UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2011

A 2011 collage of sights and sounds

Performers from all three areas of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance will be a part of the evening. The Sept. 10 Collage concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

All proceeds will benefit the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Scholarship Fund.

Performances will include:
Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
University Chorale and Chamber Singers
Jazz Ensemble
Musical Theatre
Old Time Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Opera Theatre
Casella Sinfonietta
Gate City Camerata
Composition Students

Faculty performances will be a part of the evening as well:
EastWind Ensemble
Faculty Jazz Combo
Piano Faculty
Voice Faculty
McIver String Quartet

For more information or to order tickets visit the School of Music, Theatre and Dance web site.

Visual: The UNCG Wind Ensemble from an earlier year, by Chris English.

The really great outdoors

Summer break may be over, but getting outside during the fall semester is just beginning with UNCG Outdoor Adventures. With more than adventure trips and events there is something for everyone during the Fall 2011 semester.

Outdoor Adventure trips are not just for students. The are open to UNCG faculty and staff. In addition, you can bring a guest that is not affiliated with UNCG. So if you have a sibling, spouse, or friend that you want to take on a trip, sign them up too and enjoy an adventure together (limit one per trip).

Their trips are a great value. You can spend an entire day rock climbing at Pilot Mountain for $40 or spend Labor Day Weekend sea kayaking at the Outer Banks for $140. Trip costs include transportation, equipment, instruction, camping/lodging fees and, if you’re on an overnight trip, you get meals covered as well.

If you don’t have the time to get on a weekend trip, there are also weekday programs like moonlight canoeing at Lake Brandt, stargazing at the 3-College Observatory, and night hikes at the Piedmont Environmental Center.

The trips are led by professional staff and UNCG student leaders who are trained to provide a safe and memorable outdoor adventure.

A complete list of trips and full descriptions can be found on the Outdoor Adventures web site or by stopping in the Rental & Trip Center Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. Outdoor Adventures is located on the east side of the Student Recreation Center. Register early to secure your spot.

In addition to the great trip opportunities, Outdoor Adventures also operates The Edge indoor climbing wall, Monday-Friday, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday,s 1-5 p.m.. Faculty and staff must be Student Recreation Center (SRC) members to use the climbing facility. Weekends at the SRC are family days so bring a child, spouse/lifemate in for a climb. Guest fees are waived on the weekends for immediate family members. Children must be at least 8 years of age and properly fit into a climbing harness.

Finally, if you are gearing up for you own personal outdoor adventure, the Rental & Trip Center offers plenty of camping and outdoor equipment at a low rental cost. While you’re in there, pick up free maps and handouts on all the great North Carolina outdoor recreation destinations.

Visit campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/outdoor, email uncg_oa@uncg.edu or call 334-4030

Get prizes and get healthy

You complete Spartan Steps? Get 40 points. Get a massage? 10 more. Walk or bike to work? Another 10. Take a free UNCG Personal Wellness Profile? 50 more.

There’s a long list of potential activities to lead you to better health, at the HeathyUNCG web page. And there are different tiers of prizes, for all the points you accumulate along the way.

You may view the points listing – as well as prize listings – here.

You may earn points through the end of the academic year, July 31, 2012.

Learn more and register for the HealthyUNCG Spartan Points program here.

By Mike Harris

(Note: This post updated 9 a.m. Aug 31 to correct one date.)

Food for Thought every Wednesday

Today (Aug. 31) Lloyd International Honors College will resume its Food for Thought series for 2011-12. This year’s series will continue with the tradition of offering an informal opportunity for discussion among faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and administrators from throughout the university have been invited to lead discussions on topics of interest to them from the rise of the online university to experiential learning, from food policy to city planning. Our discussion leaders have experiences working on campus and in far-away places—from Greensboro to Bhutan.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with your campus and your world. Come discover what people are thinking about all across campus as we engage in lively conversation. Students from the Honors College participate actively, the exchanges are interesting, and the food is tasty. The setting is casual, but the discussions may be no less deep or intense for it.

  • Aug. 31 – Dr. John Sopper (Undergraduate Studies) leads “BRAVE NEW CAMPUS” discussion. Free open source course ware, digital libraries and museums, ebooks, Youtube.edu.com, second life, online instructional coaching, for-profit degree programs, internet enabled personal learning networks and Facebook learning communities: Is the mobile, online, Do-it-Yourself-University Movement helping or harming education?
  • Sept. 7 – Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) co-leader of the Academic Think Tank on Food Policy, will lead the discussion.

Food for Thought takes place in the Faculty Center from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Lunch is provided by the Honors College. Questions? Email jwwoell@uncg.edu

Men’s soccer defeats No. 12 Duke

The men’s home opener last Friday was a memorable one. Hakan Ilhan scored a pair of goals as the Spartans secured a 3-2 victory over nationally ranked Duke before 2,064 spectators. See Coach Justin Maullin’s post-game thoughts on the big win. With that win, UNCG jumped into the College Soccer News national poll this week at No. 19. The last time the Spartans were ranked was in the 2007 preseason. The preseason pick to win the Southern Conference, the men’s team returns to action today (Wednesday, Aug. 31) when it hosts East Tennessee State at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Faculty Senate meets Sept. 7

The first Faculty Senate meeting of the 2011-12 year will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. in EUC’s Alexander Room. The year’s full schedule can be viewed here. That schedule can also be found, at any time, in the far right column of Campus Weekly. Simply click “Faculty Senate.”

Art Reception at MRC

“The purpose of my project is a personal one,” says recent graduate Natalie Abbassi ‘11. “This project is a series of photographic self-portraits exploring who I am, both as an American and as an Iranian. It will be on display in the Multicultural Resource Center through Oct. 11. An art reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center (062 EUC).

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

An experimental Farmer’s Market was tested in the low-income Warnersville neighborhood. Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) was deeply involved in this project. She reports: “The Farmers Market was a raging success. We had 120 patrons come out on one of the hottest days of the summer at a really awkward time, so we were absolutely thrilled. For the farmers, we had George Smith and Larry Smith, who came after the Yanceyville Market, and Rhonda Ingram, who came out from High Point. Everybody was very happy with the turnout, and we’re getting ready to plan the next test for September.”

40 faculty promoted, awarded tenure

UNCG has promoted 40 faculty members for the 2011-12 academic year.

“The review for promotion is rigorous,” said Provost David H. Perrin. “These faculty, who have distinguished themselves through outstanding teaching, research and service, are to be congratulated for the confidence bestowed upon them by their colleagues and the administration of UNCG.”

Eight faculty members have been promoted from associate professor to full professor:

  • Matthew Barr, Department of Media Studies;
  • Michael J. Burns, Department of Music Performance;
  • Alice E. Haddy, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
  • Nancy J. Hodges, Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies;
  • Bruce K. Kirchoff, Department of Biology;
  • Stephen Q. Ruzicka, Department of History;
  • Sandra J. Shultz, Department of Kinesiology; and
  • Kenneth A. Snowden, Department of Economics.

Twenty-one faculty members have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor and awarded permanent tenure:

  • Gregory C. Bell, Department of Mathematics and Statistics;
  • Christopher M. Cassidy, Department of Art;
  • Norman H.L. Chiu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
  • Duane A. Cyrus, Department of Dance;
  • James B. Douglass, Department of Music Performance;
  • Kevin M. Geraldi, Department of Music Performance;
  • Belinda J. Hardin, Department of Specialized Education Services;
  • Maura K. Heyn, Department of Classical Studies;
  • Dayong Huang, Department of Accounting and Finance;
  • Watson W. Jennison, Department of History;
  • Etsuko Kinefuchi, Department of Communication Studies;
  • Anatoly Miroshnichenko, Department of Physics and Astronomy;
  • Christine E. Murray, Department of Counseling and Educational Development;
  • Clara J. O’Brien, Department of Music Performance;
  • Irna Priore, Department of Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology and Theory;
  • Mark Rifkin, Department of English;
  • Alejandro H. Rutty, Department of Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology and Theory;
  • Lili Sahakyan, Department of Psychology;
  • Margaret R. Savoca, Department of Nutrition;
  • Carisa R. Showden, Department of Political Science; and
  • Kittichai Watchravesringkan, Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies.

Tenure was awarded to:

  • Mark E. Elliott, Department of History;
  • Christine M. Fischer, University Libraries; and
  • Fabrice Lehoucq, Department of Political Science.

Eight clinical and academic professional faculty members have been promoted:

  • Jenny C. Clapp, Department of Parent/Child, was promoted from clinical associate professor to clinical professor.
  • Jacqueline K. DeBrew, Department of Community Practice, was promoted from clinical associate professor to clinical professor.
  • Lisa G. Fox-Thomas, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, was promoted from academic professional assistant professor to academic professional associate professor.
  • Diana M. McHenry, Department of Parent/Child, was promoted from clinical instructor to clinical assistant professor.
  • Linda J. McNeal, Department of Adult Health, was promoted from clinical associate professor to clinical professor.
  • Sharon U. Mims, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, was promoted from academic professional instructor to academic professional assistant professor.
  • Connie M. Rankin, Department of Community Practice, was promoted from clinical instructor to clinical assistant professor.
  • Amy W. Strickland, Department of Nutrition, was promoted from academic professional instructor to academic professional assistant professor.

By Dan Nonte

Ashby Dialogue: 9/11, ten years later

This year’s Ashby Dialogue is titled “Memory at Work: September 11, Ten Years Later.” Dr. David Simpson (University of California, Davis), author of the book “9/11: The Culture of Commemoration,” will give the symposium’s keynote address, “9/11 and the Fate of Strangers,” on Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m., Sullivan Science Building.

During the week, two workshop discussions will be offered: on the historical and cultural context of 9/11, plus on the 9/11 Memorial and the identification of the World Trade Center victims.

Also, six segments from the film “September 11,” a collaborative work by 11 directors from different countries, will be screened on Sept. 9, followed by a discussion.

The program is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences; the Department of Anthropology; the Department of History; the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; and the Department of Sociology.

A full report and schedule is at UNCG News.

Visual of site of World Trade Center, Sept. 13, 2001, taken by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson, US Navy.

‘Responsible Conduct of Research’ Oct. 26-7

The Office of Research Compliance will conduct a two-day training session on Responsible Conduct of Research Oct. 26-27, 2011, 9 a.m- 4 p.m. each day, in 186 Stone Building. Speakers will include Earnestine Psalmonds from the National Science Foundation and Brooks Keel, president of Georgia Southern University.

This two-day session satisfies the requirements for training for both NIH and NSF.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) expects institutions to be able to verify that those students (undergraduates and graduates) and postdoctoral researchers who receive NSF funds (support from salary and/or stipends to conduct research on NSF grants) will obtain RCR training.

Principal investigators are responsible for ensuring that training has been completed for these individuals as required by NIH and NSF. Failure to meet this requirement may impact the investigator’s ability to spend funds on the project.

All researchers who plan to seek funding from NIH or NSF will be required to provide proof of training as a prerequisite for funding. The office asks that participants plan to attend both days of the training session. Please register in advance by emailing Sherry Ritter at orc@uncg.edu. For those who are unable to attend both sessions we plan to have a video of the training available at a later date.

Director Eric Allen says, “Please join us for this fun and informative training session that will help you as a campus researcher meet the RCR requirements set forth by NIH and NSF.”

Free ‘Life Planning’ program by HRS

Want to speak with an N.C. Retirement Systems representative? Hear a faculty member give a helpful breakdown of financial lingo? Learn from a staff nutritionist about better eating habits? These are all offered during the first half of the fall 2011 semester. The first is Sept 13.

HRS has offered Wachovia at Work as well as Financial & Life Planning [FLP] programs in the past. The HRS program has been renamed the Life Planning [LP] program.

With Wachovia, the emphasis was financial. Now the emphasis is broader: financial, elder, investment, wellness, etc.

They offer programs geared for all employees.

Fall semester is fully scheduled. The spring semester programs are being scheduled now. Those who may have suggestions for programs or workshops may contact Gwenne R. Causey (HRS).

All session will last one hour programs, sometime near lunch time. All will be in 113 Bryan (the HRS Training Room).

The presenters that are from off-campus, Causey notes, are nonprofits, professional organizations or highly recommended for-profits. “All for-profits are notified that, ‘Due to state university restrictions, actual selling of goods and services on-site is prohibited.'” She adds that any employee is allowed to approach a vendor and schedule a follow-up meeting on their own time, if they want.

The listing of sessions, where you sign up if you wish, can be found at this site.

Information provided by Gwenne R. Causey, Professional Development Coordinator, HRS

Ann Berry Somers finds students are drawn to sea turtles – particularly once they look one in the eye

In Biology 361, student not only learn all about sea turtles, they get up-close and in person with the turtles. Sea turtles resonate with people, she explains, “especially if you get a chance to look them in the eye and have them look back at you.”

The class is offered every other year, and it wrapped up a few weeks ago. As part of the class, she and her students made two service trips to the sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center on Topsail Island in the spring. Earlier this month, they returned from the final component of the class: a service-learning trip to Costa Rica, during nesting season there. They studied at Tortugeuro, which means “land of the turtle.”

Campus Weekly asked her what was different this summer on their service-learning trip:

  • The class saw a rare, highly endangered hawksbill turtle lay eggs. Along the North Carolina coast, you’ll mostly see loggerheads, Kemp’s Ridley and green turtles.
  • They saw a partially eaten turtle that had been killed by a jaguar. Jaguar tracks were all around the dead turtle.
  • Two turtles were poached for meat (by humans) in front of the research station. The turtles still had eggs. The eggs had not been laid yet.
  • They rescued one turtle from poachers in front of research station, she says, and helped it back to sea.
  • The students saw seven species of snakes.
  • The class got to visit and take a night hike at the nearby Canadian research station with station director and noted herpetologist Dr. Todd Lewis.
  • And they ended the summer session with a whitewater rafting trip.

See story about Ann Berry Somers’ and students’ conservation work at the inspire.change web page.

Looking ahead: Aug. 31, 2011

Artist talk, Tom LaDuke
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m., WAM

Men’s soccer vs. East Tennessee St.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. Tennessee
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2 p.m.

Labor Day. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
Monday, Sept. 5

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Documentary, “The Big Uneasy”
Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m., WAM

Talk, “9/11 & the Fate of Strangers,” David Simpson
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m., Sullivan Science


International Housekeepers Week Sept. 11-17

Since 1981, International Executive Housekeepers Association has set aside one week per year for all to focus attention and recognition on the professional housekeepers working in worldwide facilities who maintain a cleaner, healthier, safer environment for everyone every day. International Housekeepers Week will be celebrated Sept. 11-17. Please join the UNCG community in appreciating the UNCG housekeeping staff during International Housekeepers week.

Women’s cross-country is preseason favorite

The UNCG women’s cross country team was selected as the 2011 preseason favorite in the Southern Conference, while the men’s team was predicted to earn runner-up honors by the league’s head coaches.

The teams will start their 2011 season on Sept. 3 at the Guilford College XC Carnival. Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Sharp-dressed police car

UNCG Police won an award in the 2011 International Police Vehicle Design Contest in Law and Order Magazine. The department won for Best Chevrolet Impala design.

They wanted to upgrade their car graphics to a more modern design. The final color scheme was based on the uniform colors used by the different units of the agency: blue, black and gray. The vehicle’s design is intended to be immediately identifiable as a UNCG Police vehicle. The striping was designed using reflective material to provide for safety and high visibility. Judges’ comments included this: “The blue, gray and black striping on the side is big and bold! …It’s a sharp-looking design and color scheme.”

College Colors Day Friday, Sept. 2

Every Friday is Blue and Gold Day on campus. This Friday, there’ll be even more reason to don your school colors. UNCG will once again participate in College Colors Day Friday, Sept. 2, as part of a national promotion. Chancellor Linda Brady said, “Wearing ‘Blue and Gold’ on Sept. 2 and every Friday after that is a great way for our faculty, staff and students to show their support for this outstanding university.” Blue and Gold Days started on the UNCG campus three years ago as UNCG prepared to face Davidson in men’s basketball at the Greensboro Coliseum. It was continued as a weekly tradition last year after Chancellor Brady issued a university proclamation. In celebrating Blue and Gold Day each Friday, UNCGSpartans.com will feature the Blue and Gold Fan of the Day. You may submit your photos at bluegold@uncg.edu.

By Cris Belvin

N.C. Entrepreneurship Center’s new program

From an elevator business pitch competition to a monthly speaker series, the N.C. Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG has a slate of new programming to offer area college students and local entrepreneurs. “A big part of what we hope to accomplish at the N.C. Entrepreneurship Center is to better connect the entrepreneurial talent we have on our college campuses with the business and non-profit community,” said Bryan Toney, director of the NCEC. See some of the new programs the NCEC has this fall, at UNCG News.

New Therapeutic Recreation Lab open house

The Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation will host an Open House for the new Therapeutic Recreation Lab in Ferguson 247 on Sept. 23 from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The lab is 1100 square feet with facilities and equipment for therapeutic recreation students to gain skills and competencies they will need to work as recreational therapists.

Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism, on campus

This fundraising event will be Saturday, Sept. 17, at the campus of UNCG. The 5K event will begin at 9 a.m. on the lawn of Jackson Library.

It is being held by the Autism Society of North Carlina. UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning is helping to to organize this fund raising event, which will partly take place on the our campus. For more information or to register, visit the Run’s site.

Oring seeks typewriters for 9/11 project

Sheryl Oring, assistant professor of art, seeks donations of vintage typewriters for a public performance, “Collective Memory,” to be held in New York City over the Sept. 11 weekend. Oring, who has a long history of creating interactive public art projects, is organizing a pool of 10 typists who will set up a public office from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, 10 and 11 in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, 3½ miles from the World Trade Center site. Typists will ask park visitors a simple question: “What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?” Answers will be typed verbatim on small sheets of white paper and collected for use in a traveling exhibition that will visit college campuses. It will be part of the Department of Art Faculty Biennial at the Weatherspoon later this semester. She may be reached at oring@iwishtosay.org.

Spartan Rookies program

UNCG Athletics introduces the Spartan Rookies Club as an opportunity for kids 12 and under to experience Spartan Athletics in a kid-friendly way. For a $15 membership fee, all club members will receive a free Spartan Rookies T-shirt, a 10 percent discount on summer camp registration and free popcorn from the concession stand when you wear the T-shirt to an athletic event (excluding men’s basketball). Spartan Rookies members will have access to several special events and promotions throughout the 2011-12 athletic year. For details, call 4-3250.

Wedding Planning event

A two-day Wedding Planning Certification program will be presented by The Bridal Society. This is not affiliated with UNCG. It will be in Eberhart Building, Room 161, on Sept. 17-18. Reservations are required. There is a fee. UNCG faculty, staff and students’ online promo code is UNCG, for a discount. Information is at http://www.thebridalsociety.org.

See/Hear: August 31, 2011

UNCG and ELCF’s partnership with several local school systems in the Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA) is on display in this short clip by Jennifer Brooks (GCS). It highlights 21 PTLA participants who are also ELCF students.

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson, J.D., is Student Affairs’ new director of housing and residence life. He joined the university in July. He came to UNCG from Rutgers University – Newark where he served as associate dean of students/director of housing and residence life. He served Rutgers for 13 years and prior to that served as assistant director for residential life at Temple University. A founding partner of Reslife.Net, Ltd., Johnson has authored a variety of articles on residence life, taught online courses for new Residence Hall Directors, and served as a creative and strategic consultant for the “Judicial Educator,” an online educational judicial sanctions program currently being used by more than 190 colleges and universities.

Dr. Jill Beville

Dr. Jill Beville joined UNCG on Aug. 1 as Student Affairs’ director of campus recreation. She comes to UNCG from the University of Alabama where she was associate director of university recreation for the past 10 years. Prior to this role, she served as assistant director for recreational services and coordinator of fitness and wellness. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Alabama, presented at multiple conferences, most notably the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association annual conference, and has conducted research in leisure time physical activity among college students. She also received two awards at the University of Alabama for exceptional leadership and meritorious service.

Alexandra Marchesano

Alexandra Marchesano is Student Affairs’ new director of campus activities and programs, having arrived on Aug. 8. She joins us from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, where she has been the Director of Student Activities for the past nine years. Prior to that, she served Lehigh University as associate dean of students. An active member of the Association for College Unions International, she has served in numerous leadership roles and brings to UNCG a wealth of knowledge related to liability issues in campus activities, student leadership, contracts and programming.

Dr. Bruce K. Kirchoff

Dr. Bruce K. Kirchoff (Biology) this summer co-organized the symposium “Inflorescences: Diversity, development, ecology and evolution” with Dr. Regine Classen-Bockhoff from the University of Mainz as part of the International Botanical Congress, in Melbourne. These congresses are held once every six years, and draw botanists from all over the world. He also taught weekend workshops on technical plant photography through the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, and through the Intermountain Herbarium at Utah State, and presented a workshop on the use of images in plant identification guides at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society in America (Botany 2011) in St. Louis.


Dr. Michael Kane, Dr. Thomas Kwapil and Dr. Paul Silvia (Psychology) have received a three-year, $418,500 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine cognitive “executive functions” in laboratory and daily-life contexts. Executive functions — the brain mechanisms allowing for self-regulation of behavior, emotion and thought — vary in effectiveness from person to person and are disrupted in many mental-health disorders, including AD/HD and schizophrenia. The proposed research will advance the basic science of executive functions as well as illuminate the role that individual differences in executive function play in schizotypy, a collection of personality characteristics that significantly predict risk for developing schizophrenia and a variety of daily-life impairments.

Dr. Cerise Glenn

Dr. Cerise Glenn (Communication Studies) published a co-authored book chapter “Utilizing exploratory qualitative data collection in small organizations: Consulting for the Multi-Cultural Community Connections (MCC)” in “Cases and exercises in organization development and change.”

5.9 earthquake in Va. felt at UNCG

An earthquake centered near Mineral, Virginia, Aug. 23, before 2 p.m. was felt by many on the UNCG campus. In the hour afterward, no damage was reported. CW asked how the Cone Building of the Weatherspoon Art Museum fared. Some employees in that building, but not all, felt it. “Our security desk in the atrium had things moving on the desk,” said Loring Mortensen (Weatherspoon), whose office is on the second floor. “At first it sounded like someone running across the roof, then it made the end of the building kind of shudder a bit.” But no damage was reported. At Jackson Library, Barry Miller (University Libraries) said it was felt slightly. Some noticed the floor shaking and water in glasses moving. But he had no report of damage.

Honoring some who make our university thrive

“It is my pleasure this morning to acknowledge the incredible work of our faculty and staff,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said at the beginning of the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony Aug. 17. She spoke of the commitment the honored individuals – and all faculty and staff – show every day.

“These efforts will continue to make our university thrive, even in these difficult times,” she said.

The award recipients were:

Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award

  • Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas (Interior Architecture)

Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards

  • Dr. Gary Rosenkrantz (Philosophy)
  • Laura Pitts (Advancement)
  • Joseph Borawski (Political Science and International and Global Studies)

Staff Excellence Awards

  • Karen Stacherski (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations)
  • Lisa Walker (Nutrition)

Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards

  • Dr. Jennifer Etnier (Kinesiology)
  • Dr. Maura Heyn (Classical Studies)

Research Excellence Awards

  • Dr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Dr. Christopher Hodgkins (English)

Student Learning Enhancement Awards

  • Dr. Ken Allan (Sociology)
  • Dr. Lakshmi Iyer (Information Systems and Operations Management)

The chancellor also recognized those received services awards for 30, 35 and 40 years of service:

Service Awards for 30 years

  • Carol Bell (Student Health Services), Deborah Bell (Theatre), Gaylor Callahan (University Libraries), Chuck Curry (ITS), Chris Fay (Grounds), Ted Hunter (University Libraries), Derrick Lankford (Student Health Services), William Markham (Sociology), Jeffrey Patton (Geography), Stephen Ruzicka (History), Glenda Sparks (Continual Learning), Adalyn Vallecorsa (School of Education), Robert Wineburg (Social Work)

Service Awards for 35 years

  • Denise Baker (College of Arts & Sciences), Donald McCrickard (Bryan School), Mark Smith-Soto (Romance Languages)

Service Awards for 40 years

  • Margo Bender (Romance Languages), Paul Stewart (Music)

By Mike Harris
Visual: Dr. Nadja Cech, center left, and Dr. Chris Hodgkins, center right, with Chancellor Brady and Dr. Terri Shelton. On CW home page: Dr. Jennifer Etnier receives an Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

‘Great expectations’ for book discussions

You are invited to be a part of the 2011-12 Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussions. The first is scheduled for Sept. 26. This is their 10th year of holding these faculty-led events. The discussions have been drawing a growing number of participants from UNCG staff and faculty.

Registration is now open:

  • Monday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.: “No God But God: The Origins and Evolution of Islam by Reza Aslan.” Discussion led by Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies.
  • Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.: “Straight Man” by Richard Russo. Discussion led by Dr. Richard Barton, History.
  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Discussion led by Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Biology.
  • Monday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens (in honor of his 200th birthday on Feb. 7). Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English.
  • Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.: “Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier” by Edward Glaeser. Discussion led by Dr. Ken Snowden, Economics.
  • Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.: “The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health–And a Vision for Change” by Annie Leonard. Discussion led by Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, Communication Studies.

All discussions will be held in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. Visit their blog for a full description of the selections

Register here.

Catherine Ennis aims to make middle schoolers healthier

Trust for America’s Health’s 2011 report ranked North Carolina as the 14th most obese state in the nation. In the report, close to two-thirds of adults in the state are either overweight or obese and 19 percent of youth are classified as obese.

Dr. Catherine Ennis is trying to help reverse that trend.

“My particular goal is for students to be able to make these decisions after school, when they’re on their own, when no teacher is standing there,” she said. “Our goal is for students to say ‘I want to be physically active because it’s fun, it makes me feel good and it’s important in my life.’”

Athletics and being physically active was a big part of her own life. She was a field hockey and lacrosse standout as an undergraduate at Lynchburg College. While completing her master’s degree here at UNCG, she was an assistant field hockey coach. On graduating, she told CW, she accepted the position as head field hockey coach at Duke.

Now a professor of teacher education and curriculum and instruction in UNCG’s Department of Kinesiology, Ennis’ research focuses on curriculum theory and development in physical education with specific applications to urban school settings. She is co-author of the books The Curriculum Process in Physical Education (1995) and Student Learning in Physical Education: Applying Research to Enhance Instruction (2003, 2nd ed.).

“I am a physical education/physical activity curriculum specialist and have been interested in integrated curriculum -combining physical education with other subject areas, like science – for many years,” she explained. “I first received a Science Education Partnership Award while a professor at the University of Maryland.” It was for “Science, PE, & Me! for 3rd-5th grade students, 2003-08.

How did she learn about particular NIH awards? “I learned about these awards at UMaryland through an email sent out from the UM grants office alerting faculty of NIH RFPs. It is a great service and really helps faculty identify funding opportunities with a tight match with their interest and expertise. Since then I have served on several NIH proposal review panels,” including one meeting later this fall.

See UNCG News report on the new 5-year NIH-sponsored project she has helped create.