UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for October 2012

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received funding from the University of Washington for the project “Mechanisms of Silymarin Hepatoprotection (Supplement).” The funding will allow for the validation of a method for the measurement of flavonolignans in silymarin and silibinin (both from milk thistle).

Dr. Karen Wixson

Dr. Karen Wixson received additional funding from the University of North Carolina General Administration for the project Race to the Top: NC New Teacher Support Program. The goal of the support program is to improve the effectiveness of beginning teachers through intensive induction support aligned to each teacher’s individual needs, teaching assignment and school environment. Wixson is dean of the School of Education.

Faculty/staff award winners ‘representatives of the Spartan spirit’

At the 2012 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony, the sign behind the speakers simply stated, “Our paths are paved with meaning.”

“There are so many quiet heroes on this campus,” she said. As we see the students graduate, for example, or as we observe the impact of research on our community and beyond, we see the results of their work.

Those receiving awards at the ceremony are “representatives of the Spartan spirit.”

The chancellor acknowledged Board of Trustees chair David Sprinkle, in the audience. And she led a round of applause for Deb Carley (HRS), who had introduced her and who has announced her December retirement.

“This year, we wanted to present the awards in a special way,” the chancellor explained. Videos were created of the award winners, by students working with Michael Frierson – a moving addition to the ceremony.

Alumni Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Heather Helms (Human Development and Family Studies) – Tenured Faculty
Dr. Susanne Rinner (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) – Nontenured Faculty

Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Hephzibah Crawford Roskelly (Department of English)

Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
Michael Byers (Campus Enterprises) – Staff
Dr. Thomas Martinek (Kinesiology) – Faculty
Matthew Moss (History/Secondary Education) – Student

Award for Excellence in Online Education
Dr. Andreas Lixl (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Dr. Craig S. Cashwell (School of Education – Counseling and Educational Development)

Research Excellence Awards
Dr. Karen Kilcup (Department of English) – Senior Research Excellence Award
Dr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) – Junior Research Excellence Award

Staff Excellence Awards
Mary Anderson (Student Affairs)
Terri Cartner (Auxiliary Services)

Student Learning Enhancement Awards
Dr. Kathy Crowe (University Libraries)
Dr. Jody Natalle (Communication Studies)

Individuals were awarded pins for 30, 35 and 40 years of service.

30 years
Chris Burnett
Dr. Gregory Carroll
Dr. John Eatman
Terry Goins
Dr. Mary Morgan
Dr. Charles Orzech
Dr. Jennifer Sandoval
Dr. Susan Shelmerdine
Cynthia Zaruba

35 years
Mary Carter
Dr. Keith Cushman
Dr. Stephen Danford
Dr. David Fein
Dr. Paul Luebke
Dr. Thomas Martinek
Dr. Terrance McConnell
Dr. Gary Rosenkrantz
Nancy Ryckman
Ms. Judith Schachtschneider
Dr. James Sellers

40 years
Dr. Walter Beale
Dr. James Evans
Dr. Carl Goldstein
Dr. Rosemery Gray
Dr. Jarrett Leplin
Dr. Charles Prysby
Francia Rubio
Dr. Loren Schweninger
Dr. Robert Stavn
Dr. Jacquelyn White
Dr. Kent Williams

Visual: Dr. Esther Leerkes and Dr. Karen Kilcup (l-r) receive awards from Chancellor Brady. On main CW page, Dr. Tom Martinek receives award. Photography by Chris English.

Classes leverage New York Times materials

Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies) held up a copy of this year’s UNCG Freshman Read book and asked the students what they saw in the cover visual. The observations and thoughts that resulted – part of his Sept. 19 “Africa, Islam and the Deconstruction of the White Man’s Burden” discussion – were educational.

“Let’s talk about history,” he’d said to begin the discussion, “and about Islam and Africa.” By the end, the students had a lot of information and facts to combine with the thoughtful views and opinions various participants offered.

Ali’s “New York Times talk” was co-sponsored by “The New York Times in the First Year” program, the second such faculty talk last month chosen to relate to UNCG’s Freshman Read book.

UNCG has leveraged “The New York Times in the First Year” program to help broaden students’ perspectives and develop critical thinking. Some classes use news stories to promote discussions related to topics such as global issues, leadership, civic engagement, diversity, ethics and global issues.

In Spring 2011, Dean Steve Roberson learned that the program was to be piloted nationally, and last year UNCG was one of nine universities to take part in the pilot. UNCG was the only such university in North Carolina selected to take part – and the only one without a journalism school/program.

Last year at UNCG, mostly Foundation for Learning courses and Living-Learning Community classes took part during the pilot. This year, the numbers have expanded. About 20 additional faculty members have asked to be a part.

Dr. Bonnie Yarbrough (English), who began using it last year, uses it in two classes: one is a cohort in the LLC for Sustainable Entrepreneurship while the other is a new LC for Exploratory Majors in Business.

Each week, her students write essays on an assigned article. “These are topical, timely and tied to our course subject matter. For most of them, the writing improves dramatically by the end of the course, they understand how to use (and test) facts, and they write more effectively for different audiences,” she explains.

They also use it in oral exercises, in which they work in pairs, select their own topics – requiring approval – and serve as Times Topics leaders in structured discussions.

Dr. Patricia Fairfield-Artman (Communication Studies) uses the newspapers in an undergraduate course on public relations. “As public relations students and future professionals they are expected to have knowledge of current events not only in their immediate surroundings/experiences but also what’s happening in the world around them,” she explains.

She starts each class with the question, “What in the world is going on?” followed by a 10-15 minute discussion of key items that are happening locally, nationally and internationally. “Previously, I would hear things such as, ‘I think I heard somewhere….’ or ‘I don’t really understand…’ Now they walk into the class with the paper in hand and discuss articles they read earlier with more in-depth knowledge,” she notes. “Our discussions have become richer, more broad – and often extend several days as events evolve over time. And, importantly, they are reaching out beyond the social media and twitter sound bites for information.”

Laura Pipe, UNCG’s director of learning communities, used the program as she taught a Foundation for Learning class last year. With the newspapers, the students can learn to think more critically, she explained. They’d compare and contrast coverage with other newspapers’ such as the Durham Morning Herald or Wall Street Journal – and discuss why particular stories were chosen for top coverage. They’d look in-depth at one New York Times story, to discuss what is common knowledge. Did the reporter cite sources for each fact that wasn’t common knowledge? That leads to the question for the students: How should a reader consider your own work, if you as a student don’t clearly cite your sources?

The students are inquisitive. And you can see them engaging in the wider world, she says. During the first national teleconference of the semester, mostly freshmen gathered in McIver to hear from a New York Times journalist (Jeremy Peters) and pose questions. Of the 15 asked nationally, Pipe says, about a dozen were the UNCG students. They were not shy.

The Learning Communities budget pays for the newspapers for the students in the classes. Right now, 300 are delivered to campus each day, and many of the students like to share. Plus there are an equal number of full digital subscriptions available as well. A professor at another university early each morning selects an interesting article for the day – topics vary – and composes questions for potential use in classes around the country.

Currently, all of the UNCG Learning Community/Living Learning Community classes are a part of the program. This fall, about 30 percent of first-year UNCG students are part of one of these communities. Data shows that students who are involved in such communities are more likely to remain in college and graduate. It is a part of UNCG’s effort to enhance student success.

Several New York Times video-conferences are offered this semester. Each will be from 1-2 p.m. in McIver Building, Room 140. Pizza will be served. The campus community is invited.

  • Bill Keller, New York Times op-ed columnist – global awareness – Oct. 10
  • David Gonzalez, New York Times metro reporter – diversity – Oct. 25
  • Sam Sifton, New York Times national editor – leadership – Nov. 7
  • Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times assistant business editor and columnist – ethics – Dec. 6

Laura Pipe encourages any students, faculty and staff to attend. “We’re all lifelong learners.”

Two notices for faculty members:

  • Want to lead a New York Times talk/discussion? Contact Laura Pipe with a potential idea for the discussion.
  • Each year, the New York Times will provide funding for a Times journalist to come to UNCG to field questions from students. Want to be a part of the small committee of faculty members to help select a topic/individual in coming years? Contact Laura Pipe.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Dr. Omar Ali at a Times Talk in September

A new way to end the UNCG year

When’s the last time you played kickball? Perhaps fifth grade?

We know the next time you’ll have your chance: at the April end-of-year faculty/staff get-together at UNCG.

Staff Senate co-chair Ray Carney stood in front of the Faculty Senate last week and issued the challenge: a faculty vs. staff kickball game at the UNCG Softball Stadium. It’ll be part of something new: an end of year get-together by and for all the employees of our university. He literally threw down a gauntlet. The Faculty Senate members accepted the challenge with a cheer – “Hear, hear!” some said – and Faculty Senate Chair Dr. John Lepri literally picked up the thrown gauntlet and threw it down.

That’s official. Game on.

Carney explained to the faculty that the event, which was discussed at the most recent Staff Senate meeting, is envisioned as a chance for all UNCG faculty and staff to have some fun, unwind and get to know each other better. A carnival atmosphere is envisioned that will be family friendly.

“We hope to make this the must-attend event of the year,” Carney said. CW will have more details as planning proceeds.

By Mike Harris

Taskforce, council to help address enrollment trends

Many enrollment trends for UNCG are very positive. For example, while the national SAT average for reading and math was down one point this year and down four points for North Carolina students, UNCG’s average rose by two. Last year, UNCG’s average was up two, while the average nationally was down by six points.

This fall, UNCG’s Office of Admissions was successful in enrolling a class of new freshmen that is larger, academically stronger and more ethnically diverse.

However, as the various enrollment statistics are studied, three concerns emerge:

1) For the second year in a row, UNCG had a 3 percent decline in graduate student enrollment.
This is part of a national trend for many institutions, during these hard economic times. UNCG’s doctoral student enrollment is up by 5 percent, while its master’s student enrollment is down by 7 percent. In his remarks at the Oct. 3 Faculty Senate meeting, Provost David. H. Perrin listed several likely reasons for the trend, such as an increase in undergraduate indebtedness and the fact that assistantships and scholarships have not kept up.

Among the variety of solutions may be enhanced recruitment of our own best undergraduates and to better use social media and recruitment fairs to reach students.

2) Attrition of students from sophomore to senior years.
UNCG has focused on retention between freshman and sophomore years. The Fall 2012 freshman to sophomore retention rate increased to 76.1 percent from 75.7 percent in Fall 2011. More analysis is needed on the issue of retention in later years – and what are “best practices” nationally in achieving higher rates.

3) The low number of credit hours per student per semester.
The UNCG average is less than 14 per semester. The average main campus credit load for undergraduates in Fall 2010 was 13.4 semester credit hours (SCHs). That fell to 13.2 SCHs in Fall 2011, but this semester it is back up to a 13.6 average SCHs.

The reason for the low number could be related to part-time jobs. “We have a lot of students who work,” he explained. The issue will be explored.

He said, “We need immediate intervention and long-term intervention.”

As for the short-term, a Strategic Enrollment Taskforce has been appointed to look at trends and look at opportunities for growth. Its members are Alan Boyette, Sarah Carrigan, Jim Eddy, Scott Hudgins and Steve Rhew. This team will very soon meet with each instructional unit dean.

As for the long-term, an Enrollment Planning Council (EPC) has been appointed. It will work closely with the Faculty Senate’s Enrollment Management Committee (EMC). The chair of the EMC will serve on the EPC. And a faculty member acting as a Faculty Senate liaison and representing the Graduate Studies Committee will serve on the EPC Steering Committee.

The provost also explained there could be budgetary implications for the university, if it did not address these trends.

The provost indicated that faculty members may be approached by their department head to do something: such as offering an additional section during winter term or summer session or helping with recruitment.

“We are going to need everybody’s help,” he said.

“With these interventions I am confident UNCG will position itself well in the next biennial budget planning process.”

By Mike Harris

Save now, on basketball tickets

Basketball season is a little more than a month away. But right now, there are opportunities to save on men’s basketball tickets.

  • Through Oct. 15, 2012, you may purchase tickets for $10 to the men’s home opener and receive a free t-shirt.
  • UNCG faculty and staff receive a discount on season tickets. Regular price for season tickets for the 15 games is $119, but the employee discount price is $99 dollars. That will include 3 buddy passes and a parking pass.
  • The Conference Clash 4-Pack is another way to save. Receive a lower level ticket for one ACC game (Virginia Tech or Wake Forest), one Big East game (Rutgers), one SoCon game and the home opener (Winston-Salem State) for $45.

A big focus this year, from a ticket-sales standpoint, is the first home game – UNCG vs Winston Salem State. The goal is 7,000 fans, filling the curtained arena seating. It should be a great atmosphere, to welcome in the season. Again, until Oct. 15, tickets may be purchased for the discount price of $10 and you will receive a free t-shirt.

More information on purchasing tickets visit http://uncgspartans.com/Tickets/ticket_homepage. Or if you prefer, call 334-3250 or stop by the Athletics Ticket Office in the HHP Building.

Questions – such as about payroll deduction? Email Michael Ehmke, Ticket Operations & Group Sales Manager, at maehmke@uncg.edu

Lilly Conference on ‘Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching’

The UNCG Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons will host the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro for the 9th year. Last year, over 500 individuals attended the conference representing 70 different institutions.

The 2013 conference theme is “Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching.: This theme reflects the philosophy that our approaches to teaching and learning should be based on scholarly activity. As disciplinary approaches use scholarly work to investigate and advance knowledge, pedagogical innovation should also advance by building on the work of others.

Lilly Conferences are retreats that combine workshops, discussion sessions and major addresses, with opportunities for informal discussion about excellence in college and university teaching and learning. Internationally-known scholars join new and experienced faculty members, teaching assistants, and administrators from all over the world to discuss topics such as creating community, diversity in learning, incorporating technology into teaching, encouraging critical thinking, using teaching and student portfolios, implementing group learning, and evaluating teaching.

Featured tracks include: Advancing Active Learning, Teaching Well with Technology, Engaging and Motivating Students, Promoting Diversity, Service/Experiential Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Faculty Development.

The 2013 Conference will be held Feb. 15-17, 2013 at the Koury Convention Center. Additional information is available at http://lilly.uncg.edu

The deadline for proposal submission is Nov. 5, 2012, and proposals may be submitted at: http://lilly.uncg.edu/wordpress/?page_id=75

Both 45 and 75 minute sessions are available. Submission of poster presentations is encouraged.

Proposal review will begin when proposals are received. An earlier submission date will ensure an earlier response.

Gen Ed forum today and tomorrow

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 at the Faculty Center on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, from 2-4 p.m., and on Thursday, Oct. 11, 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. Those with questions may email assessment@uncg.edu.

See/Hear: Oct. 10, 2012

The “Sustainability and the Arts” symposium on Sept. 27 opened with a composition composed by Steven Landis, with choreography by Elisa Foshay. Dance students and percussion students used the Peabody Pedestrian Bridge as their stage and instrument – quite a surprise to passers-by. Check out this very short clip of the scene, from the Office of Sustainability. The piece will be performed again on Oct. 24 as part of Campus Sustainability Day, their Office has tweeted.

Emily Janke in UNCG’s Institute for Community & Economic Engagement wins national recognition

Dr. Emily Janke was awarded the Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement at the association’s annual conference in Baltimore.

Janke is special assistant at the helm of the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, which is part of UNCG’s Office of Research & Economic Development.

The Early Career Research Award recognizes outstanding early career contributions to scholarship on service-learning and community engagement.

As director of ICEE, she facilitates campus and community conversations – from the local to international level – to identify how UNCG can enhance its ability to track and assess the impact of community engagement; to identify and access existing and new resources in support of this work; and to facilitate leadership, collaboration, resource sharing, grant development and other activities.

Earlier this year, she won the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, an award established by the American Democracy Project.

Full story at the Research and Economic Development web site.

Oct. 22 deadline for McIver and Holderness/Weaver nominations

UNCG holds public service in the highest regard. To further our tradition of honoring North Carolinians with exemplary public service records, UNCG seeks your help in identifying the 2012-13 nominees for the Charles Duncan McIver Award and the Holderness/Weaver Award. The most prestigious public service honors given by the university, these awards demonstrate UNCG’s value of civic engagement.

Your careful consideration and nomination of a devoted, inspirational citizen will be extremely helpful to our committee and the Board of Trustees. You may submit your nomination form by Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. The Charles Duncan McIver and Holderness/Weaver Awards will be presented at UNCG’s 2012-2013 recognition event.

Looking ahead: Oct. 10, 2012

Campus Conversations, Dr. Thomas F. Jackson on Martin Luther King
Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon, Faculty Center.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Gen Ed Program Assessment Forum
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m., Faculty Center

University Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

QEP Open Forum
Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m., EUC Alexander Room

Women’s soccer vs. Davidson
Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

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

Faculty Senate Forum: Business meeting, followed by topic of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Faculty Governance
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m, Alumni House

Harriet Elliott lecture topic announced

The 2013 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series, titled “Delivering Quality Health Care in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities,” will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The keynote address, beginning at 7 pm in the EUC Auditorium, will be by Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freeman Presidential Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. Skinner is one of the country’s leading experts on health care financing, a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Health Advisory Panel and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. A preceding panel discussion from 4:30-6 p.m. will feature Tim Rice, CEO of Cone Health; Edward Abraham, MD, Dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Charles Courtemanche, Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia State University. This year’s lecture is hosted by the Department of Economics in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. See http://www.uncg.edu/aas/lectureseries/, or contact Stephen Holland (sphollan@uncg.edu, 336-334-4925) for more details.

Faculty Senate Forum next Wednesday

The Faculty Senate forum on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, will begin at 3 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. There are two topics on the agenda:

3 p.m. – Faculty Senate Business Meeting: Resolution in support of faculty interaction and collaboration in the UNC System Strategic Planning Process for 2013-18

3:30 p.m. – “Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Faculty Governance,” presented by Anne Wallace and Vicki McCready

Experience some front-porch blues

The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host “The Poetry and Music of Eric Gales: A Conversation with the Artist” on October 17, 2012, at 4 p.m. on the front porch of 127 McIver Street. It is free and open to the public.

Eric Gales (aka Raw Dawg) is an American blues-rock guitarist, originally hailed as a child prodigy. As of 2011 Gales has recorded ten albums on major record labels, and has done session and tribute work.

Questions? Contact Emily Edwards at 580-6220 or ededward@uncg.edu

Come meet your Staff Senate members

Staff Senate will host a “Meet and Greet” reception on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Staff will have an opportunity to meet the senators, see what the Staff Senate committees are planning for the year – as well as have the opportunity to network with other staff. Light refreshments and a chance to win door prizes will be available.

2012 Hall of Fame inductees

The UNCG athletics department will induct four individuals and one team into the Athletics Hall of Fame as the 2012 class. Former women’s soccer coach Jack Poland (1988-2000), former baseball standouts Jason Parsons (1995-98) and Dominic Pattie (1995-98) and former men’s basketball star David Whiteside (1978-81) will be part of the 13th class in program history along with the 1995-96 men’s basketball team.

This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum prior to the men’s basketball game Jan. 26, 2013 against Chattanooga. The ceremony and lunch will be held in The Terrace at 11 a.m. prior to the 2 p.m. tip-off. Additionally, the Class of 2012 will be honored on court during a special ceremony at halftime.

Full story at UNCG Athletics.

By Matt McCollester

Participants wanted for physical activity / Alzheimer’s disease study

UNCG researchers want to determine if a person’s genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease predicts exercise benefits. Qualifying participants will be invited to join a free 8-month exercise program.

Inclusion criteria are: 50-65 years, first-degree relative with Alzheimer’s disease, not regularly physically active, plan to live in Greensboro for the next year.

Exclusion criteria: clinically cognitively impaired or depressed, unable to exercise for health reasons, uncorrected visual or hearing impairment.

Procedures: telephone interview followed by baseline testing at UNCG to determine eligibility (2-3 hours), three testing sessions at UNCG (60 min), participation in free exercise program at UNCG three days a week for eight months.

Reimbursement: On-campus testing sessions ($10 each), regular attenders at exercise sessions $10/mo.

Contact: email PAADStudy@gmail.com, phone: 334-3275. Information at http://uncg.edu/kin/paad-study

On ‘positive aspects of disabilities’

The lecture “The Positive Aspects of Disabilities” will be given by Dr. Chris Keys (DePaul University). Keys helped develop the first doctoral program in Disability Studies in the world at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the Senior Editorial Board for the Encyclopedia of Disability. Panelists for the program include Bruce Pomeroy, director of Disability Services; Dr. Bruce Lynch, director of the Counseling Center; Leo Hodson; Daniel Nasrallah and Sam Hening.

The program will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m. in 114 School of Education Building. This program is jointly sponsored by Human Resource Services and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Mark Smith-Soto

Dr. Mark Smith-Soto (LLC / Center for Creative Writing in the Arts) is the winner of the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry competition for his poem “Last Retreat to Topsail Island.” James Applewhite presented the award Friday at the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming in Greenville, where Applewhite was also honored with the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration. Smith-Soto read his poem at the event, and it will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2013 issue.

Raised in Costa Rica, Smith-Soto is professor of Spanish and long-time editor of International Poetry Review.

Full story at UNCG News.

Dr. Beth Barba

Dr. Beth Barba (Nursing) received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project 4.” It will develop and implement continuing education programs related to non-phamacologic intervention strategies for geriatric care to interdisciplinary health personnel, families and communities who are responsible for the health care of elderly individuals in culturally, linguistically, socio-economically and geographically diverse backgrounds. The program content addresses dementia behaviors, health-related quality of life, mental health and mental disorders, nutrition and weight loss, and sleep health. Research shows that increasing the use of non-pharmacologic intervention strategies can result in improved quality of life, decreased hospitalizations, and decreased use of psychoactive medications, all of which improve elder health outcomes. Programs will be taught in education venues and health facilities in NC and online learning through collaboration with the Area Health Education Centers, Carolina Geriatric Education Center, and the UNCG School of Nursing. Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Tom McCoy, and Dr. Jie Hu are also involved in the project.

Dr. Lauren Haldeman

Dr. Lauren Haldeman (Nutrition) and student Amber Haroldson received funding from the Mississippi State University Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) for the project “Child Influence on Dietary Behaviors in Low-income Hispanic Families.”  Their study results will be used to develop an obesity intervention targeted towards low-income Hispanic families.

Dr. Jay Poole

Dr. Jay Poole (Social Work) received a continuation of funding from the Cone Health Foundation for the project “Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI) 2012-13.” The abstract notes there are a variety of obstacles to health care, for vulnerable population groups. “An integrated care approach, within an interdisciplinary model of care, and augmented by other ancillary community-based, co-located service agencies, especially those offering supported housing, have proven to be a highly effective program models. With its creative, collaborative, community-based model, CSWEI has successfully developed and implemented programming that addresses the needs of each of these vulnerable population groups and has been effective in linking health desperate individuals to care.”

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) has been hired as a consultant by Applied Research Associates (ARA), Raleigh, NC, as part of their work on the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Finder Program. The Finder Program’s goal is geolocating images and video. Kirchoff serves as the botanical expert on the ARA team.

Dr. George Michel

Dr. George Michel (Psychology) was one of three scientists from the U.S. (eight other speakers were from Europe) invited to speak at a one day workshop in Paris designed to examine how differences in the two halves of the brain relate to the development of manual and communication skills in infants, children and non-human primates. The title of his talk was “Infant handedness as a scaffold for developing language.”

Dr. Michael Kane

The recent analysis “Citation rates for experimental psychology articles published between 1950 and 2004: Top-cited articles in behavioral cognitive psychology” (Cho, K.W., Tse, C.-S., & Neely, J.H. – 2012) in Memory & Cognition, of the top 500 cognitive psychology articles published between 1950 and 2004 worldwide, reported that Dr. Michael Kane (Psychology) was one of only 38 authors with more than four publications on the list. (The list stopped at 2004).

On campaigns and elections

A number of election-related items at University Libraries and elsewhere on campus:

  • The exhibition Campaigns and Elections: the Race for Political Office is on view in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. Learn more about the history of political campaigns and elections in the United States, through an informative display of letters, buttons, bumper stickers, yard signs and more. As a library blog post notes, “Highlights of the exhibit include a signed letter by John F. Kennedy seeking support for his presidential bid, materials related to local Greensboro area Representative Howard Coble, a signed letter by North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, and a letter and materials relating to Al Gore’s failed 1988 presidential bid.” Questions? Contact the exhibit curator, Sean Mulligan.
  • The Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion on Oct. 29 features Dr. David Olsen (Political Science) leading a discussion of Theodore White’s “The Making of the President 1960.” It will be at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. Register here.
  • Reference Librarian Lynda Kellam has prepared a LibGuide to help voters educate themselves about the candidates and their positions on the issues. Access it here.
  • The voter registration table in Jackson Library is sponsored by the University Libraries.
  • UNCG’s Center For Legislative Studies is presenting the series “Election 2012: Change or Continuity?” The discussion “New Directions in Tar Heel Politics?” will be Thursday, Oct. 25, and the talk “The Meaning of the 2012 Elections,” will be Thursday, Nov. 15. Details on the series are here.

As the chancellor noted in an August email to the campus community, students, faculty and staff may not use university resources – e-mail accounts, computers, vehicles, equipment, supplies, funds, postage, photocopying, faxes and the like – for political campaign activities.

More details at the Libraries blogs here and here.

Visual: Students Kelsey Budine and Jonathan Lyda volunteering at the voter registration table in Jackson Library Sept. 19.

SECC ‘a prime way to give back’

There are people in our community who have it much harder than we do, SECC Chair Kathleen Williams said as UNCG’s campaign was launched.

“In my own experience, over the last couple of years I have worked one of the winter overflow shelters here in Greensboro,” she said.

A variety of individuals are helped. Some of those seeking shelter are military veterans.

“Some of these guys have come back from Iraq, Afghanistan.” They were homeless and either unemployed or underemployed. Most were able to get the help they needed, she said.

“They needed a hand. They needed some help in order to get on their feet,” she said.

The State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) helps nearly 1,000 charitable organizations in our community and state – so they can do their work.

When you make a contribution of at least $10 to the SECC, you may choose the particular organization you want to help.

“There is a whole catalog of organizations,” she says, which is in each packet distributed on campus. Whatever your passion for giving, there is an organization that helps in that way. “There is something in there that speaks to each individual,” she said.

She hopes each employee will go through the list and find the organization that is meaningful to them – and select it. Perhaps there will more than one.

Williams referred to the fact UNCG had the highest per capita giving to the SECC last year. In addition, UNCG had the highest percentage of its employees participating in the campaign – more than any other in the UNC system.

“It is a source of pride for all of us that UNCG consistently has been either at the top or very near the top both in terms of participation as well as our per capita gifts,” she said as she recognized the spirit of giving and engagement among UNCG employees.

For many of us at UNCG, the SECC is “a prime way to give back,” she said.

As of Oct.1, 143 envelopes have been filled out and returned. UNCG’s 2012 goal is $235,000. If you haven’t filled out your envelope and returned it, please consider doing so.

By Mike Harris
Visual: SECC volunteer Jenny Williams and SECC chair Kathleen Williams (l-r) help gather SECC packets for solicitors to distribute. Photo by Chris English.

Flu Shots 2012 at UNCG

Human Resource Services will sponsor onsite flu shot clinics this fall. The flu vaccine is the best protection against the debilitating effects of this virus, says HRS.

Monday, Oct. 15
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Kirkland Room, EUC

Tuesday, Oct. 16
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Campus Supply Store – Training Room

Wednesday, Oct. 17
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Claxton Room – EUC

This clinic will provide free flu shots to State Health Plan members. This includes employees and their covered family members, at least 4 years of age. Retirees with State Health Plan coverage are also welcome. Please bring your State Health Plan ID card and a photo ID.

The vaccine for H1N1 is now included in the standard flu shot, according to HRS.

Questions? See the Human Resource Services web site for some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

UNCG still leads in closing black-white graduation gap

For the second time in three years, UNCG has made a short list of American colleges and universities excelling at shrinking the graduation gap between white and black students.

In a new report by The Education Trust, an education watchdog group, UNCG was noted among schools that have maintained equitable success rates for white and black students.

In data from 2010, less than one percentage point separated the six-year graduation rate for white students, 53.1 percent, from that of black students, 52.3 percent. Graduation rates for both student demographics have increased from 2004, when the rates were 51 percent and 51.5 percent, respectively, an indication of the success of university-wide efforts to boost the graduation rates of all students.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

CACE Conference registration deadline Thursday

The UNCG African American Studies Program is celebrating its 30th Year Anniversary in conjunction with its annual conference. This year’s theme is: “New Approaches to Black Leadership.” Conference presentations begin on Thursday, Oct. 18, and end on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. The keynote speaker is political activist Dr. Lenora Fulani (in visual), founder of the Independence Party of New York State and the co-founder of the All Stars Project.

The annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) examines critical and timely African American-related issues and perspectives to engage students, faculty, staff, and members of the community in the exploration and discussion of these topics and ideas.

Registration ends on Thursday, Oct. 4. Visit www.uncg.edu/afs/cace to register and see full details, or call 334-5507.

Asian Autumn Festival this Saturday

See a traditional Chinese “Kung Fu Fan” dance, a Japanese fashion show and Korean Tae Kwon Do. Enjoy activities ranging from origami to calligraphy. Taste Korean cake samples and more Asian treats.

That’s a sampling of the Asian Autumn Festival, to be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Sullivan Science Building.

Presentations will be delivered in the Mead Auditorium, while interactive activities and displays may be enjoyed in the Mead Gallery/reception area and adjacent classrooms..

It is presented by UNCG International and Global Studies.

It builds upon the success of the 2008-2010 Mid-Autumn Asian Moon Festivals. Whereas the prior festivals focused on the celebrations of the autumn moon popular in some Asian cultures, the newly conceived festival seeks to celebrate the rich diversity of Asian cultures in general.

The event has been renamed the “Asian Autumn Festival” (AAF) and now involves a more substantive participation from UNCG’s Japanese Studies program as well as from members of the local Hmong and Montagnard/Dega communities. As in previous years, approximately 600-800 individuals from UNCG and the Greater-Greensboro communities are expected to attend.

More UNCG Cares stickers on office doors

Nearly 20 members of the campus community completed “UNCG Cares” training on Sept. 21. During the two-hour training provided by The Dean of Students Office, participants learned the importance of “Creating a Culture of Care.” Topics covered during the training included identifying situations that cause distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, learning strategies for reaching out to students, practicing effective referral, and identifying campus resources available to assist students. As a result of this “culture of care,” students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. About 800 individuals had already participated in the training. These new participants can now join them in displaying the “UNCG Cares” decal on their office doors to indicate that they have been trained and are available to assist students in distress:

Jill Beville, Demetria Carter, Danying Chen, Nadia Clark-Brown, Karen Core, Dickie Cox, Jackie Gaither, Cathryn Garrett, C.P. Gause, Meg Horton, Randi Kemmler, Patricia Lane, Ariana Scott, Carol Steger, Brad Teague, Jalonda Thompson, Leah Tompkins, Meredith Vaughn and Jacqueline Wooten.

Workshops for faculty, from Prezi to Blackboard

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons (FTLC) invites faculty to take part in a wide variety of workshops.

A sampling, for example, in the next days:
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Prezi: An Alternative to PowerPoint
Thursday, Oct. 4 – Sparking & Sustaining Classroom Discussion
Thursday, Oct. 4 – Conversations About WAC
Friday, Oct. 5 – Active Visual Learning
Monday, Oct. 8 – Helicopter Parents
Tuesday, Oct. 9 – Blackboard – Creating Assignments
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Students First
Thursday, Oct. 11 – Blackboard Open Lab

The FTLC, Instructional Technology Services, Jackson Library and the Instructional Technology Consultants offer workshops and other programs to enhance the lifelong learning and professional development of faculty and academic staff.

For more information about the workshops, visit http://ftlc.uncg.edu/workshops/index.php

A full calendar listing may be found at http://commons.uncg.edu/workshops/