UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Notes: August 10, 2011

Graduation rates The July 23, 2011, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education compared post-secondary graduation rates among Black and White students and noted that UNCG is listed as one of the large state-operated institutions where African-American students’ graduation rates are equal to or exceed those of white students. View the article here.

Campus on LGBT-friendly honor roll UNCG has received a score of 4.5 from Campus Pride, according to Beth Barba (Nursing) and Jeanne Irwin-Olson (Wellness Programs). The Honor Roll recognizes the achievements of colleges and universities who score a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-friendly star rating of 3 stars or above. The index is run by Campus Pride, a national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly learning environments at universities. More at University News.

Communication Studies The last Campus Weekly had a report on a UNCG professor making a difference at downtown’s Interactive Resource Center. More recently, News14 did a report on UNCG Communication Studies students who are making a difference there as well. Their professor, Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi, says, “My whole class participated in this program. We were all out on the streets of downtown GSO, interviewing both businesses and people who are experiencing homelessness.” She says she and her students have learned a lot by engaging in this way. View the news report here.

National League for Nursing announces centers of excellence Eight schools of nursing, representing programs across the academic spectrum, have been chosen NLN Centers of Excellence, the league has announced. These schools will be formally recognized at a special presentation on Sept. 23 at the NLN’s annual Education Summit. Six of this year’s eight schools are repeat COE designees, with two—Excelsior College and UNCG—earning their third consecutive COE designation. This has entitled them to now carry the COE designation for an additional year, from 2011 to 2016. UNCG has been chosen in the category of Promoting the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.

Among Best 376 Colleges for 2012 For the 13th consecutive year, The Princeton Review lists UNCG as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. UNCG appears in the new 2012 edition of Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. More at University News site.

In memoriam Dr. Anne Frances Baecker died July 30. Baecker, professor emerita of German and Russian and former department head, came to North Carolina in 1960, and retired in 1981. She was campus chair of the Fulbright program for nine years.

In memoriam Dr. Celeste Ulrich died on Aug. 4. A 1946 graduate of Woman’s College, she was a faculty member in UNCG’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science (now Kinesiology) from 1956-1979, before before joining The University of Oregon. She retired in 1990.  She received the School of Health and Human Performance’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award. (Note: This post was updated to correct the date of her death; Register-Guard obituary states she died Aug. 4.)

Allen Trelease memorial service A date has been set for a memorial service for Professor Emeritus Allen Trelease. The service will be Saturday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m., Friends Homes Guilford, in the living room.

Fundraising mark UNCG surpassed its fundraising goal of $12 million for the year 2010-11. The total was $12,554,032. Dr. Patricia W. Stewart, vice chancellor for university advancement, praised the work of Development, Advancement Services, University Relations, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Spartan Club, and the University Advancement Office in the face of the current economic recession.