Dr. Dianne Welsh (MEHT) – Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows

Congratulations to Dr. Dianne Welsh (MEHT) who has received a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows grant for three new Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship Fellows and grants for 11 Veteran Coleman Fellows at UNCG.  The new Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows for 2014-2015 include Dr. Jerrie Hsieh (MEHT). Dr. Welsh serves as the Director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows.

UNCG professor and chair Gwendolyn O’Neal receives alumni honor

UNCG professor and chair Gwendolyn O’Neal receives alumni honor

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The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University has presented Gwendolyn S. O’Neal, of Greensboro, N.C., with the 2014 Alumni Award of Distinction.

Gwendolyn O'NealO’Neal is professor and chair of the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She received a PhD in textiles and clothing from Ohio State in 1977. O’Neal will be retiring from UNCG this year.

The Award of Distinction is presented to alumni who made a difference in the lives of others through outstanding professional, personal or community contributions.

A nominator wrote, “She has never been afraid to move the discipline forward, such as addressing the gap in our knowledge of dress and aesthetics among African-Americans, as well as being among the first to employ interpretive research methods.”

At a time when women of color faced resistance, O’Neal built a brilliant academic career. She was the first African American to be tenured in human ecology at Ohio State and the first to head a department at Kansas State University.

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2012 Bryan School Staff Excellence Award Recipient: Connie Uselman

For those that aren’t aware, the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award was established to recognize a current Bryan School administrative EPA or SPA employee who:

  • Demonstrates excellence in leadership;
  • Possesses outstanding dedication;
  • And who excels in their position, furthering the mission of the Bryan School and UNCG.

This year, the selection committee received nominations for fifteen candidates, many of which exemplify the award’s criteria. Nominations included recommendations from Bryan School faculty, staff, and students.

Upon the recommendation of the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award Committee, I am pleased to introduce the 2012 Bryan School Staff Excellence Award recipient. . .

Connie Uselman

I would like to share with you some examples of Connie’s above and beyond efforts offered by the Bryan School community:

  • For years Connie has voluntarily served in various capacities within organizations and committees within the University.
    • Connie represented the Bryan School on the UNCG Staff Senate for four years. During this time Connie assisted with the development and endowment of a Staff Senate Scholarship that provides funding for Staff and their immediate family to take classes at UNCG.
    • Connie has chaired and served on the Healthy UNCG Committee which develops and provides health and wellness benefits to University faculty and staff.
    • Connie is also a founding member of UNCG’s Research Administrators Network that offers training and development, as well as a sense of community for staff who assist in the research efforts of the University.
    • With professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi facing possible suspension due to a lack of interest in the advisor position, Connie stepped forward and voluntarily took over the position. Her efforts while leading Delta Sigma Pi have made the organization stronger and more effective here at UNCG. Based on her advising efforts, Connie was awarded the Delta Sigma Pi 2010-2011 Chapter Advisor for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
    • Connie has voluntarily attended training seminars and provided input that greatly benefited the development of a school-wide infrastructure to handle sponsored research activity. During the implementation of this infrastructure, Connie also put in long hours beyond her normal office hours.
    • Though not part of her normal duties, one of our most active research faculty members needed someone to handle a pre-award portfolio, and Connie cheerfully accepted this responsibility.
    • Connie has taken the lead and initiative to re-design and foster development of the processes and systems used to determine scholarship recipients. Based on Connie’s successful efforts in the area of scholarships, the University’s Financial Aid office has decided to adopt Connie’s process for the entire campus.
    • Connie has recently taken on the role of supervising a part-time employee. Beyond the normal guidance and advice that comes with that role, Connie has ensured that her employee participates in all training opportunities that arise. The employee’s increased knowledge not only benefits the Bryan School but also the employee’s career growth.
    • Beyond caring for her Bryan School community, Connie has also participated in outreach efforts within the University as a whole and beyond.
    • In the past, Connie created an Emergency Resources book for Student Affairs to assist at-risk students with problems such as mental health and addiction.
    • Connie has helped organize outreach efforts for her church by creating a database containing emergency shelters, food pantries, clothing banks, etc… that are utilized by vulnerable citizens such as the elderly, handicapped, and homeless.

his list seems large but they are just a handful of many examples given that show Connie as a true representative of everything that the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award stands for.

Connie, on behalf of the Bryan School community, it is an honor to present you with the 2012 Staff Excellence Award.

2011 Bryan School Staff Excellence Award Recipient: Gail Honeycutt

For those that aren’t aware, the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award was established to recognize a current Bryan School administrative EPA or SPA employee who:

  • Demonstrates excellence in leadership;
  • Possesses outstanding dedication;
  • And who excels in their position, furthering the mission of the Bryan School and UNCG.

This year, the selection committee received nominations for eight candidates, all of whom exemplify the award’s criteria. Nominations included recommendations from Bryan School faculty and staff, as well as letters of support and recognition from members of the community.

Upon the recommendation of the Bryan School Staff Excellence Award Committee, I am pleased to present the 2011 Bryan School Staff Excellence Award to this year’s recipient…

Gail Honeycutt

I would like to share with you some of the comments about Gail from the Bryan community:

  • Gail’s ability to train and guide inexperienced student workers through an often hectic and demanding print-shop environment cannot be understated.
  • Gail is a true “servant leader” and the skills learned from her will follow these students well after graduation.
  • On many occasions Gail has sought solutions to problems that were beyond the scope of her duties. She has been seen regularly arriving early and staying late in order to better assist her client’s needs. Gail has been known to come in on Saturdays to get the job done.
  • Gail’s recommendations for improving submitted print jobs repeatedly lead to an increase in professional quality.
  • Gail has done an exemplary job in representing the Bryan School to the surrounding community by serving as a key player in holiday projects that involve helping senior citizens and community families in need. Internal to the school, Gail has been responsible for organizing events like birthdays, baby showers, and helping fellow employees in need.
  • Gail gives 150% to everything she does.

These are just a handful of many examples given that show Gail as a true representative of everything that the Bryan Staff Excellence Award stands for.

Gail, on behalf of the Bryan School faculty, staff and students, it is an honor to present you with the 2011 Staff Excellence Award.

2010 Staff Excellence Award Recipient: Emily Bebber

The Dean’s speech at Award Ceremony presentation, April 24, 2009: Upon the recommendation of the 2010 Staff Excellence Committee members; Doug Taylor, Michele Boltuc, Denise Rodio, Colette Thompson, and Carlos Johnson. I am pleased to present the 2010 Bryan School Staff Excellence Award.

The award was established to recognize a current Bryan School administrative EPA or SPA employee who:

  • Demonstrates excellence in leadership;
  • Possesses outstanding dedication to duty and exhibits high professional standards; and who
  • Excels in their position and furthers the mission of the Bryan School and UNCG.

This year, the selection committee received nominations for seven candidates, all of whom exemplify the award’s criteria. Nominations included recommendations from Bryan School faculty and staff, as well as letters of support and recognition from members of the community.

Commendations for this year’s recipient include:

  • Emily “has been fantastic in improving our record keeping and helping us navigate the many changes technology naturally brings”
  • She “is an amazingly dedicated, hardworking, and enjoyable person”
  • “an absolute rarity and the department would not function without her”
  • Graduate student responses concerning her are unanimous: One graduate student wrote, “She is one of the best things about the department and fantastic at everything she does. We love her.”
  • From the department head: “Her ability to read my handwriting is fabulous.”
  • Anonymous: “Given the age of our department, she has CPR training.”
  • And another person said, “There are some who bring a sense of purpose and generosity to the workplace that improves the environment for everyone around them. She is one of those people.”

Emily, on behalf of the Bryan School faculty, staff and students, it is an honor to present you with the 2010 Staff Excellence Award.

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2009 Staff Excellence Award Recipient: Michele Boltuc

The Dean’s speech at Award Ceremony presentation, April 24, 2009: Today, I am pleased to present the 2009 Bryan School Staff Excellence Award.
As you may know, the Bryan School Diversity Commission recommended the establishment of this award to recognize a current Bryan School administrative EPA or SPA employee who:

  • Demonstrates excellence in leadership;
  • Possesses outstanding dedication to duty and exhibits high professional standards; and who
  • Excels in their position and furthers the mission of the Bryan School and UNCG.

This year, the selection committee received nominations for five candidates, all of whom exemplify the award’s criteria. Nominations included recommendations from Bryan School faculty, staff, as well as letters of support and recognition from members of the community.
Commendations for this year’s recipient include:

  • “has quickly become a go-to person for many of us”
  • “is so approachable, no matter how obvious or difficult the answer to the question”
  • “readily available to assist anytime”
  • “has this wonderful blend of cheerfulness, competence in her job, and excellent communication skills”
  • her “willingness to respectfully make suggestions without pushing a particular point of view supports the Bryan School rather than supporting her personal position”
  • “As a leadership scholar I teach that leaders gain influence as a function of different bases of power. She derives her leadership influence from expert power and referent power. These two bases of power are those most highly associated with effectiveness in organizations. Her expert power is derived from a deep knowledge of the mechanisms by which University funds are awarded and allocated. As a consequence she is able to use her influence is services of helping Bryan School administrators and faculty make more efficient use of the scarce resources. She derives her referent power (role model) from her consistent displays of strong work ethic and ability to handle high levels of pressure with consistent calm and efficiency. I find her succinct explanations and willingness to work tirelessly on weekends … to be a wonderful example.”

Please join me in congratulating Michele Boltuc, the recipient of the 2009 Bryan School Staff Excellence Award.