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Archives for October 2011

Is morality consistent with religion?

The Great Conversations series continues, sponsored by Philosophy. On Thursday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center, Heather Gert presents “Is Morality Consistent with Religion?”

McIver and Holderness/Weaver awards

UNCG seeks your help in identifying the 2011-12 nominees for the Charles Duncan McIver Award and the Holderness/Weaver Award. The most prestigious public service honors given by the university, these awards demonstrate UNCG’s value of civic engagement.

Your careful consideration and nomination of a devoted, inspirational citizen will be extremely helpful to the committee and the Board of Trustees. Please submit your nomination form by Oct. 24, 2011.

Submit nomination for Holderness/Weaver Award.

Submit nomination for McIver Award.

An overview and past recipients may be viewed at the Awards web page.

Bill Charlap Trio concert Friday, Oct. 14

Last week’s CW stated incorrectly the day of this weekend’s Bill Charlap Trio concert. The date was correct. The concert will start Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. There will be a Q&A earlier. See the full story.

Game Night on campus

The Office of Campus Activities and Programs and Jackson Library invite you to bring your family and friends for our upcoming Game Night. Our next Game Night is from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, October 14, in the Jackson Library Reading Room on the 1st floor of Jackson Library. Enjoy traditional family board and card games, video games and pizza! Bring your family. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Additional game nights will be held Nov. 4, Feb. 3, March 16 and April 13, from 5-8 p.m. You are welcome to bring your own board games and video games (rated E or C). Contact Lisa McGuire at lmmcguir@uncg.edu or 4-5800 for more information.

Women’s soccer atop SoCon

With last weekend’s two victories on the road, the women’s soccer team sits atop the conference standings at 5 wins, 1 loss. The team won at The Citadel Friday. The team then was tied for first place with College of Charleston, whom they faced Sunday. UNCG won that match as well, as Kristen Player scored twice. Their next two matches are at home, this Friday and Sunday. See the schedule here. All soccer matches are free this year.

Your memories of downtown?

“Most people have never been to a [Masonic] temple. There is this sort of aura of mystique about why is it called a temple and what goes on inside.”

This was the response of Jon Zachman, curator of collections at the Greensboro Historical Museum, when he was asked about the history of the Masonic Temple. However, the same mysterious aura surrounds many buildings in downtown Greensboro.

What is it about history that gives it this “aura of mystique”? Six students from UNCG’s Museum Studies Program have set out to find answers to this and other questions in their project “Windows to the Past: People, Place & Memory in Downtown Greensboro.”

To bring the project to life, they will gather memories of downtown Greensboro during a community storytelling session 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Greensboro Central Library.

Can’t attend Oct. 15? Visit http://windowstothepast.wordpress.com/ to share stories and memories.

Full story at UNCG News

See/Hear: October 12, 2011

The Fall 2011 Staff Stars reception – the first in the Chancellor’s Boardroom in Mossman – was quite an event. Enjoy this one-minute highlights clip of the ceremony.

Dr. Benjamin Filene

Dr. Benjamin Filene (History) has co-edited and contributed essays to “Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World,” a new anthology about how challenges to who counts as a historical “expert,” from crowd-sourced exhibitions to oral history, are reshaping the world of public history and museums. In addition to soliciting and editing essays, Filene wrote two essays for the book himself: one about StoryCorps and another about the exhibition “Open House; If These Walls Could Talk.” Full story at UNCG News.


Dr. Jacquelyn White

Dr. Jacquelyn White (Psychology) attended a reception at the home of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, to mark the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. The Bidens spoke to the researchers, activists, police officers, journalists, teens and parents in attendance about preventing teen dating violence and sexual assault. White has conducted research on gender issues, aggression and intimate partner violence for more than 30 years, publishing numerous articles and book chapters. That research includes one of the few longitudinal studies of sexual and physical dating violence among adolescents and college students. Full story at UNCG News.

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders (Counseling and Educational Development) was the featured guest presenter at the 11th Congress meeting of the Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association in early October 2011, held in Selcuk, Turkey. She delivered two invited addresses (“Essentials of Counseling Supervision” and “Counselor Education and Supervision: The UNCG Model”) and one extended workshop (“Structured Peer Group Supervision”). She also consulted with several faculty and doctoral students about their supervision research projects. Borders’ involvement was in support of one conference goal, enhancing the professionalism of counseling supervision in Turkey.

Gridlock in the Senate

The CLS Fall 2011 Lecture Series “Is American Government Broken?” continues this month.

“The Empty Chamber: Polarization & Gridlock in the U.S. Senate” will be presented by Dr. David B. Holian (Political Science) Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium

A reception will follow the lecture in the Atrium.

Questions? Email jlraczko@uncg.edu

Staff Stars in the Boardroom

Andrew Bushnoe (Facilities Operations) thought he was called to Mossman Building for an equipment repair. What he encountered last Thursday was a Chancellor’s Boardroom filled with well-wishers, for a reception in honor of this quarter’s Staff Stars. He was one of the stars.

When all had quieted and the chancellor called the stars one by one to receive the awards, his name was called and he said, “The surprise of the day!”

Brady did not read from the nominations – instead she spoke extemporaneously about the important work that the staff in individual departments do for our university and some of the great comments she hears from students and families about the work of those departments, etc. She noted examples of departments’ and individuals’ extra efforts that most would never have known.

In the past years, Staff Stars would be surprised by the regular award presentations at their work spaces. Balloons, a surprise, a song, a quick presentation. This year, the Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition committee and the chancellor are doing something different: having a reception in the chancellor’s boardroom for the honorees.

Betty Betts, chair of the Staff Recognition Committee that oversees the Staff Stars program, said the chancellor wanted to be more involved in this important program recognizing staff who go above and beyond. At the Chancellor’s Boardroom in Mossman, they’ll have light refreshments and the stars can be well-feted as a special group of individuals.

“Thank you for everything you’re doing in support of the university,” the chancellor told the honorees.

“I know there are many more stars across the campus,” she said after making the presentations. “We are going to do this on a quarterly basis.”

She encouraged nominations. “Nominate staff who are going the extra mile.”

The Staff Stars honored at the Fall 2011 reception were:

  • Deb Hurley (Registrar’s Office)
  • Amy Berrier (Financial Aid)
  • Michelle Lanzer (ITS, Office of Data Management)
  • Robin M. Paschal (University Libraries)
  • Jessica Clifton (Registrar’s Office)
  • Melanie Hoover (Registrar’s Office)
  • Rick Titus (Registrar’s Office)
  • Andrew Bushnoe (Facilities Operations)
  • Jeff Melton (Facilities Operations)
  • William Tillman (Housing and Residence Life)
  • Eric Laudenbacher (Parking Services)
  • Katie Sales (Housekeeping)
  • Jay White (Facilities Operations)

More details on the Staff Stars program are at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/stars/.

To make a Staff Stars nomination, visit https://studentaffairs.uncg.edu/forms/?id=127

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

Inauguration of President Tom Ross

The inauguration of Thomas W. Ross as the 17th president of The University of North Carolina will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Ellis F. Corbett Sports Center on the campus of NC A&T State University. The event is open to the public.

The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with an academic procession – led by the NC A&T State University Marching Band – that will begin at the New Classroom Academic Building on Bluford Street and proceed to the Corbett Center. In addition to President Ross’s oath of office and inaugural address, the ceremony will include performances by the UNC School of the Arts Orchestra and a 110-member combined choral ensemble comprised of students from NC A&T and UNCG. A public reception will immediately follow in the nearby NC A&T Alumni-Foundation Event Center.

Free parking for those attending the inauguration will be available at several locations: War Memorial Stadium, Aggie Football Stadium, United House of Prayer for All People, United Institutional Baptist Church and the Greensboro Coliseum. Continuous shuttle service will run directly between these parking venues and the A&T campus beginning at 7:30 a.m. The last shuttle back to these lots will depart the campus at 3 p.m.

UNC-TV will provide taped coverage of the inaugural ceremony and address that evening.

UNCG has worked in partnership with NC. A&T for this event and has provided support by being represented on the steering committee, hosting the pre-inauguration reception, hosting the Board of Governors, and more.

On the day after the inauguration (Oct. 7), the UNC Board of Governors will conduct their monthly meeting at UNCG.

Ross is a Greensboro native and Grimsley High School graduate. He plans to visit his high school alma mater to meet with teachers and students the day before his inauguration.

Ross became president of the 17-campus University system on Jan. 1 of this year. A graduate of Davidson College and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law, he had previously served as president of Davidson since 2007. Earlier in his distinguished career, he served as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, spent 17 years on the bench as a North Carolina Superior Court judge, and served as director of the NC Administrative Office of the Courts. He also has practiced law, served as a congressional staffer and served on the faculty of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government.

Additional information about the Inauguration is available at http://www.northcarolina.edu/inauguration.

Sustainability’s new programming for 2011-12

The Office of Sustainability continues to offer innovative programs despite a challenging economic climate. These programs are designed to enrich the student experience and engage the campus in topics of sustainability. The conservation of natural as well as financial resources are important as the UNCG responds to state mandates to reduce energy consumption 30 percent by 2015 and to be carbon neutral by 2050, the office notes.

Among the new programming for 2011-12:
Spartan Sparks is a behavior-based program in academic buildings on campus. Educational materials are designed and shared on a regular basis to improve how faculty and staff use energy in their work spaces. In a pilot study completed in spring 2011, Spartan Sparks showed dramatic energy savings of 13.5 percent by addressing simple changes in behavior, such as turning off lights and shutting down computers each day.

The Green Office Certification Program is now available campus-wide after a successful pilot period in the Office of the Chancellor in spring 2011. The Green Office Program is based on practices implemented at Harvard University. The program consists of three progressive levels, and covers workplace sustainability in the areas of waste reduction and recycling, energy, break rooms and kitchens, events and meetings, as well as employee participation. Details and a list of currently enrolled offices/departments are available at www.uncggreenoffice.wordpress.com

Green Team Within Facilities Operations, each discipline (HVAC, plumbing, etc) is working to develop sustainability initiatives in order to incorporate sustainability into their tasks, as well as special projects of their own selection.

The Triad Student Energy Alliance is a student group organized by the Office of Sustainability and administrated with the assistance of one student intern, Alexa Powell. The TSEA devoted to increasing energy literacy, conservation and efficiency on campus. Guilford College and Greensboro College are in the process of developing a chapters, while UNCG continues to reach out to other colleges and universities in the Triad, the office notes. This semester, UNCG students are taking their concerns to the Student Government Association, vampire energy “slaying”, conducting energy audits for residence halls, providing monthly energy data to all buildings on campus, and designing general awareness campaign efforts. Periodically during the academic year, special guest speakers will join full TSEA meetings to provide additional learning opportunities. www.triadstudentenergyallinace.wordpress.com

The Green Help Desk is a regularly occurring table in the Elliot University Center where students participate in a variety of interactive sustainability activities, such as carbon inventories, conservation pledges, sign up for activities or watch short videos on various environmental issues. The Green Help Desk’s primary goal, however, is to provide students an opportunity to interact directly with sustainability professionals who can answer their questions.

ECOrep pilot program is being conducted in North and South Spencer. The ECOrep serves as a liaison between residential students and the office of sustainability. The ECOrep is provided education and training on campus sustainability topics and takes the information back to the residence hall, where activities are organized around the current topic. Documentary screenings, recycling challenges and other games are some of the activities that are taken place early this semester. The ECOrep model has been utilized across the country. UNCG hopes to expand the program next year. The ECOrep program will work toward reducing energy and water consumption in the residence hall setting by 5 percent.

Questions? Email Jessica Trotman.

Additional Sustainability information may be found here:

Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching

The University Teaching & Learning Center will host the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro for the eighth year. Last year, more than 500 individuals attended the conference representing 70 different institutions.

The 2012 conference theme is “Teaching for Brain-Based Learning.” This theme reflects the philosophy that our approaches to teaching and learning should be based on scholarly activity. As disciplinary approaches use scholarly work to investigate and advance knowledge, pedagogical innovation should also advance by building on the work of others.

Lilly Conferences are retreats that combine workshops, discussion sessions, and major addresses, with opportunities for informal discussion about excellence in college and university teaching and learning. Internationally-known scholars join new and experienced faculty members, teaching assistants, and administrators from all over the world to discuss topics such as creating community, diversity in learning, incorporating technology into teaching, encouraging critical thinking, using teaching and student portfolios, implementing group learning and evaluating teaching.

Featured tracks include: Advancing Active Learning, Teaching Well with Technology, Engaging and Motivating Students, Promoting Diversity, Service/Experiential Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Faculty Development.

UTLC offers a limited number of mini-grants for UNCG faculty who wish to attend the conference. See

The 2012 Conference will be held Feb. 10-12 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Additional information about the conference is available at:

The deadline for proposal submission is Nov. 1, and proposals may be submitted at:

Proposal review will begin when proposals are received. An earlier submission date will ensure an earlier response.

Rep. Miller visits Jefferson Suites

U.S. Congressman Brad Miller toured Jefferson Suites, the campus’ newest residence hall, last week. The visit highlighted one of our university’s newest living-learning communities, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, located in Jefferson Suites. Chancellor Linda Brady, along with Dr. Mac Banks, Dr. Dianne Welsh, Dr. Lisa Tolbert, Bryan Toney, Laura Pipe and Bryan Botts accompanied Miller.

More information is at the Government Relations site. Additional photographs by David Wilson can be seen there as well.

Mandatory testing to begin this semester

UNCG will begin a program of mandatory student testing, with a pilot group of 230 freshmen to be tested this semester on Nov. 1-5, and all seniors to be tested next spring.

The testing was announced at Faculty Senate by Dr. Rebecca Adams, associate provost for planning and assessment, who said it is mandated by UNC General Administration (GA) as part of the system’s Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), in which UNCG has taken part for the past two years.

GA does not require that all students be tested, and UNCG has tested voluntary sample groups in the past. This year will be the first time that UNCG will require all seniors, estimated at 2,400, to participate. Spring dates have not been set but multiple testing sessions will be offered.

“We’ve never done mandatory testing of students before so it’s a new process for the university,” Adams said. “The logistics are being worked out for second semester, which will be a big undertaking.”

Seniors will take the two-hour, long-form Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile, while freshman will take a shorter version. Although this will be required of all seniors this year, Faculty Senate will be given an opportunity to reconsider the policy before it becomes permanent.

Adams said the data will be used in UNCG’s student learning excellence metrics and possibly in its general education curriculum assessment. It has the potential to be linked to other data to develop intervention strategies that can improve student learning.

“Given the fact that our retention rate is not what we would like, it’s important for us to get as much information on where our strengths and weaknesses are so that we can design interventions to improve student learning and increase their prospects for succeeding and graduating,” Adams said. “We do not have the luxury of high retention rates like some campuses do. For that reason, we need to gather as much information as possible.”

UNCG has results for the ETS proficiency testing administered last year and a report that our seniors do better on the test than our freshmen, Adams said. Also, UNCG students do a bit better than the national norms on both.

By Steve Gilliam

Bill Charlap Trio at Aycock

The Bill Charlap Trio (with Shawn Smith on bass and Kenny Washington on drums) will perform Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m.

There will be a Q&A for all ticket holders at 6:15 p.m. Both the Q&A and the performance will be held at Aycock Auditorium.

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

In 1997, Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, he was signed to Blue Note Records and has since received two Grammy Award nominations

Kenny Washington has been a member of the Bill Charlap Trio for the past thirteen years and has performed and recorded with dozens of major artists. Bassist Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for over 20 years.

For tickets, call 4-4849 or purchase them online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase. Note: student tickets can only be sold over the phone, or on the day of the concert before the show.

Charlap’s web site is www.billcharlap.com.

Note: An earlier version of this post indicated the event will be on a Saturday. It will be on Friday, Oct. 14.

Have 10 years passed already?

UNCG is starting its reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and some changes have been introduced to the process.

One area has been simplified; there are fewer than 100 principles to be addressed with the SACS three Ps – policies, procedures and proof. A decade ago there were almost 500 criteria that required responses. This effort will be headed by Dr. Rebecca G. Adams, associate provost for planning and assessment.

New to the process is the required development of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve student learning and student learning environments on campus. Dr. Steve Roberson, dean of undergraduate studies, will lead the process.

Both aspects of the SACS process are starting this year, and are due to be submitted to SACS in fall 2013. Following an off-site review of UNCG’s report, a site visit team will come to campus in spring 2014.

“This fall we’ll be appointing compliance certification committees, and gathering all the policies, procedures and proof of implementations for each standard,” Adams said. “We’ll assemble that information, find any gaps, and hopefully draft responses by the end of the semester. We will be able to spend the spring reviewing and rewriting. During next year, 2012-2013, we can address compliance issues and prepare those responses.”

The degree of faculty and staff involvement may be less this time around for the compliance report, Adams said. There are fewer principles requiring responses, and the process does not call for broad representation. Last time, more than 100 people served on committees to allow input from staff, faculty, alumni and students.

To create the QEP, however, a committee or committees with broad representation from the university community will need to be appointed.

Because the curriculum is largely the responsibility of the faculty, they need to be involved in working on any curricular standard responses for the compliance certification report. Adams is meeting with Faculty Senate Chair Joshua Hoffman (Philosophy) and Chair-Elect John Lepri (Biology) to discuss the level of faculty involvement in the compliance certification report.

By Steve Gilliam

Looking ahead: Oct. 5, 2011

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Softball vs. Virginia Tech (dh)
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film, “The Last Mountain”
Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., WAM

Music, Symphonic Band
Thursday, Oct. 6. 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Music, Sphinx Virtuosi
Friday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Men’s soccer vs. Davidson
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m., Alexander Room, EUC

‘Games, Social Media and Muppets’

The talk “Games, Social Media and Muppets” will be presented by Dr. Russell Shilling, program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Agency. The talk will explore how new media shapes psychological health and education programs. It will be Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in Room 136, Petty Building. It is sponsored by the Department of Psychology.

Men’s, women’s cross-country ranked

For the first time in school history both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association regional rankings, says David Percival (Athletics).

The men’s team moved up to No. 11 in the Southeast Region, which is the best ranking for the program in school history. The women’s team also appeared in the rankings for the first time in UNCG history at No. 15 in the Southeast Region.

“It’s nice to see the men move up to an all-time high in the regional rankings,” said coach Linh Nguyen. “We didn’t have a complete race this past weekend and I think we can be a lot better than we are if we keep working hard. The important thing is that we’re making progress and we have six weeks until the regional championship when everything really counts.”

Salad days

Faculty and Staff have been requesting a salad bar location on campus, notes Dining Services. They have responded. Au Bon Pain, located in the lower level of the Bryan School, now has a make-your-own salad bar. Au Bon Pain is open from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 3 p.m. on Fridays. Enjoy the salad bar.

Annual Breast Cancer Luncheon

UNCG Dining Services will host their annual Breast Cancer Luncheon on Oct. 13, 2011, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Spartan Restaurant. This event will provide information from the American Cancer Society, product samples, a remembrance wall and something special for breast cancer survivors in attendance. Lunch pricing applies.

Artwork by Maurice Moore

An art exhibition and reception in the Multicultural Resouce Center is on tap. The exhibition is “Identities: Shameful Truths,” by Maurice Moore ‘11 MFA.

It will be on display in the Multicultural Resource Center Oct. 11-Dec. 9, 2011.

An art reception will be Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m.

Moore says, in the MRC’s announcement: “My drawing subject is the human form. I am actively searching for ways to express my gender identity and sexuality. With the drawing, collage and free writing, I broaden my notions of what it means to reconstruct while I simultaneously deconstruct the human form. I am attempting to dissect and explore each facet of what it means to be a gay person and a person of color in the 21st century.”

Exploration of Latinas/os Racial Identity

Jorge Zeballos, a diversity consultant will present “Cosmic Race, Rainbow People and other Myths: An Exploration of Latinas/os Racial Identity” Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. It will be in the School of Education Building, Room 118. The workshop/presentation explores the racial identity of Latina/os. In this presentation he will examine the historical and contemporary forces that shape the Latina/o identity. After setting the historical context, participants will be led through an honest dialogue on the impact of this issue on the struggle for social justice in this country and in Latin America. This event is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2011.

The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

NCFlex open enrollment

NCFlex open enrollment will be through Oct. 31, 2011. You can make changes to your NCFlex benefits for 2012.

Benefits has set up several Q&A labs throughout October if you need additional information about the programs, or just need a little help getting through the enrollment system.

For additional information, and a link to the 2012 benefits booklet, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Flex_Open_Enrollment/

Basketball promotion for faculty/staff

As the basketball season approaches, the Athletics Ticket Office has announced a challenge for the UNCG on-campus community.

“Many of your fellow co-workers have already committed to supporting both the men’s and women’s teams this winter and we want you to join them,” they’ve announced.

The department or school that represents the highest number of men’s basketball season ticket holders will receive a free party for all who purchased them. UNCG Athletics will provide the space at the Greensboro Coliseum and refreshments for your group prior to a men’s home game this season.

Tickets start at $79 and as employees you can take advantage of payroll deduction each month until April. As a reminder, all faculty and staff receive free admission to our regular season home women’s basketball games in Fleming Gym with your UNCG staff ID.

For more information, visit www.uncgspartans.com or contact the Ticket Office at 334-3250.

Dr. Edna Chun

Dr. Edna Chun (Human Resource Services) has written an article for INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, “Breaking Barriers: The Work of Social Theorist Joe Feagin.” The work of the pioneering sociologist “created a virtual Mt. Olympus in the field of race relations,” she writes. Full story at UNCG News.

Dr. Robert Hansen

The date has changed for the Public Television broadcast of “Saving the Hansen House.” It will be Oct. 20, 2011, at 10 p.m. on UNC-TV, according to Hansen. A short preview can be seen here – and more information about the film is at www.hansenhousefilm.com.

Fall Sustainable reading

The Office of Sustainability in partnership with the campus Green Library Group announces the fall sustainability reading group schedule.

The selection is “Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 days” by Vanessa Faruharson.

The group meets at 5:30 p.m. at Spring Garden Bakery (1932 Spring Garden Street) on the following dates:
Thursday, Oct. 13
Thursday, Nov. 17
Thursday, Dec. 15

They are open to both UNCG individuals and the entire Greensboro community.

There is no fee to participate.

Lively conversation about sustainability posed in the book will be explored with the help of an experienced discussion leader. The reading group is flexible. There will not be assigned chapters and deadlines. They encourage participants to enjoy the book at their own pace and jump in the conversation.

The Office of Sustainability and Green Library Group encourage readers to purchase a used copy of the book, borrow a copy from a friend, or buy a digital download.

Questions? Email jgtrotma@uncg.edu.

Additional Sustainability information may be found here:

First to reach 100 percent participation?

Each year, several departments have 100 percent participation in the SECC.

The SECC is the official state employees giving program, benefiting more than 1,000 charitable programs statewide and in our area.

This year the first department to reach total participation? The Dean of Students Office.

A few other offices and departments are close on their heels.

Heather Mitchell, SECC solicitor for the Dean of Students Office, had collected them all by the middle of last week. “While Heather did say that she had only five to collect, 100% is 100% and I’m now envious,” said Dr. John Locke, solicitor for Music and campus chair of the campaign.

If you haven’t filled out and turned in your SECC envelope to your departmental solicitor, please consider doing so soon.

Staff Senate updates

The latest on the morale suggestions, how to tell your story of how the cuts have had an impact, and more, in this update from Staff Senate:

  • On Oct. 13, 2011, Chancellor Brady will be visiting with the Staff Senate to give us an update on things ranging to what is happening on our campus to what is happening in Raleigh and everything in between. If you would like attend, the Staff Senate meeting is in Alexander Room, EUC, from 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Last spring, many staff took the time to complete the Morale Survey/Suggestions Form on the Staff Senate homepage. As a result, the senate has been researching the suggestions that were made. They are in the process of compiling their research and posting it in a user friendly way on the Staff Senate homepage. If you would like to make a suggestion, the form is still available at StaffSenate.uncg.edu.
  • The budget cuts have directly impacted us all. Staff Senate wants to tell the real stories of how the cuts have impacted the day to day work for you and those you work with. You can be anonymous or not, they note. The online form is here.
  • Human Resource Services has published their Fall 2011 Professional Development Catalog, as previously noted in CW. HRS has several faculty experts partnering with them which has expanded their offerings. Classes being offered range from Career Banding Basics to Spanish. View the HRS Catalog at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/

Never wanted to be a banker or a fireman – Steve Nugent wanted to coach and teach.

The women’s soccer team took on a very challenging early-season schedule. Five of the opponents are (or were) nationally ranked. The team entered the conference season at 1 win, 6 losses. During their first four SoCon matches, they’ve won three, including their 1-0 victory at Davidson Sunday.

“We played with a passion and an energy that we had yet to play with this year, and it really paid off,” Steve Nugent said after Sunday’s match. With the win, the team was tied for first place in the SoCon standings.

“This is definitely what we as a staff have been waiting to see all year,” he added.

With the 28th goal of her career, senior Kristen Player moved into fifth in school history in scoring.

Senior goal keeper Kelsey Kearney picked up the 32nd shutout of her career. She needs just five to become the SoCon’s shutout leader, notes Phil Perry (Athletics).

Nugent became head coach in February, as longtime coach Eddie Radwanski resigned to head to Clemson.

Involved in soccer for more than 20 years, Nugent was most recently assistant coach at the University of Georgia. This season marks his first as a collegiate head coach.

See full story at Inspire.Change web page.