Featured this week: Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell – Dr. Tara T. Green – Steve Delaney – Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez – Dr. Joan M. Jones-Mathews
Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell (Biology) is being honored for her work on behalf of bats. The U.S. Forest Service is presenting her and nine others with its 2010 Wings Across the Americas Award for Bat Conservation. Kalcounis-Rüppell was selected based on her leadership of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN) from 2005-08. SBDN conducts annual surveys of bat populations on Forest Service land, known as “Bat Blitzes.” In addition to her work on subsequent events, Kalcounis-Rüppell helped organize the 2004 Bat Blitz in the Uwharrie National Forest. In eight years of Bat Blitzes, 121 groups have worked with the Forest Service to capture, examine and release 2,634 bats of 14 species, including two endangered species. Kalcounis-Rüppell also has been honored for her work in the classroom. Last spring, she received UNCG’s Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Her teaching and research interests include the behavior and ecology of wild mammals, especially bats and rodents and their use of ultrasound. The associate professor is a past chair of the North American Society for Bat Research. She gives regular presentations to the public about wildlife conservation, among them a popular Halloween-season program on bats.
Dr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies) will present a paper at the National Black Studies Conference in New Orleans March 18-20. She will be accompanied by two students who will present papers on African-American women.
Steve Delaney (Housing & Residence Life), an electrician for Residence Halls – Facilities, has recently completed National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Level 1 in Fire Protection Engineering Technology / Fire Alarm Systems. Delaney is the first HRL staff member to receive such recognition and only the second staff member on the UNCG campus, according to Guy Sanders, HRL associate director.
Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez (Political Science) will present a working paper titled “Documenting the Undocumented: Challenges and Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations that Serve Mixed-Immigrant Status Clients” at the Ethics and Politics of Research with Immigrant Populations Conference at the University of Minnesota. She is also serving as co-editor for a symposium issue on “Immigration and Public Service” for the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. Faculty interested in immigration-related scholarship may review the call for papers at www.jpmsp.com.
Dr. Joan M. Jones-Mathews (School of Nursing) was elected vice president of North Carolina Association of County Boards of Social Services (NCACBSS) during the Annual Business Meeting in February in Raleigh. It was held during the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services Critical Needs Training Meeting. She will be responsible for assisting with planning and coordinating workshops and educational programs for NCACBSS, which is composed of members of the 100 NC County Boards of Social Services. Jones-Mathews served on the Guilford County Board of Social Services from January 2001 to June 2007 and was vice chair from July 2005 to July 2006. She has been a member of the Executive Board, a Region II director and a member of the Resource Manual Development Committee of NCACBSS. In the School of Nursing, she is adjunct associate professor and retired clinical associate professor.
Hello: John Young, Postal Service – Christopher Gwinnett, ITS – Donald Joyce, Grounds – Douglas Shelton, Grounds – Vicente Morales-Velez, Grounds
Good-bye: Kathleen La Point, Nutrition – Stephen Zdanowski, Auxiliary Services – Diana Brooke, HDFS – Deborah Barry, Student Health Services