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Archives for March 2010

Call for Contributions to Mill Village Web Site

Two additional “memory gathering” events have been finalized as part of the effort by UNCG museum studies graduate students to collect and preserve memories of life in Greensboro’s Cone mill villages. The upcoming “memory gathering” events will be held:
•        Monday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., East White Oak Recreation Center, 1801 10th St.
•        Sunday, April 11, 2:30-5 p.m., Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave. [Read more…]

Aging is Good Business: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial opportunities are increasing among aging populations. The university’s Gerontology Program invites you to attend, sponsor, exhibit or advertise at the 5th annual one-day summit Wednesday, April 14, in Cone Ballroom, EUC. [Read more…]

Movers, Shakers and Research Makers

033110Feature2_ResearchExpoThe Great Recession has had a great impact on Greensboro – making a comparative analysis of the city’s strengths and weaknesses all the more essential.

The 2010 Greensboro ‘State of the City’ Report was commissioned by the Greensboro Partnership to see opportunities for economic growth and see where resources might be better allocated. The Business Journal and News & Record have reported on its findings.

The Partnership is an alliance of Action Greensboro, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce. They are the “movers and shakers,” says geography major Carla Hughes, who are looking at “how to grow Greensboro.”

Before Dr. Keith Debbage, along with doctoral student Suzanne Gallaway, could synthesize the data and write the report, the data had to be collected.

Two outstanding undergraduates were tapped to do it: Carla Hughes and John Rainey, another senior geography major.

“It was challenging. We knew it was hard to get data – and make sure it was correct data.” She noted that Debbage checked it.

The two seniors discussed the report’s findings at last Thursday’s Undergraduate Research Expo in Cone Ballroom. Debbage stood nearby; the students did the talking at the expo.

“Overall, it doesn’t seem to be growing as fast as peer cities [in the state],” Rainey explained, pointing to facts on their posterboard. There is job growth in Greensboro in some sectors – such as retail – but not in high-wage sectors.

A bright spot is education, he noted. “The high school dropout rate is the lowest among peer cities.”

Hughes had been a surgical technologist in Asheboro. It was a good paying job, but “I wanted to do more.” She followed her passion – urban planning.

Debbage says he has had undergraduates working on projects with him, off and on, for 15 years. He is impressed by Hughes and Rainey. When he presented the report to the Greensboro Partnership, they were with him, listening. When he sat down with the editors of the News & Record, likewise. It’s all been valuable experience for them. “A good opportunity to grow and learn,” Hughes said.

The two undergraduates received Undergraduate Research Assistantship scholarships to do the work. The work of Debbage and doctoral student Suzanne Gallaway was funded by the Greensboro Partnership.

At a nearby booth, senior Tania Moon spoke of her research with Dr. Jacqueline White, on victimization experiences and alcohol use. Did she think she’d be doing research when she became an undergraduate? “I didn’t know I’d be doing research at all,” she said. She added, “As a mentee, I’ve grown a lot under her.” Moon also is a recipient of an undergraduate research assistantship scholarship.

Provost Perrin stopped by nearby booths, asking students about their research. One was Senior Samuel Tyler (in visual, right), who explained his research on GIS data representation. Dr. Eric Jones (Anthropology) is his advisor.

Several professors went from booth to booth, speaking with the students about the research.

Dr. Mary Crowe, Office of Undergraduate Research director, explained that one great benefit of the Expo is that undergraduates not only are doing research and practicing their communication skills – but they get to see what lots of other undergraduates, in other departments, are working on.

Crowe said there’d be a new date next year for the Expo – the Friday of Reunion. Also new next year: some freshmen will present their research. “We’ve never had freshmen present work.”

Politics Were Personal, at Women’s History Lecture

Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History) thought there should be an endowed lectureship in women’s history. And now there is. [Read more…]

Area’s General Assembly Members Invited to Campus

033110NewsAndNotes_GeneralAssemblyUNCG leaders invited area North Carolina General Assembly members to campus last Friday. [Read more…]

The Wrong Man Behind Bars

033110Feature1_ThompsonCollege student Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint in 1984 by a man who broke into her Burlington apartment while she slept. Her identification of Ronald Cotton as her attacker led to his conviction.

Cotton maintained his innocence and after more than a decade in Raleigh’s Central Prison was exonerated by a DNA test. When Cotton met Thompson-Cannino two years later they began an unlikely friendship. With Erin Torneo, they tell their story in the New York Times Bestseller “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.”

Thompson-Cannino (in visual) will give a free, public talk and sign copies of the book 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

The DNA test that exonerated Cotton implicated someone else in the DNA databank, Bobby Poole. Poole actually had been in Central Prison at the same time as Cotton and had told people that he raped Thompson. Poole was convicted of the crime.

In addition to demonstrating the value of DNA testing, the case raises questions about the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Thompson-Cannino says she studied her attacker during the crime in hopes of identifying him later, but she mistakenly chose Cotton out of a photo array and a lineup.

The story has been covered by a number of programs, including:

· 60 Minutes

· The Today Show

· The Diane Rehm Show

· All Things Considered

Originally published in 2009, “Picking Cotton” is now available in paperback and has been chosen as the freshman read at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Five Spot

033110FiveSpot_EtnierDr. Jenny Etnier is an associate professor of kinesiology. Before coming to UNCG six years ago, she was an assistant professor at Arizona State and Wake Forest. She’s a soccer player, or at least she used to be. “This is the first year I’ve taken off,” she says. She will play in a Memorial Day tournament, but she likes spending more time with her three children these days. The oldest of them will start soccer next year. “I’ll get back into coaching,” as result, the former and future coach says. She leads sport psychology seminars. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: March 31-April 8

School of Education town hall meeting, regarding dean search
Curry Building Auditorium, Wednesday, March 31, 3:30 p.m

Baseball vs. NC A&T
NewBridge Bank Park, Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m.

Softball vs. Elon (doubleheader)
Softball Stadium, Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m.

Reception, for Skip Capone, who is taking position at UNC Asheville
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Tuesday, April 6, 1:30 p.m.

Science on Tap: “Pursuit of New Drugs from Nature,” Dr. Nicholas Oberlies
The Green Bean, Tuesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Alumni House, Wednesday, April 7, 3 p.m

Theatre, “Bus Stop”
Brown Building Theatre, Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Alumni House, Thursday, April 8, 10 a.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear – March 31, 2010

UNCG and the Chilean Ministry of Education had been interested in offering some of their students something more. The Chilean ministry wanted its English teachers to be able to study the language, to absorb the culture and bring it back to their school children. UNCG wanted the same.

“We need a new model for teaching Spanish in schools,” said Steve Flynn, coordinator for the Chilean exchange program. “The only way that will happen is if students spend time in Spanish-speaking countries and learn the language and culture. That’s what’s going to enthuse future generations.”

This year — after years of planning and tweaking and refining — a true exchange was born. [Read more…]

Notes – March 31, 2010

NotesIconDrug discovery on tap Did you know about 25 percent of medicines, including more than 60 percent of anticancer agents and antibiotics, are derived from nature? Learn how researchers are seeking drug leads from natural products, at Science on Tap, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at The Green Bean, in downtown Greensboro. Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) will talk about the history of natural products drug discovery as well as how it is conducted today in the modern laboratory. Spoiler alert: He does not work with shamans, medicine men or healers.

Scholarship opportunities available Through the Division of Student Affairs applications are being accepted for the James H. Allen Student Leader Scholarship, the Georgia Cooper Moore Service and Leadership Award, and the Pamela A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/cap/scholarships.php. The deadline for all three scholarship applications is Wednesday, April 14, by 5 p.m.

Everything you wanted to know about parking and transportation but were afraid to ask A town hall meeting on “Parking Operations and Campus Access Management” will be Tuesday, April 6, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Staff from Parking Operations and Campus Access Management will give a brief presentation, then entertain questions from the audience. More details? Contact kevin_bullard@uncg.edu. The event is sponsored by the Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association.

Bryan School program honored by Princeton Review The operations management program at the Bryan School of Business and Economics was named among the top 15 programs nationwide in The Princeton Review’s second annual “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.” The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas. The Princeton Review tallied the “Student Opinion Honors” lists based on students’ assessments of how well they felt their business school courses had prepared them to succeed in six areas: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations. The list appears in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. The business schools appear in alphabetical order on the lists, and are not ranked 1 to 15. In addition to appearing in the magazine, the lists are also posted at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges and http://www.princetonreview.com/studentopinionhonors.aspx.

Population aging and social gerontology research in china The UNCG Gerontology Research Network’s Lunch and Learn Series will feature Dr. Peng Du as a guest speaker. His presentation, “Population Aging and Social Gerontology Research in China,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, at noon, following an 11:45 a.m. luncheon. The free presentation will be held in the Kirkland Room, EUC. If you are unable to attend, there will be a link to the conference on the UNCG Gerontology web site allowing you to listen live while viewing his presentation slides. A link to Du’s talk on the UNCG Gerontology web page will be posted on Tuesday, April 6. Once you are on the web site, click on the  link to Du’s presentation and provide the requested information to join the web conference. If you have any technical difficulties,  call 6-1020. Du is Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the School of Social Work and School of Gerontology at USC in 2010. Du also is director and professor of the Gerontology Institute, Renmin University of China, Deputy Director, Centre for Population and Development Studies at Renmin University.

Capone Is Leaving UNCG

033110NewAndNotes_CaponeLucien “Skip” Capone is leaving UNCG for higher ground – the campus of UNC Asheville. He is taking the position of General Counsel at UNC Asheville. [Read more…]

Brighter Ideas in Sustainability

033110Headline_SubstainablityWant to find out the latest on sustainability at the system’s universities, in a variety of areas? There’s a conference for that.

And it requires no travel.

UNCG is hosting UNC Focus Forward, a virtual conference promoting best practices in sustainability on Wednesday, April 7. In accordance with its charge “to identify and recommend responsible and sustainable practices in all aspects of our institutional culture,” UNCG’s University Committee on Sustainability will sponsor a day of sessions that examine some of the best current practices of sustainability in the areas of:

  • Transportation
  • Energy Management
  • Master Planning
  • Faculty Participation Across the Curriculum
  • Housekeeping
  • Facilities
  • Recycling.

Program presenters include faculty and staff from a variety of UNCG departments as well as faculty and staff from other UNC institutions.

Participants may want to take part in one session, some, or all – their choice.

The conference was originally scheduled for spring of 2009 but was postponed due to budget concerns and travel restrictions. However, this proved to be beneficial, as the committee revamped the conference to offer a truly sustainable opportunity for faculty and staff across the UNC system to participate in an online, virtual conference using Elluminate Live. It is an online software solution that provides interactive presentations around the world. Anyone with access to a computer can “attend” the conference by visiting the committee’s web site at http://sustain.uncg.edu/index.html. There, they can access a schedule of the day’s events.

By hosting the conference online, the committee hopes to not only promote sustainability but demonstrate an alternative to the less sustainable traditional conference model that requires significant usage of energy and funding.

It apparently is the first system-wide conference devoted to sustainability.

In addition to the program presentations, UNC Focus Forward will feature “Sustainable Shorts.” These short films, produced by UNCG students, highlight a particular issue of sustainability and were winners of the UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition. The films will be shown during program breaks and during the lunch break.

UNC Focus Forward is free and only requires interested participants to register on the University Committee on Sustainability web site beginning Monday, April 5. For more information, contact Guy Sanders at gmsander@uncg.edu.

Leaders in Training

Great leaders aren’t just born, they’re taught. And 124 future leaders are now benefitting from the new Leadership and Mentoring Program – a team effort by UNCG, the YMCA of Greensboro and The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). [Read more…]

Art After Dark with Lynn Book

033110EyeOnArts_BookWant to explore how everyday actions are full of meaning and creative potential? Take part in the Art After Dark workshop “Movement: Embodied Acts” with Lynn Book. It will be Thursday, April 8, 6:30-8 p.m. [Read more…]

Faculty String Quartet Performance Honors Dickieson

The UNCG Faculty String Quartet will perform Wednesday, April 7, in a concert endowed to honor one of their own – a professor who dedicated his life to teaching music. [Read more…]

Campus People – March 31, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Patrick Martin – Dr. C. P. Gause – Dr. Catherine Ennis [Read more…]

Announcements – March 24, 2010

Two candidates for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development will interview on March 25-26 and April 8-9. [Read more…]

See/Hear – March 24, 2010

Jenny Braswell, who graduated from UNCG last year, is a teacher of 3- and 4-year-olds in a dance studio in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. The class is one of dozens offered through The North Carolina Dance Project, a nonprofit founded by Jan Van Dyke, head of UNCG’s Department of Dance. Two years ago, the non-profit took over the City Arts dance program when city leaders decided they could no longer pay for it. [Read more…]

Taking the Reins

032410Feature2_Horsepower“This is a leadership class,” Tim Clifford told a group of students from UNCG and Beyond Academics gathered for the first day of a class at a horse farm in Colfax. “Out here we’re going to learn how we can lead ourselves better, and we’re going to learn ways we can lead others.”

The students are studying to be special education teachers. A partnership with UNCG, Beyond Academics is a college experiential program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Students in Beyond Academics are part of the university community and work toward living as independently as possible.

Clifford, a former teacher and principal with close-cropped grey hair, led the 12-week class at Horsepower, a nationally certified therapeutic riding program. Meeting once a week during the fall semester, the morning-long class paired UNCG students with Beyond Academics students.

During the second class, Bradley (in blue shirt) from Beyond Academics and his UNCG partner, Ai Kamei, worked with a brown and white horse named Tailor.

Bradley, shifting his weight anxiously from foot to foot, held the placid horse’s lead rope. “Walk on,” he said softly to the horse. Neither Bradley nor the horse took a step.

“You’re in charge,” Clifford coached Bradley. “You’re a leader. Walk where you want him to go and he’ll follow. Trust yourself and trust the horse. What are you going to do if you get nervous?”

“Deep breath,” Bradley replied. “Walk on,” he urged the horse, his voice a little louder. Ai encouraged Bradley.

“Walk on!” Bradley told the horse and together they walked forward.

“I like how you said that, Brad,” Clifford said. “Better and better. You’re going to be a cowboy.”

The Horsepower program wasn’t just about leadership and riding the horses. It was also about learning to care for them. Students mucked stalls and groomed the horses.

“They’re in there getting their hands dirty,” said Dr. Stephanie Kurtts, an associate professor in the Department of Specialized Education Services. “That’s very therapeutic. Caring for an animal teaches responsibility. It teaches accountability.”

The UNCG students are in Project RESTART, an effort Kurtts leads to recruit and support nontraditional adult students who are studying to become special education teachers. The U.S. Department of Education has backed Project RESTART with a four-year, $800,000 grant.

“Everyone is learning from one another,” Kurtts said of the Horsepower class. “The UNCG students and the Beyond Academics students are peers.”

The last day of the class was Dec. 9. Clifford congratulated the students on the courage they showed to go beyond their comfort zones. “Sometimes we need to go out and do a thing we’re not entirely comfortable with if it’s going to make our lives fuller.”

Bradley climbed atop the saddle. “Walk on!” he told his horse, Fantasia.

“So, you’re pretty relaxed up there?” asked Clifford.

“Yup,” Brad said with a contagious grin.

Taking a couple of slow laps around the arena, Bradley did look comfortable in the saddle. In fact, he looked a little bit like a cowboy.

Excellence Day’s Big Changes

032410Feature1_ExcellenceHow do you improve Excellence Day? How do you provide for the high level of recognition that award recipients deserve?

A work group of nine individuals led by Dr. Steve Roberson and Dr. Jerry Pubantz took a hard look last fall and presented their recommendations to Provost David H. Perrin. Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Perrin are implementing them.

The results: changes intended to make for a “grander celebration,” says Roberson.

Among the changes:

  • In the past, several events have been held on Excellence Day, which was held on Reading Day. This May, there will be only one on Reading Day: the Student Honors Convocation, for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Starting next academic year, the “excellence day” on Reading Day will no longer exist.
  • In August, the awards to faculty and staff that have typically been presented on Reading Day – such as the teaching and research excellence awards – will be presented at a ceremony after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address on Convocation Day.
  • In Spring 2011, the Friday of Reunion Weekend (April 8, 2011) will be a campuswide Student Excellence Day. Alumni, parents and members of the community will be able to enjoy showcase events around campus, as different departments, schools and groups each display students’ excellence. The Student Honors Convocation will be on Friday evening of Reunion Weekend.
  • Next spring, the Undergraduate Research Expo will be on that Friday, as well.

Visual: At last year’s Excellence Awards Convocation, Chancellor Brady presented Rose Smith-Marsh a Staff Excellence Award.

Looking ahead: March 24-30, 2010

Baseball vs. UNC Chapel Hill
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Elliott Lecture, “Femicide at our US Border …,” Barbara Martinez Jitner
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m.

Elliott Lectures continue, Dr. Linda Burton, Dr. Kim Blankenship and Chancellor Brady
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Thursday, March 25, 9 a.m.

Undergraduate Research Expo
Cone Ballroom, EUC, Thursday, March 25, 9 a.m.

Softball vs. NC State (doubleheader)
Softball Stadium, Thursday, March 25, 3 p.m.

Symposium, “Practical Steps toward Sustainability”
Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building, Friday, March 26, 1 p.m.

Lecture, “Understand Haiti: A View from Angele Theard, M.D.”
Maple Room, EUC, Monday, March 29, 11 a.m.

Lecture, “India Shining, India Suffering,” Dr. Neil DeVotta (WFU)
Weatherspoon Auditorium, Tuesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

‘Vernacularities’ Springs into Dance Theater March 26-27

032410EyeOnArts_FeathersThe influences on Loren Groenendaal’s MFA thesis concert, “Vernacularities,” range from ancient tradition to the latest technology. [Read more…]

Photos and Perspectives

032410Headline_StudyAbroadAbout 225 students go abroad on semester or full-year exchange programs in a given year. About 250 students go abroad on short-term or faculty-led programs.

You can get a glimpse at some of their experiences, at the small but engaging Study Abroad Photography Exhibition in EUC. Fourteen students exhibit one photograph each, presenting unique perspectives.

Darren Rayburn’s photograph (in visual) depicts an Earth Day event in Ayampe, Ecuador, in which children of the village danced. He was part of an international study abroad experience last summer led by Dr. David Cardenas.

Rayburn, a senior in Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, says the trip focused on sustainable tourism planning for Ayampe, located on the coast of Ecuador.

“Even though this was my first experience outside the United States, it has inspired me to want to travel to other countries in order to explore and learn more about other cultures. He added, “I would highly recommend UNCG students to study abroad. My experience wasabsolutely amazing as well as educational.”

Jenny Celin’s photo is of a woman and a young student in Ghana. “Twice a week, I went to a school to teach the students, ages five to eight, English and songs … The kids were a joy to my heart,” she wrote.

Laurene Callender studied in Mannheim, Germany. Her picture was taken in Paris, France, atop the Notre Dame cathedral, her first first time visiting. “I took over 200 pictures in Paris. It’s an incredibly interesting city,” she says. Her photo focuses on a gargoyle, surveying the city below.

A stop by the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center at 4:30 p.m. last Friday showed the photos exhibited on the wall to your left as you enter. A group of male African-American students in the Rites of Passage program were editing and previewing footage for an interactive presentation they’d make to high school students the next day at a local YMCA. Jeffrey Coleman (Multicultural Affairs) assisted them. When asked how the exhibition came about, he says, “One of our former GAs [graduate assistants] presented the idea of this exhibit to me and we followed up with Tom [Martinek].” Martinek is assistant director of Study Abroad and Exchange programs.

This is a “one-time thing,” Martinek says, adding that his program also sponsors a photography contest during International Education Week each November.

A visitor reads the first line of Martinek’s introduction at the small exhibition: “Study abroad provides students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and see things from a different perspective.”

The photos illustrate that point well.

More information is at studyabroad.uncg.edu. Martinek can be emailed at tjmarti2@uncg.edu.

ASL Idol Promises to be a Thriller

American Sign Language Idol is back for another season. And saluting the King of Pop. [Read more…]

Unleash the Poet in You

The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts invites all poets and poetry-lovers among the faculty and staff to help usher in Poetry Month by participating in UNCG’s second annual Open Mic Reading on Friday, March 26. [Read more…]

Sustainability Shorts

Documentary film entries for the Sustainability Shorts Film Competition will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film Series at the Weatherspoon. [Read more…]

Campus People – March 24, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. David M. Olson – Tiffany Bailey – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – Dr. Sheldon Balbirer [Read more…]

Search for Next Dean of School of Education

Dr. Dale Schunk will be stepping down as dean of the School of Education and returning as professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education. He has been dean since 2001, and will step down on Dec. 31.

Provost David. H. Perrin has appointed a search committee for the next School of Education dean. Dr. Clara M. Chu has agreed to chair the committee. A town hall meeting will be Wednesday, March 31. [Read more…]

SOAR 2010 Street Team Volunteers Needed

The Office of Orientation & Family Programs is looking for SOAR 2010 Street Team volunteers to help welcome new students and their families during the month of June. [Read more…]

Understanding Haiti

Want to know what’s going on in Haiti? As the event’s flyer says, “Ask the doctor.”

Angele Theard, MD, will present the lecture “Understanding Haiti” in Maple Room, EUC, on Monday, March 29. [Read more…]

Curriculum Enhancement with Research, Writing Skills

The workshop Curriculum Enhancement with Research and Writing Skills will be presented by the University Libraries and Writing Across the Curriculum.

This two-day workshop, June 9–10, is designed to help teaching faculty enhance their courses by integrating research and writing skills into class assignments. [Read more…]

Cultural and Diversity Health Care Issues

Explore issues relevant to health issues and problems of people from American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Montagnard cultures who live in the Triad area. [Read more…]

‘Freshman Summer Reading’ Needs Faculty Discussion Leaders

New partnerships and collaborations for the Freshman Summer Reading Project brings about new energy, excitement, and, larger than anticipated participation rates.  With nearly 600 freshmen participating in the program once designed for 100, the need for faculty discussion leaders has grown. [Read more…]

Notes – March 24, 2010

NotesIcon“We Are the Foundation” campus campaign Faculty and staff will receive pledge forms within days for the campus campaign, to help support the UNCG Staff Senate Scholarship, Employee Enrichment Fund, Emergency Loan Fund and/or UNCG Guarantee. One of the ways of giving will be by credit card at giveto.uncg.edu.

All-academic runners The men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic Team honors. The men’s team finished the fall semester with a 3.24 combined GPA and the women had a 3.09 during the first semester. For a team to be considered for the All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.

Jackson at Jackson A new exhibition is on display in the EUC/Library connector. It is titled “Walter Clinton Jackson and the History of Jackson Library.” It provides photographs and documents related to Chancellor Jackson as well as the construction of Jackson library between 1948-1950. It also documents how the library was eventual named in honor of Jackson in February 1960.

Budget Central A pdf of the General Fund Revenue Report & Economic Outlook, prepared by Dr. Barry Boardman, Fiscal Research Division, NC General Assembly, is at http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/MarchRevenueOutlook2010.pdf.

Truman finalist Andrea Schronce, a junior in Economics and Political Science, has been named a finalist in the 2010 Truman Scholarship competition. She is one of 176 finalists representing 122 colleges and universities. Schronce is developing WE CAN, a community partnership between UNCG, its students and local women entrepreneurs.

In memoriam Dr. David Mitchell (Sociology) died March 17. Dr. Mitchell had been a member of the faculty since 1971.

In New Yorker Did you read the feature on President Obama’s economic policies in the March 15 New Yorker magazine? The reporter quotes Dean Price. Price is a 1989 UNCG political science major, interested in sustainable and entrepreneurial approaches to becoming less dependent on foreign oil. He co-owns Red Birch Energy, which offers renewable fuels in Southern Virginia. Additionally, he has contacted with local farmers to grow canola beans and he built a refinery. Last August, he was invited by the White House to explain his vision of a country powered by locally grown biodeisel.

Collages at Weatherspoon

031710EyeOnArts_GallatinCollage plays a key role in modern and contemporary art. [Read more…]