UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Bob Griffiths

Photo of Dr. Bob Griffiths.Dr. Bob Griffiths (Political Science) has had his book “U.S. Security Cooperation with Africa: Political and Policy Challenges” published by Routledge as part of their series on Advances in International Relations and Global Politics.

Griffiths, associate professor of political science, teaches courses on African politics, international security, international law, and the politics of the non-western world. For the past two decades, he has edited the reader “Annual Editions: The Developing World” for McGraw-Hill Publishers. His research interests focus on democracy, security, and development in Africa and U.S. security cooperation with Africa. He is the associate editor for Africa for the journal “Politics and Policy” and has also been a consultant to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks

Photo of Dr. Colleen FairbanksDr. Colleen Fairbanks (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from Elon University for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at Elon University (2016-2017).”

Dr. Lisa Pluff

Dr. Lisa Pluff (Beyond Academics) received a grant from CenterPoint Human Services for the project “Uber/LYFT Curriculum Development.” In enhancing the educational and career success of individuals with intellectual disabilities, transportation and navigating one’s neighborhood can become a barrier, the abstract says. To address this potential barrier and to enhance the capacity of individuals with I/DD and their communities to take advantage of newer forms of transportation (e.g., Uber, LYFT), UNCG will work with the LME/MCO to develop a curriculum. The curriculum will use universal design principles.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Photo of Dr. Stephen SillsDr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Hinton Center for the project “Asset Based Community Development Planning.”  This proposal was developed by the Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) in response to a request by Rev. Amy Spivey, Director of Program Ministries at the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC, to conduct an asset based needs assessment and gap analysis. A needs assessment documents the existing services being provided to a community. It then identifies actual needs of the community and uncovers the “gap” between services and needs. Both geo-spatial and socio-economic Community Asset Mapping will be employed. This needs assessment will help organizations define their priorities and develop plans to address deficits while avoiding duplication in the service matrix. Cost-effectiveness, projected population change, legal mandates, and client input are considered in the process. Suggestions for training and organizational development are made, as well as plans for monitoring and evaluating implementation of plans to address the identified service deficiencies. The results of that mapping will be used to assist the “Partnering for Change” project to establish an inter-agency, collaborative Community Action Plan (CAP).

Additionally, Sills received funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project “Measuring the Impact of the Housing Crisis: A Census of Housing Stock in Greensboro.” This proposal was developed by the Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) in response to a request by the Housing Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG). CFGG has been helping sponsor efforts in the city to bring together policy makers, non-profit service providers, and property management companies, as well as investors and developers to tackle the issue of a lack of affordable housing. One problem with studying vacant and abandoned properties is that many communities have no reliable way to keep track of their vacant and abandoned properties. It is hard to quantify the costs of such properties when there is no central mode of determining the scale and scope of vacancies in a given area. This project will involve the collection of primary data on all land parcels in in the city to determine the frequency of vacant, abandoned, and substandard properties in the area. It will lead to a separate, later market segmentation and cost analysis study for Greensboro.

Erin Lawrimore

Photo of Erin Lawrimore.Erin Lawrimore (University Libraries), was elected to a three-year term on the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Council. The 12-member SAA Council is the organization’s governing body. It is responsible for ensuring SAA’s financial stability and growth, developing and implementing the society’s strategic priorities, providing overall leadership and direction for SAA and its component groups, building and coordinating relationships with individuals and groups outside of SAA and providing oversight of the society’s executive office. Lawrimore holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her 2011 arrival at UNCG as university archivist., she worked at N.C. State University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also serves as a lecturer for San Jose State University’s School of Information. Lawrimore has been an active member of SAA since 2001, previously serving as Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Awareness, Chair of the SAA Awards Committee, Chair of the Description Section, and steering committee member of both the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section and the Issues and Advocacy Roundtable. Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists.

Michael Logan

Photo of Michael Logan.Michael Logan joined UNCG as the new director of purchasing and contracts on April 25.

Logan has over 20 years of experience in purchasing with significant management experience.  He was previously the assistant director of procurement services at Wake Forest University, where he had been since 1999. He is an alumnus of UNCG, receiving his BS degree in Business Administration with honors. He is also a Certified Purchasing  Manager (C.P.M) from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and is an active member with both the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) and Educational and Institutional Cooperative (E&I).

Jo Leimenstoll

Photo of Jo Leimenstoll.Jo Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Commerce for the project “North Carolina Main Street Program.”

Keith Debbage

Photo of Keith Debbage. Dr. Keith Debbage (Geography / Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) presented the State of the City 2016 report to the Greensboro Partnership. As reported in the News and Record, the report is a comprehensive look at Greensboro by the numbers. “It examines key indicators of the city’s condition — including jobs, demographics, education, health and wellness — and it shows the city is moving in a positive direction, although some significant long-term challenges remain.” See more information here.

Kelly Link

Kelly-Link-final-print-6266Alumna Kelly Link, a graduate of UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing program, was named a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist in the category of Fiction. The news was announced Tuesday. Link will return to campus later this month, as she receives the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences’ 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Link is the author of three collections of short stories, “Stranger Things Happen,” “Magic for Beginners,” and “Pretty Monsters.” Her short stories have won three Nebulas, a Hugo and a World Fantasy Award.

Dr. Thomas Matyók

042016CampusPeople_MatyokDr. Thomas Matyók (Peace and Conflict Studies) recently spoke on the Vital Role of Religion in Civil-Military Interaction at the United States Southern Command Senior Leader Symposium. The symposium, History and Mystery – Religion Matters III, was a “strategic level academic forum” bringing together scholars, senior military and government leaders, and staff to engage religious subjects of current interest as they impact development strategies and partner capacity.

Dr. Jeremy Rinker

042016CampusPeople_RinkerDr. Jeremy Rinker (Peace and Conflict Studies) gave a talk commemorating the 125 birth anniversary of Indian social reformer Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. This is an event that is sponsored by The Ambedkar Association of North America (ANNA) and the Religious Studies Department of Michigan State University. He delivered the paper “Chosen Traumas and Chosen Glories: Reading Dr. Ambedkar as Narrative for Social Change” last weekend in East Lansing. The paper explores the power of storytelling for social change in the life and work of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and his modern day followers. Specifically, the paper/talk will look at the role that stories of injustice and triumph play in his life and work, as well as, the life and work of his living followers. Rinker is an assistant professor at UNCG’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies where he researches the intersections between narrative, violent conflict, and nonviolent conflict transformation. His work on the Ambedkar-Buddhist social movement in Maharashtra, India is a provocative approach to the connections between justice, narrative and identity. While much of his research has focused on the centrality of justice discourse in religiously based social change movements, he also has interest in restorative justice, political violence, and conflict intervention practices, as well as, trauma, memory, and reconciliation. Rinker is currently engaged in a research project that looks at how marginalized communities utilize discursive practices to contest against an unresponsive state malfeasance and hegemonic bureaucracy to ensure basic rights and state services for the marginalized.

Tolly Tollefsen

Photo of Tolly TollefsenTolly Tollefsen, UNCG Director of Financial Aid, is being honored by the NCASFAA this week. Tollefsen is receiving the “Eleanor S. Morris Distinguished Service Award”

A representative of the association said, in part, “This woman is one of the quiet giants in our profession. Her financial aid knowledge is unmatched and she carries over three decades of experience. … She is quoted as saying, “One of the things I learned early in my career is how supportive and collaborative financial aid professionals are and I have always striven to meet the high standard of ethics, compassion and fellowship in our community.”  She has certainly maintained her standards throughout the years and has been active in SASFAA as an elected officer, led courses in the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop, and presented sessions at SASFAA, NCASFAA, NCHELP and various other conferences.  She is also the person that helped create NCASFAA’s Middle School Enrichment Scholarship program which has helped encourage disadvantaged Middle School students to consider enrolling in college by providing tuition to a summer enrichment program at a North Carolina college or university. With all of her accomplishments, however, I would submit that one of her greatest accomplishments has been serving as a mentor to those new in the profession and those seeking leadership roles within the professional associations.”

Ken Pearce

Photo of Ken Pearce.Ken Pearce joined UNCG as the new Director of Facilities Design and Construction in March.

Ken has 10 years of supervisory experience in capital construction and has been closely involved in the execution of a wide variety of capital improvement projects both at NC State University and at Cape Fear Community College. He holds an engineering degree from NC State University, is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, is an LEED accredited professional, and is also a member of the Innovations Committee of the NC State Building Commission.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Shanna Eller

Photo of Shanna Eller . Shanna Eller is the new Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability in March. Shanna has been the Sustainability Director at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California since August of 2011 and was previously the Director of Community Environmental Services at Portland State University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy and a doctorate in Urban Studies from Portland State University with a focus on sustainability programs at the local level.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Dr. Linda Rupert

Photo of Dr. Linda Rupert.Dr. Linda Rupert (History) is one of eight academics who has been invited to present her research as part of “Histories from a Shared Past: A Transatlantic Lecture Series,” which will take place in four different venues across the Caribbean and Europe throughout the first half of 2017. Rupert’s presentation, “Navigating Currents of Freedom: Runaway Caribbean Slaves in Atlantic and World Perspective,” connects slave flight with the broader story of refugees and asylum seekers across history—one that is especially relevant today. She is associate professor of history.

Joan Titus

Photo of Joan Titus.Joan Titus (Music) has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research on her newest book project on the composer Dmitry Shostakovich and his film music for Stalinist cinema (1936-1953). This current book project is the sequel to her first book on Shostakovich’s initial experiments as a film composer (1928-1936) titled “The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich” (Oxford University Press, released March 15, 2016). For information on “The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich” see:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-early-film-music-of-dmitry-shostakovich-9780199315147?cc=us&lang=en&

Jorge Quintal

Photo of Jorge Quintal.The 2-16 Frank B. Turner award was presented to Jorge Quintal by AIA North Carolina, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Consulting Engineers Council of North Carolina, and the Professional Engineers Council of North Carolina at the annual State Construction Conference. Quintal is associate vice chancellor for facilities. The award recognizes a state employee who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the built environment, as exemplified by the professional life of Frank B. Turner. Given yearly in his honor at the State Construction Conference, it recognizes a state government career employee for his or her dedicated public service and for setting an example as a professional working with the built environment.

More information and a photo at http://ncadmin.nc.gov/businesses/construction/construction-conference/frank-b-turner-award.

Travis L. Hicks

Photo of Travis L. Hicks.Travis L. Hicks, assistant professor of Interior Architecture and director of the UNCG Center for Community-Engaged Design, was the 2015-16 UNCG nominee for the Holshouser Award for Public Service. “I am changing the way that students learn – and how professionals practice – architecture and design,” Hicks said. “How? I engage the public in the design of places and spaces that impact the people of North Carolina.” Read more about Hicks here.

The Holshouser Award for Public Service was created to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the university system. Faculty from any of the 17 institutions of the UNC system are eligible. See information in accompanying post.

Dr. Diana Bowman

Photo of Dr. Diana Bowman.Dr. Diana Bowman, former director of the National Center for Homeless Education (grant managed by SERVE/ORED since the center’s inception) retired last summer. She continues to be a part of SERVE. She has received funding from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the project “Homeless Education Product Review.”

Dr. Deb Cassidy

Dr. Deb Cassidy is UNCG’s nominee for the UNC system’s 2015-16 O. Max Gardner Award. The award was established by the UNC Board of Governors to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” A professor of Human Development and Family Studies, she was selected by the Gardner/Holshouser Award Committee because of her significant contributions to the field of early childhood education. Her career has been dedicated to understanding the complex factors that contribute to the high quality early childhood experiences so critical to the future well-being of our youngest citizens. Cassidy has provided substantial leadership for the development and widespread adoption of the 5-star rating system for early education settings, and her contributions include working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of education for early childhood teachers. Her regional, national, and international reputation speak to the overall impact of her scholarship and leadership in her field.

Dr. Emily Edwards

Dr. Emily Edwards (Media Studies) has a newly published book, “Bars, Blues and Booze.” It’s about local music scenes in the South. She will speak about the book on WUNC’s The State of Things Tuesday, April 5.

Dr. Cherry Callahan

032316CampusPeople_CallahanDr. Cherry Callahan (Student Affairs) was honored at the recent Annual Meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Indianapolis.  She was honored as past Chair of the NASPA Foundation’s Board of Directors on which she served for the past six years.  Callahan, UNCG’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, is a past president of NASPA and has received numerous recognitions for her service to NASPA and to her colleagues across the country.

Ann Grimaldi

Ann Grimaldi (Weatherspoon Art Museum) has been invited to participate in the first national forum on Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships to be held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Grimaldi began the Art of Seeing program at UNCG in 2009 to serve students in nursing and health and human studies by using artworks to hone visual diagnostic and communication skills common in clinical practice. Fewer than 50 art museums in the country presently have partnerships with medical or nursing schools.

Robert Barker

032316CampusPeople_BarkerRobert Barker, assistant dean of students, recently presented at the 2016 Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) annual conference held in St. Pete Beach, FL. Barker presented on “Navigating ‘Full Participation’ of Attorneys and Non-Attorney Advocates,” focused on how the law has impacted the student conduct practice and work as student conduct officers. Strategies and techniques to collaborate with attorneys and non-attorney advocates were shared. An article about the session will appear in upcoming issues of Student Affairs Today and Campus Legal Advisor.


Mary Anderson, associate dean of students, and Dr. Brett Carter, dean of students, presented at the 2016 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference held in Indianapolis, IN on March 14, 2016. Anderson and Carter presented two educational sessions at the conference titled “Dear Colleague: Creative Collaboration between the Dean of Students Office & Title IX Coordinator” and “Creating a Culture of Care: Case Management for Students in Mental Health Recovery.” The presentations focused on systems of collaboration between a Dean of Students Office and Title IX Coordinator following a report of sexual misconduct and the creation and implementation of a case management process designed to support students with mental health concerns and assist them in connecting to treatment services while enrolled in college, respectively.

Dr. Linda Rupert

032316CampusPeople_RupertDr. Linda Rupert (History) has been awarded a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on her book “Fugitives to Freedom: Inter-colonial Marronage and Imperial Jurisdiction in the Early Modern Caribbean.” This is the second time Dr. Rupert has won this prestigious award; she also received it in 2008 to work on her first book, a study of the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. During AY 2016-17 Dr. Rupert will be a long term fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, where she hopes to complete the manuscript.


Three Student Affairs staff members presented sessions at the recent annual meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. NASPA is the largest student affairs organization in the country, with over 15,000 members primarily from the United States but also from around the world. Cherry Callahan, Brett Carter and Mary Anderson presented three sessions at the conference on the topics of interim management strategies, the student culture of care, and Title IX/Campus Climate surveys.


Kim Cuny (Communication Studies/UNCG Speaking Center), Sarah Littlejohn (Ashby Residential College/English) and Kathy Crowe (University Libraries) have a chapter published in “Sustainable Learning Spaces: Design, Infrastructure, and Technology.” The chapter outlines the growing pains and lessons learned when leading UNCG through the first redesign of the lower level of the Jackson Library. The book, published by Computers and Composition Digital Press, is available online at ccdigitalpress.org/sustainable.

Dr. Terry Ackerman

Photo of Dr. Terry Ackerman.Dr. Terry Ackerman (Education) received funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Using projective unidimensional models for measuring multidimensional educational data.” This project is supported by funds from the Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences. This research is designed to create a projective IRT framework to better analyze multidimensional educational assessment data.

Dr. Linda Rupert

Photo od Dr. Linda RupertDr. Linda Rupert (History) received funding from Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library for the project “Flight to Freedom: Fugitive Slaves and Imperial Policy in the Early Modern Caribbean.” This project follows hundreds of slaves from British, Dutch, French, and Danish colonies who fled to Spanish America throughout the 18th century.

They were attracted, in part, by a series of Spanish royal decrees that offered them freedom. Far from disappearing into anonymity, many left their footprints in the archives and on the history of the region. This will be the first book-length pan-Caribbean study of inter-colonial marronage.

Dr. Sarah Krive

Photo of Dr. Sarah Krive.Dr. Sarah Krive has been promoted to Associate Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College. She has steadily climbed the ranks of the Honors College since she first joined its staff as a program associate in 2007.

The following year, she was appointed Associate Dean. Krive became Assistant Dean in 2011. In her new position, Krive will take on additional responsibilities of supervising a larger staff, serving as a public voice for the Honor College and designing and implementing program policies.

“Over the past nine years she has steadfastly and brilliantly helped the Honors College grow and develop into one of the premiere honors colleges in the nation,” said Honors College Dean Dr. Omar Ali.

Krive received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught Russian literature and linguistics for more than a dozen years.

Dr. Mark Rifkin

Photo of Dr. Mark Rifkin.Dr. Mark Rifkin is the new director for the UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS). Rifkin assumes the position after completing a term as the Associate Head of the English Department at UNCG. Rifkin plans to bolster the number of classes taught by cross-appointed faculty within the program and to create a 100-level introductory course in hopes of attracting more WGS majors and minors earlier in their college careers. Learn more about the WGS program at wgs.uncg.edu

Dr. Erika Rauer

Dr. Erika Rauer (School of Music, Theater, and Dance) received funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the “UNCG Community Arts Collaborative Arts After School Program.”

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

Photo of Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos.Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Longitudinal Outcome of College Students with ADHD.” Although there recently has been an increase in research investigating ADHD among adults, relatively less research has specifically addressed the manner in which ADHD impacts young adults attending college, the abstract notes. The need for conducting such research has become more evident recently, as increasing numbers of students with ADHD have been enrolling in college. To address this situation, the goals of this proposed study are: (a) to investigate the developmental trajectory of functional impairments associated with ADHD in the college student population, and (b) to identify variables that may predict differential outcomes in this group.

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

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