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Eye on Academia: February 2022

See what University College faculty have been up to recently. 

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  • Health and Exercise Studies (HES) faculty member, Scott Schneider attended the International Conference on Outdoor Leadership from Feb. 9-11. 
  • Joy Kagendo, lecturer for HES, was invited to share her ARSC and academic research as an international diasporan scholar at the Fifth Biennial International Conference DancingBLACKtogether that was held Feb. 18-20, 2022 at Duke University in Durham, N.C. 
  • Macy Kalb and Renee Harrington, lecturers for HES, were accepted for a poster presentation for the Teaching and Learning Symposium on Friday, Feb. 25. The title of their presentation was “Teaching Sensitive Topics in the Classroom and Online Formats.”
  • Renee Harrington has also been accepted to present at the 2022 National Rural Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction. She will be giving a track session presentation titled “Holistic Approaches to Assist Addiction Recovery” and a special topic session presentation titled “Yoga: An Alternative Treatment for Depression and Anxiety.”
  • Renee Harrington also raced standard distance duathlon (run 10K – bike 24 miles – run 5K) in Groveland, Fla. on Feb. 19 and placed first female overall and fifth total overall for the race.
  • JD Lee, assistant teaching professor for HES, presented on February 26 at the Teaching and Learning Symposium, hosted by the NC State Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) program. His poster presentation was titled “A Key Ingredient for Engagement in PE: Expectancy Motivation.”

Thank a Teacher

Several HES faculty received praise from their students via the Office for Faculty Excellence’s Thank a Teacher Program. The program recognizes outstanding faculty going the extra mile to shape students through their teaching and mentorship.

Here are the faculty members who were recognized, along with the students’ quotes about them:

Peggy Domingue

“Thank you so much for making this semester the best it could be during these difficult times. You were always so encouraging and made sure to remind us of our assignments every week which was greatly appreciated. I’m glad to have been in your class and I hope you know how greatly appreciated you are!” — Anonymous

Ashley White

“Thank you for all of your encouragement and for creating a positive learning atmosphere. You pushed us to work hard. I loved your kickboxing class!” — Anonymous

Joy Kagendo

“I took an aerobics class in 2014 and many years later I still remember how amazing Mrs. Kagendo was in encouraging our class in understanding strong values in living healthy and exercising but also making a positive difference in the world! She shined excitement every day during class and was very contagious in creating positivity and being a role-model. I still appreciate her legacy to this day. Thank you!!!” — Madison Souder