Winter Commencement is Saturday, Dec. 13
Winter Commencement is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, December 13 in GPAC. The University is expecting a record of 400 graduates.
Dr. Jeffery Geller, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, is the speaker. Dr. Geller received the 2003 UNC Board of Governors’ Award for Teaching Excellence.
The faculty staging area is the lobby of Lumbee Hall, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Graduates should report for robing to the University Center Cafeteria at 9 a.m.
Guests are reminded that the doors to GPAC will close at 9:45 a.m. in preparation for the procession of the faculty and graduates at 10 a.m. If GPAC fills to capacity before that time, overflow will be directed to the closed circuit broadcast in the University Center Lounge.
Due to the large number of graduates and limited seating, no tickets will be available to staff or faculty.
Questions: call Judy Monroe at ext. 6330.
Dr. Carmen Calabrese brings an international business background to the MBA program
New MBA Director Carmen Calabrese started his business career as an engineer and became the chief operating officer of a multi-million dollar international corporation.
Besides a career on the rise, the other constant in his life has been a love of teaching. Dr. Calebrese has nurtured a long-time habit of teaching in MBA programs.
“Everywhere I have been, I have taught on an adjunct basis,” Dr. Calabrese said. “I enjoy watching my students succeed, and I enjoy teaching and sharing ideas with students because it helps me stay on top of the latest technology.”
“My strength is researching other people’s ideas, teaching it and then applying it in the workplace,” he said. “I can teach best practices to my students and show them how it works in practice.”
Before joining UNCP, Dr. Calabrese was a business professor at Walsh College in Oakland, Mich. Before that, he was Director of the MBA program at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.
Dr. Calabrese’s last stop in management was as President and COO of Nachi-Fujikoshi, Ltd., a Tokyo-based company that manufactured and marketed machine tools, robotics, bearings and cutting tools.
Dr. Eric Dent, Dean of the School of Business, said the MBA program has benefited from a series of good leaders.
“We’ve been fortunate to have strong leadership in the MBA program, and we are looking forward to Carmen continuing that string and leading the program as it continues its evolution and maturity,” Dr. Dent said.
Dr. Calabrese said the MBA program represents a familiar challenge.
“The MBA program here is still relatively new, and my background is in starting and growing new businesses,” he said. “The same process is involved in growing products, whether they are capital or academic.”
One of the first jobs facing the new director is creating and marketing a “day” MBA program to compliment the evening program already in place.
Dr. Calabrese is a Philadelphia native who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Drexel University, a Ph.D. in Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.
He has published many papers on topics ranging from alloys to manufacturing processes to management and technology.
Winners of Staff Council election announced
Here are newly elected Staff Council members by division:
UNCP declares International Education Week
Chancellor Meadors has declared the week of November 17-21 International Education Week.
“International Education Week provides an opportunity to promote and to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” Chancellor Meadors said in his declaration. “I encourage our campus to dedicate this period for activities that celebrate the importance of international education for our country.”
The University has worked to “internationalize” its campus by creating strategic alliances with universities around the globe for student, faculty, administrative and program exchanges, said Dr. Alex Chen, Associate Vice Chancellor of International Programs.
“International Education Week is a time to inform our students, faculty and staff of the many international opportunities available to them,” Dr. Chen said. “I am extremely pleased to see a growing number of international students on our campus this year as well as a growing number of our student deciding to study abroad.”
This semester, the University has 54 international students on campus from more than 20 nations, and 12 UNCP students are making plans to study abroad during spring semester 2004, Dr. Chen said.
Several events are planned to promote the University’s growing international study programs capped byan International Education Fair on Wednesday.
Besides semester-long study abroad programs, the University is offering a growing number of summer tours abroad. Some earn academic credits. Tours to France, Belize, Mexico, Spain, Russia and more are planned this summer.
For more information, please contact the Multicultural Center at (910) 521-6865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canned food drive underway on campus
The Student Government Association and the Lumbee Regional Development Association (LRDA) are organizing a community canned food drive from October 6 until December 2.
Distribution of the collected items will take place on December 5 to various needy families and individuals.
Please bring non-perishable food items to the University Center or LRDA. Items to be collected include: canned meats, canned vegetables and fruits, tea, rice, macaroni, and all pastas, beans (dry), Twinkies (or any cake that is wrapped), diapers of all sizes, baby needs (wipes, Q-tips, etc.) and Ensure.
For more information, please contact the SGA office at ext. 6482.
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