Reka Zsilinszka wins USTA tennis Super Nationals
Math and Computer Science Prof. Lazlo Zsilinszka's daughter, Reka, recently won the United States Tennis Association Super National Hard Court 14s tournament earlier this month in Atlanta, improving her national ranking from 48th to 11th.
Coming into the 256-player tournament as a No. 9 seed, Zsilinszka battled her way through seven tough matches, knocking off the No. 2 and No. 3 seed. She came from one set behind in both matches to win.
Many famous professional players have won this tournament.
Starnes steps down from Staff Council post
Nancy Starnes (English, Theatre and Languages, formerly Financial Aid) has stepped down as chair of the Staff Council.
"I have accepted a full-time teaching position in the English Department," Starnes said. "Those of you who know me well are aware of the love I have for teaching. I also have a great love and commitment to the staff of UNCP. I will continue to support our staff and Staff Council in any way that I can."
Starnes was a founding member of the Staff Council and was elected chair twice.
Starting as a temporary employee in Accounts Payable in 1988, Starnes also worked for the English Department, Student Affairs and Financial Aid, where she worked for the past five years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English while in Accounts Payable and her Master of Arts degree in English while at Student Affairs. She will teach Freshman Composition 105 and 104.
Dr. Vest published in Utah journal
"Kitchi Manitou and Western Theistic Assumptions: An Arbitration of Algonquian Metaphysics," a research article written by Dr. Jay Vest (American Indian Studies), was published this summer in the Utah Foreign Language Review, v. 12 (June 2003), 20-32.
Dr. Betty Brown conducted two teacher workshops
Dr. Betty Wells Brown (Education) conducted a two-day workshop on "Literacy Centers and Guided Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers" for the Harnett County Public Schools on July 30 and 31. Over 200 teachers, school administrators and paraprofessionals attended the workshop in Dunn, N.C. The workshop facilitated the participants in reading re-certification credit.
On August 6, Dr. Brown conducted an all-day workshop for 60 teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals at Montclair Elementary School in Cumberland County on "Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World" and "Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers." The workshop assisted the participants in re-certification credit for reading methodology.
Dr. Wendorff presents paper to International Congress
Dr. Liliana Wendorff presented a paper entitled "La Chunga: las verdades y las mentiras" at the First International Congress on "Bad Women - Perception and Representation of Transgressing Women in the Luso-Hispanic World," which took place at the Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, June 26-28.
Dr. Pat Cabe attends conference in Australia
Dr. Patrick Cabe attended the 12th International Conference on Perception and Action, in Surfers Paradise, Australia, in July. At that meeting, Dr. Cabe organized and presented a brief talk in a session commemorating the life and work of Eleanor J. Gibson. Professor Gibson, who passed away in December 2002, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a 1990 recipient of the National Medal of Science. She was Dr. Cabe's graduate advisor at Cornell University.
Dr. Cabe was accompanied on this trip by his wife, Dr. Suellen Cabe, Director of Research and Planning. The Cabes spent an additional two weeks touring the Queensland countryside.
No off-season for Wrestling Coach P. J. Smith
Over the summer, Wrestling Coach P.J. Smith served as Director of the NCUSA Developmental Camp; directed UNCP Swim School and Pool; was Assistant Coach for NCUSA Wrestling Junior and Cadet National Team at the Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D.; attended USA Silver Coaching College in Indianapolis, Ind., in conjunction with the World Team Wrestling Trials; attended the USA Wrestling Leadership Summit in Colorado Springs, Co., and directed the Lumbee Games Swimming and Wrestling Championships during Lumbee Homecoming.
To Protect and Serve
Bess Tyner (Facilities Planning and Construction),here in uniform as an Auxiliary U.S. Coast Guard staff officer, readies to board a helicopter last weekend.
The Grammy-nominated Kau-ta-noh Jrs. performs in Cherokee, N.C., this summer. Kay Oxendine (Student Activities) performs with the five-year-old local band.
Medal of Valor
The first-ever Medal of Award of Valor goes to Sharon Campbell (Physical Plant). Following a series of loud shrieks from the second floor of Jacobs Hall, Sharon bravely confronted Dr. Irene Aiken's (Education) worst nightmare - a snake in the building! Using only a small sample of the mysterious powers she acquired growing up on the island ("Jamaica, Maaan!"), Sharon quickly charmed and subdued the venomous (well, not really) monster and saved the day. Dr. Aiken has returned to her new office. Welcome to Jacobs Hall Irene!
Birthdays, September 1-14
Congratulations to Velieta Dial and Jason Locklear who were married August 21. Velieta is the daughter of Darlene Dial of the Regional Center.
Bessie Mae Bullard passed away August 16. She is the sister of Airo Jacobs (Physical Plant).
Tony Chavis (Intramurals Program) is back at work following an auto accident this summer. Please welcome him back!
Student Health Services Fall 2003 hours
Student Health Services
is open 24 hours daily Sunday 5 p.m. through Friday 4 p.m. and is closed
on Friday 4 p.m. through Sunday 5 p.m. A nurse is on-call weekends.
Doctors hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Student Health Services at (910) 521-6219.