Staff Senate Scholarship Recipients

Spring 2012 Recipient - Amy Howell

Amy Howell

Amy is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Accounting at UNCW. Upon receiving her Accounting degree from UNCW, Amy would like to become more involved with the accounting department and reconciling the university’s budget.  The best advice Amy would give other staff members considering working full time and trying to take courses is to persevere, even when your goal seems far off in the distance…persevere. When Amy is not working at UNCW she is at church volunteering with the youth or you may find her in the kitchen cooking away at home.

Staff Senate wishes Amy Howell congratulations and all the best for her future!

Fall 2011 Recipient - Chardon Murray

Chardon is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Criminology and Public Sociology at UNCW.

Chardon received her baccalaureate degree from UNCW with a major in Creative Writing and Political Science.

Chardon currently works in the Sociology and Criminology department at UNCW as an administrative associate.

Interests: Political Criminology, Counterterrorism, Sociology of Terrorism, Domestic Violence, State Crime, White-Collar Crime.

Upon receiving her graduate degree from UNCW, Chardon would like to become more involved with research opportunities on campus and elsewhere. The best advice Chardon would give other staff members considering working full time and trying to take courses is to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you. It may take more work in the short-term, but knowledge is something that no one can take away from you. When Chardon is not working at UNCW she is volunteering for CUE Center for Missing Persons and spending time with her husband, Harrison and daughter, Stella.

The UNCW Staff Senate wishes Chardon congratulations and all the best for her future!

Spring 2011 Recipient - Carole Wilson

Carole is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Conflict Management and Resolution at UNCW.

Carole received her baccalaureate degree from ECU with a major in Child Development and Family Relations and a Psychology minor. Carole also received her M.B.A. degree from ECU.

Carole works in Financial Systems at UNCW and leads a variety of projects which encompass several cross-divisional departments.

Carole’s Interests: Animals, reading, swimming, volunteering

Upon receiving her Graduate Certificate from UNCW, Carole would like to become more involved with facilitating collaboration across the campus community and resolving conflicts in the workplace. The best advice she would give other staff members considering working full time and trying to take courses is take advantage of the opportunities. While it is sometimes demanding, it is also an investment in yourself, enabling you to further your personal and professional development. It also enables you to give back to your family, UNCW and your community. When Carole is not working at UNCW she is playing with her dog, Sandy; reading a book at Jungle Rapids or volunteering at a variety of organizations, such as Thalian Hall and local animal shelters.

Staff Senate wishes Carole Wilson congratulations and all the best for her future!

Fall 2010 Recipient - Carol Page

Carol is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at UNCW and plans to graduate in December of this year.

She received her baccalaureate degree from Ithaca College with a major in Business Administration.

Carol is the Assistant Director of Purchasing Services at UNCW.

Upon receiving her degree from UNCW, Carol would like to become more involved in program evaluation and benchmarking. “Program evaluation presents a special, and stimulating, challenge for the public administrator. Often performance indicators are difficult to define and measure; the process is much like solving a puzzle.”

The advice Carol would give other staff members considering pursuing a degree while working full time: “Dust off the cobwebs and just do it! Pick a program and get the degree. Time passes so quickly, you’ll be done before you know it.” “I heartily recommend the Public Administration program to anyone in public service; the professors are excellent and the study is wholly relevant to our work here at UNCW.”

Staff Senate wishes Carol congratulations and all the best for her future!

Spring 2010 Recipient - Melinda Miles

Melinda Miles

Melinda is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in film studies at UNCW and works in the Technology Assistance Center.

Melinda’s interests include films, travel, theater, board games, theme parks, and spending time with her family doing all five of those activities.

Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree from UNCW, she would like to become more involved with film projects that would benefit the UNCW and Wilmington community. The best advice Melinda would give other staff members considering working full time and trying to take courses, is to schedule time for your studies, but also to schedule time for fun and leisure activities as well. She also suggests that one take advantage of the many campus resources available, such as The University Learning Center in Westside Hall.

When Melinda is not working at UNCW, she is either spending time on one of the aforementioned interests – especially family – or devoting time to study. She also likes to be involved in as many video projects as possible for knowledge and experience.

Staff Senate wishes Melinda Miles congratulations and all the best for her future!

Fall 2009 Recipient - Jennifer Abernathy-Messer

Jennifer Messer - Fall 09 scholarship recipient

Jennifer is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Environmental Science at UNCW.She received her baccalaureate degree from A & T with a major in agriculture and minor in soil science.

Jennifer is the greenhouse manager at UNCW and is a naturalist at heart. Her interest in the environment is evident by the plant life and recycled materials that surround her.As the greenhouse manager, she has a duel role. Not only does she maintain the plants in the greenhouse for the biology department’s botany labs, she also assists with upper and lower level botany labs. In addition, Jennifer would like all UNCW faculty and staff to know that the greenhouse is available for learning about propagation techniques for local plant life.

Upon receiving her master’s degree from UNCW, Jennifer would like to become more involved with outreach activities such as sustainable agriculture and water and soil conservation. The best advice Jennifer would give other staff members considering working full time and trying to take courses is not to rush it: don’t take too many classes at one time and thoroughly enjoy the benefit we are given When Jennifer is not caring for the UNCW greenhouse, working in the lab or studying, she enjoys reading murder mystery novels from another time period.

Staff Council wishes Jennifer congratulations and all the best for her future!

Spring 2009 Recipient - Pamela Thurston

Pamela Thurston - 2009 Spring Scholarship Recipient

Pamela is not only a Housekeeper for UNCW, she’s also proud to say she’s a student. Pamela’s held the position as Housekeeper at UNCW for three years now and is responsible for keeping campus buildings straight and clean. Along with being a Housekeeper here on campus, she is also a mother and a student currently enrolled at UNCW. Her course curriculum includes English, Calculus and Management Database Systems.

One of Pamela’s goals,upon graduation, is to have a degree focusing on Database Systems and to obtain a position with the UNCW IT Department. Her advice to anyone who is on the fence about taking courses as a staff member here at UNCW is to remember that you are never too old to learn. Pamela also highly recommends taking advantage of what we are offered.

Staff Senate wishes Pamela all the best for her future!

Fall 2008 Recipient - Linda-Jean Jay and Mary Jo Giammaria

This Fall 08 term we encountered a first for the scholarship process. We had a tie between two very worthy candidates. In the absence of rules regarding a tie in our by-laws we made the decision to award on a one-time basis both candidates a $500.00 scholarship. The by-laws are currently being revised to address a tie in the future. Please read about each of our candidates and their positions on campus as well as how the scholarship has helped them.

Thank you very much for all your contributions to the scholarship fund!

Recipient Linda-Jean Jay

Linda-Jean Jay,is a Program Assistant for University Advancement and is located at the Wise Carriage House location off Market Street. Linda-Jean supports six directors of development in their fund raising efforts on behalf of UNCW, including those responsible for Major Gifts, Leadership Gifts and the Parent Council. Her job details require prospect research, coordinating meetings and events across campus, or preparing detailed presentations geared toward donors' philanthropic interests. Linda-Jean also oversees the operational budget for the development team, which consists of nine Directors and a Proposal Writer. her position involves persons from every facet of life and is always interesting, she states that no two days are ever alike.

Linda-Jean says that receiving the Staff Senate scholarship has enabled her to continue her M.P.A. studies and expand her graduate nonprofit management research at a time when her family is facing significant financial challenges. Linda's youngest daughter, a single mother of three children, requires financial assistance from her and her husband even though she is gainfully employed and working full time. Funds that she would ordinarily use to help with the educational resources have been diverted to augment her daughter's income. Over the summer they were able to help her purchase a home that she and her children can more readily afford. Shortly afterwards her husband was laid off of his job. As she heads into her final year in the M.P.A. program, the scholarship has given her the opportunity to obtain much-needed software, books and other supplies she could not otherwise afford. These resources will directly affect the quality of her research and her proposal Capstone project on social entrepreneurship in the Cape Fear Region.

Staff Senate Linda-Jean jay all the best for her future!

Recipient Mary Jo Giammaria

Mary Jo Giammaria is the Office Manager in the Watson School of Education - Dean's Office. Mary Jo is one of the Watson School team employees responsible for the smooth operation of the Dean's Office. This may include greeting and assisting a visitor find the person he/she is meeting, to working with Physical Plant staff personnel regarding the maintenance of the golf carts. Further, she is the direct administrative support person for the Executive Assistant to the Dean, Director of Asssessment Programs, and the Watson School Technology Team. Mary Jo assist and supports the Administrative/Budget Officer in whatever task is needed. Her duties may range from helping in survey design to foreign and domestic travel arrangements. Mary Jo is responsible for the Dean's Suite purchasing from equipment to day-to-day supplies, managing a number of the Dean's databases, producing mailings for various events and a contact for those event responses. As liaison to the WSE Alumni Chapter, she assist with event planning.

Since 2003, Mary Jo is an active member of the Toastmasters International Organization. This past summer Mary Jo accomplished the Advanced Toastmaster Bronze (ATM-B) level, and was a judge for the Speech Contests. At present she iis pursuing the Competent Leader Award, while starting the Advanced Toastmasters Silver (ATM-S) level, volunteering at the New Hanover County Senior Center and her church. Mary Jo enjoys these activities and considers them a win-win situation for those in need and herself.

The Staff Senatel Scholarship has allowed relief to Mary Jo from some of the financial burdens associated with obtaining a higher education so that she can realize her dreams.

Mary Jo states " I am a much honored recipient of the Scholarship as it is a recognition of my co-workers and peers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington".

Staff Senate wishes Mary Jo all the best for her future!


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