Shelby Stephenson is serving as the Eastern N.C. Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet this spring 2005. He is currently mentoring three students whose work he chose in preparation for "Walking into April," a poetry day to help celebrate April as National Poetry Month.
The event will take place April 9 at Barton College. Stephenson will moderate and read his poems. Poets Al Maginnes and Cathy Smith-Bowers will read as will Dr. Stephenson’s students. The students are Kimberly Hockaday of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., winner in the college category,; Heidi Martin of Whiteville, N.C., middle school winner; Sarah Servie of Kitty Hawk, N.C., high school winner.
Dr. Stephenson also will appear at public libraries in the students’ hometowns this spring.
The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet is selected by a committee of writers and poets. The program is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
Ken Brandt scanned the skies for Fourth Friday
Ken Brandt (Chemistry and Physics) and Johnny Horne of Fayetteville
set up a telescope outside the Arts Center in downtown Fayetteville to
during the Fourth Friday
Besides teaching astronomy at UNCP, Brandt is director of the Robeson County Planetarium.
They set up a C-11 scope with video set-up in the rear of the chess park right beside the Arts Center on Hay Street from 7 - 10 p.m. The crowd looked at the image from the scope on a video monitor.
Brandt and Horne started with Saturn, which was near the zenith. When the moon cleared downtown buildings, they swung over to it. Jupiter rides just below the moon, so they wrapped up with Jupiter.
The Arts Council folks asked the astronomers to dress in 1905 clothing that night since the event honored the 100th anniversary of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission. They borrowed period clothing from Cape Fear Regional Theater for the evening.
Dr. Parnell co-authors for international journal
Dr. John Parnell (Business) co-authored a paper, entitled “Measuring performance in competitive strategy research,” that will appear in a forthcoming issue of International Journal of Management and Decision Making.
Dr. Long presents at reading conference
Dr. Emily Long (Education) presented a session at North Carolina Reading Association's annual conference in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 10. The title of her session was “Using Rubrics Will Save Your Sanity!”
Ralph Steeds’ work in international show
Professor Ralph Steeds (Art) had two works juried into an international
His works included "Smiles," a lithograph and "Me and my dog spot," a five-color lithograph.
Robison published in international ceramics journal
Professor Stephen Robison (Art) had an article published in the March 2005 edition of Ceramics Art and Perception, an international ceramics magazine out of Australia. It is his third successful submission to the magazine.
Janette Hopper’s drawings in online exhibit
Upstream People Gallery has accepted the charcoal drawings by Janette K. Hopper (Art), entitled “Everyone Follows this Path,” “The Leoni Family,” “Mass Grave Markers,” “Leaning on Each Other” and “The Great and The Small,” in their juried competition for the 7th annual Judeo-Christian International Juried Online Art Exhibition.
The works were selected from over 450 works submitted. The exhibit will open April 1 at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com. The exhibit will be on view until April 1, 2006. It will be featured one month and then on archive for the rest of that year.
Dr. Crandall presents paper in Chicago
Dr. Rick Crandall (Business) presented a paper at the Midwest Business Administration Association Meeting on March 18 in Chicago, Ill. The paper, entitled “A Critical Reflection on our use of Cyberspace: Towards a Post-Modern Ethic of Internet use,” was co-authored with Dr. John Parnell (Business).
Dr. Crandall said: “The value of the Internet to management researchers and educators is clear. It provides countless resources to support research agendas and new approaches to teaching and learning. Students can also benefit immensely from online access to information.”
“However, another side of the Internet phenomena that warrants consideration are the changes that occur within ourselves when we use this amazing resource,” he said. “With any new technology, there are opportunities and caveats to be noted, and the Internet is no different. The question we wish to ponder in this paper is simple: How has the use of the Internet affected us as management scholars and professors? In addition, what caveats should be considered as we incorporate this technology into our research and teaching efforts?”
Dr. Reising conducts workshop on composition
Dr. Robert Reising (English) conducted a three-hour workshop in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 14, for high school English teachers with the Cumberland County Schools. His topic was "Practical Strategies for Teaching Ideation, Fluency, and Syntax in High School Composition."
Murray, Opitz conduct workshop on AIDS/HIV
Drs. Ottis Murray (Sociology) and Peggy Opitz (Nursing, retired) conducted
an organizational, self-assessment workshop as part of the Regional Native
American Capacity Building Summit, sponsored by Robeson Health Care Corporation.
The summit involved approximately 100 individuals representing groups
and agencies involved in HIV prevention and other health related issues.
The summit was held March 9 at the James B. Chavis Center.
Murray addresses DAR chapter, presents paper
Dr. Ottis Murray (Sociology) addressed the Col. Thomas Robeson DAR meeting
on March 16. The topic of his talk was the “Healing Lodge: An American
Indian Health Initiative.” Dr. Murray is a program evaluator for
the Special Projects of National Significance project, which is one of
the programs operated by the Healing Lodge. The Lodge, located in Pembroke,
is an entity of the Native American Interfaith Ministry.
Stratil’s works selected for Raleigh Fine Arts Exhibition
Sandy Stratil (College Opportunity Program) had two paintings selected for inclusion in the 27th annual Raleigh Fine Arts Exhibition. Curator Douglas Fogle of the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minn., chose 74 works from 59 artists from the 236 entries submitted. The work is hanging at the Frankie G. Weems Gallery of the Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center at Meredith College through April 3. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays and 2 - 5 p.m. on weekends.
Stratil also exhibited in the “Moore Art by Moore Artists” show, which was a part of the Fourth Friday celebration in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 25. Six artists from Moore County displayed work at the Olde Town Gallery on Maxwell Street in Downtown Fayetteville.
She recently did a “Noon Muse” presentation and taught a workshop on “Collaging Out of the Box” at the Artists’ League of the Sandhills in Aberdeen, N.C.
Music Department trio performed in Moore County
Timothy Altman, Jonathan and Beth Maisonpierre (Music) performed a concert March 20 at the West End (N.C.) Presbyterian Church. It was part of the Memorial Concert Series at the Moore County church.
The program included works by Turrin, Schubert, Dvorak, Weazen and Russell as well as some hymns by James Curnow for Altman on trumpet with piano accompaniment.
Birthdays, April 1 - 15
Crystal Locklear – Housekeeper, Physical Plant
Myran Gerald Hunt - General Utility Worker, Physical Plant
Alan Prevatte - Computing Consultant III, UCIS
Dena Council (Student Accounts) and Jeff Bolles (Athletics) were married on March 6, 2005 at Centerville Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.C.
George Truman Sr., father of Dr. Bill Truman (Mathematics), passed away in March. Condolences may be sent to Dr. Truman and his wife, Janice, at P.O. Box 322, Tar Heel, N.C., 28392.
On March 16, Dena (Council) Bolles' (Student Accounts) grandfather, Ken Council, passed away.
Paramont Carowinds Fun Club cards available
Human Resources received a limited number of 2005 Carowinds Fun Club membership cards that are good for $20 off on admissions on holidays, $12 off on e-tickets, $10 off on Sunday through Saturday. Discounts on general admission are for ages 7 –54. Each Fun Club card is good for up to six admissions. Visit www.carowinds.com for operating dates, times and show schedules. The park opened March 19.
Please contact the Office of Human Resources at extension 6565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a membership card.
Frequently asked questions regarding drug provider Medco
Question. When does Medco replace Caremark/AdvancePCS as the pharmacy
benefit manager and when do I need to start using the new ID card?
Q. Whom do I contact if I have questions concerning the Welcome Packet
received from Medco?
Q. When will Medco’s Web site be available to State Health Plan
Q. If my Drug is not listed on the Preferred Drug List is it covered?
Q. Will I be able to use my current pharmacy with Medco? Am I required
to use mail order thru Medco?
Q. Do I need to complete the Health and Medication Questionnaire?
State employee discount on lawn service
The Office of State Personnel is pleased to announce a 10 percent discount off the annual cost of Scott’s Lawn Service program.
As an added benefit, retired employees are included in the program. All that’s required is to request a personal lawn report. There is no need to be home. The report will be left at the front door. Please call 1-888-872-6887, visit www.scottslawnservice.com or www.ncemployee.scottslawnservice.com. The next step is to review and discuss the report with a Scott’s Lawn Service representative. Last, following sign-up for an annual program, there is a savings of 10 percent off the quoted price.
This is an exclusive offer for the State of North Carolina employees and retirees.
State employee discount on cell phone service
Sprint extended a new wireless discount offer to all North Carolina state employees through the N.C. Office of State Personnel. State employees are eligible for 15 percent off the regular monthly rates for Sprint PCS wireless services.
For information, please visit the N.C. Office of State Personnel Website: www.osp.state.nc.us/divinfo/E-Discounts/sprint.htm.