News Items from UNC Greensboro

Baseball vs. Davidson Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m. Art tour with Xandra Eden and Belinda Tate Weatherspoon, Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m. Lecture, “The Adaptive Brain: Responding to the Challenge of Cognitive Aging” Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building, Friday, April 30, 3:15 p.m. Theatre, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, […]

Rachael Dietrich Walker is a P-card specialist in Purchasing. Most have only heard the words “This … Is … Jeopardy!” on their TV. She once heard them in Hollywood as she stared at Alex Trebek and a sea of hot lights.

The recipients of the 2010 Staff Excellence Awards will be announced in August. As this spring semester draws to a close, all the nominees for the awards were honored at a breakfast on Tuesday, April 20, in the Magnolia Room of the Dining Hall. Chancellor Linda P. Brady was in attendance to honor the nominees.

News items this week include iSpartan email migration; Spartan Printing wins awards; Relay for Life; In memoriam; Ethics and business; Free speech at park; psychopharmacology conference; Black Arts Festival; Quantitative training through ICPSR; Paws for stress.

Duane Cyrus, Dr. Andrew Brod, Dr. Sue Stinson, Dr. Cathie Witty, Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, Dr. Paige Hall Smith and Stoel Burrowes are among the UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Brian Betts, a 1989 graduate of UNCG, became in recent years one of the most innovative educators in inner-city Washington D.C. The principal at Shaw Middle School in Washington had been hired to revamp a school that had been through great difficulties, and he was in the process of turning the school around. For that, he had been the subject of several stories in the Washington Post and had also been interviewed by 60 Minutes and PBS. Tragically, his death has now brought similar national attention. His time as a student and connections with UNCG over the years are remembered.

Dr. Nancy J. Hodges, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, has won a 2010 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will receive the award Friday, May 14, during UNCG’s spring commencement in the Greensboro Coliseum. Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each campus. “For me, teaching and learning begin with lived experience, as I feel strongly that it is this experience that shapes students’ understanding of course concepts,” Hodges explains, as part of her teaching philosophy.