Staff Accolades

This is how we Think and Do both locally and across the globe. DELTA staff members travel far and wide to amplify how we collaborate, grow and learn at NC State. They return with new connections and knowledge to put to practice at home.

The Staff Accolades section captures the achievements and expertise of our staff, from presentations to certifications and awards. Visit the map above to explore how we share best practices with higher education professionals at conferences across the country.



International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Venture Connect

July 24, 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Mike Cuales and Michael Kanters (DELTA Faculty Fellow), “Virtual Reality Training: The Future of Employee Training in Venue Management” (Attendees: 35)

UNC Staff Assembly

July 31, 2018, Chapel Hill, N.C.

  • Jonathan Champ, “Paid Parental Leave” (Attendees: 60)

Scheduall User Group

July 31-August 1, 2018, New York, N.Y.

  • Tony Pearson, “How ScheduALL Became our Lifeblood” (Attendees: 50)

Lilly Asheville Annual Conference

August 6-8, 2018, Asheville, N.C.

  • Traci Temple and Chris Willis, “Poster Presentation: Making MUSIC with Technology-Enhanced Competency-Based Education” (Attendees: 10)
  • Chris Willis and Traci Temple, “Collaboration in Assessing Educational Technology and Innovative Course Redesign” (Attendees: 10)

2018 National College Testing Association (NCTA) Annual Conference

September 5-7, 2018, Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Sharon Broere, Kimberlie Goodfellow, Kathy Kollar-Valovage, Diane Patterson and Julie Williams, “Creating Your Ideal Test Center” (Attendees: 75)
  • Whitney Hicks and Kara Marschalk, “Temporary Employees Make Proctoring Successful” (Attendees: 100)

2018 North Carolina Association of College Testing Professionals (NCATP) Annual Conference

September 5-7, 2018, Fayetteville, N.C.

  • Brad Collins and Vince Lastreto, “Leveraging Technology in Developing Your Communication Strategy” (Attendees: 25)

UNC CAUSE 2018 Conference

October 1-3, 2018, Greenville, N.C.

  • Yiling Chappelow, Martin Dulberg and Arlene Mendoza-Moran, “Let It Go: Managing the Technology Retirement and Migration Process” (Attendees: 30)
  • Jakia Salam, David Tredwell, Douglas Call and Fernando Garcia Menendez, “Fostering Student Engagement in a Large Class Using Top Hat (Attendees: 15)
  • Jakia Salam, “Designing an Adaptive Learning Module for Better Learning Experience” (Attendees: 25)
  • Bethany Smith, “Faculty Communication: How do you get them to know things and come to events? (Unconference)” (Attendees: 35)
  • Bethany Smith, “If You Build It, Will They Come? How to Run an Unconference for Professional Development” (Attendees: 40)
  • Bethanne Tobey, Arlene Mendoza-Moran, Rebecca Sanchez, Bethany Smith, and Amanda Edwards (DELTA Faculty Fellow), “Reflections on a QM-based Course Improvement Pilot Program” (Attendees: 15)

2018 Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE)

October 8-10, 2018, Newport, R.I.

  • Adalia A. (Jessie) Sova, “REPORTER: An Enterprise-Level Approach for Supporting Institutional Non-Credit Activities” (Attendees: 20)

NC State New Technologies Expo

October 11, 2018, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Mike Cuales, “Immersive Technologies Exhibit” (Attendees: 300)

2018 CREATE Conference

October 11-12, 2018, Williamsburg, Va.

  • Chris Willis, “Reaching the Digital Student: Examining Course Redesign Data to Determine Student Needs and Preferences Related to Course Structure, Technology, and Support” (Attendees: 20)
  • Chris Willis, “STEMbling Toward Student Success: Evaluating EdTech’s Impact in STEM Courses” (Attendees: ~15)

Lunch and Learn at the College of Natural Resources

October 12, 2018, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Laurie Gyalog, “Boost Your Project Efficiency: Agile, Kanban, and Scrum, Oh My!” (Attendees: 20)

E-Learn Conference

October 15-18, 2018, Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Suzanne Edmonds and Allie Giro, “Activate Student Engagement: How to Promote Meaningful Learning” (Attendees: 20)
  • Yan Shen, Hyunsong Kim and Kenny Kuo, “Integrating Cognition, Metacognition, and Motivation: A Multi-Level Framework for Flipped Classroom Design and Research” (Attendees: 10)

Association for Talent Development (ATD) eLearning Special Interest Group — October Meeting

October 18, 2018, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Mike Cuales and Donna Petherbridge, “Using Virtual Reality as a Way to Deliver Training” (Attendees: 11)


October 29, 2018, Denver, Colo.

  • Martin Dulberg, “LMS Governance — The Whats and Whys” (Attendees: 30)
  • Arlene Mendoza-Moran and Christopher Beeson, “SQUIRREL? Keep Students Engaged with H5P Interactive Content” (Attendees: 75)
  • Jeff Webster, “Host: Moodle Users Association Meeting” (Attendees: 150)

2018 University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) National Marketing Conference

November 7-9, 2018, Anaheim, Calif.

  • Kay Zimmerman, “A New Way to Identify and Validate the Right Programs to Offer in Today’s Educational Market” (Attendees: 63)

Association for Talent Development Research Triangle Area (ATD-RTA) Chapter: Invited Presentation for City of Raleigh Meeting

November 9, 2018, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Donna Petherbridge and Michelle Bartlett, “Hot Topics in Training and Development” (Attendees: 15)

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate 2018

November 14, 2018, Orlando, Fla.

  • Jakia Salam and Angela Smith (DELTA Faculty Fellow), “Watch and Interact: How Do You Make Your Videos Interactive?” (Attendees: 60)
  • Jakia Salam and Muntazar Monsur, “Designing an Innovative Learning Tool for Landscape Architecture Using 360 Videos” (Attendees: 30)

IT Community Event

November 27, 2018, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Laurie Gyalog, Samantha McCuen and Merranie Zellweger, “Wolfpack Project Management: Tips, Tricks and Tools” (Attendees: 60)

Custom Workshop for the Forest Biomaterials Department Event

December 13, 2018, Cary, N.C.

  • Yiling Chappelow, Stacy Gant and Arlene Mendoza-Moran, “Engaging Students with Effective Use of WolfWare Tools” (Attendees: 11)

2019 UNC System Student Success Conference

February 7, 2019, Chapel Hill, N.C.

  • Yan Shen, Jakia Salam and Chris Willis, “To Better Understand Flipping in Higher Education: A Framework of Classroom Flipping Models” (Attendees: 30)

2019 Stamats Adult Student Marketing Conference

February 12-14, 2019, San Diego, Calif.

  • Kay Zimmerman, “Demand by Design:Using Data to Guide Academic Program Development” (Attendees: 37)

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting 2019

February 21, 2019, Anaheim, Calif.

  • Mike Cuales, Cathi Dunnagan and Maria Gallardo-Williams (DELTA Faculty Fellow), “Poster Session: Virtual Organic Chemistry Lab: Your Personal TA is Waiting For You” (Attendees: ~80)
  • Bethany Smith and Angela Smith (DELTA Faculty Fellow), “Poster Session: Promoting Teaching Innovation Through Purposeful Peer Interaction” (Attendees: ~75)

NC State University HR Professionals Conference

February 28, 2019, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Laurie Gyalog, Samantha McCuen and Merranie Zellweger, “How Agility Improves the Pack” (Attendees: 200)

College News Association of the Carolinas Conference

March 3-5, 2019, Greenville, S.C.

  • Sherry O’Neal and Suzanne Stanard, “From the Inside Out: An Often Overlooked Asset” (Attendees: 65)

2019 American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section (ASEE SE) Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2019, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Jakia Salam, David Tredwell, Douglas Call and Fernando Garcia Menendez, “Redesigning an Environmental Engineering Fundamentals Course to Increase Student Engagement and Excitement” (Attendees: 20)

Mandatory HR Staff Training

March 15 and 25, 2019, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Laurie Gyalog and Samantha McCuen, “Agile Training” (Attendees: 60)

NERCOMP (EDUCAUSE Regional) Conference

March 19, 2019, Providence, R.I.

  • Donna Petherbridge, “Three Lessons from Servant Leadership” (Attendees: 80)

Digital Learning Initiative Symposium

April 4, 2019, Chapel Hill, N.C.

  • Bethanne Tobey, Arlene Mendoza-Moran and Rebecca Sanchez, “Pathways to Course Quality at NC State” (Attendees: 30)

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference

April 5-9, 2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Chris Willis, Dan Spencer, Yan Shen and Molly Fenn, “Utilizing a Hybrid Learning Approach in a Calculus for Life and Management Sciences Classroom” (Attendees: ~10)

Textiles Department Senior Management, Staff and Graduate Students Training Request

April 11, 2019, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Laurie Gyalog and Merranie Zellweger, “Agile Training” (Attendees: 20)

Southern Learning and Technology Expo (SLATE) Conference

April 12, 2019, Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Suzanne Edmonds and Allie Giro, “Activate Student Engagement: How to Promote Meaningful Learning” (Attendees: 25)
  • Donna Petherbridge, Rebecca Sanchez and Bethanne Tobey, “Frameworks for Course Design: Mapping a Course Across Multiple Learning Environments” (Attendees: 40)

NC State University Communication and Marketing Summer Institute 2019

June 7, 2019, Raleigh, N.C.

  • Sherry O’Neal and Suzanne Stanard, “From the Inside Out: Internal Communications Resources and Tips” (Attendees: ~26)

Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Annual Conference

June 10-13, 2019, Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Traci Temple, Dan Spencer and Chris Willis, “Course Redesign as Educational Research: Extending Best Practices to Project and Program Assessment” (Attendees: ~20)

2019 Distance Learning Administration Conference

June 23-26, 2019, Jekyll Island, Ga.

  • Kay Zimmerman, “Jumpstart Your Marketing ROI for Online and Distance Education Programs” (Attendees: ~40)
  • Kay Zimmerman, “The ‘Secret to Program Success Cookbook’ A Recipe to Identify and Validate the RIGHT Online and DE Programs” (Attendees: ~40)

AMA Higher Ed Virtual Conference: The Year Ahead

June 25, 2019, Online

  • Laurie Gyalog, Tiffany Foxworth and Alex Withers, “Ignite Creativity Together in Higher Education: Bridging the Gap Between Marketing and Creative” (Attendees: ~250)


American Society for Engineering Education — Southeastern Section Conference

October 2018

  • Anna Howard and Merranie Zellweger, “Assessing Teamwork in Large Classes” Best Paper.


April 2019

  • Caitlin McKeown and Julia McKeown, “Accessibility in Online Courses: Understanding the Deaf Learner.”

eLearn Magazine — Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

December 2018


Donna Petherbridge

  • EAC 580 — Instructional Systems Design, College of Education. Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. (Students: 39)

Traci Temple

  • ADN 581 — Final Project Research, College of Design. Spring 2019. (Students: 3)

Awards and Recognition

Award for Excellence recipients

Provost’s unit Award for Excellence recipients and nominees gather with other DELTA staff members and friends at the ceremony held March 26. Photo by Ken Martin.

Provost Unit Awards for Excellence

  • Jonathan Champ
  • Lou Harrison
  • Alexis Simison
  • Bethanne Tobey
  • Cathi Dunnagan (nominee)

University Awards for Excellence

  • Lou Harrison

2019 Bronze Telly Awards

  • Larry Perkins Portrait — Producer Todd Buker
  • From Fire Comes Light — Producer John Gordon

NC State Service Awards

  • 5 Years
    • Todd Buker
    • Daniel Davis
    • Kara Marschalk
    • Tamara Watts
    • Sarah Weatherman
  • 10 Years:
    • Jonathan Champ
    • Shawn Colvin
    • Drew Davidson
    • Allie Giro
    • John Gordon
    • Arlene Mendoza-Moran
    • Alan Surrette
  • 15 Years:
    • Tim Hinds
    • Bethany Smith
    • Peter Watson
    • Michael Whitman
  • 20 Years:
    • Jeff Williford
    • Melissa Williford
  • 35 Years:
    • Lynda Hambourger


Audinate Dante Certification

  • Dan Copher (Getting Started, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)

Audio Post-Production Certification, Maine Media Workshop

  • Todd Buker
  • Arthur Earnest
  • John Gordon
  • Jeff Robinson

AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist

  • Brandon Pope
  • Tony Pearson (Renewed)

Certified SAFe® 4 Agilist

  • Laurie Gyalog
  • Samantha McCuen

Certified ScrumMaster®

  • Samantha McCuen

Certified Scrum Product Owner®

  • Laurie Gyalog
  • Samantha McCuen
  • Merranie Zellweger

Crestron DM Certified Designer-4K

  • Dan Copher

Crestron DM Certified Technician-4K

  • Dan Copher

Crestron DM Certified Engineer-4K

  • Dan Copher

FAA UAS Drone Pilot License

  • Todd Buker
  • Michael Castro

Google Certified Educator, Level 2

  • Suzanne Edmonds

Peerless AV Certification: Advanced Signage Solutions

  • Brandon Pope

Peerless AV Certification: Wireless and Outdoor Solutions

  • Brandon Pope

Q-SYS Level 1 Certification

  • Dan Copher
  • Brandon Pope

RoboTRAK Certification

  • Dan Copher

Shure Microflex Advance Technical Training Certification

  • Dan Copher

Top Hat Innovative Educator Level I Certification

  • Yiling Chappelow
  • Stacy Gant


DELTA staff members volunteer

DELTA staff members spent a day volunteering in New Hanover county with the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity for Hurricane Florence relief. The group was involved in clean up efforts at houses in the community.

Campus Leadership Roles

  • Breanna Collins, Staff Senator, 2018-2020
  • Shawn Colvin, Staff Senator, 2018-2020
  • Cathi Dunnagan, Staff Senate Immediate Past Chair, 2018-2019
  • Laurie Gyalog, Founder, NC State Project Management and Agile Community, Established January 2019
  • Donna Petherbridge, Chair-Elect, NC State Council on the Status of Women
  • Donna Petherbridge, Liaison to NC State Campus IT Directors for the Academic Technology Subcommittee
  • Jakia Salam, Lead Coordinator, NC State Instructional Design Interest Group
  • Bethany Smith, Co-Chair, NC State Academic Technology Subcommittee
  • Bethany Smith, NC State representative at the UNC Faculty Area Develops Consortium (FADC)
  • Bethanne Tobey, NC State Quality Matters Coordinator

Off-Campus Leadership Roles

  • Sharon Broere, Vice President, North Carolina Association of Collegiate Testing Professionals (NCACTP)
  • Cathi Dunnagan, At-Large Delegate, UNC System Staff Assembly, 2018-2020
  • Lou Harrison, EDUCAUSE Student Success Analytics Community Group Board Member
  • Lou Harrison, Top Hat Customer Advisory Board Member
  • Jeff Webster, Moodle Users Association, Committee of Management — General Member

Leadership Training

  • Charlene Pettiway, STEAM Powered Leadership Conference, August 2018

Volunteer Events

Courage Cards for children

DELTA staff members held two events this year to create nearly 200 Courage Cards for children, tweens and teens at Duke and UNC hospitals.

DELTA strives to make a difference both on and off campus. Here are the volunteer events we completed in 2018-2019 to give back at home, in our community and across the state.

  • BackPack Buddies
  • Courage Cards
  • Feed the Pack: NC State Food Pantry Drive
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Food Drive for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

New Employees

  • Alex Bennett
    Classroom Support Technician, November 1, 2018
  • Dan Copher
    Networking Technician, July 9, 2018
  • Sean Ervin
    Web Developer/Data Analyst, June 1, 2019
  • Katie Harris
    Multimedia Designer, February 14, 2019
  • Scott Leonard
    Desktop/Windows Support Analyst, February 25, 2019
  • Brandon Pope
    Networking Technician, September 25, 2018
  • Monica Smith
    Social Media Specialist, January 14, 2019
  • Dan Spencer
    DELTA Postdoctoral Research Scholar, July 13, 2018
  • Jamie Strickland
    DELTA Testing Associate, June 1, 2019
  • Stephen Waddell
    Immersive Media Developer, June 17, 2019