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Staff Recognitions

Recent Staff Recognitions

Congratulations to our staff members on their outstanding accomplishments and service to the community and our profession!

Bradley Wrenn (Coordinator of the UNCG Veterans Resource Center) is featured by Healthy Relationships Initiative with his article Student Veterans in Higher Education.

Nicole Hall (Director of Career Services) is featured in the October 2, 2017 Inside Higher Ed with an article she co-wrote with Dr. Emily Levine – “Enhance Humanities Career Outcomes? Engage the Faculty.”

Megan Walters, Associate Director of Career Services, presented at the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers (NCACE) Annual Conference, “NC Road Trip! Engaging Students, Alumni, & Employers through CareerTrek” (Co-presenter, Amber Hamilton, 2nd year SPAHE student and 2016 – 2017 Peer Career Assistant).

Jodi Barber (Web and Technology Administrator in Career Services) was a participant in the North Carolina Association of College and Employers Leadership Institute.

The Office of Leadership & Service-Learning was chosen to serve as a national Lead Institution to implement targeted programming through NASPA’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) initiative. An additional role, OLSL staff were chosen in 2017 to serve as a Lead Consulting institution to advise and support a cohort of other colleges and universities.

Mary Anderson (Dean of Students) has been invited to serve as a co-author of a chapter in a new book being published by ACUHO-I in 2018.

Nicole Hall, 2017 (Career Services), Mary Anderson, 2016 (Dean of Students) and Jill Beville, 2015 (Recreation and Wellness) were selected for admission to the BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women Program. This program admits 36 women from the colleges and universities across the State of North Carolina.

Jim Settle serves as the North Carolina State Director on the NASPA Region III Board of Directors.

Catherine Goetz (Career Services) was selected for the 2017-18 Leadership Greensboro Class sponsored by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. (Fall 2017)

Porsche Chiles (OIE) was selected to attend the NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Managers Institute in Summer 2017.

OLSL Staff, including Cathy Hamilton, Lauren Cunningham, Lindsey Woelker, April Marshall, and Kristina Gage hosted the national 3-day Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education in Downtown Greensboro in March 2017. This conference was attended by 364 attendees from 90 institutions, and was sponsored by 23 companies and institutions throughout the southeastern U.S.

Alexandra Marchesano (CAP) is ACUI’s new Community Practice Leader for the Women’s Leadership Community.

Bruce Pomeroy (OARS) presented at the NC AHEAD state conference in 2015 on “Emotional Support Animals on Campus” and at the NC AHEAD 2017 conference on “Establishing Appreciation and Respect for Disability Services on Campus”

Robert Barker (DOS) completed the Donald D. Gehring Academy for Student Conduct Administrators in July 2017.

OARS and UNCG were recognized nationally in 2017 as a top online school for students with disabilities by the SR Education Group.

Jamie Stephens (Recreation and Wellness) completed a 100-hour certification in aromatherapy through LovingScents Aromatherapy.  In May 2017, Jamie became a certified aromatherapy teacher through the School for Aromatic Studies, in collaboration with the New York Institute of Aromatherapy and will be offering aromatherapy in the Kaplan Center during the 2017-18 year on a pilot basis.

Cathy Hamilton presented at the 2017 Gulf South Summit “Student Leadership Development: Best Practices and Emerging Frameworks that promote Community Engagement” Greensboro, NC.

Bruce Pomeroy (OARS) presented at the Association on Higher Education and Disability’s 2017 national conference on the “Intersection and Cooperation of Title IX and Disability Services.”

Beeson, E. T., Whitney, J. M. & Peterson, H. M. (2017) – Counseling Center published an article The Development of a Collegiate Recovery Program: Applying Social Cognitive Theory within a Social Ecological Framework in the American Journal of Health Education.

Eades, M. P. and Rowell, P. C. (2017) The Process of Individual Counseling In J. M. Benshoff and P. C. Rowell (Eds.), Processing the process: Art, skills, and applications in counseling and counselor education. Austin, TX:  Sentia Publishing.

Olivia Jackson-Lewis (Recreation and Wellness) presented a gender-based violence workshop at The 2017 Youth Advocates Institute, on Saturday July 8, 2017 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.

The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has received two design and construction awards to date.  In February 2017, the facility was awarded the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award- Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA and RDG Planning & Design.  Then in March 2017, the North Carolina State Building Commission Excellence in Design Award was presented to Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA.

Spears, T., Beeson, E. T., & Whitney, J. M. (Spartan Recovery Program – Counseling Center) Presented “The power of a CRC and recovery-minded campus culture at the May 2017 McLeod Institute of Addiction Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Bruce Pomeroy (OARS) collaborated on a publication “Emergency Evacuation for Students with Disabilities” now offered by AHEAD.

Kristina Gage (OLSL) successfully applied for and received NASPA & Campus Vote Project’s joint “Voter Friendly Campus” designation in March 2017 for UNCG based on the election engagement work led by her and OLSL’s student fellows in Fall 2016.

Beeson, E. T., Holleman, C., Spears, T., & Whitney, J. M. presented “Building a recovery-minded campus culture” at the November 2016 One Community in Recovery Conference, Clemmons, NC.

Lindsey Woelker serves as the NASPA Region III Co-Chair for the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Knowledge Community.  In this role, she is responsible for creating learning opportunities through publications, conferences, and webinars for professionals interested in CLDE work.

Chris Gregory (HRL) presented at the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conference in February 2016. He trained participants on how to better assist veteran and military-affiliated students.

Kristina Gage (OLSL) received a $2,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support UNCG’s MLK Day of Service in January 2017.

Coretta Walker (HRL) presented at the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers in February 2016. Her presentation was entitled “What’s Your Brand: Building and Maintaining a Brand for Professional Staff Recruitment.”

Kristina Gage (OLSL) presented on her student election engagement work in national webinars with Civic Nation’s ALL-IN Democracy Challenge “Getting Your Campus ALL IN: Voter Registration Best Practices” and the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) “Leveraging New Technology to Facilitate Campus Civic Engagement” during the 2016-17 academic year.

Dr. Cathy Hamilton and Ericka Gonzalez Smith (no longer with the university) (OLSL) presented a webinar for the NASPA Student Leadership Program knowledge community in January 2016. During the webinar about documenting student learning outcomes, they reviewed the step-by-step process and provided templates by which they transformed reams of documents of student narrative of their experiences with leadership development and civic identity development into a quantifiable story of student learning.

Cathy Hamilton (OLSL) was part of a team that presented on “Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Applied to Your University” at the US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship in January 2016. The presentation was awarded “Best Workshop” and “Best Workshop in Pedagogy.”

Cathy Hamilton (OLSL) and Christopher Poulos, Ph.D., (Professor and Department Head, Communication Studies, UNC Greensboro) presented at the North Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute in February 2016 on “Our Work is Not Done: Advancing Democratic Engagement as Purpose and Product of Higher Education.”

Cathy Hamilton and Lauren Cunningham (OLSL) presented at the North Carolina Campus Compact annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) conference at High Point University, February 9, 2016 on “Student Perception of Social Entrepreneurship and its Influence on Service-Learning Pedagogy”

Kristina Snader (OLSL) presented on “Crafting Powerful Civic Engagement Programs” at the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education, Savannah Georgia, April 2016.

Cathy Hamilton’s (OLSL) presentation proposal “Teaching Change Agency through Entrepreneurship Education.” was accepted for an interactive workshop at the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education, Savannah Georgia, April 2016.

Cathy Hamilton (OLSL) serves as the Book Review Editor for Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

Cathy Hamilton (OLSL) serves on the Executive Committee for the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. UNCG will be hosting the Summit in March of 2017 in collaboration with North Carolina Campus Compact.

Kathleen McGirty (EUC) serves on the Board of Directors of the Triad Health Project. She also presented two educational session at the ACUI Region III Conference in October 2015. The sessions were “How the Social Center Can be Socially Conscious” (co-presented with Jenny Koehn), and “Can my Support Rabbit Enter the Student Union?”

Nikiah Barnes (HRL) was awarded the 2015 Alexis (Lexie) Kamerman Dedication to Social Justice and Peace Award from the North Carolina Housing Officers during their annual conference.

Spartan Orientation Staff (New Student & Spartan Family Programs) won the award for Most Spirited Orientation Staff at the 2015 SROW conference.

Cathy H. Hamilton (Office of Leadership & Service-Learning) with faculty members, Chris Poulos and Spoma Jovanovic, and AD for Service Learning, Kristin Moretto had a manuscript published in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, “Our Work is Not Done: Advancing Democratic Engagement as Purpose and Product”.

Kristina Snader successfully applied for a North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA , beginning in August, 2015. Focal area of her work is Hunger Alleviation.

The Career Services Center was a finalist for a National Association of Colleges and Employers Member’s Choice Award.

The Career Services Center received state recognition for the CSC Career Specialist Training Program

Coretta Walker (HRL) served as the SEAHO chair-select for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and as a SEAHO Conference Planning Representative. Her area was recognized by the City of Greensboro for their “Flowers. Food. Fun.” program. She was also awarded a Staff Senate Staff Star in Fall 2014.

Chris Gregory (HRL) served as President of the North Carolina Housing Officers, and presented at ACPA in 2015.

Will Dobson (HRL) presented at the Feminism and Rhetorics Conference in October 2015 at Arizona State University.

Ryan Collins (HRL) was a 2015 RELI Selected Attendee.

Driscoll, J. (Student Health Services) (April, 2015). Addressing the Mental Health and Spiritual Needs of College Students: Panel Discussion. Behavioral Health and Faith Summit, Greensboro, NC.