Stan Meiburg, director of Wake Forest’s graduate programs in sustainability, has assumed chairmanship of North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission (EMC). The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced Meiburg’s appointment this week.
Meiburg’s term will continue until June 30, 2021.
“Dr. Meiburg is a proven leader in air and water protection, and his expertise will serve the people of North Carolina well in the coming term,” said Assistant Secretary for the Environment Sheila Holman.
Meiburg recently served as chair of the EMC’s Air Quality Committee.
The commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air and water resources.
Meiburg joined Wake Forest in 2017 as director of the graduate programs in sustainability. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Wake Forest in 1975.
In 39 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Meiburg served as acting deputy administrator, deputy regional administrator of Region 4 (Atlanta) and Region 6 (Dallas), acting regional administrator in Regions 4 and 6, national EPA liaison to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Region 6 director of Air, Pesticides and Toxics Division. He also led work on the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments through EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
The Environmental Management Commission was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly under General Statute 143B-283 and is a 15-member commission appointed by the Governor, the Senate Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House. 2019 meetings are set for the second Thursdays of March, May, July, September and November.
Note: This story draws extensively from the state’s announcement this week.
Suzanne Hawks, a disability and learning assistance specialist in the Learning Assistance Center, will make a presentation at the Staff Advisory Council’s (SAC) meeting on Feb. 12.
The SAC will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D. The meeting is open to all staff and others.
The meeting and event schedule for the SAC is available on its website.
The following is a guest post from the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS):
The International Student and Scholar Services office will present three information sessions in February to faculty and staff.
The first session is a lunch and learn titled “Hiring International Faculty and Staff” and will provide information about hiring international faculty and staff, concentrating mostly on the H-1B visa. This session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the Reynolds Gym A330 Seminar Room. This session is for faculty and staff to learn more about the visa processing involved in hiring an international employee, the responsibilities of the hiring department when employing an international employee, and the services ISSS provides. We will be providing lunch for this session. Registration is required. More information about this session is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12721/
The second session is titled “ISSS Programming 101” and will provide a general overview on all services provided by ISSS, concentrating mostly on the variety of support and cultural programs the ISSS offers. This session will take place on Monday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. Services discussed will range from various pre-arrival communications to our incoming international students and scholars to help them get settled on campus and in the U.S. to programming that ensures they have the tools and resources necessary throughout the duration of their academic and professional programs to be successful. We will be providing light refreshments for this session. Registration is required. More information about this session is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12804/
The third session is titled “International Students and Work Authorizations” and will provide information about the different types of employment authorizations that are available to our international students. We will specifically cover information for departments that hire international students to work on campus, information regarding opportunities for off campus employment such as internships, and the services that ISSS provides to international students. This session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Benson 410 from 9 to 10:30 am. We will be providing a light breakfast for this session. Registration is required. More information is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12722/
This is a guest post from Reynolda House Museum of American Art:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art has hired Amber Albert as its new manager of community and academic learning. Albert was previously the executive director of the Historical Association of Catawba County and an independent consultant for history museums. She joined the teaching and learning team at Reynolda on Jan. 7.
Reynolda presents scores of programs and events each year that are open to the public, ranging from outdoor films and gallery talks to art workshops and Christmas tours. In her new role, Albert will work closely with colleagues across Reynolda and Wake Forest as well as with community partners across the Piedmont Triad in planning programs that connect to Reynolda’s collections, landscape, and history.
Albert is new to Reynolda but not to Winston-Salem and its deep commitment to the arts and historic preservation. Her husband, Gary Albert, is editorial director and adjunct curator of silver & metals at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. At Reynolda, Albert says she’s most looking forward to helping new audiences make meaningful memories.
“Much has changed in the century of Reynolda’s existence, but guests today still experience the essence of Katharine Reynolds’s original vision,” Albert says. “That’s what excites me about coming into this role, the ability to make Reynolda’s collections and history relevant to people today.”
Reynolda’s Deputy Director Phil Archer says Albert’s experience in interpretation, place-based programs and fundraising make her an ideal addition to the Reynolda team. In Catawba County, she managed two projects that illuminated the cultures of the region. One exhibit, “Unpacking: How Many Cultures Make Catawba Home” received funding from the United Arts Council of Catawba County, and the National Endowment for the Humanities supported another.
“Amber brings a depth of experience in building relationships with the people who make up the community in which she works,” Archer says. “Developing those relationships with our audience and evolving with the needs and interests of our visitors is a critical priority for us at Reynolda. Amber will play an important role in achieving this.”
The public is invited to meet Albert at two upcoming events. In partnership with Wise Man Brewing’s Healthy, Wealthy & Wise program, Reynolda is hosting informational evenings at the brewery each Tuesday in January from 6 to 8 p.m. At the final evening, Jan. 29, Albert will be available to talk with guests about upcoming programs. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Reynolda will host the African American Read-In at noon. The event, held in partnership with the annual African American Read-In, is free and open to the public. Albert will join other participants in reading from a favorite book or writing by an African-American author.
Albert has published numerous articles and presented about historic sites, and she serves on a subcommittee of the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. She holds a Ph.D. in public history from Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in American history from the College of Charleston and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Appalachian State University. She and her husband live in Winston-Salem with their son, Tice.
Congratulations to Mollie Canzona, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Cargiver Oncology Needs Evaluation Tool (CONNECT): A Technology-Based Intervention to Connect Lung Cancer Caregivers with Supportive Care Resources,” has been funded by Wake Forest University Health Sciences.
Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Wake Forest Translational Research Alcohol Center (WFTRAC)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.
Congratulations to Brad Shugoll, assistant director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, whose proposal entitled “Kids’ Cooking Coalition at CLMS” has been funded by the Reynolda Rotary Club.