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Archives for March 2012

Innovation Commercialization’s 10th Anniversary event

The campus community is invited to join the Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) on Monday, April 2, 2012, to mark its 10-year anniversary.

Come learn about:

  • Services they provide as “innovation facilitators”
  • Intellectual property (IP), technology transfer and commercialization
  • UNCG’s approach to technology transfer and commercialization
  • Their success stories

10 a.m. – Cynthia Rothschild – Intellectual property and patents
10:45 a.m. – David Sipple – Synergy with small businesses and OIC
11:30 a.m. – Dr. Zachary Cary – Economic potential of lag reagents
2 p.m. – Innovation showcase
4 p.m. – Reception in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House – Awards and networking

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures and events will be held in the MHRA Building.

Visit www.uncg.edu/innovate/ or call 256-2047 for more information or to view a detailed room schedule.

From Japanese earthquake to unaffiliated voters

Each Wednesday at noon in the Faculty Center, the Lloyd International Honors College presents a Food for Thought talk. Each talk is an informal opportunity for discussion among faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and administrators from throughout the university have been invited to lead discussions on topics of interest to them. The exchanges are interesting, the food is tasty and the setting is casual.

Future talks for Spring 2012 include:
March 21 – Chiaki Takagi – “Rethinking Japan: Earthquake Nation”
March 28 – Susanne Rinner – “Think Trans-Atlantic”
April 4 – Cathy Hamilton – “Leadership, Service and You”
April 11 – Omar Ali – “North Carolina’s Unaffiliated Voters”
April 18 – Bruce Kirchoff – “Evolution and Belief”

Mike Perko cites widespread supplement use by young athletes

In the ‘80s, he was a youth soccer coach. The smallest kid on the team asked to speak with young Coach Perko. What that young athlete said next changed the course of Mike Perko’s life.

“Is there anything I can take that can help me grow a moustache?” the boy asked him. His friends were developing muscles, getting taller and, yes, developing facial hair, and he was getting left behind. Was the answer in a pill or a drink, he was wondering.

“After that day, I made it my mission to protect kids’ health because I knew the promises of these products were empty,” says Dr. Mike Perko (Public Health Education). He wanted kids – not to mention coaches and parents – to be informed of the potential adverse effects …. to put their health first, rather than performance.

In 1986, he wrote his first paper about steroids. A few years later, he was testifying before the New York state legislature on the topic. The US Congress passed a law in 1990 controlling steroid use.

Nevertheless, the desire for sports performance enhancement in our society remains high, and it starts at younger and younger ages, says Perko.

Dietary supplements, which are not regulated by the FDA as some may believe, are typically combinations of ingredients, and some can be mixtures of powerful substances, he says.

He has written the books “Taking One for the Team: The New Thinking on Dietary Supplements and Young Athletes” and “Can You Win Without Supplements?”

And just last month, he co-wrote an article detailing research he and several others have conducted. “Dietary Supplement Use by Children and Adolescents in the United States to Enhance Sport Performance: Results of the National Health Interview Survey” appeared in The Journal of Primary Prevention.

They analyzed one of the largest samples ever for this population – over 73 million children and adolescents – and looked at dietary supplement use for sports. Roughly 1.1 million kids, with a mean age of 11, reported taking something to try to improve performance, he says.

“We need to be concerned with potential health consequences,” he explains. And there’s something else. “Since these kids are probably not driving themselves to get these products at the store, we need to be looking at mom and dad and coaches who may feel these products are needed.”

Perko, who served as an NCAA expert in this area, is trying to get this message out there. In 2006, he appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” to join in on the debate on the health effects of performance enhancers on athletes. He says he wants coaches and parents, as well as the young athletes, to understand the real issue is not really the product but the process.

“[T]he big question is what makes these kids put their health at risk to be bigger, faster, and, yes, want to speed up mother nature to grow a mustache,” he explains.

“I do this to keep athletes healthy and safe; I really don’t care about an 11-year-old’s performance.”

Looking ahead: March 21, 2012

Faculty Senate forum
Wednesday, March 21, 3 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Talk, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Education…” Dr. C.P. Gause
Thursday, March 22, noon, Faculty Center

Shades of Color conference
Friday, March 23, EUC (Keynote, Dr. Becky Martinez, 9:30 a.m.)

Talk, ‘Girls’ and Women’s Participation in Sport’’
Friday, March 23, 2 p.m., Claxton Room, EUC

Drama, “Man and Superman”
Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Music, String Orchestra
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

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

Environmental Studies colloquium

Dr. Angelika Wolf (University of Applied Sciences, Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany) will speak on Sustainable Tourism in Germany Tuesday, April 3, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 118 of the School of Education Building. Wolf is an expert on environmentally responsible tourism and author of a recent book on designing and promoting recreation and leisure opportunities in and near the communities where people live. The event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program of the Bryan School of Business, and the German Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Black Studies lecture

UNCG’s African American Studies Program will present E. Patrick Johnson speaking on “What is this ‘Black’ In Black Studies: What Performance Has to do with It.”

The lecture will be in Elliott University Center’s Claxton Room Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 6 p.m.

John Gamble reception

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance invites the university community to a farewell retirement reception for John Gamble, Wednesday, March 27, 2012, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Room of Elliott University Center. Join in bidding him a fond farewell and thanking him for his 27 years of teaching, inspiring and guiding students in the Dance Department and beyond. Please RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M5RVG2P.

Baseball at NewBridge Bank Park

UNCG Baseball will host North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, March 28, 6 p.m. at NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Tickets can be purchased at the game, the night of the event. Adult tickets are $5, youth tickets are $3 and children 4 years and younger are free.

2012 Empty Bowls sale

This sale will be Monday April 2, 2012, 10 a.m – 6 p.m in the EUC Auditorium Pre-Function space.

For a $5 donation, you can get a bowl hand-painted by a UNCG community member. Only cash can be accepted at the event. All proceeds will be donated to Greensboro Urban Ministries. The Empty Bowls event is a long-standing tradition at UNCG. Soup will be served that day during lunchtime. For more information, visit the http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/emptybowls/ or contact Mark Villacorta, assistant director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at mavillac@uncg.edu.

In memoriam

Bill Mansfield died on March 12. He was employed in Facilities Operations as a Steam Plant Operator for the past six years.

See/Hear: March 21, 2012


Faculty, staff, students, alumni – anyone in the UNCG community is invited to post their own short YouTube videos exemplifying how UNCG and its people “Do something bigger altogether.” Consider sharing yours. How has your UNCG experience been meaningful? How have you been challenged to ‘Do something bigger altogether’? Consider sharing an experience that took you beyond your expectations while at UNCG. See a few that have been posted, including clips by Kevin Bullard and Dr. Bob Wineburg.

Dr. Alice Haddy

The National Science Foundation has granted additional funding for the project “The Interaction of Calcium and Chloride at the Oxygen Evolving Complex of Photosystem II.” Dr. Alice Haddy (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is the principal investigator for the project.

Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill (SES) will receive the 2012 National Black Association of Speech-Language Hearing (NBASLH) Communication Excellence Award, during their annual awards dinner on April 20 in Raleigh. Hill coordinates UNCG’s ASL Teacher Licensure Program. He co-authored a book, “The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure,” published by Gallaudet University Press.

Dr. Cherry Callahan

Dr. Cherry Callahan (Student Affairs) was featured March 10 on the Student Affairs Women Lead blog. It notes she is president-elect of the NASPA Foundation. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Callahan is vice chancellor of student affairs.

Wes Miller named head coach

Wes Miller was named head coach of the Spartan men’s basketball team March 6 – a week after being named the media’s SoCon Coach of the Year.

Miller and UNCG have agreed to a five-year contract through June 30, 2017.

He had been named interim head coach on Dec. 13. The team went on to win outright the Southern Conference North Division title – a first for the team. During one 11 game stretch, they won 10.

They advanced to the SoCon Tournament semi-finals.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady said, “Wes Miller has succeeded against all odds in building the confidence of our student-athletes. Their welfare is always uppermost in his mind. It is all about them, not about him, and that’s why he is the perfect choice to lead UNCG’s men’s basketball program.”

In his second season on staff at UNCG, Miller is no stranger to the state of North Carolina, having played three seasons for the Tar Heels and spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Elon and High Point. Miller also ran his own basketball camps in Charlotte and Greensboro for two summers.

In three seasons as a player at UNC Chapel Hill, Miller helped the Tar Heels to the national championship in 2005, two Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships and one ACC Tournament title. Miller was team captain as a senior in 2006-07, leading UNC to 31 wins.

At Chapel Hill, he earned ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition and the UNC Athletic Director’s Scholar Athlete-Award. He earned his degree in political science in 2007.

As the Spartans’ season ended, Trevis Simpson, a sophomore, was named to the All-Soc first team. Derrell Armstrong, a junior, was named to the All-SoCon third team. They both will return next season. In fact, 85 percent of the team’s scoring will be back.

At the press conference announcing the team’s new head coach, with his team and his former coach Roy Williams looking on, Miller spoke of the team’s future. “We have all the resources here at UNCG to take this thing to the next level.”

Two promotions for season ticket sales for next season were announced:

  • You may log onto www.ourgreensboroourcoach.com and place a $50 deposit to renew or purchase new season tickets. Those placing their deposit by May 1, 2012, will receive a Wes Miller bobblehead when their account is paid in full by Sept. 1, 2012.
  • The Spartans Referral Program – For each account that you as a season-ticket holder refer into the UNCG “family” of season-ticket holders, you and the new account will each receive a limited edition UNCG replica jersey once both accounts are paid in full by Sept. 1, 2012. Please note that the referred account must purchase season tickets in order for both parties to receive the replica jersey.

More information is here.

Questions? Call 334-3250 or email maehmke@uncg.edu

Hands on the freedom plow

Hear personal accounts by four women involved in SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. This Duncan History Lecture panel discussion will be held Monday, March 19, 2012, 4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

“We often hear about Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and other male leaders of the civil rights movement. Rarely do we hear the perspective of the women civil rights activists, who comprised the backbone of the black freedom movement,” says Dr. Lisa Levenstein. An associate professor of history, she also has a cross-appointment in Women & Gender Studies.

“This panel discussion features four black and white women civil rights activists who were members of SNCC, a grassroots organization of youth that worked for change throughout the South in challenging and dangerous conditions.”

The women – Margaret Herring, Rutha Harris, Faith Holsaert and Martha Noonan – will speak about their powerful experiences with interracial organizing and discuss the role of music in the movement, explains Levenstein, who has organized this event “Their stories offer crucial lessons about the social transformations of the 1960s and 1970s that provide us with a unique vantage point through which to asses the challenges and prospects for political change today.”

Their accounts are included in the book “Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC.”

Full story at UNCG News.

Visual: Several participants in “Hands on the Freedom Plow” book project.

Sorry, Charlie

Last week, the McIver statue lost its canopy of oaks as a backdrop. The decaying trees had to be taken down, said Chris Fay, director of Grounds. New ones will be planted.

Their declining condition was evident for passers-by to see in the past months.

The two red oaks between the statue and Jackson Library in fact had been in major decline for the past 10 years, Fay said. They were infected with canker/fungus, causing the trees to decay, he explained to Campus Weekly.

He estimated their age at 70-80 years old.

Their removal was unfortunate, but necessary. “The trees had became so weak that they had become a safety hazard and had to come down.”

New trees will be planted at the site, as first reported in a Libraries post. “Two Trident Maples will be planted on the Earth Day Celebration April 19,” Fay said.

As a Tree Campus USA designated university, for every tree that is removed an average of six trees are planted.

“UNCG just received the recognition of Tree Campus USA for the third consecutive year,” Fay said. The award will be presented during Earth Day April 19, 2012, by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources.

He added, “Receiving Tree Campus USA for the third year is a great honor for the entire campus.”

Additional details and pictures at http://libraryadministrationannouncements.blogspot.com/, where this was first reported.

By Mike Harris. 

Elliott Lectures on ‘greening Greensboro’

The sustainability challenges that Greensboro faces as a city will be examined on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, when the Harriet Elliott Lecture Series focuses on “Greening Greensboro: How the Sustainable Cities Movement Can Make Our City and Region More Livable.”

Keynote speaker will be David Owen, author of “Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability.” Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins will serve on the event’s afternoon panel discussion.

Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and, prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s. Owen, who is author of more than a dozen books, will speak and answer questions from 7-9 p.m. in the Mead Auditorium of the Sullivan Science Building.

“I am pretty sure that not everyone in the Triad will agree with David Owen, since he’s basically saying that the path to sustainability is living in very dense cities,” said Dr. Corey Johnson, assistant professor of geography and coordinator of this year’s Elliott Lectures. “He’s also pretty harsh on the modern environmental movement with its focus on open spaces, compost bins, and sourcing everything locally.

“But these are precisely the conversations we need to be having. That’s why we are inviting the panel of experts on urban sustainability to address some of the ideas that David put forward in his book. I think it will be a really thought-provoking set of events at UNCG.”

A panel discussion, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium, is drawing experts from the fields of sustainability science, design, and policy to answer the question: “How do we move towards a ‘greener’ future in Greensboro and beyond?”

Full story – including listing of panelists – at UNCG News.

No to football, yes to Yum Yum

Chancellor Linda P. Brady visited with Staff Senate to update the members on some campus news on March 8. As chair Stacy Kosciak said in introducing the chancellor, “We don’t hear things second-hand. We hear from her.”

Among the notable bits of news the chancellor shared:

  • She encouraged staff to check out the Academic Program Review web site, where the university APR committee’s report has been posted. She encourages comments and feedback. “We want you to have an opportunity to make comments.”
  • The issue of a potential flex scheduling pilot program for this summer is slated to be discussed at the Executive Staff meeting this week (week of March 12).
  • The “Sprinkle Task Force” is identifying alternative revenue sources at UNCG. David Sprinkle, who presented a report at a recent Board of Trustees meeting, is vice-chairman of the board.
  • Those putting in their order for men’s basketball season tickets and paying a $50 deposit can receive a Wes Miller bobblehead. “I am convinced in 20 years this will be a collector’s item,” she said.

Staff Senate members asked two questions, both involving athletics: Is there a chance for men’s basketball to schedule the UNC Tar Heels? And what about football at UNCG?

She indicated UNCG will play some ACC basketball teams in the future. She said Kim Record would be talking with Wes Miller, regarding scheduling.

As for football? “I come from Oregon [University]. I know what it costs….Let’s focus on basketball.” She explained that Greensboro is the basketball capital of the world.

She made plain that two things will maintain their status quo while she is chancellor: Yum Yum will remain where Yum Yum is now. And there will be no football.

By Mike Harris

Staff Senate chair-elect seat is vacant

A chair-elect is needed for Staff Senate, Stacy Kosciak explained at the March 8 meeting.

Nominations for the chair-elect will be accepted through March 23. Then voting will be conducted March 26-30 via a Google doc.

“I definitely hope some of you will consider the role,” Kosciak said, looking at the Senate members.

To be a candidate for Staff Senate chair-elect, an individual must be a current member of the Staff Senate. (See current listing.)

Anyone with questions about the time commitment, the meetings on campus and in Chapel Hill, etc, may call or email Stacy Kosciak, at 334-3494 or sbmeadow@uncg.edu.

Ready for their debut

Tomorrow morning, things will look a little different.

At the parking decks, banners will be promoting UNCG’s integrated marketing initiative. On campus Park & Ride and Spartan Chariot vehicles, there’ll be ads. Promotional items in the EUC. Posters throughout campus. Even the Rawk will be specially painted.

For cost-efficiency, most of the research, creative work and production has been done in-house.

The pieces on display all reflect the university’s integrated marketing initiative. Want to see more?

The entire campus community is invited to the debut of the first phase of this Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communication initiative. The launch party and kickoff will be Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon at the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The program at the kickoff will start at 10:45 a.m.

A packed Exporter forum

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan and Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg hosted an exporter forum Feb. 24 at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The “Ex-Im Bank Global Access Forum for Small Business” featured experts providing North Carolina businesses with practical advice on how to gain a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace when selling their goods and services overseas. More than 200 representatives from North Carolina businesses participated. See UNCG’s Office of Government Relations site for more information.

Visual, by David Wilson, of Sen. Hagan speaking as Chancellor Martin, Chancellor Brady and many others listen.

Gerard Schwarz, music director for Eastern Music Festival, in residency here March 15-16

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance announces that Gerard Schwarz will be in-residency March 15-16. Schwarz is the music director for the Eastern Music Festival (2005-present) and former music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (1985-2011).

For the keynote event of his residency, Schwarz will present a lecture on “The Future of Classical Music”, Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. On Friday, March 16, Schwarz will host a composer’s workshop from 10 a.m.-noon in Room 110, followed by a seminar on preparing for orchestral auditions from 1-2:30 p.m., in Room 111. All events are free and open to the public.

This residency continues the commitment of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance to provide its students and faculty with opportunities to interact and learn from successful professionals in the fields of music, theatre and dance.

Born in America to Viennese parents, Schwarz began studying music at age 5 and soon focused on the trumpet. A graduate of both New York City’s High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School of Music, he joined the New York Philharmonic in 1972 as co-principal trumpet, a position he held until 1977.

Schwarz’s numerous previous positions include Music Director of New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Music Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and director of both the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony. In his nearly five decades as a respected classical musician and conductor, Schwarz has received hundreds of honors and accolades, including two Emmy Awards, 13 Grammy nominations, six ASCAP Awards and numerous Stereo Review and Ovation Awards.

Schwarz’ residency is made possible by the Eastern Music Festival and an endowment from Shirley Pierce Spears.

‘Stuart Little’ March 13-18

Follow the city adventures of a mouse trying to find his place in the world when UNCG Theatre stages the children’s classic “Stuart Little” March 13-18.

“We chose to do the show with a bit more of an urban feel to it,” said producer Michael Flannery. The show is “maybe a bit edgier than some interpretations but still faithful to the story.”

Performances will be in Taylor Theatre at 9:30 a.m. March 13-16; and 2 p.m. on March 17-18. The show is intended for audiences age five and up.

Tickets may be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 334-4849 or at campus box office locations,

Special offer: Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. – Bring a can of food or other non-perishable food item to donate to the Greensboro Urban Ministry and receive a free ticket to the March 17 performance of Stuart Little at 2 p.m. Exchange for tickets/cans of food begins at 1 p.m. in the Taylor Theatre lobby on March 17. Subject to availability.

Photo: Justin Crawford as Stuart Little

March 2 APR update

On March 2, those on the Academic Program Review listserv received the following message:

The UNCG Academic Program Review (APR) web site (http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview) has been updated.

The Academic Program Review Process and Academic Program Review Timeline documents have been modified to reflect the Faculty Senate resolution accepted by the Chancellor last fall, other agreements reached with Faculty Senate leadership about how the process will unfold, and some recent changes to the SACS program discontinuation guidelines. In addition, you will find the final report of the University Program Review Committee, including a description of their process and findings and a four-part spreadsheet that shows each program’s review.

Before the Provost makes recommendations to the Chancellor, he will be seeking advice as needed on program-level efficiency from relevant deans and program directors and will, along with the Chancellor, be participating in a special meeting on April 18 with Faculty Senate to receive and discuss their input on the UPRC report and recommendations. Written auxiliary group responses to recommendations of University Program Review Committee are due to the Office of Institutional Research (OIR@uncg.edu) by March 31. Between March 15 and March 31, the Provost will hold discussions with faculty and staff affected by policy and resource recommendations, and between April 1 and April 15 he will meet upon request with groups that provide written auxiliary responses. During this entire time period, as throughout the process, feedback from individuals (anonymous or otherwise) can be posted via the academic program review web site and will be forwarded to the Provost and Chancellor for their consideration.

Biology Symposium

On March 30, 2012, the Biology Department will host its 2012 Environmental Symposium, “Emerging Issues in Environmental Health” from 1-5 p.m. in the Sullivan Science Building Auditorium. Four internationally recognized speakers will address issues focusing on toxins in the environment and human disease transmission: Dr. William Bowerman will present “Eagles as messengers of ecosystem health,” Dr. Gregory Glass will discuss “The role of animal vectors in human disease transmission,” Dr. Marion Ehrich will give a talk titled “Neurotoxic effects of insecticides,” and Dr. Bruce Levin will address “Evolution of resistance to anti-microbial substances in nature.”

The event is free and open to the public. Additional information can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/bio/pages/2012_Env_Symp.html

Yogathon for Autism Awareness

Yoga can have many benefits for children with autism. These include calming techniques, increased focus and better attunement to the body.

In order to teach the benefits of yoga to individuals with autism, and to increase public awareness of the disorder, UNCG’s National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association and the UNCG Student Recreation Center are sponsoring a Yogathon.

This event, open to all UNCG students, faculty and members of the community, will be held at the Student Recreation Center on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

The cost will be $5 per participant, and additional donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to the Autism Society of North Carolina Guilford County Chapter.

Free parking will be provided at the Walker Avenue parking deck.

Check in will begin at 8 a.m. The first classes – Kid’s Yoga and Adult meditation Yoga – will begin at 9 a.m. From 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Parent and Child Yoga will be offered. From 10:30-11:15 a.m. will be Adult Power Flow Yoga.

Yoga mats and water will be provided, though, you are welcome to bring your own.

For additional information email UNCG.NSSHLA1@gmail.com

Planetarium shows March 21-April 25

The UNCG Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a series of free public shows in the university’s Spitz Planetarium, Room 310 of the Petty Building. The shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 21-April 25, 2012.

To reserve seats, send an e-mail to planet@uncg.edu with the number of attendees and the date you will attend. Please include your home address and a phone number.

There is no charge for the hour-long shows, which are put on by UNCG faculty and student volunteers. The events are appropriate for older children, but young children may become restless.

Gerontology talks

Are you a member of the UNCG community who is interested in aging-related research on campus?

These talks will be offered later this month:

Thursday, March 15, 2012 – PACE (Program on All Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Azalea Room, EUC, 4-5 p.m.
UNCG faculty, staff and students are invited to hear Tim Clontz, executive VP for Health Services at Cone Health, as he introduces the PACE model which integrates acute and long term care for older adults eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Preregistration is required. Preregister via Mary Wolfe at mlwolfe@uncg.edu or 256-1020.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – Complementary Alternative Therapies (CAT) for your Clinical Toolbox – Ferguson Building, Room 247. Register for either the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. session.
Judith A. Spross, professor of nursing at the University of Southern Maine, leads two professional development workshops for UNCG faculty and students. Spross engages us in participatory demonstrations of non-pharmacologic CAT therapies. Preregistration is required. Preregister via Mary Wolfe at mlwolfe@uncg.edu or 256-1020. Participation limited to UNCG faculty, staff and students.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Building Capacity for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Gerontology Research – Ferguson Building, Room 247, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Judith A. Spross, professor of nursing at the University of Southern Maine, leads a professional development workshop to create a locally cohesive research community prepared to address the biologic, clinical and policy needs of elders in our society. Preregistration is required, via Mary Wolfe at mlwolfe@uncg.edu or 336-256-1020. Participation in this workshop is limited to UNCG faculty within the UNCG Gerontology Research Network.

Looking ahead: March 14, 2012

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

Softball vs. Virginia Tech (dh)
Wednesday, March 14, 4 p.m.

Launch party, Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communication
Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m. (program at 10:45 a.m.), Alumni House

Men’s and women’s glee clubs
Sunday, March 18, 3:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Duncan Women’s History Lecture, by SNCC members
Monday, March 19, 4 p.m., Virginia Dare, Alumni House

Harriet Elliott lecture, keynote, David Owen
Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., Sullivan Science.

Art for lunch talk, Dr. Lisa Tolbert
Wednesday, March 21, noon, Weatherspoon.

Faculty Senate Forum

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 3-5 p.m. a Faculty Senate forum will be held in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.


  • University Academic Program Review Committee Report feedback
  • UTLC Name Change to Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons

In memoriam

Robert Watson died Feb. 27 at age 86. The prominent poet began his teaching career at UNCG in 1953, founded the university’s creative writing program in 1964, and retired after 34 years of service. He published eight poetry collections and two novels. In September of last year, he made a final public appearance on campus, reading from his “Collected Poems,” with many former students in attendance. More information on his life and legacy is here.

Award-winning web site

UNCG’s Undergraduate Admissions web site won the Silver Award at the 27th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. The Gold went to Drexel and the Bronze to Carnegie Mellon. The competition included 2,900 entries and 1,000 colleges or universities from all 50 states and several foreign countries. The site launched in September 2011. The team who worked on the web site included Kacy McAdoo, Ellen Redmond, Mandy Byrd, Jason Fleck, Jaysen Buterin and Ben Jones, in partnership with vendor Creosote Affects.

Free Prom Attire Giveaway

The Free Prom Attire giveaway is likely to top its last year showing of more than 400 items raised, and more than 60 families and students served. Like last year, Housing and Residence Life staff will collect prom attire and accessories for local high school students.

The Free Prom Attire Giveaway will be held on April 1, 2012, from 1-5 p.m. in the Ragsdale/Mendenhall Conference Room on the campus of UNCG. HRL will be distributing gently used and new men’s and women’s formal/prom attire and accessories.

If faculty or staff are interested in donating items, email Jamie Sellers at e_seller@uncg.edu.

One-day relocation for Park & Ride

Due to the NCAA basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum, UNCG Park & Ride service will be temporarily relocated to the Four Seasons Town Centre mall parking deck adjacent to the JC Penney store one day only – Friday, March 16. Traffic is expected to be congested along Lee Street and High Point Road during the tournament so please allow extra time for your commute that day.

All Park & Ride buses will pick up passengers on the north side of the Four Seasons parking deck near JC Penney. Service will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. with buses running every 10 minutes.

Please note that the regular Park & Ride lot at 1720 Lee Street will NOT be available for UNCG student and employee parking Friday, March 16. Due to the basketball tournament, the lot will be managed by the Greensboro Coliseum staff for use by tournament ticket holders only. UNCG buses will not service this lot due to the tournament.

If you choose to park on campus Friday, March 16, limited pay-by-hour deck parking will be on a first-come, first-served space available basis at the rate of $2 the first hour, $1 each additional hour, up to $7 max per day per entry. E permits are valid in surface parking lots only after 3 p.m.

Questions? Email parking@uncg.edu