UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Notes: June 15, 2011

NotesIconUNCG and low-income students UNCG is one of only five U.S. colleges serving low-income students well, says the Education Trust, a research and advocacy group. The Education Trust released a report on how most colleges fail low-income students. The report, “Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students,” looked at cost as well as graduation rates. Of 1,186 colleges examined in the study, only five stood out for their service to low-income students, all non-flagship public universities. UNCG made the list alongside two campuses of California State University and two campuses of the City University of New York. Full story at University News.

Fulbright Scholars Three students — Kirby Cook, Riannon Clarke and Boja Kragulj — have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships to study abroad, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Full story at University News.

Nanoengineering PhD program approved The Board of Governors approved North Carolina A&T’s proposal to establish a doctoral program in nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. A master’s program in nanoengineering was previously approved for NC A&T. UNCG has a doctoral and master’s degree programs in nanoscience at JSNN. Full story at Aggie Research web page.

Academic Progress Report Awards A school-record five UNCG athletic programs were honored by the NCAA with Academic Progress Report (APR) Public Recognition Awards. The Spartans’ women’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track teams were among the 909 teams to earn Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year APRs. Women’s basketball took the honor for the sixth straight year. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. Inside the Southern Conference, nine of the 12 member schools had at least one team receive a Public Recognition Award. A total of 43 Southern Conference teams received Public Recognition Awards. All 18 UNCG athletic teams received satisfactory marks in the latest Academic Progress Report (APR) scores released by the NCAA on Tuesday. The scores announced Tuesday reflect the multiyear APR scores for the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

Girls and women in sport UNCG and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) have partnered to advance the quality and equality of athletic opportunities for women. The collaboration between the 112-year-old organization and the university positions UNCG as a flagship for research into girls and women in sport and physical activity and gives the university access to nationally recognized figures in the field and other resources, said Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) who co-wrote the proposal to collaborate with NAGWS with Dr. Paige Hall Smith. Full story at University News.

Coleman Lew Leadership Awards Soccer players Kelsey Kearney and Will Mack were among 25 SoCon student-athletes honored with Coleman Lew Leadership Awards. The awards are based on leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievement in both the college environment and the community. Both are rising seniors. Kearney, a goalkeeper on the team that was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally last year, is a kinesiology major. Mack, also a kinesiology major, scored three points as a midfielder, on a goal and an assist as part of an offense that led the SoCon in points and goals. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

All-sports trophies For 2010-11, the Spartans finished second in the race for the Commissioner’s Cup [men’s sports] and fifth for the Germann Cup [women’s sports], the Southern Conference all-sports trophies for excellence in league competition. Appalachian State, the only school in the league to field teams in all 10 men’s sports the SoCon sponsors, won both trophies. See details in Athletics news story