Advisory Committee

The Excellence in Engagement Visioning and Planning Advisory Committee (E-CEVPAC) was convened by the Special Assistant for Community Engagement in the Office of Research and Engagement (formerly Office of Research and Economic Development). The committee was comprised of a diverse range of stakeholders, including community colleagues, faculty, students, staff, and administrators from UNCG. These individuals were selected based on their experience with and commitment to supporting community-university partnerships and collaborations. The purpose of this committee was to assist in the continued development of vision and action plan to further support and sustain engagement between UNCG and its community partners. The Committee may be re-convened in the future as opportunities/needs arise.


At least four key questions were addressed by the Advisory Committee:

  1. What are the key indicators of excellence in community-university engagement as understood by the people who make up our communities, including citizens, civic and business leaders, members of community-based groups, organizations, and agencies, as well as UNCG students, faculty, staff and alumni?
  2. What goals should UNCG and its community partners set for achieving excellence in community engagement in the next five years? ten years? fifty years?
  3. Where are we now relative to that vision, and what is supporting / hindering the various constituencies in achieving excellence at present?
  4. How do we want to make progress toward sustained excellence? In other words, who needs to be involved, what will our process be, and what programs and structures do we need to support both UNCG members and those beyond, but integral to, UNCG’s successful collaboration with various communities?


The Excellence in Engagement Visioning and Planning Advisory Committee (E-CEVPAC) was expected to provide critical input regarding:

  1. A systematic university-wide data collection strategy and website to improve communication about the various ways UNCG and community colleagues are connected.
  2. Support infrastructure to provide the resources, programs, processes, and support needed to achieve excellent and integrated community engagement across UNCG and beyond.

Meeting Minutes and Reports

Spring 2011                                                                                                             

February 28, Azalea Room, UNCG

March 28, Volunteer Center of Greensboro

April 18, MHRA Room 2711, UNCG

May 9, NCCJ of the Piedmont Tria

July 20, Committee Retreat, Welfare Reform Liaison Project


Fall 2011

September 20, Volunteer Center of Greensboro

October 17, MHRA Room 2711, UNCG

December 6, MHRA Room 2711, UNCG

Retreat Report: Executive Summary

Extended Retreat Report

E-CEVPAC Members

  • Emily Janke (chair), Special Assistant for Community Engagement, Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Chelsea Boccardo, Undergraduate Student, Recreation & Parks Management
  • Kristin Buchner, Communications and Partnerships Manager, Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Patti Clayton, Visiting Scholar, UNCG, Senior Scholar; Center for Service & Learning at IUPUI; Visiting Fellow, NERCHE
  • Kathleen Edwards, Graduate Student, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
  • Brenda Elliott, Executive Director, Student Services, Guilford County Schools
  • Colleen Fairbanks, Professor, Teacher Education & Higher Education
  • Susan Feit, Executive Director, National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ)
  • Cathy Hamilton, Director, Office of Leadership & Service-Learning
  • Helen Hebert, Associate Vice Chancellor, University Relations
  • Celia Hooper, Professor, Dean of School of Health & Human Sciences
  • Julia Jackson-Newsom, Director of Research, School of Education
  • Spoma Jovonvic, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
  • Laurie Kennedy-Malone, Professor and Director of Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program
  • Ed Kitchen, VP, The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation; Board Chair, Gateway University Research Park
  • Bonnie Landaverdy, Undergraduate Student, Economics
  • Patrick Lucas, Associate Professor, Interior Architecture; Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, OLSL
  • Jerry McGuire, Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic Development
  • Donna Newton, Director, Guilford Nonprofit Consortium
  • Chris Payne, Director & Research Professor, Center for Youth, Family, & Community Partnerships
  • Diane Picciuto, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
  • Nell Pynes, Associate Provost, International Programs
  • Hollie Rose-Galli, Executive Director, Volunteer Center of Greensboro
  • Cathryne Schmitz, Professor, Conflict & Peace Studies program and Department of Social Work; Affiliate faculty in the Women & Gender Studies Program; Research Fellow for the Center for New North Carolinians
  • Jim Settle, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development
  • Stephen Sills, Assistant Professor, Sociology; Co-Organizer, Human Rights Research Network
  • Jim Summey, Executive Director, High Point Community Against Violence
  • Sheron Sumner, Director, WE! Greensboro Urban Ministry; Consultant; UNCG Board of Visitors
  • Anthony Wade, Director, Human Relations, City of Greensboro
  • Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship; Founder & Executive Director, North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center
  • Bob Wineburg, Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor, Department of Social Work