What you missed over the summer
Students aren’t the only ones here who leave campus in the summer. But University life goes on and so does the Gazette. Here’s a roundup of some highlights from issues published this summer.
Welcome, farewell and congratulations
Shirley Ort, best known as the creator of the Carolina Covenant, retired in June after 19 years as director of the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Rachelle Feldman, former assistant vice chancellor for financial aid and scholarships at the University of California at Berkeley, is now associate provost and director of scholarships and student aid.
David Parker will retire after 22 years of being a lawyer for the University and UNC Healthcare. He agreed to continue as interim general counsel until the arrival of veteran Charlotte attorney Mark Merritt in September.
Gary Bowen, a Kenan Distinguished Professor, was named the new dean of the School of Social Work. He succeeds Jack Richman who is stepping down to return to the classroom.
Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, currently dean and professor of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, will be the new dean of the School of Nursing, effective Jan. 1, 2017. She will succeed Donna S. Havens, who has served as interim dean since 2014.
Kim Strom-Gottfried of the School of Social Work became the University’s first director of ethics education and policy management, effective Aug. 1. Taking over her post as director of the Academic Leadership Program is Suzanne Gulledge of the School of Education.
Gloria Thomas, who had a similar position at the University of Michigan, is the new director of the Carolina Women’s Center.
Also from Michigan, Nandita S. Mani began her appointment as director of the Health Sciences Library and associate university librarian for the health sciences.
In July, Rumay Alexander, professor and director of inclusive excellence in the School of Nursing and special assistant to the Chancellor, was named as interim chief diversity officer. Emil Kang, executive and artistic director for Carolina Performing Arts, became special assistant to the chancellor for the arts. Ken May took on the role of interim dean at the School of Dentistry. This will be his second time serving as interim dean.
The Gazette is always pleased to feature aspects of our campus community that you might not otherwise know about. For example, we told the story of the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, created specifically for refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma) who are almost all employed by the University, to be able to grow and sometimes sell their own fresh produce. Another story highlighted “The Zika Virus: What You Need to Know” event June 30 at the Student Union. The University has more than 10 groups currently doing Zika research, and experts shared information about how to avoid getting the virus and what makes it so different from other mosquito-borne viruses. The Gazette also ran a piece about an important archaeological find related to North Carolina’s Lost Colony, fragments of a small jar that date to the time of the original colonists (1587-90).
This summer, we celebrated three of the winners of the University’s most prestigious prize, the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. More profiles are on the way, including one on Andy Johns in this issue. Meanwhile, you can catch up online by reading profiles of University Relations Director Mike McFarland, School of Dentistry day porter Renita Corbett and American Indian Center community engagement coordinator Randi Byrd.
Two of our most lauded faculty members continued to collect honors this summer. At a May 19 White House ceremony, President Barack Obama awarded Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry and inventor Joseph DeSimone the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Nobel laureate and Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics Aziz Sancar received the O. Max Gardner Award, the most prestigious faculty award from the UNC system, at the July 29 Board of Governors meeting.