Faculty/Staff Accomplishments – July 2023

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in art, economics, and marketing.

News Director Melyssa Allen attended the 2023 College News Association of the Carolinas (CNAC) conference, which was held June 11-13 on the Converse University campus in Spartanburg, S.C. CNAC is an organization of college communications and marketing professionals from schools across North Carolina and South Carolina. Topics included the implications of artificial intelligence for communicators, inclusive communication, and marketing/admissions partnerships. 

Assistant Professor of Art Holly Fischer is one of the artists featured in Visceral Structures, an exhibition presented by the Durham Art Guild. It is on display at Truist Gallery through August 6, 2023. Along with Fischer, the exhibition features work by Ivana Milojevic Beck, Susan Finer, and Sudie Rakusin. The exhibition description calls them “four artists with distinctly different voices who all share the desire to push the boundaries of their chosen media and present work that challenges conventions by recontextualizing the familiar. Their work explores identity with the goal of breaking free from social constructs. By manipulating expectations, these artists explore a balance between the contrasting forces of complexity and chaos versus stillness and harmony. These artists invite their audience to suspend disbelief, delve beneath beauty and surface appearance, and enter a world of transmutation and fluidity.” Learn more on the Durham Art Guild website   

Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone received a 2023 Creativity Grant from the Culture & Animals Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing animal advocacy through art. Her partner on the grant is Jane M. Casteline, a research administrator at NC State. The grant supports “Picturing Pigs,” a campaign dedicated to depicting pigs in a positive way and with compassion. The campaign features two billboards in Duplin County and Sampson County.  Visit to learn more.

Professor of Economics Anne York was interviewed by Marketplace and was included in their national broadcast on June 21, 2023. York provided comments about the impact of childcare issues on women’s labor market outcomes in a story titled  “Global gender gap is closing, but parity is more than 100 years away, report says”Marketplace coverage of business and economics news is broadcast on more than 800 public radio stations nationwide, including WUNC radio.

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