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Wednesday Memo
April 23, 2014


• Lori Ardovino and Alan Goldspiel, Music, recently performed their works, Diversions for Solo Saxophone (Ardovino) and The Sword and the Lute (Goldspiel) at the National Association of Composers New Classical Music Concert, held Feb. 1 at The Mississippi University for Women; at the Southeastern Composers League Forum Concert at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Feb. 21; and at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at the University of Illinois March 21. Additionally, Ardovino’s work, Sessionography for Solo Bass Clarinet, was recently published by Potenza Music.

• Jason Cooper, Carmichael Library, will present “Making the Grade: Surveys and Strategies in Determining Facebook Reach,” at the COSUGI (Customers of Sirsidynix Users Group, Inc.) Conference, to be held May 15-17 in Detroit.

• Jim Day, Behavioral and Social Sciences, has recently been named the 2014 University Scholar. He will receive the award at the annual Founders’ Day convocation this fall. Additionally, Day’s book, Diamonds in the Rough, was recently selected as the winner of the 2014 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for best work on Alabama local history. The award is given by the Alabama Historical Association, and the selection committee was unanimous in its decision. Day received the award at the AHA banquet, held April 11 in Scottsboro.

• Barbara Forrest, Human Resources, was recently elected president of the Board of Directors of the Alabama College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (ALACUPA). The Alabama chapter is affiliated with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). The Alabama chapter supports the purpose of CUPA-HR, which is to provide global leadership to the higher-education human-resources profession and the higher-education community by offering essential knowledge, resources and connections that enhance individual and institutional capacity and competitiveness. As Board president, Forrest will serve as the chief volunteer of the chapter and will partner with the regional and national CUPA-HR boards to achieve the Association’s mission. She will provide leadership to the Board of Directors, which sets policy for the chapter. Forrest will also chair meetings of the Board after developing the agenda and will help guide and mediate Board actions with respect to organizational priorities and governance concerns. “The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has long been recognized as the nation’s foremost authority on salary data and personnel management for higher education,” stated Forrest. “To be elected as the state chapter president of such an esteemed organization is a huge honor. I appreciate the chapter’s confidence in me as an HR professional and look forward to providing leadership to the Board and service to the organization in my capacity as the Alabama CUPA-HR president.” Forrest will begin her duties July 1.

• Sherry Ford, Communication Studies, has co-authored a paper published recently in the peer-reviewed Journals of Gerontology that explored the relationship between Internet use and depression in older, retired Americans. Her co-authors include Phoenix Center Chief Economist George S. Ford, Shelia Cotten (Michigan State University) and Timothy Hale (Harvard University). For additional information, visit Ford in Journals of Gerontology.

• Roderick George, Music, was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award in the College of Fine Arts Wednesday, April 16. He is pictured, on the right, with Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Scott Stephens. The Distinguished Teacher Award includes a recognition plaque and an honorarium. The award is presented to just one fine arts faculty member each year, based on student nominations. George is an associate professor of music and coordinates the voice area in the Department of Music. He teaches courses in applied voice, vocal literature and foreign-language diction. Among his credentials is the Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from the College of Music at The Florida State University.

George received advanced training in opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and was an artist in residence with Amarillo Opera and an apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he participated in the highly selective NATS Teacher-Internship Program held at Colorado State University in 2004. George maintains a highly active performance career as a concert artist, recitalist, and in staged productions of opera and music theater. His recent engagements include concert tours of Ireland, France and Spain as a featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, and in March, he completed an operatic concert tour of Russia. Under the baton of Maestro Anatolia Chepurnov and Maestro Sergei Kondrashev, he performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk and Dubna with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic. As a music ambassador, George was privileged to perform in concert at the Spaso House of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. A native of Mobile, George joined the UM faculty in 2004.

• Benton Tyler, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, has been named recipient of the 2014 Faculty Service Award. Tyler will receive the award at the annual Founders’ Day convocation this fall.

• Tiffany R. Wang, Communication, had an invited essay, titled “Instructor’s Corner #1: Caring Teacher Communication Makes College Transition Easier,” published in Communication Currents, the National Communication Association’s online web magazine (Volume 9, Issue 2, April 2014). In this essay, she translated her recent Communication Education journal article into a form understandable and usable for broad audiences, including communication experts working with lay audiences, instructors and students, the press and other interested members of the public. The original study examined the communication events that shaped first-generation students’ pedagogical and interpersonal relationships with their college teachers. Additionally, Wang made three panel presentations at the annual Central States Communication Association (CSCA) convention, held recently in Minneapolis. The panels were titled “Elevating the Basic Course: Strategies for Promoting, Advancing and Strengthening our Campus Presence,” “Elevating Each Other in Grad School: What We Wish We Knew Before Starting Our Theses/Dissertations” and “Spotlight Session — Elevating the Basic Course and Future Basic Course Directors: A Celebration of CSCA Hall of Famer Bill Seiler’s Contributions to the Basic Course.” Wang will serve as chair/program planner of the CSCA basic course interest group and as vice chair of the CSCA communication education interest group this year.

• Connie E. Wyatt, administrative assistant III for the College of Fine Arts, was awarded the CFA Special Service Award at the spring meeting of the college. This award recognizes outstanding service to the college by faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Connie joined the University in 2000 as senior departmental secretary II for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and held the same position for the Office of Graduate Studies from 2002 to 2006. She received the Bill Fancher Staff Excellence Award of the College of Education in 2006. She moved to the College of Fine Arts in 2006 and has provided outstanding service for the college during a transition period that has included a successful search for a new dean.

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