UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for September 2011

HRS open house

Human Resource Services invites you to the HRS Open House to be held Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in 123 Mossman Building. Meet the staff, share light refreshments and learn about HRS’ new initiatives.

Want to help UNCG go green?

The UNCG Sustainability Committee announces that it is open to new members, faculty, staff and students. This year the Sustainability Committee will work with the Office of Sustainability on a number of campus wide programs including the Green Office Program and the Climate Action Plan – which includes groups working on Administration, Energy, Transportation, Waste Reduction, Water, and Education and Outreach. There’s lots for our campus to do. Come join in to help UNCG become more sustainable. The staff co-chair is Ruthie Iglesias – eriglesi@uncg.edu – and faculty co-chair is Sarah Dorsey (sbdorsey@uncg.edu). Feel free to contact either one to join the committee or for more information.

Terry Nile retirement reception Sept. 23

Dr. Terry Nile will retire next year, after a long career on the Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty at UNCG. He first joined the faculty in 1970. A departmental  reception, which will include departmental alumni and his former undergraduate researchers,  will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. in Sullivan Science Building.  To RSVP or to find out ways he is being honored at the reception, contact Debbie Biles at 256-0459 or dabiles@uncg.edu.  [Note: This was edited Sept. 16 to reflect the fact that this reception is a departmental reception, not a campus-wide reception as erroneously reported. Also, he is retiring next year. It is in fact not a retirement reception. CW was misinformed.]

Gerontology Research gathering

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, you are invited to a UNCG Gerontology Research Network (GRN) meeting in Dogwood Room, EUC, noon-1 p.m.

Staton Noel, licensing assistant in the UNCG Office of Innovation Commercialization, explains their role facilitating research commercialization and industry collaborations with specific emphasis on improving the lives of people as they age. With 20 years’ experience in a large pharmaceutical company researching novel drugs for diseases associated with aging, Noel presently pursues a dual degree MBA/MS in Gerontology at UNCG. He aims to develop and market products that benefit an aging society.

UNCG Gerontology Program Gerontology Research Network “Lunch & Learn” meetings are free and open to the campus and the community. Brown bag your lunch. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended and appreciated. RSVP to Mary Wolfe, mlwolfe@uncg.edu, 6-1020.

Billy Lee

Billy Lee (Art) spent more than two months in China this summer teaching the first postgraduate master class on abstract sculpture. It was literally the first course of its kind, he told CW. “All the students were post graduates who are already teaching at art academies and universities. Four have PhD’s and one was an assistant dean.” He was the lead foreign professor invited by the China National Sculpture Magazine and China Sculpture Professional Committee, who sponsored this program. Students were selected and hand picked by the committee from all over China, most of whom were faculty members from various art academies and universities. The course culminated with Billy signing and awarding students certificates of completion, and an exhibition of more than seventy sculptures as well as a forum discussing the condition of contemporary sculpture and art education in China. It was a lively discussion, as his course attracted many faculty members from the surrounding universities and academies as well as artists, theorist and critics. He has been asked to write articles for the sculpture magazine. While in Beijing, Lee was also invited to participate in an International Sculpture Exhibition “Blue Symphony,” which took place in the coastal city of NanDaihe, which is the summer residence of the Chinese government.

Dean Celia Hooper

Dean Celia Hooper (HHS) has been elected as a member of the executive board of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, http://www.asahp.org/, and will begin her duties October 2011, as secretary.


See/Hear: September 14, 2011

Dr. Bob Hansen, associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, purchased and renovated a historic house in Bethania, NC. The renovation project has been made into a documentary by photographers/film makers Deni and Will McIntyre. The film will be premiered at the a/perture theatre in Winston-Salem Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to be broadcast on NC Public Television on Oct. 10, 10 p.m. More at http://www.hansenhousefilm.com/.

9/11 memorial service Sunday, Sept. 11

September 11, 2001, will be remembered at UNCG with a special memorial service Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8:15 p.m. in front of the Elliott University Center, on the Kaplan Commons Lawn. This memorial service on the 10th anniversary will remember all who perished and all who were affected.

‘Remembrance, Unity, Hope’ will be the theme of the memorial service. Six hundred candles are being prepared to light Kaplan Commons.

All are invited to attend.

Among the speakers will be Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Student Government Association President D. Isaac Miller and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cherry Callahan.

The service is being organized by the UNCG Division of Student Affairs and Campus Ministries.

Earlier that day, the Greensboro Coliseum’s White Oak Amphitheater will host a city-wide commemoration starting at 4 p.m.. From 4-6 p.m., there are will be a variety of service opportunities at the Amphitheater. From 6-7:30 p.m., the Amphitheater will have a variety of tribute activities.

Saturday, Sept. 10, is devoted to community engagement and community service. Information about some of the service opportunities in the greater community can be found at the Volunteer Center of Greensboro web site. The Sept. 9 corporate engagement opportunities can be found at the site as well.

Visual:  Biographical sketches of victims of 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. October 2001 photo by Rudi Williams.


Storytelling with Emmy-winner Bobby Norfolk

Bobby Norfolk is one of America’s best practitioners of the storytelling art. On Sept. 12, the University Libraries at UNCG will host performances by Norfolk for the children and adults of the Triad. Norfolk will perform for the general public that evening at 7 p.m. in a free performance in the EUC Auditorium.

He has won three Emmy awards as the host of the CBS television show “Gator Tales” and also hosted the Emmy nominated series “Children’s Theater at Bobby’s House.”

Full story at UNCG News.

UNCG joins prestigious Folger consortium

The Folger Institue has invited UNCG to join its consortium. UNCG’s faculty and graduate students will make use of its archives and be a part of related conferences and seminars.

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins (English), who is director of UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network, led the membership initiative and will serve as UNCG’s first representative on the Folger Institute Executive Board. He points to the wide range of UNCG’s recent research accomplishments that attracted the Folger’s notice:

  • multiple year-long faculty grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • numerous faculty books and editions that have garnered national and international notice
  • and award-winning publications by UNCG graduate students and graduates.

“With a number of UNCG faculty and students already using the Folger’s holdings for important projects, we had their attention,” says Hodgkins. “Having achieved a kind of ‘critical mass,’ the time had come to formalize the relationship.”

Folger Institute Executive Director Kathleen Lynch hails the new membership: “We move very cautiously as we assess the level of sustainable interest within a university,” she says. “We wanted to be assured that at least five or six faculty possess the qualifications and the commitment to participate regularly in our programs.”

At UNCG, there are at least 25 faculty ready and eager to contribute.

Though the Folger was founded on its unparalleled Shakespearean archive – 79 copies of the renowned 1623 First Folio, for starters – the Folger collections and its Institute have expanded over the decades to embrace a rich range of interdisciplinary research areas spanning the Humanities and Fine Arts. Its programs and events cover the centuries from late Medieval through the later 18th century, on both sides of the Atlantic.

The benefits of Institute membership:

  • Affiliated faculty and graduate students enjoy free enrollment in all Folger Institute programs (seminars, symposia, and workshops)
  • substantial grants-in-aid for travel to and lodging in Washington, D.C., for these events
  • And full access to the famed Folger Shakespeare Library and its splendid holdings — more than 600,000 items. (The Library of Congress is next door, as well.)
  • Plus full reciprocal privileges with the Newberry Library in Chicago, with deep strengths not only in British and Continental history and culture from the 13th through 18th centuries, but also in American history and culture (including Native American) from the Colonial era through the 19th century.

These benefits are largely underwritten by an ongoing grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. UNCG’s contribution is further defrayed by a contribution by Marilyn Lauritzen to the Russ McDonald Fund for Excellence in Renaissance Literature.

A celebratory event will be Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. All are invited. See details.

Visual courtesy Folger Shakespeare Library.

Recalling week of Sept. 11, 2001

On Sept. 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked and used as weapons of terrorism.

The following day, the UNCG campus community came together at the Fountain, for a Wednesday vigil.

Melissa Edmonds Kruep (Education) was a student here at that time. “It was amazing to see the campus pull together during such a horrific time in our history,” she tells Campus Weekly.

She describes the memorial at the Fountain in front of the Dining Hall. “At one point I believe roses were given to students who had loved ones missing or confirmed dead.”

A look at the September 19, 2001, Campus Weekly (in visual) shows students at the Fountain vigil joining hands and singing the National Anthem.

Chris Fay (Grounds) had talked with Grounds staff at 6 a.m. that Wednesday, and they devoted their morning to making the area of the Fountain as attractive as possible. They bought mums and five yards of mulch. They mowed, edged, vacuumed. And they cut roses to give to those who lost loved ones. By 10 a.m., the Fountain area was in beautiful form, according the report written by Beth English, editor of Campus Weekly at that time.

Mary Culkin (at that time in Disability Services) called Chris Fay. They were both New York natives. When she saw what the individuals in Grounds had done at the Fountain, she burst out crying. “It was a completely gracious act of love.”

Chancellor Sullivan and student government president Latoya Tate were among the speakers. Mary K. Sandford, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, told those gathered, “It’s normal to feel angry, confused and distracted. Seek out others to talk to.”

As the vigil was held, others were in line for a shuttle to take them to the American Red Cross. The wait time at the Red Cross was estimated to be four hours, Beth English reported.

There would be a campus blood drive on Sept. 18-19. Campus Weekly encouraged support for international students who may have felt threatened in the aftermath of the week’s events. There was a listing of ways readers could make a difference in the wake of the attacks. And there was a longer list of 15 ways the campus community had already made a difference in the days after 9/11.

A candlelight vigil in front of Grogan and Reynolds, The Rawk’s message of “United We Stand” and an open discussion sponsored by the Social Work department were among the items listed.

One focus was paying attention to those experiencing grief and loss. UNCG’s doctoral level psychology staff volunteered to speak with anyone in the community about how to help kids, families or adults deal with the events of the week.

Melissa Edmonds Kruep reflects on that Wednesday vigil and what it represented. “I remember it being a somber, yet hopeful moment.”

The 10th anniversary memorial service will be held Sept. 11 at 8:15 p.m. in Kaplan Commons.

By Mike Harris

See/Hear: September 7, 2011

WGHP reports on Beyond Academics at UNCG, a four-year certification program for students with developmental disabilities. Read “Above and Beyond,” a story about Beyond Academics in UNCG Magazine.

At UNCG Housekeeping and at Gentle Hands, Koami Amaglo makes impact

Koami Amaglo (Facilities Operations) became an American citizen in July. He’d left Togo in 2002, fleeing political instability and oppression. He joined UNCG in March 2006. For the past several years he has been on the housekeeping staff in 1100 West Market Street Building and the Music Building, helping keep the buildings clean and orderly.

His second job is at Gentle Hands on Lee’s Chapel Road, providing personal care to those with disabilities. He helps those who can’t do what’s needed for themselves, he said. That may range from taking individuals out into the community, to helping them eat. It’s very important work, and the additional job allows him to better provide for his family, he noted.

His wife and children have applied for permanent residency. He became a U.S. citizen this summer.

He explained the process of becoming a naturalized citizen: applying, the authorities’ investigation process, the finger printing, studying U.S. history and passing the test. And receiving the letter with the date you will take the oath.

July 27, 2011, was the special day. Who joined him? “My wife and my children and one friend – my best friend.” A video recording by President Obama welcomed the new citizens to the American family, he recalled. Then he stood and recited the oath. Forty-six countries were represented in that room, he said. “After that, we sang the National Anthem.”

He smiled at the memory. “That was very, very nice.”

Some may know him as one of UNCG men’s and women’s soccer biggest fans. He is at nearly all the games, often with his family, unless his work schedule won’t allow it. “Every time, I go,” he said. He spoke about the soccer doubleheader Aug. 26, where the men’s team defeated No. 12 Duke. With that win, the Spartans became nationally ranked, he was quick to say.

And he continues to play as well. His local team is a group of immigrants from Togo. He plays mid-fielder, usually. They take on teams of immigrants from African countries, in Greensboro, the Triangle and Charlotte.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady called special attention to him during her opening address Aug. 17.

“Koami Amaglo from UNCG’s Housekeeping Department, who came to the United States in March 2002 fleeing political instability in Western Africa. He also works at Gentle Hands, giving back and serving patients with disabilities. Koami applied for citizenship and received his Certificate of Naturalization on July 27, 2011. Koami returns the hospitality and kindness he received from others to all with whom he comes in contact. Koami is UNCG.”

Koami said one thing he’d like to offer others is his expertise in African drumming – any type. He’s been playing since he was nine, and he offers to teach faculty or staff or help them improve. Just get in contact with him.

By Mike Harris

Have news to share? Let CW know.

If you enjoy CW each week, you are part of a growing number of individuals.

The issue of Aug. 10-15, 2011, CW had 2,107 unique visitors, per Google Analytics. The final issue of the month, Aug. 24-30, had 1,821 unique visitors.

In comparison, last August (in 2010), those numbers per issue were roughly half. For example, Aug. 18-24, 2010, had 1,172 unique visitors. The following week’s CW in 2010 had 799 unique visitors.

We value our readers. And we appreciate the many individuals who help provide the story ideas, the information and sometimes the visuals that are a part of each issue. It “takes a campus” to have a news vehicle like CW, with information and stories from all areas of the university. We hope that both readership and news sources will continue to grow.

Do you or your department have news to share? If so, please let us know it. Whether it’s for People, or about an upcoming event on campus, a new initiative others should know about, etc. – please contact Campus Weekly. (If you haven’t read in CW anything about your department recently, we’d like to rectify that – please send us the latest news or contact us.)

Campus Weekly includes links or feeds for additional ways faculty and staff can stay informed. For example, the UNCG News site, for a broader audience, is a source of one or two stories each week, usually edited and with a link for the full story. A listing of all the recent posts on UNC News are available. Other parts of the newly enhanced CW are UNCG’s main Twitter feed, links to several calendars, and recent stories from The Chronicle of Higher Ed and also Inside Higher Ed for a broader news perspective.

Thanks for being a part of CW’s readership.

And please let your co-workers know that the newly redesigned Campus Weekly, which includes a much more readable Print PDF, is a good way to spend a few minutes each week. It can help staff and faculty stay informed.

Celebratory event: UNCG, Folger Institute

Dr. Russ McDonald will be the keynote speaker, as UNCG celebrates our campus joining the Folger Institute in Washington, D.C. The event will be Sept. 13, 6–8:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon.

All are invited.

Housed in the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Folger Institute is one of the most selective and prestigious research institutes in America. See story on UNCG’s being invited to join.

Russ McDonald (University of London Goldsmiths College), president of the Shakespeare Association of America and a former UNCG faculty member, will deliver the keynote address and lead a panel discussion. His publications include “Look to the Lady: Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench on the Shakespearean Stage,” “Shakespeare and the Arts of Language,” “Shakespeare’s Late Style” and “The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare.”

Additional speakers:

  • Jennifer Keith — Panelist — Associate Professor of English, UNCG. She specializes in Restoration and 18th-century literature, with particular concentrations in poetry, women’s writing and satire. Her current research is focused on the poems and plays of Anne Finch, textual editing, and manuscript and print circulation. Making extensive use of the Folger’s collections, she is co-author, with Claudia Kairoff, of a two-volume NEH-supported critical edition of the works of Anne Finch for Cambridge University Press.
  • Kathleen Lynch — Welcome Speaker and Panelist — Executive Director, Folger Institute
  • Ralph Bauer — Panelist — Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Maryland. His publications include “The Cultural Geography of Early American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity” and “An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru.” He is leading a Spring 2012 Folger seminar, A New World of Secrets: The Hermeneutics of Discovery in the Early Americas.
  • Theresa Coletti — Panelist — professor of English, University of Maryland. She is the author of “Naming the Rose: Eco, Medieval Signs and Modern Theory” and “Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints: Theater, Gender, and Religion in Late Medieval England.” She is also editor of the forthcoming TEAMS edition of the “Digby Mary Magdalene.” She is leading a Fall 2011 Folger seminar, Periodization and its Discontents: Medieval and Early Modern Pathways in Literature.
  • Sarah Beckwith — Panelist — Professor of English, Duke University. She has written “Christ’s Body: Identity, Religion and Society in Medieval English Writing,” “Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi,” and “Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness.” She is leading a Spring 2012 Folger seminar, Shakespeare and Sacraments.

Fall 2011 emergency notification test Sept. 13 at 10:40 a.m.

Emergency preparedness is an important priority for UNCG, says Jason Marshburn, UNCG’s director of emergency management.

The university will hold a campus-wide test of its emergency notification systems on Tuesday, Sept. 13, starting at 10:40 a.m.

The following systems will be activated during the test: AM radio station channel 1640 (with internet streaming); campus-wide email; text messages, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; blue light emergency phone PA systems; classroom intercoms, building mass notification systems; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and the emergency web site. There will be three test messages: the initial test, a follow-up message, and an all clear. Following the emergency notification test, a short survey will be sent via email. Please take time to provide Emergency Management with your feedback. If possible, note the time you receive each test message. You will be asked for this information in the survey. This will help them determine the length of time it takes to receive messages, and how they may improve the systems in the future. Your response is important to ensuring the university is prepared for emergencies.

To register for text messaging, or to confirm your information is up-to-date, go to Emergency Cell Phone Contact under Personal Information in your UNCGenie account. You may download the latest version of the computer-screen pop-up tool (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed at http://notify.uncg.edu/.

To learn more about emergency preparedness and response at UNCG, visit http://emg.uncg.edu. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Office of Emergency Management via email at BeReady@uncg.edu or by phone, 256-8639.

HealthyUNCG Spartan Points and prizes

The Spartan Points program lets faculty and staff earn points for many types of healthful activities. Some have already started getting prizes. You may view the points listing – as well as prize listings – here.

“Currently we have 46 participants, several of whom have already redeemed their points at the Freshman Level for prizes,” said Dr. Michelle Cathorall (PHE) of HealthyUNCG last Thursday. “We are working with units across campus to include a variety of activities so that all employees have an opportunity to earn Spartan Points and get rewards.”

HealthyUNCG is co-sponsoring ActiveU with Campus Rec to provide free classes just for UNCG employees. Employees can earn 10 points per class for a total of 150 points. Dates and details for ActiveU can be found on the HealthyUNCG calendar. We are also working with HRS to include the healthy activity opportunities that they offer employees in the Spartan Points Program. The [Spartan Points] web page will be updated with new opportunities as they are offered.”

Spartan Points prizes are donated by the Be Active NC – UNCG Partnership. The two grand prizes are donated by the Rec Center and Outdoor Adventures.

The end date was initially posted with a typo in last week’s Campus Weekly. You may earn points through the end of the academic year, July 31, 2012.

Learn more and register for the HealthyUNCG Spartan Points program here.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Sept. 7, 2011

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Ashby Dialogue workshop (on 9/11)
Thursday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m., Room 421, Graham Building

Sustainability documentary, “The Big Uneasy”
Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m., WAM

Talk, “9-11 & the Fate of Strangers,” David Simpson
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m., Sullivan Science

Ashby Dialogue screening/discussion
Friday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m., Room 100, Ferguson Building

9/11 memorial service
Sunday, Sept. 11, Kaplan Commons, EUC

Celebration, UNCG joins Folger Institute
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

HRS open forums Sept. 12-13

Human Resource Services will host open forums:

  • Sept. 12 – 2 p.m., Maple Room, EUC
  • Sept. 13 – 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

Bring questions you may have regarding legislation, budgets, benefits, training, etc. HRS staff will also answer any questions related to human resource topics.

Questions? Email bsbetts@uncg.edu

Is your insurance card correct?

If you are enrolled in the State Health Plan, you should have received new health insurance cards in the past week or two, says the Human Resource Services benefits team. “Look at your card carefully. In the lower left hand corner it will tell you whether you’re on the 80/20 plan or the 70/30 plan. Hopefully it reflects exactly what you wanted, but if it doesn’t, we can help. Contact any member of the benefits team and let us know what’s wrong. We have until 9-9-11 to help you make any corrections you need, but after that point, the choices cannot be modified until next year’s open enrollment,” they say. The Benefits team can be contacted here.

UNCG noted for “beating the odds”

In a new national report published by HCM Strategists, a Washington, D.C., public policy advocacy firm, UNCG is profiled along with more than 30 postsecondary institutions for its efforts to improve college completion rates and prepare students for successful careers. Full story at UNCG News.

Come home to alumni dance concert

As the summer sun fades into the grayness of fall, let an evening of movement and music replenish your spirit.

The Department of Dance presents its annual Alumni Homecoming Dance Concert Saturday, Sept. 24, coinciding with UNCG’s Homecoming celebration.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Dance Theater, followed by a reception in the lobby.

Full story at UNCG News.

First blood drive

Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2011-12 year on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Cone Ballroom. Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 350-pint goal.

All presenting donors for the September EUC Blood Drive will be entered to win a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets and a $500 gift card through the “Race Your Way to a Weekend Getaway” promotion with the American Red Cross.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome

By Joseph Dix

Elizabeth Bucar book talk

Dr. Elizabeth Bucar (Religious Studies) will speak at the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m.

Bucar will be discuss her book “Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi’i Women.”

“Much feminist scholarship has viewed Catholicism and Shi’i Islam as two religious traditions that, historically, have greeted feminist claims with skepticism or outright hostility,” she said. “This book demonstrates how certain liberal secular assumptions about these religious traditions are only partly correct and, more importantly, misleading.”

For details on MRC book talks, contact Jeffrey Coleman (Multicultural Affairs) at jeffrey_coleman@uncg.edu or 4-3702.

Reduce, reuse, recycle with SpartanSwap

Check out the Spartan Swap for reusable office items for your department. With SpartanSwap you can list items your department may be looking for or items your department no longer needs. In addition, items that come to Surplus that are in good condition are moved to SpartanSwap. With SpartanSwap you get a sustainable alternative to office supplies and furnishings with the three R’s – reducing, reusing and recycling. This service is intended for campus materials and use only, no personal items may be listed. Visit https://web.uncg.edu/bss/spartanswap/swap/.

Dr. John W. Woell

Dr. John W. Woell succeeded Dr. Stacey Peebles this summer as an assistant dean of Lloyd International Honors College. He came to UNCG after serving as a faculty member, department chair, and director of the honors program at Greensboro College. In the Honors College, Woell will teach interdisciplinary courses that integrate resources and readings from philosophy, literature, religious studies, history and art. He received his PhD in religion with a specialization in the philosophy of religion from The Claremont Graduate University. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy also from Claremont and an MA in religion from Vanderbilt University. He did his undergraduate work in Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University. Woell grew up in Michigan. After moving through five majors in four years at Valparaiso, he finally settled on majors in theology and the humanities and minored in history. “I knew that I wanted to be a professor, but I had no idea of what,” he says. “I had so many different interests in college that I chose my final major and eventual field of study based upon what courses it would allow me to take in my senior year.” The interdisciplinary honors program in Christ College was partly responsible for this. Woell has continued to advocate for honors education based on that experience. Woell’s courses are largely interactive seminars in which he claims students are asked to do only three things: read, think, and write. Woell’s book, Peirce, James, and a Pragmatic Philosophy of Religion, is due out in April 2012. He has also published articles on ethics and peacemaking and presented papers in epistemology and philosophy of religion. His next project will focus on the philosophical underpinnings of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.


Dr. Jose Villalba, Dr. Laura Gonzalez, Dr. DiAnne Borders and Dr. Erik Hines recently were awarded almost $44,000 by the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) to develop a curriculum (English and Spanish versions) for parents to help them support and guide their children through the college planning process. The sub-contract was part of the federally-funded College Access Grant awarded to UNC.

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

An article by Dr. Spoma Jovanovic and Lewis Pitts, “Social Action, National and Local,” was published in “Green Culture: An A to Z Guide” edited by Kevin Wehr (Sage Publications).The co-authors discuss environmental social change action since the 1960s, on to 1970s regulation debacles, and then evolving discourses for sustainability.