UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Terry Kennedy

Photo of Terry KennedyTerry Kennedy (MFA Writing Program) received the 2015 USC Union Upcountry Literary Festival Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer, last week. More information is at http://uniondailytimes.com/article/20150324/news/303249988/%26template=CIVartemail

Dr. Thomas Matyok

Photo of Dr. Thomas MatyokDr. Thomas Matyok (Peace and Conflict Studies) was recently appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Army War College (USAWC) at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The USAWC educates and develops military and civilian leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of landpower.

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui

Photo of Dr. Tsz-Ki TsuiDr. Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Collaborative Proposal: “SG” Identifying Sources and Degradation Mechanisms of Methylmercury in Temperate Forest Ecosystems.”

Dr. Nadja Cech

Photo of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines.” Her team’s goal is to apply an innovative two pronged approach to study synergy in goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). “Goldenseal is among the top 20 best selling herbal supplements in the US, and shows promise of effectiveness against multidrug resistant Staphyolcoccus aureus (MRSA), which now kills more US citizens each year than does AIDS,” the abstract states. “As an outcome of our experiments, we expect to provide a comprehensive list of the array of compounds that are responsible for the antimicrobial activity of goldenseal, including details about their mechanism of action. Our long term goal is to support clinical trials of goldenseal and to enable effective quality control of commercially available goldenseal preparations. In addition, we seek more broadly to demonstrate new methods by which the multiple constituents responsible for the activity of botanical dietary supplements can be identified.”

Dr. Peter Villella

Dr. Peter Villella (History) received new funding from the University of Iowa for the project “History of the Chichimec Nation: Translation of Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Seventeenth-Century History of Mexico.”

Canziani/Welsh/Hsieh/Tullar/ Memili/Zhou

The Small Business Institute Distinguished Teaching Paper Award  for “What Pedagogical Methods Impact Students’ Entrepreneurial Propensity?” with Bonnie Canziani, Dianne Welsh, Yuchin Hsieh and William Tullar was awarded February 14 at the SBI Conference in St. Petersburg Florida.

The Distinguished Empirical Paper Award for “The Impact of Family and Personal Dynamics on Chinese Women Entrepreneurs’ Firm Performance: An Empirical Analysis” with Dianne Welsh, Esra Memili, Eugene Kaciak (Brock University and Kozminski University)  and Quihan Zhou (former student, UNCG) was also awarded the same day at the awards luncheon.

Drs. Dianne Welsh, Bonnie Canziani, Yuchin Hsieh, William Tullar and Esra Memili are all faculty in the Bryan School of Business at UNCG. Quihan Zhou is a graduate of the Bryan School.

Additionally, a review of “Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship: A Practical

Guide to a Cross-Campus Program” (Palgrave MacMillan, Dec. 2014) by Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Programs, appeared in the March/April 2015 edition of BizEd magazine, the magazine of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business International. The Bryan School is accredited by the AACSB for both the business and accounting programs. The magazine is read by deans worldwide.

Also, Welsh has a new article in the European Journal of International Management’s special issue on Internationalization of Social Entrepreneurship titled “Validation of a Measure of Social Entrepreneurship” with co-authors S.M. Carraher and A. Svilokos.

Dr. James Ryan

Photo of Dr. James RyanDr. James Ryan (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received funding from the UNC System for the JSNN project “Application for UNC Challenge Grant for the N.C. Science Festival to support JSNN’s Gateway to Science event.” It will be part of the statewide N.C. Science Festival. The JSNN event will be Thursday April 16, 2015 from 9 a.m.. to 5 p.m. Ryan is dean of the joint school.

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Photo of Dr. Qibin ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang (Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “An Ultrasensitive Mass Spectrometry Platform for Comprehensive Analysis of Lipids.”

Justin Shreve

Photo of Justin ShreveJustin Shreve (Housing & Residence Life) was the recent recipient of the Exemplary Social Justice Contribution award during the ACPA 2015 Conference in Tampa, FL. This award honors someone who has demonstrated leadership and activism in the area of social justice on campus; and has role-modeled the qualities of a positive change agent in their community. He is assistant coordinator for Residence Life in MOSAIC.

He joined the UNCG Housing and Residence Life staff in August, 2013, from his previous position as a Hall Director and Advisor for Pride organization at Guilford College. He studied at Guilford College for his undergraduate degree where he completed his B.A. in Biology with concentrations in Psychology, Dance, Chemistry and Integrated Science. He is working on his Master’s of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education here at UNCG.

Dr. Erin Reifsteck

Photo of Dr. Erin ReifsteckDr. Erin Reifsteck (UNCG Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness) received new funding from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the project “Moving On: A Physical Activity Transition Program for Student-Athletes.”

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin AndersenDr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received new funding from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation to study the design and generosity of prescription drug coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Donna Duffy

Photo of Dr. Donna DuffyDr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) received new funding from the Women’s Football Foundation for the project “UNCG CWHW PAGWPSA Research Partnership with the Women’s Football Foundation Investigating the Different Aspects of Women’s Tackle Football Participation and Competition.” Through an established partnership, the Women’s Football Foundation (WFF) and UNCG’s Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity (PAGWSPA) will undertake a research and scholarship agenda to inform and improve the competitive football playing experience of each woman involved with the Independent Women’s Football League.

Dr. Carol Seaman

Photo of Dr. Carol SeamanDr. Carol Seaman (Mathematics and Statistics) received a challenge grant from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for UNCG’s NC Science Festival event “Science, Science Everywhere.” The event at UNCG will be held April 25.

Jim Fisher

Photo of Jim FisherJim Fisher (Theatre) will have a new book published this semester. “Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings” covers the history of theater as well as the literature of America from 1538 to 1880. The years covered by this volume features the rise of the popular stage in American during the colonial era and the first century of the United States of America, with an emphasis on its practitioners, including such figures as Lewis Hallam, David Douglass, Mercy Otis Warren, Edwin Forrest, Charlotte Cushman, Joseph Jefferson, Ida Aldridge, Dion Boucicault, Edwin Booth, and many others. He has published a dozen books and directed and/or acted in 150 theatre productions. He is the 2007 recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award for Excellence in the Teaching of American Theatre from the American Theatre and Drama Society and in 2010 he was elected to membership in the National Theatre Conference.

Holly Goddard Jones

Photo of Holly Goddard JonesHolly Goddard Jones (English / MFA in Creative Writing) is the inaugural recipient of Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award, which honors a work from the Appalachian region. The selection also comes with a $2,000 cash prize. “The Next Time You See Me,” her debut novel, chronicles a woman’s disappearance in a rural Kentucky town and the secrets its residents are keeping. Jones, from Russellville, Ky., is an associate professor in the UNCG Creative Writing Program. She taught at Denison University and Murray State University before joining the UNCG faculty. Over the years, she has also taught workshops for the Reynolds Young Writers’ Workshop, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee School of Letters, and Centre College. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled “Girl Trouble,” was published in 2009. She was a 2007 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and she received the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2013. See her speak about this book.

Bruce Pomeroy

Photo of Bruce PomeroyBruce Pomeroy (Accessibility Resources and Services) was recently recognized for his “distinguished service” to the Greensboro Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities by Mayor Nancy Vaughan and the committee. He has served as chair of the committee for the past two years. The committee provides a supportive and advocacy resource for individuals with disabilities in the community. The committee’s annual events and efforts include raising funds for and awarding scholarships to area graduating high school students with disabilities who are going on to college; supporting and working with Community Housing Solutions to build ramps and repair houses for individuals with disabilities; partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in recognizing employers who hire individuals with disabilities; and raising funds for, planning, and providing an annual Shoppers’ Day at the Four Seasons Mall for individuals of all ages with disabilities. At UNCG, he is director of the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS)

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Photo of Dr. Catherine Scott-LittleDr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Supporting Development of the North Carolina K – 3 Assessment.”

Dr. Prashant Palvia

Photo of Dr. Prashant PalviaDr. Prashant Palvia (Bryan School, ISSCM Dept.) received the Best Paper Award for the paper “The World IT Project: A Multi-Country Multi-Year Investigation of IT Employee Issues,” at the 8th Indian Subcontinent DSI International Conference, held in Pune, India, January 2015.

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer

Photo of Dr. Lakshmi IyerDr. Lakshmi Iyer (Bryan School, ISSCM Dept.) will receive the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology on April 24, 2015.

Dr. Danielle Swick

Photo of Dr. Danielle SwickDr. Danielle Swick (Social Work) received new funding from Durham Public Schools for “Evaluating the Effects of the School-Based Support Program”. The school-based support program was developed to build a partnership between education, mental health, and university systems. The goal of the project was to create and leverage a multi-system partnership to capitalize on resources and improve outcomes for children and families within the community, the abstract states.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady

Photo of Chancellor Linda P. BradyChancellor Linda P. Brady and NC A&T Chancellor Harold Martin received the Thomas Z. Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award from the Greensboro Partnership at their annual dinner. The award is presented to a citizen who has demonstrated extraordinary service and achievement within the community; it is the highest honor given by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and is presented jointly with Duke Energy. Brady and Martin were recognized for not only the significant work done at their respective universities, but also for the unprecedented level of teamwork and collaboration that they have exhibited in working to make projects such as the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Opportunity Greensboro, and the Union Square Campus a reality.

The Greensboro Partnership is the principal economic and community development organization in Greensboro.

Dr. David F. Ayers

Photo of Dr. David F. AyersDuring the 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed free community college tuition as a way of addressing inequality in the USA. Dr. David F. Ayers (School of Education), a nationally recognized expert on community college missions, will edit a special issue of the academic journal Community College Review, which will focus on the implications of this major policy initiative.

As an aside, beginning Fall 2016, the UNCG Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations will offer an Ed.D. in educational leadership with a concentration in community college policy.

Stuart Dischell

Photo of Stuart DischellStuart Dischell (MFA Creative Writing Program) had the poem “She Put on Her Lipstick in the Dark” reprinted by Oxford University Press in the college textbook and anthology “Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres.” The poem first appeared in “The Atlantic” and included in his last collection, “Backwards Days,” published by Penguin.

Dr. Deborah J. Taub

Photo of Dr. Deborah J. TaubDr. Deborah J. Taub (Teacher Education & Higher Education)​ was recently recognized as the Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the University of Maryland.

The Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a graduate of the Counseling and Personnel Services Department who exemplifies the best of being a scholar/practitioner in the spirit of Tom Magoon. Recipients must be working in higher education. Taub joins a distinguished list of University of Maryland Scholar/Practitioners in the field of Student Affairs & Higher Education. More information is at  http://www.education.umd.edu/Academics/Departments/CHSE/academics/specialization/SAAwardsRecipients.html.

Dr. Andrew Supple

Photo of Dr. Andrew SuppleDr. Andrew Supple (Human Development & Family Studies) has been invited to speak at the Guilford County Schools’ March 11th Equity Wednesday event. He will speak about the experiences of Southeast Asian students, and the audience will be a group of about 50 executive directors, principals and administrators in Guilford County Schools. This is part of the school system’s diversity in education program.

Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell

Photo of Dr. Matina Kalcounis-RuppellDr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell (Biology) received new funding from DOI US Fish and Wildlife Service for the project “Carolinas Regional Acoustic Bat Surveys.”


Dr. Thomas Kwapil (Psychology) and Dr. Neus Barrantes-Vidal (Psychology) are featured in a special section on schizotypy in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, which is an official journal of the Schizophrenia International Research Society. The special section was based on invited addresses presented in December 2013 at the International Lemanic Workshop on Schizotypy in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Nir Kshetri

Photo of Dr. Nir KshetriDr. Nir Kshetri (Bryan School) delivered a keynote speech at the II National Meeting of Human Resources held in Bogota, Colombia. The speech is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dGxfw_nDW0.

Additionally, Nir Kshetri participated as lead discussant at the peer review meeting of the United Nations’ Information Economy Report 2015. He was one of the eight experts from all over the world invited to participate at the meeting, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2014.

Travis Hicks

Photo of Travis HicksTravis Hicks (Interior Architecture) and Interior Architecture took First Place in the 2014 Awards for Excellence from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. This award recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance the cause of excellence in interior design education.

Hicks, director of the Center for Community-Engaged Design and assistant professor in the Interior Architecture Department, submitted the entry “Impacting a Campus…Engaging the Community,” which was a team effort with colleagues from UNCG. The entry documents how UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) conducts community outreach to extend the teaching environment and encourage students to be civic-minded and committed to creating socially relevant and engaged design for the public good. Hicks’ team received a $5,000 award in recognition of this honor. Hicks notes that everyone in the department has contributed to the success of the Center for Community-Engaged Design. To date, the Center for Community-Engaged Design has engaged 125 UNCG students, faculty, and staff in at least 10 community-engaged projects, collaborating with over 100 community partners, to generate over 2,750 person hours of community engagement through the design of the built environment in and around Greensboro. See related video at http://vimeo.com/117318683.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors”. The goal is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.

Dr. Mitch Croatt

Photo of Dr. Mitch CroattDr. Mitch Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors”. The goal is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.

Deborah Bell

Photo of Deborah BellDeborah Bell (Theatre) is editor of a volume of essays on masquerade in its various forms. “Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide” was published in mid-December by McFarland. The introduction and two essays in the volume are by Bell. One essay, considering Pixar animators, is by Dr. Heather Holian (Art), whose animation research centers on the collaborative process of Pixar Animation Studios and the role of the individual artists within this studio structure. Other contributors are costume designers, museum curators, and scholars in English, theatre, anthropology, African history, critical media and cultural studies. Their exploration acknowledges traditional notions of masquerade, but also seeks to define and describe masquerade in new ways as experienced in today’s popular culture.

This collection of essays examines the art and function of masquerade from a broad range of perspectives, she explains. From African slave masquerade in New World iconography, to the familiar Guy Fawkes masks of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to the branded identities created by celebrities like Madonna, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, the essays show how masquerade permeates modern life.

Given the extent of masquerade as we now experience it, Bell suggests that we can consider our current era as the “Age of Masquerade.” This Age of Masquerade is the artistic inheritor of the Information Age because never before have we had such a wealth of imagery at our disposal, imagery that we constantly manipulate with the assistance of so many technical resources.

Bell is professor of costume design in the Department of Theater, where she has taught since 1980. Her book “Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study” (2010) profiles mask makers in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Malawi, Nigeria, Japan, Bali, South Korea, Canada, and both coasts of the United States. In 2014 it was reprinted in paperback.

Dr. Venkat M. Iyer

Photo of Dr. Venkat M. IyerDr. Venkat M. Iyer (Bryan School) wrote a monograph report, and some of its findings have been mentioned extensively in journals and outlets that cater to all types of accounting professionals worldwide. The research report titled “Job Satisfaction for Internal Auditors: How to Retain Top Talent” was published by the Institute of Internal Auditors in October, 2014. This monograph was based on a survey of about 1600 internal auditors and provides several key findings.

An article based on this report is the feature story in the magazine “Your Career Campass” published by the IIA. It is distributed to 180,000 members in 190 countries. Also, a summary of the report appeared in “Journal of Accountancy” which is published by the AICPA.  The article was also referenced by CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) in their magazine. The subject was one of the main articles on accounting web in November. “Accounting Today,” another magazine which is widely read, ran a story with a summary of the report which also contains a statement from Richard Chambers, President and CEO of IIA, who spoke about the report and its findings.

Iyer is a professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance, Bryan School.

Dr. Keith G. Debbage

Photo of Dr. Keith G. DebbageDr. Keith G. Debbage (Geography) presented his annual State of the City report last week. (See News & Record feature story.) He is a professor of urban development in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was appointed in 2007 to the UNC Tomorrow Scholars Council by UNC System President Erskine Bowles. In 2008, Dr. Debbage was selected as a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University. He has conducted numerous, funded studies for Action Greensboro, the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Greensboro Planning Department, the Greensboro Partnership, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, and the Triad Chambers of Commerce.

Debbage, an advocate for undergraduate research, welcomed Aaron Calloway – an undergraduate major in the UNCG Geography Department – to take part in the project. Aaron, who participated in data collection and analysis for the 2015 State of the City Report, received a 2014-15 Undergraduate Research Assistantship from UNCG.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from Northeastern University for the project “Endocannabinoid Active Sites and Therapeutic Targets.”