We are very sad to announce that Al Briscoe, Jr. passed away late Sunday night, after a long illness. Al’s name may not be familiar to students in the BLS Program, but as an instructional technology consultant for the College of Arts and Sciences, he has given vital assistance to our faculty and staff since our program’s beginning. Al came to UNCG in 2002, after completing his M.Ed. in instructional technology at Wayne State University in Detroit. His many involvements with BLS Program courses include course website design, online multimedia and video hosting, course Blackboard design and maintenance, routine updates to online courses between one session and the next, and the management of end-of-session student course ratings. He also helped faculty in the College employ technology in the classroom by providing software support, training and resources.
Al spent his youth as the oldest child of a large, poor family in Baltimore, and overcame many hardships and obstacles to successfully complete a graduate-school education and become a vital member of the academic community. He was 58 years old. He is survived in the UNCG community by his partner of 20 years, Dr. John Tomkiel, Associate Professor of Biology.