CAMPUS PEOPLEAngelyn Poole is Employee of the Quarter
Angelyn Poole, program assistant V for the University-Schools Program in the School of Education, was named Employee of the Quarter.
In a surprise reception on April 15, Poole received a plaque, a letter from Chancellor Meadors, a free meal at Texas Steakhouse and a reserved parking space for the next three months.
A UNCP employee since 2002, Poole said she “enjoys the people and the atmosphere” in her office, which is located in Jacobs Hall.
Poole, who coordinates student internships with the public schools, “sets the tone for our office,” said Director Pam Carroll.
“Angelyn works well with everybody and is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done,” Carroll said. “I’ve never seen her upset. She’s my right and left hand.”
Dr. Spivey attends the Oxford Round Table
Dr. Michael Spivey (Sociology) attended the Oxford Round Table at Pembroke College of Oxford University, England, from March 27 - April 1.
There were close to 50 invitees from various parts of the world and many of the distinguished group of scholars were sociologists from the U. S. Many of the most prestigious in the world were represented at the Round Table. Dr. Spivey was the only representative from North Carolina and UNC system.
Dr. Spivey was housed at, ironically, Pembroke College (founded in 1624), which is one of the 39 colleges of Oxford University. Each college has its own dormitories, dining halls and chapels. Pembroke College is one of the smaller colleges and is surrounded by stonewalls, with two very beautiful quads. The quad was very peaceful, with surrounding dorm rooms and classrooms, as well as the dining hall and the chapel.
A couple of famous students and fellows at Pembroke College were U.S. Senator William Fulbright and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
“We lived in the dorms, just like the students,” Dr. Spivey said. “We left each morning after breakfast for the Oxford Debating Hall, where we spent the day discussing issues and presenting ideas which revolved around the educational and social consequences of poverty.”
“I've never been involved in a more intense set of debates and sharing of ideas than at the Oxford Round Table,” he said. “Many of us have already contacted each other since the conference and have expressed how life-changing the whole affair was. It is certainly one of the highlights of my academic career.”
Each year, the Round Table invites discussants from around the world to come together for discussion and debate in a think-tank atmosphere on a specific topic related to educational and social issues. The invitation process is never revealed to the members, even after attending the conference. There is a formal dinner at the close of the conference and members are presented with a certificate of membership into the Oxford Round Table.
“I made a presentation on issues of poverty and job loss in Robeson County and the many programs that have been created in our county to find solutions, such as the Center For Community Action in Lumberton,” Dr. Spivey said. “Many of the members of the Round Table were impressed with the creative strategies being developed in Robeson County.’
“Finally, I feel that being selected to be a member of the Oxford Round Table has expanded my view of the importance of the work we sociologists are doing in the academy and in our communities, and it has provided insights and a network of ideas that will enhance both my research and the content of my classes for years to come,” he said.
Dr. Vest delivers presentation on mascot issue
Dr. Jay Vest (American Indian Studies) delivered two presentations in Virginia on March 18 at the Mid Atlantic Conference on the Scholarship of Diversity and Virginia Humanities Conference.
A full slate of academic activities for Dr. Simmons
Dr. Sara Simmons (Education) was a presenter at the Lilly South Conference on College and University Teaching held in Greensboro, N.C., on February 18-20. The topic for her session was “Integrating the Personal with the Professional in Our Teaching: Finding the Core of Our Passion.” The conference was attended by approximately 200 educators from institutions of higher education from the Southern and Southeastern regions of the U.S.
A featured speaker at the 36th Annual North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA) Conference held in Winston-Salem on March 9-11, Dr. Simmons’ session was on “Content Area Literacy for Adolescent Learners: Strategies for Differentiation.” The conference drew approximately 1,300 participants, including faculty members from institutions of higher education and public school administrators and teachers.
Dr. Simmons presented two sessions (one of them a ticketed session) at the 60th annual conference and exhibit show of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Orlando, Fla., April 2 - 4. Her session topics were “Leading, Encouraging, and Supporting Differentiation in Classrooms and Schools” and “The How-Tos of Integrating Strong Curriculum Design and Differentiated Instruction.” The conference drew more than 12,000 educators from around the world.
A series of full-day seminars, led by Dr. Simmons, was offered by Public Schools of Robeson County (PSRC) for lead mentors, lateral entry teachers and initially licensed teachers (1st year teachers). The seminars - held January through March - were attended by approximately 50 lead mentors, 60 lateral entry teachers and 80 initially licensed teachers.
Dr. Simmons also assisted with the Safe City project that was planned in collaboration with professors and pre-service teachers from UNCP and teachers and administrators from PSRC. The daylong event, held at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center in Lumberton, N.C., on March 17, provided learning experiences centered on safety for students from six elementary schools.
A manuscript, “NC TEACH and NC TEACH On-Line: Viable Alternative Routes to Teaching in North Carolina,” written by Dr. Simmons, was accepted for publication in the journal Action in Teacher Education for an upcoming issue. The article discusses the theme of alternative certification. The journal, which is the official refereed publication of the Association of Teacher Educators, focuses on policy, practice and research in the field of education, and it serves as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas related to the improvement of teacher education.
Dr. Simmons was a facilitator for the weekend retreat of National Board Candidates, held at UNCP on March 12 and jointly sponsored by PSRC and the Office of University-School Programs at UNCP, and attended by 20 candidates from Robeson County, Hoke County, and Moore County. The teachers were seeking certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Candidates worked on their portfolio entries and received feedback on their entries from14 National Board Certified Teachers who were available for consultation.
Dr. Simmons was accepted to serve as co-chair of the Program Planning Committee for the fall 2005 Teacher Education Forum of the North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCACTE), which will be held in Raleigh, N.C., September 29-30.
Dr. Phillips documents dinosaur fossils in Nebraska-Iowa
Dr. Lee Phillips (Geology) co-authored a paper with R. M. Joeckel of the University of Nebraska, titled "Late Albian Dinosaur Tracks from the Cratonic (Eastern) Margin of the Western Interior Seaway, Nebraska, U.S.A.," which was published in the December issue of Ichnos. The paper is the first documentation of “in situ” (in-place) dinosaur fossils from the Nebraska-Iowa area.
On March 11, Dr. Phillips served on an alumni advisory panel within the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he presented a short talk titled "So You Have Chosen Academia." The panel was designed to provide the undergraduate and graduate students with information regarding job skills preparation, finding and keeping a job.
Dr. Phillips also attended the 54th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America held in Biloxi, Miss., March 17-19. In addition to serving as co-chair of the sedimentary geology and paleontology session, Dr. Phillips presented the leadoff talk titled "Significance of Cone-In-Cone Structures in Marine Mudstones."
Dr. Mitchell attends technology conference
Dr. Maurice Mitchell (UCIS) participated in four separate sessions of the 2005 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference held in Raleigh, N.C., March 30 to April 1.
Dr. Mitchell chaired a session on "e-Learning Policy Council Faculty Support Subcommittee Information Gathering Session" and presented a session on "Faculty Support Services - How Does Your Institution Compare?"
He also participated in two panel sessions, "Promoting Effective Communication Between Faculty and IT Administrators," and "Update from the UNC e-Learning Policy Council."
Blake Tyner elected to state archivist society
K. Blake Tyner (Art) was elected a member-at-large of the Society of North Carolina Archivists at their annual meeting in March in Fayetteville, N.C. The society was formed in 1984 after an extensive study of government archives and historical records repositories by the N.C. Historical Records Advisory Committee.
The society promotes cooperation and the exchange of information among individuals and institutions interested in the preservation and use of the archival and manuscript resources of North Carolina; shares information on archival methodology and the availability of research materials; provides a forum for discussion on matters of common concern as they pertain to the archival profession and cooperates with organizations and professionals in related disciplines.
Business faculty present paper at Accounting Association
A paper, "The Other Side of the Coin: Overcoming the Detrimental
Effects of Small Classes in Management Education," was presented
by Dr. John A. Parnell, Dr. William "Rick" Crandall and Sharon
Bell (School of Business) at the American Accounting Association’s
2005 mid-Atlantic region annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., on March
Business faculty present at technology conference
A paper, "Teaching with Technology: A Business School Perspective" by
Sharon Bell, Dr. Lucie Li, Dr. Howard Ling and Dr. Ramin Cooper Maysami
(School of Business), was presented at the Teaching and Learning with
Technology Conference in Raleigh, N.C. on March 31.
Dr. Collier presents poster at conference
Dr. William Collier (Psychology) delivered a poster presentation at
the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference in Memphis, Tenn.,
on March 26. The title of the presentation was “The Effect of Musical
Intervals on Ratings of Tempo Change.”
Dr. Emily Long nominated for ‘Who’s Who’
Dr. Emily Long (Education) was nominated for “Who's Who Among
American Teachers.” It was her second nomination by the annual
McBroom presents at NSTA conference
Rachel McBroom (Biology) presented a session on “Using Food Science
to Teach Biology and Chemistry” at the National Science Teachers
Association (NSTA) Conference in Dallas, Texas, on April 1. She was assisted
in her presentation by three undergraduate education majors - Abbie Lundy
(middle grades), Darlene Montesanti (science education) and Kelly Tripp
(science education). Dr. Pete Wish (Biology) presided over the session.
Dr. Hossfeld’s book was published in January
Dr. Leslie Hossfeld’s (Sociology) book, "Narrative, Political Unconscious and Racial Violence in Wilmington, North Carolina," was published in January by Routledge Academic Press.
Dr. Hossfeld also presented two papers at the Southern Sociological Society annual meetings in Charlotte, N.C.: "Advantages and Disadvantages of Community-Based Research: Jobs for the Future Project" and "Worker Displacement; Lessons Learned from the Field."
Three books reviewed at 3rd Book Forum
The third American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum was held March 28 in the Native American Resource Center. The forum is chaired by Dr. Jay Vest and sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department and the Native American Resource Center.
Presenters included: Dr. Linda Oxendine, (American Indian Studies), who reported on the book "Every Day is a Good Day" edited by Wilma Mankiller; Dr. Jesse Peters, (English), on "Toward a Native American Critical Theory" by Elvira Pulitano; and Dr. Stephen Bukowy (Business), on "The Invention of the Creek Nation" by Steven C. Hahn.
The final 2004-05 American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum will be held on Monday, April 18 at 3 p.m. in the Native American Resource Center of Old Main.
Dr. Jones presents papers at composition conference
Dr. Ginny Jones (English) presented two papers at the annual Conference
on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco. One was part
of a panel on "Taking Research/Writing beyond the Campus: Ethnography." That
paper was given along with those by Dr. Anita Guynn (English) and Dr.
Leslie Hossfeld (Sociology). The other was presented to a special interest
group on Composition/English Education Connections. That presentation
was on "Moving to the Field from the Campus: Two Innovative Strategies."
Shelby Stephenson joins in National Poetry Month
New North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer’s first initiative will be to mark National Poetry Month in April with a unique tribute to North Carolina poets. Byer has selected 30 poems by North Carolina writers, which will be featured, one each day of the month.
Governor Michael Easley named Byer the state’s Poet Laureate in February. Byer served as the poet-in-residence at Western Carolina University and Lenoir-Rhyne College. She is a former poetry instructor in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has written four award-winning collections of poems including “Catching Light” (2002), “Black Shawl” (1998), “Wildwood Flower” (1992) and “The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest” (1986).
The Poet Laureate program is just one of the ways the North Carolina Arts Council works to educate about and encourage the literary arts. In addition to grant support and advice to writers and literary organizations in the state, the Arts Council and other partners in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources are at work to develop a web-based trail of literary sites throughout the state to highlight the extraordinary talent of writers who’ve made their homes here.
The North Carolina Arts Council is a division of Cultural Resources, which is promoting Poetry Month.
Contact information: Joe Newberry at email@example.com, or phone: 919.733.2119.
Birthdays, April 15 - 31
Kimberly Lowry (Controller's Office) was married on March 5, 2005 to Everette Locklear Jr. at Porter Plaza in Pembroke.
Clatie Swett, (mother of Montie Oxendine (Physical Plant), passed away April 14.
Varser Bullard, father-in-law of Brantley Locklear (Physical Plant) passed away April 13.
Donald Eugene Guynn, the father of Dr. Anita Guynn (English), passed away on April 12 at his home after a long illness.
Barbara Hunt, the mother-in-law of Lisa Hunt (Sponsored Research and Programs), passed away April 5 after a battle with cancer.
Arthur Jacobs, the brother of Dallas Jacobs (Physical Plant - Housekeeping), passed away April 3.
News from HR
UNC health care committee on campus April 26
The UNC Office of the President’s Health Care Improvement Committee is hosting a second round of community meetings on UNC campuses.
The Healthcare Improvement Committee developed a design of the proposed health plan model. A representative of the committee will present the proposed plan at a community meeting in the University Center Lounge on April 26 at 10 a.m. This is an opportunity to learn about the direction of our future healthcare and provide input.
Additional information about the committee's work is available at the UNC website: www.northcarolina.edu/content.php/hr/benefits/hcinitiative.htm
Pharmacy manager explains new Medco ID cards
Effective April 1, Medco became the State Health Plan’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM). The mailing of Medco’s communication materials and new ID cards with the new State Health Plan logo to our members generated many calls to both Medco customer service as well as to Blue Cross Blue Shield Cross, our medical claims processor.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina will continue to be the medical claims processor for the State Health Plan. The new ID card will serve as both medical and prescription drug card. It should be presented to physicians, hospitals, other medical providers and your pharmacies.
Please note: permanent non-social security number ID cards will be mailed to members in about 90 days. Upon receipt of the new non-social security number ID cards, members should discard all old cards and present the new cards to physicians, hospitals, other medical providers and pharmacies so their records can be changed to reflect the non-social security numbers.
Any questions concerning prescription benefits should be directed to Medco customer service at 1.800.336.5933.