McMillan promoted to director of new student orientation
John McMillan has accepted the position as Director of New Student and Family Orientation for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
McMillan served in the Office of Admissions for five years, beginning as an admissions counselor and ending as associate director. He began work in the newly created position on Dec. 15, 2003.
McMillan served the Office of Admissions with distinction in a time of great enrollment growth, said Jackie Clark, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management.
“John’s experience in recruitment and admissions prepared him well to take the next step in directing the orientation program, which is designed to help students get the best start possible at UNC Pembroke,” Clark said. “His excellent planning and organizational skills along with his ability to lead and work with a team made him an excellent choice for this position.”
As a part of the Office for Enrollment Management, the new director will chair the New Student Orientation Committee and coordinate new student placement testing, advising, registration, orientation and family orientation sessions for the summer, fall and spring terms. In 2002-3, there were seven new student orientation sessions.
The director will also be responsible for recruiting, training and supervising orientation leaders to assist with all aspects of the program. McMillan will coordinate of all information to prospective students and the University community about all aspects of new student and family orientation is included in the duties of the director.
“I have learned a lot in the Office of Admissions, and I am ready and excited about this opportunity,” McMillan said. “I am looking forward to working with the New Student Orientation Committee. This is a very professional and dedicated group.”
McMillan said he has several goals for the new office, including greater involvement of the local business community in welcoming new students to campus.
“Orientation is an important opportunity for the University and the community to tell their story, and orientation should be entertaining and add something positive to the total student experience” he said. “I would like to see us provide the best orientation program in North Carolina.”
McMillan is a Red Springs native and graduate of Red Springs High School. After a stint in the Army, he completed work on a Bachelor of Science degree from UNCP.
The office will be located in the Office for Enrollment Management, Lumbee Hall, 4th floor, room 435, 910.521.6264.
Dr. Charles Jenkins named to hospital board
Dr. Charles Jenkins (Education) has been named chair of the Scotland Health System/Scotland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.
Dr. Jenkins was selected by the 18-member board to serve a one-year term. He is a professor in the Educational Leadership Program at UNCP and former Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He started his career at the University in 1971 and served 27 years in administration and 15 as provost.
A Laurinburg resident, Dr. Jenkins has served on the Scotland Healthcare board for five years.
“This is a great honor, and I am very appreciative,” he said. “It is a lot of work, but well worth it.”
Dr. Pat Valenti joins in planning the Hawthorne Museum
Dr. Pat Valenti (English), a scholar of the nineteenth-century American
Alex Mason, Curator of The House of the Seven Gables in Salem and organizer of the project, along with scholars from Ohio and South Carolina, traveled to UNCP last fall to confer with Dr. Valenti about the museum.
“At the end of February, I will travel to Salem and meet with this group and a design team to continue the planning process,” Dr. Valenti said. “Among my contributions to plans for the museum will be curriculum materials on ‘The Scarlet Letter’ that will be made available to teachers who will use the museum as a resource.”
Dr. Valenti published, “To Myself a Stranger: A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop,” (LSU Press) in 1991. She was asked to give a public lecture in Salem on Hawthorne's daughter on February 26, 2003.
The first volume of Dr. Valenti’s biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne’'s wife, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, entitled “A Life, Volume I through 1847,” will be published this spring by the University of Missouri Press. During the 2001-2002 academic year, Dr. Valenti was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for a year-long research grant to write the book.
Last year, Dr. Valenti served as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Fine Arts at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co. She also published a book that year with Greenwood Press, entitled “Understanding The Old Man and the Sea: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents.”
Heather Lowry Jacobs graduates from Duke
DURHAM -- Heather Lowry Jacobs, daughter of UC Game Room supervisor Beverly Lowry, graduated from Duke University December 13 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
It is the second degree for Jacobs, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UNCP in 2001 while majoring in biology with a molecular science concentration. Jacobs had a 3.96 GPA in the special 16-month Duke program. She was also inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society, and earned 15 credits towards a graduate nursing degree.
Jacobs is employed by Duke University Medical Center in the hematology/oncology unit and plans to begin work on an advanced degree within the year. She credits her professors at UNCP for her success.
“UNCP was a great experience and a growing experience,” she said. “My professors were very hard.”
Jacobs says she misses the peace and quiet of Pembroke, but enjoys shopping in the Triangle and Duke basketball. She had a message for her mother too. “Parents are important. I tell my Mom all the time that I appreciate what she did for me,” Jacobs said.
She is married to Gregory Jacobs, a 2002 UNCP graduate and an employee of the State Employees Credit Union.
Business Dean in Cuba for International conference
Dr. Eric Dent, Dean of the School of Business, left January 6 for Havana, Cuba.
Dr. Dent was an invited speaker at the Second International Biennial Seminar on the Philosophical, Methodological and Epistemological Implications of Complexity Theory. He spoke at this conference two years ago.
“What is of note about this conference is that much of the subject matter and my presentation is about decentralization, autonomous agents, self-organization, and open systems,” Dr. Dent said. “When I went to Havana two years ago, I was concerned that I was being monitored closely while I was there. Although I will never know if I was, I learned that even the Fidelistas know that Castro will die someday, and they want the country to transition in a way so that they maintain their high levels of general health, high levels of education, high levels of social order and low levels of corruption.”
Prof. Parnell presents two papers in India
Dr. John Parnell (Business) just returned from India, where he presented two papers at the Academy for Global Business Advancement meeting in Delhi.
The papers include:
Illya Chavis and family take an educational cruise
During the holidays, Illya Chavis (Regional Center) and her family took an educational cruise to the Caribbean. The trip included stops in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Martin as well as a few fun days at sea.
“We learned about other cultures and the appreciation of being on land as opposed to being sea sick,” Chavis said. “I really enjoyed the trip after 24 hours of sea sickness and a trip to the infirmary.”
Dr. Hossfeld speaks at local economic briefing
Congressman Mike McIntyre and Professor Leslie Hossfeld (Sociology) were keynote speakers at the Center for Community Action’s December briefing on, “Job Loss: Impact and Opportunity,” a meeting to discuss the 10,274 manufacturing jobs lost in Robeson County since 1993 and strategies for winning jobs back.
other activities, Dr. Hossfeld presented her research on “Inequality
in Income, Jobs and Education” at the Wealth and Poverty Conference
sponsored by the Center for
Dr. Hossfeld was also guest expert on Rhonda Bellamy's WAVE 980AM talk-radio two-hour program on her research on poverty in Southeastern North Carolina.
Altman conducts Fayetteville Symphony’s holiday concert
Maestro Timothy Altman (Music) conducted the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in a holiday concert on December 14. The concert was at Reeves Auditorium on the campus of Methodist College. The Heritage Restoration Chorale and the Cumberland Oratorio Singers joined the Fayetteville Symphony for several works including Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Altman will also conduct a concert with the symphony on March 26 as part of Fayetteville’s Fourth Friday concerts. The symphony will play Copland's “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Dvorak's “New World Symphony.”
UNCP Professor Deanne Renshaw is principal oboe with the Fayetteville Symphony.
Emily Love earns master’s degree from ECU
Emily Love graduated in December with a Master of Science in Instructional Technology degree from East Carolina University. Love left her job at UNCP in December as a computing consultant in Distance Learning to work at ECU as a global classroom video producer and visiting instructor.
Dr. Gail Morfesis performs for ‘A Dickens Holiday’
Dr. Gail Morfesis (Music) presented a Dickens-inspired program of English,
She was accompanied by a variety of instruments, including hand bells, auto harp, guitar and piano. Fellow UNCP musicians, Alton Hartness, guitarist and Yura Alexov, violinist, joined her.
Historic Downtown Fayetteville was transformed into a quaint Victorian village as merchants decorated for the holidays, Victorian style. At dusk, the streets of downtown were completely darkened. There was a candlelight procession down Hay Street to the Market House where a switch was thrown for the grand illumination of the holiday decorations of downtown.
Vest’s report critical of development near Blackfeet reservation
Dr. Jay Hansford C. Vest consulted with the Blackfeet Indian Nation and the National Parks Conservation Association to prepare a critique of an ethnographic report for the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana.
The report critiqued by Dr. Vest is entitled “Blackfeet Culture, Religion, and Traditional Practices in the Badger-Two Medicine Area and Surrounding Mountains” and was prepared by Sally and T. Weber Greiser. Dr. Vest found the report inadequate because it failed to consider several important aspects of traditional Pikuni (Blackfeet) religious practices, and it offered an inadequate recommendation for protection of this area as sacred geography.
The Badger-Two Medicine area is a pristine wilderness area south of Glacier National Park and adjacent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.
“Once a part of the Blackfeet Reservation, traditional Pikuni religion has been practiced in the area since time immemorial, however in 1896 the area was ceded to the U.S. by treaty agreement,” Dr. Vest said. “Although the Blackfeet retain treaty rights within the area, the Bush administration is, however, seeking to explore portions of the area for oil and gas development. Such development threatens the continued existence of traditional Pikuni (Blackfeet) religion.”
Dr. Vest has published several journal articles and chapters in books on the subject and related matters American Indian sacred geography and environmental ethics. A Saponi-Monaca Indian from Virginia, Dr. Vest is an adopted member of the Blackfeet or Pikuni Tribe.
Tyner wrote three articles for The Robesonian
Blake Tyner (Art) had three articles published in The Robesonian as part of the “Robeson Remembers,” the oral history project of the Robeson County Museum. One concerned Christmas memories in Robeson County and the other is a two-part series on Robeson County’s connection to the historic “First Flight” by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk. This series gives the history of the Laurinburg-Maxton Airbase that was established during World War II as well as Governor Angus McLean’s participation on the first Wright Brothers’ Monument at Kitty Hawk and his meeting with Orville Wright and Charles Lindbergh.
Crandall and Parnell write article for business review
Dr. Rick Crandall, (Business) and Dr. John Parnell (Business) had their article, “New Frontiers in Management Research: The case for industrial archeology,” published in the latest edition of The Coastal Business Review.
The Review is a refereed e-journal published by the Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University.
The article offers alternatives to familiar sources for business research. The authors call it “industrial archeology.”
Management scholars traditionally rely on the review of journals and empirical data for information used in research projects. However, there is also a vast amount of material that remains virtually untapped by many management researchers - the artifacts, pictures and remains of industrial and commercial organizations.
Industrial archeology enthusiasts study organizational life, particularly the life of manufacturing facilities, by examining empirical data, as well as pictures, records, internal, external correspondence and other printed materials, ruins and artifacts.
The article delineates how management scholars can take advantage of the wealth of secondary material that exists by integrating an industrial archeological perspective into their research programs.
Dr. Curtis honored by American Library Association
Space Today Online (STO), a web site published by Professor Anthony R. Curtis, has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) for inclusion in its Great Web Sites for Kids.
"This is a prestigious award and I feel very honored to be chosen," Dr. Curtis said. He is professor of Mass Communications.
Curtis’ not-for-profit web site is at www.spacetoday.org. The American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids page is located at www.ala.org/greatsites. Space Today Online is in the section on Sciences - Astronomy and Space.
Great Web Sites for Kids is managed by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.
Dr. Curtis founded Space Today as a print newsmagazine in 1986. In 1994, it migrated to online publication as Space Today Online (STO). During 2004, the publication is in its 18th year.
“My mission is to provide accurate information on human activities in and about space — past, present, and future,” Dr. Curtis said. “I interpret this broadly, to include such areas of human knowledge as space science, space history, space research, space flight, Solar System exploration, Solar System astronomy, deep space astronomy, and cosmology. Thus our slogan, ‘Covering Space from Earth to the Edge of the Universe.’”
STO is a definitive news, information and education site dedicated to space science, astronomy and related subjects. By communicating the record of human understanding of, and enthusiasm for, human space research and travel.
Space Today Online has become a trustworthy historical journal of human space activities to the point where STO receives a steady flow of emailed questions from students who want to understand how space works and what lies beyond Earth.
View the Great Web Sites selection criteria.
ReVisions seeking student essay nominations
The deadline to nominate student essays for ReVisions is Tuesday, February 2.
“ReVisions is a wonderful opportunity to recognize student work,” said Dr. Susan Canata, co-editor. “Next semester's issue will be our fourth, and, although each issue publishes essays in more and more academic disciplines, we'd like to see a broader range of student work.”
In order for this to happen, faculty support is needed, Dr. Canata said. Essays nominated can take many forms, excluding only summaries and creative writing. Essays nominated can come from all previous semesters, as long as the student is still enrolled at the University.
For questions or comments, please contact Dr. Susan Cannata (email@example.com) or Jesse Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org). Nomination forms are at the back of previous issues of ReVisions, or a form can be emailed. Please be sure that all information is filled out on the form.
Alexis Locklear is Junior Miss Fuquay-Varina
Alexis Vivian Locklear, age 11, won the title of Junior Miss Fuquay-Varina 2003-2004 on January 10 in Fayetteville. The daughter of Marla Locklear (Athletics), she competed in the categories of private interview, beauty, talent, swimsuit, photogenic and best model. Alexis received a beautiful round crown, trophy, banner and queen pin. She is eligible to compete in the Little Miss North Carolina Pageant in July 2004 in the Junior Miss division.
“Alexis worked very diligently over the holidays to get prepared for the pageant, and her efforts were rewarded,” said her mother. “She is excited about her title and is looking forward to competing in the North Carolina Pageant in July.”
Alexis spent eight days in Orlando, Fla., over the holidays and visited Epcot Center to relax before the pageant.
Dr. D’Arruda in Germany to talk science
Dr. Jose D’Arruda (Chemistry & Physics) traveled to Ludwigsburg Pedagogical University in Germany to visit with faculty and students. Dr. D’Arruda presented two seminars on science education in America. He was accompanied by his wife, Dorothy (pictured at left).
As part of his visit, he observed the science instruction at Ludwigsburg University and at a local school in the city. During his week stay in Ludwigsburg, he was the guest of Professor R. Girwidz from the Department of Physics and the Institute for Natural Sciences and Technology. His visit is part of UNCP’s continuing effort to internationalize itself through a variety of agreements for student and faculty exchanges, as well as importing and exporting academic programs.
Dr. Alfred Bryant to make conference presentation
Dr. Alfred Bryant (Education) will give a four-hour co-presentation at the 2004 ACPA (American College Personnel Association) National Conference in Philadelphia in April.
The title of the presentation is “Developing Alternative Admissions Criteria (DAAC): A Five-Campus Consortium.” The presentation reports on a national project examining the effectiveness of non-cognitive model, a group of cultural and psychosocial variables as alternative admission criteria at five university campuses: North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland-College Park, North Carolina A&T University, UNCP and Appalachian State University.
The authors will report on the theory and evidence of the model, the development of the consortium and first-year findings.
Business School forging ties with Campbell Soup
Business Professor Stewart Thomas and Business School Dean Eric Dent spent part of a day recently at Campbell Soup’s Maxton plant.
An undergraduate business student will serve as an intern there in the spring. Senior management student Shannon Ward will be learning process management.
Drs. Dent and Thomas met with plant manager and corporate vice president Fred George, a former UNCP trustee. They discussed other internships for the future.
Dr. Reising was a visiting scholar at Michigan State
Dr. Robert Reising (English and American Indian Studies) has returned to the University after a one-semester stay at Michigan State University as a Visiting Scholar. He taught in MSU’s American Indian Studies Program.
“Being invited back to my alma mater, my baccalaureate-granting institution, to research and to write about Jim Thorpe, the great Native American athlete, was my greatest thrill,” Dr. Reising said.
He gave a lecture on Thorpe to campus and community on November 19 and a second presentation at Henry Ford Community College on October 8. (A promotional poster for the engagement is pictured above.)
Another highlight was attending a basketball game between MSU and the University of Oklahoma as OU Coach Kelvin Sampson’s guest. Dr. Reising said he was one of about 50 fans wearing Oklahoma red that day.
Dr. Reising also attended a reunion of his championship MSU baseball team, which advanced to the NCAA finals.
Last year, Dr. Reising was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Don Soucy addresses county business awards banquet
At the Robeson County Industrial Organization awards dinner, Professor Don Soucy (Business) was the keynote speaker, addressing over 100 business leaders in the county. Soucy offered ideas on how the county’s economic development could continue to improve.
“Professor Soucy did an impressive job, and his remarks were very well received,” said Business School Dean Eric Dent, who was in attendance. “He spoke sincerely about his belief in the importance of education. UNCP was well represented and promoted by Don.”
Samantha Lowery, daughter of Teresa Lowery (HCAP), bagged her first deer on the first day of the New Year. Lowery is 15-years old, and she did it on the last day of hunting season. The deer was a six-point buck with a 12-inch spread.
Kenney on Lumberton Chamber board
Dan Kenney (Athletics) was elected to the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Langley’s paper accepted at conference
Teresa Langley’s (Art) paper, “Our Past will Represent Our Future: Ireland’s Nationalist Art,” was accepted into the Southern Chapter American Conference of Irish Studies Conference, March 4-7, for presentation.
Dr. William Campbell presents paper
Dr. William Campbell (Mathematics & Computer Science) presented a paper, “Indexing Permutations” at the Seventh Annual Southeastern Conference of the Consortium of Computing Sciences in Colleges held November 7-8, 2003, in Dunwoody, Ga. The paper was published in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (Vol.19, No. 3).
Dr. Edwards publishes paper in social work journal
Dr. Sherry Edwards (Sociology) made a presentation October 23 at the 21st Annual Baccalaureate Social Work Education Conference, entitled “Including Feminist Pedagogy When Teaching About Social Justice.”
Dr. Edwards also published an article she co-wrote, “Anonymity in Electronic Discussion Groups: Effect on Diversity Discussion,” in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work (Volume 9, Number 1, Fall 2003).
Phillips defends dissertation at the University of Iowa
Professor Lee Phillips (Geology) traveled to the University of Iowa in November to defend his dissertation, entitled “Paleohydrologic and stratigraphic implications of early diagenetic carbonate cements: examples from marginal marine deposits bordering the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway.”
Steeds’ lithograph in Southern California competition
Ralph Steeds (Art) had a print accepted in the National Print Competition at the Janet Turner Print Musuem, Chico State, University of Southern Calfornia. The large lithograph print is “In Critique of Judgement, Observer.”
- January 1-31
Steven Brooks (University Police) and his wife, Tracy, are the proud parents of a baby girl. Baby was born January 24 and weighed in at six pounds and seven ounces.
Preston Swiney’s father, Claude Swiney, passed away on December 29, 2003. Preston is Dean of Students.
Mary Helen Walker’s mother-in-law, Dalma Jackson Walker of Raeford, passed away. She is Director of Disability Support Services.
Grace Britt’s husband, James, died December 5. Grace who is a former UNCP employee of many years.
New 2004 Payroll Deduction 529 plan
North Carolina's National College Savings Program is now a “529” plan for state employees and their families.
North Carolina's National College Savings Program offers options needed to make real gains in saving toward a college education for children, individuals or others. The 529 plan is authorized by the N.C. General Assembly, maintained by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority and administered by College Foundation, Inc. (CFI).
The National College Savings Program is accessible, tax free (when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses) and flexible.
To learn more about North Carolina's National College Savings Program and to have the opportunity to ask questions and receive assistance in the enrollment process, make time to attend an information session on Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. HR, Room 358.
State Health Plan’s Mail Order Prescription Plan
State Health Plan members have access to a mail order prescription plan.
If you are interested in the mail order plan you may visit the website
below to obtain the form and instructions:
State mileage reimbursement increased in 2004
Effective January 1, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the business standard mileage rate to 37.5 cents per mile. The Office of State Budget and Management is also changing the state’s allowable rate of reimbursement to 37.5 cents per mile for travel by personal vehicle when a state-owned vehicle is not available.
The University will reimburse at 37.5 cents per mile effective January 1. The travel policies and rates on the Controller’s web site will be updated soon.