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Campus People: June 1, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Jim Weeks – Mike Gaski – Dean Karen Wixson – Kristeena Alexander – Gayle Coats – Lloyd Douglas – Jim Fisher

060111CampusPeople_WeeksThe Greensboro Chamber of Commerce awarded Dr. Jim Weeks (Bryan School) its Distinguished Service Award. Weeks is retiring as dean of the Bryan School.

060111CampusPeople_GaskiMike Gaski (Athletics) was named the Southern Conference Baseball Coach of the Year, by both the media and the coaches. The Spartans finished the regular season in second place, one game out of the top spot, much higher than the preseason prediction. Their record was 22 wins, 8 losses. Gaski serves as president of USA Baseball.

060111CampusPeople_WixsonDean Karen Wixson (Education) presented a paper she co-wrote, at a national conference on K-12 assessment of the Common Core State Standards, sponsored by Educational Testing Service. The paper was “Assessing and Tracking Progress in Reading Comprehension: The Search for Keystone Elements in College and Career Readiness.”

Kristeena Alexander (Athletics) will be the top assistant coach for Women’s Basketball. Alexander comes to UNCG after a three-year stint as an assistant at George Washington, her alma mater, where she was recruiting coordinator, instrumental in bringing in classes ranked in the top 50 by ESPN HoopGurlz in 2009 and 2010. Prior to returning to GWU, Alexander was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at St. Francis (Pa.) for the 2007-08 season. Like head coach Wendy Palmer, Alexander also has WNBA experience, as she played for the Washington Mystics in 2003. In her three years as a player at GWU, Alexander was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection. She helped the Colonials to NCAA tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001. During one notable game, she went a perfect 20-for-20 from the free throw line. At the time, the perfect 20-for-20 free throws made in one game were an NCAA record. Former Longwood assistant coach Gayle Coats has also joined the basketball staff in the same capacity for the upcoming season. She comes to UNCG after spending the last four seasons at NCAA Division I independent Longwood University in Farmville, Va, where her duties included recruiting coordinator. She served a one-year stint as an assistant video coordinator for the WNBA’s New York Liberty. She played basketball and earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from FDU in 2007, graduating magna cum laude.

060111CampusPeople_DouglasLloyd Douglas (Sponsored Programs) will assume the office of First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) as a result of a national election. Founded in 1915, the 20,000+ member MAA, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level. Its members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. Douglas, the Office of Sponsored Programs’ associate director, will begin his two-year term in February 2012.

081810CampusPeople_FisherJim Fisher (Theatre) admires Tony Kushner’s uncanny ability to “discuss the undiscussable.” That’s part of Kushner’s richness as a playwright, says Fisher, whose new book is “Kushner in an Hour.” “Whatever you think his next play is going to be, it’s not,” Fisher says. “He’s going to surprise you. It’s going to be big and challenging, and about things that matter.” Fisher, who wrote several earlier books on Kushner, authored the new guide to Kushner’s plays to give theatergoers and theater students a quick overview of Kushner’s works, themes and style. Part of the “In an Hour” series published by Smith and Kraus and introduced by critic Robert Brustein, the book wets the reader’s whistle for Kushner’s plays rather than sum up plots or substitute for the theater experience. “It’s something that can add to the experience but not replace it,” he says. Fisher is the author of numerous books, including “Understanding Tony Kushner,” “We Will be Citizens: New Essays on Gay and Lesbian Theatre,” and “In an Hour” guides to Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill.