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Archives for October 2011

Murder or self defense?

Was it murder or self defense, the accused a victim or a criminal? Those questions unfold in dramatic form during UNCG Theatre’s presentation of “Self Defense, or death of some salesmen” Oct. 28-Nov. 6 in the Brown Building Theatre.

It examines the case of Jolene Palmer, a character based on convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Wuornos’ story has been told in many forms including two full-length documentaries, an opera, a made-for-TV movie, a comic book, numerous crime books and in the major motion picture “Monster,” which earned actress Charlize Theron an Academy Award.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, an in-depth pre-show discussion of the play and themes will be offered at 5 p.m. This Frame/Works program helps in drawing connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice, as it frames a work of theatre.

The speakers and topics are “The Prison as ‘Public Secret'” Dr. Nina Billone Prieur, Duke ;”Behind the Razor Wire: Incarcerated Women and Questions of Representation” Dr. Ashley Lucas, UNC Chapel Hill ; “Aileen Carol Wournos, Heroine of Last Resort” Dr. Jules Odendahl-James, Duke. More information is here.

Full story about the production is at UNCG News.

Photo by Bert VanderVeen (l-r, Justin Crawford, Alex Elliott and Leah Turley in “Self Defense”)

The candidates have the floor

The primaries for the Greensboro mayoral race and city coucil races have narrowed the field of candidates. Now as Election Day approaches, you’ll have an opportunity to ask the candidates questions – in person or by social media.

The UNCG Alumni Association’s Spartan Legislative Council will present a digitally interactive Greensboro Municipal Candidate Forum Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

The candidate forum will consist of question and answer sessions, discussions on various topics and community updates. Questions may be submitted in advance via email at alumni@uncg.edu or via UNCG Alumni Association’s Facebook page and via Twitter (@uncgalumni). Audience members will be able to ask questions live during the forum by way of these social media options – as well as in person.

All 2011 Greensboro Municipal candidates are invited. The moderator for the evening is UNCG alumnus Lee Kinard ’74, ’77 MA, ’88 EdD.

The UNCG Alumni Association is honored to sponsor one of the first structured platforms to use Social Media to involve the entire community in the Greensboro Municipal elections.

The UNCG Spartan Legislative Council Political Forum is one of several events that will take place during the upcoming months hosted by the UNCG Alumni Association.

To learn more about the Alumni Association, Spartan Legislative Council or the forum, contact Mary Swantek at alumni@uncg.edu or visit www.uncg.edu/alumni.

Campus-wide food drive has begun

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday to someone who’s hungry.

That is the theme for this year’s university-wide food drive.

Urban Ministries of Greensboro, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, and Groceries on Wheels will receive the food collected at UNCG. They were selected in an attempt to reach the greatest magnitude of need within our community.

The food drive will continue through Monday, Nov 21. The organizers note that the beginning of the holiday season is good timing for filling the low pantries at these organization.

Donation boxes are located in Room 217 EUC, EUC Commons, HHP Building, Forney, McNutt, McIver, Financial Aid, Mossman (HRS) and MHRA Building.

A special day to mark on calendars: Tuesday, Nov. 1, when they will have donation boxes from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at each of the three parking decks (Oakland Ave, Walker Ave, and McIver) and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front and rear entrances of Elliott University Center.

The four-week food drive is hosted by the UNCG Staff Senate On-Campus and Off-Campus Service Committees and The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.

  • The Groceries on Wheels offers food, friendship and hope to improve health and wellness to low income seniors in Guilford County. The food drive organizers note there are growing numbers of seniors that provide for their grandchildren.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank distributes food to childhood hunger programs and Triad Community Kitchen Programs, as well as assists when disaster strikes.
  • Greensboro Urban Ministries distributes to feeding programs and other non-profits that serve the hungry.

Please contact Lee Odom (4-5393 or lhodom@uncg.edu), Joseph Frey (6-1406 or jjfrey@uncg.edu), or Jan Albrecht (4-3962 or Albrecht@uncg.edu), if you have any questions.

CACE focuses on ‘Black South’ Nov. 11

The African American Studies Program will host the 22nd annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) – The Black South: From the Reconstruction Period to the 21st Century – 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

The conference will feature panels and presentations in EUC. A literary café and the keynote address by Dr. Chester Fontenot Jr. (Mercer University) will take place in Jackson Library’s Randall Jarrell Lecture Hall. All conference events are free and open to the public.

Fontenot has titled his keynote “A Tale Twice Told: The Black South Since Reconstruction.”

“African Americans’ relationship with the South has been long and complicated,” said Dr. Tara T. Green, director of the African American Studies Program. “Some have vivid memories of lynchings and segregation. Others recall the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement.

“But what does it mean to be black and Southern in 2011? This year’s panelists will provide critical looks from the perspective of the arts, history and politics to probe the meaning of the South for African Americans since the Reconstruction Period.”

The conference will include three panels. Dr. Mark Elliott (UNCG) will moderate the first, Independent Politics in the New South, with panelists Dr. Omar Ali (UNCG), Dr. Gregory Nixon (UNC Charlotte) and Jacqueline Spruill (UNCG). Dr. Sarah Cervenak (UNCG) and Dr. Sandra Govan (UNC Charlotte) will be on the second; students will make up the third.

The registration form is here.

Full story at UNCG News.


New Substantive Change Compliance Policy

A major revision has been completed for the university’s substantive change compliance policy, which covers how changes in academic programs and degrees must be reported to, and subsequently approved by, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The new policy (http://policy.uncg.edu/substantive_change_compliance/) has been approved by Chancellor Linda P. Brady, and sets down a process for compliance with SACSCOC. Training sessions have already begun for the associate deans in the College of Arts and Science and the schools, who will serve as substantive change liaisons for their academic units.

“The compliance process is complicated,” said Dr. Rebecca Adams, associate provost for planning and assessment, who is the university’s SACSCOC liaison.

“We’ll need everyone to be aware of this policy when they are planning to make changes in any programs and to be willing to ask the necessary questions before moving forward,” Adams said. “This process is very complicated and there are penalties involved if we are found to be in non-compliance.”

UNCG has been found to be out of compliance on two occasions recently, both resulting from programs in one of the schools. Both situations have been rectified, but one instance last summer required the university to repay $58,000 to the U.S. Department of Education.

“The SACSCOC standard requires that an institution must notify the Commission on Colleges when there are substantive changes to any programs and, when necessary, seek approval before the changes are made,” Adams said.

UNCG’s new policy provides a definition of substantive change, and has policy sections on communications and procedures, resources, training, quality assurance, enforcement and review.

Adams explained that under the new policy, responsibility for enforcement resides with the chancellor. Deans are responsible for their units adhering to the procedures set forth within the Curriculum Guide. The associate provost for planning and assessment (Adams) serves as the liaison to the SACS Commission on Colleges with responsibility to report substantive changes in a timely manner. No substantive change can be implemented until a letter of approval or an acceptance of notification is received from the Commission on Colleges.

In addition to revising and elevating the policy, Adams said a questionnaire (http://opa.uncg.edu/academicplanning/questionnaire.aspx) has been developed for departments considering changes to their curriculum. It will help the Office of Planning and Assessment provide advice on appropriate procedures and how long the process will take. A web site (http://opa.uncg.edu/academicplanning/) on academic program planning and substantive change has been created, with links to helpful and pertinent information, including the revised Curriculum Guide (http://undergraduate.uncg.edu/colleagues/com/curriculum.php).

Faculty sometimes will grumble and say “Let’s not participate in SACS; let’s just drop out,” Adams said. She explained that SACS is charged by the U.S. Department of Education with enforcing federal rules. UNCG and other institutions don’t really have much choice in the matter. Dropping out of SACS would result in loss of accreditation and loss of federal financial aid funds, which comprise much of the $160 million UNCG awards annually.

If you are planning on making changes to a program, check out the policy first, and if you have any questions, contact the Office of Planning and Assessment.

By Steve Gilliam

Thank-you cards for veterans: volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the “Thank You Cards for Veterans” tables on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the EUC Commons and Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Dining Hall Lobby.

Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to sign thank you cards for veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom who are hospitalized in the Salisbury Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital.

You may stop by the table and sign as many cards as you would like.

For the second year, the Office of Campus Activities & Programs and the Student Veterans Association are co-sponsoring this “Thank You Cards for Veterans” service activity.

Volunteers are needed to staff tables from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Volunteers will communicate the purpose of the project (the sending of thank you cards to these veterans). They will also be setting out and collecting cards (the goal is about 5-7 signatures per card), and checking cards for appropriate language/messages.

To sign up as a volunteer, please go to this Google docs sign up sheet at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au-EWuJjDmexdGRFY3gtcVVsajBsOVA3MHZWeE9rNnc&hl=en_US. If you have any questions, contact Lisa McGuire, Assistant Director for Adult, Transfer, and Commuter Programs, at lmmcguir@uncg.edu or 4-3667.

(Visual courtesy Department of Defense)

International staff exchange a first for UNCG

As a part of the UNCG Strategic Plan goal 5.3, “to provide an international experience for qualified faculty, staff and students,” UNCG has begun to initiate a few activities designed specifically to engage staff in the internationalization process.

“To date these have included intercultural training through the ESP, increasing contact with our international students in the Staff Senate, and inviting staff to be interviewed by our visiting German Fulbright group in August,” says Dr. Penelope Pynes, associate provost for international programs

The latest venture is a first for UNCG: an international staff exchange. This human resources staff exchange involves two Swedish HR professionals from Linnaeus University in Vaxjo Sweden. It will be reciprocated in the future, with UNCG sending two staff members to Vaxjo.

These two individuals will be at UNCG until Oct. 27 learning about human resource practices in the United States and sharing information on their practices in Sweden.

“We are delighted to have the Swedish visitors here and are learning a great deal from them,” said Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resource services.

Jan Van Dyke helps build appreciation for modern dance in cities across the state

She was one of those little girls who wanted to be a dancer, she explains. “I came from a family of teachers and bureaucrats, but somehow dancing was the most wonderful thing I could think of doing.” Luckily, she was pretty good at it, she adds, and had encouragement from teachers.

Dr. Jan Van Dyke has been giving similar encouragement to students for decades.

She received the university’s Gladys Strawn Bullard Award in 2010 for initiative and perseverance in leadership and service. And earlier this year, she was honored with the Betty Cone Medal of Arts from the United Arts Council of Greensboro. The annual award is given to an artist who has made a significant contribution to the community and achieved excellence in her field.

She’s the founder and producer of the N.C. Dance Festival, which can be enjoyed in Aycock Auditorium Nov. 4-5. This annual showcase of dance tours the state, bringing audiences the best choreography from within North Carolina. (A video made especially for last year’s 20th year can be viewed here.)

It’s entering its 21st season. “A ripe old age for any artist-led grassroots event,” she says.

“We have expanded during that time and now we travel around the state, going to Boone, Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington in addition to Greensboro.” This year, they will travel with eight groups from across the state.

CW asked her about her future plans. “Since I’ve recently begun phased retirement, I plan to be at UNCG during the Fall semesters for 2012 and 2013,” she said. “The Festival is managed by the Dance Project, a non-profit I began in Washington, DC, in 1974 and brought to North Carolina with me. As long as I am associated with the Dance Project – and I have no plans to leave – I will be involved with the Festival.”

She recounted its beginnings. “I joined the UNCG faculty in 1989 when John Gamble was head of the department. We had just moved into our current facility with the UNCG Dance Theater, and we were puzzling over how to share that wonderful little space while giving our students a more professional viewpoint and building an active community among the dancers who were working around the state. We also wanted to expose our students to what was going on here in North Carolina with the idea that they might be encouraged to stay around after graduation.

“So, early on, in 1991, we invited the dance faculty at Duke to present a concert in our theater. After that show, we felt so successful that we invited a different group of out-of-town artists for the following year. After the second year, we were beginning to wonder why we were only inviting out-of-towners, so the 3rd year included a concert for Triad area artists as well.”

At the sixth year, they decided to take the shows on the road. And it has continued to blossom.

“It’s a surprise to me that we’ve gone on so long. When, after we started touring and I realized how much work it was each season, I told myself I’d carry it forward for ten years.” Now, it’s entering its third decade.

She says that dance is possibly the earliest art. “Studying the history of dance provides a perspective on humankind that is not focused on wars and battles but instead on culture, aesthetics, and religion.”

But contemporary dance is much relatively new. “Contemporary dance is an American art, only about 100 years old. Many people are not familiar with it, and many who see it don’t think they understand.” Helping build that familiarity with modern dance, in cities across North Carolina, is important. It’s been an essential part of her life work.

“It can be beautiful, funny, profound, athletic, thoughtful, political – and very rewarding. North Carolina has a large and growing dance community, with many fine artists – something to be proud of.”

Looking ahead: Oct. 26, 2011

Women’s soccer vs. Elon
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

Campus Transportation Master Plan update
Thursday, Oct. 27, begins at 12:30 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Film, “a.k.a. Nikki S. Lee”
Thursday, Oct. 27, Weatherspoon

Men’s soccer vs. UNCW
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Theatre, Frame/Works discussion for ‘Self Defense’
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Workshop, Mask magic with Deb Bell
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon. Registration required.

North Carolina Dance Festival
Friday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium


With the Staff: October 2011

Hello: Bernard Goodwine, Housekeeping; Keith Perri, ITS; Christopher Cooper, ITS; Brooklyn Tester, ITS; Whitney Deberry, Student Health; Ashley Skinner, Student Health; Karen Hayden, Music; Debra Richardson, Nursing; Jessica Russell, Registrar’s Office; Donna Gentry, NCRC Bioactives Center; Mary Wolfe, Gerontology

Good-bye: Lynn Southard, Business Administration; Ervina Scales, ITS; Shelia D’jibo, Facility Operations; Barbara Moss, Advancement Services; Mark Dishner, ITS; Mitchell Summers, ITS; Scott Lyon, Public Safety and Police; Keith Janco, Public Safety and Police

Document signing today (Sustainability Day)

Chancellor Linda P. Brady will sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment today (Oct. 26, 2011) at 10 a.m. in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room. UNCG will become the seventh university in the system endorsing the ACUPCC.

Franchising expert, car rental CEO

Having led two of North America’s largest franchise car rental companies, Sanford “Sandy” Miller knows how to build successful organizations. He will share that expertise at UNCG’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Leader Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2, in EUC Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required with an RSVP to NCEC@uncg.edu. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and a networking reception will follow the lecture.

More at UNCG News.

Cost benefit analysis

The BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series on Capitalism will present Dr. Dan Hausman speaking on “Making Sense of Cost Benefit Analysis.” Hausman (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will speak on Monday Oct. 31, 4 p.m., in the Faculty Center. More information at http://www.uncg.edu/bae/bbt/speakers/Fall11.html

Where can I find a Green Office?

The Green Office program has really started to take off, notes the Sustainability Office. The six offices that are currently participating are:

  • The Office of the Chancellor
  • Office of Leadership and Service Learning
  • University Registrar’s Office
  • Weatherspoon Museum of Art
  • Environmental Health and Saftey
  • University Libraries: Special Collections

To see if your office may want to participate in this sustainability program, see details here.

For additional details or if you have questions, contact Jessica Trotman.


Continual Learning wins 2011 W3 awards

UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning (DCL) recently won three W3 Awards (“Webbies”), presented by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, honoring creative excellence on the web.

PSC 105: Issues and Ideologies received a Gold Award for Educational Web Site. It is an innovative, interactive online course (originally launched in 2009), developed in close conjunction with Dr. Carisa Showden, Leigh Sink, Liz McNamara and Dr. Adam Van Liere from the Department of Political Science. The course presents content through a virtual “newsstand” of original tailored online magazines, newspaper articles, radio and TV programs and gritty interactive case studies.

DCL also garnered Silver Awards for the new UNCG Online web site launched in Summer 2011, and the Spring/Summer 2011 Online Advertising Campaign for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in their respective categories.

This year the W3 competition received more than 3,000 entries.

Carlone CFRN lecture

Good science teaching matters. But what is good? And to whom does it matter?

That is the topic of Dr. Heidi Carolone’s lecture Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Public Library Central Branch on North Church Street.

Light refreshments will be served.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Carlone is an associate professor of science education in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education. Carlone’s research uses theoretical lenses from anthropology of education, sociocultural theories and cultural studies to understand the local/global productions of ‘‘science’’ and ‘‘science person’’ in K-16 in-school and out-of-school settings and implications of those meanings for those historically shut out of science and for science education reform.

Nursing Career Day Nov. 2

The Career Services Center will host its annual Nursing Career Day on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC.

The Nursing Career Day is an excellent opportunity for students in Nursing to learn about employment opportunities and graduate school options. Although primarily Nursing students attend, this event will be of interest to students in the allied health fields including majors in Biology, Chemistry, Counseling, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Medical Technology, Public Health, and Social Work. Whether students are looking for full-time, part-time, or volunteer opportunities, representatives from various local and regional healthcare systems will be available to discuss their options. A number of graduate schools also attend this fair to assist potential applicants with the admissions process and questions about graduate school. If you know of students still making a career decision and considering a career in a healthcare setting, this a chance for them to network with recruiters and learn more. This is a professional event, so students should dress to impress.

For more information, contact Craig Pickett at 334-5454 or email cspicket@uncg.edu. A listing of participating healthcare systems, agencies, and graduate schools can be found at www.uncg.edu/csc.

Dr. Sherrill Hayes

Dr. Sherrill Hayes (Program in Conflict & Peace Studies) recently became editor of “The Peacemaker,” the official publication of the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. His first issue, published this month, is focused on the intersection of politics and dispute resolution and includes one his articles titled, “Family dispute resolution in North Carolina: Considerations for practitioners and policymakers.” More information and a link to the issue can be found at: http://disputeresolution.ncbar.org/.

Dr. Kelly Ritter

Dr. Kelly Ritter (English) recently attended a White House meeting as a representative of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA). During a small group discussion with Department of Education policy advisors, she and other leaders from the CWPA and the National Writing Project warned that Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other accelerated learning programs, which are strongly supported by the Obama administration, promote memorization and “teaching to the test,” rather than deep engagement with texts and sustained practice in writing and critical thinking. These programs, and lessons for all students, should rely more heavily on research and input from college writing teachers, attendees argued. Ritter is the author of the books “Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960” (2009) and “Who Owns School? Authority, Students, and Online Discourse” (2010). She is also the editor of College English, the flagship journal of the National Council of Teachers of English. More at UNCG News.

Dr. Todd Beck

Dr. Todd Beck (Student Health Services) was the official physician on the Triad “Flight of Honor” on Oct. 15. The flight, covered in this report on WXII, took World War II veterans to see the WWII Memorial on the mall of Washington, D.C. Beck has been on staff at UNCG Student Health Services for more than three years. Prior to that, he worked in private practice and at the Virginia Tech Student Health Center. Beck developed an interest in WWII history after visiting the USS Yorktown Memorial. He began to more fully understand what the military personnel went through and the sacrifices they made, leading him to volunteer his services.


Jonathon Anderson (IARC) was named the editor-in-chief of the IDECexchange: news from the Interior Design Educators Council. Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas (IARC) was named IDEC archive historian.

Tina Sarawgi

Tina Sarawgi received the 2011 Edison Price Fellowship Grant by the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. She has developed e-light, a series of interactive teaching modules that illustrate the use of software programs to conduct lighting design. She is pursuing an internship at Light Defines Form, a lighting design firm in Greensboro, where she is testing the modules through the fall. She is director of graduate studies in IARC.

See/Hear: October 26, 2011

If you consider the written word to be a ‘Helvetic tidal wave of terror’ – or if you simply like those campy horror B movies of the ’60s – this clip is for you. It’s part of an Office of Online Learning “UnTextMe” viral video campaign promoting online learning and programs.

Carving up all the Halloween festivities

Greek Treats
Join UNCG’s fraternities, sororities, and athletes for their annual Greek Treats celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. Greek Treats provides a safe and fun Halloween environment for community children and their families.

Each group will provide games and candy for children of all ages to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged! Free parking will be available in the Walker Avenue Parking Deck for families with children in costume under the age of 16.

After trick-or-treating, be sure to stay for the Kids Zone and UNCG vs. Georgia Southern men’s soccer game at 7 p.m. Admission to all events is free, but families are encouraged to bring one can of food per child. Canned goods will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

In case of rain, Greek Treats will be held on Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., by the Soccer Stadium. In case of rain on Oct. 26, it will be moved indoors to Cone Ballroom in the EUC. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Activities and Programs at 334-5800 or cap@uncg.edu.

EUC Auditorium – Friday, Oct. 21 – Free – A Halloween-themed triple-feature, beginning at 5 p.m.:

  • 5 p.m. – Ghostbusters 2
  • 7 p.m. – Jurassic Park
  • 9 p.m. – Harry Potter 7, Part 2

2011 Haunted Foust House community fundraiser
Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Funds will go to Brenner Children’s Hospital. The Haunted House will be in Mary Foust Hall, on College Avenue. Tickets are $5 each or $3 plus a can of food. The theme this fall is “Zombies.”

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Mary Foust Hall, carved pumpkins will be on display.

“Horror though history” panel
Wednesday, Oct. 26, Sullivan Science 101, featuring Dr. Jill Bender, Kathelene Smith and Caitlin Saraphis. Learn where all of those scary stories you’ve heard come from. Sponsored by UNCG Historical Society.

Night of Fright in EUC Cone Ballroom
Friday, Oct, 28, fall festival of events, starting at 7 p.m. Activities include a screening of “Zombieland,” pumpkin carving and a costume contest.

And if the day of Halloween arrives and you want more…

Ghost tour of campus
Join University Libraries staff Carolyn Shankle and Hermann Trojanowski for a 30-minute walking ghost tour on Monday, Oct. 31. On the tour you will learn about the ghosts that are said to haunt Mary Foust Residence Hall, Spencer Residence Hall, Alumni House and Aycock Auditorium.

  • Tour Times: 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Meeting Place: College Avenue in front of Mary Foust Residence Hall
  • Duration of Tour: 30 minutes
  • Costumes: Optional

Please contact Hermann Trojanowski at hermann_trojanowski@uncg.edu to reserve a place on one of the tours.

Events compiled by Mike Harris

Duane Cyrus is in the house (So is Michael Parker)

It’s a new series called “Around the House,” to help alumni and community members easily engage with UNCG in a relaxing, rejuvenating atmosphere.

Organized by the UNCG Alumni Association, each event will be in the Alumni House and will start at 6 p.m. The $10 cost per evening includes wine and cheese refreshments and parking in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck.

The next “Around the House” evening will be Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. Duane Cyrus, associate professor of dance, will showcase “Entrepreneurship in the Arts.” He will discuss his work with the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center housed at UNCG and how his company, Cyrus Art Production, engages communities and serves UNCG through high-profile performances, workshops and training in dance.

The following “Around the House” event will feature Michael Parker, professor of creative writing, speaking on “Myth, history and fiction” Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Six are scheduled for the spring semester. Campus Weekly will have the listing in January.

You may register for an event at www.uncgevent2.info.

For more information about this series, email Linda Carter or Donegan Root.

Photograph by Chris English, of Duane Cyrus directing his students in 2010 as they work with Eastern Guilford High School students as part of a community outreach program.

New collaborative study groups

Enhancing student success and efforts to improve retention rates are a key focus on campus.

The Student Study Program (SSP) is a new program offered by the Student Success Center that provides opportunities for students to form collaborative study groups. These study groups, in turn, will foster enhanced study habits and overall academic performance in and out of the classroom.

The students find there are a number of good reason to be a part of these groups, says Caitlin Byerly, Student Study Program coordinator.

  • Meet new classmates you otherwise may not interact with
  • Have a study group established for you by simply filling out the online application
  • Always have the opportunity to study with other classmates outside of class
  • Enhance student study habits and confidence in mastering course material

The SSP is currently serving eight courses during the pilot 2011 Fall semester, with anticipation of expanding the number of courses for the Spring semester.
Accounting 201 (ACC 201)
Anthropology 100 (ATY 100)
Chemistry 104 (CHE 104)
Economics 201 (ECO 201)
Geography 103 (GEO 103)
Philosophy 121 (PHI 121)
Political Science 100 (PSC 100)
Sociology 101 (SOC 101)

The program connects students enrolled in the same course and section number.

Students can utilize this program by filling out an online application located at http://success.uncg.edu/ssp/apply/. After filling out the application, students will be matched with other students in the requested course and section by the SSP coordinator and contacted via email.

Have questions or want details? Email Caitlin Byerly or call 334-3682.

Sustainability’s No Impact Project

A week-long No Impact Project will be held Oct. 24-28, 2011, to coincide with Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 26. The special week is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.


No Impact Kick Off Event View selected clips of the No Impact Movie and network on how to lessen your impact on the environment. The Office of Sustainability will be on hand to answer questions and get everyone started on the right path.

Monday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m, Music Building Room 217, hosted by UNCG Office of Sustainability


Monday’s Consumption Challenge

The “Story of Stuff” video will the shared and information will be provided about reducing purchases and buying handmade, local, and low-packaged goods. Participate in a mug and book exchange. Any leftover mugs and books will be donated to the Salvation Army.

College Ave, near the EUC sidewalk, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Tuesday’s Transportation Challenge

The Parking and Campus Access Office will provide programming on low-impact methods of transportation available to the campus community.

College Ave, near the EUC sidewalk, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Wednesday’s Food Challenge

Healthy recipes made with local food will be featured at tabling activity in the EUC. Also, information will be shared about foods with the lowest carbon footprint.

Inside the EUC, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Thursday’s Energy Challenge

The Triad Student Energy Alliance (founding chapter at UNCG) will host an energy triathlon event.

1. Vampire Energy Slaying

2. Clean Energy and Conservation letter writing and petition

3. Energy Jeopardy game

Participate in one event and have your name entered to win a small energy-related goodie bag. Participate in two events and have your name entered to an energy related prize. Participate in three events and have your name entered to win the energy prize package. More information at www.triadstudentenergyalliance.wordpress.com.

Energy Jeopardy 9-11 a.m., Azalea Room

Green Dorm Audits, 2-3:30 p.m.

Vampire Energy Slaying 5-7 p.m. (meet in front of Music Building)


Friday’s Water Challenge

A water taste test will be to see if you can tell the difference between tap water and bottled water. Information about the issues surrounding water will be shared as well.

College Ave, near the EUC sidewalk, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



And his name is… Spiro

“Drum roll please,” the PA announcer said at Sunday’s Go Blue Preview. The Spartan mascot would be hearing his name at the Coliseum for the time. “Let’s welcome to the court …. Spiro.”

Spiro is the Greek word for “spirit.”

Four names made the final cut. The winning name for the UNCG mascot was submitted first by Regan Treichler, who won the prize pack.

This Sunday, Oct 23, is the men’s basketball Blue/Gold scrimmage in Fleming Gym. It begins at 4 p.m., following the women’s soccer game against Appalachian State. Admission is free for everyone – and Spiro will of course be on hand to cheer on the players.

By Mike Harris

Listen and have your say about transportation

Have something to say about parking? Perhaps you want to learn the latest on parking, bicycle and pedestrian safety, transit and the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village?

Consultants working on the Campus Transportation Master Plan Update will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 27, between 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in EUC Alexander Room to share recommendations and receive feedback from the campus community.

There will be presentations at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The rest of the day will be an open house so people may drop-in as they have time.

Topics covered will include recommendations for parking, bicycle and pedestrian safety, transit, and the Village mixed-use development south of Lee Street.

An advertisement for the event can be viewed here:

For more information, contact Suzanne Williams at 334-5595 or suz@uncg.edu.

Dance companies present original choreography

The John Gamble Dance Theater and Jan Van Dyke Dance Group will showcase the creative works of their namesake choreographers in a series of 8 p.m. concerts Oct. 20-22 at the UNCG Dance Theatre.

The concert will also feature works by guest choreographers Sherone Price, a dance faculty member at Appalachian State University, and Carol Finley, director of dance at Meredith College.

Full story at UNCG News.

Photo: (L to R) Rhian Jaques, Virginia Dupont and Amanda Smith in the dance “TRINITY” by Jan Van Dyke. Photo by Steve Clarke.

Vintage gym clothes

A new exhibit titled “Vintage Gym Suits from the University Archives Collection” has been installed by the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives in the cases next to the Reference Desk of Jackson Library. The exhibition contains vintage photographs as well as a 1913 black serge gym suit, 1930s blue cotton gym suit and 1950s white cotton gym suit. The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 1, 2011.

The exhibition was requested by Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) for the Conference on Girls and Women In Sports and Physical Activity, which will be held Oct. 20-22 in EUC and the Alumni House. Details about the conference may be found here.

Visual: Early gym on campus in the basement of South Spencer.

Ray Purdom helps faculty around campus – and country – enhance student learning through MERLOT

“How can I most effectively teach university students?”

Faculty members across the country – as well as across campus – challenge themselves with this question. One resource at hand is an online collection of free teaching materials, MERLOT.

The Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) goal is “to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed courses.”

In addition to resources in the traditional disciplines, a Faculty Development editorial board, chaired by Dr. Ray Purdom, maintains over 1,300 items related to effective teaching and course design. “We’re like librarians,” he says, helping get the right resources to those who want them. Recently a Pedagogy Portal has been developed to provide in a user-friendly manner some of the best resources related to quality teaching strategies.

Among the issues professors are helped with:

  • How do I teach large lecture classes effectively?
  • How do I engage my students in problem-based learning?

The UNC system was a founding partner in launching MERLOT around 2000, he says. Cal State, where it is based, was one of the four university systems initially involved.

“I joined a year later,” he says, becoming the editor of their faculty development collection. He designed the classification scheme for the resources and submitted many of the materials which form the foundation of the collection. Pedagogy / Faculty Development is one of the more popular categories in MERLOT.

CW asked Purdom how he came to be interested in this topic. He told of his career so far: He was at a small college for 25 years. He taught physics for 18 years, then became dean of the college. He and the president worked together to obtain good workshop facilitators for a faculty development initiative, which is how he developed a particular interest in the field. After a time as interim-president, he had a career decision: to go back to teaching or to move further into faculty development. After a year with the Council of Independent Colleges in DC, he decided helping others become better teachers is what he wanted to do.

He has been at UNCG now 15 years. As director of the UNCG University Teaching and Learning Center, he helps faculty help students learn.

Dr. Susan Phillips (Communication Sciences and Disorders) is on the MERLOT editorial board for Communication, he notes, adding that Dr. Barbara Levin (Education) was extensively involved with MERLOT at one time as well.

All faculty are welcome to utilize the Merlot site. If you also wish to become a member, which is free, you may contribute materials to the site as well.

“So much good stuff is out there, I want faculty to know about it,” he explains.

For details, contact Ray Purdom.

Looking ahead: October 19, 2011

Faculty Senate forum
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m., Claxton, EUC

Talk, photographer Matthew Lewis
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Jackson Library

Women’s soccer vs. Appalachian State
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

“Around the House,” with Duane Cyrus
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Alumni House

Men’s soccer vs. Georgia Southern
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.

Campus Transportation Master Plan update
Thursday, Oct. 27, begins at 12:30 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Faculty Forum today, Oct. 19

A Faculty Forum will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at 3 p.m. in EUC’s Claxton Room.

The topics are:
• A Communication Enriched Curriculum: Time for a Change
Stephen Yarbrough, Director, Communication Across the Curriculum

•  UNCG Expansion Plans: Lee Street Corridor – Mixed Use Village
Mike T. Byers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

SECC past 60 percent

Several weeks remain in the campus’ 2011 SECC campaign. It is the official giving campaign for state employees, helping more than 1,000 organizations around the Triad and the state.

Campus Chair Dr. John Locke updated the volunteer solicitors throughout campus late last week.

In an email, he said, “A couple of days ago Peggy Woods told me we were at 60 percent of the goal, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Each department or school has one person who has volunteered to distribute and collect envelopes.

If you haven’t done so already, consider filling out your form and returning your envelope to your solicitor soon.