The Friends of Sampson-Livermore Library will present two authors, Dr. Patricia Valenti and Dr. Stephen Berry, in a discussion of their books.
Dr. Patricia Valenti will discuss her new book, “Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 1, 1809-1847,” and Dr. Stephen W. Berry II will discuss his first book, “All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South.”
The event will be held in the Thomas Assembly Room of the Native American Resource Center of Old Main on Tuesday, November 30 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Valenti’s book is the first of a two-part biography of Nathaniel Hawthore’s wife, Sophia, who was a remarkable force in her own right and a major influence on the author. It is the first scholarly look at the woman behind America’s first great novelist.
A historian, Dr. Berry’s book is on the Civil War letters of six Southern gentlemen and officers. The letters offer tantalizing insight into the love and ambition and why America went to war with itself.
The public is welcome to attend the event, the reception and book signings. For additional information, please contact the Sampson-Livermore Library at (910) 521-6516 or 6655.
“All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South” 2003; Oxford University Press, New York; $26.
“Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 1, 1809–1847” 2004; University of Missouri Press; $44.95.
Staff Council reschedules election, plans for the future
A new Staff Council will take office on July 1, 2005, following elections in June 2005.
The election was delayed to June from November, in part, to conform with the state’s fiscal year and to conform with other staff councils in the UNC system, said Tony Chavis, chair of the council.
Chavis said the delay gives the Staff Council an opportunity to survey the campus community and receive guidance on the future of the council. Changes are in store for the five-year-old council, Chavis said.
“The Staff Council has a lot to be proud of in its six year history,” Chavis said. “Morale of staff members is up, lines of communication with the Office of the Chancellor are open, and the future is bright.”
“The Staff Council has established itself as a voice for the University’s non-teaching employees, but there is a lot more to do,” the staff council chair said. “We are asking for guidance from every corner of the University.”
A survey, along with input from top University officials, should be complete next spring, Chavis said.
“This will give us direction for the future,” he said. “A Staff Council is needed, but we need guidance, or we cannot go forward.”
Over the past six months, Chavis said the Staff Council had several resignations and some attrition, and getting quorum has not been possible.
On November 4, Chavis appointed several new staff members to the council as “advisors” to work with the survey, the election and constitutional questions that may arise.
“I was really pleased with the meeting on November 4,” Chavis said. “I thank all who were there and will be helping. More advisory members may be added in the future. Again, I thank all of you and I am looking forward to our productive council.”
The Staff Council was established to comply with an administrative mandate from the Office of the President of UNC.
Its mission is to improve campus morale and to improve communications between non-teaching employees and University administration, including the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the President.
The Staff Council and its Employee Recognition Committee coordinate the Employee of the Quarter program, the Employee Bash and the Spring Cookout. It raises funds for these events.
More than $5,000 was raised to endow a Staff Council Scholarship. Two $100 grants were awarded this fall, one to a staff member and one to a child of a staff member.
Each year, the Staff Council invites Chancellor Meadors and his senior staff members to a question and answer forum. There have been positive results from the many communications between the council and Chancellor.
The council has a Web site (www.uncp.edu/council) and an office in Room 224 in Old Main.
New UNCP record for Combined Campaign
University staff and faculty set a new record for generosity in 2004. With $22,561 in combined gifts and pledges, the annual State Employees Combined Campaign reached its highest total in four years.
This year’s campaign was directed by Lorna Ricotta, director of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. It featured some things old and something new with a silent auction. The auction pushed totals over the top.
Here are totals from the past four years:
State Employees Combined Campaign
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