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Archives for October 2010

Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 20

Learn about the campus’ sustainability efforts Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Jackson Library Transportation Circle. [Read more…]

Forum on Open Journal Systems

Interested in publishing an online journal or publication? Or want more information? A forum will provide details Oct. 19. [Read more…]

The Classic Book Collection of Norman Smith

Greensboro attorney Norman B. Smith is interested in the great ideas of the world. An avid reader and book collector, he has built a personal library representing those ideas over a collecting career of more than four decades. [Read more…]

Notes: October 13, 2010

NotesIconSevere budget cuts A memo from Chancellor Brady addressing the severe budget cuts looming for next year is posted at the UNCG Budget web site: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/. The slides from Brady’s presentation to the Faculty Senate earlier this month can be accessed at that site as well.

Alumnus Weatherford wins North Carolina Award Since 1964, more than 250 North Carolinians have received the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award. Six outstanding North Carolinians received the award at the ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History on Thursday night. The North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor, was presented by Gov. Beverly Perdue in the areas of Fine Arts, Literature, Public Service and Science. The award is administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.UNCG alumnus Carole Boston Weatherford received the award for literature, in a ceremony last week. Her children’s books have garnered wide acclaim, including the Golden Kite Honor for Picture Book Text, the NAACP Image Award, Caldecott Honor, the Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor and several “Best Book of the Year” awards and lists. She lives in High Point.

Dean of Students Office Fall Workshops To register for workshops designed specifically for faculty and staff, visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu. The workshops are: 1) “Academic Integrity: What Faculty Need to Know,” Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m. EUC, Joyner Room. The purpose of this workshop is to engage faculty in education discourse concerning academic misconduct among college students; UNCG’s effort to promote academic integrity in the classroom; and best practices for reducing academic misconduct. 2) “UNCG Cares about VETS,” Nov. 5, 1-2:30 p.m. Bryan 105. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 allows more veterans to enter colleges and universities to pursue their education. Colleges are trying to ensure their campuses have services that are adequate to meet these student needs. “UNCG Cares about VETS” will provide a discussion about today’s veterans, barriers preventing student veterans from staying in college, and on-campus support for UNCG student veterans. 3) “Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom,” Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m. Bryan 104. Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a student to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom. Learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students. For additional information, call 4-5514.

Have a book that was recently published?
The new blog uncgfacultypubs.blogspot.com, hosted by Kimberly Lutz (Univerity Libaries), was created to promote faculty publications. In addition, University Libraries are displaying faculty book covers in the EUC Connector and are inserting bookplates indicating that the books were written by faculty. They also plan to hold a reception each spring to honor faculty who published books in that academic year, says Lutz. The University Libraries are actively collecting books authored and edited by faculty, and donations are very welcome. To donate your book for inclusion in the Libaries’ collection – or if you have questions – contact Erica Rau at 4-5281 or elrau@uncg.edu.

The disabled body in contemporary art
Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant (Art) will speak and show images Monday, Oct. 18, from her recently published book, “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art.” The talk is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Gatewood Studio Arts Center, Room 204. A reception will follow. Millett-Gallant is a lecturer in the Department of Art as well as an instructor in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program.

Culture of wellness The American Heart Association hosted the area’s first Culture of Wellness: Healthy Worksite Workshop on Oct. 12. It was held in Elliott University Center. The workshop includes examples from companies such as Alamance Regional Medical Center, Banner Pharmacaps, NewBridge Bank, UnitedHealthcare, UNCG, VF and Senn Dunn. Chancellor Brady was one of the speakers.

The Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education is seeking proposals for presenters for the 2011 conference, March 2-4, in Roanoke, Va. Proposals are due by Oct. 19. UNCG is proud to be a sponsor of this annual conference that seeks to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement. Realizing that engaged citizens can transform the world one community at a time, Gulf-South Summit provides an opportunity for a deeper dialogue among citizens, educational institutions and communities. UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning will pay registration expenses for any faculty whose submission is accepted. Conference homepage is http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gulfsummit/index.html. For proposal submissions, visit http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gulfsummit/presenters.html

Love Your Body Week
, which is sponsored by Women and Gender Studies, will be Oct. 18-22. A full schedule will be posted on the WGS site.

2011 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching
UNCG will host, for the seventh year, the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro. Last year, more than 400 individuals attended the conference representing 70 different institutions from across the United States. In their 31st year, Lilly Conferences are retreats that combine workshops, discussion sessions, and major addresses, with opportunities for informal conversations about excellence in college and university teaching. The 2011 Lilly Conferences will highlight evidence-based learning and teaching. Evidence-based learning and teaching is the key to the development of critical thinking skills and the improvement of student learning. The conference will be held Feb. 4-6 at the Koury Convention Center. Complete information about the conference is available at the conference web site. UNCG faculty may apply for a TLC Mini-Grant to cover the conference registration fee. The deadline for submitting proposals for the conference is Nov. 1. Proposals may be submitted online at https://freyr.uncg.edu/conference/lillyconference/form.jsp.

Ready for an emergency?
Emergencies can happen at any time with little or no warning. Knowing what to do when one occurs could help to save a life, including your own. The Office of Emergency Management is now offering a new workshop designed to provide an overview of how to plan and respond to emergencies on campus. This hour-long workshop titled “Emergency Preparedness 101 – Are YOU Ready Spartans?” will cover topics including: emergency alerts and notification on campus, what UNCG has in place to plan for and respond to emergencies, what to do during specific emergencies, and how to prepare for emergencies both at home and at work. The next series of workshops are scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. For more information, or to register for a workshop email BeReady@uncg.edu and provide your name, department and preferred email address. The location of the workshop will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.

Diversity lecture
Dr. Linda Martin-Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center, will give the second annual College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Lecture at 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The title of her lecture is “Sotomayor’s Reasoning.”

Softball is All-Academic
The softball team was named one of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s girls got game All-Academic Teams for 2009-10, while five student-athletes were named Scholar Athletes. Coach Jennifer Herzig’s Spartans tied for 101st nationally among Division I programs with a 3.11 grade point average for the 2009-10 academic year. UNCG’s Emily Akiyama and Laura Olenderski, seniors on the 2010 squad, were named NFCA Scholar Athletes for the fourth time each. Kayla Hensley, Kaitlin Merkt and Heather Robb also were named. Last season, the team posted its first winning season in conference play since 2003.

MLK Service Award
Call for Nominations The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award was established in 1986 to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to recognize the accomplishments of a member of the UNCG community whose activities and involvement embody the spirit of Dr. King’s service to humanity. The award is bestowed upon someone who has gone “beyond expectations” in making outstanding contributions in the area of social justice through service, particularly service to the UNCG community. The selection committee will consider Commitment to Leadership, dedication to Service, Impact of Involvement, Resourcefulness and Creativity. 2011 marks the 25th award that will be presented in Dr. King’s name and will go to a deserving student. A plaque and a $200 award will be presented to the recipient during the Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 18. Nominations must be submitted online and are due by 5 p.m. on Nov.12. For details: http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/MLK/

Conference targeted health care communication
The N.C. Health Literacy Council, a program of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships, recently hosted the state’s first health literacy conference in Greensboro. More than 100 individuals representing hospitals, physicians, nurses, health educators and adult educators attended the event focused on improving health communication and making interactions between health care professionals and patients more productive. “We know that there are frequent miscommunications between doctors and patients,” said Jen Kimbrough, director of the council. “The key to health literacy is to create an environment where patients feel safe to ask questions and share concerns and to help health professionals use language and terms that everyone can understand.” Whatever form it takes – failure to understand a doctor’s instructions or the inability to read the directions on a bottle of pills – low health literacy leads to hospital readmissions, trips to the emergency room and unnecessary suffering. The N.C. Health Literacy Council hopes to capitalize on the success of the conference by continuing to build local health literacy coalitions around the state. Coalitions are already active in Guilford, Wake, New Hanover, Scotland and Pasquotank counties, with several more in developmental stages. To view conference proceedings, join a coalition or learn more about health literacy, go to http://nchealthliteracy.uncg.edu.

Katie Ford Poetry Reading

101310EyeOnArts_FordThe MFA Writing Program, The Greensboro Review and Spring Garden Press will host a fiction reading by Katie Ford on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Faculty Center on College Avenue. [Read more…]

Campus People – October 13, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos – Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith – Bruce Michaels – Dr. Janice Wassel – With the staff [Read more…]

Announcements: October 13, 2010

Chancellor’s Resident Fellowship for 2011-12

Call for Applications

Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) is pleased to announce the 2011-12 Chancellor’s Resident Fellows Competition. Central to the mission and work of Lloyd International Honors College are the talented UNCG faculty who teach the College’s courses and interact with its students. For the 2011-12 academic year the College will appoint two Chancellor’s Resident Fellows who will teach full-time in LIHC and participate in the life of the College throughout the year.

An honors college is a community of scholars, made up of students, faculty, and staff. It exists in an environment that celebrates learning and the pursuit of knowledge. In order to tap the expertise, commitment and talents of UNCG’s very best faculty, the College has established the Chancellor’s Resident Fellows Program. This program offers a wonderful opportunity for UNCG faculty to change their teaching routine and teach exclusively for one year the highly motivated and talented students in the Honors College. In 2010-11 Dr. William Markham (Sociology) and Dr. Alexandria Schultheis (English) hold the Fellowship.

In Lloyd International Honors College all classes are small seminars that allow the Fellow to teach the subject matter in new ways and on topics that he or she may not get the chance to teach in the scholar’s own department. In addition to a Fellow’s teaching stipend, the faculty member also receives a research award to be used during the year of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Description

The Fellowship is open to all full time UNCG faculty. The term of the Resident Fellowship will be one year from August 2011 through May 2012. During the fellowship year the Fellow will teach exclusively in Lloyd International Honors College. Depending on the selected Fellow’s usual teaching load, the teaching load during the Fellowship year will be four to six courses plus a section of the one-credit proseminar for first-year Honors College students. The Fellow’s teaching schedule will include, in the fall semester, instruction of a section of the Honors College’s proseminar, one 100-level Honors course, and possibly an additional course in the College or a Disciplinary Honors course that carries course credit in the Fellow’s discipline. In the spring semester the Fellow will teach some combination of 100 and/or 200 level Honors courses and disciplinary honors courses up to the level of the total agreed load. Resident Fellows are expected to participate in the life of the College during their one-year appointment by, among other activities, attending Honors College events and working with the Honors College liaison in their departments.

The Chancellor’s Resident Fellows normally should be released from their usual departmental responsibilities during the fellowship year. However, the selected Fellow, in consultation with the Fellow’s department Head and Dean and the Honors College Dean, may continue certain on-going obligations such as, but not limited to, serving on master’s and dctoral committees and administering external grants. Fellows will receive, in addition to their regular salary, a $4,000 teaching stipend and a $3,000 research stipend, both payable only during the year of the Fellowship. The research stipend may be spent as the Fellow determines it is appropriate to his or her research, all expenditures requiring the approval of the Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and the Head of the Fellow’s department. Fellows will be provided with office space and necessary computer and administrative support services.

At the discretion of the appropriate Dean, departments will be compensated for up to six courses, depending on the Fellow’s normal teaching load, at $3,500 per course. While the Fellowship is a 12 month award, the title of Chancellor’s Resident Fellow in Lloyd International Honors College remains a permanent appellation for the faculty member within the Honors College during his or her service at UNCG. Thus, Resident Fellows will be included in all future Lloyd International Faculty Fellow activities and invited to all appropriate Honors College events. Their names and disciplines will be inscribed on a plaque in the Honors College office.

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in securing one of the Fellowship positions, please submit an application letter, approved by your department Head and Dean, to Lloyd International Honors College (205 Foust building) by Nov. 12. The selected Fellows will be notified by Dec. 15. Among other items you may wish to enclose, the submitted application should include your curriculum vitae, a list of the courses you have taught over the previous two years, a proposal of the courses you would like to teach during your year in the Honors College, a statement of interest that should address what you might contribute to the mission and work of the College (particularly its commitment to an international perspective) and a brief description of your research agenda.

The selection of the Chancellor’s Resident Fellow will be made by a committee consisting of the Dean and an Assistant Dean of Lloyd International Honors College, and three members of the Honors Council.

The committee will base its decision on the curricular needs of Lloyd International Honors College, the candidate’s qualifications, his or her teaching proposal, and the candidate’s strengths in terms of multidisciplinary studies and global engagement. Department faculty in disciplines currently represented by a Resident Fellow will not be eligible for selection in the succeeding year. For the Fellowship to be awarded for 2011-12, faculty in the departments of Sociology and English are not eligible. Selection of the Fellows will also be based on the quality of the courses the candidate proposes to teach and the extent to which the offerings fulfill the goals of Lloyd International Honors College. Our Mission Statement asserts, “Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG provides an enhanced undergraduate education with an international focus for motivated, high-achieving students in all fields of study. LIHC is an intellectually challenging and engaged community devoted to fostering critical and independent thinking, global awareness, and strong preparation for success in professional, civic and personal pursuits.” The selection committee will give priority to proposals that address the College’s mission and that also give students a sense of our interconnected world, interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and self-reflection.

If you have questions about the Fellowship Program or your application, please contact Jerry Pubantz, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College, at 256-2579 or 334-5538; or by email at j_pubant@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: October 13-19, 2010

Men’s soccer vs. College of Charleston
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Literary & Body Movement Café, part of CACE Conference
Thursday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., International Civil Rights Museum.

Music, Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Weatherspoon Community Day, with activities, live performances, gallery games
Saturday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

‘Go Blue Preview’ for men’s basketball
Sunday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Lecture, Norman Smith, book collector
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m., Jackson Library, Hodges Reading Room

The Great Conversation, Dr. John Roberts (UNC-CH) on “Infinity”
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus People – October 6, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Holly Goddard Jones – Dr. Nir Kshetri – Dr. Scott Young – Dean Robert Brown – Dr. Kari Eddington – Dr. Tom Kwapil – Dr. Paul Silvia [Read more…]

UNCG’s ‘Thriving at 3’ Helped by SECC via United Way

The State Employees Combined Campaign soon begins its third week. Solicitors for each department are accepting the filled-out forms in their envelopes. [Read more…]

‘Gimme 5’ Men’s Basketball Promotion

100610NewsAndNotes_BBallTixNot sure you can get to all the men’s basketball games? Perhaps you want to be sure to see the game against Duke and a few more? [Read more…]

Ergonomics 101

100610Feature_ErgonomicsIs your chair adjusted so that your feet are flat on the ground? Is there a 2 inch space between the front of the seat and the back of your knee when sitting? Is the computer monitor directly in front of you when in use? Is the monitor located 28-36 inches away from your face?

When Todd Beck (in visual) visits an office for an ergonomics check-up, these will be among the things he usually looks for. They are part of a computer workstation self-inspection checklist his department distributes.

Beck is industrial hygiene coordinator at the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Commonly he will visit an office for one individual, and a person in the next office or work station will also want an assessement. Soon a half-dozen in the office want the same. But often he can get to them all.

“You get a lot of enjoyment. You get immediate feedback. [You hear things such as] ‘That does feel better’ or ‘That’s a better set-up.’

“We want to be proactive,” he said. He encourages the campus community to consider ergonomics when they get set up with a new office. “We’re a service to the university – we want to make sure you’re set up correctly.”

He stresses that his department helps employees doing all sorts of work and tasks – whether in front of a computer, cleaning, using motor equipment or other types of work.

Beck has a BS degree in occupational safety and is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Think about ergonomics, he says, in regards to how you interact with your work. Be considerate of body positions. And if you need some help from others or some mechanical help, get it.

Chairs are often a point of discussion. His department even has a few in their front office that can be used to demonstrate good ways to make adjustments and achieve proper fit.

“The chair set-up is often an issue,” he says, explaining that it often comes down to some simple adjustments that need to be made using the existing chair features.

One person he sees may be 5 feet, 2 inches. Another may be 6 feet, 1 inch. “We’re very different in dimensions.” The chair is only one aspect of the equation, he explains. “It’s all about the adjustability of the workstation.”

Generally, when a person is sitting at a computer, he likes to see “nice, 90 degree angles” on their body, he says. And he likes to see the mouse on the same plane as the keyboard.

“People can be more efficient if they’re in a good position when they do their work,” he says.

For information on ergonomics at work, OSHA offers a great web site, he says. It is www.osha.gov. There’s an A-Z index, including a web page on Computer Workstations.

Those with questions may contact Todd Beck at todd_beck@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris

Looking ahead: October 6-13, 2010

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Sustainability film, “Tapped”
Thursday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

University Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Caldwell Award ceremony, for Fred Chappell
Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Volleyball vs. Wofford
Saturday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour, “American Art: Circa 1950”
Tuesday, Oct. 12, noon, Weatherspoon

Men’s soccer vs. College of Charleston
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

P&T and the Love of Reading

100610Headline_PTBooksAt 13, Maria Carla Sanchez was devouring young adult fiction at a rate that was straining her family’s budget. So her mother gave her six meatier books to enjoy, including Thomas Hardy’s “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim,” Jane Austen’s “Emma” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Although she still has her worn copy of “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” complete with the “Who” band logo she doodled inside and underlined words she needed to look up, a new copy on the shelves of the UNG University Libraries bears Sanchez’s name and a message for future readers. She selected the book to celebrate her promotion to associate professor of English.

Her message reads, in part: “It felt as if whole new worlds opened up for me. I was challenged, which I hadn’t been in a while, and I responded – I didn’t go back to the ‘kid stuff.’… I truly, madly, deeply fell in love with Thomas Hardy and the Victorian era, and that love has never abated….Whenever I think of this novel, I think of how my mother was ambitious for me, in ways both large and small, and how she has always supported my love of reading. I am very, very lucky to have her as my mom, so I choose this book in her honor.”

Starting in 2006, the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office came up with a fresh way to recognize and celebrate faculty who achieve tenure and/or promotion. Each newly tenured or promoted faculty member selects a book for the library’s collection that is then bookplated to commemorate her or his achievement. Faculty members choose a book with special meaning to them and write a brief statement about why they selected that book.

Each year, honorees enjoy a late September celebration reception. The books selected, along with the personal statements, are displayed on the first level of Jackson Library.

“It is meant to give a personal glimpse into the faculty member and to inspire students and others in their scholarly pursuits,” says University Libraries Dean Rosann Bazirjian of the new tradition. “It honors faculty and recognizes the importance of libraries and the role they play in the scholarship of the academy.”

Log on to http://library.uncg.edu/info/events_and_awards/promotion_and_tenure.aspx to read this year’s faculty book selections as well as those since 2006.

Here’s a sampling from this year:

  • Dr. Dorothy G. Herron (Adult Health) chose “Notes on Nursing” by Florence Nightingale. Herron, a clinical professor, says, “In this little book the person responsible for establishing nursing as a science-based profession managed to identify the elements of nursing that are still the core of the profession today. Only the technologies have changed.”
  • Dr. Stuart Marcovitch (Psychology) chose “Timequake” by Kurt Vonnegut . Marcovitch, an associate professor, says, “I was pleasantly surprised when I read “Timequake,” as I didn’t expect a comedic science fiction book to demonstrate strong connections to my research on the development of the conscious control of actions. A timequake has caused the last 10 years to repeat, forcing people into an automated mode as they replay their actions exactly as they occurred the first time around. When the timequake abruptly ends, mayhem ensues as people have forgotten how to execute an intentional and deliberate response. Vonnegut’s work was inspiring to me, as it produced the ultimate thought experiment on what life would be like without conscious control. Perhaps more importantly, it made me laugh out loud.”
  • Dr. Yu-Chin Jerrie Hsieh (Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management) chose “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman. The associate professor says, “‘Einstein’s Dreams’ is a novel that explains elements of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in a series of short vignettes. The author imagines how Einstein may have grappled with these abstract, and often counterintuitive, concepts as he refined his greatest work while provoking the imagination of the reader. There is inspiration to be gained from the realization that even ordinary minds might accomplish extraordinary feats when imagination is well cultivated.”
  • Dr. Stephanie Irby Coard (Human Development and Family Studies) chose “Letter to My Daughter” by Maya Angelou. The associate professor says, “It’s the author’s first original collection of writing to be published in ten years … anecdotal vignettes drawn from a compelling life. Beginning with her childhood, Angelou acknowledges her own inauguration into daughterhood. This volume is filled with wisdom and warmth, with sound advice, vivid memory and strong opinion (typical Angelou). ‘Letter to My Daughter’ is a gem of wisdom and inspiration. Every woman, daughter (father and son) should read it at least once. This book has become a permanent fixture in my personal library.”

Visual: Dr. Stephanie Coard
By Michelle Hines
Photograph by Audrey Sage

Free Flu Shots

100610Feature_FlueShotSeasonal flu shot clinics will be offered again this year.

These clinics, sponsored by Human Resource Services, will provide free flu shots to State Health Plan members. The clinics will provide flu shots for UNCG employees and their covered family members, at least 9 years of age. Retirees with State Health Plan coverage are also welcome. Please bring your State Health Plan ID card and a photo ID.

There is no separate vaccine required for H1N1. H1N1 is now included as part of the standard flu vaccination, according to Melissa Barnes (HRS).

The dates and locations are:

Monday, Oct. 25
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Campus Supply Store Training Room – Physical Plant

Tuesday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Elliott University Center – Kirkland Room

Wednesday, Oct. 27
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Elliott University Center – Ferguson Room

Questions? Contact Melissa Barnes (HRS) at mkbarnes@uncg.edu.

Photography courtesy The White House.

Study: Early College Boosts Algebra Success, Cuts Suspensions

Ninth graders in North Carolina’s Early College High Schools are more likely to be on track for college and much less likely to be suspended than their peers in traditional high schools, according to results from a study conducted by our university’s SERVE Center. [Read more…]

Focus on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

The UNCG Police Department and Parking Operations & Campus Access Management (POCAM) have launched the first phase of an awareness campaign designed to increase travel safety on and around the campus. [Read more…]

Notes: October 6, 2010

NotesIconBrown Bag Lunch Cancer Awareness will be the topic, the presenter will be Amanda Wyckoff , community manager, American Cancer Society. The brown bag lunch will be in Bryan Builidng, Room 104 Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon. Reservations are required. RSVP at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops – look for Staff Senate Brown Bag Seminars on that web page.

Healthy UNCG offers faculty and staff the opportunity to take a Personal Wellness Profile, a $108 value, for free. Details and registration can be found at http://healthy.uncg.edu/activities.php#pwp.

UNCG Sustainability Committee is looking for new members There are lots of ways to get involved, no matter your interests or experience. If you want to shape what UNCG will become over the next 40 years (and beyond), consider joining. From alternative energy to recycling, from green building to campus culture, you can help develop the UNCG Climate Action Plan. This work will create the steps for UNCG to be climate neutral by 2050. Web savvy? They have a need for someone who can manage their online web presence (http://sustain.uncg.edu/). Have a green thumb? Would you like to learn more about gardening? You can help grow the UNC Greensboro Gardens. There are plenty of other opportunities to promote sustainable lifestyles on campus and in the community If you’re interested, contact Sarah Dorsey (sbdorsey@uncg.edu) or Guy Sanders (gmsander@uncg.edu), co chairs of the Sustainability Committee.

UNCG’s Peabody Park Preservation Committee has been awarded the School Award by Greensboro Beautiful. This award is given each year to an individual school (public or private) which has exhibited year-round excellence in environmental education and campus beautification. The ongoing work by the UNCG Peabody Park Preservation Committee to remove invasive species, trash, and debris from the campus park shows a commitment by the University’s faculty, staff, and students to continue protecting campus grounds. The chair of the committee is Dr. Elizabeth Lacey (Biology). She accepted the award on behalf of the committee. An engraved paver will be installed in honor of the committee at Gateway Gardens. The next big event for the committee will be the fall 2010 Peabody Invasive Species Pull Nov. 12 from 1-2 p.m.

Award nominations Each year the UNCG Alumni Association recognizes as many as two outstanding alumni who have exemplified the university’s “service” motto — whether in their profession, community or university — for the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. The impact can be local or it can be at the state or national level. In addition to making a difference, the recipient(s) must “exemplify creative and continuous personal growth and a willingness to embrace our changing world.” The Young Alumni Award is given to an alumnus 40 years old or younger who has made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to their profession, community or university. The winner should exemplify outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches. The deadline for submitting nominations for both awards is Jan. 5. To receive a nomination form, visit www.uncg.edu/ala/awards.html, call the Alumni Office at 4-5696 or email Melissa Potter at melissapotter@uncg.edu.

The movies are moving The entertainment DVDs, previously housed in the the Teaching and Learning Center in McIver, are moving to Jackson Library and will be available for check out starting Wednesday, Oct. 13. The roughly 5,000 titles, encompassing hit TV shows, popular movies and classic films, will be shelved near the current periodicals in the Jackson Library Reading Room. Students, faculty and staff will be able to check them out from 7:30 a.m. – midnight Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. This increased access is one big reason for the move. Previously. patrons were unable to check out movies on weekends. The loan period for the DVDs will continue to be one week. Patrons may check out two at a time. Instructional DVDs and VHS tapes will continue to be available at the TLC. The entertainment DVDs will not be available through Oct.12 as the move takes place, but they can be returned to either Jackson Library or the TLC during that time.

Fall 2010 Kendon Smith Lecture Series The topic will be “Developing Folk Theories of Mind, Behavior, and Science” and will be held on Oct. 29 (1:30-4:30 p.m.) and Oct. 30 (9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) in Sullivan Science, Room 101. It is presented by the Department of Psychology. This endowed series is free and open to the public. This year’s theme will explore the emergence and trajectory of people’s ideas about the mind, behavior, and science, as well as the implications of these ideas for navigating the everyday environment. The series will feature four internationally renowned speakers: Dr. Henry M. Wellman (University of Michigan), Dr. Frank C. Keil (Yale University), Dr. Paul L. Harris (Harvard University), and Dr. Bertram F. Malle (Brown University). Additional information can be obtained from Melanie Nickerson at 4-5480 or at http://psychology.uncg.edu/news/kendon_smith_lectures.

N.C. Arts Council Fellowship information session for writers The MFA Writing Program and the UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host an information session for writers interested in applying for North Carolina Arts Council’s 2011–2012 Artist Fellowship grant Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.  in the Faculty Center. Banu Valladares, literature director of the N.C. Arts Council, will talk about the grant process, offer tips on submitting competitive applications and discuss other resources available to writers through the Arts Council. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Nov. 1. Writers may read the guidelines and link to the online application at www.ncarts.org/fellowships. Fellowship awards for spoken-word artists and writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and literary translation as well as composers of jazz, chamber, electronic, experimental and symphonic music, songwriters, playwrights and screenwriters are offered every two years. The grants are $10,000 each. Artists must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and have been residents of N.C. for at least the year immediately prior to the application deadline to apply. Artists enrolled in a degree-granting program may not apply.

RF Micro Devices and JSNN announce collaboration RF Micro Devices, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering have signed a Joint Research and Development, Facilities and Equipment Use Agreement. This agreement enables joint research and development activities as well as facilities and equipment use at the state-of-the-art research and education facility currently under construction. Under the agreement, JSNN and RFMD intend to collaborate on the development of innovative nanoelectronics technologies related to RF amplification, filter, and switch functions. JSNN’s cleanroom will be available to RFMD for research and development, and RFMD will collaborate with university research students while locating RFMD personnel at the facility. JSNN and RFMD intend for the collaboration between industry and academia to drive research excellence and generate leading-edge technologies that ultimately support economic growth.

Women’s soccer team nationally ranked The team entered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national rankings this week at no. 24. They are ranked no. 21 in this week’s Soccer America poll. They are off to a school-record 9-1-1 start on the season, and are 4-0-0 in the SoCon so far this year, improving to 42-2-2 in regular-season league games since the start of the 2006 season, notes Phil Perry (Athletics). The team has two home matches this weekend, which are both free: vs. The Citadel, Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.; vs. College of Charleston, Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.

Newsmakers: October 6, 2010

Rebecca Adams, Betty Carter, Fred Patrick, Susan Walcott, Keith Debbage, Geoffrey Baym, Bruce Kirchoff, Don Jud, Andrew Brod, Paul Delaney, Lili Sahakyan, Craig Nova and Omar H. Ali are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]

See/Hear: October 6, 2010

Newly promoted and/or tenured faculty were feted in Cone Ballroom in late September. [Read more…]