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Archives for January 2012

Entrepreneurship cross-disciplinary program honored

The U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) has named the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at UNCG the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program in the U.S. UNCG’s program, housed in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, won out over such finalists as the University of Miami/Blackstone Program and the University of Maryland. Winners were announced Jan. 14 in New Orleans.

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship serves as program director.

More at UNCG News.

Book talk with Thomas Jackson

Dr. Thomas Jackson (History) will speak Monday, Feb. 6, 4-5 pm., in the Multicultural Resource Center, 062 EUC. Jackson will be discussing his book “From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice”. In this book, Jackson discusses “Martin Luther King Jr. is widely celebrated as an American civil rights hero. Yet King’s nonviolent opposition to racism, militarism and economic injustice had deeper roots and more radical implications than is commonly appreciated.”

Men’s Basketball Gold Out

The Jan. 26th men’s basketball game will be a “Gold Out” as UNCG plays Appalachian State University at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear all gold for this game. Official Gold Out T-shirts can be purchased online here.

Tip-off for this “Pack the House” game is at 7 p.m. All men’s games are played at the Greensboro Coliseum. You may purchase tickets online at www.uncgspartans.com or by calling 334-3250.

More Spartan fans every day

Lanita Goins Withers, who manages the main university Twitter feed, noted that former Tar Heel and Charlotte Bobcat Sean May retweeted a recent tweet about UNCG basketball. And he also had this to say @bigmay42: “@uncgsports: Never thought id be a #UNCG’s mens bball fan… but now they’re one of the first scores i check in the mornings! #GoSpartans!”

If you have a friend or neighbor who hadn’t thought they’d be a Spartan men’s basketball fan either, Thursday night’s “Pack the House” game may be the perfect introduction to the team.

Results of 2011 UNCG Angel Tree

Some UNCG families and individuals had a better holiday season, due to the UNCG Angel Tree project. At the most recent Staff Senate meeting, Lee Odom, chair of the Staff Senate On-Campus Service Committee, reported that four UNCG families with children received needed gift cards and gifts for the holidays. In addition, three individual employees were helped, as well as two students. In total, close to $3,000 in gift cards were collected and donated to these families and individuals, for a brighter holiday season.

Barbie and Drag Kings/Queens

Women’s & Gender Studies announces two events:

  • WGS Salon – “Barbie: Beauty and Brains? Deconstructing and Defeminizing the 11-inch Icon” – Feb. 1, 2012 – 1 p.m. – Phillips Lounge ECU
  • WGS Film Series – “Drag Kings and Queens” with discussant and filmmaker, Deana Coble and cast – Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 – 7 p.m. – EUC Auditorium

Educational opportunities for staff

On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at noon, there will be a Brown Bag discussion on Educational Opportunities for UNCG staff. Mike Mackey, admissions advisor/recruiter from Guilford Technical Community College, will share about programs and initiatives that may be of interest to UNCG employees.

Bring your lunch and Staff Senate will provide drinks and light dessert.

Location: Campus Supply Training Room 118 (next to the Steam Plant on Oakland Avenue)

See/Hear: January 25, 2012

You’re down by one as the clock ticks down. The shot does not fall – but a teammate crashes the boards and puts it in. And you get your fourth win in a row, the best streak since the 2007-08 season. “No matter what happens – and that’s off the court or on the floor this year – they just keep fighting,” men’s basketball interim coach Wes Miller said after Sunday’s thriller. “They just keep coming together even more and believing in one another. And that’s what I’m most proud of.”

Erskine Bowles

UNC President Emeritus Erskine Bowles is the 2011 recipient of the University Award, the highest honor given by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. UNC President Tom Ross and Board Chair Hannah Gage presented the award.

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq (Political Science) wrote the article “The Third and Fourth Waves of Democracy” for the Routledge Handbook of Democratization (London: Routledge, 2011). Additionally, Lehoucq has been named the co-chair of the Comparative Politics Section for the 2012 Meetings of the American Political Science Association.

An additional Quad visual

The Quad preview article in last week’s CW had one visual, seen at this link. Those seeing CW in its Print format may not have seen a great view looking toward Shaw – it can be viewed here. (It was displayed at the top of the main CW page last week.) Additionally, we wanted to share another visual provided by Facilities and Operations: this view is also of the Quad facing Shaw, showing that the walkways will no longer be diagonal. They’ll be vertical.

What fools these mortals be

From a fully lit theatre to a view of the stage from three sides, the American Shakespeare Center will give patrons the full Shakespearean experience when it performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Monday, Jan. 23, in Aycock Auditorium.

The 8 p.m. performance is part of the 2011-12 Performing Arts Series.Tickets are $25-35 and may be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 4-4849 or at campus box office locations.

The company works to replicate the experience of Renaissance theatre goers. Actors often tackle multiple roles during a single production and forgo the elaborate sets and effects possible in modern theatre in favor of simple sets that put the focus on the performers, the audience and the imagination.

Full story at UNCG News.

Preview on the Quad

The Quad is on schedule for students to move in this fall.

Fred Patrick (Facilities Design and Construction) updated Staff Senate on the progress of the Quad renovation, at its January meeting.

“We’re trying to keep the shells of these buildings on the outside intact,” he explained. The interiors were completely gutted and are being rebuilt for suite style living.

Seven residence halls comprise the Quad: Shaw, Hinshaw, Gray, Bailey, Cotten, Jamison and Coit.

Shaw, on the southern end, is receiving an addition to each end of the building. Plus there is now an open air entry through Shaw. “This will be an entry or ‘portal’ into the Quad – which it’s never had before.”

Shaw is designed to have a couple of classrooms on each side. Aside from the residential suites, other rooms evident in his presentation were a rec room, a large multi-use room, and what he called a “fabulous study room” on the third floor, with a great view.

There will be suites in each of the seven residence halls.

Where there used to be diagonal sidewalks throughout the Quad, there will be walkways parallel to the buildings. The main entrance for each residence hall will be into the grassy Quad interior.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of activity in the Quad itself.”

They’re redoing the porches, adding retaining walls to them, he said. Each porch should be an inviting space – “a great place to hang out,” he explained.

A laundry facility is planned for each floor, he confirmed.

Of the six residence halls facing each other, there will be a parlor (or “living room,” if you prefer) in each. He noted that they’ve created attractive staircases to encourage their use (instead of the elevator), to promote wellness.

Following the recommendation of Chancellor Linda P. Brady, the Board of Trustees in 2009 voted unanimously to renovate rather than demolish and replace these seven historic residence halls that make up the Quad.

The project is being funded entirely by student rental receipts.

By Mike Harris

Hear the bells, bells, bells

Where there were four bells, there are now twenty-five.

The additional ones were installed in the Nicholas A. Vacc Bell Tower in September, and they were programmed in December. Now, melodies may be played. Perhaps you noticed holiday tunes on the evening luminaria were lighted. If you have passed nearby at noon in recent weeks, you have heard the university’s alma mater. It rings out exactly at noon.

The bell tower, located between Spring Garden Street and the Alumni House, was a gift of Dr. Nancy Vacc, professor emerita of education, who did so in honor of her husband, who was also a faculty member, in 2005.

In December of 2010, Dr. Nancy Vacc once again made a generous gift to enable the purchase of the 21 additional bells from The Verdin Company, according to Lee Knight (Advancement). These bells, like the original four, were cast in Holland under the supervision of The Verdin Company. Her gift also provides for enhanced landscaping, which will include new flowering plant material and new sod, says Chris Fay (Grounds).

In a small room in the Alumni House facing the bell tower, the Verdin “Singing Tower Supreme” console is programmed. It has been set to ring the well-known Westminster chimes – the same you’d hear from Big Ben in London – every hour. Additionally, an abbreviated Westminster chime (the first four notes) ring on the quarter, half and three-quarter hours.

Julie Landen, Alumni House manager, is the unofficial programmer for the bell tower. Dale Williams (Facilities) is involved from a facilities/maintenance standpoint, she notes.

The tunes it can play are diverse: from “Hello, Dolly” to “Dust in the Wind.” It can play Taps, a variety of patriotic songs, and even “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”

But don’t expect the bells to play quickly. “If you want a song, you can play the keyboard, and it plays a slow version of the song,” Landen explains.

Before the Chancellor’s Holiday Reception, Linda Carter (Alumni Relations) was asked to play a few holiday songs on the keyboard: the bells tolled “Jingle Bells,” “Silver Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

Aside from the normal Westminster chimes tolling the time, the one song that currently plays every day is the University Song. It plays at noon. (And yes, Linda Carter was at the keyboard.)

If you want to know more about the alma mater song that plays at noon – for more than a century a special part of commencement and sporting events – see related article in CW.

By Mike Harris

On Jan. 25, this is only a test

Emergency preparedness is an important priority at UNCG. The university will hold a campus-wide test of its emergency notification systems on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, starting at 10:35 a.m. If hazardous weather is forecast for Jan. 25 or there is a significant emergency taking place at the time of the scheduled test, the test will be postponed until Feb. 1 at 10:35 a.m. The following systems will be activated during the test: AM radio station channel 1640 (with internet streaming); campus-wide email; text messages, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; blue light emergency phone PA systems*; classroom intercoms, building mass notification systems*; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and the new emergency web site (http://spartanalert.uncg.edu). There will be three test messages: the initial test, a follow-up message, and an all clear.

Following the emergency notification test, a short survey will be sent via email. Please take time to provide your feedback. During the test, note the time you receive each test message. You will be asked for this information in the survey. This will help the university determine the length of time it takes to receive messages, and how we may improve the systems in the future. Your response is important to ensuring the university is prepared for emergencies.

To register for text messaging, or to confirm your information is up-to-date, go to Emergency Cell Phone Contact under Personal Information in your UNCGenie account. You may download the latest version of the computer-screen pop-up tool (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed at http://notify.uncg.edu/.

To learn more about emergency preparedness and response at UNCG, visit http://emg.uncg.edu. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact the Office of Emergency Management (email: BeReady@uncg.edu or phone: 336.256.8639).

Sing UNCG’s alma mater ‘loud and strong’

UNC Chapel Hill has ‘Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices….”

Notre Dame has “Notre Dame, our mother, tender, strong and true…”

For more than a century,, our campus has had “We raise our voices, let them swell / In a chorus loud and strong…”

Laura Weill (later Laura Weill Cone), class of 1910, wrote the song, according to Elisabeth Ann Bowles’ “A Good Beginning.” University Archivist Erin Lawrimore notes that Bowles says it was first sung at Weill’s graduation.

Laura Weill wrote the words. W.A. White wrote the tune. Belle Kornegay ‘18 did the arrangement, notes Special Projects Archivist Hermann Trojanowski.

A look at the November 1908 “State Normal Magazine” – the campus’ alumni magazine of that era – shows the announcement: “Wanted – A College Song.” A committee offered $10 in gold to “the person who shall write the most appropriate song.” Weill did just that.

Originally known as “College Song,” today it is called the University Song or the UNCG Alma Mater. As Woman’s College became The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the 1960s, a few words were modified. But its sentiment hasn’t changed in a century. It is a part of every UNCG commencement and the end of every basketball contest. And it currently rings out at noon each day on the Nicholas A. Vacc Bell Tower.

The first verse:
“We raise our voices; let them swell
In a chorus loud and strong;
The rolling hills send back the sound
Of our triumphant song,
For in one great unbroken band
With loyal hearts and true,
Your sons and daughters stand and sing
University, to you.”

At the next commencement or basketball game or other event where the song is played, don’t hesitate to sing along.

By Mike Harris

Parking, carpooling, mass transit update

Scott Milman, director of auxiliary services, updated Staff Senate on trends and directions in parking and transportation to campus.

Some highlights of his presentation:

  • If UNCG had built an addition to Oakland Parking Deck in 2005, the cost per space would have been $26,000 and required $20 a year rate increases for multiple years. UNCG did not, it changed its philosophy to one of managing campus access, and demand for parking permits has declined over the years since.
  • The number of people buying parking permits has been going down about 3.5 percent a year, he says.
  • HEAT and GTA transit buses can be ridden ”fare free” for faculty, staff and students with their UNCG ID all year round. When HEAT is not running UNCG still has access to all GTA routes.
  • On HEAT, about 5,000 unique UNCG individuals ride each year. UNCG now accounts for more than 300,000 rides a year.
  • Currently, on average, 86 percent of UNCG’s total parking spaces are in use during the peak demand period.
  • Last year, there was a 6 percent increase in charge for parking permits. Hopefully, he says, parking rates will not need to rise for 2012-13.
  • The best way to save money on your daily commute to work is not to drive in a single-occupancy vehicle, he points out. The folks in Parking Operations and Campus Access Management can help you look at other options.
  • It is anticipated that additional remote parking spaces will be developed in the near future to replace parking spaces taken out during construction.
  • He noted UNCG’s goal to become carbon-neutral. “You don’t get to zero percent carbon neutrality through single-occupancy vehicles,” he said. Bicycling, Zimride, Zipcar, carpooling, van pools and using PART, HEAT and GTA buses are better options.

More information is online.

By Mike Harris

Two wins on road, now five-game homestand

On Thursday, the men’s basketball team upset College of Charleston 73-66. The Bobby Cremins coached team was ranked 18th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

The Spartans remained in Charleston to take on the Citadel Saturday. In a wild finish – with the lead changing hands several times in the last moments – UNCG had the ball on the sideline with a half a second remaining. Interim coach Wes Miller drew up a play for the team that they had not run before – he’d seen the Knicks use it on a last second play last year, he later said. Drew Parker threw a perfect alley oop pass near the rim, and Trevis Simpson slammed it. (Unfortunately, as the radio announcers said, there did not appear to be any video cameras capturing that final moment. No news cameras, no ESPN.) Trevis Simpson’s goal-busting dunk at Miami had been No. 6 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Plays of the Day in early January. But Cris Belvin (UNCG Athletics) did locate the sole footage – Monday he tweeted a link to this clip.

Those weren’t the only basketball wins last weekend for UNCG.

Natalie Headley’s jumper with 2 seconds left gave UNCG women’s team a 55-54 victory over Georgia Southern on Sunday. The women host Furman this Saturday at 2 p.m.

The men’s team begins a five-game homestand tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 19) vs. Chattanooga.

By Mike Harris

Marsha Thompson surrounded by art at work, by Obama collectibles at home

Most everyone has a few mementos around the house. Marsha Thompson (Weatherspoon) has more than 3,000 – of one person.

Step inside her President Obama collectibles room – or as a sign announces, her “Obama-Rama Room.”

Obama bobbleheads. Obama watches. Obama dolls. A bed spread. Both of his books. “Just waiting to get them autographed.”

She first started paying attention to Barack Obama, she says, when he spoke at Rosa Parks’ funeral – she saw the newscasts. “I like the way he sounded and presented himself.” And Marsha Thompson, security guard at the Weatherspoon for nine years, has followed his career ever since.

Professors such as Dr. Heather Holian (Art) would speak with her about him.

Thompson toured the White House this Christmastime. She stayed and toured for 4.5 hours. “I wasn’t supposed to stay that long – but they let me.”

He inspires her. She’s inspiring too. Last year, she logged about 1,500 hours volunteering, largely door to door, getting people to register to vote. She says she and a friend registered more than 500 individuals over the past year alone.

The collection? It’s currently at about 3,000 items.

The six- foot President and First Lady cardboard cutouts? “I ordered them.”

A model of Air Force One. Coins bearing his likeness. “I ordered two bottles of Hennessy.” Obama pot-holders. A Chia Obama. Obama coffee mug. Another coffee mug – bearing his birth certificate.

“I have the tea glass he drank out of at Stephanie’s,” she says, referring to his 2008 dinner stop at the popular Randleman Avenue restaurant. “Want to see it?”

Obama comic books. Ten bags of magazines featuring Obama. Obama lamps.

“Just this week Dr. Holian gave me an Obama tree ornament.”

She’s a collector, as anyone at the Weatherspoon will tell you. For every exhibition over the past nine years, she has kept a notebook of clippings and artist autographs. It helps her remember the art and the artists, she says. “And I get to talk with them.”

Being a guard at the Weatherspoon has been a great joy, she says. Beforehand, she was a transfer clerk at Sandy Ridge Department of Correction, transferring prisoners.

For the past decade, she has been surrounded by art and artists and lovers of art. Opening this weekend is the exhibition “To What Purpose: Photography as Art and Document.” It features “Barack Obama,” by Dawoud Bey. It’s a large photographic portrait of then-Senator Obama.

Surely that’s one thing you can’t collect, right? Wrong.

“I have that picture.” She steps into the living room and there it is, prominently displayed. She spoke with the artist, visited his web site, and purchased it for her home.

But, for Thompson, it’s obviously about more than the physical items. She shed tears of joy when America’s first African-American president was sworn in. She was part of the Martin Luther King Foundation bus caravan – 15 buses from Greensboro alone, she says – going to the Inauguration.

“It was freezing. The wind was 20 miles per hour. He got up to speak – the wind ceased.” She describes that moment with one word: “happiness.”

By Mike Harris

A Great Conversation

The Philosophy Department’s first Great Conversation in Spring 2012 will be Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Dr. Jarrett Leplin will speak on “Metaphilosophy: What are we trying to achieve in philosophy?”

In memoriam

Dr. M. Helen Canaday died on December 30, 2011, at Clapps Convalescent Nursing Center in Asheboro. She was a graduate of Louisiana State University and and Penn State University. She was a Professor in Early Childhood Development at UNCG and was a national consultant for the Head Start Program. Dr. Canaday authored the book, “The Wisdom of Young Children.”

URA deadline Jan. 27

The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting proposals for the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program. Proposals deadline is Jan. 27, 2012, for requests within the first funding period of summer I and/or summer II or the second funding period of fall 2012 and/or spring 2013.

URA program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on his/her research, scholarship, or creative activity. Students may earn up to $3,000 ($1,500 per funding period) for their work. A presentation of research findings must be displayed at the Undergraduate Research Expo, UNCG’s celebration of undergraduate research held in the spring semester.

For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/our/URAindex.html or call OUR at 334-4776.

(The next proposal deadline is March 16 for requests within the funding period of fall 2012 and/or spring 2013.)

Suicide prevention program’s national award

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) have awarded a Gold Excellence Award to UNCG’s Friends Helping Friends program in the student health, wellness and counseling category. Representatives from Friends Helping Friends will present at NASPA’s annual conference, held in Phoenix in March.

Friends Helping Friends, administered through UNCG’s Student Health Services, is a peer training program that educates students about the warning signs of suicide in their classmates and how to help. Friends Helping Friends is funded by a $253,708, three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Full story at UNCG News.

Meet the Greeks

UNCG’s fraternities and sororities invite all faculty and staff to ‘Meet the Greeks.’ Stop by the EUC Cone Ballroom A&B, on Jan. 20, 2012, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and find out more about your students’ activities outside the classroom.

Meet members from the 20 Greek chapters as UNCG. This expo-style event will provide an opportunity to talk to students about collaboration or volunteer opportunities.

For more information contact the Office of Campus Activities and Programs at 4-5800.

Music, Theatre and Dance e-Newsletter

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance has launched a new electronic newsletter. Want to be on their mailing list? Visit here, and see the “Join Our Mailing List” button at the bottom left.

Athletic trainers on video

UNCG graduate students in Athletic Training (Kinesiology) have created a fun video, promoting what athletic trainers do. It’s part of a contest – they’re hoping to get as many views as possible, Dean Celia Hooper says. It can be viewed here.

See/hear: January 18, 2011

What a (road) trip. First, interim men’s basketball coach Wes Miller’s first win as a head coach, as the team defeats one of the SoCon’s preseason favorites, College of Charleston, coached by Bobby Cremins. Then one of the wildest finishes to a game you’ll ever see, at The Citadel. Cris Belvin posted the only known video footage – seen here – of the alley-oop inbounds play to Trevis Simpson with 0.6 seconds. The team had never practiced this particular play, Miller said afterward. He drew it up based on a Knicks play he’d seen. It worked.

Alexandra Marchesano

Alexandra Marchesano, director of Campus Activities and Programs, has been elected as the North Carolina Representative to ACUI – the Association of College Unions International.

Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker

Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker (Interior Architecture) has published a new book with co-author Lisa M. Tucker titled “Cradle to Cradle Home Design:Process and Experience.”

Dr. David M. Olson

Dr. David M. Olson (Political Science, emeritus), with Gabriella Ilonszki, professor of Political Science at Corvinus University of Budapest, published “Post-Communist Parliaments: Change and Stability in The Second Decade (London: Routledge, 2011), comparing seven post-Communist parliaments: Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine. William E. Crowther wrote the chapter, “Second Decade Second Chance? Parliaments, Politics and Democratic Aspirations in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova.” This book is the fourth in a series on post-communist parliamentary development and change over the two decades since the collapse of communist rule. All four books have been supported through the Center for Legislative Studies of the UNCG Political Science Department.

Flex scheduling this summer?

Flex scheduling may be a university-wide offering for staff this summer.

At the Staff Senate’s Dec. 8 meeting, Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resource services, made a presentation on options for a potential Flex Scheduling pilot program for a length of perhaps six weeks, for summer 2012.

Three options are being considered:

  • A compressed work week with choice of the day off
  • A four and one half day summer work week (9 hours per day, 4 hours on Friday – with university closing on Friday afternoons except for classes)
  • Continuation of normal operating hours from 8-5, with flexibility at the departmental level

Staff Senate Chair Stacy Kosciak shared that, of the surveys conducted by Staff Senate and HRS, one of the top priorities concerned flexible work schedules.

Staff Senate has been asked to collect information from UNCG staff in regards to which option they would most likely support. Staff members are invited to complete the survey by end of day today (Wednesday, Jan. 11), at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&pli=1&formkey=dDI4S2xxYThETlptVTJoNVBLNGNKZVE6MQ#gid=0

Chun’s presentation may be viewed at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/stfc/documents/HRSUpdate12-11.pptx

Minutes from the December Staff Senate meeting – where you may view the comments and questions during the discussion – are at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/stfc/minutes/11-12/11_12_min.pdf

Chun noted a variety of potential benefits from this pilot program, including work/life balance, lower energy costs, reduced absenteeism and enhanced recruiting of staff.

Senators were asked to speak with constituents and get feedback. It is anticipated that Staff Senate will revisit this topic at their meeting tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012), 10 a.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

MLK celebration

Author and activist Elaine Brown, the only woman to lead the Black Panther Party, will deliver the keynote address at UNCG’s 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Aycock Auditorium. It will also feature a performance by the Neo-Black Society Gospel Choir and the presentation of the annual MLK Service Award.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Studies are co-sponsoring the event. It is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Brown has published several books, including “A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story,” “New Age Racism and the Condemnation of Little B” and “Hope in the Holler: A Womanist Theology.” She is currently co-authoring “For Reasons of Race and Belief, The Trials of Jamil Al-Amin,” and is completing the non-fiction book “Melba and Al, A Story of Black Love in Jim Crow America.” She is editor of “Messages from Behind the Wall,” a collection of autobiographical essays by black prisoners in New Mexico.

Full story at UNCG News.

Conversation with Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards, whose debut novel “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” became an international sensation, will visit UNCG Thursday, Jan. 19.

Tickets for “A Conversation with Kim Edwards” are on sale now through bookmarksnc.org.

Edwards’ talk begins at 7:30 p.m in EUC Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

“The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” sold more than four million copies in the United States and spent 122 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, 23 of those weeks in the number one spot. The book was deemed “The Book of the Year” in 2006 by USA Today. Her collection of short stories “The Secrets of a Fire King,” an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, was re-released in 2007.

Edwards has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, a British Book Award, a Pushcart Prize and the Nelson Algren Award.

James Dodson will serve as moderator for the program.

BOOKMARKS, a Triad-based literary nonprofit, is co-sponsoring Edwards’ appearance with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, a support organization for the UNCG University Libraries

General admission is $15 for the public, $12 for students, if purchased in advance.

Visit Bookmarksnc.org to purchase tickets by credit card.

More details at UNCG News and at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog post.

By Michelle Hines

Assessment of General Education Program

The following memo regards General Education Program Assessment:

To: UNCG Faculty
From: David Perrin, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and Mark Hens, Chair of the General Education Council

As a public institution, it is UNCG’s responsibility to serve our students and the people of North Carolina by preparing UNCG graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values identified in our General Education Program. As with our other academic programs, assessment of the General Education Program is absolutely essential to ensure that our students are indeed acquiring the skills and knowledge that we, as a faculty, have said they should possess when they graduate. The assessment of our general education program is also vital to the continued status of UNCG as a fully accredited university.

Working together, the General Education Council and the Office of Academic Assessment have developed a plan for the assessment of student learning in the area of general education. Implementation this semester of the General Education Program assessment plan will allow us to see where we are successful in the area of general education and will show us where we can strengthen our program. This process will also provide the data required to demonstrate that we are offering an effective general education program as required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In the coming weeks, a number of faculty members, who are teaching general education courses this semester, will be contacted by the Office of Academic Assessment regarding participation this semester in the assessment of the General Education Program. All faculty members, who teach general education courses, are important collaborators in this academic program and will be expected to participate in these assessments when called upon. Participation will not involve creating new assignments, but will make use of the existing assignments, or other activities, identified by faculty during the recertification process as those that are linked to the General Education Program student learning outcomes. Faculty workshops in February will provide guidance for faculty members whose courses are selected this spring for the first phase of the assessment process. Please contact Director of Academic Assessment, Jodi Pettazzoni (jepettaz@uncg.edu), or General Education Assessment Coordinator, Terry Brumfield (tebrumfi@uncg.edu), for additional information.

Thank you for assistance in this important process and for your support of our General Education Program.

Bowerman is associate VC for development constituent programs

Josh Bowerman has joined University Advancement as associate vice chancellor for development constituent programs. He comes from Wake Forest University where he was assistant vice president for university advancement and executive director of national major giving programs.

He has more than 10 years of development experience in higher education institutions. He was director of endowment and planned giving at Austin College, Texas; regional manager of capital giving at Bucknell University; and assistant director of major and planned giving programs at Susquehanna University. Before moving into higher education, he was a district director for The American Diabetes Association.

He received his BA at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, with a major in mass communication and minors in public relations and journalism. He received his MBA at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.