UNCG Campus Weekly

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Notes: February 9, 2011

NotesIconFamily Game Night at Jackson Library The Office of Campus Activities & Programs and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a Family Game Night for UNCG students, staff and faculty members and their children on Friday, Feb. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the first floor Reading Room of Jackson Library. Board and card games for all ages will be available, as well as Wii and Playstation 2. You are welcome to bring your own board games and G-rated video games and accessories. Complimentary refreshments will include pizza, salad, chips, salsa, veggies and dip, lemon bars and ice tea or water. Those with questions may contact Lisa McGuire at 4-5800 or lmmcguir@uncg.edu or Amy Harris at 6-0275 or a_harri2@uncg.edu.

iTunes U Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce UNCG’s implementation of iTunes U. iTunes U at UNCG is a partnership between the University and Apple Computer, Inc. that provides us with storage space and a University presence for delivering media content in the Apple iTunes Store, notes Dr. Jim Clotfelter, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer. The university community will provide the content. All content must adhere to University copyright policy and to iTunes U at UNCG content guidelines. For more information, see iTunes U at UNCG.

UNCG program review Our university will be undertaking a review of all academic programs beginning this semester and concluding in the fall. Information is at opa.uncg.edu/programreview. Faculty, staff and students are invited to provide feedback on the program review process proposal via that web site. [previous sentence added 2/9 ] A Faculty Senate forum on the program review process and criteria will be Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The campus community is invited.

Be Active NC There is a new partnership with UNCG and Be Active NC. Be Active is currently leading a statewide initiative to get more people, more active, more often. They will be launching a campaign in the spring to find one million North Carolinians who are committed to being active. In order to help them with this initiative, Be Active NC began looking for partners to expand their reach. In late October, Be Active NC began a new partnership with the UNCG to cover 12 counties in the Triad region. The Partnership is housed out of the Office of Academic Outreach, and will promote the mission of Be Active NC: to empower all North Carolinians to live healthy, physically active lifestyles by helping them become more active, more often in that 12 county region by supporting existing efforts and collaborating to begin new ones. Those with questions may contact Stefanie Milroy at stefanie.milroy@uncg.edu.

Agee gets 600th The women’s basketball team defeated Western Carolina 57-53 on Monday, giving Coach Lynne Agee her 600th career win. Agee is the 14th active Div. I women’s basketball coach and 21st Div. I women’s basketball coach overall to reach the 600-win mark.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum Frachele Scott, manager of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, will be the featured speaker at the Black Faculty and Staff Association meeting on Friday, Feb. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Scott will share information about upcoming events at the museum (http://www.nchistoricsites.org/chb/chb.htm). The BFSA invites all interested students, staff and faculty to attend and learn more about this local historic site. Contact Gerald Holmes at gerald_holmes@uncg.edu for more details.

Financial Aid Awareness Week Feb. 15-17 More than half of the students enrolled at UNCG are taking advantage of the financial aid opportunities available to help pay for the cost of a college education. However, many other students think that they will never qualify for financial assistance, so they do not even bother applying. There are many opportunities for financial aid. Financial Aid Awareness Week may help in spreading the word. The UNCG Financial Aid Office will have information tables set up in EUC and the Cafeteria at mid-day beginning Feb. 15. Also, students may also receive assistance in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on FAFSA Day. This will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, throughout the state. UNCG will not be a FAFSA Day site but there will be other places in the Greensboro area. Visit College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org for information on locations of the event, required documentation and registration for FAFSA day. Students may begin filing their FAFSA for the 2011-12 school year now. Students must file a FAFSA each school year they are planning to receive financial aid, even if your aid consists only of student loans. The FAFSA priority deadline for UNCG is March 1.

Active U employee fitness program Active U is a grant-funded employee fitness program through the HealthyUNCG Committee and the Department of Campus Recreation. It is designed to improve the health and well-being of UNCG employees by exposing them to various fitness activities in a non-competitive, inclusive environment. The program will be held every Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 11 through April 15, at the Student Recreation Center Fitness Studio. It will include fitness activities such as Zumba, yoga, pilates, hi/lo aerobics and resistance training. All UNCG employees are welcomed (No SRC membership is required). Incentives for participation will be given. Please bring your UNCG Staff ID to enter the SRC. For more information, contact the Department of Campus Recreation at ifitness@uncg.edu or by phone 4-5924, or go online to http://healthy.uncg.edu.

UNCG Dining launches YouFirst Dining Services has launched a strategy that helps ensure guest needs are addressed directly and quickly. Managers will be more accessible on the floor of dining locations, and YouFirst chefs will interact with diners. You will recognize them by their squash-colored chef coats. If you have questions or a concern, see any employee in a Dining Services location.

Making connections with Spartan parents and families Parents and family members play a vital role in the academic and social success of UNCG students. To facilitate effective partnerships with parents and family members, The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs distributes “Family Connections,” a monthly e-newsletter, to Spartan family members who have joined the UNCG Parent Family Association (PFA). “Family Connections” provides a valuable opportunity for more than 3,600 PFA members to learn about the programs and resources that are available to families and their students within the university community. The newsletter is sent via email through the PFA listserv during the first week of each month to inform parents and family members of upcoming events, resources and deadlines. Additionally, the newsletter includes a spotlight series that showcases the contributions of students and faculty members from the UNCG community. If your office or department will be hosting an event, providing services or would like to submit a spotlight article for inclusion in “Family Connections,” contact Brandy Propst at bspropst@uncg.edu for details and article submission guidelines. All articles are due five business days prior to the end of the month in order to be included in the following month’s issue. If you would like to receive “Family Connections,” email Brandy Propst at bspropst@uncg.edu and ask to subscribe. You are also invited to become a fan of our UNCG Spartan Family Programs Facebook page. Log onto Facebook and search for “UNCG Spartan Family Programs” to “Like” the page.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum A traveling table top exhibit with more than 3,000 items of Black memorabilia spanning from slavery to Hip Hop, on Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The museum collection includes original documents from historic Black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States, along with items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, Civil Rights and Black Power era, music, sports and popular culture. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the National Pan Hellenic Council and the Neo-Black Society.

“Preparing the Black Community for Social Change” This lecture by Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis, assistant professor of sociology and black studies at City College of New York, will be Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. This talk will deal with the need to shift dynamics within the Black community to accomplish greater social change. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The Great Conversation Sponsored by the Philosophy Department, the series presents Mike Matteson on “The Sniper and the Lone Sentry,” Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center. This is the final Great Conversation of the spring. Philosophy’s next event is the Philosophy Departmtent/BB&T Symposium on Property, Markets and Morality, March 18-20. That will be a joint effort between the Philosophy Department and the (Bryan School) BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality. Dr. Wade Maki and Dr. Bas van der Vossen are organizing that symposium.

This is a test Emergency preparedness is an important priority for UNCG. The university will hold a campus-wide test of its emergency notification systems on Tuesday, Feb. 16, starting at 10:35 a.m. The following systems will be activated during the test: AM radio station channel 1640 (with internet streaming); campus-wide email; SMS text message, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; blue light emergency phone PA systems; classroom intercoms, building mass notification systems; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and the emergency web site. Following the emergency notification test, a short survey will be sent via email. Please take time to provide us with your feedback. Your response is important to ensuring the university is prepared for emergencies. To register for SMS text messaging, or to confirm your information is up-to-date, go to Emergency Cell Phone Contact under Personal Information in your UNCGenie account. Faculty, staff and students may also download the computer-screen pop-up tool (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed. Feel free to contact the Office of Emergency Management with any questions or concerns, at BeReady@uncg.edu or 256-8639.

Campus Garden meeting Believe it or not, cold, winter days are the perfect time to start thinking about planting and planning your garden, says Dr. Susan Andreatta (Anthropology). She is a leader of the Campus Garden on McIver Street. “We are pleased and fortunate to have Guilford County Cooperative Extention Agent Karen Neill and Master Gardener Jeanne Aller provide us with a ‘getting started on your garden plot’ presentation. You need not be a plot holder [in the Campus Garden] to attend and learn how and when to plant your first seeds and transplants. If you are a Campus Garden plot holder, please send one of your members to this meeting,” she says. The presentation will be Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5-6:30 p.m. in Graham 313.

And the winners are Three readers who filled out the Campus Weekly survey at the end of the last semester were randomly selected to win the prize of a $10 credit to Dining Services. The CW editor thanks all of those who completed the survey. The winners are Venus Pinnix (Curry Building); Marian Harrison (McIver Building) and Stacy Sechrist (330 S. Greene Street).