UNCG Magazine
Compiled by the office of Advancement communications

DOROTHY STAFFORD MASON ’57, a former UNCG professor, was announced as one of the 2021 Remarkable Women finalists. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on social progress, public policy, and the quality of life.


MARY ROBINSON SNODGRASS ’66 is an award-winning author of textbooks and general reference works, and she is a former columnist for the Charlotte Observer. More recently she published “Rachel Carson: A Critical Companion” (McFarland).

BETSY BUFORD ’68 was honored by the City of Raleigh’s Arts Commission as a 2020 Medal of Arts Awardee, the city’s highest arts honor.

EMMYLOU HARRIS ’69 released a new live album in 2020, titled “Always on the Sunny Side.” She released the album “Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert” this year.


FLORENTINE MILLER ’71 was honored for her 32 years of service as Chapel Hill’s deputy town manager, just before she officially retired in June.

KATHLEEN WILLIAMS ’74 retired as senior associate dean at the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences. 

DAVID GRAPES II ’76 MFA was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, in 2020. In 2019, he retired after 15 years as director of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was named professor emeritus of theatre. During his theatre career, David directed 238 stage productions, and he is the author of 10 musicals and plays of Summerwind Productions. 

ROBERT SHORES ’77, ’03 MSA retired from Guilford County Schools after teaching math, science, and chemistry for 25 years. 

KATHY CLARK BAILEY ’78, president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, was named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor achievable in North Carolina. She was surprised with the honor at a ceremony at Morganton Community House in February.

CINDY LEE BENNETT ’78 was Vance County’s (N.C) assistant superintendent for student services and strategic planning for the last six years. This year she became the new superintendent of Vance County Schools.

LORETTA CECIL ’78 is the executive vice president and general counsel at healthcare software firm Change Healthcare, and she was recently appointed to the GenapSys Board of Directors.

MYRA FISHER ELLIS ’78, a School of Nursing alumna, was the lead author on one of Critical Care Nurse’s cover articles. The June issue of “Critical Care Nurse,” a bimonthly clinical practice journal, featured her article, “Reducing Intubation Time in Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery Patients With a Fast-track Extubation Protocol.”

KEITH T. MARTIN ’79, ’84 MFA was presented the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. While recognized primarily for “remarkable devotion to restoring and preserving North Carolina’s history, culture, and the arts,” Martin’s civic contributions were also noted in four other service areas: extraordinary commitment to mentoring and educating youth, significant devotion to assisting older adults, noteworthy dedication to assisting marginalized populations, and significant devotedness to those in need. 


JANICE MARTIN ’80 is the owner of Janice Martin Couture, and more recently she started an adjunct business, Sewn For Good. Sewn For Good is a line of silk scarves, inspired by the 2017 March on Washington, which raises funds for the ACLU, the Academy of Natural Sciences, Planned Parenthood, the National Constitution Center, and the League of Women Voters. 

SABRINA GOODE ’81 has been receiving recognition for her work at the Friends of Oberlin Village, a nonprofit she founded and for which she serves as the executive director. She was awarded the Raleigh 2021 Women of Change award, presented by the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum; named Tar Heel of the Month  in 2020 by the News and Observer for making significant contributions to the Triangle; and inducted to the City of Raleigh Hall Fame in 2019. 

MONICA SNYDER BALLARD ’82 MFA was commissioned by Penfold Theatre to write a one-on-one experiential play, “The Control Group.” The play was featured in Texas Monthly Magazine and named a top-10 performance by the Austin Chronicle. Monica is looking forward to re-staging her play, “Journey of the Wise Men” this Christmas on the campus of Wizard Academy in Driftwood, Texas.

WALLACE “DAN” DANIEL ’83 is now the vice president of development at Carolina Youth Development Center. CYDC is the oldest, continuously operating nonprofit in South Carolina, serving children and youth who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment. 

SANDIE GRAVETT ’83, ’06 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE is a professor of religious studies in Appalachian State University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. She received the 2020 Award for Academic Freedom and Faculty Governance from the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The award recognizes her efforts to defend, support, and advance academic freedom and faculty governance across Appalachian State.

DONA WALK NEAL ’83, ’97 MBA is now a board member of the Kernersville (N.C.) Medical Center Foundation. She is also the branch manager at Piedmont Federal Savings Bank in Winston-Salem, N.C., a member of the Kernersville Rotary Club, and the treasurer of the Kernersville Foundation.

CANDACE BAILEY ’85, a 2016 CVPA Distinguished Alumna, has published the book “Unbinding Gentility: Women Making Music in the Nineteenth-Century South” (University of Illinois Press). Candace was a National Humanities Center Fellow in 2019-2020, and she delivered the American Musicological Society-Library of Congress lecture in the fall of 2020 – “Silencing the Guns of War: Women’s Binder’s Volumes in the Library of Congress.”

MARTHA SHERRILL BARRIER ’85 opened The Little French Café of Newark, in Newark, Maryland. It’s a small space, serving crépes, sandwiches, quiche, and croissants.

NEAL J. FOX ’85, who has served as an Edward Jones financial adviser in Farmville, N.C., the past 20 years, has been named a principal with the firm’s holding company, The Jones Financial Companies, LLLP. He was one of 161 chosen from more than 50,000 associates across the United States and Canada to join the firm’s principals.

DOUG RISNER ’88, ’90 MFA, ’01 PHD, a 2017 CVPA Distinguished Alumnus, and Karen Schupp were selected as the inaugural winners of the Susan W. Stinson Book Award for Dance Education. They received the award for “Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education: Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy” (McFarland).

JAMES SCHMIDT ’89 MBA was appointed to chief financial officer at Vicor Corporation. He was also elected to the Vicor Board of Directors, to serve as the company’s treasurer and secretary.


LESLIE SCOTT ALEXANDER ’90 was approved by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education as the newest area superintendent for leadership development. She had been serving as the principal at Reynolds High School since 2015.

JEFFREY HIBBARD ’90 was promoted to senior vice president of digital experience and business transformation at Truliant Federal Credit Union. Previously he was vice president of digital innovation.

ROBERT GROSSMAN ’91 MBA was welcomed to Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, a Baltimore law firm that serves individuals and businesses in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Robert serves as counsel in its litigation department and health care practice group, focusing his practice on representing health care providers. 

CRIS COX ’92 was promoted to executive director of transportation for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (N.C.) school district in 2020. Now he is serving as the Rockingham County (N.C.) school district’s director of transportation for 2021-2022.

CHRISTOPHER KILLIAN ’92 was appointed to senior vice president and chief technology officer at Eastman Chemical Company

ERNEST GRANT ’93 MSN, ’15 PHD, current president of the American Nurses Association, has been selected by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Members of the U.S. standards and conformance community honored Dr. Grant during the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day this fall. Ernest was also recently appointed to the UNCG Board of Trustees; his four-year term began on July 1. 

TIFFANY HUNTER ’93 is a new provost at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. 

JOHN O’NEAL ’93 was a co-presenter of a Zoom webinar of “Consultations, Expectations, and Client Management in Auto Fraud Cases: Tips for Beginners,” held April 8, as part of the 2021 National Association of Consumer Advocates spring training. He is a member of NACA and owner of the O’Neal Law Office in Greensboro, which handles cases statewide.

SHERRI BULLUCK THOMAS ’93 was appointed chief administrative officer at Truliant Federal Credit Union. In this role, she will be responsible for directing Truliant’s diversity, inclusion, and equity program as well as all other human resource areas.

KIM CUNY ’94 MA, ’07 MFA was awarded the 2020 Service Engagement Award from the National Communication Association. See p. 11.

EARLENE BOYD KINCAID ’94 retired as  of April 1 from the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, N.C., after 36.5 years of service, holding the title of director of nursing services for the last 17 years of her career. 

ALFONSO SMITH ’94 was named the 2021 Outstanding New Principal by Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools. Although he has not been at John R. Lewis High School long, Alfonso has been praised for navigating his institution through a pandemic, virtual learning, and a name change. 

ROBERT DOCKER ’95, ’02 MM was recently promoted to associate professor at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he teaches string music education and general music education courses. He was also elected president of the Crane Faculty Association, succeeding fellow UNCG alumnus Carol Lowe. Robert has previously taught at the University of Arkansas and UNCG, and held a University Teaching Fellowship at  Penn State. He plays the cello with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Carriage House String Quartet, and violin with the St. Lawrence Symphony. 

ESTHER LANDIS HAYES ’95 was promoted to vice-chair of clinical and community operations in the Department of Family Medicine at Atrium Health

JENNIFER AYERS-BARNARD ’96 MM, ’04 PHD has been appointed program coordinator and head of Ferrum College’s Department of Music.

GARY SMITH ’96 was appointed public works director for the City of Burlington, bringing with him 30 years of public works leadership experience that has included department head and division head roles with the city governments of High Point and Greensboro.

THOMAS SWENSON ’96 MM has been named the 2020 Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. Thomas regularly teaches pre-college and adult piano students throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and he has served in leadership roles within the Greensboro Music Teachers Association, the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.

LENNA NICOLE VERRONE ’96, who earned an English degree at UNCG, recently celebrated her first publication, “Nest of Stars.” Her work is a collection of poetry, described as being written in the tradition of Mary Oliver with a focus on the magnificence of the simple.

JOSEPH EDWARD YAROSZEWSKI ’96 MBA is now a senior credit officer at First Farmers and Merchants Bank.

TRACEY HELTON LEWIS ’97 EDS, ’15 EDD is the new marketing and communication director for Rowan-Salisbury Schools (N.C.). She served as director of communications, teacher recruitment, and retention with Surry County Schools before her promotion.

ELIZABETH TYSON LOFQUIST ’97 PHD, a retired educator and administrator, was sworn in as a member of Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees. She was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper, and her term runs through November 2024.

AMANDA “JANE” SOUTH ’97 MFA, who is the chair of fine arts at Pratt Institute (N.Y.), has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. The annual grants support up to a year of work, and selection is based on prior professional accomplishments as well as the potential for future achievement.

DAVID DEHARDE ’98, ’10 MSA has been named head of school at the Hilltop Montessori School in Shelby County, Ala. He moved into that position from assistant head of school at the Montessori Community School in Durham, N.C.

LORI JOHNSON HUBBARD ’98, ’11 MSN, a clinical instructor in UNCG’s School of Nursing, received the 2021 Phyllis N. Horns Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. The award recognizes a PhD student in the East Carolina University College of Nursing for academics, scholarship, and service. She also successfully defended her PhD dissertation at ECU to become  “Dr. Hubbard.” 

JENNY CADDELL LIVELLI ’98 is now the president and CEO of The Children’s Guild Alliance, bringing more than two decades of experience in education, human services, and nonprofit leadership. She is the first new CEO of The Children’s Guild Alliance in 26 years and the first woman CEO in the organization’s 67-year history. 

ANNA GEISLER SMITH ’98 MBA was appointed chief human resource officer at HomeTrust Bank, where she will lead employee engagement, recruiting, training, talent management, employee relations, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

TASHA LOGAN FORD ’99 is now the city manager of High Point, N.C., overseeing a budget of $314 million and 1,463 full-time employees. She is the first woman and the first African American to hold the position in High Point.

TERRY LYNN KENNEDY ’99 MFA, alongside Ross White, led the session “Authors as Entrepreneurs” as part of the North Carolina Writers’ Network Online Spring Conference 2021. In August, he was a panelist on Carolina Public Press’ forum “Literary North Carolina: Drawing Inspiration from the Tar Heel State.” He is director of the UNCG MFA Writing Program and editor of The Greensboro Review as well as the online journal storySouth.

EMILY LEWIS ’99 and Casey Lewis ’98 were named Burlington’s 2020 NC Main Street Champions, in celebration of their work to make downtown Burlington “a place that creates community and energy.”


DONYELL JONES ’00, who is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina, was honored with the 2020 Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Herman S. Prescott Award.

KRISTI ELIZABETH SHORT ’00, ’05 CERTIFICATE, ’05 MA is now the vice president/chief academic officer at Central Carolina Community College. Before taking this role, she served as the director of the Texas Success Center, with the Texas Association of Community Colleges.

JEFFREY AGUIAR ’01, ’14 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE, ’16 MA was appointed the theatre and literature director with the Artists and Organizations Team of the North Carolina Arts Council.

MARGARET SPANGENBERG BENJAMIN ’01 MA was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors in January to finish out the last five months of Kathy Manning’s term, after Manning was elected to the U.S House of Representatives.

TERRILL DRAKE ’01 previously oversaw the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Villanova School of Business. Effective September 1, he became the first chief diversity and inclusion officer at Harvard Business School.

RACQUEL RICHARDSON INGRAM ’01 MSN, ’10 PHD joined High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences as founding chair and assistant professor for the Department of Nursing. She will work to establish the curriculum for the proposed nursing program with the college’s senior vice president of academic affairs and interim dean for the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

DAVID BYRD ’02 was named the first managing director of Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut. He holds a master of fine arts from the Yale University School of Drama, and he previously served as the first general manager at Greensboro’s Triad Stage.

BRIGIT CARTER ’02 MSN was honored by UNC Chapel Hill as a 2021 School of Nursing Outstanding Alumni. Brigit is a professor and associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the Duke University School of Nursing

TIFFANY DYSON ATKINS ’03, ’06 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE is an Elon Law legal writing professor, recently elected to a two-year term on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers.

ERIN KENNEDY ’03 was welcomed by the SECU Family House to serve as its new director of development. The SECU Family House is specially designed to provide affordable, comfortable lodging and support services for families and patients who are in Winston-Salem, N.C., for medical treatment.

TAKEDA L LEGRAND ’03 is the newest superintendent for Scotland County (N.C.) Schools.

DEBORAH SURGEON ’03 is a Wilkes County, N.C., native, and now she is the principal of her former high school, North Wilkes High. She had been the school’s assistant principal the last three years.

ADAM TARLETON ’03 MFA, an attorney at Brooks Pierce, was recognized in the 2021 edition of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame,” a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related practice areas.

JOHN ALEXANDER ’04, ’06 MM, ’20 DMA and Marya Fancey were featured in the recent organ festival presented by Music for a Great Space. Marya played on the UNCG School of Music’s Andover organ, and John played the Casavant organ at First Presbyterian Church, in Greensboro.

RACHEL BARNETT ’04 MS has been advancing at InformedDNA, on the clinical team, for seven years – first as a cancer genetic counselor and then as an assistant team lead for the cancer team. Now, she is a genetic analyst in their utilization management division. 

HEATHER CRONE COFFEY ’04 MED, a professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education at UNC Charlotte, received the UNC Board of Governors 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award. She is praised for developing UNCC’s interdisciplinary Civic Minor in Urban Youth and Communities as well as Prospect for Success, the university’s plan to help undergraduate students thrive. She also designed and directs the new model for their Teaching Fellows program and is the director of the institution’s Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project.

DESIREE D. CORBETT ’04, ’08, ’17 MLIS was promoted to senior researcher at executive search firm Charles Aris Inc.

SEAN DANIELS ’04 DMA began his new role as the chairperson of Alcorn State University’s Department of Fine Arts on Feb. 15. He has taught music professionally for more than 28 years, previously serving as a percussion area leader at Tennessee State University. He was also the Department of Fine Arts chairperson and director of bands at Benedict College.

RUTH DICKEY ’04 MFA is now the executive director of the National Book Foundation. An award-winning essayist and poet, Ruth has worked at arts organizations and nonprofits across the United States for the past 25 years.

SHELLY GALASINSKI ’04 MS started a new position, this past April, in the genetics services laboratory at the University of Chicago. She and her family had previously been living in Northern California, where she was employed at Color Health, working on their cancer, cardiovascular, and pharmacogenomics genetic testing products.

DESMOND PATTON ’04 is an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, and he was recently named associate dean for curriculum innovation and academic affairs at the university.  

FELICIA GONZALEZ BROWN ’05 is an actor and director. After submitting  her documentary “She Saved Me” to  film festivals, she received some great feedback: a feature in Toronto Film Magazine, official selection at Focus International Film Festival (Toronto), winner at Top Shorts Film Festival and IndieFest, and Vegas Movie Awards Award of Merit for Best Documentary Feature, Best Editing, and Best Woman Filmmaker. 

ASHLEY CARROLL HOOKER ’05 is a 2021 recipient of Triad Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Business Leader Award. Ashley is an interior designer and assists with business engagement and marketing  for LAMBERT Architecture + Interiors, located in downtown Winston-Salem. Prior to working at LAMBERT, she worked for The Fresh Market, Inc., as a retail store designer for grocery stores across the nation. 

MEGAN BAKEWELL HOUSTON ’05, ’08 MED, curriculum coordinator at Sedge Garden Elementary School, was recognized as the school’s Certified Instructional Support Person of the Year.

JUSTIN NATHANIEL OUTLING ’05, an attorney at Brooks Pierce, was recognized in the 2021 edition of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame,” a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related practice areas.

CELENA CLARK TRIBBY ’05 MSA has been named principal of Cook Literacy Model School, in Winston-Salem, N.C. She had served as the principal at Kimmel Farm Elementary School since 2017, and before that, she spent five years as principal at Hall-Woodward Elementary school.

STEPHEN HAWRYLUK ’06 MPA accepted the position of budget manager with the City of High Point (N.C.) and now oversees the budget division of the Department of Financial Services. He and his team are responsible for working with department leaders to develop the annual operating and capital improvement budgets for  the city.

TERANCE TAKYI ’06 has joined First Republic Investment Management in New York City. Terance is managing director and wealth manager.

ALEXANDRA JOYE WARREN ’06 MFA was named the artist-in-residence for Greensboro’s downtown parks. See p. 23. 

JESSICA DAY ’07 made history when she was appointed Knightdale’s new interim mayor. She is the town’s first female African American mayor.

RENA “CAT” KEEN HOCK ’07 MM, ’12 DMA, who is an assistant director of the UNCG School of Music, was a panelist for the session “Perspectives on Modernizing College Music Curricula” during the College Music Society Southern Division conference in February.

RACHEL KELLY ’07, ’09 MPA is the new director of Advancement Communications at UNCG. Rachel had been serving as assistant city manager for the City of Burlington.

KATE MUSSELWHITE TOBEY ’07 was one of four artists who helped ArtsGreensboro create an original song and video (“Through It All”) to honor the role creativity played in fostering community and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

RYDELL HARRISON ’08 MSA, ’13 EDS, ’15 EDD, superintendent of Easton-Redding-Region 9 School Districts in Connecticut, was elected to the Westport Country Playhouse Board of Trustees. 

ALLYSON KEYSER ’08 MM, ’11 DMA has received tenure at SUNY Schenectady, where she has taught for nine years as a full-time professor of music.

COURTNEY BEAM ’09 graduated with honors from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. She earned a master’s degree in arts management and heritage studies.

DOROTHY WILLIAMS DUTTON ’09 is the new city clerk of Southport, N.C. She was previously a town clerk and development administrator in Carthage, N.C.

EUGENIA FLOYD ’09, a fourth-grade teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary in Chapel Hill, N.C., was named the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

SHERRILL ROLAND ’09, ’17 MFA is one of 42 recipients of the 2021 Creative Capital Awards. His project “The Jumpsuit Portal” in the multimedia Social Practice category is eligible for up to $50,000 in funding. Sherrill was also featured in a New York Times Style Magazine photo essay by Gioncarlo Valentine on “Black Healing in America.”

MATTHEW TEDDER ’09 is now the director of transportation for Stokes County (N.C) Schools. Before taking this position, he was assistant principal at South Stokes High School, and part of his responsibilities was bus transportation.


JASMINE BEARD ’10 was appointed co-organizer of TEDxGreensboro for the 2021 program year as part of a planned leadership transition. She will serve as chair of the planning committee and she is expected to assume additional responsibilities in 2022.

BRITNEY RENEE DENT ’10 was named director of programs at LEAD Girls, based in Winston-Salem, N.C. LEAD encourages and mentors girls to aspire and achieve greatness.   

JAMES DANIEL MABE ’10 was appointed as the interim principal at West Stokes High School (N.C.). He had served as assistant principal at West Stokes since 2016.

JILL CHANNING ’10 CERTIFICATE, ’11 PHD was appointed to serve as chair for East Tennessee State University’s Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department. She also serves as associate director of the Center for Community College Leadership and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

KERRIE ROGERS ENGLE ’11, ’18 MBA, who is a pattern manager at Kontoor Brands Inc., was honored by the Triad Business Journal with a 40 Leaders Under 40 Award, for 2021.

HEATHER ROUSE ’11, ’12 MS, a regional controller at Samet Corp., was the recipient of a Triad Business Journal 40 Leaders Under 40 Award, for 2021.

DAVID MILLER ’13, ’20 MM co-authored “The Effect of Wearing Foam and Etymotic Earplugs on Classical Musicians’ Pitch Perception” with UNCG Professor of Music Rebecca MacLeod. Their article was published online by the Journal of Research in Music Education.

REBECCA LOWE BAREFOOT ’12 is a guide at the National Military Park, connecting visitors to the park’s history through battlefield tours, explorations of the Hoskins Farm, and the museum. In April, she discussed the historical significance of the national military park at the Guilford at 250 series.

JOLENE CANNADY ’12, ’16 MSN, ’19 DNP, along with UNCG Assistant Professor Judith Adams, co-authored an article published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Their piece was titled “Increasing Nurse Practitioner Students’ Comfort Levels in Caring for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

THOMAS MENDOLIA ’12 has learned that his horror short film “Mr. ThisandThat” is being picked up by a major production company to be made into a feature film, and he is attached to direct.

JAIMIE SPRUILL ’12 was named branch manager and CEO of Greater Kinston Credit Union, in Kinston, N.C.

MARIANNE COCKROFT ’13 PHD, an associate professor of public health and community practice at UNC Chapel Hill, is the 2021 recipient of the Bill and Mary Lou Booth Community Service and Outreach Award. She was selected for her proposal to support the community service and outreach of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing Mobile Health Clinic.

DANIEL MALLOY CRUPI ’13 MM left his position as executive director of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (New Mexico) to become executive director of the Asheville Symphony, in North Carolina.

MELANIE GREENE ’13 MFA is being called one of the “25 to watch in ’21” by Dance Magazine. The article features artists that the magazine refers to as the “movers, makers, and multi-hyphenates we believe are shaping the dance world of tomorrow.”

ANNALISE STALLS ’13, a saxophone player, was invited to play on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Jan. 8. She joined with Durham-based rock group The Mountain Goats to record the song “Get Famous” specifically for the show.

JESSICA GARRETT TROTMAN ’13 began her pursuit of a doctorate of public health, this past spring, at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University; she is focusing on occupational health.

JEFF WHITWORTH ’13 MS, associate vice chancellor and chief technology officer at UNCG, was selected by the Triad Business Journal as a 40 Leaders Under 40 honoree for 2021.

STEPHANIE WOODS ’13, ’15 MFA was accepted as an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Black Rock Artist Residency. Black Rock is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by artist Kehinde Wiley. It brings together international artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal, for one- to three-month stays.

PAUL CHELIMO ’14, who earned a silver medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, won a bronze medal at the Tokyo games. See p.17.

SARAH HART ’14 MS has been a member of the Duke Pediatrics team since 2014, working in both clinical and research roles, and helping to coordinate the Duke Down syndrome research program. More recently, she has transitioned into a fully clinical genetic counseling role and is excited to be working in a greater number of different clinical settings. Sarah also continues to work with the UNCG Genetic Counseling program as a rotation supervisor.

AIMEE BROWN JENNINGS ’14 MS entered her fourth year at InformedDNA, where she is now part of the clinical algorithms team, working to codify health plan policies and create an automated process for utilization management.

HEATHER LOFDAHL ’14 MM, ’15 MM, who is a PhD candidate in music education at the University, contributed units to the most recent volume of “Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra,” published by GIA. Her units are “Bashana Haba’ah” and “Gaelic Trilogy.”

EBONY PRATT ’14, ’21 MPA is the first-ever fellow through the new Dorothy Day Fellowship Program at Lydia’s House in Norwood, Ohio. Lydia’s House in Norwood is a faith-based non-profit that serves women and children in crisis.

JESSICA RABY ’14, ’18 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE, ’21 MPA, who is a workforce program manager at Piedmont Triad Regional Council, was selected by the Triad Business Journal as a 40 Leaders Under 40 honoree for 2021.

RANATA REEDER ’14 MA was hired as vice president of knowledge and equity by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (Fla.). Her new role enables her to assess community needs, better inform how philanthropy can directly impact the lives of individuals and families, and address long-term charitable investments to improve overall quality of life for area residents.

TAYLOR “TARA” SCHOCK ’14 had her first on-screen credit as a set costumer for “The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It.” She has also worked on “Stranger Things”, seasons three and four (which is still being filmed); as well as season two of “Doom Patrol.” She is currently the costume coordinator for “Sweet Magnolias,” season two.  

MINITA SANGHVI ’14 PHD is a tenured business professor at Skidmore College, after a recent promotion from assistant professor. She also serves on the Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) Public Library Board as the finance officer and is a founding member of the Saratoga Springs Human Rights Task Force.

DORIAN THOMPSON ’14, an assistant director of alumni engagement at UNCG, graduated from Leadership Greensboro in May. She noted, “It has taught me so much more about the area and has provided hidden ‘gems’ to visit, opportunities to get involved, and new ways to help my city neighbors in countless ways.”

JORDAN DIX WILLBUR ’14 MS works at Labcorp as a senior genetic coordinator; her main role is in molecular prenatal case coordination and results reporting. In her position, she is able to contribute to the literature through abstracts and poster presentations, while also supporting the UNCG program by supervising students.

DAVID GILLAND EDENS ’15 MLIS has been promoted to the position of director of libraries at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

BRIANNA FORBES ’15, ’20 MFA has joined the Dance Project and NC Dance Festival’s Artist Residency Program, which nurtures choreographers by offering free rehearsal space, professional development and networking opportunities, and opportunities to share their work with the public.

KRISHAUNA HINES-GAITHER ’15 PHD is the associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Guilford College. This spring, she was invited by the Kennesaw State University Center for African and African Diaspora Studies to lead their spring conversation series, “Let’s Talk with Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither,” which focused on engaging Black and African American students through culturally responsive lessons.

MIA MCDONALD ’15, a physician assistant at Wake Forest Emergency Providers, was the recipient of a Triad Business Journal 40 Leaders Under 40 Award, for 2021.

VANIA CLAIBORNE ’16, Kahlila Brown and Nia Sadler had works selected by the American Dance Festival to be performed as part of the project “RESIST COVID/TAKE 6!” presented by the Nasher Museum in partnership with Duke Arts and Duke Health. The project is an outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems, which emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color.

KELVIN BRANDON IRONSIDE ’16 DMA performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on April 30 with the Symphony Orchestra at Bob Jones University, where he is associate professor of violin and program director for strings.

MADELYNN POULSON ’16 played the lead role in “Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl,” presented virtually by Metropolitan Playhouse. 

JASON TYLER WARD ’16 was selected as the interim varsity baseball head coach at Walkertown High School (N.C.). Jason has long served as the junior varsity and assistant varsity baseball coach.

TEVIN FREDERICK ’17 was sworn in as an attorney at the Duplin County Courthouse on Feb. 5, having earned his juris doctor degree from North Carolina Central University in the spring of 2020.

PAMELA MCCARTHY ’17, ’21 DNP was managing apartment complexes for a decade before she decided to switch to a nursing career. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2017, and she recently completed her doctor of nursing practice at the University.

YUBI ARANDA SANDOVAL ’17, who has served as assistant director of alumni engagement at UNCG since 2019, received a 40 Leaders Under 40 Award for 2021, presented by the Triad Business Journal.

TAMARA THOMPSON VAUGHAN ’17 MA joined the High Point Museum staff as a communications coordinator, tackling the responsibilities of public relations, marketing, and communications work for the museum.

NOAH CLINE ’18 has joined Chicago Sinfonietta’s administration as executive assistant to the CEO.

ARJANAI MILLER ’18, ’20 MBA is now the marketing and communications officer at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

MEGAN RAWLINGS ’18 accepted a resource development associate position, with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, located in Columbus, Indiana to be the Resource Development Associate.

KAHLILA BROWN ’19, Vania Claiborne, and Nia Sadler have had works selected by the American Dance Festival to be performed as part of the project “RESIST COVID/TAKE 6!” presented by the Nasher Museum in partnership with Duke Arts and Duke Health. The project is an outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems, which emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color.

MARYA FANCEY ’19 DMA, ’19 POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE, ’20 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE and John Alexander were featured in the recent organ festival presented by Music for a Great Space. Marya played on the UNCG School of Music’s Andover organ, and John played the Casavant orgkahlan at First Presbyterian Church, in Greensboro.

MATTHEW DAVID FRISBEE ’19 was named Double-A Northeast Pitcher of the Week for the Richmond Flying Squirrels in May. Then the former UNC Greensboro pitcher was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

NINA MOSHMAN KOSSLER ’19 MFA was recently published in The Dancer-Citizen with her article “Choreographies of Privilege and Protest: An Evolving Method of Dance Making.”

LYNDSEY ANNE MALONEY ’19 MLIS, a librarian, is currently overseeing the newly opened West Branch of the Rowan Public Library system.

NIA SADLER ’19, Kahlila Brown, and Vania Claiborne have had works selected by the American Dance Festival to be performed as part of the project “RESIST COVID/TAKE 6!” presented by the Nasher Museum in partnership with Duke Arts and Duke Health. The project is an outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems, which emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color.

EMILY SZABO ’19 MLIS was promoted to senior researcher at Charles Aris Executive Search.

LISA WOODLEY ’19 PHD is now a faculty member at the UNC School of Nursing. Her article “Acculturating Into Nursing for Hispanic/Latinx Baccalaureate Nursing Students” was named by Nursing Education Perspectives as its best research article of 2020. 


MAYA BROOKS ’20 MA joined the NC Museum of Art as the Mellon Foundation assistant curator. Her role reaches across the museum’s collections and will include curation of collection-based exhibitions. She will also work to expand the NCMA Recommends newsletter series, a deep dive of visitor-favorite works of art developed to connect with visitors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

INDIRIA EVERETT ’20 placed first in the regional round of the 2021 National Music Association of Negro Musicians Scholarship Competition for Piano and Organ.

JORDAN CRAVEN JONES ’20 DNP joined Complete Primary Care in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she specializes in adult geriatric primary care.

MARGARET MCCANN LINEBERRY ’20 married Jonathan A. Lineberry on April 2, 2021. 

NICOLETTA MOSS ’20 MM, ’20 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE was named as a semi-finalist in the Orchestral Conducting division of The American Prize 2020–2021 Competition in the Performing Arts.

NEWLYN NGO ’20, who works at Top Nails in Yanceyville, N.C., is currently the titleholder of Miss Mebane USA 2021. She will compete in the Miss North Carolina USA 2021 pageant. 

GRACE CLARK ’21 MFA created the web-based residency Overland Artworks, after realizing how difficult it is for artists to travel and do residencies when they have limited resources. She expanded her efforts to include the Shelter Project, another online residency, during the pandemic lockdown time of sheltering in place.

NICHOLAS LYERLY ’21, a former standout on the UNCG Men’s golf team, won his third straight Rowan Masters tournament, this summer. In the past he has also won the North Carolina Amateur, the Eastern Amateur, and the Southern Conference Championship.

During these extraordinary times, we send our best wishes for each of you. Reach out, and share your news.

You can also mail your information to Class Notes, UNCG Alumni Engagement, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.


Ann Capel Barnes ’36C

Margaret Phillips Moore-McClanahan ’39

Ermah M. Cahoon ’41

Nelvin Gunn Reeves ’41

Elsie Alley McCormick ’42

Doris Robbins Preyer ’42

Lois Stringfield Simone ’42

Elizabeth Godbey Jones ’43

Margaret McNeely Schmidt ’44

Nancy Kirby West ’44

Bobbie Primm Yandle ’44C

Margaret Stone Berry ’45

Mozelle Berry Key ’45C

Ruth Crowder McSwain ’45

Barbara Smallwood Nellis ’45X

Louise Elliott Davis ’46C

Mary Duls Duckett ’46

Nancy Edmunds Hannah ’46


Dorothy Leagans Marx ’46

Corinne Abernethy Cole ’47

Frances J. Cope ’47

Frances Mann Hines ’47

Libby Walters Lingle ’47

Truman Bryan Patton ’47

Peggy Weir Ahlstrand ’48

Emily Bundy Cone ’48

Ellilu Whitley Key ’48X

Betty Tilley Lancaster ’48

Nancy Romefelt Mapes ’48

Frances Norris Parker ’48

Margaret Hudson Pipkin ’48

Barbara White Smith ’48

Mildred Taylor Stanley ’48, ’69 MFA

Graddie Oliver Tucker ’48

Betty Sanderson Clay ’49

Marjorie Crow Dean ’49

Elizabeth G. McRimmon ’49

Lois Glass Morgan ’49

Blanche Eure Rountree ’49

Margaret V. Schultz ’49

Anna K. Smillie ’49

Peggy Renegar Allgood ’50

Peggy Tucker Boles ’50C

Helen Moody Buckner ’50

Helen Hicks Gant ’50

Anne Davis McKnight ’50

Jean A. Sutton ’50

Peggy Thompson Crew ’51

Nancy Burton Hockett ’51

Nancy Pritchett Miles ’51

Mildred Sugg Mullikin ’51

Blanche Foster Page ’51

Elizabeth Parker Wynne ’51

Janice Atwood Anderson ’52

Betty Conley Brooks ’52

Olive Downing ’52

Mary E. Heltzer ’52

Mildred Beamer Matthews ’52X

Jane Sarsfield Shoaf ’52

Dollie Moser Smith ’52, ’59 MED

Barbara Carden Berry ’53

Mary Alice Elliott ’53

Eleanor Leach Gouldin ’53

Gwendolyn Hamer Griswold ’53

Annabel Harrill ’53

Dorothy Harris Needham ’53

Sarah Ann Butts Sasser ’53

Anna Barnhill Smith ’53

Ann Edwards Stapleton ’53, ’77 MED

Caroline Crews Thomas ’53

Ann M. Tilley ’53

Ada Jo Boren Burke ’54

Edith Holcomb Davis ’54

Christine Boger Haynes ’54X

Jeannette Cooper Klostermeyer ’54X

Ann Bevan Robbins ’54

Anne Wofford Wade ’54X

Louise Arnold ’55

Louise Hinnant Averill ’55

Ellen Cash ’55

Carolyn King Price ’55C

Dixie Boney Soo ’55

Mary Borts Streetman ’55

Alice Walker Lynch ’56

Jo Paschall Ledford ’57

Alice Albert Nelson ’57

Betty Harris Parrott ’57

Sylvia Crocker Weeks ’57

Jane M. Martin ’58

Ginny Pope Matheson ’58

Carolyn Baldwin Sheffield ’58

Ann Henderson Barry ’59

Dorothy Crumpler Blanchard ’59

Jane Kinard Coulter ’59

Frances Williams Harris ’59

Billie Brewer Hilliard ’59

Louise Sigmon Hunter ’59

Patricia Comer Smith ’59C

Toni Flanagan Burchell ’60

Leta Corpening Kelley ’60

Susan Welch Livingstone ’60

Ann Fry Richardson ’60

Janiece Pittman Ballard ’61

Gale Lowder Pickler ’61C

Mary Wicker ’61

Frances Bostick ’62

Marian Miller ’62

Edith Lillian Wiggins ’62

Ann Johnson Willson ’62

Judith Harrington Bridges ’63

Emma Nichols O’Steen ’63, ’72 MED

Judy Allen Pick ’63

Jean Fullerton White ’63

Maryella Bruton Cameron ’64

Nancy Hannah Corriher ’64

Judieth Mock ’64, 65 MS

Joan Ray Owens ’64C

Brenda Saunders ’64, ’73 MED

Lacy Coble Starr ’64

Barbara Margolis Witorsch ’64

Carole Knotts Kirby ’65, ’76 MED

Marguerite Robbins ’65

Elizabeth Reinoehl Causey ’66

Barbara Kiser McRorie ’66

Rita George Reynolds ’66

Karen Epps Winfree ’66

Faye Corsbie Smith ’67 MED

Linda Maness Garner ’67

Janice Gross Wells ’67

Susan Watson Broili ’68X

Anita Ellen Coulthard ’68

Carl W. Dillon ’68 MED

Mary Barkley Ducker ’68

Horance Grubbs ’68 MED

Clara Hawkins Jones ’68 MED

Beverly Keller King ’68

Patsy Albright McBride ’68

Otis J. Stultz ’68 MED

James Swiggett ’68 MED

Peg Masalonis Barwick ’69

Kathryn Wilson Creason ’69

Trudy Freesland Doster ’69

Linda K. Jackson ’69, ’75

Catherine Keith Nicholson ’69

Sara Thomas ’69 MA

Margaret Crews Danilowicz ’71, ’82 MLS

Christine Meyers ’71 MFA

Gene Stafford ’72X

William L. Browder ’73 MED

Maree Beth Caywood ’73

Dawn Hailey ’73

John M. Woltz, Jr. ’73 MS

Gaye Guerrant Booth ’74

Charles Noe ’74 MED

William Northcutt ’74 MS

Bessie Raymond Zeigler ’74 MED

Arthur Lockrow ’75 MFA

Janice Fisher Reaves ’75 MED, ’84 EDS

Thomas Leo Stowell ’75 MA

Robert Alexander Caskey, II ’76 MA

Ralph B. Gilbert ’76 MED

Brian T O’Connor ’76

Jerry Standahl ’76 PHD

Carey Walter Wilmoth ’76 MS

Maynard Bledsoe ’77 EDD

Robert Brannon ’77

Ann Lawhorne ’77

Rebecca McKaughn Shepherd ’77 MFA

Franklin H. Auman ’78 MBA

Carolyn Williams Hampton ’78 MED

Barbara Eichhorn Neller ’78 MA

Mary Laura Turner ’78, ’81 MPA

Betty Tunstall Williams ’78 MLS

William C. Smith ’79 MFA

James Stiles ’79

Richard B. Plunkett II ’80 MBA

Lawrence L. Stanley ’80

Mary Jo Hollingsworth ’81 MED

Anne Bowen Goss ’81 MM

Kathy Hester Johnson ’81 MLS

Patrick Rhodes ’81 EDD

June Moore Ryckman ’81

Edwar Shamshoum ’81 MS

Betty Seelbinder Sutton ’81

Donna Dorman Weeks ’81

Shirley McIntyre Hovey ’83 MED

Julia Teachey Sharpe ’83 MLS

Roland W. Bozeman ’84 MED, ’87 EDS

Marilyn Wattenberger Decesari ’84X

Sue Floyd Farlow ’84

Kathleen Valletta McBlief ’84

Denise Brinkley Muncy ’84

J. Wayne Miller ’85 EDD

Kenneth Thompson ’85 MED

Andrew Chrzanowski ’86 MBA

Scott A. Eberbach ’86

Shirley A. Hall ’86

Joyce Vendetti Sydell ’86, ’90 MED

Jake Johnson, III ’87

Eric Jones ’88

Nan Hodgin Lewis ’88, ’89, ’93 MA, ’99 

Marianne Rooks ’88 MED

Barbara French Bolden ’90 MLS

Douglas Mark McCarty ’90 MFA, ’97 PHD

Margaret Yow Moser ’90 MED

Gregory Tallmadge Tull ’91

Susan Wilcox Gatens ’92

Marine B. Ritter ’94

Patricia Powell Elrod ’95

Jennifer Leigh Boyd ’96

Lewis Robert Amendola ’98 PHD


Frank Chance ’00 MLIS

Russell Steven Reagan ’00 MSN

Susanne Schafer ’03 MLIS

Patricia Gentry ’04


Rorie Matthew Cartier ’07, ’12 MA

Doris Jean Sanders ’07

Allyson Atwood ’08 MA

Patrick David Blue ’08

Elizabeth Baker ’11 MA

Michael Thomas Turner, II ’11


Virginia Elder Ellington ’14 POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE

Richard Franklin Sinopoli ’16


Dorothy B. Miller ’17 MS

Kelly Nicole Dehart ’18


LILLIAN KAY ALBRIGHT, 92, died on March 15, 2021. She worked for many years in the printing department at UNCG. 

ELIZABETH STAFFORD BRAY, 93, of Greensboro, died on May 3, 2021. She had a rewarding career in nursing and retired from Student Health Services at UNCG.           

SHEILA “KAYE” DAVIS ’64, ’69 MFA died on February 20, 2021. She studied art at the University and continued on to a long career as a graphic designer at local newspapers. Her career eventually led her back to UNCG, where she retired as a director of creative services. 

SHAKINA DILLARD died on December 31, 2020. At that time, she was the human resource and talent management officer in UNCG’s Division of University Advancement. She had also served UNCG as a benefits specialist for several years. She is remembered by colleagues as a kind, talented person who was a true HR professional.  

BETTY FRANKS died May 29, 2021. She attended Woman’s College (now UNCG) before finishing her education at a tech school in Asheville, where she achieved certification as a medical lab technician. She worked her entire career as a medical technician for several prominent medical groups in Greensboro and retired from the UNCG Student Health Center. 

PATRICIA A. GRIFFIN ’63, ’69 MA died on Feb. 7, 2021, at the age of 79. Among the first cohort of master’s in mathematics graduates from UNCG, she started teaching for the math department just after earning her second degree, and continued to do so until her retirement in 1997. During her years at UNCG, Pat served as faculty advisor for the Square Circle Club. She was also the faculty advisor for the North Carolina Epsilon Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematical Society.  

BETTY BEAM HELMS passed away Jan. 8, 2021. She and her husband, Harold Helms, moved to Greensboro, in 1958, and Betty eventually made her way to the University. She retired from UNCG as a secretary in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. She was an avid reader who loved music and enjoyed traveling with her husband. 

PAMELA HOWE died on Jan. 30, 2021. Her love of athletics brought her to Greensboro in the mid-eighties when she accepted the position of head coach for the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams at Guilford College. Her later interest in technology, teaching and learning led her to the academic community at UNCG, where she became an educational technology consultant in the School of Health and Human Sciences. Her career spanned over 20 years at the University.

CLAIRE KELLEHER, a UNCG assistant professor emerita, passed away on January 8, 2021. She was a medieval art historian, who earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto (1951), master’s degree from the University of Chicago (1960), and PhD from the University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art (1968). She taught as a member of the University’s College of Arts and Science Department of Art from 1968 until her retirement in 1995. Claire recalled being hired in 1968 by Bert Carpenter, professor of art and director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum: “And so they were looking for a medievalist and other things, so I came here and stayed in New York a few days, and then came down. It was in the middle of a drought. And I stayed at that little motel. It used to be just out there on West Market Street opposite the University, the Shady Lawn. Stayed for five bucks a night, and it was air conditioned. I came down by train. [Bert Carpenter] met me at midnight. I like to still take trains in this country. I had thought I’d stay a year because I didn’t know where I was going when I took the job.” Kelleher ended up teaching medieval art history at UNCG for 27 years. 

VIRA KIVETT ’55, ’60 MS, ’76 PHD died on May 18. She was a highly awarded leader in her field. Dr. Kivett began her UNCG career as a campus dietician, and she became director of the dining halls at Woman’s College. She served in various capacities on campus, including as the lead teacher at the nursery school and as a part-time instructor in foods and nutrition. She received her master’s degree in 1960, and after serving as a visiting professor in social gerontology at NC State University, she became a research instructor in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations at UNCG. Before her retirement in 1999, she held the appointment of Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She was the first gerontological researcher at UNCG, an internationally recognized scholar in the field of social gerontology, and one of the foremost scholars on rural aging in the United States. Her research, service, and contributions to policy on behalf of older adults contributed to her being recognized with the Oliver Max Gardner Award, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member in the UNC System. She was also the recipient of many awards from gerontology organizations, UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences’ Lifetime Legacy Award, and the Alumni Association’s Women of Distinction Award. In 2012, she was inducted into the Southern Gerontological Society’s Hall of Fame.

JEAN-PAUL FRANÇOIS XAVIER KOENIG, who taught French in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (formerly the Department of Romance Languages), died March 28, 2021. A Madagascar native, he earned his master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and his doctorate from the University de Toulouse. During his 35-year UNCG career, he and Kathleen Mather Koestler accompanied many summer student groups to France to learn the French language and culture. 

JO ALICE LEEDS died on Feb. 23, 2021 at the age of 94. In the late 1940s, she attended college as an art student at Cooper Union in New York City, leading her to work as a magazine illustrator and commercial artist. In 1974, she earned her doctoral degree in art education at the University of Oklahoma, and moved to Greensboro, where she served as a professor of art education at UNCG from 1974 until her retirement in 1993. 

IRVING LUGO, a clinical professor in the department of psychology, passed away on June 12. Having relocated to Greensboro from Puerto Rico in 1987, Irving followed his desire for sharing his knowledge in the field of psychiatry through his passion for advising and mentoring many UNCG doctoral students over the years. Over the years Irving held various roles including the medical director of Greenpoint Chemical Dependency Center, the medical director of LINKS Substance Abuse Adolescent Services, and the assistant medical director of the Drug Action Council. For several years, he also held a private practice in Greensboro. In the fall of 2017, the staff at Moses Cone Behavioral Health dedicated their courtyard in his honor, naming it The Lugo’s Landing.

GARY DEAN MARTINIE died April 8, at the age of 77. With a PhD in research and analytical chemistry, he worked at one time as the director for research at Saudi Aramco. Throughout his life, he taught science and chemistry at several schools and universities; his last position was as visiting professor of chemistry at UNCG.

KARL SCHLEUNES, professor emeritus of history, died May 15. He taught at the University from 1971 to 2010, when he retired. Dr. Schleunes was a renowned scholar of Holocaust and German Empire history, helping to establish a new field in modern historical studies during the 1960s. He pursued groundbreaking research in the Berlin Document Center and published several books, including “The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy Toward German Jews, 1933-1939,” which was called “a landmark in Holocaust historiography.” In 1999, he was guest lecturer at the Kaplan Centre of the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He taught workshops for high school teachers across the state sponsored by the NC Council on the Holocaust. Annually in his honor, Greensboro College hosts The Schleunes Lectures which bring a well-known Holocaust scholar to speak to the community.

CHARLES TISDALE died March 17. He taught medieval literature in UNCG’s 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. Dr. Tisdale was 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. He wrote and published poetry, and a novel, and he also taught Latin and photography for a middle school in Rockingham County and continued to offer humanities seminars at UNCG. Tisdale requested that some of his ashes be distributed on UNCG’s campus.

During these extraordinary times, we send our best wishes for each of you. Reach out, and share your news.

You can also mail your information to Class Notes, UNCG Alumni Engagement, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.

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