Forum to hold elections Dec. 1
remembered, a charge to serve issued
Perry: a rock of stability in a sea of change
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Forum to hold elections Dec. 1
old and new faces will be in the running on Dec. 1 when the
Employee Forum elects its leaders for the upcoming year.
A slate of five candidates was nominated for the three positions
at the Nov. 3 Employee Forum meeting.
Nominated for chair were Tommy
Griffin and Charles T. "Chuck" Brink.
The two candidates for vice chair are Lori Lewter and Ernie
Patterson. Patti Prentice was the lone nominee for forum secretary.
Griffin has worked at the University for more than 30 years
and has spent the past three serving as forum chair.
"I am a person who believes in people and what they can do
together," Griffin said in the biographical sketch he prepared
for the election. "The University is just a big family working
together to get the job done. It takes all of us working together
to make this a great university. We are asked on a daily basis
to do more with less, and the people here continue to do so
because they love the University. They do this so that the
University will grow and become the greatest university in
Griffin, who is a maintenance mechanic in Facilities Services,
said the forum is the voice of the staff and that is why he
"I want to do everything that I can to help to make sure
that the staff is heard and see that benefits, pay, and working
conditions improve," he said. "We can only do this by us all
Brink, in his biographical sketch, said he had worked with
the University for more than eight years. He is an Electrician
II in Facilities Services.
Brink began his first year on the forum as a first alternative
and as a Personnel Issues Committee member. The next year he
served as a delegate for Division II and has been re-elected
for another two-year term. He recently received his department's
humanitarian award for his service with the forum.
"There are many more issues that need to be brought to the
attention of the administration and the legislature," Brink
said. "As the Employee Forum chair, I will endeavor to keep
those issues at the forefront of our leaders' attention.
"As a dedicated University employee,
I am committed to improving the opportunities for education
for all employees and to working hard to convince the administration
that fair compensation and an affordable health benefits
package are essential to morale and retention at the University."
Lewter or Patterson will replace Katherine Graves as vice
Lewter has worked at the University for 23 years, all in
the purchasing department where she is now the assistant purchasing
"My goal as vice chair would be to do anything and everything
possible to make the University a place that we love to come
to every day and do our jobs," Lewter said. "This includes
better pay, health insurance that will cover our needs at a
reasonable cost and an atmosphere that makes you feel like
your contributions are appreciated.
"I feel that we all must stand
up and fight for ourselves and the rights of others that
work here so that at the end of the day we can feel that
we have made a difference in the quality of life here at
Patterson has worked at the University for 29 years and currently
manages the biology department's computer network and systems.
"I am running for UNC Employee Forum vice chair because I
want to continue the work that the forum is doing to support
UNC employees both within the University and across the state," Patterson
"I believe that the forum needs
to become more active in representing the great job that
both UNC and other state employees are doing for the full
UNC system, the legislature and all the citizens of the state."
Prentice, who works in the School of Medicine, is the current
secretary of the forum and running unopposed.
In other action, the forum completed the first reading of
a resolution introduced by Ernie Patterson that calls on the
state legislature to boost salaries for lower-paid employees.
Under the resolution, the state would grant all state employees
a flat $2,500 pay raise. In addition, the state would offer
a 2.5 percent raise for that part of an employee's salary that
is above $50,000, up to a $7,500 ceiling.
The resolution also asks the state
to fund incentive pay increases for employees with evaluations
that are "good" or
above who are in career banding or the regular state pay plan.
Finally, the resolution calls for
the minimum hourly rate of pay to be raised to $12 an hour
to ensure all state employees are paid a "living wage."
The resolution will be on the Dec. 1 agenda for a second
to serve issued
By Brian MacPherson
"Gazette" student assistant
A Frisbee sailed between two young
men at one end of the Polk Place quad on Thursday afternoon.
Students all around them hustled to and from classes, meetings
and appointments, blissfully unconcerned with the tumultuous
events taking place all around the world.
A NATION AT WAR REMEMBERS Members of Carolina's Army
ROTC salute during the Veterans Day service on Nov.
11 in front of South Building. Retired Col. Sam Holiday,
a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, was guest
Unconcerned, that is, until a five-piece
band softly began to play "Simple Gifts," and three columns
of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) troops lined up
in front of South Building for a Veterans Day ceremony to
remember those who have allowed Americans to live in the
peace they do.
In front of the three columns of Carolina ROTC students --
Navy in black, Army in green, Air Force in blue -- sat a group
of men and women in both civilian and military dress who represented
the millions of Americans who have served their country in combat.
U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) Sam Holliday,
the Nov. 11 ceremony's keynote speaker, called attention
to the contributions made by soldiers throughout the history
of the United States. "All of
them loved their country," he said. "All of them were honorable.
All of them were doing what they thought was right. And even
though their actions were heroic, they thought what they were
doing was ordinary."
He reminded the cadets and guests
in attendance of the duties inherent in the warrior code
and the divided loyalties this duty sometimes produces. "All of us belong to different groups and
factions," he said, naming religion, politics and economics as
loyalties that divide Americans. "The warrior culture requires
that priority be given to your country."
Holliday also called upon the assembled
cadets to serve their country with the strength, courage
and valor of past generations. "We
need warriors as dedicated as those in any of our previous wars," he
said. "These are going to be our future warriors, and these are
going to come from your generation."
He concluded his remarks with four
pieces of advice for the next generation of military officer. "Be strong, be valiant,
protect your nation and do good in God's eyes," he said.
Cadet Major William Krebs, the master of ceremonies, next read
descriptions of the wars around the globe in which American troops
have played a major role since 1900, and he encouraged veterans
present to stand when their particular conflict was mentioned,
beginning with World War I.
A handful of men stood at the naming of World War II, and several
of those men remained standing when Krebs mentioned Korea. The
largest group stood when Krebs described the American contribution
to the war in Vietnam.
Holliday remained standing throughout the description of all
Krebs then listed the remaining wars in which Americans had
fought -- Lebanon, Panama, Desert Storm, Somalia, Bosnia, Afganistan
Once those assembled had honored the veterans present, Krebs
reminded them to remember those not present. He called the audience's
attention to an empty pair of black boots standing on either
side of a gun stuck in the ground, dog tags hanging from the
gun's handle and a camouflaged helmet placed ceremonially atop
"As a nation, we must never forget
their sacrifice," Krebs
David Perry: a rock of stability
in a sea of change
The University's School of Medicine
is a $650 million-a-year enterprise with more than 3,300
employees, which makes it roughly a third of the University
anyway you cut it.
There are countless things that go on day in and day out
to keep it in business.
The real work that takes place in the medical school happens
with the faculty and the students -- out in the departments,
the clinics and the classrooms.
But in order for them to have the resources they need to
be able to do their jobs, budgets have to be prepared and followed.
People have to be hired or promoted. Agreements with outside
groups that sponsor research programs have to be developed.
New buildings have to be built and old ones renovated.
None of these things have to do with the core mission of
the institution. But without putting and keeping all of these
systems and procedures and people in place, the core mission
Enter David Perry.
As executive associate dean for administration at the medical
school the past 15 years, Perry has served with four different
deans to make sure all this other stuff gets done, day in and
His success in doing so has not escaped the notice of a small
army of appreciative colleagues, including those who joined
together to nominate him for a 2004 C. Knox Massey Distinguished
John Melvin Anderson, chair of
the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, wrote in
his nominating letter that Perry is a good listener with
a keen mind who follows his analyses with clear and concise
recommendations. Never before had he had the privilege of
working with anyone of Perry's "high intelligence,
honesty, dedication and objectivity," Anderson wrote.
Throughout his tenure, Perry has been credited with helping
to develop new programs, securing financial resources and managing
difficult personnel issues. He has also been instrumental in
setting up a number of collaborative programs between the School
of Medicine and the School of Public Health, including the
jointly sponsored Department of Nutrition.
Through changes in leadership and
a continuous period of phenomenal growth, Perry has been
the one constant, faithful and loyal face of stability amid
Small town, big dreams
Perry, at the age of 62, now looks back on
his life and career with a sense of gratitude and awe.
Perry's father worked 42 years in a General Motors automobile
parts plant in Anderson, Ind., and among his greatest aspirations
was seeing his two sons and daughter go to college and reach
for something better.
Perry, who was the oldest, became the first to realize that
dream when he went to Indiana University in Bloomington in
the fall of 1960.
As captain of his high school marching band, Perry hoped
to continue his trombone playing for the college band, but
the band couldn't use him. They already had enough trombone
players. It was tuba players they needed.
No problem, Perry told the band director. He could learn
to play tuba. And so that's what he did.
His sophomore year was highlighted by the arrival of a girl
from Anderson who had been a year behind him in high school.
They struck up a relationship at the start of the year.
Before the start of his junior year they married, and by
the end of it he was a father.
To make ends meet, Perry worked 30 to 35 hours a week in
two part-time jobs, in addition to taking a full load of classes
for which he sustained a four-point average. Looking back,
he marvels that he was able to do it.
"It just goes to show that, if
you are focused and have some goals in life, you can knuckle
down and get things done."
He majored in political science with a minor in history,
and the distant goal back in those days was to live a tranquil,
contented life in academia.
Because there was a draft in the early Sixties, Perry decided
join advanced ROTC his junior year -- a move that would commission
him as an officer in the Army Reserves upon graduation and
call for him to complete an active-duty obligation of two years.
After graduating with honors in 1964, Perry immediately entered
graduate school and completed his master's degree in political
science by 1966.
Perry began his pre-doctoral work, intending to speed through
it in much the same way, but he ran into an unexpected obstacle.
"I couldn't bear the thought of sitting one more semester
in a seminar of some kind," Perry said. "I had reached the
outer limit of my ability to tolerate being in classes again."
And that looming two-year military obligation gave him the
perfect excuse for taking a needed break.
What he didn't know, when he went on active duty in January
of 1966, was that the hiatus would entail a one-year tour in
the Republic of Vietnam.
When he arrived to Vietnam in summer of 1966 he was one of
200,000 American troops there. By the time he left the following
summer, the number of troops exceeded 500,000 and was still
He served as an Army intelligence
officer, briefing senior staff in headquarters in Saigon
on analysis of battle information. On one occasion, he gave
a report to Gen. William Westmoreland, who was then the commanding
general of U.S. forces in Vietnam and "Time" magazine's "Man
of the Year."
"For a person who was only 23 years
old, that was a very formative period in my life," Perry
said. "It was quite an
experience and one that stayed with me the rest of my life.
I figured if I could brief Gen. Westmoreland and survive it
there wasn't much else I could run into trouble doing."
Coming of age
After finishing his remaining six months of
active duty service at Fort Sheridan, Ill., Perry was ready to take on any challenge,
even if it meant giving up the one of finishing his doctorate
so he could become a college professor.
Somehow or other, that dream had lost its allure. Some of
it might have had to do with his coming of age in Vietnam.
Some of it might have had to do with his memories as a graduate
student of having to read undergraduate essay papers on American
"The thought of spending my whole life doing that was more
than I could bear," Perry said.
Thinking of what else he might do, he signed up at Indiana
University's business school for job interviews with Ford Motor
Company and other corporations. And it was here that he stumbled
upon a recruiter from what was then called the Bureau of the
Budget (now the Office of Management and Budget), which was
within the executive office of the president.
As an old political science major, the prospect of going
to work at an executive office of the president of the United
States piqued his interest.
He ended up going to Washington in spring of 1968 to be interviewed
for not one but three different positions -- and getting offered
He ended up working as a legislative analyst, and later as
a budget examiner, in the Human Resources division.
It was while working as a budget examiner that Perry got
to know a vice chairman of the Indiana University medical school
who was in the first cohort of academics who had been brought
to Washington under the Robert Wood Johnson Public Policy Fellows
Program to get a better understanding of the public policy
The man's name was David Challoner, who in fall of 1974 called
Perry to tell him that he had just accepted an appointment
as dean of the medical school at Saint Louis University.
Challoner was 39 at the time, Perry only 32 and not yet at
that set point in his life where he wanted to spend the rest
of his career working for the federal government.
Perry accepted the offer and would
end up spending the next 14 years at Saint Louis University,
seven years longer than Challoner.
Perry had applied for the job at Carolina once
before in the early 1980s, but ended up as the runner-up candidate. When
he was contacted about the opening for the same job 1989, he
initially refused to consider it until the dean of the medical
school, Stuart Bondurant, and Eric Munson, CEO of the hospital,
turned up the heat.
Come down and take a second look,
they told him. And when they offered him the job a short
time later, he found himself unable to say no. "What happened
to me is what happens to so many who come to Carolina --
you take a look and you get the bug real quick."
He arrived in May of 1989 and plans to stay until he retires.
"I have to say I've been extraordinarily
fortunate in my career, from beginning to end, to have the
opportunity to work with some really stellar people. I've
learned from them. I've been able to contribute, I hope,
to their success, but I've learned a lot from them starting
with my days with the Office of Management and Budget. I
was mentored by really good people who knew their stuff and
who instilled in me a commitment to high quality work, thoughtful
analysis and getting work done on time."
When he went to Saint Louis, he
discovered that many of the tricks of the trade in Washington
had parallel applications in the academic milieu as well.
Maybe the most important one was what Perry calls the "small p" politics
that is part of the fabric of life in a large, complicated
organization with diffused authority and power.
Because of the range of experience he has had throughout
his career, Perry has been called upon to get involved with
matters outside his former sphere of responsibilities.
It is through these assignments that he has acted primarily
as a bridge builder, forging links between the medical school
and the schools of dentistry, nursing and public health, and
with departments within the College of Arts and Sciences such
as physics, biology, chemistry and math.
There are always new challenges, and that for Perry is what
continues to make the job so much fun.
But the deep satisfaction comes from the quality of the people,
the worthiness of the mission and what Perry called the culture
of Carolina. There is an ease with which collaboration can
take place across disciplinary boundaries here, Perry said,
and the medical school's location on campus is only a part
of the reason why.
"There seems to be a conscious
desire on the part of leadership across the campus to collaborate
and to be supportive of one another and to share resources
and to recognize that the path to success is not me having
a bigger pie and you having a smaller pie, but having the
whole pie get bigger so that we can all benefit from it."
In 15 years of service, Perry was instrumental in the establishment
of seven new departments (emergency medicine, biomedical engineering,
nutrition, orthopaedics, genetics, otolaryngology, and physical
medicine and rehabilitation) and seven new centers (the Cystic
Fibrosis Center, Gene Therapy Center, Carolina Cardiovascular
Biology Center, Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center,
Center for Infectious Diseases, Carolina Center for Genome
Sciences and Center for Maternal and Infant Health).
In addition to helping ensure smooth transitions of leadership
across four deans of the school, Perry has helped to recruit
at least one new chair for each of the school's 27 departments,
initiated career development training for their administrators
and recruited directors for most of the school's 16 established
It is this connection that Perry feels with the whole campus
that makes winning a Massey so meaningful to him, he said.
"Needless to say when the chancellor
called me to tell me I was one of the awardees it was one
of the greatest days of my life. It was an affirmation for
me of what I've been trying to do here. I couldn't have been
In his Massey citation, co-workers
described him as "accessible,
responsive, thoughtful, diplomatic, knowledgeable, sensitive
and firm," and "one of the best things we have going for us
in the School of Medicine."
But winning a Massey for Perry is something that was both
exhilarating and different.
"To be really happy and ultimately successful in a job like
this, your personality has to be one in which you don't necessarily
crave the limelight yourself," Perry said. "This is the kind
of job that allows you to go home at the end of the day and
sleep well at night happy and content that you did something
that contributed to somebody else's ability to be successful."
Most days, the satisfaction comes in helping in some small
way for somebody else to get that grant, or publish that paper,
or teach that class, or care for that patient in the clinic.
He sees himself, at times, as a sort of bureaucratic midwife,
clearing away some obstacles that get in the way of faculty
members being able to do their best work.
"I've felt very well rewarded,
not just in having a good job and a comfortable living, but
more importantly, in feeling I was making a contribution
to something in society that was bigger and better than myself."
Editor's note: This story is the
fifth in a series featuring 2004 winners of the C. Knox Massey
Distinguished Service Award. The late C. Knox Massey of Durham
created the awards in 1980 to recognize "unusual, meritorious
or superior contributions" by
University employees. The award is supported by the Massey-Weatherspoon
Fund created by three generations of Massey and Weatherspoon
families. Chancellor James Moeser selected the honorees from
nominations submitted by the campus. They each received an
award citation and $6,000 stipend.
Tell us what made your holidays
Call it "The Good, the Sad and the
Ugly: the Sequel." Last December, the "Gazette" featured holiday
reminiscences submitted by faculty and staff. We enjoyed reading
them so much that we're going to do it again this year.
Send us your most enduring memories
of your celebration of the season, and we'll share selected
ones in our Dec. 15 issue.
As a special treat for University
employees, Margaret Skinner, marketing director at the Carolina
Inn, has made the generous offer of two sets of dinner-for-two
at the inn -- each valued at $80 -- that could be enjoyed
during the Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration. Everyone
who submits a memory will be included in a drawing for the
meals, and we'll publish the names of the winners on Dec.
Send your anecdotes of no more
than 150 words to Gazette, CB# 6205, or e-mail email@example.com.
Entries must be received by Dec. 6. The "Gazette" staff reserves
the right to edit all entries for style and length.
HR introduces new, online application form
A new online job application tool
debuting after Thanksgiving will simplify the process of
applying for SPA positions for both internal and external
The new tool, called ApplicantWeb, will be introduced on
the Office of Human Resources web site (hr.unc.edu) on Nov.
29. After that date, all applicants for SPA positions will
need to apply using ApplicantWeb, instead of submitting applications
via e-mail, U.S. mail or in person.
STREAMLINING THE APPLICATION
PROCESS Janice Burton (left),
processing assistant in Human Resources, gives the ApplicantWeb
job application software a whirl while Connie Boyce observes.
Boyce is a generalist team leader for Human Resources.
The greatest benefit of ApplicantWeb is that it saves the
applicant's information for future use, said Lou Ann Phillips,
director of Workforce Planning and Compensation.
"With paper applications, applicants have to make copies
and recreate the applications over and over for each job they
wish to apply for," Phillips said. "ApplicantWeb lets you enter
your information once and then saves that information to use
in applying for future positions. You can also update and tailor
your information for specific positions."
ApplicantWeb is accessible from computers with an Internet
connection. To assist those without computer access, the Workforce
Planning and Compensation Department in Human Resources has
installed four computer kiosks in their office at 104 Airport
Drive, Suite 1100. A list of public-access computers also will
be available in the Workforce Planning and Compensation office
and online after ApplicantWeb is introduced. University employees
can access ApplicantWeb from ITS computer labs on campus.
The current online job search process
will remain the same, with one exception. Each individual
job listing will contain an "Apply Now" button that will
take the user directly into ApplicantWeb. This will eliminate
the need to fax or e-mail completed applications.
ApplicantWeb has seven steps for applicants to enter all
the information currently on the hard-copy application, including
personal contact information, employment and work history,
and optional Equal Employment Opportunity information. Optional
skill sheets for specific position attributes are available,
and the system allows applicants to include a resume and/or
Applicants will log in to the system with a unique username
and password. Current University employees can choose to log
in with their Onyen. Users who include an e-mail address will
receive automated responses, including confirmation that the
application has been received.
The tool will also allow applicants to see the current status
of the positions they've applied for through ApplicantWeb --
open, closed, canceled or filled. This information is available
for six months after the position is filled or canceled. A
future version of ApplicantWeb, set for introduction in 2005,
will allow applicants to see if their application was referred
to the hiring department.
Assistance with the new process and the online tool will
be available at the kiosks in Human Resources and by phone
during regular office hours.
"We believe that ApplicantWeb will make the application process
much easier for everyone interested in a new job at Carolina," Phillips
said. "Our job is to make the transition as seamless as possible
All applications submitted prior to Nov. 29 will not be affected
by the new process and will continue to receive full consideration.
Gift completes $1.6 million
endowment for Latin American studies
A $600,000 gift to the University
from alumnus and former U.S. Ambassador Anthony S. Harrington
and his wife, Hope, completes a $1.6 million endowment fund
to support the Institute of Latin American Studies in the
College of Arts and Sciences.
THINKING, TEACHING AND BUILDING GLOBALLY The
groundbreaking for the Global Education Center is
cause for celebration on Nov. 12 as participants
gather for a photo with the worldly refreshments.
They are: Bernadette Gray-Little, dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences; James Moeser, chancellor; Molly
Corbett Broad, UNC president; Peter Coclanis, associate
provost for International Affairs and director of
the University Center for International Studies;
and Richard "Stick" Williams, chair of the Board
of Trustees. The $800,000 gift to the Institute of
Latin American Studies -- one of several units to
be housed in the $38.5 million center -- was announced
at the groundbreaking. The building will be located
at the corner of McCauley and Pittsboro streets.
The endowment fund was launched in 2001 at an $800,000 endowment
challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. With
$200,000 committed from other donors, fund raising for the
challenge grant is complete.
The Harrington gift will be matched dollar for dollar by
the Mellon Foundation to establish a visiting professorship
and study abroad scholarships.
Each year, the Anthony Harrington Distinguished Visiting
Professorship will bring an eminent scholar to the University
from Latin America to conduct collaborative research with Carolina
faculty and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
Harrington, U.S. ambassador to Brazil during the Clinton
administration, has established the professorship in honor
of statesman and personal friend, former president of Brazil
Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Because of Harrington's close ties
with the country, the Harrington Visiting Professor will come
from Brazil every third year.
"In our increasingly interconnected world, the United States
has generally suffered an attention deficit within our own
hemisphere," Harrington said. "Having had the privilege of
representing our country in Brazil, Hope and I were attracted
to this opportunity to enhance exchange and understanding by
helping to bring distinguished scholars from Latin America
to Chapel Hill and send students to study there."
The Anthony and Hope Harrington Study Abroad Scholarship
will provide four undergraduate scholarships each year for
students who wish to participate in a summer, semester or yearlong
study abroad program in Latin America. The Harringtons established
the study abroad scholarship to honor Chilean President Ricardo
Lagos, a distinguished scholar who taught at the University
in 1974 and 1975. Lagos received an honorary degree from Carolina
"Anthony and Hope Harrington's generous gift was instrumental
to the success of our Mellon matching campaign," said Arturo
Escobar, director of the Institute of Latin American Studies
and Kenan distinguished professor of anthropology. "The Harrington
Visiting Professor and Harrington Scholars will allow our program
to grow significantly by adding to the vibrant scholarship
and study of Latin America that our institute has provide to
the University community for over 60 years."
Harrington served as U.S. ambassador to Brazil from 1999
to 2001. He went with a mandate from President Clinton to upgrade
U.S.-Brazil relations. In recognition of Ambassador Harrington's
work, the Government of Brazil conferred on him the Order of
Rio Branco, Grand Cross.
Currently, Harrington is the president of Stonebridge International
LLC in Washington, D.C. A native of Taylorsville, Harrington
and his wife now live in Easton, Md. Their two sons also are
alumni of Carolina. Harrrington is presently chair of the UNC
General Alumni Association and member of the University's Advisory
Board for International and Area Studies.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has supported Latin American
studies at Carolina for more than a decade. Two previous endowment
challenge grants in 1990 and 1994 were collaborative grants
for the Carolina-Duke Consortium in Latin American Studies.
The current $800,000 challenge endowment is the foundation's
largest for Carolina's Institute of Latin American Studies.
In addition to the visiting professorship and study abroad
fund established by the Harringtons, several other new funds
have been created to support the study of Latin America. Of
special note is the Federico Gil Fund, named in honor of the
institute's beloved founding director, under whose leadership
the institute developed into a major center of scholarship
and teaching on Latin America.
In addition to the Mellon match, the College of Arts and
Sciences intends to apply for a matching grant of $334,000
from the N.C. Distinguished Professorship Endowment Fund. State
legislators created the fund in 1985 as a way to help attract
and retain outstanding UNC system faculty members.
The Harrington gift counts toward
the University's Carolina First campaign goal of $1.8 billion.
Carolina First is a multi-year, private fund-raising campaign
to support Carolina's vision of becoming the nation's leading
Wood studies abuse in relationships
For Julia Wood, a professor of communication
studies, her route to the Albemarle Correctional Institution
began with her students at Carolina.
In her 29 years on faculty at the University, Wood has included
discussions on intimate-partner violence in her courses on personal
relationships. And over the past decade or so, Wood has noticed
more and more students nodding their heads in interest and familiarity
during these discussions; more and more students asking questions
during class; and more and more students dropping by her office
to talk about violence in the lives of their friends, their parents
RESEARCHING VIOLENCE AGAINST PARTNERS Concern for her students
at Carolina drove Julia Wood, professor of communication
studies, to interview 22 male prisoners who abused or killed
their partners. Here she is shown in a conference with
"I don't know whether the incidents of abuse actually increased
over the years, or whether there was a greater awareness," Wood
said. "But it became very clear to me that we needed to be doing
something about it (abuse)."
For Wood, doing something first meant interviewing 20 victims
of intimate partner violence, all women, in order to understand
how they made sense of abusive relationships. But this addresses
only the victims' point of views.
So Wood went to the Albemarle Correctional
Institution, a medium-security prison in Badin, and interviewed
22 men who admitted to abusing or killing their partners. The
study was published in the October 2004 issue of the "Journal
of Social and Personal Relationships."
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The men's stories, Wood said, provide insight into why men
abuse their partners and how it might be decreased.
All the men she interviewed, Wood said, lacked the cognitive
skills necessary to think through their options before committing
acts of violence.
"Many of these men have never been taught how to think through
their options," Wood said. "I didn't believe that thinking through
options was a skill. But, by golly, it is."
Environmental conditioning, or their upbringing, also influenced
the way men defined manhood, Wood said. All the men said they
believed they had a right to control their partners because men
are dominant and superior to women, Wood said.
A 23-year-old inmate, for example,
told Wood: "A woman's kind
of like a dog. You got to break `em. A dog don't do right, you
beat it `til it do what you say."
These findings, Wood said, have implications
for intimate-partner violence behavioral treatment programs.
Traditionally, treatment programs have been empathy-based, "trying to get (the abusers)
to understand what a woman feels like when you beat her up," she
said. "But if you're trying to make a woman feel bad because
she has made you angry, that's not necessarily going to stop
Instead, Wood said, treatment programs should move into greater
practice. The STOP program, the only treatment program offered
in a state prison in North Carolina at the time Wood conducted
the interviews, worked with men to redefine manhood and, as the
STOP acronym suggests, develop the skills to Survey the situation,
Think about consequences, consider Options to violence and Prevent
All the men Wood interviewed completed
the 20-week STOP course after she interviewed them. Then, Wood
visited the men again and witnessed "genuine changes." She watched, for example, as
one man who knifed his partner applied what he learned in STOP
to an incident on the prison's yard, where he broke up an argument
between two inmates, telling them to think about the consequences
of fighting. "Do you really want solitary confinement?" he asked.
They stopped arguing and shook hands.
Wood acknowledged such examples may be fleeting moments. Nonetheless,
the interviews with the men, Wood said, gave her hope.
"Almost all of the men I talked to were really torn about what
they had done to their partners," Wood said. "They knew what
they did was wrong because they had also heard about the code
of chivalry that is part of manhood. That means there's already
something there that we can work with."
Since Wood conducted her interviews in the summer of 2001,
the STOP program has been suspended due to a lack of funding.
"We make a serious mistake if we look at abuse as an individual
problem; it's a cultural phenomenon," Wood said. "But we don't
start talking about violence and why it's wrong until maybe late
high school -- maybe late high school.
"We've got to start getting this
woven into people's awareness at a much earlier age, because
I don't want it to happen to my daughter or my son or my best
friend. I don't want it to happen to a student in my class," she
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Editor: Neil Caudle
Odum Institute to help save
In the digital age, much of the
country's history found in polls and surveys is erased in
the blink of a cursor, but efforts are under way to preserve
The University's Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in
Social Science is a part of those efforts.
The Library of Congress recently awarded a three-year grant
to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social
Research at the University of Michigan Institute for Social
Research, Odum Institute and four other institutions to collaborate
on a national project to archive digital poll and survey data,
which are often lost after publication. The total award, including
cost sharing, is $4.1 million.
Data to be archived include opinion polls, voting records
and surveys from the social sciences. The project is an outgrowth
of the Library of Congress' mandate to create a National Digital
Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
"We have a real problem with the way digital data are being
treated," said Ken Bollen, director of the Odum Institute. "People
often see it as less valuable than books; they're less concerned
Many cases exist in which information is left behind. America's
unprecedented growth after World War II was accompanied by
the rise of private organizations that dealt in the production
and analysis of data. However, these private organizations
perform much of their work under contract with agencies that
may not require that the data be archived, Odum Institute officials
For example, Bollen said that after Sept. 11, 2001, one firm
polled nationally to compare contemporary American attitudes
to those prevalent after another American tragedy, the 1963
assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The firm had difficulty
finding the digital data of the 1963 poll, which contained
Americans' responses to their earlier questionnaire, he said.
It eventually was located in a warehouse.
Besides Carolina, other partners working with the University
of Michigan in the data retention project are University of
Connecticut's Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the
Harvard Radcliffe Institute's Henry A. Murray Research Center,
the National Archives and Records Administration and the Harvard-MIT
Each institution will share responsibility
for preserving different at-risk information sources that
are of national historical or cultural value. In its role
as a partner, the Odum Institute will focus on the following
components: securing digital data from "classic" social-science
studies, gathering information from private social science
research organizations (such as RTI International in Research
Triangle Park), archiving Harris Poll data and cataloging
state polls from across the nation.
The project is in its initial stages, Bollen said. Faced
with a lot of information and limited time, he added, the Odum
Institute will need to prioritize data and decide what is the
most important information to be saved. Data collected by the
Odum Institute will be stored in Chapel Hill.
"We will be the primary holder of that, but we will readily
share it with other institutions," Bollen said.
The Odum Institute maintains the country's third-largest
archive of computer-readable social-science data. Bollen said
the Odum Institute hopes the institutions' work will change
the way future generations review history.
"The representativeness of our samples and the types of data
we've collected in the past 20 or 30 years are unlike any other," said
Bollen. "Could you imagine if we had representative samples
and good survey data from the Roman Empire or from the Russian
"Our goal is to help to preserve
this type of information about our contemporary era for future
Founded by Howard W. Odum in 1924 "for the cooperative study
of problems in the general field of social science," the Odum
Institute was the nation's first multidisciplinary social science
research institute based at a university.
Evans professorship honors
The Crown family of Chicago has
pledged a gift to establish an endowed professorship at Carolina
in honor of the late Sara and E.J. Evans of Durham, longtime
leaders of civic and Jewish causes.
The Sara and E.J. Evans Distinguished Professorship, based
in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Political
Science, will enhance the University's study of Israel and
the Middle East in conjunction with the work of the new Carolina
Center for Jewish Studies. The interdisciplinary center, established
last year in the college, offers an undergraduate minor in
Jewish studies. Its faculty experts engage in teaching, research
and special programs to enhance public understanding of Jewish
history, culture and religion in the United States and abroad.
The Evans professor, who will be chosen in a competitive
search process, will also contribute to the work of the new
interdisciplinary Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle
East and Muslim Civilizations.
Lester Crown, chair of Henry Crown and Company, serves on
the boards of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Weizmann
Institute of Science in Israel. He is actively involved in
the American Jewish Committee and The Jewish Federation of
Susan Crown, president of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial,
also is vice president of Henry Crown and Company, founder
and board member of The Covenant Foundation and chair of the
Shoah Visual History Foundation.
Sara Crown Star, a 1982 graduate of the University, serves
as a trustee of the Crown Memorial, governor of the Hebrew
Union College Board of Governors and advisory board member
of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.
"The Sara and E.J. Evans Distinguished Professorship honors
a 50-year friendship between the Crown family and one of the
extraordinary Jewish families in North Carolina history," said
Sara Crown Star. "The Evans' contributions to the Jewish and
civic culture of their city and state, the University and the
nation have been legendary. In particular, we are thrilled
to be able to honor the passion the Evans family has to support
the furtherance of Jewish education at UNC-Chapel Hill."
E.J. Evans, owner of Evans United Department Stores, was
mayor of Durham from1951 to 1963 and played a nationally recognized
leadership role in improving race relations in the city. Bringing
together groups in the community to work together, he helped
Durham eventually to desegregate its public accommodations,
city agencies and schools. He also gave his time and energy
to Jewish affairs, serving at least a decade in each of the
following roles: president of the Beth El congregation in Durham,
chair of the statewide Bonds for Israel campaign and president
of the statewide United Jewish Appeal.
Originally from Fayetteville, Evans graduated from Carolina,
where he was active in campus affairs and was a member of the
basketball and track teams, in 1928. He later was president
of the University's General Alumni Association and received
the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1972.
Sara Nachamson Evans also was a leader in the Jewish community
locally, regionally and nationally. She served on the national
board of Hadassah for more than 45 years, and she spoke all
across the South on its behalf. Her mother Jennie Nachamson
founded the first Hadassah chapter in the South in 1919.
The Evans' sons, Eli and Bob, are also University alumni.
Bob Evans, who was a special assistant to CBS news legend Edward
R. Murrow, is a former CBS bureau chief who covered the South
from Atlanta and the Soviet Union in Moscow.
Eli Evans, the former president of the Charles H. Revson
Foundation in New York City, is an author of three books on
Jews in the South and chairs the advisory board for the Carolina
Center for Jewish Studies.
"Our family is deeply grateful to our old friends, who now
span two generations of the Crown family, for this generous
gift that enables our parents' memory to be associated with
Jewish studies at our Dad's beloved alma mater," said Eli Evans.
Bernadette Gray-Little, dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences, said, "We are most grateful
to the Crowns for their generous gift and to the Evans family
for their extraordinary service to the University and to
Jewish and civic affairs over several generations. The Evans
professorship will further strengthen our faculty expertise
and outreach programs in Jewish studies, advancing our goal
of making Carolina a national leader in the field."
The Crown gift counts toward the
University's Carolina First campaign goal of $1.8 billion.
Carolina First is a multi-year, private fund-raising campaign
to support Carolina's vision of becoming the nation's leading
Time out! Creating time
for our top priorities
One mark of a healthy lifestyle
is effective and appropriate management of time. We all periodically
feel there aren't enough hours in the day to fit in everything
we have to do -- whether it's work, personal or family obligations.
However, if you find yourself constantly running from one
thing to the next, your quality of life and your health can
be adversely affected.
Feeling that we don't have enough
hours in the day is all too common, but we all have the same
amount of time, and no more. A key component to structuring
your life in a healthy way comes from within -- making choices,
saying "no," and prioritizing
what needs to get done. Granted, we don't control every second
of our time, since various obligations pull us in different
directions. However, you may have more control over your schedule
than you think. Take a look at the following items to see if
any areas ring true for you.
Take a close look at your beliefs and attitudes about time.
Is time your enemy, making you rush from one event to another?
Or do you see time as a gift, allowing you to experience life
to the fullest? Try to think of time as a gift to you and consider
areas in your life where you're able to see it as such.
It's impossible to "do it all." It's
essential that you recognize this when you can't accomplish
everything you set out to do in a given period. Try taking
a deep breath and putting your busy schedule in perspective.
Creating time for your top priorities
means saying "no" to
other things. It's up to you to decide what you do and do not
have time for. If you allow time to be taken up by things that
aren't on your priority list, you can cultivate feelings of
bitterness, anxiety and futility. Decide what your top priorities
are, allot appropriate amounts of time to them and move other
things to the end of the week or month. If everything is a
priority, a course in prioritization may be in order.
Effectively managing your time is not about fitting more
things into a given period but about allotting appropriate
amounts of time for each activity. After setting priorities
and realizing you can't do everything, you're more likely to
incorporate reasonable amounts of activity into the day and
allow appropriate amounts of time for those activities.
There will always be certain times
in life when you're fighting the clock -- meeting a deadline,
working on a special project or planning a special event.
However, if that has become a routine that you don't like,
it might be helpful to take an "adult
timeout" and work on creating time for your top priorities.
For more information about healthy
time management skills or to suggest topics for future installments
of Carolina Wellness matters, contact Holly Tiemann, Training
and Development, 962-9682, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application forms revised
for Tuition Waiver Program
The Office of Human Resources has
created a new application for the Tuition Waiver Program.
The new form replaces the two different forms that had been
used previously: one for study at Carolina and one for study
at other UNC system institutions. The new form can be used
for study at any UNC system university and can be downloaded
from the HR web site.
Permanent UNC employees working at least three-quarter time
are eligible to participate in this program. Employees may
have tuition waived for one course per term (up to two classes
per academic year) for the fall and spring semesters. Carolina
employees who are studying at Carolina may elect to apply one
tuition waiver per academic year to summer school courses at
the University. However, employees are still restricted to
a maximum to two tuition waivers per academic year. Tuition
waiver can be used for only one summer session, not both.
Tuition waiver may be applied to regular undergraduate- and
graduate-level courses, online courses and independent studies
courses. This includes enrollment through Continuing Education.
Employees must reapply for tuition waiver each term. The
deadline for submitting a tuition waiver form for the Spring
2005 semester at Carolina is Jan. 19, 2005. Other deadlines
may apply for different UNC system campuses. Forms must be
submitted to the Benefit Program Administration Office, Suite
1700, 104 Airport Drive, CB# 1045.
For more information, visit the
HR web site at hr.unc.edu. Under the A-to-Z index, go to "Tuition
Services highlights one Star Heels winner per month who exemplifies
the spirit of the award -- the spirit of teamwork and dedication
that these winners all exhibit.
Cell and Molecular Physiology
On Nov. 9, the administrative staff
of the Cell & Molecular
Physiology department gathered for an informal lunch in the
office. Everyone was enjoying the break together because it
is a rare occasion due to the staff's busy schedule. Little
did Cheryl Gerringer know that she was reason for this gathering:
the department's presentation to her of their Star Heels Award.
According to her award's nominating
materials, "It quickly
became apparent when Cheryl joined us that she is highly motivated
and has outstanding work ethics." Gerringer was pleased when
her manager presented the award and took it home that evening
to share with her family.
Gerringer developed her strong work ethic while working as
a U.S. Postal employee for 15 years. During that time, she
also worked hard to earn her degree in accounting from Elon
University and put that degree to use with her first position
at Carolina in 2002.
Today Gerringer is employed with
the Cell & Molecular
Physiology department as an accounting technician.
"I love my department," she declared, after having joined
the team in January. In her position she is responsible for
grant management and will soon be taking on additional duties,
a learning opportunity she is looking forward to. "My department
has given me the opportunity to learn and expand and I'm very
thankful for this" she stated.
We congratulate Cheryl as a shining
example of a UNC Star Heel. Keep up the excellent work.
The following employees also have received recognition as
Donna Braxton, Physics & Astronomy
Daniel Cloud, Academic Advising
David Holmes, AHEC-Community Medical Care
Lou Anne Phelps, Graduate School
Mary Beth Powell, Urban Studies
Phillip Thompson, Physics and Astronomy
Editor's Note: The Star Heels Award Program is generously
sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Winners receive an award letter and
a $25 gift certificate from one of four area vendors. For more
information on the Star Heels program, call Employee Services