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Archives for August 2011

Heavy winds? See Adverse Weather policy, resources

If a storm hits campus and an adverse weather announcement is made, details will be available on the Triad’s four television stations: WFMY-TV (News 2), WGHP-TV (FOX 8), WXII-TV (News Channel 12) and News 14 Carolina. Area radio stations, including WFDD-FM and WUNC-FM, also will be contacted. The primary information outlets will be the campus telephone extensions (Adverse Weather Line at 336-334-4400 and UNCG switchboard 336-334-5000) and the television stations. Additional information for employees is in this section of the Policy Manual online. You can see more information at the UNCG Emergency Management home page, as well as at the Adverse Weather Announcements page.

Morale Initiatives Committee making a list

Some may know the committee as the ones distributing ice pops last week, as well as other random acts of kindness.

Its origins was as a focus group, says Stacy Kosciak, Staff Senate chair. She was speaking of a committee developed last year that compiled info from a staff survey. More than 300 individuals had responded about potential ways to improve morale on campus. Chancellor Brady, who was very supportive of this effort, created a committee to examine each of the suggestions made.

The committee presented their initial findings to the chancellor and the Executive Staff, and started doing research in earnest. After an initial review of all the suggestions, Kosciak says, the committee determined that most recommendations fell within several categories: items we are already doing, items that violate state law or contractual obligations, items that have too much cost associated with it and items that warrant further consideration.

Beginning in July, the original committee was dissolved because the Staff Senate decided to formalize the Morale Initiatives Committee to address the morale issue.

Staff Senate is now looking at ways to inform the staff of their findings and will look at ideas for budget-neutral ways to increase morale, mainly using the staff’s suggestions.

The committee, chaired by Brian Wilson (Campus Enterprises) and Bob Snyder (Campus Enterprises) of Staff Senate, plans to create a list of goals this semester.

Snyder and several others on the committee have started doing something already: creating goodie bags and gives them to random staff members. For example, the first six staff members they pass? They each get one. Snyder calls them random acts of kindness – a small gesture to show co-workers they are appreciated.

Snyder was asked about this as faculty and staff enjoyed its opening luncheon, an annual event that helps strengthen bonds and lift morale.

He explained that the Morale Initiatives Committee had passed out 148 coffee cups donated to them. And they planned on the warm move-in days to distribute 300 Gatorade ice pops to staff volunteers.

They’ve given away 45 goodie bags so far, with very inexpensive items – it’s the gesture that really counts. And they do it randomly. “We’re just trying to be nice,” he explained. It’s another way to say Thanks.

When someone says “Thank you,” that’s budget neutral, Kosciak points out. “And it’s easy to do.”

By Mike Harris
Visual: Rebecca Dawkins (Facility Services). Photo courtesy Bob Snyder.

UNCG hosts German Fulbright scholars

Twenty-four top-notch German undergraduates have been visiting UNCG this month through the Fulbright Summer Institute. You may have seen UNCG’s YouTube welcome specifically for the students.

Steve Flynn, director of the Fulbright Summer Institute, looks on the visit as door to future exchanges with Germany and its universities.

“We’re sort of paying it forward,” Flynn says. “It’s a way of building goodwill, and perhaps sometime soon we can send our students to Germany.”

He credits Penelope Pynes, associate provost for international programs, with making UNCG a prime choice for the Fulbright Commission. Pynes is an internationally regarded Germanist.

Full story at UNCG News.

Visual: Scholars at Team QUEST, Piney Lake. Visual posted at UNCG Fulbright 2011 web page.

Dean of Students Fall 2011 Workshops

In an effort to create a culture of care, the Dean of Students Office invites and encourages you to attend a workshop series specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Cares
Sept. 16
2 – 4 p.m.
Bryan, Room 104
“UNCG Cares” about students. During this 2-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Sept. 22
1-3:00 p.m.
EUC, Dogwood
This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Sept. 28
3– 4 p.m.
EUC, Dogwood Room
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

Academic Integrity: What faculty need to know
October 5, 2011
2-3 p.m.
EUC, Claxton Room
UNCG cares about student academic success. We recognize students often balance many challenging personal issues and academic demands. These issues and demands often facilitate academic misconduct among students. To cheat or not to cheat! Better yet….to plagiarize or not to plagiarize… that is the question many college students ask themselves quite often. The purpose of this workshop is to engage faculty in education discourse concerning academic misconduct among college students; UNCG’s effort to promote academic integrity in the classroom; and best practices for reducing academic misconduct.

Nov. 2
2- 3:30 p.m.
EUC, Joyner Room
“UNCG Cares” for VETS. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 allows more veterans to enter colleges and universities to pursue their education. With concerns of veterans returning home with serious psychological and emotions issues, colleges are trying to ensure their campuses have services that are adequate to meet the needs of these students. UNCG Cares: VETS will provide a discussion about today’s veteran, barriers preventing student veterans from staying in college, and on-campus support for UNCG student veterans.

Nominations for 2011-12 Alumni Teaching Excellence and BOG Awards

The chancellor announces that nominations for these awards are being accepted through Sept. 16, 2011. The form is online.

TO: Faculty, Staff, Student Leadership, and Alumni Association
FROM: Linda P. Brady
DATE: August 8, 2011
RE: Nominations for 2011-2012 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Awards

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the University presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year. Let me urge you to use the attached form to submit nominations for the 2011-2012 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Teaching Excellence awards to be awarded in August 2012.

  • The Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for an Untenured Faculty Member ($4,500) recognizes a full-time faculty member who has completed at least three (3) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. Instructors, lecturers, nontenured assistant and associate professors, and clinical faculty who meet the criteria are eligible. The recipient is recognized on campus after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus address.
  • The Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for a Tenured Faculty Member ($7,500) recognizes a full-time tenured faculty member, who has completed at least three (3) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. The recipient is recognized on campus after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus address.
  • The Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award recognizes a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven (7) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition.

Nominations must be submitted by September 16, 2011. Note that all eligible faculty who received the 2010-2011 teaching award from their College or School will be automatically nominated for one of these awards.

The nomination form is available on the web at: http://provost.uncg.edu/Underedu/ATEA/

You may direct questions about these awards to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Steve Roberson.

Starfish Early Alert and Connect

Holly Grabowski updates us on Starfish capabilities in helping reach out to students. She is coordinator of academic outreach and excellence in the office of Undergraduate Student Excellence:
“At-risk” students have been a focus of conversation in the higher education realm for the past few years. Often, students are marginalized based on distinguishing characteristics that supposedly place them in the category of at risk of not performing at potential (At Risk Students). What about the students who do not necessarily have these distinguishing characteristics but are struggling in an academic class? Do they slip under the radar? Unfortunately, this is often the case. At some point in their college careers, all students have the potential to be at risk. If UNCG is serious about maintaining an environment of care and comprehensive support, we have to be willing to look outside of the traditionally labeled “at-risk” students and reach out to any student who may need academic or personal support throughout their academic journey. That is exactly what Undergraduate Student Excellence (USE) and the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) are doing.

Beginning Fall 2011, UNCG will roll out a new software solution from Starfish Retention Solutions that will make the process of reporting on the academic progress of our students as easy and efficient as possible. Starfish is an Early Warning and Student Tracking System that will allow UNCG to take a more holistic approach to student success. It will promote open communication among students, advisors, faculty, and other service providers on campus as well as ensure the success of our students by tracking their progress. Instructors will have the opportunity to raise flags of concern suck as excessive absences, low grade concern, poor participation, or general concerns so that students will be able to connect with resources that can help them early in the semester.

This is a quick and easy way for you to tell us how the students enrolled in your courses are doing. Please keep in mind that these early alert flags are neither grades nor permanent records; your responses will simply help us know which students to reach out to and offer help. Holly Grabowski in the office of Undergraduate Student Excellence will receive all of the submitted flags. She will also coordinate the outreach efforts, connecting students to resources that will contribute to their success. For more information on Starfish, please visit Undergraduate Student Excellence’s web site. Flags can be manually raised at any point during the semester; however, there will be three flag surveys sent out at 4, 8, and 12 weeks and we would appreciate your help by responding as quickly as possible. Instructors will receive the flag survey through email where they will click a link, login to Blackboard, and answer the survey found in the Starfish tab.

Starfish can also be used to easily and efficiently set up office hours and appointments. Workshops on both the EARLY ALERT and the CONNECT aspects of Starfish are available through the TLC. Online training guides and modules are available on the TLC’s website. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to starfish@uncg.edu or Holly Grabowski at 334-5534. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work hard to provide students the support that they need to succeed here at UNCG.

By Holly Grabowski

CTR department hosting Pet Partners course

A class taught by licensed Delta Instructor Dr. Linda Buettner (CTR) will teach human handlers how to use a companion animal to help others in need.

UNCG’s Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation will be hosting the Delta Society’s Pet Partners training course on Saturday, September 10, 2011 in the Therapeutic Recreation Lab on our campus.

Most domesticated animals can become a pet partner (i.e. horses, dogs, cats, chickens, bunnies, and others) through the four step process. Step 1: Take the Pet Partners course. Step 2: Vet Check and Practice as a team. Step 3. Take the team evaluation test. Step 4. Send in all paperwork to Delta Society for national registration.

Over 10,000 nationally registered teams currently visit hospitals, nursing homes, special schools, and rehabilitation facilities world wide.

The cost of the class is $75 and includes the book. UNCG students, faculty, and staff pay the reduced cost of $50.

If you are interested may access the registration download form at www.uncg.edu/rth

Benefits of becoming a pet partner, and more information about requesting Pet Partner visits, can be found at www.deltasociety.org

For more information, 334-5327 or ctr@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: August 24, 2011

Women’s soccer vs. Wake Forest
Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Duke
Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.

Volleyball vs. N.C. A&T
Saturday, Aug. 27, 3 p.m.

Sunday Funday
Sunday, Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m.

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

Music, solo jazz piano, Antonio Truyols
Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Bldg.

Women’s soccer preseason pick to win SoCon

In a narrow vote of the league’s 12 head coaches, UNCG’s women’s soccer team was picked to win its sixth consecutive Southern Conference championship in the preseason poll, according to Phil Perry. Seniors Kelsey Kearney, Cat Barnekow and Jaimey Etten were selected to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team. The Spartans edged second-place Samford by just one point in the voting. The Citadel was third. More at UNCG Athletics.

Robert Watson reads Sept. 8

The MFA Writing Program and “The Greensboro Review” will host a poetry reading by professor emeritus Robert Watson on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Pecky Cypress Room of Alumni House. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the reading beginning at 8 p.m.. The event will celebrate the release of “Robert Watson: The Complete Poems.” Watson will sign books both before and after the reading. The event is free.

HRS strategic plan, audit update

Dr. Edna Chun (Associate Vice Chancellor, HRS) recently shared with Staff Senate an update on HRS initiatives. The HR Efficiency and Effectiveness Audit that she has begun. Dr. Kevin Lowe (Bryan School) and Laura Young, Associate Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Systems and Application, will serve as consultants on the study. A key aspect of the study will be to conduct a campuswide survey for UNCG employees as well as share information about the study in open forums scheduled for September 12 and 13. The survey will be distributed to campus the week of Sept. 12. She notes that since HRS lost three full-time positions as part of the RIF process, cross-training HRS staff and enhanced efficiencies in HRS operations are more important than ever. She presented the new HRS Strategic Plan 2011-14, which is available online. As reported earlier in CW, HRS is developing an e-learning program as a low-cost employee training and development option, and reaching out to partner with other campus entities for instructor-delivered courses. For example, foreign language faculty will teach an online mini-Spanish course this fall and faculty from the Bryan School of Business and Economics will teach courses on managerial/supervisory skills. A catalogue of these courses will be available shortly – at no cost to you.

Watch for HRS survey, forums in mid-Sept.

Human Resource Services will host two open forums. These are open sessions for updates on legislation, budgets, benefits, training, etc. HRS staff will also answer any questions related to human resource topics. All employees are welcome to attend:

  • Sept. 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 13 – 10 a.m.

Both sessions will be held in the EUC Maple Room.

Questions? Email bsbetts@uncg.edu

Faculty partners with Career Services

The Career Services Center (CSC) is ready again to partner with faculty members to provide career-related content for their classes. In 2010-2011 CSC presented for over 200 classes and academic clubs and organizations. Specifically, CSC designs presentations and activities related to career planning and research, internships, resume development, interview skills, job search, and more. Career Services can also partner with faculty to develop career-related student projects using writing, research, or speaking skills. For further information or to schedule a presentation for Fall 2011, call the CSC at 334-5454 or email the center at career_services@uncg.edu. Assignments involving individual counselor contact require careful scheduling and planning to ensure that students’ needs can be met efficiently with limited resources. If you wish to require a class assignment involving the CSC, it is essential to call ahead so they can be prepared to assist your students.

Quad Renovation and Closure of West Drive

Due to the extensive amount of construction activity involved in the renovation of the seven residence halls located in the Quad, West Drive will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through June 2012. Pedestrian traffic traveling North or South will use the existing concrete sidewalk located between the Quad and the Fountain on the West side of the Dining Hall. All motorized vehicles, electric and gas powered, with the exception of emergency vehicles, will not be allowed to use this walkway. Additional temporary signs are being installed at each end of the walkway stating “MOTORIZED VEHICLES PROHIBITED BEYOND THIS POINT“. To ensure the safety of the pedestrians, the university asks all departments to keep their motorized vehicles from using this walkway.

UNCG announces 2011 Hall of Fame class

Former men’s basketball standout Eric Cuthrell, volleyball coaching pioneer Tere Dail, women’s basketball record-holder Melinda Goodson and men’s soccer star Doug Hamilton have been elected to the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame.The Class of 2011 will be formally inducted as part of Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Proximity Hotel. Special ceremonies will also be held at halftime during that night’s men’s soccer match against Gardner-Webb. More at UNCG Athletics.

With the staff: August 2011

Mitchell Summers (ITS); Will Sykes (ITS); Lori George (Bryan School); Melinda Spencer (Graduate School); Brittany Dixon (HDFS); Michael Smith Jr. (Student Health); Nai Oo (Student Health); Heather Mitchell (Nursing); Nadine Farrell (Theatre); Barbara Dawson (Student Health Services)
(Editor’s note: Summer and Sykes were originally misidentified in most recent “With the Staff” listing. To ensure no confusion, they are included in this month’s listing.)

Audrey Mendes (Health and Human Sciences); Sarah Shettleroe (HDFS); Michelle Sanford (ITS); Jeanine Robert-Wyatt (ITS); Petrina Payne (ITS); Chelsey Watson (ITS); Allyson Wood (Development); Deloris Graves (Facility Operations); Amanda Pruitt (Student Health Services); Chad Hain (Theatre); Jeanine Gatewood (HDFS); Meredith Zahn (Bryan School); Suzanne Barnes (UTLC); Tammy Waddell (Human Resource Services)

Athletic events (except basketball) free again

Thinking about going to the big games this weekend? Women’s soccer hosts Wake Forest, men’s soccer hosts Duke. Volleyball hosts several matches. And all home games this year, aside from basketball, are free, for the second year in a row.

See/Hear: August 24, 2011

How do they do that? Get a taste of the soccer ball wizardry in store for those attending this season’s matches. There’s a big soccer doubleheader this Friday, Aug. 26. Admission is free.

Dr. Carole J. Ott

Dr. Carole J. Ott (Music) is the 2011 winner of The American Prize in Conducting – college/university chorus division. Ott directs the Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate level conducting. Additionally, she is the director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale. Her degrees include an MM and DMA from the University of Michigan. The American Prize is a series of national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.

Dr. Carol Mullen

Dr. Carol Mullen (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) was elected president of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) for 2012-13 and is currently president-elect. Established in 1947, NCPEA is committed to the practice and study of educational leadership.

Dr. Loreen Olson

Dr. Loreen Olson (Communication Studies) is the editor of the “Journal of Family Communication.” She has joined UNCG from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on interpersonal and family communication dilemmas. She teaches in the areas of gender, relational, and family communication.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Dr. Heidi Carlone (Curriculum and Instruction) served as a mentor at the weeklong Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students co-hosted by BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) and the faculty from Penn State. The Colorado Spring Institute is sponsored by NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching), a professional association of researchers committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research. Carlone was one of eight mentors who worked with 41 doctoral students at this year’s institute.

Dr. Patricia Fairfield-Artman

Dr. Patricia Fairfield-Artman (Communication Studies) has been named Ethics Officer for the Board of the Tarheel Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Your newly redesigned Campus Weekly

Last winter, 564 readers responded to the Campus Weekly survey. We thank you.

You told us what you liked: CW’s accuracy as well as usefulness and timeliness of information. Its photography. You want to read of upcoming events and the news of the moment.

Many did not like the design. Many want to read CW in a print format. Your comments, ratings and suggestions led us to a newly designed Campus Weekly that can better meet our readers’ needs. Among the new things you will find:

The Print function is located at the top right of the main CW page. Just click it – and you will have a pdf version of all the stories written for that week’s Campus Weekly. The layout is a great improvement over the earlier Print this Issue version of the past 1 1/2 years. Some readers may want to simply read it there. It can easily be printed for reading on the go. (Note: You may want to adjust your printer’s settings for the desired printing quality of the pictures in the weekly pdf.)

The main page does not conceal any items – as you scroll down, you will see every piece for that week. For stories that draw your interest, you may click it to read it in its entirety. If a section such as People interests you, you can click that category name at the top of the page to see all the items in their entirety.

We at UNCG have always had a strong sense of community. People make our university. Our Spotlight section, near the top of the page, will highlight some of our staff and faculty and their stories, their research, their news – the types of stories will vary week by week. Our people and their many endeavors will be a strong focus. And of course, CW’s People section will continue to provide news and accomplishments about faculty and staff each week.

As always, CW relies on a wide number of individuals throughout campus to help provide news, tips, story ideas and interesting, newsworthy facts about people we may not have known. And we hope that that network of story and information providers will continue to grow. Have you had a book published recently? An award? A co-worker did something remarkable – or may have an interesting story? We like tips, big and small. (Sometimes the seemingly small things make for the best stories.) Please don’t hesitate to pass them along to us. Email mdharri3@uncg.edu or call 256-0230.

CW displays recent posts on the newly enhanced University News page. Glance through the headlines at CW to see which ones interest you – or bookmark that University News page. A few of each week’s CW stories (such as the Middle College story this week) will be drawn from that News page – with a link for the full story.

CW also displays the most recent main university Twitter posts. That feed is operated by Lanita Withers Goins. If you have a Twitter account, you may consider subscribing to it, at http://twitter.com/#!/uncg. Or simply view the posts at CW.

To provide a broader look at news beyond our campus, CW includes a convenient feed from two leading higher-education news sources: The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as Inside Higher Ed. (Each publication gave us their OK.) Check back regularly, and you’ll find new story headlines in that space.

CW uses WordPress, an open source platform, maximizing cost-efficiency. The small team behind this summer’s redesign was Mark Unrue, Lyda Carpen, Kevin Shoffner and Mike Harris.

Give the newly revised Campus Weekly a spin and see what you think. And please tell us. We always like to hear from our readers.

You’re in first class

The Middle College at UNCG opened Wednesday, Aug. 10, welcoming 50 ninth-graders interested in exploring health sciences to campus.

The Middle College at UNCG is the eighth early or middle college high school in Guilford County Schools (GCS). The school’s launch also marks the first time high school students have attended classes full time on our campus since in 1969. Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photograph by Chris English

Numbers don’t tell the full story, says Brady

This year, no PowerPoint slides. No lengthy listing of UNCG statistics and accomplishments. Instead, stories of individuals.

At her “State of the Community” address Aug. 17, Chancellor Brady told of faculty, staff and students who’d made a big difference for the mission of our university – for our sense of community. “I know every one in the audience has a story to tell,” she said.

She pledged she would continue to listen and respond. And we will focus on our core values as a university, she said.

Read a full report of the chancellor’s address in University News.

Photograph by Chris English.

Chancellor Chats

They’re called “Chancellor Chats.” Over the last several months, Chancellor Brady has met informally with small groups of faculty members from across the campus.

She spoke of these chats at the Board of Trustees retreat Aug. 4.

She saw a need. She wanted to be more in touch, she said.

She has particularly reached out to those who have expressed concerns.

“I think there’s a greater sense we are listening,” she said.

Similarly, there has been a round of “chancellor chats” with members of UNCG boards.

She said she will continue to host both of these in the fall.

Plus, she will schedule similar chats with staff.

“It’s been very difficult for staff,” she said, referring to the budget cuts. And this will be a difficult year, she added.

Mike Tarrant, who is adding a strategic communications role as part of his responsibilities, said that “we are in unprecedented times,” referring to the budget squeeze. He noted the immense importance in listening, “going out and listening to stakeholders.” There is much to be learned from them, he said.

Tarrant will be working closely with Helen Hebert in University Relations in his additional role, the chancellor said.

By Mike Harris

Instructional films now housed in Jackson Library

In May, the instructional films were moved from the University Teaching and Learning Center in McIver to Jackson Library. Faculty who need assistance with the instructional films should continue to work with Cathy Rothermal to select order, and reserve films. Rosenthal, who formerly worked at the UTLC, transferred to the University Libraries and is located in Room 117 on the first floor of Jackson Library. She may be reached at carother@uncg.edu or 334-5310. Faculty are still able to book films for delivery or place them on reserve for students to view in the Library. The viewing stations are in the basement of Jackson Library. The entertainment DVDs were moved to the Jackson Library Reading room earlier this year.

The Libraries and the UTLC have also purchased a wide variety of streaming video that may be shown in class or assigned to students to view at any time. Streamed feature films are available from Swank Digital Campus and may only be viewed through a course management system such as Blackboard. Rothermal will assist faculty with these services as well.

Additionally, the Libraries are now circulating some of the technology previously housed at UTLC such as flip cameras, audio recorders and tripods. Information about all of their multimedia services may be found at http://library.uncg.edu/services/multimedia_services.aspx

The UTLC will continue to administer Blackboard and classroom technology support. Further questions about their services should be directed to Marian Harrison, associate director, at marian_harrison@uncg.edu or 334-5035.

The UTLC will continue to check out keys for classroom teaching stations. Key pickups, returns or renewals are now located at 159 Mossman. Call all 334-5080 for assistance.

The University Libraries look forward to working with you to provide films to support UNCG’s curriculum.

By Kimberly Lutz

Silvia’s research links creativity, ego

The stereotype that creative people are arrogant may contain a grain of truth, according to a recent study led by Dr. Paul Silvia (Pyschology).

A survey of 1,300 people found that those who identify themselves as creative tend to score lower than others on a measure of humility and honesty. The connection is significant but not strong enough to be considered a defining quality of creative individuals, Silvia adds.

“We think this might be one of those sort-of-true stereotypes,” says the associate professor of psychology. “There might be something to creativity and a lack of modesty going together.”

Read more at the University News web site

By Dan Nonte

Program Review updates – early August

Those who subscribe to the Academic Program Review listserv received information last week, including (in part) the following two points of information:

  • The academic program review process document, timeline, criteria, and rubrics have been updated to reflect the recommendations of the Efficiency Data Committee to exclude all efficiency data from the unit and university program review committee process.  This committee was chaired by Vice Provost Alan Boyette and the following served as members:  Timothy Johnston, John Deal, Anne Wallace, Daniel Bibeau, Edward Arrington, William Brown, and Sarah Carrigan. As per the Committee’s suggestion, if information on program efficiency plays a significant role in shaping the Provost’s recommendations and/or the chancellor’s decisions regarding the status of any academic program, one or both of them will discuss these data with the relevant dean or program director before reaching a conclusion.
  • A bibliography has been added to the web site providing a list of resources for both unit program review committees and the University Program Review Committee. The rosters for the College of Arts and Sciences Program Review Committee and the School of Health and Human Sciences Program Review Committee have been updated. The data definitions document has been revised to tie the definitions to the items in the surveys and criteria document by using the same letter and numbering system; no substantive changes were made to the definitions.

The web site can be accessed here – or from the university’s home page. 

Program Review updates – mid-August

Yesterday (Aug. 15) was the deadline for all academic program review surveys (except for a few departments that negotiated extensions due to leadership transitions). OIR will assume that all survey responses submitted as attachments to email after the May 15 deadline extension are final. Sometime later this week, Brandi McCullough will be contacting those program leaders who submitted surveys through Qualtrics and have not subsequently submitted completed surveys as email attachments to confirm that the Qualtrics submissions are also final. Subsequently Sarah Carrigan will email each dean a list of programs in his or her unit for which surveys have not been officially submitted via either method with a request for follow-up.

That was one of the information updates that those who subscribe to the Academic Program Review listserv received on Aug. 16. That listserv email also included the following updates:

The School of Nursing, School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences unit academic program review committee rosters have been updated. 

The reports from the Data Definitions Committee and the Efficiency Data Committee and the provost’s responses to them have been uploaded.

The graduate program rubrics have both been updated to omit criterion A7 (graduation rates) which the provost announced on June 7 would be excluded from the review process as per the recommendation of the outside consultant. 

The PowerPoint for a recent Society of College and University Planning presentation by Robert Dickeson, author of “Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services,” has been uploaded as background information.

The web site can be accessed here.

Rodriguez, Elliott shaped by Peace Corps

2011 marks the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary. Dr. Darlene Rodriquez (Political Science) and Michael Elliott (International Programs) shared their experiences with a group of students as the last semester wound down.

Elliott, who is director of International Student & Scholar Services, served in Kenya from 1989-91 as a high school science teacher. Earlier, he had had a study abroad experience in Germany. “It opened my eyes,” he said.

Some of his friends as an undergraduate were from Ethiopia and Senegal. He knew he wanted to do something and be in a place where he’d have an impact on people, he said.

He asked for Kenya, where he hoped to be a health extension volunteer “but they needed a science teacher instead.” It was a formative experience for him.

Rodriguez had an early experience with AmeriCorps, teaching Haitian and Cuban refugees English and adult basic education in Miami. This experience opened up an opportunity for her to receive a preparatory grant from the Peace Corps to do the same overseas.  Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she was admitted into the Master International Program sponsored by the Peace Corps at Rutgers, where she completed her capstone project on how the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and similar entities work with non-profits.

She never was able to serve overseas while in the Peace Corps. In 1997, a tumor was detected in her neck, she explained. The surgery was paid for in part by the Peace Corps, and she completed her service in the US. The Peace Corps experiences and learning were invaluable, as her career has progressed.

“Now, I’m doing research and teaching about non-profits at UNCG,” she noted, as students benefit from her knowledge.

See an additional Peace Corps story in UNCG Magazine, featuring among others Dr. Meredith Walther (Development) and Dr. Michael McIntosh (Nutrition).

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

See/Hear: August 17, 2011

See some highlights of the construction and dedication of the Ibnaouf family’s Habitat for Humanity house, where so many UNCG volunteers worked last spring. Videography by James Gould.

Looking ahead: Aug. 17, 2011

Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Opening luncheon for faculty and staff
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 11:15 a.m., Dining Hall

New faculty orientation begins
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. Virginia Tech
Friday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. UNCP (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

Classes begin
Monday, Aug. 22

Students’ part-time job fair Aug. 24

The annual Part-time Job Fair will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. The job fair is sponsored by the Student Employment Office and the Career Services Center. Employers from campus and throughout the Triad will recruit part-time job candidates, collect resumes and schedule interviews with students at the job fair. Last year, more than 600 students attended the event. The Student Employment Office works to offer employment opportunities and resources for UNCG students while encouraging students to make meaningful decisions about job choices and connecting part-time experience to career and academic goals. In addition, it serves as a resource for campus employers who hire UNCG students for part-time employment. Details at http://www.uncg.edu/csc