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012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Bruce Michaels – Dr. Tara T. Green – Dr. Sevil Sonmez – Meredith Walther – Dr. Jackie White – Staff Stars

091510CampusPeople_MichaelsThe campus community is invited to a reception honoring Bruce Michaels as he retires as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the end of this month. A floating reception will be held for him Thursday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m in Cone Ballroom, EUC. Please RSVP at krsawyer@uncg.edu or 4-5099 by Sept. 27. Michaels has been involved in higher education for more than 30 years, focusing on student life. Prior to joining the UNCG staff in 1985 as director of Elliott University Center and assistant dean of students, Michaels worked as operations manager of the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa. During his tenure as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs since 2003, Michaels has had administrative responsibility for Campus Recreation, Multicultural Affairs, Student Life and Student Affairs Capital Projects and Technology.

Dr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies), Dr. Sevil Sonmez (Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality) and  Meredith Walther (Education/Advancement) have been selected to participate in the Bridges 2010 Program: “Transformational Leadership.” Bridges is a leadership program for women, which meets for four weekends during the fall in Chapel Hill. UNCG’s participants will join thirty-two other women from North Carolina universities.

091510CampusPeople_WhiteDr. Jackie White (Psychology) was recognized as a ‘Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology’ by the American Psychological Association for her outstanding career contributions to the understanding of gender issues, including aggression and violence against children and women. White was described by the selection committee as an “inspiration” and “a distinguished leader, scholar, mentor, teacher, editor, and advocate for all women and children.” White has conducted research on gender issues, aggression and intimate partner violence for more than 30 years, publishing numerous articles and book chapters. That research includes one of the few longitudinal studies of sexual and physical dating violence among adolescents and college students, a five-year project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Justice. Her recent publications reflect her interest in the life experiences of people involved in aggression and violence from infancy through adulthood. In addition to serving as associate dean for research in the College of Arts & Sciences, she is working on a project on trauma and substance use funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. White is professor of psychology and associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Nine staff members were surprised last month with Staff Star awards. They are Shonda Drake, Office of Safety; Ray Riggins, Facilities; Hal Shelton, Facilities Operations; Bill Hardin, Facilities Operations; Dedrick Curtis, Registrar’s Office; Lilwanda James, Facility Services; David Alcon, Electric Shop; Joe Bundy, Biology; and Roberta Maxwell, Biology. Read more and see photos at the Staff Stars web page.

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