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Archives for June 2010

Awards from Schools, College

As the 2009-10 year came to an end, a number of faculty and staff received awards. These included: [Read more…]

Looking South

062310Headline_GlenwoodAs part of its Strategic Housing Plan, UNCG is looking at areas where it may expand.

South of campus – along Lee Street and one-two blocks into the Glenwood neighborhood as far as Haywood Street – is a strong possibility. A convenient pedestrian passageway under the railroad tracks is envisioned, to connect the current campus area with additional student housing, retail and restaurants on the other side. Also envisioned is an indoor recreation center, parking facility and consolidated police station. UNCG has been communicating with and meeting with residents of Glenwood about the possibilities.

The future land uses in the 2008 Glenwood Neighborhood Plan do not coordinate completely with what the university would likely need. Over the past two months, UNCG officials have been talking with representatives and members of the Glenwood community. “It is our preference to collaborate with the neighborhood and coordinate with the neighborhood’s planning effort for future land use,” Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises Mike Byers told the neighborhood association.

A change in the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan would:

  • Allow UNCG to create the Glenwood Mixed-Use Neighborhood along Lee Street and bordered by Aycock, Freeman Mill and Haywood. This proposed amendment would expand the Mixed-Use Neighborhood to Haywood. Mixed-use may include such uses as retail, eateries and offices in addition to residential.
  • This would allow UNCG to develop an urban corridor along Lee Street consisting of a mix of retail/restaurant, office, institutional and student housing, owned and managed by the university, with the maintenance and security services typical of the existing UNCG campus.
  • It would also allow for such development to be done in a way that complements the core Glenwood Neighborhood and transitions to single-family in the neighborhood in an appropriate and pleasing manner.

UNCG hosted two public meetings on May 26 to allow neighborhood and community members an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on our proposal. An additional meeting was on June 12. [See May 18 and June 9 newspaper reports.] They shared some concepts that show what would be possible, in such a plan.

Using what UNCG officials heard and learned at the meetings and the GGNA meeting on June 3, it is expected that UNCG’s proposal will be modified to create a better fit with the neighborhood’s vision, based on that feedback from residents and leadership.

UNCG has asked that the neighborhood association reserve time at its meeting on July 1 to consider the approval of UNCG’s request to modify the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan. If progress continues to be made, planning could begin immediately with hope of starting construction on the first phase of student housing in 2011.

More information can be found at http://campusenterprises.uncg.edu/community.html.

Visual: Part of a slide from a presentation. This draft shows some of the area being discussed.

Prevention Strategies Sells Alcohol Abuse Prevention Product

062310NewAndNotes_WyrickPrevention Strategies, the UNCG spinoff company co-founded by faculty member David Wyrick, has sold its online alcohol abuse prevention program for college students to Outside The Classroom, the largest provider of prevention programs to universities. [Read more…]

Notes: June 23, 2010

NotesIconShare the ride to work A new private rideshare community for UNCG is being launched. It’s called Zimride. This social network for ridesharing makes it easy to find friends and colleagues making the same drive. It’s free and the process for using it is easy, says Suzanne Williams, associate director, Campus Access & Travel Demand Management. 1) Visit http://zimride.uncg.edu and sign up, 2) Add your ride offer or request, 3) Review your matchlist and start “Zimriding.”

Losing weight Looking to begin its fourth consecutive 17-week session, the HRS sponsored Weight Watchers at Work program will hold an open house for anyone interested in learning more or renewing their membership on Wednesday, July 7 from 12:15 – 1:15 in the HRS training room, Bryan 113. A minimum of 20 participants is needed to continue the program. To date, the past three sessions have experienced a combined weight loss of over 1100 pounds. Those interested in joining but who are unavailable to attend the open house may contact Jason Morris or Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-5009 by July 7 to express their interest. The fee to join the program is $186 for the entire 17-week session including online access to e-tools. Fees may be divided into three separate payments if participants sign up during or before the open house. Fees may also be charged to a health care flexible spending account if prescribed by a doctor. Download the brochure.

What are you reading? Reading a good book right now? Have others on your summer reading list? Let CW know, for possible inclusion in a big, future piece on what everyone’s reading this summer. Email mdharri3@uncg.edu.

Blue tennis courts The tennis courts are being resurfaced, the Sports Information Office notes. And they’re now Spartan blue. See them, as work continues.

Faculty who’ve retired A number of faculty members have retired over the past 12 months. Last year, Dr. Nancy Fogarty, Dr. Gerald Meisner, Dr. John Jellicorse, Dr. Frank Melton, Dr. Marsha Paludan and Dr. A. Edward Uprichard retired. Dr. Mary Floyd retired in the winter. Dr. Sheldon Balbirer, Dr. Anthony DeCasper, Dr. George Kiorpes and Dr. Karl Schleunes are retiring this summer.

Announcements: June 23, 2010

062310Announcements_SheltonSince Dr. Terri L. Shelton became director of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships in 2001, it has won more than $20 million in grants and contracts. Starting July 1, she will apply her talent for team building and knack for finding funding in a new post: vice chancellor for research and economic development. [Read more…]

Campus People – June 23, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Sandra Redmond – Dr. James Benshoff – Dr. Jane Myers – Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg – Dr. Kari Eddington – Dr. Julie Mendez – Neus Barrantes-Vidal – Tim George [Read more…]

Andy Warhol and Friends, All Month Long

The Weatherspoon’s July Film & Music Series will celebrate the creative personalities who inspired and were inspired by Andy Warhol. Stay late for live music in the Sculpture Garden featuring indie rock of the 1970-80s. Galleries will be open each of these Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. Films begin at 6:30 p.m. [Read more…]

See/Hear: June 23, 2010

In the spring, NC LIVE began offering a new collection of downloadable audio books via Ingram Digital’s MyiLibrary Audio Book Platform. The initial collection contained 750 titles, focusing primarily on language learning, history, biography, and classic literature. The eAudio content is downloadable to either an iPod or MP3 player, and playable on a PC or Mac computer.

In May, NC LIVE added the second installment of downloadable audio books to its new collection, [Read more…]

Looking ahead: June 23-July 8

Second summer session classes begin
Thursday, June 24

“Koko Karate and the Kung Fu Kittens,” children’s play
Brown Building Theatre, Friday, July 2, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Providence Gap,” final performance
Triad Stage, Sunday, July 4, 2 p.m.

Independence Day Holiday. Offices closed, classes dismissed.
Monday, July 5

Film, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Move Those Maples

062310Feature1_TreeUSAJune is not the optimal month to transplant mature trees. It’s hot and dry. But the four Japanese maples moved to make way for the new residence hall are doing well.

The largest and most impressive one now adorns the Walker/Aycock entranceway to campus.

The Grounds workers trenched down four feet deep and used a forklift to get it out of the ground.

Before that they’d, over the course of two weeks, made preparations for the transplanting job, with proper irrigation, preparing the new sites, etc.

The one at the Walker entranceway looks like it’s always been there. “An instant tree,” says Hal Shelton (Grounds). He was one of more than a dozen grounds workers who participated in the moves. Grounds manager Chris Fay headed the project.

Two large oak trees at the construction site were cut down. One was diseased and hollow, Shelton says.

New trees and plants will be part of the new residence hall’s landscaping, once construction is nearing an end at the site

A quick check on a transplanted tree beside the south edge of Jackson Library tower shows it’s doing well. No signs of stress.

One in Foust Park near McIver looks a little stressed in one branch, Shelton notes, but he says it looked a little stressed there before they moved it.

Another tree is now on the west side of the Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitor Center.

Grounds is using drip irrigation to water the trees.

Each of the maples is a Bloodgood variety, says Shelton. The thin, finely branching leaves are very red.

The trees are 17-18 years old, he said.

The same age as most of the incoming freshmen.

Visual: Grounds staff install the largest of the transplanted Japanese maples at the corner of Walker and Aycock.

Behind Closed Doors

062310Feature2_ThomasDayThe furniture of Thomas Day has long been celebrated for its craftsmanship and artistry. His mantels, newel posts and other interior woodwork, however, have generally been regarded as a minor sideline.

With the recent release of “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color,” a book co-written by Dr. Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture), his interior woodwork will start to receive its due. Leimenstoll has made the most extensive study to date of Day’s architectural woodwork.

Her co-author, an expert on Day’s furniture, is Patricia Phillips Marshall, curator of decorative arts for the N.C. Executive Mansion and the N.C. Museum of History. Published by The University of North Carolina Press, the book was released in conjunction with the opening of “Behind the Veneer,” a Day exhibit on view this summer at the Museum of History.

The roots of the book project go back to 1991, when Leimenstoll worked as the architect on the restoration of the Thomas Day House in Milton. She heard from locals that other houses in the area had woodwork by Day, who owned the largest furniture shop in the state in the mid-19th century.

She knocked on doors and did much of her research by word of mouth. She explored the Greek Revival homes that Caswell County planters built more than 150 years ago with riches made from bright leaf tobacco. In many cases, these formal exteriors hid the undulating shapes and fluid lines that are Day’s hallmark.

“In a staid kind of setting, you walk in the door and it just knocks your socks off,” Leimenstoll says.

The houses with Day woodwork continued to add up.

“I was very excited to find six newels that appeared to have been cut from the same template,” she says.

“That’s when I realized he was really turning out the woodwork as well as furniture. Prior to this, people thought of him as a furniture maker who happened to occasionally dabble in woodwork.”

She eventually documented 80 homes with the same motifs and distinctive energy found in Day’s furniture. For instance, as a furniture maker, Day used S-shaped brackets. In his architectural woodwork, those same serpentine shapes are writ large, including as three-foot-tall newel posts.

“I believe his woodwork is even more evocative than his furniture, because it’s on a bigger scale,” Leimenstoll says. “It’s like he’s sculpting the whole stair hall and the living room. It’s just bolder.”

New ERM Director and Changes in Safety Office

A note from Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs: [Read more…]

Promotions of Non-Tenure Track Faculty

The Provost’s Office has announced promotions of non-tenure track faculty for the 2010-11 academic year. [Read more…]

The Five Spot

060910FiveSpot_MorrisChristine Morris, associate professor of theatre, is resident voice/dialect coach at Triad Stage. She started coaching there in 2006 and first acted there in 2008. She averages one acting role a year. She has a prominent role in “Providence Gap,” which opens this week – and she coaches actors for many of the productions throughout the year. “If it’s got an accent, I have probably worked on it.” [Read more…]

You Work Here? Here’s Your Discount

060910Feature2_BennifitsThe economy hurts. Discounts can help. And there are a lot of them, around campus, if you know to say that you’re a faculty or staff member and show your Spartan ID.

The campus’ Benefits Committee is working to help secure discounts to stores and services off-campus. And they are looking for volunteers in that effort. Meanwhile, that committee and Human Resource Services want faculty and staff to know there are lots of benefits and discounts throughout campus.

It’s called Spartan Savings.

Some examples:

  • A 20 percent discount on most merchandise sold at the UNCG Bookstore, excluding textbooks, magazines/newspapers and food/drink items.
  • Faculty/staff on-campus athletics pass.
  • Men’s basketball season pass – offering 45 percent off what single games would cost.
  • Full tuition and fees waiver for two courses per academic year – Details are here.
  • Spartan Express Flex Plan provides a $1/meal discount on all meals in The Spartan Restaurant in the Dining Center, as well as no sales tax.
  • A 20 percent discount this summer to the All-Arts, Sciences and Technology summer camp for youths ages 7 to 15. (In past years, it was 10 percent.)
  • Opportunities for discounts for music, dance and theatre performances. See site for details and links.
  • A 50 percent discount to counseling sessions at UNCG Psycholology Clinic and the UNCG Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic.
  • Free blood pressure checks at Student Health Services.
  • Free rides on Greensboro city buses and on HEAT buses around campus.

Details about the Spartan Savings program and on-campus discounts are at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Spartan_Savings/.

If your program offers additional discounts – or you would be interesting in volunteering to enlist stores off-campus to participate in offering savings to faculty and staff – email cemurray@uncg.edu.

Additional information is at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/resources/ and http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/resources/perks_brochure.pdf.

Visual: Alan Bridge (HRS) checks out UNCG items in the bookstore.

Looking ahead: June 9-19

Film, “Factory People”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.

“The Actor’s Nightmare” and “Sister Mary Ignatius …,” part of Theatre 232
UpStage Cabaret, Triad Stage, Thursday, June 17 (after main stage play), run ends July 3

Walker Ave. Circle Bus Stop, Friday, June 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Summer Solstice Party
Weatherspoon, Friday, June 18, 7 p.m.

“Koko Karate and the Kung Fu Kittens” children’s play, part of Theatre 232
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. (runs June 17-July 3)

Exhibition opening, “Arnold Mesches: The FBI Files”
Weatherspoon, Saturday, June 19.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Bonita J. Hairston Appointed to Chief of Staff Position

060910NewsAndNotes_HairstonBonita J. Hairston has been named chief of staff at UNCG, effective July 1. For the past four years, Hairston has served as chief of staff at the University of North Texas, the fourth largest university in Texas. She has also served as general counsel at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and assistant attorney for Winston-Salem State University. [Read more…]


Roy Schwartzman, Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Wanda Dodson-Hoff, Kathy Hinshaw, Kelly Graves, Mandy Ireland, Mark Schulz, Wei Jia and Renee Appaneal are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]


The campus’ Shred-a-Thon is set for Friday, June 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Walker Ave. Circle Bus Stop near EUC and Jackson Library tower. All staff, faculty and students can bring any paper records they have from their offices or homes to have them shredded and recycled free of charge. [Read more…]

Major Construction Projects This Summer

Construction for the Guilford and Mary Foust Residence Halls Renovation project began on May 17. Workers are installing fire sprinklers and new windows, as well as upgrading the bathrooms. Please use caution in the area around North Drive and College Avenue. Work will be complete and ready for students this August.

Construction of the new School of Education building continues and is on schedule for a spring completion 2011. The tower crane has been removed and the roof installed, which have allowed work on the interiors to proceed. This building will be a LEED Certified Silver building, with many sustainable features including low water and energy usage, daylighting for classrooms and high air quality standards.

During this summer, steam line installation work will continue north along Kenilworth St. and turn east along Theta St. The south side of Theta St. is closed for the summer. Signage will be installed to direct vehicles and pedestrians through this area.

Construction of a new baseball locker room and training facility is under way in the area between the Baseball Stadium and the recreation field to the south of the stadium. This will provide needed space for the baseball team. The area of construction is fenced off and will temporarily close the pedestrian pathway between the stadium and the recreation field. Pedestrians may walk around the north side of the stadium along Walker Avenue or around the south side of the recreation field beside Spring Garden Apartments to get around the construction site.

Water line installation The parking lot on the South side of the McNutt Building will be closed for several more weeks to allow for the installation of a chilled water line. The parking lot on the West side of McNutt will remain open. Childcare drop-off and pick-up at the circle drive on the southwest side of Curry Building will be temporarily relocated to the circle off of Highland Ave. on the south side of Ferguson Building.

Construction of a new dormitory for approximately 400 students has begun at the intersection of Spring Garden and Kenilworth Streets and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2011. The groundbreaking was last week -see separate story. The building will include recreation areas, a café, a convenience store, living-learning community classrooms and a post office.

Construction is in progress for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering building, a state-of-the-art research facility at the Gateway University Research Park South Campus. This 94,000 square foot facility will bring together academic and industrial stakeholders to drive education, research and economic development in Greensboro, the Triad, North Carolina and beyond. As a joint vision of UNCG and North Carolina A&T State, the JSNN will have three academic departments: Nanoscience, Nanoenvironmental Science and Nanoengineering. It will support established research programs by faculty from the two universities and will have its own faculty as well. The primary goal of the school is to be a world leader in research, nano-related education and outreach. Construction is expected to be complete in 2011.

For information about the design and construction projects taking place on campus, visit the Facilities Design and Construction department’s web site by clicking on this link .

Top Service Awards

060910Featue1_AwardsSeven people have received the campus’ top awards for service. The recipients are:

  • Stanley and Doris Tanger, of Greensboro, Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation. The bronze medal bears the likeness of Charles Duncan McIver, the founding president of the institution that is now UNCG.
  • T. Clyde and Dorothy B. Collins ’54, of Greensboro, Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award, which honors North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished public service to their community or state. It is named in honor of Adelaide F. Holderness ’34 and H. Michael Weaver of Greensboro.
  • Louise “Coffee” Maxwell Worth ’40, of Comer, Ga., and Ann Phillips McCracken ’60, of Sanford, Alumni Distinguished Service Award, presented to alumni who have rendered distinctive service on national, state or local levels, and made significant contributions to the liberal arts ideal.
  • Dr. Brian J. Clarida ’02 MSA, of Greensboro, Young Alumni Award, which is presented to alumni who are 40 years of age and younger, and recognizes exceptional achievement and significant contribution to the recipient’s profession or community, society or the university.

The honors were presented by Chancellor Linda P. Brady during a program that also recognized donors to the university.

“These are the highest honors that the university awards each year to community, state or national leaders for their service, and this year we celebrate the accomplishments of seven outstanding individuals,” Brady said. “This year’s recipients have helped change the state of North Carolina and the Triad for the better and they have inspired all who know them and have worked with them.”

Achievements of each recipient include:

Stanley Tanger, former chairman and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, and his wife, Doris, are passionate supporters of two key causes – health care and education. In 1970, Doris Tanger was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was successfully treated at Duke University and the Tangers have embraced the university and the cause of breast cancer ever since. They serve on the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Advisory Board and have made a significant gift to name a cancer research laboratory and established a cancer research graduate fellowship. Recently, the company created the “Tanger Cure Card,” a specially designed gift card where 10 percent of proceeds from sales go to support the fight against the most prominent types of cancer in the U.S. – lung cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.

The Tangers have also played a role in supporting women’s health in the Triad by creating a fund in Doris’ name for UNCG’s Women’s Health and Wellness Center, which facilitates collaborative research within the School of Health and Human Performance. On the business side, Stanley has always made sure profits from his corporation and fundraising efforts are used to support local businesses, community programs and schools in communities where a Tanger Outlet Center is located. They recently made a gift to name the Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens on Hobbs Road in Greensboro.

Clyde Collins retired as the executive vice president, CFO and secretary of Southern Life Insurance Company in 1987. He retired young and has devoted his time to help develop and maintain community spirit. Clyde has served on many boards in Greensboro, including the UNCG Excellence Foundation of which he is the only emeritus member.

Dorothy Collins is a Class of 1954 graduate who served on the planning committee for her class’ 50th reunion in 2004. She has served as a volunteer in number of community organizations including the Greensboro Opera Company, the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Mobile Meals and the UNCG Excellence Foundation.

Both Clyde and Dorothy are artists. Clyde is a potter and Dorothy a painter. As a result, both support the arts. They established the Dorothy Buchanan Collins Graduate Fellowship in Music at UNCG. Several years ago, the School of Music’s Dorothy and Clyde Collins Lecture Hall was named in their honor.

Louise “Coffee” Maxwell Worth, former director of UNCG’s Presbyterian Campus Ministry, has led an extraordinary life that has spanned two continents. After graduating from Woman’s College (WC), she put her degree to work as a teacher in North Carolina and at Korean mission schools, setting up Korea’s first Montessori preschool. She and her husband, George, lived in Korea as educational missionaries for more than 20 years. She still teaches English as a Second Language to immigrants at Jubilee Partners in Atlanta, walking the half a mile to school at the age of 90. Worth has also been active in peace and justice issues. She has been an advocate for racial equality all her life as well as an advocate for good housing for low income people.

Ann Phillips McCracken has given a great deal of her life to education. After graduation for WC, she spent several years teaching in Durham County Schools before earning her master’s degree and becoming an English instructor at Central Community College.

In her community, McCracken is a member of the League of Women Voters of Moore County, a member of the Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of a local race relations group called One for One, a volunteer with Bread Basket in Sanford and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church.

Additionally, McCracken has served UNCG as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1990-94 and as president in 1991. In 1992, she was a member of the Centennial Planning Executive Board and she served on the Excellence Foundation Board of Directors from 1992-94. In addition, she was a member of the Alumni House Steering Committee from 2004-07 and has supported the Spartan Club, UNCG Libraries and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is currently a member of the Excellence Foundation Board of Visitors.

As principal of Sumner Elementary School, Dr. Brian Clarida believes all students can and will reach their full potential. He holds monthly student meetings and round table discussions so that students can have an open forum to voice concerns about school as well as their lives outside of school. To show students they matter, he has started a Community Day in which more than 50 business and political leaders come to the school to volunteer in classrooms.

Clarida makes sure he too volunteers time in the community so students will have a good role model. He is active in Action Greensboro and SynerG Young Professionals. He serves on several advisory boards such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Greensboro Historic Preservation Commission, UNCG Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Tapestry (Weaver Foundation) and the YWCA.

He has partnered with UNCG to have 50 student interns placed at the school. He has also served on several UNCG committees such as the Board of Visitors.

Visual (l-r): Dr. Brian J. Clarida, Alumni Association President Jana Welch Wagenseller and Chancellor Linda P. Brady

Ready to Trade Current Privacy for Better Care?

060910Headline_ConferenceAs more doctors and health care providers move toward electronic medical records and ultimately become part of a health information exchange network, who will have access to these records?

Will the front office staff have access? Your insurance provider? The government? Google?

“The biggest problem is loss of privacy,” said Dr. Hadley Callaway, keynote speaker at the Bryan School’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Implementation Conference in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. A past president of the North Carolina Medical Society, the surgeon is a faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also a board member of the NC Health Information Exchange, which was incorporated in April.

The tension over privacy concerns vs. better health care was just one of the many topics discussed during the conference titled “Demystifying EMR Implementation.”

It was hosted by the Bryan School’s McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management, the nation’s first center to explore the worldwide applications of information technology. The center chose the topic because of the pressing interest in the subject of electronic medical records. As Dr. Prashant Palvia, director of the center, said in introducing Callaway, “It’s very timely.” Palvia had noted that while there are financial incentives for EMR adoption, there are obstacles and challenges.

About 105 attended. Ten vendors displayed their systems at booths and tables.

Edward Robinson, MD, noted that many doctors like to use “free text” – in other words, they want to type in what they observed. That allows for nuances, for opinions, full explanation, etc. But that is “the death knell” of a data base. With scans or free text, “the use of it as a data base is lost,” he said. Robinson is medical director of the Guilford County Department of Public Health and a faculty member at the UNC-CH School of Medicine. He will also be an adjunct professor at UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education, from which he received a master’s in May.

Eugenie Komives, MD, vice president and senior medical director at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Rick Moore, the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s chief information officer, also spoke on the topic of critical issues in EMR implementation.

Vendor presentations and a session on best practices in EMR implementation rounded out the conference.

A question that arises is, Whose records are they? Will they be yours?

It’s helpful to know the acronyms.

Your PHR (personal health record) can apparently be shared and controlled by you. However, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) will be for use by medical staff within one health care entity, such as one hospital. Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) can be shared by multiple health care providers, using HIE. Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) will be the standardized, interoperable exchange of healthcare records that providers can share.

As this standardized exchange moves forward in coming years, Callaway envisions certain scenarios arising. For example, some patients will want to go in and make corrections – or what they believe are corrections. Lawyers will be able to easily review the records patients pass to them, and more lawsuits may ensue. The “art” of medicine will go away, as doctors stick closely to protocols – knowing every move may be scrutinized. Records will be less candid, with fewer doctors’ opinions and judgments. The ease with which patients could move to another practice for elective procedures or second opinions will ramp up the use of advertising and marketing. He presented these scenarios as part of his keynote remarks, “Unexpected Consequences of Health Info Exchange on Medical Practice.”

Health information exchange holds many promises: more accurate records, better communication and coordination among providers, better and less expensive health care. But, as he noted with a slide showing the proverbial elephant in the room, there is a tradeoff. “We won’t have the level of privacy we have now.”

Additional information can be found at http://www.nchica.org/GetInvolved/CACH /The%20Future%20of%20Healthcare%20Information%20Exchange%20in%20North%20Carolina%20HA.pdf. This web page is the source of the information and acronym definitions in paragraph 12.

More information can be found at http://www.nchica.org/default.htm.

Notes: June 9, 2010

NotesIconNC House’s proposed budget The 2010-11 state budget passed by the State House last week contained much deeper cuts than the budget passed by the State Senate. In a statement, UNC system president Erskine Bowles said, in part, “If these proposed cuts remain in the state budget, another 1,700 positions will have to be eliminated across the University. Quality faculty will lose their jobs or be pirated away. Classes will be significantly larger or unavailable. As a result, retention and graduation rates will fall dramatically. And worst of all, many qualified North Carolina students won’t be able to obtain the financial aid they need—and many more will be denied admission altogether—since the House budget caps UNC enrollment growth and fails to fully fund need-based financial aid.” Read his full statement here. The statement – and additional budget-related items posted yesterday – are at UNCG’s budget central web site.  Members of the House and Senate are set to work on a compromise proposed budget.

Provost supports legislation to ensure public access to publicly funded research Dr. David H. Perrin has joined many other leaders at major public and private research institutions in voicing their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act. The act was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 15. The bill proposes to require those eleven federal agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to implement policies that deliver timely, free, online access to the published results of the research they fund, according to information provided in a media advisory. The act would require that the results of taxpayer-funded research be made available no later than six months after publication in a journal. As Barry Miller in University Libraries points out, the legislation would mean enhanced access to federally funded research articles for researchers and students at UNCG. Availability of federally funded research in open online archives also would expand the worldwide visibility of the research conducted here, increase the impact of our investment in this research, and aid us in examining related work at other institutions that compete for government grants and contracts. A list of those signing the SPARC statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/institutions.shtml. The statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/highered.shtml.

Where UNCG stands in SoCon UNCG was second in the Commissioner’s Cup, which is based on men’s sports standings, and seventh in the Germann Cup, which is based on women’s sports standings, for 2009-10. UNCG’s second-place standing on the men’s side equaled its best finish set in 2006-07. The seventh-place standing on the women’s side equaled last year’s finish. Appalachian State’s men and Samford’s women claimed the all-sports championships for the 2009-10 athletic season.

One millionth visitor this year For the first time, Jackson Library has recorded one million visits in an academic year. The numbers are tabulated by the electronic gate counters. As the one millionth visitor arrived on Monday, library staff were waiting at the EUC Library entrance to take photos and celebrate. Kathy Crowe, the University Libraries’ associate dean for public services, added that other numbers have increased as well. For example, the number of students studying overnight during May exam week increased 11 percent between May 2009 and May 2010. She adds that the Libraries will also be adding more types of technology to lend. In addition to laptops, they will soon be lending camcorders and digital voice recorders in Jackson Library and the Music Library.

Nursing honor society endows scholarship Gamma Zeta, the nursing honor society on campus, presented the School of Nursing with a $25,000 endowed scholarship for nursing students. ‘We receive monies from member dues and fundraisers. Monies over and above operating costs have been placed in CDs for future use,” said chapter president Daria Kring. “At the time of maturity this year, we realized we had just over $25,000 – the amount needed to establish an endowed scholarship in the School of Nursing.” She added, “An endowed scholarship fund is a wonderful opportunity whereby a donor, in this case, Gamma Zeta, is creating an ongoing legacy by ensuring that nursing students are able to complete their degree and fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse.”

On Smithsonian Channel The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department in the University Libraries has provided scanned documents and photographs to the Smithsonian Channel for its upcoming program, tentatively titled “Greensboro Four,” scheduled to air on July 25, to coincide with the date on which Woolworth finally desegregated its lunch counter after months of sit-ins. Among the materials provided are clippings from the student newspaper, The Carolinian; images of students who participated in the sit-ins; oral history transcripts; and various documents dealing with reaction to the sit-ins.

One of twelve The Student Success Center – Learning Assistance Center Tutoring Services program recently received Advanced-Level Certification from the National Association for Developmental Educators (NADE). The evaluation process was based upon the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards). NADE noted that the LAC Tutoring Services program “is clearly dedicated to increasing student learning and student success and on the systematic and continuous collection of data.” Only 11 other programs nationally have received this certification, thus far. For details, email jeforema@uncg.edu.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dr. Rebekah Megerian of Asheboro has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and Mr. Lance Elko, vice-chair. Megerian, who holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from UNCG, retired from Randolph Community College as dean of Basic Skills in 2008 after a 28-year career there. Elko, who lives in Greensboro, is an editor with Pace Communications and is also a professional musician. Other newly-elected board members include Robin Sutton Anders, David Arneke, Ned Cline, Carol Cone Douglas, Nancy Fuller, Jim Schlosser, Charles Sullivan, and Laura Tew. Re-elected to the board was Selby Bateman.

Red Cross gives recognition UNCG received a Certificate of Recognition last week from the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross for UNCG’s “valuable contribution to blood services.”  Dr. Cherry Callahan says, “Evidently, we were the most successful in terms of amount of pints received when compared to all other colleges and universities in their jurisdiction – Guilford, Randolph and Montgomery Counties.”  Callahan is a board member of the Greensboro chapter, and had the honor of accepting the award on the university’s behalf.

Groundbreaking for New, ‘Green’ Residence Hall

060910NewsAndNotes_DormThe university broke ground Friday, June 4, for a new, 170,000-square-foot, $30 million residence hall, the first “green” residence hall on campus. [Read more…]

Faculty Promoted, Awarded Tenure

The UNCG Board of Trustees has approved promotions for tenure-track faculty for the 2010-11 academic year. [Read more…]

Weatherspoon Summer Solstice Party

The annual summer solstice party hosted by the Weatherspoon will be Friday, June 18, 7-9 p.m. This year, it’s billed as a “Big Shot” party, to celebrate the exhibition “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids.” [Read more…]

Campus People – June 9, 2010

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