UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2012

Fall 2012 parking/driving update

Do you drive to campus? Here’s some things you may want to know, as the Fall 2012 semester begins:

  • The small 3-South parking lot behind the Oakland Deck has been closed. It will be used as a construction staging area as the Pedestrian Underpass is built under the railway. Additionally, tree work and utility work associated with the project will result in the temporary closing of the Oakland/Forest intersection later this semester. That intersection is expected to remain closed until sometime during the Spring semester.
  • If you are a member of the UNCG Carpool Club, you’ll soon enjoy priority parking spaces. Priority spaces will be reserved until 10 a.m. each day for vehicles with a carpool permit. The signage for special parking spaces will be in place very soon.
  • Those driving a lower-emission vehicle will also have priority parking spaces – in a pilot program that includes Lot 1 near Jefferson Suites as well as spaces on Gray Drive and West Drive. Want to see if your vehicle is considered lower-emission? See the LEED MY 2000–2012 Low Emission Vehicles listing at the greencars.org web page, a part of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy web site.

These “priority parking spaces” programs are part of the university’s sustainability efforts. Our university’s goal is to be carbon-neutral by the year 2050.

Nominations for Alumni Teaching Excellence, BOG awards

To: Faculty, Staff, Student Leadership and Alumni Association
From: Linda P. Brady

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 2012-13 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Teaching Excellence awards to be awarded in 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 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 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 is also 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.

Jim Settle shares research on helicopter parents, from ‘Black Hawk’ ones to the ‘consumer advocate’ ones

Students at universities learn academic subjects. At the same time, they learn decision-making and how to handle adversity and challenges. One thing that may prevent that:

Helicopter parents.

Dr. Jim Settle, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, has seen many helicopter parents in his years of experience. And he has conducted and published research over the last decade. What are helicopter parents? Simply put, they are parents who hover around their children. Even when their children are hundreds of miles away, and are no longer children.

These Generation X individuals have grown up and had Millennial children, he explains, and they are tied to their offspring by “the world’s longest umbilical cord – the cell phone.”

It’s not just a United States phenomenon, his research shows. Worldwide, many students are learning “someone else will solve it for you.” It’s a lesson some will unfortunately carry well past their college years.

So what’s an example? A college student runs into a challenge or finds they are not being successful. They immediately pull out their phone. “Mommy, someone told me no!” is the gist of the conversation. It’s not uncommon for the student, he says, to then offer the phone to the person who has told them no. “You talk to my mother.” As you might expect, the parent on the phone, not knowing the circumstances fully, acts like “Mama Bear or Papa Bear.”

The experts even have names for the helicopter parents. For example, “Black Hawk” parents are the ones who come into a conversation with “guns blazing.” In contrast, there are the “consumer advocate” parents, whose position is “My child deserves the best.” They don’t see why their student should be treated like others. His first experience with this type of parent? He was director of Housing & Residence Life at a college in another state. One residence hall did not have air conditioning. A student applied late. And the parent called and called – speaking with various individuals in the office. When asked, “Why should he be able to jump in line in front of the students who’d applied on time” the reply was memorable. “Because my student is special.”

Settle notes that Student Affairs can assist any UNCG faculty members or service providers who need help with helicopter parents.

Additionally, he moderates online workshops on this topic, for those in higher education. And conducts workshops and presentations nationally. For example, one high-level Div. I athletics program asked him to present to them on how to deal with parents. He has been interviewed by such news outlets as “Good Morning America.”

His advice to parents who hover too much, trying to make sure their offspring are immediately successful in every way? Here’s what would be helpful to keep in mind:

“Students should learn to solve problems, to learn to deal with adversity. There will be conflict in life,” he explains. “Instant gratification is not always the best thing to provide for students.”

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: August 15, 2012

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

Luncheon for faculty/staff
Wednesday, August 15, following the address, Dining Hall

Men’s soccer vs. Guilford College (exh)
Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.

Volleyball scrimmage
Friday, August 17, 7 p.m.

First day of classes
Monday, Aug. 20

On the move

Several moves have occurred recently:

  • Academic Technology Systems is now in 123 Mossman Building
  • Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons is located in 256 McIver Building
  • HRS has moved to 159 Mossman. HRS has additional offices in 100 Mossman.

 

NC New Teacher Support Program

The School of Education (SOE) has joined the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program as a regional partner. The program is funded through Race to the Top and provides coaching support and professional development to beginning teachers in the state’s high-need schools. Four full time coaches have joined the SOE this summer to work with the project, and interviews are in progress for two additional coaches. Jennifer Lynde will serve as Lead Instructional Coach. She most recently served as Curriculum Coordinator at Forest Park Elementary School in Forsyth County. Christy Howard will serve as an Instructional Coach. She most recently served as a curriculum specialist for Guilford County Schools, and is currently a doctoral student in Teacher Education and Development (TEHE). Mark Meacham will serve as an Instructional Coach. Mark most recently taught English and Journalism at Williams High School in Alamance-Burlington, and is currently a doctoral student in Teacher Education and Development (TEHE). Vanda Thomas will also serve as an Instructional Coach. Vanda most recently served as a teacher at Petree Elementary School in WSFCS. For more information, contact Christina O’Connor at ckoconno@uncg.edu.

RAMSeS unavailable August 23

The Research Administration Management System and electronic Submission system will be unavailable 8 a,m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012, for software version upgrade. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs 334-5878 or Chris Farrior, cifarrio@uncg.edu or 334-9702.

First Creative Sustainability Initiative Grants

The Office of Sustainability, the University Committee on Sustainability and the Weatherspoon Art Museum have awarded UNCG’s first Creative Sustainability Initiative Grants.

The inaugural winners will receive $500 in materials to help them make their ideas a reality:

  • Austin Loam, a junior interior architecture student, who is developing designs for multi-family residential housing that could be used in the Glenwood neighborhood;
  • Steven Landis, a graduate student from pursuing a master’s degree in composition, who is working with a choreographer for a site specific performance on the bridge in UNCG’s Peabody Park;
  • Corry Mears, a junior interior architecture student, is creating a model for a solar charging station meant to be used for personal devices while waiting for the bus.

Each winner will present the projects on Campus Sustainability Day, October 24, 2012, in the Virginia Dare Room of Alumni House from 10 a.m to noon. Steven Landis will provide a performance directly following this event.

See/Hear: August 15, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FmM5XzDaDI

With several campus construction projects under way or winding up, here is a video on campus sustainability as it relates to construction/recycling. It was produced for University Libraries’ “Irma Minerva TV” and it features Ben Kunka.

Dr. Mike Perko

Dr. Mike Perko (Public Health Education) co-authored an animated children’s book chosen as one of the “top apps” for NOOK and selected by Apple for download on iTunes. The book is titled Sheldon’s Adventure. He co-wrote the series with a childhood friend; the two friends reconnected on Facebook and began collaborating on a three-part series of children’s books that follow Sheldon, a young turtle who is still trying to get comfortable in his own shell, according to a news release. “Tackling issues of self-esteem and bullying, Sheldon has a series of adventures that bring home messages of believing in yourself and being happy with who you are.”

Dr. Cedric Pearce

Dr. Cedric Pearce (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has won a grant to attend the Experiential Classroom Clinic this fall at the Oklahoma State University’s facilities in Tulsa and Stillwater, Okla.in September. Coleman will include $1,000 for Pearce to join a new micro-community of practice (“Cup of Espresso”) comprised of fellows from similar disciplines.

Bailey/Sorge/Moore

Dr. Geoff Bailey, Camy Sorge and Steve Moore (Undergraduate Studies) have co-authored a chapter in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) monograph entitled Advising Transfer Students: Strategies for Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges. The chapter, The Degree Attainment Agenda, Disruptive Practices, and Academic Advisors as Innovators, focuses on disruptive innovation, higher education and the growing competition amongst cities/regions for workforce talent. The monograph will be released in late September.

Dr. Julia Smith

Dr. Julia Smith (Psychology) received funding from the DHHS Office of Head Start for the project “Student-Teacher Relationship, Cortisol Reactivity, and Behavioral Outcomes of Children Attending Head Start.” “First, this study will examine poverty related risk factors experienced by children attending Head Start and their families and how this risk impacts their cortisol reactivity in a stress paradigm,” the abstract notes. “Second, this study will examine the relation between cortisol reactivity and behavior problems. Third, this study will examine if cortisol reactivity profiles impact children’s social competence. Lastly, this study will investigate the role of student-teacher relationships as a moderator of the relations between cortisol reactivity, behavior problems, and social competence in the classroom. This information will be used to help Head Start teachers provide support to their children experiencing stress. Additionally, these findings will further our understanding of the biological underpinnings of behavior problems and social competence in a population that is at risk for alternations in cortisol reactivity because of the risk factors related to growing up in poverty.”

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Dr. Heidi Carlone (Education) co-edited a special issue of Ethnography & Education. It is titled “Ethnographies of science education: situated practices of science learning for social/political transformation.”

Dr. Joseph Telfair

Dr. Joseph Telfair (Public Health Education / UNCG Center for Social, Community and Health) received funding from Cone Health System for the project Guilford County Community Health Assessment 2012-2013 – Guilford County Regional Collaborative. The proposal is for the “establishment of the Guilford Assessment Collaborative (GAC) among local hospital-based (HBO) and community-based organizations (CBO), the Guilford County Department of Public Health (GCDPH), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Center for Social, Community and Health research and Evaluation (CSCHRE). The collaborative will engage community members, local citizens and representatives from other entities residing in GC in considering community health data, needs and assets, identify priority health focus areas, and propose recommendations for developing action plans that address community health concerns.”

3 appointments in Undergraduate Studies

Three faculty members have accepted appointments in Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas as Executive Director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons, Dr. Jan Rychtar as Interim Director of Undergraduate Research, and Dr. Ben Ramsey as Senior Fellow in Ashby Residential College.

Lucas is an associate professor in Interior Architecture. He is also the recipient of UNCG’s 2011 Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award, the highest recognition of pedagogical prowess. He earned his bachelor’s in architecture at the University of Cincinnati, a master’s in interior design at the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in American Studies at Michigan State University. He is working on a book about the Lowenstein Legacy, an ongoing, collaborative learning experience centered on the work of Greensboro architectural modernist Edward Lowenstein. He assumed his duties in FTLC on July 1. He has already begun extensive conversations with colleagues across campus regarding transformative new directions for the Faculty Commons.

Rychtar, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has assumed the Interim Directorship of the Office of Undergraduate Research for a one-year period, starting Aug. 1. Rychtar came to UNCG in 2004 after earning his PhD from the University of Alberta and an MS and BS from Charles University in Prague. He has been heavily involved in undergraduate research since his arrival on campus, and he has thus gained a thorough knowledge of its mission and operations. In his application letter, he wrote, “Serving in this position will give me an opportunity to pay back the UNCG community for all the help and resources I received from OUR.”

Ramsey is an associate professor in Religious Studies. He received a bachelor’s from Hamilton College and two master’s degrees (Divinity and Philosophy) and a PhD from Union Theological Seminary. His long-standing association with Ashby has earned him a special place there, where his name is mentioned alongside the most distinguished Ashby leaders throughout its 42-year history. He will assume a planning role in the fall while he continues his work in Religious Studies, with the full-time commitment to begin Jan. 1, 2013.

First Lady at Fleming

When First Lady Michelle Obama took the podium in Fleming Gymnasium on Aug. 1, she joined a list of first ladies who have visited UNCG.

In 1964, Lady Bird Johnson stopped during a whistle-stop train tour. She stepped off the train behind Curry Building, as helicopters flew overhead, and spoke at a platform on a sports field. She was campaigning as part of her husband Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential campaign, and was accompanied by her daughter Lynda. A campaign spokesman told the Carolinian student newspaper that the stop would give the UNCG students a “glimpse of what may be the last of the old-fashioned whistle-stop trains, as well as the first one on which the major campaigner was a president’s wife.” The topic of her remarks, as well as her daughter’s: education.

She had visited the campus once before, during the 1960 presidential campaign, in the company of then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy’s mother, Rose Kennedy. The two women held a news conference a month before the election and were guests at a campaign tea, both events in Alumni House.

Two decades earlier, another First Lady visited the campus. Eleanor Roosevelt spoke at chapel on campus March 21, 1945. The Carolinian reported she also held a press conference in Chancellor W.C. Jackson’s office, speaking about issues of veterans and war and peace. She composed her “My Day” newspaper column in Winfield Hall and attended a tea in her honor in the Weil-Winfield ballroom. Her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had begun his fourth presidential term, and his health was failing. He would die in Warm Springs, Ga., on April 12.

She had also visited this campus in November of 1931, a year before her husband was elected president. The Carolinian, whose subhead described her as “famous wife of famous man,” indicates she gave two lectures in Aycock Auditorium: one on business opportunities for women and one on “the necessary qualities of the woman in business.”

She was a friend of Dean Harriet Elliott, namesake of Elliott University Center. In a final visit to UNCG, Mrs. Roosevelt delivered the Harriet Elliott Memorial Lecture in February 1953 in Aycock Auditorium. A former United States delegate to the United Nations, she stressed the value of the United Nations, a Carolinian notes.

Michelle Obama’s speech inside UNCG’s Fleming Gymnasium on Aug. 1 marked the first visit by a first lady since the ‘60s. Her appearance, co-sponsored by the UNCG College Democrats and Obama for America Campaign, came with fewer than 100 days before the presidential election, as she noted. Costs associated with the event were paid for by the Obama for America Campaign.

Part of Walker Avenue and Parking Lot 9 near the baseball stadium were closed for part of the day, with traffic detoured. Otherwise, campus life continued normally.

Alexandra Marchesano, director of Campus Activities and Programs, notes the value of students learning about the political process, how to organize, how to conduct large events. The campus welcomes participation from all candidates and all parties – in addition to non-partisan events, she explains.

Among those attending the Obama event – with a great view from the bleachers behind the podium – were students taking part in the German-American Fulbright Summer Institute at UNCG.

As the crowd streamed out after Mrs. Obama’s speech – accented by bright TV lights and intro and outro music – Felix Hansen, a Fulbright summer institute student from Saxony, Germany, marveled that the event was “pretty different than a German campaign.”

How so? More like a rock show experience, he explained. He was particularly struck by how long the line was to get in.

Mustafa Solak, a Fulbright summer institute student from Berlin, explained in Germany you’d have dozens of political parties, not the two major ones Americans have. He noted that all 25 of the German students were able to attend the campaign event. For them, it was an educational, close-up look at American politics.

And for the campus, another historic event.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English. Before addressing the crowd, Michelle Obama embraced student Keylin Rivera, who’d introduced her. The event was co-sponsored by the UNCG College Democrats and the Obama for America Campaign. Costs associated with the event were paid for by the Obama for America Campaign.

1.2 percent SPA pay increase

A pay increase and special leave were popular topics.

Nearly 200 UNCG employees attended HRS open forums late last month. They had an opportunity to learn the latest news and to ask questions.

Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor, and HRS staff members also shared the latest news of HRS offerings.

Among the news highlights:
The legislature has passed a 1.2 percent pay increase for full/part time, permanent, probationary, trainee and time-limited SPA employees. It does not apply to employees separated prior to July 1 or hired after July 1. As for an EPA salary increase, the university is awaiting instructions from the UNC Board of Governors, which will meet later this month.

The legislature has also passed 2012-13 Special Leave. Leave-eligible full-time employees will be credited with five days of special leave on July 1, 2012. This leave will be pro-rated for leave-eligible part-time employees and for those on 9, 10, and 11 month appointments. It must be used during the 2012-13 fiscal year. It will be accounted for separately from all other leave and must be used prior to earned compensatory time, vacation time, and bonus leave.

(An update dated July 26 was issued after the forums. Under this revised policy, eligible leave-earning employees can choose when the additional five days of leave (or pro-rated amount) are used when requesting leave. The primary change is on p. 2 of the policy under the section titled Scheduling and Use of Leave:

“An employee may choose to use special leave prior to earned compensatory time (holiday comp, overtime comp, gap-hours comp, on-call comp, and travel comp), regular vacation leave, bonus leave and sick leave.”

The revised Special Leave Policy (dated July 26) may be be accessed on the OSP Administrative Resources web site at
http://www.osp.state.nc.us/ExternalHome/FY2012-2013%20Special%20Leave.pdf.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all SPA employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013, will be eligible to participate in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP).

Human Resource Services has expanded its offerings in these areas:

The presentation used during the forum may be viewed at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/HR_Liaisons/documents/HRSOpenForumJuly24.pdf.

Is your web site in compliance?

A majority of the campus’ web sites are in compliance with university guidelines.

One example is the Graduate School’s newly updated site, which premiered earlier this summer.

Programs and departments that have not yet updated to the unit web site requirements (UWSR) published last August may review them at http://ioc.uncg.edu/uwsr/.

The deadline for compliance is Aug. 30. (See https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2012/04/24/unitwebsitecompliance/ for details.)

If your site is not in compliance, what should you do?

Your request for an extension or exemption must be made in writing to the Internet Oversight Committee (IOC). Their decision on a possible extension will be based on the criteria within the request. You may send your request to Todd Sutton (tasutton@uncg.edu) or Lyda Carpen (lacarpen@uncg.edu), co-chairs of the IOC.

Should a web site be found to not be in compliance, the committee – as a first step – will notify the divisional webmaster and site’s maintainer/developer in writing, with a copy to that person’s dean or associate vice chancellor.

Bus stop on Spring Garden

Seen construction work on Spring Garden Street? It’s a new bus stop being built by the City of Greensboro.

A bus stop will be located on the eastbound side, across from the School of Education building, and will be longer than the existing bus stops in front of the Visitor’s Center and the Graham Building. The longer design will allow two buses to park simultaneously, reducing traffic congestion.

Four willow oak trees were removed, but four landscaped “tree islands” are being planned, and they which will have new willow oak trees.

This construction project – which has necessitated a detour onto Oakland – is scheduled to conclude around Aug. 10.

HEAT buses will use the stop immediately.‘Park and Ride’ buses will use the stop during the construction period of the Pedestrian Underpass project.

Details are at http://www.uncg.edu/fpl/alerts.html#Bus.

New coaches in place

Link Jarrett, a two-time assistant Coach of the Year award winner, has been named the second coach in UNCG baseball history. Jarrett brings 13 years of coaching experience to the program, including stops at Flagler, Mercer, Florida State, East Carolina and Auburn. Jarrett has spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach/director of player development at Auburn.

During his time at Auburn, the Tigers averaged 34 wins per season and advanced to the Southeastern Conference Tournament all three years. He played shortstop at Florida State, and played in the minor leagues for several years. Details at UNCG Athletics.

Sarah Sargent, a former LPGA Tour and Duramed Futures Tour member, has been named head women’s golf coach. Sargent spent six years on the Futures Tour and two years on the LPGA Tour before heading into collegiate coaching at Furman and Coastal Carolina.

Sargent played at Furman University for Hall of Fame head coach Mic Potter, earning National Golf Coaches Association All-America honors and the Southern Conference Player of the Year award in the 2003-04 season. She also was named the Furman Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. She led the Paladins to four SoCon titles and four NCAA Regional appearances, including a berth in the NCAA Championships as a senior.

Sargent spent 2004-06 and 2008-10 on the Duramed Futures Tour where she posted three second place finishes and 10 Top 10 finishes. She earned her LGPA Tour card after placing 10th in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament and was a member of the LPGA Tour in 2007 and 2008. Her top tour finish came in 2007, tying for 25th, while also participating in the U.S. Open in 2007 and 2010. Details at UNCG Athletics.

Janelle Breneman, who has spent the past eight years in the SEC and ACC, has been named head softball coach. Breneman brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to UNCG, including nine years as a head coach at both Bucknell and East Stroudsburg.

Breneman spent the past two seasons as the top assistant coach at South Carolina under head coach Beverly Smith. Prior to South Carolina, Breneman spent six seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina, which was ranked in the Top 25 in four of her six seasons in Chapel Hill.

Breneman came to UNC after two head coaching stints over a nine-year period at Bucknell (2001-04) and East Stroudsburg (1996-2000). Breneman was also a standout on the field, playing two years in the Women’s Pro Softball League for the Georgia Pride and was a four-year letterwinner at Bloomsburg University. She earned All-America honors as a senior. Details at UNCG Athletics.

New Scanners in Jackson Library

Two of the photocopiers on the first floor of Jackson Library have been replaced with new scanners.

  • They operate with a touch screen, and automatically detect the orientation of the items being scanned.
  • They scan in black & white, gray-scale and color.
  • There is no cost for patrons scanning directly to their email, to Google Docs, or to a USB flash drive.

Patrons wanting a hard copy can send their scans to the black & white printers next to CITI Lab and print off using a SpartanCard/Guest Card for $0.06/page. A coin-operated photocopier is also available next to the scanners, and copies are $0.10/page.

More information at http://uncglibrariesannouncements.blogspot.com/2012/05/new-scanners-available-in-jackson.html

First Creative Sustainability Initiative Grants

The Office of Sustainability, the University Committee on Sustainability and the Weatherspoon Art Museum have awarded UNCG’s first Creative Sustainability Initiative Grants.

The inaugural winners will receive $500 in materials to help them make their ideas a reality:

  • Austin Loam, a junior interior architecture student, who is developing designs for multi-family residential housing that could be used in the Glenwood neighborhood;
  • Steven Landis, a graduate student from pursuing a master’s degree in composition, who is working with a choreographer for a site specific performance on the bridge in UNCG’s Peabody Park;
  • Corry Mears, a junior interior architecture student, is creating a model for a solar charging station meant to be used for personal devices while waiting for the bus.

Each winner will present the projects on Campus Sustainability Day, October 24, 2012, in the Virginia Dare Room of Alumni House from 10 a.m to noon. Steven Landis will provide a performance directly following this event.

Sue Stinson, interim SMTD dean, honored for work in dance education and research

“Welcome, Sue!” hangs above the dean’s office door.

As she enters her last year before retirement from UNCG, Dr. Sue Stinson, a professor of dance, is interim dean of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD). Her term began July 1.

Her goals for the 2012-13 academic year, Provost Perrin has noted, include the following:

  • To lay groundwork that will prepare the School of Music, Theatre and Dance for exciting change under a new permanent dean
  • To facilitate progress towards development of identity as a school, beyond being a collection of strong departments
  • To encourage the generation of possibilities for how the SMTD can become more central in the life and mission of the university

She joined the UNCG Dance faculty in 1979. How had her work in dance begun? As a sociology major in college, she took some dance classes on the side. And she tutored students at a housing complex. “I wanted to make a difference in kids’ lives.” She took them to dance performances and led them in creative movement experiences, trying to provide new experiences and expand their vocabularies. She found that she loved teaching so went on to earn a masters’ in dance education. When her second child was 10 days old, she interviewed for a faculty position at UNCG. She got it.

Stinson served as the head of the Dance department from 1993-2002 and as undergraduate coordinator from 2002-12. She notes that “any successes I’ve achieved have been in colleagueship with others.”

Reflecting on the Dance Department’s mission over the years, she points out its high-quality training, teacher preparation, excellent academic courses and outstanding creative opportunities.

The department has consistently avoided trying to turn out a standardized product, recognizing that students enter with unique talents and aspirations, she says, and the dance world needs many different kinds of people.

A degree in dance is preparation for life, she explains, not just for work in dance. The successful dance student develops both critical and creative thinking, as well as a sense of teamwork and conscious awareness–skills needed by the world, not just the dance field.

Making a difference in students’ lives has been important throughout her career. Over her years at UNCG, she has deeply valued her relationships with students and helping them pursue their own dreams.

Publishing is another way of leaving an impact, she says. She’d just returned from the 30th annual Dance and the Child International Conference in Taiwan. Its retrospective anthology stated, “Sue’s output has been enormous, her research path visionary, her scholarly approach impeccable, and her influence on other researchers in the field of dance education unparalleled.”

She will be receiving two honors this fall. In October, she will receive the National Dance Education Organization’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award “recognizes her commitment to advancing the field of dance education in addition to her many contributions to dance around the world.”

In November, she will receive the Outstanding Scholarly Research Award given by the Congress on Research in Dance. It honors an exceptional scholar or leader for sustained contributions to dance research.

Looking forward to her retirement in July 2013, she hopes to make a difference beyond the university and beyond the arts by becoming more involved in community-based service – “to help make the world a better place on the community level.”

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: August 8, 2012

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, August 9, 10 a.m., Alumni House

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

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour
Tuesday, August 14, Weatherspoon

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

Luncheon for faculty/staff
Wednesday, August 15, following the address, Dining Hall

Men’s soccer vs. Guilford College (exh)
Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.

Volleyball scrimmage
Friday, August 17, 7 p.m.

With the Staff: July 2012

Hello: Crystal Garcia, Student Health Services; Kenton Summers, HDFS; Tyler Ammons, Athletics; Doris Mosley, Student Health Services; Steven Lane, Utility Operations; Krycya Flores-Rojas, CNNC; Darrell Trogden, Facility Operations; Ernest Brooks, HRL; Robert Sutcliffe, Utility Operations; Gina Ingraham, Financial Aid

Good-bye: Nina Hooper, HRL; Willie Thomas, Housekeeping; Rebecca Brooks, Nursing; Margaret Whedon, HDFS; Kelli Hand; Financial Aid; Pamela Phillips, HDFS; Denetra Rook, Bryan School; Bobby Wyrick, Facilities Operations; Garrett Bridges, SERVE

Volunteer docents at WAM

The Weatherspoon Art Museum begins a new volunteer docent training program on Aug. 27, 2012.

WAM docents help visitors of all ages engage with works of art through the museum’s guided tour program. While no experience is required, volunteers must be comfortable talking to the public about contemporary art and be available to give two tours per month. Classes begin Aug. 27 through Nov. 5 and meet two Mondays a month at 10 a.m.

Details are at http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/news/press-release-detail?title=Weatherspoon-Art-Museum-Seeks-Volunteers

Enhanced Spartan Rookies Kid’s Club

UNCG Athletics presents the new and improved Spartan Rookies Kid’s Club for kids 12 and under. This year Spartan Rookies get a more hands-on experience at UNCG athletic events. New benefits for the 2012-13 year include a Rookies T-shirt, membership card, newsletter and the opportunity to be a kid’s captain at soccer games or a ball kid for men’s and women’s basketball games. Memberships are only $15 for the first year and $10 for every year that you renew. For more information or to register, visit www.uncgspartans.com/marketing/Spartan_Rookies or call 4-5407.

Summer flex time survey

Have you taken advantage of the summer flex time work schedule? If so, Human Resource Services and Staff Senate would like to know how it has worked for UNCG staff. There is a survey you can take to offer feedback. Visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/summer_flex/

[URL corrected 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 8.]

Athletics cranking up

The UNCG fall sports seasons are almost under way. Women’s soccer hosts perennial power UNC Tar Heels Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at 7 p.m. in an exhibition. Men’s soccer hosts Guilford College Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., in an exhibition. UNCG volleyball will kick off its season with the annual Blue & Gold scrimmage in Fleming Gymnasium Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.

OUR is moving

The Office of Undergraduate Research is currently moving from Mossman Building to 136 McIver Building. “We will be practically shut down from Thursday August 2, 2012, to Friday August 10, 2012, and even after that OUR may still be in transition,” an office announcement states. “We expect to resume working under normal operating conditions by the beginning of the Fall semester and will be available again to work with you.”

Contact Adrienne Middlebrooks at awmiddle@uncg.edu or at 336-334-4776 if there are questions. (Her access/availability is limited at during the move.)

See/Hear: August 8, 2012

With a new class of first year students soon to arrive on campus, check out a fun video from this summer’s SOAR.

Dr. Kelly Wester

Dr. Kelly Wester (Counseling & Educational Development) has accepted the position of associate editor, quantitative research, for the premier research journal of the counseling profession, the Journal of Counseling and Development. Wester will serve a three-year term.

Dr. Stuart Marcovitch

Dr. Stuart Marcovitch (Psychology) received funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Biological and Behavioral Predictors of Early School Success.” Children’s success or failure in the early school years is an important predictor of a range of developmental outcomes, the abstract notes. “Despite our understanding that these predictive relations exist, we know very little about how trajectories of low versus high achievement are produced, particularly with respect to the developmental precursors of early academic skills. The proposal describes a novel longitudinal biobehavioral study of a diverse sample of 350 children from age 4 to first grade, using a multi-method approach to study trajectories of emotional and cognitive processes and the emergence of academic skills and social skills competence at the transition to school. We propose to examine learning engagement across preschool and early childhood as the mechanism mediating children’s early emotional, cognitive, and social skills and later school success as measured by trajectories of academic achievement and social skills in first grade. Further, we propose to examine the contextual factors in home and school that moderate the relations between these early skills and learning engagement.”

Dr. Joyendu Bhadury

Dr. Joyendu Bhadury (Bryan School) has received funding from the NCSU Institute for Transportation Research and Education for the project “Trip Making Patterns of NC’s University Students.” The lack of observed information on the travel behaviors of university students leads university student trips to not be well represented in travel demand models, the abstract notes, and very few surveys have been conducted to collect university student travel behavior in North Carolina. This project will provide valuable observed behavior data to allow transportation professionals to investigate and resolve on- and off-campus transportation problems more systematically and improve campus transportation planning and operations. It can also help advance transportation system modeling practice, such as university transportation models, MPO models, and even to improve the North Carolina Statewide Model.