Service Award Recognition - First row from left: Carol Hunt (15 years),
Evelyn Cheek (5), Amelia Elk (10), Billie Jo Hunt (5), Bobbie Scott (15),
Janetta Obeda (10), Lori Carter (20), Tracy Dial (15)
Controller’s office honored by trustees
For its outstanding work in producing 13 consecutive spotless audits, the Board of Trustees honored three representatives from the Office of the Controller. The achievement was recognized at the trustee’s Feb. 25 meeting.
Ila Killian, assistant vice chancellor for Business Affairs, Susan West, internal auditor, and Karen Staab, accountant II, were honored. The office recently put the finishing touches on number 13. The audit was accepted by the state “without any findings or recommendations,” said Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for Business Affairs.
“We put the audits together,” Killian said, “but it takes the whole campus to do it right.”
Seven approved as professors emeriti
On February 25, the Board of Trustees approved seven retired faculty members for the honorary title of professor emeritus.
Woriax wins several prizes at the Science Fair
Contestants from across the region competed for top honors in the 24th annual Region IV Science Fair on February 12.
Purnell Swett High School’s Hannah Woriax, daughter of Dr. Velinda Woriax (Biology), won the senior biology division and the new BioPOWERS Biotechnology Award.
Winners qualified for state competition in March and for the first time in many years, state winners have the opportunity to go to the nationals. A new format requiring interviews of each participant was initiated this year, said Dr. Jose D’Arruda, who coordinated his 24th Science Fair at UNCP.
“This was all new to us,” Dr. D’Arruda said. “We’ve never had a Science Fair on Saturday, and we never had so many judges, but it went better than we expected.”
Contestants said the interviews caused some jitters, but Dr. Martin Farley, a judge and UNCP geology professor, said the students were very poised.
“The students did well in the interview portion,” Dr. Farley said. “We had some standard questions, but it was fairly free-form.”
UNCP Science Fair volunteers included: Aiken, Irene (Education); Berdeau, Rebecca (Education); Brooks, Dalton (Physics); Dooling, Tom (Physics); Ebert, Jim (Biology); Edgell, Dennis (Geography); Farley, Martin (Geology); Flowers, Paul (Chemistry); Goldston, Joe (Mathematics); Hafer, Linda (Mathematics); Harrelson, Shanna (Chemistry); Holmes, Len (Chemistry); Johnson, Amy (Chemistry); Kelly, Lisa (Biology); Mandjiny, Siva (Chemistry); Marson, Steve (Social Work); Martin, Steve (Facilities Planning); Maxwell, David (Biology); Chancellor Meadors; McBroom, Rachel (Education); McClure, Mark (Chemistry); Parsons, Carolyn (Chemistry); Phillips, Lee (Chemistry); Ross, Tom (Geography); Scott, Bobbie (Chemistry) Scott, Felicia (Chemistry); Storms, Meredith (Chemistry); Vallabha, Sally (Chemistry); Woriax, Velinda (Biology) and Zeigler, Dave (Biology).
March of Dimes Walk America is March 19
March of Dimes Ambassador Family - Dr. Carmen Calabrese (Business), wife Kimberly (UCIS) and 15 month-old daughter, Cailee - invite the University community to participate in the annual Cape Fear region Walk America on March 19 at Lumberton High School.
For information on registration or to make a gift in Cailee's name, please call (910) 272-2700 or go online to email@example.com. The goal is to raise $43,600.
Kimberly Calabrese is a member of the Cape Fear Division Advisory Board for the March of Dimes. The family recently attended the charity's 13th annual Chef's Auction.
The family served as the Ambassador Family for the fundraiser, held at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville. The auction was successful in raising more than $70,000 for the March of Dimes, which serves children and their families.
In a testimonial at the event, Calabrese said, "During our struggles to have a healthy baby, we came to greatly appreciate the noble work of the March of Dimes. Its mission to prevent miscarriages, to improve the medical care for premature babies and to provide vital support to families of babies in the NICU (neo-natal intensive care units) is so very important."
The family story was featured January 19 in a feature article of The Robesonian.
Maynor is Employee of the Quarter
Emelita Maynor (Student Health Services) was named Employee of the Quarter during a surprise reception in her honor on February 18.
She received gift certificates for meals at several area restaurants including Ruby Tuesday. Maynor also received a plaque, certificate and a reserved parking space for the quarter.
Maynor, an LPN, has worked in the infirmary for nearly 17 years and enjoys the work and her patients.
“My co-workers are great, and I really enjoy the students,” Maynor said. “I also enjoy providing a service to this community.”
Cora Bullard, director of Student Health Services, said Maynor is a willing worker.
“When someone is sick, Emelita is always there to fill in,” Bullard said. “She always goes the extra mile and the students really like her.”
Four students win advertising design awards
Four UNCP students won prestigious 2005 ADDY awards.
They are: Wayne Hatcher, Jennifer Hogan, Josh Quigg and recent graduate
“These are significant awards with national stature, and I hope you will join me in congratulating these students on their achievements in this competitive juried competition,” Dr. Labadie said.
The ADDY awards were presented in Greenville, N.C. at the American Advertising Federation PACE (Professional Ad Club East) conference on February 25.
Dr. Hossfeld appointed to advisory group
Dr. Leslie Hossfeld was appointed to the Rural Dislocated Worker Group that serves the Rural Dislocated Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center in Raleigh, N.C. The work group has provided research and input for the Rural Dislocated Worker Action Agenda that will be presented to the North Carolina General Assembly.
Dr. Vest published in archeology journal
An article by Dr. Jay Hansford C. Vest (American Indian Studies) entitled "The Origins of the Johns Surname: A Monacan Ethnogenesis" was published by the Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia in its March 2005 edition.
The article explores the history of the Monacan Nation from 1714 at the Fort Christanna Reservation to the tribe's return to the central Blue Ridge during the 1740s. Dr. Vest pays specific attention to one of the leading Monacan surnames, Johns, as it reveals something of the tribal ethno-genesis.
“It is, furthermore, significant in documenting a direct sovereign linkage between the contemporary Monacan Indian Nation and the Fort Christanna Treaty of 1713, which has never been extinguished,” Dr. Vest said.
Dr. Reising makes presentations in Fayetteville
On February 21, Dr. Robert Reising (English) made four presentations to high school English teachers in Cumberland County on "Teaching Composition: Contexts and Controversies." The site was Lewis Chapel Middle School, and the presentations ran from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. Reising scheduled to speak in Asheville
On the weekend of March 26, Dr. Robert Reising (English) will present two lectures at The University of North Carolina at Asheville.
The first lecture is "Jim Thorpe – All American: The Story Behind the Movie of 1951." The second is "Jim Thorpe: The Greatest Athlete in the World." The honorarium for the two-presentation visit will go to the Thorpe Endowed Scholarship Fund at UNCP.
Runners compete in Myrtle Beach run
Several members of the UNC Pembroke extended family participated
in the 8th annual
Another UNCP-flavored team representing the Robeson Road Runners included Jeff Bolles (Physical Education), Warren Ratley (Business), Dan Kenney (Athletics), Jeff Neelon and Jerry Elkins. They toured the 26.2-mile course in a time of 3:27:40, which placed them 8th in the Open Men's Division and 33rd out of 157 teams.
Other UNCP family members competing in the relay were Mira Kenney (Dan’s
wife), Deena Council (Cashier), Allison Travis, Katherine Thompson (daughter
of Tommy Thompson, Physical Education) and Marion Thompson (English).
Also competing in the marathon relay was Mike DeCinti (Mass Communication).
State health plan update
Effective April 1, Medco will become the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) for the North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Comprehensive Major Medical Plan or state health plan. Medco replaces Caremark/AdvancePCS.
The state health plan will be sending verification forms directly to members’ homes this year. It is very important that you make sure addresses are correct with the state health plan by completing a change form or by calling 1.800.422.4658.
Birthdays, March 1-15
Rikki Cockrell (Athletics) announced her plans for a May 28 wedding in Rocky Mount, N.C. She will wed Marcus Rich of Lumberton.
Dr. John Bowman’s (Sociology) mother died Feb. 9.
Travis and Teresa (Student Activities) Bryant welcomed a new son, Brayden Wayne, on February 25. He was born at 8:47 a.m., weighing 8lbs.10oz. and was 22 inches.
Liz Cummings (UCIS) and her husband Mark welcomed a new baby girl to their family on February 12. Raven and mom are both doing fine.
Tracy Wiggins (Music) and his wife Adrienne (Music) had their first child February 16. Keira Elizabeth weighed in at 6 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches.