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Archives for May 2012

Charlie Chaplin roused the crowds at UNCG

The UNCG campus has seen lots of notable visitors, from Martha Graham to George Washington Carver to Teddy Roosevelt. But a visit that’s little-known today was by arguably the most influential performer of the 20th century.

Charlie Chaplin.

Did he sneak in without fanfare on a quiet visit? No. He was the featured figure in a big, patriotic parade that wound through Greensboro, the city’s papers reported, before ending in the middle of the UNCG campus (then called the State Normal & Industrial College). There, Charlie Chaplin thrilled the crowds.

One diary in the Greensboro Historical Museum archives calls the day “a never to be forgotten occasion.”

In Campus Weekly this summer, learn the full story of Charlie Chaplin’s visit, including:

  • Why he came to UNCG
  • How our students played a role in the day’s patriotic events – and in the larger historical context
  • What he did at UNCG
  • What some UNCG faculty and staff members say about Chaplin and his artistry.

It’ll be a story of enthusiastic patriotism, as a student body and the larger community joined in something much bigger than themselves.

It’s looking to be a “Chaplinesque” summer here at UNCG Campus Weekly. Enjoy the story posts this summer, along with all the news you’d normally have every issue.

By Mike Harris
(Visual: Publicity shot from Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 movie “The Kid.” Public domain, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.)

Read next post in series:

Buy WWI liberty bonds, Chaplin told 5,000


2012 top service awards

Six individuals have received UNCG’s top awards for service.

Martha Hendrix Kaley received the Charles Duncan McIver Award. Alan and Sally Schindel Cone received the Holderness / Weaver Award. William Mangum received the Alumni Excellence Award, Mary-Owens Bell Fitzgerald received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and LaToya Marsh received the Young Alumni Award.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Beth English

41 saluted for staff excellence

Mary Anderson (Dean of Students Office) and Terri Cartner (Business Affairs) received the 2012 Staff Excellence Awards, in a reception at Cone Ballroom May 11, 2012. They will be recognized after the chancellor’s address in August.

Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs, spoke about how staff at UNCG do “whatever is necessary to keep us moving forward.”

“An incredible groups of nominees this year,” he said, before recognizing each one individually. “An incredible group of individuals.”

He said the morning was an opportunity to notice and appreciate the great work all around us at UNCG.

The nominees honored were:
Jan Albrecht
Mary Anderson
Betty Betts
Kivette Blacknall
Kevin Bullard
Mitzi Burchinal
Regan Burney
Dianna T. Carter
Terri Cartner
Haley Childers
Carolyn Coppedge
Dedrick Curtis
Maggie Dargatz
Kristi Dellay
Nora Dial-Stanley
Marella Farrington
Josh Green
Cheryl Greenberg
Rachel Hill
Deb Hurley
Matthew Jones
Mary Katsikas
Caroline Kernahan
Melissa Kruep
Carole Lindsey-Potter
Cynthia Louis
Cristy McGoff
Heather Moore
Melanie Paige Morris
Jacqueline Oates
Anna L. Patton
Cathy Roberts
Cathy Rogers
Dana Saunders
Rhonda Sawyer
Helen Sedwick
Don Shore
Susan Stack
Sandra Teglas
Touger Vang
Andrea Whitley

“Thank you for all you do to make UNCG a special place to work,” Stacy Kosciak, chair of Staff Senate, told the 41 staff members honored that day.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Chancellor Brady presents awards to Terri Cartner and Mary Anderson

Focus on Global Peace Culture

Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned authority on the global peace culture, will headline a June 2, 2012, event hosted by the UNCG Conflict and Peace Studies program.

Chomsky, a political theorist and activist, will participate in a moderated discussion on concrete solutions to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

The June 2 event will be held in the Mead Auditorium of the Sullivan Science Building. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion and a book-signing event.

Admission is free to students with a valid University ID. Tickets for the general public are $15 per person, and seating is limited. For reservations and more information, click here.

Parking will be available in the McIver parking deck adjacent to the Sullivan Science Building.

The event is sponsored by:

  • Conflict and Peace Studies Program, UNCG
  • Office of Research and Economic Development, UNCG
  • Women and Gender Studies Program, UNCG
  • School of Health and Human Sciences, UNCG
  • Department of Social Work, UNCG
  • Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures, UNCG

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the UNCG Conflict and Peace Studies Program will host an engaging evening of spirited intellectual dialogue as part of its annual speaker series.

For information on UNCG’s Conflict and Peace Studies program, visit http://conflictstudies.uncg.edu, email conflictstudies@uncg.edu or phone 334-4781.

Update: As of May 31, this event is sold out, according to two sources.


Energy savings on our campus

Chancellor Linda P. Brady has provided a message regarding energy savings on the UNCG campus:

On Sustainability Day, October 26, 2011, I established an energy conservation goal of 5 percent for fiscal year 2011-12. I would like to provide an update on our results to date.

From July 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012, UNCG energy use decreased 6.27 percent when compared to the same period in FY 2010-11. This occurred even as we have added a net of approximately 44,000 square feet of occupied building space. The decrease can be attributed to many factors, including various programs and policies that have been created or expanded this year, as well as weather conditions.

The implementation of the new Standards of Comfort policy began in December 2011 and has taken effect in 11 buildings as of May 7, 2012. The remaining campus buildings will be under the new standards by the end of summer 2012. Spartan Sparks, the behavior-based conservation effort, was launched in 19 buildings across the campus and has generated discussions about energy efficiency practices in these buildings. Ideas produced from these discussions include encouraging individual departments to establish goals for energy conservation, replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights, and removing unnecessary light fixtures. More than 30 offices have joined the Green Office Certification program to promote sustainability in office environments; energy conservation is a cornerstone of this program as well. The nationally-recognized Vampire Energy Slayers campaign continues, giving student volunteers the opportunity to teach employees about the environmental and financial consequences of vampire energy.

UNCG also continued to implement technological improvements to assist in energy conservation. Almost 1,200 lighting fixtures in Ragsdale-Mendenhall, Moore-Strong, and Spencer Residence Halls were replaced with high efficiency fixtures through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. This retrofit is projected to reduce electrical consumption in those buildings by more than 15 percent. A pilot program of occupancy-based controls was implemented on the second floor of Moore residence hall, generating a reduction in electrical use of 35.8 percent when compared to the third floor. Finally, Facilities Operations upgraded 591 fixtures and installed 90 occupancy sensors in Curry Building during its renovation, improvements that are estimated to save approximately $15,630 annually.

Weather conditions have also aided our cause, particularly the mild winter. Should FY 2012-13 have more challenging weather, maintaining and improving on our successes in FY 2011-12 will be difficult. Adding to this challenge will be the reopening of the seven newly renovated Quad Buildings, which were not air conditioned previously.

To maintain our progress toward our energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, the campus community must be even more engaged on energy conservation in their respective areas. I want to encourage the entire university community to strengthen our commitment to energy conservation by adopting business practices that contribute to the reduction of UNCG’s carbon footprint.

UNCG faculty retirements for 2011-12

Faculty members who have given more than 300 years of service are retiring from UNCG. They are:

  • John J. Gamble Jr., professor, Department of Dance, 26.5 years.
  • Dr. Loren L. Schweninger, Rosenthal Excellence Professor, Department of History, 40.5 years.
  • Dr. Francine R. Johnston, associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, 17 years.
  • Dr. Sarah B. Berenson, Yopp Distinguished Professor, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, five years.
  • Dr. Terence A. Nile, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 39 years.
  • Dr. Adalyn Vallecorsa, professor, Department of Specialized Education Services, 32 years.
  • Dr. Jaquelyn W. White, professor, Department of Psychology, 40 years.
  • Dr. K. Porter Aichele, professor, Department of Art, 21.5 years.
  • Dr. Laura S. Sims, professor, Department of Nutrition, 12 years.
  • Billie M. Durham, clinical assistant professor, Library and Information Studies, 3.5 years.
  • Dr. Marion O’Brien, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, 11.5 years.
  • Vicki McCready, academic professional professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 29 years.
  • Dr. Margaret R. Savoca, associate professor, Nutrition, seven years.
  • Dr. James Sellers, professor, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, 35 years.

Note: This post was updated, with addition of five names, on July 23, 2012.

Cram and Scram sale June 2

Clothing, decorations, electronics, appliances, furniture and other odds and ends left in university housing by departing students will sold for just 50 cents apiece at the 2012 event.

The sale will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Cone Ballroom, EUC. The EUC’s west-facing doors, near Kaplan Commons, will open at 8 a.m.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

On Underground Railroad journey

UNCG Guarantee Scholars will present research projects connected to retracing the historic route of the Underground Railroad conducted by Harriet Tubman (visual). The event, “The Underground Railroad: A Journey Narrative & Service with Harriet Tubman,” will be Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Admission will be charged.

The presentations will consist of research, travel and journal documentation linking the Underground Railroad to present-day issues of social justice and immigration. Jack Register (Social Work) and Kristen Christman (Undergraduate Student Excellence) will moderate the presentations.

See UNCG News story previewing the students’ journey.

Greensboro Light Opera & Song

Like Gilbert and Sullivan? You are in for a double-dip treat.

The inaugural season of Greensboro Light Opera & Song (GLOS) presents two Gilbert and Sullivan works on stage:

The Pirates of Penzance – June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and June 16 at 2 p.m.

HMS Pinafore – June 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m.

The performances will be in Aycock Auditorium.

Dr. David Holley serves as artistic director.

The 2012 GLOS season is partially underwritten by a gift from the Greensboro Opera Company.

Purchase tickets in person at the Triad Stage Box office, by phone at 272-0160 or online at opera.uncg.edu.

Details are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/music/performance/opera-theatre/glos.

(Visual detail from Music web site.)

75th anniversary of Alumni House

When you turn 75, that calls for a celebration. The Alumni House celebration will be Tuesday June 5, 2012, 2-4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

The event will be hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations. Stop by for refreshments and – at 3 p.m.- a retrospective.

Visuals and some history of the house’s interiors may be viewed here.

More information may be found here.

Chunky Monkeys ahead of Weapons of Mass Reduction

More than 30 UNCG employees are a part of the Be Active Worksites Throwdown Challenge, sponsored by Be Active NC. HealthyUNCG is coordinating the teams for UNCG, which has 7 teams competing with teams from across the state.

All the teams are doing great, says Michelle Cathorall, director of HealthyUNCG, and have increased their amount of physical activity. Almost all of them increased their average minutes of activity over the first week.

At last report, UNCG is in third place for average minutes of physical activity for all participating worksites in the state. There are 20 worksites – with 139 teams – participating across the state, Cathorall says.

Team Chunky Monkey is currently the top Lets Get Active Team in the state.

“We have five on our team,” says Rebecca Lockhart, Program Assistant for the NC Rated License Assessment Project.

“I received an email about the Throwdown and shared it with others in the office. I was hoping to get a couple of people to join me because I wanted to participate, instead 10 people in our office were interested so we formed two teams.

So, how did they come up with that name – Chunky Monkeys? “At first we were thinking ‘practical’ team names, then we decided to have fun with it instead.” The other team participating from their group is the “Weapons of Mass Reduction.”

“For me, the best thing about the initiative is that it provides that extra boost and motivation to think about how active you are and fit extra activity into your day on purpose,” adds Lockhart, the team captain.

Cathorall adds that one UNCG individual did not engage in regular physical activity before the challenge – and had 820 minutes of activity last week.

Employees may earn Spartan Points for participating.

More info is at the HealthyUNCG Throwdown page.

SOAR 2012

SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration) will welcome UNCG’s newest Spartans beginning June 7.

Throughout the month, nearly 3,000 new students and 2,000 parents and family members will attend one of the eight two-day Freshman SOAR sessions or the one-day Transfer and Adult SOAR session. Additional sessions are offered the week before classes begin in August.

SOAR provides new students with the opportunity to make connections with current UNCG students, faculty and staff. This year, 25 Spartan Orientation Staff (SOS) leaders and 10 Transfer and Adult SOAR Leaders (TASLs) will host new students and their families during SOAR sessions by leading small group discussions for incoming students, serving as guides across campus and facilitating presentations on a variety of topics.

Many on campus are involved: Various departments and student organizations participate in the festive Spartan EXPO, an information fair that provides helpful information to all SOAR participants. Faculty members also participate in the First-Year Summer Read (which will be featured in a future CW post), which gives students the opportunity to read a faculty-selected book over the summer and join a faculty-led discussion and reception during Rawkin’ Welcome Week.

Additional staff members offer their time to serve as SOAR Volunteers, lending support around campus to our visitors by serving as greeters, shuttle hosts, and offering directional assistance.

William Parrish (EUC) takes part each year. “Taking a few hours out of my schedule to make sure we provide some assistance to the team putting on SOAR – and present a smiling, helpful presence for our future Spartans and their families – is a small but important part that I can provide to this program,” he tells CW. He normally greets at the main entrance door to the EUC.

Nicole Piscitelli (Campus Recreation) is volunteering as a Street Team Member. She says she greets new students and parents and answer questions. “Seeing all the new students re-energizes me for the upcoming year!”

Volunteer opportunities are still available. If you are interested in being involved in SOAR, email Allison Schofield at apschofi@uncg.edu

For more information about SOAR, visit http://soar.uncg.edu.

See/hear: May 30, 2012

Mike Koech is an athlete on the outstanding Spartan track team. In December, he received his degree in public health, and he is working on a second degree in biology. He tells of his perspective on UNCG.

Consider making and submitting your own short “Do Something Bigger Altogether” video. Information is here.

Spoma Jovanovic teaches how to make good things happen in the community

On the first day of class each year, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic asks her new students what’s the purpose of higher education. It’s not a trick question – she tells them that living a meaningful life in a democracy demands both an informed mind and service. And they get a good dose of both before the semester ends.

College professor, community organizer and advocate of service learning, Jovanovic regularly involves her students in out-of-class service experiences that are often eye-openers for folks who don’t normally look for community problems to solve and needs to meet.

Called BUBBS, the current project is an acronym for Bringing Us Benches and Bus Shelters. Pulling students together from UNCG and Dudley High School, BUBBS – as its name suggests – is seeking to place benches and shelters at Greensboro’s bus stops; nine out of 10 bus stops have neither and there are more than 1,000 stops citywide. BUBBS is a partnership with Guilford Education Alliance and the News & Record.

The project has taken off, and “It’s all very cool,” she said.

BUBBS has attracted the attention of Action Greensboro’s synerG, through its “big idea” competition. It was selected from 18 entrants, and SynerG is putting $10,000 toward the benches.

Full story at UNCG’s Inspire.Change web page.

By Steve Gilliam

Looking ahead: May 30, 2012

Cram and Scram sale
Saturday, June 2, EUC, 8 a.m.

Exhibition opening, “Close Relations and a Few Black Sheep”
Saturday, June 2, Weatherspoon

Panel, “Israel/Palestine: Concrete Solutions towards peace,” with Noam Chomsky
Saturday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. (reception beforehand), Sullivan Science

Venus transit viewing
Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m., Walker Ave. Deck

Film, Art21 preview screening
Thu, June 7, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Art tour, “Noon @ the ‘Spoon”
Tuesday, June 12, noon, Weatherspoon

Thursday, June 14, 9 a.m., Walker Circle area

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, June 14, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

With the Staff: May 2012

Hello: Robert Simpson, Housekeeping; Richard Fleming, Purchasing; Shakima Dillard, HRS; John Bethea, Housekeeping

Good-bye: Hannah Kirby, HDFS; Julius Moore, Housekeeping; Erma Williams, Housekeeping; Laurin Therrin, ITS; James Winchester, Housekeeping; Eva Miller, NCRLAP; Warren Carter, Housekeeping; Lynette Cox, Physics & Astronomy; Deborah Nelson, Registrar Office; Amanda Barber, NCRLAP

Twitter @campusweekly

You like Twitter? If you do, “follow” UNCG’s Campus Weekly at http://twitter.com/campusweekly. You’ll see occasional “tweets” of information or observations you won’t find at the main CW site. You’ll know the moment CW is published each Tuesday – so you can be among the first to see the week’s stories. And you’ll see occasional “retweets” of info from around campus that the CW editor thinks you may be interested in knowing.

As the spring story on campus Twitter feeds showed, there are a lot of great Twitter feeds at our university, such as UNCG’s main one at https://twitter.com/UNCG, providing lots of interesting information and news. A full listing of UNCG Twitter accounts – as well as Facebook accounts – is here.

8 is enough (don’t dial 9)

This month, the access number for obtaining an outside campus line was changed from 9 to the number 8. You will need to dial 8 instead of 9 before making calls to off-campus phone numbers. During the month of May, customers are able to dial either 8 or 9 to obtain an outside line. Beginning June 1, you will no longer be able to dial 9 to reach an outside campus line.

Full story here.

OSHA Training

Become a “safety graduate.” Ten-hour OSHA training for general industry will be offered starting Friday, June 15, 2012. There will be one session each week, through July 12. All sessions are 9 a.m. to noon in the Campus Supply Building, Room 118. For details or to register, call the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 334-4357.

Golf lessons, anyone?

Summer golf lessons will be offered at the UNCG Golf Practice Facility north of the Student Recreation Center.

UNCG-affiliated students, faculty, staff and guests are permitted to register for golf classes.

All classes are limited to the first eight people who register and pay, to ensure individualized instruction.

There are beginner classes and intermediate classes.

To sign up, come by the 4th floor Reception Desk in the SRC and complete a registration form, or go to: http://campusrec.uncg.edu/ and follow the link under Announcements.

Thanks for reading CW

Thanks for reading Campus Weekly this year.

An efficient CW redesign was launched last August, in response to what our readers liked and disliked according the Winter 2010/11 CW survey. The number of individuals looking at CW has risen greatly over the past year – from an average each issue of 1,260 in spring 2011 to 2,389 in spring 2012, according to Google Analytics.

Also, thanks to the many news contributors throughout campus who supplement the stories and photography that are created in University Relations.

If you or your department has news and you haven’t let us know about it, send us a few lines about it. We want to include news from throughout campus.

And feel free to link to any story you see in Campus Weekly – whether through Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. The box at the bottom of every CW story makes it easy to help share news.

Those looking for additional news? The UNCG News site, which was redesigned earlier this academic year and provides a few stories for CW each week, is another great source – as are a variety of UNCG social media sites.

New Spartan Legislative Network

The UNCG Alumni Association will host a press conference announcing the new Spartan Legislative Network Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 10 – 11 a.m. It will be in UNCG’s Alumni House. All are invited.

The Spartan Legislative Network is a special advocacy group of the Alumni Association composed of UNCG alumni, parents, students and friends that promote the value of UNCG and public higher education to elected officials in the state of North Carolina.

At the event, individuals will have an opportunity to enroll as a charter member of the network.

Questions? Contact Mary Swantek at 256-2011 or m_swante@uncg.edu.

Shred-A-Thon 2012

The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling will host the annual Shred-a-Thon on Thursday, June 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Walker Circle area near the Jackson Library Tower and Elliott University Center. All UNCG staff, faculty and students can bring any paper records they have from their offices or homes to have them shredded and recycled free of charge. Only paper records please; staples and paper clips are fine to include but please remove paper from any binders or hard folders. The shredding service will be provided by Cintas Document Management. Their mobile shredding truck is equipped with a closed circuit TV camera that will allow you to witness the destruction of your sensitive documents if you wish. Please have your documents in either a plastic/paper bag or cardboard box and ready to be removed from your vehicle at the Walker Ave. bus stop area in a expeditious manner to the mobile shredding truck.

Questions? Contact Ben Kunka at 334-5192.

Keep in mind some records you may encounter have historical significance. Please refer to University Archives for more information about what records need to be saved and transferred to University Archives.

UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Records are to be disposed of according to University and State approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available on the Records Management web site at http://its.uncg.edu/Records_Management/. If you have questions about records management, contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.

By Ben Kunka (Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling)

Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji

Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji (Mathematics and Statistics) has been appointed the Helen Barton Excellence Professor in Mathematics.

Shivaji joined UNCG last fall and his appointment to the endowed professorship was effective earlier this year. Funds for the professorships are made possible by the UNCG Excellence Foundation Inc. Shivaji earned a PhD in 1981 from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Prior to joining UNCG, he served for 26 years at Mississippi State University, where he was honored as a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor.

His area of specialization is partial differential equations, in particular, nonlinear elliptic boundary valve problems. His research work has applications in combustion theory, chemical reactor theory and population dynamics, and it has been funded by the National Science Foundation for several years. He has authored more than 100 research papers and presented more than 150 research talks at conferences and international institutions.

Full story at UNCG News.

Dr. Patrick Madsen

Dr. Patrick Madsen has been named director of Career Services. Madsen joins UNCG from Johns Hopkins University, where he served for the last seven years as director of Career Services and director of Programs and Education in the Carey Business School. Prior to Johns Hopkins, he served as assistant director of Career Services at both Nova Southeastern University and East Carolina University. Madsen brings with him significant teaching experience as well as knowledge and experience in international issues. He served on three different occasions as a consultant in Azerbaijan on issues related to career advising and building a career center and has also served the U. S. State Department in its Career Advisor Training Program working with professionals from across Asia and Eurasia.

Dr. Mary Catherine Scott-Little

Dr. Mary Catherine Scott-Little (HDFS) has received a grant award from the Louisiana Department of Education for the project “Early Learning Standards Revision Project.” The abstract notes that UNCG will “provide technical assistance to support the development of an early learning standards continuum, and will assist with revisions on the state’s early learning standards.”

Jack Register

Jack Register (Social Work) has been elected to the National Association of Social Workers- NC Chapter Board of Directors as the Piedmont District Representative. He will begin a two year term starting on July 1, 2012. He also facilitated a panel at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in April, titled “Defining Marriage in the 21st Century,” and will be a part of the event there on June 6 in which UNCG Guarantee students speak of their recent journey tracing the route of the Underground Railroad.

Dr. Roy Stine

Dr. Roy Stine (Geography) received an award increase from Guilford County for the project “Student Internship Program with the Guilford County Planning Department.”


Two professors in UNCG’s Department of Religious Studies have received fellowships to pursue advanced studies in their discipline in Princeton, N.J., during the next academic year.

They are Dr. Derek Krueger (left) and Dr. Eugene F. Rogers Jr. Both are also faculty members in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Krueger will be working at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton’s think tank where people like Albert Einstein, Kurt Goedel, Robert Oppenheimer, George Kennan and the art historian Irwin Panofsky worked. He will be a member of the School for Historical Studies for the 2012-13 year. He will be finishing a book called “Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium.”

Rogers has won a fellowship and a summer stipend to work on two books. He will spend next year at the Center of Theological Inquiry on the grounds of the Princeton Theological Seminary to work on “The Analogy of Blood.” It uses sociology of religion to show why evolution’s detractors tend to use the language of blood – as well as why its defenders should reclaim the same language. The summer award from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow him to finish “Thomas Aquinas on the Supreme Court: Race, Gender, and the Failure of Natural Law in His Biblical Commentaries.”

Full story at UNCG News.

Dr. Rick Bunch

Dr. Rick Bunch (Geography) received an award from Habitat for Humanity for the project “Guilford County Neighborhood and Community Assessment and Mapping.” The Center for Geographic Information Science will build a geospatial database representing the East Side Park neighborhood directory, the abstract states. Crime data for each year spanning 2008 to 2011 will also be obtained and geocoded to represent locations of crime by type in a Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Dr. Edna Chun

Dr. Edna Chun (HRS) has a new book, “Creating a Tipping Point: Strategic HR in Higher Education,” co-authored with Alvin Evans (Kent State). The book aims to help in the transformation from transactional HR operations to “strategic HR.” Earlier this year, “Diverse Administrators in Peril: The New Indentured Class in Higher Education” was published, as well. She and Evans were the authors. That book is described as “the first in-depth examination of the work experiences of minority, female and LGBT administrators in higher education.” Additionally, Chun will present a Meet the Author session on Diverse Administrators in Peril at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education in New York City on June 1. Chun is associate vice chancellor for human resource services.

Dr. Raleigh Bailey

Dr. Raleigh Bailey (Center for New North Carolinians) has received a continuation of funding from the City of Greensboro for the project “Lead-Based Paint Hazard and Healthy Homes Education.” The abstract states that The Center for New North Carolinians shall conduct and coordinate education and outreach activities to reduce lead-based paint hazards for residents and households in target areas within the City of Greensboro, with a focus on immigrant families. It adds that immigrant and refugees will be given information on maintaining healthy homes, free from pests and dangerous chemicals, and information about utilizing environmentally safe solutions.

Staff Stars come out to shine

Surprise, surprise. “Welcome … Congratulations! You’re a Staff Star!”

As the Staff Senate’s Melanie Hoover and Josette Rubino-Tucker welcomed the Spring 2012 honorees into the Virginia Dare Room, some were very surprised. A ceremony awaited inside; they would be feted.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady offered remarks, before presenting a certificate and speaking about each Staff Star.

She called the Staff Stars presentation “a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that our staff do.”

She hears from prospective students and families how helpful people are here at UNCG…how beautiful our campus is…how great our facilities look. So much is done by so many, throughout campus, to accomplish this standard.

She told the honorees, “You symbolize the incredible work our staff do every day.”

The honorees:
Ada Baldwin
Derrick Beasley
Mark Brown
Mitzi Burchinal
Amy Cook
Mary Early
Erick Gardner
Rob Gorrell
Teddy Hyatt
Maggie Jones
Judy Lillis
Carol Lindsey-Potter
Guy McGayhey
Lisa McGuire
Debbie Nelson
Shawn O’Neil
Robert Owens
Ann Perdue
Zach Ratcliffe
Meggan Reagan
Matthew Strupp
John Tinnin

Each received a certificate, in a special blue and gold folder that read “You make a difference.”

The chancellor spoke about each honoree and what had earned them the honor.

Afterward, as the honorees had their picture made with the chancellor, Josette Rubino-Tucker was asked how many were completely surprised when they arrived. More than two-thirds, she thought.

Betty Betts and Cynthia Louis explained they’d asked the supervisors to keep it hush-hush – so it’d be a welcome surprise.

By Mike Harris
Photographs by David Wilson: On this page, honorees with the chancellor. On main CW page, visual of the chancellor greeting the first honoree, Ada Baldwin.


APR recommendations will go to BOG

The chancellor has made her decisions.

After 18 months of academic program review at UNCG, in a process involving more than a hundred individuals, recommendations were presented at the final UNCG Board of Trustees meeting of the academic year.

The recommendations now will go to the UNC Board of Governors.

In an announcement to the campus community, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said that the purpose of the review has been to position our university to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with our mission, strategic plan and functions and responsibilities as an institution of higher education in the State of North Carolina.

In her report, 47 programs are identified as exceptionally strong in quality and/or function/demand to be considered for future investment. 17 programs are identified as having challenges in quality and/or function/demand with recommendations for interventions to strengthen. 41 programs are recommended for discontinuation based largely on recommendations of academic units.

As Provost David H. Perrin spoke about the chancellor’s report, he told the trustees there are several high-priority programs that were not reviewed as part of this process because there is not enough data yet. Examples are the bachelor’s in entrepreneurship and graduate programs in nanoscience. (See presentation to the trustees here.)

One difference between the chancellor’s report and the earlier recommendations from the provost is the chancellor’s report has three additional programs in the “exceptionally strong in function or demand” category: one in Dance and two in Acting. Another difference is that BS-Community Youth Sport Development is not on the Discontinuation list, but is instead listed as “identified as having challenges with Quality and/or Function/Demand, or have been identified for further study.”

“Thanks to the many faculty, staff, students and administrators who invested their valuable time, effort and good judgment throughout this process, UNCG is well positioned to become a stronger, more selective and more focused university,” the chancellor said in her message to the campus community.

At the Academic Program Review web site you may find the chancellor’s report and recommendations to the Board of Governors, as well as a list of FAQs about the process.

By Mike Harris


Thanks, UNCG

Personalized mortar boards were the fashion statement of Commencement 2012.

“Official Teacher Status 2012,” “Thank God I Survived,” “Thanks UNCG,” “Blessed Beyond Any Measure” and “Take Care of All” were just a sampling.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady conferred 1,888 undergraduate degrees, 552 master’s degrees (including the first degree awarded by the new Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering), 33 education specialist degrees and 49 doctoral degrees.

Brady said UNCG is remarkable not only for academic excellence but for service. UNCG stands apart, she said, “for the difference our people make, for how the lessons learned are carried forward.”

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter was the commencement speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Pace Communications, former U.S. ambassador to Finland and current chairman of the American Red Cross

McElveen-Hunter recalled her own graduation from Stephens College in Missouri. Betty Friedan, feminist author of “The Feminine Mystique” gave the commencement address. Friedan told the students that “the only limitations on your success are self-inflicted.”

McElveen-Hunter took Friedan’s words and her mother’s lessons to heart. She vividly recalled driving to Greensboro in the 70′s in a powder blue Pinto, wearing a polyester pantsuit. Her checking account was overdrawn, but she had a plan to start a magazine for Piedmont Airlines. So Pace Communications was born.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph by David Wilson.