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Parlor talk
Chancellor Linda P. Brady talks with Fred Patrick, director of Facilities Design and Construction during a tour of Jamison earlier this fall.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady talks with Fred Patrick, director of Facilities Design and Construction during a tour of Jamison earlier this fall.

Right now, the Quad looks nothing like her former self. But just wait.

This fall, scaffolding clings to the sides of the buildings. Stone arches that once held windows or doors now open up to air. Trees are easily visible from one side of the building to the other. Hard-hatted workers are everywhere.

The renovation has definitely begun.

By next August, the seven residence halls that make up the Quad — Bailey, Coit, Cotten, Gray, Hinshaw, Jamison and Shaw — will be back in use by students and better than ever. Air conditioned rooms. Accommodations for those with disabilities. Suite-style rooms instead of double rooms.

And while the project is expected to cost $55.5 million, none of those funds are coming from state or bond money. Student rent will carry the weight of the project. But alumni — who fought passionately for the renovation of the Quad rather than see the 1920s buildings torn down — are asked to help raise an additional $1 million by May.

The $1 million will be used to upgrade the parlors. “As I've been talking with alumni about the Quad, within the first three minutes, people start reminiscing about the parlors,” says Miriam Bradley, development director for student affairs and undergraduate studies. “That's where they studied in their pajamas. That's where they waited for their dates.”

With the renovation, the parlors will gain taller ceilings and a second story of windows to create light-filled spaces. With living-learning communities expected to be an integral part of the renovated Quad, these parlors will remain an important piece of what makes the Quad unique.

Alumni can make a general donation in any amount or they can pay anywhere from $10,000 to $150,000 to have various areas in the Quad named in honor of themselves or someone they love. Those spaces range from the parlors to classrooms to outdoor patios.

If you're interested in making a donation or in learning more about the naming opportunities, contact Miriam Bradley at (336) 944-2778 or email mebradle@uncg.edu. To see updates about the construction, visit http://studentaffairs.uncg.edu/quad.

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Number crunching

Everyone knows the state is facing a tough budget year once again. At UNCG, the impact of the state budget has been felt deeply. While numbers don't tell the human story of lost jobs, reduced classes or obstacles to graduation, it does give a sense of the big picture.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady addressed these losses during her State of the Community speech in August but encouraged the campus to maintain hope. “Times are tough today, but UNCG has a history of steadfastly pushing through tumultuous economic times and emerging stronger for it.” (To read her full address, visit ure.uncg.edu/prod/news/chancellor/state-of-the-community-2011.)

Here's a look at the numbers:

UNC system 2011-12 cut: $414 million

UNCG's share of the cut: $30 million (more than 15 percent of our state appropriations)

UNCG cuts to date: More than $80 million over the last five years

Positions (full-time equivalent) eliminated this year: 235 — 156 faculty, 79 staff

People no longer employed at UNCG as a result of budget cuts over the last five years: 626

Classroom seats lost: 40,559

Course selections cut: 975

Programs discontinued as a result of budget cuts: iSchool, NC Teaching Fellows (across the UNC system)

Other areas affected: stipends for graduate students, funding for the UNC System Need-based Financial Aid program

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A healthy start
Middle College students

In August, UNCG welcomed 50 ninth-graders to campus as part of Guilford County Schools' eighth middle college. Students will spend the next four years taking both high school and college classes and participating in internship experiences designed to expose them to a variety of health careers. “Some know they want to be veterinarians, nurses, doctors or even medical artists. Others may not know exactly what they want to do yet,” said Principal Angela Polk-Jones '89, pictured in the yellow shirt at left. Standing to her right is kinesiology professor Dr. Tom Martinek, who is the university's liaison to the Middle College. “Here, we are going to encourage them, get them on the right track and help them find what interests them,” she said.

View pictures and listen to the excitement of the first day of middle college.

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Bringing the human elements together

The intersection of health and science has long been an academic strength at UNCG. The founding of UNCG's newest school, the School of Health and Human Sciences, gives many of the disciplines that fall under that banner a shared academic footprint.

Eight departments and two programs make up the new school: the departments of Kinesiology, Public Health Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, and Social Work along with the Genetic Counseling and Gerontology programs. The programs were previously housed in the Graduate School and the former schools of Health and Human Performance and Human Environmental Sciences.

“For our alumni of HHS — whether you were alumni of Arts and Sciences, Health and Human Performance, Human Environmental Sciences or the Graduate School — you will now have ‘dual citizenship,’ as I do!” Dean Celia Hooper '74 MA wrote in her welcome note on the new school's web site. “I graduated from a program in Arts and Sciences that moved to Health and Human Performance, and now is moving to Health and Human Sciences…triple citizenship! Whatever your past alumni affiliation, join me as a fellow alumna/i in becoming part of HHS.”

The School of Health and Human Sciences became official on July 1. Follow Dean Hooper's blog at uncgdeanblog.wordpress.com.

The academic shuffling means the Bryan School of Business and Economics also gained several new departments. The Department of Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies and the Hospitality and Tourism Management program have moved over to the business school.

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Dedicated to education
the new, green School of Education building

UNCG dedicated its new, green School of Education building in September. The 110,500-square-foot building stands on Spring Garden Street next to the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The $47.5 million facility, the first “green” building on campus, meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The sustainable design is expected to save an estimated 35 percent on energy costs.

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Triple the capacity

Before this year, UNCG boasted three residential colleges with a joint capacity for 215 freshmen. Four new learning communities this year have added spots for an additional 430 students, allowing UNCG to provide these opportunities to nearly a quarter of all freshmen, Provost David H. Perrin says. “Importantly, we have accomplished this with a relatively modest investment of resources.”

The four new learning communities are:

  • Exploratory Studies: Pre-Health. Students live and take classes with others interested in health and human services.
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Students live and take classes with others interested in building entrepreneurship knowledge and skills for business success.
  • Summer Launch. These students moved in early for a successful head start. They live and take classes together yearlong.
  • UNCG Teach. These students, in housing throughout campus, are interested in teaching and education.

Learning communities require students to become more active participants in the learning experience, says Laura Pipe, director of learning communities. That typically translates to a higher grade point average, she explains. Plus you have lots of instant friends with similar interests.

As Pipe puts it, “A learning community provides you that small college feel at a large university.”

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Program review continues

The academic program review process started in the spring is moving forward.

This fall, review committees on the academic unit level will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the university's programs in terms of their contributions to UNCG's mission, its strategic plan and its functions and responsibilities as an institution of higher education.

“Academic Program Review is not simply a response to today's economic challenges,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “It is about institutional improvement and strengthening the foundation that will enable us to build collectively a future of which we all can be proud.”

The review will help UNCG focus on academic quality and identify areas of strength and distinction.

Dec. 5-March 1 is set aside for work by the university-level program review committee. Their recommendations will be presented to faculty, staff and students and made available electronically in early to mid-March.

On April 15, recommendations will be forwarded to Chancellor Brady. On May 3, Provost David H. Perrin will present a final report on the program review process to the UNCG Board of Trustees. And the chancellor will then make recommendations to UNC President Tom Ross and the Board of Governors.

Detailed information is available at opa.uncg.edu/programreview/docreview.aspx.

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Bodenhamer adjusts the clock hands on the Bell Tower replica he spent four years creating at his workshop at home.
Bodenhamer adjusts the clock hands on the Bell Tower replica he spent four years creating at his workshop at home.
Baby bell

After four years, Bo Bodenhamer has completed a project that is causing visitors to the Provost's Office to stare at his creation — especially when it chimes.

People see UNCG's Bell Tower every day, standing alongside Spring Garden Street next to the Alumni House. Bodenhamer's work is a 7-foot-tall, one-sixth replica, complete with bells, chimes, four functioning clock faces, meticulously simulated bricks and mortar, a metal roof, handmade corbels and fluted posts. It was done over four years in his spare time and an occasional vacation stretch.

“The detail is amazing,” said Pat O'Rork in the Provost's Office. “You can check the details on the real Bell Tower and then look at the model — it's all there.”

It's there, all right, right down to the replica of the dedication plaque on the big Bell Tower, which was funded with a gift from Dr. Nancy Vacc in honor of her husband Dr. Nicholas Vacc. Both were faculty in the School of Education. It's the most expensive item, size-wise, on Bodenhamer's clock. It cost about $100. Bodenhamer says he stopped keeping records on the cost of the project, but admits, “It was more than I thought it would be.”

When you see the replica — you can't really call it a “miniature” — the question that comes to mind is, “What got you started on this, Bo?”

“I can't say that I've been able to come up with a reasonable answer to that question,” he said. “It was something I wanted to do; I worked on it over almost four years, and it's finished now. People seem to enjoy looking at it.”

The detail is meticulous, and Bodenhamer, who is the associate vice provost for academic technology systems, comes by that attention-to-detail naturally. His job requires it, and he grew up with it. His father did clock repairs, and when Bo was around 8 or 10 years of age, his father began teaching him the trade, something that requires patience and attention to detail.

Bodenhamer took many photos of the bell tower and its clock faces and produced pages of diagrams and plans. He had to search the internet to find the correct clock face and also the correct font for the lettering. The texture base for his bricks came from “stone touch” spray paint, but then he spent days cutting out the individual bricks in a template that he could spray paint — red for the bricks and white for the mortar. He says there should be as many bricks on the model as there are in the real Bell Tower.

He duplicated the stone molding with wood and then chiseled it out to look like a rough stone finish. The model's roof is aluminum, in a color that resembles the Bell Tower's. When he couldn't find clock hands that were a scale replica, he made them out of stainless steel.

When its stay is over at the Provost's Office, the replica will go back to Bodenhamer's house. He still does clock repair in the workshop he converted from a barn, and plans to do it as a business when he retires.

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UNCG Nursing student Shayla Ford learns techniques to relieve stress.
UNCG Nursing student Shayla Ford learns techniques to relieve stress.
In touch

In addition to medical training, good nurses need soft skills — the ability to calm patients, put them at ease, or read patients' emotional states.

That's why nursing professors Dr. Mona Shattell and Lillie Granger decided to involve theatre students in their Nursing Care of Individuals with Psychosocial Problems curriculum, a required course for undergraduate nursing students. The theatre students perform original skits and scenes from plays and use improvisational role-playing and sensory exercises to help the student nurses connect with patients who have mental illness or are stressed by a frightening diagnosis.

Granger got the idea after speaking with Denise Gabriel, a professor in the Department of Theatre.

“I was trying to help my students assess other people's emotions, trying to get them to be relaxed and calm in their approach to people,” Granger says. “It's kind of vague and difficult to explain. Then I thought, people who teach drama must know how to do this.”

Shattell, a mental health nurse, teaches the classroom component. Granger oversees the students in a clinical setting.

About 45 students take the course each semester, completing the clinical component over a half-semester.

“They're scared and nervous,” Granger says of her students. “Often they've never had to talk to anyone with mental illness before. The theatre exercises teach them how to arrange their bodies to present a message of calmness and comfort.”

“It forces them out of their comfort zone a little bit,” Shattell says. “Our students definitely gain from it. And the ones who don't think they are gaining from it will realize that they are one day.”

And the theatre students, who have been studying a process called Sensory Awareness, benefit too. They gain valuable writing and performing experience.

One of Gabriel's acting students sums it up nicely: “It was interesting to see people outside of our social circle do this work. In acting we strive to create genuine behavior on stage and expressing the human condition. Being with the nurses put into perspective my artistic life and how what we value connects.”

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Beste wünsche (best wishes), Fulbrighters

Twenty-four top-notch German undergraduates visited UNCG in August, immersing themselves in North Carolina's history, the U.S. educational system and American culture. And networking for potential internships and graduate programs in the states.

The students, studying everything from viticulture to electrical engineering, came to UNCG through the Fulbright Summer Institute, sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin. UNCG was one of only two U.S. universities — The State University of New York at Binghamton is the other — chosen to host the Germans.

Steve Flynn, director of the Fulbright Summer Institute, looked on the visit as a door to future exchanges with Germany and its universities.

“We're sort of paying it forward,” Flynn says. “It's a way of building goodwill, and perhaps sometime soon we can send our students to Germany.”

He credits Penelope Pynes, UNCG's associate provost for international programs, with making UNCG a prime choice for the Fulbright Commission. Pynes is an internationally regarded Germanist.

During their month-long stay, the German students studied American politics, U.S. history and the civil rights movement. To get an inside look at how the campus works, the German students also spent time with administrators, faculty and staff, paired off with leaders such as Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs, and Deborah Tollefson, director of financial aid. They spent their final week touring Washington, D.C., before flying home.

Flynn says encountering other cultures is invaluable for students.

“The thing about culture is that you don't realize you are in one,” he says. “Through witnessing our culture, they come to understand their own culture better.”

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Quick history

There's a whole new way to walk down memory lane.

UNCG Libraries has created an online archive of UNCG/WC yearbooks, magazines, photos and more.

Visit http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/history.php to see these digitized collections:

  • Alumni News/UNCG Magazine
  • The Carolinian student newspaper
  • Coraddi/State Normal Magazine
  • Oral Histories
  • Pine Needles yearbooks
  • UNCG Images/Photographs
  • UNCG Documents from about 1891-1906
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