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Doctoral Student Receives $20,000 National Fellowship

Counseling student LaTonya Summers is one of 22 doctoral scholars across the United States to be selected for the Minority Fellowship Program by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

As a result of this honor, Summers will receive $20,000 and training to support her education and facilitate her efforts with underserved minority populations.

Summers, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, founded the LifeSkills Counseling and Consulting Group, where she oversees a free counseling program for people who are uninsured and unemployed. In Charlotte, 17 percent of the total population is uninsured and 10 percent is unemployed. Since 2007, she has served more than 300 individuals and families. She also founded a professional counseling training institute, which provides monthly NBCC-approved workshops.

Faculty Artwork to be Part of Spartanburg Exhibit

Five faculty members of the Department of Art and Art History will be part of the group exhibition "Pacts and Invocations: Magic and Ritual in Contemporary Art," which opens Thursday, June 23, at the Spartanburg Art Museum.

Curated by Assistant Professor of Print Media Erik Waterkotte, "Pacts and Invocation" will feature work by 10 artists, including UNC Charlotte faculty members Malena Bergmann, Aspen Hochhalter, Anna Kenar, Janet Williams and Waterkotte.

An opening reception will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, June 24; the exhibition will be displayed through Sunday, Aug. 28. The museum is located at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg, S.C.