Gale Sampson is Employee of the Quarter
Gale Samspon, laboratories manager for the Biology Department, was honored February 22 as Employee of the Quarter.
A surprise reception was held in her honor. Sampson, a 14-year employee, won a plaque, a certificate, a reserved parking space and gift certificates to Outback, Linda’s, Gore’s Seafood, Ruby Tuesday’s, Fullers’, Captain Larry’s and the Village Station , Zeno's Italian, Captain D's and McArthur's restaurants. Also a gift basket from Cracker Barrel.
“I really enjoy my job and the people I work with,” Sampson said. “I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”
Biology Department Chair Andy Ash said Sampson is “absolutely the most dependable, honest and intelligent staff member I have ever worked with.”
“Gale is dedicated to the department, students and biology,” Dr. Ash said. “She is a valuable member of our department, indispensable in fact.”
Registrar’s Office wins Homecoming spirit prize
For the eighth time, the Registrar’s Office ran off with the Homecoming Office Spirit Award.
Their secret: “enthusiasm and creative minds,” said Registrar Sara Brackin. For their effort, they won an office pizza party.
The Registrar’s Office proved there is more than one way to win the spirit competition. They did it this year without the usual ribbons and bows.
They sang for their supper.
A stellar rendition of “The Way You Do The Things You Do” was part of the package, but that was just the beginning. The office sponsored a Homecoming “American Idol” competition for students, complete with cash prizes.
“You see what kind of creative minds that work here,” Brackin said.
Second place winner was Disability Support Services, who consoled themselves by winning Homecoming Parade competition. Third place winner was the Office of Student Affairs.
Dennis Edgell teaching Online Weather Studies course
UNCP and more than 50 minority-serving colleges and universities joined forces with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to offer a college-level, online course in meteorology.
Dr. Dennis J. Edgell (Geography) offered Online Weather Studies in the fall semester to 30 students through the University's Distance Education program.
In January, Dr. Edgell gave a presentation on his course experience at the AMS annual meeting in Seattle, Wash. He also participated in a geosciences diversity session.
The annual meeting presentation followed-up a course implementation workshop that Dr. Edgell attended in 2003 at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City.
The diversity initiative is a component of the Meteorological Society’s mission to expand geoscience study opportunities to students who are underrepresented in the sciences, mathematics and technology and to increase the participation by minorities in science careers, including atmospheric science and science teaching.
Support for the AMS program is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences and the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement - National Dissemination Programs.
For more information, please see the Online Weather Studies website at www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/online/info/.
Brown appointed to Reading Association committee
Betty Wells Brown (School of Education) has been invited to serve as a member of the Government Relations Committee of the International Reading Association.
The committee assists the Washington office of the International Reading Association in the implementation of legislative workshops, identifies legislative issues, sets priorities for the organization and develops models for states that would like to increase their level of involvement in literacy advocacy.
Long article published in College Teaching magazine
An article by Dr. Emily Long (Education) appeared in College Teaching (Fall 2003; Vol. 51, No. 4). The title of the article is “Team Teaching Two Sections of the Same Undergraduate Course: A Case Study.” A follow-up article was submitted.
Dr. Lightfoot receives grants to attend conference
Dr. Tulla Lightfoot received a grant from the University’s Task Force on Teaching Excellence and the Teaching and Learning Center to attend and deliver a paper on “Classroom Management for the Art Room” at the National Art Education Association annual conference in Denver, April 16-20.
Hopper, Labadie receive grants for projects
Dr. John Labadie (Art) and Janette K. Hopper (Art) have received grants from the University’s Teaching and Learning Center and the Task Force on Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Labadie's grant is for curriculum development using new media technologies. Hopper's is for travel to Prato, Italy, to present her “Dancing on the Last Stump” work.
Hopper’s work accepted into exhibit on ‘Women’s Work’
Janette K. Hopper (Art) received word that her self-portrait watercolor, “Facing Up to It” (left) has been accepted in a national juried exhibit in Crystal Lake, Ill., called the 17th Annual Exhibit of Women’s Work.
The YouthStart Program took an educational trip to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede at Myrtle Beach. YouthStart is a youth development project of the Regional Center.
Birthdays March 1 - 14
Edward Strickland III - Police Officer, University Police
Brenda C. Jacobs - Student Services Assistant, Career Services
Amie Ward - Enrollment Services Officer II, Admissions
Maureen Windmeyer’s (UCIS) father-in-law passed away in late February.
State Employee Discount Program launched
The Office of State Personnel, private businesses and public entities have developed a State Employee Discount Program to provide service opportunities at discounted costs. The program will continue to expand as new discounts are obtained from businesses and state entities.
For more information on this new program, click on the link below and
start taking advantage of the State Discount Program today: