UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received an additional year of funding from Columbia University Teachers College to continue the project “Third Party Evaluation of the i3 STEM Early College Expansion Partnership.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Jing Deng

Dr. Jing Deng (Computer Science) has been elected to become an IEEE Fellow, for his development and optimization of wireless security and networking protocols. The IEEE Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the IEEE, and is bestowed upon a very limited number of Senior Members who have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology. The number of IEEE Fellows elevated in a year is no more than one-tenth of one percent of the total IEEE voting membership.

Dr. Paul Davis (Kinesiology)

Dr. Paul Davis (Kinesiology) received new funding from the Cone Health System for the project “BELT Program.” The project will continue the operation of an ongoing sustainable exercise component of the Bariatric Surgery Program known as the Bariatric Exercise Lifestyle Transformation Program.

Dr. Kaira Wagoner

Dr. Kaira Wagoner, UNCG’s Biology Department’s first doctoral student, received the 2016 La Fage Award from the North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects. The award recognizes a graduate student for  distinguished research and scholarly activity on social insects with an emphasis on applied projects. Wagoner’s research focuses on hygienic behavior in honeybees and halting the decline experienced by managed colonies.  Wagoner’s research combined apicultural techniques and behavioral measurements with analytical chemistry and molecular biology. It promises new products and management techniques that can reduce colony losses and enhance beekeeping sustainability.

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Dr. Pete Kellett (Communication Studies) and Dr. Tom Matyok (Peace and Conflict Studies) have collaborated to co-edit two books grounded in a transformational approach to communication and conflict. A transformational approach is based on the idea that conflicts must be viewed as embedded within broader relational patterns, and social and discursive structures—and must be addressed as such. Together, the books represent current leading edge communication scholarship across a broad range of contexts, from close personal, family, and working relationships, to engaged community, regional, and global scholarship and praxis from a variety of places in the world.

The first book, “Transforming Conflict Through Communication in Personal, Family, and Working Relationships” was published by Lexington Books in November. The second book, “Communication and Conflict Transformation Through Local, Regional, and Global Engagement,” was published by Lexington Books last month.

Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Photo of Hollie Stevenson-Parrish. Hollie Stevenson-Parrish (University Libraries) is now University Libraries’ director of communications and marketing. She received her BA in English from Wake Forest University and a Master’s of Public Affairs degree from UNCG. Stevenson-Parrish brings to her new position several years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications. She has been public relations and communications manager at Hospice and Palliative Care since 2012. Prior to that, she worked at UNCG as the assistant director of marketing and creative services for Annual Giving and at Winston-Salem State University as the marketing and membership coordinator and at The Enrichment Center as communications and public relations coordinator.

Allen Rogers

Photo of Allen Rogers.Allen Rogers (Student Services Manager, Dean of Students Office) has received the Dean’s Service Award from UNCG’s Bryan School. The Dean’s Service Award recognizes graduating students who have provided exemplary service to the Bryan School, the university, or the community. The minimum GPA required to receive this award is 3.0 for graduate students. He received a MS in Information, Technology and Management at the December 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Photo of Dr. Ayesha Boyce. Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from North Carolina Central University for the project “Targeted Infusion Project: Integrating Soft Matter Into Undergraduate General and Physical Chemistry Courses.” The project will provide data to guide program improvement and summative assessment of program quality, effectiveness and impact. The evaluation will use a value engaged, educative approach (VEE). The VEE approach, developed with NSF-EHR support, defines high quality STEM educational programming as that which effectively incorporates cutting edge scientific content, strong instructional pedagogy and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues. Boyce and associates from the UNCG School of Education will work closely with HBCU-UP leadership to integrate formative and summative evaluation into the general operation of the program. This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Photo of Dr. Roy Schwartzman. Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) has been named to the editorial board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning. Published by the Informing Science Institute, this international peer-reviewed journal deals with information and communication technologies that develop electronic skills to support teaching and learning.

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin Andersen. Dr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received new funding from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA) for the project “Utilization Management in the Medicare Part D Program – Characterization.”

Dr. Joan Titus

Photo of Dr. Joan Titus. Dr. Joan Titus, associate professor of musicology, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for her project “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema, 1936-1953.” In December, NEH announced that it will award $16.3 million in grants for 290 projects nationwide. Titus’ grant is one of just 86 in the category of fellowships for university teachers and independent scholars.

With the fellowship, Titus will continue to work on the second book of her trilogy on narration and cultural politics in the film music career of composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Titled “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema,” this book traces Shostakovich’s development as one of the Soviet Union’s preeminent film composers from 1936 until Josef Stalin’s death in 1953. Her project provides an examination of Shostakovich’s scoring practices and his relationship to narration and sound, his unique relationship with directors and with the film industry, and his engagement with cultural politics and audiences.

Terry Brandsma

Photo of Terry Brandsma.Terry Brandsma (University Libraries), Information Technology Librarian, was recently recognized by Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) as one of the twelve “superstar collaborators” among the more than 8,900 users from 3,500 libraries worldwide that use the online OCLC Community Center. Since the Community Center was launched in July 2015, these twelve superstars collectively participated in more than 500 community conversations where they shared workflows, sought and gave advice to peers, contributed ideas on how to improve products, and interacted with product teams. He is the Libraries’ system administrator for both WorldShare Management Services (the OCLC integrated library platform) and WorldCat Local (the OCLC public discovery interface). The superstar collaborators were first recognized at the WorldShare Management Services Global Community and User Group Meeting, held recently in Dublin, Ohio.

Kathryn M. Crowe

Photo of Kathryn M. Crowe. Kathryn M. Crowe (University Libraries) co-edited the book “The Future of Library Space, v. 36, Advances in Library Administration and Organization” with Samantha Schmehl Hines. It was published by Emerald Insight in 2016. Crowe is interim dean of University Libraries.

Mary Anderson

Photo of Mary Anderson .Mary Anderson (Associate Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office) received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration at the December 2016 Commencement Ceremony. Her research focused on first-year readjustment to family culture, including the roles of generation status and parental attachment on re-entry shock.

Murphie Chappell

Murphie Chappell (Office of the Chancellor) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for the project “UNCG Service Expansion for Victims of Campus Violence.” According to the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, less than five percent of rapes on campuses are reported to authorities and reporting is more likely when reporting mechanisms are clearly established, publicized and handled in a consistent and appropriate manner.  In order to increase the effectiveness of the response to violence and increase reporting, UNCG will develop and implement the Campus Violence Response Center (CVRC), a vital project focused on increasing knowledge of, and access to, comprehensive campus and community services for victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and other forms of campus violence. UNCG CVRC, the first of its kind in the UNC system, was formed from the best practice family justice center model. The CVRC will create a single point of access where many partners with a united mission respond to provide comprehensive services to all victims of campus violence.

Joan Johnson

Photo of Joan JohnsonJoan Johnson has received the Higher Education Leadership Award from the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. The award was bestowed at the institute’s 2016 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, held December 1-2 in Fairfax, Va. It honors an administrator, program director, or staff member within an institution of Higher Education who epitomizes leadership in the special education field.

Johnson is the retiring director of UNCG’s Beyond Academics, a postsecondary education program for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To learn more about Ms. Johnson’s work at UNCG and beyond, read her farewell address for Infocus Advocacy and read about her Helen C. “Holly” Riddle award from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.

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Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

120716campuspeople_jovanovicDr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) will host a “featured roundtable” at an Association of American Colleges & Universities pre-meeting symposium. Her discussion will be on student activism and will feature the work of students in the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation process. Jovanovic’s career of community engaged scholarship has included a decade of scholarship on truth and reconciliation processes. This conference presentation is part of a Kellogg Foundation national initiative on truth and reconciliation, she notes.

Also, she has been asked to serve on the national Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the formation of this new Academic Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) earlier this fall. The subcommittee will provide advice and recommendations aimed at enhancing DHS’s CVE-related programs, policies and initiatives.

Dr. John Willse

120716campuspeople_willseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for the project “Office of Assessment, Evaulation, and Research Services’ (OAERS) contract with WSFCS 2016-2017.” This contract allows OAERS to provide Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools with expanded analytic capacity and advanced methodological support. Students working in OAERS will apply what they’ve learned to complex and real-world settings under the guidance of experienced professionals in the field. He also received continued funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Using projective unidimensional models for measuring multidimensional educational data. The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.

Erika Rauer

120716campuspeople_rauerErika Rauer (Community Arts Collaborative, College of Visual and Performing Arts) received new funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro for the “Arts After School” project.

Dr. Chris Payne

120716campuspeople_payneDr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received additional funding from Guilford Child Development and DHHS Administration for Children and Families for the project “Support for Implementation of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.”

Shawn O’Neil

120716campuspeople_oneilShawn O’Neil (Tutoring and Academic Skills Program) presented at the College Reading and Learning Association conference on Nov. 7, 2016. His topic was “Tracking Tutor Growth: Developing Tutor Training Standards, Outcomes, and Assessments.” Participants learned strategies for approaching lesson planning for tutor training sessions, as well as how to meet the requirements for certification through the International Tutor Training Certification program. Shawn also serves as the Associate Coordinator for that certification review board, and recently published a white paper on the same topic.

O’Neil is assistant director for Academic Skills with UNCG’s Tutoring and Academic Skills Program.

Dr. Rebecca Muich

Photo of Dr. Rebecca Muich.Dr. Rebecca Muich (Lloyd International Honors College) is the editor of the Lloyd International Honors College newsletter, which has recently won first place in the National Collegiate Honors Council newsletter contest, Faculty/Administrator Electronic division. See this link for the latest issue.

Dr. Connie McKoy

Photo of Dr. Connie McKoy Dr. Connie McKoy (Music Education) has co-authored “Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application.” The text presents teaching approaches that are responsive to how different culturally specific knowledge bases impact music learning. Designed to meet the needs of pre- and in-service music teachers who want to learn how to develop culturally responsive approaches to music instruction, the book provides examples in the context of music education, with theories presented in Section I and a review of teaching applications in Section II. The book is written by McKoy and V. R. Lind; the book is published by Routledge.

Dr. Cerise L. Glenn

Photo of Dr. Cerise L. Glenn. Dr. Cerise L. Glenn  (African American and African Diaspora Studies, Communication Studies) has been named the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Book Chapter Award by the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association. The book chapter appearing in “Critical Examinations of Women of Color Navigating Mentoring Relationships” examines the mentoring experiences of African American female graduate students aspiring to become tenure-track professors.

Additionally, Glenn has been named the recipient of the 2016 Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.

The Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award recognizes “exemplary mentors who have inspired students and colleagues by modeling the feminist ideals of caring, community power sharing and commitment, while also earning individual and collaborative records of achievement.”

Glenn is the program director of African American and African Diaspora Studies as well as an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She teaches courses on communication and culture.

Erin Ellis

Photo of Erin Ellis . Erin Ellis (University Speaking Center) has been elected first Vice Chair of the National Communication Association’s Communication Centers Section.

Kim Cuny

Photo of Kim Cuny . Kim Cuny (University Speaking Center, Communication Studies) has been appointed Student Advocate of the National Communication Association’s Communication Centers Section.

Dr. Omar H. Ali

Photo of Dr. Omar H. Ali. Dr. Omar H. Ali (Lloyd International Honors College) was recently interviewed on NPR station WFDD 88.5 discussing young black voters, independents, partisanship, the electoral process, and the ways in which we can connect with each other. The NPR Interview is at http://www.wfdd.org/story/democracy-and-pitfalls-party-politics.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Photo of Dr. Roy Schwartzman . Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) was a nonpartisan expert political communication analyst throughout election night (Tuesday, Nov. 8) on Time Warner/Spectrum Cable News. His commentaries were broadcast throughout the evening from Senator Richard Burr’s headquarters in Winston-Salem.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz .Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project “Umoja Women’s Opportunity for Mentoring and Economic Mentoring (WOMEN).” Umoja WOMEN is a leadership and capacity building initiative for primarily Congolese refugee women to facilitate skill development workshops to better prepare them for employment in the U.S. and facilitate their economic independence. Skills-building workshops may include: computer literacy, babysitting certificates, and job readiness. The CNNC will continue to offer employment readiness courses that assist refugees with establishing work goals, developing a resume, learning U.S. work culture, and completing applications through our AmeriCorps ACCESS program.


Dr. Leila Villaverde (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) and Dr. Melissa Bocci (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) received new funding from the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation for the project “Curricular Collaborations: Open Education, Project-Based Learning, and the Arts.” This project is a partnership between faculty in the UNCG School of Education and staff at Peeler Open School. The overall goals of this professional development program are to 1) build institutional knowledge about best practices in open education and arts-integration so that 2) participating teachers can form successful mentoring partnerships with current and future teachers that sustain high-quality open and arts-integrated education.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Photo of Dr. Olav Rueppell.Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received continued funding from the DOD/Army Research Office (ARO) for the project “Studies of the Plasticity of Stress Defense Induction in the Social Honey Bee Model.”

Dr. Rachel Boit

Photo of Dr. Rachel Boit. Dr. Rachel Boit (Human Development and Family Studies) was recently awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Tanzania to work with faculty at the Institute for Educational Development at Aga Khan University.

Boit is one of 70 African diaspora scholars who have been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa beginning in December. Her fellowship will take place during the summer of 2017, when she will work to evaluate the current early childhood curriculum at the university and explore the involvement of teachers and parents in gender awareness and literacy stereotypes.

A native of Kenya, Boit’s research and teaching focus on early childhood educational theory and practice. Through her scholarship, Boit aims to prepare pre-service teachers who are aware of the importance of developing the whole child.

Now in its fourth year, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has helped 239 African-born scholars who have been living and working in North America to connect with their peers at universities throughout Africa. The program is designed to build capacity at the host institutions in Africa, and to develop long-term, mutually-beneficial partnerships between the universities. The fellowships are funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas Oberlies. Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received continued funding from the University of Washington for the project “Natural Product Drug Interaction Research: The Road Map to Best Practices.” This project is supported by funds from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The larger project is geared toward understanding how the consumption of herbs affects the metabolism of drugs. The Analytical Core will support this goal by providing study materials and marker compounds for investigation. This may include the isolation and structure elucidation of compounds, the measurement of their concentration in different matrices and the development reference standards. Additionally, Oberlies received new funding from the University of Alabama in Huntsville for the project “Advancing Pth1 as an Antibiotic Target and Early Stage Discovery of Pth1 Inhibitors.”

Dr. Joanne Murphy

Photo of Dr. Joanne Murphy. Dr. Joanne Murphy (Classical Studies) was invited to be a traveling scholar for the Archaeological Institute of America this semester. In that role, she will lecture this week at the University of Montreal. In the past three years, in addition to presenting at peer reviewed conference in the US, Greece, Austria and France, she has also been invited to speak on her work at Pylos and Kea in Greece (University of Kalamata, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens), Croatia (University of Zagreb), Ireland  (Trinity College Dublin) and Canada (University of British Columbia Vancouver). She has also given numerous invited talks here in the United States, such as at Coe College, Mississippi State, Guildford College, Appalachian State. The most notable of her recent lectures in the US was at the New York Aegean Symposium at the Institute of Fine Arts in March 2016.

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on diverse elements of the Greek Bronze Age, including mortuary and religious activities, production and prestige, and archaeological methods. She has a field project on the Greek island of Kea, which explores the value of surface survey as an archaeological method. She will lead UNCG students at this archaeological site again this coming summer.

Dr. Mike Perko

Photo of Dr. Mike Perko . Dr. Mike Perko (Public Health Education) wrote the children’s book “How to Eat, Leap and Sleep Like a Superhero,” published by Welcoa. It recently was a Bronze prize winner in the National Health Information awards. The book is the only one of its kind to use national health recommendations for children to “reveal the superpowers of a healthy lifestyle.” Perko’s research focuses on young athletes and their use of sport performance products. Another research interest of Perko’s is worksite health promotion.