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Archives for September 2012

Dr. Albert Link

Dr. Albert Link’s (Economics) A History of Entrepreneurship (Routledge, 2009) has been re-published in paperback in both English and Chinese. Link is the author or editor of 42 academic books on entrepreneurship, innovation, and science and technology policy. Link is in residence, and he is also serving as the U.S. representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Dr. Carol Mullen

Dr. Carol Mullen (Educational Leadership & Foundations) is serving in the elected role of president of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA). Her vision is to highlight issues of educational leadership with respect to innovation, inventiveness, and the imagination as we work together as global leaders of social justice. NCPEA is collaborative, friendly scholar-practitioner organization committed to the practice and study of educational administration. Established in 1947, NCPEA has a strong commitment to serve the interests and needs of professors of educational administration and practicing school leaders in such areas as equity, inclusion, innovation, and excellence. For more information about the organization’s August 2013 conference in New Jersey and other exciting initiatives, check out the NCPEA website: http://www.emich.edu/ncpeaprofessors.

Dr. Vincent Francisco

Dr. Vincent Francisco (Public Health Education) has received continuation of funding from the North Carolina DHHS-Division of Public Health for the project “Supporting North Carolina Project Connect – Communities Supporting Young Families.” The project will help in the development of supports for local and state initiatives that facilitate systems of care for the successful development and success of young families, to include pregnant and parenting teens. This support focuses on building the capacity of community partners to enhance a system of care that supports the mission of the project, tracks data that helps with ongoing decision making, leads to sustainability of the services provided, and enhances the health of the families they serve.

Sharp focus on Community Engagement

UNCG has always been an engaged campus, Chancellor Linda P. Brady noted.

With the launch of the UNCG Community Engagement Collaboratory, everyone can now readily see the breadth, depth and variety of ways we are engaged through community-university partnerships.

Brady was one of several speakers at the launch event for the collaboratory Aug. 29.

The UNCG Community Engagement Collaboratory is a database of community-engaged projects and partnerships.

It will showcase collaborations between the community and their UNCG partners, and help share unique stories as well as serve as a repository of information. It is about inspiring people and encouraging the development of sustainable, reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships.

At the site, you can search the collaborative projects by a variety of ways: impact area, activity, UNCG unit – or via a map.

It was launched by the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement. Dr Terri Shelton noted “it’s university-wide …. it belongs to everyone.”

And it will be of great help beyond the walls of the university.

Donna Newton, executive director of the 260-member Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, noted that in creating this collaboratory, UNCG reached out to them. The consortium not only has participated – they have been co-developers. “There has been a respect felt by nonprofits – and my consortium – in this.” She also explained that individuals at nonprofits or at universities may leave – people do come and go – but “to have this consistent point of contact will be a dream.”

As of last week, about 125 community-university projects and partnerships had been entered into the database.

“Impact is what we’re all about,” Brady said, adding that we can do so much more by forging relationships with the community.

Visit and explore the collaboratory at http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/

See news item on workshops offered this week regarding the collaboratory.

Visual: Dr. Spoma Jovanovic and UNCG students spoke with students at Dudley High School about civic literacy and community involvement February, 2012. Photo by Chris English.

By Mike Harris

Collaborative ‘Collage concert’ Sept. 8

Have you seen opera succeeded by old-time stringband, a dance composition then a quick transition to jazz? Then you know what to expect in a “Collage Concert,” the UNCG School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s way of opening the academic year.

The popular, annual concert will be staged Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at Aycock Auditorium.

Three hundred student performers and dozens of UNCG’s will perform in rapid succession in a wide array of styles.

Performers will include:
Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
University Chorale and Chamber Singers
Schola Cantorum, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs
Jazz Ensemble I
Old Time Ensemble
Gate City Camerata
Opera Theatre
Casella Sinfonietta
Percussion Ensemble
West African Drum Ensemble
Composition Students
EastWind Quintet
Piano Faculty
Voice Faculty
Faculty Jazz Quartet

On Friday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m., Dr. Kevin Geraldi and Dr. Carole Ott will discuss Collage 2012 on WFDD-88.5 FM’s “Triad Arts Up Close” with host David Ford.

To purchase tickets to the Collage concert, visit any UNCG Box Office location, call 334-4TIX or order online

All proceeds from ticket sales support scholarships in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

UNCG hosts ‘Degrees Matter’ forum

Only about 40 percent of the working-age population in Guilford County holds an associate’s degree or higher.

Hoping to close that gap, UNCG is hosting a conversation about the growing demand for employees with college degrees. The university has invited community leaders to brainstorm about how best to encourage those area residents who have some college education to return to school to complete degrees. The forum, Degrees Matter in Greater Greensboro, will bring together university administrators, civic leaders, business leaders and philanthropists.

Degrees Matter will take place Sept. 11 at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro. The Lumina Foundation – working to increase the nation’s credentialed or degree-holding workforce to 60 percent by 2025 – is funding the forum, which is invitation-only.

“We want this to be a collective community project, not a UNCG-specific project,” says Steve Moore, director of UNCG’s Office of Transfer and Adult Student Academic Success. “We want to take the knowledge from everybody’s experience and build it together. This is education’s contribution to workforce and economic development.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Timeline for three dean searches

Town hall meetings for three dean searches were held last week.

The three searches are expected to be completed by end of the Fall 2012 semester, says Provost David H. Perrin.

Position announcements were to be finalized last week. In September, committees will develop candidate pools. In mid-semester, they will identify semifinalists for confidential interviews. In November and December, open interviews will be held with three or four finalists for each position. The plan is to make an offer to the finalist for each position in December.

Dr. Mark Fine is chair of the Health and Human Sciences dean search committee. Dr. Susan Letvak is chair of the Nursing dean search committee. Dr. Connie McKoy is chair of the Music, Theatre & Dance dean search committee.

By Mike Harris

Workshops for Community Engagement Collaboratory

Interested in learning more about UNCG’s new Community Engagement Collaboratory? The Institute for Community and Economic Engagement is hosting two hands-on workshops:

Wednesday, Sept. 5 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Thursday, Sept. 6 (11 a.m.-noon).

Both workshops will be held in the Curry Building, Room 304.

In this interactive workshop, speakers will: (1) demonstrate this new tool (participants will be able to follow along on their own machine in the lab); (2) highlight how you can use the tool to find useful resources/partners; (3) share the benefits of joining the collaboratory and entering in your projects/partnerships; and (4) explore what reports might be useful to you as university faculty and administrators. They will also answer any questions you may have.

The Community Engagement Collaboratory is a platform to connect and enhance campus-wide information about and support for community engagement relationships, resources, activities, and outcomes.

Whether providing direct services at a nonprofit organization, teaching professionals and residents of a community, or conducting research collaboratively with community partners, all members of UNCG-community partnerships will be able to use the collaboratory to document and display their engagement in a centralized and web-accessible place.

See related story about the collaboratory’s launch event.

Nursing mothers’ new options on campus

Nursing mothers here at UNCG have four new, on-campus locations where they can pump milk or breastfeed their children.

The university now offers two different kinds of Nursing Mothers Rooms. Three permanent rooms are for the exclusive use of any nursing mothers: McIver Room 341, Bryan 344G and Jackson Library Room 570. Two flex rooms are also available, in Gove Student Health Building and in the HHP Building Room 126B. The flex rooms have multiple uses but are available upon request by a nursing mother.

The lactation rooms are a welcome benefit. Dr. Paige Hall Smith, chair of the UNCG Breastfeeding Committee and director of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, notes that “how a mother chooses to feed her baby is a very personal decision. For women who want to breastfeed UNCG wants to provide them with the support they need to successfully combine work and school with breastfeeding.”

The spaces are especially important for working and student mothers who don’t have private offices where they can pump breast milk. A federal law that went into effect in 2010 mandates reasonable breaks for nursing mothers and a private, non-bathroom space where a woman can express milk. North Carolina law also protects a woman’s right to “breastfeed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be.”

The first on-campus lactation room, located on the fifth floor of Jackson Library, has been used by more than 40 different women, Smith said. “It meets a range of needs,” she added, noting the first woman to use the space was a visitor on campus.

Smith (Public Health Education), Dr. Cheryl Lovelady (Nutrition) and Dr. Lynn Lewellen (Nursing), researchers on breastfeeding, serve on the UNCG Breastfeeding Committee whose goal is to make UNCG breastfeeding friendly. Other members have included faculty, staff and students from the Schools of Nursing, Education and Health and Human Sciences, Jackson Library, Gove Student Health, the Office of Space Management and Student Affairs.

More information on the five nursing mothers rooms and how to access the flex rooms is available on the Nursing Mother’s Room page on the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness web site. The rooms in McIver, Bryan and HHP are kept unlocked for easy access. A key for the room in Jackson Library, which contains a hospital grade pump, is available at the circulation desk.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Workshops for UNCG Cares 2012-13

In an effort to create a culture of care, the Dean of Students Office invites and encourages you to attend a workshop series specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Friday, September 14, 2012
2 – 4 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Claxton

This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

UNCG Cares
Friday, September 21, 2012
2 – 4 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Kirkland

“UNCG Cares” about students! During this training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Friday, November 9, 2012
3 – 4 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Sharpe

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

Establishing Effective Partnership with Parents
Friday, November 16, 2012
2 – 3 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Joyner

Talking to parent and family members over the phone/in person can sometimes be frustrating. We’ve all been there! Parent & Family members are more involved than ever in their students’ lives. They are communicating regularly with students and the University. This presentation will stimulate dialogue on how university administrators, faculty and staff can establish effective partnerships with parent and family members to help achieve student success and retention.

Fireworks after NC State soccer match

Need an additional reason to see the Men’s Soccer match vs. NC State, Friday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m. at the, UNCG Soccer Stadium? How about post-match fireworks.

Also, the first 500 fans will receive a mystery Mellow Mushroom gift card. Admission to all matches are free – as are volleyball matches.

The volleyball team begins its match against UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. that evening next door in Fleming Gym.

John McCutcheon, children’s book author, storyteller and musical artist, will appear Sept. 10

He plays a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered numerous honors including seven Grammy nominations. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

Coming on the centennial year of Woody Guthrie’s birth, McCutcheon’s “This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America” tribute CD is being released this month.

The Washington Post has described him as folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man.”

McCutcheon will appear on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

His Triad appearances are being sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG through the generosity of the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Series Fund, with additional support from the O. Henry Hotel and the Green Valley Grill.

Full story at Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog.

Looking ahead: Sept. 5, 2012

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Talk, Tony Horwitz
Friday, Sept. 7, 4 p.m., Jackson Library

Men’s Soccer vs. NC State (plus fireworks)
Friday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m.

Collage concert
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Groundbreaking, Pedestrian underpass
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, 9 a.m., 1200 W. Lee Street

Talk/performance, John McCutcheon
Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

With the Staff: August 2012

Hello: Deia Elliott, Purchasing; Carrie Miller, Annual Giving; Terry Gaither, Utility Operations; Enricque Boyd, Public Safety & Police; Melissa Poillot-Micca, Nursing; Emily Mann, University Libraries; Miranda Freeman, School of Music; Sarah Wingerter, HDFS; Joscelyn Bartley, Housing and Residence Life; Justin Balser, Interior Architecture; Amanda Lomax, HDFS; Tenika Foster, Student Health; Richard Dillwood, University Libraries; Mary Singleton, Housing and Residence Life

Good-bye: Carole Potter, Women’s and Gender Studies; Debra Biles, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Anna Knight, Interior Architecture; Ghazala Bibi, Business Services; Valerie Person, HDFS; Daniel Little, Housekeeping; Nikki Hubbard, School of Education

Brown-Jeffy in MRC talk

The next MRC Book Talk will feature Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy (Sociology), Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3-4 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC. Brown-Jeffy will discuss the article “Toward a conceptual framework of culturally relevant pedagogy: an overview of the conceptual and theoretical literature,” written by Dr. Jewell Cooper and her. It appeared in Teacher Education Quarterly. The article points out that “The United States is a diverse country with constantly changing demographics.”  Note: The article cited was co-authored by Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy (Sociology) and Dr. Jewell Cooper (Teacher Education and Higher Education).  This post was updated 9/6.

See/hear: Sept. 5, 2012

Doc Hendley will speak Sept. 12, 7 p.m. in Aycock about his efforts to bring clean water to areas of the world, such as Darfur, in need of a consistently safe drinking supply. His book, Wine to Water, was the First-Year Summer Read at UNCG this year. Admission is free for the talk. UNCG student Sandy Elliott is looking to start a student chapter of Wine to Water – if there is enough student interest – with Joe Frey as faculty advisor. She will have a table at the event, where interested students may sign up. Details on his appearence are here. See him talk about his work and life story very briefly, in this video.

Dr. Christina Rodriguez

Dr. Christina Rodriguez (Psychology) will present at the world conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, in Istanbul, Turkey (ISPCAN). Rodriguez is taking two graduates students, who will be co-presenting. ISPCAN is a “multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work towards the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally”. The papers that they will be presenting are: “Cognitive Predictors of Physical Child Abuse Potential beyond Maternal Mental Health and Social Support;” “Stress and Child Physical Abuse Risk: The Moderating Roles of Family Functioning and Social Isolation;” “Late Adolescent’s Physical Abuse Risk and Future Parenting Style: Gender-Matched versus Cross-Gendered Similarities and Differences.”

Additionally, Rodriguez has received an award increase from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Predicting Later Parent-Child Aggression in Expectant Parents: The Triple F Study.” “Physical aggression toward children pervades this country, the abstract states, impacting the short-term and long-term emotional and physical welfare of children. “The principal goal of the Following First Families (Triple F) project is to identify risk factors predictive of parent-child aggression (PCA) using a theoretically-grounded model.”

Dr. David Olson

Dr. David Olson (Political Science) participated in a panel on trade policy at the International Political Science Association World Congress in Madrid, Spain, July 10. His paper, “The ‘Intermestic’ Politics of Trade Policy: The Case of the USA,” is one of several country papers in a multi-national study of trade policy formation. Undergraduate research assistants were Michael Gold and Austin Smith through UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies in the Political Science department. Olson is professor emeritus.

Dr. Joseph Telfair

Dr. Joseph Telfair (Public Health Education / UNCG Center for Social, Community and Health) received new funding from the NC Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Establishment and use of the North Carolina Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia Client Surveillance Program (RuSH).” While past efforts on the part of researchers and professionals have led to more effective treatments of the complications associated with sickle cell disease (SCD) in North Carolina, little is known about the social epidemiology of SCD and thalassemia, the abstract states. “Consequently, there are unknown issues such as access and barriers to care; differential outcomes; and use of services by those affected with SCD and thalassemia outside of the treatment setting. In order to improve our understanding of the lives of persons with SCD and thalassemia as well as provide a state-level socio-epidemiological counterpart to previous clinical data efforts, the state of North Carolina in collaboration with its partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposes to establish, maintain and use a comprehensive population-based data surveillance system for persons with SCD and thalassemia.” The abstract states that “partnership development and stakeholder participation is the guiding approach for the development, implementation and maintenance of the North Carolina SCD and Thalassemia Client Surveillance Program (NC_SCDTCSP). The NC Division of Public Health, North Carolina Sickle Cell Syndrome Program, North Carolina Governor’s Council on Sickle Cell Disease and Related Blood Disorders, UNCG, representatives of the four community-based sickle cell disease organizations (Operation Sickle Cell, Inc.; Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency; Crescent Health Institute; and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. – Eastern North Carolina Chapter); six comprehensive medical centers [Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte); East Carolina University (Greenville); Duke University (Durham); Mission Hospital (Asheville); Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem); and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill]; and client representatives and/or their parental caretakers will contribute to this effort.”


Dr. Thomas Kwapil (Psychology) and Dr. Neus Barrantes-Vidal (Pstchology) recently had a comprehensive review chapter on schizotypal personality disorder published in “The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders” and an empirical paper published with colleagues from UNCG, Spain and the Netherlands in “Psychological Medicine.: The paper was titled “The expression of positive and negative schizotypy in daily life: An experience sampling study” (Kwapil, Brown, Silvia, Myin-Germeys & Barrantes-Vidal).

David Gwynn

David Gwynn (University Libraries) received new funding from the North Carolina State Library for the project “Textiles, Teachers and Troops.” It 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, the abstract says. By documenting the vitally important influence of the textile industry, public and postsecondary education, and the massive World War II military presence, Textiles, Teachers, and Troops will provide context for understanding the growth of Greensboro from a town of two thousand residents into one of the leading manufacturing and education centers in the Southeast.