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Archives for July 2012

The statuesque President McIver turns 100

As student tours pass the McIver statue, it’s a great opportunity to talk about the university’s early days – and its founder.

Dr. Charles Duncan McIver.

The year 2012 marks the centennial of the McIver statue.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives have created an exhibition to mark the statue’s 100th anniversary.

The exhibit contains historic artifacts and photographs relating to the founder and the statue.

McIver was president from the founding in 1891 to his death in 1906.

The statue was dedicated on Founders Day, October 5, 1912. It stood in front of the original McIver Building, facing Foust Park and Spring Garden. In 1960, it was moved to its current spot, in front of Jackson Library.

For several decades, a tradition developed of painting or decorating the statue for various occasions. For example, one archival photograph shows it wearing rabbit ears on Easter in the 1960s. The statue was cleaned and restored in the 1990s, and the tradition came to an end.

More information is available at the exhibition in Jackson Library and at the blog post http://uncgspecial.blogspot.com/2012/05/mciver-statue-centennial-1912-2012.html

Fame, fortune and that funny Chaplin waddle

The slightly undersized bowler hat. The black eyebrows. And that tightly cropped moustache. “His face had higher image recognition than anyone else’s on earth, for a while,” says Dr. David Cook, department head of Media Studies.

Charlie Chaplin is a key figure in Cook’s textbook “A History of Narrative Film,” now in its fifth edition. Cook shows a couple of Chaplin’s short films made for Mutual during the first sequence of his film history courses (MST 520-521). He shows “The Immigrant” and “One A.M” – and sometimes “The Rink,” where Chaplin shows off his acrobatic grace on skates.

“The dexterity and precision of some of those stunts are unbelievable,” Cook says.

Dr. Jim Fisher, department head of Theatre, notes the echoes of older forms of European theatre. When he sees Chaplin films, he sees parallels with commedia dell’arte theatre of the 16th and 17th centuries. The acting troupes would develop farcical stock characters with no language. Examples include Pantalloon, Harlequin and the German “Jack Sausage” stock character. In 19th century England, the music hall theatre tradition emerged – with the traditions of stock farcical roles and little dialogue. And an emphasis on physical comedy.

This was Chaplin’s background; he was part of a long tradition. “Be funny or starve,” was the saying during that era. He wasn’t always The Tramp, Fisher says. A look at his early films shows various roles. With much work, he developed the character that would work for him – the Little Tramp – and he refined it. Even when movies developed sound, he stuck with that silent character.

When he was at the UNCG campus in 1918, that is the character people hoped to see. One report said students looked to see if he wore the Tramp’s huge shoes. Another says a boy specifically called out for him to do the Tramp’s distinctive walk.

“He’s a — ballerina,” W.C. Fields once said about Chaplin, notes Fisher. Only Buster Keaton rivalled him as far as physical expressiveness, he explains.

“He’s directing, he’s starring, he’s composing music,” Fisher says. The poignancy of “The Kid” will just break your heart, Fisher adds. And his greatest work? “‘City Lights’ may be my desert island film,” he says. And there’s “Modern Times” too.

Fisher received his undergraduate degree at UNCG in the 1970s. He was exposed to old and new in the world of drama: the counter-culture of the era mixed with such learning opportunities as a visit from legendary Eva Le Gallienne, who formed an acting company in New York City in the 1920s. Fisher’s own teaching looks back as it looks forward as well.

While Cook prefers the more-cerebral-though-less-funny Buster Keaton to Charlie Chaplin, he says students’ tastes have evolved. They don’t readily connect with slapstick comedy – it seems so unsophisticated. But that’s not so.

Chaplin was “a perfectionist, a professional,” Cook says. And he was well on his way to financial success. As a member of the Keystone film company, he had been drawing $150 a week in 1913, he explains. “By the time he was here [at the 1918 war bonds rally at UNCG], he was getting million-dollar contracts for the production of just a few shorts.” Soon, he’d be making only features.

His rising fortunes allowed him to set up his own studio. There, he would shoot scenes over and over again, till he was satisfied.

Chaplin was also a shrewd self-promoter, Cook says. While he’s sure Chaplin wanted to sell war bonds, he notes the 1918 tour to promote war bonds – which brought him to the UNCG campus – was also a big publicity vehicle for him.

It was certainly a big event for this campus. With more than 5,000 people massed around him, Charlie Chaplin became a part of UNCG’s history.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Promotional shot from 1918 film “A Dog’s Life,” from Wikipedia Commons.
Thanks to many archivists and librarians who were helpful during this five-story series: Jennifer Motszko, Hermann Trojanowski, Kathelene Smith, Beth Ann Koelsch, Stacey Krim, Erin Lawrimore, David Gwynn, Carolyn Shankle and Bill Finley (UNCG Libraries) and Elise Allison (Greensboro Historical Museum)

Additional posts in this series:
Charlie Chaplin roused the crowds at UNCG
Buy WWI Liberty Bonds, Chaplin told 5,000 on campus
Sacrifice and service during WWI at UNCG
Will Chaplin do his funny walk?

Her $10 thrift store find may fetch $20,000

The brief email came to the attention of one of the Weatherspoon’s education curators: someone’s friend had purchased two paintings from the Oak Ridge Goodwill and discovered a Weatherspoon label on the back of one of them. A little research by the lucky purchaser showed that works by one of the artists, Ilya Bolotowsky, command upwards of $25,000. Did the Weatherspoon know anything about how this painting had ended up at Goodwill?

Suffice it to say, the email sent museum staff into its own research mode. Was this really a Bolotowsky, and how did it end up with a Weatherspoon label on it?

They determined that works by Ilya Bolotowsky had been in six of the Weatherspoon’s “Art on Paper” exhibitions, including 1979. All works in “Art on Paper“ are available for purchase, but only works on paper are included in those exhibitions and the work of art she had purchased, “Vertical Diamond,” is a painting on canvas.

Heather Moore, registrar at the Weatherspoon, discovered that the painting, “Vertical Diamond,” was loaned by Burlington Industries to the Weatherspoon for the 1979 “Greensboro Collectors” exhibition. It was part of the collection of Burlington Industries, which filed for bankruptcy during the last decade.

A report in the News and Record last week cites the estimated value at $15,000 – 20,000.

See the full story, written by Heather Moore, at the Weatherspoon blog: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/blog/uncategorized/mystery-art-found-at-the-local-goodwill/

Visual: Purchaser Beth Feeback and Steve Feeback with the painting.

HRS forum this morning (July 25)

Want details on the 2012-13 Special Leave, in which eligible employees are awarded a one-time five days (40 hours) of special vacation leave to be used during the fiscal year 2012-13?

Human Resource Services will hold an open forum today (Wednesday, July 25, 2012) from 10 -11 a.m. in Bryan 122. The open forum will provide updates on the 2012-13 Special Leave and SPA salary increases as well as other HRS-related information. Light refreshments will be offered.

For your review before the forum, the Special Leave policy may be accessed at http://www.osp.state.nc.us/ExternalHome/FY2012-2013%20Special%20Leave.pdf.

Volunteer to make House Calls

UNCG’s House Calls Program welcomes first-year residence hall students to the UNCG campus community and provides them with an opportunity to interact with faculty members and administrators on a personal level.

Research indicates that developing a relationship with a faculty or a staff member can have a significant impact on students and increase retention.

House Calls will take place on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. If you volunteer for this program, you will be working with a UNCG colleague(s) visiting first-year students in one of the residence halls on campus. As a volunteer you will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Interact with 20-30 students in a residence hall setting. You will visit students in their residence hall room and have a conversation with them about their first week of school. You will answer a lot of general questions about the university.
  • Provide students with “items of success” to assist with their transition to the university.
  • Have dinner with other volunteers. A salad and baked potato bar will be served from 6– 6:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom. Volunteer check-in will begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • Participate in a brief orientation. During dinner, you will receive the necessary information and materials to prepare you for the House Calls experience.

As one past volunteer said, “It was just great fun to meet all of the students and hear a bit of their stories.”

Deadline for volunteer sign-up is Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. For more information, contact HRL at 334-5636.

The volunteer registration form is accessed at http://hrl.uncg.edu/home/news/news_items/house_calls/house_calls_volunteer.php.

Visual: Tim Johnson, director of Housing and Residence Life, at House Calls in a previous year

Update on faculty who retired in 2011-12

In late May, Campus Weekly published a listing of faculty retirements for the 2011-12 academic year.

The following is an update:

  • Billie M. Durham, clinical assistant professor, Library and Information Studies, three years, six months.
  • Dr. Marion O’Brien, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, 11 years, six months.
  • 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.

View the complete listing.

Marianne LeGreco works to bring a small oasis to a ‘food desert’

If you can’t bring the people to healthy food, says Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies), bring healthy food to the people.

When the Guilford County Department of Public Health identified no fewer than 15 food deserts – areas marked by poverty and distance from grocery stores – in the county, LeGreco, who specializes in food policy and public health communication, stepped up to help.

LeGreco worked with the Department of Public Health and a citizen taskforce in one “desert,” the Warnersville community south of Lee Street, to organize a Farmers’ Market that supplies fresh foods to residents in their own backyard. She stresses that the push for a farmers’ market in Warnersville is a group effort, involving area residents and numerous community partners.

The Warnersville Farmers’ Market, located at 400 West Whittington Street adjacent to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, opened in April and will run into the early fall. Hours are 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays, and all comers are welcome.

LeGreco volunteers her time at the market and at Prince of Peace Lutheran’s community garden. She also recruits students from her classes that focus on public health communication.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Looking ahead: July 25, 2012

HRS open forum
Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m., Bryan 122

Performance, The New Obsolete
Thursday, July 26, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Animated film, “Kooky”
Thursday, July 26, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Women’s soccer vs. UNC Chapel Hill (exhibition)
Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.

Chancellor’s State of the Campus address
Wednesday, August 15, 10 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

With the staff: June/July 2012

Hello: Mitzi Cartwright, Financial Aid; Alexander Mabe, Public Safety and Police; Pamela Phillips, HDFS; Yan Xiao, ITS; Valerie Person, HDFS; James Kane, ITS; Kimberly Roper, Residence Life; Jennifer Kelley, International Program Center; Eric Zack, Office of Safety; Erick Alston, Housing and Residence Life

Good-bye: Chasity Newkirk, Nursing; Deborah Nelson, Registrar’s Office; Richard Pegram, Building and Trades; Deborah West, Nursing; Robert Alston, Housekeeping; Jessica Russell, Registrar’s Office; Terrica Williams, Registrar; Chelsea Bunch, Registrar’s Office; Natashia McEearhern, University Advancement

‘State of the Campus’ August 15

The 2012 address will be on Wednesday, August 15, at 10 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium. All faculty, staff and UNCG board members are also invited to the traditional Opening Luncheon that will be in the Dining Hall immediately following the address. The address will be live streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chancellor and posted at http://chancellor.uncg.edu/messages/index.html

CW resumes weekly schedule Aug. 8

Campus Weekly’s summer schedule is coming to an end. With the next issue – Aug. 8, 2012 – Campus Weekly will resume its schedule of publishing every week. The deadline for submissions will remain six days before the publication date.

See/hear: July 25, 2012


The UNCG Music Camp has come to an end for another year. In this video for the newly published summer 2012 UNCG Magazine, camp founder Dr. John Locke reflects on the popular camp as it marks 30 years of success.

Diana Bowman

Diana Bowman (SERVE) received an award from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the project “North Carolina Homeless Education Program.” The SERVE Center will administer the North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP), which is currently in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Compensatory Education Programs, the abstract notes. The NCHEP will benefit from the resources and expertise at SERVE, most notably that of the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE). Additionally, Bowman received funding from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) for the project “Technical Assistance Services for Homeless Education.”

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Dr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a grand award from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors.” The goal of the proposed project is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse, that abstract notes.

Dr. Jay Poole

Dr. Jay Poole (Social Work) was awarded funding by the Annie Penn Hospital for the project “Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI) Expansion into Rockingham County.” This project will create a congregational nursing program in Rockingham County, provide two paid congregational nurses to work with Hispanic and homeless residents and connect these individuals to existing primary medical homes, the abstract states. “In doing so, it will expand access to care by creating established pathways that members of vulnerable populations within a rural county can use to access affordable medical care.” The Congregational Social Work Education Initiative will be a partner in the project. Social work students from UNCG and NC A&T State will be involved.

Dr. Adam Hall

Dr. Adam Hall (JSSN) received funding from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for the project “Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing.”

Dr. Anita Tesh

Dr. Anita Tesh (Nursing) has received funding from the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for the project “BSN/MSN Outreach Program 12-13.”


Leadership Greensboro, a leadership development and community-building initiative of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, has announced its graduating Class of 2012. Members include Kristen Christman (USE), Donegan Root (Alumni Relations) and Amy Strickland (Nutrition).


Jerry McGuire (Office of Research and Economic Development) has been named vice chair of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s newly seated Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad. Dr. Jim Ryan (JSNN) will join the 24-member committee. The Center established the committee in 2003, shortly after opening the Piedmont Triad Office as its first location outside the Research Triangle Park headquarters. The advisory committee works closely with NCBiotech’s Piedmont Triad Office, advocating for and enabling life-science employment growth throughout the region. Initiatives have included the Wet Lab LaunchPad, which provides lab space to early-stage companies in the Piedmont Triad Research Park; Triad BioNight, the marquee event for the Triad’s biotechnology community; and strategic work plans such as BioIgnite, focused on innovation, infrastructure, and investment to help grow jobs. NCBiotech’s Piedmont Triad Office also helps to deploy the center’s grant and loan programs locally and to make connections that help grow the life sciences statewide.

Dr. John Locke

Over the decades, Dr. John R. Locke (Music) has helped cultivate and nurture a love of music in tens of thousands of youth through the UNCG Summer Music Camp. But on a night meant to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that UNCG institution, the spotlight instead turned on Locke, the camp’s founder and longtime director, when he was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Summer Music Camp, what the nominators called Locke’s “life’s work and legacy,” has helped enrich the musical education of more than 50,000 students since its founding 30 years ago. Full story at UNCG News.

The mod Quad almost ready

The renovation to UNCG’s historic Quad, which involved gutting and rebuilding the 1920s halls into updated, suite-style living with modern amenities, is almost complete.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady recently joined others in touring Jamison Residence Hall to see the progress first hand. News & Record reporter Jonnelle Davis also attended and wrote an update on the construction.

Lanita Withers Goins’ photos and informative captions from the tour may be viewed here. (Click on each photo to read the caption.)

The seven residence halls in the Quad – Shaw, Hinshaw, Gray, Bailey, Cotten, Jamison and Coit – will reopen for the start of school this fall.

The buildings “filled up within hours” during housing registration, said Tim Johnson, director of Housing and Residence Life.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Additional details may be found at http://hrl.uncg.edu/living_on_campus/halls2/quad/quad.php and http://studentaffairs.uncg.edu/quad/

Will Chaplin do his funny walk?

He talked the talk. And at UNCG he walked the walk.

Charlie Chaplin was becoming world-famous as a funny man. His “Tramp” character was hugely popular. But in his April 13, 1918, visit to UNCG – at the end of a big parade – he wanted to be all-business in drumming up sales for war bonds to finance WWI.

By all accounts, Charlie Chaplin was very earnest in impressing upon the crowds at State Normal College (UNCG) the need to buy Liberty War Bonds in 1918. The State Normal Magazine said he tried hard to be serious and to “get down to brass tacks.” The crowd of more than 5,000 appreciated his patriotism.

How long did he talk? The Daily News says Charles Lapworth talked a minute before introducing Chaplin. (A prominent local citizen, A.M. Scales, spoke as well, according to the State Normal Magazine.) Chaplin talked for “not more than 10 minutes altogether,” according to the Daily Record, impressing on the audience that “the country is now passing through the most critical period in its history.”

Did anyone request to see his funny walk, the classic “Tramp” shuffle? Apparently a boy from behind the stage wanted him to do just that. “‘No, I can’t ‘walk,’ I tell you. This is too serious,” Chaplin explained to the crowd, according to the Daily News.

However, the Daily Record reports that he did do his classic, funny walk, at the end.

Why a comedian? The Raleigh News & Observer had covered Secretary of Treasury William G. McAdoos’ appearance in Raleigh days before Chaplin arrived in that city. Both men promoted the bonds. But as the Raleigh paper’s April 12 edition said, “There are thousands who would go further to see Charlie Chaplin than they would to see Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo….” The piece noted that it was nice to have an orator representing the “lighter side of life.”

Was Chaplin serious throughout his entire Greensboro appearance? No. Chaplin made the audience at the campus’ Curry court laugh with a hat trick and “other peculiar mannerisms,” the Daily News reported. The Daily Record goes into more detail: As he ended his remarks, he couldn’t resist blowing a kiss from the tips of his fingers to a large group of college women forming a “bank of bright color” in front of him. He “pulled his hat down over his ears…flapped his hands at his sides and executed a few steps” of the well-known Chaplin walk.

Do pictures exist? UNCG Campus Weekly has not located any from his time in Greensboro. The Daily News and The Greensboro Patriot indicate the chamber of commerce had motion picture film shot that day, and that it would be shown in theaters in Greensboro and in other parts of North Carolina. If it exists, its location is unknown.

After his talk? Normal College (UNCG) faculty member Wade Brown, one of four individuals on the stage, led the audience in the singing of “America” after their remarks had concluded, says the Daily Record. (UNCG’s Brown Building would be named after Wade Brown.)

Where did Chaplin go after this event in Greensboro? After an afternoon appearance in Winston (Winston-Salem), he was scheduled for another in Salisbury that evening, according to reports in the weekend’s Greensboro newspapers. (The April 4 Greensboro Patriot had indicated Lexington would be on his schedule, as well.) Chaplin arrived that night in Charlotte, where the next day he spoke at Camp Green, the city auditorium and the “old Presbyterian College yard,” says the April 15 Daily News. The report described him as “good-looking, smart and magnetic.”

Did he buy bonds, himself? He told the crowd, “They got $100,000 out of me, and I’m some little business man, I tell you,” according to the Daily News.

Where did Charlie Chaplin join the Greensboro parade? He and his party were near the end of the parade, along with the Rotary Club and boy scouts. The latter assembled on Church between N. Elm and Davie. The former formed in front of the Presbyterian Church. It’s assumed Chaplin joined the parade near those groups. The Normal College (UNCG) students were near the middle of the parade and formed at East Washington east of Davis.

The parade route? The parade began near the junction of Church, Lindsay and Summit Avenue. According to the April 13 Greensboro Daily News, the route was: south down Davie, west along Depot Street and onto Elm Street, heading north. The parade proceeded down Market, south onto Mendenhall, east onto Spring Garden and onto College Avenue at what is now UNCG.

Was the parade long? Yes. It was led by many automobiles carrying the mothers of soldiers. Chaplin, as he rode the “long, slow route,” performed for the thousands who lined the route, says a newspaper.

How many Normal College women were in the parade? Perhaps 500 or 600 marched through Greensboro, says the April 14, 1918, Daily News. The total college enrollment was less than 800. One apparently was on horseback. They were attired in “white middy blouses and colored ties,” says the April 13 Daily Record.

Did Chaplin have his famous moustache? And the huge shoes? No moustache. He was described by the Daily News as “small and neat in his tweeds.” As for the oversized shoes that helped make his Tramp character famous? The newspaper says “the ladies who crowded up front at Curry court to see his feet were disappointed.” His shoes were normal size that day.

He was one of the most famous figures in the world. Did the comic on the silent screen match the man in real life? According to the Daily News, one woman said, after looking at the handsome young man on the stage very carefully, “I just can’t believe that is the queer man you see in the pictures.”

In next Campus Weekly: UNCG faculty members discuss Chaplin and his artistry.

By Mike Harris
Sources: Greensboro Daily News, April 12-15, 1918; Greensboro Daily Record, April 12-15, 1918; Raleigh News and Observer, April 13-14, 1918; The Greensboro Patriot, April 4 and 15, 1918; State Normal Magazine, May 1918.
Visual: circa 1918, Chaplin holding a Chaplin doll. From Wikipedia Commons.

See other stories in this Chaplin series:
Charlie Chaplin roused the crowds at UNCG
Buy WWI Liberty Bonds, Chaplin told 5,000 on campus
Sacrifice and service during WWI at UNCG

Sprinkle elected BOT chair

David Sprinkle, retired CEO of The Todd Organization Inc., was elected chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees earlier this month. Sprinkle’s business career was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1970 to 2006, and with The Todd Organization Inc., an executive benefits planning company, from 1981 to 2006.

The full slate of 2012-13 officers for the UNCG Board of Trustees include:
Chair: David Sprinkle
Vice chair: Susan Safran
Secretary: Martin Weissburg
Assistant secretary: Bonita Brown
Executive committee member: Richard “Skip” Moore
Executive committee member: Charles Blackmon

Departmental reorganization

The Bryan School, which now includes Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies and Hospitality and Tourism Management, has announced a departmental reorganization.

The Department of Business Administration will split into two separate departments – the Department of Management and the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism (MEHT). Bill Tullar has been appointed interim department head for Management; Sevil Sonmez has been appointed department head for MEHT.

The Department of Management’s central office is located in 366 Bryan Building; the phone number is 334-5691. MEHT is located in 441 Bryan; the main phone number is 334-3797.

Also, Information Systems and Operations Management will change its name to Information Systems and Supply Chain Management.

By Michelle Hines

Come celebrate a ton

Celebrate UNCG Weight Watchers losing a ton of weight. It’s true – they have lost more than 2,000 pounds. On Monday, July 16, 2012, from noon to 1 p.m. in Bryan 113, UNCG Weight Watchers at Work will host a celebratory Open House.

Stop by for an inside look at a Weight Watchers meeting and the PointsPlus Program that is rated the “Best Diet” by US News and World Report and endorsed by Dr. Oz in his Transformation Nation campaign, to help all of America become healthier. Also, hear great ideas on foods and activities from their successful members. There will be samples and a drawing for a great door prize for anyone in attendance.

UNCG Weight Watchers at Work is open to any member of the UNCG community including faculty, staff and students. Interested in joining UNCG Weight Watchers at Work? Contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at ebleplat@uncg.edu or 334-4297 for more information.

Digitally documenting Greensboro’s history

The University Libraries have been informed, by the State Library of North Carolina, that it has received a 2012-13 LSTA Project Digitization Grant in the amount of $203,910. The grant will fund a project called Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Greensboro, North Carolina, 1881-1945.

Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn is the principal investigator.

The project will make available some 165,000 digital images including photographs, manuscripts, rare books, scrapbooks, printed materials and oral histories documenting the social and cultural development of Greensboro. For the first time, all five colleges and universities in Greensboro, along with the Greensboro Historical Museum, will be collaborating on a project to make primary source materials available online.

For more information, see http://uncgdigital.blogspot.com/2012/06/textiles-teachers-and-troops-greensboro.html

Lane Ridenhour makes videoconferencing and sharing classes with other campuses easier

In December of 1994, Lane Ridenhour ‘77 got out of his sick bed, put a resume together and turned in a last-minute application for a position in UNCG’s then-fledgling video distance learning operation.

Lane currently directs the Telelearning Center, located in the bottom floor of Stone Building. The center’s primary function is to make UNCG classes available for sharing with other campuses in the system, and also to receive classes from other campuses. Other functions, like administrative videoconferencing, also take place there.

He says the job is “the culmination of what I wanted to do as a career.” As a UNCG undergraduate, he picked up engineering skills working at WUAG, the campus radio station. He graduated and went to work at WGGT TV, N.C. A&T State University, then to WFMY-TV for its News 2 Net online programming.

“It was a good path to pick up the experience I needed,” Lane said. “I learned where to put a camera, how to make a presentation look good, production experience, camera operation and some engineering. I was so lucky to find this job – there are very few opportunities like this out there.”

Lane started work in McNutt Building in 1995 when distance learning was in its early days and web-based instruction didn’t exist. The first client was Library and Information Studies, which offered graduate classes two nights a week. UNCG was the first UNC campus to offer graduate distance learning.

Those courses were shared with UNC Charlotte and UNC Asheville. It was unique because of the convenience. People in Charlotte or Asheville who couldn’t drive to campus could take the class on the other campuses and get the credit. The actual classes were at UNCG. Students at the other campuses could see the professors and the professors could see them.

Another use is administrative videoconferencing. As a member of the 17-campus UNC system, UNCG needs to receive instruction or get information on new regulations from UNC General Administration, state government and the legislature. “It saves time and gas mileage if our people don’t have to go to Chapel Hill; we can save them travel time,” Lane said. “The chancellor, provost, vice chancellors, deans can talk with colleagues.”

It’s not just for administrative use – faculty, staff and students can use it at no charge, as well.

There have been some special cases. A woman in the final month of her pregnancy needed to defend her graduate degree, but her doctor said she couldn’t travel to campus. She did her defense through the center, and it went off without a hitch. Numerous other defenses have taken place, including one where a faculty member was in Australia. “Today, you can’t always have all the members of a master’s or doctoral committee on campus all the time.”

Lane does give advice to people who are making presentations or conducting interviews. “I talk to them before the presentation or interview, to tell them the most effective way to ‘talk to the camera’ – sometimes they’ve never thought of it,” he said. “I let them know where they need to look and that the people are there to see them, how they look and act. And I tell anyone who is using PowerPoint, don’t read it word-for-word.”

By Steve Gilliam

See/Hear: June 27, 2012

It’s Theatre 232 time at Triad Stage, as they and UNCG Theatre collaborate on summer productions, as they do this time each year. “The Illusion” on the main stage at Triad Stage continues its run through July 1. See a few highlights of the production, as well as a few thoughts from adjunct professor and director Preston Lane and others involved in the production. “I love its celebration of storytelling, its celebration of magic,” says Lane.

Looking ahead: July 11, 2012

‘Mary and Max,’ animated film series
Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon.

‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’
Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon.

The New Obsolete, experimental multimedia
Friday, July 20, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon.

The New Obsolete, experimental multimedia
Thursday, July 26, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon.

‘Kooky,’ animated film series
Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon.

Tomato Truck sighted

You know it’s really summer when the “tomato truck” makes its first appearances on campus. If you don’t know longtime ITS employee Carl Morgan, who retired in 2004, check out this link: https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2010/07/20/tomatored/ You’ll find out why he has long been known across campus as the Tomato Man, and why Tuesday and Friday mornings bring a smile to many Spartans on campus who like fresh vegetables.

July state budget update

On July 2, the NC House and Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of the $20.2 billion spending plan for the year that began July 1, 2012. Having overridden the governor’s veto, the adjustments made to the 2011-13 budget will become law. A brief overview of the budget’s impact on the UNC System may be seen here.


Clara Chu (LIS) and Sha Li Zhang (Jackson Library) are two of three recipients of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) 2012 President’s Recognition Award. Complete details are here.

Dr. Holt Wilson

Dr. Holt Wilson (Education) received a continuation of funding from NC State University for the project “Contextual Research – Empirical: Building a Conceptual Model of Learning-Trajectory Based Instruction.” The abstract notes that the project will develop a web-based system and professional development for math teachers.

Dr. Hamid Nemati

Dr. Hamid Nemati (Bryan School) received additional funding from New Breed Logistics for the project “Extended Agreement for Collaboration between UNCG and New Breed Logistics.”

Dr. Keith Mobley

Dr. Keith Mobley (Counseling and Educational Development) was re-elected to the board of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), serving as the representative of the 13 southern region states. He was appointed as a mid-term replacement in 2010 and was elected by the membership for the 2012-2015 term. AMHCA works to enhance the profession of clinical mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.