UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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.

Dr. Perry Flynn

Photo of Dr. Perry Flynn. Dr. Perry Flynn (School of Health and Human Sciences) will be named a 2016 Fellow of the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) at the annual convention, which recognizes outstanding achievement in at least three of six areas: clinical service, clinical education and academic teaching, research and publications, administrative services, service to ASHA, and service and leadership positions in other related organizations.

Dr. Rosemery Nelson-Gray

Photo of Dr. Rosemery Nelson-Gray. Dr. Rosemery Nelson-Gray (Psychology) was acknowledged at a recent 50th Anniversary celebration for her role as past president of the Association of Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies.

She also holds the distinction of serving as first woman president (1981-1982) of the association.

Dr. Celia Hooper

Photo of Dr. Celia Hooper. Dr. Celia Hooper (School of Health and Human Sciences) will receive the 2016 Honors of the Association at the ASHA annual convention. The Honors of the Association is ASHA’s highest distinction, and recognizes members for distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Recipients are known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching, or other distinguished contribution. She was featured in the The ASHA Leader, the monthly news magazine for and about speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

Ken Snowden

Photo of Ken Snowden.Ken Snowden (Bryan School) recently participated in a panel, “Did U.S. Housing Policy Cause the 2008 Financial Crisis? What is the Right Policy for the Future?” The panel was sponsored by the Center for Law, Economics and Finance of the George Washington Law School and was telecast live on C-SPAN2. Also presenting were Peter J. Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute and Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO. Wallison served on the U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) set up to examine the causes of the 2007-2010, while Silver served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee of TARP. To see a stream of the panel go to https://www.c-span.org/video/?417794-1/discussion-focuses-2008-financial-crisis.

Kimberly M. Cuny

Photo of Kimberly M. Cuny. Kimberly M. Cuny (University Speaking Center, Theatre) was invited to speak at the UNC System Wide Critical Thinking Symposium last month, where she shared the Speaking Center’s Bring a Friend consultations. Bring a Friend sessions expose students to critical thinking by having peer consultants teach them how to give valuable and judgement-free feedback on recorded speeches. Cuny, who in addition to leading the Speaking Center is also now an adjunct assistant professor of theatre, also recently participated in teaching panel presentations and presented a manuscript at the 2016 Carolinas Communication Association in Wilmington.

Additionally, Speaking Center faculty Erin Ellis and Kim Cuny along with Jenny Southard and Taylor Williams participated in teaching panel presentations at the 2016 Carolinas Communication Association conference in Wilmington on October 1.

Dr. Linda Hestenes

110216campuspeople_hestenesDr. Linda Hestenes (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding of nearly $3.5 million from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the project “North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project.” The purpose of this contract is to conduct activities related to the assessment portion of the NC Star Rated License, including receiving requests from Division of Child Development and Early Education consultants, scheduling assessments, conducting valid and reliable assessments, delivering assessment scores and reports, responding to grievances, and conducting outreach sessions.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the New Arrivals Institute for the “Refugee After School Program.” An after-school tutoring program, social enrichment activities, and ESOL and employment readiness are provided at two CNNC community centers that provide services to refugees.

Dr. Brad Johnson

rbradleyjohnson-1Dr. Brad Johnson (Teacher Education & Higher Education) has been recognized as a member of the 2017 Diamond Honoree class by ACPA-College Student Educators International. The Diamond Honoree Program, established by the ACPA Foundation in 1999, is both a recognition program and a fundraising activity. Those nominated for consideration are recognized for their outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. More information on the Diamond Honoree program can be found at http://foundation.myacpa.org/whatwedo/diamond-honoree/.

Dr. Chris Payne

Dr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Sandhills Center, LME, for “Specialty Courts Staff Support.” This is supported by funds from Guilford County.

Dr. Albert Link

Dr. Albert Link (Economics) received new funding from the DOC Economic Development Administration for the project “The Regional Economic Impacts of University Research/Science Parks.

“The first university research/science parks were founded in the United States in the 1950s, but the growth in university parks did not accelerate until the mid-1980s.  Since then, the rate of park formation has been steady but well below the rate of formation in the 1980s. A distinguishing feature of the more recently established parks is that they are mostly at less research-active institutions, and they are located off campus. It is increasingly important for university research/science parks to demonstrate to their financial constituents and stakeholders their economic impact not only on the university but also on the regional economy and state,” that abstract states. “There is considerable value and there are lessons to be learned from an analysis of the portfolio of tools and metrics that universities do use to demonstrate the economic impact of their parks. We propose to initiate a step forward in this direction by studying the role and impact of university research/science parks on the development of their regional economy.”

Stuart Dischell

101916feature_dischellStuart Dischell (English) will read from his forthcoming collection of poems, “Children With Enemies,” Saturday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. at Scuppernong Books. “Children With Enemies” will be published in September 2017 by the University of Chicago Press.

Dischell is the author of four other collections of poems: “Evenings & Avenues,” “Dig Safe,” “Backwards Days,” and “Good Hope Road,” which was the winner of the 1991 National Poetry Series and was reissued this year by the Contemporary American Classics Series of Carnegie Melon Press. He is also the author of “Standing on Z,” a limited edition chapbook. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Agni, The New Republic, Slate, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies including Essential Poems, Hammer and Blaze, Pushcart Prize, and Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems.” His essays on Paris have recently appeared in Terminus Magazine.

A recipient of awards from the NEA, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Dischell teaches in UNCG’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Poet and former UNCG faculty member Alan Shapiro will also read on Saturday.

Dr. David Wyrick

Photo of David Wyrick. Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received a continuation of funding from Pennsylvania State University for the project “The Intersection of Alcohol and Sex: Engineering an online STI Prevention Program.”

“The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on college campuses is alarming. One in four college students is diagnosed with an STI at least once during their college experience. Sexual activity when drinking alcohol is highly prevalent among college students. Alcohol use is known to contribute to the sexual risk behaviors that are most responsible for the transmission of STIs, namely unprotected sex, contact with numerous partners, and “hook-ups” (casual sexual encounters). Few interventions have been developed that explicitly target the intersection of alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors, and none have been optimized,” the abstract states.

“Our specific aims are to: (1) develop an initial set of online intervention components targeting the link between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors, (2) use the MOST approach to build an optimized preventive intervention, and (3) conduct exploratory moderation analyses to determine for whom each component of the intervention works best. This work will result in a new, more potent behavioral intervention that will reduce the incidence of STIs among college students in the US, and will lay the groundwork for a new generation of highly effective STI prevention interventions aimed at other subpopulations at risk.”

Dr. K. Jay Poole

Photo of Dr. K. Jay Poole. Dr. K. Jay Poole (Social Work) received renewed funding from the Cone Health Foundation for the project “Partnership to Address Co-Occurring Disorders in Vulnerable Populations.”

Lynda Kellam

Photo of Lynda Kellam.Lynda Kellam (Data Services and Government Information Librarian for the University Libraries) co-edited a new book titled “Databrarianship: The Academic Librarian in Theory and Practice” published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Publications. The work also includes a chapter called “Data in the Sciences” by Karen Grigg (Science Liaison Librarian for the University Libraries).

The new release draws on “the expertise of a diverse community of practitioners” providing “a wide-ranging look at the field of academic data librarianship.”

Dr. Amanda Tanner

Photo of Dr. Amanda Tanner Dr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) has received continued funding from Wake Forest University Health Sciences for the project “Tailored use of social media to improve engagement and retention in care and health outcomes for MSM with HIV.” The project focuses on HIV infection in homosexual men who are racial or ethnic minorities. “The aim is to implement, evaluate and disseminate the findings from a tailored intervention designed to increase HIV testing and improve retention in care and health outcomes among underserved, underinsured and hard-to-reach young MSM with HIV,” the abstract states.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz. Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from The Cone Health Foundation for the “Immigrant Health ACCESS Project.” The abstract notes that typically, immigrants are uninsured and face multiple barriers to access appropriate and available health care. Immigrants often end up at the Hospital Emergency Departments for non-emergency health issues, and many who have real emergencies go without care. The project’s objective is to assist immigrants in gaining access to health care services and navigating the health systems by providing interpreters and community health workers.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Photo of Dr. Julie Edmunds. Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received new funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Early College High School – Efficacy Goal 3 Retrospective.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Photo of Dr. Arthur Murphy. Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) has received continued funding from the NCDHHS Division of Social Services for the project “Recipe for Success in North Carolina.” This project is also supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Recipe for Success in collaboration with public and private entities in North Carolina provides direct and indirect nutrition and obesity prevention education to individuals and households who are either SNAP recipients or SNAP eligible. There are three primary target audiences: 1) Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socio-economic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc., 2) Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after school and summer recreational programs, and 3) households with children under the age of 18 through 8 direct mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) has received new funding from NC A&T State University for his project titled “Research and Technical Assistance.”

Dr. Wendy McColskey

Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE Center) has received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the project “2016-2017 NCDPI After-School School Quality Improvement Grant: Evaluation Support.”

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) has received additional funding from the North Carolina Council for Women for the project “Addressing Family Violence in Multi-ethnic Refugee Communities.