Dr. Edgell trained in on-line meteorology program
UNCP and over 100 colleges and universities nationwide are joining forces with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to introduce a highly innovative online course in which their students are introduced to the science of meteorology by studying weather as it happens.
Geography Prof. Dennis Edgell attended a one-week faculty workshop at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Mo., as part of the course implementation effort. The course, "Online Weather Studies," was developed by the AMS with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and relies heavily on the use of the latest weather data, maps, forecasts and satellite and radar imagery delivered via the Internet.
Online Weather Studies is partially delivered over the Internet. At the 18-23 May 2003 workshop, Dr. Edgell - along with 24 other professors representing 24 minority-serving colleges and universities from across the U.S. and its territories - were advised on methods to teach the course and were briefed on some of the recent advances in atmospheric sciences.
For more information: www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/online/info/.
Hedrick leads summer team to championship
For the second consecutive year, Braves' Assistant Baseball Coach Ray Hedrick was able to lead his summer squad to the Valley League Baseball Championship Series. In an attempt to defend their crown, Hedrick's New Market Rebels squared off against the Winchester Royals in the Lineweaver Cup Finals.
After losing the first game of the best-of-five series, the Rebels battled back to take the next two games and a 2-1 series lead. Unable to wrap up the championship, Winchester blanked New Market 8-0 in the fourth game to force a fifth and deciding game. Hedrick's Rebels then fell 6-4 in game five, giving the Royals the 2003 championship.
New Market also finished second during the regular season in the Northern Division with a 26-14 record. They finished four games back of the eventual champion Royals.
Cabe co-authors paper for psychology journal
Dr. Patrick Cabe (Psychology and Counseling, chair) has co-authored a paper with a colleague from Clemson University, Dr. Christopher Pagano.
The paper is titled, "Constancy in dynamic touch: Length perceived by dynamic touch is invariant over changes in media." The article appeared in the most recent issue of the journal, Ecological Psychology.
P.J. Smith is USA Wrestling's Leader of the Year
Wrestling coach P.J. Smith has been named USA Wrestling's 2003 FILA Junior/University Leader of the Year. This is Smith's third award of 2003 after being named NCAA East Region Coach of the Year and the University's 2002-03 Coach of the Year.
Smith was honored because of his continued efforts to promote and support USA Wrestling's Junior/University Division. This division primarily consists of the Southern U.S.
Article by Dr. Schneider appears on FEMA web sites
Dr. Robert Schneider (Political Science, chair) wrote an article, entitled "A strategic overview of the 'new' Emergency Management," that was posted on two FEMA-Emergency Management Institute web sites. He was invited to present at a National Science Foundation-funded workshop in Denver in September. Here are the sites:
Bell wins Physical Plant Incentive Award
Freddie Bell is the winner of the Physical Plant Incentive Award Program for the April-June 2003 quarter. Freddie has won $250! He is the Set-ups/Labor Supervisor.
Alexis Locklear is 1st runner-up Miss N.C. Pre-Teen
Congratulations to Marla Locklear (Athletics) and her daughter, Alexis. They traveled to Charlotte for the 2003 Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Pageant, where Alexis garnered first runner-up honors among 49 contestants.
The event was sponsored by the National American Miss Association (NAMA) and was held at Hilton Towers. As a "no make-up pageant," contestants were judged in the categories of formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community involvement.
Alexis, 10, was the youngest finalist in her division. She also chose to compete in an optional talent competition and finished as fourth runner-up for her vocal performance of "Journey to the Past."
Girl, Tomorrow's Leader," the NAMA awarded Alexis with
Bess Tyner joins Coast Guard Auxiliary
Bess Tyner (Facilities, Planning and Construction) took the oath recently joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Her flotilla is based in Fayetteville, but is active both in Wilmington and the Oak Island Station.
Bess will become the flotilla staff officer for marine safety (ensign rank). The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939 to augment the active duty Coast Guard. They serve in every capacity that the active duty folk serve except combat and direct law enforcement.
Aminah Ghaffar caps season with 7th place in Junior Olympics
Aminah Ghaffar, daughter of Abdul (Student Activities), finished her first year of track and field competition with a 7th place finish in the long jump in the National AAU Junior Olympics, held in Yipsilanti, Mich., July 22 - August 2.
Ghaffar, eight, competed against 38 jumpers from across the nation. She leaped 11'1" to claim 7th place and a spot on the winner's platform. The top 20 jumpers in the nation were named All-America by the National Elite Youth Ranking System.
The competition was not without drama for the eight-year-old competitor. Her first two jumps were well short of 10 feet, but on her third jump, she surpassed 11 feet.
"We are very proud of everything she accomplished this summer and thank God for giving her the talent," said Bobbie Ghaffar, her mom. "Many people supported and advised her like coach Larry Rodgers (UNCP track coach), Julius Meekins (former UNCP track All-America) and her coaches Candace Foster and Rasheeda Ghaffar."
Aminah finished the season as North Carolina USA Track and Field (USATP) and AAU state champion in the long jump. She was also was regional AAU long jump champion and won the state USATF 100-meter dash.
Aminah is a 3rd grader at Pembroke Elementary School.
Clark gets academic/athletic scholarship with St. Andrews
Will Clark, son of Sallyann Clark (Mass Communications), signed with St. Andrews and will be attending in the fall. His scholarship award is both academic and athletic to play for the St. Andrews' Knights baseball team. Will played last season with Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.
Drum group making noise in powwow music scene
Kay Oxendine's (Business Services) drum group, The Kau-ta-noh Jrs. is five-years old and gaining attention. The group's first performance at the Gathering of Nations Powwow led to a Grammy nomination. They also landed a record contract and are recording their second CD. The group is made of up 18 members from Tuscarora, Lumbee, Navajo and other tribes. They were recently feature in the Fayetteville Observer, Thursday, August 7.
Birthdays, August 15-31
2003 compensation bonus and annual leave
Under the new budget, state employees will receive a one-time $550 compensation bonus, effective October 1 and payable on the last pay date in October, and 10 days of additional annual leave for the 2003-2004 fiscal year, which began July 1. The compensation bonus is subject to retirement contributions.
Eligibility for the $550 Compensation Bonus
Employees on military
reserve active duty are eligible for the bonus upon
Special Annual Leave Bonus
Summer Flex Program ends August 15
Summer Flex ends Friday, August 15. UNCP will resume its regular work schedule Monday, August 18.