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Campus People: May 18, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Dianne Welsh – Stacey Peebles – Dr. Aaron S. Allen – Justin Maullin

031611CampusPeople_WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) and two other researchers were awarded a 2011 FOBI (Family Owned Business Institute) Scholars Grant. It was presented at the Family Enterprise Research Conference, hosted by Grand Valley State University. Their work explores the relationship between the family business and the family’s management and approach to their investments, other ventures and services. The topic is particularly pertinent to family businesses, their advisors and policy makers as a family’s ability to grow and sustain their business and wealth over successive generations has major implications for the national and international economies of the world.

051811CampusPeople_PeeblesStacey Peebles (Lloyd International Honors College) has a new book, “Welcome to the Suck” (Cornell University Press). Peebles, assistant dean of LIHC, examines the war in Iraq through an analysis of films, poems, memoirs and blog postings. The book title reflects soldiers’ slang for the Iraq war zone, which they characterize as a wasteland or “suck” that swallows them whole. She characterizes Iraq as an “Internet war.” Technology has made contact with loved ones and relaying information from the war zone possible, with Facebook, blogs, YouTube and other outlets springing up even since the Persian Gulf War. But, Peebles says, everyday technologies like cell phones can now be used as weapons, used to detonate explosives. “War and technology always have this symbiotic relationship. In some cases that can be dangerous.” She describes soldiers headed for Iraq as generally more jaded and politically cynical about some aspects of war than their predecessors shipping out to clearly demarcated fronts in World War II, defined by Hollywood, and even the humid jungles of Vietnam, defined by TV news reports. “It seems like soldiers are going in with different expectations,” she says. “And what they experience in war is still very different from what they expected.” As long as we’ve been telling stories, we’ve been telling stories about war, Peebles says, looking back to works by Homer and Virgil. “So now, with Iraq, we are asking, what is the story? And how will affect us? The stories we tell make a huge difference. Stories of one war influence the practice and even the execution of the next conflict.”

051811CampusPeople_AllenDr. Aaron S. Allen (Music) has been awarded a 2011 Rome Prize. He was awarded the Paul Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize to spend 11 months in the Italian capital conducting research for his upcoming book, “Fidelio in Italy: Reception, Historiography and the Crisis of Nineteenth-Century Opera.” Allen is one of three scholars awarded a Rome Prize in the Modern Italian Studies category. The prize includes a stipend plus room and board and an office at the American Academy in Rome. Allen, who joined the UNCG faculty in 2007, conducts historical research on Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the world’s most famous composers. “My initial interest in him was because so many people are familiar with him,” Allen explained. “It’s a way of connecting with people, of making historical research in music more accessible.” But the inspiration for his research into Italian reception of the German composer’s only opera, “Fidelio,” came when a book fell – literally – into Allen’s lap. “When I was choosing a dissertation topic, I was looking at a variety of topics,” he said. “It just so happened a nineteenth-century Italian music dictionary literally fell off the shelf. I said ‘Gee, I wonder what this dictionary says about Beethoven?’” Allen read the entry and found inconsistencies between popular assumptions about the composer, what historians know and what 19th-century Italians thought about Beethoven. Allen’s dissertation was about the Italian reception of all of Beethoven’s works through the early 1860s. He’ll use the Rome Prize to focus on “Fidelio” and to expand his research chronologically through the 1880s. For Allen, the award not only gives him an opportunity to write and do further research, but it also highlights the diversity within the faculty of UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. “Music study at UNCG is not just about performance,” Allen said. “This award shines a light on UNCG and shows that there are scholars of music as well. Not all art scholars are necessarily practicing artists. I think this prize is a reminder that UNCG has a vibrant community of arts researchers as well as arts practitioners.” Aaron, who earned bachelor’s degrees in music and environmental studies from Tulane University and holds a doctorate in music from Harvard University, also studies ecomusicology and is a cofounder and the chair of the American Musicological Society’s Ecocriticism Study Group. The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, awards the Rome Prize to approximately 30 artists and scholars each year through a national competition. The recipients represent the highest standard of excellence in arts and the humanities.

051811CampusPeople_MaullinJustin Maullin (Athletics), UNCG’s men’s soccer coach, was inducted into William Carey University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. A 1997 William Carey graduate, Maullin was a defender and team captain for the Crusaders, helping the squad to No. 1 national rankings in 1995 and 1996. Maullin, who was an NAIA Academic All-American and member of the national Dean’s List during his playing career, was also the student body president in 1995 and 1996 and Mr. William Carey College both years. After wrapping up a four-year playing career for the Hattiesburg, Miss., school, Maullin joined the coaching staff as an assistant for two years, helping the team to another No. 1 ranking and NAIA national semifinal appearances in 1997 and 1998. Maullin was selected in the first-ever Eastern Indoor Soccer League draft and played for the Mississippi Beach Kings from 1997-98. He also played for the New Orleans Gamblers of the A-League in 1993, the semi-pro Cocoa Express from 1995-97 and the Orlando Kraze of the Premier Development League from 1999-2001. Maullin also played junior professional soccer as an apprentice in his native South Africa and was a part of three national championships. After leaving William Carey, Maullin went on to become an assistant at UCF for six seasons, helping the Knights to the NCAA tournament in each of his final three seasons.