a philanthropist, businessman, minister, and recognized speaker. He led the High Point-based Thomas Haggai and Associates Foundation for 52 years and served as a former president and CEO of the Independent Grocers Alliance. In 2016, the foundation established a new teacher-training program, the Haggai Academy, in UNCG’s School of Education. The aim of the Haggai Academy at UNCG is to train non-traditional students to become highly qualified and committed educators.

FORMER FACULTY AND STAFF

JAMES H. ALLEN, who served as vice chancellor of Student Affairs for nearly a quarter century, died May 30, 2020. In 1967, he moved to Greensboro to become Presbyterian campus minister at UNCG. He discovered a love and gift for working with young people – and of bringing people together. He was also a vocal supporter of civil rights. In 1970, he became UNCG dean of students. In 1973, he became vice chancellor of Student Affairs, serving until his retirement in 1996. He was especially proud of helping lead the effort to bring the UNCG Athletic Program from Division III to Division I. 

MARGARET ELAINE BURGESS, 94, known as “Dr. B” by her students, was a sociology professor emerita at UNCG. She retired in 1990 after 30 years of teaching at UNCG. A specialist in social change and conflict, she did extensive research in South Africa on conditions imposed by the apartheid regime there. She was a fellow at the Center for Interracial Studies in Rhodesia in 1977 and at the Center for Applied Social Science in Zimbabwe in 1988. She was the author of two books, “Negro Leadership in a Southern City” and “An American Dependency Challenge.” She was the 1980-81 president of the Southern Sociological Society. 

MILDRED B. COTTRELL, who retired from UNCG’s Parking Services in 1996, worked at the University for over 20 years. She died on June 16, 2020. She was noted for her patience and people skills, often soothing upset students who had received parking violations on or near campus. 

LOLETTA A. FAULKENBERRY, died on May 21, 2020. As her obituary noted, she was one of 11 children, and she determined early in life that education was the way out of poverty. She became a nurse in 1948. She also worked in public policy, including legislation improving the rights of surviving spouses and for improving access to immunizations for needy children. In 1974, she became an assistant professor at UNCG’s School of Nursing before transitioning to a professorship at Watts School of Nursing in Durham, 1980. She finalized her nursing career in 1995 at Durham Co. Regional Hospital. 

JOHN L. JELLICORSE, UNCG professor emeritus, died July 1, 2020. His distinguished career at UNCG and beyond encompassed a tremendous number of subject areas within theater, communication studies, and media studies. Jellicorse began shooting 16 mm film when he was eleven, learning from his father who was a radio and television engineer. Jellicorse came to UNCG in 1974 to serve as department head of the Drama and Speech Department, which became the Department of Communication and Theatre. He initiated years of substantial growth in many areas at UNCG. He hired key faculty, launched new curricula and sources of funding, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses while also initiating new programs in speech sciences, education of deaf children, broadcasting, and cinema. Under his leadership, the Department of Communication and Theater became the University’s largest department, enrolling 1,308 students and serving more than nine hundred majors, with multiple undergraduate and graduate programs in six different disciplines. Subsequently, the five divisions of the Communication and Theatre Department all became separate flourishing departments with Jellicorse serving as the first regular department head in Broadcasting and Cinema, now known as Media Studies. In his career, he taught more than sixty different courses including nine in journalism and mass media, seven in communication theory, twelve in broadcasting, twenty in cinema, two in fundamentals of speech, fourteen in communication studies, and six in theater, plus thesis and doctoral student supervision. In 2019, the UNCG School of Theatre recognized Jellicorse as a “Hall of Fame” honoree. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. John Lee Jellicorse Scholarship Fund.

JEAN P. LIPPARD ’53X died on Feb. 11, 2020. She grew up in Greensboro and attended Woman’s College (now UNCG). Jean also worked at the University as an accounting clerk in the Advancement Services department, concluding her tenure in 1999. 

Dr. Rosemary McGee died Dec. 31. When she joined Woman’s College in 1954, McGee was the youngest faculty member with a doctorate at the department of Health and Physical Education, according to her obituary. She taught for 34 years, focusing on theoretical areas of evaluation and statistics, and oversaw 33 doctoral dissertations and over 60 master’s theses. From 1966 ti 1968 she served as Dean of Women, and from 1979-80 as interim dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. But she was a teacher at heart and working with students remained her primary focus through her career. McGee co-authored “A Practical Approach to Measurement in Physical Education” and received honors including Golden Chain, the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, and the Gladys Strawn Bullard Leadership Award. 

HERMAN DAVID MIDDLETON Sr., professor emeritus in the School of Theatre, died April 12, 2020. In 1956, Middleton came to Woman’s College to serve as head of the Theatre Department, a post he occupied for two decades. He had a remarkable impact on the department. He expanded programs and curriculum, hired new faculty, and built a strong regional reputation for the University. The department became known as the Department Drama and Speech with the inclusion of formal studies in communication, and in 1970, BFA degrees in acting as well as design and technical theater, and MFA degrees in acting/directing and design were added. Middleton directed the first Broadway-style musical at UNCG in 1957 (“Oklahoma!”). He hired Tom Behm to develop the North Carolina Theatre for Young People in 1972 and directed the first children’s theater production. He also directed a production of “The Orestia” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of the 1974 American College Theatre Festival. In the mid-sixties, Middleton facilitated extended residencies for the National Repertory Theatre on campus. He also played a strong role in the initiation of the North Carolina Theatre Conference and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Middleton retired from UNCG in 1990. Memorial donations can be made to the Herman Middleton Scholarship Endowment.

DR. MARIANA NEWTON died Dec. 12, 1999. She was a professor of Speech Pathology here at UNCG from 1969 until her retirement in 2000. From 1969 to 1985 she was the director of the Speech and Hearing Center at UNCG. From 1979 to 1985 she was director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication and Theater. From 1989 to 1994 she was the chair of Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology, and from 1992 until her retirement in 2000, she was the director of Graduate Studies in Communications Sciences and Disorders. In 1999, a year before her retirement, Newton received the School of Health and Human Performance Teaching Excellence Award. She also served as UNCG Faculty Senate chair in 1999-2000.

JOHN RAY “JACK” SANDERS, who had served years ago as director of the SERVE Center, died February 14, 2020.

JAMES “JIM” WESTON SHERBON, professor emeritus in the School of Music, died on January 2, 2020. He taught for 27 years as professor of graduate music education at UNCG. He taught and held many positions, advised doctoral dissertations, and was the director of graduate studies in music for 15 years. He also refereed, consulted, and served on editorial boards for more than 30 publications. His principal research focus was in hearing acuity and conservation, diplacusis, pitch perception and musical achievement, and aptitude. He retired in 2002.

JON SMITH ’95, ’04 MFA, longtime director of UNCG’s Sculpture Foundry, died in May. He taught a variety of sculpture courses at UNCG and oversaw all aspects of the Foundry operations. As foundry director, he guided undergraduate and graduate students in welding steel, pouring molten bronze and aluminum, and building sculptures by hand. Smith taught students how to safely use heavy-duty, sculpture equipment and he also played a role in the new Foundry’s design during the construction of the Gatewood Studio Arts Building. He believed in the transformational power of doing art work. “Some students come into the class afraid of fire or sparks, but some of those are the ones who get really into it,” he said in a 2018 UNCG Magazine feature. “They make something out of metal that’s solid and strong, and they never thought they could do something like that.” 

RHONDA STRADER ’14, project manager in the Housing and Residence Life Project Office, died in June. She had worked for UNCG for more than 20 years, serving many departments, including Grounds, Facilities Operations, and Facilities Design and Construction. She was an inspiration to many when she enrolled at the age of 50 and completed her bachelor’s of arts degree in GIS/Urban Planning at UNCG. Her contributions as a UNCG employee included creating the GIS database for campus mapping and providing learning opportunities for geography student interns and graduate assistants.

VIRGINIA “GINNY” A. SWANSON served as a library assistant in Jackson Library from 1970 to 1993. She died on May 20, 2020.

WILLIAM MADISON TUCKER, JR., died on March 17, 2020. In 1961, he came to Greensboro from Emory University to join the faculty of the Department of English at Woman’s College. For decades he taught courses in English literature and composition and film as literature, before retiring from UNCG.

DR. JACQUELINE VOSS, former dean of UNCG’s School of Human Environmental Sciences, died on June 9, 2020. She became dean of HES in 1982, and under her, the school became an applied human science program that included Human Development and Family Studies; Housing and Interior Design; Social Work; Food, Nutrition and Food Service Management; and Clothing and Textiles. After her retirement in 1992, she worked as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. An endowed scholarship at UNCG bears her name.

DR. HENRY HERBERT WELLS, III died on May 16, 2020. After a faculty stint at the University of Washington in Seattle, he accepted his second and final university assignment with UNCG. He taught psychology at UNCG from 1968 to 1999, with the exception of a stint as assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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