Featured this week: Dr. Vicki McNeil – Dr. Jim Settle – Dr. Bob Griffiths – Jessica Humes – Liz Jodoin – Dr. Mark Smith-Soto
Dr. Vicki McNeil is assistant vice chancellor for student development in Student Affairs. She will be responsible for Student Health Services, Counseling and Testing Center, Dean of Students, Office of Disability Services, Office of New Student and Spartan Family Programs, and Campus Recreation. She joined UNCG at the beginning of the month. She was formerly vice president for student affairs at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.
Dr. Jim Settle is assistant vice chancellor for co-curricular programs and services in Student Affairs. He will oversee Campus Activities and Programs, Career Services Center, Elliott University Center, Leadership and Service-Learning, and Multicultural Affairs. His first day was Oct. 18. He was formerly vice president for student afffairs at Shawnee State University in Ohio.
Dr. Bob Griffiths (Political Science) had a chapter titled “Democratizing Civil-Military Relations in South Africa: A Blueprint for Post-Conflict Reform?” published in War and Peace in Africa, edited by Toyin Falola and Raphael Njoku (Carolina Academic Press, 2010). He was also recently invited to be a facilitator for a workshop titled “Enhancing Civil-Military Relations in Central Africa.” Held under the auspices of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a division of the National Defense University, the workshop brought military officers, police personnel, parliamentarians, and civilian officials from 10 central African countries to Washington to recommend ways to strengthen relations between the security sector and the public.
Jessica Humes (Counseling and Testing Center) and Liz Jodoin (Counseling and Testing Center) presented at the national American College Counseling Association (ACCA) on “Establishing a Case Management Position Within a Campus Counseling Center” on Oct 8. The conference was held in St. Louis.
Dr. Mark Smith-Soto (Romance Languages) had his poem “Night Watch” selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for Kooser’s syndicated column American Life in Poetry. The poem was released to the web site www.americanlifeinpoetry.org on Oct. 18. Newspapers carrying Kooser’s column will run it. Current readership is reportedly about 4 million per week. In addition, the column’s staff were recently notified that The New York Times education blog, The Learning Network, now features the column’s weekly poem along with a piece from The Times that elaborates upon the poem’s themes.