UNCG Campus Weekly

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Charlie Maimone and UNCG’s wide-ranging Business Affairs departments

Charlie Maimone, vice chancellor for Business Affairs since 20​14, recently sat down for a Campus Weekly interview about the upcoming expo and conference that Business Affairs will offer the campus on Aug. 1. We asked about a few other things as well.

CW: What are some things about Business Affairs that maybe people don’t know?

Maimone: I​’m guessing most faculty and staff could not list all the departments in Business Affairs. In some ways that is absolutely OK because our departments are university services with their own identities. So many of our departments develop working relationships with practically every department on campus so it’s easy to think of them as stand alone programs. For example the Print shop, Purchasing, Campus Police or Human Resources all communicate their services directly to our campus.

Actually, the ​upcoming ​ expo​ is really ​a great place to see the wide range of programs within Business Affairs. At the same time, I’m sure most people might not realize how much the business affairs departments depend on each other to complete all of the required work of the university.

CW: Can you give one or two examples?

Sure. ​When you think of ​our ​Facilities​ department​ there are actually 6 major areas of responsibility with over 20 departments. For example our Facilities Operations area is made up of 7 departments – Building and Trades, Work Order Services, Energy Management, Facility Services, Grounds and Garage, Surplus Warehouse, Services, Utility Operations and Waste Reduction and Recycling. Our Campus Enterprise area is made up of 8 departments – Bookstore, Dining – everybody’s favorite, Parking, Printing, Property Leasing, Spartan ID Card, Spartan Mail and Vending. With any major event on campus nearly all of these departments will be involved. Helping to get ready for the event, helping out during the event and finally helping put the university back to normal after the event.

​Move-in day, Convocation, Homecoming and Graduation are good examples. ​

CW: Some of this is what people will learn at the expo and conference?

Absolutely. On August 1st, the third ​annual Business Affairs Expo will take place in the EUC and the second ​annual Business Affairs conference​ and workshop for the campus will be going on too​. ​This day is a great way for our teams to present their services to the campus, to answer questions and to interact with others to describe how we can help.  

We’ll have about fifty people set up during the expo, and many different departments will present what they believe to be the most important services that they provide to the campus community. They will be able to interact with individuals and small groups, answer questions about the services and just enjoy getting to know each better. The expo is a very casual event. You can decide how long to stay, which departments you want to talk to – a no pressure environment. What we try to do is to identify compelling, important, relevant topics that individuals across the campus can use in the coming year, and really update them on what, let’s say, slight changes may have occurred to travel or reimbursements or something in Purchasing. By the way, it’s free, with refreshments!

CW: Are there two or three examples of some new things they may hear about?

Sure. ​One ​new thing our committee ​is doing ​this year is ask​ing​ people ​around campus ​what​ they ​are interested in​ us covering​. I​ was surprised to hear that one of the ​new topics we might be covering this year is how to build and use pivot tables​!​

​P​ivot tables​ are a great tool in Excel that allows you to summarize a great deal of information and present it on a single page. ​We use them a great deal ​ in budget planning and budget management ​ but they can be used to help organize lots of information.

​ ​Another good example, is our University Police Department ​will be conducting the very important. Run Hide Fight ​training. It’s a program that helps departments​ and individuals recognize what they ​can and ​should do in​ the event of an active shooter on campus. ​The program has been taught about forty different times​ year​ and the feedback is excellent. Our police department would love to reach ​ every ​ individual across the campus, so the Run Hide Fight as a conference workshop​ will be a great opportunity​to take the training if you have done so already.

Last year we had over three hundred people come to the expo ​and ​one​ hundred and twenty-five people attended the conference​. We hope everyone who attended last year will return and even more folks will come​ for the first time.

CW: Anything else you’d want to mention about the service your division provides?

Within the Business Affairs division, ​many of our departments have ​ the very important responsibility ​of​ ​regulatory ​ compliance and ​public accountability that goes along with ​being an agency of the State. Keeping the university in good standing with local, state and federal regulations while trying to meet the service needs of  3,000 employees and 20,000 students can be challenging. We not only accept the challenge but embrace it. What makes programs like the Expo and the conference so important to us is the amazing opportunity we have to hear directly from our colleagues and to better understand exactly how we can help them to accomplish their part of our university mission. The better we understand your programs, the better we can line up our services to help.

CW: Anything else people will probably want to know about? Anything on the horizon?

​The first thing that comes to mind is the important investment that Business Affairs partnering with Information Technology and Academic Affairs ​is making in the Banner 9 Initiative.

​This collaboration is transformational and the staff’s dedication to improving UNCG’s use of technology is amazing. We are aligning our ​use of technology around​ a single commitment to improving student success. One wouldn’t necessarily​ immediately think about the impact that ​business affairs might have on student success, but ​when we line up our systems and ​focus our business ​processes and procedures ​on student​’s progress toward degree, it’s remarkable how quickly we can make the connection between what we do every day and student progress.

One early example is the great work our ​Cashier Office​ has done partnering with the Financial Aid Office and Registrar’s Office to develop new payment plans​As mentioned before, there are tremendous compliance responsibilities​ and certainly high ​regulatory constraints, but ​the teams have used the technology to build new payment plans and lessen the pressure of payment deadlines for many of our students.

Interviewed by Mike Harris. Interview was edited and condensed.

All employees are invited to the UNCG Expo and Conference presented by Business Affairs, on August 1 in the EUC. Learn more and “put a name to a face.” See information here, including how to register for the conference.

Dr. Dianne Welsh’s commitment to entrepreneurship results in major honor

Leaders in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs gathered at UMass Lowell this month for the seventh annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The symposium featured the annual Deshpande Symposium Awards, recognizing the best in entrepreneurial education.

The Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award was presented to UNC Greensboro’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. Dr. Dianne Welsh, the University’s Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, is the program’s founding director.

“We congratulate Dr. Welsh for this outstanding honor,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “Because of Dianne’s decades-long commitment to building innovative courses that foster entrepreneurship at UNC Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business, the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program has grown exponentially under her leadership. UNC Greensboro graduates have launched successful businesses and the university continues to receive national recognition as an institution that demonstrates excellence and serves as a role model in the field.”

The entrepreneurship major and minor at UNCG focus on the skills necessary to start a business, grow a business or enhance creativity and innovation in a corporate environment. Welsh is a globally known scholar in international franchising, family business and entrepreneurship.

More than 57 million Americans are employed by small businesses and each year, 200,000 new startups launch in the U.S. alone. Dr. Welsh is equipping a new generation of entrepreneurs to find their path to success in the marketplace.

By University Communications, with some copy courtesy of UMass Lowell Office of University Relations

With Michael Parker, the stories keep coming

UNCG creative writing professor Michael Parker is one of the foremost voices in contemporary Southern literature. With six novels and three collections of short stories under his belt, and a new novel forthcoming, it’s full speed ahead.

His short story “Stop ‘n’ Go” was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, an annual collection of the top twenty stories among the thousands published in the past year by U.S. and Canadian magazines.

The O. Henry Prize Stories anthology has been an American literary institution since 1919, and in 2009 was renamed to reflect the partnership with PEN American Center. This was Parker’s third time winning an O. Henry Prize and the story was the second that came from his most recent book, “Everything Then and Since,” published last year by Bull City Press.

“My feeling about those stories was that they would not be to everyone’s taste, and that if ten people read the book, I’d be happy,” said Parker. “I was thrilled to have published the story in the New England Review, and doubly thrilled to have it appear again in the O. Henry.”

But, if not to everyone’s tastes, the stories are certainly to a lot of people’s tastes. The collection of 23 micro-stories was a “staff pick” of the Paris Review and received enthusiastic praise in a number of other periodicals. Each story displays Parker’s unforgettable humor, woven between the small but poignant moments that reveal the rich internal lives of his characters, most of them firmly rooted in the rural South.

Parker has received fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and New Stories from the South. Recently, he spoke on a panel with writer Lee Smith at the Greensboro Bound literary festival.

Parker came to teach in UNCG’s MFA Creative Writing Program in 1992 and in 2015 was honored with the first Vacc Distinguished Professorship, a recognition for a faculty member with a record of outstanding accomplishment as a teacher, scholar or practitioner. The appointment has allowed him to bring in high-profile visiting writers and to create writing residency opportunities for graduate students.

“His work and the creative writing program are an exemplar of excellence at UNCG,” said Provost Dana Dunn.

And the proof’s in the pudding; among the many other accomplishments of his former graduate students, Kelly Link had a story in the 2013 Pen / O. Henry Prize Story anthology and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017.
Parker deeply values the opportunity to work with students in the MFA program, which was one of the first in the nation.

“Our students keep in touch, with us and with each other, and we’re always hearing news of their success in publishing,” he says. “The MFA degree takes only two years to achieve, but it lasts a lifetime.”

Michael Parker’s newest novel, “Prairie Fever,” will be published by Algonquin Books in 2019.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Link Jarrett is named SoCon Coach of the Year

Link Jarrett, head coach for UNCG Men’s Baseball, was named SoCon Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

The team finished the regular season with a 37-13 overall record, taking the regular season title with an 18-3 record in Southern Conference games. The SoCon regular season title is a first for UNCG Baseball.

He guided the Spartans to 35 or more wins for the third-straight season, the first time in program history that feat has been accomplished.

Junior pitcher Matt Frisbee and junior outfielder Andrew Moritz were selected as the Southern Conference’s Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively.

Jarrett came to the university in 2012 as head coach, and last year led the Spartans in achieving their first-ever SoCon Tournament championship, earning them a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Beth Fischer will be Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Chancellor Gilliam has an announcement regarding our new leader for advancement:


I am pleased to announce that Beth Fischer has accepted our offer to be UNC Greensboro’s next Vice Chancellor for Advancement. She begins on July 31.

Beth has been serving as the Executive Director of University Development at UNC Charlotte, leading major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and donor relations. She designed and led the campaign strategy, planning, and execution of the university’s “Exponential” capital campaign.

She also has Greensboro roots. Her mother attended UNCG and Beth earned a BS at Guilford College before pursuing her JD at Case Western Reserve University. She also holds a certificate of nonprofit management from the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations and earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2008.

Beth was selected by the Charlotte Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” award winner in 2009, and subsequently received the “Outstanding Women in Business” award in 2017. She is an active member of Women Executives and the American Leadership Forum Class XVII. She previously served on the US Airways Education Foundation Advisory Board and is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charlotte Chapter.

My motto as we have built our team at UNCG is “Don’t compromise on talent.” It was important to me to find someone who not only has the leadership qualities we need in this pivotal role, but also is the right fit for UNCG. In Beth, we found someone who both has a proven track record of fundraising success and is still a rising star. Beth’s current and former colleagues and peers in the UNC System confirm what I noticed about her during the extensive interview process: her ability to develop and lead a campaign; her quick and strategic mind; a warm personality that will engage various stakeholders; and her authentic commitment to UNCG’s mission.  

Thank you to those who participated in the search process. I deeply appreciate the time you spent meeting the candidates and the invaluable feedback you provided me. I’d also like to thank Kris Davidson, who has admirably led the division since Jan Zink’s departure in January.

Please join me in welcoming Beth, her husband AJ, and their two children, Eric and Allison, to our community and to the Spartan family.

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Terrance Stewart named SoCon Men’s Golf Coach of the Year

The UNCG men’s golf team won its first-ever Southern Conference Championship last week. Spartan coach Terrance Stewart was named the SoCon Coach of the Year.

Stewart is the first coach in program history to win the award from the conference. He has been at the helm since August, 2001.

UNCG freshman Nick Lyerly won the SoCon Individual Championship, with the only sub-par score in the field. He also won the Freshman of the Year Award; a Spartan has won the freshman award five of the past six years.

A league-best three Spartan golfers – Bryce Hendrix, Nick Lyerly and Josh Stockwell – were named to the all-conference team. The three all-conference selections matches last year as the most in program history.

“There was a maturity level that was a little bit higher this year. It was very evident,” Stewart said. He has seen his players mature as students in the classroom, as golfers in practice, in the matches. He noted senior Josh Stockwell, who grew up in Pinehurst and returned to Pinehurst for his final SoCon Tournament. He was so focused.

“It was a storybook end to his regular season,” Stewart said – as the team now heads to the NCAA regionals.

And it’s the result of a continual building process many years in the making.

“Our guys have practiced hard,” he explained. They’ve put a lot of effort into their academics. They’ve made good choices off the golf course, he continued. It all allows them to compete at high levels.

“It’s a sign of doing the right things.”

Stewart noted that their winning the title is a university effort – from the players, the professors and staff, the chancellor and administration, alumni, donors. “It takes the entire university.”

The Spartans had posted three straight second-place finishes at the SoCon Championships before taking the title this season. They’ve had 9 top-3 finishes during Stewart’s coaching tenure.

In winning the team title, UNCG clinched the automatic bid for the NCAA Regionals May 14-16, in what will be the program’s second NCAA appearance after earning an at-large bid in 2013-14.

Where will the Spartans play? The selection show for the regionals is today (May 2) at 5:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel. A “watch party” for the NCAA Selection Show will be held 5-6 p.m. (Wednesday) at the Starmount Country Club (Main Clubhouse). The team and coaches will be there; the campus community is invited.

Olympic champion Joey Cheek will speak at UNCG Commencement

Olympic Speed Skating Gold Medalist, NBC Winter Olympics commentator and humanitarian leader Joey Cheek will deliver the keynote address at the university’s May 4 Commencement at the Greensboro Coliseum.

A Greensboro native, Cheek won gold and silver medals at the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, in 2006. He won his first ever international medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, a bronze in the 1000 meters, and has accumulated more than 25 World Cup and World Championship medals throughout the course of his career. Most recently, Cheek completed his first stint as a broadcaster covering speed skating for NBC at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Cheek was named to TIME’s 100 most influential people, the US Speedskating Hall of Fame, and the International Sports Humanitarians Hall of Fame. He even got to be on the Wheaties box.

“We are thrilled to have Joey address the class of 2018,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “He exemplifies the values we work to instill in our Spartans – a tenacious work ethic and commitment to excellence that leads to real, meaningful impact on our world. As our graduates look to the next chapter of their lives, to what is possible, his story is inspirational and aspirational. His Olympic dream came true, but he did not stop there. He used that success as a springboard to achieve even greater things as a humanitarian. I am confident he will inspire our graduates to forge their path and take giant steps in every area of their lives.”

After winning gold in Torino, Cheek turned his talents to worthy charitable causes. He announced he’d donate his Olympic winnings, totaling $40,000, to Right to Play helping refugees driven from their homes in the Darfur crisis, in western Sudan. He then challenged others to donate as well. In total, Cheek raised $1.5 million in charitable donations to aid Right to Play. In 2006, Cheek cofounded Team Darfur, an international coalition of more than 500 athletes around the globe, to continue to advocate and fundraise for the people from that region.

Since ending his athletic career, Cheek has worked as a corporate speaker with dozens of Fortune 500 Companies, started a digital sports content company, and currently serves on the board of the US Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame.

Dr. Mike Perko will receive BOG Teaching Excellence Award

Photo of Dr. Mike Perko .The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected Dr. Mike Perko, professor of public health education, to receive a 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He will be recognized at the April 26 Excellence Awards ceremony at UNCG, and he will receive the award during the May 4 Commencement ceremony.

Perko is one of 17 award recipients, who represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities as well as the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

Perko describes his teaching philosophy using what he calls the “Seven C’s”: courage, community, conceptualization, creativity, collaboration, collegiality and compassion. He sees himself as a “hero for the underdog,” helping to support and encourage all students, no matter their background, throughout the learning process.

He says, “For me, teaching is the ultimate gift back to the professors and teachers who saw beyond my weaknesses to encourage my strengths. Every single class I teach is an opportunity to encourage personal and professional growth in my students.  The greatest gift back to me is the celebration of graduating seniors year after year who acknowledge knowing something about themselves that they didn’t know before. I feel I owe it to all the students who have ever stood at the board with their back to the class needing just a little help because they really wanted to answer the question. I wake up every day and say, ‘I hope I get that chance today.’”

Outside of the classroom, Perko’s research is focused on worksite health promotion, as well as young athletes and their use of sport performance products.

To learn more about Perko and his teaching philosophy, click here.

Dr. Debra Wallace, O. Max Gardner Award nominee, strives to increase health access for vulnerable populations

Dr. Debra Wallace, UNCG Nursing’s senior associate dean for research and innovation, focuses on how disease affects vulnerable populations. And what can be done to fix that.

She has worked to reduce health disparities, to increase health care access and equity, and to disseminate good health care practices in throughout the state and beyond. The Daphine Doster Mastroianni Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing particularly focuses on the way diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes affect communities with disparate access to health care.

Now she is UNCG’s nominee for the O. Max Gardner Award, which honors a faculty member in the UNC system who “has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

She is known for her collaborative approach, crossing both disciplinary and university lines. She works with specialists from multiple fields, and works in partnership with local institutions, especially local HBCUs – as well as agencies throughout the state.

Dr. Wallace is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. The Director of the UNCG Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations has taught and conducted research for more than twenty years, and published more than 60 articles in a variety of journals.  

Dr. Wallace has:

  • Served as the PI for the P20 TRIAD NIH Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research Center for 11 years. Its major foci were diabetes and cardiovascular disease and related risks, as well as HIV prevention, among African Americans and Hispanics, and ways to decrease risk of obesity and physical inactivity and improve health.
  • Served as chair of the Nursing Research Initiative study section of the US Department of Veteran Affairs – and was grant reviewer for the department, the National Institutes of Health, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she assisted in selecting test strategies for better ways to provide and evaluate care.
  • Co-initiated a statewide geriatric HRSA funded staff training initiative, which trained more than 10,000 RNs across the state to help provide better care for older citizens.
  • Co-initiated the UNCG Veterans Access Program, an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing degree program (BSN) for medically trained military veterans.
  • Co-initiated the community assessment and engagement aim of the interdisciplinary Guilford Genomic Health Initiative and co-led the UNCG portion of the project. 
  • Served as PI or co-I on more than $25 million in grants to support this work with UNCG and other colleagues.

Recently, she has served as co-investigator of an intervention serving Hispanic diabetics and their families. She also co-led the effort to establish a PhD Nursing program in health promotion and health disparities.

Through this work, Dr. Wallace maintains that healthcare access and outreach is just as important as the care itself. Her cross-disciplinary efforts have promoted effective healthcare access for populations who may not otherwise have it, developing “unique individualized efforts for and with people and not just to people.”

By Avery Campbell with Mike Harris

Adaptive Learning expert Karen Vignare visits campus April 11

Personalized. Efficient. Customized. This is adaptive learning – a technique Dr. Karen Vignare, PhD, MBA, will discuss during her campus visit Wednesday, April 11. Vignare, executive director of the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, will give a talk on the foundations of adaptive learning from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the School of Education Building Room 204. To RSVP, visit this link.   

Vignare will meet with departments and faculty regarding the foundations of and the opportunities for adaptive learning throughout the UNCG experience. Adaptive Learning practices and software have the ability to assess and adjust content and assessments to an individual student’s learning process. The software offers faculty a diagnostic tool for learning comprehension in a variety of subjects and disciplines.

Adaptive learning systems use a data-driven approach to adjust the path and pace of learning, enabling the delivery of personalized learning at scale. Adaptive systems can support changes in the role of faculty, enable innovative teaching practices, and incorporate a variety of content formats to support students according to their learning needs, according to the higher education technology association, EDUCAUSE.

Vignare is a strategic innovator leveraging emerging technologies to improve access, success and flexibility within higher education. She manages a network of universities committed to student success through personalization. She also oversees the adaptive courseware grant providing leadership and support to eight pioneering universities which are scaling adaptive courseware in introductory level courses.

Vignare previously served as a vice provost at University of Maryland University College, the largest online public open access institution, where she led innovations in adaptive learning, student success and analytics. Previous to that work, she served as director of project planning and implementation for MSUGlobal at Michigan State University, where she helped multiple units leverage emerging technologies in extension, non-credit programs, corporate settings and research projects. She has published extensively on online learning, analytics and open educational resources. Vignare has a PhD from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from University of Rochester, William Simon Business School.

The Office of the Provost is sponsoring Vignare’s UNCG visit. Those with questions may contact Laura Pipe at lmpipe@uncg.edu.

NY Times columnist and pianist speaks at UNCG April 3

The College of Visual and Performing Arts presents an evening with artist and writer Michael Kimmelman on Tuesday, April 3, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

The lecture will be at 6 p.m., followed by a reception.

“How Culture Explains (Almost) Everything” is the topic of the talk.

Michael Kimmelman is an American author, critic, columnist and active performing pianist. He is the architecture critic for The New York Times and has written about public housing, public space, climate change, community development, infrastructure, urban design, landscape design and social responsibility.  

His New York Times best-selling book, “The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa,” explores art as life’s great passion, with the message that everyone has art in their lives, even if they haven’t learned how to recognize it.

Kimmelman’s lecture is made possible by gifts from Georgetown University professor Anna Harwell Celenza ’89 (dual majors in music and art) and by the Elizabeth Little Endowment for Lectures in Creativity.  

It is free and open to the public.  

Photo courtesy of Michael Kimmelman

Celebrated pianist Dmitry Rachmanov performs on campus tonight (March 21)

Wednesday, March 21, acclaimed pianist Dmitry Rachmanov will play a free concert in the Music Building Recital Hall (100 McIver St.) at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Declared a “suave and gifted pianist” by the New York Times, Rachmanov has performed at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and South Bank Centres and Beijing Concert Hall.

“Dmitry Rachmanov, who was a classmate of mine at Juilliard in the early 1980s, has become one of the premiere interpreters of Russian romantic piano music,” said UNCG Professor of Piano John Salmon.
“With the last name Rachmanov, eerily similar to the name of the iconic Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, it is perhaps completely appropriate that Dmitry Rachmanov will play works by both Rachmaninoff and Scriabin at his UNCG recital March 21st. Dmitry Rachmanov understands the long, deep tradition of Russian pianism, enhanced by his study with Nadia Reisenberg, Arkady Aronov, and Vitaly Margulis.”

Rachmanov is known for his historical performance practice and has performed regularly on period instruments at the Massachusetts’ Frederick Historic Piano Collection. His album “Beethoven and His Teachers,” recorded in collaboration with the pianist Cullan Bryant on the collection’s period instruments and released by Naxos in 2011, has received critical accolades.

He is professor of piano at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as chair of keyboard studies. A sought-after master class clinician and lecturer, Dr. Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and has appeared as a guest artist/teacher at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Michigan, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Beijing Central, Shanghai and Harbin Conservatories as well as East China Normal and Shanghai Normal Universities, among others.

A prizewinner of international competitions, he was awarded a fellowship from the American Pianists Association and received the George Schick Award for Outstanding Musicianship at Manhattan School of Music. In 2008, Rachmanov was named the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar of the Year at California State University, Northridge. In 2015, he became an honoree of the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars for his dedicated service to the International Community at CSU, Northridge, and he was a recipient of the Outstanding CAPMT (California Music Teachers National Association) Member, State Recognition Award.


Donna Heath a Triad Business Journal ‘Outstanding Women in Business’ honoree

Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services Donna Heath has been an information technology executive in global corporations, as well as public and private research universities for more than 25 years. Throughout her career, she has been a leader in strategic planning, innovation, development of collaborative partnerships and talent management for transformative success within organizations across complex and diverse industries.

The Triad Business is honoring her for both her professional accomplishments and her work through civic engagement, including mentoring.

Before joining UNCG in 2004, she was:

  • Chief Information Officer, The Import Center (2002 – 2004)
  • Vice President and Chief Information Officer, DAN, Inc./Duke University Medical Center (1999 – 2002)
  • National Director of Information Systems, The Todd Organization (1997 – 1999)

She received her master’s at North Carolina State University and her bachelor’s at East Carolina University.

More information is at https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2018/03/08/revealing-the-outstanding-women-in-business-of.html.

Master’s student Sarah Hamrick receives state recognition

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) has named Sarah Hamrick as the recipient of the 2018 NASW-NC Presidents’ Award for Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate student for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The NASW-NC Presidents’ Award honors Hamrick’s leadership ability, academic achievement, commitment to her community, and potential to impact the field of social work as a professional. Hamrick exhibited her exceptional leadership ability by establishing and presenting on writing in a graduate school setting and professional writing to incoming JMSW students at orientation. Additionally, she helps students individually with their writing so that they may succeed in their graduate program.

Hamrick has served as both Vice President and Co-President of the JMSW social work student organization, where she has helped coordinate a mentoring program for first- and second-year graduate students in the program and assisted in organizing service events and guest speakers for the JMSW program.

In addition to her leadership in school, Hamrick serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in Guilford County and is currently an advocate for a family of six children helping to place them in a permanent home. She has been a mentor with the UNCG Guarantee Program for the past five years, which provides scholarships and academic support to low-income, first-generation students. Hamrick also worked with Greensboro Operation Transparency, an activist group that seeks to highlight and combat injustices in the community.

Academically, Hamrick has shown excellence through her engagement in research and scholarship outside of her normal coursework in the JMSW program. At the UNCG Graduate Creativity Expo in April 2017, Hamrick presented data with faculty member Dr. Maura Nsonwu centered around culturally competent social work with Latinx families in Greensboro. She also took the initiative, and is working diligently with another faculty member, to design an independent study course for the spring 2018 related to her career interest in maternal mental health. She hopes to bring competent, compassionate mental health care to new and expecting mothers and their families in underserved rural populations where there are not many resources.

Hamrick’s commitment to the social work profession is evident in the passion she displays in all she is involved in and the impact she has had on her program and the community at large. Dr. Jay Poole, Interim Chair at the UNCG Department of Social Work, speaks highly of her dedication to the social work program and to the social work profession. Poole stated that Hamrick’s “commitment to being a social worker is evident” and “she exemplifies the core values of the NASW.” Poole also commented that he believes “she will become an excellent social worker and an asset to the social work profession”.

Hamrick will be honored at the 2018 NASW-NC Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 23, at the Durham Convention Center.

Copy courtesy NASW press release.

Softball’s Janelle Breneman looks to season ahead, with ‘Team 33’

UNCG Softball is coming off a great 2017 season. With 11 wins and 6 losses in Southern Conference play, they earned the program’s first ever regular season title since joining the conference in 1997.

Now they’re atop the coaches’ Southern Conference preseason poll for the first time under head coach Janelle Breneman’s six-year tenure.

“The team is dedicated,” Breneman said, “They have high determination for a championship and a regional appearance.”

She noted their goal of winning the regular season, which would place the team in the top seed for the SoCon Tournament. The winner of that tournament advances to the NCAA postseason.

It would be a milestone. UNCG Softball hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since joining the Southern Conference. 

Coach Breneman believes that the core of a great softball team isn’t just individual talent, but cohesiveness and coordination. This season’s team is the 33rd in UNCG Softball history. They call themselves “Team 33”, and they’re a group of diverse personalities who like each other and work well together, she explained.

“When it comes to softball,” she said, “and how we treat each other, we’re gonna be great teammates, respect each other, and make sure everyone’s doing their part.”

Spartan softball has posted a winning record every season since Breneman became coach six years ago. Her teams have topped 30 wins in three of the previous five seasons. During her tenure, UNCG has had 12 first team All-Southern Conference selections, 15 second teamers, two SoCon All-Freshman, a pair of freshman of the years, three SoCon Pitchers of the Month, four SoCon Players of the Month, 14 SoCon Players of the Week, and five SoCon Pitcher of the Week awards.

In addition to their achievements on the field, the Spartans are also outstanding in the classroom.

“The players’ number one priority is academics.”

Six players maintained a 4.0 GPA during the fall 2017 semester, and the team as a whole had a record high GPA for UNCG Softball. 15 members of the team also made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and 13 the Dean’s List. UNCG Softball has also earned two CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American during Breneman’s coaching tenure. Breneman is proud of her team for their success both on and off the field, and is excited to see where their future takes them.

“When softball ends,” she said, “I want them to be in the forefront” for their job search.

“The teamwork and skills they’ve worked on, those are going to really help them in their careers.”

Breneman arrived at UNCG with 17 years of coaching experience under her belt, including 9 years as head coach at Bucknell and East Stroudsburg. As a starting shortstop at Bloomsburg, Breneman broke several records, including the still-standing career record of assists with the Huskies.

This season, the Spartans have fourteen returning players and five newcomers.

“It’s been on the minds of the players to reach a championship and play well,” Coach Breneman said.

For the seniors, it’s their final collegiate softball year. They want to be the first UNCG softball team in the SoCon era to go all the way to the NCAA Tournament. 

Coach Breneman is looking forward to seeing how far Team 33 goes.

“I’m excited for them,” she said, “They’ve fought and worked hard.”

Marisa Sholtes, first baseman, was chosen as a Southern Conference Player of the Week for her strong offensive performance. Other strong early season performances have come from new and returning players including Makenna Matthijs, Alicia Bazonski and Jordan Gontram. This early play sets a strong precedent for the rest of the season.

The UNCG Invitational will be this weekend. Feb 23, UNCG will play Seton Hall; the 24th, Seton Hall and Virginia; and the 25th, Virginia and Appalachian State. These games will be held at the UNCG Softball Stadium, and admission is free.

See the full schedule of upcoming games here.

By Avery Campbell

Dr. Lisa Goble named director for Office of Research Integrity

On Jan. 1, Dr. Lisa Goble was named director of the UNCG Office of Research Integrity (ORI).

Goble, who became interim director on April 1, 2017, is responsible for managing research compliance programs for research policy matters across campus as well as compliance with state and federal regulations, academic best practices and federal compliance program standards for research activities.

The ORI works with regulations on human subject research, animal subject research, the use of biologicals on campus, conflicts of interest, and export control. The ORI also provides training on responsible conduct of research.

In her prior role at UNCG, Goble was instrumental in developing intellectual property policy and building infrastructure to support a nascent technology transfer office, commercializing academic innovations spanning the IP spectrum from creative IP to science-based inventions. She has a broad interest in federal research policy and how the policies can intersect and influence the activities of research institutions.

Dr. Goble is a proud UNCG alumna. She is a summa cum laude graduate from the Bryan UNCG School of Business and Economics, with a B.S. in information systems and supply chain management and a minor in economics. She also has a Ph.D. in public policy from UNC Chapel Hill, which she obtained while directing the technology transfer office at UNCG.

See full post at UNCG Research site.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award recipient will be Rachel Briley

The 2017-18 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award will be presented to Rachel Briley, Associate Professor of Theatre.

The UNCG Graduate School received many strong nominations for the 2017-18 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award that demonstrate UNCG faculty members’ commitment to student success and the diverse ways in which faculty engage with their students beyond the classroom.

Briley serves as a tireless mentor to her current and former MFA students. Her former students, writing on her behalf, describe how she gets to know each student’s professional goals and tailors their experience to determine appropriate challenges and experiences that lead them to their chosen career. Colleagues and former students commend her ability to leverage her international reputation to bring well-known experts in the field to UNCG to work closely with her students over a period of several days. The connections she forges have resulted in professional internships and opportunities for her students as they enter the profession and her mentoring continues beyond the degree as she helps her students navigate their careers. She is a role-model for her students who believes that theatre can provide a transformative experience for artist and audience alike.

Author Colson Whitehead highlights 125th Anniversary Speaker Series

Next week, UNCG will receive a visit from esteemed author Colson Whitehead.

His best-known work, “The Underground Railroad,” has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction and countless other prizes and honors.

Whitehead’s research for his novel included slave narratives such as that of Harriet Jacobs, scholarly work, historical dictionaries, seminal works of fiction such as Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” and a remarkable online resource that was created at UNCG and is part of the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Collections: the Digital Library on American Slavery. Throughout “The Underground Railroad,” Whitehead placed images of runaway slave advertisements that are part of the digital library, giving the fictional work a grounded link to American history.

In an interview at the Miami Book Fair that appeared on CSPAN2, Whitehead explained, “I definitely mix and match and move things around, and I think that allowed me not to make the book just about slavery or the Underground Railroad but rather about American history and race, and different ideas about how race has changed over time.”

Whitehead will speak at the UNCG Music Building on Thursday, Feb. 8, as part of the University Concert and Lecture series. The lecture, which is in the Recital Hall, is booked to capacity, but there will be a simulcast in the Collins Lecture Hall (Room 217). Reservations for the simulcast are required and available on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling (336) 272-0160.

During the event, UNCG Libraries will display an exhibition related to the Underground Railroad and the Digital Library of American Slavery, in the Music Building atrium. Earlier in the day, Whitehead will also meet with a group of students in a discussion group led by Associate Professor of English Noelle Morrissette.

This spring, UNCG and the Weatherspoon Art Museum host several other events that relate to the theme of the Underground Railroad:

       Noon-Time Talk: Documenting Slavery and Freedom with Gwen Gosney Erickson, Guilford College archivist and librarian, and Richard Cox, UNCG digital technology consultant, Feb. 21, 12 p.m., at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

        Book Discussion of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” in conjunction with the exhibition of work by Sanford Biggers, with UNCG Associate Professor of English Dr. Noelle Morrissette, March 1, 7 p.m. with pre-talk reception at 6:30 p.m., at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

        Sanford Biggers, Falk Visiting Artist exhibition on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum now through April 8. Biggers will come to UNCG March 15 to give a talk at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at 7 p.m.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Lorena Guillén creates songs of immigration; concert is Saturday

UNCG Music’s Dr. Lorena Guillén has been shining a spotlight on the unique stories of immigrants.

Guillén, a performer and professor of musicology, is a highly awarded singer, songwriter and conductor. A native of Buenos Aires, she had been looking for a way to engage with the community, and to help Latina women share the stories of their journeys from their countries of origin to North Carolina.

“I am an immigrant, a Latina, and I want to use my art to give voice to other women like me. The music I’ve done has always been leading me to this.”

And so, “The Other Side of My Heart” was born. Guillén and her husband, Alejandro Rutty, who also teaches at UNCG’s School of Music, wrote the piece which is a musical-visual artwork composed of songs and recorded conversations with six women who shared and reflected about their dreams and fears while evaluating the things they gained and lost

Guillén says the music and story, performed by her Tango Ensemble, transcend politics and stereotypes.

“This is not an openly political piece – and we are not preaching – some people find the topic of immigration to be uncomfortable. But these topics can appeal to not just immigrants.  They are the concepts of home and the value of friendship.”

Guillén holds a Master’s in Vocal Performance and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology and Music Theory from State University of New York at Buffalo. She has taught as a lecturer at UNCG since 2007, and has previously taught at Wake Forest University, Hartwick College (NY) and SUNY at Buffalo.

If you’d like to learn more about Guillén’s work, visit https://www.lorenaguillen.com/the-other-side-of-my-heart.

Hear a talk: Members of the Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble and guest speakers of Greensboro immigrant support organizations, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, UNCG Music Building, Collins Lecture Hall

See the work: Saturday, Jan 27, 2018, 8 p.m., UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage: Concert Album Release of “The Other Side of My Heart” with the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble. Tickets on sale at Triad Stage box office.

Copy drawn from CVPA web site. See full story by Terri Relos.

2018 MLK Celebration is postponed; will be rescheduled

Update:  Due to inclement weather on Jan. 17, this event has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 12. All times and locations remain the same. 

For the sixth consecutive year, UNCG and North Carolina A&T State University will host a joint celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was scheduled to take place Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at Harrison Auditorium on the campus of N.C. A&T, but it was postponed due to the weather. It will be rescheduled.

To learn more, visit intercultural.uncg.edu and olsl.uncg.edu.

Visual: speaker Payton Head

Duane Cyrus teaches not only dance technique and choreography, but also career strategies

Associate Professor Duane Cyrus has had the career that all aspiring professional dancers dream about.

He’s toured internationally with renowned modern dance companies like the Martha Graham Dance Company. He’s performed in musicals, including the original London production of Lion King. And he’s worked as an independent artist, performing, teaching and making his own work.

When asked about his success, Cyrus credits his entrepreneurial spirit – something he helps develop in his students.

Cyrus firmly believes that the arts can – and should – translate into successful, professional careers.

“I’ve always believed that there is no such thing as a ‘starving artist.’ That’s a myth, there’s no need for it,” he said. “A smart professional has a strong business acumen.”

In addition to the courses he teaches on dance technique and choreography, Cyrus teaches a career strategies course open to all students in UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

“Students need to know how to launch a career, regardless of the discipline,” he said. “The class is about more than just teaching how to start a company – not everybody is going to do that. But everyone needs that kind of mindset and planning.”

Cyrus’ goal is to prepare well-rounded students in dance technique, choreography, dance education and professional practice. To do this, he often includes students in his own research and creative activity.

Cyrus worked with eight undergraduates, in addition to several recent graduates, on his research-based dance production “Hero Complexities” (formerly titled “Comanche: Hero Complexities”). The work, which premiered in September at UNCG Auditorium, explores themes of rescue, self-sacrifice and heroism when black male bodies are positioned in contemporary spaces.

The group will bring “Hero Complexities” back to the stage at the Collegium for African Diasporic Dance at Duke University and at UNCG’s Conference on African American and African Diasporic Cultures and Experience (CASE). Both events will take place in February.

In addition to his ongoing work with “Hero Complexities,” Cyrus is planning to revamp his 2010 piece “Middle Passage” in an effort to contribute to the discussion of the Atlantic slave trade in new ways. As part of the project, he is teaming up with Dr. Tara Green in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Dr. Colleen Kriger in the Department of History.

See full story at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

George Hancock named executive director of UNCG’s SERVE

George Hancock has been named executive director of UNCG’s SERVE Center.

SERVE has worked with educators and policymakers for nearly 30 years to improve educational outcomes for students of all ages. The center offers research, development, dissemination, evaluation and technical assistance services related to education, and its current work includes providing services for at-risk students, evaluating high school reform and providing program evaluation services.

Hancock has led SERVE over the last year as interim director.

He joined UNCG in 2015 as director of SERVE’s National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), which he continues to lead. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and housed within the SERVE Center, NCHE provides information to schools and universities all over the country on how to identify homeless students, increase enrollment, and keep students from falling behind in their classes.

Hancock has worked at nearly every level and position available in the state education system, including as a teacher, principal and state coordinator. He became an administrator in Wake County, and eventually worked his way to principal of a Title I school. He later became the state coordinator for a set of federal prevention and intervention programs for children who are neglected, delinquent or at-risk, before joining UNCG.

Located at the north Gateway University Research Park in Browns Summit, SERVE is a university-based, non-profit center dedicated to the most efficient and effective use of data, research, and evaluation at all levels of the education. When SERVE began, the challenges that schools faced were lack of data and access to research. Today, the challenges for leaders often lie in too much information and too little time to make sense of the vast amount of data, research, and evaluation. SERVE commits to helping educational leaders make sense of the complicated array of data, research, and evaluation available in light of their particular issues, organizational challenges, or specific needs and time frames. The center works closely with its clients to understand their organizational context, then design tailored services that result in timely, relevant, and responsive information to inform strategies, policies, programs, and practices.

SERVE has been awarded over $200 million in contracts and grants and has successfully managed 14 major awards.

Archivist Erin Lawrimore reflects on the university’s 125 years

If there’s one person who knows UNCG’s history, it’s University Archivist Erin Lawrimore.

From the days of McIver to the Woman’s College era to the arrival of men in the 1960s and beyond, she’s uncovered some fascinating stories that don’t often get told – student Lucille Pugh’s dedication to getting an education, no matter the cost; faculty member Mary Channing Coleman’s beloved terrier “Bonnie”; and the gutsy mentality that drove so many students to make a difference across the nation.

In celebration of UNCG’s 125th anniversary, Lawrimore shared some of her favorite stories from UNCG’s 125 years – interesting people, places and moments – and how she sees the university moving forward. Check out the highlights in the Q&A below.

What stands out about UNCG’s archival collections?

When the school first opened its doors in 1892, folks knew they were doing something special. And because they knew that, they kept everything. We have about 140 boxes of materials from founding president Charles Duncan McIver, including really specific items like letters of recommendation for students. They were purposely saving stuff because they knew that a public university for women was groundbreaking, and they wanted to document it.

Who is your favorite student from UNCG’s 125-year history?

Lucille Pugh. She never graduated from the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial College, but she studied here for several years. Pugh arrived in 1899 with no money – she actually wrote a letter to McIver and told him she was willing to do anything to get an education. Pugh got a job on campus and worked her way through school. Finally, one semester she just couldn’t come up with the money. She had to withdraw, and she ended up moving to New York City to live with an aunt and enrolling in night classes at New York University’s law school for women. She graduated with a law degree and became the first woman in the United States to defend an accused murderer in court.

Who is your favorite faculty member?

Mary Channing Coleman, in large part because of her dog. She was the founding head of the Department of Physical Education, and the Coleman Building is named in her honor. Coleman took her dog Bonnie with her to every single class. And she was tough. She handpicked each of her majors – she would interview all prospective students to make sure they didn’t just like sports, but were actually interested in physical education.

What is the most interesting relic in University Archives?

The thing that everyone loves is the death mask of Charles Duncan McIver. It creeps me out – I wouldn’t want to look at it every day. But people love it, so it’s on exhibit all year long.

What is your favorite historical spot on campus?

One thing that people don’t tend to notice is the cornerstone for the old Students’ Building – located in the bushes between the Minerva statue and College Avenue. The cornerstone was laid in 1902, construction finished in 1906 and the building was torn down in 1950. It housed the post office, meeting halls for literary societies, the auditorium and other spaces. It was a beautiful building, but eventually it started to fall apart.

Who was the most famous campus visitor?

It depends on who you ask, but personally I like Eleanor Roosevelt because she came to campus multiple times and engaged with students, faculty and staff. She was the face of progressive women at the time, so it made sense to bring her to campus.

What have you been most surprised to learn during your six years as university archivist?

I think a lot of people don’t realize how forward-thinking this school has been since the beginning. Students here were advocating for change statewide before they had the right to vote. They came in with a purpose. I’ve always admired their ability to make something happen, even when the cards were stacked against them.

Why is UNCG’s history important and relevant to students on campus today?

You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. A lot of what we do, if you look closely, still traces back to McIver’s vision. For example, health and wellness and visual and performing arts – we’ve always been a leader in those areas. Looking back helps guide us forward. With students in particular, it helps them see where they fit in. The stories of former students show current students how they can make a difference.

Knowing where we’ve been, where do you see the university heading in the next 15-20 years?

I think our students, faculty, staff and alumni are really excited about how we’re moving forward. Right now, people feel a lot of pride being associated with UNCG. With Chancellor Gilliam’s mission of “Giant Steps,” we have an opportunity to think bigger. We have an opportunity to make a major impact across the state, and I think we’re doing it already.

Interview by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

Dr. Cathy Akens will be Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Provost Dunn sent the following announcement to the campus community:

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Cathy Akens to the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Her appointment is effective January 29, 2018.

Dr. Akens is Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Florida International University, one of UNCG’s national peer institutions, and has a long and distinguished record of leadership within Student Affairs.  She was appointed as FIU’s first Dean of Students and prior to that served as the senior student affairs officer for FIU’s branch campus on Biscayne Bay.  

Previously, she worked in the area of housing and residence life at FIU and Bowling Green State University.  Since 2002 Dr. Akens has taught at the graduate level in FIU’s higher education program. She has been engaged in professional service and scholarship throughout her career, and is currently co-editing a book on college students and their environments.

Dr. Akens was selected for this position following a national search.  I wish to express my gratitude to the Search Committee for their time and efforts.

In addition, I am grateful to all members of the University community who took part in interviews, attended Dr. Akens’ campus forum, provided comments following candidate visits, and otherwise contributed to the successful outcome of our search.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Akens to our campus community.  I am confident that she will prove to be an outstanding resource for our students, faculty, and staff.

Kim Sousa-Peoples receives Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award

Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience, has been honored by the Division of Enrollment Management with an inaugural Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award.

The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts and significant contributions of UNCG faculty and staff who provide leadership in creating a positive transition to college and successful learning environment for first-year students.

She is being recognized most specifically for her dedication and contributions to the inaugural NAV1GATE New Student Convocation program.

Dr. Sousa-Peoples supports first year students in many ways through her influence on and oversight of Your First Year programs, including SOAR, Rawkin’ Welcome Week, Foundations for Learning (FFL), and the Keker First Year Common Read. This award citation notes that her creation and implementation of the NAV1GATE New Student Convocation program went above and beyond to garner campus-wide support to develop an innovative program designed specifically to support the successful transition of first year students, promoting a welcoming campus environment, and a positive attitude that fosters a positive first year experience.

Some brief excerpts from nominators:

  • Kim and I worked together on Nav1gate for the first time this year and she never ceased to impress me.”
  • I especially appreciated the leadership role that she assumed when it came to allocation of resources.”
  • “She is easily the most compassionate person I know – the kind of person who goes out of her way to help students and staff every day.”

The Division of Enrollment Management provides first-year students experiences that help them better understand how to navigate UNCG, the college experience, and develop the skills and connections required to excel in and out of the classroom.

Faculty and staff members across campus contribute to this mission and help first year students find academic and personal success. To recognize these faculty and staff, the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award will be presented annually to the winning nominee.

The award is open to any full-time or part-time UNCG faculty or staff member. Among the criteria: Successful transition of first year students to UNCG; Providing resources and/or support to assist first year students; Helping students to achieve academic and/or personal success; Promoting a welcoming campus environment; and Exhibiting a positive attitude that fosters a positive first year experience.

Photograph of Kim Sousa-Peoples by Susan Kirby-Smith

Laurie Wideman tapped for Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship

Dr. Laurie Wideman will be the inaugural recipient of the Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship in Kinesiology, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

The overarching focus of Dr. Wideman’s research is the impact of exercise, disease and injury on the endocrine system. Her work examines body composition, heart rate variability and ways that the body can regulate itself. She also looks at sex-specific hormonal influences in injury and disease.

Wideman is board chair of the Office of Research Integrity and helped develop and regularly teaches the responsible conduct of research training at UNCG. She is most recently the principal investigator on the large NIH-funded grant “Pathways from childhood self-regulation to cardiovascular risk in adolescence.” In the last year, she served as co-investigator on four other interdisciplinary, collaborative grant submissions to NIH and as Research Mentor on a large Career Development Grant for a junior scholar.

Wideman graduated from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, with a bachelor of science degree in biology, and received her PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia. She has been a faculty member at UNCG since 2000, where she has received the Research Excellence Award. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Celia Hooper, dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences, remarked that Wideman’s scholarship has been impactful on how we think of exercise throughout the lifespan. Equally important is her willingness to help so many other faculty and students find their own paths to scholarship, exhibiting HHS’s “culture of care.”    

Dr. JoAnne “Jo” Safrit, a 1957 graduate of Woman’s College, established the Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship in Kinesiology to enable the university to recruit or retain faculty in the Department of Kinesiology who are outstanding researchers, scholars, and teachers. She shares the name of the award with Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Ennis, her partner of 32 years, who passed away April 8, 2017.

Safrit, a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught for 20 years. Safrit serves on the UNCG Alumni Association and Excellence Foundation boards.

Ennis, born in Richmond, Virginia, completed her master of science degree in physical education (now kinesiology) from UNCG in 1977. She completed her PhD at the University of Georgia and held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Maryland-College Park and UNCG. She was an internationally recognized teacher education, scholar and curriculum specialist.

Cherry Callahan retirement reception Nov. 29

Join Student Affairs on Wednesday, Nov. 29, as we celebrate and honor the 38-year legacy of our very own Dr. Cherry Callahan.

The ceremony in the Cone Ballroom will begin at 4 p.m. with remarks starting at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit sa.uncg.edu/cherry or call the Division of Student Affairs at (336) 334-5099.

Dr. Nadja Cech’s passions are teaching students and working with medicinal plants and fungi

photo of CechAsk any Spartan about their UNCG experience, and they’ll tell you that it’s all about the people.

It’s the relationships that make this place special – the professor who encourages a student to submit her paper to a conference or the staff member who counsels a struggling freshman.

The UNCG Now web site has begun a series focusing on many faculty and staff – and Cech is the first to be spotlighted.

The web and video series at the site will highlight some people who help shape the UNCG experience for so many students – the faculty and staff that challenge and inspire Spartans.

The first spotlight is Dr. Nadja Cech, Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

Cech’s passions encompass teaching and mentoring students and working with medicinal plants and fungi to find new ways to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections.

Over the last 10 years, Cech’s collaborative research program has received more than $6 million in external funding from organizations like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Yet her internationally recognized research has humble beginnings – it was running barefoot on her family farm in Oregon when Cech started to explore how plants could be used as medicines. A few years later, as a student at community college, she had the opportunity to participate in research for the very first time.

“We would horse-pack into the Oregon wilderness to do lake water surveys. It was very hands-on,” Cech said. “That’s what got me excited about chemistry.”

That excitement can still be seen today in Cech’s lab, where she and her 14 students work to find molecules from plants or fungi that could be used to develop new pharmaceutical drugs. Her team, Cech Research Group, includes freshman chemistry majors all the way up to PhD candidates. It’s this unique mix that makes the group so successful.

“Undergraduates bring an unbridled, unjaded enthusiasm to the lab that is so helpful,” Cech said. “When you have new people who are excited about research, it keeps everyone energized. I think there is a great synergy between our graduate and undergraduate students.”

Cech is deeply committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in her research. Often, that means intentionally seeking out students from underrepresented populations who may not know about research opportunities on campus.

She also serves as a mentor to female scientists. Currently, Cech advises five PhD students – all are young women, and many came to UNCG specifically to be mentored by Cech, who helped establish the PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry program in 2008.

Why UNCG? For Cech, who first arrived on campus in 2001, it’s the students that distinguish the university.

“We have a really interesting, diverse, enthusiastic student body,” she said. “I love working with students. I love that a lot of my students are first-generation students who are being introduced to research for the very first time. That makes UNCG a really wonderful place to be.”

See full story – and a great student geared for students and prospective students – at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Dr. Cheryl Nakata is Bryan School’s new Distinguished Professor of Innovation

When it comes to business, Dr. Cheryl Nakata is all about the soft side.

“The best organizations that truly have innovative cultures account for the whole of people and how they work together,” said Nakata, UNCG’s new Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Professor of Innovation.

Nakata, who joined UNCG this summer, teaches innovation in the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism Department of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics.

With very few universities offering a professorship in innovation, UNCG provides a unique opportunity for innovation to impact its students, faculty and communities.

“The Bryan School wanted to make innovation a pillar of the entire business school in research, teaching and outreach,” she said.  

The Bryan School’s diverse student population was another draw, as well as the emphasis on a clear, strategic vision.

“That articulation was attractive to me,” Nakata said. “I could see being part of a team with a goal in mind and wanting to make an impact on students.”

Prior to her appointment at UNCG, Nakata was professor of marketing and international business and department head of managerial studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a master’s in management from Northwestern University and PhD in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been recognized for her teaching with the Honors College Fellow of the Year as well as Favorite MBA Professor of the Year awards from the University of Illinois.

Before entering academia, Nakata worked for several years in managerial and analytical positions in the U.S. and China, as well as started and operated her own international business consultancy. She provided marketing research services in over 40 countries to Fortune 500 corporations to expand their global reach. She was a marketing researcher at General Mills in Minneapolis and Kraft in Chicago, and she lived and worked in China as head of business intelligence at a joint venture.

As part of her holistic and integrated approach, Nakata brings a broadened vision of innovation to UNCG – what she calls the “soft skills”: thinking, attitude, openness, relating and well-being.

“This mindfulness notion is permeating a lot of spheres,” Nakata said. “Leading companies like Google and Apple are incorporating mindfulness and soft skills into their innovation practices. They are looking at workers not as widgets who only need to crank out new products to grow the bottom line, but as people with thoughts, feelings and even physical sensations that can be positively directed toward problem solving.”

You can have the best technology to do the work of business, she added, but you also need people who know themselves and can know others in ways that build off of each other’s strengths.

“And realize the process of innovating is uncertain, messy and ripe for failure, but failure is OK in this approach,” she said.

Tapping into deeper human capacities in order to create a more thoughtful and generative innovation culture is Nakata’s interest – and she’s well aware that this human-centered language isn’t commonly heard or used in business schools.    

“So much of good ideas, motivation and energy comes out of identifying what’s possible and positive,” Nakata said. “Our tendency as problem-solvers is to look at what’s wrong, but if we tap into positive experiences or perspectives and cultivate the art of the possible, it’s a more engaging and fruitful activity or enterprise.”

At the Bryan School, Nakata said she will work with other faculty to add another foundational layer of these kinds of skills, abilities and mindsets to the innovation curricula for students.

“That way, they can become good and strong leaders not only attending to the bottom line, but empathic, servant-leaders understanding that at the end of day this is all about people moving toward a common cause and wanting to deliver on the mission of an organization.”

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nakata

Philosophy’s Dr. Michael Zimmerman, research leader in theoretical ethics, takes on big questions

Dr. Michael Zimmerman’s research in theoretical ethics is acclaimed for its incisive argumentation, nuanced insights, and major advances. He’s a leading writer on moral obligation, moral responsibility, value theory, and the theory of punishment. With nine books — the most recent with Oxford University Press — and a host of articles in prestigious academic journals, the professor of philosophy is prolific. Zimmerman also delivered the Hägerström Lectures in Sweden in 2011. The lecture series is internationally known for featuring some of the most eminent philosophers of our time.

The following was adapted from an interview for the most recent UNCG Research Magazine.


“Most research asks ‘What can we do to improve our knowledge?’ In philosophy, we tend to consider questions prior to this, such as ‘What is knowledge?’ and ‘How can we know anything?’

“Similar fundamental questions have preoccupied me throughout my career: ‘What is it to be morally obligated to do something?’ ‘What is it to be morally responsible for something?’ ‘How are moral obligation and responsibility even possible?’

“For example, our having freedom of will seems to be a precondition of our being morally responsible for anything. We believe we have such freedom, but do we? It’s reasonable to think that everything that happens, including everything we do, has a cause. If that’s true, then, in principle, we could trace the cause of our actions back to events that took place before our birth. If what we do now has its roots in a time before we came into existence, then how can we have the control necessary for being morally responsible for our behavior? People have been thumping their heads against this wall for millennia.”


“Much of what’s in the press and on people’s minds has to do with practical matters. Does the president have an obligation to divest in order to avoid conflicts of interest? Is a woman in the later stages of pregnancy obligated not to have an abortion? But my research focuses on underlying theoretical issues. I ask, ‘What conditions must be satisfied for someone to have any moral obligations at all?’ We have to consider these fundamental questions before we can be confident about our answers to more practical questions.”


“I’m interested in how ignorance of right and wrong can affect our responsibility for our actions. Suppose some terrorist secretly rewired a light switch so that, when you flipped it, you detonated a bomb. Most would say you’re not to blame for the destruction you caused. It looks like ignorance undercuts moral responsibility.

“But does ignorance always provide an excuse? We can be ignorant of a variety of things. Imagine you knew the switch had been rewired but thought you were doing the right thing in detonating the bomb. This is presumably the mindset of many terrorists. Does that ignorance provide an excuse? I’ve argued that we should be hesitant to blame terrorists for the terrible things they do. That’s an unsettling conclusion, but it’s where my argument has led me.”


“Ignorance can affect not only whether we are morally responsible for failing to meet an obligation, but it can also affect what obligations we have in the first place. If you’re pointing a gun at me, and the only way I can defend myself is to shoot you first, then many would say that I am under no obligation not to shoot you. But what if what you’re holding is a water pistol, only it looks like a real gun to me? We saw this play out in the Iraq War, with our faulty intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction.”


“I have argued that almost no state punishment is morally justified. Many find this thesis repugnant, but, again, that’s where my argument has led me.

“The first problem with punishment revolves around ignorance. Did the defendant know that he was doing something wrong?

“The second problem has to do with luck. Suppose Smith and Jones are assassins. Both fire at their targets, but only Smith manages to kill someone — Jones’s bullet was intercepted by a passing bird. Typically, Smith would receive a greater punishment. But what did Jones do to be less blameworthy? It was just luck that he didn’t kill his target.

“You can push this back further and further. Maybe what stopped Jones from killing someone wasn’t a bird but a good upbringing, whereas Smith was raised in terrible conditions. Such considerations are really corrosive; they cast doubt on the conventional justifications of punishment.”


“I wish more people took the time to question their basic convictions. It’s easy to make mistakes; by the same token, it’s hard to provide rational support for one’s views. It’s just as important to engage in critical reflection on one’s own views as on the views of others. This is something I try to impress upon my students. Everyone’s views are subject to criticism, including your own. Recognizing that fact can be very humbling, and it should help you give a full and fair hearing to those who disagree with you.”

“Are you sure?” interview originally appeared in the spring 2017 UNCG Research Magazine.

Interview by Mike Harris & Sangeetha Shivaji; this edited version originally appeared on the UNCG Research website.

Gay Ivey, new Moran Distinguished Professor in Literacy, brings unique perspective

The key to getting kids to read? Find out what they’re thinking, said Dr. Gay Ivey, UNCG’s new William E. Moran Distinguished Professor in Literacy.

“Most of my research has centered on getting kids’ perspectives on things,” Ivey said. “Lots of people promote the idea of kids choosing what they can read, thinking that if they read more, they will get better. My research involves trying to understand what they’re getting out of it.”

Ivey is an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame and has spent her career helping teachers help children learn to read and expand the thought process around reading instruction in schools.

In her native Virginia, Ivey began her career as a reading specialist and middle-school teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary, an M.Ed. in Reading Education from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Reading Education from the University of Georgia. Before joining the UNCG faculty this summer, she served as the Tashia F. Morgridge Chair in Reading at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she held positions at James Madison University, the University of Maryland at College Park and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.

“What I didn’t know about myself is that I was really interested in research,” Ivey said. “And learning how we could expand and improve reading and writing practices in school for kids through studying kids and teachers in their classrooms.”

Classroom-based research, she added, allows her to learn from kids by spending time with them in the classroom.

What happens when children are given the opportunity to find reasons of their own to read in school? A question that has recently driven Ivey in her research.

“When kids are engaged in reading things that matter to them, they are at their most strategic,” Ivey said.

Too often the reading children do in school is in response to an assignment rather than for their own reasons. Reading instruction in school is focused on getting better at reading, comprehension and memorization. All good things, Ivey said, but it’s not the reason kids read.

“They read to make sense of their lives, to grow their social lives and get a better understanding of themselves and the world,” Ivey said. “We’re not situating it in ways that make sense to them or add value to their lives.”

Ivey’s research centers on what engagement in reading means for the literary, academic, emotional and relational lives of children and adolescents. One of the draws of UNCG, she said, is that it affords her the opportunity to combine research with public engagement and engagement with schools.

The renowned literacy faculty was another draw.

“It was a team I wanted to join. I saw a place I could be collaborative with colleagues who were like-minded and interested seeing how research can really impact schools and communities,” Ivey said.

And she was also attracted by the diversity of the student population: “I feel a connection with the students here.”

Ivey says she plans to make North Carolina her home for many years and hopes to see UNCG’s graduate programs in literacy flourish.

“I also hope to become heavily involved in engagements with school districts across the state of North Carolina,” she added.

By Elizabeth L. Harrison

Excellence Professor Dr. Kelly Stamp’s heartfelt research

Dr. Kelly Stamp’s focus comes from the heart.

The new department chair of Family and Community Nursing and Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor is a leader in scholarship and initiatives concerning heart failure self-care, nursing science and intervention development.

Sept. 29, Stamp appeared in a video for the American Heart Association with music star Queen Latifah. The video is part of the “Rise Above Heart Failure” campaign to increase awareness of heart failure through understanding the signs, symptoms and management options.

“Women don’t realize that they can be victims of heart failure as frequently as men,” Stamp explained. “It’s a risk factor for all of us, and it is important to get the word out that heart failure is an issue for both men and women. However, it can be particularly difficult for women because they tend to be older when diagnosed, may be widowed or live alone more frequently and feel more socially isolated.”

Stamp’s interest in heart failure and self-care behaviors began when she worked in a cardiac intensive care unit in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Tampa, Florida, with patients who had bypass surgeries and other cardiac situations. Her research has been motivated by her desire to understand the information that keeps patients well at home and reduces morbidity and mortality rates.

“The fulfillment is being able to work with patients and see that interventions we have implemented based on what we’ve learned in our studies help to keep them well and out of the hospital,” Stamp said.

Stamp has authored numerous articles concerning heart failure, heart health, nurse-led interventions and self-care in older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Heart & Lung, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Nursing for Women’s Health, Current Heart Failure Reports, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, Journal of Nursing Administration, Patient Education and Counseling and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

Currently, Stamp is President-Elect of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Past President of the Alpha Chi Chapter through Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and a member and Fellow of the American Heart Association. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for the National Institute of Health and numerous peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining UNCG, she was Associate Professor and Director of the Direct Master’s Entry program at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College.

Stamp joined UNCG in August of this year. She remarked on the innovative teaching in the UNCG School of Nursing and the supportive, unified team she’s found there and across campus.

“It’s been a refreshing, positive place to be, with a common mission,” Stamp said. “Like that phrase of Dr. Robin Remsburg’s: Teamwork makes the dream work.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Qibin Zhang receives $1.7 million grant for diabetes research

photo of ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang, co-director of UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research and an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a research project seeking novel biomarkers for the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. The award is $1.7 million over five years for the project.

Type 1 diabetes, or T1D, is caused by autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. According to the CDC, 30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and approximately 1.5 million of those individuals have type 1 diabetes. Diabetes has an estimated annual cost of $245 billion in healthcare in the U.S. alone.

Since the onset of the disease is marked by a long asymptomatic period, T1D is often not diagnosed until significant damage has already occurred. Zhang’s research on novel biomarkers for T1D will aid efforts to identify individuals at risk and diagnose T1D earlier so that intervention or treatment can begin at an earlier stage. It will also improve understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease.

Dr. Zhang has also received a Collaborative Sciences Award from the American Heart Association in conjunction with scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. That project aims to identify new markers to better predict the progression of coronary artery calcification in the T1D population. Calcification occurs prior to the onset of cardiovascular disease.

Founded by the state in 2008, UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research is located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The Center for Translational Biomedical Research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and progression, biomarkers for diagnosis, and creating novel interventions for preventing and treating disease. The NCRC facilitates public-private partnerships between the corporations, healthcare organizations, and universities housed there. These partnerships are aimed at improving understanding of health, nutrition, and agriculture.

By Hope Voorhees

This article was originally published on the UNCG Research and Engagement website.

Kim Record named chair of NCAA DI Competition Oversight Committee

photo of RecordDirector of Athletics Kim Record has been named chair of the NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee. Record began her tenure this summer and her term as chair will run until June, 2019. The committee consists of 19 members: 10 Division I council members, eight non-council members and one SAAC representative.

“It is an honor to serve as chair of the Competition Oversight Committee,” Record said. “Our goal is to be inclusive, responsive and transparent with the membership as we monitor, evaluate and enhance the student-athlete championship experience.”

Record has been an active member in NCAA national committees during her career. In addition to the chair of the Competition Oversight Committee, she is currently a member of the NCAA Division I Council as the representative for the Southern Conference. Also, she has been a member of the NCAA women’s soccer committee and championship cabinet.

The Competition Oversight Committee has oversight responsibility of regular season and championships administration in sports other than football and men’s and women’s basketball, including supervision of qualification and/or selection procedures for Division I and National Collegiate Championships. The committee prioritizes enhancement of the student-athlete’s educational experience (academically and athletically) and, in doing so, promotes student-athletes’ personal growth and leadership development.

The Competition Oversight Committee reviews recommendations from sports committees and processes other issues related to the administration of those championships. The sports committees (other than football and men’s and women’s basketball) report directly to the Competition Oversight Committee.

Record is in her ninth year as director of athletics at UNCG.

She was named one of 28 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award recipients at the 2014 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention in Orlando in the NCAA Division I-AAA category.

Roy Schwartzman works to share Holocaust survivor testimonies

Portrait of Roy SchwartzmanUNCG Professor of Communication Studies Roy Schwartzman is focused on the power of the word and its consequences. A major portion of his research career has been devoted to Holocaust communication, beginning with Fraktur-font Nazi documents but going far beyond the propaganda of the perpetrators.

“If we’re looking for answers, one of the best ways we can learn is through listening to survivors,” said Dr. Schwartzman. “Not just their words, but by looking to their deeds, and not just through a chronological timeline, but by getting a sense of how they emotionally experience inhumanity. They have unique things to say that we have to heed very carefully.”

Through grants from the Alfred and Anita Schnog Family Foundation, Schwartzman and his colleagues have facilitated several UNCG-based education and outreach projects related to Holocaust testimonies.

One of those projects is a campus performance of the world-touring play “Etty,” with Susan Stein. The one-person play brings to life the diaries and  letters of Etty Hillesum, a Dutch Jewish woman who witnessed the Nazi occupation of Holland and was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp at age 29. The Nov. 8 performance is sponsored by the Communication Studies Department, the Religious Studies Department’s Jewish Studies Program, and the UNCG Holocaust & Genocide Studies Research & Teaching Network.

The AfterWords Project is another UNCG project supported by the Schnog Family Foundation as well as several other grants.

It is a collection of resources focusing on Holocaust survivor testimonies, focusing on life after the Holocaust. This work deals especially with cultural adjustment, reshaping personal identity and re-crafting group identity in the United States. Another resource supported by the Schnog Family Foundation and the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust is the North Carolina Holocaust Education and Outreach (NC HERO) project, which addresses Holocaust and genocide prevention through the sharing of educational resources and research. NC HERO resources are connected to Holocaust education that involves survivors who relocated to North Carolina.

Schwartzman is teaching the “Voices of the Holocaust” course this fall at UNCG, as he has done in the past, but his investment in Holocaust education extends beyond the campus. He has worked with the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching to offer continuing education workshops for K-12 teachers. North Carolina was the first state in United States to require that Holocaust education occur in K-12 schools, and the historic commitment is taken seriously by the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, and by teachers.

For his UNCG courses Schwartzman often works with the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive (VHA), the world’s largest video testimony of Holocaust survivors, which was founded by Steven Spielberg. The 52,000 video testimonies can reveal different narrations of the same events, showing how events affected people differently. Although it is chiefly focused on the Holocaust, the collection has expanded to include testimonies from survivors of the Cambodian, Rwandan, Nanjing, Guatemalan and Armenian genocides.

“Each testimony is a new angle,” said Schwartzman, explaining that the diversity of recorded experiences allows a researcher to move beyond iconic representations of genocide survivors often seen in popular movies. “It’s the everyday lived experience in all of its facets, how people deal with major life traumas and how they creatively respond.”

Schwartzman negotiated an agreement for UNCG to become one of approximately 50 sites in the world with full access to the Shoah Foundation Institute’s VHA.

At UNCG, Schwartzman creates opportunities not just to experience events, but for students to get involved in projects, engaging in research and creative activity that builds a connection to survivor stories. Several years ago he founded the UNCG Holocaust & Genocide Studies Research & Teaching Network, an interdisciplinary support network for curricular offerings, co-curricular activities and public events at UNCG that deal with the study of genocides

“There are great opportunities here for various groups that have specific concerns with survivors of collective traumas,” he said. “Given the nature of the UNCG community at large, we take our commitment to each other very seriously, as well as our principles, and we can practice vigorous, active listening to voices of people who have faced dangerous powers. If you’re doing that type of work, this is a great place to be.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith