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Archives for November 2010

Dean Petersen Will Step Down

110310Headline_PetersenDr. James C. Petersen, who has been dean of the Graduate School since 2002, is stepping down from the position effective June 30, 2011.

A search committee will be named soon, said Provost David H. Perrin, who praised Petersen’s work.

“The new doctoral and master’s degree programs established during Jim’s tenure as dean helped UNCG attain its current Carnegie classification as a Research University with High Research Activity,” Perrin said. “His tireless advocacy for additional support for graduate students has enhanced our competitiveness for the top students throughout the state and nation.”

Petersen is a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology and plans to teach after stepping down as dean. He came to UNCG from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for research 1999-2002. He holds a doctorate from the University of Iowa.

In addition to his administrative duties, Petersen worked with UNCG’s academic leadership to develop and expand graduate programs. As dean, he formulated and implemented policies to facilitate the work of faculty in graduate education, provided leadership in recruiting and retention of graduate students, and developed criteria for evaluating and for guaranteeing quality in UNCG’s graduate programs. He also worked to further UNCG’s research mission.

During Petersen’s years, UNCG has added 12 doctoral programs, six master’s degree programs and 22 graduate certificates. From May 2003 to May 2010, the annual number of graduates increased 64 percent for doctorates, 69 percent for Education Specialist degrees, 9.5 percent for master’s degrees, and 226 percent for graduate certificates.

There was also a substantial increase in support for graduate students. Between the 2002-03 and 2009-10 academic years, the total value of graduate assistant stipends increased by 76 percent and the total value of tuition waivers increased by 73 percent. During this period the university also began providing health insurance for all categories of graduate assistants.

The Graduate School has installed new software to improve the handling of inquiries about graduate education opportunities and a new system for online applications to graduate programs. It has established a development program for private giving and hired our first Director of Development. The Graduate School also established a newsletter, Eunomia, to increase the visibility of graduate programs and the accomplishments of our graduate students.

Visual: Dean Petersen (right) presenting an award to a student at the 2005 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Convocation.

By Steve Gilliam

Photograph by David Wilson

Making the Grammy Entry List

110310Feature_WindEnsembleThe UNCG Wind Ensemble, long recognized as a premiere performance group, has gotten the attention of someone at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Yes, the people who ultimately give out Grammy Awards.

The ensemble has been entered into consideration for music’s highest honor by a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for its most recent recording, “fireworks!” The Wind Ensemble is on the Grammy Entry List in the Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance categories.

“There were 61 UNCG student performers on this recording and they represented the very finest wind and percussion students in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance,” said Dr. John Locke, UNCG’s director of bands. “This year, there are some 300 entries for Best Classical Album, so we’re realistic about our chances. Nonetheless, to be placed on a worldwide ballot with the greatest classical ensembles is very rewarding.”

At least one of those competitors will be very familiar. Also making the list are Dr. Michael Burns, an associate professor of bassoon, and Dr. Inara Zandmane, staff accompanist for the music departments, for their CD “Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists.” The recording is listed in Best Classical Album and Best Chamber Music Performance categories.

Members of the recording academy will whittle down the entry list in the coming weeks as they select their top five choices in a variety of musical categories in a round of voting. Those five projects will be considered Grammy nominees. Another ballot will determine the Grammy winner in each category.

“fireworks!” is the ensemble’s 16th studio recording and the first to be distributed through a commercial recording label. The album was released in March 2010 and is available at Amazon.com, through many online distributors, directly from Equilibrium Records and for download through the Apple iTunes Store.

Though the recording process is arduous for both faculty and students, the experience is well worth it, said Dr. Kevin Geraldi, UNCG’s associate director of bands. “For the students in the group, the experience of recording gets them to refine their playing to the highest level of detail,” he said.

The ensemble will often rehearse pieces for six to seven weeks in preparation for a recording. A recording session can take 90 minutes to three hours per song and include 40 to 100 takes of various measures of music. Then add in six to eight hours of editing per piece, plus time for touchups and sound engineering.

“We do it until we do it right,” Geraldi said.

Several students who participated in the recording of “fireworks!” are still on campus, including graduate Brad McMillian, who now works in the UNCG Bands Office. He was thrilled when he learned of the project’s Grammy attention.

“It’s a huge honor to be in a category with some of the world’s most famous ensembles,” he said.

Zandmane had a similar response. “I am very happy that the CD is selected to be on the level suited for a Grammy,” she said. “It is a very big achievement.”

By Lanita Withers Goins

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Notes: November 3, 2010

NotesIconLovelady gives Child and Family Research Network talk The CFRN presents Dr. Cheryl Lovelady, “Preventing Childhood Obesity: Start in the Early Years,” Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Nussbaum Room of downtown’s Greensboro Public Library. Lovelady, professor of nutrition, is a researcher in the area of women’s health, with emphasis on energy needs and exercise in the postpartum period. She is currently a co-investigator on a National Institute of Health-funded randomized trial with the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. The study is “KAN-DO: Kids & Adults Now – Defeat Obesity”. The primary objective is to encourage postpartum mothers and their preschool-aged children to work together to promote healthy eating, increase physical activity, and reduce sedentary behaviors. Lovelady received her Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, her M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley where she completed her Dietetic Internship, and her B.S. in Dietetics from California State University, Chico. She has received numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the School of Human Environmental Sciences Board of Governor’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the Research Excellence Award. Visit CFRN’s web site at http://cfrn.uncg.edu for more information.

Faculty Center reservations now available through the EUC Reservations Office As of Nov. 1, reservations can be made for use of the Faculty Center by contacting the Elliott University Center Reservations Office. The Faculty Center is available for presentations, receptions, lectures or small gatherings of up to 50 people. The center provides wireless internet services; as well as comfortable seating, tables, podium, easel, dry erase board and a flip chart. The kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator and icemaker. Restroom facilities are available. Four outside entrances are available to the Faculty Center, two of which open onto an outdoor balcony. A ramp leading into the facility from College Avenue makes it accessible to individuals with disabilities. The Faculty Center, built in 1948 and originally a soda shop, is conveniently located next to the Alumni House on College Avenue. For more information, or to reserve the Faculty Center for your next event, contact the EUC Reservations Office at 4-5378.

New name The Office of Orientation and Family Programs has undergone a name change to the Office of New Student and Spartan Family Programs. The name change more accurately reflects the comprehensive programs and services the office offers new students beyond SOAR, explains Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, as well as new initiatives related to the first year transition and retention of new students to the university. Additionally, the office will now collaborate with Undergraduate Studies with formalized intentionality and purpose to serve the ever-growing complexity of offerings for incoming, first year and transitioning students. A primary goal of this partnership between Student Affairs and Undergraduate Studies is to identify opportunities within existing programs, as well as create new collaborative programs, that will maximize high-impact efforts affecting student learning, efficiency, retention and cost containment. Lastly, in recognition of the growing programs and services to the families of our undergraduate students, and in support of increased affinity for and spirit around UNCG by families, the name “Spartan” has been added to emphasize the office’s unique Spartan Family Programs.

Education options for staff members As a staff member, are you interested in learning more about the undergraduate and graduate education options available at UNCG? On Nov. 9 and Dec. 8, UNCG will hold two separate panel discussions concerning these topics. On Nov. 9, hear an Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid panel discuss options for furthering your education. On Dec. 8, the focus will be on The Graduate School, Financial Aid, and The Division of Continual Learning. There will be information on tuition waivers and other staff benefits. There will be question and answer periods as well. Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. RSVP for each date separately by visiting https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/ – click on Staff Senate Brown Bag Seminars.

In memoriam Charles “Charlie” Sullivan, husband of former Chancellor Pat Sullivan, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, after a brief illness. The funeral service was on Tuesday, Nov. 2. His advanced degrees were in electrical engineering, and he had a 25-year career in the corporate world with General Electric and Texas Instruments, where he worked on the analysis, design and computer simulation of semiconductor devices and fabrication technology and the development of semiconductor engineering software. Most on campus knew him as the genial co-host of hundreds of UNCG special events, during his wife’s13 years as chancellor. She preceded him in death in August 2009. Charlie Sullivan was profiled in the Spring 2008 UNCG Magazine.

Commemoration of Veterans Day A presentation by the United States War Veterans/North Carolina Honor Guard Group will be at the Fountain at Thursday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. The program will include a colorguard, rifle and bugle presentation. This program is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. At noon that day, a Veterans Day Reception will be in Jackson Library, with refreshments in the Jackson Library on the first floor in the Julia Cameron Trice Study Alcove in the Reference Room. Guests will be able to view a selection of items from the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the Jackson Library Archive. RSVP by Tues., Nov. 9, to lmmcguir@uncg.edu if you are planning to attend the reception.

Employment Fair for PhD and master’s students UNCG will again join Duke University, North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill and others in sponsoring the North Carolina PhD/Master’s Employment Fair. Master’s and PhD candidates at sponsoring schools are invited to attend the event on Thursday, Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m., at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This annual event allows graduate students to meet with employers from the business, government and non-profit sectors interested in hiring master’s and PhD graduates. More than 30 employer representatives will be on hand to discuss opportunities in the fields of computer science, mathematics/statistics, sciences, social sciences, government, healthcare, and more. For details, visit http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/phdfair/ . If you have questions, email career_services@uncg.edu or call 4-5454.

Award for Residence Hall Association UNCG RHA received the Dan Wooten Award from NCHO, which is awarded for quality contributions at the local (campus and community), state and regional levels.

India festival The Yuva – India Students’ Organization will host an Indian Festival Sunday, Nov. 7, in 225 Curry Building from 4- 6 p.m. “This event’s main purpose is to educate the people of Greensboro about the culture and tradition of India and also its ethnic diversity.” said Maram Rahul Reddy, the student group’s president. “We will be showcasing Indian classical dance, dance to Indian Bollywood music, a humorous skit and a traditional fashion show depicting the diverse regions of the Indian sub-continent.” There’ll also be delicious Indian snacks. It is open to the general public. Admission is $5; all students are free.

Men’s soccer takes share of SoCon title The title is UNCG’s sixth in 14 seasons in the Southern Conference, the last coming in 2006. The Spartans have shared three of the six titles during that time. They are the top seed in the conference title. They host Georgia Southern Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

The ship was carrying marble Dr. Deborah Carlson of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A & M University will speak on “A Monumental Cargo: The Roman Column Wreck at Kizilburun, Turkey.” The talk will be Thursday, Nov. 11, 101 Sullivan Science Bldg. at 8 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Department of Classical Studies. Since 2005, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University has been excavating the remains of a Roman marble carrier wrecked in the 1st century B.C. off the Aegean coast of Turkey. The ship was transporting the components of a (then) newly-quarried monumental column comprised of a single Doric capital and eight enormous drums. Once assembled, the drums and capital would have formed a column nearly 10 meters tall, weighing around 60 tons. Carlson will discuss the wreck and the uses for which this particular cargo were intended. The excavation team was only recently able to study the wooden hull of the ship beneath the tons of stone cargo, and Carlson will also discuss the ongoing study of the ship and its construction.

Basketball event today Faculty and staff are invited to kick off the 2010-11 basketball season with Spartan Athletics at the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House today (Nov. 3) from noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy some heavy appetizers while mingling with Athletics front office staff, men’s and women’s basketball staff and a few student-athletes while they pop in between classes.

Pianist Hamelin Performs in UCLS Concert

Grammy Award-nominated pianist Marc-André Hamelin will bring his distinctive performing style to the stage of Aycock Auditorium when he performs Tuesday, Nov. 9. [Read more…]

Three Readings in Next Two Weeks

  • Erin McGraw Fiction Reading – Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Faculty Center – The MFA Writing Program, The Greensboro Review and Spring Garden Press will host a fiction reading by Erin McGraw. [Read more…]

Campus People: November 3, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Stuart Marcovitch – Dr. Brad Johnson – Megan Delph – Michael Williams – Erica Estep – Dean Lynne G. Pearcey [Read more…]

Announcements: November 3, 2010

Dear colleagues,

The State Employees Combined Campaign concludes on Friday, Nov. 12.

The SECC is the official workplace giving campaign for employees throughout state government and the university system. Through donations from individuals at UNCG and at other state agencies, the campaign assists more than 900 agencies and groups.

This is the one time of the year when the UNCG community unites to support others in the spirit of our motto of “service.”

With the current economic conditions, many North Carolina individuals, families, and organizations are in need of support through our campaign. I hope you will join me in supporting one or more of these organizations. Every gift counts and makes a difference in the lives of many people, perhaps even someone with whom we work. Our participation in this campaign reminds our neighbors and friends that UNCG cares about our community!

Those with questions may contact their departmental solicitor or UNCG’s campaign chair, Benita Peace.

I ask each employee to consider being a part of the campaign. The campaign makes a difference in so many lives in our community and our state.

Linda P. Brady
Chancellor