Family Life Center has new director
Orlando Ford has been appointed Director of the Family Life Center (FLC) program. A grant-supported University outreach project, the FLC provides an after-school prevention program for at-risk middle school students. Programming provided is designed to address issues such as academic performance, self-esteem, alcohol and drug abuse, personal and professional development and cultural identity.
Ford previously worked as the Prevention Specialist for the program, a position responsible for curriculum development and delivery. He joined the FLC in that capacity in 2000 and has worked with up to 50 11-15 year-olds annually. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is pursuing a master’s degree.
Shelby Stephenson wins Bright Hill prize
Shelby Stephenson (English) won the Bright Hill Chapbook Press Prize for a manuscript, “POSSUM,” which will appear in spring, 2004. Bright Hill Press is located in Treadwell, N.Y.
“POSSUM” is a chapbook manuscript of poems, presented from the point of view of a possum, North America's only marsupial.
Sylvia Johnson attends NAMME Conference
Sylvia Johnson, Director of N.C. Health Careers Access Program (HCAP), attended the 28th Annual National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME) Conference, in September.
The conference entitled: “Charting New Pathways for Diversity in the Health Professions” was hosted by the Central Region and was held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo. Johnson is a current 2003-04 board member with the responsibilities of Nominations Chair.
Ross writes chapter for online ‘N.C. Atlas’
Dr. Thomas Ross (Geography) just finished his chapter in the online edition of “The North Carolina Atlas.” Visit the site at www.ncatlasrevisited.org to see the atlas. Dr. Ross has revised and updated his chapter on North Carolina agriculture. Plans are in the works to republish the book, which was originally published in 2000.
The web site intends to provide viewers with current information on patterns and trends in North Carolina. These patterns and trends were initially described in “The North Carolina Atlas: Portrait for a New Century,” by Dr. Alfred Stuart and Dr. Douglas Orr Jr., published by the University of North Carolina Press in March 2000. The book is the most comprehensive analysis of the state and copies may be obtained from bookstores, the UNC Press or from major Internet sources.
The editors say events have moved on rapidly since the book was published, some of which are dramatic. The 2000 U.S. Census, taken after the book was published, revealed stronger population growth than most experts had expected. Some sectors of the state’s economy have suffered substantial losses.
Lee Phillips coauthors a paper for a geology journal
Lee Phillips, (Geology) co-authored a paper titled “Aggradation of gravels in tidally influence fluvial systems: upper Albian (Lower Cretaceous) on the cratonic margin of the North American Western Interior foreland basin,” which was published in the August edition of Cretaceous Research.
The paper proposes the long-distance movement of gravel deposited as part of the Dakota Formation in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska appears to have been directly related to paleoclimatic changes that resulted in much wetter conditions. The sandstones and conglomerates of the Dakota Formation were deposited approximately 100 million years ago in an environment much like that of the modern Georgia coastline.
Paper by Dr. William Collier to be published
A paper by Dr. William Collier (Psychology) was accepted for publication in MUSICAE SCIENTIAE, the trilingual journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM).
The paper is titled “Musical scales and brightness evaluations: Effects of pitch, direction, and scale mode.” Dr. Collier co-authored the paper with Dr. Timothy Hubbard of Texas Christian University.
Birthdays October 1-15
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Rikki Cockrell (Sports Information) is recovering from an auto accident suffered the morning of September 23 while on her way to campus.