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Archives for January 2012

N.C. Entrepreneurship Center’s new programs

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNCG continues to expand its offerings with a slate of new programming in 2012 for area college students and local entrepreneurs.

“We are extremely pleased with the response to new programs initiated this past fall,” said Bryan Toney, director of the center. “More than 250 community members and students participated in our speaker programs and the 2 Minutes to Win It business idea contest attracted 131 entries from all across campus.”

Some of the programs for 2012 include:
Entrepreneurial Journeys – a monthly speaker series
Export University 101 – one-day workshop on export basics
Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference
UNCG Entrepreneur Day – in which entrepreneurs from throughout the region share their experiences

Full story at UNCG News. And see related story about UNCG’s new consignment retail store.

Spartan Trader Retail Store

The Spartan Trader, UNCG’s first consignment retail store, will open this semester. The store offers UNCG students, faculty and staff the opportunity to sell their handmade creations or services to the UNCG and Greensboro community on consignment for a profit.

The store’s “Consignee Blitz Day” will be Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the store, located on the first floor of Spring Garden Apartments, 1540 Spring Garden St. On that day, UNCG individuals can find out more, get their products and services in stock, and register to be a consignee.

The Spartan Trader is a cross-campus, experiential learning initiative that will be operated by students through UNCG courses. The Spartan Trader is built on the components of experiential learning, sustainability and locally-sourced materials.

The Spartan Trader is looking for you to consign your handmade product or service to sell for a profit. The store is looking for artwork, T-shirts, crafts, decorations, jewelry, services and any other product you think the UNCG and Greensboro community will want to purchase. On Jan. 24, there will be a number of Spartan Trader representatives on hand to review and discuss your product with you. All you have to do is show up with your product or service.

Criteria for products and services are:

  • Your product must be created or serviced by you.
  • No imported, second-hand, third-party, or products made by non-UNCG businesses will be accepted.
  • Products that are focused around sustainability or locally-sourced materials will be favored over those that are not.

When you come for the Consignee Blitz Day on Jan. 24, please bring a sample of your product or service and be prepared to meet with a Spartan Trader representative to discuss it. Also have in mind a price for your product and also know how much it costs you to make each item. A representative will walk through and explain the consignment process to you.

This is a great opportunity to take your hobby or passion and turn it into profit.

For information, directions, FAQ and more, check out the Spartan Trader web site or Facebook page, linked below:
Spartan Trader Web site<http://www.uncg.edu/%7Erwwillis/Project/template/dreamweaver/home.html>
Spartan Trader Facebook page<http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Spartan-Trader/140979942671494>

If you have any questions, email Justin Streuli at jtstreul@uncg.edu.

STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability

UNCG has received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Trey McDonald, UNCG’s sustainability coordinator says, “Knowing that a comprehensive, quantifiable baseline of its sustainability efforts was necessary, UNCG signed on as a Charter Participant of STARS in 2010. STARS provides a common template that helps us track our progress and compare efforts with other schools. The last comprehensive assessment of sustainability at UNCG was conducted in 2002, and a great deal has happened in the interim.”

AASHE’s STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: 1) education & research, 2) operations, and 3) planning, administration & engagement.

McDonald says he is proud of UNCG’s progress, “Achieving a STARS Silver Rating is an exciting result for UNCG. I was particularly pleased with the very strong result we got in the Planning, Administration and Engagement section – of the 143 schools that have completed assessments, UNCG is ranked 10th in this section.”

Marcia Rock helps create ‘dream doctoral program’ in special education teacher education research

Specialized Education Services (SES) associate professor Marcia Rock had just moved to Greensboro two years ago when, returning from a family outing to Bur-Mil Park, she noticed a sign at the side of the road that said “Center for Creative Leadership.”

During her time at the University of Alabama, she had a grant to improve the quality of master’s-level programs for teachers of children with special needs; now, her focus had moved on to working on a doctoral-level program to educate the next generation of university faculty to prepare those teachers. What was missing in most doctoral programs, she had realized, was focused instruction in both leadership training and “rigorous” research procedures. Now, seeing that Greensboro was home to a world-class company focused on leadership, she began researching the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to see if any of its programs would help fill a need in the UNCG SES doctoral program.

Thanks to Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, the then School of Education’s research director, Rock was soon in touch with Dr. Karen Dyer at CCL, and the collaboration began. This past spring, Drs. Rock, William Bursuck, Bonnie Billingley, Mary Compton, and Stephanie Kurtts submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in response to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) for the “preparation of leadership personnel.”

The proposal emphasized collaboration between UNCG, CCL, Guilford County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and the university’s grant-funded Project ENRICH. Rock and her colleagues took particular care to base the proposal in the theories and recommendations currently being presented in relevant professional literature; the plan brought together these theories and provided a practical framework for applying them through Specialized Education Services’ existing doctoral program. Their plan, for a cohort of four carefully selected students, added scholarly seminars, leadership training, and performance based teacher education research to the coursework already offered. The end result was Linking Important Networks of Knowledge to Lead (LINK-2-LEAD), “the dream doctoral program based on the professional literature.”

OSERS agreed. Rock and her colleagues’ proposal was rated second in the country, and the project has been funded for five years and $1.25 million. Eighty-nine percent of this funding will go directly to SES doctoral student support, allowing students to be enrolled in the 75-hour program full-time. With distractions to the future teacher educators at a minimum, Rock hopes to “increase the quality of special education personnel who have been prepared at advanced graduate level – who are well qualified for, and can effectively carry out, leadership positions in universities.”

While these students work their way through the doctoral program, Rock and her colleagues will be researching as well as teaching. While large scale studies on the efficacy of this method of educating doctoral students will not be possible because of the small number of students/research participants, she and her colleagues will be able to compare the students in LINK-2-LEAD with the students in the traditional doctoral program, and begin studying how college and university faculty can prepare highly effective researchers, teachers, and leaders.

More information may be found at www.uncg.edu/ses/projectlink2lead/index.htm.

Rock notes they are in the midst of recruiting. Interested applicants may contact her at mlrock@uncg.edu.

This article written by Victoria Lare (Office of Sponsored Programs) originally appeared in Discovery: Research News at UNCG.

Spiro is turning 1 – come celebrate

Spiro, the UNCG Spartan mascot, will celebrate his first birthday on Jan. 15, 2012, at the women’s basketball game. Come help celebrate.

The Spartan mascot was first introduced decades ago. The new iteration of the mascot, who was named Spiro last semester in a naming contest, is turning one year old.

The women will host Georgia Southern at 2 p.m. but the party starts when gates open at 1 p.m. Spiro will have a pregame birthday bash for kids 12 and under in the hospitality area in Fleming Gym. The birthday bash will feature other local mascots, a balloon artist, a Spartan cake and free UNCG goodie bags for all kids in attendance. At halftime, the UNCG all-girls a cappella group Seraphim will perform a birthday serenade to Spiro and fans. Kids 12 and under attending the pregame party are free but must RSVP to wrhoneyc@uncg.edu or by calling 336-517-7939 by Jan. 13 at 5 p.m.

Spiro Spartan is on Facebook. You can “like” his page to find out more about the UNCG mascot.

For more information, visit www.uncgspartans.com or see Facebook at UNCG Athletics.

Need a coat? Got an extra?

In need of a winter coat? Have one or more to spare? Or perhaps some winter apparel?

The UNCG Staff Senate Off-Campus Service Committee has launched a new campaign, the“Operation Share the Warmth” coat and winter apparel give-away. It has come to the attention of the committee that this is an urgent need for our campus community. They are asking for any slightly used or in good condition jackets, coats and winter apparel to help our community stay warm this winter.

They are collecting coats and winter apparel donations and offering the items free of charge to the campus community, students and staff on Thursday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., in the pre-function (lobby) area of the auditorium in EUC. The winter season is upon us and the snow, ice and freezing temperatures are just around the corner.

You may donate items by contacting Jan Albrecht at 6-1305 or emailing albrecht@uncg.edu. Donation boxes will be available in Forney, McNutt, McIver, and Mossman.

Help create our Climate Action Plan

Want to help guide UNCG to be climate neutral? Here is an opportunity to get involved, in an invitation from Trey McDonald:

Happy New Year from the Office of Sustainability!

Hopefully, one of your resolutions was to get more involved in sustainability at UNCG. And one of the best ways to do so is to help create the UNCG Climate Action Plan.

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) will be a comprehensive strategy to guide UNCG to climate neutrality by 2050, per the UNC Sustainability Policy (600.6.1). Creating a CAP is also a primary requirement of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which UNCG signed in October. “Climate neutrality” means that the net GHG emissions for which UNCG is responsible will be eliminated through a combination of emissions reductions and mitigation of emissions. Due to the complexities inherent in an institution the size of UNCG, many people must be involved to create a meaningful, effective plan. The CAP Team will consist of six (6) working groups to address the various operations and activities on campus that produce or influence the production of GHG emissions: University Administration, Energy, Water, Transportation, Materials Management, and Education & Outreach. Each of these working groups will be chaired by a faculty or staff member with expertise in a relevant discipline. Groups will meet to develop ideas to reduce and/or mitigate GHG emissions specific to their areas.

We are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to participate so that all walks of campus are represented. If you are interested, please contact Trey McDonald at rkmcdona@uncg.edu or 336-256-0433 by Jan. 18, 2012. Meetings of the working groups are expected to begin in late January.

Maymester misses

A proposed revision to this year’s academic calendar to allow a pilot program of six intensive 11-day 3-hour-credit classes in May was presented to Faculty Senate at its December meeting. It would have been called Maymester. After much discussion pertaining largely to the assurance of quality standards, the senate voted against the resolution.

In memoriam

Dr. Roy H. Forbes died on Dec. 1, 2011. Forbes began working at UNCG in 1989 and retired in January 1998. He worked with the School of Education where he started the Center for School Accountability. In 1990, he led the effort that resulted in the first Regional Educational Laboratory contract award to UNCG that became the basis for SERVE.

2012 MLK Interfaith Dinner

The annual MLK Interfaith Dinner serves to bring together people of different faith backgrounds, honoring the role that faith played in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s struggles for justice and equality. The program serves as a reminder of the connection between spirituality and social justice and the importance of working together. This is not a worship service, the Office of Multicultural Affairs notes, but an opportunity to create space for a supportive interfaith community, which is what makes this program unique.

The dinner takes place on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Associated Campus Ministries Building, corner of Walker Avenue and Stirling Street. An rsvp to Dr. Mark Villacorta (mavillac@uncg.edu) is appreciated and would guarantee seating but is not required.

Softball clinics

UNCG will host its Spartan Softball Winter Clinics on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, coach Jennifer Herzig announced. The clinics are open to all girls ages 10-18. Participants will be grouped by age and skill level.

There will be three sessions: a defensive clinic, a hitting clinic and a pitcher/catcher clinic. Each session costs $55. Special pricing for multiple sessions includes two clinics for $100 or all three for $145.

Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 13. Questions? Email Coach Herzig at jlherzig@uncg.edu.

Staff Senate January meeting

The guest presenters for Staff Senate’s January meeting are Scott Milman with Auxiliary Services, who will be talking about parking, and Fred Patrick with Facilities Design & Construction, who will be giving an update on the Quad renovations. All are welcome to attend. The meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

UNCG Weight Watchers at Work

Since June 2009, UNCG has had 117 Weight Watcher members and, through the program, has lost more than 1,690 lbs.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Attend any meeting for free to try it out, or come to the next meeting on Jan. 23, 2012 at 12:15 in Bryan 335. Coming to a meeting provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants, and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu .

Energy 101

Energy 101 will be back for the spring 2012 semester. This is an introductory workshop on how the electricity used by UNCG is created, and how it impacts both the university’s bottom line and the environment. This workshop is open to all faculty and staff. You are invited to bring your lunch and join a conversation following the presentation. The Office of Sustainability values the observations and ideas of faculty and staff, and wants your suggestions and feedback on how to improve our energy conservation efforts at UNCG.

Feb. 16 in EUC Azalea Room 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.
March 7 in EUC Azalea Room 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.

See/Hear: January 11, 2012

The holidays may be over – but the bloopers live on. Check out the fun staff bloopers reel in the last half of the Undergraduate Admissions holiday greetings video.

Dr. David Perrin

Dr. David Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Guilford Merchants Association and FirstPoint.

Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone

Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone (Nursing) has been named a fellow by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). GSA fellowship — the highest class of membership — was awarded to Kennedy-Malone for her “outstanding and continuing work” in the field of gerontology.

Kennedy-Malone has been an active member of GSA since 1983. While a doctoral student at the University of Texas in Austin, she served two years as the student representative for the Clinical Medicine Section. While serving in this position, she coordinated two symposia featuring distinguished gerontological researchers. In 1992, she was the recipient of the GSA Technical Assistance Program Summer Fellowship. Kennedy-Malone regularly reviews abstracts for the GSA Scientific Meeting. She has served on the Clinical Medicine Membership Committee and currently is the Chair of the Education Committee for the Health Science Section.

Kennedy-Malone has been a certified gerontological nurse practitioner for more than 25 years. She is a Fellow of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She, along with Carolyn Auerhahn, co-authored the book “Integrating Gerontological Content into Advanced Practice Nursing Education,” which received a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal for Nursing.

Dr. Ann W. Davis

Dr. Ann W. Davis (ELC-SOE) received a grant award from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for her project “Training and Assessments for Instructional Technology.” She is the Principal Investigator of this project in which she will be providing training for state-level instructional technology consultants in 2012.

Dr. Bradley Bereitschaft

Dr. Bradley Bereitschaft (Geography) is one of eight finalists for the Nystrom Award competition, one of the most prestigious accolades in the field of Geography in the U.S. The eight papers that make the final round of the Nystrom competition each year are believed to represent the eight best dissertations within the field of geography in the country. A 2011 alumnus of the Department of Geography, Bereitschaft currently is a geography instructor. The Nystrom Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is presented annually following a special session at the Association of American Geographer’s (AAG) annual meeting in February. At that meeting, the eight finalists present a paper based on their doctoral dissertation. Bereitschaft, who completed his doctoral dissertation under the direction of Professor Keith Debbage, is interested in understanding how the urban environment – our cities – impacts the natural environment. In his paper, “Urban form, air quality, and CO2 emissions in large U.S. metropolitan areas,” Bereitschaft examines the degree to which the form of cities – i.e. the spatial distribution of people, buildings, roads and other infrastructure – affects levels of common air pollutants such as ground-level ozone, particulate matter, and the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

James Fisher

Money plays a big part in our daily lives, but how has that starring role been portrayed on the main stage? James Fisher (Theatre) explores those economic themes in the new book “To Have or Have Not: Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modernist Theatre.”

Fisher edited the volume, which includes essays from 20 leading and up-and-coming theatre scholars. He began working on the tome before the recent economic recession began. “I have directed a number of plays over the years which seem to be about the way money — either having it or not — seems to have a powerful effect on people’s lives,” he explains. But after the economic struggles began, “it suddenly became an even more interesting topic. All of our lives were affected by the change in the financial situation.”

In addition to editing the volume, Fisher also penned a chapter in the book. Also contributing is Christine Woodworth (Theatre), who also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Woodworth’s essay, “Back-Alleys to Basements: Narratives of Class and (Il)legal Abortion on the American Stage,” looks at how issues of money and reproductive rights are represented in theatre.

More at UNCG News.

Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt

Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt (Education) has been elected to ASCD’s Leadership Council for a three-year term. Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is a national-level educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. The 160,000 members in 148 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas –– superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

Dr. Svi Shapiro

Dr. Svi Shapiro (Education) is a recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Grant and will be a scholar in residence for two weeks at Jose de Caldas University in Bogota, Columbia. While there he will teach, consult with faculty and administrators, and give a public lecture as well work with doctoral students in the area of social and philosophical foundations of education around educational policies in that country. Shapiro was appointed to the roster of Fulbright Specialist Scholars in 2010. He is a professor in the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department and coordinator of the PhD program in Education and Cultural Studies.

Dr. Carol Mullen

Dr. Carol Mullen (ELC-SOE) was featured in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education “Advancement newsletter” (Dec. 7, 2011) under “ALUMNI PROFILE.” It reads in part: “Since graduating from OISE in 1994, Carol Mullen has been busy. In addition to authoring more than 160 articles and 15 books, Carol is professor and chair in ELC at UNCG. She’s got a new book coming out. Carol’s specialty is in democratic learning approaches to mentoring and leadership within K–12 and university settings and has been in her current role since 2007. She completed her doctorate at OISE back in 1994. Carol served as editor of the Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning journal (Routledge) from 2003–2011, and her authorships include more than 160 articles, 15 special issues of refereed journals, in addition to 15 books. In 2012, Carol is releasing yet another book entitled The SAGE Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching in Education (co-edited volume, SAGE, 2012) of which she is the co-editor.”