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UNCG Awarded $50,000 Grant from SECU Foundation

The Division of Student Affairs has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the SECU Foundation, administered through the SECU Public Fellows Internship. The funding will support 10 summer interns – students who are passionate about civic and community engagement and who will contribute to the impactful work of qualifying organizations. Participating organizations will offer students experience in functional areas including community health, program management, communications and marketing, web design and development, community organizing, event planning, business administration, and more. Interns are expected to develop and leverage skill sets needed to help organizations reach their mission and in turn make a positive impact on the community and/or provide benefit to the public.

Summer 2020 SECU Public Fellows Internship participants include: Belle Downing – Guilford County Health, Scarlett Nunez – Reading Connections, Christi Prater – Horsepower Therapeutic, Margaree Brown – Mustard Seed Community, Tyler Davis – East Greensboro NOW!, James Eades – Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, Jariah Morris – YWCA, Daisy Carranza – Center for New North Carolinians, Aneesah Abdur-Razzaq – Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, and Ashley Westman – Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

“This will be a transformational experience for our students,” said Dr. Cathy Akens, vice chancellor for student affairs. “The opportunity to engage in meaningful work and contribute to the objectives of local organizations will provide tangible impacts on the rural communities they serve. We are grateful for the generous support of SECU Foundation to make these internships possible, which will create a lasting developmental impact on our UNCG students while offering great benefit to our greater community.”

To ensure students are prepared for a successful internship experience, UNCG will provide students with a pre-internship professional development session to discuss workplace expectations, define and operationalize their indicated learning outcomes, and understand professionalism in the workplace. UNCG will serve as a continued support to students throughout the duration of the program. Upon completion of the program, interns will again participate in a professional development session that reflects on the requirements of the internship and supports students in making connections between their experiences and personal and professional goals.

Every student will receive a $5,000 stipend for their work contributions this summer and will present their experience to a local SECU Advisory Board at the conclusion of the project, providing an opportunity to network, practice their presentation skills, and share what the internship experience meant to them.

The SECU Public Fellows Internship program will be facilitated by the Office of Civic and Leadership Engagement (OLCE) and Career & Professional Development (CPD), departments within the Division of Student Affairs. OLCE prepares students to serve as change-makers and develops, promotes, and advances civic engagement, leadership development, and meaningful service to create positive social change. CPD serves a mission to support students through coaching, professional development programming, and guided self-discovery to build active networks and become career-ready, in the ways most applicable to students’ professional path.

Project leads are Katelyn Bodwell, OLCE assistant director for civic engagement; Kristina Gage, OLCE associate director for civic engagement; Nicole Hall, director of Career & Professional Development; Dr. Megan Walters, associate director, Career & Professional Development; and Lindsey Woelker, interim director of OLCE.


Graduation Profiles: Olivia Tarpley

Olivia Tarpley is a May 2020 graduate, earning her undergraduate degrees with a double major in History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in Anthropology. The Reidsville, NC native will leave UNCG with a co-curricular transcript including serving as SGA Vice President, a Spartan Orientation Staff member, EUC Facility Manager, Peer Academic Leader, Speaking Center Communication Consultant, and a member of the Golden Chain Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She was a 2019 – 2020 Spartan of Promise, an award bestowed by the Alumni Association to seniors who have demonstrated exceptional academic and service accomplishments.

I chose to attend UNCG because…

I felt the most comfortable during the campus tour and could see myself making a home at UNCG.

My favorite things to do on campus are…

… getting Tate Street Coffee during breaks in my schedule, running into friends in the EUC, eating lunch with mentors and peers, campus events like I-Fest.

My favorite place to study is…

… Club Jackson (the Library!) I can easily access additional resources and focus on whatever I’m studying!

My favorite professor is…

… every professor I had for my Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies classes! They were all so kind and understanding, they genuinely cared that we were engaged in course material and made adjustments if something wasn’t working for us.

If I knew I could not fail, I would…

Enact free tuition nationwide.

What is your passion, and how are you committed to pursuing it?

My passion centers around being in community with others and learning more about the world around me and how I can make a positive impact. I’m committed to pursuing this by furthering my education through a masters program in Washington, D.C.

The one UNCG experience I will always remember will be…

Late night Senate meetings, working to serve students with my peers.

Are there particular Division of Student Affairs offices that have made a significant impact on your time here?

CAP and the EUC!! I loved working with Meredith, William, and Kathleen as SGA VP and as a Facility Manager. All three of these wonderful humans cheered me on, supported me, and believed in me each step of the way.

What does student leader mean to you?

It means following through on the commitments you make to your peers and your organization, collaboratively working with others to tackle problems, and being aware of how your leadership might have an impact in a space, whether positive or negative.

How do you think your campus involvement and student leadership experience has prepared you for life after UNCG?

My campus involvement and student leadership have helped me grow into who I am and to be comfortable applying my strengths for the betterment of the whole.

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student?

UNCG is the best place to discover who you are. The people have a genuine interest in your success and want to help you reach your goals.

In what ways have you experienced UNCG’s Culture of Care?

I have experiences the Culture of Care in so many ways over my time at UNCG. A recent example is in the the fall of 2019, during the first semester of my senior year, I was really struggling with determining what I wanted to do after graduation. One of my mentors, Coretta Walker, was supportive and helpful as I tried to sort out what graduate programs I was interested in and how my passions fit with those programs. I couldn’t have arrived at my final decision related to graduate school without Coretta.

As your look back on your time at UNCG, what advice would you give to an incoming freshman?

Say “yes” to the opportunities that you’ll have to learn and grow. Whether you’re participating in research, running for president of your student organization, or exploring an unlikely friendship, your time at UNCG is the time to figure out more about who you truly are and what you’re interested in. It might be easy to hang out in your residence hall for days on end, but life outside keeps happening, and you don’t want to miss that.


Graduation Profile: Mohammed Hossain

Mohammed Hossain is a May 2020 graduate, earning his BBA (Marketing) degree from the Bryan School of Business and Economics. While at UNCG, the Dhaka, Bangladesh native has racked up an impressive co-curricular resume, including being a University Marshal, Commuter Senator for SGA, Chancellors Ambassador, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Delta. He earned a Bronze Leadership Challenge certificate, Top 5 in the Bryan Gold Challenge, as well as placement on the Chancellors and Deans Lists. He’s served as a Student Assistant for the Division of Student Affairs, Campus Manager for Amazon Prime Student, Cengage Student Ambassador, Marketing Intern at ITG Brands, and Student Success Specialist at GTCC. He’s already secured employment as Brand Marketing Assistant with ITG Brands, and he’s received the Provost Student Excellence Award and the Bryan School Academic Excellence Medal Award.

I chose to attend UNCG because…

It has a great business school with a diverse population of students. I loved the campus, and the environment – it was very peaceful.

My favorite things to do on campus are…

Walking around and talking with students and staff. I have also enjoyed going to the Kaplan Center.

My favorite place to study is…

The Ninth Floor of the Library, as it is a quiet study area with a great view outside the window.

My favorite professor is…

Dr. Yang, as he has guided me throughout my undergrad life to become a great marketer. He is one of my mentors.

If I knew I could not fail, I would…

Try to solve equations in my ways.

What is your passion, and how are you committed to pursuing it?

My passion is marketing. I am a marketing major, starting my career in brand marketing. I am also planning to pursue my Masters in marketing to identify different ways to advertise products to consumers. In my spare time, I study any consumer goods around me to see how they are trying to attract me.

The one UNCG experience I will always remember will be…

Standing on the graduation stage with the Chancellor as a University Marshal.

Are there particular Division of Student Affairs offices that have made a significant impact on your time here?

I have learned professionalism in the Division of Student Affairs office, while I worked there as a student. Besides that, the SGA was a great platform where I could show my leadership skills and solve students’ problems in real life.

What does student leader mean to you?

A person who is motivated to bring positive change in the society by solving people’s problems and concerns. They should also help students in their needs and lead them towards the right direction.

How do you think your campus involvement and student leadership experience has prepared you for life after UNCG?

UNCG was the first place for me where I started practicing leadership. I have served in several roles as a student which has helped me stand out of the crowd and achieve a full-time job before graduation. It has boosted my confidence.

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student?

UNCG is a place where a student can discover themselves. It has all the resources to develop you as a potential candidate in the future. It’s a very diverse community with a willingness to help.

In what ways have you experienced UNCG’s Culture of Care?

I loved the Culture of Care here at UNCG. I always had a helping hand here for solving any problems. When I started my journey at UNCG, I was very new in America. Thus, the professors, staff, and students have shown limitless support to me. They made sure I understood the educational structure and cultural norms of America. It made my migration way easier.

As you look back on your time at UNCG, what advice would you give to an incoming freshman?

I would advise students to explore all the opportunities UNCG offers and utilize them. This will not only help them to secure a job but will make them a better individual.