UNCG Campus Weekly

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The Five Spot: Dr. Kelly Ritter

110310FiveSpot_RitterDr. Kelly Ritter has been director of composition and associate professor in the English Department since 2008. The manuscript she has completed – it’s now with the publisher – is about Woman’s College, looking at our campus from the 1940s to ’60s, and particularly looking at how writing was taught. She loves UNCG’s archives. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Ann Somers

102010FiveSpot_SomersAnn Somers is a biology lecturer. Her research concentrates on the tiny bog turtle, which gets no longer than 3-4 inches. The undergraduates in her 250-300 student biology section geared for non-majors know her for her conservation – and the service project they all do on campus, where they learn conservation in a hands-on way. But she’s best known for sea turtles. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Roy Hamilton

091510FiveSpot_HamiltonDr. Roy Hamilton, a staff psychologist and training coordinator at Gove Student Health Center, has been on staff for seven years. During most of the year, he speaks with five or six students a day, on a wide gamut of problems they are experiencing. Such as? “Everything. Adjustments, romantic difficulties, anxiety problems, depression problems, adjusting to illnesses, eating disorders …” Any ways to bond with the students – to speak a common language – are helpful. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Elise Rhodes

082510FiveSpot_RhodesElise Rhodes, an assistant director for academic skills services at the Student Success Center, helps students from freshmen to doctoral students maximize their abilities and time. Better use of time is one key – which is why there’s a bulletin board just as you enter McIver Building about time management skills. It includes a sample student’s schedule – with every day completely planned. The SSC’s Learning Assistance Center Resource Lab, available to all students, is the first door on the right. How did she become a teacher of academic skills? “I was originally a nurse in New York state, for 11 years,” she says. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: SaQuang Lam

081810FiveSpot_LamSaQuang Lam is a systems administrator at Student Health Services. Many know him for his computer know-how. Some local refugees know him as the guy who finds cast off computers and electronics spare parts and refurbishes them as gifts for refugee children, served by Lutheran Family Services. He was a refugee himself, a Cambodian escaping with his family from South Vietnam when he was 12. “My dad [who was a Buddhist monk] said we’d rather die with freedom than on our knees.” They made it to the Thai border, then Bangkok, then Indonesia; then they were selected to come to the United States. [Read more…]

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072110FiveSpot_DaynesDr. Sarah Daynes, assistant professor of sociology, likes just about all kinds of music. That’ll come in handy when she teaches a new sociology course in the spring, Sociology of Popular Music. Jazz and the blues are her favorites, Count Basie being one artist she cites. “No heavy metal!” she adds. She grew up in Bordeaux, France – “where we make wine.” Wine, she explains, was a big part of the culture. She, in fact, plans to make wine her next research area. [Read more…]

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060910FiveSpot_MorrisChristine Morris, associate professor of theatre, is resident voice/dialect coach at Triad Stage. She started coaching there in 2006 and first acted there in 2008. She averages one acting role a year. She has a prominent role in “Providence Gap,” which opens this week – and she coaches actors for many of the productions throughout the year. “If it’s got an accent, I have probably worked on it.” [Read more…]

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042810FiveSpot_WalkerRachael Dietrich Walker is a P-card specialist in Purchasing. Most have only heard the words “This … Is … Jeopardy!” on their TV. She once heard them in Hollywood as she stared at Alex Trebek and a sea of hot lights. [Read more…]

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042110FiveSpot_CabralAllyn Cabral (Parking Services) leads the Spartan Steps individual competition. He’s been on staff since last August and drives a Spartan Chariot shuttle. [Read more…]

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041410FiveSpot_TaylorDr. Anthony Taylor has been an assistant professor of clarinet in the School of Music since 2007. He is the principal clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony, as well as a solo, chamber and jazz musician. He is also near the top of the leaderboard in Spartan Steps. How does he get in all that walking and running each day? [Read more…]

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033110FiveSpot_EtnierDr. Jenny Etnier is an associate professor of kinesiology. Before coming to UNCG six years ago, she was an assistant professor at Arizona State and Wake Forest. She’s a soccer player, or at least she used to be. “This is the first year I’ve taken off,” she says. She will play in a Memorial Day tournament, but she likes spending more time with her three children these days. The oldest of them will start soccer next year. “I’ll get back into coaching,” as result, the former and future coach says. She leads sport psychology seminars. [Read more…]

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031710FiveSpot_VaughanDavid Vaughan is assistant vice chancellor for academic resources in the Division of Academic Affairs. Vaughan retires at the end of April, after 31 years’ service in the UNC system. He wasn’t always at UNCG. “I have worked on three UNC campuses – first, at UNC Chapel Hill, in the School of Social Work, then at East Carolina University, where I was the first full-time Budget Office staff member.” He came to UNCG in 1987. [Read more…]

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030310FiveSpot_CarterBetty Carter joined UNCG in 1974 as the first archivist on the library’s staff. She has been the University Archivist since 1997. When she retires in May, a lot of historical knowledge will go with her. She enjoys walking on campus. “I always go by the Foust Building on Oct. 5,” she says, the date this institution officially opened in 1892. “I figure if Charles McIver’s ghost exists, it will be there on that date!” [Read more…]

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021010FiveSpot_PerrinDr. David H. Perrin has been provost since 2007. He was dean of the School of HHP before that. Perrin had played basketball on his high school team and college team, and he often cheers the Spartan teams on at games. During a recent game, CW asked him which teams (aside from the Spartans) he has pulled for over the years. In 1976-77, he was a grad student at Indiana State, the year Larry Bird joined Indiana State as a freshman. Perrin was in the stands for the first game – very few attended. By end of the season, the stands were full. Later, Bird would have the same effect on attendance at the Boston Garden. “He went to the Celtics and did the same thing.” The Boston Celtics had been Perrin’s favorite NBA team since the 1960s. Havlicek, their star guard, had been his hero. “Let me tell you a story.” Perrin was on the faculty at University of Virginia, and the men’s basketball team was practicing nearby. He knew Havlicek’s son was on the team. Who passes by but his old hero – John Havlicek! He was speechless. The opportunity to meet his old hero passed by. Perrin mentions an enjoyable book about the Celtics center Bill Russell and legendary coach Red Auerbach, “Red and Me,” which he read last year. CW asked, “What do you read?” “Our Underachieving Colleges” by Derek Bok and “Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities” are his two most recently read books. CW asked about what he reads for fun, when he has the chance. He’s an avid reader of The New Yorker magazine. As for books?  He likes books about Paris, such as Polly Platt’s “French or Foe” or New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s “Paris to the Moon.” “I love Paris,” Perrin says. His father immigrated from France. The provost’s grandfather moved his family from France to Vermont, to be a farmer there. “In my early twenties, my dad took me to France. I saw all my relatives – trip of my lifetime.” His dad became a barber; his mother a nurse. The provost became a first-generation college student – “we have a lot at UNCG.” Other good books he’s enjoyed in recent years? Ones on Martin Luther King, most recently “I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World.” Studs Terkel’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” with lots of “interviews with those terminally ill … a really good read.” “The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo.” Perrin likes biographies. Some others?

Some books read in recent years for enjoyment

  1. “It’s Not About the Bike” by Lance Armstrong [I like reading about ] interesting and successful people.
  2. “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography” by Sidney Poitier I liked his early movies … He has an amazing story.
  3. “Let Me Tell You a Story: A Lifetime in the Game” by John Feinstein He [Feinstein] was invited to [weekly] lunches with Red Auerbach and friends [providing stories for the book].
  4. “Judgment of Paris” by George Taber A great book about the historic 1976 Paris blind wine tasting won by a couple of wines from Napa.
  5. “In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson” by Noble Cunningham A nice overview of his life.

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020310FiveSpot_CottrellSarah Cottrell is a house worker at Alumni House. She has been there since the mid 1990s. Among her responsibilities, she hosts and works events there throughout the year, of all types. “We do lots of weddings,” she says, at least 10-15 a year, and most request that she be the host. “My job is fun,” she says. “It’s a joy.” She notes you have to be protective of all the antique furniture at these events. One of her sons, Paul Irving Bigelow, Jr., works in Facilities Operations as a general utility worker. [Read more…]

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012010FiveSpot_ClotfelterDr. Jim Clotfelter joined UNCG as a professor of political science in 1977. You may know that for nearly two decades, he has been vice chancellor for information technology services and chief information officer. You may not know that he began his career as a “very young” reporter for the Atlanta newspapers and Time Magazine. In the 1960s, he covered the civil rights movement in Southern states from Texas to North Carolina. “One of the formative experiences of my life,” he says, “as it was for everyone there.” [Read more…]