Featured this week: Dean Lynne Pearcey – Imogene Cathey – Dr. Ana Hontanilla – Justin Maullin – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Dr. Linda Buettner – Dr. Gregory Carroll – Dr. James Benshoff
Dean Lynne Pearcey (HES) has been selected as one of 50 outstanding alumni by the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.
Imogene Cathey has joined UNCG as associate counsel. Cathey comes to UNCG from the University of Florida, where she gained substantial experience in higher education law. She will have primary responsibility for Advancement (with the exception of University Relations), Athletics and Student Affairs. She will also have primary responsibility for SPA employment issues in all divisions, while Counsel Steve Serck will continue to have primary responsibility on EPA and faculty matters. Serck and Cathey are available for consultation on any issue.
Dr. Ana Hontanilla (Spanish) was interviewed by RNE (National/International Radio of Spain) about her recent book, “The Taste of Reason.” In the interview broadcast Oct. 7, she spoke about the concepts of good taste and imagination in 18th century Spain. The interview is available online.
Interim coach Justin Maullin (Athletics) was named 2010 Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year. He led the team to a 10-5-4 mark during the regular season, earning a share of the Southern Conference’s regular-season title and the conference tournament’s No. 1 seed. The Spartans had been the preseason pick to finish sixth. Five Spartan players earned all-conference honors as the season ended.
Dr. Bob Wineburg (Social Work) was in Malta, last week, as a guest lecturer. In 2007 and 2008 Fulbright Senior Scholar trips, he helped to develop a master’s in social work and social policy program at the University of Malta. He spoke to the first master’s class there, as well as to policymakers, practitioners and faculty members.
Recreation therapy is a physician ordered, individualized and time-limited intervention provided by a licensed or certified therapeutic recreation specialist. Research by Dr. Linda Buettner (Gerontology Program) indicates that integrating recreation therapy interventions into communities that serve aging populations can save states millions of health care dollars. Buettner presented results of her research Nov. 16 at the 2010 Conference on Memory Loss: 15 Years of Synchronizing Science and Support, hosted by the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Gregory Carroll received the Award for Excellence in Online Education on Monday, Nov. 15. The UNCG Division of Continual Learning (DCL) recognized his creativity, innovation and commitment to student learning. Carroll was honored for his outstanding contribution to the creation of the MUS 241: Music Appreciation course. “Dr. Carroll is an inspiring educator whose talent and passion for music resonate in the online domain. His creativity and tireless work made him the ideal candidate for this award,” said Dr. Robert Brown, dean, DCL. The course Carroll helped create centers on Musicopolis, a fictional city. The students play the role of attendees to the Annual Music Through the Ages Festival, and Dr. Carroll is the affable limo driver who pops in to explain critical course concepts. Carroll wrote all the content, making Musicopolis dynamic and fully self-sustaining, without the need of a textbook. MUS 241 received an honorable mention from the 2010 International E-Learning Awards.
In October, Dr. James Benshoff (Counseling and Educational Development) traveled to Bhutan, where he met with community counseling service providers, consulted with the Bhutan Education Ministry and signed a memorandum of understanding (on behalf of the National Board for Certified Counselors) with the queen, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, for services to help develop the counseling profession in her country. In early November, he attended the Mexican Counseling Association conference in Mexico City where he met with delegates from Mexico and other Latin American countries to discuss issues related to development of the counseling profession in Latin America.