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Archives for April 2012

Roskelly will receive BOG Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly is the 2012 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. It will be presented to her at UNCG’s spring commencement ceremony.

The 17 BOG Teaching Excellence Award recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses. They were selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure. Established in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus. Winners must have taught at their present institutions at least seven years. No one may receive the award more than once.

A professor of English, Roskelly joined the UNCG faculty in 1989. She has held the Linda Carlisle Professorship in Women’s and Gender Studies since 2006.

She received the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003.

Roskelly was appointed to the North Carolina Humanities Council in 2008.

She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Louisville. She received her bachelor of arts’ degree from Murray State University.

Her research interests include rhetoric and composition theory, American literature before 1900, women’s history and rhetoric, philosophy and composing, and pedagogy. She has developed and taught dozens of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in writing, literature and theory.

Her award citation reads in part:
Dr. Roskelly’s teaching philosophy highlights that she does not just want to impart knowledge on students, but help students harvest the knowledge they have. She states: “If I work hard to help students overcome those barriers that keep them from ‘knowing what they know,’ I work just as hard at what must come afterwards: to help them know more.” A colleague notes that Dr. Roskelly “is interested in the growth of the whole student, which is probably why her teaching has such a broad and lasting effect.” This sentiment is clearly evident in the most memorable quote from her teaching philosophy; “In the end, the premise that underlies this philosophy of teaching is simply that I must love students more than I love my subject.” Her students, in turn, appear to love her as well.

Tweet, tweet at UNCG

One way that individuals and programs on campus pass along and receive news is via Twitter. The posts are very short, sometimes with links to a video, picture or larger story. And they represent a great way (in 140 characters or fewer) to immediately get information to those who want it.

The university’s main twitter account is mostly operated by Lanita Withers Goins (University Relations). Helen Hebert and Danielle Baldwin post tweets (messages) as well on that account. It has more than 4,700 followers.

UNCG Weekend is a great twitter feed for keeping students and the campus community informed about happenings on campus. If a tweet is spotted saying ‘Hey, not much happening at UNCG’ – UNCG Weekend will set it straight with what is happening. If you’d wanted to know about UNCG club swim team’s first meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center – or the recent Club Rugby match – that feed had the scoop. A sample tweet: “Baseball game, film festival, up till dawn, bingo in weil winfield. There’s plenty to do tonight, people.”

Chancellor Brady tweets. Some messages in past weeks noted a Teaching Fellows reception and the Budget Sounding Board, as well as moderating the student government presidential debate and hosting an event for student leaders.

Athletics has a great number of Twitter accounts. Their main one, UNCGsports, has about 2,150 followers. It’s especially helpful in following the flow of the games, as Phil Perry and others input updates and observations. Kim Record tweets, as does Tim George. Some of the coaches do too – such as Linh Nguyen. His tweet late on a Saturday night helped immediately spread the word that UNCG sophomore Paul Chelimo, a prospective Public Health major, had just placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. “4th!!!!!” it said. Sometimes you don’t need 140 characters – nine are enough. (Last weekend, he retweeted video of Chelimo setting the season’s fastest national time in the 1500m.)

Mike Tarrant in UNCG Government Relations has one – he tweeted the first link to Trevis Simpson’s fantastic dunk in the SoCon men’s basketball semifinals that CW saw. A more typical post is about Rep. Brad Miller speaking at UNCG’s Graduate Research & Creativity Expo.

The School of Education tweets. So does JSNN. UNCG Financial Aid uses Twitter to help get information to students. The feed uncgParking gives updates on lane closings, detours, Zipcar specials and biking events, as well as parking news. There are many, many more Twitter feeds on campus. You can see a list of official UNCG groups with Twitter, Facebook or YouTube accounts at this directory.

Some tips for UNCG individuals new to Twitter:

  • The main university twitter account follows many twitter pages on campus – and sometimes retweets particularly interesting or informative tweets. A tweet that may have been seen by a hundred can be seen by a multiple of that, if it’s retweeted by others.
  • The main UNCG Twitter account sees tweets bearing the hashtag #UNCG. Even if you have no followers yet, including that hashtag increases the chances your tweet may be retweeted.
  • If you see a UNCG twitter feed you’re interested in following, check out the feeds that account is following. You may want to follow some of those as well.
  • Using Twitter allows your department or program to get the word out and maintain a relationship with its “followers.” It can be a very useful medium for everyone involved.

More information, from posting tips to UNCG-branded avatars, is available on this UNCG Social Media page.

By Mike Harris

Clash of the Spartans, April 14

When in Foust Park, do as the Romans do.

And the Greeks, as well.

Classics Day: Clash of the Spartans will be Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Foust Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The day begins with a PanAthenaic Procession. Events include a demonstration of Greek and Roman military techniques; Olympic games; scenes from a Greek tragedy and a Roman comedy; and an Oracle.

There’ll be a sand art activity at the “archaeology dig” center that is particularly kid-friendly.

A Homer-a-Thon will feature readings from Homer’s “Iliad” in Latin and ancient Greek, as well as English.

The event is organized by the Classical Society, a student-run UNCG organization. Several faculty members in Classical Studies are involved as well.

Additional events on campus that day include Reunion, Destination UNCG, the Miles Davis Jazz Festival and the International Festival (which will be featured in next week’s CW).

Details, including a schedule and photos of last year’s Classics Day, may be found at http://www.wix.com/uncgclassics/classicsday#!

By Mike Harris

Teaching Excellence Award nominations

The chancellor announces that nominations for these awards are being accepted through Sept. 14, 2012. The form is online.

TO: Faculty, Staff, Student Leadership, and Alumni Association
FROM: Linda P. Brady
DATE: March 28, 2012
RE: Nominations for 2012-2013 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Awards

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the university presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year. Let me urge you to use the attached form to submit nominations for the 2012-2013 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Teaching Excellence awards to be awarded in August 2013.

The Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for an Untenured Faculty Member ($4,500) recognizes a full-time faculty member who has completed at least three (3) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. Instructors, lecturers, nontenured assistant and associate professors, and clinical faculty who meet the criteria are eligible. The recipient is recognized on campus after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus address.

The Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for a Tenured Faculty Member ($7,500) recognizes a full-time tenured faculty member, who has completed at least three (3) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. The recipient is recognized on campus after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus address.

The Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award recognizes a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven (7) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition.

Nominations must be submitted by September 14, 2012. Note that all eligible faculty who receive the 2012-2013 teaching award from their College or School will be automatically nominated for one of these awards.

The nomination form and the award criteria are available on the web at http://undergraduate.uncg.edu/colleagues/alumni.php

You may direct questions about these awards to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Steve Roberson (SHROBERS@uncg.edu).

Abstracts, panel proposals accepted for CACE

The 23rd Annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE), hosted by UNCG’s African American Studies program, will be held October 18-19, 2012. The theme will be “New Approaches to Black Leadership in the African Diaspora.”

Since the election of President Barack Obama, there have been numerous conversations across the world regarding his leadership style. While this conference is not focused on Barack Obama and his presidency, his private life and political career provide stimulating topics for considering the state of Black leadership in the 21st century. His work as a community organizer and his impact on international governments provides us with topics for engaging and informative critical discourse.

Paper abstracts and panel proposals are being accepted. Details and a listing of potential topics are at www.uncg.edu/afs/docs/CFP_CACE_2012.pdf.

Abstracts must be submitted by May 1, 2012. Submit as a Word or PDF document to afs@uncg.edu. Questions may be submitted to that address as well. Abstracts from non-academics, graduate and undergraduate students are welcomed.

SERVE Center study shows value of hands-on learning

A large-scale study of AMSTI – the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, Alabama’s homegrown math and science program – by UNCG’s SERVE Center confirms the value of hands-on, inquiry-based learning.

The multi-year study, done under a U.S. Department of Education contract, involved approximately 30,000 students and 780 teachers in 82 Alabama schools. The final data analysis shows that students in AMSTI schools got the equivalent of 28 extra days of schooling in math after one year, and 50 extra days after two years.

Also significant is that, while AMSTI does not explicitly teach reading skills, AMSTI students saw reading gains after one year equivalent to 40 extra days of schooling.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines
Access the full report at http://www.serve.org/.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin joins with UNCG Jazz Ensemble for 2012 Miles Davis Festival

Well known for his work with Dave Douglas’ quintet and the Maria Schneider big band, saxophonist Donny McCaslin will be the featured artist at the 2012 Miles Davis Jazz Festival on April 14, 8 p.m., at Aycock Auditorium.

Steve Haines, director of the UNCG Miles Davis Program Director in Jazz Studies, says, “I really love his tune ‘Late Night Gospel.’ It comes from a Stravinsky theme.”

Also what Haines loves is the value McCaslin’s visit brings to the music students. “This is the best part! Donny sent us a number of trio and quartet songs, which the students are orchestrating into music for 18 people strong, the UNCG Jazz Ensemble. They are learning so much. They are doing a lot of listening. For many of them, this is their first foray into big band writing. They have spent hours and hours of work preparing for this.”

It will make for an evening to remember. “Every arrangement on the concert will be a world premiere. It’s tremendously exciting for all of us, and so far everything sounds really, really good,” Haines says.

What does Haines look forward to, that evening? Two things, he explains: “For me, it will be hearing all of this great music realized….. I will also look forward to hearing Donny playing live.”

A reviewer in Jazz Times called Donny McCaslin “a versatile player who moves easily between inside and outside musical zones . . . . [T]here’s a fluidity and grace to his playing even when he’s pushing at envelopes,” according to his online biography.

In 2006, McCaslin received a Doris Duke grant for new jazz composition from Chamber Music America, his biography notes. His latest CD, “In Pursuit” is the result.

Purchase tickets at www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/tickets.

By Mike Harris

Looking Ahead: April 4, 2012

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

WAM Jam, featuring Quintet Sirocco
Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Baseball vs. Presbyterian
Friday, April 6, 6 p.m.

Softball vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m.

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

With the Staff: March 2012

Hello: Lisa Alston, Housing & Residence Life; Herman Crawford, Grounds; Malinda Patrice, Psychology; Tyler Bradley, Office of Safety; James Laudenbacher, Warehouse

Good-bye: Michael Ingram, Libraries; Hollie Stevenson-Parrish, Annual Fund; Daniel Nonte, University Relations; David Basich, Facility Operations; Sarah Warnemunde, Human Resource Services; William Mansfield, Facility Operations; Layman Idol, ITS; Will Sykes, ITS; Bryan McKinney, ITS; Allen Mitchell, Athletics

Staff Senate elections

Nominations are being accepted for UNCG’s Staff Senate. Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012. (Paper nominations are available upon request). Make nominations at http://goo.gl/u8C4m

Visit staffsenate.uncg.edu to learn more about the Staff Senate. Contact Kevin Bullard, elections chair for Staff Senate, at kbullard@uncg.edu or 790-8642 if you have questions regarding this year’s election process.

Key dates for 2012 Staff Senate elections are:
April 2 – 13: Campus-wide Nomination Solicitation for Senate
April 30 – May 11: Divisional elections
May 21 – 25: Run-off elections (if necessary)
May 28-29: New senators will be notified.
June 14: New senators will attend Senate meeting.

Upcoming meetings of Faculty Senate, faculty

These three meetings will be held this month:

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

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 3 p.m.
School of Education Building, Room 114 (auditorium)
Special Topic: Academic Program Review Report

General Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m.
Library 032-Jarrell Hall
Provost Perrin scheduled to make a presentation of his recommendations to the chancellor regarding Academic Program Review.

Garden party April 18

Enjoy a garden party in the UNCG Garden. The event will be Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 4-6 p.m., at 123 McIver St.

Come celebrate UNCG Garden’s second season of growth, its new plots and the new sign. Come meet current growers, learn how you can join them and find out how to incorporate the garden into your class or daily routine. There’ll be refreshments.

Commuter Appreciation Week

Commuter Appreciation Week is Monday, April 9-Friday, April 13, 2012. We have more than 12,700 Commuter students. Let the commuter students you serve know you appreciate them, says Lisa McGuire. Decorate your offices, put out signs, give out special treats, or have an open house. Send a description of what you are doing and when by Tuesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. to onthego@uncg.edu and she will include it in the OnTheGo Weekly Announcements that will be emailed to commuters on Thursday, April 5. If you have any questions, contact Lisa McGuire, Assistant Director, Campus Activities & Programs for Adult, Transfer and Commuter Programming.

‘Europe in Crisis’

The Center for Legislative Studies’ Spring 2012 Lecture Series presents “Euro(pe) in Crisis: The Past and Future of European Integration” by Dr. Helga A. Welsh. She is professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University.

The lecture will be Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

Her publications have focused on the history and politics of the former East Germany, German unification, transitional justice, the reform of higher education in Germany, and democratization processes in Central and Eastern Europe.

Game Night April 13

The Office of Campus Activities and Programs and Jackson Library invite you to bring your family and friends for our last Game Night of the year on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 5-8 p.m. in the Jackson Library Reading Room on the 1st floor of Jackson Library. Enjoy traditional family board and card games, video games and pizza. Bring your family. This is a free family-friendly event. Contact Lisa McGuire at lmmcguir@uncg.edu or 4-5800 for more information.

Free ‘Day at the Lake’

The Office of Campus Activities and Programs and Campus Recreation invite you to bring your family and friends to Piney Lake for “A Day at the Lake” on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Try canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, volleyball, board games and free hotdogs and hamburgers. This event is open to all UNCG students, faculty and staff, their family and friends. Take the free shuttle operating from Stirling Street or drive to Piney Lake at 4016 Blumenthal Rd, Greensboro, NC 27406. This is a free family-friendly event. Contact Lisa McGuire at lmmcguir@uncg.edu or 4-5800 for more information.

Club in national championship tournament

The UNCG Women’s Volleyball Club will be hitting the road to compete in the National Collegiate Volleyball Foundation Championship Tournament April 5-7 in Kansas City.

UNCG will be making its second appearance in this event since 2010. Anna McNeely, the Women’s Volleyball Club president, says, “We have won six out of the seven tournaments we competed in this school year. The one event we did not win, we placed third.” The club’s strong performance on the court has lead to the team’s current national ranking of 21st among Div. I universities.

The UNCG Women’s Volleyball Club is a club sport through the Department of Campus Recreation.

In other club sports news, the UNCG Swim Club hosted its first-ever home meet, which was at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, on Feb. 25. The event had approximately 270 swimmers from 13 schools in Virginia and the Carolinas.

See/Hear: April 4, 2012

UNCG’s best-kept secret? A handful of students were asked, and they responded. Their answers may surprise you. (Who knew the swing was so valued….)

Lloyd Douglas

Lloyd Douglas has been elected by the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) to serve as a member of its Human Resources Advisory Committee. Located in Berkeley, CA, MSRI is renowned as a center for mathematics research and postdoctoral education. Douglas’ three-year term began April 1, 2012. Douglas is associate director of the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Dr. Elizabeth L. Keathley

Dr. Elizabeth L. Keathley (Musicology) has received a grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is principal investigator of the project “The Feminine Face of Musical Modernism: Women and Collaborative Networks in Schoenberg’s Modern Music Subcultures.”

Dr. Peter Villella

Dr. Peter Villella (History) received a grant award from the American Council of Learned Societies for the project “In Search of a White Legend: Native Lords and the Politics of History in Colonial Mexico.” The abstract states, “This project contributes to the historiography of Latin America not only because it reveals indigenous contributions to the development of Mexican national identity and memory, but also because it incorporates indigenous thinkers into the domain of intellectual history, a field that has largely overlooked the non-European world.”

Dr. Michelle Dowd

Dr. Michelle Dowd (English) received an award from the City of Chicago Newberry Library for the project “Delinquent Pedigrees: The Spatial Rhetoric of Lineage on the Early Modern Stage.” The abstract states, “This study is the first to demonstrate the centrality of Renaissance drama to constructions of lineage, providing a new understanding of the intersection of theater and England’s social and economic history.”