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Archives for March 2011

Putting Yourself in Another’s Shoes

033011Feature_PovertySocial Work graduate student Brandon Williams explained that that was what the March 18 Poverty Simulation 2011 was illustrating. He was one of the volunteers, role playing. The sign at his table read “Community Center.”

Fellow grad student Megan Englebretson explained that some of the nearly 100 students, mostly undergraduates, who came to their table throughout the afternoon found frustration. As they all played their roles, they wanted more than what those at each of the booths could provide, or perhaps they’d been misinformed. Many participants found it eye-opening. Frustrations and barriers were a theme of the day, as revealed when students formed groups at the end of the day to talk through their role-playing experiences.

“I just want the people to have the right information,” one student said.

The day was the brainchild of instructor Jack Register (Social Work), who led a committee organizing it. “We in HES [Human Environmental Sciences] train students to become more aware of the issues and impact of poverty on vulnerable populations,” he explained. Including the frustrations.

The event, titled “Poverty Simulation 2011: Making Cents of Being Poor,” took place on a warm, sunny Friday. The students, many from Social Work but others from throughout the School of HES and beyond, gathered in Fleming Gym in the morning to be briefed on the purpose and logistics of the afternoon simulation. One topic was “What poverty looks like in our world today in 2011.”

Poverty simulations, Register explains, are a way of ‘walking,’ at least for a few minutes, in the shoes of another person or group. Each participant would be given an identity. They would attempt to get their family’s needs met, and in the course of the afternoon would visit several “agencies” to help do that.

“You may have to gain access to transportation, recertify for Medicare/Medicaid, gain some intervention for medical reasons, or a host of other issues,” he instructed the students, about the role-playing. “If you choose to break the law during the simulation, you will be arrested.”

While the day was eye-opening for some — many participants had had experience working with volunteering or working with populations at risk for poverty, such as immigrants or the mentally ill.

“A family member may get out of poverty, but what about the family?” one student observed during the debriefing at the end of the day.

By 2012, about sixty percent of the population will be elderly, Williams said, as he moderated one of the debriefing sessions. Social Work chair Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey offered an occasional question or thought to further the conversation. But the students offered their own experiences with populations in need.

“Let’s talk about kids,” Williams said. And the participants had plenty to add.

“We talked about immigrants,” he said. “What about the mentally ill?” The views flew back and forth, some students drawing on their volunteer experiences.

“Did there seem to be good communication between agencies?” Williams asked.

One student observed that transportation – not understanding how to use the public transportation or no access to it or a car — can be a barrier.

Lindsey noted that during the simulation, she observed a “45-year-old veteran” walking around rather aimlessly, not knowing where to turn. One student observed seeing a homeless veteran recently along a roadway, and speculated on what barriers that individual had faced, and what could be done.

Students piped up with frustrations they faced, in playing their roles. “The frustration in hearing you’re denied a service, but not told why,” one said.

“Seeing [a place] closed for the day or for lunch,” another said.

Language barriers for immigrants, Alexia Mesa offered. An intern with Guilford Child Development, she has experience working with Congolese immigrants. She notes that UNCG is the most diverse ethnically of the historically white UNC schools, and she has learned from students of a wide variety of ethnicities at UNCG.

This warm, spring day was another day of broadening students’ perspectives.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris


Weatherspoon Celebrates 70

033011Feature_WeatherspoonThe Weatherspoon Art Museum turns 70 this year. That’s seven decades of presenting thoughtful exhibitions, providing educational opportunities for visitors, and building a collection with a national reputation.

The museum will have special offerings throughout the year.

One that is always fun and very family-friendly is the annual Spring Community Day, which will be Saturday, April 9, 1-4 p.m. Join Paperhand Puppet Intervention (in visual) from the Triangle area in celebrating WAM’s 70th Anniversary. Art activities, performances, tours and more will be offered.

Additional highlights for the year include the anniversary exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting, and the launch of a full-color publication that complements it.

Some events in the coming weeks:
Noon @ ‘the Spoon gallery tour – Tour the Vogel Collection
April 12, noon

A Conversation with artist Tom Otterness – Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.
From the city parks to museums, from subway stations to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Tom Otterness’ public sculptures have been enjoyed by millions. Join WAM for this special evening.

John Ahearn: Artist Talk – Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.
A Greensboro storefront in 1995 became a studio for John Ahearn where he created life-like plaster portraits of the city’s residents. Learn about John’s work and those who inspire it. More information.

The special 70th anniversary web site can be viewed here. The WAM site, with a full calendar, can be viewed here.

Student Excellence Day (Plus Preview Day)

033011Headline_StudentExcellenceStudent Excellence Day, when UNCG recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its undergraduate and graduate students, will be held Friday, April 8, to coincide with the Woman’s College Reunion Weekend.

Student Excellence Day will culminate with an Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. in EUC’s Auditorium, when Provost David H. Perrin will present Student Excellence Awards, UNCG’s highest academic award, along with awards for Undergraduate Research, Graduate and Library Research.

A “Student Excellence Day Preview” will take place on Thursday, April 7.

Various “showcase” events, slated for both days, will allow fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni to experience a sample of the broad array of the work produced by our students on a daily basis. For instance, the Undergraduate Research Expo will present faculty-mentored student projects from a wide variety of academic fields. The Art, Dance and Music departments will showcase student work in exhibits and in open rehearsals. The Lloyd International Honors College will open the doors of North Spencer Honors Residence Hall to the UNCG community for an “Honors Showcase.”

On Friday afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium Lobby, students from Leadership and Service-Learning, Undergraduate Research, Interior Architecture, Art, the Honors College, and Strong, Ashby, and Grogan Residential Colleges will be on hand to greet and meet at a drop-in showcase. They will answer questions about their individual and collective work. Any UNCG student who attends the Showcase, and who completes a brief reflective survey, will be eligible to win an iPod nano.

The two-day schedule:

Student Excellence Day Preview: Thursday, April 7

  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Undergraduate Research Expo, Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom – The Undergraduate Research Expo showcases faculty mentored student projects from a wide variety of academic fields. The work you will see demonstrates how UNCG students are engaging in activities that improve their communication skills, hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills, and give them experience in teamwork. Some of the presenters are supported by funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research while others receive course credit, volunteer their time or receive funding from a faculty member’s grant. Some of the presentations are a result of a class project; many will be interdisciplinary.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  – Art Student Exhibits (EUC Art Gallery)
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m. –  Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal (Music Building, Room 111)
  • 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Dance Class (HHP Building, Room 322)
  • 2 to 3:15 p.m. –  Dance Class (HHP Building, Room 322)
  • 2 to 3:40 p.m. – Symphonic Band Rehearsal (Music Building, Room 111)

Student Excellence Day, Friday, April 8

  • 10 to 11:45 a.m. – Dance Class (HHP Building, Room 322)
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m. – Jazz Band Rehearsal (Music Building, Room 111)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. – Showcase featuring students talking about their work (EUC Auditorium Lobby)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. – Honors College Open House (North Spencer Residence Hall) – Lloyd International Honors College will open the doors of North Spencer Honors Residence Hall to the UNCG community for an “Honors Showcase.” Honors students and student groups will be in the parlor to present their work to visitors. Among those with presentations will be this year’s World Model United Nations team and student winners from the 2011 Honors Research Symposium. Tours will be available of the Honors College’s Global Classroom and other facilities in North Spencer.
  • 7 p.m. Honor’s Convocation (EUC Auditorium) – Provost David H. Perrin will preside at UNCG’s 49th annual Student Honors Convocation. At the Convocation the Student Excellence Award winners will be announced. Undergraduate Research Assistant, Graduate and Library Research Awards will also be presented.

Newsmakers: March 30, 2011

Fred Patrick, Michael Parker, Timothy Johnston, Melissa Pihos, the Sapphires and those associated with the early/middle college are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]

New University Marshals

Fifty-two individuals will be inducted on April 10 into one of the oldest continuing student organizations on campus. [Read more…]

Counseling, Nursing Programs Rank High in Survey

Programs in nursing and counseling at UNCG rank among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Graduate Schools. [Read more…]

Enjoy a Day at the Lake

033011NewsAndNotes_PineyLakeUNCG faculty, staff and students are invited to bring your friends and family to enjoy a day at Piney Lake on Saturday, April 9, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Blue & Gold Wellness Expo 2011

Join HRS and Healthy UNCG for the Blue & Gold Wellness Expo devoted to employees and showcasing a variety of health and wellness resources available at UNCG and throughout the Piedmont Triad community. [Read more…]

Kicking It Off with a 2:41 Walk

UNCG will host a kick-off walk for National Start Walking Day, an America Heart Association (AHA) initiative. [Read more…]

Peace Studies Talks, on Middle East and 9-11

033011NewsAndNotes_JohanA TRANSCEND peace studies conference will be on campus this week. Two talks are open for to everyone. [Read more…]

Notes: March 30, 3011

NotesIconProgram Review timeline The timeline for Academic Program Review, running to November, has been posted at the Academic Program Review Process web page, http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/. As the timeline shows, the work of the Unit Program Review committees will begin May 1. The work of the University Program Review committee is slated to begin June 15. Those wishing to know of updates to the web site as they are posted may subscribe to the listserv. Past updates may be viewed at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/docs/UNCG_Academic_Program_Review_Process_Listserv_Messages.pdf.

Three scholarships Students may apply for the James H. Allen Student Leader Scholarship, the Georgia Cooper Moore Service and Leadership Award, and the Pamela A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline for the three awards is Friday, April 8, at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Excellence Awards Banquet on Monday, April 18, at 6 p.m., in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/saf/.

Comer going Athletics Ticket Manager for almost 10 years, John Comer is leaving UNCG for a position with the Carolina Union at UNC Chapel Hill. He leaves behind some great memories, as he was always working the gate or box office for the big games. “My favorite game was the victory over perennial power Santa Clara by the women’s soccer team in 2008,” he told CW. “The most thrilling moment was Henning Jonasson’s last-second goal to beat arch rival Furman in 2005!”

April 8 Habitat for Humanity Dedication The dedication for the Habitat for Humanity house, which many UNCG groups and invividuals have worked on this year, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8, 4:30 – 5 p.m, at 1505 Village Crest Drive. (The event had originally been scheduled for an earlier date.) Those with questions may contact Beth Hens at beth_hens@uncg.edu

Museum Studies students won an award from the North Carolina Museums Council for “Best Interactive Website” for their project about Greensboro’s mill villages. The online site can be seen at http://conemillvillages.weebly.com/index.html.

Prison stories Sean Kelley, senior VP and director of public programming and PR at the Eastern State Penitentiary historic site and museum in Philadelphia, will speak. The event will be Tuesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Room 204, Gatewood Studio Arts Building. The talk is titled “Prison Sentences: Telling Complex Stories with Tours, Exhibits and Artist Collaborations in the Eastern State Penitentiary.” It is sponsored by the History Department and Public History Program.

Cleaning up Greensboro UNCG volunteers will participate in the Great American Clean Up through Greensboro Beautiful on April 2 from 9-11:0 a.m. Free pizza and drinks will be provided for volunteers at War Memorial Stadium from 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meeting in the Sink Building parking lot (corner of Highland and Oakland Ave) to get gloves and bags, and learn what area they will be cleaning up. If you’d like to volunteer, email Jessica Trotman (Office of Waste and Recycling) by March 31.

Final blood drive of the school year Elliott University Center will host its final Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2010-2011 school year on Tuesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Cone Ballroom., EUC. The goal is 250 pints. More than 566 pints of blood has been collected at EUC drives this year for the Red Cross. All presenting donors for the April EUC Blood Drive will receive a free t-shirt and will also be entered for the chance to win a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets. Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking, the EUC says. For more information, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Peabody work Peabody Park, the 34-acre tract of land at the northern end of UNCG’s campus, contains older growth forest, grassy areas and several streams. While you can’t say it is undisturbed, it is an important refuge for many forms of fora and fauna, as well as a great opportunity for outdoor learning. In the park you might see a 100 ft tall Yellow Poplar, a blue tailed skink, a rare native stand of horsetails, 500 million year old bedrock, or a crayfish in the stream. On April 8, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., you may help remove non-native plants such as English ivy and bamboo, with the helpful eye of graduate students to guide you. General clean up and removal of trash is also part of the event. Gloves and bags are provided. Please wear clothes you can wear out in the woods and sneakers. Water will be provided, but bring your own water bottle.

That Duke or ECU t-shirt? Everyone’s invited to the Great T-shirt Exchange: Out with the old, in with the Blue & Gold PART 2. It will be on April 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the EUC Commons area and the Atrium. The Student Government Association will present this event, co-sponsored by University Relations. You can trade in t-shirts from other universities (or any non-UNCG shirt) and get a free UNCG t-shirt in exchange. The traded shirts will be donated to Greensboro Urban Ministries. “This is also an opportunity to raise money for Relay for Life, so spare change is also welcome,” says Katie Marshall, student body president. “It’s all about school spirit and service.”

Dance Explores Narrative, Creative Process

033011EyeOnArts_MFADance“Our Stories,” an evening length dance/theater work, will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, by Kelly Ozust, a candidate for the MFA degree in choreography. [Read more…]

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance on April 8

033011EyeOnArts_SerenadThe Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform at UNCG Friday, April 8, as part of the Schol of Music, Theatre and DanceUniversity Concert and Lecture Series “Spotlight on the Performing Arts.” [Read more…]

Campus People: March 30, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Fred Patrick – Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt – Alex Epanchin – Betty Epanchin – Marilyn Friend – Judith Niemeyer – J. David Smith [Read more…]

Announcements: March 30, 2011

Staff Senate Will Accept Nominations

Are you or someone you know a staff member who wants to become more involved on our campus? Staff Senate will accept nominations for open seats April 1 – 15.

Nominations can be submitted online at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu or via campus mail (address to Kevin Bullard, 202 Forney Building). Formal elections will be held May 2 – 6 online, and in the EUC common area from 11 a.m. – noon each day. If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Kevin Bullard at kbullard@uncg.edu or 336-790-8642.

Total Number of Open Seats per Division
Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & Research 18
Business Affairs 8
Athletics 1
Information Technology Services 2
Advancement 1

Looking ahead: March 30-April 6, 2011

Baseball vs. N.C. A&T
Wednesday, March 30, NewBridge Park, Greensboro

Blue & Gold Wellness Expo
Friday, April 1, 11 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Black Arts Festival, “Black Arts Throughout the Decades”
Friday, April 1, 6:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Talk, Paula Vogel, recipient of Pulitzer Prize
Friday, April 1, 7 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Record and CD fair, sponsored by WUAG
Saturday, April 2, noon, Weatherspoon.

Opera, ‘Hansel and Gretel’
Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Red Cross blood drive
Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m., Cone Ballroom., EUC

Science on Tap talk, “Vaccines: Are the Fears Justified?”
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., The Green Bean

National Start Walking Day walk
Wednesday, April 6, 2:41 p.m., Minerva Statue

more at calendar.uncg.edu

We Have Liftoff. Godspeed, Brine Shrimp.

032311Headline_EndevourWhen local middle-schoolers needed help with a tiny experiment that would go into outer space, who better to assist than the experts in tiny, right?

Researchers in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) deal with and create the tiniest of experiments and engineering. Dr. Adam Hall, who leads the microscope lab at the joint school, explains that with their powerful microscopes you are “seeing individual components of the molecule.”

Students in five Guilford County middle schools competed last fall to see who would launch an experiment aboard the space shuttle Endeavor in April. Commanded by astronaut Mark Kelly, the mission will be the final Endeavor one, as the shuttle missions come to a close.

The space they were allotted on the shuttle for their experiment: a miniscule one-eighth inch³.

This Student Spaceflight Experiment Program was initiated by The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks LLC. JSNN is a joint academic program of UNCG and NC A&T.

Jacqueline Oates, outreach coordinator at JSNN, learned about the competition. She contacted the national center’s regional office, and told several of JSNN’s researchers, such as Dr. Adam Hall.

Hall is keen on science outreach to schoolkids – especially related to nanoscience. He will help lead an outreach at NanoDays in Raleigh later this year, when thousands of children will congregate at a kids’ museum to learn about nanoscale science.

Students in five Guilford County schools competed in the Shuttle challenge. JSNN researchers invited them to the joint school for a day of lab tours and an introduction to all things nano. They acted as mentors, and ultimately the young students created about 40 experiment proposals. “It was a fun experience,” Hall says.

He served as one of the local judges, as did Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan, assistant professor of nanoengineering. Three experiments were selected locally, to be submitted for final judging by the center.

Two graduate students, Richard Vestal and Adam Boseman, served as advisors for the young scientists. And Dr. Joseph Starobin was a key facilitator and advisor, as he discussed and helped clarify the link between possible options of the experimental design and related scientific background.

As Starobin reflects on his work with the students, he notes a particular discussion about physics and nanotechnology. “It was like an improvised interactive class with a positive very creative feedback. It was obvious that kids got used to this type of conversation during their routine science classes with their teacher Ms. French.”

The winner? An experiment involving what many people would refer to as “Sea-Monkeys,” but are more accurately called “brine shrimp.” One specimen of the miniscule brine shrimp will be on the shuttle, one will be a control group back on planet Earth. The experiment will look at the effect of gravity on their life cycle.

“The winners have needed help with samples,” Hall said. They needed to provide their materials to NASA for toxicology testing, so JSNN faculty showed them how to mathematically quantify measurements in microliters and make saline solution to NASA’s specification.

“When the day came to go back to JSNN (to do this), the kids were very excited,” recalls Lenny Sue French, the Mendenhall teacher leading the team. “The doctoral student and Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan led them through the measurement and the math. We left JSNN with a feeling of having just accomplished something very important.”

Nine children at Mendenhall Middle School are on that winning team.

Across America, 16 experiments were chosen – and 20,000 grade 5 through 12 students participated in the competition, says the center’s director, Jeff Goldstein.

As Goldstein said about these 20,000 students in an open letter announcing the winners, “They rose to the challenge, gently slipped on the shoes of real scientists, rolled up their sleeves, and did remarkable things. They are ALL winners.”

As the local schools’ statement on the center’s web page explains, Guilford County schools is committed to working with area universities to provide students with opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

JSNN is reaching out to be a part of that. And their work with these particular middle-schoolers has not ended.

“After the return of the shuttle and our experiment, the JSNN has volunteered to help us compare the ‘space born’ brine shrimp with their ‘Earth born’ brothers that we will be hatching simultaneously in a hotel room in Cocoa Beach, Florida,” French says.

The middle-schoolers have been invited to watch the launch from the same area where the family members and NASA staff will be.

Adam Boseman, a graduate student, recalls his own middle school classes, with his friends’ parents who worked in science fields coming to his school to give demonstrations. One time, he and a group were challenged to create a new invention. But that doesn’t compare to doing something with NASA, he adds.

“Nothing quite as cool as this happened when I was a middle-schooler.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy NASA

BOT Endorses School of Health & Human Sciences

032311Feature_SchoolOfHHSThe Board of Trustees voted March 17 to create a School of Health and Human Sciences. If approved by the UNC system’s Board of Governors, the new school would replace the School of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) and the School of Health and Human Performance (HHP) on July 1.

The new school would have seven departments – communication sciences and disorders, human development and family studies, kinesiology, nutrition, recreation and gerontology, social work, and public health education – and the Genetic Counseling Program.

“This restructuring reflects UNCG’s focus on health, wellness and quality of life across the lifespan,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “In the years ahead it will create new opportunities in what is already one of our areas of strength.”

Two departments in HES are slated to become parts of other campus units. The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies would move to the Bryan School of Business and Economics; the Department of Interior Architecture will join the College of Arts and Sciences in a previously announced move.

The Recreation Program in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management in HHP would merge with the Gerontology Program to form a Department of Recreation and Gerontology in the new school, while its Hospitality and Tourism Management Program would move to the Bryan School.

At the Trustees meeting, five faculty members – Dr. Jonathon Tudge, Dr. Bill Dudley, Dr. David Demo, Dr. Bob Strack and Dr. Susan Dennison – spoke from the floor after the provost gave a presentation about the proposal. The trustees’ vote affirming the plan was unanimous.

The trustees also voted to appoint Dr. Celia Routh Hooper dean of the new school during the upcoming transition. She has been dean of HHP since 2008 and was interim dean 2007-08. The university plans to launch a nationwide search for a permanent dean no later than July 2012 and to make an appointment no later than July 2013.

“Hooper has helped strengthen the School of HHP’s offices of research, academic programs and academic outreach and has supported development of the telepractice program at Gateway University Research Park and the UNCG Early/Middle College,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin. “She will provide positive leadership in organizing the new school.”

By Dan Nonte
Photograph by Mike Harris
Visual: Provost Perrin speaks to the trustees about the proposal.

‘Art of Public Memory’ Conference

032311Feature_ArtConference“The Art of Public Memory,” an international conference that will explore interactions between the arts, memory and history, will be held at UNCG Thursday through Sunday, April 7-10.

“The conference will focus on the ways that the arts participate in the creation and rethinking of public, or collective, memory,” said Dr. Ann Dils, director of the UNCG Women and Gender Studies Program. “Dance, theatre, music, film, and the visual arts all contribute to our understanding of people, events, places, institutions and histories.

“It is also part of a year-long series of events marking the opening of the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance, a celebration of interdisciplinary scholarship at UNCG, and a way to bring UNCG faculty, students and the public together with scholars, artists, educators and activists from around the world.”

An opening reception at the Greensboro Historical Museum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday will feature an opening address by Randy Martin, professor of art and public policy at New York University and director of the graduate program in arts politics. Martin is the author of “Performance as Political Act: The Embodied Self,” and “Critical Moves: Dance Studies in Theory and Politics,” and he is co-editor of “Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts.”

The conference will feature a variety of topics to be covered by more than 100 speakers in 50-plus programs and performance sessions running through Sunday. Events will be held across the facilities of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Major presentations include:

  • “Serenade/ The Proposition,” performance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (http://www.billtjones.org/ ), at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Aycock Auditorium. A work about Abraham Lincoln and the nature of history, it was one of three works that Jones created for the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. Among Jones’s other award-winning productions are “Chapel/Chapter,” “The Table Project,” “Still/ Here,” “D-Man in the Waters” and “Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land.” Company co-founder Bill T Jones received the Kennedy Center Honor in December 2010.
  • Eileen M. Hayes, music historian and ethnomusicologist at the University of North Texas, 3-4:15 p.m., Friday, April 8, Collins Lecture Hall, Music Building. She is the author of “Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women’s Music” and is the co-editor of “Black Women and Music: More than the Blues.” Her essays have been published in “African American Music: An Introduction,” “Ethnomusicology” and “Women and Music: the Journal of Gender and Culture.”
  • Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, Taylor Building. She is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama for the Broadway hit “Topdog/Underdog.” Her work, “The America Play,” will be presented locally by Triad Stage in May. Her musical, “Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Musical” is scheduled to premiere on Broadway this spring.

Conference attendees can also see the premiere of a documentary, “Honest, Abe,” by Mary Lopez, a UNCG media studies graduate student, which includes interviews with people living in Rutherford County, where local tradition suggests that Lincoln was born. NC A&T State University faculty member Donna Bradby will present sections of Suzan-Lori Parks’ “The America Play” performed by A&T students. UNCG theatre professor Janet Allard will lead a writing workshop titled “Whose/Who’s Lincoln?”

Other presenters will discuss how the arts shape our response to wars and natural disasters; the importance of popular media and television series such as “Mad Men” and “Big Love,” to shaping opinion of particular groups of people; and how music, literature, and visual art participate in the histories of Mexico and Myanmar. Conference sessions range across music, theatre and dance performances, film showings, workshops and panels of academic papers.

Registration will cost $150 for general attendance; $30 for student registration, $60 for UNCG faculty and $15 for UNCG students. A one-day registration will run $60 general, $25 public educator or UNCG faculty member, and $7 UNCG students.

Visit the web site to register and for more information, including the complete program.

By Steve Gilliam
Visual: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

Shades of Color Conference March 25

The 2011 Shades of Color Conference, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, takes place Friday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Elliott University Center. [Read more…]

Marathon Read of “The Odyssey,” on Classics Day 2011

032311NewsAndNotes_MinervaThe Classical Society, a student group in Classical Studies, is planning a Homer-a-thon, a marathon reading of the Odyssey. [Read more…]

Notes: March 23, 2011

NotesIconTree Campus USA, again UNCG earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced. This is the second year UNC Greensboro has been named a Tree Campus USA. Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

Keeping sustainability incorporated in academics A sustainability group led by Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker has invited Dr. David Orr to come speak to interested faculty on this topic April 7. The sponsoring sustainability group is composed of faculty from HES Sustainability Initiative, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Bryan School. Orr will hold two discusson groups in 303 Gatewood for faculty that afternoon, on getting sustainability into the classroom. The 3 p.m. workshop will be “Working on Sustainability.” The 4 p.m. workshop will be “Starting to Work on Sustainability,” for those relatively new to the topic. He will give a public lecture titled “Black Swans and the Challenge of Resilience” at 7 p.m. in Ferguson 100, followed by a reception and book signing. Those interested in the workshops are asked to contact Marshall-Baker at anna_marshallbaker@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Dr. John Lewellyn King died on Friday, March 18. King was an associate professor in the Philosophy Department, which he joined in 1974.

Cherry Blossom Festival On Friday, March 25, beginning at 11 a.m., stop by for games, prizes, movies, food and more at the Cherry Blossom Festival. It will be in EUC Auditorium. It is sponsored by the UNCG International and Global Studies program. The evening beforehand – Thursday, March 24 – enjoy an anime/movie marathon in Jackson Library’s reading room, beginning at 6 p.m.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Hosted by several organizations including UNCG Outdoor Adventures, this film festival will be April 3 in EUC Auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by The Banff Centre in Canada, and features award-winning films and audience favorites from hundreds of outdoor films entered in the annual festival in Banff. All proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Environmental Center in High Point. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places — all brought to life on the big screen. For tickets and information contact UNCG Outdoor Adventures (334-3105). See clips for this year’s festival at YouTube: Banff 2011.

Protecting your family’s land The workshop “Ties to the Land: Protecting Your Family’s Land During Estate Transition” will be held in Greensboro Saturday, April 30. It is sponsored by UNCG’s NC Center for Entrpreneurship. Details are at tiestotheland.uncg.edu.

Women’s History Month event “Building a Movement for Climate Justice” will be Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., in Room 201, Sullivan Science. The talk will be given by Chris Williams, a longtime activist from New York City.

Discussion of UNCG/Kisco collaboration April 1 All faculty with an interest in aging and wellness (physical, social, emotional, intellectual, occupational, spiritual and environmental) are invited to a presentation and discussion 10-11 a.m. Friday, April 1, in EUC’s Joyner Room about a potential collaboration between UNCG and Kisco Senior Living. UNCG has been presented with a unique opportunity to establish the Center for Positive Aging as a part of Kisco’s new retirement community, The Pilot at Sedgefield. HHP faculty and Kisco leaders have been discussing this project for more than six months and have developed an initial plan. At the April 1 meeting, Kisco leaders will present information about their company, their ongoing commitment to wellness and plans for the new retirement community. Cody Sipe (Kinesiology) will provide introductory and closing remarks to highlight how this project could benefit university research, education and engagement. For more information about the potential collaboration or the meeting, contact Sipe at clsipe@uncg.edu.

UNCG Athletics women second, men third in SoCon UNCG remains in contention in the Southern Conference all-sports races for both the men’s and women’s sports, as UNCG’s women are tied for second in the league and the men are third after the winter season of competition. The conference has 12 members. In the race for the Commissioner’s Cup, UNCG’s men climbed one spot from the fall standings and now have 42 points to sit third behind Chattanooga (50 points), Phil Perry says. Appalachian State added an indoor track and field title to its two from the fall to increase its point total to 60 and its lead to 10 points. The Spartan women, who led the Germann Cup standings after a strong fall that saw UNCG win regular-season and tournament titles in women’s soccer, are tied with Appalachian State for second in the standings with 46.5 points. Samford, which won the women’s basketball tournament title, is first with 49 points.

Celebrating 50 years of the Peace Corps Did you know that as of last year, 10 UNCG alumni were serving in the Peace Corps? 182 UNCG graduates have served in the Peace Corps over the past 50 years, according to their regional representative. Several staff and faculty members were in the Peace Corps. Were you a member of the Peace Corps? Interested in becoming one? Join the International Programs Center for a presentation by a Peace Corps recruitment representative, a faculty/staff panel and a reception in celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the Peace Corps. The event will be Monday, April 4, 5:30-7 p.m. in Kirkland Room, EUC. More information is here.

Seeking participants Normal adults (18 years and older) are needed for collection of data on tests of auditory processing at the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center (Ferguson Bldg). Participants may be eligible to receive testing worth more than $300 by a licensed audiologist including a free hearing evaluation. A time committment of up to 2 hours is required to participate. If interested, contact Dr. Lisa Fox-Thomas at 256-1496 or lgfoxtho@uncg.edu.

Food policy think tank An Honors College/MERGE think tank will be created for students. The application form is available here, or for detail you can email Dr. Marianne LeGreco or Dr. Susan Andreatta, who will run the think tank. The deadline for student applications is April 1. Eligible applicants must have a 3.3 GPA. The think tank will focus on food policy and will address the interdisciplinary nature of food policy with an emphasis on applied anthropology and human communication.

Assessment and enhancing student learning outcomes Faculty and staff interested in assessment and enhancing student learning outcomes are invited to two presentations on Friday, March 25, by Dr. Keston Fulcher. Fulcher is the Associate Assessment Specialist at James Madison University. He will be presenting on Rubric Development at 9 a.m. and on Identifying Appropriate Assessment Opportunities in Your Program at 10:30 a.m. Both presentations will take place in Room 107 of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and each presentation will last one hour. You may enroll by going to https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/ and clicking on Academic Assessment. Enrollment is not required, but it is requested.

Warm weather, hot start The baseball team has jumped out to a hot start in conference play, with five wins and one loss. In that one loss, they still made it exciting by loading the bases in the ninth inning before falling 4-2. They host NC A&T tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. and NC State Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. The softball team has begun the conference season with two wins and one loss. They host Furman this Saturday and Sunday, at 1 p.m. both days. These teams’ home games are free this year.

Sweet 16 Four of the 16 teams remaining in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament faced our Spartans this year. Our team began the season taking on Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) then Florida State. They also faced Duke and Richmond. The Spartans had one of the 10 most demanding non-conference schedules in America this year, as was the case in the previous season.

Re-Visioning Community Engagement The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning invites all interested faculty and staff to the Tuesday, March 29, Engaged Department Brown Bag Series lunch. Dr. Patrick Lucas will present “A Departmental Approach to Re-Visioning Community Engagement; Lessons learned from the Department of Interior Architecture.” Bring your lunch and learn more about one department’s re-visioning process that places community engagement at the center of their work. The presentation begins promptly at noon in White Oak, EUC. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Vogel Speaks April 1

Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Paula Vogel will speak in Taylor Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1. [Read more…]

UNCG Opera’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’

The classic fairy tale opera “Hansel and Gretel” will be this year’s spring opera production by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. [Read more…]

Greatest Hits of the Civil War

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Campus People: March 23, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Roy Schwartzman – John E. Foreman – Geoff Bailey – Dr. Hazel N. Brown – Dr. Carol A. Mullen – Kay Cowen [Read more…]

See/Hear: March 23, 2011

The new School of Education building is nearing completion. When a date/time for the official opening later in the year is announced, CW is will convey that information.

Until then, the School of Education Facebook page has some great photographs showing the interior.

And become a “fan” of the SOE Facebook page, if you’d like.

Announcements: March 23, 2011

UNCG Campus Transportation Challenge

Save money, help the environment and register for multiple chances to win great prizes by participating in the annual UNCG Campus Transportation Challenge.

Step 1: Pledge to try a form of sustainable transportation – bike, bus, carpool, walk or Zipcar – at least once before July 9. Completing an online or paper pledge form is quick and easy; the pledge process takes less than a minute of your time.

Step 2: Pick a form of sustainable transportation (anything other than driving alone) and give it a try at least once before July 9th.

Don’t drive a car to campus? You’re already using sustainable transportation so why not go ahead and submit a pledge form to be rewarded for your efforts?

In exchange for pledging to drive alone less, participants may receive a free tote bag or lunch bag, two PART bus passes, and a reflective blinking light to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety. Also, you will be entered to win prizes including a new bicycle ($500 value), an iPad 2, athletic gear, bike helmets, bike locks, gift certificates, and more!

Weekly prize drawings begin April 9. Earn extra points and increase your chance of winning by collecting pledges from friends. Earn even more points by collecting bike registrations too.

Pledge online at http://partnc.org/challenge.html or stop by the parking office adjacent to the Walker Avenue Parking Deck for more information.

The UNCG Campus Transportation Challenge is a university initiative to support the annual Triad Commute Challenge sponsored by the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and Triad Air Awareness. Last year PART collected 4,002 pledges throughout the 10-county Triad region, about half of which came from UNCG. Its goal this year is 5,000 pledges with a least half coming from UNCG.

Looking ahead: March 23-30, 2011

Panel discussion, part of Elliott series, on study of human origins,
Wednesday, March 23, 3-5 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Elliott Lecture, John Hawks, “Neandertime: Deciphering the Secrets of Ancient Genomes”
Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building

Lecture, “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: The Human Story”
Thursday, March 24, 2 p.m., Room 200, Sullivan Science Building.

Colloquium, “Utilizing Mobile Technology in Education and Research,” Dr. Marvin W. Scott (Maryland) and Dr. Marcia S. Scott (NIH)
Friday, March 25, 2 p.m., Room 340, HHP Building

Softball vs. Furman (doubleheader)
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.

Music, Elizabth Cowling Cello Celebration, cello choir recital
Saturday, March 26, 3:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Music, The Tallis Scholars, part of UCLS
Tuesday, March 29, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Elm Street

Baseball vs. N.C. State
Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. N.C. A&T
Wednesday, March 30, NewBridge Park, Greensboro

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Mac Banks Is Bryan School’s New Dean

031611Headline_McRaeBanksDr. McRae C. “Mac” Banks II, a professor of entrepreneurship and former management department head at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is the new dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Banks’ appointment is expected to be approved Thursday, March 17, by UNCG’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. David H. Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said that Banks was the top candidate to emerge from a national search. Banks will succeed Dr. James K. “Jim” Weeks, who has been dean of UNCG’s largest academic school since 1990.

“Mac Banks will oversee the development of a focused niche for the Bryan School that will build on its already strong reputation throughout the state, region and nation,” Perrin said. “He is the right person to create an excitement in the community for the Bryan School through a new culture that emphasizes active and sustained engagement with the business and entrepreneurial communities.”

In commenting on his appointment, Banks said, “I am honored and delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Bryan School. From my visits to other business schools on behalf of AACSB, it is clear to me that Jim Weeks and his colleagues have built one of the best functioning business schools in the U.S. By combining that operational excellence with some of the amazing initiatives UNCG is pursuing in education and research and an extremely supportive business community, I expect the Bryan School to have significant impact within UNCG, the Piedmont Triad area, and the nation. I am looking forward to joining all of my new colleagues.”

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), located in Worcester, Mass., Banks served from 1995 to the present as professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the WPI School of Business. During that time, he also served as head of the Department of Management through 2010, a dean-level position that had oversight for all business and industrial engineering programs.

Under his leadership, the Department made tremendous leaps in quality. With a vision that focused on educating students to understand both technology and business, WPI began offering differentiated business education. The new Industrial Engineering major was accredited by ABET in 1997, and the business programs were accredited by AACSB in 2003. Accreditation permitted WPI to be considered for national rankings and ratings, which started in 2004. These have included:

  • #1 ranking by BusinessWeek as the best part-time MBA program in the U.S., 2009-11.
  • #9 ranking in the U.S. (#1 in the Northeast) by BusinessWeek for the part-time MBA program in 2007-09.
  • #4 national ranking for the industrial engineering program in Academic Analytics for 2006.
  • Top 10 rankings for the MBA program by Princeton Review for Best Career Prospects and Greatest Opportunities for Women.
  • Top 10 ranking for the MBA program by Business 2.0 in the category, Where Your Career Prospects are Brightest.
  • Top 10 ranking for the entrepreneurship program by Entrepreneur.com in the 2005 entrepreneurship emphasis category.
  • Top 15 rating in finance by Entrepreneur magazine for 2009.

Behind the rankings and ratings were a strong focus on high quality research and teaching, as well as innovative programs. Faculty members substantially increased their research productivity and began publishing in top journals, while remaining among the best teachers in the university. They also increased their sponsored research, including about $2 million in grant activity during the most recently completed fiscal year. Among the innovative programs created under his leadership was the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which Banks founded in 1999. In his decade as the program’s director, it provided more than 100 programs, events and activities annually for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, entrepreneurs, service providers, venture capitalists and angel investors, plus a weekly radio show that averaged more than 8,000 listeners.

From 1987-95, Banks was at Mississippi State University, where he rose through the academic ranks to the level of Professor in the Department of Management in the College of Business and Industry. He began his academic career at Radford University’s College of Business and Economics, where he also created the Radford University Small Business Institute and Radford University Management Center.

His business experience includes serving as general manager of Britton Enterprises in Fredericksburg, Va., from 1978-79, and as assistant to the marketing vice president of Singer Safety Products from 1975-78. He also served as head women’s track and cross country coach at Virginia Tech from 1979-82. Banks earned his B.A. and Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and his M.A. at Northwestern University.

Founded in 1970, the Bryan School is UNCG’s largest professional school and the largest business school in the Piedmont Triad. The school’s 86 faculty members teach 2,426 undergraduates and 363 graduate students in four departments: Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Economics and Information Systems & Operations Management. Undergraduate degrees are offered in nine areas of study, master’s degrees in four areas and doctorates in two areas. The school has more than 19,000 alumni. The school achieved initial accreditation in 1982 by the premier accrediting agency for business schools, the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), and accreditation has been maintained ever since.

MS: Sally Bekoe’s journey

031611Feature_SallyBekoeWhen Sally Bekoe (Contracts & Grants) awoke on July 9, she stood to rise. And fell to the floor. A terrifying moment, she said, suddenly paralyzed from the waist down.

The diagnosis was Multiple Sclerosis, an auto-immune disease of the central nervous system. “It was pretty devastating,” she recalls. But rehab over the next few months brought success. “I started wiggling my toes, in rehab.”

“Here I am, back at work,” she said in an interview. “It’s real. I can walk again.” She returned to work in September.

HealthyUNCG, Spartan STEPS and the Campus Rec Center have been great campus resources, she says. She has made use of the employee health programs they offer.

For her, diet and exercise are key.

“The HealthyUNCG assessment was great for having real-life examples about what serving sizes are and portions for healthy eating.” She got these examples during the free employee health assessment HealthyUNCG provides to any employee. She explains it is “pretty detailed.”

“An assessment like this, if it were done by a licensed nutritionist off-campus, would cost big bucks. I am grateful for access to that.”

She logs her steps into the Spartan STEPS web site to keep track of progress for her nutritionist followups – “I print out the whole log” – and the Campus Rec Center serves as her rehab facility during the week. Rosenthal Pool is especially great.

She has reports from Spartan STEPS and from HealthyUNCG in hand. “I show the progress reports to my physician, and he and I set up a plan to make changes in the areas indicated.”

Bekoe is in pain often, though she may not show it. MS is “a disease no one else can see,” she explains. She has a walker and a wheelchair, for when she needs them.

She has been working at UNCG for the last six years and is currently in Contracts & Grants, where she sees health grants and proposals coming through. The health-related research throughout campus takes on personal significance.

The Greensboro chapter of the MS Society met last semester at UNCG. She is organizing a group to participate in or support the March 26 “Walk MS” at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. She says about 30 have joined so far.

Regina McCoy Pulliam (Public Health Education) is looking to the April 16 MS Triad Walk in Kernersville. “I am a participant in the walk and it is because I have MS. I was diagnosed July 2007 and have been ‘making strides’ ever since,” the assistant professor said. She notes that it took some time until she started sharing her story with others – she didn’t want the extra concern or comments. But, like Bekoe, she wants to help bring awareness to the campus.

“I’m finding out a lot of students and faculty have MS,” Bekoe adds. “I’m not the only one.” It affects every age, every sex, every demographic, she says.

Those interested in learning more about the local MS Society or the Walk MS can email s_bekoe@uncg.edu.

More information about Bekoe’s walk team is at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NCCWalkEvents?team_id=223759&pg=team&fr_id=15491

More information about Pulliam’s walk team is at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NCCWalkEvents?fr_id=16202&pg=personal&fr_id=16202&px=3879615

Each of them welcomes others to join in the walk and learn more about diseases like MS.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Cherry Callahan Will Lead Student Affairs

031611Feature_CallahanAfter a nationwide search, UNCG has appointed a familiar face, Dr. Cheryl M. “Cherry” Callahan, vice chancellor for student affairs.

The UNCG Board of Trustees is expected to approve Callahan’s appointment Thursday, March 17.

Callahan, who came to UNCG as assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs in 1979, has served as interim vice chancellor for student affairs since May 2010. She follows Dr. Carol S. Disque, who retired from the position.

“Cherry has served this institution with distinction and loyalty for over 30 years,” said Provost David H. Perrin. “She has a national reputation as an innovator in student affairs, and is known on our campus for her exemplary teamwork and collaboration. She is the right person to lead the Division of Student Affairs to new levels of excellence in partnership with our students, faculty and staff.”

“I am thrilled to continue my service to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in this important role,” Callahan said. “Student Affairs and the work that I do is a personal passion and to be able to do it with the terrific team assembled here is an honor.”

Callahan was promoted to assistant vice chancellor for student affairs in 1984; she became associate vice chancellor for student affairs in 1987. Her responsibilities as vice chancellor, effective immediately, will include oversight of Campus Activities and Programs, Campus Recreation, Housing and Residence Life, Career Services and Student Health Services along with numerous other student program and service departments.

Callahan earned a BA in sociology at UNCG. She also holds an MEd in guidance and counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill and a PhD in child development and family relations from UNCG.

She also has extensive experience as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses on community leadership, human development, communication, counseling and psychology. At UNCG, she continues to hold an adjunct appointment in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education.

Callahan served as the 1998-99 President of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), which has a membership of over 10,000 student affairs professionals from over 25 countries and is currently president-elect of the NASPA Foundation.

Her recent publications include a chapter on student death protocols in the textbook “Assisting Bereaved College Students.” She also wrote “Assessment – Our Next Call to Action” for the NASPA E-Zine.

Her recent honors include the Fred Turner Award for Distinguished Service from NASPA, the 2006 Denise E. Maleska Leadership Service Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the 2006 DAT Award for Greensboro Chapter Disaster Action Team Member of the Year from the American Red Cross.

By Michelle Hines

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