UNCG Campus Weekly

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Notes: May 26, 2010

NotesIconResidence hall groundbreaking June 4 UNCG breaks ground Friday, June 4, at 9 a.m. for a 170,000-square-foot, $30 million residence hall, the first “green” residence hall on campus. The new building will stand at the corner of Spring Garden Garden and Kenilworth streets. The new hall, expected to open in August 2011, will hold 400 students, compensating for the loss of bed space as UNCG renovates the seven 1920s Classical Revival halls that make up the Quad. The Quad renovation begins in May 2011. The new hall will be a suite-style facility, and will be a living-learning community in the tradition of the university’s Ashby Residential College, North Carolina’s oldest residential college. It will feature classroom and seminar space as well as office space for faculty. Other amenities will include retail space on the ground floor and wireless service in rooms. The facility is being built by the Capital Facilities Foundation, a component of UNCG that assists the university with acquiring, developing and managing properties. Pearce Brinkley Cease and Lee in association with Ayers/Saint/Gross designed the new residence hall. Barton Malow/Samet/SRS will manage construction.

Demystifying electronic medical records Medical practices and doctors considering the adoption of electronic medical records in their offices will be able to hear the pros and cons of the transition from those who have taken the plunge at the first Electronic Medical Record Implementation Conference Thursday, May 27. The event is sponsored by the McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management in the Bryan School. “Health care information technology is a big issue as health care costs keep growing in the U.S. with no end in sight,” said Dr. Prashant Palvia, director of the McDowell Research Center. “President Obama has made it a priority to introduce health care technology, so there’s a lot of federal funding available.” The keynote will be given by Dr. Hadley Callaway, past president of the N.C. Medical Society and a member of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Health Information Technology Taskforce. He’ll speak on “Unexpected Consequences of HIE (Health Information Exchange) on Medical Practice.” Registration for the conference starts at $30 for students with valid ID, $120 for a professional. For details, visit http://emrc.uncg.edu.

At a theater near you If you’ve seen a movie in a local cimema in the past few weeks, you may have seen an ad for UNCG’s online programs and recognized several familiar places. The Division of Continual Learning’s video team had a variety of great locations on our own campus. And the actors? Nearly everyone is a UNCG employee or the child of one. Things to look and listen for when watching the spot: Matthew Fisher and daughter Juliet examining a globe in the Music Building’s garden; Student Health nurse Kristen Hudy, carrying a tray in the Gove Student Health Center; six-year-old Leo Solér, son of Michelle Solér, hurrying out of Curry 205; Trina Gabriel DCL) making a presentation while John Mortenson, Eliana Alcivar, Erin Heston, Cati Munoz and Chris Dunst pay careful attention in 268 Stone Building; The voiceover of Jim Wren (Theatre). Preview the spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHr3LEg6Ug8

Perfect APR scores Two UNCG athletic programs have received recognition for perfect Academic Progress Report (APR) scores. The women’s golf and women’s basketball programs received awards from the NCAA for having a perfect 1,000 APR scores for the period of four academic years from 2005-2009. The women’s basketball program received the award for the third consecutive year, having reached a perfect APR now for six consecutive academic years.The women’s basketball squad was one of 43 in Division I to be honored, while the women’s golf program was one of 62 in its sport to be honored. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. UNCG was one of 144 institutions with multiple teams receiving a Public Recognition Award.

Weight Watchers at Work The program is currently in its third 17-week session with an average of 30 faculty and staff (combined) members in each session. Since June 2009, participants have an overall weight loss of 1072 pounds. That’s about half a ton. Interested participants may join the current session by attending one of the regularly scheduled meetings, Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., typically in the HR training room, Bryan 113 (location may differ occasionally). Each participant is also provided “e-tools” from Weight Watchers to assist in their weightloss goals. For more information about the WW@W program, call Jason Morris or Elizabeth L’Eplattenier in HRS, 4-5009.

Undergrad research yields an NSF graduate fellowship Meghan Fitzgerald’s undergraduate research earned her a nickname, “the dung beetle girl.” She’s not crazy about that. But the two years she spent studying the beetles also helped earn her a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), support normally awarded to students already in graduate school. Meghan, who graduated earilier this month, plans to pursue graduate study in biology at the University of Wisconsin. Her primary undergraduate project, itself part of an NSF program to promote interdisciplinary research, applied game theory to the competition for resources, specifically brood balls, among bull headed dung beetles. Painstakingly made, jealously guarded and frequently stolen, brood balls are where the beetles lay their eggs. Meghan has presented her research at 18 conferences and co-authored three published papers (two more are written and will also be submitted to journals). Dr. Jan Rychtar, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Mary Crowe, director of undergraduate research, served as her mentors on campus.

Readmission for former UNCG students Any undergraduate degree-seeking UNCG student who leaves or does not attend UNCG during a fall or spring term (summer not included) must reapply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who withdraw or have their schedules cancelled and not reinstated at any point in the term also must reapply. In order to reapply, students file a former student application through SpartanLink (spartanlink.uncg.edu). Students may also pick up a paper application at the Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitor Center. Those who have graduated from UNCG and are returning to pursue a second degree should file a second degree application. Those who are international students studying on a visa must reapply through the International Programs Center. Former students who have taken coursework since leaving UNCG must apply by August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, May 1 for first summer session, or June 1 for second summer session. Official transcripts from all schools attended since leaving UNCG are required. Students must earn an overall and transferable 2.0 GPA on coursework taken since leaving. Former students who have NOT taken coursework since leaving UNCG are eligible to reapply by May 5 for first summer session, June 10 for second summer session, August 6 for fall, or December 15 for spring. If the Office of Undergraduate Admissions finds it necessary to collect additional information to review a file, and there is not reasonable time to collect this information, the applicant may have to apply for the next term. To ensure proper time for advising, registration, payment arrangements, etc., applications are not processed after the posted deadlines. Students who have questions regarding the readmission process may contact an admissions counselor via phone at 4-5243 or via e-mail at admissions@uncg.edu.Questions? Email hwazzu@uncg.edu.

Your middle schooler doesn’t have a cell phone yet? Read on. Two doctoral students, Bethany Blair and Mili Fernández, have received Fulbright scholarships to spend a year studying abroad in Finland and Spain, respectively. A student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Blair will travel to the University of Turku, located about an hour from Helsinki. She will be researching adolescents’ relationships with their friends and parents and their use of cell phones, email and social networking web sites. Working with her advisor, Dr. Anne Fletcher, Blair has researched the meaning of cell phones for seventh-graders. They found that acquiring a cell phone has become a new rite of passage. An article about their study will appear in the Journal of Adolescent Research. Fernández, a native of Cazenovia, N.Y, and a student of violin performance in the School of Music, plans to learn Spanish violin music from the early 20th century through the present that is virtually unknown in the U.S. In Madrid, she will study with the accomplished violinist and professor of music Agustín León Ara. She heard the music that she will study, and met Ara, during Música en Compostela, an international music festival held each August in Santiago de Compostela, a city in northwest Spain. Awarded scholarships to attend in 2008 and 2009, she won the festival’s Andrés Segovia Violin Prize in 2009. Fourteen UNCG students have received Fulbrights in the past 12 years. Dr. Sarah Krive (Lloyd International Honors College) mentors students for these prestigious awards.

SACS Fifth Year Interim Report UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In the past, the reaffirmation of reaccreditation process took place every ten years, but now participating institutions are required to submit a fifth year interim report. A dedicated committee completed and submitted this report to SACSCOC in advance of the March 15, 2010, deadline. UNCG is anticipating a response to this report sometime this summer. In keeping with the university’s commitment to the value of transparency, the SACSCOC Fifth Year Interim Report is available for public viewing at http://uncg.compliance-assist.com.

Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 45 new members Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely known of collegiate honorary societies. In 2006, the national society named Epsilon chapter the nation’s most outstanding chapter at a public university. UNCG’s induction ceremony was April 20. New members are: Sabrina Lynn Epps, psychology; Henry O. Hilston, art history/Russian studies, Allison O’Leary, psychology; Andrea Jane Schronce, economics/political science, Taylor Ryan MacPherson, sociology; Jessica Dianne Stone, Spanish, Gina Marie Hurley, English/history, Brian William Padgett, psychology, Hannah L. Bridges, sociology/psychology; Rebecca Brown Davis, religious studies/anthropology; Stacey Green, psychology; Andrea Elizabeth Harvey, biology; Rosa Diane Hobson, English; Pamela Jane Hurst, geography; Kyle Stephen Nowlin, physics; Jack George Walleshauser III, chemistry/biology; Benjamin James Wyatt, computer science; Agnes Szarka, sociology; Sarah Blackwood Sills, religious studies; Christine Farley, sociology; Adrienne Susan Deaton, Spanish/French; Pablo Diaz, physics/economics; Joseph Jeremiah Neal, English; and Jae Hoon Kim, political science; Rikki Beth Love, Spanish education; Jayme Dale Mallindine, religious studies/psychology; Brittany Alston, psychology; Anna Byrd Parisi, psychology; and Matthew Evan Wilhelm, mathematics; Erik Ross Farrell, archaeology/anthropology/classical studies; Ashley Churchill Young, English; Kendra Joi Gray, psychology; Callie Elizabeth Moss, sociology; Kirsten Nicole Unrue, anthropology; April Nicole Wright, communication studies; Jacline L. Carter, communication studies, Amanda Carter Rorrer, secondary English education, Misty Dawn Kimel, history; Molly Chandler Hagen, environmental science and geographic information science; Lauren Marie Stevens, chemistry; Rachel Elyssa Durso, classical languages and literature/philosophy; Kirsten Teresa Kinne, sociology; Robert Earl Isdell III, biology; Emilie Erin Peterson, psychology; Sofia Aidemark, communication studies.

School of Education presents Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients were: Early Career Awards: Brian Clarida, Carrie Wachter Morris, Rhonda Trueman; Outstanding Achievement Awards: Laura Bowers, Angie Brady-Andrew; Distinguished Career Awards: Fred Mock, Melba Spooner; Distinguished Service Award: Jo Yopp.

Ready to SOAR The Office of Orientation & Family Programs is ready to host SOAR and help new students and their families learn what it means to “Bleed Blue and Gold.” SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising & Registration) welcomes UNCG’s newest Spartans beginning June 10. Throughout the month of June and into the first days of July, approximately 2,500 students and 2,000 family members will attend the two-day Freshman SOAR session. UNCG will also host 300 new transfer and adult students and their families on June 23 for a one-day Transfer Adult SOAR session. More freshmen and transfer and adult students will be welcomed through an additional week of SOAR in August. The two-day freshman sessions will involve small group discussions and presentations on a variety of topics. Faculty members will lead sessions for students and guests on topics such as faculty expectations and transitioning from high school to college. Faculty members will also participate in the Freshmen Summer Reading Project, which culminates during Rawkin’ Welcome Week in small group discussions. Various departments and student organizations will participate in the Spartan EXPO, providing students with information they need. Additionally, staff members have offered to volunteer for the SOAR Street Team, lending support as tour guides and shuttle hosts. The office invites everyone to join in welcoming our new Spartans and their families to campus. For more information, soar.uncg.edu.

May’s EAP newsletters are available The one for employee enhancement features pieces on mental health and keeping your spirits high; smoking cessation resources; and workplace bullies. Highlights from this month’s Supervisor’s Supplement are “Getting to know your employees as individuals;” “Coping from an employee suicide;” and “Supervisor’s Q&A.”