Dr. Jesse Peters (English) officially took over as chair of the Faculty Senate on August 25, 2004, at the faculty’s first meeting of the new academic year. Dr. Tom Dooling (Chemistry and Physics) passed the gavel at the conclusion of the afternoon meeting.
Chancellor Meadors addressed the gathering, saying that, despite his personal “healthcare issue,” he planned to be at the University for the academic year.
Chancellor Meadors promised a position paper on the proposed optometry school soon. The North Carolina General Assembly voted $10 million to pave the way for a school in Pembroke.
“The data is there,” Chancellor Meadors said. “There is a need for a school of optometry in North and South Carolina.”
The latest results from the U.S. News & World Report publication, “America’s Best Colleges,” ranked the University high in two new categories, Chancellor Meadors said.
The annual edition of the nation’s top college rating guide ranked the University highly for “most international students” and “highest proportion of classes under 20.” As it did last year, U.S. News gave the University very high marks for diversity and the low amount of debt for graduates. Here’s how the University fared:
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Roger Brown presented strategic goals for his division that placed improved academic advising, with the goal of improving student retention, at the top of the list.
Improved information technology infrastructure, conversion to new student information system software and improved student and faculty participation in University events and activities are high on the provost’s list.
For the 2004-05 academic year, Dr. Bonnie Kelly (Biology) will serve as a delegate to the larger UNC faculty association along with Dr. Jeffery Geller (Philosophy). Alternates are Dr. Michael Spivey (Sociology) and Dr. Sandra Cross (Health and Physical Education).
Survivors – UCIS staffers proudly show their ‘survivor’ t-shirts. The office never relocated during the renovation and construction of Oxendine Science despite many, many inconveniences.
Family Life Center funding is granted
The Family Life Center (FLC) program was awarded a $245,394 continuation grant from the federal Office of Minority Health. The FLC, an after-school prevention project for middle school youth, is entering its sixth year. Credit for the grant work goes to staff members Brenda Jacobs, Elaine Brewington and Lisa Hunt (Sponsored Research).
A part of the Regional Center, FLC is a partner of the Communities in Schools Academy. Tutoring, mentoring and chaperoning volunteer opportunities are available with this program. Please contact the Family Life Center at 522-5738.
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