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Campus People: April 27, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Janet Lilly – Craig Nova – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Odell Cleveland – Tina Sarawgi – Tommy Lambeth

042711CampusPeople_LilyJanet Lilly, a former principal dancer and master teacher with the renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, has been named the new head of the Department of Dance in UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Her appointment begins Aug. 1. Lilly comes to UNCG after more than 15 years with the Peck School of Arts Department of Dance at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, where she was instrumental in creating a low-residence MFA program for returning dance professionals. Lilly also served as the dance department’s chair from 2005 to 2009. The winner of a 2008-09 Fulbright Lecturer Award, Lilly has taught as a guest artist and master teacher on college campuses in the United States and abroad. She’s been awarded numerous grants and awards, including a 2001 National Endowment of the Arts Creation and Planning Grant. She has also stayed active in dance performance, choreographing for dance companies in Milwaukee, New York City and Pittsburgh. Prior to her academic career, Lilly spent eight years with the New York-based Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In addition to her roles as principal dancer and master teacher, Lilly also served as rehearsal director and choreographic assistant with the company. She earned a bachelor’s in dance from New York University in 1982 and a master’s in fine art in dance with highest honors from the University of Michigan in 1992. Lilly said she was drawn to UNCG’s dance department, in part, by the balanced focus on dance scholarship and dance performance. “The key thing about dancers is that they keep training their bodies. You never really stop being a student,” she said. “To be in a situation where I am surrounded by new ideas and different ways of looking at things is a way for me to grow, not only as an artist but also as a thinker and an administrator.” Lilly succeeds Dr. Jan Van Dyke, who is entering phased retirement.

042711CampusPeople_NovaCraig Nova (English) has a new book,”Brook Trout and the Writing Life: The intermingling of fishing and writing in a novelist’s life.” It is described as “a memoir, an exploration of a life well-lived, in a family, on a stream, as a friend, as a writer.”

Dr. Bob Wineburg and Odell Cleveland (Social Work) will serve as plenary speakers at the 2011 GREEN Institute April 29 in Birmingham, Alabama. The attendees will include representatives of universities, community colleges, workforce investment boards, training providers, philanthropies, community-based and faith-based organizations – all of whom are engaged in projects designed to link under-represented populations to quality green jobs and career paths that lead to economic stability and security.

Tina Sarawgi and Tommy Lambeth received the 2011 IDEC Award of Excellence, Best Presentation Award for the paper they presented, “Interna[tiona]lizing learning: Reflections on a Faculty-led Sojourn Abroad,” at the Interior Design Educators Council Annual Conference in Denver in March.