Featured this week: Kaye H. Bowman – David A. Vaughan – Megan Delph – Dr. William Purkey – Brian Battle
A retirement reception honoring Kaye H. Bowman (Office of the Provost) and David A. Vaughan (Office of the Provost) for their years of service to the state and the university will be Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. RSVP to Mitzi Wilder by April 20 at 4-4882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Delph (Housing & Residence Life) has received the American College Personnel Association Outstanding New Professional of the Year Award. This national award honors new housing professionals who have made positive contributions to the Residence Life profession. Delph is coordinator for Residence Life in Phillip Hawkins residence hall.
Dr. William Purkey (Counseling and Educational Development, emeritus) has a new book, “From Conflict to Conciliation: How to Defuse Difficult Situations” (Corwin Press), co-authored with John Schmidt and John Novak. It offers a methodical approach to evaluating and dealing with conflict, using case studies. One helpful approach, Purkey says, is to offer three positive signals – posture, voice, a smile – that communicate you are not there to fight. Then state your concern as though it were a wish. The book is unique in that it gives major importance to conciliation. If the stress caused by previous levels of concern is not addressed, it may extend far beyond the original issue. Finding a solution to a particular concern is usually insufficient, Purkey says. “Conciliation doesn’t just mean saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ It requires continuing efforts to reach out for some sort of agreement, mutual trust, and shared respect, with the aim of starting afresh.” Purkey was the 1997 UNCG recipient of the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also received the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2005 Excellence in Education Award.
The Child and Family Research Network together with the Office of Research and Economic Development awarded five faculty members $5,000 summer stipends. As reported last week, the three Pyschology professors are Dr. Janet Boseovski for her project “Information Processing Flexibility in Social and Cognitive Functioning in Early Childhood”; Dr. Gabriela Stein for her project “Preventing Adolescent Substance Abuse in High Risk Spanish-Speaking Latino Families” and Dr. Lilly Shanahan for her project “The Role of Maternal Dysregulation in Early Childhood Dysregulation and the Development of Emotional Disorders: A Within-Family Approach.” Dr. Tracy Nichols (HHP) received a stipend for her project “Mother-Daughter Relations in African American families: Longitudinal Effects on Adolescent Girls’ Obesity Related Behaviors” as did Dr. Robert Henson (Education) for his project “Applying and Validating a Diagnostic Classification Model to the Quantile Framework for Mathematics.”
Brian Battle has been named the senior associate director of athletics for administration. Battle has spent the last four years as Florida State’s associate director of athletics for compliance. At Florida State, he was responsible for coordinating, planning and organizing all phases of the Seminoles’ NCAA compliance program, ensuring adherence to university, Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA rules and regulations. In addition, he was the chair of the Financial Aid, Registrar Academics and Compliance Committee. Battle rejoined the Seminole athletics department after a stint at Georgetown University as the associate director of compliance in 2005. During his tenure at Georgetown, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Compliance Office, was the certifying eligibility officer for the Hoyas’ 700 student-athletes and the department of athletics liaison to the Financial Aid and Registrars offices as well as the alumni and booster organizations. He was the primary administrator for the women’s basketball, baseball and track and field teams and a member of the Big East Cross Country Championships Committee. Battle also served at Florida State in the compliance office from 1998-2005. At UNCG, Battle will have oversight over many day-to-day internal operations within the athletic department. He will also have direct responsibility for the various academic, student-welfare and compliance components, as well as facilities and operations aspects. Battle is a 1991 graduate of Alfred University, where he majored in finance and political science. He received his master’s degree in sport administration in 1996 from Florida State University.
Hello: Givonne Ponton-Ivey, University Libraries; David Canter, ITS; Allyson Wood, Development; George Bertolotti, Public Safety; Austin Thompson, ITS; Curissa Townsend, Department of Nutrition; Joel VanderKamp, Weatherspoon
Good-bye: Summer Keller, Student Health Services