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Archives for July 2014

Dr. David Perrin to join University of Utah as dean of College of Health

Dr. David H. Perrin has announced that he will join the University of Utah as dean of the College of Health beginning Aug. 1.

Perrin’s seven-year tenure as provost and executive vice chancellor at UNCG ended June 30 and he had planned to rejoin the Kinesiology Department faculty. During Perrin’s tenure with UNCG, he also served as dean of the School of Health and Human Performance. Prior to joining UNCG, he directed the graduate programs in athletic training and sports medicine at the University of Virginia.

“It has been an honor and a thrill to serve this wonderful university for six years as dean and seven years as provost. I am looking forward to the next phase of my career and taking on an exciting opportunity with the University of Utah,” Perrin said.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Perrin for his many contributions to UNCG as a scholar, teacher and administrator and in wishing him much success in his new role with the University of Utah.

UNCG honor society receives national award

Photo of honoreesThe UNCG chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society was selected as a recipient of the organization’s Order of the Torch Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding chapters in the nation based on numerous activities that the chapter organized throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Only five other universities received this designation this year, and this was the first time the UNCG chapter was recognized. Membership into the Order of the Torch is awarded to chapters who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of programming, internal communications and campus visibility.

By Casey Fletcher
Full story at UNCG Student Affairs site.

Preparation for principals: Triad Leadership Academy graduates third cohort

The Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA) graduated 22 aspiring school leaders in June. The graduates represented the third cohort of the three-year Race to the Top grant funded principal preparation program.

PTLA is a partnership among the UNCG School of Education, Alamance Burlington School System (ABSS), Asheboro City Schools (ACS), Guilford County Schools (GCS),Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS) and the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium (PTEC). PTLA has been​ supported by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Within two years of program completion, 90 percent of PTLA graduates are serving in school leadership positions across the Piedmont Triad​/Central​ area of North Carolina. Five principals, 28 assistant principals, and eight district directors, coordinators, and facilitators are making an immediate impact in UNCG’s partner school districts.

In three years, 63 educators have graduated from PTLA.

PTLA is ​a​n innovative, year-long, cohort-based program that offers outstanding leadership preparation to exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high need schools to educational excellence. PTLA participants attend full-time and are paid during the 12 month program. The PTLA program includes rigorous summer coursework followed by a school leadership internship conducted during the regular K-12 school year. PTLA is an initiative funded by $6.17 million from North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant.

More information is at www.ptla-nc.org.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at UNCG

Photo of castLucy, Snoopy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang will be on stage at UNCG this week – for one night only.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be presented by the summer opera program Greensboro Light Opera and Song (GLOS), Thursday, July 10, in the Recital Hall, UNCG Music Building.

Two shows will be offered: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for all ages (cash, credit, or check) at the door – there are no advance sales. The production is 70 minutes long with no intermission.

It is an encore of the productions the group performed recently at the Roanoke Island Festival Park on the Outer Banks. GLOS is led by Dr. David Holley, director of opera in the UNCG Music department.

Julie Edmunds tracks ‘early college’ high school students’ success in our state

Photo of Dr. Julie Edmunds“Early College” high school students in North Carolina are experiencing higher levels of success than many of their peers at traditional high schools, according to research conducted by Dr. Julie Edmunds.

Edmunds has been tracking the progress of early college students since 2006 and has found positive impacts at the high school and college levels. In her study, 86 percent of early college students enrolled in college compared to 65 percent of the control group.

At the high school-level, she has found that early college students are more likely to be taking and succeeding in the courses they need for college; they are more engaged, have better attendance and lower suspension rates, and have higher expectations. Students also reported more rigorous and relevant instruction, better relationships, as well as greater academic, emotional and social support.

Edmunds has discovered that a variety of students benefit from the early college model. Most early colleges target students who are underrepresented in college, including those who are low-income or who would be the first in their family to attend a university. “The early college model is having a positive impact on all students, and, in some cases, it is reducing gaps between different populations,” she said.

Thanks to ongoing support from the General Assembly, North Carolina is home to more than 75 early college high schools, accounting for nearly a third of the 240 early colleges around the nation. Early college programs offer small, supportive learning environments that reduce barriers that keep students from attending college. Graduates of the programs earn high school diplomas, collegiate-level skills, and two years of tuition-free college credit or an associate degree.

“While the U.S. economy increasingly demands workers educated beyond the high school level, many of our teenagers are leaving high school unprepared,” she said. “Early college high schools are very purposely designed to get young people ready for college and to provide them access to college courses, and it’s clear that they are providing very positive results.”

Edmunds has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to conduct additional research into the success of early college students at higher education institutions. Early data suggests these students will outperform traditional high school students at the post-secondary level.

Edmunds hopes that her ongoing exploration of the success of early college high schools will lead to a better educational experience across all high school systems. She envisions traditional high schools that expect their entire student body to attend college, placing greater focus on college readiness and providing early access to college courses.

“Early colleges are changing some of the dialogue and thinking about high school. It’s about re-envisioning what it takes to successfully prepare students for college and today’s jobs,” Edmunds said.

See Edmunds describe her work in her own words at https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/11859.

By Michelle Hines

With the staff: Mid-June 2014

Hello: Craig Marshall, Utility Operations; Josh L. Fields, Utility Operations, Luther Watford, Utility Operations; Michael Goodman, Utility Operations

Goodbye: Bruce Holland, Physics & Astronomy; Etta Sue Bartley, Housing & Residence Life; Joanne Joans, Accounting Services; Reathea Simerly, Facilities Services; Clifton Quick, Facilities Services; Jennifer Sanborn, NC Rated License; Thomas White, Facilities Service; Lennie Alexander, Advancement Services

Looking ahead: July 9, 2014

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, July 10, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Film, ‘A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt’
Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Performance, ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’
Thursday, July 10, 6 and 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Glenwood Recipe Roundup Book Launch
Thursday, July 17, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Film, ‘Pressure Cooker’
Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Film, ‘How to Cook Your Life’
Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

In memoriam: Dr. James Wilson

Dr. James Wilson, professor emeritus of biology, died June 4. He served on UNCG’s faculty from 1964 to 1990. His obituary may be found at http://www.news-record.com/obituaries/article_ef2a175c-f93c-523c-9b52-02a054382048.html.

Roof maintenance at North Spencer, South Spencer

Seen the roofers and painters at North Spencer and South Spencer residence halls? Work is underway on the roof at North Spencer and South Spencer. The old reinforced cement shingles, which had deteriorated, are being removed. The scope of the project includes new 30 year architectural asphalt shingles, roof underlayment and wooden deck repair. A new membrane and roof insulation is being installed in select areas. The continuous gutter system, fascia, soffits and selected entry porches and columns are being repaired as needed. The maintenance project for the buildings – among the oldest on campus – is scheduled to be completed this summer.

See/hear: July 9, 2014

German Weeks at UNCG each spring is always a great time for our German program in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Last semester, some students in GER 204-01, together with Professor Carola Dietkus, created this video as a contribution to Campus Competitions, German Weeks 2013/14: Germany in Europe. This video, “For me, German is… ,” was produced by a video production company owned by former UNCG students.

Dr. Lew Brown

Photo of Dr. Lew BrownDr. Lew Brown (Bryan School) received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian award. Brown retired at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, following a 28-year teaching career. A North Carolina native and four-time graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, he taught thousands of UNCG students at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels over the course of his career. Brown has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, case research and professional work, including the Bryan School’s Outstanding Family Award and the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to coming to UNCG, Brown served as assistant city manager of Durham, city manager of Southern Pines, and founded a consulting firm to assist governments in productivity improvements that grew into a 200-employee company. Full story at UNCG Now.

Dr. Stephanie Daniel

Dr. Stephanie Daniel (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Oklahoma State University for the project “Nonstandard Maternal Work Schedules & Child Health in Impoverished Families.” Nonstandard maternal work schedules or those that exist outside the Monday through Friday, 8-5 norm interfere with optimal child health and development during the first years of life. Parents in impoverished families, particularly mothers, are over-represented in jobs requiring a nonstandard schedule raising concerns that poor children, who are already at risk for poor health outcomes, face additional threats to health and well-being that undermine school readiness. Research to date has not examined the added risk that nonstandard maternal work schedules place on poor children’s health and well-being, the abstract notes. The goal of this project is to understand the threat of nonstandard maternal work schedules to poor children’s physical and emotional well-being as precursors to school readiness.


A profile of Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc, written by Dr. L. DiAnne Borders and Dr. Craig S. Cashwell (Counseling and Educational Development), is published in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Counseling and Development. Vacc, who served as chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development from 1986-1996, died in June 2002. The profile includes interviews with current and previous CED faculty members, alumni, professional colleagues, and members of Dr. Vacc’s family, including Dr. Nancy N. Vacc, retired math education faculty member from the UNCG Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Due to Dr. Nicholas Vacc’s extensive involvement in professional leadership and service, the article not only chronicles his achievements but also many important developments in the profession (such as national certification and state licensure as well as national accreditation standards) in addition to his determined efforts to make the CED Department nationally-ranked and recognized.

Dr. Catherine Matthews

Photo of Dr. Catherine MatthewsDr. Catherine Matthews (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Full-Scale Development Project: Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (The HERP Project).” Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (The HERP Project), a full-scale development project, arose amidst concerns about the public’s diminishing relationship with nature, the STEM achievement gap between North Carolina’s economically wealthy and poor, and inadequate STEM resources for and untapped STEM potential in rural, diverse communities.

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project “Thriving at Three.” A direct service intervention strategy will continue to work with 50 at-risk Hispanic children by giving them a chance to develop their full potential at the earliest possible age. This will be done by working with the at-risk children and their parents in their homes, ensuring early detection for mental health risks, assisting families in parenting strategies, and providing appropriate referrals in supporting their children.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh has received a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows grant for three new Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship Fellows and grants for 11 Veteran Coleman Fellows at UNCG. This is the 5th year Welsh has received the grant. The new Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows for 2014-15 are: Jerrie Hsieh, Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism; Donna Duffy, Kinesiology; Sharon Morrison, Public Health Education. Veteran Coleman Fellows are: David Holley, Music; Stoel Burrowes, Interior Architecture; Cedric Pearce, Chemistry; Jennifer Yurchisin, Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies; Bonnie Canziani, Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism; Sheryl Oring, Art; Chris Thomas, Art; Duane Cyrus, Dance; Steve Cramer, Library; Bill Johnson, Health and Human Sciences; Cathy Hamilton, Service Learning and Leadership.

Welsh is the director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and Steve Cramer is the assistant director for this year. Esra Memili served as the assistant director in 2013-14.

Dr. Stacy Sechrist

Dr. Stacy Sechrist (Center for Youth, Family & Community Partnerships) received new funding from the City of High Point Police Department for the project “Implementation Guide for Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative.” This funding will support the development of an Implementation Guide to be used by law enforcement agencies seeking to replicate HPPD’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI). The guide will be detailed and explicit in affording law enforcement agencies the proper steps and recommending the necessary partners for which to successfully engage in Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative implementation, as well as provide an overview of potential challenges an agency may face based on the HPPD experience in starting and sustaining the Initiative.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Photo of Dr. Olav RueppellDr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Institute on Aging for the project “Biodemography and Genomics of Aging Trajectories and Plasticity in a Social Model.” His long-term goal is to understand the relation between aging and social evolution at the genomic, organismal and biodemographic level. He uses the comparative honey bee model that offers many experimental opportunities to study epigenetic influences on aging in a highly social context under natural conditions. These studies can yield new insights of general relevance into aging processes and generate novel hypotheses or concepts to stimulate human aging studies.

Dr. Jeremy Bray

Photo of Dr. Jeremy BrayDr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received additional funding from Research Triangle Institute International for the project “Work, Family & Health Network.” The Work, Family & Health Network is providing scientific evidence about how changes in the work environment can improve the health of workers and their families while benefiting organizations. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Network in 2005. RTI International (in collaboration with the University of Southern California and UNCG) has two main roles in the network. One is to coordinate the data collection, including the people who collect the research data and the technical logistics (such as programming and data coordination). Another role is to provide guidance on design and methods.

Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Dr. Laurie GoldDr. Laurie Gold (Kinesiology) received new funding from UNC Chapel Hill for the project “Pathways from Childhood Self-Regulation to Cardiovascular Risk.” Cardiovascular risk factors (CVR) — including obesity, elevated lipids, altered glucose metabolism, hypertension, and elevated low-grade inflammation — are detectable and already common during adolescence. However, the developmental origins of adolescent CVR are poorly understood. Research on adults suggests that CVR is concentrated among those who had poor self-regulation in childhood, including difficulties in regulating their behaviors (e.g., impulsivity), emotions (e.g., negative emotion), and/or physiology (e.g., heart rate variability) during situations of challenge. This project will test whether trajectories of self-regulation extending from ages to 2 to 10 predict trajectories of CVR during adolescence (ages 16, 17, 18). It will also test whether childhood self-regulation / adolescent CVR pathways are mediated by health behaviors (e.g., substance use, exercise, nutrition, and sleep).