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Archives for March 2012

New ‘learning communities’ for Fall 2012

UNCG is increasing its offerings. It will offer living-learning communities and non-residential learning communities for nearly half of its first-year student population next fall. Research has shown a correlation between such communities and enhanced academic success and retention.

Campus Weekly asked Laura Pipe, director of learning communities in Undergraduate Studies, to share details.

The status of communities created this year In fall 2011, the Office of Learning Communities (OLC) supported the creation of six Living-Learning and non-residential Learning Communities. With the support of the chancellor and provost, we will be continuing all six communities into fall 2012. We will be transitioning the Exploratory Studies Pre-Health Living-Learning Community into a much larger Exploratory Studies Learning Community program open to any undecided/exploring students interested in exploring all the majors available at the university. Additionally, several of the communities were able to offer their students spring LC options (Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Exploratory Studies Pre-Health, UNCGTeach, Rites of Passage); this has allowed many of the students to continue their experience.

Results so far We are still working through assessment data for the student experience, but preliminary review of our qualitative data is very positive. The students seemed to have really enjoyed working closely with faculty and staff, while transitioning to campus. We hope to have data available on student performance in the next few months.

What’s new for 2012-13 The OLC is thrilled to offer several new communities for fall 2012 in addition to the communities offered last fall. Several faculty and staff members from across campus have been working diligently to develop innovative and engaging opportunities for our newest Spartans. Including the Residential Colleges, UNCG will be able to offer Living-Learning Communities and non-residential Learning Communities for roughly 45-50 percent of our first-year student population next fall. This is rather remarkable growth in such a short time frame, and the support of academic departments and offices from across campus has been essential in securing these opportunities for our students.

The names of new ones and their focus The largest addition is the transition of five Special Interest Communities, sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life, into Living-Learning Communities. These communities were diverse and vibrant as Special Interest options, and the OLC is partnering with HRL, OLSL and faculty members to expand the curricular reach of these great programs:

  • Make a Difference House, in Moore-Strong, emphasis on service- learning, volunteerism, and personal responsibility
  • Spartan Wellness, in Weil/Winfield, emphasis on personal wellness (female only)
  • Mosaic, in Phillips/Hawkins, emphasis on social justice, multiculturalism and global citizenship
  • LEAD (Leaders Emerging And Developing) in Cone, emphasis on organizational development, ethics and global leadership.
  • FYE (First Year Experience) in Reynolds, for first-year students, fostering a close-knit community

A new one with science and technology focus? Faculty from Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics, along with staff members from around the university, have developed a wonderful community to support students majoring (or interested in) the science and technology fields. AToMS: Achieving Together in Mathematics and Science provides students with the opportunity to study, explore and engage science and technology disciplines with extensive mentoring support from faculty and peers. This community will offer a living-learning community option in Reynolds Hall, but will also have a non-residential community ideal for commuting students.

Languages? The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, with partners across campus, has developed a community to support students enrolling in language courses at UNCG. The students will not only live together in Phillips/Hawkins, but will have mentors who are native speakers in the languages that are represented in the community (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish). This community will explore the languages, cultures and global themes represented in this rich and diverse group.

And for students who are truly undecided? As mentioned above, we will be expanding the Exploratory Studies Communities available to students. This is through a partnership with faculty members, Career Services Center, and the Students First Office. We will be offering students the opportunity to “try on” potential majors within six disciplinary tracks – really starting with the essential question asked of undecided/exploring students, “What courses and activities did you enjoy in high school?” Students will be able to enroll in tracks in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Life Sciences, Business and Health/Wellness areas. These tracks, partnered with communities being offered in education (UNCG Teach), science and technology (AToMS), and the languages and cultures (UNCG Global Village), will really provide our undecided/exploring population with a wealth of opportunities to “explore” all that UNCG has to offer.

See additional information specifically for faculty and staff.

For more information, visit http://learningcommunities.uncg.edu

Dining Hall construction work to resume

The Early Site Package is complete and beginning Monday, April 2, construction work will resume on the Dining Hall Renovation and Addition project.

The Early Site Package relocated existing utilities out of the way of the new addition, constructed a new 60-inch storm water piping system around the existing building, and included some foundation work outside of the existing building.

Phase 1 will involve immediately closing the west entrance (fountain side) so the contractor can install temporary walls and the deep foundations for the new addition. The other two entrances, from North Drive and from College Avenue, will remain open. Both are handicap accessible.

When Phase 1 is completed in November 2012, the new addition will open with additional dining area and balconies on the upper level, as well as space for the relocated Taco Bell and Spartan Market (C-Store) on the entrance level.

A separate project to refurbish the fountain plaza is expected to be completed shortly thereafter, while the Dining Hall project continues with Phase 2 renovation work.

For periodic updates, see the Facilities Design and Construction web site at http://www.uncg.edu/fpl/alerts.html

Visual: Rendering shows renovated dining hall from the southwest.
Visual on Campus Weekly main page depicts entrance near Fountain from a different angle.

Get it on the calendar

Perhaps you have noticed other departments’ events are on the UNCG public calendar, and want yours on there as well.

How do you get your department’s or program’s events onto this UNCG public calendar?

It seems that practically every department or program has one person responsible for their calendar. If you are that person, here is how you do it:

  • Create a Google calendar for your department or program, if you haven’t already. Have you made your calendar public? Good.
  • Have you gone to the university’s Calendar Directory & Mash-up page to register this public Google calendar? If you have, excellent. You are ready.
  • Each time you input a public event into your departmental or program calendar that you think is appropriate for the UNCG public calendar, invite “calendar@uncg.edu” – which invites the UNCG public calendar. Be sure to check the boxes for ‘Guests can invite others’ and ‘see guest list.’
  • Be sure the event listing has all the basic details a reader would need to know: who, what, when, where – plus any details such as admission prices and where to purchase tickets, any special parking information, etc.
  • The events will filter into the UNCG public calendar, as University Relations verifies each is an event that is open to all. Additionally, University Relations will select four events from that calendar to feed into the UNCG home page “events tab” each day.

Questions? Contact calendar@uncg.edu.

Learning communities – How you can help

Laura Pipe, director of learning communities, tells how faculty and staff can participate in the growing “learning communities” initiative at UNCG:

The Office of Learning Communities (OLC) is always looking for faculty partners, either in communities already established or in the development of new communities. The OLC is currently working with groups wishing to propose communities for fall 2013. (It is about a 12 month to 18 month long process.) Any faculty or staff members interested in proposing a new community or working with a current community should contact me directly (lmpipe@uncg.edu, 256-8599). My position was developed to assist planning teams in creating their proposal, researching current best practices and avoiding common challenges associated with new learning communities.

  • The OLC can help faculty or staff develop a proposing group or planning team if they don’t have one already. I urge faculty to consider not only first-year student opportunities (for which UNCG will still need several communities), but to also consider the needs of sophomores and upper division students.
  • UNCG will also have two new classrooms open in the Quad this fall (open to departments for use after all learning communities are scheduled – departments may contact me if they would like to schedule a course in any of the classrooms in the residence halls), and new classrooms open in the Glenwood Mixed-Use Village the following year.
  • UNCG will have two new Faculty in Residence apartments available in the Quad this fall, with two additional Faculty in Residence apartments opening in the Glenwood Mixed-Use Village the following fall (2013). These are both great spaces to develop creative and engaging learning community opportunities for our sophomores and upperclassmen.
  • Moreover, faculty and staff support will be helpful in filling the communities offered this fall. The enthusiasm and encouragement from everyone on campus interacting with our students is essential in creating a culture where learning communities are a part of the student experience. With over 1,100 potential learning community spots available (between the Residential Colleges, Living-Learning Communities and non-residential Learning Communities), having faculty and staff discuss these options with potential students can really make the difference in filling these communities.

Also, OLC is accepting applications from faculty and staff to participate in a yearlong Faculty and Staff Learning Community on Learning Communities. This will be a yearlong study on why LCs, how to create LCs and best practices. This is ideal for folks proposing LCs for fall 2014. It will include national experts (such as Vince Tinto and Jean MacGregor), faculty currently coordinating LCs and logistical planning. There is a stipend for those who participate, with the expectation of an LC proposal for fall 2014 or a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project. Contact Laura Pipe for more info.

Faculty and staff may learn more here.

Black Leadership Forum April 5

Elected officials from Greensboro will speak on the topic “Where do we go from here?” at the Black Leadership Forum from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Speaking will be State Sen. Gladys Robinson, Representatives Marcus Brandon and Alma Adams, and Amos Quick III, vice chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education. The free, public event will be in Alexander Room of Elliott University Center, and is sponsored by the UNCG African American Studies Program.

“In 2010 activist and author Kevin Powell became known for his Huffington Post article ‘Black Leadership is Dead,’” said Charles L. Chavis Jr., an African American Studies major who is organizing the forum. “This event is a tool that will dispel this myth. The panel of elected officials will give us a glimpse of black leadership on the local level. State and local politics are often overlooked in relationship to national campaigns and elections. This is an opportunity for members of the community to know who their local politicians are and what they stand for.”

Dr. Tara Green, director of the African American Studies Program, said the forum will give the community an opportunity to become better informed about issues that directly impact their lives. ‘North Carolinians are preparing for the 2012 national and state elections and 2012 college graduates are faced with new challenges, such as the uncertain job market which has had a major impact on African Americans,” said Green. “Consequently, they need to learn what elected leaders will do, and are doing, to provide hope and stability.”

By Steve Gilliam

Designers present ‘Alter Egos of Fashion’

The annual Threads Fashion Show, “Alter Egos of Fashion,” gives UNCG student designers a chance to interpret what “alter ego” means to them. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at The Empire Room, 203 South Elm Street, Greensboro.

Threads, a group of Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) students, has teamed up with VF Corporation to sponsor the show. During the show, VF will feature jeans designed by CARS student Song Anh Nyguen, winner of Wrangler’s national Next Blue design competition.

In a new development, a section of this year’s show will spotlight capsule collections from upper-level design students.

“This new format works as a platform for design students to build their portfolio and showcase their designs,” says Threads President Victoria Kim. “That has never been available before, within Threads or the university.”

Full story and ticket information at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Forum on FTLC and Program Review

Some information and notes, as the newly named Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons and the work of the University APR committee were discussed at last week’s Faculty Forum:

The TLC (Teaching & Learning Center) no longer exists. Now, there is an FTLC.

Plans regarding the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons were presented by Dr. Steve Roberson, dean of Undergraduate Studies. Among his comments:

  • Faculty and campus community will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates for executive director of the FTLC. (The updated schedule is here – two times were recently adusted in the schedule.) He hopes the executive director can be in place at the middle of May.
  • In discussing what is envisioned for the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons, which was reported earlier in Campus Weekly, he noted that “all I need to make all this happen in money.” Noting the tight financial situation at the university, he said, “We will incrementalize.”
  • Several times, he referred to “community” or “communities” of faculty, in envisioning the offerings of the commons.

Regarding the University Academic Program Review Committee’s work

Dr. Roy Schwartzman, chair of the University Academic Program Review Committee, restated the Faculty Senate’s charge directing the committee to look at 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?

About the committee’s recently released report, he said, “What you see is a single voice of the committee” because all decisions were reached consensually.

The committee placed central emphasis on the unit committee reports. They did not introduce new evaluative criteria. He also spoke about the inherent difficulty in comparing programs across units.

Did they make a final judgement on performance – on whether each program is strong or weak? The university committee identified programs that each unit committee scored notably above or below the unit’s averages. Whether this score represents strength or weakness depends on how the criteria for evaluation are prioritized. Furthermore, according to Schwartzman, the overall strength or weakness of a program’s performance also relies on information unavailable in the stages of the process so far.

For example, the committee did not look at efficiency data or at how the programs fit into a vision of the future of the university. The committee’s report provides one set of pieces of a puzzle that can be completed when more is considered by the administration, he explained.

Schwartzman and Provost David H. Perrin (who had been seated) were asked about what happens now.

“I am engaged in conversations with individual deans,” the provost said. (He later added, in response to a question from a faculty member, that now is a key time for deans to be talking with department heads and other faculty.)

Some points the provost made as he responded to questions:

  • The primary purpose of Academic Program Review is to strengthen the university. He does not anticipate substantial cost-savings from this process.
  • The information the deans are providing “is invaluable,” he says. For example, they may know how the elimination of a program would have adverse effects on others.
  • On April 25, 2012, the spring meeting of the general faculty will be held. (Location/time is here.) At the meeting, the provost will make a presentation of his recommendations to the chancellor regarding Academic Program Review.
  • He believes that this process will be very helpful as the university looks toward creating its next Strategic Plan.
  • The APR timeline is posted at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/docs/Program_Review_Timeline_3-2-12.pdf.

At the end of the forum, John Lepri, chair-elect of Faculty Senate, spoke for a moment about the Faculty Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Program Review. It is an advisory committee to the Faculty Senate. He encouraged any faculty members who had suggestions for this committee to send them to him.

2012 Community Service Honor Roll

UNCG again has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide for exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs. The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

This year a total of 513 colleges and universities nationally were named to the Honor Roll. Twenty-nine North Carolina institutions were named to the honor roll.

See more information at http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.

Whiff of wisteria

It feels like spring. It looks like spring.

And when you walk past the large, light-violet vines of wisteria in Peabody Park, you know it smells like spring.

The aromatic vines began blossoming in mid-March. This picture was taken Friday, March 23, 2012.

Sorry that computer screens don’t have a scratch-and-sniff feature. You’ll have to use your imagination.

Or head over to Peabody Park this week. There’s a large vine in the park (the vine nearly reaches the top of a tree), catty-corner to the Sullivan Science entrance. There’s another large vine in Peabody Park near the Music Building’s back entrance.

Four ‘freedom fighters’ of SNCC

They each had a role in the Civil Rights movement, four women who were part of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).

In introducing them at UNCG’s Duncan Women’s History Lecture, Dr. Lisa Levenstein called them “four women freedom fighters.”

SNCC, which emerged In the wake of the sit-ins of the early 1960s, was “one of the most radical and inspiring activist organizations in all of U.S. history,” she said.

Rutha Mae Harris, the first to speak (she also sang), was a Freedom Singer and a regular participant in marches and demonstrations in Albany, Georgia, Levenstein explained. She was arrested three times, doing this.

Harris became a teacher. “My main goal in the movement was to raise educational standards of African-American youth,” Harris said.

Faith Holsaert, who said, “I feel we’re on sacred ground to be in Greensboro,” worked with SNCC between 1961 and 1965, and also has worked in many other areas of activism.

History can be changed, she told the audience, “no matter how dire” things are. She noted that many members of SNCC that she had known are still engaged in civic affairs.

Margaret Herring worked for SNCC through 1966, in Mississippi and in Atlanta. She grew up in Winston-Salem, daughter of a pastor. She would hear the song “Jesus loves the little children…all are precious in his sight.” But for those in power, “It was obvious they only loved the white children,” she said.

“I was committed to the movement – and I still am.”

The last to speak was Martha Prescod Norman (in visual, speaking). Levenstein noted she was the panelist most responsible for helping to organize this Duncan Women’s History Lecture event in Alumni House.

After her work with SNCC, she remained a community organizer and taught many college courses in African-American history and helped organize several major conferences on the civil rights movement.

Norman spoke of the importance of looking at the activism and actions of all the people – not just of those relatively powerful. “Women were the movement,” she said.

She spoke of their interconnected relationships – such as family and church. “That’s where the strength and power of the movement came from.”

New ‘Graduate Research & Creativity Expo’

This expo will be held in the EUC on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, from 1-4 p.m. The campus community is invited to stop in and see the work.

“This spring’s event represents a new initiative by The Graduate School and the Office of Research & Economic Development to highlight the full array and impact of graduate student research and marks the beginning of a new, annual tradition,” says Dr. Laura Chesak, associate dean in the Graduate School and associate professor (LLC).

More than 80 graduate students will present their work in six broad categories: creative arts; health sciences; humanities; natural, physical, and mathematical sciences; professional programs; and social sciences. Many will discuss their posters in Cone Ballroom. Others will give 15-minute presentations in nearby EUC rooms. The complete schedule is here.

Topics range from the impact of exercise on memory, to designing products for mass consumption that retain a cultural identity, to an examination of failed North American colonies and implications for today’s institutions and business ventures. Other posters or presentations will address using natural compounds to help stop disease such as breast cancer; the multiple challenges and high stress for new nurses and the effects on their sleep, nutrition and exercise; an online solution to train the North Carolina workforce on aging issues; and rehabilitating industrial mills into affordable housing.

“Student research on diverse aspects of the healthcare industry and health insurance coverage, the global apparel industry, and the impact of social media on culture in the U.S. and other countries (such as Saudi Arabia) demonstrates a focus on “scholarship that matters,”” she notes.

For the students, a $1,000 prize is available in each category. Winners will also meet with state legislators in Raleigh during Graduate Education Day on May 23, which will showcase the impact of graduate education across the state.

Japanese maples

UNCG Grounds Division, led by Chris Fay, planted two Japanese maple trees on the grounds of the MHRA Building. Funding for these trees was raised through the UNCG Speaking Center and their Sustainability Committee. Fundraising efforts began during the Spring of 2010 under the guidance of communication consultant and Sustainability Committee member Emma Thomas. Alyssa Davis, a graduate assistant at the Speaking Center and head of the Sustainability Committee, took over from Thomas in the spring of 2011, and the committee’s fundraising goals were finally met this semester. The UNCG Speaking Center is excited to be forwarding the university’s commitment to maintaining a green and environmentally friendly campus, notes Kim Cuny, the center’s director.

Looking ahead: March 28, 2012

Friends of the Library dinner, with William Ferris
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., EUC (program at 8:30 p.m.)

Spring Opera, ‘Don Giovanni’
Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Drama, ‘Man and Superman’
Saturday, March 31, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Book talk, Dr. Silvia Bettez, “But Don’t Call Me White…”
Tuesday, April 3, 4 p.m., Room 062, EUC.

Art for Lunch discussion, Dr. Omar Ali
Wednesday, April 4, noon, Weatherspoon

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, April 4, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare, Alumni House

Black Leadership Forum 2012
Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m., EUC, Alexander Room

In the national top-five

U.S. News and World Report’s’ just-released Best Grad Schools in America 2013 rankings rate UNCG’s Counseling and Educational Development program fifth in the nation. The program is part of the School of Education, which ranks 58th in the nation overall.

Full story at UNCG News.

In memoriam

Dr. Paul Lutz died on March 11, 2012. Dr. Lutz was a part of UNCG’s biology department from 1961 until 1997. While at UNCG, he received numerous awards, including the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 1965, Outstanding Educator Award in 1966 and Danforth Associate Award 1966-1968.

Excellent on the court and off

UNCG women’s tennis player Alex Whitehead was named the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week for March 14-20. She owns a 4.0 grade point average and is a junior majoring in media studies. She went a combined 3-1 during the first week of league play. She becomes UNCG’s second recipient of the award this academic year. Ashley Schnell, a senior runner (and violinist) with a 4.0 in music performance, took the honor twice in the fall, as she won the SoCon Cross Country title for the second time. More at Athletics web site.

Alzheimer’s Disease 101

The talk “Alzheimer’s Disease 101” will be Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in EUC, Cone Ballroom C. Whether you’ve been personally affected or you know someone who has been affected, come learn how caregivers cope with this disease. 2012 statistics recently available from the Alzheimer’s Association will be presented. This talk is open to all. It is co-sponsored by the UNCG Gerontology Program and the Alzheimer’s Association Western NC chapter.

Part-time & Summer Job Fair for students April 4

This spring, the annual Part-Time & Summer Job Fair will be held from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

The job fair, sponsored by the Student Employment Office and the Career Services Center, is free and open to all students in all majors. Area employers will attend this event looking to hire UNCG students for part-time and summer job openings. Students will want to bring plenty of resumes and dress to impress. To view a listing of participating employers visit www.uncg.edu/csc and click on Part-time & Summer Job Fair on the right hand side of the page.

For more information about the services available through the Student Employment Office, call 256-0403. For questions about the job fair, contact the Career Services Center at 334-5454 or at career_services@uncg.edu.

Reseach Excellence Awards deadline extension

The deadline for the 2011-2012 Research Excellence Awards for has been extended to April 10.

Up to two Research Excellence Awards may be given each year based on 1) the importance of the research contributions to the field, 2) the originality of thought, 3) the execution of the research, and 4) the pattern of the nominee’s research productivity. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award will be based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

A link to the nomination form, procedures for screening and selection, and nomination and selection criteria may be found at www.uncg.edu/rsh/researchexcellence.html. For information, contact the Office of Research and Economic Development at 256-0426.

ASL Idol’s one hit wonders

The Professions in Deafness program in the UNCG School of Education will host its annual ASL Idol competition April 1, 2012, in the EUC Auditorium. The theme will be “One Hit Wonders.” Admission is $5. All proceeds go to Camp Dogwood, a camp for the deaf and blind. More details here.

Blueberry bushes

Staff Senate and UNCG Grounds are working together to plant blueberry bushes at the intersection of College Avenue and North Drive. About 7-8 more volunteers are needed. The planting will be Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Lee Odom at 334-5393 or lhodom@uncg.edu.

FTLC candidate visits: time changes

Three candidates for executive director of the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons will visit campus, as reported last week in CW. The times for two of those campus visits have been adjusted. See updated posting here, for the up-to-date schedule.

See/Hear: March 28, 2012

Joseph Hill (Education) is one of several faculty and staff members currently on the UNCG #dsba (Do something bigger altogether) YouTube site. His short clip focuses on the Professions in Deafness program. “Here, our students are trained to become interpreters, ASL teachers and advocates within the deaf community.”

How has your UNCG experience been meaningful? How have you been challenged to ‘Do something bigger altogether’? Consider sharing your own short video clip on the UNCG #dsba YouTube site.


Dr. John Woell

In his new book “Peirce, James, and a Pragmatic Philosophy of Religion,” Dr. John Woell (LIHC) argues that contemporary readings of early American pragmatism fail to shed much light on the works of Charles Sanders Peirce and William James because the contemporary debates among metaphysical realists and antirealists and Realists and Nonrealists with regard to truth depend upon categories the pragmatists rejected. By ridding his reading of that lens, Woell offers a fresh account of the internal relationships among inquiry, beliefs, and their objects in the respective works of Peirce and James. Such a reading makes American pragmatism a fresh resource for philosophy of religion and incites a more productive discussion of the status of the meaning and truth of religious beliefs.

Woell is assistant dean of the Lloyd International Honors College.

Billy Lee

Billy Lee (Art) created the sculpture on display before the new Steele Creeke police station in Charlotte. More information at UNCG News.

As Elaine Ayers and Brenda Adams take their bows at Purchasing, ‘end of an era’

Brenda Adams started at UNCG December 1982. Elaine Ayers started March 1983. They are both retiring at the end of this week. Purchasing will be losing a combined six decades of service.

Last Friday, Adams showed a scrapbook she has kept, of departmental happenings: Snapshots of departmental Hallowe’en costumes, a Purchasing tradition. Various retirement reception invitations. Old Campus Weekly clippings….

Earlier this week, she and Ayers were feted by the department.

“I look for new balance in my life,” Adams says, and speaks about gratitude for the roads she’s traveled. She will help care for various family members.

Adams’ focus in Purchasing has been furniture. She speaks with pride, for example, about the gray laminate furniture selected years ago for the Weatherspoon – “one of my first big furniture purchases.” Her largest purchase was outfitting the new School of Education Building. Her final big purchase has been for the renovated Quad.

She notes that students said that instead of a wooden chair, they wanted a task chair that rolled. So that’s what the Quad rooms will have. “We think of our students first,” she said.

Ayers’ focus has been technology, including computers, printing and scientific equipment. She works to ensure the principal investigators have what they need for their research, she explains.

She helped with getting the microscopes and equipment at Sullivan Science and JSNN. “Some of it’s bleeding edge,” she says, “beyond cutting edge.”

It’s been a cool job, she adds. “We’ve been blessed.”

What now? “It’s exciting and scary – an end of an era.” Ayers says she has dirt that needs to be dug and grandkids that need to be hugged. And then there are her poodles….

Purchasing has been a family, Ayers says. “It’s not just the job.”

Adams sums it up: “I’m thankful for the friends I have – they’re no longer co-workers.”

Visual from Adams’ scrapbook: Elaine Ayers and Brenda Adams (l-r) c.1985-6, soon after Purchasing moved into the house on Highland Ave. Between them are stacks of purchase orders.

‘Do something bigger altogether’

Why do we do what we do here at UNCG? How is UNCG different?

Chancellor Linda P. Brady cited those two questions as being among those the Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communication committee had conducted lots of research and focus groups on – working to reveal an essential identity.

This authentic identity will help us share our story in a unified voice, to help build deeper connections with those viewing our marketing and our communications.

About 250-300 filled Virgina Dare Room on March 15 to see the first materials and creative that are the results of the committee’s work.

Students come to UNCG to do something bigger altogether. Our students, while here, do something bigger altogether. Our alumni go on to do bigger things altogether. As a university, we do this.

We have challenging academic programs, a supportive environment that fosters academic growth and a clear path to goals, and an engaged community with connections and collaborations on and off campus. Armed with these attributes, UNCG and its students, faculty, staff and alumni do something bigger altogether.

Dr. Celia Hooper and Helen Hebert are the committee’s co-chairs. A former co-chair, Dr. Joy Bhadury, was on hand as well for the launch, as were honorary co-chairs Dr. Patricia Stewart and Provost David H. Perrin. Facilitator Mike Fox was recognized as well.

Hooper and the chancellor each cited the many focus group discussions, composed of various UNCG constituencies, conducted by the committee. That committee was composed of individuals from various parts of the university.

With a variety of creative materials ranging from bookmarks and posters to T-shirts on display at the launch, Hooper said, “This is the result of a lot of evidence.”

Hebert noted that there has been a perception gap between what in fact UNCG is and does – and what people think of UNCG. Over time, as UNCG individuals utilize the marketing and communication strategy, “it can change the perception of UNCG in the community,” she said.

Those who create marketing and communications for departments and programs are attending workshops this week to learn more.

Find more information at the resource site brandguide.uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

Summer camps 2012

Several UNCG summer camps, including a new writers’ camp, are accepting applications for summer 2012:

UNCG Summer Music camp
This camp, now in its 30th season, provides music offerings for students in grades 6 through 12 in band, orchestra, chorus and piano. It will be offered two weeks:
July 8 – 13, 2012
July 15 – 20, 2012

Last year, this camp had 1,725 campers and 150 professional staff members. It is led by Dr. John Locke.

Access information, a brochure and registration form at www.smcamp.org. The Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/UNCGSummerMusicCamp.

All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp
Specializing in hands-on classes in arts, sciences and technology, the All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp also includes recreation and citizenship components. It offers one-week sessions for ages 7-15 at UNCG, NC State, Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and is operated by UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. Its week at UNCG is July 22-17, 2012.

It offers a 10 percent discount for UNCG faculty and staff.

Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see camp videos, photos, updates – or to register. The Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Arts-Sciences-Technology-Camp/97646321776

UNCG Athletics camps
Girls’ and boys’ basketball, baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, tennis, volleyball and lacrosse are offered as part of the UNCG Athletics camps. Various ones are offered on select weeks – full information about each of the camps is at http://uncgspartans.com/camps/Index

A discount of 10 percent for faculty and staff is offered on athletic camps.

UNCG Young Writers’ Camp
This new camp, July 16-27, sponsors a two-week summer program for young writers. The program will be conducted under the direction of faculty members, classroom teachers, all of whom are expert teachers of writing, and a group of pre-service teachers currently learning about innovative writing instruction practices. Students can attend one week or both weeks. During week one, students entering grades 3-12 will focus on creative writing, such as poetry, drama, storytelling and graphic novels. The second week will focus on how to write informational texts. Details at http://youngwriterscampuncg.weebly.com/index.html

Dance students may be interested in a new offering in the Department of Dance. The Summer Dance Technique Intensive is a program designed for the intermediate/advanced level upper-age high school dance student and college/university dancers. Students will train with innovative, leading teachers and choreographers in their fields of ballet and contemporary dance. Applicants are required to supply contact information for two dance instructors, to speak to student technical level. The Summer Dance Technique Intensive will be offered June 11-15, 2012. More details are available at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/summer-dance-intensive.


The 2012 “IT is for Girls” workshop will be July 16-20. There will be lots of hands-on activities, such as developing mobile apps, designing web sites, creating animations with MIT’s SCRATCH software, etc. There will also be field trips to local businesses in order to give students a real-world view of the impact that computing can have in various fields. Details are at http://wiit.uncg.edu. There is a $25 registration fee and $50 workshop fee.

By Mike Harris
Photograph: All-Arts, Science and Technology flickr page.

‘Don Giovanni’ March 29-April 1

UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic work “Don Giovanni” March 29-30 and April 1 in Aycock Auditorium.

The opera follows the escapades of the nobleman Don Giovanni, a manipulative playboy whose exploits leave behind a trail of people looking for revenge. The work is considered among the best of the genre, said David Holley (Music), director of the UNCG Opera Program.

Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30 and at 2 p.m. April 1.

“To many people, Mozart was one of the greatest opera composers of all time,” Holley said.

This spring opera marks the first time UNCG Opera has produced “Don Giovanni” in almost 20 years. “The last time we did this opera at UNCG was 1994. We rented the scenery, so many of our artistic choices were made for us,” Holley said. “This time with, a great design team of Deborah Bell, Randy McMullen and Alex Ginder from the UNCG Theatre, we were able to determine the look and the feel of the show from the ground up.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

FTLC executive director candidates

Undergraduate Studies is pleased to announce that final candidates for the executive director position in the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons (formerly the UTLC) will be arriving on campus on the following dates.

  • Dr. Chad Hershock (University of Michigan), Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 3:15-4:30 p.m.  in the Alexander Room (EUC) (This time was  updated on 3/26)
  • Dr. Scott Simkins (NC A&T State University), Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 2:45 – 4 p.m. in the Maple Room (EUC)
  • Dr. Claudia Stanny (Western Florida University), Monday, April 16, 2012, at 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. in the Alexander Room (EUC) (This time was  updated on 3/26)

All members of the campus community are invited to participate in presentations and Q&A sessions with the candidates.

Forums on revised student learning outcomes

Two forums will be held on revised Gen Ed student learning outcomes. Dr. Mark Hens provides details in this memo:

To: Members of the UNCG faculty community
From: Mark Hens, Chair, General Education Council
Re: Faculty forums for GHP, GRD, GSB, and GL/GN

This semester, groups of faculty from across campus worked in ad hoc committees to revise the existing learning goals of the GHP, GRD, GSB course categories and the GL and GN course markers as part of the ongoing general education course recertification effort. The General Education Council will host two open forums next week to give faculty the opportunity to provide feedback for the revised student learning outcomes. Departments offering courses that currently carry a GHP, GRD, GSB or GL/GN designation will be invited next semester to submit their courses for recertification using the revised student learning outcomes. Input from the broader faculty community is vital to this process, particularly from those who teach courses that carry one or more of these general education category designations and markers.

The schedule of the open forum meetings is:

Monday, March 26, from 10 a.m. – noon in McIver 140
Tuesday, March 27, from 2 – 4 p.m. in McIver 140

All faculty members are invited to attend the open forums, and faculty who teach courses with GHP, GRD, GSB, or GL/GN designations are especially encouraged to attend one of the sessions. The sessions have been scheduled for two hours so that faculty members who have conflicts may attend at least part of a session so that their questions may be answered and their comments may be heard. Attendance for the entire two hours is welcome, but not necessary.

To view the drafts of the revised student learning outcomes for GHP, GRD, GSB and GL/GN, visit the General Education Council web site and click on SPRING 2012: Draft Student Learning Outcomes for GHP, GRD, GSB and GL/GN. For additional information, contact Regina McCoy Pulliam (chair, Course Recertification Subcommittee of the General Education Council), who is coordinating these events.


2011-12 Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2011-12 Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards.

These awards have been established to recognize and reward members of the student body, faculty and staff of UNCG who provide outstanding leadership and service to the university. Leadership and service are contributions made to the university which go beyond the scope of the normal responsibilities of a student, faculty or staff member. Examples of leadership and service include, but are not limited to: committee work, committee chairing, spearheading projects, volunteering for university projects and/or advising student groups. Service may also include departmental, school/college, university, community and/or professional roles. Three awards are given each year – one each for staff, student and faculty. Three $1,000 awards are given annually to a member of each of these three groups. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate their colleagues whom they feel are deserving of this award.

To make a nomination, complete the nomination form and return it to Deb Carley (HRS), 123 Mossman Building, by campus mail or email to Gwenne Causey. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Note: Nominations for the Staff Excellence Award will also be considered for the Bullard Award.

Full information is at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section12/Gladys_Strawn_Bullard/. There you will find the form.

Benefits of breastfeeding

From incubating human life to creating food to sustain a baby during its first year, a woman’s body is immensely powerful, says Dr. Paige Hall Smith (Public Health Education).

At the seventh Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium, an international gathering of researchers, medical practitioners, policy makers and lay leaders aims to make it easier for women to be successful at nursing and seeks to advance the call to action in support of breastfeeding made by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

The event, to be held March 29-30, 2012, in downtown Greensboro, is co-sponsored by UNCG’s Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.

Symposium topics involve a diverse set of issues surrounding breastfeeding.

A full conference schedule may be found here.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Experts on depression/anxiety

The annual Kendon Smith Lecture Series, presented by the Psychology Department, will be held March 22-23, 2012.

The lectures will be held in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room on March 22 (1:30-4:30 p.m.) and March 23 (9 a.m.-noon). This year’s series title is “Understanding Depression and Anxiety: Biopsychosocial Factors in Emotional Responsivity and Implications for Prevention and Treatment.”

Dr. Kari M. Eddington (Psychology) says, “Depression and anxiety are the most common and costly psychological problems in our society. Attendees at this year’s Kendon Smith Lecture Series will gain a better understanding of why some people are more vulnerable to these problems than others and will hear about cutting-edge research on etiology from some of the leading experts in the field. The speakers will also discuss the current status of efforts to prevent and treat depression and anxiety disorders.”

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series is an annual event that brings national and international experts to our campus to discuss a topic related to mind and behavior. Four experts will speak:

March 22:
1:45 p.m. – Understanding and Reducing Risk for Depression – Dr. Ian Gotlib (Stanford)
3:15 p.m. – Toward an Objective Characterization of Depressive Phenotypes: Clues from Affective Neuroscience – Dr. Diego Pizzagalli (Harvard)

March 23:
9 a.m. – Social Anxiety: The Role of Emotion (Dys)Regulation in its Nature and Treatment – Dr. Richard Heimberg (Temple)
10:30 a.m. – Common and Specific Risk Factors for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Prospective Four Year Follow-Up Results from the Youth Emotion Project – Dr. Susan Mineka (Northwestern)

“UNCG Cares” Training

This training for faculty and staff will be Friday, March 30, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. in Bryan 206. Reserve a spot at http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/uncgcares/

“UNCG Cares” is a national award-winning university-wide program that aims to positively affect retention, increase graduation rates and continue to promote a sense of community and support at UNCG. During the training, participants will learn active listening skills, how to recognize signs of distress, how to proactively reach out to students and offer help, the variety of issues that students face, effective referrals, and the resources available on campus to assist students.

Once a participant has completed the training, he or she will be given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may get the help they need before issues rise to the crisis level. In addition, faculty and staff will feel more able to assist students with the types of issues with which they are dealing.

Questions? Call Amy Jones at 334-5514.