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Archives for April 2012

David T. Schaefer

David T. Schaefer (National Center for Homeless Education and North Carolina Homeless Education Program at The SERVE Center) passed the February 2012 North Carolina Bar Exam. Schaefer moved to Greensboro in 2008 after graduating from the University of Georgia and practicing law for approximately two years. Schaefer is active in refugee work.

Roberts/Manuel

Former Rice University assistant coach Mike Roberts will be associate head coach of UNCG men’s basketball. Former UNC Tar Heel player and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jackie Manuel will be a Spartan assistant coach.

Roberts comes to UNCG after four years as an assistant coach at Rice under coach Ben Braun. Roberts also served two years on Braun’s staff at California. He was a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech under Bob Knight, who coached Roberts when he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection and earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award at Indiana.

Manuel joins the UNCG staff after a one-year stint as an assistant strength and conditioning coach under Roy Williams. Before that, he had a five-year professional playing career. As a Tar Heel player, he was a two-time All-ACC Defensive Team member. He was a tri-captain for North Carolina’s national championship squad in 2005, when he and Wes Miller were teammates.

Full story at UNCG Athletics.

 

International Festival Saturday, April 14

One of the largest public events on campus each spring, the 30th Annual UNCG International Festival will be held on College Avenue Saturday, April 14, 2012, at noon. It runs till 5 p.m.

I-Fest presents an opportunity for UNCG and greater communities to celebrate diverse countries of the world and to foster multicultural awareness. The festival promotes cultural appreciation and understanding through music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations and live entertainment from all regions of the globe. Last year, some 50 different groups hosted booths for the more than 3,000 people in attendance.

Enjoy a full set of cultural dance and song performances throughout the day. UNCG Dining Services will provide international food samples beginning at 1 p.m. New performances include traditional Thai dance sponsored by the Thai Student Association and Chinese Folk Dance sponsored by the Greensboro Chinese Association.

This year, “passports to the world”, which will be distributed at the event, can be stamped as attendees visit numerous country booths and meet representative international students. Parents, children, students and all community members are welcome.

Alternative rain location is the HHP (Health and Human Performance) Building.

It is part of a big day on campus. Some other big happenings include Destination UNCG, Reunion, Classics Day, the Miles Davis Jazz Festival, Spring Dance concerts, and women’s and men’s soccer matches.

Details about I-Fest may be found at www.uncg.edu/ipg/isa/ifest/index.htm.

Visual: Archival photograph from an earlier I-Fest.

Flexible work schedules

Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent this message to UNCG employees last Wednesday, April 4:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

An initiative of our Strategic Plan is to “lead the UNC System in enhancing the health and wellness of students and employees.” In 2011, the Staff Senate conducted a Morale Survey that indicated strong staff interest in flexible work hours as an important work/life initiative given these difficult financial times. In light of our Strategic Plan initiative and the results of the Staff Senate Morale Survey, I asked Dr. Edna Chun, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resource Services, to explore various options of what could be offered to staff to assist them with their work/life balance.

This past winter Staff Senate and Human Resource Services surveyed all staff 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 10-hour days with choice of the day off. A third option would maintain the existing flexible work hours policy found here: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section3/Flexible_Work/

The results overwhelmingly indicated a strong interest and desire of staff for a flexible work schedule.

After reviewing and discussing the survey results with the Executive Staff, I believe that our current Flexible Work Schedule Policy provides the most options to be successful for both employees and supervisors. The advantages of offering a flexible work schedule include enhanced work/life balance; availability of flexible hours to all departments and staff on a consistent basis; potential savings in commuting expenses and carbon emissions; enhancement of recruitment and retention and can be implemented for the summer or throughout the year. While this is a policy that can be used throughout the year, I encourage the deans and vice chancellors to consider a pilot program during the eight week summer period from Monday, June 11, 2012 through Friday, August 3, 2012.

While we want to provide flexibility in work schedules, offices must be mindful of two guiding principles that must be followed at all times:

  1. an office must have coverage from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and
  2. in compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act requirements, all full-time non-exempt employees must work 40 hours per a week. The University recognizes that many FLSA exempt employees work a significant number of hours beyond the standard work week of 40 hours.

While these rules are the overarching guidelines, in coordination with deans and vice chancellors, offices and departments are encouraged to create flexible schedules that work best for the department. If you are interested in participating in a flexible work schedule, I recommend discussion of potential options with your supervisor. Keep in mind that the nature of some positions and offices may not allow for this option; however, I am hopeful that most units can find a way to implement a flexible structure, particularly during the summer months.

If you are a supervisor, I encourage you to work with your department, dean, and/or vice chancellor to implement a flexible work schedule for your staff. The Human Resource Services department is available if you need assistance, ideas or guidance with the implementation of a flexible work schedule for your unit. With limited resources and fewer employees due to budget cuts, we all need to think more creatively and strategically in managing our departments.

We are very interested in knowing how this policy is being implemented. If you implement a flexible work schedule, whether you are a supervisor or a staff member, please let Human Resource Services know. We want to share success stories and ideas with others. Additionally, if there are challenges, or you feel as if this will not work for your area, Human Resource Services needs to hear about those as well. Dr. Chun can be reached at e_chun@uncg.edu.

As we approach the summer months and continue to see the price of gasoline increase, I strongly encourage all supervisors to review the current policy and, if at all possible, approve a flexible work schedule for any employee interested in participating. Finally, I want to thank Staff Senate and Human Resource Services for the thoughtful work they have done on this issue.

 

With Spartan Pride,
Linda P. Brady

 

Come SOAR at UNCG

SOAR leaders invite faculty and staff to be a part of welcoming students to campus:

The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs is currently looking for 2012 SOAR volunteers to help us welcome new students and their families during the month of June. SOAR 2012 is right around the corner and we want you to join our team. Show new students and families your Spartan Spirit!

Who are SOAR Volunteers?
SOAR Volunteers are UNCG faculty and staff who greet, guide and assist new Spartans and their families.

When is SOAR?
There will be eight freshman sessions this June: June 7-8, June 10-11, June 12-13, June 14-15, June 18-19, June 21-22, June 25-26 and June 28-29. The majority of the SOAR volunteer duties will be on the first day of SOAR between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

How much will the SOAR volunteers be paid for their services?
Sometimes the best reward for a good deed is not money, but the memories. And nothing helps you hold on to these fond memories better than a 2012 SOAR volunteer T-shirt to wear while you are working and an invitation to the SOAR Kick-Off Party where there will be plenty of food and fun for all.

I’m very busy and am taking vacation time in June. Can I still help?
Of course. It would be great to have volunteers who can help each session, but we know that can be difficult. The SOAR Volunteer program offers flexible hours and excellent benefits to all of its volunteers. You can choose which sessions and times work best for you.

If you can’t help, be sure to forward this along to others who might be interested.

What’s next?
Prior to SOAR, we’ll meet as a group to say thanks, give assignments and distribute T-shirts.

Join the fun, meet new students and families, receive a commemorative T-shirt and show new students and their families your Spartan Spirit.

How do I sign up?
If you are willing and able to be a SOAR volunteer, please RSVP to Allison Schofield at apschofi@uncg.edu no later than Monday, April 30, 2012. Once you RSVP, she will share a Google Doc with you where you can select which session, which day and which post you would like request. Feel free to email her with any questions you might have.

 

Chancellor’s remarks on Program Review

At last week’s Faculty Senate meeting, Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke about the university’s Academic Program Review process.

Among her comments:

  • Our university’s goal is to position UNCG to be as strong academically as possible, consistent with our mission, strategic plan and responsibility to the people of North Carolina, she said.
  • From what she has observed so far, one thing is clear: “This process, as challenging as it has been for the campus, has identified significa­nt areas of strength and opportunity that will shape the direction of this university in coming years.”

She believes the outcome of the process will highlight three major areas of work moving forward:

  • the identification of a number of strengths which we should consider as candidates for future investment
  • the identification of challenged programs which will require further study and plans to strengthen those critical to the vision and mission of the university
  • the identification of programs for discontinuation

“Our future as a leader in meeting the needs of our students and the people of North Carolina is linked to the first two areas,” she said. Regarding the third area, she indicated those difficult decisions will enable the university to focus increasingly scarce resources on the programs and activities essential to our continued success.

Additionally, she noted that the current UNCG Strategic Plan ends in 2014. The insights and knowledge gained from this review will be of great help as our university shapes the next strategic plan. They will also be helpful as our university prepares for the next major comprehensive campaign.

 

Performing Arts Series’ season finale

Evidence, A Dance Company, a New-York based company that marries traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, will perform in Aycock Auditorium Thursday, April 12, 2012.

The 8 p.m. performance is the final event for the 2011-12 UNCG Performing Arts Series. The show will be followed by a Q&A session with Ronald K. Brown, the company’s founder, and members of the dance troupe.

Full story at UNCG News.

 

EUC Reservations Office Books open April 13

The EUC reservation books will open on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 10 a.m., for events and meetings your department or organization would like to hold in Elliott University Center and other campus spaces (The Faculty Center, College Avenue, Foust Park, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn). Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

The reservation books for the EUC and Atrium display cases, as well as the indoor railing and the outdoor banner space at the EUC, will also open on April 13. For more information, contact the EUC Reservations Office at 334-5378.

 

Foundations for Learning

The Foundations for Learning (FFL) program at UNCG is designed to foster students’ academic and personal success, holistic development and seamless transitions throughout their undergraduate experience at UNCG. FFL courses are facilitated by an FFL Instructor and Peer Academic Leader (PAL) and students engage in an active exploration of higher education and the various resources, skills and competencies essential to academic success at UNCG.

Courses within the FFL program are taught by a talented cadre of UNCG faculty and staff who have a special interest in first-year student education. Instructors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited institution,
  2. Be a UNCG employee,
  3. Have a special interest in first-year transition and education,
  4. Submit resume and complete information form
  5. Attend mandatory Instructor Institute on May 9-10, 2012*.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a FFL Instructor for Fall 2012, please complete the information form and submit your resume via email to excellence@uncg.edu with subject line: FFL Instructor .

*If you have questions or concerns regarding the requirements to teach FFL, please contact Brandy Propst, coordinator for Academic Foundations & Mentoring, at bspropst@uncg.edu or by phone at 256-1246. For more information about the FFL program, visit the FFL web site.

 

Red Cross blood drive April 17

The Elliott University Center will host its fourth Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2011-2012 school year on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. 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.

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.

The drive is linking with Trees for the Future. A tree will be planted for every 10 blood donors for the entire month of April – the goal is to have 2,500 trees planted in honor of Carolinas Region blood donors.

A free T-shirt will be handed out to all that are present to donate.

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

 

SafeZone Program and Multicultural Affairs Workshops

The SafeZone Program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are partnering to make the following programs available by request for presentation in classrooms, student organizations, residence halls, offices or in the Multicultural Resource Center itself. Available workshops include:

  • Becoming an Ally- What is an ally and what do they do?
  • Homophobia 101
  • LGBTQI Terminology
  • Understanding LGBTQQI Students

Additional topics offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs include:

  • Sex and Gender: What’s the difference?
  • Beyond Binaries

Email Sarah Colonna (secolonn@uncg.edu) for more information or to request a workshop presentation.

These programs were developed by the SafeZone Train-the-Trainer Program.

For more information see: http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/GLBT/

 

Today, an ‘Unconference’

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the Warren Ashby Residential College, in association with the Cornelia Strong and Ione Grogan Residential Colleges and UNCG Teach, will host UNCG’s second annual Unconference. Unlike a traditional academic conference, the Unconference is driven by its participants. Students share their thoughts and personal experiences regarding issues of culture, politics, race, religion, education and global affairs through dance, song, painting, photography, sculpture, and scholarly presentations and forums. The result is a highly eclectic and creative display of students’ skills, talents and achievements across a variety of majors.

Artwork displays and group activities will begin at 4 p.m. in Mary Foust and Grogan residence halls. Student presentations will begin at 5 p.m. in Grogan, Mary Foust and South Spencer Halls. The Unconference will close with a combined ceremony in Guilford Hall at 8 p.m. For individual schedules, contact the Residential Colleges via the email addresses listed below.

The Unconference is co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Housing & Residence Life Social Justice Committee. Anyone with questions may email warc@uncg.edu, d_barber@uncg.edu or acbarton@uncg.edu.

 

Looking ahead: April 11, 2012

Softball vs. UNC Chapel Hill (doubleheader)
Wednesday, April 11, 4 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare, Alumni House

Classics Day: Clash of the Spartans
Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m., Foust Park

UNCG International Festival
Saturday, April 14, noon, College Avenue

UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Talk, “Our Lives Are Rivers,” Dr. Mark Smith-Soto
Monday, April 16, noon, Faculty Center

Baseball vs. Wake Forest
Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m.

Faculty Senate special meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 3 p.m., Room 114, School of Education Building

 

Outdoor Classrooms

“Teaching Sustainability and Science through Outdoor Classrooms” will be the focus of a free workshop. It will be April 19, 2012, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

GEMS deadline April 13

A new program for college students in Greensboro who are interested in starting their own businesses, Growing Entrepreneurs by Mentoring Students (GEMS), is being started by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG.

Through a competitive application process, top entrepreneurial students will be selected to be matched one-on-one with experienced entrepreneurs who will serve as mentors. The inaugural class of up to 20 students will be selected this spring and the pilot program starts this fall, to run throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, April 13, 2012, and applications may be sent to ncec@uncg.edu. More information can be found at http://entrepreneur.uncg.edu.

Full story at UNCG News.

 

2012 Spartan Club Golf Classic

The UNCG Spartan Club will host its 21st Annual Spartan Club Golf Classic on Wednesday, April 25, at Starmount Forest Country Club. New head men’s basketball coach Wes Miller, men’s golf coach Terrance Stewart, women’s golf coach Emily Marron and other UNCG coaches and athletes will be on hand for a great day on the course. The funds raised from the event directly support UNCG student-athletes and increase the resources they need to succeed on the fields of play and in the classroom.

The golf classic is set for a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start with check-in at 11 a.m. Individuals will receive player gifts, a boxed lunch and access to the range prior to the start of the event. Drinks will be available throughout golf play and there will be an awards reception immediately following with heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and raffle prizes. The cost is $250 per person or $1,000 for a foursome.

Space is limited. To register, contact the Spartan Club at 336-334-3576.

 

African-American alumni oral history participants

University Libraries will host an interactive session between African-American alumni Oral History project participants and current students at UNCG Friday, April 13, 2012, 1:30-2:30 p.m. It will be held in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC. Questions? Call 256-1275.

ASL Idol results

The 7th annual ASL Idol “One Hit Wonders” was a success with 320 deaf and hearing community members in attendance, “SOE Announcements” newsletter reports. ASL Idol raised $1720.00 for Camp Dogwood this year, providing monies for deaf/blind campers who cannot afford to go to camp, the newsletter says. The North Carolina Deaf Blind Association presented an award to UNCG’s Professions in Deafness Program for its contributions and support to NCDBA Camp Dogwood Deaf/Blind Retreat.

What do you know about The Swing?

CW was asked about the swing this week. It’s a unique feature on our campus, enjoyed for years. What do you know about The Swing? Was it ever in a different location? If you know about this swing from earlier decades – or if you simply like the swing and want to tell us about it – please send CW an email here and help fill us in.

Media representations of female athletes

The Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professorship Lecture Series and Dr. Diane Gill, Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor, present “Media Representations of Female Athletes: The Good, the Bad and the Dangerous” Monday, April 16, 2012, 2 p.m. in the Claxton Room, EUC.

The speaker is Dr. Mary Jo Kane (University of Minnesota). Kane is professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in Sport Sociology. Kane has published extensively on media representations of athletic females as well as the social impact and significance of Title IX. She is the recipient of the first Endowed Chair related to women in sport: The Dorothy McNeill Tucker Chair for Women in Sport & Exercise Science. She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, the highest academic honor in her field. In 2004, Professor Kane received the Scholar of the Year Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation. This award is given to individuals who make significant research contributions in the areas of women’s sports. She was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators by the Institute for International Sport.

 

Student Honors Convocation April 16

UNCG’s 50th Annual Student Honors Convocation will be Monday, April 16, 2012, 7 p.m., in the Auditorium of Elliott University Center. The entire university community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students.

On the program: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards; Undergraduate Research Awards; University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award; and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards.

 

UNCG hosts NCCPA Research Symposium

Several UNCG HED graduate students, alumni and staff will be presenting at the Graduate Student and New Professionals Research Symposium on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Registration and complete information is at www.mynccpa.org/graduate-student-new-professionals-events.html

The cost is only $20 for NCCPA members and UNCG students ($30 for all others). Registration includes symposium admission and lunch with keynote speaker and UNCG Higher Education alumnus, Dr. Cherrel Miller Dyce. This event is co-sponsored by UNCG Black Graduate Student Association, UNCG School of Education and the North Carolina College Professionals Association.

 

‘Iron Jawed Angels’

The American Association of University Women and UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies will present the film “Iron Jawed Angels” Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Katja von Garnier’s “Iron Jawed Angels” tells the story of a group of young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote. Discussion after the film will be led by Katrin Diel (History), Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater (English and Women’s and Gender Studies) and Dr. Elizabeth Keathley (Musicology and Women’s and Gender Studies.)

 

Dance faculty, students’ Spring Concert

UNCG faculty and students from the Department of Dance will team up to present the annual Spring Dance Concert April 13-14, 2012, in the UNCG Dance Theatre. General admission tickets to the three showings — 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee performance Saturday — are $12 and are available through the University Box Office at boxoffice.uncg.edu. Highlighted choreographers include members of the dance faculty and selected students. Faculty members include Duane Cyrus, Janet Lilly and B.J. Sullivan.

Full story at UNCG News.

 

Property rights talk

The BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality presents a talk on property rights by Dr. Bas van der Vossen Tuesday April 17, 2012, 4 p.m., in Bryan 212.

See/Hear: April 11, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHDtqHN1bgo

Paul Daniel is one of a growing number of individuals on the UNCG #dsba (Do something bigger altogether) YouTube site. He has been a member of the UNCG Facility Services department since the summer of 2004. He enjoys being a part of the university community – he loves “being around that energy.” How has your UNCG experience been meaningful? How have you been challenged to ‘Do something bigger altogether’? Consider sharing a short video clip. Information is here.

Dr. Amanda Tanner

Dr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) received a grant award from Westat, Inc. for the project “Evaluation of SMILE in CARING for YOUTH: CDC-ATN/NICHD HIV Testing and Linkage-to-Care Collaboration.”

Tony Phillips

The Triad Coalition (Tony Phillips-UNCG HUB Coordinator, Brenda Fulmore-WSSU HUB Coordinator and James Griffin-NC A&T HUB Coordinator) won this year’s Public Sector Owner/Agency Award. The award is recognition of commitment to the state’s HUB Program and utilization of HUB Firms.

Horton/Rueppell/Gupta

As Gov. Beverly Perdue visited our campus last week, she talked with students and faculty. Three UNCG faculty who participated in this visit were Meg Horton (Biology), Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology), and Dr. Sat Gupta (Mathematics and Statistics). In recounting the visit at last week’s Faculty Senate meeting, Chancellor Brady noted that “all three represent the best of what this university is all about.”

Dr. Albert Link

Dr. Albert Link received a grant award from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for the project “Leveraging Entrepreneurship through Alternative Investments: Differences by Gender.” The abstract notes that research related to gender differences in financing market outcomes, especially access to alternative investment funds, is currently limited. This project will help in that regard.

Dr. Sarah Wagner

Dr. Sarah Wagner received a grant award from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the project “Faculty Research Participation Program at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).” Research conducted at JPAC focuses on the logistical and scientific procedures for recovering and identifying remains of US missing service members.

Taub/Johnson/Reynolds

Dr. Deborah J. Taub (School of Education-Teacher Education/Higher Education), Dr. Brad Johnson (Housing & Residence Life), and Torry Reynolds (Higher Education, doctoral student) have received endorsement by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) for their upcoming study “The Status of Gender Neutral Housing in ACUHO-I Member Institutions.” The study will examine the extent to which member institutions of ACUHO-I have implemented or considered implementing gender neutral housing. Upon completion, the study will be considered for publication in one of the association’s publications (“The Journal of College & University Student Housing” or “Talking Stick”) as well as presented at the regional and/or state annual conference. ACUHO-I members believe in developing exceptional residential experiences at colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions around the world. Membership includes thousands of housing professionals from more than 900 colleges and universities in 22 different countries, who serve approximately 1.8 million students worldwide.

Duane Cyrus

Duane Cyrus Art Production will perform in Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret space May 3-5, 2012, at 8 p.m. This is the first time a dance event will be presented at Triad Stage. “Middle Passage: Traveler Part I-IV” is a cabaret performance reflecting the life force and cultural vibrancy of people of African descent in America. It delves into some of the ways that people of African descent have moved, migrated or mobilized throughout American history. The works they will perform are by Duane Cyrus (Dance).

Dr. Joanne Murphy

Dr. Joanne Murphy received a grant award from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation for the project “Death and Palaces: A Detailed Study of Pylian tombs.” Burials and ancestors can have central roles in creating people’s identity and as vehicles for expressions of social competition, the abstract states. “By focusing on 11 tombs near the Bronze Age Greek palace at Pylos, I explore how the Pylians manipulated both their dead and their tombs during the development and later collapse of the palatial economy and hierarchy.”

Additionally, she received a grant award from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for the project “Testing the Value of Survey Data: A 30-year perspective from Northwestern Kea, Greece.” The abstract notes, “The general underlying assumption of surface archaeology is that the landscape recreated from survey data is an accurate picture of the ancient landscape that informs us about land use, population density, politics, and trade in antiquity. The veracity of the assumption has yet to be tested.” This will be the first project of its type in Greece.

Xandra Eden

Xandra Eden (Weatherspoon Art Museum) has been invited to present on her exhibition “Zone of Contention: The U.S./Mexico Border” at the Association of Art Museum Curators Annual Meeting in Boston on May 14, 2012. The AAMC meeting brings together museum professionals from across the U.S. and Canada to discuss issues related to the curatorial field.

Eden will also co-chair (with Claire Schneider) the panel “Regionalism in Art: New Perceptions of Here (vs. There)” at the upcoming Southeastern College Art Conference, which will be held in Durham in October. SECAC 2012 will bring more than 500 studio art and art history faculty, graduate and doctoral students from across the country to the Raleigh/Durham area.