UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

An article by Dr. Spoma Jovanovic and Lewis Pitts, “Social Action, National and Local,” was published in “Green Culture: An A to Z Guide” edited by Kevin Wehr (Sage Publications).The co-authors discuss environmental social change action since the 1960s, on to 1970s regulation debacles, and then evolving discourses for sustainability.

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

An experimental Farmer’s Market was tested in the low-income Warnersville neighborhood. Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) was deeply involved in this project. She reports: “The Farmers Market was a raging success. We had 120 patrons come out on one of the hottest days of the summer at a really awkward time, so we were absolutely thrilled. For the farmers, we had George Smith and Larry Smith, who came after the Yanceyville Market, and Rhonda Ingram, who came out from High Point. Everybody was very happy with the turnout, and we’re getting ready to plan the next test for September.”

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson, J.D., is Student Affairs’ new director of housing and residence life. He joined the university in July. He came to UNCG from Rutgers University – Newark where he served as associate dean of students/director of housing and residence life. He served Rutgers for 13 years and prior to that served as assistant director for residential life at Temple University. A founding partner of Reslife.Net, Ltd., Johnson has authored a variety of articles on residence life, taught online courses for new Residence Hall Directors, and served as a creative and strategic consultant for the “Judicial Educator,” an online educational judicial sanctions program currently being used by more than 190 colleges and universities.

Dr. Jill Beville

Dr. Jill Beville joined UNCG on Aug. 1 as Student Affairs’ director of campus recreation. She comes to UNCG from the University of Alabama where she was associate director of university recreation for the past 10 years. Prior to this role, she served as assistant director for recreational services and coordinator of fitness and wellness. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Alabama, presented at multiple conferences, most notably the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association annual conference, and has conducted research in leisure time physical activity among college students. She also received two awards at the University of Alabama for exceptional leadership and meritorious service.

Alexandra Marchesano

Alexandra Marchesano is Student Affairs’ new director of campus activities and programs, having arrived on Aug. 8. She joins us from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, where she has been the Director of Student Activities for the past nine years. Prior to that, she served Lehigh University as associate dean of students. An active member of the Association for College Unions International, she has served in numerous leadership roles and brings to UNCG a wealth of knowledge related to liability issues in campus activities, student leadership, contracts and programming.

Dr. Bruce K. Kirchoff

Dr. Bruce K. Kirchoff (Biology) this summer co-organized the symposium “Inflorescences: Diversity, development, ecology and evolution” with Dr. Regine Classen-Bockhoff from the University of Mainz as part of the International Botanical Congress, in Melbourne. These congresses are held once every six years, and draw botanists from all over the world. He also taught weekend workshops on technical plant photography through the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, and through the Intermountain Herbarium at Utah State, and presented a workshop on the use of images in plant identification guides at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society in America (Botany 2011) in St. Louis.


Dr. Michael Kane, Dr. Thomas Kwapil and Dr. Paul Silvia (Psychology) have received a three-year, $418,500 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine cognitive “executive functions” in laboratory and daily-life contexts. Executive functions — the brain mechanisms allowing for self-regulation of behavior, emotion and thought — vary in effectiveness from person to person and are disrupted in many mental-health disorders, including AD/HD and schizophrenia. The proposed research will advance the basic science of executive functions as well as illuminate the role that individual differences in executive function play in schizotypy, a collection of personality characteristics that significantly predict risk for developing schizophrenia and a variety of daily-life impairments.

Dr. Cerise Glenn

Dr. Cerise Glenn (Communication Studies) published a co-authored book chapter “Utilizing exploratory qualitative data collection in small organizations: Consulting for the Multi-Cultural Community Connections (MCC)” in “Cases and exercises in organization development and change.”

Dr. Carole J. Ott

Dr. Carole J. Ott (Music) is the 2011 winner of The American Prize in Conducting – college/university chorus division. Ott directs the Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate level conducting. Additionally, she is the director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale. Her degrees include an MM and DMA from the University of Michigan. The American Prize is a series of national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.

Dr. Carol Mullen

Dr. Carol Mullen (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) was elected president of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) for 2012-13 and is currently president-elect. Established in 1947, NCPEA is committed to the practice and study of educational leadership.

Dr. Loreen Olson

Dr. Loreen Olson (Communication Studies) is the editor of the “Journal of Family Communication.” She has joined UNCG from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on interpersonal and family communication dilemmas. She teaches in the areas of gender, relational, and family communication.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Dr. Heidi Carlone (Curriculum and Instruction) served as a mentor at the weeklong Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students co-hosted by BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) and the faculty from Penn State. The Colorado Spring Institute is sponsored by NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching), a professional association of researchers committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research. Carlone was one of eight mentors who worked with 41 doctoral students at this year’s institute.

Dr. Patricia Fairfield-Artman

Dr. Patricia Fairfield-Artman (Communication Studies) has been named Ethics Officer for the Board of the Tarheel Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Cris Belvin

Cris Belvin has joined UNCG as director of athletics media relations. He joins the Spartans after serving 10 years on the media relations staff at Oral Roberts University, including the last six as assistant athletic director. Belvin joined the Oral Roberts staff in 2001 as the associate director of media relations after serving four years as the sports information director at Stetson University in Florida. He also served one year as sports information director at Arkansas-Monticello and two years as an assistant at Austin Peay. Belvin is a 1994 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges

Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges (Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies) received the Emerald Literati Network award for Outstanding Paper for 2010-11 in the “Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal.” The paper, titled “U.S. Textile Sector Job Loss: An Exploration of Implications for Individuals, Community and Industry” was published in January 2010, and reports on research Hodges has conducted on employment dynamics in the North Carolina and U.S. textile and apparel industries. Holly Lentz, a former doctoral student of Hodges’, is the second author. The paper was selected for the award by the Journal’s editorial team. The Journal publishes research of interest to both academics and industry.

Dr. Jacquelyn W. White

Dr. Jacquelyn W. White (Psychology) is a co-editor of two new books: “Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities. Volume 1:  Mapping the Terrain” and “Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities. Volume II:  Navigating Solutions.” Both are published by the American Psychological Association.

Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis (Communication Studies) is the UNCG Speaking Center’s new assistant director. Ellis will oversee the center’s oral communication workshop program. Workshops are developed and facilitated by speaking center employees for UNCG students, staff and faculty audiences at the request of faculty, student groups and other campus leaders. Ellis, as a graduate student, co-authored the National Association of Communication Centers’ Joyce Ferguson Top Paper. She has worked at the center five years, and is a new faculty member in Communication Studies. The center will open for the fall semester in September.  [This post edited Aug. 17, 8 a.m.]

Dr. Beth Barba

Dr. Beth Barba (Nursing) is the new director of the PhD program in the School of Nursing. Her new address is 101 McIver House.

Dr. Chris Poulos

Dr. Chris Poulos (Communication Studies) has been named the new head of the department. The September issue of the international journal “Qualitative Inquiry” features a co-authored article, “Performing Mythic Identity: An Analysis and Critique of ‘The Ethnogs,'” which chronicles Poulos’s experience in a sometimes-traveling mythic/virtual rock band. Authors include: Nick Trujillo (aka Gory Bateson), Bob Krizek (aka Dougal Mcrorie), Patty Sotirin (aka Dottie), Laura Ellingson (aka Darla), Melanie Bailey Mills (aka Darlene), Shirley Drew (aka Saralaughs Macrorie), and Poulos (aka RipTupp).

Dr. Joyendu “Joy” Bhadury

Dr. Joyendu “Joy” Bhadury (Bryan School of Business and Economics) has been named to the N.C. Maritime Strategy Advisory Council. The advisory team is tasked with studying the impact of changes in commercial maritime industry in the state, especially as it relates to the pending expansion of the Panama Canal.

Dr. Joseph Hill

Dr. Joseph Hill (Specialized Education Services) has been appointed to the N.C. Governor’s Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He is co-author of “The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure.” The authors received the Andrew Foster Humanitarian Award, in recognition of their work on Black ASL (American Sign Language), at the 25th National Black Deaf Advocate (NBDA) conference. Hill is a graduate of the doctoral program in the linguistics department at Gallaudet University. He was part of the research team who conducted the Black ASL project. In addition, he accompanied a group of students to Italy over the summer to learn Italian Sign Language. It was a summer program for American college students to learn Italian Sign Language and deaf culture. He was there as an assistant for Italian Sign Language teachers and as a teacher of ASL and English for Italian Deaf students and interpreters.

Jody Smith

Jody Smith has been named associate athletic director of compliance. Smith comes to Greensboro after spending three year as assistant athletics director for compliance at Florida State. Smith has more than 13 years of compliance experience, including previous stops at Wake Forest, Arizona State and Florida International. In her tenure at Florida State, Smith assisted with the coordination of all day-to-day compliance and rules education for FSU’s 19 intercollegiate athletic programs and more than 450 student-athletes. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she played softball. She earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Louisville.

Dr. Bob Wineburg

Dr. Bob Wineburg (Social Work) and Odell Cleveland (Social Work) will speak at the Community Action Partnership Conference in San Francisco in late August. Their presentation will be on “Social Ventures in Community Action.” They created the Welfare Reform Liaison Project in Greensboro, and cowrote the book “Pracademics & Community Change.”