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Staff Member Wins Employee of the Year

Emma McIver, a member of the Housekeeping Staff at the Friday Center, was selected Employee of the Year by the Customer Service Recognition Committee in conjunction with Facility Services at UNC.

Emma was selected from a group of 52 employees based on her merit and dedication to her job. Here’s what some of Emma’s peers had to say about her work:

 

Emma is always available with an outstanding attendance record, outstanding customer service skills, and excellent communication skills.
She’s always willing to help all staff and guests with anything they may need at the Friday Center.
Emma is a team player who is always willing to help any department.
She is a willing trainer to all new Housekeeping Staff at the Friday Center.

Congratulations, Emma! Thank you for all that you do to make guests and Friday Center Staff feel welcomed and at home every single day for the past 18 years.

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Staff Member Wins Employee of the Year

Friday Adult Learner Scholarship deadline July 1!

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three academic scholarships, known as the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship. With a fall semester application due this Friday, July 1 we look back at a winner of last semester’s Friday Adult Learner Scholarship.
What has it been like for you to pursue your undergraduate degree on a part-time basis?

I have to keep my family well ahead of my personal education goals. My son was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism. We have homeschooled, and we’re currently transitioning to public school. His education will probably look a lot like mine – a long drive with some hills and detours along the way. I want to lead & teach my children by example. We don’t quit when things get hard. We may take breaks and vary our course a bit, and we may travel some lonely stretches. Our journey may be different from what we hoped or planned, but it is uniquely ours. It’s wonderful, and we are privileged.
Still, it can be a hard juggle. My husband travels frequently for his job. We have two biological children together (ages 5 and 7); I have a stepdaughter in a college, and a stepson who’ll be in college next year; and we’re currently foster parents to twin teenagers. Reality keeps me from hiding my head in books (as much as I would like to), and forces me to put everything I’m learning into context. Prioritizing and communicating with my instructors are critical. Overall, I’m finding the experience to be a bunch of fun – even if I am getting less sleep than I’d like! 
-Loretta, junior student

Scholarships available to part-time, degree-seeking student over 24.
Fall semester deadline for the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship application: July 1

By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Friday Adult Learner Scholarship deadline July 1!

Friday Adult Learner Scholarship deadline approaching

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three academic scholarships, known as the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship. With an upcoming fall semester application deadline of July 1 we look back at a winner of last semester’s Friday Adult Learner Scholarship.
What has it been like for you to pursue your undergraduate degree on a part-time basis?

I work full-time at UNC Air Operations, scheduling flights and flying University personnel all over the East Coast. I’m also a single mother to a 13-year-old boy. It is sometimes challenging to find the time and energy to get my studies done well, but I’m really enjoying it and learn something useful from every class – I’ve been able to apply knowledge and skill from each class into my daily life and job. I feel like I am getting more from my studies now than what I would have straight out of high school. It is a wonderful opportunity and I truly appreciate it!
-Lotta, sophomore student

Scholarships available to part-time, degree-seeking student over 24.
Fall semester deadline for the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship application: July 1

By |June 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Friday Adult Learner Scholarship deadline approaching

Student Spotlight: Mary D. Williams ’16

Mary D. Williams
“It’s never too late to put your future in your own hands”
Mary D. Williams has spent her life as a performer. As a singer, Mary’s life consists of touring the country as one of the country’s leading African American vocalists blending gospels, spirituals, and hymns.

One afternoon, she was performing for a conference. Mary saw this as a performance that was similar to dozens of others. Little did she know how much this performance would change her life. Her voice caught the attention of Timothy Tyson—an author, historian, and joint professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University who specializes in Southern culture, religion, and race.

Shortly after the performance, Mary and Tim began talking about how they could blend their two backgrounds. They came up with the idea for a community-based course titled “The South in Black and White: Southern History and Culture Along the Color Line.” With the formation of their new class, Mary became an Adjunct Professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. Open to UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, Durham Tech, NC Central University students and the surrounding community, Mary and Tim’s first classes were seven years ago and enrolled almost 350 people. Since then, the course has grown in popularity and scope.

“I start each class with music,” Mary says. “It energizes the students and helps them get into the right frame of mind for the history portion of the class, taught by Tim.” Over the course of a semester, Mary teaches the students over 50 African-American traditionals from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement.

As time went on, Mary realized that getting her degree was a way to improve her teaching. “I felt that in order to gain more of a knowledge of American history and Southern culture,” Mary says, “I needed to make it my goal to achieve getting a degree in American Studies.”

Some of her earliest students were UNC-Chapel Hill professors who saw her talents and teaching potential. “They were a big influence for me to go back to school,” Mary says. “They continue to call on me and encourage me in my studies.”

Mary was pointed to Carolina Courses Online and Part-time Classroom Studies at the Friday Center as a way to take courses while working as an adjunct professor and full-time social worker. “I’m very grateful to be a student at my age,” Mary says. “I have a different perspective and that helps me a […]

By |May 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Student Spotlight: Mary D. Williams ’16