UNCG Campus Weekly

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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.