UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for May 2012

Arthur Anastopoulos leads first study on how ADHD affects college students

UNCG is heading a research team from three universities that is undertaking the first-ever study on how attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects college students, both during and after their college years, through a five-year grant of approximately $3 million from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Arthur D. Anastopoulos (Psychology), lead principal investigator, is one of the nationally recognized ADHD researchers conducting the study.

Called the TRAC Project, or Trajectories Related to ADHD in College, the study recognizes that as increasing numbers of young adults with ADHD attend college, there are few guidelines for clinically managing the condition on college campuses. With the aim of helping to develop practices for assessment and treatment that can be used on campuses, the five-year study will explore how ADHD impacts the educational, cognitive, psychological, social and vocational functioning of college students.

“This study will advance our understanding of ADHD in young adults by ascertaining the degree to which college students with ADHD experience difficulties across a broad range of outcomes relative to their non-ADHD counterparts,” said Anastopoulos. “It will also give us a better understanding of how the trajectory of functioning may differ between these groups over a four-year period and what factors may predict these trajectories.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Steve Gilliam

Bottle cap collection this summer

Plastic bottle caps present significant danger to delicate ecosystems. Plastic bottles caps are made of polypropylene, commonly referred to as “number 5” plastics.

Bottle caps that are collected on campus are delivered by the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to a facility that specializes in plastics not commonly accepted by municipal recycling programs.

The program has several locations on campus.

  • North Spencer – kitchen
  • South Spencer – kitchen
  • Music Building – first floor by the recycling bins
  • Campus Rec – break room
  • Studio Arts – second floor lounge (203)
  • Sink Building – break room
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum – kitchen
  • Mossman – first floor by the recycling bins
  • Housing and Residence Life – mail room

Over the summer bottle caps will be collected on the first Thursday of the month. Regular pick up schedules will resume the first week of September. If a bin is full, please notify Jessica Trotman at 334-3664. Plastic bottle caps may also be sent to 214 Sink Building through campus mail.

More information is here.


5 tips for mental wellness

May is Mental Health Month. The UNCG Psychology Clinic offers the following news item:

Mental health is the aspect of health that includes emotions, thoughts and behaviors. It applies to everyone and is important anytime, not just when things are not going well.

5 Simple Steps to Improve Mental Wellness

  1. Get active Mood improves with activities like exercise but also simple things like going outside for lunch, organizing old photographs, going to the library, weeding, playing an instrument or going for coffee.
  2. It’s all connected Emotions, behaviors, and thoughts are interrelated. If one area is bothering you, consider how you can make one change to improve the others. For example, if the behavior of getting to work late leads to negative thoughts and a grouchy mood, consider how laying your clothes out the night before might also make you think and feel better the next day.
  3. Catch someone being good Parents, romantic partners, teachers, friends and bosses: make an effort to compliment the positive actions of your children, partner, students, friends, or employees. It improves relationships and also makes it more likely that when you need to make a request or give critical feedback, others will be more receptive.
  4. Think about thinking. Do you tend to think “this always happen to me,” tell yourself what you “should” have done, or jump to the worst case scenario? These thought patterns tend to be inaccurate and contribute to poorer mental health. Experiment with challenging negative thoughts and identifying more balanced and realistic ones.
  5. Give back. Sometimes even at our lowest points, contributing to someone else by helping a friend or volunteering with a charity can also give us meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.

If you have concerns about mental health, it could help to inquire about it. The Psychology Clinic offers free initial screenings for a range of services including individual therapy for children and adults. UNCG employees and members of their household receive a 50 percent discount on services.

The UNCG Psychology Clinic is located at 1100 W. Market St., 3rd floor. Phone is 334-5662.


One-hour tour of campus

Join Hermann Trojanowski for a 60-minute walking tour of the campus. Learn about the history of UNCG, campus buildings and the ghosts that are said to haunt Aycock Auditorium, Mary Foust Residence Hall and Spencer Residence Hall.

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Meeting Place: McIver Statue in front of Jackson Library
Sponsor: University Libraries

To reserve a space on the tour, contact Hermann Trojanowski at hermann_trojanowski@uncg.edu


Summer workshops for Communication across the Curriculum

Communication Across the Curriculum program is once again offering summer workshops. This year there will be two speaking-intensive workshops. The first will be on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in MHRA 2211, and the second one will be held on Thursday, May 31, from 1-3 p.m. in MHRA 1209. The writing-intensive workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, from 1-3 p.m. in MHRA 2211. Because of the university’s strong commitment to Communication Across the Curriculum program, a $100 honorarium will be offered to all faculty participants.

Click on the following links to register.

Productive revision and grading in your writing Intensive course
Speaking to Learn. Learning to Speak


Looking ahead: May 16, 2012

Thursday, May 17
Baseball vs. College of Charleston, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Baseball vs. College of Charleston, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Baseball vs. College of Charleson, 1 p.m.

Tour of campus
Wednesday, May 23, noon, meet at McIver Statue

Opening, “Recent Acquisitions”
Saturday, May 26, 1 p.m., Weatherspoon


Alumnus awarded Fulbright

Thomas Liles of Asheboro, a UNCG alumnus, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to study in Azerbaijan. After graduation in May 2011, Liles studied intensive Russian courses at the Federal University of Kazan in Tatarstan, on a Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department. The highly competitive scholarship is part of an effort by the U.S. government to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Over the past 14 years, 17 UNCG students have received Fulbright awards.

It was a good year for prestigious student awards at the university. Kelly Donovan has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship, a competitive award also sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to study Chinese. UNCG also has a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recipient, Daniel Nasrallah, and a Goldwater runner-up, Dominick DeFelice.

Full story at UNCG News.


Checked out Spartan Swap?

Looking to save money on office supplies? The UNCG Spartan Swap web site could be the answer. Spartan Swap houses gently used items that have been surplused by a department on campus, but are still in good (and sometimes new) condition. Staff have recently updated the online inventory and now have numerous inks, toners, chairs, desks, file cabinets and other office supplies listed. Check http://warehouse.uncg.edu/dates.html before ordering from off-campus vendors. You will also find instructions on how to add your own gently used items to Spartan Swap.



Phi Beta Kappa induction

UNCG’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the Epsilon chapter, inducted 38 new members on April 10, 2012. Full story, including the names of inductees, at UNCG news.

See/Hear: May 16, 2012

The 2012 Senior Memoir for UNCG Athletics is a great look at what the graduating students on our sports teams learned over their years as Spartans. What they’ll miss? “Being a part of something bigger than me” is a recurring theme. The video is by Ed Lewis and Mike Lento.

Dr. Michelle Dowd

Dr. Michelle Dowd (English) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago for the 2012-2013 academic year. With the award, she will work on her book project “Delinquent Pedigrees: The Spatial Rhetoric of Lineage on the Early Modern Stage,” which examines how Renaissance drama helped transform understandings of genealogy and inheritance in early modern England. See full story at UNCG News.

Dr. Charles Prysby

Dr. Charles Prysby (Political Science) will be one of the leaders of a discussion at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro. The discussion, on May 26, 2012, at 3 p.m., will be on voter identification requirements. The discussion is titled “Voter Identification in 2012: Civil Rights Concerns and the Forthcoming Elections.”

Dr. Denise Cote-Arsenault

Dr. Denise Cote-Arsenault (Nursing) has received a grant award from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Parent Experiences of Continuing Pregnancy with Lethal Fetal Diagnosis.”

Beth Filar Williams

Beth Filar Williams (University Libraries) has been elected Vice-Chair/Chair-elect of the University Libraries Section of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries). She is a distance education librarian at Jackson Library.

Lynda Kellam

Lynda Kellam (University Libraries) has been elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Law and Political Science Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Dr. Linda Hestenes

Dr. Linda Hestenes (HDFS) received a grant award from PlayCore, Inc. for the project “Consultation and Collaboration on the Play Value Scale.” The abstract states, “Outdoor play can impact multiple areas of development and learning if the experiences and opportunities are of high quality. This project will provide support for the continued development of a Play Value scale which helps document the potential experiences that children may have in outdoor play and learning settings. In collaboration with a team of researchers from the Natural Learning Initiative at NC State University, the Play Value scale will be refined and initial validity data will be gathered, analyzed, and summarized.”


Dr. Michael Frierson

Dr. Michael Frierson (Media Studies) presented a program of early clay animated films at the 11th Annual ANIFEST: The International Festival of Animated Films in Teplice, Czech Republic on April 26, 2012. The theme of the festival was “The Magic of the Puppet Film,” in honor of the 100th birthday of the world renowned puppet animator Jiri Trnka. Because of his impact on stop motion animation, Trnka has been called “the Walt Disney of Eastern Europe,” even though his work had a different range of subject matter and social themes.

Frierson is the author of “Clay Animation: American Highlights 1908 to the Present” (New York: Twayne, 1994), which won the McLaren-Lambart Award from the Society for Animation Studies and the National Film Board of Canada for ‘Best Scholarly Book on Animation” in 1995. His program surveyed of the medium’s early history in America, including some of the earliest clay animated films like The Sculptor’s Nightmare (Biograph, 1908) and Chew Chew Land: Or the Adventures of Dollie and Jim (James Stuart Blackton, 1910).

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) received an award increase from the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) for the project “NC HERO Online Resource Development.” NC HERO (North Carolina Holocaust Education, Research, and Outreach), hosted by UNCG and developed in collaboration with the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust and the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, will be a central destination for Holocaust education resources and activities, the abstract notes.

Dr. Lisa Levenstein

Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History) was on WUNC Radio’s “The State of Things” last week. She joined a panel of several students and faculty members from Duke. Duke students asked peers via social media “Who needs feminism.” The amount of response has been tremendous. “What are the possibilities and limitations that this new platform opens up for feminism? And now that they’ve gathered all of this momentum, what is next for them and the feminist movement?” were the questions the panelists – and callers – explored. It can be heard here.