Campus briefs

Jun. 10, 2013 @ 07:42 PM

NCCU chancellor begins to settle in

DURHAM -- Debra Saunders-White, the new chancellor at N.C. Central University, told The Herald-Sun last week that the community has been supportive of her, as both a new chancellor and a new Bull City citizen.

She’s met with the NCCU Foundation board, spoken with the Durham City Council and even participated in a Google Hangout with students. She’s received supportive tweets on Twitter (@DSaundersWhite) and calls from NCCU alum.

“Right now, I’m in listening mode, in data-gathering mode,” said Saunders-White, who has served in information technology roles at Hampton University and University of North Carolina Wilmington prior to her NCCU post.

Saunders-White said she has plans to get more students involved in university-wide governance activities. She also will attend monthly student leadership meetings and hold open office hours for students, faculty and staff.

She acknowledged that the “honeymoon’s going to be cut short” when a North Carolina state budget is announced.

“We’re going to see some level of cuts,” Saunders-White said.

Local students make spring dean’s lists

Lauren Nicole Blazing from Chapel Hill made the Arts & Sciences spring semester dean’s list with distinction at Duke University. She is studying cultural anthropology and political science, was among 1,928 who achieved the honor. To make the Arts & Sciences dean’s list with distinction, a student must rank in the top 10th of their college, according to the release.

Elizabeth Buckley of Durham also was named to the spring dean’s list at Duke University. She is majoring in biomedical engineering.

Rebecca McMorrow from Durham has made the dean’s list at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. Her major is undeclared, and she maintained a minimum 3.5 grade-point average out of 4.0.

Three area students graduate from Dickinson

Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., announced the May graduation of three students from the area.

Hillary Ann Rosen of Chapel Hill graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson with a bachelor of arts in economics and German, and she is a graduate of Durham Academy.

Rachel Lauren Holly Weber of Chapel Hill graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in art and art history, and she is a graduate of East Chapel Hill High School.

Kendall Kathleen Beals of Carrboro graduated with a bachelor of science in biology, and she is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School.

Three local students graduate from Tulane

Tulane University in New Orleans announced the May graduation of three local students.

Kirsten Fritz of Chapel Hill graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business with a bachelor of science, management degree.

Monika Lallinger of Chapel Hill graduated from the School of Liberal Arts with a bachelor of arts degree.

Lindsay Hale of Hillsborough graduated from the School of Continuing Studies with a master of liberal arts degree.

UNC institute partners with VGCC on early childhood education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is partnering with Vance-Granville Community College in Louisburg to better prepare early childhood educators who will work with young children with disabilities and in diverse classrooms.

Tracey Bennett, who serves as VGCC’s early childhood education department chair, said in a statement that the partnership with Chapel Hill’s Child Development Institute has allowed her team to examine their role in the community and revise some of VGCC’s education courses, according to a UNC news release.

“We realized that programs in our area are serving a lot of young children whose families’ first language isn’t English, or they don’t speak English at all,” Bennett said. “These programs also serve children with different kinds of abilities.”

UNC School of Nursing helps start new Snow Camp health center

A new nurse-managed health center opened this month at an Alamance County elementary school to offer primary care services in rural North Carolina.

The Sylvan Community Health Center, based out of Sylvan Elementary School in Snow Camp, held its ribbon cutting Thursday. The center is part of a collaboration between the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, the Alamance-Burlington School System and Piedmont Health, according to a UNC news release.

Snow Camp residents have few options for local health care and more than half commute long distances to work, according to Leslie Sharpe, the center’s lead provider as well as a UNC clinical instructor and family nurse practitioner.

“I’m a big believer in increasing access to care for everybody,” Sharpe said in a statement. “We’re working to determine ways health centers located in schools, which are typically centers of their communities, will be sustainable models for providing primary care to small, rural communities.”

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