Kinlaw joins UNCP as events coordinator
Kandice L. Kinlaw brings a lifetime of experience in events planning and floral design to her new job at the University.
A Lumberton native, Kinlaw is the new special events coordinator at the Office for University and Community Relations. She reports to Vice Chancellor Glen Burnette Jr.
“I am very pleased about bringing Ms. Kinlaw to our campus,” Dr. Burnette said. “Kandice’s many talents in design and event planning will enhance our University events on and off campus.”
In her new position, Kinlaw will be responsible for coordinating events for the Office of the Chancellor, assisting other departments with events and planning major University events, such as commencement and convocation.
Kinlaw has worked many years as a floral designer, manager and owner of Leviner’s Florist in Lumberton. She is also a certified wedding coordinator.
“I have been a floral designer since I was eight years old,” Kinlaw said. “I am looking forward to using my experience in design and events planning in my new job.”
“A University setting presents a unique but familiar challenge for me,” she said. “I am very excited to be here at a growing University.”
In her first week, Kinlaw was appointed to a committee to plan the remodeling of the main lobby of Lumbee Hall, the University’s administration building.
A past president of the North Carolina Florist Association, Kinlaw has given floral design seminars in several states. She was on the North Carolina Board of Telefloral, a flower wire service.
Kinlaw is a Littlefield High School graduate, and she attended UNCP. She has been active in the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on several committees.
Disability Support Services adds new position
Jennifer Lowry joined the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) this spring to assist students with learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).
A Maxton native and a 1996 UNCP graduate, Lowry is also an adjunct professor in the School of Education. She earned a master’s degree in special education from NC State University in 1999 and has eight years of experience in special education classrooms.
Lowry serves more than 200 students with disabilities.
“My role is to provide accommodations that level the playing field for students with learning disabilities,” Lowry said. “We determine eligibility of each student and provide accommodations according to their individual needs.”
Those educational aids may include assistive technology, tape recorded lectures or extended time on tests, she said.
Lowry has been an important addition to the Office of Disability Support Services, said Director Mary Helen Walker.
“This added position in DSS has given all students registered for our services more individualized attention,” Walker said. “Learning disabled and ADHD students now have their own service provider on campus, and it’s from someone who understands their academic needs explicitly.”
“Jennifer’s caseload has lessened mine and facilitated more planning and individual attention for all students registered for our services,” Walker said. “We look forward to better serving our students as we plan seminars and workshops for the students during the 2004-05 academic year.”
Lowry said she is working on several new projects, including a new disabled student orientation, a leadership training program and several workshops. Since her undergraduate years, Lowry said she “always wanted to work at the University.”
“It’s been wonderful, and I have had a great start,” Lowry said. “I really enjoy working with the students.”
Lowry said a lot has changed at UNCP, but some things remain the same.
“The campus is very beautiful and growing, but the feeling is the same,” she said.
She is married to Tres Lowry, a pharmacist for Healthkeeperz in Pembroke, and they have one son, Solomon, age 16 months.
Dr. Hossfeld addresses Congressional caucus
Dr. Leslie Hossfeld presented her research findings, “Social and Economic Impact of Job Loss on Robeson County,” to Congress on March 30.
The briefing was sponsored by the bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus. Over 150 Robeson County workers, agency representatives and UNCP students and faculty attended the briefing. North Carolina Representative Mike McIntyre and West Virginia Representative Shelly Capito co-sponsored the briefing
along with the American Sociological Association. The event received coverage in both the national and international press.
Dr. Hossfeld also presented her research findings on job loss in Robeson County to the Joint Committee on Economic Growth and Development of the North Carolina General Assembly on April 1 in Raleigh. Over 75 members of the legislature attended the meeting, which was covered by the Raleigh News and Observer.
Faculty and students take part in ‘Safe City’
On March 29, School of Education faculty and teacher candidates partnered
with Teacher Cadets at Lumberton Senior High School to present Safe City.
Safe City is the culminating activity for the Risk Watch program, presented
at elementary schools to promote safety and learn about their community.
The stations directed by teacher candidates promoted the importance of voting, bike safety, bus safety, protecting the environment, and safety at home. Children also visited the UNCP station to talk about careers and the opportunities offered by going to college.
The partnership with the Teacher Cadets offered an opportunity to further encourage high school students to pursue a degree in education.
The coordinators for the partnership were School of Education faculty, Dr. Jane Huffman, working with the Golden Leaf Educational Consortium Grant for the recruitment and retention of teachers in eastern North Carolina and Dr. Sara Simmons, director of a federal recruitment and retention grant at UNCP. The Safe City coordinators for the school district are Elaine Davis, the
Teacher Cadet coordinator at Lumberton High School and Chris Zeigler and Henrietta Nance of Tanglewood Elementary.
Holly Tyler to graduate May 7
Holly Kristina Tyler, daughter of Darlene Cummings (Registrar), will graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina at Columbia on May 7.
Tyler was awarded an academic merit scholarship to attend Wake Forest Medical School in the fall.
“Her family is very proud of her, and we feel that she is very deserving for her hard work and efforts,” Cummings said.
Holly will be recognized at an awards program at USC on April 15 for several achievements.
Dr. Jones chairs session at national conference
Dr. Ginny (Virginia) Pompei Jones (English) chaired a session on “Cognition and Composition: Insights from Brain Research” at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Antonio, Texas in March.
Dr. Reising delivers two talks in Rocky Mount
Dr. Robert Reising (English) gave two talks in Rocky Mount, N.C. On April 14, he spoke at a gathering of the Twin County Pride, and on April 15, he spoke to the Nash County Travel and Tourism Bureau. The topic was “Jim Thorpe in Rocky Mount: 1909 and 1910.”
Student shines at Bluegrass competitions
Janet McClellan won first place honors in the vocal competition at two recent events - the 77th Annual Fiddler's Convention in Star, N.C., and the 29th Annual Fiddler's Convention in Seagrove, N.C.
In addition to singing, Janet plays guitar and mandolin in the local bluegrass band, Stone Mountain. She is a senior psychology major from Laurel Hill, N.C.
Ukranian professor publishes two books
Dr. Tetyana Semiginia’s book, “Comparative Social Policy,” was published September 2003, and a new book, “Community Work and Policy,” is being published.
Dr. Semiginia was at UNCP with the Junior Faculty Development Program in 2002-03 and did much of the research on her two books while she was here.
Dr. Semiginia defended her doctoral dissertation in political science and was promoted to the head of the graduate program in social work at her university in Ukraine.
Birthdays April 15-30
Free golf at Riverside for faculty and staff
The University has purchased a group membership at the Riverside Golf Course. The course is available to all faculty and staff at no fee. This means you can walk and play at absolutely no charge. Carts are available if you prefer to ride for a minimal fee.
The golf course is located at 824 Terry Sanford Drive, which is between Deep Branch Road and Highway 74. If you are interested in a tee time, please contact them at 521-8433, although tee times are not required. The course has been undergoing a period of renovation over the past two years, and significant improvements have been made, with more to come.
A Braves One card will be needed for identification. Leagues will be forming, so if you are interested in joining, please let them know.