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Archives for March 2010

Chalhoub-Deville Next Director of Ashby RC

031710NewsAndNotes_DevilleDr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville has accepted the position of director of Warren Ashby Residential College, effective Aug. 1. In this new joint appointment, she will retain some responsibilities in the Educational Research Methodology Department in the School of Education. She succeeds Dr. Fran Arndt, who is retiring after a long and productive association with the residential college. [Read more…]

Wind Ensemble’s New CD: ‘Fireworks!’

The UNCG Wind Ensemble’s 16th recording – and first compact disc on the Equilibrium label – has been released. It is titled “Fireworks!” [Read more…]

‘Women and Conflict’ at Elliott Lectures

031710Headline_JitnerBarbara Martinez Jitner posed as a factory worker in Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, to shine a light on the Mexican city’s poverty, sexual abuse and violence. Hundreds of girls and women have been killed since 1994, when NAFTA turned it into a boomtown.

Martinez Jitner, a filmmaker and human rights activist, will kick off the 2010 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series with a speech – “Femicide at Our U.S. Border: To Be a Woman in Juarez Is a Death Sentence” – at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in EUC Auditorium.

The series, “Women and Conflict,” is presented by the Department of Sociology and will continue 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 25, in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Speakers and their lectures are:

  • Dr. Linda Burton, Duke University Department of Sociology, “Journeys to the Altar: Intimate Unions and Childbearing among Low-Income Urban and Rural Mothers”
  • Dr. Kim Blakenship, Duke University Global Health Institute, “Inside and Out: Women, the ‘War on Drugs’ and HIV”
  • Chancellor Linda P. Brady, “Women and Conflict Resolution: The Right Skills for These Difficult Times.”

Raised by her grandmother, a Mexican immigrant, Martinez Jitner’s mission is to bring the untold stories of Latinas to both television and film. Her documentary about the violence on the U.S.-Mexico border, “La Frontera,” was released in 2007. She was an executive producer of “Bordertown,” a political thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, inspired by her story.

Martinez Jitner also is one of the first Latina executive producers of a primetime network television series. The Emmy-nominated “American Family” debuted in 2002 as the first Latino drama on broadcast television. Of the show’s first 22 episodes, she wrote 10, including the critically acclaimed premiere, and directed seven.

The lecture series is named for Harriet Wiseman Elliott, a pioneer in the women’s rights movement and the namesake of Elliott University Center. She taught political science from 1913 until 1935 and served as dean of women from 1935 until her death in 1947. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called her to Washington in 1940 to serve on the National Advisory Defense Commission.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 4-5609 or visit www.uncg.edu/aas/lectureseries/index.html.

‘Re:Forms’ MFA Concert Presents Dance Fusion

As the capstone to her MFA, Amanda Diorio has designed a concert, “Re:Forms,” that fuses jazz, contemporary and hip-hop styles. With a cast of 45 from all walks of life, it also blends the different elements of the North Carolina dance community. [Read more…]

Wet Fundraiser for Special Olympics

031710NewsAndNotes_FountainFirst one over the raging rapids wins.

A fundraiser for the Special Olympics will be held April 30 at 1 p.m. The campus’ Police Department is hosting the event. All campus groups and departments, including faculty, staff and students, are welcome to enter the fun event.

Teams will build a boat per these specs: No more than 8 inches wide x 18 inches long; and not less than 6 inches wide x 10 inches long.

Boats will be placed into the fountain’s waters. The first boat to plunge into the lower level of water will be the winner.

Of course, as Officer Drew Whitaker notes, the real winner will be Special Olympics.

Each entry is $50. The boats will be launched at the fountain at 1 p.m. on April 30. There will be pizza and music with a live DJ.
The entry deadline is April 25.

There is no practice for any teams, Whitaker notes, “however we do encourage teams to inspect the fountain’s waters.”

For questions and entry, contact Sgt. Armburger or Whitaker at 4-5963.

See/Hear – March 17, 2010

At the clock at high noon? That seems like the perfect place for friends to meet.

See a great noontime photo and lots of others from around campus. [Read more…]

Stepping Out

031710NewsAndNotes_StepsSpartan Steps, a healthy initiative/competition sponsored by Human Resource Services, is underway. [Read more…]

Notes – March 17, 2010

NotesIconLeadership programs Applications for the 2010-11 Leadership Programs sponsored by Chancellor Brady are due by March 22. Click here or contact the Chancellor’s Office at 4-5266 for more information. Application materials should be submitted to the Leadership Programs Committee, Office of the Chancellor, 303 Mossman Building.

Calling all BRIDGES participants If you are a BRIDGES graduate, you understand and value the academic leadership program for women in NC higher education. UNCG is starting a BRIDGES listserv. The goal is to serve past participants now at UNCG by further improving their communication, networking and recruitment. Participants are especially interested in hearing from you if you went through BRIDGES while working at another university or if you applied on your own rather than through the UNCG process. (See above.) The listserv is a great idea according to BRIDGES alumnae Celia Hooper, dean of the School of Health and Human Performance, and Laura Chesak, incoming interim associate dean of the Graduate School. Adds Hooper: “I met a group of women who will likely supply lifetime career support. There were eight of us in my year who were interim in their positions and we formed ‘the interim club.’ I still keep in touch with many of them and we have helped each other. This was inspiring and career enhancing!” To participate in the listserv, email your contact information to BRIDGES alumna Stephanie Cole, capital campaign director in University Advancement, at sbcole@uncg.edu.

Chinese students A group of 10 UNCG international students from China attended a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, accompanied by Michael Elliott (International Programs Center). The reception was for students and scholars from China. They met Perdue and the state’s Secretary of Commerce.

Campus Rec service-learning project Dr. Heather Sanderson, Sarah McCollum and Campus Recreation group exercise instructors and personal trainers presented lifelong physical activity classes to 60 Smith High School students on Feb. 26. The Smith students experienced group fitness including fitness dance, boot camp and yoga.

Eating locally The Staff Senate sponsored brown bag lunch series continues with a discussion on “Nutrition From the Ground Up: Getting Back to the Basics.” Dr. Anne-Marie Scott (Nutrition) will discuss the various dynamics of eating locally with regards to sustainability. She will explore the many positive outcomes that are associated with eating locally. It will be Thursday, March 18, from noon to 1 p.m., Bryan School, Room 416. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Reservations are required. Visit https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops (look for Staff Senate Brown Bag Seminars).

Balancing work and family life Running March 18 through April 8, the second annual Balancing Work and Family Life seminar series will include four, one-hour seminars on various topics related to balancing work and family life. It is sponsored by Human Resource Services and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. Registration for seminar attendance is available here. Questions may be directed to Jason Morris or Dr. Kerrie Kardatzke.

Telerehabilitation David Brennan, a senior research engineer at National Rehabilitation Hospital, has worked on interactive computer-based tools for delivering telerehabilitation interventions. On Friday, March 19, at 9 a.m. in Room 325, Ferguson Building, he will lecture, exploring the application of telerehabilitation to assist individuals unable to access rehabilitation services.

Census counts Lynda Kellam (University Libraries) has a brief podcast titled “Why Should I Care About the Census 2010.”  There is also a web page about the census.

Geography talk rescheduled for Friday Dr. Lee Schwartz, geographer of the Department of State and the director of its Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was originally scheduled to speak in early February. It was canceled due to weather. The talk will take place Friday, March 19, 4 p.m., 109 Graham. He has directed research on complex humanitarian emergencies and coordinated fieldwork in the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

Opera on Catfish Row

031710Feature1_Porgy“Porgy and Bess,” the classic George Gershwin opera that introduced “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So” into the American songbook, will be performed at Aycock Auditorium Sunday, March 21.

The 3 p.m. matinee, part of a national tour marking the 75th anniversary of the work, is the fourth performance of the 2009-2010 University Concert & Lecture Series. Tickets for the event are $28-35 and are available at 4-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu.

Set along “Catfish Row” in segregated Charleston, S.C., the opera details the relationship between Porgy, a street beggar, and Bess, a prostitute. Written and performed in English, the folk opera is beloved for its memorable characters and enduring songs. In addition to “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” the opera also includes the famous songs “I Got Plenty of Nuttin’,” “I Loves You, Porgy” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.”

This production of “Porgy and Bess” is produced by Michael Capasso, general manager of New York’s Dicapo Opera Theatre. The production also includes talent with local ties. Philip Boykin, who plays the role of “Crown,” and Peter MacBeth, the show’s technical director, are both graduates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

After this performance, one show remains in the UCLS season. Moscow Festival Ballet presents “Coppelia” on Wednesday, April 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale.

For more information, visit ucls.uncg.edu.

Disque Will Retire

031710Feature2_DisqueDr. Carol S. Disque will retire June 30 after 14 years as UNCG’s vice chancellor for student affairs.

Disque’s responsibilities at UNCG include oversight of Campus Recreation, Housing and Residence Life, Career Services and Student Health.

Dr. Cheryl (Cherry) M. Callahan, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, will serve as interim vice chancellor for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Disque credits her staff for the positive changes she implemented during her tenure. Enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent, and the student body has become increasingly diverse in race and age, she says.

“We have worked institutionally and in student affairs to become more student-centered, more learner-centered, more multi-culturally competent, and to respond to enrollment growth. The accomplishments that occurred during my time as vice chancellor for student affairs reflect the efforts of a dedicated and very talented student affairs staff, along with many faculty and staff across the whole university. What I am most proud of is the energy and endless creativity of the staff members who work in Student Affairs — not only those who provide administrative leadership and counseling/ programming for students, but also those in web/technology, and assessment/evaluation, and fundraising, and building maintenance, and support roles that help student affairs functions make this university a positive and powerful experience for students.”

Callahan is equally complimentary of Disque as a leader.

“Over her fourteen years of service to UNCG, Carol has enabled and supported her staff in creating new programs and opportunities for students,” Callahan says. “She has always been a cheerleader for her staff and the work that they do. She has also been a strong advocate for students. Those students with whom she has interacted look to Carol with great respect and admiration and they will miss her.

Under Carol’s leadership, the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning – an award winning office – was created and outstanding programs developed,” Callahan notes. “Students have participated in a multitude of local and national community service projects bringing relief to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated area as well as meeting local needs through many community agencies. Most recently, Carol led a comprehensive review of our housing system and developed a strategic plan that will double our current housing inventory. This plan will create new opportunities for student engagement and increase connections across generations of students.”

Disque worked at Ohio University from 1979-1989, serving as director of career planning and placement and as assistant professor of educational leadership. She was dean of students at the College of William and Mary from 1990-1996 before she was hired to fill the UNCG vice chancellor position vacated by the retiring James H. Allen.

Her move to UNCG signaled a homecoming for Disque, who lived in Jamestown as a teenager and graduated from Ragsdale High School. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and from 1976-79 was director of placement and career development at Wake Forest University.

As an undergraduate at Duke, Disque majored in English and psychology. She holds an MEd in counselor education and a PhD in education from the University of Virginia.

Under Disque’s leadership several new programs emerged, including the Student Employment Office; several living learning communities including Grogan College, LEAD, and Make a Difference House; the Office for Adult Students; the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning; Team QUEST; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Dean of Students Office; Campus Activities and Programs Office; Parent and Family Programs; and UNCG Cares.

Improvements to facilities under the stewardship of Student Affairs have included the Aycock Auditorium renovation; Elliott University Center renovation and expansion; the Library-EUC Connector, Gove Health Center renovation and expansion; outdoor recreation improvements including the Recreation Field, outdoor trail and courts, Piney Lake and Team QUEST facilities. Millions of dollars in repair and improvement projects have been invested to improve the safety and functionality of the residence halls, such as card key access, fire sprinkler systems and wired/wireless information technology access. New construction has included the Spring Garden Apartments, a 400-student residence hall, and planning is underway for a new indoor recreation center.

“Vice Chancellor Disque has led the Division of Student Affairs during a period of significant growth in student numbers and diversity,” says Provost David H. Perrin. “UNCG’s reputation as a student-centered university is in no small part a result of Carol’s dedicated and tireless leadership. She has overseen the creation of several nationally acclaimed programs and improvement to many of our facilities. We will miss Carol’s expertise and leadership.”

The Five Spot

031710FiveSpot_VaughanDavid Vaughan is assistant vice chancellor for academic resources in the Division of Academic Affairs. Vaughan retires at the end of April, after 31 years’ service in the UNC system. He wasn’t always at UNCG. “I have worked on three UNC campuses – first, at UNC Chapel Hill, in the School of Social Work, then at East Carolina University, where I was the first full-time Budget Office staff member.” He came to UNCG in 1987. [Read more…]

Campus People – March 17, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell – Dr. Tara T. Green – Steve Delaney – Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez – Dr. Joan M. Jones-Mathews [Read more…]

Looking ahead: March 17-24, 2010

Faculty Senate forum, on Gen Ed goal and P&T changes
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Wednesday, March 17, 3 p.m.

Film, “The Cup,” part of Asian Film Festival, discussion led by Dr. Susan Walcott
Room 100, Ferguson Building, 6:30 p.m.

Women’s tennis vs. Gardner-Webb and Men’s tennis vs. Coastal Carolina
Tennis courts, Thursday, March 18, women begin at 2 p.m., men begin at 3 p.m.

Film, “Rocaterrania,” by Brett Ingram
Weatherspoon, Thursday, Mach 18, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. College of Charleston
Baseball stadium, Friday, March 19, 7 p.m. (free on Fridays)

Dance, MFA Thesis Concert, Amanda Diorio
Dance Theatre, Saturday, March 20, 8 p.m.

UCLS performance, “Porgy and Bess”
Aycock Auditorium, Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m.

Talk, “Personal Politics and History,” Sudie Duncan Sides, class of 1961
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Monday, March 22, 4 p.m.

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

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Wrestling Pins Down its First Ever SoCon Title

031710NewsAndNotes_WrestlingUNCG claimed its first-ever Southern Conference Championship in wrestling and three individuals qualified for the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

141-pounder Ivan Lopouchanski, 165-pounder Victor Hojilla and 174-pounder Byron Sigmon all won individual titles at their respective weight classes in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Andrew Saunders will also join those three teammates at this week’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb. after earning one of 50 at-large bids, David Percival (Athletics) notes.

Hojilla also came away with Most Outstanding Wrestler honors, while Coach Jason Loukides was honored as the SoCon Coach of the Year.

UNCG claimed the team championship by putting five wrestlers in the finals and three coming home with third-place finishes to score 81.5 points. The Citadel came in second with 74 points and Appalachian State was third with 71.5 points. Five-time defending SoCon Tournament champion Chattanooga finished in a distant fourth with 43 points followed by VMI and Davidson with 37 and 21 points, respectively.

Sustainability Symposium March 26

The Department of Biology has organized an afternoon symposium – Practical Steps toward Sustainability – for 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Sullivan Science Building. [Read more…]

Neuroscientist Speaks on ‘Animal Models, Human Reality’

031710NewsAndNotes_PreussNeuroscientist Dr. Todd Preuss, a three-time Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver a lecture – “Animal Models and Human Reality” – 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 19, in the Sullivan Science Building. [Read more…]

Breakfast at Woolworth’s – a Women’s History Month Forum

In observance of Women’s History Month, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in the Woolworth Building on Elm Street will host a series of activities that celebrate outstanding women in the Triad and our state.

One will be a breakfast forum, on Thursday, March 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the facility’s 172-seat auditorium. Panelists will include Dr. Linda P. Brady, chancellor; Rebecca Mann, president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Organization of Women; Julie Lapham, commissioner, The Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women; Katie Wangelin, director of programs, Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro; and Deena Hayes, member, Guilford County Board of Education. The public is invited. There is a charge.

A $6 activity fee includes a continental breakfast. Groups of 10 will be offered a $1 discount on each ticket.

For information, call 274-9199 or email info@sitinmovement.org.

Promoting Health of Older Immigrants

The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) is recruiting 20 AmeriCorps members to improve health care for immigrant and refugee seniors in Greensboro. [Read more…]

‘Library Express’ Streamlines Research

For decades the research and academic libraries across the UNC system have leveraged their collections and those of other research libraries in the region to reduce costs and make the greatest range of materials available to faculty and students. Now, with one easy system on the web, patrons can search the library catalog of all 17 institutions in the system and have the materials they need delivered in days. [Read more…]

The Five Spot

030310FiveSpot_CarterBetty Carter joined UNCG in 1974 as the first archivist on the library’s staff. She has been the University Archivist since 1997. When she retires in May, a lot of historical knowledge will go with her. She enjoys walking on campus. “I always go by the Foust Building on Oct. 5,” she says, the date this institution officially opened in 1892. “I figure if Charles McIver’s ghost exists, it will be there on that date!” [Read more…]

Swamped: Wiley Outwits ‘The Hairy Man’

030310EyeOnArts_WileyCan a young boy from the Alabama swamps muster the wit and courage to overcome his personal demon? Find out in the North Carolina Theatre for Young People’s (NCTYP) latest production, “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” [Read more…]

‘Films on Demand’ in Demand

030310NewsAndNotes_FilmsA humanities professor wants to show a clip of a film. Some possible options? The professor could locate a dvd. Or perhaps consider YouTube.

There’s a new way. “Films on Demand” offers 46,000 online excepts from films in the humanities and the social sciences.

“Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard and used for online or hybrid classes,” said Nanny Foster, the Teaching and Learning Center’s coordinator of media services. “It makes possible in-class projection without having to have the dvd in hand.

There is also the option of faculty using clips from titles. These are well indexed and inclue 46,000 choices. Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard.

UNCG began offering the service in mid-February. No other Triad institutions offer it. Duke and UNC Chapel Hill began offering it a few weeks earlier.

The number of films offered may be expanded in the future to cover the other disciplines and areas, depending on how popular the service proves to be.

In addition, “It means 24/7 access for students with computer and internet connections,” she said.

Staff members may view the films as well. No password is needed on campus, Foster says. She adds that off campus, you’d need to enter your Novel username and password.

To access the service and the data base of films, visit the University Libraries’ Databases By Title web page,  then click F. You will then be at the “F page” – http://library.uncg.edu/dbs/dbs-byletter.asp?showdbs=F. Click Films on Demand.

Some benefits:

For Students:

  • Independent viewing outside of class can support review of material presented in class.
  • Viewing of supplemental materials can also be facilitated.
  • Access to titles is 24/7.
  • List of “favorites” similar to internet use can be maintained for future reference.
  • For “YouTube” generation, this method of delivery supports alternative learning styles. This alternative delivery of information can reach students for whom more traditional instruction has been less successful.
  • Ability to research and edit clips supports active learning.

For Faculty:

  • In addition to assessing appropriateness of titles for content and audience, this level of access makes integration into the curriculum more productive.
  • Supporting materials such as study guides and discussion threads and study questions can be more effectively designed.
  • Titles can be projected on existing teaching stations in face to face instruction.
  • Integration into Blackboard is supported making this a very viable choice for online classes.
  • An online reference list of titles used in class can be maintained for future reference and planning.
  • Editing of clips and portions of programs can provide focus on salient points and issues.
  • Clips can be edited to enrich class presentations.
  • Time constraints of using a complete program in class can be reduced and allow greater time in class for supporting discussion.
  • Student viewing of supplemental titles becomes more viable option.
  • Includes titles from a broad range of subject areas.
  • Will support interdisciplinary approach to topics and issues.

Have questions? The best first contact is Nanny Foster.

Notes – March 3, 2010

NotesIconRAMSeS workshop Another RAMSeS workshop will be held Thursday March 11, 2-4 p.m. in Room 2711, MHRA Building. The Office of Research and Economic Development in conjunction with the Office of Sponsored Programs will sponsor the workshop. Details are here.

Archaeology talks The North Carolina Council of Archaeologists will hold a series of meetings in the Sullivan Building, Room 201, Saturday, March 13, from 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Speakers’ topics are related to current research on North Carolina archaeology, both prehistoric and historic. Fore details, email lfstine@uncg.edu.

No CW next week CW will not publish March 3, due to spring break. CW will next publish on March 17. The deadline for that issue is end of day Wednesday, March 10.

Community service honor roll UNCG has been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth straight year. Launched in 2006, it recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. Honorees were selected based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. Over 700 schools nationwide were listed on the honor roll for their community service activities during the 2008-09 academic year. Forty North Carolina institutions were named.

Campus safety UNCG will receive the NASPA – Campus Safety Knowledge Community Best Practices in Campus Safety – Collaboration with External Agencies; Gold Designation for exemplary collaboration between local law  enforcement and campus community responders and role players during the active shooter drill. It will be awarded during the NASPA What More Can We Do? Building the New Legacy of Campus Safety pre-conference program, March 7.

Spartan Steps The campus-wide Spartan Steps fun fitness competition has generated a lot of interest. HRS has posted this information online. CW hopes to have more information in a future issue.

Lanes closed Spring Garden southbound, between Aycock and Tate, will be closed March 8-11 for spring landscaping maintenance along the roadway.

The Last Home Game

030310NewsAndNotes_BasketballThe men’s basketball team won their regular season finale in the Coliseum Monday night. The win puts them at fourth seed in their SoCon division for the SoCon tournament this weekend in Charlotte. [Read more…]

In Support of Black Men

030310Feature2_RitesofPassageJeffrey Coleman, assistant director of multicultural affairs, took a hard look at the data and decided to do something: Of 72 black men who enrolled at UNCG in 2003, only 19.4 percent graduated within four years and 45.8 percent graduated within six years.

So Coleman went straight to the source – the students. What are your goals for college, he asked them, and what barriers distract you from those goals?

Wanting to improve retention rates and achievement for black men at UNCG, Coleman last year launched Rites of Passage. The program helps black men reach their goals despite distractions caused by negative stereotyping, sexuality issues, unhealthy love relationships, balancing work with school and other problems.

“I thought if they could get a better handle on these outside challenges, they could focus more attention on being successful,” Coleman said. “We need to create an environment where they feel supported.”

Rites of Passage encourages success through service-learning and educational workshops. This year, students can choose to mentor black male high school students for the academic year or spend a semester volunteering at the Servant Center of Greensboro, which provides transitional housing for disabled veterans and homeless men.

Students also attend monthly workshops on topics such as sexuality, managing emotions, alcohol and drug abuse, preparing for the job market and black love relationships. They are strongly encouraged to attend at least four workshops per year.

The most recent workshop, held Feb. 9 in advance of Valentine’s Day, focused on romantic relationships. Dr. Ebony Utley, professor of communications at California State University, and Dr. C.P. Gause, associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, led a discussion, question and answer session and coaching session. The discussion centered on both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

Black women at UNCG graduate at a much higher rate than black men, Coleman found. Of 331 women who enrolled in 2003, 32.3 percent graduated within four years and 55 percent graduated within six years.

“African-American females are the example,” Coleman said. “Their graduation rates are good, and retention is great. Black males are dealing with a lot of stereotypes of them as African American males. They say they feel they are perceived as unsuccessful, that they don’t feel encouraged to overachieve.”

So far, 57 men have participated in Rites of Passage. Nick Foggie, a freshman majoring in history education, said the program has provided a networking opportunity, putting him in touch with other black men on campus, and a chance to mentor young men still in high school.

“The mentoring program is really rewarding,” Nick said. “It’s a wonderful experience to be able to give back to the community.”

Visual: Dr. C.P. Gause speaks at a recent Rites of Passage workshop, on relationships.

The Artful Entrepreneur

030310Headline_EntrepreneurshipArtists may be trained as writers, actors, photographers, singers, musicians or playwrights. But in order to succeed in those worlds, they often have to take on another title: entrepreneur.

UNCG’s North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center will hold the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference Saturday, March 27, to help artists learn how to make a living from their passion.

“This is about having artists work full time on their art and not have to supplement with outside employment,” said Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center. “The conference is intended to assist artists in going from survival to success with hands-on tools they can implement the next day.

The conference in Elliott University Center will feature a full day of entrepreneurial training from top business, legal and artistic minds spanning the literary, performing and visual arts. Topics for the conference include “They Didn’t Teach Bookkeeping in Ballet,” “How to Start a Theatre Company,” “Connecting the Dots: How to Build a Brand” and “Finance for Artists.”

Guest speakers will include William Mangum, owner of William Mangum Fine Art Gallery; sculptor Jim Gallucci; composer Steve Haines; Falcon, a senior partner with NyghtFalcon Photography; and Richard Whittington & Preston Lane, the managing director and artistic director, respectively, of Triad Stage.

Conference registration for the general public is $45 before March 12, $60 after March 12. Student registration is $25 before March 12, $35 after March 12. Registration costs include all sessions, meals and a reception. Registration is available online at entrepreneur.uncg.edu.

For more information on the conference, visit entrepreneur.uncg.edu or call 6-8650.

Visual developed exclusively for conference is courtesy Malcolm Outland.

OLSL’s Spring Break Relief Trips

Interested in spending part of your Spring Break helping those in another community? Consider joining the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning as a learning partner for a Spring Break Service Relief Trip to Biloxi, Miss., March 7–13.

Learning partners are responsible for:

  • Serving as a resource to trip coordinators
  • Engaging in shared decision making with student trip leaders to ensure the safety and well being of the participants
  • Working with student leaders to address any concerns which may arise
  • Acting as the university representative in case of emergency
  • Providing advice and support to student leaders when needed
  • Representing the “OLSL way” of servant leadership.

For more information visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/service/relieftrips/news/. For additional information or questions contact Joseph Frey at jjfrey@uncg.edu or Emily Kamischke at emkamisc@uncg.edu.

Announcements – March 3, 2010

Staff Senate Chair Kevin Bullard has a note for all staff members:

Dear Staff Colleague:

The time for Staff Senate elections is upon us again, and you have an opportunity to get involved in what the Senate is accomplishing on campus.

The Staff Senate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro exists to contribute to the overall success of the university, to enhance the welfare of the staff, and to the advance an affirming and supportive work environment. Along with the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association, the Staff Senate operates as a critical part of the universityʼs shared governance system to provide a forum for open communication among staff and between staff and administration.

The Senate has eight committees that contribute to the advancement of staff, and senators serve on the committee of their choice:
• Bylaws
• Communication
• Campus Community Well-Being
• Budget & Compensation
• Elections
• Professional & Personal Development
• Employee Recognition
• Service

Our work is critical to the welfare of staff, and we are always eager to have determined and energetic leaders join our mission.

I encourage you to visit our site to learn more about the Senate or contact me personally, at kbullard@uncg.edu or 790-8642.

Thank you for your contribution of talent and time to UNCG. Your efforts help make the university a great place to work.

Looking ahead: March 3-17, 2010

Faculty Senate meeting
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Wednesday, March 3, 3 p.m.

Faculty Senate forum, on general education goal and P&T changes
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Wednesday, March 3, 3 p.m.

Lecture, “Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended,” Dr. Heather Williams
Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room, Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m.

Baseball vs. Army
Baseball stadium, Friday, March 5, 4 p.m. (free admission on Fridays)

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour of “Existed: Leonardo Drew”
Weatherspoon, Tuesday, March 9, noon.

Staff Senate meeting
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Thursday, March 11, 10 a.m.

Softball vs. Georgia Southern (doubleheader)
Softball stadium, Saturday, March 13, 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Harvard
Baseball stadium, Wednesday, March 17, 6 p.m.

Lecture, “Scratched in Stone: The Isis Temple Graffiti Project,” Dr. Jitse Dijkstra (Ottawa)
Room 101, Sullivan Science Building, Wednesday, March 17, 8 p.m.

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Giving Those Trees a Hug

030310Feature1_TreeCampusOur university loves our trees. So does the Arbor Day Foundation.

It honored UNCG as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

UNCG is the fourth college or university in North Carolina to receive this distinction – and the first in the UNC system.

“Our UNCG Peabody Park Preservation Committee is delighted,” said Elizabeth Lacey, committee chair. One of the committee’s recent projects was planting trees along the eastern edge of Peabody Park, near the McIver Parking deck. “The award honors all the students, faculty and staff who have volunteered their time to help maintain a beautiful and diverse environment on campus.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady noted that it was a  “great honor” for UNCG to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA University. “We are grateful to the many faculty, students and staff that have worked through the years in the planning, design, maintenance and management of the university’s grounds and forest resources and in engaging our community in our conservation efforts,” she said. “UNCG’s environmental commitment and leadership are acknowledged in being the first institution in the University of North Carolina System to receive this recognition.”

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

“The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The university will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Greensboro.”

UNCG met the required five standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

“The staff of the Facilities Grounds department takes tremendous pride in the care of the landscape and trees so that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of the campus as much as the current campus community does,” said Chris Fay (Grounds).

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

Campus People – March 3, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Mike Tarrant – Steve Gilliam – Steve Moore – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Jessica Kaczorowsk – Dean Rosann Bazirjian [Read more…]

A Student Believed to Have Active Tuberculosis

Late in the week of Feb. 14, clinicians in Student Health Services diagnosed a student with signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis (TB). [Read more…]

‘Rocaterrania’ screening March 18

030310EyeOnArts_RocaterraniaThe film “Rocaterrania” will be screened Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon. [Read more…]

2011 Holiday Schedule

The 2011 holiday schedule, approved by Chancellor Brady, has been released by Human Resource Services:

New Year’s Day – Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Martin L. King’s Birthday – Monday, Jan. 17, 2011

Spring Holiday – Friday, April 22, 2011

Independence Day – Monday, July 4, 2011

Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday – Thursday, Friday, Nov. 24 -25, 2011

Winter Holiday – Monday through Thursday, Dec. 26, 27*, 28, 29, 2011

The university will be closed Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.

Regarding the scheduled holidays for the year 2011:

  • Due to Jan. 1, 2011 falling on a Saturday, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 will be observed as the New Year’s Holiday.
  • Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the one day the university is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval.
  • Employees may wish to use vacation time to attend religious services on days other than scheduled holidays. Department heads are strongly encouraged to accommodate such requests by arranging employees’ work schedules so that they may use vacation time for religious observances. Only in cases of business necessity or emergency should leave requests for religious reasons be denied.
  • Employees who are required to work on scheduled holidays shall be given, in addition to their regular salary, premium pay equal to one-half of their regular straight time rate for hours on these days, and shall be given equivalent time off on a date approved by the department head.
  • Permanent part-time employees receive holidays on a prorated basis. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid holidays. Please direct any questions you may have regarding holiday leave to Kathy Watford in the Employee Services Department of HRS, extension 4-5009.

*GS126-4(5) Requires the university to note what day is observed in lieu of Veteran’s Day; Dec. 27 is that day.

More Art after Dark

030310NewsAndNotes_Freeman2The next Art After Dark offering will be Thursday, March 11, 6:30-8 p.m. Nathan Ross Freeman will lead the session titled “Creative Writing: Sight to Sound” [Read more…]