Featured this week: Mike Tarrant – Steve Gilliam – Steve Moore – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Jessica Kaczorowsk – Dean Rosann Bazirjian
Since joining UNCG last year, Mike Tarrant has served as the primary liaison between UNCG and the federal government as the university’s Special Assistant for Federal Relations. Chancellor Brady announced at the most recent Board of Trustees meeting that Tarrant will now serve as a liaison with the state government, as well. She noted that the next session of the state legislature begins in May, a reason “we wanted to make the adjustment at this point in time.” In his new role as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Tarrant will work with UNCG’s Executive Staff, Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors, the Alumni Association and the UNC System Office of Government Relations to coordinate the university’s actions on both federal and state policy and funding matters. Before joining UNCG, Tarrant worked to advance the government relations efforts for the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina while serving in the Office of Federal Government Relations at UNC General Administration. In 2008, he was one of 18 Americans selected as a Henry Luce Scholar. As a Luce Scholar, Tarrant worked at the National University of Singapore under the direction of the vice president for university and global relations, Professor Lily Kong. Tarrant, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in political science and communication studies.
Steve Gilliam (University Relations), who has retired as assistant vice chancellor of university relations, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award at his retirement celebration last week. This citation recognizes outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the state. It was awarded by Governor Perdue and presented to him by Chancellor Brady.
Steve Moore (School of Nursing) was named a NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Region 3 Award winner for 2010. This award is designed to honor individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. Region 3 is made up of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia. There were five award winners for 2010. (Note: recipient name was corrected 3/3/10 at noon)
Dr. Bob Wineburg (Social Work) has been invited by Baylor University’s Center for Family and Community Ministries to become a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow. He is on leave writing a book with Rev. Odell Cleveland about how the two worked together to build the Welfare Reform Liaison Project.
Jessica Kaczorowski has received the 2010 Master’s Thesis Award for Social Sciences, Business and Education from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, an organization of more than 200 graduate schools in 15 states. Kaczorowski became interested in schizophrenia as an undergraduate studying psychology at the University of California, San Diego. After graduation, that interest grew while she worked at the San Diego VA Hospital, where her job included assessing patients with the catastrophic disorder, which affects more than a million Americans. Deciding to pursue graduate study, she applied to UNCG’s clinical psychology program in hopes of working with Dr. Thomas Kwapil, a leading researcher of risk and protective factors for schizophrenia. She started a study of subtle sensory and motor impairments among young adults prone to schizophrenia. Superior to earlier published studies in design, scope and analysis, her research, the basis for her master’s thesis, suggests these impairments may be early warning signs for the disorder rather than only the result of full-blown schizophrenia. The findings are attracting attention. Kaczorowski is the lead author of an article in the December edition of the journal Schizophrenia Research and has made presentations at two national conferences. Her findings support the theory that vulnerability for schizophrenia is expressed across a broad continuum of impairment known as schizotypy. The identification of early warning signs sheds light on the disorder and could contribute to the development of interventions to prevent its most debilitating effects. Now in the fourth year of her graduate studies, Kaczorowski is investigating the relationship between cognitive ability and Catechol-O-Methyl Transferase, an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters in the brain and may have links to vulnerability for schizophrenia.
Dean Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries) is making a presentation titled: “The PACE Library Initiatives: a True Lesson in Regional Collaboration” at the Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain Conference Towards Future Possibilities on March 12 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Hello – Brittney Meade, HDFS – Deana Falciano, HDFS – Kathlene Smith, University Libraries – Eddie Drew Jr., Financial Aid
Good-bye – Susan Manchester, Development – Candice Buss, Registrar’s Office – Garrett L. Marsh, SERVE – Bettie Malone, Housing and Residence Life – Audrey Siler, Housekeeping