UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for October 2012

Late September update on Traffic/Parking

Fencing around the perimeter of the pedestrian underpass project is being installed. Once the fencing is in place, it will then be necessary to close the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Forest Street in order to proceed with construction. It is anticipated that the intersection will remain closed for 6-9 months. During this time, it will be necessary to re-route campus fleet buses — Park & Ride as well as Spartan Chariot.

Beginning Monday, Oct 1 — the bus shelter on Forest Street near McNutt and MHRA will no longer be utilized as a bus stop. Also, the bus shelter near Financial Aid will no longer be a Park & Ride stop.

During construction, Park & Ride buses will make only two stops on campus:

  1. Spring Garden Street across from the School of Education at the new bus pull in; and
  2. Spring Garden Street in front of Graham.

The Spartan Chariot weekday route will not be impacted; service will continue without change. However, the evening safety shuttle route will no longer stop on Forest Street. All other evening and weekend stops will continue to be serviced as scheduled.

Access into the north section of lot 4 near Campus Supply will be from Forest Street only. However, the Forest Street entry to the south section of lot 4 will not be accessible. Access into the south section of parking lot 4 near campus supply will be from Oakland Avenue only.

At this time, Oakland Deck will continue to be accessible via Forest Street and Kenilworth Street. If/when the Forest Street entry/exit gates need to be closed, notification will be provided in advance for planning purposes.

Bryan School’s Omer Omer and his work with refugees are featured in film

A coup forced him to flee Sudan. At a film screening Friday night, see the life story of Dr. Omer Omer and the difference he has made in our community and beyond.

The documentary will highlight the Bryan School adjunct faculty member and his work with refugees in Greensboro. The screening will be Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 7 p.m. in Bryan 160.

“The One Who Builds’” is a half-hour documentary film currently in production about the life and work of Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen who is paying it forward as the director of a refugee resettlement organization. In Greensboro, Omer has transcended boundaries dictated by society, race and religion to build a new village, one friendship at a time,” the film’s web site says.

As filmmaker Peter Corolla says in a blog post, “For Omer, helping these refugees isn’t just a job – it is a calling.”

Omer is director of N.C. African Service Coalition (ASC), based in Greensboro. In a phone interview this week, Omer explained “We’re a product of a UNCG institution.” Years ago, UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians placed an Americorps member to become the leader of what became the ASC. He also noted the many hundreds of UNCG student volunteers who have helped with his organization – “sometimes whole classes.” (See one student post.)

Omer grew up in Sudan, and received his bachelor’s in geography at the University of Khartoum. Rural development was his concentration. After three years as a journalist at Sudan National TV, there was a coup d’etat and he had to flee the country. At Kings College in England, he got his master’s in geography, specializing in third world development. He came to Florida, where he worked at a store before managing a store in Augusta, Ga. He understood there was a big Sudanese community in Greensboro – “a big incentive to come here.” He has been a Greensboro resident since 1996. He has been a program director for the organization since 1999.

He received his doctorate in geography from UNCG in December 2010. His focus was tourism as a tool of economic development. “Lots of statistics” are involved in his research, he notes.

As the filmmakers say in a blog post, he is “a husband, a father, a social worker, and a community elder and spokesman, all at the same time.”

In 2010, Omer received the Nancy Susan Reynolds Race Relations Award, sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

About 40 percent of those the organization helps, today, are not African. They help those from Bhutan to Burma, he says. Their web site carries the broader title N.C. African and World Services Coalition. Many refugees they help, due to employment offers, ultimately reside in other parts of the state or South Carolina, he says.

When he started at the organization, it was as an African helping fellow Africans, he explains. But his vision is more expansive now. “I’m an American citizen now, part of the community.”

Omer is an adjunct professor in the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality and Tourism Department at UNCG’s Bryan School. His focus in leading classes is third world sustainable development and issues/trends in contemporary tourism.

The UNCG Graduate School, of which he is an alumnus, will sponsor the screening Friday.

A trailer for the film may be seen at the documentary web site.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Oct. 3, 2012

CARS symposium
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m., EUC

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards ceremony
Friday, Oct 5, 9 a.m., Room 114, Education Building

Film, ‘The One Who Builds,’ featuring Omer Omer
Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Bryan Building,Room 160

“The Music of Gil Evans,” UNCG jazz ensembles
Friday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Recital Hall

Opera gala, ‘Got Opera?’
Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

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

Faculty & Staff awards ceremony Friday

At the 2012 Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, University Service Awards recipients with 30, 35 and 40 years of service will be recognized, and the following will be presented:

  • Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards
  • Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
  • Online Educator Excellence Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
  • Research Excellence Awards
  • Staff Excellence Awards
  • Student Learning Enhancement Awards

The ceremony will be Friday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. in Room 114 of the School of Education Building.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Education

Dr. C.P. Gause (Teacher Education and Higher Education) will deliver an MRC Book Talk Tuesday, Oct. 9, 3-4 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC.

Gause will discuss his book “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Education.”

CARS Symposium today

The fall 2012 Executives-In-Residence Week and Annual Fall Symposium, co-sponsored by the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) and the CARS Industry Advisory Board, will be held through Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Today (Oct. 3), Rick Darling, President and CEO of LF USA, and Executive Director of Li & Fung Limited, will be the keynote speaker of the symposium. On Friday, Oct. 5, students will attend a Leadership and Team Building Workshop facilitated by Shirley Landry, manager, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, and Diane Reinhold, Design Associates, both from The Center for Creative Leadership. Other speakers during the week include Shari Becker, account strategist for Mottis, Herb Bolick, owner of Team Connection, and Carrie Coyle, Design & Merchandising manager for Seamless Acme-McCrary Corporation.

The CARS Symposium, at 2 p.m. today (Oct. 3) in the EUC Auditorium, will be followed by a reception. It is open to the public.

Volleyball breast cancer awareness matches

The annual Breast Cancer Awareness volleyball matches will be Oct. 5-6 at 6 p.m. in Fleming Gymnasium. This year, the volleyball team is partnering with UNCG Dining Services during the month of October to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. The volleyball team will be at the annual Dining Services pink luncheon on Oct. 4, and Dining Services will be present at the volleyball games to collect pink Yoplait lids for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Pink merchandise will be sold at both games and will feature pink T-shirts, koozies and other UNCG gear. Proceeds will benefit the local Cone Health Mammography Scholarship. On Saturday night, the first 75 fans will receive a free UNCG pink T-shirt. Admission is free to all fans for all volleyball matches.

Donate warm clothing

Staff Senate Off Campus Service Committee has two items to share:

The UNCG Staff Senate Off-Campus Service Committee will be holding the 2nd annual “Share the Warmth” donations drive. “Operation Share the Warmth” was launched last year when it came to our attention that there is an urgent need within our campus community for articles of clothing to help individuals in need to stay warm. We will begin accepting donations of slightly used or new jackets, coats, winter apparel, and blankets in October and offering the items free of charge to the campus community in November. So, now is a great time to clean out closets and donate to this worthy cause. Stay tuned for date, time and location of collection and distribution points.

Volunteers are needed to help support the Heartstrings Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Eighth Annual “A Walk to Remember on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Triad Park in Kernersville. Contact Jan Albrect at albrecht@uncg.edu or one of the Off Campus Service Committee members if you would like to help. You can locate them in the committee section of the Staff Senate web site at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu

Real-world ways to reduce your stress

Two studies conducted at UNCG last year indicated that stress and balancing home and work life demands are increasing for everyone, says Michelle Cathorall, director of Healthy UNCG. To address this, HealthyUNCG has partnered with the Counseling and Educational Development department to develop and present a series of workshops on stress reduction. All workshops will be held in the EUC from noon-1 p.m. Details are available on the HealthyUNCG Google Calendar. Employees can earn Spartan Points for for attending Brown Bag lunches.

Topics for fall include:

  • Mindfulness for Stress Reduction, Oct. 8
  • Life Balance and Wellness, Oct. 23
  • Spirituality and Stress Management, Nov. 14

Topics for the spring semester are:

  • Assertiveness Communication for stress reduction, Jan. 29
  • Sleep as a stress reduction strategy, Feb. 26
  • Social Networking and Stress Management (date tbd)


Grant for Middle College at UNCG

The Middle College at UNCG, the non-traditional high school launched in 2011 by the university and Guilford County Schools, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from AT&T.

The Middle College was one of 47 schools nationwide chosen to receive part of a nearly $10 million AT&T Aspire Grant, a competitive award program, for its demonstrated success supporting and motivating traditionally underserved students to stay in school and prepare for the next step of life. Details are at UNCG News.

Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg

Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg (Nursing) received a renewal of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Advanced Education Nursing Education Traineeship (AENT) Program.” It will support 72 adult/gerontological primary care nurse practitioner students.

Also, she has been inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, with the credential of “Fellow.” Full story at School of Nursing web site.

Dr. Catherine Matthews

Dr. Catherine Matthews (Education) received a continuation of funding from the National Science Foundation for the project Full-Scale Development Project: Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (HERPS). Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (HERPS) arose amidst concerns about the public’s diminishing relationship with nature, the STEM achievement gap between North Carolina’s (NC) economically wealthy and poor, and inadequate STEM resources for and untapped STEM potential in rural, diverse communities, the abstract says. “This project galvanizes stakeholders’ passion for connecting rural citizens to precious remaining wild areas, relatively undisturbed watersheds, and fascinating herpetological biodiversity in their own backyards. HERPS engages diverse participants in herpetology and conservation education along a trajectory, from highly accessible experiences for newcomers to increasingly intensive experiences for budding experts and enthusiasts.”

Dr. Stephanie Daniel

Dr. Stephanie Daniel (CYFCP / Psychology) received funding from Oklahoma State University for the project Nonstandard Maternal Work Schedules & Child Health in Impoverished Families. The goal of this project is to understand the threat of nonstandard maternal work schedules to poor children’s physical and emotional well-being as precursors to school readiness, the abstract says. Project results will provide needed information to help protect at risk children.

Dr. Sat Gupta

Dr. Sat Gupta (Mathematics and Statistics) serves as president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Statistical Association. On Oct. 5-7, UNCG will play host to that organization’s conference, the International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics (AISC). Gupta serves as the conference chair. The conference will feature presentations on a wide range of statistical applications including wild fires management, environment, anthropology, medicine, insurance, weather modeling, and network security, etc. It’s main goal is to promote interdisciplinary research. There will be close to 200 presentations including more than 50 by students. The conference will feature presentations by scholars from many countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, UK and the United States. Conference details are at www.uncg.edu/mat/aisc/