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Archives for February 2012

‘A process that’s going to serve us very well’

On Friday, Provost David H. Perrin sat down with the Campus Weekly editor for an interview that touched on the academic program review process and more. The university APR committee is scheduled to release its results within days.

Provost Perrin, I think Academic Program Review and also rising tuition costs are on many people’s minds at the moment.

This will be the first time in anyone’s memory UNCG has undergone a full academic program review. I’ve heard that said more than once. At this point in the process, your thoughts on what will be achieved? And why this has been needed?

Well, we have for many years had departmental reviews on a five to seven year rotating basis, but we have never simultaneously reviewed every single program on the campus, which is what we’re doing in this process.

We’re making great progress. The University Program Review Committee is approaching the end of its work. And I think that, as I said at the beginning of this process, it’s going to be as helpful in identifying our real strengths as it is programs that might be candidates for curtailment or discontinuation.

So I think what the product of this process and this work will be is to categorize programs into one of three general areas: One would be those that would be candidates for discontinuation. Those that really represent real strengths and would be candidates for additional resources as they become available. And it probably will help us identify those programs that require further review and study before any decisions can be made. Now there will be many programs that won’t fall into any of those three categories. That’s what I think. Certainly the recommendations that I formulate for the chancellor will take that approach. And I think her decisions will be basically in those three areas.

The University Academic Program Review committee is on schedule, I understand. What can the university anticipate receiving from them?

The University Program Review Committee is scheduled to complete its work by the end of the month or very early in March. And their report will be posted on the Academic Program Review web site. It will be accessible to anyone at the university who has a username and a password. And the chair of the committee will then visit various groups to share the report of the committee. He will be visiting, for example, the Faculty Senate, the Staff Senate, the Student Government Association, Graduate Student Council, Deans Council and sharing the findings and recommendations of the committee.

There will be a period when the university committee in each of those groups can formally submit responses to the report through the Office of Institutional Research. I will, in April, be getting around to visit with each of those groups to listen to their suggestions and feedback on the committee’s report. And then at the General Faculty meeting on, I believe, April 25, I will share with the faculty what my recommendations will be to the chancellor. And she will, in early May, make her decisions. And then at the May Board of Trustees meeting, I will be presenting a final summary of the process and the recommendations and the chancellor’s decisions as a result of the process.

It has been a lengthy process. It’s been a difficult process. I think if one compares the extent to which we’ve engaged our faculty, staff and students in the process in comparison to several of our sister institutions, one would find a very collaborative process here. We’ve had far more engagement of faculty, staff and students than the other campuses have. But it’s been difficult. I think it’s a process we need to finish this academic year. Make our decisions. And move on from here.

I think it’s a process that’s going to serve us very well moving forward in this economic environment. We can convey, with confidence, to the Board of Governors and to the General Assembly that as a university community we have taken this process very seriously, and we have very thoughtfully reviewed our programs with an eye toward greater efficiency and more focused approach to the allocation of our resources. And that’s going to serve us well.

I believe, before the process even got out of the academic units, we had identified 30 or 31 programs for discontinuation —

30 – 31?

Yeah, and that’s voluntarily done within the academic units. And, again, that’s going to be a very important message to be able to take external to the university: that we’ve done this the right way, and very seriously.

If I can move to another topic that is on people’s minds, that’s tuition increases for next year. I understand you were in Chapel Hill when President Ross presented his parameters regarding his proposal on campuses’ tuition rates. The Board of Governors has approved this proposal. What can you share about this topic of tuition costs?

Well let me say that the original proposal that was formulated by the [UNCG] Tuition Committee, which this year for the first time was co-chaired by the president of the Student Government Association along with the vice provost, was formulated based on guidelines we had received from General Administration that really provided three options or three opportunities: The first was the increase that would fall under the 6.5 percent ceiling, which is kind of what we’ve been asked to do for several years. However, it also included the possibility for an increase for campuses that could demonstrate unmet need – and who can’t demonstrate unmet need in this budget environment? – a proposal higher than 6.5 percent.

And then it provided the opportunity for what GA was calling a “catch-up” plan, which could provide the campus the chance to ask for an even greater increase over a period of multiple years, three or four or five years, to bring the campus more in line with the tuition levels of our peer institutions.

So given that guidance, the Tuition Committee proposed an increase of 10 percent next year, and the possibility of up to 10 percent in the three or four subsequent years.

Did UNCG get that?

Each of the campuses submitted their proposals to General Administration. And I think that the president began to receive a lot of feedback that these were too high. And in fact my understanding is that 20 former members of the Board of Governors wrote the current members of the Board of Governors to express their concern over increases of this magnitude. So as a compromise President Ross reduced each campus’ request so that their combined tuition and fees request would be under 10 percent.

So our request was reduced from 10 percent to 7 ½ percent, but it wasn’t actually that percentage because that percentage included some fees as well as the tuition. In the final analysis, our request was reduced by 20 dollars [for an in-state undergraduate]. The original request would have generated 7.4 million dollars of new resources for the campus, and the revised proposal that President Ross submitted to the Board of Governors reduced it to essentially 7.2 million dollars. So it still is a pretty substantial amount of new resources for the campus – if it passes through the General Assembly.

UNCG is known as a great value. For example, Forbes last year put UNCG among its Top 100 Best Buy Colleges – we were number 24. With tuition rates rising, will we continue to be viewed as a great value?

We hate to raise tuition at any point, regardless of what a good deal we are, what a good bargain we are. If you look at UNCG’s 18 peer institutions, we are 19th in the cost of tuition —

Repeat that?

We have 18 peer institutions. We’re 19th in the cost of tuition. We are well in the lowest quartile of tuition among our peer institutions as are all the campuses in the UNC system.

If you look at the average tuition cost for doctoral public universities, master’s level public universities and bachelors’ level public universities, we are less than the national average for bachelor’s [level public universities]; we are slightly less than half of the average tuition cost for doctoral-granting public universities in the country.

Our tuition is less for out-of-state students in many states around us than it would be for them to stay at home and pay in-state tuition. So we remain a very good buy for the quality of eduction that we offer here at UNCG.

That said, for what UNCG students are accustomed to paying, a tuition increase is a tuition increase. It’s not easy. But what is happening in North Carolina and all over the country is that as the appropriations from states for public higher education decreases, one of the only ways that decrease can be offset is with increases in tuition. It’s a phenomenon that’s occurring all over the country.

It really makes it all the more important for UNCG to be exploring alternative sources of revenue, which is the part that the Board of Trustees sub-committee has been working on – and presented at the last Board of Trustees meeting – to try and help us with that. But clearly it is a challenging time in public higher education all over the country, as the state support diminishes and causes universities to have to increase tuition.

Provost, as we are about to enter into the mid-point of the semester, is there anything I haven’t asked about that maybe I should?

We have made great progress on many fronts in a difficult budget year. I am very pleased with the progress we are making on the living & learning community initiative. This year, we added three or four new learning communities, and we were able to accommodate the participation of I think 450 freshmen. I have proposals for four or five additional living & learning communities next year — and we think that will bring us up to a level of being able to provide learning community opportunity for up to 50 percent of our freshman class, which is terrific.

Fifty percent at what time?

That will be starting for incoming full-time first-semester freshmen.

This fall?

Yes, and this is very important because North Carolina is making a transition, I believe, from an enrollment growth model of funding higher education to a performance model of funding higher education. And we know that students that are engaged in our living & learning communities when matched against equally academically prepared fellow students are retained at a rate of 10 percentage points higher than students that are not engaged in living & learning communities. And so as the state makes this transition to a performance model of funding, which essentially means performance in retention and graduation, this is going to be a very, very important initiative for us in terms of gaining new resources from the state.

So, we’ve made great progress on that front.

Interviewed by Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Transitions at University Advancement

Dr. Patricia W. Stewart, vice chancellor for university advancement, will be leaving the university on June 30, 2012.

In a message to staff members in University Advancement, the chancellor spoke of Stewart’s many accomplishments during her 13-year tenure in leading UNCG’s Advancement division and in serving as UNCG’s chief fund-raiser.

“Patti’s leadership of the Students First Campaign was remarkable,” the chancellor noted. “The campaign raised $115 million in five years – $35 million more than the original goal. The campaign’s success was recognized with two prestigious WealthEngine Awards for Fundraising Excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.”

She spoke of Stewart’s work with volunteers to develop a strong base of support that continues to serve our university well; her leading a campus-wide effort to establish UNCG’s first integrated marketing plan; her supporting the movement of the men’s basketball program to the coliseum; and her championing the university’s involvement in the community.

During Stewart’s tenure, UNCG created the Lloyd International Honors College, the UNCG Guarantee Scholarship Program, hundreds of endowed scholarships, program funds and professorships and faculty development and/or research funds.

“Her fund-raising efforts enabled UNCG to enhance a number of capital and renovation projects, including the Alumni House, Aycock Auditorium, and the Patricia A. Sullivan Science Building,” she said. “The more than 75 percent increase in the university’s endowment during this period has enabled UNCG to navigate the very difficult economic environment we have experienced since 2008.”

The chancellor continued, “In order to ensure a smooth transition, effective March 1, 2012, Judy Piper will assume the role of senior associate vice chancellor of university advancement, with overall operational responsibility for development, annual giving, capital campaign, stewardship, alumni relations and advancement services. Currently senior development director for the College of Arts and Sciences, Judy’s experience leading development efforts on behalf of UNCG’s largest academic unit makes her an ideal leader for University Advancement during this transition. Judy will serve in this role until the appointment of a permanent vice chancellor. A national search will be launched this spring.”

During this transition period, Associate Vice Chancellor Lynn Bresko will assume the role of principal gift officer. Bresko will work closely with Chancellor Brady on identifying and cultivating donors with capacity to donate a principal gift, in addition to defining the role of a principal gift officer for UNCG. This position was identified in the recent Campaign Feasibility Study as a critical component for the next capital campaign.

Due to Bresko’s focus on principal gifts and the development of this position, Jane Lawrence will be the interim associate vice chancellor for Central Development Programs. Currently, Lawrence is a major gifts officer for the School of Health & Human Sciences. Lawrence will assume the responsibilities for the daily operations of the Central Development office.

Chancellor Brady also announced the following organizational change: University Relations—UNCG’s communication arm—will become a direct report to the chancellor, effective March 1, 2012.

Brady said, “This move will raise the visibility of University Relations on the campus and position the unit to support the entire range of university activity, including fund-raising, alumni relations, enrollment management, integrated marketing and strategic communication. Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations Helen Hebert will join the Chancellor’s Executive Staff as a result of this administrative restructuring.”

Honors from NC Campus Compact

The North Carolina Campus Compact, a network of 42 institutions of higher education, has honored Dr. Spoma Jovanovic and Chancellor Linda P. Brady for their leadership in community engagement and service.

Jovanovic (Communication Studies), seen in visual, received the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award. Brady received the inaugural Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award at the network’s 10th annual Civic Engagement Institute.

“Spoma’s award is well-deserved recognition of her talent for creating partnerships between our campus and our community,” Brady said. “Her work in the service-learning field was instrumental in the university’s decision to reward engaged scholarship in the promotion and tenure process.

“The Lambert Engaged Leader Award is a tribute to the dedication of faculty, students and staff to engagement in Greensboro and around the world. ‘Service’ has been UNCG’s motto since the institution was founded in 1891, and it remains as true today as it was then.”

A student wrote in Jovanovic’s nomination for the award, “She helps students see their true potential, valuing their role as a citizen within their communities, and the importance of democratic expression. She deserves this award because she has worked hard to awaken the leader in all of her students to make a difference.”

The conference also included a presentation about the Welfare Reform Liaison Project by Dr. Bob Wineburg and Rev. Odell Cleveland.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Dan Nonte

Burst of the blues

A folklorist, William Ferris, and a blues musician, Lorenzo “Logie” Meachum (in visual), will headline the annual Friends of the UNCG Libraries dinner Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in EUC.

The blues celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by a seated dinner. The program starts at 8:30 p.m.

Ferris teaches at UNC Chapel Hill, where he specializes in Southern studies, African American music and folklore. His book “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues” provides the focus for his presentation. Ferris, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians – from blues legends like B.B. King to inmates working in the fields.

Meachum, a member of the Friends’ board of directors, is a blues musician and storyteller from Greensboro. He is a founding member of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society and a past recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive Award for his efforts to perform and promote blues music. He is completing his PhD in English at UNCG.

Full story, including ticket information, at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Program Review report publishes within days

Faculty and staff may be particularly interested in these March dates related to the Academic Program Review process:

  • March 2, 2012 – Recommendations from university-wide review scheduled to be available electronically.
  • March 8, 2012 – University Program Review Committee recommendations presented to Staff Senate, by chair of University Program Review Committee [Updated information: That presentation will not be on March 8. It is being rescheduled.]
  • March 21, 2012 – University Program Review Committee recommendations presented to Faculty Senate at Faculty Forum, by chair of University Program Review Committee

From information provided by Amy Ernstes and Brenda Bey. [Updated March 4, 2012.]

Award for excellence in online education

UNCG’s Office of Online Learning and the Online Learning Committee announce the establishment of an annual award to honor a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the development and/or teaching of online courses at UNCG. The hope is to showcase outstanding teaching and to recognize development efforts that create engaging online learning experiences. The ultimate goal of this recognition is to promote innovation and improve the quality of UNCG online courses and programs.

This year’s award will be handed out at the Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony in April 2012. Nominations should be submitted no later than March 9, 2012. The award winner will receive an honorarium of $3000. An awards committee appointed by the Provost from the professional schools, the College, and the Office of Online Learning will evaluate the nominations. The Dean of the Division of Continual Learning will chair the committee.

Faculty winning the award will be asked to serve on the awards committee the following year. Additionally, the Office of Online Learning and/or the Online Learning Committee may elect to submit the award winner for further regional and national competitions.


  • The online course for which the faculty member is being nominated must have been developed and/or taught during the 2011 calendar year
  • Departments and programs should submit no more than one nomination per program
  • Only full-time faculty members are eligible; faculty teams are eligible if engaged in the same course
  • Students, staff, faculty members, or administrators may submit a nomination

Nomination packets should include:

  • A letter containing a general description of the course taught or developed; student comments; why this nomination exemplifies outstanding teaching; other innovations related to the teaching of the course.
  • Access to the course with passwords if needed, or screen shots of the course
  • Student evaluations
  • Letters of support may be submitted but are not required

Nominations (one per program) should be submitted through the department head. Please limit the nomination narrative to no more than three pages, attachments not included. Departments/units should email their submission directly to Michelle Solér (Senior Director, Division of Continual Learning) at mlsoler@uncg.edu. The submission deadline is March 9, 2012.

Ray Purdom looks back

“UNCG embraces student learning as its highest priority and provides exemplary learning environments,” says the first line of UNCG’s Vision for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Ray Purdom, who retires today as director of the University Teaching & Learning Center (TLC), has led the TLC for the last 15 years.

That vision, which he was instrumental in developing, has been at the center of the TLC during his tenure. “The faculty are committed to introducing students to the most important knowledge and research in their disciplines, fostering intellectual depth and breadth, and opening students to new possibilities for understanding themselves and the world,” it says, in part. “The faculty employ the growing body of knowledge about learning and work continually to evaluate and improve their teaching methods and materials.”

Ask him about his 15 years at UNCG, he speaks of many individuals with whom he has worked and about this vision. Many other things are mentioned or inquired about: Early development of UNCG’s online distance education offerings and its Policy on Distance Education. Creation of the Instructional Technology Consultants Program. Bringing the Lilly Conference to our campus. UNCG being the first UNC campus to have a campus-wide course management sytem (TopClass). And the first UNC campus to have its course management system (which is Blackboard) fully integrated with its student information system (which is Banner). But it comes back to the people – the faculty and the students.

The TLC has helped in the teaching and faculty development of many hundreds of faculty members – who have had an impact on many thousands of students.

The influence they’ve had is like ripples in a lake. “You never know how your influence goes,” he reflects. He tells a great anecdote: The TLC hosted a webinar on innovative student unions – one focus was on a university where the library and student union were joined. After the webinar and some discussion afterward, the university librarian at the time put forth the idea to create the current connector between the EUC and Jackson Library.

That one webinar apparently helped in bringing such an excellent idea to the fore is a perfect example of the impact UNCG individuals have, in ways big and small – often without even realizing the far-reaching significance.

By Mike Harris

Nominations accepted for award in Business Affairs

The Betty Hardin Award for Excellence in Business Affairs is presented each year to deserving permanent full time employees of UNCG’s Business Affairs Division. Eligible employees may be nominated by anyone.

Consideration is based on

  • Superior Leadership to the Division of Business Affairs
  • A Positive and Constructive attitude with high standards
  • A Sense of HumorAn
  • Appreciation for People
  • Rendering of service above and beyond the call of duty to the University Community

Employees may be nominated from all areas of Business Affairs, including:

  • Campus Enterprises
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Foundation Finance
  • Human Resource Services
  • Safety and Emergency Management

Nominations deadline is March 15, 2012, at 5 p.m.

View details here. Download the nomination form at http://www.uncg.edu/baf/Betty_Hardin_Award.pdf

Two films

WGS Film Series – Wednesday, Feb. 29 – 7 p.m. – Petty 136– “The Devil Wears Prada” with discussant Channelle James

AAUW and WGS Film Series – Wednesday, March 14 – 7 p.m. – EUC Auditorium – “Miss Representation” with members of the AAUW Greensboro Branch and panel discussion following including WGS faculty and students. This is a new joint program with the AAUW (American Association of University Women).

From Bush to Clinton, to Bush, to Obama

The lecture “American Grand Strategy: From Bush to Clinton, to Bush, to Obama” will be delivered by Dr. Peter D. Feaver Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium. A reception will follow the lecture in the Atrium. It is part of the the CLS “International Crises 2012: Drugs, War, and Money” series.

Dr. Peter D. Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. He is director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House, where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews and other political-military issues. Feaver is author of “Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations” and of “Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States.” He is co-author of “Paying the Human Costs of War” and co-author of “Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force.” He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com. In 1993-94, Feaver served as director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House, where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.

Create your department’s communications?

If you create communication materials such as flyers, web pages or mailings for your department/program/school, you have likely been contacted regarding an upcoming brand standards training that is a part of the university’s Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communication initiative. Some attendees are inviting vendors with which they work closely to attend their session as well. To register, visit this web page. If you have any questions about the sessions and who should attend, you may contact Sherri MacCheyne.

The entire campus community is invited to the debut of the first phase of this initiative. The launch party and kickoff will be Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon at the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Shades of Color Conference March 23

The 2012 Shades of Color Conference aims to create a safe, empowering, inclusive space for all community members of UNCG to discuss, reflect on and mobilize around issues of multiculturalism.

A sense of awareness about intersecting social identities and the relationship between campus and other communities are both central to its goals.

More information, including session topics and keynote address, will be available on the conference web site.

The 2012 Shades of Color Conference will be held Friday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in EUC. The event is free for members of the UNCG community, and it is open to the public. Advanced registration by March 20 is required in order to be included in the luncheon.

For registration information and more details, visit http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/SOCC/.

Questions? Contact Dr. Mark Villacorta at mark_villacorta@uncg.edu

Looking ahead: Feb. 29. 2012

Music, jazz ensembles
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Program review recommendations scheduled to be posted online
Friday, March 2

Spring break begins; instruction ends at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 3

Baseball vs. Radford
Sunday, March 4, 1 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, March 8, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare, Alumni House

Baseball vs. Samford
Friday, March 9, 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC-CH (special promotion)
Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, March 14, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

CW on Spring Break

Campus Weekly will not publish on March 7, 2012, the week of spring break. CW will resume publication the following week.

New virtual UNCG desktop, app store

A feature story in the February 2012 ITS Newsletter explains that Information Technology Services has launched a new virtual UNCG desktop service and will soon unveil a UNCG app store. See the Newsletter here.

Spartans in Asheville

The UNCG men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel to Asheville for the SoCon Basketball Tournament March 2-5.

Follow the Spartans to see when they play and where they are seeded in the Championship Brackets. Tournament tickets can be purchased by calling the UNCG Athletics Ticket Office at 4-3250. For information on hotels and discounts on local attractions, visit SoConTravel.com. Visit www.uncgspartans.com for the latest news on Spartan athletics.

With the staff: February 2012

Hello: Michael Dickens, Office of Research and Economic Development; Suzanne Schmutz, Graduate School; Latoya Jones, Housekeeping; Lisa Henline; Registrar’s Office; Ivy Lehtinen, Postal Service; Zachary Ratcliffe, Academic Technology System

Good-bye: Rachel Williams, EUC; Linda Burrows, Student Health Services; Peggy Woods, University Advancement

Education Career Day March 12

The Career Services Center will host Education Career Day on Monday, March 12, 2012, from 12:30-4 p.m. in Cone Ballroom of EUC More than 50 school systems from North Carolina and several other states will attend this event. Employers will be seeking Pre K-12 teachers for all subjects and grade levels, as well as administrators, counselors, dietitians, media specialists, nurses, social workers and speech pathologists.

Education Career Day is sponsored by the Career Services Center and the School of Education.

Education Career Day is an opportunity for UNCG students to meet and to talk directly with recruiters and employer representatives about career opportunities in education and openings for full-time positions. This is a professional event, so students will want to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes.

To view a complete listing of participating school systems and other organizations visit www.uncg.edu/csc and then click on Education Career Day on the right hand side of the page.

Questions? Call 4-5454 or email career_services@uncg.edu.

UNCG Baseball hosts Tar Heels

UNCG Baseball will host the No. 4 UNC Tar Heels on Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. our campus’ baseball stadium.

The first 500 Spartan fans in attendance wearing UNCG apparel will receive a free Bojangles gift card. Be sure to wear blue and gold to the game. Gates open at 5 p.m.

UNCG Baseball is off to a 7-0 start after sweeping Penn State this past weekend, the best start for the Spartans since the 2003 season. All home UNCG baseball games are free admission to the public. To view the 2012 baseball schedule, click here.

Ophthalmology Project

The Greensboro Ophthalmology Project, conducted by the graduate student team of Vandana Taneja, Ted Deligianis and David Kutas in the Bryan School and advised by faculty member Jason Bohrer, won second place in the Graduate Specialized Category of the 2011 Small Business Institute Project of the Year Competition at the 36th Annual Conference in San Antonio. Greensboro Ophthalmology is an eye care clinic that has been operating in Greensboro since 1927. Bryan MBA students worked with the clinic’s staff to determine what practices and capital were needed in order to comply with landmark healthcare legislation passed recently.

See/Hear: Feb. 29, 2012

“Library to Go” is a lot more than checking out items like iPads and laptops. For example, Minerva iChat is a very popular way you or your students can quickly get the help they want. Learn about the “Library to Go” concept, in this short video clip.

Dr. Kerri Richardson

Dr. Kerri Richardson (TEHE) was conference chair of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning 39th annual meeting held in Charlotte Feb. 23-25. RCML is a national mathematics education organization that attracts a variety of researchers and teacher educators. Holt Wilson and doctoral students from TEHE presented along with colleagues from the Department of Mathematics.

Dr. Catherine D. Ennis

Dr. Catherine D. Ennis (School of Health and Human Sciences) has been named an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow. The honor recognizes Ennis’ substantial achievements in research. Over the course of her career, Ennis has focused her work on curriculum theory and development in the field of public education, with specific emphasis on urban classroom settings. Most recently, Ennis was awarded a five year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create and test a new curriculum designed to increase middle school-age students’ knowledge of healthful living, health education, science education and information and technology. Ennis will be formally inducted as an AERA Fellow at the organization’s 2012 annual meeting this April in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Jim Eddy

Dr. Jim Eddy (Department of Public Health Education) has been named the editor the American Journal of Health Education (AJHE). Eddy serves as the director of the Office of Academic Outreach in the School of Health and Human Sciences. “As a leading journal in the field of health education and health promotion, AJHE provide information to practitioners to design interventions that improve the health of all people,” Eddy said. “Serving as editor enables me to bring over 40 years of experience in the field to help shape the future of health education and health promotion.”

Tuisha Fernandes

Tuisha Fernandes (Bryan School of Business and Economics) was selected by the Triad Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40” award recipients. The Business Journal gives the awards annually to young business leaders in the Triad. Profiled in a special section of the Journal, Fernandes said the Triad’s higher education institutions and their collaboration with local businesses are the region’s greatest selling point. Fernandes is associate director of the MBA program.

Kristin Buchner

Kristin Buchner (Research and Economic Development), who received an MPA from UNCG in December, was recognized for her undergraduate work at Appalachian supporting community engagement and partnerships. Buchner is the new communications and partnerships manager in UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

At retirees event, almost 100 are welcomed – as most recently retired get special nod

Nearly 100 retired UNCG individuals attended this year’s UNCG Retirees’ Recognition Event on Feb. 17, which made for a festive Virginia Dare Room.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady welcomed everyone.”It is an honor to be here with you today and to have the opportunity to thank you for your years of service to UNCG.”

She spoke about the people of UNCG. She’d recently talked with a number of students at the EUC dining area – and they talked of late-night cramming for tests and the winning streak of the men’s basketball team. “But they also spoke about you,” she explained.

Our staff and faculty’s support, diligence and caring make a great difference in our students’ success.

Ginny Perguson was one who attended the reception. Her career at UNCG spanned from 1979 to 2000. “I started as a receptionist in Mossman,” she said, when the building’s third floor was not yet furnished. She recalls an icy day when (not wanting to drive) she was dropped off at work and very few were around. She stepped over to the Chancellor’s House, assuming someone would be there. Chancellor Ferguson kindly opened the door. “Come on in. Make yourself at home,” he said.

The retirees event was an afternoon for sharing memories like these. Perguson told of working in Purchasing in the house behind Ferguson, “our home away from home,” before moving to 1100 West Market Street Building. And about all the great people she’d worked with.

By Mike Harris
Visual by David Wilson, of UNCG’s most recent retirees with Chancellor Brady.

Silent film and soaring music

For decades, the film in its original version was believed to be lost to fire.

The legendary silent film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” had been created in 1928 in France by Carl Theodor Dreyer. It featured Renee Jeanne Falconetti, filmed typically in tight close-ups.

Then, in the 1980s, an excellent print was discovered.

On Feb. 28 in Aycock Auditorium, as this classic film is screened, the oratorio score will be performed in a collaboration of the UNCG Chamber Singers, Bel Canto Company, Greensboro Youth Chorus, UNCG faculty soloists Nancy Walker, Clara O’Brien, Robert Bracey, and Robert Wells and members of the UNCG Symphony Orchestra.

The performance will be conducted by Dr. Welborn Young. He is director of choral activities and associate professor of music at UNCG. Since 2005 he has been artistic director and conductor of Bel Canto Company, the noted choral ensemble.

The screen in Aycock is quite large. It will hang just behind the proscenium. The orchestra and vocal performers will be just at the base of the screen. Young says the audience will have “an up-close and personal performance.”

The film is regarded as one of the world’s greatest films.

The musical project is titled “Voices of Light.” The oratorio that will be performed was composed by Richard Einhorn, who will be on hand to see the final rehearsals and the Triad performances.

“This has been such a collaborative effort,” says Young, of the production that will also be performed at the Southern Division of ACDA conference later in the week. “You realize just how big a community you need to make it come about.”

And it’s been a learning experience. When he suggested it, he had never seen it performed. He and his conducting students have experienced a lengthy, beautiful work with no breaks, where visual cues are essential to keep everything in synch. “I’m not used to having a video tell me when to go.”

Once the vocal performers began rehearsals with the visuals, the attention to detail and the language was heightened.

“It’s very powerful,” he says. “It’s emotionally charged.”

Through film and music, you’ll see “Joan in her most heroic and spiritual light,” he adds.

Admission is free for the performance on the UNCG campus. No tickets are required.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Aycock Auditorium.

Those with questions may contact welborn.young@gmail.com

By Mike Harris
Visual from the film courtesy Alliance Artist Management.

Focus on small business

Lots of small business owners and hopeful entrepreneurs filled EUC Auditorium to hear Karen Mills speak on Feb. 15. Mills is head of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Her visit to UNCG was part of a tour of U.S college campuses.

For Mills, the college visits are a way to enlighten and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. During her visit she noted that “this next generation really is powerfully interested in entrepreneurship.”

Mills, whose job President Obama has elevated to a cabinet-level position, sees small business as the “foundation stone of the middle class.”

She said, “We have an economy that’s meant to last, and that is because of the entrepreneurship that is America’s greatest asset. It’s the secret sauce that gives America the competitive advantage.””

Full story will be posted this week on UNCG’s inspire.change site.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph of Mills by Chris English

Program Review committee on schedule

Dr. Roy Schwartzman, chair of the University Academic Program Review Committee, spoke at the UNCG Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 16 about the committee’s work.

“We are basically running on schedule,” he told the trustees. He said the committee should be able to make its March deadline.

“You are not going to get a ‘hit list’ from the committee,” he explained.

The committee is providing to the Administration “one piece” to consider.

There will be no resource allocation recommendations from their committee, he said. They are not looking at financial data as part of their work.

In their work, they are focusing on three questions:

  • Does the unit report provide adequate evidence that the program is exceptionally weak or strong in quality?
  • Does the unit report provide adequate evidence that the program is exceptionally weak or strong in functions and demand?
  • Does the University Program Review Committee recommend that the Administration further review the resource commitment to the program based on the evidence in the unit report?

He showed a comparison of UNCG’s academic program review to three others in the UNC system: ECU, NCSU and NCCU. “We are the only institution that had every committee chaired by a faculty member,” he said. The others have not had staff or student representation. Also, the others did not guarantee any Faculty Senate inclusion, he added. He also said that a majority of each of our university’s unit-level committees was faculty.

He anticipated the committee’s outcomes: they would flag programs that merit additional review and they would call the provost’s attention to programs that stand out in quality or function/demand.

Earlier, Provost David H. Perrin’s presentation had provided a review and timeline of the process and a review of several resolutions in recent months at Faculty Senate meetings.

The presentations by the provost and by Schwartzman (whose presentation begins on Slide 12) may be seen here.

By Mike Harris

Getting healthier? How about free health coaching?

Athletes have sports coaches. Some successful people have life coaches. Some professionals have career coaches.

HealthyUNCG offers free health & wellness coaches.

“We’ve had 13 employees complete sessions with one of our Health & Wellness Coaches and asked them to tell us what they thought about the experience and whether it was helpful for them. Twelve people completed the survey. The results are very positive,” said Dr. Michelle Cathorall. She is director of HealthyUNCG.

“Most people seemed to enjoy working with their coach and made progress toward their goals.”

Health and Wellness Coaching is free to UNCG employees who have taken a personal wellness profile (PWP), which is also free.

“Whether you know what changes you want to make or just know that you want to make a change, a health & wellness coach can help you,” she explains.

People started working with a Wellness Coach for a variety of reasons, Cathorall says, including accountability, support, to gain insight into their habits, to get their health back on track, find some new ways to develop healthier lifestyle, or to have some help with weight and fitness goals.

How have those who’ve had this coaching so far at UNCG rate their experience?

  • 92 percent indicated that they had made progress toward their goal working with their Wellness Coach
  • 83 percent felt that their coach was Extremely or Somewhat helpful in helping them make progress
  • 92 percent indicated that they were Extremely Satisfied or Satisfied with the experience working with their Wellness Coach
  • Most people met with their coach once a week (67 percent) or every few weeks (25 percent)
  • Sessions lasted less than 30 minutes to 1 hour, with most lasting 45 minutes (42 percent), Everyone said that their sessions were just the right length.
  • Most people met with their coach in person (92 percent), some met multiple ways, in person, telephone and email.
  • Everyone felt that getting a coach, contacting their coach and scheduling appointments was Extremely Easy or Easy.

If you have questions about Health & Wellness Coaching or simply want more information, email coach@uncg.edu.

Rod Wyatt, chair of CACEDI, is named director, human relations, for HRS

In support of the university’s strategic plan that emphasizes efforts to enhance and sustain an inclusive and collaborative workplace, Chancellor Brady has announced that effective February 1, 2012, Rod Wyatt, chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CACEDI), has joined Human Resource Services (HRS) as Director, Human Relations.

As a global university integrating intercultural experiences and perspectives, this collaboration will provide opportunities for greater synergy with organization development programs. Wyatt’s important work with CACEDI will continue with accountability to the Office of the Chancellor, while he works within HRS implementing educational programs that specifically advance inclusion in the areas of mediation services, employee relations, and professional development.

Wyatt will also collaborate with Benita Peace in developing greater synergy with the university’s Affirmative Action programs including Title IX compliance. Title IX is the landmark legislation that bans discrimination on the basis of sex under any educational program or activity including academic programs and athletics. Wyatt’s twenty-nine years of experience in Intercollegiate Athletics will provide invaluable support to the university’s Title IX program. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Atlantic Christian College, a master of science degree from the United States Sport Academy, and is currently completing a doctorate in the Educational Leadership Cultural Foundations Program at UNCG.

Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for Human Resource Services, said, “We are delighted that Rod Wyatt is joining our team. His multi-faceted portfolio will be of great benefit to HRS’ Strategic Plan and in aligning our efforts with the university’s efforts to ensure UNCG remains an inclusive and collaborative place to work and learn.”

WGS and kinesiology

Dr. Dianne Gill, in the second year of her term as the Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, announces a lecture series.

“That professorship supports research and also provides for a lecture each year. Last year, the lecture focused on our ongoing research on Physical Activity and Quality of Life. This year, the lecture highlights connections between Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) and my home department of kinesiology.” she says.

“I am pleased that this year’s lecture is a series with three invited guest presenters. Each of these three women is a noted scholar who makes the connection between WGS and kinesiology in her scholarship and professional work.”

  • Linda Arnold Carlisle Professorship Lecture Series #1 – Monday, Feb. 27 – HHP 347 – 2 p.m. –with Vikki Krane, Bowling Green State University; “The Heteronormative Landscape of Women’s Sport”
  • Linda Arnold Carlisle Professorship Lecture Series #2- Friday, March 23 – Claxton Room, EUC – 2 p.m. – with Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University; “Girls’ and Women’s Participation in Sport: Local and Global Perspectives”
  • Linda Arnold Carlisle Professorship Lecture Series #3– Monday, April 16 – Claxton Room, EUC – 2 p.m. – with Mary Jo Kane, University of Minnesota; “Selling Sex in Media Coverage of Women’s Sports: The Good, the Bad & the Counterproductive”

UNCG authors on inclusive excellence

The “Campus Conversations: UNCG Authors on Inclusive Excellence” series is sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resource Services. Each event will be in the Faculty Center.

  • Feb. 23, noon to 1:30 p.m. – Dr. Mark Elliott and Frank Woods will lead the first talk, on “Color-blind justice: Albion Tourgee and the quest for racial equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson.” Tourgee was Greensboro’s and one of the state’s most well-known figures in the latter decades of the 19th century.

A quote by Tourgee is part of the promotional poster: “Justice is pictured as blind and her daughter the Law, ought at least to be color-blind.”

  • March 22, noon to 1:30 p.m. – Dr. CP Gause will lead a talk on “Diversity, equity and inclusive education: A voice from the margins.”

Light refreshments will be served. Bring a light lunch. No registration is required. All are welcome.

March offerings

The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will sponsor or co-sponsor several events in March:

Thursday, March 1, 2012; 7:30 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Matthew Pearl will help celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens. Pearl wrote the novel The Last Dickens, a historical thriller based on the lost ending of Dickens’ last novel. The event is co-sponsored with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Friday, March 2, 2012; 7:30 p.m. Enjoy First Friday at the Historical Museum, with a screening of the documentary “Saving the Hansen House.” It features UNCG’s Bob Hansen. Reception and Q&A with Dr. Bob Hansen and filmmakers Deni and Will McIntyre. Co-sponsored with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, in collaboration with the Greensboro Historical Museum. More here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Weatherspoon. “The Geography of Nowhere: Observations and Ephemeral Phenomenon of Wasted Places in the Artist’s Books of Paulette Meyers-Rich.” This presentation is by poet photographer Paulette Meyers-Rich.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012; 4 p.m. Brown Theater. Playwright Carson Kreitzer on the art of writing for the stage. Kreitzer’s “The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer” won the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize, the American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg New Play Citation, the Barrie Stavis Award, and is published in Smith and Kraus’ “New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004” and by Dramatic Publishing. “Self Defense, or death of some salesmen” was produced by the UNCG Theater Department last fall. She is currently under commission from The Guthrie Theater, Chicago’s Next Theatre and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Reception at 5 p.m.

More information is at http://www.uncg.edu/aas/ccwa/