Featured this week: Dr. Omar H. Ali – Dr. Craig S. Cashwell – Dr. J. Scott Young – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – Lynne Agee
Dr. Omar H. Ali (African American Studies) has completed the first of several phases of a public history project for the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem on the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World. Part of the exhibit currently on display at the Schomburg includes quilts by women of African descent in India (Siddis). He will make a presentation titled, “The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World” at the Schomburg on April 16 as part of their quilt exhibitition. Known as kawandi, the quilts are a visual history of a particular family. A quilt documents the well-worn, discarded clothes, and textures from all kinds of fabrics, embodying the artistic sensibilities of their makers, Siddi women. More than 50,000 men and women of African descent currently live in India. Their predecessors arrived centuries before the transatlantic slave trade as merchants, soldiers, sailors and slaves. This lesser-known African Diaspora is gaining broader attention with Ali’s work, who has been networking with scholars from the East Africa, southern Iran, western India, and Sri Lanka on the topic. An online exhibit will be launched in April.
Dr. Craig S. Cashwell and Dr. J. Scott Young (CED) have each been named a fellow by the American Counseling Association (ACA). They received this honor based on their extensive contributions to the counseling profession through their research and scholarship and numerous leadership positions in ACA and its divisions. Young and Cashwell have collaborated on numerous studies and have co-authored several books on spirituality issues in counseling. Their most recent book is “Integrating Spirituality and Religion in Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice.” Among their leadership positions, Cashwell was chair of the CACREP Board, the accreditation body for the counseling profession. Young has served on the ACA Governing Council. Both have been division presidents. Cashwell and Young will be formally honored later this month during the ACA annual convention in New Orleans. They join the other CED full professors, Dr. James Benshoff, Dr. DiAnne Borders, and Jane Myers, all of whom have been named ACA Fellows.
Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) has received the Best Practices National Award for Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship from the Small Business Institute. The award recognizes Welsh’s work in developing the entrepreneurship major and minor in the Bryan School for students and non-business students, and the graduate certificate in entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, there are 38 permanent courses in 20 departments, taught by professors who have blended entrepreneurship with their disciplines. The courses are in seven areas based on her research of where careers are headed in the next 20 years in the New Economy: creative industries, family business, franchising, healthcare entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and science, technology and innovation entrepreneurship. Welsh is also the founder and executive director of the N.C. Entrepreneurship Center at UNCG. The entrepreneurship program is one of the fastest growing at UNCG. There are currently 199 students in the major and 100 students in the minor, 70 of whom are non-business students from across campus. Last October, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers recognized Welsh’s leadership in spreading entrepreneurship through the campus and community with its Excellence in Entrepreneurship across the University Award.
Women’s basketball coach Lynne Agee, who weeks ago reached 600 career wins, announced her retirement at the conclusion of the season. Agee, who just completed her 30th season at UNCG and her 33rd as a collegiate head coach, finishes her career with a 602-334 mark overall and a 556-311 record at the helm for the Spartans.