you GLOW, girl UNCW Youth Programs gave new meaning to the phrase “hands-on” this summer. Drawing, measuring, taping, assembling and sawing are just a few of the ways 64 rising fifth-graders from the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington participated in activities on campus and beyond to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With their fellow summer leadership and educational enrichment campers, the girls also visited a local television station to learn how to report on the weather and designed and printed 3-D prosthetic beaks for injured birds. GLOW, the sixth- through 12th-grade singlegender public charter school that opened in August 2016, seeks to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for first generation, college-bound young women. It is modeled after the successful Young Women’s Leadership Schools, a national network serving nearly 8,000 students. “We need to provide opportunities that engage underrepresented populations with science, technology, engineering and math,” said Youth Programs Director Sue Kezios. “The young women bring unique life experiences and perspectives to our programs, which are reflected in the different ways that they approach problems and create solutions to our STEM challenges.” Youth Programs – based in the Watson College of Education – offered three weeklong camps through a partnership with the GLOW Foundation: MarineQuest Coastal “GEMS,” Make Room for Girls in Engineering and a STEAM GLOW camp for arts integration.
“If we are going to rise to the challenges facing our nation, we need to encourage all students – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or socio-economic status – to become involved with STEM so we can diversify and multiply the possibility of real solutions.” For information on UNCW’s Youth Programs, visit www.uncw.edu/youth, and learn more about GLOW Academy at glowacademy.net. – Venita Jenkins
Faculty Earn Honors Keeping “community, care and continuous reinvention” at the heart of all professor of psychology Carrie Clements does earned her the fall 2016 Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award and a Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award. Professor of management Jessica Magnus also garnered a Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award for her early adoption of, and commitment to, teaching with technology. Amy Kirschke, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award for maintaining a scholarly focus while incorporating creativity into her teaching and research.
The Distinguished Teaching Professorship medallion features UNCW’s motto, discere aude, meaning “Dare to Learn.”
Stephen Harper, Duke Energy/Betty Cameron Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, took home the 2016 J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award for his tireless work as a mentor, advisor and coach to his students, even after they graduate. For a list of all fall 2016 faculty accolades, see www.uncw.edu/facultyawards. – C.C.
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