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Archives for February 2012

Four All-Academic runners

One SoCon women’s track athlete was named All-Academic by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association: UNCG’s Ashley Schnell. Schnell, a senior, has a perfect 4.0 GPA in music with a concentration in instrumental performance. Last semester, she became just the seventh runner in league history to win more than one SoCon individual title, as she earned a bid to the NCAA Championships.

UNCG’s Paul Chelimo, Paul Katam and Joey Thompson were all named All-Academic.

Chelimo, UNCG’s first All-American runner, has a 4.0 GPA in public health. Katam, who earned all-region honors at the NCAA Southeast Regional, has a 3.41 GPA in pre-nursing.

Thompson earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. The senior has a 3.95 GPA in finance.

A runner from Davidson and one from Chattanooga were the only other two male runners named from the Southern Conference.

See UNCG Athletics women’s cross country and men’s cross country news items.

Finding the feminine…

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures presents, as part of its Interdisciplinary German Talks series, Dr. Elizabeth L. Keathley. On Wednesday, Feb.22, 2012, 4-6 p.m., Keathley, associate professor, historical musicology at UNCG, will present “Finding the Feminine in Arnold Schoenberg’s Modernist Music.” The talk will take place in MHRA 2211.

Sustainability and the arts initiative/competition

Heard about the Creative Sustainability Initiative (CSI) with cash money awards? Creative UNCG students can earn recognition and cash to support their artistic endeavors. Help spread the word to students – and perhaps you’d like to be a judge for this competition?

It’s a chance to support creativity and local solutions to global problems – and an opportunities to engage with students and colleagues on how to address these issues. It won’t take lots of your time and you might even have some fun.

Winners will be announced at the Earth Day (April 19) reception at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The Sustainability Committee, Office of Sustainability and the Weathespoon Art Museum are collaborative sponsors. Deadline is March 30, 2012. Contact Jessica Trotman for details – jgtrotma@uncg.edu.

See/Hear: Feb. 15, 2012

This viral video is a small part of DCL’s campaign promoting the MALS program – the campaign uses a variety of media and it launched earlier this week. Check it out.

Dr. Jacquelyn White

Dr. Jacquelyn White, associate dean for research in the College of Arts & Sciences and also a psychology professor, is co-chair of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence. She worked with Senator Kay Hagan, her staff, the American Psychological Association Government Relations Office, and staff with Futures without Violence in the crafting of language for additional legislation to fund the Violence against Women Health Initiative Act. The Violence against Women Health Initiative Act was introduced in the Senate as a companion to the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Additional information is in a release at Sen. Hagan’s web page. Also, see related news piece on Fox 8 here.

Dr. Lisa Levenstein

Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History) co-authored an op-ed that was was published in the Los Angeles Times. The op-ed focused on the current attacks on our nation’s food stamps program. The piece was reprinted in local newspapers across the country and selected as one of the top five opinion columns of the day by The Atlantic magazine’s online site, the Atlantic Wire.

They ‘won’t give up’

“It seems like every game comes down to the last possession.”

That was one of interim coach Wes Miller’s first observations in his post-game radio interview Saturday night. The Spartans had just rallied to take the lead by one – then got a defensive stop to take the 77-76 win in front of 5,000-plus loud Moc fans.

The win put them in sole possession of first place in the SoCon north division with four games remaining in the regular season. Two of those games are at home.

Several players had stepped up to lead the team to victory: Aloysius Henry, Kyle Randall, Trevis Simpson. Darrell Armstrong scored the go-ahead shot. David Williams blocked their final shot. Miller called the team “a group of young men who won’t give up.”

“My head’s still going nuts,” he said, just moments after the final buzzer.

If you want to give your head a chance to go nuts – or simply want to cheer on a Spartan team that has fought hard to win 9 of their last 10 games – two home contests remain, Feb. 15 and 21:

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Spartans host College of Charleston, who upset Davidson on Saturday. One ticket special is available for this game: the 4 for $44 ticket deal – 4 tickets, 4 sodas and one large popcorn.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Spartans host Wofford during Senior Night.

That final game on Feb. 21 has several special ticket features:

  • Take advantage of the Buy One, Get One Free ticket offer.
  • Groups of 30 or more may receive $3 tickets. To purchase your tickets, call the UNCG ticket office at 334-3250 or visit ticketmaster.com.
  • Are you a season-ticket holder? Then you may redeem your unused tickets from earlier in the season, under this season’s “Never-A-Wasted Ticket” program, for tickets to this last home game. Seat locations are based on availability. Also, if you have any “Buddy Passes” left, this is a great last chance to redeem them. (Again, seat locations are based on availability.) Questions? Call 334-3250.

Tip-off for both games is slated for 7 p.m.

Their final regular season game will be on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Elon. Elon is currently one game out of first place in the North division.

By Mike Harris and Dacia Ijames
Photograph by Chris English of Wes Miller and Aloysius Henry, who sank four key free-throws in the last minutes of the win at Chattanooga

 

 

Leadership Institute launches

Investing in UNCG’s human capital is very important. Yet we’re in difficult budget times, and  sending individuals to off-campus conferences and institutes carries an expense. Our campus is doing something unique and very cost-effective:

The inaugural UNCG Leadership Institute is developing leadership capacity at the departmental and the university level, leveraging in part UNCG’s own expertise and knowledge-base.

Given the scarcity of professional development funding, the institute represents a cost-effective opportunity to work closely with external and internal leaders in the development of leadership competencies in support of the university’s strategic plan.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady along with Vice Chancellor Reade Taylor and Associate Vice Chancellor Edna Chun held a reception for the 33-member inaugural class of the UNCG Leadership Institute on Jan. 25 in the Faculty Center.

The chancellor spoke about the value this program will provide in many ways, for the participants and for the university.

The institute is designed to develop and promote a culture of innovation and excellence and to provide emerging leaders with a significant, year-long opportunity to increase their leadership skills and to accelerate their own leadership performance and readiness at the unit, department or division level. Participants in the inaugural class include a cross-section of the university including faculty, staff and administrators.

Participants will, with some guidance from mentors, work in small teams on a university-wide project to help solve an institutional issue or problem, she noted.

“I think we have a real opportunity to tap into the incredible talent that exists on this campus, to help us link across divisions and across units,” the chancellor said, “and to be creative in proposing ideas that have probably not been thought of to this point.”

Taylor and Chun also shared information on the program, at the reception..

The first work session, on Feb. 3, was focused on intergroup dialogue as a way to build community. Future programs will include ‘developing a personal leadership philosophy,’ governance, legislative and social responsibility, and related topics.

The 2012 participants are Joella Anderson, Aprille Black, Kelly Burke, Ray Carney, Kristen Christman, Brian Clarida, Jacqueline DeBrew, Donna Duffy, Keith Gorman, Ann Grimaldi, Dacia Ijames, Lakshmi Iyer, Joanne Jones, Scott Jones, Karla Lewis, Scarlett Liles, Angela Mahoney, Eric Marshburn, Jason Marshburn, MaryK McGinley, Kelly Mills, Angela Montgomery, Stephen Moore, Benita Peace, Jackie Riffle, Carol Seaman, Tim Slone, Amy Strickland, Todd Sutton, Maurice Tyler, Jaap-Jap van Duin, Jennifer Whitney and Sherry Woody

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English.
Visual: Mentee Carla Lewis and mentor Vicki McNeil at reception.

‘Stage Door’ on stage

UNCG Theatre will present “Stage Door,” a comedy about theatrical life, Feb. 10-19, 2012, in Taylor Theatre.

Set in New York City during the 1930s, “Stage Door” tells the ups and downs of a group of young actresses, all yearning for their big break. The play’s rich storylines, penned by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, details the women’s experiences as they delve into their nontraditional career paths.

Theatre professor James Fisher, the play’s director, said the Depression-era play struck him with its modern-day relevance. “All these women are aspiring young artists in economic hard times. It made me think of our students and what they’re trying to do in economic hard times. The clothes and fashions are different, but the situations are the same.”

The play will be performed Feb. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m; Feb. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 336-334-4849 Monday-Friday between noon and 5 p.m., at campus box office locations, and at the door one hour prior to each curtain in the Taylor Theatre lobby.

The play features the work of more than 140 UNCG Theatre students, faculty and staff.

A special Boardinghouse Brunch will be offered on Sunday, Feb. 19, at noon in the Alumni House. $30 includes brunch, show ticket (2 p.m. matinee), drinks, tax and tip. RSVP to Jody Kaizen at 334-4601.

Full story at UNCG News.

Bring in the showcase talent

Cyrus Art Production, led by associate professor Duane Cyrus (School of Music, Theatre and Dance) will present The Vital Grace Project — 2012 Showcase at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at 8 p.m.

The showcase will feature tap artist Maurice Chestnut (in visual), who was recruited by tap master Savion Glover to join the national touring company of the Tony Award winning “Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk” and continues to work with Glover on international and national tours.

Singer Rahbi has opened for Erykah Badu and is gaining attention for his unique vocal style.

UNCG students will present workshop choreography by Jeffrey Page, an Emmy-nominated and MTV’s 2011 Video Music Award winning choreographer. His works include MTV award winning choreography for Beyonce’s hit “Run The World (Girls)” and choreography for the Fox series So You Think You Can Dance. Page will appear at this event.

Featured local performances include Location of Spirit by Duane Cyrus, set to live vocal performance of traditional spirituals and gospel.

The showcase celebrates Black History Month and African-American culture.

The Vital Grace Project brings in professional performing artists to mingle with Greensboro’s finest talent and includes performances and outreach programming activities throughout the year, made possible through support from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Tickets: $10 Advance sale. $15 General. For details or to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.cyrusartproduction.com/events.htm

Mills will speak on entrepreneurial success

Karen Gordon Mills, appointed by President Obama to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will speak Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Mills’ presentation, “The Path to Entrepreneurial Success: Capitalizing on Opportunities and Resources,” will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. She will take questions from local entrepreneurs after her presentation..

Mills was drawn to UNCG because of the university’s strong entrepreneurship initiatives such as the N.C. Entrepreneurship Center and the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, said Mike Tarrant, director of strategic initiatives.

Dr. MacRae C. Banks II, dean of the Bryan School of Business and Economics, will moderate the event, which includes a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs. The presentation is free and open to the public, but attendees should register online at http://thepathatuncg.eventbrite.com/.

Full story will be posted at UNCG News.

Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less

This program starts Feb. 29, 2012, on campus, Register here.

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a weight-management program that uses strategies shown to work.

It can be hard to break old habits. That’s why the program emphasizes small changes.

It involves a one-hour session once a week for 15 weeks.

The class meets every Wednesday, Feb. 29 – May 30, noon – 1 p.m.

The first meeting will be in the Long Leaf Room of EUC.

The cost is $30/participant paid by check or money order only. The registration fee must be paid in full by Feb. 21. You may register here.

You may send the registration fee to Michelle Cathorall, HealthyUNCG, HHP 437, by Feb. 21. Make checks payable to NC Public Health Foundation.

They must have at least 15 people to have this session. The class fee includes the cost of a personal journal and magazine that participants keep. Visit HealthyUNCG for more information.

Participants who attend at least 10 out of the 15 sessions will receive a $25 refund at the end of the program. That’s an 84 percent savings.

Participants who have gone through the program on campus have lost up to 12 pounds in 15 weeks. Earn Spartan Points for participating.

At forum, ‘summer flexibility’ survey results

The HRS open forum attracted a full room Feb. 1. Some highlights of what was discussed:

UNCG staff have been surveyed by Staff Senate and by Human Resource Services in two independent surveys, regarding their preference and thoughts for ‘summer flexible hours’ options. The two new options under review would involve closing the university on Friday afternoon during certain weeks of the summer or adoption of a compressed workweek of four ten-hour days with choice of the day off. UNC Wilmington has adopted the first option, and it has been utilized for 20 years, said Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resources. A third option would involve no change, but would maintain the existing flexible work hours policy.

The new options were proposed in response to an earlier Staff Senate Morale Survey conducted in 2011 that indicated strong interest by staff in flexible work hours as an important work/life initiative in difficult financial times when salary increases have not been available.

The results: both surveys indicated a strong interest and desire by staff for a flexible summer schedule involving one of the two new options, Chun noted. Although the survey questions were constructed differently in the two surveys, the results from the Staff Senate Survey showed that 70 percent of the respondents wanted a change. The HRS Survey found similar high interest in the new options, with greater interest in the compressed work week. In the Staff Senate survey, respondents were pretty evenly split among the three proposed options.

The results of the Staff Senate survey can be viewed here.

The question is which of the three options will be the norm – there would be some exceptions to that norm, regardless, Chun told the attendees. She emphasized that this would be a pilot program and outlined some of the advantages of the two new options. These advantages include enhanced work/life balance; availability of flexible hours to all departments and staff on a consistent basis; potential savings in commuting expenses, carbon emissions, and energy costs for the compressed workweek; improved schedules for peak demand, and enhancement of recruitment and retention.

The decision about the pilot program is one that the chancellor and executive staff will make, Chun noted.

Several individuals asked questions and made observations about the different options.

A few other topics were discussed at the forum:
1) A professional development needs assessment was conducted and 691 people responded. HRS will be analyzing the results to develop programming responsive to the needs identified. Professional development workshops offered in coming weeks include:

  • Workplace harassment – Feb. 10
  • Customer service excellence – Feb. 17

To see a full listing and to register for these workshops, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/.

2) Thirty-three individuals will participate this year in the UNCG Leadership Institute. (See related story in today’s CW.)

3) The vendor for the employee assistance program has changed to ComPsych and the new program offers valuable and enhanced resources to employees including three visits per issue for help with personal, financial and other work/life issues. Information on the new program can be found at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/EAP/.

4) Potential supplemental benefits programs: If you have concerns or thoughts regarding supplemental benefits programs – whether supplemental medical, short-term disability, etc. – email them to Angela Montgomery (HRS) or Deb Carley (HRS). They may take them to the UNCG Benefits Committee.

Mission (revision) accomplished?

Faculty Senate voted unanimously to accept the resolution “To Revise the University’s Vision & Mission Statement.” The revision that was voted on was due to a self-study in preparation for the SACS review in 2014. For example, the revised version explicitly states that UNCG grants doctoral degrees. It also explicitly states that UNCG offers classes on campus, off campus and online.

The revisions were created by the University Vision & Mission Statement Revision Committee, chaired by Dr. Sue Stinson.

The vision statement was not altered. The multi-part mission statement has been edited, as seen below:

UNCG is . . .
A learner-centered, accessible, and inclusive community fostering intellectual inquiry to prepare students for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship;
An institution offering classes on campus, off campus, and online for degree-seeking students and lifelong learners;
A doctorate-granting research university where collaborative scholarship and creative activity enhance quality of life across the life-span;
A source of innovation and leadership meeting social, economic, and environmental challenges in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond; and
A global university integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.

The revised statement is scheduled to be presented to Staff Senate, to the Student Government Association and to the UNCG Board of Trustees. After their endorsements, it will go to the UNC Board of Governors.

Drugs, war and money

The Center for Legislative Studies’ Spring Lecture Series will be “International Crises 2012: Drugs, War, and Money”.

The first lecture will take place Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Dr. Guillermo Trejo (Duke University) will present a lecture titled “Democratization and Drug Violence in Latin America.” He specializes in the study of social movements, armed insurgencies, and organized crime in Latin America. Trejo has a forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press titled “Popular Movements in Autocracies: Religion, Repression, and Indigenous Collective Action in Mexico.” He is working on a new book, provisionally titled “Votes, Drugs, and Violence: Democratization and Criminal Violence in Latin America.”

The other two events in the CLS 2012 Spring Lecture Series:

Tuesday, March 13
“American Grand Strategy From Bush to Clinton to Bush to Obama” – Dr. Peter Feaver (Duke University) – Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 12
“Euro(pe) in Crisis:The Past and Future of European Integration” –
Dr. Helga Welsh (Wake Forest University) – School of Education Building, Room 120, 7:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jana Raczkowski at jlraczko@uncg.edu

Open Access Publishing Support Fund

The University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development recently created an Open Access Publishing Support Fund in order to support faculty, EPA employees and graduate students who are becoming increasingly involved in open access publishing.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 open access journals published worldwide, and in lieu of a subscription-based business model, many open access journals require that authors pay an article processing fee. To reduce barriers to open access publishing and to support faculty, EPA employees, and graduate students who choose open access publishing as the best venue for their work, the University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development established this pilot project, which is funded at $11,500.

The primary guidelines for the fund are that the author/applicant must be a member of the full-time faculty, a full-time EPA employee, or an enrolled graduate student; the article must be published in a peer-reviewed open-access journal; the article processing fee must have been paid no more than three months prior to submission of the application; reimbursement will not exceed $1,000 per published article; reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal-year per author; and authors are expected to exhaust all other grant or contract funding sources available to them before applying for support from the Open Access fund.

Information about the guidelines and the application process, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm.

If you have questions about the fund or process, contact Stephen Dew.

Increasing exports

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering will be the site of an Export Forum. The event will be held Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

It will include remarks from U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, Export-Import Bank of the U.S. President Fred Hochberg and many other individuals.

The forum will focus on getting N.C. businesses exporting.

Registration is required. You may see more details and register here.

Financial Aid Awareness, week of Feb. 13

Over half of the students enrolled at UNCG are taking advantage of the financial aid opportunities available to help pay for the cost of a college education. However, many students think that they will never qualify for financial assistance, so they do not even bother applying. There are many opportunities for financial aid available to everyone, and we want to help students take advantage of them.

Whether students currently have financial aid or are wondering if they would even qualify, Financial Aid Awareness Week may help provide some answers.

The UNCG Financial Aid Office will have information tables set up in the Elliott University Center and the Caf beginning Feb. 14 to answer financial aid questions. Stop by the information tables in the EUC on Feb. 14 from 11a.m.-1 p.m. and in the Caf on Feb. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

In addition to the information available during Financial Aid Awareness Week, students may also receive assistance in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on FAFSA Day. This will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, throughout the state. UNCG will not be a FAFSA Day site but there will be other places in the Greensboro area. Please visit College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org for information on locations of the event, required documentation, and registration for FAFSA day.

Students may begin filing their FAFSA for the 2012-13 school year right now. Students must file a FAFSA each school year they are planning to receive financial aid, even if aid consists only of student loans.

The FAFSA priority deadline for UNCG is March 1, 2012.

Janet Elmore, Jerome Hayes and Robert Owens gain Facilities Management Employee Recognition

Facilities Management of Business Affairs held their Winter Session Employee Recognition Program on Jan. 20, 2012. The event was held at the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room.

The Facilities Management Employee Recognition Program’s intent is to recognize employees that strengthen the Facilities Management team through their remarkable contribution and performance.

The guest speaker was Dianne Garrett of the Bryan School. She spoke on “Joy – the Four Joys of Contribution.” Garrett identified the Four Joys of Contribution being Joy from Service, Joy from Beauty, Joy in Excellence and Joy in Unity. Her message was based on the questions: What makes the great contribution? And what are the winning attributes that set apart the high-achiever – those who make a significant difference to others?

A highlight of the program was the announcement of the winter session three Employee Recognition Winners. These employees were nominated by their peers and other campus staff for remarkable achievements in the areas of Collaboration/Teamwork, Safety and Customer Service. There were 26 nominations.

The Selection Committee (Shelly Booth, Chris Chilton, Thomas Everett, Joyce Ray, Loralei Krise, Kevin Siler and Don Williamson), through a blind nomination process, made the selections strictly on what the nominators’ comments were without being privy to who the nominator was or the person being nominated.

Winners:
Janet Elmore – Facilities Operations Work Information area – Collaboration/Teamwork
Jerome Hayes – Facilities Operations Grounds area – Safety
Robert Owens – Facilities Operations Building and Trades Zone area – Customer Service

A special thank you to all our Facilities employees for their commitment towards a Remarkable Customer Service environment through the efforts of working safer and working together in the spirit of teamwork.

By Recognition Program Development co-chairs Buddy Hale (Facilities Design and Construction) and Hoyte Phifer (Facilities Operations)

Looking ahead: Feb. 8, 2012

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Film ‘Return of the Electric Car’ (with homemade electric cars and more on display)
Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Dance, Faculty concert honoring John Gamble
Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium (reception beforehand)

Play, ‘Stage Door’
Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Music, String Orchestra
Monday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Women’s basketball vs. Davidson
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Talk/panel discussion, with Karen Gordon Mills
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Men’s basketball vs. College of Charleston
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

The new Jim Crow?

The Contemporary Issues Forums continue with the talk “Race and the U.S. Prison System: The New Jim Crow?” The forum will be led by Michael D. Cauthen (African American Studies Program). It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at 4 p.m. in the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center. This discussion examines the role of America’s prison in race relations and its implications for the future of our multicultural society.

The Islamic veil

Dr. Liz Bucar (Religious Studies) will deliver the lecture “The Islamic Veil” Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the EUC’s Alexander Room. It is a Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant Lecture. The lecture is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies. Bucar has an appointment to Women’s and Gender Studies as program faculty.

Bucar’s book “The Islamic Veil: A Beginner’s Guide” will serve as an introduction to the religious, ethical, social, economic, political and historical contexts important for understanding the Islamic veil in the contemporary world.

Valentine’s Day sitters, at HHP

Need a sitter for Valentine ’s Day? Consider letting Spartan Athletics lend a hand.

Free “babysitting” before the women’s basketball game on Feb. 14 will be offered to all parents with children between the ages of 4 to 12 years of age who purchase a ticket to the game. Volunteers will be on hand in the Coleman Research gym in the HHP building to watch kids for two hours prior to tip-off, according to UNCG Athletics.

“Siitting” will begin at 5 p.m. and parents are encouraged to pick up their children by tip-off at 7 p.m. Kids will be able to enjoy games and poster making while parents can enjoy a nice Valentine’s Day dinner before coming out to the women’s game vs. Davidson. All parents who would like to take advantage of date night must purchase a ticket and pre-register their children by Monday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. by calling 334-3250. Faculty and staff get in free with a valid UNCG ID, but will need to purchase a $4 ticket for their significant other.

To purchase your tickets or for full information, visit www.uncgspartans.com or call 334-3250.

CFRN lunch meetings

All spring 2012 Child and Family Research Network lunch meetings are open to campus researchers, whether faculty or post-doctoral researchers.

Feb. 21 (Tue) – Kirkland Room – EUC – 11:30 – 1 p.m.
RSVP to cfrn@uncg.edu by Feb. 14.

March 28 (Wed) – Kirkland Room – EUC – 11:30 – 1 p.m.
RSVP to cfrn@uncg.edu by March 21.

Details at http://cfrn.uncg.edu/lunch.aspx.

Zenergy Technologies president speaks Feb. 16

Chris Laney, president of Zenergy Technologies, will share his company’s story and more at the next Entrepreneurial Journeys program at UNCG on Feb. 16. Laney has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry with 16 specifically in software quality assurance and testing. The program will be held in Room 416, Bryan Building. Registration and networking will take place 5-5:30 p.m. The program will start at 5:30 p.m. The series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so attendees are asked to RSVP to ncec@uncg.edu.

In memoriam

Al Briscoe, Jr., died Jan. 29, 2012. He came to UNCG in 2002 as an Instructional Technology Consultant in the University Teaching and Learning Center, and worked for the College of Arts and Science in the same capacity since 2003. During his nine years in the College, he provided a wide range of technical and consulting services to College faculty and staff.

Blood Drive Feb. 14

The EUC will host its third Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2011-12 school year on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m to 8 p.m. in Cone Ballroom. Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 400-pint goal! For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

William Parrish says, “Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.”

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Lively tour of Periodic Table

John E. Straub (Boston University), Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2011-12, will present the lecture “A Lively Tour of the Periodic Table” on Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., Room 20, Sullivan Science Building. He will discuss the diverse properties of the chemical elements through the use of historical accounts and demonstrations of chemical reactions.

Development of public historical consciousness

Dr. Sam Wineburg, professor of education at Stanford University and brother of Dr. Bob Wineburg will present a talk on Howard Zinn. The talk is sponsored by the Public History program at UNCG. It is titled “A History With No Hands: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and the Development of Popular Historical Consciousness.” The talk will be held on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120. His book “Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts” (2001) won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for the book “that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education.”

Men’s basketball news

With their seventh win in a row Feb. 2 against The Citadel, the men’s Spartan basketball team enjoyed their longest winning streak in 16 years. They then hit the road, and lost 93-85 at Furman. They have two more away games before hosting College of Charleston Feb. 15. The final home game of the season will be against Wofford Feb. 21.

Starfish, Genie

The Faculty Senate passed a resolution that the reporting of satisfactory/unsatisfactory class performance in UNC Genie be ended and replaced by Starfish, or other software purchased by the university for such purpose. The issue was presented by Dr. Maura Heyn, chair of the Academic Policies and Regulations Committee.

Gate City Minority Business Opportunity Fair

UNCG is a co-host of the first annual Gate City Minority Business Opportunity Fair in Greensboro on Thursday, Feb. 9. The fair is free and open to minority and women-owned businesses wanting to provide goods and services to local public universities, colleges, and governmental agencies.

The fair will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Galleria Events Center, 1325 S. Eugene St. Event attendees will also be able to learn about subcontracting opportunities with event sponsors including Samet / SRS, Weaver Cooke Construction, Rentenbach Constructors, Barnhill Contracting Company, D.H. Griffin Construction, Rodgers Builders, and Balfour Beatty Construction.

Tony Phillips, HUB goordinator for UNCG, and Trace Little, director, UNCG’s Purchasing Department, will be on hand.

Workplace privacy in Facebook era

The BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality will host a debate on “Workplace Privacy in the Facebook Era” between economist Dr. Hal Snarr (NC A&T) and philosopher Dr. Matt Brophy (High Point University). This student-focused debate will take place in Bryan 122 on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m.

See/Hear: February 8, 2012

David Williams’ steal and break-away slam may be the most memorable play of last Thursday’s men’s win vs. The Citadel. The win was the seventh in a row. See highlight reel posted by Dacia Ijames (Athletics).

Dr. David M. Olson

Dr. David M. Olson (professor emeritus, Political Science) was honored at the Anniversary panel “David Olson’s New Wine in Old Institutions.” The panel, organized by the international Research Committee of Legislative Specialists meeting at the annual Southern Political Science Association Conference in New Orleans, Jan. 14, 2012, reviewed research over the two decades of post-communist parliaments.