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Archives for October 2012

Soler bridges FTLC, DCL

In partnership across two university divisions, the deans of Continual Learning (DCL) and Undergraduate Studies (US) signed a memorandum of understanding to loan Michelle Solér, a DCL Senior Director, to the newly reorganized Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons (FTLC) for the academic year. Patrick Lee Lucas, executive director for the FTLC, and Solér will work closely to craft a synergistic vision that complements the mission of both DCL and FTLC. Solér works part of the week in 256 McIver, home to the FTLC staff, and the other part in Becher Weaver, in the Office of Online Learning.

Entrepreneurship award

The Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, housed in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, has been awarded the Allied Academies’ Academy of Educational Leadership Creative and Innovative Education Award. The award recognizes a program for outstanding instruction and education as well as innovation and creativity. Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, accepted the award at the Allied Academies’ national conference.

New DVDs at library

Interested in knowing the most recently added DVDs at Jackson Library?.

The library staff is now posting a list every few weeks. See Oct. 18 and 23 listings at Irma’s World blog, which lists recent arrivals. A few of the many examples are “Snow White & the Huntsman,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “The Dictator.” You may also friend Irma Minerva on Facebook.

More Gen Ed Program Assessment forums

A General Education Program Assessment Forum — hosted and facilitated by the General Education Council, the Office of Assessment and Accreditation, and Faculty Senate — will be held in the Claxton Room at the EUC on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 2-4 p.m., and on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 2-4 p.m. The purposes of this forum are for faculty to review the results from the 2011-12 assessment of Learning Goal 3 and to prepare written recommendations — to be forwarded to the council — to improve student learning in our General Education Program. If you have any questions, email assessment@uncg.edu.

Chancellor’s Resident Fellowship at LIHC

Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) announces the 2013-14 Chancellor’s Resident Fellows competition. The College will appoint one Chancellor’s Resident Fellow who will teach full-time in LIHC and participate in the life of the College throughout the year.

This program offers a wonderful opportunity for UNCG faculty to change their teaching routine and teach exclusively for one year the highly motivated and talented students in the Honors College. In Lloyd International Honors College all classes are small seminars that allow the Fellow to teach the subject matter in new ways and on topics that he or she may not get the chance to teach in the scholar’s own department. In addition to a Fellow’s teaching stipend, the faculty member also receives a research award to be used during the year of the Fellowship.

If you are interested in securing the Fellowship position, please submit an application letter, approved by your department head and dean, to Lloyd International Honors College (205 Foust Building) by Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. The following site lists other items that should be included.

Full details are in this PDF:

Additional information is at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/faculty/fellows-program.htm

Among best at educating future civic leaders

UNCG is among only 50 universities and colleges in the nation named Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Leadership (LEAD) Institutions by NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is the leading organization for student affairs professionals. Full story at UNCG News.

McGovern visited UNCG twice

Former South Dakota senator and 1972 presidential nominee George McGovern died Saturday. In January 2010, students had an opportunity to hear the historical figure speak at the screening of UNCG professor Matt Barr’s sustainability focused “Hungry for Green” documentary. McGovern also spoke about Abraham Lincoln and his recent book about the 16th president in Jackson Library’s Reading Room. He had also visited two decades earlier. McGovern spoke at the 1969 UNCG commencement. The event was at Grimsley High School’s football stadium. Two years afterward, he would unsuccessfully challenge incumbent President Richard Nixon, as a 2010 Campus Weekly article noted.

Dr. Rosemery Nelson-Gray

Dr. Rosemery Nelson-Gray (Psychology) recently published an article in Behavior Therapy describing the events that contributed to her becoming a “trail-blazing leader” in cognitive-behavioral clinical psychology. She was elected the first female president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 1981–82. She was the first editor of the journal Behavioral Assessment from 1979 to 1982. Also, she was president of Division 25 (Experimental Analysis of Behavior) of the American Psychological Association from 1982 to 1983 and chaired the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology from 1983 to 1985. The article also offers a guide to women beginning careers in academic professions on how to overcome gender barriers.

Dr. George Michel

Dr. George Michel (Psychology) and three psychology graduate students (Iryna Babik, Julie Campbell and Emily Marcinowski) and one post-doctoral student (Eliza Nelson) had four presentations on infant handedness development and the development of construction skills and language ability during the recent conference of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology held in New Orleans earlier this month.

Dr. Deborah J. Taub

Dr. Deborah J. Taub (Teacher Education & Higher Education) received the 2012 Outstanding Service in Support of the Profession by the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA). The award recognizes a practicing professional (i.e., faculty member, administrator, or staff member) employed at a college or university located in North Carolina who has made a significant contribution in support of the profession to the post secondary student personnel/student development field. NCCPA, a state division of the ACPA-College Student Educators International, is committed to the education and development of post-secondary students in North Carolina and exists for the benefit of all student personnel professionals in the state.

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) was recognized as a Family Firm Institute fellow at the 2012 FFI Global Conference. The honor signifies Welsh’s longevity in the field, the successful completion of a program of study as part of the Family Firm Institute’s Global Education Network, that she has published in related publications and that she has presented at industry conferences.


Dr. Karen La Paro, Dr. Linda Hestenes, Dr. Sharon Mims, Dr. Danielle Crosby – faculty members in Human Development and Family Studies – have received funding from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education for the project “Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System/Program Quality Measurement Development Project.”

“The Measurement Development Project aims to develop a family of measures to evaluate early childhood program quality within a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. An iterative approach will be used to develop the new measure. Four pilots, each with a unique contribution to the development of the measure will be conducted over the four years of the project,” the abstract notes.

“The current budget includes plans to develop a measure reflecting program and classroom quality intended to promote positive learning and developmental outcomes for children ages 0-5.”

See/Hear: Oct. 24, 2012

The UNCG women’s golf program hosted the annual Starmount Forest Tournament earlier this month, which brought 15 university teams to Greensboro. UNCG was led by senior Courtney Taylor. The Spartans were playing without last year’s SoCon Player of the Year, sophomore Fanny Cnops, who missed the tournament due to her play in the 2012 World Team Championships. She placed 12th overall for Belgium. Details on the Starmount Forest Tournament are here. Video highlights clip by UNCG Athletics.

For all those who teach: ‘Faculty Center Takeover’ Nov. 1

Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas is getting more exercise than normal.

At least one faculty member in every department is being surprised with an oversized gold star this month at the very beginning of class for their great teaching – and it’s his pleasure as executive director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons (FTLC) to make the very brief presentations. So far, the students have loved it, sometimes breaking into cheers. It’s a way to recognize the great teaching that goes on in every school and program – and to let every department know about an event on Nov. 1.

There is a lot of great teaching at UNCG – the FTLC hears about it from students and fellow faculty. For example, last Thursday afternoon, Dr. Tony Cuda, Dr. Thomas Jackson, Dr. Hepsie Roskelly and Dr. Kevin Lowe were on the FTLC’s list. He stopped in the Writing Center and the Speaking Center with stars for Dr. Sara Littlejohn and Kim Cuny as well.

In bringing together some of the best teachers on campus to share great ideas and best practices, the FTLC provides a common space for conversation and collaboration. That common space, in a physical sense, is now the UNCG Faculty Center.

Faculty Center Takeover On Nov. 1, 4-6 p.m. Beth Filar Williams and Beth Bernhardt (University Libraries) and Adam Arney (Office of Online Learning) will host a Craft Beer and Apple Cider tasting. It’s part of a special FTLC open house at the Faculty Center.

All UNCG faculty – and anyone on campus who teaches – are invited to stop in and talk with fellow teachers in a relaxed atmosphere. As an added draw, you may learn a little something about the art of making beer.

The FTLC will host a similar themed event on Nov. 8, 4-6 p.m. at the Faculty Center. Again, all those who teach at UNCG are invited.

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons assumed stewardship of the Faculty Center a month ago. The FTLC looks forward to working with faculty and staff in envisioning the best uses for this building to serve the campus community.

It is available for presentations, lectures or small gatherings of up to 49 people. Built in 1948 as a soda shop, the open interior has a great atmosphere for convening for programming or to simply meet a colleague for a cup of coffee, discuss the latest successes in the classroom, talk about the latest news from campus or have a quiet spot away from the office for some deep thinking.

The space allows for a wide range of uses, from lecture format to small group meetings to a larger meeting.

Reservations will be handled through the FTLC by contacting Judy Johnson at 334-5068 or jajohn24@uncg.ed

More information is at http://uncgftlc.blogspot.com/. Some short clips of surprise presentations are at http://commons.uncg.edu/stars.php.

UNCG looks to future with intention, $1.8 million grant

Dr. Steve Roberson, dean of undergraduate studies, tags his emails with one line: If it’s not likely to be transformative, don’t bother.

So Roberson’s thrilled about a new five-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education he says will transform the way our university serves its students and the greater community. The initiative is called “Intentional Futures – Learning to Learn.”

“This grant is going to allow us to make a huge difference in the lives of a lot of students,” he says. “It’s also about the university being a good citizen of North Carolina, reaching out and doing the work of good citizenship. It’s all about outreach to students, to the community, to the region, to the state.”

Intentional Futures is three-tiered. Plans call for:

  • More centralized academic advising that also targets students with undeclared majors.
  • A stepped-up Digital Literacy Center to help students improve their communication skills and promote best-use of advanced technology for students and faculty.
  • Creation of professional learning communities to help faculty and staff optimize instruction through use of digital technology, advising and overall interactions with students.

It will be funded by a Title III grant that amounts to about $400,000 a year for the next five years. After that, the university will have to seek funds from other sources.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Second City is on the stage

Perhaps you know The Second City from the influential and irreverent “Second City Television” show in the 1980s, bringing young talent like John Candy, Andrea Martin and Eugene Levy into the spotlight.

Or maybe you know more modern Second City comedy troupe alumni, such as Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey.

The Second City opened its cabaret theatre doors Chicago in 1959 and has created excellent comedy since. Four touring companies perform Second City across North America and abroad.

The Second City comes to UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. The show is part of the Performing Arts Series.

Purchase tickets by phone at 579-8499; in person at Triad Stage Box Office, or online at http://upas.uncg.edu

Details are here.

Visual: One of several traveling Second City troupes

William Friday remembered

William Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, died on Friday, Oct. 12. He was 92.

“President Friday’s passing is an enormous loss to the University of North Carolina, to our state and the higher education community throughout our nation,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady, in an article on the UNCG News site.

The University Archive’s blog “Spartan Stories” details Friday’s long relationship with UNCG, beginning in the early 1950’s.

“Friday’s relationship with UNCG (at the time, it was Woman’s College [W.C.]) began in 1951 when he was named Assistant to the President in the offices of the Consolidated University, which included W.C., N.C. State, and UNC Chapel Hill. His task, as outlined by President Gordon Gray, was to “work with and through” alumni secretaries at the three schools to plan and promote an annual alumni giving campaign.

“In 1956, Friday was asked to lead an investigation into W.C. Chancellor Edward Kidder Graham. He brought together a panel of campus leaders (including university Vice President William D. Carmichael as chairman, acting Provost William M. Whyburn and graduate school Dean William W. Pierson) to conduct hearings that lasted five full days.” They were held in the Alumni House’s Pecky Cypress Room.

The next year, Friday would become president of the consolidated university, where he’d serve 30 years, becoming an icon of American public higher education.

Read more about “William Friday and UNCG” in the University Libraries’ “Spartan Stories.”

UNC-TV will carry a live broadcast of the memorial service for William Friday from the UNC CH campus at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday), with a repeat broadcast of the service at 7 p.m. Live steaming will be accessible through a link on the UNC General Administration web site www.northcarolina.edu.

Visual: William Friday at October 2011 inauguration of President Ross, at NC A&T State. Photograph by David Wilson (UNCG).

Thermometers show SECC at 22 percent of goal

UNCG’s SECC campaign is nearly one-fourth its way to the goal of $235,000.

The amount processed so far (as of Oct. 15) is $50,493. That is 22 percent of UNCG’s 2012 goal.

The 22 percent figure is on four new SECC thermometer signs around campus, which Paul Dow and other members of Facilities Operations made in the past weeks, notes Peggy Craig (University Advancement). They, as well as dozens of solicitors, are working to help UNCG reach its goal. The rising total may also be seen on the electronic board on Market Street, near the Music Building. Sherri MacCheyne, an SECC volunteer solicitor, keeps that board updated.

The SECC, the official giving campaign for state employees, helps support nearly a thousand charitable organizations in the community and throughout the state.

If you haven’t filled out and returned your envelope to your department’s solicitor, please consider doing so.

For faculty: ‘Breaking Boundaries, Embracing Opportunities’

Looking to learn more about using new technologies?

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons, the Division of Continual Learning, the Digital Media Commons and the Instructional Technology Consultants will host a series of events on teaching and learning with technology. This Fall Focus Learning Technologies Series kicks off with a spotlight on classroom response technologies and ends with a community meeting and panel on the open source learning management systems, Sakai and Moodle. In between, the series offers workshops and discussions on digital media, online learning and gaming in higher education.

The series is Oct. 22-25, 2012. For details and to register, visit http://commons.uncg.edu/lts/index.php

All freshmen take alcohol prevention course

One of the most important homework assignments for UNCG freshmen was due Oct. 15. That was the deadline for first-year students to complete the second phase of AlcoholEdu, an online course that teaches them about the impact of alcohol on the body and how to deal with peer drinking.

Officials at UNCG expanded the online course this year to include all freshmen as part of a continued effort to be proactive about alcohol education. And they gave the initiative teeth: Students must complete the course before they can register for spring classes.

Alcohol abuse is “the biggest problem on a college campus,” said Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education), a recognized authority in intervention science. Wyrick said there’s evidence linking binge drinking, student health and well-being, retention and academic performance.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Forum on Open Access Publishing, P&T Process

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 10 am, in the EUC Claxton Room, the Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee and the University Libraries will sponsor a faculty forum on open access publishing in the tenure and promotion process.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 open-access peer-reviewed journals published worldwide, and in lieu of a subscription-based business model, many open access journals require authors to pay article processing fees. Such fees are common in some disciplines, especially science, technology, and medicine; however, they are less common in the social sciences and humanities. How faculty members perceive open access publishing and article processing fees frequently depends on their discipline and their own publishing experience. This raises the question in the tenure and promotion process: How should faculty works published in open access journals be viewed? Are they equivalent to works published in traditional subscription-based journals?

At the forum, a panel of UNCG faculty will discuss their experiences with open access publishing, including observations about open access publishing in the tenure and promotion process. The panelists are:

Dr. Paige Hall Smith (Public Health Education and The Center for Women’s Health & Wellness), author of a recent article in International Breastfeeding Journal, an open access journal, and the recipient of the fourth grant ($1,000) from UNCG’s Open Access Publishing Support Fund

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies), editor of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, an open access journal published by UNCG using Open Journal Systems (OJS) software

Dr. Robert Stavn, Biology, author of a recent article in Optics Express, an open access journal, and the recipient of the first grant ($1,000) from UNCG’s Open Access Publishing Support Fund

Dr. Bill Karper (Kinesiology), a member of the Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee

Those with questions may contact Stephen Dew (shdew@uncg.edu), chair of the Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee.

Marjorie Bagley duets with musician far away, in display of innovative technology

Playing a duet with someone when you’re on opposite sides of the stage is far from ideal. The delay in the sound reaching each other would pose problems.

What if you want to practice – or perform – with another musician elsewhere in the world? In telecommunications, the sound lag will be even more pronounced, right?

Dr. Marjorie Bagley (Music) was recently part of a demonstration of technology enabling such performances with low-latency audio and videoconferencing technology.

“I do find it fascinating, and I do have some background interest,” Bagley said of this new LOLA technology she demonstrated. “When I was in graduate school, I studied with Pinchas Zukerman, one of the world’s great violinists. He was on the road a lot and worked with Manhattan School of Music and a private donor to set up lessons using video-conferencing technology.”

At that time – the mid-’90s – low-speed internet connectivity was the norm.

“I was still using a dial-up modem, so I was blown away by the immediacy of the experience when Zukerman was in Germany and I was in NYC, and we could have a violin lesson in what felt like real time! In those lessons, the speakers and microphones used were very high quality, since sound was the highest priority.”

She first used this new technology at a LOLA demonstration performance last year at a Raleigh conference.

“I was perhaps less shocked than some might have been since I’d had lessons using older, but similar, technology. The remarkable thing about LOLA, of course, is the low latency. It really feels like we’re in the same room, talking to each other (or playing, in this case) just 30 or so feet apart.”

Bagley joined UNCG in 2009 as an associate professor of violin. She has been on the faculty of Ohio University, Utah State University, and the International Music Academy in Pilsen – and has also taught at the Brevard Music Center, the Perlman Music Program, the Kinhaven Music School, and the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Program.

As a performer, she really enjoys the challenge and adventure of learning new pieces.

And as a teacher? “I am fascinated by the mechanics of violin playing. In order to create a musical, artistic performance, we have to gain considerable technical control. I truly enjoy helping each student break down the parts of their technique that need work and then building them back up so that the student is able to give voice to their musical ideas.”

Will her UNCG students be using this cutting-edge telecommunications technology? She is currently working to arrange master classes for her students with a musician at another university with LOLA capability. “Matt Libera, our tech guru in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, has us set up with LOLA and ready to go.”

Libera adds, “We approached the LOLA project from a musical standpoint, as that was the reason the software was developed, but we are completely open to finding new and innovative uses for the technology, and LOLA’s founder Claudio Allocchio is as well.”

The Conservatorio G. Tartini in Trieste, Italy, and the GARR Italian Research & Education Network, GARR, developed LOLA. The LOLA technology is able to reduce the latency down to effectively 35 milliseconds. This musically translates to 35 feet, which is like being on the opposite side of the stage from the musician, according to a release. Early adopter Internet2 institutions starting to use LOLA are UNCG, the NIU School of Music, the New World Symphony in Miami, the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia.

A news report and video can be seen here: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local//region/45044-high-tech-duet-illusrates-the-power-of-a-brand-new-internet

UNCG’s ITS provides the university’s funding for LOLA and is responsible for the UNCG LOLA software contract, as well as the university’s membership in Internet2. Those with questions or ideas for its use in any part of the university may contact Gloria Thornton (ITS).

Looking ahead: Oct. 17, 2012

QEP Open Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3 pm, Room 140, McIver Building

Faculty Senate Forum: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Faculty Governance
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m, Alumni House

Second City Comedy
Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Volleyball vs. Wofford
Saturday, Oct. 20. 7 p.m.,

Film, “Semper Fi: Always Faithful”
Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

QEP Open Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., Faculty Center

Forum, “Who controls the ballot box?”
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Curry 225

Great Conversation, “Tattoos and Personal Identity,” Chris Metivier
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m., MHRA Atrium

The Morality of Capitalism: A debate

A debate on “The Morality of Capitalism” between Dr. Michael Roberto (NCA&T History) and Dr. Bas Van der Vossen (UNCG Philosophy) will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday Oct. 22.

The event in the School of Education Building, Room 114 will be presented by the BB&T Program on Capitalism Markets and Morality.

This information and poster are found here: http://www.uncg.edu/bae/bbt/speakers/

‘Semper Fi: Always Faithful’

Jerry Ensminger was a master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he and his family were exposed to toxins in the drinking water. His daughter Janey died of childhood leukemia at age 9.

Ensminger will be at UNCG Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Elliott University Center Auditorium for a screening of “Semper Fi: Always Faithful,” a documentary film about Ensminger’s story. The screening, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

For more information, contact Barry Miller at bkmille4@uncg.edu.

‘Who controls the ballot box?’

The panel discussion “Who Controls the Ballot Box? Voting Rights in North Carolina” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in Curry 225.

Panelists include Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies); Dr. Mark Elliott (History); Dr. Tara Green (African American Studies); Dr. Watson Jennison (History).

The moderator is Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History).

The event is sponsored by African American Studies, the History Department and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Calling all fairy tale lovers

The German Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures invite all fairy tale lovers to the following commemoration, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales in 1812.

Britta Kallin, associate professor of German at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present “‘Happily Ever After:’ The Impact of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales Today” on Friday, Oct. 26, 10-11 a.m., in McIver 028.

The talk is sponsored by German Weeks 2012: Think Transatlantic!

Kallin currently is conducting research for a book with the working title “Rewritten Fairy Tales in Contemporary German, Austrian, and US Culture.”

African American Studies marks 30th anniversary

The African American Studies Program will celebrate its 30th anniversary Oct. 18-19 during the annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE).

“This 30th year anniversary and the annual conference provide the UNCG community with an opportunity to reflect on the growth and development of UNCG over the past three decades,” said program director Dr. Tara T. Green. More than 10,000 students have taken courses through the program since its launch during the 1982-83 academic year, when two Black Studies courses were offered as part of a “student-designed” minor.

Full story at UNCG News.

‘Writing at the Woman’s College’

Dr. Kelly Ritter (English) will give a talk on her recent book “To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman’s College, 1943-1963.”

The talk will be Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m, in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library.

As Ritter describes in her introduction, “To Know Her Own History is a sociohistorical study that focuses on the intertwined histories of first-year composition and creative writing at a public Southern women’s college in the mid-twentieth century in order to examine how evolving definitions of literacy, as well as evolving views of women as writers, shaped American college writing instruction during the postwar era. I offer new historical insight into the historical happenings in women’s writing postwar through an extended case study of the English department of the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, and spotlight the national curricular trends and local institutional conditions that affected this college’s students and faculty.”

UNCG Baseball Stadium Recognized

The UNCG Baseball Stadium earned some national recognition last week as Eric Sorenson of eastonbaseball.com named the facility No. 2 on his national “Best 1,000ish Seat Stadiums” list.

The stadium includes 889 permanent fold-down seats and grass slopes along both foul lines that provide space for additional seating.

See the full Easton Baseball Blog post.

University Libraries wants to hear from you

This week, all faculty, staff, graduate students and a subset of undergraduate students will receive a link to a library service quality survey. The survey will measure library service quality and identify best practices.

UNCG participated in a survey of this type in 2003 and 2008, and the survey results spurred the University Libraries to make several changes, such as extending hours, increasing the number of available computers and improving their outreach to students, staff and faculty about the availability of services and resources.

As an incentive, when you complete the survey you may choose to submit your name for drawings for a Kindle Paperwhite or one of five $25 Spartan Cards.

Student Sustainability Summit

On Oct. 23, 2012, at 9 a.m. to noon, in the EUC’s Alexander Room, UNCG will have a LearnGreen event: The Student Sustainability Summit. The summit is for students, faculty and staff to learn more about what UNCG is doing in terms of sustainability. The event will have working groups that deal closely with food, water, energy, transportation and recycling. Details here.

See/hear: Oct. 17, 2012

As this week’s Spotlight explained, new technology allows musicians hundreds of miles apart to play together, with almost no lag in transmission time. The technology is LOLA, and it will very soon be at UNCG. During a performance demonstration, Marjorie Bagley (UNCG) played “Passacaglia” in Philadelphia, while cellist Cheng-Hou Lee (Northern Illinois) played in Dekalb. (Video by Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) served as the expert political communication analyst for News 14 Carolina’s coverage of the second 2012 presidential debate, held Oct. 16. Schwartzman offered an analysis of the debate during Capital Tonight on News 14 Carolina, previewed the debate in the half-hour before the event, and offered commentary after the conclusion of the debate. He served in the same role for News 14’s coverage of the vice-presidential debate Oct. 11.

Additionally, he offered insights during the WFMY News 2 6 p.m. newscast on Oct. 15.

Dr. Sonja Frison

Dr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Families, and Community Partnerships) received funding from East Carolina Behavioral Health for the project Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnerships. The Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse and Mental Health Partnerships are a statewide initiative designed to provide a continuum of care for juvenile justice involved youth with behavioral health issues, the abstract notes. The UNCG Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships provides technical assistance and training for this initiative.