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1930s

HELEN WILLIAMS BULLOCK ’38 was born one year before the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and, last year, she weathered a bout with coronavirus. The Kings Mountain Herald celebrated her fascinating life in a large feature story, in dedication of her 103rd birthday, which she celebrated October 25, 2020.

1940s

LEVINA MEEKINS FLEMING ’43 celebrated her 100th birthday in March. She says this University was responsible for many of her core beliefs and motivation. “It was a big step for me to leave Roanoke Island and travel to Greensboro in the early 40’s. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for me, and I remain truly grateful to this day! Sincerely and love to all the current students who have the opportunity to take advantage of this great institution.”

ELSIE C. YUEN SEETOO ’48 was among those recognized by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a virtual Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, in honor of Chinese American WWII Veterans. She served as a first lieutenant in the US Army Nurse Corps.

1950s

TEMPE HUGHES OEHLER ’51 was honored by the City of Myrtle Beach on the occasion of her 90th birthday. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she went on to a career as a journalist and teacher.

1960s

ANDREA DRUM KEPPLE ’64 was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine – one of the most prestigious awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina. A lifelong educator, she spent her 30-year career teaching students of all ages, ranging from grade school to college.

KAREN LYNN PARKER ’65X, now retired after a career in journalism, was invited to give the Eve Carson Memorial Lecture on Dec. 2, 2020. Karen is recognized as the first African American undergraduate to attend and graduate UNC-Chapel Hill.

CAROL EUSTIS ’67 was posthumously celebrated on October 14, 2020, by the Community College of Baltimore City, which hosted a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Carol Diane Eustis Center for Health Professions. The $63 million, 120,000-square-foot facility paid homage to the late educator, who served for 12 years as dean of CCBC’s School of Health Professions and had an impressive 46-year career at CCBC Essex.

KATHERINE RAUP WILSON ’69 and husband Billy R. Wilson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, in 2020, with a renewal of vows and a reception at Wheatland United Methodist Church in Wheatland, Wyoming.

1970s

REBECCA JENSEN SCOTT ’74 joined the board of directors of Impact 100 Palm Beach County (Fla.), a nonprofit organization that encourages local philanthropy. More than 500 women donate $1,000 each annually, pool all funds, and vote to award grants to nonprofits serving southern Palm Beach County.

JANE TESH ’74 was pleased to announce the publication of her sixteenth novel, the seventh in the “Grace Street Mystery” series, “Gone Daddy Blues.”

JAMES FISHER ’76 MFA retired from the School of Theatre faculty last year, having served at UNCG for 13 years and as the head of theatre for seven years.

JIM LONGWORTH ’76 in 2020 celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting. In the early stages of his career, Jim worked on the campus television studio and produced a weekly radio series for UNCG. The recipient of the Spectrum of Democracy Award has interviewed stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, and Arnold Palmer; been a judge for the Emmy Awards; and moderated special events for the Television Academy. The creator of “Triad Today” has served as a visiting lecturer, and in 2018, he served on the UNCG Alumni Association Board.

KAT MEADS ’77 MFA has a new book, “Dear DeeDee,” published by Regal House Publishing. Taking the form of letters to a niece, the work was listed in the Southern Review of Books’ “Best Southern Books of December.” An award-winning writer of fiction, drama, nonfiction and poetry, Kat is a native of eastern North Carolina.

HAROLD WAYNE DRUMHELLER ’78 MED is editor and founder of the Creative Short Book Writers Project, a collective of professionals and everyday people, who commit to editing and publishing local and regional books. The project funds one free workshop or seminar a month, generally hosted in Virginia or the Carolinas. Since 2010, Harold’s brainchild has assisted more than 175 authors in publishing their books.

KEITH T. MARTIN ’79, ’84 MFA was elected chair of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, a historic 1938 vaudeville house and movie theatre in Boone, N.C. He helped lead an eight-year, $10 million campaign, involving more than 500 volunteers and thousands of individual donors to restore the venerable art deco landmark back to its former glory. Keith is the Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Appalachian State University with a career in the not-for-profit sector that spans nearly 450 productions over 40 years.

1980s

SONDRA VAUGHN ’80, of the Kids’ Clubhouse, was named the 2020 Business Person of the Year for a business with 10 and under employees by the Kernersville (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce. The Kids’ Clubhouse provides families with after-school care and serves nearly a dozen area elementary schools.

DOUGLAS I. GOUGE ’81 wrote and released his first book, “Waylaid: A Front Porch Tale,” which was inspired by homespun tales he heard at his family gatherings.

ROBBIE CADDELL FRANKS ’83, with an impactful career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industry, has been involved in her industry’s monumental effort to develop safe, effective vaccines for COVID-19. Her training at UNCG’s School of Nursing prepared her well, she notes, to be an advocate for patient safety in clinical trials. She established an endowment to support nursing students, in honor of her aunt Gay Williams Martin ’74, who also was a graduate of the School of Nursing.

MELINDA MITCHELL JONES ’83 MSN was appointed to the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. She is a distinguished professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s School of Nursing, and she is certified by the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Texas State Bar.

RODNEY VAN VALKENBURG ’83 MFA has been named executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

GEORGE W. SINGLETON, III ’86 MFA was recognized by National Public Radio as his latest collection, “You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton,” was listed among NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020.

SHANNON HENNESSEE HENSON ’87 retired as of August 1, 2020, from the Rutherford County Schools as the principal of Cliffside Elementary School.

HUGH HYSELL ’88 is a producer for the play “The Inheritance”, which just received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. “The Inheritance” was also nominated for 11 Tony Awards this year.

1990s

MICHELLE GRANT SCOTT ’90 recently joined Lander University’s faculty as a lecturer and as the human services program coordinator. Prior to Lander, she worked for the University of South Carolina’s Master of Social Work program and also maintained a small private counseling practice.

ROBERT LAMB ’90 MM entered his 23rd year of teaching in Florida as a professor of music and the director of choral activities at Eastern Florida State College.

STEPHEN SILLS ’91 was the 2020 UNCG nominee for the UNC System’s Holshouser Award. Professor of sociology and director of the UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies, he has served on the faculty since 2006.

WARREN ROCHELLE ’91 MFA, ’97 PHD retired from the University of Mary Washington (in Fredericksburg, Va.) after 11 years as a school librarian and 23 years as a college professor. He also had his first short-story collection, “The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories,” published by JMS Books in September.

LORI C. BARTLETT-KOENIG ’92 MFA, artistic director at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, was accepted as an associate member of Stage Director and Choreographers Society (SDC), a theatrical union that serves stage directors and choreographers throughout the U.S.

LINDA JEWELL CARR ’92 MED became superintendent of Washington County’s (N.C.) educational system. With more than 25 years of experience in public education, she was previously the assistant superintendent of instructional services for Sampson County (N.C) Schools.

SIOBHAN ALANA LOENDORF ’92 was named library director for the Catawba County (N.C) Library System. She joined the library team in 2011 as a librarian and had been serving as the assistant director since 2014.

SHARON LEE HUGGINS ’93, a family and consumer sciences teacher at South Stanly High School, was one of three to win the 2020 Betty Watson Scholarship, which is presented by the Stanly County (N.C.) Extension and Community Association (SCECA). The funds will assist with her current pursuit of her master’s degree in nutrition, with a concentration in public health, at Appalachian State University.

HATTIE LADSINE TAYLOR ’93 MSN was elected secretary of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association board of directors for 2020-21. She is a 27-year member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, with service on the association’s VA Special Interest Group Committee and Research Committee. She is also contributing author for the book “Advanced Nursing Care of the Older Adult,” and has worked at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C., for the past 25 years, serving veterans with chronic diseases.

KIMBERLY CUNY ’94, ’07 MFA, a communication studies professor and director of UNCG’s Speaking Center, has been awarded the 2020 Service Engagement Award from the National Communication Association. This award recognizes her strong partnership with Peacehaven Community Farm, where for the past five years, she and her students have been helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities improve their communication skills.

DONALD “DONNY” WALTER ’94, ’12 MM was among the top-10 finalists for the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award. Donny is the director of orchestras at Northwest Guilford High School and Northwest Guilford Middle School, and he is also the orchestra section chair of the N.C. Music Educators Association.

TAL BLEVINS ’96 opened a new, trendy restaurant, MACHETE, in downtown Greensboro just three weeks ahead of the unexpected pandemic. Although the setback caused him to limit his staff in the beginning, he and his team were able to pivot the restaurant’s outlook by the fall.

BRIAN MCMATH ’96, ’10 MM was among the top-10 finalists for the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award. Brian is currently in his 24th year as an educator and 17th year as the director of bands at Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro.

AMY J. MCGREGOR ’97 MA was promoted from assistant vice president to vice president of the banking supervision department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Amy is a certified information systems auditor.

2000s

DOMINICK AMENDUM ’01, who is coordinator of the UNCG Musical Theatre Program, received a Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album for Stephen Schwartz’s new musical “Prince of Egypt.” Released on Ghostlight Records, the album is produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer.

DEBORAH GREEN CUNNINGHAM ’01 POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE is the senior vice president at Cone Health, which earned national recognition last winter from the International Hospital Federation (IHF) Beyond the Call of Duty for Covid-19 Program. The IHF selected only 103 hospitals from 28 countries.

JULIANNA FOSTER ’01 was featured in Create Magazine in October for her photography series “Geological Lore,” which the magazine described as “complex and layered … like tectonic plates that shift in jagged forms.”

KATHRYN MCNEILL LANZ ’01, ’05 MSN received the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Award. She is the founder and CEO of TopSight, LLC and the former chief clinical officer of Aspire Health.

PEGGY TERHUNE ’01 PHD received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, an honor granted by North Carolina’s governors to individuals who have made significant contributions to the state through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Peggy is president and CEO of Monarch, a statewide nonprofit organization serving more than 31,000 individuals, each year, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. She also celebrated her 25th anniversary as Monarch’s CEO in 2020.

BARRON THOMPSON ’01 was elected as a district court judge for Randolph County (N.C.) on November 3, 2020. In addition to being an attorney, Barron previously served as an adjunct professor in the political science department where he taught Introduction to Law in 2019 and 2020.

KRISTY L. NORTON ’02 received UNC Wilmington’s Seahawk Staff Spotlight in November. She is just the fourth coach in the university’s 36-year softball history, and in 2020, she ended her eighth season with 170 victories already under her belt.

SARAH LANG PREZIOSO ’02 was appointed the department chair of Public Services at Nash Community College. She has taught at Nash Community College since 2007.

JESSICA ICENHOUR ROBERTS ’03, who has been employed with the Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority since 2004, was reelected as chair of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, serving through 2021. She was also selected to serve on the Southeast Tourism Society Board of Directors and she’s the president-elect for the Blue Ridge Parkway Association.

TOMIKA WILLIAMS ’03 MSN, ’16 PHD won the 2020 UNCG School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. Tomika is a clinical assistant professor in East Carolina University’s College of Nursing, and she also works as a nurse practitioner with NC Elder Care, managing residents and patients in long-term care settings.

KITSEY BURNS HARRISON ’04 became the editor of The Yadkin Ripple, On The Vine magazine, and The Tribune. A native of Yadkin County, Kitsey had served as a staff writer for The Yadkin Ripple since 2014. During that time, she won four N.C. Press Association awards, in the categories of personal columns, news, and feature writing.

AMY STRINGER ’04 PHD is an assistant professor at Western Carolina University, and in 2020, she was named North Carolina College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year by NC SHAPE, the state’s professional organization for health and physical education educators. Before joining WCU’s faculty, Amy taught at Elon University and Brevard College. She is a lifelong member of NC SHAPE, past president of the North Carolina College Conference, and an active member of the North Carolina School Health Training Center.

NICOLE JUNEA BOONE ’05 serves as District 3 county commissioner in Northampton County, N.C., where she serves on the County Health Board and Chamber of Commerce.

JUSTIN OUTLING ’05 was named among Black Business Ink’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential African American In the Triad. He is District 3 representative on the Greensboro City Council.

EDGAR ZIMMERMAN, SR. ’05 is the new principal at Simkins Elementary, where he had been interim principal since December and assistant principal since 2018. Edgar has previous experience as an elementary principal at Stoney Creek Elementary in Reidsville, N.C., and he served as assistant principal of Guilford Middle, Kiser Middle, and Grimsley High.

BLANCA MONTILLA ’06 MA helps truck dealerships develop their brands and increase sales. The district sales manager at Volvo Group also works to help people rise to their potential. By her count, she has mentored 15 people from around the globe. “If you want to leave a legacy in this world, share what you know to change a life,” she says.

LUCRECIA P. JOHNSON ’07 was given the Member Spotlight from the DC Bar, last July, recognizing her critical work as a community development advocate. As the founder and managing attorney at LPJ Legal, Lucrecia also represents parents and guardians of children with disabilities and works as an advocate for students’ rights. Additionally, she serves on the Collaborative Solutions for Communities Board of Directors and the Arena Stage Young Patrons Board.

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

LAURA EVERHART WELFARE ’07 PHD, an associate professor at Virginia Tech’s School of Education, received the American Counseling Association’s 2020 Fellows Award, the organization’s highest honor. She was one of only 13 recipients.

WENDY SCURRY FRADY ’08 and her family, who are missionaries, returned to Uganda in January, after visiting the United States for a few months during the holiday season.

MARTIN GORDON MCDONALD ’08 MSA, who has an impressive resume in leadership, was selected as principal of Greeneville High School. In 2010, he started as the principal of Jordan-Matthews High School, a diverse and high poverty school, in Siler City, N.C. Under his guidance, Jordan-Matthews High School made Newsweek’s list of the top-500 schools in the country for their accomplishments with high-poverty students, and the graduation rate at the school increased by 18 percentage points.

ANTHONY EDWARDS ’09 was announced as the Twin County Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year for 2020. Anthony is a vice president in credit administration at Skyline National Bank and has served as the Chamber’s board president since January 2018. He’s currently on his second term.

EUGENIA FLOYD ’09, a fourth-grade teacher at Scroggs Elementary School, was presented the 2019-2020 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Teacher of the Year award.

SHERRILL J. ROLAND, III ’09 , ’17 MFA won the 2020 Southern Prize and was named a South Arts State Fellow by South Arts for his Jumpsuit Project. He was awarded $30,000 in grant money for his accomplishments. (See more in Fall 2020 issue.)

ASHLEY WAHL ’09 is now editor of O. Henry Magazine, a Greensboro monthly magazine that recently celebrated its 10th year.

2010s

HALLEY MAY MURROW ’10 is the host of Grand Strand Today on WMBF News and the creator of the series “How to with Halley.” Her original series gained its own segment on The Business Connection, has been regularly featured on various broadcasts and in South Carolina Woman Magazine.

BRITTANY LYNN BRANCH ’11 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE was named the digital learning coach for Mount Airy City Schools. In this role, she supports face-to-face and remote learning. She has taught science in middle and high school for 10 years and is in her second year in Mount Airy City Schools. She will spend time on each school campus working with staff in their professional learning communities and classrooms. She will also work closely with administrators to support families and staff as learning continues remotely and face-to-face. She is acquiring her master’s of education in Learning Design and Technology from NC State. 

COREY HILLMAN ’11, ’16, who is an integrative movements specialist and a licensed physiotherapist, recently opened Gate City Physio in Greensboro. Gate City Physio is a boutique physiotherapy clinic. 

TY-RON MICHAEL DOUGLAS ’12 PHD, ’13 POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE was hired as the University of California, Berkeley’s first-ever associate athletic director for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. An educator, Ty-Ron is also an activist, author, and public speaker. He came to UC Berkeley by way of the University of Missouri, where he was an affiliate faculty member in the school’s Black Studies Program and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

REBECCA LEE PAYNE JORDAN ’12 MED, an assistant professor at the Appalachian State’s Department of Reading Education and Special Education, was one of eight faculty members across the UNC System to be appointed a Literacy Fellow as part of the System’s Literacy Framework Development Initiative. For the last 12 years, she has tutored multiple students with reading disabilities, and throughout her career, she has served as an instructional coach, a program specialist, and a teacher. 

GULSAH KEMER ’12 PHD received the Fall 2020 Supervision Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). She has made significant contributions to the field of counseling supervision, with more than 13 peer-reviewed publications since 2016, multiple federal and private grants, and 60 conference presentations on supervision – made both nationally and internationally.

MICHAEL CLINTON, JR ’13, who is an employer relations specialist at UNCG, was selected to the Triad Journal’s inaugural class of 20 in their 20s honorees. In 2013, Michael founded a student group called Growing Young Men, which helps provide career development, support in education, and access to scholarships to minority men.

JOSLYN Y. HALL ’13 was featured in two Christmas movies this past holiday season. She starred as Elle in “Christmas in Carolina,” sharing the spotlight with former “Family Matters” stars Kellie Shanygne Williams and Darius McCrary. And she also played Luanne in “A Nashville Christmas Carol,” which debuted on the Hallmark Channel in November.

DANA M. DESILVA ’14, ’19 POST-BAChelor’s CERTIFICATE, ’19 PHD was a member of the writing team that assembled the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

TIFFANY GOLPHIN ’14 is now an education and project consultant for the High Point- based company Changed Often.

WILLIAM KELLEY ’14 joined the music staff at Theater Bremen in Germany as kapellmeister and solorepetitor.

AYANA ROSS ’14 MA is a top-10 finalists in The Bennett Prize, a national contest for women figurative realist painters. The winner will receive $50K, which is the largest art award ever offered solely to women figurative realist painters.

ASHLEY MCLAIN WESTMORELAND ’14 POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE was named the Alamance-Burlington (N.C.) School System Principal of the Year for 2020-21. 

JIM WHITESIDE ’14 MFA originally had his poem “Figs” printed in Shenandoah, a literary magazine published by Washington and Lee University. Recently, his poem was part of a feature in The New York Times called “America 2020, In Vision and Verse.” 

RICOLE WICKS ’14, ’20 was selected as a model for Permobil in 2020 and was further offered the opportunity to do blogs and vlogs on behalf of the company. She also recently started her shoe company ColeMind and released her first shoe.

CATHERINE LEIGH FRENCH ’15 MFA is an interior designer and the owner of Catherine French Designs, LLC in Chapel Hill, N.C. Specializing in both commercial and residential projects, her company focuses on troubleshooting problems with work and living spaces. 

SAVANNAH RAE RELOS ’15 is the technical director at Berkshire Theatre Group in Massachusetts. Last August the theater group opened “Godspell,’’ which reportedly was the first professional musical approved by the Actor’s Equity Association and staged in the United States since Broadway shut down.

CAITY BREWER ’16 fulfilled a major supporting role in the comedy-drama film “Uncle Frank,” as she played the niece of Paul Bettany, the main star.

COLIN JAMES CUTLER ’16 MA is a singer and songwriter who spent much of 2020 performing shows both in the United States and Europe.

DEON’TE GOODMAN ’16 starred in the title role in the virtual theater production of “Bayard.” It followed the story of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and his role in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Deon’te appeared on the cover of UNCG Magazine in fall 2019.

AMANDA M. WARRINER ’16 MFA is the theater production coordinator and props master at Berkshire Theatre Group in Massachusetts. Last August the theater group opened “Godspell.” 

LESLIE LOCKLEAR ’17 PHD and Christina Pacheco released their new book “It’s Lumbee Homecoming Y’all!,” which featured illustrations provided by UNCG student Raven Dial-Stanley. Their work is the first in a Lumbee Children’s Book Series. Leslie is the program coordinator for UNC Pembroke’s First Americans Educational Leadership and First Americans Teacher Education programs, and she is also a member of the Lumbee, Waccamaw Siouan, and Coharie tribes.

CHERYL LYNN REEVES ’17 MED, ’19 MSA is the new assistant principal at Davie County (N.C.) High School.

PAULA JOHNSON SWINDLE ’17 PHD was interviewed recently for the “You Have Permission” podcast about her dissertation work and her ongoing research on the topic of religious abuse. She also has a new podcast, “Sacred Intersections.”

MURTIS GILLIAM WORTH ’17 PHD is now dean of nursing at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Previously, she was the interim associate dean of the School of Nursing at Fayetteville State University. 

WALIDAH KARIM-RHOADES ’18 DNP, director of the Cone Health Center for Women’s Healthcare, was awarded the Perinatal Nurse Champion grant from the Women’s Health Branch of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The $300K grant will provide two years of funding for a Perinatal Nurse Champion Program. 

WESLEY CHARLES MCCLEARY-SMALL ’18 joined with a group of friends – calling themselves “the group [bc] – to find ways to sing during COVID-19. Their collaboration got the attention of Northern Alabama’s NPR station and others as they shared their music.  

MALLORY ALLISON RENEGAR ’18 joined the Iredell County (N.C) Partnership for Young Children (ICPYC). She signed on as the childcare resource and referral specialist for Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Iredell, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey counties.

JOSHUA TRIPLETT ’18, CEO of VIP Capital Funding, worked with a team of consultants to assist small businesses who were facing financial struggles in the midst of the pandemic. The team aided business owners with marketing strategies and helped several firms in obtaining business funding through Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

ASHLIE ELIZABETH BREWER ’19 is attending NCSU and UNC Chapel Hill for a dual master’s degree in public history and information and library science.

CANDICE MARIE CORCORAN ’19, a second-grade teacher at Central Elementary, was named as the Rockingham County (N.C.) Schools Beginning Teacher of Excellence.

BRIAN WILLIAM JENKINSON ’19 works in the emergency department at CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia, and his dedication to his work earned him a Caring Spirit Award from CHI Memorial Foundation. 

KEVIN JOSHUA ROWSEY ’19 MA is a music artist who joined Come Hear N.C. – a project of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council – and its mission to celebrate North Carolinian music, with “Mic Check: Culture, Power, and the Politics of N.C. Hip-Hop.” The multimedia initiative explored a new wave of North Carolina protest music through hip-hop artists on the frontlines. Kevin has been featured on NPR, PBS Kids, and BET and holds the title of a United States Hip-Hop Ambassador through the U.S. Department of State and the Next Level Hip-Hop Program.

JOHN SANCHEZ ’19 MBA started as a full-time lecturer at the Bryan School of Business and Economics last fall. In the Department of Management, he teaches organizational behavior, international business, and business policy & strategy.

TRACY LIANNE VIATOR ’19 MM is an artist who entered the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As she earns her doctoral degree, she will be maintaining her relationships with musicians by researching performance psychology and the health and wellness issues of performing artists.

CLARICE LEE WEISEMAN ’19 MM was appointed the adjunct professor of voice at Averett University.

JUSTIN WILLIAMS-BLACKWELL ’19 MPA was named in the Triad Business Journal’s inaugural 20 in their 20s awards – a new awards program that recognizes those in the region who’ve made significant contributions to their communities and/or workplaces before they turn 30. Justin is currently the community impact manager for health and basic needs at the United Way of Greater Greensboro, and he already has nearly a decade of experience working in the Greensboro nonprofit community. In 2017, he was named a National Rising Star by the American Society of Public Administration.

2020s

CHRIS ANDREUCCI ’20 was featured in the Scottish Sun as an up-and-coming country singer to watch; he was noted as “unique” in this genre because of his Scottish roots. After his time spent at UNCG, Chris went on tour across the United States, playing in 16 different states. He eventually signed a publishing deal with Century Music Group.

JONATHAN BRIGHTWELL ’20 was invited to compete in the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup. 

ANDREW BROOKS ’20 MM continued his graduate studies in UNCG’s music education doctoral program last fall as a graduate teaching assistant.

BEN CANTRELL ’20 DMA has been appointed the visiting assistant professor of percussion at Morehead State University.

ADRIENNE LYNETTE CROSBY ’20 is now a nurse in the NICU at Wake Forest Baptist Health, and she compares giving back to the moms and babies in the NICU to giving back to those that fought before her in the military. Adrienne made history in 2002 as a member of the first class of African American women to graduate from The Citadel, and she went on to serve 13 years in the U.S. Army. 

MATTHEW NICHOLAS HELLENBRAND ’20 received a Fulbright Austria U.S. Teaching Assistantship (USTA) award to teach English to high school students in Austria during the 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, he was accepted to the game studies and engineering master’s program at the University of Klagenfurt. 

OLIVIA NIKOLE JESSUP ’20 is now a library program assistant at Mount Airy Public Library, planning programs for young adults. 

DONOVAN LIVINGSTON ’20 PHD was named among Black Business Ink’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans In the Triad. 

WRAKYIA KATRINA PLATT-GREGG ’20 MSAT joined with the MUSC Health Florence Medical Center to provide athletic training services at John W. Moore Middle School, in Florence, S.C. As the school’s new athletic trainer, she assists with athletic assessments, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and management.

OLIVER THOMAS ’20 PHD was named among Black Business Ink’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans In the Triad. 

MICHAEL YOUNGBLOOD ’20 is now a manufacturing associate at Dyehard Fan Supply, an event and retail merchandise marketing and e-commerce company.

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ALUMNI MARRIAGES

PRESTON GRANT ELLINGTON ’20 married Amber Briana Parker on July 26, 2020.

IN MEMORIAM

HELEN CUMMINGS DAVIS ’37

ESTHER BOYD RENFROE ’37C

LEAH ROBINSON KARPEN ’39X

WILHELMINA EFIRD CUNNINGHAM ’40

LOUISE GODBEY FLEMING ’41

TRENA LOCKHART HUNTER ’41

MARY LEWIS SMITH ’41

ETTA TRIPLETT IDOL ’42X

ANNE RUTHERFORD LAMBERT ’42

CATHERINE MERCHANT DICKENS ’43C

SARAH ROUNTREE MEADERS ’43X

SARAH BROWNLEE BRYANT ’44X

ANNE MCDOWELL CHILES ’44

FRANCES CHITTY HINNANT ’44

ALICE ROSS AUSTIN ’45

RUBY SWISHER BLACKWELDER ’45

ANNABELLE AYDELETTE FLAVIN ’45C

NANNIE CUSHWA MACFADYEN ’45

HARRIET GUION MAY ’45

COLINE THIES MCGEHEE ’45

NANCY NICKELS ’45

ELOISE YOUNG PLEMMONS ’45

MARGARET WHEELER SHENGOLD ’45

DOROTHY MANN WAGONER ’45

MAZEL PARSONS ANDREWS ’46

EDITH WARNER MYERS ’46

IRENE VENDIG SMITH ’46X

JANE JOYNER BURTON ’47, ’65 MFA

MARY LAMBERT COOPER ’47

ELIZABETH HALL CRAVER ’47C

JOCELYN HILL ’47

NINA BRASWELL MOTZNO ’47, ’80 MED

RUTH GRAY WILLIAMS ’47

BEVERLY BELL ARMFIELD ’48

GENEVA STAFFORD BEBBER ’48

HELEN DAVAULT OGDEN ’48

BETSY BARNES SIMPSON ’48, ’80 MA

JANE GAY WHITE ’48

MARY LIB TROLLINGER BOYLES ’49

RAMONA BOAZ CRANFORD ’49C

ANN PARKER GARRISON ’49

ANNE HOOPER MOORE ’49

GEORGIA MILLER RYAN ’49

BETTE COX SOUTHERLAND ’49

ELIZABETH DIXON GODWIN ’50C

LOIS BUCK LEVIN ’50

EDITH LEIGH MANION ’50X

LAURA BEATTY ROSSER ’50

KATHERINE LAMBETH ZARKER ’50

CONNIE LIVERMAN BATCHELOR ’51

ORA SCOTT BRADY ’51

EVELYN PROCTOR CRAWFORD ’51

ANN MOORE ’51, ’66 MED

ELLEN JOANN WICKER DAVIS ’52

MARGARET COFFEY GRADDY ’52

CHARLOTTE HANSEN ’52, ’69 MED

ROSEMARY SWEENEY HAYDEN ’52

CAROL LOWERY STUART ’52

JOYCE HOWE WAGNER ’52

PHYLLIS EURE ANDERSON ’53

BARBARA PARKER BRINKLEY ’53

CLARA BRAUER DEYTON ’53X

SUE MORRIS HOPPER ’53

MARY C. MASON ’53

ELIZABETH PUTNAM HAMRICK ’54

JOAN RASH HARDIN ’54

BETTY HAGAN HILBISH ’54

JOAN RATCLIFFE MIALIK ’54

CAROL MCALISTER MYERS ’54

PEGGY SARNES ’54

GLADYS WALLING ’54

KAY BURGESS WHITE ’54C

BARBARA WILKINSON CREECH ’55

VIVIAN MILLER DULA ’55

CARMEN BOLICK SASSER ’55

JANET ENNIS THURMAN ’55

PEGGY ORMSBY TROLLINGER ’55

EDYTH SAMS WALLIN ’55

BETTY BRADFORD ’56

JOANN MEACHAM MCALLISTER ’56

ANNE SHIELDS BROWN ’57

MARTHA BROOKSHIRE BROWN ’57

DORIS CREWS ENOCHS ’57

BETTY JEAN HARRIS PARROTT ’57

CAROLYN HENDRIX ROYAL ’57X

MARY MERONEY WEST ’57

GARRIE FREEMAN BLANTON ’58

CAROLYN COTCHETT ’58

BETTY JEAN FOUST ’58 MED

ELOISE PHILLIPS JENKINS ’58

ERSIE PELL MCINTYRE ’58 MED

JANE JOHNSON YOUNG ’58

BARBARA MAYFIELD HAGAMAN ’59

GEORGINA JONES ’59, ’63 MS

ANN DICKSON LEE ’59

FRANCES W. BLOSSER ’60 MED

PAULA LENDERMAN BUMGARNER ’60

BETTY GLASBY ’60

SALLY HANEY ’60

DORIS TEAGUE MOTTINGER ’60, ’88 MED

SUE MCCARTHEY RICHMOND ’60

LOUISE WINSTEAD SHINN ’60

HILDA ADAMS SIMMONS ’60

GAYE BOREN THOMAS ’60

MARY GASKIN FOREMAN ’61

DOROTHEA JOHNSON JENSEN ’61

LEA TILLER BORTELL ’62

DOROTHY BURGESS HEINER ’62X

JO ANN ASHBURN MARSH ’62

LINDA PRICE BROWN ’63

BETH CLINKSCALES MCALLISTER ’63

SUSAN LANE GUTHRIE ’64

GEORGANNA GOLD ARMSTRONG ’65

JACQUELYN SWARAT MCDANIEL ’65

MARY TURNER HARPER ’66 MED

ANNA FERGUSON SPRYE ’66 MED

LINDA HUNTER ROWE ’67

JOAN LEWIS CARSWELL ’70

STEVEN LEE HOWERTON ’70

ANN LAMBERT ’70 MS

JUDITH SMITH STEPHENS ’70

MARDENE LIBBY WYANT ’70

CHRISTINE R MCLAURIN ’71

JANIS PARKER ’71 MED

JACK B. PHILLIPS ’71 MED

PAM PLAYFORTH RAY ’71

GARY BUCHANAN ’72 MFA

BETTY JO DIXON ’72

SARAH GRAMLEY ’72, ’76 MLS

REBECCA LYNN JESSUP ’72

ELISA CELESTE MULLEN ’72 MED

JANET BASS SMITH ’72 MM

JULIA SURRATT ’72

DANIEL A. SEAMAN ’73, ’99 MED

KEVIN GEORGE CARLE ’74, ’77 MED

BETTY KENNY HUNT ’74 MED

NATALIA HOENIGMANN LION ’74 MA

NANCY CLARK ODELL ’74 MED

LOUIS W. WHITEHEART ’75 MED

DEBBIE E CLEGG ’76, ’85 MED

BOBBY L. MEDFORD ’76 PHD

TERRI MARIA MERRITT ’76, ’83 MED

SUSAN OGLESBY PHELPS ’76

DAPHNE CAMPBELL ROBINSON ’76 MS

DAVID M. SMITH ’76

PATRICIA NEAL WHISNANT ’76 MED

BEVERLY ALFORD ’77 MED

KATIE GRAYS DORSETT ’77 EDD

MARY LAIRD CLAIBORNE ’78 MED

TERESA FESPERMAN GIORDANO ’78

EDWARD F. ENGLE ’78

MARY SHREVE HUNTINGTON ’78

ALICE B. MILLER ’78 MED

CINDY ZACHARY VICKERS ’78, ’98 MA

JODY HARTIG HENLEY ’79, ’82 MM

JEFFREY NEIL PFAFF ’79

MARK I. FREEDMAN ’80

EDWARD K. PETERSON ’80

RANDALL TUGGLE ’80

RICHARD W. FOGLEMAN ’81 MED

GLENN E. HOLMES ’81

SARAH MCGEE TOWE ’81

LOUISE HUNT WASHBURN ’81

JOHN L. BRIGHT ’82

JUNE PUGH CAREY ’82, ’03 MA

CLIFTON H. HAMMOND ’82 PHD

DAWN CRABTREE JACKSON ’82

MARCIA GREEN MATLOCK ’82 MED

HARRIETTE DORR SAUNDERS ’82 MSN

WILLIAM H. WILSON IV ’83 MBA

PAMELA ADAMS DORSETT ’84

DANIEL G. LINEBACK ’84

CHARLES H RINSER ’84 MS

LUCY DULL DONADIO ’85 MED

KIM WHITT MCKONE ’85 MED

JULIANNE SIWINSKI GROCKOWSKI ’86

CARLA HATLEY HARVEY ’89

DAWN DIAL BOYD ’91 MED

LEIGH ASHLEY THOMPSON ’91

KENNETH G. ANTHONY ’92 MA

CONNIE BALL HARTLEY ’94

PATRICIA POWELL ELROD ’95

W. MICHAEL HENDERSON ’95

JEFFREY LEE SASSER ’96 MED

SUSAN N. THOMSON ’99 DMA

AARON DOUGLAS COKER ’01

NATASHA BULLUCK SUMMERLIN ’04

JAYME FOSTER SEVERT ’06

LEAH CATHARINE HARRIS ’08 MSN

JAMES KIMBROUGH PHILLIPS ’08 MBA

MARCUS WHITE ’10

ASHLEY LAVERNE TANNEHIL ’19 POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE 

FORMER FACULTY AND STAFF

MURRAY D. ARNDT died on August 30, 2020. He taught for more than 30 years in UNCG’s Department of English, and served as director of Warren Ashby Residential College. His courses were focused on writing, twentieth-century poetry, and the Bible as literature. One of his favorite classes was called “Grail Literature,” which included many works not usually seen as religious, such as The Old Man and the Sea and films like Bagdad Café. Before earning his PhD from Duke in 1970, he was an ordained priest and served the priesthood for 12 years. He was also active in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. He is remembered as an inspiring, heartfelt teacher. 

DR. DENNIS ASKEW, professor of tuba, euphonium, and music education and director of the School of Music, died Jan. 28. AsKew’s service to UNCG was invaluable, and his administrative contributions were extensive. They included directing the School of Music’s re-accreditation; chairing the Chancellor’s Installation Committee and serving on the Graduate Studies Committee; establishing relationships with conservatories in China; overseeing COVID-19 preparations for the School of Music; planning for the School of Music Centennial in 2021-22; and serving on boards for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and Eastern Music Festival.

ROCHELLE BROCK joined UNCG in 2015 as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC), a position she would hold until 2018 when she returned to the ELC faculty. Prior to joining UNCG, Rochelle served on the faculty of Indian University Northwest where she was the executive director of the Urban Teacher Education Program, as well as serving on the faculty of Purdue University. Rochelle was an internationally recognized scholar in Black feminist theory, urban education, and multicultural education. Rochelle’s work impacted not only the fields of education and social justice, but also her students and colleagues. Her students were deeply impacted by her writings, teachings, and mentoring. She died Oct. 7, 2020. 

BEEDIE J. CARLTON, who died at age 100, was a native of Duplin County, N.C. before relocating to Greensboro. Before her retirement, she worked in housekeeping at UNCG. 

RICHARD COX was professor of music at UNCG from 1960 until his retirement in 2002. Between 1970 and 2011, he wrote three books related to vocal and choral music, which continue to be used as references. Cox also founded and directed the Bel Canto Company (1982-1987) and for many years guided choral preparation for the Greensboro Opera Company. He received numerous awards over the years, most recently the ArtsGreensboro O. Henry Award (2014), and he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Educators Association Hall of Fame the following year. One former student wrote, “I am grateful every day to have had a mentor who put the music first – it was never about him—just the music and the singers; who supported equal rights and lived in a way that promoted social justice; and who supported and encouraged all of his students.” Cox died on Dec. 25.

SUSAN H. CRAWLEY died on October 22, 2020. She served in the UNCG Continuing Education Division until her retirement. 

SHAKINA DILLARD, human resource and talent management officer in University Advancement, died on Dec. 31. Prior to her most recent position, Dillard served UNCG as a benefits specialist, and she also worked at North Carolina A&T State University for more than five years and Guilford Child Development for more than six years as an HR/benefits coordinator.

MABEL H. FRAME died at age 92 on September 15, 2020. She was a campus police officer for UNCG for 15 years. 

INSTRUCTOR EMERITA PATRICIA ANNE GRIFFIN ’63, ’69 MA died on February 7. She earned her BA in mathematics in 1963 from what was then Woman’s College, now UNCG. Subsequently, she was among the first group of master’s students in mathematics, completing her degree in 1969. She then began teaching for UNCG and remained on the faculty until her retirement in 1997. Griffin served as faculty advisor for UNCG’s Square Circle Club, a math club established in 1926.

PAM HOWE, educational technology consultant in the School of Health and Human Sciences, died on Jan. 30. She joined UNCG in 2000, and served our campus for more than 20 years. She worked closely with students and faculty in HHS, helping develop pedagogical strategies to promote information literacy and technological skills.

JACK JARRETT was a composer, conductor, professor, and software creator who taught in the UNCG School of Music in the 1970s, before becoming the head of the Composition Department at Berklee College of Music. He returned to UNCG to teach and direct several operas 2010-2013. Jarrett also was the CEO and creator of NOTION musical notation software, and his company was the major underwriter of UNCG’s 2008 Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition, sponsoring the winners’ tour to China and funding the prize money for the winners. 

LINDA BROWN KEMPER died on July 4, 2020. After graduating from East Carolina University, she embarked on a successful career as a professional development officer at the March of Dimes, NCCJ, and the NC School of the Arts. Her last position before retirement was at UNCG, where she was the director of development for the UNCG Libraries and played an integral role in several initiatives, including the Schiffman Music Library and the Women’s Veterans Project. No one who attended will ever forget her thoughtfully and beautifully-planned UNCG Friends of the Library dinners. 

THOMAS B. SCULLION, JR. died on July 8, 2020. A professor of social work at UNCG, he was the founder of the UNCG Department of Social Work exchange program with the University of Strathclyde School of Social Work and Social Policy. 

DR. EDWAR SHOUKRI SHAMSHOUM ’81 MS, a former visiting assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, died March 11. Shamshoum earned his master’s degree from UNCG, and then went on to study at Texas A&M with one of the most highly regarded inorganic chemists in the world. At UNCG, beginning in 2002, he regularly taught advanced inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry lab, and general chemistry lecture courses. 

GARON SMITH ’92 ’96 MED died August 17. She was a teacher for many years in UNCG’s Child Care Education Program (CCEP), as well as an instructor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Stradley was a true Spartan, earning two degrees from UNCG – a BFA in design and an MEd through the Birth through Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development Program. She began her work at CCEP in 1996, where she was known as a caring and skilled preschool teacher. When she joined the faculty of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in 2006, she served as the student teaching coordinator, guiding many UNCG students as they earned their teaching licensures. 

ROBERT R. STINSON died on August 15, 2020. Teaching was his passion, and he served in the Romance Languages Department at UNCG for almost three decades, retiring as associate professor of Spanish. He was a member of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, SAMLA, and MLA: Modern Language Association. He was co-author, with two of his colleagues, of “Descubrir y Crear”, a textbook, student workbook and teacher’s guide package that went through three editions and was widely used in university Spanish classes. 

UNCG HALL OF FAME HEAD COACH JIM SWIGGETT ’67 ’68 MED died on Jan. 7. Swiggett is commonly referred to as one of the pioneers of men’s athletics at UNCG along with Frank Pleasants, succeeding Pleasants as the Men’s Intercollegiate Division’s Coordinator. Swiggett was UNCG’s first men’s basketball coach, leading the team from 1968-75. A master’s graduate of UNCG, he also started the University’s men’s golf program, coaching the team from 1967 to 1979, and served one season as interim women’s basketball coach (1979-80). Swiggett also served at UNCG as a physical education instructor.

LARRY TAUBE, an associate professor in the UNCG Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, died in December. He joined the Bryan School in 1982 and was director of the School’s Undergraduate Program. He helped to create UNCG’s current general education program and more recently served on the committee for the new general education curriculum that will be implemented soon. He also served the UNC System in developing course articulations with community colleges. Larry was an officer and board member of the Wesley-Luther Foundation, which supports Campus Ministries and the Spartan Open Pantry.

DR. CHARLES TISDALE died March 17. He taught medieval literature in the Department of English for more than 30 years and also served as associate department head, co-founder and head of the Residential Learning College, dean of Academic Advising, and chair of the Faculty Senate. He received the Gladys S. Bullard Award for Service upon his retirement in 2005. He is remembered as a dedicated teacher who cared deeply about his students, many of whom remember the liveliness he brought to the study of Old English, including holding potluck medieval feasts to accompany final project presentations.

ARTHUR R. TOLLEFSON, dean of the School of Music from 1984 to 2001, died on July 24, 2020. An accomplished concert pianist, he performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber player throughout the USA and Europe for over a half century. During his tenure as dean, he presided over a period of rapid growth in enrollment and oversaw the planning and construction of the 130,000 square foot Music Building.

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