News Items from UNC Greensboro

Subtlety, humor, empathy, and accuracy are often difficult to convey when interpreting from one language to another. Juliette Vayer will tell you that these key skills in American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting, along with advocating for the Deaf community, are part of what compelled her to earn her Bachelor of Science in Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy (IDEAS) from the School of Education this December. UNCG’s program is the only public four-year program of its kind in North Carolina.

A self-proclaimed “big nerd,” Theo Noussi is fascinated by nanoscience, which requires the use of sophisticated microscopy to study at a very small scale. Noussi, in his fifth year of a doctoral program in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) at UNCG, is a native of Cameroon and the youngest of eight children. He came to the United States six years ago to earn a master’s degree in earth science, with a specialization in environmental science, at North Carolina Central University.

If the past few years have taught UNCG students anything, it’s that perseverance, flexibility, and creativity are required to navigate what you plan to do and what life brings to you. UNCG senior Jenny Lois Francisco originally was attracted to the study abroad program that would allow her to expand on her passion for environmental sustainability–but a global pandemic had other plans.

The ripples of the COVID 19 pandemic are impacting North Carolinians across the state as a shocking shortage in the healthcare industry was reported earlier this year. According to a report released by Mercer in February 2022, North Carolina could be among the top five states in need of nurses should trends continue. But third year nursing student Fernando Cuevas plans to help fill that shortage.

On Thursday, September 22, UNC Greensboro’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program marked the 50th anniversary of its establishment with a celebration at the Alumni House.

Current and former students and faculty, friends, and administrators gathered to reflect on the program’s rich history and to celebrate a history-making gift by Claudia Kadis ’65: the establishment of a $1 million distinguished professorship.

Counselors, psychologists, therapists, and other professionals such as educators are struggling to help the vast numbers of traumatized people in their care. A new certificate program offered by the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNC Greensboro aims to equip mental health professionals with the tools they need to identify and treat trauma.

One of its strengths is its versatility. Ellen Haskell explains how the new minor in Jewish studies will support students going into a variety of fields and supplement their education in other areas of study.